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MONROE, La. (AP) — Deputies say a Louisiana man who called 911 to report an ax attack was found uninjured and in possession of meth he says was planted by a ghost.

News outlets report Michael L. Auttenberry is charged with giving a false police report and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputies say Auttenberry called authorities this month to report that he had been hit in the head with an ax.

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.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a helicopter crew has rescued four people from a burning passenger vessel off Louisiana.

A news release says people on the Grand Sun reported the fire about 2:40 a.m. Monday from the Chandeleur Sound, and a helicopter arrived before 4 a.m.

The aircrew took all four to emergency medical services at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

Petty Officer Travis MaGee says he doesn't know where they went from there, or their conditions.

Vehicle Burglary Investigation Leads To Arrest

Oct 9, 2018
Opso.net

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators has identified and located suspect, Christopher Perez, after doing a series of vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Avant Road, Country Estates Road and Sadie Lane areas of West Monroe. Photos of Perez were identified on a surveillance camera at the location of the crime.

Monroe has led to the arrest of Christopher Perez, age 20, of West Monroe.  He is currently being held in OCC on 1 count of Vehicle Burglary and 6 counts of Identity Theft.  The investigation is continuing, more charges are pending and more arrests are expected.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a man convicted of joining a New Orleans police officer in the killing of her fellow officer and two other people during a 1995 robbery.

The justices on Tuesday declined to review a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling that upheld the man's convictions, despite questions about the impartiality of several jurors and the judge who presided over the trial.

Vehicle Burglary Investigation Leads To Arrest

Oct 9, 2018
Opso.net

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigate into the recent vehicle burglaries in the Avant Road, Country Estates Road and Sadie Lane areas of West Monroe has led to the arrest of Christopher Perez, age 20, of West Monroe.  He is currently being held in OCC on 1 count of Vehicle Burglary and 6 counts of Identity Theft.  The investigation is continuing, more charges are pending and more arrests are expected.

courtesy Masur Museum

Masur Museum is hosting pARTy 318 Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 1400 South Grand St. in Monroe. The free block party celebrates art in the Monroe and West Monroe communities.

pARTy 318 began as a way to get more people interested in the Masur Museum of Art. More information is available here.

Friends of Black Bayou Lake NWR / http://www.friendsofblackbayou.org/whats-happening/2018-photo-contest-winners-announced

Winners of the fourteenth annual Friends of Black Bayou photo contest were named on October 6, 2018, with a scenic/professional division photo called “Full Moon Ibis” by local photographer William Watson winning Best of Show.

All photos in the contest were taken at the North Louisiana Refuges Complex, including Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge, Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge and Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge.

Cipher / https://www.flickr.com/photos/h4ck/3221986177/

Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Department of Health learned that the contracted operator for the Clayton water system in Concordia Parish is no longer operating the water system because the operator has not been paid by the town.

Grambling State University Shooting

Oct 8, 2018
Grambling State Univesity

A shooting incident occurred last night around 9:45 on Grambling State Universty Campus near the basketball courts. A suspect has been arrested. One person was shot in the buttocks and is in stable condition.

This incident is being investigated by the Lincoln Parish police and Grambling police department. Grambling officials say that neither the victim nor the suspect were students of the university. 

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