LRN PM Newscall August 25

State Health Officer, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, is not surprised about the discovery of the brain eating amoeba in three water systems in the state this summer. Eric Gill reports…

CUT 1 (30)  “I’m Eric Gill”


The number of on-duty police officer slayings rises to five in 2015 after this week’s fatal shooting of Trooper Steven Vincent. Emelie Gunn has more on why the number is so high…

CUT 2 (30)  “I’m Emelie Gunn”


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is accepting applications for the “Wildlife Enforcement Cadet” position until September 9th. L-D-W-F Spokesperson Adam Einck says they want to bring in new recruits to bolster the ranks they have in the field and the plan to enroll around 24 cadets for training which will begin in December.

CUT 3 (08)  “as well”

Einck says the cadets will train at the L-D-W-F’s training facility at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge. He says they’ll be taught boating laws, state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and other law enforcement training.

CUT 4 (12)  “on land”

Einck says they’re searching for men and women who want to make a difference in wildlife conservation. He says applicants can apply online at the Louisiana Civil Service website.

CUT 5 (11) “website”


This summer the state Department of Health and Hospitals has reported three water systems in the state that tested positive for the brain eating amoeba. State Health Officer, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, is not surprised. He says these discoveries are not likely due to a sudden appearance of the amoeba in water systems…

CUT 6 (10)  “not the case”

Guidry says the public should be aware of the discoveries, but not alarmed. He says improved testing techniques now allow officials to better detect the amoeba. He says this amoeba has probably been in our water systems for years…

CUT 7 (11)  “we did before”

He feels officials are doing something right because there are no widespread infections from the amoeba being reported. Guidry reminds residents that the water in systems where the amoeba has been found is safe to drink, just avoid getting that water up your nose…

CUT 8 (10)  “it up there”


Army officials announce about 1,000 infantrymen from Fort Polk’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team will deploy to Afghanistan next month. Base spokesperson Kimberly Reischling (rye-shling) says the unit will be serving as advisors to the Afghan National Defense Security forces which includes their army and police…:

CUT 9 (08)  “self sustaining”

A ceremony for the soldiers deployment will be held on the base September 3rd. Reischling says Afghanistan is now capable of securing their own country and the focus of this mission will be to advise them how to maintain security over time. She says this mission continues to evolve because the capability of the Afgan security institution keeps growing…:

cut 10 (09)  “over there”


Baton Rouge Police arrested a Kenner man after he allegedly tried to run over two officers with his vehicle. Corporal L’Jean Mckneely says 30-year-old St. Julian Baranco is charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder of a police officer. Mckneely says Baranco refused to pull over during a traffic stop and reversed into two police cruisers while trying to flee.

Cut 11 (06)  “torso area”

Mckneely says after being shot, Baranco and the passenger bailed from the car and attempted to escape on foot. He says the officers were able to catch Baranco and he was taken to a local hospital then booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. The passenger is still at large.

cut 12 (07)  “from police”


This week’s fatal shooting of State Trooper Steven Vincent raises the number of on-duty officer killings to five in Louisiana in 2015. There were no on-duty officers fatally shot last year, only one in 2013 and two in 2012. So why the high number this year? Professor at the LSU School of Public Health Peter Scharf says there’s a variety of factors.

cut 13 (11)  “person cars”

Scharf says training needs to be pushed up and officers need a more heightened sense of awareness. He says cop killers are sociopaths and show no remorse for what they’re doing.

cut 14 (11)  “dangerous folks”

Scharf says with the high number of police shootings, hyper vigilance from officers goes up, so it’s up to sheriffs and police executives to calm both officers and citizens down. He says the recent demonizing of police officers is also not helping….

cut 15 (10) “bad ones will”