News for Tuesday 080619
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The Alexandria Daily Town Talk is one of thirteen Louisiana newspapers that are part of a merger of Gannett and GateHouse Media, two of the country's largest newspaper companies. Gannett owns The (Lafayette) Daily Advertiser, Opelousas Daily World, Alexandria Daily Town Talk, Monroe News-Star and Shreveport Times. Gatehouse owns newspapers in Leesville, DeRidder, Gonzales, Plaquemine, Donaldsonville, Houma, Thibodaux and Metairie. The companies said Monday that the deal will cut up to $300 million in costs annually and help speed up a digital transformation.
Medical marijuana is available in select pharmacies today four years after the Legislature passed a law authorizing the product.
Authorities arrested a Colfax woman in the Grant Parish court House after a search of her purse led to the discovery of Meth and Lorazepam. The twist to the story, 49 year old Myra Seals was appearing before a judge at the time for sentencing on a prior drug conviction.
27 year old Ashley Evans of Pineville was arrested yesterday after Grant Parish authorities received a tip from the Winn Parish sheriff’s office to be on the lookout for a vehicle and a suspect who had allegedly shoplifted from the Winfield Walmart.
The vehicle and woman were located, along with the stolen items. When she was transported to the Grant Parish jail, methamphetamine was also discovered in her possession. Evans was arrested for possession of stolen things and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.
The race for the Governor’s Mansion officially starts today with candidates heading to the Secretary of State’s office to file their paperwork for qualifying. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Governor Edwards heads into the race as the odds on favorite to win, however he adds the limited polling available shows Edwards’ support in the mid to low 40s at the moment, a dangerously low level for a politician seeking re-election. Edwards’ top polling opponent Congressman Ralph Abraham doesn’t have much money heading into campaign season, but Cross says he’s got conservative cred and he expects Abraham’s cash problems to disappear as outside PACs join the race on his side. The other Republican in the race is Eddie Rispone, who’s running a self-funded campaign leaning heavily on his support for the President. Cross says his biggest issue is name recognition. Qualifying runs through 4:30PM Thursday.
More troubling news came out Monday about former Baton Rouge Police officer Blane Salmoni, the man who fatally shot Alton Sterling. An attorney for the Sterling family, Chris Stewart, released documents showing an EMS complaint accusing Salamoni of blocking paramedics from saving a 17-year-old’s life in 2014. The Sterling family has filed a civil suit against Salamoni, the police department and the East Baton Rouge Metro Council..
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana on Monday issued the first of two reports for those seeking to overhaul the state Constitution. The review includes the purposes of a constitution and what an ideal document should include. The second report will include recommendations. In the Monday release, the group said the report is intended to stimulate a discussion about what we should want, and not want, in our constitution. PAR regularly issues analysis of proposed constitutional amendments to aid voters.
The Mississippi River in Baton Rouge has been above flood stage for most of 2019, easily breaking the previous record. But on Sunday, the river finally dropped below 35 feet, ending that 211 day stretch. As of 2 p.m., the Mississippi River was at 34.93 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters believe the river will continue to fall through mid-August.
The National College Baseball Hall of Fame will hold its 2019 induction ceremony in Baton Rouge and the Hall could build a new museum in the Capitol City. The 2006 inaugural Hall of Fame class included legendary LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman. Ceremonies have been in Lubbock, Texas, but the foundation is looking for a new home. Sports B-R President Patrick Coogan says a new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Baton Rouge would be more than just old uniforms and baseballs. The 2019 induction ceremony will take place on November 2nd at the Raising Cane’s River Center in downtown Baton Rouge.
The St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of one of their deputies who was killed in a head-on collision in Mississippi. Corporal Jonathan Panks was reportedly driving back from his own bachelor party in Florida. Mississippi Highway Patrol says another driver on I-10 crossed the median and hit Panks head-on.
Four companies have been chosen to manage the care of 1.7 million Louisiana Medicaid patients. Louisiana's health department announced Monday that the contracts, worth billions, will go to AmeriHealth, Community Care Health Plan of Louisiana, Humana Health Benefit Plan of Louisiana and United Healthcare Community Plan. Terms of the deals remain to be negotiated. Louisiana contracts with managed care companies to oversee services provided to 90 percent of its Medicaid recipients.
The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office released more details Monday into the death of a Crowley man, and is asking the public for help with information on solving the homicide.
Tim Breaux's vehicle was found Friday night abandoned in the West Crowley Cemetery. Evidence within the vehicle led police to believe that foul play could have occurred and a short time later that suspicion was confirmed when Deputies found nearby in a ditch. Deputies were able to confirm the body was Tim Breaux. Sheriff officials say Breaux died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Shreveport police are investigating an early Saturday morning drive-by shooting left a one-month old child dead in the Sunset Acres neighborhood. Police Chief Ben Raymond believes there is someone out there that has details that can lead to an arrest, and says they need to come forward. Authorities have identified the infant victim as Queen Dean, who was struck in the head when a bullet entered her family’s home.
In St. Charles Parish a Luling woman has been arrested, accused of setting fire to her apartment unit with her children inside. The State Fire Marshal's Office says that fire also affected other occupied units in the complex. 39-year-old Cassandra Jones was booked into the St. Charles Parish Jail on one count of Aggravated Arson.
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