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NEWS FOR FRIDAY 071511
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

A NUMBER OF ALEXANDRIA BAR OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES SHOWED UP YESTERDAY TO GIVE THEIR POINT OF VIEW TO THE ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL REGARDING A PROPOSED SMOKING BAN IN CITY BARS. ALL IN ATTENDANCE SAID THEY DO NOT WANT TO SEE SMOKING DISAPPEAR FROM THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS. THE NEW ORDINANCE WOULD EXPAND THE CITY'S CURRENT SMOKING BAN OF RESTAURANTS AND MOST WORKPLACES IN THE CITY TO INCLUDE BARS AND GAMING ESTABLISHMENTS SUCH AS BINGO HALLS. IN ADDITION, ALL HOTELS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO BE COMPLETELY SMOKE-FREE, WHILE SMOKING WOULD BE BANNED AT NURSING HOMES AND WITHIN 50 FEET OF ALL PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES. THE NEW ORDINANCE WILL BE INTRODUCED AT THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING ON JULY 26, CITY ATTORNEY CHUCK JOHNSON SAID. IT WILL BE VOTED ON FOR FINAL ADOPTION THE FOLLOWING MEETING, SCHEDULED FOR AUG. 9.

MORE LEGAL TROUBLES FOR FORMER LEESVILLE POLICE CHIEF BOBBY HICKMAN. THE FBI AND LEESVILLE POLICE RECOVERED CITY PROPERTY IN HICKMAN'S HOME. THE SAME DAY HICKMAN WAS ARRESTED BY THE FBI. POLICE FOUND NUMEROUS ITEMS IDENTIFIED AS PROPERTY OF THE LEESVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING ASSAULT RIFLE PURCHASED BY THE CITY BUT NEVER RECORDED IN CITY RECORDS, AN ILLEGALLY SAWED OFF SHOTGUN, RADIOS FROM THE 911 CENTER, AMMUNITION, A POLICE CAR LICENSE PLATE. VIDEO SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT AND AN I-PHONE. FORMER LEESVILLE OFFICER CHARLIE LOPEZ PLEADED GUILTY IN NOVEMBER TO TWO DRUG CHARGES AND ALSO MADE ALLEGATIONS THAT HE PROVIDED DRUGS TO HICKMAN. HICKMAN WAS PLACED ON LEAVE BY THE CITY, AND WAS DISMISSED EARLIER THIS YEAR.

BARETT BYRD BECAME THE FIRST CANDIDATE TO ANNOUNCE HIS INTENTION TO SEEK THE DISTRICT 25 SEAT IN THE LOUISIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. BYRD, A 52-YEAR-OLD REPUBLICAN WHO LIVES IN WOODWORTH, SPENT NEARLY 30 YEARS IN THE U.S. MARINES, WHERE HE ROSE TO THE RANK OF COLONEL BEFORE RETIRING IN 2006. WHILE MAKING HIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO SEEK THE DISTRICT 25 SEAT CURRENTLY HELD BY ALEXANDRIA DEMOCRAT CHRIS ROY JR., BYRD SAID HE CHOSE TO RUN BECAUSE OF HIS DESIRE TO BRING CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES OF LIMITED GOVERNMENT AND FISCAL CONSTRAINT TO THE LEGISLATURE.

THE NUMBER OF LOUISIANA HOMEOWNERS BEING HIT BY FORECLOSURE ACTIONS IS ON THE RISE WITH THE MAJORITY OF THOSE EITHER LOSING THEIR HOMES OR FACING A FORECLOSURE SALE. REALTYTRAC SAYS THAT DURING THE SECOND QUARTER, 5,626 PROPERTIES WERE TARGETED BY SOME FORECLOSURE-RELATED ACTION. THOSE RANGE FROM AN INITIAL DEFAULT NOTICE TO OUTRIGHT REPOSSESSION BY A LENDER.
THAT'S UP 6.7 PERCENT FROM THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2011 AND UP 15.2 PERCENT FROM THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2010. LOUISIANA RANKED 26TH IN THE REALTYTRAC COUNT AMONG THE STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN FORECLOSURE-RELATED ACTIONS DURING THE SECOND QUARTER.

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL HAS SIGNED A SERIES OF BILLS THAT ATTEMPTS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEX OFFENDERS AND ELDERLY AND DISABLED FROM PHYSICAL ABUSE. JINDAL SAYS HOUSE BILL 86 WILL PUT HARSHER PENALTIES ON THOSE WHO SEXUALLY ABUSE THE ELDERLY OR DISABLED. JINDAL SAYS HOUSE BILL 131 PLACES STRICTER PENALTIES ON SEX OFFENDERS WHO FAIL TO CARRY "SEX OFFENDER" IDENTIFICATION. FINALLY, HOUSE BILL 94 TRANSFERS THE STATE'S MISSING AND EXPLOITED CHILDREN INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, TO THE STATE POLICE.

MONROE POLICE SAY A 13-YEAR-OLD TOOK A GUEST'S CAR KEYS, DROVE OFF AND HIT A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL, THEN CRASHED INTO A PARKED CAR. THE GIRL IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AND THE BOY WAS BOOKED INTO JUVENILE DETENTION WEDNESDAY ON A CHARGE OF UNAUTHORIZED USE. POLICE SAY THE CAR BELONGED TO A FAMILY FRIEND WHO WAS STAYING AT THE HOUSE.

NICK GAUTREAUX, COMMISSIONER OF THE STATE OFFICE OF MOTOR VEHICLES SAYS RUMORS THAT HIS DEPARTMENT HAS STOPPED SENDING RENEWAL NOTICES TO LOUISIANA MOTORIST ARE NOT TRUE. HE DOES SAY THERE WAS A GLITCH IN A NEW SOFTWARE SYSTEM USED TO VERIFY ADDRESSES WHICH PREVENTED MANY MOTORIST FROM GETTING A RENEWAL NOTICE. GAUTREAUX SAYS THEY PUT A HOLD ON ANY NOTICES WHERE THE ADDRESS COULD NOT BE VERIFIED IN ORDER TO PROTECT LOUISIANA DRIVERS FROM POTENTIAL IDENTITY THEFT.

OAKDALE CITY COURT MARSHAL CHAD DOYLE HAS RESIGNED FROM OFFICE. ALLEN PARISH CLERK OF COURT GERALD HARRINGTON SAYS WAS NOTIFIED OF DOYLE'S RESIGNATION WEDNESDAY BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE. THE 40-YEAR-OLD DOYLE WAS ARRESTED JUNE 23 BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE ON CHARGES OF FELONY THEFT AND MALFEASANCE IN OFFICE.

FORMER GOVERNOR EDWIN EDWARDS AND HIS BIOGRAPHER LEO HONEYCUTT WILL EMBARK ON A STATEWIDE BOOK TOUR STARTING THIS WEEKEND IN BATON ROUGE. EDWARDS SAYS HE ALWAYS WANTED TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT HIS UNUSUAL YET SIGNIFICANT LIFE. HE SAYS HE WAS SURPRISED AT HOW MANY PEOPLE BOUGHT THE BOOK AND SHOWED A GENUINE INTEREST.

A FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST TESTIFIED THURSDAY AT THE TRIAL OF FIVE CURRENT OR FORMER NEW ORLEANS POLICE, THAT A TEENAGER GUNNED DOWN BY POLICE ON A BRIDGE AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA WAS SHOT AT LEAST THREE TIMES WHILE LYING FACE DOWN AFTER BEING FATALLY WOUNDED BY A SHOTGUN BLAST TO THE HEAD. THE TESTIMONY SUPPORTS PROSECUTORS' ALLEGATIONS THAT NEW ORLEANS POLICE SHOT UNARMED, WOUNDED PEOPLE WHO POSED NO THREAT TO OFFICERS AND WHO WERE SEEKING COVER BEHIND A CONCRETE BARRIER ON THE DANZIGER BRIDGE. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS SAY THE OFFICERS WERE SHOT AT BEFORE THEY RETURNED FIRE ON THE BRIDGE, WHERE THEY HAD RESPONDED TO A DISTRESS CALL LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER THE 2005 STORM. BUT JURORS ALSO HEARD THAT WHEN NO WEAPONS WERE FOUND ON ANY OF THE VICTIMS, POLICE ALLEGEDLY PLOTTED TO PLANT A GUN, FABRICATE WITNESSES AND FALSIFY REPORTS TO MAKE THE SHOOTINGS APPEARED JUSTIFIED.

ONE YEAR AFTER THE DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL WELL WAS CAPPED, THE FISHING INDUSTRY IN LOUISIANA IS STILL FAR FROM BACK TO NORMAL. DEAN BLANCHARD IS OWNER OF ONE OF THE LARGEST SHRIMPING BUSINESSES IN GRAND ISLE. HE SAYS IT'S BEEN AN EXTREMELY STRESSFUL YEAR. BLANCHARD SAYS IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE TO SELL SHRIMP, BECAUSE OF PUBLIC PERCEPTION. HE FEELS IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE. HE SAYS HE'S HOPING FOR A HURRICANE TO FLUSH THE REMAINING SPILLED OIL OUT OF THE GULF...:

THE LSU AGCENTER HAS CUT MORE THAN A QUARTER OF ITS STAFF IN THE LAST THREE YEARS AND CLOSED SEVERAL RESEARCH STATIONS, BUT STILL FACES A BUDGET $3 MILLION IN THE RED. CHANCELLOR BILL RICHARDSON OUTLINES THE AGCENTER'S ONGOING FINANCIAL TROUBLES FRIDAY TO THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM'S GOVERNING BOARD. HE SAYS THE CENTER'S BUDGET IS DOWN 23 PERCENT SINCE 2008. THE AGCENTER RUNS RESEARCH PROGRAMS, EXTENSION SERVICES FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS AROUND LOUISIANA. IT FACES THE SHORTFALL IN SPITE OF SHUTTING THREE RESEARCH STATIONS THIS YEAR. UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES HAVE RAISED TUITION TO HELP FILL BUDGET GAPS. BUT THE AGCENTER DOESN'T HAVE STUDENTS, SO CAN'T USE THAT METHOD TO OFFSET CUTS.

LOUISIANA'S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS SAYS GROWING NUMBERS OF COYOTES IN NEIGHBORHOODS AROUND THE STATE BRING A GROWING DANGER OF RABIES.
STATE PUBLIC HEALTH VETERINARIAN GARY A. BALSAMO SAYS PEOPLE SHOULDN'T TOUCH COYOTES, DEAD OR ALIVE, BECAUSE THEIR SALIVA COULD CARRY THE RABIES VIRUS.
HE SAYS DON'T LEAVE PET FOOD OUTSIDE, AND KEEP GARBAGE IN TIGHTLY SEALED CONTAINERS THAT CANNOT BE TIPPED OVER, BECAUSE PET FOOD AND GARBAGE, AND THE RODENTS THEY BRING, ATTRACT COYOTES. MORE ADVICE: DON'T LEAVE CHILDREN AND SMALL PETS OUTSIDE ON THEIR OWN; REPORT ANY COYOTE SIGHTING TO LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL; AND IF A COYOTE IS AGGRESSIVE, CALL 911. BALSAMO SAYS ANYONE BITTEN OR SCRATCHED BY ANY WILD ANIMAL SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CHECK WITH A DOCTOR; FOR PETS, IMMEDIATELY CHECK WITH A VETERINARIAN.

CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEASTERN INDIAN CULTURES ARE THE FOCUS OF THIS YEAR'S NATCHITOCHES-NSU FOLK FESTIVAL. IT OPENS TODAY AT THE NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION, AND WILL FEATURE INDIAN CRAFTS, STORYTELLING, SONGS, DANCES, GAMES AND DRUMMING, AND AN OUTDOOR EXHIBITION OF STICKBALL — ONE OF THE GAMES THAT EVOLVED INTO LACROSSE. AS USUAL, THE ANNUAL LOUISIANA STATE FIDDLE CHAMPIONSHIP AND A VARIETY OF OTHER MUSIC ALSO WILL BE PART OF THE FESTIVAL.

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