Updated PM LRN Newscall Wednesday August 27

###Changes have been made to the story out of Natchitoches Central High. We now

know the identity of the suspect.####

More details are coming out about the death of a Natchitoches Central High student, who passed away from injuries he sustained during a fight at school. Jeff Palermo has the story…

CUT 1 (30) “reporting”


The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says they have some serious problems with a swamp tour operation out of Hammond. Michelle Southern reports.

CUT 2 (30) “reporting”


Natchitoches Central High Principal Bill Gordy says it was a random act of violence that led to the death of 18-year-old Johnquaries Smith. Smith died yesterday from the head injury he sustained during a fight with another student at school. Gordy says the two students had no interaction prior to their altercation…:

CUT 3 (07) “hit him”

The 16-year-old who punched Smith has been charged with manslaughter. He’s been identified as Timothy Ray Robinson and prosecutors reportedly plan to try him as an adult. Gordy says they don’t know much about him, because he just started at N-C-H-S…

CUT 4 (03)  “much background”

Gordy describes Smith as a nice young man, who he spoke to frequently….

CUT 5 (09) “Johnquaries”


There are many questions surrounding the case of the handcuffed New Iberia man who is said to have fatally shot himself  in the back of a police car. The Iberia Parish Coroner ruled Victor White III shot himself in the chest. UL-Lafayette Anthropology Professor Maranda Kles is a former Florida homicide investigator. She says, while rare, a handcuffed suicide is possible…:

CUT 6 (09)  “very twisted around”

Other experts have speculated cops missed the gun during a search of White which is why it was in the car with the man in custody. Kles says coroners rule deaths like this as suicides when there was clear intention a person wanted to end their life on purpose…:

CUT 7 (08) “rule this way”

The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office and State Police have not released many other details during the ongoing investigation into White’s death. Kles says we do know White was intoxicated at the time of his arrest and tested positive for marijuana:

CUT 8 (07) “thought process”


The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says they have some serious problems with a swamp tour operation in Hammond. PETA’s Brittany Peet says they received complaints from a visitor to Harvey Kliebert’s Turtle & Alligator Farm & Tours. She says the animals there are living in deplorable conditions…:

CUT 9 (10)  “and for space”

Peet says reptiles are rarely seen suffering in the wild but when they are held in captivity it can take years for them to die from stress, malnutrition and infection. She also says they have a problem with Kliebert putting their employees at risk…:

(Kliebert’s has yet to respond to our request for comment. )

CUT 10 (12) “for these tours”

Peet says they’ve filed a complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration to investigate reports of employees being required to taunt the animals. She says they’ve also filed a complaint with Child Protective Services regarding the manager’s 6-year-old son who is allowed to wrangle alligators…:

CUT 11 (12) “reckless conduct


Governor Jindal has filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging  the Obama administration violated the Constitution by using federal grant money to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards. Jindal says Common Core is the latest effort by the feds to have Washington D-C in control of everything

CUT 12 (04) “our schools”

The audio is from a recent PSA from the governor, calling for the public’s help in his effort to stop Common Core. Jindal says the Constitution and federal laws leave it up to the states to control education content, but through Common Core the federal government can dictate curriculum….

CUT 13 (07) “health care”

Jindal, a one-time supporter of Common Core, has taken steps this year to keep the new math and english standards out of Louisiana. US Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said Jindal’s actions are about politics, not education. Jindal says Common Core has turned into a scheme by the federal government to nationalize curriculum

cut 14 (02) “….our schools”