News for Thursday 103119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Eddie Rispone shared a stage Wednesday night for likely the only time during the runoff election that will decide Louisiana’s next governor, laying out starkly different assessments of the state’s progress and delivering rebukes of each other’s records during a televised debate in Baton Rouge. The debate, hosted by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Council for a Better Louisiana, was a rare public appearance for Rispone, who is seeking public office for the first time and who has mostly shunned gubernatorial forums in favor of closed-door fundraisers. Edwards agreed to a second TV debate, which Rispone declined.
It’s going to be a chilly night of trick-or-treating for families across the state. Nation Weather Service Shreveport Meteorologist Aaron Davis says tonight temperatures will be about 20 degrees lower than we’ve been used to over the past week. Davis cautions parents to bundle up their kids, or put on a few extra layers under those costumes tonight. He says it’ll be incredibly windy, and that will exacerbate the already low temperatures. And those frigid temperatures will continue into Friday morning. Davis says the season’s first freeze is set to come about two weeks ahead of schedule…
State Police has some tips to keep your kids safe as you head out into the cold tonight for some trick-or-treating. To start, Trooper Taylor Scrantz says make your kids wear wristbands with your cellphone number just in case they get lost and make sure they are visible to drivers. He also recommends planning your route along well-lit streets on sidewalks. Scrantz also advises parents not allow their children to go out tonight without a guardian.
Yesterday we told you about a petition on social media that was attempting to gather 2,000 signatures in an effort to give kids a day off to recover from Trick or Treating.. Well, that petition was garnered over 6,000 signatures. However it appears it was all for nothing. Rapides Parish Superintendent of Schools Jeff Hall announced yesterday that school will be in session on Friday.
36 year old William Branch, who was arrested back in May for allegedly walking into Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and threatening a priest with a knife, was arraigned Wednesday at the Rapides Parish courthouse. Branch entered a plea of "not guilty by reason of insanity". Last week, Branch was deemed competent to stand trial by Judge Chris Hazel, and stand trial he will. A bench trial is set for Dec. 17.
The nation’s report card indicates Louisiana has made the more improvements than any other state in 8th grade math. But still, Eighth graders were ranked 48th nationwide for math. State Superintendent of Education John White says among the challenges to tackle in Louisiana is attracting STEM teachers to the education field. On the downside, ACT scores in the state fell from 45th to 49th. Louisiana is one of 15 states requiring all high school students to take the ACT and ranked 13th among those.
Four contractors are expected to submit bids by Friday with their plans on how to clear the site of the Hard Rock Hotel collapse. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says the responsibility of taking down the building is on the property owner, but the city has been hands-on with the analysis of the demolition plans. The building collapsed on October 12th, killing three and injuring numerous others.
A Monroe man is charged with seven counts of assisting escape and accessory after the fact in the escape of seven men from the Richland Parish Detention Center. 38-year old Trevor Toney is accused of helping seven inmates during their escape to Ouachita Parish on Monday. Investigators say Toney helped the inmates force their way out of the facility and then paid for a hotel room for them. All seven have been booked in the Ouachita Correctional Center as fugitives from justice.
Brent Ballard said he left his Great Dane in the care of a Lafayette dog trainer in September with the expectation that his pup would return to his Denham Springs home as a service dog. Instead, Gauge came back in October malnourished and in need of immediate veterinary care for a number of injuries including cuts, infections and burns, according to Ballard. A veterinarian told him the dog was 24 to 48 hours away from death and that Gauge would no longer be able to perform as a service dog as a result of the trauma. 64 year old Patrick Darcey is the Lafayette man who allegedly abused Gauge and at least two dozen other dogs through his home dog training business, K9 Kajun Farm. Darcey is facing up to 38 counts of animal cruelty.
State Police releases a report detailing concerns by a counselor in 2014 that former Livingston Parish SWAT Commander Dennis Perkins was engaging in “grooming” with a young girl that would prep her for future abuse. Perkins and his wife were arrested last week on numerous child sex crimes charges, and Perkins has been fired from LPSO. Livingston Sheriff Jason Ard spoke earlier in the day before the new revelations came out, defending his office’s decision to retain Perkins in 2013 after a Baton Rouge officer personally reported inappropriate conduct against his step-daughter outlined in the State Police report. Ard blamed the BR cop for coming to him personally instead of filing a paper report. The Sheriff says there are no reports of incidents or allegations against Perkins’ in his official file.
A Louisiana appeals court has overruled a judge who said prosecutors could not use the word "rape" during a man's rape trial. In a ruling filed Wednesday, Judge Ben Willard in New Orleans granted a defense request to bar prosecutors and prosecution witnesses from using the word rape in an ongoing trial. Prosecutors appealed, noting the defendant faces multiple charges, including first-degree rape. A three-judge panel of Louisiana's 4th Circuit Court of Appeal agreed the judge was wrong to ban the use of the word rape by prosecutors.
One of the more unusual World Series is now history with the Washington Nationals winning it all. Last night, in game 7 of the series, the Nationals defeated the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park 6 to 2 in a series where neither team won a game on their home turf.
Thursday Night NFL. 49ers @ The Cardinals 7p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
LSU will likely be the number one team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll when they visit second-ranked Alabama on November ninth. But Coach Ed Orgeron says they are not paying attention to the current rankings. The hype is just starting to build on this potential number one versus number two match-up.
Through eight games, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas leads the NFL with 73 carches for 875 yards. Thomas is on pace to catch 146 passes, which would break Marvin Harrison’s single season NFL record when the former Colt caught 143 passes in 2002.
In the high school football polls, Lafayette Christian is the new number one ranked team in Two-A. Newman was ranked number one last week, but lost by one point to St. Charles Catholic. Notre Dame has moved to two in the rankings, St. Charles Catholic is third, Newman fourth and Ferriday is ranked fifth. Just two more weeks left in the regular season.
ULM returns from a bye week to host Arkansas State for homecoming Saturday. The Warhawks are 3-and-4 overall, two and one in the Sun Belt West Division and tied with the Ragin Cajuns for first place.