8:30 LRN Newscast October 1

A Denham Springs man is facing multiple sex crimes after he traveled from his home in Louisiana to have sex with an underage girl in Spring Hill, Florida. Hernando County Sheriff Detective Tom Cameron says 36-year-old Johnathan Lee Rossmoine actually lived in the girl’s closet for the last five weeks and the victim’s parents did not know…
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Rossmoine was found when the victim’s mother saw something move in her daughter’s bedroom closet.

A House committee will take up a bill today by an Oil City Republican that aims to block the state from criminally charging a person for holding a religious service during a declared emergency. Representative Danny McCormick says the decision to close churches during the early stages of the pandemic was unconstitutional…
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Under current Phase 3 coroanvirus restrictions, maximum building capacity for places of worship is limited to 75-percent.

Relief groups in southwest Louisiana still need donations to help hurricane victims get back into livable housing. Matt Doyle spoke to one group trying to make that happen…
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The National Hurricane Center says there’s a high chance a tropical wave over the west-central Caribbean Sea will develop into a tropical depression in the Caribbean or possibly in the south-central-Gulf of Mexico over the next five days. This system would be named gamma if it strengthens into a tropical storm.

7:30 LRN Newscast October 1

A Denham Springs man is in a Florida jail after he’s found hiding in a teenager’s closet and authorities estimate he’d been living in that closet for over a month. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
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Louisiana’s Health Officer, Doctor Jimmy Guidry, told state lawmakers that he anticipates another spike of coronavirus once the flu season gets here. Guidry also believes this spike will be just as bad if not worse than what we saw in the spring.

A House committee will consider a bill today that would prevent criminal charges against a person who holds a religious service during a declared public emergency. Oil City Representative Danny McCormick says the bill was in part inspired by the story of Central Pastor Tony Spell who faces charges for holding large services against state orders…
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The legislation also provides for civil immunity.

The Community Foundation of Lake Charles is seeking to raise 10-million dollars to help with the Hurricane Laura recovery efforts. Foundation CEO Sara Judson says they’ve raised about half of that…
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Judson says the donations they receive go to local relief organizations. She says if you would like to help go to help-swla-dot-org.

6:45 LRN Sportscast October 1

Saints All-pro receiver Michael Thomas was back at practice yesterday after missing the last two games with a high-ankle injury. Thomas was limited and so was cornerback Marshon Lattimore, because of a hamstring injury. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins, tight end Jared Cook and left guard Andrus Peat did not practice.

After giving up 37 points in a loss to Green Bay on Sunday, Saints Coach Sean Payton wants to see his defense play with more discipline. He says it was disappointing to see how they played the boot leg on Sunday night…
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Payton wore a paper mask during Sunday’s loss to Green Bay after getting fined for not wearing a mask in the previous game. The NFL is serious about this issue. They are reportedly looking to strip teams of draft picks and hand down suspensions if protocols are not followed.

LSU Coach Ed Orgeron says he expects All American cornerback Derek Stingley Junior will be able to play this Saturday at Vanderbilt after missing the season opener with an illness. Commodores Coach Derek Mason says Stingley’s return will be a big boost for the Tigers defense…
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In other LSU injury news, Orgeron says starting left tackle Dare Rosenthal is very questionable. Coach O says Cameron Wire would start if Rosenthal can’t go.

Former LSU Tiger D-J LeMahieu’s two out, two strike RBI single in the ninth inning helped the Yankees defeat the Indians 10 to 9 last night. New York advances to the American League Division Series. So does Tampa Bay and Houston.

6:30 LRN Newscast October 1

Today, a House committee will consider Senate approved legislation that would require the Governor to consult with a ten-member legislative committee before extending an emergency order beyond 30 days. Covington Senator Patrick McMath says it gives lawmakers a seat at the table.
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The bill won unanimous approval in the Upper Chamber.

A Denham Springs man is in a Florida jail after he was allegedly caught hiding in a teenager’s closet at her home in Hernando County. Authorities believe the victim and suspect met in a chatting app two years ago and 36-year-old Johnathan Lee Rossmoine drove to her house on multiple occasions to have sex with her. Detective Tom Cameron says the victim is receiving counseling…
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The pace of new donations to Hurricane Laura relief is slowing down, but advocates on the ground say more assistance is still badly needed. Community Foundation of Lake Charles CEO Sara Judson says their organization has raised six million dollars so far with that money focused on efforts to get people back into housing.
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An estimated 12 to 14 billion dollars in damage was done to the region as a result of Laura’s landfall. If you would like to donate go to help-s-w-l-a-dot-org.