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News For Tuesday 12/10/13

News for Tuesday 121013

By Dave Graichen


There has been an interesting development in the Rapides parish School district, after a big announcement last week that Sam Goodwin would be the new coach at Alexandria Senior High School. Supt. Of schools Nason Authement announced that the hiring of Goodwin did not meet district hiring guidelines. Authement  saying yesterday his administration is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. An ad had now been placed advertising the position and Subsequently, a new teacher/head football coach will be officially hired and named. Some are saying the move was just a formality. Time will tell.


State  Wildlife  and Fisheries agents says  they  rescued  an  Allen Parish  couple  that  got  stranded  in  Bayou  Nezpique,  near  the Evangeline Parish  line.  Agents  say  the couple had to bail out of

their  canoe when it got caught in fast current. Mark  & Michelle Tarver were safely rescued, but also cited for hunting ducks out of season.


The new head of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry says  education needs to step up to meet the state's workforce needs of  tomorrow. LABI President Stephen Waguespack feels K-through-12 schools  do a poor job of teaching young people even the basics of reading,  critical thinking and working well with others.


An employee of Progressive Waste was killed yesterday morning in Eunice when a pickup truck slammed into the back of  the truck while they were stopped picking up trash. The incident happened shortly before 5am. The driver of the pickup,  55 year old Everett Sonnier was also seriously injured. The crash remains under investigation.


The LSU Police Department says they have identified a suspect in the rape of a woman on campus  during  the  Texas  A&M  game on November 23rd.  They  say  32 year old Albert Ford of Atlanta is  accused  of following  the woman  into  a  port-o-john,  locking  the  door  and threatening  to snap her neck if she screamed. Ford is wanted on one count of aggravated rape.


The Baton Rouge Police Department says they have solved a crime that has  been  cold  nearly 19 Baton  Rouge  Police  have  made an arrest in an 18-year-old  double homicide.  In January 1995, 23-year-old  Lester  Yarbrough  and  his pregnant girlfriend,  22-year-old  Patricia Jackson, were found shot to death inside their apartment. Her  11-month  old  niece  was also shot but survived. Evidence and witness testimony led to the  arrest of  39-year-old James I. Johnson, who is now charged with 1st-degree murder.


A  Calcasieu Parish woman has been sentenced to 30-years  in  prison for  heaping  abuse upon her 9-year-old stepson. In court, the child testified  that  31-year-old  Jamie  Brooks  Day  subjected  him  to malnourishment  and  various acts of abuse, including making him eat his own feces. When the  abuse  came  to  light  in  2010, the child weighed only 38 pounds.


Police in Thibodaux arrest a local woman after finding her and her  daughter living in filth with 35 dogs and cats. Police spokesman David  Melancon says the urine and feces smell of the animals permeated  everything in the house. He says they were called to visit the home  because the daughter had quit going to school.  Melancon says the girl had quit going to school, because she was being  bullied about having a constant smell of animal waste.


Gas  prices  have fallen a couple of pennies over the last week, but Louisiana AAA  fuel analyst Don Redman says the price at the pump is expected to rise  again  as  Christmas approaches. Redman says there was hope that we would see gas  prices  get  down  to  about $2.85 a gallon, but says a rise in crude oil prices will prevent that. Redman says expect gas to remain at above $3 through the holidays.


The  Ascension  Parish Sheriff's office  says  a  woman   cited  for allegedly lying about  being  attacked  and  having  her  wallet and wedding  rings  stolen.  They  say 37 year old Debra Bass of Geismar told investigators she'd been hit  and  robbed  by  a man as she had pulled over on the side of the road because of a flat  tire.  Police later discovered  she had  a  gambling  problem and sold her wedding rings to a pawn shop.


We have all heard the stories of sleeping children waking up in a locked up bus. But, here’s a similar story with a twist. A napping man from Louisiana  was  reportedly left on an airplane in Houston over the weekend.  Tom Wagner nodded off while the plane was in flight from Lafayette to Houston. But, woke up to a cold dark plane that was locked up tight as a drum. Wagner had to  call  his  girlfriend, who in turn called United Airlines, to get somebody to rescue  him.  The airline  issued  a  statement  saying  they  are  investigating  the incident.


Firefighters  in  Lafayette  say a man is under arrest for allegedly intentionally setting a fire inside  a  home  on  Sunday. They say a neighbor called 911 to report hearing the smoke alarm  going  off at

the residence. The 39 year old step-son of the home's owner was  the only  one  home  at the time and he admitted to setting the fire for reasons that remain  under  investigation. Josh Haney was not harmed in the blaze but was charged with Simple Arson.


Officials with the Advocare V100 Bowl are elated with their December  31st match-up at Independence Stadium. Arizona and Boston College will  play each other in the annual Shreveport bowl game. Bowl chairman John  Hubbard says it's a big deal to have two teams from BCS  conferences in  their bowl game.  ULM made a push to play in the Advocare V100 Bowl for a second straight  season, but Hubbard says they couldn't pass on this match-up.




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