news for wednesday 101712
by dave graichen
A threatening Internet tweet sent Alexandria Senior High students to the football stadium during their first hour class yesterday. Bill Morrison, Rapides Parish School District assistant superintendent of administration, said the school was evacuated to allow authorities to conduct a room-to-room search of the building. the all clear was sounded about 9:30 a.m., and students were returned to class.
More information has surfaced about the man convicted of killing UL-Lafayette student Mickey Shunick. A search of 33-year-old Brandon Scott Lavergne's home during the investigation of Shunick revealed a driver's license of a still missing Texas woman. A case file revealed detectives tracked down the brother of that woman who says he kicked her out of his house because she had too many personal issues. The brother told investigators he was putting money in the account of Madeline Aumiller but that it had not been accessed since April.
A new contract between the city of alexandria and british PETROLEUM energy will save residents about $262,000 a year. The Council adopted an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute a base contract to buy natural gas from bp. that natural gas delivered to the city by Crosstex LIG, which is the company that currently delivers the natural gas to the city. the city had been looking at the possibility of building it’s own gas pipeline. however, it appears now that crosstex has decided to reduce what it charges the city to deliver the gas. under the new agreement, bp is offering to provide natural gas at 3 cents per MBTU. the current charge is more than three time as high.
more on that fire last friday at martin park elementary school. we told you yesterday A 12-year-old student was under arrest for setting the school on fire last week and has been charged with simple arson. you may wonder how authorities were able make an arrest so quickly. Larry King with the Alexandria Fire Department says they had video evidence of the boy going into the school shortly before 5 Friday morning and setting the fire. king says the fire itself affected three classrooms and he's unsure how long it's going to take to clean everything up.
State safety officials say they're not certain why, but the number of people killed on motorcycles, bicycles and on foot is going up, while overall traffic deaths are declining. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission director John LeBlanc says PEDESTRIAN fatalities were up almost 18% in 2011. Overall, 676 people died in highway crashes in 2011; down over 6% from 2010. Motorcycle deaths increased by over 8%. LeBlanc says 2011 was the fourth straight year reflecting that trend. He hopes the increased number of motorcycle fatalities is not the start of trend.
For nearly two hours an American Airlines plane from Miami was held on the tarmac monday at the New Orleans' Armstrong airport after a passenger showed symptoms of what was feared to be typhoid fever. The sick passenger was taken to a local hospital and the other passengers were told to go home and wash their clothes. Officials have not been able to confirm from what illness the passenger in question was suffering.
According to a poll by Shreveport pollster Elliot Stonecipher the race between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is too close to call. Stonecipher is predicting the results will be similar to 2004, when George W. Bush won by a margin of less than two percent. He also adds a clear sign voters have made up their minds early will be the turnout for early voting. LOUISIANA’S early voting begins on the 23rd.
Officials say a Lafayette man admitted in federal court to writing racial slurs on two churches with predominately black congregations, then trying to pin it on his white ex-girlfriend. They say 34-year-old Brian Crimiel, who is black, plead guilty to one count of damage to religious property and making a false statement. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Folks in Webster Parish can breathe easy after authorities confirm the explosion monday night that shook several homes was an underground bunker that exploded at Camp Minden. They say the military will investigate exactly what happened, but the bunker did hat it was supposed to do. the blast was so strong, some nearby residents reported their windows were broken. one man told police the blast knocked him from his bed.
The Louisiana Supreme Court rules Bernette Johnson will be the court's next chief justice. The decision ends a dispute between Johnson and Justice Jeffrey Victory over who would succeed Kitty Kimball. some say Race may have been a factor as Johnson is black. but, Lapolitics.com publisher John Maginnis says the legal argument was over who had more seniority. This issue was heard by a federal judge, who ruled in Johnson's favor last month. Maginnis says the Louisiana Supreme Court eventually ruled on its own today, making Johnson the state's first black chief justice..
A Sports Illustrated cover story on former LSU football star Tyrann Mathieu indicates the Honey Badger might have broken NCAA rules which could keep him from returning to the Tigers next year. The Sports Illustrated article says starting defensive Anthony Johnson's image also appeared in a poster, along with Mathieu, to promote an event at a Baton Rouge nightclub. Tiger Rag.com Editor Cody Worsham says Johnson may have also violated an NCAA rule.