Category Archives: Local Headlines

Fort Polk Letters, Petitions Deadline Tonight

Midnight tonight is the deadline to save Fort Polk with letters of support.
Fort Polk Progress has been lobbying for the past few weeks for the continued troop strength at the U.S. Army base.

Michael Reese spoke today to the North Rapides Business and Industry Alliance, which meets monthly on the Louisiana College campus in Pineville.
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Couple Arrested for Keeping Little Girl in Cage

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A couple faces cruelty charges after being accused of keeping a little girl in a case.
Police arrested Jennifer Chapman and Joseph Chapman of Alexandria over the weekend. Seven children in all were removed from their home on Park Avenue.
Investigators say the woman admitted to placing the child in the cage in the kitchen whenever the [...]

Mike Small to Defend Fort Polk Soldier in Assault Case

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Prominent criminal lawyer Mike Small of Alexandria is defending a Fort Polk soldier shot last weekend by an Alexandria policeman.
State police arrested Mitchel Ryan Bethin today after he was discharged from the hospital. Bethin is accused of aggravated assault with a firearm and simple battery.
State police conducted the investigation and say the policeman shot Bethin [...]

Local Woman Shoots Man in Apparent Domestic Dispute

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An Alexandria woman is arrested for shooting a man this afternoon at the Cabana Mobile Home Estates on North Bolton. She’s 73-year-old Judy Hernandez.
Police say it appears to have been a domestic dispute. The man was treated on the scene and taken to a local hospital.
She’s charged with attempted murder.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/22/14

18-Year-Old Arrested for Inappropriate Behavior with Forest Hill Girl

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A Glenmora teen is arrested for inappropriate behavior with a Forest Hill girl. 18-year-old Jesus Romero Rubio is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and oral sexual battery.
Rapides deputies say the complaint came in a couple weeks ago, and that started the investigation.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/22/14

Qualifying Ends for November Elections

The slates are set for the November 4th primary elections in Louisiana.
Some are re-elected without opposition, some have challengers, and others are more crowded than ever.
The former speaker of the House of Representatives is running for Alexandria and Ward Marshal. Charlie Dewitt is among five, including the incumbent, seeking the post, which reportedly pays more [...]

School Bus Accident Injures One

At 7:59AM this morning, August 22 2014, APD Officers responded to the intersection of Jackson and Foisy Streets in reference to an accident involving a Rapides Parish School Bus and a Ford Expedition.
The investigation found that the school bus was traveling South Bound on Foisy Street when the driver fail to yield for the stop [...]

Child Calls 911 to Report Mother’s Drug Overdose

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A Grant Parish woman is under arrest after her child called 911 when the mom passed out from a drug overdose in their car. 23-year-old Keri Silk of Pollock is accused of possession of oxycodone, pills and illegal use of drugs in the presence of a minor.
Grant deputies say the six-year-old child is safe with [...]

Anti-Terrorism Exercise Underway at Fort Polk

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An anti-terrorism exercise is underway today at Camp Beauregard. ABC 31’s Bennett Roland Junior says this is the kind of training that anticipates the unthinkable.

These exercises are now a routine part of multi-agency training, especially because this area is so close to Fort Polk.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/21/14

Exchange Club to Host Forums for Candidates

Qualifying for the fall elections is about to wrap up and for the next six weeks, the Exchange Club is hosting a series of forums featuring three judicial races, and the elections for District Attorney, the U.S. Senate, 5th Congressional District and Alexandria Mayor.
The chairman of the forums is an appeals court judge.

Today, this civic [...]