TOMORROW NIGHT THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD IS EXPECTED TO TRIM THE LIST OF CANDIDATES TO BECOME THE INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT. CURRENTLY THERE ARE NINE CANDIDATES AND BOARD PRESIDENT JUSTIN CENTANNI SAYS THEY ARE LOOKING TO SELECT THREE THAT WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR INTERVIEWS. SUPERINTENDENT DONALD AGUILLARD IS RETIRING ON MAY 17TH AND THE BOARD IS WANTING TO FIND A TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT WHO WILL TAKE OVER ON MAY 18TH. THE NEW SCHOOL BOARD THAT WILL BE ELECTED IN NOVEMBER WILL HAVE THE TASK OF SELECTING A PERMANENT REPLACEMENT.
A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY WAS HELD IN CARLYSS YESTERDAY FOR A BRAND NEW ROAD THAT IS SUPPOSED TO HELP WITH TRAFFIC CONGESTION. THE NEW BELLE COVE ROAD COSTS ONE-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS AND WAS FUNDED BY TELLURIAN INCORPORATED. SOME CARLYSS RESIDENTS ASKED FOR THE ROAD TO GIVE THEM SEPARATE ACCESS TO THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. CONSTRUCTION OF THE DRIFTWOOD L-N-G PROJECT HAS CAUSED THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION.
A TEENAGER WAS SHOT AND WOUNDED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT IN CROWLEY. POLICE FOUND THE TEENAGER IN THE 500 BLOCK OF ROSS AVENUE AFTER RECEIVING REPORTS OF GUNSHOTS FIRED, AND HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. POLICE FOUND A TRUCK IN A DITCH ABOUT A BLOCK-AND-A-HALF AWAY AND BELIEVED THE TEEN WHO WAS SHOT WAS RIDING IN IT. POLICE CHIEF JIMMY BROUSSARD SAYS THEY ARE FOLLOWING LEADS BUT IT’S TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE IF THE SHOOTING WAS DRUG OR GANG RELATED.
Gov. John Bel Edwards tells Louisiana lawmakers on the opening day of the regular session that bipartisanship helped end a decade of state budget shortfalls. And he’s urging legislators in this year’s two-month session to work with him again. The 60-day session comes in an election year where the Democratic governor is seeking re-election to a second term and all 144 legislative seats are on the October ballot. Edwards and House Republican leaders are at odds over spending levels, but the fights don’t involve deep budget cuts.
TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED AFTER LEADING POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED THROUGH LAFAYETTE AND ACADIA PARISHES. JEFF HORCHAK HAS MORE.
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FOUR SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR CRIMES RELATED TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. THE ARRESTS WERE THE RESULT OF THE EFFORTS OF ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF LANDRY’S CYBER CRIME UNIT. 24-YEAR-OLD CALEB HICKMAN AND 41-YEAR-OLD BRIAN POOL, BOTH OF DEQUINCY, AND 66-YEAR-OLD MARK WILLIAMSON OF SULPHUR WERE ARRESTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY POSSESSION COUNTS. 43-YEAR-OLD TRAVIS SHANE RYAN OF LAKE CHARLES FACES SEVERAL DIFFERENT CHARGES INCLUDING FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND DRUG POSSESSION.
A Louisiana man has shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, wounded a second man and fired into a police car. Ville Platte Police Chief Neil Lartigue tells local news outlets that 25-year-old Davonte Marquis Ardoin shot 21-year-old Rene Williams Sunday when she came to his house to bring Ardoin a child. Lartigue says 30-year-old James Macias, accompanying Williams, was shot five times and taken to a hospital in Lafayette, where remains hospitalized. Lartigue says Ardoin fired at arriving officers, hitting a police car, then barricaded himself in his house and fired his gun, before surrendering.
The Louisiana Tax Commission has recovered more than $15,000 in what its chairman says were unearned wages paid to its former administrator. The figure is in a letter commission chairman Lawrence Chehardy wrote to state auditors in response to findings that former administrator Charles Abels III collected more than $17,600 in wages and expenses to which he wasn’t entitled. State police arrested Abels in January in connection with malfeasance allegations. However, Baton Rouge’s district attorney hasn’t said whether formal charges will be filed.