News for Monday 081715
By Dave Graichen
State Police report an Alexandria man died Saturday night after he lost control of the motorcycle he was operating on interstate 10. 62 year old Donald Stanfield was traveling east The accident happened shortly after 9pm just west of U.S. Highway 165. Police said preliminary investigation revealed Stanfield was traveling in the exit lane for U.S. 165 when, for unknown reasons, he failed to negotiate a right turn onto the exit ramp. The motorcycle traveled off of the roadway into a sign causing Stanfield to be ejected. Stanfield was pronounced dead at the scene.
State Police say a young girl was killed in Grant Parish after being involved in a high speed collision. Master Trooper Scott Moreau says, 26-year-old Kristopher Silk of Pollock, was speeding when he crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler going in the same direction on Hwy 165. 7-year-old Adrein Silk was pronounced dead. Moreau says the driver, Kristopher Silk received minor injuries. Moreau says they’re unsure if Silk was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the accident but routine toxicology tests and charges are pending.
State lawmakers have learned next year’s fiscal budget shortfall is projected at 713 million dollars. Director of the Louisiana Budget Project Jan Moller says this is a sign that the new governor will be faced will big fiscal problems next year. Lawmakers also raised concerns at the joint legislative budget meeting that the current budget might need to be cut due to low oil prices.
The Jindal administration had said that they would use the “Heritage Act” to prevent the removal of four confederate monuments in New Orleans. But there’s just one problem with that, the Baton Rouge Advocate reports there’s no such thing as the “Heritage Act” on the state’s books. It’s expected the New Orleans City Council will consider removing the monuments after the city’s landmark’s commission voted that the statues should be taken down.
Three of the four major gubernatorial candidates support Governor Bobby Jindal’s decision to end Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood. This decision came after controversial secretly taped videos showed Planned Parenthood officials talking about selling aborted fetus parts for medical research. Democrat John Bel Edwards is the only candidate who doesn’t agree with the governor. He says a decision to defund Planned Parenthood should be based on the result of the investigation into the videos. He thinks Jindal failed to plan for the impact of his choice.
The Obama Administration has approved limited crude oil trading with Mexico. President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Don Briggs says this is good for the industry because it helps with the balance of trade after the banning of crude oil exports since the 70’s. Briggs says there is no reason for the US to be excluded from trade and it’s time to be involved in the open and free market. He says this would have a tremendous impact on oil and gas companies in the country.
Louisiana State Police say a Lottie man died after being involved in a head on collision with Acadian Ambulance. 61-year-old Brett Bergeron was driving south on LA 411 in Livonia when, for unknown reasons, his truck crossed the center line into north bound traffic and struck the ambulance head-on. The ambulance driver sustained minor injuries. Bergeron was wearing a seatbelt during the accident but suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says the crime scene authorities have been searching for human remains under the I-10 Bridge this week. He says no body has been found but they have evidence 35-year-old Gammion McCloud, of Arizona, killed someone and threw them over the bridge. McCloud was arrested in Oregon on unrelated charges and will soon be extradited back to Calcasieu and charged with aggravated rape, aggravated incest and second degree battery.
The extreme rainfall and heavy storms earlier in the summer that caused the Red River flooding resulted in almost 7 million dollars in damage to agriculture in Northwest Louisiana. Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter economist, says this is just a preliminary estimate and expects the numbers to be even higher.