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New DNA technology advances helps find alleged murderer in 2009 cold case Video included

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Monica Quaal handles DNA from crime scenes across southwest Louisiana. "We just take evidence from law enforcement agencies they collect at the scene and then we take samples from it," said Quaal the DNA technical leader at the southwest Louisiana Crime Lab.  It's samples Quaal tries to find a match for and she has been working on a case for the past seven years. The 2009 Sierra Bouzigard cold case. The DNA had been placed in CODIS, a DNA database, but...

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Lake Charles participating in National Night Out

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Lake Charles officials will be hosting the city's annual National Night Out Against Crime. Multiple events will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, in Lake Charles. The Lake Charles Police Department is hosting the following events for the public: The Oak Park Neighborhood Watch Group Join South Lake Charles Watch Groups at Glad Tidings church from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Jones Manor Community Building (located at 1409 St. Mary Drive) Food, games, arts and crafts will be provide... More>>

Back-to-school dates in SWLA

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The following back-to-school dates are those that KPLC has received: Calcasieu Parish Schools First day of school for regular classes Aug. 15  First day of school for Pre-K classes Aug. 17 Cameron Parish Schools First day of school for students Aug. 15 Jeff Davis Parish Schools First day of school for 1-12 grade Aug. 11 First day of school for Pre-K and Kindergarten Aug. 15 Allen Parish Schools First day of school for students Aug. 9 Beauregard Parish ...

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Port Cameron to bring thousands of jobs to SWLA, generate millions for state Video included

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The face of Cameron Parish will soon be changing. Peterson Offshore Group, a Dutch international energy logistics management operator, signed a letter of intent Wednesday with Port Cameron, a to-be colossal deep water energy support complex set to be built in Cameron Parish. Peterson will lease over one-million square feet in Part Cameron's Logistics center. For Ten Falgout, executive director of Port Cameron, Cameron Parish is the perfect location for this project. "I thi...

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UPDATE: Two people killed in car crash in Egan identified

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Speeding and no seat belt usage is believed to be the cause of two fatalities in a single vehicle crash in Egan Tuesday night according to Master Trooper, Brooks David, with Louisiana State Police Troop I. Kevin Melancon of Calion, Arkansas, and Donna Cormier of Egan, both 44 died in the crash. Melancon was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro on LA 100 when he ran off a curve and struck a culvert. Both Melancon and Cormier were not wearing seat belts, said David. Melanc...

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Boil Advisory for town of Thornwell

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The Jeff Davis Water Commission in Thornwell has issued a boil advisory for portions of Hwy. 99. Water service has been restored to all affected areas but residents on Hwy. 99 as well as areas West and Northwest of Hwy. 99 should boil their water before use. The Jeff Davis Water Commission says it apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your patience.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

Police: Two dead in Egan car crash

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Two people were killed in a car crash this evening shortly after 8 p.m. according to Master Trooper Brooks David, with Louisiana State Police Troop I. The crash happened on Highway 91 near Highway 100. One person died at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital where they died shortly after arrival, David said. We will update this story as more details become available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

AG: Beware of fake tobacco settlement scam

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When you visit the website, moneymapupdates.com it claims you can receive around $2,300 every month for the rest of your life. It seems too good to be true. That's because it is. Because in order to start receiving payments you need to sign up through the website by providing your personal and credit card information. "That's a red flag right there," said Carmen Million, president of the Southwest Louisiana Better Business Bureau. "They're using half-truths...

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Calcasieu Parish School Board continues free meal program

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The Calcasieu parish school board has been offering the Community Eligibility Provision Program for four years. This year, adding Westwood Elementary to the ever-growing list. It makes sure students in high poverty schools receive a healthy breakfast and lunch during the school day. The Director of School Nutrition Programs, Jaqueline Richard, says this has been a successful program over the years. “It’s a great program for students and families who struggle to have a nu...

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CPSO releases photos of shoplifting suspects who ran over deputy's foot while fleeing Video included

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for three female suspects in a shoplifting case. A deputy was working an off-duty security detail inside Dillard's at the Prien Lake Mall in Lake Charles. Employees of Dillard's told the deputy about three women who were allegedly stealing handbags, said Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. The deputy says he witnessed one of the suspects with a large Dillard's bag full of handbags. According to Myers,...

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Section 8 housing application process begins Video included

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This morning the Lake Charles housing authority opened its waiting list for the first time since 2014. The waiting list application process closed around noon today hundreds of residents lined up around this building some even lining up as early as 9:45 last night “We had given out 700 applications by 8:30 we ended up over 1,000,” said Ben Taylor, the director of the Lake Charles Housing Authority. He says this will bump up the waiting list for Section 8 housing tremend...

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Dallas man sentenced in 'Havana Speed' operation

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The last suspect in the "Havana Speed" drug operation has been sentenced to more than five years in prison. The methamphetamine distribution ring stretched from Mexico, Texas, and into southwest Louisiana. The suspect, Raul Perez-Mendoza, 26, of Dallas, was sentenced Friday, July 21, to more than five years in prison for conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute meth.  He is also sentenced to five years of supervised release.  Perez-Mendoza and seven other...

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Section 8 applicants will still face difficulties finding low rent housing Video included

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Part of the reason the waiting list takes for Section 8 Housing takes so long to pare down is because there's a shortage of Section 8 housing, at least in the Lake Charles area. It's because of the economy...and high rents.  Local officials are working to increase the dollars available, but it's still hard for residents to find the housing. "It's harder than Houston and Houston is bigger," said Kristina Broussard,  who lives in public hou...

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Man arrested in 2009 killing of Sierra Bouzigard Video included

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An arrest has been made in the 2009 killing of Sierra Bouzigard, whose body was found on John Koonce Road in Moss Bluff, Louisiana.

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Sheriff's Office: Two arrested after dogs found 'extremely emaciated'

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Four dogs have been rescued after authorities found them to be, what they call, extremely emaciated. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office first learned about the condition of the dogs when deputies were responding to a call for assistance in Vinton. The Calcasieu Parish Animal Services called CPSO when the residents of a home were being uncooperative.  Animal Services officers found 3 dogs locked in a kennel behind the home. The home was occupied by 36 year old Anita Mo...

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Section 8 waiting list to reopen for one week only Video included

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The Lake Charles Housing Authority is reopening the waiting list for Section 8 for one week only. This will mark the first time the list has been open since March 2014.  "Section 8 is never closed simply because we still are providing housing assistance to participants under the program," said Chief Compliance Officer Deborah Doshier. "We just limit the opening of the list as to when we have both available vouchers and HUD funding."   During the l...

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