KSYL Local News

News for Tuesday 082013

By Dave Graichen


Police in Lafayette are investigating Sunday's early  morning murder of  a Pineville woman. Cpl Paul Mouton says 51-year-old Connie  Burch was found  dead  by  officers  lying  on  a  sidewalk with a single gunshot wound. He says they are seeking a person  of interest in the shooting.  Mouton says a potential witness,  saw  a  man leaving the scene on a bike. He's described as a thin build black  male,  with  dreadlocks, wearing a white muscle shirt and red shorts. They are asking anyone with information to please contact the authorities.


A new poll on the October special election to replace outgoing  Congressman Rodney Alexander shows Columbia GOP State Senator Neil Riser  in the lead. The independent poll was done by pollster John Couvillon,  with JMC Analytics. He says his survey of over 750 likely voters shows

nearly 30% support Riser. The poll shows Riser leads with 29%. Democratic Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo  has 11%, and  Marksville Democrat State Rep. Robert Johnson with 11%.  29% are undecided.  In yesterday's first day of qualifying for the race, Riser, Johnson and  Monroe state Rep. Marcus Hunter signed up. Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo is also expected to qualify


A crowded field is expected in two years when the gubernatorial election  takes place. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, Congressman Rodney Alexander,  state treasurer John Kennedy, state representative John Bel Edwards are  potential candidates. Senator David Vitter could also get into the race, but, Vitter says his focus is on his work in Washington and not a  gubernatorial campaign.


A mayor from a small town in Lincoln Parish plans on running for  governor in 2015. Sixty-year-old Willie Hendricks has been the mayor  of Simsboro since 2006 and he would like to live in the governor's  mansion one day. Hendricks says if he's elected as our next governor,  public education would be his number one priority.


Governor Bobby Jindal  is  in Alberta  Canada  today.  Today, the governor  will  address the Canadian  Oilmen's  Business  Forum  Luncheon  to make the case  for building  the  Keystone  XL  Pipeline  because of its  benefits  for Louisiana, Gulf States and the US economy.


Remember Governor Jindal's ill-fated  plan to end state income taxes while raising some sales taxes and fees?  It  was dead on arrival in the 2013 Legislative session. A Baton Rouge newspaper  reports  that development  and  promotion  of that plan will cost taxpayers almost $800-thousand. That money was spent on consultants, media marketing, PR and website design.


Residents in Crowley have been reporting sightings of the extremely  venomous coral snakes in their yards. Biologist Jeff Boundy with the  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries believes the snakes  are making their way to subdivisions from the wooded areas along the  Mermentau River. Boundy says coral snakes are highly secretive and they are likely to  move around in pine mulch or leaf litter. He says if you happen to  see one, leave it alone. The usually will only bite if you try to pick them up. If you get bit, seek medical care at once.


Residents  of Mossville want the Sasol energy company to answer some of their questions  before  they sell their homes to them. The South African company plans to build  a  $14.5  billion  complex near Lake Charles. The residents been asking for a higher price  or  a mineral lease  in  addition.  A company spokesperson says the buyout offers are generous and the company will only respond to written questions.


There  will  be  a  Memorial  Prayer  Service  Today for the three hotages  taken last week at a bank in St. Joseph.  LaDean  McDaniel, Jay Warbington  (who  both  died),  Patricia  White the survivor and their families will all be lifted up in prayer.  The  entire  public is  invited  to  attend  at  the Tensas State Bank tonight at 6pm .


Police  say  Troy  Broussard  of  Swamp People was  involved  in  an accident in Shreveport when an airboat  he  was hauling was hit from behind. They say around 9 yesterday  morning, a Ford Expedition struck the trailer  on  a  truck driven by Broussard sending  the  boat  flying through the air and  even  knocking  down a power line. The driver of the SUV was taken to a hospital but her injuries are unknown at this time.


Due to the discovery of additional waste material including asbestos completion  of  the  waste  removal from the St. Mary Parish' Marine Shale Processors has been pushed  back  from  this  past June to the 23rd    of   this  month  according  to  the  state's  environmental department. The company had once burned hazardous materials.


Kleinpeter  Farms Dairy, which produces milk and ice  cream  out  of Baton Rouge, is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.  It's rare to find any business that has stayed in the hands of one family for so long,  and President Jeff Kleinpeter says they are very proud of that. He feels  the  key  to  their  success  has  been  passion, dedication and the willingness to do things right.


State Police say a  driver  is  under  arrest in a fatal hit and run crash in Terrebonne Parish that claimed  the  life  of a pedestrian. They say 40-year-old Sandy Carlisle of Schriever veered off the road for  unknown reasons and ran over 24-year-old Taja Wilson.  Carlisle initially  fled the scene, but as officers were working the accident the suspect later returned and was arrested.


Officials in  St. John the Baptist Parish say coyotes are becoming a problem.  They say  packs  have  been  spotted  around  schools  and subdivisions  and  pets have gone missing. The Parish Council thinks the coyotes were driver  out  of  the  swampy  habitat  by Hurricane Isaac.


Deputies in Tangipahoa Parish arrest  a  Loranger  man for allegedly soliciting sex from two juveniles...at a church. 53-year-old  Robert Elie, Jr. is charged with indecent behavior with a minor and remains in  the  parish  jail. Deputies say the children were not harmed and managed to get away  from  Elie.  An  investigation  into the Sunday incident is underway.





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