News for Friday 101615
By Dave Graichen
State Police say a 17-year-old who had been involved in an accident was struck by another vehicle while standing on the side of the road in Glenmora Wednesday morning. Troopers say 49-year-old Danny McBride of Elmer swerved to avoid the accident and struck the woman. Katelyn Glenn, who was a senior at Bolton High, died from her injuries yesterday.
Tomorrow is the last day to early vote for the October 24th primary and the Secretary of State’s office says turnout looks to be about average. Spokeswoman Meg Casper says, so far, the numbers are only slightly behind what they saw for the Congressional elections in 2014.
A new poll from LSU shows voters are getting more interested in the October 24th primary, with about 40 percent of voters following election news, up from 25-percent last spring. Dr. Michael Henderson with the LSU Public Policy Research Lab says even though we’ve seen an increase, it’s still lower than last fall’s election. Henderson says voters’ opinions of the major candidates are evolving. He says this is especially true for Vitter, who has both the highest share of favorable opinions at 30-percent and the highest share of unfavorable opinions at 41-percent.
Due to the extremely dry conditions within the state, state officials have issued a burn ban for all private burning statewide. The order will remain in effect til further notice. A lack of rainfall in Louisiana in the past several weeks has put most of the state in drought conditions. The US Drought Monitor reports that 86-percent of Louisiana is currently dealing with drought conditions. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the last 90 days have been extremely dry. The report shows that 51-percent of Louisiana is suffering from extreme drought conditions.
The federal government has announced there will not be an increase in benefits for millions of Social Security recipients. Brenda Hatfield with Louisiana AARP says this is especially devastating because next year Medicare costs are expected to increase for seniors, veterans and the disabled. She says they’ve pleaded with Congress not to increase Medicare. The main reason given for no increase in social security benefits, low gas prices.
Another man has been convicted by a federal jury for scamming Louisiana’s film tax credit program. 38-year-old Matt Keith of Pineville was sentenced to six months in prison and was ordered to pay $1.2 million dollars in restitution. Keith conspired with movie maker Daniel Garcia who was convicted and given a similar sentence two weeks ago.
Authorities in Natchitoches Parish report a Campti man is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder of a police officer, after his SUV hit two police cars and tried to run another off the road during a high-speed chase. 23 year old Randle Perot was arrested Saturday. At the time of the chase, Perot was wanted on charges in connection with a July accident in which he allegedly fled the scene.
Alexandria Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force took a Pineville man into custody Thursday who allegedly tried to take a woman against her will by impersonating a police officer. 57 year old James Williams was charged with impersonating a police officer and simple kidnapping.
The Louisiana Army National Guard has made significant jumps in their overall strength and retention of force. LANG ranks number four among all other states’ National Guards in overall strength of its force and first for retaining personnel. Col. Pete Schneider praises everyone at the Guard for helping raise Louisiana’s rankings. He says Louisiana ranked number 15 last year in overall strength.
A woman from Lake Charles was sentenced to three years in prison on negligent homicide charges handed down after an infant died in her care while she was high on cocaine and meth. 26-year-old Brittney Woodcock placed 6-month-old Kaden Reed in an adult bed to sleep and he died after becoming wedged between the mattress and the wall. Woodcock’s husband was sentenced to one and a half years for accessory to negligent homicide.
Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff Ivy Woods says a Jennings woman has been able to find the whereabouts of her mother, who was last seen in this state in 1982. Woods says it turns out that Lee Marie Kratzer started a whole new life in Memphis as Lisa Neese, but passed away in 2008. Woods says DNA and help from a Tennessee woman helped Kathernie Renee Kratzer find her mother after filing a missing person’s report last year
The US Attorney’s Office says a man from Amite has been sentenced to over 12 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of heroin distribution. US District Judge Martin Feldman gave 25-year-old Coye Dotey 151 months. Prosecutors said Doty sold heroin in Hammond three times during an undercover investigation last year.