BRANDON SCOTT LAVERGNE, THE MAN CONVICTED FOR KILLING TWO LAFAYETTE WOMEN, WAS CAPTURED AFTER AN ESCAPE ATTEMPT FROM THE LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY IN ANGOLA. LAVERGNE IS SERVING TWO LIFE SENTENCES FOR THE KILLING OF U-L LAFAYETTE STUDENT MICKEY SHUNICK IN 2012 AND LISA PATE OF LAFAYETTE IN 1999. STATE CORRECTIONS SPOKESMAN KEN PASTORICK TELLS KATC TV THAT SHUNICK TRIED TO MAKE A RUN FOR IT AT AROUND 4:30 MONDAY MORNING, BUT DIDN’T GET FAR. HE HAS BEEN PLACED IN LOCKDOWN APART FROM THE GENERAL POPULATION, AND IT WILL BE UP TO WEST FELICIANA PARISH OFFICIALS TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY WILL PROSECUTE HIM FOR THE ATTEMPTED ESCAPE.
THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS LOOKING FOR EDUCATIONAL INTERPRETERS TO PROVIDE SIGN LANGUAGE FOR STUDENTS THAT ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING. CHRISTA FOOLKES, THE COORDINATOR OF DEAF, HARD OF HEARING AND VISION DEPARTMENTS SAYS THEY CURRENTLY HAVE ONE INTERPRETOR PER TWO TO THREE STUDENTS. THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AN INTERPRETOR FOR EACH OF THE THIRTY STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT THAT REQUIRE THE SERVICE. ANYONE WISHING TO APPLY FOR THE JOB WILL HAVE TO TAKE AND PASS ONE OF TWO TESTS TO BECOME CERTIFIED.
A CAMPAIGN SIGN FOR A POLICE CHIEF CANDIDATE IN CHURCH POINT HAS BEEN VANDALIZED. THE CHURCH POINT POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING AND ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT THEM. SOME CHURCH POINT RESIDENTS HAVE TOLD KLFY TV ANONYMOUSLY THAT THIS HAPPENS QUITE OFTEN. ONE FACEBOOK POST SHOWS A PICTURE OF A SIGN BY THIS PARTICULAR POLICE CHIEF CANDIDATE HAVING BEEN VANDALIZED LAST JULY AS WELL.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is announcing details of nearly $7 million in spending across Louisiana on prisoner rehabilitation and education programs, crime victims’ services and other criminal justice initiatives. The dollars come from savings associated with shrinking Louisiana’s prison population through sentencing changes enacted in 2017. Seventy percent of the savings must be reinvested in the criminal justice system. Much of this year’s money will be spread across Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Orleans, St. Tammany and Jefferson parishes.
SUSPENDED LAFAYETTE CITY MARSHAL BRIAN POPE HAS ENTERED A NOT GUILTY PLEA TO SEVEN FELONY MALFEASANCE CHARGES. A GRAND JURY ON SEPTEMBER 13TH INDICTED POPE ON THE MALFEASANCE CHARGES FOR KEEPING FEES AND GARNISHMENTS AS PART OF HIS SALARY DESPITE AN OPINION ISSUED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THAT THE MONEY BELONGS TO THE MARSHAL’S OFFICE. EARLIER THIS MONTH, POPE WAS CONVICTED ON ONE COUNT OF PERJURY AND THREE COUNTS OF MALFEASANCE. HE WAS SUSPENDED BECAUSE OF A STATE LAW THAT REQUIRES IT FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS THAT ARE CONVICTED OF FELONIES, AND THAT WILL REMAIN THE CASE UNTIL ALL OF HIS APPEALS ARE EXHAUSTED.
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THE LOUISIANA STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE HAS FOUND THAT TWELVE OF THE SIXTEEN RIDES AT THE CAL-CAM FAIR IN SULPHUR WERE NOT SET UP APPROPRIATELY. THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR FOR THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE, ASHLEY RODRIGUE, SAYS THE UNAPPROVED RIDES HAD SAFETY ISSUES THAT INCLUDED BROKEN SEAT BELTS AND ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS. SHE SAYS INSPECTORS ARE WORKING AGRESSIVELY WITH THE RIDE OPERATORS AND EVENT ORGANIZERS TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES WITH THE PROBLEM RIDES. THE PRESIDENT OF THE CAL-CAM FAIR ASSOCIATION, CHUCK KINNEY, SAYS THE OTHER FOUR RIDES HAVE BEEN APPROVED AND SHOULD BE UP AND RUNNING THIS MORNING.
AN ATTORNEY IS SEEKING THE NAMES OF CATHOLIC PRIESTS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE. ANTHONY FONTANA IS REPRESENTING A PERSON FROM ST. LANDRY PARISH WHO IS AN ALLEGED VICTIM OF PRIEST MICHAEL GUIDRY, WHO WAS ARRESTED EARLIER THIS YEAR. FONTANA HAS ASKED GUIDRY AND THE DIOCESE OF LAFAYETTE TO NAME ALL PRIESTS AND CHURCH EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE CREDIBLE COMPLAINTS AGAINST THEM SINCE 2002. HE’S ALSO REQUESTED THE PERSONNEL FILES OF GUIDRY AND EIGHT OTHER PRIESTS WHO HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OR CONVICTED OVER THE LAST FEW DECADES, AS WELL AS ANY WRITTEN COMPLAINTS.
The legal settlement ending a sexual harassment lawsuit against Louisiana’s former secretary of state includes no admission of guilt and a gag clause to keep those involved from talking about it. Tom Schedler and the female former employee who accused him of harassment agreed to terms in August that involved a $167,500 payment to the woman and no acknowledgment of liability from Schedler. All participants in negotiations are barred from talking to the media about the settlement. The Division of Administration, a state agency involved in resolving the legal claims, provided settlement documents Wednesday to The Associated Press after releasing payment figures last week.