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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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.

Paul Sullivan / /

Immediately after a woman got out of her car at a Union Parish convenience store 31-year-old Gregory Mitchell allegedly got in and sped off. The woman had her one-year-old in the back seat and called the police as soon as it happened.

Marion Police Chief Mark Dodd says a he received a call from a frantic mother in the morning about a kidnapping and theft. Dodd then began investigating at the rehab facility for drug and alcohol addicts that the suspect just left.

Two 23-year-olds, Earl Andrews and Monquiarius Caldwell, were shot at Grambling State University around midnight.  Andrews was a senior at Grambling while Caldwell was not a student. Both men are from Farmerville.

The altercation started inside a dorm and continued into the courtyard. 

The identity of the suspect is not known at this time as well as the reason for the altercation. Police have advised the general public to be cautious as they continue with the home coming activities as planned.

Pikawil / /

With Halloween only two weeks away, Louisiana residents rush to find the hottest costumes. DeMarcus Cox, Manager of the Halloween Express store says the most common costume so far is Pennywise the clown from the movie IT.

Cox says most guys are going for scarier, more realistic looking costumes while girls are going for female superheroes and empowering figures.

However, for children the trend seems to be less scary but still real. Cox says most children want to be Policemen this Halloween.