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  • Police identify woman found in park Play Video

    April 14, 2014 6:58 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park. Cpl. Paul Mouton says the death is suspicious, but detectives have not ruled out foul play in the death of the Alexandria Shelton.... more »
  • Bribery scandal an issue in Lafayette election

    April 4, 2014 10:40 AM

    LAFAYETTE - In a letter mailed to residents, the District Attorney for Lafayette, Vermilion and Acadia parishes apologizes for the involvement of three of his employees in a bribery scheme. The Lafayette Advertiser reports that the scheme was exposed in 2012. It centered on a process called "immediate 894." The... more »
  • McDermott grows from 'nice' to dominant

    March 20, 2014 5:42 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - Four years ago, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin walked off the floor after a close loss at Creighton and reviewed the box score. There in black and white was Doug McDermott's stat line: 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds in the freshman's third career... more »
  • Lafayette High holds fundraiser after fatal crash

    February 22, 2014 6:37 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A fund raising effort at Lafayette High School has brought in more than $9,000 to help the family of four people killed in a traffic accident. The fatal crash a week ago involved a sport utility vehicle and a Lafayette High School bus carrying the school's baseball team.... more »
  • 4 dead in bus crash involving high school baseball team

    February 15, 2014 1:14 PM

    CENTERVILLE - A school bus carrying the Lafayette High School baseball team crashed with a passenger car while on the way to a game Saturday afternoon. According to State Police all four deaths were in the passenger vehicle. There were minor injuries reported on the school bus, with one... more »
  • UL aims to spoil Tulane's postseason return

    December 20, 2013 3:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Nick Montana has a chance to play his first bowl game in the same stadium where his famous father, Joe, won a Super Bowl. That is, if he's healthy enough to take the field for Tulane in Saturday night's New Orleans Bowl. If Montana can't go, the... more »
  • Tulane to play in New Orleans Bowl

    December 3, 2013 12:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Tulane will play in the 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. Tulane accepted the bowl bid today to represent Conference USA. The game will take place December 21 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 8:00 p.m. It will be televised by... more »
  • Louisiana-Monroe beats Louisiana-Lafayette, 31-28

    November 30, 2013 10:46 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Kolton Browning threw two touchdown passes and Louisiana-Monroe held on to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette 31-28 Saturday night. Browning hit Rashon Ceaser with a 16-yard touchdown pass, then connected with Ajalen Holley for a two-point conversion to give Louisiana-Monroe (6-6, 4-3 Sun Belt Conference) a 28-21 lead. Justin Maton kicked... more »
  • No indictment for radical political display

    November 21, 2013 4:19 PM

    LAFAYETTE- A grand jury here refused to indict a man on criminal trespassing charges after he was arrested for allegedly defacing a monument to the September 11th attacks in the city's downtown area. Twelve years to the day, as much of the nation were honoring the heroes of that... more »
  • Lafayette airport sets passenger record

    November 21, 2013 7:54 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Regional Airport enjoyed the best October in its history for record-breaking numbers of passengers boarding and departing. Airport Deputy Director Michael Burrows says October is usually a slow month but the airport reported 22,459 passengers boarding and departing. Burrows says that's up from 19,494... more »
  • Lafayette bank robbery suspect arrested in Texas

    November 20, 2013 11:23 AM

    LAFAYETTE - A man wanted for a bank robbery in Lafayette has been arrested in Texas. 20-year-old Tre Lamar Bookard was arrested during a traffic stop near El Paso. Police say Bookard entered a bank on November 8 and gave the teller a note demanding cash. The suspect then... more »
  • Grand jury could see weekend shooting

    November 11, 2013 12:00 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The district attorney in Lafayette will decide if the case of a shooter of a kidnapping suspect will go to a grand jury. Twenty-nine-year-old Scott Thomas of Leonville was shot Friday at a vacant house where kidnap victim Bethany Arceneaux was rescued. Arceneaux had been stabbed multiple... more »
  • Lafayette police search for alleged kidnapper

    November 7, 2013 11:26 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette police are looking for a suspected kidnapper and his alleged victim. Police say the man confronted the mother of his child at a day care center Wednesday afternoon. They say 29-year-old Scott Thomas forced the woman into his car, leaving the 2-year-old child behind in her... more »
  • Name game: fight for "Louisiana"

    October 25, 2013 10:41 PM

    LAFAYETTE- The state university here is standing behind its brand after it was called into question for how it is used. People are taking issue to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette dropping 'Lafayette' on some references and using Louisiana or UL. Some believe that insinuates it is branding... more »
  • Arrest made in 9/11 memorial vandalism

    September 11, 2013 4:29 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Police arrested a Lafayette man today after they said he vandalized the city's 9/11 memorial. Police charged Salvador Perez, 35, with criminal damage to an historic building and criminal trespassing. Police said graffiti and two cardboard cutouts of crashing planes were placed on the monument early... more »
  • 9/11 memorial in Lafayette vandalized

    September 11, 2013 11:51 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Police are investigating after a 9/11 memorial in downtown Lafayette was vandalized. Police say graffiti and two cardboard cutout images of crashing planes were placed at the monument early Wednesday morning. KATC TV reports that the 9/11 monument is a 1-by-100 scale of both the World Trade... more »
  • Some nonprofits don't comply with records request

    September 4, 2013 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As many as 27 nonprofit organizations have failed to report financial documents to the treasurer, weeks after the documents were requested. Auditors have requested the information so they can see how non-governmental organizations are spending tax-payer money, given to them by state lawmakers during legislative sessions. ... more »
  • 2 dead in Lafayette shooting

    August 30, 2013 8:05 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette police continue to investigate the deaths of a woman found shot to death in her apartment and a man found dead in a house a mile away. KATC reports family members of the woman said she'd recently moved into an apartment after spending time in a... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Final notices sent to nonprofits tied to state senator Play Video

    August 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, connected to State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb have until Wednesday to report how they spent hundreds of thousands of state tax dollars. State Treasurer John Kennedy compiled a list of 34 nonprofits. Fifteen of those are not in compliance with the treasurer's... more »
  • Indiana sued over abortion pill

    August 22, 2013 8:23 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS- Planned parenthood sued the state of Indiana because of a new restriction on reproductive rights involving the abortion pill. The Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette must either stop handing out the abortion pill or make internal changes, like adding surgical capabilities. Planned Parenthood calls it unconstitutional since the legislator... more »
  • Cajuns, Hudspeth confident after pair of bowl wins

    August 15, 2013 12:53 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Louisiana-Lafayette hardly resembles the downtrodden program that coach Mark Hudspeth took over in 2011. The Ragin' Cajuns have won the last two New Orleans Bowls, marking the first consecutive bowl wins in school history. Hudspeth also has posted ULL's first back-to-back nine-win seasons. But one thing has been... more »
  • School panel returns to examine funding options

    August 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Officials say the Lafayette Parish School System will need millions of dollars over the next few years if schools are to improve. Besides using reserve funds, the only option is for the district to ask for more money from taxpayers, either in the form of higher sales taxes,... more »
  • Hudspeth hopes to build upon past UL success

    July 23, 2013 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - University of Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth gave a seminar at the LHSAA Coaches Clinic about "building a program." The third year Ragin' Cajun head whistle has certainly done that, going 18-8 in his first two years in Lafayette. Sports 2's Brian Holland caught up with... more »
  • Red light camera suit coming soon

    July 3, 2013 7:44 AM

    LAFAYETTE - City leaders may soon file suit against some of the 5,800 people who owe at least $125 in traffic camera citations. Lafayette City-Parish Attorney Mike Hebert told the council Tuesday that attorneys could start filing lawsuits in the next 30-60 days against motorists cited within the past three... more »
  • Driver killed after not moving from tracks as train approached

    June 26, 2013 3:18 PM

    CADE- One person died in a fiery crash with an Amtrak train near Lafayette Wednesday afternoon. The van and train collided at the corner of La. Hwy. 182 and 92 as the locomotive was pulling the Sunset Limited from New Iberia toward Lafayette, with a final destination of Los... more »
  • Child dies in grandparents' pool

    June 17, 2013 11:50 AM

    CARENCRO - Lafayette Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy found in his grandparents' swimming pool. Sheriff's office spokesman Capt. Kip Judice tells The Advertiser mere minutes had passed from the time Cullen Guilbeaux was last alive to when he was found unresponsive in the pool.... more »
  • Lafayette authorities investigate infant death

    June 11, 2013 4:03 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a 5-month old baby. Deputies responded early Tuesday afternoon to a call about a non-responsive infant. Attempts to revive the child were unsuccessful. The Lafayette Parish Coroner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Authorities said... more »
  • 0-0 after 1st inning

    June 2, 2013 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Both teams touted high-powered offenses coming in, however the pitchers kept the first frame short and sweet. LSU got two base runners but couldn't score, and Tiger pitcher Brent Bonvillain retired the Cajuns 1-2-3. For more updates throughout the game, keep it on WBRZ.com. more »
  • UL-Lafayette hangs on to beat Sam Houston St., 7-5

    June 2, 2013 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns needed a circus catch to close out a 7-5 win in an elimination game vs Sam Houston St. The Cajuns have two hours and ten minutes before the first pitch of their game vs LSU. A loss would end ULL's season, a... more »
  • Angola warden looking into if killer's letter broke the rules Play Video

    May 31, 2013 10:56 PM

    ANGOLA- Prison authorities are investigating if convicted killer Brandon Scott Lavergne broke the State Penitentiary rules by sending a letter addressed to the "Acadiana community." Lavergne's two-page doctrine asks for mercy for killing Mickey Shunick last year and another woman more than ten years ago. Shunick was last seen... more »
  • LSU's regionals not on TV, online only

    May 28, 2013 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU's Friday afternoon baseball game against Jackson State won't be on TV. The game will be shown on ESPN 3, an online video service connected with the sports network. ESPN will not show the game on traditional television. If LSU advances in the NCAA Baton Rouge... more »
  • Seniors accused in Comeaux High vandalism

    May 21, 2013 8:59 AM

    LAFAYETTE- Police say 19 Comeaux High seniors face misdemeanor charges after they allegedly vandalized the school over the weekend. Lafayette police Cpl. Paul Mouton says the students received misdemeanor summonses for criminal mischief and criminal trespassing for vandalizing the school grounds. Comeaux High Principal Joe Craig tells The Advocate the... more »
  • Off-duty Lafayette police officer killed in Iberville crash

    May 18, 2013 6:45 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - An off-duty Lafayette Police Lieutenant died in a motorcycle crash Saturday on LA Highway 3000, according to Louisiana State Police Tpr. Stephen Hammons. Around 2:00 p.m. 45-year-old Richard "Ricky" Rees was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson north on LA 3000. Rees was entering a sharp right... more »
  • Cleveland story sparks hope for missing La. teen

    May 9, 2013 8:46 AM

    LAFAYETTE- A volunteer who has helped in the search for a missing Lafayette Parish teenager says she has drawn hope from the sight of three young kidnap victims being reunited with their families in Cleveland. The Lafayette girl, Keiosha Felix, has been missing since April of 2012. Volunteer organizer Tammy... more »
  • Mother pleads not guilty in death of 3-year-old

    April 30, 2013 11:28 AM

    LAFAYETTE - A Lafayette mother has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the death of her 3-year-old son. The Advertiser reports 22-year-old Laura Smith waived formal arraignment and entered her plea last week at the Lafayette Parish Courthouse. A grand jury earlier this month indicted Smith on a charge... more »
  • U.S. Marshals join hunt for Lafayette fugitive

    April 5, 2013 12:57 PM

    LAFAYETTE - U.S. Marshals are joining the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office in the hunt for a man who walked away from his vehicular homicide trial last week. Wade Lohse, 43, is charged with vehicular homicide, felon in possession of a firearm and burglary. His trial was underway March... more »
  • ULL, Southern to face off in 2014 season opener

    March 27, 2013 10:48 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Officials at ULL have released the Ragin Cajuns' football schedules through 2016. The team is set to face off against the Southern Jaguars this August in their season opener at home. The Cajuns also secured home-and-home series against Boise State and Louisiana Tech. Athletic director Scott... more »
  • Lafayette school board to revamp attendance policy

    March 25, 2013 8:55 AM

    LAFAYETTE- Lafayette Parish School Board members would be able to miss up to five meetings in a calendar year before facing penalties under a revised attendance policy recommended by the board's executive committee. The revisions, which come after some board members have faced criticism for their absences, would clarify some... more »
  • Master plan for UL Lafayette athletics facilities unveiled

    March 22, 2013 10:17 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette could start work on $115 million in new construction and improvements of its athletic facilities as early as this summer. Athletics Director Scott Farmer said Thursday the projects to improve facilities for student-athletes and fans are outlined in a master plan for... more »
  • Co-ed's killer unhappy with prison

    March 6, 2013 11:03 PM

    ANGOLA- Convicted killer Brandon Scott Lavergne is not happy with his situation at the state penitentiary. Lavergne is in prison for killing two women: Mickey Shunick in Lafayette in 2012, and another woman a decade earlier. KATC TV reported Lavergne is on a hunger strike. He also said... more »
  • LSU ULL Baseball square up on diamond in Lafayette Play Video

    February 25, 2013 11:21 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The LSU Tigers say they will conduct themselves with nothing but professionalism when they hit the road to the ULL Ragin Cajuns for their first away game of the season. Although there has been bad blood in the past, LSU head coach Paul Mainieri says he doesn't... more »
  • Maryland man sentenced in child porn case

    February 21, 2013 8:46 AM

    LAFAYETTE- A 30-year-old Maryland man was sentenced in Lafayette, La., to eight years in prison for possessing child pornography. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley tells The Advertiser Phillip Sessa Jr., of Essex, Md., was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik. Prosecutors say an acquaintance of Sessa alerted... more »
  • Louisiana-Lafayette routs Louisiana-Monroe 90-66

    February 11, 2013 9:47 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Bryant Mbamalu scored 24 points, leading six Louisiana-Lafayette players in double figures, and the Ragin' Cajuns routed Louisiana-Monroe 90-66 Sunday night. Louisiana-Lafayette (9-16, 5-9 Sun Belt) never trailed, but it was mostly a close game until the Ragin' Cajuns went on a 24-0 run in a 6-minute stretch... more »
  • Former police officer indicted on sex charge

    February 7, 2013 7:33 AM

    LAFAYETTE - A former Lafayette police corporal has been indicted by a Lafayette Parish grand jury on charges of sexual battery and malfeasance for allegedly sexually battering a woman while he was on duty. 34-year-old Jackie Hagan Jr., of Sunset, allegedly responded to a report of a crime in downtown... more »
  • Man surrenders in Lafayette fatal crash

    January 24, 2013 6:44 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette police say a 23-year-old man suspected of driving drunk and causing a collision that killed a 2-year-old last week has surrendered to authorities. Jamuse Broussard, of Lafayette, has been booked Tuesday with vehicular homicide in the Jan. 16 crash in which Kylan Jackson was severely injured.... more »
  • Lafayette board to appoint school tax committee

    January 22, 2013 8:51 AM

    LAFAYETTE- Lafayette Parish School Superintendent Pat Cooper is asking the school board to appoint a cross section of Lafayette residents to head a committee that will evaluate his recommendation for a $560 million tax proposal. The Advertiser reports the 30 members of the Community Education Plan Committee - set for... more »
  • Lafayette Parish may end tax rebate

    January 22, 2013 7:10 AM

    LAFAYETTE- The Lafayette City-Parish Government is considering ending a sales tax rebate that helps area businesses cover accounting expenses related to collecting and paying the tax. A long-standing local law has allowed businesses to keep 2 percent of total collections for city-parish government sales taxes as long as the... more »
  • Program to aid Lafayette pregnant teens

    January 7, 2013 9:55 AM

    LAFAYETTE- The Lafayette Parish School System plans to launch a program next school year for teen mothers and pregnant teens that would provide on-campus child care and support services for the young mothers. Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper says the program will be housed at Northside High School with a... more »
  • Lafayette woman booked with attempted murder

    January 2, 2013 10:14 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Police say a 37-year-old Lafayette woman faces a charge of attempted second-degree murder for allegedly slitting a man's throat. Officers were dispatched to a home shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday and found Chandra Hamilton standing outside. According to the arrest affidavit, Hamilton told officers that "the victim's... more »
  • Road rage leads to highway stabbing

    December 27, 2012 7:32 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette police say a 42-year-old man was stabbed around 7 p.m. on Christmas after an altercation with another driver. Cpl. Paul Mouton says officers responded to the victim at the intersection of Interstate 49 and Pont des Mouton Road. Mouton says the victim was traveling on... more »
  • State panel approves Lafayette parks tax election

    December 21, 2012 9:09 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The State Bond Commission has voted to approve an April 6 vote in the city of Lafayette on a property tax increase to support the struggling Parks and Recreation Department. The department stands to gain an estimated $6.5 million annually if voters approve the measure, which would... more »
  • Parent arrested in school confrontation

    December 20, 2012 2:10 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Police say a parent was arrested Wednesday after a confrontation with a teacher at S.J. Montgomery School. Cpl. Paul Mouton tells The Advocate that Benjamin C. Phillips of Crowley was arrested for battery on a teacher. Mouton said police were called to respond to a disturbance at the school... more »
  • TB tests pending for people at LHS, Truman

    December 18, 2012 10:48 AM

    LAFAYETTE - About 200 students and faculty and staff members at Lafayette High School are awaiting the results of blood tests taken Monday that may indicate if they are positive for tuberculosis. Blood was drawn from those who had been identified as possibly having been exposed to an individual suspected... more »
  • Renovations planned on La.-Lafayette campus

    December 10, 2012 8:56 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Work to replace the façade of Fletcher Hall on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus, repairing extensive water damage to the building, will get under way early next year. William Crist, the university's facilities director, says the major renovation involves resealing and refinishing the entire exterior... more »
  • Lafayette jail construction under way

    November 19, 2012 10:31 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - By this time next year, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office plans to move its road crew inmates and those in work release and rehabilitation programs from its downtown jail and annex into its public safety complex now under construction. Rob Reardon, corrections director, says road crew... more »
  • School system considers plan to re-enroll dropouts

    November 9, 2012 9:06 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Parish School System may soon partner with a company that seeks dropouts and gives them a chance to finish high school anytime and anywhere. The company, The American Academy's No Dropouts program, works with school districts to bring dropouts back to school and provides educational... more »
  • Police release confession video in Shunick case Play Video

    October 26, 2012 10:07 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Confessed killer Brandon Lavergne told police he accidentally hit Mickey Shunick in May, and at first, never planned to kill her. Lavergne's confession was recorded by police in Lafayette, and released to media. Lavergne said he had been drinking and was playing on his phone when he... more »
  • Cajuns looking to rebound from N. Texas loss

    October 23, 2012 10:42 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football team attempts to bounce back from their first Sun Belt Conference loss of the season when the Cajuns host defending SBC champion Arkansas State at 7:00 p.m. in Cajun Field tonight. The school is encouraging fans to wear white to the... more »
  • Finally, I-10 opens again between Baton Rouge and Lafayette Play Video

    October 19, 2012 7:53 PM

    HENDERSON- All lanes of I-10 West have reopened, after a crash nearly 24 hours ago. Thursday night, two 18-wheelers crashed into each each other at the foot of the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. The wreck caused a large fire, and one of the trucks spilled its load of drilling mud,... more »
  • I-10W reopened after fatal wreck last night Play Video

    October 19, 2012 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police reopened one lane of I-10 West around 6:30 p.m., nearly 24 hours after a deadly 18-wheeler crash near Henderson. Barrels and caution signs will be placed to warn drivers on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge of the one-lane area, and troopers warned drivers to expect... more »
  • I-10 W closed in WBR because of crash near Lafayette

    October 18, 2012 10:20 PM

    LOBDELL- I-10 is closed; drivers headed west are being diverted off the interstate at Hwy. 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish. The closure is because of a wreck in St. Martin Parish- about 40 miles away. There, a fiery crash is causing traffic to build on the I-10... more »
  • Ex-Leesville police chief gets prison in gun probe

    October 16, 2012 4:33 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A former Leesville police chief has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. U.S. District Judge Richard Haik on Tuesday sentenced 51-year-old Bobby Hickman to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Federal... more »
  • School bus changes made at Lafayette High

    September 27, 2012 8:45 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette High School has made several changes in the way buses run to keep students safe. The changes come after the Sept. 20 accident in which a student was struck by a bus. School system officials met with bus drivers and administrators to address the problems in... more »
  • Police investigate student mouth-taping incident

    September 20, 2012 8:20 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette police are investigating an incident in which a substitute teacher at J. Wallace James Elementary School allegedly taped a student's mouth shut to keep the child from talking. Cpl. Paul Mouton says police received a formal complaint Wednesday. That complaint is active, and criminal charges are... more »
  • Psych report: Lavergne tearful during murder discussion

    September 12, 2012 9:26 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Brandon Lavergne, the man who confessed to kidnapping and killing Lafayette college student Mickey Shunick, became tearful during a discussion with a clinical psychologist. Larry Benoit performed a psychological report as part of a plea deal. In the report, Lavergne states he thought about suicide around the... more »
  • Shunick celebration planned Sept. 29

    September 3, 2012 10:19 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Friends and family of Mickey Shunick say they will hold a community celebration to honor the University of Louisiana at Lafayette student who was kidnapped and killed in May. The Advertiser reports that friends will share memories of the 21-year-old woman, City-Parish President Joey Durel will speak, and... more »
  • Council considers Cajundome subsidy increase

    August 24, 2012 9:09 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette City-Parish Council is considering an increased subsidy to the Cajundome. The council this week briefly discussed City-Parish President Joey Durel's proposed $550,000 allocation to the Cajundome for the upcoming fiscal year, which marks a $50,000 increase from the current fiscal year. The Cajundome subsidy... more »
  • Closed Lafayette hospital will be torn down

    August 23, 2012 2:52 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The old Our Lady of Lourdes hospital building will be torn down. KATC TV reports the building will not be imploded, because it's too close to neighborhoods and offices. The hospital is now accepting bids for demolition of the closed hospital, estimated to cost about 2-million dollars. A... more »
  • ULL given preliminary OK for new degrees

    August 23, 2012 7:35 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The Board of Regents has voted conditional approval for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to offer master of science degrees in criminal justice and kinesiology, both of which are in demand. The master of science degree in kinesiology would build on the current baccalaureate program on... more »
  • Shunick's body released to family

    August 21, 2012 11:08 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The body of Mickey Shunick was returned to her family, according to the Lafayette Parish Coroner. Shunick's family plans to have a private funeral for friends and family and a public memorial to celebrate Mickey's life. The date of the public memorial has not been set. Shunick... more »
  • Lavergne in Angola after pleading guilty to murders Play Video

    August 17, 2012 4:54 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Brandon Scott Lavergne arrived at Angola state prison this afternoon, beginning his life sentence for murdering Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate. Lavergne pleaded guilty this morning to both murders in exchange for the life sentence. Prosecutors said inmates at the jail he had been booked into were... more »
  • Houston man gets prison for online prostitution

    August 17, 2012 12:34 PM

    HOUSTON - A Houston man has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison in a prostitution case involving hotels and online advertisements. A federal judge in Houston on Thursday sentenced 30-year-old Jerald Bland. Bland in January pleaded guilty to transportation of a woman for commercial sex. Prosecutors say... more »
  • Lavergne pleads guilty to murders, said Shunick stabbed him

    August 17, 2012 11:39 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Brandon Scott Lavergne pleaded guilty this morning to charges he murdered Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate, according to a Lafayette TV station. Lavergne pleaded guilty in exchange for life in prison, according to KATC-TV. They said he was also required by police to show them where he... more »
  • Businesswoman indicted on federal charges

    August 14, 2012 10:32 AM

    LAFAYETTE - A Lafayette businesswoman has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering. Federal authorities say Catherine Romero is accused of defrauding investors out of more than $1.2 million in a scheme involving plans to manufacture goods created from alligator hides from 2007 to 2008. A trial... more »
  • Shunick family says they can begin healing process

    August 10, 2012 9:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The family of a university student who went missing in May say they can finally begin to grieve after police positively identified a body they found earlier this week. Police say the body discovered in Evangeline Parish was that of Michaela "Mickey" Shunick. Her family said Friday they... more »
  • Police: Body identified as Mickey Shunick

    August 9, 2012 5:45 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Police in Lafayette said investigators have positively identified a body found in Evangeline Parish as that of missing college student Mickey Shunick. Cpl. Paul Mouton made the announcement Thursday evening, two days after the body was found buried in a cemetery off La. 10. "There will... more »
  • Police: Lavergne taken out of jail before body found Play Video

    August 8, 2012 12:32 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Police confirmed to News 2 that the man accused of kidnapping and killing Lafayette college student Mickey Shunick was taken out of jail shortly before police found a body believed to be Shunick's. Cpl. Paul Mouton said yesterday that a "credible witness" gave them information which led... more »
  • WEB EXTRA: Press release from Lafayette Police, issued late Tuesday

    August 7, 2012 10:27 PM

    LAFAYETTE PD PRESS RELEASE: Lafayette, LA - On the morning of August 7, 2012, investigators involved in the Mickey Shunick case received credible information as to the location of Mickey Shunick's body. Investigators were directed to a section of property off of Louisiana Highway 10, near its intersection with... more »
  • Lafayette PD: confident body found is Mickey Shunick Play Video

    August 7, 2012 10:09 PM

    EVANGELINE PARISH- Lafayette Police said they're confident, remains found about an hour from Lafayette, are those of Mickey Shunick. Police were notified about the remains early Tuesday morning. "The information was that... Mickey Shunick's body was buried about 100 yards beyond LA 10 down this roadway beyond a... more »
  • Chief: Police "believe" remains are Shunick's Play Video

    August 7, 2012 3:55 PM

    MAMOU - Lafayette Chief of Police Jim Craft said tonight that they believe remains found in an Evangeline Parish cemetery are those of missing college student Mickey Shunick. Craft made the statements at the Lafayette Parish Council meeting, according to The Advertiser newspaper. "Today, we developed information on... more »
  • Cajun football gets underway with UL reporting day

    August 1, 2012 10:49 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The 2012 football season will officially get underway on Wednesday when second-year UL head coach Mark Hudspeth welcomes 105 student-athletes back to campus for the start of preseason practice. After checking into the dormitories in the morning, the annual team photo will be taken in the afternoon... more »
  • Mickey Shunick's father: "it certainly doesn't look very good" Play Video

    July 18, 2012 10:17 PM

    LAFAYETTE- The father of missing college student Mickey Shunick questions if his daughter will be found alive after the man accused of killing her was also indicted for another murder where a woman was killed. Brandon Lavergne was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury for Shunick's murder and kidnapping... more »
  • Lavergne indicted for two murders

    July 18, 2012 6:12 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A grand jury indicted Brandon Scott Lavergne today for the murder of missing Lafayette college student Mickey Shunick, as well as a 13-year-old murder. According to KATC-TV in Lafayette the indictment also accused Lavergne of killing Lisa Pate, who was found dead in 1999 near Church Point.... more »
  • Grand jury to hear Lavergne case Wednesday

    July 17, 2012 12:59 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A grand jury will hear evidence tomorrow in the case against Brandon Scott Lavergne. Lavergne is accused of kidnapping and murdering U.L. Lafayette student Mickey Shunick, who disappeared May 19 after leaving a friend's home on her bike. A tip led Lafayette police to arrest Lavergne... more »

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