News for Wednesday 102319
Compiled by Dave Graichen
As their cold case homicide investigation continues, today R.P.S.O. Detectives, Deputies and Support Services executed a search warrant at an undisclosed location near the residence of Robert Blair. Robert Blair was recently arrested in reference two counts of First Degree Murder relating to the deaths of Isabelle Blair and Marian Coutee. The two females were reported missing in July of 1989. On Thursday October 10th, 2019 the vehicle in which Isabelle and Marian were last known to have been traveling in was discovered submerged in a pond located near the residence of Robert Blair. During Yesterday’s search, items of evidence consistent with human remains were collected. Detectives state their investigation is still ongoing.
It’s starting to get a lot cooler around the state as a high-pressure system that originated over the north pacific invades the region, bringing with it lower temperatures. State Climatologist Barry Keim says that means perfect temperatures for a Saturday at Tiger Stadium. The front brings with it a chance of rain Friday and a slight chance over the weekend.
Louisiana is leading the nation in the number of reported flu cases, while not even halfway into flu season. Assistant Secretary for the state Office of Public Health Dr. Alex Billioux says the hotbed for activity is the Greater New Orleans area, but experts are not sure why the uptick is happening so early. Billioux says if someone is sick, they shouldn’t show up to work and infect their coworkers, no matter how much an employer may pressure them to do so. The flu resulted in over 14,000 hospitalizations and 1,400 deaths in Louisiana alone last year.
Governor Edwards’ campaign is hoping to court Ralph Abraham voters with a new ad highlighting Eddie Rispone’s attacks against the Congressman during the primary. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Edwards hopes the ad will pick off disillusioned conservatives who voted for Abraham but can’t stomach Rispone. If the voting population remains the same in the run-off that it was in the primary, Edwards would need to attract about 11 percent of Abraham voters to win.
The head of America's Cajun Navy who has traveled to flooded areas with a volunteer rescue crew faces a theft charge after police accused him of taking money donated for children through a Go Fund Me Account he created. Lafayette Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested John Billiot Jr. of Scott at about noon Tuesday. Billiot, in an interview Tuesday, denied he stole money and claimed the accusation stems from jealousy of other competing Cajun Navies.
Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain announced Monday Louisiana's farmers could start growing industrial hemp by the spring if federal and state agriculture agencies keep their regulatory work on track. Lawmakers earlier this year agreed to legalize hemp production in Louisiana, saying that would help farmers diversify their crops. The law is in line with what's allowed under the 2018 federal Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the list of federally controlled substances. Hemp is used for textiles, fuels, rope and chemical absorbents, among other products.
USA Today says LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s four million dollar a year contract is good for only ninth highest in the SEC, but USA Today LSU writer Glenn Guilbeau says if Orgeron can finish the season the way he started it, he’ll get a pay raise and fans will rush to crown Orgeron a king if he beats Bama November 9th. Guilbeau says Orgeron could still score a major raise even if they lose to Bama by taking the team into, or close to the NCAA playoffs.
State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says authorities have arrested two men who stole two brand new tractors from a business in Many. 38-year-old Stephan Morton of Shreveport and 41-year-old Michael Bayone of Alexandria have been charged with felony theft. Strain says The stolen tractors have not been recovered. The two tractors valued $80-thousand dollars.
Attorney General Jeff Landry is pushing websites like Ebay, Facebook, Craigslist, and others to crack down on counterfeit booze being sold on their platforms. Landry says those sites are not regulating the alcohol that’s being sold on their sites. He says that poses a serious health risk, and invites scammers to have a field day with popular brand name liquors. Those sites claim they’re just the middlemen that connect sellers with buyers, but Landry says it’s clear they’re more than that, and as such should be responsible for the sales they help facilitate.
A Natchitoches Parish logging operation is shut down after vandals destroyed two vital pieces of equipment in Winn Parish. Officials say the culprits entered the operation and destroyed the radiator on a skidder and cut a hole in the engine block of a cutter, damages requiring 16,000 dollars in repairs. Authorities are asking for the public’s help. The equipment was in St. Maurice when it was damaged.
State Police arrest 34-year-old Jessie Joseph III of Raceland for the man’s tenth DWI arrest. Joseph faces up to thirty years in jail.
In Game one of the world series last night.. The Washington Nationals after making runs in the 2nd and 4th innings scored three in the 5th and walked away a 5 to 4 winner. Game two is tonight.. Airtime 6p on 97.7 ESPN.
The New Orleans Pelicans opened regular season play last night in Toronto. … New Orleans came out strong in the first half. But, the Raptors were able to bring it to overtime where they 13 points.. enough to give them a 130 to 122 win over the Pels.. Upnext, it’s back home for New Orleans for the Pelicans where they’ll meet the Dallas Mavericks on Friday..