Category Archives: Local Headlines

Former Head of Narcotics Admits to Malfeasance, Abuse of Power

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The former head of metro narcotics in Rapides Parish has been placed on probation after admitting to malfeasance and abuse of office.
Michael Lacour entered a plea agreement with the DA’s office yesterday.  He had been charged with having sex with a woman on probation, helping her get money from Crime Stoppers and mishandling illegal drugs.
He [...]

School Board Reverses Supt. Decision on Grading System

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Rapides Parish School Board members vote to go back to a numerical grading system, after hearing from unhappy parents and students.
The school superintendent changed the system to letter grades, as in A, B, C, D and F. But, angry students say this cheats good students out of high averages and allows poor ones to rank [...]

Ethics Complaint Filed Against School Board President

An ethics complaint is filed against Rapides Parish School Board President Janet Dixon.
Former Principal Fred Moore says Dixon was employed as a consultant by the firm the school board used as a headhunter, which resulted in the hiring of the current superintendent. Moore has filed an official complaint.
Dixon recently announced she is not running for [...]

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 [...]