By The Associated Press

THIBODAUX — John Doucet has been chosen as the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the 2011-12 academic year at Nicholls State University.

His appointment requires approval of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

A Nicholls State researcher, administrator and educator, Doucet succeeds Badiollah Asrabadi, who retired this summer.

Police: Truck put gator on Causeway

By The Associated Press

METAIRIE — Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Police report cracking the case of a 6-foot alligator found on the 24-mile-long bridge in suburban New Orleans.

Sgt. Mike Kelly said that tollbooth camera footage from June 25, the day the reptile was found, showed a pickup truck with a blue tarp over the bed. He and wildlife agents got in touch with the owner.

Kelly said Whitney Holloman, of Lacombe, told investigators the alligator was in a swimming hole near his house and he worried it might bite his children.

Kelly said Holloman planned to move it across the lake.

Kelly said he issued what may have been his strangest citation for driving with an unsecured load.

Holloman does not have a listed phone number.

Jailer taken hostage, rescued

By The Associated Press

NEW IBERIA — Three inmates overpowered a jail guard, cut and stabbed him with homemade knives, and held him hostage until a SWAT team broke into the cell where they had barricaded themselves, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

Capt. Ryan P. Turner of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office said the inmates, all from New Iberia, received minor injuries while resisting arrest, but they and the guard all were released after treatment at a hospital.

The incident began about 5:30 a.m. Saturday and ended about 8 a.m., Turner said.

He said inmates Victor Goodman, 19; Jeremy Richard, 21, and Brian Segura, 29, made a number of demands — which he wouldn’t describe — to negotiators. Turner wouldn’t say whether they demanded release, but said they didn’t allege mistreatment.

“We’re still investigating some of the issues,” he said.

Goodman and Richard both were serving state sentences and were sent from the hospital to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Segura was awaiting trial and was returned to the parish jail, Turner said.

He said all will be booked with new criminal counts, including attempted first-degree murder of an officer.

Turner said Goodman was serving a five-year term for being a principal to theft, and Richard was serving two three-year sentences — one for carnal knowledge of a juvenile and the other for attempted simple burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief.

Segura’s bond totaled $550,000 on charges of aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery, drug possession, burglary and unauthorized use of an access card, Turner said.

Slain Jennings man was also shot in April

By The Associated Press

JENNINGS — A man who was shot to death in his residence also had been shot in the leg a couple of months earlier, but it is uncertain whether the shootings were related, the Jennings Police Department reported.

Police Chief Todd D’Albor said that David Paul Deshotel, 29, apparently was shot multiple times in the upper body about 2 a.m. Friday.

He said investigators do not know whether the killer broke into the house or was admitted.

A man in the house’s bedroom was unhurt.

Police said in another incident, Deshotel was shot in the leg during an argument in April.

Carvell O’Brien, 28, of Jennings, was booked with attempted second-degree murder in that case, police said. He could not be reached for comment Saturday.

Deshotel’s death was the year’s second homicide in Jennings.

State parks change hours after budget cuts

By The Associated Press

Budget cuts and reduced staffing have forced a change in operating hours at Louisiana state parks.

The Office of State Parks announced entrance station hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Gates will continue to open at 6 a.m. at sites with boat launches and 7 a.m. at sites without boat launches. Late-arriving guests are advised to contact the park prior to their visit to make check-in arrangements.

On a case-by-case basis, park managers also may be able to accommodate early arrivals and late departures.

Hours for historic sites will remain 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Those sites are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.

St. Mary Parish marks bicentennial

By The Associated Press

PATTERSON — St. Mary Parish celebrated on Saturday the 200th anniversary of its founding with a party at Kemper Williams Park in Patterson.

The celebration included entertainment, fireworks and a birthday cake.

The parish was organized in 1811. Saturday’s celebration was the first of two planned for the parish’s 200th anniversary.

Another party is scheduled for Oct. 14-16 in Franklin.