Category Archives: Local Headlines

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 [...]

Correction Officer, Michigan Woman Indicted for Conspiracy

ALEXANDRIA, La. – A correctional officer at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, La., along with a relative of an inmate, were charged with conspiring to introduce a cell phone into the prison, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced.
Maggie Kay Comeaux, 28, of Ball, La., and Paris Smith, 21, of Detroit, Mich., were indicted for the [...]

Citizen Report of Man Riding on Car Hood Holding Tractor Wheel Leads to Arrest

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Rapides deputies arrest two men for scrap metal thefts. Deputies say John Cole of Deville and Justin Kerry of Dry Prong stole tractor parts and other heavy metal items yesterday on Fred Redwine Road.
Deputies say they found the suspects after the victim saw them riding down the road with one of them riding on the [...]

Judge Rules in Favor of Common Core Advocates

A Baton Rouge judge has given common core advocates another win against Governor Bobby Jindal.
Superintendent John White says the court decision, he quoted, found that contract “was intended by all to be used in implementation of the legal requirement for nationally recognized assessment testing in Louisiana.”
The judge, Todd Hernandez of the 19th Judicial District Court, [...]

Candidates Begin Qualifying for Fall Elections

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Candidates for offices ranging from Justice of the Peace to U.S. Senator are signing up and paying their fees today. Local candidates are filling out paperwork today through Friday in the Clerks of Court offices throughout the state.
This was the scene at the Rapides Parish Courthouse this morning. There will be a steady stream of [...]

Get a Close Look at U.S. Army Chaplain Training

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Today we’re getting a first-hand look at the training done by Fort Polk soldiers, especially the Unit Ministry Team. Army chaplains tend to soldiers and civilians alike after traumatic events. ABC 31’s Bennett Roland Junior reports from the simulated battlefield known as The Box.

That tour is by RSVP only and all children must be accompanied [...]

Jury Selection Continues in Capital Murder Trial

It’s day three for jury selection in the Thomas Sanders capital murder trial.
The 57-year-old Mississippi man is accused of leading a killing spree from Arizona to Louisiana. He’s being tried for shooting 12 year old Lexis Roberts, whose remains were found by hunters in Catahoula Parish.
If convicted, he would receive the death penalty. That would [...]