1:30 LRN Newscast Dec 23

State police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Pointe Coupee Wednesday night after an Opelousas man drove his vehicle into a home in Fordoche  and threatened officers. Trooper Taylor Scrantz says a Point Coupee Parish Deputy and a Livonia PD officer were forced to shoot 48-year-old Jessie Lee Gaither, who first pulled a knife on them…

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Things ended tragically for 44-year-old Chantel Myers when she threatened to kill law enforcement and then herself. Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft says when officers responded to a home in Pitkin Tuesday night Myers had left a suicide note and she was also on the phone with a friend discussing her intentions.

Cut 7 (12) “…dispatcher.”  

Both Gaither and Myers were killed by officers.

The infrastructure bill approved last month will mean 36-million dollars to improve 51 of Louisiana’s airports. State Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says the federal government’s goal is that this investment will help backlogged projects take off. He says the F-A-A encourages airports to prioritize projects that increase safety and sustainability.

Cut 5 (12) “..your gate.”


The holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is underway. State Highway Safety Commission Executive Director Lisa Freeman says after a very deadly Thanksgiving holiday weekend, she hopes the campaign will discourage impaired or distracted driving this holiday. She says they do worry when the holiday falls over an actual weekend.

Cut 10 (10)  “…that time as well.”