Category Archives: Local Headlines

Sanders’ Defense Witnesses Talk About Early Life

Defense attorneys for Thomas Steven Sanders continue to call witnesses today. The witnesses describe the 57-year-old convict’s early life and interaction with people over the last few years.
Sanders is in the middle of the penalty phase of his trial. He could be sent to death row for the murder of 12-year-old Lexis Roberts. He was [...]

Missing Natchitoches Man Found, But Then Stabbed

Pictured: Ronald Hayes, found safely last night, but an argument this morning left him with a stab wound.
A Natchitoches man, who was reported missing, was found in safe. But he was stabbed this morning after an argument. Police arrested Harold Toussaint of Natchitoches for battery in the incident.
Police say Ronald Hayes was located last night [...]

4 Arrested in Tioga Burglary Case

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4 people are arrested by Rapides deputies in connection with a burglary on Rigolette Road in Tioga. Landon Jordan of Dry Prong, Daniel Stellwagon and Joshua Stellwagon, both of Ball, and Juliana Hudson of Alexandria are accused of taking electronics and guns during the break in.
All are charged with aggravated burglary and other offenses in [...]

Former Parish Employee Arrested for Fuel Theft

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Rapides deputies arrest a former parish employee for theft of fuel. He’s 43-year-old Kurt David Nugent of Ball.
Deputies say the complaint dates from a couple of weeks ago. Reportedly, Nugent would use a fuel card for his personal vehicle. He’s charged with felony theft.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/16/14

One Dead, Another Injured in Accidental Electrocutions

One is dead and another injured this afternoon, apparently after accidental electrocutions. It happened off Highway 1200 near Boyce.
Rapides deputies say the two were working in a field near a piece of farm equipment.
No names have been released yet.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/16/14

Sanders’ Mother Testifies in Court Today

The mother of 57-year-old Thomas Sanders says she wants her son to live, even though he’s convicted of capital murder. Mary Boothe Sanders smiled at her son during her testimony, recalling that he was a good son.
Thomas Steven Sanders, she calls him Steve, is facing the death penalty for the slaying of a 12-year-old girl [...]

State Office of Group Benefits Expanding Customer Service Hours

Starting today, the State Office of Group Benefits is extending its customer service hours. The service line will be open from 7am to 7pm Monday through Saturday and is available at 1-800-272-8451.
In January, a new set of plans will be available to state retirees and employees eligible for group benefits. The state officials say they [...]

Penalty Phase in Sanders Case Begins Tomorrow

The penalty phase of the Thomas Sanders case in Alexandria Federal Court begins tomorrow.
He has been convicted of kidnapping and slaying a 12-year-old girl. The prosecution is asking for the death penalty.
The jurors who decided his guilt last week will not decide if he lives or dies.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/15/14

Natchitoches Police Search for Missing Man

Pictured: Ronald Hayes, found safely last night, but an argument this morning left him with a stab wound.

Natchitoches police need help locating a missing man.
54-year-old Ronald Wayne Hayes was reported missing by his wife. Shawn Hayes says she dropped her husband off at work on Northern Street Friday morning and has not heard from him since. He’s 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds.
Anyone with information should call Natchitoches [...]

2 Arrested for Drug Distribution

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Alexandria police arrest two men for drug distribution. Central Louisiana Safe Streets Task Force agents say Tavis Jenkins and Eric Parker Junior were taken into custody at the Riverwynd Apartments.
Agents say the search resulted in suspected drugs, an assault rifle and large amount of cash. Both are charged with distribution and paraphernalia, and Jenkins faces [...]