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News for Friday 022114

By Dave Graichen


The  St. Martin Parish Sheriff's office says a man from Natchitoches is under  arrest  after  investigators  discovered drugs and 47 dogs during  a  search of his property Wednesday.  They  say  25-year-old Jason Hasket  is  charged  with cruelty in animals, dog fighting and several  counts  related  to possession  and  intent  to  distribute narcotics.


Alexandria Police are withholding the name of a man whose body was found just before 8am  Thursday morning in Bayou Rapides near the 3000 block of MacArthur Drive. Though no immediate signs of foul play were visible, an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death."


State health officials are seeing fewer flu cases in the last couple of  weeks,  but  there's  still  a  steady flow of people heading to doctors'  offices  suffering from flu-like  symptoms.  Doctor  Frank Welch, with the Louisiana  Department  of  Health and Hospitals says the  H1N1  strain  or swine flu is not as prevalent  as  it  was  in December and January. But still,  before the  flu  season ends, he estimates between 500 to 600 people will have here in Louisiana.


225 million dollars is what the state is  borrowing for mostly rural road improvements.  The governor's office says the money will repair over  400 miles of Louisiana roadways in 37  parishes.   Bonds  were

sold yesterday  and  the  debt  and  interest  will  be paid through registration,  license  fees,  and  taxes  on commercial trucks  and trailers.


In a sharp turnaround, a commission that advises the governor on criminal sentencing issues backed legislation Thursday to reduce penalties for simple possession of marijuana. In November, the Louisiana Sentencing Commission turned down the idea of reducing sentences for people convicted of possessing marijuana. But after occasionally heated debate Thursday, the commission voted favorably on a measure that would do just that.


Two men in South Louisiana  are  facing child pornography charges in two separate cases A Livingston Parish  man  A joint law enforcement and  government  investigation  contributed  to  the  arrest  of  25 year-old  Brandon  L.  Hunt  of  Denham  Springs  on  50  counts  of possessing  and  six counts of distributing pornography of children. In Sulphur, twenty-seven year-old Christopher Marler was also booked on five counts of distributing porn to juveniles.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries say they  had  to put  down the other whooping crane that was shot earlier this month. A female crane was found dead at the scene in Jefferson Davis Parish the male  crane's  condition  continued  to  worsen  till  there was nothing  vets  could  do.  A  $15,000  reward  is  being offered for information leading to an arrest.


Another law enforcement agency is investigating former Saints Safety Darren  Sharper on charges of sexual battery. Police in Miami Beach, Florida,  say  they  have opened a criminal probe involving Sharper. This means Sharper is being investigated in five different states on accusations for some sort of sexual crime, drugging and raping.







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