News for Thursday 082715
By Dave Graichen
Another Louisiana policeman has been shot dead in the line of duty. Sunset Police officer Henry Nelson was killed while responding to a domestic disturbance. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the suspect, Harrison Lee Wiley Junior of Arnaudville, fatally shot Nelson in the front yard of the home and then stabbed three women he was arguing with. The other fatal victim has been identified as 40-year-old Shameka Johnson, who is a sister Grand Coteau Mayor Shaterral Johnson. Wiley is in police custody, but not before he barricaded himself inside a nearby convenience store. Guirdoz says they believe Wiley was on some sort of illegal narcotic, but they are not sure what….
The accused cop-killer in Lake Charles who shot a State Trooper this week has now been charged with another murder. Kevin Daigle reportedly shot and killed 54 year-old Blake Brewer of Moss Bluff, who was sharing a residence with him. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Deputies believe the same gun was used for the killing of Trooper Steven Vincent.
The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office reports a Houston man was killed early Wednesday at the RoyOMartin plywood plant in Chopin. No details are available at this time as to how the death occurred. The Man, who was ID’d as 50 year old Scott Randall Whitehead, was taken to Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, where he was pronounced dead.
The All-Stars team defeated a team from The Town Talk in the Corporate Quiz Bowl finals Tuesday night at the Hearn Stage in downtown Alexandria. The All-Stars were Joshua Zona, Megan Valentine, David Britt and Dr. David Holcombe. Representing The Town Talk were Jim Smilie, Melissa Gregory, Shelly Leger and Richard Sharkey. In the semifinals, the All-Stars defeated the Cenla Broadcasting team while The Town Talk defeated a team from Louisiana State University of Alexandria. The Quiz Bowl competition is a fundraiser and a precursor to the Regions’ Alexandria Bowl, which will feature high school quiz bowl teams competing Sept. 26 at LSUA.
Complaints from neighbors about heroin sales in Alexandria led Rapides Parish Sheriff’s metro agents to a convicted felon with bags of the drug and a gun. When a warrant Tuesday at a Webster Street home, agents found the suspect, 27-year-old Mario County inside with five bags of suspected heroin and a gun. County was arrested and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish is deviating from the state’s party in endorsing incumbent Buddy Caldwell in the Attorney General’s race. The Republican Party of Louisiana threw their support behind former congressman Jeff Landry. EBR GOP Chairman Woody Jenkins says Caldwell has done a great job… He says besides opposing Obamacare and the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf- Caldwell’s litigation skills are a real plus.
A new poll by Triumph Campaigns shows Republican David Vitter and Democrat John Bel Edwards neck and neck in this year’s governor’s race. The telephone survey of over 2,000 respondents shows Vitter leading with 31-percent of the vote followed by Edwards with 30-percent. Republicans Jay Dardenne and Scott Angelle come in with 14-percent and 13-percent respectively. The survey, which has a margin of error of 2.1-percent, also shows11-percent of respondents are undecided.
Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana will merge together to form a single utilitly company. The consolidation received approval from the Public Service Commission. Entergy Louisiana president Phillip May says the merger will lead to customer savings and make the company financially stronger, so it can improve how it delivers energy.
Louisiana State Police say a high-speed chase that began in Carencro ended in Duson with one trooper injured and four State Police units damaged. The suspect-who appeared to be very intoxicated-is facing numerous charges.
President Barack Obama visits New Orleans today and he’ll visit areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago. Between the Obama and Bush administrations, a reported 71 billion dollars in federal money was allocated to assist recovery efforts in the region. U-N-O Political Science professor Ed Chervanek says while the federal money helped, the recovery didn’t accelerate until Mayor Mitch Landrieu got into office. Chervanek says the federal government did supply billions of dollars to the recovery but is also responsible for the damage to New Orleans because of an inadequate flood control system. Former President GW Bush will visit the city tomorrow..
The Louisiana National Guard, which played a huge role during Hurricane Katrina, has dedicated an exhibit to the destructive storm at their Jackson Barracks museum in New Orleans. Captain Heather Englehart says one of the biggest parts of the exhibit is a Huey helicopter used to save thousands trapped on rooftops. She says about 32 thousand troops were flown in to help with the rescue efforts.
Two people are dead and six are wounded following four separate shootings that occurred in New Orleans within one evening, authorities say. The shootings happened Tuesday.
A barge manufacturing plant in the Port Allen area plans to close this fall, eliminating more than 280 jobs. Trinity Marine Products Inc., informed state labor officials of the plans to begin shutting down Oct. 23. They expect to complete the shutdown and layoffs of 283 workers by Nov. 30. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said it received a letter Wednesday informing them of the planned plant closure.
A former New Orleans police officer convicted for burning the body of a man shot to death by another officer after Hurricane Katrina will learn in November whether he will get a reduction in his 17-year sentence. Gregory McRae must be re-sentenced because one of the charges on which he was convicted was tossed out in July by a federal appeals court. Two convictions were upheld. McRae burned a car containing the body of Henry Glover.
LSU coach Les Miles has finally named a starter at the quarterback position. It will be sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris who gets the lead over junior Anthony Jennings.