Latest Monroe News

Man gets nearly 6 years for lying to FEMA for benefits

Jul. 5, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — A New Orleans man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for lying to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to get disaster benefits for a house he owned in north Louisiana. Chad Lightfoot, 47, also was ordered to pay nearly $23,700 restitution and a $10,000 fine, Western...

Coast Professional to expand, add 146 jobs in West Monroe

Jun. 24, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) — The governor's office says a debt collection company plans to more than double its operations at a north Louisiana contact center, creating 146 new jobs. A Monday news release says Coast Professional will make a $750,000 capital investment in its West Monroe center. The average...

Brother killed, Grambling football player hurt in shooting

Jun. 20, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A teen has been killed, while a Grambling State University football player and third unnamed person have been injured in a shooting at a suburban New Orleans playground. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Capt. Jason Rivarde tells the News Star of Monroe that deputies found 19-year-old...

7 of 29 Miss Louisiana contestants attend host university

Jun. 18, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Nearly one-quarter of this year's Miss Louisiana contestants are students at the school that's hosting the competition this week. The University of Louisiana at Monroe says there are 29 young women trying for the crown, and seven of them are ULM students. Only one is from Monroe. She's...

Louisiana parish wins $500,000 EPA development grant

Jun. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — A northern Louisiana parish has received a nearly $500,000 federal grant to redevelop more than a dozen abandoned industrial and commercial sites. The News Star reports that the grants from the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program will be used in the region surrounding...

5 years for ex-guard who used pepper spray in inmates' eyes

Jun. 5, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — A former prison guard captain was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for plotting to abuse inmates at a privately run federal prison in north Louisiana. Roderick Douglas admitted spraying pepper spray into the eyes of two kneeling, handcuffed inmates, then passing the can to...

Louisiana House snuffs out bid to raise smoking age to 21

May. 23, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana won't raise its legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The House resoundingly snuffed out the proposal from Rep. Frank Hoffmann, a West Monroe Republican, to prohibit people under 21 years old from buying tobacco, alternative nicotine or vapor products. Only 24 members backed...

Louisiana: Anti-abortion constitutional language nears OK

May. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers took another step Tuesday in efforts to chip away at abortion rights, nearing final passage of a bill that would ask voters to rewrite the state constitution to ensure it offers no protections for the procedure. The constitutional change, which has been enacted...

Man indicted in killing after 2 mistrials for separate death

May. 20, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — A man who was tried twice but not convicted in the burning death of a Mississippi woman has been indicted in the killing of a woman in Louisiana. The News Star reports Quinton Tellis was indicted Friday on one count of second-degree murder in the July 2015 death of Ming-Chen Hsiao. She...