News for Friday 040519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The body of a missing Pineville woman, Alana Zuccaro, has been found in St. Landry parish near the town of Washington. The Pineville Police Department said she was last seen on March 20 on video leaving a casino with her boyfriend Robert McPhearson. McPhearson was arrested on March 27 by the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office on an unrelated incident. He admitted at that time he was the last to see Zuccaro, but did not provide any further information. But Wednesday McPhearson told police where Zuccaro's body was located and the circumstances surrounding her death, details of which have yet to be released. Zuccaro's funeral is set for April 11 at the Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Pineville.
Alexandria City Officials announced the arrest of an APD officer yesterday in a case of excessive force. Officer Devn Cates was charged with second degree battery and malfeasance in office in response to the complaint. After investigating the matter and reviewing the evidence, APD detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Officer Cates. He was arrested Thursday afternoon and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
A house fire last night was apparently started by a lightning strike. The fire on Rue Left Bank was quickly extinguished by the Alexandria Fire Department. There we no reports of any injuries.
State Fire Marshal deputies, with the help of ATF agents, are investigating the circumstances surrounding fires that have destroyed three churches in St. Landry Parish that have occurred since March 26th. Fire Marshal Butch Browning says there is clearly something happening in the community, but stopped short of saying the fires are related. The St. Mary Baptist Church was the first church to burn on the 26th, followed by The Greater Union Baptist Church on Tuesday, and the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on Thursday. Investigators have identified suspicious elements in each case.
Forecasters are predicting a below average hurricane season this year, in the first forecast of 2019. Colorado State University expects 13 named storms, five hurricanes, and two major hurricanes for the season starting June 1st. The cap on severe storms comes courtesy of this year’s El Nino. Tropical Atlantic sea surfaces temperatures are also expected to be slightly below their long-term averages. CSU will update us on the season’s progress again on June 4th.
The Louisiana Survey says 67 percent of Louisiana residents would support raising the gas tax by five cents to pay for road projects and infrastructure repairs. Director of LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab, Dr. Mike Henderson, says it’s a bipartisan public sentiment that reflects the survey’s other revelation that infrastructure is a top two concern for voters.
The latest report from the Louisiana Survey shows many residents are wrong when it comes to how much they pay in taxes. Director of LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab, Dr. Mike Henderson, says 46% of the respondents say the state income tax rates are higher than they were four years ago, and 32% say the rates are higher than last year, but the state income tax rate hasn’t changed in years. Henderson says their survey also found that people thought they paid much more in gasoline taxes than they actually pay.
The regular session begins on Monday and once again there’s legislation that would require private businesses to pay male and female workers the same amount for equal work. Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton is the author of the bill and says the measure is aimed at improving the quality of life of working women. A recent report ranks Louisiana 48th in the nation in pay equality.
State Police have identified 29-year-old Nahshon Brooks as a suspect in the shooting of an Abbevile Police Officer Wednesday night. The officer is in stable condition. Warrants have been issued for attempted first degree murder, carrying a firearm on a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating him.
Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger reports that LSU and Will Wade are working toward a meeting that could lead to the reinstatement of the suspended head coach. Sources have told S-I that Wade has a new attorney, Stephen Thompson. Thompson also represents Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl and Arizona Coach Sean Miller. Those are two other programs that have been impacted by the F-B-I’s investigation into corruption in college basketball.
A suspected impaired driver has been charged with vehicular homicide after his seven-year daughter was killed in a single vehicle wreck in the Donaldsonville area Wednesday night. State Police says 25-year-old DeVontae Sanders had three unrestrained kids in the car. The ages of the children that survived are three and four-year-olds and they were sent to separate hospitals with critical injuries.
Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider is throwing a party in Holden in celebration of 40 years of the television show. It also marks the actor and recording artist’s 59thbirthday. The event dubbed Bo’s Extravaganza is in its second year. Schneider says there will be plenty to see this weekend at his property in Livingston Parish.
After two tough SEC series on the road, LSU is back home this weekend to host the first place team in the west. Texas A-and-M is 6-2 and 1 on the year. Game one gets underway tonight at 6p on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm.
On Air Today..
LSU Baseball vs Texas A&M 6p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
Pelicans @ Phoenix 8:30p 94.7 ESPN
On Air this Weekend..
The NCAA Final Four Semifinals
Game #1 - 3:30pm - Game #2 – 7:30pm (approx) 94.7 ESPN
LSU Baseball vs Texas A&M 6p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
LSU Baseball vs Texas A&M 1p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
Houston Astros vs Oakland A’s 12:35p 94.7 ESPN
Pelicans @ Sacremento 7:30p 94.7 ESPN