A JUDGE HAS ORDERED FIVE MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS IN LAFAYETTE TO TURN OVER ARTICLES, BROADCASTS AND INTERNET POSTS RELATED TO THE CASE OF IAN HOWARD, THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING LAFAYETTE POLICE OFFICER MICHAEL MIDDLEBROOK IN OCTOBER 2017. HOWARD’S LAWYERS MADE THE REQUEST AS THEY ARE SEEKING TO CONVINCE THE JUDGE TO MOVE HIS TRIAL OUT OF LAFAYETTE PARISH. SUBPOENAS WERE ISSUED TO THE THREE TV STATIONS IN LAFAYETTE AS WELL AS THE TWO MAJOR DAILY NEWSPAPERS. THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO HAVE TO TURN OVER INTERNET POSTS RELATED TO THE CASE.
A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY KILLED A HOUSTON-AREA POLICE OFFICER IS BELIEVED TO BE HEADED FOR LOUISIANA. 21-YEAR-OLD TAVORES HENDERSON WAS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING ARRESTED WHEN HE ESCAPED AND DROVE OFF IN HIS VEHICLE, STRIKING NASSAU BAY POLICE SERGEANT KAILA SULLIVAN, WHO LATER DIED. HENDERSON IS DRIVING A RED BUICK WITH A TEXAS LICENSE PLATE AND THE BACK WINDOW BUSTED OUT. HE WAS LAST SEEN AT AROUND TWO YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN MISSOURI CITY WITH ANOTHER MAN.
A RECENT MASS SHOOTING ON CANAL STREET IN NEW ORLEANS HAS A ST. MARY PARISH CONNECTION. CAROLINE MARCELLO REPORTS.
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Louisiana’s Supreme Court has upheld a state law that automatically transfers 15-year-old suspects to adult court if they are indicted by a grand jury for certain violent crimes. Wednesday’s 4-3 ruling came in the case of a suspect who had just turned 15 when he was accused of raping a child. A lower court ruled that transferring him from juvenile court to a regular criminal court without a hearing was unconstitutional. The high court disagreed.
SOME ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENTS AT CAMELOT OF BROUSSARD GET TOGETHER EVERY TUESDAY TO KNIT BLANKETS FOR DIALYSIS PATIENTS. ONE OF THE PARTICIPANTS, MARY BASKIN, SAYS THE DIALYSIS UNITS ARE COLD AND THEY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING THAT WOULD HELP KEEP THEM WARM AND GIVE THEM A SMILE. AS MANY AS THIRTEEN RESIDENTS HAVE SHOWN UP BUT ITS USUALLY ABOUT SEVEN WHO COME TOGETHER TO MAKE THE BLANKETS EVERY TUESDAY. DEPENDING ON HOW MANY SHOW UP, THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE ABOUT TWO BLANKETS PER HOUR AND CAMELOT PROVIDES THE MATERIAL.
THE JEFF DAVIS PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS ARRESTED A WELSH WOMAN AFTER SHE ASKED HER NEPHEW TO GET HER A FORTY-FIVE CALIBER GUN. THEY SAY THE NEPHEW, A JUVENILE, STOLE A HANDGUN FROM A HOME ON NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD IN JENNINGS ON TUESDAY. THEY FOUND A TEXT MESSAGE WITH THE REQUEST SENT TO THE JUVENILE FROM HIS AUNT, 38-YEAR-OLD KAY LYNN SIMON. SHE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH PRINCIPAL TO THEFT OF A FIREARM, ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF A STOLEN FIREARM, CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A JUVENILE AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.
CROWLEY POLICE ARE WORKING WITH THE F-B-I AND STATE POLICE TO TRY TO FIND THE CULPRITS WHO HAVE VANDALIZED CHURCHES SEVEN TIMES IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS. POLICE CHIEF JIMMY BROUSSARD SAYS THE F-B-I WILL TAKE OVER THE CASE IF IT’S DETERMINED THAT RACISM IS THE MOTIVE BEHIND THE CRIMES, AS THE CHURCHES ARE ALL IN AN HISTORICALLY BLACK PART OF CROWLEY. INVESTIGATORS ARE FOLLOWING ALL LEADS, THOUGH THE FIRST LEAD DIDN’T WORK OUT, AND THEY MET WITH A GROUP OF CONCERNED CITIZENS LAST NIGHT. PASTOR SHERRARD MARLON JOSEPH SAYS THEY WILL BE PUTTING UP SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS AT MORNING STAR MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, WHICH WAS VANDALIZED TWICE, INCLUDING THIS PAST WEEKEND.
Louisiana’s Supreme Court says a state law that diverts a small percentage of motor vehicle sales taxes to a state board is unconstitutional. At issue in Wednesday’s ruling is a 2017 law establishing the Uniform Local Sales Tax Board. The panel was established to provide guidance to local sales tax officials on tax collection issues. It was to be funded with 0.2% of local sale taxes on motor vehicles,but the high court upheld a district court ruling that the state cannot divert a portion of locally approved motor vehicle taxes to the board.