News for Tuesday 060413
By Dave Graichen
Cleco has once again sent crews Monday to assist in Oklahoma City after Friday's storm that damaged Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company's system. According to a release, the work during the first trip to the city of Moore was so extensive they worked on basics like replacing poles. This storm did not create that type of damage,
but 33 Cleco line mechanics will be working to restore the area's power to assist in recovery efforts.
The Rapides Parish Police Jury’s Finance Committee approved the sale of the Martin Luther King Jr. library branch building to Pill Box pharmacy owner Joe Williams Monday. The jury is expected to finalize the $78,000 sale at its regular meeting next Monday.
Williams said once the sale is final, “we’ll start rehabbing the building immediately.” He expects renovations to take a month or two to complete.
The hurricane forecasting team at Colorado State University says they'll stick with their prediction of 18 named storms this year. CSU researcher Dr. Phil Klotbach says the above average hurricane season is based on unusually warm waters in the tropical Atlantic. He says the probability of a major hurricane landfall along the Gulf
Coast this year is 47%.
Louisiana Tech is receiving more accolades as the university has been named in the Top 25 schools in the nation that provide its graduates with the best returns on their investments or ROI. The report was put together by an online financial news site which uses data from PayScale.com who rank Tech No. 1 in Louisiana for starting salaries of its graduates.
A House bill that would loosen criminal penalties for those convicted of marijuana possession will be considered by a Senate Committee today. The lower chamber passed the bill by New Orleans Representative Austin Badon last week. Badon says sentencing currently in place for those caught with pot makes no sense. Badon says he hopes the bill will make it out of committee today then pass the Senate Floor tomorrow.
Tangipahoa Parish deputies say early yesterday morning they found a 5-month-old baby alone in a home with two dead people. Investigators believe 26-year-old Brandon Colona shot and killed his girlfriend, 21-year-old Theresa Doby, then turned the gun on himself. The baby is OK, and in the care of a family member. Deputies say Colona's motive is unclear at
An Allen Parish judge sets bail for a couple accused of the April death of two-year-old child. Brandi Holyfield is the child's mother. she and live-in boyfriend Bobby DAvis Jr. are charged with 2nd degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. A coroner's report indicated the baby died of blunt force trauma. Bond for the pair are set at $225-thousand each.
A bill that sets up clear rules about using a surrogate mother to have a child is on its way to the Governor's desk. Norco Senator Gary Smith is the bill's sponsor. He says current state law is extremely vague in this area. The bill has cleared both House & Senate, though many don't like it. Smith says liberals object that it applies only to married couples; meaning same-sex couples would be excluded. Louisiana Family Forum president Gene Mills says conservative groups like his object to parts
of the bill pertaining to reimbursement of the surrogate birth mother. Mills says the LA. Family Forum feels the bill will further erode the traditional family, and he's urging the Governor to veto.
Police in Opelousas arrest a man for leaving his four kids in a locked SUV while he was in a bar shooting pool. Justin Rosette's kids were all between 1 and 11 years old. Rosette was charged with child desertion and drug possession.
The Slidell Police Department says a Mississippi woman was arrested twice in 24 hours for driving drunk. They say 26-year-old Marjorie Portier exhibited signs of intoxication when she left a party at a bar Saturday morning at 2:30 and was arrested for DUI. Police then arrested Portier leaving another bar the next night when she was
driving under the influence again. The incidents were her first and second offense.
Folks on both sides of the Mississippi River are upset to learn the state is shutting down the White Castle Ferry later this month. DOTD says it costs over million dollars a year to run and it provides no state or regional transportation; only local service. Residents are angry to hear that, as driving to the nearest bridge to cross the
river will add dozens of miles to their daily travel; not to mention the additional fuel expense. The ferry is set to close on June 28th.