News for Friday 042619
Compiled By Dave Graichen
State police report the death of a Deville Woman yesterday La. Highway 107 in a 3 vehicle accident. Authorities say 29 year old Joseph Hood of Greenbrier, Tennessee failed to stop for driver in front of him who was attempting to make a left hand turn onto La. Highway 1196. 29-year-old Chloe Bordelon was waiting for northbound traffic to pass before she could turn, when Hood struck her from behind. Bordelon died at the scene, Hood sustained minor injuries.
In a good piece of Police Work, the APD was able to bring a standoff with a disturbed man to a peaceful conclusion yesterday afternoon on Webster Street.. Police were called to the home shortly after 11 in the morning. Crisis negotiators arrived on the scene and spent the next few hours attempting to communicate with the suspect, who was undergoing a mental health crisis. Around 2:30 p.m., a tactical team entered the house. The suspect was taken into custody. Police do not anticipate charging the man with any crime.
The RPSO reports the arrest of 37 Justin Gillespie after a report of a disturbance on England Drive in Alexandria Wednesday. The victims, who were treated at a local hospital for their injuries, claim Gillespie beat and raped them. Gillespie was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center for one count each first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping, domestic abuse battery strangulation, criminal damage and two counts of domestic abuse battery. Gillespie is currently being detained at the detention center in lieu of posting bond.
A deadly EF-3 tornado sliced through Ruston early yesterday morning claiming the lives of a mother and son and reeking damage throughout the town. At Louisiana Tech President Les Guice says thankfully the tornado skirted the edge of the core academic buildings, but the residential halls weren’t so lucky. The pictures from the campus are startling, with trees ripped up by the roots, and debris littering the grounds.
Governor Edwards was on-hand to survey the devastation in Ruston in the wake of that freak EF-3.Edwards says pictures from the ground just don’t do the damage justice, and for a state used to floods and hurricanes, it’s unusual to see such a precise path of destruction. Edwards has declared a state of emergency while officials get a full handle on the scope of the damage that cut across several northern parishes.
A bill to legalize the growing and processing of Industrial hemp is on it’s way to the full House after unanimously passing in the House Agriculture Committee.
Following a 5-1 vote, a constitutional amendment that aims to raise the minimum wage in Louisiana to $9 an hour on July 1, 2020, is headed to the Senate floor, where the effort died last year. New Orleans Senator Troy Carter says a bump in the minimum wage would show that the state is serious about helping its working poor. Governor John Bel Edwards has sought an increase in the minimum wage since taking office in 2016. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry is in opposition.
Attorney General Jeff Landry is welcoming other AG’s from around the nation to an event in Lafayette this week that address their roles following a disaster. The event is not only addressing natural disasters, but is discussing an AG’s role following events such as active shooter situations.
A New Orleans Senator’s bill to rename the I-10 the “Who Dat Nation Highway” has it’s ambitions significantly reduced after lawmakers discover the stretch of road has already been dedicated to veterans. Wesley Bishop amended the bill to call for three plates saying “Welcome to the Who Dat Nation” to be placed underneath some existing road signs. The plates would be paid for by private donors. Bishop says before filing the legislation, he was not aware that the entirety of the I-10 from Jacksonville, Florida to Santa Monica, California, had already been dedicated to something a bit more prominent than a football team.
The LSU Board of Supervisors is set to vote on the contracts of two major figures in the school’s athletics. The first is that of the new Athletic Director Scott Woodward. Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says Woodward’s six-year contract is valued at $8 million, with a starting annual salary of $1.1 million and seeing it bumped to $1.5 in years five and six. Basketball coach Will Wade’s contract is also being amended as part of his reinstatement. Wade has agreed to waive his quarter million dollar performance bonuses earned in the most recent season. Also, Moran says if the NCAA finds that Wade has committed a level one or level two violations, LSU can send Wade packing.
The owner of Cajun Cannabis has been arrested on felony drug charges after his new store was raided Wednesday night. Cajun Cannabis began selling CBD oil this past weekend and during a traffic stop last night the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s office arrested Travis DeYoung after CBD oil, gummies and mints were found in his vehicle. Louisiana officials have said CBD is illegal.
A Mississippi police officer who was indicted in Louisiana on charges that he used excessive force while working in the Bayou State has resigned from his job with Moss Point, Mississippi Police. 44-year-old Robert Hammac had been working at the Magnolia State police department for several months, and the police chief there says they were not aware of the ongoing investigation into his behavior as a Lake Charles officer.
The Louisiana Tech baseball and softball stadiums and the school’s soccer complex sustained significant damage from a powerful tornado that roared through Ruston early this morning. Louisiana Tech President Les Guice says the facilities are unusable. No one on campus was severely injured and Guice says locals are helping in the cleanup effort, including legendary Bulldog basketball player, the mailman himself, Karl Malone. The softball team hosts Western Kentucky this weekend, but they can’t play in their stadium. School officials say the games could be moved to Ruston or Cedar Creek High School.
The Saints will finally get a chance to draft tonight after they traded their first-round pick last year for defensive end Marcus Davenport. The Saints only have one pick in the first four rounds and six overall, with two in the sixth and two in the seventh.
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