Are you the publisher? Claim or contact us about this channel


Embed this content in your HTML

Search

Report adult content:

click to rate:

Account: (login)

More Channels


Channel Catalog


Articles on this Page

(showing articles 1 to 50 of 50)
(showing articles 1 to 50 of 50)

    0 0

    Pizza place armed robbery in New Iberia

    Deputies with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating an armed robbery that took place in the 1000 block of East Admiral Doyle Drive in New Iberia.

    IPSO reports two African American male suspects allegedly entered a Domino's restaurant at 1:08 a.m. Saturday and robbed employees of personal possessions.

    One male suspect is described as wearing a gray hooded style sweatshirt with blue jeans and a dark blue or black shirt over his face. The second suspect is described as wearing a gray hoodie with a muscular build.

    There are no injuries to report.

    Anyone with information in reference to this crime is urged to call the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-369-3711.

     




    0 0

    Pedestrian Killed on Gloria Switch Road

    A 52-year-old Port Barre woman died late last night walking down the street.

    According to Lafayette Police, Linda Gould, 52, of Port Barre was walking down the 200 block of Gloria Switch Road around 11 p.m. when for reasons under investigation she walked into the path of a 1984 Chevrolet Caprice. Gould was hit by the vehicle and ended up on the south side of the roadway.

    She was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.
    The investigation remains ongoing.




    0 0

    Union seeks to train students for free

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The region's welders and pipefitters union is seeking to train craftsmen for the industry work that will come online in the next few years - all at no cost to its students.

    Roy McGraw, training director of United Association Local 198, tells The American press that individuals who want training in fields such as welding, plumbing and pipefitting, can pick up an application at the union's new facility at 5432 Broad St, Lake Charles, LA.

    Prospective students much have a high school diploma with transcripts or a GED with their test scores to be considered. They also must have a valid driver's license, birth certificate and Social Security card.

    Prospects must also pass an aptitude test, which covers basic math and reading skills, and an interview with union representatives.




    0 0

    Man dies in two-vehicle crash

    ALBANY, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police say a 39-year-old Independence man was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle accident in Livingston Parish.

    State police have identified the victim as Harold D. Conaster. The crash occurred on Louisiana Highway 40.

    State police say in a news release that Conaster's pickup truck apparently crossed the center line and collided head-on with a car. The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt.




    0 0

    Man dies in motorcycle accident

    HOMER, La. (AP) - A Shreveport man was killed Friday when his motorcycle was involved in a three-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 79 about six miles south of Homer in Claiborne Parish.

    Louisiana State Police say 31-year-old Cody Bridges apparently drove his motorcycle across the center line and collided with two vehicles. Bridges was thrown from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The drivers of other two other vehicles were not hurt.

    The crash remains under investigation.




    0 0

    Woman dies in two-vehicle accident

    BAYOU L'OURSE, La. (AP) - A Morgan City woman died Friday in a two-vehicle accident on Louisiana Highway 662 in in Assumption Parish.

    State Police say 22-year-old by Tasha Massoletti was killed when her pickup truck collided head-on with a Mack Truck. The driver of the Mack Truck was not hurt.

    Police say the pickup truck apparently traveled off the right side and when the driver overcorrected to the left, the vehicle crossed the center line and collided with the larger truck.

    The accident remains under investigation.

     

     




    0 0

    Construction set next month on mobile pet shelter

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Construction is expected to begin in December on a mobile pet shelter that will be ready for use by the 2015 hurricane season.

    Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain said the $80,000 project is being paid for through a private donation and funds from his department. A $40,000 donation came from the Louisiana State Animal Response Team, Dr. Walter J. Ernst Jr. Veterinary Memorial Foundation and Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association.

    The project will include a tractor trailer that will have a 60-pet capacity, Strain said. The trailer will be equipped with metal cages, feed, water bowls and a wash down system. It also will have an air ventilation system and be used in search and rescue missions.

    "The benefit of a mobile pet shelter is immediate onsite sheltering and care of pets affected by a disaster, the ease of safe transport of pets, reduced expense of sheltering and care and the ability to relocate quickly to be co-located with pet owners," Strain said.

    "What we have experienced in the past are victims who have refused assistance unless their pets were accommodated," he said.

    Strain's department is designated by the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act to evacuate, transport and shelter household pets during declared emergencies.

     

     




    0 0

    Franklinton man killed in crash

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Franklinton man was pronounced dead after he was ejected from his pickup truck following a two-vehicle crash on the Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish Friday night.

    Louisiana State Police say three other people had minor injuries.

    The St. Charles Parish coroner's office pronounced 56-year-old Darrell Magee dead at the scene. The crash occurred about 10:40 p.m. at mile marker 214.

    State Police say Magee's truck collided with a car, continued onto the right shoulder of the interstate, hit the guardrail and then veered back and hit the car again. Both vehicles came to a stop in the right-hand lane.

    Police say Magee was ejected from the truck.

    The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

     

     




    0 0

    Obama: Landrieu's biggest hurdle in Louisiana

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - President Barack Obama may not be on Louisiana's Senate runoff ballot, but it's clear his widespread unpopularity in the state stands as Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's biggest hurdle to a fourth term.

    Landrieu led an eight-candidate primary, but her 42 percent was only 16,000 votes ahead of Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy and far short of her 2008 totals when she won without a runoff. Exit polls explain the collapse: Landrieu got votes from 18 percent of whites, while nearly three out of four white voters said they strongly disapprove of the president.

    "It's not so much a Mary thing as it is a Democrat thing and Obama thing," said restaurant owner Dean Gehbauer of Thibodaux.

    That makes Cassidy, a Baton Rouge congressman, the favorite on Dec. 6. A Cassidy win would push Republicans' new Senate majority to 54 seats in January and complete the GOP's sweep of top statewide offices from the Carolinas westward to Texas.

    Election returns offer little to suggest Gehbauer is wrong. In the last six years, Landrieu lost ground to Republicans in every Louisiana parish. In 2008, she defeated Republican John Kennedy by 121,111 votes statewide. This time, Cassidy and third-place finisher Rob Maness, a tea-party favorite who has since endorsed the congressman, combined to lead Landrieu by 186,207 votes, a net swing of 307,318.

    Thibodaux's surrounding parish - Lafourche - illuminates the shift as one of 12 parishes that Landrieu won in 2008 but lost on Nov. 4. She defeated Kennedy here by 265 votes, running about 8,000 votes ahead of Obama. This time, she trailed Cassidy by 3,277. Adding Maness's support, her deficit was 8,922.

    In 2008, she defeated Republican John Kennedy by 121,111 votes statewide. This time, Cassidy and third-place finisher Rob Maness, a tea-party favorite who has since endorsed the congressman, combined to lead Landrieu by 186,207 votes.

    Landrieu never has surpassed 52.1 percent statewide, and the 2014 midterms always promised difficulty. In the presidential elections of 1996 and 2008, she benefited from strong Democratic turnout, particularly among African-Americans, that typically wanes in midterm elections. She ran in the 2002 midterms as a moderate who worked with Republican President George W. Bush, who twice carried Louisiana.

    But this year, for the first time, she faces a midterm electorate with the Oval Office occupied by a Democrat who is widely unpopular in her state, a circumstance that led to defeats for Democratic incumbents in North Carolina, Arkansas and Alaska.

    "This has been, first and foremost, a referendum on Barack Obama and then only secondarily on Mary Landrieu," said Thibodaux attorney Matthew Block, one of Landrieu's financial backers. "After that, it was just a question of which Republican would catch fire."

    Like her vanquished colleagues, Landrieu has tried to distance herself from Obama. She touted her energy committee chairmanship as a boon to this oil-rich state and noted her role in increasing Louisiana's royalties from offshore exploration.

    In mid-November, after Democrats' national thrashing, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid allowed floor debate on construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, a symbolic proxy of the battle between the energy industry and environmental advocates. The procedural vote - dubbed a "Hail Mary" by some pundits - fell one shy of the 60 needed to allow a final vote. Instead of Landrieu affirming her influence, Republicans crowed that she's of little value with Obama and Reid in charge.

    "I don't think folks see her as an ineffective senator," said Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete, "but that demonstrates why a lot of people have a problem with this administration."

    Landrieu still highlights her work securing federal aid after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. That garnered endorsements from several local Republican leaders in 2008, but many of them are now mum. Similarly, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce abandoned Landrieu after endorsing her six years ago, though the powerful lobby stopped short of backing Cassidy.

    The senator has focused her television advertising on Cassidy's support for Republican budgets that would curtail Social Security and Medicare benefits. Yet exit polls still show she claimed 36 percent among voters age 65 and older, and 41 percent among voters age 45-64. Landrieu managed 50 percent among 18- to 29-year-olds, but that group accounted for only an estimated 12 percent of the electorate.

    "I thought of Sen. Landrieu as what we used to call a conservative Democrat," said Robert Levy, a district attorney whose jurisdiction includes Lincoln Parish, which also shifted fell out of Landrieu's win column. "But I think people in this state are wanting even more conservatives, and they want them to be conservative Republicans."




    0 0

    Inaugural Al Berard Music Festival in Henderson

    The inaugural Al Berard Music Festival happens on Saturday, November 29 at Hendry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson, LA. This event benefits the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA). The gates open at 10 a.m. and the close at 11 p.m.

    Live music will feature Basin Brothers, Bonsoir Catin, Roddie Romero, NIK-L Beer, Sweet Cecilia and others. There will also be a silent auction, food and fun for the whole family.

    For more information, please contact Laura Huval at grandansefiddle@gmail.com or visit www.AlBerard.com.


    The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund, a fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana, was established by the Berard Family to honor Al Berard's legacy. All gifts to the fund are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to Community Foundation of Acadiana with "Al Berard Memorial Fund" in the memo and mail to 1035 Camellia Blvd., Ste. 100, Lafayette, LA 70508. For more information regarding Community Foundation of Acadiana or to learn how you can establish your own fund, please contact Erin Winder at 337.769.4842 or ewinder@cfacadiana.org.

     




    0 0

    Police make 5 arrests after boy found in Ga. home

    ONESBORO, Ga. (AP) - The father of a teenage boy and four other people have been arrested after the child was found in a home in Clayton County, south of Atlanta, police said Saturday.

    The boy, 13, had been reported missing four years ago, and was reunited with his mother after police found him around 2 a.m. Saturday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

    The father and a woman at the home face charges of false imprisonment, cruelty to children and obstruction, WSB-TV reported. Police said three juveniles were also arrested.

    Police say people at the home denied any knowledge about the child when officers showed up late Friday night. But police returned early Saturday and found the boy because he was able to call his mother while officers were at the house, Clayton County police Sgt. Kevin Hughes said.

    "While at the location during the second call, the victim was able to establish phone contact with his mother and she in turn passed on additional information to the officers on the scene," Hughes said. "The victim was found behind a false wall within the residence."

    It wasn't clear Saturday how the boy was reported missing, or to which agency.

    Authorities said the boy was visiting his father in 2010, and that the father refused to return the boy to his mother, WSB reported.

    There were many unanswered questions Saturday about who has custody of the boy, Clayton County police Deputy Chief Mike Register told WSB.

    Police could not immediately be reached Saturday by The Associated Press.

    The boy will likely stay in the custody of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services to ensure the child's safety, the Atlanta TV station reported.




    0 0

    Man clocked at 127 mph on New Hampshire highway

    NORTHFIELD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire State Police say an airborne patrol unit clocked a man driving 127 miles per hour on Interstate 93 in the town of Northfield.

    The State Police Special Enforcement Unit was using an airplane to monitor traffic Saturday morning when the trooper in the aircraft saw a northbound vehicle traveling quickly.

    Police say the tactical flight officer twice clocked the vehicle traveling in excess of 100 mph, the fastest at 127 mph.

    The driver, stopped by troopers on the ground, was identified as 19-year-old Ryan Quinn of Newport, Rhode Island.

    Quinn was charged with reckless driving and two counts of possession of a controlled drug. He's due to appear in Franklin District Court in January.

    No phone listing for Quinn could be found.

     

     




    0 0

    College senior goes missing after evening at bar

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A college senior has been reported missing after a night out with friends at a crowded Philadelphia bar.

    Police say 21-year-old Shane Montgomery was home from West Chester University and met up with friends Wednesday night at a crowded bar in the Manayunk neighborhood.

    Authorities say he became separated from them and was escorted out by a bouncer at 2 a.m. Thursday after stumbling on a bar stool. He hasn't been seen since.

    His mother, Karen, is offering a $10,000 reward for help finding him.

    About 200 volunteers have been searching Main Street in Manayunk and the nearby banks of the Schuylkill River.

    Montgomery is a liberal arts major and a former high school runner. He is 5-foot-11 and 130 pounds, with short brown hair and green eyes.

     

     




    0 0

    Idaho police stop Oregonian driving in circles

    NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - Folks who live near Idaho's western border may complain about Oregon drivers, but a pair charged with shoplifting in Nampa on Thanksgiving made police officers' jobs a lot easier this week.

    After reports of ongoing shoplifting, Nampa officers responded to a busy parking lot full of holiday shoppers. When they tried to arrest Gregory Redner and Camilla Hunt, both of Oregon, the pair fled.

    Police say Hunt ran to a car and drove away. Given the potential threat to public safety, the police declined to pursue her in the busy parking lot.

    But Hunt didn't make an escape. Instead, she drove in circles.

    Police laid a spike strip down and Hunt drove over it, deflating two of her tires.

    The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the pair face multiple charges.




    0 0

    Cosby offers refunds for NY show ticket holders

    TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Bill Cosby is still performing at a suburban New York venue next weekend but the embattled comic is offering refunds to ticket holders who don't want to go.

    The Journal News reports that Cosby's two Dec. 6 shows at the Tarrytown Music Hall are going on as scheduled.

    But ticket holders got an email from the box office Friday offering refunds.

    The email said Cosby's management would reimburse patrons who don't want to attend the show.

    Cosby shows in some other states have been canceled after women came forward alleging he sexually assaulted them. More than 30 shows remain on his schedule through May 2015.

    Cosby has denied the allegations against him.




    0 0

    Rep. Fincher's Communications Director Under Fire for Scolding Obama Daughters

    President Barack Obama speaks as his daughters Sasha and Malia look on during a turkey pardoning ceremony at the

    A Tennessee congressman's head of communications was under fire Saturday after scolding President Obama's daughters Sasha and Malia on Facebook for how they behaved at the turkey pardoning ceremony.

    Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman for Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher, took to Facebook after screenshots of Sasha and Malia Obama -- who are 13 and 16 years old -- looking bored at Wednesday's turkey pardoning emerged online.

    "Dear Sasha and Malia: I get you're both in those awful teen years, but you're a part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play," Lauten wrote on her Facebook page.

    "Then again, our mother and father don't respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter," Lauten wrote. "So I'm guessing you're coming up a little short in the 'good role model' department.


    "Stretch yourself," Lauten told the Obama girls. "Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar."

    Lauten's post went viral over the weekend, with screenshots shared on Facebook and Twitter.

    She was immediately criticized across social media for her attack on the two girls.

    She deleted her original post and wrote an apology on Facebook, which she sent to ABC News.

    "After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents, and re-reading my words online I can see more clearly just how hurtful my words were," Lauten wrote. "I'd like to apologize to all of those who I have hurt and offended with my words, and I pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have)from this experience."

    Lauten declined to comment beyond her statement.

    Fincher had not returned ABC News' request for comment as of midday Saturday.

    The White House has not commented on Lauten's post.

    ______________________

     

    Story via ABC News




    0 0

    Almost Spring Like Conditions

    It's a stagnant, slowly changing weather pattern that will make it feel more like early spring then December. 

    Surface winds will be out of the south for the next several days, bringing in warm moist air across Acadiana. 

    These winds are the result of a high pressure system to our east and a stationary front which has been sitting just to our north. 

    This front will slowly sag southward in the first half of the work week which could spark a few scattered showers Monday evening and Tuesday morning. 

    Aside from that, isolated showers will be possible through the week as moisture will continue to pour in from the south. 

    Temperatures will be much warmer then the season average as they will sit in the mid to even upper 70s through the next couple of days. 

    Early morning commuters will want to be aware of the development of fog the next couple nights, especially in the more rural areas. 

    As mentioned earlier this will be a very slowly changing forecast so expect similar conditions over the next several days. 




    0 0

    Strong Second Half Helps Cajuns Sink Troy, 42-23; Finish Regular Season 8-4

    TROY, Ala. - Elijah McGuire rushed for 169 yards and became the fourth player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns got a strong defensive effort in the second half to erase a halftime deficit and earn a 42-23 victory over Troy in the Sun Belt Conference regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

    Alonzo Harris added 86 yards and three touchdowns while Terrance Broadway completed 14 of 19 passes for 142 yards as Louisiana (8-4, 7-1 Sun Belt) earned eight wins in the regular season for the fourth consecutive season under head coach Mark Hudspeth. Troy, which was playing its final game under legendary coach Larry Blakeney, finished its season at 3-9 overall and 3-5 in league play.

    "Give Troy credit, they came out and played very inspired in the first half, and wanting to play hard for Coach Blakeney, made some plays and let it all hang out," Hudspeth said. "We didn't help ourselves in the first half with some costly penalties on the punt team. We told our guys at halftime to stop doing those silly things that's keeping us from executing on both sides. They came out (in the second half) and did a phenomenal job."

    After Troy built a 23-21 lead at halftime behind an offensive performance that produced 342 yards, the Ragin' Cajuns stuffed the Trojans in the final 30 minutes as Louisiana yielded 52 yards and finished with a 486-394 advantage.

    "We played more man coverage in the second half," Hudspeth said. "They (Troy) were creating some good separation in some of their routes and they had people come open. We wanted to stick with them and see if we could get the pass rush going and we got some good pressure and a couple of sacks. We did much better in the secondary in the second half."

    Louisiana, which controlled the football for 11:45 in the third quarter and nearly 22 minutes in the second half, opened the half with a 10-play, 74-yard drive to take a 28-23 lead it would not relinquish. McGuire, who joined Brian Mitchell, Michael Desormeaux and Tyrell Fenroy as 1,000-yard rushers in school history, opened the drive with a 13-yard gain before Broadway rushed for eight yards and connected with Gabe Fuselier on a 6-yard gain to the Troy 47.

    "We just were committed to our plan (in the second half) of what we wanted to do in the red zone and that was keep the chains moving and being patient," Hudspeth said. "We got the option going today and that helped and allowed us to have a little more versatility once we got to the red zone. Our backs ran strong and I thought it was much better."

    Three plays later on third-and-7, Broadway hit C.J. Bates for a 26-yard gain to the Troy 18 and Harris would score four plays later on a 1-yard scoring plunge to drive that took 5:00 off the clock.

    After the Ragin' Cajuns forced a punt on Troy's first drive of the second half, Louisiana drove 87 yards in 12 plays that took 6:25 off the clock.

    Broadway, who rushed for 78 yards on 14 carries, gained 13 yards on second-and-10 to the UL 26 before Harris kept the drive alive after gaining 11 yards to the UL 46 on third-and-1. McGuire added a 15-yard run around right end for a first down to the Troy 28 before Broadway hit Larry Pettis for a 13-yard gain on second-and-8 to the Troy 13.

    Broadway capped the drive two plays later when he faked a handoff to Harris and rushed around the left side for a 9-yard score that gave Louisiana a 35-23 lead with :33 remaining in the quarter.

    Harris added his third TD of the game for Louisiana when he scored on 1-yard run with 3:48 remaining that capped an 11-play, 65-yard drive.

    The Ragin' Cajuns defense got in the action early after Troy drove down the field on its opening possession. Brandon Silvers completed four passes, including a 29-yard toss to Teddy Ruben to the UL 26, to help the Trojans threaten. But Troy McCollum forced a fumble by Khary Franklin and Jake Molbert recovered at the UL 22 to halt the drive.

    Louisiana would need 13 plays to reach the end zone to take a 7-0 lead. Broadway connected with James Butler on a 5-yard pass on third-and-5 at the UL 27 before connecting with Fuselier for 12 yards to the Troy 46. The Ragin' Cajuns rushed on six of their next seven plays with McGuire capping the drive with an 8-yard TD run - his ninth straight game with a rushing touchdown.

    The Trojans quickly moved the ball down the field, driving to the UL 2 after a Silvers' 6-yard pass to Josh Anderson on third-and-7. On fourth down, the Ragin' Cajuns defense stiffened as Tre'maine Lightfoot stopped Silvers for a 1-yard loss and Louisiana would take over at its own 3.

    After Broadway was called down in the end zone for a safety following a bad snap, Troy drove 71 yards and reached the end zone to take its first lead of the game. Silvers, who finished 29-for-34 for 272 yards, hit Chandler Worthy for a 30-yard gain to the UL 31 before finding Bryan Holmes alone in the end zone two plays later on a 28-yard TD pass with 13:56 remaining in the first half.

    Harris added a 2-yard TD run that gave Louisiana a 14-9 lead with 5:34 remaining in the second quarter before Troy bounced back after a 55-yard kick return by Worthy put the ball on the UL 40. Troy converted on fourth-and-7 when Silvers hit Ruben for 12 yards to the UL 25 before the duo connected two plays later for a 17-yard scoring pass for a 16-14 lead with 2:59 remaining.

    The lead was short-lived as McGuire raced up the middle on the Ragin' Cajuns first play of the ensuing drive and scored on a career-long 75-yard touchdown for a 21-16 lead with 2:49 left.

    But Troy would not go away as Silvers hit B.J. Chitty on a 5-yard scoring pass that gave the Trojans a 23-21 lead they would take into the locker room.

    Corey Trim led Louisiana with a career-high 10 tackles with Dominque Tovell adding nine. Tracy Walker added a season-high eight stops and a fumble recovery for the Ragin' Cajuns while Lightfoot added a season-best seven tackles. McCollum and Darzil Washington each forced fumbles as the Ragin' Cajuns forced a pair of turnovers and sacked Silvers twice.

    Blakeney, who announced his retirement in October after 24 seasons as head coach, finished his career with a 178-113-1 record.

    Worthy caught a game-high eight passes for 72 yards to lead Troy with Ruben catching five passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Burks rushed for 50 yards to lead Troy with Franklin finishing with 43.

     




    0 0

    Murder charges against Egypt's Mubarak dismissed

    CAIRO (AP) - A judge dismissed murder charges Saturday against former President Hosni Mubarak and acquitted his security chief over the killing of protesters during Egypt's 2011 uprising, crushing any hope of a judicial reckoning on behalf of the hundreds victims of the revolt that toppled him.

    Yet instead of outrage, a largely muted initial reaction greeted the decision in an Egypt where unlicensed protests draw stiff prison terms and many remain fearful over their security four years after the nation's Arab Spring revolt.

    Some 2,000 young people protested the verdict near Cairo's Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising closed off Saturday by soldiers and police, though open a day earlier despite widespread fears of violent Islamist protests. They chanted against the military, whose former chief, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, is now the president.

    "The people want to bring down the regime!" they shouted, using one of the chief slogans in the 18-day, anti-Mubarak uprising.

    In the evening, police broke up the gathering, firing water cannon and tear gas and driving protesters into side streets after supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood joined the protest. An Interior Ministry statement said that Brotherhood supporters pelted security forces with rocks and fought with the protesters.

    Security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief reporters, said police arrested 29 people.

    The dispersal contrasted with the jubilant well-wishers who greeted Mubarak after the decision when he returned to his temporary home at a Nile-side military hospital. He later triumphantly waved back to supporters from his hospital window.

    A television interviewer reached him by telephone, asking whether he had ordered the killing.

    "I did not do anything at all," replied Mubarak, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2012 on charges related to the killing of protesters. The verdict was overturned on appeal the following year.

    The monarch of close U.S. ally Bahrain, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, also called to congratulate Mubarak, according to the official news agency of the Gulf Arab island nation.

    Mubarak, who assumed Egypt's highest office in 1981 following the assassination of Anwar Sadat, has spent virtually all the time since he was detained in April 2011 in hospitals due to poor health. On Saturday, he came to the courtroom on a gurney, wearing dark glasses, a navy blue tie and a matching cardigan.

    In his ruling, judge Mahmoud al-Rashidi cited the "inadmissibility" of the case against Mubarak due to a technicality. He said Mubarak's May 2011 referral to trial by prosecutors ignored the "implicit" decision that no criminal charges be filed against him when his security chief and six of his top aides were referred to trial by the same prosecutors two months earlier.

    After the decision, Cairo resident Nermine Fathy simply asked: "Who killed the martyrs? I want to know who killed the martyrs."

    That question likely won't be answered in Egypt's courts. Already, nearly 170 police officers and security officials put on trial in connection to the killings have either been acquitted for lack of evidence or were found to have acted in self-defense. Some received short, suspended sentences.

    The Mubarak trial, however, was concerned only with the killing of 239 protesters whose names were cited in charge documents, not the nearly 900 killed in total during the 18 days of the revolt.

    Saturday's ruling marks another major setback for the young activists who led the 2011 Egyptian uprising, many of whom are now in prison or have withdrawn from politics. It likely will reinforce the perception that Mubarak's autocratic state remains in place, albeit led by el-Sissi, the former military chief who later led the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

    It concludes Mubarak's retrial along with his two sons, his security chief Habib el-Adly and six top security commanders, who were all acquitted. Also acquitted was wealthy businessman Hussein Salem, a longtime Mubarak friend tried in absentia.

    Hossam Bahgat, a prominent human rights advocate, said Saturday's verdict would be used by the government to signal the end of the upheavals associated with the 2011 revolt.

    "The regime's message: It's time to look forward, time to move on, time to focus on building the nation. But I doubt this will work. It will deepen the grievance and feeling of injustice felt by many young people," Bahgat said by telephone from New York.

    Mubarak was also acquitted of corruption charges that he faced along with his sons Alaa and Gamal - his one-time heir apparent - over the statute of limitations in the case running out. The case involves their purchase from Salem of luxury villas in a Red Sea resort at a vastly discounted price, something that the prosecution had said amounted to bribery. The two sons face a separate trial on charges of insider trading.

    All the rulings can be appealed.

    It was not immediately clear whether Mubarak would now walk free since he is serving a three-year jail term for separate corruption charges he was convicted of in May. He has been in detention since April 2011, but it is unclear if the past 3 1/2 years will be treated as time served.

    Al-Rashidi, the judge, said the dismissal of the charges did not absolve Mubarak of the corruption and "feebleness" of the latter years of his 29-year rule. The judge praised the 2011 uprising, saying that its goals - freedom, bread and social justice - were legitimate.

    He also said Mubarak, like any other human, erred at times and suggested that his old age should have spared him a criminal trial.

    "To rule for or against him after he has become old will be left to history and the Judge of Judges, ... (God), who will question him about his rule," the judge said.




    0 0

    Taliban raid on guesthouse kills 2 in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan officials say Taliban attackers armed with suicide bomb vests and assault rifles killed two people during a raid on a guesthouse near the Afghan parliament Saturday. One of the dead was a foreigner.

    A spokesman for the Interior Ministry says the dead worked for a foreign aid group he declined to name. Security forces rescued six Afghans held hostage by the attackers during the assault.

    Authorities say one of the attackers detonated an explosives-packed suicide vest after storming the building in a residential suburb in west Kabul and security forces fatally shot the other two

    The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they targeted "a secret missionary center."

    The militants have waged a series of large-scale attacks on Kabul in recent days.

    Meanwhile a provincial official says Taliban attacks killed at least 11 Afghan soldiers in southern Helmand province on Saturday.




    0 0

    Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown resigns

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The white police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the fatal confrontation with the black 18-year-old that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation.

    Darren Wilson, 28, has been on administrative leave since the shooting on Aug. 9. His resignation was announced Saturday by one of his attorneys, Neil Bruntrager. The resignation is effective immediately, Bruntrager said. He declined further immediate comment but said he would release more details Saturday night.

    The attorney for the Brown family, Benjamin Crump, did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment.

    A grand jury spent more than three months reviewing evidence in the case before declining in November to issue any charges against Wilson. He told jurors that he feared for his life when Brown hit him and reached for his gun.

    The U.S. Justice Department is still conducting a civil rights investigation into the shooting and a separate probe of police department practices.

    The shooting struck up a national debate about race and police power.

    After the shooting, Wilson spent months in hiding and made no public statements. He broke his silence after the grand jury decision, telling ABC News that he could not have done anything differently in the encounter with Brown.

    Wilson said he has a clean conscience because "I know I did my job right." Brown's shooting was the first time he fired his gun on the job, he said.

    Asked whether the encounter would have unfolded the same way if Brown had been white, Wilson said yes.

    Wilson began his career in nearby Jennings before moving to the Ferguson job a few years ago. He had no previous complaints against him and a good career record, according to Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who called Wilson "an excellent police officer."

    A few months before the shooting, Wilson had received a commendation for detaining a suspect in a drug case.




    0 0

    High school head injury lawsuit filed

    CHICAGO (AP) - A former high school quarterback followed in the steps of one-time pro and college players Saturday by suing a sports governing body - in this case the Illinois High School Association - saying it didn't do enough to protect him from concussions when he played and still doesn't do enough to protect current players.

    The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Cook on the same day Illinois wrapped up its last high school football championship games, is the first instance in which legal action has been taken for former high school players as a whole against a group responsible for prep sports in a state. Such litigation could snowball, as similar suits targeting associations in other states are planned.

    The lead plaintiff is Daniel Bukal, a star quarterback at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles until 2003. He received multiple concussions at the suburban Chicago school and, a decade on, still suffers frequent migraines and some memory loss, according to the 51-page suit. Bukal didn't play beyond high school.

    The IHSA did not have concussion protocols in place, putting Bukal and other high school players at risk, and those protocols remain deficient, the lawsuit alleges. It calls on the Bloomington-based IHSA to tighten its rules regarding head injuries at the 800 high schools it oversees. It doesn't seek specific monetary damages.

    "In Illinois high school football, responsibility - and, ultimately, fault - for the historically poor management of concussions begins with the IHSA," the lawsuit states. It calls high school concussions "an epidemic" and says the "most important battle being waged on high school football fields ... is the battle for the health and lives of" young players.

    In a brief emailed statement, IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman said he wanted to keep the spotlight Saturday on the playoff finals. But he said concussion management is "a top priority" and that the IHSA "will continue to be a leader" in reducing head-injury risks.

    Bukal's Chicago-based attorney Joseph Siprut, who filed a similar lawsuit against the NCAA in 2011, provided an advance copy of the new lawsuit to The Associated Press. The college sports governing body agreed this year to settle the NCAA lawsuit, including by committing $70 million for a medical monitoring program to test athletes for brain trauma. The deal is awaiting a judge's approval.

    The IHSA lawsuit seeks similar medical monitoring of Illinois high school football players, though it doesn't spell out how such a program would operate. It contends new regulations should include mandatory baseline testing of all players before each season to help determine the severity of any concussion during the season.

    The lawsuit only targets the Illinois association. High school football isn't overseen by a single national body equivalent to the NCAA, but rather by school boards, state law and 50 separate associations. Siprut says he intends to file suits against other state governing bodies.

    Washington was the first state to pass laws addressing sports concussions in children in 2009, including by barring concussed players from returning to the same game. All 50 states have now adopted such laws.

    But the new lawsuit alleges governing bodies, like the IHSA, have had patchy implementation of state mandates.

    Around 140,000 out of nearly 8 million high school athletes have concussions every year, most of them football players, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Some estimates put the number of concussions much higher.

    Eight high school students died directly from playing football in 2013 - six from head and two from neck injuries - while there were none last year in college or professional football, a 2014 report by National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research says.

    Speaking Saturday, Siprut said the legal action wasn't intended to undermine America's most popular sport.

    "This is not a threat or attack on football," he said. "Football is in danger in Illinois and other states - especially at the high school level - because of how dangerous it is. If football does not change internally, it will die. The talent well will dry up as parents keep kids out of the sport- and that's how a sport dies."




    0 0

    With Small Business Saturday today, local business owners hoped to beat the over $5 billion made last year in local, small retailers and restaurants all across the country.

    The Better Business Bureau has been encouraging shoppers to "shop small" for five years running.

    "When you spend money in a local business, it stays in the community. Be it in Lafayette or anywhere in Acadiana," said Bruce Conque, Vice President of Community Development for the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

    A community that's seeing an upswing in the number of small businesses. Small business owner, Annie Taylor said she's happy to have Acadiana on her team.

    "If you support the local businesses then we can support your local soccer team or softball team, your high school yearbook ads, then we can give back," said Taylor, of Leona Sue's Florist in Scott.

    But for companies like these, saving their customers money isn't the only way they'll be repaying them.

    "There's a lot of competition out there but people do like the personal customer service and the complimentary gift wrapping and the smiling faces that you don't necessarily get in a lot of the big box stores," said Charlotte & Company in Lafayette.

    It's that personal touch you can't get anywhere else that makes shopping small such a big success, and a big reason businesses like these won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

    "My very first customer this morning came here because it's Small Business Saturday. She came to support local business owners and we appreciate that so much. It's so important to shop your local people, you know, this is how we make a living," said Laura White, owner of Initials in River Ranch.

     




    0 0

    Window Wonder 2014 in New Iberia

    Envision da Berry brings together over 13 artists with small business owners in Downtown New Iberia to decorate storefront windows with holiday decor. This is the second year the project has taken place wtih Phanat Xanamane as it's project manager and artistic director. The theme this year is "Blue Magic on Main" as part of a larger initiative of downtown organizations paying homage to deceased New Iberia native artist, George Rodrigue the creator of the famous Blue Dog painting. Artists participating in the project had a good amount of creative freedom to do what they say fit as long as they used the color blue as a primary element in their design.

    Participating artists include, Kris Anderson, Jena Broussard and NISH students, Amber Gruhlkey Farghangia & Jennie Lallande, Andree McAnally, Paul Schexnayder, Margaret George, Marcie Dudek Melancon, Teresa Landry, Jennifer Lee Smith, Sarah Mae Sabala, Vanessa Landry, Henry Johnson & Warren White, Cassandra Brown & Jonathan LaStrappes. These artist display a wide variety of artistic styles and their own particular take with their themes.

    The group is inviting the public to attend an on-street ribbon cutting at 5pm Saturday November 29th at the title window located at the old Bowab's store at the corner of Iberia Street and Main Street. The windows will be up for viewing until January 3rd.

     




    0 0

    Lafayette Parish Daily Arrest Report

    This report contains the daily arrests for Nov 30, 2014.

    Name: Andres, Andres
    Charge: Disturbing The Peace Charge
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 700 Blk Eraste Landry ROA
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Andrus, Jacoby
    Charge: Unauthorized Entry Of An Inhab
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 100 Blk Lucy STR
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Benoit, Aerial
    Charge: Fugitive
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 800 Blk Mlk Jr DR
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Boykin, Kendal
    Charge: Prohibited Acts - Schedule Iv;
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 1300 Blk Roper Lt 58 DR
    Scott, La

    Name: Charles, Joseph
    Charge: Simple Criminal Damage To Prop
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 100 Blk Rue Royale
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Corner, Mark
    Charge: Simple Battery Charge And Pena
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 100 Blk Charronnet ROA
    Duson, La

    Name: Dugas, Caffery
    Charge: Owi Vehicle
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 100 Blk Valencia DRV
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Emerson, Nathaniel
    Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 3700 Blk Kirkman ST
    Lake Charles, La

    Name: Francis, Ezra
    Charge: Flight From An Officer; Aggra
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 1900 Blk Carmel DRV
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Gellis, Andrew
    Charge: Theft Charge
    Arresting Agency: Carencro Pd
    Address: 7300 Blk Patin ROA
    Carencro, La

    Name: Gerami, Maria
    Charge: Simple Criminal Damage To Prop
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 500 Blk Sixth STR
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Haley, Michael
    Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 100 Blk Teal LAN
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Hamilton, Johntay
    Charge: Simple Burglary Charge
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 0000 Blk Unknown
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Harris, Kevin
    Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 400 Blk Vieux Orleans STR
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Higginbotham, Zeke
    Charge: Simple Battery Charge And Pena
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 1600 Blk Osca Rivette HWY
    Arnaudville, La

    Name: Higuerapimentel, Jesus
    Charge: Disturbing The Peace Charge
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 1000 Blk Nina HWY
    Breaux Bridge, La

    Name: Mobley, Vivian
    Charge: Warrant/Bench Warrant
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 200 Blk Ridgeview DRV
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Reney, Chana
    Charge: Unauthorized Entry Of An Inhab
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 100 Blk Lucy STR
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Richard, Brian
    Charge: Simple Battery Charge And Pena
    Arresting Agency: Broussard Pd
    Address: 400 Blk Bayou Tortue
    Broussard, La

    Name: Robertson, Donavon
    Charge: Simple Burglary Charge
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 100 Blk Carlton STR
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Ryan, Treylon
    Charge: Theft Of Goods Charge
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette Parish Sheriff'S Ofc
    Address: 800 Blk Center STR
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Sinegal, Herbert
    Charge: St. Martin Parish
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 300 Blk Tissington
    Lafayette, La

    Name: Taylor, Larry
    Charge: Domestic Abuse Battery
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 100 Blk Kentwood DRV
    Carencro, La

    Name: Thomas, Derik
    Charge: Owi Vehicle
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 300 Blk Oak Springs LAN
    Carencro, La

    Name: Wilson, Kwama
    Charge: Fugitive
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 300 Blk Vieux Orleans A CL
    Lafayette, La

    Name: York, Brandon
    Charge: Unauthorized Entry Of An Inhab
    Arresting Agency: Lafayette City Pd
    Address: 100 Blk S Pierce STR
    Lafayette, La

     




    0 0

    St. Martin Parish Daily Arrest Report

    This is the St. Martin Parish Daily Arrest Report for November 29, 2014.


    Badeaux, Anthony, 24
    1100 block of Salt Mine Hw
    Breaux Bridge, LA
    CONTEMPT OF COURT
    50-ST MARTIN SHERIFF

     




    0 0

    Jefferson Parish to discuss school desegregation

    GRETNA, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Parish public school system's desegregation task force will hold public meetings Monday and Tuesday.

    NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the meetings are held to solicit public input on the system's compliance with its federal desegregation agreement requiring racial diversity and offering equal school choices on both sides of the Mississippi River.

    Task force leaders have charged that the 2012 closures of underperforming and sparsely enrolled schools disproportionately affected black students and thus violated terms of the court order. Task force head Margie Zeno has also argued that handing off Woodmere Elementary to a charter operator amounts to a closure.

    Monday's meeting is at Granville T. Woods Elementary in Kenner, Tuesday's at L.W. Higgins High School in Marrero. Both meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.




    0 0

    Rodrigue Studios to donate pianos to LSU

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - George Rodrigue Studios says it will donate 15 Steinway practice pianos to the LSU School of Music & Dramatic Arts.

    WBRZ-TV reports the pianos, valued at $125,000, will be unveiled during a ceremony on Monday that will include brief remarks from representatives of the renowned Louisiana artist's Foundation of the Arts.

    The ceremony is open to the public and will also include a performance by Kana Ishii, a student at the LSU School of Music, who will play the iconic "Blue Dog Piano" for the crowd.

    The event starts at 12 p.m. at the School of Music on LSU's campus near the North Gates. .




    0 0

    Terrebonne's black-only high school may get marker

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Terrebonne Parish school officials hope to commemorate one of the parish's remaining remnants of racial segregation with help through a state program.

    The Terrebonne Parish School Board voted unanimously earlier this month for the administration to research criteria to apply for the state's Historical Marker Program.

    The Courier reports several parish schools are near or over 100 years old, but the school behind the request is Southdown Elementary in Houma. School Board member Greg Harding says the school was the parish's only one for African-Americans.

    Superintendent Philip Martin says few such schools still remain in the state. Martin said he will begin the application process soon with the goal of applying in 2015.




    0 0

    2nd Annual La Boucherie Merci

    The second annual La Boucherie Merci takes place on Sunday, November 30, from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. This family fun event cost $10 and is the only public boucherie in Acadiana. The event takes place in Vermilionville's living history museum.

    There will be a traditional boucherie from Toby Rodriguez of Lache Pas Boucherie et Cuisine, and local eateries, including Astra Modern Market, Bread & Circus Provisions, Charley G's, Café Vermillionville, Dark Roux, Jefferson Street Pub, Johnson's Boucaniere, Lache Pas, Phares' Kitchen, Ruffino's on the River, Rusted Rooster, and Village Café.

    Live music will also be available from 1 p.m. Until 4 p.m.

     




    0 0

    Gunshot misses neighbor hanging Christmas lights

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police in suburban Pittsburgh say a man fired a rifle at his neighbor hanging Christmas lights and then held police at bay for several hours inside his home before he was arrested.

    Munhall police say 53-year-old Richard Carter has been charged with attempted homicide and other counts after shooting at his neighbor Saturday afternoon. The neighbor suffered a cut lip, which police say was caused by a ricocheted shot fragment.

    Authorities say a SWAT team eventually persuaded Carter to surrender.

    Police say they found spent rifle shell casings in Carter's home, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition and at least two dozen guns.

    Chief Patrick Campbell says Carter has mental health issues that were known to police. Carter told reporters he was mad at his neighbor for personal reasons.

     

     




    0 0

    Texas towns test oil and gas supremacy on fracking

    RENO, Texas (AP) - A Texas hamlet shaken by its first recorded earthquake last year and hundreds since then is among communities now taking steps to challenge the oil and gas industry's traditional supremacy over the right to frack.

    Reno Mayor Lyndamyrth Stokes said spooked residents started calling last November: "I heard a boom, then crack! The whole house shook. What was that?" one caller asked. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that Reno, a community about 50 miles west of Dallas, had its first earthquake.

    Seismologists have looked into whether the tremors are being caused by disposal wells on the outskirts of Reno, where millions of gallons of water produced by hydraulic fracturing are injected every day. Reno took the first step toward what Stokes believes will be an outright ban by passing a law in April limiting disposal well activity to operators who can prove the injections won't cause earthquakes.

    Reno and other cities are taking their lead from Denton, a university town north of Dallas where the state's first ban on fracking within city limits takes effect Tuesday. The Denton ban has become a "proxy for this big war between people who want to stop fracking and people who want to see it happen," said Michael Webber, deputy director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

    It also has become a referendum on Texas cities' rights to halt drilling.

    Property rights are a part of Texas' cultural fabric, but the desire to develop hydrocarbons is strong in a state that leads the nation in oil and gas development. Furthermore, under state law, property rights are separate from mineral rights, making it possible to own one but not the other.

    Cities in other states have tried to stop fracking, with varying success. Courts in Pennsylvania and New York have ruled in favor of allowing cities some control over drilling. But in Colorado, courts ruled against one city's attempted ban.

    In Texas, the fight pits municipalities against the Texas Railroad Commission, which governs the oil and gas industry, and the equally powerful General Land Office, which uses revenue from mineral rights to fund public education.

    The land office, now headed by George P. Bush, a grandson and nephew of two former presidents, owns 13 million acres of land and mineral rights throughout Texas, including in Denton. It has joined an industry group seeking an injunction to stop the fracking ban from taking effect.

    Bush is the managing partner of a fund that invests in oil and gas, and he trumpeted the economic benefits of fracking throughout his election campaign. A spokesman declined requests for an interview, deferring to the Railroad Commission.

    The industry association's attorney, Tom Phillips, told The Associated Press that Denton's ban violates a state law that says mineral resources must "be fully and effectively exploited."

    Denton's city council has pledged to defend its ban, and other cities have taken note.

    "Regulation doesn't work very well in the state of Texas because the Railroad Commission doesn't work on the public's behalf," said Dan Dowdey, an anti-fracking advocate in Alpine, a college town a few hours from two major shale formations, the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford. Dowdey and others are calling for Alpine's city commission to ban fracking - even though the closest drilling is more than 100 miles away.

    "We're familiar with what the oil and gas industry can do to an area, and it's not real pretty and it smells bad," Dowdey added.

    Residents of Presidio, a border town southwest of Alpine, want municipal leaders to protect their water source from being tainted by exploratory fracking wells in Mexico, said Pat Simms, who sits on a Presidio County water conservation board.

    Texas hired its first seismologist to investigate any link between quakes and fracking after Stokes led a group of residents from Reno and Azle to Austin to ask the Railroad Commission to halt the drilling. She said the seismologist, Craig Pearson, later told her it would be impossible to definitively link the two. Pearson did not return calls seeking comment.

    Reno resident Barbara Brown shows sinkholes on her property and faint cracks on her front steps and above the door, which she blames on fracking. Brown and her family retreated to the Azle-Reno area from Houston in 2005, but are now considering moving somewhere without drilling.

    "They're destroying our land, they're ruining our health," said Brown, 45, in a raspy voice she says is damaged by the fumes from fracking.

     

     




    0 0

    Off-duty Texas deputy accused of road rage attack

    HOUSTON (AP) - A reserve deputy constable in Texas remains jailed on allegations that he shot another motorist during an apparent road rage incident while he was off-duty.

    Harris County Constable Kenneth Caplan is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is scheduled to appear in court Monday. Online records show he remained in jail Sunday on a $200,000 bond.

    Authorities say the victim was driving Nov. 11 on a Houston freeway when a bullet grazed her head. They say their investigation led to Caplan, who was booked Wednesday.

    The Harris County District Clerk didn't list an attorney for Caplan and a home number couldn't be found.

    The Precinct 6 office where Caplan was assigned said he wasn't on duty and that measures were taken to "remove him from our status."




    0 0

    New approach with elderly addicts at nursing home

    NEW YORK (AP) - A surge in baby boomers has driven up the number of elderly people abusing drugs or alcohol, bringing more attention to the sometimes-delicate problems involved in treating addiction in the aging.

    Last summer, the Jewish Home Lifecare nursing home in the Bronx set out to address those issues. Patients 60 and older who come in for rehab after a hospital stay are also screened for addiction and offered a chance at recovery.

    Eight beds have been set aside to start, and the nursing home expects to get 480 patients a year. Associate Administrator Gregory Poole-Dayan believes it's the first nursing home to integrate addiction recovery into medical rehabilitation to reach addicts who might not otherwise seek help.

    Experts said a focus on elderly addicts is increasingly needed as the population grows. A 2009 study in the journal Addiction found that because of the large size "and high substance abuse rate" of the baby-boom generation, the number of Americans over 50 with abuse problems was expected to reach 5.7 million by 2020, double the 2006 figure.

    Clare Mannion, 64, of Fort Myers, Florida, says her fear of aging triggered her alcohol addiction.

    "For me, growing older was not a positive thing," she said. "When life became difficult for me, when it appeared that my prejudice about being a boomer or elderly became insurmountable, I turned to the quickest, easiest, legal medication I could find."

    The elderly often need powerful pain medications, which are easy to overuse. They typically have dramatic changes in their personal life, such as retirement or the death of a spouse, that can trigger abuse. Family, friends and even doctors sometimes mistake the symptoms of addiction for the symptoms of old age. And dementia can both mask and worsen the effects of drugs and alcohol.

    "If you look at the demographics of our country, the baby boomers are getting older and a lot of them were involved in drugs and alcohol back in the '60s and '70s," said James Emery, deputy director of the ElderCare program at the Odyssey House addiction recovery agency in Manhattan.

    "Even those who were not, a lot of them have been prescribed a lot of narcotics for pain they might have from a back injury or something going on with their knee and they become addicted," he said.

    The increase is a matter of demographics, Poole-Dayan said.

    "We know the boomers are coming and there are going to be more and more in the future," he said. "We also know that in this society, their children are spread all over the country, so they don't come for dinner and they don't see the vodka bottle."

    Alcoholics Anonymous has long offered special help to the elderly, holding meetings in nursing homes, offering transportation to frail members or even bringing meetings to the homebound. Odyssey House has residential and outpatient treatment for elderly addicts, Emery said. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has an addiction treatment "track" in Naples, Florida, called BoomersPlus.

    Mannion voluntarily spent seven months in BoomersPlus after a couple of DUI arrests. All the addicts were 50 or older.

    "I probably could have dismissed a 20-year-old, or a meth addict, but when you're looking at other professionals - doctors, lawyers, salesmen - it's easier to acknowledge you have this disease if they're saying they have it," she said.

    The new Jewish Lifecare program combines physical, occupational and psychological therapy with counseling. In the past, patients would have surgery and rehab, then go home with their physical problem addressed but their addiction untouched, Poole-Dayan said.

    The program, funded by a $213,000 grant from Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, is headed by Steven Wollman, a specialist in addiction and mental health. A former pain-medication addict, Wollman said Narcotics Anonymous "saved my life."

    Because of that experience, "I understand what you will do to deal with pain," he said. "I also know how important support is."

    Patients discharged from hospitals to the nursing home for medical rehab stay an average of only 23 days - and Medicaid won't pay for addiction care beyond medical care, Poole-Dayan said. So "the discharge plan is extremely important," he said.

    A recovering addict's plan could include putting a support team in place, arranging transportation to AA or having a visiting nurse keep an eye out for signs of relapse like liquor bottles in the recycling, Poole-Dayan said.

    Wollman said six of the first seven patients to go through the program are doing well and the seventh is "struggling to remain sober."

    Robyn Stone, an executive director at LeadingAge, an association of geriatric care organizations, said she hopes the Jewish Home program will turn out more staffers trained in dealing with addiction. And Poole-Dayan said he hopes the program will be copied elsewhere.

    "We shouldn't be the only ones doing this," he said.




    0 0

    Justices weigh limits of free speech over Internet

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Anthony Elonis claimed he was just kidding when he posted a series of graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent.

    But his wife didn't see it that way. Neither did a federal jury.

    Elonis, who's from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was convicted of violating a federal law that makes it a crime to threaten another person.

    In a far-reaching case that probes the limits of free speech over the Internet, the Supreme Court on Monday was to consider whether Elonis' Facebook posts, and others like it, deserve protection under the First Amendment.

    Elonis argues that his lyrics were simply a crude and spontaneous form of expression that should not be considered threatening if he did not really mean it. The government says it does not matter what Elonis intended, and that the true test of a threat is whether his words make a reasonable person feel threatened.

    One post about his wife said, "There's one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I'm not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts."

    The case has drawn widespread attention from free-speech advocates who say comments on Facebook, Twitter and other social media can be hasty, impulsive and easily misinterpreted. They point out that a message on Facebook intended for a small group could be taken out of context when viewed by a wider audience.

    "A statute that proscribes speech without regard to the speaker's intended meaning runs the risk of punishing protected First Amendment expression simply because it is crudely or zealously expressed," said a brief from the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups.

    But so far, most lower courts have rejected that view, ruling that a "true threat" depends on how an objective person perceives the message.

    For more than four decades, the Supreme Court has said that "true threats" to harm another person are not protected speech under the First Amendment. But the court has been careful to distinguish threats from protected speech such as "political hyperbole" or "unpleasantly sharp attacks."

    Elonis claims he was depressed and that his online posts under the pseudonym "Tone Dougie" were a way to vent his frustration after his wife left him and he lost his job working at an amusement park. His lawyers say the posts were heavily influenced by rap star Eminem, who has also fantasized in songs about killing his ex-wife.

    But Elonis' wife testified that the comments made her fear for her life.

    After she obtained a protective order against him, Elonis wrote a lengthy post mocking court proceedings: "Did you know that it's illegal for me to say I want to kill my wife?"

    A female FBI agent later visited Elonis at home to ask him about the postings. Elonis took to Facebook again: "Little agent lady stood so close, took all the strength I had not to turn the bitch ghost. Pull my knife, flick my wrist and slit her throat."

    Elonis was convicted of making threats of violence and sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison. A federal appeals court rejected his claim that his comments were protected by the First Amendment.

    The Obama administration says requiring proof that a speaker intended to be threatening would undermine the law's protective purpose. In its brief to the court, the Justice Department argued that no matter what someone believes about his comments, it does not lessen the fear and anxiety they might cause for other people.

    "The First Amendment does not require that a person be permitted to inflict those harms based on an unreasonable subjective belief that his words do not mean what they say," government lawyers said.

    The National Center for Victims of Crime, which submitted a brief supporting the government, said judging threats based on the speaker's intent would make stalking crimes even more difficult to prosecute.

    "Victims of stalking are financially, emotionally and socially burdened by the crime regardless of the subjective intent of the speaker," the organization said.

    The case is Elonis v. United States, 13-983.




    0 0

    Freed Texas day care owners still want exoneration

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former day care owners who spent 21 years in prison before being freed amid questions over their convictions for child abuse involving satanic rituals are struggling to convince prosecutors that they should be fully exonerated.

    Dan and Fran Keller, who divorced in prison, were freed on bond last year when the only physical evidence against them was found to be a mistake. They had been convicted in 1992 after therapists testified that they helped three children recover memories of satanic rituals and sexual abuse at an Austin preschool the Kellers operated.

    The Kellers, who always denied the charges, want the courts to throw out their convictions. But a year after they were freed from prison, Travis County prosecutors remain unwilling to proclaim them innocent, the Austin American-Statesman reported Sunday.

    Prosecutors say to overcome a jury finding of guilt, the courts require new evidence that unquestionably establishes innocence - something like an ironclad alibi or DNA proof.

    "Our responsibility is to make sure the law is properly applied, and, under the applicable standards, we are not satisfied that they have established actual innocence under the law," Travis County Assistant District Attorney Scott Taliaferro said.

    That standard seems unfair to Fran Keller, who said there is no way to conclusively prove a negative.

    "It's so hard to prove you're innocent when there was never a crime," she said.

    The Kellers had been sentenced to 48 years in prison.

    During their trial, the only physical evidence came from an emergency room doctor who testified that internal lacerations on one child were evidence of abuse. But in court documents filed in 2013, Dr. Michael Mouw says what he thought were lacerations were actually normal physiology.

    That prompted prosecutors in Travis County, which includes Austin, to agree that the case's evidence was faulty and release the two on bond.

    The Kellers' claim of innocence will be decided by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, where a core of conservative judges typically takes a skeptical view toward overturning jury verdicts. The court will be guided by the recommendations of Senior District Judge Wilford Flowers, who presided over the Kellers' 1992 trial and their recent appeals - and who has already twice ruled that they had failed to prove their innocence.




    0 0

    Husband Dies, Wife in Serious Condition after Motorcycle Crash

    Vernon Parish - Last night, a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle killed a man from Leesville, LA and seriously injured his wife, after their motorcycle collided with a deer.

    Troopers responded to the crash around 9:30 p.m., which occurred on LA Hwy 28 West near Walnut Hill Road. The crash involved a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Gordon L. Bolton (W/M 53 yrs). The Harley was westbound on LA Hwy 28 West, in the left lane, when a deer entered the lane from the median. This action resulted in the motorcycle colliding with the deer, ejecting Bolton and his passenger.

    Bolton was transported to Byrd Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His passenger, identified as Monika Bolton (W/F 57 yrs), received serious injuries and was transported to Rapides Regional Trauma Center. Both were wearing helmets.

    Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.

     




    0 0

    Reports: Body found amid search for Ohio St player

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Media outlets are reporting a body has been found near Ohio State while police are providing no updates on the search for a football player missing since Wednesday.

    WBNS-TV, WCMH-TV and The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that police confirm a body has been found. But both police and Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer say they have no updates on the search for defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge.

    A police report says Karageorge's mother told authorities he has had concussions and spells of confusion. She said he texted a message Wednesday citing the concussions and saying he was sorry if he was "an embarrassment."

    The Buckeyes defeated Michigan on Saturday, 42-28. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett said afterward that Karageorge missed practices and that teammates started getting nervous Thursday.

     

     




    0 0

    Florida woman found dead with arrows in head

    MARY ESTHER, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man told police he shot his mother with a gun and a bow-and-arrow and then stabbed her Sunday because he claimed she "stole his diamonds and also gave his father cancer," authorities said.

    The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office received a call at 2:48 a.m. Sunday reporting a man knocking over Christmas decorations and yelling at another person. When deputies arrived, they found 65-year-old Gloria Watkins slumped forward in a chair with arrows protruding from her head.

    Her son, Michael Watkins, 42, admitted to the killing, according to an arrest report.

    "You see that, that's death," Watkins said as he pointed to his mother, according to the report.

    Watkins claimed his mother "stole his diamonds and also gave his father cancer" and that "he had to kill her because she was trying to kill him," the report said. The report did not say why or how she was trying to kill him.

    Watkins was charged with murder and resisting arrest without violence. The sheriff's office said Watkins ignored repeated commands to get on the ground. After eventually complying, he stood up and retrieved a large knife from a sheath on his belt, authorities said.

    Deputies used stun guns on Watkins twice.

    An autopsy was to be conducted on the victim. It's not clear if Watkins has an attorney. Officials with the jail and the sheriff's office could not be reached.




    0 0

    Warm & a Few Showers for Monday

    The first few days of November saw temperatures barely make it into the 60s, with lows well below normal. 

    Fast forward a month, and after a roller coaster November, temperatures will be in the upper 70s to usher in the start of December. 

    The average high temperature this time of year is 68 and we will be close to ten degrees warmer then what we are used to seeing. 

    Over the weekend we saw the winds shift and start making their way out of the south, this accomplished two things. 

    The first being an increase in moisture in the atmosphere which explains why it has felt so muggy, and has also warmed us up considerably. 

    Difference in temperature from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon was almost 20 degrees and it looks like this warming trend will continue. 

    Temperatures will remain in the 70s with the coolest temperatures arriving Tuesday night with lows down in the lower 50s. 

    The moisture that has been put in place during the weekend will be responsible for a few scattered showers late in the day on Monday and perhaps a few lingering into Tuesday morning. 

    It will be hard to rule out rain chances completely through the week, so will keep isolated chances in the forecast. 




    0 0

    Could former Ravens RB Ray Rice be a New Orleans Saint?

    The former Ravens running back, Ray Rice, won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL.

    AP reports former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones felt the NFL's commissioner Roger Goodell's decision was too harsh, calling it "abuse of discretion." Judge Jones granted "the suspension vacated immediately," allowing Rice to sign with any team that offers him a spot on their roster.

    ABC news reports four teams have expressed interest, one of which being the New Orleans Saints.

    After today's 3 point win against the Steelers, New Orleans' head coach Sean Payton addressed the rumors at a press conference.

    The New Orleans Advocate sports reporter @RVargasAdvocate tweeted Payton's response at the press conference.

     

    More at The Advocate Black&Gold Blog




    0 0

    Expect delays throughout the evening I-10 West

    I-10 westbound traffic to Lafayette is moving slowly due to a high volume of travelers.

    If you are in an accident or are having car trouble please get out of the travel lanes.

    LSP is montoring traffic so they can respond to traffic incidents and emergencies quickly.

     




    0 0

    La, Miss investigate body found near Slidell

    SLIDELL, La. (AP) - The St. Tammany parish sheriff's office says a man's body has been found near Slidell, and detectives are working with Mississippi authorities to find a person of interest.

    Sheriff's spokesman George Bonnett says in a news release that the body was found about 4 a.m. Sunday in a wooded area near Ben Thomas Road.

    He says the man is believed to be in his 20s, and the coroner's is expected to confirm identification.

    Bonnett says that because the investigation is continuing, no further information will be released until Monday.

    He did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press asking whether the man is believed to be from Louisiana or Mississippi.

     

     




    0 0

    Woman, 85, in critical condition after dog attack

    POLLOCK, La. (AP) - KALB-TV reports that an 85-year-old woman remains in critical condition after being attacked by stray dogs.

    Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain tells the station deputies have caught 14 stray dogs for testing since Bobbie Cheveallier was attacked while taking out trash at her home near Pollock.

    Her son Randy Cheveallier tells The Town Talk that his mother's legs had to be amputated above the knees.

    He says nobody saw the attack.

    Cheveallier says a neighbor's boyfriend saw three dogs in his mother's yard Wednesday afternoon, went over to see what was going on, and found her on the ground, unconscious. He says the neighbor called 911, and both stayed with his mother until an ambulance arrived.

     

     




    0 0

    Baton Rouge Green: harvest citrus bounty for needy

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge nonprofit hopes to harvest citrus for food banks.

    Baton Rouge Green spokeswoman Amy Loe tells The Advocate that even relatively small trees are heavy with fruit. She knows this firsthand: she's been giving away lots of lemons from her tree.

    The group is asking tree owners in and around Baton Rouge to donate extra citrus. It's also looking for volunteers to harvest the fruit on Dec. 13.

    The group has never done this before, so it's starting small.

    However, says Lee, if someone farther afield has a significant number of trees, volunteers may be able to go there, too.

    Baton Rouge Green is dedicated to improving and conserving the urban forest in the 11-parish Baton Rouge area.

    ___

    Online:

    http://www.batonrougegreen.com/

    https://sites.google.com/site/citycitrus/food-bank-harvest




    0 0

    Houma police may sell guns, buy new ones

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis hopes to get most of the money he needs to buy new guns for the department by selling the old ones.

    He tells The Courier that the current .40-caliber Glock 22 pistols are about 15 years old, and a few have been breaking.

    He's getting quotes from law enforcement distributors. He hopes to get $250 to $300 per gun, paying about $400 each for new Glocks.

    Duplantis says officers interested in keeping their pistols may buy them from the distributor before they go on sale to the public, but would have to use the new weapons on duty.




    0 0

    Man drops pants, then allegedly bites officer

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office says a Monroe man remains jailed after allegedly walking in a highway with his pants around his knees, then biting a deputy.

    The News-Star reports that 25-year-old Megail Nelson also allegedly grabbed the deputy's testicles as officers carried him to a patrol car early Wednesday.

    Authorities say Nelson allegedly dropped his pants in a Waffle House parking lot about 1:40 a.m. and was walking in U.S. 165 when police arrived.

    A news release says Nelson wouldn't walk, and four officers carried him to a squad car.

    He was booked with disturbing the peace, obstructing a public passage, resisting an officer and two counts of battery on a police officer.

    His bond is set at $11,500.

    It was not clear whether he has an attorney.




    0 0
  • 11/30/14--19:12: Saints Defeat Steelers
  • Saints Defeat Steelers

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - The standings say the New Orleans Saints are in first place. For once, it looked that way on the field too.

    Drew Brees peppered the end zone with footballs. The defense harassed Ben Roethlisberger into costly mistakes. Head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan exchanged words on the sideline.

    Just another day at work for the volatile NFC South leaders, even Sunday's 35-32 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers upped New Orleans' record to a mediocre 5-7.

    "It's not time to reflect," Brees said. "We're full steam ahead. We have four regular season games here that are going to determine our season."

    Judging by its best four quarters in a month, New Orleans finally appears ready make a move. Six days and 1,100 miles removed from an ugly home loss to Baltimore, the Saints appeared reborn. Brees threw five touchdowns for the ninth time in his career. Kenny Stills caught five passes for a career-high 162 yards and a score as New Orleans ended a three-game losing streak by restoring a little bit of respectability to the worst division in the league.

    The Steelers (7-5) kept New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham in check with no catches, but it hardly mattered. Brees worked Pittsburgh's secondary over anyway. Ben Watson, Marques Colston, Erik Lorig and Nick Toon hauled in touchdowns as New Orleans romped.

    "The ball just happened to go other places today," Brees said. "There were great matchups and we were able to make big plays in the passing game, so it was just one of those crazy games where for whatever reason, he didn't get a catch."

    Watson, Lorig and Toon hadn't been in the end zone all season. It changed during a 25-minute stretch in which the Saints turned a 6-0 deficit into a 35-16 lead. Signs of life from one of the NFL's most embattled defenses helped. The Saints picked off Roethlisberger twice and Brees converted both miscues into scores.

    It hardly mattered that Payton and Ryan had a heated exchange in the third quarter when New Orleans was forced to call time-out because the defense had 12 players on the field. Consider it the cost of doing business.

    "That's just me being fired up," Payton said.

    There was plenty to get excited about on a day the Saints controlled nearly from start to finish as they ended a three-game losing streak. A couple of cosmetic touchdowns by the Steelers in the final 3 minutes made the score much closer than the reality.

    "As long as I've been here, we never lost three games in a row, especially at home, so this was a big win today," linebacker Junior Galette said. "We entered this game professionally and went out there and did the job."

    Ben Roethlisberger passed for 435 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions for the Steelers. Le'Veon Bell caught eight passes for a career-high 159 yards and also added 95 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but Pittsburgh was never really in it over the final three quarters.

    Pittsburgh opted to focus on Graham, often double-covering one of the NFL's biggest weapons. No biggie. Brees completed 19 of 27 passes to nine different receivers Mark Ingram ran for 122 yards as the Saints effectively counterpunched with touchdowns while the Steelers piled up field goals.

    "Offensively, defensive and on special teams, we can play with the best teams in the league," Ingram said. "As long as we don't hurt ourselves, we can win football games."

    The passes that Roethlisberger zipped so crisply to open receivers during while throwing for an NFL-record 12 touchdown passes in his last two home starts sailed high and out of reach and occasionally into the arms of New Orleans defenders. Roethlisberger's problems started early and were exacerbated when he smacked his right hand off the helmet of Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton late in the first quarter.

    New Orleans defensive end Cameron Jordan tipped a pass by Roethlisberger early in the third quarter and caught it for his first career interception to give the Saints the ball at the Pittsburgh 15. It took Brees two plays to hit Toon for an 11-yard score to make it 21-6. The Steelers responded with a 13-play, 83-yard drive that ended with Bell sprinting around left end for his third score of the year.

    Pittsburgh's momentum lasted 2:31, or the time it took New Orleans to go 89 yards. Stills covered the last 69 all by himself, badly beating Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor on a double move. He raced across the goal line to make it 28-16 and Brees completed his best day of the season with a 3-yard lob to Colston.

    NOTES: Steelers DE Brett Keisel left in the third quarter with a triceps injury and did not return. ... Graham was also held without a catch in a Week 7 loss to Detroit. ... Pittsburgh fell to 6-2 after its bye week under coach Mike Tomlin. ... The Saints host Carolina next Sunday while the Steelers travel to Cincinnati.




    0 0
  • 11/30/14--19:12: Saints Defeat Steelers
  • Saints Defeat Steelers

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - The standings say the New Orleans Saints are in first place. For once, it looked that way on the field too.

    Drew Brees peppered the end zone with footballs. The defense harassed Ben Roethlisberger into costly mistakes. Head coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan exchanged words on the sideline.

    Just another day at work for the volatile NFC South leaders, even Sunday's 35-32 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers upped New Orleans' record to a mediocre 5-7.

    "It's not time to reflect," Brees said. "We're full steam ahead. We have four regular season games here that are going to determine our season."

    Judging by its best four quarters in a month, New Orleans finally appears ready make a move. Six days and 1,100 miles removed from an ugly home loss to Baltimore, the Saints appeared reborn. Brees threw five touchdowns for the ninth time in his career. Kenny Stills caught five passes for a career-high 162 yards and a score as New Orleans ended a three-game losing streak by restoring a little bit of respectability to the worst division in the league.

    The Steelers (7-5) kept New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham in check with no catches, but it hardly mattered. Brees worked Pittsburgh's secondary over anyway. Ben Watson, Marques Colston, Erik Lorig and Nick Toon hauled in touchdowns as New Orleans romped.

    "The ball just happened to go other places today," Brees said. "There were great matchups and we were able to make big plays in the passing game, so it was just one of those crazy games where for whatever reason, he didn't get a catch."

    Watson, Lorig and Toon hadn't been in the end zone all season. It changed during a 25-minute stretch in which the Saints turned a 6-0 deficit into a 35-16 lead. Signs of life from one of the NFL's most embattled defenses helped. The Saints picked off Roethlisberger twice and Brees converted both miscues into scores.

    It hardly mattered that Payton and Ryan had a heated exchange in the third quarter when New Orleans was forced to call time-out because the defense had 12 players on the field. Consider it the cost of doing business.

    "That's just me being fired up," Payton said.

    There was plenty to get excited about on a day the Saints controlled nearly from start to finish as they ended a three-game losing streak. A couple of cosmetic touchdowns by the Steelers in the final 3 minutes made the score much closer than the reality.

    "As long as I've been here, we never lost three games in a row, especially at home, so this was a big win today," linebacker Junior Galette said. "We entered this game professionally and went out there and did the job."

    Ben Roethlisberger passed for 435 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions for the Steelers. Le'Veon Bell caught eight passes for a career-high 159 yards and also added 95 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but Pittsburgh was never really in it over the final three quarters.

    Pittsburgh opted to focus on Graham, often double-covering one of the NFL's biggest weapons. No biggie. Brees completed 19 of 27 passes to nine different receivers Mark Ingram ran for 122 yards as the Saints effectively counterpunched with touchdowns while the Steelers piled up field goals.

    "Offensively, defensive and on special teams, we can play with the best teams in the league," Ingram said. "As long as we don't hurt ourselves, we can win football games."

    The passes that Roethlisberger zipped so crisply to open receivers during while throwing for an NFL-record 12 touchdown passes in his last two home starts sailed high and out of reach and occasionally into the arms of New Orleans defenders. Roethlisberger's problems started early and were exacerbated when he smacked his right hand off the helmet of Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton late in the first quarter.

    New Orleans defensive end Cameron Jordan tipped a pass by Roethlisberger early in the third quarter and caught it for his first career interception to give the Saints the ball at the Pittsburgh 15. It took Brees two plays to hit Toon for an 11-yard score to make it 21-6. The Steelers responded with a 13-play, 83-yard drive that ended with Bell sprinting around left end for his third score of the year.

    Pittsburgh's momentum lasted 2:31, or the time it took New Orleans to go 89 yards. Stills covered the last 69 all by himself, badly beating Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor on a double move. He raced across the goal line to make it 28-16 and Brees completed his best day of the season with a 3-yard lob to Colston.

    NOTES: Steelers DE Brett Keisel left in the third quarter with a triceps injury and did not return. ... Graham was also held without a catch in a Week 7 loss to Detroit. ... Pittsburgh fell to 6-2 after its bye week under coach Mike Tomlin. ... The Saints host Carolina next Sunday while the Steelers travel to Cincinnati.




    0 0

    Husband person of interest in wife's stabbing

    A Marksville woman was found stabbed to death early Sunday evening.

    Deputies with the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Office say 46-year-old Laura J. Williams was found dead in her home around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

    When investigators arrived at her home, located in the 400 block of Starlight Baptist Church Rd. north of Marksville, preliminary reports say Williams was the victim of an apparent stabbing.

    Deputies have reason to believe they have a person of interest in the Homicide of Laura Williams, her husband, 48-year-old Dennis Williams.

    Dennis Williams is described as a black male, 6'1", 220 lbs, and was last seen wearing a blue button down shirt and blue jeans.

    Anyone knowing the whereabouts or coming into contact with Dennis Williams is urged to call the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office at 318-253-4000 or their local Police Department immediately.