YOUNGSVILLE POLICE SAY THEY FOUND A DRUG LAB WHILE RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC DISTUBANCE CALL. MEGAN KELLY HAS MORE.
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THE JENNINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS A WARRANT OUT FOR A MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING A FIVE-YEAR-OLD GIRL LAST WEEK. POLICE CHIEF DANNY SEMMES SAYS THE CHILD FROM JENNINGS HAD BEEN BEATEN WITH A BELT THAT HAD HOLES IN IT, LEAVING IMPRESSIONS ON THE CHILD’S SKIN. THE MAN WHO’S WANTED, 32-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN BROCK KING, WAS PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED FOR ABUSING AN ELEVEN-MONTH-OLD CHILD IN 2016, CAUSING TWO OPEN-SKULL FRACTURES. ANYONE WHO KNOWS THE LOCATION OF KING IS ASKED TO CALL THE JENNINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 821-55-15.
Authorities in Northern California say two men were killed when a small plane they were in crashed into a pond in a rural area. One of the men was from Louisiana, 71-year-old Lionel Robin, of Arnaudville, whose body was found in the plane’s wreckage. Robin was a chef who owned the former Robin’s Restaurant in Henderson. The mayor of Henderson, Sherbin Collette, says Robin was on a hunting trip. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Board are investigating what caused the plane to crash.
A fight over abortion access in New Orleans is going before a federal appeals court. Louisiana officials are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood. The organization has been seeking a license to perform abortions at a new facility in New Orleans since September of 2016. Planned Parenthood affiliates filed a lawsuit last February accusing the state of illegally delaying the granting of a license. A federal judge in Baton Rouge turned down the state’s motion to dismiss that lawsuit. Today, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments as the state continues efforts to have the case dismissed.
LAST NIGHT THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL APPROVED AN ORDINANCE SPLITTING LUS FIBER FROM LAFAYETTE UTILITIES SYSTEM. UNDER THE ORDINANCE, LUS FIBER WOULD HAVE ITS OWN DIRECTOR. MAYOR PRESIDENT JOEL ROBIDEAUX SAYS THE SPLIT WILL ALLOW FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT OF LUS FIBER. LAFAYETTE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT IS PUTTING TOGETHER A LIST OF QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE LUS FIBER DIRECTOR BEFORE BEGINNING A SEARCH.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS INSTALLING CABLE BARRIERS ALONGSIDE I-TEN FROM JENNINGS TO IOWA. THE BARRIERS ARE DESIGNED TO PREVENT A VEHICLE IN AN ACCIDENT FROM CROSSING THROUGH THE MEDIAN INTO ONCOMING LANES. THE SEVEN MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT BEGAN LAST APRIL AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN A FEW MONTHS. OVERALL, THE D-O-T-D HAS INSTALLED 262 MILES OF CABLE BARRIERS IN THE STATE, WITH ANOTHER 150 MILES TO BE ADDED THIS YEAR AND 310 MILES AFTER DECEMBER.
THE ACADIA PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS A NEW TEXT ALERT SYSTEM IN PLACE TO LET PARENTS OF STUDENTS KNOW IF THERE’S ANY BUS TRANSPORTATION ISSUES. SUPERINTENDENT SCOTT RICHARD TELLS KLFY TV THAT, AS THE YEAR PROGRESSED, THEY REALIZED THERE WAS A COMMUNICATION GAP AND THEY NEEDED TO BE MORE PROACTIVE IN REPORTING ISSUES AND CONCERNS TO PARENTS. HE SAYS THE RESPONSE FROM PARENTS AND ADMINISTRATORS TO THE NEW SYSTEM HAS BEEN OVERWHELMINGLY POSITIVE. TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE TEXTS, GO TO THE ACADIA PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM’S WEBSITE.
Republican businessman Eddie Rispone says he has $5.5 million in his campaign account to launch a challenge to Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in Louisiana’s fall election. Rispone’s cash mainly comes from personal funds. The Baton Rouge contractor’s campaign said Tuesday that Rispone put $5 million of his own money into the account and raised another $554,000 in 2018 after announcing his gubernatorial bid in October. Rispone released the figures after Edwards’ campaign told The Associated Press its finance report will show nearly $8.4 million in the bank for the governor’s re-election effort.