News for Thursday 021419
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A horrific scene on Mac Arthur drive yesterday morning. The APD reports around 6:15 an unidentified woman was struck by a pickup truck and killed while trying to cross the roadway by the Jackson Street exit. The woman who appeared to be homeless was carrying a suitcase, the clothes inside were scattered along the highway. The investigation into the crash continues. No word yet as to whether or not charges will be filed against the driver of the truck.
A fatal accident at the Jena Choctaw Pines Casino Friday night claimed the life of 67 year old Barbra Ratcliff. The Grant Parish Sheriff’s office reports a vehicle driven by an 87 year old woman struck Ratcliff under the casino’s canopy. Ratcliff was transported to a local hospital when she later died. Sheriff Steve McCain called the incident a tragic accident, and at this time the Sheriff’s Office is not charging the driver.
The RPSO reports the arrest of a Pineville woman on a long list of drug related charges. 35 year old Shantae Armstead allegedly was hiding bags of drugs in several locations where parish work crews were scheduled to pick up trash. After surveillance and Armstead’s arrest, investigators received a warrant to search her home. There they found assorted drugs and paraphernalia.
Beginning this fall, Louisiana will become only the second state in the US with military veteran centers on every college campus. Chancellor of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Monty Sullivan says the resource centers are put in place to help vets in transitioning into the campus lifestyle. Sullivan says the number of veterans enrolled in colleges across the state has significantly increased in recent years. Sullivan says the centers will be staffed with someone dedicated to working with them. It also helps veterans interact with other veterans on campus.
A border wall deal has been reached in Congress that would provide 1.37 of the 5.7 billion dollars the President has demanded to construct additional physical barriers along the Mexican border. Senator John Kennedy says he hasn’t been shown the bill yet, but he’s been told by colleagues that when combined with other funds, the final tab is a bit higher. Kennedy says he’s not sure whether he will ultimately vote for the deal, but two billion dollars isn’t a bad start to southern border wall expansion efforts.
A shootout between a homeowner and an intruder in an Ascension Parish neighborhood left the intruder dead and the home owner injured early Wednesday morning. The homeowner killed the intruder but received a gunshot wound in the process. The homeowner, a 60 year old man, underwent surgery yesterday morning. Hospital officials say he is expected to survive.
It’s been nearly a year since legislation was passed that would allow riverboat casinos to expand on land within 1,200 feet of their river mooring, and so far no ground has been broken on those sought after expansions. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says that was to be expected, and it may be quite some time before any casinos climb up out of the water. The law also changed the restrictions on the total amount of gaming machines and gaming spaces riverboats are allowed to have. Jones says of the 15 river boat casinos in Louisiana, so far he knows of only two who are actively working out their expansion plans.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs are seeking a woman who left a newborn in a field just outside of the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Gauthier Campus building Tuesday night at 8pm. Sherriff Tony Mancuso stressed that any mother who has just had a child and is considering abandoning it can leave the new born at any local police station, fire department, or hospital, and will not be asked any questions, and will not face any charges.
The competition to secure a good spot for Mardi Gras parades can be intense, but one Facebook user says he’s willing to ease that burden… for a price. New Orleans resident Kenneth Sampey posted an offer to hold a 10×10 spot on St. Charles Avenue for Fat Tuesday. The fee for the service? Two grand. Sampey says he made the post out of jest, not expecting it to get the attention that it did.
In Baseball, The Phillies are reportedly close to signing former LSU ace pitcher Aaron Nola to a four-year, 45-million dollar contract extension. The 25-year-old Baton Rouge native went 17-and-6 last season with a 2.37 ERA and finished third in the National League in the Cy Young voting.
Thibodaux Police have arrested a man after a dating site meet up lead to an armed robbery. 25-year-old Kareem Acker of Gretna was apprehended after the victim contacted law enforcement from the meet up going south. Acker claims the victim gave him the money prior to a misunderstanding over the gender identity of the victim.
The Baton Rouge man dubbed as "The Hamburglar" who allegedly robbed three local restaurants since mid-January was arrested Monday. According to a East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Facebook Post, authorities arrested 34 year old Cornelius Kelly and booked him with three counts of simple criminal damage to property and three counts of simple burglary. Kelly gained entry into the establishments by shattering the drive-thru windows, according to the sheriff's office. Once inside, he stole money from registers and safes.