News for Thursday 022119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Tune into Q93 and KALB TV5 as we help raise money during the Children’s Miracle Network Mediathon . It goes on until 7 tonight.. . drop by our Cenla Broadcasting studios from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for our Drive Thru Gumbo Lunch sponsored by CHRISTUS Health! Bowls are $5, CMN T-Shirts will also be for sale for $10-$12 each and all proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network. Please call to donate 318- 528-3500. Some very nice people are standing by to take your call.
Roger Boggs, the CEO of Revolution Aluminum, who was supposed to bring a $1.5 billion aluminum plant to Pineville back in 2015, didn't show up to court on Wednesday in Rapides Parish for a felony pre-trial hearing. Boggs was indicted on a bank fraud charge. He was booked into the Rapides Parish jail in December 2017 on an Alexandria Police Department warrant. At that time he posted $250,000 bond. There’s concern now that Boggs may have fled the country. It’s reported Boggs may have dual citizenship in Brazil.
Rodney Bailey Jr. has pleaded guilty in connection with the death of 2-year-old Willow Rain Renteria-Molina. The body of the 2-year-old Hornbeck girl was found in Beauregard Parish in May 2016. The 36 year old Bailey was her babysitter and the last person to have seen her alive. Bailey pleaded guilty in Vernon Parish court on Tuesday to second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and obstruction of justice. He has not yet been sentenced.
About 500 business people representing various sectors of the economy are in Baton Rouge today for what Governor John Bel Edwards calls a statewide business summit. The state Republican Party calls it a campaign ploy, but Edwards says the goal of the conference is to see how the public and private sector can drive Louisiana’s economic future.
The former longtime executive director of the national Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity told the Advocate it was known for 30 years the LSU chapter had severe hazing problems and the university knew it too. Nine DKEs were arrested last week on hazing charges and LSU has placed multiple administrators on leave for failing to act properly after hearing rumors.
A Legislative Task Force is recommending the state allow foster kids to stay in the system through the age of 21. Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says it would dramatically improve outcomes. A national report notes kids who leave the foster system at 18 have a one in five chance of becoming homeless, and less than 3 percent will earn a college degree by 25.
A Ville Platte man is under arrest after beating up an elderly disabled vet in at a gas station in Nuba. After the beating, the suspect left his scene in his vehicle. Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux says 29 year old Kenneth Shergold is accused of approach the victim from behind and for no apparent reason, struck him numerous times in the head, back, and body with a tire iron. Thibodeaux says the motive is unclear.
A 67-year-old Opelousas woman was arrested for allegedly shooting her llama after it attacked her. St. Landry sheriff deputies responded to Madeline Bourgeois’ home to find the injured llama, named Earl, limping in the pasture. Major Eddie Thibodeaux says Bourgeois is now charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Earl is recovering at LSU.
The Humane Society is working to find homes for 16 horses that will march in this year’s carnival parades. It’s the third year of the program and has so far saved 32 horses from potentially being sent to slaughter. Humane Society of Louisiana CEO Jeff Dorson says these horses are brought into the area to accommodate equine demand during Mardi Gras. If you are interested in purchasing any of the horses go to the Facebook page for the Louisiana Mardi Gras Parade Horse adoption program.
Baton Rouge Police say a woman was attacked and assaulted after getting into a vehicle she had mistaken for being her rideshare driver in the Tigerland area. Sgt. L’Jean McKneely says the victim knew there was a problem after getting a notification that her real driver was one minute away after she got into the vehicle of her attacker. McKneely says the victim escaped by getting out of the vehicle while it was still in motion.
About 80 New Orleans firefighters battled a massive blaze that destroyed a historic mansion on St. Charles Avenue in the garden district yesterday. The fire destroyed the three-story, 150-year-old mansion, but three people, including a 92-year-old woman escaped the blaze. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says investigators are trying to determine a cause. McConnell adds it was one of the largest fires in New Orleans in many years.
The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office took into custody a student at St. Martinville High School after the subject posted video on social media that had him brandishing a handgun on a school bus and also inside a classroom.