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West Monroe man was sentenced Wednesday to 151 months in prison for receiving child pornography.

John D. Owen, 30, of West Monroe, La, was sentenced on one count of receiving child pornography. He was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release and is required to register as a sex offender.

Monroe Tests Fire Hydrant Flow

Oct 6, 2017
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The Monroe Fire Department, in conjunction with the City Water Distribution Department, will be conducting our annual citywide fire hydrant inspections.  The inspections will begin Monday, October 9 and will last through Friday, December 1.  The hydrant flow inspections will be conducted during the work day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. 

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An arrest warrant for 21-year-old Alicia Richard was obtained on Wednesday October 4, after her infant child was found dead in a dumpster.

On Monday October 2, the Louisiana State Police Bureau was contacted by the Tensas Parish Sheriff’s office to investigate the death of a small infant child which was found in the dumpster.

After an autopsy was run on the infant it was found that the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Richards was arrested and booked for first degree murder of her infant child.

Economically Important Fish and Other Sea Creatures are Shrinking

Oct 5, 2017
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New research suggests an economically important fish is shrinking due to the rising temperatures of the ocean. Louisiana State University Boyd Professor Eugene Turner says the Menhaden, a small silver fish, make up half of the US commercial fish harvest by weight, and they have reduced in size by about 15 percent over the past 65 years. He says there is less oxygen in warmer water.

Turner says this trend is occurring with other sea life too, and the data shows a decline in annual eight and length among 3,4 and 5-year-old fish.

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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. 

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Fire officials don't think a string of car fires are related. 

According to a Ouachita Parish fire inspector, the fires, while not related, are suspicious. 

Over the last few days, 2 cars have caught fire at the Town County Apartments.

Fire investigators don't know how the cars caught fire. 

If you have any information, please call fire officials at 325-1621.

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On Tuesday, the Monroe City School Board voted on plans to move a Monroe school.

The MCSB voted to move Martin Luther King Jr. High and find a new location closer to Wossman High School.

The MCSB will build the new school next door on Parkview Drive.

The first choice was land on Oregon Trail, but the City owned property is already committed to recreational use by the city. 

Saints Coach Sean Payton says current gun laws are flawed and frustrating as he spoke about gun control in light of the massacre that occurred in Las Vegas during a country music concert. In a conference call with beat reporters, Payton says the current system in our country right now is not working…:

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Louisiana is set to receive 55-million dollars in federal grant money to improve the reading and writing skills of struggling students. State department of education spokesperson Sydni Dunn says the state will receive 18.5 million dollars each year for the next three years and they already know how the money will be allocated

State Superintendent John White says only 36-percent of Louisiana children are able to read and write on grade level by fourth grade. Dunn says this grant will accelerate the learning of all students reading below grade level

Man Crashes On The Way To Voodoo Doctor

Oct 4, 2017
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A Mississippi man, who told authorities he was on his way to see a voodoo doctor, has been arrested after crashing through a fence at the Slidell Municipal Airport. Detective Daniel Seuzeneau with the Slidell Police Department says police received a call yesterday morning of a vehicle that ran into a utility pole. He says when authorities arrived 43-year-old Kevin Bolton told them he thought he was being chased by police.

Seuzeneau says Bolton has been charged with careless operation and hit and run. He says when they found Bolton, he was barely clothed.