News for Thursday 111915
By Dave Graichen
31 Year old Casey McClain of Alexandria is under arrest in Grant Parish after Sheriff’s Deputies found methamphetamine in his pocket and two syringes in his vehicle. McClain is charged with possession, fourth offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Grant parish Sheriff’s office says McClain also had four outstanding warrants from other agencies.
Just in time for your holiday travels, the State police has announced extra law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for seat-belt violations in Louisiana as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign. State Police troopers will be on the roads Nov. 22-29 to enforce Louisiana’s mandatory seat-belt law.
Governor Bobby Jindal is back in Louisiana after ending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. At a Governor’s Mansion news conference in Baton Rouge, Jindal said he has no regrets seeking the nation’s highest elected office. He stated that the failure of his campaign rests solely on his shoulders. The governor, who has a little over seven weeks left in his second and final term, said he’s not sure what his political future holds. Jindal said he is not getting involved in the governor’s race.
The Jindal administration releases its plan to solve a 487-million dollar budget deficit. It calls for 150-million dollars in cuts to state agencies, dipping into the state’s “rainy day” fund and using revenues from lawsuit settlements. The plan does NOT call for cuts to higher education or state worker layoffs. However, the proposed deficit reduction plan calls for a 130-million dollar reduction in state spending by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
Folks will be preparing for the Thanksgiving Holidays in a week and vacationing motorists will enjoy low gas prices. In Louisiana, the statewide average for a gallon of regular is just $1.94 according to the American Automobile Association.
According to officials with Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, a gun threat came in because they help Syrian refugees resettle in Louisiana. State Police Col Mike Edmonson says a phone call came in from out of state and they are taking it very seriously. As concerns over the Syrian refugee situation continue to grow, Edmonson says several other Catholic Charities in other states have also received threats and that’s unacceptable.
Five straight losses to Alabama and a possibly seven-win regular season might not be acceptable to LSU athletics director Joe Alleva. The Advocate is reporting Coach Les Miles is coaching for his job in the next two regular season games. On today’s SEC coaches teleconference, Miles says there is no added pressure to win. Miles’ contract runs through the 2019 season, but LSU can buy him out of his remaining years, but it would cost them at least 12.9 million dollars.
The former president of Northwestern State University Dr. Randall Webb has passed away at the age of 72. Webb was the longest serving president in the history of the University, serving for 18 years, from 1996 to 2014. State Senator Gerald Long of Natchitoches knew Webb for almost 50 years and says he had a great love for the school and for life itself.
A Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force in Ouachita Parish has netted 75 arrests in cities including Monroe, West Monroe, Sterlington and Bastrop. Cops say totals for narcotics seized in the operation were six pounds of marijuana, 2.5 grams of crack, 28.7 grams of cocaine, 7.1 grams of meth and 22 units of prescription pills. They added this operation is not over.
The site of the Lafayette movie theater shooting is reopening tonight and a series of events are happening beforehand to honor victims and first responders of the tragic summer shooting. A small vigil will take place at 6pm, the ribbon cutting is at 6:25 then the newly renovated Grand 16 Theater box office will open at 6:45.
A man from Thibodaux was arrested for allegedly using a spare key to enter a woman’s home and watch her take a shower. Thibodaux PD says 21-year-old Brandon Polkey knew a mutual friend of the victim and he knew where she kept a spare key. He is charged with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and peeping tom.