Wednesday, July 24, 2013
AN INDIVIDUAL FROM CALDWELL PARISH HAS BEEN CONFIRMED AS THE STATE’S FIRST CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS THIS YEAR. ALTHOUGH NO PERSON IN LAFAYETTE PARISH HAS CONTRACTED THE VIRUS, INFECTED MOSQUITOES IN MOSQUITO TRAPS WERE FOUND RECENTLY IN EIGHT AREAS OF THE PARISH. GLENN STOKES OF MOSQUITO CONTROL CONTRACTORS SAYS THEY HAVE BEEN SPRAYING IN THOSE AREAS. MIKE MOUTON, THE CITY PARISH EMERGENCY OPERATIONS COORDINATOR, TELLS THE ADVERTISER THAT AFTER FIVE DAYS OF MORNING AND EVENING SPRAYING, THERE ARE NOW ONLY TWO HOT SPOTS REMAINING.
MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED PEOPLE PACKED THE RIGMAIDEN RECREATION CENTER IN MOSSVILLE TO LEARN ABOUT SASOL’S PLANS TO BUILD AN ETHANE CRACKER COMPLEX AND A GAS TO LIQUIDS FACILITY. SASOL HAS ANOTHER OPEN HOUSE PLANNED FOR THURSDAY EVENING IN WESTLAKE. MICHAEL THOMAS, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF U-S OPERATIONS FOR SASOL, SAYS THE PURPOSE OF THE OPEN HOUSES IS TO GIVE PEOPLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECTS AND HOW THEY WILL BE AFFECTED. IF SASOL’S PERMITS ARE APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND THE U-S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, THEY EXPECT TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION ON THE ETHANE CRACKER COMPLEX BY NEXT SPRING.
THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS RELEASED THE IDENTITY OF A CROWLEY MAN WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED DURING AN ARGUMENT MONDAY NIGHT. 32-YEAR-OLD EUGENE BELVEAL LIVED IN THE WESTWOOD APARTMENTS IN CROWLEY. HE HAD GONE TO THE RESIDENCE OF 50-YEAR-OLD LAWRENCE LEGER MONDAY NIGHT TO TALK TO HIM, WHERE THE ARGUMENT AND SHOOTING TOOK PLACE. LEGER WAS BOOKED INTO THE ACADIA PARISH JAIL ON A CHARGE OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER. HIS BOND WAS SET AT 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
Delinquent taxpayers can get a reprieve from penalties for paying their back-owed taxes in an upcoming amnesty period that begins in September. The state revenue department announced Tuesday that the first year of the tax amnesty program created by lawmakers will run from Sept. 23 through Nov. 22. During that time, people can get caught up on their tax bills without any penalties and with only half the interest charges they would otherwise owe on the debt. Lawmakers anticipated collecting $200 million this year from the program and plugged the expected money into the Department of Health and Hospitals budget.
A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS DECLARED CONVICTED KILLER BRANDON SCOTT LAVERGNE INDIGENT, ALLOWING HIM TO PROCEED AS A PAUPER WITH MULTIPLE CIVIL LAWSUITS HE’S RECENTLY FILED. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
THE MOTHER OF A MURDER VICTIM IN CALCASIEU PARISH IS UPSET TO HAVE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HER SON. CHRISTINA BERGERON IS THE MOTHER OF STEPHIN BERGERON AND DAVID DICE FONTENOT IS THE MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY SHOT AND KILLED HIM TWO YEARS AGO ALONG HIGHWAY 27 IN SULPHUR. CHRISTINA BERGERON TOLD K-P-L-C THAT WHEN SHE OPENED THE LETTER AND FOUND IT CAME FROM FONTENOT, IT FELT LIKE A BULLDOZER HIT HER CHEST. BERGERON SAYS SHE DIDN’T READ THE LETTER BUT TURNED IT OVER TO POLICE. SHE WAS TOLD THE LETTER SAID FONTENOT WANTED TO TALK TO HER AND HAD PUT HER ON THE JAIL VISITATION LIST.
ST. MARY PARISH AUTHORITIES ARRESTED A FRANKLIN MAN FOR ALLEGEDLY SMUGGLING MARIJUANA INTO THE PARISH JAIL. TRACI LANDRY, A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE ST. MARY PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE, SAYS DETECTIVES CONDUCTED AN INVESTIGATION AFTER AN INMATE WAS FOUND IN POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA. SHE SAYS VIDEO SURVEILLANCE AND INTERVIEWS LED THEM TO ARREST 41-YEAR-OLD DENNIS DELASBOUR. HE ALLEGEDLY DROPPED A PACKAGE CONTAINING MARIJUANA AND TOBACCO IN A PARISH COURTROOM, WHERE THE INMATE POCKETED IT.
A backlog of cases and evidence waiting to be processed has been eliminated at the Louisiana State Police crime lab. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Col. Mike Edmonson announced Tuesday that the lab is working on cases in "real time," rather than keeping evidence on the shelves for months waiting its turn for analysis. Officials say the time to analyze evidence and wrap up the report for a case has dropped from as much as 1,000 days to fewer than 15 days. Jindal says the backlog of 9,300 cases awaiting review at the crime lab when he took office in 2008 is gone.