News for Friday 032219
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The Louisiana Association Of Broadcasters announced their Prestige Awards yesterday and it was a good day for Cenla Broadcasting. Congratulations to KRRV 100.3 won Louisiana Radio Station of the year for large markets.. Max & Mark on Q93 won the award for best radio personality team in the state and Magic 100.9’s Murphy, Sam & Jodi won the award for the state’s best morning show.. Congratulations also to our friends over at KALB TV5, they won TV station of the year.
After a complaint was made earlier this month and a subsequent internal affairs investigation, another Rapides Parish Sheriff’s corrections officer has been fired. 45 year old Jeremy Morrow of Alexandria was fired Wednesday and then arrested and charged with second degree battery and malfeasance in office. Morrow later was released on a $2,500 bond.
The mother of a newborn tossed in the trash in February of last year has pleaded guilty in the 9th Judicial District Court to negligent homicide. 31 year old Thelma Kirkland of Alexandria was originally charged with first degree murder. According to the Alexandria Police Department, emergency personnel had been called to a home on Bush Avenue for a report of a miscarriage. When they began treating the mother, they discovered a newborn baby, still alive, in the trash. The baby died several months later. Kirkland and the baby's father, 32 year old Carl Hall of Alexandria, were both charged. Kirkland received one year in the parish jail for her plea with credit for time served. That means, she could be out the same day. Hall's case is still pending.
Four suspects have been arrested in Ball on charges relating to narcotics and illegal gun possession. Wednesday Ball police officers served a search warrant at a home on McRay Drive following multiple narcotics complaints. James Young, Danielle Broussard, David Tabor, and Sam Gibson were arrested at the scene. Authorities say they seized meth, oxycodone, and multiple handguns, one of which had obliterated serial numbers.
The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association met yesterday for it’s annual gathering in Lake Charles with the industry showing some signs of life in the Gulf of Mexico. Haynesville Shale President Gifford Briggs says one threat is suppressing investment in Louisiana’s energy industry, and that’s coastal erosion lawsuits. A number of coastal towns have filed suit against oil and gas for it’s role in coastal erosion after the Edwards administration began permitting the action. Briggs says that’s scaring off investors
Spring is in the air and with that comes spring cleaning and home improvement projects, but the State Fire Marshal’s office is warning the public of the dangers of the chemicals they may be using could be a fire risk. Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says those chemicals including oil-based paints, stains, and varnishes could result in spontaneous combustion from discarded rags.
Two people were killed, four others injured, when a car that was apparently stolen slammed into a beauty salon in New Orleans. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson says the two deceased individuals were in the vehicle. Ferguson says the car had just accelerated away from a patrol vehicle that had attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Wednesday night’s crash sparked a major fire in the Broadmoor neighborhood.
The State Attorney General’s office reports, five Louisiana Medicaid recipients have been arrested on charges related to welfare fraud. The arrests come after investigations by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, the Louisiana Department of Health, and the Legislative Auditor’s Office. Here in Alexandria 33 year old Naji Abdelsalam was arrested on one count of theft over $25,000, one count of government benefits fraud, and one count of filing or maintaining false public records. His family allegedly had over $40,000 worth of claims paid by the Medicaid program despite Mr. Abdelsalam’s ownership of several businesses – including two convenience stores, a tire service business, and a multi-million dollar Medicaid provider company.
60 years ago the Golden State, hoping to stem the tide of 20th century extinctions, agreed to ban the sale of “endangered” animal products in their state by 2020. One of the animals listed was alligators, and Louisiana Sea Grant Spokesperson Mark Shirley says California’s legislature may not be aware that we’ve got about as many gators as registered voters. So Louisiana’s congressional delegation is asking the California legislature to reverse course, and support a proposed law that would overturn that old law before the January 1st blanket ban goes into place.
Presently, state law limits the total amount of bottles of wine that can be shipped to a home to 144 bottles that do not exceed 750 ml per bottle. But if a proposed new law in the upcoming session makes its way onto the books, the bottle size limitation would be a thing of the past. Senator Jack Donahue says this would open up deliveries to more variations of wine bottle sizes. Donahue says the previous law would impede on those that collect wine as a hobby. Donahue, by the way, says he too is a wine enthusiast.
LSUA Men’s Basketball team meets Bethal University at 10:45a this morning in the 2nd round of the National Championship Tournament hear the game on 94.7 ESPN
LSU moves on to the second round of the NCAA tournament after beating Yale 79-74.
LSU will play Maryland on Saturday.
It’s LSU Baseball this afternoon as the Tigers begin a three game series at Georgia. Saturday’s game will be preempted by Basketball. But Sunday’s game will be broadcast. Airtime 5:30p this afternoon on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM