Monday, September 09, 2013
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE WAS MOVED OVER THE WEEKEND FROM THE SIXTH FLOOR AT THE COURTHOUSE TO THE TOP FLOOR OF THE WHITNEY BANK BUILDING. THE MOVE IS TEMPORARY AS THE SIXTH FLOOR IS REFURBISHED, INCLUDING THE REPLACEMENT OF THE CEILING AND THE REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS. PAM GRANGER, THE ASSISTANT TO D-A MIKE HARSON, SAYS THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD IT WILL TAKE BETWEEN 18 MONTHS AND A YEAR TO COMPLETE. HARSON SAYS THEY WILL MISS OUT ON THE CONVENIENCE OF BEING JUST A FLOOR OR TWO ABOVE THE COURTROOMS, BUT OTHERWISE, IT SHOULDN’T AFFECT THEM TOO MUCH.
A SEVENTH GRADER AT DERIDDER JUNIOR HIGH IS ONE OF FOURTEEN WINNERS IN THE NATIONAL STEM VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE. 12-YEAR-OLD ANGEL MARTINEZ ACEVEDO SUBMITTED A VIDEO GAME HE BUILT CALLED THE ARCADE, WHICH FEATURES TWENTY GAMES AND PUZZLES. HE WON A FREE LAPTOP AND SOFTWARE AND HIS CLASS RECEIVES TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS, WHICH HIS TEACHER, MARIA SANCHEZ, PLANS TO USE TO BUY TABLETS AND A ROBOTICS KIT FOR THE STUDENTS. THE GAME WAS ONE OF FOUR THOUSAND SUBMISSIONS TO THE CONTEST, WHICH AIMS TO ENCOURAGE STUDENT’S INTERESTS IN MATH AND SCIENCES THROUGH GAME DESIGN.
IN PORT BARRE, POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A FATAL CRASH INVOLVING A PEDESTRIAN. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Aug. 31 have dropped from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show 2,434 initial claims compared to 2,505 a week earlier.
The four-week moving average of initial claims decreased to 2,573 from the previous week's average of 2,676. Continued unemployment claims for the week ending Aug. 31 decreased to 25,203 compared to the previous week's total of 25,947.
THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED AN UNDERCOVER PROSTITUTION STING OPERATION OVER THE WEEKEND, RESULTING IN 24 ARRESTS. SIX WOMEN WERE ARRESTED ON FRIDAY ON A CHARGE OF SOLICITATION OF PROSTITUTION. ON SATURDAY, 16 MEN WERE ARRESTED ON THE SAME CHARGE AND ONE WILL FACE AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE OF INTERFERING WITH A POLICE OFFICER’S DUTIES. THE OPERATION WAS CONDUCTED IN THE AREA AROUND THE 14-HUNDRED BLOCK OF CAMERON STREET.
Louisiana State Police arrested two soldiers stationed at Fort Polk after they led troopers on a high-speed chase during which they were clocked riding high-performance motorcycles about 100 miles an hour above posted speed limits.
Trooper Scott Moreau said 23-year-old Carlton Jamison, of Honolulu, turned onto La. Highway 184, but not before being clocked doing 142 mph in a 45-mph zone on La. Highway 8. Moreau says the driver of the other motorcycle, 20-year-old Nathaniel Sanders, of Fort Polk, stayed on Highway 8 and was clocked going 159 mph in a 65-mph zone. Sanders and Jamison were booked into the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office over the weekend with flight from an officer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and speeding.
A 17-YEAR-OLD FROM NEW IBERIA WAS ARRESTED ON FRIDAY FOR THE DEATH OF A 29-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AT HER HOME ON DEARE STREET. IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN RYAN TURNER SAYS THE VICTIM, WHOSE NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED, WAS FOUND BY DEPUTIES THURSDAY AFTER THEY WERE ASKED TO CHECK ON HER BY A NEIGHBOR. TURNER SAYS THEY ARE CONFIDENT SHE WAS MURDERED, BUT THEY ARE WAITING AN AUTOPSY TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH. NICHOLAS WILLIAMS WAS BOOKED INTO THE IBERIA PARISH JAIL ON ONE COUNT OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's former chief of staff, Stephen Waguespack, has been chosen to lead the powerful lobbying group, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. LABI's board of directors announced Waguespack's appointment as president Friday. He'll succeed Dan Juneau, who has led the organization since 1989 and is retiring. Waguespack dismissed suggestions Jindal would hold influence over LABI because of his appointment.