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OPSO Special Victims Unit Arrests Suspect in Child Pornography Investigation

Resulting from an ongoing investigation by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Special Victim’s Unit, investigators have arrested Tony A. Free, Jr., age 23, of Downsville, LA. The investigation revealed the suspect allegedly engaged in inappropriate communications and sent inappropriate photographs to a Ouachita Parish juvenile. Tony Free is currently being held in OCC on the charges of: 1 ct. Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor
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Congress Ends Spat, Agrees To Fund $1.1 Billion To Combat Zika

After nearly seven months of bickering and finger-pointing, Congress on Wednesday agreed to allocate $1.1 billion to help fight the spread and effects of the Zika virus.The deal is part of a broader agreement to continue to fund the government after the fiscal year ends on Friday and the current budget expires.It brings to an end a partisan fight that has had the unusual effect of delaying funding to deal with what all sides agree is a public health emergency. The delay came out because of...
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Resulting from an ongoing investigation by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Special Victim’s Unit, investigators have arrested Tony A. Free, Jr., age 23, of Downsville, LA.  The investigation revealed the suspect allegedly engaged in inappropriate communications and sent inappropriate photographs to a Ouachita Parish juvenile. Tony Free is currently being held in OCC on the charges of:

1 ct. Computer Aided Solicitation of a Minor
1 ct. Violation of a Protective Order
9 cts. Pornography Involving Juveniles

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A court is expected to hear arguments on whether New Orleans should be able to remove four Confederate monuments.

The case will be heard Wednesday by a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. 

The City Council voted in December 2015 to remove the monuments to Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and a statue honoring whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans. 

 A veteran West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy is among three people killed in a shooting in Pointe Coupee Parish.

 Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres says it happened about 4 p.m. Tuesday at a home in Glynn, Louisiana.  

Torres says the deputy and her daughter were killed in the shooting, as was the suspected shooter - an estranged neighbor. 

 

The deputy was the wife of a Louisiana State Police trooper.

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A group of Monroe residents are suing the owner of White Oaks landfill for the reoccurring foul smell sweeping the area. 

Leading the charge of disturbed residents is Alan Brockman who started the campaign on Facebook when he was able to get 300 citizens to sign a petition in support of a lawsuit against White Oaks. 

"For the past couple months I've walked outside my house in the morning and got hit with a smell that the first time smelled like a gas leak at my house," said Brockman. 

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     Denham Springs officials say about 45 percent of flooded structures in their city evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been deemed substantially damaged.

      The Advocate reports Rick Foster of the Denham Spring Building Department told the city council Monday FEMA inspectors evaluated 2,729 residential and commercial structures and found 1,222 had sustained damage estimated to cost 50 percent or more of the structure's value to repair.  

Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival.

Northeast Louisiana's Celtic Festival is ready to start its 13th year of celebrating Celtic culture.  Kiroli Park will be hosting this festival Saturday October 1, from 7 a.m to 10 p.m. 

Tom McCandlish, membership director of the West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce,  says the festival is something many people look forward to each year. The festival features vendors along with traditional Irish and Scottish live music.  Bands featured this year include Smithfield Fair, Emerald Accent, and Jim Flanagan. 

A new audit of the Red River, Atchafalaya, and Bayou Boeuf Levee District shows multiple violations involving expenditures. 

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office found the former board president used a district credit card to pay for unauthorized meals and lodging. 

The audit report shows the district's board also did not follow proper procedures last year in raising the per diem allowance for board commissioners from $75 to $97. 

A West Feliciana Parish School Board member was killed in a car accident last week and a 22-year-old woman is in custody.

 The sheriff's office says 59-year-old James White was walking down Solitude Road when he was hit just after 8 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the car, Tiffany R. Cage, was not injured. She was arrested on a charge of negligent homicide. It was unknown if she is represented by an attorney. Bond information was not immediately available.

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The college of arts, education, and sciences at the University of Louisiana Monroe will be hosting a Fall Gala on Thursday, October 6 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

The Gala will include a dinner, a silent auction door prizes and visual and performing arts students acting  excerpts from Sweeney Todd which will be there fall musical coming to Brown theater this October. 

Guests are welcome to participate in the auction which will feature gift cards around the Monroe community among other prizes.

 Randy Sorensen comes in to discuss The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra coming to LA TECH's Howard auditorium Monday night at 7pm. 

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Monroe Citizens to File Lawsuit Against White Oaks Landfill for Bad Odor

A group of Monroe residents are suing the owner of White Oaks landfill for the reoccurring foul smell sweeping the area. Leading the charge of disturbed residents is Alan Brockman who started the campaign on Facebook when he was able to get 300 citizens to sign a petition in support of a lawsuit against White Oaks. "For the past couple months I've walked outside my house in the morning and got hit with a smell that the first time smelled like a gas leak at my house," said Brockman. The...
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