News For Monday 071816
By Dave Graichen
The city of Baton Rouge is on edge after three law enforcement officers were fatally shot and three others wounded in a shooting that occurred Sunday morning. State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson says at 8:40 in the morning, a police officer saw an individual wearing all black and holding a rifle on Airline Highway and two minutes later there were reports of shots fired. Originally, Edmonson said it was possible there could be accomplices. But now they believe the deceased gunman, Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri, worked alone. The Three officers killed have been identified as 41-year-old Matthew Gerald, 32-year-old Montrell Jackson and 45 year old Brad Garafola.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore has announced that over half of the protestors who were arrested following the shooting death of Alton Sterling will not face charges. Moore says he will not prosecute about 100 of the cases, because the demonstrators were arrested only on misdemeanor counts, simple obstruction of a highway.
Authorities in Baton Rouge have arrested a fourth person who was allegedly involved in a pawn shop burglary where guns were stolen that would be used to kill police officers. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office says a 12-year-old male juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center for simple burglary and theft of a firearm. Three other suspects are also in custody. Officials say eight handguns were stolen during the break-in earlier in the month.
Forty-two Louisiana delegates are at the Republican National Convention, which gets underway today in Cleveland. Kirk Williamson is a former Marco Rubio delegate who jumped on the Trump train. He says he’s looking forward to electing a good candidate that he believes can defeat Hillary Clinton in November. He says Trump has done a good job of uniting the Republican Party.
It’s a big week in politics with the Republican National Convention and qualifying for the federal elections. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Donald Trump’s acceptance speech as the Republican nominee on Thursday night is the most anticipated speech of the year. Cross says the Republican Party is not completely united behind Donald Trump but they’re more and more on their way. He says there are a significant number of party members that are not happy with the Donald.
Louisiana’s health department says enrollment for the state’s expanded Medicaid program, known as Healthy Louisiana, has reached 250-thousand new adults. According to the L-D-H, Healthy Louisiana will bring health insurance coverage to an estimated 375-thousand working Louisianans.
Republicans in the US Senate race are leading in campaign fundraising. ULM political science professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says US Representative John Fleming reports $2.4 million in his campaign funds and State Treasurer John Kennedy has collected $1.4 million. Congressman Charles Boustany had the best recent fundraising period with $2.5 million in the bank.
A Prairieville man faces up 10 years in prison as an Ascension Parish jury found him guilty of aggravated cruelty after he used a baseball bat to kill a dog. Thirty-three-year-old Jamari Jackson claimed in 2014 the dog got the stuck in a barbed wire fence, but veterinary experts said the dog died from blunt-force trauma injuries.