AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A LAFAYETTE TEENAGER, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND IN THE PARKING LOT OF AN APARTMENT COMPLEX. JEFF HORCHAK REPORTS.
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OFFICIALS WITH INDORAMA WERE INVITED TO THE CALCASIEU PARISH POLICE JURY MEETING TO DISCUSS FLARING AT THEIR ETHYLENE PLANT. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT THE FLARES THAT LIGHT UP THE SKY, MAKE LOUD NOISES, AND, IN SOME INSTANCES, RATTLE THE WINDOWS. ROB LYNCH, INDORAMA’S DIRECTOR OF HEATH, SAFETY, SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENT, SAYS THEY ARE WORKING TO RESOLVE THE SITUATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. HE SAYS THEY EXPECT TO COMPLETE THE STARTUP BY THE END OF THE MONTH.
A MAN WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH A MARCH 12TH SHOOTING IN ABBEVILLE HAS SURRENDERED. 29-YEAR-OLD ALVIN WILTZ WAS BOOKED INTO THE VERMILLION PARISH CORRECTIONAL CENTER ON A CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER. WILTZ WAS ONE OF SEVERAL MEN WHO GOT INVOLVED IN AN ARGUMENT BETWEEN THE VICTIM AND A WOMAN AT A RESIDENCE NEAR NORTH BAILEY AND CLOVER STREETS. POLICE SAY WILTZ PULLED OUT A HANDGUN DURING THE ALTERCATION AND SHOT THE VICTIM IN THE CHEST BEFORE FLEEING THE SCENE.
Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents will be receiving checks in the mail from the state, not tax refunds, but other unclaimed property dollars collected by the treasury. Treasurer John Schroder’s office said Tuesday more than 44,500 checks, totaling $4.2 million, started going out this week. The maximum check is $1,500.
Schroder wants to make sure people don’t think the checks are a scam and throw them away.
LAST NIGHT, A LAFAYETTE WOMAN GOT TO MEET THE GOOD SAMARITAN WHO SAVED HER FROM HER BURNING VEHICLE. CONNOR MANUEL OF EUNICE SAYS HE SAW THE WOMAN, ALFRELISHA THIBEAUX, SITTING IN HER SMOKING VEHICLE, AND STOPPED TO URGE HER TO GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE. THIBEAUX SAYS THAT, JUST SECONDS AFTER SHE GOT OUT, THE HOOD TO HER VEHICLE SHOT UP AND IT WAS QUICKLY CONSUMED IN FIRE. THIBEAUX SAYS SHE GIVES GOD ALL THE GLORY AND IS GRATEFUL TO MANUEL FOR HIS WILLINGNESS TO RISK HIS LIFE TO SAVE HER.
TOMORROW MORNING A CIVIL SERVICE BOARD WILL HEAR COMPLAINTS FILED AGAINST A CROWLEY POLICE OFFICER BY FIVE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS. THE OFFICER CALLED OUT THE COUNCIL ON FACEBOOK OVER THE LEASING OF NEW POLICE VEHICLES, AND DESCRIBING THEM AS A MICKEY MOUSE COUNCIL. POLICE CHIEF JIMMY BROUSSARD TELLS KATC TV THAT HE HAS APPROPRIATELY DISCIPLINED THE OFFICER, BUT ULTIMATELY HE SUPPORTS HIM. CIVIL SERVICE ATTORNEY DANIEL LANDRY SAYS THE CIVIL SERVICE BOARD WILL DECIDE WHETHER THE POST WAS POLITICAL ACTIVITY OR CONDUCTING UNBECOMING.
The federal Medicaid agency says a November audit that said Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion program may have spent as much as $85 million on ineligible enrollees is “deeply troubling.” The agency says it could try to seek repayment of any misspent money. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ letter comes in response to work done by Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.
But the federal agency noted a computer upgrade launched by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration could help to address issues identified in Purpera’s audit.
LANDRY PARISH LEADERS SAY ILLEGAL DUMPING IS GETTING OUT OF HAND IN THE OPELOUSAS AREA. MAYOR JULIUS ALSANDOR TELLS KLFY TV THERE’S AN INITIATIVE TO MAKE SURE THE CITY AND PARISH STAYS CLEAN. HE SAYS THE POLICE AND SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARE WORKING TO ENFORCE THE NO DUMPING LAW. ST. LANDRY PARISH PRESIDENT BILL FONTENOT SAYS THE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF AT ST. LANDRY PARISH SOLID WASTE WILL HELP GUIDE THEM AS TO WHERE TO LOOK FOR THESE INCIDENTS.