Category Archives: Local Headlines

Former Coliseum Manager Arrested

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The former manager of the Rapides Coliseum is arrested for financial and legal improprieties.
She’s 37-year-old Kimberly Ellen Neal Townley of Pineville.
She faces a series of charges, including: theft, false accounting and filing false public records. The arrest follows a complaint filed by the parish police jury and a critical report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

Leesville Looks to Solve City’s Water Problems

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Water problems in the City of Leesville may soon be history.  The USDA Rural Development will provide more than 16 million dollars for improvements to the city water system.  It’s a combination loan and grant.
City officials say it will help the system stay up and running, and conserve water once the improvements are made.

The city [...]

Man Arrested in Shooting Death of 70-Year-Old Woman

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Grant Deputies arrest a man they say shot and killed a 70-year-old woman over the Easter weekend.  He’s 26-year-old Alex Hall of Colfax.  The victim is identified as Loretta Williams, of Eleanor Street, in Colfax.
Deputies say they were called to the scene Saturday.
Hall is being held under a half-million-dollar bond, and he’s charged with murder, [...]

Marksville Woman Arrested for Attempted Murder of Police Officer

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Police arrest a Marksville woman for trying to hit an officer with her car, then leading authorities on a chase into Grant Parish.
Police say it all began when 54-year-old Catherine Augustine created a scene at the Circle K on Jackson Street.  When an officer tried to speak to her, that’s when she reportedly accelerated her [...]

Egg-Knocking Tradition Continues Across Avoyelles Parish Easter Day

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The world-famous Marksville Egg-Knocking Contest produced lots of smiling faces Easter Day.
Egg knocking is more than a contest; it’s an art.  Many of the participants represented many generations who gathered for this Easter ritual.
So what is egg knocking?  It’s a way to determine the toughest egg and no cheating is allowed.

Egg knocking is a rite [...]

Louisiana Students of the Year

Eighteen students from across the state were named regional finalists for the Louisiana Students of the Year award. The 18 regional finalists include one 5th grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade student from six regions and represent public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools across Louisiana. These regional finalists and state winners for each [...]

Three Alexandria Teens Booked on Burglary Charges

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Darius Mitchell
Chaquirion Parker
The School Resource Officer at North Bayou Rapides Elementary was advised of a burglary in the area of Hideaway Subdivision.  The SRO saw the suspects running behind the school and maintained visual contact until Patrol Deputies arrived.
Upon arrival, deputies located and detained three suspects identified as 18 year-old Darius Mitchell, 17 year-old [...]

Subject Charged with Multiple Burglaries

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Rapides deputies responded to a burglary on Stilly Road in Pineville.  According to the victim, the residence had been the subject of many break ins which went back as far as three years.  Detectives from the Tioga Substation also responded to investigate the burglary.
After speaking with the home owner and canvassing the immediate area, detectives [...]

Suspect Wanted in Boyce Burglary

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On February 24th, deputies from the Boyce Sub-station responded to Kendall Lane in Boyce in reference to a burglary.
The victim advised that while she was in the hospital, her residence was burglarized and her jewelry was missing.  The case was turned over to RPSO Detectives for further investigation and their findings revealed there were three [...]

Sandstone Multi-Use Trail Opens

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Pineville, La. – The Sandstone Multi-use trial will open on Saturday, April 19.  The popular motorized trail is seasonally closed. “Although we have received a lot of rain recently, we are experiencing good drying conditions. We plan to open the trail early this year so riders can take advantage of the spring weather,” explained Mike [...]