News for Friday 091115
By Dave Graichen
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 55-year-old man in Alexandria on human trafficking charges after receiving a complaint in reference to alleged child abuse. Spokesperson Lt. Tommy Carnline says evidence of human trafficking surfaced against Bobby Otis Augustine and he was booked on five counts of the horrific crime, as well as one count of trafficking of children for sexual purposes, one count of aggravated crimes against nature. Carnline says Augustine was taken into custody without incident and is currently in the Rapides Parish Detention Center awaiting bond.
Six Rapides Parish police jurors were re-elected without opposition. However, Thursday afternoon, the last day of qualifying for the fall elections, Mark Atwood qualified to run against Sean McGlothlin for the District G seat on the Police Jury. Atwood, owner of Atwood's Bakery, is a Republican while McGlothlin is listed as other party. Both are from Alexandria. District D Juror Theodore Fountaine Jr. is being opposed by Angelina Iles, while District E Juror Richard Vanderlick faces a challenge from James Marien.
State Rep. Lance Harris will face opposition for the House District 25 seat from a former Boyce councilwoman who filed to run shortly before end of qualifying Thursday. Vivian Brossett wrapped up her qualifying for the District 25 seat shortly after 4 p.m. The deadline to qualify was 4:30 p.m. Brossett, a Democrat from Boyce, is a small-business owner and a Realtor.
State Rep. Jeff Hall, DAlexandria, was re-elected without opposition in House District 26. The House District 27 race has two candidates, incumbent Chris Hazel, R-Ball, and challenger Chris Tyler, R-Pineville.
Robin Hooter was re-elected clerk of court without opposition, and Rapides Parish Assessor Rick Ducote Jr. also won another term by having no challengers. Jonathan Hunter was the lone candidate for Rapides Parish coroner.
In Senate District 29, there are two candidates running for the seat currently held by Rick Gallot, who is not seeking reelection. Vying for the seat are Republican Pineville minister Joshua Joy Dara Sr. and Democratic Alexandria attorney Jay Luneau. In other Senate districts that include parts of Rapides Parish, Sen. Gerald Long, R-Natchitoches, was re-elected without opposition in District 31, and Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, had no opposition and won another term in Senate District 32. In Senate District 35, which includes part of Rapides Parish, the candidates are Stewart Cathey Jr. of Monroe and Jim Fannin of Jonesboro. Fannin is currently a House member, but he is term limited.
Early voting will begin Oct. 10 for the Oct. 24 primary elections. The general elections, featuring runoffs where needed, are set for Nov. 21.
The Franklin Parish community continues to mourn the loss of Tyrell Cameron, the Franklin Parish High School football player who lost his life after an injury during a game last Friday
Visitation for Cameron will be held this evening with funeral services scheduled for Saturday afternoon at River of Life Church in Winnsboro.
Governor Bobby Jindal’s trash talk about Donald Trump is making national headlines today. Jindal called the Real Estate guru’s campaign a carnival at the National Press Club. He said it would be a huge mistake if the Republican Party nominated for president a narcissist, egomaniac — and someone who Americans truly have no idea what he’d do if he made it to the White house. Trump piped back to Jindal on Twitter saying he only responds to people that register more than 1% in the polls.
Former 5th District Congressman Vance McAllister, made good on his word yesterday and signed up to go up against State Senator Mike Walsworth for the District 33 seat this fall. Both are Republicans. McAllister says he wants attention on this race because it’s important to end “the Jindal-Walsworth” administration.
A political action committee, called the Louisiana Water Coalition, released a television commercial reminding voters of David Vitter’s 2007 prostitution scandal. So far the matter has not been brought up at this point in the governor’s race. The commercial is 30 seconds long and says “We can do better than Vitter.”
With voting on the mind, Secretary of State Tom Schedler says you could be casting your ballot on an iPad instead of voting booth. Schedler says with this new technology, you’ll still have to go to a voting location. But he says you can use the Geaux-vote app on your phone to fill out your ballot beforehand and these iPADs can read your ballot. He says the plan would be to lease the iPads which would cost the state 50-60 million dollars. Schedler says he doesn’t expect to use iPADs for voting until at least 2017.
A suspect from Breaux Bridge is in custody accused of the attempted manslaughter of a St. Martin Parish Deputy. Master Trooper Brooks David says the deputy was investigating suspicious activity and approached 22-year-old Donald Clement Jr.’s vehicle when the suspect took off with the deputy hanging on to the door. He says the Clement drove quite a ways with the deputy on his car before he crashed the vehicle.
The Saints open their regular season Sunday afternoon at Arizona. The Black and Gold are looking to rebound after a disappointing 7-9 campaign last season. Saints radio color analyst Hokie Gajan says preseason injuries have him concerned heading into the season opener.
A big match-up in Saturday’s LSU game against Mississippi State is the Tigers defense against Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott had his way with the LSU defense last year as he rushed for over 100 yards and threw over 200 yards against the Bayou Bengals in Baton Rouge.