News for Friday 080318
Compiled by Dave Graichen
It wasn’t the decision the Rapides Parish DA’s office was hoping for. But, all is not lost yet. Judge Peyton Cunningham said Thursday that the money issues the Rapides Parish Police Jury are experiencing are attributable to funds being kept by the District Attorney's Office for its pretrial intervention programs. The judge went on to say DA Phillip Terrell's petition for a writ of mandamus was not the correct way to seek restoration of the $700,000 that was cut by the police jury. Terrell says he and his attorneys would take a few days to decide whether to appeal Cunningham's decision.
Wednesday a Federal Appellate Court blocked the release of online schematics that would allow people with 3D printers, which are rapidly falling in price, to create operational firearms with ease. Senator John Kennedy disagrees with blocking the release, and says it’s your right to print the weapons.
A criminal justice expert says Avoyelles Parish law officers who wrestled a Marksville man off a tractor while serving an arrest warrant last year used too much force, needlessly escalating a confrontation that ended with the man's death. A second expert said he doesn't agree the officers used excessive force, but said they may have acted negligently by failing to administer aid once Armando Frank was unconscious.
A press release from Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain reports a 2 year drowned in a swimming pool last Friday . Deputies and emergency responders were called to the home on Mundy Loop in Colfax. The boy as was pronounced dead shortly after they arrived. There were no signs of foul play, and no further information has been released on the incident.
LSU football reports for camp today and expectations are lower than normal. The Tigers are picked finish 5th in the SEC West and ranked 24th in the preseason coaches’ poll.
Emerge Louisiana, an organization dedicated to recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, has announced it has seen nine of its alumnae qualify for the 2018 elections. Spokesperson for the organization, Melanie Oubre says there is a great demand to see women take action in politics.
Former longtime state Rep. Johnny McFerren of Stonewall has died. McFerren was serving as a member of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.l He served four terms at state representative of district 7. He’s preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Patsy, who died in 2016.
A hit and run involving two vehicles in Monroe has a 59 year old woman dead. The preliminary investigation revealed that Emma Crew of West Monroe was attempting to walk across Highway 165 when she was hit by the driver’s side mirror of a southbound vehicle. Authorities say Crew then fell in the road and was hit by a truck. That vehicle that failed to stop.
The US Department of Defense has issued a $10 million award to the LSU’s Stephenson Technologies Corporation in an effort to help protect small businesses from cyberattacks. This comes after Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order in 2017 establishing a Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission to advance the state’s cyber ecosystem. STC’s President and CEO, Jeff Moulton, says it’s an important topic, because it’s not a matter of if you will be hacked, but when.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents have cited 52-year-old Gilvin Aucoin of Ville Platte for violating the Endangered Species Act by illegally shooting an endangered whooping crane. Spokesperson of LDWF Adam Einck says the birds, having distinctive markings and standing up to four to five feet tall, are not hard to miss. Einck says there is no good excuse for shooting this animal. Violating the Endangered Species Act can bring up to a $50,000 fine and a year in jail.
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