News for Friday 072415
By Dave Graichen
A man wielding a handgun entered a movie theater and started shooting. when it was all over, three people were dead, including the gunman, and nine others injured. It happened at a theater in Lafayette. The violence started about 20 minutes into a screening of the comedy "Trainwreck." Police say the shooter - identified only as a 58-year-old white man - was sitting in the rear of the theater, when he shot two people sitting directly in front of him. (Click Here For The CBS Report)
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne has sent a letter to Governor Bobby Jindal asking that he reimburse taxpayers for the cost of having State Police provide security for him during his out-of-state campaign travels. It’s unlikely Jindal will follow through with Dardenne’s request. A spokesperson for the governor says the safety of the governor shouldn’t be used as a political issue.
Louisiana’s gubernatorial primary election is three months from today and things have been relatively quiet on the campaign front. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says although the campaigns are definitely working behind the scenes, he’s surprised by the lack of visible activity. He says, at this point in the race, Republican US Senator David Vitter and Democratic State Representative John Bel Edwards seem poised to make the runoff.
The State Department of Health and Hospitals has once again confirmed the presence of a brain eating ameba in the St. Bernard Parish Water System. Spokeswoman Olivia Hwang (WONG) says the water is safe to drink, but they urge residents to avoid getting water in their noses. She says getting an infection is extremely rare. DHH is requesting a 60-day chlorine burn to eliminate amoebas from the system.
A report from the transportation research group TRIP, says Louisiana motorists pay about 514-dollars extra per year for car upkeep due to poor road conditions. Associate director of research, Carolyn Kelly, hopes this study serves as a wake-up call so the public and elected officials can make transportation funding a top priority.
It wasn’t the verdict that many wanted. The man accused of shooting a freshman student in Lafayette has been re-sentenced. Seth Fontenot was originally charged with first degree murder in the death of 15 year-old Austin Rivault, but the jury returned verdicts for a lesser charge. Yesterday, the judge reduced Fontenot’s previous 3 year sentence to 13 months at hard labor instead.
Three jockeys at Evangeline Downs have been arrested for taking part in a race fixing scheme. Forty-six year-old Joseph Patin Jr. and his brother, 51-year-old Billy; as well as 24-year-old LeSean Conyers allegedly engaged in questionable riding tactics in a race June 19th, and the two brothers face charges for using an illegal shocking device during two races on July 4th.
A single-vehicle crash in Richland Parish has claimed the life of a 96-year-old Delhi man. State Police Trooper Michael Reichardt says James Coleman was driving his truck south of Delhi when he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the road, and flipped his vehicle.. Reichardt, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gas prices dipped again from the day before. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular in Louisiana is $2.48.
The Louisiana Democratic Party hosts its biggest fundraiser of the year on Saturday night at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner is expected to bring together more than 1,000 contributors and supporters of the Democratic party. Party spokesperson Beau Tidwell says Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will be there as well as other big names. Tidwell says the event will include video addresses from Hillary Clinton, who is the front-runner to receive the Democratic presidential nomination. He says former three-term Senator Mary Landrieu will also be honored at the dinner.
Emergency crews from throughout the state say they’ve responded to hundreds of calls about children locked in cars this summer. Curt Monte with the Baton Rouge Fire Department says the heat index has reached triple digits in recent weeks and leaving your kid in a car comes with potentially deadly consequences. Monte says in East Baton Rouge Parish alone, since May 1st, there were over 80 calls made about children who were alone in a vehicle.