Monday, July 1, 2013
IN TWO SEPARATE ACCIDENTS, MOTORCYLIST WERE KILLED OVER THE WEEKEND. JULIE DARCY HAS THE STORY
Authorities say a Louisiana tow truck operator has died and a Texas man charged with vehicular homicide following an early morning hit-and-run crash on Interstate 10 near Breaux Bridge. The Advertiser reports that Louisiana State Police say the incident happened at 2:23 a.m. Sunday when 25-year-old Blaze Louviere of Breaux Bridge was standing on the shoulder of I-10. He was attempting to remove a disabled vehicle. Troopers say Louviere's tow truck was equipped with the proper yellow strobe overhead light bar. A 2000 GMC Yukon, driven by a man from Mission, Texas, was approaching Louviere. For reasons under investigation, Molina struck Louviere and fled the scene. Witnesses followed the driver into the Breaux Bridge city limits, where Breaux Bridge police officers took him into custody.
Nine firefighters were treated for skin irritation and respiratory concerns after a house fire in Lafayette on Saturday. Alton Trahan of the Lafayette Fire Department tells The Advertiser that firefighters responded to the fire Saturday evening. When they arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the roof. All nine firefighters were examined for skin irritation and respiratory concerns. They were treated and released from the hospital. Fire officials are looking into what may have caused the irritation. The owners of the dwelling, Mark and Beckey Plummer, said there was a lightning strike in the area just before the fire started.
Five people have been sentenced to prison terms for their roles in a home invasion in which two Alexandria priests were injured. The Town Talk reports that the prison terms handed down Friday by state Judge Thomas Yeager ranged from 20 to 30 years. The Rev. Craig Scott was shot and wounded during the August 2012 attack at St. Rita Catholic Church's rectory. The Rev. Marek Norjek was struck with a gun. Two of the defendants — 19-year-old Paul Antonio Clark and 19-year-old Ashunti Pearrie — also were sentenced Friday for their roles in a separate break-in at the home of a Word War II veteran. Yeager also sentenced 23-year-old Larry Culbert and two defendants who were 17 years old at the time of the attack at the church.
State police are investigating a fatal crash on La. Highway 10 near Ville Platte which claimed the life of a 49-year-old Mamou man. The accident happened shortly before 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Troopers say Johnny Buxton Jr. was driving a 2001 Suzuki motorcycle west on Highway 10 when his bike ran off the road and struck the embankment of a private driveway. Buxton was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later.
THE LOUISIANA UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH CAMPMEETING IS GOING INTO IT’S 99TH YEAR. IT KICKS OFF TOMORROW NIGHT IN TIOGA AND RUNS THROUGH FRIDAY. DISTRICT SECRETARY RODNEY HARPER SAYS THE THEME THIS YEAR IS “CONTINUING THE STORY”.
KAJN WILL BE BROADCASTING EACH OF THE EVENING SERVICES. ON TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, THE EVENING SERVICE WILL BE REBROADCAST AT TEN P-M AND FRIDAY NIGHT’S SERVICE WILL AIR SATURDAY NIGHT AT TEN.
The Jennings City Council has approved a 2% pay raise for most city employees and a 5% increase in water and sewer rates. The American Press reports that the council, acting this past week also increased trash collection fees by 2.4%. The across-the-board pay raises cover 110 full-time employees and will cost the city $85,000, Mayor Terry Duhon says. Police and firefighters will also receive a 2% state-mandated pay increase on the anniversaries of their employment dates. The mayor and City Council members will not be getting salary increases.
Lafayette police say they'll close two roads Monday morning to reconstruct major accidents as part of ongoing investigations. A news release from the police department says sections of Evangeline Thruway at the intersection of Mudd Avenue will be closed for about an hour beginning Monday at 8:15 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., officers will close sections of Ambassador Caffery Parkway between Frem Boustany Drive and Verot School Road. That closure is expected to last two hours. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes.