News for Tuesday 070219
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The RPSO reports 36 year old Robert Boyd of Lena, who has been in jail since early June, has been slapped with 21 more counts of sexual battery of victims younger than 13. Boyd, who was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on June 4, was arrested again while in jail on the additional charges. His total bond has been set at $580,000.
The State department of public safety announced yesterday, Norris Greenhouse, Jr. is out of jail after completing 35% of his sentence. Greenhouse, Jr. was sentenced to seven years and six months after pleading guilty in October 2017 to malfeasance in office and negligent homicide. He received two years and six months on the malfeasance conviction and five years for negligent homicide for his role in the November 2015 shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and the shooting of his father, Chris Few, in Marksville. Greenhouse, Jr. was one of two deputy Ward 2 city marshals charged in connection with the crime, the other being Derrick Stafford, who is serving a 40 year sentence for manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.
Spraying for mosquitoes is underway in Alexandria. Crews with the city’s Public Works Department will spray different zones in the city two nights per week, with the complete city covered every two weeks.
KALB TV5 is reporting Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton confirmed yesterday that two more officers, Eddie Andrus and Brian Frost, have been fired as part of the investigation into payroll fraud committed during the state-funded "Safe and Sober" campaign. Three deputies were arrested as part of the same investigation last week.
A new fiscal year budget for Louisiana went into effect on the 1st. The spending plan contains funding increases for K-through-12 education, public colleges and early childhood education, which will allow more low-income families to receive assistance so their children can attend pre-K education. TOPS also received a 15 million dollar bump in funding, and state leaders do not expect any midyear cuts will be needed.
Two men are dead, a Barksdale Airman, and an alleged gunman following a break-in at a Shreveport home early Sunday morning. A female witness who lived there told investigators that her ex-boyfriend, broke into the home and shot her current boyfriend, a Barksdale airman. Caddo Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says there were five children in the home at the time of the shooting.
A former West Baton Rouge deputy accused of stalking and sexually assaulting multiple women while on duty - pleaded guilty Monday to malfeasance in office. Ben Arceneaux, who resigned from the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office after being indicted in December on one count of malfeasance in office, will serve no prison time but will be on probation for two years. Arceneaux was also sentenced to five years in prison, but the judge suspended that part of the sentence.
222 US mayors, including the leaders of Shreveport, Monroe, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge are returning home from five days of the United States Conference of Mayors in Honolulu, Hawaii. Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says they got an opportunity to learn how to generate federal dollars for much needed economic development and infrastructure needs back home. The diverse cast of mayors from every corner of the US each shared their experiences with climate change, from wildfires in California, to tornadoes and floods in Louisiana.
Senator John Kennedy spoke at the Baton Rouge Press Club and during the address; he gave his thoughts on the current state of the Governor’s race. Kennedy says he’s spoken with President Trump about the election but did not disclose many more details.
Kennedy believes the race will be a close one but adds that Governor Edwards has the advantage of having plenty of money and mainstream media connections. Kennedy stopped short of endorsing one candidate.
In Lafayette, police are investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a two-year-old. The incident happened around eight o’clock Sunday night and three adults at the home have been arrested in what is being ruled an accidental shooting. The child’s mother 22-year old MaKayla Cormier is among the three arrested.
Jury selection is underway in Lafayette for the man accused of killing a State Trooper in 2015. Kevin Daigle was indicted in the 14th Judicial District in Lake Charles, but the court granted him a change of venue and jury selection was moved to Lafayette. Daigle is accused of killing Trooper Steven Vincent after he stopped to help Daigle, whose truck was stuck in a ditch. The state is seeking the death penalty and trial is expected to last two to three weeks.
Fourteen alligator snapping turtles that have been raised with the care of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are now swimming in the wild as part of a program to replenish the species. LDWF biologist Charles Battaglia says while the numbers in Louisiana are doing okay, elsewhere the population is showing red flags. The federal government is scheduled to decide next year whether to declare the turtles as endangered or threatened.
The Pelicans made a splash at the start of the NBA free agency last night by using their cap space on two widely respected veterans at positions of need. The team nabbed, free agent 3 point specialist, shooting guard JJ Reddick. Locked on Pelicans Publisher Jake Madison says Reddick is exactly what the young team needed. The Pels also traded for Utah for Center Derrick Favors.
LSU has announced the hiring of College Football Hall of Famer and longtime USC Coach John Robinson as a senior consultant. Robinson had two stints as the head coach of the Trojans and won a national championship. LSU says Robinson will assist head coach Ed Orgeron as a consultant of daily planning of practice, personnel and game planning.
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