News for Tuesday 092215
By Dave Graichen
State Police report a single vehicle crash yesterday afternoon killed a woman from Marksville.
The accident occurred on LA Hwy 1192 and involved a vehicle driven by Dane Flook of Hessmer and a pedestrian, identified as Annette Smith. Troopers say Smith was jogging alongside the roadway when she struck and was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation continues.
It may still be several months away, but, the announcement was made yesterday that the Alexandria Police Department will join a growing number of law enforcement agencies around the nation in having officers wear body cameras. The cameras are similar to the police dashboard cameras in providing video of interactions between officers and the public, including suspects. The city is now researching which cameras will do the best job.
And early morning crash yesterday claimed the life of 31 year old Joe Graves of Wisner. Authorities say Graves was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 913 at a high rate of speed, when he lost control and exited the roadway and collided with a tree. Graves was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
There are wide-ranging reports on the health of Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ shoulder. The NFL Network said Brees could miss several games, while ESPN’s Ed Werder said that treatment on his injured shoulder will determine if he can play this Sunday. Brees took a big hit in the loss to Tampa Bay. Coach Sean Payton said today its too early to discuss Brees’ playing status.
Authorities in Monroe say former LSU tight end, 26-year-old Tyler Edwards, was found dead over the weekend from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
US News and World Report has ranked Louisiana Tech number one among public universities in the nation for lowest average student debt. Tech is the first public institution to appear on the list of National Universities in this category. Tech spokesperson Dave Guerin says they’ve also been recognized for highest return on investment and highest mid-career salaries for graduates. Overall Tech ranks sixth alongside colleges like Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and Cal Tech.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to a crowd of supporters in Baton Rouge Monday. The former Secretary of State is in town recruiting local volunteers to help her campaign’s efforts ahead of the state’s primary election on March 5th. The large crowd of a reported 1200 people applauded loudly when Clinton talked about her support of the Affordable Care Act. There were several cheers when she criticized Governor Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid in Louisiana. Clinton also held a large fundraiser in the capitol city last night.
It was a record hot weekend in Louisiana but a cold front is coming. State Climatologist Barry Keim says most of Louisiana can expect much drier conditions and lows in the upper 60′s and highs in the upper 80′s to near 90 degrees for the next couple of days.
An Abbeville man is facing a charge of video voyeurism after he allegedly took photos of a woman undressing in the fitting room of a department store in LaFourche Parish. 52-year-old Aaron Merritt was eventually released on a five-thousand bond.
State Police say they’ve snatched up about a half a million dollars in cocaine and an airplane in Terrebonne Parish. They say in a joint effort by several law enforcement agencies, 29-year-old John Crow of Brownsville, Texas was met by agents at his plane at the Thibodaux Municipal airport and he was acting extremely nervous. Troopers say 34 pounds of cocaine was found in Crow’s luggage. The drugs, cash and the plane was seized and Crow was sent to jail.
Convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee has lost his latest appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court of his death sentence in the 2002 death of LSU student Charlotte Murray Pace in Baton Rouge. Lee was arguing the district court didn’t give enough funding for adequate DNA testing. That and other arguments were rejected by the high court. Lee is convicted of killing two women and is linked to five other murders.
LSU is up five spots to number eight in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The Tigers dominated Auburn 45 to 21 on national television on Saturday. And with Alabama losing on Saturday, LSU is now one of the favorites to win the division. Ohio State remains ranked number one in the A-P poll.
A large contingent of Tiger fans are heading to upstate New York later this week for LSU’s first football game in the Northeast since 1947. Jason Ramezan, Vice President of LSU Alumni Relations, says LSU has sold its allotted 5-thousand tickets but he expects more than that inside the Carrier Dome for the Saturday kickoff against Syracuse.