News for Thursday 020416
By Dave Graichen
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Melville woman and her two sons in connection with the shooting death of 15-year-old Treyvon Edwards. Capt. Clay Higgins says a 12-year-old has been charged with Negligent Homicide and it’s believed he and Edwards were playing with a gun and it went off accidentally killing Edwards. He says the mother, 33-year-old Twanda Louray Washington, is charged with Obstruction of Justice and two counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. Higgins says they suspect the mother and other son helped to cover up the crime scene. He says there are details of the case that might never be released…
A new study by LSU finds 17-year-olds in Louisiana should be tried as juveniles, not adults, after they are arrested. Professor Stephen Phillippi (Philip-ee), with LSU’s Institute for Public Health and Justice, says several states have recently put 17-year-olds back in their juvenile system with good results. The report discovered that 17-year-olds sent to adult prison are more likely to to commit additional crimes when they are released.
New York real estate heir Robert Durst pleaded guilty in New Orleans yesterday on a federal weapons charge, in exchange for over 7 years in prison. Durst will eventually be sent to California to face murder charges in the alleged killing of his friend Susan Berman. Durst was arrested at a hotel on Canal Street in March 2015.
Governor John Bel Edwards tells teachers there are no plans to cut funding for public schools, despite the state’s difficult budget challenges. Louisiana currently allocates three-point-seven billion dollars for public schools and puts it into the minimum foundation program, which distributes money to school districts. But Edwards added that there likely won’t be growth in the funding next fiscal year.
Pro-life groups are concerned about the views that new Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee has on abortion. Louisiana Right to Life claims Gee, a gynecologist, is pro-choice and has ties to Planned Parenthood. Gee says she is personally pro-choice, but when it comes to being the head of DHH, she’s pro-family. Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Benjamin Clapper says Governor John Bel Edwards named a DHH secretary with stances incompatible with his own pro-life values. But Gee says she is committed to upholding the views of the governor in this role.
Dr. Trey Baucum, a Shreveport cardiologist and Republican, officially announced his candidacy for the 4th Congressional District seat Wednesday. Incumbent congressman John Fleming is giving up the seat to run for U.S. Senate. Baucum, a Shreveport native, described himself as "a conservative in belief and principle.
The Civil Air Patrol has identified two of its members, who were killed in an Alabama plane crash while returning from La. after flying a medical patient there for treatment. The patrol said its pilots perform compassion flights, often to transport patients or family members to or from treatment. The patrol said pilot 67 year old David Mauritsonof Fairhope, Alabama, was returning from such a flight after flying a patient to an airport near Baton Rouge, when the Cessna 182 crashed near Mobile Regional Airport Monday. The patrol said Mauritson was killed, along with 66 year old Phil Dryden of Gulf Shores, Alabama, who served as mission scanner for the flight.
LSU did not land the nation’s number one recruiting class, but it’s in the Top five according to 24-7 sports, Scout-dot-com and ESPN. Tiger Rag editor Cody Worshman says the strength of this class is in the secondary as the Tigers signed five talented defensive backs.
Clinton Police have reportedly arrested a middle school teacher after a parent complained she found explicit messages on their child’s phones. Louis Smith Jr, an 8th grade teacher at East Feliciana Middle, was charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer aided solicitation of a minor and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and student. Detectives say they’re currently investigating to see if other students are involved.
The FX series “The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” premiered Tuesday night and is getting rave reviews, and next season could be about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Hollywood Reporter says creator Ryan Murphy wants to follow six to eight people to examine all sides of what happened after the storm. Murphy told the entertainment outlet that Katrina was a crime against people and that’s what his show is all about.
Federal money received as part of a nationwide disaster resiliency competition will be used to move Native Americans living in Isle de Jean (zhan) Charles in Terrebonne Parish to safer ground. The plan is to have the members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indian tribe relocated by 2019. Chief Albert Naquin says they’re not sure where their new community will be. Naquin says the state received $48 million to relocate the community.