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Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013





A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER WAS ARRESTED SATURDAY AFTER HE CAUSED A CRASH IN LAFAYETTE PARISH THAT RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF FOUR PEOPLE, INCLUDING AN UNBORN CHILD. STATE POLICE SPOKESMAN TROOPER STEPHEN HAMMONS SAYS THAT ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON 58-YEAR-OLD CHARLES MOTER OF DUSON WAS ATTEMPTING TO PASS A CAR ON L-A 343 AND HIT THE SIDE OF AN ONCOMING CAR THAT WAS ATTEMPTING TO AVOID HIS VEHICLE. 33-YEAR-OLD JOE WISE OF SCOTT, 14-YEAR-OLD CASSIE KILBY OF DUSON AND 16-YEAR-OLD KAYLIN FLYTE OF CROWLEY, WHO WAS PREGNANT, WERE ALL PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE BY THE LAFAYETTE PARISH CORONER’S OFFICE. HAMMONS SAYS MOTER WAS IMPAIRED AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH, AND, AFTER HIS RELEASE FROM THE HOSPITAL, HE WAS ARRESTED ON NUMEROUS CHARGES, INCLUDING THREE COUNTS OF VEHICULAR HOMOCIDE AND THIRD DEGREE FETECIDE.





LAST WEEK, THE CALCASIEU PARISH POLICE JURY AGREED TO PARTICIPATE IN A PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS THEM TO GIVE TAX INCENTIVES TO NON-MANUFACTURING COMPANIES THAT LOCATE WITHIN THE PARISH. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE LOUISIANA COMPETITIVE PROJECTS TAX EXEMPTION PROGRAM, THE PARISH WOULD BE PERMITTED TO GIVE A TEN YEAR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION TO NON-MANUFACTURING COMPANIES THAT MOVE TO THE AREA. GEORGE SWIFT OF THE SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE SAYS THE PROJECT MUST COME WITH A 25 MILLION DOLLAR PRICE TAG AND PROVIDE A MINIMUM OF FIFTY PERMANENT JOBS IN CERTAIN CATEGORIES. SWIFT SAYS THIS WILL MAKE CALCASIEU PARISH MORE COMPETITIVE IN ATTRACTING COMPANIES LIKE I-B-M, WHICH IS OPENING A SERVICES CENTER IN BATON ROUGE.





THE U-S ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS RELEASED A DRAFT REPORT OF A PLAN FOR ONE-POINT-SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF COASTAL RESTORATION AND PROTECTION PROJECTS FOR VERMILLION, CAMERON AND CALCASIEU PARISHES. THE PLAN RECOMMENDS SPENDING ONE-POINT-3 BILLION DOLLARS FOR RESTORATION WORK SUCH AS MARSH PROTECTION, OYSTER REEF PRESERVATION, SHORELINE PROTECTION, AND REFORESTATION. THE PLAN ALSO CALLS FOR NEARLY 400 MILLION TO BE SPENT TO FLOOD-PROOF, ELEVATE AND MOVE BUILDINGS IN COASTAL AREAS. GARRET GRAVES OF THE COASTAL PROTECTION AND RESTORATION AUTHORITY OF LOUISIANA SAYS THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE A GOOD START, BUT ONLY COVERS A THIRD OF THE RESTORATION PROJECTS IDENTIFIED IN A MASTER PLAN FOR THE REGION.





Louisiana is expanding Medicaid health insurance coverage to more adolescents aging out of the state's foster care system. The Advocate reports the state health agency has written rules that go into effect Tuesday. A change was required under the federal health care revamp. Because of the federal Affordable Care Act, the state will expand Medicaid coverage to those youth up to age 26.







EARTHSHARE GARDENS, WHICH HAS BEEN LAFAYETTE’S COMMUNITY GARDEN FOR TEN YEARS, IS BEING RETURNED TO THE SISTERS OF HOLY FAMILY ORGANIZATION, BECAUSE THE LEASE ON THE LAND HAS EXPIRED. THE GARDEN, LOCATED BEHIND THE OLD HOLY ROSARY INSTITUTE OFF CARMEL DRIVE, HAS BEEN USED BY SUCH GROUPS AS FOODNET, HALTING ADDITICTION IN LAFAYETTE TEENS, AND THE COMMUNITY ROOTS PROJECT. VOLUNTEERS SPENT SUNDAY REMOVING EQUIPMENT AND TEARING DOWN OLD BUILDINGS ON THE PROPERTY. THE MANAGER OF THE GARDEN, ROBERT FAUL, TOLD THE DAILY ADVERTISER THAT THE EQUIPMENT WILL BE STORED IN WAREHOUSES AND HOMES UNTIL THEY CAN FIND A NEW LOCATION.





LAKE CHARLES POLICE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE SATURDAY WHO WERE ATTEMPTING TO STEAL A BICYCLE IN THE 14-HUNDRED BLOCK OF WATKINS. 21-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER PATTIN AND 20-YEAR-OLD CLEVELAND CARTER WERE SPOTTED BY POLICE AND, DURING AN INVESTIGATION, THEY FOUND OTHER STOLEN ITEMS IN A BACKPACK. THEY WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE OWNERS AND RETURN THE STOLEN ITEMS. POLICE BELIEVE THE TWO WERE INVOLVED IN AT LEAST THREE BURGLARIES AND VEHICLE THEFTS IN THE WATKINS AND ENGLESIDE AREAS.





POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING IN BREAUX BRIDGE. MICHAEL DUPREE REPORTS.





First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 21 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,578 from 2,737 for the previous week. For the comparable week a year earlier there were 3,495 initial claims. The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, decreased to 2,581 from the previous week's total of 2,650.













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