CHIQUITA TATE’S HUSBAND IS BEHIND BARS!
The husband of slain Baton Rouge attorney Chiquita Tate has been charged with her murder after detectives say they found a mixture of his and her blood on at least two different items.
An arrest warrant in the case alludes to a pending divorce as a possible motive in the murder.
Detectives say the slain attorney was stabbed 38 times.
Greg Harris, 37, was charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Illegal Use of a Dangerous Weapon.
According to an arrest warrant in the case, police say they found a mixture of Tate’s blood and her husband’s blood on two different items including a pair of safety glasses found under the seat of her car and on a bottle of Clorox found inside Harris’s home.
The warrant says detectives sent the safety glasses to the State Police Crime Lab and the blood “tested positive for a mixture of the victim’s blood and defendant’s blood.”
During a search of Harris’s home “a Clorox botttle was found with blood stains on it,” the warrant says. The warrant says the bottle was also sent to the crime lab and “tested positive for a mixture of the victim’s blood and defendant’s blood.”
According to the arrest warrant, Tate was “planning on divorcing the defendant due to marital problems.” Tate had leased her own apartment, police said.
Judge Tony Marabella initially jailed Harris on February 22nd, two days after Tate was found dead. Harris was jailed for contempt of court for failing to appear in court on an outstanding traffic charge.
During a hearing on that case Monday morning, Harris was ordered to pay a $10 fine and was going to be released from jail later in the day. At that point, detectives filed the murder charges against him.
The arrest warrant say when police first interviewed Harris, just after his wife’s body was found, they allegedly noticed “injuries to his hands and left arm which appeared to be cuts and scratches.”
Chiquita Tate, 34, was found dead in her office on Third Street at 6am on February 20th.
Some Baton Rouge businesses have found a way to make ends meet in these hard economic times. Some are joining Partners One – an organized bartering association. Area businesses can trade goods and services with each other. Everything from dentists and bakers to massage therapists and lawn care.
It’s not Wall Street but this is how trading is done in Baton Rouge. “How big of a job is it?” A broker on the phone searching the computer connecting businesses together. “They agree to trade by bartering their goods and services with one another.” Paul Melancon is the executive director for Partners One. The organization oversees 500 businesses – based on their needs. “Need someone to cut grass or cut a tree. Or I need a dentist- or where can I go to buy cakes and pies.” The Cake Palace on Essen Lane has partnered several times. In exchange for cakes owner Randy Roshto has had “all my flooring in here put down by partners, done some painting – done some work at my house on partners.” Roshto says this trading has boosted his business “During king cake season – did king cakes everyday on trade – lunches here on trade.”
Those who trade pay retail price, plus ten percent. “They have their own separate accounts and money. Trade dollars flow through their accounts that afford them possibility of saving their cash.” explained Melancon. Roshto says those “trade dollars” are then spent when you call to in find a service.
They say this new bartering system works. Trade partners generate regular paying customers, which adds to his bottom dollar. By the way – depending on how much a business trades, it could get part of that extra ten-percent back in real cash at the end of the year.
Right now, Partners One, the company that oversees everything has a waiting list for businesses trying to get in.
I was emailed a link to a local blog by a Houston attorney who wanted to turn me on to what’s allegedly going on at the Harris County District Attorney’s office since Pat Lykos took over. Obviously, Lykos doesn’t have a lot of fans on this particular blog. Those who write and read it have unloaded a lot of alleged dirt on the new elected Harris County Prosecutor. Here are some of the allegations publicly published on the blog about Lykos:
-the A.D.A.’s are being told that the budget has already been expended. -the morale within the Office continues to plummet.
–Lykos is spending a large amount of time in the basement parking garage smoking like a chimney while forcing her staff to come with her to talk business. -the Office is hemorrhaging money having to pay for special prosecutors to handle every case where Jim Leitner or Clint Greenwood acted as defense attorneys.
-the investigator that Lykos brought in to act as her personal chauffeur for her
county vehicle has apparently already wrecked said county ride.
If these allegations are true would you be concerned about the person you elected to the Harris County District Attorney’s office? Let the Insite hear your opinion!
ARE YOU IN HIS NOW EXCLUSIVE LIST OF FRIENDS?
If you were lucky enough to become a Facebook friend of Mayor Bill White, you’re now in an exclusive club. Apparently, Mayor White is so popular on the social networking website that he can’t accept any new friends. He’s reportedly at the 5,000 friends limit. White says he answers all of his Facebook messages personally and the only one other person has access to his account is his son Will. Are you a friend of Bill? The Insite would like to know!
Jamie Jones, my niece, frequently cooks at Insite headquarters. Since I’ve been watching what I eat I haven’t enjoyed all of her meals. But I was shocked Sunday at what I found in my oven. It was cornbread she must’ve made several weeks ago. The thing was growing hair in my oven. It was disgusting. Actually, she discovered it as we were cleaning up and she hid her face when I told her it was going on front street. Obviously, I should check the oven more often but so should she. I can’t believe the bacteria the cornbread developed. It was like it had a short gray afro. Nasty discovery of the week for the Insite!
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THIS TIME IT WAS $70 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE NACOGDOCHES AREA!
U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today that a 57-year-old Nacogdoches man has been sentenced for perpetrating a commodities Ponzi scheme in the Eastern District of Texas.
GEORGE D. HUDGINS pleaded guilty on Sept. 9, 2008, to wire fraud, embezzlement and money laundering and was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. Hudgins was also ordered to pay restitution of $70,864,679.00 to his victims. Approximately 40% of that amount has already been collected through the efforts of the court appointed received and the investigative team, and will be repatriated to the victim investors.
According to information presented in court, from 2004 through April 2008, Hudgins solicited and accepted funds from numerous investors for the purpose of investing in commodities futures and stock index futures. To encourage investment, Hudgins provided investors with false and misleading information concerning the pool’s historic returns. Instead of operating at the significant profit levels stated by Hudgins, the pool lost large amounts of money. Hudgins actually used monies provided to him by investors to pay “profits” to other investors, thus executing what prosecutors describe as a Ponzi scheme. Hudgins also lived a luxurious lifestyle, purchasing among many items, several classic sports cars, parcels of real estate, two airplanes, and numerous pieces of expensive jewelry.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Texas Rangers, the Internal Revenue Service- Criminal Investigations Division, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Malcolm Bales.
The Obama administration may shift tens of millions of dollars for enforcing workplace immigration laws to fighting Mexican drug cartels.
An official familiar with the plan said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is considering asking Congress for approval to take more than $30 million from a program to
investigate employers complicit in hiring illegal immigrants.
If Congress agreed, the money would be used to fight cartel-related violence. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the request has not yet been made to Congress.
ICE is also considering send more than 90 more officers to the border, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is hiring 37 people to target gunrunners.