Louisiana News

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Two Unrestrained Men Killed in Winn Parish Crash

Sep 15, 2017

Early yesterday morning, 14th September, a crash involving two vehicles killed two men that were not wearing a seat belt.

Alleged Burglary Thief taken into Custody

Sep 15, 2017

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies responded to a burglary in progress complaint this afternoon on Washington Street in West Monroe. Upon searching the location, deputies located the suspect during the commission of the crime, hiding inside the residence.

Monroe Police Department

A shooting on Peach Street on Sunday resulted in the murder of Gary Gardner. Monroe Police have been given a warrant for the arrest of Robert I. Shelton III who is believed to have murdered Gary Gardner.

Monroe Police warns that he is believed to be armed and dangerous, so the public should be cautious if they come across him.

If anyone has information on his whereabouts please contact the Monroe Police at 318-329-2600 or Crime Stoppers at 318-388-2274.

Monroe Police Department

Edzavion Miller, 25, has been identified as a suspect in an ongoing case for a shooting which took place on Tuesday night in a Monroe night club. The shooting happened at about 11 pm at The Carter 2 Lounge on 2300 block of Desiard Street.

Nearby residents said they heard about 10-13 gun shots. The identity of the victim has not been released.

Detective Chris Bates, of the Monroe Police department, says the victim was taken to a local hospital and treated after being found with several gunshot wounds.

Bates also added:

University Health System

The Edwards administration has started the legal process to remove BRF as the operator of the state’s safety net hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says a letter has been sent to Shreveport-based BRF that gives them 45 days to correct various problems.

Dardenne says the state has spoken with Ochsner Health System and the New Orleans based hospital company could help BRF run the hospitals or possibly replace BRF.


Recently, the Louisiana Board of Regents gave the green light to the University of Louisiana Monroe for the development of the proposal of a physical therapy program through the university.

Workforce Development is something The University of Louisiana Monroe is always working to accomplish.  Roslynn Pogue, Director of the ULM Office of Career Connections, says our area is growing and there are shortages of employees in many areas.  

"Accounting, nursing and other medical fields are in high demand," says Pogue.  She says many employers are looking to ULM to ask about potential graduates. ULM Career Connections helps student with skills to land these lucrative jobs. 

An arrest has been made in connection with a break-in at a power company substation that resulted in a power outage in New Orleans in June.      

The New Orleans Advocate reports that 32-year-old Rickey Telsede was jailed Monday and faces charges including unauthorized entry into a critical infrastructure and theft of copper. 


Police believe Telsede cut through a chain link fence and stole copper wire at an Entergy substation near the Superdome early on June 29. 


A Louisiana woman accused of stealing nearly $73,000 worth of charitable bingo money has been arrested.      

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports 36-year-old Ashley Brignac was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft valued at $25,000 or more. The funds were stolen from the Gretna Historical Society, which preserves five historic buildings and artifacts in Gretna.


An investigation by the Louisiana Department of Revenue's Office of Charitable Gaming found that nearly $73,000 had not been deposited into the organization's checking account.


A sheriff's office in Louisiana has arrested a newly hired employee for allegedly trying to sneak drugs to an inmate accused of murder and robbery.      

News outlets report 22-year-old Tyler Materre was arrested Monday and charged with several offenses, including possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution.


Materre was hired by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office in May and worked as a corrections-monitoring technician.