News for Tuesday 081815
By Dave Graichen
Pineville minister Joshua Jay Dara, pastor of Zion Hill Church, has announced he will run as a republican for the Louisiana Senate District 29 seat being vacated by veteran legislator Sen. Rick Gallot. Gallot, a Democrat who served in the House and Senate, said earlier this summer he won’t seek re-election. Alexandria Attorney Jay Luneau, a democrat, announced last his plans last week to run for the District 29 seat as well.
The APD has arrested 26 year old John Bynog of Alexandria on charges of setting fire to a home last Wednesday while three people were inside. All escaped the flames without injury, but fire officials say the back of the home was damaged. Bynog was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center over the weekend.
A former Rayne part time police officer is in jail on charges of multiple sex crimes against children. Acadia Parish Sheriff’s office spokesperson Maxine Trahan says investigators received a complaint against Troy Bryant Menard earlier this month and immediately launched an investigation. Trahan says Menard was fired from the force as soon as charges were brought.
State Treasurer John Kennedy says the Jindal administration should not decide the fate about the shuttered charity hospital in New Orleans. Kennedy says the historic building constructed in the 1930s, is an important asset to the state, and a decision on the hospital’s future should be made by the next governor and legislature. The Division of Administration says they have received proposals from five groups who may be interested in redeveloping the former hospital building but a timeline on the future use of the building hasn’t been established. The old charity hospital has be closed since it was damaged by Hurricane Katrina ten years ago.
Louisiana Tech is mourning the death of track and field student-athlete Noah Riche. The 22-year-old, who was a javelin thrower, was killed in an automobile accident in Arkansas after working at a Christian children’s camp at Camp Ozark. The Madisonville native was also an engineering major at Tech.
It’s the announcement ice cream lovers have been waiting for. Blue Bell announced Monday they will begin delivery to select markets on Monday August 31st. The five-phase process will begin on a limited basis in parts of Alabama first, before moving to other areas. No dates yet for phase 4 to include South Louisiana, or phase five to cover North Louisiana.
Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert says his state issued vehicle was stolen from his Baton Rouge home and the thief attempted to set it on fire. Hebert says this isn’t the first time A-T-C has been targeted. He says six of their vehicles were shot up outside of headquarters about two years ago and he also learned of comments threatening to shoot him and bomb his office. Hebert says Alcohol and Tobacco Control has issued over 800 citations this year so that could be a factor in what motivated these attacks.
Louisiana chef Jay Ducote was not the big winner Sunday night on this season’s Food Network Star, but he remains optimistic about the future. The title went to former NFL player Eddie Jackson. Ducote found out along with everyone else that he is the runner-up on the show. He says his first reaction was disappointment. But, it appears because of his strong performance, Ducote might get his own show on the network anyway.
A candidate for State House-who wanted to be listed on the ballot as both a Democrat and Republican-has had his lawsuit against the Terrebonne Registrar of Voters thrown out by a state district judge. The Registrar had listed Houma attorney Damon Baldone’s party affiliation as “other,” but he said his dual-listing was his statement to voters to work with both parties
Baldone says he will appeal the decision.
After a denial of a request by a federal appellate court to re-hear the case of some death row inmates at Angola to get air-conditioning, attorneys may ask for the Supreme Court to step in. A Baton Rouge federal judge first ruled that prison officials should consider other methods- besides air conditioning- to keep heat indexes on death at or below 88 degrees.On a regular basis temps exceed 100.
State Police announce the arrest of a Houston man for allegedly using counterfeit money at a Lake Charles casino. Sgt. James Anderson says they were contacted by the casino about someone trying to buy into a table game using phony money. The man is charged with 49 counts of monetary instrument abuse and faces up to ten years in prison.
If the season started today, Brandon Harris would likely be the starting quarterback for the LSU Tigers. Harris is getting a majority of the reps with the first team over last year’s starter Anthony Jennings. But Jennings says he hasn’t played his best football yet. Jennings missed a good portion of the offseason workouts, because he was arrested for allegedly breaking into another person’s apartment. The criminal charge was dropped. Jennings says he spent the summer working out on his own.