News for Tuesday 070814
By Dave Graichen
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office says a man is behind bars for allegedly shooting and killing his mother. Lt Tommy Carnline says they got the report of the shooting from the suspect himself,
52-year-old Rodney Thompson of Pitkin, Saturday morning. Seventy-four year old Gennieve (jah NEEV) Ashworth died Sunday at a local hospital. Thompson was taken into custody without incident. He has been booked on first degree murder charges in the death of his mother.
The Alexandria City Council will meet today to consider a resolution regarding the moratorium on new bingo halls. The proposed ordinance would lifting all Moratoria regarding Bingo Halls and expansion of gaming, plus regulating and franchising bingo halls and gaming, charitable or for profit, within the City limits. That meeting starts at 5 in the Council Chambers.
A state audit has found that nearly $1.3 million in federal food benefits were used in Louisiana after the legal recipients died. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says benefits for over 3,900
single-person households were spent after the participant's death. The Department of Children and Family Services, who administer the benefits, has entered into a formal agreement with the
Department of Health and Hospitals to receive more timely information about deaths in Louisiana. They hope this will reduce the time it takes to determine a recipient's death.
In another report.. The state wrongly paid $2.7 million for Medicaid health insurance for prisoners over a nearly two-year period. The questionable spending occurred in the Jindal administration’s new privatized Medicaid programs — Bayou Health and the Behavioral Health Partnership. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera’s office had earlier found DHH making Medicaid payments for dead people during the same period.
Governor Bobby Jindal and Enquero executives announced today that the company will open a new facility in Lafayette that will create 350 new jobs over the next three years. This will be the company's first outsourcing site outside of Silicon Valley. Louisiana Economic Development estimates this move will create an additional 350 plus new indirect jobs for the area.
A third man has been charged in connection to the case of a missing man whose remains were believed to have been discovered last week in Vernon Parish. 28 year old Matthew Andrews of New Llano, was arrested and was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail. Andrews was charged with being an accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, his bond has been set at $75,000. The charge is related to the case of James Stephens, a Rosepine man who has been missing since March 29.
According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, our state legislature has the lowest representation of women in the nation for the second year in a row. Of the 144 members of the state legislature, just 18 are women. Louisiana has just 12.5% women lawmakers and the national percentage of state legislators who are women is 24.2%.
The Houma Police Department has identified the man they believe was shot in the head by another man who was upset about being woken up at 3am. They say 29-year-old James Rube was banging on his ex-girlfriend's door and a neighbor, 58-year-old Ray Carlos, walked over and allegedly shot the victim in the head for waking him up. Carlos was charged with one count of 2nd Degree murder.
The suspect in last week's Bourbon Street shooting is refusing to be extradited from Mississippi. 20-year-old Trung Le of Belle Chasse was arrested in Gulfport Friday. Governor Bobby Jindal will have to issue a request for Le's transfer to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. Officials say that could take a few months.
Louisiana State Police have arrested an Opelousas man after a single vehicle accident north of Krotz Springs claimed the life of an Opelousas woman and hospitalized two others. Authorities say
28-year-old Nicholas Lafleur allegedly lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. 54-year-old Judy Stelly of Opelousas was pronounced dead at a local hospital. They say impairment appears to be a factor in the crash. Lafleur is charged with DWI and vehicular homicide, among other charges.
State Police are searching for a vehicle that struck and killed a bicyclist in Lafayette Parish. The hit and run occurred on LA 92 at Mermentau (Mer-men-tow) Road just east of Milton Monday morning.
Master Trooper Brooks David (Dah-veed) says as of now, they have no information on who hit 30-year-old Lon Lomas of Youngsville.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a Thibodaux woman who runs an animal rescue organization after her 3-year-old child and several dogs were found living in filthy conditions. Authorities say when deputies entered the home of Danielle Morgan they noticed a large amount of feces all over the floor. He says not only was the child walking in the feces, deputies also noticed scratches on the child that appeared to have been made by an animal. He says the toddler was released into the care of a family member.
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is working with the clothing store Men's Warehouse to provide professional attire to inmates through a clothing drive. DPSC spokesperson Pam Laborde says that its an important step in helping inmates reintegrate into the workforce. Laborde says if you have any business attire that you don't plan on wearing again, consider donating those items to Men's Warehouse stores throughout the state. The clothing drive ends July 31st. Laborde says that having at least one nice set of clothing can makes a big difference for the soon-to-be-released inmates.