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Police: Pastor killed self after hit-and-run

Police said a Houma pastor killed himself after hitting a 7-year-old with his car.

Police said Robert McGuire, 53, was driving near Hellier Street in Houma on Wednesday when he hit the boy, who was riding a motor scooter, and left the scene.

McGuire was the pastor of Houma’s Genesis Baptist Church.

Police said the boy, whom they are not identifying, was knocked unconscious but woke up when officers arrived. The boy was treated at Terrebonne General Medical Center for bruises and a concussion but is recovering well.

Police said McGuire was found dead at his home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Tioga man booked
in 2011 bridge arson

Deputies said a Tioga man was booked with arson in connection with a March 2011 fire that damaged a bridge.

Trenton Lloyd Malone, 23, faces three counts of simple arson over $500.

The fire on March 26, 2011, burned the bridge spanning Rigolette Bayou. It was closed for safety reasons.

Malone was arrested Thursday. He is in Rapides Parish Jail, held in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Police tie suspect
to robbery of officer

Police have linked the suspect killed during last week’s automated teller machine robbery to a similar robbery of an off-duty police officer in September.

Bill Goodin, assistant police chief, said Ledarius Morgan, 22, was shot in the early hours of Dec. 20 as he and Raymond Johnson, 20, robbed a man at a Regions Bank ATM. Goodin said Morgan was dropped off at a local hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

Morgan has since been identified from a police lineup as one of two men who held a Shreveport police officer at gunpoint near an ATM on Sept. 16.

Goodin saidthe duo took an undisclosed amount of money and the officer’s department-issued handgun.

Man, 33, killed in
accidental shooting

An Independence man died after an accidental shooting Christmas Eve at a deer hunting camp in LaSalle Parish.

Sheriff Scott Franklin did not provide details of the shooting that killed Morris J. Laiche III, 33.

Authorities said emergency services were called to the Wild West Hunting Club in the Belah community, south of Jena, at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. The parish Coroner’s Office pronounced Laiche dead at the scene.

Franklin said foul play is not suspected in Laiche’s death.

Terrebonne workers’ premiums to rise

The premiums that Terrebonne Parish Consolidated government employees’ pay for health insurance will increase by 5 percent over the next three years.

The measure was approved by the Parish Council earlier this month following a public hearing. The increase goes into effect Jan. 1.

Under the new plan, employees’ share will increase from about 2 percent the first year and go up each consecutive year until the total goes from the 15 percent paid in 2012 to 20 percent.

Thibodaux extends deadline for taxes

The city extended the deadline for property-tax payments because the tax notices went out late.

Taxes normally become delinquent after Dec. 31, but payments can now be made interest-free until Jan. 31.

Taxes that remain unpaid after Feb. 1 will accrue an additional 10 percent collection cost, besides interest fees.

Compiled from
The Associated Press