News for Friday 072216
By Dave Graichen
Heat indices will hit well over 100 degrees again today, so the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging everyone to take caution. Stay hydrated and check in on seniors. This hot and humid weather is expected to continue through the weekend.
Today is the first of three funerals that will be held for the fallen Baton Rouge officers. The Funeral service for Matthew Gerald is today. Deputy Brad Garafola will be laid to rest on Saturday and Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson’s services will be Monday.
There is good news when it comes to one of the officers that was injured in Sunday’s attack. Deputy Bruce Simmons was released from a Baton Rouge hospital yesterday. However, One deputy, Nick Tullier, still remains in the hospital. He is being treated for gunshot wounds to his head and torso and is still in critical condition.
There are 21 individuals who have their eyes set on becoming Louisiana’s next US Senator. That’s how many people have qualified for the seat that will be vacated by David Vitter. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says with this many people in the race, anything is possible when voters go to the polls in November. The final day to qualify for the US Senate race or one of the six Congressional races is Friday.
Republican state Rep. Mike Johnson of Bossier City and fellow Republican former state Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas joined the 4th Congressional District race on Wednesday.
Incumbent Congressman John Fleming, R-Minden, is giving up the seat to run for the U.S. Senate.
Deridder authorities have arrested three Deridder residents in connection with a hold up of the Sabine state bank on Monday. A single man robbed the Bank shortly after noon and then fled on foot. A short time later, he met up with two people at a nearby restaurant, and the three left together in a vehicle. The Deridder police made several posts with photos of the three suspects. One suspect turned herself in. The other two were arrested a short time later. All three were charged with one count of first-degree robbery
The Attorney General’s Office urges consumers to be cautious when making donations in wake of the Baton Rouge shootings. Amanda Larkins with the A-G’s office says they want to make sure contributions truly go to the families of the law enforcement officers and actually reach those they intend to help. Larkins says don’t assume that charity posts on social media are legitimate. A legitimate link can be found at cenlabroadcasting.com
Democratic Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says he’s running for Congress in the 2nd district because he’s unhappy with the performance of Democratic incumbent Cedric Richmond. The district runs from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. Richmond says Baton Rouge needs its mayor tending to the business of the city, not running for Congress. Holden is serving out the final year of his term and he is term-limited.
The Louisiana Department of Health has received confirmation of one additional case of Zika virus. The patient had traveled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection. This is the ninth case of travel-associated Zika confirmed in Louisiana. There have been no confirmed cases of local transmission within Louisiana.
Tomorrow it’ll be one year since a man opened fire during a showing of a movie at a Lafayette theater, killing two people and injuring nine others. Joey Durel was the mayor on July 23rd, 2015. He’s says they couldn’t have moved on as easily if it weren’t for the love and support from people throughout the state, and the nation. He says one of the things that sticks out in his mind the most was a statement from an officer the next day who said, “All around the country people are throwing bricks at police, and here they are throwing food to us”.
State Police have made an arrest in the fatal hit and run crash back in May that killed a skateboarder near the Southeastern Louisiana campus. 37-year-old Vincent Young of Natalbany has been booked into jail. Young faces several charges including Felony Hit and Run. Authorities believe Young’s vehicle was the second one that hit the victim. The search continues for the first.