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  • 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 »
  • Small plane crashes in Ouachita Parish

    June 3, 2014 12:08 PM

    MONROE - Louisiana State Police are assisting the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office and Monroe PD after a plane crashed in a parking lot on Tuesday morning. Officials said the crash occurred in the parking lot of a McDonalds near the intersection of U.S. Hwy 80 and LA Hwy 139... more »
  • School committee supports partial hiring freeze

    August 7, 2012 9:57 AM

    MONROE - The Ouachita Parish School Board's finance committee has voted to recommend the board continue the district's partial hiring freeze through the 2012-13 fiscal year. The board will consider the recommendation in its meeting Thursday. Committee members will also recommend the district continue its suspension on accepting... more »
  • Ouachita Parish bans roadside sale of animals

    July 19, 2011 9:15 AM

    MONROE- The roadside sale of animals in the unincorporated areas of Ouachita Parish is now illegal. At its regular meeting Monday, The News-Star reports the Ouachita Parish Police Jury voted to adopt a ban on the roadside sale of animals. A bill in the state Legislature allowing the Police... more »
  • Ouachita Parish sheriff won't seek re-election

    February 19, 2011 9:52 AM

    MONROE- Ouachita Parish Sheriff Royce Toney says he won't seek re-election in the fall. Friday's announcement came less than two weeks after FBI agents raided his office and seized boxes of unspecified documents. He wouldn't comment on those events, but said he doesn't want to cause further harm to... more »
  • V-Vehicle gets new name, CEO

    October 13, 2010 10:56 AM

    V-Vehicle Co., which hopes to build new cars in Ouachita Parish, has a new chief executive and a new name for the company. Kathleen Ligocki, a veteran auto executive, will lead the company under the new name Next Autoworks Co. Ligocki takes over for interim chief executive Ray... more »
  • Teen could be tried as adult in parents' slaying

    September 12, 2010 1:26 PM

    The Ouachita Parish district attorney says a grand jury on Monday will consider the case of a teenager charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the slaying of his parents. The 15-year-old boy was arrested in class Friday at West Ouachita High School. District Attorney Jerry Jones tells the... more »
  • HS student questioned in parents' deaths

    September 10, 2010 3:53 PM

    Update : A Ouachita Parish sheriff's detective said two people were shot to death, and their son is being questioned. Deputy Meghan Russell wouldn't give the victims' names but said Friday both were killed by a shotgun. Schools superintendent Bob Webber said the 16-year-old student was taken into custody without... more »
  • Officials approve Cheniere Lake drawdown

    September 9, 2010 7:51 AM

    The Ouachita Parish Police Jury will begin drawing down the water level of Cheniere Lake next week. The 3-foot drawdown will begin Wednesday and will continue through mid-January. The purpose of the annual drawdown is to allow leaves to decompose, exposing the sandy bottom for spawning. Tupelo gum leaves have... more »
  • Suspect arrested in Ouachita Parish shooting

    August 23, 2010 6:14 AM

    Ouachita Parish deputies arrested a man in a deadly shooting that happened Saturday night. James Floyd Jr. of Monroe was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of second-degree murder. Deputies say they responded to a call of shots fire and found the body of the victim outside a home... more »
  • Public business, private e-mail in Ouachita

    July 26, 2010 4:58 AM

    Many elected officials in Ouachita Parish use private e-mail accounts for public business. Attorneys for the Monroe City Council, Ouachita Parish Police Jury and West Monroe Board of Aldermen say that exempts many of their e-mails from state public records laws. The issue arose when The News-Star asked about e-mails... more »
  • Toddler dies in house fire in Ouachita Parish

    July 15, 2010 10:28 AM

    A toddler is dead and a teenager is injured after a house fire in southern Ouachita Parish. Brice Young, 2, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Monroe Wednesday after his brother, Terran Kennon, 15, pulled him from the burning home. Fire authorities say Kennon was feeding and watering... more »
  • Ex-school board member pleads guilty to sex crime

    June 22, 2010 7:55 AM

    A former Ouachita Parish School Board member has pleaded guilty in Shreveport to indecent behavior with a juvenile. John Phillip Odom pleaded guilty Monday, and faces up to seven years in jail. The judge will set a sentencing date after a pre-sentencing investigation. He admitted having numerous explicit conversations over... more »
  • Collinston man accused of illegal alligator catch

    April 29, 2010 6:04 AM

    A Ouachita Parish man is accused of killing an 11-foot-long alligator out of season and without a license. Robert Allen Cannon of Collinston was cited by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Agents got a tip that Cannon had shot an alligator in Wham Brake, on the Ouachita and... more »
  • Monroe man arrested in slaying

    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 »
  • Ouachita jobs going to Georgia

    April 15, 2010 8:03 AM

    The owner of a north Louisiana facility that makes electric utility vehicles has told his employees he plans to move the company and its jobs from Ouachita Parish to Georgia in two months. Stealth Manufacturing owner Greg Block gave employees 60 days notice on Wednesday. However, the state will continue... more »
  • 2 booked on cruelty to animals

    April 12, 2010 7:04 AM

    Richwood police have arrested two people suspected of mistreating animals. The News-Star reports that 22-year-old Darrel Stevenson and 24-year-old Courtney Profit, both of Monroe, were booked into Ouachita Correctional Center Saturday for cruelty to animals and simple criminal damage to property. Profit was also booked on three warrants with Monroe... more »
  • Man sane enough for trial

    March 30, 2010 11:47 AM

    Doctors say a man is now able to stand trial four years after he was charged with stabbing and beating a disabled veteran to death in Monroe. Darrius Hollins, 20, is out of a mental hospital and back in the a Ouachita Parish jail. He is accused of stabbing... more »
  • Three killed in house fire

    March 28, 2010 6:01 PM

    A house trailer fire claimed the lives of three men in Ouachita Parish on Saturday night. Ouachita Parish firefighters entered the burning trailer to put out the blaze and found the bodies of three men between the ages of 18 and 28 years old in the living room.The identities... more »
  • Parent arrested after dog attacks foster care worker

    March 23, 2010 4:47 PM

    Louisiana Department of Social Services secretary Kristy Nichols said Tuesday that the parent of a foster child was arrested following an incident in Ouachita Parish on Monday. Nichols said a foster care worker sustained multiple injuries after being attacked by a dog during a visit to the parent's home.... more »
  • Funeral services set for Ouachita deputy

    March 9, 2010 5:42 AM

    Funeral services will be held Thursday for a Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputy who died after being shot by a suspect he was trying to arrest. Services for Cpl. J.R. Searcy, an eight-year veteran, will be at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in West Monroe. Visitation is from 5... more »
  • West Monroe man convicted of arson

    February 11, 2010 8:33 AM

    A Ouachita Parish jury convicts a 38-year-old West Monroe man of burning down an apartment building after his girlfriend threw him out. Jurors took two hours Wednesday to find Charles Lindsey guilty of aggravated arson and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Nobody was hurt in the fire Aug. 22,... more »
  • Ouachita Parish adds 100 beds to jail

    February 2, 2010 7:36 AM

    Construction could begin as early as next week on a new 100-bed men's dorm at the Ouachita Correctional Center. The Ouachita Parish Police Jury approved on Monday a low bid of $422,931 by Hayco Enterprises of Tallulah to build the new dorm. The dorm is being built because OCC... more »

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