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Compiled By Dave Graichen
The Town Talk reports an agreement has been reached to strengthen the area of the Red River levee in Pineville that's eroding. The Red River Waterway Commission, the Red River Atchafalaya & Bayou Boeuf Levee District and the city of Pineville are pooling resources to fix the levee, which is eroding to the point where officials are worried that it could cause a collapse of Riverside Drive. All parties involved say it is not a perfect plan, but it is at least a temporary fix to a serious problem.
Vidalia’s Police Chief says he is not ready yet to upgrade charges against a man who’s large dogs brutally attacked a 74-year-old woman. Malinda Nation died Sunday almost a month after the attack. Chief Joey Merrill says he wants to know for sure the cause of the woman’s death before making any changes to the charges. 53 year old Leslie Jones has been charged with negligent injuring and letting dogs run at large.
Over the past two weeks, sheriff’s detectives from the Deville and Kolin Substation have been investigating several burglaries in the Deville area. Yesterday around 5 a.m., detectives located a suspect's vehicle on Nation Road. It’s believed that the suspect, Shane Evans, fled into the woods in the area of Ida Wells. After searching for several hours, authorities called off the search and began securing warrants for Evan's arrest. The RPSO says If you see Evans, please call 911.
The APD reports the arraignment for Kayla Giles has been delayed a week. Giles is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, in the Walmart parking lot on Coliseum Boulevard on September 8, Giles will now be arraigned on October 22, the same date as a bond reduction hearing and when several standard court motions will be heard.
The State Fire Marshal’s team is on the scene just east of Panama City, where the eyewall of Hurricane Michael came ashore, bringing untold amounts of devastation. Fire Marshal Butch Browning says much of the work is just getting people out of their storm surge ravaged homes and over to shelter. The team is working with a task force comprised of first responders from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida.
Tiger Stadium is sold out as LSU and Georgia meet for the first time since 2008. Georgia has sold all of its 6,000-ticket allotment for the game making Saturday one of the largest game day crowds ever on campus. LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette recommends fans arrive early in the morning to reduce traffic. The showdown between the Tigers and Bulldogs will kick off at 2:30 PM.
The Corp of Engineers is about to be on the path to some major changes under new legislation that’s nearly been set into law. The America’s Water Infrastructure act reforms the Corp, and gives states the option to take more direct controls of flood prevention and hurricane protection projects. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says this could speed up nearly 100 billion in backlogged projects. The law has been sent to the President’s desk, and he’s expected to sign it soon.
The Secretary of State’s office is appealing the decision by The Office of State Procurement voiding a multi-million dollar contract that would have replaced the state’s aging voting machines. Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says the Edwards administration rejected the contract, because a lobbyist for a losing bidder is a supporter of the governor. Ardoin is one of nine candidates seeking election to the Secretary of State’s post. The election is November sixth.
A meter reader for Entergy has been fired after falsifying meter readings and now about four-thousand Entergy customers in southeast Louisiana are experiencing sticker shock with their latest bills. Entergy Vice President of Distribution Melonie Stewart says they are giving customers many months to pay the heavy bill.
LSU President F. King Alexander is defending the university’s decision to use a holistic admission standards, in the wake of reports that 7.5 percent of the freshman class did not meet traditional GPA or ACT requirements. Alexander says while the new policy will help high out of state achievers make it to Baton Rouge, it won’t keep out locals. Previously the board of regents allowed for four percent of students to fall below the requirements.
Governor John Bel Edwards is taking a trip to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in partnership with the National Governor’s Association. The governor will be taking Bayou businessmen, researchers, and other officials on a trip to try and spur some economic development with the small Mediterranean nation. A major aim of the trip is cyber security, an industry that Israel is known for. The governor will leave for the trip on October 26th.
New Medicare cards will be on their way to Louisianan who get their healthcare from the feds. The new cards come with a few changes to better protect beneficiary’s identities and fight fraud. Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services Jeff Hinson says when the new card comes in, the old card needs to be destroyed.
Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone says he will run for governor next year. The founder of an industrial contracting company has long been a prominent state Republican donor, and Jeremy Alford of La-Politics-dot-com says around the state capitol, he’s shown great interest in education issues. Rispone plans to make a full campaign announcement soon.
Louisiana State Police have arrested a Baton Rouge man after he threatened to kill troopers and other law enforcement officers during a traffic stop. 42-year-old Melvin Amar, Jr. was pulled over when he was observed driving a pickup truck with no tag and he was not wearing a seatbelt. Trooper Bryan Lee says during the course of the stop, Amar started making threats against law enforcement by referencing the 2016 Baton Rouge Police shooting that left three officers dead during an ambush. Amar was transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail and was found to be in possession of marijuana and Xanax.
LSU looks to knock off unbeaten Georgia on Saturday. Georgia leads the SEC in rushing, averaging 245 yards a game. Coach O says it will be a tough task trying to slow them down, but he say it can be done.
The Ragin Cajuns host New Mexico State on Saturday for homecoming. The Aggies are coming off a bye week and they have won their last two games, after dropping their first four games of the season.
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Alexandria City officials unveiled plans for SPARC 2.0 at a press conference Monday. The project continues the brand from the original SPARC a major infrastructure initiative that has been ongoing since 2008. The original SPARC focused on distressed areas that covered less than half the city, But, Mayor Roy says SPARC 2.0 will include projects throughout Alexandria and will include even small-scale projects such as street repairs.
Deputies with the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a prowler at an abandoned home in the Springhill Community. When they arrived at the home what they found were three unconscious adults and a 4-month-old child. Deputies reportedly found a man unconscious on the porch, woman in a shower with a syringe beside her and another unconscious woman who was hanging off a bed. The child was turned over to Louisiana Child Protection Services. All three adults were later arrested.
A new study out of the University of Southern California found Louisiana does a bad job recruiting and graduating black students from its public colleges. The report from the USC Race and Equity Center gave each institution a letter grade and an "equity index score." Those were averaged to get the state's overall score. Louisiana's was the lowest of 50 states at 1.18. The average equity index score across the 506 public institutions in the study was 2.02. The report did not include historically black colleges and universities.
Though the head of LSU argues that the university’s change in admission criteria is leading to an academically stronger class, the percentage of “exceptions” to the set standards were almost double the level the state’s higher education board allows. LSU President F. King Alexander wrote Commissioner for Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed that 7.5 percent of the freshman students who entered LSU last month scored lower on college board tests and had lower grades than the minimum admission standards set by the Board of Regents. The Regents have embarked on an audit of all 14 of the state’s four-year colleges to identify and count the students being “admitted by exception.”
Currently, flood victims who applied for SBA loans immediately following the floods are not eligible for grant money available through the Louisiana Restore Program. But President Trump has signed legislation corrected the Duplication of Benefits issue. Division of Administration Executive Director Pat Forbes says now they are waiting on written guidance from HUD on the specifics of implementation. Flood victims have until October 19th to fill out an initial survey at restore-dot-la-dot-gov and the deadline to complete the application has been extended until to November 16th.
A 20-year-old Shreveport woman and her one-year-old child are recovering after they were shot in their home at around 3:30 Tuesday morning. Authorities say a car stopped in front of the home and someone started shooting. The victims are expect to recover from their injuries
It’s your tax dollars at work.. A UL-Lafayette professor has been given a 250,000 dollar grant to take an in-depth look at how south central Louisiana seafood makes it from the water to your dinner plate. Dr. Geoffrey Stewart got the grant from the US Department of Agriculture. Stewart says he’s looking to better understand that supply chain, and look for ways to improve its efficiency. St. Mary, Vermilion, and Iberia Parishes are the areas of focus for the study.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hopes to get approval to use some BP cash to rebuild the brown pelican habitat on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay. Coastal Resource Scientist Manager Todd Baker says the degradation of coastal habitats for the birds is been linked to difficulties in keeping them in state. Researchers say once the birds grow up, they are leaving the state. If approved Baker says the projects could take off in 2019.
20 years ago voters approved a constitutional amendment to create the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The LCTCS is comprised of 12 unified, open-access two-year colleges. LCTCS President Monty Sullivan says the system has created opportunities for all walks of life.
A petition is circulating that calls for the former Lee Circle in New Orleans to be named Brees Circle in honor of the Black and Gold’s most beloved athlete. Lee Circle saw its titular General Lee removed last year along with other Confederate statues city-wide. Petition creator Blake Ivey says the popular reputation of historical figures can be controversial, but if there’s one guy in the city who everyone agrees isn’t controversial, it would be Brees. You can join the petition by liking the Brees Circle Petition Facebook page.
LSU’s offensive line performed poorly in the Tigers 27-19 loss in Gainesville to the Florida Gators. Florida sacked quarterback Joe Burrow five times and the Gators produced 10.5 tackles for a loss. Starting left guard Garrett Brumfield will not be back for Saturday’s game, so Adrian Magee will start for a second straight week at that position. If there are no injuries during the week of practice, the Tigers could start the same starting five on the O-Line for consecutive games for the first time this season.
After a frustrating home loss to UAB, Louisiana Tech goes back on the road this Saturday to face the UTSA Roadrunners. The Bulldogs scored one touchdown against the Blazers and coach Skip Holtz says they’ll face another good defense in San Antonio.
News for Tuesday 100918
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana appears to be out of the path of Hurricane Michael. The storm may have a dangerous impact on the Florida Panhandle with storm surge, heavy rainfall, and hurricane-force winds. National Weather Service New Orleans Meteorologist Bridgette Lim says although Michael isn’t an issue this time around for Louisiana, it’s important to remember hurricane season isn’t over until November 30th. The hurricane could be a Category 3 on Wednesday when it strikes the Florida panhandle.
Lafayette Bishop Douglas Deshotel announces that Monsignor Robie Robichaux has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage girl from 1979 to 1981. Deshotel says when the victim came forward in 2004, the Bishop at the time requested a ruling from the “Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”, who said since the victim was 16-to-17 years old, she was an adult under Canon Law. But Deshotel says state law would have considered her minor.
LSU is "expecting one of the largest game day crowds ever on campus" when the Tigers host Georgia at Tiger Stadium on Saturday. LSU's official ticket office announced Monday morning that the game was sold out, and the news release added that Georgia has sold all of its allotted 6,000 tickets. It is the first time Georgia has played at Tiger Stadium since 2008, when the Bulldogs beat the Tigers 52-38.
Enforcement of new anti-abortion restrictions will have to wait as the physicians who challenged Act 620’s constitutionality asked for a review of an appellate court decision upholding the law. The doctors argue that requiring them to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic would likely require two of the state's three facilities to close and leave only one doctor with the proper credentials to perform the medical procedure that ends pregnancies. They want the 16 members of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the split decision by a three-judge panel before allowing the state to enforce the law.
18-year-old Mason Andrews of Monroe is now the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the globe piloting an airplane. The young man took off from the Bayou State on July 22nd, and returned home over the weekend. Andrews says the flight was a taxing, but incredible experience that gave him a birds-eye-view to some of the most jaw dropping sights on earth.
Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a water emergency in the Concordia Parish town of Clayton after learning that the water system’s contractor quit because it was no longer getting paid. Mayor Josephine Washington says its related to fiscal problems the city is facing, and she’s pitched that the town go to a three-day work week and that she take a pay cut. Governor Edwards’ emergency order allows for the state to pay JCP Management to run the water system for now.
State Police has released new details in the officer-involved shooting that killed 23-year-old Coltin LeBlanc of Loranger in downtown Hammond in the early morning hours of September 27th. State Police Lt. Nick Manale says Witnesses say LeBlanc’s truck peeled out and sped off down the street during his interaction with the as of now unnamed trooper. One Hammond resident says he saw the officer attach himself to the truck as it drove away, and a few moments later, heard shots fired, but Manale says the investigation into those events and the examination of the officers body camera are still ongoing.
A new study shows the divorce rate dropped by 18 percent between 2008 and 2016. Researchers say this is likely because millennials are waiting to get married later. Director of Tulane University’s Social Work Program, Parker Sternbergh says the delay in marriage is likely due to growing up in a society where divorce was so prevalent.
Sternbergh says millennials are approaching marriage differently than previous generations.
If it seems like those jackpots on the lottery billboards just keep getting bigger, it’s because they are. The Mega Millions game from the Louisiana Lottery is currently up to $470 million, making it the 6th largest jackpot in the history of the game. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Kim Chopin says this current jackpot is the second one this year to break the top ten.
It was a big win for the New Orleans Saints Monday night as the defeated the Washington Redskins 43 – 19 Drew Brees ticked off his latest, and possibly most impressive NFL record Monday, passing Peyton Manning in all-time passing yardage at 71,941.
News for Monday 100818
By Dave Graichen
The National Hurricane Center reports a newly named Tropical Storm Michael is likely strengthen to a hurricane as it heads to the Florida Panhandle. The hurricane center upgraded the tropical depression in the Caribbean to a named tropical storm on Sunday. Forecasters say the storm could strengthen into a hurricane, possibly as high as a Category 2, by Tuesday night or Wednesday. The hurricane center advised residents along the northeastern and central U.S. Gulf Coast to monitor the storm's progress.
Break out the sweaters, pumpkin spice latte and all of your fall weather favorites. Finally, fall is coming to Louisiana. According to the National Weather Service, "an actual cold front will finally bring some more typical fall like weather to the region for the end of the week and over the weekend." Wednesday night temps are expected to drop into the low 60’s with the high Thursday in the upper 70’s. We’ll see temps as low as 50 beginning early next week.
If you have yet to register to vote in the upcoming November election you still have time to do so, however tomorrow is the last to do it in person at the registrar’s office. Geep in mind though you can register until October 16th by visiting the Geaux (that’s g-e-a-u-x) Vote Online Registration System.
Iraq is set to buy 90,000 tons of American grown rice in a deal that more than triples the tonnage of the original request pushed by Congressman Ralph Abraham and others, and that’s big for Louisiana, which produces more rice than any other state. Abraham has mentioned the need for diversifying the state’s agricultural exports in the past, and says he’s been working behind the scenes to solidify this new Mid-East connection.
The confirmation of Brett Kavanagh is now history as the senate voted to approve Saturday afternoon. But Friday nearly 200 female Louisiana lawyers signed a petition urging the state’s two US Senators to vote against Nomination. The document highlighted the judge’s temperament during the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing as enough to disqualify him from consideration. No comments we made by either senator relating to the petition.
Louisiana pro-life advocates are celebrating the ascension of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. With his appointment, the conservative bloc now commands a five to four majority on the nation’s highest court. Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper says there’s a 14-week fetal dismemberment ban that could be the test case that outlaws abortion.
It’s been six months since the disappearance of a 4 year old in Claiborne Parish. Rondriez “Junior” Phillips vanished on April 5th, and the search still continues with a reward offered by the FBI for information that helps find him. Phillips was outside with his step father, who was working on a vehicle, when he went missing. Sheriff Ken Bailey says the disappearance has shaken the community.
The November election to crown a new Secretary of State is less than a month away, but you may not have noticed with a lack of campaigning from the candidates. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the reason why is, compared to other positions, candidates for the gig don’t see many donations. Pinsonat says with the money the candidates have raised, you may start to detect more of a campaign visibility soon
The election takes place November 6 and six of the candidates appear today at the Baton Rouge Press Club.
Drew Brees heads into tonight’s game against Washington just 201 yards shy of the all-time passing yards record. The heart and soul of the Black and Gold has thrown for 71,740 yards in his career and fans are hoping he breaks the record tonight in New Orleans, which is held by New Orleans born Peyton Manning.
LSU has fallen out of the Top 10 after suffering its first loss on Saturday as the Florida Gators scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to beat the Tigers 27-19. The Bayou Bengals fell eight spots to number 13 in the A-P poll.
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New, cheaper health insurance plans are available on the Louisiana marketplace, but there’s a catch: they don’t have to provide the same level of coverage as was mandated under Obamacare. Since 2010 many Louisianans have likely grown used to the guarantee that their health insurance covers pre-existing conditions, emergency services, hospital stay, and likely comes with a reasonable deductible, but Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says you may not get that with these new plans. The Commissioner says Louisianans may need to employ an insurance expert before shopping for the new plans.
A subtle reminder we are still in Hurricane season, a disturbance in the Caribbean Sea has had its chances for tropical development upgraded slightly as it tracks toward the Gulf of Mexico. The broad area of low pressure has a "medium" chance -- 40 percent -- to develop over the next five days.
The two Republican senators of Louisiana have expressed their satisfaction with the findings of the 5-day FBI investigation into the accusations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Senator John Kennedy, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says after reading through the report, he wishes the report could be public. Senator Bill Cassidy says although he has not read the FBI report, he doesn’t believe it’ll be all that different from all the other statements given under oath.
A buyer has purchased the Avondale Shipyard in Jefferson Parish, with plans to turn the site into a global logistics hub that could employ 2,000 people. Governor Edwards says it’s a solid come back for a facility that used to employ thousands. The shipyard shut down back in 2014 after a long and distinguished history where it was home to the construction of many of the naval vessels that patrolled the seas during the cold war.
Usually, gasoline prices fall at this time of year, but the statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is actually on the rise to $2.65 per gallon. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says the price at the pump is at its highest level since 2014. Redman says the price of crude oil could go even higher, so a break between now and the holidays is not likely.
Louisiana’s Catholic bishops came out Thursday in favor of requiring unanimous jury verdicts in all felony trials in the state. If it passes, Louisiana would fall back in line with 48 other states, as well as the federal court system, in requiring unanimity in all criminal jury verdicts.
The Louisiana Department of Health recently released its voluntary non-opioid directive form as a new tactic in combatting opioid abuse. Those who sign the form pledge refuse the offer or administration of opioid medications. Dr. Janice Petersen with LDH says the form is meant to be used by patients as a communication tool with care providers. Petersen says although Louisiana ranks as one of the worst states for feeling the effect of the opioid epidemic, the state is seeing progress in the fight against the use of the drugs.
A proposal to build an airstrip on Elmer’s Island in Jefferson Parish has been grounded after receiving complaints from conservation groups and environmentalists who questioned whether it’s a good idea to have an airport in a protected wildlife refuge.
The Orleans Parish Coroner Office says the death of 32-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux, whose body was pulled from Lake Pontchartrain in August, was an accidental drowning. At the time she went missing, the case was investigated as a potential homicide by NOPD. Her companion who was also on the boat was rescued and survived the ordeal.
Days after a woman was punched in the face and robbed of her purse in the Central Business District of New Orleans, she found a new image had been synced to her iCloud account. It was her alleged robbers. They had taken a selfie. New Orleans police sent out the high-resolution photo Thursday afternoon in hopes of identifying the robbers. The woman said the pair "repeatedly" struck her in the face and head before stealing her purse.
Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport says a book borrowed 84 years ago has been returned by the son of the woman who checked it out when she was 11. The copy of “Spoon River Anthology” was in pretty rough shape, so it’s probably not worth much. The book was found while cleaning house. The library’s maximum late fee is $3, but that was waived.
State Farm Insurance, Louisiana's largest auto insurer, is laying off 47 workers at its operations center in Baton Rouge and is leaving its 30,000-square-foot space. The company told state employment regulators the layoffs will take place Nov. 30. It will leave the space at the end of the year.
Drag Queen Story Time in Lafayette has been put on hold after Southern Louisiana Community College backed out of hosting the event citing concerns for the safety of its students and other visitors. The event has been a growing source controversy in the city and was set to run tomorrow. A doctor who supports Story Time says public showcases of tolerance are important for young people who may be LGBTQ. The event, where Drag Queens will read stories to children about accepting their LGBTQ classmates, is seeking a new location.
After losing to Kentucky for the first time in over three decades, Florida has bounced back to beat SEC foes Tennessee and Mississippi State and boast a 4-1 record heading into Saturday’s game against 5th ranked LSU. Local broadcast begins at 12:30p on 96.9 KZMZ & KSYL 104.9
Since winning the season opener against Grambling State, UL Lafayette has lost three straight heading into Saturday’s Sun Belt contest against Texas State.
In other action this weekend, Louisiana Tech is back home on Saturday night to host UAB. The Bulldogs coming off a big win over North Texas. Hear the game locally on 94.7 ESPN beginning at 4:30p
McNeese looks to improve to 5-1 when they host Abilene Christian and Northwestern State hosts Nicholls State at six o’ clock. The Demons next three out of four are at home
After a little break, the Saints are back at practice facility for Monday’s game against Washington. The Redskins are playing well on defense. Through three games they are giving up just 15 points a game, 187 yards through the air and 278 total yards of offense. The Saints just had one of their more balanced games on offense between the run and the pass.
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Good news for 2016 flood victims who cannot receive federal rebuilding grants through the Louisiana Restore Program, because they already received an S-B-A loan. Senator Bill Cassidy says legislation addressing the duplication of benefits issue has passed the senate and is heading to President Trump’s desk…
All in all, federal officials say yesterday’s National Alert Test was a success. The test that started locally at 1:18 was supposed to be heard on all cellphones first. That was to be followed by all radio and TV stations. In part one of the test, early estimates had about 75% off all Cellphones receiving the test. The Feds had hoped that number would have been higher. Few problems were reported by radio and TV stations here in Louisiana, with the test going off without a hitch.
A Vernon Parish man found guilty of killing his girlfriend and her young son has had his convictions has had his day in Appeals court. Matthew Dotson had appealed his convictions on two counts of first-degree murder, for which he received two life sentences, claiming that there wasn't evidence and that "unduly graphic" autopsy photos shouldn't have been shown during the trial. A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal found no merit to either of those claims.
Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is backing efforts to replace NAFTA with a new deal that would adjust some aspects of trade with Canada and Mexico. The state is an exporting powerhouse, and Strain says if approved, the new trade deal would be a major boost for some major Louisiana based corporations. President Donald Trump supports the plan.
With recent trade negotiations having disrupted the usual shipping lanes for soybeans as well as a higher yield from farmers, storage silos are full and Louisiana farmers are having issues finding places to store their crops before they can be shipped. Congressman Ralph Abraham has put in a request to the USDA requesting help with the issue. Abraham says there are still many beans that need to be harvested but have nowhere to go. Abraham says if this isn’t resolved quickly, the consequences could be dire.
The Secretary of State’s office is warning of scammers trying to collect voter information through phone calls. The callers would get in touch with potential victims and ask for information in order to register to vote or to receive an absentee ballot. Something the state says they would never do.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says the growing numbers of waste tires in urban centers is creating a pollution problem, so starting this month, the state OK’d an increase on the per tire fee that’s used to pay for waste tire processing. The new charge $2.25 per tire. Secretary Chuck Brown says it’s a modest, but necessary tax.
It was a very emotional night outside of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center Tuesday night as hundreds showed up for vigil to remember LSU basketball player Wayde Sims. Wayde’s father, Wayne Sims, spoke at the gathering and says he hopes that others can learn something from his son’s death. Sims was fatally shot last Friday while coming to the aid of a friend. Funeral services are this Saturday..
A 50-year-old Slaughter woman is headed to trial in Baton Rouge facing First Degree Murder charges in the death of her boyfriend Damian Skipper who she allegedly poisoned to death with barium in 2015. Baton Rouge DA Hillar Moore says Hale is a suspect in her husband’s 2016 death as well, something they’re looking into. Hale was in line to collect 750,000 dollars of insurance money in that case.
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At 1:18 today most phones in the state will begin emitting a nice, shrill screech that will announce the beginning of the first ever Wireless Emergency Alert test. This new system will allow local, state, or federal authorities to broadcast emergency messages to your phone. Assistant Deputy Director of Preparedness Chris Guilbeaux says two minutes after the tone sounds on phones, the EAS portion of the regularly scheduled test will go out. And if you’re wondering, no, you can’t opt out of this test. The message will be labeled a “Presidential Alert.”
The England Authority board voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Sandra McQuain as it news executive director. McQuain, who most recently has served as chief operating officer of Baker Manufacturing, will succeed Jon Grafton, who stepped down in May after 24 years on the job.
Allen Parish authorities have arrested a Pitkin man who they believe is responsible for setting fire to a home early yesterday that destroyed the building. 31 year old Nathan Martin was captured in a field next to the home. An APSO spokesperson says Martin was wearing clothes stolen from the torched home. He was booked into the Alan Parish jail.
One woman is dead and another in the hospital after being trapped in an overturned vehicle stranded in a canal for over 24 hours. Officials recovered the victims from the canal Monday afternoon after two friends of the girls searched and found them. West Baton Rouge Sheriff spokesperson Lt. Ken Albarez says he believes divine intervention lead them to the vehicle.
Senator John Kennedy is bringing forward a bill that would prevent banks from discriminating against companies based on the company’s positions on social issues like gun control. The Louisiana Bond Commission recently decided to not do business with banks that cut capital for gun manufacturers. Citigroup will restrict capital to companies that sell guns to those under 21, or who do not take background checks. Bank of America is refusing to finance companies that manufacture assault weapons.
Two teenagers have been charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an Airman stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. Sergeant 30-year-old Joshua Kidd of Bossier City was found with a gunshot wound to his chest last week. Police say evidence linked two young boys, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, to the murder.
Louisiana will receive 3.6 million dollars from the U-S Department of Education to help schools statewide develop and expand their emergency operation plans for disasters, whether they are natural or manmade. The governor’s education policy advisor, Donald Songy, says they want every school to have a plan in place if students are threatened
DriversEd.com has released a report showing 73% of drivers admit to reading text messages while driving, with 54% typing on their phones. The report, which examines behind-the-wheel behaviors, habits, and decisions, also shows only 39% of drivers say they use their phone more than they should. Safety and Education Analyst from the website, Laura Adams says the shows the use of technology is on the rise, whether watching videos on YouTube and Netflix or browsing social media.
A woman’s body found in Cameron Parish was apparently burned with gasoline as part of a possible homicide. 32-year-old Mitzie Galimidi appears to have already been dead when her body was brought to the scene and doused, according to authorities. Cameron Sheriff Ron Johnson says so far they have very little evidence.
A 37-year-old, ten year veteran of the Louisiana State Police has been arrested and charged with Abuse of Office after an investigation revealed he allegedly used his access to law enforcement databases for unauthorized activities. John Kelley of Troop G is out after posting bond. Kelley has been placed on forced leave.
A new poll shows massive, bipartisan support from coastal residents for Coastal Restoration efforts, and a substantial majority of support for Sediment Diversion projects. Environmental groups estimate the state could experience substantial land loss over the next several decades.
LSU is undefeated and ranked number 5 in the country heading into Week 6 of the college football season. But today, ESPN released its top nine teams that have chance of going to the playoffs and LSU was left off the list. ESPN says LSU and West Virginia both have a 6.4 percent chance to make the playoff but only six-tenths of a percent chance to win it all.
Running back Mark Ingram is back with the Saints after serving his four-game suspension. He greeted the team at the team’s facility when they returned from beating the Giants. Coach Sean Payton says Ingram is ready to go. Quarterback Drew Brees enters Monday’s game against Washington just 102 yards away from breaking Peyton Manning’s record for regular season career passing yards.
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A Candlelight vigil for slain LSU basketball player Wayde Sims is set for tonight. The vigil will be held at 8 p.m. in front of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, where Sims, a Baton Rouge native and former University High star, played for the Tigers the past two seasons. Funeral services for Sims will be held Saturday at noon at Healing Place Church. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m.
Louisiana has the highest FAFSA submission rates in the nation according to a new report. That means more students than ever are applying to see what financial aid they qualify for when it comes to post-secondary education. EdTech Senior Consultant Stephanie Marcum says the 84 percent participation rate comes down to a new mandate for graduating high school seniors. And it wasn’t just in submission rate, the Bayou State led the nation in growth rate as well.
The sexual assault hotline has seen an uptick in call volume. The day of the testimony of Dr. Christine Ford, the service saw an increase of 201% compared to a typical day. Assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at LSU, Michelle Many says that activity is likely do to the barrage of news reports about this case and other allegations of sexual abuse. Many says although the call volume has increased, she believes that until there is a change in the way allegations are received and those that raise allegations are treated, many will still keep it to themselves.
The Louisiana Health Department announces they did not identify elevated levels of lead in 12 elementary schools built before 1986. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says the results from this first round of testing is encouraging, but it doesn’t mean there is not a case of elevated levels of lead at an older school. He says they will conduct testing in 12 more schools next year and 12 more after that.
The GPSO reports the arrest of a Ball man after a detective spotted drugs, drug paraphernalia and a gun during a routine stop. 55 year old Eric Jones told the detective he and his girlfriend were on a date “Dumpster Diving”. Jones was arrested and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center.
Grant Parish authorities report the arrests of two people who were spotted by a sheriff’s deputy smoking meth in the parking lot of a store. Arrested were 26 year old Tyler Vanderwater of Pineville and 32 year old Megan Olson of Dry Prong. Both were charged with possession of crystal meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Avoyelles Parish authorities have arrested Joshua Viola of Bunkie after he allegedly set fire to a mobile home he shared with his girlfriend over the weekend. Viola was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center Sunday on simple arson, domestic abuse battery and criminal damage to property. No one was injured in the incident.
Louisiana has again been dubbed one of the most dangerous states in the nation to ride a bicycle, sparking debate on just why a seemingly innocent exercise seems to carry inordinate risks. Last week, an analysis by The Wall Street Journal concluded that the state is No. 2 nationally in bicyclist deaths, behind only Florida. The same review said New Orleans is the sixth most dangerous of 50 metro areas when it comes to bike riding. The grim review is not the first of its kind. In 2015, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Louisiana had the third highest rate of bicyclist deaths in the nation, behind Florida and Delaware.
The east coast saw the season’s only major Hurricane landfall incident when Florence slammed the Carolinas, killing 29 and causing an estimated 38 billion in damage in September, and as we move into October there’s only two months of hurricane season left. State Climatologist Barry Keim says another major storm is unlikely but possible.
Keim says there’ve been a few storms to hit Louisiana in October, but the last was Juan in 1985.
LSU Health New Orleans has received a $1.3 million grant from the US Department of Health and Human services to be used to increase the availability of sexual assault nurse examiners, or SANEs, across twelve southeast Louisiana parishes. With many of those parishes being limited on resources, LSU’s Dr. Jessica Landry says they are hoping to train more nurses with the funds.
A dog is dead after being thrown out of a moving vehicle in Webster Parish on I-20. The animals was bound with tape and rope, and was thrown out of the vehicle and dragged while still alive. Humane Society of Louisiana Executive Director Jeff Dorson says the injuries were brutal, and called it torture.The Webster Parish Humane Association, who took custody of the animal and tried to save it, to no avail, is offering a 2,500 dollar award for information about the case, and Dorson says they’re considering an additional 750 dollars to help get people’s attention. Dorson says it’s clearly Felony Animal Abuse, which comes with a hefty sentence for those found guilty.
Yet again, researchers are finding that communities along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans are at a greater risk for exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Three years ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared that St. John the Baptist Parish had the highest cancer risk from airborne pollutants nationwide because of the "likely carcinogen" chloroprene. Now, the most recent Assessment conducted by the EPA notes dangers from ethylene oxide. The numbers are even more staggering downstream.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Ole Miss. LSU is at 22nd ranked Florida this Saturday.
t was a no brainer for Conference USA to name Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson as the Defensive Player of the Week. He set a career-high with four sacks in a single game. He’s only 4.5 sacks away from tying the program record. Bulldogs kicker Bailey Hale was also named Special Teams Player of the Week, he tied a program record with five field goals in the win over North Texas.
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A Ville Platte woman was booked on vehicular homicide and other counts after crashing into two pedestrians early Saturday morning in Evangeline Parish. 28 year Marla Rushing was traveling north on La. 3149 when her pickup truck struck Bo Darbonne of Mamou, who was standing near the roadway. Rushing continued a short distance and then struck 20 year old Michael Fontenot of St. Landry, who was standing in the northbound lane. Both men were taken to a local hospital, Fontenot was pronounced dead and Darbonne was treated for moderate injuries. Rushing was booked into Evangeline Parish.
Baton Rouge Police announce the arrest of 20-year-old Dyteon Simpson of Baker in the fatal shooting of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims. Police Chief Murphy Paul says DNA evidence led them to Simpson, who admitted to authorities that he shot Sims. Paul says Sims stepped into a fight to defend a friend that was being punched on the ground. Authorities say Simpson was doing the punching and when Sims stepped in that’s when Simpson fired the weapon. Simpson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and charged with second-degree murder. His case will be brought before a grand jury soon.
Senator John Kennedy says unless an FBI investigation uncovers any concerning new material about allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, he expects a final confirmation vote for his lifetime appointment to the US Supreme Court to be held later next week. The Senator says as of now, he knows where he stands.
Senator Bill Cassidy has also indicated he will vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson says she believes Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations, and says the two senators support for the judge sends the wrong message to assault survivors.
The Board of Regents has made the decision to perform an audit on universities, looking at admission policies. Universities will begin submitting data in January and a report is expected to be complete in May or June. Higher Education commissioner Kim Reed says of the 200-thousand students enrolled in the public institutions in the state last year, about a thousand were admitted by exception. Reed says among the goals with the report is to make sure that students are getting to enroll into schools where they can be most academically successful.
Governor John Bel Edwards is in California to promote Louisiana as a prime location for television and film production. A delegation from Louisiana is meeting with executives from Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Walt Disney Studios just to name a few. Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment Chris Stelly say they will promote the state’s revised film tax incentives.
The reward is now up to 50-thousand dollars for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person who killed Josh Woodruff in a hit and run in the early morning hours of January 1, 2016 at the intersection of Decatur and Dumaine Streets in New Orleans. Woodruff’s family believes someone saw something as the hit and run driver dragged Woodruff’s body for six miles.
“Drag Queen Story Time”, and event originally scheduled to take place at the Lafayette Public Library has seen such high demand that the event sponsors and hosts say they’re going to have to move it to a bigger venue. The new location will at South Louisiana Community College, where a UL-Lafayette fraternity will dress in drag and read stories to kids about accepting their LGBT classmates. The event is still planned for October 6th.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case of a St. Tammany man who is protesting the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service designation that a portion of his land is off limits for unfettered development due to its importance to the endangered dusky gopher frog. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says it’s a ruling that could restrict the scope of the Endangered Species Act. The land owner, argues that because the land is not habitable for the frog in its current form, it should not be classified as critical habitat. The agency argues in the near the future the land may be necessary for the frogs survival.
The Saints won their third straight on Sunday with a 33-18 victory over the New York Giants. The win moves the Saints into first place in the NFC South with a 3-1 record. New Orleans will host the Washington Redskins next Monday night.
LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow led a balanced attack on Saturday night as the 5th ranked Fighting Tigers defeated Ole Miss 45-16. Burrow was 18-of-25 with three touchdowns.
Up next for LSU its 22nd ranked Florida.
Louisiana Tech had a huge road win on Saturday as the Bulldogs went into Denton and defeated North Texas 29-27. After falling behind 21-6 after one quarter, Tech scored 20 points in the second quarter to take a 26-21 lead and ended up winning 29-27.
Monday night football… it’s Kansas City @ Denver 6:30p 94.7 ESPN
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A 21 year old Pineville man has been arrested and charged with raping a child he was babysitting. Ethan Scott Jowers was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on two counts of first-degree rape. Authorities believe Jowers also, on another occasion, had sexual intercourse with a sibling of the first victim. Jowers remains in jail. Bond on the two first-degree rape charges was set at $2 million.
A motion to reduce bond for Kayla Jean Giles, the Alexandria woman accused of killing her estranged husband on Sept. 8, will be heard on Oct. 22. The 31 year old Giles was indicted Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 30 year old Thomas Coutee Jr. He was shot once in the chest and died in the parking lot of the Walmart on Coliseum Boulevard.
Hanna Nicole Barker, the mother accused in connection to her infant son's death in July, will face an Oct. 10 probation revocation hearing. Barker was arrested in 2016 on drug-related charges in Natchitoches Parish. A five-year prison sentenced was deferred, however, and she was placed in the 10th Judicial District Court's drug court.
A new document filed with the Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court's Office details why officials are seeking the revocation. Barker was arrested on July 25 on a charge of being a principal to first-degree murder.
Warrants were put out for sixteen former inmates and five former Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputies related to incidents at the Washington Parish jail involving the rape of one inmate and the beating of another. The sixteen have been booked into the parish jail, with the former officers facing charges of malfeasance in office and the inmates facing simple battery charges. State Police and the FBI were contacted in relation to the investigation.
The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Louisiana Law that would require doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. A law that included some similar language in Texas was shot down by the Supreme Court. Center for Reproductive Rights Senior Council TJ Tu says it’s a decision that fly’s in the face of the Supreme Courts previous decisions, and could make access to abortion in the Bayou State difficult to obtain.
The CDC has released a new report that shows the rate of babies born with congenital syphilis has been on the rise throughout the United States. Reported cases have jumped from 362 in 2013 to 918 in 2017. When compared to other states, Louisiana ranks at the very top.
Senator John Kennedy closed out yesterday’s questioning of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. In his opening remarks, he expressed his sympathy toward Kavanaugh, his family, Dr. Christine Ford, and her family for what they had all been through recently.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says one of his goals is for Louisiana to have more cybersecurity protections in place than any other state. The Governor has declared October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Late last year, Edwards created a task force to lead the state's efforts on the initiative.
Lake Charles authorities report a traffic stop last weekend led to a major drug bust, 63 pounds of cocaine. Police say it happened Sunday afternoon on Interstate 10, when a tow truck was pulled over for a traffic violation. Arrested was 42 year old Elton Joseph Richard of Church Point. Richard’s bond is set at $250,000.
State Police say one of their Troopers used deadly force on a suspect in Hammond Early Thursday morning. Authorities identify the deceased suspect as 23-year-old Coltin Brennan Leblanc of Loranger. A witness grabbing a late night snack at a local restaurant says after being pulled over during what appeared to be a routine traffic stop, LeBlanc sped away after exchanging words with the officer. The officer fired to stopped the driver. Authorities say Leblanc died a short time later at a hospital.
A shooting inside a Dollar General store in Iberia Parish has left one man in critical condition in a Lafayette hospital and another in the custody on the parish jail. Investigators arrested 23-year-old Joel Saenz, who ran into the store and shot the victim in the head during a physical altercation between the suspect’s brother and the victim. The suspect left the store and was later arrested at his home.
Disney Cruise Line announced they will start sailing out of the Port of New Orleans in 2020 during Mardi Gras season. The 27-hundred passenger Disney Wonder is scheduled for six different Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from February 7th to March 6th.
Former LSU star Eric Reid has found employment. The Carolina Panthers has inked the safety from Dutchtown High School to a one-year contract. Reid signed a collusion grievance against the NFL in May after he went unsigned during the free agency period. Reid is a former starting safety with the 49ers and has not stood during the National Anthem. Reid said back in March he was willing to stop the National Anthem protests, but remain active off the field when it comes to highlighting and stopping social injustice.
LSU Coach Ed Orgeron said during his radio show last night he expects injured starting offensive guard Garrett Brumfield will miss at least a couple of weeks. True freshmen Chasen Hines from Marshall, Texas will take Brumfield’s place in the starting line up.
LSU is set to unveil a statue of the late Dr. Billy Cannon, the school’s only Heisman Trophy Winner. The ceremony happens tonight, one night ahead of the Tigers hosting Ole Miss. Billy Cannon is the first LSU football player to have a statue erected on the campus in his honor.
Drew Brees says he’s looking forward to playing a pair of New Orleans boys in Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. this weekend as the Saints take a trip up north to play the Giants in New York. Drew’s gotten to know the two after living in the Crescent City for over a decade since joining the Black and Gold.
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The charge is now 1st degree murder, in the case of Kayla Giles, the woman accused of killing her estranged husband earlier this month at the Wal-Mart on Coliseum Blvd. The indictment for First Degree Murder, which can be punishable by life in prison or the death penalty, was handed down by a grand jury yesterday..
The RPSO has arrested a Pineville man on a laundry list of charges. 38 year old Mark Roberts was charged with Sexual Battery, 3rd Degree Rape, False Impersonation of a Police Officer, Stalking, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Authorities say Roberts was also wanted in Mississippi for an un-related crime. Roberts is now in the Rapides Parish Detention Center where he’s being being held on a $34,500.00 bond on the local charges while he awaits extradition to Mississippi.
Former soldier Ryan Taylor of New Llano has been sentenced to over 11 years in prison for manufacturing and detonating a chemical weapon at a Fort Polk training area. US Attorney David Joseph says a device containing chlorine gas exploded in the Kisatchie National Forest in April 2017. Taylor plead guilty in June of producing, possessing and using a chemical weapon, which is banned under international and national laws because of the effects it can have on the human body.
After ranking at the bottom of the pile nationally last year, Louisiana has seen relatively strong growth in personal income in the second quarter of this year. With a 5.9 percent growth rate, Louisiana is second in the nation to Texas at 6%. The construction sector was responsible for most of the growth. LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott says the oil industry’s recent uptick and a national trend of expansion in the healthcare industry are also contributing factors.
The personal finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2018’s Best and Worst States for Teachers. The website analyzed 22 key metrics, including income growth potential and teacher safety. Louisiana ranks 48 out of 51 spots. Louisiana Federation of Teachers spokesperson Les Landon says many of the concerning metrics area echoed by educators.
Investigators with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality arrested a Lake Charles man on knowingly disposing of gasoline into a storm water retention pond, which is a felony. 54 year old Dean Domingue and accomplice 51 year old David Mouton dumped 200 gallons of a gasoline and water mixture behind an Albertson’s grocery store. Mouton remains at large. Nolan says the cost of cleanup was around 49-thousand dollars and that the Albertson’s picked up the tab.
Most of the Zachary Fire Department emergency response team returned home Monday night from the Carolinas after a 14 day mission responding to floods and damage from Hurricane Florence in South Carolina. Chief Mike Kimble says Louisiana teams saved 6 lives, including a few folks stuck on car surrounded by rising waters.
Kimble says twos of his team are still in South Carolina.
Governor John Bel Edwards was in Lake Charles Tuesday for the dedication ceremony of the newly renovated two-mile runway at Chennault International Airport. Edwards says the 18-million dollar renovation of this runway, which is one of the longest along the Gulf Coast, is an investment into the future of the region.
A former sergeant in the k-9 Unit of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison and one year of supervised release on his guilty plea to violating the civil rights of a detainee. David Prejean previously admitted during a guilty plea hearing that he acted without legal justification when he commanded his K-9 to bite the detainee, then striking the detainee several times. The incident took place in 2012.
Ruston lawmaker Rob Shadoin announced today he’s resigning from the state House of Representatives to take a job in Baton Rouge as the deputy counsel for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Shadoin, who is in his second term, says 10 legislative sessions since 2016 made it difficult on his solo law practice.
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The deal to transfer management of two hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to Oschner and LSU has been finalized. The new system, called Oschner LSU Health System of North Louisiana, will begin October 1st. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says the partnership will offer new services that will mean north Louisianans won’t have to leave home to get healed. LSU says the deal puts to rest rumors of the the medical school closing.
A Many man has been arrested after he attempted to steal an ATM kiosk by driving a stolen vehicle through the front of Curtis Grocery early Sunday morning. Sabine Parish Sheriff Ronny Richardson says 37-year-old Leo Mitchell’s master plan did not work. Mitchell, who has an extensive criminal history for theft and drug charges, was later found hiding in the woods after abandoning his vehicle. Richardson says Mitchell now faces several new charges.
State Police say a fatal train wreck in Webster Parish Monday morning left 33 year old Jason Fory of Minden dead. Troop G spokesperson Glenn Younger says for some unknown reason Fory’s pick-up truck stopped on the tracks and the train couldn’t stop in time. Younger says investigators are unsure as to the reason the truck was in the path of the train.
Visitors to the Louisiana Capitol may have noticed that scaffolding used to restore the building’s limestone and mortar is gone. But work is still needed on the 86 year old building, so a new walkway is being built to shelter those walking into the front doors from falling mortar. Louisiana Division of Administration spokesman Jacques Berry says the front doors are expected to be reopened before the end of the calendar year.
The Louisiana Restore Homeowners Assistance program has reopened its application process for those who suffered damage in the floods of 2016, on the heels of reports that say Congress is nearing a deal that would allow those who filed for SBA loans to receive federal grant rebuilding money. The Edwards Administration says expanding the Restore Louisiana program to SBA recipients will lead to an additional 215 million dollars in benefits making their way into flood victims’ hands. The new deadline to complete the application is October 19th.
A 28-year old Bayou Blue woman has been arrested and charged with murder after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in the chest with a large kitchen knife. Investigators say the two were in a verbal dispute that turned physical before the eventual stabbing that sent her 28-year-old boyfriend to the hospital, where he later died. Shannel Thompson had her bond set at a million dollars.
The Bayou State is getting a 24-million dollar boost from the federal government to help us rehabilitate opioid addicts and keep them from falling back into the habit that’s killing thousands across the country every year. The federal grant will go to the state Department of Health. Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Behavioral Health Dr. Janice Petersen says the funds will help them expand recovery programs in rural areas that are currently under-served.
The trust fund that covers unemployment benefits for the state is projected to hit one billion dollars this year. The trust fund, managed by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, is the twelfth strongest in the nation. LWC director Ava Dejoie says the size of the fund has exceeded expectations. Dejoie says the milestone is made even more notable considering the fund went broke in the eighties due to a decline in the oil industry, which we are seeing again at present day.
A 32-year-old Catahoula Parish man lost his life during a police chase. State Police spokesperson Michael Reichardt says 32-year-old Uel Beard of Jonesville didn’t pull over when an officer attempted a traffic stop on him Saturday morning. Reichardt says Beard’s motorcycle sideswiped a jeep and he died at the scene.
Bad injury news for 5th ranked LSU. Coach Ed Orgeron says starting guard left guard Garrett Brumfield is out for Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. Brumfield hurt his knee in the win over La Tech and Coach O is not sure how many games the Baton Rouge product will miss. Freshman Chasen Hines will start in Brumfield’s place.
LSU Football Coach Ed Orgeron wants to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. That will be important this week as the Tigers host the SEC’s top passing team. The Ole Miss Rebels are averaging 348 yards through the air. Coach Ed Orgeron says Andre Anthony is a guy who can get after the passer. On other side of the ball, Orgeron wants to see more explosive plays on offense.
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Louisiana’s unemployment rate worsened for a fifth straight month and reached five percent in August, but the number of people employed last month was the second highest number for an August in the state’s history. Louisiana Workforce Commission Director Ava Dejoie says manufacturing continues to see the biggest job gains as that sector added 54-hundred jobs over the last year and there’s been an increase in the number of jobs related to the oil and gas industry. Dejoie says the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas added the most jobs.
For most Americans 2017 was a good year as most cities in the country saw median income rise.. 24/7 Wall Street reviewed the data from the Census Bureau’s report to identify the 42 metro areas across the country where the typical household earns less than $45,000 annually. Four of the cities were in Louisiana. Hammond did best on the list coming in at 42nd. Alexandria was #11, Monroe was #6 and the overall worst performer in the state was Shreveport / Bossier. According to the WSJ, The cities on the list share several characteristics, including high unemployment, low property values, and low educational attainment.
The state kicks off voter registration week today, ahead of a hotly contested midterm season nationally, that may not yield many surprises in the Bayou State. Statewide, the election will give voters a chance to decide on congressional races and the special election for the Secretary of State’s office. Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says the ballots will be littered with local issues and a selection of constitutional amendments, like unanimous juries, that could lead to notable changes in Louisiana law. The deadline to register for November in person or by mail is October 9th, and the deadline to register online, with a valid ID, is October 16th.
A gag order and two motions have been filed in the case of Kayla Jean Giles, the woman accused of fatally shooting her estranged husband in a Walmart parking lot. Giles was arrested by the Alexandria Police Department on Sept. 8 after allegedly shooting Thomas Coutee Jr. in the parking lot on Coliseum Boulevard. Giles' attorney, Paul Carmouche of Shreveport, on Friday filed motions for a bond reduction and for preliminary examination. A hearing date has not been set yet.
It’s been a little over a week since the landfall of Hurricane Florence on the east coast. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says dozens Louisiana emergency personnel are in Horry County, South Carolina, helping local authorities and first responders with evacuations as waters continue to rise from Florence. Browning says their deployment ends Tuesday, but could be extended.
A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that blocks Louisiana from enforcing a law that prohibits women under the age of 21 from working as an exotic dancer at a strip club. The state legislature passed a law in 2016 requiring a minimum age of 21 for strippers at clubs. Lawmakers will have to rewrite the legislation next year.
The Mayors of Baton Rouge, Vidalia and St. Gabriel have joined a commitment to reduce the amount of plastics in the Mississippi river. Plastic waste such as litter can eventually wash into the Gulf of Mexico where it can dissolve into dangerous micro-plastics. NOLA.com cited an LSU study finding the Gulf is among the most polluted water bodies from plastic debris on planet earth. The commitment to try to reduce plastic pollution by 20 percent in 2 years.
This life-sized statue was recently installed at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Bossier City. The statue is a female service member wearing a tactical military uniform and shouldering an M-16 rifle with a bronze-like finish. The realistically styled figure is made to withstand the weather as it “stands watch” on the grounds of the veterans’ facility. The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs operates the home in Bossier City for veterans and installed the statue to honor the more than 28 thousand female veterans it estimates live in the state.
A former McKinley High Marching Band member was awarded 185,000 dollars for damages related to a 2015 incident where he required to do 200 push-ups for being late to band practice. The incident led to a five day stay in the hospital for Tristen Rushing. Medical professionals who saw Rushing testified the injuries were potentially life threatening.
Tiger Stadium wasn’t the only place hopping Saturday night. Taylor Swift dazzled a full Superdome with her Reputation Tour. The stage for the event towered 110 feet above the floor. Wristbands distributed to attendees lit up and changed colors in sync with the show. The audience of 53,172 is reportedly the largest ever for a female headliner in the Superdome.
The Saints are 2-1 after a thrilling 43-37 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The game had seven lead changes and New Orleans forced overtime with a touchdown with 1:15 left in regulation. Saints Coach Sean Payton says it was a hard fought victory. Quarterback Drew Brees orchestrated the winning touchdown drive to cap off a 396-yard and three touchdown passing day.
LSU and Louisiana Tech was a three-point game in the fourth quarter Saturday Night, but the Fighting Tigers scored the final two touchdowns for a 38-21 win over the Bulldogs. All in all Tech was a big winner taking away $1.15 million, its highest price tag for any money game deal reached by LSU to date.
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Governor John Bel Edwards says Louisiana finished the fiscal year that ended June 30th with a budget surplus of approximately 300-million dollars. Edwards says the state’s economy is performing better than what the Revenue Estimating Conference predicted. Critics of the Edwards administration say the surplus shows the legislature didn’t need to renew millions of dollars in temporary sales taxes earlier this year. But Edwards says ending now two years with a surplus is a good thing. The state constitution limits how state surplus dollars can be spent, but construction is one of those areas.
Hanna Barker, the mother of a baby who died after being found in a fire is scheduled to be in a Natchitoches Parish courtroom today for multiple motions, including one to set bond. The 22 year old Barker was arrested by the Natchitoches Police Department on July 25 on charges of being a principal to first-degree murder and criminal conspiracy.
The Pineville PD reports two Pineville residents have been charged with child desertion and other offenses for allegedly using drugs and having an unsafe environment for three young children. 37 year old Timothy Nugent and 38 year old April Bohannon were arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Bond was set at $7,000 each.
The Public Service Commission launches an investigation into the spending habits of rural energy coops. Commissioner Foster Campbell highlighted what he says were completely unnecessary educational and lobbying trips to places like Las Vegas and Washington DC, where he says costs for expensive meals and hotels would end up back on customer bills. Co-op officials say the trips are a necessity in order to stay current with the technology. Louisiana’s co-ops for the most part have the lowest utility rates in the state.
New Orleans-based Via Link, which provides crisis intervention for many Louisiana residents who call the National Suicide Hotline, is on the verge of closing, as it can no longer rely on private donations to cover the costs of the service. Via Link CEO LaVondra Dobbs says the program receives some grant money but really needs closer to $350,000 to cover its annual operating costs. Dobbs says if Via Link goes away, the calls will then go to a backup center, where callers can spend around 45 minutes on hold before talking to a specialist.
Over the summer, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued its 10 millionth patent. But where are those patents being issued? Over the past five years, Louisiana was issued the fifth lowest number of patents per capita compared to other states. Content Strategist at Digital Third Coast Roxy Fata says the metrics shown by a recent study indicate the Bayou State is one of the least innovative states in the nation.
Fata says there is no shortage of Southeastern states at the bottom of the list with Arkansas just behind Louisiana and Mississippi coming in dead last.
A court has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the LHSAA suspension of now Hahnville quarterback Andrew Robison until an appeals hearing, that would make the senior eligible to play tonight, but there’s still an open question as to whether or not his coach will play him. Robison Family Lawyer David Moyer says the whole process so far has been unfair. Robison, and Hahnville head coach Nick Saltaformaggio were suspended after the LHSAA alleged the quarterback was illegally recruited by Hahnville from his old school, Vandebilt Catholic. Saltaformaggio received a four game ban, while Robison was barred from playing at all for his new school.
A Denham Springs woman has been charged with D-W-I after she drove into a Baton Rouge Police cruiser. B-R-P-D Sergeant Don Coppola says after doctors checked on Jones injuries, she was then sent to the East Baton Rouge jail for booking on charges of D-W-I, careless operation and vehicular negligent injuring. Coppola says the police unit suffered severe damage as a result of the wreck.
The Gueydan Duck Festival has kicked off, bringing sportsmen from around the world to the small town known as the Duck Capital of America. The town, south of Lafayette, has been putting on the festival for 41 years. Festival President Jerrod Broussard says it’s
a family friendly event with food, music, and all kinds of other entertainment
After seeing losses in 2017, movie theatres are experiencing their best summer in two decades. It’s quite the feat considering the popularity of at home video on demand services such as Netflix. North American ticket sales will close out the summer season with more than a 14% increase. Entertainment columnist for the New Orleans Advocate Keith Spera says the weather might play a factor, with people wanting to get out of the heat.
Louisiana Tech will make the bus ride down to Baton Rouge tomorrow for their game against 6th ranked LSU. Bulldogs Senior linebacker Dae’Von Washington of Alexandria says they are gearing up for a physical game. LSU has won 15 straight over the Bulldogs. Tech’s lone win during the series came in 1904 when the Bulldogs won six to nothing. The game is sold out..
A matchup to watch in Sunday’s Saints-Falcons game is Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones versus New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The second year defensive back knows he has his work cut out for him. Saints defensive end Cam Jordan says if Lattimore and the Saints secondary can do their job, they hope to get pressure on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
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Compiled By Dave Graichen
Corporal Alan Stokes of the Alexandria Police Department, who filed a police report back in May alleging that he was publicly intimidated by Mayor Jacques Roy during a phone call related to the selection of the city's next police chief, has been terminated. Roy and police Chief Jerrod King addressed the matter on Wednesday at a weekly briefing. Chief King saying some things that happened were unacceptable. The Chief went on to say he didn’t care who it involved, whether it was the mayor or a citizen.
The APD reports an Alexandria man died early Wednesday morning in a two vehicle crash on Interstate 49 near the Airbase Road exit. Authorities have yet to ID the driver of the vehicle other than to say he was a 37-year-old man. The other driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Sad news yesterday when we were informed of the passing of Billy Allgood, a man who was a coach, athletic director, and teacher at Louisiana College for close to 4 decades. His accomplishments at LC range from 327 career basketball victories to personally building the baseball facility that deservedly bears his name. Billy Allgood was 87.
LSU announced yesterday afternoon there are less than 100 tickets available for the LSU football team’s 6 p.m. home game Saturday against Louisiana Tech at Tiger Stadium. LSU did not post a sellout in 2017 among its six home games in Tiger Stadium, but LSU football still ranked high among the nation’s attendance leaders.
Capacity at Tiger Stadium is 102,321. To put that in perspective, that’s 4 and a half times the population of Grant Parish. The last sellout at tiger stadium was against Alabama in 2016.
Governor John Bel Edwards says his priority for the next legislative session is to get more money for public education and to secure a 1,000 dollar teacher pay raise. Edwards says it’s more than just teachers who deserve a raise, it’s support workers, bus drivers and more. This comes as teacher strikes in red states across the nation have found success in both securing pay raises and public school funding increases. Edwards says it’s the first step towards addressing the decade-long teacher pay freeze.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is sounding the alarm over a new report they conducted that shows more than one-third of Louisiana law enforcement departments do not have policies that address racial profiling. Deputy Legal Director Lisa Graybill says it’s a troubling discovery that likely is leading to mistreatment of minorities by some police departments. But she says it’s not necessarily being done out of malice. Graybill notes that after surveying law enforcement statewide, they discovered that many offices just weren’t familiar with what those policies were, and how they help lead to fair policing.
Prosecutors have added criminal charges of possession of child pornography against former LSU wide receiver Drake Davis, who was arrested Sunday for a second time this past month, after an ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic battery. East Baton Rouge DA Hillar Moore says the new charges were added after investigators found two videos on Davis’s cell phone that were determined to be child pornography. Davis has submitted his resignation from LSU and is no longer enrolled at the university.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says so far this year they’ve only seen a two-percent average increase in auto insurance rates. Last year for 2017, auto insurance rates rose on average nearly nine percent. Donelon says drivers should ask their insurance provider about any discounts available.
The LSU AgCenter has been awarded a five million dollar, five-year grant from the CDC that will fund an ongoing program to improve health in rural Louisiana and expand it to more parishes. The grant will support an initiative called Healthy Access, Behaviors, and Communities, or Healthy ABCs. AgCenter Nutrition Specialist Denise Holston says the program has been active for about three years and overall the feedback on the program so far has been positive.
A new survey from OfficeTeam says 56 percent of U.S. workers’ typical lunch break lasts 30 minutes or less. Recruiting Manager at Robert Half Finance and Accounting Carrie Lewis says the current break standards may have a negative effect on employees. The survey shows that 29 percent of employees don’t stop working on their breaks.
News for Wednesday 091918
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Just under 400 people on hand last night for the Alexandria Mayoral debate. The event was sponsored by The Young Professionals Group of Cenla, The Central Louisiana Chamber and Cenla Broadcasting. If you were not able to attend or listen on the radio, a podcast is available on the front page of the KSYL website at KSYL.Com..
A former Bookkeeper at the Rapides Parish DA’s office, Margaruette Beard, pleaded guilty yesterday to theft greater than $25,000, injuring public records, and malfeasance in office. Beard was sentenced to 5 years at hard labor on each count to be served concurrent with the federal sentence she received. Beard worked in the DA’s office for 27 years, until the discovery that money was missing from the office in October 2015.
Authorities in Livingston Parish report a 2-year-old boy has died after he managed to grab a gun from a counter in his home. Sheriff Jason Ard says the child is believed to have climbed up on a stool to reach the gun. He says the gun went off and the child was hit in the face. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The civil case involving the Alton Sterling shooting has uncovered a communication sent one year before Sterling’s shooting death by Officer Blane Salamoni where one his superiors questioned the former Baton Rouge cop’s sanity. Sterling Family Attorney Chris Stewart says his clients are pushing for a quick resolution to the civil case, and warns they’re ready to make life uncomfortable for city officials if they refuse a settlement. Blane Salamoni was cleared of criminal charges.
Some of Louisiana’s 100-person contingent of first responders in South Carolina are coming home, while the others will continue rescue operations for the next week as waters continue to rise as a result of Florence. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says South Carolina is not out of the woods yet when it comes to more flooding, which is why their search and rescue teams will stay there for another week.
A big groundbreaking ceremony for a new medical school on the ULM campus took place Tuesday. ULM has entered a land lease agreement with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, which will construct a building at Heritage Park and the Grove. The university says no state funds will be used on the project.
Louisiana has the second highest rate of male on female murder in the United States according to a report from the Violence Policy Center. It’s a continuing trend as the state has found itself in the top five since 2016. Legislative Director Kristen Rand says 1,800 women were murdered in the US by men last year, with 93 percent of all murders of women by men being done by someone the victim knew beforehand.
LSU place-kicker Cole Tracy is reaching folk hero status after kicking the game winning field goal versus Auburn. Cole is a graduate transfer from Assumption College in Massachusetts. Now, that school is seeing donations from LSU fans in Cole’s honor. Assumption College Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Tim Stanton, says the donations started coming after LSU’s win over Miami. If enough funds are raised, Stanton says they’ll renamed their football field for Tracy.
Drag Queen Story Time will go on as planned on October sixth at the Lafayette Public Library despite some calls for the event’s cancellation. The library board met last night and took no action on postponing or cancelling the event, but they heard public comment. There were more people who spoke in opposition to a group of UL Lafayette students dressing in drag and reading to children.
Sixth ranked LSU is a 20 point favorite this Saturday night against Louisiana Tech. The Tigers have performed well when they are the underdogs, but they’ll be the favorite for at least the next couple of weeks. Coach Ed Orgeron says the key to staying successful is to stay humble.
Looking ahead to next season, the SEC schedule came out today. The Tigers will kick off league play on September 21st at Vanderbilt. LSU will also visit Mississippi State on October 19th, host Auburn the next week and then it’s Alabama on November 9th, followed by Ole Miss the next week. There’s also two bye weeks, September 28th and November 2nd, before Bama.
News for Tuesday 091818
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Just a reminder tonight it’s the YPG mayoral debate.. it starts at 6:30 at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.. Tonight’s debate will also be broadcast live on KSYL 970AM & 104.9FM.
The RPSO reports 31 year old Kayla Giles, the woman accused with shooting and killing her estranged husband in a Walmart parking lot on September 8th, is now facing new charges unrelated to that shooting. Giles was, according to the APD, re-arrested on Monday for a warrant for domestic abuse battery from an incident reported on August 8 and a separate warrant for theft $5,000-$25,000 from an incident reported on September 5. Giles is currently being held on $1,000,000 in the Rapides Parish jail.
State Police say a 2 year old is dead and other children sustained injuries after their father drunkenly flew through an intersection in Donaldsonville over the weekend and got t-boned. 27-year-old John Henderson of Baton Rouge, the driver, has been arrested as a result. State Police Spokesperson Sgt. Jaded Sandifer says neither of the adults put restraints on the 2-year-old who died.
The United Cajun Navy is wrapping up operations in the Carolinas after spending nearly a week saving people from treacherous flood waters. 23 deaths have been attributed to the storm so far. United Cajun Navy founder Todd Terrell says not everyone is coming home yet, as they hope to continue assisting areas with limited resources, while cleaning up the command center they built to coordinate rescues. There are also over 100 Louisiana emergency personnel deployed to the Carolinas and they are assisting with rescues, clearing roadways and cooking for first responders.
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser has returned to the Bayou State following a ten day trip to China as part of a Louisiana tourism mission in an attempt to lure more visitors from Asia. The trip included a stop at the 12th annual China-US Tourism Leadership Summit. Nungesser says he believes the “Lights Camera Louisiana” film trail, which shows where many movies and TV shows were produced in the state, will be a huge draw for Chinese tourists.
In a narrow vote, the State Board of Medical Examiners voted to lift a cap that was established in 2016 that would allow physicians to have up to 100 medical marijuana patients. Only 48 doctors have applied to dispense the medical marijuana when it comes available later this year and the small number caused concerns the cap would hurt the program.
This is the last week of summer, but it feels like the middle of the summer with heat index values over 100-degrees. State Climatologist Barry Keim says we are still a couple of weeks away from that first significant cold front that brings a touch of fall to Louisiana. But, there is some good news.. starting today we’ll get a break in the high humidity for a few days.
The St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial announced Monday that Wilson Robertson, who was named in March as Acadiana’s oldest World War II veteran, has died. Robertson passed away on Wednesday at his home in Melville. He was 102. Robertson enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 25, 1941, serving until March 1945. For his service to the country, Robertson received the Bronze Star Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, 1st Award, WW II Honorable Service Lapel Button and the Louisiana Medal of Honor.
Louisiana will receive $1.8 million annually over five years after receiving a grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding will be used to establish a comprehensive Louisiana School Mental Health Support Program within thirty-four schools throughout Louisiana. Louisiana Department of Education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says it’ll help provide special training to school personnel.
A Donaldsonville man is facing battery and hate crime charges after an altercation at a Gonzales store that was allegedly sparked when he told a Latino family to “go back to Mexico.” Authorities say 60-year-old Robert Ray approached a 19-year-old girl at the store, made the comments, and then shoved her and her father. That was his second big mistake. The man Mr. Ray began to fight with was actually a Texas born marine, who stepped in after his Louisiana born daughter was allegedly shoved. Ray is facing one hate crime charge along with two counts of simple battery and criminal damage to property.
State police have arrested a former LSP cadet following an investigation that revealed he was involved in an attempt at blackmail against a former US Army coworker. LSP spokesperson Sgt. Jared Sandifer says 26 year old Jimmy Kassis was let go from the state police in June upon hearing of the investigation from the US Army.
LSU has ended its relationship with wide receiver Drake Davis. Tiger Rag Magazine reports Davis has been kicked off the team after he was arrested a second time on battery charges against a female. Davis remains in jail as he was denied bond.
Sixth ranked LSU is the talk of college football with its two victories over top 10 ranked teams. Coach Ed Orgeron says they still have several tough games left to play this season and they have to get better if they want to win those contests. LSU is nearly a three touchdown favorite to beat Louisiana Tech this Saturday.
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News for Monday 091718
Compiled by Dave Graichen
It’s your chance to hear all three candidates for mayor of the city of Alexandria. It’s the YPG of Cenla Mayoral Debate tomorrow night at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts center. The event, which is free and open to the public starts at 6:30 and will run until 8 o’clock. Can’t make it.. then be sure to listen to the debate on KSYL 970AM and 104.9FM. The mayoral debate is sponsored by the YPG of Cenla and the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce.
The United Cajun Navy is currently in North Carolina as the area is experiencing massive flooding from Hurricane Florence. Founder of the group, Todd Terrell, says those that want to help can make donations via the United Cajun Navy’s Facebook page. He says the team is facing many challenges with the elements in the Carolinas.
A team with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal has been staging in Florence, South Carolina in response to the hurricane by the same name. With just under 100 people on the team, they are assisting the South Carolina State Fire Marshal with calls coming in as a result of the storm. Louisiana agency Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the group is packed for a stay of 5 to 7 days.
Louisiana Treasury Secretary John Schroder estimates the state will have an over 300 million dollar budget surplus from last year after revenues out performed expectations. There are tight constitutional limits on just how this cash can get spent, which means it can’t be dropped straight into the state general fund for this. The Edwards administration says any estimates before the audit is finished are premature.
Suspended LSU wide receiver Drake Davis was again arrested Sunday and accused of beating his former girlfriend, the second time in a month that he has been accused of abusing the same woman. He was previously arrested Aug. 17 and released on bail.
His first arrest centered on four incidents of abuse that included punching and grabbing the victim by her throat on multiple occasions . the 21 year old Davis was booked into jail Sunday on additional counts of battery of a dating partner and violation of protective orders.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a Winnsboro man had roadkill in the cooler of his restaurant and then took it home to butcher it. L-D-W-F’s Adam Einck says a deputy saw the fawn in a cooler at a restaurant called the Garden Hen. He says the man heard law enforcement were on the case and apparently tried to hide the evidence…
A Baton Rouge man has been arrested in a two-vehicle crash in Donaldsonville that killed a toddler and injured several other people Saturday evening, according to Louisiana State Police. 27 year old John Henderson was arrested and accused of driving under the influence, vehicular homicide and other related counts.
A former cast member of the History Channel reality show "Swamp People" died in a car crash in Iberville Parish early Saturday morning, according to his family on social media and the Louisiana State Police. 35 year old Randy Edwards of Donaldsonville, died after crashing his car into a utility pole around 3 a.m. Impairment is suspected in the crash. Edwards was featured on the first six seasons of Swamp People with his father, Junior, and his mother, Theresa.
The Department of Economic Development is launching a new mentorship program that will pair business veterans with upstart entrepreneurs to help get the rookies off the bench and onto the field. Secretary Don Pierson says the program has received a lot of interest from experienced businesspeople, who are looking to pass on some vital knowledge. You can find more information, or apply for the program at opportunitylouisiana.com/mentorprotege.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office hosted a sniper training course this past week, welcoming law enforcement from the area. Cpl. Justin Dunn says the officers were instructed on safety and the importance of the role of being a sniper. Dunn says he believes the officers taking the course have picked up quite a bit over the last week.
LSU is a top-10 team after its 22-21 win at Auburn on Saturday. And it's nearly a top-five team. Cashing in on its second top-10 win of the season, the Tigers rank No. 6 in both the USA Today Coaches and AP polls released Sunday. LSU jumped seven spots in the Coaches poll and jumped six spots in the AP poll. Alabama is the consensus No. 1 in both polls.
Thanks to four missed kicks by Cleveland’s Zane Gonzales the Saints were able to rally to beat the Cleveland Browns 21-18. New Orleans trailed 12-3 in the 4th quarter, but Quarterback Drew Brees finally got it going with two touchdown passes to Michael Thomas. Will Lutz’s 44-yard field goal with 21-seconds left was the game winner. But Coach Sean Payton is not happy with how his team is playing.
News for Friday 091418
Compiled by Dave Graichen
After complaints from nearby residents the RPSO reports the arrests of 4 Tioga residents. A search warrant was served on Stokes Road Sept. 5 by agents of the department's Metro Division. Four people were present, and agents found "and seized suspected methamphetamine, packaging materials, scales and other narcotic-related paraphernalia. All four were arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins introduces legislation that would mandate random drug tests for U-S House and Senate members. If there’s a failed test, the Ethics Committee can take further action. Higgins says you wouldn’t want emergency personnel to be intoxicated on the job, you sure wouldn’t want legislators to be under the influence either.
Entergy Louisiana is sending a team of 200 employees and contractors to the East Coast. Hurricane Florence is expected to pack a mighty punch that could cause some extensive power outages. Entergy Louisiana Spokesperson Lee Sabatini says in addition to line workers, they are sending over people for various duties in the cleanup effort.
Nine former softball players have filed complaints with the Office of Civil Rights for Title Nine violations alleging that while attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette they were deprived of appropriate trainers, training facilities, equipment, and supplies when compared to the resources provided to male athletes. Attorney Allison Jones says the players also faced retaliation for bringing up the claims. The University strongly denies the allegations.
Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and Mississippi would all get a significantly larger share of Federal offshore energy revenue from the Gulf of Mexico under a bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves of Baton Rouge that was approved by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on Thursday. The legislation amends the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to increase to 50 percent the share of revenue paid by oil, gas and other energy companies that would go to Louisiana and other states from certain lease areas. The bill also removes a $500 million a year cap on how much money can be shared with states each year. The amendment has a long way to go since it must still be approved by the full House and the Senate.
The Haynesville is producing more natural gas than at any time since 2012. The shale seemed to be on it’s way out after cratering several years ago, but since 2016 has seen extraction levels rise. The shale produced 6.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day in June, good for 8.5 percent of all US production. The shale occupies a portion of north west Louisiana.
Seven escaped inmates are back in custody after Wednesday’s breach at Madison Parish Detention Center in Tallulah. LaSalle Corrections Development Executive Kevin Sumrall says it doesn’t not appear to be a premeditated prison break and were able to escape through a wired fence, with no apparent planned goal in mind..
Federal workplace safety investigators and pipe manufacturer Stupp Corporation are investigating the death of a 29-year-old man killed in an industrial accident Thursday in Baker. The Stupp Corporation officials promised in a statement Thursday that their internal investigation into the death of Stephen Deggs will be thorough and they will cooperate with local authorities and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Medical personnel transported Deggs, who was a production employee at Stupp, to a hospital. East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark confirmed Deggs died in the hospital. Clark said the official cause of the death has not yet been determined.
Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope's legal problems mounted Thursday as a grand jury handed down another criminal indictment on seven felony counts of malfeasance in office. That’s on top of the seven felonies that Pope is scheduled to be tried on in less than two weeks. The latest charges accuse Pope of unlawfully taking Marshal’s Office funds on seven occasions this year, from January to July. The total amount Pope is accused of taking exceeds $13,000.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is joining a nationwide collective of sheriffs who are raising money for a campaign to build awareness about the need for a border wall with Mexico. The group, backed by the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform, has set a 100,000 dollar goal. Whittington says he’s joined, despite being over 500 miles away from the border. He says it’s a move that’s getting a good deal of support from the Bossier community.
The Supreme Court is taking up the appeal of a St. Tammany man who says US Wildlife and Fisheries is illegally blocking him from developing his property on the Mississippi border. The site has been designated a critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog. But the property owner’s lawyer, Mark Miller, says it’s a government overreach because the frogs don’t actually live there. Wildlife and Fisheries estimates only 100 of the frogs are still alive and are currently confined to a small area near Pearl River.
But Center for Biological Diversity lead lawyer Collette Adkins says the frogs may not yet be living in that area, but for them to have a chance in the future, the land must be kept available.
The annual Tiger Bowl kicks off Saturday as LSU travels to Jordan-Hare Stadium to take on Auburn. Both teams come into the match-up undefeated but LSU has an uphill battle as this game tends to be dominated by the home team. Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says LSU’s offensive line struggled against Southeastern last week and that won’t fly playing the war eagles…Airtime 12:30p tomorrow on 96.9 KZMZ & 104.9 KSYL
The Saints are big favorites at home again this Sunday as they take on the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland has not won a road game since October 2015. A loss for New Orleans and it will be difficult for them to repeat an 0-2 start and still make the playoffs. Gregg Williams who was the defensive coordinator for the Saints Super Bowl season, is now the heading up the Browns defense.
ULM will bring a 2-0 record to College Station this Saturday where’ they’ll face Texas A-and-M who is coming off a two-point loss to the number two team in the country, the Clemson Tigers. The Warhawks are feeling good about themselves after a road win at Southern Miss. ULM Coach Matt Viator says it was good to see the defense make a big stop at the end of that game. These two teams last met in 2014 and the Aggies only won by five points.
Hahnville Quarterback Andrew Robison remains ineligible for the season after his appeal was denied by the LHSAA executive committee today. Robison transferred from Vanderbilt Catholic to Hahnville, but was ruled ineligible prior to the season as the association cited “undue influence” recruiting rule.
News for Thursday 091318
Compiled by Dave Graichen
An Alexandria man, Charles Hampton Jr., changed his mind after two witnesses testified Wednesday in his attempted second-degree murder trial. Hampton was facing that charge and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with a September 2016 incident at a Masonic Drive convenience store during which a woman was pistol whipped. Instead, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated battery and firearm possession by a felon, both felonies. Hampton received 10 years at hard labor for the battery charge and 20 years at hard labor for the firearm possession charge. The sentences will be served concurrently.
There’s several ways cigarettes can mess up your life, one of them is getting caught stealing them. 23-year-old Andrew Corley of Pineville has been arrested and charged with breaking into Pit Stop Convenience store on Edgewood Dr. by throwing s large stone through the stores window after hours and making off with cigarettes. A surveillance video led Pineville PD to Corley’s home.
50 year old Steven Gardner of Pineville has been arrested in connection with a criminal sexual conduct case. Gardner was arrested by RPSO deputies Tuesday and charged with sexual battery and three counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. Gardner is a registered sex offender.
A broad area of low pressure is located over the central Gulf of Mexico. Although the shower activity is still disorganized, upper-level winds are forecast to become more conducive for development, and it is likely that a tropical depression will form today or tonight, before the system reaches the western Gulf coast. The Hurricane Center says heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected across portions of northeastern Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana late this week.
As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the East Coast with the potential to cause catastrophic damage, the Baton Rouge branch of the Cajun Navy sent an estimated 100 volunteers to South Carolina equipped with boats and emergency supplies. United Cajun Navy volunteers are planning to set up shop in Columbia, South Carolina.
We’re fat and getting fatter.. A new report says Louisiana has the sixth highest adult obesity rate in the nation as 36-percent of the adult population is obese, up 23-percent in 2000 and 12-percent in 1990. Louisiana is ranked eighth in obesity for the age group between 10 and 17.
A LaFourche Parish Council member was arrested after violating a protective order filed against him by another councilman for the second time in four months. 51-year-old James Bourgeois Sr. had been ordered to stay clear of Jerry LaFont after a fist fight broke out at a council meeting back in April. Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Spokesperson Brennan Matherne says its politics.
Louisiana receives a seven- million dollar grant to build a new veterans cemetery in Jennings that’s set to break ground November 1st. Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland says currently, southwest Louisiana families have to drive at least 80 miles to the nearest veterans cemetery.
About 35,000 people, so far, have signed a petition asking LSU to release Mike the Tiger and permanently stop having a live tiger mascot. Care2, a California-based social media operation with 40 million members, is sponsoring the effort that began two weeks ago.
Standing in Kenner’s Veterans Park, city Mayor Ben Zahn rescinded his controversial anti-Nike policy Wednesday, four days after it erupted on social media and thrust Kenner into a national spotlight. Zahn said it was his passion for the United States and for veterans that led him to issue the policy, which forbade all booster clubs connected to the city’s parks and playgrounds from purchasing any Nike products. He acted after the company launched an ad campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the practice of many NFL players kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest police brutality and social injustice.
Amazon is set to start shipping seven foot tall Christmas trees come November, in a bid to take over yet another market. A North Carolina Frasier will run customers about 115 bucks, a hefty markup, and will be shipped to your house within ten days of being cut down, but Allen parish Christmas Tree seller Gray Anderson says that takes the fun out of getting a real tree. Anderson says instead of sending your money to Seattle based Amazon, spend it in your own community.
The Governor’s Task Force on DWI recently met to discuss a number of ways to eliminate impaired driving throughout the state. It was the first such meeting since the task force was reinstated by Gov. John Bel Edwards through an executive order in February. Lisa Freeman, Director of Louisiana Highway Safety, says they are tackling drivers on the road while under the influence of drugs. Freeman adds that an important tool to combat the dangers of drug influence is education, not only of drives, buy law enforcement.
Eleven law enforcement officers from various parishes are taking part in a new sniper school hosted by the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. The forty hour course is for designated marksmen involved in situations involving active shooters, hostages and barricades. They will also receive training in shooting moving targets, sniper deployment, maintaining data books, and range estimation.
A former longtime heavy equipment operator for a Gonzales-based company claims a noose was placed around his neck in a mocking manner twice in 2015 and 2016 so his supervisor could take pictures and share them with co-workers. In a new federal lawsuit, Horlis Clark Jr., who is black, says the noose incidents were meant to evoke a lynching and were part of what the suit described as continuing racial harassment and discriminatory behavior at Auger Services Inc.
Direct flights to Austin and Orlando begin Thursday from Baton Rouge’s Metro airport through airliner Via Air, in a first for the regional location. Baton Rouge Metro Airport Spokesperson Jim Caldwell says Via Air has a great reputation, and offers competitive pricing. Orlando flights are on Mondays and Thursdays, and Austin flights are on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.
12th ranked LSU is listed as a 10.5 point underdog in their Top 25 matchup Saturday against the 7th ranked Auburn Tigers. LSU is looking for its first win at Auburn since 2012.
Saints Coach Sean Payton said Wednesday that wide receiver Cameron Meredith was inactive for the season opener because he still needs more reps in practice. New Orleans signed the free agent pass catcher after he missed the 2017 season with an ACL. Payton says Meredith is healthy and they are just trying to get him up to speed.
The Baltimore Ravens have put former Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon on injured reserve. Dixon scored a touchdown in Baltimore’s season opening win over the Bills, but also hurt his knee. The Ravens can bring Dixon back after Week 8 of the regular season.
Baseball America ranks this year’s recruiting class at LSU as the best in the nation. It’s the fourth time the Tigers have received the number one designation since 2007. The 16-member class contains seven players that have been chosen in the Major League Baseball draft. Vanderbilt finished second in the ranking, Florida fifth and Texas A-and-M is seventh.
ULM will take its 2-0 record to College Station on Saturday to take on Texas A&M. The Aggies nearly upset second ranked Clemson last weekend and Warhawks Coach Matt Viator is impressed with what Coach Jimbo Fisher has done during his first season in Aggie land. The Warhawks are coming off a big road win at Southern Miss.