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Gyms, health facilities get back to sweating post-quarantine

May. 31, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — In the seven years since Cesar and Allison Camacho founded INFIT, the couple have paired a unique approach to fitness with an engaging, personal touch to help members achieve their goals. The goal at INFIT is to redefine the gym experience. The Monroe-based facility, located at 1816...

Mom charged after she doesn't note missing child for hours

May. 25, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) — A northeast Louisiana woman is jailed on child desertion charges after police say her 2-year-old was found wandering alone. The West Monroe Police Department says officers were called to a home Saturday morning after someone found the child unsupervised. KNOE-TV reports officers...

7 semifinalists set in University of Louisiana Monroe search

May. 18, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Seven semifinalists have been named to be the next president of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, including three current Louisiana administrators. The News Star reports the candidates include University of Louisiana System Provost Jeannine Kahn, as well as ULM business and social...

Edwin Litolff named interim Louisiana-Monroe president

May. 12, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana Monroe has a new person in place to guide the school temporarily until a permanent person is named president. The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System announced Tuesday that Edwin Litolff will be interim president while the university...

Northeast Louisiana juvenile lockup sees another mass escape

May. 10, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Six of eight juveniles who escaped from a youth center in northeast Louisiana have been recaptured. The eight broke out of the Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe before dawn Saturday morning, KNOE-TV reports. It’s at least the third escape from Swanson in the five weeks. Two...

FILE - In this July 8, 2010 file photo, teenagers head toward the gym at Caddo Juvenile Detention Center in Shreveport, La. Fear and frustration is raging as fast as the coronavirus in some juvenile detention centers, with riots and escapes reported in hotspot facilities such as New York and Louisiana. (Val Horvath/The Shreveport Times via AP, File)

Riots, escapes and pepper spray: Virus hits juvenile centers

May. 2, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

Nicole Hingle wasn’t surprised when the call came. Frustrations had been building inside juvenile detention centers nationwide as the number of coronavirus cases continued to climb. Now, her 17-year-old son Jace, was on the phone telling her around 40 kids had rioted at his facility in Louisiana —...

2 guards at ICE jail die after contracting coronavirus

Apr. 29, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Two guards at an immigration detention center in Louisiana have died after contracting the coronavirus, raising new questions about whether the U.S. government is adequately protecting 30,000 immigrants in custody and the staff guarding them. Relatives of both Carl Lenard, 62, and Stanton...

FILE - In this July 18, 2016, file photo, Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and Buck Commander speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. A man was arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting at the Louisiana home of the “Duck Dynasty” star.  Daniel King Jr. was booked into a correctional center after Robertson's estate in West Monroe was struck by gunfire on Friday, April 24, 2020, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Saturday, April 25. No one was injured in the shooting, authorities said. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Protective orders issued to 'Duck Dynasty' star's family

Apr. 29, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) — Three members of “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson's family have received protective orders against a man charged with shooting at homes on their Louisiana estate. Daniel King Jr., 38, was booked into jail on a charge of aggravated assault by drive-by shooting after...

FILE - In this July 18, 2016, file photo, Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and Buck Commander speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. A man was arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting at the Louisiana home of “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson.  Daniel King Jr. was booked into a correctional center after Robertson's estate in West Monroe was struck by gunfire on Friday afternoon, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Saturday, April 25, 2020. No one was injured in the shooting, authorities said.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Man charged in drive-by shooting at 'Duck Dynasty' estate

Apr. 27, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) — A man was arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting at the Louisiana estate of “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson. Daniel King Jr. was booked into a correctional center after two homes in West Monroe were struck by gunfire on Friday afternoon, the Ouachita...

Area powerlifting teams moving on past canceled season

Apr. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — In his senior year, H.L. Bourgeois powerlifter Ty Henry wanted to end his career with a state championship. He qualified to compete in the 165-pound weight class at the Division I state meet that was scheduled to be held on March 19-21 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in Monroe....