News for Friday 072619
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Rapides Parish Sheriff deputies had to revive Jasmine Anderson after a suicide attempt Thursday morning. The 24-year-old Alexandria mom, who was arrested earlier this week, is accused of killing her five-year daughter. Her attorney, Chad Guillot says a hearing is set for next Tuesday for a judge to determine if a sanity commission is needed. Guillot says if medical professionals find that she’s not competent, she’ll be sent to the state’s mental hospital in East Feliciana Parish for treatment.
Authorities say a suspect involved in a standoff with officers in Vidalia on Thursday afternoon is dead and the standoff has ended. According to the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office, the standoff started after the suspect shot a deputy at an apartment complex in Vidalia earlier Thursday. Authorities say they were working an armed robbery investigation from earlier in the morning. Officer Walter Mackel knocked on one of the apartment doors for questioning when he was shot. Authorities have not said how the suspect died. His identity has not been officially released. Officer Mackle is said to be recovering from his injuries.
A Baton Rouge Police officer was fired Thursday after a video showed the cop in April repeatedly punching a man outside a Tigerland bar. Officer Marshall McDermitt was fired after an internal investigation into his conduct on April 7, which found he violated BRPD's policies on use of force, truthfulness, conduct unbecoming, carrying out orders, and falsification of documents. McDermitt is a 2-year veteran of the force.
Southern University says its medical marijuana grower has planted its first crop, as Louisiana edges nearer to having product available to patients. The Baton Rouge University estimates its medical marijuana could be in pharmacies by the fall.
The Louisiana Department of Health will soon begin enforcing the state’s new crawfish and shrimp labeling law approved by the legislature. The law lets patrons at restaurants know the origin of their meal. LDH Environmental Services Chief of Field Operations Carolyn Bombet says if a restaurant is not falling in line with the law, contact LDH who will investigate.
LSU announces its beer and wine policy for sale at concessions stands in the general seating areas of Tiger Stadium. A new SEC policy approved in the Spring gave schools the option to sell beer and wine in public areas. LSU Senior Associate athletics director Robert Munson says it’s something fans have asked for.
The US Department of Justice announces it is ending a moratorium on executions and one of the five federal death row inmates that were named by the Attorney General to be put to death is Alfred Bourgeois, a LaPlace man convicted in 2002 of abusing and murdering his two year old daughter. The incident happened in Corpus Christi, Texas. The executions are scheduled to take place at a Federal Prison in Indiana between December 9 and January 15th.
Senate President John Alario is ending his political career after 48 years in the state legislature. Alario who is term-limited had the option of running for a House seat, but the Republican from Westwego decided to spend more time with his family. Pollster Pinsonat says Alario is one of Louisiana’s most influential politicians. Alario has twice served as Senate President and twice as House Speaker. The Senate says he’s one of only four lawmakers in the nation to do that.
An LSU Professor had the roles reversed when he found himself depending on students as he went into cardiac arrest. Math professor Dr. James Oxley was swimming laps on campus July 5th when he slipped under the water and eight students jumped into action to save his life. Oxley says his cardiologist told him it was the students’ training that made the difference.
The town of Church Point has a unique designation as being the home to the state’s first cloned cow. The cow lives at Circle T Cattle Company. Several years ago, owner Bob Thibodeaux purchased a cow that won awards all over the world. The original cow that was duplicated has since been sold and lives in Florida. Thibodeaux says the clone, named Eight over nice, has the exact look and personality of the original. The cloning of the animal took place in the state of Iowa, then was transported back to Louisiana.
Gov. Edwards issues a statewide emergency declaration following a cybersecurity attack on several school systems in North Louisiana. Senior Coordinating Official for the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission Kenneth Donnelly says the state was first made aware of a malware attack on July 23rd. This is the first activation of Louisiana’s emergency support function relating to cybersecurity. Donnelly says Louisiana State Police, National Guard, GOHSEP, and the Office of Technology service are all working alongside the FBI in response to the attack.
The Saints hit the practice field this morning, but star wide receiver Michael Thomas will not be there. The 26-year-old is seeking a new contract that would make him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. Coach Sean Payton hopes the contract talks will not linger. General Manager Mickey Loomis says he wouldn’t say they are close to agreeing on a new contract with Thomas, but he says they are not far off. Thomas is reportedly looking for a 20-million dollar a year contract that would make him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL.
The LSU basketball team has released its non-conference schedule. The 2019-2020 season gets underway on Friday November 8th at home against Bowling Green. The Tigers will host Nicholls, UNO and Northwestern State in the non-conference, while travel to V-C-U, U-S-C and Texas. The contest against the Longhorns will be part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge in January.