News for Tuesday 020613
By Dave Graichen
A 4-year-old child appears to be unharmed after being found in his home sunday with the bodies of his parents who had been dead for two days. Jennings authorities are investigating the shooting deaths of Charles and Katrina Williams. The couple were apparently killed Friday night. The woman's mother discovered them sunday and called police. The child, other than shaken, is reportedly ok.
There was a bomb threat Monday on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. University Police detective Doug Prescott says the threat was called in to the School of Math, Science and Arts. He says several law enforcement agencies were called in, to help search the buildings for a possible bomb. To quote Prescott, It was obviously a hoax since nothing went off. He says investigators are working in tracing the bomb threat call to the guilty party.
Someone left a truck with several incendiary bombs inside parked outside the Whitney Bank on Canal Street in New Orleans Monday. Police used a robot to remove some of the eight devices found in the vehicle. The bank and nearby businesses were evacuated during that; traffic on Canal stopped as well. Investigators are now determining who the abandoned truck belongs to and what the bombs were doing in it.
Numbers from the White House show Louisiana will lose millions of federal education dollars and about 7,000 department of defense workers will be furloughed, if a deal to avoid automatic budget cuts is not
reached by Friday. Sequestration will also result in Louisiana losing 2.5 million dollars for clean water and air quality initiatives. The state will also lose grant money that helps over a thousand people with substance abuse issues.
After a long bout with cancer, US District Court Judge Frank Polozola died Sunday night. Polozola was the judge in the 2000 federal trial of former Governor Edwin Edwards. Polozola sentenced Edwards to 10 years in prison and fined him $250,000 for racketeering and extortion.
An Acadiana legislator proposes a tobacco tax increase, with revenues raised to be protected from political deal-making. Democratic Carencro Representative Stephen Ortego (OR-tih-go) says most voters support higher taxes on cigarettes, but only if the money goes to crucial health care needs. Ortego says his bill would let voters have a role in how much the tobacco tax should be, and where the revenues should be spent. Ortego says he is filing the bill for the coming Legislative session.
The Charenton man arrested after allegedly shooting and killing a Chitimacha Tribal police Sgt., suspected of killing another man and burning down his house and wounding two St. Mary Parish deputies has been sent to a mental facility. Attorneys say Wilbert Thibodeaux's new location reinforces earlier assessments that he may be mentally unfit for trial.
The state legislative auditor has released a scathing review of the 75-million dollar Katrina cottage program in Louisiana. The federal government provided 75-million dollars, so that the state can build
homes to provide emergency housing for hurricane victims. Legislative auditor Daryl Purpera says it took seven years before all 461 cottages constructed were occupied. However, more than half of the cottages were so poorly build residents had to move out within months of moving in. The alternative housing program resulted in the construction of homes at 12 sites in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and New Orleans.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon urges homeowners not to forget tax credits and other incentives for doing storm mitigation upgrades to their homes. Donelon says there is a tax break for retrofitting one's
home to withstand hurricanes. For information on the Storm Mitigation Incentives, visit the Insurance
Department website, at "LDI.LA.gov". Donelon says homeowners can not only claim a tax credit, but can also get lower property insurance rates...once the upgrades are complete.
The former Jefferson Parish police jury president will spend nearly four years in federal prison for his conviction on public corruption charges. Aaron Broussard pleaded guilty last September to accepting
bribes from businessmen and to payroll fraud for creating a supervisory job for his then-wife--who was not qualified for the position. He's must pay over $200-thousand in restitution.
Defensive backs will take the field at the NFL draft combine today, including former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu. The Honey Badger has been in Indianapolis since the weekend, talking with NFL teams about the drug problems that forced him to miss the 2012 season. Mathieu says the year off should not hurt his ability on the football field. Mathieu says he doesn't want NFL teams to have any doubt that he is
committed to turning his life around and being 100% focused on playing professional football.