News for Monday 091415
By Dave Graichen
Today is a statewide day of prayer for law enforcement. Governor Bobby Jindal is hosting a public prayer rally at the Capitol at 11:30 this morning where residents can gather to pray for the men and women serving the state. Here in Cenla, a Prayer Rally will be held at First Baptist Church in Pineville starting at 12:15. Those who attend are encouraged to wear blue to show support for our local police..
Qualifying for the fall elections came to a close Thursday of last week and nearly half of Louisiana’s state lawmakers are going back to the Capitol unopposed. 20 out of 39 senators and 49 out of 105 House members will not have anyone challenging them in the October primary.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Department reports a party organized at a home in Central to watch Saturday’s LSU football game, that turned into a karoke sing-a-long, led to a fight over music and ended with four people dead, three of whom were brothers. Officials are saying it was an apparent murder suicide.
Once again, Gov. Bobby Jindal will be relegated to the so-called kids’ table when Republican presidential candidates assemble Wednesday for a program of nationally televised debates. Low poll ratings again are keeping him out of the featured lineup in prime time.
A job fair is set for Tuesday as the state Office of Juvenile Justice begins hiring employees for the a new detention facility in Bunkie. The Acadiana Center for Youth is scheduled to open in July of next year and will employ 124 workers. The job fair is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Haas Auditorium in Bunkie. Many of the new hires will be in professional and support-based positions, including those in administrative, social services, treatment, education, direct care, dietary and maintenance.
As the old expression goes, the buck stops here.. The Louisiana Supreme Court Late Friday issued a stay for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. That means he avoids house arrest for now in the firefighter pay dispute. In a last-minute decision, the state’s high court spared Landrieu from having to serve the punishment because of the city’s apparent failure to pay $75 million to firefighters in a decades-old legal dispute.
Friday in Baton Rouge a jury convicted a Bossier City drifter of second degree murder in the 1984 killing of Crowley businessman Gary Kergan. 66-year-old Ronald Dunnagan, who was also a former French Quarter clown, now faces an automatic sentence of life in prison. Kergan, along with his brother, owned several Sonic restaurants in south Louisiana. His body was never found and he was declared legally dead in 1986. The jury deliberated for less than a hour before returning with the guilty verdict.
It’s reported that a Marine from Denham Springs was killed in a crash during a training exercise in California. 21-year-old Corporal Bryan Lauw was one of 18 Marines involved in a rollover accident when a multi-ton truck carrying them flipped on a paved road at a base in San Diego.
Calvin Moret, a New Orleans native and the last surviving member from Louisiana of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, has died. He was 90. Moret was a Congressional Gold Medal honoree for his World War II service with the African-American unit of military airmen. Moret died late Friday after a battle with cancer. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said over the weekend “We have lost a national hero, “He was truly an ambassador for the city of New Orleans.
Former Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover has qualified to run for his old District 4 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Glover, a Democrat, held the same spot in the House from 1996 to 2006 before he was elected Mayor of Shreveport. Current District 4 Representative Patrick Williams decided not to seek a new term.
Authorities in New Orleans say an NOPD officer was injured by shrapnel when he was shot at when responding to a crime scene Friday. The police department says the officer is going to be okay and that he was hurt when the bullet fired at him passed through his patrol car’s windshield. A 28-year-old man was shot and killed in the incident and NOPD officer, Kenneth Gill, was sent to the hospital according to a news release. The suspects in this incident are at large.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Houma man in connection to the stabbing of his girlfriend. Spokesperson Dawn Foret says 35-year-old Ashraf Khalil is charged with attempted second degree murder after a woman ran into a convenience store begging for help after claiming she was stabbed by him in a vehicle. She says the 23-year-old victim is in serious condition but is expected to recover.
The mayor of Plaquemine, 57-year-old Tony Gulotta, died after a massive heart attack Friday morning. They say Gullotta had a history of heart disease and collapsed at a friend’s house before being rushed to the hospital. He is survived by his wife and two children.
A former lawmaker who served two years in federal prison, signed up to run again. Derrick Shepherd, a Democrat from Marrero who was convicted of money laundering, is seeking the 87th District House seat. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says even though Shepherd says he plans to fight this, the state constitution prohibits convicts from seeking public office at the state level. He says with just four weeks until early voting begins, Shepherd doesn’t have much time to resolve the issue.
Déjà vu is such an unpleasant experience. For the second straight season, the New Orleans Saints started their season with a rugged road opener. Sunday, it was a close-but-never-quite-good-enough 31-19 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
14th-ranked Tigers survived a cat-versus-dog battle to beat No. 25 Mississippi State late Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium, 21-19. LSU increased its school-record streak of season-opening wins to 13 and beat Mississippi State for the 15th time in 16 meetings.
As fans are clamoring for LSU-Auburn tickets this weekend in Tiger Stadium, the Louisiana Attorney General’s office is advising consumers searching for tickets to games or other events like concerts, beware of scams.