News for Thursday 100214
By Dave Graichen
The first autumn cold front hits Louisiana today. CS Ross, with the National Weather Service in Shreveport says the front will roll through the state through early tomorrow morning. Once the cold front moves through the state, we can expect sunny skies and great weather across Louisiana for the weekend.
The Rapides parish sheriff’s office reports someone is calling local residents, trying to get them to make a payment for a warrant or overdue fine, but it’s a scam. Several complaints were received Tuesday, saying that someone calls and identifies himself as Mark Hamilton or Lt. Dan Jordan. The number appears to be the office’s main number, and they’re telling people that they are trying to collect a payment via telephone for an outstanding warrant or overdue fine. Truth is, according to the Sheriff’s office, they will NEVER call someone telling them they have a warrant or overdue fine and attempt to make a payment over the phone. Bottom line, don’t give the caller any personal information. The office says to hang up on and to block the number.
An Alexandria police officer checking some Veterans Drive storage units on Tuesday surprised two men who allegedly were stealing from them, causing them to run, according to a release. They were nabbed a short time later. As the first officer continued looking around the units in the 600 block of Veterans Drive, he found an unoccupied pickup truck with a washer and dryer in the bed. He also found several burglarized units. As the pair were being searched, officers found suspected crystal meth and counterfeit money on one of them. Both men were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. More arrests are expected.
Amidst the news out of Dallas reporting the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, Governor Bobby Jindal is taking action to ensure Louisiana isn’t at risk but is ready for any potential threat. Jindal and GOHSEP held a meeting yesterday to get an update from state agencies to make sure the state is prepared if a case of the life threatening disease were to be present here.
The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office reports a Campti couple died Tuesday last night after their mobile home caught on fire. Florence and John Berguin, both 68, were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims were the mother and step-father of Campti Police Chief Greg Eldridge.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s office says an Amite Police Officer is under arrest on multiple charges of kidnapping, sexual battery and rape. Spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto says they got a report from a woman in August about a man who had kidnapped her, taken her to a remote location and forced her to perform sexual acts. She says they got a similar report last month. Panepinto says investigators identified 25-year-old Grant Carruth, an Amite Police Officer as the suspect. He was arrested and taken into custody. Panepinto says Carruth would pose as a narcotics agent to trick the victims.
A Public Policy Polling survey and a CNN poll both show Congressman Bill Cassidy with a three-percentage point lead over Senator Mary Landrieu in a possible December runoff. UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the Cassidy campaign has to be pleased with the polls that show him leading a three-term incumbent. Cross says two reputable polls showing Cassidy in the lead is significant.
The federal government begins sending out refund checks to those homeowners who overpaid for their insurance premiums. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the refunds will go to those residents who purchased or renewed coverage after 2012 and paid higher premiums, until Congress passed another law to re-adjust flood insurance rates. The federal government estimates that about one-million policyholders nationwide will receive refunds that average one-hundred dollars.
Well, here we are the beginning of October and this year’s hurricane season has been pretty uneventful, so far. But state climatologist Barry Keim says we’re not out of the woods just yet. He says October can still be a pretty active month. Keim says this is not the time to put our guard down when it comes to hurricanes.
Two Destrehan High School teachers are facing accusations that they invited a 16-year-old student to a Kenner apartment last month for a three-way sexual encounter. 24 year old Rachel Respess and 32 yesr old Shelley Dufresne were booked on one count each of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile
Now that we’re into October you’ll start seeing pink all over the place for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Dr. Mignonne Morrell with the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine is also an Academic Director of Breast Imaging. Morrell says right now there are over two and a half million people in the US that have a history of breast cancer. She says the more you increase the conversation about the disease, the more likely a woman is to encounter someone who caught it at an early stage which is the goal of breast cancer screening.