5:30 LRN Newscast August 19

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell has hinted that the shortage of cops in New Orleans could mean cancelling Mardi Gras…:

CUT 01(30)      “…Golsby”

An UPDATE to that story: late Friday afternoon, Cantrell issued a statement saying (quote) ”We ARE NOT canceling Mardi Gras”. She also noted steps underway to attract and retain police officers between now and Carnival Season. Classic walk-back.


A viral video of a trainer hitting a dog in the head has resulted in two arrests in Rapides Parish. Chief of Staff of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Tommy Carnline says 52-year-old Tina Frey and her daughter, 21-year-old Victoria Brimer turned themselves in on Thursday. Carnline says their investigation began last week, after they saw video of a trainer hitting a dog in the head with a riding crop…:

CUT 05(10)      “…aggravated cruelty.”

Both women are released on bond.

Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Walters says a supervisor has resigned as a result of the agency failing to react in a timely manner before a 2-year-old child died from a fentanyl overdose. A report issued by DCFS says their agency was contacted three times before the child’s death and Walters says they failed to get back to the house in time.