News for Wednesday 121119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
If there ever was a time to heed the warning to “Lock Your Car” this is it. According to the Alexandria Police Department, more than 75 vehicle burglaries have taken place in the first nine days of December. While there isn't a specific trend following the burglaries, the majority of the crimes are happening in apartment complexes and neighborhoods.
After a weekend shooting in the Koln area over the weekend, RPSO has arrested 25 year old Kyle Ryland and charged him with one count of second degree murder in the shooting death of 56 year old Steven Saucier. According to witnesses, Ryland and Saucier engaged in a verbal altercation. During the altercation, Ryland allegedly brandished a firearm and fatally shot Saucier. Ryland is currently being held at the Rapides Parish Detention Center in lieu of posting a $250,000 bond.
Senator John Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry warn Republicans not to allow Democrats any influence in the selection of the next Speaker of the Louisiana House. The letter says the move is aimed at guaranteeing a more conservative Speaker takes office January 13th when the election is held. The letter says the move is aimed at guaranteeing a more conservative Speaker takes office January 13th when the election is held. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says such a demand bucks decades of bipartisan precedent. The Senate Presidency is reportedly close to being wrapped up, with Lafayette’s Page Cortez the favorite.
The odds of a new trade agreement among Canada, the United States and Mexico just get better as the House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced support for the package. If the U-S-M-C-A replaces NAFTA, Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says experts believe it could generate up to 75 billion dollars more a year for the American economy. Strain says this deal will open up the Mexican market to new items like Louisiana poultry, and expand the market for others. Mexico is second only to China as a U-S trading partner. Louisiana currently exports 8.3 billion dollars’ worth of agriculture products each year.
Two Articles of Impeachment were revealed yesterday, one accusing the President of abusing the power of his office, and the other accusing him of obstruction of justice.
Senator John Kennedy expects Democrats to vote within the week on Impeachment, and he expects the vote to clear the House. Afterward the Senate will take up a full trial on removing the President from office. Kennedy says the trial will take a minimum of two weeks, with it possibly lasting as long as five to six weeks.
If you caught the halftime show during the SEC Championship game you saw Baton Rouge native Andrea Gathercole win a $100,000 scholarship after throwing the most footballs through an oversized Dr. Pepper can. Gathercole says the extra cash will help her at Baylor before graduating December 2020. In case you were wondering, Gathercole has already ruled out transferring to LSU to fill the void left by QB Joe Burrow next season.
Senator Bill Cassidy introduces new legislation aimed at incentivizing Medicare Part D recipients to choose generic prescriptions when available. Cassidy says if the Medicare program can save money with the use of lower cost drugs that are just as effective by enticing them with a cut of the savings, it gives patients a reason to care. Cassidy says a patient is just as well off using cheaper generic drugs compared to the more expensive name brand drugs and adds if someone has been on a specific name brand medication for years, there is a good chance it is available as a generic now.
The Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustees released a final Open Ocean restoration plan with projects totaling almost $226 million dollars. The goals of the 18 projects include helping restore the habitats for natural gulf habitats.
A Webster Parish inmate was shot after allegedly stealing a vehicle and escaping while on work detail at the Webster Parish school board. Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says after an all-night search, authorities located 40-year-old Norman Guthrie, then he lead officers on a high-speed chase in Bossier City. Sexton says Guthrie was set to be released in March after serving time for aggravated battery, theft of a motor vehicle, and failure to appear charges. Sexton says a motive for the attempted escape is unclear.
In addition to several new charges Guthrie may be facing attempted murder charges for trying to use a vehicle as a weapon against police.
New Orleans Police have arrested two suspects in connection with shooting of a dozen people on Canal Street December first. Police Chief Shaun Ferguson says they executed search warrants Tuesday morning in St Mary’s Parish and arrested 21-year-old Stafford Starks, on eight counts of attempted murder. Also arrested, 22-year-old LaBryson Polidore, on 10 counts of attempted murder.
This week in Ascension Parish, LSU is holding an Active Threat Integrated Response Course for their Academy of Counter Terrorist Education Instructors. These instructors work with local law enforcement and first responders on how to provide care during active shooter incidents. Since 2018, the course has provided thousands of law enforcement officers and emergency personnel valuable skills to use in mass shooting situations.
The Saints are still reeling from a close loss to San Fran in the Dome Sunday, but so are the Saints fan, one of whom let it be known to coach Sean Peyton yesterday. Coach was at Whole Foods grabbing a few steaks when the butcher shot him a snide comment about Peyton’s decision to go for two points early in the contest. That 2 point attempt failed, and played a big role in San Fran being able to win the game on a last-second field goal. Peyton wasn’t having it, shooting back at the butcher “Hey, your steaks don’t look too good right now. Worry about your freaking meat.” Peyton says the post-game commentary on his decision has been driving him crazy. Peyton explained his thoughts behind the 2 point attempt, saying they were spotted at the one yard line thanks to a foul, and he figured the team could punch it in.
The Pelicans miserable season continued Monday night with a ninth straight loss, this time a 105-103 heart breaker to Detroit. At least offseason acquisition Brandon Ingram continued his tear, putting up 31 points in the loss. The Pelicans @ Bucks tonight for a late game, airtime 8p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
LSU’s new passing game coordinator Joe Brady wins the Broyles award for the nation’s top assistant coach in the nation. Brady was instrumental in implementing LSU’s recording breaking spread offense after coming over from the Saints.
Joe Burrow’s seemingly inevitable march to winning LSU’s first Heisman got a boost this week thanks to former Purple and Gold legend, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. The former Heisman finalist narrates a new hype video produced by the school celebrating Burrow’s status as an icon. The award will be handed out Saturday night in New York.
LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, the highest-paid and one of the most well-respected assistant coaches in college football, is in "serious negotiations" to become the next head coach at UNLV, according to a Sports Illustrated report. Aranda was hired by former LSU coach Les Miles from Wisconsin in 2016, and he was retained when LSU coach Ed Orgeron took the job after Miles was fired. Since then Aranda has received a raise and become the sport's highest-paid assistant coach with an annual average salary of $2.5 million.
New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport will need season-ending surgery to repair a foot injury, according to an NFL Network report. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport first reported the news Tuesday evening. Rapoport later reported that Davenport saw Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot expert based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, who serves as the Packers' assistant team physician, for a second opinion. Davenport left Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter with a non-contact injury.