Dump Truck Accident Kills One

Apr 6, 2017

Shortly before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash on LA 34 at the intersection of Philpot Road.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 1998 Toyota 4-Runner, driven by 19-year-old Paul Robbins of West Monroe, LA, was stopped on Philpot Road preparing to make a left turn onto LA 34. For unknown reasons, Robbins made a left turn onto LA 34, into the path of a 2000 Mack Dump truck, driven by 43-year-old Thomas Allen of Calhoun, LA.


Willie Lee Allen, age 70, was charged with cruelty to a juvenile after allegedly striking a female student. The investigation began after Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained a search warrant for the Monroe School Board for a previous unreported incident involving a teacher exchanging drugs for sex with students.

Thursday, April 6th, the Downtown Gallery Crawl will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This month's crawl will take place throughout Monroe and West Monroe in 10 different galleries. 

As always, the Downtown Gallery Crawl is a place to find art, food, music, and drinks. The crawl is held by the Downtown Arts Alliance to add culture to the region and give artists and art lovers alike a place to display and enjoy art. This crawl will have old and new elements to keep the creativity flowing.

Gov. John Bel Edwards is returning to Washington to talk about last year's massive flooding in south Louisiana.

Edwards will testify Wednesday morning before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The committee is holding a hearing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to the August floods that hit the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas.

The Democratic governor's office says Edwards plans to talk about where the federal government's response has been helpful to the state and where federal regulations have slowed recovery efforts.

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Authorities say a 14-year-old boy riding his skateboard was struck by a car and thrown into a canal in Metairie.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said that the boy is currently listened in "grave" condition after the accident occurred Monday evening. Fortunato says a 29-year-old woman was driving her vehicle when she hit the boy.

Fortunato says charges have not been filed against the woman. The woman told investigators she thought she hit something in the roadway, but didn't know what she hit.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is backing legislative proposals aimed at reducing opioid deaths in Louisiana.


The governor's office announced Tuesday that Edwards supports legislation to limit first-time prescriptions of opioids for acute pain to a seven-day supply for adults, with some exceptions.

The measure by New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno and River Ridge Rep. Kirk Talbot also would restrict all acute pain prescriptions of opioids for children to seven days.

A hospital closure in Ruston will affect all 167 employees.

New LifeCare Specialty Hospital of North Louisiana issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification — or WARN notice — Tuesday to announce the closure.


The company says the layoff will begin around April 15 with the final termination on or around June 3.

LifeCare Specialty intends to offer employees severance benefits to help decrease the impact of the mass layoff on their employees and the Ruston community. Further details were not released.

Six of the eight Arkansas inmates scheduled to die this month want a judge to delay their executions so they can seek a deeper review of their clemency requests.

A federal court hearing is scheduled Tuesday on the inmates' attempt to delay the executions. The state said in court papers filed Monday that a delay would effectively halt the executions because a key lethal drug expires April 30.

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As Louisiana struggles with budget woes, lawmakers are realizing millions remain socked away in savings accounts that agencies, boards and commissions never told them existed.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Eric LaFleur has been trying to get an accounting of what's out there.

In the legislative session that starts Monday, LaFleur is proposing to make it tougher to create these escrow accounts and special bank accounts, to require more uniform policies governing them and to enact tighter tracking of them.

A 73-year-old man faces charges after a moonshine operation was busted in Rankin County.

Alcoholic Beverage Control agents searched Sample's home March 30 and found an illegal distillery located in a shed behind the suspect's home. WLBT-TV reports Sample faces a felony charge for manufacturing or distilling alcohol and the unlawful possession of a still.

Agents seized about 43 gallons of moonshine, five barrels illicit distillery consisting of 250 gallons corn mash; a 110 gallon cooker, two copper condensers, raw materials consisting of corn and sugar and a stolen handgun.