News for Friday 092818
Compiled By Dave Graichen
A 21 year old Pineville man has been arrested and charged with raping a child he was babysitting. Ethan Scott Jowers was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on two counts of first-degree rape. Authorities believe Jowers also, on another occasion, had sexual intercourse with a sibling of the first victim. Jowers remains in jail. Bond on the two first-degree rape charges was set at $2 million.
A motion to reduce bond for Kayla Jean Giles, the Alexandria woman accused of killing her estranged husband on Sept. 8, will be heard on Oct. 22. The 31 year old Giles was indicted Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 30 year old Thomas Coutee Jr. He was shot once in the chest and died in the parking lot of the Walmart on Coliseum Boulevard.
Hanna Nicole Barker, the mother accused in connection to her infant son's death in July, will face an Oct. 10 probation revocation hearing. Barker was arrested in 2016 on drug-related charges in Natchitoches Parish. A five-year prison sentenced was deferred, however, and she was placed in the 10th Judicial District Court's drug court.
A new document filed with the Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court's Office details why officials are seeking the revocation. Barker was arrested on July 25 on a charge of being a principal to first-degree murder.
Warrants were put out for sixteen former inmates and five former Washington Parish Sheriff’s Deputies related to incidents at the Washington Parish jail involving the rape of one inmate and the beating of another. The sixteen have been booked into the parish jail, with the former officers facing charges of malfeasance in office and the inmates facing simple battery charges. State Police and the FBI were contacted in relation to the investigation.
The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Louisiana Law that would require doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. A law that included some similar language in Texas was shot down by the Supreme Court. Center for Reproductive Rights Senior Council TJ Tu says it’s a decision that fly’s in the face of the Supreme Courts previous decisions, and could make access to abortion in the Bayou State difficult to obtain.
The CDC has released a new report that shows the rate of babies born with congenital syphilis has been on the rise throughout the United States. Reported cases have jumped from 362 in 2013 to 918 in 2017. When compared to other states, Louisiana ranks at the very top.
Senator John Kennedy closed out yesterday’s questioning of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. In his opening remarks, he expressed his sympathy toward Kavanaugh, his family, Dr. Christine Ford, and her family for what they had all been through recently.
Gov. John Bel Edwards says one of his goals is for Louisiana to have more cybersecurity protections in place than any other state. The Governor has declared October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Late last year, Edwards created a task force to lead the state's efforts on the initiative.
Lake Charles authorities report a traffic stop last weekend led to a major drug bust, 63 pounds of cocaine. Police say it happened Sunday afternoon on Interstate 10, when a tow truck was pulled over for a traffic violation. Arrested was 42 year old Elton Joseph Richard of Church Point. Richard’s bond is set at $250,000.
State Police say one of their Troopers used deadly force on a suspect in Hammond Early Thursday morning. Authorities identify the deceased suspect as 23-year-old Coltin Brennan Leblanc of Loranger. A witness grabbing a late night snack at a local restaurant says after being pulled over during what appeared to be a routine traffic stop, LeBlanc sped away after exchanging words with the officer. The officer fired to stopped the driver. Authorities say Leblanc died a short time later at a hospital.
A shooting inside a Dollar General store in Iberia Parish has left one man in critical condition in a Lafayette hospital and another in the custody on the parish jail. Investigators arrested 23-year-old Joel Saenz, who ran into the store and shot the victim in the head during a physical altercation between the suspect’s brother and the victim. The suspect left the store and was later arrested at his home.
Disney Cruise Line announced they will start sailing out of the Port of New Orleans in 2020 during Mardi Gras season. The 27-hundred passenger Disney Wonder is scheduled for six different Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from February 7th to March 6th.
Former LSU star Eric Reid has found employment. The Carolina Panthers has inked the safety from Dutchtown High School to a one-year contract. Reid signed a collusion grievance against the NFL in May after he went unsigned during the free agency period. Reid is a former starting safety with the 49ers and has not stood during the National Anthem. Reid said back in March he was willing to stop the National Anthem protests, but remain active off the field when it comes to highlighting and stopping social injustice.
LSU Coach Ed Orgeron said during his radio show last night he expects injured starting offensive guard Garrett Brumfield will miss at least a couple of weeks. True freshmen Chasen Hines from Marshall, Texas will take Brumfield’s place in the starting line up.
LSU is set to unveil a statue of the late Dr. Billy Cannon, the school’s only Heisman Trophy Winner. The ceremony happens tonight, one night ahead of the Tigers hosting Ole Miss. Billy Cannon is the first LSU football player to have a statue erected on the campus in his honor.
Drew Brees says he’s looking forward to playing a pair of New Orleans boys in Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. this weekend as the Saints take a trip up north to play the Giants in New York. Drew’s gotten to know the two after living in the Crescent City for over a decade since joining the Black and Gold.