News for Tuesday 031919
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The decision was unanimous when the Alexandria city council voted to appoint Ronald DeJoie to fill the vacant District 1 seat, formally held by now state representative Ed Larvadain. DeJoie has been an Alexandria resident since 2005 when he moved here from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated that area. There will be an election on October 12 to permanently fill the seat. Dejoie said he will not be running.
Grant Parish Sheriff’s detectives went to a home looking for a woman wanted on drug charges. When they arrived, they found the suspect, along with 5 bags of methamphetamine, digital scales, and pipes that are commonly used to ingest the drugs. 49 year old Myra Seals of Colfax, was arrested for possession of C.D.S. II (methamphetamine) with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and contempt of court.
A Colfax woman was recently arrested on multiple charges after a burglary investigation. Grant Parish Sheriff’s detectives discovered drugs in the suspect’s house, along with a small child. 34 year old Amanda Whiteof Colfax, was arrested for simple burglary, possession of C.D.S. II (methamphetamine), possession of C.D.S. I (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of C.D.S. in the presence of a minor.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott slammed Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards for his handling of the state economy over the past few years. The comments were made yesterday in Baton Rouge at the Republican Governor’s Association round table that included GOP candidates for Governor, Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham. The Edwards Campaign hit back, noting the Republican Governor Association’s past support for former Governor Bobby Jindal…
Congressman Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone, the two Republicans running against Governor Edwards in this year’s governor’s race, showed some differences in policy approach yesterday at the Republican Governor’s Association round table. Abraham says if elected he would not undo the Medicaid expansion, but he would seek some overhauls. Rispone had a different plan though. He also agreed that the expansion should not be rolled back, but says considering recent reports of improper spending in the Medicaid program, he would put a hold on new applicants until the Department of Health could rectify it’s problem with ineligible recipients on the rolls.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and CenturyLink have reached an agreement to extend the company's commitment to maintain its headquarters in Louisiana. The deal, which will be announced jointly by Edwards and CenturyLink Chief Executive Jeff Storey in the coming weeks, will keep CenturyLink's corporate headquarters in Monroe through 2025. The company employs more than 2,000 workers in Louisiana with the bulk of those located at the corporate headquarters in Monroe.
The state Legislative Auditor’s office releases a report that shows LSU paid a faculty member over 400-thousand dollars in salary and benefits for nearly three years, even though that person admitting to not performing work for the university during that time. State auditor Barrett Hunter says the School of Veterinary Medicine did not take sufficient action to address the employee’s lack of performance. LSU has responded saying the School of Veterinary Medicine has inserted safeguards to ensure nothing like this will occur again.
The executive director of the Louisiana GOP tied the knot on Friday, then just a few hours later, was arrested for shoving a New Orleans Police Officer. According to the police report, Andrew Bautsch was asked to leave a business on St. Charles Avenue around 1:30 AM Saturday. He was being escorted to an elevator when the shove was alleged to occur. Bautsch was booked with battery on an officer, resisting police and criminal trespassing.
LSU opens their NCAA Tournament run Thursday against Yale, and the American Gaming Association says 47 million American adults will place a bet on this year’s contest either by filling out a bracket or putting down money on a specific game. CEO Bill Miller says 8.5 billion in bets will be placed by the end of the tournament. The Bayou Bengals are eight-point favorites to beat the Bulldogs.
24th Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says his office will seek the death penalty against 21-year-old Dakota Theriot. He’s accused of killing five people in a multi-parish killing spree in January. Theriot pleaded not guilty today in the shooting deaths of three members of the Ernest family. He’s also accused of killing his parents in Ascension Parish.
The former mayor of Vinton was fatally shot in Baton Rouge on Saturday. Police say 64-year-old David Riggins was killed during a struggle with 32-year-old Vernon Mosby on Saturday morning. Authorities say Mosby arrived at the home unannounced after learning through a dating app that another love interest was spending the night with him.
A state lawmaker who championed having the right to vote restored to felons now wants those same individuals serve jury duty with a bill pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session. About 36,000 former felons were granted the right to vote as of March 1. But Baton Rouge Representative Ted James says much like voting rights, jury pool eligibility isn’t restored as soon as the cell door opens and someone is released into society.
James’ bill will be heard in the legislative session that begins next month.
The U-S Supreme Court will hear the case of a Louisiana man convicted for second-degree murder in 2016 and it was on a 10-to-2 guilty vote. Evangelisto Ramos, who was convicted of killing a woman in 2014, wants his conviction overturned because it was not an unanimous verdict. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says if the Supreme Court rules in favor of Ramos, several other convictions could also get overturned including Ronald Gasser, who shot former NFL player Joe McKnight. Starting this year, all serious felony crimes require a unanimous jury verdict.
LSU football coach Ed Orgeron is set to receive a two-year contract extension and a 14-percent raise that will boost his annual salary to four-million dollars a year. Orgeron’s buyout will increase to 10-million dollars, but that buyout will dwindle as the months go by. The LSU Board of Supervisors will vote on Coach O’s new contract on Wednesday.