News for Thursday 080416
By Dave Graichen
In some restaurants, it is best you don’t see what goes on behind the scenes in the Kitchen. That’s where the state Department of Health and Hospitals comes in.. More than a dozen restaurants in Alexandria and Pineville have racked up at least 20 health violations between 2013 and 2016. One of those is Sake Sushi, which the Department of Health forced to close last week. A complete list of restaurant inspections can be found at eatsafe.louisiana.gov a list of the restaurants that racked up the most violations here in Alexandria / Pineville can be found in today’s Towntalk.
The APD reports an arrest has been made in connection with a shooting on Monroe Street Monday. 30 year old Tony Price was captured on Tuesday and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Price charged with attempted second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. But, this isn’t Price’s first time at the rodeo. Price also was charged back in late April after he and another man allegedly fired shots at a house on 11th Street.
The State Department of Transportation has received a $60 million federal FASTLANE grant to widen and repave Interstate 10 between the I-49 interchange and the Atchafalaya Basin. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson believes widening the road to three lanes in both directions will help to alleviate congestion. Wilson says this federal grant frees up state dollars to be used for other highway improvements.
The mother of a five-year-old boy who was fatally shot in the head by his nine-year-old brother has been charged with child desertion. Colonel John Fortunado with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says 29-year-old Generra Brown was caring for a neighbor across the street, when the two boys were playing in a closet and came across a handgun. The five-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Human remains found in the Grand Canyon are believed to be those of a Louisiana woman who’s been missing since April. Rangers located the remains near the South Rim and believe the body is that of 22-year-old Diana Zacarias of Natchitoches. Officials say she arrived at the canyon the day before she was reported missing, but the National Park Service was unable to locate her after several days of searching.
Louisiana has received $400-thousand from the Centers for Disease Control to fight the Zika virus. Dr. Frank Welch with the Department of Health says it will be used to educate both OBGYNs and at-risk pregnant women about the virus, and help them learn about what medical action needs to be taken if a woman gets Zika.
Wednesday marked the four-year anniversary of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole. Assumption Parish Emergency Preparedness Director John Boudreaux says it all started with strange bubbles of water coming up from beneath the surface to a massive sinkhole that forced numerous families to move elsewhere. Boudreaux says about 15 individuals still live in the area.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announces that international travel to Louisiana has increased 36% over the past year. He says that puts Louisiana second only to Michigan for annual growth. He says international tourism has huge benefits for the state. Nungesser says New Orleans saw a 37% increase during the same time period and this is the third consecutive year of double digit growth in international visitors. He credits Louisiana’s great food and culture and its people for the big increase in tourists from outside of the United States.
The LSU football team hits the practice field Today for the first of several practices leading up to the season opener against Wisconsin on September 3rd. Coach Les Miles knows he has a lot of talent on this squad and wants to see it play out over the next month.
LSU is considered one of the favorites to win the Southeastern Conference and play in the College Football Playoff.