News for Wednesday 090419
Compiled by Dave Graichen
State police report a Boyce man was killed yesterday morning shortly after 5:30 when he was struck by a pickup truck along highway 28 west. Troopers say 29 year old Shane Aiple was standing in the roadway near the centerline when he was struck by an eastbound pickup, driven by 28 year old Charles Johnson Jr. of Hineston. Aiple was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.
A week ago Monday administrators and the Deputy School resource officer at Bolton High School in Alexandria were alerted to a student who was believed to be in possession of a gun. When they arrived they found a semi-automatic pistol on the student. The student is charged with carrying a firearm on school property and is being detained at the Renaissance Home for Youth in Alexandria.
Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon when his wife found him unresponsive. Edwards’ biographer Leo Honeycutt tells us that it appears the former governor was suffering from low blood sugar and is in much better condition now. Honeycut attended an event two weeks ago with Edwards and he took questions from the audience and says it’s hard to believe the former governor is in his 9th decade. Edwards also attended former Governor Kathleen Blanco’s funeral.
The Louisiana Republican Party releases statewide office endorsements headlined by both major GOP gubernatorial candidates, and a clear favorite in the race for Insurance Commissioner. LSU-Shreveport Poli Sci Professor Jeff Sadow says it’s not a surprise that the party backed both Congressman Abraham and Eddie Rispone, as there’s little to gain from picking sides in a tight primary.
Incumbent Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon got the nod over challenger Tim Temple. Sadow adds the state party is likely skeptical of Temple due to the prominent consulting role former Democratic Insurance Commissioner Robert Wooley holds in the Temple campaign. Campaign finance reports show Temple has paid at least 90,000 dollars to Wooley for consulting this year alone.
Lafayette Police have charged a 17-year-old boy with negligent homicide in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl. Corporal Bridgette Dugas says it appears the shooting was not intentional and it’s not the first time this year a lack of gun safety led to a death. Police have not released any details on what was happening when the gun went off.
The NTSBs initial report into last month’s plane crash that killed New Orleans news anchor Nancy Parker and pilot Franklin Augustus, confirms Augustus requested to return to the airport shortly after takeoff but did not specify why. The report says the aircraft’s historical maintenance logs noted “no deficiencies.”
The Treasurer’s Office unveils a new transparency tool that lets Louisianans track government spending. Treasurer John Schroder says users can measure the state’s bond, general liability, and pension debt levels. Schroder says you can also measure how much each citizen would have to pay to clear the debt. Treasurer John Schroder says the website gives you an opportunity to see just where state government prioritizes construction spending. You can see the tracking tool at LATreasury.com under transparency.
The Louisiana Department of Health is hoping to raise awareness and share best practices for fighting the opioid epidemic this week at an Opioid Action Summit and Town Hall in Slidel. In 2018 there were more than 450 opioid-involved deaths in the state, a 187 percent increase from 2012.
Along I-49 in Caddo Parish DOTD will begin installing cable barriers along the medians north of Shreveport. The project will stretch 35 miles along the interstate. The barriers are designed to redirect the car along the median and potentially prevent a fatal crossover crash. Buchanan says for the last eleven years DOTD has invested more than $50 million in safety improvements to install the cable barriers across the state.
The Department’s goal is to have median cable barriers installed on interstates across the state by 2022.
State Police arrested two people involved in a wild shooting scene on I-10 in Jefferson Davis Parish. One of the men booked, 36-year-old Trinity Coleman of Franklin, is a suspect in the murder of a female in Franklin. Trooper Derek Senegal says while pursuing Coleman, 57-year-old Clarence Fine of Jeanerette pulled off the side of the road and started shooting at Coleman. No was injured by the gunfire.
Police in Breaux Bridge report a double shooting yesterday. Police say the shooting stemmed from an altercation between multiple people. During that altercation, one of the people involved pulled out a gun and shot two other people. The injuries to the two victims are not life-threatening. The two men are currently in stable condition.
One man is under arrest after an attempt was made to bring a weapon into the Lafayette Parish Courthouse Tuesday. 51 year old Alan Huval was arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Jail after attempting to enter into the courthouse with a loaded hand gun and additional ammunition in a backpack. Bond has not been set.
LSU’s new no-huddle, spread offense looked fantastic in the season-opening win over Georgia Southern, but it will be tested on Saturday against the 9th ranked Texas. The Longhorns forced three turnovers and held the La Tech Bulldogs to 73 yards rushing in a 45-14 win on Saturday. Plus the Bayou Bengals will be playing in a hostile stadium. Coach Ed Orgeron says they’ll have to use some silent count in Austin and they’ll practice this week for a loud crowd.
The new AP poll came out Tuesday, the Tigers remain ranked sixth, while Texas is up to number nine.
ULM defensive end Kerry Starks has been suspended for this Saturday’s game at Florida State because he spit in the face of a Grambling player. the incident occurred during the Warhawks 31-9 victory. Coach Matt Viator says Starks’ backup, Sam Miller, might also miss the game because of a shoulder injury.