WITH BARRY IN A REARVIEW MIRRORS, STORM DEBRIS CLEANUP IS GETTING UNDERWAY IN PARTS OF ACADIANA. CAROLINE MARCELLO HAS DETAILS.
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A trucker with two children in his cab crossed the center line and hit a pickup truck and an SUV, killing the driver of the SUV and injuring the other. Louisiana State Police say it happened Tuesday just after 6:30 p.m. on Interstate 10, about 4½ miles west of Vinton. Investigators say 34-year-old Justin Chong, of Asheville, North Carolina, was headed east when his tractor-trailer ran off the road and hit the westbound pickup driven by 24-year-old Zachary Flessner, of Damon, Texas, and an SUV driven by 54-year-old Stephen Bertram, of Dequincy, Louisiana. Bertram was pronounced dead at the scene.
Louisiana state Rep. Nancy Landry has quit her post in the House to become chief of staff for Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. The Advocate reports Landry, a Republican from Lafayette, resigned Tuesday and began work with Ardoin’s office the same day. Landry was term limited in the House and earlier expressed strong interest in becoming the new chief clerk for the House. Landry says taking the new job is a “good way to continue to serve” the people of Louisiana.
U-L LAFAYETTE WILL BE ANNOUNCING THE REPLACEMENT FOR HEAD BASEBALL COACH TONY ROBICHAUX AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY. IN A TWEET YESTERDAY, THE UNIVERSITY CONFIRMED THAT SAM HOUSTON STATE’S MATT DEGGS HAS BEEN HIRED FOR THE POSITION. DEGGS WAS AN ASSISTANT FOR ROBICHAUX BEFORE TAKING OVER THE SAM HOUSTON STATE BASEBALL PROGRAM FIVE SEASONS AGO. ROBICHAUX, WHO DIED ON JULY THIRD, HAD LED THE U-L PROGRAM FOR TWENTY-FIVE SEASONS.
ACADIA PARISH DEPUTIES ARE SEARCHING FOR TWO CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS. THEY ARE WANTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER IN THE PARISH. ONE OF THE MEN IS 43-YEAR-OLD EDWARD MOTT, WHOSE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS WAS 129 MARTHA LANE, LOT B IN CROWLEY. THE OTHER MAN IS 34-YEAR-OLD MARTELLE MOUTON WHO LIVED AT 127 PUBLIC ROAD IN RAYNE.
THE LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED ADDING FIVE MILLION DOLLARS TO THE CITY’S TOTAL OPERATIONAL AND CAPITAL BUDGET. THAT MEANS THE CITY WILL BE SPENDING TEN MILLION DOLLARS FOR ASPHALT OVERLAYS, ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION FOR IMPROVING SIDEWALKS AND ALMOST THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND TO ADD MORE SHELTERS AT BUS STOPS. MAYOR NIC HUNTER SAYS THE ADDITIONAL MONEY WILL BE COMING FROM RESERVES IN THE CURRENT CITY BUDGET. CITY OFFICIALS SAY RESIDENTS CAN EXPECT TO SEE WORK ON THESE PROJECTS BEGIN WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR.
Police have arrested a man in the slaying of a community leader who founded Baton Rouge’s African American history museum. Police Chief Murphy J. Paul told news reporters that 38-year-old Ronn Jermaine Bell was arrested Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder. Paul says Bell was a tenant in a rental property owned by 75-year-old Sadie Roberts-Joseph and was behind on about $1,200 in rent. Paul says a “solid motive” remains under investigation but he says investigators do not believe Roberts-Joseph’s death was a hate crime or related to her community activist role.