SOME RESIDENTS IN THE MOSS STREET AREA OF LAFAYETTE SAY THEY ARE TIRED OF THE VIOLENCE IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS. THEY TELL KLFY TV THAT THEY WANT THE NEIGHBORHOODS TO BE SAFER AND MORE INVITING TO VISITORS. THE LATEST VIOLENCE OCCURRED SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN GUNSHOTS ERUPTED ON MOSS STREET. LAFAYETTE POLICE SAY A 36-YEAR-OLD MAN SUFFERED MULTIPLE GUNSHOT WOUNDS AFTER AN ALTERCATION WITH A NEIGHBOR.
CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO HAS ISSUED AN APOLOGY AFTER HIS DEPUTIES EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT THE WRONG HOUSE LAST TUESDAY. THE DEPUTIES WERE TRYING TO CAPTURE A MAN WANTED FOR SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING DOMESTIC ABUSE BATTERY. A REVEREND, HIS WIFE, A FORMER SCHOOL TEACHER, AND TWO GRANDCHILDREN WERE AT THE HOME THAT THE DEPUTIES MISTAKENLY WENT TO, AND THE WIFE WAS TAKEN TO A STREET CORNER IN HANDCUFFS. MANCUSO SAYS THEY HAVE LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION TO SEE HOW THEY MADE THIS MISTAKE AND TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAINS.
OPELOUSAS POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING THAT LEFT ONE PERSON INJURED. MEGAN KELLY REPORTS.
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The Louisiana state parks system is ending a requirement that guests must stay at least three nights during weekday bookings at its campgrounds and cabins. The minimum weekday stay ends Dec. 9 across the 21 parks. The state parks system says the aim is give overnight guests and campers more flexibility. Reservations for overnight stays can be made at ReserveLaStateParks.com or by calling 877-226-7652, up to 48 hours ahead of the check-in.
STUDENTS AT CARENCRO HIGH SCHOOL, THE DAVID THIBODEAUX STEM MAGNET ACADEMY AND THE CLEARPORT LEARNING CENTER ARE CATALOGING LITTER AROUND LAFAYETTE PARISH AS PART OF A LITTER ABATEMENT AND COMMUNITY BEAUTIFICATION INITIATIVE. CARENCRO HIGH TEACHER TRACI CREDEUR TELLS THE ADVOCATE THAT STUDENTS LOG THEIR FINDINGS INTO THE SURVEY 1-2-3 APP AND UPLOAD IT TO STORYMAPS, A PLATFORM THAT STUDENTS USE TO ILLUSTRATE AND ANALYZE THEIR FINDINGS. SHE SAYS THAT THEY ARE HOPING THE INFORMATION WILL HELP PRODUCE SOLUTIONS TO THE LITTERING PROBLEM. FRAN HARVEY OF THE BATON ROUGE-BASED GLOBAL GEOSPATIAL INSTITUTE, WHO INTRODUCED STUDENTS TO THE NEW TECHNOLOGY, SAYS THIS TRAINING WILL GIVE STUDENTS A STEP AHEAD TO GETTING HIGHER PAYING JOBS OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL.
The state’s coastal protection agency says a coastal restoration project in southwestern Louisiana has been completed. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority said in a news release Wednesday that the marsh creation project on the eastern shore of Calcasieu Lake in Cameron Parish created or nourished 700 acres of degraded marsh. The agency, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, paid for the $12 million project. The agency’s director, Bren Haase, says more projects are under construction or being planned in the region.
A SECTION OF EAST SECOND STREET IN CROWLEY WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE TODAY. IT’S BETWEEN NORTH AVENUE I AND NORTH AVENUE J. THE LANE CLOSURE IS DUE TO MAINTENANCE WORK. THE CLOSURE ENDS AT SEVEN TONIGHT.
Louisiana anglers can now fish for red snapper seven days a week. State Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet signed a declaration of emergency this week to expand the season from weekends-only. The Courier reports the bonus season took effect Thanksgiving Day and will continue through noon, Dec. 31 or when the state’s remaining catch quota — 27,582 pounds— is reached. The daily catch limit for snapper is two per person with a minimum total length of 16 inches.