City of Monroe

The Monroe Police Department issued an arrest warrant for one of two officers involved in the alleged beating of a suspect in April 2020.

According to a statement from the City of Monroe, in June, Monroe Police received a complaint from Timothy Williams, alleging that excessive force was used against him during an arrest on April 21, 2020 by as many as eight Monroe police officers.

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Beginning at 9 AM  on Thursday, July 23, 2020, until approximately 5PM, Wednesday, August 5, 2020, South Grand will be closed to thru traffic in order to make repairs to a waterline.


A Map of alternative routes is attached.

Downtown Monroe
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“The videotaped killing of George Floyd was heartbreaking. People across this country are in pain and they want to see necessary and meaningful changes in the criminal justice system. Black people want and deserve the same thing as every American citizen - fair and equal treatment under the law.  The repeated absence of fair and equal treatment is why so many people have had such an emotional reaction.  However, violence and looting are not the answer.  It is wrong, unacceptable, and does not fix anything.

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The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana has partnered with the City of West Monroe and the City of Monroe to distibute food boxes in northeast Louisiana.

West Monroe: Wednesday April 29

Wednesday, April 29, food boxes will be available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or when supplies run out at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center at 501 Mane Street in West Monroe.

The food box distribution is open to all residents who live in the City of West Monroe or in West Ouachita Parish who have had loss of income due to COVID-19 or are in need of food.

City of West Monroe

More than 10 thousand people are still without power on Monday morning in northeast Louisiana following severe weather midday on Sunday.

As many people were attending online Easter services on Sunday morning, two apparent tornadoes crossed the region. The storm uprooted trees, downed power lines, and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses; however, only minor injuries have been reported.

At the Monroe airport, one hangar was destroyed with estimated damage of more than $20 million. All flights are cancelled as teams work to clear the runways of debris.

The City of Monroe has announced Monroe City Hall and Monroe City Court will be closed effective March 26th thru March 29th after receiving word that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. 


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Due to COVID-19 concerns Monroe Fire Department Chief Terry Williams said the Monroe Fire Department will cease responding to EMS calls. Chief Williams said he made the decision after consulting with EMS personnel and the senior MFD staff. The announcement was made at the Mayor’s weekly press briefing.

The Rennaissance Movement Committee of Monroe is holding its 39th Annual Black Heritage Parade on Saturday, February 29. The celebration will include over 125 entries ranging from historical-themed floats to higschool bands and dance teams. 

Festivities begin that day at 7 a.m. with a lineup of all participants followed by the parade's kickoff at 9:30 a.m. The floats will be decorated with important African-American men and women that have paved the way for blacks today and left a lasting mark on society. 

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KEDM Public Radio and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce held a Meet the Candidates Forum for Monroe City Council, Monday, February 17 at 6 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center Convention Center. 

Candidates for City Districts 2, 3, 4, and 5 answered a variety of questions before an audience of over 100 people. Questions covered topics relating to Monroe government, including crime, infrastructure, a new casino in Monroe, and more.

All the candidates in each district were in attendance,  and the forum was broadcast live on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio.

The Krewe of Janus (KOJ) is hosting its 37th annual Mardi Gras Parade this Saturday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. The parade will begin on Antique Alley's Natchitoches Street in downtown West Monroe and will work its way through the Twin Cities to end at Oliver Road. This year's theme is 'The Magic of Fairytales'.

Earlier in the day, there will also be a chance to see two other parades sponsored by the Krewe. The Children's Parade will start at 10 a.m. in the Pecanland Mall parking lot, and the PAWs Pet Parade kicks off in downtown West Monroe at 1 p.m.