News for Tuesday 072313
By Dave Graichen
State Wildlife & Fisheries agents report a happy ending to the case of a man who went missing in the wilds of LaSalle Parish over the weekend. LDWF spokesman Adam Einck says 29-year-old John Paul, Jr. was reported missing Saturday evening after he took his dog for a run in the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area. Einck says Paul got disoriented as the sun went down, and became lost. He says the man decided to sit in one spot, near a well-traveled waterway and wait to be found--which is exactly what happened. Einck says LDWF agents and deputies from both LaSalle and Rapides parishes were involved in the search.
25 year old Jaclynn White of Pineville was killed Sunday night when she walked into the path of an oncoming car on third street. The accident took place shortly after 9 in the evening. Medical personnel responded, but White was pronounced death at the scene. No charges have been filed against the driver of the vehicle. The investigation is continuing, and an autopsy and toxicology tests are pending.
The Louisiana National Guard marked the 20th anniversary of its Youth Challenge Program, which helps high school dropouts put their lives on a more positive course. Senator Mary Landrieu is an Honorary Co-Chair of the LNG's Youth Foundation, says the program helps kids turn their lives around. Landrieu says 1400 Louisiana kids have graduated from the LNG Youth Challenger this year, but over 16-thousand have been helped over the program's 20-year history. She says she's proud to be a part of it.
Baton Rouge Police say a man who hit a police car and caused another woman to be injured in the accident then drove off is now in custody. They say 37-year-old Ronald Byrd of Baton Rouge faces felony hit and run and other charges. He turned himself into authorities Monday. The officer and woman were seriously injured but are expected to survive.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's office releases the identity of the five-year-old girl who was killed in a two-car wreck Sunday afternoon. Her name is Alajah Davis of Lafayette. Captain Kip Judice says Davis was a front seat passenger in a vehicle that crossed the center of the road and slammed into a pickup truck. Judice says the five year old victim should not have been in the front seat to start with.
Louisiana’s Secretary of State office has won a top national award for its “Geaux Vote Mobile” application and website that helps people navigate elections. Secretary of State Tom Schedler picked up the IDEAS award that recognizes innovation and achievement at the National Association of Secretaries of State annual summer conference in Anchorage, Alaska over the weekend.
Several cast members of Duck Dynasty helped raise nearly $300,000 for a Children's Home near Hattiesburg Mississippi Saturday night. Dr. Michael Garrett is the executive director at Homes of Hope, he says his annual budget for Homes of Hope, which is privately funded, is about $560,000, so the Duck Dynasty fundraiser was a huge success for them.
A 19-year-old man was arrested for his second DWI after he allegedly caused a crash on I-10, fled the scene, and allegedly tried to outrun police. The person that Darin Terrell allegedly hit followed
him; calling police. A breathalyzer revealed Terrell's blood alcohol content was .10; well over the legal limit.
Shreveport Police detectives are still developing leads from last week's triple homicide that took place at a home in the Mooretown neighborhood. The coroner says 78-year-old Irene Ellison, 41-year-old Carise Ellison and 58-year-old Brian Wilson were stabbed to death. Assistant Police Chief Bill Goodin says investigators have gathered evidence from the crime scene that will hopefully provide clues as to who is responsible. Goodin says they're working 'round-the-clock to make an arrest.
The man charged with the drunk driving death of a Lafayette woman in 2012, who made more headlines by walking out of his trial and fleeing the state, will serve 20 years in prison. Wade Lohse pleaded no contest today, to the death of Cacie Barras McGrew last year.