3:30 LRN Newscast August 17

A man campaigning for a seat on the school board in the East Baton Rouge Parish city of Central is arrested for indecent behavior with a juvenile and computer-aided solicitation of a minor. EBR Sheriff’s deputies allege that 20-year-old Joshua Schopp sent inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old girl; requesting she send him nude photos and even sending her a video of himself nude below the waist. He was taken into custody today. Schopp is running for the Central School Board in the November election.

Netflix reports the Baton Rouge-based crime documentary “I Just Killed My Dad” is among their 10 most-watched. It’s the story of Anthony Templet, who killed his father, after years of abuse. East Baton Rouge Assistant District Attorney Dana Cummings prosecuted the case. She shares her opinion of the program…:

CUT 05(09)      “…excellent job.”

Templet plead no contest to negligent homicide and was given five years supervised probation. He has four years left in his sentence.


Cleco says it will transform a shuttered coal-fired power plant in DeSoto Parish into a solar power facility.  Spokesperson Jennifer Cahill says the timeline for construction and completion has not yet been established, but the project is expected to deliver significant community benefits to DeSoto Parish…:

CUT 11(05)      “…the parish.”

Breaking ground today at the State Capitol grounds in Baton Rouge, work on a monument to Louisiana’s African-American Veterans. Retired Lt. General Russel Honore says although many generations of African American soldiers were not able to enjoy the fruits of their labors, their sacrifices helped pave the way for others…:

CUT 08(09)      “…World War II”

The monument is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023.