LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH OFFICIALS ARE CONSIDERING WHETHER TO REGULATE COMPANIES THAT RENT BIRD AND LIME SCOOTERS OR WAIT FOR THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO DO SO. THE SCOOTERS BEGAN SHOWING UP IN LAFAYETTE IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER. PEOPLE CAN RENT THE SCOOTERS THROUGH A SMARTPHONE APP, GET CHARGED FOR THE MINUTES USED, AND LEAVE THE SCOOTER WHEN DONE AND THE COMPANY RETRIEVES IT USING G-P-S. LAFAYETTE MAYOR PRESIDENT JOEL ROBIDEAUX SAYS A LOCAL ORDINANCE PROBABLY COULD NOT BE ADOPTED UNTIL LATE FEBRUARY.
A MAN CHARGED WITH CAPITAL MURDER FOR THE DRIVE BY SHOOTING OF A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN HOUSTON HAS TIES TO JEFF DAVIS PARISH. 20-YEAR-OLD ERIC BLACK JUNIOR WAS ON PROBATION AFTER HE WAS CONVICTED FOR POSSESSING A GUN WITH AN OBLITERATED SERIAL NUMBER IN MARCH OF 2017. BLACK WAS A PASSENGER IN A VEHICLE ON DECEMBER 30TH IN HOUSTON FROM WHICH 24-YEAR-OLD LARRY D. WOODRUFFE FIRED SHOTS AT A FAMILY THAT WAS DRIVING TO THE GROCERY STORE, KILLING SEVEN-YEAR-OLD JAZMINE BARNES. PROSECUTORS SAY BLACK AND WOODRUFFE MISTAKENLY THOUGHT THEY WERE ATTACKING PEOPLE THAT THEY HAD FOUGHT WITH HOURS EARLIER AT A CLUB.
A prominent Louisiana chef was one of two men killed in a California plane crash during a hunting trip, and now his local community is remembering his legacy.
News outlets report 70-year-old Lionel Robin (ROW-ban) died when the small plane crashed Monday in a rural area of Northern California. Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette says his friend was a phenomenal cook and a passionate hunter who will never be forgotten in the town. Robin owned and operated Robin’s Restaurant in Henderson for about four decades and the Cecilia native more recently served as Tabasco hot sauce’s official hospitality chef.
Louisiana officials have told a federal appeals court in New Orleans that a lawsuit against the state by Planned Parenthood should be dismissed. The women’s health organization says the state has violated federal law by delaying its application for a license to perform abortions in Louisiana. The lawsuit accuses the health department under of using “sham” investigations to delay the license. State attorneys say there are legitimate state and federal investigations of Planned Parenthood that warrant consideration, and they say the lawsuit asks federal judges to improperly decide a state issue.
FOUR LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOLS WILL BE REZONED NEXT YEAR BECAUSE OF A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BEING BUILT IN BROUSSARD. JEFF HORCHAK HAS MORE.
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SOME RESIDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY OF VINTON IN CALCASIEU PARISH ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE DUMPING OF ANIMAL CARCASSES. RESIDENTS SAY DIFFERENT ANIMAL BODIES OR PARTS OF BODIES ARE BEING DUMPED ON THE CORNER OF CLEVELAND ROAD AND HIGHWAY 90. PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA HAVE TOLD KPLC TV THAT A NEW CARCASS IS DUMPED EVERY WEEK, WHICH ATTRACTS WOLVES AND OTHER ANIMALS THAT COME TO EAT IT. CAPTAIN JESSE SAVOIS OF THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES SAYS THEY RESPOND TO CONCERNS AND ADDRESS THEM BUT IT’S UP TO THE INDIVIDUALS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
INVESTIGATORS WITH THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARE SEEKING THE PUBLIC’S HELP TO FIND A SUSPECT IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 66-YEAR-OLD JAMES FRANCIS OF CROWLEY ON DECEMBER 18TH. THE BODY OF FRANCIS WAS DISCOVERED BEHIND THE KATHY APARTMENTS WITH A SINGLE GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD. IT IS BELIEVED AN ARGUMENT OR DISTURBANCE HAPPENED BEFORE THE SHOOTING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CAN CALL CRIME STOPPERS OF ACADIA PARISH AT 789-TIPS. ALL CALLERS REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND CAN RECEIVE UP TO A THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD.
BP has approved a $1.3 billion expansion at one of its oil projects in the Gulf of Mexico and discovered an additional 1.4 billion barrels at two of them. In a statement Tuesday, BP says development of Atlantis Phase 3 is the latest example of its “strategy of growing advantaged high-margin oil production through its existing production facilities in the Gulf.” The Atlantis expansion will include the construction of a new subsea production system from eight new wells that will be tied into the current platform, 150 miles south of New Orleans. The company says it’s scheduled to begin operating in 2020 and is expected to boost production by an estimated 38,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day at its peak.