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News For Thursday 09/10/15

News for Thursday 091015

By Dave Graichen


Toss another hat into the race for Rapides parish sheriff.. William Burns Jr. has qualified to run for Rapides Parish sheriff, joining two other challengers to incumbent William Earl Hilton. Burns is a Republican from Ball, joins Robert Dukes of Hineston; and Roy James Jr. of Pineville. Sheriff Hilton is going for a 6th term in office.


State Rep. Chris Hazel, R-Ball, qualified for re-election in House District 27 on Wednesday. He has one challenger so far, fellow Republican Chris Tyler of Pineville.


Former Rapides Parish Superintendent Gary Jones of the Alexandria area, who filed Tuesday to run for the multi-parish District 5 seat on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, has picked up an opponent. "Johnny" Fatheree, a Republican from Downsville, qualified Wednesday morning to run for the BESE seat.


Also on Wednesday, Sen. Gerald Long, R-Natchitoches, qualified to run for re-election in Senate District 31, which includes part of Rapides Parish. So far, he has no opponent.


Natchitoches Police report a 14-year-old has been arrested and has been charged with negligent homicide and other charges in connection with the Labor Day shooting of a Natchitoches 17-year-old boy, Demarcus Pye. The unidentified juvenile was charged by the Natchitoches Police Department with the homicide charge, as well as illegal possession of a stolen firearm and illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile.


Pineville and state wildlife officials have shutdown Lake Buhlow in Pineville after what is being described as a fish kill. The cause, low oxygen levels in the water. A news release from the city of Pineville said the lake will be closed until early next week.


Local officials say, the next time a major industry takes a look at Central Louisiana, we’ll be ready. On Wednesday, stakeholders announced progress has been made on developing a nearly 1,600-acre “megasite” at England Airpark. Jon Grafton, executive director of the England Authority, said he hopes to break ground on infrastructure improvements to the site next summer and have it ready within two years. The state has committed $11.8 million to the project, with $2 million in matching funds from the England Authority, which has already invested $4 million in the project.


A slow moving cold front will give Louisiana its first taste of fall during the weekend. But National Weather Service Forecaster Freddie Zeigler says first we’ll have to deal with some rain, as today and Friday we should see an increase in showers and thunderstorms across the state. Zeigler says north Louisiana will start to feel cooler temperatures and lower humidity as early as Saturday and as far south as Alexandria and Baton Rouge temperatures could dip into the upper 50s.


There’s a new poll on the governor’s race which doesn’t reveal many surprises. The Triumph Campaigns survey shows Democrat John Bel Edwards and Republican David Vitter in a statistical tie at 31-percent. Pollster Justin Brasell says they’re both getting strong support from voters in their parties. The survey has Republican Scott Angelle polling at 14 percent and Republican Jay Dardenne at 13 percent.


Wednesday on the  second day of qualifying for the October 24th elections, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden became the first Democratic candidate for the Louisiana Lt. Governor’s job. He joins Republicans Elbert Guillory, Billy Nungesser and John Young.


President of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Chas Roemer, announces he won’t be running for re-election on October 24th. The announcement comes on the second day of qualifying for the races. Roemer, who is the son of a former governor, did not say why he wouldn’t be running again for the BESE District 6 seat which represents the Baton Rouge area.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says one of their agents rescued 8 people from the Gulf of Mexico in Vermilion Parish. They say on September 6th, a vessel began taking on water near Pecan Island, and as the agent was on his way there, he rescued a man in mud up to his waist in the pouring rain. He then saw two other people he got into his boat, then went to the original call and saved three more. In total the agent saved 8 people that day.


Nearly three million people watched the telecast of NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls which featured New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. One person who was surprised by the Monday night episode was Saints head coach Sean Payton. Payton says the show was a lot different than what was described to him and a lot more dangerous. As part of the episode, Brees, with the help of Grylls, jumped on the back of a live crocodile and stabbed it. When asked if he would allow his star quarterback to do a similar program… Shall we say he made it clear the answer would be no.


The Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office says it has concerns over alcohol use at Muddy Bottoms ATV Recreation park where two people died over the weekend. Toxicology reports from the bodies are pending, but authorities say they plan to look at alcohol policies at the off-roading site.


AT-and-T announces plans to bring high speed internet to nearly 75-thousand rural homes and businesses in Louisiana. Director of external and regulatory affairs Rick Demint says they are receiving nearly 28-million dollars annually over the next six years from the federal government to help get this done. In these new deployment areas, A-T-&-T will deliver broadband at speeds of at least ten megabits per second.


The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office has arrested an 11-year-old student from Cecilla Junior High School for allegedly calling in a bomb threat that led to his school shutting down for the day. The incident happened Tuesday. The sheriff’s office says the suspected prankster was released to the custody of his parents.

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