A 70-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AND A PET DOG DIED FROM A FIRE AT THE BAYOU OAKS APARTMENTS. JEFF HORCHAK REPORTS.
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THE MAIN SUSPECT IN A HOMOCIDE CASE IN JEFF DAVIS PARISH HAS BEEN CAPTURED BY JEFFERSON COUNTY, TEXAS DEPUTIES. 28-YEAR-OLD DAVID WADE CLARK WAS ARRESTED AFTER A CHASE IN A VEHICLE AND ON FOOT. THE PERSON DRIVING THE VEHICLE, MIKE CASTILLE OF LAKE CHARLES, WAS ALSO APPREHENDED. CLARK IS A SUSPECT IN THE DEATH OF DEVIN MARC SANDERS LAST FRIDAY IN TOPSY.
A MEASURE TO CONSIDER AND APPOINT A COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST VERMILLION PARISH SUPERINTENDENT JEROME PUYAU FAILED ON A 4-TO-4 VOTE BY THE SCHOOL BOARD. ON AUGUST EIGHTH, PUYAU WAS PUT ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE BECAUSE OF THE ALLEGATIONS. HE WILL REMAIN ON LEAVE UNTIL THE ISSUE IS RESOLVED. THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD A MEETING ON THE ISSUE IN THE FUTURE.
Louisiana officials have blocked two of the nation’s largest banks from involvement in a $600 million road financing plan because they have policies restricting gun sales by their commercial customers. In a narrow 7-6 vote, the State Bond Commission refused to allow Citigroup and Bank of America to participate in the interstate highway financing work. The effort to ban the banking giants from the road deal was led by Attorney General Jeff Landry and Treasurer John Schroder and opposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration. Those pushing to exclude Bank of America and Citigroup from the financial work said by enacting firearm restriction policies for their corporate customers, the banks were violating Second Amendment rights.
A FORMER PRIEST, WHO HAS BEEN NAMED IN A SWEEPING SEXUAL ABUSE GRAND JURY REPORT IN PENNSYLVANIA, WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE DIOCESE OF LAFAYETTE IN THE 1990’S. FATHER JOHN BOSTWICK WAS ALLOWED TO TRANSFER TO LAFAYETTE AFTER REFUSING RECOMMENDATIONS BY A BISHOP TO UNDERGO PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING. IT’S NOT CLEAR IF CHURCH OFFICIALS KNEW ABOUT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM BEFORE HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO LAFAYETTE. DIOCESE OF LAFAYETTE SPOKESWOMAN BLUE ROLFES SAYS NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT FATHER BOSTWICK WERE EVER MADE HERE AND HE WAS REMOVED FROM MINISTRY IN 1996 FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION.
SULPHUR POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR A MAN WHO ROBBED A CVS PHARMACY TUESDAY NIGHT. A MAN WEARING A BLACK AND RED FLANNEL SHIRT WITH JEANS HANDED A NOTE TO AN EMPLOYEE AT THE PHARMACY COUNTER DEMANDING A NARCOTIC GRADE MEDICATION AND CLAIMING TO HAVE A WEAPON ON HIM. AFTER GETTING THE MEDICATION, THE MAN FLED FROM THE STORE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE ROBBERY IS ASKED TO CALL THE SULPHUR POLICE DEPARTMENT 527-45-50.
RIDE ACADIANA, WHICH WILL PROVIDE BUS SERVICE BETWEEN LAFAYETTE AND CROWLEY, WILL BEGIN MONDAY. TWO 16-SEAT BUSES, WITH WI-FI, WILL MAKE TWENTY STOPS BETWEEN LAFAYETTE AND CROWLEY. BUS PASSES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CITY HALLS IN CROWLEY, RAYNE, DUSON AND SCOTT AS WELL AS AT THE ROSA PARKS TRANSPORTATION CENTER IN LAFAYETTE. IF THE BUS SERVICE PROVES SUCCESSFUL, IT MAY BE EXPANDED TO OTHER ACADIANA PARISHES.
A major electric utility wants to recover nearly $6 million in revenue lost in the flooding in Louisiana in 2016. The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported that Entergy has asked Louisiana regulators to allow it to impose a surcharge on the bills of nearly 468,000 customers in 20 parishes even if they never missed a payment. The surcharge would recover the amounts not collected because of state orders to not shut off the lights or assess late fees on people flooded out of their homes. More than 20 inches of rain fell over two days starting Aug. 12, 2016.