Some folks are angry with state plans to move juveniles from the troubled Bridge City Center for Youth, in Jefferson parish to Angola State Prison. Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino says juvenile detention is supposed to steer kids to be good citizens, but today’s youths are getting pretty violent…:
CUT 05(07) “…there is.”
The state promises to keep the youngsters separate from adults at Angola.
The state-run insurer of last resort, Louisiana Citizens, has doubled its number of policyholders in just two years. Before the 2020 storm season, Citizens covered about 50-thousand. After hurricanes in 2020 and ’21, it’s now around 100-thousand. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon…:
CUT 14(06) “…this hurricane season.”
He says Citizens must and WILL cover customers who sustain storm damage; whatever it takes.
The Apple TV series Five Days at Memorial is based on actual events during Hurricane Katrina. Brooke Thorington has more from the book’s author…:
CUT 01(32) “…Thorington.”
A former teacher’s aide in Jefferson Parish is under arrest; accused of raping a 12-yeaer-old. 22-year-old Sophia Canales allegedly groomed the child, then used her position of authority to coerce him into sex. She also reportedly threatened his life. Canales was arrested Sunday in Kenner.
As the state heads into the heart of hurricane season, the state run last-resort property insurer, Louisiana Citizens, has doubled its number of properties covered in just two years. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says Citizens was covering 50-thousand before Hurricane Laura in 2020, But after Laura and Delta – followed by Hurricane Ida last year – another 50-thousand have had no choice but to go with Citizens. He says that’s nearly 100-thousand policies…:
CUT 13 (11) “…last spring.”
Donelon says Citizens’ customer needn’t fear they will not be covered if there is a disaster this year. They will.
A Shreveport man is under arrest for allegedly possessing images and videos of child porn and bestiality. A cybercrimes investigation turned up the images on 25-year-old Jacob Butler’s PC and devices. He’s in the Caddo jail without bond for now. More charges are likely as the investigation continues.
When plans were announced to move juveniles from the Bridge City Center for Youth to Angola, a complaint was filed that the move violates the juvenile’s due process rights. Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino says it has merit because the US Supreme Court says you can’t treat juveniles the same as adults…:
CUT 04(10) “…productive adults.”
New LEAP test results – showing a decline in literacy – have one state lawmaker saying “I told you so,” after his literacy & retention bill failed to pass this year. Mandeville Republican Representative Richard Nelson’s bill to hold 3rd graders back a year if they continuously failed reading assignments failed to win passage. He says, despite objections from colleagues, the same law worked well one state over…:
CUT 10(11) “…out of the water.”
He says the bill WILL help here and he’ll bring it back next year.
State Representative Larry Selders of Baton Rouge is charged with DWI, reckless operation, and driving under a suspended license. State Police spokesperson Christian Reed says troopers saw him traveling at a high rate of speed near the LSU campus…:
CUT 09(07) “…doing a burnout.”
The 40-year-old failed a breath test, was arrested and released on bond.
The northern half of the state is under a flash flood watch through tomorrow night. National Weather Service meteorologist Davyon Hill says some areas could get up to 8 inches. He says the rain should provide a nice break from all the heat…:
CUT 05(05) “…the flooding.”
A Baton Rouge man is under arrest for attempted murder, arson and more after he allegedly set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s home in Hammond, while her kids were asleep inside. The two girls made it out safely, the family dog did not. 38-year-old Danielle Johnson is behind bars
New research on the Indian mounds on LSU’s campus has determined they are the oldest known human-built structures in North America. Jeff Palermo has the story…:
CUT 02(31) “…Palermo.”
The homicide rate in rural Louisiana is nearly three times the national average. Brooke Thorington has more from a criminologist on what’s fueling the increase and what can be done about it…:
CUT 01(32) “…Thorington.”
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has some folks angry again. Crime victims are up-in-arms over the mayor showing up in court in support of a juvenile offender during sentencing. That 13-year-old youth robbed at least two people at gunpoint. Critics says Cantrell is tone deaf to constituents’ problems.
Northern Louisiana is under a flash flood watch through tomorrow, as a stalled system sit over the I-20 corridor dumping loads of rain. National Weather Service forecaster Davyon Hill says some areas could get as much as 8 inches…:
CUT 04(12) “…some locations.”
On the positive side, the rains will give a needed break from all this heat.
A Baton Rouge state lawmakers faces DWI & reckless driving charges and more, after he was caught over the weekend…speeding and doing burnout near the LSU campus. Larry Selders failed a blood alcohol breath test. On Jim Engster’s Talk Louisiana radio program, state Senator Cleo Fields was asked about Selders, his personal friend…:
CUT 11(05) “…years to come.”
In a written statement, Selders said he understands the importance of safe driving and is committed to making better decisions.
The northern half of the state is under a flash flood watch through tomorrow night. National Weather Service meteorologist Davyon Hill says a stalled frontal boundary has set up over the I-20 corridor…:
CUT 03(10) “…24 to 48 hours.”
Baton Rouge state Representative Larry Selders is charged with DWI, reckless operation and driving under suspension, after he was busted over the weekend speeding and doing burnouts near the LSU campus. State Trooper Christian Reed…:
CUT 10(10) “…was arrested.”
State Police declined to say why Selders had a suspended license. Selders issued a written statement of apology.
New Orleans Policed report two people have been killed and 12 others wounded in 11 separate shootings reported since Friday. The conditions of those wounded victims is not known at this time.
New research has determined the mounds on LSU’s campus near Tiger Stadium are the oldest known man-made structures in North America. LSU Geology and Geophysics Professor emertius Brooks Ellwood says radiocarbon dating of the layers of material indicates the mounds were built 11-thousand years ago. He says one of the mounds is unstable and degrading…:
CUT 14(08) “…kind of amazing.”
The mounds on LSU’s campus are among the more than 880 man-made, hill-like mounds in Louisiana. Ellwood says they suspect the LSU mounds were a cremation site.
New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell has hinted that the shortage of cops in New Orleans could mean cancelling Mardi Gras…:
CUT 01(30) “…Golsby”
An UPDATE to that story: late Friday afternoon, Cantrell issued a statement saying (quote) ”We ARE NOT canceling Mardi Gras”. She also noted steps underway to attract and retain police officers between now and Carnival Season. Classic walk-back.
A viral video of a trainer hitting a dog in the head has resulted in two arrests in Rapides Parish. Chief of Staff of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Tommy Carnline says 52-year-old Tina Frey and her daughter, 21-year-old Victoria Brimer turned themselves in on Thursday. Carnline says their investigation began last week, after they saw video of a trainer hitting a dog in the head with a riding crop…:
CUT 05(10) “…aggravated cruelty.”
Both women are released on bond.
Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Walters says a supervisor has resigned as a result of the agency failing to react in a timely manner before a 2-year-old child died from a fentanyl overdose. A report issued by DCFS says their agency was contacted three times before the child’s death and Walters says they failed to get back to the house in time.
Incumbent Shreveport mayor Adrian Perkins CAN continue his run for another term in office. That was the decision of the state Supreme Court released today. By a 4-to-3 vote, justices ruled that errors made on qualifying papers weren’t evidently made deceptively…so his campaign continues. LSU – Shreveport political science professor Jeff Sadow says even the three dissenting justices agreed that state election law is missing some specific language clarifying that incorrect information given at qualifying IS a cause to disqualify…:
CUT 14(05) “…to do so.”
Two people at a Rapides Parish dog training school are arrested for animal cruelty, after viral videos surfaced showing them hitting the dogs. Rapides Sheriff’s Office Chief of staff Tommy Carnline says the case has drawn a lot of public scrutiny…:
CUT 04(07) “…of the arrest.”
Business owner Tina Frey and her daughter Victoria Brimer were booked and released on bond.
Make it five now. Five property insurance companies ending business in Louisiana due to fiscal impacts of hurricanes in 2021 and 2020. The latest is Florida-based Weston Property & Casualty. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says Weston customers who have to go the state-run last-resort insurer, Louisiana Citizens, will have an extra 60 days to do so…:
CUT 07(10) “…private sector.”
In addition to Weston…United Property & Casualty, Southern Fidelity, Lighthouse and Maison have ceased writing policies, affecting tens of thousands of policyholders.
A corrections officer with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office is under arrest for malfeasance. 33-year-old Eddie Taylor, of Opelousas, allegedly traded prohibited food items to female parish jail inmates in exchange for sex. In one case, he told an inmate he would put up the money for her bail if she would give him sex. His bond is set at $1500.
By a 4-3 decision, the state Supreme Court has ruled that Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins CAN run for re-election in November. Justices heard arguments Tuesday, and their decision came down this morning. Perkins’s was disqualified by a local judge because he listed the wrong address on election qualification papers. LSU-Shreveport political science professor Jeff Sadow says 4 of the 7 justices felt a simple clerical error – with no evidence of intent to deceive – didn’t constitute “wrong-doing”…:
CUT 13(12) “…disqualify a candidate.”
Perkins may now continue his campaign for another term.
A supervisor with the Department of Children and Family Services has resigned after the agency failed to prevent the overdose death of a 2-year-old despite getting three reports that the child nearly died twice before in a similar manner. DCFS got its first report of the child taking his mother’s drugs in April.
Yet another property insurer is ending coverage in Louisiana, meaning over ten-thousand customers will have to seek new coverage pretty quickly. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says Florida-based Weston Property & Casualty is the latest to “fold up its tents”…:
CUT 06(12) “…on September 7th”
Donelon says those who have to go to the state-run insurer of last resort, Louisiana Citizens, will get an extra 60 days to do so.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell drops a hint that Mardi Gras MAY not happen next year, because of the shortage of cops. New Orleans Mardi Gras Guide publisher Arthur Hardy says he’s dumbfounded…:
CUT 09(08) “…by her comments.”
Hardy says he understands the cop shortage but that’s not enough of a reason to call off the biggest tourism event of the year.
A viral video of a trainer hitting a dog in the head has resulted in two arrests in Rapides Parish. Chief of Staff of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Tommy Carnline says 52-year-old Tina Frey and her daughter, 21-year-old Victoria Brimer turned themselves in on Thursday…:
Cut 03 (10) “…by any trainers.”
Citizen complaints led the investigation.
Yet another property insurer is ending coverage in Louisiana, meaning over ten-thousand customers will have to seek new coverage pretty quickly. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says Florida-based Weston is closing shop. He says customer should seek new coverage with another private company or the state-run insurer Louisiana Citizens, but whatever you do…:
CUT 08(14) “…of those policies.”
Over 90-thousand have lost their coverage so far this year.
The state Supreme Court returns a 4-to-3 decision in favor of incumbent Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins, who was disqualified from running due to providing wrong address info on qualification papers. With the ruling, Perkins can continue his campaign.
At a town hall meeting, New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell hinted there’s no guarantee Mardi Gras will happen in 2023. Why? The severe cop shortage…:
CUT 01(30) “…Golsby.”
By a 4-3 decision, the state Supreme Court has ruled that Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins CAN run for re-election in November. Justices heard arguments Tuesday, and their decision came down this morning. LSU-Shreveport political science professor Jeff Sadow says he and many others thought the High Court would go the opposite way…:
CUT 12 (12) “…bit of a surprise.”
Perkins’s candidacy was challenged by a resident whose main complaint was he listed the wrong address on election qualification papers. Perkins may now proceed with his campaign.
New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell, during a town hall meeting Thursday night, said shrinking ranks in the New Orleans Police Department might cause next year’s Mardi Gras to be canceled. Mardi Gras Guide publisher Arthur Hardy says parade routes were reduced this year due to a shortage of officers and increased crowds as the COVID pandemic subsided…:
CUT 10(09) “…we understand it.”
Yet another property insurer is ending coverage in Louisiana, meaning over ten-thousand customers will have to seek new coverage pretty quickly. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says Florida-based Weston Property & Casualty is the latest to “fold up its tents”; citing the fiscal impacts of hurricane claims from 2020 and 2021. Donelon says Weston customers, and those with recently-folded United Property & Casualty, will be given an additional 60 days to get coverage – if it’s under the state’s last-resort insurer, Louisiana Citizens…:
CUT 07 (10) “…the private sector.”
Six companies have left the state in recent months; forcing over 90-thousand to scramble for new coverage.
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