HAMMOND — The Rev. Roberto Merced has been named administrator for Holy Ghost Catholic Church until a new pastor is named following the slaying of the Rev. Edward Everitt.
Everitt was found shot to death at a retreat house in Waveland, Miss., on July 11.
A suspect in the case, Jeremy Wayne Manieri, was arrested in Florida the next day.
The church in the Tangipahoa Parish community is run by the Dominican order.
Vision Airlines cuts Shreveport service
SHREVEPORT — Vision Airlines announced it will end service from Shreveport to Florida.
Interim Airport Authority Director Bill Cooksey said he got the word Friday that flights would end in mid-August.
Vision Airlines began service in Shreveport this year, reeling in customers with low-cost deals for flights on Boeing 737-series aircraft with up to 148 seats. Cooksey said about 1,000 passengers used the service each month.
Cooksey said airport officials are awaiting more information from Vision Airlines, including getting word on the company’s long-term plans.
He said the airline may offer seasonal service next spring, but the airport is waiting to see if that is a firm commitment.
La. attorney general gets Springfield case
SPRINGFIELD — The state Attorney General’s Office will prosecute malfeasance-in-office charges against the mayor and police chief of Springfield.
District Attorney Scott Perrilloux recused himself, saying he is a friend of Mayor Charles Martin and Chief James Jones.
The two men are accused of covering up the DWI arrest of a Hammond woman at the request of a friend of the mayor.
Martin and Jones are scheduled for arraignment on Oct. 19.
Copper thefts rising in in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS — Police report copper thefts have risen in the 3rd District, which includes the Lakefront and Gentilly neighborhoods.
Because of that, police are asking residents and business owners to send addresses of unoccupied property or buildings being renovated, so patrol officers can check them.