News for Thursday 102419
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A former Alexandria Police Officer, 44 year old Kenneth Thomas, has had his appeal of a 2018 conviction rejected by the appellate court. Thomas was arrested back in September of 2017 after an investigation into allegations that he had distributed marijuana and had sex with at least one woman while one duty. Ad hoc Judge Harry Randow sentenced Thomas, a Deville resident, to three years in prison without hard labor and made him eligible for work release.
Tickets are in high demand for the Auburn/LSU game. LSU’s third top-ten matchup of the season is sold out. StubHub spokesperson Erin Exum says the days of finding a reputable scalper are in the rearview mirror, so the safest way to buy tickets on the secondary market are through a verifiable ticketing source such as StubHub. There are about 5000 tickets up for grabs on StubHub right now. No word from the company as to prices for those tickets..
Louisiana's top higher education board is asking lawmakers to increase spending on public college programs by nearly $156 million next year, to raise faculty pay, boost student aid and work toward new achievement goals. The Board of Regents approved the budget request Wednesday at its meeting in Shreveport, saying the money is aimed at doubling the number of degrees and workforce credentials by 2030, as envisioned by the state's updated higher education master plan.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center is adding a metabolic surgery center that will allow the world-renown facility to research new tools in the fight against obesity.
Pennington Biomedical Executive Director John Kirwan says the new building will help them research the science behind a mystery involving patients who receive lap band surgery. The facility will also offer bariatric and metabolic surgery on-site for patients.
The facility will add 55 new direct jobs, and generate an estimated 100 million in economic activity over its first four years.
Parents who have lost children to hazing are pushing lawmakers to support the End All Hazing Act and Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy was the first the back the measure in the Senate. The House bill requires schools to publicly share information about student organizations that have been disciplined for hazing. Cassidy says schools must be clear about what takes place on campus. This week Cassidy and lawmakers met with parents who have buried their children because of hazing, one of those parents was Steve Gruver the father of Maxwell Gruver who was killed at LSU in 2017.
As the State Fair of Louisiana opens, organizers say you can expect a "Gumbo of Fun" - this year's theme. The fair runs today through Nov. 10 at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds in Shreveport. The fair draws an average of 425,000 people through the gates every year. Organizers say it has a $24 million economic impact.
A woman claims Carencro Police broke the wrist of her autistic 28-year-old son Derrick and has filed a lawsuit against the department. Police Chief David Anderson says Cynthia Moody contacted the department after an officer had an altercation with her son. The mother says she believes the officer-involved went too far when dealing with her son.
The Poor People’s Campaign is touring through Louisiana this week, aiming to mobilize more activists to join their national push for elected leaders to address poverty and adopt their “Moral Agenda”. Campaign speakers have ruffled feathers at the State Capitol by accusing lawmakers of rejecting moral legislation like a minimum wage increase.
Police are hunting for a white vehicle that is suspected to have struck and killed a Monroe teenager in a hit and run incident in Monroe Tuesday evening. Monroe Police Detective Reggie Brown says the tragedy was compounded by the driver not even stopping to try and help the young girl he just hit. He says it shouldn’t matter what condition the driver may have been in.
A Livingston Parish School System employee, 34-year-old Cynthia Perikins, has been arrested on charges of first-degree rape and pornography involving juveniles, and her husband 44-year-old Dennis Perkins, A Livingston Parish SWAT Commander, has been arrested on three counts of pornography involving juveniles, two counts of video voyeurism, and obstructing justice. Details are limited at this point, but we do know that the investigation is being headed up by the state AG’s office.
Louisiana State Police arrested an Alabama man who was on the run for a double homicide. Police say 48-year old Aaron Gess was apprehended without incident in Webster Parish on Interstate 20 Tuesday. He is wanted in connection with the murder of his brother and twin sister in Macon County. Alabama authorities say the suspect has a history of mental illness and had made threats to resist apprehension.
More than 30 students have been arrested at a magnet high school in Independence after a large brawl Tuesday and a smaller fight Wednesday. Tangipahoa Parish Schools Superintendent Melissa Stilley tells news outlets 26 students were removed the first day at Independence High Magnet School and another six yesterday. Sheriff Daniel Edwards says the students were arrested on charges of disturbing the peace. Stilley says the students won't be allowed back until after disciplinary hearings.
Law enforcement and health officials be accepting unused medications for safe disposal, as well as vape products, as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, scheduled for Saturday. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says there will be no questions asked as to the type of vape products being turned in. Kanter says a recent outbreak of lung disease believed to be linked to vaping sees a majority of cases linked to vape products containing THC, but officials have yet to pinpoint what exactly is causing the ailments.
In Game Two of the World Series last night… The Washington Nationals took a two game lead by defeating the Astros 12 to 3. The Nationals scored 6 runs in the 7th inning alone. The series now moves to Washington for Friday night game..
A break from the World Series Tonight as Thursday night NFL takes center stage.. it’s The Redskins @ The Vikings 7p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
Drew Brees says the plan is for him to suit up and play Sunday in the Dome against the Cardinals, potentially his first game action since injuring his hand against the Rams week two. The QB says he’ll track his progress in practice this week, but if he feels ready, Sean Payton will play him. It’s an earlier than expected return, but Brees says he’s close enough with the help of some equipment. Brees says he’s loved cheering on backup Teddy Bridgewater, but the lack of competition has been killing him the past few weeks.
There were some positives in Tuesday night’s season-opening loss to the Raptors as Toronto topped New Orleans 130-122. Brandon Ingram looked good in his first regular-season game with the Pels, 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists. New Orleans bench outscored Toronto 56 to 23, but Jrue Holiday had just 13 points and the Pels had 19 turnovers. New Orleans home opener is Friday against Dallas.
After a big win over rival Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech heads on the road this Saturday to face UTEP, who has just one win on the season. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says after watching the tape, he can’t believe the Miners are just one and five on the season. Louisiana Tech is 3-0 in Conference USA and in first place in the West Division. Holtz says having a letdown performance in El Paso is not an option.