Cory Crowe

Four fraternities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have been suspended in the wake of LSU Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver’s death. ULL Dean of Students Margarita Perez says Theta Xi, Kappa Alpha Order, Sigma Nu and Sigma Alpha Epsilon are the suspended Greek organizations. She says after Gruver’s death, more students are willing to come forward and report hazing.

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Authorities say a Louisiana police officer has been fatally shot after he responded to a call at a convenience store.

 News outlets report a Lafayette police officer was fatally shot at a Big Boy convenience store Sunday night.

Master Trooper Brooks David with the Louisiana State Police says authorities received a call about a battery and shots fired around 10 p.m. When the officer arrived, the suspect allegedly opened fire, which led to a shootout. The officer was pronounced dead at the scene.

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 A Lafayette man is in custody after a domestic dispute turned deadly.

 Twenty-five-year-old Damarkus Adams is accused of fatally shooting his father, 48-year-old John Adams, during an altercation.

 KATC-TV reports Lafayette police responded to a residence. in reference to a shooting at 10:15 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival, officers discovered the elder Adams dead inside the home from an apparent gunshot wound.

 Damarkus Adams was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder. Jail records did not show if he's represented by an attorney. 

2017 Brings Hopes of more Jobs

Sep 18, 2017
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The median household income in Louisiana declined by over 2-percent in 2016, the largest decrease in the nation according to Census Figures. LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott says this decrease is a result of the struggling oil and gas industry. He says we have three metropolitan areas that are in a recession, Houma, Lafayette and Shreveport.

Scott says there are definitely signs of optimism for better numbers in 2017. He says the rate of decline in both Houma and Lafayette has significantly lessened.

Lafayette, La. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a man living in Oregon was sentenced Thursday to 300 months in prison for sexually assaulting and torturing a woman who he had a child with and who engaged in prostitution.


The president and CEO of Stone Energy Corp. in Lafayette says he's confident the oil and gas industry will bounce back.

David Welch told the quarterly meeting of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association on Wednesday that as the world population grows so will the demand for energy. Welch didn't say specifically when he expects the industry to make a comeback, however. 

He told the group that demand for oil will close the gap created by a current oversupply of oil. He predicted that as the oil supply shrinks prices will fall, creating a gradual recovery in the industry.

Lafayette Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested an Acadiana High School algebra teacher on a charge of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

John Mowell with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office tells local media outlets deputies arrested 29-year-old Matthew Reon Tuesday morning at his home in Duson (DOO'sahn).

 According to an affidavit for his arrest, Reon had an outstanding warrant that was signed by Judge Thomas Duplantier (doo-PLAHN'-chay) on Aug. 8. 

He is being held on a $25,000 bond. Deputies have refused to discuss details of the arrest.