News for Monday 081213
By Dave Graichen
A Marksville man was killed in a single vehicle accident yesterday morning shortly before noon on highway 1, just north of Marksville, when his vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree. 57 year old Charles Washington was pronounced dead at the scene. State police say he was not wearing a seatbelt.
Two top police officers in the town of Henderson are scheduled in court today on charges related to an alleged illegal ticket quota & bounty system. St. Martin Parish Prosecutor Chester Cedars says Police Chief Leroy Guidry and Deputy Chief Oliver Lloyd are accused of improperly rewarding officers for tickets issued to motorists on Interstate 10. Cedars says the chief and deputy chief were charged after an exhaustive investigation by the state Inspector General. He says they were allegedly rewarding officers with an hour of overtime pay for every two tickets written; the overtime paid from a state Highway Safety Commission grant. Guidry and Lloyd have remained on the job since their arrest last September. Cedars says the two are due in court this afternoon for arraignment on the charges of malfeasance, public payroll fraud and filing false public records.
The man who caused chaos on LSU's campus last year after calling in a bomb threat was sentenced Friday to 24 years at hard labor with no possibility of parole. 43 Year Old William Bouvay plead guilty in April to the charges stemming from the call he made last September. Prosecutors said the fake bomb threat cost LSU $1.4 million.
A federal judge overseeing a lawsuit that claims Angola death row inmates live in dangerously hot conditions will tour that area of the prison today. Judge Brian Jackson is trying to determine if the prisoners have been subjected to cruel or unusual punishment. The Judge heard testimony last week from the plaintiffs' attorneys, who claim the heat index has reached over 170 degrees. State officials claim that is not the case. Judge Jackson could issue a ruling as early as next week.
A recent piece by John Maginnis on "LAPolitics.com" says Republican insiders are trying to coax Public Service Commission member Scott Angelle to run for U.S. Senate next year. The article says GOP movers & shakers are uncertain Congressman Bill Cassidy could beat Mary Landrieu. Maginnis says the U.S. Senate wasn't "on Scott Angelle's radar" until "nervous Republicans" put it there. The 2014 race is high stakes for Mary Landrieu and for the Democrats, in holding their US Senate majority.
The waiting list for a state program that provides at-home services for the developmentally disabled has grown to over ten-thousand. State Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kleibert (Klee-bear) says they are trying to find ways to reduce the waiting list, but the program did not receive any additional funding this fiscal year. The program is called the New Opportunity Waiver, and it uses state and federal Medicaid funding to pay for specialized equipment, supplies, nursing services and at-home care for disabled children and adults. Kliebert says they will prioritize applicants and see if others could be better served through another program.
LSU held its annual football media day yesterday and it was the first time reporters had a chance to talk with new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron since the preseason camp started. Many wonder how the offense will change under Cameron, but he says there's one thing that will stay the same and that's a physical style of football. Cameron was brought in to get the best out of senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Cameron expects to see a more accurate throwing Q-B this season.