News for Friday 022114
By Dave Graichen
The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's office says a man from Natchitoches is under arrest after investigators discovered drugs and 47 dogs during a search of his property Wednesday. They say 25-year-old Jason Hasket is charged with cruelty in animals, dog fighting and several counts related to possession and intent to distribute narcotics.
Alexandria Police are withholding the name of a man whose body was found just before 8am Thursday morning in Bayou Rapides near the 3000 block of MacArthur Drive. Though no immediate signs of foul play were visible, an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death."
State health officials are seeing fewer flu cases in the last couple of weeks, but there's still a steady flow of people heading to doctors' offices suffering from flu-like symptoms. Doctor Frank Welch, with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says the H1N1 strain or swine flu is not as prevalent as it was in December and January. But still, before the flu season ends, he estimates between 500 to 600 people will have here in Louisiana.
225 million dollars is what the state is borrowing for mostly rural road improvements. The governor's office says the money will repair over 400 miles of Louisiana roadways in 37 parishes. Bonds were
sold yesterday and the debt and interest will be paid through registration, license fees, and taxes on commercial trucks and trailers.
In a sharp turnaround, a commission that advises the governor on criminal sentencing issues backed legislation Thursday to reduce penalties for simple possession of marijuana. In November, the Louisiana Sentencing Commission turned down the idea of reducing sentences for people convicted of possessing marijuana. But after occasionally heated debate Thursday, the commission voted favorably on a measure that would do just that.
Two men in South Louisiana are facing child pornography charges in two separate cases A Livingston Parish man A joint law enforcement and government investigation contributed to the arrest of 25 year-old Brandon L. Hunt of Denham Springs on 50 counts of possessing and six counts of distributing pornography of children. In Sulphur, twenty-seven year-old Christopher Marler was also booked on five counts of distributing porn to juveniles.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries say they had to put down the other whooping crane that was shot earlier this month. A female crane was found dead at the scene in Jefferson Davis Parish the male crane's condition continued to worsen till there was nothing vets could do. A $15,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Another law enforcement agency is investigating former Saints Safety Darren Sharper on charges of sexual battery. Police in Miami Beach, Florida, say they have opened a criminal probe involving Sharper. This means Sharper is being investigated in five different states on accusations for some sort of sexual crime, drugging and raping.