News for Thursday 050114
By Dave Graichen
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's office says the body of a white male was discovered around 6:30am yesterday morning near Airbase Road. Lt. Tommy Carnline said they found the unresponsive victim lying next to the road. The man has been identified as 27 year old Leon Matthew Jeffers of Alexandria, police said. Detectives say the cause of death has not been determined and an autopsy will be performed.
After getting some tips about some suspicious activity, Louisiana State Police have arrested a central Louisiana man on drug charges. The suspect - 49 year-old Stephen Holsomback - was allegedly selling drugs out of a Store- N- Lock business he owns in Alexandria. Authorities say they discovered over 10 pounds of marijuana, over 20 ounces of meth, over 4 ounces of cocaine and over $4,000 in cash. Holsomback was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
The second weekend of the 45th annual New Orleans Jazz Festival kicks off today. There will be some big musical talents performing this week like, Christina Aguilera, The Wailers, Chaka Khan, Trey Songz, and Bruce Springsteen. Executive Producer of Jazz Fest Quint Davis says this is one of the best weekend line ups they've ever had.
The state's largest ever seat belt campaign targeting pickup truck drivers starts today. It's called "Buckle Up in your Truck." Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, with the Highway Safety Commission says every year surveys find pickup truck drivers have the lowest level of seat belt use of all other vehicles. LeBlanc says this campaign will increase police patrols and checkpoints dedicated to checking for motorists wearing their seat belts, especially in pickup trucks. He says they are optimistic that this push will help save lives.
The bill that would legalize medical marijuana failed in a Senate committee yesterday 6-2. Several people spoke in favor of the bill by New Iberia Senator Fred Mills including patients who say this form of therapy is the only thing out there that would help alleviate their suffering. But Attorney General Buddy Caldwell feels this is a path toward allowing recreational use. He also says they have a huge problem with the fact that this drug is illegal.
The House approved a bill that would allow Louisianans to have their driver’s license renewed after 6 years instead of 4. Under the bill, the fee for a driver’s license would grow from $28.50 to $42.75 to cover the extra years renewal.
A House Committee shot down a bill that would have prohibited drones from flying over "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana. The legislation is by Baton Rouge Senator Bodi White who says the measure is meant to protect places that are crucial to national security. But opponents argued the Senate backed bill would limit certain organizations, including media, from monitoring and
reporting on possible environmental disasters. The bill failed by a 7-4 vote.
A bill that would authorize the City Council in New Orleans to put a new hotel occupancy tax on a future ballot passed out of a House Committee Wednesday. Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants the extra money to improve public safety in New Orleans. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who is against the tax, says if this bill goes forward, people who visit New Orleans would be paying the highest taxes in the nation to stay in their hotel.
A bill that would prohibit most public employees from paying union dues through a deduction on their paychecks failed to get passed the House Labor Committee.
Legislation is nearing final passage that would allow both active and retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed handguns in nearly every place open to the public.
The Senate Commerce Committee gave support to a bill that would require annual inspections of elevators to make sure they are operating properly. The bill, sponsored by Bogalusa Senator Ben Nevers, is supported by elevator manufacturers.
The man accused of killing his roommate’s dog because the animal ripped up his furniture, is now in jail on animal cruelty charges. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says twenty-three year-old Shaun Parsons allegedly killed the dog by putting an empty potato chip bag over the animal's head at the home in Greenwell Springs.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office have identified human remains that were found in Hammond earlier this month. The remains were those of 31-year-old Jonathon Gordan of Loranger, who disappeared on New Year's Eve. Gordan was an Iraq War veteran and bronze medal recipient. The investigation of Gordan's disappearance and death is ongoing.