News for Thursday 082213
By Dave Graichen
Saying something stinks about the way a special election for the 5th Congressional District seat developed, Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway joined the crowded race Wednesday. Fourteen people, including four legislators, a mayor, a former legislator and political newcomers, are now on the ballot for the Oct. 19 open primary special election to replace U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander. Holloway, a Republican from Forest Hill, said his decision to run stems from suspicions that Gov. Bobby Jindal and Alexander, R-Quitman, orchestrated a plan to slide state Sen. Neil Riser into the seat.
The LSU Tigers haven't played a game yet this season, but already talk is centered around NEXT year's schedule which was released yesterday. LSU will close out the 2014 season in College Station taking on Texas A&M in a Thanksgiving night game. The Tigers usually play Arkansas as the last game of the season the day after Thanksgiving, but next year, the Tigers and Razorbacks will take on each other earlier in the season.
A Natchitoches Police officer is in custody for allegedly kidnapping another man Tuesday night and holding him at gunpoint. DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle says officer Robert Barthelemy was taken into custody after almost a 2 hour standoff with law enforcement who feared the suspect was going to commit suicide in his car. He ended up being taken into custody without incident. The dispute between the two men was reportedly over a woman. The victim, Tony Procell is still missing.an active search continues for him today.
State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell spent some time in a Madison Parish hospital, after a single vehicle crash. State Police Trooper Albert Paxton says the accident happened at around 7 yesterday morning, not far from Tallulah. Caldwell told troopers he was fatigued and felt nauseated while driving, and apparently blacked out. He suffered only minor injuries. Paxton says impairment is not suspected in Caldwell's crash.
Former chief of staff to Governor Bobby Jindal Steven Waguespack is reportedly in line to become the next president of LABI, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. This is interesting news, as Waguespack is loyal to the Governor's Office, and LABI was instrumental in nixing Mr. Jindal's tax swap proposal this past Spring. The plan would have ended state income taxes and shifted more of the tax burden to business. With Waguespack at the helm, political insiders are saying, Jindal's tax swap could have a very different fate next Spring.
Four people were seriously hurt Wednesday afternoon, in a crash near I-49 in Carencro that slowed traffic to a crawl. Police say a woman driving a vehicle with three kids inside was attempting a lane change, when she hit a truck, lost control and rolled her vehicle several times. One child was ejected from the car. All four are being treated for severe, but non-life-threatening injuries. Traffic
backup due to this crash - plus rubbernecking - led to several other smaller accidents, in which no one was seriously hurt.
New LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander will be among volunteers helping freshman students move into their campus housing today. It's the annual Move-In Day at LSU, and Alexander says he's not alone; about 700 faculty, staff and student athletes will take part.
Residents in central and northern Louisiana will soon have access to the fastest wireless phone & device technology, as AT&T announces it's rolling out 4G LTE service in Alexandria and points north. AT&T spokesperson Sue Sperry says 4G LTE provides upload and download speeds far superior to current mobile technologies. Sperry says the Alexandria area should have the new wireless tech fully in place before the year's end. Now, if we can only get a signal on Jackson Street Ext….
A West Baton Rouge 18-year-old, Daryl Tillman, and an unnamed teenager face battery charges for shooting a girl at Plaquemine High school with a paintball gun. Investigators said their prank happened as the girl was leaving an after school event.
Dressed as a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Deputy, 26-year-old Gary Robertson of Westlake, apparently stole two flat-screen TV's from Walmart, Tuesday after noon. Authorities say Robertson stole the uniform from a relative. He now faces several charges and the investigation continues into whether he used the uniform in any other situations.
New Orleans Police say a local taxi driver was arrested after allegedly using his cellphone to record video underneath a woman's skirt without her permission, then using the footage to try to get money from her. Metairie resident Hervey Farrell was charged with extortion and video voyeurism for the April 2012 incident. He allegedly sent the victim a copy of the video and demanded $1000 to make it "disappear". Something he will probably be doing soon.
Deputies in Tangipahoa Parish have recovered two guns that were stolen from a Hammond City Police vehicle last week, but they are still seeking the thief or thieves who took them. The Chevy SUV was burglarized last Friday during the overnight hours. The weapons stolen were a Glock semi-automatic pistol and Remington pump shotgun.
The ACLU has sent Slidell Police a letter warning them they are violating the Constitution every time they arrest a person for begging money from citizens. Louisiana American Civil Liberties
Union director Marjorie Esman says Slidell cops have arrested about 6 people for panhandling so far this year. The police say they've passed her letter on to their lawyers for review.