THIS WEEKEND VOLUNTEERS PARTICIPATED IN THE LOVE OUR SCHOOLS CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT LAFAYETTE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. CAROLINE MARCELLO HAS MORE.
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THE BODY OF A 16-YEAR-OLD WAS FOUND AT THE ENTRANCE OF LITTLE FLORIDA BEACH IN CAMERON PARISH SUNDAY MORNING. THE 16-YEAR-OLD WAS REPORTED MISSING SATURDAY NIGHT AT AROUND 9:30 AND THE BODY WAS FOUND AT AROUND 1:45 SUNDAY MORNING. CAMERON PARISH SHERIFF RON JOHNSON SAYS IT APPEARS TO BE A DROWNING AND FOUL PLAY IS NOT SUSPECTED. THE IDENTITY OF THE 16-YEAR-OLD HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.
A KAPLAN MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR A DRIVE BY SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED EARLY FRIDAY MORNING IN MORSE. POLICE SAY THEY BELIEVE 21-YEAR-OLD ALEX GEORGE FIRED MULTIPLE ROUNDS FROM A MOVING VEHICLE AT A HOME. HE WAS BOOKED INTO THE ACADIA PARISH JAIL ON A CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER. THERE WERE NO INJURIES.
Louisiana made a tiny dent in the number of state-created boards and commissions, but spending on them continues to rise. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office released its annual report on the entities, finding 472 boards and commissions, down five from the prior year. The auditor’s office tallied the panels’ spending for the financial year that ended June 30 and found $1.3 million spent on per diem, $2 million for salaries and $2.1 million for travel expenses. Total spending is up $300,000 from last year’s report.
A MAN WAS SHOT BY HIS BROTHER LAST NIGHT IN LAFAYETTE FOLLOWING AN ARGUMENT, ACCORDING TO KLFY TV. CORPORAL BRIDGETTE DUGAS SAYS NO ARRESTS HAD BEEN MADE AS OF YET. THE SHOOTING HAPPENED AT A RESIDENCE IN THE 100 BLOCK OF RADCLIFFE DRIVE. WITNESSES TOLD KATC TV THAT THE VICTIM WAS SHOT IN THE LEG.
A federal judge has stopped the execution of a convicted child rapist and murderer scheduled for later this month. KPLC-TV reports a state district judge set Jason Reeves’ execution for Aug. 19 for the 2001 death of 4-year-old Mary Jean Thigpen, who was stabbed 16 times and raped. But Reeves has started what’s likely his last chance before execution: an appeal in the federal court system. Calcasieu Parish District Attorney John DeRosier says defense attorneys always file a federal appeal after all state appeals have been exhausted.
A GUEYDAN MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE STABBING DEATH OF A WOMAN, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND IN A WOODED AREA OF ACADIA PARISH. WITNESSES AT A RESIDENCE NEAR MIDLAND CALLED AUTHORITIES THURSDAY EVENING WHEN THE FEMALE VICTIM WENT WITH A MAN, LATER IDENTIFIED AS 25-YEAR-OLD AARON SAPORITO, AND NEVER RETURNED. DEPUTIES CANVASSED THE WOODED AREA AND FOUND THE WOMAN, WHO HAD BEEN STABBED MULTIPLE TIMES. INVESTIGATORS FOUND EVIDENCE IDENTIFYING SAPORITO AS THE SUSPECT, WHO WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER.
The Louisiana Department of Health is reminding parents that immunization records are available online — and at no cost — as students begin returning to school. The Advertiser reports the records are available through LA.MyIR.net. Officials say residents can securely view, download and print official copies of immunization records on demand. The records are accepted by schools, employers, state agencies and other organizations that require proof of immunization.