4:30 PM Newscast July 19

A federal grand jury has indicted New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s former bodyguard, Jeffrey Vappie, on seven counts of wire fraud and one count of false statement. The U-S Attorney’s office says Vappie lied to cover up a romantic relationship with Cantrell and political analyst Clancy Dubos says the indictment implicates the major who is described as “public official number one”….

Cut 12 (12) “…their phones.”

The indictment says there were meals and alcohol shared between the two during at least 14 domestic and international travels from 2021 to March of this year. He says those trips cost taxpayers more than 47-thousand dollars.

There’s a good chance for more scattered thunderstorms through the weekend. National Weather Service Meteorologist Marti Calhoun …

Cut 10 (10) “…rain weather.”

A former art teacher at Golden Meadow Middle School in Lafourche Parish has been sentenced to 40-years in prison for sexually abusing one of his former students in 2009. Ralph Cheramie (cher-a-me) Junior was convicted on sexual battery, molestation, and indecent behavior charges. Prosecutor Jason Chatagnier (shot-en-ya)…

Cut 5 (11)  “…ever again.”

35-year-old Quentin Anderson is the youngest candidate running for the 6th Congressional District. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 2 (31)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

3:30 PM Newscast July 19

Louisiana public schools and universities will not be posting the 10 Commandments just yet. Friday, U.S. District Judge John DeGravelles ordered Louisiana Superintendent of Education, Cade Brumley and members of the Board of Education and Secondary Education to delay posting them until at least November 15. He says he needs time to hear both sides in a lawsuit against that claims the new law requiring schools to post the Ten Commandments violates the Constitution and separation of Church and State.

A former art teacher at Golden Meadow Middle School, Ralph Cheramie, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after he was convicted on sexual battery, molestation and indecent behavior charges with a former student. Prosecutor Jason Chatagnier says the victim initially reported the incident to school administrators, but an internal investigation yielded little action. He says the victim now as an adult decided to come forward again, this time reporting the incident to law enforcement, which led to a conviction…
Cut 4 (10) “…and her partner.”

Former New Orleans police officer and member of Mayor Cantrell’s security team Jeffrey Paul Vappie, II has been indicted by a federal grand jury. He faces several charges including 7 counts of wire fraud accused of perpetrating a scheme to defraud NOPD. He is also accused of making false statements to the FBI and charging the city for work when he was allegedly carrying on a personal relationship with Mayor Latoya Cantrell. During the times in question, Vappie allegedly drank alcohol, had meals out with the mayor and spent time in City Owned Apartment in the French Quarter.

Political newcomer, Quentin Anderson from Baton Rouge has entered the race to run for the 6th Congressional District and says he wants to bring integrity and honor back to public service. As the son and grandson of preachers and military veterans, Anderson says he was taught the value of public service.
Cut 6 (12) “…my community.”
State Senator Cleo Fields and former state lawmaker Elbert Guillory are the other notable names in the race.

2:30 PM Newscast July 19

A Federal judge is blocking the posting of the Ten Commandments in Louisiana Public Schools until November 15 at the earliest. Lawmakers gave a January 1st deadline to implement the new law requiring schools to post them, but US District Judge John DeGravelles is delaying any early implementation as he hears both sides in a lawsuit brought by groups claiming the new law violates the constitution.

Former New Orleans police officer and member of Mayor Cantrell’s security team Jeffrey Paul Vappie, II has been indicted by a federal grand jury. He faces several charges including 7 counts of wire fraud accused of perpetrating a scheme to defraud NOPD. He is also accused of making false statements to the FBI and charging the city for work when he was allegedly carrying on a personal relationship with Mayor Latoya Cantrell. During the times in question, Vappie allegedly drank alcohol, had meals out with the mayor and spent time in City Owned Apartment in the French Quarter.

A former art teacher at Golden Meadow Middle School in Lafourche Parish receives a 40-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a student. Jeff Palermo has the story…

Cut 1 (30) …I’m Jeff Palermo.”

Another candidate is in the race to represent the newly drawn 6th Congressional District that now stretches from Shreveport to Baton. 35-year-old political newcomer, Quentin Anderson from Baton Rouge says he wants to bring integrity and honor back to public service and he says he wants to focus on crime, particularly youth violent crime by investing in youth jobs programs and ways to keep them busy.

Cut 7 (06) “…as well.”

130 LRN Newscast July 19

Former New Orleans police officer and member of Mayor Cantrell’s security team Jeffrey Vappie was indicted today, by a federal grand jury. Details of the charges he faces have not yet been disclosed. Vappie’s attorney Harry Rosenberg, a former U.S. Attorney, says he is waiting to see a copy of the indictment before commenting.

 

35-year-old Quentin Anderson is the youngest candidate running for the 6th Congressional District. Brooke Thorington has more.

Ralph Cheramie (cher-a-me) Junior, a former art teacher at Golden Meadow Middle School in Lafourche Parish has been sentenced to 40-years in prison for sexually abusing one of his former students in 2009. Prosecutor Jason Chatagnier (shot-en-ya) says during the trial they presented evidence on how would groom his victims…

Cut 3 (08) “…in the classroom.”

 

There’s a good chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms through the weekend. Afternoon temperatures will warm into the upper 80s and lower 90s daily. National Weather Service Meteorologist Marti Calhoun…

Cut 9 (10) “…few days.”

 

The best chances for at least two inches of rainfall through Sunday will occur over lower Acadiana.

 

Cut 2 (31)  “…I’m Brooke Thorington.” 

 

12:30 LRN Newscast July 19

A former art teacher at Golden Meadow Middle School in Lafourche Parish has been sentenced to 40-years in prison for sexually abusing one of his former students in 2009. Ralph Cheramie (cher-a-me) Junior was convicted on sexual battery, molestation, and indecent behavior charges. Prosecutor Jason Chatagnier (shot-en-ya) says Cheramie’s sentences are to be served concurrently…

Cut 5 (11)  “…ever again.”

 

Political newcomer, Democrat Quentin Anderson from Baton Rouge has entered the race to run for the 6th Congressional District and says he wants to bring integrity and honor back to public service as well as address infrastructure and revitalization.

Cut 8 (12)  “…steps backward.”

 

Anderson will be running against state Senator Cleo Fields and former legislator Elbert Guillory.

In private remarks, Former President Barack Obama and Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi said President Joe Biden should consider dropping out of the presidential race. Mel Bridges has more.

Cut 1 (31) “…I’m Mel Bridges.”

And here is a look at today’s commodities…

11:30 LRN Newscast

Political newcomer, Quentin Anderson from Baton Rouge has entered the race to run for the 6th Congressional District and says he wants to bring integrity and honor back to public service. As the son and grandson of preachers and military veterans, Anderson says he was taught the value of public service.
Cut 6 (12) “…my community.”
State Senator Cleo Fields and former state lawmaker Elbert Guillory are the other notable names in the race.

New hope for treating malignant cancers has been discovered by LSU Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Chen Chen. Chen says she’s found two proteins that can be used to kill a tumor…
cut 10 (08) “….the cancer”
Chen has received a grant to further her research.

A former art teacher at Golden Meadow Middle School, Ralph Cheramie, has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after he was convicted on sexual battery, molestation and indecent behavior charges with a former student. Prosecutor Jason Chatagnier says the victim initially reported the incident to school administrators, but an internal investigation yielded little action. He says the victim now as an adult decided to come forward again, this time reporting the incident to law enforcement, which led to a conviction…
Cut 4 (10) “…and her partner.”

This has been a bad week for fatal shootings inside the home. Three of them resulted in the death of a juvenile and in two cases, young children found a gun in the home and pulled the trigger. Tangipahoa Sheriff Gerald Sticker says gun owners should have trigger locks on their firearms…
cut 8 (08) “…they will find it” (2x)

10:30 LRN Newscast

Three fatal accidental shootings of children in Louisiana this week, serve as a reminder to practice gun safety.
Cut 2 (31) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

A car crash has claimed the life of 90-year-old Jean Ducote of Lafayette. State Police say Ducote was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended on Highway 74 in Ascension Parish. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon and Ducote died from her injuries yesterday. State Police continues to investigate the fatal wreck.

A former art teacher at Golden Meadow Middle School in Lafourche Parish has been sentenced to 40-years in prison for sexually abusing one of his former students in 2009. Prosecutor Jason Chatagnier says during the trial they presented evidence on how Ralph Cheramie Junior would groom his victims…
cut 3 (08) “….in the classroom”
Judge Christopher Boudreaux sentenced Cheramie for 40 years for molestation of a juvenile and 40 years for sexual battery of a child.

LSU researcher Chen Chen has received federal funding to continue testing her discovery that two separate but specific proteins can be used to treat most malignant cancers…
cut 12 (11) “…of cancers”
Chen says the funding will allow her to test her treatment on mice and if it’s successful, they would move to human trials.

9:30 LRN Newscast

The Republican National Convention came to a close last night with Donald Trump speaking for an hour and a half after accepting the Republican nomination. Now a lot of attention will shift back to President Biden and whether he’ll continue with his campaign. ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says pressure is building for Biden to step aside…
cut 6 (11) “…so to speak”
Biden has said publicly he has no intention of dropping out of the race, but reports from Biden campaign staffers indicate he’s considering entertaining the idea.

There have been three accidental shootings this week that’s resulted in the deaths of three children. In two of the cases, it was young children who gained access to a gun in the home. Tangipahoa Sheriff Gerald Sticker says guns should be stored unloaded and the ammunition should be in a separate location….
cut 9 (7) “….with it”

Jimmy Genovese is leaving as a Louisiana Supreme Court judge to serve as the President of Northwestern State. There’s been reports that Governor Jeff Landry helped orchestra the move, but Genovese denies those reports…
cut 15 (08) “…I support”
Genovese says he accepted the job as president of Northwestern State to help out his alma mater that has had a 22-percent drop in enrollment over the past four years.

New hope for treating malignant cancers has been discovered by LSU Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Chen Chen. Chen says she’s found two proteins that can be used to kill a tumor…
cut 10 (08) “….the cancer”
Chen has received a grant to further her research that’s focusing on lung cancer.

8:30 LRN Newscast

The Republican National Convention ended last night with former President Donald Trump accepting the Republican nomination. The Democratic National Convention is not for another month, but ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says if President Biden decides not to run for re-election, making that announcement sooner rather than later would benefit Democrats…
cut 5 (10) “…Republican National Convention”

Three children have been killed in accidental shootings in Louisiana this week. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Gerald Sticker….
cut 7 (08) “….to chance”
In St. Tammany, a 15-year-old was killed when a relative mishandled a firearm in another room. In Hammond, a three-year-old found a gun underneath a mattress and fatally shot himself in the face. And in Lafayette yesterday, police say a 10-year-old accidentally fatally shot their four-year-old brother.

An LSU researcher has seen results in treating most malignant tumors by using proteins from infectious bacteria. One protein stops the tumor from spreading, the other kills it…
cut 11 (11) “…die off”
That’s Assistant professor of biological sciences Chen Chen. Her team is focusing on lung cancer and they recently received a grant to further their research to test it on mice.

Jimmy Genovese (Gen-o-vez) is the new president at Northwestern State University. Genovese currently serves as an Associate Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court and could not seek re-election when his term ends in two years. The 74-year-old says he took the job not only to make Northwestern better, but to keep busy
Cut 14 (09) “…what am I gonna do?”

7:30 LRN Newscast

Former President Barack Obama and Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi join several Democratic lawmakers who have publicly or privately said Joe Biden should drop out of the presidential race due to concerns about his mental capabilities. ULM Political Science Professor Pearson Cross…
Cut 4 (08) “…he’ll decide.”
Cross says Democrats could consider pressuring Biden to drop out soon to distract from the popularity boost former President Donald Trump will get from the Republican National Convention.

This has been a bad week for fatal shootings inside the home. Three of them resulted in the death of a juvenile and in two cases, young children found a gun in the home and pulled the trigger. A three year-old in Hammond died Wednesday and yesterday it was a four-year-old in Lafayette. Tangipahoa Sheriff Gerald Sticker says gun owners should have trigger locks on their firearms…
cut 8 (08) “…they will find it” (2x)

Louisiana Supreme Court judge Jimmy Genovese (Gen-o-vez) is the new president of Northwestern State. Mel Bridges has more.
Cut 3 (32) “…I’m Mel Bridges.”

Airports across the nation, including here in Louisiana, are experiencing significant flight delays as a result of a massive global internet outage. This IT outage is also impacting hospitals, banks and offices. Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services says the global outage is affecting their Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline and their LA-Help-U call center.