A MOTORCYCLIST FROM FRANKLIN WAS KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT INVOLVING AN EIGHTEEN-WHEELER YESTERDAY. STATE POLICE SAY FIFTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD FELIX PERRO JUNIOR WAS TRAVELING EAST ON THREE TWENTY-TWO IN ST. MARY PARISH WHEN THE EIGHTEEN WHEELER TURNED IN FRONT OF HIM TO GO INTO A PARKING LOT. PERRO ATTEMPTED TO LAY DOWN HIS MOTORCYCLE AND GOT LODGED UNDERNEATH THE TRAILER. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE DRIVER OF THE EIGHTEEN-WHEELER WAS UNINJURED AND HE SHOWED NO SIGNS OF IMPAIRMENT.
THE THIRD COVID-NINETEEN WAVE IS HITTING ACADIANA. SYLVIA MASTERS HAS MORE.
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The White House’s coronavirus advisers are urging Louisiana to step up its restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. Gov. John Bel Edwards continues to sound the alarm about the latest spike. He expressed concern that people won’t take precautions and will gather as usual in packed houses for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Democratic governor says he doesn’t intend to return Louisiana to a stay-at-home order but is willing to consider adding more restrictions.
LOUISIANA HAS TWO HUNDRED TWO THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FORTY-THREE TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-NINETEEN. TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SHOWS ONE THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED SIXTY-ONE NEW CASES. THERE ARE TWELVE MORE DEATHS. HOSPITALIZATIONS JUMPED BY FORTY-THREE TO OVER NINE HUNDRED. THERE ARE FIVE FEWER PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS.
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA HAS ONE NEW DEATH, WHICH WAS IN BEAUREGARD PARISH. ACADIANA SAW TWO MORE DEATHS, ONE IN EVANGELINE PARISH AND THE OTHER IN LAFAYETTE PARISH. ACADIANA NOW HAS THREE HUNDRED FORTY-SEVEN NEW CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-NINETEEN, LED BY LAFAYETTE PARISH WITH ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE. SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA HAS ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-SEVEN NEW CASES INCLUDING SIXTY-FOUR IN CALCASIEU PARISH.
CROWLEY POLICE HAVE MADE AN ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH A MAY FIFTEENTH HOMOCIDE. SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD EMORI CARTER WAS KILLED AFTER BEING SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES AT THE CORNER OF WEST TENTH STREET AND WESTERN AVENUE IN CROWLEY. ON WEDNESDAY, POLICE ARRESTED SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD XAVIEN JERMAINE FREEMAN ON ONE COUNT OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER. FREEMAN WAS BOOKED INTO THE ACADIA PARISH JAIL AND HIS BOND WAS SET AT ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN A SHOOTING ON RUE ROYALE STREET. POLICE RESPONDED TO REPORTS OF A DISTURBANCE AND FOUND ONE PERSON SUFFERING FROM A MINOR GUNSHOT WOUND. THE SHOOTING WAS APPARENTLY THE RESULT OF A VERBAL ALTERCATION BETWEEN THE VICTIM AND THE SHOOTER, WHO FLED THE SCENE PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE POLICE. THE INVESTIGATION BY POLICE IS ONGOING.
An affiliate of Boone Newspapers is buying two Louisiana newspapers, the American Press in Lake Charles and Southwest Daily News in Sulphur. The price and other terms of the sale by the Shearman family are not being disclosed. Carpenter Newsmedia and Boone Newspapers own 74 newspapers in 12 states. The Shearman family bought the American Press in 1943 from heirs of two of the men who founded the newspaper in 1895 and bought the Southwest Daily News from New Media Investment Group in 2016.