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News For Friday 11/01/13

News for Friday 110113

By Dave Graichen


Early voting begins Saturday  for  the  Fifth Congressional District Congressional runoff and other local races  that are on the November 16th  ballot.  The  Fifth  Congressional  District   runoff   between Republicans Neil Riser and Vance McAllister will be the main item on the ballot for most of those parishes.


A  search  warrant  for drugs at a  Colfax  home  led  Grant  Parish deputies to find illegal  weapons,  crystal  meth and an alligator - frozen  in a deep freeze. Deputies say the alligator  was  illegally

taken out-of-season,  and  the two  men arrested will face weapons, drugs and poaching charges.


We are now within a month of the official end of the 2013 Atlantic  Hurricane Season, which turned out to be much less active than forecast  by experts. State Climatologist Barry Keim feels we can pretty much close  the book on the season now. He says, historically speaking, we have  little to fear during November.  Hurricane experts predicted anywhere from 18 to 20 named storms, with up

 to 8 hurricanes. We've had sixteen named storms & only one hurricane.


Crime Time. Police in Baton Rouge are seeking the persons who shot a man  several times in a bicycle ride-by  shooting.  The  54-year-old victim  was  walking when a group of young men on bikes opened fire. He was hit several  times,  then struck by a truck when he staggered wounded into the road. he was  pronounced dead at the scene. As yet, police have no suspects and no motive for the violence.


A Lafayette man is in guarded  condition  after  he  was  shot  Thursday morning   during   an  armed  robbery.   Lafayette  Police  say  the 55-year-old victim was leaving his home with his children and was in his carport, when two men approached; demanding money. He managed to shove his two kids back inside the home before the assailants opened fire; hitting him once  in  the  stomach. Police are seeking tips on the crime.


The Department of Transportation warns motorists it will close eastbound  lanes of I-10 in Jefferson Davis Parish for four days - starting early  Saturday morning. DOTD spokeswoman Diedra Druilhet (droo-YETT) says all  eastbound traffic will be forced off at Exit 44 at Kinder, while workers  repair a section of the overpass. The closure will only affect the eastbound lanes


The Louisiana Book Festival returns for its 10th anniversary, tomorrow  in the Capital City. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says nearly 200 authors  and panelists will be in attendance, to celebrate Louisiana's literary  history. Dardenne says the Book Festival will be on the State Capitol grounds,

 inside the Capitol building and connect to the State Library nearby. More info online at http://www.LouisianaBookFestival.org


A  traffic  accident  Wednesday afternoon in St. Charles Parish took the life of a three-year-old St. Rose boy. Deputies say a dump truck driver was backing into  a parking place, when the child - riding an electric scooter - rolled  up  underneath the truck's wheels and was killed. No charges against that driver at this time.


A  Sulphur man accused of killing  a  baby  by  throwing  the  child against a wall pleads not guilty. 24-year-old Trent Dubroc allegedly acted out of frustration, when he harmed the baby on September 28th. He's  charged  with  2nd degree murder and with a separate charge of video voyeurism in an  unrelated case. He's still in jail, pending a $5-million bond.


Shreveport Police  say  they  took  a  13-year-old  into custody for stabbing  a  man  during  an  argument.  The  victim  was the  boy's stepfather; he was stabbed three times in his side. He's  now  in  a local  hospital  with life-threatening injuries. Charges against the boy are pending.


A lawsuit filed Thursday alleges the state Department of Natural Resources illegally, and without supporting evidence, granted a coastal use permit to RAM Terminals LLC, to build a coal export facility along the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. Filed in 25th Judicial District Court, the lawsuit asks the court to throw out the approved coastal use permit and direct the DNR to reconsider the decision to grant the permit. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Sierra Club Delta Chapter, the Gulf Restoration Network, Louisiana Environmental Action Network and two people who live near the proposed project.


Former Governor Edwin Edwards made news this week as he announced he may run  for  affice  again.   Edwards  floated  that  idea during a speaking  event  at  LSU.  U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross wonders if Edwards  is serious, or just trying to grab some ratings for his new reality TV show on A & E.




 The Saints will fly up to New York on Saturday looking for a road win  against the Jets on Sunday. New Orleans enters the game with a 6-and-1  record, while the Jets are 4-and-4



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