Two Republicans vying for the Louisiana Supreme Court justice seat for District 3 speak out

Editor’s note: State Supreme Court Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll, who represents the 3rd District, announced in January that she will retire at the end of the year. The two candidates seeking her seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court are state district court Judge Marilyn Castle and appellate court Judge Jimmy Genovese.

Judge Marilyn Castle

Nearly $50,000 donated to school: PILOT program provides peer counseling

MOSS BLUFF — The Sam Houston High School’s Peer Initiated Leaders of Tomorrow program has received a State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant of $49,937. State Farm and local officials joined PILOT representatives in a check presentation Friday on the Broncos’ football field before the night’s game against Acadiana High School.

Ken Brown, SHHS faculty co-sponsor for PILOT and the Peer Support Team, said the State Farm Youth Advisory Board consists of 30 people ages 17-20. He said PILOT was one of 63 programs chosen out of about 800.

Clinton campaign: No health issues after mailed powder found

NEW YORK -- The Hillary Clinton campaign says four people have been examined by medical personnel after a white powdery substance arrived at a New York campaign office and they have reported no health issues.

Campaign spokesman Glen Caplin said federal and local officials determined the substance was non-hazardous; he provided no further details Saturday.

Elton dominates South Cameron in 36-14 win

ELTON — The Elton Indians and South Cameron Tarpons went into Friday’s night matchup both coming off big games last week.

Elton lost a close battle with East Beauregard after winning their previous two games while South Cameron had won two games

Acadiana scores 28 in second half in 34-7 victory against Sam Houston

MOSS BLUFF — Bralen Trahan ensured all forgot about Acadiana’s sloppy, penalty-filled first half.

Then Jaylon Brown reassured all he’s just fine.

75-year-old LC woman arrested: Police say she tried to run down man

A 75-year-old Lake Charles woman was charged with attempted second-degree murder Wednesday after she repeatedly tried to hit someone with her car, said Lake Charles police.

Lt. Richard Harrell said Ella Reed was traveling on Pear Street, where she resides, when she saw a neighbor on his front porch. Harrell said Reed left the roadway and tried to hit the man with her vehicle.

The victim, he said, was able to flee but not before Reed struck his residence. Harrell said Reed reversed and chased the victim with her vehicle. He was able to stay away from her while calling 911 and suffered no injuries, Harrell said.

Former school board member pleads not guilty to sex crimes

Charles “Chuck” Hansen, 54, of Sulphur pleaded not guilty Monday to five misdemeanor charges during an arraignment in San Diego City Court. His bail was set at $25,000 and was he not listed as being in custody on Tuesday.

Court spokesman Gerry Braun said a readiness hearing on the case will be held in December.

Trial for 2012 murder delayed

The trial of a 26-year-old Lake Charles man accused in a 2012 murder has been delayed.

Desmyne Henry, 26, faces a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Domingo Elizalde MiJangos, 31, at a Fall Street residence on June 25, 2012.

Lake Charles police Chief Don Dixon said at the time that MiJangos died during a “drug rip-off.”

Vinton man to stand trial in slaying of neighbor

A trial date has been set for a Vinton man charged with the 2014 murder of his neighbor after he was declared competent Wednesday in state district court.

Daniel Kight, 37, is accused of fatally stabbing David Scasino, 59, in September 2014. Scasino, who lived in a trailer on Short Street, was found dead when police officers arrived at his home. Kight lived about 15 yards from Scasino’s lot.

Vinton Police Chief Ricky Fox described the murder at the time as “gruesome.” The officer who responded to the scene said in the offense report that he found Scasino dead on the floor of his home “cut from his throat down to the middle of his groin area.”

Man faces attempted murder charges

JENNINGS — A Rayne man is facing four counts of attempted first-degree murder after allegedly firing an assault rifle in a residential area Thursday.

John Raymond Veazie III, of Charles Arceneaux Road, was charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. He may face additional charges, said interim Jennings Police Chief Danny Semmes.

He said police received a call at about 2:30 p.m. about “machine gun fire” on McKinley Street on the city’s west side. Officers were dispatched to the area, but found nothing, he said.