News for Tuesday February 4th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh announced yesterday he's been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Addressing listeners on his program Monday, Limbaugh said he will take some days off for further medical tests and to determine treatment. Rush, who is heard locally on KSYL and across the country, says he intends to work as much as possible while undergoing treatment.
The APD officer was responding to a reported burglary yesterday shortly after noon struck a vehicle that attempted to make a left turn in front of him. The APD says the officer was traveling in the left lane of 3rd street when he struck the vehicle. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were transported to a local hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The officer, who suffered moderate injuries, was also transported to the hospital for treatment. The incident remains under investigation.
RPSO responded to the 7000 block of Hwy 1 in Boyce yesterday after a man allegedly stabbed several members of his family. 70 year old James Edward Rogers was arrested on two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault. The victims were transported to a local area hospital and are in stable condition. Rogers is currently being held at the Rapides Parish Detention Center in lieu of $350,000 bond.
Northern parishes are preparing for the possibility of severe weather with a cold front that is moving into the state tonight and into tomorrow morning. National Weather Service Shreveport meteorologist CS Ross says along the front, a band of showers and thunderstorms have developed. Ross adds that a light wintry mix has not been ruled out for late Wednesday night, into early Thursday morning.
Congressman Ralph Abraham, fresh off a primary loss in last year’s gubernatorial race, only has 21,000 dollars in his reelection war chest, sparking speculation he’s considering not running again this year. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says 21,000 dollars is a remarkably low number for someone to run a reelection campaign with. Abraham ran in 1st place during last year’s gubernatorial primary within his congressional district.
A DOTD worker was struck yesterday by a vehicle on Interstate 49. State Police say the worker had parked his vehicle, with the lights flashing, on the shoulder so he could pick up some equipment near the Carencro exit. Traffic was slowing in the area, and a motorist couldn't stop in time, and took to the shoulder. State Police say the SUV struck the worker, who sustained moderate to severe injuries. Charges are pending.
Former St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister passed away. The public servant also had stints as the State GOP Chairwoman, and President Bush’s 2004 Louisiana Reelection Campaign Chair. Brister was 73.
With a death rate for pregnant women that's twice the U.S. average, Louisiana is one of the country's most dangerous places to have a baby. Now, a new study on maternal mortality in the state includes another startling statistic: Homicide is among the leading causes of death. A study published Monday found that women in Louisiana are more likely to be killed than to die from any single pregnancy-related condition.
State Fire Marshal deputies arrest a 20-year-old Louisiana Tech student who admitted to having lit trash on fire inside of a building next to a dorm out of boredom. 20 year old Gavin Jones was booked into the Lincoln Parish Jail on one count of Simple Arson.
A Plaquemine man is arrested for elder abuse after authorities say they discovered a woman in her 70s in a home lying in a hospital bed covered in filth and animal feces. 54-year-old Galen Marcantel had allegedly been living with the woman for many months and had barred the victim’s family from checking up on her. Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi says he was clearly taking advantage of her condition.
A Texas woman is arrested in Bossier Parish, accused of stealing an ambulance from Dallas. The chase began when Louisiana State Police intitiated a traffic stop near the Texas border. Tyson is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated flight, resisting by false information, misrepresentation during booking, DWI, and driving without a license.
Louisiana is pushing the feds to give 150 million dollars in matching funds to the state to help construct an elevated roadway on LA Highway 1 from Golden Meadow to the Leeville Bridge in Lafourche Parish. Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says the plan is to construct a several mile-long bridge structure over the marshlands to guarantee safe passage to Port Fourchon. Louisiana has already pumped over 300 million dollars into projects along that vital stretch of highway.
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