Category Archives: Local Headlines

Investigative Efforts Result in Child Predator Arrest

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Vernon Parish – Investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit/Alexandria Field Office arrested Ernest Kickel Jr. (W/M 66 yrs) of Leesville, LA, on Monday, August 18, 2014 for attempted aggravated rape and for trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
Earlier in the day, LSP’s Special Victims Unit (LSPSVU) received information from [...]

Jury Selection Continues as Prosecution Plans to Ask for Death Penalty

Jury selection is in its second day for 57-year-old Thomas Sanders. The procedure is slow, because the prosecution is asking for the death penalty if Sanders is convicted of killing 12-year-old Lexis Roberts.
Her body was found by hunters in Catahoula Parish 4 years ago. She had been shot and her throat had been slashed.
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Qualifying Tomorrow Thru Friday for Fall Elections

Politics in Louisiana are heating up this week.
Qualifying for the fall elections begins tomorrow and ends Friday. Statewide and most state district races will take qualifying papers and fees in Baton Rouge. Others will be qualifying in their home parishes.
In Rapides Parish, the City of Alexandria will have races for mayor, some city council seats, [...]

Jury Convicts Man of Shooting Up Convenience Store

CHARLES E. JACKSON, 29 of Alexandria, was charged with ATTEMPTED MURDER and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon arising out of an incident which occurred at a convenience store in Alexandria.
The defendant made an early morning liquor purchase and went out to his car where he sampled the liquor.  Surveillance video at the [...]

Boil Advisory Issued for Parts of Alexandria

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Alexandria, Louisiana—Damage to a 12-inch water pipe Monday has resulted in the need for a boil water advisory for a small part of the city, according to Utility Director Michael Marcotte.
Because of this incident, the water in the affected area may have been compromised. The 12-inch water line was inadvertently damaged on New York Avenue [...]

Another Candidate Enters Pineville City Marshall Race

Another candidate is out of the gate for Pineville City Marshal. Jay Slayter is currently the commander for the Rapides Parish Corrections Emergency Response Team.

Slayter made his announcement late Friday.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/18/14

Federal Judge Orders City of Alexandria to Pay Attorney in CLECO Case

The City of Alexandria is now under a federal court deadline to pay the legal fees for one of the attorneys who handled the CLECO case. Otherwise, Federal Judge Dee Drell has ordered U.S. Marshals to seize funds from the city to make the million dollar plus payment.

The judge issued the order Friday, though his [...]

Man Arrested in Fatal Crash Follow-Up

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In a follow-up to a deadly accident on August 6th, State Police arrest a man from Basile. Troopers say as evidence surfaced, investigators concluded 34-year-old Eric Bergeaux was actually the driver of the vehicle, and he was impaired at the time of the crash.
The accident killed 42-year-old Joseph Joseph II and happened in Acadia Parish. [...]

APD Officer Shoots Fort Polk Soldier Over Weekend

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State Police are investigating an APD officer-involved shooting that happened over the weekend. Troopers say the Alexandria police officer shot a Fort Polk soldier who refused to drop his weapon after he had been warned.
It happened around 3 am in the parking lot of a convenience store on MacArthur Drive. The officer was on routine [...]

Jury Selection Begins in Thomas Sanders Trial

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Jury selection is underway for the man accused of killing a 12-year-old girl four years ago. Thomas Sanders is being tried for the capital murder of Lexis Roberts.
Jury selection in federal court is very different from state court. It’s a tighter, more controlled process, with the judge limiting the time and questions posed to potential [...]