News for Thursday 121318
Compiled by Dave Graichen
90% Chance of showers and t-storms High 67
The Bayou State can expect heavy rainfall as a storm system whipped up in Texas and Oklahoma moves into the state today. Paired with a cold front, one to two inches of rain is likely to land across Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says in some areas of Louisiana the rain could be even more intense and flooding is possible. The good news.. The weekend looks great!
Authorities in Natchitoches report four people were shot, one fatally, in the city Tuesday night. Natchitoches PD responded to the shooting and found one victim had suffered a gunshot wound to his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three had been taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in a private vehicle. Two had been shot in the abdomen, while the third had been shot in the back of the neck. The shootings remain under investigation.
Louisiana Department of Health is conducting a special one-day, multi-location flu shot promotion, throughout Louisiana from 2 until 6:30 this afternoon. LDH Immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says a similar event was conducted in January of this year during the middle of a rough flu season that saw more than 1600 deaths in Louisiana. Shots will be little to no cost and recipients are encouraged to bring an insurance card if they have it. Here in Rapides Parish the shots will be available at the Parish Health unit on Coliseum Blvd.
A 21 year old Grant Parish man was arrested yesterday after he was pulled over for the second time in as many days. The GPSO says Michael Reed Jr was stopped Tuesday with a license plate that didn’t belong to the vehicle he was driving. Yesterday a deputy attempted to stop him again, this time there was no plate on the vehicle, but this time he took off and a short time later hit a tree. He also attempted to dispose of a glass smoking pipe and some meth. Reed was arrested and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center.
Congress is set to vote this month on a criminal justice reform bill that would give judges more leeway in sentencing non-violent offenders, and would increase funding for rehabilitation programs for prisoners. The bill is backed by President Trump, but Senator John Kennedy and other Republicans say they’re concerned the legislation would lead to more prisoners getting out of jail who could potentially be violent individuals. Kennedy says there’s a number of incidents in Louisiana where a prisoner was released early under the new guidelines, and went on to commit a crime.
Over 98-thousand dollars was allegedly stolen from the Office of Motor Vehicles by three employees between March and June of 2017. That’s according to a new Legislative Auditor’s report that surveyed the OMV’s appropriation of funds. Auditor Daryl Purpera says the OMV has been receptive to changes since the release of the report. He notes it can be challenging for that department to prevent these kinds of crimes given how small most OMV outposts can be. All three were fired after the audit revealed the missing funds.
Louisiana has three of the top 30 cities most in need of charity donations this holiday season according to WalletHub.com. New Orleans came in at 10, Shreveport was next highest in the state at 21, and Baton Rouge came in at 26. WalletHub Analyst Jill Gonzales says the report took into account child poverty, unemployment, homelessness, high school drop outs, economic security, health, and safety ratings.
Authorities are looking for two men facing hate crime charges for terrorizing a black woman at the West Monroe Walmart. Investigators have identified the two as 22 year old Dylan Reynolds and 24 year old Michael Walters. The woman was leaving the store as the men began yelling at her and calling her racial slurs. One of the men is accused of chasing after her car on foot as she fled the scene.
Former Port Allen police officers are accusing Police Chief Esdron Brown of forcing his religion upon his officers via mandatory religious meetings and using God’s will as a reasoning for promotions. Legal analyst Tim Meche says those that lost their positions could potentially be entitled to compensation.
Google’s annual Year in Search was released and shows what Louisianans want to look at online. The “Year in Search” lists are Google’s annual look at the trillions of searches performed throughout the year. Google Technology Expert Molly Vandenburg says the number one search in the Bayou State was a little surprising. The top list was for the “World Cup”. Next was everything LSU.
The Saints have released wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall never appeared in a game with the Black and Gold after he was signed last month. To take Marshall’s place, tight end Erik Swoope signed with the Saints. Swoope was just released by the Colts.
LSU has begun bowl practices for their New Year’s Day matchup with Central Florida. Coach Ed Orgeron says they will continue to work on getting the offense to score more touchdowns and it starts with doing more with their quarterback…
LSU safety Grant Delpit has become only the ninth unanimous All-American in school history. Delpit was one of four Tigers who made the F-B-S Coaches All-America Teams
ESPN ranks LSU’s seven overtime loss to Texas A-and-M as the best college football game of the year.