A helicopter en route to an offshore oil platform crashed Sunday afternoon, leaving eight dead and one critically injured. The crash occurred roughly 100 miles southwest of New Orleans, in the marshes along Bayou Penchant. Names of the victims have not been released. The Associated Press reports federal officials are scheduled to examine the crash site today to try and determine the cause of the crash, which is still unknown.
The helicopter is owned by Lafayette-based PHI, Inc., one of the Gulf Coast’s leading providers of helicopter services to offshore oil platforms. It’s the second tragic accident for the company within the past year. In June, a PHI Air Medical helicopter crashed in Texas, killing four.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.