Ouachita Parish

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The state is accepting public comments on its proposed action plan for spending $1.2 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds. The proposed Action Plan outlines the state’s approach to funding projects, data collection, modeling and policy measures that align with the Louisiana's Watershed Initiative long-term resilience objectives.


Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators are attempting to locate Halley Powell, age 17 of Monroe.  Halley was last seen at her Monroe residence on August 27, 2019.  She is described as a White female, 5’2” tall, weighing 230 lbs. with dark hair and eyes.  A clothing description is not available.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Halley Powell is asked to contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.

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A Ouachita Parish man is accused of possesing child porn.

On Monday, August 26, 2019, 24-year-old Matthew Aaron Lewis was arrested on 100 Sam Drive in West Monroe.

Lewis was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on 50 counts of possesion of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13. His bond is $1 Million according to the arrest record.

The details surrounding the investigation have not been released at this time.

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The Ouachita Parish Public Library will culminate the summer reading challenge with the Read Strong challenge on August 3. Library Director Robin Toms has set the goal of 19,000 pages read in one day. “I’m challenging everyone in the parish to come into any branch, pick up a book, and just read,” Toms said. “It doesn’t matter what type of book, it doesn’t matter how many pages you read, it doesn’t matter how long you read.

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 Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued an emergency declaration after malware attacks against three school systems in the state have been detected.

Edwards didn't provide details about the attacks affecting school systems in Sabine and Morehouse parishes and the City of Monroe. He says the declaration makes state resources available to help local governments respond to the cyberattacks and stop future data loss.

Edwards' office says the declaration will remain in effect through Aug. 21, unless terminated earlier.

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 A pregnant Louisiana woman is being accused of huffing an electronic dusting product on a roadway.

The Monroe News Star reports 33-year-old Melissa Blair was charged Friday with abuse of toxic vapors and obstruction of a public passage.

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At approximately 7:00 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a fatal crash on LA Hwy 15 just south of Monroe. This crash took the life of 36-year-old Ashley Dixon of Monroe.

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Shannon Rider from the Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury gives KEDM listeners some inside information on mosquito prevention and protection.

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A debt collection company plans to more than double its operations at a north Louisiana contact center, creating 146 new jobs.

Coast Professional will make a $750,000 capital investment in its West Monroe center. The average compensation for the new jobs will be $36,500 annually, plus benefits.

The company already employs 125 workers, according to a release from Governor John Bel Edwards.

The expansion involves converting a former Sears Hometown store and renovating the interior space and parking area.

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office/OPSO.net / http://www.opso.net/scat-social-media-undercover-operation-leads-to-four-arrests/

Four suspects have been arrested in the case of a stolen ATV. The investigation took place on Friday, June 21, 2019 and was conducted using social media.

Using Facebook Messenger, SCAT deputies responded to an ad by Christopher Winnfield listing an ATV for sale. Deputies concluded the ATV was the same ATV reported as stolen in March 2019.

A purchase price was determined and Winnfield agreed to meet in the parking lot of a local school to finalize the sale.

All four suspects were arrested at the scene, and three were found to be carrying firearms.