News for Friday 082115
By Dave Graichen
Hurricane Danny in the Atlantic continues to move on west-northwest track towards the Windward Islands. The storm currently doesn’t pose a threat to land, but State Climatologist Barry Keim says we need to keep an eye on it. Keim says the forecast model has Danny becoming a Cat 2 storm within the next couple of days.
Hurricane Danny was located about 985 miles east of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean as of 5 a.m. EDT Friday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to 85 mph with higher gusts.
Some slight strengthening is possible before Danny begins weakening this weekend.
Danny will track west-northwest, reaching the Leeward Islands Monday.
A weakened Danny may bring drought-relieving rainfall to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands early next week.
The RPSO reports a Pineville man already facing three counts of molestation of a juvenile has been charged with more offenses. 40 year old Jason Hazmuka Jr. had been arrested on Tuesday after a complaint was lodged against him on Sunday. But the sheriff’s office says more evidence was discovered that implicated Hazmuka in other crimes related to the criminal sexual conduct. This time He was charged with three counts of sexual battery and aggravated crime against nature.
If you use Campbell Creek Road in the Lena area, the Rapides Parish Highway Department says it has been closed for repair until further notice. No clues were given as to how long that may be..
State GOP executive director Jason Dore says “opposition research” is why his name appears on a list of accounts that used the Ashley Madison cheating website. Dore says his law firm routinely searches online databases to provide clients with reports. Dore’s name is one of 639 on a Baton Rouge list of individuals that purportedly used Ashley Madison. The names have been released as part of website hack.
The state department of health and hospitals says there have been 20 people diagnosed with the West Nile virus in Louisiana this year. State health officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says so far no deaths associated with West Nile this year.
A Covington Fire Department official says three students from Covington High School were taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon suffering from suspected drug overdoses. The Fire Department was called to the school after a report of an unresponsive student at lunch. Another student was also found unresponsive and a third reportedly told officials they had all taken the banned synthetic drug Mojo. At last report, the conditions of the three teens was unknown.
An Oakdale woman accused of killing, burning, and burying a pregnant woman and her unborn baby wants to change her plea. Pamela Causey-Fregia wants to plead not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2011 death of Victoria Perez and her unborn child. Officials believe Causey-Fregia killed the pregnant Perez with the intent of taking her baby and raising it as her own.
The Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office says they’ve arrested a man who is accused of keeping his 17-year-old girlfriend captive in a filthy home also occupied by his 7-year-old child.
27-year-old Terry Landry is charged with domestic abuse battery, false imprisonment and criminal neglect.
The DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a teenager who confessed to stabbing his aunt to death because the devil made him. Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle says the teen committed the horrible act while his aunt, Yolanda Hunter, was sleeping and she died later at a hospital. The teen is charged with second degree murder.
The eyes of the world will be on New Orleans over the next week as major television networks will air Hurricane Katrina specials in recognition of the 10 year anniversary. Fox News and ESPN will show features this weekend and ABC has a one hour show Sunday night. President Obama will visit the city on Thursday, while former President George W Bush will be in the Big Easy on August 28th and former President Bill Clinton will visit on the actual anniversary, August 29th.
The Baton Rouge Police Department arrests a man they say exposed himself to a woman jogging the LSU lakes claiming he had to do it 100 times to get into a fraternity. BRPD Corporal Don Coppola says 32-year-old Charles Jeremy Harrison of Denham Springs is charged with a count of obscenity. Coppola says cops identified Harrison from other police reports and the victim was also able to identify the man from a photographic line-up.
Activists are now offering more reward money for information leading to an arrest in the case of a cat cut in half and left on display on a Covington golf course. They say anyone who comes forward with information about who did this to the cat will get a $1700 reward. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has formed an animal abuse task force to try and solve the crime.