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News in Brief- Sunday, May 6, 2018

News in Brief- Sunday, May 6, 2018

State defends law on abortion doctors' hospital privileges

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers for the state of Louisiana have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a law requiring that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

A federal judge blocked enforcement of the law. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar Texas law.

A state attorney told a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday that the Louisiana and Texas cases are different.

Elizabeth Murill says the judge in Louisiana's case exaggerated the burdens the law poses for women and minimized the health benefits. The law's opponents say it would reduce the small number of doctors providing abortions in Louisiana, making it difficult or impossible for many women to have abortions.

The judges didn't say when they will rule.


1 dead, 2nd man missing after boat overturns near Louisiana


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say an 86-year-old Texas man is dead and an 85-year-old Louisiana man is missing after their boat overturned off Louisiana near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

A news release says a 60-year-old man from Baton Rouge survived and was able to get the unresponsive 86-year-old to shore after their boat capsized about 7 a.m. Wednesday. The accident occurred about a half-mile (eight-tenths of a kilometer) from South Pass.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division spokesman Adam Einck says the missing boater is from Baton Rouge, and the dead man was from Magnolia, Texas.

He says none of the three was wearing a life vest. Investigators don’t know why the 27-foot aluminum boat capsized.


Officials: Convicted man on the run after skipping trial


SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who skipped most of his trial was convicted of aggravated flight from an officer and is now on the run again.

The Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office said Gabriel Jackson, 42, of Shreveport showed up for jury selection, and the judge ruled Tuesday that trial could continue since he'd been present when the jury was seated.

Prosecutor's spokesman John Andrew Prime said that after the verdict was read Tuesday, District Judge Craig Marcotte issued a bench warrant for Jackson's arrest on a charge of failure to appear in court for trial.

Marcotte scheduled sentencing for June 18. The conviction was Jackson's third for a violent crime, so he could be sentenced to life in prison as a habitual offender instead of the usual five-year maximum for aggravated flight, Prime said.

The jury found that Jackson failed to stop after being clocked at 90 miles (145 kilometers) an hour on Interstate 20, then leading officers on a six-block chase that ended with a crash through a chain-link fence. Prime said the broken fence kept Jackson from getting out of his car, and it was all recorded by a police dashboard camera.


New Orleans teacher accused of kissing 14-year-old student

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans teacher is accused of kissing an eighth-grade student in his classroom multiple times.

News outlets cite the warrant for 34-year-old Matthew Nesser that says the social studies teacher at Edward Hynes Charter School kissed the 14-year-old girl, told her he loved her, bought her presents and gave her back rubs. The student told police he "seemed unstable" and cried in front of her more than once, causing her to tell him "what he wanted to hear."

The warrant was issued April 24, around a week after the girl told her mother about Nesser's behavior. He turned himself in Tuesday. He's charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.

His lawyer, Joseph Raspanti, says his client denies all allegations. The school has fired Nesser.


Texas man sentenced to 50 years for $1.2M theft of fajitas


BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.

Fifty-three-year-old Gilberto Escamilla was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to theft by a public servant. The Brownsville Herald reports he told the court the fajita scheme spun out of control.

Escamilla had been intercepting fajitas that he ordered through the Cameron County juvenile center where he worked and delivering them to his own customers.

His scam was uncovered when he missed work for a medical appointment and an 800-pound (360-kilogram) fajita delivery arrived at the center, which doesn't serve fajitas.

Escamilla was fired in August and arrested after authorities checked vendor invoices and obtained a search warrant that uncovered county-funded fajitas in his refrigerator.