News for Friday 050115
By Dave Graichen
43 year Charles Lampkins of Alexandria was killed early yesterday morning when the motorcycle he was driving collided into an SUV that turned directly into his path on Jackson Street Ext. The APD reports No charges have been filed at this time, pending the results of toxicology and other forensic test.
This weekend will be a busy one in Central Louisiana With Alex River Fete and other events as well. But, did you know there is also an election Saturday in Rapides Parish. On the ballot, two parish wide school taxes that generate more than $7 million a year for school operations and maintenance. Both are continuations of a property tax already in place.
The National Boat Racing Association is holding boat races through Sunday on Kincaid Lake.
The races are taking place near Tunk's Cypress Inn, located off La. Highway 28 West, southwest of Alexandria. Featured in the competition is stock and modified outboard hydroplane and runabout racing.
A big surprise for fans of Louisiana College Basketball yesterday, Gene Rushing announced he is retiring. Rushing came to LC back in 1967 as a basketball player. He went on to serve as Asst. coach for 11 years and 29 years as the head basketball coach. Rushing is a very young 67 years old.
An effort to change the formula by which some Louisiana teachers are evaluated failed in a Senate committee Thursday. Senate Bill 32 by Sen. Fred Mills proposed changing from 50 percent to 25 percent the weight of the Value-added Assessment Model that is used among factors in evaluating about 30 percent of Louisiana teachers. The legislation would have put greater weight on other evaluation factors, including classroom observations.
The Rapides parish sheriff’s office reports a search for an all-terrain vehicle stolen from a Forest Hill nursery led to a Pineville address, where detectives found it for sale. 26 year old Johnathan Mashburn and 23 year old Curtis Newman were arrested and were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
At the State Capitol Thursday, a very vocal group of some 500 LSU students gathered to protest proposed massive cuts to the university. LSU President F. King Alexander says he certainly understands their feelings, because if these cuts go through it will adversely affect students, faculty and the campus. King adds, unless adjustments are made, colleges in the state face filing for bankruptcy.
Former LSU football star La-el Collins is not a suspect in the murder of a pregnant woman in Baton Rouge, but police still want to talk to him, since he might have some information in the case. Collins reportedly had a previous relationship with 29 year-old Brittney Mills, and BRPD reports they will talk to Collins after the NFL draft. Even though police say he is not a suspect in the case, many believe Collins will be worth less in the draft.
The Senate Education committee approves a bill that would prohibit the suspension or expulsion of a student between Kindergarten and third grade, unless the child poses a safety threat. The author of the measure, Baton Rouge Senator Sharon Weston Broome, says when you send a child home at such a young age, they aren’t getting an opportunity to learn. The full senate will debate the bill next.
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Beau Chene High School an assistant football coach and teacher for allegedly kissing a student inside a classroom. 25-year-old Gregory Fontenot is charged with one count of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student. Fontenot denies the allegations.
A nine state operation by several law enforcement agencies has resulted in the rescue of 6 exploited or missing children. Louisiana State Police Lt. JB says the operation also saved one adult victim, made four initial arrests and launched three investigations.