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Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus in Allen Parish Video included

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The latest results, show 11 pool samples testing positive for the virus with one human case in Allen Parish.

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Groundbreaking for $200 million housing development Video included

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Groundbreaking for a huge housing Development in Iowa. The Sugarcane Townes development will cost about $200 million, making it one of the largest developments ever in Southwest Louisiana.

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Calcasieu Parish libraries ask patrons to throw out eclipse glasses

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The much-anticipated solar eclipse happens Monday.  We'll see about a 70-percent eclipse here, weather permitting. To view the eclipse safely, you'll need special glasses. However, if you picked up eclipse glasses from any Calcasieu Parish Library location, you're asked to throw them away. There has been a lot of talk about knock-off Solar Eclipse glasses. Amazon has been experiencing some issues with phony glasses forcing them to give customer refunds. Calcasieu Parish Libra...

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State to take over operations of Allen Correction on Sept. 1 Video included

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The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections will officially take over operations of Allen Correctional Center on Sept. 1. The Geo Group notified the state in June that they would cease management operations at the prison at the end of August. Due to budget constraints last summer, the state changed Allen to a jail and reduced the inmate per diem. Over the past several weeks, department administrators and state and local leaders have worked on a plan to keep Allen... More>>

Sheriff's Office: Texas man wanted for trespassing on residential property

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A Texas man is wanted for trespassing on a residential property in Starks, according to Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.  James F. Connolly, 47, of Vidor, Texas, was caught on surveillance video approaching the front door to the home, walking around the property, and eventually entering a shop on the property. The footage also showed Connolly was armed with a gun, said Myers.  A warrant has been issued for Connolly and he is being...

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RoyOMartin donates nearly $70k to Oakdale Elementary

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In an effort to help Oakdale Elementary School in its recovery after a devastating fire in May, RoyOMartin-OSB team members surprised teachers at the school with gifts.

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What the solar eclipse means for Louisiana Video included

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On August 21, millions of Americans will be looking to the sky to see the Solar Eclipse.  The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the continental U.S. was in 1979, and next Monday, it'll finally happen again.  

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Sheriff's Office: 145 doses of Ecstasy found in Welsh home

(Ashley Duhon Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office) (Ashley Duhon Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)
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A Welsh woman was arrested today after 145 dosage units of Ecstasy, 1 pint of Promethazine, 195 Alprazolam tablets, and synthetic marijuana were found in her home, according to Chris Ivey, spokesman for the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's department.  Ashley Duhon, 31, of Welsh is charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute after the drugs were discovered in the home, said Ivey.  JDPSO Narcotics detectives, Calcasieu Anti-Drug Task Force, Homeland Secu...

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New bus routes cause problems on first day of school Video included

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The school board warned parent's yesterday its new software would call for more stops and there would be some split routes due to a shortage of drivers.  However, some parents, no matter how early and prepared, were left in a bind after some buses never showed up.  Ollie Thigpen has twin boys in second grade and a nephew in kindergarten she had to see off on the bus this morning. She knew since it was the first day there would be some issues, so she was prepared. "I...

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Defense asks for continuance after Kevin Daigle's lead attorney dies

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The lead attorney defending Kevin Daigle has died.  Daigle is charged with first-degree murder in the killing of State Trooper Steven Vincent and the state is seeking the death penalty. Vincent was shot to death two years ago this August, so the state says that despite the death of Daigle's attorney David Price, the defense has had enough time to prepare.  The defense disagrees and has asked Judge Guy Bradberry to delay the trial which is set for September 18th. Bradberry ...

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Sheriff's Office: Hayes man arrested for oral sexual battery of 3-year-old

(Derrick Hayes Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) (Derrick Hayes Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
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A Hayes man was arrested for having inappropriate sexual contact with a 3-year-old boy, according to Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.  Derrick A. Hayes, 33, is charged with one count of oral sexual battery after allegedly biting the boy on the genitals, said Myers. Detectives were called to the home in Hayes and the 3-year-old told them Hayes had bitten him while he was in Hayes' care. Detectives examined the boy and his injuries were consistent...

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Calcasieu library officials warn public not to use eclipse glasses picked up at area branches

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Calcasieu Public Library officials are warning residents not to use the eclipse glasses distributed at library branches. Residents are asked to throw the glasses away because "they may not be suitable for use during the eclipse." “Due to a possible manufacturing error, and for the safety of our patrons, we are asking that if anyone picked up a pair of eclipse glasses at any of our branches to please not use them," said Christy Comeaux, public information officer...

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SWLA community gathers to discuss future of health care Video included

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There was a packed house at the SWLA Center for Health Services, where National Health Centers Week was being celebrated.

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Texas man arrested in connection with May robbery of Moss Bluff credit union Video included

Ray J. McAllister (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Ray J. McAllister (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
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  The suspect who robbed a local credit union back in May has been apprehended, according to authorities.

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Sheriff announces two arrests in connection with body found near Starks Video included

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Hammons' death is believed to be drug related, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said.

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School zone safety awareness

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Calcasieu Parish law enforcement agencies are raising school zone safety awareness for the beginning of the school year. The first day of school for Calcasieu Parish is Tuesday, Aug. 15 and officials want to remind drivers to be aware of all school zones and their speed limits, school crossings, and to watch out for kids. Most school zones have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and again from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. The normal posted spe... More>>

Drop-off, pick-up at Prien Lake Elementary has changed

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The road safety project taking place at Prien Lake Elementary is going to be finished in time for the first day of school, which is Aug. 15, said Holly Holland, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish School Board.  The project's goal is to aid in traffic congestion on Nelson Road during the beginning and end of the school day. The drop-off and pick-up protocol has changed as well. That's because you can turn into the new drive from either direction on Nelson Road but you MUST exi...

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SLIDESHOW: Back-to-school photos Video included

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School returned to session in Allen and Vernon parishes today. We want to see those cute back-to-school photos! Send them to newmedia@kplctv.com and we'll add them to our slideshow. Here is a list of back-to-school dates: 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 - Aug. 15 Jeff Davis Parish Schools First day of school for 1-12 gra...

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Lacassine girl named 2016 La. Female Youth Hunter of the Year

2016 Youth Hunters of the Year Seth Gottardi (left) and Kindal Tonn (middle), with Barney Callahan, Louisiana Wildlife Federation board member, who presented their awards. Source: LDWF) 2016 Youth Hunters of the Year Seth Gottardi (left) and Kindal Tonn (middle), with Barney Callahan, Louisiana Wildlife Federation board member, who presented their awards. Source: LDWF)
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A Lacassine girl has been named the Louisiana Female Youth Hunter of the Year for 2016 by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 13-year-old Kindal Tonn won the award for a spike deer hunt in Texas during the February 2016 hunting season. Tonn was one of 10 youth on the hunt and the only female, according to LDWF.  The award was presented over the weekend at the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association banquet in Natchitoches. The Youth Hunter of the Year P...

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Oakdale Police Department looking for man connected to church robberies Video included

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Three churches in Oakdale have been burglarized since last Thursday, according to the Oakdale police department.  Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cross Memorial Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church have had things like their amplifiers, guitars, drums, and microphones stolen, said Chief Joseph Lockett.  Surveillance footage from First Baptist Church shows the alleged thief. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oakdale Police Department at 318-335-02...

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Charges dropped against man arrested in connection with Barlow death

Two counts of accessory after the fact against Phillip Lane have been dropped. (Source: Phillip Lane) Two counts of accessory after the fact against Phillip Lane have been dropped. (Source: Phillip Lane)
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All charges have been dropped against Phillip Lane, who was arrested in September 2015 in connection with the death of Jody Barlow in Starks.  Lane was arrested in September 2015 and charged with two counts of accessory after the fact. He spent eight months in Calcasieu Correctional Center. The Calcasieu District Attorney's Office has confirmed that both counts have been dropped. Zachary Bench was found guilty of second-degree murder in Barlow's death. Copyright 2017 KPL...

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Authorities apprehend 'armed and dangerous' suspect in E. Greenway St. homicide

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An "armed and dangerous" suspect wanted in connection with a homicide in the 100 block of E. Greenway Street has been apprehended, authorities said.

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Sulphur PD: Man shot after kicking in door on W. Verdine St.

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A shooting on W. Verdine Street Sunday evening happened after the door to the home was kicked in, authorities said. Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats said that Kade Demeritt kicked in the door and entered the residence, where he was shot. He remains hospitalized, in stable condition. The shooting happened at 8:19 p.m. Sunday. No charges have been filed. The investigation is ongoing. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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FULL VIDEO: President Trump condemns white supremacists in Charlottesville statement

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President Donald Trump is expected to speak on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.  KPLC will be livestreaming his statement. Mobile users click HERE to watch the stream.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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Kaplan man killed in Sunday evening motorcycle accident

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A Kaplan man was killed in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Broad Street and Goodman Road around 6 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. Ronnie Lege, who was riding a motorcycle, was transported to a hospital, where he died, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. Kraus said Kaplan was traveling south on Goodman Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling west on Broad Street. The driver of the ...

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