News for Friday 021916
By Dave Graichen
Early voting begins tomorrow for Louisiana’s Presidential Preference Primary which will be held on March 5th. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says only registered Republicans and Democrats will be able to vote in their respective primaries. Other items, mainly local elections, will be on the ballot in 24 parishes for which all registered voters will be able to vote. Schedler encourages people to check out GeauxVote-dot-com to see what will appear on their ballot.
The APD arrests an Alexandria man after he allegedly robbed a Pizza Delivery driver Wednesday night in the 1600 block of Parker street. 21 year old Michael Snowden was charged and placed in the Parish Detention Center. Police say they are looking for more suspects in the case.
Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says her agency needs 15-million dollars or she’ll be forced to furlough and layoff employess, which would impact adults and children who are in need. DCFS is in need of resources to care for the more than four-thousand children in foster care in Louisiana. She says Louisiana could face federal penalties if it falls short of meeting required standards.
A debate broke out at the state capitol over a tax credit that benefits working individuals with low incomes. Prairieville Representative Tony Bacala has legislation to do away with the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, which he says will save the state about 50-million dollars a year. But Democratic state representative Walt Leger says the Earned Income Tax Credit helps the working poor pay for daily life expenses .The New Orleans lawmaker has a bill to double the earned income tax credit. A vote on the two different measures was not taken. The House committee is waiting to hear on all of the different tax bills, before deciding which ones should advance.
The State Bond Commission yesterday approved $375 million dollars in funding for projects across the state, and more than $35 million in interest savings.
A federal judge in New Orleans has rejected former Saints star Darren Sharper’s plea deal. Sharper who is accused of drugging and raping women in several states was hoping to get a nine-year sentence, but Judge Jane Milazzo says the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Judge Milazzo had said the accusations against Sharper should lead to a 15 to 20 year prison sentence if found guilty.
Attorney General Jeff Landry announces new polices that attempt to rid his department of public corruption. Landry says one new policy eliminates all outside government legal contracts with District Attorneys and their civil practices. And He says fulltime lawyers in his office will no longer take on private legal cases on the side. Landry says he will permit his attorneys to do pro-bono work under circumstances where there are clearly no conflicts of interest. He also announced the termination of existing contracts with outside council in the BP litigation.
State Police has charged a St. Mary Parish man with 18 counts of attempted murder of a police officer. 50-year-old Derrick Bodin of Baldwin was taken into custody after extensive investigation. Authorities say Bodin shot at multiple officers who came to the aid of a shooting victim on December 27th .
South Louisiana law enforcement are actively searching for the seven remaining wanted fugitives of the Gremlins Criminal Gang and their search efforts have been boosted by the latest video message from the “Cajun John Wayne.” Captain Clay Higgins with St. Landry’s parish sheriff’s office asks the public to contact police with any information about these crimes of the whereabouts of the wanted fugitives. The video has received over 8 million views.
Apple is fighting the federal government over accessing iPhones and the ruling could have implications on murder case in Baton Rouge. 29-year-old Brittney Mills was shot and killed last April after answering a knock at her door. Baton Rouge investigators believe her phone has information that could answer questions surrounding the case, but they are unable to access it. East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore is glad the feds are forcing Apple experts to assist in these kind of investigations. Apple is fighting the order saying it could lead to privacy issues for its customers.
The new voice of the Tigers, Chris Blair, will hit the airwaves for the first time tonight on the LSU Sports Radio Network as baseball season gets underway at The Box. Blair says he’s always had a passion for listening to sports on the radio and he never thought he’d be able to say one day he’d be calling play-by-play for LSU. It’s opening day for college baseball as the 7th ranked LSU Tigers host the Cincinnati Bearkats tonight at Alex Box Stadium.