BOURBON STREET SHOOTING
Hearing set in Bourbon Street fatal shooting
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A magistrate judge has refused to move up a preliminary hearing for the only suspect in a deadly shooting on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
Magistrate Harry Cantrell's decision came despite arguments Friday by an attorney for 20-year-old Trung Le that Le didn't fire the first shot or the shot that killed a 21-year-old woman. Nine other people were injured in the June 29 shooting.
Cantrell says Le's hearing date remains Aug. 26.
Prosecutors must demonstrate at the preliminary hearing that they have probable cause to keep Le in jail.
Le was captured in Mississippi on July 4 and extradited to Louisiana.
He was booked with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.
1 killed, 1 hurt when motorcycle hits SUV
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - State police say a Houma man died Thursday night and a woman was injured after his motorcycle collided with an SUV on Louisiana Highway 3185 in Thibodaux.
Troopers tell The Daily Comet that 43-year-old Byron Mabry was eastbound on Louisiana Highway 185 when the SUV driven by 21-year-old Jorge Gonzales of Thibodaux tried to turn onto Kettle Lane. Mabry's motorcycle struck the SUV. He and a female passenger were thrown from the motorcycle.
Mabry was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say the woman was taken to Thibodaux Regional Hospital for treatment of severe injuries. Gonzales was not injured.
Troopers say no charges have been filed.
West Nile death reported in Caddo
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Louisiana health officials say a Caddo Parish resident has died from the West Nile virus.
The individual who died was between 60 and 74 years old. Martha Whyte, public health chief in northwest Louisiana, tells the Times she cannot provide other information, citing confidentiality rules.
The death is the first in Louisiana this year from the mosquito-borne virus. It is among four total cases in Caddo Parish in the past week. State health officials also recorded two cases of neuroinvasive West Nile disease and one case of the less serious West Nile fever. One of the more serious cases also involves a Shreveport resident.
State health officials recorded 34 cases of the more severe neuroinvasive disease in 2013, down from a high of 204 in 2002.
Ascension agrees to share in highway study cost
GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish Council will share the cost of a study with Iberville Parish to determine whether a new highway should be built on the west bank of the Mississippi River.
If the Iberville Parish Council agrees, Ascension would provide $125,000 toward the study.
The Advocate reports state matching money also would be provided.
Called the West Bank Connector, the route would extend from Interstate 10 west of Port Allen to Louisiana Highway 1 south of Plaquemine.
The project would also include a new Mississippi River bridge at Plaquemine.
Investar parent reports fall in earnings
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
Baton Rouge-based Investar Holding Corp. said the year-ago results included a $900,000 one-time gain booked after the acquisition of First Community Bank.
Investar CEO John D'Angelo says the company recorded growth in loans and deposits during 2014's second quarter, ending June 30.
Deposits during the quarter rose to $578.7 million. The bank issued $564 million in loans during the quarter.
Woman arrested after boyfriend is run over
SUNSET, La. (AP) - Police in Sunset say a 23-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly ran over her boyfriend with her car following an argument.
Investigators tell KLFY-TV that Chestina Clark faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and driving without a license.
Police say the incident happened Wednesday morning at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 182 and Louisiana Highway 178.
Investigators say Clark and 24-year-old Dontrell Thibodeaux argued then Thibodeaux got out of the car and was walking away when Clark allegedly ran over him.
Thibodeaux was taken to a local hospital. Extent of his injuries was not immediately available.
Clark was booked at the St. Landry Parish Jail.
It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney.
$5.9 million of Katrina loan forgiven
BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) - The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.
Parish President Billy Nungesser says the action was taken by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Nungesser says the parish now must repay the remaining $3 million of $8.9 million in special community disaster loans it received after the 2005 storm.
Nungesser says he plans to try to get the remaining amount forgiven.
Congress last year changed the formula FEMA uses to determine whether loans can be forgiven, and loans to many local government agencies in the region have been canceled in whole or part.
The hurricane made landfall in Plaquemines Parish the morning of Aug. 29, 2005.
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