News for Tuesday 112718
Compiled by Dave Graichen
State Police report an Alexandria woman died Monday morning after her car was hit head-on by a box truck, on highway 3170 near LSUA. According to authorities 24 year old Chandler Lewis lost control of the truck, crossed the center line and hit a vehicle being driven by 24 year old Leminee Issac. Issac, who was not wearing a seatbelt was pronounced dead at the scene. Lewis, the driver of the truck suffered only minor injuries. Charges are pending against Lewis.
The man accused of raping an 82-year-old dementia patient last year at an Alexandria hospital has taken a plea that will send him to prison for up to 40 years. 28 year old Juantavies White was due to stand trial this week on a charge of first-degree rape.
An Alexandria man accused in the fatal shooting and armed robbery a man in September 2017 was found unable to stand trial on Monday. 21 year old Braylon Dozier Jr. was declared mentally unfit and a danger to himself and others by Judge Harry Randow. Randow ordered Dozier be sent to the East Louisiana Mental Health System in East Feliciana Parish until further notice. Dozier is accused of murdering Steven Allen, who was delivering pizza at the time he was shot and killed.
A former APD officer was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison. 43 year old Kenneth Thomas, who accused of dealing drugs and having sex while on duty, pled guilty to a reduced charge of abuse of office back in October. Thomas attempted to withdraw his guilty plea prior to sentencing yesterday, but the judge in the case refused. Thomas will serve his term without hard labor and with credit for any time served. He will also be eligible for work release.
When can an oil company seize your land to build a pipeline and who gives them permission. The answers are pretty much anytime they want and without you permission. That leads us to a hearing today, in the case that’s delayed construction on a portion of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, after owners of land in St. Martinville say crews were illegally building, clearing trees and digging up land on their 32 acre property for nearly 60 days. The land owners are trying to fight the law that allowed the oil company to enter their property.
Congressman Ralph Abraham says soybean farmers are having issues with accessing the Market Facilitation Program, originally designed to help farmers, because of the recent congestion with crop elevators due to the nations trade war. He says the only step being take right now, is a bill that he’s pushing that alters the payment structure for the MFP. Abraham says many farmers are in danger of facing bankruptcy due to the issue, and he’s willing to do what it takes to get the ball rolling as fast as possible
Reports have pegged Texas A&M Head Coach Jimbo Fisher’s nephew, Cole Fisher as the assailant who attacked LSU Analyst Steve Kragthorpe after the Aggies 74-72 win over LSU Saturday night. USA Today Reporter Glen Guilbeau says the seven overtime barnburner was the highlight of a night full of controversy, something that likely won’t be forgotten, or forgiven by fans of both teams. Kragthorpe suffers from Parkinsons and says the hit, which landed on his pacemaker, made his heart flutter.
This past Saturday proved to make a huge impact on locally owned shops and restaurants as the movement known as “Small Business Saturday” saw big numbers. National Federation of Independent Business Louisiana spokesperson Dawn Starns says looking at the full shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than two-thirds of small business owners expect sales to be stronger than 2017. Small Business Saturday was first recognized in 2010.
Venezuela will hold onto its U.S.-based Citgo refineries, including one in Lake Charles, settling a lawsuit that threw ownership of the struggling country's prized assets into peril.
Court papers show that Venezuela on Friday began paying off $1.4 billion that a panel said was owed to the Canadian mining firm Crystallex, following a disputed takeover of the company by the late-President Hugo Chavez. Citgo operates a 426,000-barrel-per-day-capacity refinery in Lake Charles, the sixth-largest refinery in the U.S., employing 1,800 company and contract workers. Plus facilities in Corpus Christi and Lemont, Illinois.
A Baton Rouge rapper known as Blvd Quick was found dead early Monday after a shooting at an apartment complex in East Baton Rouge. Police were called to the scene shortly after midnight where they found the body of 25 year old Ashton Wells. Police say this killing marks the 77th homicide in East Baton Rouge Parish for the year, a figure still below last year’s record high number of homicides.
The Saints are on a 10 win streak, looking comfortably like the best team in the NFL behind the most efficient season in Drew Brees’ career, and a surging defense that’s forced 10 interceptions and 12 fumbles. With five games left in the season, the Saints could eclipse the franchise regular season win record of 13. The Saints face a resurgent Cowboys team Thursday night in Dallas. The Cowboys are on a three game win streak and are in the thick of the playoff hunt.