Thursday, September 26, 2013
A MOCK TRIAL TEAM AT NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL IN LAFAYETTE WILL BE TAKING PART IN A NATIONAL COMPETITION AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY NEXT WEEK. THEY WILL BE COMPETING AGAINST 15 TO 20 OTHER TEAMS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. LIZ TULLIER, THE SCHOOLíS LEGAL ACADEMY DIRECTOR, SAYS THEY HAD ALSO RECEIVED INVITATIONS TO COMPETITIONS IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK AND AT YALE, BUT CHOSE HARVARD. THE TEAM WILL BE MENTORED BY HARVARD UNIVERSITYíS OWN MOCK TRIAL TEAM MEMBERS.
LAST NIGHT LAKE CHARLES CITY OFFICIALS PROVIDED INFORMATION AND ANSWERED QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE SALE ROAD BRIDGE PROJECT, IN WHICH SALE ROAD WILL GO FROM A TWO LANE TO A THREE LANE ROAD WITH GUARDRAILS. CONSTRUCTION WILL BE DONE IN TWO PHASES WITH THE FIRST PHASE LASTING THREE-AND-A-HALF MONTHS, DURING WHICH TIME SALE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN HOLLY HILL ROAD AND TIMBERLAWN DRIVE. IT COULD BE A PROBLEM FOR DRIVERS BECAUSE WORK ON THE COVE LANE INTERCHANGE PROJECT WILL BE HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME. TO HELP WITH TRAFFIC, THE INTERSECTION AT HOLLY HILL AND PRIEN LAKE ROAD WILL BE WIDENED AND A LEFT TURN LANE WILL BE ADDED FOR WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON PRIEN LAKE ROAD.
BREAUX BRIDGE POLICE ARE WARNING AREA RESIDENTS ABOUT A MAN WHO IS CONSIDERED TO BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS AND WHO MAY BE ON DRUGS. 27-YEAR-OLD EDDIE JAMES WILTZ IS WANTED ON NUMEROUS CHARGES INCLUDING SUSPICION OF HOME INVASION, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, AND POSSESSION OF SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA. HE IS SUSPECTED OF SHOOTING AT SOMEONE AND ROBBING THE SAME PERSONíS VEHICLE AFTERWARDS. ANYONE WITH KNOWLEDGE OF WILTZí WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CALL DETECTIVES AT THE BREAUX BRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Gil Dozier, a former Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry whose political career ended with a federal extortion conviction in 1980, has died.
His son's law office in Lafayette confirmed the death Wednesday but did not release the cause. Dozier's exact age was not available. He was believed to be about 79.
SEVERAL TEENS TAKING PART IN A PRANK CALLED JUNIOR SENIOR WARS ENDED UP IN JAIL. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
A MOSS BLUFF FAMILY HAS BEEN REUNITED WITH THEIR PET DOG AFTER IT WAS STOLEN SUNDAY. AFTER KELLY SPENCE OFFERED A 500 DOLLAR REWARD, SHE RECEIVED A CALL FROM SOMEONE WHO SAID THEY HAD THE DOG AND OFFERED IT BACK IN EXCHANGE FOR THE REWARD. POLICE FOLLOWED THE CAR AFTER THE MEETING AND ARRESTED THE DRIVER ON AN UNRELATED OUTSTANDING WARRANT. SPENCE TELLS K-P-L-C T-V SHE HAS TROUBLE BELIEVING THEIR STORY THAT THEY THOUGHT THE DOG WAS A STRAY AND PICKED IT UP FOR THEMSELVES AS A BIRTHDAY PRESENT.
THE SCHOOL BUS THAT A FOUR-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS ACCIDENTALLY LEFT ON ALL DAY MONDAY ENDED UP IN A DITCH YESTERDAY. ON MONDAY, THE CHURCH POINT ELEMENTARY STUDENT WAS LEFT ON THE BUS FOR SEVEN HOURS, AND AS A RESULT, THE BUS DRIVER IS NO LONGER EMPLOYED. A SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVER YESTERDAY MORNING WAS BACKING UP THE BUS ON MAHAW LANE AND GOT STUCK IN A DITCH. JOEY SIMON, THE TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR FOR THE ACADIA PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT, SAYS THERE WAS ONLY ONE STUDENT ON THE BUS AT THE TIME WHO WAS PICKED UP AND TAKEN TO CLASS.
A recent law enforcement sweep in Lafayette dubbed "Fall Times Blues" netted 73 arrests in three days on charges ranging from cocaine possession to aggravated rape. Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force Division Capt. John Babin tells The Advertiser it was the second major operation in Lafayette this year that combined efforts of multiple agencies, with the last sweep in May leading to the arrest of 33 people in a two-day operation known as "Spring Cleaning." Babin says Fall Times Blues, which was conducted Sept. 15-18, combined the efforts of 12 law enforcement agencies to target "hot spots" known for criminal activity. The spring operation involved six agencies.