Lafayette crime blotter for July 23, 2014

Arrests posted July 22, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: SETH JOSEPH ADAMS: 27, of the 100 block of Street Of Love , Lafayette. He was booked on having open glass containers. MARK ANTHONY ALEX: 44, of the 100 block of North General Marshall Street, Lafayette. … Continue reading →

FBI: UL-Lafayette bomb threat suspect in custody

Photo provided by St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office -- Devin Haywood

Acadiana Advocate, KATC enter partnership on news coverage

Acadiana’s leading television station is joining forces with the community’s fast-growing daily newspaper in a new partnership that will help ensure better news coverage in print, on television and online. KATC, the longtime ratings leader in Acadiana, and The Acadiana Advocate will collaborate on investigative projects and share coverage of news and sports. Advocate reporters … Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for July 22, 2014

Damon Journet

State Police arrested a Kaplan man late Sunday in the hit-and-run death two weeks ago of a bicyclist on a road near Milton. Fitzpatrick F. Doucette, 42, was driving his 1997 Lincoln when he hit Lon Lomas, who was peddling along La. 92 at Mermentau Road, State Police Trooper Brooks David said in a news release … Continue reading →

Around Acadiana for July 22, 2014

Sheriff Mark Hebert has unveiled a new website that provides updated information about policing operations in St. Mary Parish. The website, stmaryso.com, publishes news releases, information on how each division operates and a link on how to submit tips on lawbreakers. Other features on the site are: alert notifications on most-wanted criminals; messages from … Continue reading →

Suspect arrested in July 7 hit-and-run bicyclist death

Fitzpatrick F. Doucette

State Police arrested a Kaplan man late Sunday in the hit-and-run death two weeks ago of a bicyclist on a road near Milton, police said. Fitzpatrick F. Doucette, 42, is suspected of driving his 1997 Lincoln and hitting Lon Lomas who was peddling along La. 92 at Mermentau Road, Troop I Master Trooper … Continue reading →

Acadiana news briefs for July 21, 2014

Staff of Lafayette Central Park will discuss fundraising and the plans for the park on the Horse Farm property during the Acadiana Press Club’s meeting at noon Monday at The Daily Advertiser’s community room, 1100 Bertrand Drive. The meeting is open to the public, and The … Continue reading →

SLCC nears fundraising goal for health sciences building

Rendering provided by South Louisiana Community College -- This is a rendering of the proposed  building to house a new registered nursing program at South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette. Proposed is a $17 million health and sciences building constructed between the college’s Ardoin and Devalcourt Street buildings. The more than 83,000 square-foot building will house the college’s other health-related career programs as well.

Less than $23,000 stands between South Louisiana Community College’s goal of raising more than $2 million for its new $17 million health sciences building. The project is part of more than $250 million in planned Louisiana Community and Technical College System projects approved by the Legislature in 2013 — with the caveat … Continue reading →

A few minutes with Melissa Jones Clarke

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Melissa Jones Clarke, principal of Willow Charter Academy.

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final installment of a Sunday Q&A series on the founding principals of Lafayette Parish’s three new charter schools. AGE: 43. POSITION: Founding principal of Willow Charter Academy. Melissa Jones Clarke moved to Lafayette … Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette prepares for tobacco free campus

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Signs have been placed around the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus announcing a ban on smoking beginning August 1.

The front of the Edith Garland Dupré Library, the collection of benches behind Griffin Hall and other popular smoking spots at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will be clearing up very soon. The university’s state-mandated smoke-free policy, as well as a ban on smokeless tobacco products, is set to … Continue reading →

Lafayette police blotter for July 20, 2014

Arrests posted July 19, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: DENZEL MEIGAL ARCENEAUX: 19, of the 1600 block of 12th Street, Lafayette. He was booked on indecent behavior with juveniles. TERRY BERNARD: 32, of the 200 block of E. Foch Street, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor … Continue reading →

Cameron St. targeted for revitalization

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  - Volunteers remove potted trees from Cameron Street as the

Residents and business owners near Cameron Street came together Saturday in an effort to promote revitalization of their neighborhood through a “Better Block” campaign. “We saw the Better Block initiative that started in Texas,” said … Continue reading →

River crossing eyed to ease Ambassador Caffery traffic

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Traffic moves slowly along a congested section of Ambassador Caffery Parkway near the Acadiana Mall Thursday in Lafayette.

Imagine every day was like Christmas season on Ambassador Caffery Parkway — bumper-to-bumper traffic as drivers hit the road for holiday shopping. Gridlock could be the norm year-round within two or three decades, according to projections by city-parish planners who hope a new crossing over the Vermilion River in … Continue reading →

Man convicted of killing brother

A St. Mary Parish jury Thursday convicted a 28-year-old Berwick man of first-degree murder for killing his brother in 2007, a decision reached by the jury in 45 minutes, an official said. Christopher Horton, 28, was found guilty of tying Adam Horton with electrical cords and stabbing him in the chest at Adam … Continue reading →

Flash flood warning issued for south central Louisiana

The National Weather Service has extended its flash flood warning for south central Louisiana until 5 p.m. Friday. The affected area covers the parishes of Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion. Vermilion Parish officials are providing sandbags at five locations and have closed two roads due to heavy rain, Sheriff Mike Couvillon … Continue reading →

Authorities review UL-Lafayette bomb threat response

University of Louisiana at Lafayette and public safety officials spent Thursday reviewing their response to a bomb threat — what went right and what didn’t — as detectives worked to try to identify who called in the threat that emptied the university’s 1,500-acre campus. WHAT WENT RIGHT: The university along … Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for July 18, 2014

Derrick D. Kelly, left, Jamarcus A. Gunner

Two men suspected of having illegal drugs led St. Mary Parish narcotics agents on a high-speed chase on U.S. 90 that ran other vehicles off the road and nearly hit pedestrians before the pursuit ended in Verdunville. The driver, Derrick Kelly, 19, of Franklin, was booked on one count each of improper … Continue reading →

Hot sauce festival adding spice to Lafayette’s weekend

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Volunteers for the Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo, Damian Romero, left, and Victoria Thompson portion hot sauces for judging on Wednesday at the Hotel Acadiana. The group had almost 600 sauces from twelve countries to separate.

Specialty hot sauce makers from around the globe are making their way to Lafayette this weekend for the inaugural Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival, where they hope to introduce hot sauce aficionados to new blends and spicy flavors. “I’m excited,” said festival director Dana Romero. “It’s going to be … Continue reading →

Lafayette man booked in fatal shooting on South Buchanan

An 18-year-old Lafayette man was jailed Thursday in the shooting death of a man Wednesday night on South Buchanan Street, police said. Noah Keonolom was booked on one count of second-degree murder after 61-year-old Davis Thibodeaux died in a local hospital of a single gunshot wound, Lafayette police … Continue reading →

Drug suspects lead St. Mary agents on high-speed chase

Derrick D. Kelly, left, Jamarcus A. Gunner

Two men driving on U.S. 90 in Patterson who were suspected of having illegal drugs led St. Mary Parish narcotics agents on a high-speed chase that ran other vehicles off the road and nearly hit pedestrians before the pursuit ended in Verdunville, officials said. The driver, Derrick Kelly, … Continue reading →

One killed after pickup truck veers off I-10 near Rayne

One woman died Wednesday afternoon in Acadia Parish after a pickup truck hauling a triple-axle trailer veered off the roadway and struck a tree. The accident occurred while Sandra Farris, 47, of Roxana, Illinois, was with her husband, Robert Farris, 55, and daughter Marissa Farris, 19, heading east on Interstate 10 near … Continue reading →

St. Landry committee to take another look at Home Rule Charter

Acadiana Crime Blotter for July 17, 2014

Arrests posted July 16, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website: RAVEN NICOLE ALEXANDER: 34, of the 500 block of Orchid Drive, Lafayette. She was booked on three counts of warrant/bench warrant. KEVIN JONES BERNARD: 37, of the 100 block of North Loop, Lafayette. He … Continue reading →

Methvin appointed judge in St. Landry Parish

Lafayette council: Welcome back, bees

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Beekeeper Michael Smith works a hive Wednesday in Lafayette.

Bees can legally buzz in Lafayette. The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to legalize beekeeping in Lafayette, ending a 50-year-old ban that caught the attention City-Parish President Joey Durel earlier this year when he learned of its existence. Durel said he first heard of the ban after asking … Continue reading →

Board gives principals some leeway in hiring

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Peggy Borrok, center, fills out paperwork to register her children Anabell Borrok, 10, left, and Quinn Borrok, 7, into public school Tuesday in Lafayette.

The Lafayette Parish School Board on Tuesday gave principals and other supervisors authority to make some hiring decisions that have been left in limbo for the past few weeks, although the school system is still facing job cuts. The board voted Tuesday to save 17 social worker and 37 instructional strategist jobs … Continue reading →

Acadiana police and fire briefs for July 16, 2014

Joseph Auguillard Jr.

Crowley police said they have arrested one person and anticipate further arrests in a fatal shooting early Monday on West Northern Boulevard. Shedrick Robinson, 22, of Crowley, was booked Monday night on one count of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Ryan Gums, Police Chief K.P. Gibson said. Gums, 23, also … Continue reading →

Lafayette truck stop bomb threat leads to arrest

Joseph Oquinn

A drunk man at a truck stop called the Sheriff’s Office in nearby St. Martin Parish Monday evening to report he’d placed a bomb at a Lafayette truck stop, prompting authorities to evacuate the business for an extensive search that yielded no explosives, officials said. Joseph Oquinn, 55, of Parks, was “extremely … Continue reading →

St. Landry authorities say store sold synthetic marijuana

St. Landry Parish narcotics agents arrested a convenience store owner and a store employee Tuesday accused of selling illegal synthetic marijuana to undercover agents, authorities said. “After receiving several anonymous tips regarding Singh’s Quick Stop selling synthetic marijuana to costumers, agents were able to make several purchases from behind the counter,” Sheriff’s Capt. … Continue reading →