News for Friday February 7th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall announced yesterday the City of Alexandria, along with the APD and SafeAlex, will hold a gun buyback program a week from this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m, at the old Fire Station No. 2 on Broadway Avenue. “The Mayor saying we want to increase our efforts to address the rash of gun-related incidents we have seen recently in Alexandria. Individuals turning in functioning guns will receive $50 for a handgun and $100 for rifles and shotguns, all no questions asked. Again, the gun buy back is a week from tomorrow.
The crash of a small Cessna plane in Jackson Parish has claimed the lives of three people. The plane was in route to Shreveport after taking off from Jackson, MS
Governor John Bel Edwards will propose a budget to lawmakers today that would see increased spending on education. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the spending is something Edwards has been pushing for years and now the state has the resources to do that. Edwards has made his priority of early childhood education clear for his second term.
Natchitoches Police arrest a third suspect tied to a double homicide that took place last week at a home on Short Seventh Street. Officer John Greely says the arrest comes following the Sunday surrendering of 17-year-old Daerieon Latchie and shortly after Tousant’s arrest, 21-year-old Jessie James Petite (pronounced P-T) Jr. turned himself in. Greely says three family members who were harboring Tousant were arrested as well
The Lake Charles L’Auberge is thought to be ground zero for an outbreak of norovirus that’s infected dozens of people. The origin of the outbreak has reportedly been traced to a Mardi Gras ball held last weekend. The virus can spread by touching contaminated surfaces, direct contact with the infected, or consuming contaminated food or water..
Three Many High juveniles are under arrest on allegations of bullying and sexual assault. The trio was arrested Tuesday night, and reportedly is linked to an incident that was caught on video during late January showing a student who was held down and sodomized with an object. The video was shared on social media, and went viral.
About two-dozen Louisiana state fire marshal employees left for Puerto Rico Thursday to assist with earthquake recovery efforts. 23 deputies and personnel are on the deployment that’s expected to last 16 days.
Lawsuit reform and car insurance rate arguments are set to dominate the upcoming session, and a new group has been formed to push back against leading Republican proposals for TORT reform. Real Reform Louisiana Executive Director Eric Holl, a former Governor Edwards staffer opposes the Republican-crafted omnibus TORT reform bill he says is a giveaway to big business. Proponents of HB9 argue reducing the number of jury trials will save insurance companies money that they will then pass down to customers.
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announces the rollout of the Small Business Protection Act, helping business owners stay aware of proposed regulations that could impact their business operations. Ardoin says businesses that sign up at smallbiz.sos.la.gov will get updates so that they are not blindsided by regulation changes. The Act passed in the 2019 Legislative session and went into effect on February 1st.
An Ascension Parish minister accused for a second time of molestation of juvenile has been arrested. The Rev. Irvin Briley Jr., of Gonzales, turned himself in to police officers Wednesday evening and was booked with one of count of molestation. The grand jury handed down the indictment Monday over molestation allegations from the mid-1990s. In October, Briley was indicted on another molestation count with a different juvenile between August 2016 and April 2019.
The 18th ranked LSU basketball team is working to correct the errors that led to Wednesday night’s 99-90 upset loss to Vanderbilt. LSU leaves today for a big game Saturday morning against 11th ranked Auburn, who has just two losses on the season. Wade’s team will need to win to stay in sole possession of first place in the SEC.