Monday, December 02, 2013
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office says a hunter who was not wearing a life jacket died when his boat hit a branch and capsized before dawn in heavy fog, dumping him and a friend into the Atchafalaya River. Iberia Parish Chief Investigator Gifford Saravia tells KATC-TV the dead man was identified as 20-year-old Blaine Allen-Tabb of Baldwin. He says the cause of death has not been determined.
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Water Patrol Unit says the two were staying near the river bank because of the fog when the accident occurred about 4:20 a.m. Saturday.
Six Calcasieu Parish schools will soon be checking visitors' IDs against a national database of sex offenders. The American Press reports that one system was being set up recently at Frasch Elementary School, which has 706 students. School system risk manager Skylar Giardina says three systems are being tried at six schools — two schools per company. Other schools in the pilot project are Molo Middle, J.D. Clifton Elementary, St. John Elementary, J.I. Watson Middle and Sulphur High 9th Grade Campus.
IN LATE SEPTEMBER, THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE OPENED A NEW JUVENILE ASSESSMENT CENTER. JUVENILES WHO ARE ARRESTED OR CITED ARE SENT TO THE CENTER TO BE ASSESSED BY A JUVENILE DEPUTY SPECIALIST, A LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS, AND THEY DEVELOP RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE IN DEALING WITH THEIR CASES. THE GOAL IS TO HELP DIVERT YOUNG OFFENDERS FROM A LIFE OF CRIME. IN THE FIRST MONTH OF OPERATION, THE CENTER RECORDED 159 JUVENILE OFFENDERS AND, OF THE 116 WHO WENT INTO DIVERSION PROGRAMS, 111 WERE STILL HONORING THEIR AGREEMENTS AS OF LATE NOVEMBER.
A jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jury selection for Kurt Mix's federal trial is scheduled to start Monday in New Orleans. Mix is one of four current or former BP employees charged with crimes related to the deadly disaster or its aftermath. Prosecutors claim he deliberately deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor to prevent them from being used in a grand jury's probe of the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
Breaux Bridge city leaders are trying to raise $500,000 to $700,000 to strip and repaint the Bayou Teche drawbridge at the city's center. The Advocate reports that the price is high because hazardous lead paint must be safely stripped and disposed of. Breaux Bridge City Councilman Gary "Bimmie" Champagne says officials know repainting is low on the state's priority list. Tourism director Tina Begnaud says she expects it to take a few years to raise the money.
The aircraft maintenance company that took over a facility in Lake Charles says it has completed its first heavy maintenance check on a commercial aircraft there.
Danny Martinez, vice president of technical services, tells The American Press
former tenant Aeroframe Services locked its doors, it left four Airbus A330 aircraft in various stages of repair. Martinez said Tuesday that three were still in the middle of the work. Martinez says AAR hopes to finish them by the end of the year.
THE LAFAYETTE COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINIC IS MARKING TWENTY YEARS OF PROVIDING FREE MEDICAL, DENTAL AND PRESCRIPTION SERVICES TO THE WORKING UNINSURED. THE ANNIVERSARY WILL BE CELEBRATED THIS THURSDAY AT ITS SILVER BELL SOIREE FUNDRAISER HELD AT THE PALMETTO CLUB. THE CLINIC WILL HONOR BO AND GERALDINE RAMSAY AT THE SOIREE, WHO HELPED THE CLINIC BECOME DEBT FREE SIX YEARS AGO WHEN THEY PAID OFF THE MORTGAGE OF THE BUILDING THE CLINIC USES. TICKETS ARE ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR THE SOIREE AND MAY BE RESERVED BY CALLING ELIZABETH ROSE AT 593-92-OH-8.
New data indicates that many students in Louisiana's voucher program attended schools that were rated "D'' or "F'' on the state's grading scale. However, The Times-Picayune reports that the full impact cannot be assessed because the state released scores only for one-fifth of the 118 voucher schools. Those were schools with at least 40 voucher students in the third grade and up. They served about 2,900 of the nearly 5,000 students in the program last year.