Category Archives: Local Headlines

Student Dies After School Fight at Natchitoches Central

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Johnquaries Smith, 18, dies after school fight at Natchitoches Central.
One student has died, another will be charged with manslaughter after a school fight at Natchitoches Central.
18-year-old Johnquaries Smith, an outside linebacker for the school football team was in critical condition on life support at University Medical in Shreveport and passed away about 11:30 this morning. [...]

Man Arrested After Being Shot as Intruder

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Vernon deputies arrest a Leesville man who was shot August 9th by a homeowner, who says the man threatened him and his family. Jesse Lee Fernandez was shot four times and was arrested after his release from the hospital.
Deputies say Fernandez is charged with home invasion, criminal trespassing, criminal damage to property, and criminal mischief.
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Waterway Officials Search for Ways to Kill Harmful Weeds

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Few weeds bother area conservationists like the giant salvinia. They can literally choke the life out of a waterway.
For that reason, officials with the Red River Waterway Commission are always looking for ways to kill the plant without harming other vegetation and in an economical manner. And, thanks to researchers at Stephen F. Austin State [...]

City Judge Candidate Promises to Post 10 Commandments in Courtroom

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One of the candidates for Pineville City Judge hosts a news conference today about the 10 Commandments.
Lauren Saucier invited area ministers to her announcement. She says if elected she will post the 10 Commandments in her courtroom. Her supporters say this is important to the ministers.
Also running are Todd Farrar, Gary Hays and Fred Pharis.
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After Qualifying, Many Elected Unopposed

When the smoke cleared Friday afternoon at courthouses and the secretary of state’s offices in Baton Rouge, some candidates were elected unopposed.
All but two state district judges are returning to the bench as well as the Alexandria City Judge.
Seven school board members have no races, and two area mayors are elected in Lecompte and McNary.
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Police ID Officer Involved in Fort Polk Soldier Shooting

Alexandria police release more information about the officer-involved shooting that happened August 16th. Fork Polk soldier, 22-year-old Mitchel Ryan Bethin, is charged with aggravated assault with a gun and simple battery.
APD identified the officer as Corporal Clifton Fairbanks, a 14-year veteran. State investigators say the preliminary investigation revealed Fairbanks likely saved the life of another [...]

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