News for Tuesday 121118
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A robbery at the Silver Dollar Pawn Shop back in September, in which a number of guns were stolen, has led to the offering of a $10,000 reward. Half of the reward is being put up by the ATF's New Orleans Field Division, while the other half comes from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is a trade association for the firearms industry. The $10,000 would go to whomever provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary. Anonymous tips can be sent to the ATF through its mobile app, ReportIt, available for Android and iPhones, or by visiting www.reportit.com.
The Alexandria Police Department reports in the last seven days, six guns were stolen in the area from car burglaries and only one of the cars was locked. APD reminds residents not to leave guns or valuables in your vehicles. If for any reason you must, put it in the trunk and be sure your vehicle is locked.
It appears a deadly fire early Sunday morning in the Campti area was not set and appears to be the result of something in the home. The fire killed a 71 year old grandmother, Lucy Telsee and her 6 year old granddaughter Rosia Mae Telsee. After escaping the blaze, the grandmother reentered the burning home in an attempt to rescue the child. She apparently found the child, but both were unable to escape the fire. Fire officials found the two in the wreckage of the home. 4 people survived the fire..
A Monday afternoon fire caused extensive damage to a home in the 3000 block of Herbert Street in Alexandria. The fire has been ruled as accidental after investigators determined that a space heater was being used too close to combustibles. There were six people were living in the house but fire officials say there were no injuries.
The current revenue forecast for state government will stay in place after Speaker Taylor Barras votes down an increase today in the Revenue Estimating Conference. The committee has indicated they hope the Speaker will change his mind by early next year, and that a new meeting will be called that can get the unanimous approval necessary. Barras says he likely would support a forecast increase, but later down the road.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeals of Louisiana challenging lower courts’ decisions to prevent the Bayou State from excluding Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid contractor. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch dissented. The newest justice, Brett Kavanaugh, was among the justices voting not to hear the case.
The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline continues it’s descent as it currently sits at $2.10 per gallon. It’s just over a 30 cent drop from this time last month, and the lowest price since last December. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says it is a welcomed trend with the holidays. Redman says late last week, some oil producing countries have agreed to cut back on production by about a million barrels a day. Redman expects that may impact prices next spring.
Louisiana has the second highest credit card burden in the United States according to a survey conducted by creditcards.com. The credit analysts found came to the conclusion by comparing the average credit card debt to the median income in each state. Industry Analyst at creditcards.com Ted Rossman says compared to other states Louisiana’s credit card debt is right in the middle but the burden stems from earnings differences.
Governor John Bel Edwards is gearing up his 2019 campaign with a focus on his record of bipartisanship, including his cordial relationship with the President. While national Democrats are solidifying their pre-presidential primary base by challenging the President, Political Analyst Clancy DuBos says that likely isn’t pleasing the Democrat’s base, but Edwards’ situation is unique being elected in the Deep South. A recent poll found 55 percent approval for the President in Louisiana.
A new social media platform called First Responders Emergency Media outlet, or FREMO, has been unveiled by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. Nungesser says the website will serve as an outlet of expression for first responders who experience things on the job that might leave them a bit shaken. Many first responders may not want to seek help as they feel they run the risk of being labeled as having some sort of problem. Nungesser says this website will be a secure, confidential platform.
The man who lost a challenge for the Melville Chief of Police in St. Landry Parish, and allegedly punched an officer at a parade for the winner, has bonded out of jail. Cleven Clark denies that he assaulted the officer, and says police were harassing his family by running the parade in front of his house after the election, but Chief Anthony Moreau says it’s an unfortunate incident, but that he won’t tolerate anyone putting their hands on his officers.
Two Louisiana schools have been named “National ESEA Distinguished Schools” for outstanding academic performance. L.W. Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies in Jefferson Parish was recognized in the category of “Exceptional Student Performance Schools.” Eastside Elementary School in Livingston Parish was recognized in the category of “Closing the Achievement Gap.”