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 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    September 8, 2022 

Scary Dentist Visit

A recent alleged incident at a local dentist's office has some in the community talking. Sources tell the Monroe Dispatch that a minor was at the dentist's office when something unfortunate happened. Sources say that the minor was having a procedure...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    September 8, 2022 

Gravestone Headache

A local woman says that a headstone that she ordered for her father has yet to be delivered. The woman said she ordered and paid $950.00 for the headstone from a local business on Desiard St. in June...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    September 8, 2022 

Richwood Tricky Speed Tickets, Citizens Fight Back

A controversial Richwood town ordinance initiated by Mayor Gerald Brown was challenged in a Ouachita Parish courtroom by a Richwood businessman, resulting in his tickets being dismissed, along with...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    September 8, 2022 

Unfair Electric Bills Questioned

Customers for Louisiana's only energy source have been paying to help keep the utility giant going for decades through utility bill payments. Many customers believe they are still paying for the damages caused by natural disasters like Hurricane Rita...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    September 8, 2022 

Knife Chase

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. There is a saying that goes, "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" which may be justifiable to some, but when bodily harm is...

 

Trump Playbook

Donald Trump was back in his element this past weekend. He was getting the kind of attention that he so desperately needs. If there is one thing that Trump loves, it is to be in front of an adoring crowd that loves every word that comes out of his...

 

Guns at Schools?

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Monday, August 29, 2022, was a day that parents of school-age children perhaps feared the most. On that day, there were reports of gun-related issues at two schools in the Monroe...

 

Plum/S. 3rd St. Police Mystery

Disclaimer: All persons are innocent until proven guilty. According to reports, two incidents involving officers from Monroe Police Department occurred in the area of Plum St. and South 3rd St. On...

 

Monroe Schools' Restorative Training

A program aimed at “restorative practice training” for teachers in the Monroe City School System was approved by the Monroe City Schools Board at its Tuesday Aug. 17, 2022 meeting. The program will be provided by a firm called Time 4 Academics, w...

 

Northside Shooting

Disclaimer: All suspects are presumed innocence until proven guilty Police officers of the Monroe Police Department and other law enforcement officers within the Ouachita Parish area are looking for a suspected gunman involved in a recent shooting....

 

Police Chase Suspect Captured

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocence until proven guilty In a wild scene from a "Starkey and Hutch" television show, a local man was involved in an incident where a Richwood Police Officer...

 

Failed Expectations

A town hall meeting held at the E.P. Robinson Community Center on Jackson St. in Monroe, LA, hosted by District 4 Monroe City Councilman Carday Marshall, Sr., did not appear to go as planned. Marshall and his council colleagues are holding town hall...

 

Dist. 4 Awry Town Hall Meeting

District 4 Monroe City Councilman Carday Marshall Sr. held a town hall meeting with some of his district 4 constituents, leaving many who attended dissatisfied. According to sources, Councilman Marshall welcomed those who did attend the meeting and...

 

Train Tragedy

A Robinson Place Family is going through a very difficult time, trying to find closure over the circumstances of a loved one's death. Starley Browhow said that her uncle, Kerron Browhow, was...

 

Richwood/Hwy165 Speed Trap

Drivers in/around the Ouachita Parish area should be aware of a section of Hwy 165 within the town limits of Richwood. Many are being told to be prepared to possibly receive a speeding ticket in the...

 

Double-Crossed 2

Another election for local School Board leadership is fast approaching. Voters will have an opportunity to see different education leaders or the same that is currently assembled. Elections give the power to the voters to effect change if there is...

 

Power Of One Vote, Council Played

Now that the dust surrounding the outcome of Monroe’s latest economic venture, the Walnut St. District Project, is slowly settling, what’s next? Many are hoping that the city is ready to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the...

 

Renwick St. Cross Walk

Local motorists traveling on Hwy 165 near Renwick St. in Monroe cannot miss the ongoing changes on the walkway bridge that serves as a corridor for students who attend nearby Carroll Jr. and Carroll...

 

Fire Tragedy Foiled by Gas Leak

Disclaimer: All persons are innocent until proven guilty. A West Monroe man was arrested recently after allegedly trying to set fire to a residence. Yes, incidences like this happen now and then, but the appalling thing about this particular incident...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    August 4, 2022

City Council Vote Displeasure

The flames of disappointed, if not angry, community members, especially those living on the southside of Monroe, must continue to burn in the wake of a 3-2 vote allowing the development of a controversial city project to move forward. The Walnut St....

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    August 4, 2022

Peach St. Shooting

Another shooting into a group of people occurred once again in Monroe on Peach Street. The shooting which occurred Saturday morning after 1 AM happened in the 2000 block of Peach Street outside of an apartment building. This particular shooting...

 

Keeping It in The Family

Cedric Wilson says that he has a love for putting food on a barbecue grill that is like non other. Wilson said that he got hooked on the craft when he was in the third grade. He said that he got his passion to barbecue from his dad, Virgil and it has...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    July 27, 2022

Walnut St. Project's Double Standard

An economic development project spearheaded by former Monroe city councilman, Mike Echols, came under fierce opposition from community leaders during the Monroe City Council Tuesday, July 26, 2022. In the most recent meeting, council members...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    July 27, 2022

Woman Gun... Love is Never Easy

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. In a situation where one could ask what could go wrong, all of the elements of something could go wrong. An unidentified local man...

 

Jan. 6 Hearings, First Round

One can see why Republicans in Congress don’t like investigative hearings about Republican misconduct when they are not in charge of Congress, as evident of them largely being silent as the opening rounds of the Jan. 6 insurrection is over. They...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    July 21, 2022

Shootings Perilous Times

Disclaimer: A person is innocent until proven guilty. Two individuals are wanted by police following a shooting that occurred in the 2200 block of Adams St. around 10:30 PM, Saturday, July 16, 2022. According to Monroe Police (MPD), a group of...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    July 21, 2022

Fired... Doing Their Job

A local woman is out of her job for reasons she said she couldn’t understand over circumstances beyond her control. The individual stated that her job was out of town, she enjoyed her job, and she got along well with her co-workers. She worked in... Full story

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    July 14, 2022

Hot City Council Meeting Cancelled

The Monroe City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2022, was canceled by the Ellis administration. In an announcement released by city hall, a statement read that the meeting was canceled due to not having a quorum of council members att...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    July 14, 2022

Woman Killed, Suspect Arrested/Suicide Attempted

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. In an incident that is still very common in Louisiana, a local Ouachita Parish man has been arrested in connection with the murder...

 

Keeping Church and State Separate

As this nation inches closer to the 2022 midterm elections, it will be a battle over which party will take control of Congress; one that will make sure that President Joe Biden will be a lame duck with two broken legs or a party that will do what it...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    July 7, 2022

Walnut St. Project/SEDD Disparity

There was much discussion at the last Monroe city council meeting held Tuesday, June 28, 2022, when an ordinance authorizing a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the city of Monroe and developers of the Walnut St. Special District that would...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    July 7, 2022

Guilty Plea Timothy Williams' Police Excessive Force

A former Monroe Police Department (MPD) officer with a controversial past regarding banned substances pleaded guilty in a case where a local man was kicked in the face, resulting in a lawsuit against...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    July 7, 2022

Green Oaks' Big Goals

There is a new sheriff in town, quite literally at Green Oaks Detention Center in Monroe, LA, as Jason Pleasant begins his second year as director at the facility for troubled young people. Pleasant...

 

Moving Forward After Independence Day Carnage

On a day when America celebrates its independence with parades, backyard barbecue events, and fireworks, this fourth of July celebration will be remembered for the carnage at such a celebration in a Chicago area suburb. An individual that law...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    June 30, 2022

Northside Shooting

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A shooting in North Monroe on Friday, June 24, 2022 had an unfortunate and tragic end. According to police reports, an argument...

 

Battle Not Over

The Supreme Court has spoken. Only it didn’t happen last (June 24, 2022), Friday. It spoke over a month ago when the infamous leaked drafted of its upcoming decision on abortion. On Friday, the Court did not disappoint. Certainly not those who...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    June 23, 2022

City's $7M Baby

A resolution for the city of Monroe to provide matching funds in the amount of $7,426,609 for the Texas Standifer Sewer Trunkline was a major discussion during the Tuesday, June 14, 2022, Monroe City...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    June 23, 2022

Richwood Budget Troubles

Another battle over the town of Richwood's new fiscal year budget appears headed for another showdown between Mayor Gerald Brown and some on the town's alderperson board. The town had gone through a...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    June 16, 2022

Town and Country Shooting

No community or neighborhood is immune from shootings and shots being fired. Ouachita Parish law enforcement officials said that what was thought to have been gun fire, has been confirmed to be a...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    June 16, 2022

Shooting Suspects Nabbed

Last year in June of 2021, a shooting happened in south Monroe in the area of Sandifer Avenue and Vine Street where two individuals were shot. When Monroe police arrived at the scene, they found that...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    June 16, 2022

DOJ Greene Investigation Overdue

The Department of Justice is about to undertake its so-called “pattern of practice” into the Louisiana State Police, the state’s premiere law enforcement agency. The investigation will center around people who have alleged that LSP has engaged...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    June 9, 2022

City Raises Questioned

When Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis announced that city employees that belonged to the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union could soon see increases in their wages, it got people talking. The city then engaged the services...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    June 9, 2022

Gun, Gas, Temper Flares

A Ouachita man who allegedly has a criminal past found out the hard way that some things just don't mix. Deputies say that Ladalle G. Norwood, 29, was inside a residence in east Ouachita Parish when...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    June 9, 2022

Carroll 's Future Of Debate

Another school year has ended in Monroe, LA, and young people, known as high schoolers, are now ready to embark on another exciting chapter of their lives. Some are ready to start that chapter at the...

 

Abortion Bill Up To Supreme Court

Louisiana State Senator Katrina Jackson may have cemented her an opportunity to become Louisiana’s first Black female governor, if she decides to run, thanks to her Republican colleagues in the House and Senate passing her highly controversial...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    June 2, 2022

Swanson Proposed Facility

If things go the way of the Louisiana House and Senate, The Swanson youth Center in Monroe will be the only facility in the state to house the highest risk juvenile offenders. A bill sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice(OJJ) and Louisiana Stat...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    June 2, 2022

Rape Crime Against Nature

Louisiana is ranked at the top of the list of states' rankings in domestic abuse. It has been a problem for decades despite numerous steps taken to reduced the number of incidences. The victims are ov...

 

The Right to Vote

As we steadily transition from one generation to another, it seems that a little more is lost on the present generation when it comes to the past. We, as Black Americans, should hold on to as much of our past as we can, because God wants us to know...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 26, 2022

School Board Rejects Carroll Secure Area

In an effort to beautify portions of Carroll High School, a proposal on the Monroe City School Board agenda was requested to move air conditioner chillers located in between two buildings of the schoo...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 26, 2022

SEDD Economic Plan Passes 25 Years Later

As expected, emotions were flying high at Tuesday night's May 24, 2022 Monroe City Council meeting. On the council's agenda was a resolution by the Southside Economic Development District(SEDD) to...

 

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