News for Friday 110113
By Dave Graichen
Early voting begins Saturday for the Fifth Congressional District Congressional runoff and other local races that are on the November 16th ballot. The Fifth Congressional District runoff between Republicans Neil Riser and Vance McAllister will be the main item on the ballot for most of those parishes.
A search warrant for drugs at a Colfax home led Grant Parish deputies to find illegal weapons, crystal meth and an alligator - frozen in a deep freeze. Deputies say the alligator was illegally
taken out-of-season, and the two men arrested will face weapons, drugs and poaching charges.
We are now within a month of the official end of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which turned out to be much less active than forecast by experts. State Climatologist Barry Keim feels we can pretty much close the book on the season now. He says, historically speaking, we have little to fear during November. Hurricane experts predicted anywhere from 18 to 20 named storms, with up
to 8 hurricanes. We've had sixteen named storms & only one hurricane.
Crime Time. Police in Baton Rouge are seeking the persons who shot a man several times in a bicycle ride-by shooting. The 54-year-old victim was walking when a group of young men on bikes opened fire. He was hit several times, then struck by a truck when he staggered wounded into the road. he was pronounced dead at the scene. As yet, police have no suspects and no motive for the violence.
A Lafayette man is in guarded condition after he was shot Thursday morning during an armed robbery. Lafayette Police say the 55-year-old victim was leaving his home with his children and was in his carport, when two men approached; demanding money. He managed to shove his two kids back inside the home before the assailants opened fire; hitting him once in the stomach. Police are seeking tips on the crime.
The Department of Transportation warns motorists it will close eastbound lanes of I-10 in Jefferson Davis Parish for four days - starting early Saturday morning. DOTD spokeswoman Diedra Druilhet (droo-YETT) says all eastbound traffic will be forced off at Exit 44 at Kinder, while workers repair a section of the overpass. The closure will only affect the eastbound lanes
The Louisiana Book Festival returns for its 10th anniversary, tomorrow in the Capital City. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says nearly 200 authors and panelists will be in attendance, to celebrate Louisiana's literary history. Dardenne says the Book Festival will be on the State Capitol grounds,
inside the Capitol building and connect to the State Library nearby. More info online at http://www.LouisianaBookFestival.org
A traffic accident Wednesday afternoon in St. Charles Parish took the life of a three-year-old St. Rose boy. Deputies say a dump truck driver was backing into a parking place, when the child - riding an electric scooter - rolled up underneath the truck's wheels and was killed. No charges against that driver at this time.
A Sulphur man accused of killing a baby by throwing the child against a wall pleads not guilty. 24-year-old Trent Dubroc allegedly acted out of frustration, when he harmed the baby on September 28th. He's charged with 2nd degree murder and with a separate charge of video voyeurism in an unrelated case. He's still in jail, pending a $5-million bond.
Shreveport Police say they took a 13-year-old into custody for stabbing a man during an argument. The victim was the boy's stepfather; he was stabbed three times in his side. He's now in a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Charges against the boy are pending.
A lawsuit filed Thursday alleges the state Department of Natural Resources illegally, and without supporting evidence, granted a coastal use permit to RAM Terminals LLC, to build a coal export facility along the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. Filed in 25th Judicial District Court, the lawsuit asks the court to throw out the approved coastal use permit and direct the DNR to reconsider the decision to grant the permit. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Sierra Club Delta Chapter, the Gulf Restoration Network, Louisiana Environmental Action Network and two people who live near the proposed project.
Former Governor Edwin Edwards made news this week as he announced he may run for affice again. Edwards floated that idea during a speaking event at LSU. U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross wonders if Edwards is serious, or just trying to grab some ratings for his new reality TV show on A & E.
The Saints will fly up to New York on Saturday looking for a road win against the Jets on Sunday. New Orleans enters the game with a 6-and-1 record, while the Jets are 4-and-4