News for Wednesday 091918
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Just under 400 people on hand last night for the Alexandria Mayoral debate. The event was sponsored by The Young Professionals Group of Cenla, The Central Louisiana Chamber and Cenla Broadcasting. If you were not able to attend or listen on the radio, a podcast is available on the front page of the KSYL website at KSYL.Com..
A former Bookkeeper at the Rapides Parish DA’s office, Margaruette Beard, pleaded guilty yesterday to theft greater than $25,000, injuring public records, and malfeasance in office. Beard was sentenced to 5 years at hard labor on each count to be served concurrent with the federal sentence she received. Beard worked in the DA’s office for 27 years, until the discovery that money was missing from the office in October 2015.
Authorities in Livingston Parish report a 2-year-old boy has died after he managed to grab a gun from a counter in his home. Sheriff Jason Ard says the child is believed to have climbed up on a stool to reach the gun. He says the gun went off and the child was hit in the face. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The civil case involving the Alton Sterling shooting has uncovered a communication sent one year before Sterling’s shooting death by Officer Blane Salamoni where one his superiors questioned the former Baton Rouge cop’s sanity. Sterling Family Attorney Chris Stewart says his clients are pushing for a quick resolution to the civil case, and warns they’re ready to make life uncomfortable for city officials if they refuse a settlement. Blane Salamoni was cleared of criminal charges.
Some of Louisiana’s 100-person contingent of first responders in South Carolina are coming home, while the others will continue rescue operations for the next week as waters continue to rise as a result of Florence. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says South Carolina is not out of the woods yet when it comes to more flooding, which is why their search and rescue teams will stay there for another week.
A big groundbreaking ceremony for a new medical school on the ULM campus took place Tuesday. ULM has entered a land lease agreement with Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, which will construct a building at Heritage Park and the Grove. The university says no state funds will be used on the project.
Louisiana has the second highest rate of male on female murder in the United States according to a report from the Violence Policy Center. It’s a continuing trend as the state has found itself in the top five since 2016. Legislative Director Kristen Rand says 1,800 women were murdered in the US by men last year, with 93 percent of all murders of women by men being done by someone the victim knew beforehand.
LSU place-kicker Cole Tracy is reaching folk hero status after kicking the game winning field goal versus Auburn. Cole is a graduate transfer from Assumption College in Massachusetts. Now, that school is seeing donations from LSU fans in Cole’s honor. Assumption College Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Tim Stanton, says the donations started coming after LSU’s win over Miami. If enough funds are raised, Stanton says they’ll renamed their football field for Tracy.
Drag Queen Story Time will go on as planned on October sixth at the Lafayette Public Library despite some calls for the event’s cancellation. The library board met last night and took no action on postponing or cancelling the event, but they heard public comment. There were more people who spoke in opposition to a group of UL Lafayette students dressing in drag and reading to children.
Sixth ranked LSU is a 20 point favorite this Saturday night against Louisiana Tech. The Tigers have performed well when they are the underdogs, but they’ll be the favorite for at least the next couple of weeks. Coach Ed Orgeron says the key to staying successful is to stay humble.
Looking ahead to next season, the SEC schedule came out today. The Tigers will kick off league play on September 21st at Vanderbilt. LSU will also visit Mississippi State on October 19th, host Auburn the next week and then it’s Alabama on November 9th, followed by Ole Miss the next week. There’s also two bye weeks, September 28th and November 2nd, before Bama.