11:30 LRN Newscast August 15

State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash in Lafourche Parish Sunday afternoon. Trooper Ross Brennan says 39-year-old Tricia Vicknair, of Schriever, crossed the center line of state Highway 20 and ran head-on into an oncoming vehicle. He says they are still unsure why Vicknair went into the opposite lane…:

CUT 07  (12)        “…a factor.”

A Lafayette Police officer is in critical condition today, after he was hit by an impaired driver and dragged under the vehicle. LPD spokesperson Sgt. Robin Green says it happened early Sunday morning. The LPD cop tried to stop 24-year-old Jaylion Chavis, of Lake Charles, for erratic driving. He fled, but stopped short at a police roadblock, threw the vehicle in reverse and backed over the officer, then dragged him at least 100 feet. That, of course spurred action from other officers present…:

CUT 04(10)      “…into custody.”

Chavis is charged with attempted murder and more.


The St. Tammany Parish coroner confirms two recent overdose deaths were the result of taking “look-alike” pills containing 100 percent fentanyl, which can kill with just one pill…:

CUT 01(30)      “…Thorington.”

State Police are investigating a fatal crash in Allen Parish early Sunday morning. Troopers say 36-year-old Edwin McDaniel’s pickup went off the roadway in a curve & rolled over several times. He was partially ejected from the truck and pronounced dead at the scene. A toxicology sample was taken to determine is he may have been impaired.