Kyle Burley

Student Reporter

Kyle is a junior at the University of Louisiana at Monroe majoring in communication with a concentration in journalism. He attended Downsville Charter School, where he found his interest in journalism. 

When he started college, Kyle says he really didn’t know what direction he was taking. After one year of a concentration in digital media, he switched to journalism.

Kyle is involved in many campus organizations. He's worked with ULM Football for four years as well as the Hawkeye student newspaper for one year. He says he believes that his experience with the football program has given him a better understanding of how to write about it, and is confident that his internship at KEDM will  benefit his quest to become a sports reporter.

In my free time Kyle enjoys bowling, movies, and hanging out with his friends.

Ways to Connect

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The public is invited to come celebrate the annual lighting ceremony of Monroe's Christmas tree this Saturday, November 18. The ceremony will be at the Monroe Civic Center Plaza starting at 6 p.m.

Cookies and hot drinks will be provided to the public and also Santa Claus will be riding through after the lighting of the tree and he will be giving away candy to kids. There will be live music performed by J.S. Clark Elementary Choir.

In 2014, 19-year-old Jessica Chambers was found on fire on a back road near Courtland, Mississippi. She was severely burned on 98 percent of her body and later passed away at a hospital.

Suspect Quinton Tellis is being tried for the murder of Chambers. If convicted, Tellis will have a life in prison sentence.

 In 2015, Tellis allegedly stabbed and killed a graduate student from the University of Louisiana at Monroe over 30 times because she refused to give him the PIN to her debit card.

The ULM grad student was identified as 34-year-old Meing-Chen Hsiao.

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Tropical Storm Nate formed in the southwestern part of the Caribbean Sea Wednesday morning and is moving north. Nate is hovering over Nicaragua and Honduras today but will soon be back over the warm waters.

The storm is still disorganized but should have more favorable conditions to develop once it emerges back over water. It is now predicted to become a hurricane and strike the gulf coast by the later part of the weekend and into early next week. 

Ouachita Parish Sherrifs Office

Swartz resident Ernest D. Davis was arrested on multiple charges after a Louisiana State Trooper found him and his vehicle stopped on train tracks on Swartz School Road. 

Davis failed a sobriety test that the trooper gave him but did not have alcohol in his system. The trooper reported that Davis had slurred speech and poor balance. Davis later admitted to smoking marijuana dipped in an unknown substance. 

Davis was taken to Ouachita Correctional Center where he was charged with driving while intoxicated and careless operation. His bond is set at $1,250. 

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The ride sharing service  Lyft is expected to begin operations in the Monroe area next week according to Mayor Jamie Mayo. Lyft is a service that upon request will pick you up and take you to your designated location. Rides are requested by a smartphone app.

Multiple background checks of the drivers and vehicle checks occur.

Riders must be at least age 18 or older to use the service.

Three bounty hunters were arrested after allegedly entering a West Monroe woman's home without permission. 

Bounty hunters Tyler Guimbellot, Michael Franks, and Richard Walker Jr. were jailed last week after allegedly barging into a woman's home with pistols drawn. 

Guimbellot, Franks, and Walker Jr. said they were looking for the man who had owned the home before her. The victim, who is remaining nameless, had just moved into the house two months earlier.

If you have plans on traveling through Atlanta out of Monroe Regional Airport then you might have problems the next few days. 

"Due to the weather, all the flights are cancelled throughout today," said Airport Director Ron Phillips. Flights to Atlanta are cancelled until further notice. It all depends on how fast Irma moves through Georgia.

Irma, now a Tropical Storm, is expected to bring a lot of rain and windy conditions to the Atlanta area today and overnight tonight. 

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Tropical Storm Harvey rolled through the Monroe area last week it left behind a lot of standing water. The results of this water not moving are mosquitoes. It takes roughly 8-10 days for mosquitoes to start taking over and that time has almost made it to the twin cities. 

"We don't exactly what will happen with the mosquitoes," said Shannon Rider, Director at The Ouachita Mosquito Abatement.

Some places will be a little worse off than others, "It's based on where we stood before and where we have standing water now and how long it sits there," Rider said. 

Monroe resident, Amethyst Baird, is looking at a variety of charges after allegedly shooting a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Agent multiple times earlier this year.

Baird has a history of drug use and has already pled guilty to possession of stolen items and possession of meth. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

Baird was also charged with attempted first degree murder after she allegedly shot Wildlife Agent Tyler Wheeler multiple times.