News for Thursday 060514
By Dave Graichen
The body of a woman found dead Monday in a residence in Colfax has been identified as 33 year old Jhonnie Kashun Kite of Colfax. Grant Parish deputies Monday afternoon discovered the bodies of Kite and McKennedy Armstead, a Rapides Parish inmate who walked away from a work-release detail Monday morning and stole a city of Alexandria truck. The cause of the deaths has yet to be released by authorities. However, the case is being investigated as a murder suicide.
Alexandria police report an Alexandria Wal-Mart employee and an alleged accomplice have been arrested in connection with the theft of two $1,000 money orders from the Wal-Mart on Coliseum Boulevard. The employee, 36 year old Joe Nathan Hall III, faces a charge of theft over $1,500. 23 year old Jerome Lamar Dorsey is charged with theft of $500-$1,500. Both men are sitting in the Rapides Parish Jail.
As part of continuing efforts to speed up wait times at Motor Vehicle Offices across the state, Louisiana State Police says you'll now be able to use plastic to pay for your fee. The state announced yesterday that you will now be able to pay your fees utilizing debit cards, credit cards, and e-checks. Oh, but convenience comes with a charge, a fee of $1.25 plus 1% of the total charge on all debit and credit card transactions.
Early yesterday Governor Bobby Jindal told the press he was waiting on an opinion from the Attorney General before signing legislation that would block a lawsuit filed by a southeast Louisiana levee board against oil and gas companies for damages to the state's coastline. Apparently, the Governor didn’t like the AG’s opinion to veto the bill. He rejected it.. No word on when Jindal will officially sign the bill.
Several large budget films are being shot in Louisiana this summer such as Fantastic Four, Terminator 5, Pitch Perfect 2 and a new Jurrassic Park movie as Hollywood South continues to boom. Chris Stelly, executive director of Louisiana Entertainment says some of the largest films in the world are being produced right now in Louisiana.
Governor Jindal has awarded his second Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence to Metal Shark Boats in Jeanerette. Metal Shark is a leading supplier of welded aluminum boats for commercial, defense, and law enforcement applications worldwide.
A fire broke out late Wednesday morning at Westlake Chemical Corporation’s vinyls plant inside a refrigeration unit that stores a non-hazardous, but reactive organic chemical used in making common household plastic PVC. Smoke from the fire, which lasted about an hour and caused no injuries, could be seen from miles away.
Two Louisiana-based companies are included in this year's Fortune 500. Monroe-based CenturyLink dropped from number 150 to number 158 this year while New Orleans-based Entergy climbed from number 261 to number 242 in the list of top-revenue generating companies in the
The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a St. Martin Parish correctional officer on multiple charges. After an investigation, 22-year-old Marshall Babineaux Jr. of Breaux Bridge
was arrested Tuesday on charges of malfeasance in office, possession with intent of distribute marijuana, and introduction of contraband in a penal institution.
A 33-year-old Washington Parish man has been arrested and charged with being in possession of six stolen military veterans grave plaques. Amos Bellew apparently removed the plaques from their graves and attempted to sell them to a scrap metal dealer who informed the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. The plaques are valued at $1000 each.
After a series of negative ads against democratic senator Mary Landrieu earlier this year, the only TV ads running now are commercials of Landrieu promoting herself. U-L Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says there's still five months to go before the November 4th primary, so this is just the calm before the storm. So far third-party conservative groups have been the ones to attack Landrieu and now Congressman Cassidy in radio & television commercials. Cross says eventually Landrieu's main challenger, Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy will have to be more aggressive, plus these third party groups only have so much money.
A state appeals court says they will not hear another case regarding the seven consecutive five year prison terms that Brett Gerald received for driving drunk when seven people from Baton Rouge died in a crash he was involved in in 2012. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal last month affirmed Gerald's convictions on seven counts of vehicular homicide and the consecutive 5 year sentences. Gerald pleaded guilty to the charges. His lawyer says he's now going to take the case to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Funding delays are pushing back the projected production start date for the new Elio Motors 3 wheeler plant in Shreveport. The original start date was scheduled for this March, but now it looks as if they will have to delay that until September of 2015.
LSU pitching star Aaron Nola was named one of the three finalists for the 2014 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The honor is given to the nation's top amateur baseball player. Fans can vote for their favorite choice at GoldenSpikesAward.com.
The Ragin Cajuns are gearing up to play Ole Miss this weekend in the Super Regionals. U-L Lafayette beat Mississippi State five to three to advance to play the Rebels, who won their regional with a win over Washington.