Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested four girls in the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl during a fight inside a Walmart store. The Sheriff’s Office said Sunday on Facebook that a 12-year-old, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old were arrested after the older girl died at a hospital Saturday in Lake Charles. The message said one girl was arrested on a second-degree murder charge and three on charges accusing them as principals to second-degree murder.
OPELOUSAS POLICE ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR A SHOOTING SPREE SATURDAY NIGHT THAT LEFT ONE MAN DEAD. A PATROL OFFICER HEARD GUNSHOTS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH MARKET AND CHESNEY STREETS AT AROUND EIGHT THIRTY AND FOUND A MAN SUFFERING A GUNSHOT WOUND NEAR THE RAILROAD TRACKS. THE MAN, WHO WAS UNABLE TO TELL THE OFFICER WHO SHOT HIM, LATER DIED AT THE HOSPITAL. POLICE SAY SEVERAL HOMES AND VEHICLES IN THE AREA WERE ALSO HIT BY GUNFIRE.
IF YOU DRIVE BY ST. BARNABAS EPISCOPAL CHURCH ON CAMELIA BOULEVARD IN LAFAYETTE, YOU MIGHT NOTICE MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED TINY WHITE FLAGS ON THE PROPERTY. THEY EACH REPRESENT THE LIFE OF SOMEONE IN THE PARISH WHO DIED FROM COVID-NINETEEN. A SHORT CEREMONY WAS HELD YESTERDAY MORNING FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO MOURN LOVED ONES. THE MEMORIAL WILL BE ON DISPLAY THROUGH THE WEEK AND VISITORS CAN USE MARKERS ATTACHED TO SIGNS TO WRITE THE NAME OF A LOVED ONE WHO DIED FROM COVID-NINETEEN ON ONE OF THE FLAGS.
TODAY’S COVID-NINETEEN REPORT FROM THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVERS TWO DAYS, BECAUSE OF SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE. THEY REPORT JUST TWENTY-SIX MORE DEATHS, WHICH IS THE SMALLEST AMOUNT IN MORE THAN THREE WEEKS. THERE ARE NEARLY TWO THOUSAND NEW CONFIRMED CASES, PUTTING THE TOTAL ABOVE THREE HUNDRED THIRTY-NINE THOUSAND. HOSPITALIZATIONS DECREASED BY THREE BUT THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS ROSE BY FOUR.
ACADIANA HAD FIVE MORE COVID-NINETEEN DEATHS. THREE WERE IN LAFAYETTE PARISH WHILE THE OTHER TWO WERE IN ST. MARTIN PARISH. SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA ADDED ONE MORE, WHICH WAS IN JEFF DAVIS PARISH. THERE WERE ONE HUNDRED NINETY ADDITIONAL NEW COVID-NINETEEN CASES IN ACADIANA, INCLUDING SEVENTY-NINE IN LAFAYETTE PARISH. FIFTY-TWO NEW CASES WERE REPORTED IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA, MOST OF WHICH WERE IN CALCASIEU PARISH, WITH FORTY-THREE.
NO COST COVID-NINETEEN TESTING IS AVAILABLE TODAY IN PARTS OF ACADIANA. GERALD GRUENING HAS THE DETAILS.
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A Louisiana family mourning the loss of a relative to COVID-19 says they were mocked at a funeral home for asking others to wear masks. According to The Advocate, Peter Guarisco IV said his family asked a Lafayette funeral home to enforce the governor’s mask mandate. But he says he was silenced by a manager, who eventually called police in an attempt to resolve the situation. Guarisco says his family wants to start a conversation about how these kinds of situations are going to result in more people getting sick and losing loved ones.
Louisiana’s public schools have nearly 17,000 fewer students in the coronavirus pandemic. That’s an enrollment decline of more than 2% this year to just under 700,000 students. Nearly half the decrease is among students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. However, The Advocate reports that drops also appeared in the number of students in first grade through seventh grade.