News for Monday 081015
By Dave Graichen
Funeral arrangements have been announced for the Shreveport Police officer from St. Amant (SAN ah maw) who was shot by a cop-killer in the line of duty last week. The Funeral for 29 year-old Thomas LaValley will be today in Gonzales at Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 11am. Over the weekend, Baton Rouge Police and hundreds of citizens lined I-10 to pay their respects when LaValley’s honorary procession passes through.
Now that school is back in session, authorities are urging drivers to be more cautious on the roads. Don Redman with the American Automobile Association says now that summer is over, motorists should be on alert as kids will be walking along roads before and after school. The APD and RPSO says they will be out in force ticketing those who do not observe school speed zones, and those who do not stop when approaching a stopped school bus.
State Climatologist Barry Keim says dangerous high heat levels are expected to continue this week with afternoon highs into triple digits across Louisiana, which could break some records. With those temps coupled with high humidity, Keim says heat indexes in some areas could approach 120 degrees.
Alexandria attorney Jay Luneau plans to announce his intention today to run for District 29 in the Louisiana State Senate. Senate District 29 stretches from Lecompte in Rapides Parish all the way north to the town of Ruston in Lincoln Parish. It also includes sections of Grant, Jackson, Natchitoches, Bienville and Winn Parishes. The incumbent, Senator Rick Gallot, recently announced he would not seek re-election. The election is Saturday, October 24.
State Police suspect that impairment might be a factor in a single-car crash late Friday that killed a 78-year-old Leesville man. Troopers say Kenneth Holt was driving a 1992 Cadillac Deville when he ran off the road in a curve, traveling about 150 feet in a ditch before hitting a large pine tree head-on. Holt was flown to a Lake Charles Hospital, where he died. The only passenger, 27-year-old Frank D. Cooley of Singer, sustained moderate injuries. Neither man was wearing a seat belt.
A Marksville motorcyclist not wearing a helmet died Friday afternoon when he ran head-on into a pickup truck in Avoyelles Parish. The State Police report 45 year old Danny Clark was passing two vehicles on Little River Road when a pickup came from the opposite direction. The driver of the truck saw Clark and drove off the road to try to avoid hitting the motorcycle.
But Clark hit the truck head-on.the driver of the truck was not injured.
First, it was some criticism for starting the school year too early in August for some Louisiana school districts. Now the Centers For Disease Control is pointing to the early start time in the morning for many students. According to a report, about 40 thousand students in middle and high school start their day at an average time of 8:03 am, instead of the CDC’s recommended time of 8:30, to allow kids to get enough sleep. In this report, Louisiana had the earliest average start time at 7:40 in the morning.
According to a recent poll commissioned by a group of Baton Rouge and New Orleans business leaders, the gubernatorial candidate who once had a commanding lead in the race, has slipped. The survey, which reveals various scenarios, has one with Republican Scott Angelle in the lead over US Senator David Vitter. Adding in voting history puts Democrat John Bel Edwards is in first place. As you may suspect, Vitter’s campaign is skeptical of the numbers.
Now that Governor Bobby Jindal has his first presidential debate behind him, how did he do? Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat gives the governor a B+, saying Jindal did not hurt his chances at the Republican nomination and may have even helped his cause, allowing him to continue to target his message to smaller groups of Republican voters…
The State Department of Education launches a new web portal which outlines Louisiana’s career education options. The program Jump Start now has an online site called “All things Jump Start.” at louisianabelieves.com. State Superintendent of Education John White says this will allow high school graduates to enter the workforce with an industry credential.
Under legislation approved in the last session, more information is being distributed to the public about Louisiana’s safe haven law, which allows parents to legally give up a baby until they’re two months old. Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier says she wants people who feel like they’re in a crisis to know this law exists. Sonnier says a mom or dad can give their infant to an individual at a number of safe haven locations. But they cannot leave the baby unattended. She says D-C-F-S has seen more abandonments than people using safe havens and the goal is to keep babies safe and find them loving homes.
A Baton Rouge man faces homicide charge following an incident that sent his 3 month old daughter to the hospital with skull and rib fractures, bruising and a bloody mouth. Twenty-eight year-old John William Hope was originally charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile. But, the child has since died. The report says Hope told his wife that the baby had fallen off a changing table.
Louisiana First lady took umbrage at criticisms U.S. Sen. David Vitter made Saturday about the State Police protection for the Jindal children. Vitter told state troopers at a forum that what the state spends on protective services for the governor has become inflated. He said he once saw authorities providing a “caravan” to take two of Jindal’s children to school. Mrs. Jindal tweeted in response that Vitter “is free to criticize her husband’s ideas and policy decisions all he wants, but he needs to stay away from their children.”
A New Orleans man has been arrested in connection to a double-homicide in Donaldsonville on January 26th. Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 26 year-old Quinton Jackson in the Crescent City, and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 37 year-old Chad Nichols and 29 year-old Benny Booker. Authorites believe the shooting was a drug-related crime.
According to a new poll of ESPN writers, editors and analysts, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is the No. 7 college football player in the country. On a ten point scale, Fournette received a score of 8.63. His coming out party was the 140 yard-2 touchdown performance last year at Florida.
Today marks the first official day of football practice for Louisiana High School Athletic Association schools and temperatures continue to rise. Director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association Terrence Williams says when possible, practice times are adjusted to avoid peak heat hours. The LHSAA has issued an extreme heat warning to remind parents, coaches and student athletes of the dangers of heat related illnesses. Williams says teams are given “best practice guidelines” as steps to take to avoid heat stroke.