News for Thursday 110713
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana wakes up to more cool Autumn weather today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says you'll want a jacket or sweater handy for the next several mornings, as we start the days with temperatures in the 40's and 50's. Keim says a cool, dry air mass from the Pacific Northwest has made its way across the Rocky Mountains and into the Gulf South. He says we can expect the cool, spell to last a few days at least and nice weather through the weekend.
The Jindal administration announced late Wednesday that it is moving to strip food stamps from recipients who took advantage of a technical glitch last month to stock up on free groceries.
The announcement came after U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., pressured state officials to take action by taking away food stamp benefits and forming a task force with local prosecutors to bring criminal charges. Retailers lost money when they allowed food stamp recipients to leave their stores with groceries even though they could not check spending limits. When the transactions were processed later, thousands bounced back because recipients exceeded their food stamp balances. Smartphone images of empty store shelves and bulging grocery carts at Wal-Marts in Springhill and Mansfield made national news.
The Many Police Department says after reviewing surveillance tapes and interviewing witnesses, Walmart has no evidence of any theft, nor any other criminal activity during the October 12th EBT card glitch. Thus they have closed the investigation at this time. Additionally they say if the department becomes aware of any new evidence, then that status could change. But for now, the case is closed.
Louisiana State Police plans on training its first cadet class in nearly five years starting in January 2014. Col Mike Edmonson says they have over 250 candidates that are undergoing extensive
background checks, physical assessments and polygraphs as the next step in the journey for about 50 people who will become new state troopers.
Louisiana receives its highest ever ranking by Site Selection magazine for business climate. The bayou state is ranked sixth, one spot higher than last year's ranking. Four years ago Louisiana was
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's office says a 15 year old girl is under arrest on second degree murder charges in the death of a Bayou Vista man who was found last week. They say once Willie Francis body was identified, they developed the teen as a suspect and made the arrest Tuesday evening. The case remains under investigation.
Police in Oakdale say an 18 year old is under arrest and charged with the second degree murder of his grandfather. They say 64-year-old Norman Johnson died at the house the two shared together Monday night from a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest. Laken Johnson was arrested and transferred to the Allen Parish jail.
West Monroe police arrest a woman for allegedly pepper spraying a woman she worked with at Wendy's then posting about it on Facebook. 35-year-old Tomeka Gibson was booked on aggravated battery charges after the victim reported the incident to officers then showed them the social media post.
The 13 year old boy from Terrytown who was accused of killing his five year old sister when performing wrestling moves on her has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in her death. The teen was charged with manslaughter but reportedly accepted a plea agreement on the lesser charge in Jefferson Parish juvenile court. He is set to be sentenced on December 4th.