Category Archives: Local Headlines

MLK Library Branch Now Open for Business


The new Martin Luther King branch of the Rapides Parish Library is open for business. It’s on Broadway and is a full-service branch for the entire community.
This library has come a long way from its days in a crowded building on Smash Avenue.
The library is also an important addition to the educational community in the [...]

New Traffic Patterns Begin Tomorrow on Hwy. 165 in Pineville

The traffic pattern on the Pineville side of the Red River between the O.K. Allen Bridge and Pineville High will change tomorrow.
Highway officials say you need to be careful, follow the signs and remember that traffic is reduced to one lane. These are temporary changes while the new bridge is being constructed.
KLAX ABC 31 News [...]

Closing Arguments in Sanders Case Begin Tomorrow Morning

Closing arguments in the life or death penalty phase of the Thomas Steven Sanders case begin at 10am tomorrow morning in Alexandria Federal Court. The 57-year-old Las Vegas man is accused of kidnapping, shooting and cutting the throat of a 12-year-old girl 4 years ago.
The defense has argued he has brain damage and mental health [...]

LHSAA Meets with Local Officials About Basketball Tournaments


A group of area leaders today meet with officials from the state high school athletic association. The effort is to bring some basketball tournaments in to Alexandria.
For many years, Alexandria was the chosen place for the end of basketball season. But, these leaders hope to bring them back, especially with planned renovations to the Rapides [...]

Witnesses Claim Sanders is Brain Damaged

A jury in federal court is listening to a lot of medical and scientific testimony about the man whose life-or-death fate is in their hands. Though two witnesses today say Thomas Steven Sanders is brain damaged, the prosecution is countering with their own witnesses who suggest the science is fuzzy.
Sanders was convicted two weeks ago [...]

Congressman Fleming Comments on Actions Against Syria


4th District Congressman John Fleming is in Central Louisiana today. He’s on the November ballot with one opponent, Randall Lord, from the Libertarian Party.
We asked him about the president’s actions against Syria.

The Congressman represents Northwest Louisiana, including Allen, Vernon and Natchitoches parishes.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/23/14

Man Receives Over 8 Years for Armed Robbery

A Ville Platte man is sentenced to more than eight years in prison for his part in a truck stop armed robbery.
Dudley Nelson robbed the truck stop and casino in Whiteville in April 2011. Nelson drove the getaway car.
Nobody was hurt, but they did get away with more than $11,000.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/22/14

Pineville Man Arrested for Firing Gun

Daniel Ellsworth (left) and Charles Pellum III (right).

Daniel Ellsworth (left) and Charles Pellum III (right).
On September 20th 2014, APD Officers arrested Daniel Ellsworth, 24 of Pineville and charged him with: 1ct-Illegal Discharging of Firearm and 1ct-Felon in Possession of Firearm.
At approximately1:51A.M., An APD Officer was working a detail in the 2000 Block of North Mall Drive when he heard several gunshots in [...]

3 Deadly Accidents Occur Over Weekend

Three deadly accidents occur in three area parishes over the weekend.
The latest happened yesterday afternoon. Timothy Vanness from Welsh was killed in Avoyelles parish off Highway 1.
Very early Saturday morning, Joshua Jenkins from Church Point died in a crash in Saint Landry Parish.
And, Friday night, a two-vehicle crash killed William Loomis III of Ferriday in [...]

Police Chase Ends With Crash Into Utility Pole


A Leesville man is under arrest for leading authorities on a chase that resulted in damage to a patrol unit. Deputies say Bobby Bush was observed spraying an aerosol can into his mouth Friday. Deputies say that’s when the chase started.
Other law enforcement agents got involved when Bush drove his vehicle into a deputy’s unit, [...]