News for Thursday 082913
By Dave Graichen
State police have arrested a Zwolle Police Officer and charged him with inappropriate behavior with a minor. Arrested was 33 year old Calvin Aaron Jr. An investigation revealed that Aaron and a 16 year old female were using cell phones to transmit sexually explicit and/or lewd images of each other to one another. The investigation also revealed that Aaron had attempted to destroy evidence of their activities after knowing that an investigation into the matter had begun.
Authorities in Jackson Parish confirm one person dead and two injured in an accident at the Rock-Tenn paper mill in Hodge. We're told the accident happened inside a storage tank as the men were cleaning it. A company official says one was able to get out with only minor burns, and was released from the hospital. He says attempts to get the other man out weren't successful and he died as a result. A third man, was airlifted to a burn center in Shreveport. His condition is unknown at this time.
The LaSalle Parish Sheriff's office says a juvenile is recovering after being shot by a relative who then shot and killed himself. They say Tuesday, 63-year-old Elton Ray Phelps, was intoxicated at the time of the alleged shooting and turned the gun on himself once he realized he'd shot the juvenile. The victim is expected to recover from his injuries and the case remains under investigation.
Today marks the eight year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The monster storm killed over 15-hundred people in Louisiana and left 80-percent of New Orleans under water for several days. US Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Ricky Boyett says since Katrina 14-and-half-billion dollars have been spent to reduce the storm surge risk. Boyett says the 133-mile flood protection system that's been strengthened in the greater New Orleans area can now withstand a 100- year storm surge. Today also marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Isaac which caused major flooding in Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist Parishes.
The state's oldest chartered harvest festival begins tonight in Morgan City. The 78th annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival will run through Monday. The festival started in 1936
State Police and local lawmen will team up for beefed up patrols along Interstates 10 and 12 through the Labor Day Weekend, in an effort to decrease accidents, injuries and fatalities. LSP Colonel Mike Edmonson says "Operation: Safe Corridor" is a cooperative effort of eight states along I-10...:
The Livingston Parish Sheriff's office says the Water Park near Denham Springs where a teenager drowned has been cleared of wrong-doing. They say an investigation did not reveal the park was breaking any law when the tragic drowning occurred. The father of 14-year-old Nick Kissner of Port Allen reportedly says the park is too dangerous and wants to see it shut down.
State Treasurer John Kennedy is warning residents about an email scam that is charging a fee in order to make an unclaimed property claim. He says this happens every now and then but he wants citizens to be aware that these scammers are getting information that you could get for yourself for free through the department's website or toll free hotline.
Be prepared for an increase in gas prices as a result of rising crude oil prices. American Automobile Association Fuel Analyst Don Redman says the possibility of US military action against Syria has led to a sharp increase in the price of oil. He says the current statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.41 but motorists should budget for a price of at least $3.50.
New data from the non-partisan Tax Foundation lists Louisiana among the top five highest combined state sales taxes in the nation. Our state ranks 3rd, with consumers paying an average 8.89-percent in state and local sales tax. The Tax Foundation report shows only Tennessee (9.44%) and Arkansas (9.18%) collect more sales tax. Washington and Oklahoma come in behind Louisiana, to round out the Top 5.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's office says a hospice nurse is under arrest after he stole medicine from one of his patients that had just died. They say the family saw 65-year-old William Simm Jr. of
Thibodaux take morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone in his pocket with him when he left the house. He is charged with theft of a schedule II control dangerous substance.
Opelousas Police have ruled the shooting death of teenage earlier this month to be an accident. 15-year-old Jaylin Levier died, after days on life support, after he was found in his home on August 16th,
with a gunshot to the head. Police say Levier and some friends were playing with a gun when it went off. One of the teens is charged with illegal possession of a gun by a juvenile.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti tells "Variety" magazine he's calling a state of emergency due to movie & TV productions leaving his city to shoot in Louisiana and other states who offer tax
incentives. Garcetti says he'll lobby California lawmakers to improve that state's tax incentives to boost film & TV productions there.
Authorities on Wednesday located an LSU senior from Ascension Parish whose family had not heard from him since early Tuesday. St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said a Baton Rouge police helicopter scanning the area for Christopher Broussard located his 2004 Nissan Frontier just after 7 p.m. lying in a bayou in Iberville Parish. With the help of Broussard’s family, authorities were able to identify the lone body found inside the truck as Broussard. Christopher Broussard was 22.
New Orleans Police seek a trio of men for the brutal beating of a couple in the French Quarter last weekend. The man required surgery to repair his three-times broken jaw. The men sought are all young black men. The victims were white. New Orleans Crimestoppers is offering a reward.
Police in Mandeville, in St. Tammany Parish, are seeking a man who tried to abduct a girl as she got off her school bus yesterday. The man offered the girl a ride home; she instead ran to her house, but her ran after her. The child told her father, who ran outside, but the suspect had already fled. He's described as Hispanic, heavy-set with short dark hair and a moustache.