YESTERDAY, LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH MAYOR PRESIDENT JOEL ROBIDEAUX PLEADED WITH RESIDENTS TO PASS THREE TAX MEASURES THAT ARE ON THE BALLOT THIS SATURDAY. AT A MEETING HELD AT THE LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY, ROBIDEAUX WARNED OF MAJOR CUTS IF TWO PROPERTY TAXES FOR THE COURTHOUSE AND JAIL ARE NOT RENEWED. THIS IS THE SECOND ATTEMPT TO RENEW THE TAXES THAT GENERATE TEN MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY. ROBIDEAUX ALSO ASKED VOTERS TO APPROVE THE REDEDICATION OF A PORTION OF A PUBLIC HEALTH PROPERTY TAX THAT WOULD ALLOW THREE MILLION DOLLARS TO BE SHIFTED TO DRAINAGE AND A CULTURAL ECONOMY PROPERTY TAX.
ARREST WARRANTS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR TWO SUSPECTS IN A SHOOTING IN LAKE CHARLES THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THERE WERE EIGHT PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF A RESIDENCE ON ARKANSAS STREET AND THEY TOLD POLICE THAT A WHITE LINCOLN NAVIGATOR PASSED BY THE HOUSE AND THEN STOPPED AT AN INTERSECTION. THEY SAID TWO MALES THEN GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND BEGAN SHOOTING AT THEM. JUDGE RON WARE ISSUED THE ARREST WARRANTS FOR 19-YEAR-OLD J’VAUGHN GUILLORY AND A JUVENILE, WHO BOTH FACE EIGHT COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM.
A CAT IN NEW IBERIA WAS SHOT WITH AN ARROW AND SURVIVED. THE ARROW ENTERED NEAR THE LEFT SHOULDER OF THE THREE-YEAR-OLD CAT, NAMED SOX, AND CAME OUT HER LEFT SIDE, BUT IT NARROWLY MISSED MAJOR ORGANS. IT HAPPENED LATE SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE 42-HUNDRED BLOCK OF NORTHSIDE ROAD. THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF LOUISIANA IS OFFERING A 500 DOLLAR REWARD FOR INFORMATION THAT LEADS TO AN ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS INVOLVED.
Southern states appear to be losing ground to the Chinese tallow, a highly invasive tree overtaking forests from Texas to Florida. Tallows are dangerous because they grow three times faster than most native hardwoods, outcompeting southern maples, oaks, elms and cypress for space and resources. Tallows also have no known insect predators in the U.S. Scientists are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the possible release of a beetle that eats tallow roots and leaves and spends its entire life cycle on the tree.
A LAFAYETTE WOMAN WAS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO AN ATTEMPTED ARSON ON SUNDAY. JEFF HORCHAK REPORTS.
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A GROUP OF STUDENTS AT SOUTH CAMERON HIGH SCHOOL ARE HOSTING A SOCK DRIVE FOR THE HOMELESS. THEIR INITIAL GOAL WAS 500 SOCKS, BUT AFTER A GENEROUS OUTPOURING OF RESPONSE , THEY DECIDED TO KEEP GOING AFTER REACHING THEIR GOAL. THEY ARE NOW UP TO 800 SOCKS COLLECTED SO FAR. THE SOCKS WILL GO TO ABRAHAM’S TENT, A FOOD PANTRY IN LAKE CHARLES.
RAYNE POLICE HAVE RELEASED THE IDENTITY OF TWO MEN WHO WERE SHOT WHILE DRIVING WESTBOUND ON I-TEN IN RAYNE. THE TWO MEN ARE DEMOINE DECLOUETTE AND TERRY GUIDRY, AND THEY WERE ALLEGEDLY SHOT BY ALVIN MONROE JUNIOR. POLICE CHIEF CARROLL STELLY SAYS THE SHOOTING WAS THE RESULT OF A FEUD BETWEEN ONE OF THE VICTIMS AND HIS EX-WIFE’S BOYFRIEND. THE TWO, AFTER BEING SHOT SATURDAY MORNING, DROVE TO THE POLICE STATION AND WERE THEN TAKEN TO LAFAYETTE GENERAL FOR TREATMENT, WHICH INCLUDED SURGERY.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana has joined the growing list of Senate Republicans withdrawing endorsements of Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with minors. Cassidy posted his decision on Twitter, saying: “Based on the allegations against Roy Moore, his response and what is known, I withdraw support.” The Washington Post reported that Moore had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued three other teenagers decades ago. On Monday, a second woman came forward to accuse Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 15 and 16.