Hunting fatality in Tangipahoa Parish
LORANGER, La. (AP) - Louisiana wildlife agency officers are investigating a fatal hunting accident in Tangipahoa Parish.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says in a news release that the incident occurred about 2:30 p.m. on property along Louisiana Highway 1062 in Loranger.
LDWF identifies the victim as 33-year-old Joseph H. Stevens Jr. of Hammond.
Authorities say two people were returning from hunting when they crossed paths with Stevens at a wire fence. One of the hunters had a rifle slung over their shoulder. As they squatted down to go under some bushes, the rifle went off and a bullet struck Stevens.
LDWF says investigators do not suspect foul play at this time.
The Tangipahoa Coroner will conduct an autopsy.
ANGOLA HEAT LAWSUIT
Decision awaited months after death row heat trial
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A lawsuit challenging heat conditions on death row as unsafe for inmates at the state penitentiary was filed during the thick of Louisiana's hot and humid summer. The federal judge assigned to the case suggested he would rule quickly because of the health concerns involved.
But summer's heat has given way to the cool of fall, and the three condemned inmates who are plaintiffs in the case still await a ruling, four months after the trial of their lawsuit ended.
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson's office wouldn't answer questions about the delay.
The civil rights lawsuit was filed on behalf of the inmates who have high blood pressure and other health ailments that their lawyers say could be worsened by heat.
Prison officials say the conditions are safe.
Pineville man dies in crash
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana State Police have identified the driver of a pickup truck who apparently lost control, crashed and died Friday night.
Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer says in a news release that 28-year-old Matthew J. Tucker of Pineville, died in the 8:30 p.m. accident.
Sandifer says Tucker was westbound when his 2005 Ford pickup drifted off the road to the right. He says Tucker overcorrected to the left, crossed both lanes and veered off the road into a ditch and some trees.
Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Man convicted in grandfather's death
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 33-year-old Baton Rouge man has been convicted in the 2009 arson-related death of his grandfather.
The Advocate reports that Dustin Musso was convicted Friday of first-degree murder in by a Baton Rouge Parish jury. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Prosecutors say 76-year-old Peter Musso Jr. died on May 5, 2009, at his home from trauma to his head and smoke inhalation. Prosecutors say Dustin Musso set fire to the house after the slaying.
Dustin Musso fled Baton Rouge on a Greyhound bus the morning of the murder and was taken into custody later that day at a bus station in Montgomery, Ala.
Prosecutors previously dropped its pursuit of the death in order to bring the case to trial more quickly.
USDA employee sentenced in loan fraud case
MONROE, La. (AP) - A 51-year-old Winnsboro woman has been given 40 months in prison for lying on loan applications to get money to hide the theft of $640,000 from a federally funded nonprofit.
Donna Jean Remides pleaded guilty to the charge in June. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Remides was sentenced Friday. Remides also was ordered to serve five years of supervised release.
Prosecutors say Remides worked as a project coordinator by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Natural Resource Conservation Service. She was assigned to the Northeast Delta Resource Conservation and Development Council in Winnsboro.
Prosecutors say from January 2001 to December 2010, Remides used her employer's accounts to pay herself thousands without authorization. They say she also obtained loans in the name of the council to cover the thefts.
Jefferson plans 2 meetings on hospitals
GRETNA, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Parish Council will hold two public meetings before scheduling a vote on which of three companies will take over operation of the parish's two public hospitals.
The meetings will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the General Government Building in Gretna and Dec. 17 in the Joseph S. Yenni Building in Elmwood. Residents will have an opportunity to comment on proposals for the future of West Jefferson Medical Center and East Jefferson General Hospital, The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Finalists for the operating contracts are HCA, Louisiana Children's Medical Center and Ochsner Health System.
Council members have been discussing the decision for months, since the boards of the two hospitals deadlocked on recommendations over the summer.
Board extends contract of Terrebonne schools chief
HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Terrebonne Parish School Board will extend the contract of Schools Superintendent Philip Martin until 2016.
The Courier reports that Martin, who became superintendent in 2009, says solutions for the district's financial difficulties will be top priorities for his continued term. The two-year extension is the maximum allowed under law.
Two board members, Debi Benoit and Brenda Babin, voted against renewing Martin's contract. Babin cited uncertainty over the legality of the contract extension.
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