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Arson Case Solved


From left: James Stracener (Elmer), Sandie Stansbury (Elmer), Michael DeVito (Pollock), and Samantha Stracener (Pollock)
Rapides Deputies say they’ve solved an arson case from January.  They’re 53-year-old James Stracener and 35-year-old Sandie Stansbury.  Both are from Elmer.  And 41-year-old Michael DeVito and 29-year-old Samantha Stracener, both of which are from Pollock.
Detectives say James Stracener paid Samantha [...]

Combat Support Hospital on Display at Fort Polk


A combat support hospital is on display today at Fort Polk.  This is a community open house to show off the 44-bed treatment facility.
It’s the 115th combat support hospital and it’s used during battles to save service members and foreign nationals.  These combat hospitals have come a long way from the days of M.A.S.H., but [...]

Chamber Members Attend Final Health Care Reform Presentation

The Obama Administration announces it will delay one important requirement of the Affordable Care Act.  Today Chamber members found out what the delay of the “Pay-to-Play” provision means for average Americans.

This is the final part of a 5-meeting presentation on how health care reform affects businesses and their employees.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/23/13

State Treasurer Kennedy Addresses Downtown Rotary Club

State Treasurer John Kennedy says Louisiana can save millions of dollars by dropping unneeded contracts, mostly in the education department.  Today, Kennedy presented his plan to members of the downtown rotary club.

Kennedy got his start in state government by working as an attorney for former Governor Buddy Roemer.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/23/13

Police Searching for Burglar


Alexandria Police need your help to find a burglar who is targeting businesses.  Police say this man is wanted for the July 7th break-in at a Metro Drive business.
Anyone with information should call APD at 318-449-5099.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/23/13

Area Police Make Large Dent in Drug Fight


Area law enforcement agencies make a big dent in their fight against drugs.  The Natchitoches Drug Task Force takes seven people into custody on a long list of charges.  Agents say those charges stem from a long investigation into drug distribution in the Campti area.
And Alexandria Police arrest three people in a drug round up.  [...]

Deville Man Found Alive


A Deville man is found alive after spending the night lost in the woods.
Game wardens issued this picture of 29-year-old John Paul Junior after he was found alive in the Dewey Wills Wildlife Area in LaSalle Parish.  Agents found Paul Sunday morning.  He didn’t need medical treatment but he told agents he was out there [...]

2 Arrested for Weekend Shooting


Alexandria Police arrest two people after a shooting over the weekend.  Police responded to reports of gunshots in the 22 hundred block of Vance.
They found 40-year-old Kevin White of Alexandria with a shotgun.  Officers say white shot at a couple, thinking they witnessed him trying to break into a car.
Nobody was injured, but police also [...]

Accelerated Learning Courses Now Available at LCRP

Accelerated learning courses are now being offered at the Learning Center for Rapides Parish (LCRP).  They appeal to certain students who are in a non-traditional school term.

Contact the LCRP for more information on what is available at (318) 484-2184 or visit their website at
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/22/13

Youth Challenge Program Celebrates 20th Year

The Louisiana Youth Challenge program is now in its 20th year.
This educational opportunity is for out-of-school young people.  It’s helped more than 16 thousand people receive high school diplomas at campuses in Pineville and in south Louisiana at Carville.

The anniversary celebration was held in New Orleans at the World War II Museum.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]