News for Tuesday 071415
By Dave Graichen
State Police say it was a deadly weekend on the highways. There were six fatal crashes including 4 that involved motorcycles.
The state police report 27 year old Joshua Laborde of Arnaudville was killed Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle accident on La. Highway 29 near the Cottonport-Long Bridge area of Avoyelles Parish. Laborde lost control of his vehicle, left the roadway and struck some trees. Laborde, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene,
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s office is investigation a possible murder/suicide which took place over the weekend. Officers found Scott and Rhonda White deceased in a home in Ruston. Few details are being released.
The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s office says cops are searching for a woman being held on double homicide charges who escaped from prison over the weekend. Sheriff Doug Anderson says Melissa Hayes could be headed back to Alexandria.
The Smoking Cessation Trust saw its highest monthly enrollment in June with over 2,000 Louisianians signing up for its free quit smoking program. CEO Mike Rogers attributes the jump to the state’s 50-cent tax increase for a pack of cigarettes. For more information you can log on to smoke-free-LA-dot-org.
The director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is confident local governments will receive assistance from the federal government as a result of flooding from the Red River. Kevin Davis says the aid would be for public assistance, which includes public works, fire department and police officers in areas around the Red River who worked overtime during the disaster last month. He says he is unsure if individuals affected by the flood will qualify to receive assistance.
The Lake Charles Police Department says two unidentified officers are on administrative leave after a burglary suspect shot himself twice in the foot inside a squad car. Lt. Kevin Kirkum says 18-year-old Stacy Lamb of Lake Charles was arrested after a burglary attempt at a local business, and apparently found the gun in an police equipment bag left on the back seat. He shot himself twice in the foot. Kirkum says criminal and internal investigations are underway.
Following a four hour plus meeting Sunday, High School sports officials have reached a tentative agreement that will prevent a work stoppage by referees this fall. Louisiana High School Officials Association President Paul LaRosa says they are holding off on releasing any information, until they can speak with their officials.
The price tag of the damage to Louisiana crops from Feral hogs as at least 30 million dollars, according to the LSU AgCenter 2013 study. The damages range from the rooting up and eating crops, to damage of farm equipment, and the potential to spread fatal diseases to livestock.
The NBC reality show, Running Wild made its return last night. Promoters with the show say they will feature an episode later in the season in which Saints Quarterback Drew Brees apparently jumps on the back of a crocodile. The show features celebrities spending 48 hours in the wild. A promotional video says “Watch a Super Bowl MVP wrestle a crocodile. This is going to end up as dinner one way or another.
In an effort to raise additional funds, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is looking into selling advertising on its properties. LDWF spokesman Bo Boehringer says legislation passed in this year’s legislative session allows the department to take advantage of this revenue stream opportunity. The state Department of Transportation receives $250,000 annually from State Farm Insurance for ads placed on their Motorist Assistance Program vehicles. Boehringer says the ads will be tastefully done and people shouldn’t expect to see ads pop up in middle of wildlife areas.
According to a recent study by WalletHub, Louisiana is the 10th least energy expensive state, but we use the most electricity in the country. Spokeswoman Jill Gonzalez says in these hot summer months, utility bills are through the roof. Gonzalez says The Bayou State placed 4th in the country for the price of electricity, but 51st in total consumption per housing unit. The numbers show that, on average, Louisianians pay $284 a month total on energy, that includes gas for your car.
The LSU football team will have two tough conference games in the month of September. On September 12th, the Tigers will visit Mississippi State and then on the 19th, they’ll host Auburn at 2:30