News For Wednesday 061814
By Dave Graichen
Welcome home ceremonies will take place today throughout the state to welcome back over 300 Louisiana National Guard soldiers, who spent ten months on active duty in the Middle East. Louisiana National Guard spokesperson, Colonel Mike Kazmierzak says the returning soldiers are part of the 844th Engineer Company and 1021st Engineer Company. The 1021st is based in Covington, while the 844th is based in Pineville. The 844th engineering company will fly into the Alexandria International Airport tonight. Kazmierzak says the 1021st is busing back to various locations throughout Louisiana, because they couldn't find an airliner to fly the men and women home.
Jim Elder is the new executive director at The Shepherd Center. Elder, an Alexandria native, is a graduate of Bob Jones University in South Carolina. He also spent 11 years in California before moving back to Alexandria. The 54 year old Elder returned to Central Louisiana in 1995 as a single parent to six children. He since has been involved in church ministry and non-profit work. He has served on the board of directors of The Shepherd Center, Rapides Parish Advocacy Center and the Renaissance Home.
If your dream is to become the next American Idol, your chance is coming to New Orleans one week from today. Auditions for the Fox network's singing competition show will be held at UNO's Lakefront
Arena on Wednesday June 25th. Supervising Producer Patrick Lynn says this year they are hold registration and auditions on the same day. The season 14 auditions are going to be held from about 9am to 5pm and anyone between the ages of 15-28 is eligible to attend.
It didn't start off as the perfect story-book wedding in Bunkie, as a wedding crasher stole thousands of dollars’ worth of wedding presents, claiming he was from the Department of Homeland Security. Bunkie Police Spokesman Chad Jeansonne says the suspect-25 year-old William Girard Logan-spoke with many people at the reception, and then was seen loading all of the presents into a pickup after the couple had left. Jeansonne says after obtaining a search warrant of the suspect's home, some of the wedding presents were found, but not all of them. The search continues to find the rest.
A Bossier Parish man pleads guilty to manslaughter in the murder of his estranged wife. Prosecutors say Robert Bond kidnapped Annie Bond from her home last November. Robert Bond eventually killed her and the victim's charred remains were found in Webster Parish. Bond faces up to 40 years in prison.
The sentencing for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been delayed again. It is now on July 9th when Nagin will know how long he will be in prison for taking bribes and a kickback during the rebuilding of the city following Hurricane Katrina.
Popeye's has purchased the recipes for the restaurant from the family of founder Al Copeland for $43 million dollars. Previously the fried-chicken restaurant chain paid over $3 million in annual
royalties for the recipes. Copeland founded Popeye's in 1972. He lost the company in a bankruptcy case in the 90s, but retained the exclusive contract to supply spices to the chain.
The Rhode Island Board of Education has picked former Louisiana higher ed commissioner Jim Purcell to lead their state college system. Purcell was higher education commissioner here for
three years and decided not to seek a new contract this year after coming under fire over but cuts to state colleges.
The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office says a Monroe man is under arrest for allegedly burning his 2 year old son in a hot bathtub on Sunday. They say an investigation revealed 23-year-old Jonathan Wilson failed to seek medical treatment for the victim and returned the child to his mother the following day. The toddler reportedly suffered severe burns.
Ice-cold beer and buttery popcorn? They’re already on the menu at AMC theaters in Harvey, Metairie, Harahan, Houma and Hammond, as well as Celebrity Theatres in Broussard. Senate Bill 654 would allow other commercial film theaters across the state to stock alcoholic beverages. The bill squeaked out of the Louisiana House with exactly the number of votes it needed. Now it’s before Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is under pressure to veto it. On the governor’s desk are letters from legislators and a vocal church congregation. They all ask Jindal to stop the bill from becoming state law.
Officials say a former State Correctional officer has been charged for allegedly beating an inmate at Angola. 33-year-old Mark Sharp of Amite is charged with deprivation of rights under color of law and
making false statements. The suspect allegedly struck a handcuffed inmate with a baton which resulted in bodily injury then lied to the FBI.
According to associate athletic director Brian Broussard, LSU expects to dish out a record 73,000-plus season tickets this year. He says the school has already sold more than 30,000 tickets to the season-opening game against Wisconsin in Houston. The home game against Alabama on November 8th is already sold out and they expect the game against Ole Miss will do the same. LSU will have an official season ticket count by mid-July.
Oklahoma State announced Monday that LSU point guard Anthony Hickey will transfer to OSU and be eligible for the upcoming season. They say the NCAA has approved a waiver for Hickey who spent the past three seasons in purple and gold. He averaged 8.4 points and 3.8 assists as a junior and led the team with 62 steals.