News for Thursday 102915
By Dave Graichen
Well, it is now official, Alexandria has a new festival. The Alex Winter FeÌ‚te will be held downtown from December the 3rd through the 5th. Details of the holiday-themed festival were announced Wednesday at a “launch party”. The first night of the festival will coincide with the Holiday Magic Downtown lighting of the Christmas tree in the mini-park and the first night of the Twelve Nights of Christmas celebration.
Two Alexandria men have been charged with drug offenses after leading Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase Tuesday. Dedrick Howard and Davetreous Howard were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. No one was injured during the pursuit.
Higher Education Commissioner Joseph Rallo says public colleges and universities are seeking a 636-million dollar increase in state funding next year. That’s nearly doubled what they received this fiscal year. Rallo says the gubernatorial candidates say higher education will be a priority and he hopes whoever is elected will stick to that promise. Rallo says an increase in state funding is needed to meet the state’s workforce demands.
For the second time this week in Louisiana a student has been arrested amid allegations they made threatening statements about schools on social media. This time the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office 17-year-old Jada Perron allegedly posted on Snapchat that a shooting would happen at Breaux Bridge High School yesterday. An investigation was immediately launched she was charged with terrorizing.
One of the men that was videotaped by a private investigator from a firm working for the David Vitter campaign believes Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand was the target of the so-called spying incident. Attorney John Cummings says, he believes Normand was the target because the Sheriff’s Association was going to endorse Democrat John Bel Edwards in the gubernatorial runoff. Robert J. Frenzel, the investigator, is charged with one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief in the incident.
The AARP of Louisiana has released a “Video Voter Guide” which features the two candidates for governor discussing their views on policies which impact older voters. AARP Louisiana spokesman Andrew Muhl says they want the electorate to know where Republican David Vitter and Democrat John Bel Edwards stand on critical issues. The video can be viewed online at aarp.org/la. Muhl says voters over the age of 45 make up 56% of Louisiana’s registered voter population, and their goal was to present as much information as possible to allow them to make an informed decision.
Blue Bell ice cream lovers are in luck because the creamery is offering delivery services to homes and businesses. Spokesperson Joe Robertson says they will send you four half-gallons of ice cream and ship it anywhere across the country for everyone missing Blue Bell. Robertson says Blue Bell will begin phase 2 of restocking on Monday and Louisiana should see the ice cream in stores again during phase 4. But Robertson wouldn’t comment on when phase 4 would begin. By the way, the cost for the 4 ½ gallons direct to your door, Just 129-dollars.
State Police Col Mike Edmonson announces the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles collected just over $2 million dollars in fines since they sent out 1.2 million warning letters to drivers. He said that as of today, the agency was able to clear the driving records of about 30,000 people since the notices went out October 13th.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office says a woman is under arrest amid allegations that she tried to kill her 2-year-old little boy. EBRSO spokeswoman Casey Hicks says Hicks says the woman admitted to beating her child and biting him as a form of discipline. She says the woman was angry that her son got water out of the refrigerator which is when she hit him with a belt causing him to fall on the tile floor and hit his head.
Plans are changing all over the place as the National Weather Service expects almost the entire state to be covered in rain on Halloween night. Many communities are moving trick-or-treat to Friday from 6pm-8pm. East Baton Rouge Parish started the movement and trick-or-treat is on the evening of the 30th in areas including Lafourche, Livingston, Jackson, St. Francisville, Terrebonne Parish and more are expected.
Shreveport Police are looking for a gunman who fatally shot one woman multiple times and seriously injured two others. Authorities say the suspect is still on the loose but detectives are following up on leads. No motive for the shooting has been announced.
The Saints take a two-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. Quarterback Drew Brees says it’s been nice to see the team have some success on the field, but they can’t stop now. Brees will have to be careful with the football on Sunday. New York is second in the NFL with 11 interceptions. They had three picks last week in a win over Dallas.
The Kansas City Royals now have a 2 to 0 advantage after defeating the NY Mets 7 to 1 last night in game two of the World Series. There’s now game tonight, Play resumes Friday in New York.