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News For Tuesday 06/25/13

News for Tuesday 062513

By Dave Graichen


An off-duty Vernon Parish Sheriff's deputy  was  killed Monday morning in a single vehicle crash on State Highway 8 near  Leesville.  State Police says 54-year-old Deputy Steven Netherland lost control of his vehicle   in  a   construction  zone  and  ran  into  some  roadside equipment.  They  say  he was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected

from the vehicle. He died at the scene.


The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual KIDS COUNT child welfare report  is out--ranking Louisiana 46th for overall child well-being. Agenda For  Children spokeswoman Teresa Falgoust (FAL-goo) says the reports ranks 16  indicators, and finds the economic picture for Louisiana children has  gotten worse in recent years. Louisiana's child poverty rate is higher than 47 other states.


An Alexandria man has been sentenced to 61 years in prison in the 2012 death of an Alexandria woman. Derrick Dewayne Pickens, 35, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and attempted murder charges in the death of 33-year-old Erika Davis. Pickens was sentenced last week by by Judge Thomas M. Yeager. Davis was found dead in a residence on Bertie Street in Alexandria in June 2012. Pickens turned himself in on June 5, 2012.


There were two domestic  related  murders within hours of each other over a bloody weekend in Crowley. Police say a man was found stabbed near his apartment stabbed in the chest  Sunday afternoon. His girlfriend was  charged  with  second degree murder in that case. Then 2  hours  later  a female was found shot  in  the head. Her husband  was also charged with second degree murder.


Yet more bad economic news for the Shreveport  area.   The Air Force reports the last of the A-10 fighter jets that had been stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base has now left the Bossier City facility  and moved  to  Arizona.   At one time, Barksdale was the home of 24 A-10 fighters, but Air Force  brass  recommended they be moved elsewhere. That move has costs almost 600 full and part time jobs at Barksdale.


The New Orleans Police Department says a 5 year old  child  is  dead after  she  accidentally  shot  herself, and the mom is behind bars. They say officers arrived to find the little girl suffering a single gunshot wound to the head and the investigation determined the child was home alone. The mother told police  she was at the grocery store at the time. She has been charged with 2nd degree murder.


The  Terrebonne  Parish  Sheriff's office says a man is under arrest for the murder of his brother  over  the  weekend.  They say William Loring  was  faces  second degree murder after he said he  shot  his angry brother, Ricky  Loring,  who  had  charged into his apartment. Apparently  the two had smoked crack earlier  in  the  day  and  the

victim was angry because the suspect refused to buy more drugs.


The state Department  of  Wildlife  and Fisheries says a 38-year-old man Gonzales man is dead after crashing his boat. They say Buddy Ray Poche last control of his vessel and  crashed  it  into  a bank near Bob's  Bayou Black Marina in Gibson. He was pronounced dead  at  the scene.


Residents  that  live near the Assumption Parish sinkhole had until 5:30 yesterday to accept  a  buyout offer from Texas Brine, the owner of the salt dome cavern that failed, which caused the sinkhole. Company spokesperson Sonny Cranch  says  34  of  the 91 homeowners offered a buyout have accepted. Cranch says the amount  of the buyout depended on the property involved. Cranch says it's possible the deadline could be extended.


Authorities  in  Monroe  now say an early morning accident Sunday  that resulted in the death  of  a  6-year  old girl may have been at least partially caused by her father getting  drunk  and then trying to drive the van they were riding in.  Police  sergeant Mark Johnson says six people were in the mini-van, including 4 children.  Another small  girl remains in critical condition at a Shreveport  hospital. Johnson  says  blood  alcohol  tests  are  still pending on Christen Foy.


A going away party for a New  Orleans  soldier,  about  to  be  sent overseas,  erupted  into  gunfire  early  Sunday  morning, sending 4 people to the hospital. Police say as many as 300 people were in the street for festivities, when shots rang out. Police  are seeking the shooter, who they say fired 9 shots from a .40 caliber pistol.


Police in Baton Rouge say the death of an 11-month-old girl over the weekend is a homicide.  A  coroner's report shows blunt force trauma to the head killed the baby,  who  also  had  other wounds in varied stages of healing. Officer says criminal charges  are expected to be filed in the case this week.


Bobby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul died Sunday. Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives.  Bobby “Blue” Bland was 83.



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