News for Tuesday 091019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The APD has arrested 27 year old Natashia Jackson of Alexandria after a Saturday night shooting incident left three people injured and one, a 26 year old woman, dead. Jackson was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder and booked into jail, where she’s being held on $100,000 bail. The name of the victim has not been released.
Friday night, 53 year old Allan Murrell of Alexandria was killed when a vehicle on Casson Street made an illegal turn and struck the motorcycle he was driving. Murrell was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Charges are pending against the unnamed driver of the car.
The land directly across from Lake Buhlow has been sold. The the Pineville Development district board unanimously approved the sale of land to St. Romain Oil Company for $400,000, the parent company of Y-Not-Stop. They plan to build a service station like the one they have on Versaille in Alexandria. The plan is to have the gas station will be open by 2022.
Today marks the statistical peak for the Atlantic hurricane season as conditions are favorable for storm development. So far, there have been seven named storms and State Climatologist Barry Keim says the current rate of storm development is in line with NOAA’s August forecast. So far, Hurricane Barry has been the only storm to impact Louisiana this season, but Keim says it’s too soon to let your guard down.
The national discussion over measures to stop gun violence heats up as lawmakers are heading back into session in DC. Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins says solutions need to be found that do not infringe on second amendment rights of citizens. North Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson serves on the House Judiciary Committee that will oversee three Democrat bills on the issue as early as today. Johnson says the biggest hurdle facing lawmakers is finding a reasonable middle ground, as he says many of the ideas presented from the left offer false hope.
Governor Edwards met with equal pay advocates Monday to brainstorm solutions to reduce the largest gender pay gap in the nation. Edwards says in the Bayou State the average pay disparity is 69-cents to every dollar and adds the majority of voters in Louisiana are for equal pay and want the legislature to pass legislation.
The deadline to register to vote is fast approaching in Louisiana if you’re looking to get your name on the list of approved voters for the October 12th election you have until September 21st to get it done. Officials recommend using the www-dot-Geaux-Vote-dot-com website to complete your registration online, or you can register in person at Parish Registrars of Voters. Early voting begins on September 28th.
The NOLA No Call lawsuit pitting a New Orleans attorney and Saints fan Antonio LeMon against the NFL will not move forward after being dismissed by the Louisiana Supreme Court. LeMon called the ruling disappointing. The NFL has declined to comment.
Medical marijuana has been legal for a little over a month and the program’s future is set to be a major issue in the race for Agriculture Commissioner, the department in charge of regulation. Incumbent Agriculture Commissioner, Republican Mike Strain says 10,000 vials of the product have been created under his department’s watch, and he expects the program to continue to grow. Evangeline Parish Democrat Charlie Greer has criticized what he called the Ag Department’s slow rollout of the product and New Orleans Democrat Margee Green says medical legalization isn’t enough, and the state’s goal should be the full legalization of recreational marijuana.
State Police say an 87-year-old Winnsboro man riding a lawnmower on the road was killed when he was hit by a pick-up truck. Master Trooper Michael Reichardt says 87-year-old Elmer Jennings was driving a zero-turn style lawn mower on U-S Highway 425 at a slow rate of speed Sunday morning when he was struck. No charges have been filed against the driver of the pickup.
Authorities in West Baton Rouge Parish are searching for a 19-year-old who they say fired an AR-style rifle into his mother and stepfather's house following a fight.
The West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said Jacolby Dwayne Davis had gotten into a physical fight with his stepfather Saturday before grabbing a semi-automatic rifle and shooting into his parent's Port Allen home. Davis reportedly fired three shots before leaving. No one was injured by the gunfire.
The operators of a Caddo Parish mental health counseling firm have been indicted in federal court, accused of submitting nearly $8 million in fake bills to Medicaid, and paying kick-backs to people who were listed as clients. The Positive Change company
billed Medicaid $7,992,347 for psychiatric therapy, transportation, and other related mental health services from January 2014 to December 2018 that were never provided.
Louisiana's legislative auditor is questioning $47 million in Medicaid payments for mental health services, saying they didn't follow the health department's fee schedule.
The health department disagrees with Monday's report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, saying the payments complied with the law and were allowed. It was the latest report from Purpera's office digging into Louisiana's more than $13 billion Medicaid program.
Wil Lutz career-long 58-yard field goal gives the saints their first season-opening win since 2013. The saints were down 14-3 at halftime but clawed their way back to a 30-28 win with Lutz’s last-second kick. The fourth-year pro nailed the game-winner after the offense lead a last-second drive after Houston went ahead by one in the last minute of the game.
For the second straight week, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has been named SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Burrow threw for a career-high 471 yards and four touchdowns in the 45-38 win over Texas. LSU hosts Northwestern State with a 6:30 kickoff Saturday night.