News for Tuesday 061615
By Dave Graichen
The National Hurricane Center is tracking Tropical Storm Bill. Tropical Storm Bill currently has winds at 50 mph with higher gust. The primary threat from Tropical Storm Bill will be the heavy rainfall which will cause flash flooding. Rainfall amounts are expected to be 4 to 8 inches in eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma with isolated amounts of 12 inches possible in eastern Texas
The Gulf of Mexico’s first tropical system of the season is expected to bring periods of heavy rain to western parts of Louisiana and possibly present more flooding concerns along the Red River. State Climatologist Barry Keim says landfall is expected today in Texas hitting Louisiana with even more rain for the western part of the state. Keim says Tropical storm Bill will move through Texas and into Oklahoma dropping more rain at the source of the Red River flooding. Some areas of the state could see 1 to 2 inches of rain from the system.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service are saying the Red River will remain at a high level throughout this summer. The river crested last night at about 36 ft and should slowly start to fall.
Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain credits deputy Wayne Walker for noticing a crack in a temporary levee that eventually gave way flooding Colfax Mudfest Recreational Park over the weekend. McCain says over 110 people had to be rescued as it was incredible to see how fast the water moved in. He says there are still dozens of vehicles stranded in the area.
The LSU baseball team will look to avoid elimination today in the College World Series when they face Cal State Fullerton at 2pm. The Tigers are coming off a disastrous performance Sunday. But shortstop Alex Bregman says they are focused on winning. LSU has not lost back to back games this season. You can hear that game this afternoon beginning with the pre-show at 1:30 on 970 KSYL.
Former NFL player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty today in an Orleans Parish courtroom to two counts of forcible rape and one count of simple rape as part of a so called global arrangement.
Sharper has admitted to raping at least nine women in four states.
Lavelle Davis, a Pineville man who has been jailed since 2012 on multiple sex-related charges, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of forcible rape. Davis will serve 33 years on each count, and the sentences will be served consecutively. The sentences will be served at hard labor without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence. Davis was among six men accused in 2012 of charges including aggravated rape, aggravated incest, forcible rape and more.
State Police say two people have been arrested in connection with a March fatal hit and run in St. Mary Parish. 33-year-old Kista Sedotal of Jeanerette was struck twice and killed while walking along LA 182.
The Baton Rouge Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a hit and run crash which claimed the life of an LSU student nearly a year ago. They say the suspect, 36-year-old Janneh Trench, was located in Georgia by US marshals and will be charged with negligent homicide, felony hit and run, reckless operation, obstruction. Investigators believe Trench hit Eric Fabre with his vehicle then attempted to destroy the evidence.
The mayor of Springfield, in Livingston Paris, has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for his participation in a ticket fixing scheme. As part of a plea deal, state judge Bruce Bennett ordered Mayor Charles Martin to resign, pay $550 in fees and fines, and enter into 2 years of probation.
The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee doesn’t see Governor Bobby Jindal vetoing the film tax credit legislation that caps the amount of credits redeemed to 180-million dollars a year. Lafayette Representative Joel Robideaux says if the governor vetoes the bill, it will lead to a 70-million dollar cut to higher education and health care. Hollywood South is also concerned the legislation will chase movie production away.
Blaze Starr, the flame-haired Bourbon Street stripper who exploded into public consciousness in 1959 when she carried on a boisterous, public affair with Gov. Earl K. Long, died Monday at her home in rural West Virginia, not far from where she grew up. Starr was 83.