Man charged with attempted second-degree murder
MONROE, La. (AP) - Police say a Monroe man has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, days after a stabbing in a local home.
The News-Star reports that 56-year-old Donald Ray Myles was arrested early Monday.
Myles is believed to be related to the 24-year-old victim who was stabbed twice Thursday.
Myles is being held at Ouachita Correctional Center on $150,000 bond. It was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.
Welsh woman faces new charges in slaying
JENNINGS, La. (AP) - A grand jury has upgraded the charges against a Welsh, Louisiana, woman accused in the fatal shooting of one man and the injuring of another.
The American Press reports Rosalyn Faith Breaux pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in August.
She now faces charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.
Police Chief Marcus Crochet says Jeremy Ardoin and Nick Coble were shot at a house in Welsh in June. Ardoin later died in a local hospital. Coble was shot in the shoulder and was treated and released.
If convicted, Breaux faces life in prison for second-degree murder and up to 50 years for attempted second-degree murder. She remains in the parish jail on $750,000 bond awaiting a Jan. 26 trial.
Judge: Marullo can stay on ballot
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Orleans Parish Criminal Court Judge Frank Marullo Jr. has survived an initial challenge to his seeking a sixth term
The 74-year-old Marullo is running against lawyers Graham Bosworth, Brigid Collins, Rudy Gorrell and Marie Williams.
A judge Friday Marullo was not only qualified to run for another term, but that his age didn't threaten his eligibility as a candidate.
The attorney for three New Orleans voters who want Marullo's name off the Nov. 4 ballot will appeal.
Marullo joined the criminal court bench in September 1974. The 1974 constitution went into effect on Jan. 1, 1975, and set judges' retirement at 70.
Marullo argued an earlier constitution set retirement at 75 and he would finish his term.
Voters will decide in November whether to repeal the retirement age for judges.
MISSING FUNDS CHARGES
La. business owner arrested in missing funds case
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Denham Springs business owner is charged with 62 counts each of computer fraud, bank fraud, theft, identity theft and monetary instrument abuse.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Col. John Fortunato tells the Advocate that Kristin Koenig was arrested Friday after one of her clients reportedly discovered more than $500,000 missing from its accounts.
Koenig owns Accurate Business Services LLC.
Fortunato says Koenig allegedly wrote checks to herself rather than the companies with which her client was doing business.
Fortunato says Koenig allegedly had changed her client's computer records to indicate the checks were going to the companies owed, but she diverted the funds for her own use instead.
It was not immediately clear whether Koenig has an attorney.
Baton Rouge officer on paid leave after shooting
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police are continuing to investigate an officer's shooting of a man who allegedly tried to grab the officer's gun during a drunken-driving arrest.
Police Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. says Monday that 27-year-old Derek Brent Davis of Baton Rouge is expected to survive after being critically wounded. Coppola would not disclose the name of the Baton Rouge-area hospital where Davis was taken.
Coppola says Davis tried to grab officer Matthew Jackson's gun while threatening Jackson's life during the arrest shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. Coppola says the fifth-year officer has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting.
Coppola says Davis was arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The police spokesman says Davis also is wanted on fugitive charges of simple burglary from Livingston Parish.
FIRE DISTRICT AUDIT
Audit says fire district collected too much tax
GRAND CAILLOU, La. (AP) - A state audit says the fire district that oversees the Grand Caillou Volunteer Fire Department has been over-collecting a property tax to pay off a bond debt.
The Courier reports the audit released by the state legislative auditor's office found the tax yielded Terrebonne Fire District 4A $743,965 in 2013 to pay a bond debt of $420,000.
The property tax is meant to be adjusted annually to generate just enough money to pay off the debt, the audit says.
Auditors say the over-taxation is not illegal and is caused by the district's failure to adjust the millage rate.
The report suggests the district should discontinue the tax and use its existing debt-service fund of $460,095 to pay the remaining bond debt and interest due.
Fast growth stressing Youngsville schools
YOUNGSVILLE, La. (AP) - Fast growth in the Youngsville area of Lafayette Parish is stressing the capacity of the school system.
Superintendent Pat Cooper says the district isn't prepared for the growth the community is experiencing and staff has asked the School Board several times to start the process to bring a tax proposal to voters to pay for upgrades.
The Advocate reports that among problems confronting the district are overcrowding at schools and too few buses in service.
Cooper says he plans to present a proposal to address growth in the southern part of the parish to the School Board in September. Part of that plan involves building a new school in Youngsville, he says.
LAKE CHARLES-AIR QUALITY
Lake Charles buying air-friendly mowers
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - City officials are taking aim at improving air quality in the Lake Charles area.
The American Press reports the City Council has approved an ordinance allowing the purchase of alternative-fuel mowers for use by the recreation and parks department.
The deal comes as Calcasieu and Cameron parishes are close to failing to meet air quality standards set by federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Failure to meet air-quality standards is called nonattainment. As of July, Lake Charles was close to nonattainment. The expected industrial expansion headed to the region has focused more attention on ways to improve air quality.
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