News for Thursday February 13th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Today is the 2020 Children’s Miracle Network media thon here at the studios of Cenla Broadcasting. The event broadcast on KALB TV 5 and on Q93fm. Raises money to help children right here in Cenla. Today from 11 to 2 there will be a $5 Drive through Gumbo lunch in the parking lot of Cenla Broadcasting on Texas Avenue, with proceeds going to the Media thon. Call 528-3500 to donate. You are also welcome to come to our studios and make a donation. Or if you like, visit any of our websites to make a secure online donation.
State Police have taken eight students from Many High School into custody in connection to a reported case of bullying and alleged sexual assault at the school in late January. The incident, which went viral on social media, showed a student being held down and sodomized with an object. As a result of their investigation, LSP obtained arrest warrants for seven juvenile students and one 18-year-old student. The investigation is ongoing.
KALB TV reports a 30-year-old cold case came to a unexpected end Wednesday when the man facing two manslaughter charges decided to plead "guilty" at his arraignment.
Back in October of last year the RPSP pull out an old truck from deep within a pond on 71-year-old Robert Blair's old family property. Soon after, a 30-year-old mystery began to unravel as Blair was indicted on two counts of manslaughter for the July 1989 disappearance and deaths of his wife at the time, Isabelle Blair, and her friend, Marian Coutee. After Blair pleaded guilty yesterday he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Louisiana native Dr. Courtney Phillips has been chosen as Louisiana’s new health secretary. She’s been the head of the Texas health department since October 2018. Governor John Bel Edwards made the announcement of the appointment via a tweet on Wednesday afternoon. The position became vacant with the retirement of Dr. Rebekah Gee.
The Agenda for Children releases its first-ever road map to improving Child Well-Being in Louisiana. The Bayou State has never ranked higher than 46th in the Annie E Casey Foundation Kids Count report. Researcher Theresa Falgoust (Fal-goo) says reducing the child poverty rate would be a huge step forward. Louisiana came in at 49 in the nation for Child Wellbeing.
The 2018 Louisiana Trooper of the Year has been arrested by State Police. As part of an FBI investigation, 41-year-old Jason Boyet of Troop L is charged with one count of production and distribution of pornography involving juveniles. Boyet was placed on administrative leave following the arrest.
The DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office lost one of their own yesterday. Deputy Donna Richardson-Below died in a tragic two vehicle crash, while on duty. Deputy Richardson-Below had been with the DPSO since January of 2019. She was previously an agent with Louisiana Probation and Parole.
With the mumps outbreak on the LSU campus up to 12 cases the university is stepping up efforts to prevent further spread by offering free MMR vaccines to those considered to be in high risk groups. Students receiving the vaccine need to get both doses of it in order for it be fully effective. The Louisiana Department of Health is still advising that all LSU students receive the vaccine.
Eddie Rispone made a rare public appearance yesterday on a Baton Rouge Talk show and discussed his near successful effort to unseat Governor Edwards in last year’s run-off. Rispone, who sunk a reported 14 million of his own money into the race, says he has no plans to ever run for office again..
A drive-by shooting in Iberia Parish leaves an 8-year-old child in critical condition in a Baton Rouge hospital. 26-year-old Jonas Hawk of Jeanerette is accused of firing at least four shots at a group of 15. The suspect was arrested with 30 minutes.
Three teens have been arrested for the murder of 20-year-old Adrian Carradine of Bossier City Monday night, including a high school basketball star. 18-year-old Raymond Henry of Bossier City a 15-year-old female and 19-year-old Otis Smith, a senior on the Bossier High basketball team, were arrested.
Louisiana lawmakers are sitting on $86 million in off-the-books surpluses in their agencies, and the House and Senate's new leaders said they haven't decided how they want to spend the money that has been quietly amassing for years.
The dollars aren't regularly discussed in budget hearings, and they're not included in the yearly legislative spending plans. Their existence is tucked away in annual financial reports for the House, Senate and other legislative agencies that were recently filed by the legislative auditor's office. The surpluses' size approaches the $96 million allocated this year for legislative operations.
Acadiana-based Bayou Teche Brewing is releasing a limited edition beer called Cajun Breakfast Stout. Brewery founder Karlos Knott says breakfast stout captures the flavors of bacon, maple syrup, and donuts. The beer will be available first at a launch party this weekend at the brewery, followed by a launch across the state.