ouachita

Heat Advisory Extended: Now Hotter And Longer

Jul 19, 2017
NWS - Shreveport

UPDATED: Advisory extended:

Very hot and humid conditions will continue Thursday 
and Friday, with afternoon temperatures climbing into the mid 
and upper 90s each day. When combined with the humidity, heat 
indices will range from 105 to 109 degrees. 

Heat indices of 105 degrees or higher can be expected
Thursday and Friday afternoons. Only limited cooling is expected
tonight and Thursday night as temperatures fall into the mid 
70s.

Heat related illnesses may be possible for those 

OPSO.net

An alleged kidnapping happened in Monroe on Monday morning.  The police were called to an incident on Lincoln Road in Monroe. An Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office release says a woman was taken against her will by her estranged husband and was traveling in a vehicle.

OPSO Deputies made a traffic stop and found the woman with minor injuries.

Anthony Cooper, age 36 of Monroe, was arrested.

He was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of False Imprisonment and Simple Battery. Cooper also had four outstanding warrants. 

National Hurricane Center

Tropical Depression Cindy continues to bring rain and some wind to northeast Louisiana. The remnants of the storm should move out of the area by the end of the weekend. Click here for the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

FINAL BULLETIN ON CINDY -- 10 a.m. Thursday

...CINDY WEAKENS BUT HEAVY RAINS CONTINUE...

SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION

Cory Crowe / KEDM

A huge converting and logistics facility will be built in Ouachita Parish near Ouachita High School and the now vacant Guide Plant. The facility will house Graphic Packaging’s Carton Folding Plant and DHL’s Logistics and Distribution Operation.  The 1.27 million square foot facility will be bigger than the Louisiana Superdome.

DHL will construct the building and the adjoining distribution center. The total construction investment for the new Monroe facility will be over $84 million.

Cory Crowe / KEDM

90.3 KEDM Public Radio hosts Policy and a Pint: Ouachita Runs Dry-The Decline of a River System on Tuesday April 11 at 6 p.m. Topics to be discussed include river health, drinking water, economic impact, agricultural impact, industry and recreational use of the Ouachita River.

Cory Crowe / KEDM

John Stringer, Executive Director of The Tenses Basin Levee District says the Ouachita - Black River System is facing challenges. He says the river systems lack of full funding places the Ouachita River in peril and says the underfunded river system could be abandoned under a worst case scenario.

Stringer says, “It can happen and you know if it does happen, I’ve always said it will be a catastrophe for our region.”

An enforcement agent for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries who was shot in a January traffic stop is back home in Ouachita Parish, but multiple surgeries from returning to work. 

Tyler Wheeler is awaiting surgeries to reattach a portion of his skull and to repair jaw damage. He says until the skull surgery, someone must monitor him around the clock and he can't do most physical activities.

house.gov

The Ouachita River may be in trouble due to lack of commercial use.  The ”Low Use” designation  means funds could be scarce for dredging and locks and dams.  The funding relies on a formula  of lock usage and tonnage.

Congressman Ralph Abraham thinks the formula for funding should be based on other factors.

Abraham thinks more commercial river traffic is a great thing.  He thinks the Ouachita River has a bigger impact than commercial traffic alone.

Bastrop Bank Robbed

Dec 15, 2016

The Ouachita Independent Bank (OIB) in Bastrop was robbed on Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the incident occured  at 3:30 p.m. in the bank's lobby. A teller was approached by an African-American man who said he had a gun. The robber then passed a demand note to the employee.

Police are seeking assistance finding the robber.

He is described as a medium-tone black man who is 5"6" and 240 pounds. The robber was wearing a baseball hat, sweatshirt, and jeans. 

OPSO

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Deputies made an arrest in the theft of farm equipment.  Chad George, 41 of Farmerville, was arrested after a six-month investigation.  

In June of this year, deputies began working the case of a farm tractor and trailer stolen from a residence in Ouachita Parish. Based on the investigation and a tip from the Union Parish Crime Stoppers an arrest was made. 

George, a Union Parish resident, has been charged with one count of felony theft. 

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