News for Thursday 040314
By Dave Graichen
An unidentified man died Wednesday morning after being struck by a train in Ball. Authorities report the engineer of the Union Pacific train saw a pedestrian walking northbound along a train track as he rounded a corner. The train’s whistle was blown, but the man, who appeared to be in his early 20, did not respond. He was struck by the train and killed. It’s reported he was wearing headphones with loud music playing. Ball police believe the man may have been homeless or someone who lives in the area.
A public meeting is set for today to present information about an upcoming city of Alexandria election for a tax to fund recreation and the Alexandria Zoo. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Alexandria Senior High School. The election on May 3 will ask Alexandria residents to vote on a proposal for a 6-mill property tax. Three mills would be dedicated to funding recreation and three to the zoo.
Legislation that would allow concealed carry permit holders to bring their gun inside a restaurant that sells alcohol now heads to the House Floor. House Bill 72 by Metairie Representative Joe Lopinto passed in House Criminal Justice by a 9-4 vote.
A jury of six men and six women have found a child sex offender from North Louisiana guilty. Brian Horn was found guilty yesterday afternoon of kidnapping and killing 12 year-old Justin Bloxum in 2010. It took the jury less than one hour to come to that verdict after closing arguments. Horn is eligible for the death penalty.
Gas prices statewide have increased by more than 10 cents in the past month. The American Automobile Association Fuel Analyst Don Redman says the average price in Louisiana right now is about $3.35 because refineries are switching from a winter blend to a summer blend of gas but Redman says they aren't expecting prices to skyrocket. Redman says he hopes the max high for gas prices in our state will be about $3.50 a gallon.
The House Criminal Justice committee will hear a bill today that would reduce the maximum prison sentence for those who are convicted of possessing marijuana on multiple occasions. House Bill 14 would reduce maximum prison time on a 3rd pot possession conviction to five years and beyond that the max would be eight years in prison. Under current law, someone who has three or more convictions of possession of marijuana could be sentenced to a maximum 20 years in jail.
A huge parade and party is happening on Fort Polk today to honor the members of the 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division who recently returned from their nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. Anne Causey is the Executive Director of the Greater Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce, she says everything kicks off today at 1pm. The public is invited to attend all of the day’s events.
A lawmaker from Opelousas is concerned legislation headed to the Senate floor that broadens Louisiana's ban on cockfighting would interfere with the sport of chicken boxing. Senate Bill 523 would make possessing any type of cockfighting paraphernalia a felony. But Senator Elbert Guillory says the Baton Rouge Senator JP Morrell's law would criminalize chicken boxing. Guillory compared chicken boxing to human kick boxing and said it's perfectly legal. The plea was on deaf ears, Morrell's bill ended up passing 4-2.
Houma police say the pit bull responsible for the death of a 4-year-old little girl last week did not have rabies. The test was requested after the animal viciously attacked Mia DeRouen who later
died at a local hospital from injuries to her head and neck. Police say the investigation is still ongoing, but Animal Control reported the dog cannot be tested for steroids because he is dead.
If you like to dance, check this out. Coming up this Saturday producers of the squeal to the movie Pitch Perfect are looking for Louisiana male and a female dancers for the film. A casting call is
set for 11am-6pm Saturday at Ric Seeling's Dance Studio in Baton Rouge.
Police in New Orleans are investigating the discovery of a dead Reserve couple, whose bodies were pulled from the Intracoastal Waterway in New Orleans East. Authorities think that they may have been murdered, as both victims were found bound. The body of twenty-nine year old Lakeitha Joseph was found several weeks ago, and Kenneth Joseph's body was found about a week ago.
If you're going to break into a home, don't try and do it while a U.S. Attorney is walking his dog. Especially if it's U.S. Attorney James Green. He was on that walk when he saw a man trying to
burglarize a relative's home in Baton Rouge. Judge Green confronted the man, they struggled, and the suspect fled. Police caught up with 58 year-old Sidney J. Parker and charged him with simple burglary and simple battery.
The Super Bowl of wrestling is coming to New Orleans this weekend. Wrestlemania 30 will be held at the Mercedes Benz Super Dome on Sunday. StubHub Spokesperson Cameron Papp says ticket sales are going really well for this event. Papp says a big draw to Wrestlemania this year is the location. He says people are eager to visit New Orleans and a lot of visitors from Texas and New York are expected to attend.