A PROJECT TO SPRUCE UP THE RAILROAD UNDERPASS ON NORTH UNIVERSITY AVENUE JUST NORTH OF CAMERON STREET BEGAN LAST NIGHT. THE 429 THOUSAND DOLLAR PROJECT INCLUDES PAINTING, PRESSURE WASHING AND SEALING THE UNDERPASS. IT’S PART OF MAYOR PRESIDENT JOEL ROBIDEAUX’S INITIATIVE TO REVITALIZE THE TWO-POINT-TWO MILE STRETCH OF UNIVERSITY FROM RENAUD DRIVE TO CAMERON STREET. ROBIDEAUX SAYS HIS ADMINISTRATION SET ASIDE CAPITAL FUNDS FROM SALES TAX REVENUE TO COVER THE COST OF THE UNDERPASS MAINTENANCE PROJECT.
A JENNINGS FATHER HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY BEATING HIS TEENAGE SON. WHEN THE 13-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS ORIGINALLY BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL ON AUGUST 22ND, IT WAS REPORTED THAT HE SLIPPED AND FELL. WHEN HE RETURNED TO GET THE STAPLES REMOVED, THE BOY TOLD AUTHORITIES THAT HIS FATHER HAD BEATEN HIM. THE FATHER, 40-YEAR-OLD SCOTT WILLIAM SONNIER, WAS ARRESTED WHEN HE CAME HOME FROM AN OFFSHORE JOB.
A ST. MARTIN PARISH MAN IS FACING SEVERAL CHARGES AFTER, INVESTIGATORS SAY, HE TRIED TO RUN OVER SOMEONE WITH HIS VEHICLE. CAROLINE MARCELLO REPORTS.
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Louisiana’s legislative auditor is questioning $47 million in Medicaid payments for mental health services, saying they didn’t follow the health department’s fee schedule. The health department disagrees with Monday’s report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, saying the payments complied with the law and were allowed. It was the latest report from Purpera’s office digging into Louisiana’s more than $13 billion Medicaid program. The Department of Health says federal law allows states to deviate from the fee schedule so patients have access to adequate care, particularly in rural areas and for providers in short supply.
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF LAFAYETTE HAS BEEN HOSTING A SERIES OF CANDIDATE FORUMS FOR ELECTIONS IN LAFAYETTE. IT CONTINUES TONIGHT WITH A FORUM FOR PARISH COUNCIL DISTRICTS ONE AND FIVE AT THE NORTH LIBRARY. THE CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICTS ONE AND FIVE WILL SPEAK AT A FORUM SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE MAIN LIBRARY BRANCH. BOTH FORUMS BEGIN AT 6:30 AND ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
LAST NIGHT THE SULPHUR CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO REPEAL A 1983 ORDINANCE THAT PROHIBITED THE SALE OF ALCHOLIC BEVERAGES TO PEOPLE IN A MOTOR VEHICLE. ONLY ONE PERSON SPOKE DURING THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND SHE WAS FOR THE REPEAL. MAYOR MIKE DANAHAY SAYS THE ADVENT OF TECHNOLOGY LED THEM TO REVISIT THE ORDINANCE BECAUSE IT WAS PREVENTING REVENUE FOR THE CITY. SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO ORDER GROCERIES ON LINE FOR PICKUP BUT THE ORDINANCE PREVENTED STORES FROM SELLING ALCOHOL TO THOSE CUSTOMERS TO LOAD INTO THEIR VEHICLE.
FOUR PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED SUNDAY DURING A DRUG BUST AT A CHURCH POINT HOUSE. POLICE EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT A HOUSE ON PLAQUEMINE STREET AND THEY FOUND SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA, COCAINE, CRYSTAL METH AND PILLS AS WELL AS A RIFLE AND AN EXTENDED MAGAZINE. THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE CHURCH POINT POLICE HAD BEEN CONDUCTING UNDERCOVER OPERATIONS THAT LED TO THE DRUG BUST. POLICE CHIEF DALE THIBODEAUX SAYS THIS IS THIRD TIME THIS RESIDENCE HAS BEEN BUSTED BY HIS DEPARTMENT SINCE JANUARY AND THE SUSPECTS HAD BEEN OUT ON BOND FROM A PREVIOUS ARREST.
Deadlines for Louisiana residents to register to vote for the Oct. 12 statewide election are nearing. The secretary of state’s office says people who want to register or who want to make changes to their registration have until Wednesday to mail in the forms or make changes in person. They can register online at GeauxVote.com through Sept. 21. People can register in person at parish registrar of voters offices, Office of Motor Vehicles locations, public assistance agencies, public schools, colleges and libraries.