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Sex offender accused of exposing himself at place he applied for work - again

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Authorities say a convicted sex offender was arrested after he began masturbating in front of a female employee at a local business.  Goldyn Briggs, 27, was arrested on charges of obscenity after he allegedly exposed himself to a female employee as she was assisting him.  Briggs had entered the business on Dec. 5 and applied for employment. 

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Calcasieu's taxable sales up $1.25 billion over five-month period

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)
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Calcasieu's taxable sales from July to November are more than $1.256 billion higher than the same period from last year, according to numbers from the Calcasieu Parish School Board. Sales were up 49 percent with increases in food, apparel, merchandise, furniture, building materials, miscellaneous services, manufacturing, utilities, auto, gaming and restaurants. Motor vehicles and miscellaneous both showed decreases. Tax collections for November also came in over budget. The 16.2 mi... More>>

USS Orleck free haircuts to veterans

USS Orleck (Source: Jillian Corder/KPLC) USS Orleck (Source: Jillian Corder/KPLC)
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Organizers with the USS Orleck Naval Museum are hosting "Christmas Cuts for Veterans" this year.  Local veterans can get a free haircut aboard the USS Orleck from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18. Several area stylists and barbers are volunteering to provide haircuts in the ships barber shop.  If you would like more information or to volunteer your services you are asked to call 337-214-7447.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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Family claims $191 million jackpot sold in Eunice

Winning Powerball ticket (Source: Louisiana Lottery) Winning Powerball ticket (Source: Louisiana Lottery)
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A $191.1 million Louisiana Powerball jackpot ticket sold in October in Eunice has been claimed. A three-member family group - 292 Family Partnership - opted for a lump sum of $119.5 million. After state and federal taxes, the take-home is $83.6 million. Their attorney Jean C. Breaux Jr. claimed the prize on behalf of the family members, whose names have not been released. “We are absolutely elated that we won," the family said in a statement. "We are a quiet fa... More>>

Red Cross offering SWLA free smoke alarms Video included

(Source: Raycom) (Source: Raycom)
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During a house fire, every second counts so, in an effort to reduce the number of house fires across the area, the Red Cross is teaming up with local fire departments to install free smoke alarms. It’s all part of its national 'Home Fire Campaign' in an effort to make sure every resident across Southwest Louisiana has a working smoke alarm. Red Cross says its goal is to reduce death and injury from house fires by 25 percent by 2020. Because during a house fire, every second c... More>>

Support group for SWLA caregivers offers chance to learn and grow Video included

Source: Christian Piekos Source: Christian Piekos
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It might be one of the most under appreciated jobs: caring for a loved one at the end of life.  Sherry Livingston's parents are 85 and 82. They're suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. "It's a privilege to be able to walk with them in the last days of their journey," said Livingston. "But, it's taken a toll." Livingston said she spends hours every day caring for the basic necessities of her parents. "Seeing them go downhill, they're not the people ...

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"Revenge porn" victim speaks out after ex-husband is convicted Video included

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A Louisiana man is headed for prison under a new law aimed at fighting cyberstalking and his target is speaking out. A judge sentenced 39-year-old Wesley Ballew of Ruston to two years in prison and three years of supervised release, as well as $7,500 in reparations. Prosecutors say he posted nude pictures of a woman on various websites. Ballew is the first person convicted in the state under the new cyberstalking law enacted in 2015. The victim is now speaking out in hopes she can...

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McNeese marching band preparing to perform in London

(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC) (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
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Members of McNeese State University's marching band, Pride of McNeese, are preparing to make the trip across the pond. That's because the McNeese Marching Band was invited to perform in London's 2018 New Year's Day Parade in 2016. A group of about 127 band members and Cowgirl kickers will be departing from a Houston airport on Dec. 28 for the parade and festival.   Excitement is in the air, according to Dr. Jay Jacobs, director of bands at McNeese. “This is ...

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10 things you should know before adopting a pet Video included

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What do you need to know before you take on the responsibility of owning a pet? Non-profit website adoptapet.com has put together a list of 10 things to consider before you adopt. 1. When you adopt, you need to make a real commitment to care for your pet for its entire life, no matter what that entails, just as you would with a child. 2. Be prepared for a pet to affect other parts of your life for as long as you have the pet (can be up to 15 years for a dog and 20 years fo...

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Lake Area motorcycle club to host donation drive for women's shelter Video included

'Well Connected Riderz' gather for a group photo during donation drive in 2015 (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC) 'Well Connected Riderz' gather for a group photo during donation drive in 2015 (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)
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One Lake Area motorcycle club wants to make a difference this Christmas for the seventh year in a row. ‘Well Connected Riderz’ will be collecting donations Saturday, Dec. 16, from noon until midnight at the Kmart parking lot located at 4070 Ryan St in Lake Charles for its 7th annual ‘Camp for a Cause.’ All donations collected will go to Oasis a Safe Haven for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence to benefit the women and children currently staying at the ... More>>

3 Welsh teens accused of stealing ATVs

Jaquon Pitre (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office) Jaquon Pitre (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)
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Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of stealing ATVs in Calcasieu and Jeff Davis parishes, authorities say. On Nov. 26, the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a stolen Honda ATV. Patrol deputies, with the assistance of the Welsh Police Department, located the ATV in Welsh, said Cmdr. Ramby Cormier, JDSO spokesman.

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Texas man struck and killed on La. 12 overnight

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A Texas man is dead after being struck by a vehicle early Sunday morning while walking on La. 12 in Starks. At 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 10, Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on La. 12 near Old River Road, about 4.5 miles east of the Texas state line, said Sgt. James Anderson, State Police spokesman.

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TRAFFIC: All lanes of I-10 WB open at bridge

Calcasieu River Bridge accident (Source: Google) Calcasieu River Bridge accident (Source: Google)
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The Lake Charles Police Department is urging drivers to avoid I-10 westbound at the Calcasieu River Bridge for the next hour due to a vehicle accident at the base of the bridge, as of 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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Local youth make the most of snow day Video included

Common Street in Lake Charles (Source: KPLC) Common Street in Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)
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If you're a kid, there's just nothing like a snow day! Local children and teens made the most of the opportunity for snow play, a rare opportunity in Southwest Louisiana. As those from areas like the Midwest will tell you, there's nothing like an unexpected snowfall and school cancellation to make it a great day, if you happen to be a kid. 

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Special Report: SWLA Traffic Troubles Video included

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Kristen Harrell              is a traveling teacher in Calcasieu parish.   she lives in lake Charles, spends mornings at Sulphur high and then goes to SAM Houston high in moss bluff for the afternoons. it's a long day. "Traffic from Sulphur into Lake Charles is fairly bad because of people being let off from the plants. Traffic from Lake Charles into Moss Bluff in the afternoon is horrible because of ...

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Barricade situation on Louisiana Avenue ends peacefully Video included

(Source: Antoine Aaron / KPLC) (Source: Antoine Aaron / KPLC)
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Lake Charles police are currently dealing with a barricade situation on Louisiana Avenue, Deputy Chief Mark Kraus confirmed. Kraus asked that the public stay away from the 3000 block of Louisiana Avenue, which is just north of Prien Lake Road. KPLC is at the scene and will have more information as it becomes available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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All-clear given at Entergy's Nelson plant

(Source: Randall Kamm / KPLC) (Source: Randall Kamm / KPLC)
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The all-clear has been given at Entergy's Nelson plant, state police said.

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Fresh Start Initiative helps clean criminal record

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Imagine you turned over a new leaf 20 years ago, yet a past mistake continues to haunt you as far as getting a job and living a good life. The Fresh Start Initiative is for those trying to clean their criminal record.

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