News for Tuesday 020618
By Dave Graichen
Investigators with Louisiana State Police and the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office were at the town of Ball's offices Monday morning, reviewing records of former police chief Nate Ussery. Ussery resigned on Friday night amid an unspecified investigation by an unidentified agency or agencies. A statement from Louisiana State Police said it was asked to "assist the District Attorney's Office with a potential complaint against Ussery. "The matter remains ongoing and active."
In a rather unusual day Monday two Rapides parish inmates took off from their work crews. This first inmate was captured within an hour of walking away from his crew in Pineville. The second, Richard Allen Morris, who walked away from his work crew at the Pentecostals of Alexandria, was captured later in the day without incident. Officials are now investigating whether or not the two cases were connected.
State Immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says the flu outbreak has eased up somewhat over the past week. He says people getting their flu shots have helped. And those that are sick are heeding the advice to stay away from others. But he says even if you have recovered from the flu, you are not out of danger. With three different strains reported in Louisiana, you still have the chance of catching the flu again. The best protection still is the flu shot. If you haven’t gotten it, you should.
One man died and another hospitalized after a Mardi Gras parade route shooting in Jeanerette on Sunday. Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Major Wendell Raborn says there are a lot of potential witnesses, but no one has come forward with any information. There is no word on the condition of the second person shot.
Shreveport police say a Good Samaritan trying to help in an accident on I-20 was killed Sunday afternoon. A major accident had occurred in the westbound lanes between a tractor trailer and a pickup truck. The pedestrian stopped to help, attempting to cross both eastbound lanes of traffic when he was struck and killed. The victims in the initial accident were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
President Trump has asked Congress to pass a one-point-five-trillion-dollar infrastructure funding bill. But will Louisiana see any of those dollars if it passes? State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson is worried because Louisiana doesn’t have enough state transportation dollars to match what the federal government might be willing to offer. The state currently has a backlog of 13-billion-dollars in infrastructure repairs and projects.
The stats are very slow in coming. But, it appears Louisiana’s number of work related fatalities decrease in 2016. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows there were 95 fatalities, down from 112 in 2015. Injury rates also saw a decline from 5.8 per 100,000 full time workers in 2015 to 5.0 in 2016. Most of the fatalities occurred in trade, transportation and utilities.
State Police arrest a 20-year-old Kaplan man for a hit and run crash that killed two high school students. Sergeant Jared Sandifer says Tyler Meaux was driving a Ford F-150 and heading the wrong way on U-S 167 Sunday night when he slammed into a Honda Civic, carrying four teenagers. Sandifer says they believe Meaux was drunk. Those killed are identified as 16-year-old Alana Duhon of Abbeville and 15-year-old Sydney Colomb of Maurice.
A Port Allen high school volunteer has been accused of having sex with a 15-year-old-student. Reports say the 30-year-old Ronald Barbier has been charged with one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and five counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. The reports say Barbier worked as an athletics volunteer. Barbier is being accused of communicating with the minor through social media.
The LSU Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences has developed a new treatment for heart disease using antioxidants from red wine. Research has indicated that having a glass of red wine could be good for your heart, but with Professor Tammy Dugas’s program, even the sober can get those benefits. Dugas developed a stent that can be inserted into arteries that releases antioxidants directly into problem areas.
Experts have recommend having two glasses a day to start noticing the heart health benefits.
Many Entergy Louisiana customers have suffered sticker shock after seeing their most recent bill, following the extreme cold snap in late December and January. For many, the normal storm restoration fee went up. Entergy says they are working with customers to set up payment arrangements if they are having problems paying for their last bill.
The LSU men’s basketball team is in a five-way tie for eighth place in the SEC standings as they get ready to play Florida tomorrow night in Gainesville. The Tigers are 13-9 overall, 4-6 in the SEC and Coach Will Wade says his team still has an opportunity to make a postseason tournament. LSU is coming off a 94-86 win over Arkansas.