LAST NIGHT THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL VOTED 5-TO-4 TO HAVE MORE TRANSPARENCY WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING PAY RAISES TO COUNCIL MEMBERS. THE RESOLUTION BY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN JAY CASTILLE AND WILLIAM THERIOT REQUIRES ANY COUNCIL MEMBER PROPOSING A PAY RAISE TO INTRODUCE AN ORDINANCE. THE COUNCIL WOULD THEN HAVE TO BUDGET THE MONEY FOR THE RAISE AND THE PUBLIC WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO COMMENT. IN THE PAST, THE MONEY IS BUDGETED FOR RAISES EVERY FOUR YEAR TERM AND EACH COUNCIL MEMBER INFORMS THE BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE ON WHETHER THEY WILL TAKE ALL, SOME OR NONE OF THE RAISE.
A SECOND STUDENT AT MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR MAKING THREATS. STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL NOTIFIED SCHOOL PERSONNEL THAT A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL SAID SHE WOULD BE THE NEXT SCHOOL SHOOTER ON HER SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT BIOGRAPHY AND THEY IN TURN TOLD THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER. SHE WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY MORNING AND BOOKED INTO THE JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER ON A CHARGE OF TERRORIZING. ON SUNDAY, A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD BOY FROM MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE WAS ALSO ARRESTED ON A TERRORIZING CHARGE AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY TOLD SEVERAL STUDENTS HE WOULD BE THE NEXT SCHOOL SHOOTER.
A THIRD MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN THE MURDER OF 17-YEAR-OLD GARRON LEWIS OF NEW IBERIA. 28-YEAR-OLD KENRAY OLIVIER LEDAY OF LAFAYETTE WAS ARRESTED ON SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING SECOND DEGREE MURDER. THE OTHER TWO WHO WERE EARLIER ARRESTED FOR SECOND DEGREE MURDER ARE 24-YEAR-OLD BRYSON JOHNLEWIS FROM JEANERETTE AND 21-YEAR-OLD TRE’VONCE JAKIL BERNARD OF NEW IBERIA. LEWIS IS THE SON OF IBERIA PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER RAYMOND SHOE-DO LEWIS.
Republican candidate for Louisiana governor Ralph Abraham is pledging to keep his campaign ire focused on Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards. Abraham, a third-term congressman, says he won’t follow the lead of his GOP challenger Eddie Rispone, a businessman who unleashed an attack ad on Abraham. Rispone’s TV ad released Tuesday has drawn backlash from some Republicans who call it the wrong strategy to defeat Edwards. Conservative talk radio host Moon Griffon endorsed Abraham on Tuesday, saying Rispone needs to pull his attack ad.
AFTER MORE THAN FORTY YEARS IN BUSINESS, BROTHERS ON THE BOULEVARD IN LAFAYETTE IS CLOSING. BROTHER ABDALLA MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA LAST NIGHT. HE THANKED THE ACADIANA COMMUNITY FOR THEIR LOYALTY AND SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS AND ANNOUNCED A RETIREMENT SALE. HE SAYS THEY ARE RETIRING FROM RETAIL TO FOCUS ON THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS, THE ON THE BOULEVARD SHOPPING CENTER.
MAGNOLIA L-N-G IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO MOVING FORWARD WITH THE BUILDING OF A LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS EXPORT FACILITY IN CAMERON PARISH . THAT’S BECAUSE OF A DEAL THEY HAVE MADE TO SUPPLY TWO MILLION TONS OF LNG A YEAR FOR TWENTY YEARS TO A POWER PROJECT IN VIETNAM. A COMPANY SPOKESMAN SAYS THEY ARE WAITING TO MAKE A FINAL INVESTMENT DECISION ON THE NEW FACILITY UNTIL THEY HAVE SOLD SIX MILLION TONS OF L-N-G. THEY ARE LOOKING TO BUILD THE NEW FACILITY ON THE INDUSTRIAL CANAL OFF OF THE CALCASIEU SHIP CHANNEL.
THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING A BURGLARY SATURDAY THAT HAPPENED NORTH OF CROWLEY ON GOODRICH ROAD. TWO UNKNOWN SUSPECTS FORCED THEIR WAY IN THROUGH A WINDOW AND GAINED ACCESS TO A SHOP AREA WHERE THEY STOLE A GREEN POULAN CHAINSAW, A RED TROY BUILT WEEDEATER AND A 22 CALIBER RUGER RIFLE. THEY ALSO STOLE A TRACTOR BUT IT WAS LATER RECOVERED IN A NEARBY GULLEY. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE BURGLARY IS ASKED TO CALL THE TIPS LINE AT 789-TIPS.
A national credit rating agency is giving Louisiana good marks for its improved financial outlook and its work to stabilize the state budget. Moody’s Investors Service changed Louisiana’s credit outlook from “stable” to “positive.” The firm said that’s an indication Louisiana could see a rating upgrade in a year or two.
Credit ratings help determine interest rates charged when the state borrows money to finance roadwork and construction projects.