News for Wednesday 071719
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Baton Rouge Police arrest 38-year-old Ronn Bell in the murder of civil activist Saide Roberts-Joseph. The 75-year-old was found dead in her trunk on Friday. Chief Murphy Paul says Bell has been charged with first-degree murder. Paul says they don’t have an exact motive, but Bell was a tenant in one of her rent houses and was way behind on rent. Roberts-Joseph was the founder of Baton Rouge’s African American history museum and her murder shook the community because she was known her kindness.
Crime Stoppers does it again. The APD recently asked for the public’s assistance in catching a man who fired a gun at a crowd of people during an argument at a Metro Drive carwash earlier this month. The public came through with information that led to the arrest of D'Angelo Washington. Washington was charged with the illegal use of a weapon and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
Governor’s race finance reports are out and Governor Edwards has 9.6 million cash on hand, while Republicans Eddie Rispone and Congressman Abraham have 9.8 and 1.3 million dollars respectively. John Bel Edwards was barred from fundraising during the legislative season, but UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the Gov had already built up a substantial warchest. Edwards is the only candidate so far to run statewide TV ads.
Dr. Tia Mills has taken over as head of the Louisiana Association of Educators, after the retirement of former President Debbie Meaux, who served two terms. This comes just after teachers won a 1,000 dollar pay raise, their first pay raise in over a decade. Mills says the plan is to continue pushing for a better salary in next year’s session. Before the last session’s raise, Louisiana teachers were roughly 2,200 dollar below the southern regional average.
State Republican leaders are weighing in on the President’s tweet where he asked a group of Democratic black, Puerto Rican, and Palestinian Congresswomen to “go back to where they came from”. The tweet provoked a national controversy with many calling the sentiment racist, but Alto Congressman Ralph Abraham disagrees saying if the four Congresswomen want to go somewhere else, he would pay for their plane ticket. US Senator John Kennedy also backed up the President. Southern University Political Science Department Chairman Albert Samuels says the statement is racist because it taps into a history of telling non-white citizens that they aren’t patriotic if they speak out. The four young Congresswomen, known as “The Squad”, had been vocal of their criticism of US immigration and criminal justice policies. Three of the Congresswomen were born in the US, and the fourth was naturalized.
A 60-year-old East Feliciana Parish man is arrested for a second time in less than four months for negligent homicide, after striking a pedestrian with his truck on LA Hwy 10 in West Feliciana Parish. State Trooper Taylor Scrantz says Salvatore Euggino of Ethel was involved in another fatal accident in March, adding it is rare for anyone to be arrested twice for vehicular homicide in such a short amount of time.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of three people, accused of selling narcotics illegally in the Ruston area. Along with dealing drugs from their home, authorities say they were selling candy and treats to neighborhood children. During a search warrant execution, authorities say they found marijuana, hydrocodone, Vicodin and other drugs. Agents say scales were on a table with some of the items being sold to neighborhood children included chips, candy, nachos, pickles, popsicles, and drinks.
The Bonnet Carre Spillway will remain open longer than officials hoped because of Hurricane-slash-Tropical Storm Barry. Corps of Engineers spokesperson Ricky Boyett says before they can close the Spillway, the Mississippi river must drop to 21 feet at the structure in St. Charles Parish, but that has yet to happen. Toxic algae blooms linked to the Spillway’s opening have continued to shutter Mississippi beaches during a peak tourist season.
New research from AAA shows vehicle escape tools to bust out a window can be a lifesaver, but you need to know what type of glass your car windows have. AAA spokesperson Don Redman says tempered glass will shatter, but laminated glass like you find in a windshield will not. With many bodies of water around the state, one wrong move could result in someone being stuck in a submerged vehicle. Redman says 1 in 3 new vehicles have laminated glass windows that will not shatter, but most have at least one tempered glass window. It’s important to remember which window will break.
New Pelicans players Lonzo Ball, Derric Favors, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram were introduced to the media on Tuesday. Ball says he’s ready for a fresh start in New Orleans after two so-so seasons in Los Angeles. Ball has yet to show the ability to score at a high rate in the NBA, but Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin says Ball is special on the defensive end of the court.
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