News for Thursday 090513
By Dave Graichen
A popular website ranks Louisiana as America's most-corrupt state. "BusinessInsider.com" rated states for the number of public corruption convictions per hundred-thousand residents, and found our state topped the list with 9. The majority of corruption cases we see involve government contracts and licenses. North Dakota, South Dakota and Kentucky come right behind Louisiana
on the website's Most Corrupt list.
The Louisiana National Guard won't process requests from same-sex couples seeking benefits, joining Texas in the refusal because of the states' bans on gay marriage. Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, the state's adjutant general, issued the directive Wednesday.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's office says they've filed many more charges against a woman accused of committing sex crimes with juveniles. Spokesperson Lt. Tommy Carnline says 31-year-old Dorothy Vanasselberg of Elmer was participating in sex acts on juveniles with another man, 38-year-old Kyle Hauenstein of Phoenix, Arizona. He says during that investigation they discovered more sex crimes had been committed by Vanasselberg with a child she was related to.
Each suspect is being held on more than $2 million dollars bond.
Three Pineville men have been moving daily and sleeping in tents on the trail of a wildfire in California’s Yosemite National Park. Pineville Fire Department Captains and brothers Kenny Kessler and Shane Kessler and Ron Parker, are all medics who have spent about 14 days in California. Two of the men are due back Saturday. They’ve trained for such missions for two years through the U.S. Forest Service.
The Times-Picayune reports An Alexandria man trying to get into the wrong room at a Kenner hotel while drunk was shot in a thigh by the room’s occupant Saturday. 38 year old Lucas Dousay, was returning to his room after drinking a bit much at an LSU party. Only problem was, it wasn’t his room he was trying to get into. After repeatedly trying to force his way inside, police say the man in the room pulled out a pistol, hit Dousay on the head and shot him in the thigh. Dousay was treated for his wound and booked into jail on a charge of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.
The National Hurricane Center is tracking tropical depression #7; currently just south of Puerto Rico. The system is not expected to gain much strength, and forecast models currently do not have it tracking into the U.S. coast.
State Police say a Suphur man who was involved in a single vehicle, walked away from it and was run over and killed by another car as he was walking along I-10. 61-year-old Timothy Johnson was fleeing the scene of an earlier crash he was involved in. according to troopers, Impairment on the part of Johnson is suspected to be a factor. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office.
Another lesson in being careful about what you post on social media. A teenager from Patterson was arrested on drug charges after cops in St. Mary Parish saw a picture of her and some friends smoking pot online. When deputies got to her house they found the drugs and arrested 17-year-old Mikayla Rock and charged her with possession of marijuana.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is among 22 state AG's who've signed onto a lawsuit supporting an NRA petition asking the U.S Supreme Court to lift a decades-old ban on handgun sales to persons under 21. The suit maintains that if a person can serve in the military and perhaps be killed in the line of duty at under 21, that person should be able to purchase a pistol.
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's office says a man who called in to report a robbery at a neighbor's house, was actually the suspect in the crime. They say 24-year-old Heath Bonin of New Iberia sent deputies searching for two burglars he reported seeing robbing the house. An investigation determined that Bonin was the alleged burglar. He was charged with simple burglary and criminal mischief.
The nation's top offensive lineman announced his decision today to play at Alabama, instead of his in-state school LSU. West Monroe offensive tackle Cameron Robinson gave his verbal pledge on national television, as ESPN-U televised his announcement from his high school. Robinson's commitment is non-binding and it doesn't become official until he signs a national letter of intent in February.
The Bossier Parish Sheriff's office says a man and wife that used to own a dance studio in Shreveport each face several charges on allegations they sexually molested a little girl when she was 10 years old. They say the victim, who is now 28, reported 52-year-old Gregg Hornbeak and 50-year-old Melonie Hornbeck of Benton molested her when she was between 10 and 17. They are both in jail on $600,000 bond.