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News For Wednesday 06/11/14


News for Wednesday 061114

By Dave Graichen

 

Alexandria Police officers have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the death of 27-year-old Sheterica Brewer, whose body was found June 1. Brad Edward Jeansonne, a Louisiana National Guard soldier from Alexandria, was arrested on Monday and was charged with second-degree murder. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. A joint investigation by the Alexandria Police and the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force led detectives to Jeansonne, but authorities are not releasing a motive or the manner of death.

 

State Rep. Chris Hazel has made it official announcing his candidacy for Rapides Parish district attorney. Hazel, R-Ball, is a two-term representative of House District 27. Hazel is a  former U.S. Marine, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent and a former assistant district attorney for Grant and Rapides parishes.

 

An 88-year-old Anacoco man died late Monday night in a fire, according to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s office.Firefighters from Anacoco and Sundown were dispatched to the fire at 192 Watkins Road just after 9:30 p.m. after a 911 call. When they arrived, the entire residence was in flames.

The body of Donald Beebe was found in the master bedroom after the fire was put out.

 

The Alexandria City Council yesterday agreed to the Central Louisiana Community Foundation managing the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. Council members discussed the proposed agreement at length in the council Finance and Legal Committee meeting before signing off on the deal in the full council meeting. The Central Louisiana Community Foundation is the parent organization of the Arts Council of Central Louisiana, which had managed the Coughlin-Saunders center since 2004. They have combined on management since December 2012.

 

Governor Bobby Jindal announced  Monday  he's  signed two bills into law that would prohibit smoking near Louisiana's  public schools and also the entrances of state-owned office buildings. The bill banning people  from  lighting  up  around  the  schools  goes  into  effect immediately. On January 1st, smoking won't be allowed within 25 feet of a door to an office owned by the state.

 

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the latest university to ban tobacco from all of its  campuses  on August 1st. And, according to U-L-L Associate Director of of Public Safety Joey Pons, they will offering  students, faculty and staff additional  smoking  cessation resources in their "Breathe Easy" educational campaign.

 

A Civil Service report claims that more than 8,000 classified  state employees  have  lost  their  jobs  since  Governor Jindal has taken office.  It states that most of the layoffs occurred in the last two

state   fiscal  years  as  a  result  of  the  governor's   hospital privatization  plan.   Jindal administration officials claim most of those employees were offered  jobs  by private firms taking over the services.

 

Governor Jindal is expected to sign a $53 million dollar fee hike on  uninsured drivers. The measure, by Baton Rouge Representative Barry  Ivey, increases fees for the reinstatement of driving privileges for  those caught driving uninsured. Ivey says the fee increase will fund the Insurance Verification System and also  state trooper salaries.

 

Governor Bobby Jindal will be making an appearance on tonight's new  episode of Duck Dynasty as the West Monroe Robertson's return for  their 6th season. Tonight The Pelican State leader will be shown  presenting the family with an award for their Duck Commander business.  Jindal says Duck Dynasty is a great commercial for Louisiana.

 

Based on projections released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the  state's annual employment growth is expected to outpace the national  rate. L-W-C executive director Curt Eysink anticipates the state's work  force will grow at an annual rate of 1.7 percent through 2015.  The employment forecasts are based on historical data and interviews  with business leaders. Eysink says the Lake Charles area should see the  largest employment growth through 2015, when compared to other metro  areas in the state.

 

The State Fire Marshal's office  says  three people died in a tragic fire at an apartment in Metairie early yesterday morning.  The  cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but investigators are treating  it as  suspicious.  One person was injured when jumping from the second story window

 

The  Monroe  Police  Department  says  a  mother  allegedly shot and critically injured her son following a dispute.  Sgt.  Mark  Johnson says the 69-year-old woman seems to have snapped during some type of confrontation  with  her  47-year-old  son  at  the home they shared together. The victim is in critical condition at a local hospital.  The mother, who also shot and killed the family dog, has not been charged at this time and the case has  been turned over to the District Attorney's office for review.

 

President  Barack  Obama  signed  a  bill  into  law Tuesday that will provide  Louisiana  with  significant  flood  protection   and   the construction  of  key  coastal  restoration projects.  Senator David Vitter says the authorization for  the  Morganza  to  the Gulf flood protection and six Louisiana Coastal Area projects go hand  in  hand. Vitter says  in  order  to  nail down the funding for these critical projects, there will still need  to  be  battles  fought and it will take some time, but he is optimistic this will happen.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries  is adding 13 new agents  to  its  roster.   The department holds its law  enforcement academy graduation  today to give the oath of office to their newest officers who have gone through six months of training.

 

Authorities in Assumption Parish says a 4-year-old is who was playing outside his home in the driveway is dead after he was accidentally run over by his grandmother. Police  says  the  4-year-old  was  transported to a hospital in Morgan City where he died of his injuries.

 

According to Slidell  Police, a fight between two families outside a restaurant ended with two people shocked with a stun gun, one person grazed by a bullet and  several  people  injured.  They say 9 people were  arrested in the incident which apparently started  when  words were exchanged between the two families who did not know each other. Investigators   believe  there  were  about  20-30  people  actively fighting including juveniles and more arrests are expected.

 

 

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