News for Tuesday 010516
By Dave Graichen
The RPSO reports an unidentified man shot and killed himself while being pursued by sheriff’s deputies Monday afternoon. An off-duty sheriff's deputy had spotted the man around shortly after 3 in the afternoon in the England and Innis drives area of Alexandria. He called the sheriff's office to report it, and a deputy responded to the scene. The man fled upon seeing the deputy and fired a shot missing the deputy. The chase ended in the 1400 block of Marilyn Drive when the man pulled the trigger to a gun he had been holding to his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Louisiana’s political community is in shock over the apparent suicide of political blogger C.B Forgotston. State Treasurer John Kennedy says the 70-year-old capitol watchdog would say what other people were too scared to say. He says Forgotston’s candor, honesty, and goodness will be missed. It’s reported that he left his wife a note while she was sleeping indicating where his body could be found.
Rapides Parish Coliseum Authority Chairman Jimbo Thiels told police jurors Monday they hope to have an executive director in place by April 1st. Thields says a search committee has been working on the hiring process for an executive director, and more than 10 résumés have been received “without even soliciting” for them yet. He says search efforts will be stepped up in February and March.
Natchitoches parish officials are on the lookout for a Parish inmate who escaped from correctional officers on Monday morning, while on his way to court for a hearing. 26 year old Kenneth Dewayne Hardy Jr. was being held on drug charges, as well as possession of a firearm by a felony, obstruction of justice and introduction of contraband into a penal institution. The Sheriff’s department says if you see Hardy, do not approach him. Contact authorities.
Avoyelles Officials report no identification has been made yet on human remains found Sunday afternoon near Mansura. Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Doug Anderson says the remains, which were found along T. Doss road, were in bad condition, and it’s unclear whether or not they were male or female. The LSU FACES Laboratory is now attempting to form an ID.
Governor-elect John Bel Edwards advisory panel on transportation recommends tax increases to provide an additional 75-million dollars a year in transportation funding. A higher gasoline tax, a sales tax on auto repairs and tolls are some of the suggestions. Incoming Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says more dialogue is needed before a decision on where the additional dollars will come from.
An Alexandria man was arrested Monday after he allegedly fatally shot two people in Lafayette last week. 21-year-old Tavis Jenkins was taken into police custody without incident. Jenkins is accused of killing two men, including a 17-year-old, after he went to ex-girlfriend’s apartment in Lafayette. He faces two counts of first-degree murder.
Analysts predict we’ll continue to see affordable gas prices in 2016. Don Redman, with the American Automobile Association, says we could see prices dropping even more before springtime. Redman says right now we’re looking at a statewide average of $1.77 for a gallon of regular gasoline compared to $2.06 at this time last year. But he says be cautious, because tension in the Middle East could create an increase in prices.
The National Weather Service is lowering the projected crest of the Mississippi River from the Louisiana-Arkansas line to about Vicksburg, Mississippi. Marty Pope, with the N-W-S in Pearl, Mississippi, says they’re now expecting a foot and a half drop in the river crest. Pope says a drop in these crest projections is good news, especially in Vidalia, where there is a convention center, many hotels and a hospital along the riverfront. He says hopefully these river estimates will hold up.
Mississippi wildlife officials are investigating a fatal shooting that involved a 16-year-old from Franklinton, Louisiana, who shot his father while hunting in the Delta National Forest on New Year’s Eve. Few details have been released but law enforcement bureau chief Steve Adcock advises hunters to be aware of their target
There were no Powerball winners in Saturday’s drawing and the prize for Wednesday now goes to an estimated $400 million dollars.
A $1 million dollar Powerball prize is out there that still hasn’t been claimed. The Louisiana Lottery says the prize was won on August 5th from a ticket that was sold in Montegut and is set to expire February 1st.
Speculation continues to grow over whether Sean Payton will be the head coach of the Saints in 2016. Several teams are reportedly interested in talking with Payton, who is still under contract with the Saints. The Saints PR staff says that Payton will speak with reporters on Wednesday.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette has been named the state’s top offensive player of the year according to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. McNeese State’s Wallace Scott was selected as defensive player of the year. And Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel earned Newcomer of the Year honors.
LSU quarterback Brandon Harris reportedly had surgery this morning for a sports hernia. It appears Harris had been playing with the injury since the Alabama game and is expected to be recovered in 4-6 weeks in time for spring practice.