News for Tuesday February 11th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The northern half of the state is under a flash flood watch until tomorrow night as moisture and upper-level disturbances are expected to interact with a cold front to produce locally heavy rainfall. National Weather Service Shreveport Meteorologist Jason Hansford says several inches of rain will fall over the next few days.
Following a standoff that lasted a little more than 6 hours, Alexandria Police Officers arrested an Alexandria man on charges of attempted first degree rape. The incident, which started at approximately 1 p.m., took place in the 3700 block of Church Street when officers were dispatched to a sexual assault investigation. The suspect remained inside the residence and refused to come out. Members of the Alexandria Police SWAT team as well as the Crisis Intervention Team were called to the scene and remained until the matter was resolved peacefully at approximately 6:35 p.m. 44 year old Mario Rue of Alexandria was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for attempted 1st degree rape.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is now calling the fire that burned down a Pineville home belonging to Kayla Giles and the late Thomas Coutee, Jr. on Friday intentionally set. The Fire Marshal's Office reported yesterday afternoon that it appears someone was residing in the house, but not home at the time. There is no word yet on what exactly caused the fire.
Louisiana gets low marks from the American Lung Association’s 2020 report for it’s failure to properly fund anti-smoking programs and enact anti-smoking legislation.
State Director Ashley Lyerly says Louisiana maintains one of the highest smoking rates in the nation for both adults, and teens. The report also notes Louisiana only utilizes three percent of the 450 million a year it generates in cigarette taxes and tobacco settlements to fund anti-smoking programs, far below what is recommended.
Marrero Democrat Kyle Green introduces a House bill aimed at eliminating the death penalty and allows those previously sentenced to the death penalty to be resentenced to a life sentence without parole. Louisiana has not executed an inmate since 2010, with the inability to obtain drugs for a lethal injection being cited as the reason for the gap. Traditionally, Republicans lean in favor of preserving the death penalty, but Green believes executions do not fall in line with the state’s pro-life values.
22-year-old Holden Matthews pleads guilty in federal and district court to burning down three historically black churches in St. Landry Parish, a hate crime that shocked the nation last spring. The federal charges include using fire to commit a federal felony and violating the Church Arson Prevention Act, and he faces a minimum of ten years and a maximum of 70 years in prison on the federal charges alone.
The Army Corps of Engineers announced yesterday that they will spend $85 million this year to begin deepening parts of the Mississippi River navigation channel between Baton Rouge and the river's mouth to 50 feet, 5 feet deeper than at present. President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal year 2021 budget, also released Monday, includes another $45.7 million for the dredging project, but no money for the long-discussed new lock on the Industrial Canal or the "Morganza to the Gulf" levee project.
We’re up to 12 cases in the LSU centered mumps outbreak that was first made public with five cases reported last week. Mumps feels like a particularly nasty cold, and also involves visible swelling of the salivary glands, and it can take up to three weeks after you are infected to show symptoms.
AAA says the price at the pump has fallen more than 20-cents over the last month to a statewide average of $2.11 a gallon for regular gasoline. But AAA fuel analyst Don Redman expects the prices to rise soon as we’ll see a cutback on production…
State Police say an off-duty Baton Rouge police officer was driving his unmarked patrol car Sunday night when he ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle. He then became combative with medical personnel and ultimately was arrested on suspicion of DWI.the 30 year old officer was placed on leave from the department Monday morning pending the results of an internal investigation.
Alabama drivers will soon have the opportunity to have their own LSU license plate. Webster Parish native and vice president of the Birmingham LSU Alumni Chapter Kenny Haynes decided to launch a campaign to get an LSU tag after seeing other out of state schools have their own special plate design. In Louisiana, a specialty tag design requires legislative approval, but in Alabama, the proposed design just needed 250 drivers to apply and prepay for the license plate. Haynes says they hit that goal.
Despite two losses last week, LSU remains ranked the A-P Top 25, but barely. The Tigers are 25th after road losses at Vanderbilt and Auburn. LSU entered the week in first place, two games ahead of Kentucky and Auburn, and now the Bayou Bengals find themselves in a three-way tie for first place with eight SEC games left. LSU hosts Missouri tonight. Airtime 7:30 on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm
Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson says he’ll play tonight against Portland after missing Saturday’s win over Indiana with a left ankle sprain. All-Star forward Brandon Ingram also did not play because of a right ankle injury and he’ll be a game-time decision tonight. Airtime 6:30p on 94.7 ESPN