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Exchange Club Hosts Candidates for DA

Long-time district attorney in Rapides Parish James Downs is retiring and 3 local attorneys are seeking that seat on November 4th.
Today, they made their pitch to the ongoing forums sponsored by the Exchange Club. We asked each of them what makes them the best candidate.

That primary is November 4th, with a run-off on December 6th.
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Officer Cleared of Wrongdoing in Shooting of Man with Sword

A Pineville police officer is cleared of any wrongdoing in a deathly shooting of a man who charged him with a sword. The shooting on September 8th resulted in the death of Christopher Shane LeBlanc in front of his home on Cummins Street.
Rapides deputies were asked to investigate the matter and determined the shooting by [...]

Sanders Trial Disrupted Due to Electrical Problems

The penalty phase of the Thomas Steven Sanders case in Alexandria Federal Court is disrupted and in recess until Monday.
Court officials say last night an electrical problem cut off power to the Federal Court House. The penalty phase of the Sanders trial will resume Monday at a location to be announced.
The disruption happened after 2 [...]

Former Head of Narcotics Admits to Malfeasance, Abuse of Power

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The former head of metro narcotics in Rapides Parish has been placed on probation after admitting to malfeasance and abuse of office.
Michael Lacour entered a plea agreement with the DA’s office yesterday.  He had been charged with having sex with a woman on probation, helping her get money from Crime Stoppers and mishandling illegal drugs.
He [...]

School Board Reverses Supt. Decision on Grading System

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Rapides Parish School Board members vote to go back to a numerical grading system, after hearing from unhappy parents and students.
The school superintendent changed the system to letter grades, as in A, B, C, D and F. But, angry students say this cheats good students out of high averages and allows poor ones to rank [...]

Ethics Complaint Filed Against School Board President

An ethics complaint is filed against Rapides Parish School Board President Janet Dixon.
Former Principal Fred Moore says Dixon was employed as a consultant by the firm the school board used as a headhunter, which resulted in the hiring of the current superintendent. Moore has filed an official complaint.
Dixon recently announced she is not running for [...]

Sanders’ Defense Witnesses Talk About Early Life

Defense attorneys for Thomas Steven Sanders continue to call witnesses today. The witnesses describe the 57-year-old convict’s early life and interaction with people over the last few years.
Sanders is in the middle of the penalty phase of his trial. He could be sent to death row for the murder of 12-year-old Lexis Roberts. He was [...]

LSUA Students Participate in Free Speech Zone

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Jeremy Castille exercises his First Amendment rights on LSUA’s campus during Constitution Week.
LSU alums from the 1960’s may recall a spot near the Student Union known as Free Speech Alley.
Students at LSU of Alexandria now have the same spot on their quad. Those with something to say can step up on the soapbox and talk [...]

Missing Natchitoches Man Found, But Then Stabbed

Pictured: Ronald Hayes, found safely last night, but an argument this morning left him with a stab wound.
A Natchitoches man, who was reported missing, was found in safe. But he was stabbed this morning after an argument. Police arrested Harold Toussaint of Natchitoches for battery in the incident.
Police say Ronald Hayes was located last night [...]

Former Parish Employee Arrested for Fuel Theft

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Rapides deputies arrest a former parish employee for theft of fuel. He’s 43-year-old Kurt David Nugent of Ball.
Deputies say the complaint dates from a couple of weeks ago. Reportedly, Nugent would use a fuel card for his personal vehicle. He’s charged with felony theft.
KLAX ABC 31 News 9/16/14