Monroe

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.

Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival

Oct 3, 2018

This Saturday, October 6, the 15th annual Celtic Fest is returning to Kiroli Park to celebrate the presence of Irish and Scottish culture in the area. Beginning at 10 AM, you can experience three stages of live music, dancing shows, and local food vendors.

Downtown Gallery Crawl

Oct 2, 2018

This Thursday, October 4, downtown Monroe and West Monroe will be transformed for our downtown gallery crawl from 5-9. This free event involves 10 galleries opening up to show local art, vendors stationed downtown and live music. You can find their website here

There's a diverse group of artists to see, several food trucks and artisans to buy from available Thursday night. There will be a new gallery open called Edges, curated by Clinton Whitney. Ben Moss and Amanda Row are working together on the outside gallery as well. 

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators are currently searching for a missing Ouachita Parish resident.

Sara Nicole Parker, age 26, was last seen at a residence on U. S. Highway 80 in Monroe on September 8, 2018. She is described as a White female, 5’1” tall and weighing 105 lbs.  No further details are available at this time.

Anyone with any information concerning the whereabouts of Sara Nicole Parker is asked to contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.

Downtown Monroe
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A downtown renaissance is happening in Monroe and West Monroe. New businesses are flocking to once vacant buildings and food and night life are following. KEDM's Policy and a Pint took a look at what is encouraging investment our downtowns and how to market what we've got. 

Our expert panel joined a live audience at Trapp's in West Monroe for a lively discussion. 

Monroe Shooting leaves man Injured

Sep 25, 2018
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A shooting in south Monroe has left one man injured in the hospital. The incident happened around 7pm lastnight at the Parkview Apartments. The man was shot in leg and was then immediately taken to LSU-Shreveport Hospital.

Monroe Police are seeking information.

2nd Annual Fido 5k and 1 Mile Dog Walk

Sep 20, 2018
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The Humane Society Adoption Center of Monroe will host the 2nd Annual Fido 5k and 1 Mile Dog Walk in Kiroli Park later this fall. If you would like to register, you may do so after September 28th at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fido-5k-1-mile-dog-walk-2-tickets-44235660050. The walk will take place on November 17th at 8 AM. Dogs should be on leashes and preferably up to date with shots. 

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A Big Day On The Bayou

Sep 18, 2018
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The University of Louisiana Monroe campus is always changing. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine broke ground at ULM on an anticipated medical school.  Governor John Bel Edwards, VCOM's President and Provost Dixie Tooke-Rawlins and ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno were all smiles as the dirt was turned.  The building will have 100,000 square feet, four floors, and several specialized facilities. It will be located on the Bayou Desiard between the Laird Weems Center and the president's home, Bon Aire.

Upcoming Vote for Louisiana Amendment Two

Sep 18, 2018
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Ed Tarpley, former district attorney of Grant Parish, is working to tear down a Jim Crow-era law regarding unanimous juries. On November 6th, an amendment to the Louisiana constitution will be on the ballot to change this law. If passed, Louisiana would go from needing ten jurors approval to convict to all twelve.

Tarpley notes the importance of unanimous juries by referencing its past and a quote from John Adams, "it is the unanimity of the jury that preserves the rights of humankind."

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