News for Wednesday 021313
By Dave Graichen
An arrest has been made in the double murder case in Abbeville. Officials say 24-year-old Mike Guidry and his brother 25 year old Gary Guidry were found dead by a roommate Tuesday morning. No other details about the suspect or exactly what happened are being released at this time. It's being reported the brothers had just moved into the home they shared with four other people.
It has been a long time coming, over 15 years, but today the doors officially open to the new Jena Choctaw Pines Casino. The casino on highway 167 in Grant Parish will be the third Native American-Owned casino in the state and will offer more than 700 gaming devices, a poker room, buffet and sports bar.
Members of the Pineville city council were told last night, that it may be time to consider the sale of alcohol within the city limits. City auditor Mark McKay gave the city a clean audit report, but he noted that the numbers clearly indicate Pineville is moving into the red more each year with its budget. McKay's report covered the year ending June 30, 2012. He found no compliance or internal control problems in the audit. What he did find, however, was losses. According to McKay, the city’s sanitation fund has lost over $100,000 a year for the past 5 years. The airport lost $95,000. McKay said the city’s sales tax base is stagnate and until the city has alcohol sales there will be no national restaurant chains, other than fast food companies. McKay went on to tell the council, he was not sure the city is ever going to be able to grow the downtown or the riverfront without alcohol sales."
A Haughton lawmaker has pre-filed a bill that would require court clerks to report information about mentally ill citizens to state police and the FBI -- so they are not able to purchase a gun. Representative Henry Burns says state and local officials would have 30 days to report when a Louisiana resident has been deemed mentally ill.
A settlement has been reached in the wrongful termination suit filed by coastal researcher Ivor Van Heerden against LSU. Terms of the deal have yet to be released. Van Heerden claims he lost his job
because he was outspoken about his criticism of the US Army Corps of Engineers for how they designed the levees that failed during Hurricane Katrina.
A new report just released by the federal government show Louisiana has the second-lowest public high school graduation rate in the nation for special education students. The 29% rate in Louisiana is only lower than Mississippi and Nevada, which both have a rate of 23%. South Dakota is tops in the nation at 84 percent. The national average is 58 percent.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's officials say a Dallas man is under arrest for filing a fake complaint with authorities in November alleging he was robbed of several thousand dollar’s worth of valuable coins and currency. During the course of the investigation deputies discovered that the alleged victim, 64-year-old Burton Paul Dupuy, had staged the home invasion which, was actually at his parents’ house, where he knew there was about $350,000 worth in a safe. Apparently Dupuy admitted to authorities he has a gambling problem.
Shreveport Police say they stormed into a house Monday night to prevent a local man from setting it on fire, with his grandmother inside. Officers say the man was caught trying to start a fire with a propane burner and a blanket. He was shot with a non-lethal device; a bean-bag gun, and taken into custody. The elderly woman was treated at a nearby hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
A state judge is expected to rule tomorrow on whether the Thibodaux man accused of beheading his disabled son in 2011 is mentally fit to stand trial. Judge John LeBlanc has heard over 6 days of testimony in the case of Jeremiah Wright, who allegedly dismembered the child while his mother was away. The ruling is on whether Wright is sane enough to assist in his own defense, NOT whether he was sane when he committed the act.
Another check on the fuel gauge report from the American Automobile Association. The current average statewide for a gallon of regular gas is $3.40. A month ago we were paying $3.22.
The town of Homer in Claiborne Parish voted on Monday to disband its police force. The town council moved to get rid of its 10 member police department, including the chief, effective March 1.
The Delta Regional Authority announces they will invest 210-thousand dollars towards northeast Louisiana's workforce training and development efforts. The authority's co-chairman says this
investment will give workers a chance to develop new skills to get good paying jobs.