Category Archives: Local Headlines

Blood Drive for “Little Boo” Maddox


[ August 8, 2013; 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a blood drive for Robert “Little Boo” Maddox on August 8th from 8am until 2pm at the RPSO Motor Pool.  The motor pool is located on John Allison Drive behind the Coca-Cola plant on 28 West.
As some of you already know, Little Boo was infected with the H1N1 [...]

Aggravated Battery Arrests


Over the weekend, Alexandria Police were called to the 7500 block of Coliseum Blvd. in reference to a disturbance at a local bar.
The officers contacted the security personnel. They were advised Hayley Ryder and John Hicks were asked to leave, but they refused. Ryder then threw a drink in the face of one of the [...]

Arrests Made in Identity Theft Case


Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Frances Alfursan, age 60, and Tonya Bass, age 40, both of Hornbeck.
The arrests are the result of a three-month investigation regarding Identity Theft and Exploitation of the Infirmed.
The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted in May 2013 when a report was filed [...]

“Safe Haven Law” Extension Begins Today

A new law that went into effect today gives new moms more time to give up their babies without consequences.  It’s called the Safe Haven Law, and it extends the allowable time for a baby to be given up at an emergency care facility from 30 to 60 days.  The bill was sponsored by local [...]

Citrus Disease Infects New Orleans Trees

A highly contagious citrus disease has been confirmed in New Orleans, and homeowners with citrus trees are urged to be on the lookout for it. LSU AgCenter correspondent Tobie Blanchard reports on the symptoms of citrus canker and what to do it you suspect your tree has the disease.

Citrus canker had not been seen in [...]

Community Complaints Lead to Drug Arrests


Complaints from the community lead to two arrests for drug distribution.  Rapides Deputies say they busted 40-year-old Ray Anthony Scott and 27-year-old Randi Kay Schweyher after searching Scott’s home on Levin Street.
Scott was advised of his Miranda rights and gave written consent to search the residence.  Just inside the front door, deputies located an illegal [...]

Deville Man Arrested for Recent String of Thefts


In recent months, the Rapides Parish Sheriffs’ Office has received and investigated numerous theft reports involving four wheelers, motorcycles and lawn equipment in the rural areas of Rapides Parish.  On a tip received through Crime Stoppers and through further investigation, RPSO Detectives obtained and executed search warrants at the residence of Michael Wayne Chatelain of [...]

Vernon Parish Man Arrested for Sex Crimes


The Rapides Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit arrests a Vernon Parish man for sex crimes.  21-year-old Justin Allen Blaze of Pitkin is charged with carnal knowledge and computer solicitation of a child.
Deputies say a hospital notified them a couple weeks ago about criminal sexual conduct with a child.  Blaze was later released on a $7,500.00 [...]

GOHSEP Workshops to Help Local Governments with Federal Grant Process

[ August 7, 2013; ] Baton Rouge, LA – The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is hosting a series of workshops to help local authorities with the current federal Homeland Security (HLS) grant process. Concepts presented by GOHSEP during the workshops will be used to determine ongoing eligibility for federal HLS grant funds; milestones in the [...]

O.K. Allen Bridge to Close Aug. 6

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), advises the public that the O.K. Allen Bridge (bridge number 840-43-0125-1) on US 71/165, will be closed to traffic on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 9:00 pm and will reopen at 6:00 am on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.  The closure for this one evening is related to [...]