News for Tuesday 082614
By Dave Graichen
The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a battery that happened Monday at Natchitoches Central High School that resulted in an 18 year old being airlifted to a Shreveport hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition. After an investigation, detectives arrested an unidentified 16 year old male and charged him with one count of second degree battery. Authorities say, despite rumors to the contrary, the incident was not a large fight and was not a gang fight of any kind.
Council for A Better Louisiana is partnering with Louisiana Public Broadcasting to present a US Senate debate on October 14th. Incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu and Republican challengers Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness will all participate. CABL President Barry Erwin says the debate will take place at Centenary College in Shreveport and will be broadcast statewide on LPB television stations. Erwin says there are several pressing issues important to the state tied to this election. He says it’s important nationally because, potentially, the balance of power in the Senate could be determined by the outcome.
Personal finance forecaster Kiplinger reported Monday, Louisiana is the third-most tax-friendly state in the nation. In the Kiplinger-ranked order, the five most tax-friendly states were Delaware, Wyoming, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The five least tax-friendly states were listed by Kiplinger as California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Hawaii. Officials at Kiplinger said their rankings were based on comparisons of rates for income, sales and gas taxes. Also considered were so-called “sin taxes” on products like alcohol and tobacco.
The Iberia Parish coroner has concluded that a handcuffed man in the back seat of an Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol unit shot himself to death in March. Dr. Carl Ditch said Victor White III, whose hands were cuffed behind his back, was pronounced dead a few hours after a single bullet struck him. He was 22. Ditch has refused to publicly release the full autopsy of White’s body but issued a summary on Monday describing his office’s findings, adding that he concluded the shooting was a suicide.
The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office says they’ve arrested a 21-year-old Jennings man on several charges for allegedly breaking in to a family member’s home and assaulting her in front of her two young kids. Spokesman Chris Ivey says Sebastion Hanks allegedly kicked in the door of the victim and began beating her up. He says Hanks was booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish jail.
The Lafayette Police Department says a would be robber is dead after he allegedly broke into a home. Spokeswoman Nicole Benoit says the homeowner armed himself, confronted the alleged burglar, and fired two shots at him. The identity of the victim is being withheld upon notification of next of kin. The investigation is ongoing.
The popular Louisiana spice “Slap Ya Mama” has been told by the NFL they can’t have virtual on-field ads during game telecasts anymore citing the fact it may send the wrong message regarding domestic violence. Jack Walker’s mother owns the company and says they’ve never had a problem with anyone associating the brand with any type of domestic violence. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says all advertised products must be consistent with league standards.
A new panel called the Transportation Funding Task Force plans to meet next month and discuss ways the state can put more towards a better road and bridge system in Louisiana. Ken Perret is the president of the Louisiana Good Roads Association and hopes state leaders will be willing to do something, because the public outcry about road conditions keeps getting louder. There’s a reported 12-billion dollar backlog of road and bridge needs.
In Baton Rouge, A city-parish ordinance that prohibits residents from keeping firearms in their parked cars while they’re inside establishments that sell alcohol is unconstitutional and can no longer be enforced. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson found the ordinance runs afoul of the Second Amendment. Ernest Taylor, of Baton Rouge, challenged the ordinance in federal district court in September of last year after he was pulled over in October 2012 after leaving a bar because he didn’t have his headlights on. Taylor was arrested after three rifles were found in his car. He was booked on, among other things, possession of a firearm where alcohol is sold. The rifles were confiscated by Baton Rouge police. Taylor had no prior arrests or convictions.
The ACLU of Louisiana has sent a letter to the Plaquemines Parish School Board and South Plaquemines High School administrators regarding a student who has been suspected because of his hairstyle. The student is Rastafari and ACLU-LA Executive Director Marjorie Esman says his long dreadlocks are religiously mandated. Esman says they are seeking an expedited hearing before the full school board very quickly with the expectation that they will do the right thing.
State Representative Jeff Thompson of Bossier City will leave the state legislature to become a district judge. Thompson qualified unopposed to fill the judgeship left vacant by the retiring Ford Stinson. Thompson will preside in the 26th Judicial District Court of Bossier and Webster Parishes in northwestern Louisiana. He will be sworn in on January 1st.
The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating a strange crash involving a train and a car that happened Monday morning. Authorities says the car was trying to cross the tracks when it was hit by the train, then the three occupants of the vehicle fled the scene on foot. Police say they later returned and will be issued multiple citations. There were no injuries reported in the accident.
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 20-year-old LaPlace man on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, and armed robbery. Captain Pat Yoes says the victim was walking in New Orleans when a vehicle stopped beside her and two subjects exited the vehicle and grabbed her. Yoes says the subjects took the victim from there to St. John Parish and into St. Charles Parish, where she was raped. The victim was dropped off in Kenner where she flagged down someone to notify the Sheriff’s Office.
A child suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon when she was struck by a vehicle after getting off a school bus in East Feliciana Parish. The school bus had stopped on the two-lane highway and had its stop signs out when the girl exited the bus, crossed in front and was struck by a vehicle. Troop A spokesman Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer says the driver was cited for failure to yield to a school bus and driving with a suspended license.
13th ranked LSU is just four days away from the season opener against number 14 Wisconsin and it remains a mystery to the public who will be the starting quarterback for the Tigers. Coach Les Miles is staying tight lipped, but he says Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris will get a chance to play against the Badgers. Miles says how Jennings and Harris perform during the games will determine how long they go with a two quarterback system and he doesn’t anticipate the battle for starting quarterback to be a distraction for his team.