Louisiana news briefs
Father’s Day ends with dad in jail, son stabbed
MANY (AP) — A Father’s Day fight in Sabine Parish sent a father to jail and his son to the hospital.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrested 46-year-old Thomas L. Shoemaker, of Many, after he allegedly stabbed his son Sunday because “he had jumped on him.”
Shoemaker took his 21-year-old son to the Sabine Medical Center emergency room for treatment after the alleged incident. Authorities say Shoemaker’s son, whose name was not released, was later transported to University Health in Shreveport, where he is listed in fair condition.
The sheriff’s office says Shoemaker was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center on a charge of aggravated second-degree battery. Bond information and whether he had an attorney was not immediately available.
Tax preparer pleads guilty
NEW ORLEANS — A St. Charles Parish tax preparer pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service moments before her trial was to start.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr. said Cathy Ross Vinnett, 46, of Destrehan, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle who set sentencing for Oct. 1. She faces up to 10 years in prison, restitution and a $250,000 fine.
According to Polite’s office, Vinnett opened D&C Tax Service in 2006. Two years later, Vinnett and her daughter, Lashanda Vinnett, opened River Parish Tax Professionals.
The Vinnetts filed about 310 tax returns through River Parish which falsely claimed the first-time homebuyer and earned income tax credits and listed false dependents resulting in about $1.8 million in fraudulent refunds, Polite said in a news release.
Another ex-prison guard charged in inmate beating
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a third former state corrections guard has been charged with civil rights violations involving the beating of an inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
U.S. Attorney Walt Green, in a news release Monday, said 33-year-old Mark Sharp, of Amite, was charged in a bill of information with deprivation of rights under color of law and making false statements. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Green said Sharp was charged based on his alleged conduct while employed at Angola. The bill of information says Sharp allegedly struck an inmate with a baton while the inmate was handcuffed with his hands behind his back, resulting in bodily injury to the inmate. He then allegedly lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during its investigation of the beating.
An arraignment date was not set.
Two other former state corrections guards have been charged and convicted in connection with the beating.
Kevin Groom and Jason Giror each pleaded guilty to falsifying records in a federal investigation and making false statements to the FBI. They await sentencing.
Calcasieu Parish names Bruchhaus as schools chief
LAKE CHARLES (AP) — Calcasieu Parish has named a new public schools superintendent.
The School Board selected Karl Bruchhaus, the board’s chief financial officer, Saturday to replace Wayne Savoy who announced his retirement in January.
Bruchhaus, who has been the district’s CFO since 1996, was chosen out of three other finalists — Marcus Jackson of Atlanta, Charles Michel of Metairie and Ina Delahoussaye of Lake Charles.
Bruchhaus, a certified public accountant, has 26 years of experience working in Louisiana school systems’ central offices in various finance positions. He was the only candidate who wasn’t an educator and because of that state law requires him to hire a chief academic officer to work with him.
Bruchhaus said the board was aware of the requirement, and the current vacancy for the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction will be changed to a chief academic officer position.
Bruchhaus said he believes his transition to superintendent should be smooth since he has been in the system for 17 years and is well aware of what goes on a daily basis.
Nursing homes offer
LAFAYETTE (AP) — Four Lafayette area nursing homes have decided to pay for a solution to their shared problem of a shortage of certified nurse aides
The nursing homes will cover the cost of a South Louisiana Community College instructor to provide training.
Laurie Fontenot, SLCC dean of nursing, allied health and safety, says their investment means the training will be offered tuition-free to students.
Child killed in wreck on La. 1
NAPOLEONVILLE (AP) — State police say an 8-year-old child has died and two other children were injured when the vehicle they were riding in ran off the road and rolled over, causing all the occupants to be ejected.
Trooper Evan Harrell says a car driven by 26-year-old Brian Gilton, of Napoleonville, ran off La. Highway 1 Sunday night, struck a culvert and utility pole and overturned.
Harrell says Gilton and three children, ages 4, 5, and 8, were ejected. State police say no one in the car wore a seatbelt. Harrell says the 8-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gilton is being treated at a Baton Rouge hospital. The surviving children were taken to Thibodaux Regional Hospital with minor injuries. Their names were not released.
The accident remains under investigation.