Louisiana news briefs
1 killed, 4 hurt in St. Bernard crash
VIOLET — A Violet man was killed when the car he was riding in ran off the road, overturned and crashed into a home.
State police say the car was traveling at a high rate of speed Saturday night when the crash occurred on La. 39 in St. Bernard Parish.
They say driver impairment is suspected.
Trooper Melissa Matey says 46-year-old Victor Major, who had been in the front seat and not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle, Samuel Hampton Jr., also of Violet, was taken to Interim LSU Hospital with moderate injuries.
Three children in the vehicle, ages 4, 10 and 11, were in the back seat. Troopers say the children were also taken the hospital with moderate injuries.
Grandfather arrested in rape
NEW ORLEANS — Authorities a 52-year-old Wisconsin man has been charged with raping his two granddaughters while staying in a New Orleans hotel in May.
The man was arrested July 4 and booked on two counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated incest of his 5- and 10-year-old granddaughters.
The Associated Press is not identifying the suspect to protect the identities of the children.
According to court documents, the two girls told police that their “Granddad” raped them in a room at the Capri Motel.
Arrest reports indicate the suspect is a resident of Milwaukee, Wis.
Shrimping closed in most inside waters
BATON ROUGE — State wildlife and fisheries regulators say the 2013 spring inshore shrimp season will close Thursday at 6 a.m.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ announcement Friday affects the remaining portions of Timbalier Bay, Terrebonne Bay, Lake Pelto and Pelican Lake where the season had been extended, and from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche.
Officials say data collected in recent weeks by state biologists indicate increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters.
Shrimping will remain open, until further notice, in the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds and in part of the Mississippi Sound.
All remaining state outside waters, as well as those portions of the Pontchartrain Basin will remain open to shrimping until further notice, with the exception of those areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
Terrebonne bridge out of service
HOUMA — The Presque Isle lift bridge on La. 56 in Terrebonne Parish is expected to be closed to traffic until the evening of July 21.
The repairs started this past week. Authorities say the bridge should reopen by 8 p.m. July 21.
Lafourche loses housing grant
THIBODAUX — State and federal authorities have declined to grant Lafourche Parish’s Office of Community Action an extension for using $160.000 remaining on a $500,000 in housing rehabilitation grant for low-income families.
Parish President Charlotte Randolph said a state review of the program identified numerous deficiencies in past management.
The deficiencies included improperly engaging contractors without licenses, failing to obtain building permits, lack of a transparent homeowner selection process and missing documentation.
Lafayette president doubts proposed flag ban would fly
LAFAYETTE — At least three members of the Lafayette City-Parish Council say they won’t support a ban on flying non-government flags on government flagpoles, if one is proposed. City-Parish President Joey Durel says he doubts the measure would pass.
Three councilmen at an event Saturday said they would not support the proposal that Councilman Andy Naquin has asked the city-parish attorney to research.
Naquin, who also attended, noted that so far nothing is being written. It is only being investigated, and it would only ban non-government flags on government flagpoles, not on government property, he said.
Interstate medians getting cable barriers
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development plans to add nearly 350 miles of cable median barriers along interstates across the state.
That will cover virtually every area needing the protection to keep vehicles from crossing into oncoming traffic, Secretary Sherri LeBas said.
The department has said 81 miles of barriers in south Louisiana, mainly on Interstate 10, have helped cut highway deaths 32 percent since 2007.
The first went up in 2008 on Interstate 12 in St. Tammany Parish.
The work is expected to cost $46 million, mostly from federal funds, and to take three years.
New cable barriers are planned on interstates 10, 12, 20 and 55. Interstates 49 and 59 also will be checked, highway safety administrator Dan Magri said.
Lafayette police shooting investigated
LAFAYETTE — Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft has requested state police detectives investigate a fatal shooting involving a Lafayette police officer.
Trooper Stephen Hammons says the shooting happened Sunday around 5:40 p.m.
Hammons says Lafayette officers responded to an attempted suicide complaint when they encountered 34-year-old Harold J. Bastin, who was armed with a handgun
He says an officer fired his weapon at Bastin, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette Parish coroner.
Hammons says no officers were injured during the shooting.
Iota man pinned
by truck is killed
IOTA — Sheriff’s deputies say a 60-year-old Iota man working underneath his truck was killed when the jack he used to elevate the vehicle slipped, pinning him under the vehicle.
Acadia Parish sheriff’s deputies say Steven Pousson was working underneath the truck used to transport a welding machine and gear when the accident occurred around 9 a.m. Saturday.
WWII Museum plans session on 1943
NEW ORLEANS — The National WWII Museum plays host to its third series focusing on the war seven decades later with a session dubbed “1943: Victory in the Balance.”
The 2013 edition of the conference, scheduled Nov. 21 to 23, has a lineup of speakers including retired Gen. David Petraeus and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson.
The conference’s theme centers on the year when the war’s outcome was still uncertain.
and its ultimate cost — in lives, property and suffering — was unknown.
More details are available online at www.ww2conference.com.
From The Associated Press.