Home - FOX29 Lake Charles

WATCH AGAIN: Mardi Gras Childrens' Parade Video included

Updated:

Mardi Gras festivities continue in Southwest Louisiana today with the Children's Parade. The parade rolls at 3:30 p.m. KPLC and FOX29 are live streaming the parade. Mobile users, click HERE to watch live. Click HERE for KPLC and FOX29 viewers' Mardi Gras photos. Submit your photos to newmedia@kplctv.com. For a list of Mardi Gras events in Southwest Louisiana, click HERE. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

More>>

BREAKING

Crash at intersection of 12th Street and First Avenue leaves one dead

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

A Lake Charles man is dead following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of 12th Street and First Avenue Saturday evening, authorities said. Andrew Avergonzado Jr, 40, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, said Sgt. Jeff Keenum, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. Avergonzado was driving a 1995 maroon Honda Accord west on 12th Street when he crossed over into oncoming traffic, Keenum said. Avergaonzado's Accord struck a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling east on ... More>>

WATCH IT AGAIN: The dogs put their best paw forward in the Krewe of Barkus Parade Video included

Source: Jillian Corder/KPLC Source: Jillian Corder/KPLC
Updated:

The Krewe of Barkus Parade is about to begin.

More>>

BREAKING

LCPD: Death of 16-year-old shot, killed on Rena Street result of 'horseplay' with guns

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

A 16-year-old boy's death in the 1700 block of Rena Street Thursday was the result of he and another 16-year-old boy's "horseplaying" with two loaded guns, authorities with the Lake Charles Police Department said. Christopher Wright was pronounced dead at the scene. The other 16-year-old involved in Wright's death was arrested Friday, said Sgt. Jeff Keenum, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. Following the shooting, the juvenile suspect fled the scene, Kee... More>>

BREAKING

Mulch fire in front of DA's office causes delay of Krewe of Omega parade

Source: Maranda Source: Maranda
Updated:

A fire has put the Omega parade at a standstill. The fire started in front of the district attorney's office downtown. Firefighters are working to put the fire out. There is no word on how the fire started and there are no injuries. 

More>>

Former Mayor of Merryville dies at 69

Updated:

The former mayor of Merryville, Charles Hudson, passed away at the age of 69 Thursday night.  Mayor Hudson was known to watch all of the Merryville High School basketball games and was able to make it to one last game before he passed Thursday night. He's remembered by family and friends as someone who loved his community.  "His love for this community was special, he'd do anything for anybody in this community, he loved this community, and everybody's going to ...

More>>

Merryville Mayor, Police Chief, at odds over spiked road strips Video included

Updated:

Its gridlock in the town of Merryville. The town's mayor and Police Chief are at odds over spiked road strips. Those are the devices police used to stop suspects in a high speed chase. Last week the Merryville town council granted permission for the police department to purchase the spike Strips, but now Monday's special meeting will reconsider the purchase.  Merryville Police chief Robert Thompson says he's outraged that another meeting has been called regarding the spike str...

More>>

Mold discovered in Sulphur's Central Fire Station Video included

(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC) (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
Updated:

Taxpayers in Sulphur may soon be reaching into their pockets to either repair or replace one of their local fire stations - all because of mold. 

More>>

Merchants' Parade kicks off Mardi Gras in Lake Charles Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

The annual Merchants' Parade rolled through Lake Charles Friday night, attracting huge crowds downtown.

More>>

Congressman Higgins tours I-10 bridge with DOTD engineers Video included

Updated:

Congressman Clay Higgins, R-Louisiana, got an up close look at the Interstate 10 bridge in Lake Charles. The freshman representative met with a team of Department of Transportation and Development engineers to discuss the safety of the 65 year old bridge. Last week, Rep. Higgins drew parallels between the SWLA bridge and the Oroville Dam disaster in California. He's hoping the bridge doesn't pose a similar public safety threat. Higgins and engineers toured the bridge Friday. DOTD o...

More>>

Fort Polk soldiers complete 'Zero Day' obstacle course Video included

Soldiers test their fear of heights. (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC) Soldiers test their fear of heights. (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
Updated:

Close to 150 soldiers at Fort Polk took part in the "Zero Day" obstacle course for the Army accredited Air Assault course hosted by the Light Fighters School.  The day consisted of testing the soldiers' physical abilities and skills in order to complete a 10-day course.  Sergeant first class Shane Hankey said the "Zero Day" event is important to ensure those who pass can complete the physically rigorous 10-day course.  "[It] gives us an ...

More>>

SLIDESHOW: Your Mardi Gras photos

(Source: Lake Charles CVB) (Source: Lake Charles CVB)
Updated:

Mardi Gras season has arrived. We want your Mardi Gras photos. Send them to newmedia@kplctv.com and we'll add them to our slideshow. For a list of Mardi Gras events around Southwest Louisiana, click HERE. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

More>>

I-10 & U.S. 171 Interchange renamed for Master Trooper Stephen Gray Video included

Updated:

The I-10 and U.S. 171 Interchange has been named in honor of a state trooper who died more than 20 years ago.

More>>

NEW DETAILS: State police releases names of those involved in Gulf Highway crash

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

A Texas man died early Friday morning when the vehicle he was in hit a utility pole at the intersection of Gulf Highway and Friesen Road in Lake Charles.

More>>

Breaking

NEW DETAILS: Two inmates injured in stabbing at Allen Correctional Center Video included

(Source: Department of Corrections) (Source: Department of Corrections)
Updated:

Two inmates of Allen Correctional Center in Kinder have been injured in a stabbing Wednesday morning, according to the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office. Chief Deputy Ricky Johnson says one inmate suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Rapides General. Another prisoner sustained non-life threatening injuries. Copyright 2017 KPLC.  All rights reserved.

More>>

BREAKING

16-year-old boy shot to death in 1700 block of Rena Street Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

A 16-year-old was shot and killed in the 1700 block of Rena Street Thursday, authorities said. The Lake Charles Police Department responded to a call at 1729 Rena Street, where they found that 16-year-old Christopher Wright had been shot, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. Kraus said the investigation is ongoing. He asked anyone with information concerning Wright's death to contact Sgt. Colby Thompson or Det. Corp. Matthew Brunet at (33...

More>>

SPECIAL REPORT: What do you do when you hear a siren? Video included

(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC) (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
Updated:

Imagine it's the middle of the night - you're asleep in your bed - when a siren goes off. No doubt, your instinct tells you it's an emergency. 

More>>

SWLA state representatives reflect on special session Video included

(Source: WAFB) (Source: WAFB)
Updated:

With just a few hours left before their midnight deadline Wednesday, lawmakers approved a budget bill that borrows from the rainy day fund, shuffles money around, and slashes millions from state agencies. "A sign of a good compromise is where neither side is happy, and I think that's where we are right now," said Representative Stephen Dwight, "I don't think either side left being happy with how it ended." Dwight says leaving the chambers...

More>>

Police jury approves zoning change for RV Park near Delta Downs Video included

Updated:

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury held a special meeting Thursday regarding several items from Tuesday's planning and zoning board meeting.

More>>

Renovations coming to the Allen Parish Welcome Center Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

There's a plan to upgrade the Allen Parish Tourist Commission's Welcome Center. 

More>>

Behind the scenes: How one local restaurant serves up their crawfish Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

In the midst of crawfish season, let's take a look at how a local restaurant cooks them up.

More>>

BREAKING

South Lake Charles mobile home stand-off ends peacefully, suspect arrested Video included

Justin J. Fontenot (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center) Justin J. Fontenot (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
Updated:

A stand-off in south Lake Charles ended peacefully overnight, authorities said. 

More>>

Sheriff: Intruder shot by homeowner had previously burglarized home Video included

Updated:

A man who was shot by a homeowner Wednesday morning on Bennett Road had been stalking a resident in the home and had threatened the family, authorities said. Derrick Brown, 31, of Lake Charles, had also burglarized the home two days prior to being shot, Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said. Brown, a former acquaintance of one of the residents, was shot around 7 a.m. Wednesday as he attempted to enter the home, Mancuso said. The residents were awakened by Brown attempting to gain entr...

More>>

WATCH LIVE AT 2 p.m.: CPSO news conference regarding shooting of alleged intruder by homeowner

(Source: Raycom) (Source: Raycom)
Updated:

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23,  in reference to a homeowner allegedly shooting an intruder Wednesday morning. The suspect is currently being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at a local hospital. KPLC will live stream the event online. Mobile users, click HERE to watch the live stream feed. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

More>>

Is our warm winter bringing out the mosquitoes? Video included

Mosquitoes (Source: KPLC) Mosquitoes (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Winter is typically the time of year where we catch a break from mosquitoes, but this year seems to be the opposite.  

More>>

Lacassine High School's expansion brings out some unwanted visitors Video included

(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC) (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
Updated:

Parents of Lacassine High School students said the school's got a rodent problem. Several parents contacted KPLC on Wednesday about the issue.

More>>

Trial begins for man accused of forcing woman to perform sex acts at gunpoint Video included

Javonta Jermel Harrison. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department) Javonta Jermel Harrison. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
Updated:

The trial of a man accused of forcing woman to perform sex acts at gunpoint is under way. 

More>>

Iowa police continue search for missing teen, multiple sightings reported

Gavin Blake Beazer (Source: Iowa Police Department) Gavin Blake Beazer (Source: Iowa Police Department)
Updated:

Officials with the Iowa Police Department say they are continuing to search for 16-year-old Gavin B. Beazer. Beazer ran away from home on Friday, according to a news release from the Iowa Police Department. "There have been multiple reported sightings of Beazer in the LeBleu Settlement area over the past couple of days, but law enforcement has been unable to locate him," Sgt. E. Johnson Sr. said in a news release Wednesday. Beazer is described as 6-foot tall, 165 pounds w... More>>

City officials, businesses gearing up for Mardi Gras Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Mardi Gras On Tuesday, February 28, the City of Lake Charles will observe the .  Several events, including the Krewe of Krewes Parade, will be held in the City. The following is an overview of activities planned for the day: Sister City Street Party, Luna Bar and Grill (live music – 10 a.m.- after Krewe of Krewes Parade) Second Line...

More>>

Breaking

CPSO: Homeowner shoots alleged intruder Video included

(Source: Raycom) (Source: Raycom)
Updated:

A man is in the hospital after he was shot by a homeowner as he allegedly was attempting to enter her home. Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, a woman called 911 to tell authorities she had just shot an intruder, according to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso. Deputies found the suspect, Derrick Wayne Brown, 31, at the Gauthier Campus of Lake Charles Memorial with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. He's since been transported to another hospital for treatment. Sheriff Mancuso says Bro... More>>

SLIDESHOW: Sunrise, sunset in Southwest Louisiana Video included

(Source: KPLC viewer) (Source: KPLC viewer)
Updated:

There's no doubt about it, sunrise and sunset in Southwest Louisiana are beautiful. We often get viewer photos submitted to us of the beauty of our corner of the state and today we wanted to share of few of them with you. You can always submit your photo through our 7News mobile app or through email at newmedia@kplctv.com. Mobile users, click HERE to see the photos. Copyright 2016 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

'BodyPump' class is a great workout for all fitness types

BodyPump (Source: Kayla Courvell/KPLC) BodyPump (Source: Kayla Courvell/KPLC)
Updated:

It’s been called one of the fastest ways to get in shape, as it challenges every major muscle group in your body.

More>>

TEEN REPORT: Teen depression rates are on the rise Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

About one in five teens will experience depression before they become adults.

More>>

CDC map shows high levels of flu remain in Louisiana Video included

(Source: CDC) (Source: CDC)
Updated:

A map from the Center for Disease Control shows Louisiana as one of the states in which high levels of flu remain. Louisiana - as well as most of the Southeastern states - are experiencing the highest level of flu activity. To see the interactive map, click HERE. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

More>>

Westlake finances improve from 2014 Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

When Westlake Mayor Bob Hardey took office two years ago, the job came with a huge task - making sure Westlake didn't go bankrupt. 

More>>

College students use crowdfunding for tuition Video included

Updated:

College students are turning to the internet for tuition assistance. 

More>>

Homeless man finds kindness, compassion at sandwich shop Video included

Updated:

The perils of living life on the streets are many and varied - from braving bad weather to not having a decent meal. But one local homeless man found kindness and compassion at a sandwich shop.

More>>

Thirty-day ban for La. commercial crabbers in effect Video included

Gumbo crabs on display at Steamboat Bill's on Board Street in Lake Charles. Source: (Candy Rodriguez/KPLC) Gumbo crabs on display at Steamboat Bill's on Board Street in Lake Charles. Source: (Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
Updated:

For almost 30 years, JT's Seafood has been selling an array of seafood.

More>>

Suspect tries to swim away from authorities Video included

Updated:

This crime drama began Tuesday morning when a suspicious vehicle was reported at a gas station on La. 27 and Burton Shipyard Road.

More>>

Fire chief: 'Jaws of Life' only used as a last resort Video included

(Source: Kayla Courvell/KPLC) (Source: Kayla Courvell/KPLC)
Updated:

Some car crashes leave passengers unable to get out of their vehicles. Using the "Jaws of Life," firefighters can save lives, but the tool is only used as a last resort.

More>>

Opelousas man arrested for multiple vehicle burglary charges

Eddie Lee McClain (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office) Eddie Lee McClain (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)
Updated:

An Opelousas man has been arrested in connection with numerous vehicle burglaries in the Kinder area, authorities said.

More>>

Seemingly easy to spot counterfeit bills being circulated

(Source: Many Police Department) (Source: Many Police Department)
Updated:

Fake $100 bills have been circulating in two local cities. 

More>>

LC Outback not affected by recent announcement of closures

(Source: Wikipedia) (Source: Wikipedia)
Updated:

Lake Charles Outback Steakhouse Managing Partner, Rober Newmaster confirmed via phone that the Lake Charles location will not be affected by the recent announcement by its parent company Bloomin' Brands of Tampa to close 43 underperforming restaurants in it Q4 earning statement. According to a report by Marketwatch, Bloomin' Brands reported a loss of $4.28 million, down from the previous year's profit of $17.7 million in the fourth quarter. Bloomin' Brands of Tampa also ow...

More>>

Homeless man camping next to school playground Video included

Updated:

You usually think of homeless people taking refuge under bridges or in wooded areas - usually out of sight.

More>>

Hamilton's Beta team wins first place in state competition, going to nationals Video included

Updated:

An open house at Hamilton Christian Academy on Monday included five special students who demonstrated their Beta Build project.

More>>

Iowa police looking for teenager missing since last Friday

Gavin Blake Beazer (Source: Iowa Police Department) Gavin Blake Beazer (Source: Iowa Police Department)
Updated:

The Iowa Police Department is looking for a teenaged boy who has been missing since last Friday.

More>>

Afternoon storm blows over tree, power poles Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

A storm system passing through Southwest Louisiana on Monday meant for a wet and windy Monday afternoon

More>>

Vinton residents concerned over proposed RV park Video included

Updated:

The Vinton community has been buzzing with news of a possible RV park, but some residents have concerns about the area the police jury wants to rezone. 

More>>

McNeese students march for social awareness, forward thinking Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Dozens marched on Monday in McNeese State University's Quad for unity, social awareness and forward thinking.

More>>

Sulphur school honors veterans with flag dedication ceremony

Linda Garrison Foreman Linda Garrison Foreman
Updated:

Hope Christian School in Sulphur held a flag dedication ceremony Monday morning.

More>>

BREAKING

Iowa police announce two arrests in connection with Saturday's high-speed chase Video included

Updated:

Two men have been arrested on drug possession after a traffic stop turned into a high speed chase.

More>>

CPSO: Man flags down 18-wheeler, robs driver Video included

Ronald J. Perrault III (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center) Ronald J. Perrault III (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
Updated:

A Lake Charles man robbed an 18-wheeler after persuading him to pull over under the guise that there was a piece of metal hanging from the rear of his truck, authorities said. The incident happened on the I-10 westbound on-ramp at La. 397, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. The 18-wheeler had been parked at  Myers said Ronald J. Perrault III, 21, began flashing persuaded an 18-wheeler             On February 17 ...

More>>

BBBS: Research proves mentors make measurable differences for kids Video included

(Source:KPLC) (Source:KPLC)
Updated:

Organizers say kids who participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters are less likely to start using drugs and alcohol, or get into fights.

More>>

Moss Bluff mourning death of longtime Sam Houston coach, administrator Video included

(Source: Beth Domingue/Sam Houston High School) (Source: Beth Domingue/Sam Houston High School)
Updated:

The Moss Bluff community is in mourning after a beloved, longtime coach and administrator at Sam Houston High School passed away..

More>>

DeRidder company transfers ownership to employees Video included

Updated:

      O'Neal's Feeders Supply in DeRidder recently completed the sale of its family-owned corporation to the Employee Stock Ownership Plan - meaning its 30-plus employees will maintain local ownership of the business.

More>>

Woman accused of stealing $4.4 million cleared on one count of wire fraud, no decision on other three

Elizabeth "Missy" Istre (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Elizabeth "Missy" Istre (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Updated:

A jury in federal court cleared Elizabeth "Missy" Istre on one count of wire fraud, but could not come to a consensus on the other three counts. Istre was charged with four counts of wire fraud following accusations that she stole more than $4 million from the oil company at which she worked. Authorities claim Istre wrote 800 fraudulent checks from 2004 through 2014. Istre was found not guilty on one count of wire fraud, but a hung jury was declared on the other three cou...

More>>

Lake Area businesses participate in 'A Day Without Immigrants' Video included

The "open" sign at Rosita's Mexican Restaurant in Sulphur is off on Thursday for "A Day Without Immigrants" boycott. (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC) The "open" sign at Rosita's Mexican Restaurant in Sulphur is off on Thursday for "A Day Without Immigrants" boycott. (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
Updated:

"It's normally hopping; the parking lot is empty and it's normally full, so I figured lunch would be really fast," said Jacob Buchkovich, who stopped by Rosita's in Sulphur to eat.

More>>

Police jury conducting sewer checks Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is conducting sewer checks to make sure residential sewers are working properly.

More>>

Jennings woman searches for donor in her third organ transplant Video included

Updated:

Imagine undergoing two organ transplants, just to find out you need a third. That's a reality for one Jennings woman.

More>>

Celebrating Black History: Pryce's Pharmacy Video included

(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC) (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
Updated:

Three generations ran Pryce's Pharmacy, Lake Charles' only black-owned pharmacy for over 100 years.

More>>

Third Circuit upholds police union endorsement of candidates Video included

Updated:

Lake Charles police are civil service employees and not allowed to participate in political activities.But the Third Circuit Court of Appeal agrees that the police union is allowed to endorse candidates - if certain rules are followed, such as voting by members. 

More>>

La. Office of Tourism launches 'Only in Louisiana' social media initiative Video included

(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC) (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
Updated:

From the sounds of the McNeese State Marching Band to the gridiron in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is always buzzing with excitement. With State budget cuts looming, the state is preparing to lose millions. The Louisiana Office of Tourism has a plan to combat that loss and they want you, residents of Louisiana, to sign up as ambassadors and share your unique experiences with social media. Take a picture, upload the image to social media with the hashtag, "Only in Louisiana." Lie...

More>>

Lake Charles woman celebrates 105th birthday Video included

(Source: Perris Jones/KPLC) (Source: Perris Jones/KPLC)
Updated:

A Lake Charles woman was celebrating a huge milestone at the Lake Charles Care Center Thursday, her 105th birthday. 

More>>

Chennault gains access to 25 acres for wildlife control Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has granted Chennault International Airport access to a piece of land close to the runway in order to deal with nuisance wildlife.  

More>>

WATCH LIVE at 2:30 p.m.: LCPD holds news conference about obscenity arrest

(Source: Lake Charles Police Department) (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
Updated:

The Lake Charles Police Department arrested a person on multiple counts of indecent exposure and obscenity charges Thursday. Chief Don Dixon will hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the arrest.

More>>

BREAKING

One arrested following high-speed chase on 7th Street

(Source: Lake Charles Police Department) (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
Updated:

One person has been arrested following a high-speed chase on 7th Street, said Lt. Richard Harrell, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. A witness told KPLC that Lake Charles police officers were chasing a pickup truck. KPLC will provide more information as it becomes available. Copyright 2016 KPLC. All rights reserved.

More>>

Autism therapy cuts could impact Louisiana children, providers Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Healthcare is one of many areas that could face cuts during the current special session.

More>>

SPECIAL REPORT: Defining La. law enforcement roles Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Law enforcement officers have the duty of ensuring the safety and security of the residents within the communities they serve. In Louisiana, there are several agencies that all come together to patrol and make where we live a safer place, but many may wonder "who does what?" 

More>>

City extends Sears property buyback option, hopes not to need it Video included

Updated:

It's been three-and-a-half years since the former Sears site in downtown Lake Charles was sold, although the property has sat vacant since 2008.

More>>

Trainers prepare for the 'ReALLIEty Challenge' Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

It's three-and a-half miles of mud, walls, logs and fun.

More>>

Waiting on Waitr: Delivery service experiences Valentine's Day overload Video included

(Source: Waitr app) (Source: Waitr app)
Updated:

Waitr released an apology to its customers on Tuesday in the wake of its Valentine's Day overload. The delivery service's representatives said they experienced an 1,100 percent increase in orders compared to last year.

More>>

FTC settles case with 'scam money runners' Video included

Updated:

It's a constant problem - consumers being tricked into wiring money to scammers. And the criminals usually get away with it.

More>>

BREAKING

Man sentenced to five years in negligent homicide shooting Video included

Michael Domingue (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Michael Domingue (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Updated:

A Moss Bluff man who shot another Moss Bluff man on Eastern Meadows Drive in February 2017 was sentenced Wednesday to the maximum of five years in prison. Michael Adam Domingue, 31, originally indicted for manslaughter, was found guilty in November of negligent homicide. Domingue shot and killed 32-year-old Donald Trahan Jr. during an argument. Authorities said the shooting happened after Trahan's girlfriend went to Domingue's house, complaining of being the victim of domestic viol...

More>>

Lotte Chemical shipments arrive from South Korea Video included

(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC) (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
Updated:

Last June, Lotte Chemical and Axiall broke ground on a $1.9 billion ethane cracker facility - next to Axiall's current Lake Charles manufacturing facility. 

More>>

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness: Addison's story Video included

Updated:

With all the heart-shaped decorations around, what better day than Valentine's Day to raise awareness about Congenital Heart Defect. 

More>>

breaking

Arrest made in stabbing death on Landfair Street, victim identified Video included

Updated:

The Lake Charles Police Department is working on a homicide on Landfair Street, authorities said. KPLC is working to gather more details. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

More>>

Oak Park Dental serves 200 customers during 'Free Dental Day' Video included

(Source: pablo) (Source: pablo)
Updated:

Residents started lining up Monday afternoon to take advantage of Oak Park Dental's "Free Dental Day" on Tuesday.

More>>

BREAKING

Man found guilty of rape in 1999 cold case

Austin Mott Jr. Austin Mott Jr.
Updated:

A guilty verdict has been returned in a 1999 cold-case rape. District Judge Ron Ware on Monday found Austin Mott Jr., 46, guilty of Aggravated Rape. The case was solved after Lt. Kevin Kirkum entered DNA from the case into CODIS (Combined DNA Index System). A match was made to Mott, who was incarcerated in Rosharon, Texas. Mott raped a woman who was running at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Oct. 5, 1999. The woman was running and stopped to use the restroom. Mott enter...

More>>

Keep your pets away from your Valentine's Day goodies

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Keep your Valentine's Day sweets away from your pets, warns the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. 

More>>

BREAKING

LCPD: Juvenile shot in leg on 8th Avenue Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

A 16-year-old juvenile was shot in the leg in the 1800 block of 8th Avenue. Monday evening, authorities said.

More>>

BREAKING

Fourth woman arrested in connection with Westlake shooting, armed robbery

(Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center) (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
Updated:

A fourth woman has been found and arrested in connection with the Westlake shooting and armed robbery.

More>>

I-210 Bridge project expected to begin next year Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

More than 55,000 drivers use the Interstate 210 bridge every day and plans to re-deck 930 feet of the bridge's main span are in the works.

More>>

Emergency officials explain the 'ring down' alert system Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

This past weekend, authorities said a missing child was found safe after this Calcasieu Parish Office of Homeland Security made an automated call to residents, but it was not considered an Amber Alert. Sheriff Tony Mancuso said this particular situation didn't warrant it.

More>>

BREAKING

Cow sets horses free on I-10 Monday morning Video included

(Source: Trent Queenan) (Source: Trent Queenan)
Updated:

Three horses found freedom - briefly - on I-10 near Welsh Monday morning.

More>>

Police searching for knife-wielding suspect who robbed woman in car

Lake Charles Police (Source: KPLC) Lake Charles Police (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Lake Charles police are searching for the suspect who robbed a woman in her car at knifepoint on Saturday. The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. in the 2600 block of Dillard Loop in Lake Charles. The victim told police she was in her vehicle when she was approached by a "black male dressed all in black clothing with a black bandana covering his face," said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. "...The male was armed with a large kitchen k... More>>

Stolen vehicle recovered, four arrests made in Grant

Joseph Shannon Metcalf & Quincy James Soileau  (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office) Joseph Shannon Metcalf & Quincy James Soileau (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)
Updated:

The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested four individuals after finding a stolen truck in Grant.

More>>

5 injured in Allen parish home invasion

(Source: Raycom) (Source: Raycom)
Updated:

Five people were injured during an early morning home invasion this week in Allen parish, authorities said. At 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, Deputies with the sheriff's office and Officers with the Oberlin Police Department responded to the incident at a residence located on 713, 8th Street in Oberlin, said Allen Parish Sheriff Ricky Moses. The victims told deputies that three armed masked suspects broke into the home and demanded money. Several items were removed from the home....

More>>

Two arrested, stolen vehicle recovered

Michael AnthonyTaylor and Jessica Dodd Doise (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office) Michael AnthonyTaylor and Jessica Dodd Doise (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)
Updated:

Authorities have apprehended two suspects accused stealing a vehicle back in December 2016. On Feb. 6, Michael Anthony Taylor, 45, and Jessica Dodd Doise, 38, both of Oberlin, were arrested and charged with theft of motor vehicle, said Allen Parish Sheriff Ricky Moses. The vehicle, a 1993 Toyota pickup truck, was reported stolen in December 2016, Moses said. Detectives with the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office and Officers with the Oberlin Police Department found the vehicle at a resid...

More>>

CPSO, LCPD dive teams recover stolen cars from water

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Lake Charles Police Department dive teams pulled two stolen vehicles from the water at the north end of Ryan Street. conducted training in the 400 block of North Ryan Street for recovery of vehicles that had been previously marked. The Dive Teams lifted two vehicles and learned that both had been reported stolen. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Dive Team frequently conducted sonar of all waterways in Calcasieu Parish fo...

More>>

LCPD: Shots fired at McKinley Street home where resident was unable to pay for illegal drugs Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Shots were fired toward a house in the 3400 block of McKinley Street after the resident was unable to pay for illegal drugs he smoked earlier that day, authorities said. The Lake Charles Police Department was called to the home at 8:23 p.m., Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said. The resident said he and a female had been smoking narcotics at the home earlier, Kraus said. He said he did not have money for the drugs and that she had come back to the home a few times in an attempt to get money...

More>>

Iowa man killed in I-10 crash near Duson

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

A 27-year-old Iowa man was killed in a crash on I-10 near Duson around 8 a.m. Friday morning. Nathan Hesse, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Master Trooper Brooks David, spokesman for Louisiana State Police Troop I. Brook Trahan, 24, of Chauvin, was driving a 2016 Mazda MZ 6 westbound on Interstate 10, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the median, both eastbound lanes of travel, and ran off of the roadway, David said.  Trahan’s vehi... More>>

Allen Parish Hospital celebrates 1-year anniversary of substance abuse recovery services Video included

Updated:

Substance abuse treatment can be difficult, but especially in rural communities. A year ago today, The Allen Parish Hospital partnered with a withdrawal management service to help patients who need detox services. 

More>>

State police arrest two on child pornography charges

(Source: CCC and LSP) (Source: CCC and LSP)
Updated:

Two men were arrested after child pornography search warrants were served at their homes Thursday, authorities said. Jerame P. Simon, 39, of Sulphur, Phillip D. Alvarado, 52, of Lake Charles, were booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center on charges of pornography involving juveniles. Detectives assigned to the Special Victims Unit of the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations began separate investigations last year, said Sgt. James Anderson, Louisiana State Police Troop D ... More>>

Ward 3 reveals renovations at Alvin Dark Stadium

Alvin Dark in 1953. (Source: Wikipedia) Alvin Dark in 1953. (Source: Wikipedia)
Updated:

Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Alvin Dark Baseball Stadium today after recent renovations were made to the stadium. The project was funded through a bond proposition for construction, which was passed by Ward 3 voters in 2014. Executive Director Kip Texada says his organization's mission is to maintain a recreational system and facilities for the benefit of all citizens. "We're excited," Texada said. "Our board was excited abo... More>>

Veterinarian with clinic in Lake Charles charged with plot to drug horses before races

(Source: pablo) (Source: pablo)

A Louisiana veterinarian has been charged with engaging in a scheme to influence the outcome of horse races by illegally treating horses with a synthetic drug.

More>>

WATCH LIVE AT NOON: Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Abe hold joint news conference

(Source: Hawaii News Now) (Source: Hawaii News Now)
Updated:

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold a joint news conference today. Abe is visiting Washington, D.C. today. Click HERE for more on his visit. Mobile users, click HERE to watch the news conference. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

BREAKING

21-year-old man struck, killed by vehicle in Iowa Thursday night

(Source: Raycom) (Source: Raycom)
Updated:

A 21-year-old Iowa man died after he was hit by a car in Iowa Thursday night. Around 10 p.m., Christol Doucett Jr., 21, and another man were walking in the southbound lane in the 1200 block of I-10 Mobile Village Road, when a driver traveling northbound crossed the center line and hit them both, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. Doucett was transported to a local hospital where he died. The other pedestrian was airlifted to a Lafayette hospital, where he... More>>

breaking

BPSO releases names of 3 killed in Wednesday's plant explosion Video included

Jody Gooch (Source: Facebook) Jody Gooch (Source: Facebook)
Updated:

Authorities have identified the three victims that died at the PCA plant explosion in DeRidder Wednesday morning.

More>>

Local union head: Welding is always a dangerous job Video included

(Source: NBC) (Source: NBC)
Updated:

"You have fumes, you have chemicals. You don't know what was in that pipe, or what is in that container so you have to look out." That's just on the short list of the concerns that Welders face every day. I went to Local 198. They are a Union that oversees all the trade jobs in the area. Business Agent of Local 198 Richard Paulk says that Welding is one dangerous job. "Welding is very dangerous," claimed Paulk. "First things first, you have to look out for y...

More>>

Grant aims to help Cameron Parish families elevate homes Video included

(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC) (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
Updated:

If you head to Grand Lake and take a turn on Country Lane, you'll come across Deana and Trevor Kelley's home.  The Kelleys have been living at their Cameron Parish home since 2004 and have experienced firsthand the damage Mother Nature can cause. "Hurricane Rita put 18 inches of water in the house and Hurricane Ike put 24 inches," said Trevor Kelley. "We spent a year out of our house rebuilding our house so we had a lot of damage, we were in the house probably ab...

More>>

BREAKING

Rena Street shooting update: Man allegedly told police 1-year-old daughter shot pregnant girlfriend

James Freeman (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center) James Freeman (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
Updated:

A grand jury has returned murder charges against a man accused of shooting to death a pregnant woman on Rena Street in December. James Lemarcus Freeman Jr., 18, was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree feticide.

More>>

BREAKING

Three killed in explosion at PCA mill in Beauregard Video included

Three dead after explosion at PCA plant (Source: KPLC) Three dead after explosion at PCA plant (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

An explosion has been reported at Packaging Corporation of America, officials have confirmed. KPLC is working to gather more information. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

More>>

A day in the life of a K-9 officer

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Men and women in uniform are not the only ones to put their lives on the line to protect and serve. Just because they're dogs doesn't make them any less a part of the team as their human partners.  Dogs can see hear and smells things we can't, making them a valuable tool in the field. It's a job that demands a lot, but after getting an inside look at what these K9's can do, there's really nothing they can't handle.  Monday is training day for the Beauregard Sheriff's ...

More>>

BREAKING

New details released in plant explosion, national chemical safety agency to investigate accident Video included

Aerial view of PCA (Source: KPLC) Aerial view of PCA (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will send an investigative team to the scene of a plant explosion that killed three workers and injured seven in Beauregard parish Wednesday morning, authorities said. The explosion took place at the Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) mill plant in DeRidder where contractors performed welding on a tank during a facility shut down.   CSB Chairperson Vanessa Sutherland said the agency has investigated many hot work accidents across the coun

More>>

In Depth: Background on Packaging Corporation of America

Updated:

Three people are dead and one unaccounted for after an explosion Wednesday morning at the Packaging Corporation of America plant in DeRidder, officials said. The plant is located at 4200 Highway 190 West in Beauregard Parish.   According to the plant's website, the company operates a containerboard mill with two containerboard machines in DeRidder. Those machines produced 874,000 tons in 2015.  The company also reports producing more than 3.7 tons of kraft linerboard annual...

More>>

Draining, emotional day for family members of plant workers Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Three men were killed and seven people were injured in an explosion at Packaging Corporation of America Wednesday morning. It was a draining, emotional day for family members waiting to hear whether their family members were safe.

More>>

CPSO: Owners of Sulphur company allegedly gained $230,000 through overbilling

Ernest Anderson (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Ernest Anderson (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Updated:

A Lake Charles couple has been arrested for theft.

More>>

Phone lines back in service at Westlake Police Department

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

The phone lines are back in service at the Westlake Police Department.

More>>

Millions call in sick the day after Super Bowl

(Source: NFL) (Source: NFL)
Updated:

According to Nielsen, more than 111 million people watched Super Bowl 51. The next day, 16 million people were expected to call in sick. Another 7.5 million were expected to arrive late to work. The age range of people most likely to call in sick? Between 18 and 34. "Well, there was a party. There was a lot of family," said Emily Lodge of Lake Charles. "It was pretty low-key though. We had spiral ham, and some biscuits and beans. We overindulged because there were two ...

More>>

Who is supposed to clear debris from I-10? Video included

Updated:

The Louisiana Department of Transportation Development District 7 officials say there aren't enough employees to cover the area so they have to improvise. It turns out there are multiple agencies contracted by DOTD for certain jobs. DOTD estimates around 60,000 vehicles pass through Lake Charles on I-10 every day. "Our sweepers can't get on the road everyday. Some of that stuff will accumulate but we do the best to keep the roadways safe that's the main thing," said T...

More>>

Taxi companies, locals react to possibility of ridesharing companies in Lake Charles Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

The Lake Charles City Council put the final touches on the "Vehicles for Hire" ordinance this past Wednesday at the city council meeting which allows Transportation Network Service companies like Uber or Lyft to make its way to the city something many said they would look forward to.  

More>>

CPSO: Moss Bluff woman arrested after leaving three children home alone overnight

Krystal Green (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Krystal Green (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Updated:

Three children, ages 11, 4, and 13 were left home alone overnight in Moss Bluff, raising concerns over their welfare.

More>>

BREAKING

CPSO: Texas man arrested for attempted first-degree murder

Kevin Edwards (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Kevin Edwards (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Updated:

A Texas man is in custody after the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a call at a home on Sharon Street in Lake Charles.

More>>

Welsh police looking for suspect who robbed N. Adams gas station

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

The Welsh Police Department is looking for a suspect responsible for the armed robbery of the Exxon gas station located on 604 North Adams Avenue. 

More>>

New England Patriots win first overtime in Super Bowl history Video included

Updated:

In a thrilling comeback, the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.

More>>

Oberlin police chief facing ethics charges Video included

Updated:

The Louisiana Ethics Board has filed charges against the Oberlin police chief for getting paid to write Local Agency Compensated Enforcement, or LACE, tickets while on duty. The LACE program allows off-duty officers to make extra money. But the board finds it's unethical for the chief to participate.

More>>

Jeff Davis School Board considers extending application deadline for superintendent Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

The Jeff Davis Parish School Board will soon decide on whether they will extend the application deadline for a new superintendent.  T

More>>

Passing of Cpl. Max inspires Fort Polk to build Military Working Dog cemetery

(Source: Fort Polk) (Source: Fort Polk)
Updated:

The Fort Polk community is mourning the loss of Cpl. Max, a military working dog, who died unexpectedly Jan. 5 at age 3. The 50th Military Working Dog Detachment, 519th Military Police Battalion held a memorial service at the Military Working Dog Cemetery on Jan. 27. Max completed his military working dog (MWD) training and received his certification as a patrol and drug detector dog in October 2014 at Lackland Air Force Base. He arrived at Fort Polk in January 2015 and partici...

More>>

SLIDESHOW: Most Googled Super Bowl foods (by state)

(Source: pablo) (Source: pablo)
Updated:

According to Google, here are the most searched recipes for Super Bowl foods, by state:

More>>

LCPD: Three LC men arrested in connection with Feb. 1 armed robberies

Overy Bigalow, Delmond Rich and Jamarcus White (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center) Overy Bigalow, Delmond Rich and Jamarcus White (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
Updated:

Three Lake Charles men have been arrested in connection with Wednesday's armed robbery of a convenience store. Overy James Bigelow, 22; Delmond Davon Rich, 20; and Jamarcus Shaqun White, 21 were arrested on two counts of armed robbery and two counts of armed robbery with a firearm. White has an additional charge of aggravated battery. The Lake Charles Department got a call after 2 a.m. on that day about the armed robbery of the Hop-In store on Gerstner Memorial Drive ...

More>>

SPD releases name of man accused of leading authorities on high-speed chase

Pernell Joseph Gaines (Source: Sulphur Police Department) Pernell Joseph Gaines (Source: Sulphur Police Department)
Updated:

The Sulphur Police Department has released the name of a man accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase on I-10 Thursday, Feb. 2. Pernell Joseph Gaines, 35, of Lake Charles, is charged with aggravated flight from an officer and theft of goods. He also has an outstanding warrant out of California. Gaines was caught shoplifting when he jumped into his car and fled, said Mel Estess, Sulphur Police Department spokesman. The chase began near the intersection of U.S. 90 and Beg...

More>>

Child with CFC gets Disney World trip Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Doctors said that Myli Miller might never walk. Today, she is full of life.

More>>

SPECIAL REPORT: Road rage in SWLA Video included

(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC) (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
Updated:

Aggressive driving is not unusual, and you've probably witnessed or experienced it firsthand. A driver zooming past at high speeds, weaving in and out of traffic, honking madly or even brake checking when things don't go their way but when those aggressive driving techniques are taken to another level, sometimes you witness road rage incidents. And for Iowa resident Bethel Tyger that almost became a reality. "I saw she was coming and I was not going to hit her but she thought ...

More>>

LC businessman shares story of survival and overcoming adversity

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

He survived and lives to share his message to all who will listen. Local businessman nick Perioux was shot in the stomach and nearly died just over 12 years ago. It's about overcoming adversity: by all accounts, Perioux should have died that December night in 2004 in an attempted armed robbery and shooting as he was leaving his family's restaurant..

More>>

Family affected by organ transplant looks to spread awareness Video included

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
Updated:

Most of us check the organ donor box on our driver's licenses. Then, we usually don't think of it again.

More>>

Robocalls on the rise, all numbers targeted Video included

Updated:

New robocall scams are popping up every week, and if you have a phone, you've probably gotten a call from one of those unknown numbers.

More>>

Job count drops in December, but sees overall rise in 2016 Video included

(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC) (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
Updated:

Despite experiencing an economic boom, Lake Charles actually lost 1,000 jobs in December 2016, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission's monthly report.

More>>

'World Hijab Day' celebrated at Prien Lake Mall Video included

(Source:KPLC) (Source:KPLC)
Updated:

There was an interesting event at Prien Lake Mall in Lake Charles on Wednesday night.

More>>

Calcasieu Parish students will perform at Carnegie Hall Video included

(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC) (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
Updated:

If you pop into Janie Williams' choir room at LaGrange High School, you'll find her students singing. But for the students, singing is more than just another pastime.

More>>

  • Two men captured after high speed chase in Jennings

    Two men captured after high speed chase in Jennings

    Monday, February 6 2017 12:34 PM EST2017-02-06 17:34:10 GMT

    Two Welsh men led who led police on a chase through Jennings before ditching the vehicle and fleeing, were captured Sunday night, authorities said. Ronnie Sonnier and Billy Knight, both 25, were arrested and charged with resisting an officer, said Deputy Chief Chris Ivey with Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office. Knight was also charged with obstruction of public passage and unauthorized entry. The high-speed chase began when deputies observed a vehicle obstructing the roadway on McKinl...

    Two Welsh men led who led police on a chase through Jennings before ditching the vehicle and fleeing, were captured Sunday night, authorities said. Ronnie Sonnier and Billy Knight, both 25, were arrested and charged with resisting an officer, said Deputy Chief Chris Ivey with Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office. Knight was also charged with obstruction of public passage and unauthorized entry. The high-speed chase began when deputies observed a vehicle obstructing the roadway on McKinl...

  • Super Bowl LI

    Super Bowl LI

    Super Bowl LI

    The New England Patriots came back in a thrilling overtime game to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

    The New England Patriots came back in a thrilling overtime game to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

  • Community Calendar

    Community Calendar

Countdown to SuperBowl 51 on FOX
WEATHER
Max Track Doppler
Powered by Frankly
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KVHP. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.