A SUSPECT HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN THE THREE ST. LANDRY PARISH CHURCH FIRES. JEFF HORCHAK REPORTS.
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A 17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT AT LAGRANGE HIGH SCHOOL IN LAKE CHARLES WAS ARRESTED FOR BRINGING A GUN AND DRUGS TO THE SCHOOL. CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES WERE DISPATCHED TO THE SCHOOL AFTER LEARNING OF A STUDENT WITH A GUN IN HIS BACK PACK. WHEN THE DEPUTIES APPROACHED A GROUP OF STUDENTS AT LUNCH, ONE OF THEM SMELLED OF MARIJUANA. WHEN THEY DETAINED THE STUDENT, HE HANDED OFF HIS BACKPACK TO ANOTHER STUDENT AND A DEPUTY SPOTTED THE GUN IN AN OPEN SECTION OF THE BACKPACK.
THE DIOCESE OF LAFAYETTE PLANS TO RELEASE A LIST OF CLERGY WHO HAVE BEEN CREDIBLY ACCUSED OF THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR OR VULNERABLE ADULT. THE LIST WILL BE RELEASED TOMORROW AND, ACCORDING TO BISHOP DOUGLAS DESHOTEL, INCLUDES 33 PRIESTS AND FOUR DEACONS. IN A STATEMENT, HE SAYS THE TASK OF GATHERING THE NAMES WAS NOT EASY. HE SAYS A LAY GROUP REVIEWED MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND PAGES OF MATERIAL.
The latest financial stalemate between Gov. John Bel Edwards and House Republican leaders has ended, with the adoption of a brightened Louisiana income forecast. House Speaker Taylor Barras agreed Wednesday to boost income projections, five months after GOP leaders started repeatedly blocking the improved forecasts. Wednesday’s action gives lawmakers $110 million more in general tax revenue to spend in this year’s budget and $119 million more next year.
The increases are slightly less than the Democratic Edwards administration wanted.
THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF A 17-HUNDRED DOLLAR BOAT MOTOR FROM A CRAWFISH FARM. IT HAPPENED ON MARCH 20TH WHEN THE 23-AND-A-HALF HORSEPOWER KOHLER COMMAND PRO MOTOR WAS TAKEN FROM THE VICINITY OF MAMOU PRAIRIE ROAD NEAR IOTA. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CRIME IS URGED TO CALL 789-TIPS. ALL CALLERS WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND UP TO A THOUSAND DOLLAR CASH REWARD IS BEING OFFERED FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST.
A FORMER LAKE CHARLES POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN INDICTED BY A FEDERAL GRAND JURY FOR USING EXCESSIVE FORCE. 44-YEAR-OLD ROBERT HAMMAC FACES ONE COUNT OF DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS UNDER COLOR OF LAW. HE IS ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING SOMEONE HE WAS ARRESTING WITH A TASER THAT RESULTED IN BODILY INJURY. HAMMAC FACES UP TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON AND A 250 THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE IF CONVICTED.
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD SELECTED TWO FINALISTS TO BECOME THE INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT, REPLACING THE RETIRING DONALD AGUILLARD. THE TWO FINALISTS ARE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IRMA TROSCLAIR AND THE DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION BART THIBODEAUX. THERE WERE ORIGINALLY NINE CANDIDATES WHO SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS, BUT ONE WITHDREW HIS NAME AND THREE OTHERS WERE RULED INELIGIBLE. TROSCLAIR AND THIBODEAUX WILL BE INTERVIEWED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD AT A SPECIAL MEETING ON APRIL 24TH THAT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
A 28-year-old Opelousas man is accused of stabbing his mother to death.
St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputies say Cody James Arceneaux was arrested Tuesday in the death of his mother, Vickie Granger. KATC-TV reports deputies found Arceneaux curled up on the floor of their home, with his hands in a bloody towel. The sheriff’s office says a large kitchen knife and Granger’s body were in the kitchen.