News for Wednesday 010616
By Dave Graichen
Cenla Broadcasting notes the passing of Frances Bolton Davis. By all accounts an extraordinary woman. When Davis received the Alexandria Rotary Club's Service Above Self award in 2013, she credited her family upbringing with instilling in her the need to give back. A motto she lived by. Funeral services for Ms Davis will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church of Alexandria. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Hixson Bros. in Alexandria. Frances Bolton Davis was a very young 87.
The two defendants in the Jeremy Mardis fatal shooting case both pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, and separate trials were tentatively scheduled for later this year. Both Norris Greenhouse Jr. and Derrick Stafford were indicted in early December on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. The pair, former Marksville Ward 2 deputy marshals, were arrested on Nov. 6, three days after the fatal shooting of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and the wounding of his father, Chris Few.
The man who shot and killed himself on Monday during a foot chase with Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputies has been identified as 30-year-old Frankie James Bobb Jr. of Alexandria.
An off-duty deputy had seen Bobb going door to door in the England and Innis drives area near La. Highway 1 on Monday afternoon and thought it was suspicious. The deputy reported his suspicions, and an on-duty deputy was dispatched to investigate. Bobb ran from that deputy, across La. 1 and onto Powell Street, where he fired a shot at the deputy. More deputies and detectives responded, and Bobb allegedly entered some homes as he ran from them. On Marilyn Street, Bobb shot himself once in the head after he refused deputies’ commands to put the weapon down. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Most flea markets and websites that sell guns don’t require background checks, but President Obama issued an executive order today to change that. The hope is to expand the number of gun sales subject to background checks. The current law states that only federally licensed gun dealers are required to conduct background checks on buyers.
During additional announcements about cabinet members Tuesday, Governor-elect John Bel Edwards said he expects the state will expand its Medicaid program on July 1st, but the ball will start rolling at the start of his administration. Edwards named Doctor Rebekah Gee as the state’s secretary for the Department of Health and Hospitals. The LSU professor will have the challenge of managing a nine-point-seven billion dollar agency. Also announced yesterday, Jimmy Leblanc will remain the head of the Department of Corrections and Butch Browning will remain the State Fire Marshal.
Twenty-seven-year-old Eric John Senegal and his dog were killed in an altercation with authorities in southwest Louisiana. State Police Sergeant James Anderson says Beauregard Parish deputies were at his residence in Ragley, serving a narcotics search warrant, when gunfire erupted. Two Beauregard Parish Sheriff deputies have been placed on desk duty following the incident.
The Baton Rouge PD reports an LSU football player was involved in a bar fight early Tuesday in which he was stabbed multiple times. The injuries were said to be non-life threatening. School officials identify the victim as tight end Dillon Gordon. The incident is under investigation. Coach Les Miles announced yesterday that his players are no longer allowed to attend bars because there are better ways to socialize than attending “fight night clubs.”
Governor Bobby Jindal announced yesterday that Blue Line Associates will establish a software development office at the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge. They say the new facility will create 40 new direct jobs with an average salary of $40,000 plus benefits. LED estimates the project will results in 27 new indirect jobs.
Lottery officials have raised the Powerball jackpot amount for tonight’s drawing to an estimated $450 million dollars. The amount was raised from $400 million dollars due to the high number of ticket sales. The jackpot is now the sixth largest ever.
Twelfth night is today and that means it’s the kick off to Mardi Gras season and a busy time for bakeries. Co-owner of Haydel’s Bakery in New Orleans, David Haydel, says with Fat Tuesday on February 9th and a short Mardi Gras season, king cakes will be selling quickly.
The US set a new auto sales record in 2015, but Louisiana didn’t see such a boost. Automakers announced Tuesday that last year, nationwide sales hit a record of about 17 million vehicles. Bob Israel is the President of the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association. He says our oil based economy is suffering which played a part in a slight auto sales decline in Louisiana last year.
Still waiting to find out what will happen with Saints head coach Sean Payton. He’s been connected to the vacancy in New York as the football Giants are looking to replace Tom Coughlin. Payton is scheduled to speak with reporters today.