Tag Archives: Louisiana

Attendance Craters At Branch Covidian Church After Death Of Parishioner, Pastor Says Head Count Is A Lie

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: Attendance at a Central church headed by a pastor who has defied Louisiana’s attempts to restrict crowd size appears to be shrinking from recent weeks, police said Sunday, as the pastor brushed off law enforcement head counts as untrue. ” Sunday’s service at Life Tabernacle Church attracted about 130 people, down from nearly 500 who …

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Parishioner At Branch Covidian Church Dies Of COVID

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: A 78-year-old man who attended a Central church that has bucked state stay-at-home restrictions has died from the illness tied to the novel coronavirus. The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner said Harold Orillion, a parish resident, died from the COVID-19 respiratory illness on Wednesday. Three sources told The Advocate that Orillion had ties to the …

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Branch Covidian’s Lawyer Hospitalized With COVID

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: A Baton Rouge lawyer who is part of the legal team representing a Central church and its pastor defying state social distancing orders during the coronavirus pandemic has been hospitalized because of the coronavirus. The lawyer, Jeff Wittenbrink, attended two events at Life Tabernacle Church — an April 2 news conference and an April 5 …

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New Orleans Mayor: No Large Events For Rest Of 2020

CBS News New Orleans reports: New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell today said she does not expect any large events to take place in the city for the remainder of 2020. While discussion has begun about how to re-start the economy and more normal activities when the coronavirus pandemic ends, the mayor said it is likely that a certain amount of …

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Hundreds Attend Services At Branch Covidian Church

The Associated Press reports: Hundreds of worshippers attended services at a Louisiana church on Sunday, flouting a ban on large gatherings, angering neighbors and seemingly turning a deaf ear to their governor, who once again warned that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed with new cases of the coronavirus. An estimated 500 people of all ages filed inside the mustard-yellow and …

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Archbishop Sprinkles Holy Water Over New Orleans

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports: Seventy-year-old New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond climbed into the open-air cockpit of a World War II-era biplane on Good Friday morning and roared off on a 25-minute mission. As a pilot steered a course from the Lakefront Airport to Kenner to Gretna, to the French Quarter and back, Aymond blessed the population, which has been …

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Defiant Pastor: If My Parishioners Die, It’s For God

TMZ reports: “If they die, they die.” Yes, a now-infamous Louisiana pastor got all “Rocky IV” on us, saying, if any of his church members die from the virus, they’ll have done so in the name of God and freedom. Tony Spell, leader of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, tells TMZ he thinks true Christians do not mind dying …

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New Orleans Mayor Forms “Death Care Task Force”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports: Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Tuesday announced she had formed a regional “death care task force” for the proper handling of coronavirus victims as coroners offices and funeral homes throughout the metro area reported a rush to properly store bodies and hold funeral services. In announcing the city initiative, Cantrell publicly shared guidelines on managing, preparing …

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Louisiana Cops Sorry For Using “Purge” Siren [VIDEO]

Fox News reports: In an effort to alert residents to a parish-wide curfew in Acadia Parish, police in Crowley, Louisiana, rode around town broadcasting an alarm signal at 9:00 p.m. local time last night — but for fans of “The Purge” films, the alarm had an eerie ring to it. In a video provided to Scripps station KATC in Lafayette, …

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BRANCH COVIDIANS: Louisiana Pastor To Hold Three Services Today As “We Are Resisting The Antichrist”

Reuters reports: “We’re defying the rules because the commandment of God is to spread the Gospel,” Louisiana pastor Tony Spell said in an interview with Reuters. Spell, 42, who plans to hold three services at his 1,000-member Life Tabernacle megachurch in a Baton Rouge suburb on Palm Sunday, has defied state orders against assembling in large groups and has already …

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Pastor Holds Services Hours After Being Charged And Taunts Local Cops: You Can’t Arrest Thousands Of Us

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: The pastor of Life Tabernacle Church in Central went ahead with an evening religious service Tuesday night just hours after city police cited him over allegations he violated a state order to limit crowd sizes during an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Pastor Tony Spell is accused of violating provisions of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ …

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Louisiana Pastor Charged For Holding Services After Saying That Coronavirus Is “Politically Motivated” Hoax

NBC News reports: A Louisiana pastor who continues to flout a ban on large gatherings was issued a summons from police for violating the governor’s executive order. The pastor, Mark Anthony Spell, who goes by Tony, of Life Tabernacle Church, told NBC News in a brief phone interview Tuesday afternoon that police had given him the summonses for the six …

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New Orleans Converts Convention Center To Hospital

The New Orleans Advocate reports: Louisiana is taking drastic steps to surge its medical capacity to prepare for what officials fear could be an overwhelming tide of coronavirus patients in the coming days, with the state planning to put more than 1,100 beds in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to ease the strain on New Orleans area hospitals. The …

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Reuters: New Orleans Set To Become New Epicenter

Reuters reports: New Orleans is on track to become the next coronavirus epicenter in the United States, dashing hopes that less densely populated and warmer-climate cities would not be hit as hard by the pandemic, and that summer months could see it wane. The plight of New Orleans – with the world’s highest growth rate in coronavirus cases and where …

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Man Charged With Terrorism For Virus Facebook Post

USA Today reports: A Louisiana man has been arrested after allegedly making a social media post that claimed Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputies had been ordered to shoot on sight those suffering from the coronavirus. Waylon Allen Bailey, 27, of the 3800 block of La. Highway 112, was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on one count of terrorizing, according …

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Louisiana Is First State To Delay Primary Over Virus

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports: The presidential primary elections in Louisiana slated for April will be delayed by two months, the latest in a series of dramatic steps government leaders have taken to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Sec. of State Kyle Ardoin was set to announce the delay at 11:30 a.m. Friday, using a provision of state …

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28th House Republican To Hit The Exit, Safe GOP Seat

Baton Rouge’s NBC News affiliate reports: Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham says he won’t seek another term in Congress representing northeast Louisiana’s 5th District. The Republican who ran unsuccessfully for governor says he’s sticking to a campaign pledge to serve only three terms in the U.S. House. Abraham announced his decision Wednesday in a statement that touted President Donald Trump’s …

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Trump Met With Cheers At College Title Match [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump turned sports fan for an evening as he watched No. 1 Louisiana State University and No. 3 Clemson battle it out in the College Football Playoff championship. Trump flew to Louisiana for Monday’s night’s game at the Superdome in New Orleans, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump. “It’ll be a great game. It’ll …

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Trump To Seek Adulation At College Football Title Match

ESPN reports: President Donald Trump is planning to attend the Jan. 13 College Football Playoff National Championship in New Orleans. The game features No. 1 Louisiana State University versus No. 3 Clemson, which is looking for its third national title in the last four seasons. Both teams are undefeated. Trump has attended a handful of sports events in recent months, …

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Diocese Uses Crop Duster To Drop Holy Water On Town

NPR reports: A Roman Catholic church in rural Louisiana hoping to maximize its blessings has come up with a way to do it: filling up a crop-duster plane with holy water and letting the sanctified liquid mist an entire community. “We can bless more area in a shorter amount of time,” Rev. Matthew Barzare of St. Anne Church in Cow …

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