News for Friday 101813
By Dave Graichen
An Alexandria eatery will be featured tonight on CBS's "Undercover Boss" Whitney Durant works at the Ryan's Buffet in Alex. She says she was unaware of what was going on, when her supervisor recruited her for a special project. Durant was asked to take a trainee under her wing; a man named Mike, with zero experience in customer service. She was asked to teach him everything she knows about the business, while TV cameras caught it all. She says she cannot reveal any more about tonight's program, but will say that her Undercover Boss, Anthony Wedo (we-dough), the CEO of Ryan's parent company was a good student.
Tomorrow is election day, and voters in the state's 5th Congressional District will select their next representative in Washington. There are 14 candidates for that job. How is the race stacking up? U.L.-Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley predicts a runoff between Columbia state Senator Neil Riser and one of the other Republicans. Republican Riser has been seen as the front-runner throughout the campaign. Stockley feels other GOP candidates Jay Morris and Clyde Holloway are the two most likely to make a November runoff with Riser.
Lafayette Congressman Charles Boustany is the lone republican from Louisiana to vote in favor of legislation that ended the federal government shutdown. The legislation also gives the US Treasury the ability to borrow money through February 7th, avoiding a national default. Boustanty says he did not want to jeopardize the economy over political disagreements on capitol hill. Democrats Mary Landrieu and Cedric Richmond also voted to finance the federal government through January 15th and the raising of the debt ceiling.
Governor Jindal announced Thursday that $190,000 in capital outlay funding for new evidence technology and renovations at the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office has been submitted to the State Bond Commission for approval. The renovations would include new radio control room for booking offenders and taking tip calls to solve crimes faster.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva announces he plans to ask the school's Board of Supervisors to approve an increase in football ticket prices starting next season. The proposal would also seek to increase the Tradition Fund which is mainly paid by season ticket holders. Alleva is asking for a six percent increase in season ticket prices for football with the price of no section in the stadium going
up by more than $100. He is also seeking approval to price tickets based on opponent and the date of the game.
The Lottery announces several changes will be made to the Mega Millions game starting tomorrow. Louisiana Lottery spokeswoman Kimberly Chopin says these game enhancements are designed to create larger jackpots and more millionaires. She one of the key changes includes a higher starting jackpot of $15 million. Chopin says even though all these changes are coming to Mega Millions, the price of the ticket will remain $1. However, to make these new game features possible, 19 white ball numbers will be added for a total of 75 --- and 31 numbers will be removed from the field of yellow Mega Ball numbers. That means the the odds of winning the jackpot will get longer.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's office says two men are charged in connection with pipe bombs that were found in their vehicle during a traffic stop Wednesday in Carencro. Captain Kip Judice says a surveillance team followed a vehicle leaving a home that had been under investigation over matters that were drug related. Judice says the exact intended use for the bombs is not known.
20-year-old Jake Richard of Loreauville and 30-year-old Paul Parker of Carencro were each charged with manufacturing and possession of bombs.
A judge in Sorrento has tossed out hundreds of speeding tickets written by a Sorrento cop, who himself is apparently an habitual speeder. The data recorder in Officer James Bell patrol unit shows
he exceeded 75 on well over 700 occasions between July and September, often outside his jurisdiction. The officer also admitted that he has not been calibrating he radar gun.
The man from Breaux Bridge who runs a swamp tour group and was seen in video enticing a gator with an oar, has the animal cruelty charged dropped against him. St. Martin Parish DA Chest Cedars says there was no evidence to support such a charge. LDWF did however cite the man with illegal possession of an alligator and he has to pay a $250 fine for that.
Two former East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court employees, one the son of a state judge, pleaded not guilty along with four others Thursday to charges stemming from the alleged theft of 48 pounds of cocaine and five guns from the clerk’s evidence vault last year. The prosecutor handling the case said after Thursday’s arraignments that attorneys for several of the indicted defendants have approached her about possible plea bargains.
Ouachita Parish Schools is checking into the circumstances surrounding a video that administrators believe shows a coach paddling two students at Richwood Middle School in violation of the district's corporal punishment policy. That policy does allow reasonable corporal punishment, but has strict rules for who can administer it, and coaches aren't on the list.
A Baton Rouge firefighter has been sacked from his job, for using his fire house as a set to shoot a racy movie. 40-year-old Dewey Allen is a 10-year veteran. Officials say he violated policy by shooting the film in the workplace. The film is not pornographic, but certainly qualifies as R-rated. Allen says the termination violates his First Amendment rights. A review of the case is
scheduled next month.
A Thursday afternoon fire at LSU’s Huey P. Long Fieldhouse on Field House Drive caused the evacuation of a handful of students, faculty and staff from the building, but did not injure anyone, Baton Rouge Fire Department investigators said. A preliminary investigation pointed to a blow torch used during some construction work
ULL campus police say a man is under arrested for allegedly hacking into his ex girlfriend's computer, deleting things and creating a fake match.com profile for her. They say 23-year-old Sean Michael Gray was booked on charges of computer tampering and online impersonation.