Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014:
Jail Break The two men who escaped the St. Mary Parish Jail early Monday are still on the run, and they’re considered armed and dangerous. The escapees, according to this report from KATC TV3, are Christopher Horton, an accused killer, and Joshua Folks. This isn’t the first escape from the Centerville-based jail in recent years — the last jail break came in 2005. Nearby resident Robert Lile tells KATC he’s concerned Monday’s incident could indicate a lack of oversight by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office. “They probably need to get together and maybe have a meeting about this; maybe see what’s causing it to happen,” says Lile. The sheriff’s office says it has an idea of how the two men escaped Monday, but has yet to make that information public. In the meantime, they’re working with state and federal law enforcement officials to track down Horton and Folks.
Joshua Folks, left, and Christopher Horton
Alleged flea market killer to be treated as adult Sunday’s killing of a 49-year-old Arnaudville man at the Jockey Lot was not only sad, it was an act of cowardice. According to this report by the Acadiana Advocate, Michael Patin — who had worked several years at the flea market out on I-49 — did everything his killer demanded, even handing over the keys to one of the Jockey Lot’s trucks to allow the 15-year-old an opportunity to flee the scene after he was separated from his friends — a group of four minors — who had minutes before attempted a failed escape after committing a theft at the site; they were later apprehended. After Patin handed over the truck keys, the 15-year-old could have made his getaway, but instead shot Patin, who was unarmed. "There was no reason for that little guy to shoot him," Jockey Lot vendor Donna Howard tells the Advocate. "Mike wouldn't hurt a flea. He didn't even have a gun." Now, the minor will likely face a possible sentence of life in prison, as District Attorney Mike Harson tells the Advocate he intends to prosecute the minor as an adult on the charge of first-degree murder.
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NOV 25 Here's a link to the petition that has been created to save Zeus, a family dog who is targeted for death by the learned fathers of the Avoyelles Parish village of Moreauville. They passed an ordinance based on nothing that outlaws pit bulls and Rotweillers. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had more than 230,000 signatures - a number that's a wee bit higher than the village population of 929.
NOV 25 Blogger Tom Aswell is writing about the latest in a federal lawsuit against Du Pont that claims the chemical company's Ascension Parish plant has been leaking toxic fumes on a regular basis for years without reporting it. The company is asking the court to prevent the plaintiff from talking about a fatal toxic leak that happened in Texas, Tom writes.
NOV 25 Louisiana Democrats are limping, but don't count them out, Jeremy Alford writes in this post on LaPolitics. They've come back before; but the one thing the D's can't do is just twiddle their thumbs while waiting for the pendulum to swing left, Alford opines. They need to rebuild and rebrand, he says.
NOV 25 Blogger Mike Deshotels offers this primer on predatory charter schools and how they operate, specifically in Louisiana. They're not just profiting from our tax dollars, they're using children and shortchanging them to do so, Deshotels says.
NOV 25 Blogger Rod Dreher is writing about the increasing number of retail establishments who are open on Thanksgiving in this post. He's got a list of stores that will be open and a list of stores that won't.
NOV 25 Edwin Edwards took off the gloves on Monday, this post on WAFB tells us. At a Press Club appearance, he wondered how his 6th Congressional District opponent, Garret Graves, could be an expert in all the areas in which he claims to be - when he has no college degree in anything. (Five years - FIVE YEARS - in college, but no degree. Huh?)
NOV 25 This story in the LSU Reveille assures students that the Jindal administration's removal of millions from the TOPS fund won't affect students. Oh, ah. K. Is that like the raid on the OGB wasn't going to affect state employees? Who is the adviser for this paper?
NOV 25 Apparently the Jindal administration can't handle old folks, either. This post on The Advocate outlines a legislative auditor's report critical of the administration's handling (or not handling) of the state agency that oversees services for the elderly.
NOV 24 Blogger Bob Mann is blogging about race and the Senate campaign in this post. Sure, everybody knows that Mary Landrieu doesn't do too well with white folks, but how come the GOP can't get arrested in the black community? Bob is asking.
NOV 24 The GOP has a boogie-man for anybody thinking about voting for Mary Landrieu: President Obama. But the Dems have one for Bill Cassidy, too, Melinda Deslatte writes in this AP post on The Reading Eagle -- and his name is Governor Jindal.
NOV 24 Columnist Stephanie Grace is writing about Bobby Jindal's continuing refusal to accept federal funding for the expansion of Medicaid. It's purely an attempt to benefit him politically, meaning the decision is "cruel, short-sighted and remarkably self-centered." Well, yeah. Have you met him?
NOV 24 Because of a town ordinance, the police will come to a disabled girl's home this week to take away her service dog and kill him. Sound like a bad Lifetime movie? Nope - it's real life in Moreauville, blogger Lamar White Jr. tells us in this post. The dog's crime? Being born a pit bull. What's the reason for this ordinance? Well, the town fathers are a little vague on that one. Maybe Obama?
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