Category Archives: Local Headlines

911 Ceremonies Held Locally, Nationally

Town of Ball Walking Trail and Memorial Park.

Today the nation observes the 13th anniversary of the 911 terror attacks with ceremonies at ground zero, The Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 2,983 people were killed that day.
Town of Ball Walking Trail and Memorial Park.
Many ceremonies were also held locally today. First, we head to Ball, where residents held their own remembrance at their walking [...]

Exchange Club Hosts Candidates for Division G Judgeship

Three more candidates appear today in a forum sponsored by the Exchange Club. They are seeking the Division G Judgeship on the 9th District Bench in Rapides Parish.
We asked them about their approach to civil matters, such as child custody and divorce cases.

Next week the group will hear from those seeking to succeed Jam Downs [...]

Arrests Made in Armed Robbery

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On 9-10-14 the Alexandria Police were dispatched 1700 block of Jackson Street in reference to a disturbance. The officer made contact with a male subject, who later was identified as the victim. The victim told the officer that his brother and another person picked him up from his residence against his will. While in route [...]

APD Awaits Extradition of Teen Accused of Bomb Threats

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A teenager faces serious charges tonight after he’s accused of phoning in a bomb threat yesterday. The bomb threat disrupted the day at four Rapides Parish schools.
17-year-old Reuben Byon of Fredericksburg, Texas is accused. Extradition efforts are underway. He will be charged with communicating false information of a planned bombing on school property.
Alexandria police say [...]

Natchitoches School Board Member Wins Candidacy Challenge

A school board member in Natchitoches Parish wins a challenge to his candidacy at the appeals court level.
The Ethics Board challenged Ralph Wilson’s candidacy, because he owes around 15 hundred for late reports. However, the trial court and the court of appeals ruled in Wilson’s favor, letting him stay on the ballot. They say they [...]

Fort Polk Soldier Dies After Reported Break-In

Fort Polk says an investigation is underway into the death of a soldier on post Friday night. It happened near Moran and Riverton, where a suspect was reportedly illegally trying to enter a home. An MP responded, and the suspect fled on foot.
When officers finally found him, they say they had to use a taser [...]

Natchitoches Police Search for Missing Girl

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Natchitoches police need help finding a missing woman who is mentally disabled. 28-year-old Ebony Prater was last seen Saturday at noon at her home on University Drive. She lives with her mother. She’s 5 foot 8 inches and weighs about 200 pounds.
Please call Natchitoches Police if you know her whereabouts.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/9/14

Bomb Threat Called in to 4 Local Schools

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Students at four Rapides Parish schools evacuated this morning because of bomb scares, though nothing was found.
The phone calls disrupted the morning at Pineville High, ASH, Brame Junior High and Bolton. Alexandria police say the phone call to Alexandria Senior High came in just before 10:40 this morning. About the same time, calls with similar [...]

Pineville Police Officer Kills Man With Sword

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A Pineville police officer kills a man they say threatened him with a large sword.
The man who died is 40-year-old Christopher Shane LeBlanc. He lived in the 500 block of Cummins Street, where the shooting happened.
Pineville police were called to the scene for a reported disturbance. Rapides detectives are investigating the officer-involved shooting at the [...]

Jury Convicts Sanders of Capital Murder

An Alexandria federal court jury of six men and six women convicts Thomas Sanders of capital murder.
The prosecution is asking for the death penalty in the death of 12-year-old Lexis Roberts. The death penalty phase will begin a week from tomorrow.
The little girl’s body was found by hunters four years ago in Catahoula Parish.
Sanders confessed [...]