News for Monday January 27th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
KALB TV reports three RPSO deputies were arrested late last week after officials received word that they were allegedly bringing illegal narcotics and other contraband into an RPSO correctional facility. Following an investigation, enough probable cause was developed to arrest the deputies, Brandon Anderson, Anthony Luttrul and Patrick Hall. RPSO says the investigation is ongoing at this time.
A shooting early Sunday morning in Bunkie has left an Unidentified 20 year old man dead. Bunkie Police Chief Scotty Ferguson says the shooting happened just after 2am on Highway 115 when a pickup truck was struck by more than 20 bullets from what appears to have been an assault type rifle. At least one bullet struck the victim, a passenger in the truck, who later died at a local hospital.
After guiding LSU to a national title, head coach Ed Orgeron has agreed to a six-year contract extension worth 42-million dollars. Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says there were doubters when former athletics director Joe Alleva hired Orgeron as the head coach in 2016, but it’s turned out to be a perfect fit. The contract extension is pending approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors. The deal keeps Coach O’ in Baton Rouge through the 2026 season.
The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep hundreds of emails from being unearthed showing the team’s executives advised the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans in doing PR damage control, as they are accused of helping the in the church’s “pattern and practice of concealing” evidence of sex abuse. The team has responded saying the advice was simple and never wavering. Be direct, open and fully transparent, while making sure that all law enforcement agencies were alerted.
Starting today you can submit your 2019 state and federal taxes, and you’ll have until April 15th to get them done. New Orleans CPA Jerry Schreiber says his number one tip for filers every season is to efficiently organize your tax information either for yourself or your preparer. Schreiber recommends taking your return to a reputable preparer, but if you chose to go it alone just know the IRS offers a free filing tool called IRS Free File. You can find it on the IRS website.
New job numbers released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows the Baton Rouge area has set a fourth consecutive nonfarm employment record in December 2019. Louisiana Workforce Commission chief economist Ali Bustamante says 1,800 jobs have been added over the month. New Orleans gained 11,300 jobs over the year, and 2,100 jobs from November to December. The numbers were not so rosy in other parts of that state over with over the year job losses including Shreveport down 2,800 jobs, Houma down 1,200, and Lake Charles down 800. Here in Cenla, the numbers remain flat.
The Coast Guard and local responded yesterday a report of two towing vessels that collided on the Mississippi River near Luling. The coast Guard received the call shortly after 5:30 in the morning yesterday. The collision caused one of the vessels to sink and barges to break away. One of the missing crew members was rescued by a good Samaritan. The search for the other three people is ongoing.
One man is in jail and two are dead in what Baton Rouge Police are calling a drag-racing crash. 56 year old Christopher Brock of Baker, was allegedly drag racing with his brother and died at the scene. A bicyclist in the area at the time, 24 year old Deondrick Rudd of Jeanerette, also died at the scene. 57 year old Lattimore Brock Baton Rouge was arrested and booked with two counts of vehicular homicide and a count each of driving while intoxicated, drag racing, failure to maintain control and reckless driving.
Americans United for Life ranks Louisiana as the most pro-life state in the nation, largely on the back of a series of bills passed last year in the Legislature. The rankings also touted an upcoming March 4th Supreme Court admitting privileges case originating from Louisiana that Louisiana Right to Life spokesperson Alexandra Seghers says could have major implications.
The hunt for the killer of a gay black teen who was found near a lake in Angie two weeks ago continues, and the Southern Poverty Law Center is concerned it may have been a hate crime. 17-year-old Ja’Quarius Taylor was found shot in the head only an hour after being reported missing by his mother. Washington Parish Sheriff’s chief deputy Mike Haley says it’s their office’s primary focus. Haley adds they’re currently reviewing a key piece of evidence discovered in the lake by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s dive team.
Onlineschoolsreport.com ranks Northwestern State University’s online Bachelor of General Studies as the number two program in the nation. Executive Director of Academic Advising Steve Hicks says the positive ranking should help with enrollment.
Data sources for the rankings include the National Center for Education Statistics and the US Department of Education’s College Scoreboard.
On the air this week….
Tiger Talk 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ
Tuesday January 28th
Pelicans @ Cavaliers 6p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
Wednesday January 29th
LSU Basketball vs Alabama 5:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
Friday January 31st
Pelicans vs Grizzlies 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM