Killian Hicks

Student Reporter

Originally from Monroe, Killian is a Communications major at the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a focus in Public Relations. He intends to graduate in the Spring of 2020, and then pursue a career in Public Relations or Journalism.

Since his sophomore year, Killian has written for The Hawkeye student newspaper at ULM. In his free time he enjoys film photography, surfing, and local music.

Wally Gobetz /

The National World War II Museum's $33 million education and outreach building will open Thursday.

After an opening ceremony, it will break ground for its final exhibit hall and hold an open house at the new building, called the Hall of Democracy.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office/ /

A man who was accused of firing a firearm multiple times in the 100 block of Brook Orchard Blvd. has been arrested by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.

Deputies detained Richard L. Wall of Monroe at approximately 3:20 p.m. after they were able to determine that Wall had fired erratically in the neighborhood. He appeared to be impaired and possibly under the influence of narcotics according to the investigators involved.

Wall was taken into custody and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center for Illegal Discharge of a Weapon and other pending charges.

Oregon State University /

The Department of Health and Hospitals has released that there are two mosquito pools in Ouachita Parish that have tested positive for West Nile Virus. 

These pools are located in Monroe near the intersection of I-20 and Orange Street, and in West Monroe near the intersection of Warren Drive and Cypress Street.

The locations will be treated by spray trucks on Monday, October 7. 

The Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District cautions that when working outdoors, everyone should take protective measures. These can include long clothing and EPA approved repellants.

Melissa Kiper, Director of Alumni Affairs / Alumni Association

The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Alumni Association will host the second annual HawktoberFest on October 10.

Those who attend the festival will enjoy beer tastings from a variety of beers from Flying Tiger Brewery, Marsala Beverage and Choice Brands. A valid ID must be shown to partake in the tasting.

The event will have German cuisine for attendees to try and everyone will go home with a commemorative beer stein. 

Josh Madden will provide musical entertainment and boat rides will be provided by B&L Marine. 

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office/ /

The investigation of the homicide that was reported yesterday in the Town and Country neighborhood has led to the arrest of suspect Charles Lampley. 

Lampley is being booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on a warrant charging him with Second Degree Murder.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office has identified the deceased as Alice Heckard.

Investigators in the Sheriff's Office believe that the shooting stemmed from a domestic disturbance between the victim and the suspect. 

The shooting was reported on Sunday evening around 5 p.m.

Marie Constantin /

A data release by the FBI shows that violent crime in Louisiana has decreased. Louisiana's murder rate decreased by 7.8 percent, which is faster than the national average.

Governor Edwards said, "Today's FBI crime data shows decreases in violent crime and murder in Louisiana. We also saw decreases in property crime, including robbery. While there is still too much crime, we are moving toward a safer, less violent future."

According to the data, Louisiana's murder rate decreased by 3.4 percentage points and that the state's murder rate is at 11.4 per 100,000 people. 

Scott Davidson /

Bastrop Police say they need the public's help to find a man accused of attempted murder.

Authorites are searching for 33-year-old Marquis Jamele Robinson.

Robinson has been known to live in Bastrop and Oak Grove.

He is 5'6" and weighs 156 pounds.

If you have any information on the case, or can help find Marquis Jamele Robinson, call North Delta Crime Stoppers at (318)-388-CASH or the Bastrop Police Department at (318)-281-1322.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office /

A joint operation of Louisiana State Police Special Victim's Unit detectives, investigators from the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office and FBI Task Force Agents arrested two men on human trafficking charges earlier this week.

34-year-old Jay Jaggers III of Monroe was arrested and charged with pandering and 26-year-old Vintrone Jackson of Monroe was arrested and charged with pandering and human trafficking a person under the age of 21. Both men were booked into Ouachita Correctional Center. 

ULM Gerontology Program /

The University of Louisiana Monroe Gerontology Program is hosting its second Conference on Disability Advocacy on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The conference will be held on the seventh floor of the library on campus and is free to the public.

The Conference on Disability Advocacy is meant to help empower people with disabilities and to further encourage a disability-friendly community. October is commemorated as the National Disability Employment Month and this year's theme is "The Right Talent, Right Now."

Michael Gabelmann /

The dry weather over the past month has prompted burn bans in many local parishes.

Burn Bans are in effect in these parishes:

  • Caldwell
  • West Carroll
  • Union
  • Franklin
  • LaSalle
  • Lincoln

Under the bans, burning is against the law and you can be subjected to fines and jail time.