News for Thursday 082219
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The first of several services for late Governor Kathleen Blanco happens this morning with an interfaith ceremony at St. Joseph Cathedral in Downtown Baton Rouge. For those that cannot make it to the cathedral, a telecast can be seen on affiliates of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Following the ceremony, the casket will be transported to the Capitol to lie in state.
The public will have an opportunity to pay their respect today to Former Governor Kathleen Blanco, who will lie in state starting at 1 pm at the State Capitol Rotunda.
Commissioner of Higher Ed and former Blanco Aide Kim Hunter Reed says the state’s first female Governor is getting a fitting send-off. The public viewing will be continue through 6pm.
AG Jeff Landry says yesterday an armed law enforcement officer from his office was on campus to help educate students and protect them from crime, which may have triggered the armed intruder false alarm. LSU spokesperson Ernie Ballard says they are reviewing Tuesday’s response, adding they have recently trained for a similar scenario.
Ballard says campus safety is a shared responsibility and if someone sees something, they should say something.
The largest employer in Minden ,a company that employs 750 people, is threatening to relocate to east Texas if the state does not upgrade several bridges in the area that have structural problems. Fibrebond builds huge structures that can measure 16 by 75 feet and weigh 150,000 pounds, making them ineligible to cross de-rated bridges. Fibrebond is a Louisiana owned and operated company that’s been open for the last 37 years.
A 19 year old Pollock man, who was accused of setting fire to a home in Pineville and killing two animals inside back in April 2017, has been sentenced two years of supervised probation and will have to pay close to $12,000 in restitution. Investigators with the state fire marshal’s office believe Shea Dubrock may have been responsible for other fires in the same area of Pineville. Dubrock was charged with seven counts of simple arson, a single count each of burglary of a dwelling and obstruction of justice, two counts of cruelty to animals, and a dozen counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. On Wednesday, he changed his plea and pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of simple criminal damage and simple burglary. In exchange, the other charges he faced were all dismissed.
The United States Attorney’s office announced yesterday that a former corrections officer at the Federal Correctional Complex in Pollock was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison and two years of supervised release for accepting bribes to smuggle contraband to prisoners. 39 year old Byron Wyatt of Marksville was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell. He was previously found guilty of the offense on April 5, 2018, after a three-day trial.
St. Landry Parish Sheriffs are trying to identify a body they discovered left just off Highway 10 in the Beggs area. Authorities say it appears to be an African American female in her early 20s. Foul play is suspected and hey believe he woman had been dead for four to five days.
Slidell police have arrested two people after a school resource officer found cocaine on a five-year-old. Authorities say the child didn’t know he had the drugs. 23-year-old Angelica Stanley and 51-year-old Ellis Cousin were taken into custody at their home and they are facing several charges.
West Monroe Police have arrested a man they say was in unlawful possession of an AR15-style rifle and body armor. 46-year-old Stewart Wayne Hayes was discovered in his vehicle in the armor, with the gun.
The Eastbank Little League baseball team from River Ridge advances in the World Series after beating New Jersey 4-1 yesterday, putting them one win away from competing in the US final and two wins from the championship game against an international team. Coach Scott Frazier says the kids are staying focused despite possible distractions. This is the first team from the New Orleans area to play in the Little League World Series.
Drano or Liquid Plummer would not have helped this situation. An underwater camera employed by the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board on Tuesday revealed what appeared to be at least one, and possibly more, vehicles crammed into a drainage culvert known as the Lafitte Canal that runs under Jefferson Davis Parkway near the Lafitte Greenway. The cars, embedded in a pile of other debris, are clogging up one of the key pipelines used by the pump station that drains parts of Mid-City. Their removal is now underway..