Sterlington

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The man who struck and killed a Sterlington police officer, David Elahi with his car in 2016 was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. 46-year-old Tracy Govan was found guilty of vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injury in February. Govan’s Attorney, Louis Scott, says it’s a shocking sentence considering his client’s clean record and the fact that the crime was an accident.

"I think it was extremely excessive, and I've been trying to figure out what was it that caused the judge to impose a sentence of that nature", said Scott. 

NWS Shreveport / NOAA

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a

Flood Warning for Urban Areas and Small Streams in...
Southern Union County in south central Arkansas...
Central Jackson Parish in north central Louisiana...
Union Parish in north central Louisiana...
Ouachita Parish in north central Louisiana...
Northeastern Claiborne Parish in northwestern Louisiana...
Lincoln Parish in north central Louisiana...

Until 1115 AM CDT Thursday

Flood Assistance Program Comes to Monroe Feb. 1

Jan 5, 2018
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The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program hosts a series of outreach events in early 2018 for homeowners affected by the 2016 floods. The events are scheduled in flood-impacted communities across the state to help those homeowners working to complete their Restore Louisiana applications. Program representatives will be available to answer questions, provide information and work directly with homeowners on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sterlington Water Crisis

Jul 13, 2017
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Fourth Judicial Court Judge Alvin Sharp dismissed a suit, the town of Sterlington filed in an attempt to get drinking water pipes from Greater Ouachita Water Co. He determined that the suit was filed prematurely.

In his ruling, Sharp said “the board of aldermen should have passed an ordinance authorizing the mayor to file the suit in accordance with state law before it was filed.”

Gary Luse

Thousands of residents of northeast Louisiana have been affected by flooding.

Here are a few opportunities to help:

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Update 3:30 p.m. March 10

Flood waters throughout northeast Louisiana have displaced residents. Shelters open include:

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Voters in Sterlington will decide two tax proposals in the November 21st election.

The first measure is a half-cent sales tax dedicated to the town's recreation department to purchase land for a new sports complex.  Mayor Vern Breland says the public expressed their desire to see the tax proposal, rather than a property millage.

"We were trying to evaluate where we could get the money for it and voters squarely said they wanted the sales tax," said Breland.