Acadiana area briefs for Jan. 1, 2013 (No Smiley today)

Lafayette garbage pickup rescheduled

Residents will receive garbage and recycling collection the day following their regularly scheduled collection day as Allied Waste and the Recycling Foundation observe the New Year’s Day holiday on Tuesday, according to a Lafayette city-parish news release.

The adjusted schedule continues through Friday, with those customers receiving services Saturday, and the regular collection schedule resumes Monday, city-parish Environmental Quality Manager Mark Pope said in the news release.

Recycling of natural Christmas trees is also still available.

Trees cleaned of all lights and ornaments may be placed curbside for collection. Apartment residents may drop off cleaned, natural Christmas trees at no charge at the compost facility, 400 Dugas Road through January. Retail stores may drop unused trees at the compost facility for a charge of $6 per cubic yard. It closed at 3:30 p.m. Monday and will reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Red Cross: Isaac made ’12 very busy

The American Red Cross had a busy year in south Louisiana in 2012 as it launched relief operations to help those affected when Hurricane Isaac struck the state in late August. The relief efforts included the opening of 42 shelters providing 13,000 overnight stays, Red Cross officials said.

About 2,000 disaster relief workers — around half from Louisiana — helped with post-hurricane assistance, agency officials said in a news release. The volunteers served 475,000 meals and snacks, distributed more than 86,000 relief items and provided more than 11,000 health and mental health contacts.

Investigators await tests in slaying case

Hancock County, Miss., investigators are still following up on leads and waiting for forensics results in the death of a French Quarter dancer who was gruesomely slaughtered in June.

Jaren Lockhart went missing on June 6 after leaving work at Temptations Gentlemen’s Club on Bourbon Street.

Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass said authorities are waiting the results from more forensics evidence handed over to the FBI in early December.

Days after Lockhart went missing, her severed body parts washed ashore in Bay St. Louis, Miss. Two people were detained — Margaret Sanchez, 28, and Terry Speaks, 39. However, no formal charges in Lockhart’s death were made against the couple.

Speaks was eventually extradited to North Carolina, where he was sentenced in December to two years and eight months in prison for failure to register as a sex offender. The charge was unrelated to Lockhart’s death.

Sanchez was held at the Tangipahoa Parish jail until Aug. 10, when she was released because a prosecutor determined she could not be held on her initial charge.

The forensic evidence came from a car driven by Sanchez and Speaks, Bass said.

Compiled from Advocate staff and wire reports.