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News For Wednesday 02/29/2012


NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY 022912
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR LONGTIME BROADCASTER AND SPORTSMAN LES GOLMON WILL BE HELD TODAY IN ALEXANDRIA. GOLMON WORE MANY HATS IN HIS LIFETIME. HE WAS GENERAL MANAGER OF KALB TV FOR MANY YEARS UNTIL 2009 WHEN HE RETIRED. DURING HIS TIME AT KALB TV , HE SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS, WHICH AWARDED HIM THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD IN 2003. LES WAS ALSO WELL KNOW IN THE WORLD OF PROFESSIONAL FISHERMAN AND EVEN HOST AN OUTDOORS TV SHOW. VISITATION IS SET FOR NOON TO 2 P.M. TODAY WITH A MEMORIAL SERVICE TO FOLLOW IN CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH IN ALEXANDRIA.

LOUISIANA IS TESTING ITS ABILITY TO DISTRIBUTE LARGE QUANTITIES OF MEDICINE DURING A HEALTH CRISIS, LIKE A FLU PANDEMIC, HURRICANE OR TERRORIST ATTACK. STATE HEALTH OFFICER DOCTOR JIMMY GUIDRY SAYS THE EXERCISE COVERS EVERYTHING FROM REQUESTING MEDICINES FROM THE C-D-C TO HOW IT WOULD BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE PUBLIC IN AN ORGANIZED MANNER. THE STATEWIDE EXERCISE CONTINUES THROUGH THURSDAY.

THE PINEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT THE THIRD SESSION OF ITS CITIZENS ACADEMY ON TUESDAY, MARCH 6, AT THE TUDOR COMMUNITY CENTER, 344 BRAGG ST.
CLASSES WILL BE HELD TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 6 TO 8 P.M., WITH ONE SATURDAY CLASS AT A LOCAL SHOOTING RANGE. TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDED USE OF FORCE, FIREARM SAFETY AND TRAFFIC INVESTIGATION. APPLICANTS WILL BE SUBJECT TO A BACKGROUND CHECK. FOR DETAILS, CALL CAPT. DARRIN LUNEAU AT (318) 487-6559. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FROM WWW.PINEVILLE.NET.

LSU IS MOVING AHEAD WITH PLANS TO EXPAND THE SOUTH END ZONE OF TIGER STADIUM. ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR HERB VINCENT SAYS THE PROPOSED ADDITION WOULD INCLUDE FOUR-THOUSAND CLUB SEATS AND A 15-HUNDRED SEAT UPPER DECK. VINCENT SAYS PRIVATE FUNDS WOULD PAY FOR THE EXPANSION AND THEY MIGHT BE ABLE COMPLETE IT FOR THE 2014 SEASON.

A COMMITTEE OF THE LOUISIANA BOARD OF REGENTS HAS APPROVED THE MERGER OF LOUISIANA TECH AND LSU-SHREVEPORT. REGENTS CHAIRMAN BOB LEVY OF RUSTON SAYS HE SEES NO REASON THE BOARD WOULD NOT APPROVE THE MERGER TO SEND TO THE LEGISLATURE FOR FINAL APPROVAL. THE GOAL OF THE MERGER WOULD BE TO PROVIDE BETTER EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO PEOPLE IN THE SHREVEPORT AREA.

THIS WEEK MARKS THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE DATE THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT ISSUED THE FIRST PERMIT FOR A NEW DEEPWATER WELL UNDER NEW SAFETY RULES FOLLOWING THE BP OIL SPILL. LOUISIANA MID-CONTINENT OIL AND GAS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT CHRIS JOHN SAYS THE RIG COUNT IN THE GULF IS ALMOST EQUAL TO THE NUMBER OF RIGS WORKING IN THE AREA PRIOR TO THE DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER. HE SAYS PROGRESS HAS NOT COME WITHOUT SOME FRUSTRATION, BUT THE GULF IS STILL PRODUCING A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE NATION'S OIL AND GAS.

A NEW STATE LAWMAKER IS REVIVING AN ANNUAL DEBATE OVER WHETHER LOUISIANA SHOULD MANDATE DRUG TESTING FOR WELFARE RECIPIENTS. REP. SHERMAN MACK, A REPUBLICAN FROM LIVINGSTON BEGINNING HIS FIRST TERM IN OFFICE, HAS PROPOSED THE MEASURE FOR THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION THAT BEGINS MARCH 12. MACK'S BILL WOULD REQUIRE 20 PERCENT OF ADULTS WHO RECEIVE AID THROUGH THE FAMILY INDEPENDENCE TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BE DRUG-TESTED. PREVIOUS ATTEMPTS TO MANDATE SUCH TESTING HAVE REPEATEDLY FAILED TO WIN APPROVAL FROM LAWMAKERS. SUPPORTERS SAY THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE WELFARE CHECKS PAY FOR FAMILY NEEDS, NOT DRUGS. OPPONENTS SAY THE PROPOSAL UNFAIRLY TARGETS POOR MOTHERS WITH NO PROOF THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE ON DRUGS THAN OTHERS WHO RECEIVE AID THROUGH THE STATE.

A BATON ROUGE SENATOR PROPOSES LEGISLATION TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR DRIVE-THROUGH DAIQUIRI SHOPS TO USE LIDS THAT CAN BE PUNCTURED BY A STRAW. REPUBLICAN DAN CLAITOR SAYS MANY DRIVE-THROUGH DAIQUIRI CUSTOMERS PUT A STRAW IN THEIR DRINK AND DRIVE TO THEIR DESTINATION. HE SAYS THIS SHOULD BE A VIOLATION OF THE STATE'S OPEN CONTAINER LAW. CLAITOR SAYS HE FILED THIS EXACT BILL TWO YEARS AGO AND IT DIDN'T GET OUT OF COMMITTEE. HE SAYS HE HAS NO IDEA WHY ANYONE WOULD OPPOSE IT. BUT, HE SAYS HE WILL, TRY AND TRY AGAIN TO GET IT PASSED.

JURORS WHO HAVE LISTENED TO WEEKS OF TESTIMONY IN THE FRAUD TRIAL OF FORMER TEXAS TYCOON R. ALLEN STANFORD SOON WILL DECIDE WHETHER HE IS A MASTER CON MAN WHO STOLE $7 BILLION FROM INVESTORS OR THE VICTIM OF AN UNSCRUPULOUS BUSINESS PARTNER AND OVERZEALOUS PROSECUTORS. PROSECUTORS AND DEFENSE ATTORNEYS WERE SET TO MAKE THEIR FINAL PITCH TO JURORS DURING CLOSING ARGUMENTS WEDNESDAY AT STANFORD'S TRIAL IN HOUSTON. PROSECUTORS SAY STANFORD BILKED INVESTORS OUT OF MORE THAN $7 BILLION THROUGH THE SALES OF CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT FROM HIS CARIBBEAN BANK. STANFORD'S ATTORNEYS CLAIM HIS EX-CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER WAS BEHIND THE ALLEGED FRAUD AND THAT THE FINANCIER'S BUSINESS EMPIRE WAS LEGITIMATE. IF CONVICTED, THE ONE-TIME BILLIONAIRE COULD BE SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 20 YEARS IN PRISON.

POLICE IN NEW ORLEANS HAVE ARRESTED A SUSPECT IN THE JANUARY DEATH OF A MAN WHO WAS SHOT WHEN HE TRIED TO STOP A CARJACKING. POLICE ARRESTED A 17-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF 44-YEAR-OLD HARRY "MIKE" AINSWORTH. AINSWORTH WAS FATALLY SHOT JAN. 25. HE HAD BEEN TAKING HIS TWO SONS TO A SCHOOL BUS IN NEW ORLEANS' ALGIERS NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN HE RUSHED TO HELP A WOMAN WHO WAS BEING CARJACKED. HE DIED IN FRONT OF HIS CHILDREN.

THE UNSOLVED SLAYINGS OF EIGHT WOMEN IN JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF AN UPCOMING EPISODE OF INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY'S NEW "DARK MINDS" TELEVISION SERIES. THE EPISODE TITLED "BRUTAL BAYOU" AIRS AT 9 P.M. WEDNESDAY AND WILL EXPLORE THE KILLINGS THAT OCCURRED IN AND AROUND JENNINGS FROM MAY 2005 THROUGH AUGUST 2009. THE FIRST OF THE EIGHT SLAYINGS WAS DISCOVERED IN MAY 2005. SINCE THEN, SEVEN OTHER WOMEN, RANGING IN AGE FROM 17 TO 29, HAVE BEEN FOUND DUMPED IN EITHER CANALS OR ALONG ROADWAYS. THE KILLINGS ARE BELIEVED TO BE THE WORK OF A SERIAL KILLER.

CLEMENT INDUSTRIES, A MINDEN-BASED MANUFACTURER OF INDUSTRIAL TRAILERS, SAID TUESDAY THAT IT WILL HIRE 25 NEW EMPLOYEES TO CUT THROUGH A SIX-MONTH BACKLOG OF ORDERS. CLEMENT SAID IT IS PROJECTING A 20 PERCENT SALES GROWTH IN 2012, FOLLOWING A 90 PERCENT INCREASE IN 2011. THE COMPANY SAID IT WILL HIRE ADDITIONAL WELDERS AND WELDER TRAINEES WITH THE GOAL OF CUTTING ITS CURRENT BACKLOG BY HALF. IT CURRENTLY EMPLOYS 83.

GOVERNOR JINDAL SAYS THERE ARE STEPS PRESIDENT OBAMA CAN TAKE TO CURB THE RISING COST OF GASOLINE. THE PRICE AT THE PUMP IS UP NEARLY 30-CENTS IN THE LAST MONTH AND THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE IS ABOUT 40-CENTS SHY OF A NEW RECORD. JINDAL SAYS THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY NEEDS TO BE ASSURED THERE WILL BE A PREDICTABLE ENVIRONMENT TO PRODUCE ENERGY. JINDAL SAYS THE PRESIDENT ALSO NEEDS TO STOP PROPOSING NEW TAXES ON ENERGY PRODUCTION. JINDAL SAYS THE PRICE OF GAS IS BASED ON FUTURE RISKS. HE SAYS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION COULD CREATE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR ENERGY PRODUCTION BY INCREASING THE LEASING ACTIVITY ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE.

A SHREVEPORT COUPLE FACES CHARGES IN THE ABUSE OF A 9-MONTH-OLD GIRL. THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS JOSEPH OUZTS AND ASHLEY BAILEY, BOTH 20, WERE ARRESTED AFTER THE BABY WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL WITH TWO BLACK EYES AND BRUISES ON HER FOREHEAD AND TOP OF HER HEAD AUTHORITIES SAY THEY LATER LEARNED THE BABY HAD BEEN PLACED IN AN INFANT SWING, WHERE SHE SLEPT ALL NIGHT WITHOUT BEING CHECKED ON.

FEDERAL PROSECUTORS SAY THE SON OF A FATHER-SON TEAM RUNNING A WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITY HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO ILLEGALLY DISCHARGING POLLUTANTS.
U.S. ATTORNEY STEPHANIE A. FINLEY SAYS 28-YEAR-OLD CODY TUMA PLEADED GUILTY TUESDAY TO DISCHARGING UNTREATED WASTEWATER INTO THE RED RIVER WITHOUT A PERMIT IN VIOLATION OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT. FEDERAL PROSECUTORS SAY JOHN TUMA, CODY TUMA'S FATHER, STILL FACES CHARGES AS WELL. HIS TRIAL HAS BEEN SET FOR MARCH 12. THE TUMAS RAN THE ARKLA DISPOSAL SERVICES INC. FACILITY IN SHREVEPORT WHICH TREATED INDUSTRIAL AND OILFIELD WASTEWATER. CODY TUMA FACES ONE YEAR IN PRISON OR A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN $100,000.







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