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Sep 28, 2009 7:56 AM by sleonard

Big Three Stories for Thursday, September 28th

Time now for our big three stories for Monday, September 28th:

The manhunt ended in death after a child was raped, an elderly man murdered and a teen slashed.
Suspect John Lathan was fatally shot while authorities attempted to arrest him.
Lathan was wanted by the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office for first-degree murder and aggravated rape. 
      He was also wanted by the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's office for attempted first-degree murder.
The manhunt for Lathan ended on Alva Street near Breaux Bridge shortly before 11:30 Friday night following a tip.
     The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office, Breaux Bridge Police Department, US Marshal's and the Lafayette City Marshal's Office responded.
     State Police say Lathan ran to a rear bedroom. 
      When authorities tried to arrest him, a struggle ensued and he was fatally shot.
 Right now, Lathan's 11-year old assault victim from Coteau remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

 Roman Polanski, the academy-award winning movie director is behind bars.
     There's a report that Poland and France plan to jointly push for Roman Polanski's release from detention.
Polanski was arrested over the weekend in Switzerland over charges he'd fled the US in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
     The French government and friends of the director quickly sprang to his defense. 
Even the victim says she wants the charges against Polanski dropped. 
     He paid her a settlement. 

It's a defiant show of force by an Iranian regime castigated by the west for building a secret nuclear facility in the mountains near the city of Gom.
   Iran's revolutionary guard says it's successfully test-fired short-range missiles and plans to test longer-range missiles today.
 The head of the guards air force says the drills are meant to show Tehran is prepared to crush any military threat from another country and, Iran still insists that this is part of a peaceful energy program.


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