News for Thursday 071918
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The National Weather Service has issues a heat advisory for the northern half of the state including Central Louisiana. Friday, Saturday and Sunday temps are expected to top out at or slightly above 100. That, coupled with high humidity, could push the heat index as high as 110 each day. Forecasters say the heat will stay with us right into next week.
A six-month-old baby is dead after a kidnapping that ended with authorities finding the child covered in severe burns. Tuesday night Natchitoches Police responded to a call from a mother who said her child had been stolen after a home invasion. Captain Christopher Payne says the mother was blindsided. An hour after police responded to the initial call, Payne says they got a second call from someone reporting that a barn had caught fire about three miles north of the home. That’s where the child was found covered with burns. Payne says no arrests have been made in the case as of yet.
The Grant Parish Sheriff’s office says a tip about an illegal tattoo parlor in the Prospect community uncovered more than that. Deputies serving a search warrant found the illegal operation but also crystal meth and a firearm. Two people were arrested and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center.
State police report a four-vehicle wreck killed an Alexandria man Tuesday afternoon on LA Highway 28 East near the border of LaSalle and Rapides parishes. An 18 wheeler being driven by a West Monroe man crossed the center line and struck a vehicle being driven by 86 year old William Lewis. Lewis who was not wearing a seatbelt died at the scene. The driver of the 18 wheeler, 30 year old Londell Smith Jr has been charged with negligent.
In the first day of qualifying for the fall elections only the three previously announced candidates made it official. More interesting, at least at this point is the Mayor’s race in the Town of Ball, where former mayor Roy Hebron threw his hat in the ring. There is still some question as to whether or not he can legally run.. Qualifying ends on Friday.
The Secretary of State’s race is officially on as qualifying is underway. Democrat Renee Fontenot Free, the director of the Public Protection Division in the state A-G-’s office, and Republican former state legislator A.G. Crowe joined the race yesterday, the first day of qualifying.
Attorneys for Louisiana College announced yesterday the college will file an objection to a July 12 decision in the U.S. District Court to deny the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former coaching prospect, Joshua Bonadona, that alleged racial discrimination. Bonadona has alleged that he didn't get the job at LC because the college's president, Rick Brewer, allegedly said Bonadona had "Jewish blood." In a press release issued Wednesday, LC's attorneys said the allegations are unwarranted and vehemently denied. Brewer said the ruling "reflects a technical legal question that has no bearing whatsoever with the veracity of the allegations in the suit."
Bayou Bridge protesters attempted to break into a Baton Rouge radio studio where Governor John Bel Edwards was being interviewed to demand an audience with Governor Edwards. The Protesters wanted to question Edwards over his decisions regarding the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, and the community of St. James’ fear that the project would strand citizens in the event of chemical accident. The protesters are part of the No Bayou Bridge movement that opposes the construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline that runs from Lake Charles to St. James Parish. Opponents say the pipeline infringes on native territory, and is a danger to water sources.
The Louisiana Health Department announces six people have been diagnosed with the West Nile virus. It’s the first human cases of 2018. Assistant State Health Officer, Doctor Parham Jaberi, says the three cases of Neuroinvasive Disease, the sever form of the virus, were found in DeSoto, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa Parishes. Jaberi, says the public should take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 80-percent of people who get West Nile are unaware they have the virus, as they are asymptomatic.
Congressman Ralph Abraham has been named a member of the conference committee that will craft the final version of the Farm Bill. The version of the Farm Bill being considered will set agriculture policy for the next five years. The House passed its version of the Farm Bill on June 21, with the Senate passing their version a week later. The current Farm Bill is set to expire at the end of September.
In a letter from Attorney General Jeff Landry to Governor John Bel Edwards, Landry blamed the governor for the lack of executions in the state since 2010, saying victims’ families suffer in legal limbo while waiting for justice to be carried out. Edwards saying the Landry had not attempted to contact him or his office and letter was out of the blue. The governor insists the reason behind the delay of executions comes down to the lack of availability of drugs to carry out lethal injections. The AG’s office has suggested following the example of other states by expanding the execution method options.
The CDC advises customers to throw out any crab products from Venezuela. Health officials say a dangerous bacteria has been found in fresh crab meat from the South American Country, causing two people from Louisiana to get very sick.
The first black head football coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette wasn’t fired in 2001 because of the color of his skin, a Baton Rouge judge ruled Wednesday following the third trial in the long-running case. Jerry Baldwin was terminated after the third year of his four-year contract with a record of six wins and 27 losses but was paid for the final year of the contract. UL-Lafayette has said Baldwin was fired because of his poor overall record, a decline in football attendance and revenue and flagging community support for the struggling football program that he inherited in 1999 from coach Nelson Stokley.
Can a black person get a fair trial in a courthouse with a confederate statue in front of it? Attorney Niles Haymer says he doesn’t believe so. Haymer has a black client currently facing a gun charge, but has requested a change of venue from the East Feliciana courthouse. He says his client is intimidated by a thirty-foot soldier at the entrance of the building.
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