News for Monday 070119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Union Parish authorities say a three-year-old child is in critical condition after the little boy was attacked by three neighborhood dogs, two of them are pit bull mixes. Sheriff Dusty Gates says the child’s mother found her son next to a shed in the yard with his clothes ripped off and suffering from numerous injuries.
The US Supreme Court defeated an effort last week to allow federal courts to intervene when states engage in partisan gerrymandering of voting districts. Fair Districts Louisiana co-founder Brandon Faske says the decision means Louisiana legislators can still draw their own districts and pick their own voters. The court decision ended a legal effort to have North Carolina Congressional districts rewritten in time for the 2020 election. The decision means any policies regarding gerrymandering will have to be handled at the state level and in Congress. In state’s other than Louisiana, The ballot initiative allows voters to bypass the legislature to enact measures, but Louisiana does not allow for ballot initiatives.
Two bigtime donors within the Republican Party, Boysie Bollinger and Joe Canizaro are heading up Ralph Abraham’s gubernatorial campaign finance committee. Abraham lags financially compared to the other two candidates Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican Eddie Rispone. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says it’s a major development for Abraham. Bollinger once ran a shipbuilding firm and Canizaro is a New Orleans banker.
UL baseball coach Tony Robichaux underwent a second surgery at a New Orleans-area hospital on Sunday, a week after suffering a heart attack, and is in "critical condition". “Coach Robichaux has received additional medical attention as a result of the incident suffered a week ago Sunday. The Robichaux family asks specifically for prayer during this time.” The 57 year Robichaux had open-heart surgery last Monday and was moved to Ochsner Health Center in New Orleans from Lafayette General Hospital. He has coached the Cajuns’ baseball program since 1995
The Caddo Parish Coroner’s office has identified the two-year old child who died as a result of an apparent accidental shooting in Shreveport. Ranaldo Bennett was struck by a bullet Friday morning and died two hours later. 19-year-old Jaylen Jones has been charged with negligent homicide and illegal possession of a firearm.
A Eunice man’s plan to dodge jail for unpaid child support goes south when he’s caught staging his own robbery and shooting. Officers responded to a call of a man being shot in the chest. During the investigation, Michael Rung claimed a person took his wallet before the shot was fired. Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot says when taking a statement from Rung, some things were just not adding up. Rung didn’t act alone in the setup as his friend Jacob Jack is accused of acting as the trigger man. Fontenot says he’s not sure how Rung convinced Jack to go through with the plan.
The two historic openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway this year have made life difficult for those in the seafood industry in southeast Louisiana. Oyster beds have been destroyed and catches are down and fishermen have been forced to go out farther to catch fish and shrimp. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser hopes the federal government can provide some assistance.
Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that gives the state an additional 700-million dollars to spend on specific transportation projects. The money will fund highway projects in Caddo, Rapides, St. Tammany, I-49 through Acadiana and L-A 1 in LaFourche Parish.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking fishermen to be on the lookout for the Asian swamp eel. The invasive species was found in Bayou St. John in New Orleans. It primarily lives in freshwater but can be tolerant of brackish water for short periods. LDWF biologist Robert Bourgeois says the swamp eel has the potential to throw off the ecosystem. Tthe eel is not known to be dangerous or aggressive with humans. But, the LDWF says if anyone catches an Asian swamp eel, they should notify the agency of where it was located, and kill it if possible.
A Baton Rouge woman is Louisiana’s latest one million dollar Powerball winner. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson BreAnne Frye says Lala Singleton was tagged in a Facebook post by her sister-in-law in Connecticut that someone in Baton Rouge won a million-dollar Powerball prize, and turns out it was her. Frye says Singleton plans to donate some of her winnings to a charitable cause close to her heart.
A former Caddo Magnet High fencing coach is convicted of attempted molestation and faces up to 7 and a half years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender. The jury deliberated for 2 and a half hours before finding 72-year-old Sharron Settlemire guilty. The victim, who is now 33, was 16 at the time of the incident. Sentencing is scheduled for next week.
An LSU study shows high social and economic costs occur when there is a failure to diagnose and treat Conduct Disorder in kids, which covers a range of severe anti-social, rule-breaking, and aggressive behavior. LSU psychology professor Paul Frick says parents need to compare their kids’ behavior to their classmates. If your child stands out, he advises counseling. Frick says kids who exhibit more severe levels of Conduct Disorder and are not treated early can burden society later after they fail to find success socially and economically. Conduct Disorder affects about three percent of school children nationwide.
A 33-year-old man died at University Medical Center after being shot on St. Louis Street in the New Orleans French Quarter early Sunday morning. Police report a woman approached the man and "they got into a verbal altercation, the woman then pulled a gun and shot the victim. The subject fled the scene.
The New Orleans Pelicans have made another splash, and this time it's in the form of former Philadelphia 76ers sharpshooter J.J. Redick, according to a report from. League sources confirmed the report. The signing was reported seconds after the NBA free agency moratorium period kicked off, and was for two years and 26.5 million.