News for Friday 071715
By Dave Graichen
It all looks official, but it is anything but official. Phone scammers who call people and tell them there is an outstanding warrant for their arrest. When in fact there isn’t and they are not the police. The scammers try to get the victims to pay fee to make it all go away. The RPSO says they calls even look official with the Caller ID showing the call is coming from the sheriff’s department. Again, if you should get such a call remember it is not an official call. Hang up and call authorities.. By The Way, the scammers also use the same routine claiming they are with the IRS.
Three people are under arrest in connection with the case of an accused murder suspect who escaped from the women’s prison in Avoyelles on July 11th. Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tommy Carline says Melissa Hayes was discovered by members of the US Marshal’s Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force in Marrero. Twenty-two-year-old Shemesha Bordley and 19-year-old Michael Jones, both of Alexandria, were each charged with 2 counts of accessory after the fact.
A convicted sex offender has been arrested on multiple charges, including two counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, Alexandria Police reported. The suspect, 21 year old Mark Anthony Leduff II of Alexandria, was arrested Wednesday. In addition to the two counts of carnal knowledge, Leduff is charged with failure to register as a sex offender, computer sex solicitation, resisting an officer and battery on an officer.
The chairman of the Republican Legislative Delegation is providing an avenue for residents to provide suggestions on how to improve Louisiana. Alexandria Representative Lance Harris says the effort is called “Take Back Louisiana.” Harris says this is an attempt to engage voters before the 2016 legislative session. Harris says the initial Facebook page is up now, with a website being launched at the end of the month. He says the goal of this initiative is to correct the state’s structural issues, focusing on the budget, education, transportation, and state’s rights. Harris says tax reform is at the top of the list
The state Department of Education reports that a record number of nearly 25,000 high school seniors earned a score of 18 or higher on the ACT, allowing grads to attend college without having to take remedial courses. Education Superintendent John White says the number of African American students earning college-going scores has increased by more than 2,000 since 2012. Louisiana’s average composite score has increased by .2 from last year and is now at 19.4.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association announces it has finalized a four-year agreement with the officials association, which means high school sporting events will go on as scheduled this fall. LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine says this is an agreement that needed to be done and he’s happy they were able to take the final step. This agreement prevents a threatened work stoppage by Louisiana High School Officials Association referees.
On a 4-2 vote, the Lake Charles City Council voted down a resolution requesting the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury remove the South’s Defenders Monument at the Calcasieu Courthouse. Opponents of Councilwoman Mary Morris’ measure say removing the monument will take away their heritage. But Morris says this monument represents the darkest time in African-American history. The resolution requested the monument be removed from the courthouse and placed in a museum.
Camping World, the nation’s number one retailer of RV’s, RV accessories, and RV-related services, has picked up the title sponsorship of the Independence Bowl. Independence Bowl Chairman Kyle McInnis says this agreement means the I-Bowl has a solid partner for several years. McInnis says the sponsorship will last through the 2019 game.
AT SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, LSU Coach Les Miles expressed plenty of optimism about the upcoming season, saying they want to start and finish strong. As far as the suspended players, including quarterback Anthony Jennings, Miles expects them to return.
The state Office of Group Benefits says the Louisiana state workers’ health insurance program is now taking applications for coverage for same-sex spouses and their dependents. They say same-sex couples married before June 26th have until August 11th to apply for coverage. Those married on or after June 26th must apply within 30 days after their marriage.
Governor Bobby Jindal announces he’ll visit all 99 counties in Iowa as part of his “Believe Again” presidential campaign. Jindal started the tour last night in Waterloo. LSU Political Science professor Robert Hogan says many candidates use this strategy to get more name recognition. The tour means that Jindal will not spend much time in Louisiana.
An Opelousas man is one of 70 around the world accused of taking part in an online forum that authorities said enabled its exclusive group of users to buy, sell, trade and share information and tools used to intrude on electronic devices. Federal authorities on Tuesday arrested 28 year old Rory Guidry on a count of computer fraud.