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Opelousas Man Arrested In Connection With St. Landry Church Fires

ST. LANDRY PARISH — An Opelousas man has been taken into custody in connection with arson fires at three churches in St. Landry Parish.
Holden Matthews, 21, was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on three counts of Simple Arson of a Religious Building.
On March 26, a fire was reported at the St. Mary Baptist Church in the 100 block of Saqueget Road in Port Barre.
On April 2, a fire was reported at the Greater Union Baptist Church in the 1400 block of Hwy 742 in Opelousas.

Attending the Erath Council meeting with 96-year-old Willis Granger (sitting) were family members (from left to right) Monica Harrington (care taker), Janice Granger (daughter), Charlie Byford (son in law), Erath Mayor Taylor Mencacci, Alderman and son-in-law Jason Connor, Tommy Granger (son) and his wife Arlene, along with Courtney Connor (grand daughter).

Not forgetting veterans: Erath mayor has veterans say Pledge of Allegiance before each meeting

ERATH — When Taylor Mencacci became mayor of Erath, he vowed to have a veteran lead the Pledge of Allegiance before each Erath council meeting.
On Monday at the town’s monthly meeting, one of only a handful of remaining World War II veterans from Erath led the Pledge.
Willis Granger, who is 96, was surrounded by friends and family when he began saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
When Granger entered the Navy in 1944, he spoke no English. He was a seaman who worked on maintaining ammunition aboard the USS Catoctin.

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Police were called to the 500 block of Ross Avenue just before 1 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a juvenile injured in a shooting. The matter remains under investigation.

Juvenile injured in Crowley shooting

CROWLEY — A juvenile was treated and released following a shooting here early Tuesday morning.
Police Chief Jimmy Broussard said officers were called to the 500 block of Ross Avenue at about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.
Broussard said a caller had reported a victim shot at the location
Officers discovered a juvenile male had been shot. The youth was transported to a local facility with non life-threatening injuries.
He was treated and later released, according to Broussard.

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