News for Friday 082319
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Alexandria Police have arrested two juveniles and one adult, and are looking for one more suspect, in connection with 32 burglaries at two apartment complexes over the past weekend. The burglaries happened on Sunday at Pecan Grove and Walden Point apartments. Police are still looking for 18 year old Kennedy Ryan Green. He faces 32 counts of simple burglary and has three existing warrants through city court for contempt of court, and one through RPSO for contempt of court.
A public visitation will be held today in former Governor Kathleen Blanco’s hometown of Lafayette. Services were held in Baton Rouge Thursday to honor the state’s first and only female governor. Hundreds paid their respects at the state capitol and they were also able to view mementos from her life. They included the red suit she wore during her inauguration, her wedding photo and a picture of her son Ben who died in an accident in 1997. Visitation will be at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Lafayette . The public can pay respects from 12:30 until 8pm. Mass and the funeral will be on Saturday at 10:30 am. A private burial will follow.
Attorney General Jeff Landry is launching an antitrust probe of big tech companies. Among the concerns, Landry says companies may be stifling competition in the digital ad space, content suppression, and data mining of consumers. When asked what steps may be taken to discourage companies from nefarious practices, Landry says that is open for discussion.
Cheap crude prices may be foreshadowing incredibly cheap gas prices at the pump in Louisiana for the upcoming fall season. A barrel of crude oil is sitting at just above 55 dollars today after a summer with limited production interruptions and only a brief mid-east flareup. AAA Fuel Analyst Don Redman says crude prices are translating to a statewide average of 2.22 a gallon, nearly 40 cents a gallon lower than the same time last year. Redman says we could see prices under 1.90 a gallon in certain areas of the state later this year..
New evidence leads to the arrest of a 70-year-old Lonnie Frazier of Ruston on Second Degree Murder charges, fifteen years after Cheryl Williams went missing in Lincoln Parish. Lincoln Parish Lt. J.D. Driscol says the arrest has been a relief to Williams’ family, who’ve waited more than a decade to see justice served.
The state’s most powerful business lobby, The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, endorses both Republican contenders in the Governor’s race. It’s a change of pace for the political powerhouse that did not endorse in the primary last year. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says securing LABI endorsements is vital for a Republican candidate. The primary will be held on October 12th. If no candidate cracks 50 percent of the vote a run-off will be held on November 16th.
The ACLU sues the Ascension Parish Sheriff, accusing the department of detaining a US Citizen for four days for immigration review because he was Hispanic. Legal Director Katie Schwartzmann says the office has a policy of unconstitutionally detaining Hispanic or Hispanic appearing people for immigration review by ICE, regardless of their citizenship status. In August of last year Ramon Torres was arrested on a DUI charge. Schwartzmann says Ascension court policy dictates he be released the morning immediately after. Schwartzmann says Torres owned a home and worked in Baton Rouge and had several items on him at the time of his arrest that demonstrated his citizenship. The complaint is seeking an end to the office’s policy and demanding the court provide punitive damages to Mr. Torres. It also alleges that this is not just a onetime incident…
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner James Donelon has issued a cease and desist order against State Farm in a dispute over hurricane deductibles before Hurricane Barry. The state Department of Insurance received a complaint July 17 from a policyholder who claimed the company was requiring a hurricane deductible for losses that happened before the storm was declared a hurricane July 13. Donelon said State Farm claimed it would impose a hurricane deductible on losses rather than a less expensive out-of-pocket deductible known as "all peril." State Farm has 30 days to appeal the order.
The Saints wrapped up their last Metairie training camp practice yesterday and are preparing for their last two pre-season games before starting off a make or break season. The prepares takes on the Jets this Saturday.
Nationally the Saints is still considered major contenders for the Lombardi this year. Now that a few pre-season games are in the books are rosters are mostly set we’ve seen both NFL.com and ESPN put out their pre-season power rankings, with the Saints taking third in both of the publications.
LSU Cornerback Kelvin Joseph let twitter know exactly where he is hoping to transfer to. The Tiger put in for the transfer portal earlier this summer, and his list shows a growing number of SEC teams on the ballot, plus Grambling and Maryland. Thursday he added Kentucky to that list.
Four-star freshman linebacker Donte Starks appears to be nearing eligibility to join the Purple and Gold. He’s been a no show at camp this summer as he works out some issues with his academic eligibility.