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News For Tuesday 07/08/14

News for Tuesday 070814

By Dave Graichen


The Rapides  Parish  Sheriff's  Office says a man is behind bars for allegedly shooting and killing his  mother.  Lt  Tommy Carnline says they  got  the  report  of  the  shooting from the suspect  himself,

52-year-old Rodney Thompson of Pitkin, Saturday morning.  Seventy-four year old Gennieve (jah  NEEV) Ashworth died Sunday at a local hospital.  Thompson was taken into custody without incident. He has been booked on first degree murder charges in the death of his mother.


The Alexandria City Council will meet today  to consider a resolution regarding the moratorium on new bingo halls. The proposed ordinance would lifting all Moratoria regarding Bingo Halls and expansion of gaming, plus regulating and franchising bingo halls and gaming, charitable or for profit, within the City limits. That meeting starts at 5 in the Council Chambers.


A  state  audit  has  found that nearly $1.3 million in federal food benefits were used in Louisiana  after  the  legal  recipients died. Legislative  Auditor  Daryl  Purpera  says  benefits for over  3,900

single-person households were spent after the  participant's  death. The  Department  of Children and Family Services, who administer the benefits,  has   entered  into  a  formal  agreement  with  the

Department  of  Health  and   Hospitals   to   receive  more  timely information about deaths in Louisiana. They hope  this  will  reduce the time it takes to determine a recipient's death.


In another report.. The state wrongly paid $2.7 million for Medicaid health insurance for prisoners over a nearly two-year period. The questionable spending occurred in the Jindal administration’s new privatized Medicaid programs — Bayou Health and the Behavioral Health Partnership. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office had earlier found DHH making Medicaid payments for dead people during the same period.


Governor  Bobby  Jindal  and Enquero executives announced today that the company will open a new  facility  in Lafayette that will create 350 new jobs over the next three years.   This will be the company's first  outsourcing  site  outside  of  Silicon  Valley.    Louisiana Economic  Development  estimates this move will create an additional 350 plus new indirect jobs for the area.


A third man has been charged in connection to the case of a missing man whose remains were believed to have been discovered last week in Vernon Parish. 28 year old Matthew Andrews of New Llano, was arrested and was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. Andrews was charged with being an accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, his bond has been set at  $75,000. The charge is related to the case of James Stephens, a Rosepine man who has been missing since March 29.


According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers  University, our state legislature has the lowest representation of  women in the nation for the second year in a row. Of the 144 members  of the state legislature, just 18 are women. Louisiana has just 12.5% women lawmakers and the national percentage  of state legislators who are women is 24.2%.


The Houma Police Department has identified the  man they believe was shot in the head by another man who was upset about  being  woken up at  3am.  They  say  29-year-old  James  Rube  was  banging  on  his ex-girlfriend's  door and a neighbor, 58-year-old Ray Carlos, walked over and allegedly  shot  the  victim  in the head for waking him up. Carlos was charged with  one  count  of 2nd Degree murder.


The suspect in last week's Bourbon Street shooting is refusing to be extradited from Mississippi.  20-year-old Trung  Le  of Belle Chasse was arrested in Gulfport Friday.  Governor Bobby Jindal will have to issue  a  request  for  Le's  transfer to Mississippi Governor  Phil Bryant.  Officials say that could take a few months.


Louisiana State Police have arrested an Opelousas man after a single vehicle accident north of  Krotz  Springs  claimed  the  life  of an Opelousas  woman  and  hospitalized  two  others.   Authorities  say

28-year-old  Nicholas  Lafleur allegedly lost control of his vehicle and  struck  a  tree.  54-year-old  Judy  Stelly  of  Opelousas  was pronounced dead at a local hospital.  They say impairment appears to be a factor in the crash.  Lafleur is charged with DWI and vehicular homicide, among other charges.


State Police are searching for a vehicle that struck and killed a  bicyclist in Lafayette Parish. The hit and run occurred on LA 92 at  Mermentau (Mer-men-tow) Road just east of Milton Monday morning.

Master Trooper Brooks David (Dah-veed) says as of now, they have no  information on who hit 30-year-old Lon Lomas of Youngsville.


The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a Thibodaux woman who  runs  an animal rescue organization after her 3-year-old  child and several  dogs were found living in filthy conditions. Authorities say when deputies entered the home of Danielle Morgan they noticed a large  amount  of  feces  all over  the  floor.   He  says  not  only was the child walking in the feces, deputies also noticed scratches on the child that appeared to have been made by an animal.  He says  the toddler was released into the care of a family member.


 The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is working  with the clothing store Men's Warehouse to provide professional attire  to inmates through a clothing drive. DPSC spokesperson Pam Laborde says  that its an important step in helping inmates reintegrate into the  workforce. Laborde says if you have any business attire that you don't plan on  wearing again, consider donating those items to Men's Warehouse stores  throughout the state. The clothing drive ends July 31st. Laborde says that having at least one  nice set of clothing can makes a big difference for the soon-to-be-released inmates.



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