Three escape from Avoyelles Parish DC1

According to Sheriff Doug Anderson, at about 1:40 a.m. this morning, three inmates of the Avoyelles S.O. D.C. #1 escaped from custody after taking a correctional officer at knife point and forcing him to open a door.

The Sheriff stated that the door to a disciplinary holding cell was opened by the jailer to provide water to the inmates within when inmate Quentin M. Truehill brandished a handmade knife, held it to the throat of the correctional officer threatening to kill him if he did not open a nearby access door.

As the officer began to comply with Truehill’s demands another officer attempted to intervene and was cut on the hand. Truehill, Kentrell F. Johnson and Peter Hughes all fled the jail facility.

Deputies, City Police officers and a K-9 Chase Team from the Avoyelles Correctional Center tracked the escapee’s into a wooded area near Highway 1. Sheriff Anderson said it is now apparent that the three were picked up by an accomplice near the old Wal-Mart building in Marksville

Escapee’s are:

1.) Quentin M. Truehill, New Orleans, La., B/M, 5’9”, 140 lbs., D.O.B. 04/16/1987

Truehill is serving a 30 year sentence for manslaughter.

2.) Peter M. Hughes,  Abbeville, La.,B/M, 6’2”, 152 lbs., D.O.B. 10/31/1987

Hughes is serving a 4 year sentence for Unauthorized Entry of an inhabited Dwelling

3.) Kentrell F. Johnson, Marksville, La., B/M, 6’3”, 230 lbs., D.O.B. 10/04/70

Johnson is currently serving a 10 year parole violation in addition armed robbery charges.

The Sheriff stated that his investigators are aggressively following leads and will use all law enforcement resources available to expedite a speedy capture. These three individuals are to be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Truehill, Hughes, or Johnson is asked to call the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-253-4000.

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the capture of these escapees. All information received  will remain confidential.

VA doctor accused of simple assault

By Everything Cenla staff

Dr. Shivani Negi with the Alexandria Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pineville, was arrested Tuesday, March 23, when she turned herself in to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Maj. Jerome Hopewell.

Negi, 38, of 5993 Hanna, was booked on a charge of simple assault. Hopewell said the VA’s police is handling the case.

However, Tammie Arnold, the hospital’s public affairs officer, said she was not aware of the arrest.

“I do know that another employee made allegations against Dr. Negi, but I’m not aware of her arrest,” Arnold said.

Negi is one of two VA Medical Center doctors and the hospital’s administrator accused in a lawsuit file May 26, 2009, in the U.S. District Western District of Louisiana.

Floyd Hamilton III filed the suit on behalf of his father, Floyd Hamilton Jr. The other defendants are Hollis Reed and Barbara Watkins.

Hundreds of children participate in District 1’s community Easter Egg hunt

Alexandria City District 1 Councilman Edward Larvadain III and Comforter Baptist Church held a community  Ester Egg Hunt Saturday, April 3, at  Harmon Park, located on Monroe and Essie streets.

Hundreds of children participated in the day’s events that included games, music and prizes.

“This is a great event that gives the children something to do,” Larvadain said. “We’ve got to do something to keep them.

“This is my second year having the Easter Egg hunt, but this time I’ve joined with Comforter Baptist Church. They’ve been wonderful in bringing this together,” he said.

UPDATE: DWI arrest made in two-vehicle accident

By EverythingCenla staff

Damien McNally, 28, 5204 Robinson Dr., has been charged with DWI 1st offense, failure to maintain control, vehicular negigent injuring and driving with a suspended license following a two-vehicle accident on the morning of Friday, March 26, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

The accident occurred about 7:15 a.m. on Bayou Rapides Road in front of Rosewood Apartments.

According to the accident report, McNally was driving a 2001 Dodge Caravan west when it left the roadway to the right, traveling about 125 feet, turning counter clockwise, traveling another 196 feet before crashing into the passenger side a 2003 Ford Taurus in the east bound lane of the highway. The Taurus, driven by Courtney Lowe, 21, 4051 Bayou Rapides Road, Apt. 601, hit the ditch, with the van landing on top of it.

Witnesses reported following the accident, McNally got out of the van and sat on the ground while a passenger remained in the vehicle. Lowe climbed out of her vehicle. At least one witness said McNally allegedly had beer cans in his vehicle.

Acadian Ambulance took McNally to Christus  St. Frances Cabrini Hospital. McNally told officers he didn’t remember the crash. The last  thing he remembered, according to the report, was “adjusting the radio.”

The  Louisiana State Police, Alexandria Fire Department, and Alexandria Police Department responded to the scene.  Acadian Ambulance took the injured to the hospital.

Alexandria fire chief proud of renovated fire station, city’s fire rating

By Sherri L. Jackson
Everything Cenla

Alexandria Fire Chief Bernard Wesley can’t get the smile from his face.

In fact, the smile widens as he speaks of the city’s newly renovated fire station located on Lee and Masonic streets.

“There was a lot that went into getting this station, and we did it. That’s why I feel the way I do,” Wesley said explaining his enthusiasm and joy in the new Fire Station 4.

He’s also filled with pride and joy as his name is listed as fire chief on a plaque inside the station. The plaque erected when the station was dedicated in 1944 lists Ralph Neff as chief.

Not much had been done to the building since then, which led to “horrible conditions,” which firefighters lived under until the renovations of the station. A ceremony marking the re-opening was held Thursday, March 18.

Wesley isn’t the only one happy about the renovations at Station 4. Capt. Bobby Brimer, who has been with the department since 1991, said the renovations brings the station from “a rat hole to a condo.”

“This was a bad station. The paint flaked, the ceilings leaked. There was asbestos and lead paint we were living under, and no one complained. Now, it’s nice to come to work. I’m proud the citizens of Alexandria came through for us,” he said.

The $1.5 million renovations include new furniture, new paint, an exercise room, individual bedrooms, upgraded kitchen appliances and an enclosed balcony.

As much as has changed in the building, Wesley said it was important to keep some of the building’s historic features such as the stair railings and other woodwork.

The re-opening of Fire Station 4 is somewhat a crown jewel in Wesley’s three-year tenure as fire chief of the Alexandria Fire Department.

Mayor Jacques Roy officially appointed Wesley in December 2007. Before the appointment, Wesley was named interim chief replacing Paul Smith, who took a job with the Louisiana Fire Marshal’s Office.

Two weeks after becoming fire chief, Wesley told The Light he had thoughts of retiring “and doing something else” after 25 years with the Alexandria Fire Department.

Almost three years later, Wesley said the job as fire chief has good days and bad days. He survives by “sticking to what I believe, what is right, what is legal and what is policy.”

“I work to make sure the things we do are geared toward the citizens first, the department next and individuals are far down the list,” he said.

Since becoming chief, Wesley said he has worked to upgrade or eliminate any outdated procedures or structures.

“When faced with a challenge, I always ask, ‘why are we doing it this way?’ If there is no answer, I research it. If it’s outdated, then it is changed,” the fire chief said.

It’s important, Wesley said, that the department’s 128 employees understand what’s being done and why.

In addition to the newly renovated Fire Station 4, Wesley said having the department maintain its Class 2 fire rating was a plus for the department and the citizens of Alexandria. The fire rating is used to help determine insurance premiums.

A national agency evaluates the department in several areas including municipal water supply, emergency communications, manpower, and station locations.

The rating system is 1-10. Number 2 is the second highest rating for a department.

“I’m on Cloud 9 because we worked hard to maintain the 2 rating,” Wesley said.

To receive a 1, Wesley said, would require the department to employ more firefighters and to expand the coverage area as the city has expanded.

Plans are in the making to move fire stations, which includes brining stations to Culpepper Road, Jones Street, La Highway 28 West and North Bolton Avenue.

According to published reports, Station1, located downtown, will move to Culpepper Road, at the intersection of North Drive; Station 2 on Broadway Avenue, will move to Jones Street next to the Bethel AME Church; Station 5, which is on Texas Avenue, will move to La. Highway 28 West.

Station 6 on Twin Bridges Road will be renovated, Wesley said.

Rapides Parish marriage licenses, March 1-25

During the period of March 1-25, the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court’s office issued marriage licenses to the following:

  • Joshua Duane Lucas and Virginia Nicole King
  • David Michael Maddox and Stephanie Allbritton
  • Jason David Wesse and Christina Amber Romero
  • John Allen Carmouche Jr. and Tonya Denise Hill
  • Jarell Price and marey Patricia Herrera
  • Darrin Boone Smith and Marissa Elizabeth Martin
  • Tramiryn Destavirio Herron and Marquita Nichole Russaw
  • Bradley Michael Seaman and Kristin Leanne Tuneberg
  • Joseph Cryer Strother III and Charlotte Kimberly Alexander
  • Gerald Lynn LaCaze Jr. and Amanda Kate Newman
  • Eric Lee Head and Melissa Sue Bryant
  • Alvin Joseph Washington III and Kimberly Woods
  • Christopher Devon Deal and Katrina Patrish Murdock
  • Alfred Eugene Collum and Sarah Ruth Turner
  • Bruce Kent Crossgrove and Linda Marie Cobb
  • Christopher Sean Altenberger and Jennifer Sullivan
  • Ramon Amrie Woolery and Darlene Young
  • Brandon Scott Penton and Brandi Nekay Williams
  • Richard Allen LaPrarie and Heather Joy Hanner Wilkins
  • Gregory Scott Coutee and Angela Kaye Prudhomme
  • Lawrence Anthony Springer and Brandy Celeste Aday
  • Michael Sinque Maeweathers and Surond Renette Green Robertson
  • Arnold Ray Sims and Dora Marie Maguire Green
  • Jayaprakash Sothinathan and Sarah Czerena Bates
  • David Lee Cammack and Ganell Marie Lacombe
  • Winnie Simmons and Anna Gail Wardsworth
  • Tyler Evan Greene and Lacey Crystal Dawn Lacey Thornhill
  • Michael Lynn Satcher and Courtney Renee Lowe
  • Kenneth Dewayne Ferrell Jr. and Sonya Lynette Fountain Carrozzo
  • Vince Edmond Spurgeon and Amy Michelle Steele Ates
  • Tommy Jay Dmetric Johnson and Jada Dionne Smith
  • Edward Thomas Blue Jr. and Crystal Lane Lachney
  • Sean Demon Fields and Keisha Franciene Washington
  • Dustin Blake Johnson and Tamera Annette Murphy
  • Walter Ray Myers and Modenia Kay Fisher Foster
  • Raymond Leo Lambert Jr. and Bonnie Davis
  • James Stewart Whittle and Janet Faye Rand Keckler
  • Robert Lee McQueen Jr. and Audrey Renea Brown
  • Jeremy Michael Young and Star Bethany Delcambre
  • Chance Joseph Farace and Sabrina Ann Pace Foster
  • Dayton Cory Maricle and Kayla Lavon Strother
  • Juan Jose Saldana Jr. and Shannon Leigh Miller Voiselle
  • Robert James Gaston Jr. and Tenisha Nicole Bradford
  • Tony Maurice McDonald and Evie Lena Deary Landry
  • Byron Chase Hawthorne and Malery Ann Perkins
  • Justin Michael McDaniel and Casey Valley Sorrells
  • Joseph Lynn Thornill and Molly Anne Tynes
  • Kelvert John Lemonia and Ashanti Shawnee Frazier
  • Thomas Russell Hataway and Kimberly Ann Rizzo
  • Brent Duane Reeves and Arielle Hope Brossett
  • Thomas Carroll Morvant and Erine Elaine Smith
  • Peter Black Socia and Kristen Michelle Bordelon
  • Richard Steven Logsdon and Amanda Marie Barton
  • Joshua Neil Dauzat and Sarah Renee Howell
  • Cade Maloy Hilton and Brooks Nicole Brunson
  • Daniel Blake Bartholomew and Kayla Bolding
  • Amr El Sayed Khorshed and Dalia El Sayed El Metawally
  • Chad Andrew Smith and Jamie Lynn George
  • Joseph Dwayne Gauthreaux and Spencer Landis
  • Carlous DeJuan Smith and Amanda Ardoin
  • Dallas Ray Kennedy and Melissa Gayle Harper Lopez
  • Davetric Larone Clark and Jaquanna Jelyn Smith
  • Terry James Henry Griffth and Melva Marie Creel Henry
  • Raymond Gene Haralson and Marie Angelica Jimenez-Gonzalez
  • David Albert Andries III and Julia Leeanne Monroe
  • Alton Martin and Renee Delong Stacey
  • James Luther Nichols III and Mary Margaret Ussery
  • Steven Jeremy Pittman and Nicole Denee Walker
  • Charlie Joe Roshto and Frankie June Marler Roshto
  • Michael David Doyle and Abigail Patricia Brown
  • Michael Malen Stickels and Hope Estelle Slatten Lacombe

Running the Roads for Life 5K Run/Walk scheduled

ALEXANDRIA – The 3rd Annual Running the Roads for Life 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run, benefiting LOPA (Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency), will be held Sunday April 25, 2010 at 3pm in downtown Alexandria.

Running the Roads for Life will begin at the corner of 3rd Street and Murray Street. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for male and female overall and 1st place winners for male and female Masters. To register for Running the Roads for Life individuals can log on to http://www.lopa.org, or contact Ritchie Martin, 318.201.3981 or Jay Slayter, 318.229.1992.

A pre-race Banquet will be held in honor of LOPA’s heroes on Saturday April 24, 2010 beginning at 6 pm at Country Inn and Suites, 2727 Monroe Highway Pineville. The Banquet will feature keynote speaker, former Dallas Cowboy Everson Walls. Mr. Walls will share his incredible story about the life he now leads educating children and minority communities about the importance of organ and tissue donation, as well as kidney disease and diabetes. Mr. Walls will also be available for a book signing the night of the Banquet.

Every year, Running the Roads for Life honors organ and tissue donors and their families and rejoices with recipients who have received the Gift of Life. With over 1,800 people in Louisiana waiting on a life saving organ transplant, LOPA’s mission is simple – help save lives through organ and tissue donation.

Regardless if you are an avid runner or a lover of the outdoors, gather your family and friends to run or walk while having fun for a worthy cause. Pre-registration entry fee is $25.00. The cost of event day registration is $30.00,and the family limit is $75.00. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a Running the Roads for Life t-shirt. For more information, contact Ritchie Martin, 318.201.3981 or Jay Slayter, 318.229.1992 or visit http://www.lopa.org.