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News in Brief- April 28, 2019

News in Brief- April 28, 2019

2½ years in prison for woman who stole more than $2 million

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say a Louisiana woman has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for stealing more than $2 million from her former employer.

New Orleans-based U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser's office says in a Wednesday news release that 40-year-old Jennifer Guillot of Chalmette was sentenced for bank larceny. She had pleaded guilty in January.

Prosecutors say the thefts happened when Guillot worked as bookkeeper for a New Orleans-area company. She wrote company checks to herself and to her credit card companies and logged onto a company electronic account without permission to pay personal credit card bills.

Steps she took to cover up her crimes included altering original bank statements, copying the altered statements then shredding originals and the cancelled checks.


Teen accepted to 115 colleges, offered $3.7M in scholarships

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans teenager has been accepted to 115 colleges and universities across the nation. Times-Picayune reports Antoinette Love was accepted at every school she applied to and was offered a total of more than $3.7 million in scholarships. She says she plans to visit schools over the next few weeks and make a decision by May.

Born to teen parents and surrounded by four siblings she helps raise, the International High School of New Orleans senior is in several honor societies and will be a first-generation college student. She has maintained a 3.5 grade point average while dual enrolled at a community college and has been described as a gifted painter.

Her mother, Yolanda, says Love's accomplishments have inspired Love's parents to consider returning to school.

Information from: The Times-Picayune,


Edwards calls for 3 debates in Louisiana governor's race

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is calling for three debates with his Republican challengers in the Louisiana governor's race this fall.

The Democratic incumbent said Wednesday that he wants three, hour-long TV debates against Republican contenders Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone between Sept. 2 and the Oct. 12 election.

Edwards says he's already accepted a debate invitation for Sept. 19 in Baton Rouge, to be televised statewide by Nexstar. He says he's searching for two more forums that could be shown on TV across Louisiana, held in different regions of the state.

Abraham, a northeast Louisiana congressman, responded on Twitter, saying there should be debates in each of the state's six congressional districts.

Rispone's campaign spokesman Anthony Ramirez backed the idea of three debates, calling the number appropriate.


5-year-old Michigan boy calls 911 to ask for McDonalds

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A 5-year-old Michigan boy had a craving for McDonald's but his grandmother was sleeping so he called 911 and made a request.

WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids reports Iziah Hall of Wyoming asked the dispatcher: "Can you bring me McDonald's?" Dispatcher Sara Kuberski says she told him no but reached out to the police.

Wyoming police officer Dan Patterson says the April 14 request made him laugh, so he stopped at McDonald's on his way to check on Iziah's home in the western Michigan city.

Patterson says he thought, "I'm driving past McDonald's on my way there and I might as well get him something." The officer says the first thing the boy said to him was, "My grandma's gonna be so mad, can you please go away?"

Information from: WZZM-TV,