News for Wednesday 120518
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Today is a national day of mourning in honor of the passing of George HW Bush, the 41st President who served from 89-93. Bush only served one term after losing his re-election bid to then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton in 92, in what turned out to be a heated race. Through all that though, the two presidents remained close personal friends, a friendship that lasted until the passing of Bush last week. President Bush helmed the country through a monumental shift in world power, including the dismantling of the Berlin wall and the final days of the former Soviet Union.
The Alexandria Fire Department is investigating an early morning blaze Tuesday involving three homes in the 200 block of 12th Street. Officials say the fire started at one home and spread to two more. Five people were able to escape the blaze.
An Alexandria man accused of rape and sexual battery will be examined by a sanity commission after his attorney contended he doesn't understand the charges against him. 19 year old Jalen Carter was indicted by a Rapides Parish grand jury in September on two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of sexual battery and two counts of oral sexual battery, charges he pled not guilty to. Police say the victims were both under the age of 13.
We need more companies like this in Central Louisiana.. Monday night RoyOMartin presented the Alan Parish Police jury with check for $3.25 million Dollars. This coming after the ten-year tax exemption given to the Martco plant comes to an end. RoyOMartin thank Allen Parish and specific communities that have spent the past ten years helping make Martco the success that is today. Due to this tax exemption, RoyOMartin was able to invest $234 million to build the plant, providing 174 direct jobs, 105 of which are held by Allen Parish residents, along with over 600 indirect jobs.
St. Landry Parish Sheriffs have arrested a substitute teacher for allegedly having sex with two students off campus. 38-year-old Tara Richard is facing four counts of Felony Carnal Knowledge, and one count of Oral Sexual Battery in connection with what authorities say were her actions involving a 15 and 16 year old who attended a local school. Richard has allegedly admitted to having sex with the two over the summer.
The 2019 Governor’s race took a turn that blindsided many when Senator John Kennedy announced he would not be challenging Governor Edwards. Republicans are in a scramble to find a candidate with less than a year until the election. Political consultant Roy Fletcher says there’s a reason why the GOP didn’t have a Plan B candidate. It was pretty much a given that Kennedy would run. While several names have been discussed including Congressman Ralph Abraham, Attorney General Jeff Landry, State Treasurer John Schroder, and Senator Sharon Hewitt of Slidell, Fletcher says they all face a similar obstacle, lack of name recognition.
Governor John Bel Edwards hopes U.S. Senator John Kennedy’s decision to stay out of the 2019 governor’s race and remain in DC will give the Senator a new-found focus on his federal responsibilities, instead of using his time to verbally spar with state leaders.
Kennedy released a statement yesterday saying many of the state’s issues were related to a “top down institution.” and said he’s confident another Republican will defeat Edwards.
A Baton Rouge woman told Grant Parish Sheriff's deputies she was selling drugs to get Christmas money after she allegedly dropped a bag of meth inside a business. The GPSO reports 34 year old Claire Brewton admitted there was meth in the bag and that it was hers. Brewton was booked into the parish jail.
Good news for LSU fans looking to attend the Fiesta Bowl: tickets will likely be available through the school for at least the next week for the game against undefeated UCF in Glendale, Arizona. LSU Ticket Manager Brian Broussard says it’s an attractive vacation spot, and he hopes it will draw in Purple and Gold from around the country.
The FCC is encouraging TV viewers who use an antenna to watch television to rescan their TV as many stations are moving frequencies in an effort to free up airwaves for high speed internet and mobile broadband. Chair of the FCC Incentive Auction Task Force Jean Kiddoo (ki’doo) says if you subscribe to TV, through Cable or Satellite, you don’t have to worry about the changes. The changes will have an effect in Lafayette, Monroe, Alexandria, and Lake Charles. Some stations have already made the switch, so you may be missing them, if a rescan hasn’t been performed recently.
Four West Baton Rouge sheriff deputies are charged with malfeasance after an investigation into multiple inmate escapes. Major Dale Simoneaux says during their probe they learned a 23 year old deputy had sex with an inmate, while another deputy took a bribe to look the other way. Simoneaux says they discovered one trustee escaped while taking out the trash and another escaped by simply scaling the fence at the end of the night.
A state judge sets a January 28th date on where he’ll decide whether Matthew Naquin should turn over his personal passcode to his cell phone. The former LSU student is accused of negligent homicide in the 2017 alcohol-related hazing death Max Gruver.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is mourning the loss of one of it’s explosive ordinance detection K-9 officers. The 10 year old black lab, named Barry, had been with the agency since 2012. Barry came to the State Fire Marshal from the US Marine Corp where he served two tours of duty overseas. Barry died following surgical complications to remove a large mass in his stomach.
Former Seahawk and Saints cornerback Brandon Browner was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday on an attempted murder charge. Browner plead no contest after prosecutors say he threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend last July when he attempted to smothered her with a carpet.