MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - Avoyelles Parish sheriff's investigators have arrested 17 suspects, most of them on drug charges, as part of continued undercover investigations. Sheriff Doug Anderson praised the operation for its continued success and safe execution, and said he expects further arrests to be made in conjunction with the... more »
An Avoyelles Parish shooting suspect was found dead in St. Martin Parish in the Atchafalaya Basin Wednesday morning. Deputies now tell us the body is that of 27-year-old Jontrell Ford.
Since Monday, Avoyelles Parish deputies have been searching for Ford after they say he shot another man early Monday... more »
Many people are hoping the next big oil rush will happen in Central Louisiana. Researchers said seven billion barrels of oil is in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, which stretches from Texas to Mississippi.
Many residents in the Avoyelles Parish town of Marksville have been approached by companies who are... more »
MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - The Red River Waterway Commission has reopened the public boat ramps at the Brouillette (broo-YET') and Ben Routh recreation areas on the Red River in Avoyelles Parish. Maintenance crews still are working to clean up one last lane at Ben Routh, but the other three lanes... more »
The mayor of a small Avoyelles Parish town said people are out to tarnish his reputation. Mayor John Lemoine of Marksville turned himself into deputies Monday.
He's facing charges of simple assault, public intimidation and malfeasance in office. Investigators said it all started with an altercation between Lemoine and... more »
MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - Authorities say a Marksville couple has been arrested in the death of a 27-year-old man whose body was found burning amid household trash in a ditch in rural Avoyelles Parish. In a news release, Sheriff Doug Anderson identified the victim as Derek J. Desselle of the... more »
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Former Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Bill Belt, his wife and his sister have been acquitted of all counts in their federal conspiracy trial. Belt, his wife, Tracy and his sister, Julie Bernard, were found not guilty Wednesday afternoon of alleged crimes related to the operation of a... more »
Rain fall hit Avoyelles Parish hard today. According to Doppler Estimates, some parts of the area got anywhere from 10-to-15 inches of rain.
The flood waters left some residents off Highway 107 wading in a foot of water. Homeowner, Terry Armand, said "I went to the kitchen at 6:30... more »
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies from Marksville to Miami are examining crimes committed over the past two weeks, including a case in which a woman's fingers were cut off, trying to determine if they are linked to the three Avoyelles Parish Jail escapees. Thursday's Town Talk reported that... more »
MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - Three inmates have escaped from the Avoyelles Parish Jail in Marksville.
Sheriff Doug Anderson said the inmates escaped around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday after forcing a guard at knifepoint to open a door.
Anderson identified the escapees as 22-year-old Quentin M. Truehill of New Orleans,... more »