News for Thursday 073114
By Dave Graichen
There are now two hearing dates in the Common Core Curriculum dispute coming up in mid August. The 17 lawmakers who want to suspend the program will present their case to Judge Tim Kelly, August 15th. Parents and teachers who have sued Governor Bobby Jindal for his executive order to stop Common Core will make their case before Judge Todd Hernandez on August 18th.
Starting Today, public colleges and universities in Louisiana will be required to make their campuses smoke-free. Several schools have taken a step beyond that, making their campuses tobacco-free as well, including all of Central Louisiana’s colleges and universities. Act 211, passed by the Legislature in 2013, mandates all public postsecondary institutions in Louisiana must develop and implement non-smoking polices at all facilities by Aug. 1.
Newly uncovered court documents and an alert from a national watchdog group accuse a longtime Lafayette Catholic priest of being among Acadiana’s long list of pedophile clerics. The Rev. Gilbert Dutel is accused of coercing a young boy to have sex multiple times over a five- to six-year period beginning in 1976 almost 40 years ago, according to a 1992 10-page statement made by the victim, who was not identified. The victim also said that as he grew older, the alleged trysts with Dutel ended and he began being molested by two other Diocese of Lafayette priests. The Diocese released a statement saying “Many years ago, unproven allegations were made against Father Gilbert Dutel”
Tulane is again the highest ranked private or public university in Louisiana, according to Forbes’ annual rating of the nation’s top colleges.The Forbes list, released Wednesday, placed Tulane at 147 in its ranking of the 650 best undergraduate colleges in the country. LSU was the next-best Louisiana school at 190.
A man in a stolen truck committed suicide yesterday morning in Baton Rouge, after a police chase that ended in a fast food restaurant parking lot. BRPD says the suspect 28-year-old Jeremy Anderson of Gulport, MS, exited I-12, entered the parking lot, and reportedly shot himself.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Dulac woman for allegedly raping a child she was babysitting. Spokeswoman Captain Dawn Foret says they began investigating the complaint by a 17-year-old male victim. The 23-year-old baby sitter confessed to having multiple sexual encounters with the juvenile and has been charged with one count of aggravated rape.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office says they busted a woman who allegedly filed a false report last week. Spokeswoman Traci Landry says Megan Dugas told deputies that she was brutally attacked and robbed at her home Friday by two men wearing masks. Landry says once the detectives got into the case, things weren’t adding up in the story Dugas was telling. Landry says Dugas had self-inflicted wounds on her she claimed to sustain during the fake invasion. Dugas was issued a criminal mischief summons for falsely reporting a crime.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office and the FBI announce the return and arrest of a Top Ten Fugitive accused in the 2008 murder and rape of a woman in front of a four year-old. The FBI New Orleans field office says they’ve been looking for 26-year-old Jose Guevara of Lake Charles for 6 years.
A Webster Parish company is expected to plead guilty for the improper storage of millions of pounds of explosives at Camp Minden. Explo Systems Incorporated will enter that plea in September. But, it may all be for nothing.. The company is currently in Chapter 11 proceedings.
With summer coming to a close, school will be back in session in a few short weeks. The American Automobile Association reminds drivers to be especially cautious before and after school hours as kids head back to the classroom. AAA’s Don Redman says nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during after-school hours between 3PM and 7PM. He says if you are the parent of a teen aged driver it is important for you to remind them of their responsibilities on the road and limit the number of passengers they have in their car
The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco control has issued over 2 dozen summons in Monroe and West Monroe for selling alcohol to minors. The fines could be between $500 and $25 thousand dollars, and possible suspensions or revocations of liquor licenses.
Morgan City Police detectives have arrested two women accused of stealing money from a local financial consulting company. They allege 59-year-old Karen Duhon of Morgan City stole over 1.2 million dollars over a seven year period. Authorities also believe 57-year-old Donna Peveto of Houma committed theft in excess of 600 thousand dollars during the same time period. Officials say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.
A former secretary for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has been arrested for allegedly using a diocese credit card for personal use. Baton Rouge Police Corporal Don Coppola says an audit revealed that 57-year-old Alice Faucheaux (FOH’ shay) was in possession of a corporate credit card from Office Depot to purchase office supplies. He says she used the card to purchase several VISA pre-paid debit cards totaling around $41,000. Coppola says Faucheaux purchased the debit cards at various Office Depot locations in Baton Rouge and Zachary.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has named 55-year-old Joseph Broussard head of their Enforcement Division. The 23-year veteran from Port Barre was also promoted to colonel. Broussard served as chief of staff for Jeff Mayne, who recently retired from the position.
Louisiana is ranked number 2 in the nation for heartworm incidents in pets. At least one million pets in the U.S. are estimated to currently have the disease. The President of the American Heartworm Society Doctor Stephen Jones says the state is unique in the reasons we have outbreaks. Jones says all it takes in one infected pet in a neighborhood to spike the number of animals with heartworms. He says once a mosquito bites one pet, it can transmit the disease up to half a mile away. The best way to fight it, keep your dog on the heartworm pills year round.