Louisiana news briefs
Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge secretary arrested in thefts
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Police say a former secretary for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has been arrested after an audit alleged she used a credit card to buy several prepaid debit cards to pay her bills and make other purchases.
Baton Rouge police Cpl. Don Coppola said 57-year-old Alice W. Faucheux, the secretary to the superintendent of Catholic Schools, is accused of unauthorized purchases totaling more than $41,000 during a three-year period beginning in 2011 to June 2014,
Faucheux was booked Tuesday on counts of felony theft and unauthorized use of an access device card.
Donna Carville, spokeswoman for the diocese, said the diocese would not comment on Tuesday’s arrest other than to say that Faucheux’s employment has been terminated.
10 to 20 % hikes sought
in health coverage rates
BATON ROUGE (AP) — The state’s largest insurer says close to 45,000 Louisiana policyholders could see the rates for their health coverage jump anywhere from 10 percent to nearly 20 percent next year, and the Affordable Care Act is a major reason.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana accounts for the bulk of those individual policies, which people buy directly from an insurance company rather than through their employer.
Blue Cross spokesman John Maginnis said the Affordable Care Act expanded access to health insurance to millions of Americans, regardless of age or health status, and guaranteed richer benefits. He says those things come at a cost.
Maginnis said the claims for several of Blue Cross’s individual plans were greater than the premiums being paid, which means those plans are losing money.
Bullet-riddled body found
under New Orleans bridge
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police said the bullet-riddled body of an unidentified woman has been found under a remote overpass.
A passer-by spotted the body Tuesday in a muddy, weed-covered area underneath the France Road overpass around 11 a.m. and called authorities, reporting the city’s fourth homicide victim of the past two days.
Investigators did not say how many gunshot wounds were visible. Police said they couldn’t immediately determine the woman’s age, nor say whether she was shot and killed at the scene or dumped there.
Sentencing delay for Nagin witness
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
Rodney Williams was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday. But U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan delayed the sentencing until Sept. 10. Her Tuesday order said an ongoing jury trial made the delay necessary.
Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was convicted in February on 20 criminal counts stemming from his two terms as mayor from 2002 to 2010.
Williams pleaded guilty in 2012 to conspiracy to commit bribery.
From The Associated Press.