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Cory Crowe / KEDM

A body was discovered Saturday morning behind a flood protection seawall near I-20. The remains were found near a set of stairs over the seawall at the site of the former Howard-Griffin building in Monroe. The 40 to 50 year old white male was found hanging from a rope.

OPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

Aug 7, 2018
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Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators are currently investigating a business burglary on Austin Street in Monroe reported on August 6, 2018.  A large amount of tools and computer equipment was taken in the burglary.

 

Winn Parish – Yesterday evening, a crash involving two vehicles killed a man and a woman from Monroe, LA. Both were wearing a seat belt.

OPSO: Help Needed In West Monroe Burglary Case

Aug 1, 2018
opso.net

Ouachita Sheriff’s Investigators are 

investigating the attempted burglary of Outlaw Ordinance in West Monroe that occurred during the early morning hours of July 27, 2018. 

 

Authorities are asking for anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspects pictured is asked to contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.

 

Community Meetings To Fight Monroe's Blight

Jul 27, 2018
1001 DeSaird Street, Monroe, LA
Lila Strode

The City of Monroe is announcing a series of community development seminars aimed at helping in the Fight the Blight effort.

 

The seminars will be conducted by the Southern University Center tor Economic and Entrepreneurial Development. They will be held on consecutive Saturdays, August 4th and 11th from 9 am until 1 pm. The seminars will take place at the City of Monroe Pubic Safety Center located at 1810 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (U.S. Hwy 165 South).

 

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On Monday, Acadian Ambulance was selected by the Ouachita Council On Governments to provide service for Ouachita Parish. The 6-0 vote in favor of Acadian Ambulance will mean a change of providers on Jan. 1 , 2019. 

After losing the vote, AMR issued the following statement:

Acadian Ambulance

The Ouachita Council of Governments (OCOG), composed of government leaders from the parish and its municipalities, voted unanimously today to accept the recommendation of a committee tasked with issuing and evaluating an RFP for ambulance service throughout the parish. “The RFP was quite comprehensive and I applaud OCOG for a very thorough, professional and well-managed RFP process,” said Acadian Chairman & CEO Richard Zuschlag. Acadian is slated to begin operations in Ouachita Parish on January 1, 2019. In addition to ground ambulances, Acadian will also begin air ambulance operations

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The man who struck and killed a Sterlington police officer, David Elahi with his car in 2016 was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. 46-year-old Tracy Govan was found guilty of vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injury in February. Govan’s Attorney, Louis Scott, says it’s a shocking sentence considering his client’s clean record and the fact that the crime was an accident.

"I think it was extremely excessive, and I've been trying to figure out what was it that caused the judge to impose a sentence of that nature", said Scott. 

Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement trucks patrol for unseen dangers.
Cory Crowe / KEDM Public Radio

Ouachita Parish will vote this weekend on a tax renewal to fund the Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District. The mosquito abatement scientist monitor dangerous diseases spread by insects such as Zika, West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis, Yellow Fever and others. 

The tax renewal generates nearly 2 million dollars per year that is used in scientific insect control and disease monitoring. The area is sprayed by trucks and airplanes when mosquito numbers meet certain criteria.  The last major mosquito disease outbreak was a West Nile outbreak in 2001. 

The National Weather service is currently a damage survey from Friday and Saturday's storm. Scientist with the Shreveport office have confirmed six tornadoes in their initial reports.

An EF-1 tornado with winds up to 105 m.p.h. hit the Grambling area and moved to Ruston. The path of the tornado was 6.66 miles. Trees fell on houses and metal roofs were blown off of houses.

The Choudrant area was pummeled by an EF-1 tornado. NWS Meteorologist say that a tornado was on the ground for 4.77 miles. The path took the twister across I-20 and splintered trees with 105 m.p.h. winds.

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