News for Friday 073115
By Dave Graichen
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office announces one of their own deputies has been arrested for indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer sex solicitation. Twenty-five-year-old John Roy Griffith of Pineville was taken into custody at his home by State Police investigators. He’s worked as a communications officer at the sheriff’s office for nearly two years.
Work has begun preparing the land for the 109-room Fairfield Inn & Suites, located on South MacArthur Drive in front of the former McKesson Building. It’s one of several hotels being built or renovated that will update and increase local lodging options. The Fairfield Inn will cater to guests staying between one and three nights and have an average room rate of about $140. It will include function and meeting space designed to lure 100- to 200-person events.
According to a new poll released Wednesday, Governor Bobby Jindal is still not in the top 10 of support for Republican Presidential candidates. The numbers show Jindal tied for 11th place in the field with former Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Sweltering heat continue to impact Louisiana. Much of the state was under a Heat Advisory teach day this week. Danielle Manning, with the National Weather Service in Slidell, says a weak cold front will move across the state as we approach the weekend. She says the main impact from this front will drop humidity levels across the state. Manning says this cold front won’t bring afternoon high temperatures down very much. Perhaps a degree or two.
An Alexandria man allegedly using a 13th Street apartment complex as a hub to sell meth was arrested Wednesday after the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office received "numerous complaints from the public. Some of the information received by agents included tips that 30-year-old Terrelle Love allegedly was selling meth. Love was charged with possession with intent to distribute. He later was released on a $10,000 bond.
The night sky will light up tonight with what’s known as a blue moon. LSU Astronomy Professor Brad Schaeffer says the moon will not look blue, but it’s referred as a “blue moon” because it’s the second time in a calendar month that there’s been a full moon. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the phenomenon only occurs once every three years. Schaeffer says there’s really no scientific reason why it’s called a blue moon.
The Slidell Police Department says a group of organized criminals were busted for stealing nearly half a million dollars at businesses with ATMs and check cashing outlets over the past year. Authorities say two suspects were arrested after trying to steal 12 grand from a business in Slidell. The two have been charged with burglary and cops say there could be more people involved.
Baton Rouge Police say a Morgan City man wanted for a Lafayette shooting death, was killed during a shootout with police and US Marshals Wednwsday. Thirty-seven year-old Lawrence Blackburn -who was accused of killing 18 year-old Dravin Stevenson – was found hiding in a Baton Rouge apartment complex, where the gunfire erupted.
It’s not too late for the Who Dat nation to head to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia where the Saints are holding training camp. Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau Spokesperson Kristi Godby says in small town West Virginia, they don’t have an NFL team so they’re welcoming the Saints with open arms for a second straight year. Godby says last year they received many Louisiana visitors and expect to see more this year as training camp continues through August 20th.