Category Archives: Local Headlines

Sanders Argues Murder Case Belongs in State Court Not Federal

Testimony continues today in the federal trial of a Mississippi man accused of capital murder of a 12-year-old girl.
Sanders confessed to shooting and slitting the throat of Lexis Roberts four years ago in Catahoula Parish after kidnapping her.
His attorneys are arguing the case doesn’t belong in Federal Court and should be tried before a state [...]

2nd Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Starts Friday

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Tomorrow begins the Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday. This is one of several shopping days afforded to Louisiana residents for purchases without state sales taxes. Local taxes still apply.
Still, it’s a good opportunity for hunters to pick up everything from guns to off-road vehicles at a savings.

The tax-free sales go from tomorrow through Sunday.  [...]

Lane Closures: Pineville Expressway

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that beginning Thursday September 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM, construction work will begin on the northbound entry ramp connecting westbound traffic on LA 28 East to northbound US 167 (Pineville [...]

Fall Court Opening Held Today

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The fall opening of court in the 9th Judicial District is held this morning in the Rapides Parish Courthouse. This is an occasion for new attorneys in the district to be welcomed, and those who have died in the past year are remembered by their colleagues.
The judges of the district sit together to mark the [...]

Man Allegedly Steals Car From Hospital

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On September 2nd 2014, Alexandria Police arrested Chavaris J. White, 19 of Alexandria and charged him with: 1ct-Theft of a Motor Vehicle, 1ct-Simple Robbery.
At 11:00AM, APD Officers were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a theft of a vehicle. The victim reported he was at the hospital waiting on a family member. When [...]

Alexandria Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

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On September 2nd 2014, Alexandria Police arrested Louis Blake Means Sr, 19 of Alexandria and charged him with 1ct-Attempted Second Degree Murder.
APD Officers were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a reported Battery.  Upon arrival, the investigation found that the victim and Means were involved in a verbal altercation earlier this date that [...]

Murder Trial Begins in Alexandria

Opening arguments begin in federal court in Alexandria for the murder trial of a man accused of shooting and cutting the throat of a 12-year-old girl.
57-year-old Thomas Sanders, formerly of Mississippi, is accused of killing Lexis Roberts. Her remains were found four years ago by hunters in Catahoula Parish.
Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty.
He [...]

2 Jailers Injured During Escape Attempt

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Two jailers are hurt after an attempted escape last night in Vernon Parish. Deputies arrested Jose Ayala III and Joshua Griffin, both of Leesville.
Deputies say the escape attempt happened while jailers were giving medical assistance to another inmate.
Both are charged with attempted aggravated escape, introduction of contraband and battery of a correctional officer. The officers [...]

Leesville Man Wanted on Domestic Abuse Charges

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Vernon Parish authorities are trying to locate 34-year-old Jeremiah Lee Bell of Leesville. He’s wanted on active warrants for domestic abuse from Leesville PD.
He’s 5 foot 6 inches, weighs about 150 pounds and has distinct tattoos on his neck.
Call Leesville police or Vernon deputies if you know his whereabouts.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/3/14

Donelon Speaks to Natchitoches Chamber

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This is the busiest time of year for State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. He’s in Natchitoches today for the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce. He and other business leaders talked about how hurricanes affect the insurance business in this state.
He’s speaking as Hurricane Dolly slams into Mexico, and we’re just now nine years after Hurricane Katrina [...]