News for Monday 061013
By Dave Graichen
The LSU baseball team is headed back to Omaha for the first time since 2009 after sweeping its Super Regional Series with Oklahoma. The Tigers reserved their spot in the College world Series with an 11-to-1 win over the Sooners. If LSU didn't get to Omaha this year, they would have been the first senior class since 1985 not to play in the College World Series. The LSU team will leave on Thursday for Omaha, where they'll play the College World Series at the new TD Ameritrade Park. The Tigers will take on UCLA in their first game next weekend.
Senator David Vitter has filed a bill to help homeowners avoid potentially drastic increases in the cost of National Flood Insurance. Right now the NFIP is scheduled to implement rate increases of up to 20% a year for four straight years. The bill seeks
to delay those premium hikes for a year, while a better solution is worked out. Just weeks ago, an amendment to that same effect by Senator Mary Landrieu was defeated in the Senate.
A family’s agonizing, months-long search for missing Jefferson Parish teacher Terrilynn Monette appeared to end Saturday when her car was pulled from a bayou with a body behind the wheel. While an autopsy still must be performed to find out if the corpse is that of the 26 year old teacher, officials who led search efforts, said the chances of the body not being her’s are slim.
State Police say an early Sunday morning two car crash in Sabine Parish has claimed the life of a man from Dilboll, Texas. They say Tommy Tilley Jr lost control of his vehicle on Highway 191 and crossed the center line hitting a truck going in the other direction. After impact, Tilly slammed into several trees. He was pronounced dead on scene. The driving of the truck received minor injuries.
State wildlife and fisheries agents say a six-year-old boy was seriously hurt during a boating accident on the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish on Sunday night. Wildlife agents say five people were on a boat that slammed into a tree. Authorities say charges are possible against the boat operator.
State Police say a driver who was not wearing a seatbelt and possibly drunk is dead in a single vehicle crash in Claiborne Parish late Saturday night. They say 52-year-old Michael Waganer of Homer ran off La Highway 2 and struck a ditch then a tree. The unrestrained man was partially ejected and pronounced dead at a
local hospital. Alcohol use is suspected.
The Louisiana Lottery Commission says a Lotto ticket bought in New Orleans is worth $835,701, but nobody won the jackpots for Easy 5 or the Powerball. That means Wednesday's estimated Powerball jackpot rises to $70 million.
The explosives recycling company that last month had its licenses suspended in the wake of an investigation into millions of pounds of improperly stored military propellant has launched its own salvo. Explo Systems Inc. and its owners are seeking damages along with a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction to halt the action of the state police that has put them out of business for now. The owners claim their constitutional right against unreasonable seizure and taking without just compensation were violated when the state police without warning on May 20 entered the premises at Camp Minden and physically confiscated all licenses and the keys to the storage magazines.
A Caddo Parish man has been arrested for setting fire to a church, allegedly because he was angry with the pastor's teachings. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says 25-year-old William Sexton, of Oil City, intentionally set the blaze that destroyed the Vivian United Pentecostal Church, on April 23rd. He's charged with aggravated arson, because people were asleep in the facility at the time of the fire. No one was hurt in the blaze.
An east Texas actress has been arrested in connection with allegedly ricin-tainted letters that were mailed last month to President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Shannon Richardson is also known as Shannon Rogers or Shannon Guess. She reportedly called police to implicate her estranged husband in the case. The letters were postmarked from Shreveport. Richardson is accused of mailing a threatening communication to the president and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Two south Louisiana woman are under arrest for defrauding Medicaid. The woman worked as home health care providers, and allegedly filed bogus timesheets for home visits to patients who, it turned out, were in a hospital at the time. They've been charged with Medicaid fraud.
Police in Baker, in East Baton Rouge Parish, say a small aircraft crashed into a neighborhood Friday--setting three homes on fire. It's confirmed the pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, was killed in the crash.
Narcotic officers in Terebonne, Lafourche and Assumption parishes have busted a major cocaine ring. After a months-long investigation, eight people have been taken into custody. They also seized 8 to 10 kilos of powder cocaine and over $80-thousand in cash.