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Crowley Police Officer Arrested

A Crowley police officer that worked in the narcotics division has been arrested.

The Crowley Police Department has confirmed that Thursday afternoon, the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Department arrested Crowley police officer, Cliff Anderson.

On earlier editions of Eyewitness News, we were the first to report that Anderson was charged with malfeasance in office.

We now have new information that Anderson was also booked for the possession of hydrocodone.

We spoke to the Crowley chief of police, K.P. Gibson, who said he can't release many of the details at this point.

Chief Gibson says Cliff Anderson was a narcotics officer and was on the force for two years.  The chief says Anderson is on administrative leave with pay, pending the investigation.

Anderson was brought to the Acadia Parish jail, where he was booked for $50,000 bond.

TV 10 has learned that Chief K.P. Gibson and Acadia Parish sheriff Wayne Melancon will hold a meeting Friday to discuss the charges.


Marijuana Plant in Marshal's Office Window

To see a marijuana plant in a window sill is unusual, even more so if it's displayed in the window of a law enforcement agency.

That was the situation in Ville Platte Thursday where a full grown marijuana plant was in plain view at the city marshal's office.

This is not something you see every day.

Tommy Colomb says it should be locked up in an evidence locker.

A marijuana plain view on a window sill inside Ville Platte marshal Eddie Soileau's office and it garnered a lot of attention from passers-by.

Marshal Soileau says there is a perfectly good explanation for this situation.  The marshal says his office was given marijuana seeds as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.  Soileau says he had to make sure they were indeed marijuana seeds, so he planted them and now that the plant is grown, he uses it as an educational tool.

Soileau says this is planting season and when marijuana plants are small, they look just like tomato plants.  He says they want to show this to parents and kids to let them know if they see something like this, to let the authorities know.

He says they planted them, he doesn't deny that.

The plant has since been removed from its perch on the window.  Soileau says it was there because it needed light and because he does not have an evidence locker or heat lamp.  Soileau is unsure if his actions are legal, but he feels they were necessary to conduct his investigation.

He says his office doesn't do anything illegal, it runs a clean show.

But, because of the negative attention the plant's presence is causing, Soileau says he will most likely turn it over to the police department for storage.

State police say there is nothing illegal about keeping the plant alive.

In fact, state police narcotics agents are assisting them in properly documenting the evidence.


Laf. chief, 3 officers, indicted

Lafayette Police Chief Randy Hundley and three veteran officers have been indicted on charges of secretly recording conversations at the desk of the chief's secretary.

A grand jury on Thursday charged Hundley, along with Capt. Mike Lavergne, who oversees internal investigations, and two officers who worked under him - Brian Bulter and Shannon Hundley, the chief's nephew.

Lavergne gave notice Wednesday of his early retirement. Another officer targeted in the probe, Maj. Casey Fowler. was not indicted. He filed notice of his early retirement hours before the indictments were returned.

All five have been on leave with pay.

The chief's attorney, Jason Robideaux, said the chief has no plans to retire and will fight the charges.

"Chief Hundley has been unfairly targeted from the beginning of this investigation. He is confident that at the end of the day, when the jury hears both sides, he will be acquitted," Robideaux said.


Senate approves gulf coast money

On Capitol Hill today the senate followed the House's lead and approved a funding package that should send billions more in aid to hurricane ravaged gulf coast states.

The Emergency-Funding bill budgets an additional 65-billion for the wars in iraq and afghanistan and almost 20 billion for gulf coast recovery.

The bill next heads to the President for his signature.




            Present were Albert A. Broussard, Mayor; Tony J. Broussard, Mark Landry, and Sandy Sonnier.

            It was moved by Mr. Broussard, seconded by Mr. Landry, and carried to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the May 8, 2006 meeting and to adopt them as written.

            It was moved by Mr. Landry, seconded by Mr. Broussard, and carried to open the public hearing to hear comments on the budget for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2007.

            It was moved by Mr. Landry, seconded by Mr. Sonnier, and carried to close the public hearing.

            It was moved by Mr. Broussard, seconded by Mr. Landry, and carried to adopt the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007.

            It was moved by Mr. Landry, seconded by Mr. Sonnier, and carried to adopt Resolution No. 06-12-06, which adopts budget requirements for LRS Title 39.

            It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Broussard, and carried to adopt Resolution No. 06-12-06A which approves the Systems Survey and Compliance Questionnaire.

            It was moved by Mr. Sonnier, seconded by Mr. Landry, and carried to approve the purchase of pipe and limestone for the sidewalk repair from Vermilion Shell.

            The next regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Village of Loreauville will be held on Monday, July 10, 2006, beginning at 6:30 P.M.

            It was moved by Mr. Landry, seconded by Mr. Sonnier, and carried to adjourn.



Anxiety is a normal part of life.  We all live with stress.  Some people function better at higher or lower stress levels than others.  Anxiety becomes a problem when it begins to be out of control and disrupts your life.  Anxiety can present itself in different ways.  One is that of an ongoing worry or fear that is not related to a particular event or situation and is out of proportion to what you might expect.  Panic disorder is another presentation of anxiety which occurs when you have repeated periods of extreme panic.  This is often accompanied by a feeling of chest tightness, palpitations, dizziness or faint feelings. Feeling as though you may choke, trembling, nausea and numbness in the hands or feet are also symptoms of a panic attack.  Often persons describe a panic attack as a feeling of doom.  These attacks usually last from 5-30 minutes.  A third type of anxiety is a phobia.  This is an extreme, unreasonable fear to something specific such as crowds, bridges, snakes, spiders or open spaces.As mentioned anxiety is a normal and useful part of life.  Feeling anxious in a dangerous situation often gives us the strength and energy to react quickly and in life saving ways.  However an anxiety disorder occurs then your body mistakenly triggers your body’s alarm system to go off when there is no danger.  This may be due to a chemical imbalance in your body, an unconscious memory, or a side effect of a medication.Anxiety disorders can be treated.  If you suffer from uncontrolled anxiety or have panic attacks discuss it with your doctor.  Learn how to control your worries by setting aside a time and place that you can think about your concerns and make a plan of how you can deal with each worry.  Try not to dwell on what might happen but only on what is really happening.  Spend only about 30 minutes per day and then let go of your worries and go on with your day.  Relaxation exercises and breathing exercises also give a sense of well-being.  Exercising regularly, getting enough sleep by going to bed at the same time every night and awakening at the same time every morning, avoid abusing alcohol or drugs and avoiding caffeine are also helpful.  Confront the things that make you anxious, first in your mind and then in reality.  Consider counseling.   Medication can be helpful.  Discuss this with your doctor.  Studies have shown that counseling and medication together work best.  Some anti anxiety medication can be addictive and should not be taken on a long term basis while others are safe to use long term.  Take action.  Anxiety can be controlled


Spyware vs. Viruses: A Comparison Of Today's Top Computer-Based Threats

May 19, 2006

Q: We've heard a lot about viruses and spyware as the top two threats we face today... but what's the difference between these two?

A: There are numerous differences between viruses and spyware, beginning with the underlying intentions of their authors. A virus is typically intended to destroy a user's computer or data, cause system crashes, or perform other malicious activities. In general, viruses are inherently malicious, designed to be destructive in nature. Spyware, on the other hand, is intended to operate 'under the radar'. Rather than destroying information, spyware exists to steal information and report back to the writer or a designated third party.

The following explores some of the major differences between Spyware and Viruses:

Who creates Spyware and Virus programs?
Most virus writers develop their programs predominantly to show the world how smart they are. As such, most are bent on infecting as many users as possible, to claim some degree of notoriety - and therefore bragging rights. Many want to impress their friends and fellow writers. Others use their creations to 'battle' other writers, to prove their technical expertise - a kind of game, with computer users as the innocent victims. By spraying the world's computers with the equivalent of electronic graffiti, virus authors' motivations are clearly towards being popular, showing off their programming prowess or simply with the intent of wreaking some havoc in the digital world.

Spyware programs, on the other hand, are written by software developers seeking financial gain. Spyware is the equivalent of a cash register or ATM in which the authors have many ways of making money - and new revenue schemes continuously emerge. The amount of revenue made from spyware depends on the number of computers infected, and the amount of time it can remain on the computer, free to communicate information back to a Web server. Most spyware is adware and makes its money by showing some sort of ads or by hijacking Web browsers to pages that can generate revenue for the authors.

What are the resources available for each threat author?
Virus writers are armed with their personal knowledge of systems and are often part of a group of writers who exchange information to enhance their ability in attacking a system. They create without any monetary motivation. Buggy or non-working code is common.

Conversely, spyware authors often have access to more extensive funding. They can afford to have a development process complete with labs and a testing environment to apply Quality Assurance to the programs that they are developing. Some mainstream advertisers have willingly funded spyware companies by paying for the ability to develop highly targeted advertising campaigns. With all the money being made, most authors also have access to books, as well as the ability to purchase legitimate software and attend professional training courses.

What about the legality of the byproduct?
Since viruses often lead to loss of data or corruption of the system, they have been perennially tagged as malicious, thus making their creation illegal in most countries around the world.

Spyware, however, resides in more of a gray area. Some freeware such as an electronic wallet that keeps track of your credit card numbers and passwords may function as spyware and show ads based on your shopping habits. But a user may feel the functionality of the freeware is worth the privacy invasion and the inconvenience of the pop-up ads generated by the spyware.

Plenty of spyware is also made to appear as formal software with corresponding End User Licensing Agreements (EULAs), which are not present with viruses. Some EULAs are very open about what they will do to the user's computer and how they can use the user's data - but the EULA may be as long as 20 pages or more of legal language that no average person can reasonably be expected to read or understand in its entirety. A classic spyware EULA trick is to state that part of the EULA is on a Website, which may change, and it is the user's responsibility to check the Web site for any changes. Many EULAs also state that the user implicitly agrees to any and all changes by continuing to run the software. Some even include double-negative statements like 'Do you want to discontinue the uninstallation?' This is the tricky part with spyware since it can generate defamation lawsuits against security vendors that attempt to eradicate these infections - creating a legal battle that would simply never occur in the virus world.

How do they get distributed?
Viruses typically propagate either via email - by tricking the user into launching an attachment that contains the virus code - or by exploiting system vulnerabilities. Once the code is executed, viruses are typically programmed to take control of the user's system, enabling them to perform a wide array of activities.

Spyware, in contrast, is often bundled with freeware. A simple agreement to a plug-in install on a Website you visited can lead to the introduction of spyware on a system. It is usually part of an army of distribution points where spyware from quasi-legitimate companies will put up some sort of EULA that may or may not specifically reveal its intent to monitor your computer usage and to transmit such information to the Web for the spyware company's purposes. Spyware companies find comfort in the small percentage of people who actually read a EULA in its entirety, especially a long EULA - and of those who do read it, few of them will actually understand the often-complex legal prose. As a result, the vast majority of users simply click 'Yes I Agree', without bothering to read the full agreement. Spyware companies pay a bounty per installation of their spyware, which makes it attractive to freeware authors to bundle spyware payloads with their creations as a way to generate revenue.


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As Fee-Fee and I were having some bisques and coffee, we started talking about the 4th of July. When I was younger we always had fire works and I always got in the dog house. You see Dad always bought sparklers, bottle rockets, and my favorite roman candles. Dad would always make us stick it in the ground and then light them. This was for safety reasons. I had other ideas and I would hold them in my hand. That way we could shoot them in the trees across the street and even at the street lights. My friend and I would always ride our bikes and shoot them from our bikes. We shot at anything, even at each other. We also, had hunting dogs and so one time the dogs were fast asleep in their dog house and so we took our roman candles and shot them into the dog house. It was so much fun hearing the dogs yell!!!! Then they busted out and started to run and then we would chase them and shoot them in the butt with the Roman candles. As the dogs would run out of site; you could still see the smoke and the smell of burnt hair…………………….


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