Sales tax to improve Lafayette airport headed to voters

Advocate staff file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- A plane sits at the terminal of the Lafayette Regional Airport in February.

The City-Parish Council approved putting a temporary sales tax on the ballot later this year that, if passed by voters, would help fund a bigger, modern terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport. Eight of nine council members voted to place the 1-cent sales tax on the ballot in either the November general election … Continue reading →

Search committee asks Lafayette board to clarify authority

A search committee charged with recommending a new general counsel for the School Board decided Tuesday to ask the full board to look at revising the policy that gave the committee the authority to recommend lawyers. The search committee includes five board members — board President Hunter Beasley, board Vice President Tommy … Continue reading →

Crime Blotter for April 23, 2014

Following a high-speed chase on Interstate 10 early Tuesday, Lafayette police booked a man on multiple counts of attempted murder after he shot into an Orchid Drive home that had a number of people inside, including the man’s ex-girlfriend, officials said. … Continue reading →

Lafayette man accused of shooting into house with 13 people inside

Kevin James Alexander

Following a high-speed chase on Interstate 10 early Tuesday, Lafayette police booked a man on multiple counts of attempted murder after the suspect reportedly shot into an Orchid Drive home that had a number of people inside, including the suspect’s ex-girlfriend, officials said. Kevin Alexander, 37, of Lafayette, was booked into the Lafayette … Continue reading →

St. Landry invasion suspect dies in attack

Updated at 7:30 p.m. – St. Landry Parish investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy that could explain why a man died last week as they say he wielded a cane knife and attacked a woman in her home. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said Monday that Phillip Manuel, 52, of Opelousas, died early Thursday after he broke into … Continue reading →

Scott police: Man arrested after ‘huffing’ in mausoleum

MARTIN, THORNE   HARLEY

Scott police Saturday discovered a man unconscious in an Old Spanish Trail mausoleum, reportedly from inhaling the contents of an aerosol can in a practice called “huffing,” officials said. Thorne Martin, 26, was found passed out with the bottle of canned air in his hand, Scott Police Chief Chad Leger said in a … Continue reading →

Around Acadiana

From left, Richard Burgess, Marsha Sills and Billy Gunn.

The Southwest Louisiana Juneteenth Organization is accepting applications for contestants for the Juneteenth Pageant and for vendors who want to participate in the June festivities in Lafayette. Girls ages 11 to 18 can apply to enter the pageant, which will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 14 at the Clifton Chenier Center on West Willow … Continue reading →

Acadiana police briefs for April 21, 2014

State shuts down The Keg in Lafayette after latest raid

State Police seek information on second car in Saturday fatality

Updated at 7:18 p.m. – NEW IBERIA — State troopers are looking for a vehicle they believe was involved in a Saturday night fatal crash on U.S. 90 in Iberia Parish. The crash happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. on U.S. 90 near La. 675 outside of New Iberia, said Trooper First Class Stephen Hammons, a State Police spokesman. Gonzalo Lopez, … Continue reading →

Krotz Springs neighborhood seeks help with water system

KROTZ SPRINGS — City engineers will explore the possibility of connecting the North Wilderness subdivision to the Krotz Springs water system. North Wilderness resident Harold Taylor told the City Council last week that water quality in the subdivision is poor. “We all have private water wells, and that water is terrible,” he said. Taylor … Continue reading →

Cruelty to horses rises in St. Landry Parish

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Horses graze in a yard outside St. Landry Parish Animal Control in Opelousas a few weeks ago.

OPELOUSAS — It’s becoming almost routine in St. Landry Parish to find malnourished horses abandoned by owners and left alone without proper care in pastures and stables. The problem has escalated so much in recent years that animal-control personnel don’t have to wait long before the next complaint is filed about horses, some left alone for weeks … Continue reading →

Documentary depicts history of the Cajuns

Cajuns from all walks of life — from cattlemen and shrimpers, to scholars and artists — tell the tales of their ancestors, painting a picture of Acadian history in a new documentary, “The Story of the Cajuns Part I.” The documentary is the work of filmmaker Brenda Jepson, a native … Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: Caffeine as art

Ken and Ashley Blanc, Jake Delhomme, Don Allen

Coffee has always been a society drink, ever since the days when well-off Victorian men spent their money on coffeehouses and clubs. Coffeehouses are still a badge of status among the elite, maybe even more so. People now parse a cup of coffee the way many do fine wine, straining not for grounds, but to detect … Continue reading →

Lafayette School Board to consider stand against legislation

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Lafayette Parish School Board members Tommy Angelle, left, speaks with board president Hunter Beasley during a board meeting earlier this year. The board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to consider formal opposition to legislation specific to the Lafayette Parish School Board proposed by state Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette.

The Lafayette Parish School Board plans to meet Wednesday to consider taking a formal and unified stand against proposed legislation that singles out the Lafayette board. State Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, filed three pieces of legislation specific to the Lafayette board that are under consideration in the current legislative session. One bill … Continue reading →

Lafayette police briefs for April 20, 2014

Lafayette police on Friday arrested a 21-year-old man accused of stealing a man’s cellphone and money in the 5700 block of Johnston Street, then trying to force the victim to go to an ATM and withdraw money, a police spokesman said. Jonathon Tyler Whitteker, of Lafayette, … Continue reading →

Ala. man to serve 2 years for copyright violation

An Alabama man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to copyright infringement in November, the result of being stopped by police in Louisiana three times in one year and found in possession of thousands of bootlegged movies and music. U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik this … Continue reading →

Acadiana crime blotter for April 19, 2014

A man was killed and his passenger was injured in an early morning crash Friday on La. 105 north of Melville, State Police reported. Jarvis Carey, 27, of Melville, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet car north on the highway at 5:20 a.m. when he lost control of the car while driving through … Continue reading →

Driver killed, passenger injured in St. Landry crash

A man was killed and his passenger was injured in an early morning crash Friday on La. 105 north of Melville, State Police reported. Jarvis Carey, 27, of Melville, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet car north on the highway at 5:20 a.m. when he lost control of the car while driving through … Continue reading →

Lafayette crime blotter for April 18, 2014

Atlas J. White

Police are looking for a Morgan City man accused of beating and raping a teenager, officials said Thursday. Atlas J. White, 22, 1352 Oil Tank Alley, is wanted on a warrant for aggravated rape and unauthorized entry of a home, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. … Continue reading →

4 jailed over girl’s claim of rape at hotel

Darrell Reed, left, Antonio Thomas, DeAndre Rideaux and Kenya Major,.

Lafayette board buys land by school to ease traffic congestion

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Carl Broussard cuts the grass on the property he owns behind Milton Elementary on West Edith Road Wednesday in Milton. The Lafayette Parish School Board will vote Wednesday on whether or not to buy the property.

In an effort to relieve traffic and parking congestion at Milton Elementary/Middle School, the Lafayette Parish School Board voted Wednesday to buy 1.3 acres adjacent to the school. The purchase of the property for $180,000 includes an agreement by the owner to tear down an unoccupied home on the site. Traffic congestion … Continue reading →

St. Landry Council OKs road improvement list

Acadiana police briefs for April 17, 2014

Oliver Jonathon Martin

Vermilion Parish firefighters who put out a vehicle fire near Maurice early Wednesday discovered two bodies inside, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Deputies responded to the fire about 1 a.m. on Claude Road south of Maurice, Sheriff Mike Couvillon said in a news release. Couvillon said detectives are working with the Acadiana … Continue reading →

Breaux Bridge man accused in Iberville Parish slaying

St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested a Breaux Bridge man in the killing in January of an Iberville Parish man, officials said. Mark A. Roy, 44, was arrested without incident Tuesday at his home, sheriff’s Maj. Ginny Higgins said in a release. Roy is accused of killing Avery … Continue reading →

Crowley man accused of stealing crawfish from traps

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents this week arrested a Crowley man who is accused of stealing crawfish from traps in an Acadia Parish pond, Acadia Sheriff Wayne Melancon said. Jason Paul Mire, 39, of the 2700 block of Crowley Eunice Highway near Crowley, faces up to 10 years in prison at hard … Continue reading →

Judge Conque said Tuesday he will retire at end of year

Judge Durwood Conque

Lafayette Parish Judge Durwood Conque announced Tuesday he would retire when his six-year term ends in December. Conque was first elected to the 15th Judicial District bench in 1987. During his tenure, he served as chief judge for the three-parish judicial district composed of Lafayette, Vermilion and Acadia parishes, and was a member … Continue reading →