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News For Monday 09/28/15

News for Monday 092815

By Dave Graichen

 

All that’s left now is the cleanup as the O.K. Allen Bridge, a landmark in Central Louisiana for 79 years, disappeared in a matter of moments Saturday morning. The explosion, at exactly 8am, was heard many miles away as the bridge splashed down into the Red River. John Gagnard, the project engineer for the bridge replacement project, said the demolition went smoothly and as expected. The Bridge, which was named in honor of Gov. Oscar K. Allen of Winn Parish. Allen was our 42nd governor and served from 1932 to 1936.

 

The state police reports 32 year old Antonio Jones of Colfax was killed Saturday on Highway 71 near Bush Road. Troopers say Jones was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle and hit several trees. Jones who was not wearing a seatbelt died at the scene.

 

The Rapides parish sheriff’s department reports divers recovered the body of a yet to be identified female from Indian Creek Saturday afternoon.  Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies had responded to a possible drowning call around 2 p.m. Two males told them that a female "they had recently met" was swimming in water about 20 feet deep when she dove but did not resurface. The woman’s body was found about 5 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Authorities arrested a 19 year old Sabine Parish man Friday on multiple sex related charges.

Leland Campbell of Converse was charged with aggravated rape, aggravated crimes against  nature, oral sexual battery, indecent behavior with a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Campbell was booked into the Sabine Parish Detention Center.

 

The latest campaign finance reports are out in the governor’s race and Republican David Vitter still has a considerable financial edge over his three opponents. But Democrat John Bel Edwards raised the most out of all of the candidates in the latest fundraising period. The primary is October 24th.

 

The Baton Rouge Press Club was set to host a forum today involving the major candidates in the Attorney General’s race but Republican Incumbent Buddy Caldwell canceled on the event. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it doesn’t serve Caldwell any good to debate Republican candidates Jeff Landry and Marty Maley. In 2011, Caldwell switched parties. Pinsonat says in order for Caldwell to be reelected, he’ll need votes from democrats because Landry has the conservative vote locked up.

 

US House Speaker John Boehner surprisingly announced his resignation Friday which means Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Jefferson, could be declared the candidate for the No. 2 spot which is majority leader. Majority Whip is the third highest position in the leadership hierarchy and if House Republicans elect Scalise to be their leader, he’d be the highest ranking Louisiana member of Congress since the early 70s.

 

The Red River Waterway Commission will temporarily close the Boyce Recreation Area beginning Monday for resurfacing of the roadway and parking lot. The initial closure period is approximately two weeks with estimated completion by the end of October. The Commission will issue project updates and anticipated reopening dates.

 

U.S. Department of Justice representatives will discuss with the public a federal civil rights investigation into city and parish law enforcement at a community meeting Tonight  in Ville Platte. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and Ville Platte Police Department are under scrutiny for allegations that both agencies arrest or detain people without legal justification to do so. A flyer announcing the event says the meeting will be an opportunity for the department to discuss its investigation and gather information from the public. That meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church.

 

The Center for Louisiana Studies is holding a Gun Violence Symposium in Lafayette today to discuss what they call one of the biggest problems in our state. CLS Director Michael Martin says the day long program features scholars from universities and colleges across Louisiana who study gun violence. Martin says in the wake of the Lafayette movie theater shooting and other incidents around the country, they feel the topic of gun control needs to be discussed no matter which side of the debate you’re on

 

A Thibodaux woman is in jail after she lied to Lafourche Parish Sheriff deputies about a murder inside her home and then driving off in a deputy’s patrol car. Thirty-four-year-old Loralyn Boudreaux stole the police car when deputies went inside her house to investigate a homicide that never occurred. Boudreaux was arrested a short time later at nearby residence.

 

Sports..

 

LSU’s Leonard Fournette had another 200-yard plus performance on Saturday to help the Tigers beat Syracuse 34-24. The Heisman Trophy candidate rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns against the Orange, becoming the first player in LSU school history to have consecutive 200-yard efforts.

 

The Saints are still winless after losing to Carolina 28-22. The Saints defense could not contain Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns. Newton also had a rushing touchdown. Saints quarterback Luke McCown says the players will not give up, despite an 0-and-3 start. McCown played for the injured Drew Brees

 

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