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News for Thursday 082913

By Dave Graichen


State police have arrested a Zwolle Police Officer and charged him with inappropriate behavior with a minor. Arrested was 33 year old Calvin Aaron Jr. An investigation revealed that Aaron and a 16 year old female were using cell phones to transmit sexually explicit and/or lewd images of each other to one another.  The investigation also revealed that Aaron had attempted to destroy evidence of their activities after knowing that an investigation into the matter had begun.


Authorities  in  Jackson  Parish  confirm  one person dead  and  two injured in an accident at the Rock-Tenn paper  mill  in Hodge. We're told  the  accident happened inside a storage tank as the men  were cleaning it. A company official says  one  was  able to get out with only minor burns, and was released from the hospital.  He  says attempts to get the other man out weren't successful and he died as a result. A third man, was airlifted  to  a  burn  center  in  Shreveport. His condition is unknown at this time.


The LaSalle Parish Sheriff's office  says  a  juvenile is recovering after  being  shot by a relative who then shot and  killed  himself. They say Tuesday,  63-year-old  Elton Ray Phelps, was intoxicated at the time of the alleged shooting  and turned the gun on himself once he  realized  he'd shot the juvenile.  The  victim  is  expected  to  recover from his injuries and the case remains under investigation.


Today marks the eight year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The monster  storm killed over 15-hundred people in Louisiana and left 80-percent of  New Orleans under water for several days. US Army Corps of Engineers  spokesperson Ricky Boyett says since Katrina 14-and-half-billion dollars have been spent to reduce the storm surge risk. Boyett says the 133-mile flood protection system that's been  strengthened in the greater New Orleans area can now withstand a 100- year storm surge. Today also marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Isaac which  caused major flooding in Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist Parishes.


The state's oldest chartered harvest festival begins tonight in Morgan  City. The 78th annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival will run  through Monday. The festival started in 1936


State Police and local lawmen will team up for beefed up patrols along  Interstates 10 and 12 through the Labor Day Weekend, in an effort to  decrease accidents, injuries and fatalities. LSP Colonel Mike Edmonson  says "Operation: Safe Corridor" is a cooperative effort of eight states  along I-10...:


The Livingston Parish Sheriff's  office  says  the  Water  Park near Denham  Springs  where  a  teenager  drowned  has  been  cleared  of wrong-doing.  They  say an investigation did not reveal the park was breaking any law when  the  tragic  drowning occurred. The father of 14-year-old Nick Kissner of Port Allen  reportedly  says the park is too dangerous and wants to see it shut down.


State  Treasurer  John  Kennedy  is warning residents about an email scam that is charging a fee in order  to  make an unclaimed property claim. He says this happens every now and then but he wants citizens to  be aware that these scammers are getting  information  that  you could  get for yourself for free through the department's website or toll free hotline.


Be  prepared  for  an  increase  in gas prices as a result of rising crude oil prices. American Automobile  Association  Fuel Analyst Don Redman says the possibility of US military action against  Syria has led  to  a  sharp  increase in the price of oil. He says the current statewide average for  a  gallon  of  regular  gasoline is $3.41 but motorists should budget for a price of at least $3.50.


New data from the non-partisan Tax Foundation lists Louisiana among the  top five highest combined state sales taxes in the nation. Our state  ranks 3rd, with consumers paying an average 8.89-percent in state and  local sales tax. The Tax Foundation report shows only Tennessee (9.44%) and Arkansas  (9.18%) collect more sales tax. Washington and Oklahoma come in behind  Louisiana, to round out the Top 5.


The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's office says a hospice nurse is under arrest  after  he stole medicine from one of his patients  that  had just died. They  say  the family saw 65-year-old William Simm Jr. of

Thibodaux take morphine,  oxycodone  and  hydrocodone  in his pocket with  him  when  he  left the house. He is charged with theft  of  a schedule II control dangerous substance.


Opelousas Police have ruled the  shooting  death of  teenage earlier this month to be an accident. 15-year-old Jaylin  Levier died, after days on life support, after he was found in his home on August 16th,

with a gunshot to the head. Police say Levier and some  friends were playing  with  a  gun when it went off. One of the teens is  charged with illegal possession of a gun by a juvenile.


Los  Angeles  mayor  Eric  Garcetti  tells "Variety"  magazine  he's calling a state of emergency due to movie  &  TV productions leaving his  city  to  shoot  in Louisiana and other states  who  offer  tax

incentives. Garcetti  says  he'll  lobby  California  lawmakers to improve  that state's tax incentives to boost film & TV productions there.


Authorities on Wednesday located an LSU senior from Ascension Parish whose family had not heard from him since early Tuesday. St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said a Baton Rouge police helicopter scanning the area for Christopher Broussard located his 2004 Nissan Frontier just after 7 p.m. lying in a bayou in Iberville Parish. With the help of Broussard’s family, authorities were able to identify the lone body found inside the truck as Broussard. Christopher Broussard was 22.


New Orleans  Police  seek  a trio of men for the brutal beating of a couple in the French Quarter  last weekend. The man required surgery to repair his three-times broken  jaw.  The men sought are all young black  men.  The  victims were white. New Orleans  Crimestoppers  is offering a reward.


Police in Mandeville,  in  St. Tammany Parish, are seeking a man who tried to abduct a girl as she  got off her school bus yesterday. The man offered the girl a ride home;  she instead ran to her house, but her ran after her. The child told her  father,  who ran outside, but the suspect had already fled. He's described as Hispanic,  heavy-set with short dark hair and a moustache.



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