News for Thursday 091219
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The National Hurricane Center announced a tropical depression is "likely to form" near Florida in the next day or so and move into the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.
Invest 95L has a 70% percent of forming into a tropical depression. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the system this afternoon, if necessary.
A Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty to authorizing fraudulent loans, which cost her former employer almost $250,000. A press release from U.S. Attorney David Joseph says 48-year-old Cynthia J. Feazell plead guilty Tuesday and faces 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release, restitution and a $1 million fine. Feazell's sentencing date is in December.
An independent poll surveys the job performance of several elected officials, including Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, Governor John Bel Edwards and President Trump. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says 54% of the chronic voters polled have a favorable rating of the Commander-in-chief, compared to 43% who rated him poorly. Senator Cassidy is up for re-election next year, and Pinsonat says his 59%. Favorable rating should bode well. Senator Kennedy polled equally as favorable to Cassidy. Pinsonat says Governor John Bel Edwards is viewed at 54% favorable, just like The persident.
A new independent poll shows Governor Edwards within striking distance of winning re-election without a run-off. The survey of 500 chronic voters conducted last week has Edwards at 47-percent, and Republican challengers Ralph Abraham at 24-percent and Eddie Rispone at 16-percent. Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says a factor in the race is that Abraham and Rispone do not have a lot of support in metro New Orleans and the Baton Rouge area and that’s not good for Rispone, who lives in the capital city. Pinsonat says 30-percent of white voters support Edwards, while 14-percent are undecided.
On a 3-2 vote, the Public Service Commission gave the thumbs up on new rules that will lower the amount power companies pay solar users that feed their excess energy into the grid from 10 cents per kilowatt-hour to 4 cents. PSC Commissioner Foster Campbell voted against the measure saying taking away the incentives for clean energy is another example of not being rigid enough on companies with environmental stewardship. Commissioner Mike Francis voted in favor of the payout changes, but says even with the changes, Louisiana has much more affordable energy costs that other states.
Louisiana’s uninsured rate dropped to eight percent in 2018, below the national average of 8.9 percent. Progressive advocate and Louisiana Budget Project Executive Director Jan Moller says the uninsured rate has been cut in half since 2013 thanks to the Governor’s Medicaid expansion. The uninsured rate in 2013 was 16.6 percent in Louisiana.
The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration says cases of road rage that lead to a fatal crash has increased nearly 500-percent in a decade. Road rage is on the rise and it leads to hundreds of deaths nationwide every year. State Police Trooper Monroe Dillon says they’ve noticed. Dillon says if you see road rage happening, dial star L-S-P or call 9-1-1.
A Marksville police officer, who also worked part time in Moreauville, has been arrested for alleged illegally downloading personal data from a police database in Mansura and giving it to someone else for non-law enforcement purposes. 33-year-old Torrick Friels was charged with malfeasance and misuse of the database. State Police have not provided details of what data was retrieved. Friels is now out on bond.
The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of mailboxes being damaged, patio furniture being rearranged and items removed or damaged from residents' yards south of Pollock. Following an investigation, three Pollock men, 19 year old Kobe Killian, 20 year old Kameron Killian and 19 year old Triston Williams were arrested. All three facing charges of Criminal Mischief, Tampering with property, damage to property and theft.
An Acadiana man was sentenced to life in prison on August 5, 2019, for raping an 11-year-old. 36 year old Noah Drake Primeaux was found guilty of aggravated rape of a juvenile by a unanimous jury after a four-day trial. Primeaux also had a history, he previously pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Lafayette Parish in 2009, for that conviction he spent 3 years behind bars.
A Covington area woman and her daughter were arrested after THC-laced gummy candy caused students at a local school to get sick. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Alexandra Price after her 11-year-old was found in possession of THC-laced edibles at school. The child's mother admitted that she had been making the products.