Princess Nneka Ayika

Student Reporter

Princess is a sophomore at the University of Louisiana Monroe, majoring in biology. She is from Lagos, Nigeria but decided to pursue her college degree in the U.S. The main reason for her doing so is because she believes in adventure and wanted to have one. She has two older brothers who are in Monroe, one also attending ULM, majoring in Bio-Chemistry and the other seeking a place in the Army.

She loves to write, draw and paint during her free time. Princess also dreams of dabbling in the art of animation, specifically to animate with Disney.

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Nicholas Erwin /

A parent group from Bowling Green School, in Franklinton , is trying to raise money through a gun raffle, for a program to keep seniors safe at graduation. This has caused many controversial reactions due to the recent Florida shooting which left 17 dead at the hands of a 19-year-old with an AR-15.

Natalie Parker /

After several years as a self-sustaining agency the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is having financial issues. The estimated budget of about 19.8 million dollars, annually, is predicted to be insufficient.  

Cole Garett, Executive Counsel for the LDWF, says they are attempting to discard their 117 different licenses by proposing a bill in the regular legislative session.

Ervins Strauhmanis /

A trailer fire takes the life of a man in Hammond; his name is yet to be released. The investigation revealed that the fire was started by the owner trying to heat up the trailer using an outdoor cooking burner. 

Fire Marshal Butch Browning explains that in the past month there has been an increase in the amount of fatal incidents with fire.

Browning says that although there are fire fatalities year round when the seasons change and the cold hits people tend to find unusual ways to keep warm. 

fklv (Obsolete hipster) / /

Construction began yesterday, November 27th, on a new artificial reef in Calcasieu. 12,500 yards of crushed limestone will be spread on the lake bottom that will create 100 acres of artificial oyster reef. It will increase oyster and seafood production says the assistant Secretary for Fisheries Patrick Banks.

Banks also said it will take a few years to have a high functioning reef but will however give the fishermen a new place to fish for now.

Princess Ayika

Worry spread around the campus of University of Louisiana Monroe as a high speed chase took place yesterday afternoon at around 1:30 pm. The chase began at Sterlington Road then continued on through campus to Desiard Street where the suspect was finally stopped. 

The chase started with the suspect allegedly stealing a vehicle and trying to escape when the Sterlington Police quickly responded to the on going crime.  

The name of the suspect has not been released as the case is still under investigation. 

Andy Wright / /

The results of a polling show that Governor John Bel Edwards has an approval rating of 53-percent. The poll also shows his disapproval rating is 32-percent. Louisiana State University Political Science Professor, Robert Hogan, says it is always a good sign when the governor’s approval rating is past 50-percent.

Hogan Says however, it does not mean Governor Edwards is good to go. He said Governor Edwards being a democrat in a state with a high number of democrats usually brings about problems.

choking sun / /

23-year-old Wallacea Swazer, who was the driver of the vehicle, and 2-year-old Carter Northern were caught in a car wreck which ended both their lives.

Sargent Don Coppola says witnesses told detectives they saw the driver of a 2009 Mustang driving erratically and crossing over the median multiple times before hitting an 18-wheeler head on.

A 19-year-old male was a third passenger in the car and was taken to the hospital with only minor injuries. 

Mark Goebel / /

A bus driver was stopped by two Ascension Parish men. Officers say the men, 58-year-old Clifton Hamby and 60-year-old Kerry LaSaicherre, stopped the bus because they felt the driver was speeding.

The bus had students on board when the two men stopped the driver. The driver said he noticed one of the men was openly carrying a handgun on his waist.

Lieutenant corporal Ward Webb of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said after the driver was stopped there was allegedly an altercation which caused the bus driver to drive away to safety before calling the police.    

ARTS_fox1fire / /

Two people were shot in Monroe Yesterday afternoon.

One at the Louis Lock housing community and the other at the Parkview Apartments. The victim shot at the Parkview Apartments has been announced dead and the condition of the second victim is unknown at this time.

Police have said that the shooter knew both victims and is currently in custody. The identities of both the victims and the shooter has not been released at this time.  Further information will be posted when released. 

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office /

Kenneth Leroy Bouwell, 46, was last seen about two weeks ago. He is a 6’-1” tall white male with greyish dark hair and weighs 170 lbs. Bouwell has no permanent address and is said to come by the River Bend School area and Bawcomville area. He has a tattoo on his abdomen which reads “Expect No Mercy” and no description of his clothes is given.   

If anyone has information on the location of Mr. Bouwell please call 318-329-1200.