News for Tuesday 091013
By Dave Graichen
Tropical Storm Humberto is strengthening some as it moves west across the Atlantic, south of the Cape Verde Islands and could eventually become a hurricane. The storm’s maximum sustained winds Monday afternoon are near 45 mph (75 kph). But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Humberto is expected to strengthen and could become a hurricane on Wednesday.
We’ve all heard of repeat offenders. But, a central Louisiana man has taken that to an all new level. Alexandria police officers stopped a man for driving recklessly Sunday, but the man took off leading officers on a chase instead. 29 year old Charles Mullins was eventually arrested and charged with aggravated flight from an officer, possession of marijuana, reckless operation of a vehicle and second-offense DWI. It should be pointed out, the arrest was Mullins’ 53rd booking into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
A national prison operator, The GEO Group, announced yesterday that they has signed a 5 year contract to build a $20 million, 400-bed transfer center for immigration at England Airpark. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office announced that the facility will bring 150 new jobs to the Alexandria area. The center will house detainees as they await deportation to their native countries. According to the firm's website, it will finance, develop and manage the center, which is expected to be finished by the end of 2014.
Sports Illustrated is set to release an investigative piece which claims NCAA violations and other improprieties occurred while Les Miles was the head coach at Oklahoma State. The report claims a former assistance coach at the school paid players -- and also that hostesses with the school's Orange Pride Program had sex with recruits. The S-I report says 85-percent of these allegations took place between 2001 and 2007. Miles was the head coach at Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2004.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office says a man is booked with negligent homicide after a shotgun he was sleeping with accidentally went off and the bullet went through the wall and hit and killed a
neighbor. They say 23-year-old Pierre Camese reported he was unaware the bullet had hit anyone. 38-year-old Rene O'Quin of Harvey was found Sunday morning in a pool of blood by his fiancé.
Very sad story out of Ascension Parish. The Sheriff's Office says a 3 year old boy is dead after he got his head caught in a partially opened car window Sunday night. They say the child got outside without the knowledge of adults and after being missing just a few minutes was found hanging by the neck from the window.
A hearing is set for today in an East Feliciana parish courtroom regarding the tragic case of an eight-year-old boy who fatally shot his 87-year-old grandmother. Twentieth Judicial District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla (Duh-quil-uh) says the boy, because of his age, has not and will not face criminal charges. During today's court proceeding, they'll discuss with a judge various options on getting the family help. The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's office says their investigation determined the boy and his grandmother, Marie Smothers, loved each other. The family says the boy was playing with the gun, when it went off. It's been reported the child was visibly shaken after the shooting.
Notices of a coming tax amnesty program will start being mailed out this week, to over 400-thousand Louisiana residents who are behind on their tax debt to the state. Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield says the "Fresh Start" tax amnesty for 2013 runs from September 23rd through November
22nd. The program lets delinquent taxpayers clear up their outstanding debts without any penalties, and with only half the interest they'd otherwise owe on the tax debt. Barfield says over a billion dollars in owed the state in unpaid taxes. He says their goal is to collect $200 Million.
The Abbeville Police Department says an 81-year-old man accidentally ran over and killed his wife while he was backing out of the driveway of his residence yesterday. The man stated he'd got out of his car when he hit a fence and that's when he discovered his 80-year-old wife underneath the car. No signs of alcohol or foul play are suspected at this time but the investigation is still
A Port Barre man, whose vehicle ran out of gas, was struck and killed by a passing car, while he was standing on the side of the road. State Police trooper Stephen Hammons 24-year-old Josh Arnaud was talking with passengers when he was hit and killed instantly early Sunday morning on U-S- 190.
A grand jury in Beauregard Parish indicts a man for an arson fire that killed three people. The February 2011 fire in Dry Creek killed a 40-year-old woman and her daughters - ages 10 and 5. 21-year-old Christopher Bounds was indicted for three first degree murder counts, plus armed robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated arson. Bounds was the victims' next door neighbor.
Bayou Country Superfest made a big announcement today. While the full lineup for next year's Memorial Day shows in Tiger Stadium will be announced at the end of October, BCS organizers say George Strait will be a performer for a newly added Friday night edition of the festival. Straight will perform May 23rd and the festival's last day will be Sunday May 25th.
The man who rammed the prison gates at Angola Sunday afternoon with his two young children in the car is facing numerous charges. West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel says Floyd Tillman was denied a tour of the prison and became irate and slammed the gate several times before breaking through. He says the children ages 8 months and 2 years were never returned to their mother in Terrebonne Parish and Tillman is not being charged with kidnapping.
State Police say a 17-year-old girl from New Iberia was killed in a crash where she ran a stop sign and was hit by a truck. They say Erin LaSallae made a left turn onto a highway without stopping and her car was hit on the driver's side door by a truck driven by 33-year-old Jared St. Martin of Kaplan. No charges were filed in the incident. Lasalle was pronounced dead at the scene.
LSU's Odell Beckham Junior's big night last Saturday has resulted in him receiving SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Beckham returned a missed field goal 100 yards for a touchdown in the victory over UAB. It was the first such return in LSU football history.