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News For Friday 07/12/13

News for Friday 071213

By Dave Graichen


State police report two people were killed yesterday when, just before 7 in the morning, two vehicles collided on highway 1 near the community of Hamburg. Killed was 66 year old Leo David of New Roads and 37 year old Michael Zaunbrecher of Mansura. Troopers say neither man was wearing a seatbelt.


A casting call will be held in Alexandria tomorrow for a new movie that will begin production later this month. The Aftermath,” an independent film, is  the brainchild of Alexandria native Shaun Sanghani, who co-wrote the script and will  produce “The Aftermath” as well.”  The star of the movie will be Sam Trammell, one of the stars of HBO’s “True Blood. That open casting call will be tomorrow afternoon from 1-6 p.m. at 1501 Wimbledon Boulevard.


Caught red handed, an employee at the LaQuinta Inn in Alexandria is facing a charge that he entered a guest's room without permission and took some electronic items. 27 year old Tyrus Gable was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on a simple burglary charge. All items stolen were recovered and returned to the guest.


It’s all over for the Alexandria Aces for this season. The United League Baseball has shut the team down rest of the season, but  plans are in the works to return the team to Alexandria in 2014.  The reason for the early end to the season, League CEO John Bryant saying it is pretty obvious the public will not attend professional baseball at Bringhurst Field in its current condition. In a statement released Thursday afternoon from Mayor Jacques Roy's office, he said the city was notified of the decision Thursday by email.


The  American  Automobile  Association  says  the  current statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline jumped two  cents overnight to  $3.33  a gallon. That's up five cents from last week.  But  last year at this  time  during  summer  travels  the  gas price was just $3.15.


Louisiana's junior US Senator has a lot of money in the bank  to  be used  either  for a re-election bid or a run for governor next year. Charlie Spies treasurer for the  Fund  for  Louisiana's  Future, a super political action committee supporting Vitter says the PAC will report raising 750-thousand  dollars for Vitter to federal election officials tomorrow.  Vitter hasn't  made public any specific plans but the current governor cannot succeed himself which could lead the senator to a run for the state house.   The super PAC has been formed at both the state and federal levels.


Livingston Parish authorities want to know who put ten puppies in an ice  chest  and left them on the roadside, near  the  Walker  Animal Shelter. The  dogs  were  all malnourished and some had heat stroke, but all are still alive. The  responsible party faces animal cruelty charges when found. Meanwhile adoptive  homes  for  the  puppies are being sought.


Jonesboro  state Representative and House  Appropriations  Committee Chairman Jim  Fannin  has  left  the  Democrat  Party  and  become a Republican.  Fannin says the Democrats are now TOO far to the  left, and he can no longer stand wth them on issues like gay marriage, gun control. Fannin  has  long  considered  himself a so-called Blue Dog Democrat; a party member who leans toward  more conservative values. He says there's no room for Blue Dogs in the  Democrat  Party  these days.  Fannin  may  be thinking of running for state Senate, to fill the seat of Senator Bob Kostelka, who is term-limited.


Lafayette Police arrest a 19-year-old  mom, after her 3-year-old was found  wandering  about  the  neighborhood alone.  Lafayette  Police Corporal Paul Mouton says Chelsea  Jones was napping, when her child got  out of the house and walked some  two  blocks  from  the  home. Mouton  says  Jones  was charged  with 2nd-offense child desertion, because this isn't the first time she's been in similar trouble.


The  Louisiana  Department  of  Children  and  Family  Services  has increased its funding of 18 domestic  violence  service providers by more than 840-thousand dollars to the tune of six  million  dollars. The  increase  comes  after last  years mid-year reductions.    The funding  takes  into account for the first time  the  size  of  the population served,  square  miles  covered  and  the quality of the service provided.


Police in Eunice seek a pickup truck that hit a 4-year-old  girl and kept  going. The victim was crossing the street when the truck  hit her,  but she sustained only minor  injuries.  Eunice  Police  are looking  for  a grey Ford pickup; late 1990's or early 2000's model, driven by a white male. When found, he'll be charged with hit & run.


The  city  of Minden has a new mayor, after the death of Mayor  Bill Robertson two  weeks  ago.  The Minden City Council voted to appoint Councilman Joe Cornelius to lead the town, until an election is held this fall. The Council will also appoint someone to fill Cornelius' now-empty council seat.


Jefferson  Parish  deputies  arrest   a   Texas   woman   for  human trafficking; accused  of  bringing  an  underage girl to a Metairie motel room to sell her for sex. The girl is  16,  the suspect Andrea Birdow is 22. She reportedly solicited an undercover cop to have sex with the girl for $320.




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