News for Tuesday 062519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Utility workers for Cleco and the city of Alexandria worked throughout the day yesterday and overnight to restore power to residents as a result of and early Monday morning storm. At one point Cleco had over 13,000 people without power, the City of Alexandria 2,300. As of late last night most power was restore. But, utility officials say some outages could last into today.
A homicide in Concordia Parish leaves a teacher dead. According to investigators, the victim, Frederick McCray Jr. gave a ride to the suspects to a location where the suspects shot him. The suspects have since been apprehended and confessed to the crime. The victim was a teacher in Natchez where he was recently named teacher of the year.
Legendary New Orleans music producer Dave Bartholomew, the man who found Fats Domino, passed away Sunday at 100 years old. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Executive Director Mike Shepard says Bartholomew worked with, and was loved by all the greats, including Irma Thomas, Benny Spellman, Dr. John, and more. Bartholomew is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Saints QB Drew Brees won his lawsuit against a San Diego jeweler who ripped him off by reportedly lying about the apparent value of millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds they purchased. The Black and Gold legend was awarded damages in excess of six million dollars as a result of the trial that took him off the practice field for the first few days of offseason team training.
A Bunkie man accused of stabbing a wedding guest at a reception on Saturday night has turned himself into police in Pineville. Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Steven Martel says 19-year-old Dontavian Williams of Bunkie brought an outside issue inside of the wedding reception and that led to the incident.
State Attorney General Jeff Landry announces the latest results of statewide effort to arrest child predators. Landry says Operation Broken Heart, a culmination of multiple law enforcement agencies netted 63 offenders in the last two months alone. Since July of 2018 the sting arrested one-hundred-sixty-five child predators.
A recent study by AAA indicates about 70% of drivers in America feel they are unlikely to be caught by the police while driving while under the influence of marijuana. AAA spokesperson Don Redman says it is usually about an hour or so after using marijuana that the effects may set in. Millennials and young adults are the ones to report they are most likely to drive within an hour of toking up.
South Louisiana is getting a 400,000-dollar EPA grant to clean up two environmentally contaminated sites as part of the “Brownfields Program”. Congressman Garret Graves says Brownfields are plots of land, often in the middle of booming markets that have sat abandoned as a result of environmental issues. He says these plots drag down property values and discourage investment. The two locations getting a little TLC in Louisiana are a former VFW Hall in Houma, and a federal office building in Lafayette. Graves says they sit in vital economic corridors for the local community.
El Dorado Resorts, the parent company of a string of Louisiana casinos including the Belle of Baton Rouge, has purchased Caeser’s Entertainment, the parent company of several other casinos including Harrah’s in New Orleans, for 17.3 billion dollars. Casino Association of Louisiana executive director Wade Duty says the merger will create the opportunity for the company to reinvest in Louisiana.
A Slidell man’s fiancé allegedly shoots up a truck stop after her betrothed gets fired from his job as a truck driver. After shooting at the trucking company owner in apparent retaliation for the firing, Slidell Police spokesperson Daniel Seuzeneau says 32-year-old Natalie Williams turned to the company owner’s truck and continued the shooting spree.
No one was injured in the incident.
Ragin’ Cajuns baseball’s head coach is recovering following a heart procedure Monday afternoon. UL Lafayette Athletics spokesperson Patrick Crawford says Coach Tony Robichaux went to the hospital on Sunday evening and found out he was experiencing a cardiac event. Crawford says the operation went well and doctors are expecting the coach to make a full recovery.
Sports on the air today…
Houston Astros vs Pittsburg 6:35p 94.7 ESPN