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News For Thursday 01/31/13

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By Dave Graichen


Louisiana  State  Police say three people on their way to Shreveport were found dead Wednesday  morning  in  a  car  that  was pulled from the Tensas River near Madison Parish. The victims left South Carolina on January  7th  and  were reported missing earlier this  month.  L-S-P spokesperson, Julie  Lewis,  says the last point of contact from the three was in Alabama. Two of the victims were from Texas  and  the  other  is  from  South Carolina.


The  funeral  service  for  the  Chitamacha police officer killed in shootings that also injured two St.  Mary  Parish Sheriff's deputies will  be  held  tomorrow. The service for Sgt.  Rick  Riggenbach  is scheduled  for  2pm  at  Crossing  Place  Church  in  Franklin.  The 52-year-old officer  was  a  four-year-member  of  the tribal police department and served for 10 years as a St. Mary deputy.


A 22-year-old woman from Rosepine,  in Vernon Parish, faces criminal charges  after  her  10-month  old baby tested  positive  for  meth. Heather Jenkins brought her child to the ER, who in turn alerted law

officers. Jenkins told them she  had  been  at  a home where crystal meth  was  used,  and was afraid the child was exposed.  She's  been released on bond.


The state’s board of elected utility regulators Wednesday chose Commissioner Eric Skrmetta as its chairman for 2013.The Metairie Republican replaces Louisiana Public Service Commission Chairman Foster Campbell, of Bossier Parish.The five elected members of the PSC then elected Commissioner Clyde Holloway, of Forest Hill, as vice chairman.


About three hundred soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard that are  heading to the Middle East will go through deployment ceremonies today.  Major James Slaven with the Louisiana National Guard says the members of  the 205th Engineer Batallion and the 922nd Engineer Company will aid in the construction of military bases in Kuwait.


Two defense experts have told a judge a man accused of beheading his disabled 7-year-old son and leaving the head in his yard appears to really believe that the boy was a robot or a ventriloquist’s dummy. The doctors told state District Judge John LeBlanc they don’t think Jeremiah Wright, charged with first-degree murder of Jori Lirette, is faking a delusion. The boy, who had severe cerebral palsy and little speech, was killed  in August of 2011. Testimony should conclude today in the sanity hearing.


The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's office says a Mamou school  crossing guard  is  under  arrest  for  allegedly selling drugs during school hours. They say John Johns Sr. was  distributing  pills while he was working. As you may suspect, he faces multiple charges.


The Monroe Police Department  is  investigating  a fatal hit-and-run where  a  female  was  found in the road Tuesday night. They  say  it's believed the victim was run over by a car that drove off. Two people who found the woman were  interviewed but there were no witnesses to the crash. The case remains under investigation.


U.L.-Lafayette  campus police arrest a man for making online threats against the school and other agencies via Facebook. ULL PD spokesman Sgt. Billy Abrams says 35-year-old Ryan Kazemi's posts mentioned his paranoid  schizophrenia   and  veiled  references  to  other  school shootings. He allegedly complained  about  law enforcement, but made no specific threats against those agencies


State Police  say  a  student at East Feliciana High, in Clinton, is under arrest, after he  was  overheard threatening to bomb and shoot up the school. 17-year-old Sean  Mahan  is charged with terrorizing. The  school was evacuated and checked for  explosive  devices.  None were found.


The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's office says a  pastor  known  for his "Just  for Jesus" rallies in Lake Charles has been arrested on  drug charges.  They say James P. Bertrand was spotted in what appeared to be  a drug transaction  behind  a  gas  station,  but  when  he  was confronted  by officers he tried to conceal crack in his mouth after throwing away  a  plastic  baggie.  He  is charged with possession of crack and possession of drug paraphernalia.




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