ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The Louisiana National Guard has elevated an African American woman to the rank of colonel for the second time in its history.
Egypt court sentences Islamists to 5 years in prison
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced 36 people convicted of joining the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organization to five years in prison.
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) — Libya's Parliament speaker in the east said Wednesday no peace deal can be reached right now between rival factions in his country because the capital, Tripoli, has been...
Louisiana officer accused of knocking out handcuffed man
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A police officer in Louisiana is accused of putting a handcuffed man in a headlock and tossing him to the floor, where he appeared to be knocked unconscious.
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Central Louisiana's largest city will buy two SUVs to handle fire department medical calls, trying to cut wear and tear on much more expensive fire trucks.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond has been appointed by Pope Francis to serve as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Alexandria.
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced 18 suspected militants to life in prison for allegedly forming a "terrorist cell" affiliated with the Islamic State group.
Former Louisiana prison warden pleads in corruption case
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A former prison warden in Louisiana has pleaded guilty to two charges during his federal trial on corruption charges.
The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported that former...
Guilty plea ends ex-warden’s fraud trial
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana prison warden has pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Former Avoyelles Correctional Center warden Nathan Cain's plea on Wednesday ended a trial that...
2 dead in Louisiana house fire
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A 75-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman have died in a house fire in central Louisiana.
The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office said in a news release that the...
Louisiana voters choose new lawmakers in special elections
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana voters have chosen four new state lawmakers in weekend special elections.
Election results show Ruston businessman Chris Turner, a Republican, will take...
Woman accused of staying in vacant house, selling furniture
PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman is accused of living in a vacant house and selling its furniture and appliances.
The Rapides (ruh-PEEDZ) Parish Sheriff's Office says the homeowner...
Veteran Louisiana sheriff isn’t seeking re-election
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff serving his sixth term said he's decided to retire.
Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton said he will not run for re-election, opting to retire so he can spend time with his family, including his 12-year-old grandson who wants to be a police officer. When he leaves office midway through 2020, he will have served in law enforcement for 50 years.
Sheriff: Body of male boater, 26, found in Louisiana lake
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Authorities say a man's body has been recovered from a Louisiana lake.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's office tells news outlets that the body of 26-year-old Ryan Reed was pulled out of Catahoula Lake on Sunday. Sheriff William Earl Hilton says his office received a report about a possible drowning Saturday after a man had fallen from a boat.
Egypt sentences senior official to 12 years over corruption
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced the deputy governor of the country's second-largest city to 12 years in prison on corruption charges.
The Cairo criminal court also sentenced Souad el-Kholy, deputy governor of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, to a one-year suspended sentence for bribery, profiteering and squandering public funds on Wednesday. The court acquitted five local businessmen in the same case.
Records sealed in cases of women accused in baby’s death
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Court records have been sealed from the public in the cases of two women accused in the 2018 burning death of a 6-month-old boy.
Ex-addict, abuse victim finds hope at Louisiana facility
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The Christmas tree is simple, clean, orderly— much the way Brittney Metrejean aspires to live her life these days.
It's full but not overcrowded. It's colorful but not clashing.
"It's the most beautiful thing," Brittney said.
The tree might seem unremarkable, distinguishable from millions of others people have in their homes during the holiday season only by the way they're decorated. But to Brittney, it represents so much more.
Cargo ship that blocked mouth of Mississippi is moved
PILOTTOWN, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a ship loaded with coal that had run aground near the mouth of the Mississippi River has been moved and the river partially reopened.
The news release Friday says the Coast Guard has reopened the river at mile 3.5 near the community of Pilottown to vessels with a draft of 30 feet or less. They said there were no reports of pollution or injuries.
Louisiana man charged with vehicular homicide in fatal wreck
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has been charged with vehicular homicide for a wreck that killed a woman in November.
The Alexandria Town Talk reported that 24-year-old Chandler Allen Lewis of Alexandria was charged Friday night by Louisiana State Police.
The wreck Nov. 26 in Alexandria killed 24-year-old Leminee Olivia Issac of Alexandria.
Former Louisiana police chief arrest on multiple charges
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The former police chief for a central Louisiana town has been arrested on multiple charges.
News outlets report 34-year-old Nate Ussery, who led the Ball Police Department, was arrested Thursday. According to his attorney, Adam Huddleston, Ussery turned himself into police after being indicted by a Rapides Parish grand jury. Authorities say he is currently free after posting $50,000 bond.
Woman in active labor crosses stage to graduate college
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A woman in active labor crossed the stage to graduate from college in Louisiana.
The Daily Advertiser reports 31-year-old Anshonarial Greenhouse was in active labor during Louisiana State University of Alexandria's fall commencement ceremony Dec. 13.
Woman, husband accused of trying to frame woman’s boyfriend
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman and her husband are accused of trying to frame her boyfriend by claiming he'd kidnapped her.
News outlets report that 29-year-old Rebecca Lea Champion of Jennings and 33-year-old Christopher John Champion were arrested on criminal mischief charges. Both are free on bond.
Louisiana woman killed when brothers fight over gun
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say a woman was killed when two brothers fought over a gun and the weapon fired.
News outlets reported that Alexandria police were called Friday night about the shooting and found 32-year-old Jazzlyn Fields dead at the home from a single gunshot wound.
Detectives say two brothers got into an argument and one of them went to get a gun.
Officials: Woman dies trying to save grandchild from fire
CAMPTI, La. (AP) — The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office says a 71-year-old woman died as she unsuccessfully tried to save her 6-year-old granddaughter from a house fire in Natchitoches Parish.
Family says Egypt arrested Brit for military chopper video
CAIRO (AP) — The family of a 19-year-old British tourist says Egyptian authorities have arrested the young man over a video he filmed on his cellphone that showed a military helicopter in the background.
Speaking from the UK on Friday, humanitarian relief worker Shareen Nawaz told The Associated Press that her cousin, Libyan-British Muhammed Fathi AbulKasem, was arrested shortly after he arrived in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on Nov. 21.
Former Louisiana officer sentenced for abuse of office
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana police officer has been sentenced to three years in prison for abuse of office, after his attempt to withdraw a guilty plea was rejected.
News outlets reported former Alexandria officer Kenneth Seth Thomas was sentenced Monday for an October guilty plea. The 43-year-old Thomas had been accused of selling drugs and having sex while on duty.
Police: Man killed in same home woman beaten with ax handle
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a suspect who kidnapped and killed a man from the same Louisiana home where he beat a woman with an ax handle hours earlier.
Alexandria police said 32-year-old Terry Williams was taken into custody Saturday afternoon not long after investigators linked him to the two violent attacks the day before.
Police say officers found a woman covered in blood after being beaten with an ax handle Friday evening in an Alexandria home.
‘Welcome to the airport!’ Ambassadors give lift to customers
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Melissa Myers had a bit of a wait before her friend Kim Bravo arrived at Alexandria International Airport from Jacksonville, Florida.
That was OK. She had the time to make a new friend — Michael, a resident at the Louisiana Special Education Center and a participant in the airport's new ambassadors program.
Central Louisiana man arrested on dogfighting charges
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Police in central Louisiana have arrested a man on dogfighting charges after a months-long investigation.
Alexandria police tell local news outlets that 56-year-old Clarence McHanney of Alexandria was arrested Oct. 27. He's charged with three counts of dogfighting, three counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of unlawful restraint of an animal.
Airman assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base dies in wreck
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — An airman assigned to Barksdale Air Force Base has died in a crash on Interstate 49 in Louisiana.
News outlets reported the wreck happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday when a car being driven by 22-year-old Airman Eduardo Ramos Jr. crashed into a bridge support.
Louisiana State Police say a motorist stopped her car to help and both vehicles and a pedestrian were hit by a tractor trailer rig.
Book leads attorney on quest to end non-unanimous verdicts
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — When Ed Tarpley read "Jim Crow's Last Stand: Non-unanimous Criminal Jury Verdicts in Louisiana" three years ago, he couldn't let it go.
The book, by historian Thomas Aiello, details how and why a law allows Louisiana juries to convict defendants of felonies, including murder, by a 10-2 vote.
Louisiana man rejects plea deal in March wreck that killed 2
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A man in Louisiana has rejected a plea deal in a wreck that killed a woman and her son.
The Alexandria Town Talk reported that 43-year-old John Henry Scott Jr. had been offered a deal of 25 years on each count of vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of 27-year-old Darlicia Smith and 6-year-old M'Kye Smith of Alexandria.
Officer allegedly threatened, yelled at women while off-duty
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana police department has arrested one of its own officers after he was accused of threatening a woman and cursing at another woman in front of her children.
Egypt court sentences 17 to death for attacking Christians
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 Islamic militants to death for involvement in deadly attacks on Christians, a rights lawyer said.
The court in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria also issued life sentences to 19 defendants and sentenced another nine to 15 years in prison on terror-related charges, lawyer Khaled el-Masry said. Another defendant got a 10-year term, he said.
Ex-Louisiana officer pleads guilty to felony abuse of office
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A former police officer in Louisiana who was arrested last year has pleaded guilty to one felony count of abuse of office.
News outlets in Alexandria say Kenneth Seth Thomas entered the plea Monday morning.
A marijuana distribution charge against the former Alexandria Police Department member was dropped.
Prosecutor: Mom asked girlfriend to burn 6-month-old baby
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor says a mother accused in her infant son's death asked her girlfriend to kill the baby.
Hanna Nicole Barker is being held without bond. A judge ruled Friday that there's probable cause to charge her as a principal to murder in the death of 6-month-old Levi Cole Ellerbee.
Man arrested in shooting death of motorist in Louisiana
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A man has been arrested in the shooting death of a motorist in Louisiana last week.
The Town Talk of Alexandria reported that police said 27-year-old Ahmond Da'Shawn Mason was arrested in Alexandria after officers got information from what they called "a concerned citizen."
Police say Mason was arrested in a park Sunday night.
Your rural water system may be close to a Flint-like crisis
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Seven of the 10 most distressed water systems in the state are in Central Louisiana, according to the governor's Rural Water Infrastructure Committee.
The committee is tasked with helping at-risk water systems to address their issues before they reach a crisis point. One of its first priorities was developing a list of the state's water systems most in need of immediate action.
2 ‘whites-only’ gang members accused in slaying plead guilty
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Federal authorities say a leader and a member of a prison-based "whites only" gang have pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Louisiana, to being accessories after the fact in a 2016 slaying.
A U.S. Justice Department news release says 38-year-old Aryan Circle leader, David Wayne Williams of Sulphur, Louisiana, pleaded guilty Tuesday; Forty-three-year-old Leland Hamm of Tulsa, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty Wednesday.
Ocasio-Cortez stumps, fundraises across the nation
NEW YORK (AP) — Is it possible to leverage 17,000 votes into a national political movement? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying.
The 28-year-old liberal activist, who was nearly unknown outside of Queens and the Bronx until a surprise June victory over a 10-term incumbent in New York's Democratic congressional primary, has been crisscrossing the country in recent weeks to stump for fellow progressives.
Louisiana woman admits stealing dead mom’s benefits
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $114,000 in disability benefits meant for her deceased mother.
U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph, in a news release Thursday, said 44-year-old Elizabeth Poole, of Pollock, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of money belonging to the Department of Veteran's Affairs.
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A couple caught having sex in the stairwell of a Louisiana courthouse is facing obscenity charges.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Miguel Glorioso, of Alexandria, and 19-year-old Jamie Lee Coutee, of Pineville, were arrested after a courthouse employee investigating a report of a commotion in the stairwell found the couple having sex.
News outlets report the alleged incident happened about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday.
Louisiana man wins $1 million Powerball prize
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has won the runner-up prize in a drawing for the multi-state Powerball jackpot.
Officials say 75-year-old Glenn Feazell, of Boyce, cashed in a ticket worth $1 million from the drawing held June 23.
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A man who worked as a nursing assistant at a veterans' hospital in Louisiana pleaded no contest Wednesday to a negligent homicide charge in a patient's 2013 death.
Fredrick Kevin Harris, 56, entered the plea prior to the start of his scheduled trial Wednesday in state district court in Alexandria. Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Brian Mosley confirmed that Harris was sentenced to a year of probation and fined $1,000.
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Raised garden beds at the Alexandria VA Hospital are providing recreation and therapy for the veterans who tend to them daily.
The gardens are located outside the hospital's nursing home and acute psychiatric units. They were planted in April, thanks in part to an outreach agreement between the Alexandria VA Health System and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a USDA agency.
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The legal problems for a man facing a felony bank fraud charge in connection with a highly touted Louisiana development project became more complicated after he showed up for his arraignment.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says security forces have killed 10 militants involved in a bombing that targeted the convoy of Alexandria's former security chief in March.
The Interior Ministry said Thursday that six were killed in a shootout in Beheira province and another four were killed in a clash in Assiut. It says two others were arrested.