THE LAFAYETTE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT IS TRYING SOMETHING NEW TO TRY TO PREVENT THE PILE-UP OF TRASH ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE. JEFF HORCHAK HAS MORE.
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THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD WILL BE HIRING A ZONE DIRECTOR TO HELP TEN STRUGGLING SCHOOLS. THE SCHOOL BOARD RECENTLY WAS AWARDED A NEARLY TWO-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLAR PER YEAR GRANT THAT WILL BE FUNDED OVER THREE-AND-A-HALF YEARS, WHICH INCLUDES THE CREATION OF THE ZONE DIRECTOR POSITION. CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER TOMMY CAMPBELL TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO WAKES UP IN THE MORNING THINKING ABOUT HOW TO HELP SCHOOLS PERFORM BETTER. HE SAYS THAT PERSON WILL HELP RECRUIT AND RETAIN QUALITY TEACHERS, AND HELP PROVIDE INTENSIVE SUPPORTS FOR TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS THAT WILL HELP THEM DELIVER EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION WITH A HIGH QUALITY CURRICULUM.
A St. Martinville man has been sentenced to five years in prison in a federal drug and gun case. U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook in Lafayette says in a news release that 31-year-old Clay Anthony Robertson was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of possession of firearms by a convicted felon. According to the October guilty plea, law enforcement agents searched Robertson’s former apartment in Lafayette on Jan.19, 2017. They found more than 500 grams of cocaine, 31 grams of marijuana dipped in THC and $64,280.
An atlas focusing on geologic conditions that can affect land use in coastal Louisiana is being developed under the leadership of the Louisiana Geological Society and the New Orleans Geological Society. A news release from Louisiana State University says experts from LSU, Tulane, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and the University of New Orleans will write sections of the Louisiana Coastal Geohazards Atlas. Two environmental consulting firms and the petroleum industry also will contribute. The atlas will focus on landforms that developed in a variety of underlying geologic settings and are affected by faults, sinking and flooding.
A Duson man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for a multimillion dollar fraud scheme. A news release from U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook in Lafayette says 43-year-old Richard Walter Borek was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in August. In addition to prison time, Borek was ordered to pay more than $2.8 million in restitution.
JEFF DAVIS PARISH SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAKE UP FOR TIME MISSED DUE TO THE WEATHER. CLASSES WERE DISRUPTED BY THE HURRICANE IN THE FALL AND SNOW DAYS IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY. SUPERINTENDENT KIRK CREDEUR SAYS EACH OF THE SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN INFORMED ON HOW MUCH TIME NEEDS TO BE MADE UP. HE SAYS THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN FIVE DIFFERENT OPTIONS FOR MAKING IT UP, INCLUDING EXTENDING DAYS OR ADDING A DAY TO THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH A SHOOTING FEBRUARY FOURTH AT A MARDI GRAS PARADE IN JEANERETTE, IN WHICH 22-YEAR-OLD DANTE ARCHANGEL WAS KILLED. ON FRIDAY, 24-YEAR-OLD DANDRE GABRIEL TURNED HIMSELF IN TO THE IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND HE WAS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER. EARLIER 22-YEAR-OLD THADDEUS GABRIEL SURRENDERED TO THE ST. MARY PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND IS FACING CHARGES OF PRINCIPAL TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND PRINCIPAL TO ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER. AUTHORITIES ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR 20-YEAR-OLD KENTRELL GABRIEL OF JEANERETTE IN CONNECTION TO THE SHOOTINGS.
The builders of the Bayou Bridge pipeline and the environmentalists trying to stop them will have to wait a few more days for a court decision on whether the project can continue moving forward. The Advocate reports that after a day and a half of testimony and arguments, U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick told the two sides Friday she needs more time to weigh their points. She says they could expect a ruling this week. Her ruling will determine whether construction is temporarily halted in the Atchafalaya Basin.