Authorities say a Lake Charles man, charged with attempted murder, told investigators he was trying to kill “a demon” when he used a knife to repeatedly slash a relative. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office says deputies, responding to a call, found 19-year-old Patrick T. Amos covered in blood and he told them he had just killed a family member. A news release says the victim had multiple lacerations from a knife but was alive and taken to a hospital Wednesday. The sheriff’s office says Amos later told detectives he and been using methamphetamine and was being “tormented by a demon that was inside the family member” he had tried to kill.
DON LANDRY WAS SWORN IN LAST NIGHT AS THE NEW DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT, WHICH INCLUDES ACADIA, LAFAYETE AND VERMILLION PARISHES. LANDRY SERVED IN THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR THIRTY-FOUR YEARS UNTIL HIS BOSS LOST REELECTION IN TWENTY-FOURTEEN, AND HE SAYS HE’S NOTICED CASES HAVE BEEN PILING UP IN THE INTERVENING SIX YEARS. HE TELLS KLFY TV HIS FIRST GOAL IS TO REDUCE THE BACKLOG OF CASES AND MAKE SURE CASES ARE PROSECUTED IN A TIMELY MANNER. HE ALSO WANTS TO TRY HIS BEST TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE COMMUNITY.
THE MAN, ACCUSED OF KILLING A VILLE PLATTE WOMAN LAST FEBRUARY, ALLEGEDLY MADE RANSOM DEMANDS, ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS. FIFTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD PHILLIP DEWOODY OF OPELOUSAS IS ACCUSED OF KILLING JOYCE THOMAS, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND AFTER A FOUR DAY SEARCH BY AUTHORITIES. AN AFFADAVIT SAYS THAT THOMAS LEFT HER HOME WITH DEWOODY IN HIS CAR AND LATER THAT DAY, DEWOODY MADE A CALL TO HER FAMILY SAYING SHE WAS KIDNAPPED AND DEMANDING A RANSOM FOR HER SAFE RETURN. HE ALSO SENT A VIDEO MESSAGE THAT SHOWED THOMAS IN AN ABANDONED HOUSE.
Louisiana is boosting its distribution of coronavirus vaccines to the elderly. The state on Monday increased the number of doses available to people aged 70 and older this week and expanded the locations where they can get the shots to include every parish of the state. The Department of Health’s list of pharmacies offering the vaccine to the elderly numbered 107 last week. It has grown to 209 pharmacies and health clinics this week.
COVID-NINETEEN HOSPITALIZATIONS ARE BACK OVER TWO THOUSAND IN LOUISIANA WITH FIFTY-THREE MORE TODAY, ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS PUT ON VENTILATORS IS UP BY TWELVE. THERE ARE THREE THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED NINETY-TWO NEW CASES, PUTTING THE STATE’S TOTAL AT OVER THREE HUNDRED FIFTEEN THOUSAND. LOUISIANA ALSO REPORTED FORTY-SEVEN MORE DEATHS ATTRIBUTED TO COVID-NINETEEN.
ACADIANA HAD EIGHT MORE DEATHS. THREE WERE IN LAFAYETTE PARISH, ACADIA PARISH HAD TWO AND THERE WAS ONE EACH IN ST. LANDRY, ST. MARTIN AND VERMILLION PARISHES. THERE WAS ONE MORE DEATH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. IT WAS FROM BEAUREGARD PARISH. THERE ARE FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTY-SEVEN NEW CASES IN ACADIANA. LAFAYETTE PARISH HAD ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-NINE, PUSHING THEIR OVERALL TOTAL PAST SEVENTEEN THOUSAND FOR THE FIRST TIME. MEANWHILE IBERIA PARISH HAS ECLIPSED FIVE THOUSAND CASES. SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA HAD ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SIX NEW CASES, INCLUDING FIFTY SIX IN CALCASIEU PARISH.
IT’S OFFICIAL. LAFAYETTE’S LARGEST MARDI GRAS ASSOCIATION HAS CANCELLED ALL OF ITS PARADES. SYLVIA MASTERS HAS MORE.
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St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputies are investigating after hunters found human remains. St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office retrieved the remains after getting a call from the hunters about noon Friday in woods near Franklinton. The Advertiser notes that the sheriff’s office did not describe the condition of the remains. KLFY-TV reports that an autopsy will try to determine the cause of death.