LAFAYETTE POLICE HAVE MADE AN ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH A MURDER THAT HAPPENED SUNDAY AFTERNOON ON EDISON STREET. JEFF HORCHAK REPORTS.
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Police say a man suspected of killing his sister and wounding a friend at the Louisiana home the siblings shared fled to Texas and fatally shot himself. Kirbyville police Chief Paul Brister says the suspect died Saturday just hours after gunfire near Merryville, Louisiana, 20 miles away. Police in Kirbyville, 125 miles northeast of Houston, were notified about the fugitive wanted in Beauregard Parish. Brister says the suspect faced an attempted murder warrant for wounding his male friend and was suspected in his sister’s death.
Louisiana’s attorney general is appealing a federal judge’s decision to throw out a lawsuit claiming that a federal canal has expanded well beyond the boundaries set in a 1920s agreement. The lawsuit filed last year by Attorney General Jeff Landry says the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is eating away at state land in Vermilion Parish. It contends that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is to blame for allowing the waterway to widen. The suit was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Michael Juneau in February.
Louisiana officials say they expect to retrieve the “vast majority” of $26 million in tax refund overpayments electronically. The Division of Administration, which oversees the state’s technology office, said Friday that recoupment figures will be released next week. More than 66,700 taxpayers were double-paid their state tax refunds Wednesday, in what the division described as a computer processing error.
The state says the recovery effort won’t interrupt the regular processing of tax returns.
DUSON POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR, WHAT THEY’RE CALLING, AN ODD COUPLE WHO COMMITTED AN ARMED ROBBERY IN THE PARKING LOT OF MISS MAMIE’S CASINO FRIDAY NIGHT. THE SUSPECTS ARE A BLACK MAN WHO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE SIX FEET, FIVE INCHES TALL AND AROUND 250 POUNDS AND A PETITE WHITE FEMALE, ABOUT FIVE-FOUR AND 100 POUNDS. THE VICTIM HAD AN APPLE WATCH STOLEN AND WAS ATTACKED WITH A BAT WHEN TRYING TO CHASE AFTER THEIR VEHICLE, RESULTING IN MINOR INJURIES TO THE SHOULDER. THE SUSPECT’S VEHICLE, A NISSAN ALTIMA, HAD A MISSING HUBCAP, AND DISTINCTIVE DAMAGE TO THE REAR BUMPER.
A TEXAS MAN WAS KILLED IN A TWO VEHICLE CRASH ON I-TEN, ABOUT FIVE MILES WEST OF SULPHUR, WHICH WAS CAUSED BY A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER. LOUISIANA STATE POLICE DETERMINED IN AN INVESTIGATION THAT 25-YEAR-OLD SANDY N. DELEON OF MCALLEN, TEXAS IN A DODGE CHALLENGER WAS TRAVELING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED AT AROUND 3:45 SUNDAY MORNING AND STRUCK THE REAR OF A FORD PICKUP. BOTH VEHICLES WENT OFF THE ROADWAY AND A PASSENGER IN THE FORD PICKUP, 50-YEAR-OLD RICKY JAMES BROUSSARD OF PASADENA, TEXAS, LATER DIED AT THE WEST CAL-CAM HOSPITAL. DELEON WAS FOUND TO HAVE A BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL THAT WAS ALMOST TWO-AND-A-HALF TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT AND WAS BOOKED INTO THE CALCASIEU CORRECTIONAL CENTER.
A Louisiana judge delayed the trial of a former Opelousas mayor indicted on charges of malfeasance, theft of public funds, public records tampering and forgery. The Daily Advertiser reports former Mayor Reggie Tatum’s trial was set to start today and is now scheduled for early July. The delay was due to Tatum dismissing his original defense attorney on Wednesday. The cause of the dismissal is unclear.
THE CITY OF KAPLAN HAS BEEN DECLARED A CERTIFIED RETIREMENT COMMUNITY BY THE ENCORE LOUISIANA COMMISSION. THE LOUISIANA CERTIFIED RETIREMENT COMMUNITY PROGRAM WAS ENACTED LAST YEAR TO DETERMINE TOWNS, CITIES AND PARISHES THAT HAVE THE QUALITIES THAT WOULD MAKE IT A GOOD FIT FOR A SENIOR CITIZEN TO RETIRE. IN A PRESS RELEASE, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER AND THE OFFICE OF TOURISM ANNOUNCED THAT KAPLAN AND TANGIPAHOA PARISH WERE CERTIFIED TOGETHER. OTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED INCLUDE LAFAYETTE PARISH AND LAKE CHARLES.