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Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013





LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH PRESIDENT JOEY DUREL HAS SUBMITTED A PROPOSED 598 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FOR THE 2013-14 FISCAL YEAR. IT INCLUDES 2-POINT-8 MILLION DOLLARS TO GIVE A 2-POINT-5 PERCENT ACROSS-THE-BOARD PAY RAISE TO CITY EMPLOYEES, THE FIRST PAY RAISE SINCE 2010. DUREL ALSO WANTS TO CREATE A NEW POSITION OF CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, WHO WILL HELP DEVELOPERS GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF GETTING PERMITS AND APPROVALS FROM THE DIFFERENT CITY PARISH DEPARTMENTS. AND DUREL PROPOSES REDUCING THE PROPERTY TAXES COLLECTED FOR THE PARISH’S MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM AND HEALTH UNIT.





THE MAIN SUSPECT IN THE MURDER OF A VINTON WOMAN WAS INDICTED YESTERDAY IN NEWTON COUNTY, TEXAS DISTRICT COURT. 27-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA LATHAM IS ACCUSED OF STRANGLING TO DEATH 41-YEAR-OLD TAMI DIANE HIGGINBOTHAM IN FEBRUARY. HIGGINBOTHAM KNEW LATHAM AND WENT TO TEXAS TO SELL A CELL PHONE TO HIM ON FEBRUARY EIGHTH. THE FAMILY REPORTED HER MISSING THE NEXT DAY WHEN SHE DIDN’T RETURN. LATHAM WAS LATER FOUND AT HIS BROTHER’S HOUSE IN TENNESSEE AND HE TOLD AUTHORITIES WHERE HER BODY COULD BE FOUND.





THE FAMILY OF FORMER STATE TROOPER DONALD CLEVELAND OF BREAUX BRIDGE, WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN 1977, WERE ON HAND YESTERDAY FOR THE REDEDICATION OF L-A 94. A CEREMONY WAS HELD YESTERDAY FOR THE RENAMING OF L-A 94 BETWEEN THE LAFAYETTE-ST. MARTIN PARISH LINE AND LOUISIANA AVENUE, WHICH IS NOW CALLED THE “TROOPER DONALD C. CLEVELAND MEMORIAL HIGHWAY”. CLEVELAND PULLED OVER A CAR ON THAT HIGHWAY ON JULY SECOND, 1977, AND ONE OF THE OCCUPANTS, DALTON PREJEAN, WHO WAS 17 AT THE TIME, SHOT AND KILLED CLEVELAND. PREJEAN WAS LATER EXECUTED AFTER 13 YEARS ON DEATH ROW.





OIL FIELD SERVICES GIANT HALIBURTON WILL PLEAD GUILTY TO DESTROYING EVIDENCE IN THE BIGGEST OIL SPILL IN U-S HISTORY. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.





A LAFAYETTE WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED BY STATE TROOPERS FOR INVOLVING AT LEAST ONE GIRL UNDER THE AGE OF 16 IN PROSTITUTION. 48-YER-OLD LORRIE ANDERSON FACES SEVERAL DIFFERENT CHARGES INCLUDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN. HER BOND WAS SET AT 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS. HER ARREST COMES EXACTLY ONE MONTH AFTER A CARENCRO WOMAN WAS ARRESTED FOR THE SAME THING INVOLVING A GIRL UNDER TWELVE YEARS OLD.





THE AMERICAN LEGION COMMANDER FOR THE STATE OF LOUSISIANA IS UPSET THAT THE VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE OVER SPACE IN THE FORMER MOSS REGIONAL HOSPITAL IN LAKE CHARLES. LAKE CHARLES REGIONAL HOSPITAL IS WILLING TO DISCUSS A LEASE FOR ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND SQUARE FEET OF SPACE ON TWO FLOORS AT MOSS REGIONAL. HOWEVER, COLONEL JIM JACKSON SAYS THE VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT DISCUSS IT. JACKSON TELLS K-P-L-C

T-V THAT THE VETERAN’S ADMINSTRATION HAS TO GO THROUGH A FORMAL BID PROCESS BEFORE THEY CAN ACCEPT PROPERTY, WHICH HE CALLS RIDICULOUS.





MANCO VEGETATION MANAGEMENT BEGAN SPRAYING CHEMICALS ALONG ROADSIDES IN ST. LANDRY PARISH TO KILL WEEDS AND RETARD THE GROWTH OF GRASS. MICHAEL SITTIG, WHO IS WITH THE COMPANY, SAYS IT WILL TAKE THIRTY TO 35 DAYS TO COVER THE ENTIRE PARISH. PARISH PRESIDENT BILL FONTENOT SAYS HE’S GLAD THE SPRAYING IS UNDERWAY. HE SAYS THE SPRAYING IS NECESSARY BECAUSE THEY HAVE ONLY FOUR MOWING MACHINES AND THEY CAN’T KEEP UP WITH THE RAPIDLY GROWING VEGETATION. IF YOU DO NOT WANT THE CHEMICALS SPRAYED ON YOUR PROPERTY, YOU CAN CALL ST. LANDRY PUBLIC WORKS TO BE PUT ON A “NO SPRAY LIST”.





William J. Guste (gust) Jr., Louisiana's longest-serving attorney general, has died. His son, Bernard "Randy" Guste, confirmed Thursday that his father died Wednesday at Chateau de Notre Dame in New Orleans, where he had been receiving nursing care. He was 91. He was elected as attorney general in 1972, the first of his five consecutive terms. He served until 1992.







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