Body found in Kincaid Lake ID as Amanda L. Stroud, 22

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified the body of the woman found in Kincaid Lake on Tuesday as Amanda L. Stroud, 22, of 445 Patch Leg Road, Montgomery.

Stroud was reported missing to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 20, said Sheriff Charles Wagner Jr.

A complete autopsy of Stroud’s body did not determine the cause of death. The case remains under investigation. anyone has any information reference this case please contact the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318)473-6700, Crime Stoppers at (318)443-7867 or on the web at

Wal-Mart employee accused of stealing six laptops

A North Mall Drive Wal-Mart employee is accused of stealing six laptops from the back storage room and hiding them on the sales floor so that he could walk out of the store with them, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

Sir Regonal Humphrey, 20, 815 Leonard St., Alexandria was arrested Wednesday night on a charge of theft greater than $500. The arrest was the result of the store’s loss prevention department with a suspicion of theft allegedly observing Humphrey for a couple of days.

When officers arrived, Humphrey allegedly had two of the laptops hiding in the store. When questioned about the laptops, Humphrey allegedly led officers to the dog food section where the computers were hidden under a few bags of dog food.

The computers were valued at more than $3,000.

Alexandria woman accused of using father-in-law’s debit card without permission

Cynthia McConnell, 30, 1412 Ransbottom Dr., Alexandria, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly using her father-in-law’s debit card and personal checks to purchase items from stores in and around Alexandria, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

McConnell is accused of using the card and checks to make almost $4,000 in transactions over a four-month period.

McConnell was booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on charges of unauthorized use of an access card and forgery.

Deville woman arrested on a drug charge

Myrtis Janice Williams, 55, 643 Denny Rd., Deville, has been charged with possession of  Controlled Dangerous Substance I to Distribute after detectives allegedly found more than six ounces of marijuana at her home Tuesday, according to Sheriff Charles F. Wagner Jr.

Parish narcotics detectives began an investigation after receiving complaints of marijuana sales at the residence.

Williams was booked into the Rapides Parish Jail.

Cenla churches answers call to help Haiti

Volunteers at the BJ Maxon Resource Center in Lake Charles unload cases of water that will be sent to Haiti to aid in relief efforts. Photo submitted

Central Louisiana churches are among those throughout the state to answer the call to gather supplies and monetary relief needed to aid Haiti earthquake victims.

That call came via the Louisiana Home & Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention Inc., which partnered with the National Baptist Convention of America Inc. International, Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention and Friend Ship Mission, according to a press release.

In Alexandria, Pilgrim Baptist Church, 410 Solomon St.,  became the staging center to accept supplies from Central Louisiana churches. The Rev. Tom Hamilton, Pilgrim’s pastor, said a tractor-trailer filled with the supplies will head to Lake Charles Thursday morning. Those supplies will be taken to the LHFMBSC’s B.J. Maxon Church Resource Center for processing and loading on a ship that will be headed to Haiti.

The first voyage will be on or about Wednesday, Jan. 27, with more trips in the coming weeks.

Pastor Samuel C. Tolbert is president of LHFMBSC and general secretary of the National Baptist
Convention of America.

Alexandria woman accused of punishing her children with push tacks

An Alexandria woman, who said she couldn’t provide for her children any longer, was arrested Friday for allegedly punishing them by sticking them with push tacks, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

Delinda Green, 34, 3819 Smash Ave., was booked into the Rapides Parish Jail on charges of four counts of cruelty to a juvenile, the report indicates.

Green’s mother and another family member notified police that Green was allegedly punishing the children by using the push tacks. The children were ages 14, 11, 7 and 1.

The three oldest children allegedly told officers their mother had been “sticking them with a tack” for punishment. The children showed officers several small puncture wounds on their body, according to the police report.

Green allegedly told officer that she “could finally get some rest now if (the officer) would take her to jail.” She also alluded to having in the past called the Office of Child Protection Services for help but “that nothing was done.”

Green allegedly told officers she didn’t want to seriously hurt the children but believed she “had done enough to have the children taken away,” and that she could go to jail and “be provided for.” Allegedly, she asked police several times to make sure to write everything down. She repeatedly said “this was for the children’s own good.”

OCS is investigating the matter.

UPDATE: Tioga teen back at home

The missing 15-year-old Tioga teen, who was reported missing from  the Hagan Trailer Park Sunday morning, returned home about 5 p.m. Monday, said Maj. Jasper Bay of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Clinton Charles Tassin returned home after being at his mother’s ex-boyfriend’s home. “He was OK. He was just fine,” Bay said.