News for Wednesday 012715
By Dave Graichen
A north Louisiana television personality, who had a kids show in the 1970s has been arrested in San Diego on allegations of criminal sexual conduct with juveniles. Rapides Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Lt. Tommny Carnline says they’ve been trying to catch “Mr Wonder” for 37 years as he faces a variety of charges. Carnline says 76-year-old Frank Selas had been hiding out in Asia and central and south America.
38 year old Earnest Hamilton of Natchitoches man faces a mandatory life sentence after being found guilty on Tuesday of raping an 11-year-old girl who ended up giving birth to his child. Hamilton was found guilty of aggravated rape by a unanimous jury verdict.
A federal judge in Baton Rouge strikes down a Louisiana law that required abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino says US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this very same case in March. Supporters of this law say it’s intended to protect women’s health, while opponents say it will make it very difficult to get an abortion in Louisiana.
Could the third time be the charm? Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy has made it official. He will run for US Senate as he seeks the seat that will soon be left vacant by David Vitter. Kennedy, who was just re-elected as treasurer, says he wants to serve in the Senate because we’re at risk of losing the American dream. This will be Kennedy’s third run for the US Senate. Fellow Republicans, Congressmen Charles Boustany and John Fleming, and former Congressman Joseph Cao (gow) have also declared their intent to run. Retired Col Rob Maness is making his official announcement today.
The deadline to register to vote in Louisiana’s upcoming presidential preference primary is one week from today. The primary election is March 5th. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says this is Louisiana’s only closed primary. In the closed primary, Democratic voters are only allowed to vote for Democratic presidential candidates and Republican voters for Republicans. Schedler says registered independent voters are not allowed to take part in the closed presidential primary.
According to the latest labor numbers, the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in December, as more people continue to leave the work force. The Louisiana Workforce Commission says employment in education and health services grew by 2,400 jobs last month. They say growth in those sectors is helping offset the loss of jobs in the Oil and Gas industry.
The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association’s annual meeting begins today at the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles. Vice President Gifford Briggs says the market shifted drastically in 2015, and it’s critical industry professionals stay informed. He says they are optimistic the sharp cut in the price of oil will rebound. Speakers Thursday include Governor John Bel Edwards, State Treasurer John Kennedy and Congressman Charles Boustany.
A U.S. District Judge Tuesday declined to issue an injunction that would have prevented the city of New Orleans from taking down four Confederate statues. District Judge Carl Barbier denied the appeal after a group of preservationists filed a federal lawsuit.
A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy is in critical condition after he was shot several times while executing a drug search warrant at a residence in New Orleans. Thirty-five-year-old Steven Arnold is a 12-year veteran of the JPSO.
Former LSU basketball star Shaquille O’ Neal said on Monday night during a fundraiser in Los Angeles that he was paid very well during his college years in Baton Rouge and the school can’t get in trouble, because the statute of limitations is up. But Shaq said yesterday he was only joking and he was trying to give a funny response to the questions he was asked during the event.
A human female fetus was located in a sewage piping station in Avoyelles Parish by Moreauville city workers. Avoyelles Sheriff Doug Anderson says they predict the fetus was between 20 to 30 weeks into development, and was a grim discovery. Anderson says they’re working to determine who the fetus belonged to.
A format for the prep football playoffs will be voted on at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association convention, which kicks off in Baton Rouge today. LHSAA president Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic says there’s great uncertainty, after it was determined the association didn’t follow the correct procedures to split the playoffs between public and private schools in 2013