News for Tuesday 080613
By Dave Graichen
Members of the Rapides parish police jury met with another architectural firm Monday to discuss the Rapides Coliseum project. The parish is several months into the design phase of a $23 million renovation to the entertainment venue on La. Highway 28 West. Barron Heinberg & Brocato was awarded the project last August, but the jury decided last week to temporarily halt work over concerns BH&B’s design would not work within the budget. On Monday, jurors met with Alliance Design Group, which originally submitted a proposal for the project along with BH&B. no specifics of the meeting were released.
Governor Jindal has declared a State of Emergency as a result of a train derailment in St. Landry Parish. Because the Union Pacific train is carrying hazardous materials, about one-hundred homes were evacuated and U-S 190 in the area has been closed in both directions. Jindal is hopeful the evacuation order will not be prolonged. The train derailed Sunday afternoon near the town of Lawtell.
Suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill will not have to go to jail for violating his probation last April, when he punched another person in a parking lot of the bar. But Judge Bonnie Jackson said
Monday that Hill will remain on probation until 2015, perform community service and his curfew will remain in place. Within an hour of the judge’s decision, Coach Les Miles announced Hill will be back on the team this fall.
State Education Superintendent John White says the current three high school diploma tracks in Louisiana - basic, college prep and career - do too little to prepare young people for the workplace, or
for the post-secondary education they'll almost surely need to get a decent job. White says he's targeting a package of proposed bills for the Spring Legislative Session to reform high school diploma tracks.
Three Natchitoches Parish Detention Center correctional officers were suspended for 30 days without pay after the escape of a prisoner who later was recaptured while armed near Freeport, Texas.
The unnamed officers were suspended for violating standard operating procedures at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. What procedures were violated was not divulged.
State Police say a woman from Ville Platte was killed in an Evangeline Parish Crash Sunday night. They say 33-year-old Monique Branch was crossed a center line and ran off the road, entered a ditch rolled over and struck a house. Brand was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A St. Charles Parish Sheriff's deputy was killed Sunday night while responding to a call. State Police Trooper Melissa Matey says Deputy John Watson was rolling with emergency lights on, when he collided with a car making a left turn across traffic, then careened head-on into a Ford Expedition. A motorcyclist traveling behind the expedition then drove into the back of it. Three other men were injured, one critically, in the crash. Neither Deputy or the driver of the SUV were wearing seat belts. Matey says impairment is not suspected in the crash.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's office is looking for a gunman that shot three people who were part of a large gathering in a parking lot of a Waffle House in Gray. Captain Dawn Foret says between 100 to 200 people were in the parking lot early Sunday morning, after attending a concert at the Evergreen Cajun Center. Foret says the shooting could be connected to an incident that
happened at the concert, when two people flashed their guns.
The Department of Health and hospitals says a third case of an intestinal illness caused by a parasite has been confirmed in Louisiana. The newest case here in the nationwide outbreak of
cyclospora has been reported in Caddo Parish. Other states are tracing the illness to pre-packed salads served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster.
A fairly rare occurrence in Monroe, as a local woman gives birth to identical triplets. The three girls came into the world several weeks early and are of pretty low birth weight, but their prognosis
is good. Parents, Hallie and Curtis Coleman have named the girls Savannah, Madelyn and Lell.
A search is underway on the Bogue Chitto River near Franklinton for a young woman who vanished while tubing. The Coast Guard and sheriff's deputies are looking for 22-year-old Melanie Borja, who they say hopped off her inner tube to swim for a few minutes Sunday
afternoon. Friends lost sight of her, and called authorities. The search is encompassing area of five miles in the vicinity of the river.
Federal health officials gave approval Monday to the final piece of the financial deal involving LSU’s partnership with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services signed off on the arrangement in which the Lake took over operation of LSU outpatient clinics and urgent care center. CMS approved a compensation arrangement in which the Lake receives 95 percent of allowable Medicaid costs. The reimbursement is more than other area hospitals receive.