UPDATE: Fire destroys Heyman Lane home Tuesday night

Firefighters with Rapides Parish Fire District 2 and the Alexandria Fire Department battled a blaze at the home of Theresa Earthly  Tuesday  night.

Fire District 2  sounded the alarm about 9:25 p.m. to respond to 215 Heyman Lane. When firefighters arrived at 9:32 they found the home engulfed in fire, said Assistant Fire Chief Gary Leggett.

It appeared that no one was injured as homeowners gathered outside of the home.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, Leggett said.

LaPine Chapter wins big at international conference


The LaPine Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (“IAAP”) came away from the 2010 IAAP International Education Forum and Annual Meeting in Boston with seven awards in two categories:  Chapter of Excellence and Member of Excellence.

To receive the Chapter of Excellence, a chapter must meet 14 of 19 criteria set by IAAP that relate to education, participation, managing chapter business correctly, disseminating information and chapter growth.  This is the second year LaPine has received the award.

Also, the chapter had six members recognized for achieving the Member of Excellence.  They were Kimberly D. Boyd, CPS/CAP; Flora S. Keys; Shelley D. Malone, CPS/CAP; Frances T. Morrison, CAP; Cindy P. Rine, CPS/CAP and Deborah F. Watson, CPS.

To earn the ranking of Member of Excellence, individuals must meet eight out of 11 criteria.  The criteria for a member relates to those areas as listed above for the chapter, but on an individual level.  Examples include holding positions of leadership, participation and attendance at the chapter, division or international levels, and working toward certifications.

The LaPine Chapter was represented at the meeting by president Flora Keys, vice president Shelley Malone and member Mary Kee.

The mission of the LaPine Chapter is to enhance the success of career‐minded administrative professionals by providing opportunities for growth through education, community building and leadership development.

The LaPine Chapter conducts its regular meetings on the third Wednesday of the month, usually during the lunch hour, which feature guest speakers on a variety of educational and informative topics.  The group also hosts special events for the community such as a professional development seminar, recognition for Administrative Professionals in April and Bosses’ Day in October.

For meeting details, contact Frances Morrison at (318) 484-7695 or frances.morrison@cleco.com.

Copeland’s restaurant closes due to economy

Copeland’s Famous New Orleans Bar and Restaurant in Alexandria has closed, according to published reports.

The restaurant, at 2421 South MacArthur Drive, was opened in March 2005 by Alexandria businessman Mike Shelton.

Shelton sold the restaurant to Alexandria businessman David Pugh in 2007.

The restaurant opened in Alexandria in March 2005.

New shelter for men opening Tuesday, Aug. 31

Safe Landing, a shelter for men who are transitioning back into society following incarceration, will hold an open house at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 1430 Enterprise Road in Alexandria.

The public is invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by Re-Entry Solutions Center of Alexandria.

Tuesday’s activities will include a dedication ceremony and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Safe Landing will house up to 12 men who are working their way back into society, according to Re-Entry Solutions field liaison Victor Carstarphen. The shelter will offer job training as well as spiritual counseling, he said.

UPDATE: Missing Concordia Parish teen back home

Tinitra Washington

By Everything Cenla staff

A Vidalia-area teen reported missing since Saturday is safe and back home, according to published reports. She showed up unharmed at an aunt’s house in Ferriday around 6:45 p.m. Monday.

A Concordia Parish grandmother reported her 15-year-old granddaughter  was missing

Joyce Velasquez said her granddaughter, Tinitra “Tierra” Washington, ran away about 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, from their home located at 108 Ralph Road, Lot 24 in the Country Estates Trailer Park near Vidalia.

Velasquez said the teen walked away from their home after an argument.

Mother, daughter accused of stabbing mother’s boyfriend

By Everything Cenla staff

A mother and her daughter were arrested Saturday and are accused of stabbing the mother’s boyfriend after she saw him with other women, according to the Alexandria Police.

Alice Davis, 49, 120 Sunset, and her daughter Carnquitta Davis, 21, 3103 Monroe St., were arrested shortly after midnight Sunday, Aug. 29.  Davis’ boyfriend accuses the women of jumping and stabbing him after an argument about the boyfriend being with other women.

The boyfriend accuses Alice Davis of leaving their home irate and returning with her daughter.  They allegedly used a knife to stab him in the left arm and right side.

The victim was treated at Rapides Regional Medical Center. The women were booked into the Rapides Parish Jail each on a charge of aggravated battery.

Two Deville men accused in grocery store armed robbery

By Everything Cenla staff

Two Deville men are in the Rapides Parish Jail in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Aug. 14, at Humphries Grocery Store, 6728 Esler Field Road, Pineville, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Taylor Scott Crooks, 19, 246 Nation Road, and Chance Michael Ducote, 74 Deville Cutoff Road, were arrested following an investigation.

Witnesses told deputies someone entered the store and brandished a firearm while demanding money. After stealing an undisclosed amount of money, the offender left the store without any problems.

Witnesses reported the offender got into a green-colored truck that was driven by a second man.

Crooks is being held in the parish jail on a $25,000 bond and Ducote is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about this case should call Detective Stephen Phillips at the Tioga Sub Station at (318) 641-6000 or Crime Stoppers at (318) 7867.