News For Wednesday 071713
By Dave Graichen
Six-year-old Ahlittia North was last seen Friday night when her parents put her to bed. Her step father says the next morning they found she was missing. Tragically after a massive search her body was discovered early yesterday morning in a dumpster near the end of the apartment complex where she lived. Authorities have made an arrest. His name is 20-year-old Matthew Flugence, the nephew of the young girl's stepfather. The coroner’s office says the girl was stabbed to death. The investigation continues.
LSU announced Tuesday morning a $2 million private donation that should put them a step closer to finishing renovations to the university’s Patrick F. Taylor Hall. The family of Board of Regents member Roy O. Martin donated the money. Gov. Bobby Jindal last year threw his support behind a $100 million public-private partnership to turn the building into a state-of-the-art engineering facility.
U.S. News and World Report’s 24th annual Best Hospitals report was released yesterday. On that list, Louisiana’s best hospitals. As you may suspect the top hospitals were in the state’s biggest cities. #1 was Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. #2 the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport. But, the number three hospital came as a surprise to even the publisher of the report. Rapides Regional Medical Center here in Alexandria was ranked No. 3 among all Louisiana hospitals.
Cleco is warning its customers across Louisiana to beware of a scam wherein callers impersonate Cleco employees. Spokeswoman Robbyn Cooper says the con artists are threatening to disconnect power unless you wire them money. Cooper says the callers will demand immediate payment be made, using a particular money transfer agency, or the customer's power will be cut off. She wants consumers to know that Cleco may occasionally call customers to remind them of an overdue bill, but they never discuss nor dictate payment method within those calls.
Another State lawmaker switches from the democratic to the republican party. Port Allen Senator Rick ward joins Opelousas Senator Elbert Guillory and Jonesboro Representative Jim Fannin as legislators who swapped parties in the last two months. Word is he plans to run for Louisiana's sixth congressional district seat, which will become open in 2014 as Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy challenges democrat Mary Landrieu for senate.
Imagine not only surviving being struck by lightning but having it happen to you while you were inside a building. That's exactly what happened to and unidentified woman, yesterday, who was checking out her groceries at a Supermarket in Houma. Authorities think the lightning was most likely transmitted through the store's electrical system. A foot-wide blackened tile marks the spot but thankfully the woman appears to be OK.
Police say a woman from Franklin is dead and her son in critical condition after the two got into a fight. They say 60-year-old Hazel Charles died from trauma to the head and her son, Jeremiah Penns is fighting for his life with multiple stab wounds. The situation remains under investigation.
The president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers fell off a ladder last weekend and will need up to eight weeks to recover. Steve Monaghan, veteran leader of the teachers’ union, is expected to make a full recovery. Monaghan fractured two vertebrae in his back.
East Baton Rouge Parish authorities say a 25-year-old Baton Rouge man drowned in the Amite River Monday night after jumping from a dock. They say Jason Hamilton was drinking all day and swimming in the river with some friends at a camp and when he jumped into the water and screamed for help, his friends thought he was joking. He wasn’t. Divers recovered his body around 7pm.
A 20 year old Sunset man is in the St. Landry Parish jail after he allegedly raped a 4 year old girl. Sheriff's Office Captain Megan Vizena says Nathaniel Monroe was taken into custody after a complaint came in from the little girls mother. She says Monroe admitted to it and was charged with one count of aggravated rape.
Summer travel budgets may need to be adjusted after this massive spike in the gas price recently. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular according to AAA is currently 14 cents more than it was this time last week.
SEC Media Days continue in Birmingham today and the conduct of football players away from the field is a hot topic. LSU has its issues in this area involving former players Jordan Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu and now suspended running back Jeremy Hill. Commissioner Mike Slive says the league can't ignore the recent off-the-field incidents.