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News for Friday 011918

By Dave Graichen

 

The north Louisiana TV show personality known as Mr. Wonder in the 70s will serve five years in prison.  Frank Selas sexually assaulted a child while on a camping trip in Rapides Parish in 1979.  All parties agreed a plea agreement with two years credit for time served.  He will not have to register as a sex offender as that law was not in effect in 1979.

 

The freezing grip from the polar vortex is about to loosen in Louisiana.  Forecasters say last night was the last night we’ll see temps below freezing as warmer temps will start to move in over the weekend. State climatologist Barry Keim says this weekend will feel like paradise after nearly a month of below normal temperatures… Saturday temps will be near 60, Sunday near 70..

 

Temperatures will return to the 50s today, but cold weather-related issues remain, especially in southeast Louisiana where many communities are dealing with low water pressure. The record breaking cold busted pipes and forced many to run their faucets to fight the freeze. Governor John Bel Edwards says water systems need a couple more days to catch up.

 

Residents in Louisiana were asked by their utility companies to conserve power for a few hours Thursday morning as energy demand was getting close to being more than what the power grids could handle. Entergy spokeswoman Sheila Pounders says they don’t foresee any future demand that would exceed the supply over the next several days as temperatures will be rising.

 

A man was found frozen outside his home in Crowley early Wednesday morning.  The 56-year-old man was found by neighbors lying face down in his yard.  Police chief Jimmy Broussard says they are interviewing neighbors to try to determine why he was outside and if health issues were related to his death. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of the victim’s family.

 

Jury selection in the second-degree murder trial involving Joe McKnight’s shooter should conclude today. The former NFL and John Curtis running back was shot by Ronald Gasser on a roadside in Jefferson Parish in December of 2016. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says the defense will likely claim McKnight tried to enter Gasser’s car after a road rage incident. Gasser was involved in another aggressive incident at the same intersection a decade ago.

 

A legislative task force recommends Louisiana loosen its restrictions on the gaming industry. The task force put forward two recommendations to make bayou gaming more nationally competitive. Lake Charles Senator Ronnie Johns says one of those proposals involves allowing riverboat casinos some inland real estate. Existing regulations only allow a certain square footage of “gaming space”, and Johns says this requirement is antiquated considering the size of new slot machines. These proposals will go before legislators during the upcoming legislative session.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards has moved the unveiling of his budget proposal to Monday due to winter weather in Louisiana. He had intended to show the administration’s proposed spending plan today but moved the meeting to next week because of concern about how lawmakers would get to Baton Rouge.

 

The chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $83,000 from the tribe. 40 year old Joey P. Barbry pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Dee Drell to one count of theft from an Indian tribal organization. Barbry faces five years in prison, three years of supervised release, restitution and a $250,000 fine.

 

There are nearly 50 boil advisories issued in the state right now due to water pressure concerns from excessive use and bursting frozen pipes. Louisiana Department of Health Chief Engineer Amanda Laughlin (Loff-Lin) it’s important to follow the orders because when pressure is low, bacteria could potentially enter the distribution system. She adds that the advisories are only precautionary.

 

Sports..

 

LSU nose tackle Greg Gilmore has been added to the Senior Bowl. He’ll be one of four Tigers in the game on January 27th in Mobile. Defensive lineman Christian LaCouture, running back Darrel Williams and receiver DJ Chark have also received invitations.

 

And former LSU standouts Russell Gage and Frank Herron will play in the N-F-L-P-A Collegiate Bowl on Saturday in the Rose Bowl in Pasedena.

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