Category Archives: Local Headlines

2 Arrested for Discharging Weapons


Dontavis Howard (left) and Demoreo Hall (right).
Alexandria police arrest 2 men for discharging weapons in the area of Kent and Monroe.
They’re 20-year-old Dontavis Howard and 27-year-old Demoreo Hall, both of Alexandria. Howard is charge with illegal use and firing a gun in the city limits. Hall is accused of interfering with the investigation, obstruction and [...]

Grant Deputies Arrest 2 For Attempting to Apprehend Alleged Car Thief

Adam Kertz (left) and Robert Burgess Junior (right) are accused of breaking into the wrong home to apprehend a suspect.

Adam Kertz (left) and Robert Burgess Junior (right) are accused of breaking into the wrong home to apprehend a suspect.
Grant deputies say a man decided to take the law into his own hands, and now he’s under arrest. They also arrested a friend who helped him and the actual suspect in the car theft.
Jonathan Perry [...]

US Census Data Shows LA Incomes Rising Slowly

U.S. census data shows more of us in Louisiana are working, but household incomes are rising at a slow but steady pace. Other figures show broad disparities in income along racial lines.
And Louisiana is still the 3rd highest in poverty in the nation and 4th on the list for poor children.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/19/14

Electricians Still Working to Repair Courthouse Electricity


Electricians are working through the weekend to repair a malfunction that darkened the Federal Courthouse in Alexandria and interrupted the penalty phase for Thomas Steven Sanders.
Sanders has been convicted of slaying a 12-year-old girl, and the jury must now determine if he lives or dies.
Officials hope to resume the testimony on Monday.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]

Janet Dixon Says Ethics Charges Are False

Rapides Parish School Board President Janet Dixon denied any wrongful actions in connection with the hiring of the current school superintendent.
She is the target of an ethics complaint that she improperly served on the school board while working for the head-hunting firm which was used to select the superintendent.

She says she has hired an attorney [...]

Exchange Club Hosts Candidates for DA

Long-time district attorney in Rapides Parish James Downs is retiring and 3 local attorneys are seeking that seat on November 4th.
Today, they made their pitch to the ongoing forums sponsored by the Exchange Club. We asked each of them what makes them the best candidate.

That primary is November 4th, with a run-off on December 6th.
KLAX [...]

Officer Cleared of Wrongdoing in Shooting of Man with Sword

A Pineville police officer is cleared of any wrongdoing in a deathly shooting of a man who charged him with a sword. The shooting on September 8th resulted in the death of Christopher Shane LeBlanc in front of his home on Cummins Street.
Rapides deputies were asked to investigate the matter and determined the shooting by [...]

Deputies Apprehend Work Release Escapee


UPDATE 4:08PM: The inmate that escaped and stole a vehicle earlier today at his job site has been apprehended by the Natchitoches Police Department.
Michael Thomas Smith was located after Natchitoches PD received information the escapee was at a local gas station in the stolen vehicle.  Patrol Officers responded and took Smith into custody without incident.  [...]

Sanders Trial Disrupted Due to Electrical Problems

The penalty phase of the Thomas Steven Sanders case in Alexandria Federal Court is disrupted and in recess until Monday.
Court officials say last night an electrical problem cut off power to the Federal Court House. The penalty phase of the Sanders trial will resume Monday at a location to be announced.
The disruption happened after 2 [...]

2 Prominent LA Democrats Speak at Women’s Group

Two prominent Louisiana Democrats speak to a Democratic women’s group about their political plans.
One is state representative John Bel Edwards, a presumed candidate for Governor in 2 years, and Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, who’s on the ballot for the 5th congressional district race.

They were the guest speakers today at an event for the Democratic Women.
KLAX [...]