PARISH BY PARISH: Creek turned red; man rapes elderly woman; two busted on drug charges; Enola Prather passes away

Parish by Parish

POSTED: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 7:10pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 7:56pm

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH -The Department of Environmental Quality says a car wash is responsible for turning Ward's Creek off Essen Lane red. State officials say it's coming out of a drainpipe that should only discharge rainwater. Several complaints have been reported. While the DEQ investigates, Benny's Car Wash is closed.

CALCASIEU PARISH - A 48 year-old man is locked up and charged with beating and raping a 94 year-old woman. Deputies say Gabe McKeel Jr. walked up to the victim's home with a knife. That's when he's thought to have made his way in, attacked, and raped her. The 94 year-old victim had a heart attack after the assault; she's in the hospital in serious but stable condition. Dequincy's police chief calls the attack "sad" and "ridiculous". McKeel's bond is set a more than $1.5 million.

ASSUMPTION PARISH - A traffic stop late last week gets two criminals, along with cocaine and marijuana, off the streets. The sheriff's office says 23 year-old Charles Knockum and 29 year-old Russell Prean were pulled over for not wearing a seatbelts and running a stop sign. We're told it wasn't long before deputies found drugs in the car. Deputies say they found more than 2.5 ounces of cocaine, along with four ounces of marijuana and $1,000 in cash. The two are locked up on a list of charges included possession with intent to distribute.

LAFAYETTE PARISH - Funeral services are tomorrow for Enola Prudhomme Prather, who died Saturday. Prather was the owner of Prudhomme's Cajun Café. She also wrote three cookbooks. Her brother is famous Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme. She was 80 years-old. Services are tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Evangeline Memorial Gardens in Carencro.

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