News for Monday 072516
By Dave Graichen
A Zwolle man was killed early Sunday morning when his Motorcycle left the roadway and struck a culvert. State police say 63 year old Ralph C. Higginbotham Jr. was wearing a helmet but the impact was so great he died at the scene. Routine toxicology tests are pending. So far this year Troop E Troopers have investigated 31 fatal crashes resulting in 36 fatalities.
The funeral for fallen Baton Rouge Police Corporal Montrell Jackson will be held today. Jackson was a 10 year veteran of the BRPD and the father of a new baby boy. The 32 year old was gunned down along with two fellow officers in an ambush on police. Two weeks before he was killed on the job, he made a post on Facebook pleading for people not to let hate infect their hearts — in the aftermath of the death of Alton Sterling during a confrontation with cops.
A record 24 candidates will appear on the November ballot for the US Senate seat being vacated by David Vitter. One of those who will be on the ballot is Former KKK leader and state legislator David Duke. The Louisiana Republican Party denounces Duke’s candidacy, and Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party Roget Villere says they’ll do whatever they can to make sure he doesn’t get elected. Duke says being rejected by the party is the best endorsement he could get.
The Democratic National Convention begins today in Philadelphia with 59 Louisiana delegates in attendance. Michael McHale, from Lake Charles, is one of those delegates. He expects this convention to be much different than last week’s Republican convention. McHale says Clinton is the most qualified candidate we’ve ever seen run for president in the US. He is confident that she can move the country forward.
Watch out what you say on Facebook. A man is behind bars for threatening Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator. Caddo Parish Sheriff’s office spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says 25-year-old Michael Evans was arrested in California and she says the extradition process will begin to bring Evans back to Caddo parish. Evans, who is being charged with terrorism, had bond set at 10-million dollars.
Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says law enforcement will receive $650,000 in federal funding to defray some of the costs incurred when they responded to the attack on police officers a little over a week ago. Graves says when you consider the amount of overtime that officers worked, total costs for the police could reach $3-5 million dollars.
An 81-year-old man has been arrested for the alleged rape of a six-year-old child. Caddo Parish Sheriff deputies say James Dickens had sexual contact with a little girl on number of occasions while at his home. Dickens was arrested and booked into Caddo Correctional Center for first-degree rape.
Mandeville Police have arrested an owner of a snowball stand, who allegedly received sexual favors from his juvenile employees and in exchange he would give his victims cash and drugs. Authorities say 56-year-old Anthony Fortune conducted his indecent behavior for about two months.
The LHSAA Executive Committee has a special meeting this afternoon where the only item on the agenda is to discuss the comments made by executive director Eddie Bonine that referred to the LHSAA as a “proverbial dumpster fire.” Executive committee member and Doyle High School Principal Tommy Hodges says they’ll discuss the controversial statement in a report submitted to the NFHS. Hodges says to his knowledge they will not seek to buy out Bonine’s contract and was shocked by media reports that suggested that is the reason for today’s meeting. He says the objective is really to clear the air.