News for Wednesday 031214
By Dave Graichen
One victim is dead and another is in serious condition After a shooting incident last night shortly before 10 in the 1100 block of Brannon Road near Pineville. Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to find 40 year old David Wayne Lachney of Pineville, unresponsive and another person seriously injured. An investigation determined that Lachney and the other victim, whose name has not been released, were involved in an altercation, and Lachney allegedly shot the victim and then turned the gun on himself.
On Tuesday, the first full day of the legislative session, the House appropriations committee took a long look at the proposed 25-billion dollar budget for next fiscal year. But, before lawmakers can even think about next year’s budget, there are some budget holes that need to be filled in the current budget. The Senate Finance Committee learned yesterday up to $87 million in gaps exist in health care, education, prison and other state programs for the budget year that ends June 30.
On the first full day of the 2014 Louisiana Legislature, a House panel Tuesday churned out bills that would authorize prestige license plates to honor the late artist George Rodrigue, master gardeners, U.S. Army Rangers, winners of the Distinguished Service Cross and other causes. All the proposals breezed through the House Transportation Committee with little discussion. Most will be placed on the House list of noncontroversial bills when they are reviewed by the full chamber. The state has 215 specialty plates now with the LSU designation topping the list.
Legislation has been filed that allows teachers and principals, who are concealed handgun permit owners, to bring their guns into the schools they work at. The bill is by Chalmette representative Ray Garofola, who says this is in response to an increase in gun violence, particularly on school campuses. Garofola says the bill not only requires teachers and administrators to possess a concealed carry permit, it also requires them to undergo eight hours of annual tactical training. The measure will be heard at a later date by the House Criminal Justice Committee.
And two bills that attempt to crack down on human trafficking have been filed. Governor Bobby Jindal threw his support behind the legislation during a Tuesday afternoon press conference. He says Baton Rouge ranks in the top ten cities in the nation for human trafficking.
A New Orleans lawmaker says a person should be 18 or over if they want to tank in a bed that emits ultra-violate light. Rep. Helena Moreno says she was approached by a group of dermatologists who asked her to file legislation that would make it against the law for teens 17 and under to lay in a UV tanning bed. A House panel will hear the measure today.
In New Iberia, deputies have identified the victim and a suspect in a deadly shooting that took place Monday afternoon. They say 24-year-old Uriah Joseph was shot several times and died at a hospital. Iberia Parish Sheriff's investigators are now looking for Michael Augustine who is wanted for second degree murder.
Tragedy this Tuesday morning on I-55. State Police say a two people died after one person allegedly drove drunk onto the wrong side of the interstate causing a multi-vehicle crash.
A Caddo Parish man on death row has been released from Angola after a Caddo Parish District Judge signed an order vacating Glenn Ford's first degree murder conviction and death sentence. Ford was convicted for the 1983 murder of a Shreveport jeweler store owner. New evidence "supports findings that Ford was neither present at, nor a participant in the robbery and murder.
Two brothers are now facing federal charges in connection with the Mother's Day "second line" parade shooting in New Orleans, in which twenty people were injured in May. Twenty year-old Akein (ah KEEN) Scott and twenty-five year old Shawn Scott-along with seven others - violated gun control acts -according to authorities- and drug laws. All are members of a local New Orleans gang.
Officials in the Baton Rouge area have talked about an interstate loop around the capital city for years, and now, there's new discussion in the legislative session. Baton Rouge Representative
Steve Carter says they are seeking state funding to conduct studies for a proposed alternate highway around Baton Rouge. The price tag for the feasibility study is about $3.5 million dollars.