News for Wednesday 103118
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Wicked weather is brewing as a front will move into Louisiana today, bringing with it enhanced thunderstorm activity. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the timing of the rain may spook some in the northern portions of the state during prime time for trick or treating, possibly causing some to purge their evening plans. Here in Cenla, nasty weather will be moving in to the area late evening and overnight.
Although generally a great time, Halloween can pose some risks for those that are venturing out of their home tonight. Whether you are walking around looking for candy or just simply driving from point A to point B, it’s important to star aware of your surroundings. The State Police also maintains a website that lists where registered sex offenders live in your neighborhood. They also suggest trick or treaters stay close to home.
A Deridder man allegedly rammed his car into his ex-wife’s house and then tried to kill her and the other occupants by dousing the vehicle in gasoline before running off. Deputy Chief Chris Rudy says they are looking for 49-year-old Ricky Calloway, on attempted First-Degree-Murder charges. Anyone with information is urged to call authorities.
A Moss Bluff woman is facing additional charges after Calcasieu Parish Deputies allegedly caught her driving with a dead woman in her trunk. 24-year-old Sarah Parker is now facing two counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles in the commission of a felony. Authorities say Parker is the girlfriend of a Fort Polk soldier who allegedly killed his wife and put the body in the trunk. Parker’s two children were in the car.
A new report shows 14 percent of bridges in Louisiana are structurally deficient, with a need for rehabilitation or possibly even replacement. Spokesperson for the transportation research group TRIP, Rocky Moretti says fixing all of the bridge issues is not something that can happen overnight and it’ll take funding from all levels of government. DOTD responded, saying just because a bridge is rated structurally deficient, doesn’t mean it’s not safe to drive on.
The United Cajun Navy will provide protection to a few south Louisiana synagogues while tensions are high after the Pittsburgh terror attack on a Jewish congregation. 11 people died in the Saturday morning massacre by alleged shooter Robert Bowers. United Cajun Navy spokesperson Brian Trascher says they are inspired, in part, by an Islamic donation effort that raised 150,000 dollars for the victims.
Over a million dollars in drugs were seized in Lafayette in one of the biggest busts in Parish history. The bust led to the arrest of three people and the discovery of 11.9 pounds of methamphetamine, enough for thousands of doses.
A 28-year-old LaPlace man has been charged in a fatal hit and run that occurred on October 20th. Investigators say 55-year-old Danny Simoneaux of LaPlace was hit by vehicle while walking on L-A 628. L-S-P spokesperson Melissa Matey says Charles Combetta not only accused of driving away after striking the victim, he also tried to destroy any evidence.
Billboards apparently paid for by Alabama fans have popped up in Baton Rouge encouraging Louisiana residents to donate 50-dollars to the Red Cross for Hurricane Michael relief efforts, because the Crimson Tide will drop 50 points on LSU on Saturday night.
Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban calls the LSU 7-and-1 Tigers an elite football team. And Saban adds a seven-game winning streak against the Bayou Bengals, doesn’t guarantee a win this Saturday. During this seven-game winning streak, LSU has been shutout twice and the most points they’ve scored in any of those games is 17. But Saban says LSU’s offense provides his defense with more challenges this year.