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Exchange Club Hosts Senate Candidate Panel

Candidates for the upcoming senatorial race spoke to members of the Alexandria Exchange Club yesterday.
We asked each candidate what they bring to the race.

Our own Bennett Roland Junior was one of the media panel members questioning the candidates.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/3/14

Colfax Man Dies After His Truck is Hit by Train

A Colfax man is dead after his truck was hit by a train. It happened around 3:30 Wednesday on Hodnett Road near Louisiana Highway 8.
State police say 66-year-old Drewey Holsomback failed to yield to the oncoming train. The crossing had no warning signals, but did have a crossing sign.
Holsomback wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was [...]

Police Chief Mourns Loss of Parents from Fire

One area town’s police chief is mourning the loss of his parents after a fire.
John and Florence Berguin were both 68 years old. They were pronounced dead after being pulled from their mobile home on Pasture Road in Campti last night. Firefighters were called to the scene around 9:30, but it was too late.
They were [...]

11 Convicted in Welfare Fraud

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The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services announces convictions of 11 in the state that fraudulently received more than 81 thousand dollars in welfare benefits.
The biggest offender? Nickie Pates of Arcadia. She pleaded no contest to taking more than 17 thousand dollars.
She’s been placed on five years supervised probation and must pay back the [...]

Poll Shows Growing Support for Marijuana Reform in LA

Poll numbers released this week show growing support for marijuana reform in Louisiana.
Public Policy Polling conducted the study last week. It found 78 percent of Louisiana voters oppose sentences of six months or longer for pot possession. 59 percent oppose jail time for first-time possession charges. And 68 percent support letting seriously ill patients use [...]

RPSO Alerts Public to Warrant Scam

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Scammers are targeting people in our area over the phone.
The Rapides Sheriff’s Office says crooks are calling and claiming to be from the department. They claim you owe money over outstanding warrants.
They office says it never collects such money over the phone, so please do not give such callers any money.
KLAX ABC 31 News 10/1/14

Man Accused of Firearm Crimes to Remain in Federal Custody

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A man accused of firearm crimes will remain in federal custody.
In August, Catahoula deputies say they seized explosives and automatic weapons from 55-year-old Bill Wesley Womack’s home in Jonesville.
Today, he appeared before the federal magistrate, because his lawyer asked he be permitted to remain at home until his trial.

Mike Small says his client, who has [...]

Marshals Transfer Sanders to Federal Prison

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The man sentenced last week to die for the murder of a 12-year-old girl is being transferred.
57-year-old Thomas Steven Sanders of Las Vegas was in the custody of federal marshals today, though not inside a courtroom. It’s standard procedure to transfer inmates once they’re condemned to death to one of the federal prisons designated for [...]

Man Arrested on 36 Counts of Harassing Telephone Language

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A south Louisiana man is arrested for 36 counts of harassing telephone language. He’s 27-year-old Frankie Josh Billiot of Houma.
Rapides deputies say the calls began in early September, and though the man was warned, he continued to phone the victim at all hours of the day and night.
“Even though we are in an electronic and [...]

First Confirmed Case of Ebola in Dallas

A patient in a Dallas hospital is confirmed to have the deadly Ebola virus. That person has been held in “strict isolation” as he or she was evaluated for possible exposure to the virus. This is the first case of Ebola confirmed in the U.S.
A Texas health Presbyterian hospital official says the patient was admitted [...]