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News For Monday 10/13/14

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By Dave Graichen


The run of warm and humid weather comes to an end today thanks to a cold front that will move through the state, bringing us more fall like weather. State Climatologist Barry Keim says Last week it felt more like summer than fall, with high temperatures in the upper 80s and high humidity levels. Keim says this cold front will give us high temperatures in the 70s across the state tomorrow. But, before the cooler temperatures we’ll get rain and there’s the potential of severe weather today.


An amazing story out of Pleasant Hill in Sabine Parish. A 43 year old man dies, of what appears to be natural causes,  while sitting in bed working on his computer. Authorities say he fell backwards on the bed pinning his 10 month old infant beneath his body. Three days passed before the little girl’s 5 year old brother went next door and told a neighbor he thought his dad was dead. The infant, Betty Jean Fields, was dehydrated and suffering from blistering skin. But, authorities believe she will survive the ordeal.  


The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline has fallen another two cents in the past few days. The American Automobile Association has the statewide average price at $3.07. Triple-A fuel analyst Don Redman says the summer is over and demand is down. Redman says there’s potential we could see prices the lowest they’ve been since 2010.


A sergeant with the Louisiana State Police faces charges of DWI and hit and run, after causing a crash on Interstate 10 early Saturday morning. State Police Captain Doug Cain  says 34-year-old Damien Dyson Sr of Baton Rouge was heading west on I-10 in Ascension Parish, when he struck the rear of another vehicle at a high rate of speed. Cain says Dyson kept going, but eventually pulled over and State Police responded to the scene. Dyson was booked into the Ascension Parish jail and immediately placed on administrative leave. Dyson, who was off duty at the time, had a blood alcohol level that was over twice the legal limit.


The LSU Health tumor registry has found colon cancer rates in the Acadiana parishes are among the highest in the United States.  The study was led by Doctor Jordan Karlitz, who is also at the Tulane University of Medicine and he says their research focused on 18 parishes in the Acadiana area and colorectal cancer rates were significantly higher than both Louisiana and US rates. Karltiz says colorectal cancer rates are high in French speaking homes in Acadiana and those families with a Cajun heritage, which raises the possibility of a genetic predisposition. Another possible explanation could be contained within the environment, but he says more research is needed…


Eunice Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a woman who robbed the State Bank and Trust with a fake bomb Thursday afternoon. Surveillance video showed a middle-aged woman with a baseball cap also produced a gun and got away with an undisclosed amount of money. State Police Bomb Squad arrived and determined the package she left at the scene was not a bomb. It was the second fake bomb robbery in about year in Eunice.


The Louisiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section is investigating reports of scammers targeting Entergy resident customers and small business owners. Amanda Larkins, with the A-G’s office, says a con artist, claiming to be with Entergy, calls a customer’s home or business and the victim is told they need to make an immediate payment, because they are behind on their bill. Larkins says this scam has been around for a while, targeting elderly and other residential consumers, but now these scammers are moving on to small business owners with larger utility expenses. If you get such a call, the best thing you can do is hang up.


An Ascension grand jury will not be indicting the driver of an SUV, who ran off the road in Ascension Parish and killed two children fishing with their father in June. State Police said at the time they would not charge the driver, Shanette Taylor, and Friday, the grand jury unanimously agreed. Daylon and Sarai Lanus died as a result of that crash.


We’re a little more than three weeks away from the November election and voters have yet to see or hear a commercial from Former Governor Edwin Edwards in the sixth district Congressional race. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Edwards has the luxury of not having to run TV. According to Edwards last campaign finance report, he had 145-thousand dollars in cash on hand. Pinsonat says Edwards will likely finish in the top 2 in the primary, but he’ll need to spend some money and probably get on TV to win the run-off election.


The LSU Tigers finally have their first SEC win of the season and it wasn’t easy. LSU and Florida went back-and-forth in a crazy fourth quarter on Saturday in Gainesville, but it was the Tigers who came out on top 30-27.



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