News for Wednesday 100913
By Dave Graichen
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office has taken over the investigation into the death of a Deville woman, whose body was found in Grant Parish. Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Tommy Carnline says deputies in Grant discovered the human remains on October 2nd. Carnline says Grant Parish investigators and the coroners' office determined the woman, 61-year-old Paula Marlene Kimberlin, was from Rapides Parish and was probably killed here and dumped there. The RPSO is asking anyone with information to please come forward.
Opelousas Police say a man is charged with the first degree murder of his wife after allegedly brutally stabbing her to death Tuesday morning during a domestic dispute. They say 44-year-old Hank Moran was found in their home standing over his wife who'd been stabbed 14 times with a small pocket knife. The man is being held without bond.
Police in Alexandria say a woman is under arrest for allegedly lying about being raped. They say 49-year-old Vanessa Pierce told officers she was the victim of rape and a suspect was even detained. Detectives discovered Pierce had given false information and she was charged with one count of injuring public record. The person in custody was released.
The city of New Orleans plans to submit a major bid package to the NFL to host the Super Bowl in 2018. The city especially wants to get the big game that year, because it will be the 300th birthday of the Crescent City, and will be a great beginning to a year-long celebration.
As the October 19th special election to replace 5th District Congressman Rodney Alexander heats up, many politicos are giving the advantage to Columbia state Senator Neil Riser. Riser has the support of U.S. House majority leader Eric Cantor. UL-Monroe political science professor
Joshua Stockley says things seem to be stacking up in Riser's favor. Stockley says the 5th district is fairly heavily populated with actively voting Republicans, so despite the Democrats and "other" party
candidates in the race, he foresees a probable November runoff between GOP candidates.
As expected, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury has approved a total smoking ban in bars and bingo halls. The 100-percent smoke free ordinance will go into effect January 2 and includes ALL tobacco products including electronic cigarettes, which only release water vapor.
Governor Bobby Jindal is chiming in on the federal government shutdown - now in its second week. On Fox News yesterday, Mr. Jindal says the President is providing poor leadership with the matter. In addition the President is calling for Congress to raise the debt ceiling before October 17th. Jindal says he opposes that, as a way to simply "kicking the can down the road".
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office says a man is under arrest for allegedly using a cell phone to video tape under a woman's dress at a department store. They say a deputy working off duty security at a Wal Mart noticed 29-year-old Jarion Sherman of Baton Rouge following the woman and putting a cell phone under her dress. He is booked with video voyeurism which is a felony.
An East Baton Rouge Parish jury finds two men not guilty in the case of the murders of 2 LSU grad students in 2007. They deliberated for more than six hours and EBR DA Hillar Moore says ultimately the feeling was the prosecution did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The victims were international students from India.
A woman whose pit bulls attacked an 8 year old girl in 2012 is sentenced to six months in the Tangipahoa Parish jail. DA Scott Perriloux reports 40-year-old Bridgette Harper was charged with negligent injuring after her dog bit a little girl several times while she was playing outside. Another owner of the dog's case is still pending.
The Louisiana Department of Ag and Forestry says a man from Greeenwood keeps stealing timber. They say 61-year-old David Lubas was booked into the Claiborne Parish jail in Homer charged with theft by fraud of timber for the fourth time in less than three months.
The price for Shrimp is up about a $1 from where it was this time last year because there are fewer foreign shrimp available. Thomas Hymel (Hee-Mel) who is a marine extension educator with the LSU Ag Center. He says we only produce about 10% of the shrimp we consume in this country domestically. Hymel says the shrimp are in short supply here because some shrimpers overseas are dealing with a viral disease outbreak in their ponds. He says that's working towards Louisiana shrimpers favor but the prices are up for everyone.