LAFAYETTE POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A MAN IN CONNECTION WITH A SHOOTING ON STERLING STREET. TWO MEN WERE SHOT MONDAY AT AROUND ONE A-M AND WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. 23-YEAR-OLD THOMAS WOODS IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN THE SHOOTER. HE HAS BEEN BOOKED ON FOUR COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER.
THE NEW MAYOR OF LAKE CHARLES CAME TO THE RIVERSIDE PARK COMMUNITY CENTER YESTERDAY TO HEAR CONCERNS FROM CONSTITUENTS IN NORTH LAKE CHARLES. THERE WAS AN OVERFLOW CROWD ON HAND WITH COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN NORTH LAKE CHARLES, CONTINUOUS DRAINAGE PROBLEMS AND CONCERNS ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. ONE RESIDENT, DAROL KING, PROPOSED SETTING ASIDE A PORTION OF TAX DOLLARS TO HELP FIX THE INFRASTRUCTURE, WHICH HE SAYS HAS BEEN HORRENDOUS FOR YEARS. IN A STATEMENT, MAYOR NIC HUNTER SAID HE WAS APPRECIATIVE OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT AND THEIR COMPLAINTS DID NOT FALL ON DEAF EARS.
CROWLEY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN OVERNIGHT HOMOCIDE. JULIE DARCE REPORTS.
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Attorneys for the state of Louisiana are renewing efforts to block Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood. They’ve asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to hold a rehearing on the issue — noting that one judge on that court recently changed her opinion. Last September, a three-judge 5th Circuit panel upheld an injunction preventing the state from cutting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. One of the three judges, Priscilla Owen recently changed her position, making it a 2-1 decision instead of a unanimous one.
THE TWO MEN CHARGED WITH THE MURDERS OF ASHLEY NICOLE METZ AND BROUKLYNN HILL IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR ARE STILL AWAITING TRIAL. THE MOTHER OF METZ, CARLA DEAN, TELLS THE DAILY ADVERTISER SHE’S BEEN TOLD BY PROSECUTORS THAT IT COULD TAKE PLACE LATE THIS YEAR OR EARLY NEXT YEAR. THE BODIES OF METZ AND HILL WERE FOUND IN SEPARATE BURNED OUT VEHICLES IN LAFAYETTE PARISH AND INVESTIGATORS FOUND THEY HAD BEEN SHOT. THE SUSPECTS, JOSHUA WILLIS AND JOSEPH SYLVESTER, FACE FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGES AND, IF CONVICTED, COULD RECEIVE THE DEATH PENALTY.
THE CALCASIEU PARISH POLICE JURY DECIDED TO DEFER A DECISION ON A PROPOSED 85 SPACE R-V PARK, THAT WOULD BE LOCATED ON HIGHWAY 27. THE PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE R-V PARK ON TUESDAY, BUT SOME JURORS WERE CONCERNED THAT IT COULD CAUSE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON HIGHWAY 27. OTHERS SIDED WITH THE APPLICANT, GEORGE CLYDE, BECAUSE HE HAD DONE EVERYTHING HE NEEDED TO DO. THE POLICE JURY WENT ALONG WITH JUROR TONY GUILLORY’S SUGGESTION TO DEFER THE MATTER, AND WILL CONSIDER THE APPLICATION AGAIN ON AUGUST 24TH.
CONGRESSMAN CLAY HIGGINS ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT FOUR AIRPORTS IN HIS DISTRICT WILL BE RECEIVING NEARLY TWO-POINT-3 MILLION DOLLARS TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS. THE CITY OF ABBEVILLE WILL BE GETTING 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BUILD A ONE THOUSAND FOOT TAXILANE AT THE CHRIS CRUSTA MEMORIAL AIRPORT, WHICH WOULD ALLOW INCREASED ACCESS TO AIRPORT HANGARS. THE ACADIA PARISH POLICE JURY WAS AWARDED 360 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO REHABILITATE FIFTEEN THOUSAND SQUARE YARDS OF EXISTING TERMINAL APRON AT THE LE GROS MEMORIAL AIRPORT IN CROWLEY. THE JENNINGS AIRPORT AND THE LAKE CHARLES REGIONAL AIRPORT ALSO RECEIVED FEDERAL DOLLARS FOR IMPROVEMENTS.
The Louisiana Democratic Party’s annual fundraiser will no longer be named after Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, the latest state party to distance itself from the two slave-owning presidents. The Advocate reports the party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner, scheduled in New Orleans on Aug. 26, will instead be called the True Blue Gala. The state Democratic Party says its chairwoman, Karen Carter Peterson, announced in the fall the event would be rebranded “to reflect the progress of the party and the changing times.” Jefferson and Jackson are considered founders of the Democratic Party, but their ownership of slaves has drawn increased scrutiny.