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News For Friday 03/14/14


News For Friday 031414

By Dave Graichen

 

A teenager from Boyce was killed  Wednesday  night  in  a  single vehicle wreck  on Twin Bridges Road. State police report 18-year-old  Derek  Stanley  was  a passenger in a pickup truck

that for unknown reasons left the roadway. Another passenger in the vehicle and the driver, 20-year-old Andrew Juneau of Boyce were injured in the crash Toxicology tests are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

 

A man whose wife  was  found  buried  in  concrete  on  the couple's property in Opelousas is charged with manslaughter in her death. The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's office says Sandra Tillett was  reported missing  in  December and since then 59-year-old Arthur Tillett  has been uncooperative  with  investigators. He was already charged with obstruction, cruelty to the infirm and unlawful disposal of remains.

 

Another  statewide  poll  has  Congressman   Bill   Cassidy  leading democratic  Senator  Mary Landrieu. Hickman Analytics  surveyed  400 likely voters last month  and  found that 46-percent of them plan to vote for Cassidy, while 42-percent  say  they'll  vote for Landrieu. A  Rasmussen poll in January also showed Cassidy with a 4 percentage point lead over Landrieu.

 

Lawmakers have the day off Friday so there  will  be  no legislative action,  but  Governor  Bobby  Jindal  is  keeping  busy. Jindal  is delivering a speech in New Hampshire for the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference.

 

Baton Rouge will host the 2014  Miss USA pageant. Officials made the announcement Thursday morning. The  event  will  be  on Sunday, June 8th. Tickets will be available to the public via Ticketmaster.

 

A flood insurance bill that blocks extremely high premium increases for  thousands of Louisiana homeowners has cleared Congress. The Senate vote  was 72-22 and the legislation now heads to President Obama's desk.  Senator Mary Landrieu says this is great news for the people of Louisiana. The rate increases were put in place under the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act  but under the new compromise, homes that met code when they were built  are protected from these huge spikes. Landrieu says now people don't  have to worry about losing their homes and having to turn them over to  the bank because they can't pay their insurance bill.

 

So now that  Glenn  Ford  is  a  free  man  after  being  wrongfully incarcerated at Angola for almost three decades, what's next for the Caddo  Parish  man?  Alexandria  Representative  Herbert Dixon,  who sponsored the compensation state's compensation statute,  says  Ford can  now  apply  in  court  to receive $25,000 a year up to $250,000 total. But Dixson would like to see that maximum amount raised in the future, He says $250,000 is not  nearly  enough  for a person to get their life back.

 

Tonight's Mega Millions jackpot has grown to 353 million dollars, with a  cash value of 194 million dollars. Louisiana lottery spokesperson  Kimberly Chopin says tonight's drawing is now a top  5 Mega Millions  jackpot.

 

A  man  from  northern New Jersey has been sentenced  to  two  years’ probation for making  a threatening phone call to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Twenty-nine  year  old  Ronnie McMillian Jr. allegedly left a voice mail that said that Jindal and other Republicans would- quote  -  "get  a  bullet in the head." A federal  judge  says  that McMillian  must  spend   six   months   of  that  sentence  in  home incarceration.

 

Police in Shreveport  say  a  wheelchair  bound woman was struck and killed by a van, while trying to cross the  street  in  her electric scooter.  59-year-old  Julia  Bay  was  pronounced  dead  at a local

hospital. No charges have of yet have been filed against the driver. Alcohol is not suspected as a factor.

 

Several law enforcement agencies are searching for a man who escaped from a St. Tammany Parish workforce program early Thursday  morning then allegedly abducted his girlfriend. Deputies say are actively seeking the whereabouts of Christopher Ricker who ended up crashing his car during  a  chase  with  police  in Tangipahoa parish then escaping in nearby river.

 

A woman from Baton  Rouge  is  going  to federal prison for almost 7 years for filing more than 600 false federal  and state tax returns; using  others'  identities  without  their  knowledge.  The woman   must also pay $700,000 to the IRS, and over  $11,000 to the state.

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