News for Friday February 28th, 2020
Compiled By Dave Graichen
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing person, RICHARD CHARLES WARREN. Warren is a 57 year old white male with brown hair and brown eyes. Warren is 5’ 6” tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds. He was last seen late Tuesday afternoon near the Walmart Supercenter in Pineville. If anyone has seen or has information about Richard Warren, they are ask to contact the RPSO or local authorities.
KALB reports a Rapides Parish teacher is under arrest for an alleged sex offense involving a student. 27 year old Joshua Ivory is charged with prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student. The APD say they began their investigation Thursday morning after getting a complaint about an incident between Ivory and a student at a local school. Ivory was booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on Thursday afternoon. His bond is set for $5,000. The investigation is ongoing.
Oil prices continued to fall Thursday as demand weakens over concerns from the coronavirus. The U-S West Texas Intermediate crude fell below 46-dollars a barrel, it’s lowest level since January 2019. LSU Energy Studies Director David Dismukes says there’s a lot of uncertainty right now.
Covington Senator Patrick McMath introduces this year’s effort to ban all handheld phone use for drivers. McMath says passing the law would save a lot of lives by reducing the number of crashes, and reducing the number of crashes would also save state drivers a lot of money. The Republican cited stats showing Louisiana claims the nation’s 7th highest distracted driving rate. Seven states, including Louisiana, have partial bans on handheld use, but McMath says partial bans like ours can be nearly impossible to enforce. Last session a similar version of this bill cleared the House, then Senate, but a compromise effort returned to the House and failed by a few votes.
A House bill filed by Jonesboro Republican Jack McFarland aims to allow nighttime hunting for feral hogs on private property at any time of the year. McFarland says feral hogs will eat anything and have a negative impact of row crops as well as other wildlife, but adds the problem isn’t just limited to rural communities. Similar legislation has been attempted in the past, but McFarland believes the problem has gotten worse and feels it would have more support this year.
According to the annual AccuWeather spring allergy forecast predicts we’ll see a brutal allergy season. In Louisiana, the forecast calls for an above-average season. LSU Health New Orleans Professor of Allergy/Immunology Dr. Sanjay Kamboj says In order to prevent an allergy flair up, don’t open windows and doors until the early afternoon. If an allergy sufferer goes outside, there are steps to take upon getting home. At the top of the list change clothes and wash you face and hands.
Ronnie Anderson, president of the Louisiana Farm Bureau, announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of June. Anderson who is 71 has served as president for the past 31 years, longer than any other Louisiana Farm Bureau president, and has been active with Farm Bureau for more than 50 years.
Two-term Baton Rouge area District Judge Jessie LeBlanc resigns in the wake of a scandal involving her use of racist slurs in text messages sent to an Ascension Sheriff’s Deputy she was having an affair with. The judge admitted to using the slurs, including the n-word about a court employee and an Ascension Parish Sheriff Deputy.
Authorities have arrested a 21-year-old man accused of shooting his mother to death hours before leading officers on a chase that hit speeds of 130 mph. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that DaRius Sims is awaiting extradition from St. Tammany Parish on a second-degree murder charge. He's accused of fatally shooting his 61-year-old mother, Jeanette Collins, in the chest Monday.
The 11th ranked LSU baseball team will spend the next three days in Houston facing Texas, Baylor and 15th ranked Oklahoma at the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park. Coach Paul Mainieri says it will be an exciting weekend for his players and the fans. Hear all three games beginning tonight at 6:30 on KSYL 970AM/104.9FM
The Pelicans begin an important three-game home stand tonight as the Cleveland Cavaliers make their only appearance at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans is three games back of Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West. Airtime this evening at 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM