News For Tuesday 040114
By Dave Graichen
The APD reports a shooting Monday afternoon near Chester Street has left one person dead. Around 12:45 p.m., the department responded to a shots fired call near the 100 block of Chester Street. A victim found at the scene was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The victim's identity hasn't been released pending notification of the family. The investigation is ongoing.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of a man from Ball, who allegedly had repeated sexual relations with a juvenile victim thirty times. Twenty-three year old Devon Paul Lockhart was charged with 30 counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center with a bond of $150 thousand dollars.
The Turner Street YMCA has closed indefinitely due to lack of funding. The iconic facility has been a fixture in Alexandria since it opened in 1967, but recent financial trouble left the YMCA of Central Louisiana needing an infusion of cash to keep it open. Board members still hold out hope that donations to reopen Turner Street will materialize. Between $150,000 and $200,000 is needed.
Practically all of Cleco’s customers had power restored Monday afternoon after strong storms hit the area this weekend. According to Cleco’s online outage report, only one customer, in Allen Parish, was without power by 6 p.m. Monday.
Baker Police say they are investigating a Friday night shooting at a birthday party that claimed the lives of 3 teenagers. They say a 16-year-old, who will be tried as an adult according to the DA, is
in custody accused in the murders. The incident took place during the private party with the suspect allegedly just fired into an open crowd.
A Deridder woman is dead and her crazed boyfriend is under arrest for her Saturday night strangulation death inside her home. Caddo Parish Sheriff's Deputies were able to track down 40 year-old Jeremy A. Bunch in Shreveport, then transported him back to Beauregard Parish to face charges for allegedly killing 40 year-old Mandy Kirl. Bunch has been charged with second-degree murder.
The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's office says they've identified a body found in False River as a woman with dementia who went missing from a New Roads nursing home last week. Investigators say Isla Lazare went out to smoke a cigarette on March 27th then never came back. She was found in the River this weekend and the cause of death was drowning officials say.
The House of Representatives approves legislation that would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Opponents argued when the legislation was discussed in a House committee that this measure will close five abortion clinics, leaving just two open in the Shreveport area. But when the bill was brought up for discussion on the House floor, no one voiced opposition and it passed easily. The bill is heading to the Senate for their approval.
A business magazine called "Area Development" ranks Louisiana in the top 5 in numerous categories, including overall business environment, most cooperative state government and overall cost of doing business. Greater New Orleans Inc President Michael Hecht says it's a third-party validation of the work being done here to make Louisiana a business friendly state. Hecht says he even has consultants that say Louisiana is a better place to do business than Texas.
A gay rights bill that would have added sexual orientation to the Louisiana Equal Housing Opportunity Act as a list of things property owners can't use to turn people away for housing was shot down in House Commerce committee yesterday. The vote against the measure was 13-5.
300 jobs are coming to a small town in Webster Parish as a company from Texas plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to Springhill. IntegriCo Composites announced plans to build a $20 million plant that will produce railroad ties, rail crossings and industrial mats. The new manufacturing facility will create an annual salary of $35,000 plus benefits for employees.
A bill that would ban employers and school officials from requiring log-in information from applicants and students passes in the House Commerce Committee Monday. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James says people should feel free to post whatever they want on their social media sites without their superiors knowing about it. The bill now heads to the House floor.
Citing the rising number of heroin overdoses and subsequent deaths, State Senator Dan Claitor says his legislation to increase the penalty on those distributing the drug will be taken up in Senate Judiciary committee today. The Baton Rouge lawmaker says the sentence for the crime use to be life in prison which the legislature moved away from years ago. Under Senate Bill 87, the maximum term of imprisonment at hard labor for the manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to distribute heroin would increase from 50 years to 99 years.
A plan to reward Louisiana colleges and universities with increased funding for every engineering, computer science or other in-demand degree cleared its first hurdle Monday when the measure passed through the House Appropriations Committee. House Bill 1033 creates the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund, commonly called WISE — a $40 million pool of money Louisiana schools would compete over. Institutions would be able to draw money from the fund based on the type of research they conduct and the number of students who graduate with degrees in fields that match the needs of the state’s economy.
The state House Transportation Committee approves legislation that would prohibit using cameras to issue traffic tickets on state highways. The measure now heads to the House floor.
Individuals who attack referees or officials at a youth athletic event will face larger fines under legislation that passed the House on a 93-to-1 vote. The senate will now decide whether Henry's bill that calls for higher fines for punching or shoving an official should become law.
Another deadly drunk driving incident from over the weekend. Two people are dead and three others injured following an early Sunday morning crash on I-10 on the new Mississippi Bridge. The victims are 26 year-old Johnny Galmon and 19 year-old Kandace Cox. The driver; 38-year-old Derick Matthews was arrested on numerous charges including 2 counts of vehicular homicide and DWI.