News for Wednesday January 29th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Alexandria Police Chief Jarrod King will be back on the job Thursday. Mayor Hall, in a press release, explained the City followed an investigation process required by state law. The investigation determined a violation of the city’s social media policy occurred and warranted a brief suspension. The Mayor went on to say he had a great conversation earlier this week with Chief King and as far as he was concerned the matter is behind them. Hall stated the city will not provide any further comments on this matter. King was placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 3.
KALB Newschannel Five has learned that two residents from Alexandria are among those who are trying to get out of China in wake of the Wuhan coronavirus. Benjamin Wilson, and another relative, Jacob Wilson, are in Wuhan China right now. Benjamin graduated from Bolton High in 2000. According a story from NBC News, if men can get back to the U.S., they have to be quarantined for 14 days.
The APD reports a Monday night shooting claimed the life of a 17-year-old near Carr and Bogan Streets in Alexandria. The APD says the unidentified man was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. There is no word yet if any arrests have been made.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a Natchitoches man, 21 Year old Jessie (PT) Petitie Jr., who is charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder, in connection with a double homicide in Natchitoches Monday night. Petite is described as a black male, about 5’7 and weighing 135 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.
A former LSU student and Phi Delta Theta (fata) member convicted in the hazing death of a pledge has waived his right to appeal. 21 year old Matthew Naquin (NAH-kanh) was convicted in July of last year of negligent homicide in the hazing death of 18-year-old Max Gruver. Naquin waived his right to appeal his conviction Tuesday in exchange for an agreement from prosecutors to drop an obstruction of justice charge that carried up to five years in prison. Naquin was sentenced to five years in prison, but a judge suspended all but 2½ years. He started that sentence Monday.
High school principals gather in Baton Rouge today for the annual LHSAA convention and once again the main topic is the public-private school split that’s been in place since the 2013 football playoffs. LHSAA Director Eddie Boninie says on Friday principals can vote to end the split. The split was created because public schools believe private schools have certain advantages that allow them to put better teams on the field or court.
The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s office reports a 3-year-old boy who died this past weekend accidentally shot and killed himself. The Coroner's report, released Tuesday, says the death was accidental due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. No word as whether or not charges will be filed in the case.
Cameron LNG has asked federal regulators for a six-year extension to complete the construction of a proposed expansion at its Hackberry liquefied natural gas export terminal in southwest Louisiana. Cameron LNG has been considering adding two natural gas liquefaction units at the Hackberry site, where supercooled LNG is sent on tanker ships around the world to customers. The company already secured permits for units four and five dating back to 2016. If the extension is granted and construction proceeds, that expansion would add 515 billion cubic feet per year of LNG exports for the company.
K-12 students will have a chance to learn a little more about their Louisiana musical heritage thanks to a curriculum assembled by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Nine musicians were selected, one from each region of the state, and LEH VP of Content Erin Greenwald says the course shows just how unique, and prolific the state’s musical culture has always been. Some of the nine include Lead Belly from northwest Louisiana, Little Walter in Central Louisiana, Kenny Neal in Baton Rouge, and Nathan Williams Jr. in Acadiana.
You can now view 5 years of financial disclosures for all 298 judges in the state of Louisiana at the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission’s website. Previously the only way you could get that kind of information was by filing a public records request. 12 years ago an ethics reform package was passed that required the executive and legislative branches to publicly post financial disclosures, but the State Supreme Court blocked judges from having to comply.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrest a Lake Charles couple for cruelty to a juvenile after a 3-year-old is rushed into surgery with a brain injury. Sheriff Tony Mancuso says the stepmother brought the child to the hospital after it appeared the child was having a seizure. She indicated the injuries may be from the father’s disciplinary actions. Mancuso says the child remains hospitalized in critical condition adding there is a chance the charges may be upgraded. Other children in the home have been placed into state custody.
Two environmental groups are threatening to file suit against the Army Corps of Engineers, the Mississippi River Commission and the Interior Department for failing to evaluate the impact of repeatedly opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The lawsuit threat stems in part from the lengthy toxic algae blooms created by twice opening the spillway, for a total of 123 days, last year to protect levees in the New Orleans area that were threatened by record high water levels on the river.
Authorities arrest a Calhoun man on a drug charge after he approached two people asking to borrow guns at a Planet Fitness parking lot in West Monroe. West Monroe Police Major David May says the two declined the request of 19-year-old Landon Duke before going into the gym and calling the police. Duke faces one count of possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance.
22nd ranked LSU looks to stay undefeated in SEC play tonight when they host Alabama at 6:00. The Crimson Tide has won 10 of their last 13 and lead the SEC in scoring averaging almost 83 points a game. Airtime 5:30p on KSYL 104.9 FM and 970 AM.