News for Monday 072919
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Another part of Louisiana’s History went up in smoke Friday night when the Frogmore Plantation in Concordia Parish caught fire. .The family that calls the plantation home says the fire started on the back porch of the house and quickly spread to the attic and most of the remaining house. The State fire Marshal’s office will begin their investigation into the blaze today. The plantation had been standing since the early 1800’s
The accident occurred in the late night hours of July 3rd. A single vehicle crash killed a man from Montgomery and moderately injured a teenager. At the time no charges were filed against the 18 year old driver of the vehicle Colton Trouille. But, that changed Sunday morning when Trouille was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless operation, no seat belt, open container, and expired inspection sticker. Trouille was booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center.
Authorities in Avoyelles parish believe human remains found in Big Bend on Friday, are those of a woman who has been missing since May 30th. Over the weekend the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s department announced the arrests of two people in connection with to the disappearance of Kasey Bigum. One of those arrested was the woman’s son 20 year old Tristin James of Moreauville, The other 18 year old Hannah Deselle of Moreauville. Sheriff Doug Anderson said the body had not been identified and that the remains were sent to the LSU FACES Lab for identification.
Chad Guillot , the attorney for Jasmine Anderson has filed a request for a bond reduction. Guillot filed the reduction request on Friday, stating that Anderson is not able to post the issued amount. The bond was originally set at $500,000. Anderson was arrested by the Alexandria Police Department on Tuesday of last week for second-degree murder in connection to the death of her daughter, 5-year-old Audrey Chelette. Guillot has also filed a motion for an appointment of a sanity commission with the hearing set for tomorrow.
A new child safety seat law goes into effect August 1st and it’s considered the best in the country by national safety experts. State Police Lt. Nick Manale says the new laws reflect some of the best practices that safety experts have pushed for years. The new law requires anyone under 13 to ride in the backseat. Manale says the idea behind the law isn’t to add any more grief or inconvenience for parents but to keep kids in protective categories even longer. Manale says for many years the state had fallen behind on the trends of car seat safety, but firmly believes the new law is changing that.
Two former LSU students are in prison for their roles in the alcohol-related hazing death of Max Gruver. Judge Beau Higginbotham sentenced Sean-Paul Gott of Lafayette and Ryan Isto of Montana to 30 days in the parish prison. Gott and Isto pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing.
Super ATV’s new manufacturing and distribution center in Shreveport is open. It will employ 75 workers. The Indiana based company specializes in aftermarket parts for ATVs and UTVs. North Louisiana Economic Partnership President Scott Martinez says Super ATV is a great addition to the Sportsman’s paradise. Martinez says Super ATV expects to generate the highest sales volume from Shreveport for its axles, portal gear lifts, mud tires and lift kits.
Three nonpartisan good government groups have joined forces in an effort to get the candidates for governor and the legislature to discuss details on what they plan to do if elected. The Council for a Better Louisiana is one of the organizations. So far in Louisiana’s governor’s race, the candidates have not provided much when it comes to their plans on improving the state, instead, the ads have centered around President Donald Trump and Governor Edwards’ current term. Erwin says they want to change the conversation.
In response to the unveiling of the 28-million dollar LSU football operations building, LSU alum Ginger Gibson has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise 20-million dollars for a new university library. Gibson hopes LSU football fans rally behind the campaign as they do for the team because a modern library is a win-win for everyone. As of Saturday morning, 35-hundred dollars have been raised.
A Lafayette judge is the target of scrutiny after ordering a bailiff to tape a defendant’s mouth shut. 15th Judicial District Court Judge Marilyn Castle has Michael Duhon’s mouth taped after multiple interruptions. Was the judge in the right to pull this rarely seen maneuver? Lafayette Attorney Tommy Guilbeau says a judge can order someone to be bound, gagged, duck taped, or removed from the courtroom. The ACLU calls the incident shocking, dehumanizing, and brutal.
Former LSU football player Drake Davis, who recently pleaded guilty to a series of domestic violence charges, was arrested early Sunday after allegedly grabbing and pushing a dating partner. The 22 year old Davis was captured on video being physical with a woman while arguing with. The woman told a deputy the two started arguing when Davis found out she was speaking with another man, but the argument grew physical.