State health officials say a man from Caddo Parish has died from the West Nile Virus. The department of health and hospitals is not providing many details about the victim, citing confidentiality rules, but they can say the individual was between 60 and 74 years. State Epidemiologist Raoult Ratard says this is a reminder West Nile can be fatal.
"Usually when the virus attacks the brain, 10% of the people die from it," Ratard said.
This is the first fatality of the year from West Nile Virus. Ratard says they've only recorded nine total cases this year, but the season is just starting.
"We expect cases to last until November, maybe early December."
Ratard says take precautions to keep mosquitoes out of your house, our of your yard and off your skin.
"So you either protect your skin with long pants and long sleeves or you wear mosquito repellent."
The LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans is offering a possible break through treatment for those diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Eileen Mederos is the program manager of the clinical trial and she says participants will receive a personalized medicine approach based upon the genetic makeup of their cancers.
"This maybe a better way to treat cancer as opposed to a blanketed approach, because not everyone responds to the same drug."
Mederos says LSU Health Sciences Center is one of a just a few sites in the country to offer this new way of treating of lung cancer. She says it's a targeted therapy based on the genetic changes fueling the growth of the tumor.
"They would receive treatment based off of the genetic testing."
Mederos says they are partnering with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, which has several locations in Southeast Louisiana to offer this cutting edge treatment. She lung cancer patients can call the LSU Health Sciences Center to participate in the clinical trial.
"Eventually it will be offered across the country, but for now we are one of the first five sites."
For more information call Eileen Mederos at (504) 407-7395
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office says a man is dead after his neighbor allegedly shot him in the groin last night. Col John Fortunato says they responded to an apartment complex around 1:30am and found the body of a 54-year-old at the door step of the suspect's residence. Witnesses told investigators the two had a long time feud.
"Sometime during the early morning hours, the victim was kicking on the front door of the suspect over and over and wouldn't stop," said Fortunado.
Fortunato says the shooter is identified as 61-year-old Frank Stewart, "At some point the suspect opened the door and fired one shot to the victim in the groin and he was pronounced dead on the scene."
Fortunato says Stewart was taken into custody and transported to their investigations bureau for questioning, but he was not arrested. He says the case has been turned over the District Attorney.
"No decision has been made as of yet on whether or not to charge Stewart with a crime," said Fortunato.
Louisiana State Police say a former Baldwin Police officer is under arrest amid allegations he fathered a baby with a 14-year-old girl. Master Trooper Brooks David says they were initially called to investigate 39-year-old Joseph Brent about possible drug dealing in 2013, but they ended up finding more information.
"He possibly was fathering a child with a 14-year-old juvenile," said Brent.
David says detectives couldn't substantiate the narcotics allegation. He says they discovered instead that Brent was living with a minor who was carrying his child. David says the baby was born this month and DNA was collected from all parties.
"Once the DNA samples came back, the results showed Mr. Brent was the father of the child," said David.
David says Brent left his job as a police officer a few months ago unaware that he was under investigation by the state. He says they learned through DNA that the suspect was the father of the teenager's baby.
The suspect was booked into the St. Mary Parish Jail for molestation of a juvenile, malfeasance in office and sexual battery.
White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, has rolled out the red carpet for
the New Orleans Saints who begin training camp there today. The Black
and Gold will spend the next three weeks getting ready for the upcoming
season at the Greenbrier resort.
Kara Dense, with the Greenbrier
Convention and Visitor's Bureau, says they were thrilled when the team
bus rolled in.
"There were people on the streets with signs, balloons, and it was kind of a first opportunity for all the players come and visit with us and see how exited we are that they will be with us for the next few weeks."
For the past few seasons, the team has held training camps exclusively
at their Meterie facility. Dense says this is a great chance for some
out of town Saints fans to watch the team play.
The county, home to only 35 thousand people, isn't used to getting big
name stars like Quarterback Drew Brees. Dense says the locals are
eating it up.
"We were so excited. We were following Drew Brees on twitter last night and he ate at one of our local country kitchens in White (Sulfer) Springs. Wow, what great exposure for our area."
The annual International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo is underway and thousands of people are expected descend on coastal town to enjoy the festivities. Anglers from across the area will compete to see who can catch the biggest fish in a number of categories.
Property tax clerk for the town of Grand Isle, Bonnie Pizani, says there's a lot more going on than just fishing.
"They have events at the pavilion for children. They have crab races. They have craft venders, merchandise booths, and the awesome band line-up that we have this year."
The fishing rodeo began in 1928 and is informally referred to as the "Mardi Gras of Grand Isle." Pizani says businesses across the island look forward to the economic boost the thousands of people who attend the event bring every year.
"The grocery store will be packed. The marinas will be packed. This is our big event of the year."
Grand Isle bills the rodeo, which runs through Saturday, as "the oldest fishing tournament in the United States". Pizani says if you plan to attend, you may want to leave early as traffic tends to creep along Highway 1, the only road that accesses the island. She says the locals get into the spirit of the rodeo, too.
"They'll pop out a pool in their front yard and they'll have little celebration parties at their camp in their front yard after getting in from their fishing and, hopefully, catching the big catch to put on the board."
The National Weather Service in Shreveport says a bad storm that blew through northwest Louisiana last night left thousands without power and claimed the life of one person. Senior Meteorologist Jason Hansford says they saw 60-70 mile per hour winds which downed numerous trees and power lines.
"At one point during the peak of the power outages we had 70,000 people without power," said Hansford.
Hansford says as of early this morning there were still over 50,000 people who did not have power. He says one woman even lost her life.
"A 64-year-old female was struck by a very large tree limb that fell during the height of the storms there yesterday evening," Hansford said.
Hansford says the victim was walking down a street during the height of the storms when the winds really started picking up.
"So she turned around and was heading home, and at the same time a big gust of wind blew threw and downed the limb that fell on top of her," said Hansford. "Unfortunately she later succumbed to her injuries."