Grand jury declines to indict man in son's death
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A grand jury has declined to indict a 23-year-old Baton Rouge man for murder in the death of his 6-month-old son, Aiden, who showed signs of previous abuse, including having been burned in a scalding bath.
The East Baton Rouge Parish panel did, however, charge Curtis King Thursday with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
District Attorney Hillar Moore III Friday told The Advocate the cruelty charge covers alleged child abuse and neglect from May 31 to Nov. 6 - the day the baby was taken off life support. The coroner's office found Aiden asphyxiated while lying in an adult's bed.
The drug charge comes after police found marijuana in King's home Oct. 29 while responding to a report about an unresponsive child.
SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT
Franklin Parish school bus driver cited for wreck
WINNSBORO, La. (AP) - A Franklin Parish school bus driver has been arrested for driving under suspension after crashing her bus into another vehicle.
Louisiana State Police say troopers responded at 6:40 a.m. Friday to an accident on Louisiana 577 near Hixon Lane. Troop F spokesman, Trooper Albert Paxton, says the bus driver, 52-year-old Janice Norris, of Winnsboro, backed into a 2014 Jeep Compass driven by 43-year-old Amy Bourgeois, also of Winnsboro.
About 30 students were on the bus. No injuries were reported.
Paxton says Norris was arrested and booked into the Franklin Parish Detention Center. She also faces a charge of improper backing.
Authorities say her driver's license was suspended for non-payment of traffic tickets issued from out-of-state.
It was not immediately known if she has an attorney.
Jindal supports proposed abortion restrictions
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing new restrictions on abortion providers in Louisiana.
The Republican governor announced Friday that he supports passage of a measure by Democratic Rep. Katrina Jackson that would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, similar to a controversial restriction recently passed in Texas.
Jindal's also supporting a bill by GOP Rep. Frank Hoffmann that would prohibit employees of abortion clinics from distributing information or making presentations at Louisiana's public and charter schools.
The proposals from the two northeast Louisiana lawmakers will be considered in the legislative session that begins Monday.
The Legislature has repeatedly supported adding new requirements on abortion providers in the state, seeking to limit access to the procedure.
Bus driver suspended in incident involving child
NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board has suspended a school bus driver for six months without pay and stripped him of his tenure rights for leaving a 5-year-old student on his bus for several hours three months ago.
The Advocate reports the board voted Thursday to suspend Roger Dixon, who has been employed by the school system for more than 20 years, rather than fire him.
The unanimous vote to suspend Dixon came after a motion to fire him failed in a 5-3 vote.
Dixon has been suspended from the school system since Dec. 16 after a Rosenwald Elementary pre-kindergarten student was left sleeping in the back of Dixon's bus after he parked it that morning.
Man dies after rear-ending 18-wheeler on I-10
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Police say a 46-year-old man was killed when he drove his car hit the rear of a westbound 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 in Lafayette.
Cpl. Paul Mouton says the victim, whose name is being withheld until his family is notified, was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday night.
Mouton says the driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.
First-time unemployment insurance claims rise
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 1 increased from the previous week's total.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,119 from the previous week's average of 2,084.
Continued unemployment weeks claimed for the week ending March 1 decreased to 21,409 compared to 21,835 the previous week. The four-week moving average for such claims decreased to 22,151 from the previous week's average of 22,502.
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