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  • IBM to create 400 jobs in Monroe

    February 16, 2015 3:09 PM

    MONROE - IBM will create 400 new jobs in Monroe during the next 10 years. Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state also will provide $4.5 million in higher education funding at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University to create more computer science graduates... more »
  • Monroe plans chlorine burn against killer amoeba

    October 29, 2014 3:16 AM

    MONROE - The city of Monroe will be adding extra chlorine to its water next month as part of statewide precautions against an amoeba that has killed three people in Louisiana. The free chlorine burn will start around Nov. 12 and last about 60 days. It's a precaution against Naegleria... more »
  • NWS confirms tornado hit Ouachita Parish

    October 15, 2014 1:11 PM

    MONROE - A meteorologist with the National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado struck Ouachita Parish during Monday's storm that downed trees and power lines and heavily damaged Monroe's Garden District. Bill Parker of the weather service's Shreveport office Wednesday confirmed the tornado touched down in the parish's... more »
  • Storms blamed for 2 deaths sweep across the South

    October 14, 2014 10:30 AM

    ATLANTA - A severe storm system is roughing up much of the South for a second day. It knocked out power to tens of thousands and snarled morning commutes. The storm system claimed two lives yesterday after spinning off tornadoes in Arkansas and Missouri. And it sent heavy thunderstorms across... more »
  • Monroe man killed in attempted robbery

    September 29, 2014 7:40 AM

    MONROE - Police say a 29-year-old Monroe man was shot and killed during an attempted robbery. Three men in a vehicle had been approached by three armed men who demanded valuables from them early Sunday morning. When they refused, police say Marcus Montgomery, one of the people in the vehicle,... more »
  • Monroe man killed in 3 vehicle crash

    September 29, 2014 6:06 AM

    MONROE - Authorities are investigating a three vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 139 in Ouachita Parish that claimed the life of a Monroe man. Senior Trooper Michael Reichardt says 59-year-old Mark Dent was southbound on Highway 139 Sunday afternoon when his car struck the rear of another car that a... more »
  • LSU board to discuss dispute with hospital manager

    September 11, 2014 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An ongoing financial disagreement between LSU and the manager of its Shreveport and Monroe hospitals will be talked about by the university system's governing board. LSU claims it's owed more than $25 million for services rendered from the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, known as BRF.... more »
  • Democrats pledge strong push in 5th District race

    September 10, 2014 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Democratic Party says it will have a strong get-out-the vote effort for the lone Democrat running for the congressional seat representing northeast Louisiana. The party announced Tuesday that its governing body voted to endorse Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo in the 5th District race. State Democratic Party... more »
  • Hospital manager says it paid LSU $7M in dispute

    August 22, 2014 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The research foundation running the LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe says it has paid the university system $7 million, after LSU sent a collection letter demanding $25 million. The Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, or BRF, said Friday it placed another nearly $11 million into... more »
  • LSU sends collection letter to hospital manager

    August 21, 2014 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU has sent a collection letter to the nonprofit foundation running the university's hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport, saying it owes the LSU System more than $25 million. The money is for physician, transition and other services related to the privatization that should have been paid by... more »
  • Louisiana companies gain, lose on Fortune 500 list

    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 »
  • Homeless man hospitalized after Monroe shooting

    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 »
  • 'Kissing Congressman' at home, not in D.C.

    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 »
  • Louisiana-Monroe beats Louisiana-Lafayette, 31-28

    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 »
  • Man shoots into car with child inside

    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 »
  • Ouachita Parish football player killed in crash

    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 »
  • Name game: fight for "Louisiana"

    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 »
  • Two former Monroe councilmen sentenced

    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 »
  • Woman booked with multiple child desertion charges

    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 »
  • Woman arrested after cinder block used in beating

    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 »
  • Smoking ban in Monroe bars proposed

    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 »
  • West Monroe woman arrested in shooting death of husband

    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 »
  • Hospital privatization plan approved

    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 »
  • Monroe lawmaker says he's running for 5th District

    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 »
  • Alexander announced as new state VA secretary

    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 »
  • La. Congressman tired of Washington 'gridlock,' won't run again

    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 »
  • Ex-LSU hospitals' employees can re-apply Aug. 5

    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 »
  • LSU to vote on practice organization

    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 »
  • Miss Louisiana contestants arrive in Monroe

    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 »
  • Busy Monroe bridge to close for eight weeks

    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 »
  • Deputies: Dad in bar left 6-year-old in car

    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 »
  • Worker arrested in theft from charity

    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 »
  • Man accused of burning child with heater

    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 »
  • Monroe plane crash kills 4

    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 »
  • Man accused of setting mother's house on fire

    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 »
  • Open house held for Sandy Hook students

    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 »
  • Ohio whips ULM 45-14 to win Independence Bowl

    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 »
  • ULM playing in Independence Bowl today

    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 »
  • Woman accused of cruelty to pit bulls

    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 »
  • West Monroe man accused of broom attack

    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 »
  • Browning Earns Third Sun Belt Honor of 2012

    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 »
  • Missing boater's body found in Ouachita River

    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 »
  • Winless Auburn hosts confident Louisiana-Monroe

    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 »
  • Counts add up against former Ouachita sheriff

    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 »
  • ULM fire caused by stovetop

    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 »
  • Monroe school board to meet about charter schools

    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 »
  • Monroe council accepts DOTD grants for airport

    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 »
  • Monroe to conduct downtown parking study

    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 »
  • Monroe man appeals 6-month prison term for hate crime

    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 »
  • Professor awarded grant for cancer research

    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 »
  • State police find over 16 pounds of marijuana

    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 »
  • West Monroe man sentenced for killing bald eagle

    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 »
  • Monroe police arrest meter tamperers

    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 »
  • School system seeks answers to suicides

    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 »
  • W Monroe man pleads guilty to killing bald eagle

    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 »
  • Monroe Regional Airport will rehab runway

    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 »
  • 3 charged in noose incident in north La. school

    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 »
  • Caldwell delays school openings

    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 »
  • Man booked after child in his care dies

    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 »
  • 13 year old's Joyride Ends in Crash

    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 »
  • Monroe's Hope Anderson is crowned Miss Louisiana

    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 »
  • Louisiana job growth picks up a bit

    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 »
  • Monroe man sentenced to 50 years in police shooting

    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 »
  • Sexting to teen leads to La. man's arrest

    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 »
  • Radar finds unmarked graves at Ouachita cemetery

    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 »
  • Woman dies in crash on icy I-20 in Louisiana

    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 »
  • Indictment: Scammed $1.2M from 181 investors

    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 »
  • Report: La. prison unsafe for juvenile offenders

    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 »
  • Woman dies in Monroe house fire

    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 »
  • Monroe man booked after deadly car wreck

    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 »
  • Monroe schools set higher GPA for extra activities

    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 »
  • ULM VP chosen as next president

    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 »
  • DeltaFest reports its 1st profit

    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 »
  • West Monroe police: Street guns up to par

    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 »
  • ULM nursing building as good as new

    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 »
  • Monroe man enters plea in shooting death

    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 »
  • New law may help sell historic school

    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 »
  • Monroe teen enters plea in deaths of parents

    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 »
  • Former Monroe lawyer sentenced for felony theft

    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 »
  • Monroe man convicted in 2008 death

    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 »
  • Monroe mother gets 10 years in son's death

    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 »
  • Trial date set in Monroe racketeering case

    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 »
  • School superintendent doesn't meet state criteria

    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 »
  • 2 indicted Monroe City councilmen enter pleas

    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 »
  • Constituents stand behind indicted councilmen

    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 »
  • Monroe man convicted of counterfeiting

    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 »
  • Monroe City Schools pick Harris as superintendent

    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 »
  • Toddler drowns in Caldwell Parish

    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 »
  • 100 workers needed for coast, job fair Tuesday

    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 »
  • Monroe City schools cut superintendent picks to 3

    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 »
  • Sentencing set in attorney theft case

    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 »
  • Sentencing set in extortion case

    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 »
  • 18 interested in Monroe school job

    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 »

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