Tuesday, June 04, 2013
AT A SPECIAL MEETING LAST NIGHT, THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSED POSSIBLY ELIMINATING 83 TEACHING POSITIONS AND SEVEN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL SLOTS FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. THE MOVE WOULD SAVE THE DISTRICT SIX MILLION DOLLARS AND WOULD BRING SCHOOL STAFFING MORE IN LINE WITH TRADITIONAL TEACHER STUDENT RATIOS. CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER BILLY GUIDRY SAYS THEY COULD CHOOSE TO NOT FILL SOME TEACHING POSITIONS THAT BECAME VACANT BECAUSE OF RESIGNATIONS OR RETIREMENTS, WHICH WOULD HELP WITH SOME OF THE REDUCTIONS. SEVERAL BOARD MEMBERS QUESTIONED THE PROPOSAL INCLUDING MARK COCKERHAM WHO SAYS CUTTING 80 TEACHERS SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE.
THE JENNINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT IS SEEKING DONATIONS THIS WEEK FOR THE VICTIMS OF TORNADOES IN OKLAHOMA. DISPATCHER PEACHES GUIDRY TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT OFFICER CHRIS AGUILARD CAME UP WITH THE IDEA AFTER WATCHING THE REPORTS OF THE TORNADO DESTRUCTION ON TV. THE COLLECTION DRIVE WILL END THIS FRIDAY. DONATIONS CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT THE JENNINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT 24 HOURS A DAY WITH THE DISPATCHER. POLICE CHIEF TODD DíALBOR SAYS SOME PEOPLE LOST EVERYTHING SO THEY NEED ANYTHING THAT CAN MAKE LIFE BETTER.
THE ACADIA PARISH CORONERíS OFFICE SAYS A MAN, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND LAST WEEK ON A REMOTE COUNTRY ROAD, WAS MURDERED. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
The Louisiana Senate has backed a plan to spend a $113 million state surplus to fill a gap in this year's Medicaid program. That proposal, approved in a 38-1 vote Monday, is at odds with the position of a group of conservative House Republicans who want the money spent to repay the state's "rainy day" fund. The disagreement involves a budget bill that makes changes to the current state spending plan for the fiscal year that ends June 30. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration supports the Senate and wants to use the surplus to balance this year's Medicaid budget.
THE GREATER LAFAYETTE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS PROPOSING A PLAN TO REALIGN CITY PARISH COUNCIL DISTRICTS. UNDER THE PLAN, FIVE OF THE DISTRICTS WOULD BE CONTAINED WITH THE LAFAYETTE CITY LIMITS AND THE OTHER FOUR WOULD BE ALL OUTSIDE OF LAFAYETTE. ANY ISSUES AFFECTING THE CITY ONLY WOULD BE DECIDED SOLELY BY THE FIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS. THE PLAN WOULD ULTIMATELY HAVE TO BE APPROVED BY VOTERS AND COUNCIL VICE PRESIDENT BRUCE CONQUE SAYS THEY HOPE TO GET IT ON THE BALLOT BY NEXT SPRING.
THE LAKE CHARLES POLICE DEPARTMENT BELIEVES ONE MAN COMMITTED FOUR ARMED ROBBERIES OVER THE LAST THREE WEEKS. THIS PAST WEEKEND, THE SUSPECT ROBBED A SUPER FOOD MART ON NORTH MARTIN LUTHER KING AND A VALERO STORE ON KIRKMAN. HE ALSO HELD UP TWO SUBWAY RESTAURANTS LAST MONTH. DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF MARK KRAUS SAYS THEY ARE CONCERNED THAT THIS MAN IS COMMITTING THE ARMED ROBBERIES AS A WAY TO MAKE A LIVING AND, IF IT CONTINUES, THEREíS A GREATER CHANCE SOMEONE WILL GET HURT.
THE VERMILLION PARISH POLICE JURY HAS PASSED AN ORDINANCE MAKING IT ILLEGAL TO WEAR PANTS SO LOW THAT IT EXPOSESS UNDERWEAR. THE ORDINANCE,WHICH GOES INTO EFFECT IN TEN DAYS, COVERS THE UNINCORPORATED PARTS OF THE PARISH, BUT ABBEVILLE, KAPLAN AND GUEYDAN HAVE SIMILAR ORDINANCEíS ALREADY IN EFFECT. ANYONE WHO VIOLATES THE ORDINANCE FACES UP TO 90 DAYS IN JAIL AND UP TO 500 DOLLARS IN FINES. JUROR RONALD DARBY SAYS EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK YOU SEE PEOPLE WITH THEIR PANTS FALLING DOWN AND THE COMMUNITY IS TIRED OF THE DISRESPECT.
A $225,000 bond has been set for an Oberlin couple indicted on second-degree murder charges in the death of the woman's 2-year-old daughter. The American Press reports Brandi Holyfield and her boyfriend, Bobby J. Davis Jr., remained in the Allen Parish Jail Monday following a bond hearing in state district court.
In addition, Holyfield and Davis also face criminal conspiracy to commit second-degree murder charges in the death of Holyfield's daughter, Tatiana. A grand jury indicted the pair on the charges late last week.