News for Tuesday 121812
By Dave Graichen
As most of us still come to grips with the school shooting tragedy in Connecticut last Friday, many parents are wondering what is any plans are in place here in Central Louisiana to prevent such incident. In Rapides parish, school officials report plans are and have been in place for some time throughout the district, including an armed RPSO officer at each school. Other plans, though in place, are not publically discussed. Interim Superintendent Gerald Woodard said parents have called the Central Office, as well as individual schools, with questions about student safety. Woodard and others in the district are reminding parents and the community that the schools are prepared.
A Pineville man arrested earlier this month, has been arrested again on more charges related to inappropriate relationships with juveniles. 21 year old Adam Mock was charged with two counts of felony contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and one count of felony indecent behavior with a juvenile. The Rapides Parish sheriff’s office says detectives interviewed a second juvenile who had sex with Mock twice at Mock's residence, causing him to be arrested again.
A District Court Judge in Baton Rouge says he'll make his ruling sometime today on whether or not Governor Bobby Jindal's new teacher tenure laws are in violation of the state constitution. Judge
Michael Caldwell heard the case Monday and told lawyers he wasn't ready to make a decision yet.
The Jena Choctaw Pines Casino in Grant Parish will hold two job fairs this week, in anticipation of their opening after the first of the year. The sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Dry Prong Community Center; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Alexandria Fulton Hotel in downtown Alexandria. The casino expected to employ about 300 people.
Between now and New Year's Day law enforcement are intensifying patrols to get drunk drivers off the road. Louisiana is participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which features
increased sobriety checkpoints. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says Alcohol was a factor in 41-percent of Louisiana fatal crashes last year.
Six people were killed in fatal crashes investigated by State Police since last Friday afternoon. LSP spokesperson Jared Sandifer says the number of people killed in auto wrecks investigated by state
troopers is up to 21 for the month of December. He says speed has been a factor in many of these fatal wrecks. Many of the fatal wrecks this month have also involved victims who weren't wearing their seatbelt.
A 15-year old West Monroe High School student has been arrested in connection with some threats he reportedly made against other students at the school. Police say the student made the threats
over the week-end and he was arrested a short time later and taken into custody. According to investigators, the teen-ager had made no plans to carry out the threats and was apparently upset about something that happened at school.
Two Eunice women are under arrest for allegedly leaving an infant inside their car for an hour and a half while they gambled. The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's office says they were apprehended after a
concerned citizen saw the baby in the car alone at a truck stop casino. Each woman was booked with cruelty to a juvenile.
After 56 years in business, Ville Platte landmark Floyd's Record shop will close its' doors for good on Christmas Eve. In its earlier years, Floyd's could actually press you a record, and boasted clients like Elvis Presley. After its closing, Floyd's will continue to sell music via the Internet, but its physical store will be a thing of the past.
East Baton Rouge authorities do not expect to recover the 48 pounds of cocaine stolen from the Clerk of Court's evidence room. Two Clerk of Court employees and three others were arrested late last week in
connection with the stolen cocaine. Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White says where it went after it left the government building is anyone's guess.
Those pinching pennies for last minute Christmas gifts are happy about the gas prices these days. According to the American Automobile Association, the statewide average for a gallon of regular is now $3.06 cents which is down 16 cents from a month ago.
Police in Sulphur bust a man they caught red-handed vandalizing a local church. Officers believe 35-year-old Wayne Duplechin was on drugs when they confronted him. He resisted arrest and had to be
tasered. Duplechin is accused of using a sledgehammer to smash religious statues at two churches and possibly more. He's charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and a hate crime--for
A Church Point man is jailed for allegedly stealing a huge sum of cash and a $25-thousand ring from a woman's home, after she hired him to do yard work. 26-year-old Toby Fontenot reportedly took the
ring and $40-thousand in cash when he went inside to use the bathroom. Police say he also hit an officer, when they were arresting him.
The state Department of Insurance announces new online tools to help you compare rates as you shop for auto and homeowners coverage. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says you can find the comparison guides online, at "ldi.la.gov"; look for the area labeled "Consumers". Donelon says the new comparison guide tool, will help you shop rates by variables like age, location, coverage level, home value. For auto insurance, you can compare based on driving history, age, year and model of car and more. Donelon says the new website feature is modeled after a national program.