News For Wednesday 091813
By Dave Graichen
Today is the last day to register to vote if you want to vote in the October 19th election. Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who oversees elections, says October 19th will see elections in 49 parishes; many of them voting for a new U.S. Representative for the sprawling District 5. Schedler says it's an important election, and if you want to sure you can cast a vote in it, register before the end of the day.
A phoned-in bomb threat led to the evacuation of the Kmart store in Pineville Tuesday afternoon.
Pineville Police officers searched the store but found nothing suspicious. A male caller phone in the threat to the store manager about 1:30 in the afternoon.
A new report that measured economic growth in U.S. cities for 2012 found that New Orleans was one of the country’s 10 biggest gainers, Baton Rouge increased more than the national average and Lafayette had one of the biggest drops in the country. The report, released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis measured the gross domestic product, or the value of all goods and services produced in a metropolitan area, during 2012. Four of the eight Louisiana metros in the survey saw their GDP go up in 2012, while the rest reported decreases. The Alexandria metro had a small 0.5 percent drop in GDP
Long-time Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley lost his battle with cancer Tuesday at the age of 65. Buckley was diagnosed with rectal cancer earlier this year. Police jury president AJ Smith says it's a
sad day in Union Parish, as Buckley served as sheriff for 24 years.
A state judge has ordered a third competency hearing for the Thibodaux man accused of killing his disabled son in 2011. Judge John LeBlanc was set to make the ruling yesterday but instead scheduled more hearings in November to determine whether or not Jeremiah Wright is fit to stand trial.
The Powerball jackpot for tonight's drawing has once again reached a massive amount. Louisiana Lottery spokeswoman Kimberly Chopin says the estimated prize is up to $400 million with a cash value of $223.6 million. The deadline to purchase a ticket is tonight at 9.
Five former New Orleans cops, who were convicted of unjustified killings on a city bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will get a new trial. A federal judge has ruled that the "truly
bizarre" actions of the prosecutors in the original trial warrant tossing out the officers' convictions. The officers shot and killed two unarmed men and wounded four others on September 4th of 2005,
while the city was in chaos after the hurricane and flood.
A new study from Pew Charitable Trusts shows Louisiana among states that have seen a drop in juvenile incarcerations of 50-percent or more. Office of Juvenile Justice Secretary Dr. Mary Livers (LIE-vers) says it's an indicator that our state is in the forefront of juvenile justice reform. The Pew report says juvenile incarcerations in Louisiana went down by 68-percent from 1997 to 2011. Our state was among the top ten for reducing the number of juveniles in correctional centers.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office says a 35-year-old Bayou Vista man was arrested early this morning after allegedly riding on the top of a woman's car to try to stop her from leaving him. They say Abel Ortiz jumped on the hood as the woman was driving away with her one year old and he actually busted the windshield with a knife.
State Police say a casino cheat, who avoided arrest last month after being caught scamming a Baton Rouge casino, has been busted for doing the same thing at a casino in Connecticut. LSP Sgt. Nick Manale says 54-year-old Bruce Koloshi used infrared ink - that could only be seen with special contact lenses - to mark cards.
The Mayor of DeQuincy says the article that has been circling the internet claiming he's made "twerking" in the town illegal is foolishness that is not true. The satirical article claims the dance
craze had become such a problem in the town, first offenders would face a mandatory 30 days in jail. DeQuincy Mayor Lawrence Henagan says they have no intention of banning any dance move in the town.
A Pointe Coupee Parish man caught a 760 pound alligator that was 13- feet-four inches long in West Baton Rouge Parish. Earlier this month, two alligators over 700-pounds were caught in Mississippi. Alligator season started about three weeks ago. A 60-year-old gator that was nearly 13-feet long was also harvested in Red River Parish last week.