News for Wednesday 092519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The Alexandria Police Department arrested a man and a woman in connection with a fatal shooting in the city Monday night. The two, identified as 24 year old Deon Guidry and 24 year old Sharessia Mix. Both are charged with murder and attempted murder for the Monday night shooting on Wellington Boulevard.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces the House will begin an impeachment inquiry in light of recent allegations that the President attempted to pressure Ukraine into investing Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son. The Louisiana Republican Party has responded, saying the attempt is a political move and an admission that the President cannot be beat at the ballot box. The State Republican Delegation has expressed support for the President as well.
The LSU Economics Department’s Louisiana Economic Outlook projects the state will add 53,800 jobs over the next two years, pushing the state past two million total jobs for the first time ever. LSU Economist Lauren Scott says he expects the number of gulf rigs to increase from about 20 to 33 to 35, and for the state to see the end of it’s much-maligned construction lull. Those predictions are based on one significant assumption, the end of the US/China trade war. While the outlook south of the I-10 is rosy, regions north of the interstate are projected to continue stagnating.
Louisiana Department of Health is seeing an early start to flu activity, even resulting of a school closure in the Lafayette area due to flu cases. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says it is a reminder the time to get the annual flu vaccine is now. Kanter says flu shot is in stock in preparation for the flu season. Kanter says flu season can be unpredictable as to when it can begin or how intense the season can be from year to year.
While nationally the number of children living in concentrated poverty has gone down, it is estimated that Louisiana has 27,000 more kids living in poverty from 2013 to 2017 than the previous five year period. Annie E. Casey Foundation Advocacy and Influence Associate Director Scot Spencer says the state is one of only ten states to see a rate increase.
The Caddo Sheriff’s office says they arrested 59-year-old Sandra Martin after treating over 100 patients while posing as a registered nurse. Detective Mike King says Martin used the identity of another Sandra Martin to convince a nursing home she was a licensed practical nurse. King says thankfully none of the patients saw a decline in their condition because of Martin’s scheme. King says they suspect Martin posed as a nurse to cash in on overtime opportunities. She was originally hired as a social worker.
An Avoyelles Parish man was arrested after APSO began investigating a report of a juvenile being molested in August. A fifteen-year-old victim alleged that she had been inappropriately touched on multiple occasions and had received a number of sexually explicit text messages from the suspect. Arrested was 78 year old Robert Lee McCann. He’s been charged with four counts of molestation of a juvenile and 11 counts of indecent behavior with juveniles. He was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Detention Center in lieu of a $200,000 bond
In the first 20 days of enforcement, at least 20 restaurants have been cited for the violation of the seafood labeling law requiring businesses to disclose if their shrimp and crawfish products are imported. Department of Health spokesperson Bob Johanessen says the citations are considered a minor violation. Johanessen says LDH is providing restaurants with educational materials that will help them get into compliance.
Two Thibodeaux residents allegedly stole their grandmother’s identity and used it to go on a spending spree racking up over 5,000 dollars’ worth of bills. State Police Senior Trooper Jesse LaGrange says 30-year-old Megan Hebert and 31-year-old Roger Thibodaux conspired to rip off their grandma by stealing her Identity. Hebert and Thibodaux are both in jail.
Yesterday was the 14 year anniversary of Hurricane Rita making landfall in southwest Louisiana. State climatologist Barry Keim says Rita was a Category 5 storm in the Gulf.
Keim says Rita produced a storm surge of nearly 18 feet, making it the second-highest storm surge measured in Louisiana in over a century. Keim says 95% of homes and businesses in Cameron Parish were destroyed and combined with the damage sustained by Hurricane Katrina in the weeks earlier, much of the Louisiana coastline was devastated.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso say members of motorcycle gang based in Texas are responsible for stealing two ATM machines in Westlake. Mancuso says the suspects stole over 150-thousand dollars and in both cases, a stolen forklift was used to take the money on two separate weekends over the summer. Authorities have arrested five people and searching for two others.
A Louisiana prison inmate tied by DNA evidence to six rape cases from the 1980s has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reports 52-year-old inmate Alfred Berry was sentenced Friday in New Orleans.
The Saints will return to practice today to get ready for Sunday night’s big home game against Dallas Cowboys. New Orleans will attempt to cut down on the penalties; they were flagged 11 times in the win at Seattle.
LSU has three receivers ranked in the top 50 in receiving yards, led by Ja’Marr Chase who has 397 yards receiving. He’s second in the nation in receiving yards per game, with 132 yards a contest. Remember he didn’t play against Northwestern State. Coach Ed Orgeron says they knew the sophomore from Rummel would have a breakout season…
Coach Ed Orgeron appeared Tuesday morning on 94.7 ESPN’s “Off the Bench” and said that linebacker Michael Divinity will miss a couple of weeks after suffering a leg injury in the win over Vanderbilt. And wide receiver Terrace Marshall will be back toward the latter part of the season, after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured foot. LSU’s next game is Saturday, October 5th at 11 AM against Utah State.
The Ragin Cajuns lead the nation in rushing yards with 1,295 and 18 touchdowns. UL-Lafayette ia also second in yards per carry. Trey Ragas is averaging 10 yards a carry, while Raymond Calais is averaging 9.5 yards an attempt. Coach Billy Napier says it’s an unselfish group. The Cajuns are on the road this Saturday when they visit Georgia Southern for a 5 PM kickoff.
After winning its Conference USA opener by beating F-I-U, Louisiana Tech hits the road this weekend to visit a winless Rice team. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz is telling his team not to overlook the Owls. After losing its season opener to Texas, Tech has won three straight. Holtz is interested to see if his team can keep the win streak going on the road
McNeese dropped its Southland opener last week to Abilene Christian and this Saturday the Cowboys return home to host Sam Houston State. McNeese scored 34 points in a season-opening win over Southern, but since then they’ve scored 41 points in three games.