LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A FATAL SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT. JEFF HORCHAK HAS THE DETAILS.
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A FOOD DRIVE IS BEING HELD FOR ABRAHAM’S TENT IN LAKE CHARLES. THE PACK THE TENT 2017 FOOD DRIVE LASTS UNTIL SEVEN TONIGHT. YOU CAN BRING FOOD ITEMS TO ABRAHAM’S TENT, WHICH IS LOCATED AT 24-24 FRUGE STREET IN LAKE CHARLES. ABRAHAM’S TENT SERVES 300 HOT MEALS A DAY ON THE WEEKDAYS AND THE MORE THAN A HUNDRED ON THE WEEKENDS.
ABBEVILLE POLICE HAVE RELEASED A PHOTO OF A VEHICLE THAT IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN A NOVEMBER 18TH SHOOTING. A MALE PASSENGER IN THE VEHICLE STEPPED OUT AND FIRED SEVERAL ROUNDS AT TEENS THAT WERE WALKING ALONG PUTMAN AVENUE. A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY TOOK A BULLET TO THE HEAD AND WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL, WHERE HE IS IN STABLE CONDITION. THE VEHICLE IN THE PHOTO IS A SILVER COLORED MERCEDES BENZ SEDAN. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT THE SHOOTING IS ASKED TO CALL THE ABBEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
Louisiana’s new state treasurer has taken the oath of office. John Schroder, a Republican former lawmaker from St. Tammany Parish, was sworn in Tuesday evening at a ceremony in Kenner, to become Louisiana’s chief money manager and investment officer. Schroder, who resigned his state House seat to focus on the treasurer’s race, won the Nov. 18 special election with 56 percent of the vote, defeating Democratic lawyer Derrick Edwards. Schroder fills the seat vacated by Republican John Kennedy, who left the job after winning election to the U.S. Senate.
LAST NIGHT THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED AMENDING THE CITY’S GROUP HEALTH BENEFITS SO THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY WILL NOT SEE RATE HIKES. THE CHANGE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR THE FAMILY OF CORPORAL MICHAEL MIDDLEBROOK, WHO WERE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY 125 PERCENT MORE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE. MIDDLEBROOK WAS KILLED ON OCTOBER FIRST WHEN HE RESPONDED TO AN EMERGENCY CALL AT THE BIG BOY DISCOUNT ZONE CONVENIENCE STORE ON MOSS STREET. COUNCILMAN KENNETH BOUDREAUX SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION IS LOOKING AT SIMILAR BENEFITS FOR OTHER CITY PARISH EMPLOYEES.
FIRE DESTROYED A TRUCK THAT WAS PULLING A CAMPER ON I-TEN EAST NEAR THE CALCASIEU RIVER BRIDGE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. THE TRUCK WAS DESTROYED BUT THE FIRE WAS PUT OUT BEFORE IT REACHED THE CAMPER. THERE WERE NO INJURIES. THE LAKE CHARLES FIRE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE.
OPELOUSAS CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER ROD SIAS TOLD ALDERMEN AT A SPECIAL MEETING LAST NIGHT THAT THE CITY IS OPERATING ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ON THE NEW BUDGET THAT WAS APPROVED TWO MONTHS AGO. SOME ALDERMEN FOUND OUT THAT THE NUMBERS FROM THE NEW BUDGET HADN’T BEEN INPUTTED INTO THE SYSTEM. THEY WERE CONCERNED THAT MEANT THEY CITY WAS OPERATING ON FIFTY PERCENT OF LAST YEAR’S BUDGET, SO THEY CALLED THE SPECIAL MEETING TO FIND OUT MORE. SIAS SAYS THE NUMBERS HADN’T BEEN INPUTTED BECAUSE OF A GLITCH IN THE COMPUTER SYSTEM.
Louisiana lawmakers may get a fourth time to consider approving $15.4 billion in Medicaid managed-care deals before Gov. John Bel Edwards enacts the contracts through an emergency process. Edwards’ chief attorney Matthew Block sent a letter to House leaders Tuesday saying if they want the Legislature’s joint budget committee to reconsider the contracts at its meeting next week, the administration would participate in the hearing. Proposals extending the terms of the five managed-care companies overseeing Medicaid services for 1.5 million people have been repeatedly blocked by House Republicans. In response, Edwards decided to enact the 23-month deals through an emergency contracting method.