News for Monday January 6th 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The reaction for many is shock and the question is why.. Friday it was announced Alexandria Police chief Jarred King was placed on administrative leave. City officials are saying nothing other than it is a personnel matter and that there is no timeline for when the city will comment. The city has been facing many problems as of late, increasing crime and a severe shortage of police officers, many of whom have left the city force for higher pay elsewhere. The pay issue is one the mayor and council have refused to address. Yesterday afternoon a city spokesperson announced that Assistant chief Farrell Gaspard will temporally be in charge, while the city conducts an internal investigation into Chief King.
Saturday morning the APD along with several other state and federal agencies were involved in an “active” scene on Jackson street in a field across the street from the shopping center which houses Mac’s Fresh Market. Investigators were on the scene for several hours. The activity follows an explosion on Thursday near a payday loan business on Mac Arthur Drive. It appears now that may been a failed extortion attempt. News Channel 5 reported Sunday that the FBI and ATF have officially taken over as leads in the investigation.
A Bunkie man is dead following an early morning shooting in Opelousas Sunday.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said his office responded to the Yambilee Grounds around 1 a.m. after the shooting happened during a concert. The victim, whom the sheriff only identified as a 28-year-old black man from Bunkie, died after he was taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.
For the second year in a row, the Saints lose a home postseason game in overtime as Minnesota upset the Black and Gold 26-20 in overtime. The Vikings had the better running attack, Kirk Cousins made some big throws and the Saints offense struggled through the first three quarters. Coach Sean Payton says they didn’t lose by a miracle or bad call this time.
After a U-S airstrike in Baghdad Friday, oil prices and futures have seen a 4-percent increase so far. Analysts at GasBuddy.com say we should see gas prices start to rise at the pump over the next week or two at least $.05 to $.10 a gallon. But GasBuddy Head of Petroleum Analysis Patrick DeHaan says that all could change if violence escalates between Iran and the US. The good news is gas prices should be somewhat insulated in the the US, seeing we are producing 7.5 million more barrels of oil every day than we were a decade ago.
The first homicide of 2020 in Baton Rouge almost went undiscovered and unreported after detectives and the Coroner made an incorrect assumption while processing the scene, overlooking the victim's gunshot wound and declaring his death an accidental drug overdose. It was funeral home workers who uncovered the mistake while preparing the body the following day. That prompted the coroner's office to reconsider their assessment and left homicide detectives scrambling to collect whatever evidence may still be left.
State Police report 57 year old Stephanie Soileau of Ville Platte died after a Sunday crash on La. 103. Troopers say the crash happened when Soileau failed to negotiate a curve and crossed the centerline, striking another vehicle. Soileau was restrained at the time of the crash. She was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.
An LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine professor details the treatment of a blood clot involving an astronaut on the International Space Station. An ultrasound performed about two months into the mission revealed a blood clot in one astronaut. It’s the first time NASA had encountered this condition in space before. The astronaut took blood thinners to shrink the clot and it was eventually gone 10 days after the astronaut returned to earth.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will stock 13 fishing sites around Louisiana later this month with rainbow trout. LDWF fisheries biologist Megan MacMenamin says it is all part of the “Get Out and Fish” community fishing program.
Rainbow trout is a cold-water fish, and will only be able to survive in Louisiana during winter months. MacMenamin says the fish being stocked are adult rainbow trout that are about one to two pounds in weight.
A West Monroe man has been arrested after he allegedly put a gun to his son's head after his son drank the last Dr Pepper in their home. Chad Kinnaird was arrested and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on one charge of Felony Violation of Protective Order and one charge of Domestic Abuse Battery, Child Endangerment.
The Ragin Cajuns go after their 11th victory tonight when they face Miami of Ohio in the Lending Tree Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The Red Hawks started 2-and-4, but won six of their last seven including the MAC Championship game.
A week from tonight the LSU Tigers will try to complete a perfect 15-0 season by beating Clemson in the national championship game. Sophomore Tigers linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson has played very well down the stretch and is likely getting ready to play in his final game in purple and gold. An improved LSU defense faces its biggest test. Clemson has one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Trevor Lawrence, who is 25-0 as a starter during his college career.
On air today…
Tiger Talk 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ
Pelicans vs Jazz 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM