News for Wednesday 082714
By Dave Graichen
The 18-year-old Natchitoches Central High School student who was sucker punched by another student at school has died as a result of injuries he sustained. Johnquaries Smith passed away Tuesday morning. Natchitoches Police Captain Brad Walker says the incident happened Monday afternoon. The 16-year-old suspect will now be charged with manslaughter.
The Department of Children and Family Services says they’ve collected more than $2 million dollars in casino winnings from parents who owe back child support. Deputy Assistant Secretary Lisa Andry says this is a huge milestone for the Casino Intercept Program which launched in September 2011. She says winnings were taken from over 15-hundred non-custodial parents who owed back child support.
The books on Louisiana’s last budget year have been closed, but it took a bit of borrowing from this year to make the numbers work. To fill gaps in the budget that ended June 30, the treasury had to dip into dollars slated to pay for state agency operations this year. Treasurer John Kennedy said the state used $24 million from this year’s budget to plug last year’s holes. Jindal’s top budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, said Tuesday that the budget was balanced and the borrowing was only temporary.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the father of a new baby girl. Brees says his wife Brittany gave birth to their fourth child and first girl Monday night. Brees believes this will be the last addition to their immediate family. Brees says mom and baby are doing great.
The House Democratic Caucus chairman wants the Louisiana House to look into major changes planned to the program that provides health insurance to about 230,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents.The Jindal administration is preparing to launch in a few weeks a sweeping change in the insurance coverages offered through Group Benefits. The idea is to give more choices and allow state employees to choose plans more closely tailored to their wants. But a recent Legislative Fiscal Office report indicates that the out-of-pocket expenses for members will increase as will co-pays, deductibles and coinsurance costs.
The Houma Police Department is the latest law enforcement agency in Louisiana that will use body cameras. Chief Todd Duplantis says the Terrebonne Parish Council has purchased 84 cameras that will be equipped to an officers’ uniform. He says it should be a great benefit to the department. Not to mention the help the help it will be to prosecutors in court cases.
A Marrerro woman has been arrested on charges related to child trafficking for sexual purposes, and other serious sex crimes. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says the woman is 38 year-old Candice Caulfield, and with all of the charges against her, she faces a combined total of more than 200 years in prison.
A robbery suspect in Slidell was really left holding the bag. Slidell Police say 18-year-old Terry Jones approached a woman holding her infant. Jones allegedly stuck a pistol in the woman’s chest and demanded her purse. The purse turned out to be a diaper bag. Jones then took off running, but was caught by a police officer. Jones was booked on one count of armed robbery.
The “Sons of Guns” reality television show star arrested earlier this month on accusations of molestation of a juvenile landed back in jail Tuesday, accused of raping the same girl on multiple occasions prior to his initial arrest. William Hayden, who until Tuesday owned Red Jacket Firearms, a Baton Rouge gun shop which is the setting for the Discovery Channel reality show, was arrested by U.S. marshals in Livingston Parish.
The roommate of a child’s caregiver was arrested on Tuesday, accused of negligent actions that left a 2-year-old free to walk out of the house and on to traffic-heavy roadway in Lafayette. Jenika Brooks of Lafayette faces one count of child desertion for allegedly leaving for work without making sure her roommate, the child’s caretaker, was awake to watch over the child. She wasn’t and didn’t. The child is fine and was returned to a family member.
The American Heart Association has released a statement saying the use of electronic cigarettes may help some people quit smoking. The recommendation is for the use of e-cigarettes as a last resort with several notes of caution. The recommendation was written by a group of scientists, physicians, and researchers after studying the latest information available on e-cigarettes. It’s emphasized that e-cigarettes should be used as a last resort to help quit smoking. However, the group’s statement admits that much more research needs to be done as there is a lack of knowledge on the long-term health impact of e-cigarettes.
The Saints roster now stands at 75 after cutting eight players yesterday. The most high profile cut was linebacker Victor Butler. The former Dallas Cowboy was signed in 2013 by the Saints to be a starter, but he never played because of two separate injuries. The Saints final preseason game is Thursday night at home against Baltimore.