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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.

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The University of Louisiana at Monroe will host a groundbreaking ceremony today for the anticipated Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), to be located on the ULM campus. The site is located in Heritage Park between the Laird Weems Center and the president’s home, Bon Aire.

Special guest Gov. John Bel Edwards will participate in the groundbreaking with ULM and VCOM representatives, elected officials and area leaders. Afterward, a reception will be held at Bayou Pointe Student Event Center.

 The public is invited to the groundbreaking and the reception.

Authorities say two toddlers survived alone for about two days after they were passengers in a wreck that killed their mother in south Arkansas. The Ouachita County Sheriff's Office says a 3-year-old boy was found Monday wandering in Camden, about 85 miles southwest of Little Rock.

Police then discovered a car in a ravine not visible from the road. The toddler's mother was found dead, and his 1-year-old brother awake and alert in his car seat. That child is being treated for dehydration.

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University of Louisiana Monroe Director of Athletics Nick Floyd has announced his decision to step down from his position, effective Sept. 4, in order to focus on managing a physical health issue. Floyd will be assigned a position within the University administration through Dec. 31, 2018.
 
Scott McDonald, who became ULM's Chief Administrative Officer on July 16, will continue to have day-to-day oversight of the Athletics Department.
 

Morehouse Parish Arson Suspect Arrested

Aug 14, 2018
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State agriculture commissioner Mike Strain announces the arrest of a suspected serial arsonist in Morehouse Parish. Strain alleges between July 20th and August 3rd, 55-year-old Philbert Bowers of Bastrop intentionally set several wildlife fires near the Arkansas state line.  The fires burned nearly 28 acres and fire officials suspect they were set on July 22. 

Strain says Bowers was arrested on 4 counts of arson by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry and  3 counts of arson by the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office. 

 

 

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The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana been chosen as one of the Top 200 nationwide finalists for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program. If the Food Bank makes the Top 40 most voted causes, it will use the $25,000 grant to expand Senior programs to provide over 200 more low income senior citizens with a monthly box of food. The Food Bank needs the support of the entire community to get the votes it will take to win!

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.

West Monroe Shooting Sends Woman To Hospital

Jul 23, 2018
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Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 100 block of Keller St. in West Monroe at approx. 9:30 p.m. Sunday evening, July 22nd. 

Upon arrival, deputies determined a female victim had been shot in the hip and she was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

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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.