|Posted on 6/20/2018 12:18:00 PM.|
A 59-year-old man walked out of prison as a free man for the first time in his adult life after serving over 40 years for a murder in Monroe. Gerald Manning was exonerated of his conviction in the 1977 death of Vonda Harris. His attorney, Kristin Wenstrom, says he accepted an opportunity to speed up the process of his freedom.
“He was offered an opportunity to take an Alford plea to lessen offenses. It would permit him to receive time served and walk out of prison.”
|Gerald Manning, Vonda Harris, Kristin Wenstrom, Monroe|
|Posted on 2/12/2018 3:00:00 AM.|
A Monroe man has designed a product called Streamleash to help you have better control of your dog. Ian Blaylock says as a runner, if his dog quickly ran in one direction, he would lose his balance and control of his pet. He says Streamleash allows the leash to extend, but the user is in control of the cord length.
"It seemed to me it would be more practical to have an automatic break inside the leash, so you would manage the cord length for your dog," Blayock said.
|Streamleash, Ian Blayock, leash, Monroe, Kickstarter|
|Posted on 2/8/2018 5:35:00 PM.|
Drax Biomass is relocating its headquarters from Atlanta to Monroe, in what Governor John Bel Edwards is hailing as another big win for Louisiana’s economy. Drax already operates two wood pellet manufacturing facilities and a shipping operation in the state. Monroe Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sue Nicholson says Drax already employs 150 workers in the state.
|Monroe, Drax Biomass, Sue Nicholson|
|Posted on 2/2/2018 10:59:00 AM.|
|Monroe based CenturyLink is opening a new outbound sales center bringing 150 jobs to the area. The center will be located on Forsythe Avenue. CenturyLink spokesperson Anne Marie Sartor says the center will focus on small businesses throughout the country in helping them with needs.|
"Small businesses are integral and a growing part of the U.S. economy, as much of their success is really contingent on the technology and the network solutions that can help them grow."
|CenturyLink, Level 3 Communications, Monroe|
|Posted on 1/16/2018 11:20:00 AM.|
The winter storm has had some pretty significant impacts on Ouachita Parish today. Glen Springfield with the Sheriff's Office says it's been snowing since just before daylight, with just a little accumulation. He says ice has caused the closure of I-20 interstate ramps and some overpasses. (Photo by Richard A. Winder Sr in Monroe, LA)
|Snow Day, Monroe, Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, Glen Springfield|
|Posted on 11/15/2017 3:41:00 AM.|
The newest numbers from the Cost of Living Index for the third quarter of this year rank Monroe and Shreveport in the top for the most affordable cities to live in the Bayou State. President of North Louisiana Economic Partnership Scott Martinez says the consumer’s dollar goes farther in these markets.
|Cost of Living, Monroe, Shreveport, NLEP, Scott Martinez|
|Posted on 11/1/2017 10:18:00 AM.|
The 24-billion-dollar acquisition of Level 3 Communications by Monroe based CenturyLink is now complete, expanding the largest public trading company in Louisiana to more than 350 metropolitan areas. CenturyLink spokesperson Ann Marie Sartor says the merger allows them to continue leading the telecommunications industry.
|CenturyLink, Level 3 Communications, Monroe, |
|Posted on 10/12/2017 3:32:00 PM.|
The Monroe children’s television star known as Mr. Wonder will have his day in court in February. Frank John Selas the Third, is facing child molestation charges from allegations that stem from a Rapides Parish camping trip in 1979. The now 77-year-old was arrested in 2016 in San Diego. Selas’ Attorney Mike Small wanted an earlier trial date than February 5th, but there were several extenuating circumstances.
"The judge had the rather difficult task of coordinating dates that were available to both me and my co-counsel from San Diego, the prosecutor and of course the court's prior commitments," Small said.
Small says Selas remains in good spirits despite his time in jail over the last 21 months.
"He's been incarcerated either in California or here since January of 2016. He gets very good treatment here. The sheriff is very lenient in allowing visitation", Small said.
Selas has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including the two counts of aggravated rape. Small is confident his client will be found not guilty, because the now 45-year-old accuser has a criminal history.
"The complainant was a former police officer. He has a prior federal felony conviction, a firearms conviction and his of course his credibility will be at issue", Small said.
A pretrial conference is scheduled for December 18.
|Frank Selas, Mr. Wonder, Monroe|
|Posted on 9/20/2017 6:06:00 PM.|
After a long wait, the car-sharing service, Uber, is finally available in Monroe, West Monroe and areas governed by Ouachita Parish. Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says his office has spent the last six months working on a contract with Uber and he knows the city is excited it’s finally official.
|Uber, Jamie Mayo, Monroe|
|Posted on 8/2/2017 10:59:00 AM.|
The only homeless shelter in the Monroe area will close its doors later this month. On August 26, the Salvation Army will discontinue its overnight shelter services. Spokesperson Jon Kalahar says the shelter serves an average of 30 people each night.
|Jon Kalahar, Salvation Army, homeless shelter, Monroe|
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