THERE’S NEW INFORMATION ON THE ALLEGED POISONING OF A STUDENT AT ST. THOMAS MORE HIGH SCHOOL IN LAFAYETTE. HERE’S CAROLINE MARCELLO.
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A MAN WHO ROBBED A ROUSE’S STORE IN SULPHUR ON OCTOBER EIGHTH WAS ARRESTED BY WOODWORTH POLICE. DURING A TRAFFIC STOP, A WOODWORTH POLICE OFFICER SPOTTED A ROUSES BAG WITH SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS IN IT AND SEIZED IT FROM THE DRIVER, BUT LET HIM GO SINCE THEY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE ROBBERY. UPON LEARNING OF THE ROBBERY, THEY CALLED THE DRIVER, JEREMY MOLL, AND TOLD HIM HE COULD HAVE THE MONEY BACK. WHEN HE SHOWED UP, THEY ARRESTED HIM ON SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING ARMED ROBBERY AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT.
EUNICE POLICE ARRESTED A ONE-ARMED MAN WHO WENT ON A CRIME SPREE THIS PAST WEEKEND. 29-YEAR-OLD PERRY VORIS WAS NICKNAMED THE ONE ARMED BANDIT AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO BREAK INTO STATE BANK AND TRUST EARLY SUNDAY MORNING AND LATER TRYING TO BREAK INTO CARS ON THE LOT AT RED SHOE MOTORS. POLICE CHIEF RANDY FONTENOT SAYS THAT WHEN POLICE LATER APPREHENDED VORIS NOT FAR FROM RED SHOE MOTORS, THEY FOUND THREE STOLEN CREDIT CARDS ON HIM. HE WAS CHARGED FOR THE BURGLARIES AT THE BANK AND CAR LOT AND IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR THE STOLEN CREDIT CARDS.
Louisiana’s Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and his Republican challenger Eddie Rispone have released their first ads for the runoff election. Both candidates went on the attack in their TV spots. In his ad, Edwards says Rispone would repeat the budget cuts and deficits of former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s era. Rispone’s two ads use clips from President Trump’s anti-Edwards rally, with the president hitting Edwards for raising taxes and chasing away economic development.
THE LAFAYETTE CONSOLIDATED COUNCIL LAST NIGHT INTRODUCED AN ORDINANCE INCREASING STARTING PAY AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. OFFICIALS WITH THE DEPARTMENT SAY THEY ARE IN CRISIS MODE BECAUSE THEY HAVE LOST 57 OFFICERS TO OTHER DEPARTMENTS WITH HIGHER PAY. ABOUT EIGHTY OFFICERS SHOWED UP TO THE MEETING IN SUPPORT OF THE PAY RAISE, BUT SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THEY WILL HAVE TO FIND OTHER AREAS TO CUT IN ORDER TO FUND THE PAY RAISE. THE ORDINANCE, IF APPROVED, WOULD MOVE STARTING PAY FOR LAFAYETTE POLICE OFFICERS FROM 34 THOUSAND TO 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY.
LAKE CHARLES POLICE HAVE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE IN CONNECTION WITH A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING. THE SHOOTING WAS REPORTED ON CENTRAL PARKWAY LAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND LATER, POLICE LEARNED OF A VICTIM WHO WENT TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF A NON-LIFE THREATENING WOUND. THE VICTIM TOLD POLICE HE WAS HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS WHEN A CAR DROVE BY AND SHOTS WERE FIRED AT THEM FROM THE VEHICLE. THEY ARRESTED 22-YEAR-OLD DONALD DILLON OF LAKE CHARLES, WHO WAS NEAR THE SCENE THAT NIGHT AND ALLEGELDY ADMITTED TO SHOOTING A GUN, AND LATER ARRESTED A SECOND SHOOTING SUSPECT, 19-YEAR-OLD VANCE GREEN OF LAKE CHARLES.
BREAUX BRIDGE POLICE ARRESTED A WOMAN FOR IMPERSONATING A POLICE OFFICER. ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF TERRY LATIOLAIS SAYS THE WOMAN, 48-YEAR-OLD CHRISTINA MCDONALD, MADE A TRAFFIC STOP BY FLASHING A POLICE BADGE AT A DRIVER. BREAUX BRIDGE POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE AND THEY DETERMINED THAT SHE WAS NOT AN ACTUAL POLICE OFFICER. LATIOLAIS DID NOT RELEASE THE NAME OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT THE BADGE CAME FROM BUT DID SAY IT WAS NOT FROM THE BREAUX BRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Multiple injury reports have caused Louisiana State Police to suspend a cadet training program that involves handcuffing and pressure point use, among other tactics. News outlets report defensive tactics training at the State Police academy is currently on hold pending an internal affairs investigation. In a statement Monday, Public Affairs Commander Capt. J.B. Slaton said injuries “are not uncommon” during this part of training, however the injuries reported last week by cadets raised concerns among senior staff. Slaton says the training is highly physical, and can consist of physical strikes and blocking and grappling techniques, as well as the use of an expandable baton.