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 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 12, 2022 

Shoplifting Chase Two Dead

A five-week-old baby and adult are dead after they were killed in an automobile chase following an alleged theft from a local Walmart. The incident happened Monday, May 9, 2022 around 6:30 PM,...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 5, 2022

Dissatisfied Southside Residents

The honeymoon for Monroe mayor Friday Ellis is over, as the realities of life as a city mayor have long settled. The mayor promised “big things” for Monroe, as he said that it was time for Monroe to stop being a “Tale of Two Cities”. Now...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 5, 2022

Alleged Gang Members Arrested

Monroe Police Officers arrested suspected members of the DeuceFive gang, allegedly operating in Monroe, after a high-speed chase from police officers. Acting on information officers said that they...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    May 5, 2022

Greene Coverup Death

In just under a week, the family of Ronald Greene will have to face a grim reminder that justice for their loved one has not been met despite the mounting evidence points to an alleged coverup by law enforcement officials. If there was ever a reason...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 28, 2022

Have Gun, Will Travel

If you don’t succeed the first time, try again, is an old saying that we have heard many times before and, more than likely, have received as unsolicited advice. It makes sense in the fact that sometimes one has to do something more than once just...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 28, 2022

Hammer Hits Frightening

It takes two to tango. That is what is usually involved in a relationship. A relationship often starts very amicably, with both partners “dancing” in perfect harmony. Even if there is a bad step...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 28, 2022

City Hall News

City employees of Union no. 2388 affiliated with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees won a victory Tuesday night(April 12), when the members of the Monroe city council approved a contract passed by union membership. On a...

 

Pence: "Not Taking That Ride"

I can’t wait for the movie to come out. Political movies like “All of the President’s Men”, where the nation learns just how Watergate played out and what led to Richard Nixon’s resignation, showed us the corrupt nature of American politics...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 27, 2022

Have Gun, Will Travel

If you don’t succeed the first time, try again, is an old saying that we have heard many times before and, more than likely, have received as unsolicited advice. It makes sense in the fact that sometimes one has to do something more than once just...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 21, 2022

Tanglewood Shooting

Another shooting in the area has claimed the life of another one of our young men. This shooting occurred on April 14, 2022. The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a 17-year-old boy was killed in a shooting in the Tanglewood...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 21, 2022

Southside Problems

Residents who live on Monroe's southside are looking to city and law enforcement officials to help them cope with many residents who say a bigger police presence is needed in their neighborhoods....

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 21, 2022

LSP Image Green Case Tarnished

By now, as more details emerge from the case surrounding the death of local resident Ronald Greene, it is becoming painfully clear that the Louisiana State Police Law Enforcement Agency, now has a serious image problem. And it didn’t have to this...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 14, 2022

Shooting Crimes

Apartment Shooting, Two Injured - We all look forward to a peaceful, restful night of sleep, especially when we've had a rough day. The last thing we want to hear is gunshots. For one local couple,...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 14, 2022

Last of His Kind

Melvin White has a distinction that few, if any in the Monroe area can match. Mr. White believes that he is the oldest barber living and still cutting hair in the area. While listening to White...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 7, 2022

Mayor's Crime Blame Game

A local group of community leaders issued a stern response to a recent news conference held by Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis, along with Police Chief Victor "Vic" Zordan, where the highlight of the confer...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 7, 2022

Sporadic Shootings

Club Shooting, Two Dead - Sporadic shootings within the Monroe community continue, as weekend shootings occurred that left one individual dead. According to police reports, an overnight shooting...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    April 7, 2022

Water Bill Pay Stress

There are some, maybe many more southside residents who are experiencing difficulty having to pay their water bills by the end of each month. That is because, according to several residents, many who are on fixed incomes, having to make the...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 31, 2022

Monroe Crime, Gunfire Escalates

Violent acts continue in the Monroe area, as the Monroe Police Department (MPD) reports that a police car unit was struck with gunfire around 2:00 AM, Sunday, March 27, 2022. Police say that a...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 31, 2022

Don't Say "Gay" At School

It appears that one of Louisiana’s state lawmakers is looking for a problem that, for some, does not exist. State Rep. Dodie Horton(R) of Shreveport has introduced a bill that, if passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards,...

 

West Monroe's First Black Alderman, Rayville's Alderwoman

History was made in the city of West Monroe on March 26, 2022. On that Saturday, the first Black to hold representation on its city council as Alderman was elected by a majority vote. Local West...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 24, 2022

Witness Saves Kidnapping Victims

There are those who do not want to take "no" for an answer, which is why those individuals will oftentimes use intimidation and even force to achieve their objective. People who exert their will...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 24, 2022

Top Cop Back

There were hugs and smiles galore Thursday, March 17, 2022, as the Monroe Fire and Police Civil Board voted to have former interim police Chief Reggie Brown reinstated back on the Monroe Police...

 

Ukraine: Calm Before Storm

While America and the rest of the world go about their affairs, one should not forget that there is a devastating war going on in the nation of Ukraine. It’s been almost a month since Russia attacked the nation, as President Putin tried to rein in...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 17, 2022

Gone Too Soon

Hearts are saddened at the expected death of Yolanda Mitchell. She was born July 31, 1969 to the late Betty Windsor and was a Ouachita Parish High School Graduate. Her family is Marques,...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 17, 2022

Shooting Through Motel Window

The old saying, "look before you leap" are wise words that we all should not only consider before we are about to do something regrettable but also in times when we should reconsider. The...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 17, 2022

Woman Dragged By Police

Recently there was a heart-wrenching and disturbing sight of a Bastrop Police officer dragging a homeless woman to his cruiser that is causing outrage. The victim's family and community are speaking out on the unfair injustice. 58-year-old Patrice D....

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 17, 2022

LSP Tough Questions Answers Elusive

The former head of the Louisiana State Troopers Agency testified before the recently convened special House committee that is taking a further look into the details surrounding the death of Ronald Greene. Former LSP Supt. Kevin Reeves, who was head...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 10, 2022

Violent Weekend Shootings

This weekend March 4-6, 2022, was very violent, with many shootings happening in and near Monroe, LA. There seems to be no end in sight, and many are trying to process why so much gun violence is happ...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 10, 2022

City Workers Complaints

A vocal group of Monroe city workers tell the Monroe Dispatch that Mayor Friday Ellis appears to have reneged on a promise to do something about temporary employees at city hall. Sources share with the Monroe Dispatch that Ellis allegedly made an ann...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 3, 2022

Body Found, Answers Sought

A Monroe family is in mourning, as the body of their loved one was discovered behind a local motel Monday morning, February 28, 2022. Monroe Police say the body of 53-year-old Warren Douglas Swan was...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 3, 2022

First TransitTime's Over

Sources tell the Monroe Dispatch that many Monroe citizens who utilize Monroe Transit to go from point A to point B are not that thrilled about the service. It is not so much about the city providing...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    March 3, 2022

Jackson-Briles Grambling Controversy

Former NFL head coach Hue Jackson and current Grambling State University (GSU) football coach has come under intense criticism for his controversial decision to hire Art Briles as a coach on the Tigers football team. Jackson had only hired Briles...

 

SEDD's Suspect Performance

Former Southside Economic Development District (SEDD) member Charles Theus is once again back in his old position as Executive Director of the organization after board members voted to rehire him. Theus was fired back in September 2021 for alleged ...

 

Fight Mars Kids' Fun

In what should have been one of the most exciting times in a young child's life, a fight occurred in their presence and is perhaps a scene that will linger with them years from now. A Monroe City Academy League (MCAL) sponsored championship...

 

Walls Closing On Trump

Donald Trump may try to sound confident when he speaks in public or writes on his new social media site, but anyone who has been watching the former president, knows that his bark is worse than his bite. It is worse for his enemies and good for his s...

 

Frustrating Headstones Wait

Sabrina Johnson says that she is having a very difficult time with a local business trying to get 2 headstones delivered to a local cemetery. Johnson said that she has waited long enough and that she...

 

Kids Threatened with Gun

It was some thinking on the part of five juveniles and the actions that they took that led to the arrest of an individual who police say threatened the kids. On Sat. Feb. 5, five kids were in a park...

 

School's Discipline Questioned

A concerned Ouachita Parish resident said that he has concerns about one school in particular: Richwood High School. The individual shared that he is a 1993 graduate of Richwood and is seeing a trend that has gone on at the school for a few years....

 

Legitimate Political Discourse Wrong Message

The Republican Party is digging an even bigger hole for itself by totally ignoring what happened Jan. 6, 2021. Republicans in Congress have given up any pretense of “caring” about the nation, when the RNC(governing body of Republican Party), took...

 

Couples' Violent Spat

Domestic abuse continues to be a recurring problem that happens more often than one may think, as some couples decide to live together instead of being on their own. When that happens, no one...

 

"Shack" Presented NFC Championship Trophy

The Los Angeles Rams are headed to the Super Bowl to face the Cincinnati Bengals, who experts said, was one team that wasn't expected to play in the big game; but experts, what do they know? Both...

 

Black Man Ok, Black Woman Not

When Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, there was no dissent amongst Republicans, male or female. They all sang the same tune that Barrett was “well qualified” to sit on the bench because she lined up with their judici...

 

Social Media Post's Missed Opportunity

All of the dust over a video that went viral of a West Monroe High School student allegedly using racial slurs will take a little longer to settle. The video went viral about a week ago after threats...

 

Black Representation Suit

It may have taken a federal lawsuit to get it done, but it appears that Monroe's sister city, West Monroe, may have its first Black representative on the board of aldermen. The Department of Justice...

 

Voting Rights Stand

Former State Senator Charles Jones spoke to the Monroe Dispatch recently, giving his views on where things stand in Congress concerning voting rights in America. Sen. Jones was very passionate in his...

 

Police Reform: DOA

President Joe Biden is poised to release his plan to use his executive power to institute changes in police reform, something that is always on the “to do” list for a divided nation, but is not high on that list for law enforcement. Law...

 

More Grief to Bare

The news that the headstone of a local family's loved one was removed without their knowledge has brought heartache and pain to them after closure had finally been reached. Now, the alleged actions of...

 

LA State Police Controversy

The ghost of Ronald Greene continues to hover over the Louisiana State Troopers law enforcement agency (LSP)as news of a high-ranking official announced his intentions to retire from the agency. In...

 

LA Judge's Racist Language

A Louisiana judge is in hot water for using racist language following the arrest of a Black man who was charged with an attempted burglary charge at the judge’s residence. Lafayette City Court Judge Michelle Odinet was among others in her home...

 

Police Jury Million $$$ Commitment Questioned

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury may have rubbed some people the wrong way when members of the Jury voted unanimously to support a West Monroe venture to the tune of $1 million. West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell spoke at the Police Jury meeting...

 

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