KeEmma Everett

Student Reporter

KeEmma Everett is a senior at the University of Louisiana at Monroe majoring in Journalism. She is from Houston, Texas where she graduated from Cypress Falls High School in 2013.

KeEmma began her college career at ULM majoring in atmospheric science, but is now following her passion for journalism. She is also an active member of ULM’s NAACP chapter which fights for equality for all minorities. KeEmma aspires to one day have her own talk show where she can inspire young women.

In her spare time, she loves to listen to music, attend concerts, read, and spend time with her family and friends.

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The West Monroe Police Department joins the National “Click-It or Ticket” Campaign for the Month of May 2017. The campaign which is being funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission will focus on sobriety and occupant protection laws every Monday through Friday in the month of May. 

 

The checkpoints will be conducted as follows:

 

• Thursday, April 27, 2017: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (Occupant Protection)

• Friday, May 5, 2017:7:00 pm to 1:00 am (Sobriety and Occupant Protection)

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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.

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Severe thunderstorms swept through Northeast Louisiana on Sunday leaving widespread damage and 2 fatalities.

Below are some of the damage reports we received.

FRANKLIN PARISH: There was numerous structural damage and knocked down trees leaving one person injured after falling on their car in Winnsboro.

LASALLE PARISH: The severe structural damage in LaSalle parish could have been a result of several reported tornadoes. Officials are working to repair several ruptured gas lines in Midway.

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Deputies are investigating a home invasion in Tallulah that left two men, a 54 and 85-year-old, victims of a double shooting after responding to calls early Thursday morning.

The 85-year-old had been shot in the head and was airlifted to a Jackson hospital. The condition of the 54-year-old is unknown.

 

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The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo had an early visitor this morning.  At 2 a.m., officers attempted to pull over a car that led the police on a 30 minute city wide high speed chase.

The chase ended when the vehicle crashed into 2 animal habitats at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.

The suspect, Javarro Eleam, was arrested and the animals were not hurt.

Eleam is currently being held in the Ouachita Correctional Center with a $1,000 bond. Charges include damage to property, resisting an officer, reckless operation, and aggravated flight.

 

Ferriday’s Police chief is in hot water again after Mayor Sherrie Jacobs suspended the chief again.

This is the 3rd time in three months that Chief Arthur Lewis has been suspended. The mayor says the chief was suspended for not following orders.

This suspension happened just 1 day after Lewis returned from his 30 day February suspension. Lewis said he has broken no laws and at an Aldermen meeting the council voted unanimously against firing the chief.

A consultant has been brought in to run the department.

 

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The spring season is the time for change and that includes weather.

Northeast Louisiana experiences some of the most severe weather from March to June. Tornadoes, high winds, and flash floods all can happen in an instant, and it's best interest to be prepared.

Prior to severe weather, the National Weather Service issues a watch a few hours before active weather; then, a warning is issued once signs of severe weather begin.

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A search warrant has now been served on the Monroe City School Board related to the allegations accusing a former teacher at Neville high school of providing drugs to students in an exchange for sex.

Christian Amos, 25, of Monroe, was arrested on March 1st for 6 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and six counts of drug possession with intent to distribute to a schedule I drug.

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Curtis Roller, 60, of Jonesboro, La., was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release after making false claims to receive federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Emergency helicopters were sent to Muddy Bottom ATV Park in Sarepta after several accidents leaving one in critical condition, two in serious condition, and one in stable condition.

According to the Webster Parish Sheriff Department, emergency helicopters were sent to the scene five times.

There are no reports of alcohol being involved.

Since opening in 2014, four fatal accidents have occured at the recreational facility.

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