Cash Theft Hits Calhoun Business

May 13, 2019
Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators are currently investigating the theft of cash from two local businesses in the Calhoun area.  The suspect enters the business and seeks cashiers that are either very busy or inexperienced.  He then proceeds to ask for change for multiple cash bills in varying denominations in an attempt to confuse the cashier and receive substantially more cash than he is due.


If anyone recognizes the person in the photos or has any information regarding the thefts, contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.

Some Louisiana inmates struggling with opioid addictions may soon find themselves sporting addiction fighting implants that haven't yet been approved by federal regulators.

The Advocate reports prison officials announced the pilot program last week and the first implant was inserted Wednesday. Officials say the surgical implant releases the opioid and alcohol addiction fighting drug naltrexone and is slowly metabolized by the body over several months.

A Louisiana teacher is accused of raping a 10-year-old boy.

The American Press reports Lake Charles Charter Academy teacher Deidra R. Smith was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Academy President Gene Thibodeaux says the boy reported the off-campus abuse to a teacher and authorities were notified.

The connection between the boy and teacher is unclear, as is why they were together away from the school.

Louisiana would follow other conservative states in seeking to ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically around the sixth week of pregnancy, under a bill that took its first steps Tuesday in the Senate.

Senators on a judiciary committee voted 5-2 to advance the proposal to the full Senate for consideration. But they rewrote the measure by Sen. John Milkovich so the prohibition only would take effect if a federal appeals court upholds a similar law in Mississippi.

The Trump administration has agreed to rewrite regulations to help thousands of Louisiana homeowners with damage from the 2016 floods access federal aid, the state's U.S. senators said Thursday.

Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy said that U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson spoke with them and confirmed details of the fix. HUD oversees the disaster assistance money.

From a press release from the Downtown RiverMarket:

It is with heavy hearts that we have made the decision to cancel doMo Piano Bar, previously scheduled for May 2nd. We felt that the potential for rain was to great and could not risk the safety of our performers, attendees, laborers, or equipment. 

The City of West Monroe and Ouachita Parish School Board broke ground today on the Riverbend Community Health Park.

The park is a joint project between the City of West Monroe and Ouachita Parish School Board on property adjacent to Riverbend Elementary and the West Monroe Community Center, where a groundbreaking ceremony was held April 30. 

Monroe Wins Cleanest City Contest

Apr 30, 2019
Downtown Monroe
B. Lenox / KEDM

The Louisiana Garden Club Federation announced that the City of Monroe won the 2019 Cleanest City Contest for Category I.  After advancing from the District competition this past March, Monroe advanced to the state level judging in April and competed against Alexandria and Lake Charles in the Population Category I.


A renewed effort to boost the minimum wage paid to Louisiana workers edged ahead Thursday in the Senate, with tougher hurdles to passage than prior wage hike bills that failed.

The proposal by New Orleans Sen. Troy Carter would set Louisiana's minimum wage at $9 per hour, up from the $7.25-per-hour federal level currently paid to workers in the state. The labor committee voted 5-1 to send the measure to the full Senate for debate.

Louisiana's legal smoking age would rise to 21 if lawmakers agree to a measure backed by the House health committee Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann of West Monroe, an ex-smoker who has repeatedly sought to toughen laws against tobacco use, said his latest proposed change would save lives and cut state health care costs. His bill would prohibit anyone under 21 years old from buying tobacco, alternative nicotine or vapor products.