A federal grand jury has indicted a 40-year-old LaPlace man with one count of making counterfeit U.S. currency.
According to the indictment handed up Thursday, Michael Sly at some point before April 17, 2009, made and counterfeited obligations of the United States in the form of three $100 Federal Reserve Notes.
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office says if convicted, Sly faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Officials at the Lafayette Parish Coroner's office say the body believed to be Mickey Shunick is in such an advanced stage of decay they had to send it to face identification expert at Louisiana State University.
Keith Talamo, chief medicolegal investigator at the coroner's office, said Wednesday Mary Manhein at the LSU FACES Laboratory will be handling the investigation of the body. Police found it buried at a cemetery about 100 yards off of La. Highway 10.
Talamo said it will be 24-48 hours before they will be able to identify the remains.
The Terrebonne Parish School Board has dropped a proposal to give Superintendent Philip Martin a pay raise.
The Courier reports Board President L.P. Bordelon said Martin asked the board to pull the motion Tuesday night.
The school board's executive committee had recommended increasing Martin's base salary from $134,500 to $155,000. No board member made a motion to adopt that recommendation, so the proposal failed without coming to a vote.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award a $100,000 grant to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to help fight the Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone."
Vitter says the grant will be used to help reduce hypoxia, or low oxygen levels in the Gulf, caused by increased nutrients transported from the Mississippi River.
The National Basketball Retired Players Association brings its annual Legends World Sports Conference to New Orleans next week.
The annual retreat for NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters alumni will convene Aug. 17 to participate in a host of philanthropic events including giving a $25,000 gift to help rehabilitate basketball courts at Oliver Bush Playground in the Lower Ninth Ward. The group also will visit with patients at Children's Hospital and conduct free basketball and life skills clinics for at-risk youth.