News for Thursday 110118
Compiled by Dave Graichen
As predicted, a heavy line of thunderstorms moved through Rapides Parish overnight. At one point, there were three active tornado warnings in Rapides Parish including Hineston, Elmer, Woodworth, Alexandria, Pineville and surrounding areas.
No classes at Louisiana College today due to storm damage Wednesday night. There were reports early this morning of downed powerlines and other damage in the area around the Pineville school and along Military Highway.
At 1 a.m. Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office reported they were on the scene of possible tornado damage in the Washboard Road area in Pineville. Alexandria police also reported possible tornado damage in the area around Alexandria Mall and St. Frances Cabrini School.
Power is also reported to be out in several areas..
The APD has yet to identify a man whose body was found in a stolen car yesterday morning in the 1700 block of MacArthur drive. Police were responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle when the made the discovery shortly before noon. Police say the man suffered trauma to the head that appears to be a gunshot and that an autopsy will be conducted to confirm. The victim is described as a black male between the ages of 25 and 35 years old.
Two Denham Springs residents were found murdered at their pool company Tuesday night. 70-year-old Patricia Gurley and 72-year-old Frank Gurley, a retired Denham Springs teacher, were last seen alive around 4PM Monday. Police Chief Shannon Womack offered limited details, but says they suspect the murders were premeditated.
Authorities have announced they have a person of interest in the case.
Monroe Representative Jay Morris is publicly calling for U.S. Senator John Kennedy to jump into next year’s governor’s race against John Bel Edwards. Morris says he’s impressed with Kennedy’s work as State Treasurer and says he’s a potential candidate who would bring great administrative experience if he wins. Kennedy says he’ll announce his 2019 intentions by December.
Early voting ended Tuesday and at the close 307-thousand people voted in person or with a mail in ballot, which JMC Analytics pollster John Couvillon says is a record for a non-Presidential election. Couvillon says even though the Louisiana ballot lacks a marquee race, voters are aware of the November 6th election, because of hotly contested midterm elections across the country.
The hottest ticket in town is going fast as the Bama/LSU game is officially sold out, with fans only way of getting into the stadium now on the secondary market, buying tickets second hand. LSU’s official ticket reselling partner is StubHub. LSU Ticket Manager Brian Broussard says if you buy through Stubhub and there’s an issue, LSU will find a fix for you. Broussard says they saw a lot of fraud before the Georgia game and they fully expect to see quite a bit of it before the biggest game of the year as well.
Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy is the latest high-profile Louisiana politician to throw his endorsement behind Amendment 2, a ballot proposition that would require unanimous jury verdicts in criminal cases. Cassidy's endorsement, announced Wednesday, adds to a growing bipartisan choir backing the change to state's unusual, 120-year-old practice of allowing juries to convict or acquit on split votes. Every other state but Oregon requires unanimous verdicts; Louisiana and Oregon require only 10 of 12 jurors to agree.
Governor Edwards met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday as part of his weeklong economic development mission. The governor’s office says today’s meeting should lead to trade and investment growth between Louisiana and Israel in oil and gas, the collaboration of water management research and Louisiana learning new methods to combat cyber security threats.
The New Orleans City Council could decide to take a new vote on whether to authorize the new power plant at the center of a controversy over Entergy New Orleans' use of paid actors to support the proposal. After the council heard an investigative report on the matter Wednesday afternoon, two council members said they would be open to reconsidering the earlier 6-1 vote approving the plant. Only two of the members who took part in that March vote are still are on the council. The council then unanimously voted to begin the process for assessing a $5 million fine against Entergy.
A state Department of Public Safety officer was arrested and fired Wednesday after State Police investigators determined he lied about being shot at during a traffic stop Monday night, a fabricated account that included an elaborate description of the suspect and set in motion extensive search efforts in the Denham Springs area. 22 year old Chandler LeGrange was booked into Livingston Parish jail on one count each of malfeasance in office and filing false public records, which is a felony.
Ben Kleinpeter, the former head of Baton Rouge-based Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, died Wednesday at the age of 91.Kenny Kleinpeter, general manager of the dairy, said his father died in his sleep. Even though Ben Kleinpeter had stepped down as president of Kleinpeter Farms 14 years ago, he still played an active role in the business.
A new report from the American Psychological Association shows members of Generation Z, people ages 15 to 21, have the worst mental health of any generation. 91% of Gen Z adults say they have felt physical or emotional symptoms, such as depression or anxiety associated with stress. Licensed Psychologist at LSU Health School of Medicine Dr. Richard Costa says current events are likely contributors to these findings.
Hahnville High School QB Andrew Robison has won his arbitration hearing against the LHSAA. The victory means the senior is eligible to play in Friday’s regular-season finale. He’ll also continue with a lawsuit against the governing body for damages. Robison’s Attorney David Moyer says schools should not be afraid to challenge the LHSAA. LHSAA says they are not commenting due to pending litigation.