News for Friday 062819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Rapides Parish has a new superintendent of schools. School board members voted last night to give Jeff Powell the job after only two rounds of votes. The first round eliminated finalist Deborah Heitman, leaving Rapides Executive Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Bennett and Powell. Powell received six votes; Bennett received three. The vote to accept the results was 8-0 with President Wilton Barrios abstaining.
State Police announce the arrest of three Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputies who allegedly were paid for hours they didn’t work during the Safe and Sober campaign. Trooper Scott Moreau says the three deputies arrested, Matthew Davis, Jonathan Treadway, and David Billings are facing charges or malfeasance, public payroll fraud, and injuring public records.
Authorities arrested a Rapides Parish jail escapee who had been at large for more than a month. 33 year old Glynn Jerrod McCoy escaped from the Parish Detention Center #2 back on May 20th. Within a day of his escape, two women were arrested for allegedly helping him. When McCoy was arrested early yesterday morning he was with 29 year old Quintin Ray Fields. Authorities believe Fields helped McCoy after his escape as well.
The AP reports Congressman Ralph Abraham has missed almost 200 out of 509 votes in Congress since December when he began his race for the Governor’s mansion. Abraham had stronger attendance from January 2015 to September 2018 missing only 10 votes out of nearly 2500. Abraham has responded saying being a Congressman is more than sitting behind a desk and voting.
The quick-thinking action by two boys while their mother's ex-boyfriend opened fire inside their home early Thursday likely saved their lives and proved key to the almost-immediate arrest of the alleged gunman, who authorities say killed their mother, great-grandmother and their mother's boyfriend in a "crime of rage." The 14 and 12-year-old boys were able to get outside the house just after midnight. They then called 911 relaying identifying information about their mother's ex-boyfriend and his vehicle. Police say they then hid in a backyard shed until officers arrived at the scene
The Army Corps of Engineers says they expect to close the Bonnet Carre Spillway within the next two to three weeks as pressure on Mississippi River levees is expected to begin decreasing. It’s the first time in history the Spillway has had to open twice in one year as record rainfall in the Midwest has sent a torrent of water downstream. Spokesperson Matt Roe says that’s kept Corps engineers and inspectors busy for most of 2019. Reports indicate a massive levee breach in Arkansas may have been responsible for the reduced flow.
The US Supreme Court has rejected a Trump Administration bid to include a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census. Congressman Garret Graves says the decision could result in further reductions in Louisiana Congressional representation as states with growing undocumented immigrant populations continue to gain seats. The citizenship question has not been featured on the standard short form census since 1950.
Baton Rouge authorities report the body of an 18-year-old man was dumped in a parking lot outside BREC's Olympia Stadium at midday Wednesday while children played and park workers labored nearby. Baton Rouge Police late Wednesday identified the victim as Dovonta Deon London. The coroner says the victim had sustained severe trauma to his face and head. The investigation continues.
NASA aims to put boots on the moon in 2024 and the latest glimpse of the rocket core stage for the Artemis moon mission is being unveiled today at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Facility director Robert Champion says all manned crafts used in space flights in the history of NASA have gone through the facility.
New child passenger safety laws go into effect in Louisiana August 1st, when kids under 13 must ride in the back seat and more child safety seat and restraint laws will be enforced. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director Lisa Freeman says the policy may not go into effect for another month, but she recommends new parents check out the requirements online and start practicing them now. Visit Louisianahighwaysafety.org for a rundown on the new laws.
LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger is set to receive a one-year contract extension. It’s up for approval at today’s LSU Board of Supervisors meeting. Ensminger is entering his second season as the Tigers O-C. His 800-thousand dollar annual salary will remain the same. Tomorrow’s agenda also calls for contract extensions for offensive line coach James Cregg, special teams coach Greg McMahon and head strength coach Tommy Moffitt.
A dollar menu at the stadium? The Ragin Cajuns athletic department announced yesterday that they’ll have fan friendly concession prices for the 2019-202 season. Several items will be available for as little as one or two dollars. Bottled water, hamburgers, pretzels, nachos, fountain soda, and something new, 16-ounce domestic beer will all be available for three dollars.
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