Acadiana area briefs for Dec. 1, 2012 

Man, 90 dies in morning crash

A 90-year-old man died after a two-vehicle crash at 9:50 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Congress and Marie Antoinette streets, Lafayette police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said.

The names of the victim and the other driver involved in the accident have not been released, and the accident is still under investigation, Mouton said.

The 90-year-old man was traveling east on Congress, Mouton said. His vehicle was struck by a Jeep Liberty traveling west when he attempted to make a left turn onto Marie Antoinette Street, Mouton said.

The driver of the Jeep Liberty and a passenger in the other vehicle both received minor injuries, Mouton said.

National Guard
to host ceremony

The Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is scheduled to host a change of command ceremony on Cajun Field at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The unit’s outgoing commander, Col. Jacques D. Thibodeaux, of Baton Rouge, has commanded the 256th since April 2011 and has served in the National Guard for 28 years.

He works for the U.S. Department of Justice’s U.S. Marshals Service in New Orleans as a supervisory deputy marshal.

The incoming commander is Col. Keith Waddell, of New Roads. Waddell mobilized during Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as battalion commander of the Multinational Division-Baghdad. Waddell has served in the Louisiana National Guard for 17 years. He is a teacher and coach at Sam Houston High School.

The 256th is the Louisiana National Guard’s largest unit and its history dates back to 1769.

The brigade has been called to duty in almost every major conflict since the American Revolution. Since the start of the global war on terrorism, the more than 3,000-member Tiger Brigade has deployed in 2004 and 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Thibaut to speak
at Press Club

State Rep. Major Thibaut will speak at the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday.

Thibaut, D-Oscar, will discuss the comprehensive restoration plan for False River, which is designed to improve the oxbow lake’s habitat for commercial and recreational fishing, as well as for recreational use.

Press Club meets Mondays at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St., downtown. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.

Compiled from staff reports and news services