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Sulphur police investigate shooting of car windows with pellet gun

SULPHUR – Sulphur Police are looking for an individual or individuals who, in the late hours of Sunday, March 29, 2015, used a BB or pellet gun to shoot out the rear glass of several area vehicles. 


The damage occurred at multiple locations on the west side of Sulphur. 


Any information leading to the identity of anyone who might be responsible for the damage to these vehicles would be helpful. 


You are asked to call the Sulphur Police Detective Division at 337.527.4550 or Crime Stoppers at 337.439.2222.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Lufthansa insurers set aside $300 million for Alps crash; airline knew of co-pilot's depression

UPDATE  -- BERLIN (AP) -- Lufthansa knew six years ago that the co-pilot of the passenger plane that crashed in the French Alps last week had suffered from a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said Tuesday.


The airline said that as part of its internal research it found emails that Andreas Lubitz sent to the Lufthansa flight school in Bremen when he resumed his training there after an interruption of several months.


In them, he informed the school that he had suffered a "serious depressive episode," which had since subsided.


The airline said Lubitz subsequently passed all medical checks and that it has provided the documents to prosecutors. It declined to make any further comment.


The revelation that officials Lufthansa had been informed of Lubitz's psychological problems raises further questions about why he was allowed to become a pilot for its subsidiary, Germanwings, in September 2013.

BERLIN, GERMANY (AP) -- Lufthansa says its insurers are setting aside $300 million to deal with possible costs resulting from last week's crash of a Germanwings jet in the French Alps, in which 150 people died.


Lufthansa spokeswoman Kerstin Lau confirmed a report on the set-aside in the daily Handelsblatt on Tuesday. She said $300 million is the amount currently reserved to deal with "all costs arising in connection with the case."


Last week, the company offered immediate aid of up to 50,000 euros ($54,250) per passenger to relatives of the victims. Those payments are separate from eventual compensation payments.


Prosecutors believe, based on data from the cockpit voice recorder, that the Airbus A320's co-pilot locked his captain out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf last Tuesday.


(Copyright ©2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Play Pac-Man on your neighborhood streets in Google Maps

GOOGLE --  Just a day before April Fool's day comes this important news flash -- You can now play Pac-Man the streets by your home on Google Maps.

 

Better than that, you can play it on any streets, anywhere -- the Champs- Elysees? Sure.  Times Square?  Absolutely.  Tiananmen Square?  Works there, too.  Hollywood.  Of course.

 

Go to Google Maps  and click on the Pac-man icon that will appear on bottom-left of your screen. Google will re-render your maps to a level it can use for Pac-man.  Sometimes an area won't work -- not enough roads, etc.   If that happens select a new area.  Or just press the "I'm feeling lucky" button.

 

Use your arrow keys to move your yellow alter-ego around and avoid ghosts that will chase you.  The Power Pellets are there also.  Along with the cherries, strawberries, apples and all the extra point icons.

 

On a mobile device it's a little trickier,  but there is a Google support page for that.


Enjoy your Pac-Man frustrations and your trip back in time.

Rolling Stones announce North American stadium tour
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rolling Stones are zipping across North America again.

The rock band announced a 15-city stadium tour Tuesday that will kick off May 24 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Other stops include Columbus, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Orlando, Florida; and Nashville, Tennessee.


The so-called "Zip Code" tour will once again reunite singer Mick Jagger, drummer Charlie Watts and guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood.

The last time the Rolling Stones played North American stadiums was during their "A Bigger Bang Tour" in 2006. They opted for arena venues for their "50 & Counting" tour in 2012 and 2013.


"We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America," said Keith Richards in a statement. "I can't wait to get back on the stage!"


And quite the stage it will be, including a section that juts far into the crowd, allowing the Stones to interact with fans. As is the band's practice, the stage design will employ cutting-edge technology to enhance the performance, including video screens and special effects.

Other cities on the "Zip Code" tour include Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri; Raleigh, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; Detroit, Michigan; Buffalo, New York; and Quebec, Canada. Tickets will go on sale April 13.


The "Zip Code" tour will coincide with the re-release of their seminal album "Sticky Fingers" on May 26. The 1971 recording features such Stones classics as "Brown Sugar," ''Wild Horses" and "Dead Flowers."


The band interrupted last year's "14 On Fire" and rescheduled all their Australia and New Zealand dates after fashion designer L'Wren Scott, Jagger's companion since 2001, took her own life. The tour concluded Nov. 22, 2014 at the Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.


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Pretrial offer withdrawn in local medical marijuana case

BEAUMONT-- The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office has withdrawn a pre-trial offer in the medical marijuana case of Jeremy Bourque and the case has been placed on the docket for trial.

 

According to a release from Jefferson County District Attorney Bob Wortham's office, an order for a pre-trial diversion had been given to attorney Dustin Galmor and his client, Jeremy Bourque, with provisions that had not been previously reviewed or approved by Wortham.


After reviewing the pre-trial offer, it was withdrawn and the case put on the court docket for trial.


"Correct application of Texas law is paramount regardless of a defendant's alleged medical marijuana issues," the release from D.A. Wortham's office said.


Bourque's residence in Port Acres was raided in early 2014 and police seized three marijuana plants that he used to treat epilepsy.

 

Earlier this month Assistant District Attorney Cory Crenshaw approved a pre-trial diversion -- an offer putting Bourque in a probation program instead of prosecuting him.

 

The offer also allowed Bourque to use marijuana to treat his epilepsy.

 

The offer was approved after Bourque's attorney forwarded to Crenshaw an affidavit from a neurologist with experience in studying the effects of cannabis on epilepsy and other conditions.

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