Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Iberia Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a suspect who allegedly told several New Iberia Wal-Mart employees that he had a bomb in a duffel bag. Sheriff Louis Ackal says deputies arrested 48-year-old Johnall Lanieu Monday evening and booked him with communicating false information of a planned arson. Deputies say no explosive devises were found in the duffel bag.
A WESTLAKE MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY STOLE A RELATIVE’S SHERIFF’S DEPUTY UNIFORM AND WORE IT WHILE STEALING TWO FLAT SCREEN T-V’S FROM A WALMART. 26-YEAR-OLD GARY A. ROBERTSON, WHO HAS A CRIMINAL HISTORY, WAS CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER AND OTHER CHARGES ARE PENDING. HE WAS FOUND BY POLICE OFFICERS DRIVING A WHITE TRUCK AND LED THEM ON A SHORT CHASE BEFORE HE WAS APPREHENDED. CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO SAYS IT’S POSSIBLE HE MAY HAVE STRONG-ARMED SOME PEOPLE WHILE IMPERSONATING A SHERIFF’S DEPUTY AND IF ANYONE HAS INFORMATION ON THAT, THEY SHOULD COME FORWARD.
LOUISIANA CONGRESSMAN CHARLES BOUSTANY SAYS THE GOVERNMENT OF NEW ZEALAND IS COMMITTING MORE RESOURCES IN THE SEARCH FOR THE SEVEN MEMBER CREW OF THE NINA, WHICH INCLUDES LAFAYETTE TEENAGER DANIELLE WRIGHT. A VOLUNTEER IN THE RESCUE OPERATION SPOTTED AN IMAGE THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LIFE RAFT IN THE TASMAN SEA, AND AS A RESULT THE NEW ZEALAND COAST GUARD IS GETTING INVOLVED, ACCORDING TO BOUSTANY. TEXAS EQUUSEARCH, WHICH IS LEADING THE OPERATION, WILL HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE TOMORROW TO UPDATE THE PUBLIC AND RAISE FUNDS. RALPH BAIRD OF TEXAS EQUUSEARCH SAYS THEY ARE HOPING THEY CAN CONVINCE THE U-S GOVERNMENT TO HELP BY PROVIDING REAL TIME SATELLITE IMAGES, BECAUSE NOW THEY ARE FORCED TO LOOK AT IMAGES THAT ARE WEEKS OLD.
For anyone eyeing the 5th District congressional seat, decision time is here. The registration period for candidates ends today, so only a few hours remain for interested contenders to pay their qualifying fee and file the paperwork to be on the Oct. 19 ballot. The list of those seeking the seat — which represents northeast and central Louisiana — contains six people so far. Candidates include Republican state Sen. Neil Riser, Democratic state Reps. Marcus Hunter and Robert Johnson and Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, also a Democrat.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S CASE AGAINST ST. LANDRY PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER QUINCY RICHARD WRAPPED UP YESTERDAY. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
THE CITY OF LAKE CHARLES HAS SUBMITTED A PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THE 2013-14 FISCAL YEAR TO THE CITY COUNCIL. IT WILL BE DISCUSSED AT TONIGHT’S COUNCIL MEETING. THE PROPOSED BUDGET IS 59-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLARS, NEARLY FOUR PERCENT HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR’S. A HEARING IS SET FOR AUGUST 27TH, IN WHICH THE COUNCIL WILL CONDUCT AN OFFICIAL REVIEW OF THE BUDGET. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND AND SUBMIT QUESTIONS.
THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL LAST NIGHT DECIDED TO GIVE A HOUSE ON CHESTNUT STREET, THAT THE POLICE ARE NO LONGER USING, TO REBUILDING TOGETHER, WHO WILL FIX IT UP AND SELL IT TO A LOW INCOME FAMILY. THE HOUSE HAD BEEN USED BY LAFAYETTE POLICE AS A CRIME SUPPRESSION LOCATION, BUT THE DEPARTMENT NO LONGER WANTED IT AND ASKED THAT IT BE GIVEN TO A GOOD CITIZEN WHO COULD REPAIR IT. THE COUNCIL HOWEVER DECIDED TO GIVE IT TO REBUILD TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY HAD NO MECHANISM THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO GIVE IT TO SOMEONE. THE COUNCIL ALSO AGREED TO GIVE REBUILDING TOGETHER A TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT TO COVER REPAIR COSTS.
The average composite score for Louisiana students taking the ACT college readiness test dropped from 20.3 in 2012 to 19.5 for 2013, but the number of students who scored well enough to attend college without remedial work increased by 3,600. The figures show results for the first year that all Louisiana high school students were required to take the ACT — regardless of whether they expressed intent to go to college. The state education department says 45,303 public and private school students took the test this year, an increase of 8,569 students. Louisiana joined the ranks of states requiring students to take the ACT because it provides students with an opportunity to measure educational progress and college readiness, while helping the state measure schools' effectiveness.