Let the Good Occasions Roll! Homicide, Corruption, Abuse, and Negligent Murder in South Louisiana


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I used to be obsessed by Hurricane Barry, which, the media assured us, was going to overtop the levees and destroy New Orleans. Mesmerized, I watched the Climate Channel a lot final week that I really feel like I  ought to get a web based diploma in meteorology.

However Barry punked out on us with minimal harm so I turned my consideration to studying the native information. So what is going on on in South Louisiana?

Matthew Naquin, a former LSU scholar and fraternity member, was convicted of negligent murder within the loss of life of Max Gruver, an LSU freshman from Georgia. Gruver’s Phi Delta Theta fraternity brothers pressured Gruver to chug exhausting liquor in a hazing train the frat boys euphemistically known as “Bible research.” Gruver died of alcohol poisoning, so stuffed with booze {that a} testifying toxicologist mentioned he was “a useless man strolling.” On the time of his loss of life, his blood alcohol rely was six occasions the authorized restrict for driving.

In different information, Ronn Jermaine Bell was arrested for the homicide of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a neighborhood civil rights activist who was discovered suffocated within the trunk of her automotive. Along with her civil rights work, Roberts-Joseph was a landlord, and Bell was two months behind on his hire. Was Roberts-Joseph killed over a hire dispute? A motive has but to been decided.

Additionally within the information, police charged Salvatore Euggino with negligent murder in a hit-and-run accident close to St. Francisville. Police say Euggino killed a 50-year-old pedestrian together with his automotive. This incident occurred on Monday, simply at some point after Euggino was charged with reckless driving in one other incident. In keeping with the Baton Rouge Advocate, Euggino additionally faces negligent murder prices referring to a head-on automotive accident final March that killed a 34-year-old lady.

Additionally this week, Sarah James, a 19-year-old LSU sophomore, was struck and killed by a automotive on Nicholson Street close to the LSU campus.  Ms. James had a life stuffed with promise forward of her and wished to be a physician. The newspaper story did not establish the automotive’s driver.

Over in New Orleans, 4 cops had been fired for partaking in an unauthorized high-speed pursuit of some joyriders in a stolen automotive. Two teenage children had been killed when their automotive rammed right into a hair salon. The hair salon caught fireplace and a lady inside was additionally killed.

After which as we speak’s Advocate reported that Moses Evans, a justice of the peace and former police officer, was arrested on a “litany of home abuse counts.” In keeping with the newspaper report, Evans is “accused of  brutally abusing his now ex-girlfriend and her three kids over greater than a decade, inflicting them extreme accidents and everlasting disfigurement.”

Lastly, Ray Nagin, New Orleans’ telegenic mayor throughout Hurricane Katrina, misplaced the attraction of his conviction on prices of bribery and cash laundering, rendered 5 years in the past. The information story mentioned Nagin wrote his attraction temporary himself whereas serving time in a federal jail camp in Texas.

What does all this add as much as? I haven’t got a clue. We have now a saying in Louisiana: laissez le bon ton roulet! Sure, let’s let the nice occasions roll.

However perhaps Louisianans may decelerate somewhat bit, drive somewhat slower, drink rather less, attempt to be somewhat extra civic-minded, and let the nice occasions roll at a extra reasonable tempo. Or perhaps, to borrow a phrase from the immortal Merle Haggard, we’ll simply hold rolling downhill like a snowball headed for hell.

“Are we rolling downhill like a snowball headed for hell?”