LAFAYETTE POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS FATHER. MEGAN KELLY REPORTS.
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THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING A FIRE YESTERDAY MORNING THAT DESTROYED A HOME IN DEQUINCY AND TWO VEHICLES. THE PEOPLE IN THE HOME, LOCATED ON AZALEA DRIVE, MANAGED TO GET OUT SAFELY, BUT LOST EVERYTHING IN THE HOME. TODD PARKER, THE CHIEF OF WARD SIX FIRE PROTECTION, SAYS THEY RECEIVED THE CALL AT 7:30 AND, NINE MINUTES LATER, WHEN THEY ARRIVED, THE HOME WAS FULLY INVOLVED. THE RED CROSS IS HELPING THE FAMILY AND THE WARD SIX FIRE DEPARTMENT IS ACCEPTING DONATIONS.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY GATHERED YESTERDAY IN BREAUX BRIDGE TO REMEMBER A WOMAN WHO WAS THE VICTIM OF A HOMICIDE. 36-YEAR-OLD LATEISHA SYLVESTER WAS FOUND DEAD INSIDE A HOME ON SIDNEY DRIVE ON FRIDAY. 26-YEAR-OLD JAYTRAN SYLVESTER WAS ARRESTED AND BOOKED INTO JAIL ON A CHARGE OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says his 2019 legislative agenda features new items, several repeat proposals and a pledge that he won’t call any special sessions during this election year. The Democratic governor, seeking re-election to a second term, says his push for public school teacher and support worker pay raises will be top priority when lawmakers return in April. Edwards told the Press Club of Baton Rouge he’ll try again to raise Louisiana’s minimum wage and enact equal pay requirements on private industry despite three years of legislative rejection. Edwards says he’ll ask lawmakers to prohibit health insurers from refusing coverage to people because of their medical conditions.
A LAFAYETTE HOMEOWNER HAS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF A CAR BURGLARY AND HE’S HOPING SOMEBODY WILL RECOGNIZE THE MEN. DAVID CHANEY TELLS KLFY TV THAT THE BURGLARS ENTERED THE NEIGHBORHOOD AT AROUND THREE IN THE MORNING IN A TRUCK WITH THE HEADLIGHTS OFF AND THREE PEOPLE GOT OUT AND BEGAN CHECKING FOR UNLOCKED CARS. HE SAYS THEY STOLE A WALLET FROM HIS SON’S VEHICLE, WHICH WASN’T LOCKED. CHANEY POSTED THE VIDEO TO FACEBOOK.
THERE’S BEEN FLARING IN RECENT DAYS AT THE INDORAMA PLANT IN SULPHUR, CONCERNING SOME RESIDENTS. CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER DEEPAK KEDIA SAYS IT’S PART OF EQUIPMENT TESTING AS THEY START UP THEIR ETHANE CRACKER UNIT. HE SAYS THAT, DEPENDING ON WIND DIRECTION, RESIDENTS MAY HEAR VIBRATING SOUNDS AND SEE VISIBLE FLARING FROM THE FACILITY. HE SAYS IT’S NORMAL TO CLEAR AND TEST LINES, AND MAY CONTINUE FOR A FEW MORE WEEKS.
A SPECIAL MEETING WAS HELD LAST NIGHT TO SWEAR IN NEW VERMILLION PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. THEY WERE UNABLE TO SELECT A BOARD PRESIDENT. THREE VOTES WERE HELD WITH JEAN BROUSSARD AND KIBBY PILETTE ON THE BALLOT, BUT THE VOTE ENDED IN A FOUR-TO-FOUR VOTE EACH TIME. THE BOARD WILL SELECT ITS PRESIDENT AT THEIR REGULAR MEETING LATER THIS MONTH.
A pastor from Marksville spoke about healing and his gratitude to the Gainesville, Florida, community following a fiery crash on Interstate 75 that killed five children who were heading to Disney World in a church van. Pastor Eric Descant of Avoyelles House of Mercy Pentecostal church lost his 10-year-old granddaughter Brienna Descant in the Thursday crash that also injured his wife, Karen. The Gainesville Sun reports Descant joined The Pentecostals of Gainesville for a “Night of Healing” in solidarity with his church. The pastor said church members in Gainesville provided food and hotel rooms for affected families and paid airfare for an injured boy who was released from the hospital.