Category Archives: State News

2 Men Announce Candidacy to Replace McAllister in November

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Louisiana GOP Representative Vance McAllister is breaking weeks of silence and talking about his decision not to seek re-election after a tape revealed him kissing a staffer.  McAllister says he will keep his work schedule in Washington and in the district.
Meanwhile, at least 2 men are announcing plans to run for the seat.  They are [...]

Free Assistive Telecommunication Equipment Available for Hearing-Impaired

Do you or someone you know have trouble hearing the phone when it rings?  ABC 31′s Lauren Partain shows us how you can apply for assistive telecommunication equipment for free.

For more information you can call 318-484-3596 to set up an appointment.  New Horizons also takes walk-ins and their address is 3717 Government St. Suite 7 [...]

Former Child Psychiatrist Gets 15 Years for Child Pornography

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A former child psychiatrist from Opelousas is sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession of child pornography.
72-year-old Gary Jefferson Byrd was found guilty last fall for ordering 44 CD’s containing videos of child pornography.  Byrd had also printed hundreds of images that were stored in files in his bedroom.
He has already served 10 years [...]

LAGOP, Governor Call for McAllister Resignation

The Chairman of the State Republican Party and the Governor call for the resignation of 5th District Congressman Vance McAllister.
The Monroe-area Republican has come under fire recently due to the release of a video showing McAllister in a romantic embrace with another married member of his staff.
He has issued statements saying he will not resign, [...]

Strawberry Festival This Weekend

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Red is the color of spring in Louisiana for both crawfish and strawberries.
The annual Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula begins tomorrow.  An estimated 200 thousand people will attend and buy their strawberries for Easter.

Louisiana has nearly 400 acres of strawberries producing some 850 thousand flats a year, an amount valued at 14 million dollars.  This festival [...]

Police Search for 2 Missing Juveniles

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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department is asking for the community’s help in locating 2 missing juveniles, 12 year old Ariel Blaze Robin and 15 year old Henry Bieber, Jr.
Ariel Robin was last seen at 9:30 P.M., on April 6, 2014 running from her residence on Wenck Street in Leonville and getting into a white [...]

McAllister Caught on Tape Kissing Staffer

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Vance McAllister is accused of infidelity in a video available in a West Monroe newspaper.
The West Monroe newspaper is showing a video on its web site purporting to be Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister embracing a woman whom is not his wife.  The video can be viewed here.
McAllister, a republican, has issued a statement [...]

Gov. Jindal Issues Spending Freeze

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal issues a freeze on expenses.  He says it’s designed to guard against an unbalanced budget before the new fiscal year starts on June 1st.
Jindal also provided a long list of exemptions, which includes travel and supply expenses deemed essential.
KLAX ABC 31 News 4/7/14

State Police Arrest Alleged Child Predator

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State police say they’ve arrested a man they describe as a child predator.
He’s 39-year-old Scott Hebert of Winnfield.  He was arrested yesterday for indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Troopers with the special victims unit say he used social media to contact children in Arkansas ages 10 to 12 and sent them pornographic pictures of himself.
And, [...]

Speed Trap Bill Heads to Louisiana House for Debate

Yet another speed trap bill is headed to the full Louisiana House for debate.
The measure would require speed trap warning signs outside the municipality.  Woodworth in Rapides Parish was mentioned in the House testimony.
These kinds of bills have been attempted before and have always failed.
KLAX ABC 31 News 3/24/14