News for Thursday 070915
By Dave Graichen
An official announcement from the US Army is expected today, but 5th District US Representative Ralph Abraham has learned Fort Polk will lose 358 soldiers from its Vernon Parish military base, as part of a plan to cut 40-thousand troops nationwide. Abraham says Fort Polk did not get hit as hard as others, as one base will lose three-thousand troops. 81 hundred troops are currently stationed at Fort Polk.
The RPSO reports Two people were taken to a local hospital on Wednesday afternoon after their private aircraft crashed in Glenmora off of East River Road. So far, the people onboard the plane have not been identified and their condition has not been released. Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are expected in the area today to probe the crash.
A former central Louisiana police chief has been arrested for the murder of his wife. Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Doug Anderson says they collected evidence to charge Charles Mayeaux Junior with second-degree murder and aggravated arson in the death of Shelly St. Romain Mayeaux, who was found inside her burned home on March 21st. Charles Mayeaux is a former police chief of Evergreen. Mayeaux is being held on a 350-thousand dollar bond.
The mother of a Baton Rouge teenager was arrested Wednesday after officers found her son severely malnourished. 49-year-old Rose Holland is charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile and drug charges. The 15 year-old victim only weighed 47 pounds.
The University of Louisiana System has approved tuition and fee increases at their four-year universities. The highest increase is at UL Lafayette, 20-percent, while Nicholls State’s tuition hike is less than two percent . U-L System President Doctor Sandra Woodley says UL Lafayette’s was allowed to raise its tuition because of the GRAD Act legislation approved in 2010, which gave campuses more autonomy if it met certain goals. She says the school’s 2014-15 tuition was also well below the Southern Regional Average.
The National Right to Life convention begins a three day conference in New Orleans today that will feature Republican presidential hopefuls including Governor Bobby Jindal who will make an appearance tonight. Rick Perry and Rick Santorum will also be at the forum. Organizers say Delegates from all 50 states come together to celebrate a festival of life and feature speakers to educate individuals of the Right to Life movement.
The Lafayette man who could have received up to forty years in prison for manslaughter in the shooting death of 15 year-old Austin Rivault in 2012, has received a sentence of 13 months in prison. Twenty-one year-old Seth Fontenot ended up shooting a total of three teens-including Rivault, whom he thought were breaking into his truck. The Lafayette Parish DA says he will appeal the sentence.
The search continues for those individuals who attacked a State Police Trooper on June 30th in Rapides Parish. The officer was hit with an unknown object in the head during the traffic stop and gunshots were exchanged between the Trooper and a passenger in the vehicle. LSP spokesperson Scott Moreau says anyone with information is urged to call State Police.
The FBI is looking for people in Louisiana and other states who were victims in a “sextortion” case. FBI New Orleans Special Agent Mike Anderson says 31-year-old Lucas Michael Chansler of Florida used social networking sites to convince teenage girls to perform sexual acts on camera. Chansler is currently serving 105 years in federal prison, but there are still unidentified victims and they should contact the FBI.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of Angola in a case dealing with air conditioning on death row. The appeals court ruled that the State Pen does not have to install air conditioning for death row inmates. The 5th circuit said a federal judge went too far when he ordered the prison to maintain heat indexes on death row at or below 88 degrees.
A proposal has been made in Lafayette to create a bike loop around the city and call it the Mickey Shunick Memorial Bike Loop. Shunick, a UL-Lafayette co-ed, was abducted and killed in 2012 while riding her bike. A stretch of the proposed bike loop would include a stretch where Shunick was riding when her bicycle when she was struck by her admitted killer Brandon Lavergne.