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News For Monday 07/22/13


News for Monday 072213

By Dave Graichen

 

Shreveport police detectives are still developing leads in  a triple homicide   that   happened  in  the  city's  Mooretown  area  Police spokesperson Bill Goodin says all three victims were stabbed once. Goodin says the murders  happened  in an area that's usually a quiet. A man and two  women  are  the  victims  in  this  case.  Authorities have not announced if they have any suspects.

 

 A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention  suggests elderly persons in Louisiana are less likely to lead healthy  lives. The report suggests the average person can expect only 12 years  past 65 of decent health. In the CDC study, the national average of healthful years after 65 is  19; 7 more years than in Louisiana.

 

A  Baton  Rouge  grand  jury  indicts  six people for the thefts  of cocaine and guns from a courthouse evidence locker last year; one of them a judge's son. Two of the accused worked  at the courthouse and had  access  to  the evidence room East Baton Rouge  Parish  DA  Hillar  Moore  says they took 48 pounds of coke, over the course of about a year.

 

A former dispatcher at the Bienville  Parish  Sheriff's  office will spend  at least one year in jail after she plead guilty on  charges she faked  cancer  in  order to receive donations. District Attorney Jonathan Stewart says 28-year-old  Erin  Bradley  of Saline accepted over  six-thousand  dollars.  Stewart  says  Bradley's  motive   for perpetuating the lie is still a mystery.

 

US Senator Mary Landrieu believes her legislation to delay a portion of  the large flood insurance rate hikes will pass the senate. It's already  cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee. Landrieu says Louisianans  in flood prone areas are facing higher premiums, because of a flood  insurance reform bill that was passed two years ago. Landrieu says the legislation that's making its way through the senate  not only delays rate hikes for certain flood insurance customers, it  also requires FEMA to make certain their flood maps are accurate.  A bill similar to Landrieu's legislation has already passed the House.

 

State police  report  two  people riding a motorcycle in Union Parish were killed when they hit a  deer  on  Louisiana  Highway  143  Friday night.  Sixty-three-year-old Kenny Barrett of Marion and 52-year-old Melinda Weeks of Marion were pronounced dead at the scene.

 

State Police charged an  Opelousas man with negligent homicide after he lost control of his vehicle  last  night  in  St.  Landry Parish, killing  an  18-year-old passenger in his vehicle. Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Mayo sustained minor injuries and has been booked into the St. Landry Parish jail on several charges.

 

Louisiana Purchase Gardens &  Zoo  must  make  some  improvements to remain   open,   according  to  a  U.S.  Department  of  Agriculture inspection earlier  this  month.  USDA inspectors say the Monroe zoo needs  to  build  eight new primate holding  pens  and  remodel  the kitchen used for preparing  food for the animals. Zoo officials feel

they can do that within their annual maintenance budget.

 

The funeral is today for  six-year-old  Ahlittia  North of Harvey,  who  was  stabbed to death and found in a trash bin early last week. Matthew Flugence  has  been  charged  with  first-degree murder in the case.

 

Nucor  announces  its  two-point-five  million ton iron plant in St. James Parish will begin operations late  this  summer or early fall. Nucor originally hoped that it would be running  by  now,  but heavy rains earlier this year delayed the project.

 

The  massive  sinkhole  at  Bayou  Corne  in Assumption  Parish  has "burped" again. Authorities report that caused  a lot of movement of surface  water in the slurry-fiiled hole. The burps  are  caused  by releases of  pockets  of  hydrocarbons  at  the  bottom of the hole. Meanwhile property buyouts negotiations for residents who once lived

near that hole continue. 92 offers have been made;  59 have accepted the buyouts so far.

 

A Baton Rouge police officer and a woman suffered serious injuries early Saturday after a Dodge Caravan ran off the roadway and struck the officer’s patrol car. Police are searching for the minivan’s driver, believed to be Ronald Byrd, 37, who fled the scene on foot.

 

A 42-year-old Oakdale man died early Saturday in a single-vehicle crash in Allen Parish, according to Louisiana State Police Troop D. Police identified the man as Sherwin Ashworth. Ashworth lost control of the truck and drove off the right side of the road. He overcorrected to the left but again drove off the right side of the road before hitting a utility pole. He was not wearing his seatbelt and was partially ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

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