News for Wednesday 081518
By Dave Graichen
The APD reports three people have been arrested after they broke into the Alexandria Zoo. Police were called around Tuesday morning to the zoo after staff members said three suspects were seen breaking into the facility. They then fled on foot, but police were able to catch them nearby. All three suspects are currently facing trespassing charges. One suspect is facing simple battery charges after attacking a staff member.
The feds will be holding another auction of leases for oil and gas plots in the Gulf of Mexico today, with Louisiana industry members hoping for a more substantial result than the previous sale this year. Industry analysts say the last bid was disrupted by uncertainty surrounding royalty rates. The plots are used by major oil companies to initiate Gulf of Mexico resources drilling.
According to a new study by the American Federation of Teachers, Louisiana spends more than one billion dollars less on education, when adjusted for inflation, now than it did prior to the recession of 2008. Louisiana Federation of Teachers spokesman Les Landon says if education is going to be the cornerstone of Louisiana’s future, it’s time to pony up. If the state wanted to keep even with the level of spending in 2008, it would need to invest $834 million in colleges and universities, and $248 million in K through 12 education.
Medical marijuana in Louisiana likely won't be available until at least November — two months later than initially hoped — after regulatory delays pushed back production for one of the state's growers. GB Sciences, which was contracted by the LSU AgCenter to run the school's growing operation, said it will not meet its self-imposed September deadline for having the product available. The company blames the delay on the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, which denies it is responsible and says the company needs to provide more information.
Governor John Bel Edwards was in Livingston Parish Yesterday. Two years ago, much of that parish was under water from the 2016 flood. Edwards was there to celebrate the parish’s recovery and how FEMA has agreed to rebuild two schools that were substantially damaged.
On the subject of the 2016 floods, a new report shows 20,000 homeowners who suffered major flood damage in 2016 did not complete a short survey to see if they were eligible for the 1.3 billion dollars in federal recovery aid. Anyone who suffered one foot of flooding or at least 8,000 dollars’ worth of damage was eligible to potentially receive RESTORE grants.
A Jennings teen has been sentenced to fifty-five years behind bars. Parker Gary, now 19, was accused of shooting his grandfather, Warren Gary, in his sleep and obstruction of justice in the murder of Dedrick Gant. District Attorney of the 31st Judicial District, Michael Cassidy says the case’s brutality justified the substantial sentencing.
A judge in East Feliciana ruled Tuesday that alleged serial killer Ryan Sharpe is not competent to stand trial, a decision that will halt criminal proceedings and transfer the 37-year-old from a jail cell to a psychiatric hospital. Reports from two doctors who evaluated Sharpe's mental capacity found that, at this time, he is unable to assist counsel. The doctors did not make a determination on Sharpe's mental status at the time of the crimes, Damico said.
In Lafayette, 27-year-old Carlos Guzman-Sanchez is facing kidnapping charges after deputies learned he allegedly held two men captive inside a home for a week. The victims were allegedly bounded by the wrist with chain and secured with a padlock. One of the victims escaped and alerted authorities.
A judge will allow evidence of previous hazing behavior in the trial of two former LSU students, Sean-Paul Gott and Ryan Isto, who were some of those allegedly responsible for Maxwell Gruver’s hazing death. Gott and Isto have been charged with misdemeanor hazing.
42 year old Shelly Carey of Bossier City and 27 year old Bryan Smiley of Haughton, both have been taken into custody. Each charged with 3rd degree rape, cruelty to juveniles, and indecent behavior with juveniles. The two are accused of committing sex acts in front of a 13 year old girl after making her smoke meth in a hotel room.
McDonalds is pumping 114 million dollars into 200 Louisiana restaurants to overhaul everything from the exterior of the building to how you order your food. It’s part of a 6 billion dollar national facelift for one of the biggest food chains on earth. McDonalds Vice President of US Restaurant Development Rob Lancaster says just because the exterior is going to look a lot different, doesn’t mean their touching the classics.
A 72-year-old New Orleans woman has been arrested for an August 8th hit and run incident on the interstate on-ramp in Jefferson Parish. It took five days to track down Elva Lafaye with public tips and coverage of the crime. State Police Spokesperson Melissa Matey says it’s a good reminder about how important public tips can be in solving tough to crack crimes.
The family of the St. Mary Parish man who lost his pregnant wife and one-year-old child to a drunk driver is fundraising to help pay for the expenses related to the tragedy that shocked the family, and community. The GoFundMe account is over half way to its final 20,000 dollar goal, which Chris Sintiere, the father and husband, says means a lot, but it’s still a difficult time for the family.
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