News for Monday 080116
By Dave Graichen
We note a sad passing today.. Jacqueline Caplan the woman who was a driving force behind the arts in Central Louisiana for decades, succumbed to cancer after a third bout with it Saturday. The New Orleans native, Jacqueline Segall Caplan moved to Alexandria with her husband, Ed Caplan, to manage the family's business, Caplan's Men's Shop. The couple worked together at the business for more than 43 years. Jacqueline Caplan was 81.
A 26-year-old mother and her five-year-old daughter were found shot to death in a residence in Thibodaux. LaFourche Parish Sheriff’s office spokesperson Brennan Matherne says investigators believe the mother, Nakesha Carrere shot Abigail Creamer and then turned the gun on herself. Matherne says investigators are still processing the evidence, but they are confident this was a murder-suicide. Matherne says Creamer’s father discovered the horrific scene and called 9-1-1 just before noon on Sunday….
The “Blue Lives Matter” law goes into effect today in Louisiana, and Alexandria Representative Lance Harris says his bill is now more important than ever after the attacks on police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas. Harris says crimes committed against first responders, because of the uniforms they wear are now classified as hate crimes, as a result of this new law.
Harris says because of this new law, people who target police officers and first responders will spend more time behind bars.
After three officers have been laid to rest following the attack on police in Baton Rouge, one deputy remains in the hospital in critical condition. Cpl. Nick Tullier was shot in the head and torso. He underwent surgery Friday in an attempt to close an abdominal incision.
As the new school year is right around the corner, about one in three students who thought they would receive a voucher to attend a private school are now on a waiting list. Over 400 young people who anticipated being placed in a private school have now been told a week before school starts, they won’t have a spot. The state cut the voucher program by 2.5 million dollars for the 2016-2017 school year because of Louisiana’s massive budget deficit.
Drug arrests have plummeted in Baton Rouge since the fatal officer-involved shooting of Alton Sterling. Crime analyst Jeff Asher says they saw similar occurrences in other cities that had police shootings, like Ferguson, Chicago, and Baltimore. Asher says the homicide rate also increased during the same time period, which raises the question as to what will happen in Baton Rouge. Asher says dealing with protests is a plausible explanation for the initial drop in narcotics enforcement, but it doesn’t explain why that drug arrest rate has stayed down.
There are four confirmed cases of Zika in Miami in people who did not travel out the country or have contact with someone who did. State Health Official Dr. Frank Welsh says this likely means we’re seeing Zika infected mosquitoes in the United States. He says Louisiana is prepared because there is a very real chance of local transmission of the Zika virus in the state. Welsh says Zika is such a mild illness in the vast majority of people that four out of five people who get the virus don’t even know they have it. Welsh says the biggest risk is when a pregnant woman contracts Zika because while the mother could experience no symptoms, the fetus is developing severe birth defects.
A new law goes into effect today that means strippers at clubs in Louisiana will have to be at least 21 years old. John Geiger is a bouncer at the Crazy Horse club in Port Allen. Geiger says this means dancers will have to perform other jobs in the clubs or go out of state. Geiger says he knows there are concerns about sex trafficking, but he says he’s never seen that happen at any of the clubs he’s worked at. He says the dancers are just trying to earn a living and in many cases pay their way through college. Geiger says they believe the law is unconstitutional because it infringes on a person’s right to work. He says they will pursue legal action.
A Terrebonne Parish island is disappearing, and one UL-Lafayette professor is working to preserve its history before it’s gone. Dr. Heather Stone says Isle de Jean Charles is home to the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe of Native Americans. In 1955, Isle de Jean Charles was about 22,000 acres and home to hundreds of people, but today it has shrunk to about 320 acres because of coastal erosion. The roughly 70 people who still live on the island will eventually relocate, thanks to a $48 million federal grant.
Police have located and arrested the father of a 4-month-old baby who was found dead at home in Lake Charles apparently from alcohol intoxication. The mother, 25-year-old Courtney Moore, was arrested at home shortly after the warrant was obtained. 40-year-old Larry Champ and Moore each face charges of 2nd Degree Murder.