News for Wednesday February 19th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
41-year-old Saints QB Drew Brees announces on his Instagram that he will return for the 2020 season after taking some time to consider retirement. Assuming the team resigns Brees, Saints analyst Mike Detillier says we’re almost certain to see backup QB Teddy Bridgewater, who led the team to five wins last year, leave in free agency.
Detillier says it’s likely the team will retain third-string backup QB Taysom Hill who is a restrictive free agent.
The APD is investigating a Tuesday morning 2 vehicle accident in which the driver of one of the vehicles had been shot in the leg. The driver told officers that the gunshot wound occurred at an unknown location on 3rd Street, and he was attempting to drive to the hospital when the crash occurred.
KALB is reporting the Louisiana Attorney General's Office has filed a motion to revoke the bond of Kayla Giles, the woman who shot and killed her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr. in an Alexandria Walmart parking lot in Sept. 2018. The motion was filed Tuesday afternoon according to the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court's Office and was immediately sent to Judge Greg Beard's office for review. The details of the motion and the reasoning for wanting bond revoked have not yet been released. Giles has been out on a $510,000 bond for a second degree murder and obstruction of justice charge since December.
KALB TV has confirmed the City of Alexandria is changing the name of their summer festival back to Alex River Fete. Mayor Jeff Hall's administration said, in the first year of the Mayor’s term, the name change was a fresh start and would be more inclusive to the whole community. However, the name change came with criticism from locals and some who were involved with the festival in years past saying the change was unnecessary. KALB reached out to the city's Special Projects Coordinator, Jim Smilie, and he confirmed the name would be changed back to Alex River Fete. The ordinance, that would do so, will now go back to the finance committee at the next city council meeting before being voted on.
The Alexandria VA Health Care System announced on Tuesday that Louisiana veterans now have access to a new mobile app that enables them to get instant access to VA health care information right from their phone. Users of the new "MyVA Info app will, according to VA officials, have easier access to health information, guidance and resources when they need it most. The app is now available for iOS and Android devices.
Shreveport Police has charged 37-year-old Gregory Jones for the Sunday night fatal shooting death of his girlfriend 43-year-old Tasha Mayberry. Authorities say Jones was shot in the chest after he pointed a gun at officers after fleeing from the scene, and remains hospitalized.
President Trump has pardoned former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Junior who in 1998 pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony when he paid 400-thousand dollars to former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. DeBartolo testified against Edwards in the corruption trial that resulted in the former four-term governor spending 8.5 years in federal prison. Edwards says prosecutors needed DeBartolo’s false testimony in order to convict him. DeBartolo avoided prison time.
After spending 52 days in the hospital, Wade Berzas is heading home. He’s the lone survivor of a December plane crash in Lafayette Parish that killed five people, including sports journalist Carley McCord. The plane was flying from Lafayette to Atlanta carrying passengers to watch the LSU Tigers compete in the Peach Bowl.
Pearl River swelling from heavy rain in central Mississippi is catching the attention of officials over flooding issues downstream in Washington and St. Tammany parishes. National Weather Service Slidell meteorologist Gavin Phillips forecasts near-record levels in the coming days around the town of Pearl River.
If you’re taking your kids with you to Mardi Gras this year download the FBI Child ID app before you leave in case you and your child are separated. The app gets you to build a profile of your child, including photo, height, weight, age, and your contact number. FBI New Orleans spokesperson Craig Betbeze says if your child is missing, just press a button. The app is available through app stores for both Android and IPhone devices.
The Crisis Text Line report on the State of Mental Health in America shows over 22,000 texters in Louisiana have reached out for help since the service was launching in August 2013. Crisis Text Line spokesperson Ashley Womble says it’s inception they have been able to de-escalate someone in Louisiana who was thinking about suicide 465 times. The report indicates that three-quarters of those using the service are under the age or 25, with 82% of them identifying as female. However, men are more likely to die from suicide. The Crisis Text Line can be accessed by sending the word “HOME” to 741-741