Category Archives: Local Headlines

Murder Conviction in Alexandria

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James Craig Johnson, Jr
James Craig Johnson, Jr. of Alexandria was found guilty of murdering Jacqueline Bazert.
Prosecutor Monique Metoyer says Johnson stabbed Bazart more than 139 times on 15th Street in January of 2012.
Metoyer also says Johnson will be sentenced to life in prison on November 22nd
- KLAX ABC 31 News. November 13, 2013
 

Bank Robbery in Hineston Today

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The Sabine State Bank in Hineston is held up at gunpoint this morning with nobody hurt.
Authorities say 2 men with handguns entered the bank and demanded money.  No injuries have been reported.  Witnesses say the 2 men left in a car, headed toward Alexandria.
Crime scene specialists, the FBI and state troopers have been on the [...]

Local Man Sentenced for Child Pornography

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A man from Ball is sentenced today to almost 6 years in federal prison for child pornography.  24-year-old Alexander Maciver will also be required to register as a sex offender.  He pleaded guilty in April.  Authorities found more than 10 images of child pornography and one video on his home laptop.
KLAX ABC 31 News 11/8/13

State Superintendent of Education Tours CenLA

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Louisiana’s state Superintendent of Education John White is in town visiting schools and meeting with faculty members today.
This morning he was at the Central Louisiana Technical College speaking about the changing future of the school.  Considered the vocational tech school, it plans to become a full-fledged community and technical college.
Meanwhile, wherever he goes, he’s asked [...]

VA Medical Center Expands

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The VA Medical Center in Pineville uses the time leading up to Veterans Day to unveil better services for patients.
The outpatient building has been expanded, adding nearly 40 thousand square feet.  It includes ten new clinics, a larger lobby area, as well as improvements to the outpatient pharmacy.
Guided tours were provided during the afternoon.
KLAX ABC [...]

Fort Polk Holds Veterans Day Ceremonies

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Veterans Day is Monday, but ceremonies are being held at Fort Polk today.  The traditional ceremony honoring veterans is co-hosted by the Joint Readiness Training Center.  The speakers include the base commander Brigadier General William Hickman and 4th District Congressman John Fleming of Minden.

Cecil Walker, a 90-year-old World War 2 veteran, was a special guest.  [...]

Veterans Honored All Over Central LA

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Veterans Day events are being held throughout our area in the coming days:
Creola, Friday at noon, Jena Choctaw Pines Casino
About 30 members of the Jena Choctaw Tribe will be honored.
VA Hospital in Pineville, Monday at 10am in the auditorium, followed by a parade and hot dog picnic.
Marksville, Monday at 10am, Avoyelles Veterans Monument on Hwy. [...]

Kisatchie Slough Bridge Construction Continues

Due to the recent heavy rains on Thursday, October 31st the temporary crossing in place for the new permanent Kisatchie Bayou Slough Bridge, currently under construction, is closed. Over seven inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours, flooding the temporary crossing.
The Kisatchie Bayou Slough Bridge provides water flow relief during periods of high [...]

Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of LC

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The court of appeals ruled in Louisiana College’s favor regarding a dispute with four former faculty members.
The court approved dismissal of the defamation lawsuit brought by the former employees.  They say the court would be forced to choose sides in a dispute over Baptist theologies, which is a violation of the first amendment’s establishment clause.  [...]

Sidewalks on Pinecrest Drive Help Seniors

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For some, something as insignificant as a sidewalk can be a big deal.
That’s what happened on Pinecrest Drive for residents of Pine Grove apartments.  Many had problems just crossing the street to get to a nearby store.  From there, the residents partnered with the state AARP office.  And the result today is a walk and [...]