News for Tuesday 071613
By Dave Graichen
The investigation continues into the shooting death of a 34 year old Alexandria man over the weekend. The APD reports the victim was found in a home in the 2000 block of Thornton Court shortly before midnight Saturday night. The victim has been Identified as Troyville Brown. Police say they have identified a suspect, but no charges have been filed.
Governor Jindal announcing yesterday Honeywell Corporation will invest over $200-million to expand the size and scope of operations at 4 Louisiana plants; 2 in Baton Rouge, 1 in Geismar and 1 in Shreveport. He says it will mean the creation of about 190 new jobs at good salaries, with well over 450 construction jobs as well.
State education officials announced yesterday that demand for nontraditional public school courses has exceeded the 2,000 available slots. The program, called Course Choice, is a pilot project aimed at offering hard-to-get classes for students through unusual sources, including on-line firms. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in June approved the use of $2 million in federal funds from an oil and gas settlement that have aided schools since 1986 to pay for the courses.
State Police are investigating a Lafayette Police officer involved shooting. They say officers responded to an attempted suicide complaint Sunday where they encountered 34-year-old Harold Bastin. Apparently the man from Lafayette approached law enforcement with a handgun when he was fatally shot by an officer.
It was an exceptionally violent weekend in New Orleans. Over a 12-hour period starting Saturday at 7 p.m. there were seven shootings that left 5 people dead. A two-year-old is in critical condition, police believe he and his mother were not the intended victims. The shootings are not considered to be related and the
Governor Bobby Jindal has commuted the sentence of a man sentenced to life for murder. 50-year-old Shelby Arabie was sent to Angola 27 years ago, for killing a man during a drug deal gone sour. Mr. Jindal has commuted Arabie's life sentence to 45 years--making him eligible for parole right now. Governor Jindal says numerous people came forward to say Arabie IS a changed man.
The Louisiana Association of Educators teachers' union has a new president. Vermilion Parish language teacher Deborah Meaux accepted leadership of the union Monday, from outgoing president Joyce Haynes. Meaux ("MO") says it's an honor to represent the 20-thousand members of the LAE. Meaux teaches French at Kaplan High School in Vermilion Parish, and has been teaching for nearly 4 decades.
An Anacoco teenager, who was not wearing her seatbelt, was killed in a two-vehicle accident near Toledo bend in Sabine Parish over the weekend. State Police trooper Scott Moreau says the victim is 17-year-old Winter Airhart. Moreau says Airhart was a passenger in a Dodge pickup truck that collided with a GMC pickup making left-hand
turn. He says Aihart was ejected from the truck and pronounced dead at the
State Police say a Texas man who wasn't wearing his seat belt is dead after a morning crash yesterday in St. Landry Parish. They say the driver, who has not been identified, ran off La Highway 357 into a ditch and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man accused of murdering his wife in Calcasieu Parish 50 years ago pleads not guilty. Felix Vail entered his plea during his arraignment Monday. He's charged with killing Mary Horton Vail in 1962 and leaving her body in the Calcasieu River. Vail is suspected in the deaths of a girlfriend in the 1970s and a second wife in the 1980's.