News for Tuesday 070919
Compiled By Dave Graichen
The National Hurricane Center says there is a high probability a tropical depression will form by the end of the week over the northern Gulf of Mexico, which has the potential to produce heavy rain over Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says as long as this possible tropical depression or storm doesn’t develop into anything too significant, the potential rainmaker could be beneficial to Louisiana. Keim says eight to ten inches of rain could fall across the northern Gulf Coast later this week.
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is keeping a finger on the pulse of the weather forecast with a system in the Gulf that has the potential to develop into a threat to Louisiana. GOHSEP spokesperson Mike Steele says as of Monday, the system has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression. In 2016, a weather system formed in the northern portion on the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in the flooding that many are still trying to recover from due to high amounts of rainfall. National Weather Service Slidell Meteorologist Freddie Zeiggler says the current system has some parallels to that 2016 storm. Zeiggler says the development could even turn into a hurricane by the end of the week.
Restore Louisiana is sending out the first round of checks to 2016 flood victims, previously denied government aid because they were approved for an SBA loan. Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development Pat Forbes says 230 homeowners will receive the grant money this week and many other families received notification Monday they are eligible for this money too.
According to the National College Access Network’s FAFSA tracker, 78.7 percent of Louisiana’s nearly 48-thousand high school seniors completed their free application for Federal Student Aid. With the findings, Louisiana ranks number one for application completion for a second year. Tennessee came in at number two followed by Delaware, DC, and New Jersey.
Food delivery service Waitr says they’re in the process of adding beer and wine to the list of goods you can have delivered with your order. Waitr CEO Chris Meaux says once they work out the specifics with the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, you’ll see a new option on the app when you go to order from participating restaurants. Beer and wine delivery was OK’d in the last Legislative session, but Meaux says there is no current timeline as to when ATC will approve this request. Meaux says in order to have the factory sealed beer or wine included in your order, you’ve got to have some food as well. Waitr works with more than 3,500 restaurants statewide.
Starting August 1st the Department of Children and Family services is giving parents who are behind on child support the opportunity to get their driver’s license back without having to pay off everything they owe immediately. Regional Administrator for Child Support Enforcement Sandra Broussard says previously parents could have their license suspended for being 90 days past due and could not get their license reinstated without making the full back-payment. However, that caused even more problems with people unable to get to work. Broussard says getting non-custodial parents their licenses back make them more likely to make payments.
An investigation by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Probation and Parole led to the arrest of a Pineville man for drug charges. 33 year old Zachary Proveaux was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Belle Rose man is in the slammer after going to a grocery store, filming himself opening a Blue Bell ice cream container, licking the contents, sticking his fingers in the container, then returning it to the store freezer. 36-year-old Lenise Lloyd Martin III is accused of pulling the stunt. Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office Commander Lonny Cavalier says It appears Martin later returned to the store and purchased the ice-cream he licked. Martin remains in the parish prison.
Governor Edwards has released his first TV re-election ad of the gubernatorial campaign. The ad emphasizes Louisiana’s recovery from the Jindal deficits under Edwards’ leadership. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the reported seven figure ad buy will likely appeal to Edwards base, but he’s got a long way to go to convince the state’s more conservative voters. The primary is set for October 12th
A dog is dead after a high jacking incident in Baton Rouge. Yesterday a man left his dog in the car with the AC on while going into a doughnut shop, only for someone to steal the car with the dog in tow. That led to a citywide hunt for both the dog and car that ran over 24 hours. Authorities say they discovered the dog in the car, and have determined the animal died of heat exhaustion. 30-year-old Leslie Aguillard was arrested on a litany of charges as a result.
From the “Not The Sharpest Knife In The Draw Department”, A Colfax man who had been arrested landed in more trouble when he asked a deputy to get his cellphone from his truck. 39 year old Jason Wesse, who had been taken into custody by a Grant Parish Sheriff's Deputy on an outstanding warrant from Rapides Parish, asked the deputy to get his cellphone from his truck forgetting, we assume, he had a bag of marijuana, methamphetamine and pipe that was used to ingest the drugs sitting on the front seat. Wesse was arrested and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center on possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia charges and the fugitive warrant.
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