A LAFAYETTE WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HER TWO-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER IS ASKING FOR BAIL AFTER SPENDING A MONTH-AND-A-HALF IN JAIL WITHOUT ANY ACTION ON HER CASE. PUBLIC DEFENDERS HAVE SAID THEY CAN’T TAKE THE CASE OF 23-YEAR-OLD AYANA LADELLE BECAUSE OF A HEAVY WORK LOAD AND BECAUSE IT WOULD REQUIRE SPECIALIZED REPRESENTATION SINCE SHE COULD GET THE DEATH PENALTY IF SHE’S FOUND GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER. ATTORNEYS FROM THE LOUISIANA CAPITAL ASSISTANCE CENTER, WHO ARE REPRESENTING HER FOR NOW, FILED A MOTION LAST WEEK ASKING LADELLE BE GRANTED A BAIL HEARING. HER CO-DEFENDANT, 24-YEAR-OLD DWAYNE E. RICHARD OF MANDEVILLE, IS STILL IN THE LAFAYETTE PARISH CORRECTIONAL CENTER AWAITING WORK TO BE DONE ON HIS CASE.
Authorities say several motorcycle escort officers crashed during President Donald Trump’s motorcade in Louisiana, but the motorcade itself was not involved. The Secret Service says four officers were involved, and three of them were taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Lake Charles police say two Calcasieu Parish sheriff’s deputies and a Sulphur police officer crashed on Interstate-210 eastbound over Broad Street in Lake Charles. Secret Service spokesman Mason Brayman says in an emailed statement that a Westlake police officer also was involved.
A BOY HAS BEEN CHARGED AFTER POLICE SAY A BLACK BOOK BAG CONTAINING MULTIPLE ITEMS WAS TAKEN FROM THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB IN ABBEVILLE. JEFF HORCHAK REPORTS.
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Debate over Louisiana’s use of the death penalty is moving to the House floor.
The House criminal justice committee Tuesday voted 8-7 to send Rep. Terry Landry’s legislation to abolish capital punishment to the full House. The Senate overwhelmingly rejected a similar proposal last month. Landry, a New Iberia Democrat and former state police superintendent, wants lawmakers to continue the debate.
A bid to establish new penalties when unruly parents threaten or harass referees at school sporting events has stalled in the Louisiana Senate. The House-backed proposal by Metairie Republican Rep. Cameron Henry would create the new crime of harassment of a school or recreation athletic contest official. Senators on a judiciary committee Tuesday worried the measure went too far. They didn’t vote on the bill, suggesting Henry try to rework it.
TWO SUSPECTS WHO TRIED TO FLEE FROM LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES WERE DETAINED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. THE PURSUIT BEGAN WITH A TRAFFIC STOP AT FEDERAL AND BRYAN STREETS. S.J. MONTGOMERY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS PLACED ON A TEMPORARY LOCKDOWN DURING THE SEARCH FOR THE SUSPECTS.
A STANDOFF BETWEEN LAKE CHARLES POLICE AND A MAN SEEN FIRING A WEAPON INTO THE AIR ENDED PEACEFULLY. CORPORAL SCOTT DOUGHERTY SAYS THEY GOT A CALL ABOUT SHOTS FIRED IN THE AREA OF ST. JOHN AND NORTH PRATER STREET. WHEN THEY ARRIVED, WITNESSES DIRECTED THEM TO THE HOUSE THAT THE MAN FIRING SHOTS WAS IN. AFTER POLICE, A SWAT TEAM AND NEGOTIATERS SURROUNDED THE HOUSE, THE MAN SURRENDERED.
STATE POLICE HAVE ARRESTED SIX PEOPLE FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING MONEY FROM A BINGO GAME INTENDED TO BENEFIT A RAYNE HIGH SCHOOL CLUB. THE STATE OFFICE OF CHARITABLE GAMING CALLED STATE POLICE ABOUT THE ALLEGED THEFT IN MARCH. THE AMOUNT STOLEN FROM THE RAYNE HIGH SCHOOL FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA TOTALED MORE THAN 22 THOUSAND DOLLARS. ACADIA PARISH SUPERINTENDENT SCOTT RICHARD SAYS THEY LEARNED OF THE INVESTIGATION IN DECEMBER AND HAVE COOPERATED FULLY WITH INVESTIGATORS.