News for Tuesday 121013
By Dave Graichen
There has been an interesting development in the Rapides parish School district, after a big announcement last week that Sam Goodwin would be the new coach at Alexandria Senior High School. Supt. Of schools Nason Authement announced that the hiring of Goodwin did not meet district hiring guidelines. Authement saying yesterday his administration is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. An ad had now been placed advertising the position and Subsequently, a new teacher/head football coach will be officially hired and named. Some are saying the move was just a formality. Time will tell.
State Wildlife and Fisheries agents says they rescued an Allen Parish couple that got stranded in Bayou Nezpique, near the Evangeline Parish line. Agents say the couple had to bail out of
their canoe when it got caught in fast current. Mark & Michelle Tarver were safely rescued, but also cited for hunting ducks out of season.
The new head of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry says education needs to step up to meet the state's workforce needs of tomorrow. LABI President Stephen Waguespack feels K-through-12 schools do a poor job of teaching young people even the basics of reading, critical thinking and working well with others.
An employee of Progressive Waste was killed yesterday morning in Eunice when a pickup truck slammed into the back of the truck while they were stopped picking up trash. The incident happened shortly before 5am. The driver of the pickup, 55 year old Everett Sonnier was also seriously injured. The crash remains under investigation.
The LSU Police Department says they have identified a suspect in the rape of a woman on campus during the Texas A&M game on November 23rd. They say 32 year old Albert Ford of Atlanta is accused of following the woman into a port-o-john, locking the door and threatening to snap her neck if she screamed. Ford is wanted on one count of aggravated rape.
The Baton Rouge Police Department says they have solved a crime that has been cold nearly 19 Baton Rouge Police have made an arrest in an 18-year-old double homicide. In January 1995, 23-year-old Lester Yarbrough and his pregnant girlfriend, 22-year-old Patricia Jackson, were found shot to death inside their apartment. Her 11-month old niece was also shot but survived. Evidence and witness testimony led to the arrest of 39-year-old James I. Johnson, who is now charged with 1st-degree murder.
A Calcasieu Parish woman has been sentenced to 30-years in prison for heaping abuse upon her 9-year-old stepson. In court, the child testified that 31-year-old Jamie Brooks Day subjected him to malnourishment and various acts of abuse, including making him eat his own feces. When the abuse came to light in 2010, the child weighed only 38 pounds.
Police in Thibodaux arrest a local woman after finding her and her daughter living in filth with 35 dogs and cats. Police spokesman David Melancon says the urine and feces smell of the animals permeated everything in the house. He says they were called to visit the home because the daughter had quit going to school. Melancon says the girl had quit going to school, because she was being bullied about having a constant smell of animal waste.
Gas prices have fallen a couple of pennies over the last week, but Louisiana AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says the price at the pump is expected to rise again as Christmas approaches. Redman says there was hope that we would see gas prices get down to about $2.85 a gallon, but says a rise in crude oil prices will prevent that. Redman says expect gas to remain at above $3 through the holidays.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office says a woman cited for allegedly lying about being attacked and having her wallet and wedding rings stolen. They say 37 year old Debra Bass of Geismar told investigators she'd been hit and robbed by a man as she had pulled over on the side of the road because of a flat tire. Police later discovered she had a gambling problem and sold her wedding rings to a pawn shop.
We have all heard the stories of sleeping children waking up in a locked up bus. But, here’s a similar story with a twist. A napping man from Louisiana was reportedly left on an airplane in Houston over the weekend. Tom Wagner nodded off while the plane was in flight from Lafayette to Houston. But, woke up to a cold dark plane that was locked up tight as a drum. Wagner had to call his girlfriend, who in turn called United Airlines, to get somebody to rescue him. The airline issued a statement saying they are investigating the incident.
Firefighters in Lafayette say a man is under arrest for allegedly intentionally setting a fire inside a home on Sunday. They say a neighbor called 911 to report hearing the smoke alarm going off at
the residence. The 39 year old step-son of the home's owner was the only one home at the time and he admitted to setting the fire for reasons that remain under investigation. Josh Haney was not harmed in the blaze but was charged with Simple Arson.
Officials with the Advocare V100 Bowl are elated with their December 31st match-up at Independence Stadium. Arizona and Boston College will play each other in the annual Shreveport bowl game. Bowl chairman John Hubbard says it's a big deal to have two teams from BCS conferences in their bowl game. ULM made a push to play in the Advocare V100 Bowl for a second straight season, but Hubbard says they couldn't pass on this match-up.