News for Wednesday 072915
By Dave Graichen
A Deville woman is facing a charge of filing a false police report after she alleged that four men in a car had knocked her down Tuesday morning and had kidnapped her 2-year-old child. 24 year old Ashley Michelle Ballard made the report shortly before noon, which sent Rapides Parish Sheriff ’s deputies scrambling to search the area for the vehicle that Ballard described. Detectives joined the case a short time later and realized the story was not adding up. Ballard was arrested and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on the misdemeanor charge. Her bond was set at $250. However, an investigation is continuing,
The Louisiana GOP is officially endorsing Jeff Landry for Attorney General rather than the Republican incumbent, Buddy Caldwell. Party Chairman Roger Villere says they approved of Landry’s performance in Congress and feel comfortable he is right for the AG’s office. In a statement released by Caldwell, the two-term A-G says the state GOP party has never endorsed him before, so it might be bad luck to get it this time.
The July campaign finance report shows that Republican David Vitter has more campaign dollars on hand than his three gubernatorial opponents combined. Vitter’s campaign reports more than $5 million in cash on hand for this fall’s election. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this clearly shows Vitter’s advantages over the rest of the field. Republicans Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle report $1.8 million and $1 million in cash on hand respectively, while Democrat John Bel Edwards reports $1.1 million.
The most recent campaign finance figures for the Lt. Governor’s race shows Republican John Young leading the field with over $2.2 million in cash on hand. Fellow Republican Billy Nungesser is not far behind with more than $1.6 million. Democrat Kip Holden reports $68,000 cash on hand, while Republican Elbert Guillory of Opelousas owes his campaign nearly $4,000.
Governor Bobby Jindal’s Presidential campaign says he’s back on the road after taking a break from touring to help Lafayette recover from the Grand Theater shooting last week. The 2016 hopeful is traveling to New York for a round of media interviews.
In a recent study by WalletHub, Louisiana ranks near the bottom in the nation when it comes to the quality of its school systems. The state came in at No. 47 overall with low data rankings in School System Quality at No. 43 on the list and School Safety at 44. The study also ranked Louisiana 48th in both math and reading test scores.
The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to pass a bill by Rep. Ralph Abraham that would provide cost-of-living increases in veterans’ benefits. The bill is the first for the Louisiana Republican freshman. Abraham is chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. Under Abraham’s bill, money for veterans’ benefits such as housing, food and other living expenses would increase based on Social Security’s annual cost-of-living-adjustment, which was 1.7 percent last year.
State health officials have found another water system in Louisiana that contains a deadly brain eating amoeba. The department of health and hospitals says the presence of the amoeba was found during surveillance testing of a water system that serves 18-hundred residents near Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish. The same deadly amoeba was also located in St. Bernard Parish last week. The state says the water is safe to drink, but take precautions to keep it from going up your nose.
In the last three days, there have been three officer involved shootings in the state, with the latest Monday afternoon in Houma. During a traffic stop, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s deputies recognized the 45 year-old man as someone wanted for theft, and when he emerged from his vehicle with a gun pointed at them, and they were forced to take lethal action.
Two southwest Louisiana men have been accused of stealing about 10 thousand dollars in alligator eggs. Twenty-four year-old Christopher Trahan of Lake Charles and 47 year-old Paul Cannick of Grand Chenier were cited for illegal possession of alligator eggs and not following refuge rules and regulations.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office says a 34-year-old man who claimed to be a youth mentor is under arrest for having sex with a juvenile. Apparently Jeremy Tyrone Sims began having sex with the girl several years ago when she was 14 after convincing the family that he was her youth mentor. He’s booked with molestation of a juvenile.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s office has arrested an 81-year-old man for allegedly raping a child in the 1980s. Authorities have charged the man with Aggravated Rape. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brennan Matherne says a woman claimed she was victimized as a child about 30 years ago when she was under the age of 10.
The Humane Society of Louisiana issues a statewide heat advisory for pets after learning of a dog fatality in Franklin Parish. Director Jeff Dorson says during the hot summer months they start to receive a lot of calls from around the state regarding people not taking proper care of their pets, especially dogs and leaving them out in the heat.
Training camp begins today for the Saints who are required to report to the team’s facility in West Virginia. The team is ready to put behind last season’s disappointing 7-and-9 campaign. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says the Saints spent the offseason trying to improve their offensive and defensive lines.