News for Thursday 080113
By Dave Graichen
Earl Barbry Sr., the chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana who was instrumental in getting federal recognition for the tribe and in bringing the Paragon Casino & Resort to Marksville, passed away Wednesday here in Alexandria, after a long battle with cancer. . Barbry was raised on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in Marksville. He was elected the tribe’s chairman in 1978 and was still chairman at his death. Barbry is survived by his wife, two sons and two granddaughters. Earl Barbry was 62
It’s a boy for former Gov. Edwin Edwards and his wife, Trina. The couple welcomed Eli Wallace Edwards in Baton Rouge early Thursday morning just three days after celebrating their second wedding anniversary. Trina Scott Edwards posted the announcement on her Facebook page early Thursday.
Plans to renovation of the Rapides Coliseum are being temporarily put on hold. The Rapides Parish Police Jury met in executive session for about an hour-and-a-half Wednesday with the chosen to design the project, Barron, Heinberg and Brocato. At issue is whether the design BH&B submitted for a “new” coliseum can fit into the construction budget. Word is, the design is several million over the $23 million voters approved. One option presented was a scaled-down version of the original design that would still require significant amount of additional funds. Something the parish could only do by borrowing the money.
A number of new state laws take effect today; among them a ban on using a pad or smartphone to view or post to social media while driving. In addition, publishing the names or addresses of person who have or have applied for concealed weapon carry permits can now get you a $10-thousand fine. Some other new laws; residents can now get lifetime concealed handgun permits, and public schools must now have annual safety drills for possible shooter emergencies and go over the success or failure of those drills with local lawmen.
Funeral services will be held today for former Congresswoman and Louisiana political icon Lindy Boggs, who died last Saturday at age 97. She was the state's first woman to serve in Congress, succeeding husband Hale Boggs who vanished in Alaska in 1972. She was also the first woman to be U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. Her funeral will be held at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans' Jackson Square. She'll be buried in her hometown of New Roads in Pointe
State Police say a teen from Coushatta was killed in a tragic ATV accident Wednesday. They say 16-year-old Dakotta Huckabay was driving on LA highway 507 in Red River Parish when he left the road, hit a dirt embankment then overturned. Huckabay was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.
State Police are investigating an ATV accident that caused the death of a 20-year-old man in St. John the Baptist Parish. Trooper Evan Harrell says Ronnie Brown of Luling was not wearing a helmet when he struck a tree and was ejected from the four-wheeler. Brown was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Harrell says they later found out the ATV Brown was driving was not his. It was stolen.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is in Washington D-C today, participating in a flood insurance reform discussion. Flood insurance rates will rise as the federal government is requiring policy holders to pay more for coverage. Donelon says today's meeting examines whether a
system can be set up so private companies can offer flood insurance. There are 484-thousand flood insurance policies in Louisiana, which is about nine percent of the total nationally.
A St. Martin Parish grand jury on Wednesday chose not to indict Breaux Bridge police officer Travis Guillot in the Dec. 2, 2012, shooting death of a teenager who drove her car into a police cruiser and a pedestrian as she apparently tried to escape a fight. The grand jury reached its decision not to charge the officer after two days of evidence put on by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office
Wednesday was the final day of the LA-Swift Service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The bus service started in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to help displaced residents commute to New Orleans. But the state no longer has the money to continue the
transportation service. LA Swift transports more than 12-thousand riders a month. A recent survey says 51-percent of the riders use the service to get to work.
An 85-year-old Lake Charles woman is charged with attempted murder, arson and domestic abuse battery for an unsuccessful attempt to kill a man. Officers went to the woman's home Tuesday night answering a domestic dispute call to find the victim with non-life-threatening injuries. Ida Meche reportedly also tried to set the house on fire. She was taken into custody. Bond has not yet been set.