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 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    February 1, 2024 

Woman Stabbed

Disclaimer: All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A suspect in a stabbing incident, Keith Franklin, a man from Port Allen, LA, faces numerous charges for his alleged criminal...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    February 1, 2024 

Shooting Suspect Apprehended

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A local man, who had been wanted by law enforcement authorities, was apprehended during a recent traffic stop. On January 29, 2024,...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    February 1, 2024 

Carroll Homecoming Shooting Charges Upgraded

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Monroe Police have upgraded the charges against two individuals identified as prime suspects in the death of a 14-year-old on October 21, 2023. The individuals, Joshua L. Smiley and...

 
 By Eddie D. Gillis    News    February 1, 2024 

Career-Ending Injustice, Part 2

Prior to, Lorethie "Loe" Dunn's job loss, she devoted 34 years to the vocational and technical institution/community system, giving her more tenure than any other employee in the history of the...

 

Too Soon to Talk V-P Pick?

We can be sure that in the race to pick the next president, if it is between President Joe Biden and ex-president Donald Trump, one thing is certain. The nation will have an old man in the White House who will have to contend with an even more...

 

Gunpoint Robbery

In this modern era, individuals must be mindful of their surroundings. Unexpected situations can arise even in places where one wouldn't anticipate them, emphasizing the need for a consistently alert mindset. While some people may follow the same...

 

Police Altercation Officer Hit

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A search warrant for an individual wanted by Monroe Police (MPD) developed into an altercation where three people were arrested....

 

LA's Second Majority-Minority District

Acquiring it posed challenges. Sustaining it may prove even more challenging. The quest for establishing a second majority-Black voting district in Louisiana has finally succeeded, but not without difficulties. The U.S. Supreme Court played a...

 

Career Ending Injustice

Lorethie "Loe" Dunn had a remarkable career, standing unrivaled in her field. In an era where not everyone opts for a traditional four-year college education, Loe Dunn distinguished herself by...

 

Amazon: Big Economic Jolt

There are many people eagerly awaiting the construction of the massive Amazon facility slated to be built in Monroe, LA, which should provide an economic boost and offer more jobs in the area. City officials made the announcement of Amazon’s...

 

One Down, One Left

When Donald Trump won the Iowa Caucuses last week, that wasn’t news. When he won almost all of the counties in the state, that wasn’t news. When MSNBC and CNN refused to air Trump’s victory speech soon after the votes were still being counted,...

 

Woman Accused Of Hiding Gun

Officers of the Monroe Police Department (MPD) recently detained a local woman for allegedly providing a handgun to an individual involved in an altercation. The woman stated that she was in the parking area of Henrietta Johnson Community Center on D...

 

Attempted Murder Charges

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. An Ouachita Parish woman is behind bars after being arrested on a charge of Attempted Second-Degree Murder. Monroe Police began...

 

Delta Community College's Troubling Issues

Delta Community College has undergone several transitions over the last decade, with numerous turnovers in administrations that could be concerning to the community. Despite its growth, there seems to be a toxic atmosphere surrounding the school, acc...

 

All About Impeachment

Republicans in Congress are doing all that they can to bring Donald Trump an early Christmas present. Well, maybe an extra present to go in his Christmas stockings. If Trump should happen to win back the presidency, there will be no stopping him...

 

JustUs Long Road

We are told that one of the institutions upon which this nation was built is that all men are created equal with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Among these rights is the right to be judged by our...

 

No Lessons Learned from Jan. 6, 2021

Last Saturday Jan. 6, 2024 was the third anniversary of an historic assault on the nation’s capital by supporters of ex-president Donald Trump who tried to overthrow a presidential election. Not to long ago, this reporter wrote an article asking re...

 

Basketball Game Altercation

Melvin Slack asserts that he is a "proud, always super supporter of Carroll High School and always will be." The 1988 graduate, known as "Mr. Carroll," passionately backs the school's athletic program and was present at last Thursday's game against...

 

Gun Assault

Disclaimer: All persons are innocent until proven guilty. On December 15, 2023, Ouachita Parish Sheriff Deputies responded to a battery complaint in the Brownsville-Bawcomville neighborhood of West...

 

Police Shooting

A man wanted by Union Parish law enforcement authorities was shot and killed by Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies. According to reports on December 10, 2023, the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Ouachita Parish...

 

One Vote Win... Re-Vote?

When there is a race between two or more individuals, the person who comes in first is usually declared the winner. Suppose it is a 100-meter race, and there is a “photo-finish” result. In that case, various mechanisms, such as replay, are used...

 

Fatal House Fire

In a tragic incident early Monday morning, a house fire in the 200 block of Tennessee St. resulted in the death of a man. The Ouachita Parish Fire Department swiftly responded to the emergency call...

 

City Schools' Superintendent's Contract "Failures"

The initial stages of the investigation into former Monroe City Schools Superintendent Vidrine's alleged employee misconduct prompted the school board to have him retire. Now, Workplace South Chief Investigator Brian Blackwell states that there was...

 

Incarceration Illness Devastates Family

A local mother received a phone call that all parents dread. Debra Price-Ervin recounted that on November 6, 2023, she received a call from Ochsner-LSU Medical Center informing her that her son,...

 

Break-In Shooting

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A local man is in custody, allegedly due to his shoe print. According to the Monroe Police Department (MPD), officers responded to a...

 

Owl St. Shooting Victim Survives

There is good news on the home front. A local woman who was reportedly shot and killed on Owl Street on Sunday, December 3, 2023 did not die. An initial news report stated that the still unidentified woman was shot and taken to a local hospital, wher...

 

Speaker Johnson in the Thick of It

At the current trajectory of his political career, House Speaker Mike Johnson is on a pace not to be known as a great leader in the House. The last three Republican House Speakers will not be mentioned in the same breath as Tip O’Neill when one...

 

Northside Apartment Shooting.

A local man was the victim of a shooting on Monday, November 27, 2023, at the Shadow Hawk Apartments complex in North Monroe, LA. Monroe Police responded to a report of the shooting at the apartment complex located on N. 23rd and Cameron Streets. An...

 

City Government Trust/Transparency

All citizens have the right to petition their elected officials on matters that affect their community, especially when it comes to spending money. One of the first things that citizens want to feel...

 

Political Manna From Heaven

There are some things, that no matter how long an individual lives, that person will remember that particular instance for the rest of their lives. It takes on a different( and maybe special) if that instance happens when that individual is very...

 

Shooting Suspect Captured

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A suspect wanted in an October shooting on Wendall Dr. in Monroe, LA has been arrested. The Monroe Police Department (MPD) recently...

 

Chase, Shots Fired

Officers of the Monroe Police Dept. arrested a suspect who was alleged to have been involved in an automobile chase where shots were fired during the encounter. Officers would arrest a suspect identified as 36-year-old Isaac C. Bradley as the driver...

 

City School Board Deficiencies & Failures

It wasn’t for the faint of heart. It was words that needed to be said and heard in hopes that mistakes made by a school board or any school board in America would not happen again. But at a school board meeting on November 14, 2023, Monroe City Sch...

 

Lawyer's Questionable Standards

One may think of lawyers in general during times when we might need one. They are essential to ensuring our rights are protected when one has to go through civil or criminal cases. Lawyers, like judges, are held to the highest standards to ensure...

 

Honeymoon Over for Johnson

In an earlier article, this reporter wrote that new House Speaker Mike Johnson, over time, may lament wanting his new position as speaker. In that article, this reporter paraphrased what Star Trek icon Mr. Spock in an episode, said about wanting...

 

Schools Improve Southside Schools Desperate Needs

Allocate tax money where it's needed most, especially as southside schools grapple with innovative techniques and a one-size-fits-all mentality. The Monroe City School system acknowledges the greater needs of its low socioeconomic schools but falls...

 

Police shooting Victim Identified

Details from a deadly confrontation between Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and an Ouachita Parish man were recently released. As the Monroe Dispatch went to press last week, it received reports of a deadly shooting by deputies of a...

 

Trump's Words of Destruction

Say what you will about Donald Trump, he is willing to push the envelope as far as possible just to see how far he can get things to go his way. If one wants to see what “privilege” is all about, see Trump’s picture next to the word. A prime...

 

Superintendent's Retirement: What's Next?

By the time these words will be read, Dr. Brent Vidrine should be retired as head of the Monroe City School District after being at the post for ten years. People will remember him in their own way, but he certainly will be remembered as someone who...

 

Better Lighting, Crime Prevention?

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The arrest of the two suspects who have been charged in the shooting death of a 14-year-old hours after Carroll's 2023 homecoming...

 

Louisiana: Deadly For Pedestrians

Louisiana is known as “The Sportsman’s Paradise" state for its hunting and fishing areas and also if you want to do some alligator hunting. If you are really a “tough guy” you can try a little alligator wrestling. Just kidding. But...

 

Don't Let the Suit Fool You

Louisiana is going to be in the news a lot over the next 12 months. Jeff Landry will step into the governor’s mansion next year taking the state into God knows where. In Washington during what will be a historic election year if Donald Trump...

 

Incarceration Illness Devastates Family

A local mother received a phone call that all parents dread. Debra Price-Ervin recounted that on November 6, 2023, she received a call from Ochsner-LSU Medical Center informing her that her son,...

 

Break-In Shooting

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A local man is in custody, allegedly due to his shoe print. According to the Monroe Police Department (MPD), officers responded to a...

 

Superintendent's Puzzling Retirement

No one knew how it might end. For weeks, there has been a cloud hanging over the Monroe City School Board as it grappled with how to handle what was called a "misconduct" allegation against Superinten...

 

Pence Drops Out

Former vice-president Mike Pence recently announced that he has dropped out of the 2024 presidential race. The announcement by the former vice president appears to have caught some veteran campaign watchers by surprise, as the former candidate was...

 

Shooting, Carroll Keep Separate

Mayor Friday Ellis, along with Monroe Police Chief Victor Zordan, released a statement concerning a shooting that occurred around 10:00 PM, Saturday, October 21, 2023, on Renwick St. in Monroe, hours...

 

School Board Suspends Superintendent

There were probably some concerned citizens whose children attend Monroe City School wondering when the day would come when the Monroe City School Board would take some form of action against Superintendent Brent Vidrine. The embattled...

 

New Speaker: Johnson

The wait is over. After three weeks of chaos, name-calling, and backstabbing, the House of Representatives elected Louisiana congressman Mike Johnson to be the next House speaker. Now comes the hard work of governing. It will not be easy. The big que...

 

Deplorable Conditions...Court Win

A local family is celebrating and giving God thanks for a favorable court ruling for a family member. A young woman who stayed at Richwood Cottages Apartments in the town of Richwood reached out to...

 

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