News for Tuesday 111312
By Dave Graichen
Authorities have identified a woman who was found murdered at the old AT&T plant, in Shreveport, Saturday morning. The victim was 68-year-old Rose Coleman of Shreveport. Police believe the victim was first kidnapped from El Dorado Casino. The suspect, 28-year-old Stacy Blount, is behind bars accused of carjacking, kidnapping, and the brutal murder after leading police on a high-speed car chase.
State Police are looking for a suspect they say was involved in a fatal accident Sunday morning. They say the crash claimed the life of a 58-year-old man riding his bike on LA 445 in Thangipahoa
Parish. Troopers are now actively searching for the hit and run vehicle believed to be a maroon colored Sedan, possibly a Saturn, with damage to its right front bumper.
There's a happy ending to the story of a New Orleans woman who lost her 11-year-old dog, named Skeeter, during a carjacking. Skeeter is back with her happy owner Meg Hall who says the Chihuahua-Jack Russell Terrier mix was found by a family member near the area where the carjacking occurred. Hall thanks the public for their efforts in trying to find Skeeter. Her SUV was also found in Harvey, but it was trashed. Authorities are still looking for her attacker.
Former Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney is expected to be sentenced today in a federal court in Monroe. Toney plead guilty to nine misdemeanor counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer on August 2nd. Former U-S Attorney Harry Rosenberg says he expects Toney will spend little or no time in prison. Under the sentencing guidelines, Toney could only serve a maximum of one year in federal prison, plus a fine of up to 100-thousand dollars. Toney was also facing several felony counts, but those charges were dropped as part of a plea deal. Rosenberg says the plea deal was a key to Toney receiving a lighter sentence.
A survey by USAA and Military-dot-com names the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodeaux area the top spot in Louisiana for recent and soon-to-be discharged veterans to transition back into civilian
life. The area scored high on the survey for the third year in a row. The survey took into account factors that include job and educational opportunities, quality of life and cost of living.
Following Saturday night's 37-17 victory over then number 22 Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium, LSU has moved up to number 8 in the Associated Press poll. And after then number one Alabama was
defeated by Texas A&M, the Crimson Tide has fallen to number 4 in the AP poll. LSU takes on Ole Miss Saturday afternoon in Tiger Stadium for the last game in Death Valley this season.
Good news for motorists who use I-10 to travel through Baton Rouge. Jodi Conachen with the Department of Transportation and Development says after three years the project to widen almost 8 miles of the I-10 in Baton Rouge between Siegen and the 10/12 split is nearly done. Conachen says the $86 million project should be done late December/early January.
Governor Jindal spent a great deal of time this year out-of-state, campaigning for Republican candidates like Mitt Romney. Now that the election is over, what's next for the Governor? U.L.-Lafayatte political science professor Pearson Cross says Mr. Jindal will focus more attention on Louisiana. Jindal will be leaving office in 2015, but his political ambitions probably won't end there. Cross says Mr. Jindal has no private sector experience on his resume, and that's something important to conservative Republicans. Cross expects he'll seek to remedy that.
The body of an Iraqi war veteran who authorities say jumped off the Audubon Bridge on Nov. 4 was recovered Sunday. Authorities say the body of Dusty Brouillette, from Baton Rouge, was found Sunday afternoon by a child riding a four-wheeler across the levee in Ventress. The 32 year old Brouillette had been missing for a week after his pickup was discovered in the westbound lane of the Audubon Bridge Nov. 4.