News for Thursday 110515
By Dave Graichen
State Police says City Marshals from the Ward 2 office in the central Louisiana town of Marksville were involved in a shooting following a pursuit. When the dust settled, a 6-year-old child was dead and his father critically injured. Trooper Scott Moreau says the initial investigation revealed that officers fired on the vehicle after the chase. Avoyelles Parish Coroner, Dr. L.J. Mayeux, says the driver, Chris Few, was ramming the cop car at the end of a dead end road in an effort to escape. That’s when they fired, striking Few and the little boy. State police say the boy, was shot several times. The exact reason the Ward 2 marshals were in pursuit of Chris Few is unclear.
The Pineville City Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the sale of Cleco to an investment group The vote was taken at a special meeting Tuesday night. The resolution has no direct effect on the sale approval, which should be voted on by the Louisiana Public Service Commission early next year.
State police arrested a Marksville man last night after an 8 hour standoff. Troopers say 32 year old Will Ray Lachney spent most of Wednesday holed up in his mother's home off Eddy Street. It’s believed the incident started when Lachney, a man who has been arrested several times over the past few years, stole a shot gun. During the standoff Lachney accidentally shot his own mother in the arm. She was airlifted to an Alexandria hospital. Her condition is unknown. Charges are still pending in the case.
State Police says an Alabama man was killed when his 18-wheeler went over the guardrail and plunged into the Pearl River in St. Tammany Parish Tuesday night. Investigators are calling it a fatal hit and run and the search is on for a dark colored pickup truck that attempted to pass another 18-wheeler on the right shoulder, which caused a chain reaction of events to occur.
Republican state lawmakers have endorsed Senator David Vitter in the gubernatorial runoff, but members of the GOP on the Senate side aren’t happy about some of Vitter’s campaign tactics. However, House caucus Chairman, Alexandria Representative Lance Harris, says this is typical political rhetoric and the lower chamber fully supports Vitter.
Republicans leaders in the House endorse David Vitter, but the Senate side isn’t so certain yet. The US Senator is running a campaign commercial trashing lawmakers and Senate Republican caucus Chair, Metairie Senator Danny Martiny, says Vitter isn’t running against the state legislature.
Former Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster officially announced Wednesday his endorsement of Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter in the Louisiana governor's race. Vitter faces Democrat state Rep. John Bel Edwards in the Nov. 21 runoff election.
Republican Jay Dardenne is expected to endorse Democrat John Bel Edwards in the Louisiana governor’s race today. Edwards’ campaign had said it planned to make a “major campaign announcement” but offered no other details on Wednesday. Multiple sources close to both Edwards and Dardenne have confirmed to The Advocate that the plan is for Dardenne to endorse Edwards during a news conference.
A new statewide poll shows tight races for Lt. Governor and Attorney General. The survey of 600 Louisiana voters was paid for by Nextstar television stations and conducted by JMC Analytics. Pollster John Couvillon says in the AG’s race, Republican Jeff Landry has a slight lead over Republican incumbent Buddy Caldwell, 38 to 34-percent. He says 29-percent are undecided. In the Lt. Governor’s race, Billy Nungesser is barely ahead of Kip Holden, coming in at 40-percent to Holden’s 39-percent. Couvillon says we’re seeing a huge percentage of undecided voters in these two elections but expects that number to change closer to runoff.
WalletHub has released their list of the Fattest States in America and Louisiana comes in at number two. The personal finance website unveiled their list in conjunction with National Diabetes Awareness Month. Spokesperson Jill Gonzales says a big factor in Louisiana’s ranking is the number of children in the state who are overweight or obese. Louisiana ranked 6th in the percentage of adults who are obese, 2nd in the percentage of adults eating less than one serving of fruits or vegetables per day, and 1st in the percentage of residents with hypertension. In case you were wondering, Mississippi ranked as the fattest state in the country.
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is putting a warning out about a batch of poisonous heroin on the streets. They say 2 known drug abusers were found dead this week at a home in Luling after injecting heroin. Sheriff Greg Champagne says recently in Chicago, 74 people overdosed on a “bad batch” of heroin in a three day period and he is fairly confident that’s what happened with the Luling double death overdose.
The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control says a judge has ruled in their favor and has reinstated the suspensions of three French Quarter strip clubs. Commissioner Troy Hebert originally ordered a suspension of the businesses’ alcohol permits after uncovering drugs and prostitution there. His ruling was overturned, but put back in place Wednesday. An administrative hearing is scheduled for these strip clubs on Monday in New Orleans. He says the effort to clean up this criminal activity in the French Quarter is far from over and they expect there will be more alcohol suspensions issued as their undercover operation continues
New Orleans has been selected to host the college football national championship game in January 2020.Executive director of the CFP, Bill Hancock also announced that Atlanta will host the championship game in 2018 and Santa Clara will host the title game in January 2019.