News for Thursday 121913
By Dave Graichen
Governor Bobby Jindal along with Hayes Company CEO James Hayes, Jr. announced plans for a $3 million expansion to their manufacturing facility in Pineville yesterday. They say this expansion will create about 75 new jobs with an average salary of over $45 thousand dollars a year, and another 89 indirect jobs in Central Louisiana. Hayes makes metal parts for clients like Union Tank Car, GE and many others.
A hunter who was reported missing Sunday by his family in Rapides Parish was found dead in Boyce. Authorities say 24 year old Terry McComic's cause of death has not yet been determined but an autopsy is planned.
Funeral Services will be held today for Cajun artist George Rodrigue, creator of the Blue Dog, who died from cancer last Saturday at the age of 69. Rodrige will be laid to rest Friday afternoon in New
Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson is off the hit A&E reality series indefinitely after disparaging gays as sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers. A&E announced Wednesday what it called a “hiatus” for the 67 year old Robertson after he disparaged gays in the January edition of GQ magazine. He also said that, growing up in Louisiana before the Civil Rights movement, he never saw any mistreatment of blacks.
A federal jury convicts a former BP drilling engineer on a charge of obstruction of justice which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. Federal prosecutors proved that Kurt Mix intentionally deleted text
messages from his cellphone in an attempt to obstruct an investigation into the 2010 BP spill. The 52 year old man from Katy, Texas faces sentencing on March 26th.
A 15-year-old North DeSoto High School student is in a youth detention center in Coushatta after allegedly threatening to shoot 3 elementary students, if they didn't hand over their lunch money. DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle says the incident took place on a school bus. The student charged in the case disassembled a semi-automatic pistol and used a part of that weapon to make it out like he had a gun.
A north Louisiana child porn suspect is scheduled to make a court appearance today. Chris Nixon was arrested this week at a home near the Jackson Parish town of Jonesboro and charged with production of child pornography. Nixon is 21 years old according to his Facebook page and a recent grad of Quitman High School.
Twelve-year NFL vet Shayne Graham will handle the field goal kicking for the Saints in Sunday's big NFC South matchup with Carolina. Graham was 31-of-38 on field goals with the Houston Texans last year. He hit a career-long 55 yard field goal in the postseason.
Making it easier on our Christmas budgets, the gas price keeps falling. The American Automobile Association says the current statewide average for a gallon of regular is now $3.07.
New Orleans Police are investigating the fatal shooting of an armored car guard Wednesday morning, as he was unloading money at a Chase bank branch near downtown. Three men approached the armored car and opened fire, taking money and driving away. Police found the getaway car, and are still seeking the gunmen.
The Houma Police Department say a man is under arrest after he was caught driving drunk on his way home from drug court, with his 8 year old daughter in the vehicle. They say 36 year old Robert Joseph of Galliano is charged with driving while intoxicated and child endangerment and was booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail. The little girl was released to a family member.