Category Archives: Local Headlines

Local Conservationists Band Woodpeckers To Help Them Survive

It’s time to keep up with the red cockaded woodpecker. You may have seen some in your neighborhood. They are an endangered species, and conservationists are banding them to help them survive.
ABC 31 News Reporter Bennett Roland Junior has more.

The banding mission took place in the forest’s Winn district.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/3/14

LSUA Houses Large Hurricane Evacuation Shelter

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Hurricane season is here and there’s a new place to seek shelter from the storm. The large evacuation shelter is at LSU of Alexandria.
Today, various groups met with the state’s emergency team to find out how evacuations will take place, if needed. The participants are the point people for assistance to evacuated families. These include [...]

Hornbeck Man Arrested for Running Over Anacoco Man

A Hornbeck man is arrested in Vernon Parish for driving over a man and injuring him early Saturday. 49-year-old Tully Thornton is charged with attempted murder, hit and run and criminal damage to property.
Deputies say he had a fight with 46-year-old Richard Burke of Anacoco, and then hit him with his minivan. Other witnesses tell [...]

Local Businesses Receive Awards at Annual Bizzies

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Businessmen and women and guests gathered over the weekend for the 2nd Annual Bizzies, the business awards made by the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce.
More than a dozen awards were given out. Big winners were Red River Bank as Best Overall Business, receiving the Roy O. Martin Award and Mike Jenkins. Jenkins was honored with [...]

CMN Telethon Surpasses Fundraising Goal

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The Annual Children’s Miracle Network Telecast is, once again, a resounding success.
For a night and a day, volunteers and residents lined up to pledge money for the CMN at Cabrini Women’s and Children’s Hospital. They met miracle families and their children and celebrated the willingness of area residents to get involved.

The final total was more [...]

Rapides Deputies Searching for Escaped Inmate

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Rapides deputies are searching for an inmate assigned to the city of Alexandria, who reportedly walked off a job site and stole a city vehicle.
37-year-old McKennedy Armstead is serving time for a drug conviction. He’s not considered dangerous, and authorities recovered the city truck he’s accused of stealing.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/2/14

Anacoco Man Arrested In Connection with Shooting

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Rodney McGlothlin, 34
Vernon deputies arrest an Anacoco man in connection with a shooting early this morning at Methodist Landing Park in the Leesville area.
34-year-old Rodney McGlothlin is accused of using a shotgun to injure Ernest Phaneuf III, who’s now listed in stable condition.
Deputies say McGlothin fired at the victim, who fired back, but missed McGlothlin. [...]

Red River Bank President Reappointed to LSU Board

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Local banker Blake Chatelain is re-appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to the LSU Board of Supervisors.
He’ll serve as the representative of the fifth congressional district.
He’s president of Red River Bank in Alexandria.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/2/14

Update on April Crash That Killed Pineville Man

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Here’s an update now on a crash that killed a Pineville man.
State police have arrested Daniel Verzwyvelt, II of Boyce on vehicular homicide charges. Troopers say he was driving a truck on April 20th when he collided with another truck on Highway 496 in Rapides Parish.
His bond has been set at a million dollars. 50-year-old [...]

5th Person Dies From Crash in Acadia Parish

State police report a fifth person has died from injuries sustained in a head-on crash last week in Acadia parish.
He’s 24-year-old Joshua LeJeune of port Barre.
Meanwhile, an Opelousas mother and son have been identified as those killed instantly in the crash as 23-year-old Justin Bartram and 44-year-old Laura Bartram.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/2/14