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.

Amanda Myree Photography

Monroe Businessman Friday Ellis has announced he is entering the Monroe Mayoral race. 

Ellis, owner of local business Governor's Cigar and Pipe, said that he is entering the race because of his love for the city and sadness in seeing friends leave town.

"I have serious skin in the game. I have three kids and it is up to us to create the environment they need to stay here and be successful."

Ellis will be going on a listening tour for the next few weeks to learn what local communities want and need. 

ULM Police Department /

The ULM Police is cracking down on careless drivers.

New rumble strips have been placed near many crosswalks on campus to alert traffic to pedestrians. 

According to police, drivers often speed through campus and have recorded many near misses..

The rumble strips are the newest addition to roads on campus to make walking safety. Other safety measures include speed bumps and bright flashing lights to caution drivers of pedestrians.

City of Monroe / HTTPS://MONROELA.US/

Two community meetings have been scheduled this week by Mayor Jamie Mayo, Police Chief Eugene Ellis and the Monroe Police Department to hear the thoughts of the citizens of Monroe on ways law enforcement can address Monroe City's crime problem. 

At a recent press conference Mayor Mayo announced the latest crime statistics.

Mayo said, "Our homicides are already of our 2018 numbers with two and a half months to go." 

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.