News for Monday 012819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
There is the chance for winter weather in Louisiana this week. The National Weather Service says rain on tonight could change to a brief rain and sleet mix before transitioning over to light snow over north and central Louisiana. Right now the prediction is for light snowfall accumulations early Tuesday morning.
Charges of Second degree murder are expected to be filed today against 60 year old Bruce Lachney after he was apparently involved in a brawl Sunday afternoon that claimed the life of an Avoyelles parish man. APSO said the cause of death appears to be blunt force trauma, but an autopsy is pending. The victim's identity is not being released at this time.
Apparently the legal battle over who is Mayor of the town of Ball is not over.. An appellate court last week blocked Roy Hebron, a convicted felon from taking office, due to an amendment that passed on that same November 2018 ballot that barred felons from running for, or holding office for at least five years after their sentence. Hebron’s attorney, Charles Elliot, says they are disappointed in the ruling and he says they plan on further appealing the decision, because the amendment did not take effect until after Hebron won his election with 56 percent of the vote, so he should be allowed to serve his term.
Authorities are working to bring back a south Louisiana man suspected of killing his parents and his girlfriend, plus her father and brother. 21-year-old Dakota Theriot was arrested Sunday at his grandmother’s home in Virginia. Theriot’s killing spree started Saturday at a home just outside of Walker and then he went to his parents’ home in Gonzales. Ascension Sheriff Bobby Webre says some sort of domestic dispute sparked the slayings.
In Oakdale, about 150 federal workers are celebrating the news that the federal government shutdown is ending. Oakdale is home to a federal prison and immigration detention facility. Oakdale Mayor Gene Paul says several families in his town have been struggling. Paul says the town of Oakdale has help in any way they can, including giving federal workers an extension on their utility bill.
Hours before a vote to end the government shutdown, Louisiana Republican Senator Bill Cassidy took to the Senate floor demanding answers from the NFL regarding last Sunday’s missed pass interference call. Cassidy wants to know how the league graded the refs that played a role in the worst blown call in the history of sports. Commissioner Roger Goodell will have to address the issue this week when he holds his annual Super Bowl week press conference.
The NFL says it would be too costly to delay the Super Bowl so that the NFC Championship game could be replayed. That’s according to a court filing made by the league in response to a lawsuit that seeks to at least replay a portion of the NFC title game, because of a controversial no-call on a pass interference penalty in the final two minutes of regulation.
The Office of Alcohol and Tobacco has certified the LA Wallet app, a digital version of your driver’s license, for booze and Tobacco purchases. ATC Commissioner Juana Marine Lombard says it’s up to restaurants whether or not they want to accept digital IDs, but business that are interested have been training their staff to be ready to accept the app when customers order a beer. Lombard says they’ve been working closely with the DMV and Envoc, the company that created the app, to make sure it was secure, and could not be manipulated by a particularly crafty under age kid to buy alcohol. She says a fake digital ID would be incredibly hard to pull off. The app, which costs 5.99 to activate, launched in app stores on all major platforms in July of last year.
Lafayette authorities arrested a 17-year-old student at Comeaux High School who had a gun and what officers say was a large amount of ammunition on campus. Lafayette Police say resource officers began their investigation after learning about a potential threat to the school. Cole Ransonet was booked and charged with firearm possession in a firearm free zone.
St. John the Baptist Animal Shelter is home to 150 dogs seized in an animal cruelty bust. Shelter Manger Rachael Sance says if you are interested in adopting one of these canines, the shelter will provide new owners with a crate, food, and medical supplies.
If you’re interested in contact the St. John animal shelter.
Caddo Lake in northwest Louisiana will be featured Monday at 5 PM on National Georgraphic’s documentary series Explorer. The lake has been threatened by an invasive weed known as Giant Salvinia. Caddo Lake Institute Executive Director Laura-Ashley Overdyke says the documentary will take viewers out on a flat boat through those troubled waters, and across the border into Texas where efforts are underway to create a creature that can go toe to toe with the growing menace.
The LSU Tiger Basketball Team has keep their winning streak alive.. now at 9 games the tigers travel to Texas A&M for a matchup Wednesday night..
An end of an era has come for high school athletics. The LHSAA principals voted Friday to give “select” schools the ability to play their championship games at a venue separate from public schools. But Teurlings Catholic Principal Mike Boyer says depending on what the school with the highest seed decides, the title game could still be held at a big venue. The decision also impacts the title games for the sports of basketball, baseball and softball.
Full squad workouts are underway for the highly touted LSU Baseball team. The Tigers are ranked either first or second in every major college baseball preseason poll. Coach Paul Mainieri says junior right-hander Zack Hess will be the leader of their pitching staff. First game will be February 15th.