News for Thursday 071813
By Dave Graichen
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says the suspect in the murder of 6-year-old Ahlittia North, of Harvey, has admitted he committed the crime. 20-year-old Matthew Flugence is charged with 1st degree murder, after his arrest in Westwego Tuesday night. Sheriff Normand says Flugence confessed during questioning. Flugence is a nephew of the little girl's step-father. The child's body was found early yesterday in a trash bin near her home.
State education officials report 3,600 more public high school seniors achieved a score of 18 or higher on the ACT last school year. State Superintendent of Education John White says that means more students are eligible for college and more are eligible for the TOPS scholarship program. White says of the approximately 37-thousand seniors who took the ACT last academic year, nearly 22,000 achieved a college-eligible score of 18 or higher.
Police in Crowley are investigating acts of vandalism at a local church; the second such offenses at the church in a year. Pastor Larry Guidry, of the Church of Christ in Crowley, says someone broke in and ransacked the place and wrote "you told me lies" on his desk. Less than a year ago, vandals threw rocks through the church's
windows. Crowley Police are seeking clues and tips from citizens.
The two brothers accused in the Mother's Day second line shooting in New Orleans have plead not guilty. 19-year-old Akein Scott and 24-year-old Shawn Scott were arraigned yesterday on 20 counts of attempted second degree murder.
An apparent argument over the TV turned into attempted murder in DeSoto Parish. Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Horace Womack said 17-year-old Stephen Raybon of Grand Cane allegedly shot 21-year-old William Dowling of Mansfield after a disagreement over the volume of the program they were watching. Womack says Dowling was shot once in the chest with a .40 caliber handgun. Raybon will be charged with attempted second degree murder. The victim is in stable condition.
Minden Police say they busted a local man for possession of a large amount of synthetic marijuana, a schedule 1 controlled dangerous substance. 24-year-old Paul Presley reportedly had more than 500 grams of the product; about $3000 worth. He's been booked on possession with intent to distribute. Presley was on probation for a previous charge; that has been suspended.
A Craigslist scam leads to the arrest of a 15-year-old and 18-year-old The Zachery teens allegedly advertised a $180 iPad to sell but when a Baton Rouge couple showed up to buy it the teens robbed them. Luckily, the couple took pictures of them as they approached their car.
Four arrests have been made in the weekend shooting death of a Donaldsonville man. Ascension Parish Deputies say they were called to the scene of a large fight but upon arrival found Brisecon Jasmine dead. Detectives developed several suspects and arrested four men in connection with the shooting death of Jasmine.
Despite some troubling stories about cruise ships last year, 2012 was a good year for the cruise industry out of New Orleans. Port of New Orleans president & CEO Gary LaGrange (luh-GRAHNZHE) says spending on cruises out of the Crescent City saw a healthy increase last year. The figures are from a report released this week by the Cruise Line International Association. They show Louisiana cruise spending at over $399-million last year; an increase of 42% over 2011. LaGrange says the industry gained over 2000 permanent full-time jobs as well.
If you're a fan of Abita Beer you'll be interested in two big announcements the company made this week. Abita President David Blossman says one of their most popular beers, Andygator, will become available in 6 packs by October. He says Andygator has a cult following and started mainly as a draft-driven brand. Blossman says they are also excited to announce they are adding a new beer to their line starting in December. He says the Grapefruit Harvest I.P.A. is a natural fit within the rest of the Abita Beer family.