News for Monday 091916
By Dave Graichen
Monroe-based telecommunications company CenturyLink has announced plans for companywide layoffs. CenturyLink spokesperson Annmarie Sartor says they are starting with voluntary layoffs, so they are not sure on the local impact. But she says if they do not reach their goal, they will have to begin involuntary layoffs. The reduction could affect about 35-hundred employees throughout the company here in the US. The cost reductions are due in part to the fact that lots of people are getting rid of their land lines.
A Ville Platte man lost his life early yesterday morning when fire ripped through his Calcasieu St. home. Firemen found the body of 62 year old James Malveaux in the rubble of the home.
State Fire Marshal investigators were then summoned to the scene to assist in determining the cause of this deadly fire. the home had no smoke alarms.
Governor John Bel Edwards has released a statement following his meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. The governor says he had the opportunity to update the President on the flood recovery efforts in Louisiana. Edwards says he’s optimistic they will get Louisiana citizens the assistance they need to rebuild. Louisiana’s congressional delegation is working to get a $2.6 billion federal aid package approved.
First responders rescued a Baton Rouge teen from a chimney. Authorities say the 15-year-old was trying to break into the house through the chimney. McKneely says the teen has been charged with attempted burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
A Lafayette homeowner fatally shot a naked man who was holding a gun in his backyard. Cpl. Bridgett Dugas says they have not yet determined the identity of the suspect and are in the process of questioning the homeowner. Dugas says the naked suspect did not fire his weapon and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Leesville man has been arrested for his fourth DWI following a crash that sent another driver and two children to the hospital. Police say 29-year-old Erica Fowler was driving down US 171 in Beauregard parish when 48-year-old Bryan Lee Hayes crossed both lanes and sideswiped her car. Fowler and her two children sustained minor injuries, and Hayes was not hurt. Drug impairment is suspected on the part of Hayes.
Taylor Swift is donating $50-thousand to Ascension parish public schools for flood recovery. Ascension Superintendent David Alexander says they are overwhelmed by the generosity and the investment will have far reaching impacts as they recover from the flood. Five of the 27 schools in the district are closed because of flood damage, displacing 5-thousand students. Swift earlier donated $1 million to the state’s recovery efforts and $50k to the Baton Rouge food bank.
A former Gretna police officer is now behind bars after a video shows him kicking a handcuffed suspect while on the ground. The alleged incident occurred in April. 46-year-old Robert Wallow turned himself into authorities Friday on charges of simple battery and malfeasance in office. Wallow was a Gretna police officer for 18 months, before he was terminated on Thursday. A Gretna police official says they found out about the incident through an internal investigation.
Two Louisiana chefs are travelling to Japan today to cook gumbo for the US Ambassador of Japan, Caroline Kennedy, and others as part of the Mississippi River Country reception. Samantha Carroll and her husband, Cody, own Hot Tails in New Roads and Sac-a-Lait restaurant in New Orleans. Carroll says this will be a great opportunity to get Louisiana products in the hands of chefs abroad.
An Acadia Parish woman is fighting to get her spider monkey back after he was seized by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Justine Quinn of Church Point says she has owned Darwin, the monkey, for over 13 years. A state law was passed in 2006 requiring a permit to own exotic animals, but Quinn says she was grandfathered in because she owned Darwin before the law was passed. She says he was seized once before in 2014.
Quinn says it took four months to get Darwin back the first time, and he was emaciated and had cuts all over his hands. She says she’s worried the same thing will happen again, especially because another woman’s primate died while in LDWF’s care.
The LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing has been ranked the ninth best nursing school in the country by the Nursing Schools Almanac. Dr. Demetrius Porche, Dean of the School of Nursing, says this is a great honor. He says this review is a testament to the dedication of the facility and staff’s commitment to a culture of excellence. The school also ranked number 5 among public nursing schools and second in the Southeast region.
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser announces the Louisiana Office of Tourism has been named the 2016 State Tourism Office of the Year by the Southeast Tourism Society. This is the second time L-O-T has won this award, as the office also won in 2013.
Former Saints star Darren Sharper, who is in jail on rape charges, is a nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A selection committee still has to meet in February to vote on who will be inducted into the Hall. Sharper has admitted he raped three women in New Orleans in 2013 before sexually assaulting six more women in three other states.
What appeared to be an easy win on Saturday in Tiger Stadium, became a nerve racking victory for LSU as they had to hold on to a 23-20 victory over Mississippi State.
It’s a tough start to the season for the Saints. After dropping a one-point loss in the season opener, New Orleans lost another tight contest yesterday. Giants kicker Josh Brown’s 23-yard field goal with no time left gave New York a 16-13 win over the Saints