News for Monday 020419
Compiled by Dave Graichen
An early Sunday motorcycle crash claimed the life of a Woodworth man. State police say 28 year old Aaron Arthur was killed when the motorcycle he was driving left the Highway 3054 and struck some debris. As a result of the collision, Arthur was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead. He was wearing a helmet.
Saturday thousands marched from Pineville to Alexandria while proudly holding signs and wearing shirts in support of life. Pollock Baptist Church Pastor Brian Gunter says he was stunned at the turnout of about around 7,000 participants. Two hundred Central Louisiana church groups were a part of the crowd.
The Catholic Diocese announced late last week that it will soon be releasing the names of priests who were accused of sexual misconduct. The Diocese of Baton Rouge released its list on Thursday of last week. Bishop Talley has established a committee to review all personnel files that date back to its establishment in 1853. Over the past three months, this group has been examining records and looking for any allegations of sexual misconduct involving a minor. The Diocese of Alexandria expects to release its list of clergy later this month.
It’s been a long road for medical marijuana in Louisiana, but LSU AgCenter Dean of Agriculture Dr. Bill Richardson says the first batch of medical marijuana grown by GB Sciences and the AgCenter has passed testing. Last week ,reports mentioned the product would be ready available for those with a prescription by summer, but Richardson says he can’t commit to that date just yet. Despite passing, GB Sciences says they are waiting until they have a steady stream of product before they release it to the 10 pharmacies that have been licensed for sale.
Accused murderer Dakota Theriot is back in Louisiana after declining to fight his extradition at a court hearing in Virginia. Theriot is accused of murdering a family he lived within the Walker area, before heading to Gonzales to execute his parents. An Advocate report last week mentioned Theriot had previous mental instability and suffered from hallucinations. Legal Analyst Tim Meche says if that’s true, it could make it less likely that the 21-year-old would be sentenced to death. St. Charles Parish Sheriff Gary Champagne told reporters over the weekend, this case is an extremely horrific example of what we all have known are the shortcomings of our national system of mental healthcare.
A State Police trooper was injured Sunday Morning when A driver speeding at 115 mph on the Bonnet Carre Spillway hit a police vehicle on the side of the road. While conducting traffic enforcement, the trooper clocked a driver traveling 115 mph in a 60-mph zone. Then the trooper saw the vehicle hit the right guardrail and then the left back quarter panel and tire well of the trooper's vehicle. The trooper was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the speeding vehicle, a 23-year-old New Orleans Man, was not injured.
Bossier Parish Schools Superintendent Scott Smith is the target of a federal investigation that he illegally received controlled dangerous substances in a shipment from overseas. While it’s still under investigations, reports say anti-anxiety drugs that had been ordered over the internet were intercepted in the mail. A delivery was arranged by postal inspectors and investigators from homeland security, which led to Smith. Smith, who was hospitalized Thursday after he became extremely upset when federal agents approached him as part of their investigation, is expected to resign as superintendent.
A Shreveport woman who is accused of failing to send her two children to school for almost two years has plead guilty to improper supervision. The 35 year old woman admitted she failed to send her children, ages 13 & 14, to school for the entire 2017-18 school year as well as the current school year until November. She’s been sentenced to 30 days behind bars, but receives credit for time served.
Pelican’s All-Star Forward Anthony Davis says he’s given the New Orleans franchise all that he can and it’s time to move on. Davis did not give a timetable on when he would like to be traded and didn’t provide any preferred destinations. He says if not traded this year, he’ll suit up for the Pels when his injured finger heals. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday.
The Atlanta Super Bowl is in the books, and it’s only five years until the big game makes it’s return visit to the big easy. New Orleans has hosted 10 so far, tied with Miami for the most. Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation CEO Jay Cicero says it’s a half decade away but they’re already preparing.