News for Tuesday 082713 5:25a
By Dave Graichen
Tony Procell, the man allegedly killed by a Natchitoches police officer, died as a result of significant injuries to his head. That's according to a preliminary autopsy report done by the Sabine Parish Coroner's office. Deputy coroner Ron Rivers. There's a report that says 34-year-old Robert Barthelemy allegedly used a baseball bat to kill Procell after abducting him from his Many home by gunpoint last Tuesday. Barthelemy has been in police custody since Wednesday morning. He's facing a charge of first-degree murder. Procell's body was found on Sunday in a shallow grave in Winn Parish. Rivers says a forensic anthropologist expert from LSU is assisting in the investigation.
The Secretary of State is teaming with registrars' offices across the state to push for voter registrations this week. Secretary Tom Schedler says the effort is in cooperation with National Voter Registration Week; now through this Friday. Schedler says Louisiana ranks 3rd in the country for the percentage of eligible voters that are registered to do so; 85%. Registrars offices will hold voter registration events at select locations all across the state this week. Remember, you can always register to vote at the Office of Motor Vehicles, also at libraries, public schools and colleges and even by U.S. Mail.. Register online anytime at "GeauxVote.com"
A survey conducted by the U-S Census Bureau finds that one-third of Louisiana residents do not have the ability to access the Internet at all. Public Service Commission member Foster Campbell many of those people live in rural areas. Campbell says companies who offer broadband internet connection services are not doing business in rural areas, because it’s not profitable for them. The Census Bureau says Louisiana ranks as the 11th worst connected state. Mississippi is the least connected, while Washington is the most connected state.
According to rankings released Monday by Washington Monthly Magazine, Louisiana colleges, both public and private, aren’t very good in contributing to the overall public well-being. They also don’t provide that much value, according to another list. Of the four Louisiana universities on the National Rankings list, Tulane University had the highest placement coming in at 100, while LSU had the second poorest showing with a 178. State officials say the lists used flawed data.
Search teams located the body of a 46-year-old Shreveport man Monday morning in Cross Lake in Caddo Parish. Robby Weems had been missing since Saturday night. Adam Einck, with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, says Weems was on a boat with his brothers that broke down when he jumped into the lake as it was being towed. He went under and didn’t resurface. Einck says alcohol may have played a role in the incident.
New Orleans could be one of several cities that will put in a bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Jason Dore', executive director of the Louisiana Republican Party, says it will take millions of dollars to bring the G-O-P Convention back to the Big Easy for the first time since 1988. Dore says the national republican party has indicated they would like to hold the convention in June or July, which would avoid any conflicts with the Saints.
Even though investigators with the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's office believe an 8-year-old boy intentionally shot a 90-year-old Slaughter woman Thursday evening in her home, under Louisiana law the child cannot be charged. Legal analyst Tim Meche says the boy is too young to be prosecuted in the juvenile criminal justice system. The law states anyone who has not reached the age of 10 years are exempt from criminal responsibility. The parents of the by say the shooting was not intentional.
The former LSU student who fatally shot two hostages in a bank standoff in northeast Louisiana had drawn attention from federal authorities earlier this year after he was photographed holding an assault rifle while visiting Yemen. Fuaed Abdo Ahmed had not been under investigation before the standoff, but LSU Police, who were briefed by the FBI, issued a bulletin to Louisiana law enforcement agencies regarding statements he made. The FBI said Friday that agents interviewed Ahmed in Yemen in April after his family reported him missing, and possibly kidnapped, and again in June upon his return to the United States. The second interview was prompted by a report “about a Facebook photo of Ahmed holding an AK-47 while he was visiting Yemen
The lack of any measureable rain has led to a burn ban in Sabine Parish. Extreme drought conditions plague the area, meaning resident cannot burn anything outdoors. Not trash, leaves, cut brush...nothing. The ban is in effect for at least 30 days, possibly longer if some rain doesn't fall soon.
A Belle Chasse woman was arrested after she allegedly threatened a 6th grade student who had a dispute with her daughter. 34-year-old Sayra Smith reportedly got on the bus and in the child's face. The bus driver intervened, and was verbally attacked by Smith...all of this caught on the bus's video recorder. She's charged with trespassing and disturbing the peace.