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News For Thursday 11/14/13

News for Thursday 111413

By Dave Graichen


Federal  data  shows  few Louisianans signed for Obamacare  via  the federal health insurance  marketplace  last  month;  only about 387. Blue  Cross  Blue  Shield Louisiana says over 4000 bought  federally complaint health plans directly from them in October.


36 year old James Johnson Jr of Alexandria has been found guilty of second-degree murder  in the death of Jacqueline Bazert. Although there were no eyewitnesses, prosecutors relied on DNA evidence to convict  Johnson.  Bazert’s blood was found on Johnson’s shoes, and Johnson’s DNA was found underneath her fingernails. The coroner’s report indicated Bazert had been stabbed 139 times.


A state appeals court on Wednesday overturned the sexual battery conviction of a former Rapides Regional Medical Center nurse accused of performing oral sex on a sedated male patient. A three-judge panel from the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that Phillip Wayne Raines did not receive a fair trial when he was convicted in April 2012 because of statements witnesses made during the trial. Statements, that according to the three judge panel, should have led to a mistrial. Raines was sentenced to 30 months at hard labor on June 1, 2012.


The State Department of Children and Family Services is out with  Louisiana's 18 "Most Wanted" non-custodial parents who owe almost  $866,000 in past due child support. DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier says  these parents have repeatedly evaded efforts to collect child support  that is critical to their children. Sonnier says all of the parents on the Most Wanted 18 poster owe at  least $20,000. The largest sum owed is over $128,000 by Richard Miller  who was last known to live in Lake Ozark, Missouri. She says you can  view the entire poster online at dcfs.la.gov


State Farm has released findings from its annual distracted driving  survey which shows mature adults are catching up to younger drivers  in terms of being on the phone when behind the wheel. Regional State  Farm spokesman Gary Stephenson says the sharp increase in the number of people using their smartphone while driving is troubling.


A  south  Louisiana man, who was kidnapped by pirates, while serving as captain  on a offshore supple ship, is back home. The man, who is being identified  as "Tom" was taken captive on October 30th off the Nigerian coast. Tom and another crew  member  from  Florida  were not injured in the

ordeal. It’s reported the two were released after company officials complied with a ransom demand.


State Health officials  are making a major push to get Louisiana residents vaccinated against the flu. State Health officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says There are plenty of shots to go around and they are very affordable and at many state health centers they are free.


The state's tax amnesty program is entering its final week. Those in arrears on state taxes can settle up,  and  pay no penalties and only half the accrued interest...but they must apply  for  the amnesty by November 22nd.


The Union Parish Sheriff's office says a 22 year old man from Marion was booked into the Detention  Center  on  illegal  use  of  weapons charges  after  he  allegedly  shot  up  his  father's house when he thought  he  was  seeing ghosts. They say witnesses  reported  Kenji Wheeler said ghosts were coming through the walls and trying to kill him. His bond was set at $25,000.


A school bus driver has been  charged with cruelty to a juvenile for allegedly grabbing a young student by the neck and pinning him down. East Baton Rouge Parish Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks says they received a complaint from the mother saying her child had been attacked by 58 year old Sandra Henderson. Hicks says Henderson was arrested  and  booked  into  parish  prison

after detectives reviewed the surveillance video from the bus. That student was only seven years old.






Saints  quarterback  Drew   Brees   has   been   named  as  the  NFC Offensive  Player  of the Week. Brees threw for 392 yards  and  four touchdowns in the  victory   over  the  Cowboys.  It's the 16th time Brees has  won  this award since he joined the Saints in 2006.


Grambling  State was notified Wednesday  that they will be fined  by  the SWAC for forfeiting  its  football  game  against  Jackson  State on October 16th. The amount of the fine was not made public.