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News For Tuesday 09/23/14

News for Tuesday 092314

By Dave Graichen


A photograph was captured this weekend of Senator Mary Landrieu helping an LSU fan perform a keg stand prior to Saturday night’s game. Two republican activists reportedly sent out the pictures. Landrieu says people making a fuss over this need to get a sense of humor and get a life.


The RPSO reports a Pineville contractor was arrested Monday, charged with four counts stemming from two complaints that he had not done work for which he had been paid. 50 year old Douglas Jerry Selman Jr was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on charges of contractor fraud, misapplication of payments, home improvement fraud and forgery. Selman remains in jail on a $251,700 bond.


The Rev. Lee Weems, the longtime associate pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Alexandria, is recovering from a heart attack he suffered on Friday of last week.  Weems was moved out of ICU and into a private room in Rapides Regional Medical Center around noon Monday, but, according to a church spokesperson, is not able to receive visitors or phone calls yet. Rev. Weems underwent a heart catheterization and a stent was inserted.


A state judge in Lafayette on Monday declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, according to an attorney representing two women who challenged the law in an adoption proceeding. Fifteenth Judicial District Judge Edward Rubin’s decision is thought to be the first by a Louisiana state judge declaring the ban unconstitutional. It is reported that the state’s Attorney General’s Office has already initiated an appeal to Rubin’s ruling.


The state Department of Veterans Affairs says they’ve been approved for a grant to fund a State Veterans Cemetery in Rayville. Secretary David LaCerte says the $7.3 million dollars will fund 100% of the costs to develop the cemetery on property donated by the Franklin family.  He says the property is located near I-20 off Highway 425 and spans about 50 acres. Lacerte says construction on the site is set to begin by November and is scheduled for completion by Spring 2016, weather permitting.


Incumbent 5th District Congressman Vance McAllister released a television ad Monday featuring his wife by his side offering forgiveness to her husband. Kelly McAllister addresses the camera in the commercial and says, “I’m blessed to have a husband who owns up to his mistakes.” It’s the first spot we’ve seen since the infamous kissing scandal earlier this year. The commercial began airing throughout the 5th Congressional District today.


Officials have confirmed two additional cases of West Nile Virus in Lafourche Parish. They say one case was confirmed in Cut Off and another in Thibodaux. The condition of the individuals is unknown at this time.


Officials in Sabine Parish say a 19-month-old boy died of apparent asphyxiation over the weekend after he got his head stuck in a car window while his mom was driving. The mother reportedly said she left the child unrestrained when she was going from one place to another Saturday night. The Child was taken to a local hospital and removed from life support Sunday evening.


Louisianans who owe back taxes will have another shot at paying the state back with discounted interest and without penalties this fall, when the 2014 tax amnesty program kicks off Oct. 15.

The state budget relies on the program bringing in just over $100 million this year, after a similar program recouped an estimated $452 million last year. This year’s amnesty period, which runs a month through Nov. 14, will be the fourth since 2000, and another already is being planned for next year.


The Vermillion Parish Sheriff’s office says two people were killed and a juvenile is in the hospital following a 4-wheeler accident. Sheriff Mike Couvillion says the crash involved 34-year-old Shawn Lalonde, 29-year-old Kyle Dudding, and a 13-year-old at the intersection of Highway 35 near Kaplan. Both Lalonde and Dudding were pronounced dead at the scene. The juvenile is listed in stable condition.


The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 63-year-old Opelousas man for allegedly misusing the 9-1-1 emergency line. Authorities say Olan Deville called 9-1-1 eighteen times on September 20th requesting medical assistance only to cancel or refuse medical attention when the ambulance arrived. Deville is charged with 18 counts of criminal mischief among other charges.


A small experimental aircraft similar to a helicopter crashed into a canal Sunday afternoon in Reserve at the St. John the Baptist Parish airport killing the two occupants. Authorities say as the gyrocopter was attempting to make a turn, the top rotor blades collapsed causing the aircraft to crash. The victims have been identified as 48-year-old Darren Mahler and 13-year-old Payton Wilt, both of Metairie. An FAA investigation is underway.


The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office says a West Monroe man with a sweet tooth was arrested and  accused of stealing over $35 worth of candy. Authorities say 36-year-old Arlic Vanburen subsequently removed three bags of Snickers, three bags of Twix, one bag of Skittles, and a bag of bite sized candies that he had pushed down his pants. Vanburen was booked at the Ouachita Correctional facility.


State Police say a man from Welsh was killed in a crash in Avoyelles Parish late Sunday afternoon. They say 24-year-old Timothy Vanness ran off the roadway when he lost control on High 114, entered a ditch and crashed into several trees. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.


The New York Times Reports The University of Louisiana at Monroe is one of at least 66 colleges that got surplus military weapons.   ULM paid $507.43 for 12 M-16 assault rifles,  through a U.S. Department of Defense program. The program transfers military surplus to law-enforcement agencies. The M-16 is the most popular weapon acquired through the program, although Ohio State University acquired an armored vehicle and other schools obtained retooled grenade launchers, the story says. The military surplus is free to law-enforcement agencies, which pay only delivery and maintenance costs. Arizona State University has the biggest collection of M-16s with 70. Florida International University and the University of Maryland each have 50.