News for Tuesday Election Day 110816
By Dave Graichen
It looks like Election Day will be a wet one, as a cold front is crossing Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim expects the front will bring about a half inch of rain in the northern part of the state and 2 inches in southeast Louisiana.
One of the most unusual election cycles we’ve ever seen finally comes to an end tonight. Secretary of State Tom Schedler reminds voters that polls are open from 6 am until 8 pm. He says based on the early voting turnout of 515-thousand people, he’s expecting a huge voter turnout on Election Day. Schedler advises people to cast their ballots during the mid-morning and mid-afternoon hours if possible. But he says as long as you’re in line by 8 pm, you will be able to vote.
There are six constitutional amendments on today’s ballot and one of them will have an impact on how much it will cost to attend college. It’s amendment 2. President of the Public Affairs Research Council Robert Travis Scott says it would give the four higher education boards the ability to raise tuition, without receiving legislative approval. Scott says colleges have wanted to set their own tuition for a long time and it’s become more of an issue because of a decline in state funding
The trial for Derrick Stafford, a Marksville deputy marshal, accused of fatally shooting a 6-year-old boy, has been pushed back until March 13, 2017. His trial was originally November 28th. Stafford along with Norris Greenhouse Jr. has been accused of shooting into a vehicle killing Jeremy Mardis and injuring his father, Chris Few. Police say out of 18 shots fired, 14 of those came from Stafford’s gun.
Alcohol is suspected in the death of a Provencal man last night. The State Police report a truck driven by 67 year old Waymon Dale left LA Hwy 117 and collided with a tree. Troopers say Dale was not wearing at wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.
A Vernon Parish school bus driver has been cited with failure to yield after he collided with an SUV Monday morning on highway 171. Scott Moreau with the State Police says there were 19 children on the bus. Four were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries. However, The driver of the SUV’s injuries were slightly more sever.
A Lake Charles woman, who was allegedly intoxicated with kids in the car, is behind bars following a fiery crash on Highway 165 early Sunday morning. State Trooper Scott Moreau says 29-year-old Kate Davis had a one-year-old, a 2-year-old, a 5-year-old, and an 8-year-old in the vehicle. Miraculously, they all escaped moments before the vehicle burst into flames. Moreau says this is the third time Davis has been charged with driving while intoxicated.
A Baton Rouge Police officer has filed a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter movement after he was injured during the July protests. Co-founder of group, DeRay McKesson, was also named on the suit. The officer says he was knocked to the ground after being hit in the face with something resembling a rock and suffered injuries to his jaw and brain and lost multiple teeth.
A burn ban is still in effect for much of Louisiana, despite some rain in the forecast. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says almost every parish in the state is under a burn ban until further notice. Browning says it will take a substantial amount of precipitation to make it safe to burn again. That amount of rain is not on the horizon.
Psychologists say most Americans are experiencing higher than average anxiety because of the election. Dr. Michelle Moore with LSU Health New Orleans says this kind of stress can cause people to become physically ill. The American Psychological Association found that 52-percent of Americans are stressed out by the election, and Moore doesn’t expect people to stop worrying once it’s over.
A 25-year-old is behind bars following the brutal murder of a 64-year-old man. Brennan Matherne with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office says Cameron Sands beat the victim to death with a cane and a wooden statue. He says the body of Wayne Matherne was discovered hours after the early morning beating. Sands has been charged with second degree murder.
Authorities say three meth labs were found in a Bayou Vista home across the street from a school. Detectives with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office found the meth labs, items to make the drug, along with drug paraphernalia.
The Saints recent winning ways have put themselves in position to make a run at a postseason berth during the 2nd half of the season. New Orleans is now 4-and-4, a half-game back of Washington for the final Wild Card spot in the NFC. The Saints host the defending Super Bowl champs this Sunday, the Denver Broncos and then they’ll visit the defending NFC champs, Carolina a week from Thursday.