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By Dave Graichen


The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 15-year-old girl last seen Saturday in the Pineville area. Priscilla Compton is described as being 5-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 110 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone who has seen her or has information concerning her whereabouts is asked to call the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.


A Rapides Parish grand jury has indicted Dorothy  Vanasselberg of Elmer and Kyle Hauenstein of Pineville on hundreds of sex charges. The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Vanasselberg in July of last year after detectives investigated a complaint of possible sexual contact between Vanasselberg and a juvenile. Detectives later found evidence that indicated Hauenstein had received child pornography from Vanasselberg. While detectives searched for Hauenstein, sheriff's deputies said "they discovered evidence that led them to believe (Hauenstein) committed multiple criminal sexual acts" with one or more juvenile family members while he was in the Pineville area.


A Boyce man who tortured and murdered an 18-month-old child has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 25 year old Jaymes Harris was found guilty of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. At the time of the child’s death, Harris was the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother. 


The Louisiana Legislative  session starts Monday, and there could be a slight 1.5% cost of living increase for retirees across the state. That increase would be the first one in five years.


Small business owners in LA say they oppose any legislation that would  raise the minimum wage. The 2014 legislative session is to start Monday  and there are bills filed that would raise the state's minimum wage to $10 an  hour.  Louisiana director of NFIB Dawn Starns says they surveyed their members and 90% of them said "no" to raising the minimum wage. She says small businesses only have so much money and the increase could possibly lead to some layoffs.


The search for the missing Slidell teenager who was last seen at a UNO  dorm over the weekend, ends in tragedy. Authorities confirmed Wednesday  evening that the car and body of 19-year-old Hayley Howard were pulled  from water near the I-10 Twin Spans around Irish Bayou.  Friends say Howard was headed home to Slidell early Saturday morning  when she suddenly vanished. Police say the UNO student's phone was last  pinged at 6am that day in the Irish Bayou area. The  case is currently being investigated as a fatal accident.


Legislation that would put a law on the books that defines a speed trap and prohibits them in Louisiana has been filed for the session that  begins Monday. Baton Rouge Representative Regina Barrow says when a motorist is transitioning from one speed limit to a  higher one, there should not be a cop sitting in between the two signs  waiting to write tickets for people who were going 5 miles over the  speed limit. She says this is a particularly big problem in small Louisiana  towns.


Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former chief of staff, Paul Rainwater, said Wednesday that he plans to open his own lobbying and consulting firm. Rainwater left the Jindal administration this week after serving as chief of staff, commissioner of administration and hurricane recovery adviser. He helped manage the daily operations of Jindal’s office and served as one of the governor’s closest advisers. During a stop at the State Capitol on Wednesday, Rainwater said he needed more of a personal life and often felt like he was the oldest pitcher on the team. At 52, Rainwater was one of the few gray-haired members of the governor’s staff.


First, there was  a  Lake  Providence  Police  officer  charged with malfeasance allegedly asking a speeding motorist for $50  to avoid a ticket.   Now,  a  second  police  officer  has  been  charged  with

intentionally  falsifying  an  accident report.  Fifty-two year-old Lee Antwine surrendered to investigators  Monday.   It's  the second Lake Providence Police officer incident in 30 days.


Authorities say a Circle  K store in Opelousas was selling synthetic marijuana. Undercover officers  bought  the  drugs from the store on East  Vine  street.   This  led  to searches of the  store  and  the

manager's residence.  The store’s manager  was arrested and booked into the St.  Landry Parish jail.


LSU's  cartoon  style  tiger  graphic has "disappeared" from the LSU basketball court.  In it's place  is  a Tiger graphic that's similar to  what  on  the LSU football helmet. Luke  Johnson  of  Tiger  Rag magazine says LSU  did  a  "soft  launch" of the new Tiger by simply displaying it at center court at the PMAC.



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