KSYL Local News Archives for 2019-02

Good Morning... News For Friday 02/15/2019


News for Friday 021519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A 13 year old student at Grant Parish High has been arrested after making threats on social media. Grant Parish Superintendent Sheila Jackson said there was no immediate harm to anyone on campus. She said the administration did exactly what they were supposed to do, and the GPSO was contacted immediately.

 

It’s being done all across the country and now the Alexandria Police Department would also like to enlist the public’s help in solving and preventing crime. Police Chief Jared King says the APD wants to create a phone contact list of city residents who have home surveillance cameras on their property. King stresses they're not asking for access to their camera feed, or to come into your homes to look at your cameras. They want to have a list of phone numbers to call in case a crime happens in that person's neighborhood. Home security cameras have proven to be a useful tool it catching criminals.

 

LSU is confirming that nine members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity have been arrested on Hazing charges, and four of them are facing battery charges related to reports that pledges were doused in gas, urinated on, and beat. The activities are alleged to have taken place during the fall of 2018. The hazing charges are misdemeanors despite the passage of tougher anti-hazing laws last year.

 

Senate leader Mitch McConnell says President Trump will declare a State of Emergency to obtain the funds necessary to build his sought after addition to the southern border wall. Much of that money would reportedly come from Army Corps and/or FEMA disaster prevention and relief projects, a keen concern for hurricane prone Louisiana. Senator John Kennedy says he’s aware that’s a possibility, but he says he will not vote against it. Kennedy says he expects the battle to shift to the courts.

 

41 year old Shannon Martin of Pitkin was killed yesterday morning in a single vehicle crash, when according to State Police he lost control of his truck and crashed. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Pointe Coupee authorities are trying to determine who shot into a home in the town of Glynn killing a young woman sleeping on the couch. Sheriff Bud Torres says says the only other person in the home was the victim’s boyfriend. The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Aerial Edwards. Police are saying she was pregnant.

 

After a year-long investigation, State Police have arrested fifteen suspects in connection with a Mardi Gras 2018 incident known as a ride out where participants would stop up highways and ride recklessly.  Senior Trooper Melissa Matey says the investigation is very complex as many participants come from out of state. Matey says ride outs of this nature have taken place in other cities across the country, but is hopeful this investigation will keep another one from happening during this year’s Mardi Gras.

 

Yet another Acadiana school has been closed due to an infestation of bats that are making their yearly migration from Mexico to their more northern breeding grounds. Franklin Junior High in St. Mary Parish is closed until Monday classes after officials discovered bats hanging out in the halls and flying around in the gym. Experts have been called in for a non-lethal solution.

 

The Ethics Board will reconsider its decision to bar candidates from using campaign funds to pay for childcare today. The decision has received quite a bit of public flack, including from Governor Edwards. UL-Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Edwards’ opposition will be hard for the board, seven of whom are appointed by the governor, to ignore. In November a female Baton Rouge candidate requested authorization, and was denied as the board overruled a 2000 decision that allowed a man to use campaign funds for childcare. Cross says the optics of the decision make it look like the board is trying to prevent moms from running for office.

 

A nine-year-old boy is dead and his 18-year-old cousin has been arrested in an incident that Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto says was a negligent, but accidental discharge of a firearm. Kamone Thomas has been charged with Obstruction of Justice, and Possession of Marijuana, and Negligent Homicide. Lopinto says Thomas admitted guilt and said it was an accident that began with some horseplay.

 

After a 2 year stint in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Bayou Country Superfest returns to Tiger Stadium for its tenth anniversary over Memorial Day weekend.  Festival Producer Quint Davis says this year’s lineup for the 2-day festival is the best yet, and is expected to draw fans from across North America. Tickets go on sale next Thursday.

 

Sports..

 

LSU basketball remains in second place in the SEC after Tennessee stayed undefeated in league play with an 85-73 win over South Carolina Wednesday night. The 10-and-1 Tigers meet the 1-and-10 Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, while Tennessee visits Kentucky. Airtime 4:30p on KSYL 970AM/104.9FM

 

LSU Coach Paul Mainieri announced his starting pitchers for this weekend’s opening series. Zach Hess will start tonight against ULM, freshman Landon Marceaux will pitch on Saturday against Army and freshman Jaden Hill will start on Sunday against Air Force. You can hear both tonight’s and Sunday’s games on KSYL 970AM/104.9FM

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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 02/14/2019


News for Thursday 021419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A horrific scene on Mac Arthur drive yesterday morning. The APD reports around 6:15 an unidentified woman was struck by a pickup truck and killed while trying to cross the roadway by the Jackson Street exit. The woman who appeared to be homeless was carrying a suitcase, the clothes inside were scattered along the highway. The investigation into the crash continues. No word yet as to whether or not charges will be filed against the driver of the truck.

 

A fatal accident at the Jena Choctaw Pines Casino Friday night claimed the life of 67 year old Barbra Ratcliff. The Grant Parish Sheriff’s office reports a vehicle driven by an 87 year old woman struck Ratcliff under the casino’s canopy. Ratcliff was transported to a local hospital when she later died. Sheriff Steve McCain called the incident a tragic accident, and at this time the Sheriff’s Office is not charging the driver.

 

The RPSO reports the arrest of a Pineville woman on a long list of drug related charges. 35 year old Shantae Armstead allegedly was hiding bags of drugs in several locations where parish work crews were scheduled to pick up trash. After surveillance and Armstead’s arrest, investigators received a warrant to search her home. There they found assorted drugs and paraphernalia.

 

Beginning this fall, Louisiana will become only the second state in the US with military veteran centers on every college campus.  Chancellor of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Monty Sullivan says the resource centers are put in place to help vets in transitioning into the campus lifestyle. Sullivan says the number of veterans enrolled in colleges across the state has significantly increased in recent years. Sullivan says the centers will be staffed with someone dedicated to working with them.  It also helps veterans interact with other veterans on campus.

 

A border wall deal has been reached in Congress that would provide 1.37 of the 5.7 billion dollars the President has demanded to construct additional physical barriers along the Mexican border. Senator John Kennedy says he hasn’t been shown the bill yet, but he’s been told by colleagues that when combined with other funds, the final tab is a bit higher. Kennedy says he’s not sure whether he will ultimately vote for the deal, but two billion dollars isn’t a bad start to southern border wall expansion efforts.

 

A shootout between a homeowner and an intruder in an Ascension Parish neighborhood left the intruder dead and the home owner injured early Wednesday morning. The homeowner killed the intruder but received a gunshot wound in the process. The homeowner, a 60 year old man, underwent surgery yesterday morning. Hospital officials say he is expected to survive.

 

It’s been nearly a year since legislation was passed that would allow riverboat casinos to expand on land within 1,200 feet of their river mooring, and so far no ground has been broken on those sought after expansions. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says that was to be expected, and it may be quite some time before any casinos climb up out of the water. The law also changed the restrictions on the total amount of gaming machines and gaming spaces riverboats are allowed to have. Jones says of the 15 river boat casinos in Louisiana, so far he knows of only two who are actively working out their expansion plans.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs are seeking a woman who left a newborn in a field just outside of the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Gauthier Campus building Tuesday night at 8pm. Sherriff Tony Mancuso stressed that any mother who has just had a child and is considering abandoning it can leave the new born at any local police station, fire department, or hospital, and will not be asked any questions, and will not face any charges.

 

The competition to secure a good spot for Mardi Gras parades can be intense, but one Facebook user says he’s willing to ease that burden… for a price.  New Orleans resident Kenneth Sampey posted an offer to hold a 10×10 spot on St. Charles Avenue for Fat Tuesday.  The fee for the service?  Two grand.  Sampey says he made the post out of jest, not expecting it to get the attention that it did.

 

In Baseball, The Phillies are reportedly close to signing former LSU ace pitcher Aaron Nola to a four-year, 45-million dollar contract extension. The 25-year-old Baton Rouge native went 17-and-6 last season with a 2.37 ERA and finished third in the National League in the Cy Young voting.

 

Thibodaux Police have arrested a man after a dating site meet up lead to an armed robbery.  25-year-old Kareem Acker of Gretna was apprehended after the victim contacted law enforcement from the meet up going south.  Acker claims the victim gave him the money prior to a misunderstanding over the gender identity of the victim.

 

The Baton Rouge man dubbed as "The Hamburglar" who allegedly robbed three local restaurants since mid-January was arrested Monday. According to a East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Facebook Post, authorities arrested 34 year old Cornelius Kelly and booked him with three counts of simple criminal damage to property and three counts of simple burglary. Kelly gained entry into the establishments by shattering the drive-thru windows, according to the sheriff's office. Once inside, he stole money from registers and safes.

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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 02/13/2019


News for Wednesday 021319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton announces his sixth term as sheriff will be his last as he will not pursue re-election.  Hilton was elected sheriff in 1992, serving four terms before retiring.  Then he came back out of retirement for two more terms.  Hilton says he intends to stay retired this time. William Earl says of all the accomplishments he’s achieved in law enforcement, he’d like for his dedication to school safety be the highlight of his legacy.

 

March food stamps are set to arrive early, and recipients should be checking their mailboxes for benefits on the first and second of the month, whereas SNAP traditionally arrives sometime between the first and 15th. Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says the early delivery is to make up for the significant gap recipients faced due to the last government shutdown.

 

The IRS is reporting that tax returns are eight percent lower than they were in 2018, and that on average those who do get a return are nabbing about 170 dollars less than last year, before the 1.5 trillion dollar GOP tax reform went into effect. Wegmann Dazet Tax Manager Frank Holzenthal says the numbers indicate on a whole, most folks received a slight tax cut. Several polls run in the first half of last year indicated that a slim majority of Americans did not notice larger paychecks as a result of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.

 

The National Federation of Independent Business says their Small Businesses Optimism Index has slipped to its lowest levels since just before the 2016 presidential election.  State Director Dawn Starns says the shutdown was the primary driver, but another issue tugging at optimism for small business owners was difficulty hiring qualified workers. Starns says 23 percent of members reported that as an issue.

15 percent of companies said taxes were their biggest concern.

 

River levels for the Mississippi are very high right now and they are forecast to continue to rise.  President of the 5th Louisiana Levee District Reynold Minsky says if there is any overtopping of the levee system, it’d likely take place in Tensas Parish. A lot will depend on the weather upriver over the next few weeks.

 

LSU Ag Center Aquaculture Specialist Greg Lutz has some good news crawfish fanatics: this year’s crop is lookin pretty good. Despite some topsy-turvy weather lately, he says all the conditions are ripe for a solid, but not record setting year for size and supply.

 

LaFourche Parish deputies have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old, who was struck by a bullet that entered his mother’s home in Lockport on Sunday. Lt. Brennan Matherne says 17-year-old Jyairus Folse fired several shots into the home and one them struck Alton Adams of Bayou Blue in the back. Matherne says they still don’t exact reason why Folse shot at the home.

 

Allegiant Air will begin non-stop service between Shreveport and the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in Florida on May 17th. Shreveport Regional Airport Authority spokesperson Mark Crawford says fares start at 49-dollars each way and flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays. The seasonal service is scheduled to run through Monday, September 2nd. Allegiant has flown out of the Shreveport Regional Airport for the last 13 years.

 

Sports…..

 

The LSU Tigers had a good night last night as they defeated the UK Wildcate 73 to 71. Up next, the Tigers travel to Georgia for a match up Saturday..

 

The Pelicans added another one to the loss column last night as the fell to the Orlando Magic. The final 88 to 118. The Pels meet the Thunder Thursday night..

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 02/12/2019


News for Tuesday 021219

Compiles by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A plea deal for a man, accused of vehicular homicide back in a 2016 for a crash that killed an 18-month-old boy, was rejected on Monday. Keaton Spurlin allegedly hit the rear of the van on Dec. 28, 2016, on Vandenberg Drive, near Bayou Rapides Road, as the family was returning home from church. Six members of the Dixon family were injured in the crash. An 18-month-old boy, who was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, died the following day. Ad hoc Judge Harry Randow explained to the parents the child that the plea deal was not acceptable. A pretrial conference was set for March 20, and a trial date for May 6.

 

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fire in Alexandria Early Sunday morning that claimed the life of man and injured 3 others. The Alexandria Fire Department responded to the blaze in the 2800 block of Culpepper Road around 2 in the morning Sunday. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and the investigation continues.

 

A Monday morning fire caused extensive damage to a vacant house on the 1900 block of Levin Street. No one was reported inside the home. The house next door, which is occupied, suffered structural damage from the same fire. No one was inside at the time.

 

An investigation is under way in Red River Parish after two teenagers are believed to have killed themselves within days of each other. The Red River Parish Sheriff's Office said a 17-year-old died Thursday night, followed by a 13-year-old on Saturday night. They were both at the Ware Youth Center in Coushatta.

 

Divers with the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office recovered the body of a man in Catahoula Lake Sunday. 26 year old Ryan Reed of Lafayette had fallen from a boat into the lake. Divers discovered his body at approximately 9:30 in the morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the body was turned over to the Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office.

 

Negotiators in Congress said they have reached an agreement in principle to fund the government and avoid another partial government shutdown. The talks had cratered over the weekend because of Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions by federal authorities, but lawmakers apparently broke through that impasse Monday evening. Now they will need the support of President Donald Trump, whose signature will be needed ahead of the deadline at midnight Friday.

 

Louisiana has ordered a wood pellet plant near Bastrop to install air pollution controls following a challenge by environmental groups. Environmental Integrity Project attorney Keri Powell says when the Drax Morehouse Biomass Plant opened in 2015, it drastically underestimated it’s pollution output and had been exceeding it’s allowed emissions by four times to 1000 tons annually. Powell says the toxins can cause a range of health issues.

 

Louisiana took home some gold at Sunday night’s Grammys as Lafayette native Lauren Daigle won for best contemporary Christian Music Performance for her song, “You Say” and also won best contemporary Christian music album, “Look Up Child.” New Orleans native PJ Morton tied with Leon Bridges for best traditional R-and-B performance for his song “How Deep is Your Love.” Buddy Guy won for best traditional blues album.

 

The race for the governor’s mansion is now just eight months away, with incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards currently set to face off in a jungle primary against Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone and Alto Congressman Ralph Abraham. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the race has been quiet so far, but is set to blast off soon. Candidates have already begun their social media campaigns, with all three candidates sporting an active Facebook campaign  page and accompanying paid ads on the site.

 

Following the popularity of The Chute at Tiger Stadium, LSU baseball fans can now look forward to The Yard.  The Yard is composed of two areas around Alex Box Stadium where fans can purchase and consume beer and wine during games so long as they are at least 21 and have purchased a wristband for the area. Putting the area outside of the stadium along with the restricted entry keeps the school in compliance with SEC regulations.

 

The Department of Environmental Quality has an online, interactive map on it’s website that lets anglers see the fish consumption and swimming advisories for rivers, lakes, and bayous in Louisiana. DEQ Scientist Al Hindrichs says it’s an intuitive tool, and gives a comprehensive look at the advisories for 58 bodies of water statewide. Two of the advisories warn against both swimming and fishing and two other warn only against swimming, but the majority are warnings about contaminants in the fish.

 

A 19-year-old south Louisiana man was fatally shot last night when a bullet entered his mother’s home in Lockport.  LaFourche Parish Sheriff’s office spokesperson Brennan Matherne says  six people were inside the trailer at the time of the shooting, but they are not sure who, if anyone, inside the home was the intended target.

 

Student Loan Hero ranks Baton Rouge and New Orleans in the top 10 for most likely cities for people to be more than 90 days late on student loan payments, as more than 20-percent of borrowers have been delinquent. According to the report, Louisiana students graduated with 27,210 dollars of student debt on average, a little less than the national average.

 

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $20.7 billion for Valentine’s Day.  Fewer Americans are spending money on Valentine’s Day compared to other years, but NRF spokesperson Katherine Cullen says those that are making purchases are spending enough money to make it a record-breaking year.

Cullen says people are budgeting to spend on average $162 this year, with men being the big spenders.

 

Sports..

 

19th ranked LSU faces its biggest test of the season tonight when they face 5th ranked Kentucky in Lexington at 6 PM. Both teams are tied for second in the SEC with 9-and-1 conference records.

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Good Morning... News For Friday 02/08/2019


News for Friday 020819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Alexandria, the fourth Catholic diocese in Louisiana to release names of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing minors was, according to many, the least open among them in disclosing the work histories of those clerics, but perhaps the most forthcoming about the abuse allegations themselves. The Diocese this week named 27 clergy members that it deemed credibly accused of sexual abuse, bringing the state's total count of clerics outed in such announcements to 135. Diocesan officials say their decision to exclude any information about the parishes where the former clerics served was meant to protect the flocks who worship in those parishes.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court has stopped a law that threatened to shutter Louisiana abortion clinics from taking effect this week, but the fight over whether abortion providers should be required to have admitting privileges at local hospitals is likely far from over. In a brief late-night, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the admitting privileges law be put on hold pending a "timely filing" of a petition for the high court to act on the law itself. It would immediately expire if that doesn't happen. If a timely petition is filed, then the stay remains in effect until the high court rules on the law.

 

The Rapides Parish School Board has put on hold a decision on whether to hire an outside company to manage its social media. On the agenda at last Tuesday’s Board Meeting was an item that would have contracted with a private company to provide "social media management services" for about $1,700 per month. The board decided instead to pass a substitute motion to determine whether such services are even needed.  If at a later time the board decides it is, they will look at a justifiable cost for the services and at that time request proposals from vendors.

 

Here’s a switch.. State Farm, Louisiana's largest auto insurer, will cut auto insurance rates starting in April by an average of 3.2 percent for its roughly 1 million Louisiana policyholders. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced the rate decrease Thursday. It represents the third rate decrease by State Farm in the past nine months, totaling a drop of 7.7 percent. The change, which will vary by policy, will go into effect April 1, and be applied to policies as they are renewed by customers.

 

The man accused of killing five people in suburban Baton Rouge last month was indicted on first-degree murder charges by a grand jury in Livingston Parish on Thursday. The three-count indictment was the first set of formal charges filed against 21-year-old Dakota Theriot. The first-degree murder charges open up the possibility that Theriot could face the death penalty, although prosecutors have not yet said whether they will seek to execute him.

 

Congressman Garret Graves legislation that would revive the National Scenic Byways program flew through the House with little opposition, potentially reopening a program that would protect and promote two iconic wilderness trails in Louisiana. Graves says reopening the program will help drum up more interest in Louisiana for nature tourists.

Louisiana hosts two scenic byways, the Creole Nature Trail that winds through the wetlands of the southwest, and the Great River Road that accompanies the Mississippi River. Graves says by reopening the program, they’ll have the opportunity to hopefully get additional areas of the state designated and protected.

 

Senator John Kennedy says to avoid another government shutdown, he thinks President Trump will declare a national emergency if negotiations fail to provide adequate funding for additional physical wall at the southern border by the February 15th funding deadline. Presidential allies have stated declaring a national emergency would allow the president to use disaster relief and military construction funds to begin constructing a wall. However, it would most certainly end up in the courts.

 

While illuminated by a portrait of his smiling family, law enforcement officers remembered the late Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Shane Totty as a motor man, family man and man of honor, someone driven by compassion and a warrior’s spirit. The 31 year old police officer died last Friday when the police motorcycle he was riding during a funeral procession collided with a truck.

 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has arrest an Opelousas man for igniting a fire inside his family’s home.  Investigators say 26 year old Amad Redding was the sole occupant of the home at the time of the blaze and was injured in the incident.  Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says Redding had been making threats as recently as the week leading up to the fire of burning the home down. Rodrigues says not only was the family’s home damaged, but a business next to the home, resulting in multiple charges for Redding.

 

A rideshare driver for Lyft has been arrest and accused of kidnapping and raping an intoxicated passenger in Jefferson Parish.  Authorities say 30 year old Yousef Hamed picked up the victim from a bar and instead of taking her to her home; he then took her to his home in Harvey and raped the woman.

 

A wanted criminal from Arkansas is now behind bars in Caddo Parish after allegedly threatening to beat a man with a bat, shooting a moving car, crashing into that car, and later leading a high speed chase after the law finally caught up to him. Sherriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says 33-year-old James Shultz day began by attacking his neighbor, and then leading police on a high-speed chase that involved wrecking not one, but two cars.

 

Sports..

 

The NBA trade deadline has passed and the Pelicans have decided not to take the Los Angeles Lakers trade offer for forward Anthony Davis, who will remain on the team at least until the summer after requesting a trade last week. The Pels did ship off Nicola Mirotic to the Bucks for Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson. New Orleans is now faced with the question of what to do with their star big man, start him, or sit him for the rest of the year to insure he is not injured.

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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 02/07/2019


News for Thursday 020719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Last month, the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge released a long list of Priests who were found to have credible accusations of sexual abuse against minors. Yesterday, the Alexandria Diocese made good on it’s promise, after a lengthy investigation, to release it’s list of offending clergy. The list consisted of 27 local priests, some living, some not. In the letter, Bishop David Talley calls the accusations an "evil chapter in the life of our diocese”. The Diocesan Permanent Review Board reviewed 535 files of clergy who have served in the diocese since its establishment in 1853. Both clergy and lay people were part of the investigative team.

 

The APD reports a shooting in the city Tuesday night. Investigators say a man was riding in a car near intersection of 6th and John Thomas Streets and was shot by an unknown gunman who fired multiple rounds into the vehicle. The man, who was shot in the head,  was sent to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. His condition is unknown at this time.

 

The attorney for Kayla Giles, the woman accused of shooting and killing her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr. in September in the parking lot of Walmart on Coliseum Boulevard, is asking a newly assigned judge to reconsider motions previously ruled on by Judge Mary Doggett.  Judge Doggett recused herself from the case last month due to the fact that her nephew by marriage represented Coutee, Jr. in his divorce proceedings. Attorney Paul Carmouche wants Judge Greg Beard, who is now assigned to the case, to reset motions for a bill of particulars, preliminary examination, bond reduction, and to quash the indictment. Judge Doggett had previously ruled on those motions, and effectively denied them.

 

After an investigation that started back in Mid-January, the RPSO has arrested and booked 18 year old Chandler Johnson of Pineville. Johnson has been charged with1st degree rape. After booking, he was released on $250,000 bond.

 

State Police reported yesterday that there have been over 600 wrecks in construction zones on I-10 between Lafayette and Baton Rouge since the beginning of construction in May of 2017.  DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallet says a large share of the responsibility for the high number of accidents falls onto drivers who are speeding and/or driving distracted. Mallet says in a little more than a year’s time, in the stretch of I-10 between I-49 and Breaux Bridge saw about 470 crashes.

 

President Donald Trump delivered his State of the union address Tuesday Night, touching on a series of issues including the border wall debate, the economy, healthcare, and foreign policy issues like his late February meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Senator Bill Cassidy, who applauded the speech, says the President is willing to work with the Democratic opposition in the House to find a border security compromise, but it must include funding for an additional physical wall.

 

Mardi Gras Beads,  nightmare for New Orleans and other cities due to the fact that many end up in the sewer system. Science has found a solution.. Biodegradable Mardi Gras beads are under development following a grant received from the LSU board of supervisors last summer.  The beads are going to be produced using oils from algae, but they won’t be ready for his carnival season. A major issue now is the cost. Currently they cost about $13 a strand to make.. That price is expected to come down.

 

A now former Vermilion Parish deputy is out of a job and behind bars after an investigation by the special victims unit of state police.  State Police Sgt. Jared Sandifer says the investigation of 42-year-old Bryan Kibodeaux of Abbeville began in late January from a tip given to law enforcement. Sandifer says Kibodeaux was arrested following the execution of a search warrant of his home and is now facing multiple charges related to the sexual abuse of a child.

 

Entergy is bringing advanced meters to the company’s customers.  The roll out for homes and businesses starts this month in New Orleans.  Entergy VP of grid modernization Lauren Kenney says among the biggest benefits for customers is to be able to track energy usage via online tools, as opposed to waiting for the bill to come in at the end of the month.

 

Sports…

 

LSU ends the recruiting season with the fifth ranked class in the nation according to 24/7Sports. It’s a group headlined by arguably the best player in the nation, five star Baton Rouge cornerback Derek Stingley. Also picked up, five star Destrehan running back John Emery, and five star Texas linebacker Marcel Brooks. Head coach Ed Orgeron says it’s the kind of class LSU fans demand. Alabama nabbed the other 2 top ten players in the Bayou State.

 

It’s NBA trade deadline day and the clock is ticking down on any potential mega deal for superstar Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who submitted a trade request last week and said he would not resign with New Orleans after his contract expires in 2020. Locked on Pelicans host Jake Madison says the Lakers are still the primary threat to pluck The Brow by the deadline. If Davis is not traded by the 2pm deadline today, then the team will be forced to decide whether to play him the rest of the year, or shut him down until the season ends.

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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 02/06/2019


News for Wednesday 020619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

It started as a robbery in Natchitoches. That led to a car chase and gunfire that ended in Alexandria early Tuesday morning. 53 year old Carmello Casciari of Lena told police he was robbed at an unknown location in Natchitoches Parish, he then got into his truck and pursued a jeep filled with people who he said robbed him. He and his wife then followed the jeep to Alexandria, where gunfire was exchanged between the two vehicles near Airbase Rd. Casciari's truck went off-road on Highway 1 and into a ditch. RPSO officers perused the jeep, which was reported stolen. After the driver refused to stop, four males and one female got out of the jeep and ran away. Detectives are still investigating the incident.

 

If you haven’t gotten it yet, the Department of Health says it’s time to go get your flu shot as 6 percent of recent hospital visits were reportedly for flu like symptoms. LDH flu bug expert Dr. Frank Welch says the main strain going around is a very serious strain known as H1N1. Welch adds while there are a number of preventative measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of catching the flu, the best protection is to get the flu shot.

 

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is warning residents in south Louisiana about canine distemper, which is a rabies-like disease that veterinarians are seeing in raccoons and other animals. Complaints have been reported from Lafayette to the Florida parishes. L-D-W-F says the disease is spread among susceptible animals through contact with body fluids or droppings from an infected animal.

 

Filing your taxes will be a bit different from recent years with 2018 being the first year of the Trump administration’s implementation of a new tax plan.  CPA Carrie Grinnell says the taxpayers will notice the standard deduction is higher, but the forecast is that a majority of taxpayers may see that offset by the lack of itemized deductions. Grinnell says she’s heard from the IRS that tax refunds should be processed and distributed just as timely as it was in past years despite the recent government shutdown, but, another shutdown looming.

 

There’s been a rash of measles outbreaks across the country, and Louisiana Department of Health Immunization Director Frank Welch says it’s a great reminder to make sure you and your children are vaccinated against the virus. Welch says before mass vaccinations, measles was a serious threat to young children, and could leave them permanently disabled or worse. Welch says the vaccination is highly effective, and recommends children get two, the first when they turn one, and the second when they turn four.

 

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards has announced the establishment of Operation Angel, a program where individuals suffering from addictions can turn to local law enforcement for help in getting to rehab. For those that might be paranoid that it could be a trap, Edwards says part of the program is working with the permission of the DA’s office, and those in need of help need not fear legal ramifications. Other parishes are looking at starting similar programs.

 

The jaguar that escaped his cage at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and killed nine other animals last summer is back on display after a half-year hiatus. Vice president of the Zoo Joel Hamilton says after the tragic breakout, they redesigned the exhibit to make it safer, and more appealing, and that Valerio is an important part of the zoos mission to educate the public about the rapidly disappearing population of wild jaguars and other large felines. Valerio was born in San Diego in 2015, and moved to New Orleans in 2017.

 

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine gets 11 and a half million dollars in funding to launch the Center for Lung Biology and Disease.  LSU Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development Dr. Gus Kousoulas says the state is swamped with lung disease issues, and further research into the biology of how the body reacts to initial infections and fights them off will be crucial to addressing those problems.

 

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The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, and since it appears the Pelicans are not interested in moving forward with any of the Lakers trade proposals for Anthony Davis, Los Angeles has reportedly put on hold its efforts to acquire A-D. There have been reports the Pelicans are seeking six to eight picks, contract relief, and young talent for their All-Star big man and may prefer to wait until the summer to see what other deals are out there. Boston, who has a treasure chest of attractive assets, is reportedly set to make an offer after the season.

 

LSU has the 6th ranked recruiting class according to 247Sports heading into National Signing Day today. 247Sports analyst Billy Embody says at the top of the list is the battle for one of the best defensive tackles in the nation, Ishmael Sopsher from Amite in the perpetual recruiting battleground of Tangipahoa Parish. Sopsher isn’t the only Amite star the Purple and Gold are racing to lock up. Four star prospect, cornerback/wide receiver Devonta Lee is also reportedly leaning towards Baton Rouge.

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 02/05/2019


News for Tuesday 020519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The US Supreme Court will take up a challenge to a Louisiana law requiring abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says a ruling in favor of the law could signal a major shift in the court’s treatment of abortion related issues. Supporters of the law say it’s a necessary requirement for a healthcare facility, and opponents argue it’s an onerous burden that will shut down clinics. The law has been put on hold until at least Thursday while the court considers an appeal from Louisiana abortion providers.

 

The President will speak to the country tonight for his annual State of the Union address. It comes just after a contentious government shutdown centered on his demands for funding for additional physical border wall, a demand that ultimately was not met. The speech will be made in the House of Representatives, a chamber that flipped to the Democrats in the midterm elections. You can hear the president’s address this evening starting at 8 on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM.

 

Who Dats turned off the Super Bowl in record numbers as boycott parties raged across New Orleans. The Nielsen rating for the New Orleans market was a 26.1. National ratings cratered during this year’s 13-3 snoozer that featured a widely panned half time performance and only six points through three quarters. The 44.9 national rating was the lowest in a decade. Nielsen estimates about 165,000 households had the game on last night in the New Orleans market.

 

Another government shutdown is looming in a couple of weeks, if funding is not secured for a Southern border wall. Republican Senator Bill Cassidy filed legislation that would take money seized from drug cartels and us it to pay for a southern border wall. Cassidy says the Department of Treasury Forfeiture Fund averages 842-million dollars annually and his proposal is to issue bonds in order to make billions of dollars for immediate improvements to border security…Cassidy thinks his idea could find bipartisan support.

 

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, the Louisiana Lottery has seen an uptick in contributions to the state treasury, transferring over $53.9 million towards K-12 public education in the state.  Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Dustin Annison says that’s nearly a $10 million increase from this time last year. Annison says the record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot from autumn had a big impact on the numbers.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards has released a couple of new digitals ads with the message being the state is better off now compared to how it was when he took office. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it’s an absolute must for Edwards to start campaigning now, before opposing campaigns begin to target him. Pinsonat says the digital ads are just the tip of the iceberg in advertising for the November governor’s race.

 

The Baton Rouge area saw motorcycle wrecks leave three dead in a span of less than 24 hours, including one on-duty police officer.  With those deaths comes an increased focus on motorcycle safety.  Motorcycle Awareness Campaign spokesperson Scotty Drake says motorcyclists need motorist to be actively aware and watching for those on two wheels. A separate motorcycle crash claimed the life a Woodworth man over the weekend.

 

St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies have made the arrest of an Arnaudville woman accused of the theft of flowers and other items from a Cecilia cemetary.  Following a complaint, deputies were able to identify and locate 42-year-old Rhonda Lagrange.  A search of her home produced silk flowers, floral arrangements, religious statues, vases, and other religious memorabilia.

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Good Morning.. News For Monday 02/04/2019


News for Monday 020419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

An early Sunday motorcycle crash claimed the life of a Woodworth man. State police say 28 year old Aaron Arthur was killed when the motorcycle he was driving left the Highway 3054 and struck some debris. As a result of the collision, Arthur was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead.  He was wearing a helmet.

 

Saturday thousands marched from Pineville to Alexandria while proudly holding signs and wearing shirts in support of life. Pollock Baptist Church Pastor Brian Gunter says he was stunned at the turnout of about around 7,000 participants. Two hundred Central Louisiana church groups were a part of the crowd.

 

The Catholic Diocese announced late last week that it will soon be releasing the names of priests who were accused of sexual misconduct. The Diocese of Baton Rouge released its list on Thursday of last week. Bishop Talley has established a committee to review all personnel files that date back to its establishment in 1853. Over the past three months, this group has been examining records and looking for any allegations of sexual misconduct involving a minor. The Diocese of Alexandria expects to release its list of clergy later this month.

 

It’s been a long road for medical marijuana in Louisiana, but LSU AgCenter Dean of Agriculture Dr. Bill Richardson says the first batch of medical marijuana grown by GB Sciences and the AgCenter has passed testing. Last week ,reports mentioned the product would be ready available for those with a prescription by summer, but Richardson says he can’t commit to that date just yet. Despite passing, GB Sciences says they are waiting until they have a steady stream of product before they release it to the 10 pharmacies that have been licensed for sale.

 

Accused murderer Dakota Theriot is back in Louisiana after declining to fight his extradition at a court hearing in Virginia. Theriot is accused of murdering a family he lived within the Walker area, before heading to Gonzales to execute his parents.  An Advocate report last week mentioned Theriot had previous mental instability and suffered from hallucinations.  Legal Analyst Tim Meche says if that’s true, it could make it less likely that the 21-year-old would be sentenced to death. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Gary Champagne  told reporters over the weekend, this case is an extremely horrific example of what we all have known are the shortcomings of our national system of mental healthcare.

 

A State Police trooper was injured Sunday Morning when A driver speeding at 115 mph on the Bonnet Carre Spillway hit a police vehicle on the side of the road. While conducting traffic enforcement, the trooper clocked a driver traveling 115 mph in a 60-mph zone. Then the trooper saw the vehicle hit the right guardrail and then the left back quarter panel and tire well of the trooper's vehicle. The trooper was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the speeding vehicle, a 23-year-old New Orleans Man, was not injured.

 

Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent Scott Smith is the target of a federal investigation that he illegally received controlled dangerous substances in a shipment from overseas. While it’s still under investigations, reports say anti-anxiety drugs that had been ordered over the internet were intercepted in the mail. A delivery was arranged by postal inspectors and investigators from homeland security, which led to Smith.  Smith, who was hospitalized Thursday after he became extremely upset when federal agents approached him as part of their investigation, is expected to resign as superintendent.

 

A Shreveport woman who is accused of failing to send her two children to school for almost two years has plead guilty to improper supervision.  The 35 year old woman admitted she failed to send her children, ages 13 & 14, to school for the entire 2017-18 school year as well as the current school year until November.  She’s been sentenced to 30 days behind bars, but receives credit for time served.

 

Pelican’s All-Star Forward Anthony Davis says he’s given the New Orleans franchise all that he can and it’s time to move on. Davis did not give a timetable on when he would like to be traded and didn’t provide any preferred destinations. He says if not traded this year, he’ll suit up for the Pels when his injured finger heals. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday.

 

The Atlanta Super Bowl is in the books, and it’s only five years until the big game makes it’s return visit to the big easy. New Orleans has hosted 10 so far, tied with Miami for the most. Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation CEO Jay Cicero says it’s a half decade away but they’re already preparing.

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