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.