Friday, July 19, 2013
St. Martin Parish prosecutors have filed formal charges against Henderson Police Chief Leroy Guidry and Deputy Chief Oliver Mack Lloyd in an investigation into an alleged illegal quota system for traffic tickets issued along Interstate 10.
Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars said Thursday that the two men face one count each of public payroll fraud, malfeasance in office and filing false public records. The Advocate reports Guidry and Lloyd are scheduled for arraignment Aug. 10. Cedars said his office has been reviewing the investigation for the past year and decided this week to formally file criminal charges and move forward with the prosecution.
Some Lafayette Parish educators said they lost substantial teaching time last year because of disruptive students. They suggest that the district address infractions quickly and make sure there are enough staff members on campuses to handle behavior problems. The Advertiser reports a total of 360 people, out of 1,980, responded to a survey from Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey.
About 58 percent of respondents said they felt they lost control of their classrooms this past year because of district discipline policies.
THE SECOND MURDER TRIAL OF ROBERT WILKINS ENDED YESTERDAY WHEN JUDGE KENT SAVOIE DECLARED A MISTRIAL JUST AS JURY SELECTION WAS ABOUT TO WRAP UP. WILKINS IS ACCUSED OF STABBING TO DEATH TONY FONTENOT AT A CARLYSS BOAT LAUNCH IN 2004. HE WAS CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN 2011 BUT AN APPEALS COURT RULED THAT HE SHOULD GET A NEW TRIAL. PROSECUTOR RICK BRYANT TOLD K-P-L-C THAT ITíS BETTER THAT A MISTRIAL WAS DECLARED THAN TO HAVE AN APPEALS COURT ORDER A THIRD TRIAL. HE EXPECTS WILKINS TO BE TRIED IN THE FALL.
The Republican Party of Louisiana is hitting the road next month, planning a statewide tour as part of efforts to defeat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu next year. The party calls the 100-stop tour "Red to the Roots." Events will begin Aug. 16 in Winnsboro and end in November. Two Republicans are running for the Senate seat so far: U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge and Rob Maness, a tea party supporter from Madisonville.
THE EVANGELINE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD SELECTED A NEW BOARD MEMBER TO REPLACE JERRY THOMPSON, WHO DIED ON JULY FIRST. BOARD PRESIDENT WAYNE DARDEAU PRESENTED THREE CANDIDATES TO THE BOARD WHO MET THE QUALIFICATIONS. THE BOARD OVERWHELMING CHOSE DARREN VIDRINE, WHO WAS SWORN IN AND TOOK HIS SEAT ON THE BOARD. VIDRINE WILL OCCUPY THE POSITION UNTIL A SPECIAL ELECTION CAN BE HELD IN OCTOBER.
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD YESTERDAY GAVE PRELIMINARY APPROVAL TO A 654 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FOR THE 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR. THEY RESTORED NEARLY ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO FUND SEVEN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND TWO-POINT-5 COUNSELOR POSITIONS BUT 82 TEACHING POSITIONS WILL NOT BE FUNDED. CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER BILLY GUIDRY SAYS THE TEACHING POSITIONS WILL BE ABSORBED THROUGH ATTRITION SO THAT NO TEACHER LOSES THEIR JOB. THE BUDGET WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING STARTING AUGUST FIFTH AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE, AND IT WILL BE UP FOR FINAL ADOPTION BY THE SCHOOL BOARD ON AUGUST 21ST.
JENNINGS POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE CLAIMS OF A MAN WHO SAYS HIS DOG WAS POISONED TO DEATH. EDDIE OíCONNOR SAYS A VETERINARIAN TOLD HIM THAT HIS ROTTWEILER, NAMED ROCKY, WAS DEFINITELY POISONED BUT HE DIDNíT HAVE THE EQUIPMENT TO DETERMINE WHAT SPECIFIC POISON WAS USED. OíCONNOR TOLD K-P-L-C THAT HEíS HAD FIVE DOGS AND TWO HORSES KILLED AND HEíS HAD ENOUGH. DEPUTY CHIEF DANNY SEMMES (sehms) SAYS THEY HAVE QUESTIONED ONE SUSPECT AND HAVE ANOTHER PERSON THEY ARE INVESTIGATING, BUT NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE.
Louisiana's unemployment rate rose to 7 percent in June, climbing for the sixth straight month as labor figures suggested a pause in economic growth. A separate survey showed state employer payrolls fell slightly. Both sets of figures were released Thursday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Louisiana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in May and 6.7 percent in June 2012.