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News For Thursday Morning 11/17/11


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 111711
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

A BOMB THREAT YESTERDAY MORNING AT PINEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL HAS LED IN THE ARREST OF A 16 YEAR OLD PINEVILLE BOY. THE CALL MADE TO THE 911 CENTER SHORTLY AFTER 7 AM, FORCED SCHOOL OFFICIALS TO EVACUATE THE AREA. BUT, AFTER A THROUGH SEARCH OF THE SCHOOL BUILDING, STUDENTS WERE ALLOWED TO REENTER THEIR CLASSES. AS A SIDE NOTE, RUMORS OF AN EXPLOSION AT BOLTON HIGH WERE FALSE. WORD OF THAT WAS BELIEVED TO STARTED WITH SOME STUDENTS TEXTING. THE UNNAMED 16 YEAR OLD HAS HAD SOME PROBLEMS PRIOR TO YESTERDAY’S INCIDENT. HE WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH COMMUNICATING FALSE INFORMATION OF A PLANNED ARSON AFTER A BOMB THREAT THIS MONTH AT A RESIDENCE IN PINEVILLE.

SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL ARE ADAMANT ABOUT NOT REIMBURSING LEGAL FEES TO MAYOR JACQUES ROY FOR EXPENSES HE'S INCURRED IN THE TIFFANY SANDERS LAWSUIT. CHUCK JOHNSON, THE HEAD OF THE CITY'S LEGAL DIVISION, HOWEVER, SAID HE PLANS TO REIMBURSE THE MAYOR SHOULD ROY SUBMIT ANY INVOICES.
THE DISAGREEMENT IS ONE OF MANY IN A MATTER THAT DATES BACK MORE THAN A YEAR NOW INVOLVING SANDERS, A LOCAL ATTORNEY, AND THE ALEXANDRIA CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION. ON WEDNESDAY, MAYOR ROY SAID HE HADN'T DECIDED WHETHER HE WOULD SEEK REIMBURSEMENT OF HIS LEGAL FEES, BUT HE SAID HE THINKS HE'S WITHIN HIS RIGHTS TO DO SO.

AN ALEXANDRIA MAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER BEING STRUCK ON A MOTORCYCLE TUESDAY AFTERNOON ON MACARTHUR DRIVE. 44 YEAR OLD JEFFERY DUFFEY WAS STRUCK BY A PICKUP TRUCK BEING DRIVEN BY 72 YEAR OLD CAROL MITCHELL OF OTIS. POLICE SAY, MITCHELL FAILED TO YIELD UPON LEAVING LOGAN'S PARKING LOT AND STRUCK DUFFEY. AT LAST CHECK NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED. POLICE SAY THE WRECK IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

THE ALEXANDRIA ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE AND DRUG ABUSE CONTROL COMMISSION HAS RECOMMENDED AGAINST GRANTING A LIQUOR LICENSE TO A PROPOSED BAR AT 86 BOLTON AVE. THE BAR OWNER WENT BEFORE THE COMMISSION WEDNESDAY BECAUSE AN OBJECTION HAD BEEN FILED AGAINST HIS APPLICATION FOR A LIQUOR PERMIT AND BECAUSE HE NEEDED A VARIANCE TO SERVE ALCOHOL WITHIN 300 FEET OF A RESIDENCE. FOLLOWING NEARLY TWO HOURS OF DEBATE WHICH SAW SEVERAL PEOPLE SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF AND AGAINST OPENING A BAR IN THAT LOCATION, THE COMMISSION DENIED BOTH THE LICENSE AND THE VARIANCE.

THE ST. LANDRY PARISH COUNCIL HAS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO ASK THE STATE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR'S OFFICE TO REVIEW ALL CONTRACTS APPROVED DURING THE TWO TERMS SERVED BY PARISH PRESIDENT DON MENARD. ON WEDNESDAY, COUNCIL MEMBER PAM GAUTREAU QUESTIONED MENARD'S HIRING OF FORMER OPELOUSAS MAYOR MIKE THIBODEAUX AS A STATE LOBBYIST FOR PARISH GOVERNMENT AT A COST OF $10,000 PER LEGISLATIVE SESSION. GAUTREAU SAID SHE BELIEVED THAT MENARD HAD ENTERED INTO CONTRACTS FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES WITH PEOPLE AND COMPANIES THAT REQUIRED COUNCIL APPROVAL.

ACADIAN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB HAS CLOSED ITS DOORS AFTER ALMOST 50 YEARS IN BUSINESS. JOHN GUILBEAU, THE CLUB'S OWNER, SAYS THE BOARD OF ACADIAN HILLS MANAGEMENT INC. DECIDED LATE TUESDAY TO CLOSE EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY.
GUILBEAU SAYS HE HAS FOND MEMORIES OF THE 49-YEAR-OLD CLUB, INCLUDING WATCHING ITS TRANSITION FROM A DAIRY FARM INTO A GOLF COURSE. IN A MEMO TO CLUB MEMBERS, GUILBEAU SAID THE CLUB CAN NO LONGER BE A "COMPETITIVE ENTITY IN THE GOLFING INDUSTRY." HE SAYS THE CLUB HAS SEEN A DROP IN ITS MEMBERSHIP AND IN OUTSIDE PLAY BECAUSE FAMILIES ARE FEELING THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN AND HAVE FEWER RECREATIONAL DOLLARS TO SPEND. HE ALSO SAYS THE FACILITY COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH RISING COSTS OF GOODS, FUEL, INSURANCE, EQUIPMENT, FERTILIZER AND WAGES.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER WEDNESDAY IN RESPONSE TO THE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF BOYS INVOLVING A FORMER PENN STATE UNIVERSITY ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH. JINDAL'S ORDER REQUIRES ANYONE WORKING AT A PUBLIC LOUISIANA COLLEGE WHO HAS WITNESSED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT TO REPORT IT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT WITHIN 24 HOURS. CHILD CARE PROVIDERS AND ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ALREADY WERE REQUIRED TO REPORT ANY ABUSE OR NEGLECT THEY SEE, BUT THE LAW DIDN'T EXTEND TO COLLEGE PROFESSORS, ADMINISTRATORS, COACHES OR COLLEGE STAFF MEMBERS.

LAFAYETTE POLICE NAB A SUSPECT IN THE TUESDAY MURDER OF AN ELDERLY MAN--FOUND STABBED TO DEATH INSIDE A LOCAL COBBLER'S SHOP. POLICE BELIEVE 36-YEAR-OLD DEITRICK HARRIS IS THE PERSON WHO KILLED 83-YEAR-OLD JAMES BUNN, HIS BOSS AT LAFAYETTE SHOE REPAIR.

A BATON ROUGE JUDGE HAS AGREED THAT A PLAN FOR REPUBLICANS TO CHOOSE THEIR GOVERNING BODY MEMBERS DOESN'T COMPLY WITH LOUISIANA LAW, A DECISION THAT COULD SHRINK THE REPUBLICAN STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE. JUDGE JANICE CLARK SIDED WITH VETERAN GOP ACTIVIST JOHN TREEN, PROHIBITING THE OPENING OF THE SCHEDULED DEC. 7-9 CANDIDATE SIGN-UP PERIOD FOR COMMITTEE SEATS. TREEN IS CHALLENGING A GOP PLAN TO KEEP 230 SEATS, A STRUCTURE HE CLAIMS ALLOWS THE "RELIGIOUS RIGHT" TO CONTROL THE PARTY. TREEN FAVORS A 144-MEMBER COMMITTEE. IN SEPTEMBER, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ADVISED THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE IT WANTED TO CONTINUE THE 230 ELECTION DISTRICTS IT HAS HAD SINCE 2008 FOR THE TERM RUNNING FROM 2012 TO 2016. TREEN SAYS THE PLAN WAS NOT APPROVED BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE.

THE HOLIDAY TRAVEL SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND A FUEL ANALYST TELLS US WE ARE SEEING THE HIGHEST PRICES EVER FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. TRIPLE-A SPOKESPERSON DON REDMAN SAYS THE CURRENT STATEWIDE AVERAGE FOR REGULAR GASOLINE IS $3.24. REDMAN SAYS WE ARE PAYING ABOUT 50-CENTS MORE FOR A GALLON OF GASOLINE THAT AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR. BUT REDMAN SAYS ITS UNLIKELY THE HIGHER GAS PRICES WILL LEAD TO FEWER PEOPLE TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

HOME SALES IN LOUISIANA ARE ON THE RISE. LOUISIANA REALTORS PRESIDENT MALCOLM YOUNG SAYS SALES IN THE STATE'S RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE MARKET ARE UP NEARLY 3% FROM LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME. YOUNG SAYS THE HOUSING MARKET IS PICKING BACK UP BECAUSE OF NEW BUSINESS COMING TO LOUISIANA. YOUNG ALSO SAYS THERE IS MORE CONFIDENCE IN THE MARKET AMONG BUYERS. HE SAYS IT'S ENCOURAGING THAT THE HOME VALUE PRICE HAS ALSO GONE UP ABOUT 2% COMPARED TO THREE YEARS AGO. YOUNG SAYS LAKE CHARLES IS THE MARKET LEADER AND THE BATON ROUGE AND SHREVEPORT AREAS HAVE ALSO SHOWN SIGNIFICANT HOME BUYING GROWTH.

A SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN A MAJOR MANUFACTURER OF CHINESE-MADE DRYWALL AND HOMEBUILDERS WHO USED THE TAINTED PRODUCT IN ABOUT 1,500 GULF COAST HOMES. THERE WERE NO OBJECTIONS TO THE SETTLEMENT IN COURT WEDNESDAY IN NEW ORLEANS. PLAINTIFFS' LAWYER BRUCE STECKLER SAYS HE EXPECTS APPROVAL BY THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT.

THE WAVE OF HISPANICS WHO FLOODED THE GULF COAST AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA DOESN'T APPEAR TO HAVE DAMPENED LOUISIANA FAMILIES' DEMAND FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO GET A FRENCH EDUCATION. THERE'S A WAITING LIST AT ALL 29 OF THE STATE'S PUBLIC FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAMS.

ST. TAMMANY PARISH SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATORS BLAME AN ARGUMENT ABOUT HOUSEHOLD CHORES FOR THE BLOODY BEATING DEATHS OF A SLIDELL COUPLE. SHERIFF JACK STRAIN SAID WEDNESDAY THAT 25-YEAR-OLD JOHN WILLIS WAS ARRESTED ON TWO COUNTS OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER. STRAIN SAID A FRIEND OF JOHN WILLIS CALLED 911 TUESDAY NIGHT SAYING HE AND ARRIVED AT THE FAMILY'S HOME AND FOUND THE COUPLE DEAD. THE SHERIFF SAID WILLIS LATER CONFESSED TO THE MURDERS. BASED ON WILLIS' ADMISSION AND EVIDENCE COLLECTED AT THE SCENE, INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE WILLIS STRUCK HIS PARENTS IN THE HEAD WITH A HAMMER, CAUSING THEIR DEATHS.

THE OWNERS OF FIVE BARS IN DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE HAVE LOST APPEALS ASKING THE CITY-PARISH COUNCIL TO OVERTURN THREE-DAY LIQUOR LICENSE SUSPENSIONS IMPOSED FOR REFUSING TO PAY A SPECIAL LAW-ENFORCEMENT LEVY. THE BAR OWNERS WILL NOW TAKE THE BATTLE TO DISTRICT COURT IN AN ATTEMPT TO OVERTURN THE ORDINANCE REQUIRING THE BARS TO PAY THE SPECIAL LEVY.

STRONG THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVED ACROSS THE STATE EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING LEFT A SWATH OF DAMAGE ON THEIR WAKE. IN TANGIPHAOA PARISH, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DIRECTOR DAWSON PRIMES SAYS A CONFIRMED EF-1 TWISTER IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE PARISH BLEW A TWO-STORY HOUSE RIGHT OFF ITS FOUNDATION. NUMEROUS TREES WERE DOWNED IN THE EARLY MORNING SQUALL. IN TERREBONNE PARISH, A SUSPECTED TORNADO DAMAGED SEVERAL BUILDINGS AND HOMES. MOST POWER HAS BEEN RESTORED AND THERE ARE NO REPORTED SERIOUS INJURIES.

A DESOTO PARISH JUDGE RULES THAT EVIDENCE COLLECTED FROM THE TAXICAB DRIVEN BY ACCUSED CHILD KILLER BRIAN HORN CAN BE USED IN HIS 1ST-DEGREE MURDER TRIAL. HORN'S ACCUSED OF ABDUCTING AND KILLING 12-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN BLOXOM OF STONEWALL IN MARCH 2010. PROSECUTORS SAY HORN, A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER, POSED AS A GIRL AND TEXTED THE TEEN TO LURE HIM INTO HIS TAXI. JUSTIN'S BODY WAS FOUND LATER NEAR HIGHWAY 171.

THE FIVE PARISHES THAT MAKE UP THE BATON ROUGE METROPOLITAN AREA, ARE FINALLY IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL OZONE STANDARDS. BEING OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL REGULATIONS RAISED THE COSTS OF DOING BUSINESS IN THE BATON ROUGE METROPOLITAN AREA. RODNEY MALLETT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY SAYS REACHING THE GOAL OF ATTAINMENT SHOULD BOOST ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN THE AREA. MALLETT SAYS DEQ DID STUDIES TO PINPOINT THE SOURCES OF OZONE. HE
SAYS IT TOOK HARD WORK AND COOPERATION TO REACH THE GOAL, BUT NOW THE ENTIRE STATE IS IN COMPLIANCE.

THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS ARE URGING FANS TO ARRIVE EARLY AT THE SUPERDOME FOR THE TEAM'S REMAINING FOUR HOME GAMES BECAUSE OF INCREASED SECURITY MEASURES.
THE SECURITY SCREENING WILL INCLUDE HAND-HELD METAL-DETECTING WANDS AND PAT-DOWN SEARCHES. WWL-TV REPORTS THAT SAINTS FANS COMPLAINED EARLIER THIS MONTH AFTER THE TEAM PUT NEW SECURITY MEASURES IN PLACE BEFORE THEIR MATCHUP AGAINST THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS. SOME TICKET HOLDERS SAID THEY HAD TO WAIT 45 MINUTES IN LINE AND MISSED PART OF THE GAME. SAINTS OFFICIALS SAID WEDNESDAY THAT IT'S "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" FOR FANS TO SHOW UP EARLY SO THAT THEY DON'T MISS ANY OF THE ACTION.




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