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News for Friday 081718

Compiled by Dave Graichen

For Cenla Broadcasting

 

Today’s sources: The Louisiana Radio Network, Town Talk, Advocate and Cenla Broadcasting.

 

The Saints take on the Cardinals in the Superdome tonight, giving players at crucial question mark positions on defense, running back, and at tight end a chance to cement their positions in the second game of the preseason. The first team defense flunked their first test last week, letting the Jags score with ease. WWL Radio Saints Sideline Reporter Steve Geller says tonight’s a good chance for a rebound. Kick off 7p, pregame at 5 on 96.9 KZMZ

 

The RPSO reports a Pineville man is behind bars after he fired his pistol at another vehicle on Monday. 48 year old Mark Vanderwater remains in the Rapides Parish Detention Center on a $500,000 bond. Witnesses told authorities that an "altercation" had happened between Vanderwater and the victim. When the victim stopped, Vanderwater "drove up on a motorcycle and attempted to block the driveway. The victim then drove around the suspect and, at that time, Vanderwater allegedly pulled a pistol from his vest and shot several times toward the vehicle. One bullet hit the driver's side glass, but the victim was not injured.

 

An Alexandria man with a long list of arrests has been arrested again. But, authorities didn’t have to go far to fine him, he was already behind bars after being charged with another robbery. The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office charged 27 year old Micah Brevelle with one count of simple burglary, but more charges might be coming "as Brevelle may be implicated in other burglaries in the area.

 

A Deville man has been found guilty of attempted second-degree murder in the 2017 stabbing of his sleeping wife. 55 year old Stephen Lukens will be sentenced on Sept. 10. He was found guilty of the attempted murder charge and obstruction of justice after a Wednesday bench trial before 9th Judicial District Court Judge Greg Beard.

 

The family of Maxwell Gruver, an LSU student who died in a hazing incident last year, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, saying the school and fraternity knew for years that pledges were being abused and that the 18-year-old's death could have been avoided if the institutions had taken steps against "masculine rites of passage."  The wrongful death lawsuit, which seeks $25 million in damages, names the university, a housing corporation, the fraternity and more than a dozen of its members.

 

The State Bond Commission barred two of the largest banks in the world from participating in efforts to fund some highway projects in Louisiana because of firearms policies instituted after recent mass shootings.

 

On 7-6 vote, the commission excluded Citigroup Inc., the nation’s third largest bank, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the second largest, from participating in a $600 million plan to widen Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge and improve access into the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, along with a project in Shreveport.

State Treasurer John Schroder made the motion saying the banks’ restrictions infringed on Louisiana residents’ constitutional right to buy guns.

 

A year or so back, Louisiana residents were told the state’s voting machines were up to date and secure. But now, the state is in the process of replacing those machines win the ones.. But the price is now set around ninety to ninety-five million dollars, up from the project sixty million earlier this summer.  The recent bidding process was also accused of being rigged by a contractor that was passed over for the voting machines purchase. 

 

A new report from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network has evaluated Louisiana in its fight against the disease.  Among the areas of concern, access to care, quality of life, and prevention.  ACS-CAN spokesperson Lance Barbour says the state’s Medicaid expansion is a noteworthy highlight, opening the door to more treatment options.

 

State Superintendent of Education John White says it’s time to start paying the state’s teachers more money. As a guest on a Baton Rouge Talk show yesterday, White discussed the recovery of the economy and increased stability in the budget, now is the time to make sure teacher’s pay is keeping up with competition in other states and other industries.  White says Louisiana was at the southern regional national average as recently as just a few years ago but recently has fallen behind.

 

The first medical pot is on track to be planted Friday after a successful meeting between the Ag Department, the LSU Ag Center, and GB Sciences, gave the green light for GB to start the process of growing the medicinal marijuana. It’s a temporary go ahead for GB, who provides the plants for LSU. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says the facility and GB Sciences still have some hurdles to clear for permanent authorization. He says they’ll need to discover whether or not pesticides will be necessary for the growth of the plants.

 

The son of an elderly woman who died last month from infected bedsores was arrested Thursday and accused of contributing to the neglect that resulted in his mother's death.

77 year old Barbara Lewis-Brown was found suffering from severe infection and living in deplorable conditions. She had not been moved from her sofa for months and was covered in her own waste with maggots all over her body. She also was suffering from malnourishment and dehydration, and was transported to a hospital, where she later died.

 

LendingTree says New Orleans has the third youngest startup entrepreneurs in the nation after a survey revealed the average age of new business owners in the Crescent City was 37.95 years old, just behind Buffalo and Salt Lake City. The city has become a destination location for millennials over the last decade, and NOLA Chamber of Commerce Communication Director Haley Pegg says it makes sense. The city was one of the most ethnically diverse locations on the top ten list, and Pegg says that diversity has made the city culturally, and economically appealing.

 

4,100 homeowners still need to submit some additional paperwork to the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program by October 1st. In order to get their reimbursement Executive Director of the Office of Community Development Pat Forbes says completing the application can have some serious benefits. Homeowners who qualify can visit restore.la.gov or call 1-866-735-2001 to complete the application process.

 

A former St. Tammany Parish Deputy has pleaded guilty to shaking down citizens for pot, not filing reports about the seizure, and later distributing it to his special someone. Kenneth Szalajeski will serve ten years in prison for the actions which happened of the course of five months

 

Sports on the air tonight:

 

New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals 5p 96.9 KZMZ

 

Houston Astros @ Oakland A’s 8:30p 94.7 ESPN

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News for Thursday 081618

Compiled By Dave Graichen

For Cenla Broadcasting

 

The search continues for a 24 year old Alexandria mother and her 9 month old son. Family members reported Antoinette King missing on Monday. The APD, who is asking for the public’s help in finding the woman, says King may be in the Tallulah area. But reports giving to police say she may have traveled to Ferriday with two men.

 

After an investigation, that started back in May, A Pineville woman has been arrested on charges of making unauthorized financial transactions from the Ward 10 Dixie Youth Baseball Association account. Detectives from the RPSO found that past treasurer Belinda Warren allegedly made numerous questionable transactions from the association's account over the last several months, with some transactions being made in the off-season winter months. Warren was charged with 18 counts of forgery and one count of theft between $5,000 and $25,000. She was released  Wednesday on a $10,500 bond.

 

A man accused of luring a child into a family restroom in January has pleaded not guilty to two charges. 23 year old Steven McKinney pleaded not guilty to felony charges of simple kidnapping and indecent behavior with a juvenile on Wednesday morning before ad hoc Judge Harry Randow in the 9th Judicial District Court. A complaint was filed against McKinney with the Pineville Police Department, alleging that he had lured a child inside of a family restroom at the Louisiana Athletic Club. The department issued a warrant for his arrest, which happened on May 30. McKinney has been in the Rapides Parish Detention Center since then.

 

A Cloutierville man wanted for aggravated burglary and public bribery charges and other charges in Rapides and Natchitoches Parishes was arrested Tuesday without incident. 34 year old Terrance Brossett had eluded law enforcement in both parishes for weeks.

 

Oil and gas companies made $178.1 million in high bids for federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico. That's about 28 percent above the last gulf-wide sale in March. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says 29 companies bid on 144 tracts Wednesday. High bids averaged $1.2 million, up from $939,000 in March.

 

A man accused of killing three Clinton-area men last year told investigators he shot them because, as though he were deer hunting, he was "filling five tags" the government had issued him. Ryan Sharpe, who on Tuesday was ruled incompetent to stand trial, told authorities he had killed a deer that was worth two of the tags but the three remaining tags had to be used on humans. Sharpe has been charged with the murders of three men and the attempted murder of a fourth in separate shootings over a four-month span in 2017.

 

Entergy lost about $5.9 million from unpaid electric bills during the August 2016 floods and now wants its money. The utility is asking state regulators to allow a surcharge on monthly bills for the roughly 468,000 customers in 20 parishes, even if their accounts were never in arrears. This additional rider to monthly bills would cover the amounts not collected because of orders not shut off the lights and assess late fees on people flooded out of their homes. Entergy sells power to about 1 million customers in 59 parishes.

 

The Ag Commissioner met yesterday with the firm tasked with providing medicinal cannabis in the wake of news that this year’s crop is being delayed until November. The holdups are starting to frustrate the pharmacies who’ve been authorized to supply the product in Louisiana. Greg Morrison, who owns the license for Northeast Louisiana, says the uncertainty surrounding the start dates are costing businesses money. He says pharmacies just want clarity on when their patients will get access to the treatment.

 

Burglary, Theft, Vehicle Arson… just some of the many reasons why 24-year-old Keithen Banks is a wanted man by several agencies in Jefferson Parish. The State Fire Marshal is asking for the public’s help in locating the man, and spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says anyone found to be helping Banks cover his tracks could be facing punishment as well..

 

A Church Point man on a motorcycle died Wednesday in a three-vehicle crash near the intersection of State Highway 95 and State Highway 365 in Acadia Parish. The victim, 24 year old Weston Nelams, 24 was pronounced dead on the scene.

 

A Lafayette man has been cited with criminal mischief after allegedly crying wolf about his sinking boat. Authorities say Benjamin Becnel called in a false alarm Monday on the waters in Pointe Coupee Parish. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Spokesperson Adam Einck says Becnel never explained why he did it. Becnel could be facing a 500 dollar fine and some prison time.

 

Two Pointe Coupee Parish sheriff's deputies resigned recently following an investigation into allegations they met up at a local hospital to have sex in a bathroom while one of them was on duty. Sheriff Bud Torres said Wednesday he suspects the deputies met up on July 30 at Pointe Coupee General Hospital while one of the deputies was working an off-duty detail and the other was on regular patrol. The sheriff identified the deputies as Tiffany Brister, who had been on the force a year, and Chris Kimble, who had worked for him for two years.

 

The US Attorney’s Office reports the leader of a large Baton Rouge drug trafficking ring and four of his associates have pleaded guilty to federal charges involving heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine. 40 year old James C. "Fat Boy" Hull of Baton Rouge, admitted heading a narcotics distribution ring involving 21 subordinate drug dealers who operated throughout the Baton Rouge area.

 

Two Yankee elephants from Buffalo, New York are on their way to the Audubon zoo in New Orleans. After a year’s long search for good roommates for the existing elephants at the zoo finally paid off. Audubon General Curator Joel Hamilton says elephants have been a popular part of the zoo for over three decades, and is looking forward to adding to the herd that’s housed in a new facility built in 2016.

 

Sports..

 

LSU’s quarterback situation is getting hairy as Noel Narcisse isn’t the only guy on his way out of town. Justin McMillan, who also went “missing in action” at practice yesterday says he’s departing from the Tigers as well. It’s a big shakeup for the Purple and Gold who are down to two Quarterbacks… those being in Ohio State University transfer Joe Burrow, and sophomore quarter back Miles Brennan. The departure of Narcisse is much more of a surprise to the Tiger football ‘nation.’

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News for Wednesday 081518

By Dave Graichen

 

The APD reports three people have been arrested after they broke into the Alexandria Zoo. Police were called around Tuesday morning to the zoo after staff members said three suspects were seen breaking into the facility. They then fled on foot, but police were able to catch them nearby. All three suspects are currently facing trespassing charges. One suspect is facing simple battery charges after attacking a staff member.

 

The feds will be holding another auction of leases for oil and gas plots in the Gulf of Mexico today, with Louisiana industry members hoping for a more substantial result than the previous sale this year. Industry analysts say the last bid was disrupted by uncertainty surrounding royalty rates. The plots are used by major oil companies to initiate Gulf of Mexico resources drilling.

 

According to a new study by the American Federation of Teachers, Louisiana spends more than one billion dollars less on education, when adjusted for inflation, now than it did prior to the recession of 2008.  Louisiana Federation of Teachers spokesman Les Landon says if education is going to be the cornerstone of Louisiana’s future, it’s time to pony up. If the state wanted to keep even with the level of spending in 2008, it would need to invest $834 million in colleges and universities, and $248 million in K through 12 education.

 

Medical marijuana in Louisiana likely won't be available until at least November — two months later than initially hoped — after regulatory delays pushed back production for one of the state's growers. GB Sciences, which was contracted by the LSU AgCenter to run the school's growing operation, said it will not meet its self-imposed September deadline for having the product available. The company blames the delay on the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, which denies it is responsible and says the company needs to provide more information.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards was in Livingston Parish Yesterday. Two years ago, much of that parish was under water from the 2016 flood. Edwards was there to celebrate the parish’s recovery and how FEMA has agreed to rebuild two schools that were substantially damaged.

 

On the subject of the 2016 floods, a new report shows 20,000 homeowners who suffered major flood damage in 2016 did not complete a short survey to see if they were eligible for the 1.3 billion dollars in federal recovery aid. Anyone who suffered one foot of flooding or at least 8,000 dollars’ worth of damage was eligible to potentially receive RESTORE grants.

 

A Jennings teen has been sentenced to fifty-five years behind bars. Parker Gary, now 19, was accused of shooting his grandfather, Warren Gary, in his sleep and obstruction of justice in the murder of Dedrick Gant. District Attorney of the 31st Judicial District, Michael Cassidy says the case’s brutality justified the substantial sentencing.

 

A judge in East Feliciana ruled Tuesday that alleged serial killer Ryan Sharpe is not competent to stand trial, a decision that will halt criminal proceedings and transfer the 37-year-old from a jail cell to a psychiatric hospital. Reports from two doctors who evaluated Sharpe's mental capacity found that, at this time, he is unable to assist counsel. The doctors did not make a determination on Sharpe's mental status at the time of the crimes, Damico said.

 

In Lafayette, 27-year-old Carlos Guzman-Sanchez is facing kidnapping charges after deputies learned he allegedly held two men captive inside a home for a week. The victims were allegedly bounded by the wrist with chain and secured with a padlock. One of the victims escaped and alerted authorities.

 

A judge will allow evidence of previous hazing behavior in the trial of two former LSU students, Sean-Paul Gott and Ryan Isto, who were some of those allegedly responsible for Maxwell Gruver’s hazing death. Gott and Isto have been charged with misdemeanor hazing.

 

42 year old Shelly Carey of Bossier City and 27 year old Bryan Smiley of Haughton, both have been taken into custody. Each charged with 3rd degree rape, cruelty to juveniles, and indecent behavior with juveniles. The two are accused of committing sex acts in front of a 13 year old girl after making her smoke meth in a hotel room.

 

McDonalds is pumping 114 million dollars into 200 Louisiana restaurants to overhaul everything from the exterior of the building to how you order your food. It’s part of a 6 billion dollar national facelift for one of the biggest food chains on earth. McDonalds Vice President of US Restaurant Development Rob Lancaster says just because the exterior is going to look a lot different, doesn’t mean their touching the classics.

 

A 72-year-old New Orleans woman has been arrested for an August 8th hit and run incident on the interstate on-ramp in Jefferson Parish. It took five days to track down Elva Lafaye with public tips and coverage of the crime. State Police Spokesperson Melissa Matey says it’s a good reminder about how important public tips can be in solving tough to crack crimes.

 

The family of the St. Mary Parish man who lost his pregnant wife and one-year-old child to a drunk driver is fundraising to help pay for the expenses related to the tragedy that shocked the family, and community. The GoFundMe account is over half way to its final 20,000 dollar goal, which Chris Sintiere, the father and husband, says means a lot, but it’s still a difficult time for the family.

 

On air today…

 

Houston Astros vs Colorado Rockies 6:35p 97.4 ESPN

 

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News for Friday 081018

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

Dr Malcom Denley, a long time and well-loved pediatrician in Alexandria has passed away. Dr. Denley practiced for 68 years and delivered generations of children to the area. Dr Denley was found unresponsive in his home last night by a family member, He was 94 year old.

 

Active shooter training for schools here in Rapides Parish has canceled for now, due to an ongoing, undisclosed, investigation of an employee of the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. That employee, Amber Carter, who had been acting as the liaison for a company working with the DA's Office who would provide the training, is on administrative leave. The DA’s office confirmed Carter was under investigation by an outside agency, but that all they would say. No word as to when or if that training will take place.

 

It was certainly not a good way to start out the school year. A school bus transporting students Vernon Middle School caught fire Thursday morning. Authorities say no injuries were reported and the students were transferred to another bus. It’s believed  the fire may have have started with the brakes while the bus was traveling on Highway 467 near Parkway Elementary.

 

In the city of Natchitoches, two Police officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegedly racist posts on Facebook. The names of the officers have not been released. The City though did issue a press release saying "If any City employee is found to have engaged in any racist actions or words, the employee will be disciplined harshly, including, but not limited to, discharge from employment."

 

NOAA has lowered its prediction for the number of named storms for  this hurricane season. Back in May, government forecasters estimated as many as 16 storms, now they say the 2018 total could be between 9 and 13. State Climatologist Barry Keim says despite this dialed down long-range forecast, there are more storms to come.

 

Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards visited with President Donald Trump in New Jersey yesterday to talk criminal justice reform, a topic that is reportedly under consideration by the Republican President for a major congressional push. Edwards celebrated the state’s savings of 12.2 million dollars from the first year of new laws. Edwards was the only elected Democrat at the meeting of governors, attorney generals, and other officials from across the country.

 

A report shows a record number of Louisiana high school students are now earning AP credits. 12 percent more students scored a 3 for the tests that allow them to get some early college credit. Louisiana Education Department Assistant Superintendent Ken Bradford says the results come down to increased incentives for high school students to enroll in the optional courses.

 

The Youth Infrastructure Coalition has launched an effort to get the federal government to approve funding for a proposed new interstate that would run from Texas to Georgia and cut through central Louisiana. It would be called Interstate 14. Frank Lumpkin the Fourth, president of the organization, says the project will mostly be upgrading existing roads to interstate standard, which will cut down on the costs. Lumpkin says they are trying to show government leaders that the interstate can reduce poverty and improve lives along the proposed route.

 

The State Police Commission has reduced the punishment that three troopers received for that controversial trip to California for a law enforcement conference that also included a side trip to Las Vegas. Two of the troopers were demoted and had their salaries reduced. But the Commission felt that was too harsh and restored their ranks and reversed the cuts in salary. But those two troopers will have to serve suspensions. L-S-P Colonel Kevin Reeves says he disagrees with the commission’s actions, but respects their decision.

 

A team of 40 UL Lafayette students and their instructor are releasing a podcast chronicling the 2016 floods through the eyes of those who experienced the disaster first hand. UNDERWATER: Memories of the 2016 Floods is the result of over a hundred interviews. Assistant History Professor Dr. Liz Skilton says the program weaves together a narrative that reveals just how widespread the problems were, and how communities responded in the aftermath.

 

Louisiana shrimpers say a strike could be coming soon if prices hit thirty cents a pound as they are feeling the effect of cheaper, imported seafood.  Captain Acy Cooper says many of the imported shrimp from countries like Indonesia are flooding the market just before the season kicks off in the Bayou State. Cooper says tariffs are only a temporary fix and suggests possibly putting a cap on imported shrimp so local shrimps can continue to make a living.

 

The Orleans Parish Coroner confirms the body pulled out of Lake Pontchartrain on Tuesday is that of 31-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux. But the cause of death remains unknown. The Baton Rouge woman was reportedly on a sailboat with 43-year-old Michael Farley on Sunday when the two decided to jump off the boat and go for a swim. Farley was found Monday in good condition.

 

Several new traffic laws went into effect as of August 1. Among those laws, were stiffer penalties for DWI convictions, new laws on driving in flooded areas, and the use of off-road vehicles on public roads.  Act 198 levies an additional $50 fine for the use of breath-testing in a DWI conviction, with the increase bringing the price tag up from the original $75 to $125.  Impaired driving consultant, Mike Barron, says that money is being reinvested into traffic safety.

 

Sports….

 

The New Orleans Saints won their preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night - a 24-20 comeback victory - but more importantly the coaching staff got long looks at the two players competing to be Drew Brees' backup at quarterback, Tom Savage and Taysom Hill. Savage started the game and played every offensive snap in the first half except for the final one and completed 10 of 14 passes for 70 yards while leading the Saints to their first touchdown, a 2-yard run by Mark Ingram.

Hill played most of the second half and ran seven times for 52 yards while completing 8 of 9 passes for 72 yards.

 

LSU and Florida State will play a pair of neutral site games in 2022 and 2023, according to a report Thursday by college football reporter Brett McMurphy.  McMurphy wrote that the Tigers and Seminoles will play in 2022 in New Orleans and 2023 in Orlando.  The game in 2022 will be the first scheduled meeting between the schools since 1991, a 27-16 Florida State victory in Tiger Stadium.

 

On the air tonight..

 

Houston Astros vs Seattle Mariners 6:35p 94.7 ESPN

 

Today’s sources: Louisiana Radio Network, Advocate & Cenla Broadcasting.

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News for Thursday 080918

Compiled by Dave Graichen

 

Today's Sources: Louisiana Network, Baton Rouge Advocate, Towntalk & Cenla Broadcasting.

 

The Natchitoches parish Sheriff’s office is investigating the deaths of two young men were found shot to death in a vehicle early Tuesday morning in Natchitoches. Investigators say both had been shot several times. The victims were identified as driver Cordarious Smith and passenger Rodney Richards. Both men were 24 and lived in Natchitoches.

 

State Police report a Leesville bicyclist died Wednesday morning in a crash with an 18-wheeler, whose driver later was arrested after he left the scene of the accident.

The wreck happened on La. Highway 28 West around 8:30 a.m. at the line between Rapides and Vernon parishes. 72 year old David Guerrero was bicycling eastbound on the shoulder when he was hit by an empty log truck driven by 57-year-old Barney Lee Adams of Harrisonburg. Adams continued driving, though. Troopers found him and the truck "several miles from the crash location. Guerrero was taken to Rapides Regional Trauma Center, where he later died.

 

A Cottonport woman is dead after a Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash. State Police report 24 year old April Lemoine lost control of her vehicle and crossed the center line of Highway 107 and struck another vehicle head on. Lemoine, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene of the wreck. The driver of the other vehicle was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards visit with President Donald Trump today in New Jersey is turning heads in a political environment that’s becoming sharply divided along partisan lines. Edwards will discuss criminal justice reform with the president, who’s reportedly interested in pursuing a federal push for similar changes. Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy sent a letter yesterday to President Donald Trump trashing the state’s reform efforts.

 

It’s once again time to be more mindful of school zones and school buses. That’s the message from AAA. Spokesperson Don Redman says it’s critical for drivers to remember not to pass stopped school buses and that drivers in both directions must stop when on a non-divided roadway.  Not only is it a costly mistake if you get busted, but it could become a deadly mistake.

 

Online Fantasy Sports legalization will be on the November 6th ballot, giving voters a chance to legalize the use of online services like Draft Kings and FanDuel in their parish. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says it’s likely a few parishes won’t legalize it, which means they’ll have to set up what are known as geofences.  Jones says that means online fantasy sports will likely not be up and running in Louisiana until the 2019-2020 football season.

 

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has a new four-year degree program that is the first of its kind in the state.  It’s called Unmanned Aircraft Systems Management and it’s all about drones and their use in various industries. ULM Professor Dr. Paul Karlowitz says he’s already getting contacted by companies looking to hire drone pilots and the use of drones can be applied to many different lines of work. He adds the first class for the upcoming semester is already full.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state is investing in four new facilities in the Louisiana Community College system, three in New Orleans, and one in Lake Charles. The Lake Charles SOWELA facility will focus on Culinary, Gaming, and Hospitality services. New Orleans will be home to new facilities as well, with campuses in the downtown districts and across the river in Algiers.

 

State Police say 22-year-old woman from Franklin and her one-year-old son are dead after they were hit by an alleged drunk driver in Iberia Parish. Master Trooper Brooks David says investigators believe Dylan Leblanc of Youngsville was impaired when he lost control of vehicle on US-90 Tuesday night and collided with an oncoming car.

The collision killed Abbie Sinitiere and her one-year-old son Max, both were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say three other juveniles in Sinitiere’s vehicle sustained critical injuries.

 

Shreveport Police are continuing their investigation into an officer involved shooting that left a 27 year old dead.  Late Tuesday afternoon, officers were dispatched to a call of a suspicious vehicle.  The patrolmen attempted a routine traffic stop that resulted in a brief.  When officers got out of their vehicles, the suspect threw his car into reverse, hitting a police cruiser.  Officers fired their weapons at the driver with at least one hit to the chest, killing the man.

 

A 47-year-old Baton Rouge man who shot his then-girlfriend six times, paralyzing her, as she took a bath in February 2017 was convicted Wednesday of attempted second-degree murder. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III called Carl Thompson II’s shooting of Angela Gabriel “an act of cowardice.” Thompson faces a prison term of 10 to 50 years when state District Judge Richard Anderson sentences him Oct. 19.

 

Authorities recovered a woman's body in Lake Pontchartrain on Tuesday evening, two days after New Orleans resident Sadie Thibodeaux went missing there. The 32 year old  Thibodeaux disappeared Sunday. The man who had been out sailing with her when she disappeared,  and who was rescued by the Coast Guard on Monday morning, has been questioned by police. Police on Tuesday morning said they had not seen any evidence of foul play and were considering Thibodeaux's case as a missing persons investigation.

 

 

Sports..

 

The Saints take on the Jaguars tonight in Jacksonville for the first preseason game of the year. You won’t see much of Drew Brees, or the other stars, but Saints Analyst Mike Detillier says it’s a chance for some unheralded players to make a name for themselves. Airtime this afternoon at 4 on 96.9 KZMZ. Kick off shortly after 6

 

LSU suspended linebacker Tyler Taylor after learning he was arrested in May for reportedly serving as the getaway driver in the burglary of a Georgia pawn shop, according to arrest documents obtained Wednesday by The Advocate. LSU athletic officials confirmed they learned of Taylor’s case Wednesday and that he is suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.

 

The New Orleans Pelicans will open the 2018-19 season by visiting the Houston Rockets on Wednesday October 17th in a game televised by ESPN. The rest of the schedule will be released at a later date. A reminder, you can hear the Pelicans in Central Louisiana on 94.7 ESPN.

 

Bad news for the ULM Warhaks, senior cornerback Rhoy Williams has suffered a torn ACL and he’ll miss the upcoming season. Williams played in 12 games last season and had 38 tackles.

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Contractor Ratcliff Construction is expected to start work on the new Central Louisiana Technical Community College campus off Murray Street in Alexandria in the next week or two. It’s been nearly 3 years since groundbreaking at the site. Chancellor Jimmy Sawtelle at a press conference Tuesday said that the new campus will be operating for the fall semester of 2019. It’s expected the current campus location on South Mac Arthur Drive will be sold once the new campus is operational.

 

Sad news yesterday with the announced passing of a true Louisiana Music Legend, G.G. Shinn. Family members announced on Facebook yesterday that G.G. had passed shortly before 3 in the afternoon. Shinn was a member of the iconic Boogie Kings where he was the band's featured trumpeter and lead vocalist. In his later years Shinn was the owner of the local G.G.'s nightclub in Alexandria. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. G.G. Shinn would have been 79 later this month.

 

CHRISTUS Health announced Tuesday that Nancy Hellyer, president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini, will depart the health system on Sept. 28. She will be replaced by Chris Karam, who has been named senior vice president of group operations and president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System in Alexandria.

 

The State police report Two Monroe residents died Monday night in a two-car crash in Winn Parish. The report states that 61 year old Vincent Trotter lost control of his pickup on  U.S. 84, and he crossed the center line, striking another pickup being driven by 41 year old Bobby Ray McLarty of Winnfield. Both Trotter and his only passenger, 52-year-old Wanda Jenson, died at the scene. Both were wearing seat belts. McLarty who was also wearing a seat belt, was not injured.

 

LaSalle parish authorities report a man has been charged with the shooting of an Ola man over the weekend. The LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office booked  30 year old James Rosier of Summerville Tuesday on charges of second degree murder in the death of 49 year old Sherwood Breithaupt.

 

LSU is offering a new option for buying football tickets, formerly one of the hottest commodities in Louisiana before high definition TV's and other changes shook up the ticket marketplace. The offer, called the flex pass, costs $360 for seven vouchers that can be redeemed for any of the seven regular-season games in Tiger Stadium.

Seat locations vary, and only two vouchers can be used for the season's highest-profile games — Georgia on Oct. 13 and Alabama on Nov. 3. Tickets will be delivered digitally to cell phones 24 hours before the game.

 

A government report says gasoline demand is nearing an all-time high and that’s causing prices to rise at the pump. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular fuel is $2.61, the most expensive August price since 2014.  AAA Fuel Analyst Don Redman says the refineries are working near full capacity right now.  He adds being in the height of hurricane season is a big concern. The statewide average for a gallon of gasoline was $2.16 a year ago.

 

An Amazon distribution center that will be built near the Airline Highway-Interstate 12 intersection in Baton Rouge will reportedly create hundreds of full-time jobs, with salaries of up to $25 an hour.  Amazon officials said Tuesday the 21,000-square foot facility will help speed up deliveries for customers. It will collect packages that come from larger Amazon centers that need to go “the last mile” into the hands of customers.

 

The state’s top gambling regulator confirms that three riverboat casinos are interested in expanding their operations on land, which is now legal as a result of legislation passed during the regular session. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones spoke at the Baton Rouge Press Club. The gaming control board estimates nearly 22,000 jobs are tied to the riverboat casino industry in the state.

 

The Louisiana State Police has applied for two federal grants to fund improvements to school safety after a series of school shootings earlier this year. Governor John Bel Edwards, speaking at Mckinley High School in Baton Rouge, says if awarded, the grants will fund projects highlighted by a joint commission. Edwards says the commission’s research team is busy compiling reports on every school in the state.

 

Edwin Edwards turned 91 Tuesday. The former four-term governor says he’s in good spirits and health, and looking forward to spending many more years with wife, 39-year-old Trina Edwards and their five-year-old son Eli.

 

A US Census Bureau report says coastal counties and parishes along the Gulf of Mexico have seen an increase of 3 million people, or 24.5%, between 2000 and 2016.  The US itself has grown by nearly 15-percent over the same time.  Demographer Greg Rigamer says with the exception of 2005, a year that saw an intense hurricane season, every year since 2000 has shown growth, despite the threat of danger from natural disasters.

 

The search continues for a missing boater in Lake Pontchartrain. 32-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux turned up missing on Sunday after an unmanned sailboat was found in the water. New Orleans Police Department Third District Commander Jeff Walls says at this point it’s a missing person’s case, but homicide unit detectives are assisting in the investigation.  The hunt moves forward on the south shore of the lake. 

 

A report from a team of LSU Health New Orleans and St. George University scientists indicates obese women may be able to prevent their children from falling prey to adolescent obesity by eating a healthy diet when pregnant. LSU School of Public Health Professor Dr. Richard Scribner says if further research confirms the results, you can add high sugar, processed foods to the list of no go’s for pregnant women.

 

An Oak Grove police officer has resigned following his arrest on charges of rape on a teenager.  Authorities made the arrest following an investigation stemming from a complaint received in July pertaining to the now former officer. TheState police investigation is ongoing.

 

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office  reports a former volunteer firefighter from Ponchatoula hid video cameras in the women's restroom of a Tangipahoa firehouse and inside his own home 42 year old James Vining was initially arrested July 24 on video voyeurism and multiple drug counts, but he now faces additional charges as the investigation continues.

 

A state judge on Tuesday denied a request to move the trial of a black man whose attorney claimed that a Confederate statue outside the East Feliciana courthouse is a symbol of “oppression and racial intolerance” and that his client couldn’t get a fair trial there. In her ruling from the bench Tuesday, District Judge Kathryn Jones pointed out that the attorney filed his motion for the change of venue too late.

 

Dixie Beer is back, and in a big way. The century-old New Orleans company, bought last year by Saints owner Tom Benson and now led by his widow, Gayle Benson, unveiled plans Tuesday to open an 80,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant in New Orleans East. Backers hope the project will not only help revive the historic brand but also serve as a catalyst for economic development in the hard-hit neighborhood.

 

 

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The State Fire Marshall’s office has listed the cause of a deadly fire, which claimed the life of a disabled Deville man over the weekend, as Undetermined. 65 year old Russel Free died in the early Sunday morning blaze, that investigators say started in the bedroom of the mobile home.

 

36 year old Nicole Chandler of Pineville was sentenced yesterday, in 9th judicial district court, to 16 years behind bars, for killing a cellmate, 59 year old Rachel Smith, in the Rapides Parish Detention Center in July of last year.  A Rapides Parish jury found Chandler guilty of manslaughter by a vote of 11-1 last month.

 

The APD has arrested 27 year old Micah Brevelle and as charged him with several burglaries and attempted burglaries around town. The department had been investigating multiple vehicle burglaries and attempted residential burglaries over the past week in the West Point and Tennyson Oaks subdivisions, as well as the Georges Lane area.

 

The State Police reports a Texas man died Sunday night in a crash on Twin Bridges Road at La. Highway 112. Sunday night. Troopers say a vehicle driven by 26 year old Nicholas McClintock of Hemphill, Texas left the roadway and struck a tree. McClintock, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

 

Lightning struck a Turkey Creek home Monday afternoon, igniting a fire in the home's attic. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic although there was water damage to the rest of the house. Six family members were home when the fire broke out, but no one was injured.

 

The Colorado State hurricane forecast team continues to predict a below-average hurricane season. Lead researcher Doctor Phil Klotzbach says they expect nine additional named storms this year. Klotzbach says there’s a 1 in 5 chance the Gulf Coast will see a major hurricane making landfall this year. Klotzbach says no matter what the forecast may call for, it is always important to be ready during hurricane season.

 

According to the Advocate, Attorney General Jeff Landry favors Louisiana’s current split jury law, which requires 10 of 12 jurists to convict a suspect in a felony case.  This makes him one of the few prominent politicians to oppose it so far.  Louisiana is one of only two states that allow split jury verdicts. A constitutional amendment is on the November 6th ballot that would change Louisiana’s law, requiring unanimous verdicts. 

 

Governor John Bel Edwards will meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday to discuss criminal justice reform efforts that were enacted last year. The legislation helped Louisiana lose the title of Incarceration Capital of the World, by reducing the inmate population, while expanding probation and parole opportunities for mostly nonviolent offender. Edwards is one of a handful governors invited to the meeting.

 

A Kenner mom is under arrest after allegedly assaulting the citizens who rescued her 11 month and 3 year-old children from a hot car. Kenner Police Lt. Michael Cunningham says cameras showed the citizens helping the children exit the vehicle and after the mother discovered this, Cunningham says the mother ran out, and started punching the good Samaritans. The mother, 22-year-old Shawnise Sherman, was arrested and booked with Simple battery and Child Desertion.

 

 

The Louisiana Department of Education is releasing back-to-school resource guides for parents for the new school year.  The free resources are available via LouisianaBelieves.com’s family support toolbox.  Director of Family and Educator Communication, Annie Morrison, says the resources will help guide families as students enter new classrooms and some into new schools. The department will be putting out a guide for pre-k through 2nd grade guide sometime next week.

 

Sports betting is off to the races in dozens of states across the nation, but so far Louisiana has sat on the sidelines while neighboring states like Mississippi have elected to receive the expansion. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says after seeing how other states have started using the new cash, he’s concerned the Bayou State may be losing on crucial revenue. Jones says a bill legalizing sports gaming in Louisiana lost in the final seconds during the regular session. Jones says he believes a more conservative approach to allowing sports betting may succeed as early as next year.

 

A recent review of the Medicaid program shows the private companies known as Managed care organizations that work with the program have not been providing accurate enough information for where recipients can access their care. Louisiana Medicaid Director Jen Steele says they’ve fixed the problem, which boils down to better communication between LDH and the MCO’s…

 

The Harvest Center Church in Lafayette says they will not press charges against a man who stole donations from their school supply drive. Pastor Daniel Kelly says they confronted the culprit, who claimed he needed the supplies for his family.  Kelly says there is good to have come out of what could have been a negative situation.  The incident has actually spawned more donations to not only bridge the gap, but exceed the original totals.

 

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s  Office reportsThe Chief of the French Settlement Police Department was arrested for using a fleet fuel card to fill up his personal pickup truck. Harry Brignac was charged on three counts: injuring public records, malfeasance in office, and misdemeanor theft. His bond was set for $50,500, according to a release from the Livingston (La.) Parish Sheriff’s Office.

 

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The State Fire Marshall’s office has listed the cause of a deadly fire, which claimed the life of a disabled Deville man over the weekend, as Undetermined. 65 year old Russel Free died in the early Sunday morning blaze, that investigators say started in the bedroom of the mobile home.

 

36 year old Nicole Chandler of Pineville was sentenced yesterday, in 9th judicial district court, to 16 years behind bars, for killing a cellmate, 59 year old Rachel Smith, in the Rapides Parish Detention Center in July of last year.  A Rapides Parish jury found Chandler guilty of manslaughter by a vote of 11-1 last month.

 

The APD has arrested 27 year old Micah Brevelle and as charged him with several burglaries and attempted burglaries around town. The department had been investigating multiple vehicle burglaries and attempted residential burglaries over the past week in the West Point and Tennyson Oaks subdivisions, as well as the Georges Lane area.

 

The State Police reports a Texas man died Sunday night in a crash on Twin Bridges Road at La. Highway 112. Sunday night. Troopers say a vehicle driven by 26 year old Nicholas McClintock of Hemphill, Texas left the roadway and struck a tree. McClintock, who was wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

 

Lightning struck a Turkey Creek home Monday afternoon, igniting a fire in the home's attic. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the attic although there was water damage to the rest of the house. Six family members were home when the fire broke out, but no one was injured.

 

The Colorado State hurricane forecast team continues to predict a below-average hurricane season. Lead researcher Doctor Phil Klotzbach says they expect nine additional named storms this year. Klotzbach says there’s a 1 in 5 chance the Gulf Coast will see a major hurricane making landfall this year. Klotzbach says no matter what the forecast may call for, it is always important to be ready during hurricane season.

 

According to the Advocate, Attorney General Jeff Landry favors Louisiana’s current split jury law, which requires 10 of 12 jurists to convict a suspect in a felony case.  This makes him one of the few prominent politicians to oppose it so far.  Louisiana is one of only two states that allow split jury verdicts. A constitutional amendment is on the November 6th ballot that would change Louisiana’s law, requiring unanimous verdicts. 

 

Governor John Bel Edwards will meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday to discuss criminal justice reform efforts that were enacted last year. The legislation helped Louisiana lose the title of Incarceration Capital of the World, by reducing the inmate population, while expanding probation and parole opportunities for mostly nonviolent offender. Edwards is one of a handful governors invited to the meeting.

 

A Kenner mom is under arrest after allegedly assaulting the citizens who rescued her 11 month and 3 year-old children from a hot car. Kenner Police Lt. Michael Cunningham says cameras showed the citizens helping the children exit the vehicle and after the mother discovered this, Cunningham says the mother ran out, and started punching the good Samaritans. The mother, 22-year-old Shawnise Sherman, was arrested and booked with Simple battery and Child Desertion.

 

 

The Louisiana Department of Education is releasing back-to-school resource guides for parents for the new school year.  The free resources are available via LouisianaBelieves.com’s family support toolbox.  Director of Family and Educator Communication, Annie Morrison, says the resources will help guide families as students enter new classrooms and some into new schools. The department will be putting out a guide for pre-k through 2nd grade guide sometime next week.

 

Sports betting is off to the races in dozens of states across the nation, but so far Louisiana has sat on the sidelines while neighboring states like Mississippi have elected to receive the expansion. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says after seeing how other states have started using the new cash, he’s concerned the Bayou State may be losing on crucial revenue. Jones says a bill legalizing sports gaming in Louisiana lost in the final seconds during the regular session. Jones says he believes a more conservative approach to allowing sports betting may succeed as early as next year.

 

A recent review of the Medicaid program shows the private companies known as Managed care organizations that work with the program have not been providing accurate enough information for where recipients can access their care. Louisiana Medicaid Director Jen Steele says they’ve fixed the problem, which boils down to better communication between LDH and the MCO’s…

 

The Harvest Center Church in Lafayette says they will not press charges against a man who stole donations from their school supply drive. Pastor Daniel Kelly says they confronted the culprit, who claimed he needed the supplies for his family.  Kelly says there is good to have come out of what could have been a negative situation.  The incident has actually spawned more donations to not only bridge the gap, but exceed the original totals.

 

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s  Office reportsThe Chief of the French Settlement Police Department was arrested for using a fleet fuel card to fill up his personal pickup truck. Harry Brignac was charged on three counts: injuring public records, malfeasance in office, and misdemeanor theft. His bond was set for $50,500, according to a release from the Livingston (La.) Parish Sheriff’s Office.

 

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LSU’s Devin White and Greedy Williams are on ESPN’s list of Top 50 college football players. White is coming off a 133 tackle performance last season, while Williams led the SEC with six interceptions and second in the league with 17 passes defensed.

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Military service members will get their biggest raise in a decade with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act this week. In addition to the pay raise for U.S. military service members, the legislation also funds improvements at military installations. This opens up the possibility of funding going toward projects at military installations in Louisiana such as Barksdale Air Force Base, Fort Polk, and the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station among others. The House gave a ‘thumbs up’ to the legislation last month.

 

The Department of Corrections is celebrating the one year anniversary of the 2017 criminal justice reforms that saw Louisiana lose its title as the incarceration capital of the world. The department says the total prison population is at a 20 year low. The new parole system has seen the total supervised population fall by 7,000 people due to reforms that allow offenders to work towards goals that will reduce their time in the system.

 

Louisiana has begun its effort to extend foster care services for kids in the system up to age 21, from the current age limit of 18. The program got legislative approval and funding during the legislative season with widespread support. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says the extension costs the state about one million dollars a year, which allows it to get access to three million dollars in additional federal funding to help cover the costs.

 

Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says, head on out to the stands and enjoy the fruits of your local farmers and craftsmen’s labor during National Farmers Market Week. It’s a national week of recognition for the local markets, and Strain says that means it’s time to go check out one of the state’s 75 farmers markets and over 100 roadside stands.

 

With the November elections just three months away, the campaigns of those on the ballot are doing their best to find funding.  LA-Politics.com  Publisher Jeremy Alford says it’s still early for many of the campaigns, but adds the six congressional districts have seen a solid collection so far. House GOP Whip Steve Scalise has seen the most money raised for his District 1 race. Alford says Julie Stokes has the lead in fund with the Secretary of State’s race. 

 

Curators with the Louisiana State Musuem opened a time capsule found underneath a recently removed confederate monument in New Orleans Friday. The contents of the copper box revealed Confederate money, flags, a US medal and other items.  Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says it’s amazing that people of that time period had the foresight to preserve these items for people of today.

 

The Superdome is marking it’s 43rd birthday on Friday. The world famous venue arrived on August 3rd 1975 and was approximately 100 million dollars over budget. The Superdome’s completion was almost three years later than expected. However, since it’s opening  the Superdome hosted events featuring the Pope, massive concerts, and of course, plenty of Saints football games.

 

A DeRidder gymnast will represent the United States in November when she competes in the World Age Group Gymnastics Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Lynlee Taylor is the 11 year old daughter of Wesley and Amber Taylor. The Taylors adopted Lynlee from Korea. The girl started in gymnastics at 4 year of age and began competing at the age of 6.

 

An airman assigned to Barksdale Airforce Base is scheduled for a general court-martial trial Jan. 7. Officials at the North Louisiana base say Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards is in custody, charged with the murder of Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale. Both Hale and Edwards were assigned to the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as electronic warfare journeymen.  Edwards is accused of stabbing Hale, his roommate, to death in March of this year.

 

From the goodness is next to Godliness department, A Rouses’ grocery store clerk in Baton Rouge has received over 54-thousand dollars in donations as a result of a kind act. Jordan Taylor was putting up bottled orange juice in a cooler, when an autistic 17-year-old asked if he could help. The father of the autistic teenager made a video of it and the video has gone viral. A Go fund me account was set up to help Taylor go to college and donations are rolling in.

 

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Saints rookie running back Boston Scott says he’s looking to make the team anyway possible through offense or special teams, possibly as a returner. Scott says as a way to get ready for his NFL career, he spent a week with Drew Brees and his trainer in San Diego. The 39-year-old Brees admitted over the weekend he’s spoken with his wife about retiring. But Brees says the entire family supports his effort to win another Super Bowl, plus his kids like coming out to practice.

 

The Houston Astros continue their west coast swing tonight after taking 2 out of three games over the weekend from the LA dodgers. Tonight, it’s the opening of a two game series against the San Francisco Giants. It’s a late game, starting at 8:40p on 94.7 ESPN.

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It wasn’t the decision the Rapides Parish DA’s office was hoping for. But, all is not lost yet. Judge Peyton Cunningham  said Thursday that the money issues the Rapides Parish Police Jury are experiencing are attributable to funds being kept by the District Attorney's Office for its pretrial intervention programs. The judge went on to say DA Phillip Terrell's petition for a writ of mandamus was not the correct way to seek restoration of the $700,000 that was cut by the police jury.  Terrell says he and his attorneys would take a few days to decide whether to appeal Cunningham's decision.

 

Wednesday a Federal Appellate Court blocked the release of online schematics that would allow people with 3D printers, which are rapidly falling in price, to create operational firearms with ease. Senator John Kennedy disagrees with blocking the release, and says it’s your right to print the weapons.

 

A criminal justice expert says Avoyelles Parish law officers who wrestled a Marksville man off a tractor while serving an arrest warrant last year used too much force, needlessly escalating a confrontation that ended with the man's death. A second expert said he doesn't agree the officers used excessive force, but said they may have acted negligently by failing to administer aid once Armando Frank was unconscious.

 

A press release from Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain reports a 2 year drowned in a swimming pool last Friday . Deputies and emergency responders were called to the home on Mundy Loop in Colfax. The boy as was pronounced dead shortly after they arrived. There were no signs of foul play, and no further information has been released on the incident.

 

LSU football reports for camp today and expectations are lower than normal. The Tigers are picked finish 5th in the SEC West and ranked 24th in the preseason coaches’ poll.

 

Emerge Louisiana, an organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, has announced it has seen nine of its alumnae qualify for the 2018 elections.  Spokesperson for the organization, Melanie Oubre says there is a great demand to see women take action in politics.

 

Former longtime state Rep. Johnny McFerren of Stonewall has died.  McFerren was serving as a member of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.l  He served four terms at state representative of district 7.  He’s preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Patsy, who died in 2016.

 

A hit and run involving two vehicles in Monroe has a 59 year old woman dead.  The preliminary investigation revealed that Emma Crew of West Monroe was attempting to walk across Highway 165 when she was hit by the driver’s side mirror of a southbound vehicle. Authorities say Crew then fell in the road and was hit by a truck. That vehicle  that failed to stop.

 

The US Department of Defense has issued a $10 million award to the LSU’s Stephenson Technologies Corporation in an effort to help protect small businesses from cyberattacks.  This comes after Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order in 2017 establishing a Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission to advance the state’s cyber ecosystem.  STC’s President and CEO, Jeff Moulton, says it’s an important topic, because it’s not a matter of if you will be hacked, but when.

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents have cited 52-year-old Gilvin Aucoin of Ville Platte for violating the Endangered Species Act by illegally shooting an endangered whooping crane. Spokesperson of LDWF Adam Einck says the birds, having distinctive markings and standing up to four to five feet tall, are not hard to miss. Einck says there is no good excuse for shooting this animal. Violating the Endangered Species Act can bring up to a $50,000 fine and a year in jail.

 

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An investigation into a May traffic stop in Pineville that turned into a chase and fatal shooting has been closed, after the release of the Coroner’s report. The coroner ruled that 25 year old Cedric Prevot died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation into the incident was conducted by the Pineville PD and the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. But, it left a lot of questions unanswered.  There was nothing found that might explain why Prevot fired on the officer and fled before killing himself.

 

One 16-year-old boy has been arrested  by the APD and a search is on for a 15-year-old male suspect. The two juveniles are believed to be responsible for "numerous burglaries and thefts" reported over the past week in the western part of the city. The investigation is continuing.

 

The Vernon parish sheriff’s office reports a Hutton man is in jail, accused of allegedly sexually abusing two minors for over a 16 year period. 57 year old Jeffry Johnson is also facing face additional charges. Johnson was arrested and booked into the Vernon Parish Jail Tuesday

 

Police in Jennings have arrested an man in the death of his 7 week old daughter.  32 year old James Ray Miller to police that he squeezed and shook the child because she'd been crying. Miller had been charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after the child was admitted to a hospital in critical condition Monday. That charge is expected to be increased to a murder charge now that the child has died.  

 

Congressional auditors say about 30 million people will have to fork over more money to cover their 2018 taxes next year because employers withheld too little from their paychecks.  Member of the Louisiana CPA Society, Bill Potter says one of the changes made in the tax act is, there is no longer a dependency exemption. Potter says taxpayers may not see the refund they are used to, if they see one at all.

 

Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry has told the USA Today Network there’s no doubt he can beat John Bel Edwards if he challenges the Democrat in next year’s governor’s race. Landry says he’s receiving a lot of encouragement to run and it’s becoming harder to tell his supporters he won’t mount a campaign against Edwards.

 

Good news for 45-hundred low income families on a waiting list to receive assistance to send their young kids to child care. They will be removed from that list and have the opportunity enroll in a child care center thanks to a 39-million dollar one-time investment by the federal government. Executive Director of the Early Childhood operations, Lisa Brochard says Letters have gone out  to those families.

 

The attorney for a 19-year-old shot by a state trooper says he’s got questions as to why his client was shot in back when the officer claimed she was being rushed by his client following a traffic stop. The lawyer, Don Cazayoux, didn’t identify his client, who was a passenger, but says something just doesn’t add up about Trooper Kasha Domingue’s account of the incident. The shooting was not captured on video.  The attorney for the trooper claims the body cam was defective and the patrol vehicle was new and not yet equipped with a dash cam.

 

For the first time in years Louisianans on the Affordable Care Act’s individual markets will see a rate decrease. The 6.4 percent drop will be put in place for 2019. Blue Cross Louisiana Spokesperson Robin Mayhall says after several years of rate hikes related to regulatory uncertainty surrounding the program, things have started to level out.

 

Among the new Louisiana laws going into effect yesterday is the "Good Samaritan Law," which provides legal protection for those who rescue pets and children from hot cars. The law declares, "There shall be no liability on the part of a person for property damage or trespass to a motor vehicle, if the damage was caused while the person was rescuing" a pet or a child. Before a would-be Good Samaritan goes smashing windows, however, there are certain steps that must be followed: a "good-faith" attempt to locate the owner of the vehicle; a call to emergency services; a note left on the vehicle; and the willingness to wait nearby with the child or pet until help arrives.

 

A 2-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were among three shot on Wednesday afternoon on I-10 in New Orleans East.  The 16-year-old was shot in the leg, the 2-year-old had graze wounds to the shoulder and sternum and the third victim was a 22-year-old man who was shot in the leg and forearm. The NOPD believes the people who were shot were "innocent victims."

 

Switchblades are legal to own in Louisiana. The devices have been banned for decades. If it comes as a surprise to you, then you’re not alone, it was a surprise to bill sponsor Covington Representative Mark Wright. Wright says he knows legalizing switchblade knives is not a pressing issue, but he says that shouldn’t stop lawmakers from pursuing common sense legislation, even if it’s small in scale.

 

18-year-old Louisiana Tech student Mason Andrews who is attempting to become the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world has already broken one world record during his journey. Andrews has become the youngest pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic. Next stop Croatia and then it’s on to Egypt.

 

A pregnant woman and her unborn child are expected to survive after a man who police believe was impaired crashed a car in a Baton Rouge Parking garage, pinning a woman between two vehicles. The woman was hospitalized with serious injuries, including a fractured face and a broken leg. However, authorities announced  Wednesday afternoon that Prognosis for the woman and her unborn child is good.

 

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The Rapides Parish Clerk of Court's Office announced yesterday two candidates have been disqualified from running for Rapides Parish School Board. John Allen, the current board representative for District F, was ordered by a judge to withdraw or be disqualified after the Louisiana Board of Ethics filed a petition objecting to his candidacy. Another candidate, Chris Svebek, was disqualified Tuesday after the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office found he was running for a seat outside of the district in which he lives. According to the Secretary of State's Office, qualifying will not be reopened for Allen's seat before the Nov. 6 election. After his term expires, the seat can be left vacant or the board can appoint someone until another election is held in March of next year.

 

Could the 4th time be the charm? The TownTalk is reporting The Parc England Hotel and Bistro on the Bayou restaurant are up for auction again. The lease for the hotel and shuttered restaurant at England Airpark is scheduled to be sold to the highest bidder on Aug. 16 through Bonnette Auctions. It's the fourth time in 15 months the properties have been put up for auction.

 

A Pineville man has pleaded no contest to an amended charge in the 2016 crash that killed 16-year-old Chloe James of Ball.  25year old Micah Baden entered the plea to negligent homicide on Tuesday in 9th Judicial District Court. His sentencing was set for Sept. 5.

 

Today marks the third month of the 2018 hurricane season. Three storms have been named so far and State Climatologist Barry Keim predicts an increase in storms towards the end of this month. While the real heart of hurricane season occurs in September, Keim warns this is no time to let your guard down.

 

Louisiana residents can go to Mississippi to place bets on sporting events starting today. The initial casinos to offer sports betting are Beau Rivage in Biloxi and Gold Strike in Tunica. Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association, Larry Gregory, says the state is thrilled about the opportunities sports betting brings. Gregory expects to see a spike in tourism from the addition of sports betting.

 

More than 430 new laws go into effect today as a result of the spring legislative regular session. One of those bills that captivated Louisianans was the Max Gruver Act, which stiffened penalties and made it a felony to orchestrate hazing events that leads to injuries or deaths. And Louisianans looking to get hitched quick have some good news. The state’s waiting period for marriages has been bumped down from 72 to 24 hours. Carencro Representative Julie Emerson says the shorter waiting period should still keep overenthusiastic couples on a bender from tying the knot after a few shots.

 

Northwest Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson is throwing his hat in the ring to be the next Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee. It’s not a position for the faint of heart. The Committee Chairman is responsible for identifying policy objectives, and then wrangling support to get those ideas off the white board and onto a bill. Johnson says he’s got the background to both build consensus, and champion conservative values. The election for RSC chairman will take place in mid-November.

 

No one in the town of Palmetto in St. Landry Parish is interested in becoming the town’s police chief. The top cop and only police officer in Palmetto, David Krull, is moving and no one qualified to run to replace him. Alderman Guyton Budden says they might ask the state if they can appoint someone to be the police chief, because none of the current residents of Palmetto are interested…

 

About 10-thousand Louisiana homeowners who experienced flood damage in 2016 and have received some assistance through the state’s recovery program are now eligible for 100-percent reimbursement as a result of a policy change approved by the federal government. The governor’s communications director Shauna Sanford says checks will be mailed out this week and it will mean an additional 110-million dollars in flood recovery grant money.

 

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ULM football returns to the practice fields today and the program appears to have forward momentum going into their third season with head coach Matt Viator at the helm. Improving a defense that gave up a lot of points last season is certainly has the coach’s attention. Viator says he’s hopeful his squad can stay healthier than last year.

 

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With students getting closer to the end of their summer breaks, the personal-finance website WalletHub Monday released its report on 2018's States with the Best & Worst School Systems and as you may suspect, Louisiana did not do well.. With one being the best, Louisiana scored;

    51st – Math Test Scores

    48th – Reading Test Scores

    39th – Median ACT Score

    37th – % of Licensed/Certified Public K–12 Teachers

    46th – Dropout Rate

    46th – Bullying Incidence Rate

For the full report, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-schools/5335/   

 

Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards and RoyOMartin President and CEO Roy O. Martin III announced the company will invest $8 million at its Chopin plywood and solid wood plant to install a new dry kiln designed to increase timber production. With the new investment, the company will create 14 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of more than $46,800, plus benefits. The company will retain 680 existing jobs at the site, and Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 40 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 50 new jobs in the region.

 

It’s an interesting idea.. the APD has set up some spots in the parking of the Bolton Avenue Police station to allow residents to safely perform a child transfer from parent to parent under a child custody agreement or even to complete an online purchase under the watchful eye of a police officer. According to Chief Jerrod King "It provides that extra level of comfort and that extra level of security for them. Special signe make the spots in the Lot.

 

A Louisiana Legislative Auditor report finds the Rapides Parish Police Jury found that more than $4,500 was misappropriated by a former Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office employee. The incident happened in August of 2017 when the Rapides Parish Police Jury’s internal auditing system found $4,512 was misappropriated. The report stated that restitution by the employee has been made. However, according to the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, the matter was never sent to a grand jury by the DA’s Office, as it should have been.

 

The Legislative Auditor has a new report claiming the state health department and the Attorney General’s Office misappropriated money intended to fight Medicaid fraud. Auditor Daryl Purpera says they initiated the investigation at the request of LDH and the AG’s office, which’ve since put the money back in the program. Purpera says auditors also found 475-thousand dollars in salaries for fraud detection were used for other purposes and the report showed the state blew 642- thousand dollars in 2012 on software not compatible with their systems.

 

Advocates are ramping up the campaign to convince voters to vote yes to the unanimous jury verdict constitutional amendment on this fall’s ballot. The amendment requires over 50 percent of voters in the fall to back it, and would undo the Jim Crow era legislation that sets up Louisiana as a legal outlier in the American justice system.

The law was passed during the post-civil war reconstruction era, where critics say the objective was to deprive African Americans of the ability to have a jury of their peers. 48 other states, along with the federal justice system require unanimous juries.

 

A mass shooting in New Orleans left three dead over the weekend.  Now, investigators are looking for answers from the public and they are increasing the reward money for information in the case.  NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison says the money is now up to $25,000.

 

Jonesboro Representative Jack McFarland says it was not the legislature’s intention to halt three different sales tax holidays when legislators agreed in the last special session to a tax deal to fully fund state government. McFarland says he wouldn’t be surprised if there was legislation next year to bring them back. As it stands now, the sales tax holidays have been suspended until 2025.

 

Union Parish authorities say a Bastrop man drowned in Lake D’Arbonne attempting to retrieve his pontoon boat that had blown off its trailer during a thunderstorm Sunday afternoon. Authorities say 65-year-old Roddy Watt was found about 100 yards from the launching area.

 

According to the latest LDWF bald eagle nest survey, the population continues to flourish in the state.  Once a rare sight, spotting bald eagles in Louisiana is now commonplace, as the population in the 1970s was devastated by use of the now-banned pesticide, DDT. LDWF Nongame Bird Biologist Michael Seymour says DDT, when broken down in the environment, affected the ability of many birds to produce calcium which caused thin egg shells.

 

Three flood damaged Louisiana State Parks are soon to back in business.  Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announced the official reopening of cabins at Lake Bistineau, Lake Fausse Point, and Tickfaw State Parks. Assistant Secretary and Director of Louisiana State Parks Gene Reynolds say these cabins provide guests the access of Louisiana’s most impressive views. You can now start making reservations for stays beginning Monday, October 22nd. For more information visit LaStateParks.com.

 

A Farmerville woman is dead after falling out of a truck and striking the pavement.  According to the Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates, on Saturday night, 22-year-old Bridget Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene after falling from the vehicle’s window while it traveled around 35-40 miles per hour. Gates says the driver of the vehicle was arrested. Gates says alcohol was involved with the incident.

 

The Louisiana Department of Education have announced the most recent recipients of the titles of Teacher and Principal of the Year. The Principle of the Year honor goes to Dr. Eric Davis of Wossman High School in the City of Monroe School District.

Spencer Kiper of Elm Grove Middle School in Bossier City picked up the award for Teacher of the Year.  Kiper, a STEM teacher, says the surprise of the recognition serves as further motivation for his job.

 

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The State Police are investigating the shooting death of a Mississippi man and the injuring of a Ball Police officer on Saturday. Investigators report it all started when a Ball police officer pulled over a vehicle being driven 32 year old Michael Neil on Highway 165 for a traffic violation. After the officer made contact with Neal, a pursuit ensued.  The pursuit ended on Anderson Street in Pineville, where Neal was shot. Neal was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where he was later pronounced. The officer was also transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where he was last reported in stable condition.

 

State Police report an early Saturday morning, a single vehicle crash killed a man from Pineville.  According to police, the crash occurred around 1 a.m on Interstate 49 near the Meeker/Turkey Creek Exit, when a vehicle being driven by 51 Blas Sandoval left the highway and overturned. Sandoval, who was not wearing a seatbelt was ejected from the vehicle. Sandoval was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

 

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office has uncovered what they believe is a dogfighting operation, following a lengthy investigation.  The initial tips from the public began to surface in April, but Capt. Tommy Carnline says it wasn’t until recently that the agency received the intel they needed to make the discovery. Carnline says the agency discovered seventeen pit bulls on the property in the Wardville community. Police have arrested Sherman Lane Nash, Jr. but they say more arrests could be forthcoming.

 

Three people have been killed and several others injured following a shooting in New Orleans. City police spokesman Aaron Looney says in a statement the shooting happened Saturday night on Claiborne Avenue, about 3 miles from the French Quarter. No suspects are in custody.

 

Medicare for All may have been a fringe position just two years ago, but an analysis of Louisiana’s 2018 Democratic congressional candidates shows nearly unanimous support for the policy. Support from the candidates for Medicare for All comes in two flavors: allowing people to buy into the program, or blanket coverage from birth, with nine of the eleven candidates backing at least one of the two versions.

 

A Morning Consult poll shows Governor John Bel Edwards’ approval rating slipped under 50 percent during the brutal legislative sessions between April and June. Edwards’ has generally maintained one of the highest approval ratings for a Democratic governor, but ULM Political Science Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says with the legislative session in the rear view mirror and the government fully funded for the year, Stockley says don’t be surprised to see those numbers rebound in the coming months.

 

Jim Bernhard rumors are swirling again as LaPolitics.com reports the former Shaw Group CEO is considering a run for the governor’s mansion in 2019. Bernhard now operates energy investment firm Bernhard Capital Partners. LaPolitics Publisher Jeremy Alford says Bernhard has the capital on hand to make it a competitive race.

 

According to a new Gallup survey that polled just over a thousand adults, most Americans see vapor cigarettes as better than traditional cigarettes, while marijuana was seen as the safest smoking product of all.  Government agencies are chiming in, with the FDA still a bit hazy about its stance on vaping, while the CDC says more than 10% of high school students vape.  Tobacco treatment specialist, Angel Lopez, says among the experts, vaping’s health risks are debatable. Lopez says vaping introduces new chemicals, ones not present in traditional cigarettes.

 

A woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing money from the Louisiana law firm she once worked for has been sentenced to a year and 10 months in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Lake Charles said in a Friday news release that Pamela Ann Fayko, 54, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee Drell. Prosecutors said Fayko was a bookkeeper and office manager for a Lake Charles law firm from 2008 until 2016. She had access to the company credit card and checkbook. In February, she pleaded guilty to using both in the theft of more than $332,000. In addition to 22 months in prison, Fayko faces three years of supervised release and will have to make restitution.

 

For the last decade, more than one million Entergy customers throughout the state have been paying charges to cover the cost of repairs to damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell says those charges are dropping off, and Louisiana customers will see an average monthly reduction of $5.44.

 

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A federal judge’s ruling allows for the removal of a confederate monument in front of the Caddo Parish courthouse. Judge Robert James dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Daughters of the Confederacy, who said the parish couldn’t remove the monument because it sat on private property. Caddo Parish Commissioner Steven Jackson says placing the monument in front of a courthouse was highly inappropriate because of the effect it could have had on the proceedings taking place inside court of law.

 

Louisiana has hit a rough patch for weather this summer, but the state’s had a much needed heat reprieve these last few days after a brutal weekend, but forecasts say that’s about to change. State Climatologist Barry Keim says humidity levels are set to spike coming up soon. Portions of the state are also suffering from a drought. 

 

The US House has passed the National Defense Authorization Act which provides the largest pay raise for troops in nine years. Congressman Ralph Abraham says the pay raises doesn’t just help soldiers, but communities that house military bases too.

The legislation also contains 295-million dollars to update B-52 bombers, which frequently take off at Barksdale Air force Base. There’s also 12-million dollars for a new entrance to Barksdale, so a nuclear weapons storage facility can be built there.

 

The preparation is underway for the next voice of the Saints as Zach Strief transitions from the playing field to the press box.  Strief, who has no previous broadcasting experience, spent a more than a decade as an offensive tackle with the black and gold.  Strief says he looks forward to working with Deuce McAllister on commentary and says his hope is that this is something truly special to be shared with the Who Dat Nation.

 

Two Rookie New Orleans Police Officers who were fired from their jobs after allegedly severely beating a regular at a mid-city bar in New Orleans could be facing some stiff charges as a result of the incident. Spencer Sutton and John Galman were initially booked on one count of simple battery in relation to the act, where they allegedly harassed George Gomez about his citizenship, accusing him of being a “fake American”. Gomez says he is American, and has served in the Louisiana National Guard. NOPD says those charged could be upgraded.

 

After initial reports began to surface on the case of a body being discovered with the hands and feet bound together with rope in a bayou on Sunday, the death seemed suspicious.  However, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office representative .Lt. Brennan Matherne says it appears self-inflicted with a lack of evidence that ties anyone else to his death because he did not appear to be robbed.

 

The physical and psychological abuse of an autistic woman held captive for a year in Tangipahoa Parish included forcing her to eat both dog feces and her mother's ashes, attempted sex trafficking and numerous beatings, that according to charges issued Thursday against five Amite residents in federal court in New Orleans. When officers found the 22-year-old woman, identified in the court documents only as D.P., in June 2016 she was malnourished, covered in insect bites and living in a 6-by-8-foot chicken-wire cage outside a Rushing Lane home.

 

The Louisiana state trooper who opened fire on a teenager in Baton Rouge this month had been wearing a "defective" body camera that did not record the shooting, that according to a release from trooper's on Thursday. The attorney, Floyd Falcon, contends that body-camera footage would help to exonerate Trooper Kasha Domingue.

The Attorney insists Domingue had "reported it as not working" to her supervisors.

 

The New Orleans Saints violated federal labor law by failing to pay overtime wages to the former personal assistant of late owner Tom Benson, according to an NFL arbitrator who this week ordered the team to cough up nearly $400,000. The arbitrator ordered the Saints to pay $100,000 in overtime to the ex-aide, Rodney Henry, as well as a fee of about $105,000 that Henry's contract guaranteed him if he was dismissed by someone other than Benson. Arbitrator Harold Henderson also tacked on nearly $190,000 to cover Henry’s attorneys’ fees during a legal battle that began three years ago when Henry was fired.

 

Fifty years ago, there wasn’t a single brown pelican to be found in the pelican state. The demise of the population can be traced back to the use of the pesticide DDT.  But the population of the bird has since rebounded with more than 100,000 throughout Louisiana. LDWF Nongame Bird Biologist Michael Seymour says the rejuvenation effort began in the late 1960s and he credits the successful repopulation of the species in major part to the Endangered Species Act.

 

In Beauregard Parish officials began performing homestead audits this week to weed out unqualified exemptions. On Monday, DeRidder City Council members voted unanimously to enter a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Sheriff’s Office, Police Jury, town of Merryville and the School Board to execute a homestead exemption mapping system. The initiative will seek to identify properties erroneously designated as exempt and to facilitate the collection of property taxes.

 

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The Saints began training camp today with Super Bowl aspirations. Last year, New Orleans struggled on punt returns. Coach Sean Payton says that will be a point of emphasis, plus there are new kick-off rules to learn.

 

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees has a new look as he’s wearing a helmet designed to reduce concussions. Brees says the helmet he wore last year is not up to NFL standards. The veteran Q-B says the change is no big deal.

 

High school sports officials from around Louisiana are getting ready to meet up in the Big Easy, in what is estimated to be the largest event of its type in the state’s history.  LHSAA Director of Officials Lee Sanders says Officiate Louisiana’s goal is to add more sports officials to their rankings, adding they are looking for younger talent as the average age of officials has been on the rise the last two decades.

 

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Authorities have now arrested the mother of the 6-month-old Natchitoches baby who died from severe burns. 22-year-old Hannah Baker has been charged with Principle to 1st Degree Murder for her role in the tragic death. Baker claimed she was maced during a home invasion that saw her child taken from her, but Fire Marshal Butch Browning says that likely was a lie. Browning says they suspect this was a preconceived crime that Baker participated in, thus the charge of Principle to First Degree Murder. And it may not be over yet, as the Fire Marshal says they are still actively pursuing leads that could lead to more people behind bars.

 

Parents of a fourteen year old boy forced to live in a shed have been arrested.  The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office made the arrest of Larry and Antoinette Lewis and are now being held on bonds of $7,500 and $25,000 respectively.  Detectives arrived at the home and spoke with the juvenile and found out he had not bathed or eaten in days.

 

Cool Planet announced Wednesday they are begining construction of their production facility here in Alexandria.  The plant, located at the Central Louisiana Regional Port, will produce Cool Terra, Cool Planet's signature product, which the company says increases yield and quality of a wide range of crops when mixed with soil. The facility, which will serve as Cool Planet's manufacturing hub, is expected to begin production in the summer of  next year.

 

Louisiana Economic Development’s FastStart program has been ranked the nation’s number one state workforce training program for a record ninth consecutive year by Business Facilities. LED Secretary Don Pierson says this isn’t possible without the huge pool of talent that makes up the program. The program works with growing companies to tailor recruiting and training to arm employees with the skills to launch a business with full force.

 

The grandchildren of a bedridden Baton Rouge grandmother have been arrested after the elderly woman was found dead in their home. Baton Rouge Police Spokesperson Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely says EMS was called to the home for medical purposes but upon seeing her condition pronounced her dead at the hospital.

 

Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc is speaking out against Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s accusations that the Edwards Administration is stonewalling efforts to continue executions in Louisiana. Executions have stopped since the legislatively approved drugs ceased production in 2010. LeBlanc says before releasing a letter to the media, Landry had been dead silent to him on the issue.

 

The Tax Foundation says their estimates show the average Louisianan will receive a 1,300 dollar tax break resulting from the tax reform passed in Congress last year. But a national poll showed most Americans haven’t seen a bigger paycheck yet. Tax Foundation Director of Special Projects Nicole Kaeding says if so, talk to your employer about adjusting for the new rates.

 

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The new play-by-play announcer for New Orleans Saints games will be Zach Strief (Streef). Strief retired from playing for the Saints last year. A news release says that the twelve year offensive tackle is joining his ex-teammate, Deuce McAllister, in the broadcast booth. 

 

Saints fans are getting to get their first glimpse of the team’s practices this weekend.  Training camp officially opened yesterday and practice begins today.  This weekend, fans are invited to check out practices.  The festivities start at 7:30 Saturday morning with a fan fest.

 

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Former bookkeeper  for the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office, Margaurette Beard,  was sentenced yesterday to 37 months in federal prison for stealing more than $1.6 million from the office. She pleaded guilty in late March to one count of misuse of federal funds. The 68 year old Beard will report to a prison on Sept. 19. Charges against her in the 9th Judicial District Court are still pending, as is a civil lawsuit.

 

State police report an Alexandria woman was killed yesterday shortly before noon in Beauregard Parish when vehicle she was driving crossed the center line of the highway and hit an 18 wheeler head on. 66 year old Brenda Bordelon, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene due to the severity of the crash.

 

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office reports 33 year old Damarcus Scales, one of two people charged with the death man outside the Bolton Avenue Community Center, has rearrested after Corrections Officers found him in possession of a “Shank” during a routine inspection of his cell at DC3. Scales, who is no stranger to legal issues, now faces a new charge of introducing contraband into a correctional facility.

 

The Bureau of Economic Analysis says Louisiana’s Gross Domestic Product grew for the first quarter of this year at a rate of two-point-three percent, which is faster than 35 other states. In a statement, Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s a sign Louisiana’s economy is steadily improving and his administration continues to work towards bringing record economic development deals.

 

The Trump Administration on Tuesday announced up to $12 billion in emergency relief for farmers hurt by the president’s trade war.  Ag commissioner Mike Strain says the hand up is much needed in the ag industry. Strain says the burden put on farmers by financial shortfalls can be overwhelming. US Senator John Kennedy weighed in on the situation, saying he wonders what will be done for manufacturers for automobiles and petrochemicals.

 

More jobs are coming to Iberville Parish as Gov. John Bel Edwards and Shintech Louisiana LLC have announced a $1.49 Billion expansion.  The project is expected to create 120 new direct jobs with an average salary of more than $81k, plus benefits, and 590 indirect jobs in Iberville Parish and surrounding parishes.  The company works in chemical production and has been in the bayou state since 1999.

 

The exchange on capital punishment between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry continues to escalate.  The last execution in Louisiana took place in 2010 when the drugs for a lethal injection were last available. The governor’s office has pointed out that Landry hasn’t offered a single bill dealing with capital punishment since he took office in 2016.

 

US Senator John Kennedy got a chance to sit down and talk with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The conversation stuck mostly to personal topics, as Kennedy says he’s impressed so far with the nominee’s temperament. Kennedy says  its crucial the Senate get it right, because the nomination is for life.

 

In a move that blindsided many, following repeatedly denying he would run, the interim Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin, made a last minute announcement of his inclusion into the special election for the Secretary of State’s office on the final day on qualifying.  Ardoin claims he never purposely misled anyone about his intentions with the November special election.

 

The New Orleans Police Department arrested two of its own officers and began the process of firing them after an off-duty fight with a civilian early Tuesday near a Mid-City bar. The two rookies who graduated from the police training academy in December and had not yet completed a required probationary period  were booked on counts of simple battery in connection with an incident that sent a third man to the hospital. Investigators collected video evidence and witness statements which "clearly" established that the officers were the aggressors in an altercation.

 

Jefferson Parish officials report a man leaped onto the hood of a woman’s car during a domestic dispute, jumped off and then fatally shot her through the windshield near the entrance to an upscale west bank subdivision Tuesday. Authorities didn’t immediately identify the woman or her alleged attacker, who was arrested at the scene. But they said the couple was either married or dating and that the woman was from New Orleans.

 

Eight people are under arrest in relation to a dismembered male body discovered in the woods outside of Walker. Authorities have identified the remains as 26-year-old Michael Neufeld of Donaldsonville. He was last seen by family members on July 2nd. Sheriff Jason Ard says they are still trying to establish an exact motive.

 

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The Saints open their first day of training camp tomorrow at 8:50AM, which will be on the field. A total of ten practices will be open to the public, with the first of those being this Saturday.

 

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The National Weather Service says the high temperature in Shreveport Sunday was 108-degrees, which is a record for Shreveport for any day in July. State Climatologist Barry Keim says we’ll see temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s for the remainder of the week, but you will notice a difference in the humidity starting today. Keim says you can thank a change in the wind as it will come out of the north, instead of off the Gulf of Mexico.

 

A Natchitoches woman has been charged in the burning death of a six-month old child, who was set on fire last week after being kidnapped during an apparent home invasion. 25-year-old Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith has been charged with one count of first-degree murder for the death of Levi Cole Ellerbe. Authorities say she is not the child’s mother and the investigation continues.

 

Five people have been arrested for insurance fraud related to an alleged staged crash in Evangeline Parish in 2015. Authorities say the crash was staged to facilitate a fraudulent insurance claim for property and bodily harm. State Police Spokesperson Master Trooper Brooks David the lengthy investigation revealed that all of the participants knew each other, and that the action was premeditated.

 

He says he is not guilty. That was the plea Monday by Roger Dale Boggs, the man accused of bank fraud. Boggs had promised to build a $1.5 billion plant in Pineville that was to bring in more businesses and around 1,000 jobs. But none of that materialized, and creditors eventually began legal proceedings against him. A pretrial conference in the case was set for Nov. 8

 

The drugs are in the console… That’s what a Dry Prong man told a Grant Parish Sheriff deputy after he ran his vehicle into a ditch. 47-year-old Robert Averitt initially told the Deputy he had just ran out of beer.  As you may suspect, the deputy was not amused. Averitt has been charged with DWI, possession of crystal meth, resisting an officer and criminal damage to property..

 

State police are investigating a Sunday evening crash that killed two Zwolle men. Both 64 year old Gary Carheel and his passenger,  41-year-old Herman Green, died at the scene of the crash on La. Highway 191. Speed was a factor in the crash. Troopers say both men were wearing seatbelts.

 

An inmate considered dangerous, who walked away from the Rapides Parish Detention Center in downtown Alexandria on Saturday afternoon, has been recaptured. Authorities say Demoine Ashley was captured by deputies with the help of the U.S. Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force.

 

The LaFourche Parish Sheriff’s office is investigating how 69-year-old Terry Angelle ended up bound in rope and floating in Bayou LaFourche on Sunday. Lt. Brennan Matherne says at this point his death has been classified as suspicious. Matherne says they believe Angelle was in the bayou for several days.

 

The state’s sales tax holidays have been suspended until 2025 as a result of legislation approved in the last special session. For instance, we usually have a sales tax holiday for back to school shopping during the first weekend in August, but that’s not happening this year. The Tax Foundation’s Nicole Kaeding says sales tax holidays usually don’t produce cost savings for consumers, because retailers in many cases increase prices on those items.

 

Southeast Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise is set to seek his 6th term in office as representative of Louisiana’s 1st district. He’s regarded as one of the most influential members of Congress, and is the Republican Majority Whip. But, he will have a lot of company in running for that seat. That as 5 people qualified to run against him in November.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards sent an open letter to President Donald Trump imploring the Commander in Chief to consider the effects a trade war with China will have on the economy. Edwards cited a report from Forbes that says Louisiana is most at risk for damage from the tariffs. Edwards says it’s not a hostile letter, but a reminder about the dangers of a trade war. Last week Donald Trump threatened to put tariffs on all 505-billion dollars in Chinese imports.

 

18-year-old La. Tech student Mason Andrews is on his way to becoming the youngest pilot to ever circumnavigate the globe. The young man left Monroe airport on Sunday for the trip which should take 30 to 40 days. Aviation Department Head Jordan Lyons says it’ll be a taxing trip that will push Andrews physical tolerance. Andrews is taking a path with over 14 stops that will lead him over the Atlantic to Paris, then down through the South pacific, and up to Alaska until he pilots his way back home.

 

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery at the Capital One bank branch on Coursey Boulevard about 8:30 a.m. Monday Morning. Deputies believe one man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a camouflage backpack and a mask, and the other man was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a black backpack. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in catching the men.

 

A missing person in Ascension Parish has turned up dead in Livingston Parish, his dismembered remains were discovered Sunday in Denham Springs. It’s believed the man may have been dead for close to a month. So far, 8 people have been arrested and charged, in what Sheriff Jason Ard with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is calling a very bizarre case..

 

The Tiger Truck Stop owner at the I-10 Grosse Tete exit has two new animals to replace the 17-year-old tiger that died in October as a result of kidney failure. Mike Sandlin says state law prohibits him from getting another tiger, so he now has a camel and a coati (Khu-wha-tee), which is a type of raccoon, for visitors to see. Sandlin says it’s still his hope to have another Tiger at the truck stop, but state law prohibits residents from owning large and exotic cats. So he’s  hoping to acquire enough animals to create a petting zoo. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has opposed the tiger exhibit at the gas station for many years.

 

Sports..

 

LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri announced today the Tigers will open the 2019 season by hosting ULM on February 15th as part of a military appreciation weekend at Alex Box Stadium. Mainieri says the Tigers will also play Army and the Air Force that weekend. But Tulane is not on the schedule for 2019. Mainieri says it’s his hope LSU and Tulane will play each other every season in the Wally Pontiff Junior Classic in Metairie starting with the 2020 season.

 

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Much to the surprise of many, at the end of qualifying Friday, only three people signed up to run for Alexandria mayor. State Rep. Jeff Hall and local attorneys Catherine Davidson and Kay Michiels (Mih-Gelz). All three are democrats.  Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce President Deborah Randolph announced Friday afternoon that she would not run, despite receiving encouragement to do.

 

On the city council,  Democrat Harry Silver in District 4  was automatically re-elected when no one qualified to challenge him. This will be Silver's fourth term on the council.

In District 2, council President Roosevelt Johnson is being challenged by Gerber Porter. Both are Democrats.

 

In the at-large seat on the council, Jim Villard is being challenged by Democrat Quin Slaughter. Villard has served two terms on the council.

The primary election is Nov. 6.

 

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, at last check,  is searching for an inmate who  escaped from DC1 in downtown Alexandria. 40 year old Demoine Ashley, who was assigned to a laundry detail, slipped away Saturday. Ashley is currently being held on aggravated kidnapping, domestic abuse strangulation, aggravated battery, illegal use of a weapon and convicted felon in possession of a firearm from an arrest in March. Anyone with info on Ashley’s whereabouts is asked to contact authorities..

 

It was a site to see as hundreds of people gathered Saturday at the Rapides Coliseum  to say goodbye to a Central Louisiana Rodeo legend Sonny Lewis. Lewis was a stock contractor and producer for more than 50 years. Through the DeWitt and Lewis Rodeo Company he was involved in events all over the state, including the Angola Rodeo.

Lewis was also named the Rodeo Cowboy Association's producer of the year for 18 years in a row. Sonny Lewis was killed and a car crash last week. He was 86.

 

An APD officer has been charged after he was involved in a single vehicle crash. State Police report 41 year old Russell Beauregard, of Alexandria, suffered moderate injuries after wrecking his pickup on River Road early Thursday morning.  Beauregard suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital, where he was charged by Troopers with DWI, no seat belt, and careless operation.

 

The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state hit an employment record in June, as 2,036,316 people are employed. Every metro area in Louisiana reported a gain in jobs over the year, except Lafayette, which lost 700 jobs since June 2017. But LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie says Lafayette added 200 over the last month alone.

 

Nine people have signed up for the Secretary of State’s race, including interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, who had said for months he would not seek the position. The Baton Rouge Republican said he changed his mind ten minutes before qualifying ended on Friday afternoon. There are four other major candidates in the race . Former republican state legislator A.G. Crowe and Democrat Renee Fonentot Free, who works in the A-G’s office, plus Representatives Rick Edmonds and Julie Stokes.

 

A congressional candidate was arrested shortly after he qualified to run agaisnt US Representative Ralph Abraham in Louisiana’s 5th district. Billy Burkette of Pride was taken away in handcuffs as there was a warrant out for his arrest for impersonating a law enforcement officer. Burkette told reporters at the Secretary of State’s office in Baton Rouge that he’s the chief of police and chairman of the Louisiana Band of Choctaw Indians. In all, 3 people have qualified to run against Abraham.

 

Five men and one woman have signed up to challenge Acadiana Congressman Clay Higgins on the November sixth ballot. Higgins, who lives in Port Barre, is seeking a second term as the House Representative for Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional district.

 

Baton Rouge Republican Congressman Garrett Graves faces three challengers in the November midterm election. Graves is seeking a third term in the 6th district, after previously working in state government.

 

Louisiana is ranked among the five most vulnerable states in a report regarding weak voting security released by Democrats on the U. S. House Administration Committee. The study says paperless voting machines are dangerous, but Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says the Democrats’ claims don’t hold water…The report says the state lacks post-election audits.  The Secretary of State’s office is seeking funding to replace their 10,000 paperless voting machines. But Ardoin says Louisiana’s current election system is safe.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is mourning the death of one of its cadets. LDWF spokesperson Adam Einck says 38-year-old Immanuel Washington of Youngsville collapsed following a 2.5 mile run as part of physical training. The former Youngsville Police officer leaves behind a wife and two small children.

 

Former Louisiana Congressman John Fleming is set to get a new job within the Trump administration. The 67-year-old is a deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, he’s now waiting for Senate confirmation to be an assistant secretary overseeing the Economic Development Administration.

 

LSU is picked to finish fifth in the SEC West, according to journalists who attended the SEC Football Media Days. Alabama is once again the favorite in the West followed by Auburn, Mississippi State and Texas A-and-M. Tiger Rag Associate Editor James Moran says fifth place is even lower than he projected. It’s the lowest LSU has been picked since the 1990s. Moran says LSU’s difficult schedule is contributing the low expectations.

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A heat advisory is in effect through Monday as temps are expected to reach the century mark or slightly higher each day. National Weather Service Meteorologist Mario Valverde in Shreveport says being too active in this kind of heat could lead to some serious health issues, even death.  Best advice, avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and drink plenty of fluids.  

 

The building the housed for many years the Owl Fine Foods Store on Chester Street In Alexandria has been sold, thus avoiding demolition. Plans are to renovate the facility and put a specialty shop there. It could be several months before the building’s new life begins.

 

Authorities in Natchitoches are knee deep in the investigation of an apparent home invasion that led to the kidnapping and death of a 6 month old infant. The body of Levi Cole Ellerbe will be laid to rest today. Rumors swirled around Natchitoches about what really happened that night, but police were not releasing any additional information on the investigation at this time.

 

Today is the deadline for 2016 Louisiana flood victims to fill out a survey in order to be eligible for federal assistance to repair their homes. The survey can be found at restore.la.gov. again, today is the deadline.

 

North Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham has been named to the conference committee that will try to resolve differences in the Senate and House’s Farm Bill. The Farm Bill sets agriculture policy for the next five years, and also sets the regulations for SNAP. Abraham says he’s looking for big changes to the food stamp program. Part of those changes would be a work requirement. Abraham is optimistic a new Farm Bill can be sent to the President in a couple of months. The current Farm Bill expires at the end of September.

 

Practitioners who use the hair-removal technique known as “eyebrow threading” no longer need to undergo hundreds of hours of expensive training to work in Louisiana. Institute for Justice Attorney Renee Flaherty says after a two-year legal battle, the state’s Cosmetology Board has a new policy. Flaherty says the Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit against the State Board of Cosmetology on behalf of two eyebrow threaders in order to change the previous mandate for 750 hours of training,

 

Louisiana’s Republican Congressional Delegation is lashing out against US Senate Democrats who blocked a House resolution from Congressman Clay Higgins that endorses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE. Higgins says the movement to abolish ICE endangers national security. ICE has become a controversial agency in recent months, as the agency that has been tasked with carrying out the Trump Administration’s immigration policies such as family separations and detainment of asylum seekers. Immigrant activist say the agency is being used to terrorize immigrant communities.

 

A 66-year-old man has been arrested in Shreveport after authorities say they discovered that his wife had not moved from their couch in months, leaving her malnourished and suffering from substantial, life threatening injuries. The man was arrested and charged with Cruelty to Persons with Infirmities for what police say was his neglect of his wife.

 

The state department of corrections says two Angola inmates serving a life sentence were found dead in their cells Thursday morning. It’s believed they died from a drug overdose. Corrections officers are conducting a shakedown of all cells as they try to determine how the prisoners got a hold of the drugs.

 

Dog Feces, Rodents, Flies… just some of the reasons the Louisiana Department of Health has given for the closure of a Shreveport fish market.  Regional Medical Director Administrator at LDH, Dr. Martha Whyte says the decision to shut down the Dupont Fish Market comes after months of working with the business. No one has reported any illnesses stemming from the fish market’s short comings.  But Whyte said the agency was working in an effort to prevent that from happening.

 

Sports On the air today….

 

Houston Astros @ LA Angels 8:30p 94.7 ESPN

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