News for Tuesday 102219
Compiled by Dave Graichen
An Alexandria man, who while impaired, killed a young mother and her 6 year old son in a horrific traffic accident in March of last year, will spend only 15 years behind bars. 44 year old John Scott changed his plea to "guilty" on Monday morning to two counts of vehicular homicide and a single count of first degree vehicular negligent injuring. He will receive 15 years in prison for each count of vehicular homicide and five years for first degree vehicular negligent injuring. The sentence will run concurrent, thus the 15 years.. and as a result of the change of plea, the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will dismiss charges of reckless operation, driving under suspension, running a red light, and possession of marijuana.
The SEC has ended the speculation that the LSU-Alabama game will be played in primetime. The league announced today that the Tigers and Crimson Tide will have a 2:30 kick-off. 2010 was the last time these two SEC West rivals played each other in the afternoon.
Governor Edwards and Eddie Rispone will face off in what is likely to be the only gubernatorial debate of the run-off October 30th on Louisiana Public Broadcasting. LPB partnered with Council for a Better Louisiana to host the debate. The questions will be posed by a panel of journalists but CABL President Barry Erwin says they’ll give plenty of opportunities for the candidates to interrogate each other. The program will be stream-able on LPB.org.
New Orleans' mayor says the city has been spending about $400,000 a day to respond to the partial collapse of a hotel more than a week ago. Mayor LaToya Cantrell spoke Monday during a news conference one day after the city used controlled explosions to bring down two cranes that had been looming over the building. The Hard Rock Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter was under construction when part of it collapsed. Three people were killed. One of the bodies has been removed. Cantrell said they are still working on recovering the other two bodies.
Five predominantly African American churches in Crowley have been vandalized since July, with the most recent incident being discovered Monday morning. Crowley Police Chief Jimmy Broussard says thankfully so far damage to the churches has been limited, but it’s still unnerving for congregants. The first incident occurred in early July, with the rest occurring within the last month.
State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is reminding Louisiana consumers to be vigilant when purchasing used vehicles that may have been flooded in Texas as a result of Tropical Storm Imelda. These damaged vehicles are sold at auction and unscrupulous sellers may ship automobiles, trucks, boats and RV's to other states and not disclose their origin to unsuspecting buyers. Buyers are encouraged to run a vehicle history report and ask to see the physical title.
State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Sunday night in Ferriday. Authorities say a Concordia Parish Sheriff’s deputy was involved in a vehicle pursuit and the deputy shot at the subject, 19-year-old Tyler Conner. Conner was transported to a Baton Rouge hospital for treatment and no deputies were injured.
A vehicle found its way into a Lake Charles elementary school cafeteria yesterday morning. Lake Charles Police say they responded to Oak Park Elementary School in Lake Charles in reference to a vehicle striking the building. Upon their arrival, officers say they found a Chevrolet Impala inside the school cafeteria. The driver allegedly told officers that they were dropping someone off at the school when the incident occurred. The driver began to leave and, believing the car was in reverse, drove forward into the school. No one was in the building at the time of the crash. No injuries were reported.
Connor Croll, the 19-year-old Alabama freshman accused of calling in a bomb threat to Tiger Stadium during the LSU-Florida game because a friend was on the verge of losing a large bet, pleads not guilty. Croll faces up to 20 years for the felony charge. His next court date is scheduled for January 8th.
Tonight, it’s game one of the World Series, as the Houston Astros play host to the Washington Nationals. Airtime 6pm on 94.7 ESPN..
Saints QB Drew Brees intends to practice with the team this week ahead of their Week 8 clash with the Cardinals this Sunday. In an interview with WWL Radio, Brees says this week’s practice will be the gauge on the possibility of a return. The Saints are on a five-game win streak with Teddy Bridgewater starting in the absence of Brees.
The Pelicans announce rookie sensation and first overall pick Zion Williamson will miss the next six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his knee. Williamson was expected to miss tonight’s season opener against the Raptors in Toronto, and the home opener Friday against the Mavericks. In the meantime Williamson’s absence clarifies the team’s starting lineup, as former Lakers forward Brandon Ingram will slot into the positional void left open by the injury.