News for Tuesday 121719
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Monday’s tornado outbreak that crossed the state is to blame for at least one fatality in Vernon Parish and widespread damage and utility outages. The deceased was in a mobile home at the time of the storm. The tornado started in the De Ridder area and cut a 63 mile path to Alexandria. Highway 28 West past the Walmart and before Kinkaid Lake took what appears to be a direct hit. Parts of Hope Baptist Church were leveled as were major portions of The Johnny Downs Sports Complex and several businesses, including the Garden Path Stone center. Employees there were able to take shelter moments before the storm hit.. Also leveled, the Chevron station and Bayou Chicot Specialty Meats at Highway 28 West and Vandenburg Drive. Mable Brasher Elementary School on Cloverleaf Blvd also received some extensive damage and will remain closed til further notice.. Students at Alexandria Country Day School had to stay a little longer in school after the storm due to downed powerlines. Country Day will remain closed today.
On the Pineville side of the river, there were also homes and vehicles damaged near the intersection of Donahue Ferry and Edgewood Drive. The storm also caused an extensive amount of damage to the press box at Pineville High School.
As of 8 p.m. last night, Cleco had over 9,000 Central Louisiana customers without power as a result of the storms.
The APD is reporting two shootings in the city over the weekend. The first on Williamson street Saturday afternoon claimed the life of 39 year old Marlon Chaney of Alexandria. The woman who brought Chaney to the hospital told police she was flagged down by several people who put Chaney in her car and told her to take him to the hospital. She did and he later passed away. The second shooting was on Sunday shortly after noon. Police responded to a reported shooting on Overton Street, where they located an unidentified 45 year old who had been shot. He was transported to a local hospital, his condition is unknown at this time.. The investigation into both shootings is ongoing.
LSU QB Joe Burrow’s Heisman acceptance speech has sparked a spirit of giving. Burrow referenced his upbringing in Athens, Ohio, an impoverished area where the poverty rate is almost two times the national average. Rob Szabo is with the Athens County Food Pantry and says the outpouring of support has been overwhelming. A Facebook fundraising campaign has eclipsed a quarter million dollars in the time since Burrow’s acceptance speech.
Major Glenn Curtis is stepping down as head of Louisiana’s National Guard effective January 10th. Curtis was first appointed to the position by Governor Jindal in 2011 and was reappointed by Governor Edwards four years ago. Curtis’ second in command will step into the position after 25 years in the Guard. Keith Wadell is currently the assistant principal of Westlake High School in Calcasieu Parish, where he also coaches.
State Police are investigating a shooting incident involving an off-duty Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputy. Authorities say around 1AM Monday morning the off duty officer was confronted by an armed individual in his home. The two allegedly tangled, and the fight ended with the two shooting each other, with the alleged intruder receiving a fatal wound. The officer was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and the investigation is still ongoing.
Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning’s 539 career passing touchdown record as the Saints crushed the Colts in the Dome 34-7. Last night. It was clear from the start that coach Sean Payton had a game plan to throw early and often with a chance to break the record in front of the home crowd. Brees broke the record on a pass to tight end Josh Hill. Brees also broke the single-game passing percentage record, going 29 of 30 through the air.
On air today…
Tiger Talk 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ
LSU Coach O Show (Special Edition) 7p 96.9 KZMZ KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
Pelicans vs Nets 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM