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News For Friday 05/27/11


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 052611
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

FORMER DONAHUE FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH YOUTH MINISTER ANGELO "DOOGIE" GOLATT WAS INDICTED YESTERDAY ON 13 CHARGES OF SEX CRIMES WITH JUVENILES. ALTOGETHER, THE GRAND JURY CHARGED GOLATT WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED RAPE, ONE COUNT OF ATTEMPTED AGGRAVATED RAPE, EIGHT COUNTS OF SEXUAL BATTERY, ONE COUNT OF MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE AND ONE COUNT OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE. THE INCIDENTS ALLEGEDLY OCCURRED FROM 2003 TO 2007.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES ARE SCHEDULED MONDAY IN PINEVILLE, POLLOCK, MARKSVILLE AND JONESVILLE. THE MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 11:45 A.M. MONDAY IN THE NATIONAL CEMETERY ON SHAMROCK STREET IN PINEVILLE. THE EVENT WILL LAST ABOUT AN HOUR.

40 YEAR OLD CALISIA CRAWFORD IS BEING HELD IN THE VERNON PARISH JAIL ON ONE COUNT OF NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE. THE LEESVILLE WOMAN IS ACCUSED OF RUNNING DOWN HER HUSBAND EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING WITH HER CAR DURING A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE. WOODROW CRAWFORD WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. BOND WAS SET AT $50,000.

RAPIDES PARISH SAW SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN SPRING LEAP TEST SCORES. SUPT. GARY JONES SAYS HE IS RELATIVELY PLEASED WITH THE SCORES THIS YEAR, PARTICULARLY AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. MOST IMPORTANT, ACCORDING TO JONES, ALL OUR STRUGGLING SCHOOLS DID WELL THIS YEAR. OVERALL, 81 PERCENT OF FOURTH-GRADERS IN RAPIDES PARISH PASSED THE TEST. THAT’S 1 PERCENTAGE POINT HIGHER THAN THE STATE AVERAGE AND AN IMPROVEMENT OF 4 POINTS OVER LAST YEAR.

THE RED RIVER WATERWAY COMMISSION HAS REOPENED PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCHES AT COLFAX RECREATION AREA IN GRANT PARISH AND IN AREAS IN NORTH LOUISIANA. THE BOAT RAMPS HAD BEEN CLOSED BECAUSE OF HIGH WATER LEVELS ON THE RED RIVER EARLIER THIS MONTH. RAMPS IN AVOYELLES PARISH WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL THE ATCHAFALAYA RIVER SOUTH OF LOCK AND DAM NO. 1 RECEDES, ALLOWING THE HIGH WATER TO COME OFF THE DOCKS FOR NECESSARY CLEANING AND REPAIRS. A SMALL RISE IN THE RED RIVER IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND CLOSURES MAY BE NECESSARY AGAIN.

AFTER WORKING OUT THEIR DIFFERENCES BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, THE STATE HOUSE APPROVED A 25-BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FOR NEXT FISCAL YEAR. LEGISLATORS LEFT THE HOUSE CHAMBERS ON WEDNESDAY AT AN IMPASSE ON A PROPOSED 81- MILLION DOLLAR CUT IN HEALTH CARE. THEY CAME BACK THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND APPROVED THE CUT. HOUSE MEMBERS ALSO APPROVED CUTS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS BUDGET DESPITE CLAIMS BY THE JINDAL ADMINISTRATION THAT IT WILL RESULT IN THE CLOSING OF FIVE PRISONS. THE PROPOSED BUDGET HEADS TO THE SENATE. THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BEGIN HEARINGS ON MONDAY.

THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE HAS REJECTED A BILL AIMED AT REPEALING LAST YEAR'S SCIENCE EDUCATION ACT, WHICH ALLOWS DISCUSSION OF ALTERNATE SCIENTIFIC THEORIES IN CLASSROOMS; THEORIES NOT IN THE TEXTBOOKS. THE CONTROVERSY IS THAT ONE OF THOSE THEORIES IS THE DIVINE CREATION OF OUR UNIVERSE AND HUMANKIND. SUPPORTERS OF THE REPEAL SAY IT LETS CREATIONISM BE TAUGHT IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. OPPONENTS SAY IT SIMPLY ENCOURAGES CRITICAL THINKING. THE
COMMITTEE'S REJECTION EFFECTIVELY KILLS THE LEGISLATION FOR THIS YEAR.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HOSPITAL SHUTS DOWN A NEW ORLEANS ABORTION CLINIC, FOR FAILING TO MEET STATE HEALTH REGULATIONS. DHH SECRETARY BRUCE GREENSTEIN SAYS A NEW LAW PASSED LAST YEAR GIVES HIS DEPARTMENT AUTHORITY TO IMMEDIATELY SUSPEND AN ABORTION FACILITY'S LICENSE UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES. THE CLINIC HAS YET TO COMMENT ON THE CLOSURE.

AFTER THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY BREAK, THE STATE SENATE WILL GET TO WORK ON FINAL DEBATE AND VOTE ON A SLEW OF BILLS. AMONG MEASURES TO BE DISCUSSED... A BILL TO MAKE BIG RIGS KEEP TO THE RIGHT LANE ON ALL STATE MULTI-LANE ROADS...TAX CREDITS FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOMES...AND A SENATE BILL TO TRANSFER THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS FROM THE LSU SYSTEM TO THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA SYSTEM

BATON ROUGE'S BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST GETS IS UNDERWAY THIS WEEKEND IN TIGER STADIUM. THIS YEARS HEADLINING ACTS INCLUDE TIM MCGRAW, KENNY CHESNEY, THE ZAC BROWN BAND, SUGARLAND AND TRACE ADKINS. THE DOORS OPEN AT 2PM BOTH DAYS, AND THE SHOW STARTS AT 4PM.

THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HAS CLOSED TWO MORE BAYS AT THE MORGANZA SPILLWAY, WHICH IS DIVERTING HIGH WATER FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER INTO THE ATCHAFALAYA RIVER. CORPS SPOKESMAN KEN HOLDER SAID THURSDAY THAT FIVE OF THE 17 BAYS ORIGINALLY OPENED HAVE NOW BEEN CLOSED. THAT LEAVES 12 OF ITS 125 BAYS OPEN. HOLDER SAID THE CORPS WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR CONDITIONS BEFORE DECIDING WHEN TO CLOSE MORE BAYS.

NO BOND HAS BEEN SET FOR A FORMER MANSFIELD YOUTH PASTOR ACCUSED OF SENDING SEXUALLY-ORIENTED TEXT MESSAGES TO SEVERAL JUVENILE CHURCH MEMBERS.
THE TIMES REPORTS 25-YEAR-OLD ADAM DEWAYNE CARTER REMAINS IN THE DESOTO DETENTION CENTER, WHERE HE WAS BOOKED TUESDAY ON THREE COUNTS OF COMPUTER-AIDED SOLICITATION OF A MINOR. HIS BOND MAY NOT BE SET UNTIL FRIDAY.

LEGISLATION AIMED AT STOPPING THE GOVERNMENT FROM ASKING DISASTER VICTIMS TO PAY BACK MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN IMPROPER AID PAYMENTS HAS RECEIVED COMMITTEE APPROVAL AND BEEN SENT TO THE SENATE. THE SENATE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE VOTED 8-1 THURSDAY TO APPROVE THE DISASTER ASSISTANCE RECOUPMENT FAIRNESS ACT. FEMA IS ASKING FOR ABOUT $22 MILLION BACK FROM MORE THAN 5,500 PEOPLE WHO WERE AFFECTED BY 129 SEPARATE DISASTERS SINCE 2005.

A FEDERAL JUDGE IN CALIFORNIA HAS REFUSED TO DISMISS HUMAN TRAFFICKING ACCUSATIONS IN A LAWSUIT FILED BY TEACHERS RECRUITED FROM THE PHILIPPINES TO WORK IN LOUISIANA. THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED LAST YEAR BY A GROUP OF TEACHERS AGAINST CALIFORNIA-BASED UNIVERSAL PLACEMENT INTERNATIONAL INC. AND ITS OWNER, LOURDES "LULU" NAVARRO. TEACHERS COMPLAINED THEY HAD TO BORROW MONEY TO PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS CHARGED BY THE COMPANY, AS MUCH AS $16,000 IN SOME CASES, BEFORE EVER LEAVING THE PHILIPPINES. MORE UNEXPECTED FEES AND EXPENSIVE LEGAL ENTANGLEMENTS FOLLOWED ONCE THE TEACHERS ARRIVED IN THE UNITED STATES, THE LAWSUIT CLAIMS. FOR EXAMPLE, CONTRACTS WERE REQUIRED IN WHICH THE TEACHERS AGREED TO PAY A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR MONTHLY INCOME TO UNIVERSAL, ALONG WITH FEES FOR ARRANGING HOUSING. PASSPORTS AND VISAS WERE CONFISCATED TO ENSURE THE FEES WOULD BE PAID.

THE 149 WORKERS AT SITEL'S CALL CENTER IN LOUISIANA HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THAT THE CENTER WILL CLOSE JULY 18. WORKERS AT THE BOGALUSA, LA. CENTER WERE TOLD TUESDAY ABOUT THE PLANNED CLOSING, AND THAT THOSE IN GOOD STANDING CAN APPLY TO THE COMPANY'S OTHER CALL CENTERS.

THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES IS REOPENING A SIX MILE LONG STRETCH OF BEACH NEAR GRAND ISLE KNOWN AS ELMER'S ISLAND IN TIME FOR THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. LDWF SECRETARY ROBERT BARHAM SAYS THE POPULAR SURF-FISHING & BIRD-WATCHING SPOT HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR ABOUT A YEAR, SINCE THE GULF OIL SPILL. BARHAM SAYS HIS DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO MAKE SURE THE BEACH IS THOROUGHLY CLEANED AND READY FOR TOURISTS.

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