News for Wednesday January 15th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
29 year old Keisha Renee Green of Alexandria has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of her one year old child. APD responded to the 3000 block of Monroe Street on Sunday in reference to a reported death. The child was found dead at the scene. No other information has been released as the investigation is ongoing.
A former principal at a Louisiana Christian school pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile stemming from encounters with underage male students. Stephen Couch of Winnsboro accepted a plea deal in 5th Judicial District Court on Monday. District Attorney Mack Lancaster said each count represents one victim in the case. Couch could spend up to 7 years in prison and face a $5,000 fine per count when sentenced in May.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has called a special meeting for Thursday to consider next steps regarding the selection of a new State Superintendent of Education. At the meeting the Board will formally receive the resignation of Superintendent John White and discuss necessary transition activities in moving toward the selection of his replacement. The agenda also includes the ceremonial swearing-in of new members and the election of 2020 BESE officers.
About 300 LSU fans were at the LSU Football Operations Building to welcome home the national champion Tigers. Their charter buses rolled back into town around lunchtime yesterday. LSU is preparing for a much larger celebration to take place Saturday as a parade is set to role through LSU’s campus beginning at 11 AM. A national championship celebration will begin at noon outside the west side of Tiger Stadium.
There is some in the Jefferson Davis Parish town of Jennings who are a bit sad that hometown hero Travis Etienne and the Clemson Tigers didn’t win. Etienne says he’s disappointed he did not win a second championship ring, but he had a blast playing in his home state. Etienne will have to decide soon if he’ll return to Clemson for his senior season. Etienne is NFL draft-eligible after completing his third season in college. He’s ranked as the top running back prospect, and a lock for the 1st round in the 2020 draft, if he decides to declare.
Former New Orleans Saints player and ALS advocate Steve Gleason will receive the Congressional Gold Medal this afternoon at the US Capitol. Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in January 2011 and in the time since has helped over 15,000 people also dealing with the crippling disease with Team Gleason. Senator Bill Cassidy worked on the honor on the Senate side will Cedric Richmond and Steve Scalise made the push on the House side. The distinction is the highest honor Congress can bestow on a civilian and fewer than 200 have been a recipient.
The image of Joe Burrow’s victory stogie in the locker room is one that will forever be attached to LSU’s championship celebration. Baton Rouge defense attorney and cigar enthusiast Franz Borghardt says he couldn’t help but wonder how many of the guys who were partaking were under 21, which is a violation of federal law. Smoking is also prohibited in the Superdome as it is a state-owned building. Despite the unlawful behavior, Borghardt does not believe any law enforcement officer or prosecutor in their right mind would actually try to pursue any real ramifications against the players.
Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder’s election has Democrats celebrating, and conservative Republicans lamenting what it might mean for Legislation over the next four years. Schexnayder won 60-45, with over half of his votes coming from Democrats. House GOP Caucus Chairman Blake Miguez says it’s disappointing to see a republican court Democrats for power. The Republicans who broke rank are considered to be more moderate than the rest of the caucus.
Saints QB Drew Brees turns 41 today