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.