Ouachita Parish

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.


The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

From a statement by St. Francis Medical Center:


Out of concern for the health and safety of Ouachita Parish Public Library patrons and staff, all branches will close temporarily to the public at the end of regular business hours on Thursday, March 19 until April 13.

The Library is waiving all overdue fines for items borrowed and/or due between March 13-April 13. Out of an abundance of caution, the Library is requesting that patrons not return currently borrowed items until further notice.


River Reads: One Book, One Ouachita is a program by the Ouachita Parish Public Library (OPPL) that is meant to foster a shared reading experience across the parish. Each year, the library selects one novel for the community to read together, and the title for 2020 is Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. 

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Ouachita Sheriff’s Investigators are attempting to locate a missing person from Ouachita Parish. 

Chad Mandel Taylor, age 44, was last seen at his residence of 619 Brown Street in West Monroe on July 21st, 2015.  He apparently left the residence on that date but mode and direction of travel are unknown at this time.  He has not been seen nor heard from since. 

Arrest Made In Tanglewood Shooting Death

Jan 7, 2020
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The investigation of a recent homicide in Tanglewood Subdivision by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Investigators has led to the arrest of Chauncey L. Bluford of Monroe.

Bluford has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder in connection with the shooting death of Edgar Lewis on December 7, 2019.   Bluford is currently being held in OCC on the charge.


Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the Kuntry Korner convenience store in Calhoun at 1:19 a.m. on Jan 5, 2020.  As deputies arrived, a suspect vehicle was observed leaving the location.  The vehicle was determined to be stolen out of Mississippi and the driver of the vehicle refused to stop for deputies.  A pursuit ensued, ending in West Monroe where the three occupants of the vehicle, an adult and two juveniles, were apprehended.