News for Wednesday 020613
By Dave Graichen
State Police are investigating the Hit & Run death of a pedestrian Monday night in Pineville, who was struck by at least two vehicles--possibly three. Trooper Scott Moreau says 30-year-old Sonnie Thompson was hit while walking along Highway 116. He says evidence indicates she was killed by the first vehicle, but also hit by other motorists...who all kept going. A fourth driver stopped and called authorities.
Rapides Parish deputies arrest two teenage girls for making e-mailed threats against students and teachers at Tioga High school. Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Tommy Carnline says school officials called them about the threats last week. Carnline says Jessica Winslow and Ti'jeanae (TIE-jen-ay) Harris, both 17, were arrested without incident after an investigation traced the threatening messages to them. He says they each face ten counts of terrorizing, and no bond has been set as yet.
Pineville PD reports an Alexandria couple has been charged in connection with the theft last month of $18,000 in jewelry the Kmart store in Pineville. 22 year old Ancranette Sword and 45 year old Bobby West were charged with felony theft. They were booked at the Rapides Parish Detention Center where they are awaiting bond.
Alexandria City Council voted Tuesday to remove Michael Ziegler from the Board of Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority and replace him with Michael Caffery. Alexandria mayor Roy was not happy with the way the matter was handled and accused dist. 3 councilman Jules Green of “good ol’ boyism, after the councilman made the move to replace Ziegler with Caffery, his former campaign manager. Caffery was appointed to the GAEDA board by Green and confirmed Tuesday by a unanimous vote.
LSU Agricultural Center Vice Chancellor Paul Coreil was named Tuesday as interim chancellor of LSU’s Alexandria campus. He will fill the position for eight months starting March 1.Current LSU-A Chancellor David Manuel is expected to leave the university in May to become president of Drury University in Springfield, Mo.
The A.P.D.. reports A 24-year-old Alexandria man died Monday night when his car hit a tree on Enterprise Road. Alexandria police responded to the 11:10 p.m. crash in the 1700 block of Enterprise. There they found A 1989 Mercury driven by Charles Carter had run off the road, hit a mailbox and then a tree near the intersection of Paris Street. An autopsy and toxicology tests are being done.
Governor Jindal has released few details of how his proposal to raise sales taxes and do away with income taxes will work. One part would, reportedly, include a one-dollar per pack tax on cigarettes.
The legislature starts its regular session April 8th, and anti-tobacco lobbyists will surely be there to push for a higher cigarette tax, and to see that it's dedicated to smoking cessation and prevention programs, or at least to the health care budget.
Louisiana State Police say the driver of an SUV who crashed head-on into a school bus this morning in Pointe Coupee Parish has died. Trooper Jared Sandifer says fog could have been a factor in the
early morning crash, which is now under investigation. 38-year-old Jody Harris, of Ventress, died from her injuries. The bus driver and the nine kids aboard received only minor injuries.
While the exact cause of the 34 minute "Super Blackout" remains under investigation, it looks like a public record shows Mercedez Benz Superdome officials were told last season by The Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District who released an October 15th memo Monday saying tests to the dome's electrical feeders "showed some decay and a chance of failure. Entergy representatives are expected at an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the outage and provide additional information as to what exactly happened.
The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops asked the Jindal Administration to stop the execution of Christopher Sepulvado because the lethal injection is scheduled for Ash Wednedsay. The Governor reportedly has no plans to intervene. The Desoto Parish Man is scheduled to die for beating and scalding his 6-year-old stepson two decades ago.
A new license plate in honor of the state's timber industry is now available. The Louisiana Forestry Association designed the plate, that you can buy at the Office of Motor Vehicles. A portion of the proceeds will go to the forestry division of the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
A Shreveport man suspected of two home invasions and some other robberies is behind bars. Police say 41-year-old Anthony McDonald allegedly invaded two homes, and tried to rob a couple at a bus stop. He's also accused of car theft. All four of those crimes happened on January 28th, and all victims gave a description matching McDonald.. He now faces a list of charges.
Acadia Parish Deputies say somebody broke into the Crowley High school Ag Farm late last month and killed a prize show pig. The perpetrator also cut three other animals. Deputies says the act was not only cruel and senseless, it also cost the owners potential sales at the livestock show. There's a $1000 cash reward for information that helps catch the bad guy.