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News For Tuesday 04/22/14

News for Tuesday 042214

By Dave Graichen


The former executive director of the Rapides Parish Coliseum is facing  theft and malfeasance charges. Kimberly Neal-Townley was booked into the  the Rapides Parish jail yesterday. Lt. Tommy Carnline says after a year  long investigation that included a review from the legislative auditor's  office, Neal-Townley is facing several criminal counts. The legislative auditor's office report came out in February and alleges  Neal-Townley paid herself 30-thousand for hours she did not work and  for leave hours she did not earn. The audit also says Townley gave  herself a pay raise without coliseum authority. Neal-Townley served as the executive director of the coliseum from 2010  until she resigned in February 2013.


A shooting in Colfax has left one woman dead, and a man charged with her death.  Seventy year-old  Loretta  Williams  was shot and killed over the weekend.  Twenty-six year old Alex Hall was  identified  as the  alleged  shooter,  and  he's  been  charged  with second-degree murder.


An accident yesterday on Barron Chapel Rd in Pineville claimed the life of 38 year old Brenda Starns of Holden. Starns was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 18 year old Trinity Sullivan. Sullivan was arrested and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.  State Police suspect Sullivan was driving impaired, but routine toxicology tests are pending. An investigation continues


A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he’s scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana’s official state book. Republican Rep. Thomas Carmody told the House of Representatives that he wouldn’t pursue the measure. He said lawmakers had told him they were worried the bill was becoming a distraction from more important debates, like on the state budget and education issues.


A State Judiciary Committee  will hear a bill by New Orleans Senator JP  Morrell  Tuesday that would  lessen  the  penalty  of  marijuana possession to  a max 6 months in prison and a $100 fine -- no matter the  number  of offenses.   It  faces  strong  opposition  from  the Louisiana District  Attorney Association and Executive Director Pete Adams who says the bill takes discretion away from DAs who often use marijuana possession  offenses  as a tool to remove career criminals from the streets.  Morrell says if his bill passes,  it  would  save  the  state millions of dollars each year.


Retirement eligibility would change for state employee and teachers hired after July 1 under a bill that cleared the Louisiana House on Monday. The retirement age would increase to 62 with at least five years of service, Today it is age 60 years of age with at least five years. The House voted 91-3 for House Bill 38.


With   Monday’s   check   on  gas  prices,  the  American  Automobile Association says the current  statewide  average  for  a  gallon  of regular  is $3.49. That's up over 4 cents from last Monday and up 20 cents from this time last month.


Tickets for the  New  Orleans  Jazz and Heritage Festival are now on sale. The price is now $55 for any  single  day ticket but if you're waiting to see what the weather will do, you'll  have  to pay $70 at

the gate for the shows which begin this Friday.


Ninety-nine  runners  from Louisiana participated in yesterday’s  Boston Marathon, the first one  since  last  year's deadly bombing near the finish  line.   One  of  the athletes was the  son  of  Colonel  Mike

Edmonson, the Commander of  the  Louisiana  State  Police. It  took  Michael  Edmonson  Junior  about three hours to finish the 26-mile race.


The full House approves a bill that would require abortion clinics to  provide a pamphlet to women seeking an abortion that describes the  possible psychological effects of ending a pregnancy.  The bill passed on an 80 to 10 vote.


The St. Landry Parish  Sheriff's  office  has identified the man who attacked a woman last week in Opelousas with  a cane knife and ended up dying during the attack.  His name is 52-year-old  Phillip Manuel of Opelousas.  A cause of death is not known and it's also not known if  Manuel  knew  his victim.  The sheriff's office says the  victim remains in stable condition, recovering from her wounds.


The state Senate rejected legislation Monday that would restrict the use of unmanned aircraft in Louisiana. Senate Bill 330, which died with 15 voting for it and 21 voting against it, was an attempt to sync Louisiana law with evolving technology. Other states already have adopted legislation addressing drones. The Federal Aviation Administration is trying to figure out how drones can coexist with commercial airplanes.


A Bunkie man tried to escape Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents Wednesday by swimming across a bayou, but he was quickly caught while in the water. 30 year old Shannon Stevenson jumped into Bayou Rouge near Bunkie after agents tried to check his license as Stevenson was fishing from more than 140 crawfish traps from the bayou's banks.


There's some good news out regarding the New Orleans  Saints defense today.  The Black and Gold has announced exercising the  fifth  year option  for  Pro-Bowl  Defensive  End  Cameron  Jordan.  Twenty-five year-old Jordan led the Saints with 12 and a half sacks last season.


The LSU baseball team is ranked in the top 10 in three of the major  college baseball polls heading into a five game home stand. The Tigers  have  won 10 of their last 12 and in 11 of those games they have given  up 5 runs or fewer.




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