Tag Archive: Louisiana


Dog shot and killed by Sulphur police officer
Family photo via Huffington Post


April 30, 2014

According to Tuesday’s KPLC 7 News, a Sulphur, La., police officer fatally shot a 14-month-old dog on Monday morning after being called out to investigate a call about two suspicious men who were trespassing.

Though the police officer has stated that the dog bit him, a witness to the traumatic scene has a different version of what took place at the parking lot of the Southwest Daily News. The young dog, named “Arzy Kensington,” had been tied to a fence near a box truck which Brandon Carpenter, 28, and Logan Laliberte, 21, had taken shelter in when it started to rain.

According to Eric Midkiff, circulation manager at the Southwest Daily News, the officer who had been called out to the scene to investigate a possible trespassing, interacted briefly with the dog before firing the fatal shot. Midkiff described what he saw to the Huffington Post:

The dog was rubbing up against the cop,

He would rub the dog’s back and then push him away. All of a sudden, he just jumped down and shot the dog in the head.”

He added:

That dog did not bite that officer,”

“The dog was wagging his tail, his tongue was hanging out.”

Read More Here

Enhanced by Zemanta

rainbeaudais . rainbeaudais .

Published on Feb 25, 2014

Note: This bubble site is NOT 5 miles away from the sinkhole or Bayou Corne as is being falsely reported on other sites, but approx 3/4 mile. Google Earth Gator Gold Casino in Belle Rose, La. for full view.

Also, please read Assumption Parish updates after video footage.

Ongoing updates on the Facebook page:




Residents who remain near Bayou Corne sinkhole say they’re losing faith

Posted: Feb 27, 2014 5:13 PM CST Updated: Feb 27, 2014 5:13 PM CST



The people of Bayou Corne can’t seem to catch a break. Just when they thought activity around the 27 acre sinkhole had gone quiet, bubbles started popping up closer to their homes.

People who live there say they are losing faith.

“There’s probably less than 20 percent who are here,” John Boudreaux, Director for the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, said. “Most of the residents have moved out.”

There are still signs of life on Bayou Corne, but the backdrop to this small community has changed drastically. Well-landscaped yards are covered by overgrown-grass and neglected shrubs. The water along this popular sportsman’s paradise sits still.

Dead tumbleweed now marks the entrance of Herman Charlet’s house. He’s all but given up.


Read More Here



New bubbling site found near giant sinkhole

Posted: Feb 25, 2014 3:38 AM CST Updated: Feb 25, 2014 7:00 AM CST

Source: Assumption Parish OEP Source: Assumption Parish OEP
GRAND BAYOU, LA (WAFB) – Officials said a new bubbling site has been discovered near the massive sinkhole in south Louisiana.

According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, bubbles were spotted on Grand Bayou, which runs along LA 69 in Assumption Parish.

Officials said the new bubbling site is “about a quarter-mile north of the Gator Corner.”

Texas Brine officials said they are working with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to investigate the cause of the bubbles and develop a path moving forward.

Click here to watch sinkhole videos

History of the Sinkhole

The sinkhole opened up in August 2012 and was roughly 1/24 of the size it is now. The sinkhole formed when an underground salt cavern collapsed.

Read More Here


The Assumption Parish, LA sinkhole continues to grow. The ground opened up on August 3, 2012 and residents were evacuated from their homes. Click here to see the photos from August 2012 until now.More >>


Scientists: New Bubbles at Louisiana Sinkhole Site Could Signal Blast Risk

February 27, 2014

Authorities say state and parish agencies are testing to see whether newly discovered gas bubbles northeast of the Bayou Corne, La.-area sinkhole are tied to the swampland hole.

The Advocate reports the state Office of Conservation and contractor CB&I have taken samples of the gas bubbles to determine their source, though officials acknowledge the bubbles likely are connected to the sinkhole.

The new bubble site in Grand Bayou is about one-third of a mile north of La. 70 and La. 69, parish officials said. Most bubble sites tied to the sinkhole have been discovered in the Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou waterways and elsewhere farther to the west and south.

Previous sinkhole-related testing below Grand Bayou shows a 1- to 2-foot-thick gas layer exists in shallow sands under the new bubble site, said Patrick Courreges, spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources.


Read More Here


Related stories:



Enhanced by Zemanta


By Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press

Posted:   02/23/2014 09:37:30 PM MST


In this aerial photo, river traffic is halted along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Vacherie, La., due to a barge leaking oil in St. James

In this aerial photo, river traffic is halted along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Vacherie, La., due to a barge leaking oil in St. James Parish, La., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, was closed to all water traffic Sunday as crews cleaned up oil that spilled from a barge after it ran into a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Coast Guard said.

Officials don’t know how much oil spilled, but only a sheen was reported on the river following the collision, which happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie, 47 miles west of New Orleans by land, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough.

No one was hurt and all barges were secured, Colclough said. The cause of the collision was under investigation.

By late Sunday afternoon, 16 vessels were waiting to go downriver and 10 vessels were waiting in an upriver queue, Colclough said. He could not estimate when the river would reopen but said it was likely to remain closed overnight.


Read More Here


Enhanced by Zemanta

By Reuters


Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana trying to obtain coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform are in danger of being thrown out of the insurance plan they selected in a dispute over federal subsidies and the interpretation of federal rules about preventing Obamacare fraud.

Some healthcare advocates see discrimination in the move, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana says it is not trying to keep people with HIV/AIDS from enrolling in one of its policies under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.


The state’s largest carrier is rejecting checks from a federal program designed to help these patients pay for AIDS drugs and insurance premiums, and has begun notifying customers that their enrollment in its Obamacare plans will be discontinued.


Blocked: Hundreds of HIV/AIDS patients are in danger of being thrown out of the insurance plan they selected in a dispute over federal subsidies and the interpretation of federal rules about preventing Obamacare fraud

Blocked: Hundreds of HIV/AIDS patients are in danger of being thrown out of the insurance plan they selected in a dispute over federal subsidies and the interpretation of federal rules about preventing Obamacare fraud

The carrier says it no longer will accept third-party payments, such as those under the 1990 Ryan White Act, which many people with HIV/AIDS use to pay their premiums.

‘In no event will coverage be provided to any subscribers, as of March 1, 2014, unless the premiums are paid by the subscriber (or a relative) unless otherwise required by law,’ Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana spokesman John Maginnis told Reuters.


The dispute goes back to a series of statements from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the lead Obamacare agency.


In September, CMS informed insurers that Ryan White funds ‘may be used to cover the cost of private health insurance premiums, deductibles, and co-payments’ for Obamacare plans.


In November, however, it warned ‘hospitals, other healthcare providers, and other commercial entities’ that it has ‘significant concerns’ about their supporting premium payments and helping Obamacare consumers pay deductibles and other costs, citing the risk of fraud.


The insurers told healthcare advocates that the November guidance requires them to reject payments from the Ryan White program in order to combat fraud, said Robert Greenwald, managing director of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, a position Louisiana Blue still maintains.

Sick: Hundreds of indigent HIV/AIDS patients are dependent on Ryan White payments for Obamacare because they are not eligible for Medicaid and Obamacare federal subsidies don't kick in until people are at 100 per cent of the federal poverty level

Sick: Hundreds of indigent HIV/AIDS patients are dependent on Ryan White payments for Obamacare because they are not eligible for Medicaid and Obamacare federal subsidies don’t kick in until people are at 100 per cent of the federal poverty level


‘As an anti-fraud measure, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has implemented a policy, across our individual health insurance market, of not accepting premium payments from any third parties who are not related’ to the subscriber, Maginnis said.


On Friday, CMS spokeswoman Tasha Bradley told Reuters that, to the contrary, Ryan White grantees ‘may use funds to pay for premiums on behalf of eligible enrollees in Marketplace plans, when it is cost-effective for the Ryan White program,’ meaning that having people with HIV/AIDS enroll in insurance under Obamacare could save the government money.


‘The third-party payer guidance CMS released (in November) does not apply to’ Ryan White programs.


Maginnis did not respond to further requests, sent after business hours, for comment on CMS’s Friday statement.


Hundreds of indigent HIV/AIDS patients are dependent on Ryan White payments for Obamacare because they fall into a gap.

They are not eligible for Medicaid, the joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor, because Louisiana did not expand the low-income program, and Obamacare federal subsidies don’t kick in until people are at 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

Read More Here

Enhanced by Zemanta

MSN News

Baton Rouge’s Rich Want New Town to Keep Poor Pupils Out: Taxes

February 6, 2014 12:00 AM ET

By Margaret Newkirk

Saying they want local control, they’re trying to leave the 42,000-pupil public-education system. They envision their own district funded by property taxes from their higher-value homes, which would take money from schools in poorer parts of state-capital Baton Rouge, home of Louisiana State University. They even want their own city.

Similar efforts have surfaced in the past two years in Georgia, Alabama, Texas and Tennessee, some of them succeeding as the end of court-ordered desegregation removed legal barriers. The result may be a concentration of poverty and low achievement. A 2012 report by ACT, the Iowa-based testing organization, found only 10 percent of low-income students met college benchmarks in all subjects, less than half the average.

“It’s going to devastate us,” said Tania Nyman, 45, who has two elementary-age children in the Baton Rouge system. “They’re not only going to take the richer white kids out of the district, they are going to take their money out of it.”

U.S. educational funding varies by state, often relying heavily on local taxes. The South, once notorious for segregated schools, by 2011 had the nation’s second-narrowest funding disparity among districts, according to a study by the Federal Education Budget Project, a Washington-based research organization that is an offshoot of the nonpartisan New America Foundation.

Dropping Further

Louisiana, however, scored worst in the nation, according to the study. A December report by three LSU economics professors found that breaking up the East Baton Rouge Parish school system would depress total per-pupil spending to $8,870 from $9,635. It would rise to $11,686 in the breakaway district.

Eighty percent of the current district’s students are black, and 82 percent poor enough to qualify for free or reduced school meals. Nyman and other district boosters say a split would set a dire precedent.

“Every affluent community in the state will want to create their own little school system,” said Carnell Washington, president of the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers.“They are taking money away that would help the entire school system and the entire city.”

Opting Out

Backers of the split, whose website is called Local Schools for Local Children, say the district has been failing for at least a dozen years, with some schools performing so poorly that the state took them over. In the 2011-2012 school year, six of 10 students attended a school ranked failing or almost failing by the state and the drop-out rate was 20 percent, according to Baton Rouge Area Chamber, a business group.

“Baton Rouge is one of the best job markets around, and the middle class is moving out,” said Republican state Senator Mack “Bodi” White. “Those who stay have their kids in private schools.”

About 30 percent of children within district lines were in private schools in 2009, according to Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives.

Read More Here

Enhanced by Zemanta

NBS News

Erik S. Lesser / EPA

A woman walks past a frozen fountain in Atlanta on Friday.

The latest — but certainly not the last — brutal blast of winter weather stretched so far south Friday that even Texas and Louisiana got a taste of the pain.

Ice caused traffic accidents all over Houston, and sleet slicked rooftops outside Austin. Freezing rain was reported in Baton Rouge, and snow fell within 150 miles of the Mexican border. Fort Hood was closed to all but essential military personnel.

Alexandria, La., where it snows roughly once every five years, had an inch on the ground for only the 23rd time on record, said Jonathan Erdman, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

Elsewhere, it was bitterly cold. Still.

Read More and Watch Videos Here

Enhanced by Zemanta

Earth Watch Report  –  Hazmat

Police blocked off the intersection at the corner of Brown Ave at Mt. Diablo boulevard to investigate a suspected radioactive package Tuesday. Photo: CBS San Francisco

Police blocked off the intersection at the corner of Brown Ave at Mt. Diablo boulevard to investigate a suspected radioactive package Tuesday. Photo: CBS San Francisco
via  SFGate


HAZMAT USA State of California, Lafayette [Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Brown Avenue] Damage level Details


HAZMAT in USA on Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 at 18:33 (06:33 PM) UTC.

A package containing possibly radioactive material was found at a busy intersection in Lafayette Tuesday morning, prompting officials to advise residents to avoid the area. Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, said hazardous materials crews were headed to the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Brown Avenue, where the package was located. “We don’t know exactly what it is yet, but we want people to stay away from the area,” Lee said. Lafayette police officials said in an online posting that evacuations and road closures were taking place. Lee said he did not yet know how the package was identified or why officials believe it contains radioactive materials.


Lafayette: Radiation fears prove unfounded after discovery of stolen equipment

Posted:   12/10/2013 09:25:06 AM PST | Updated:   a day ago

LAFAYETTE — A box found in a parking lot in downtown Lafayette on Tuesday morning after being reported stolen initially sparked fears about radiation but was later determined to contain underground radar equipment, authorities said.

John Ingram, owner of Lafayette Auto Repair on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, said he noticed the bright green box covered with radiation stickers after 7 a.m. when he showed up for work. He said he kicked it a couple of times to see if anything was inside; when nothing happened, he called authorities.

That prompted a response from police, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials and the California Department of Public Health.

Two representatives from the state health department’s Radiologic Health Branch, located in Richmond, examined the box and determined the device inside was a ground-penetrating radar, a common piece of construction equipment used to detect the density of soil or concrete.

“It’s a piece of equipment that is radioactive, but (that) is safe to be around,” said Kent Prendergast, radioactive materials senior health physicist with the Health Branch. “There is no health risk looking at it or standing near it.”

Read More Here


Enhanced by Zemanta

Earth Watch Report  –  Flooding

Flooding on the Etowah River (Photo by Tim Cavender at Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.)

Flooding on the Etowah River (Photo by Tim Cavender at Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.)

07.10.2013 Flash Flood USA State of Georgia, Alpharetta Damage level

Flash Flood in USA on Monday, 07 October, 2013 at 12:19 (12:19 PM) UTC.

A flood warning remains is in effect through Monday evening for a creek in Atlanta’s northern suburbs that’s expected to rise above flood stage. The National Weather Service projects that flooding along Big Creek in Alpharetta will cause minor flooding in parts of Fulton and Forsyth counties. The creek was at 6.2 feet late Sunday night and rising. Flood stage is 7 feet. At that level, woodlands and fields along the waterway typically begin to flood from Cumming in Forsyth County to Alpharetta and Roswell in Fulton County. Forecasters expect the creek to reach nearly 7.1 feet by late Monday afternoon.

Flash flood watch, warnings for north Georgia areas


Posted: Aug 07, 2013 5:03 AM CST Updated: Aug 07, 2013 10:34 PM CST


A Flash Flood Watch is in effort for portions of the FOX 5 Atlanta viewing area until 8:15 a.m. Thursday. This is includes the cities of Marietta, Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Athens, Carrollton, Douglasville, East Point, Decatur, Conyers, Covington, Newnan, Peachtree City and Griffin.

A flood warning is in effect Banks, Cherokee,  Forsyth, Fulton, Gilmer and Pickens counties.

A flood watch is in effect for most of the rest of the state through Thursday morning.


Heavy rains soaked these areas throughout Wednesday, once again prompting fears of flooding. Some areas received estimates of up to 10 inches of rain, according to FOX 5 Storm Team Chief Meteorologist Ken Cook.


Read More and Watch Video Here


Efforts to delay devastating rate increases continue



Posted on October 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Updated yesterday at 10:41 PM


Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
Email: bcapo@wwltv.com | Twitter: @billcapo

NEW ORLEANS — Even as Tropical Storm Karen threatened possible flooding on Friday, a conference call was underway in the Terrebonne Parish president’s office on delaying huge flood insurance rate hikes.

“Some of us we hear could be up into the $10,000 and $20,000 range,” said Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet.

The Biggert Waters Reform Act required the flood insurance program to become financially stable, resulting in major premium increases for many property owners.

But now those leading the fight in Louisiana say they’re no longer alone.

“Believe it or not, 30 out of 50 states are now showing their, basically, support for changes in Biggert Waters,” Claudet said.

Michael Hecht of GNO, Inc. said, “When you have senators from Nevada and North Dakota testifying as to the problem this is going to create in their own state, this has gone national. It’s no longer just New Orleans or Louisiana.”

But now the focus is on finding solutions to the rate increase problem – solutions that would allow owners to be able to afford to keep their homes.

“If they play by the rules and maintain their insurance to keep their current levels,” Hecht said. “It’s critical that if they do everything right, you don’t see your insurance skyrocket 3000 percent.”

And where there is flooding, a potential solution would keep rate hikes manageable by tying them into the value of the property.

“It could be that after you flood, your rates then go up 1 percent of your value, then if you flood a second time, it could go up 2 percent,” Hecht said.

“I think that the way it’s proceeding, I think we’re definitely going to be able to make some changes,” Claudet said.

Hecht said accurate maps showing steps taken to reduce flooding, including levees, are critical to reducing the flood insurance rate hikes.


Read More  and  Watch Video Here

New basin opens as flooding overwhelms Louisville system


Posted: Oct 07, 2013 11:13 PM CST Updated: Oct 07, 2013 11:26 PM CST

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville’s stormwater system was powerless against this weekend’s storm despite hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements, Metro Sewer District administrators said.

Metro administrators have completed about half of the $850 million in planned improvements to the system and have added capacity. Twelve retention basins have been collecting floodwaters for the past several years.

Record-setting rainfall totals of nearly six inches in parts of Jefferson County this weekend overwhelmed the system – but flooding could’ve been worse if new retention basins hadn’t been built, Bingham said.

“We’ve done a lot of work, we’ve added about a billion gallons of storage to the system, but there’s always going to be a storm that’s bigger than what we designed for,” said Brian Bingham, the sewer district’s regulatory services director.

It’s a misconception that the city’s pumping stations should’ve been activated this weekend, Bingham said. They’re designed to be used if water levels are high both on the Ohio River and inland creeks. Gates would keep the Ohio from spilling inland and the pumps could still move water into the river.

But the Ohio River was low this weekend, allowing inland creeks and streams to move the water into the river as they normally would, Bingham said.

“Those (pumps) do not move the water out as efficiently as the gravity system does naturally,” he said.


Read More  and  Watch Video Here



Enhanced by Zemanta

Sep. 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM ET

Video: According to the Centers for Disease Control, this is the first time the deadly parasite has ever been discovered in a treated water supply system. It could take weeks before the system is completely clear. NBC’s Katy Tur reports.

School officials in an area near New Orleans have shut off water fountains and stocked up on hand sanitizer this week after a brain-eating amoeba killed a 4-year-old boy and was found thriving in the local tap water system.

Water officials say they are “shocking” the St. Bernard Parish system with chlorine to try to kill off the parasite and get the water back up to a safe standard. And while health experts say the water is perfectly safe to drink, some school officials are taking no chances. They’ve shut off water fountains until they are certain.

Dr. Raoult Ratard, the Louisiana state epidemiologist, says the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 may ultimately be to blame. Low-lying St. Bernard Parish — where the boy Drake Smith Jr. from Mississippi was infected while playing on a Slip ‘N Slide in a backyard in the Parish — was badly hit by the flooding that Katrina caused.

“After Katrina, it almost completely depopulated,” Ratard told NBC News. “You have a lot of vacant lots and a lot of parts of the system where water is sitting there under the sun and not circulating.”

That, says Ratard, provided a perfect opportunity for the amoeba to multiply. Without enough chlorine to kill them, they can spread.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that it had found Naegleria fowleri in St. Bernard’s water supply – the first time it’s ever been found in treated U.S. tap water. The amoeba likes hot water and thrives in hot springs, warm lakes and rivers.

4-year-old boy Drake Smith Jr died after a rare but deadly amoeba infected him while he was playing on a back yard Slid 'N Slide in Louisiana.

NBC News
4-year-old boy Drake Smith Jr died after a rare but deadly amoeba infected him while he was playing on a back yard Slid ‘N Slide in Louisiana.

Very, very rarely it can get up a person’s nose. If it gets in far enough – driven in, perhaps, when a child dives into a pond – it can attach itself to the olfactory nerve, which takes it into the brain. The multiplying amoebas eat blood cells and nerve cells and cause encephalitis. Only three out of the 130 people known to have been affected in the United States have ever survived, including a 12-year-old Arkansas girl, Kali Hardig, who is still recovering.

Chlorine kills it, but evidently some of the part of St. Bernard’s water system farthest away from the water treatment plan ran low on the chemical. CDC’s top water safety expert, Dr. Michael Beach, says that’s why it is important for officials to constantly monitor chlorine levels and make sure they are effective right to the end of the line of any water system.

Doris Voitier, superintendent of St. Bernard Parish Public School District, says the district shut down a second grade swim program briefly out of an abundance of caution to ensure that chlorine levels were sufficient. “The swim team is back in the pool. The swim program will be reinstituted within the next few days – hopefully by week’s end,” she told NBC News.

Read More Here


Slabs of houses that were demolished in St. Bernard parish.

Traces of a brain-eating amoeba have been found in New Orleans’ St. Bernard Parish’s water supply.

Photograph by Tyrone Turner, National Geographic

Ker Than

National Geographic

Published September 20, 2013

The deadly brain-eating amoeba that recently killed a four-year-old Louisiana boy may be linked to unsafe water conditions created by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, experts say.

The boy, Drake Smith Jr., died from a rare but deadly swelling of the brain caused by Naegleria fowleri, a species of single-celled organism known as an amoeba. (Related: “What We Do—and Don’t—Know About Brain-Eating Amoebas.”)

The child was playing on a backyard Slip ‘n Slide in St. Bernard Parish, near New Orleans, and was apparently infected by amoebae present in the water in early August. About two days later, he was dead.

For N. fowleri to gain access to the brain, it must go up a person’s nose and climb the olfactory nerve. Simply drinking water that contains the amoeba is not enough to cause an infection, said Raoult Ratard, Louisiana’s state epidemiologist.

“[The boy] spent all day on the slide,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if some water went up his nose.”

N. fowleri is commonly found in lakes and other freshwater systems, but is usually not considered a danger to swimming pools or municipal water systems because they are typically treated with chlorine or other types of disinfectants that kill the amoeba.

Read More Here


Enhanced by Zemanta

LeakSourceNews LeakSourceNews

Published on Sep 15, 2013


GRAY, LA (WGNO) — A student at H. L. Bourgeois High School accused of using a mobile phone app to simulate shooting his classmates was booked and jailed in Terrebonne Parish.

The app is called “The Real Strike” and simulates a first person shooter game, except the battleground is real life.

Wolfe office says a 15-year-old was arrested after posting a video on YouTube using the Real Strike app to shoot other kids at school, “He said it was a result of him being frustrated and tired of being bullied. He said that he had no intentions of hurting anybody. We have to take all threats seriously and we have no way of knowing that without investigating and getting to the bottom of it.”

He says the student was arrested for terrorizing and interference of the operation of a school.

Parents told investigators their son does not have access to any fire arms.

The YouTube video was taken down.


Enhanced by Zemanta