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 20 NOLA Defender's Tiny Daiquiri has a little fun with Bobby Jindal's Meet the Press appearance in this post. Bobby is still prayin' on whether or not he'll run for the job he's been running for over the past three years, Tiny says.
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