News for Thursday 071218
By Dave Graichen
A Rapides Parish jury on Wednesday found 35 year old Nicole Johns Chandler guilty of manslaughter in the death of her 59-year-old cellmate. Chandler will be sentenced on Aug. 6. Chandler had been facing a second-degree murder charge in the July 29, 2017, incident that took place inside a holding cell at the downtown Alexandria jail.
56 year old Fredrick Kevin Harris pleaded no contest Wednesday to the negligent homicide of 70-year-old veteran, Charles Johnson, at the Alexandria VA Medical Center's psychiatric ward on March 13, 2013. Harris was set to be tried by Judge Harry Randow today, but an apparent plea deal was worked out. Harris received a year’s probation and was fined $1,000. He will have a chance to expunge his record, at a later date.
Former Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson, who’s under federal investigation, has been subpoenaed to testify at a hearing his week involving troopers who are appealing demotions and reprimands they received for taking a tax payer funded adventure to Vegas. Legal Analyst Tim Meche says even if the troopers can prove that Edmondson signed off on the excursion, it might not be enough to reverse the disciplinary action taken against them. The troopers claim to have text messages saved that show Edmonson was aware and permitting of the trip throughout the duration that they were gone.
The State Police trooper who shot and injured a passenger during a traffic stop early Tuesday had fired her taser during another traffic stop in the same area just hours earlier. Affidavits show that Trooper Kasha Domingue had stopped one driver who was operating a vehicle without a license plate and pulled over the other because he had made an illegal U-turn. She fired service weapons during both encounters after people in the vehicles tried to flee.
With the race for the governor’s mansion just fifteen months away, allies of Governor John Bel Edwards are discussing the variables of the campaign trail, laying out their pitch for voters. During an appearance on a Baton Rouge Talkshow, chairman of the state’s Democratic Party, Stephen Handwerk, says he believes things look favorable for the governor.
The Department of Education has released an application that will allow public school teachers to enroll in college courses at the state’s expense. Department of Education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says with only 7 seats available for each of the next three semesters space is limited. Dunn says equipping teachers in STEM courses is paramount as new skills obtained by teachers will immediately trickle down to the students, and offering the classes could lead to better teacher retention rates as well..
A Shreveport man has been sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of Bigamy. 40-year-old Jeffery Brooks had already been convicted of sex crimes in November against two teenage girls when investigators discovered he has also married to two different women.
The family of a murdered New Orleans teenager chose a unique manner to honor his memory by displaying his body as he lived: playing video games and surrounded by snacks. The images of the teen’s wake are spreading across the internet.
It’s commonplace in European countries. But, not here.. but that could be changing. The City Council in Sulphur on Monday unanimously authorized Mayor Mike Danahay to enter into a joint services agreement with other parish entities to fund a feasibility study on bicycle-sharing programs. Also involved in the study are the city of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana.
A Tulane geologist has been selected to join scientists from around the world who are traveling to Antarctica to research the history of glaciers at the bottom of the globe. Tulane Assistant professor Dr. Brent Goehring says this could give us a peek into potential sea rise levels in the future. The 25 million dollar research collaboration will send 101 experts to complete eight large-scale projects. Goehring says the prep for the trip is rigorous, including wilderness and survival training but the process will be rewarding.
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