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
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.