A DEADLY SHOOTING INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY IN LAFAYETTE PARISH. JEFF HORCHAK REPORTS.
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CAMERON L-N-G HAS IS GETTING CLOSER TO BEGINNING THE EXPORTING OF LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS TO GLOBAL MARKETS. THEY BEGAN FEEDING NATURAL GAS TO THE FIRST LIQUIFICATION UNIT BUILT AT ITS HACKBERRY EXPORT ERMINAL. LISA GLATCH, THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR SEMPRA ENERGY, ONE OF THE OWNERS OF CAMERON L-N-G, SAYS THEY ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO THEIR GOAL OF BUILDING UP TO 45 MILLION TONS PER ANNUM OF L-N-G EXPORT CAPACITY. CAMERON L-N-G PHASE ONE IS A TEN BILLION DOLLAR FACILITY.
Prosecutors have now added hate crime charges against the white suspect in three recent arson fires that destroyed African American churches in St. Landry Parish.
Twenty-one-year-old Holden Matthews pleaded not guilty at a Monday court hearing. He was ordered to be held without bond. Authorities at Monday’s hearing also outlined a litany of new evidence that prosecutors say ties Matthews to the crimes.
The Advocate has won a Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for its coverage of Louisiana’s criminal conviction system. The newspaper produced a series that included reports on a Jim Crow-era law that let only 10 jurors convict people in criminal cases. Voters overturned the law after the series was published. Editor Peter Kovacs says the paper put an issue on the radar screen and residents voted to change it.
LAFAYETTE LAWYER JOSH GUILLORY SAYS HE WILL DECIDE WITHIN TWO WEEKS WHETHER HE WILL RUN FOR LAFAYETTE MAYOR PRESIDENT. CURRENT MAYOR PRESIDENT JOEL ROBIDEAUX ANNOUNCED FRIDAY THAT HE WILL NOT RUN FOR REELECTION LEAVING ONLY ONE ANNOUNCED CANDIDATE, CARLEE ALM-LABAR, WHO IS AN INDEPENDENT. GUILLORY, A REPUBLICAN, RAN UNSUCCESSFULLY LAST YEAR AGAINST CONGRESSMAN CLAY HIGGINS. HE SAYS HE HAS FORMED AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE AND WILL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT WITHIN TWO WEEKS.
THERE’S BEEN AN INCREASE IN VEHICLE BREAK-INS AND VEHICLE THEFTS ON DAVIS AND GRANGER STREETS IN JENNINGS. POLICE DETECTIVE TREVOR BULLOCK SAYS THEY NORMALLY ONLY RECEIVE CALLS ABOUT VEHICLE BREAK-INS BUT VEHICLE THEFTS ARE UNUSUAL. HE SAYS THE THEFTS OCCUR SOMETIMES BECAUSE THE PERSON GETTING INTO A VEHICLE TO STEAL SOMETHING, NOTICES THE KEYS AND THEY GO AHEAD AND TAKE THE VEHICLE. HE SAYS THAT’S WHY THEY TELL RESIDENTS TO LOCK YOUR VEHICLE DOORS AND TAKE YOUR KEYS WITH YOU.
A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL, WHO WAS SHOT FOLLOWING A PROM AFTER PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT, IS CURRENTLY IN THE I-C-U AT A BATON ROUGE HOSPITAL. THE FATHER OF CANDACE SAM, JERMAINE SAM, TELLS K-L-F-Y THAT THE BULLET IS STILL LODGED IN HER AND, IF THEY DID SURGERY TO REMOVE THE BULLET, SHE WOULD HAVE A FIFTY PERCENT CHANCE OF SURVIVAL. THE BULLET IS LODGED IN AN AREA NEAR THE HEART. THE ALLEGED SHOOTER, 18-YEAR-OLD PETER CASTILLE, WAS A STUDENT AT BREAUX BRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, BUT HAD BEEN EXPELLED AFTER MULTIPLE INCIDENTS.
A BILL TO RESTORE THREE SALES TAX HOLIDAYS IN LOUISIANA ADVANCED IN A STATE HOUSE COMMITTEE YESTERDAY. THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE AMENDED AND PASSED THE BILL BY REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE JAY MORRIS OF MONROE. THE SALES TAX HOLIDAYS WERE SUSPENDED LAST YEAR AS PART OF AN EFFORT IN JUNE TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. THE SALES TAX HOLIDAYS WERE FOR HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS IN MAY, THE TWO DAY ANNUAL LOUISIANA SALES TAX HOLIDAY IN AUGUST, AND A SECOND AMENDMENT SALES TAX HOLIDAY IN SEPTEMBER.