Category Archives: Local Headlines

Blowout Causes Double Fatality in Natchitoches Parish

A weekend accident kills an unbuckled child in a double fatality. State police say it happened in Natchitoches Parish on the interstate. 38-year-old Carl Bergeron and 13-year-old Hailey Castille, both of Opelousas were killed.
Troopers say it happened when the SUV he was driving had a tire blowout. The driver lost control and rolled.
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LA Auto Thefts Down 50 Percent

Auto theft in Louisiana is down almost 50 percent in seven years. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon explains why.

This drop beats the national average by around 34 percent.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/20/14

Arkansas Man Turns Himself in on Firearm Charge

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Rapides deputies arrest an Arkansas man for assault with a firearm on a victim on Philadelphia Road in early September. He’s 68-year-old Bobby Gene Gilliam, who reportedly fled the scene for Arkansas.
Deputies called him to tell him about the warrant for his arrest, and they say he returned and voluntarily surrendered.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/20/14

Critical Audit Says Catahoula Hospital District Lost $10k

A critical audit is issued for the Catahoula Parish Hospital District.
Officials with the legislative auditor say the hospital has lost nearly 10-thousand dollars in fuel charges in the last two years because of unauthorized credit card charges.
Also, they say the district was late in making contributions for retirement systems, which may trigger penalties. Pay raises [...]

CLECO Announces Sale to North American Investor Group

CLECO announces an agreement to sell the Pineville-based company to a North American investor group. The Canadian Group is agreeing to buy the company for 4.7 billion dollars. The selling price is $55.37 per share.
Meanwhile, Public Service Commissioner Clyde Holloway reminds area residents and stockholders the company’s sale must be approved by the PSC. He [...]

Early Voting Starts Tomorrow for Nov. Election

Early voting for the November fourth primary elections starts tomorrow. Voting registrars across the state are expecting a heavy turnout.

Remember, you will need a picture ID. The dates are tomorrow through October 28th, daily except Sunday, from 8:30 am to 6 pm.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/20/14

14 Amendments to Appear on Nov. Ballot

It’s almost lost in the ads for candidates, but there are a slew of proposed changes to the Louisiana Constitution.
Today, a leader in the local Republican Party described what voters will see on the ballots next month.

You can also find out more by checking out the Public Affairs Research Council’s (PAR) guide to the amendments.
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Alexandria Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

A weekend motorcycle crash in Rapides Parish leads to the death of an Alexandria man. 59-year-old Tom Brown Junior later died at a nearby hospital.
Troopers say they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash at Highway 498 and Enterprise Road.
Troopers say he tried to pass a car at a curve when he encountered an [...]

Police Investigate Murder-Suicide in Deville

Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Deputies say 36-year-old Terrel Laprarie shot 39-year-old Theresa Johnson in a murder-suicide in Deville. Here’s what Lieutenant Tommy Carnline has to report.

According to sheriff’s deputies, the incident was reported at 8:40 last night at the Buckeye Apartments. Initial reports indicate the shooter opened fire at the top of the stairs and then [...]

Local Medical Personnel Attend Trauma Symposium

Local medical experts are doing their best to brace for any potential Ebola scares.
A trauma symposium is held today in Pineville and sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center. We asked a participant how the new Ebola scare figures into their training.

Doctors from Atlanta and Minnesota make presentations at the daylong educational conference.
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