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‘Camp Out for a Cause’ helping feed local needy families

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Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away and one DJ at KIX-96 is gearing up for his annual Campout for a Cause benefiting Abraham’s Tent food pantry. Radio DJ Chad Austin is pitching his tent in front of Ashley Homestore located at 3625 Gerstner Memorial Blvd in Lake Charles starting today, November 20 lasting until noon Wednesday, November 22. Those who would like to donate can stop by day and night to drop off canned and dry goods along frozen meats items such as turkeys, ha... More>>

Multiple agencies respond to Vinton structure fire Sunday

Vinton house fire (Source: KPLC) Vinton house fire (Source: KPLC)
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Multiple agencies worked to knock out a structure fire in Vinton Sunday. Around 3:30 p.m., the Vinton Fire Department responded to a call on Center Street. Fire was showing through the roof of the burning house in two locations when firefighters arrived, said Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Merchant.

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TRAFFIC UPDATE: Accident on I-10 WB near Ruth Street

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The center and right lanes of I-10 westbound near Ruth Street are blocked due to an accident, according to the Department of Transportation and Development. Congestion is approaching South Beglis Parkway, according to DOTD. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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Suspect in deadly Sulphur shooting arrested

Blake Poullard (Source: Sulphur Police Department) Blake Poullard (Source: Sulphur Police Department)
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The suspect in a deadly Saturday afternoon shooting in Sulphur has been arrested. At 1 p.m. on Nov. 18, officers were called to the 1300 block of South Post Oak Road in reference to a shooting, said Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats. Upon arriving, officers found that David Reed III, 24, of Sulphur, had been shot and that the suspect had fled the scene. 

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ELECTION RESULTS - Nov. 18

(Source: Secretary of State) (Source: Secretary of State)
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Results from the Nov. 18 State Treasurer election.

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Nov. 18 election results: Allen, Jeff Davis, Vernon parishes

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Voters in Allen, Jeff Davis and Vernon parishes approved a dozen tax propositions on their ballots Saturday - and Oakdale chose its city marshal. Click HERE to view election results. Michael "Freck" Slaney defeated Joseph "Jody" Chamberlain in a runoff for Oakdale City Marshal. Slaney, R, received 871 votes (59 percent) and Chamberlain, independent, received 617 votes (41 percent).

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Voters talk about low turnout Saturday Video included

(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC) (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
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So many people on the road. Some passing one sign, begging people to vote. Eighty-four: that's how many people stopped and voted at Prien Lake Elementary just as the clock hit noon. "I think everybody should have some kind of voice in what's happening civically," said voter Charles McNeely. 

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New Orleans may have to refund $28M in traffic camera fines

Traffic Lights (Source: Google Images) Traffic Lights (Source: Google Images)

A judge says New Orleans must refund as much as $28 million in fines collected from tickets based on traffic cameras.

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UPDATE: Power restored for most Entergy customers in Lake Charles

Entergy outages in Lake Charles (Source: Entergy) Entergy outages in Lake Charles (Source: Entergy)
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Nearly 1,800 Entergy customers are without power in Lake Charles early Saturday afternoon. According to the company's online power outage map, the outages are in the area of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, along East Prien Lake Road.

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Voters choose Louisiana's next treasurer in Saturday runoff

Derrick Edwards and John Schroder (Source: Candidates' campaign websites) Derrick Edwards and John Schroder (Source: Candidates' campaign websites)

A small percentage of voters are expected to cast ballots in a special election to choose Louisiana's next treasurer.

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CPSO handing out turkeys not tickets Video included

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office teamed up with the owners of a local 5 Star convenience store to spread a little holiday cheer. Deputies were handing out Thanksgiving turkeys instead of tickets to citizens of the parish. Motorists would be pulled over for minor violations such as not wearing a seatbelt or speeding and instead of receiving a ticket, got a holiday turkey.  50 turkeys were donated to the Sheriff's Office for the event.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights ... More>>

BBB warns of phone scam with local numbers Video included

Source: Christian Piekos Source: Christian Piekos
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It's becoming a more than common occurance for many in Southwest Louisiana: receiving a number of phone calls each day from unknown local numbers. "If you don't recognize a number and don't know who it is, you shouldn't answer it," said Carmen Million, president of Southwest Louisiana's Better Business Bureau. Someone, with what appears to be a local number calls your phone. The caller on the other end, however, couldn't be farther away. "These scammers are really so...

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Authorities say suspects in Moss Bluff vehicle burglaries caught on camera

(Source: Calcasie Parish Sheriff's Office) (Source: Calcasie Parish Sheriff's Office)
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Authorities are searching for suspects in a rash of vehicle robberies in Moss Bluff. The suspects broke into numerous vehicles in the areas of Poeyfarre Road, E. Michael Square, N. Michael Square, Erble Lane, N. Perkins Ferry Road, and Coffey Road during the night of Nov. 16 and the early morning hours of Nov. 17, according to a post on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Detectives with the Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) are attempting to identify th...

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Some graves still disturbed from September flooding at Niblett's Bluff Cemetery Video included

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For the second time in less than two years some families must rebury their loved ones laid to rest in Niblett's Bluff Cemetery. The graves were disturbed in September flooding. But this time, there's no federal funding for reburial - at least so far.

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West Calcasieu Solid Waste Center to reopen Saturday; East Calcasieu site to close Nov. 21

(Source: Calcasieu Parish Police Jury) (Source: Calcasieu Parish Police Jury)
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The West Calcasieu Solid Waste Center will reopen Saturday, Nov. 18, according to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. The center, located at 2915 Post Oak Road in Sulphur, has been closed around a month for construction.

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Vernon Sheriff asking for help finding man last seen in late October

Alex Spurgeon (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office) Alex Spurgeon (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
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The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of Alex Spurgeon, 23, of Lacamp.

Spurgeon's family members filed a missing persons report on Nov. 15, in which they indicated they have not seen nor spoken with Alex since late October, according to Rhonda Jordan, VPSO spokeswoman.

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Veteran upset about tattered US flag at Lake Charles post office Video included

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A local veteran is looking for answers after seeing an unserviceable flag flying in front of the post office on Main Street in Lake Charles yesterday. Douglas Ducote, a retired Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, said he could tell the flag has been in bad condition for months. "It's a disgrace," said Ducote. "It's a disgrace to our flag, to our country, to our men and women who have served under this flag."

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Toys for Tots accepting donations in Calcasieu

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)
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The annual Toys for Tots holiday toy collection campaign is in full swing. Collection boxes have been placed at several locations in Calcasieu Parish. Area residents are asked to drop off new, unwrapped toys, for children up to 12 years of age, at any of the following locations: Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2011 Ryan St., Lake Charles Walmart Supercenter, 3415 Gerstner Memorial Blvd., Lake Charles Walmart Neighborhood Market, 260 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy., Moss Bluff Wa...

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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 Video included

(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 Video included

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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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TRAFFIC: Exit ramp from I-210 WB to I-10 EB closed

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The exit ramp from I-210 westbound to I-10 eastbound (Exit 1B) is closed due to emergency road construction, according to the Department of Transportation and Development.

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