Ouachita Parish

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Louisiana Housing Corporation's Board of Directors approved $245 million to develop 769 affordable rental units across five Louisiana parishes.

This multi-million dollar investment represents a combination of LHC's Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and Multi-family Revenue Bonds (MRBs) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds administered by the State of  Louisiana, Office of Community Development.

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Shortly before 7:00 p.m. October 1, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Hwy 165 at Ticheli Road. This crash claimed the life of two young passengers.

The initial investigation revealed a Trooper in a fully-marked State Police 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling south on U.S. Hwy 165, responding to a separate crash. For reasons still under investigation, the Tahoe rear-ended a 2020 Kia Forte that was traveling in the same lane. After impact, the Forte rotated and struck a large metal signal pole along the rear driver’s side.

FEMA Approves Assistance For Some NELA Parishes

Sep 2, 2020

Homeowners and renters in  Ouachita, Jackson, Lincoln, and Winn parishes may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Laura.

Governor John Bel Edwards' request for another 14 parishes is still pending federal approval. Edwards encourages residents of approved parishes to register for FEMA assistance, even if they think they may not be eligible.

City of Monroe

Douglas A. (Doug) Seegers has been named the new Director of Community Affairs for the City of Monroe by Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis.

Seegers, who has more than 11 years of experience as Director of Parks, Recreation, and Special Events for the City of West Monroe’s facilities, also brings more than thirty years of experience in business, non-profit and municipal operations. He also served as Event Coordinator of the West Monroe Convention Center for five years.


Sheriff Jay Russell was sworn in by Judge Sharon Marchman on Wednesday, June 14, 2020 to begin his third term as Ouachita Parish Sheriff.

Sheriff Russell issued the following statement:

“As we begin our new term, I would like to thank the Deputies of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and dedication to serving the residents of Ouachita Parish.  Without your efforts, our success would not be possible.”

OPSO Wanted Person

Jun 10, 2020

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office currently has an active warrant for Dale Lee Clearwater, age 48 of Swartz, charging him with one count of Aggravated Crimes Against Nature.

Clearwater is described as a White male, 5’-11’ tall and weighing 220 lbs.  He was last seen on June 1, 2020 in Vicksburg, MS.  When last seen, he was wearing a green shirt with blue shorts.

Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of Dale Lee Clearwater is asked to contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.

2 Killed In Ouachita Parish Crash

May 26, 2020

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a one vehicle crash in the 2700 block of Stubbs Vinson Road at approximately 9:00 p.m.  May 24th, 2020. Both occupants of the vehicle, Howard Shepherd, Jr. and Howard Shepard, Sr.  were fatally injured.


Preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle left the roadway while southbound on Stubbs Vinson Road. 


Toxicology test results are pending.

OPSO Investigating West Monroe Homicide

May 15, 2020

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators are currently investigating a homicide that occurred in the 100 block of Courtney Street in West Monroe Friday morning.

Deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at approximately 4:30 a.m. at the location and found the victim deceased.

A warrant has been issued for the suspect, Jesus Antonio Oliva Mejia, charging him with one count of Second Degree Murder.

Mejia is described as a Hispanic male, age 32. He was last seen wearing dark blue shorts. No other description is available at this time.

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New number of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana were released at noon by the Louisiana Department of Health.

The State of Louisiana now has 1,388 cases of COVID-19 and is reporting 46 deaths. 1,852 test have been handled by state labs and 6,751 by private labs. 43 of 64 parishes now have cases.

Ouachita Parish currently has 7 diagnosed cases and 1 death has been reported. 

2 cases have been reported in Lincoln Parish and 1 case has been reported in Richland Parish.

58% of Louisiana cases are in women and 42% are in men. 

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Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the Ouachita Parish Rifle Range is closed to the public.

This precaution is being taken in accordance with the Governor’s Proclamation and the continuing efforts to protect the health of citizens and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A reopening date will be announced at a later time, the earliest being April 13, 2020.