Thursday, June 06, 2013
A LAFAYETTE MAN SHOT AND KILLED AN ARMED INTRUDER WHO BROKE INTO HIS PARADISE STREET HOME SHORTLY BEFORE THREE YESTERDAY MORNING. ABOUT 12 HOURS LATER, THE MAN, 30-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH JEAN-LOUIS WAS ARRESTED AFTER ILLEGAL NARCOTICS WERE FOUND IN HIS HOME. LAFAYETTE POLICE CORPORAL PAUL MOUTON SAYS TWO MASKED MEN ARMED WITH GUNS FORCED THEIR WAY INTO JEAN-LOUIS’ HOME AND A GUNFIGHT ENSUED. ONE OF THE TWO, 43-YEAR-OLD SPENCER JAMES FRANCIS, WAS SHOT AND KILLED ALLEGEDLY BY JEAN-LOUIS.
A VINTON MAN HAD HIS PROBATION REVOKED AND WAS SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON AFTER HE WAS ACCUSED OF INTIMIDATING WITNESSES IN A DOMESTIC SITUATION. 42-YEAR-OLD JAMES WILLIAM EATON’S WIFE AND LANDLADY TESTIFIED THAT EATON HAD THREATENED TO MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR IF THEY TESTIFIED AGAINST HIM. EATON CLAIMED THAT THE LANDLADY COERCED HIS WIFE’S TESTIMONY IN ORDER TO GAIN CUSTODY OF HIS CHILDREN. EATON WAS ON PROBATION FOR A SIMPLE BURGLARY CHARGE.
THE MAN ARRESTED EARLIER THIS WEEK ON CHARGES OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER FOR THE DEATH OF A HONDURAN NATIONAL, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND ON A BACK COUNTRY ROAD IN ACADIA PARISH, IS ALSO FACING OTHER CHARGES. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
Lawmakers negotiating a budget compromise say they have struck a deal that would include a $69 million increase in public school funding next year. The proposal for the 2013-14 budget was reached among nine legislative leaders and is backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The deal over how to spend $25 billion still must get the support of a majority of lawmakers for final passage. The deal includes a $69 million increase for local school districts that Jindal says he will seek to make a recurring funding boost, rather than a $50 million one-time bonus that had been proposed.
LAFAYETTE WAS GIVEN THE CLEANEST CITY AWARD YESTERDAY BY THE LOUISIANA GARDEN CLUB FEDERATION. IT WAS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THAT LAFAYETTE WON AND CITY PARISH CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER DEE STANLEY SAID, IN ACCEPTING THE AWARD, THAT NEXT YEAR THEY WILL GO FOR A THREE-PEAT. THE CLEANEST CITY CHAIRWOMAN FOR THE LAFAYETTE GARDEN CLUB JAN DENNER GAVE CREDIT TO CITY WORKERS FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO MAINTAIN LAFAYETTE. THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE BEAT OUT BATON ROUGE IN THEIR DIVISION FOR THE TITLE.
A PROPOSED VETERAN’S CLINIC FOR SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA IS THREATENED BY NEW RULES IMPLEMENTED BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE. THEY NOW REQUIRE ANY LEASE OF OVER A MILLION DOLLARS TO BE PAID UP FRONT FOR TWENTY YEARS. JIM JACKSON, WHO REPRESENTS MORE THAN 12-HUNDRED VETERANS WHO USE A MOBILE CLINIC IN LAKE CHARLES, HAS ASKED THE LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCIL TO SUPPORT A RESOLUTION ASKING THE LOUISIANA CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO PUSH FOR A CHANGE IN THE NEW RULE. THE MOBILE CLINIC IN LAKE CHARLES IS ON LOAN AND VETERANS WHO USE THE CLINIC ARE HOPING THE CONTRACT WILL BE RENEWED ONCE IT EXPIRES IN TWO MONTHS.
THE IBERIA PARISH JAIL IS CONSIDERING EXPANDING THEIR FARMING OPERATIONS. CURRENTLY 50 INMATES AND THREE EMPLOYEES MANAGE THE FIFTY ACRE FARM. SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOKESMAN CAPTAIN RYAN TURNER SAYS INMATES QUALIFY TO WORK ON THE FARM BASED ON THEIR BEHAVIOR AND THE CRIMES THEY COMMITTED. THE PRODUCE GROWN ON THE FARM IS SOLD TO LOCAL RESTAURANTS, GROCERY STORES, BRUCE’S FOODS AND TO A FOOD SERVICE COMPANY THAT SUPPLIES FOOD TO THE ST. MARTIN AND ST. MARY PARISH JAILS.
A Kenner lawmaker's attempt to require that dogs be placed in ventilated crates if they are in the back of a truck or on a utility trailer has failed to garner enough support for passage. The bill by Republican Tom Willmott won't become law this year after stalling in the Senate. It would have only involved vehicles on an interstate highway. Wilmott said he wanted to prevent incidents of dogs falling or jumping from the back of moving vehicles, especially on roads with higher speed limits.