Category Archives: Local Headlines

Plane Crash Kills One, Injures Another

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An elderly man is dead and another person is badly injured in a small plane crash yesterday morning in Natchitoches Parish. 83-year-old Thaddeus Longlois died and 80-year-old Jack McCain Junior was injured.   Both are from Natchitoches.
Authorities say they crashed in a field behind homes in the Pan Am Subdivision in south Natchitoches.
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Police Search for Escaped Inmate

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Federal prison officials are looking for 26-year-old inmate who they say walked away from the prison camp yesterday. Juan Garza is five-eight, 155 pounds, and was housed in the prison’s minimum-security area.
He was sentenced more than a year ago in Oklahoma for a firearm offense and was set to be released in eight years.
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Congressional Race Drops to 6 Men

The crowded race for the 5th congressional district is now among 6 men. Libertarian Party Member Clay Grant says he will not qualify next week, because he’s moving to Baton Rouge.
That would not disqualify him from running in this district, but he says he is planning to focus more time on his family.
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AEX to Receive Almost $1 Million in Funding

Almost a million dollars in funding is headed to the Alexandria International Airport. The money is earmarked for construction, safety and future development.
The announcement came from the office of U.S. Senator David Vitter.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/15/14

Jury Selection Begins Monday in Sanders Trial

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Jury selection is to begin Monday in Alexandria Federal Court for the capital murder trial of Thomas Steven Sanders.
Sanders is accused of killing 12-year-old Lexis Roberts, whose body was found in Catahoula Parish in October 2010. Her mother’s body was found about a month later in Arizona.
Prosecutors are asking for the death penalty.
Sanders is accused [...]

77-Year-Old Man Goes Missing

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Area law enforcement agents are looking for a disabled man from Sugartown in Beauregard Parish.
77-year-old Kelly Reeves was last seen more than a week ago at his home.
He is visually impaired, has a speech impediment and may be confused about his whereabouts, because he also has dementia. He’s 5’4” and weighs around 140 pounds.
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Camper Catches Fire While Traveling Down Hwy. 107

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A camper fire on Highway 107 during late rush-hour traffic causes gridlock in Pineville.
The camper was being towed when it burst into flames. Nobody was hurt, but it took a while for traffic to subside.
One witness says it appeared sparks from braking may have ignited the camper, causing the fire. But, no tickets were issued.
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Charlie Dewitt Considers Running for Alexandria Mayor

Will Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy have a familiar name on the ballot opposing him?
One well-sourced blogger says some around the city are recruiting former state representative and house speaker Charlie Dewitt as a candidate.
And, Dewitt acknowledged he’s looking at the race. We’ll know by the end of next week, when qualifying is completed.
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Interim Pineville Marshall Seeks Election in November

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The woman serving as interim Pineville and Ward Marshal will run for the full term in November. She took over after the recent sudden death of Marshal Larry Jeane.
Smith had served as chief deputy under both Gus Perry and Jeane. She says those families are supporting her in her campaign.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/14/14
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Groundbreaking Held for New Elementary School at Fort Polk

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Fort Polk is in a fight for its life, facing possible federal budget cuts.
However, a groundbreaking was held this morning for a new elementary school that could help the image for the historic U.S. Army base. As Bennett Roland Junior reports, it will be a state-of-the art facility.

KLAX ABC 31 News 8/14/14