Thursday, October 31, 2013
THERE’S MORE THAN 340 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN A BANK ACCOUNT THAT THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT USES FOR UNCLAIMED MONEY FROM THEIR INVESTIGATIONS OVER THE YEAR. THE 15TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE IS FILING PETITIONS ASKING A JUDGE TO ALLOW THE MONEY TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. IF THE JUDGE APPROVES THE REQUEST, NOTICES WOULD HAVE TO BE FILED IN THE NEWSPAPER AND, OF WHATEVER REMAINS, 70 PERCENT WOULD GO TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND 30 PERCENT TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. LAFAYETTE POLICE SPOKESMAN CORPORAL PAUL MOUTON SAYS THEY WOULD USE THEIR SHARE TO HELP BUILD A FIREARMS TRAINING FACILITY.
A SULPHUR MAN, WHO IS ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS GIRLFRIEND’S CHILD, WAS ARRAIGNED YESTERDAY. 24-YEAR-OLD TRENT DUBROC PLED NOT GUILTY TO THE CHARGE OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER. HIS BOND HAS BEEN SET AT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS AND A PRETRIAL HEARING WAS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 16TH. DUBROC ALLEGEDLY THREW THE 13-MONTH-OLD AGAINST A WALL IN FRUSTRATION AND THEN PLACED THE CHILD BACK IN A CRIB WITHOUT TELLING ANYONE.
ST. MARY PARISH AUTHORITIES DISCOVERED A BODY WEDNESDAY AND THEY ARE NOW TREATING THE CASE AS A HOMOCIDE. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
Justice Department attorneys say the recent partial shutdown of the federal government has contributed to a delay in compiling documents the state seeks in a case involving the state's private school tuition voucher program. Justice lawyers have asked the court to grant a Dec. 16 deadline to provide the documents. The case arises from an August filing in which the Justice Department said the voucher program affects the racial balance in school districts that are under desegregation orders. Justice lawyers argue that the documents won't be needed for a Nov. 22 hearing on a key legal question: whether a desegregation order in a 1975 case applies to the voucher program.
A LAFAYETTE SINGER IS HAVING SUCCESS ON THE NBC SHOW “THE VOICE”. RAY BOUDREAUX WON HIS ROUND IN THE SINGING COMPETITION WITH THE SONG “HARD TO HANDLE”, WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY SUNG BY OTIS REDDING. BOUDREAUX’S VERSION OF THAT SONG ALSO MADE IT ON TO THE ITUNES MUSIC CHART. AS OF LAST NIGHT, IT RANKED NUMBER 12 ON THE CHARTS.
THE CALCASIEU PARISH PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM HAS STARTED A FREE DELIVERY SERVICE FOR THE HOMEBOUND AND THOSE IN FACILITIES SUSH AS NURSING HOMES, GROUP HOMES AND DAYCARES. OUTREACH LIBRARIAN JAYME CHAMPAGNE TELLS K-P-L-C T-V THAT THIS IS SOMETHING PAM EDWARDS, THE OUTREACH DIRECTOR, HAS WANTED TO DO FOR A LONG TIME AND THEY RECENTLY GOT THE BUDGET FOR IT. LIBRARY OFFICIALS MAKE TRIPS TO THE HOMEBOUND EVERY THREE WEEKS AND TO FACILITIES ONCE A MONTH. APPLICATIONS FOR THE PROGRAM ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT CALCASIEU LIBRARY-DOT-ORG-SLASH-LIBRARY-TO-GO.
A STATE APPEALS COURT UPHELD A NEARLY 125 THOUSAND DOLLAR JUDGEMENT AGAINST THE EUNICE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE FOR EXCESSIVE FORCE. JURNELL SMITH OF EUNICE FILED THE LAWSUIT AFTER OFFICERS USED PEPPER SPRAY AND A STUN GUN AGAINST HIM. SMITH WAS DRIVING HOME AND CAME UPON A SCENE WHERE OFFICERS WERE ARRESTING A MAN, AND SMITH WAS STOPPED WHEN HE TRIED TO DRIVE PAST THE SCENE. THE EUNICE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE CLAIMS SMITH REFUSED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS WHEN APPROACHED BY OFFICERS AND SLAPPED AND PUSHED AN OFFICER WHO TRIED TO GET HIM OUT OF HIS CAR.
A state-run insurance company of last resort has settled the remaining claims in a class-action lawsuit tied to how it handled claims after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The New Orleans Advocate reports state District Judge Henry Sullivan gave final approval Wednesday to the settlement in which Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. will pay $4,500 to any remaining claimants. Each claimant will get about $3,000 after one-third is taken out to cover attorneys' fees.
It is not clear how many people will come forward to collect on the settlement and how much it will cost Citizens, which already paid out $108 million to roughly 18,500 claimants after Sullivan ruled against it last year.