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News for Thursday 082213

By Dave Graichen


Saying something stinks about the way a special election for the 5th Congressional District seat developed, Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway joined the crowded race Wednesday. Fourteen people, including four legislators, a mayor, a former legislator and political newcomers, are now on the ballot for the Oct. 19 open primary special election to replace U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander. Holloway, a Republican from Forest Hill, said his decision to run stems from suspicions that Gov. Bobby Jindal and Alexander, R-Quitman, orchestrated a plan to slide state Sen. Neil Riser into the seat.


The LSU Tigers haven't  played  a  game yet this season, but already talk  is centered around NEXT year's  schedule  which  was  released yesterday.   LSU  will  close  out  the  2014 season in College Station  taking  on  Texas  A&M in a Thanksgiving night  game.   The Tigers usually play Arkansas  as the last game of the season the day after Thanksgiving, but next year,  the  Tigers  and Razorbacks will take on each other earlier in the season.


A Natchitoches Police officer is in custody for allegedly kidnapping another  man  Tuesday  night and holding him at gunpoint. DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle  says  officer  Robert  Barthelemy was taken into  custody  after  almost a 2 hour standoff  with  law enforcement who feared the suspect was  going  to commit suicide in his car. He ended up being taken into custody without  incident. The dispute between the two men was reportedly over a woman. The victim, Tony Procell is still missing.an active search continues for him today.


State  Attorney General Buddy Caldwell spent some time in a  Madison Parish hospital,  after  a  single vehicle crash. State Police Trooper Albert Paxton  says the accident happened at around 7 yesterday morning, not far from Tallulah. Caldwell  told troopers he was fatigued  and  felt  nauseated  while driving,  and   apparently  blacked  out.  He  suffered  only  minor injuries. Paxton  says  impairment  is  not  suspected in Caldwell's crash.


Former chief of staff to Governor Bobby  Jindal Steven Waguespack is reportedly  in  line  to  become  the next president  of  LABI,  the Louisiana Association of Business and  Industry. This is interesting news, as Waguespack is loyal to the Governor's  Office, and LABI was instrumental  in  nixing  Mr. Jindal's tax swap proposal  this  past Spring. The plan would have  ended  state  income  taxes and shifted more  of the tax burden to business. With Waguespack  at  the  helm, political insiders are saying, Jindal's tax swap could have a very different fate next Spring.


Four people were seriously hurt Wednesday afternoon, in a crash near I-49 in  Carencro  that  slowed traffic to a crawl. Police  say  a  woman driving a vehicle with  three  kids  inside  was  attempting  a lane change,  when  she  hit a truck, lost control and rolled her vehicle several times. One child  was  ejected  from  the  car. All four are being treated for severe, but non-life-threatening injuries. Traffic

backup due to this crash - plus rubbernecking - led to several other smaller accidents, in which no one was seriously hurt.


New LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander will be among  volunteers helping freshman students move into their campus housing  today. It's the annual Move-In Day at LSU, and Alexander says he's not  alone; about 700 faculty, staff and student athletes will take part.


Residents in central and northern Louisiana will soon have access to the  fastest wireless phone & device technology, as AT&T announces it's  rolling out 4G LTE service in Alexandria and points north. AT&T  spokesperson Sue Sperry says 4G LTE provides upload and download speeds  far superior to current mobile technologies.  Sperry says the Alexandria area should have the new wireless tech fully in place before the year's end. Now, if we can only get a signal on Jackson Street Ext….


A  West  Baton  Rouge  18-year-old,  Daryl  Tillman,  and an unnamed teenager face battery charges for shooting a girl at Plaquemine High school with a paintball gun. Investigators said their prank happened as the girl was leaving an after school event.


Dressed  as  a  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Deputy, 26-year-old  Gary Robertson of Westlake,  apparently  stole  two flat-screen TV's from Walmart, Tuesday after noon. Authorities say  Robertson stole the uniform from a relative. He now faces several charges  and the investigation continues into whether he used the uniform in any other situations.


New  Orleans  Police  say  a  local  taxi  driver was arrested after allegedly using his cellphone to record video  underneath  a woman's skirt without her permission, then using the footage to try  to  get money  from  her.  Metairie resident Hervey Farrell was charged with extortion and video  voyeurism  for  the  April  2012  incident.  He allegedly  sent the victim a copy of the video and demanded $1000 to make it "disappear". Something he will probably be doing soon.


Deputies in Tangipahoa  Parish  have  recovered  two  guns that were stolen  from a Hammond City Police vehicle last week, but  they  are still seeking  the thief or thieves who took them. The Chevy SUV was burglarized last  Friday  during  the  overnight  hours. The weapons stolen  were  a  Glock  semi-automatic  pistol  and  Remington  pump shotgun.


The  ACLU  has sent Slidell Police a letter warning  them  they  are violating the  Constitution  every  time  they  arrest  a person for begging  money  from  citizens.  Louisiana  American Civil Liberties

Union director Marjorie Esman says Slidell cops  have arrested about 6  people for panhandling so far this year. The police  say  they've passed her letter on to their lawyers for review.



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