3:30 LRN Newscast April 30th

State Police announce two current and former Troopers have been arrested on charges that include theft, malfeance and filing false records. Authorities say they filed and altered records in order to receive more overtime pay as part of a program that provides them extra cash for traffic enforcement. Colonel Kevin Reeves calls it an extremely disappointing day for their agency.

An LSU police officer is being sought for allegedly battering his girlfriend and holding her hostage overnight. Twenty-five-year-old Samuel Ellis the Third is facing charges of 2nd Degree Battery and False Imprisonment as a result. Baton Rouge Police Spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola says it was a brutal crime.
Cut 11 (12) “he fled”
Coppola says Ellis had a handgun and rifle in his possession when left and he’s considered armed and dangerous.

Australian-based Syrah Resources announces plans of building a 25-million dollar graphite processing plante in Vidalia. Mayor Buz Craft hopes this economic development announcement will lead to more businesses coming to Concordia Parish…
cut 9 (12) “….this region”
The Syrah Resources facility will product products that will be used in commercial and automative batteries.

An unrestrained Deville teen was killed in a car crash Sunday morning around 4AM on LA Highway 8 in Grant Parish. State Police Master Trooper Scott Moreau says the tragedy occurred after the driver, 18-year-old Benjamin Williford, lost control…
Cut 3 (10) “overturning”
Moreau says a 20-year-old passenger survived the crash, because he was buckled up.