News for Friday 030119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies are investigating “threatening graffiti” found on the walls of a bathroom at Alexandria Senior High School. The Graffiti contained a message threatening that a shooting would take place in the future. Officers collected photos of the graffiti, which was removed from the walls.
The Rapides Parish DA’s Office has dismissed charges against five Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office corrections officers who are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for an excessive force complaint from an inmate. According to District Attorney Phillip Terrell, the decision was made to hold off on the charges as a federal investigation continues and the Department of Justice takes the lead. So far, there has been no indication when the investigation will wrap up or if it will head to a federal grand jury. The Parish charges, according to Terrell, can be reinstated.
It’s going to be a rainy Mardi Gras weekend, and revelers should plan to pack an umbrella and rain coat if they plan on enjoying the parades for the next few day. State Climatologist Barry Keim says if you are going out, tonight is the night to do it.
After tonight’s low rain chances, the weather will really start getting dicey. Keim says Saturday, which features possibly the largest parade crowds, you’ll almost certain get some precipitation. Starting Monday the rain will disappear, and be replaced by frigid temperatures, with Fat Tuesday projected to feature temperatures in the lower 50s.
Gov. John Bel Edward issued a state of emergency Thursday as the Mississippi River continues to rise above flood stage and other rivers and tributaries, like the Ouachita River and Bayou Bartholomew, top their banks. The state of emergency allows faster access to resources in a flood fight.
A new bill that requires background checks for not only the sale of a firearm, but also the temporary transfer of a firearm, has passed in the Democrat-controlled House. The bill, called the Bipartisan Backgrounds Check Act of 2019, if the first of two bills focused on gun regulations this week to be passed through the house. A second bill, passed today, aims at extending the time to complete a background check before a gun sale can go through. Both bills are expected to be shot down in the Republican controlled Senate.
Louisiana's state agriculture department on Thursday offered to give LSU permission to expand its medical marijuana-growing operations if its contractor meets certain conditions related to the regulatory process. Under the agreement, which has not yet been signed, LSU and its contractor, GB Sciences Louisiana, would be allowed to move "plant material" into the vegetative room and mother room of its production facility in south Baton Rouge. The endeavor has been delayed several times, keeping marijuana from reaching patients several years after the state legalized the program.
Louisiana's Democratic Party is seeking public records from Congressman Clay Higgins' previous law enforcement career after the former deputy claimed he arrested "thousands" while grilling Michael Cohen during Wednesday's Capitol Hill hearing. To quote the congressman, "I've arrested several thousand men and you remind me of many of them," Higgins, who also quoted Scripture and told Cohen he didn't even know who he was before the hearing.
The Powerball jackpot is currently at $348 million for this Saturday’s drawing, and Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says the cash value of the multistate drawing’s jackpot is right around $211.9 million. She also adds don’t toss out that ticket if you don’t win the big prize, as you could still win something.
A 54-year-old wheelchair bound pedestrian was struck and killed in Lafourche Parish Wednesday. Carl Guidry was pronounced dead on the scene, and the driver of the vehicle that struck him, 77-year-old Charles Richard Junior passed an on scene alcohol test and was not charged. Richard told authorities he did not see Mr. Guidry in the road, as he was rounding a curve when the accident occurred.
New Orleans police released video footage Thursday of a dramatic Feb. 17 shootout between officers and a suspect in several robberies, a gun battle that left the suspect dead and five bystanders wounded in the Central Business District.
The footage – along with a briefing by NOPD officials – revealed three of the injured bystanders may have been shot by police as they exchanged gunfire with Reginald Bursey. Bursey immediately shot at one of two uniformed officers who approached him to question him in connection with at least one robbery. Despite being about a yard away, he missed the officer and struck a 17-year-old girl walking nearby on Canal Street.
The number one ranked LSU Tigers take their 8-0 record on the road for the first time this season when they visit 18th ranked Texas this weekend. Junior center fielder Zach Watson says he’s looking forward to playing on the home field of one of the top college baseball programs in the country. The Longhorns visited LSU last year and the Tigers took two of three.