News for Wednesday 121113
By Dave Graichen
The home of Pineville mayor Clarence Fields and his wife Rosa was seriously damaged by a fire yesterday morning. Pineville Fire Chief Eddie LaBorde said the fire appears to have started in a fireplace in a downstairs bedroom. Mayor Fields says the damage inside the home is “unimaginable,” but that the important thing is that no lives were lost.
Jan. 2 is the target date to start issuing permits for restaurants who want to sell alcohol in the city of Pineville. The official ordinance relaxing the prohibition on alcohol sales in the city was passed unanimously by the City Council last night.
Louisiana College announced Tuesday that it has been reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school had been on warning for the past two years by the accreditation group. The announcement comes following a vote of the accrediting agency’s Board of Trustees at their annual meeting this month as well as a comprehensive on-site review of Louisiana College in October by a five-member SACS committee.
The U.S. House approved Tuesday the much-delayed, expanded veterans’ health care clinics in Lafayette, Lake Charles and 25 other locations in the nation. The critical step sets the table for the U.S. Senate to approve the legislation by “unanimous consent”. That could happen as early as today. Senator Mary Landrieu said late Tuesday she “doubts” there will be any opposition.
A Louisiana Congressman expects we'll hear very soon that U-S Senator David Vitter will run for governor in 2015. Vitter sent an email to supporters last week that said he's considering a run for the governor's mansion. US Representative John Fleming of Minden believes Vitter has already made up his mind.
Qualifying for elections for city offices in New Orleans begins today, including the race for Mayor. Democrat Mitch Landrieu is certain to want another term as mayor, but, according to some, might he also choose to run for Louisiana Governor down the road. Political analyst and "LAPolitics.com" publisher John Maginnis feels Landrieu is a shoe-in for another term as New Orleans Mayor and would be a strong democratic candidate in the governor’s race.
The Union Parish Sheriff's office says three Louisiana National Guardsmen are accused of stealing night vision goggles and scopes for M-16 rifles. They say in all, about $13,000 worth of equipment was stolen. The three have been charged with felony theft.
A woman from Lake Charles pleads not guilty in state court on charges of molestation of a juvenile, second degree kidnapping, drug distribution to a student and four counts of cruelty to a juvenile. 30 year old Lacey Cherre is accused of holding a 14 year old girl against her will and forcing her to take drugs and perform sex acts. A trial date is set for March 17th.
Get ready for a redneck kind of Christmas, as A&E will air the Duck Dynasty Christmas Special tonight. The Robertson family of West Monroe promises a lot of laughs and family fun. The program airs at 9 tonight on A&E.
Bell Helicopter announced Monday that it will produce its new SLS helicopter at Lafayette Regional Airport. That project that will create 115 new direct jobs averaging more than $55,000 per year, plus benefits.
Eunice Police say they'll charge the man who killed a city garbage man in a vehicle accident Monday with careless operation and possibly vehicular homicide. Eunice PD Deputy Chief Varden Guillory says a truck driven by 55-year-old Everett Sonnier hit the back of the garbage truck - pinning 34-year-old Walter Washington between the vehicles. Washington died from his injuries. A preliminary investigation indicates Sonnier wasn't paying attention when the crash occurred.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter announced Tuesday that he is foregoing his federal employer contribution to health insurance now that he has purchased a health plan in the health care exchange as a Louisiana resident. Vitter opted to follow the same route as Sen. Mary Landrieu to refuse the employer contribution that is following members of Congress and their staffers onto the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Those opting to keep their contributions have to enroll in the Washington, D.C. health exchange and not their home states.
A judge in Jefferson Parish sentences a 13-year-old Terrytown boy to three years in juvenile detention for killing his sister, using body and elbow slam moves he saw on TV wrestling. The 5-year-old girl died of internal bleeding and broken ribs. The boy will get credit for time served since his arrest last July.
Lafayette Police are investigating Monday's death of a local man who was hit by an AmTrak train. 59-year-old McKensey Portalis was walking across the tracks, at a crossing with working lights and alarms. The train was only doing about 25 miles an hour at the point of impact. An investigation is underway.
A Lake Arthur Police officer has been charged with aggravated rape and molestation of a juvenile. State Police say 37-year-old Damon Broussard is alleged to have engaged in sexual conduct with two children; one under 15 and one under 13. Detectives say the offenses reportedly happened some years ago.
Spin Magazine is reporting that the Estate of Bob Marley is suing the Louisiana based restaurant Raising Canes over it's slogan, "One Love." The lawsuit cites trademark infringement and that the Marley's were not consulted when the phrase was registered by Cane's years ago.
It looks like LSU fans are reacting positively to the news that The Tigers will be playing in the Outback Bowl in Tampa Florida on New Years Day. It's the first time The Bayou Bengals are playing The Outback Bowl in almost 25 years. Tickets for the game start at $80 and are on sale now. To order log on to lsutix.net or call the LSU ticket office.
A small aircraft had to make an emergency landing in a cow pasture near Hammond, in Tangiphoa Parish, Tuesday. The plane carried a flying instructor and his student pilot. They reported losing oil pressure at about 3000 feet. They managed to safely land the aircraft, and no one was injured. The FAA plans to investigate.