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News For Tuesday 09/13/11


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 091311
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

ALEXANDRIA POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN THE MEDIAN OF INTERSTATE 49 SATURDAY. THE WOMAN IS 21-YEAR-OLD ASHLEY QUINN OF PINEVILLE. A MOTORIST ALERTED POLICE TO THE WOMAN'S BODY, AFTER SHE RAN OVER A PART OF THE WOMAN WITH HER CAR. INVESTIGATORS SAY MS. QUINN WAS MOST LIKELY DEAD BEFORE THAT HAPPENED. A MEDICAL EXAMINER IS DETERMINING HOW SHE DIED.

TENSIONS BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL CONTINUES TO GROW, THE ISSUE AGAIN, WHICH BRANCH OF CITY GOVERNMENT HAS CONTROL AND ACCESS TO THE CITY’S PUBLIC ACCESS CHANNEL. CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT JOHNSON SAYS HE PLANS TO CONTACT THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION AND INVESTIGATE THE DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS OF THE SERVICE. CHANNEL 4 ROUTINELY SHOWS GOVERNMENT MEETINGS, INCLUDING COUNCIL MEETINGS AND PRESS BRIEFINGS HOSTED BY MAYOR JACQUES ROY, AS WELL AS PROMOTIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR CITY PROGRAMS AND OTHER RELATED ACTIVITIES. SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS BELIEVE THE MAYOR IS USING THE CHANNEL AS A BULLY PULPIT.

THE RAPIDES PARISH POLICE JURY AGREED MONDAY TO PICK UP THE TAB ON ANY FUNDS NEEDED TO REBUILD THE RIGOLETTE ROAD BRIDGE. THE BRIDGE WAS BADLY DAMAGED IN A FIRE IN MARCH AND HAS BEEN CLOSED SINCE THEN. THE STATE HAS PLEDGED $740,000 TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW BRIDGE. AT ITS MONTHLY MEETING MONDAY, THE POLICE JURY VOTED TO PROVIDE WHATEVER FUNDS ARE REQUIRED BEYOND THAT.
THE LATEST ESTIMATE TO BUILD THE NEW BRIDGE IS $834,000.

43 YEAR OLD KAREN LACHNEY OF PINEVILLE HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON CHARGES INVOLVING ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTIONS. THE ARREST CAME FOLLOWING A DRUG INVESTIGATION AND AFTER A TIP REPORTING SOMEONE WAS WRITING LARGE AMOUNTS OF SCRIPTS FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. IN THE END, THE INVESTIGATION CENTERED ON LACHNEY. AFTER HER ARREST, SHE WAS CHARGED WITH 72 COUNTS OF OBTAINING A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE BY FRAUD. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING, AND MORE CHARGES ARE PENDING.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL ENDORSED RICK PERRY FOR PRESIDENT ON MONDAY, CALLING THE TEXAS GOVERNOR "THE CANDIDATE WHO CAN LEAD THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO VICTORY IN 2012." JINDAL AND PERRY ANNOUNCED THE ENDORSEMENT AHEAD OF MONDAY NIGHT'S GOP PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IN TAMPA, FLA. AND JUST HOURS AFTER FORMER MINNESOTA GOV. TIM PAWLENTY ENDORSED MITT ROMNEY, PERRY'S MOST SIGNIFICANT RIVAL FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION. JINDAL PRAISED PERRY'S JOB CREATION RECORD AS TEXAS GOVERNOR, THE CENTRAL MESSAGE OF PERRY'S CAMPAIGN.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL HAS NO WELL-FUNDED COMPETITORS FOR HIS RE-ELECTION BID — BUT THAT HASN'T STOPPED HIS HEFTY FUNDRAISING EFFORTS. JINDAL'S OFFICE SAID THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR HEADED TO PHILADELPHIA ON MONDAY TO RAISE CAMPAIGN CASH FOR THE OCT. 22 ELECTION. HIS LATEST CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT SHOWED JINDAL WITH NEARLY $9 MILLION IN HIS ACCOUNT.

THE ANNOUNCED CLOSURE OF A GEORGIA-PACIFIC PLYWOOD AND LUMBER PLANT IN SOUTHERN ARKANSAS WILL MEAN UP TO 700 LOUISIANA RESIDENTS OUT OF WORK. WEST MONROE STATE SENATOR MIKE WALSWORTH SAYS HOUSING STARTS ARE AT PRACTICALLY ZERO, AND THE PLANT'S CLOSURE REFLECTS HOW BAD THE ECONOMY IS. WALSWORTH SAYS OTHER COMPANIES IN THE MONROE AREA ARE EXPANDING AND HIRING, AND IT'S HOPED THEY CAN ABSORB SOME OF THE JOBS LOST.

POLICE HAVE VOLUNTARILY RETURNED 33 PAIRS OF SHOES TO SUSPENDED LSU QUARTERBACK JORDAN JEFFERSON, BUT ARE KEEPING 16 PAIRS WHILE THEY CONTINUE AN INVESTIGATION OF A BAR FIGHT INVOLVING LSU FOOTBALL PLAYERS. JEFFERSON'S LAWYERS HAD FILED A MOTION LAST WEEK SEEKING THE RETURN OF ALL OF THE SHOES UNLESS POLICE COULD SHOW PROBABLE CAUSE TO KEEP ANY OF THEM AS EVIDENCE IN THE PROBE OF AN AUG. 19 BRAWL. THE INCIDENT LED TO THE FELONY BATTERY ARRESTS OF JEFFERSON AND RESERVE LINEBACKER JOSH JOHNS. THOUGH JUDGE CHIP MOORE MONDAY DELAYED RULING ON THE MATTER UNTIL SEPT. 26, POLICE RETURNED MOST OF THE SHOES AFTER THE HEARING IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH DISTRICT COURT. INVESTIGATORS HAVE SAID THEY WANT TO TEST JEFFERSON'S SHOES FOR DNA OR BLOOD EVIDENCE.

THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS RESEARCH COUNCIL ISSUES A GUIDE TO HELP VOTERS UNDERSTAND THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON THE OCTOBER 22ND AND NOVEMBER 19TH BALLOTS. PAR PRESIDENT, ROBERT TRAVIS SCOTT, SAYS PART OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT ON THE OCTOBER 22ND BALLOT WOULD RENEW THE FOUR-CENT PER-PACK CIGARETTE TAX. ANOTHER KEY AMENDMENT ON THE OCTOBER 22ND BALLOT WOULD HELP BRING FINANCIAL STABILITY TO THE STATE WORKER AND TEACHER RETIREMENT SYSTEMS. SCOTT SAYS THIS AMENDMENT WOULD GUARANTEE A PORTION OF ANY FUTURE, ONE-TIME, DOLLARS GO TO PAY DOWN THE SYSTEMS THE LONG TERM LIABILITY. THE COMPLETE 23 PAGE GUIDE CAN BE FOUND ON THE KSYL WEBSITE AT WWW.KSYL.COM

THE U.S. COAST GUARD SAYS CREWS ARE CLEANING UP A LEAK OF CRUDE OIL IN BAYOU DUPONT AND BARATARIA BAY FROM A PIPELINE. THE AGENCY SAYS A PIPELINE LEAK FROM A PLATFORM WAS REPORTED ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND THAT CREWS WERE CALLED IN TO CLEAN UP THE SPILL. THE COAST GUARD SAYS A SECOND LEAK WAS DISCOVERED TOO AT THE WELLHEAD. FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY NO WILDLIFE HAS BEEN HURT BY THE SPILL AND THAT CREWS ARE WORKING TO FIX THE PIPELINE AND STOP THE LEAKS.

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE LOUISIANA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN DISMISSED. NOLTON SENEGAL, WHO HELD THE JOB SINCE 2007, WAS REMOVED FROM HIS POST BY THE BOARD OF THE ASSOCIATION, WHICH REPRESENTS ABOUT 650 LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS STATEWIDE. DARRIN MANUEL, PRESIDENT OF THE LSBA BOARD, SAYS SENEGAL'S DISMISSAL STEMMED FROM AN INVESTIGATION OF POSSIBLE MISAPPROPRIATION OF FUNDS BY ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE STAFF. HOWEVER, LSBA CONSULTANT DON WHITTINGHILL SAYS THE BOARD'S ACTION WAS THE RESULT OF SENEGAL'S ALLEGED FAILURE TO PROPERLY REPORT ALLEGATIONS OF WRONGDOING IN HIS OFFICE.

A UTAH JUDGE ON MONDAY VACATED A LOUISIANA MAN'S 2003 CONVICTION AND PRISON SENTENCE ON AN AGGRAVATED ROBBERY CHARGE, SAYING HE IS FACTUALLY INNOCENT OF THE CRIME. COURT RECORDS SHOW 3RD DISTRICT JUDGE ROYAL HANSEN ALSO ORDERED THE STATE TO PAY HARRY MILLER NEARLY $125,000 IN REPARATIONS FOR HIS WRONGFUL CONVICTION. BASED ON THE VICTIM'S EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY, A JURY FOUND THE 57-YEAR-OLD GUILTY OF STEALING A WOMAN'S PURSE AT KNIFEPOINT. THAT WAS DESPITE EVIDENCE HE WAS RECOVERING FROM A STROKE IN LOUISIANA ON THE DAY OF THE CRIME IN 2000. MILLER WAS AT THE TIME SENTENCED TO A PRISON TERM OF FIVE YEARS TO LIFE.






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