Louisiana news briefs
Raceland woman booked after attack, home invasion
LOCKPORT (AP) — Lockport Police Chief Warren Vedros says officers have arrested a 31-year-old woman accused of attacking an ex-boyfriend after breaking into his home.
Vedros, in a news release, says it happened just after 4 a.m. Thursday.
Officers arrived at a home in Lockport where they learned Sara Wainwright, of Raceland, had entered the home and began hitting a man several times with her fists while he was lying in bed. Police say the man escorted Wainwright outside his home but before leaving she allegedly threw a glass bottle at a truck, striking and shattering the rear window.
Officers later arrested Wainwright on charges of home invasion, domestic abuse battery and simple criminal damage to property. She was held at the parish detention center in Thibodaux in lieu of $6,500 bond.
Duson man booked in deaths of 3 killed in crash
LAFAYETTE (AP) — State police say three people died in Lafayette Parish after a pickup driven by a suspected drunken driver slammed into the side of a car while trying to pass another vehicle on La. 343.
Trooper Stephen Hammons says 58-year-old Charles Moter, of Duson, was booked Saturday with three counts of vehicular homicide, third-degree feticide, negligent injuring, driving left of center and reckless operation.
Hammons says Moter was driving north when he tried to pass a vehicle in front of him. He pulled into the southbound lane, right in front of a car.
Joe Wise, of Scott, Cassie Kilby, of Duson and Kaylin Flyte, of Crowley were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the car suffered moderate injuries.
Hammons says Moter and his passenger suffered minor injuries.
Coverage added for those aging out of foster care
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana is expanding Medicaid health insurance coverage to more adolescents aging out of the state’s foster care system.
The state health agency has written rules that go into effect Tuesday. A change was required under the federal health care revamp.
Currently, the Medicaid coverage extends to youth between the ages of 18 and 21 who are transitioning out of foster care homes to self-sufficiency. Foster care ends when youth reaches age 18.
Because of the federal Affordable Care Act, the state will expand Medicaid coverage to those youth up to age 26.
Man arrested in Slidell bar shooting that killed 2
SLIDELL (AP) — Police have arrested a man they say shot into a crowd outside a bar, killing two people and wounding six others.
Slidell Police Det. Daniel Seuzeneau says 22-year-old Jamieon Chatman of Covington was arrested Saturday morning at the Maurice home of a friend who was hiding him.
Chatman, charged with two counts of second-degree murder and six counts of attempted second-degree murder, was brought back to Slidell.
Seuzeneau said bond has not yet been set, and said he didn’t know if Chatman had a lawyer.
Chatman was arrested by Covington police in January along with a 15-year-old boy in connection with a shooting that wounded a motorist. Chatman was due in court on Nov. 21 on charges stemming from a September shooting in Covington, but did not show up.
The shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. Thursday as bars were closing. Killed were 22-year-old Errol Scott and 23-year-old Mark Womack, both from Slidell.
Man faces 1,365 counts
after child porn arrest
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 47-year-old New Orleans man faces 1,365 felony counts — and a bond of more than $10 million — after being rebooked on suspicion of filming himself molesting at least two girls numerous times.
An arrest-warrant application portrays Edward Bush, a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee, as a self-styled pornographer who sexually exploited his female victims and sold the images for profit.
New Orleans Police Detective Marcia Willis-Watson, of the department’s Child Abuse Division, said Bush used his computer and camera equipment to record his “sexual encounters” with a female who was 12 when the alleged incidents began in 2003.
On equipment taken from Bush’s home, police also found video and still images of Bush and a second victim engaged in intercourse and oral sex. That victim is now a 22-year-old woman.
Bush was “observed setting the scenes by placing video cameras in multiple positions to capture every angle of the sexual abuse the (first) victim endured at his hands,” police allege.
Make It Right’s rebuilt
homes have rotting wood
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which has built 100 energy-efficient new homes in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Lower 9th Ward, is considering legal action against the manufacturer of an innovative glass-infused wood that was used in some of the homes’ outdoor steps and front porches.
Foundation spokeswoman Taylor Royle said the wood has begun rotting, despite being guaranteed for 40 years.
Royle said construction crews used the wood product, called TimberSIL, to build decks and stairs for about 30 homes from 2008 to 2010.
TimberSIL is described by its South Carolina-based manufacturer as offering “an effective barrier in lumber to rot, decay and common wood problems without using toxic ingredients.”
Police fatally shoot Ruston armed robbery suspect
RUSTON (AP) — A suspect in an armed robbery and a separate kidnapping was shot and killed Sunday by police at a Ruston motel, according to the Louisiana State Police.
Joseph Glenn, 22, of Grambling, confronted the Ruston police officers with a replica of a handgun before he was fatally shot at a Hampton Inn around 5:30 a.m., the State Police said.
Glenn was the suspect in an armed robbery at a Ruston gas station that was reported several hours before the motel shooting. He also was suspected of involvement in a kidnapping at a Walmart in Ruston that occurred after the robbery.
State Police Trooper Albert Paxton said nobody was injured in the armed robbery or kidnapping, but he didn’t immediately release any other information about either incident.
A spokesman for the Ruston Police Department referred questions about the investigation to the State Police.
The State Police said Glenn was identified as a suspect in the armed robbery and kidnapping based on witnesses’ descriptions and other unspecified evidence from each scene. Officers were responding to a telephone tip when they found him at the motel.
The State Police said Glenn didn’t comply with the officers’ commands to show his hands before confronting them with a “realistic” replica firearm.
“Officers perceived their lives were in danger, forcing them to use force to stop the threat Glenn presented,” the State Police said in a news release.
Glenn was taken to Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, where he died.