News for Monday 092914
By Dave Graichen
Authorities have yet to release the name of the one know victim of a single vehicle fiery crash on highway 171 in Vernon Parish over the weekend. The driver, a 21-year-old man from Fort Polk, has been identified, but that victim's name has not been made public as Fort Polk authorities are making arrangements to notify next of kin, police said. The passenger has not been identified yet due to the severity of injuries/burns. Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.
According to the Army Environmental Command, Fort Polk has received the most supporting public comments of any of the 30 Army bases across the country facing military cutbacks. Michael Reese, with Fort Polk Progress, says out of about 110,000 comments received this year, over 34,000 comments supported Fort Polk. Fort Polk’s maximum troop reduction could be as high as 6,500, out of a current military population of just under 11,000. Reese says the Army will make an announcement next June.
It’s unusual for one US Senator to go door-to-door to encourage voters NOT to vote for the other US Senator in the same state, but that’s exactly what Senator David Vitter did Saturday in Baton Rouge. Vitter was accompanied by representatives from an anti-abortion group. Senator Many Landrieu believes in pro-choice. Landrieu’s main challenger in the race, Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy, is pro-life
State Police announce the arrest of eleven people between the ages of 21 and 61 in an undercover operation targeting prostitution, human trafficking and child exploitation in Shreveport. Authorities say two of the people arrested were child predators who were allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old.
A federal jury in Alexandria returned a verdict of guilty with the death penalty Friday against the man who kidnapped and murdered a 12 year-old girl in the fall of 2010. Fifty-seven year old Thomas Sanders was convicted in the brutal killing of Lexis Roberts, whose body was found in a wooded area in Catahoula Parish. Prosecutors say Sanders also killed the girl’s mother in Arizona in what they call a vacation that went terribly wrong.
According to the Shreveport Mayor’s office, Fire Chief Ronald Craig Mulford has been fired after being on paid leave since being indicted in June on charges stemming from his handling of complaints against several firefighters under his command. Mulford is accused of not reporting criminal activity. One of the firefighters has pleaded guilty to hiring a prostitute and to abusing an intellectually disabled man.
US Senate candidate Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy released a television ad over the weekend featuring former supporters of incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu. In the spot, three women say they will not vote for Landrieu this year because of her support of the Affordable Care Act. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this is a good move on the part of Cassidy. Pinsonat says President Obama and Obamacare remain extremely unpopular in Louisiana. He says attaching Landrieu to Obama is a smart strategy for Cassidy…
LSU moved up three spots to No. 15 in the coaches poll and two spots to No. 15 in the Associated Press top 25, both of which were released Sunday.
The Tigers are 4-1 after beating New Mexico State 63-7 behind a breakout performance from true freshman quarterback Brandon Harris. LSU, 0-1 in Southeastern Conference play, travels to No. 5 Auburn (4-0, 1-0 SEC) next Saturday.