News for Friday 030614
By Dave Graichen
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 15-year-old girl last seen Saturday in the Pineville area. Priscilla Compton is described as being 5-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 110 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone who has seen her or has information concerning her whereabouts is asked to call the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.
A Rapides Parish grand jury has indicted Dorothy Vanasselberg of Elmer and Kyle Hauenstein of Pineville on hundreds of sex charges. The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Vanasselberg in July of last year after detectives investigated a complaint of possible sexual contact between Vanasselberg and a juvenile. Detectives later found evidence that indicated Hauenstein had received child pornography from Vanasselberg. While detectives searched for Hauenstein, sheriff's deputies said "they discovered evidence that led them to believe (Hauenstein) committed multiple criminal sexual acts" with one or more juvenile family members while he was in the Pineville area.
A Boyce man who tortured and murdered an 18-month-old child has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 25 year old Jaymes Harris was found guilty of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. At the time of the child’s death, Harris was the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother.
The Louisiana Legislative session starts Monday, and there could be a slight 1.5% cost of living increase for retirees across the state. That increase would be the first one in five years.
Small business owners in LA say they oppose any legislation that would raise the minimum wage. The 2014 legislative session is to start Monday and there are bills filed that would raise the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour. Louisiana director of NFIB Dawn Starns says they surveyed their members and 90% of them said "no" to raising the minimum wage. She says small businesses only have so much money and the increase could possibly lead to some layoffs.
The search for the missing Slidell teenager who was last seen at a UNO dorm over the weekend, ends in tragedy. Authorities confirmed Wednesday evening that the car and body of 19-year-old Hayley Howard were pulled from water near the I-10 Twin Spans around Irish Bayou. Friends say Howard was headed home to Slidell early Saturday morning when she suddenly vanished. Police say the UNO student's phone was last pinged at 6am that day in the Irish Bayou area. The case is currently being investigated as a fatal accident.
Legislation that would put a law on the books that defines a speed trap and prohibits them in Louisiana has been filed for the session that begins Monday. Baton Rouge Representative Regina Barrow says when a motorist is transitioning from one speed limit to a higher one, there should not be a cop sitting in between the two signs waiting to write tickets for people who were going 5 miles over the speed limit. She says this is a particularly big problem in small Louisiana towns.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former chief of staff, Paul Rainwater, said Wednesday that he plans to open his own lobbying and consulting firm. Rainwater left the Jindal administration this week after serving as chief of staff, commissioner of administration and hurricane recovery adviser. He helped manage the daily operations of Jindal’s office and served as one of the governor’s closest advisers. During a stop at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Rainwater said he needed more of a personal life and often felt like he was the oldest pitcher on the team. At 52, Rainwater was one of the few gray-haired members of the governor’s staff.
First, there was a Lake Providence Police officer charged with malfeasance allegedly asking a speeding motorist for $50 to avoid a ticket. Now, a second police officer has been charged with
intentionally falsifying an accident report. Fifty-two year-old Lee Antwine surrendered to investigators Monday. It's the second Lake Providence Police officer incident in 30 days.
Authorities say a Circle K store in Opelousas was selling synthetic marijuana. Undercover officers bought the drugs from the store on East Vine street. This led to searches of the store and the
manager's residence. The store’s manager was arrested and booked into the St. Landry Parish jail.
LSU's cartoon style tiger graphic has "disappeared" from the LSU basketball court. In it's place is a Tiger graphic that's similar to what on the LSU football helmet. Luke Johnson of Tiger Rag magazine says LSU did a "soft launch" of the new Tiger by simply displaying it at center court at the PMAC.