News for Thursday 102413
By Dave Graichen
Alexandria police are looking for a 21-year-old woman in connection to the shooting death Monday of an 18-year-old woman on Lee Street. Police describe Stormy Cofer, of Alexandria, as being about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing between 130 and 140 pounds. Her hair is colored reddish, according to the release. If you know the whereabouts of this woman, contact the APD.
If you plan on buying tickets to LSU football games and you're worried about the price going up and by how much, you're just going to have to wait a while longer. The LSU Board of Supervisors had scheduled the item for a vote this coming Friday, but the board decided to wait a while before deciding what to do. They'll now vote on the ticket price hikes at their December meeting.
Since the Grambling State Football team decided not to show up to its game on Saturday, their opponent Jackson State says it plans to sue. The Mississippi university claims the cancellation of the game cost them millions of direct and indirect dollars. The game was also Jackson State's homecoming which the university says draws thousands of fans. Tickets are being refunded and
businesses are reporting losses.
Two Louisiana congressmen John Fleming and Charles Boustany are calling for the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius because of the ongoing issues with the Affordable Care Act. Boustany says people are finding it difficult to purchase insurance because of technical glitches in the system. Fleming plans to file legislation to stop collection of personal data when people sign up for the Affordable Care Act because he's afraid the information would not be kept confidential.
Members of the state House and Senate Insurance committees heard yesterday from state and local officials who are concerned about impacts of dramatic rate increases for flood insurance in Louisiana. St. Charles Parish President VJ St. Pierre Jr. says FEMA has told their residents that flood insurance rates could be as high as 35-thousand dollars. An estimated 18-thousand Louisiana policies will see their rates skyrocket because of changes to the National Flood Insurance
A Baton Rouge woman is now facing two years in prison after a judge suspended 15 years of her 17 year sentence for a road rage incident that claimed the lives of five people just south of the capitol
city. Kelsy Hall was convicted of negligent homicide in the 2011 accident. The other defendant accused in the deadly crash, David Leger, will be standing trial early next year.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering a reward for tips on who illegally killed a black bear in Avoyelles Parish earlier this month. A citizen reported finding the bears remains in some woods a few miles south of the Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area. A necropsy revealed the bear had been dead for about five to six days and that it had been shot in the head. Agents also collected an arrow nearby and think the bear might have been shot with an arrow first.
Caddo Parish deputies arrest four people who were allegedly involved in the theft of 63 semi-automatic guns delivered to a Shreveport gun distributor. Sheriff's office spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says they were called into investigate after the freight company noticed some of the guns
were gone. Chadwick says their investigation led them to a 21-year-old security guard who was on duty at the freight company on the day the guns arrived. Three more people were arrested as their investigation continued. Chadwick says they have yet to recover any of the guns and it's likely the semi-automatic weapons have already been sold.
The police department in Many will be posting pictures on Facebook of people who loaded up their Wal-Mart buggies with groceries while the food stamp system was experiencing a computer glitch and balances couldn't be checked. They simply loaded up and walked out. Investigator Jo Ann Carter says they're targeting people who were specifically taking advantage of the October 12th frenzy.
Police in Richwood say a woman is under arrest for allegedly slapping a child on a school bus then doing the same to the bus river. They say 32-year-old Menza Hudson entered the bus where her child and another child were fighting and got in the middle of it. She is booked with cruelty to a juvenile.
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's office say a man is booked with negligent homicide in the death of a motorcyclist for leaving his truck on the side of the road when it ran out of gas -- then was hit
by the cyclist who died. They say Marcus Amos didn't leave lights on to warn others.
A former Livingston Parish deputy sheriff 38-year old Jeremy Brister of Denham Springs has been sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Brister was arrested in January of last year on three counts of indecent behavior and one count of molestation of a juvenile involving a 15-year old girl. He will also have to serve one year of
supervised probation, pay a 15-hundred dollar fine and register as a sex offender.
Today the 107th Louisiana State fair opens in Shreveport. The fair is taking extra safety precautions this year to make sure there are not any accidents on the carnival rides. State Fair General Manager Chris Giordano says that a third party has been hired to make constant inspections throughout the duration of the fair. There have been mechanical errors the last two years that resulted in injuries, including a four year old boy who was severely hurt in 2011.
A freshman on the LSU football team is in trouble with the law. LSU police say they arrested defensive back Jeryl Brazil after he allegedly grabbed a woman by the throat and threw her onto a sofa. Captain Cory Lalonde says the incident occurred last week at the West Campus Apartments. Coach Les Miles says Brazil has been suspended indefinitely. He's only played in one game this season. He was an All-State player at Loranger High School last season.