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News in Brief- Oct. 23

News in Brief- Oct. 23

Family sues over plane crash that killed New Orleans anchor

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The husband and children of a New Orleans reporter who died in a small plane crash this summer are now suing the plane's owner and engine manufacturer.

The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune reports Glen Boyd and the children filed the lawsuit last week against owner Drug Fighters Enterprises and Lycoming Engines. The lawsuit alleges that the biplane carrying former WVUE-TV news anchor Nancy Parker had a defective engine.

The plane was piloted by Franklin J.P. Augustus, who also was killed in the crash. The plane had a delayed takeoff that day from Lakefront Airport due to mechanical problems. The 69-year-old Augustus was soon granted clearance for an emergency landing at the airport, but the National Transportation Safety Board says the plane never even turned around.

Information from: The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate,


Louisiana medical marijuana grower holding a job fair

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — One of Louisiana's state-sanctioned medical marijuana growers is looking for workers.

Southern University announced that its agricultural center will be holding a job fair for its medical marijuana operation at an event Monday evening.

The school is looking for growing technicians, sales representatives and people to help pack and trim the medicinal-grade pot, among other positions. Applications also will be available for other expected upcoming jobs.

Southern is hosting the job fair for its medical marijuana grower Ilera Holistic Healthcare. The operation hasn't yet released its product to the market.

Louisiana's other producer, GB Sciences Louisiana, started dispensing medical marijuana in August. GB Sciences is Louisiana State University's hired grower.

Under Louisiana law, only the LSU and Southern agricultural centers are authorized to grow therapeutic cannabis.


Sentencing delayed for LSU student convicted in hazing death

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A sentencing hearing has been postponed for a former Louisiana State University student convicted in the hazing death a Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge.

The Advocate reports 21-year-old Matthew Naquin was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for negligent homicide in the 2017 death of 18-year-old Max Gruver of Roswell, Georgia. A continuance was granted because one of Naquin's relatives was hospitalized with a serious illness.

Naquin's new sentencing date is Nov. 20. He faces up to five years in prison.

It took a jury less than an hour to convict the Texas native in July. Gruver died of alcohol poisoning after a hazing ritual. Several pledges testified Naquin appeared to target Gruver that night.

Two other members pleaded no-contest to misdemeanor hazing. They were released from jail in August.

Information from: The Advocate,


Alabama student accused of threatening Louisiana stadium

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama student is accused of threatening Louisiana State's Tiger Stadium during the school's football game against the University of Florida.

The Tuscaloosa News reports 19-year-old Connor Bruce Croll of Crozet, Virginia, was arrested by officers at the Alabama school and jailed Sunday as a "fugitive from justice."

He faces unspecified charges in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Authorities didn't immediately provide further detail about the nature of the threat or say whether Croll intended to carry it out. The newspaper didn't say if Croll had a lawyer.

University of Alabama spokesman Chris Bryant says pranks and threats can have serious ramifications and require an appropriate response. He says the school is cooperating with authorities but can't provide details on the arrest of or allegations against the freshman.

Information from: The Tuscaloosa News,


2 hospitalized after campus shooting in Louisiana

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Two people have been hospitalized after a shooting at Louisiana's Grambling State University.

Trooper Michael Reichardt tells KTBS-TV that a person at a party on campus pulled out a gun and shot another attendee twice early Friday morning. He says one officer was shot in the leg while responding. He says the suspect fled the scene.

The initial victim was airlifted to a Shreveport hospital with severe wounds. The officer was hospitalized for injuries not considered to be life threatening. A university statement says the shooting was at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. It's unclear if the party was approved by the college.

An investigation by campus and state police is ongoing.

Information from: KTBS-TV,