THE FOUNDING PASTOR OF FAMILY LIFE CHURCH PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY. FRANCES MARTIN DIED YESTERDAY MORNING AT HIS HOME SURROUNDED BY FAMILY. HE WAS 80-YEARS-OLD. HE BEGAN HIS LIFE OF MINISTRY IN 1974 AND HE LED AND GREW FAMILY LIFE CHURCH UNTIL TURNING OVER THE LEADERSHIP ROLE TO PASTOR TODD MENARD IN 2002. THE FUNERAL SERVICE WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW AT TWO P-M AT FAMILY LIFE CHURCH.
A FEDERAL MAGISTRATE HAS RECOMMENDED THE DISMISSAL OF A FEDERAL LAWSUIT SEEKING TO PREVENT THE LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY FROM HOSTING A DRAG QUEEN STORY TIME. THERE WAS SUCH AN EVENT SCHEDULED FOR LAST AUGUST, BUT THE LIBRARY POSTPONED IT INDEFINITELY AFTER THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED BY THREE MEN. MAGISTRATE PATRICK HANNA SAYS TWO OF THE MEN DO NOT PAY PROPERTY TAXES IN THE PARISH AND THE PLAINTIFFS GOT LIBRARY CARDS JUST BEFORE OR AFTER FILING THE LAWSUIT, SO, HE SAYS, THEY DON’T HAVE STANDING TO SUE. IT’S UP TO A U-S DISTRICT COURT JUDGE TO MAKE THE FINAL DETERMINATION ON THE LAWSUIT AND THE PLAINTIFFS HAVE FOURTEEN DAYS TO FILE AN OBJECTION TO THE MAGISTRATE’S RECOMMENDATION.
TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES OVERNIGHT THAT AUTHORITIES BELIEVE MAY HAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF A DOMESTIC INCIDENT. CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO SAYS THEY RECEIVED A CALL AT AROUND TWO THIS MORNING AND WHEN THEY ARRIVED THEY BELIEVED THERE WAS A PERSON ALIVE IN THE HOME. MANCUSO SAYS A LARGE DOG WAS SHOT AND KILLED BECAUSE HE WAS PREVENTING THE DEPUTIES FROM ENTERING THE HOME ON BENNIE LANE. ONE PERSON WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH WHAT ARE BELIEVED TO BE NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.
Police in the Hudson Valley of New York say they’ve arrested two fugitives from Louisiana, one who was wanted on a second-degree murder charge. Mount Hope police officers received a report of a suspicious couple looking into cars outside Otisville on Wednesday afternoon. The Times Herald-Record reports the two were identified as 33-year-old Kristan Broussard and 30-year-old Ursula Bourque, both of whom are wanted by police in Louisiana, Broussard on a second-degree murder charge, and Bourque on a parole violation. Broussard and Bourque are awaiting extradition to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.
A judge spurned Attorney General Jeff Landry’s argument that Louisiana’s public records law only applies to state citizens, refusing to throw out a lawsuit filed by an Indiana woman. But state district Judge William Morvant also Thursday wouldn’t heavily penalize the Republican attorney general for the lengthy time it took his office to turn over the records the woman requested. Instead, Landry’s office will have to pay attorney’s fees to Scarlett Martin. Martin’s lawyer, Chris Whittington, estimated that would cost the attorney general’s office about $25,000.
LAFAYETTE UTILITIES MOSS STREET LOCATION WILL BE CLOSED TEMPORARILY FOR REMODELING. JEFF HORCHAK HAS MORE.
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ONE SUSPECT IS DEAD IN AN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN LAKE CHARLES IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. A PERSON CALLED POLICE SHORTLY BEFORE ONE THIS MORNING TO INFORM THEM ABOUT A MAN WHO ENTERED A GAS STATION AND THREATENED HIM WITH A GUN. POLICE FOUND THE MAN ABOUT A BLOCK FROM THE STATION ON NORTH MARTIN LUTHER KING HIGHWAY. THE SUSPECT WAS SHOT AND KILLED AND THE POLICE OFFICER WAS UNINJURED. STATE POLICE HAVE BEEN CALLED IN TO INVESTIGATE.
THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL FARMER’S APPRECTIATION DINNER ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 24TH. IN ADDITION TO THE DINNER, THERE WILL BE BOOTH EXHIBITS FROM LOCAL VENDORS AND DOOR PRIZES. IT WILL BE HELD AT THE INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL BUILDING IN CROWLEY. TICKETS ARE TEN DOLLARS EACH AND CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE CHAMBER’S OFFICE LOCATED AT ELEVEN NORTH PARKERSON AVENUE IN DOWNTOWN CROWLEY.