News for Thursday 072816
By Dave Graichen
A memorial service honoring the three fallen Baton Rouge police officers will be held at 2pm today at Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge. Vice President Joe Biden, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Governor John Bel Edwards will speak at the memorial. Hicks says this shows that their local, state, and federal counterparts are coming together in this community’s time of need.
Each of the families of the three fallen Baton Rouge police officers will receive 250 thousand dollars from the Law Enforcement Officers and Fireman’s Survivor’s Fund. AG Jeff Landry says each child of the officers will receive 15 thousand dollars and the chance to attend college in Louisiana tuition free. He says the families should be receiving lump sum checks in just a couple of weeks.
Louisiana ranks second for the number of police officers killed in the line of duty this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The report shows firearms related fatalities spiked 78% nationwide this year. In Louisiana, four of the officer deaths were by gunfire, two by vehicular assault, and one in a car accident.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said the dialogue has to change about shootings involving police. Normand made the statement, after one of his deputies shot 17-year-old Tuesday night. The teen’s gun misfired when he attempted to shoot the officer after being caught attempting to steal some tire rims. Normand showed pictures from teen’s Facebook page showing him holding a gun and drugs and listed off highlights from the suspect’s rap sheet. Normand says that he keeps hearing that we need to develop trust between police and the public, but he says trust is a two way street. He says it’s bilateral, not unilateral.
We are starting to see more endorsements in the US Senate race. Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer is officially backing State Treasurer John Kennedy and Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain has endorsed Congressman Charles Boustany. Political analyst Clancy Dubos says Strain being a current statewide elected official will be beneficial to Boustany.
A Breaux Bridge Catholic priest has been arrested on child porn charges after investigators allegedly found 500 images of child pornography on a computer that he uses. Trooper Brooks David says 50-year-old Felix David Broussard could spend a long time in jail, if convicted. The Diocese of Lafayette says Broussard was placed on administrative leave.
The ALS Association says the millions of dollars raised during the 2014 “Ice Bucket Challenge” helped scientists identify a gene that contributes to the disease. Kelly Viator, director of the Louisiana chapter of the ALS Association, says it shows small donations can make a big difference. Now that this gene has been connected to ALS, researchers can develop targeted therapy to treat it.
Natchitoches Police say no charges will be filed at this time regarding the shooting death of a 15-year-old. The teenager was shot several times in a parking lot on Sunday afternoon. Police say he was in possession of an AK-47 style weapon at the time of the shooting and the shooter, a 21-year-old man, told authorities he fired his weapon when he was approached by the 15 year-old who is now dead. The District Attorney’s office is reviewing the case.
Many Saints fans are expected to make their way to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where the Black and Gold are holding training camp. The region was hit with devastating flooding about a month ago, but Kristy Godby with the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the area has recovered. Godby says the Greenbrier Hotel and all the hotels in nearby Lewisburg are open and ready to welcome fans. She says there’s lots of good food in the area and plenty to do after the practices. This is the third year the Saints have held their camp at the Greenbrier, and Godby says they expect this year to be bigger and better than the previous years.