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News For Wednesday 07/17/13

News For Wednesday 071713

By Dave Graichen


Six-year-old  Ahlittia  North  was  last  seen Friday night when her parents put her to bed. Her step father says  the  next morning they found she was missing. Tragically  after  a massive search  her  body  was  discovered  early  yesterday morning in a dumpster near the end of the apartment complex where  she lived. Authorities have made an arrest.  His name is 20-year-old Matthew Flugence, the nephew of the young girl's stepfather. The coroner’s office says the girl was stabbed to death.  The investigation continues.


LSU announced Tuesday morning a $2 million private donation that should put them a step closer to finishing renovations to the university’s Patrick F. Taylor Hall. The family of Board of Regents member Roy O. Martin donated the money. Gov. Bobby Jindal last year threw his support behind a $100 million public-private partnership to turn the building into a state-of-the-art engineering facility.


U.S. News and World Report’s 24th annual Best Hospitals report was released yesterday. On that list, Louisiana’s best hospitals. As you may suspect  the top hospitals were in the state’s biggest cities. #1 was Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. #2 the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport. But, the number three hospital came as a surprise to even the publisher of the report. Rapides Regional Medical Center here in Alexandria was ranked No. 3 among all Louisiana hospitals. 


Cleco is warning its customers across Louisiana to beware of a scam  wherein callers impersonate Cleco employees. Spokeswoman Robbyn Cooper  says the con artists are threatening to disconnect power unless you wire  them money. Cooper says the callers will demand immediate payment be made, using  a particular money transfer agency, or the customer's power will be cut  off. She wants consumers to know that Cleco may occasionally call  customers to remind them of an overdue bill, but they never discuss nor  dictate payment method within those calls.


Another   State   lawmaker  switches  from  the  democratic  to  the republican party.  Port  Allen  Senator  Rick  ward  joins Opelousas Senator Elbert Guillory and Jonesboro Representative Jim  Fannin  as legislators  who  swapped  parties in the last two months. Word is he plans to run for Louisiana's  sixth  congressional district  seat, which   will become  open  in  2014 as Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy challenges democrat Mary Landrieu for senate.


Imagine not only surviving being struck by lightning  but  having it happen to you while you were inside a building. That's exactly  what happened  to and unidentified woman, yesterday, who was checking out her groceries at a Supermarket in Houma. Authorities think the lightning  was  most  likely  transmitted  through  the  store's electrical  system.  A  foot-wide  blackened  tile  marks  the spot but thankfully the woman appears to be OK.


Police  say  a woman from Franklin is dead and her son  in  critical condition after the two got into a fight. They say 60-year-old Hazel Charles died from  trauma to the head and her son, Jeremiah Penns is fighting for his life  with  multiple  stab  wounds.  The  situation remains under investigation.


The president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers fell off a ladder last weekend and will need up to eight weeks to recover. Steve Monaghan, veteran leader of the teachers’ union, is expected to make a full recovery.  Monaghan fractured two vertebrae in his back.


East Baton Rouge Parish authorities say a  25-year-old  Baton  Rouge man drowned in the Amite River Monday night after jumping from a dock. They  say  Jason  Hamilton  was drinking all day and swimming in the river with some friends at a  camp and when he jumped into the water and screamed for help, his friends  thought  he  was  joking. He wasn’t.  Divers recovered his body around 7pm.


A 20 year old Sunset man is in the St. Landry Parish  jail  after he allegedly  raped  a  4 year old girl. Sheriff's Office Captain Megan Vizena  says  Nathaniel  Monroe  was  taken  into  custody  after  a complaint came  in  from  the  little  girls mother. She says Monroe admitted to it and was charged with one count of aggravated rape.


Summer  travel budgets may need to be adjusted  after  this  massive spike in the gas price recently. The current statewide average for a gallon of  regular  according to AAA is currently 14 cents more than it was this time last week.


SEC Media Days continue in Birmingham today and the conduct of football  players away from the field is a hot topic. LSU has its issues in this  area involving former players Jordan Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu and  now suspended running back Jeremy Hill. Commissioner Mike Slive says the  league can't ignore the recent off-the-field incidents.



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