Jury to deliberate for 2nd day in Katrina shooting
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury will return for a second day of deliberations in the retrial of a former New Orleans police officer charged with fatally shooting a man outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
Jurors deliberated for six hours Tuesday before adjourning until Wednesday morning. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk said they informed him that they hadn't "moved forward" in their last two hours of deliberations.
David Warren testified Monday that he shot 31-year-old Henry Glover because he thought he saw a gun in his hand, but prosecutors said Glover wasn't armed and didn't pose a threat.
Warren was convicted of manslaughter in 2010, but an appeals court ordered a new trial. The court ruled Warren should have been tried separately from other officers charged in an alleged cover-up.
Pineville council passes alcohol ordinance
PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - Alcoholic beverages could be landing on restaurant tables in Pineville within a few weeks.
The Town Talk reports the official ordinance relaxing the prohibition on alcohol sales in the city was passed unanimously by the city council Tuesday.
Officials say Jan. 2 is the target date to start issuing permits.
Voters in Pineville overwhelmingly passed a measure on Oct. 19 to allow restaurants to serve alcohol. The "restaurant only" option passed with more than 78 percent of the vote.
The issue was taken to voters after decades of going unchallenged largely at the behest of multiple developers. Supporters believe it will spur economic development - specifically that national brand restaurants will locate in Pineville, opening up other opportunities.
Beauregard employees to receive bump in pay
DERIDDER, La. (AP) - Just in time for Christmas, Beauregard Parish employees will get a little extra in their paychecks.
The police jury voted Tuesday to increase its workers' wages by 3 percent across the board.
Police Juror Brad Harris tells the American Press the pay raise will take effect immediately.
Juror Teddy Welsh said it has been two to three years since parish workers received a cost-of-living adjustment in their pay.
Police officer arrested for aggravated rape
LAKE ARTHUR, La. (AP) - A Lake Arthur police officer has been booked on charges of aggravated rape and molestation of a juvenile.
Trooper Stephen Hammons say state police began investigating 37-year-old Damon Broussard, of Egan, last month after he was accused of engaging in sexual activity with two children younger than 15.
Hammons tells the American Press investigators later learned that Broussard also allegedly had sex with a child under the age of 15 several years ago and allegedly had sex with a child under the age of 13.
It was unclear whether Broussard has an attorney.
Court orders new sentencing in prize money scam
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered the resentencing of two men convicted in Mississippi in a multistate telemarketing scam in which victims were told they won cash prizes but had to pay taxes and fees to the scammers to claim the money.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Monday that incorrect sentencing guidelines were used for Kevin Coe and Jarvis Jones.
Both men were sentenced in 2011 to more than seven years in prison.
The appeals panel said the U.S. District Court judge in Aberdeen, Miss., realized the error and tried to correct it, but didn't do so within the required 14-day period.
The appeals court ordered that the men be resentenced, permitting the district judge to correct the procedural error.
Bollinger delivers cutter to Coast Guard
LOCKPORT, La. (AP) - Lockport-based Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the Charles Sexton fast-response cutter to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The 154-foot patrol craft, named in honor of a Coast Guard hero, is the eighth vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program.
The vessel has a flank speed of 28 knots, state-of-the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for its 26-foot cutter boat/
Senior Coast Guard officials have described the fast-response cutter as an operational "game changer."
The Courier reports the Coast Guard plans to commission the vessel in Key West in March.
DENHAM SPRINGS-SALE TAX
Denham Springs approves additional penny sales tax
DENHAN SPRINGS, La. (AP) - The Denham Springs City Council has approved the levy of a new 1-cent sales tax in a new economic development district to help finance retail development across the street from Bass Pro Shops, just south of Interstate 12.
The Advocate reports the new penny sales tax will bring the total sales tax charged within the city's newest economic development district to 11 cents on the dollar. The tax will take effect Jan. 1.
City Council members, sitting as the governing board for the Springs at Riverside Landing Economic Development District, agreed Tuesday night to levy the additional cent for the 355,000-square-foot retail and commercial project.
The tax is projected to back as much as $16 million in revenue bonds for parking, lighting and other infrastructure related to the development.
FOOTBALL FIELD VANDALISM
Deville man accused of vandalizing football field
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies say a Deville man is facing charges after allegedly driving from one end of the Buckeye High School football field to the other, leaving tire ruts behind and causing between $10,000 to $20,000 worth of damage.
The Town Talk reports former Buckeye student Taylor Scott Deville was arrested after an investigation that began Monday when the school resource officer discovered the damage.
The 18-year-old Deville was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on charges of criminal trespassing and criminal damage to property. He later was released on a $5,250 bond.
Two juveniles also were arrested and booked on the same charges. The juveniles were released to their parents.
It was unclear whether Deville has an attorney.
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