News for Thursday 073015
By Dave Graichen
The state police reports 38 year old Jeremy Drake of Oakdale was killed yesterday morning when the vehicle he was driving left La 1152 and struck a tree. Drake was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene. A female passenger, 36-year-old Tabitha Johnson Irvine, also of Oakdale was seriously injured in the crash. The State Police suspect Drake was impaired.
An Alexandria man died late Tuesday night when he lost control of his car and hit a tree. 32 year old Joshua Marquis was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, which happened around 10:50 p.m. on Bayou Rapides Road, west of of Vandenburg Drive. The wreck is still under investigation.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended its filing deadline for Louisiana policyholders impacted by recent Red River flooding. FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program normally requires homeowners to file a Proof of Loss form to claim damages within 60 days of a flood. The agency has authorized an additional 180-day extension during which a policyholder may submit the form.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to 5th district congressman Ralph Abraham and his family. Marlene Abraham of West Monroe, the mother of the congressman died Tuesday. In lieu of flowers Abraham is asking donations be made to Pilots for Patients, a charity organization he’s involved with that flies sick patients with financial needs to specialty hospitals. Marlene Abraham was 83.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney District Attorney Hillar Moore says it’s likely the criminal charges against LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings could be dropped. Moore says he’s waiting on some paperwork to decide. Jennings and two other football players were arrested in an alleged break-in last month. Moore says the victim is not seeking to pursue charges. LSU Coach Les Miles says the status of the players fully depends on the schedule of the DA.
Lt. Clay Higgins of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and his CrimeStoppers videos continue to grow in popularity and even got a mention on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. In the latest video, Higgins aka “The Cajun John Wayne” calls out someone who robbed a local supermarket. The video has over 1.3 million views on YouTube. Lt. Higgins tells us they are very close to catching the perpetrator.
Lafayette Strong: Unite.Honor.Heal, a community gathering to reflect on those lost and injured in The Grand movie theater shooting, will take place tonight at Blackham Coliseum. Lafayette Government Spokesperson Cyrda Wingerter (Sid-ruh Wing-er-ter) says they are expecting a big crowd. Wingerter says there will be music, artistic opportunities to create prayer flags, and recognition of people involved, including those caring for victims after the tragedy. She says they want the gathering to portray the culture and spirit of Lafayette.
According to a new report from the National Partnership for Women and Families, more than 45% of the private sector workforce in Louisiana cannot earn paid sick days. Spokeswoman Vicky Shabo says when people can’t take paid time away from work, they often jeopardize their job or their ability to make ends meet. Shabo says for a typical family in the United States without paid sick days, 3.5 days lost to illness are equal to the family’s entire monthly grocery budget. She says about 90 percent of workers in restaurants cannot earn a single paid sick day. The National Federation of Independent Business opposes any kind of mandate which would require employers to offer paid sick time.
Good Housekeeping magazine has named Natchitoches as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America. The publication selected one town from each state to make up their list. Samantha Bonnette, Public Relations Director for the city of Natchitoches, says they are excited to be part of this list. Natchitoches was recently named Best Southern Small Town by readers of USA Today and 10Best-dot-com. Bonnette says they are proud to be on this list that features some real high quality small towns across the country. Other small towns on the list include Breckenridge, Colorado, Sedona, Arizona, and Cooperstown, New York.
Louisiana State Police Gaming Troopers announce the arrest of two Houston residents for allegedly cheating at casinos in Lake Charles. Sgt. James Anderson says the message is, if you cheat you will be caught. The two men have been charged with cheating and swindling.
In Terrebonne Parish, a total of eight law enforcement officers have been placed on administrative leave after killing a 45-year-old man following a car chase on Monday. State Police says Jean Falgout-who was a theft suspect-reportedly weilded a gun and pointed it at officers after he attempted to flee, before he was shot multiple times after the stop. Initial investigation shows that the gun was a pellet gun.
After going seven and nine last season, the Saints are ready to turn the page as they begin training camp today. The roster has been overhauled since the last time New Orleans played a game and that includes the release of the team’s top pass rusher Junior Galette. General Manager Mickey Loomis believes all the changes made will result in more wins this season. Coach Sean Payton says they wish Galette well and it was not an easy decision to let him go….
The LSU football team is a week away from starting fall camp. Coach Les Miles believes he’ll get better play from the quarterback position, as he expects a battle between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris for the starter’s role.