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News For Wednesday 07/04/13

News for Wednesday 070313

By Dave Graichen


The news came as a bit of a shock to many yesterday, Rapides schools Superintendent Nason Authement  underwent triple-bypass surgery yesterday after being taken to the hospital Monday by his wife. Authement , an avid exerciser, had been experiencing chest pains. Doctors say the surgery went well and the Superintendent is recovering nicely. It’s not know at this time how long Authement will be out of the office. An  executive assistant superintendent  is taking over Authement’s responsibilities in the interim.


The Downtown Alexandria Revitalization Effort of d.a.r.e. was introduced to the public Tuesday. The newly formed nonprofit held its coming out party in the space above Sentry Drug. The group, headed up by Tobias Wilhelm, hopes to become a clearinghouse on downtown properties.


The  Louisiana  State  Police will hold a training academy  for  new troopers for the first time  in  5 years. In 2009 there were over 11 hundred troopers statewide; now there are just 960.


Speaking of more troopers, you can expect to see them throughout the fourth of July holiday weekend. Officials  say  extra  man power has been  funded  by  the  Louisiana  Highway Safety Commission who  say aggressive  drivers,  impaired  drivers   and   those  not  properly restrained will be targeted.


State Police say they've investigated  four motorcycle fatal crashes in less than a week across south Louisiana. Trooper Nick Manale  says  this  is a popular time of the year

for motorcyclists to highway and the public  needs  to  be  vigilant while driving.

He says man reason fatal motorcycle crashes occur because a motorist fails to see a bike and react in time.


Authorities in Grant Parish report an investigation into the vandalism of some farm equipment near Colfax resulted in the apprehension of four children, ages 8 to 12. One piece of equipment that was destroyed was valued at $275,000. A spokesperson for the Grant parish sheriff’s office say, investigators had the suspects in custody within two hours.


The  State  Fire  Marshal's  Office  and  the  Department  of Ag and Forestry  held a  memorial  yesterday afternoon  to  honor the 19 firefights  who  perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona.  Fire Marshal Butch Browning  says  these  19  firefighters  represent the largest single incident losses to life since 9/11 when 343  New York

City Firefighters died. Browning says we  owe a great  deal  to  those  who  selflessly put themselves in harm's way every day to protect us.


According to the American Automobile Association, fewer people plan to  travel this 4th of July Holiday than last year at this time. AAA  Spokesman Don Redman says about 40-million Americans will journey  50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday, which  is down slightly from last year. Redman says 84% of those traveling over the next few days will be driving.


Because of the blasts at two plants in Ascension Parish, that killed three  and  sent  near  100  to the hospital last month, they remain closed. The Occupational Safety  and Health Administration, or OSHA, has  six  months to complete an investigation  into  both  explosion sites. One  worker  from  each  blast  remains in the hospital being

treated for injuries.


Thibodaux  police  arrest a homeless man who allegedly raped a child on two separate occasions.  Police  spokesman  David  Melancon  says 49-year-old  Brian Stickel is accused of assaulting the child in the woods and once  inside the child's home. Stickel faces two counts of aggravated rape. Until his arrest, Stickel was friendly with the boy's family.


A 12-year-old  Sabine  Parish  boy  faces  criminal charges after he reportedly  poured a pot of boiling water on  a  6-month  old  stray puppy.  The  dog  suffered  serious  burns  and  runs  the  risk  of infection. The  boy,  who  says he did it to keep the dog out of the

family's garbage cans, is charged with cruelty to animals, and could face up to six months behind bars. Meanwhile a number of people have offered to adopt the female Labrador pup, nicknamed "Amazing Grace".


Slidell Police say a 16-year-old faces attempted  murder charges for hacking  off  another  man's  earlobe  with  a  machete.  The   teen reportedly  told  officers he tried to kill the man, but missed. The victim is recovering  in  a Slidell hospital. The teen recently came to the area from Los Angeles  and  is  believed  to be member of the

vicious MS13 street gang.


State Wildlife & Fisheries  have closed an area off East Grand Terre Island, along the Louisiana coast,  to  commercial  fishing,  due to large  tar  mats  that  turned  up,  and  were cleaned up last week. Secretary Bob Barham says it's residual mess  from  the  2010 BP oil spill. He says seafood in that area will be tested again,  to assure it is safe to eat, before the area is reopened.







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