News for Friday 071213
By Dave Graichen
State police report two people were killed yesterday when, just before 7 in the morning, two vehicles collided on highway 1 near the community of Hamburg. Killed was 66 year old Leo David of New Roads and 37 year old Michael Zaunbrecher of Mansura. Troopers say neither man was wearing a seatbelt.
A casting call will be held in Alexandria tomorrow for a new movie that will begin production later this month. The Aftermath,” an independent film, is the brainchild of Alexandria native Shaun Sanghani, who co-wrote the script and will produce “The Aftermath” as well.” The star of the movie will be Sam Trammell, one of the stars of HBO’s “True Blood. That open casting call will be tomorrow afternoon from 1-6 p.m. at 1501 Wimbledon Boulevard.
Caught red handed, an employee at the LaQuinta Inn in Alexandria is facing a charge that he entered a guest's room without permission and took some electronic items. 27 year old Tyrus Gable was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on a simple burglary charge. All items stolen were recovered and returned to the guest.
It’s all over for the Alexandria Aces for this season. The United League Baseball has shut the team down rest of the season, but plans are in the works to return the team to Alexandria in 2014. The reason for the early end to the season, League CEO John Bryant saying it is pretty obvious the public will not attend professional baseball at Bringhurst Field in its current condition. In a statement released Thursday afternoon from Mayor Jacques Roy's office, he said the city was notified of the decision Thursday by email.
The American Automobile Association says the current statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline jumped two cents overnight to $3.33 a gallon. That's up five cents from last week. But last year at this time during summer travels the gas price was just $3.15.
Louisiana's junior US Senator has a lot of money in the bank to be used either for a re-election bid or a run for governor next year. Charlie Spies treasurer for the Fund for Louisiana's Future, a super political action committee supporting Vitter says the PAC will report raising 750-thousand dollars for Vitter to federal election officials tomorrow. Vitter hasn't made public any specific plans but the current governor cannot succeed himself which could lead the senator to a run for the state house. The super PAC has been formed at both the state and federal levels.
Livingston Parish authorities want to know who put ten puppies in an ice chest and left them on the roadside, near the Walker Animal Shelter. The dogs were all malnourished and some had heat stroke, but all are still alive. The responsible party faces animal cruelty charges when found. Meanwhile adoptive homes for the puppies are being sought.
Jonesboro state Representative and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Fannin has left the Democrat Party and become a Republican. Fannin says the Democrats are now TOO far to the left, and he can no longer stand wth them on issues like gay marriage, gun control. Fannin has long considered himself a so-called Blue Dog Democrat; a party member who leans toward more conservative values. He says there's no room for Blue Dogs in the Democrat Party these days. Fannin may be thinking of running for state Senate, to fill the seat of Senator Bob Kostelka, who is term-limited.
Lafayette Police arrest a 19-year-old mom, after her 3-year-old was found wandering about the neighborhood alone. Lafayette Police Corporal Paul Mouton says Chelsea Jones was napping, when her child got out of the house and walked some two blocks from the home. Mouton says Jones was charged with 2nd-offense child desertion, because this isn't the first time she's been in similar trouble.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has increased its funding of 18 domestic violence service providers by more than 840-thousand dollars to the tune of six million dollars. The increase comes after last years mid-year reductions. The funding takes into account for the first time the size of the population served, square miles covered and the quality of the service provided.
Police in Eunice seek a pickup truck that hit a 4-year-old girl and kept going. The victim was crossing the street when the truck hit her, but she sustained only minor injuries. Eunice Police are looking for a grey Ford pickup; late 1990's or early 2000's model, driven by a white male. When found, he'll be charged with hit & run.
The city of Minden has a new mayor, after the death of Mayor Bill Robertson two weeks ago. The Minden City Council voted to appoint Councilman Joe Cornelius to lead the town, until an election is held this fall. The Council will also appoint someone to fill Cornelius' now-empty council seat.
Jefferson Parish deputies arrest a Texas woman for human trafficking; accused of bringing an underage girl to a Metairie motel room to sell her for sex. The girl is 16, the suspect Andrea Birdow is 22. She reportedly solicited an undercover cop to have sex with the girl for $320.