News for Tuesday 071718
Compiled by Dave Graichen
In a surprise announcement late yesterday afternoon Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy announced he would not seek a fourth term as mayor. In a press release, Roy said "We leave our city measurably better, and I hope the next mayor does, too”. Roy has been mayor since 2006. Qualifying for the November mayoral election starts tomorrow.
The summer in Louisiana means high temps. State climatologist Barry Keim says get ready for the seasonal peak. We can expect temps in the low 90s to mid to upper 90 during the work week, which are typical for this time of year. But he warns the humidity levels will be above average, bringing heat indices to dangerous levels. Remember, hydration in critical in this heat, even if you are not out in the sun.
Two adults and one juvenile are dead after a fire engulfed a trailer in Campti over the weekend. Investigators are still unsure exactly how the fire erupted and claimed the family’s lives. State Fire Marshal Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the fire occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning. At this point in the investigation, Rodrigue says they aren’t sure why the family did not respond to the inferno but says early reports indicate they may not have been awake to react to it.
The RPSO reports The Federal Bureau of Investigation has initiated a probe into the it’s Office over the March arrests of five corrections officers for an excessive force complaint from an inmate. KALB TV is reporting that within the past few weeks, the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division based out of Washington, DC and the FBI based out of Alexandria got involved with the case and opened a probe into the office. It’s also confirmed through multiple sources that the FBI seized multiple computers, phones and documents from the office. Channel 5 says they have also been told that the FBI's probe could extend beyond the incident involving the inmate.
Due to the renewal of a partial penny state sales tax rate and a tax rate drop in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana no longer holds the dubious distinction of the highest sales tax rate when combining state level and the average local sales tax rate. An economist for the Tax Foundation, Scott Drenkard, says that title now belongs to Tennessee. In 2015, The Tax Foundation wrote a book on its recommendation of the tax situation in Louisiana. Among the suggestions is expanding the sales tax to cover services. That has yet to happen.
A new approach by the Louisiana Department of Health in providing home and community services will end the waiting list for thousands of citizens with developmental disabilities. Deputy Secretary of LDH, Mark Thomas, explains that the new plan will also effectively end the 25-year-old Request for Service registry waiting list. Thomas says the new method sees those in the most urgent of need, some who have been waiting years, will see services very quickly. There are currently 16,000 residents on that waiting list in Louisiana.
Three Louisiana State Police troopers disciplined last year for taking a lavish "side trip" to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon while driving to a law enforcement conference in California offered their first public remarks on the controversy during their appeal Monday before the State Police Commission. The troopers told the commission they had been scapegoated for a scandal that embarrassed the State Police and prompted the retirement last year of Mike Edmonson, the agency's longest-serving superintendent. After a full day of testimony action was deferred on the appeal. It’s expected it will be next month, at the earliest, before any decision is announced.
The US Department of Labor has ordered El Paso Mexican restaurant to pay close to $655,000 in back wages to 567 employees, including 58 here in Alexandria. In addition to the Alexandria location, the company operates a number of restaurants in Louisiana and Florida. The department found that the chain violated the minimum wage requirements at 23 of those locations.
A Winfield woman is facing 18 counts of theft by fraud, after she apparently tried to pass of a fraudulent raffle. The RPSO posted a picture of the woman on Facebook Friday evening and she was identified within minutes as 30 year old Nettie Adams. Adams was already under lock and key in Winfield on fraud charges and is being held on a $10,000 bond. Authorities in Rapides parish will be waiting to arrest her when she gets released.
29 people have been arrested since March in St. Tammany Parish in a parish wide crackdown on the crystal meth that has been flowing into the rural portions of the region. The arrests have targeted smaller distributors, and have resulted in the seizure of guns, drugs, and money, and St Tammany Parish Sherriff Randy Smith says they do not suspect that the dealers who’ve been busted are part of a largescale, organized criminal effort to take over distribution in the parish.
The eyes of the college football world are on Georgia this week for SEC Media Days. LSU coaches and stars took the mike yesterday to talk shop. Head Coach Ed Orgeron is on the hottest seat in the SEC after a tumultuous season that ended with the departure of expensive OC Matt Canada. Orgeron says it’s for the best though, praising new coordinator and former tight ends coach Steve Ensimnger. Orgeron also told reporters he’s looking to have the never-ending quarterback question solved by the time the regular season starts.
Sports on air today….
The MLB All Star Game 6p 94.7 ESPN