News for Friday 030819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Autopsies are scheduled for today on two people who died in an early Thursday fire on Melder Road in Glenmora. The victims, who officials have yet to identify, are believed to be a 75-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman. Both bodies were found near each other and "just feet" from the only exit at the home.
Another Central Louisiana Sheriff has announced he will not seek reelection. After winning five successful elections for sheriff since 1999, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones, Jr. announced on Thursday he won’t seek re-election this year and will retire at the end of his term in 2020. Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton made a similar announcement earlier this year. Sheriff Jones was first elected Natchitoches Parish Sheriff in 1999 and was re-elected four subsequent times, the most recent election earning 91% of the votes cast
US Senator Bill Cassidy tells USA Today that he’s running for re-election in 2020. LSU political science professor Dr. Robert Hogan says Cassidy’s backers will prevent a creditable Republican primary challenge, and there really isn’t much of a threat to his job from the left either. The state’s senior Senator was elected to the Upper Chamber after serving in the Legislature, and US House of Representatives.
It’s the first Friday of Lent for the million plus Catholics who call Louisiana home, and for many that means ditching red meat for seafood. Gulf Seafood Institute Chairman Harlon Pearce says we’re on track for a good season, but soft shell crab lovers in particular are in for a real treat this year after closures in recent years. For many Louisianans of all religious denominations, the star attraction is crawfish, that recent arctic blast has led to some up and down prices and supply. But Pearce says give it a few weeks and you’ll have all the mudbugs you can eat.
Congressman Mike Johnson and a delegation of Republican House members met with President Trump yesterday for an hour and a half meeting to discuss passing additional conservative legislation in the coming session. During the meeting Johnson says the President inquired about the upcoming elections in Louisiana. Johnson says Trump was interested to know how his policies were being viewed back in the Bayou State. The Congressman told the President Louisianans were happy with his administration, but unhappy with local leaders.
The details of the Jefferson Parish triple homicide that left two children and a mother dead, along with two other severely injured have come to light. Sheriff Joe Lopinto says the suspect 33-year-old Terrance Leonard admitted to killing the two children and injuring the others with a hammer. Lopinto says the suspect was the boyfriend of the adult victim, 32-year-old Kristina Riley. Lopinto says Leonard is being held in the Jefferson Parish jail on three first degree murder charges, two attempted murder charges, and obstruction of justice for his attempt to hide the weapon and hastily clean up the scene.
Twenty horses used in Mardi Gras parades this year have found new homes following a volunteer effort by the Human Society of Louisiana. Humane Society Director Jeff Dorson says a thorough background check is done on each of the potential owners, in an effort to ensure the horses have a bright future ahead of them. In past years, horses were used for the parades and then sent to auction, where they could be in danger of heading to slaughter.
A record half million Rouses King Cakes were devoured this year. Bakery Director for Rouses Markets Michelle Knight says more are coming with an Irish twist for Saint Patrick’s Day.
Yahoo Sports reports the FBI intercepted a phone conversation between LSU Basketball Coach Will Wade and recruiting middleman Christian Dawkins, in which Wade is recorded discussing a “deal” about “this Smart thing,” which could be a reference to LSU freshman guard Javonte Smart. LSU beat reporter for the USA Today Network, Glen Guilbeau, says LSU officials should be concerned. The Yahoo sports report also quotes Wade saying a strong offer has been made in the alleged conversation between the Tigers coach and Dawkins. LSU hoops is enjoying its best season in a decade, but Guilbeau says this FBI investigation could get worse for the Tigers basketball program
10th ranked LSU baseball begins a weekend series tonight against California. Zack Hess will start on the mound tonight and freshman Cole Henry will start Saturday in the place of Landon Marceaux, who struggled last weekend in Texas. Mainieri believes Henry can handle a weekend start. Sophomore Eric Walker is scheduled to start Sunday. You can hear the series on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm.