OPELOUSAS POLICE HAVE MADE A SECOND ARREST IN THE MURDER OF DARRELL WHEELER JUNIOR LAST DECEMBER. WHEELER WAS FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN A VEHICLE ON DECEMBER NINETEENTH, AND A FEW DAYS LATER, TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD EDDIE STAGG OF OPELOUSAS WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER. INVESTIGATORS WITH THE OPELOUSAS POLICE DEPARTMENT DEVELOPED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INDICATING NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD OMARION BEAVERS OF OPELOUSAS WAS PRINCIPALLY INVOLVED IN THE HOMOCIDE. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE SAINT LANDRY PARISH JAIL ON A CHARGE OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER.
SCOTT DASPIT IS LEADING A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR EIGHT WEEKS FOR SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE OVERTURNED SEACOR LIFT BOAT THAT ARE STILL MISSING. DASPIT’S SON, DYLAN, IS ONE OF THE MISSING. HE SAYS IN A KLFY TV TEN PODCAST INTERVIEW THAT HE DOESN’T KNOW SPECIFICALLY WHEN HE’LL STOP BUT IT WILL BE WHEN HIS HEART AND GOD TELLS HIM. SCOTT SAYS FAMILIES HAVE ASKED HIM TO CONTINUE THE SEARCH AT LEAST UNTIL THE LIFT BOAT IS RETURNED TO SHORE, WHICH COULD BE IN THE THIRD WEEK OF JUNE AND LIKELY IN TERREBONNE PARISH.
Louisiana lawmakers have given final passage to a proposal requiring doctors to suggest to women taking the abortion pill that the drug-induced effort to terminate a pregnancy could be stopped midway through the process. A 69-25 House vote Tuesday sent the bill by Republican Rep. Beryl Amedee to the governor’s desk. Passage came over objections from opponents who said the legislation pushed by pro-life organizations could provide inaccurate, possibly dangerous information to women. Supporters said they’re trying to give women who change their mind the possibility of reversing course on the abortion.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office says a Canadian-based lumber products company is making its first investment in Louisiana, bringing a $160 million mill to Beauregard Parish. Edwards’ office said in a Tuesday news release that Canfor Corp. expects to hire 130 people with average annual salaries of $59,921 plus benefits. The sawmill project will be built on a site at the Beauregard Regional Airport near DeRidder and is expected to support 175 construction jobs. Plans include processing yellow pine trees from Louisiana forests to create various wood products from lumber to paper and pulp.
WITH SUMMER HERE, LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE PREPARING FOR A SURGE IN CRIME, BUT THEIR DEALING WITH A MAJOR ISSUE. SYLVIA MASTERS TELLS US WHAT THAT IS.
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THE ONE REMAINING CANDIDATE TO BE THE DIRECTOR OF LAFAYETTE PARISH PUBLIC LIBRARIES WILL BE INTERVIEWED TODAY BY A SEARCH COMMITTEE. THE WITHDRAWAL OF MICHAEL MITCHELL FROM CONSIDERATION LEAVES INTERIM DIRECTOR DANNY GILLANE AS THE LONE CANDIDATE. TERESA ELBERSON RETIRED FROM THE POSITION IN JANUARY AFTER THE LIBRARY BOARD OF CONTROL REJECTED A GRANT FROM THE LOUISIANA ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES TO DISCUSS BOOKS ABOUT VOTING RIGHTS, INCLUDING VOTER SUPPRESSION. IF THE SEARCH COMMITTEE VOTES TO RECOMMEND GILLANE, THE FULL BOARD COULD VOTE TO APPOINT HIM TO THE FULL TIME POSITION AT THEIR JUNE TWENTY-FIRST MEETING.
A $3.9 billion financing formula to pay for K-12 public schools and give those schools’ workers a pay raise in the upcoming year has received final legislative passage. Teachers, principals and other certified personnel will receive an $800 salary boost in the 2021-22 school year. School support workers such as cafeteria staff and bus drivers will receive a $400 pay hike. Even with the raises, Louisiana’s public school educators will remain below the Southern average in pay.
A FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD VILLE PLATTE GIRL, WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING, HAS BEEN FOUND. POLICE BEGAN A SEARCH FOR DAJIYIA ARDOIN AFTER HER MOTHER SAW HER GET INTO AN UNKNOWN PICKUP TRUCK WITH SOMEONE AND LEAVE THE AREA. POLICE FOUND THE PICKUP AND THE DRIVER WHO SAID HE HAD DROPPED HER OFF IN THE KEMBO STREET AREA OF VILLE PLATTE. LAST NIGHT POLICE CHIEF NEAL LARTIGUE REPORTED THAT ARDOIN HAD BEEN FOUND AND WAS SAFE.