Wednesday, October 30, 2013
A FORMER CALCASIEU PARISH PRIEST, WHO WAS ACCUSED OF MOLESTING BOYS, WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL MONDAY AFTERNOON ON A ONE-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLAR CASH BOND. 57-YEAR-OLD MARK ANTHONY BROUSSARD HAS BEEN IN JAIL SINCE HIS ARREST IN MARCH OF LAST YEAR. THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST BROUSSARD OCCURRED WHEN HE WAS SERVING AS PRIEST AT OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND ST. HENRY CATHOLIC CHURCH BETWEEN 1986 AND 1991. HIS ATTORNEY TOM LORENZI SAYS FRIENDS AND FAMILY RAISED THE MONEY TO PAY HIS BOND, SOME CASHING OUT RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS.
CROWLEY POLICE ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TWO MEN WHO ALLEGEDLY USED A STOLEN CREDIT CARD AT THE SOUTH CROWLEY TRUCK STOP ON OCTOBER 21ST. THEY BOTH WERE DRIVING IN A SILVER FORD EXPEDITION. ONE OF THE MEN IS BLACK, 5-10 WITH A SLIM BUILD WHILE THE OTHER MAN IS WHITE, A MEDIUM BUILD AND ABOUT 5 FEET 8 INCHES TALL. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CAN SUBMIT IT TO CRIME STOPPERS AT 789-TIPS, WHERE A THOUSAND DOLLAR CASH REWARD IS BEING OFFERED.
The fight over government-funded private school tuition vouchers is back in federal court. At issue in a Wednesday morning hearing is whether parents of Louisiana voucher students should be allowed to intervene in a court case linking the voucher issue to desegregation orders. The U.S. Justice Department filed a federal court motion in September saying new vouchers should not be issued in districts that are under longstanding federal desegregation orders unless approved by a federal judge. Parents and an organization supporting vouchers recently sought to intervene in the case to oppose the Justice Department effort.
THE DAILY ADVERTISER REPORTS THAT THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM SPENT NEARLY 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LEGAL FEES DURING THE LAST SCHOOL YEAR TO AN OUTSIDE FIRM THAT SPECIALIZES IN EDUCATION LAW. MOST OF THE WORK BY HAMMONDS AND SILLS WAS ROUTINE CONSULTATIONS, RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION ON STANDARD MATTERS. BUT THERE WERE 47 SPECIAL REQUESTS MADE BY A LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE WHICH PUSHED THE BILL HIGHER. SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER SAYS HE’S CONCERNED ABOUT HOW MUCH THEY SPENT ON OUTSIDE COUNSEL AND WOULD PREFER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS CONSULT WITH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM’S ATTORNEY FIRST BEFORE REACHING OUT.
LAFAYETTE PARISH SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER SAYS THAT NEXT WEEK HE WILL ASK THE BOARD TO ADDRESS THE PAY FOR A CONSULTANT WHO HAS BEEN WORKING WITHOUT A CONTRACT. THIS PAST SUMMER THE SCHOOL BOARD HIRED RINA TIKIA OF THE TIKIA CONSULTING GROUP TO HELP IN THE HIRING OF AN ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE SCHOOL SYSTEM’S SELF-FUNDED EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE. COOPER TELLS THE ADVOCATE THAT THERE IS NO WRITTEN OR VERBAL CONTRACT AND THE BOARD NEEDS TO GIVE DIRECTION ON HOW TO HANDLE THIS BECAUSE SHE NEEDS TO GET PAID FOR THE WORK SHE’S DONE. HE SAYS THEY’LL TRY TO WORK OUT A PRO-RATED AMOUNT FOR THE WORK SHE’S ALREADY DONE AND BRING THAT BEFORE THE SCHOOL BOARD.
STATE POLICE HAVE BEEN CALLED IN TO INVESTIGATE A SHOOTING INVOLVING TWO CALCASIEU PARISH DEPUTIES, WHO RESPONDED TO A CALL OF A DISPUTE BETWEEN TWO NEIGHBORS ON COPPERLEAF DRIVE SOUTH OF LAKE CHARLES. THEY WERE TOLD ONE OF THE NEIGHBORS HELD A GUN ON THE OTHER, AND WHEN THEY APPROACHED THE NEIGHBOR’S HOME, HE CAME OUT WITH A RIFLE POINTED AT THEM. THE DEPUTIES TOOK COVER AND TOLD HIM TO DROP THE WEAPON. WHEN HE REFUSED, THEY SHOT HIM, ONCE IN THE ABDOMEN AND ONCE IN THE LEGS. SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO SAYS THE SUSPECT WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL, BUT HE DOESN’T KNOW IF THE WOUNDS WERE LIFE THREATENING.
OPELOUSAS POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A SHOOTING SUSPECT, THIS AFTER A SHOOTING YESTERDAY IN THE 800 BLOCK OF PARK AVENUE. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
A new study by two policy organizations recommends that Louisiana shrink its prison population and costs by repealing minimum mandatory sentences for nonviolent crimes. The groups suggest that Louisiana could maintain public safety while also reducing a per capita incarceration rate that is the highest in the nation, by making changes to the habitual offender law and locking up fewer people for nonviolent offenses. The Reason Foundation, a libertarian organization based in California, made the suggestions Tuesday along with the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, a conservative organization based in Louisiana. By shrinking its prison population, the study says Louisiana could invest more money in rehabilitation programs for those who remain in jail.