News for Tuesday 090115
By Dave Graichen
Voter Registration Week is underway and registrars are urging residents with a valid Louisiana driver’s license to register in person or online. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says this week is important because of the upcoming fall elections in Louisiana. He encourages those who are already registered voters to make sure their information is up-to-date… that online site.. geauxvote.com
LSU Head coach Les Miles WAS scheduled to talk with the media at his weekly “Lunch With Les” gathering Monday, but things did not go as planned. After about a 40 minute delay, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced that Miles was “under the weather” and was taken to the hospital on a “precautionary” basis. Miles returned to LSU’s football operations building during the afternoon and told reporters he may have O-D on coffee, but he is fine. LSU kicks off the season Saturday in Tiger Stadium against McNeese.
The state police report A high-speed crash Sunday night in Catahoula Parish claimed the life of a Ferriday woman. 50 year old Donna Oliveaux was traveling westbound on La. Highway 126 at a high rate of speed when she lost control and ran off the road, down a steep embankment hitting several trees. Oliveaux, who was wearing her seat belt, died at the scene. The crash is under investigation.
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office says a New Roads man committed suicide after accidentally killing his brother. A witness told investigators that 27 year-old Joshua Miller was playing with a handgun when he pointed it at his brother; 25 year-old Jeremiah Miller, and pulled the trigger. Authorities say it does not appear to been an intentional act for Joshua to kill Jeremiah.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office has made an arrest in connection with the murder of a Stark man. Sheriff Tony Mancuso says 33-year-old Jody Barlow was found dead in a wooded area from gunshot wounds. Mancuso says Zachary Bench has been booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with second degree murder, armed robbery and obstruction of justice. Mancuso believes the motive of the murder was robbery.
Authorities say a 2-year-old girl was killed and her mother injured in a house fire in Monroe yesterday. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the body of little Kataleya Williams was found under a table in the living room, apparently attempting to hide from the blaze. Browning says they don’t believe there were working smoke alarms inside the home.
After confiscating Confederate flags Friday, West Monroe High School principal Shelby Ainsworth says he hopes people will understand the school’s new policy. The Ouachita Parish school’s mascot is the Rebels. He says after the tragedy in South Carolina, the entire nation has put restrictions on the Confederate flag, and this is just a continuation of those efforts.
He says students are still allowed to wear Rebel themed attire.
State officials say an Arizona based health-care company has picked Jefferson Parish as the location for a multi-regional call center for its work contacting veterans in need of care. The Jindal administration announced Monday that TriWest Healthcare Alliance will open the center by November. State officials say the new center will employ 285 people and pay on average $35,700 a year.
The old days of renting movies is over as the last Blockbuster store in Louisiana is closing. Owner Billy Mobley says his Opelousas location doesn’t do enough business to justify keeping their doors open.
LSU releases its plan to bring Mike the Tiger into Tiger Stadium for home games. Spokesperson for the School of Veterinary Medicine Ginger Guttner says although Mike IV didn’t attend any games in the 2014 season, they’re going to try to get him into his trailer for the first three home games. But in the end, it is totally up to him. Mike IV has been to 32 out of 52 home games that have taken place since he arrived at LSU in 2007.
Former Florida Quarterback Jeff Driskel is set to make his first start for Louisiana Tech on Saturday when the Bulldogs host Southern University. Last season, Tech was upset by Northwestern State in the season opener. Driskel says the team hasn’t forgotten and they’ll be ready for the Jaguars.