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.