News for Wednesday 020316
By Dave Graichen
Ready for an early spring.. Well the expert weather prognosticator, Acadiana’s Cajun Groundhog Pierre C. Shadeaux, predicts that’s just what we’ll see. The Nutri did not see his shadow yesterday Groundhog Day. Pierre came out of his house in New Iberia in front of a huge crowd. Not to question his abilities, but this is the 5th year in a row he has forecast an early spring.. But then again who’s counting.
A former cop in Avoyelles Parish who worked for Bunkie and Cottonport police has been arrested by State Police amid allegations he was on duty at the same time for both departments and collected pay from each. Investigators say they discovered 47-year-old Joseph Johnson of Mansura, for quite some time, was collecting two payroll checks for working the same hours. He was charged with 30 counts of public payroll fraud and malfeasance in office.
Two juveniles and their mother have been arrested in connection with the death of 14-year-old Treyvon Goudueu of Melville. The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office says an autopsy determined Goudeau died of a gunshot wound to the head, and his body was found in woods Friday evening. A 12 year old is charged with Negligent Homicide. His 15-year-old brother is charged with Obstruction of Justice. Their mother is booked with Obstruction of Justice and 2 counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.
The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office says they have found the murder weapon in the investigation into the stabbing death of Dylan Kyle Poche. The 18-year-old was killed Saturday at the Sibley Lake boat launch. Captain Tony Moran says they’ve arrested 18-year-old Andrew Jacob Wallace and after several days of searching detectives found a critical piece of evidence. Two other 18 year olds were arrested in connection with the murder.
A Campti man died on Monday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash in Campti on U.S. Highway71. Police say a pickup Reilly Runnels was driving crossed the center line and struck an 18 wheeler head on. Runnels died at the scene. The driver of the 18 wheeler was not injured.
A Leesville substitute teacher has been charged after allegedly having sex with a student. 23 year old Derek Telin was arrested and charged after a Leesville police investigation
discovered that Telin had numerous encounters with the victim at the school that involved improper sexual contact as well as improper electronic communication with the victim. The investigation also revealed that on at least one occasion Telin and the female student met away from the school where the encounter also resulted in improper sexual conduct between the two.” Telin’s Bond was set at $75,000.
Today is the final day to register to vote or change your party affiliation for Louisiana’s March 5th presidential preference primary. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says it’s important to make sure your party affiliation is correct for this election. In a closed presidential primary, Democrats vote for Democrats and Republicans vote for Republicans. Schedler says Independent voters will not be able to take part in the presidential primary. You can register to vote or change your party affiliation at your local registrar of voters office until 4:30 today or do it online at geauxvote-dot-com until midnight tonight.
Landry’s Incorporated, which operates the Golden Nugget Casino in Lake Charles, says a large scale data breach resulted in customer’s credit card information being compromised for months. If you used a credit or debit card at Golden Nugget from May 4, 2014 through March 15, 2015 and from May 5, 2015 through December 3, 2015 you may have been affected.
Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says he’s paying his executive staff nearly 400-thousand dollars less than what employees were paid under the previous administration. Dardenne says he’s decided against filling a couple of positions and will pay a few people less, because of the state’s budget problems. Dardenne’s annual salary is 237-thousand dollars, a 33-thousand dollar increase than his predecessor. Dardenne says that’s the salary the governor offered him and he accepted the challenge of solving Louisiana’s budget mess.
Residents in the Tensas Parish town of St. Joe are being told by the Department of Health and Hospitals that it might be a while before the murky brown water in their system can be cleared up. The good news, DHH’s Dr. Jimmy Guidry says the iron in the water that is causing the concern on the part of residents is not a health issue.
A mother and father are facing several charges after investigators say their baby was discovered alone at a Baton Rouge residence with what call cops described as having horrific living conditions. Baton Rouge Police were assisting a bails bondsman at the house when they found a one year old alone on a bed in a dirty diaper and the house filled with rotten food and animal feces.
The Tabasco plant on Avery Island cut the ribbon this week on a brand new Visitors Center which also includes a restaurant and museum. Tabasco is produced by the McIlhenny (Mackle-Henny) Company of Louisiana, and President and CEO Tony Simmons says his family has been on the island since 1818, they began creating Tabasco in 1865, so the new museum contains artifacts and history from their time there.
Governor John Bel Edwards announces they will continue to have “an elevated presence” of state troopers patrolling New Orleans historic French Quarter. State Police Superintendent, Colonel Mike Edmonson, says a sales tax approved by French Quarter residents last October provides the funding to keep more troopers in the Big Easy. Edmonson says they are also bringing in an additional 170 troopers for the big Mardi Gras festivities this weekend.