Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A LAFAYETTE MAN, WHO WAS ARRESTED FOR DEFACING THE 9-11 MEMORIAL IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL YESTERDAY AFTER A GROUP OF SUPPORTERS RAISED HIS BAIL. 35-YEAR-OLD SALVADOR PEREZ IS ACCUSED OF ATTACHING DEPICTIONS OF EXPLODING PLANES TO THE MEMORIAL LAST WEDNESDAY, THE 12TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11. CRAWFORD COMEAUX, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE GROUP THAT RAISED SALVADORíS BAIL, SAYS LAWYERS WITH THE ADVOCACY CENTER IN LAFAYETTE HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO REPRESENT HIM. COMEAUX SAYS PEREZ, WHO IS HOMELESS, MAY MAKE A COMMENT TO THE PRESS IN THE FUTURE.
A SECOND DEGREE BATTERY CHARGE FOR AN IOWA MAN HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND HIS BOND HAS BEEN SET AT ONE-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS. 19-YEAR-OLD AUSTIN JAMES SOILEAU IS ACCUSED OF STRIKING 30-YEAR-OLD CHAD BABINEAUX, AN EMPLOYEE AT ON THE ROCKS ON EAST MCNEESE STREET IN LAKE CHARLES. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE BABINEAUX WAS TRYING TO BREAK UP A FIGHT SATURDAY NIGHT BETWEEN SEVERAL PEOPLE WHEN HE WAS STRUCK. HE WAS DECLARED BRAIN DEAD ON SUNDAY.
A CHURCH POINT MAN WAS ARRESTED SATURDAY FOR THREATENING TOW TRUCK DRIVERS WITH A BAT. A TOW TRUCK DRIVER HAD REMOVED A VEHICLE FROM THE UNIVERSITY HOUSE APARTMENTS IN LAFAYETTE. THE OWNER, 36-YEAR-OLD SCOTT NOEL, WENT TO GENE ROBINíS TOWING ON CAMERON STREET AND ATTEMPTED TO DRIVE HIS CAR OUT OF THE STORAGE YARD WITHOUT PAYING THE TOW CHARGE. WHEN A DRIVER CLOSED THE GATE PREVENTING HIS DEPARTURE, NOEL GRABBED A BASEBALL BAT IN THE BACK SEAT OF HIS CAR AND THREATENED THE DRIVERS.
A new review by the legislative auditor says the state Department of Natural Resources hasn't done a consistent job of collecting the millions in royalties owed to the state from oil and gas activity. The audit says lax reviews by the department's Office of Mineral Resources could have cost the state cash that it was owed. The review covered five budget years from 2007 through 2012. Department of Natural Resources officials agreed with most audit findings, and said it will consider recommended improvements, saying the department strives to improve collections.
TOMORROW NIGHT THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD WILL VOTE ON WHETHER TO APPROVE CHARTER SCHOOLS U-S-AíS REQUEST TO BUILD THREE SCHOOLS IN THE PARISH AND NATIONAL HERITAGE ACADEMIES REQUEST FOR TWO SCHOOLS. THE DISCUSSION HAS PROMPTED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TO DELVE INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPANDING SCHOOL CAPACITIES. BOARD MEMBER MARK BABINEAUX TOLD THE DAILY ADVERTISER THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS HERE PERMANENTLY WHILE CHARTER SCHOOLS MAY NOT BE. THE BOARD WILL HOLD A DISCUSSION ON FACILITIES AT AN OCTOBER 16TH MEETING AND A SEPARATE WORKSHOP AND RETREAT WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR SOME TIME IN OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER.
A LAKE CHARLES MAN WAS ARRAIGNED MONDAY ON CHARGES RELATED TO HAVING INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT WITH A TEENAGE GIRL FROM JANUARY 2008 TO AUGUST OF 2009. 28-YEAR-OLD THOMAS L. BREAUX WAS EXTRADITED FROM RHODE ISLAND WHERE HE WAS CHARGED WITH BEING A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE. BREAUX WAS CHARGED WITH 10 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE, TWO COUNTS OF OBSCENITY, AND THREE COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE. BREAUX PLEADED NOT GUILTY AND WILL GO TO TRIAL IN FEBRUARY.
THE TOWN OF ERATH HAS A NEW MAYOR. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
Anyone who wants to vote on the Oct. 19 ballot, which includes municipal races across dozens of parishes and the 5th District congressional race, must be registered to vote by mid-week. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Wednesday is the last day to register for next month's election. People can register to vote online, around the clock at GeauxVote.com. Geaux is spelled G-E-A-U-X. They can also sign up to vote at the parish registrar of voters' office or through the Office of Motor Vehicles, public assistance agencies, public schools, colleges and libraries.