News for Friday 010314
By Dave Graichen
State Police say seat belts might have saved the lives of two Bunkie men, who died Wednesday night in a single vehicle crash on state Highway 29 south of Bunkie. Troopers suspect that 42-
year-old Marvin Overbey was impaired when he lost control of his pickup and struck a utility poll. Overbey and a 50 year old passenger, Gary Ogea was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger received moderate injury and was taken to a hospital. The crash and its cause remains under investigation.
In Livingston Parish, Walker Police arrest the 17-year-old son of a 34- year-old mother who was fatally shot in her townhouse. Tamila Wooley's body was found in her home on New Year's Day by a family member. Walker Police Captain John Sharp says Eddie Robert Island was arrested Thursday after admitting his guilt in the crime. Sharp says two children, aged 11 and two-years-old, were also in the home during the shooting, they were physically unharmed.
Tragedy struck a Plaquemines Parish family on New Year's day. State Police say a 32-year-old father killed his four-year-old while he was pulling out of the driveway at their Buras home. Trooper Melissa Matey says law enforcement learned of the tragedy when the frantic father attempted to rush his badly injured son to the hospital and was pulled over for excessive speeding. Authorities are saying speed and impairment are not suspected as factors and the incident and that it was just a tragic accident.
Two people are behind bars in connection with the murder of a 21-year- old man in Jeff Davis Parish. Jennings Police Chief Todd D'albor (Dial- bor) says Ruston Reed's body was found on New Year's eve on the side of a road. D'albor says once they identified Reed as the victim, the investigation revealed that 21-year-old Keagan Reon was the gunman. D'albor says Reon has been charged with second-degree murder, while 22-year-old Jules Batiste is facing accessory after the fact to second-
degree murder. A motive for the murder is not known.
Louisiana's pecan crop will be two thirds less than last year's total. That's according to Randy Sanderlin of the Louisiana Ag Center Pecan Research Station in Shreveport who says it's normal for a smaller pecan crop to follow a big year, and even though it's a smaller crop, producers are benefiting from a higher market price. Plus another bonus is the international demand for the nuts to be shipped to China.
The national conservative group Americans For Prosperity launches a Louisiana chapter, and a large media campaign critical of Senator Mary Landrieu. AFP state director Phillip Joffrion says their $600-thousand ad blitz doesn't target Landrieu, so much as her support of the affordable healthcare plan.
A report from the Associated Press shows Louisiana still has over a billion dollars in unspent federal hurricane recovery grant money; left over from hurricanes in 2005 and 2008. Pat Forbes is head of the state Office of Community Development's Disaster Recovery Unit. He confirms $1.5-billion still remains in the grant fund. Forbes says the money is the last of a $14.5-billion grant pool given the state for recovery from Katrina & Rita in 2005, plus Gustav and Ike 3 years later. He says it's important to understand the grants are reimbursable funds, to defray rebuilding expenses already incurred, and must wait 'til projects are done, or at least well underway.
What will be a difficult run in the playoffs begins tomorrow for the Saints who visit Philadelphia in the N-F-C playoffs. The Eagles up-tempo offense is tough to stop, but on the defensive side of the football, Philly ranks last in the NFL in pass defense. Not many people outside of Louisiana are giving the Saints a chance to reach the playoffs, because New Orleans has never won a road playoff game in franchise history. And they've struggled in games away from the Superdome this season.
Oklahoma stunned 3rd ranked Alabama last night 45 to 31 in the 80th Sugar Bowl In New Orleans.