News for Thursday 080918
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Today's Sources: Louisiana Network, Baton Rouge Advocate, Towntalk & Cenla Broadcasting.
The Natchitoches parish Sheriff’s office is investigating the deaths of two young men were found shot to death in a vehicle early Tuesday morning in Natchitoches. Investigators say both had been shot several times. The victims were identified as driver Cordarious Smith and passenger Rodney Richards. Both men were 24 and lived in Natchitoches.
State Police report a Leesville bicyclist died Wednesday morning in a crash with an 18-wheeler, whose driver later was arrested after he left the scene of the accident.
The wreck happened on La. Highway 28 West around 8:30 a.m. at the line between Rapides and Vernon parishes. 72 year old David Guerrero was bicycling eastbound on the shoulder when he was hit by an empty log truck driven by 57-year-old Barney Lee Adams of Harrisonburg. Adams continued driving, though. Troopers found him and the truck "several miles from the crash location. Guerrero was taken to Rapides Regional Trauma Center, where he later died.
A Cottonport woman is dead after a Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash. State Police report 24 year old April Lemoine lost control of her vehicle and crossed the center line of Highway 107 and struck another vehicle head on. Lemoine, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene of the wreck. The driver of the other vehicle was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.
Governor John Bel Edwards visit with President Donald Trump today in New Jersey is turning heads in a political environment that’s becoming sharply divided along partisan lines. Edwards will discuss criminal justice reform with the president, who’s reportedly interested in pursuing a federal push for similar changes. Republican U.S. Sen. John Kennedy sent a letter yesterday to President Donald Trump trashing the state’s reform efforts.
It’s once again time to be more mindful of school zones and school buses. That’s the message from AAA. Spokesperson Don Redman says it’s critical for drivers to remember not to pass stopped school buses and that drivers in both directions must stop when on a non-divided roadway. Not only is it a costly mistake if you get busted, but it could become a deadly mistake.
Online Fantasy Sports legalization will be on the November 6th ballot, giving voters a chance to legalize the use of online services like Draft Kings and FanDuel in their parish. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says it’s likely a few parishes won’t legalize it, which means they’ll have to set up what are known as geofences. Jones says that means online fantasy sports will likely not be up and running in Louisiana until the 2019-2020 football season.
The University of Louisiana at Monroe has a new four-year degree program that is the first of its kind in the state. It’s called Unmanned Aircraft Systems Management and it’s all about drones and their use in various industries. ULM Professor Dr. Paul Karlowitz says he’s already getting contacted by companies looking to hire drone pilots and the use of drones can be applied to many different lines of work. He adds the first class for the upcoming semester is already full.
Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state is investing in four new facilities in the Louisiana Community College system, three in New Orleans, and one in Lake Charles. The Lake Charles SOWELA facility will focus on Culinary, Gaming, and Hospitality services. New Orleans will be home to new facilities as well, with campuses in the downtown districts and across the river in Algiers.
State Police say 22-year-old woman from Franklin and her one-year-old son are dead after they were hit by an alleged drunk driver in Iberia Parish. Master Trooper Brooks David says investigators believe Dylan Leblanc of Youngsville was impaired when he lost control of vehicle on US-90 Tuesday night and collided with an oncoming car.
The collision killed Abbie Sinitiere and her one-year-old son Max, both were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say three other juveniles in Sinitiere’s vehicle sustained critical injuries.
Shreveport Police are continuing their investigation into an officer involved shooting that left a 27 year old dead. Late Tuesday afternoon, officers were dispatched to a call of a suspicious vehicle. The patrolmen attempted a routine traffic stop that resulted in a brief. When officers got out of their vehicles, the suspect threw his car into reverse, hitting a police cruiser. Officers fired their weapons at the driver with at least one hit to the chest, killing the man.
A 47-year-old Baton Rouge man who shot his then-girlfriend six times, paralyzing her, as she took a bath in February 2017 was convicted Wednesday of attempted second-degree murder. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III called Carl Thompson II’s shooting of Angela Gabriel “an act of cowardice.” Thompson faces a prison term of 10 to 50 years when state District Judge Richard Anderson sentences him Oct. 19.
Authorities recovered a woman's body in Lake Pontchartrain on Tuesday evening, two days after New Orleans resident Sadie Thibodeaux went missing there. The 32 year old Thibodeaux disappeared Sunday. The man who had been out sailing with her when she disappeared, and who was rescued by the Coast Guard on Monday morning, has been questioned by police. Police on Tuesday morning said they had not seen any evidence of foul play and were considering Thibodeaux's case as a missing persons investigation.
The Saints take on the Jaguars tonight in Jacksonville for the first preseason game of the year. You won’t see much of Drew Brees, or the other stars, but Saints Analyst Mike Detillier says it’s a chance for some unheralded players to make a name for themselves. Airtime this afternoon at 4 on 96.9 KZMZ. Kick off shortly after 6
LSU suspended linebacker Tyler Taylor after learning he was arrested in May for reportedly serving as the getaway driver in the burglary of a Georgia pawn shop, according to arrest documents obtained Wednesday by The Advocate. LSU athletic officials confirmed they learned of Taylor’s case Wednesday and that he is suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.
The New Orleans Pelicans will open the 2018-19 season by visiting the Houston Rockets on Wednesday October 17th in a game televised by ESPN. The rest of the schedule will be released at a later date. A reminder, you can hear the Pelicans in Central Louisiana on 94.7 ESPN.
Bad news for the ULM Warhaks, senior cornerback Rhoy Williams has suffered a torn ACL and he’ll miss the upcoming season. Williams played in 12 games last season and had 38 tackles.