News for Friday 091815
By Dave Graichen
Demolition of the OK Allen bridge will not take place this Saturday as was previously announced. The demolition, which will involve using explosives to drop the old bridge superstructure into the Red River, had been scheduled for Saturday morning, but that is being delayed. A new date has not been set, but it officials say it will probably be late next week.
A Pineville man is dead as a result of what police are calling a home invasion. The Pineville Police Department responded to a call about a shooting Sanders St. early yesterday morning. One of the residents said “several black males forced their way into the apartment and began to ransack the apartment. One resident, 26-year-old Montreal Jones, was shot and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The department announced just before 2 p.m. yesterday that Jones had died. No arrests have been made, and an investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Pineville PD.
During a Lt. Governor’s candidate debate, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden said he was appalled that state Senator Elbert Guillory used the “n-word” in a campaign commercial. Holden, who is an African-American, let his frustrations be known when asked about the commercial that Guillory aired which has former President Lyndon Johnson using the racial slur. Guillory, who is a black lawmaker from Opelousas, said he included the phrase in the ad for “educational purposes”.
Political analysts say Governor Bobby Jindal failed to stand out in Wednesday night’s CNN Republican presidential candidate debate. Jindal was among four candidates who appeared in a debate of lower tier candidates. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says last night’s performance shows why Jindal continues to remain at the bottom of the pack.
The Times-Picayune is laying off 28 full-time journalists and nine part-timers as part of a major restructuring aimed at cutting costs. In trimming its news operations for the second time in three years, the company’s announcement Thursday quoted NOLA Media Group President Ricky Mathews as saying that another 21 percent of the company’s remaining full-time journalists were being cut.
The Livingston Parish man accused of brutally attacking his pregnant wife and killing their unborn child has pleaded guilty. 34-year-old Jeffrey Reynolds of Walker was arrested in 2013 on charges of attempted manslaughter and first degree feticide. He has been sentenced to 20 years. It is believed Reynolds was on bath salts at the time of the attack.
A Moody’s Investors Service analysis says low oil prices will most likely continue and result in more cuts to oil companies in 2016. LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott says because oil prices are so low, it’s difficult for energy companies to borrow money to continue to drill, which could result in a loss of jobs. Scott says Louisiana is the number two state for oil and natural gas production, so this is depressing news to us because these cuts are negatively effecting businesses and people in the state. He says currently crude oil is selling for about 47 dollars a barrel and they expect it to only slightly go up.
A record number of Louisiana residents have signed up to quit smoking through Quitline and the Smoking Cessation Trust. DHH Assistant Secretary for Public Health J.T. Lane says nearly 2,700 Louisianians signed up for free smoking cessation services in July.The Smoking Cessation Trust offers free services for Louisiana residents who started smoking prior to September 1, 1988 to quit. Lane believes the recent increase in the state cigarette tax could be a factor in the increased number of residents looking to kick the habit.
Education officials in Lafayette say they are spending more than $26,000 on beefed up security at Northside High following a shooting after last Friday night’s football game which injured a student. Bobby Badeaux is the athletic director of the Lafayette Parish School system. He says now a minimum of 12 cops will staff the home games. Cops say the September 11th incident in which a 17-year-old was shot in the arm after the game is still under investigation.
The Many Police Department says a Texas man is under arrest after being caught with apparent narcotics in his pocket but claiming the pants he was wearing weren’t his and he didn’t know where they came from. Police spokesperson Dean Lambert says 41-year-old Demontra Nelson of Houston was charged with possession of both cocaine and marijuana, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia. Lambert says he’s been in law enforcement a long time and has only heard this excuse one other time. It didn’t work that time either..
A donor who wishes to remain anonymous is offering to pay New Orleans $126,000 to remove four prominently displayed Confederate monuments. Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been pushing for the symbols to come down and be declared a public nuisance. The City Council said they got a letter this week with information that an anonymous donor was ready to pay the cost of taking the monuments down.
A grand jury in East Baton Rouge Parish indicted a man accused of hiring three people to kill his ex-wife on charges of first degree murder. The 64-year-old a Baton Rouge car dealership owner, is accused of paying $10,000 to have the victim, his 54-year-old wife, abducted, killed and buried in April. She was discovered over a month later. DA Hillar Moore says his office will consider seeking the death penalty.
The Shreveport Police Department announces a $5,000 reward is now being offered for murdered officer Thomas LaValley’s department issued weapon which is still missing. Officer LaValley was shot and killed in the line of duty early August allegedly by 27-year-old Grover Cannon. Authorities say the reward will be given to anyone who has information as to where the missing Glock 22, .40 caliber handgun can be found.
A high of 95-degrees is forecasted for Baton Rouge on Saturday when the LSU Tigers host the Auburn Tigers in what should be a sweaty Tiger Stadium. Brandon Harris will be at quarterback for LSU for his first official start in Tiger Stadium. Harris started as a true freshman against Auburn last season and the results were not good in a 41-7 loss. But Miles says Harris is much different player now.