News for Wednesday 110619
Compile by Dave Graichen
The investigation continues into the discovery of a body of an unidentified man Monday on highway 71 south near Lecompte. The RPSO says it will take the coroner’s autopsy to determine the cause of death. Anyone with any information that may help authorities is asked to call the Sheriff’s office or Crime Stoppers.
Monroe is the epicenter of the Governor’s race today with visits from both campaigns, including President Trump stumping for Eddie Rispone. Rispone says the President’s trip at this time emphasizes the need to turn the state around with the November 16th runoff election. Rispone says the man he edged out of the runoff, Congressman Ralph Abraham, will be in attendance tonight as well. Edwards campaign spokesperson Eric Holl says the Governor’s stop in Monroe highlights a different campaign strategy, working together. Holl says President Trump and Governor Edwards have great working relationship and expects that to resume after the political tension that comes with an election ceases. Finally KSYL’s Moon Griffon will interview The President on his show this morning at 9:05..
Flu season is heating up and Louisiana leads the nation in flu activity. State Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch says most of the cases seem to be focused in south Louisiana, particularly New Orleans and the North Shore. While the cases are piling up, thankfully most of them do not appear to be the more serious A-strain of the flu.
Renown Pointe Coupee literary icon Ernest Gaines has passed away at the age of 86. The writer was best known for his work, A Lesson Before Dying, which found national success after it was put into Opera’s Book Club in 1997. Gaines taught at UL Lafayette and was born on a plantation in New Roads in 1933, and his family had to move out of state when he was 15 because his parish did not offer high school for African Americans.
When it comes to the hottest ticket in college football, one thing is certain: The waiting game is an expensive one. In the days before No. 1 LSU faces off with No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the game is already tracking as the fourth-highest in average ticket sales across the college football landscape this season, according to sales data from multiple online marketplaces. That average price was $417 as of Tuesday, according to data from StubHub, which tracks higher than any game Alabama played in the 2018 season. The "get-in" price, which tracks the cheapest available tickets, was at $245.
After months of delays, the new billion-dollar terminal of Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans opens today. MSY Director of Aviation Kevin Dolliele says the 82-85% of all visitors by air, into and out of the state, use the facility and the new terminal will drastically improve what they see. The concourse will feature over 40 different retail and food and beverage outlets and the parking now increases to over 8000 available parking spots. Dolliole says the new facility will also feature a new system for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft as well as additional updates to technology that the 21st century air traveler is looking for in an airport.
A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to carrying out schemes that defrauded banks and private equity firms of $29 million. A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Middle District of Louisiana says 57-year-old Michael Allen Worley pleaded guilty Monday to bank fraud and wire fraud. With the guilty plea, Worley has admitted to obtaining $18 million in loans from banks in Baton Rouge and across the country between 2014 and 2018. He also admits to obtaining $11 million from private equity firms in Louisiana and Texas.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Division will begin training up to 24 cadets in March of 2020 to bolster the ranks of agents in the field. Applications are being accepted through Nov. 24. Interested applicants can apply online through the Department of Civil Service website and must complete the LEAPS 9500 test to qualify for consideration.
A Denham Springs man is under arrest for stealing an electric shopping cart from a Walmart in Houma, allegedly to avoid getting a DWI. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson John DeSantis says 32-year-old Brice Kendell Williams had parked at one bar, started drinking, then decided to steal the cart and drive it half a mile down the road to another bar. Williams is facing felony unauthorized use of a moveable and a 2,500 dollar bond.
Gretna Police report two brothers shot a man to death in an argument over drugs and a woman. 32-year-old Harold Slater and 37-year-old Willie Slater were arrested Sunday and charged with second-degree murder accused of fatally shooting 32-year-old Walter Wilson on Saturday at an apartment complex in Gretna. Wilson suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and legs.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says a Metairie man who disappeared Sunday while meeting with two people interested in buying his car was shot in the head during the vehicle test drive. After the shooting, the would-be buyers, 22 year old Herman Raney and 20 year old La'Shon Brown, both of Baton Rouge, are accused of dumping the 41-year-old man's body in a vacant lot in the middle of a Metairie neighborhood. The JPSO says the victim, 41 year old David Mancia was a father of three.
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