The Monroe Symphony Orchestra's new season is opening with a Symphony in Lights. This combination of light and sound will be held Saturday, October 21, at 7 p.m. in the West Monroe High School Auditorium. 

ULM To Host "Browse On The Bayou" Nov. 4

Oct 19, 2017

On Saturday, Nov. 4, beginning at 7:30 a.m., the University of Louisiana Monroe will host its annual Browse on the Bayou, a specially designed campus visit day for high school juniors and seniors and transfer students.

This campus preview day is a great opportunity for potential students to meet with faculty, staff and other students as they tour campus and learn about various academic opportunities, student organizations and scholarships at ULM.

 The Mousetrap, the famous murder mystery by Agatha Christie, is returning to the Strauss Theatre Center's stage October 27th, through November 4th.  

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A court watchdog group says a judge in New Orleans often interferes with criminal defendants' rights to counsel by sharply limiting the time public defenders spend with newly arrested defendants making their first court appearance.

 The criticism of state district court Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell comes in a report released Wednesday by Court Watch NOLA, which observes and reports on New Orleans' criminal courtrooms.

Call Led To Arrest Of Alleged Serial Killer

Oct 18, 2017
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A law enforcement official says a serial killer was arrested in Louisiana last week after he called a sheriff's office and claimed responsibility for a string of shootings that killed three men and wounded a fourth.

 The official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, told The Associated Press that 36-year-old Ryan Sharpe wasn't a suspect in the four shootings until he called the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office last Wednesday and identified himself as the killer.

45-Year-Old Man Murders Infant Daughter

Oct 18, 2017

An 18-month-old is dead following a gruesome murder.  New Orleans Police says the father, 45-year-old Mark Hambrick told police “God made him do it.”  Police Chief Michael Harrison says Hambrick called himself into police several hours after he killed the child.

Hambrick gave a detailed description to police of himself and the child and told them he would be found on his porch when police came on the property.  Harrison says the father remained strangely calm during the arrest.

Man Arrested In Death Of His 18-Month-Old Daughter

Oct 18, 2017
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 A 45-year-old Louisiana man has been arrested and accused of stabbing and suffocating his 18-month-old daughter.

 New Orleans Police say they've arrested Mark Hambrick, of New Orleans, on one count each of second-degree murder and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. It was unknown if he's represented by an attorney.

 The toddler was found Tuesday, just after 7 a.m., suffering from multiple stab wounds to the body. Detectives learned the victim had also been suffocated. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

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A tiger who was a roadside attraction in Grosse Tete was euthanized.  Tony the Tiger lived at the Iberville Parish Tiger Truck Stop since 2001.  Due to health issues, he was put to sleep on Monday.  Attorney Jennifer Treadway says despite what protesters say, Tony died peacefully and was very loved by his caretakers.

There have been ongoing legal battles between Tony’s owner Michael Sandlin and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.  Sandlin’s attorney Jennifer Treadway says Sandlin plans to get another tiger which he has the proper permit to do so.

Stabbing, Dismemberment Conviction Stands In Louisiana

Oct 18, 2017
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 The Louisiana Supreme Court says it won't hear an appeal from a man convicted of killing a French Quarter dancer and dismembering her body.

 All seven justices initialed the "action sheet" denying the request from Terry Speaks, who is serving life in prison for the 2012 murder of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart.

 He acted as his own attorney, with another inmate preparing the document.

Funeral Set For Slain New Orleans Police Officer

Oct 18, 2017
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 A Saturday funeral has been scheduled for a New Orleans police officer who was shot to death last week.

 The police department says services for 29-year-old Marcus NcNeil are set for 10 a.m. Saturday at Household of Faith Church in New Orleans, with interment following at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

 The department says the Marcus McNeil Benefit Fund has been established at Whitney Bank to accept donations for McNeil's family.

 McNeil had a wife and two children.