Category Archives: Local Headlines

Judge Rules in Favor of Common Core Advocates

A Baton Rouge judge has given common core advocates another win against Governor Bobby Jindal.
Superintendent John White says the court decision, he quoted, found that contract “was intended by all to be used in implementation of the legal requirement for nationally recognized assessment testing in Louisiana.”
The judge, Todd Hernandez of the 19th Judicial District Court, [...]

Candidates Begin Qualifying for Fall Elections

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Candidates for offices ranging from Justice of the Peace to U.S. Senator are signing up and paying their fees today. Local candidates are filling out paperwork today through Friday in the Clerks of Court offices throughout the state.
This was the scene at the Rapides Parish Courthouse this morning. There will be a steady stream of [...]

Get a Close Look at U.S. Army Chaplain Training

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Today we’re getting a first-hand look at the training done by Fort Polk soldiers, especially the Unit Ministry Team. Army chaplains tend to soldiers and civilians alike after traumatic events. ABC 31′s Bennett Roland Junior reports from the simulated battlefield known as The Box.

That tour is by RSVP only and all children must be accompanied [...]

Jury Selection Continues in Capital Murder Trial

It’s day three for jury selection in the Thomas Sanders capital murder trial.
The 57-year-old Mississippi man is accused of leading a killing spree from Arizona to Louisiana. He’s being tried for shooting 12 year old Lexis Roberts, whose remains were found by hunters in Catahoula Parish.
If convicted, he would receive the death penalty. That would [...]

Area Political Subdivisions Receive Negative Audits

Several area political subdivisions are getting slaps on the wrists by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. None are major offenses.
A 17 percent pay raise is being looked into at the Grant Parish Library, although the director says it was a clerical error.
In Natchitoches parish, three funds overseen by the police jury ended the year with deficits.
And [...]

CIty Council Votes 4-3 to Pay Bill Owed to Lawyer

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Mayor Jacques Roy’s attorneys are attempting to meet with Judge Dee Drell over an order to pay a bill owed to a lawyer. The City Council voted four to three last night to comply with the order.

The million dollar plus bill is owed for the city’s defense in the long-standing CLECO lawsuit.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]

Man with Multiple Warrants Arrested in Grant Parish for Meth, Other Drugs

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On August 17, 2014 the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Natchez, La. man for a number of drug charges after a large amount of crystal methamphetamine and other narcotics were found as well as him being wanted from 3 other agencies.
Kendrick Jones, 29 years old, of 167 Robinson Street, Natchez, La. was arrested for [...]

State Police Offer Crash Photographs on Their Website

State police are offering on-line sales of crash photographs. The pictures and crash reports are needed by accident investigators.

Go to LSP.org for more information.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/19/14

Investigative Efforts Result in Child Predator Arrest

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Vernon Parish – Investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit/Alexandria Field Office arrested Ernest Kickel Jr. (W/M 66 yrs) of Leesville, LA, on Monday, August 18, 2014 for attempted aggravated rape and for trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
Earlier in the day, LSP’s Special Victims Unit (LSPSVU) received information from [...]

Jury Selection Continues as Prosecution Plans to Ask for Death Penalty

Jury selection is in its second day for 57-year-old Thomas Sanders. The procedure is slow, because the prosecution is asking for the death penalty if Sanders is convicted of killing 12-year-old Lexis Roberts.
Her body was found by hunters in Catahoula Parish 4 years ago. She had been shot and her throat had been slashed.
KLAX ABC [...]

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