THERE WERE A RECORD NUMBER OF HOMES SOLD IN THE NINE PARISH ACADIANA AREA LAST YEAR, THE SECOND STRAIGHT RECORD YEAR. FIVE THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED AND NINETY-ONE HOMES WERE SOLD LAST YEAR, AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN SIX PERCENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE TOTAL DOLLAR VOLUME OF THE HOMES SOLD ALSO REACHED A RECORD HIGH. THIRTY-NINE PERCENT OF THE HOMES SOLD IN THE REGION WERE FROM OUTSIDE LAFAYETTE PARISH, WITH IBERIA PARISH LEADING THE WAY, WHILE ST. MARTIN PARISH SAW THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALE PRICE FOR EACH HOME.
A LAKE CHARLES PEDESTRIAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A HIT AND RUN DRIVER EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING. POLICE FOUND THE BODY OF 43-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM WINGATE THE THIRD JUST AFTER FOUR YESTERDAY MORNING NEAR THE ROADWAY AT THE INTERSECTION OF EAST BROAD STREET AND J. BENNET JOHNSTON AVENUE. THEY DETERMINED HE HAD BEEN HIT BY AN UNKNOWN VEHICLE THAT HAD LEFT THE SCENE. ANYONE WHO HAS INFORMATION ON THE HIT-AND-RUN IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE LAKE CHARLES POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry submitted the paperwork Thursday to put President Donald Trump’s name on the ballot in Louisiana. Trump carried the state in 2016 by a 20 percentage point margin, and he’s expected to easily win the red state a second time. The candidate signup period for Louisiana’s April 4 presidential primary continues through Friday. The election is a rare closed party primary in Louisiana.
THERE’S A NEW LEADER AT THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT. CAROLINE MARCELLO TELLS US WHO THAT IS.
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TOBY AGUILLARD RESIGNED AS LAFAYETTE POLICE CHIEF BECAUSE THE INCOMING MAYOR PRESIDENT JOSH GUILLORY ASKED FOR HIS RESIGNATION AND THREATENED TO FIRE HIM IF HE DIDN’T. YESTERDAY FOR THE FIRST TIME, GUILLORY EXPLAINED SOME OF HIS REASONING FOR THE DECISION. ON HIS WEEKLY PROGRAM ON KPEL, HE SAID GUILLORY’S POOR RELATIONSHIP WITH LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF MARK GARBER PLAYED A ROLE. HE SAID THE DISMISSAL OF AGUILLARD WAS NOT PERSONAL OR POLITICAL.
A BARBEQUE JOINT IS COMING TO THE ENTERPRISE BOULEVARD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT. THE HOBEAUX DEN WILL BE GOING UP AT THE CORNER OF BROAD AND BOSTON, NEXT TO THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ACADIAN AMBULANCE PROJECT. THE OWNER, BURLEY THOMPSON, SAYS CONSTRUCTION ON THE RESTAURANT WILL BEGIN THIS SPRING. MAYOR NIC HUNTER SAYS THIS IS GOING TO BE A BIG YEAR FOR DEVELOPMENT IN LAKE CHARLES WITH MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING.
A JEANERETTE POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR USING EXCESSIVE FORCE WHEN MAKING AN ARREST ON NEW YEAR’S DAY. THE OFFICER WAS ARRESTING A MAN WHO WAS CAUSING A DISTURBANCE IN THE QUEEN BEE CLUB PARKING LOT AT AROUND TWO A-M. WHEN INTERIM POLICE CHIEF FERNEST MARTIN ARRIVED ON THE SCENE, HE SENT THE OFFICER HOME AND LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION. THE FINDINGS OF A DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATION HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE MAYOR’S OFFICE, WHO WILL DECIDE IF THE OFFICER IS TO BE FIRED AND IF THE REPORT WILL BE SENT TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR POSSIBLE CHARGES.
Louisiana’s top higher education board has postponed decision-making on a rewrite of its minimum college admission standards. The updated policy before the Board of Regents would include new financial penalties for campuses that violate the policy. Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed and her staff spent months working on the proposed changes to admissions standards first put in place 14 years ago. The Board of Regents balked Thursday at making the changes recommended by Reed and her staff, and they pushed back a vote until February.