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One booked after buckshot ricochet hits man in neck

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 22:38 Written by
A Holden man is accused of firing a shotgun during an argument and the buckshot ricocheted, hitting a man in the neck, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. Melvin Graham, 54, got into an argument Monday with an unnamed man outside his home at 28892 George White Road, the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a news release. The two men were arguing over “a civil-related matter” regarding property Graham and his girlfriend owned.
Manship Theatre names 2 to new leadership team
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 22:13 Written by
The Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts has named Liz Goad and Melanie Couvillon to lead the organization, with Goad serving as managing director and Couvillon as artistic director. As co-directors, Goad and Couvillon take the place of Renee Chatelain, who will become the CEO of Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in mid-August. Goad and Couvillon both have worked at Manship Theatre since 2010 and have played a significant
Brain-eating amoeba found near Donaldsonville
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 22:07 Written by
A brain-eating amoeba has been found in a water system in Ascension Parish, officials said Tuesday. State health officials say the water is safe to drink, but don’t let it get into your nose, because that’s how the parasite enters the brain. One of four samples taken from the water system near Donaldsonville on the parish’s west bank tested positive Tuesday for Naegleria fowleria amoeba, less than a week after St. Bernard Parish
Principals sponsor blood drive to benefit shooting victims
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:53 Written by
The Lafayette Association of Principals has organized a blood drive to help support victims of last week’s theater shootings. The Lourdes Blood Center blood drive is scheduled Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy, 805 Teurlings Drive, and donations will help offset medical costs of shooting victims. One blood donation can save up to three lives. Monetary credit is also applied for blood donations and can help
Lafayette leaders to host ‘gathering for healing’
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:46 Written by
Community leaders are pulling together what’s being called a “gathering for healing” Thursday in the wake of last week’s theater shootings. The specifics were still being worked out late Tuesday, but the event — “Lafayette Strong: United. Honor. Heal” — is scheduled to run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Blackham Coliseum on Johnston Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. “The idea now is that this is going to be, in many
Parish, New Roads officials end spat
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:46 Written by
NEW ROADS — The prolonged saga over an agreement between the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury and New Roads City Council on management of the William H. Scott Civic Center ended Tuesday night with the parish caving to the city’s demand that it be given the authority to hire temporary workers without prior approval of parish leaders. Both sides can now move forward with signing a month-by-month agreement that will reinstate the
National ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood push hits state
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:19 Written by
Presidential hopeful Gov. Bobby Jindal and anti-abortion activists pushed Tuesday for defunding Planned Parenthood — using recent allegations that it is involved in the selling of fetal body parts to fuel the drive that brought the national political fight to Louisiana. Jindal, through his presidential campaign operation, launched a petition drive calling on Starbucks, Bank of America and Fannie Mae to cease funding support to the Planned Parenthood organization. Meanwhile, about 150 abortion
Teachers to learn how to detect mental health issues
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 20:12 Written by
Children and teens spend the majority of their waking moments on school campuses, where their teachers and other adults get a daily, firsthand look at mood or behavior changes in students. Lafayette Parish School System teachers and other staff will have the opportunity to learn how to detect symptoms of mental health issues in students during a free training program offered on Saturdays in August and September. The Youth Mental Health First Aid
School Board eyes changes to grading policies
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 19:58 Written by
The Lafayette Parish School Board will consider changes to its high school grading practices at its Aug. 5 meeting as part of recommendations to update the pupil progression plan. The pupil progression plan is updated annually. The proposed high school grading changes are based on recommendations from teachers and administrators to ensure the same grading weight is applied to certain assessments when calculating a student’s overall grade in a course. The proposed changes
Child’s bruises severe, doctor testifies
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 19:58 Written by
OPELOUSAS — An emergency room physician who examined a 19-month-old girl shortly after her 2013 death testified during a second-degree murder trial Tuesday that the bruises he found on her body were the most severe he has ever encountered. Jevin Bordelon, one of several medical experts who testified in the trial of Robert Miller III, 36, said the girl, Victoria Renee LeJeune, was unresponsive and had a body temperature of 94.2 degrees
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