A 29-year-old man and his four-year-old daughter were killed in LaPlace last night. Jeff Palermo reports the St. John the Baptist Sheriff’s office believes it was a single gunman…
Online fantasy sports is heading to the November ballot after being signed by the Governor. Matt Doyle has the story.
Tregre says deputies have been canvassing the neighborhood as they search for more leads…
Online fantasy sports gaming will be on the ballot for parish approval in November after grabbing the governor’s signature. The legislation by River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot breezed through the legislature this year after past attempts stalled out. Talbot says it just took some time to educate lawmakers about why fantasy sports is not the same as sports betting.
Talbot says fantasy sports usually lacks the high stakes of sports betting, and isn’t just about blind luck, it requires knowledge and strategy to play. He says its closer to a game than gaming.
Talbot fully expects many parishes will approve the measure in fall. Once that happens, the state will go about putting together a framework to generate some revenue off of the games.
St. Tammany President Pat Brister sent a letter to the governor asking the state to expedite road expansion on I-12 in her parish after a fiery crash led to four dead on Saturday. Brister wants the planned expansion moved up from its currently scheduled 2023, but State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says they just don’t have the cash to do it
Wilson says DOTD was looking forward to having utilizing the over 500 million dollars that would have been available in a 17 cent gas tax proposal, but that legislation died, damaging the state’s ability to get federal matching road dollars.
Brister says the state is prioritizing road projects in areas with less traffic than her own. She says the Walker area sees 50 percent of the traffic that the highway 51 to Tchefuncte Bridge area does, but it was still prioritized ahead of the St. Tammany location. Wilson says prioritization is created by the legislature.
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office has charged two teens from the Opelousas area with aggravated kidnapping of a child and negligent homicide for their roles in the death of an 11-year-old girl in a car crash. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says 19-year-old Kelvin Monte and 17-year-old Jon’Torras Bryant picked up Bryla Bell from her home in Lawtell and were eventually stopped by Opelousas Police
Guidroz says Bryla apparently snuck out of her home in Lawtell to meet up with the two suspects. He says even though Bryla consented in getting into the car, the kidnapping charge is still warranted
Guidroz says suspects did not know Bryla was just 11-years-old, she claimed to be 16 or 17 years old. The sheriff says Bryla’s mother knew her daughter snuck out of the home….
The suspects jumped out of the vehicle in Opelousas and Bryla took the wheel and eventually crashed and died.