News for Wednesday 080316
By Dave Graichen
Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the Caribbean Sea, the first Atlantic basin named storm since late June. Earl will track toward Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, where strong winds and heavy rainfall will be threats late Wednesday into Thursday. Current indications are that the chance of a direct impact on the U.S. from Earl is low. The storm already claimed 6 lives in the Dominican Republic.
Governor John Bel Edwards has faced a lot of different issues in his first 8 months in office and a new poll shows almost half of the voters approve of the job he’s doing. UNO Pollster Ed Chervenak says an approval rating near 50-percent isn’t bad for a Democrat in a red state.
During his first year in office, the governor has had to tackle a huge budget deficit, historic flooding and police shootings.
There have been 27 shooting deaths in Shreveport this year. Corporal Marcus Hines says the latest victim is a 15-year-old, who was found dead inside a home from a gunshot wound to the head. Police say they have few leads and witnesses aren’t cooperating. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information on this crime.
A Lafayette man has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend. Lafayette Police Cpl. Paul Mouton says investigators have determined 33-year-old Jonathan Aubrey went to the home of 37-year-old Sheree Patin Williams on Sunday and killed her. Mouton says Williams had obtained a Protective Order against Aubrey earlier in the year and it was still in effect when she died. He says a witness put Aubrey at the residence.
Williams body was found Monday morning.
East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark says his office’s autopsy report on the death of Alton Sterling has been sealed by a federal judge. Clark announced last month that Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, died of multiple gunshot wounds after a confrontation with two white police officers, but did not release any other information.
The US Coast Guard and other agencies are attempting to clean-up 42-hundred gallons of crude oil that spilled near the mouth of the Mississippi River. A well owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Company discharged the oil. A Coast Guard spokesperson says they are trying to collect as much oil as possible with skimmers.
A Luling man has been charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder after firing more than 40 shots into his estranged wife’s parent’s home. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne says 30-year-old William Canada shot his father-in-law in the chest but the bullet didn’t penetrate his chest cavity because it first went through a door and sofa. He says they’re searching Canada’s residence because they found a makeshift Molotov cocktail and an accelerant at the scene. Champagne says after Canada and his wife separated, he went into a depression.
Kids and parents are gearing up for the start of the new school year, and that means getting back in the school routine. LSU Health New Orleans Clinical Pediatrics professor, Dr. Cory Hebert, says if parents haven’t started getting their kids adjusted to a school sleep schedule, they should. He says it’s a good idea to avoid caffeine before bedtime, and parents can help their kids adjust to new bedtimes by going to bed the same time they do.
A Louisiana man is fighting to receive survivor benefits after his husband died. Marjorie Esman with the ACLU of Louisiana says William Conley passed away in February of 2015, and his husband Gerald Beem has been trying to get social security benefits ever since. Esman says the couple got married in California in 2014, before same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide. She says even though gay marriage was not legal in Louisiana at the time, the marriage should still be recognized. Gene Mills with the Louisiana Family Forum says he doesn’t see them winning this case, because gay marriages were not recognized in Louisiana at the time of his death.
Shreveport police are searching for a suspect who vandalized and broke into the office of State Representative Barbara Norton. Norton says the outside of her office was vandalized last week, then someone broke into it on Sunday. She says whoever broke in, also changed one of the locks at her office. This is the second time in less than a year that Norton’s office has been broken into. Norton says her office will remain closed until the damage to the office has been repaired and the investigation is complete.
The start of what could be a special football season for the LSU Tigers begins today as the players report for Fall Camp. The Bayou Bengals are coming off a 9-and-3 season. College football expert Phil Steele predicts LSU will be one of four playoff teams at the end of the regular season.