News for Wednesday 092618
Compiled By Dave Graichen
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.