Ouachita airplane crash kills four

MONROE — Four people died when a plane crash in the woods behind the Ouachita Correctional Center.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will be on the scene Friday to begin collecting evidence and witness testimony for their initial investigation.

NTSB spokesman Terry Williams said a Beechcraft Bonanza crashed Thursday afternoon about four miles south of the Monroe Regional Airport.

Officials have not released the names of the victims.

The airplane was owned by Central Flying Service Inc. of Little Rock, Ark. It was arriving at Monroe from Beaumont, Texas.

William said the investigation could take nine months to one year to complete.

Ex-inmate sentenced for smuggling heroin

ALEXANDRIA — A former federal inmate from Wichita Falls, Texas, has been sentenced to two years in prison for attempting to smuggle heroin into the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said Jose Pueperto Alaniz also was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Dee Drell to three years supervised release. Another defendant, Diana Castillo, also of Wichita Falls, was sentenced to three months in prison.

Castillo had visited Alaniz in May 2010 in the Pollock facility, and officials saw Alaniz remove something from Castillo’s waistband and put it in his jumpsuit. A search found about 74.8 grams of black tar heroin. Alaniz had been serving a sentence for violating his release on a conviction of distribution of cocaine.

He finished serving that sentence in September 2010.

Nicholls St. awardsfour emeritus titles

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University has awarded four retirees with “emeritus” titles, honoring them for decades of accomplishments, professional contributions and service to the university.

Those honored include O. Cleveland Hill, Nicholls’ first black student athlete, who had a record-breaking collegiate basketball career and went on to become dean of the College of Education.

Marilyn Kilgen, who taught biology at Nicholls for 41 years, was honored, along with Betty Kleen, a nationally known microbiologist and seafood safety scientist, and Deborah “Raz” Raziano, who served for 32 years as Nicholls’ director of alumni affairs.

Hill, Kilgen and Kleen were named professors emeritus, while Raziano was granted the title of director emeritus of alumni affairs.

Compiled from The Associated Press