News for Monday 072213
By Dave Graichen
Shreveport police detectives are still developing leads in a triple homicide that happened in the city's Mooretown area Police spokesperson Bill Goodin says all three victims were stabbed once. Goodin says the murders happened in an area that's usually a quiet. A man and two women are the victims in this case. Authorities have not announced if they have any suspects.
A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention suggests elderly persons in Louisiana are less likely to lead healthy lives. The report suggests the average person can expect only 12 years past 65 of decent health. In the CDC study, the national average of healthful years after 65 is 19; 7 more years than in Louisiana.
A Baton Rouge grand jury indicts six people for the thefts of cocaine and guns from a courthouse evidence locker last year; one of them a judge's son. Two of the accused worked at the courthouse and had access to the evidence room East Baton Rouge Parish DA Hillar Moore says they took 48 pounds of coke, over the course of about a year.
A former dispatcher at the Bienville Parish Sheriff's office will spend at least one year in jail after she plead guilty on charges she faked cancer in order to receive donations. District Attorney Jonathan Stewart says 28-year-old Erin Bradley of Saline accepted over six-thousand dollars. Stewart says Bradley's motive for perpetuating the lie is still a mystery.
US Senator Mary Landrieu believes her legislation to delay a portion of the large flood insurance rate hikes will pass the senate. It's already cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee. Landrieu says Louisianans in flood prone areas are facing higher premiums, because of a flood insurance reform bill that was passed two years ago. Landrieu says the legislation that's making its way through the senate not only delays rate hikes for certain flood insurance customers, it also requires FEMA to make certain their flood maps are accurate. A bill similar to Landrieu's legislation has already passed the House.
State police report two people riding a motorcycle in Union Parish were killed when they hit a deer on Louisiana Highway 143 Friday night. Sixty-three-year-old Kenny Barrett of Marion and 52-year-old Melinda Weeks of Marion were pronounced dead at the scene.
State Police charged an Opelousas man with negligent homicide after he lost control of his vehicle last night in St. Landry Parish, killing an 18-year-old passenger in his vehicle. Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Mayo sustained minor injuries and has been booked into the St. Landry Parish jail on several charges.
Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo must make some improvements to remain open, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection earlier this month. USDA inspectors say the Monroe zoo needs to build eight new primate holding pens and remodel the kitchen used for preparing food for the animals. Zoo officials feel
they can do that within their annual maintenance budget.
The funeral is today for six-year-old Ahlittia North of Harvey, who was stabbed to death and found in a trash bin early last week. Matthew Flugence has been charged with first-degree murder in the case.
Nucor announces its two-point-five million ton iron plant in St. James Parish will begin operations late this summer or early fall. Nucor originally hoped that it would be running by now, but heavy rains earlier this year delayed the project.
The massive sinkhole at Bayou Corne in Assumption Parish has "burped" again. Authorities report that caused a lot of movement of surface water in the slurry-fiiled hole. The burps are caused by releases of pockets of hydrocarbons at the bottom of the hole. Meanwhile property buyouts negotiations for residents who once lived
near that hole continue. 92 offers have been made; 59 have accepted the buyouts so far.
A Baton Rouge police officer and a woman suffered serious injuries early Saturday after a Dodge Caravan ran off the roadway and struck the officer’s patrol car. Police are searching for the minivan’s driver, believed to be Ronald Byrd, 37, who fled the scene on foot.
A 42-year-old Oakdale man died early Saturday in a single-vehicle crash in Allen Parish, according to Louisiana State Police Troop D. Police identified the man as Sherwin Ashworth. Ashworth lost control of the truck and drove off the right side of the road. He overcorrected to the left but again drove off the right side of the road before hitting a utility pole. He was not wearing his seatbelt and was partially ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.