News for Tuesday 091515
By Dave Graichen
Governor Bobby Jindal made yesterday a statewide Day of Prayer to honor law enforcement officers in Louisiana who lost their lives in the line of duty. Events were held at the capitol and around the state, including several events here in CENLA. So far in 2015, Louisiana has lost nine police officers, making us the number two state in the country for law enforcement deaths.
The burn ban for Rapides Parish is no longer in effect. The Police Jury voted Monday to rescind its Aug. 10 motion that enacted the burn ban because of "extremely dry conditions."
The lifting of the ban became immediately.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler feels voter apathy may partly explain why 46% of candidates who signed up for offices in the October 24th primary will run without opposition. He says in 2007, 35% of qualified candidates didn’t have an opponent and in 2011 it was 39%. He feels this uptick trend points to a public that just doesn’t care.
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution is the part of the Bill of Rights that prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. But, State Treasurer John Kennedy feels the horrible crime problem in New Orleans could be helped by implementing a stop and frisk program in the city. He says this would let officers frisk anyone without probable cause which he admits is controversial, but, according to Kennedy, we should be empowering our police officers and not undermining them.
The US House Natural Resources Committee will hold a field hearing in New Orleans today to discuss how current federal policies impact oil and natural gas development in the Gulf of Mexico. Committee chair, Utah Congressman Rob Bishop, says the hearing will focus on federal statutes which could cause a second moratorium in the Gulf. Senators Bill Cassidy and David Vitter are scheduled to attend the meeting. The hearing will also touch on the crude oil export debate. Bishop says by not allowing the US to export crude oil, the development of the oil and gas industry is significantly harmed. The House will vote on lifting the export ban in the coming weeks.
The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is hovering just above $2.00 a gallon and that leaves many wondering just how low will it go? American Automobile Association spokesperson Don Redman says the US Department of Energy forecasts the national average to hit $2 a gallon by December. He says Louisiana gas prices are about 20-cents lower than the national average, so we could be looking at prices near $1.80 by the end of the year. Redman says you’d have to go back to early 2009 to find gas prices that low.
The coroner in East Baton Rouge Parish says autopsies on the four people who died in Central in an apparent murder suicide show one man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and his two brothers had one shot each to the chest. He confirmed the three brothers deaths were homicides. The alleged shooter, 60-year-old Rodney Chemin (KEY-men), died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Apparently the men were in a dispute over what music to listen to while watching the LSU game Saturday Night.
The Many Police Department says a man is under arrest on second degree murder charges for allegedly shooting his friend in the thumb when the two were fighting over a video game. They say the 21-year-old victim, Edward Glynn, and 32-year-old Patrick Carhee were playing x-box when the suspect became livid over the game. Apparently Glynn slapped Carhee, cut him with a knife and tried to hit him with a hammer before shooting him in the hand. The investigation is ongoing.
Playboy Magazine has released its 2015 Top Party Schools List and Tulane made number 4. Playboy says if anybody knows how to party its New Orleans and Tulane is a thriving campus. They say you can often find spirited students strolling the French Quarter where the notorious open-container policy allows shenanigans to happen year round.
The Baton Rouge Police Department says a 25-year-old man was shot and killed while he was driving his vehicle on I-10 over the weekend. They say Herbert Williams of Baker died when shots were fired from another passing vehicle early Sunday. Investigators do not believe the shooting was random but they currently don’t have suspects or motives.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office says they’ve charged a man with second degree murder for a homicide that happened 35 years ago. They say 62-year-old Jimmy Lee Tigues of Shreveport was booked in the death of 29-year-old Robert Earl French who was found dead on the side of the road on August 1st 1980. Detectives got new information on the unsolved murder recently and obtained a warrant for Tigues’ arrest.