Louisiana news briefs
Glover family: State should investigate coroner
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The family of a man who was shot and his body burned by New Orleans police say the coroner is dragging his feet on their request to classify the death as a homicide.
Henry Glover’s relatives said Saturday that they’re asking state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to look at Dr. Frank Minyard’s recent actions.
Caldwell’s office did not immediately respond Sunday to a request for comment.
Former officer David Warren has testified that he shot at Glover. Other officers burned a car with Glover’s body in it.
The family hopes that if the death is ruled a homicide, state prosecutors would go after a murder charge against Warren, who was acquitted of federal civil-rights charges.
Minyard said Wednesday that he’s asking Caldwell whether he can consider non-forensic evidence such as trial testimony and photographs.
On Saturday, he said the death should be re-classified a homicide.
The problem, he said, is lack of forensic evidence of homicide. He agreed to reopen the case after Glover’s family protested at his office.
Fire rating improves
for Houma department
HOUMA (AP)— The Village East Fire District has attained an improved rating, meaning residents of the Houma community can expect a decrease in their fire insurance rates.
The Property Insurance Association of Louisiana rates fire departments’ safety and training every four years on a scale of 1 to 10, with Class 1 being the best.
The department was assigned a Class 10 rating after its review in April 2013.
The rating was tied to insufficient training hours for volunteers.
After working to fix the issue, the department attained a Class 5 rating this month, meaning rates will fall for policyholders.
Reef plan comments sought
BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking public comment on a development plan for inshore and offshore reefs.
The reefs provide habitat for marine life.
The plan can be accessed online at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/artificialreefcouncilmeeting.
Comments may be submitted Mike McDonough, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Office of Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to submit comments is Feb. 11.
St. Martinville officials work
to keep community college
ST. MARTINVILLE (AP) — A proposal to establish a new South Louisiana Community College campus in St. Martinville is on hold, but city officials say they will work to keep the college in the St. Martin Parish city.
The current campus occupies several buildings on Martin Luther King Drive.
The college wants a single building to house its operations.
However, it is landlocked in a residential area, college spokeswoman Christine Payton said.
The college wants a new site because the current one is not easily accessible, there are parking issues and some noisy programs annoy neighbors.
Former NFL star Sharper arrested in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NFL star defensive back Darren Sharper has been arrested on suspicion of rape, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Sharper, who played 14 seasons in the NFL with Green Bay, Minnesota and New Orleans, was arrested and booked Friday and released on $200,000 bail just before midnight. He faces a Feb. 14 court appearance.
LAPD said it is investigating Sharper in connection with two sexual assaults that occurred in October and earlier this month in the West Los Angeles area.
New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Remi Braden said Saturday in a statement that NOPD is also investigating an allegation of sexual assault filed against Sharper on Sept. 24.
Sharper, 38, played in the NFL from 1997-2010, mostly with the Packers. He retired after the 2010 season.
Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers as a rookie and a second with the Saints after the 2009 season.
He has been working as an analyst for the NFL Network.
“Darren has been suspended without pay until further notice, effective immediately,” said Alex Riethmiller, spokesman for NFL Network, in an email Saturday.