Monthly Archives: June 2013

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Rapides Deputies Arrest Alleged Stalker


Rapides deputies arrest a man they say stalked women around the Red River Waterway Park.  The first complaint regarding 49-year-old Chester Salard of Alexandria came on June 15th.  Salard was arrested yesterday after an investigation.  He’s banned from the park pending further investigation.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/25/13

Pineville Man Returns to Jail for Life for Child Rape


A 48-year-old Pineville man is returning to prison for the rest of his life — for raping a child.
Tony Pennywell served 18 years in a North Carolina prison for killing his wife.  He moved here and was arrested and tried for several sex charges, including rape.  A judge here sentenced him to a total of [...]

Fort Polk Saved

Fort Polk is saved.  That’s the word issued today by U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.
Boosters of the base in Leesville and Alexandria learned this morning the latest round of cuts will cause Fort Polk to lose 240 soldiers.  That’s a far cry from the 54 hundred first proposed.  Most importantly, for the Chambers of Commerce, the [...]

Governor Jindal’s Letter to the Editor on State Budget

Governor Bobby Jindal

Governor Bobby Jindal issued the following letter to the editor to newspapers regarding actions taken on the state budget and funding for people with developmental disabilities.
Last week I signed HB 1, Louisiana’s budget bill for the next fiscal year. Despite reports to the contrary, the final budget that was signed into law does not include [...]

Lunar Synchronicity Creates Supermoon


The heavens delivered a rare treat to moonstruck romantics and werewolves who rose before the sun yesterday.
A feat of lunar synchronicity created a supermoon.  It happens when the moon is full and at the same time reaches its closest point to earth in its orbit.  It makes for the biggest, brightest moon of the year.  [...]

Rapides Deputies Charge Woman and Brother with Obstruction


Rapides deputies say a North Carolina woman and her brother are charged with obstruction of justice and criminal conspiracy.  Deputies say 37-year-old Jennifer Gordey Davis tried to threaten potential witnesses in her brother’s criminal sex cases.
35-year-old Jeffrey Gibson is originally from Pineville.  He’s in jail on sexual battery, molestation and rape charges.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]

Four Inmates Plot to Escape from Rapides Parish Jail


Rapides deputies foil a plot by 4 inmates to escape from the parish jail in the court house.
They’re David Hatten of Otis, in jail for probation violation, Gabriel Nethery of Alexandria, in jail for sexual battery and indecent behavior, Jeffrey Neil Gibson of Pineville, behind bars for carnal knowledge, indecent behavior and sexual battery, and [...]

Funeral Today for Missing Teacher


Relatives gather at a memorial service in Long Beach, California to grieve the loss of a teacher who died here in Louisiana.
Terrilynn Monette’s body was found inside her car in a bayou in New Orleans on June 8th.  She had been missing for three months.  She disappeared on March 2nd on her way home from [...]

Recycled Mardi Gras Beads Featured in Artwork

Recycled Mardi Gras beads get a new life as part of a traveling art exhibit called Bead Town.  Right now it’s in Natchitoches.
Artist Stephan Wanger started creating the over-sized artwork six years ago with donated beads.  He partners with Louisiana cities and schools to create pieces picturing local and state traditions.  Wanger is from Germany [...]

Rapides School Superintendent Speaks to North Rapides Business & Industry Alliance


The new Rapides Parish School Superintendent makes one of his first public speaking appearances today in Pineville.  Tony Authement has the summer weeks to get ready for his first school year, which will start in August.

He spoke today to the North Rapides Business and Industry Alliance.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/24/13