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5-17-19

TWO LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCILMEN HAVE PROPOSED THE IMMEDIATE ALLOCATION OF TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS FOR A NEW NORTHEAST REGIONAL LIBRARY AND THE EXPANSION OF THE CARENCRO LIBRARY BRANCH.  THE PROPOSAL WILL BE CONSIDERED AT TUESDAY’S MEETING.  IT HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM.  COUNCILMAN KENNETH BOUDREAUX TELLS THE ADVOCATE THAT THE IMMEDIATE BUDGET ALLOCATION IS NECESSARY SO THE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT CAN ACQUIRE THE LAND FOR THE NORTHEAST REGIONAL LIBRARY AND BEGIN THE EXPANSION OF THE CARENCRO LIBRARY.

 

YESTERDAY A GRAND OPENING WAS HELD FOR THE NEW GATOR CHATEAU BUILDING AT THE JENNINGS VISITOR CENTER.  THE FIVE THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT BUILDING HOUSES BABY ALLIGATORS THAT ARE FOSTERED UNTIL OLD ENOUGH TO BE RELEASED INTO THE WILD.  NEARLY TWENTY-THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE VISITED THE GATOR CHATEAU IN THE LAST YEAR, WHICH HAS BEEN REVAMPED.  THE BUILDING WAS DEDICATED TO THE BUILDER OF THE CHATEAU, BOBBY PALERMO, WHO DIED LAST WEEK AFTER A YEAR-LONG BATTLE WITH CANCER.

 

OPELOUSAS POLICE ARRESTED A MAN WHO HAS ELUDED THEM SINCE LATE MARCH.  18-YEAR-OLD DONTARIOUS WILLIAMS WAS IDENTIFIED AS A SUSPECT IN A SHOOTING BETWEEN TWO GROUPS OF PEOPLE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF ACADEMY AND LAURENT STREETS ON MARCH 23RD.  YESTERDAY AT AROUND FOUR A-M, POLICE ARRESTED WILLIAMS AT A RESIDENCE ON OVERTON STREET.  HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND ILLEGAL USE OF WEAPONS.

 

A proposal pushed by Louisiana’s oil and gas industry to let refineries and other industrial plants keep some environmental violations secret fell a handful of votes short of House passage.  Lawmakers voted 46-40 for the measure , but it needed 53 votes to pass. Rep. Stuart Bishop, the Lafayette Republican who sponsored the bill, could bring it up again this session.  The Advocate reports the proposal would create a “self-audit” system, potentially allowing 1,600 facilities throughout Louisiana to voluntarily report violations of environmental rules to state regulators.

 

THERE’S BEEN SOME CONFUSION ON THE CLEAR BAG POLICY AT THE CAJUNDOME.  JEFF HORCHAK HAS THE DETAILS ON IT.

 

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CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES HAVE MADE TWO ARRESTS SO FAR AS THEY INVESTIGATE A THEFT RING STEALING ITEMS FROM RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION SITES.  SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO SAYS THEY BELIEVE THE RING IS BASED OUT OF TEXAS BUT THEY DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE WORKING HERE OR ARE COMMUTING BACK AND FORTH TO DO THE BURGLARIES.  HE SAYS THEY ARE STEALING EVERYTHING FROM BATHTUBS TO WINDOWS AND DOORS.  MANCUSO SAYS THEY EXPECT TO MAKE AS MANY AS FIVE MORE ARRESTS.

 

NARCOTICS AGENTS ARRESTED AN ALLEGED DRUG DEALER IN CROWLEY.  THE ARREST OF 44-YEAR-OLD CHAD STEELE OF CROWLEY CAME AFTER AGENTS SEARCHED A HOME ON CONRAD ROAD ON WEDNESDAY.  THEY FOUND 44 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE THAT WERE PACKAGED TO SELL, ALONG WITH A GRAM-AND-A-HALF OF HEROIN AND SEVERAL PILLS.  STEELE WAS BOOKED INTO THE ACADIA PARISH JAIL AND HIS BOND WAS SET AT 98 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

 

A federal scientist says the year’s widespread flooding makes it likely that a big “dead zone” will form off Louisiana’s coast this summer.  Steven Thur says preliminary runs of predictive models “indicate a large to very large year” for the area where there’s too little oxygen to support marine life.  Thur is director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He spoke to the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force during a livestreamed public meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.