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News For Monday 10/31/11


NEWS FOR MONDAY 103111
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS DECLINED TO END THE CRIMINAL BRIBERY TRIAL OF FORMER RAPIDES PARISH POLICE JUROR STEVE BORDELON. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS MADE THE REQUEST FRIDAY AFTER THE PROSECUTION RESTED ITS CASE, SAYING PROSECUTORS HAD NO PROOF OF A BRIBE. U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE DEE DRELL SAID THERE WAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONTINUE. THE TRIAL WILL RESUMES TODAY. IF CONVICTED, BORDELON COULD FACE A FINE AND A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON.

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE REMIND PARENTS THAT NOT EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN TONIGHT'S TRICK-OR-TREAT FESTIVITIES. STATE LAW PROHIBITS CONVICTED OR REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS FROM PARTICIPATING IN ANY WAY. TROOPER RUSSELL GRAHAM SAYS THE LAW IS VERY SPECIFIC. GRAHAM REMINDS PARENTS TO GO ON LINE AND
CHECK THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY, ON THE LOUISIANA STATE POLICE WEBSITE.
GRAHAM SAYS THE LAW PROHIBITS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS FROM WEARING ANY
KIND OF COSTUME THAT WOULD CONCEAL THEIR IDENTITY.

A STATUE OF EVANGELINE WAS UNVEILED SATURDAY IN FRONT OF THE EVANGELINE PARISH COURTHOUSE DURING THE PARISH’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION. THE PARISH TOOK ITS NAME FROM THE FAMOUS HEROINE IN HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW’S “EVANGELINE. OFFICIALS SAY THE STATUE WILL BE A FOCAL POINT FOR TOURISTS TRAVELING TO THE AREA IN SEARCH OF EVANGELINE AND EVANGELINE PRODUCTS.

STATE TREASURER JOHN KENNEDY AND DEMOGRAPHER ELLIOTT B. STONECIPHER WILL BE IN TOWN TOMORROW FOR THE CENTRAL LOUISIANA REAL ESTATE & ECONOMIC FORUM, AT THE COUGHLIN-SAUNDERS PERFORMING ARTS. THE PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY THE CENTRAL LOUISIANA BOARD OF REALTORS. ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. A RECEPTION WILL FOLLOW ACROSS THE STREET AT RIVER OAKS SQUARE ARTS CENTER. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. FOR DETAILS, CALL (318) 473-8324.

A LOUISIANA MAN ACCUSED OF BLUDGEONING, DECAPITATING AND DISMEMBERING HIS DISABLED 7-YEAR-OLD SON HAS BEEN MOVED TO A MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY NORTH OF BATON ROUGE. THIRTY-YEAR-OLD JEREMIAH LEE WRIGHT WAS SENT TO THE EASTERN LOUISIANA STATE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM IN JACKSON FROM THE LAFOURCHE PARISH DETENTION CENTER IN THIBODAUX ON FRIDAY. WRIGHT WAS FOUND NOT COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL OCT. 18. AND COMMITTED TO THE FACILITY. THE JUDGE ALSO ORDERED MONTHLY REPORTS ON THE PROGRESS OF HIS TREATMENT. THE FIRST STATUS CONFERENCE IS SCHEDULED FOR JAN. 31.

IN ORDER TO IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING LSU POST-SEASON TICKETS. FOR THIS YEAR, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO MAKE A DONATION TO IMPROVE YOUR POSITION ON THE PRIORITY POINT LIST. TIGER ATHLETIC FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RICK PERRY SAYS THE MORE MONEY YOU DONATE, THE HIGHER YOU ARE ON THE PRIORITY LIST. PERRY SAYS THE HIGHER YOU ARE ON THE PRIORITY LIST, THE BETTER CHANCE YOU HAVE AT GETTING TICKETS FOR BOWL GAMES OR THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP. HE SAYS WHILE TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO MAKE DONATIONS, NOVEMBER 12TH IS THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR TICKETS.

CASES OF INFLUENZA ARE TURNING UP ACROSS LOUISIANA, AS STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING YOUR FLU SHOT THIS YEAR. DR. JIMMY GUIDRY HEADS THE STATE OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH. HE SAYS DOCTORS' OFFICES STATEWIDE ARE BEGINNING TO REPORT CASES OF COMMON FLU IN SMALL NUMBERS. HE SAYS GETTING FLU VACCINE NOW COULD HELP KEEP THOSE NUMBERS LOW. GUIDRY ADVISES TAKING THE SHOT SOONER THAN LATER.

A HALF-SCALE REPLICA OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WILL BE IN LAFAYETTE DURING NOVEMBER. VOLUNTEERS ARE BEING SOUGHT TO HELP HONOR THE MORE THAN 58,000 VETERANS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR. TOM GROTE, AN ARMY VETERAN OF THE WAR, SAYS ALL OF THE NAMES WILL BE READ ALOUD AROUND THE CLOCK. THE REPLICA IS A TRAVELING EXHIBIT CALLED "THE WALL THAT HEALS" AND WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT GREENLAWN MEMORIAL GARDENS IN LAFAYETTE NOV. 17-21.

SAPA EXTRUSIONS, ONE OF THE NORTHEASTERN LOUISIANA DELTA'S LARGEST PRIVATE EMPLOYERS, WILL CREATE UP TO 30 NEW JOBS AND OPEN A SECOND FACILITY IN DELHI EARLY NEXT YEAR. PLANT MANAGER RON BALLMAN SAID FRIDAY THE MOVE INVOLVES THE RELOCATION OF A PLANT FROM MAGNOLIA, ARK.

A ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHEDRAL MUSIC DIRECTOR IS BEING SOUGHT AFTER MISSOURI AUTHORITIES ACCUSED HIM OF STEALING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. LOUIS OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES IN ST. LOUIS, MAXIMILLIAN TENNEY FACES ONE COUNT OF THEFT IN EXCESS OF $25,000 AND AN ADDITIONAL 15 COUNTS OF FORGERY. THE TOWN TALK REPORTED OVER THE WEEKEND THAT LOCAL AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN ASKED TO LOCATE TENNEY. AN AUDIT CONDUCTED IN JULY 2010 REVEALED NUMEROUS IMPROPER DISBURSEMENTS FROM THE CATHEDRAL CHOIR BANK ACCOUNT. TWELVE CHECKS WERE WRITTEN PAYABLE TO TENNEY'S FATHER AND DEPOSITED IN A BANK IN HIS FATHER'S NAME.

JOHNNY RILEY, THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS FOR THE CITY OF MONROE, HAS ANNOUNCED HE WILL BE CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR IN 2012. RILEY MADE HIS FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT SATURDAY. RILEY, PRESIDENT OF RILEY PITTS GROUP LLC, WAS HIRED IN 2005 BY CURRENT MAYOR JAMIE MAYO. HE LEFT THE CITY JOB IN 2008. RILEY SAYS HE WANTS TO RUN BECAUSE HE FELT A DESIRE TO MOVE THE CITY AND ITS RESIDENTS IN THE "RIGHT DIRECTION."

AN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH MAN CLAIMS HE SUFFERED HALLUCINATIONS AND INJURIES LAST FALL AFTER SMOKING A PRODUCT LABELED "POTPOURRI/INCENSE." JOHN ALEXANDER RADFORD HAS SUED THE OWNERS OF THE STORE WHERE HE ALLEGEDLY BOUGHT THE PRODUCT. HIS LAWSUIT ALLEGES THAT WHILE THE PRODUCT WAS LABELED 'POTPOURRI/INCENSE,' IT WAS BEING SOLD AS, MARKETED AS AND INTENDED BY THE MANUFACTURER AND SELLER TO BE USED AS A SYNTHETIC VERSION OF MARIJUANA.
AN ATTORNEY FOR BATON ROUGE BUSINESSMAN HAS CALLED THE SUIT FRIVOLOUS AND SAID RADFORD "NEEDS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS OWN ACTIONS."



SPORTS..

STEVEN JACKSON SCORED TWO TOUCHDOWNS AND HAD HIS FIRST 100-YARD RUSHING GAME IN THREE SEASONS AS THE ST. LOUIS RAMS UPSET THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 31-21 FOR THEIR FIRST WIN ON SUNDAY. THE NFC SOUTH-LEADING SAINTS (5-3) AVERAGE AN NFL-BEST 35 POINTS BUT NEVER GOT GOING AGAINST A DEFENSE RANKED NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE LEAGUE.



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