News for Friday 072613
By Dave Graichen
Federal regulators say natural gas has stopped flowing from a well that has been ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico and remaining small flames are from gas still in the pipe. The Bureau of Safety and
Environmental Enforcement says the well "bridged over" meaning sand and sediment collapsed into the area being drilled, blocking the line.
An update on Tropical Storm Dorian; still in the mid-Atlantic, moving west-northwest at 17 miles an hour, it’s strength decreased slightly over night. Maximum winds 50. Forecaster (LIX-ee-on uh-VEE-uh) Lixion Avila, with the National Hurricane Center, says it's still too early to tell if Dorian will threaten US Shores. Computer models do NOT predict the storm entering the Gulf.
State Police say a Lafayette woman is charged with aggravated rape, incest and human trafficking. 48-year-old Lorrie Anderson is accused of selling kids under 16 for sex. She's alleged to have sexually assaulted them as well. If convicted, she could face 50 years in prison.
The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office say a man is behind bars for robbing a bank -- but he did this during a casino trip with his mom. They say 31-year-old Justin Schill was booked Wednesday with first-degree robbery and felony theft for robbing the Iberia Bank in Kinder.
Two Port Barre teens are in critical condition after the ATV they were riding was hit by a car on a local St. Landry Parish road. The boys are in a Lafayette area hospital. The crash is under
investigation. Riding ATVs on the highway IS illegal in the state.
Three people have died in motorcycle crashes on Louisiana roadways since last weekend, bringing the total to seven deaths since June 1st. The most recent motorcycle-related death was Tuesday, when a Houma man crossed the center line and ran into oncoming traffic. LSP says the victim was not wearing an approved helmet at the time.
Monroe Police say a young man is dead following a bizarre incident at the Motel 6 on US 165. Sgt. Mark Johnson says officers responded to several 911 calls from people reporting a person was under the influence of PCP in the hotel parking lot -- trying to get into cars and jumping on top of cars.
Johnson says an ambulance arrived to treat Christopher Livingston's injuries and during that time the man stopped breathing. He says Livingston was pronounced dead at a local hospital. An autopsy is pending.
The remains of a U.S. soldier from Baton Rouge, that have been missing since the Korean War, will be returned home today for burial with full military honors. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Lacerte says 18 year old Army Sgt. Clement Thibodeaux Jr was part of the 25th Infantry Division fighting the Chinese in North Korea. Thibodeaux died in a North Korean POW camp known as "Death Valley". Returning soldiers told officials he died of malnutrition and pneumonia in 1951.
Governor Jindal has been on the road this week. Mr. Jindal is in Colorado for more Republican Governors Association events. He serves as chairman of the group this year. He spoke Thursday as part of GOP governors panel at the Aspen Institute. The Governor returns home
Hollywood insiders report that a big budget super hero film is switching production locations, from Canada to Baton Rouge. The website "TheWrap.com" says the rebooted "Fantastic Four" feature is choosing Louisiana for its film tax incentives. LA Film Office director Chris Stelly says that is unconfirmed as yet, but if it’s true, it’s great news.
State Police say an 18 year old died in a crash yesterday morning in Livingston Parish, but the infant inside her car sustained only minor injuries. Police say the young woman turned into the path of an 18 wheeler and her car was smashed on the driver’s side. She suffered fatal injuries in the crash.
Two former LSU-Eunice employees are accused of taking tens-of-thousands of dollars from the college. Defendants Marvette Thomas and Carra Sergeant allegedly used the money to buy stuff for themselves.