News for Wednesday 071719
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Baton Rouge Police arrest 38-year-old Ronn Bell in the murder of civil activist Saide Roberts-Joseph. The 75-year-old was found dead in her trunk on Friday. Chief Murphy Paul says Bell has been charged with first-degree murder. Paul says they don’t have an exact motive, but Bell was a tenant in one of her rent houses and was way behind on rent. Roberts-Joseph was the founder of Baton Rouge’s African American history museum and her murder shook the community because she was known her kindness.
Crime Stoppers does it again. The APD recently asked for the public’s assistance in catching a man who fired a gun at a crowd of people during an argument at a Metro Drive carwash earlier this month. The public came through with information that led to the arrest of D'Angelo Washington. Washington was charged with the illegal use of a weapon and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
Governor’s race finance reports are out and Governor Edwards has 9.6 million cash on hand, while Republicans Eddie Rispone and Congressman Abraham have 9.8 and 1.3 million dollars respectively. John Bel Edwards was barred from fundraising during the legislative season, but UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the Gov had already built up a substantial warchest. Edwards is the only candidate so far to run statewide TV ads.
Dr. Tia Mills has taken over as head of the Louisiana Association of Educators, after the retirement of former President Debbie Meaux, who served two terms. This comes just after teachers won a 1,000 dollar pay raise, their first pay raise in over a decade. Mills says the plan is to continue pushing for a better salary in next year’s session. Before the last session’s raise, Louisiana teachers were roughly 2,200 dollar below the southern regional average.
State Republican leaders are weighing in on the President’s tweet where he asked a group of Democratic black, Puerto Rican, and Palestinian Congresswomen to “go back to where they came from”. The tweet provoked a national controversy with many calling the sentiment racist, but Alto Congressman Ralph Abraham disagrees saying if the four Congresswomen want to go somewhere else, he would pay for their plane ticket. US Senator John Kennedy also backed up the President. Southern University Political Science Department Chairman Albert Samuels says the statement is racist because it taps into a history of telling non-white citizens that they aren’t patriotic if they speak out. The four young Congresswomen, known as “The Squad”, had been vocal of their criticism of US immigration and criminal justice policies. Three of the Congresswomen were born in the US, and the fourth was naturalized.
A 60-year-old East Feliciana Parish man is arrested for a second time in less than four months for negligent homicide, after striking a pedestrian with his truck on LA Hwy 10 in West Feliciana Parish. State Trooper Taylor Scrantz says Salvatore Euggino of Ethel was involved in another fatal accident in March, adding it is rare for anyone to be arrested twice for vehicular homicide in such a short amount of time.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of three people, accused of selling narcotics illegally in the Ruston area. Along with dealing drugs from their home, authorities say they were selling candy and treats to neighborhood children. During a search warrant execution, authorities say they found marijuana, hydrocodone, Vicodin and other drugs. Agents say scales were on a table with some of the items being sold to neighborhood children included chips, candy, nachos, pickles, popsicles, and drinks.
The Bonnet Carre Spillway will remain open longer than officials hoped because of Hurricane-slash-Tropical Storm Barry. Corps of Engineers spokesperson Ricky Boyett says before they can close the Spillway, the Mississippi river must drop to 21 feet at the structure in St. Charles Parish, but that has yet to happen. Toxic algae blooms linked to the Spillway’s opening have continued to shutter Mississippi beaches during a peak tourist season.
New research from AAA shows vehicle escape tools to bust out a window can be a lifesaver, but you need to know what type of glass your car windows have. AAA spokesperson Don Redman says tempered glass will shatter, but laminated glass like you find in a windshield will not. With many bodies of water around the state, one wrong move could result in someone being stuck in a submerged vehicle. Redman says 1 in 3 new vehicles have laminated glass windows that will not shatter, but most have at least one tempered glass window. It’s important to remember which window will break.
New Pelicans players Lonzo Ball, Derric Favors, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram were introduced to the media on Tuesday. Ball says he’s ready for a fresh start in New Orleans after two so-so seasons in Los Angeles. Ball has yet to show the ability to score at a high rate in the NBA, but Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin says Ball is special on the defensive end of the court.
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News for Tuesday 071619
Compiled by Dave Graichen
People around Louisiana spent Monday surveying the aftermath of Hurricane Barry. Many are feeling they dodged a bullet. The main issue facing homes and businesses in the Southern part of the state is power outages. Entergy has 24,000 customers without power, down from 89,000. Cleco, who at one point had over 63,000 customers without power, now has less than 12,000. Cleco spokesperson Jennifer Cahill says crews are working feverishly to get power back to 100%
Governor Edwards is praising the state’s level of readiness in the face of Barry but wants to remind folks that “This is just the beginning of Hurricane Season, and we have a long way to go.” The Governor singled out some impressive feats, such as a record breaking 900,000 sandbags distributed statewide. Edwards says one thing that really inspired confidence for the next storm was how well the state’s levee systems held up. He says not a single levee was breached, with only a few even being overtopped.
President Trump is taking some heat for a statement he tweeted over the weekend suggesting four minority members of congress, who have openly criticized his policies, go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Well, For three of the congresswomen, that place would be the USA. Despite that 5th District Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham, who is running for Governor, jumped on board and announced yesterday, he would pay their way. Abraham is the only republican member of congress, so far, who has supported the Presidents comments.
A jury recommends the death penalty for 57-year-old Kevin Daigle, convicted in the “cold blooded”2015 ambush shooting death of a State Trooper in Calcasieu Parish. Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier says the murder was so shocking that it’s the first time in his 14 years as DA that he’s stuck with a death penalty request. Daigle was caught on dashcam footage blasting Trooper Steven Vincent with a sawed-off shotgun after the officer responded to what appeared to be a person in duress.
New details released by the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office Monday suggest beloved Baton Rouge activist 75-year-old Sadie Roberts-Joseph, whose body was found in the trunk of her own vehicle Friday, died by asphyxiation. Despite the storm, detectives spent the weekend chasing possible leads and conducting interviews. Investigators still have no possible suspects nor a motive in the killing.
Louisiana is beginning the 60-million-dollar process of replacing two 70-100-year-old youth prisons with newer, “Therapeutic Model” buildings. Deputy Secretary for the Office of Juvenile Justice Dr. James Bueche says they think they can pay for the new facilities by applying for bonds and paying those bonds with future savings. Bueche says the older facilities are falling apart and in constant need to repair, which costs a lot of money. He says the new buildings will be smaller, safer, and more efficient. The plan is to replace the Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe, and The Center for Youth outside of New Orleans.
A new program called Compete Louisiana aims to ease the burden of returning to college for those that may have finished school without receiving a degree. President of the University of Louisiana system Jim Henderson says many of those adults are now finding it harder to compete for jobs and they need to finish what they started. One in five adults in the state, just over 650,000, started college but never got a degree.
The optimism of small business owners has seen a modest downturn, slipping 1.7 points. NFIB State Director Dawn Starns says business owners are becoming more cautious with spending and credits the end of the legislative session for a reason for the droop. Starns says at the end of the day, optimism is still historically high, but there’s just a general slowdown.
State police are investigating an officer involved shooting in Houma that occurred yesterday afternoon. Authorities say two Houma officers were conducting storm damage assessments, when multiple shots were fired near the officers, emanating from a still unknown direction. During the incident one of the officers fired their weapon, but no officer were harmed during the event. No suspects have been identified yet.
Ascension Parish President Kenny Mattassa is getting some flak for riding out Hurricane Barry in Las Vegas. Mattassa flew out of town for a previously scheduled conference in the desert, one day after declaring a state of emergency in his parish. Mattassa defended the decision saying The only thing he could have done was fill sandbags, which he really couldn’t do because of back problems.
LSU Football Coach Ed Orgeron told hundreds of reporters at SEC Media Days that the Tigers will be running a spread offense. On the defensive side of the ball, Orgeron says the Tigers have the best group of defensive backs he’s ever coached in 35 years. And the old D-Line coach plans to work more with the defensive line this season. LSU is coming off a 10-win season and the Tigers will likely start the 2019 season ranked in the top ten in the preseason polls.
Longtime Ruston Daily Leader sports editor Buddy Davis passed away over the weekend at the age of 72. Davis was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and enshrined into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. The press box at Joe Aillet Stadium is named after him. Davis spent five decades covering sports in Lincoln Parish. Davis covered icons like Terry Bradshaw and Karl Malone, the great Louisiana Tech women’s basketball teams and Grambling State’s coach Robinson.
News for Monday 071519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Barry is a tropical depression in Arkansas this morning after dumping several inches of rain, knocking out power and producing some flooding along the coast. But Barry didn’t live up to projections of major flooding, because of 15 of 20 inches of rain. State Climatologist Barry Keim says you can thank wind shear that the models didn’t take into account. But Keim says you do have to give forecasters credit for using the information available and predicting a Category One hurricane would make landfall in southwest Louisiana four days before it actually happened.
Most of Louisiana appears to have dodged a bullet from once Hurricane Barry, and Governor Edwards says the state will begin ramping down it’s state of emergency activities. On Friday there were serious concerns that some levees in New Orleans may have difficulty handling the storm, but Edwards says the upgraded levee system held up. Edwards thanked the emergency personnel who rose to the occasion during the storm.
For a while during the weekend storm, many Cenla Residents were without power. However, early Sunday crews were out inforce removing downed trees from powerlines and restoring power. As of late last night, power had been restored to most residents in Rapides and Grant parishes. The huge problem facing CLECO now is in South Louisiana in St. Martin, St. Mary’s and Iberia Parish whereas of 9 p.m last night., Cleco had approximately 33,000 customers without power. All available Cleco crews and vegetation personnel, as well as 1,000 additional line mechanics and 400 tree trimmers continue to work around the clock to get the lights back on for customers.
On a positive note, All CLTCC Campuses will be open today for normal operations.
Investigators worked through the weekend to determine how Baton Rouge African American history museum founder Sadie Roberts-Joseph ended up dead in the trunk of a car last Friday. Her Body was discovered about three miles from her home in Baton Rouge. Family members told police they had seen Roberts-Joseph only a few hours before the heartbreaking discovery. An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death.
LSU receives a grant worth nearly $400k from the Institute of Museum and Library Science in an effort to tell the stories of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and active duty military through the creation of virtual footlockers. Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science Ed Benoit says these virtual footlockers will not only be important family heirlooms but important documentation for historians.
Today is the first day of SEC Media Days. LSU Coach Ed Orgeron, along with Joe Burrow, Grant Delpit and Lloyd Cushenberry will speak to hundreds of reporters today. Braden Gall covers college football for Athlon Sports and ESPN-U Radio. He says LSU and Florida are two dark horses to make the college football playoff. Gall says LSU will be good on defense once again, but the play at quarterback could be the best it’s been at LSU in a long time… Gall says Alabama goes in as the preseason favorites in the SEC West again. Texas A-and-M is facing a difficult schedule, so Gall believes Auburn could be the other team that challenges the Crimson Tide for SEC West supremacy.
News for Friday 071219
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Hurricane warnings are now in effect for much of the south-central Louisiana coast as Tropical Storm Barry puts the Bayou State in it’s bullseye. Governor Edwards says Tropical Storm Barry will be a major weather event for much of Louisiana. The storm is expected to make landfall Saturday morning as a Category One hurricane. But Edwards provided has some good news. He says the storm surge forecast at the mouth of Mississippi River has been lowered. Edwards says flooding is the biggest concern. Power outages are also likely.
Here in Cenla some strong winds and heavy rainfall is expected, but the real brunt of the storm is expected to be felt to the south and the east. The storm was expected to reach Central Louisiana Saturday night, passing to the east of Alexandria at about midnight. The National Weather Service is projecting 40- to 55-mph winds in the Alexandria area, with some gusts stronger than that, and 3 to 4 inches of rain. But, this is a slow moving storm and very unpredictable.
Closures…. LC to close at noon today. LSUA will close at noon as well and will reopen Monday. The ACT test scheduled for July 13 will be canceled and a make-up date will be announced soon.
Pitkin High School ACT test set for July 13 to be rescheduled.
All Save the Children Heat Start Centers closed July 12
State Climatologist Barry Keim says tropical storm conditions will begin Friday night and take a noticeable turn for the worse Saturday morning along the coast, and that afternoon in the Baton Rouge area. Storm surge levels are estimated at between three to six feet at the mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Shell Beach in Cameron Parish, and 15 to 20 inches of rain could fall across some portions of the state.
Tropical Storm Barry is set to bring rain totals not seen in many places since the 2016 floods, with rainfall totals of 18-24 inches in some places threatening to swell south Louisiana rivers. Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s not a great time for a system like Barry to drop by, considering rivers are already swollen with upstream water and run-off. Edwards says this system has the potential to threaten areas that have just begun to recover from historic flooding three years ago by dumping nearly two feet of rainwater.
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the low-lying areas of Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes. A voluntary evacuation has been called for areas south of Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow and Port Fourchon in Lafourche Parish. Lafourche Sheriff’s office spokesperson Brennan Matherne says they are anticipating strong winds and heavy rainfall in Lafourche and residents there are taking this storm seriously
The United Cajun Navy has been activated in anticipation of Barry’s Saturday landfall along the Louisiana coast. Founder Todd Terrell says they’ve mobilized their volunteers to help make sandbags in the Baton Rouge area, which is set to potentially see over a foot of rainwater. The organization has built a nationwide volunteer base after operations in other disaster zones over the past three years.
It looks like Saints rookie defensive end Carl Granderson will not report to training camp later this month. That’s because he’s been sentenced to serve six months in jail immediately in a sexual battery case. Two female Wyoming University students accused Granderson of touching them sexually why they slept at his apartment in 2018. Granderson’s plea agreement in the case was rejected by the judge who ordered that his six-month sentence begin immediately.
The NFL has announced its roster of officials and the seven refs who worked the controversial NFC Championship game are listed as among the 122 officials for the 2019 season.
The Pelicans improved to 3-and-1 in Summer League Action with a 99-78 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the way with 26 points, five rebounds and six assists. Jaxson Hayes had 13 points.
LSU’s all-time winningest pitcher Jared Poche has announced he’s retiring from professional baseball. The 24-year-old left-hander from Lutcher has struggled this season in Stockton, California, the home of the A’s Class-A affiliate. He’s 0-6 with an 8.53 ERA. During his career as a Tiger he won 39 games.
Former LSU Tiger Josh Smith has signed his contract with the New York Yankees, who selected him in the second. His contract is worth an estimated 967-thousand dollars.
News for Thursday 071119
Compiled By Dave Graichen
The state is bracing for a slow moving tropical system that’s expected to drop a ton of rain and make landfall as Hurricane Barry Saturday. Ten-to-15 inches of rain is possible. National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Erickson says much of that rainfall will come between Friday and Sunday. Erickson says one concern that comes with this storm is the possibility of tornados.
Governor John Bel Edwards says be prepared for a significant rain and storm surge event from the storm system will push three to six feet of storm surge along the coasts and dump up to 15 inches of rain across parts of south Louisiana. Edwards has declared a statewide emergency. He says this is just not a south Louisiana event.
A Hurricane watch is in effect for much of the coast.
Based on current projections, Terrebonne Parish could get the brunt of what may be Hurricane Barry
State Climatologist Barry Keim says the reason this system went from nothing to a major problem is due to gulf surface temps being in the mid to upper 80s, giving the system plenty of fuel. Many streets in New Orleans turned into rivers Wednesday morning as an estimated eight inches of rain fell during a three-hour period over parts of the city.
Due to the potential for flooding, Alexandria Utility Director Michael Marcotte says the city will have free sandbags available for Alexandria residents starting today. Elderly and infirm residents may obtain pre-made sandbags from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the City Compound on Industrial Park Road. Residents must show a driver’s license or current utility bill as proof of residence and there is a 10 bag maximum per household. Other self-serve locations will be open at Bringhurst Park, in the parking area between Bringhurst Field and the Alexandria Zoo on Babe Ruth Drive, Cheatham Park, in the parking lot across from Peabody Magnet High School on Jones Avenue and Johnny Downs Complex, in the front parking lot off of La. Highway 28 West.
The Corps of Engineers says heavy rains and storm surge from a tropical system will push the Mississippi River to 20 feet in New Orleans, which could result in some levees being overtopped. Spokesperson Ricky Boyett says they do not expect potential over toppings to be widespread, but they’ve begun additional surveying to see if some areas could use reinforcement. He added that there are concerns at the moment about areas south of New Orleans.
As the storm moves westward and impacts Louisiana, parishes along the coastline are preparing. In Vermillion Parish they have issued a voluntary evacuation order for low-laying areas.
Natchitoches Parish officials report a Marthaville man died when he was ejected from and crushed by an all-terrain vehicle. The body of 54-year-old Timmy Lopez was found late Wednesday afternoon by another person riding a trail off Preston Hayes Road near Marthaville. The 911 caller said the man was dead and that his body was underneath an ATV. Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
SEC Media Days begin on Monday and LSU announced today that quarterback Joe Burrow, safety Grant Delpit and center Lloyd Cushenberry will join Coach Ed Orgeron in speaking with the hundreds of reporters that will be packed into the Hyatt Regency Birminngham-Winfrey Hotel.
Former LSU standout Tremont Waters has signed a two-way deal with the Celtics, who took him in the second round. That means the 21-year-old will spend most of next season playing for the Maine Red Claws, but he’ll get a chance to spend a maximum of 45 days with the Celtics.
LSU baseball has confirmed the hiring of former Tulane hitting coach Eddie Smith as the Tigers new hitting coach. The Green Wave are coming off a great year at the plate as they lead the American Athletic Conference in several categories.
Tiger Rag Editor James Moran reports that LSU has also signed two more infielders, Zach Arnold from California and Zack Mathis, who hit .351 with 10 home runs and 66 RBIs at a JUCO school in California last season. Moran says Arnold and Mathis provide much-needed depth in the infield.
News for Wednesday 071019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A disorganized area of low pressure is expected to become a tropical depression by tonight and head in the direction of Louisiana. National Hurricane Center Senior Hurricane Specialist Jack Bevan says forecasting a weather system of this nature is challenging. Some forecast models project the system has a shot at becoming a hurricane. Bevan says between warm surface temps in the gulf and upper-level winds, conditions are favorable for further development. Gov. John Bel Edwards will host a Unified Command Group meeting today to discuss potential developments and the possible impacts in Louisiana.
The National Hurricane Center expects a tropical depression will form by Thursday from a broad area of low pressure that’s moving into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of the Florida panhandle. State Climatologist Barry Keim says conditions in the Gulf are ripe for tropical development. Currently, the system is labeled as Invest 92.
A motion to revoke Micah Dean Baden's probation has been filed after his June 25 arrest on a domestic violence charge, less than a year after he was sentenced for the death of a 16-year-old Ball girl in a 2016 wreck. Baden was arrested on June 25 by the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office on a felony charge of domestic abuse battery with a child present, as well as a parish probation violation. He has been in jail since that time.
The hearing is set for Aug. 19.
Get ready, the governor’s race is about to get ugly. Louisiana Republican Treasurer John Schroder and the Republican Governors Association blistered Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards Tuesday saying Edwards "has done nothing" to boost the state's economy. The governor, on the other hand, has noted data showing Louisiana's economy is on the rise and that the state has emerged from recession under his leadership. Schroder criticized Edwards for supporting two temporary sales taxes to avert a budget crisis. It should be noted both were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
John Bel Edwards’ re-election campaign says they have a record amount of cash on hand for an incumbent Louisiana Governor, with 9.6 million dollars in the bank. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Edwards is in a good position to be re-elected, because along with the hefty war chest, the Governor has something that money can’t buy. The primary for the governor’s race will take place October 12th.
57-year-old Kevin Daigle has been found guilty of first-degree murder in in what was called a “cold blooded ambush” shooting death in 2015 of Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent. Vincent was killed during a traffic stop near Bell City, with much of the incident caught on dash cam video, which was played for jurors. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty in the case.
The former mayor of Turkey Creek, Heather Cloud, announced her campaign for state senate in District 28, which includes Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Evangeline, and St. Landry Parishes. If elected, Cloud says she will be a bold conservative voice in the legislature.
Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond launches “Lion Up Recovery,” the first and only public university collegiate recovery program in the state addressing issues with drug and alcohol abuse in the college setting. Interim program coordinator Madison Evans says the program will have on-campus support groups and sober social events.
Evans says 37% of college students report they have used illicit drugs or have abused alcohol on a regular basis.
12-year-old Shreveport wunderkind health food advocate and chef Owen Osborne showed off his skills last night on the Food Network’s Chopped Junior cooking competition. The program challenges chefs to prepare meals with a seemingly random collection of ingredients, testing the cook’s creativity. Osborne says despite the national spotlight, he kept a cool head. The competition is judged by a rotating cast of celebrity judges, with the winner walking away with 10,000 dollars.
The Saints released their training camp schedule Tuesday. The first practice open to the public will be Friday, July 26th at 8:50 in the morning. A total of 12 practices will be open to the public. On Sunday night, August 4th, the Black and Gold will practice at Turchin Stadium on Tulane’s campus. The Saints are also set to hold joint practices with the Chargers in Costa Mesa, California on August 15th and 16th, prior to their preseason game in Carson, California on August 18th. The Saints also announced that the seating for fans who watch practice at the team’s training facility in Metairie will be covered and misted.
Hall of Fame high school football coach James Waguespack has passed away after suffering a stroke on Sunday night. Waguespack was a head football coach for 32 years and won 231 games and two state championships at St. James and Cecilia. The St. James grad also coached at Beau Chene. Waguespack was 76 years old.
Pelicans first-round pick Jaxon Hayes put on an impressive performance in his Summer League Debut last night in Las Vegas. Hayes had 28 points, four rebounds, and three blocked shots. The eighth overall pick had a nasty one-handed dunk as he skied over a Bulls player in a 109-72 victory. The Pels next Summer League game is tomorrow night against Cleveland.
News for Tuesday 070919
Compiled By Dave Graichen
The National Hurricane Center says there is a high probability a tropical depression will form by the end of the week over the northern Gulf of Mexico, which has the potential to produce heavy rain over Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says as long as this possible tropical depression or storm doesn’t develop into anything too significant, the potential rainmaker could be beneficial to Louisiana. Keim says eight to ten inches of rain could fall across the northern Gulf Coast later this week.
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is keeping a finger on the pulse of the weather forecast with a system in the Gulf that has the potential to develop into a threat to Louisiana. GOHSEP spokesperson Mike Steele says as of Monday, the system has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression. In 2016, a weather system formed in the northern portion on the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in the flooding that many are still trying to recover from due to high amounts of rainfall. National Weather Service Slidell Meteorologist Freddie Zeiggler says the current system has some parallels to that 2016 storm. Zeiggler says the development could even turn into a hurricane by the end of the week.
Restore Louisiana is sending out the first round of checks to 2016 flood victims, previously denied government aid because they were approved for an SBA loan. Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development Pat Forbes says 230 homeowners will receive the grant money this week and many other families received notification Monday they are eligible for this money too.
According to the National College Access Network’s FAFSA tracker, 78.7 percent of Louisiana’s nearly 48-thousand high school seniors completed their free application for Federal Student Aid. With the findings, Louisiana ranks number one for application completion for a second year. Tennessee came in at number two followed by Delaware, DC, and New Jersey.
Food delivery service Waitr says they’re in the process of adding beer and wine to the list of goods you can have delivered with your order. Waitr CEO Chris Meaux says once they work out the specifics with the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, you’ll see a new option on the app when you go to order from participating restaurants. Beer and wine delivery was OK’d in the last Legislative session, but Meaux says there is no current timeline as to when ATC will approve this request. Meaux says in order to have the factory sealed beer or wine included in your order, you’ve got to have some food as well. Waitr works with more than 3,500 restaurants statewide.
Starting August 1st the Department of Children and Family services is giving parents who are behind on child support the opportunity to get their driver’s license back without having to pay off everything they owe immediately. Regional Administrator for Child Support Enforcement Sandra Broussard says previously parents could have their license suspended for being 90 days past due and could not get their license reinstated without making the full back-payment. However, that caused even more problems with people unable to get to work. Broussard says getting non-custodial parents their licenses back make them more likely to make payments.
An investigation by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Probation and Parole led to the arrest of a Pineville man for drug charges. 33 year old Zachary Proveaux was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Belle Rose man is in the slammer after going to a grocery store, filming himself opening a Blue Bell ice cream container, licking the contents, sticking his fingers in the container, then returning it to the store freezer. 36-year-old Lenise Lloyd Martin III is accused of pulling the stunt. Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office Commander Lonny Cavalier says It appears Martin later returned to the store and purchased the ice-cream he licked. Martin remains in the parish prison.
Governor Edwards has released his first TV re-election ad of the gubernatorial campaign. The ad emphasizes Louisiana’s recovery from the Jindal deficits under Edwards’ leadership. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the reported seven figure ad buy will likely appeal to Edwards base, but he’s got a long way to go to convince the state’s more conservative voters. The primary is set for October 12th
A dog is dead after a high jacking incident in Baton Rouge. Yesterday a man left his dog in the car with the AC on while going into a doughnut shop, only for someone to steal the car with the dog in tow. That led to a citywide hunt for both the dog and car that ran over 24 hours. Authorities say they discovered the dog in the car, and have determined the animal died of heat exhaustion. 30-year-old Leslie Aguillard was arrested on a litany of charges as a result.
From the “Not The Sharpest Knife In The Draw Department”, A Colfax man who had been arrested landed in more trouble when he asked a deputy to get his cellphone from his truck. 39 year old Jason Wesse, who had been taken into custody by a Grant Parish Sheriff's Deputy on an outstanding warrant from Rapides Parish, asked the deputy to get his cellphone from his truck forgetting, we assume, he had a bag of marijuana, methamphetamine and pipe that was used to ingest the drugs sitting on the front seat. Wesse was arrested and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center on possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia charges and the fugitive warrant.
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News for Monday 070819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Forecasters are keeping an eye on a trough of low pressure over the southeastern US which forecast maps show moving toward the northeastern Gulf of Mexico where the chances for tropical development have increased. According to the Hurricane Center, a board low pressure area will likely form in a few days, and, thereafter, upper-level winds support some development.
Governor Edwards officially kicked off his re-election campaign over the weekend in his hometown of Amite with a repeat of his RV tour. The Edward’s campaign is touting a successful legislative session that included the first teacher pay raise in a decade. Edwards is the south’s lone democratic governor facing two major republican candidates in October, U-S Representative Ralph Abraham and Businessman Eddie Rispone. The Edwards RV Tour continues throughout the week.
A Louisiana memorial will be held this coming Sunday for John Walton, half of KZMZ’s Walton and Johnson radio show. The celebration of life will be held at Generations Hall in New Orleans from noon to 3 p.m., which will include a Second Line and tribute brass band. The public is invited to attend.. John Walton passed away last Wednesday due to multiple heath issues. A Texas memorial service is also in the works.
In a devastating blow to state tourism, it was announced over the weekend that all of the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches have been closed for swimming as the expanding bloom of toxic blue-green algae blankets the state's waters. On Sunday the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced the closures of Pascagoula Beach West and East, the final two state beaches that were open for swimming.
State Treasurer John Schroder is blocking the state from using 25 million dollars in unclaimed property in this fiscal year’s budget, telling lawmakers if they want the money, they’ll “have to drag me to court”. Schroder says the Legislature has appropriated 850 million dollars of unclaimed property funds over the decades, but after doing some research, he doesn’t think the move it legal. An Edwards spokesperson responded, saying “The budget bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor appropriates that money for critical needs throughout the state”, and that they hope they don’t have to go to court to get the funds.
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana presents the first Louisiana Rural Economic Development Summit along with Southern University Law Center this week in Marksville at the Paragon Casino Resort. Tribe Chairman Marshall Pierite (pee rite) says the goal of the summit is to connect rural communities with local, state, and national leaders, as well as Native American Country. Pierite hopes the summit, which kicked of yesterday and continues through tomorrow, helps develop a steady platform for small business owners and elected officials.
The Diocese of Baton Rouge announced on Sunday two more additions to its list of Catholic clerics who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse, bringing the total to 43. Baton Rouge Bishop Michael Duca released the initial list in January, which included 37 names. He said then that it would evolve over time as other diocese release their own lists amid a nationwide push for transparency from church leaders.
An Oxford Economics report says Louisiana is one of the states most vulnerable to losing a significant amount of jobs due to automation. The report says Louisiana is particularly vulnerable to the robotics revolution due to its status as a “low-skill” region that relies on manufacturing and service jobs. Oregon is most at risk, followed by Louisiana, Texas, and Indiana. Hawaii, Florida, and Nevada were marked as the safest states, due to their statewide status as tourism hubs.
A law recently signed by Governor Edwards brings new restrictions to rescue shelters on how and when they can pass along animals to research facilities. Houma Representative Jerome Zeringue says in the event that the animal ends up going to a research facility, the law increases the likelihood of an animal finding a good home. Zeringue says among the regulations, shelters must notify those making an animal drop off that they do provide animals for testing. It also eliminates automatic euthanizing of animals for research that could possibly find a good home. Zeringue says each violation would result in a $1000 fine. The law goes into effect August 1st.
The trial of former LSU fraternity member Matthew Naquin, who was charged with negligent homicide in the alleged hazing death of Max Gruver in 2017, begins today.
Legal analyst Tim Meche says the proceedings will likely be difficult to watch for both families as the prosecution and defense take turns tearing down both Gruver and Naquin’s character. Naquin is accused of pressuring Gruver into drinking himself to death in a Frat initiation ceremony.
Accident investigators in the Bahamas are going well below the surface of the water to try to figure out what went wrong in the moments before a helicopter crashed after takeoff and killed seven people, including West Virginia coal magnate Chris Cline, his daughter and two of her Louisiana State University classmates. Authorities have said it is too early to draw conclusions about the cause of the crash.
The funeral for beloved Ragin Cajuns baseball coach Tony Robichaux is today at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Lafayette. Robichaux died last week at the age of 57 following a heart attack. He’s described as a man of faith and a leader for young men.
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Shocking news yesterday here at Cenla Broadcasting upon word of the Passing of John Walton, half of the KZMZ morning team of Walton & Johnson. Steve Johnson, his on air partner since the early 80’s told us yesterday that John passed away shortly before midnight Monday night. Johnson asked the public to keep the Walton family in their thoughts and prayers. Today, the plan is to take calls from fans, giving them a chance to say good bye.. Johnson says the show will go on, returning as soon as possible.
Word of another passing yesterday.. that of longtime Avoyelles Parish Assistant District Attorney Norris Greenhouse Sr. He worked under former DA Ed Knoll for nearly ten years and under current DA for nearly 18 years as a prosecutor. There has been no word yet on funeral arrangements. Norris Greenhouse Sr was only 62 years old.
A record 48.9 million Americans are expected to make a trip for the 4thof July, a 4.1 percent increase over last year. AAA Analyst Don Redman says locally in the Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas region, 4.7 million people will travel. Nationally, 4 million travelers will take to the skies, a 5.5 percent increase over last year, with airfare costs up 10 percent over last year. The average price for a gallon of regular in Louisiana sits at $2.35, but shop around you can do a lot better than that.
Over the last several years, the popularity of rideshares services such as Uber and Lyft has grown, but it hasn’t been a transportation option in all areas of Louisiana. But Uber South spokesperson Trevor Theunissen says Uber services begin statewide today ahead of the 4th of July holiday. Theunissen says an aggressive campaign is kicking off to recruit drivers who want to make a little extra money.
A stretch of highway in Cajun Country running from I-10/I-49 South to Raceland was named Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Highway at an unveiling ceremony last night featuring both the current and former Governors. Franklin Representative Sam Jones was there and says it’s a fantastic way to honor one of the great Cajuns in state history. Blanco served from 2004-2008, and has “made peace” with her battle against cancer that’s left her wheelchair bound.
Governor John Bel Edwards has signed the 2019 capital outlay bill which will provide one-point-five billion dollars in new funding for construction and infrastructure improvement projects. 94-million dollars is for construction of roads and bridges, 246-million for education construction projects and 40-million for water infrastructure projects.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents will be cracking down on impaired boaters for Operation Dry Water weekend from July 5 to July 7. Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect penalties to be severe. In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road and includes jail time, fines and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.
St. Bernard Parish President Brian McInnis calls on the feds to provide immediate relief in the form of disaster aid to help the struggling seafood industry. Freshwater pouring from the Mississippi River into the area due to the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway is having devastating effects on the region’s largest economic driver. McInnis says the plea for relief has the full support of the parish council, state and federal representatives. The parish has organized a trip to DC to state their case next week.
A female is recovering after being shot and being dumped off on the side of Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola says the suspect, 28-year-old Gerry Byrd, fled to Mississippi where he was shot by law enforcement in the Woodville area after they were alerted he was in a parking lot, waving two semi-auto pistols in the air. Coppola says the suspect was brought back to Baton Rouge to be treated for his life threatening injuries. The victim’s wounds appear to be non-life threatening.
“Operation Murder Gang Meltdown”, a cross agency narcotics taskforce in Terrebonne Parish is nearing an end after the arrests of 18 suspects and the seizure of significant amounts of drugs. Terrebonne Parish Chief Deputy Terry Daigre says the taskforce has made some major seizures. The drugs’ street value topped a million dollars.
After suffering catastrophic damage from an EF-3 tornado in April, Louisiana Tech has made the decision to demolish the baseball, softball, and soccer stadiums this summer. Athletic Director Tommy McClelland says after extensive surveys, they came to the conclusion that trying to salvage those sites just wouldn’t be safe.The tornado caused hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of damage and took the lives of two people.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is raising the bounty on nutria from $5 to $6 per tail for the season that starts November 1st. LDWF biologist Catherine Normand says the bounty program has been in place since 2002, adding at one point, there was a fur market for the nutria and the state didn’t have an issue with rodents causing damage to the wetlands because of the number of hunters keeping the population down and keep them from overgrazing.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office announces the arrest of two volunteer firefighters for their connection to three fires in two parishes. Since being taken into custody, Matthew Crane of Springhill and Montana Ludlum of Cullen have made confessions of their involvement. Both men have been dismissed from the fire department.
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The RPSO reports 36 year old Robert Boyd of Lena, who has been in jail since early June, has been slapped with 21 more counts of sexual battery of victims younger than 13. Boyd, who was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on June 4, was arrested again while in jail on the additional charges. His total bond has been set at $580,000.
The State department of public safety announced yesterday, Norris Greenhouse, Jr. is out of jail after completing 35% of his sentence. Greenhouse, Jr. was sentenced to seven years and six months after pleading guilty in October 2017 to malfeasance in office and negligent homicide. He received two years and six months on the malfeasance conviction and five years for negligent homicide for his role in the November 2015 shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and the shooting of his father, Chris Few, in Marksville. Greenhouse, Jr. was one of two deputy Ward 2 city marshals charged in connection with the crime, the other being Derrick Stafford, who is serving a 40 year sentence for manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.
Spraying for mosquitoes is underway in Alexandria. Crews with the city’s Public Works Department will spray different zones in the city two nights per week, with the complete city covered every two weeks.
KALB TV5 is reporting Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton confirmed yesterday that two more officers, Eddie Andrus and Brian Frost, have been fired as part of the investigation into payroll fraud committed during the state-funded "Safe and Sober" campaign. Three deputies were arrested as part of the same investigation last week.
A new fiscal year budget for Louisiana went into effect on the 1st. The spending plan contains funding increases for K-through-12 education, public colleges and early childhood education, which will allow more low-income families to receive assistance so their children can attend pre-K education. TOPS also received a 15 million dollar bump in funding, and state leaders do not expect any midyear cuts will be needed.
Two men are dead, a Barksdale Airman, and an alleged gunman following a break-in at a Shreveport home early Sunday morning. A female witness who lived there told investigators that her ex-boyfriend, broke into the home and shot her current boyfriend, a Barksdale airman. Caddo Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says there were five children in the home at the time of the shooting.
A former West Baton Rouge deputy accused of stalking and sexually assaulting multiple women while on duty - pleaded guilty Monday to malfeasance in office. Ben Arceneaux, who resigned from the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office after being indicted in December on one count of malfeasance in office, will serve no prison time but will be on probation for two years. Arceneaux was also sentenced to five years in prison, but the judge suspended that part of the sentence.
222 US mayors, including the leaders of Shreveport, Monroe, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge are returning home from five days of the United States Conference of Mayors in Honolulu, Hawaii. Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says they got an opportunity to learn how to generate federal dollars for much needed economic development and infrastructure needs back home. The diverse cast of mayors from every corner of the US each shared their experiences with climate change, from wildfires in California, to tornadoes and floods in Louisiana.
Senator John Kennedy spoke at the Baton Rouge Press Club and during the address; he gave his thoughts on the current state of the Governor’s race. Kennedy says he’s spoken with President Trump about the election but did not disclose many more details.
Kennedy believes the race will be a close one but adds that Governor Edwards has the advantage of having plenty of money and mainstream media connections. Kennedy stopped short of endorsing one candidate.
In Lafayette, police are investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a two-year-old. The incident happened around eight o’clock Sunday night and three adults at the home have been arrested in what is being ruled an accidental shooting. The child’s mother 22-year old MaKayla Cormier is among the three arrested.
Jury selection is underway in Lafayette for the man accused of killing a State Trooper in 2015. Kevin Daigle was indicted in the 14th Judicial District in Lake Charles, but the court granted him a change of venue and jury selection was moved to Lafayette. Daigle is accused of killing Trooper Steven Vincent after he stopped to help Daigle, whose truck was stuck in a ditch. The state is seeking the death penalty and trial is expected to last two to three weeks.
Fourteen alligator snapping turtles that have been raised with the care of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are now swimming in the wild as part of a program to replenish the species. LDWF biologist Charles Battaglia says while the numbers in Louisiana are doing okay, elsewhere the population is showing red flags. The federal government is scheduled to decide next year whether to declare the turtles as endangered or threatened.
The Pelicans made a splash at the start of the NBA free agency last night by using their cap space on two widely respected veterans at positions of need. The team nabbed, free agent 3 point specialist, shooting guard JJ Reddick. Locked on Pelicans Publisher Jake Madison says Reddick is exactly what the young team needed. The Pels also traded for Utah for Center Derrick Favors.
LSU has announced the hiring of College Football Hall of Famer and longtime USC Coach John Robinson as a senior consultant. Robinson had two stints as the head coach of the Trojans and won a national championship. LSU says Robinson will assist head coach Ed Orgeron as a consultant of daily planning of practice, personnel and game planning.
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Union Parish authorities say a three-year-old child is in critical condition after the little boy was attacked by three neighborhood dogs, two of them are pit bull mixes. Sheriff Dusty Gates says the child’s mother found her son next to a shed in the yard with his clothes ripped off and suffering from numerous injuries.
The US Supreme Court defeated an effort last week to allow federal courts to intervene when states engage in partisan gerrymandering of voting districts. Fair Districts Louisiana co-founder Brandon Faske says the decision means Louisiana legislators can still draw their own districts and pick their own voters. The court decision ended a legal effort to have North Carolina Congressional districts rewritten in time for the 2020 election. The decision means any policies regarding gerrymandering will have to be handled at the state level and in Congress. In state’s other than Louisiana, The ballot initiative allows voters to bypass the legislature to enact measures, but Louisiana does not allow for ballot initiatives.
Two bigtime donors within the Republican Party, Boysie Bollinger and Joe Canizaro are heading up Ralph Abraham’s gubernatorial campaign finance committee. Abraham lags financially compared to the other two candidates Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican Eddie Rispone. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says it’s a major development for Abraham. Bollinger once ran a shipbuilding firm and Canizaro is a New Orleans banker.
UL baseball coach Tony Robichaux underwent a second surgery at a New Orleans-area hospital on Sunday, a week after suffering a heart attack, and is in "critical condition". “Coach Robichaux has received additional medical attention as a result of the incident suffered a week ago Sunday. The Robichaux family asks specifically for prayer during this time.” The 57 year Robichaux had open-heart surgery last Monday and was moved to Ochsner Health Center in New Orleans from Lafayette General Hospital. He has coached the Cajuns’ baseball program since 1995
The Caddo Parish Coroner’s office has identified the two-year old child who died as a result of an apparent accidental shooting in Shreveport. Ranaldo Bennett was struck by a bullet Friday morning and died two hours later. 19-year-old Jaylen Jones has been charged with negligent homicide and illegal possession of a firearm.
A Eunice man’s plan to dodge jail for unpaid child support goes south when he’s caught staging his own robbery and shooting. Officers responded to a call of a man being shot in the chest. During the investigation, Michael Rung claimed a person took his wallet before the shot was fired. Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot says when taking a statement from Rung, some things were just not adding up. Rung didn’t act alone in the setup as his friend Jacob Jack is accused of acting as the trigger man. Fontenot says he’s not sure how Rung convinced Jack to go through with the plan.
The two historic openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway this year have made life difficult for those in the seafood industry in southeast Louisiana. Oyster beds have been destroyed and catches are down and fishermen have been forced to go out farther to catch fish and shrimp. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser hopes the federal government can provide some assistance.
Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that gives the state an additional 700-million dollars to spend on specific transportation projects. The money will fund highway projects in Caddo, Rapides, St. Tammany, I-49 through Acadiana and L-A 1 in LaFourche Parish.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking fishermen to be on the lookout for the Asian swamp eel. The invasive species was found in Bayou St. John in New Orleans. It primarily lives in freshwater but can be tolerant of brackish water for short periods. LDWF biologist Robert Bourgeois says the swamp eel has the potential to throw off the ecosystem. Tthe eel is not known to be dangerous or aggressive with humans. But, the LDWF says if anyone catches an Asian swamp eel, they should notify the agency of where it was located, and kill it if possible.
A Baton Rouge woman is Louisiana’s latest one million dollar Powerball winner. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson BreAnne Frye says Lala Singleton was tagged in a Facebook post by her sister-in-law in Connecticut that someone in Baton Rouge won a million-dollar Powerball prize, and turns out it was her. Frye says Singleton plans to donate some of her winnings to a charitable cause close to her heart.
A former Caddo Magnet High fencing coach is convicted of attempted molestation and faces up to 7 and a half years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender. The jury deliberated for 2 and a half hours before finding 72-year-old Sharron Settlemire guilty. The victim, who is now 33, was 16 at the time of the incident. Sentencing is scheduled for next week.
An LSU study shows high social and economic costs occur when there is a failure to diagnose and treat Conduct Disorder in kids, which covers a range of severe anti-social, rule-breaking, and aggressive behavior. LSU psychology professor Paul Frick says parents need to compare their kids’ behavior to their classmates. If your child stands out, he advises counseling. Frick says kids who exhibit more severe levels of Conduct Disorder and are not treated early can burden society later after they fail to find success socially and economically. Conduct Disorder affects about three percent of school children nationwide.
A 33-year-old man died at University Medical Center after being shot on St. Louis Street in the New Orleans French Quarter early Sunday morning. Police report a woman approached the man and "they got into a verbal altercation, the woman then pulled a gun and shot the victim. The subject fled the scene.
The New Orleans Pelicans have made another splash, and this time it's in the form of former Philadelphia 76ers sharpshooter J.J. Redick, according to a report from. League sources confirmed the report. The signing was reported seconds after the NBA free agency moratorium period kicked off, and was for two years and 26.5 million.
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Rapides Parish has a new superintendent of schools. School board members voted last night to give Jeff Powell the job after only two rounds of votes. The first round eliminated finalist Deborah Heitman, leaving Rapides Executive Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Bennett and Powell. Powell received six votes; Bennett received three. The vote to accept the results was 8-0 with President Wilton Barrios abstaining.
State Police announce the arrest of three Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputies who allegedly were paid for hours they didn’t work during the Safe and Sober campaign. Trooper Scott Moreau says the three deputies arrested, Matthew Davis, Jonathan Treadway, and David Billings are facing charges or malfeasance, public payroll fraud, and injuring public records.
Authorities arrested a Rapides Parish jail escapee who had been at large for more than a month. 33 year old Glynn Jerrod McCoy escaped from the Parish Detention Center #2 back on May 20th. Within a day of his escape, two women were arrested for allegedly helping him. When McCoy was arrested early yesterday morning he was with 29 year old Quintin Ray Fields. Authorities believe Fields helped McCoy after his escape as well.
The AP reports Congressman Ralph Abraham has missed almost 200 out of 509 votes in Congress since December when he began his race for the Governor’s mansion. Abraham had stronger attendance from January 2015 to September 2018 missing only 10 votes out of nearly 2500. Abraham has responded saying being a Congressman is more than sitting behind a desk and voting.
The quick-thinking action by two boys while their mother's ex-boyfriend opened fire inside their home early Thursday likely saved their lives and proved key to the almost-immediate arrest of the alleged gunman, who authorities say killed their mother, great-grandmother and their mother's boyfriend in a "crime of rage." The 14 and 12-year-old boys were able to get outside the house just after midnight. They then called 911 relaying identifying information about their mother's ex-boyfriend and his vehicle. Police say they then hid in a backyard shed until officers arrived at the scene
The Army Corps of Engineers says they expect to close the Bonnet Carre Spillway within the next two to three weeks as pressure on Mississippi River levees is expected to begin decreasing. It’s the first time in history the Spillway has had to open twice in one year as record rainfall in the Midwest has sent a torrent of water downstream. Spokesperson Matt Roe says that’s kept Corps engineers and inspectors busy for most of 2019. Reports indicate a massive levee breach in Arkansas may have been responsible for the reduced flow.
The US Supreme Court has rejected a Trump Administration bid to include a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census. Congressman Garret Graves says the decision could result in further reductions in Louisiana Congressional representation as states with growing undocumented immigrant populations continue to gain seats. The citizenship question has not been featured on the standard short form census since 1950.
Baton Rouge authorities report the body of an 18-year-old man was dumped in a parking lot outside BREC's Olympia Stadium at midday Wednesday while children played and park workers labored nearby. Baton Rouge Police late Wednesday identified the victim as Dovonta Deon London. The coroner says the victim had sustained severe trauma to his face and head. The investigation continues.
NASA aims to put boots on the moon in 2024 and the latest glimpse of the rocket core stage for the Artemis moon mission is being unveiled today at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Facility director Robert Champion says all manned crafts used in space flights in the history of NASA have gone through the facility.
New child passenger safety laws go into effect in Louisiana August 1st, when kids under 13 must ride in the back seat and more child safety seat and restraint laws will be enforced. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director Lisa Freeman says the policy may not go into effect for another month, but she recommends new parents check out the requirements online and start practicing them now. Visit Louisianahighwaysafety.org for a rundown on the new laws.
LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger is set to receive a one-year contract extension. It’s up for approval at today’s LSU Board of Supervisors meeting. Ensminger is entering his second season as the Tigers O-C. His 800-thousand dollar annual salary will remain the same. Tomorrow’s agenda also calls for contract extensions for offensive line coach James Cregg, special teams coach Greg McMahon and head strength coach Tommy Moffitt.
A dollar menu at the stadium? The Ragin Cajuns athletic department announced yesterday that they’ll have fan friendly concession prices for the 2019-202 season. Several items will be available for as little as one or two dollars. Bottled water, hamburgers, pretzels, nachos, fountain soda, and something new, 16-ounce domestic beer will all be available for three dollars.
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Compiled by Dave Graichen
Pineville PD have released the name of a man who was killed Tuesday afternoon while attempting to cross the Pineville Expressway near Louisiana College. Police say 65 Year old Gary Lewis lost his life in the accident shortly after 4 in the afternoon. The investigation is ongoing.
Louisiana State Police say one man is dead and another seriously injured after their horses were hit from behind by a pickup truck. Trooper Taylor Scrantz says the riders were heading west in the west lane of Louisiana Highway 620 near Erwinville when the westbound pickup hit the horses about 9 p.m. Saturday. 33 year old Temell Dunn died Sunday and 34 year old Jonathan Stewart was seriously injured. Scrantz says the driver did not show any signs of impairment, and was wearing his seat belt. Both horses were killed in the accident.
A report finds Louisiana uses solitary confinement for prisoners four times more than the national average. Loyola Jesuit Research Fellow Dr. Sue Weishar says the practice undermines the goal of rehabilitation because the intense mental and physical stress created by extended stays creates long term damage. 30 percent of prisoners who responded to the survey reported being in solitary confinement over the last five years.
The Louisiana Health Department announces they’ve reached a “subscription model” deal with Asegua Therapeutics that will result in the state treating an estimated 31-thousand people who have hepatitis C, which is an infectious liver disease. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says there are at least 39-thousand people in Louisiana’s Medicaid program and prison system who suffer from Hepatitis C, which kills more people than all other infectious diseases combined.
Senator Bill Cassidy says legislation he helped put together called the Lower Health Care Costs Act received approval from a U-S Senate committee Wednesday. Cassidy says the proposal contains provisions that would protect patients against surprise medical bills, lower prescription drug costs and improve price transparency.
Governor Edwards has been making the rounds in the world of sports recently, hosting LSU freshmen football players at the mansion and filming a PSA with Drew Brees.
Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says in an election year, such public embrace of beloved sports heroes could be fodder for his Republican gubernatorial opponents. But it might not be cold politically calculus driving these decisions. Brees has a history of supporting veterans, and Pinsonat says Edwards and LSU coach Orgeron have a public friendship and openly support each other.
U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, leadoff hitter for the Republicans in Wednesday night's Congressional Baseball Game, officially scored his first run since returning to the baseball field after narrowly surviving a mass shooting two years ago.
It was his first time back up at bat in Nationals Park. With an error on a 3-2 count, Scalise was able to advance to first base after a couple of swings. U.S. Rep. William Timmons of South Carolina, took his place running the bases and was the first player of the game to cross home plate.
The Pointe Coupee Animal Shelter was stripped of most of its supplies and animal medications over the weekend during a break in, but the wider Baton Rouge area community has come out in force — raising more than $16,000 in two days to help recoup the loss.
Beaches are shuttered along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as toxic algae blooms have popped up, likely as a result of the Bonnet Carrie Spillway’s opening. Beaches closed are in two of the state’s three coastal counties as a result of it. The blue-green water can cause rashes, diarrhea and vomiting in people who get to close to them.
Craft beer brewers across the state are seeing a slump in business. While six breweries may have opened over the last year, five others have shut their doors. Executive director of Louisiana’s Craft Brewer’s Guild Cary Koch part of the reason for the plateau in the industry is antiquated state laws on the books. In Louisiana, the three-tier system of having a brewer, distributor, and a retailer is cutting into the ability to stay afloat. Koch says of the outdated business models that brewers have to deal with is the lack of the ability to self-distribute product.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are receiving calls that black bear spottings are on the rise in portions of Louisiana. Large carnivore program manager for LDWF Maria Davidson says several reasons contribute to the encounters, including mother bears forcing her young to scatter to start fending for themselves as she preps for another mating season. And a warning, there may also be run ins with adult male bears looking for potential mates.
Newly minted Pelican Zion Williamson arrived in town to a housewarming gift of a framed, signed jersey from Saints QB Drew Brees, a note welcoming him to the city. Zion is probably the most nationally hyped athlete to ever play in New Orleans, and Brees welcomed the Phenom by inviting him to become the new favored son of New Orleans sports…
The NCAA has announced its changing some of its guidelines for student-athlete transfer waivers, which will make it more difficult to gain immediate eligibility at their new schools.
Bass fishing has been accepted by the Louisiana High School Athletics Association as a trial sport, with 173 schools in Louisiana telling the organization that they’d like to see fishing made official.
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Compiled by Dave Graichen
24 year old Johnny Bennett escaped for a short time yesterday morning from the custody of a Rapides Parish Corrections Deputy, during a scheduled appointment outside of the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Deputies and APD officers immediately responded. Bennett was quickly located and taken into custody. For his efforts Bennett has been booked with simple escape from a DOC facility.
It something you don’t hear of often in Bunkie, a drive by shooting.. Yesterday authorities report there were two. According to police, a dark-colored Chevy four-door vehicle was involved. In one, a woman and her toddler were shot at around the intersection of South Louisiana and Keller Street in Bunkie. Over 42 rounds were shot at the residence. About 45 minutes later, the same vehicle was believed to be in another shooting. A residence was shot up over 25 times in the Morrow area.
No injuries were reported in either shooting.
A couple from Lecompte has been arrested for setting fire to a truck belonging to one of their relatives. 57 year old Eddie Holsomback and 57 year old Deborah Blake were booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail on one count each of arson with intent to defraud and criminal conspiracy. The incident took place back in March.
Personal income growth was up four percent in the first quarter of the year, a rate that paces the national average. The income growth rate was higher than that of Texas for the first quarter. The four percent increase means Louisianans personal income grew by more than two-billion-dollars.
Coast Professional Incorporated announces an expansion of its contact center in West Monroe which will result in 146 new jobs with an average salary of 36-thousand dollars. Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the state’s workforce program called FastStart will guide recruitment. Coast Professional will renovate a former Sears Hometown store to accommodate the new workforce.
2,300 of the state’s best teachers have begun specialized training aimed at preparing them to be mentors to new educators and struggling students. Assistant Superintendent Hannah Dietsch says the program will give experienced educators the tools to be able to better prepare their rookie peers for those first, challenging years in the classroom.
According to Winn Parish Sheriff Cranford Jordan, 39 year old Oshay Booker has been arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma after he fatally shot his stepfather two weeks ago. There was a brief standoff with the Tulsa Police Department Fugitive Squad before he surrendered to police. Booker was wanted for killing Ronald Goff. Goff was a former Mayor of Winnfield, LA.
The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has issued 20 temporary permits to retailers who are now able to sell C-B-D products. The temporary permits will expire at the end of February and permanent permits will only be issued after A-T-C receives a certification from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Senator Bill Cassidy says a proposal to end surprise medical billing, lower the cost of prescription drugs, increase transparency in the healthcare system, and secure a patient’s personal data will get a hearing in front of a Senate committee today. Cassidy says the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 faces hurdles but has a good chance of reaching the President’s desk. Cassidy says a second Senate committee hearing will take place in July. If both committees pass the measure, it heads to the Senate floor.
A Saharan Air Layer, that’s when dust from the Saharan Desert in Africa gets kicked up and is swept into the atmosphere, has descended on Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the dust can create some respiratory issues for more allergy prone people, but does come with some interesting optics, one of those being beautiful sunrises.
Louisiana’s Hepatitis A outbreak is growing, with 305 cases reported dating back to the outbreak that was declared in December of last year. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says while we haven’t seen outbreaks in the thousands like some of our neighbors, it’s still a significantly more cases than normal. Kanter says nationally, since the outbreak was declared in 2016 there’s been about 20,000 cases. Kanter recommends talking to your doctor about possibly getting vaccinated if you think you might be at risk.
The Governor has signed into law a bill authored by Shreveport Representative Thomas Carmody allowing delivery services to bring low alcohol content adult beverages along with a food order to your front door. Carmody says there is a catch, as only W-2 employees of delivery services can make the drop-offs, which disqualifies several popular services. Another bill from Belle Chasse Representative Chris Leopold allowing grocery and liquor stores to hire their own drivers to make deliveries has also been signed into law. The booze cannot be delivered to a home if it is on a college campus.
Video of a box turtle missing his rear legs has gone viral after getting a new set of wheels courtesy of some clever LSU veterinarians. LSU Vet School spokesperson Ginger Guttner says the story has since spread like wildfire, gaining Pedro and the vet school plenty of media attention. Pedro now has a Lego block glued to the bottom of his shell where the axel of the wheels snaps into place.
A former Playboy playmate has been arrested on drug charges by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. A deputy conducted a traffic stop over a brake light issue. Inside the car they found the driver and two passengers, one of which was Valerie Mason, a playmate of the month from 2008. The deputy searched the vehicle, finding 2 grams of meth and syringes.
The Pelicans announced today that Todd Graffagnini is the team’s new radio play-by-play guy. The New Orleans native has served as the voice of the Tulane Green Wave for the last 12 seasons. NOLA-dot-com’s Jeff Duncan reported today that Antonio Daniels will be the Pels new color analyst on the T-V side, replacing David Wesley, who has held down that job for the last seven seasons.
The Monroe News-Star reports Louisiana Tech and Eric Konkol have agreed to a one-year contract extension. The Bulldogs were 20-and-13 last season, nine and nine in Conference USA, which is an improvement from the prior season.
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News for Tuesday 062519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Utility workers for Cleco and the city of Alexandria worked throughout the day yesterday and overnight to restore power to residents as a result of and early Monday morning storm. At one point Cleco had over 13,000 people without power, the City of Alexandria 2,300. As of late last night most power was restore. But, utility officials say some outages could last into today.
A homicide in Concordia Parish leaves a teacher dead. According to investigators, the victim, Frederick McCray Jr. gave a ride to the suspects to a location where the suspects shot him. The suspects have since been apprehended and confessed to the crime. The victim was a teacher in Natchez where he was recently named teacher of the year.
Legendary New Orleans music producer Dave Bartholomew, the man who found Fats Domino, passed away Sunday at 100 years old. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Executive Director Mike Shepard says Bartholomew worked with, and was loved by all the greats, including Irma Thomas, Benny Spellman, Dr. John, and more. Bartholomew is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Saints QB Drew Brees won his lawsuit against a San Diego jeweler who ripped him off by reportedly lying about the apparent value of millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds they purchased. The Black and Gold legend was awarded damages in excess of six million dollars as a result of the trial that took him off the practice field for the first few days of offseason team training.
A Bunkie man accused of stabbing a wedding guest at a reception on Saturday night has turned himself into police in Pineville. Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Steven Martel says 19-year-old Dontavian Williams of Bunkie brought an outside issue inside of the wedding reception and that led to the incident.
State Attorney General Jeff Landry announces the latest results of statewide effort to arrest child predators. Landry says Operation Broken Heart, a culmination of multiple law enforcement agencies netted 63 offenders in the last two months alone. Since July of 2018 the sting arrested one-hundred-sixty-five child predators.
A recent study by AAA indicates about 70% of drivers in America feel they are unlikely to be caught by the police while driving while under the influence of marijuana. AAA spokesperson Don Redman says it is usually about an hour or so after using marijuana that the effects may set in. Millennials and young adults are the ones to report they are most likely to drive within an hour of toking up.
South Louisiana is getting a 400,000-dollar EPA grant to clean up two environmentally contaminated sites as part of the “Brownfields Program”. Congressman Garret Graves says Brownfields are plots of land, often in the middle of booming markets that have sat abandoned as a result of environmental issues. He says these plots drag down property values and discourage investment. The two locations getting a little TLC in Louisiana are a former VFW Hall in Houma, and a federal office building in Lafayette. Graves says they sit in vital economic corridors for the local community.
El Dorado Resorts, the parent company of a string of Louisiana casinos including the Belle of Baton Rouge, has purchased Caeser’s Entertainment, the parent company of several other casinos including Harrah’s in New Orleans, for 17.3 billion dollars. Casino Association of Louisiana executive director Wade Duty says the merger will create the opportunity for the company to reinvest in Louisiana.
A Slidell man’s fiancé allegedly shoots up a truck stop after her betrothed gets fired from his job as a truck driver. After shooting at the trucking company owner in apparent retaliation for the firing, Slidell Police spokesperson Daniel Seuzeneau says 32-year-old Natalie Williams turned to the company owner’s truck and continued the shooting spree.
No one was injured in the incident.
Ragin’ Cajuns baseball’s head coach is recovering following a heart procedure Monday afternoon. UL Lafayette Athletics spokesperson Patrick Crawford says Coach Tony Robichaux went to the hospital on Sunday evening and found out he was experiencing a cardiac event. Crawford says the operation went well and doctors are expecting the coach to make a full recovery.
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News for Monday 062419
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Just a reminder, the public is encouraged to attend tonight’s superintendent finalists public forum. The event takes place at the Instructional Resource Center, across from the school board in Alexandria. A meet and greet with candidates begins at 5:30 p.m. and the public forum begins at 6 p.m.
Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in May, a .6 percent drop year to year, and a .1 percent drop from March. Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Dejoie says the state has 2,600 fewer unemployed than last month, and 12,000 since last year. She says in total it’s a record for the decade. The 4.4 percent unemployment rate puts Louisiana in a category economists call “full employment”, the first time Louisiana has received that designation in years. Dejoie says this level of unemployment means businesses have to fight harder for new hires. It’s not all rosy news however, as Houma is down 2,600 jobs from last year, Alexandria is down 600, and Shreveport is down 2,700.
The Diocese of Alexandria released the names of three additional clergy against whom there have been credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Evidence for all three were presented to the Permanent Review Board and the allegations were deemed credible. The Diocese of Alexandria pledges to provide updates to the list of credibly accused clergy as new information becomes available. All cases date back to the 50’s and 60’s. Two of the named priests have died.
An Opelousas woman died in a Sunday afternoon crash in St. Landry Parish. State police report 21 year old Qiana Orville died from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash on La. 167 in St. Landry Parish. Reports say Orville lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway and struck a tree.
A father is in jail after admitting to striking his two-month-old child several times in the back of the head, resulting in his death. Welsh Police Chief Marcus Crochet says the suspect did not a previous criminal history. The suspect is charged with manslaughter and is being held at the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail.
Governor John Bel Edwards spoke at the Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. During the address, Edwards highlighted that Louisiana needs the China trade deal resolved, and soon, in an effort to return to stability.
A recent poll making the rounds in the media shows support for President Trump in Louisiana is not what is used to be. But U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross questions the validity of the survey. Another shock in the poll was the data that Louisianans oppose the President’s border wall plan 49 percent to 41 percent. Cross says sometimes you have to take poll results with a grain of salt.
The intense summer heat is upon us in the Bayou State and according to state climatologist temps will be higher than normal this summer. Officials with the State Department of Health want you to enjoy the summer but also remember to take precautions and not succumb to the dangers of heat exhaustion or worse. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says with heat indexes already reaching into the 100’s we all need to practice heat safety, stay hydrated and wear proper clothing.
Dr. Kanter also wants to encourage those transporting children to never leave them in a car unattended, even for a short amount of time.
A similar warning from the Louisiana Humane Society who reminds pet owners not to leave animals in cars unattended as it only takes a few minutes for the heat to cause organ failure and kill an animal.
The state of Louisiana has reached a settlement with Bell Helicopter over an economic development deal that never took flight in Lafayette. The Daily Advertiser reports Bell Helicopter is ordered to pay the state about $9.5 million in cash. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson also told the newspaper that the state will keep a helicopter valued at $4 million. The deal with Bell Helicopter was highly touted when announced by former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration in 2013, but when Bell Helicopter failed to meet hiring goals the deal was off. The company moved its operations to Amarillo last year.
A study from LSU Health New Orleans shows a link between pre-pregnancy weight and breast milk and the effects it could have on infant growth rates. Lead author of Dr. Henry Nuss says the levels of hormones like insulin and leptin in the breast milk of mothers that are overweight pre-pregnancy could impact childhood obesity. They don’t want to discourage mothers that are overweight from breastfeeding at this time, they still believe breastfeeding is the best option.
News for Friday 062119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The storm that hit Tioga and Ball early Thursday morning was one of the worst kinds, the kind that hits in the middle of the night.. The national weather service has confirmed a tornado did strike the two towns and they believe it was an F1 storm. Many people are wondering why no warning was issued. The only local warning issued by the NWS was a tornado watch, not a warning. Heavy damage was confined to small patches where it appears the tornado touched down for no more than a few moments. High wind damage was also reported in Deville. The blessing is no one was severely injured.
At one point after the storm, CLECO reported 19,000 residents were without power. By six last night that number was down to 3,600.
Today marks the first day of summer and State Climatologist Barry Keim says this summer is going to sizzle. Keim says the hot temps are already in the Bayou state as the month of June has exceeded the historical average. Keim says the long range forecast from the climate prediction center is forecasting normal rainfall patterns for the summer and says the temps are expected to run above normal for the entire summer.
More shootings have been linked to murder suspect 22-year old Sean Barrette in Jefferson Parish now. Barrette was arrested yesterday and charged with the murders of three people in West Metairie Avenue and one in New Orleans. Now Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s authorities have connected him to a June 17th shooting of a female driver on I-10. The victim was not killed but her vehicle was struck multiple times with bullets. And Kenner Police says another driver was followed closely on 1-10 and the vehicle pulled beside them and fired several shots, that driver also was not injured.
Mental health has been the focus of conversation following that spree that left four people dead. The suspect Sean Barrette had been committed twice in recent months prior to the murders.. New Orleans licensed professional counselor Mark Saucier says mental health issues are something that Louisiana as a whole needs to face.
Governor Edward has signed the Seafood Labeling Bill so restaurants that aren’t serving seafood from the U-S must let you know. Bill sponsor Representative Truck Gisclair acknowledges that many Americans do not realize that 90-percent of the seafood they consume at restaurants is imported. He wants tourist in Louisiana to know if they’re getting the real deal.
On his monthly talk show yesterday Governor Edwards responded to criticism of his signature of a fetal heartbeat abortion ban from pro-choice voters. Opponents say the governor’s signature shows a disregard for women’s healthcare and wellbeing but Edwards countered saying his administration has made substantial improvements in women’s healthcare outcomes the last four years. When asked what the state is doing to help poor families afford to raise kids they haven’t planned for, Edwards responded by mentioning this year’s budget focused on educating working class families’ children.
Edwards tried to alleviate concerns of pro-choice Democrats before the fall governor’s race that Louisiana’s economic progress under his watch will allow the state to invest in programs championed by progressive voters.
Allegiance Health Management facilities across Louisiana are fighting against the opioid crisis to the courtroom. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, seeks damages for hospitals and emergency rooms impacted by the opioid epidemic. New Orleans attorney Mark Stein says the economic impact goes beyond the patients. Stein says beyond seeking to recover monetary losses they have incurred treating adults and opioid-dependent born children, the lawsuit aims to stop the overuse of opioids.
A Congressional subcommittee tackled the question of whether or not African Americans should receive reparations for the United States’ history of slavery and racial injustice. Congressman Mike Johnson spoke out against the idea at the hearing. Congressman Johnson believe taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for actions taken while they were not alive.
John Paul Funes (Foo-Nes) entered a guilty plea in Federal Court Thursday to charges of wire fraud and money laundering after a scheme that siphoned off more than a half a million from the Our Lady of the Lake foundation in Baton Rouge. It was revealed that Funes admitted he chartered a flight from Houma to Tampa for a Saints game and gave approximately a hundred thousand dollars to the family of former LSU football player Rohan Davey. Sentencing is deferred until the pre-sentence investigation is complete.
An anonymous individual donates a $2.52 million gift to the Nicholls State athletics department to contribute to a $6.5 million building project. The project will fund the expansion of Barker Hall to include a football operations center. Athletics Director Mike Roan says the size of the gift is one of the record books.
Drew Brees has been nominated for two ESPY’S. The Saints quarterback is nominated for best NFL player and best record-breaking performance. Brees already has 4 ESPY’S. The other nominees for the best player include Patrick Mahomes of the chiefs, Aaron Donald of the rams, and Todd Gurley also of the rams.
News for Thursday 062019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Rapides Parish School Board members took little time yesterday witling down the list of potential Superintendent candidates to three. All three had experience within the school district. The finalists are Kimberly Bennett, the district's executive assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and a former principal at Tioga High School; Deborah Heitman, middle school director for Caldwell Parish School District and former principal at Rosenthal Montessori Elementary School in Alexandria; and Jeff Powell, chief academic officer for Iberville Parish Schools and former Rapides director of middle schools and magnet programs. A public forum to be held Monday at the district's Instructional Resource Center on Beauregard St. here in Alexandria. There will be a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 6 p.m.
Former State Senate President and longtime physician Dr. Donald Hines died Tuesday after a long illness. Hines represented central Louisiana in the Legislature for 15 years. A public memorial service for Hines will be held this evening at 6p at the Hass Auditorium in his hometown of Bunkie. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Bunkie. Dr. Hines was 85.
A DOTD worker was killed Wednesday in Simsboro when an 18 wheeler collided with a DOTD truck on LA Highway 563. The worker was standing behind the truck replacing road signs. 50-year old Johnny Cole of West Monroe was pronounced dead on the scene.
Jefferson Parish authorities have identified 22-year old Sean Barrette as the suspect who randomly selected four victims to murder in Metairie and New Orleans in the last few weeks. Two of the four victims are Hispanic males and they all appear to be random at this point in the investigation. A cell phone found at the scene of one of the murders linked the suspect to the murders. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff says the suspect has a history of mental issues and is not cooperating with authorities at this time.
Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s not concerned about losing votes over his decision to sign a series of abortion restrictions during the legislative session. Edwards says his support for the fetal heartbeat abortion ban that would functionally ban abortion six weeks after pregnancy should not have come as a surprise, given his past support for pro-life policy. Edwards is now one of the Democratic party’s highest positioned pro-life members. Polling suggests that a potential pro-choice progressive candidate could get some traction if they were to run for Governor to the left of Edwards.
A report presented Wednesday to the Louisiana Board of Regents spells out why LSU and other schools are supposed to limit the number of students admitted even though they failed to meet academic standards. "For the past two decades the Board of Regents has conducted studies on performance with similar findings: there is a direct relationship between student preparation and student performance. Students who meet the academic criteria before admission outperformed those who did not "based on every performance measure examined in the study, which was done by the staff of the regents. The report is the latest volley in a months-long dispute between the board and others and LSU President F. King Alexander over how many students should be allowed to enter LSU if they failed to meet grade point, ACT or other standards.
Over a million dollars’ worth of cocaine was found floating 50 miles off the Louisiana coast by a work boat that hauled it back into Port of Iberia and turned the contraband over to authorities. Iberia Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Major Wendall Raborn says they aren’t certain how the package got left stranded on the high seas, but it could have come from an aerial drop from the cartels that just didn’t find it’s mark.
The Department of Ag will enforce regulations, next October after passage of a truth in labeling bill, and violators of the law receive a $500 fine per day, per violation. Senator Frances Thompson author of the bill says the goal of the law is not to put anyone out of business; it was just to make things clearer. The things Senator Thompson thought you may be confused about was whether or not Almond Milk came from a cow or whether or not Cauliflower rice was rice or Cauliflower. Also a source of confusion according to Senator Thompson was the term Soy burger, from a cow??
An alleged Walmart thief dragged a cop through a parking lot and led Slidell Police on a high-speed chase then ended when the suspect wrecked his car in Mississippi.
Slidell Police spokesperson Daniel Seuzeneau says 51-year-old Robert Myers of Picayune, Mississippi fled from Walmart Loss Prevention officers and was later cornered in his car by Slidell authorities…Myers is facing Third Offense Felony Theft, Flight from an Officer, Battery of an Officer, Assault of an Officer, and more.
An Amite High School athlete is dead following a Tuesday football practice. The Amite Police Department received a call about an emergency at the school around 9 pm. Upon arrival, other first responders were on the scene performing CPR to 15-year-old Terrance Allen. Police say the team had just finished practice and that Allen was joking in the locker room before falling to the ground. First responders were able to get a pulse as the teen was taken to a medical facility, but he died prior to arrival.
The NBA Draft kicks off at 6pm this evening and the new look Pelicans are sporting the 1st and fourth picks, and looking to rebuild after trading former cornerstone superstar Anthony Davis. It’s a stone cold lock that New Orleans will grab Duke legend Zion Williamson with the first pick. Hear the draft tonight starting at 7 on 94.7 ESPN
News for Wednesday 061919
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Five Louisiana nursing homes are in hot water after a report by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare services shows poor conditions and subpar treatment of patients. Louisiana Department of Health spokesperson Bob Johannessen says it’s the first time the feds have made the annual report public, and its important information for families.
Here in Louisiana Tioga Community Care Center, St. Helena Parish Nursing Home, Lake Charles Care center, South Lafourche Nursing and Rehab, and Belle Maison Nursing Home in Hammond were on the list. The list identified over 400 problem facilities nationwide.
After an investigation that lasted several months, Two women were arrested at the Queen Spa on Mac Arthur Drive in Alexandria. The charges range from prostitution and money laundering to pandering. Alexandria and Pineville PD and the US Marshal’s Task Force were involved in the investigation.
Louisiana continues to be ranked 49th in overall child well-being. KIDS COUNT manager at Agenda for Children Teresa Falgoust says one of the main reasons the state does so poorly is the face the state ranks 50th in childhood poverty, with 307-thousand children living in poverty, roughly 28% of the state’s child population. The state has dropped in ranking for education from 47th to 48th. Falgoust says another troubling trend is the number of children getting ready to enter high school not doing well in math. In 2009, 80% of eighth graders were not proficient in math. That number increased to 81% in 2017.
Governor John Bel Edwards has signed the 30-billion dollar budget that lawmakers approved in the recently completed legislative session. Edwards says the spending plan that goes into effect July 1st contains the first teacher pay raise in a decade. The budget also increases funding for pre-K education.
Calcasieu Parish authorities report a Westlake pastor stands accused of raping an 11-year-old girl multiple times over a two-year period. 45 year old John Michael Ward was arrested Monday on 10 counts of first-degree rape, 40 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, and two counts of pornography involving a juvenile.
Four people are behind bars, with three charged with human trafficking and the fourth being charged with carnal knowledge after an investigation by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. The investigation began in March when a tip was called into authorities alerting them to the location of 14 year old girl previously reported as a runaway. Upon arrival at a motel, the girl was located in a room along with one of the suspects. The victim says she had been forced into sex trafficking since January.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking for the public to help count how many bats live in the Bayou State, so they can find out if a bat-based disease is spreading. LDWF State Wildlife Veterinarian Jim LaCour says over 80 percent of the state is private property, which can make it tough to track bat populations, so if you got some bats on your land, they ask you contact their office. LaCour says the white nose syndrome has ravaged bat populations in other states, but has not yet been detected in Louisiana.
From the “Not the sharpest knife in the draw” department, a Haughton man was arrested after allegedly stealing items from his neighbor’s garage, including a live streaming surveillance camera he didn’t turn off. Bossier Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis says the footage made it easy to catch the thief, and the incident is a good example of how effective a simple surveillance camera can be.
The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is accepting permit applications from retailers who want to sell C-B-D products. A-T-C Commissioner Juana Lombard says C-B-D can only be added to food if approved by the F-D-A and C-B-D can’t be marketed as a dietary supplement and the labeling cannot make medical claims.
ESPN reports the Saints are ready to make wide receiver Michael Thomas the highest paid receiver in the NFL and a deal could be done before the start of training camp. The 26-year-old out of Ohio State has become one of the best receivers in the league and last year led the NFL with 125 catches for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Pelicans have committed to Alvin Gentry as their head coach for the next two seasons by picking up his option for the 2020-21 season. New Pelicans Executive Vice President David Griffen has been a big supporter of Gentry’s and the two worked together previously in Phoenix.
A big question heading into Thursday night’s NBA draft is whether the Pels will trade the number four pick that they acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN’s Jonahtan Givony says the Celtics, Bulls and Timberwolves have expressed interest in the number four pick so they can select Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland.
LSU Hall of Famer Ebert Van Buren has passed away at the age of 94 at the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans home in Monroe. Van Buren never played high school football, but former coach Bernie Moore saw him play on the Metairie playgrounds and made him a fullback and linebacker. Van Buren helped LSU land a berth in the 1949 Sugar bowl. His brother is the late Steve Van Buren, who is a member of both the LSU and NFL Halls of Fame.
News for Tuesday 061819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Governor John Bel Edwards has requested a federal fisheries disaster declaration for Louisiana. Edwards says diverting Mississippi River water into Lake Ponchartrain has resulted in troubling mortality rates among oysters, declining fish catches and financial damage to the livelihoods of those in the fishing industry. The Bonnet Carre Spillway has been operated twice this year because of high levels on the Mississippi River.
An Opelousas man is dead following a shooting at his home. Police say 49-year-old Stanley Boxie died of multiple gunshot wounds after being ambushed in his driveway at 3am Monday morning. The investigation is ongoing and there are no suspects at this time.
The former warden of the Avoyelles Correctional Center in Cottonport, Nate Cain was sentenced Monday to 38-months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in March to two counts of federal wire fraud. His ex-wife, Tonia Bandy, received an eight month sentence. Prosecutors say the duo made fraudulent purchases with public dollars.
The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Department has arrested a Montgomery man and a Verda woman following a narcotics investigation. 46 year old Ryan Johnson was arrested for the possession of meth with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana. 41 year old Misty Brocato was arrested for the possession of meth with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony probation violation.
Louisiana officials are optimistic that 2016 flood victims who did not get RESTORE grant money due to receiving SBA loans will see a check in the near future. State Office of Community Development Executive Director Pat Forbes says the state is getting final guidelines approved by HUD. After that happens, they will contact remaining flood victims. This action should end the “duplication of benefits” loophole.
Former Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who resigned last May amid a lawsuit alleging he repeatedly sexually harassed a woman who worked in his office, is trying to get his money back as part of that case. Though the lawsuit was settled late last year, Schedler is seeking reimbursement for his costs. The state ultimately paid north of $180,000 on the case, including, attorney’s fees, and the woman who alleged the harassment received $167,500, including over $18,000 that Schedler paid personally.
In a lawsuit Schedler filed against the state in February, he argues the state did not provide him as an individual with a defense in the original case, as it was required to by law.
State Police say an impaired driver is to blame for a wreck that sent three victims flying off the elevated Westbank Expressway in Harvey. All three people died after a fall of about 100 feet. Trooper Monroe Dillon says the three victims were working on a disabled vehicle in the roadway. Dillon says they arrested 40-year-old Todd Williams of New Orleans and he’s facing numerous charges including three counts of vehicular homicide.
A 15-year-old is dead and two other minors are in critical condition after they were ejected from an SUV in a rollover crash south of Ponchatoula on I-55 Sunday night. None of the children involved appear to have been buckled up.
The executive director of the Louisiana State Troopers Association was arrested on Father's Day, accused of firing one shot toward his daughter's boyfriend in the parking lot of his office in Baton Rouge. David Young, the association's executive director, was booked into jail Sunday night. The Louisiana State Troopers Association is an organization that acts as a union and advocates on behalf of state troopers.
Congressman Ralph Abraham grabbed 180 votes and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone grabbed 94 votes at Saturday’s Southwest Louisiana Republican’s “Iowa Governor’s race (I-oh-way) straw poll”. UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Abraham has to be feeling good about the results, and it appears the Congressman is solidifying his frontrunner status. The 25 dollar a head event was hosted by the Calcasieu Republican Party Executive Committee and the Republican Women of Southwest Louisiana.
Progressive and Louisiana Farm Bureau are dropping their auto insurance rates on the heels of the state’s largest insurer, State Farm, also lowering their rates. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the three insurers combined account for just over 50 percent of all Louisiana auto policies.
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