News for Tuesday February 18th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Major Glenn Riggs with the Salvation Army’s Alexandria branch was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with home invasion in Pineville. The Pineville Police Department says the incident took place on Lakeview Street in Pineville. Details surrounding the arrest are limited and police are still investigating. Riggs has been released after posting a $5,000 bond.
The investigation continues into a home invasion on Lee Street Sunday. APD says two suspects knocked on the rear door of a residence shortly before 4 in the morning and forced their way in the house when the victim answered the door. The suspects are described as a tall black male, wearing camouflage and the other as a short black male wearing all black. One suspect had a handgun and the other had what was described as a handgun style taser. The APD is asking anyone with information to please come forward. .
28-year-old Cameron Harville of Natchitoches died after striking a home along LA Highway 494 and being ejected from his car. State Police Trooper Casey Wallace says the vehicle was traveling eastbound on 494 when it left the road for an unknown reason and careened into the private residence early Monday morning.
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says when it comes to auto insurance rates, there’s no such thing as a so-called “widow’s penalty. Alexandria Democrat Jay Luneau has introduced legislation in the Senate aiming to end the practice of raising rates on people who are widowed. Luneau also has bills that would prohibit the calculating of insurance rates based on credit score and gender over the age of 25. But Donelon opposes those measures. Real Reform Louisiana claims a person with a DWI and a high credit rating pays less for insurance than a person with a clean record but low credit score.
Lawsuit reform is expected to dominate the upcoming session and the National Federation of Independent Business is backing this year’s effort to lower the jury trial threshold to 15,000 dollars. NFIB State Director Dawn Starns says Louisiana’s 50,000 dollar jury trial threshold is the highest in the nation, and that policy emboldens plaintiffs to file more lawsuits, and demand higher damages against businesses.
Baton Rouge Police have arrested five people for attempted ATM thefts at Chase Banks in Baton Rouge. Investigators in Baton Rouge believe that these suspects are possibly connected to similar incidents across neighboring parishes. In Lafayette an ATM at a Chase Bank on Johnston Street was destroyed early Sunday.
The Advocate reported Ochsner Health System is going to start paying the medical school education of students who commit to work with Ochsner in Louisiana for five years. The organizations CEO Warner Thomas says the program will start with 30 students this summer. Citing the tight labor market, Thomas said the health system also will pay for current employees who want to advance in their career from a licensed practical nurse to a registered nurse or from a medical assistant to an LPN. The company has set aside about $10 million for the tuition-paying programs.
The 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary is rolling along and Louisiana Democrats will get a chance to pick their candidate April 4th. State Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk says it’s a closed primary, which means only Democrats can vote in it. If you’re not a Democrat though, you can always join the party. The deadline to register either for the first time, or to change your party registration is March 4th in person, or March 14th online.
A state audit alleges a former fire chief in Webster Parish, Billy Raspberry, Jr. used taxpayer money to give himself an unauthorized 24-thousand dollars in extra compensation between January 2017 and March 2019. Assistant Legislative Auditor Roger Harris says Raspberry also received an unauthorized 75-hundred dollar raise and they found evidence he received overtime pay that was not warranted. Harris says they also believe Rasberry held two government jobs at the same time from July 2017 to March 2018, which is against state law…
Governor John Bel Edwards says rural communities are in a crisis and that’s why he created the Governor’s Advisory Council on Rural Revitalization. Edwards announced the formation of the Council at the Police Jury’s annual convention. The governor says rural revitalization will be a focus during his next four years in office. Former Bogalusa senator Ben Nevers will serve as chairman of the Council that will have 34 members.
A struggling LSU basketball team will welcome 10th ranked Kentucky to the PMAC tonight. The Tigers have lost three of their last four games.. Airtime 7:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM