June 4, 2014 12:49 PM
MONROE- The Fortune 500 company based here, one of only two in Louisiana, dropped in the rankings when the 2014 list was released.
CenturyLink fell from 150th to 158th. Its revenue was in the ball park of $18 billion.
But, New Orleans' Entergy Corp. grew in the rankings.... more »
April 27, 2014 11:55 AM
MONROE - Monroe police are searching for a suspect in the shooting of a homeless man. Police responded to a call early Saturday and found 31-year-old Casey R. Williams lying unresponsive on the ground with a single gunshot wound to the neck. Williams was taken to a local hospital and... more »
April 9, 2014 3:51 PM
MONROE- The man some have dubbed the "Kissing Congressman" won't ask the feds to investigate how surveillance video of him, kissing a woman who wasn't his wife, was able to be leaked to the news media and posted on the Internet.
The video surfaced Monday, and quickly went viral.... more »
November 30, 2013 10:46 PM
LAFAYETTE - Kolton Browning threw two touchdown passes and Louisiana-Monroe held on to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette 31-28 Saturday night. Browning hit Rashon Ceaser with a 16-yard touchdown pass, then connected with Ajalen Holley for a two-point conversion to give Louisiana-Monroe (6-6, 4-3 Sun Belt Conference) a 28-21 lead. Justin Maton kicked... more »
November 9, 2013 2:04 PM
MONROE - A man is charged with attempted second degree murder after a shooting in a Monroe McDonald's on Friday night.
Police say Michael J. Williams, 21, fired eight shots at a vehicle with a woman and child in it after a disagreement over money. After the incident Williams... more »
November 3, 2013 12:38 PM
MONROE - A high school football played was killed in a car accident in Ouachita Parish.
State Police say the accident occurred Saturday afternoon near Monroe.
Police say Howard Coleman, 63, was driving west on a Louisiana Highway and crossed the center line and hit Dillon Neal, 17, who... more »
October 25, 2013 10:41 PM
LAFAYETTE- The state university here is standing behind its brand after it was called into question for how it is used.
People are taking issue to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette dropping 'Lafayette' on some references and using Louisiana or UL. Some believe that insinuates it is branding... more »
September 26, 2013 12:16 PM
SHREVEPORT - Former Monroe City Councilmen Arthur Gilmore and Robert "Red" Stevens have been sentenced in federal court today.
They were convicted more than two years ago of racketeering charges for accepting bribes. Gilmore was sentenced to 24 months in prison while Stevens was given 20 months. Both were... more »
September 24, 2013 8:50 AM
MONROE- A 29-year-old Monroe woman faces seven counts each of child desertion and cruelty to juveniles. The News-Star reports Latasha D. Harris was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday. Police say Harris left seven of her children - aged 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 - unattended in... more »
September 18, 2013 11:54 AM
MONROE - A 49-year-old Monroe woman has been arrested after allegedly using a cinder block to batter a victim. Pamela Tugler was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center Tuesday night on charges of aggravated battery and disturbing the peace.
An affidavit says she hit the victim many times in the... more »
September 11, 2013 9:14 AM
MONROE- The Monroe City Council in two weeks will consider a 100 percent smoke-free ordinance. The News-Star reports the proposal was introduction at Tuesday's meeting. The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living requested the cities of Monroe and West Monroe and the Ouachita Parish Police Jury to consider the ordinance. If... more »
September 6, 2013 11:34 AM
WEST MONROE - A West Monroe woman has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of her husband. The News-Star reports that Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies arrested 54-year-old Suzanne Black after her husband, 53-year-old Charles C. Black, was shot once in the back with... more »
September 4, 2013 11:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Jindal Administration can move forward with the privatization of LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe after getting approval from the Civil Service Commission today.
It was the final step needed for an October 1 date for an outsourcing contract.
It also allows LSU to... more »
August 13, 2013 4:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Republican state lawmaker from Monroe says he will run in the October special election for a congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana. Rep. Jay Morris says he thinks Gov. Bobby Jindal and Congressman Rodney Alexander tried to orchestrate Alexander's resignation to benefit GOP state Sen.... more »
August 7, 2013 1:13 PM
MONROE - A day after he announced he was through with Congress, U.S. Rep Rodney Alexander has been announced as the new head of the state's veterans affairs office.
The governor's office said Alexander would resign from his position on Sept. 26 and start his new job, which has... more »
August 6, 2013 4:34 PM
MONROE- Louisiana will lose its most senior member of the U.S. House since Rodney Alexander (R) announced he will not seek re-election today.
Alexander represents the 5th Congressional District, which covers part of the Florida Parishes and mostly north east and central Louisiana. The lines of his district were... more »
July 28, 2013 7:19 PM
SHREVEPORT - More than 2,300 employees at LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe can start applying for jobs with the hospitals' new operator starting August 5. Biomedical Research Foundation Hospital Holding Co. will take over management of the former public hospitals October 1. That nonprofit, a subsidiary of Biomedical Research... more »
July 25, 2013 10:22 AM
SHREVEPORT - A nonprofit corporation will represent LSU School of Medicine doctors who see patients at former LSU public hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe. LSU System supervisors Friday will vote on creating a faculty practice organization for LSU Health Shreveport. Sally Croom, an LSU Health Shreveport spokeswoman, says the proposal... more »
June 24, 2013 8:58 AM
MONROE- Thirty-six women from across the state have arrived in Monroe to compete for the title of Miss Louisiana. The News-Star reports the contestants moved into their rooms Sunday at the University of Louisiana at Monroe's Bayou Suites, which will be their home until one is crowned Miss Louisiana 2013... more »
May 29, 2013 11:33 AM
MONROE - Many Ouachita Parish motorists are facing a major change. Beginning Saturday, the Lea Joyner Bridge on Monroe's heavily traveled Louisville Avenue will close for eight weeks. The bridge will be closed for two separate four-week periods for critical repairs. The News-Star reports that it will be the first... more »
April 1, 2013 10:34 AM
MONROE - A 35-year-old Monroe man has been booked with child desertion after deputies say he allegedly left a 6-year-old child in vehicle while he was in a bar. Ouachita Parish deputies say Labarraon Shecoby Spivey was at the Suga Shack, when an officer arrived to investigate a call about... more »
March 29, 2013 9:08 AM
MONROE- Monroe police have arrested a 32-year-old woman after she allegedly misused credit cards issued to the local Salvation Army to accumulate more than $30,000 in charges. The News-Star reports police arrested Dana Hill, of West Monroe, Wednesday on a charge of felony theft. Salvation Army spokesman Mark Jones said... more »
March 19, 2013 8:37 AM
WEST MONROE- Deputies say a 22 year-old West Monroe man was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center after being arrested on several charges, including burning his 3-year-old child with a space heater. Authorities tell The News-Star Vincent Tyler Froust allegedly threw a woman on a bed and choked her while their... more »
January 25, 2013 6:20 AM
MONROE- Four people died when a plane crash in the woods behind Ouachita Correctional Center. The News-Star reports 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 says a Beechcraft Bonanza... more »
January 15, 2013 9:04 AM
MONROE - Authorities say 38-year-old Dominique Ellis, of Monroe, was arrested Sunday on an aggravated arson charge after allegedly setting his mother's house on fire with people inside. According to an arrest affidavit, the victim told Ellis to leave her home on Saturday after Ellis told her he wanted to... more »
January 2, 2013 1:19 PM
MONROE, Conn.- The children who escaped last month's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have been welcomed with their parents at a school in a neighboring town that was overhauled specially for them. And their new school is being renamed for their old one. Newtown Schools Superintendent... more »
December 28, 2012 4:40 PM
SHREVEPORT - Tyler Tettleton threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, Beau Blankenship ran for four scores, and Ohio cruised to a 45-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe at the Independence Bowl on Friday. Chase Cochran caught three passes for 162 yards and a touchdown as the Bobcats (9-4) won their second... more »
December 28, 2012 10:27 AM
SHREVEPORT - The first of three more college bowls today is the Independence Bowl where Louisiana-Monroe plays Ohio in a matchup of 8-4 teams.
Louisiana-Monroe is playing a postseason game for the first time since moving up to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1994. more »
November 9, 2012 9:04 AM
MONROE - Monroe police have arrested a woman accused of mistreating her dogs.
34-year-old Denita Sellers was booked Thursday on two charges of cruelty to animals and a charge of aggravated cruelty.
According to an arrest affidavit, police were called to Sellers' residence in reference to the mistreatment... more »
November 5, 2012 2:12 PM
WEST MONROE - Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies have booked a 39-year-old West Monroe man with domestic abuse battery and aggravated battery. Deputies were called to St. Francis Medical Center Sunday where a woman said James Lee McDaniel, her ex-husband, allegedly pushed her down and hit her on the right side... more »
October 22, 2012 10:29 AM
MONROE - After leading Louisiana-Monroe to a 43-42 overtime win at Western Kentucky Saturday, junior quarterback Kolton Browning has been named the Sun Belt Conference's Offensive Player of the Week.
It is the third Sun Belt honor of the season for Browning. Browning threw a pair of touchdowns in... more »
September 22, 2012 2:03 PM
MONROE - Wildlife agents say the body of a missing boater on the Ouachita River has been found. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the body of Charles Trascher, 64, of Monroe, was found on the Ouachita River in Ouachita Parish Saturday morning. His family reported him missing... more »
September 14, 2012 10:31 AM
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn Tigers are hoping to rise up and Louisiana-Monroe is trying to come down from a huge win. The winless Tigers host the Warhawks Saturday a week after a troubling loss at Mississippi State. Louisiana-Monroe is fresh from an opening win over then-No. 8 Arkansas. Auburn... more »
August 2, 2012 1:27 PM
MONROE- Former Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney is now being charged with two counts of mail fraud in addition to 21 other charges that have been brought against him by federal prosecutors. The News-Star reports the new 23-count indictment claims Toney knowingly devised a scheme to obtain funds from his... more »
June 19, 2012 11:53 AM
MONROE- Monroe Fire Department chief investigator David Hill says last week's fire at the University of Louisiana at Monroe's George T. Walker Hall was likely caused by an "energized" stovetop. In a statement released Monday, Hill said the fire originated in the northeast corner of Room I-97. Hill said damage... more »
May 27, 2012 11:50 AM
MONROE - The Monroe City School Board has scheduled a special meeting Tuesday to consider a proposal to change Neville High School to a charter school and one for a proposed new arts and performance charter school for at-risk youth. Charters have a June 1 deadline to file a letter... more »
March 14, 2012 11:04 AM
MONROE- Monroe Regional Airport is moving forward on rehabilitating runways with the help of grants from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The News-Star reports the Monroe City Council on Tuesday accepted $1.5 million in grants to rehabilitate six taxiways. The council then voted to enter into an agreement... more »
February 22, 2012 3:03 PM
MONROE, La. (AP) - The city of Monroe is planning to conduct a feasibility study to look into adding more parking downtown. Myra Gatling-Akers, Downtown Economic Development District director, tells The News-Star the item is slated for consideration at the city's next council meeting. Gatling-Akers says parking downtown has been... more »
February 22, 2012 8:48 AM
MONROE - A West Monroe man is appealing his six-month prison sentence for his role in a hate crime at a school. A court filing Tuesday by 30-year-old Tony L. Johnson's attorney asks U.S. District Judge Robert James in Monroe to review the Feb. 7 sentence handed down by U.S.... more »
February 13, 2012 9:13 AM
MONROE - A pharmacy professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe has received around $50,000 in grant funding for his efforts in breast cancer research. The university says a news release that Yong-Yu Liu, M.D., Ph.D., submitted a grant proposal to the Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience and was one... more »
February 11, 2012 2:08 PM
MONROE- A Texas man and a Mississippi man were arrested after State Police found more than 16 pounds of marijuana in the car they were in. Louisiana State Police stopped the car on Interstate 20 after it off the road twice. The driver was identified a Chandler Marquis Moore, 21,... more »
January 5, 2012 3:10 PM
A West Monroe man was sentenced on Jan. 3 for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act in the Federal Western District Court of Louisiana in Monroe.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Hayes ordered Jeffrey M. Miles, 23, to pay a $2,525 fine, and serve three years of unsupervised... more »
December 10, 2011 4:02 PM
MONROE-Water thieves beware. Monroe is arresting those who tamper with their water meters. Police chief Quentin Holmes says since January, nine arrests have been made, with arrest warrants issued for three others. Zachary Simmons, supervisor for the city's Utility Billing Division, says the city is now taking extra measures to... more »
November 3, 2011 8:39 AM
MONROE - The numbers are shocking - nine suicides in 14 months - seven students and two adults. It has the Ouachita Parish School system determined to do whatever it takes to prevent another. The News-Star reports that the district held a planning meeting on Wednesday with community partners, private... more »
September 20, 2011 2:22 PM
MONROE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 22-year-old West Monroe man has admitted shooting a bald eagle found beheaded near Winnsboro in April.
Spokesman Adam Einck says Jeffrey M. Miles pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Monroe to one count of violating the Bald... more »
August 28, 2011 4:21 PM
MONROE, La.- Monroe Regional Airport will soon have a resurfaced runway and taxiway to complement its new terminal.
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $4.2 million to rehabilitate the airport's secondary runway and primary taxiway. The state will provide a 5 percent match to the grant.
Mayor Jamie... more »
August 11, 2011 12:28 PM
MONROE, La. - Three men have been charged with civil rights violations for allegedly tying a noose around a dead raccoon's neck and hanging it from a flagpole to intimidate black students at a north Louisiana school.
Brian Wallis, James Lee Wallis Jr. and Tony L. Johnson face a... more »
August 6, 2011 4:33 PM
MONROE - The Caldwell Parish School System has delayed the start of classes for the 2011-12 school year to complete renovation of Caldwell Parish Junior High and Columbia Elementary. Board President Baron Glass said the start of school will be pushed from Aug. 10 to Aug. 15. Although the system... more »
July 30, 2011 3:43 PM
MONROE, La.- Monroe police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a 1-year-old child.
Centavo R. Green, 21, of Monroe was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on Friday on charges including second-degree murder.
An arrest affidavit shows that police were investigating the Thursday night... more »
July 14, 2011 7:24 PM
Police in Monroe say a 13 year old took the car keys of someone visiting his grandmother and took a car for a joyride, hitting a six year old girl and crashing into another car. Police say the girl is in critical condition and the boy was booked into juvenile... more »
June 26, 2011 10:28 AM
MONROE, La. - The fourth time turned out to be the charm for Hope Anderson, a Monroe resident who has been crowned Miss Louisiana 2011.
The News-Star of Monroe reported that Anderson received the honor late Saturday night at the 48th annual Miss Louisiana pageant at the W.L. "Jack"... more »
June 22, 2011 3:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - Despite some headwinds hitting the national economy, Louisiana's job growth picked up slightly in May.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Wednesday that the state recorded 15,000 non-farm jobs more last month than in May 2010, including a jump of 10,200 from April. The numbers are not... more »
March 17, 2011 11:23 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - A 22-year-old man has been sentenced in the 2008 attempted murder of two Monroe police officers.
Gilbert M. Tyler of Monroe was convicted last year on one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder.
The News-Star reports state District... more »
February 2, 2011 12:59 PM
MONROE, La. - Bond has been set at $75,000 for a Monroe man accused of sending a naked picture of himself to a juvenile.
The News-Star reports 31-year-old Eddie Brown was arrested on Monday.
He was booked on one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
A... more »
January 19, 2011 10:22 AM
MONROE- A preliminary review of ground penetrating radar scans at J.S. Clark Cemetery near Monroe has found nearly 200 unmarked graves at the cemetery.
The News-Star reports the scans were conducted over a 6-acre area of the cemetery in southeastern Ouachita Parish in preparation for planned drainage work by... more »
January 10, 2011 8:06 AM
SHREVEPORT - Winter weather across north Louisiana has closed schools, some government offices and caused at least one traffic death. State police say a 30-year-old Monroe woman died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash on an ice covered interstate highway. Trooper Cordell Williams says Kaneshia Logan died when her SUV slide... more »
December 10, 2010 8:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Monroe man is accused of scamming nearly $1.2 million from at least 181 investors in eight states. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says a grand jury in Monroe charged 57-year-old Silas J. Mayeux on Thursday with racketeering, felony theft, and two securities laws violations. He says... more »
November 10, 2010 10:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - A juvenile justice advocacy group says conditions at a juvenile prison in Monroe continue to be unfit for young offenders. The Times-Picayune says the report claims the offenders at the Swanson Center for Youth face almost daily fights among inmates, excessive use of force by staff and... more »
November 5, 2010 8:49 AM
MONROE - A Monroe woman died in an early morning house fire. The Monroe Fire Department said neighbor reported the fire at approximately 3:47 a.m. Thursday when he heard popping sounds and discovered the blaze. When fire trucks arrived on the scene about five minutes later, the house was engulfed.... more »
November 4, 2010 7:50 AM
MONROE - A 27-year-old Monroe man has been arrested in connection with an Oct. 15 car wreck that left one dead and a child injured. Court documents James Rodney Collins Jr. was driving southbound on La. Highway 139 when he lost control his car and crossed the center line hitting... more »
October 24, 2010 2:30 PM
High school students in Monroe who want to play football, march in the band or take part in other extra activities will be held to higher academic standards next school year.
The Monroe City School Board's new policy manual requires students to pass six courses each year and to... more »
October 22, 2010 2:19 PM
The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System has chosen the system's vice president for business and finance as ULM's next president. System spokeswoman Jackie Tisdell says the board voted Friday for Nick Bruno. He will replace James Cofer, who left the University of Louisiana at Monroe at... more »
October 12, 2010 5:14 AM
The DeltaFest in Monroe turned its first profit ever after moving the event to the spring and from Chennault Park to the Monroe Civic Center. The $39,000 profit marks the city's first profit on any festival in more than 20 years. DeltaFest lost more than $100,000 in 2008. The following... more »
October 11, 2010 7:44 AM
Police in Monroe say the weapons they confiscate when making arrests are just as good as their own. West Monroe Maj. James Keys says he's noticed officers coming in with apprehended AK-47s. Keys said police have arrested suspects with older model Colt pistols, but he also has seen weapons not... more »
October 11, 2010 5:28 AM
University of Louisiana at Monroe nursing students and teachers are back in a building drenched by Hurricane Gustav. It took nearly $3.1 million to repair the auditorium, classrooms and several laboratories in the three-story building. The electrical and lighting systems are better than they were before Gustav, and tile has... more »
September 30, 2010 8:20 AM
Authorities say James Edward Floyd of Monroe has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity in state district court in connection with a second-degree murder case. A Ouachita Parish grand jury indicted Floyd on one count of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 24-year-old Kriss Conner. Deputies responded to a... more »
September 23, 2010 5:39 AM
The Monroe City School Board hopes to sell the former Georgia Tucker Elementary School, now that there's a law allowing it to sell that historic property below its appraised value. Three buyers had been interested in the school built in 1920, but none would pay the appraised value of $362,000... more »
September 22, 2010 12:43 PM
A 15-year-old West Ouachita High School student indicted in the deaths of his parents has pleaded of not guilty by reason of insanity.
The News-Star reports the teenager entered his plea Wednesday before state District Judge Daniel Ellender in Monroe.
The teen is accused of killing his parents,... more »
August 26, 2010 7:24 AM
A former Monroe attorney has been sentenced to seven years hard labor on each of six counts of felony theft of funds belonging to his former clients. However, all but two years of the seven-year sentence were suspended. Bernard Grenrood was sentenced to five years probation and ordered him pay... more »
August 21, 2010 2:05 PM
A Monroe man has been convicted in the beating and stabbing death of another man in 2008. The News-Star reports that a jury in Monroe convicted Lavern "Pee Wee" Hampton of second-degree murder on Friday. The crime carries a mandatory life sentence. The victim was 58-year-old Otis King, who was... more »
August 20, 2010 8:46 AM
A Monroe woman has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the beating death of her 11-month-old son. Geveva Mott was sentenced Thursday in state district court in Monroe. Mott, who was 20 years old at the time of the crime, was convicted of one count of second-degree cruelty... more »
August 19, 2010 8:03 AM
A trial date has been set for two Monroe councilmen accused of bribery and racketeering. The trial of Councilmen Robert Stevens and Arthur Gilmore Jr. is set for April 26. Stevens and Gilmore are accused of trying to extract bribes of about $8,700 in cash, land considerations and "other things... more »
August 17, 2010 8:48 AM
The newly hired superintendent of the Monroe city school system does not meet the state's criteria for the job. Kathleen Harris was hired by the district in June, but the state education department says she doesn't have enough time spent as a classroom teacher in grades kindergarten through 12 to... more »
July 16, 2010 5:23 AM
Two Monroe city councilmen accused of racketeering and bribery have each pleaded not guilty in federal court in Monroe. Arthur Gilmore Jr. and Robert "Red" Stevens were indicted by a federal grand jury last month. Federal prosecutors contend Stevens and Gilmore tried to extract bribes of about $8,700 in cash,... more »
June 27, 2010 2:57 PM
Some Monroe residents are voicing support for two councilmen indicted on charges they accepted bribes and promised an unnamed source favorable outcomes from the council. Michelle Johnson told The News Star she and other residents want to start a coalition in support of council chairman Robert "Red" Stevens. He and... more »
June 24, 2010 5:48 AM
A Monroe man has been convicted of a charge he printed and sold counterfeit money out of his home. Wilbert Ross was convicted of one count of counterfeiting. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His sentencing is set for Oct. 4. FBI... more »
June 17, 2010 5:17 AM
The Monroe City Schools system has chosen Kathleen Harris to run its district. Harris is currently an assistant superintendent in the Raytown, Mo., School District. Harris says her first priorities will include looking at ways to improve middle and high school achievement. The board will finalize a contract for Harris... more »
June 15, 2010 5:57 AM
Caldwell Parish deputies are investigating the drowning of a 2-year-old boy from Monroe, but believe it was an accident. Deputies say Brandon Berry's body was found Sunday night in a campground swimming area, shortly after his mother reported him missing. Detective Cedric Meredith says there was confusion about who was... more »
June 12, 2010 11:27 AM
A job fair in Bastrop, La. offers 100 temporary security jobs for Gulf of Mexico oil spill duty along the coast, hundreds of miles away.
Hub Enterprises of Broussard has a contract with BP PLC for security officers and supervisors from Venice to Cameron.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission's... more »
June 3, 2010 5:16 AM
The Monroe City School Board will interview three superintendent candidates next week. The board will interview Lionel Jackson, assistant superintendent of Tangipahoa Parish schools; Kathleen Harris, an assistant superintendent in the Raytown School District of Kansas City, Mo.; and Cole Pugh, superintendent of Eagle Mountain Saginaw Independent School district in... more »
May 25, 2010 7:47 AM
A former Monroe attorney who pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from his clients will be sentenced next month. Bernard Grenrood pleaded guilty in March to six counts of theft in excess of $500 and was supposed to have been sentenced Monday. Sentencing was delayed until June 24 because... more »
May 18, 2010 7:40 AM
The former director of the Poverty Point Reservoir District is scheduled to be sentenced June 16. Mike Thompson was found guilty Jan. 20 of extorting state resources for his personal benefit. A jury deliberated for nearly four hours before convicting Thompson on one count of violating the Hobbs Act, a... more »
May 18, 2010 7:24 AM
Members of the Monroe City School Board should have the names of finalists for district superintendent in two weeks. Monday was the deadline to apply for the position. The firm conducting the search says there were at least 18 completed applications submitted. The firm will begin reviewing completed applications and... more »
May 12, 2010 8:36 AM
A city board has voted to open an investigation of Monroe Police Chief Ron Schleuter. The probe stems from Schleuter secretly recording a meeting he had with Mayor Jamie Mayo before Lt. Virgil Parker was demoted to corporal. Parker had complained that the chief and another officer used electronic surveillance... more »
May 11, 2010 6:01 AM
Jury selection is underway in the federal tax trial of former state Sen. Charles Jones. Jones is accused of failing to pay at least $190,000 in taxes. He is charged with two counts of filing false tax returns and one count of tax evasion. Eight potential jurors were dismissed Monday. more »
April 28, 2010 8:10 AM
Monroe police have arrested a 51-year-old woman suspected of beating her son with a broom. Barbara Mae Holmes is charged with aggravated battery. Police were called to Lincoln Elementary School where they spoke with the victim who said his mother beat him with a broom stick because he spent the... more »
April 21, 2010 8:44 AM
Monroe police are investigating the death of Robert Bradford III who was found in the Ouachita River. Police say Bradford had connections to Charlotte, N.C., but also had relatives in Haynesville, La. Police also say there was no indication of foul play, but it had not been ruled out. more »
April 19, 2010 9:21 AM
A spacesuit similar to those worn on space shuttles and the international space station is on loan to the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe, where it will be on display through June 1. The timing of the suit's display in the museum comes a week after President Barack... more »
April 18, 2010 3:12 PM
A 34-year-old Monroe man has been arrested in the death of his estranged wife.
Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney says Sakou Hunter surrendered Saturday after deputies had filed a warrant for his arrest and began looking for the suspect.
Toney says deputies responded to a shooting and found... more »
April 13, 2010 7:21 AM
One of the attorneys representing Monroe Police Chief Ron Schleuter says a judge will sign a consent judgment in which Mayor Jamie Mayo has agreed to recuse any member of the city attorney's office from investigating the chief. Mayo placed Schleuter on administrative leave Feb. 16 after it was revealed... more »
April 11, 2010 1:09 PM
Former state Sen. Charles Jones' federal tax fraud is set to begin in U.S. District Court in Monroe and is estimated to last one to two weeks. The News-Star reported on Sunday that the trial would begin Monday. His trial had been set for last fall, but his defense attorney,... more »
April 6, 2010 12:13 PM
The new head of the V-Vehicle company in Monroe says he will go back to the federal Energy Department to ask for loans.
The Energy Department recently rejected the company's application because of of concerns about finances, questions about the company's abitility to eventually sell the cars, and cost... more »
April 6, 2010 9:02 AM
Monroe Police Chief Ron Schleuter has filed a petition against Mayor Jamie Mayo to keep the city attorney's office from investigating him. Schleuter is trying to block the investigation because the city attorney has been defending him in a federal lawsuit brought by two police officers claiming he wiretapped their... more »
April 1, 2010 8:34 AM
A 41-year-old Fort Worth man arrested last month owns the bonding company that cost the New Orleans-based low bidder a contract to build a new $35 million terminal at Monroe Regional Airport. George Douglas Black Sr. was arrested March 26 on a federal mail fraud charge. Investigators say he allegedly... more »