News for Tuesday 062513
By Dave Graichen
An off-duty Vernon Parish Sheriff's deputy was killed Monday morning in a single vehicle crash on State Highway 8 near Leesville. State Police says 54-year-old Deputy Steven Netherland lost control of his vehicle in a construction zone and ran into some roadside equipment. They say he was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected
from the vehicle. He died at the scene.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual KIDS COUNT child welfare report is out--ranking Louisiana 46th for overall child well-being. Agenda For Children spokeswoman Teresa Falgoust (FAL-goo) says the reports ranks 16 indicators, and finds the economic picture for Louisiana children has gotten worse in recent years. Louisiana's child poverty rate is higher than 47 other states.
An Alexandria man has been sentenced to 61 years in prison in the 2012 death of an Alexandria woman. Derrick Dewayne Pickens, 35, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and attempted murder charges in the death of 33-year-old Erika Davis. Pickens was sentenced last week by by Judge Thomas M. Yeager. Davis was found dead in a residence on Bertie Street in Alexandria in June 2012. Pickens turned himself in on June 5, 2012.
There were two domestic related murders within hours of each other over a bloody weekend in Crowley. Police say a man was found stabbed near his apartment stabbed in the chest Sunday afternoon. His girlfriend was charged with second degree murder in that case. Then 2 hours later a female was found shot in the head. Her husband was also charged with second degree murder.
Yet more bad economic news for the Shreveport area. The Air Force reports the last of the A-10 fighter jets that had been stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base has now left the Bossier City facility and moved to Arizona. At one time, Barksdale was the home of 24 A-10 fighters, but Air Force brass recommended they be moved elsewhere. That move has costs almost 600 full and part time jobs at Barksdale.
The New Orleans Police Department says a 5 year old child is dead after she accidentally shot herself, and the mom is behind bars. They say officers arrived to find the little girl suffering a single gunshot wound to the head and the investigation determined the child was home alone. The mother told police she was at the grocery store at the time. She has been charged with 2nd degree murder.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's office says a man is under arrest for the murder of his brother over the weekend. They say William Loring was faces second degree murder after he said he shot his angry brother, Ricky Loring, who had charged into his apartment. Apparently the two had smoked crack earlier in the day and the
victim was angry because the suspect refused to buy more drugs.
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 38-year-old man Gonzales man is dead after crashing his boat. They say Buddy Ray Poche last control of his vessel and crashed it into a bank near Bob's Bayou Black Marina in Gibson. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Residents that live near the Assumption Parish sinkhole had until 5:30 yesterday to accept a buyout offer from Texas Brine, the owner of the salt dome cavern that failed, which caused the sinkhole. Company spokesperson Sonny Cranch says 34 of the 91 homeowners offered a buyout have accepted. Cranch says the amount of the buyout depended on the property involved. Cranch says it's possible the deadline could be extended.
Authorities in Monroe now say an early morning accident Sunday that resulted in the death of a 6-year old girl may have been at least partially caused by her father getting drunk and then trying to drive the van they were riding in. Police sergeant Mark Johnson says six people were in the mini-van, including 4 children. Another small girl remains in critical condition at a Shreveport hospital. Johnson says blood alcohol tests are still pending on Christen Foy.
A going away party for a New Orleans soldier, about to be sent overseas, erupted into gunfire early Sunday morning, sending 4 people to the hospital. Police say as many as 300 people were in the street for festivities, when shots rang out. Police are seeking the shooter, who they say fired 9 shots from a .40 caliber pistol.
Police in Baton Rouge say the death of an 11-month-old girl over the weekend is a homicide. A coroner's report shows blunt force trauma to the head killed the baby, who also had other wounds in varied stages of healing. Officer says criminal charges are expected to be filed in the case this week.
Bobby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul died Sunday. Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives. Bobby “Blue” Bland was 83.