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News For Monday 11/25/13


News for Monday 112513

By Dave Graichen

 

The RPSO reports 24 year old Dustin Bordelon died in an early Sunday morning fire at an Airbase Road home. Bordelon was taken to Rapides Regional Trauma Center where he was  pronounced dead. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

 

A  recent  poll  on the 2015 governor's race in Louisiana shows  GOP U.S. Senator David  Vitter  is  the  favorite.  Southern  Media  and Opinion Research surveyed 600 voters; running a five candidate trial heat.  Vitter  took  a  leading  30%.  Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says Vitter's edge is due to his popularity with Republican voters.Vitter has not announced a run for governor two  years from now, but speculation to that effect is abundant. The only announced  Democrat for  that  race,  state  Rep.  John  Bel  Edwards,  took  only 8% in Pinsonat's poll.

 

State Police will have extra manpower on the roads this week in an  effort to reduce injury and fatal crashes. It's also part of the  Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign, which begins today. Sgt. Nick

Manale says troopers will focus on seat belt use and Louisiana law  requires all occupants in a vehicle must be buckled up.

 

State  Treasurer John Kennedy says Louisiana's new  Office  of  Debt Recovery  will  begin  going  after  unpaid  ethics violation fines, totally nearly $2-million. He says some of these  have  gone  unpaid for   years.  Kennedy  says  unpaid  fines  from  individual  public officials   total  over  $1.6-million,  PACS  owe  $70-thousand  and lobbyists owe  $18-thousand.  He says the state's new Office of Debt Recovery, which is under the Department  of  Revenue was created for just this sort of purpose. The  ODR  will  be  up  and running after the first of the New Year. It'll have sweeping powers to go after unpaid debts to the state, by seizing bank assets, some  personal  properties  and even suspending licenses until the amounts are paid.

 

A federal judge in New Orleans  has  given state and federal lawyers two months to come up with modifications  to  a  longstanding  court order  to  make sure that the state's private school voucher program doesn't lead  to segregation of schools. The state contends that the vouchers have no effect on desegregation and no federal interference is needed.

 

An appeals court in Monroe has upheld the  110  year  sentence  of a local  man  for a 2010 domestic violence case. The court stated that even though the  sentence  given  Allen  Robinson was extreme it was warranted given the gruesome nature of his crime. Robinson was found guilty  of  kidnapping  and  battery  for deliberately  burning  his girlfriend with a clothes iron multiple  times. Because he was ruled to be an habitual offender, Robinson was given  the maximum sentence possible.

 

Police in Bastrop arrest  a  local  woman  for  robbing  a branch of Richland State Bank in Bastrop Wednesday. 45-year-old Katrina Gamble allegedly indicated she had a gun, demanded cash and made  off  with an undisclosed amount. Officers say she tried to disguise herself as a man. She's being held pending $75-thousand bond.

 

A  bit of Louisiana history was lost lastweek. An  early morning fire Friday gutted the historic LeBeau Plantation in  St. Bernard  Parish.  The  landmark in Old Arabi was built in the 1850's and was one of the largest in the New Orleans area. The building was vacant with no electrical service at the time, so arson is not being ruled out. An investigation is underway.

 

A  judge   in   Lafourche  Parish  has  ruled  the  man  accused  of dismembering his  disabled  son more than two years ago IS competent to stand trial. The ruling clears  the way for Jeremiah Wright to be tried for the murder of little Jori  Lirette  in  2011.  Wright  was arraigned  Friday  morning  and  has  reportedly pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. His next status hearing  is  scheduled  for late

January. No trial date has been set.

 

State Troopers report a Winnsboro man was killed Friday in a crash on I-20  in  Richland  Parish.  LSP says 58-year-old Lorenzo  Navarro's pickup was westbound on 20, when  it  crossed  the grassy median and crashed  headlong  into  a big rig. He was pronounced  dead  at  the scene. The truck driver was not seriously hurt.

 

The Louisiana Department of Transportation is working with Texas  officials to replace the Sabine River Bridge on U.S. 84, in DoSoto  Parish. Construction is set to begin in January, and it will cost $20 million. The bridge currently has two lanes  but the construction will create two separate bridges.   Construction will take over two years to complete.

 

Police  in  Kenner  arrest a 19-year-old for robbing his neighbor at gunpoint. The victim  says  his  assailant wore a mask and pointed a shotgun at him; making off with his cellphone and wallet. Trouble is he watched the robber run into a house just yards away. Police found the mask in the house, the gun in  the  back yard. Johnny Washington was  taken into custody a short time later  ad  charged  with  armed robbery.

 

 Expect to spend a bit more again this year to prepare the traditional  Thanksgiving feast. A recent survey by the LSU AgCenter shows the cost  of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 will average $48.50 this year; up from  $44.35 last year. Economist Jeanette Tucker says the "star of the show"  is the biggest reason for the increased cost. Tucker says turkey production is down this year, and birds cost about

 23-cents a pound more than in 2012. 

 

Sports..

 

LSU is coming off its best effort of the season, as they head into the  regular season finale. The Bayou Bengals thumped Te

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