News for Wednesday 112719
Compiled By Dave Graichen
The Alexandria City Council held a public meeting last night to discuss the shortage of police officers. The city’s force is down by 26 officers or about 15%. At the meeting, Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King discussed recruiting efforts, but that was about it.
There were no solutions presented by city council members or Mayor Jeff Hall. The meeting comes on the heels of the Police union asking for a higher base pay for new officers. The current starting salary for a police officer is $34,000 dollars. It’s hoped the pay boost would encourage new officers to stay with the city rather than leaving for better or higher-paying positions.
A Shreveport TV station is reporting that prosecutors and the defense attorney have submitted seven south Louisiana parishes as possible venues for the first-degree murder trial of Hanna Barker, in the burning death of Levi Ellerbe in July of last year. Earlier this month, the judge granted a change of venue request. Felicia Smith, Barker's girlfriend, was also indicted for first-degree murder. They both plead not guilty.
Across the nation, AAA forecasts over 55 million people are traveling for the holiday weekend, about a 3% increase over last year. AAA spokesperson Don Redman say in the Gulf States region, about 13 million will be traveling, with many of them opting for driving over flying. The statewide average for a gallon of gasoline is $2.22, just a few cents cheaper than last year. But Redman says travelers should budget more for rental cars as the average price is $75 per day, a new record for the Thanksgiving holiday. Hotel rates are also up.
More than 46-million turkeys will be cooked this week for Thanksgiving according to the USDA. The Department of Agriculture wants to encourage food safety so leftovers are all that linger after the traditional meal. USDA Food Safety Expert Janice Lopez-Munoz USDA says always clean your hands and surfaces while prepping, but don’t clean the turkey.
Livingston Parish authorities report a Boy Scout leader is in jail and charged with 500 counts of possession of child pornography. Fifty year old, Randy Miller Jr. was booked Tuesday and is being held on a 50 million dollar bond.
More OMV offices re-opened Tuesday following last week’s cyberattack on state computers. At last check 14 locations were open statewide.
A Bossier City man has been sentenced to 39 years in prison for the death of his 13-month-old son. 24-year-old Cory Hannon was sentenced Monday in the 2016 manslaughter death of his baby boy. The Bossier City District Attorney's Office says Hannon admitted to being responsible for the baby's death and blamed his action on years of drug abuse.
A man accused of fatally shooting a 19-year-old on a Louisiana college campus said he and the victim had been "play fighting. 20-year-old Andrew Gant confessed to killing Jace Scott on Sunday at a business incubator at Southern University New Orleans. Documents say Gant told police he and Scott had pointed guns at each other when Gant got scared and shot him. He's charged with negligent homicide and obstruction of justice. Witnesses told police the men had similar confrontations before, but all said they thought the shooting was accidental.
At long last, LSU’s resume wasn’t enough to keep the Tigers in front of Ohio State.
LSU slipped to No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday evening. The 11-0 Tigers were eclipsed by the 11-0 Buckeyes after Ohio State beat then No. 8 Penn State 28-17 Saturday while LSU was routing struggling Arkansas (now 2-9) 56-20. Clemson (also 11-0) and Georgia round out the top four in the CFP top 25.
LSU Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Joe Burrow will play in his final game in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. Burrow, who has been on campus for less than a year and a half, wishes he had another season left to play at LSU. Burrow will likely get a huge ovation when he’s introduced prior to the Texas A-and-M game when he jogs on the field for the senior day ceremony. Burrow says he and his family have been treated great by Tiger Nation…
Three years after Ed Orgeron was tapped to lead the LSU Tigers football team, his overall recruiting efforts paved the way for the Bayou Bengals to be currently ranked at number one. Football analyst Mike Detillier says Joe Burrow’s record-breaking season will attract other great quarterbacks and skill position players to LSU, which should help the program remain as one of the best in the country.
Tickets for Saturday’s Bayou Classic between Southern and Grambling State are hot commodities and expected to sell-out. The two H-B-C-U schools take the field Saturday afternoon in the Superdome. The Bayou Classic is expected to draw over 200,000 visitors and produce an economic impact of 50-million dollars.
Louisiana Tech will need to beat UTSA on Saturday and get some help in order to win the Conference USA Western Division. Quarterback J-Mar Smith is eligible to play Saturday after missing the last two games because of a suspension. Coach Skip Holtz said today that the Bulldogs will play the quarterback that gives them the best chance to win. Freshman Q-B Aaron Allen has started the last two games, both losses.