OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge delayed the trial of a former Opelousas mayor indicted on charges of malfeasance, theft of public funds, public records tampering and forgery.
Woman dies in weekend house fire
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office says a 70-year-old woman has died in a house fire.
Spokeswoman Ashley Rodrigue says Patricia Stephens' body was found in bed...
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana llama named Earl believed to have been shot by his owner last month is now recovering at an animal shelter in St. Landry Parish.
Louisiana woman charged in shooting of her pet llama, Earl
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman is accused of shooting her pet llama named Earl who she says attacked her.
News outlets report 67-year-old Madeline Bourgeois told St. Landry Parish...
High school trainer in Louisiana accused of sex with student
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A female trainer at a Louisiana high school has been arrested and charged with having sex with a student.
Opelousas police told news outlets that 28-year-old Laura Lynn Huval of Crowley has been arrested and charged with felony prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and student.
Huval had been working for a company in Lafayette that provides trainers to schools and had been assigned to Opelousas High School.
Employee at Louisiana prison arrested in contraband probe
JACKSON, La. (AP) — An employee at a Louisiana prison is in custody after allegedly conspiring to smuggle contraband into the facility.
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections says an investigation found that an inmate at Dixon Correctional Institute paid 23-year-old Kelvin Smith, of Opelousas, to smuggle various banned items into the prison.
Officials say Smith admitted to taking money to smuggle in cigarette lighters and tobacco.
Louisiana men plead not guilty to Mississippi prison bribery
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four Louisiana men pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that they tried to bribe a Mississippi sheriff with $2,000 in casino chips, seeking lucrative jail contracts.
Entering not guilty pleas to conspiracy and bribery charges in federal court in Jackson were 70-year-old Michael LeBlanc Sr. of Baton Rouge, 40-year-old Michael LeBlanc Jr. of Prairieville, 59-year-old Tawasky Ventroy of Opelousas and 50-year-old Jacque Jones of LaPlace.
Louisiana men plead not guilty to Mississippi prison bribery
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four Louisiana men are pleading not guilty to charges that they tried to bribe a Mississippi sheriff with $2,000 in casino chips, seeking lucrative jail contracts.
Entering not guilty pleas in federal court in Jackson Tuesday were 70-year-old Michael LeBlanc Sr. of Baton Rouge, 40-year-old Michael LeBlanc Jr. of Prairieville, 59-year-old Tawasky Ventroy of Opelousas and 50-year-old Jacque Jones of LaPlace.
Opelousas Massacre tribute yields ribbons, new research
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — St. Landry Parish now has its first symbols of the Opelousas Massacre, a little-known racial clash in 1868 that claimed dozens of African-American lives. On the conflict's 150th anniversary, archivist and genealogist Marie Marcel gave certificates to current member of families who survived the event.
Red ribbons adorned the certificates, symbolic of the ribbons their ancestors used to survive.
BUTTE LA ROSE, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities say a 46-year-old man has died in a boating accident.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a witness reported that Robert Julien Jr. of Opelousas fell while trying to load his personal watercraft onto a trailer near the Butte La Rose boat launch, and never resurfaced.
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl in Louisiana has died after leading police on a car chase.
News outlets report the girl has been identified by the Opelousas Police Department as Bryla Bell.
The world’s ‘Zydeco Capital’ has little zydeco
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Dustin Miller gets nostalgic when he talks about his Lawtell dancehall, Miller's Zydeco Hall of Fame. Miller and his wife, Nichole, dated in the zydeco music landmark, built in 1947 as Richard's Club.
The Millers purchased the dancehall in 2012 and enjoyed brisk business until April 26, 2017. That's when a suspected arsonist reduced it to ashes. An empty lot remains.
Soul-singing bus driver riding the charts
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Gregg Martinez, the soul-singing bus driver from Opelousas, has enjoyed some high-profile fans in his 42 years in music. In the 1980s, one woman couldn't stop clapping and smiling during a casino show in Atlantic City, NJ.
She turned out to be the owner's wife — Ivana Trump. Martinez received a four-year contract to perform exclusively at the casino.
Missing woman found in Louisiana lake
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The body of a missing woman has been found in a south Louisiana lake, after an angler hooked her purse.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz (GIH'-droze) told news organizations that divers found the body in Lake Dubuisson (DOO'-bih-sawn) early Monday.
Authorities are withholding her name until her family can be notified.
St Landry schools OK $1K bonus checks for employees
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The St. Landry Parish School Board has voted to give employees a $1,000 bonus check next month.
The board's finance committee last week approved Superintendent Patrick Jenkins' recommendation to give full-time workers a $750 supplement in addition to their regular paycheck as a Christmas bonus.
Louisiana mayor arrested after malfeasance, theft indictment
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A Louisiana mayor has surrendered to authorities following his indictment earlier this week on 15 counts, including malfeasance in office and theft, stemming from overtime payments he received after the August 2016 flood.
Multiple media outlets report Opelousas Mayor Reggie Tatum was arrested Friday at the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office. Afterward Tatum posted a $10,000 bond and was released.
Opelousas Housing Authority to build up to 45 new homes
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The Opelousas Housing Authority plans to address a desperate need for affordable housing by building up to 45 new homes for low-income families within the next few years.
The pedestrian-friendly development will feature homes with two-car garages.
The Housing Authority acquired property and now it's put together a nonprofit to offer home ownership to tenants living in public housing.
Sheriff: Man texts girl she better be worth risk of jail
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — An 18-year-old Louisiana man has been arrested for what authorities say were inappropriate text messages to a 14-year-old girl — including, "You better be worth risking going to jail."
The St. Landry Parish sheriff's spokesman, Maj. Eddie Thibodeaux, says George Thomas Wiley III of Krotz Springs is free on $13,500 bond after his arrest Thursday on charges including computer-aided solicitation of a minor.
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Two Gannett Co. daily newspapers in Louisiana and one in Mississippi have announced plans to publish their print editions three days a week, beginning April 5.
The Hattiesburg American in Mississippi and The Town Talk of Alexandria currently publish seven days a week. The Daily World in Opelousas publishes six days. All three announced plans Wednesday evening to publish print editions every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Newest Louisiana Supreme Court member takes oath of office
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a new member of the state Supreme Court.
Republican Jimmy Genovese, formerly an appeals court judge, was sworn in Tuesday to the seven-member high court at a ceremony in his hometown of Opelousas. He'll represent Louisiana's 3rd District, covering the Lafayette and Lake Charles areas.
Assumption 65, Lutcher 56
Bastrop 52, Mangham 41
Brother Martin 60, Lusher Charter 56
Cade Episcopal 47, Opelousas Catholic 20
All St. Landry schools offering free lunch until end of year
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Effective Tuesday, all schools in St. Landry Parish will offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students.
The school system has been in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2016-2017 school year. At the beginning of the school year more than 20 schools were included in the program. Because of the recent floods, the system was able to add more schools.
Acadiana 34, Sam Houston 7
Albany 27, Bogalusa 22
Amite 34, Independence 6
Arcadia 36, D'Arbonne Woods 16
Archbishop Hannan 24, Springfield 21
Ascension Catholic 51, St. John 0
Ascension Christian School 62, Ecole Classique 6
Ascension Episcopal 48, Highland Baptist 14
Assumption 27, Vandebilt Catholic 26
Barbe 50, Comeaux 33
Basile 77, False River Academy 14
Baton Rouge Catholic 31, St. Amant 28
Baton Rouge Episcopal 14, Lake Area New Tech Early College 7
Family is important in the Teche Area — more so to some
As a 14-year-old girl, Paula Rosenfeldt (Stern) watched from the distance as her newborn baby was taken to be baptized at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, near the hospital she had just left.
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The Latest on fire destroying Civil War governor's mansion in Louisiana (all times local):
The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office says arson destroyed an antebellum plantation house that served as the governor's mansion for nine months during the Civil War — and damaged a museum less than a mile away.
Chief Deputy Brant Thompson says the Old Governor's Mansion in Opelousas (op-uh-LOO-suhs) burned to the ground.