News for Thursday 052914
By Dave Graichen
Two men have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in Alexandria Tuesday night that left one person dead and two others wounded. Alexandria Police say 28-year-old Quantrella Turner of Alexandria was pronounced dead at the scene. 21-year-old Lajavas Hall and 25-year-old Cinquanta Hall, both of Alexandria, were arrested for the shooting.
A lot of rain fell across the state yesterday, especially in south Louisiana. There were several reports of street and property flooding. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the upper air low that caused all
of that rain yesterday is still basically in place and we could see heavy rains again today. The dry conditions of the past few weeks helped with flooding issues yesterday due to the soil soaking in the rainfall. Keim says that won't be the case today since the soil is saturated. Most of the state is under a Flash Flood Watch through this evening
First-time claims for unemployment insurance increased in Louisiana for the week ending May 17. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said there were 134 more initial claims than the previous week. However, continued unemployment claims decreased by 380 .
Some of the biggest stars in the republican party will be in New Orleans over the next few days speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says it's an important event for those individuals who plan to run for President in 2016. Governor Bobby Jindal is scheduled to address the conference tonight. Another potential GOP presidential candidate speaking is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame is also set to speak.
House legislation that would allow Louisiana to use out of state pharmacies to obtain drugs used in lethal injections passed in committee Tuesday and now heads to the full Senate. The same bill has a provision that would let pharmacies who provide the deadly compounds remain anonymous.
The sexual predator who is accused of the brutal murder of a twelve year-old boy has been given the death sentence in DeSoto Parish. Thirty-seven year-old Brian Horn was convicted in the killing of Justin Bloxom in March of 2010. Judge Robert Burgess passed judgment that Horn be sent to Angola to await his execution.
In an independent poll regarding the 2015 Lieutenant Governor's race, Jefferson Parish President John Young is the early leader. The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted by Southern Media and Opinion Research. The poll pitted a three-way trial heat between Young, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, and Opelousas Senator Elbert Guillory. It is still early and you can expect a few more candidates throwing their hat in the ring. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says a couple of names interested in the position are Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson
A bill that allows a truck stop owner in Iberville Parish to keep a live Tiger on the property of his store passed out of a House committee Wednesday. Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin says his 550-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger is well cared for and loved by the people who visit his truck stop off Interstate 10. Sandlin has been battling animal rights groups in the courts to keep Tony the Tiger at his truck stop. The measure has passed the Senate and needs House approval before the session ends Monday.
A bill that has received final legislative approval would make it easier for home-based cooks to start their own business with fewer regulations that are currently in place. The measure is
waiting for Governor Jindal's signature.
A Napoleonville man is charged with negligent homicide after a child died who was riding in a vehicle that he crashed. In happened Tuesday morning in Thibodaux and deputies say there were two adults and three children in the vehicle. They say an 11-year-old was ejected after 35-year-old Jermain Wooden tried to pass a car on a highway then lost control and crashed. The crash is under investigation.
In Shreveport a woman is recovering from multiple stab woulds after allegedly being attacked by an elderly man she was caring for. 75-year-old Walter Smith reportedly freaked out. He was arrested and booked with aggravated battery. The victim is listed in good condition.
Authorities in Ascension Parish say, a 56-year-old man who was found dead underneath his truck late Wednesday afternoon in his employer’s flooded parking lot might have slipped and fallen into swiftly moving water that swept him under the vehicle. The Water was flowing swiftly across the parking lot, and was probably 12 to 18 inches deep. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said deputies are continuing to investigate but believe the death was accidental.
A grandma and grandpa from Wisconsin are happy campers today. They were visiting their grandchildren last weekend in Slidell and went home with a $1 million Powerball ticket. Lottery officials say they got all 5 numbers but missed the powerball.