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Fatal CrashJena Man Dies in UTV Accident

A Jena man is killed over the holiday weekend in Catahoula Parish. Troopers responded to the accident around 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning.

Troopers say 36-year-old Benjamin Doyle Hailey lost control of his utility-terrain vehicle on Parham Road near Highway 600. According to the press release, after losing control, he drove off the road and started over turning, and Hailey was thrown from the Polaris UTV.

Hailey was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt or a helmet. Routine toxicology tests are pending; this crash is still under investigation.

– KLAX ABC 31 News, May 27, 2013

gavelSentencing for Prison Escape in Alexandria

Two men from Houma are sentenced in Alexandria Federal Court for prison escape.

34-year-old Craig Boudreaux and 30-year-old Perrine Santoy both received six month prison terms. Boudreaux was charged with escape and Santoy with accessory.

– KLAX ABC 31 News, May 27, 2013

Library School Drive for Homeless Children

The Rapides Parish Library kicked off their year-round Supplies & Clothes 4 Homeless @ Our Own Library (SCHOOL) Drive. Those who wish to help can contribute gently used and new school uniforms and clothes in all sizes as well as school supplies at any location of the Rapides Parish Library. These items will be distributed to homeless children and their families around the parish.

The Library collects brown or black belts, gently used or new school uniforms, school supplies, and clothes of all sizes. Local churches contribute as well. These items are given to the Rapides Parish School Board for distribution to children who are homeless and otherwise needy, as well as their families.