A NURSING STUDENT PREPARING FOR CLINICALS IS SUING U-L LAFAYETTE AND OCSHNER LAFAYETTE GENERAL OVER COVID-NINETEEN VACCINE MANDATES. THE LAWSUIT BY MIA BOURG OF ERATH COMES ON THE DAY OCHSNER GAVE AS A DEADLINE FOR NURSING STUDENTS TO SUBMIT VACCINE EXEMPTIONS FOR VERIFIED RELIGIOUS OR MEDICAL REASONS. THE LAWSUIT ALLEGES THAT OCHSNER HAS VIOLATED A LOUISIANA LAW THAT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO OPT OUT OF A VACCINE BASED SOLELY ON A WRITTEN DISSENT WITH NO EXPLANATION OR JUSTIFICATION REQUIRED. THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED TWO DAYS AFTER ANOTHER SIMILAR LAWSUIT BY MORE THAN EIGHTY EMPLOYEES AT OCSHNER AND OUR LADY OF LOURDES.
THE CROWLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS DEALING WITH AN OFFICER SHORTAGE DUE TO COVID-NINETEEN. CAROLINE MARCELLO HAS MORE.
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Louisiana is reporting its 16th child death from COVID-19. The state said Wednesday that the victim was between the ages of 12 and 17. The state reported a total of 99 new COVID-19-related deaths Wednesday. The latest hospitalization figure was 1,221 — still much higher than the spring and early summer, but down from a peak of over 3,000 in August.
Authorities in Louisiana say three freshmen defensive backs on the McNeese State football team are among five people arrested after an investigation that started with a drive-by shooting. Lake Charles police said Wednesday that the shooting on Sept. 6 was retaliation for an August armed robbery. Police say 18-year-olds Lathan Adams of Waxahatchie, Texas, and Edward Gilds of Harvey are accused of that holdup. They say 18-year-old Travis Walker of Kenner and 19-year-old Davonte Simmons of Westwego were arrested on drug and weapons charges. Adams, Walker and Gilds were on the football team.
THE OWNER OF J-E-H SOLAR OF LAFAYETTE SAYS A PERSON POSED AS AN EMPLOYEE OF HIS TO SCAM A POTENTIAL CUSTOMER. EDDIE HAYNES SAID, THANKFULLY, THE CUSTOMER FELT SOMETHING WAS UP WHEN THE PERSON ASKED FOR A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR DOWN PAYMENT WITHOUT MEETING FACE TO FACE FIRST. HAYNES SAYS THE SCAMMER HAD A CONTRACT WITH HIS COMPANY’S NAME, LOGO AND ADDRESS. HE SAYS IF YOU, AS A CUSTOMER, ASK WHO TO WRITE THE CHECK TO AND A PERSONAL NAME INSTEAD OF THE COMPANY NAME IS GIVEN, THAT SHOULD BE A RED FLAG.
THE IBERIA PARISH COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION YESTERDAY SUPPORTING A RESUMPTION OF FEDERAL OFF SHORE LEASING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION PUT A HOLD ON ALL LEASE SALES EARLIER THIS YEAR, WHICH IS BEING CHALLENGED IN FEDERAL COURT. PARISH PRESIDENT LARRY RICHARD SAYS THE PARISH USED TO RECEIVE BETWEEN FOUR AND SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS IN ROYALTIES FROM OIL AND GAS EACH YEAR, BUT, LAST YEAR, THEY ONLY RECEIVED THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND. HE SAYS THAT IS PARTLY THE REASON THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN THE PARISH PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS GONE FROM SIXTY-TWO TO THIRTY.
Louisiana anglers will be able to take up to four red snappers a day when the recreational season reopens on Friday. That’s double the previous limit. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the season will also expand to seven days a week rather than weekends only. A news release Wednesday said it’s possible because 30% of the state’s recreational limit remains uncaught.
MONEY WAS STOLEN FROM THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT SAFE AT SAINT MICHAEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN CROWLEY. A JANITOR ENCOUNTERED THE SUSPECT, POSSIBLY DISRUPTING THE THEFT, AT AROUND FIVE NINETEEN YESTERDAY MORNING, BUT THE SUSPECT FLED BEFORE POLICE ARRIVED. DETECTIVES ARE HOPING ITEMS LEFT BEHIND WILL HELP THEM IN IDENTIFYING THE THIEF. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE THEFT IS ASKED TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS OF ACADIA PARISH AT SEVEN-EIGHT-NINE-TIPS.