News for Wednesday 072419
Compiled By Dave Graichen
A mother is in custody, charged with 2nd degree murder, as part of an active investigation by Alexandria Police into the death of a 5-year-old girl. The child was brought into an emergency room last week, deceased with her throat cut. The mother, Jasmine Anderson reported that her daughter’s injuries were from a car accident. Cpl. Wade Bourgeois says the woman’s story just didn’t add up. Bourgeois says after working with the District Attorney, investigators obtained a warrant for Anderson’s arrest.
Methanex announces plans to spend $1.3 billion to construct a third methanol plant in Ascension Parish and the three plants combined in Geismar would make it one of the world’s largest methanol complexes. Methanex is based in Canada.
A Baton Rouge teen who’s alleged to have intentionally rammed his car into a woman’s vehicle in Baton Rouge, killing her, reportedly told police “God instructed him to kill himself” before he made the fatal decision. State Police say that led to a 2nd-degree murder charge for 18-year-old Jack Jordan. The crash killed 51-year-old Stephanie Payne of Greenwell Springs.
In a typical year, Louisiana sees about nine cases of hepatitis A, a liver infection that causes fatigue, jaundice, nausea and in rare instances death. But almost 100 new cases of hepatitis A have been reported in just the last month, according to the state Department of Health. Louisiana is one of several states in the midst of a hepatitis A outbreak that shows no signs of slowing down, despite efforts to stamp it out. Total Louisiana cases related to the outbreak, which started in January 2018, have more than doubled just in the past two months. In May, the number of 2019 cases related to the outbreak was 173. By June, the total number of reported cases jumped to 278, and it had reached 375 by July 18.
A rising star in the local rodeo scene was killed over the weekend during a rodeo in Leesville. According to a report from KADN TV in Lafayette and the Cajun Rodeo Association, 23 year old Clay LeBlanc was ranked number two in the entire association and had a promising future. LeBlanc was known as a talented saddle bronc rider, a true cowboy, which makes this loss, according to those closest to him, even harder to comprehend.
The two parents along with a grandmother are under arrest after authorities discovered drug use and “deplorable” conditions at a house where a two-month-old baby lived. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office got a complaint that parents of a newborn were smoking narcotics inside a home with their baby, and when deputies arrived they found the child filthy and in a soiled diaper. The baby is now in the care of DCFS and is doing well.
Former Southern University band director Nathan Haymer is in hot water over allegations that he pocketed 293,000 dollars of funds from the school, and used that money for personal expenses, including payments from Mardi Gras Krewes for Southern band performances, and reimbursements from the school linked to invoices that authorities allege were fabricated.
As students gear up to head back to the classroom, the National Retail Federation is forecasting record spending. Families with elementary school through high school students are planning to spend an average of nearly $700, with college families expecting to shell out just shy of a grand. NRF spokesperson Mark Matthews says nationwide spending is nearly $80 million. The biggest items for K-12 students is electronics, then clothing and accessories. College students see those trends flip-flopped.
Marsh Dog, a company out of Baton Rouge that makes nutria meat-based dog treats, is coming back after a hiatus, and aiming to go national. Founding partner Veni Harlan says nutria meat is leaner than turkey and makes for a very healthy dog treat. The product has relaunched with new packaging and three treats to choose from, using wild nutria as the no.1 ingredient.
Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson has signed a contract to endorse Nike’s Jordan Brand of sneakers. Williamson chose Nike over Adidas and Under Armour, even though he broke his Nike sneaker in a game against North Carolina last February. Williamson has also decided not to participate in the USA Basketball training camp that takes place next month in Las Vegas.
At Sun Belt Media Day, UL-Lafayette Coach Billy Napier says Levi Lewis enters preseason camp as the starting quarterback. Lewis appeared in every game last season, getting a chance to play every fourth drive. Napier says they are still waiting to see if transfer Brayden Hawkins will be eligible to play this season. Hawkins transferred in from Maryland and he’ll join several other quarterbacks who are competing for playing time.
The Saints report for training camp on Thursday. Will Pro Bowl wide receiver Michael Thomas have a deal done by then. Yahoo Sports reports the Saints are offering a contract that will pay Thomas 18 to 19 million dollars a year, while Thomas is reportedly looking for 20-million a year.
And former LSU star Odell Beckham Junior told G-Q magazine that he felt disrespected when the Giants traded the star wide receiver to the Browns. Beckham says the Giants have been a losing a franchise lately and he’s the only reason why the team still appeared in prime time games.
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