LAFAYETTE MAYOR PRESIDENT JOEL ROBIDEAUX LAST NIGHT PROPOSED THAT THE CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT CREATE ITS OWN CRYPTOCURRENCY AS A WAY OF HELPING SOLVE THEIR FINANCIAL PROBLEMS. HE MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT DURING HIS ANNUAL ADDRESS AT THE HEYMANN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. CRYPTOCURRENCY, WHICH USES ENCRYPTION TECHNIQUES AND OPERATES INDEPENDENTLY OF THE CENTRAL BANK, COULD BE A NEW WAY OF FINANCING PUBLIC WORKS, ACCORDING TO THE ADVOCATE. HE SAYS HE WANTS TO USE THE PROCEEDS FROM AN INITIAL COIN OFFERING TO BUILD A LAB OF BLOCKCHAIN RESEARCHERS AND DEVELOPERS, BUT DID NOT OFFER DETAILS.
SOME PEOPLE IN LAKE CHARLES ARE HAVING TROUBLE WITH A JURY’S NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN THE WOODROW KAREY CASE. KAREY WALKED INTO A CHURCH DURING A REVIVAL SERVICE ON SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2013, AND SHOT AND KILLED PASTOR RONALD HARRIS IN FRONT OF AROUND FIFTY WITNESSES. CALCASIEU PARISH FIRST ASSISTANT D-A CYNTHIA KILLINGSWORTH TELLS KPLC TV SHE’S SHOCKED THAT SOME MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY THINK IT’S OK TO GO INTO A CHURCH AND KILL SOMEBODY. THE ATTORNEY FOR THE HARRIS FAMILY, RON RICHARD, SAYS HE’S FEARFUL THAT PEOPLE WILL NOW THINKS IT’S OK TO TAKE MATTERS IN THEIR OWN HAND WHEN THEY GET ANGRY OR FEEL THEY’VE BEEN WRONGED.
A GRAND JURY IN BATON ROUGE INDICTED JEANERETTE MAYOR APRIL FOULCARD, HER BROTHER, IBERIA PARISH COUNCILMAN BERWICK FRANCIS, AND FOUR OTHERS FOR RACKETEERING AND MEDICAID FRAUD. JEFF HORCHAK HAS MORE.
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FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD THIS SUNDAY FOR PASTOR WAYLAND VINCENT. HE PASSED AWAY WEDNESDAY AT THE AGE OF 69. VINCENT WAS THE LONG TIME PASTOR AT GUMPOINT COURT OF PRAISE CHURCH IN BRANCH AND WAS AN ATTORNEY IN CROWLEY. HE HAD A DEVOTIONAL PROGRAM ON KAJN FOR YEARS, WHICH AIRED WEEKDAY AFTERNOONS AT 1:30. THE FUNERAL WILL BE AT NOON THIS SUNDAY AT GUMPOINT COURT OF PRAISE CHURCH.
Federal prosecutors say a Lafayette woman has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison for stealing almost $1.5 million from her employer. U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph, in a news release Thursday, said 54-year-old Susan M. Benoit, of Lafayette, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on two counts of wire fraud. She was also ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million in restitution to the victim, a Broussard oilfield related company. According to the Jan. 18 guilty plea, Benoit worked for the company from 1998 to 2016 as the accountant and later as chief financial officer.
THE PLAYOFF BRACKETS FOR LOUISIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL HAVE BEEN RELEASED. YOU CAN VIEW THE BRACKETS AT L-H-S-A-A-DOT-ORG. THE BI-REGIONALS BEGIN ON TUESDAY WITH THE REGIONALS STARTING ON THURSDAY. IT ALL CULMINATES WITH THE STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT WHICH WILL BE HELD AT FRASCH PARK IN SULPHUR FROM APRIL 26TH TO THE 28TH.
The Louisiana National Guard this weekend will welcome home members of the 1086th Transportation Company, 165th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion at their armory in Bunkie. The 1086th, which has detachments in Vidalia and Ville Platte, is scheduled to return tomorrow. The unit in May deployed more than 160 soldiers to Kuwait in support of Operations Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve. During their year-long deployment, they provided logistic transportation support in theater operations.
Louisiana lawmakers are moving to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, as the product nears availability within months. The House voted 60-39 Thursday to add more conditions to the list of diseases and disorders eligible for marijuana treatment. Rep. Ted James’ proposal would include glaucoma, severe muscle spasms, intractable pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease on the list. A separate measure that won House passage would allow medicinal-grade pot for autism spectrum disorder.