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News For Wednesday 03/19/14


News for Wednesday 031914

By Dave Graichen

 

The husband of the woman killed in LaSalle Parish Thursday has  been arrested,  and charged with second-degree murder. Fifty-six year-old Michael James Worley of Pineville was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center  Tuesday.  He allegedly pulled the trigger of the fatal shot that killed  his wife, Mary Worley.  She was reportedly shot in the back of the head.

 

Another unrestrained driver has been killed  in  Central  Louisiana. State  Police  say that twenty-eight year-old Shauna Beebe of  Boyce lost control of  her  vehicle on Bud Nichols Road Monday night, struck several trees and flipped.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Federal  authorities  have  announced  the  arrest of 14 men who were allegedly  involved  in  an  online  child exploitation  network.  The website's primary administration has been  identified as 27-year old Johnathan  Johnson  of  Abita Springs. Agent Ray  Farmer,  with  the Homeland Security office  in  New  Orleans, says Johnson used social networking sites to target young children. So far investigators have identified  251  victims  in 39 states and five foreign countries.  Two of the victims wer three  years old and younger. Johnson faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

A senate committee has approved legislation  that prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes. An additional amendment was  added in committee by Senator Barrow Peacock of Bossier City to also add  a  ban  on Vapor pens.  The  bills author Senator Rick Gallow of Ruston says when  it comes to these  devices  they  should  be  treated  as other tobacco products.

 

A  constitutional  amendment  that  would  allow voters to decide if judges can remain in office after the age of  70,  moved out of a senate  committee Tuesday. The state constitution currently  prohibits

judges from beginning a new term once they turn 70 years old.

 

State lawmakers  questioned  Economic  Development Secretary Stephen Moret  yesterday  about  why  state  revenues  have   not  substantially increased,   even   though   there's  been  claims  by  the   Jindal administration that business  projects  will  bring 80-thousand jobs and 50-billion dollars in capital investments to Louisiana. Moret  says  the  slow recovery of the national economy  is  hurting

Louisiana's revenue  picture and he says the use of state tax breaks is  taking  money  away  from   the  state  treasury.  He  says  the film-tax-break program for instance  is  costing  the  state  up  to

200-million dollars a year. But  Moret says the film tax breaks have created 10-thousand jobs in

this state.

 

Authorities say foul play is suspected in the death of an Oberlin man whose body was pulled from inside a burning mobile home Tuesday Morning. Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert III says 59-year-old Freddie Green’s death is being treated as a homicide. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause and time of death.

 

In a recent report released by the Tax Foundation, at 8.89 percent,  Louisiana has the third highest average combined state local sales tax  rate in the nation. Economist Scott Drenkard says while statewide sales  taxes are in line with the rest of the country, our local sales taxes  are not.

 

After  remaining  mostly  flat for the past couple of weeks, the gas price  spiked  two  cents last  night  in  Louisiana.  The  American Automobile Association  says  the  current  statewide  average for a

gallon of regular is now $3.28.

 

A   Washington  Parish  Volunteer  Fireman  has  been  arrested   in connection   with   20  fires  he  allegedly  set  intentionally  in Washington  Parish.    The  Louisiana  Department  of  Wildlife  and

Fisheries reports that  that  Johnny Erin Tarver was booked into the Washington Parish Jail with a $30 thousand dollar bond.

 

 

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