6:30 LRN Newscast February 22

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office has charged two of its deputies in the fatal shooting of a man inside a vehicle last week. 29-year-old Isaac Hughes and 35-year-old Johnathan Louis have been booked with manslaughter. They were involved in the shooting of Daniel Vallee. Sheriff Joe Lopinto says their investigation has determined that lethal force was not needed as Valee refused to step out of his vehicle in Marrero on February 16th.

The state has published a 189-page report that details how it plans to spend 600-million dollars in federal disaster recovery funding for Hurricanes Laura and Delta. Executive Director of the Office of Community Development Pat Forbes says the state is seeking public input and they’ll also conduct a series of forums to get more input from the public…
cut 11 (12) “….what they think”
The first meetings will take place on March 9th in Lake Charles and Alexandria.

A major project to widen Interstate 10 through Baton Rouge calls for even more lane closures and congestion for an already-congested stretch of highway. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says work will begin soon on Phase 1 of the 5-phase project, and when fully underway motorists will have to endure long periods of lane closures through the construction zone…:
Cut 4 (12) “…for about 14 months.”
The lane reductions will take place in 2024 and the expansion will extend from LA 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish to the I-10–I-12 split.

When an Alexandria funeral home was unable to locate nearby relatives of a 94-year-old Air Force veteran who passed away, they contacted the baseball coach at Holy Savior Menard High School to see if he could help. Coach Jordan Marks considered it an honor and volunteered six seniors on his team to serve as pallbearers for Ralph Lambert’s service.
Cut 7 (10) “…happy to do it.”
And since the funeral, Marks says he heard from several members of the community thanking him and his players for stepping up.