News for Tuesday 031213
By Dave Graichen
Police in Pineville are investigating six separate vehicle burglaries that happened Saturday in an 8 hour period, all of which involved windows being shattered and purses being stolen. According to the police all of the purses that were stolen were in plain sight and easily accessible.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission launches a new and improved web-based service, to help the unemployed find better jobs, faster. It's called "HIRE" which stands for Helping Individuals Reach Employment. LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink says the site offers jobless filing and benefits claims, and job seeking services, integrated together in one easy-to-use web tool. "HIRE" can be found on the LWC's website, "laworks.net".
Parents interested in their children taking classes not currently offered at their schools or courses that earn college credits or professional training can begin enrolling now. State education Superintendent John White announced Monday that the Course Choice program is now enrolling students for next school year. Under the plan, Hundreds of courses previously not available to every child will be available.
For the second year in a row, the Baton Rouge metropolitan area has the highest per capita rate of new AIDS cases in the nation, that according to a just released report from the CDC. Baton Rouge has a rate of 29, which means 29 people out of every 100,000 of population were diagnosed with AIDS . Miami was ranked second with a rate of 28; Atlanta was ranked third with a rate of 27; New Orleans was ranked fourth with a rate of 25 and Baltimore was ranked fifth with a rate of 24. The Baton Rouge metro area ranked first in the country last year with a rate of 33 and second in the nation the year before that with a rate of 30
Senator David Vitter will host a "virtual town hall meeting" tomorrow night at 6:30. The senator says the event will introduce his new website, and give him a chance to get valuable feedback from
voters. The new website gives the town hall a video conference aspect. Find it online at Vitter.senate.gov
A Church Point man faces numerous charges - including vehicular homicide - after allegedly causing a three-vehicle fatal crash Sunday night in Acadia parish. State Police say the man was intoxicated when he rear-ended one vehicle on state Highway 95, then crossed the center line and hit a another. Eight people were injured in that crash; one died.
Sentencing is scheduled today for the Greensburg man accused of killing seven people in a drunk driving crash last May. Brett Gerald pleaded guilty in December to seven counts of vehicular homicide. Gerald's blood alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit on the night of May 30, 2012, when his pickup crossed the center line and ran into the sedan carrying members of Two families on their way home from church. Gerald could get up to 210 years for the seven deaths.
Governor Jindal met with officials from Assumption Parish Monday, to talk about the Bayou Corne sinkhole. Assumption Parish President Martin Triche (trish) says it was a good meeting, and he's pleased the Governor will step in to help expedite buyouts for resident who've been evacuated from their homes since last August. Mr. Jindal will personally travel to Bayou Corne next week to see the disaster for himself. In the meantime, he'll meet with officials from Texas Brine, who own the underground salt cavern believed to be causing the sinkhole, tomorrow.
Police in Slidell arrest a local man for using an "online bakery" to lure a young girl into a sexual relationship. Authorities say he enticed a 15 year old girl into meeting with him, after having online contact on his Facebook page. They also report he met up with the girl on at least seven occasions for sex. He faces seven counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and one count of stalking. Police believe more victims may come forward.
A Napoleonville state lawmaker proposes legislation that would bring tolls back to the Sunshine Bridge over the Mississippi River. State Senator Troy Brown says his proposal would bring needed revenue for
highway upkeep in St. James, Ascension and Assumption parishes. Senator Brown's bill would recommend returning to the 50-cent toll for using the Sunshine Bridge that was in place up until 2001.
Houma Police arrest 16 men they say used a website to arrange meetings with prostitutes. Officers used a sting to catch men using the website Backpage.com to hire sex for money. They say more such stings are planned, and other such websites users will be targeted.