St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, standing at left, speaks to the St. Landry Parish Council about animals control and shelter issues arising from the handling of two stray horses in the Palmetto area that ended up in Texas. The meeting Wednesday was packed. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish Council panel to investigate animal shelter policies, ordinances

The St. Landry Parish Council voted for a study of the parish’s animal control ordinances and policies that include the animal shelter.
The Council’s Administrative-Finance Committee is to conduct the study that follows a controversy over the handling of two horses that were picked up by animal control. The owner had to retrieve his horses in Texas and paid more than $2,500. The owner is seeking reimbursement for his expenses from the Parish Council.
Attorney Katie Ryan and Parish President Bill Fontenot are to join the committee in its research.

Megan Reed Francois

Woman blames $80K theft on gambling problem

A Mamou woman said a gambling problem led her to use a Eunice company’s credit cards to steal about $80,000, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Megan Reed Francois, 33, of the 2200 block of Duculus Road, Mamou, was arrested on April 22 for access device fraud.
The affidavit for the arrest warrant stated Jeffery Derouen met with a St. Landry Parish Sheriff deputy at the Eunice substation about a embezzlement on April 15.
DeRouen owns Prairie Cajun Brands and Go Fish Freight, all located at 1277 Hwy. 757, Eunice.

Trooper First Class Thomas Gossen, public information officer for Louisiana State Police Troop I. speaks at a Crowley Lions Club meeting. (Photo by Steve Bandy/Crowley Post Signal)

Trooper: Cell phones and driving are dangerous mix

Cell phones are probably the single most dangerous and overused distraction of drivers in Louisiana, according to Trooper First Class Thomas Gossen, public information officer for Louisiana State Police Troop I.
Gossen spoke to members of the Crowley Lions Club recently about a variety of subjects, ranging from seat belt use to the possible legalization of marijuana to the use of cell phones in automobiles.
“There is a lot of emphasis on cell phone use in the legislature right now,” Gossen said.

Graduate student Jacob LeBlanc works in an analytics laboratory in Madison Hall on UL Lafayette’s campus. (Photo by Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

UL Lafayette grad student earning dual master’s degrees

Jacob LeBlanc lives in double-time.
At age 19, he shaved a year from a four-year program to complete a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. But that’s not where LeBlanc’s fast track began or where it ends.
First, he skipped kindergarten. He took high school courses as a middle-school student, and a schedule of seven classes a year enabled him to complete high school as a junior. He then enrolled at UL Lafayette. He was 16, too young to vote and barely old enough to drive.

Police: Video shows students poisoning teacher’s drink

Two 17-year-old Eunice High School students face a felony charge for spiking a teacher’s drink with Krud Kutter, a cleaning fluid.
Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot said a student on Thursday at the school provided police with a video from Snapchat showing a female 17-year-old student pouring a liquid into a teacher’s cup. The liquid was identified as Krud Kutter, a concentrated cleaner/degreaser liquid that is considered an “all purpose” cleaner.


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