News for Friday 061419
Compiled By Dave Graichen
56 year old Justin Walters of Colfax pleaded not guilty Thursday to rape, kidnapping and abuse charges in a case in which law enforcement officials believe there may be more victims who have not stepped forward. Walters entered his plea in the 35th Judicial District Court in Colfax. A pretrial conference was set for Nov. 14. His trial was set for Dec. 16.
The Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for 39- year old Oshay Booker in connection with the murder of the former Mayor of Winnfield. Police say Ronald “Cloud Goff was killed Tuesday night in a shooting on Spillway Road. The suspect is the stepson of the former mayor. Police say the suspect fled the scene in a forest green Honda Pilot and is considered armed and dangerous.
Bond has been set at $1.3 million for a former Lake Charles teacher who was accused last month of raping a 10-year-old student. The Calcasieu parish sheriff’s office says
after further investigation, 34 year old Deidre Smith was re-arrested Thursday for additional incidents with the victim. Smith is now facing 9 counts of first-degree rape and other sexually related charges.
31 year old Brian Middleton has been arrested by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office for the possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with drugs, felony probation violation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The GPSO said that hundreds of empty THC oil packages were found in the house. It appears Middleton was filling vaping devices with the THC oil and packaging them for sale.
Dads should expect to hit the mother lode this weekend. According to the National Retail Association, Americans are expected to spend more than ever on Father’s Day gifts this year. Sons and daughters are predicted to spend an average of $139 on gifts this year, an increase of 70-percent since 2009.
A high ranking NCAA official tells CBS Sports that at least six schools will be informed this summer about allegations of Level One violations. The accusations are based on the recently completed federal investigation into college basketball corruption. There were two trials and LSU’s Will Wade’s name surfaced in both of them. Tiger Rag Magazine Assistant Editor Tyler Nunez says it remains to be seen if LSU will receive a notice. LSU can fire Wade on cause if the NCAA alleges the men’s basketball program committed Level One violations and that also means athletics director Scott Woodward would get an automatic two-year contract extension.
A U-S House Committee has approved a bipartisan proposal to extend the National Flood Insurance Program for five years. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says he’s concern the bill does not address the N-F-I-P’s long-term debt and because of how the legislation is structured, there’s a chance it can raise rates. There are about 500-thousand flood insurance policies in Louisiana.
A Trust for America’s Health report shows a dramatic spike in deaths due to drug abuse and suicide over the last twenty years, particularly among young people. CEO John Auerbach says in 2017 Louisiana had 2,000 deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide, a seven percent increase over 2016. He says those rates are some of the worst in the nation.
The state says Louisiana’s Medicaid program will spend about 400-million dollars less than expected this fiscal year, because of the tens of the thousands Medicaid recipients that were dropped from the program, because a computer check of their income found they were not eligible. Most of the 400-million is federal money and any state dollars saved has been spent elsewhere in the budget.
Louisiana judges will receive a pay raise this year and potentially a 12.5% salary hike over the next several years – under a new measure signed into law by the governor that is also expected to boost pay for sheriffs and other local officials. The measure, which was overwhelmingly backed in both chambers, gives judges a 2.5% pay raise July 1. The judiciary will pay the $1.8 million cost out of its existing surplus of roughly $50 million.
Governor Edwards awards 25 million for a road project in Monroe after a controversy erupted over the legislature not including northeast Louisiana in a signed 700-million-dollar road project plan. Monroe Representative Jay Morris says when the plan to use BP oil money to fund projects was announced in the legislature, politicians from every corner of the state wanted a piece of the action.
Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier is seeking the death penalty for Jason Reeves, who was convicted in 2004 of abducting a four-year-old girl, raping her and brutally killing her. The kidnapping occurred 18 years ago and DeRosier says it’s been a long time coming, but he’s now seeking an execution date of August 19th. Four-year-old Mary Jean Thigpen was taken from her family in Moss Bluff on November 1st, 2001.
A Louisiana man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the physical and psychological abuse of a young autistic woman. Jody Lambert's sentencing was the latest in court cases involving the woman who was kept in a cage, beaten, shot with a BB gun and forced to eat the cremation ashes of her dead mother before the abuse was discovered. Those cases have been playing out in state court in Tangipahoa Parish, where the abuse occurred, and in federal court in New Orleans.
The battle is over.. the Toronto Raptors are the NBA Champs. Last night Toronto defeated Golden State 110 to 110 to take the series 4 games to 2.
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The NFL announced Thursday that it will be up to the replay official initiate reviews of potential pass interference calls in the final two minutes of each half and overtime. There was talk of shifting that responsibility to the coaches, but the coaches balked at that idea saying it could impact their timeout strategy.
The Saints concluded their three-day mandatory camp Thursday. Quarterback Drew Brees returned for the final two days after missing some time, because he and his wife are involved in a trial against a San Diego jeweler who allegedly defrauded them of millions of dollars. Brees says it was stressful to be away, because he knows the responsibility he has to the team.