News for Wednesday 110415
By Dave Graichen
Word yesterday that State Police investigators are looking into possible “serious improprieties” by a Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office employee. According to parish DA Phillip Terrell, it appears the improprieties have been ongoing on for more than 20 years. He said State Police officials have asked him not to identify the employee or give details about what actions are being investigated. Terrell did say, “The employee in question immediately resigned in lieu of termination”.
The Alex Winter Fete got the official stamp of approval Tuesday from the Alexandria City Council. The council voted 4-2 to authorize spending of up to $100,000 in recreation-tax funds for the new festival, to be held Dec. 3-5 in downtown Alexandria.
Another poll shows Democrat John Bel Edwards with a double-digit lead over Republican David Vitter in the gubernatorial runoff. The Baton Rouge Advocate published a poll from Market Research Insight, which found Edwards leading Vitter 54 to 38-percent if African-American voter turnout is at 25-percent. U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Vitter is in trouble, but the race isn’t over yet. The MRI survey was conducted by pollster Vern Kennedy and it was paid for by an independent group of private business leaders, including Advocate owner, John Georges.
In the Lt. Governor’s race, state senator Elbert Guillory, who finished fourth in the primary in the Lt. Governor’s race, announced his endorsement for Republican Billy Nungesser over Democrat Kip Holden.
A new Public Policy Poll on the Republican Presidential nomination shows Governor Bobby Jindal is now ahead of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in Iowa. The PPP survey puts Jindal’s numbers in Iowa at 6% which ties him for fifth with Mike Huckabee and puts him a point ahead of Bush and Fiorina.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a Pineville man is under arrest accused of vandalizing a church. They say agents followed the vehicle of 21-year-old Charles Melancon and he claimed the loud noise they heard was gunshots coming from the woods. Investigators later discovered the church door was kicked in and the suspect later admitted to the crime. Melancon was booked by Grant Parish deputies for unauthorized entry and simple criminal damage to property.
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office says former NFL player Marvin White, a Port Barre native, has been arrested again and booked with theft and resisting an officer. Capt. Clay Higgins says the 31-year-old walked into a gas station and allegedly took some candy then didn’t pay for it before telling the cashier, “Call the cops, I’m Marvin White. I’m the best.”
Thousands of Tiger fans will make the trip to Tuscaloosa for the November 7th LSU-Alabama matchup. Jason Ramezon, Vice President of LSU Alumni Relations, says this is one of the most highly anticipated games of the season. He says the LSU Traveling Tigers will leave Friday morning and stay in Birmingham. LSU is ranked number 4 and Alabama is number 7.
Tulane has been awarded a $6.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the long term impact of Hurricane Katrina. Researchers will investigate the long term health, demographic, and socioeconomic impacts of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the entire region. The goal of the study is to create a picture of where the city and different groups of survivors stand more than a decade removed from Hurricane Katrina.
The 86-year-old woman in Slidell who was looking for her wedding ring that’s been missing since Halloween night found the jewelry in her yard. She asked for help from Slidell PD thinking it could have fallen in a kid’s candy bag, and they solicited the help of the public. Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau says her husband passed away years ago and the ring has a lot of sentimental value.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says they’ve recovered the body of a missing boater from the Atchafalaya River. They say 56-year-old William Seal of Butte LaRose had not been seen since he set off for a day of fishing Sunday morning. His body was turned over to the St. Martin Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.