News for Tuesday 081115
By Dave Graichen
Monday was one for the record books. It was the hottest Aug. 10 in the recorded history of Alexandria. The high temperature on Monday was 105 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. That is one degree higher than the previous Aug. 10 record high of 104 degrees, set in 1924.
Due to extremely dry conditions, The Rapides Parish Police Jury has voted to immediately enact a burn ban in the parish. Private burning in Rapides Parish will only be allowed through permission by a resident's local fire department.. But, Rapides is not alone. Other parishes with bans include Allen, LaSalle, Natchitoches and Winn, Caldwell, Jackson, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Union and West Carroll. The bans will remain until further notice.
A Pineville man is being held without bond after he allegedly held an adult and a child against their will at a Ruth Street home for three days. Pineville officers went to 102 Ruth St. on Friday at 9 in the evening for a disturbance call. The two victims had tried to escape, which led to a physical altercation in the yard twhich was seen by neighbors. Eventually, police arrested Ralph 25 year old Joseph Gorum and booked him into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
Craig Smith has announced he is seeking a second term as the District C representative on the Rapides Parish Police Jury. Smith is currently vice president of the Police Jury. A lifelong resident of Deville, Smith is a 1979 graduate of Buckeye High School.
In a recent survey by pollster Verne Kennedy, Republican Scott Angelle has moved ahead of fellow GOP candidate David Vitter in the race for governor. The numbers show Angelle with 25 percent and Vitter with 22 percent. The poll also shows John Bell Edwards at 20-percent and Republican Jay Dardenne at 12-percent with 21-percent undecided.
The largest public company headquartered in Louisiana, CenturyLink, says its estimating the elimination of 1000 jobs company-wide. Spokeswoman Annmarie Sarter says it’s unclear how the layoffs will impact the company’s corporate headquarters in Monroe. CenturyLink committed to create 800 new jobs by next summer and Sarter says they remain on target with that deal.
The State Department of Education says they’ve collected nearly 30,000 comments on its online portal from people about possible changes to Common Core in Louisiana. The comments came from 723 people. That averages out to 49 comments per person. Regina Sanford, the chairperson of the standards review committee, says the first public hearing on possible Common Core revisions is set for August 19th. Another interesting twist to the 30,000 comments, only 23% came from parents.
In an online study conducted by Only in Your State, the Calcasieu Parish town of DeQuincy was named the safest place to live in Louisiana. DeQuincy Mayor Lawrence Henagan says he is happy that his town of nearly 3,200 residents is a place with no violent crimes. The study took statistics from the FBI crime reports in 2013 to rank the top 11 safest places to live in Louisiana. Blanchard, Golden Meadow, Berwick and Haughton round out the top .
It’s much cheaper for teens to stay on their parent’s car insurance, rather than going out on their own. According to InsuranceQuotes.com, it costs 26 percent more for young adults to get their own car insurance policy in Louisiana than staying on their parent’s. Senior analyst Laura Adams says this number is eight percent higher than the national average.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have declared a section of land under the east side of the I-10 bridge in Lake Charles, a crime scene. Investigators began working the scene yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation. An earth mover and dump truck were on the scene, but few other details are available at this time.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office arrests a man they believe beat his estranged wife to death with a baseball bat. They’ve charged 38-year-old David Johnson with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, violation of a protective order and aggravated burglary. Cops believe the suspect broke into 45-year-old Monica Johnson’s house and bludgeoned her till she died in the back yard and also beat another person who was trying to help her.
Baton Rouge food blogger and radio host Jay Ducote will be competing in the finale of Food Network Star on August 16 to win his own show on the network. Three finalists made their own pilot for a cooking show in last night’s episode where Ducote prepared fried catfish topped with crawfish etoufee as his showcase dish. Ducote says he has enjoyed the experience and the unique opportunities the show has offered him. The pilots for each finalist will be judged and the winner will be announced this Sunday at the end of the episode which begins at 8pm.
LSU has sold out of season football tickets for the 12th straight season as 74,350 season tickets have been purchased for the 2015 home schedule. This ties the school record which was set last year when Tiger Stadium was expanded to seat over 100,000. The Tigers open their 11th season under head coach Les Miles on Saturday, Sept. 5 when LSU welcomes McNeese State to Tiger Stadium.
A South Louisiana man has been sentenced to death by lethal injection during sentencing today in Baton Rouge for the man accused of a double-murder at a Car-Quest store. Lee Turner was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two employees in 2011. Turner got away with $350.
The Monroe Police Department continues the investigation today into the death of a ULM student whose body was discovered inside her apartment over the weekend. Cops are not identifying the woman at this time except to say she is an Asian ULM international student. Investigators say there was no sign of forced entry into the apartment, but the death is being treating as a homicide until it has been determined otherwise.
The New Orleans Saints final practice of the week is today then they’ll fly out Wednesday to Baltimore for Thursday’s preseason game against the Ravens. They started the second week of training camp with a full pads practice at the Greenbrier in West Virginia and worked for a little over two hours. Coach Sean Payton says these first two weeks of training camp are about getting everyone up to speed. So far, he likes what he’s seeing.
LSU went through the first full squad practice of the fall and the battle for the starting quarterback position is far from over. Coach Les Miles said that sophomore Brandon Harris continues to get the first snaps, but if it will be he or Anthony Jennings that will start on September 5th against McNeese has not been decided.