It was less about items on the agenda and more about personal rifts among council members and St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot. The council met Wednesday, September 17, to discuss the Home Rule Charter and the personnel policy. However, it was apparent early in the meeting, the discussion would not end without a few choice words among those seated
By:Lydia Magallanes In late May Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law house bill 1142 or "Gwen's Law" in honor of the late Gwen Cox Salley of Shreveport. Salley was killed by her estranged husband less than 24 hours after he was released from jail on bail for domestic violence charges. Effective since August 1st, Gwen's Law requires courts to hold
Abbeville is among the top three cities on the rise in Louisiana according to financial blog, Nerdwallet. The study is based on population, income, and employment growth. According to Leah Richard with the Vermillion Chamber of Commerce, Vermillion Parish contains several thriving industries including seafood processor Catfish Wholesale Inc. and oilfield contractors Acadian Contractors and Broussard Brothers. The city of Abbeville is working
The City of St. Martinville began an internal investigation into missing utility deposits last fall. City attorney, Allan Durand, said nearly a year later, the city is calling off the search. "We're writing it off to just the system wasn't as good as it should have been," said Durand. Although Durand said the city went to great lengths to
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish Council has agreed to delay voting on any proposed revisions to a policy manual that covers employee hiring practices by parish government. Council member Pam Gautreau (GOH'-troh) tells The Advocate it is not clear whether the parish is following a policy manual adopted by a 2004 resolution or another policy she said parish
New information on the Lafayette police officer who was shot last week. Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department says the officer who was shot by a suspect last week has been released from the hospital. Arrests made in shooting of Lafayette Police officer UPDATE: Charges Brought Against Suspect and Apartment Resident ? Lafayette, LA – Lafayette Police have arrested
An unattended pot of grease on a stove caused a house fire on Louisiana Avenue on Wednesday. Lafayette firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze within fifteen minutes upon arriving. The home sustained heavy fire damage in the kitchen and the rest of the house only has heavy smoke damage. No injuries are being reported from this accident.
A statement released Tuesday by the State Department of Corrections says a decline in incarceration is partly due to re-entry programs that help prisoners get back into society. At the end of 2012, Louisiana had over 40,000 prisoners and by the end of 2013, that number declines of nearly 900 people. Although, the State Department of Corrections stated that Louisiana
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) Lafayette Regional Airport's request to place a temporary 1-cent sales tax on the Dec. 6 ballot heads to the State Bond Commission on Oct. 16 for approval. Matt Cruse, Airport Commission chairman, tells The Advertiser once the bond commission approves the tax call, the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office will send the commission the ballot to review
By: Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News A day after his top military leader said he would advise sending combat troops into Iraq if it becomes necessary, President Obama doubled down on his pledge not to pursue another ground war in the country during efforts to decimate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as ISIL. "This is not
In a five to three vote, the Lafayette City Parish Council voted yes to "The Common Sense 3" Project. It calls on the state legislature to consider a requirement for elected officials. The requirement is a one hour educational training of the state and federal constitutions. According to the resolution the state legislature already requires elected officials to receive training
The resolution that called for a special election to re-dictate tax dollars for animal control failed Tuesday. The plan was to use excess tax dollars from mosquito control and the parish public health to beef-up animal control services. The council's approval would have placed it on a December ballot for voters to decide.
Lavar Williams turned himself in to the St Martinville Police Department on today, September 16th, 2014.Williams had outstanding warrants based on following charges: illegal discharge of a weapon, criminal damage to property, resisting an officer, battery of an officer, simple battery, second degree battery
By: Kellie Brown Shrimpers in Louisiana are casting their nets again after what was supposed to be a week long work stoppage ended after just three days. Shrimpers said they were fed up after prices have nearly been cut in half since the peak of the shrimping season. Shrimp being imported from outside of the country also plays a
Roland Bernard III, 22, and his attorney Jermaine Williams went into the Abbeville Police station to answer charges against Bernard in the Jade's Lounge shooting on Sunday. "He absolutely denies those charges and we look forward to proving his innocence," said Bernard's attorney, Jermaine Williams, after seeing his client into police custody around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. An unidentified
Another arrest has been made in connection to a shooting that happened Saturday night at the Woodman of the World Hall in Abbeville. Bryson Provost of Loreauville was arrested late Monday afternoon and charged with seven counts of attempted 1st degree murder with bond set at $1,050,000. Seven individuals who were at the hall at the time of the shooting
The Lafayette parish school board adopted a budget for the 2014-2015 school year on Monday evening. Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper says he won't be approving that budget due to legality issues. In a 6 to 3 vote, the Lafayette Parish School board adopted a budget that would consists of cuts at schools that Dr. Cooper refers to as struggling schools
The Lafayette Parish School Board dropped the civil lawsuit between them and Cajundome director Greg Davis on Monday. The civil suit focused on the fail to adopt a school budget and the controversy surrounding superintendent doctor pat cooper and his employment. Davis previously filed a federal suit claiming partially that board members Tehmi Chaisson and Mark Babineaux display favoritism against
A report the State Board of Regents released states that Louisiana has no policy for handling sexual assaults on college and university campuses. State Senator J.P. Morrell believes that legislation will likely be proposed during the 2015 session to address the issue and possibly make policies more uniform. Nationally, more attention has been brought to campus sexual assaults. However, none
Police are looking for several suspects involving an attempted burglary in Rayne. The crime took place at the Classic Carwash located on South Adams around 2:30 AM on September 5, 2014. The surveillance video shows a four door green sedan with a sunroof with two black males and a light skinned female inside pulling up next to the vacuum by
Detectives are investigating the death of a female subject whose body was located on the LA Highway 182 Bridge over the Atchafalaya River (Berwick/Morgan City) this morning. At 4:04 am, deputies responded to a report of a female subject who appeared to be passed out on the bridge. Deputies arrived on scene and located an unresponsive female. The St. Mary
A train accident involving an 18-wheeler in the Palmetto the incident took place at the intersection of Hwy. 360 & Hwy. 10 Tuesday. We will pass along additional details as soon as they become available.
The Lafayette Parish School Board adopted a budget Monday. The board's vote of approval was 6-3. The vote was taken by roll call due to a storm related power outage. Before the lights dimmed, LPSS Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper offered a forewarning. The superintendent explained the adopted general fund budget violates state law on a number of fronts. Plus, it
Students at Arnaudville Elementary had the chance to learn more about the Oil and Gas Industry on Monday. Mobile Oilfield learning units from Texas traveled to Louisiana for the first time allowing all 5 th and 8 th graders an opportunity to learn more about offshore energy. The unit is a 1.2 million dollar traveling exhibit that features six self-contained
Narcotics Agents with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office conducted a narcotics investigation on September 15, 2014 in the 1800 block of Bushville Hwy. in Arnaudville, LA. During the course of the investigation, Agents seized a marijuana grow valued at approximately $19,000 inside of the residence. Nathan Sibille (33) of Arnaudville was arrested and charged with creation or operation of
Lafayette Police are looking for the driver of a truck who struck a pedestrian on Sunday around 2 am in the 2700 block of Northeast Frontage Road. According to police a 17 year old boy walked into the roadway of a traveling truck that failed to stop. The teenage victim was transported to an area hospital and is listed in
Police discovered a clandestine synthetic marijuana laboratory in St. Landry Parish Tuesday. Authorities seized approximately six pounds of synthetic marijuana valued at $27,000. Drug paraphernalia and a firearm were also seized at the 300 block of Winn Road in Sunset. St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the name of the suspect and the charges against him are being withheld due
An Opelousas man has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated second degree battery. Rico Carrier (21) is accused of shooting Logan Burch (24) in the stomach on Sunday afternoon after an argument took place over a stolen radio. Logan Burch is listed in critical condition at Lafayette General Medical Center.
I'm Creole and proud license plates are gaining support throughout Acadiana. We first brought you a look at the plates as we took you on a virtual tour during the creating process. On Friday, September 19, Acadiana Center for the Arts will be the location of the I am Creole license plate unveiling. "We've gotten a lot of calls here
A Lafayette Parish man was arrested Monday on charges of cruelty to the infirm by a caregiver and resisting an officer. Paul Dean Lemaire (55), who has been a caregiver for his mother since November 2013, was arrested around 2 PM when Lafayette Sheriff's deputies entered into his home and discovered his mother lying on a bed covered in feces and urine.
Clinton – Shortly after 8:45 pm on August 24, 2014, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on LA Hwy 63 north of LA Hwy 37 in East Feliciana Parish. The crash took the life of 50 year old Harry E. Williams, Jr. of Clinton. The initial investigation by State
From Meteorologist Heath Morton in the Live Doppler 10 Weather Center: SYNOPSIS – We will see a few more storms today, mostly this afternoon. Otherwise, expect a partly cloudy sky with highs in the upper 80s. Rain chances will be very low for the weekend as some drier air moves into Acadiana. Highs will be in the upper 80s, and lows
A 16-year-old girl is accused of fatally stabbing her teen ‘best friend' in an attack spurred by nude photos of the pair together posted on social media, according to several media sources. Anel Baez, also age 16, of Mexico, was killed when she was stabbed 65 times March 19 after allegedly posting photos of her and a friend, officials said.