AN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING TUESDAY IN LAFAYETTE BEGAN WHEN OFFICERS RESPONDED TO REPORTS OF SEVERAL PEOPLE SMOKING MARIJUANA ON A PORCH. A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS SHOT AND WOUNDED BY A POLICE OFFICER. THE STATE POLICE, WHICH TOOK OVER THE INVESTIGATION, HAS NOT RELEASED THE REASONS FOR THE SHOOTING OR WHETHER THE MAN WAS INVOLVED IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. TWO OTHER PEOPLE, 17-YEAR-OLD TYRESE CARTER AND 18-YEAR-OLD KANE WYATT, BOTH OF LAFAYETTE, WERE ARRESTED ON DRUG AND GUN CHARGES.
LAST MAY, A THREE JUDGE PANEL OF THE U-S FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS RELEASED A RULING THAT COULD LEAD TO THE EVENTUAL RELEASE OF RICKY LANGLEY. HE WAS CONVICTED FOR KILLING 6-YEAR-OLD JEREMY GUILLORY NEAR IOWA IN 1992. NOW THE FULL 17 JUDGE PANEL OF THE FIFTH CIRCUIT WILL HEAR THE APPEAL FROM LANGLEY, WHO CONFESSED TO THE KILLING AND, IN ONE INTERVIEW, ADMITTED HE ENJOYED IT. THE HEARING IS EXPECTED TO TAKE PLACE IN LATE JANUARY.
THE VERMILLION PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS SEARCHING FOR FOUR MEN BELIEVED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SEVEN KICK-IN RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES. THEY HAPPENED IN THE ABBEVILLE, KAPLAN AND NORTH VERMILLION PARISH AREAS. THE FOUR MEN WERE SEEN RIDING IN A WHITE CHEVY FOUR DOOR PICKUP FROM BETWEEN 2008 TO 2013, AND WHICH HAD 20 TO 22 INCH CHROME RIMS. DETECTIVES WITH THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARE COORDINATING WITH THE ACADIA AND LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICES AS WELL AS THE CARENCRO POLICE DEPARTMENT IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIND THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BURGLARIES.
Louisiana is paying $149,075 to end a sexual misconduct lawsuit against former Secretary of State Tom Schedler that was filed by one of his former employees. Schedler will personally pay $18,425 on top of the taxpayer-financed amount. Details of the settlement were provided Thursday to The Associated Press by the Division of Administration. The payments will resolve legal claims that Schedler sexually harassed a woman who worked for him.
A FORMER ACADIANA PRIEST, WHO PLED GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS AT HARD LABOR. TWO YEARS AGO, MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED IMAGES WERE FOUND ON FELIX DAVID BROUSSARD’S PERSONAL COMPUTER. HE WAS THE PASTOR AT ST. BERNARD ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN BREAUX BRIDGE AT THE TIME AND HAD SERVED AS CHANCELLOR OF THE PARISH SCHOOL FOR TWO YEARS. UPON HIS RELEASE, BROUSSARD WILL HAVE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER FOR FIFTEEN YEARS.
A MUSIC TEACHER AT MAPELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL IN SULPHUR HAS BEEN NAMED A SEMIFINALIST FOR THE 2019 MUSIC EDUCATOR AWARD PRESENTED BY THE RECORDING ACADEMY AND THE GRAMMY MUSEUM. MICKEY SMITH JUNIOR IS ONE OF 25 PEOPLE NATIONWIDE WHO ARE SEMIFINALISTS FOR THE AWARD. MAYOR MIKE DANAHAY STOPPED BY THE SCHOOL YESTERDAY TO MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AND DECLARE IT MICKEY SMITH JUNIOR AND MAPLEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL DAY. PRINCIPAL SABERLY O’QUAIN SAID SHE ISN’T SURPRISED ESPECIALLY SINCE THIS IS THE FOURTH TIME HE’S BEEN NOMINATED.
A DRIVER CRASHED HIS PICKUP TRUCK INTO THE ACADIA PARISH COURTHOUSE YESTERDAY MORNING. CROWLEY POLICE CHIEF JIMMY BROUSSARD SAYS THE ACCELORATER ON THE TRUCK GOT STUCK. THE DRIVER AND A PASSENGER WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. BROUSSARD SAYS THE ACCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE BECAUSE THE TRUCK MISSED AN AREA WHERE A CREW WAS SETTING UP A STAGE FOR THE RICE FESTIVAL.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to Israel later this month on an economic development trip that includes a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Democratic governor announced the plans Thursday, saying the 24-person delegation will include business leaders and researchers in fields such as water management, logistics, higher education and cybersecurity. The delegation leaves Louisiana on Oct. 26 and returns Nov. 2. The governor will meet with Netanyahu and other government leaders in Jerusalem on Oct. 28.