News for Friday 110615
By Dave Graichen
State Police say the man who was driving the vehicle when a 6-year-old passenger was fatally shot several times in Marksville, was not armed. Avoyelles Parish Coroner Dr. LJ Mayeaux reported that 25-year-old Chris Few was fleeing from city marshals who opened fire on the vehicle at the end of the chase. The little boy was killed. Edmonson said there is video of the incident, but they aren’t releasing any further information at this time. State Police Col Mike Edmonson says as of Thursday afternoon, two day after the incident, nobody involved in the incident has been interviewed.
Attorneys for DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert are challenging a Baton Rouge’s federal judge ruling which indefinitely blocks Governor Bobby Jindal’s order to pull funding from Planned Parenthood. Jindal issued a written statement Thursday saying Louisiana has the authority to determine which organizations are qualified Medicaid providers which he says Planned Parenthood is not.
A slow-moving cold front is going to bring a lot of rain across the entire state over the next few days. Mike Marcotte Forecaster with The National Weather Service in Lake Charles says they’re anticipating 24 to 36 hours of moderate to heavy rains into Saturday. Marcotte says this rain event is going to cause temperatures to drop about 10 to 15 degrees into Monday. Forecasters says we’re in one of the strongest El Nino patterns in history and that is the main reason for the heavy rainfall we’ve seen over the past three weekends.
After 3 decades of operating Harlow’s Donut & Bakery in Pineville, the owner of that tasty institution, Roy Burr Sr., has passes away. Burr died Wednesday at age 76. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in First Baptist Church in Pineville.
Early voting for the November 21st runoff election begins statewide Saturday. Polls will be open from 8:30AM to 6:00PM through November 14th. Early voting locations will be closed Sunday and again Wednesday, in honor of Veterans’ Day. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says now that we’re in the runoff, hopefully more Louisiana voters will cast their ballot. Only 39-percent of voters turned out for last month’s primary election.
A wave was made today in the governor’s race as Republican Jay Dardenne announces he’s endorsing Democrat John Bel Edwards over his fellow Republican David Vitter. In accepting the endorsement, Edwards says he’s grateful for Dardenne’s friendship and counsel. Dardenne finished fourth in last month’s primary election. He says electing Vitter as governor would do further damage to the Republican brand in Louisiana.
The Republican party of Louisiana is not happy with Republican Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne’s endorsement of Democrat John Bel Edwards for Governor. Chairman Roger Villere says he feels as if this is an act of betrayal to the Republican Party for all the years they supported Dardenne as a Republican elected official.
State Police has a man is in custody accused in the fatal hit and run crash that caused an 18-wheeler to crash through the guardrail on I-10 and into the Pearl River near the Mississippi line. They believe 25-year-old Daniel Coy of Gulfport was in the at-fault vehicle and he was apprehended today in Mississippi and when he gets back to Louisiana will be charged with Negligent Homicide, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Felony Hit and Run.
A study finds five years after the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, dolphins are still having a hard time having babies in Barataria Bay in the gulf. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wildlife epidemiologist Lori Schwacke says in other studies, they also discovered an increased amount of stranding of these animals and the higher mortality rate within the oil spill footprint. Schwacke says the oil spill not only immediately caused a loss of many dolphins but now many suffer from long lasting abnormalities, hindering their ability to procreate.
We’re starting to see gas prices inch back up. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular jumped two cents overnight to $1.97 according to AAA
Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert issued emergency suspensions to four more French Quarter bars found in violation during the Agency’s “Operation Trick or Treat” investigation. He says the New Orleans businesses must immediately stop selling alcohol after the agency uncovered illegal drug sales at two bars and prostitution and drug activity at two strip clubs.
The LSU football team leaves today for Alabama where they’ll take on the Crimson Tide tomorrow night in a Saturday night showdown in Tuscaloosa. LSU is looking to keep its perfect season intact and Coach Les Miles wants his players to leave it all on the field. Miles says whoever controls the line of scrimmage will be the winner in this game…