News for Tuesday 070516
By Dave Graichen
The APD is investigating the death of a man who was found lying in New York Avenue early Saturday Morning. Police say 45 year old Anthony Whitehead may have been lying in the road when he was struck by a vehicle. An autopsy and toxicology testing has been ordered.
A Grant Parish man died Saturday morning in a crash between two boats on Cane River Lake in Natchitoches Parish. The victim has been id’d as 65 year old William Morrison of Dry Prong. The LDWF is investigating the accident.
Governor John Bel Edwards has decided not to veto a measure that would “front load” the TOPS scholarship program. Higher Education Commissioner Dr. Joe Rallo says they support the governor. But those who oppose say this would put a massive burden on college students in the spring semester. Edwards did call this a disingenuous budgeting gimmick. Edwards says students should be prepared for cuts to TOPS in the fall, and an even bigger cut in the spring.
Louisiana is being sued over the seven abortion laws that were enacted during the legislative sessions. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed the federal suit to stop the rules from taking effect on August 1. This comes after the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn a Texas law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals. The suit attacks laws like the banning of dismemberment abortions and prohibiting the state from funding abortion clinics.
Two law enforcement officers standing on the side of the road have been struck by moving vehicles since last Friday, because drivers failed to merge into the next lane. In one of the cases, a Sterlington Police officer died from his injuries and a 44-year-old Monroe driver is facing several charges, including vehicular homicide. That incident happened early Sunday morning in Ouachita Parish.
A police officer in New Orleans collapsed and died while on Patrol in Bourbon Street over the weekend. The Orleans Parish coroner will conduct an autopsy, though it appears the officer’s death was of natural causes.
The Colorado State University forecast team has upped the number of anticipated named storms in 2016 by one. In June they called for 14 named storms, now they predict 15. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the change is due to the fact that there are already 4 named storms on the books this year. He says that’s the most ever for this early in the season.
The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November.
It was a safe Essence Festival in New Orleans. Organizers say 450-thousand people attended the 2016 event, which is down from the previous year which had an attendance of a half-million people.
State Police say a deputy with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office shot and killed a man who allegedly came at the cop with a knife after a standoff. They say 40-year-old Shannon Labit of New Iberia is believed to have had stabbed two people earlier at a home before the standoff ensued. The deputy’s name is not being released at this time. The instigation is ongoing.
The Baton Rouge mom accused of whipping her kids after they robbed a house will not face any charges according to District Attorney Hillar Moore. 30-year-old Schaquana Spears was arrested on two counts of cruelty to a juvenile for whipping her two children with a cable after the burglarized a neighbor’s home. Moore says he doesn’t plan on changing his mind. Spears lost her job and custody of her kids after she was arrested.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says a 2-year-old was saved after being left in a car on a 90 degree day while his mother and aunt were inside Walmart shopping. Employees noticed the little boy was by himself and still strapped in his car seat so they smashed the passenger side window. The windows in the vehicle had been rolled up and the car off for close to 30 minutes. The child was showing signs of heat stroke as he was sweating and had vomited. 37-year-old Shaun Buchanan and 25-year-old Cynthia Simmons were arrested on charges of child desertion and cruelty to a juvenile.
A lawsuit has been filed in attempt to restore voting rights to Louisiana felons. The suit states that prohibiting people released on parole or probation from voting in the state is unconstitutional. The suit was filed by the activist group called The Voice of the Ex-Offender. The Attorney General’s Office says they will review the lawsuit but believe the law is constitutional.
Police have arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with the shooting deaths of two people at the Monroe Civic Center. Jaterrious Godfrey of Monroe was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center. Detectives believe Godfrey fired a weapon when a fight broke out in the parking lot after a private event was getting out early Sunday morning.
A Livonia couple has been arrested on child sex charges. Police say 35-year-old Damien Kimble was raping his girlfriend’s daughter over the course of 9 years. The Livonia Police Chief says the victim, who is under 13-years-old, reported the crime herself. Kimble has been charged with aggravated rape, molestation, and carnal knowledge of a juvenile, and the unnamed mother was charged with principal to molestation and indecent behavior of a juvenile.
A deputy with the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office has been arrested for solicitation of a prostitute. State Trooper Scott Moreau says the investigation into 48-year-old Stacy Bender revealed he had an inappropriate relationship. Moreau says Bender is looking at 12 charges. The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office says Bender was a deputy for over 17 years and has been terminated.
The town of Welsh, located in in Jefferson Davis Parish, is now the official The Home of the Cajun Dictionary.” Mayor Carolyn Louviere says the town’s long time pastor, the late Father Jules Daigle. Tha Pastor wasn’t pleased with the way Cajun French was spoken and wrote two books on the language. She credits Welsh’s city council for taking steps to get this official designation.