News for Monday 021714
By Dave Graichen
Congratulations to Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields and The entire Pineville City Council, The mayor and his entire council were automatically re-elected on Friday when qualifying ended without any opponent stepping forward. It was third straight time Mayor Fields, who has been on the job since 1999, has been re-elected unopposed.
According to the American Automobile Association gas prices are going up. Prices have risen nearly a dime in just the past week. Now the price is about three-twenty a gallon. Triple A spokesperson Don Redman says it's a normal trend but it's not as bad as other years. While it's impossible to know when gas prices will peak, AAA is advising the public expect to pay about 3 dollars and sixty cents, in the next few weeks.
A family from Patterson is grieving and members of a high school baseball team are still shaken up today after a violent collision between a school bus and an SUV in St. Mary Parish on Saturday resulted in four deaths. State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons says the 4 victims who lost their lives were riding in the SUV. Several Players on the school bus was transporting the Lafayette High baseball team to a game in Berwick, we injured. Investigators believe the SUV had some sort of tire failure.
Lottery officials say there was no jackpot winner in Saturday's Powerball drawing, adding the current estimated jackpot has jumped to $400 million or $227.8 million in cash value. The next drawing will be Wednesday.
The state department of corrections must present a plan to a federal judge today on how it will keep the heat index from going above 88- degrees on death row at Angola. U-S District Judge Brian Jackson ruled last December that death row inmates are subjected to cruel and unusual punishment during hot summer days. The state department of public safety and corrections could still appeal the ruling. They argued during the trial that death row inmates had not suffered any adverse health effects as a result of the conditions.
The Office of Motor Vehicles is in the process of changing to a new driver's licenses and identification card design. Although the design looks similar to the current one, State Police Captain Doug Cain says it will create greater security and better protection of privacy. Cain says some new features on the license are a mirrored picture, a tri-color overlay and multi-colored fine line printing. A couple of DMV locations started distributing the new drivers licenses and ID cards last week. Cain says they except all offices to have the new system in place by the end of May.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries say 2013 was a record year when it comes to the number of boating fatalities. Only 13 people were killed on Louisiana waterways last year breaking the previous record of 19. LDWF Spokesperson Adam Einck says the low numbers are likely due to mandatory boater education courses. Einck says LDWF has also upped the enforcement of drinking and boating. He says DWIs now carry the same weight on the water as they do for driving a car on the road. Einck says the state has certified over 50,000 boaters and the number keeps going up.
A state judge in LaFourche Parish has ruled a Thibodaux man accused of killing his disabled son is NOT guilty by reason of insanity. Police say 32-year-old Jeremiah Wright cut off his son's head in August 2011 and left it in the yard for the child's mother to discover after work. District Attorney Cam Morvant says Wright will likely spend the rest of his life at a mental health hospital in East Feliciana Parish. He says Wright was examined by 5 different forensic psychiatrists within 6 weeks after the horrific murder took place and all five found that he was psychotic.
A two-week period begins today where NFL teams can use the franchise tag on one of their pending unrestricted free agents. The Saints have 14 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, including TE Jimmy Graham. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says the Saints and Graham are not close on a new contract and the team will likely tag Graham.
Former LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman was the victim of a home invasion over the weekend. The 75 Year old Bertman was awakened by a masked burglar who entered the house through a window. Startled, the burglar quickly left through a door after a brief scuffle with Bertman. The good news is Neither Bertman or his wife Sandy were injured. The crook did however, get away with some of Bertman’s championship rings and money.