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News for Tuesday 071613

By Dave Graichen


The investigation continues into the shooting death of a 34 year old Alexandria man over the weekend. The APD reports the victim was found in a home in the 2000 block of Thornton Court shortly before midnight Saturday night. The victim has been Identified as Troyville Brown. Police say they have identified a suspect, but no charges have been filed.


Governor  Jindal  announcing yesterday  Honeywell   Corporation  will  invest  over $200-million  to  expand  the  size and scope  of  operations  at  4 Louisiana  plants;  2  in  Baton  Rouge,  1  in  Geismar  and  1  in Shreveport. He says it will mean the  creation of about 190 new jobs at good salaries, with well over 450 construction jobs as well.


State education officials announced yesterday that demand for nontraditional public school courses has exceeded the 2,000 available slots. The program, called Course Choice, is a pilot project aimed at offering hard-to-get classes for students through unusual sources, including on-line firms. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in June approved the use of $2 million in federal funds from an oil and gas settlement that have aided schools since 1986 to pay for the courses.


State Police are investigating a  Lafayette  Police officer involved shooting.  They  say  officers  responded  to  an attempted  suicide complaint Sunday where they encountered 34-year-old  Harold  Bastin. Apparently the man from Lafayette approached law enforcement with  a handgun when he was fatally shot by an officer.


It  was an exceptionally violent weekend  in  New  Orleans.  Over  a 12-hour  period  starting  Saturday  at  7  p.m.  there  were  seven shootings  that  left  5  people dead. A two-year-old is in critical condition, police believe he  and  his  mother were not the intended victims. The shootings are not considered  to  be  related  and  the

investigations continue.


Governor Bobby Jindal has commuted the sentence of a man sentenced to  life for murder. 50-year-old Shelby Arabie was sent to Angola 27 years  ago, for killing a man during a drug deal gone sour.  Mr. Jindal has  commuted Arabie's life sentence to 45 years--making him eligible for  parole right now.  Governor Jindal says numerous people came forward to say Arabie IS a changed man.


The Louisiana Association of Educators teachers' union has a new  president. Vermilion Parish language teacher Deborah Meaux accepted  leadership of the union Monday, from outgoing president Joyce Haynes.  Meaux ("MO") says it's an honor to represent the 20-thousand members of  the LAE. Meaux teaches French at Kaplan High School in Vermilion Parish, and has  been teaching for nearly 4 decades.


An Anacoco teenager, who was not wearing her seatbelt, was killed in a  two-vehicle  accident  near Toledo bend in Sabine Parish over the weekend.  State Police trooper  Scott  Moreau  says  the  victim  is 17-year-old Winter Airhart. Moreau says Airhart was a passenger in a Dodge pickup  truck that collided with a GMC pickup making left-hand

turn. He says Aihart was ejected from the truck and pronounced dead at the



State  Police  say  a Texas man who wasn't wearing his seat belt  is dead after a morning  crash  yesterday in  St.  Landry  Parish.  They  say the driver,  who has not been identified, ran off La Highway 357 into  a ditch and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


The man accused of murdering his  wife  in Calcasieu Parish 50 years ago  pleads  not  guilty. Felix Vail entered  his  plea  during  his arraignment Monday.  He's  charged  with  killing Mary Horton Vail in 1962 and leaving her body in the Calcasieu  River. Vail is suspected in the deaths of a girlfriend in the 1970s and  a second wife in the 1980's.



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