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Guns for teachers debate escalates Video included

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The whole country seems to be on edge after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. A number of proposals are already on the table to try and prevent another mass shooting from happening. Earlier in the week, President Trump suggested arming certain teachers and ending gun-free zones. Terry Johnson, President of the Calcasieu Federation of Teachers, said teachers shouldn't have to take on that kind of responsibility. "Let's leave that to the police," Johnson sai...

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Police urge residents not to leave firearms unattended in vehicles

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Police are urging everyone to not leave firearms unattended in their vehicles. The Lake Charles Police Department stated that between Jan. 1, 2018 and Feb. 16, 2018 there have been a total of 27 vehicle burglaries where a firearm has been stolen. That means 27 firearms are in the hands of a thief that could possibly be resold or used to commit a violent crime. The police officers must then come into contact with these violent offenders and result in a possible armed confrontatio...

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Authorities: Jennings man bites officer during arrest

Miles Hoffpauir (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office) Miles Hoffpauir (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)
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A man bit an officer while the officer was trying to arrest him for fighting while intoxicated. Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office was responding to a call at 3:30 a.m. on Sheridan Street in Iowa, Lake Charles about a drunken fight. Miles Hoffpauir, 34, entered the residence of his sister-in-law and was so intoxicated and belligerent that she called the cops.  When deputies arrived at the home, they struggled to handcuff Hoffpauir as he bit one deputy and fought with ...

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Lake Charles veterinarian sentenced in racehorse doping conspiracy

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A Lake Charles veterinarian and a pharmacy in Nebraska were sentenced over a racehorse doping conspiracy. Kyle James Herbert, 43, of Lake Charles was involved with the selling of an unapproved opioid drug 40 times more powerful than morphine used to improve the performance of racehorses.  After a nine-day trial, evidence admitted that Kohll's Pharmacy & Healthcare, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska which operated as Essential Pharmacy Compounding distributed a syn...

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CPSO arrests man on unauthorized entry charges

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a man for entering a home he didn't inhabit twice without permission. The first incident happened on Feb. 9 where Adam W. Person, 29,  entered a residence on Theriot Road in Lake Charles, owned by an ex-acquaintance. The victim warned Person to stay away but Person even went as far as to send a photo of himself inside the residence to the victim. The second incident was on Feb. 21. Person arrived at the residence an

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Superintendent discusses repercussions of school threats

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Allen Parish schools, like others across the country, are dealing with threats in the aftermath of the shooting at a Florida high school. Superintendent Michael Doucet says every threat will be taken seriously and handled in a three-step procedure: The student will be removed from the school. Law enforcement will make a home visit to investigate. An expulsion hearing (including a counselor, principal, child welfare supervisor and the student's parents) will be held to deter...

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Beyond the Classroom community spelling bee Friday

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Children across Southwest Louisiana are coming to LCB Academy tomorrow to try to spell their way to a payday.

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Chennault wins LA Airport of the Year

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Lake Charles is now home to the Louisiana Airport of the Year.

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Congressman Clay Higgins weighs in on gun control debate Video included

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Is now a time for congress to act on gun control? In the aftermath of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, many have called for congress to put an emphasis on more gun control in America to prevent another mass shooting.  Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins was in Lake Charles Thursday to speak to the Republican Women of Southwest Louisiana, and KPLC questioned him about whether the United States needs more gun control. Higgins said it's absurd to suggest mass shoo...

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Two people injured in shooting at Southeastern Louisiana University

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Southeastern Louisiana University says two people have suffered non-life threatening injuries after gunshots were fired on campus.      In a Friday morning tweet, the school says there's no current threat to campus and university police are investigating the incident.      No other details were immediately available. More>>

Pirate Festival to be featured on NCIS New Orleans

The Louisiana Pirate Festival will be featured on an NCIS New Orleans segment on Tuesday, March 13. (Source: SWLA CVB) The Louisiana Pirate Festival will be featured on an NCIS New Orleans segment on Tuesday, March 13. (Source: SWLA CVB)
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The Louisiana Pirate Festival will be featured on an NCIS New Orleans segment on Tuesday, March 13.  

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New Dequincy Senior Center opening in March

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The Calcasieu Council on Aging says the opening of the new Dequincy Senior Center is set for Friday, March 16th, 2018 according to a news release. The center will be located at 500 S. Grand Avenue and is a partnership with JCE Healthcare Group, LLC and the City of Dequincy.  The hours of operation will be Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 12 noon offering a wide variety of services to enhance the lives of the aging population. Life enrichment activities to promote social...

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Police: Barricade situation occurs after man caught burglarizing home Video included

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A lockdown situation on N. Prater Street is over. Authorities surrounded a house at 418 N. Prater Street. Calcasieu Sheriff's deputies and Lake Charles police officers were asking a person inside the home to come out with their hands up. The person eventually came out from the house. A lockdown at J.D. Clifton Elementary has been lifted. Lake Charles police requested that the school be placed under a precautionary exterior lockdown. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.&nb

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Jeff Davis student arrested on terrorizing charges

Christopher Simon Marshall (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office) Christopher Simon Marshall (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)
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A Jeff Davis Parish student is facing terrorizing charges after being arrested Thursday.  The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office was notified by the Jeff Davis Parish School Board about a student making shooting threats to a local high school. Upon investigation, deputies learned that Christopher Simon Marshall, 17, of Jennings allegedly made threats to Hathaway High school. Marshall sent Snapchats to students warning them not to attend school Thursday and also made a statemen...

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Report: Louisiana 3rd highest in nation for gun-related deaths

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Louisiana ranks third in the nation for the most gun related deaths in the U.S. According to Violence Policy Center, gun rate deaths have jumped 17 percent since 2008. Louisiana ranks third only after Alaska and Alabama.  VPC says, states with the lowest overall gun death rates had lower rates of gun ownership and some of the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the nation. With nearly half of households using guns, Louisiana only falls short of Alabama by ....

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Vinton High School being released early due to electrical issue

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Vinton High School will be conducting an early release of students due to an electrical issue on campus. The students will be released at 1:00 p.m. Buses will run their normal routes at 1:00 p.m. and car riders will need to be picked up this time as well.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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Elton 17-year-old accused of raping 9-year-old

Francis Andrew Comeaux (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office) Francis Andrew Comeaux (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)
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A 17-year-old Elton teenager is accused of raping a 9-year-old girl. The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office began investigating after a student at Elton Elementary School reported to school administration that she had been sexually assaulted, Sheriff Doug Hebert said. The girl was transported to Lake Charles Child Advocacy Center. An investigation found that she had been sexually assaulted around Feb. 13, Hebert said. Francis Andrew Comeaux, 17, of Elton, was arrested Feb. 21, at the Al... More>>

Children's Theatre Company presents Alice in Wonderland

Alice, portrayed by Olivia Foreman peers from behind a oversized mushroom to discover the intriguing world of wonderland. (Source: CTC) Alice, portrayed by Olivia Foreman peers from behind a oversized mushroom to discover the intriguing world of wonderland. (Source: CTC)
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The Children’s Theatre Company opens its season with the whimsical story of Alice in Wonderland on Friday, February 23. 

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School officials: Sulphur High School not on lockdown

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Sulphur High School is not on lockdown, according to Holly Holland, Public Information Officer for the Calcasieu Parish School Board. Several parents reached out to KPLC Thursday morning after hearing the school was on lockdown. Calcasieu Parish schools say that is not the case. KPLC has a reporter gathering more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More>>

Louisiana DOTD releases I-10 bridge construction details

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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced that construction work on I-10 in Lake Charles is scheduled to begin on March 3. The expansion joints on the I-10 Calcasieu River Bridge need maintenance which will be performed by C.E.C, Inc., a Lafayette-based company. The construction of the I-10 bridge must take place in order to handle the traffic volume anticipated during the upcoming I-210 re-decking project. The $8.5 million project on I-10 ... More>>

Residents dispute water bill increase Video included

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Typically your water bill is relatively cheaper than some of your other bills like electricity or cable. However, that's not the case for some residents in Lake Charles  who said their water bill has increased more than 130 percent. Betty Reed, who lives in the Country Pines subdivision, said when she first read her bill, something didn't add up. "I thought it was a misprint or misnomer," Reed said. "The water went from $45 a month to $103 a month and they're st...

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How you can help identify human trafficking Video included

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400 people were rescued from human trafficking last year in Louisiana alone... 30 people have been rescued, so far, this year. With tomorrow being "Shine a Light on Slavery Day", you can raise awareness by doing one simple task, drawing a red 'X' on the back of your hand. That red 'X' stands for the millions who cannot stand up for themselves. "We find people all the time who will do it and then their friends, their neighbors, or even their family...

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office investigating  threats at local schools

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office investigating  threats at local schools

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In the last few days, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has investigated several incidents where threats, either verbally or through social media posts, have been made at local schools around the Parish.   As of today, a 15 year old student from Sam Houston High School has been arrested.  She has been charged with terrorizing.   A warrant for terrorizing has been issued for a 13 year old boy at Vinton Middle School.  The investigations ar...

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Cameron Parish man arrested for school threat

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Deputies arrested a man after he posted a school threat on Facebook. Aaron Labove, 28, posted "I could snap tomorrow and shoot up a school. You don't know me bro" on Facebook. At 8:32 p.m. on this past Tuesday, Cameron Parish Deputies responded to a call warning about the post in Hackberry, Louisiana. No particular school was named in the threat.  Labove admitted to posting the statement and was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana and terrorizing. Search wa...

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Adult tap dancing lessons Video included

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There’s so many ways to work out these days but have you ever thought about tap dancing?

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Legislators express frustration over $1 billion budget shortfall

Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, left, introduces his revenue-raising bills to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. Seated to his right is Luke Morris of the Louisiana Revenue Department. Walt Leger, D-New Orleans, left, introduces his revenue-raising bills to the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday. Seated to his right is Luke Morris of the Louisiana Revenue Department.
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By Ryan Noonan and Kaylee Poche LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE--Discussion heated up at Tuesday’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing, as legislators expressed frustration over the inability of their colleagues to reach an agreement on how to deal with the state’s projected $1 billion budget shortfall. While the lawmakers agreed that revenue-raising measures are necessary to lower the deficit, many were reluctant about to publicly offer tax proposals, i... More>>

Retired NFL player Nate Livings is coming to read to your kids

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Retired NFL offensive lineman, Nate Livings, is visiting the area libraries.  Livings has written a children's book series titled "Big Boy Nate's First Football Road Trip" and he will read to the children at libraries around Lake Charles. Livings was inspired to write the books after the birth of his son in 2014, so he began to write the chronicles of the time they spend together and share it with the world. His foundation, The Nate Livings Foundation, helps equip...

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Emile the crawfish officially pardoned, season begins

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One lucky crawfish was spared from boiling in a special ceremony Tuesday.  Emile the Crawfish was officially spared from future backyard boils when Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Zatarain’s paired up for the second annual “Pardoning of the Crawfish” in New Orleans. This event celebrates the beginning of crawfish season in the Gulf South.  The crawfish of honor was dubbed Emile after the founder of Zatarain’s who first introduced se...

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Garden shows set across Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter has announced its lineup of spring garden shows that will kick off in March and continue into May in Hammond, Raceland, Baton Rouge, Covington, Lake Charles and New Orleans. (Source: LSU AgCenter) The LSU AgCenter has announced its lineup of spring garden shows that will kick off in March and continue into May in Hammond, Raceland, Baton Rouge, Covington, Lake Charles and New Orleans. (Source: LSU AgCenter)
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The LSU AgCenter has announced its lineup of spring garden shows that will kick off in March and continue into May in Hammond, Raceland, Baton Rouge, Covington, Lake Charles and New Orleans. 

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Deadliest shootings in American history

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The shooting in Las Vegas is the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history.

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17 die in Florida high school shooting Video included

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The 17 who were killed were both students and adults. The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student who was expelled.

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Invasive snail discovered in Louisiana crawfish pond

An apple snail from a crawfish pond near Rayne An apple snail from a crawfish pond near Rayne
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An invasive species of snail has forced a farmer near Rayne to shut down his crawfish harvest.  According to the LSU AgCenter, the pest, called the apple snail, clogs crawfish trap openings and makes harvesting difficult.  LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell says the Acadia Parish farmer was collecting six to 12 crates of snails each day. According to a news release, Harrell said it's suspected the snails entered the field when it was flooded with water from a bayo...

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