News for Wednesday 062619
Compiled by Dave Graichen
24 year old Johnny Bennett escaped for a short time yesterday morning from the custody of a Rapides Parish Corrections Deputy, during a scheduled appointment outside of the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Deputies and APD officers immediately responded. Bennett was quickly located and taken into custody. For his efforts Bennett has been booked with simple escape from a DOC facility.
It something you don’t hear of often in Bunkie, a drive by shooting.. Yesterday authorities report there were two. According to police, a dark-colored Chevy four-door vehicle was involved. In one, a woman and her toddler were shot at around the intersection of South Louisiana and Keller Street in Bunkie. Over 42 rounds were shot at the residence. About 45 minutes later, the same vehicle was believed to be in another shooting. A residence was shot up over 25 times in the Morrow area.
No injuries were reported in either shooting.
A couple from Lecompte has been arrested for setting fire to a truck belonging to one of their relatives. 57 year old Eddie Holsomback and 57 year old Deborah Blake were booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail on one count each of arson with intent to defraud and criminal conspiracy. The incident took place back in March.
Personal income growth was up four percent in the first quarter of the year, a rate that paces the national average. The income growth rate was higher than that of Texas for the first quarter. The four percent increase means Louisianans personal income grew by more than two-billion-dollars.
Coast Professional Incorporated announces an expansion of its contact center in West Monroe which will result in 146 new jobs with an average salary of 36-thousand dollars. Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the state’s workforce program called FastStart will guide recruitment. Coast Professional will renovate a former Sears Hometown store to accommodate the new workforce.
2,300 of the state’s best teachers have begun specialized training aimed at preparing them to be mentors to new educators and struggling students. Assistant Superintendent Hannah Dietsch says the program will give experienced educators the tools to be able to better prepare their rookie peers for those first, challenging years in the classroom.
According to Winn Parish Sheriff Cranford Jordan, 39 year old Oshay Booker has been arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma after he fatally shot his stepfather two weeks ago. There was a brief standoff with the Tulsa Police Department Fugitive Squad before he surrendered to police. Booker was wanted for killing Ronald Goff. Goff was a former Mayor of Winnfield, LA.
The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has issued 20 temporary permits to retailers who are now able to sell C-B-D products. The temporary permits will expire at the end of February and permanent permits will only be issued after A-T-C receives a certification from the Louisiana Department of Health.
Senator Bill Cassidy says a proposal to end surprise medical billing, lower the cost of prescription drugs, increase transparency in the healthcare system, and secure a patient’s personal data will get a hearing in front of a Senate committee today. Cassidy says the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 faces hurdles but has a good chance of reaching the President’s desk. Cassidy says a second Senate committee hearing will take place in July. If both committees pass the measure, it heads to the Senate floor.
A Saharan Air Layer, that’s when dust from the Saharan Desert in Africa gets kicked up and is swept into the atmosphere, has descended on Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the dust can create some respiratory issues for more allergy prone people, but does come with some interesting optics, one of those being beautiful sunrises.
Louisiana’s Hepatitis A outbreak is growing, with 305 cases reported dating back to the outbreak that was declared in December of last year. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says while we haven’t seen outbreaks in the thousands like some of our neighbors, it’s still a significantly more cases than normal. Kanter says nationally, since the outbreak was declared in 2016 there’s been about 20,000 cases. Kanter recommends talking to your doctor about possibly getting vaccinated if you think you might be at risk.
The Governor has signed into law a bill authored by Shreveport Representative Thomas Carmody allowing delivery services to bring low alcohol content adult beverages along with a food order to your front door. Carmody says there is a catch, as only W-2 employees of delivery services can make the drop-offs, which disqualifies several popular services. Another bill from Belle Chasse Representative Chris Leopold allowing grocery and liquor stores to hire their own drivers to make deliveries has also been signed into law. The booze cannot be delivered to a home if it is on a college campus.
Video of a box turtle missing his rear legs has gone viral after getting a new set of wheels courtesy of some clever LSU veterinarians. LSU Vet School spokesperson Ginger Guttner says the story has since spread like wildfire, gaining Pedro and the vet school plenty of media attention. Pedro now has a Lego block glued to the bottom of his shell where the axel of the wheels snaps into place.
A former Playboy playmate has been arrested on drug charges by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. A deputy conducted a traffic stop over a brake light issue. Inside the car they found the driver and two passengers, one of which was Valerie Mason, a playmate of the month from 2008. The deputy searched the vehicle, finding 2 grams of meth and syringes.
The Pelicans announced today that Todd Graffagnini is the team’s new radio play-by-play guy. The New Orleans native has served as the voice of the Tulane Green Wave for the last 12 seasons. NOLA-dot-com’s Jeff Duncan reported today that Antonio Daniels will be the Pels new color analyst on the T-V side, replacing David Wesley, who has held down that job for the last seven seasons.
The Monroe News-Star reports Louisiana Tech and Eric Konkol have agreed to a one-year contract extension. The Bulldogs were 20-and-13 last season, nine and nine in Conference USA, which is an improvement from the prior season.
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