ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A former police officer in Louisiana who was arrested last year has pleaded guilty to one felony count of abuse of office. News outlets in Alexandria say Kenneth Seth Thomas entered the plea Monday morning. A marijuana distribution charge against the former Alexandria Police Department member was dropped. When authorities arrested the 43-year-old Thomas in September of last year, they said investigators learned that he had distributed marijuana and that, while on duty, he had sex with at least one woman. Thomas is to be sentenced Nov. 26.

Catholic Diocese of Shreveport

Pope Frances has appointed a new Bishop to preside over the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Bishop Michael Duca will be transferred from Shreveport, where he’s been for the last ten years. He’s replacing Bishop Robert Muench, who’s held the position since 2002. Duca says he didn’t see it coming, but he’s looking forward to serving the people of Baton Rouge.

"I was completely suprised by this appointment and while I am sad to leave the good people of the Diocese of Shreveport, I immediatley accepted the appointment without reservation", said Duca.

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The Lake Charles VA Community Outpatient Clinic recently opened a 24-thousand-square-foot office. Director of the Alexandria VA System Pete Dancy says this will expand care for some seven-thousand in the Lake Charles area with 26-hundred vets actively using VA services.

The closest outpatient facility prior to the opening was in Jennings.  Vets also had the option of traveling to Fort Polk.  Dancy says if they can’t give the services that are needed, the VA doctors will be able to use other resources nearby.

National Hurricane Center

Louisiana and Texas continue to be pounded by severe flooding rains and tornadoes.  

An additional 10-15 inches of rain will fall today in Texas and Louisiana.  Currently, T.S. Harvey has backed out of Texas and is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The projected path of the storm has Harvey making a 3rd landfall near Lake Charles and the following a line to Alexandria. The center of the storm will continue to the north over Monroe on Thursday.

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The public is invited to tour the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI when it is docked at the Central Louisiana Regional Port in Alexandria, Louisiana, from 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 16. 

The vessel is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' largest diesel towboat and flagship to the Mississippi River Commission (MRC), which is inspecting Corps of Engineers projects along the Red River as part of the commission's annual low-water inspection trip. 

National Hurricane Center

Tropical Depression Cindy continues to bring rain and some wind to northeast Louisiana. The remnants of the storm should move out of the area by the end of the weekend. Click here for the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

FINAL BULLETIN ON CINDY -- 10 a.m. Thursday



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A federal prosecutor in central Louisiana says a Eunice man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for persuading a 12-year-old girl to send him sexually explicit photos.

The sentence was handed down Friday for 36-year-old Adam Shilow. A news release from acting U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook in Alexandria says Shilow pleaded guilty last July.

Prosecutors said that Shilow contacted a 12-year-old girl via the internet and pretended to be a juvenile himself.

They exchanged sexually explicit photos of each other in November 2013.

Louisiana State Police seizes $2 Million dollars' worth of Drugs

Jan 30, 2017

State Police said nearly two million dollars’ worth of drugs are off the streets of Central Louisiana as the result of the arrest of an Alexandria man. Trooper Scott Moreau said earlier this month detectives began investigating 37-year-old Derrick Felton for distribution of methamphetamine and he was later taken into custody during a traffic stop.

Moreau “found a large amount of narcotics on him and a large sum of cash, and later that day searched several residents and found more drugs and more cash.”