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    Eckard wins Lake Charles District G seat, rest of districts headed for runoffs

    Eckard wins Lake Charles District G seat, rest of districts headed for runoffs

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:51 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:51:29 GMT
    Mark Eckard (Source: Lake Charles City Council)Mark Eckard (Source: Lake Charles City Council)

    Lake Charles City Council - District A Morris is the incumbent, elected in 2013 Christopher Archinard (DEM) Cary A. Chavis (DEM) Kecee Lewis (NOPTY) Mary Morris (DEM) Ron Richard (DEM) Lake Charles City Council - District B August is the incumbent. She served on the police jury from 1998 through 2004, having first been appointed to the position when her husband, Allen August, died, then elected. Similarly, she was appointed in 2008 to the Lake Charles City Council when A.B...

    Lake Charles City Council - District A Morris is the incumbent, elected in 2013 Christopher Archinard (DEM) Cary A. Chavis (DEM) Kecee Lewis (NOPTY) Mary Morris (DEM) Ron Richard (DEM) Lake Charles City Council - District B August is the incumbent. She served on the police jury from 1998 through 2004, having first been appointed to the position when her husband, Allen August, died, then elected. Similarly, she was appointed in 2008 to the Lake Charles City Council when A.B...

  • Perret, Theall in runoff for 3rd Circuit seat

    Perret, Theall in runoff for 3rd Circuit seat

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:27 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:27:41 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Candyce Perret and Susan Theall are in a runoff for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, 3rd District Division B seat.

    Candyce Perret and Susan Theall are in a runoff for the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, 3rd District Division B seat.

  • Vinton voters decide to keep mayor, police chief

    Vinton voters decide to keep mayor, police chief

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:01 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:01:51 GMT
    (Source:KPLC)(Source:KPLC)

    In Vinton, voters decided to keep Kenneth Stinson as their mayor and Ricky Fox as their police chief.

    In Vinton, voters decided to keep Kenneth Stinson as their mayor and Ricky Fox as their police chief.

  • LAKE CHARLES MAYOR'S RACE: Hunter, Carter headed for runoff

    LAKE CHARLES MAYOR'S RACE: Hunter, Carter headed for runoff

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:38 PM EDT2017-03-26 02:38:05 GMT
    Nic Hunter and Wilford CarterNic Hunter and Wilford Carter

    Nic Hunter and Wilford Carter Sr. are headed for a runoff to become Lake Charles' first new mayor since 2000.

    Nic Hunter and Wilford Carter Sr. are headed for a runoff to become Lake Charles' first new mayor since 2000.

  • Westlake voters approve both sales tax renewals

    Westlake voters approve both sales tax renewals

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:30 PM EDT2017-03-26 02:30:43 GMT
    (Source: trulia.com)(Source: trulia.com)

    Westlake residents approved both sales tax renewals on Saturday's ballot.

    Westlake residents approved both sales tax renewals on Saturday's ballot.

  • Jeff Davis: Two in run-off for Jennings mayor, city council incumbent retains his seat

    Jeff Davis: Two in run-off for Jennings mayor, city council incumbent retains his seat

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:22 PM EDT2017-03-26 02:22:25 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    In Jennings, there will be a run-off for the Jennings mayor, while a city council incumbent retained his seat.

    In Jennings, there will be a run-off for the Jennings mayor, while a city council incumbent retained his seat.

  • March 25 Election Results

    March 25 Election Results

    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    March 25 Election Results.

    March 25 Election Results.

  • UPDATE: Man who threatened officer with knife at casino charged with attempted first-degree murder

    UPDATE: Man who threatened officer with knife at casino charged with attempted first-degree murder

    Saturday, March 25 2017 8:42 PM EDT2017-03-26 00:42:24 GMT
    Reginald Wayne Kinsey (Source: Louisiana State Police)Reginald Wayne Kinsey (Source: Louisiana State Police)

    The Houston man who was shot after threatening a Westlake police officer with a knife last week in the Isle of Capri parking lot has been accused of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

    The Houston man who was shot after threatening a Westlake police officer with a knife last week in the Isle of Capri parking lot has been accused of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

  • Westlake sales taxes up for renewal

    Westlake sales taxes up for renewal

    Saturday, March 25 2017 1:16 AM EDT2017-03-25 05:16:14 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    Two sales taxes are up for renewal in Westlake on Saturday. 

    Two sales taxes are up for renewal in Westlake on Saturday. 

  • La. could face huge financial losses without coastal master plan

    La. could face huge financial losses without coastal master plan

    Friday, March 24 2017 11:31 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:31:10 GMT
    Coastal Restoration (Source: KPLC)Coastal Restoration (Source: KPLC)

    Hurricane Rita was something that was devastating to Southwest Louisiana. 

    Hurricane Rita was something that was devastating to Southwest Louisiana. 

  • Ali Barconey found guilty of second-degree murder in 2014 death of Nathaniel Reynaud

    Ali Barconey found guilty of second-degree murder in 2014 death of Nathaniel Reynaud

    Friday, March 24 2017 11:13 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:13:44 GMT
    Nathaniel Reynaud (Source: Family)Nathaniel Reynaud (Source: Family)

    It took an hour and 25 minutes for jurors to come back with a guilty verdict for Ali Lee Barconey, now convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Nathaniel "Dirty Red" Reynaud.

    It took an hour and 25 minutes for jurors to come back with a guilty verdict for Ali Lee Barconey, now convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Nathaniel "Dirty Red" Reynaud.

  • LABI meeting: Businesses worry how state's budget problems affect them

    LABI meeting: Businesses worry how state's budget problems affect them

    Friday, March 24 2017 8:50 PM EDT2017-03-25 00:50:47 GMT

    There was a packed house Friday afternoon at the Port of Lake Charles where area business owners learned more about how the upcoming legislative session impacts them. 

    There was a packed house Friday afternoon at the Port of Lake Charles where area business owners learned more about how the upcoming legislative session impacts them. 

  • WATCH IT ONE MORE TIME: Lake Charles mayoral forum

    WATCH IT ONE MORE TIME: Lake Charles mayoral forum

    Friday, March 24 2017 7:56 PM EDT2017-03-24 23:56:35 GMT

    KPLC will be broadcasting the mayoral forum live on the KPLC mobile app and the KPLC Facebook page.

    KPLC will be broadcasting the mayoral forum live on the KPLC mobile app and the KPLC Facebook page.

  • Procession for Crowley K-9 killed in action travels to Lake Charles

    Procession for Crowley K-9 killed in action travels to Lake Charles

    Friday, March 24 2017 7:26 PM EDT2017-03-24 23:26:49 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    On National Puppy Day, news broke of the K-9 officer who was killed in the line of duty.

    On National Puppy Day, news broke of the K-9 officer who was killed in the line of duty.

  • LC police: Victim of N. Booker Street shooting 'declines to pursue matter'

    LC police: Victim of N. Booker Street shooting 'declines to pursue matter'

    Friday, March 24 2017 7:14 PM EDT2017-03-24 23:14:33 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whiittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whiittington/KPLC)

    A man was shot in the back Friday afternoon in the 800 block of North Booker Street in Lake Charles, police said.

    A man was shot in the back Friday afternoon in the 800 block of North Booker Street in Lake Charles, police said.

  • Police jury approves resolution to purchase La. Avenue property for drainage pond

    Police jury approves resolution to purchase La. Avenue property for drainage pond

    Friday, March 24 2017 12:29 AM EDT2017-03-24 04:29:55 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Hoping to address drainage concerns in the parish, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury on Thursday adopted a resolution allowing it to move forward with the purchase of some 16 acres off Louisiana Avenue, along Contraband Bayou. 

    Hoping to address drainage concerns in the parish, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury on Thursday adopted a resolution allowing it to move forward with the purchase of some 16 acres off Louisiana Avenue, along Contraband Bayou. 

  • South Lake Charles residents complain about dirty water

    South Lake Charles residents complain about dirty water

    Friday, March 24 2017 12:12 AM EDT2017-03-24 04:12:02 GMT
    (Source: Tim Klein)(Source: Tim Klein)

    Tim Klein’s water looks clean now, but over the past five years, it hasn’t always been that way.

    Tim Klein’s water looks clean now, but over the past five years, it hasn’t always been that way.

  • Police jury recognizes La. Political Museum and Hall of Fame inductee James Beam

    Police jury recognizes La. Political Museum and Hall of Fame inductee James Beam

    Thursday, March 23 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-03-24 03:37:04 GMT

    The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury recognized James "Jim" Beam Thursday. Beam was recently inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame. 

    The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury recognized James "Jim" Beam Thursday. Beam was recently inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame. 

  • Lyft's first day was not without its challenges

    Lyft's first day was not without its challenges

    Thursday, March 23 2017 11:29 PM EDT2017-03-24 03:29:21 GMT
    (Source: Lyft)(Source: Lyft)

    A popular ride service company has made its way to Lake Charles.

    A popular ride service company has made its way to Lake Charles.

  • LIVE UPDATES: Barconey's nephew says he saw his uncle kill Nathaniel Reynaud

    LIVE UPDATES: Barconey's nephew says he saw his uncle kill Nathaniel Reynaud

    Thursday, March 23 2017 9:20 PM EDT2017-03-24 01:20:57 GMT

    The state’s final witness on Thursday was one of the three armed intruders in the 2014 Allen Street shooting. And he is Ali Barconey’s nephew.

    The state’s final witness on Thursday was one of the three armed intruders in the 2014 Allen Street shooting. And he is Ali Barconey’s nephew.

  • Foggy weather causes hazards on the road

    Foggy weather causes hazards on the road

    Thursday, March 23 2017 7:34 PM EDT2017-03-23 23:34:34 GMT

    After this streak of foggy mornings that Southwest Louisiana's been having, Louisiana State Police Troop D wants to remind drivers to take caution on the roads.

    After this streak of foggy mornings that Southwest Louisiana's been having, Louisiana State Police Troop D wants to remind drivers to take caution on the roads.

  • 36 officers graduate from Regional Training Academy

    36 officers graduate from Regional Training Academy

    Thursday, March 23 2017 7:01 PM EDT2017-03-23 23:01:28 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A total of 36 officers from 13 agencies in the six-parish area graduated from the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy Thursday. 

    A total of 36 officers from 13 agencies in the six-parish area graduated from the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy Thursday. 

  • Scammer confronted by LCPD officer claims to also be police officer

    Scammer confronted by LCPD officer claims to also be police officer

    Thursday, March 23 2017 7:00 PM EDT2017-03-23 23:00:34 GMT
    IRS ScamIRS Scam
    When a Lake Charles Police Department officer answered a scammer's phone call and identified himself as a police officer, the scammer responded by saying he was a police officer. The actual officer was responding to a suspicious circumstances call at 10:47 a.m., Wednesday, said Lt. Richard Harrell, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. A 24-year-old man had received a call from a scammer with a foreign accent who said he was with an Internal Revenue Service agent and that the ma...
    When a Lake Charles Police Department officer answered a scammer's phone call and identified himself as a police officer, the scammer responded by saying he was a police officer. The actual officer was responding to a suspicious circumstances call at 10:47 a.m., Wednesday, said Lt. Richard Harrell, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. A 24-year-old man had received a call from a scammer with a foreign accent who said he was with an Internal Revenue Service agent and that the ma...
  • BREAKING

    Crowley police dog shot and killed overnight brought to Calcasieu Parish

    Crowley police dog shot and killed overnight brought to Calcasieu Parish

    Thursday, March 23 2017 5:54 PM EDT2017-03-23 21:54:25 GMT
    Roscoe and his handler Tate Thibodeaux (Source: Crowley Police Department)Roscoe and his handler Tate Thibodeaux (Source: Crowley Police Department)

    A Crowley Police Department K-9 officer died in an overnight shooting that left two others dead and an officer wounded.  The K-9 officer Roscoe was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office on Thursday around noon. Police held a procession for the slain K-9 officer. Roscoe is set to be cremated tomorrow in Sulphur.  State police are continuing to investigate the shooting. The identity of the victims are unknown at this time. Copyright ...

    A Crowley Police Department K-9 officer died in an overnight shooting that left two others dead and an officer wounded.  The K-9 officer Roscoe was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office on Thursday around noon. Police held a procession for the slain K-9 officer. Roscoe is set to be cremated tomorrow in Sulphur.  State police are continuing to investigate the shooting. The identity of the victims are unknown at this time. Copyright ...

  • MUST-WATCH VIDEO: Fire destroys 18-wheeler at truck stop in Roanoke

    MUST-WATCH VIDEO: Fire destroys 18-wheeler at truck stop in Roanoke

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:38 AM EDT2017-03-23 04:38:25 GMT
    (Source: Rick Johnson / KPLC viewer)(Source: Rick Johnson / KPLC viewer)

    An 18-wheeler that caught fire at Peto's Travel Center in Roanoke was completely destroyed. The fire started in the truck and spread to the trailer, said Jeff Davis Sheriff Ivy Woods. No injuries were reported. Woods said the truck was carrying some type of consumer products and included some batteries. He said investigators are unsure of everything the truck was hauling because the manifest burned. "The only thing you can see is the radiator and the block, and that's it,...

    An 18-wheeler that caught fire at Peto's Travel Center in Roanoke was completely destroyed. The fire started in the truck and spread to the trailer, said Jeff Davis Sheriff Ivy Woods. No injuries were reported. Woods said the truck was carrying some type of consumer products and included some batteries. He said investigators are unsure of everything the truck was hauling because the manifest burned. "The only thing you can see is the radiator and the block, and that's it,...

  • Residents complain about crashes at intersection of La. 14 and La. 397

    Residents complain about crashes at intersection of La. 14 and La. 397

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:50 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:50:01 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Speeding - it's what most drivers are doing at the intersection of La. 397 and La. 14, but that's not what terrifies Abby Lejeune. 

    Speeding - it's what most drivers are doing at the intersection of La. 397 and La. 14, but that's not what terrifies Abby Lejeune. 

  • SPECIAL REPORT: CDC says state's life expectancy fourth lowest in the nation

    SPECIAL REPORT: CDC says state's life expectancy fourth lowest in the nation

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 11:25 PM EDT2017-03-23 03:25:45 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    In a state that's famous for letting the good times roll, there's an abundance of good food and fun times, but all of that comes with a price tag. 

    In a state that's famous for letting the good times roll, there's an abundance of good food and fun times, but all of that comes with a price tag. 

  • Hiring Our Heroes job fair helps veterans build resumes, interviewing and networking skills

    Hiring Our Heroes job fair helps veterans build resumes, interviewing and networking skills

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-03-23 00:51:40 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    Veterans looking for jobs, active duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses attended a one-of-a-kind career fair in Lake Charles on Wednesday.

    Veterans looking for jobs, active duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses attended a one-of-a-kind career fair in Lake Charles on Wednesday.

  • There's more than just the Lake Charles mayoral race on this weekend's ballot

    There's more than just the Lake Charles mayoral race on this weekend's ballot

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 7:22 PM EDT2017-03-22 23:22:53 GMT
    Vote (Source: KPLC)Vote (Source: KPLC)

    Although the Mayoral race is the hot ticket item on this Saturday's ballot, there are 13 positions needing filled in Calcasieu Parish.

    Although the Lake Charles mayoral race is the hot ticket item on this Saturday's ballot, there are 13 seats up for grabs in Calcasieu Parish.

  • BREAKING

    Lyft arrives in Lake Charles on Thursday

    Lyft arrives in Lake Charles on Thursday

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 5:01 PM EDT2017-03-22 21:01:22 GMT
    (Source: Lyft)(Source: Lyft)

    The ride-booking company, Lyft, is launching in 25 U.S. cities on Thursday - and Lake Charles is one of them.

    The ride-booking company, Lyft, is launching in 25 U.S. cities on Thursday - and Lake Charles is one of them.

  • 60-year-old man burned in Jennings after 'prank' goes wrong

    60-year-old man burned in Jennings after 'prank' goes wrong

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 4:09 PM EDT2017-03-22 20:09:13 GMT
    Antonio Allen Dugas (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)Antonio Allen Dugas (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)

    A 60-year-old man was burned and a 25-year-old man was arrested after a "prank" went wrong on S. Doyle Street in Jennings Saturday night, authorities said. Antonio Dugas, 25, and another subject were videotaping themselves setting fire to the victim's clothing with cigarette lighters then sending the videos through SnapChat, said Deputy Chief Danny Semmes, with the Jennings Police Department. The man suffered burns to the left side of his rib cage. The other subject is sti...

    A 60-year-old man was burned and a 25-year-old man was arrested after a "prank" went wrong on S. Doyle Street in Jennings Saturday night, authorities said. Antonio Dugas, 25, and another subject were videotaping themselves setting fire to the victim's clothing with cigarette lighters then sending the videos through SnapChat, said Deputy Chief Danny Semmes, with the Jennings Police Department. The man suffered burns to the left side of his rib cage. The other subject is sti...

  • Coast Guard evacuates man with broken leg, arm from offshore supply vessel near Sabine Pass

    Coast Guard evacuates man with broken leg, arm from offshore supply vessel near Sabine Pass

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 1:23 PM EDT2017-03-22 17:23:21 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)
    A 45-year-old man who fell and broke an arm and a leg on an offshore supply vessel Wednesday was transported by the Coast Guard to Station Sabine (in Port Arthur, TX) for medical treatment. The boat was about 14 miles off the Texas Point Wildlife Refuge, according to a news release from the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard's Sector Houston-Galveston received a report around 7:45 a.m. that a crewmember had fallen on the 120-foot boat Poppa John and was in extreme pain. A 45-foot re...
    A 45-year-old man who fell and broke an arm and a leg on an offshore supply vessel Wednesday was transported by the Coast Guard to Station Sabine (in Port Arthur, TX) for medical treatment. The boat was about 14 miles off the Texas Point Wildlife Refuge, according to a news release from the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard's Sector Houston-Galveston received a report around 7:45 a.m. that a crewmember had fallen on the 120-foot boat Poppa John and was in extreme pain. A 45-foot re...
  • LIVE UPDATES: Testimony under way in second-degree murder trial of Ali Barconey

    LIVE UPDATES: Testimony under way in second-degree murder trial of Ali Barconey

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 12:15 PM EDT2017-03-22 16:15:25 GMT
    Ali Lee Barconey (Source: Lake Charles Police)Ali Lee Barconey (Source: Lake Charles Police)

    Testimony is under way in the second-degree murder trial of Ali Barconey. Jurors heard from a man who was shot during the 2014 Allen Street home invasion in which Nathaniel "Dirty Red" Reynaud was killed. Dwayne Willis was shot in the head during a struggle after three masked men with guns broke into the house on Allen Street - a house where prosecutors say a man named Mr. Howard sold cocaine. KPLC's Theresa Schmidt is in the courtroom. Mobile users, click HERE to follow ...

    Testimony is under way in the second-degree murder trial of Ali Barconey. Jurors heard from a man who was shot during the 2014 Allen Street home invasion in which Nathaniel "Dirty Red" Reynaud was killed. Dwayne Willis was shot in the head during a struggle after three masked men with guns broke into the house on Allen Street - a house where prosecutors say a man named Mr. Howard sold cocaine. KPLC's Theresa Schmidt is in the courtroom. Mobile users, click HERE to follow ...

  • La. parents can now make cash child support payments

    La. parents can now make cash child support payments

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 7:04 PM EDT2017-03-21 23:04:52 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Parents can now stop by any MoneyGram location across the state to make cash payments toward child support dues, thanks to The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services teaming up with the money transfer company.

    Parents can now stop by any MoneyGram location across the state to make cash payments toward child support dues, thanks to The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services teaming up with the money transfer company.

  • McNeese holds Academic Signing Day

    McNeese holds Academic Signing Day

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 5:39 PM EDT2017-03-21 21:39:56 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Over 450 students committed to McNeese today, but not for sports. 

    Over 450 students committed to McNeese today, but not for sports. 

  • Congressman Higgins honors fallen deputy before U.S. House

    Congressman Higgins honors fallen deputy before U.S. House

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 2:23 PM EDT2017-03-21 18:23:11 GMT
    Sgt. Shawn T. Anderson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)Sgt. Shawn T. Anderson (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

    State Representative Clay Higgins, R, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House Monday, honoring East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Shawn Anderson, who was killed in the line of duty Saturday night. Anderson, 43, was shot and killed while conducting an investigation at Classic Cuts, a barbershop off of O'Neal Lane. The suspect, Brandon Wiley, 30, was an employee there. "I rise today with a saddened heart for my friend and comrade Sgt. Shawn T. Anderson, a veteran and h...

    State Representative Clay Higgins, R, spoke on the floor of the U.S. House Monday, honoring East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Shawn Anderson, who was killed in the line of duty Saturday night. Anderson, 43, was shot and killed while conducting an investigation at Classic Cuts, a barbershop off of O'Neal Lane. The suspect, Brandon Wiley, 30, was an employee there. "I rise today with a saddened heart for my friend and comrade Sgt. Shawn T. Anderson, a veteran and h...

  • 71-year-old man drowns while fishing in Toledo Bend on Monday

    71-year-old man drowns while fishing in Toledo Bend on Monday

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 7:41 AM EDT2017-03-21 11:41:26 GMT

    A Sabine Parish man accidentally drowned while fishing at Toledo Bend Monday afternoon, according to the Sabine Parish Coroner's Office. Philip LeBlanc Sr., 71, went fishing alone around 2 p.m.  The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office received a call about a missing fisherman about 4:30 p.m. His boat was found in the Pirate's Cover area, said Ron Rivers, assistant coroner. The sheriff's office, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents and Central Sabine Fire District searched t...

    A Sabine Parish man accidentally drowned while fishing at Toledo Bend Monday afternoon, according to the Sabine Parish Coroner's Office. Philip LeBlanc Sr., 71, went fishing alone around 2 p.m.  The Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office received a call about a missing fisherman about 4:30 p.m. His boat was found in the Pirate's Cover area, said Ron Rivers, assistant coroner. The sheriff's office, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents and Central Sabine Fire District searched t...

  • UPDATE: Man brandishing knife shot by Westlake police officer, suspect recovering

    UPDATE: Man brandishing knife shot by Westlake police officer, suspect recovering

    Tuesday, March 21 2017 12:56 AM EDT2017-03-21 04:56:43 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    "Shots fired! Westlake! Shots fired! Westlake! We need backup!"

    "Shots fired! Westlake! Shots fired! Westlake! We need backup!"

  • Sabine Rising: Evans - one year later

    Sabine Rising: Evans - one year later

    Monday, March 20 2017 11:59 PM EDT2017-03-21 03:59:24 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    This month marks one year since the Sabine River flooding took place - leaving many families along the Sabine River homeless. 

    This month marks one year since the Sabine River flooding took place - leaving many families along the Sabine River homeless. 

  • SWLA human services transportation facing cuts

    SWLA human services transportation facing cuts

    Monday, March 20 2017 7:46 PM EDT2017-03-20 23:46:35 GMT

    Public transit providers and human services agencies throughout the five parish area have begun to discuss the needs they see and what can be done to coordinate already existing resources to meet them. 

    Public transit providers and human services agencies throughout the five parish area have begun to discuss the needs they see and what can be done to coordinate already existing resources to meet them. 

  • CHRISTUS' Regional Heart Center gets new name

    CHRISTUS' Regional Heart Center gets new name

    Monday, March 20 2017 6:46 PM EDT2017-03-20 22:46:09 GMT
    (Source: CHRISTUS-St. Patrick Hospital)(Source: CHRISTUS-St. Patrick Hospital)

    The CHRISTUS-St. Patrick Health System's Regional Heart Center has now been renamed to the "John & Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center," thanks to a $1.1 million donation from the couple.

    The CHRISTUS-St. Patrick Health System's Regional Heart Center has now been renamed to the "John & Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center," thanks to a $1.1 million donation from the couple.

  • Moss Bluff man accused of fourth-offense DWI after flipping truck

    Moss Bluff man accused of fourth-offense DWI after flipping truck

    Monday, March 20 2017 6:01 PM EDT2017-03-20 22:01:07 GMT
    Dustin Monceaux (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Dustin Monceaux (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Moss Bluff man is accused of fourth-offense DWI after running his vehicle off the road and hitting a culvert, a stop sign, and a utility pole, causing it to flip over, trapping him inside, authorities said. 

    A Moss Bluff man is accused of fourth-offense DWI after running his vehicle off the road and hitting a culvert, a stop sign, and a utility pole, causing it to flip over, trapping him inside, authorities said. 

  • BREAKING

    LCPD: Woman robs bar of tip jar using what appears to be 'long rifle'

    LCPD: Woman robs bar of tip jar using what appears to be 'long rifle'

    Monday, March 20 2017 2:31 PM EDT2017-03-20 18:31:26 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    A woman entered a Lake Street bar early Saturday morning armed with what appeared to be a "long rifle" and stole the tip jar off the counter, authorities said. The woman first demanded money before grabbing the tip jar off the counter and fleeing in a Buick LeSabre, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. The incident happened at Linda's Lounge, at 4338 Lake Street. Keeshala Demetra Jacobs, 39, was arrested and charged with first-degre...
    A woman entered a Lake Street bar early Saturday morning armed with what appeared to be a "long rifle" and stole the tip jar off the counter, authorities said. The woman first demanded money before grabbing the tip jar off the counter and fleeing in a Buick LeSabre, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. The incident happened at Linda's Lounge, at 4338 Lake Street. Keeshala Demetra Jacobs, 39, was arrested and charged with first-degre...
  • WATCH LIVE: FBI Director Comey testifies before House Intelligence Committee

    WATCH LIVE: FBI Director Comey testifies before House Intelligence Committee

    Monday, March 20 2017 10:18 AM EDT2017-03-20 14:18:17 GMT

    FBI Director James Comey will testify this morning before the House Intelligence Committee. The Committee is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the election, along with allegations of surveillance and any possible connections between Russia and President Donald Trump's associates.

    FBI Director James Comey will testify this morning before the House Intelligence Committee. The Committee is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the election, along with allegations of surveillance and any possible connections between Russia and President Donald Trump's associates.

  • BREAKING

    LCPD - Vidor woman arrested in connection with Saturday morning bank robbery

    LCPD - Vidor woman arrested in connection with Saturday morning bank robbery

    Saturday, March 18 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-03-19 02:35:23 GMT

    The Whitney Bank branch on Country Club Road was robbed Saturday morning, authorities confirmed. One person has been apprehended, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. The robbery happened around 11 a.m. More information is expected to be released. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    The Whitney Bank branch on Country Club Road was robbed Saturday morning, authorities confirmed. One person has been apprehended, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. The robbery happened around 11 a.m. More information is expected to be released. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • BREAKING

    DeQuincy teen killed in Friday afternoon crash in Sulphur

    DeQuincy teen killed in Friday afternoon crash in Sulphur

    Saturday, March 18 2017 3:08 PM EDT2017-03-18 19:08:43 GMT
    (Source: Sulphur Police Department)(Source: Sulphur Police Department)

    A 17-year-old DeQuincy teenager was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on N. Cities Service Hwy late Friday afternoon, authorities said. Madeline Main was pronounced dead at the scene, said Mel Estess, Sulphur Police Department spokesman. Sulphur police responded to the crash at the intersection of Cities Service and Dubach Street shortly after 5 p.m., Estess said. Main, who was driving a 2009 Lincoln MKZ, was exiting Walmart, attempting to turn northbound on Cities Service, when...

    A 17-year-old DeQuincy teenager was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on N. Cities Service Hwy late Friday afternoon, authorities said. Madeline Main was pronounced dead at the scene, said Mel Estess, Sulphur Police Department spokesman. Sulphur police responded to the crash at the intersection of Cities Service and Dubach Street shortly after 5 p.m., Estess said. Main, who was driving a 2009 Lincoln MKZ, was exiting Walmart, attempting to turn northbound on Cities Service, when...

  • 'Cinderella's Closet' helping make prom a dream come true for Jeff Davis students

    'Cinderella's Closet' helping make prom a dream come true for Jeff Davis students

    Saturday, March 18 2017 12:29 AM EDT2017-03-18 04:29:18 GMT

    It's the one night in high school that many never forget, prom. But with prom becoming very costly, especially when it comes to finding a dress, it prompts many girls to make that difficult decision not to go.  "I was debating on it," said Jennings High School Junior, Harlee Istre.  That it being prom.  "We hear a lot of the need especially of the young ladies that are not going to prom, because they don't have the dress or they can't find the dre...

    It's the one night in high school that many never forget, prom. But with prom becoming very costly, especially when it comes to finding a dress, it prompts many girls to make that difficult decision not to go.  "I was debating on it," said Jennings High School Junior, Harlee Istre.  That it being prom.  "We hear a lot of the need especially of the young ladies that are not going to prom, because they don't have the dress or they can't find the dre...

  • Live at the Lakefront draws quite a crowd

    Live at the Lakefront draws quite a crowd

    Friday, March 17 2017 11:23 PM EDT2017-03-18 03:23:18 GMT

    The free concert series, "Live at the Lakefront" kicked off Friday evening at the Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheatre.

    The free concert series, "Live at the Lakefront" kicked off Friday evening at the Lake Charles Civic Center Amphitheatre.

  • Arts funding takes hit in President's budget proposal

    Arts funding takes hit in President's budget proposal

    Friday, March 17 2017 10:25 PM EDT2017-03-18 02:25:37 GMT

    While music lovers sat on the amphitheater lawn for Live at the Lakefront Friday night, those who helped organize the event had one more thing on their minds - the potential hit to their budget.

    While music lovers sat on the amphitheater lawn for Live at the Lakefront Friday night, those who helped organize the event had one more thing on their minds - the potential hit to their budget.

  • UPDATE: Sulphur police: One dead in three-vehicle crash on Cities Service

    UPDATE: Sulphur police: One dead in three-vehicle crash on Cities Service

    Friday, March 17 2017 10:19 PM EDT2017-03-18 02:19:01 GMT

    One person has died in a three-vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler on Cities Service HIghway, Sulphur Police Department Chief Lewis Coats confirmed.

    One person has died in a three-vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler on Cities Service HIghway, Sulphur Police Department Chief Lewis Coats confirmed.

  • Hodges Gardens State Park faces closure due to funding cuts

    Hodges Gardens State Park faces closure due to funding cuts

    Friday, March 17 2017 8:19 PM EDT2017-03-18 00:19:26 GMT

    One of the largest tourist attractions in Louisiana and the nation could close because of state budget cuts.

    One of the largest tourist attractions in Louisiana and the nation could close because of state budget cuts.

  • CPSO donates two police units to Oakdale Police Department

    CPSO donates two police units to Oakdale Police Department

    Friday, March 17 2017 5:51 PM EDT2017-03-17 21:51:08 GMT
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has donated two Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors to the Oakdale Police Department. (Source: Facebook)The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has donated two Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors to the Oakdale Police Department. (Source: Facebook)

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has donated two police units to the Oakdale Police Department, the Oakdale force announced on its website Friday. The vehicles are Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. Oakdale Police Chief Joseph Lockett Sr. thanked Sheriff Tony Mancuso: I would like to thank Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs office. Today the Sheriff donated two police units to the Oakdale Police Dept. Calcasieu has a great Sheriff, looking out for ot...

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has donated two police units to the Oakdale Police Department, the Oakdale force announced on its website Friday. The vehicles are Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors. Oakdale Police Chief Joseph Lockett Sr. thanked Sheriff Tony Mancuso: I would like to thank Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs office. Today the Sheriff donated two police units to the Oakdale Police Dept. Calcasieu has a great Sheriff, looking out for ot...

  • WATCH LIVE at 12:20 p.m.: President Trump and German Chancellor Merkel speak

    WATCH LIVE at 12:20 p.m.: President Trump and German Chancellor Merkel speak

    Friday, March 17 2017 12:45 PM EDT2017-03-17 16:45:04 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are expected to hold a joint news conference at 12:20 p.m. today.

    President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are expected to hold a joint news conference at 12:20 p.m. today.

  • Forum held at McNeese to discuss the future of higher education in state

    Friday, March 17 2017 12:15 AM EDT2017-03-17 04:15:19 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    The TOPS scholarship program, which provides tuition money for Louisiana's brightest students, is once again short on cash. 

    The TOPS scholarship program, which provides tuition money for Louisiana's brightest students, is once again short on cash. 

  • Oakdale flooding one year later: 'We have a lot of empty homes now'

    Oakdale flooding one year later: 'We have a lot of empty homes now'

    Thursday, March 16 2017 11:31 PM EDT2017-03-17 03:31:07 GMT

    When the Calcasieu River rose this time last year,  several dozens of Allen Parish homes were damaged. Oakdale was one of the hardest hit areas in Allen Parish, with entire communities losing their homes. 

    When the Calcasieu River rose this time last year,  several dozens of Allen Parish homes were damaged. Oakdale was one of the hardest hit areas in Allen Parish, with entire communities losing their homes. 

  • Is Louisiana experiencing climate change?

    Is Louisiana experiencing climate change?

    Thursday, March 16 2017 11:18 PM EDT2017-03-17 03:18:20 GMT
    Source: Max McGeeSource: Max McGee

    To understand weather patterns today, take a look back at March and August 2016 – when flooding ravaged areas along the Sabine River and Baton Rouge area.

    To understand weather patterns today, take a look back at March and August 2016 – when flooding ravaged areas along the Sabine River and Baton Rouge area.

  • Junior League gives Big Brothers Big Sisters a 'one-of-a-kind' room

    Junior League gives Big Brothers Big Sisters a 'one-of-a-kind' room

    Thursday, March 16 2017 10:53 PM EDT2017-03-17 02:53:17 GMT
    (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)

    The Junior League of Lake Charles recruits new members each year. But to become an active member, a recruit must first go through a one-year Junior League provisional class. Every year, the provisional class selects a community service project, as part of its orientation. This year, it selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana. "Everybody came every single day for two weeks to make this possible," said Jenna Fusilier, execution co-chairwoman with the provis...

    The Junior League of Lake Charles recruits new members each year. But to become an active member, a recruit must first go through a one-year Junior League provisional class. Every year, the provisional class selects a community service project, as part of its orientation. This year, it selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana. "Everybody came every single day for two weeks to make this possible," said Jenna Fusilier, execution co-chairwoman with the provis...

  • LaGrange High School goes wild for 'Madagascar Jr. the Musical'

    LaGrange High School goes wild for 'Madagascar Jr. the Musical'

    Thursday, March 16 2017 10:47 PM EDT2017-03-17 02:47:09 GMT
    Evan Seago (Source: KPLC)Evan Seago (Source: KPLC)

    Lions, lemurs, zebras and more will soon take over LaGrange High School. 

    Lions, lemurs, zebras and more will soon take over LaGrange High School. 

  • Sheriff's office sergeant battling cancer finds comfort in family, friends

    Sheriff's office sergeant battling cancer finds comfort in family, friends

    Thursday, March 16 2017 10:09 PM EDT2017-03-17 02:09:56 GMT

    Cancer runs in 44-year-old Lorne Mott's family. But he still never believed it would happen to him. 

    Cancer runs in 44-year-old Lorne Mott's family. But he still never believed it would happen to him. 

  • Many are turning to natural medicine to keep them healthy

    Many are turning to natural medicine to keep them healthy

    Thursday, March 16 2017 7:31 PM EDT2017-03-16 23:31:11 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    Whether it's because traditional medicine isn't helping their conditions or because it can be less damaging to organs and their bodies, many people are turning to holistic medicine.

    Whether it's because traditional medicine isn't helping their conditions or because it can be less damaging to organs and their bodies, many people are turning to holistic medicine.

  • Woman in captivity for 18 years visits Lake Charles for police training

    Woman in captivity for 18 years visits Lake Charles for police training

    Thursday, March 16 2017 7:14 PM EDT2017-03-16 23:14:41 GMT

    She lived in captivity for 18 years and bore two children by her abductor. But Jaycee Dugard was rescued in 2009 after two campus police in California noticed something not right about a man with two young girls.

    She lived in captivity for 18 years and bore two children by her abductor. But Jaycee Dugard was rescued in 2009 after two campus police in California noticed something not right about a man with two young girls.

  • BREAKING

    16-year-old indicted on manslaughter charges in shooting death of another 16-year-old boy

    16-year-old indicted on manslaughter charges in shooting death of another 16-year-old boy

    Thursday, March 16 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-03-16 18:43:42 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    A 16-year-old boy was indicted on manslaughter charges Thursday in connection with the Feb. 23 shooting of another 16-year-old boy in the 1700 block of Rena Street. Authorities with the Lake Charles Police Department said at the time that the death was the result of "horseplaying" with two loaded guns. Christopher Wright was pronounced dead at the scene. More here: 16-year-old boy shot to death in 1700 block of Rena Street LCPD: Death of 16-year-old shot, killed on Rena...
    A 16-year-old boy was indicted on manslaughter charges Thursday in connection with the Feb. 23 shooting of another 16-year-old boy in the 1700 block of Rena Street. Authorities with the Lake Charles Police Department said at the time that the death was the result of "horseplaying" with two loaded guns. Christopher Wright was pronounced dead at the scene. More here: 16-year-old boy shot to death in 1700 block of Rena Street LCPD: Death of 16-year-old shot, killed on Rena...
  • BREAKING

    Another arrest made in February 2015 Lake Arthur homicide case

    Another arrest made in February 2015 Lake Arthur homicide case

    Thursday, March 16 2017 2:23 PM EDT2017-03-16 18:23:21 GMT
    Damian Vaughn Robinson (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)Damian Vaughn Robinson (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)

    A 19-year-old man has been arrested on after-the-fact accessory charges in connection with the Feb. 2015 death of 73-year-old Charles Raymond Talen. Damian Vaughn Robinson, of Lake Arthur, is at least the 11th arrest in connection with Talen's death.

    A 19-year-old man has been arrested on after-the-fact accessory charges in connection with the Feb. 2015 death of 73-year-old Charles Raymond Talen. Damian Vaughn Robinson, of Lake Arthur, is at least the 11th arrest in connection with Talen's death.

  • Lake Charles man accused of peeping into woman's window

    Lake Charles man accused of peeping into woman's window

    Thursday, March 16 2017 12:44 PM EDT2017-03-16 16:44:17 GMT
    Davelle Burnett (Lake Charles Police Department)Davelle Burnett (Lake Charles Police Department)

    The home had been burglarized months earlier and several other criminal incidents have been reported since.

    Chief Deputy Mark Kraus said the incident happened on 16th Street on March 10.

  • Drew Brees invests in Waitr

    Drew Brees invests in Waitr

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 10:19 PM EDT2017-03-16 02:19:11 GMT
    (Source: Waitr app)(Source: Waitr app)

    A star athlete is hoping to make a touchdown with his new investment in the Lake Charles-based food delivery app, Waitr. 

    A star athlete is hoping to make a touchdown with his new investment in the Lake Charles-based food delivery app, Waitr. 

  • SWLA youth 'Kick Butts'

    SWLA youth 'Kick Butts'

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 9:02 PM EDT2017-03-16 01:02:53 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The DEFY Youth Team hosted a "Kick Butts" pledge wall event at Lock Park in Lake Charles on Wednesday.

    The DEFY Youth Team hosted a "Kick Butts" pledge wall event at Lock Park in Lake Charles on Wednesday.

  • Victim : Javonta Harrison is 'the devil himself'

    Victim : Javonta Harrison is 'the devil himself'

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 8:11 PM EDT2017-03-16 00:11:40 GMT
    Javonta Jermel Harrison. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Javonta Jermel Harrison. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Javonta Harrison, who raped a woman at gunpoint and recorded video of it, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

    Javonta Harrison, who raped a woman at gunpoint and recorded video of it, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

  • BREAKING

    DeQuincy police: Two arrested after barricade situation on Beech Street

    DeQuincy police: Two arrested after barricade situation on Beech Street

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 6:08 PM EDT2017-03-15 22:08:10 GMT
    Kodi L. Cline and  Darren R. Bradshaw (Source: DeQuincy Police Department)Kodi L. Cline and Darren R. Bradshaw (Source: DeQuincy Police Department)

    A man and woman were arrested following a barricade incident at a home on Beech Street Wednesday morning, authorities said. DeQuincy police responded to a call of shots fired at 7:09 a.m., Capt. Tom Threet said. DeQuincy Primary School was placed on lockdown out of precaution, said Holly Carter, Calcasieu Parish School Board spokeswoman. The lockdown has since been lifted. Threet said that neighbors reported hearing several shots fired at the home. When officers arrived, they heard...

    A man and woman were arrested following a barricade incident at a home on Beech Street Wednesday morning, authorities said. DeQuincy police responded to a call of shots fired at 7:09 a.m., Capt. Tom Threet said. DeQuincy Primary School was placed on lockdown out of precaution, said Holly Carter, Calcasieu Parish School Board spokeswoman. The lockdown has since been lifted. Threet said that neighbors reported hearing several shots fired at the home. When officers arrived, they heard...

  • Watch party for mayoral forum at Casa Manana Wednesday

    Candidates for Lake Charles mayor agree to participate in KPLC forum

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 4:31 PM EDT2017-03-15 20:31:30 GMT

    All eight candidates vying to be the next mayor of Lake Charles have agreed to participate in a forum hosted by KPLC-TV. The forum will be held on Wednesday, March 15th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. central time and will be broadcast live on KPLC-TV, kplctv.com and the KPLC 7 Facebook page.  The forum will be moderated by longtime KPLC news anchor Cynthia Arceneaux, along with fellow anchors and panelists Jillian Corder and Randall Kamm. The eight candidates who will participate includ...

    All eight candidates vying to be the next mayor of Lake Charles have agreed to participate in a forum hosted by KPLC-TV. The forum will be held on Wednesday, March 15th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. central time and will be broadcast live on KPLC-TV, kplctv.com and the KPLC 7 Facebook page.  The forum will be moderated by longtime KPLC news anchor Cynthia Arceneaux, along with fellow anchors and panelists Jillian Corder and Randall Kamm. The eight candidates who will participate includ...

  • Contractor: Prien Lake Elementary access road will cost $231,000 more

    Contractor: Prien Lake Elementary access road will cost $231,000 more

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-03-15 04:10:17 GMT
    (Source: www.gator995.com)(Source: www.gator995.com)

    The project to build an access road for student drop-off at a Lake Charles elementary school will continue but it will cost much more than expected.

    The project to build an access road for student drop-off at a Lake Charles elementary school will continue but it will cost much more than expected.

  • Sabine Rising - One Year Later: Niblett's Bluff Park

    Sabine Rising - One Year Later: Niblett's Bluff Park

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 11:42 PM EDT2017-03-15 03:42:52 GMT

    This time last year, crews were deployed along the Sabine River rescuing residents from rising flood waters. It was a flood that devastated entire communities, swept away homes, and unearthed those in their final resting place.

    This time last year, crews were deployed along the Sabine River rescuing residents from rising flood waters. It was a flood that devastated entire communities, swept away homes, and unearthed those in their final resting place.

  • Know Your Rights workshop: Renters, what are your rights?

    Know Your Rights workshop: Renters, what are your rights?

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 11:30 PM EDT2017-03-15 03:30:21 GMT
    (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
    Attorney Jason Senegal said at Tuesday's "Know Your Rights" housing workshop that the biggest issue he deals with from landlords and tenants is eviction. Senegal spoke about the Fair Housing Act and how it protects people from discrimination when it comes to housing - whether it be for renting, buying or securing money for a home.  He discussed tenants' rights and the importance of fighting for your rights. "You have to fight for your rights, especially if y...
    Attorney Jason Senegal said at Tuesday's "Know Your Rights" housing workshop that the biggest issue he deals with from landlords and tenants is eviction. Senegal spoke about the Fair Housing Act and how it protects people from discrimination when it comes to housing - whether it be for renting, buying or securing money for a home.  He discussed tenants' rights and the importance of fighting for your rights. "You have to fight for your rights, especially if y...
  • Alliance working to promote positive growth

    Alliance working to promote positive growth

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 10:15 PM EDT2017-03-15 02:15:00 GMT

    Everybody wants a piece of the pie when it comes to the potential for economic prosperity during Southwest Louisiana's "big boom."

    Everybody wants a piece of the pie when it comes to the potential for economic prosperity during Southwest Louisiana's "big boom."

  • Elton man now accused of sending inappropriate messages, photos to 14-year-old

    Elton man now accused of sending inappropriate messages, photos to 14-year-old

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 6:02 PM EDT2017-03-14 22:02:10 GMT
    James Randall Marks (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)James Randall Marks (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)

    The Elton man who was arrested Monday on charges that he stole his neighbor's kitchen cabinets and ceiling fans is now accused of sending inappropriate messages and indecent photos to a 14-year-old.

    The Elton man who was arrested Monday on charges that he stole his neighbor's kitchen cabinets and ceiling fans is now accused of sending inappropriate messages and indecent photos to a 14-year-old.

  • How did you spend this beautiful day?

    How did you spend this beautiful day?

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 5:48 PM EDT2017-03-14 21:48:53 GMT
    Beautiful day at the lakefront. (Source: Sophia Landry / KPLC)Beautiful day at the lakefront. (Source: Sophia Landry / KPLC)

    The bright sunshine made for a beautiful day in Southwest Louisiana Tuesday. Yes, it was chilly, but not so cold that it kept people from the lakefront in the afternoon. Mobile users, click HERE for pictures from the lakefront today. How did you spend the day? Let us know and send us a photo at newmedia@kplctv.com Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    The bright sunshine made for a beautiful day in Southwest Louisiana Tuesday. Yes, it was chilly, but not so cold that it kept people from the lakefront in the afternoon. Mobile users, click HERE for pictures from the lakefront today. How did you spend the day? Let us know and send us a photo at newmedia@kplctv.com Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • BREAKING

    Sheriff: Calcasieu deputy fired for bringing synthetic marijuana into jail

    Sheriff: Calcasieu deputy fired for bringing synthetic marijuana into jail

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 3:40 PM EDT2017-03-14 19:40:55 GMT
    Timothy Walls Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Sheriff's Office)Timothy Walls Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Sheriff's Office)

    A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputy has been fired for bringing drugs into Calcasieu Correctional Center, authorities said. Timothy W. Walls Jr., 26, of Lake Charles, was arrested Monday and charged with introducing contraband into a penal institution, conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility and malfeasance in office. Judge Clayton Davis set bond at $125,000. Walls was booked into the Sulphur City Jail. The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Te...

    A Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputy has been fired for bringing drugs into Calcasieu Correctional Center, authorities said. Timothy W. Walls Jr., 26, of Lake Charles, was arrested Monday and charged with introducing contraband into a penal institution, conspiracy to introduce contraband into a correctional facility and malfeasance in office. Judge Clayton Davis set bond at $125,000. Walls was booked into the Sulphur City Jail. The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (CAT Te...

  • SLIDESHOW: Remembering the Sabine River flooding of 2016

    SLIDESHOW: Remembering the Sabine River flooding of 2016

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-03-14 17:14:48 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    This time last year, the Sabine River was rising. The result of torrential rains in North Louisiana, floodwaters forced homeowners along the river from their houses. The water damaged many homes and forced I-10 to close at the Louisiana-Texas border. For photos of the flooding, click HERE. Other flooding slideshows: Caskets unearthed by Sabine River flooding. Vernon Parish flooding. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.
    This time last year, the Sabine River was rising. The result of torrential rains in North Louisiana, floodwaters forced homeowners along the river from their houses. The water damaged many homes and forced I-10 to close at the Louisiana-Texas border. For photos of the flooding, click HERE. Other flooding slideshows: Caskets unearthed by Sabine River flooding. Vernon Parish flooding. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.
  • McNeese holds public forum to kick off new president search

    McNeese holds public forum to kick off new president search

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 12:25 PM EDT2017-03-14 16:25:57 GMT
    McNeese State University (Source: KPLC)McNeese State University (Source: KPLC)

    With McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams set to retire June 30, the university has started its process to find his successor.  

    With McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams set to retire June 30, the university has started its process to find his successor.  

  • School board hosts informational meeting for proposed Moss Bluff sales tax renewal

    School board hosts informational meeting for proposed Moss Bluff sales tax renewal

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 12:28 AM EDT2017-03-14 04:28:05 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    There will be a big sales tax renewal election for the Moss Bluff area on the April 29 ballot. 

    There will be a big sales tax renewal election for the Moss Bluff area on the April 29 ballot. 

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Bayou Bridge Pipeline

    SPECIAL REPORT: Bayou Bridge Pipeline

    Monday, March 13 2017 11:24 PM EDT2017-03-14 03:24:54 GMT
    The pipeline accident map showcasing the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline route (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)The pipeline accident map showcasing the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline route (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    A controversial pipeline - the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline - is expected to be more than 160 miles long, crossing 11 parishes in the state. And it all starts in Calcasieu Parish.

    A controversial pipeline - the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline - is expected to be more than 160 miles long, crossing 11 parishes in the state. And it all starts in Calcasieu Parish.

  • Pollen hitting Southwest Louisiana hard

    Pollen hitting Southwest Louisiana hard

    Monday, March 13 2017 10:25 PM EDT2017-03-14 02:25:47 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Allergy season is here and in Southwest Louisiana, and you'll find pollen on everything,  including your plants, cars - even your children as they run around the park.

    Allergy season is here and in Southwest Louisiana, and you'll find pollen on everything,  including your plants, cars - even your children as they run around the park.

  • Four men arrested in counterfeit check cashing ring

    Four men arrested in counterfeit check cashing ring

    Monday, March 13 2017 10:10 PM EDT2017-03-14 02:10:26 GMT
    Leward S. Clement,  James M. Downs, Charles A. Monceaux, Jr., and Allen W. Woodard (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Leward S. Clement, James M. Downs, Charles A. Monceaux, Jr., and Allen W. Woodard (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested four men in connection with a counterfeit check cashing ring, in which an estimated $13,000 was stolen.

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested four men in connection with a counterfeit check cashing ring, in which an estimated $13,000 was stolen.

  • FULL VIDEO: Jim Beam's acceptance speech into La. Political Hall of Fame

    FULL VIDEO: Jim Beam's acceptance speech into La. Political Hall of Fame

    Monday, March 13 2017 9:45 PM EDT2017-03-14 01:45:28 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Watch longtime newsman Jim Beam's full acceptance speech after being inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame Saturday. Beam is the retired editor of the American Press, who continues to cover and write about the Louisiana State Legislature.

    Watch longtime newsman Jim Beam's full acceptance speech after being inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame Saturday. Beam is the retired editor of the American Press, who continues to cover and write about the Louisiana State Legislature.

  • BREAKING

    UPDATE: State Police release name of suspect accused of shooting, killing Baton Rouge teen

    UPDATE: State Police release name of suspect accused of shooting, killing Baton Rouge teen

    Monday, March 13 2017 9:24 PM EDT2017-03-14 01:24:04 GMT
    Octavio P. Bringas (Source: Louisiana State Police Troop D)Octavio P. Bringas (Source: Louisiana State Police Troop D)

    A Baton Rouge teen was shot and killed on his birthday, and the suspect was arrested in Lake Charles on Monday afternoon.

    A Baton Rouge teen was shot and killed on his birthday, and the suspect was arrested in Lake Charles on Monday afternoon.

  • BREAKING

    Vernon Sheriff: $11,000 found during drug raid

    Vernon Sheriff: $11,000 found during drug raid

    Monday, March 13 2017 5:34 PM EDT2017-03-13 21:34:42 GMT
    (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
    More than $11,000 in cash was seized during a drug raid in Leesville Friday. Along with the $ 11,602.10, also found were: 18.7 grams of crack cocaine, 10.7 ounces of powder cocaine, 5 pounds 6.2 ounces of compressed marijuana, 25 dose units of Ecstasy, 53.8 grams of methamphetamine and 6.4 ounces of high-grade marijuana, said Vernon Sheriff Sam Craft. Numerous firearms and stolen property were also found within the residence. Isaac Grant III, 43, of Leesville, was arr...
    More than $11,000 in cash was seized during a drug raid in Leesville Friday. Along with the $ 11,602.10, also found were: 18.7 grams of crack cocaine, 10.7 ounces of powder cocaine, 5 pounds 6.2 ounces of compressed marijuana, 25 dose units of Ecstasy, 53.8 grams of methamphetamine and 6.4 ounces of high-grade marijuana, said Vernon Sheriff Sam Craft. Numerous firearms and stolen property were also found within the residence. Isaac Grant III, 43, of Leesville, was arr...
  • Elton man accused of stealing ceiling fans, cabinets out of neighbor's home

    Elton man accused of stealing ceiling fans, cabinets out of neighbor's home

    Monday, March 13 2017 5:14 PM EDT2017-03-13 21:14:52 GMT
    James Randall Marks (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)James Randall Marks (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)

    An Elton man was arrested on charges that he stole kitchen cabinets and ceiling fans out of his neighbor's home.

    An Elton man was arrested on charges that he stole kitchen cabinets and ceiling fans out of his neighbor's home.

  • U.S. attorney for La. western district retiring

    U.S. attorney for La. western district retiring

    Saturday, March 11 2017 12:37 AM EST2017-03-11 05:37:44 GMT
    (Source: US Attorney's Office)(Source: US Attorney's Office)

    Stephanie A. Finley, United States Attorney for the western district of Louisiana, announced Friday that she is retiring after 25 years of federal service. Finley began her public service in the military in 1988 after she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, competing nationally and being designated as a Distinguished Graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. She served for four years on active duty at England Air Force Base, Louisiana and Sha...

    Stephanie A. Finley, United States Attorney for the western district of Louisiana, announced Friday that she is retiring after 25 years of federal service. Finley began her public service in the military in 1988 after she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, competing nationally and being designated as a Distinguished Graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. She served for four years on active duty at England Air Force Base, Louisiana and Sha...

  • SOWELA expanding into Allen Parish

    SOWELA expanding into Allen Parish

    Saturday, March 11 2017 12:13 AM EST2017-03-11 05:13:50 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Sixteen - that's how many times higher education in Louisiana has been cut in the last nine years.

    Sixteen - that's how many times higher education in Louisiana has been cut in the last nine years.

  • Sasol's flare still burning bright; residents complain of rumblings, odors, burning eyes

    Sasol's flare still burning bright; residents complain of rumblings, odors, burning eyes

    Friday, March 10 2017 11:45 PM EST2017-03-11 04:45:47 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Heavy flaring from Sasol's ethylene unit Thursday night sparked concern for residents in Westlake. 

    Heavy flaring from Sasol's ethylene unit Thursday night sparked concern for residents in Westlake. 

  • BREAKING

    Zachary Bench guilty of second-degree murder

    Zachary Bench guilty of second-degree murder

    Friday, March 10 2017 11:33 PM EST2017-03-11 04:33:13 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A jury found Zachary Bench guilty of second-degree murder.

    A jury found Zachary Bench guilty of second-degree murder.

  • Three indicted on attempted murder charges in connection with incident at LC motel

    Three indicted on attempted murder charges in connection with incident at LC motel

    Friday, March 10 2017 6:51 PM EST2017-03-10 23:51:46 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)(Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
    Three people have been indicted on charges of attempted first-degree murder in connection with a Dec. 29 incident at a Lake Charles motel. Officers responded to a report of a man lying naked on the floor in a room at a motel on N. Lakeshore Drive, according to the offense report. When officers arrived, they found the man on the floor bleeding from a head laceration. Brittany Paige Edwards, 19, Bryson Alexander Goins, 23, and Robert Montell Hendrix, 23, were each indic...
    Three people have been indicted on charges of attempted first-degree murder in connection with a Dec. 29 incident at a Lake Charles motel. Officers responded to a report of a man lying naked on the floor in a room at a motel on N. Lakeshore Drive, according to the offense report. When officers arrived, they found the man on the floor bleeding from a head laceration. Brittany Paige Edwards, 19, Bryson Alexander Goins, 23, and Robert Montell Hendrix, 23, were each indic...
  • SWLA community leaders, students, help clean up Lake Charles

    SWLA community leaders, students, help clean up Lake Charles

    Friday, March 10 2017 6:51 PM EST2017-03-10 23:51:43 GMT
    Students from E.K. Key Elementary pick up trash along 12th St. in Lake Charles (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)Students from E.K. Key Elementary pick up trash along 12th St. in Lake Charles (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    Piece by piece, volunteers picked up trash and other debris along a one-mile route on Twelfth Street between Enterprise and Hodges streets.

    Piece by piece, volunteers picked up trash and other debris along a one-mile route on Twelfth Street between Enterprise and Hodges streets.

  • Sasol flare is still burning

    Sasol flare is still burning

    Friday, March 10 2017 6:09 PM EST2017-03-10 23:09:37 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    It's still burning - the flare at Sasol that grabbed so much attention Thursday night when it lit up the night sky- is still going. 

    It's still burning - the flare at Sasol that grabbed so much attention Thursday night when it lit up the night sky- is still going. 

  • BBB continues warning residents about soccer fundraising scam

    BBB continues warning residents about soccer fundraising scam

    Friday, March 10 2017 1:47 PM EST2017-03-10 18:47:12 GMT
    (Source: KPLC(Source: KPLC

    The Better Business Bureau continues to warn Lake Charles residents about a door to door scam trying to raise money for the LaGrange High soccer team, which does not exist.

    The Better Business Bureau continues to warn Lake Charles residents about a door to door scam trying to raise money for the LaGrange High soccer team, which does not exist.

  • Breaking

    Heavy flaring reported at SASOL

    Heavy flaring reported at SASOL

    Friday, March 10 2017 11:49 AM EST2017-03-10 16:49:29 GMT
    (Source viewer)(Source viewer)

    Heavy flaring has been reported at the SASOL facility in Westlake.

    Heavy flaring has been reported at the SASOL facility in Westlake.

  • BREAKING

    Sheriff: Naked man apprehended after throwing rocks at vehicles on I-10 near Jennings

    Sheriff: Naked man apprehended after throwing rocks at vehicles on I-10 near Jennings

    Friday, March 10 2017 11:16 AM EST2017-03-10 16:16:44 GMT
    Brian Petry (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)Brian Petry (Source: Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office)
    A naked man was throwing rocks at cars on I-10 near Jennings around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night, authorities said. Brian K. Petry, 37, of Youngsville, was under the influence of PCP and "out of control," said Chief Deputy Chris Ivey, Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office spokesman. When deputies arrived to a report of a naked man throwing rocks, Petry was walking eastbound on the service road. Once Petry was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of a patrol unit, he kicked the door, d...
    A naked man was throwing rocks at cars on I-10 near Jennings around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night, authorities said. Brian K. Petry, 37, of Youngsville, was under the influence of PCP and "out of control," said Chief Deputy Chris Ivey, Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office spokesman. When deputies arrived to a report of a naked man throwing rocks, Petry was walking eastbound on the service road. Once Petry was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of a patrol unit, he kicked the door, d...
  • New science standards approved for Louisiana's K-12 students

    New science standards approved for Louisiana's K-12 students

    Friday, March 10 2017 12:43 AM EST2017-03-10 05:43:16 GMT

    Louisiana's first new science standards in two decades won final approval this week from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education after six months of meetings.

    Louisiana's first new science standards in two decades won final approval this week from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education after six months of meetings.

  • Authorities still working to find source of Thursday morning's sirens

    Authorities still working to find source of Thursday morning's sirens

    Friday, March 10 2017 12:41 AM EST2017-03-10 05:41:49 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    Authorities are still working to find out the source of warning sirens that were heard in the Sulphur and Westlake areas Thursday morning. 

    Authorities are still working to find out the source of warning sirens that were heard in the Sulphur and Westlake areas Thursday morning. 

  • Second-degree murder trial continues: Jurors watch video of detectives' interview with Bench

    Second-degree murder trial continues: Jurors watch video of detectives' interview with Bench

    Thursday, March 9 2017 11:15 PM EST2017-03-10 04:15:47 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Jody Barlow was shot seven times according to testimony from the coroner, as the trial of Zachary Bench continues in State District Court.

    Jody Barlow was shot seven times according to testimony from the coroner, as the trial of Zachary Bench continues in State District Court.

  • BREAKING

    Allen Sheriff's Office releases name of man shot by deputy

    Allen Sheriff's Office releases name of man shot by deputy

    Thursday, March 9 2017 10:51 PM EST2017-03-10 03:51:02 GMT
    Michael Hidalgo (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)Michael Hidalgo (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)

    An Allen Parish Sheriff's deputy shot a man Thursday after the suspect fired at the deputy, Sheriff Doug Hebert said. The incident happened on Langley Camp Road, west of Kinder, Hebert said. The man was shot in the leg and the abdomen and has been airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center. Deputies were responding to a suspicious person call when the shooting happened. The suspect had a bench warrant. Hebert said the deputy had to pull out a taser while attempting to arrest...

    An Allen Parish Sheriff's deputy shot a man Thursday after the suspect fired at the deputy, Sheriff Doug Hebert said. The incident happened on Langley Camp Road, west of Kinder, Hebert said. The man was shot in the leg and the abdomen and has been airlifted to Rapides Regional Medical Center. Deputies were responding to a suspicious person call when the shooting happened. The suspect had a bench warrant. Hebert said the deputy had to pull out a taser while attempting to arrest...

  • BREAKING

    UPDATE: Welsh police said 11-year-old boy found safe

    UPDATE: Welsh police said 11-year-old boy found safe

    Thursday, March 9 2017 10:18 PM EST2017-03-10 03:18:26 GMT
    Mason James Ramagos (Source: Welsh Police Department)Mason James Ramagos (Source: Welsh Police Department)

    The Welsh Police Department said a missing 11-year-old boy has been found safe.

    The Welsh Police Department said a missing 11-year-old boy has been found safe.

  • Study: Louisiana is 13th worst in DUIs

    Study: Louisiana is 13th worst in DUIs

    Thursday, March 9 2017 7:48 PM EST2017-03-10 00:48:57 GMT

    Last December, Louisiana was ranked, along with Texas, as the worst drivers in America, study, according to www.carinsurancecomparison.com.

    Last December, Louisiana was ranked, along with Texas, as the worst drivers in America, study, according to www.carinsurancecomparison.com.

  • CITGO's annual E-Recycle Day set for March 11

    CITGO's annual E-Recycle Day set for March 11

    Thursday, March 9 2017 6:50 PM EST2017-03-09 23:50:27 GMT
    (Source: CITGO)(Source: CITGO)

    If you want to get rid of any old electronics, CITGO's annual E-Recycle Day is happening Saturday, March 11.

    If you want to get rid of any old electronics, CITGO's annual E-Recycle Day is happening Saturday, March 11.

  • Mall employee helps restore Sulphur family's faith in humanity

    Mall employee helps restore Sulphur family's faith in humanity

    Thursday, March 9 2017 6:37 PM EST2017-03-09 23:37:23 GMT
    Patricia's coin purse after her husband picked it up from JCPenney (Source: Russell Peveto)Patricia's coin purse after her husband picked it up from JCPenney (Source: Russell Peveto)

    It's uncommon for the Pevetos to head to the Prien Lake Mall to do some shopping. But a few Saturdays ago, Patricia Peveto found herself at the mall in at JCPenney.

    It's uncommon for the Pevetos to head to the Prien Lake Mall to do some shopping. But a few Saturdays ago, Patricia Peveto found herself at the mall in at JCPenney.

  • BREAKING

    Man indicted in connection with stabbing in 2000 block of Gerstner Memorial Drive

    Man indicted in connection with stabbing in 2000 block of Gerstner Memorial Drive

    Thursday, March 9 2017 4:27 PM EST2017-03-09 21:27:05 GMT
    Martez Marquise Taylor (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Martez Marquise Taylor (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    A Lake Charles man accused of stabbing two men during an altercation in January was indicted by grand jury Thursday. Martez Marquise Taylor, 34 was indicted on two counts of attempted second-degree murder of Bobby Joe Arnold and Joseph Boyd Barnett. Taylor was arrested in January for stabbing both Arnold and Barnett after a brief altercation. It was also learned that Taylor had been stalking a member of a local church homeless outreach program. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reser...

    A Lake Charles man accused of stabbing two men during an altercation in January was indicted by grand jury Thursday. Martez Marquise Taylor, 34 was indicted on two counts of attempted second-degree murder of Bobby Joe Arnold and Joseph Boyd Barnett. Taylor was arrested in January for stabbing both Arnold and Barnett after a brief altercation. It was also learned that Taylor had been stalking a member of a local church homeless outreach program. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reser...

  • Grand jury indicts three in connection with February armed robberies of convenience store and phone store

    Grand jury indicts three in connection with February armed robberies of convenience store and phone store

    Thursday, March 9 2017 4:20 PM EST2017-03-09 21:20:49 GMT
    Overy, Delmond and Jamarcus (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Overy, Delmond and Jamarcus (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    Three Lake Charles man accused of robbing a convenience store and phone store in February were indicted by grand jury on Thursday.

    Three Lake Charles man accused of robbing a convenience store and phone store in February were indicted by grand jury on Thursday.

  • BREAKING

    CPSB: 'All clear' notice for Sulphur and Westlake schools

    CPSB: 'All clear' notice for Sulphur and Westlake schools

    Thursday, March 9 2017 4:16 PM EST2017-03-09 21:16:23 GMT
    (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)

    Several callers have reported hearing sirens in the Lake Area. Both Westlake and Sulphur schools have been placed under a shelter-in-place "out of an abundance of caution," said Holly Holland, Calcasieu School Board spokeswoman. According to the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Axiall Corporation in Westlake is in the process of testing sirens. The director, Dick Gremillion says at this moment there is no chemical emergency. Copyright...

    Several callers have reported hearing sirens in the Lake Area. Both Westlake and Sulphur schools have been placed under a shelter-in-place "out of an abundance of caution," said Holly Holland, Calcasieu School Board spokeswoman. According to the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Axiall Corporation in Westlake is in the process of testing sirens. The director, Dick Gremillion says at this moment there is no chemical emergency. Copyright...

  • BREAKING

    Suspect and victim identified in Wednesday's fatal shooting

    Suspect and victim identified in Wednesday's fatal shooting

    Thursday, March 9 2017 2:01 PM EST2017-03-09 19:01:29 GMT
    Frin W. Coward (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Frin W. Coward (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    A Vinton man is charged with second-degree murder in Wednesday afternoon fatal shooting on Highway 109 South, according to authorities.             

    A Vinton man is charged with second-degree murder in Wednesday afternoon fatal shooting on Highway 109 South, according to authorities.             

  • BREAKING

    SHOOTING UPDATE: Man found deceased in Vinton, two people detained

    SHOOTING UPDATE: Man found deceased in Vinton, two people detained

    Thursday, March 9 2017 12:45 AM EST2017-03-09 05:45:33 GMT
    (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)(Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating its first homicide this year.

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating its first homicide this year.

  • Nursing shortage expected by 2022

    Thursday, March 9 2017 12:20 AM EST2017-03-09 05:20:04 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    It's a profession that's growing every year, but still, it's lacking workers. And soon, it could be seeing one of the largest shortages in history. 

    It's a profession that's growing every year, but still, it's lacking workers. And soon, it could be seeing one of the largest shortages in history. 

  • 2017 Lake Charles mayor's race: Meet Gary Monbelly

    2017 Lake Charles mayor's race: Meet Gary Monbelly

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 11:23 PM EST2017-03-09 04:23:58 GMT
    (Source:KPLC)(Source:KPLC)

    "Who's gonna listen to a kid?" Those are the words straight from the mouth of mayoral candidate Gary Monbelly, but it's not stopping him from running for mayor. "Who's gonna listen to a kid?" Those are the words straight from the mouth of mayoral candidate Gary Monbelly, but it's not stopping him from running for mayor. 

    "Who's gonna listen to a kid?" Those are the words straight from the mouth of mayoral candidate Gary Monbelly, but it's not stopping him from running for mayor. 

  • Testimony continues in second-degree murder trial of Zachary Bench

    Testimony continues in second-degree murder trial of Zachary Bench

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 9:26 PM EST2017-03-09 02:26:40 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

     Slowly but surely, prosecutors are revealing the bits of evidence they expect will tell the story of how one man was murdered by another in the Starks area.

     Slowly but surely, prosecutors are revealing the bits of evidence they expect will tell the story of how one man was murdered by another in the Starks area.

  • Erosion threatening some Lake Charles homes

    Erosion threatening some Lake Charles homes

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 8:09 PM EST2017-03-09 01:09:59 GMT

    Residents along the Eastern stretch of Twelfth Street in Lake Charles have been battling erosion on their properties for decades - with no help from the city or the parish, they said.

    Residents along the Eastern stretch of Twelfth Street in Lake Charles have been battling erosion on their properties for decades - with no help from the city or the parish, they said.

  • VIDEO: SkyCam captures moment 'Miss Lynda' runs aground, Coast Guard coordinating salvage efforts

    VIDEO: SkyCam captures moment 'Miss Lynda' runs aground, Coast Guard coordinating salvage efforts

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 7:26 PM EST2017-03-09 00:26:22 GMT
    (Source: KPLC viewer)(Source: KPLC viewer)

    An offshore crew boat is grounded on the jetties on the west side of Cameron jetties, authorities said. No injuries have been reported to the seven crew members aboard the boat.

    An offshore crew boat is grounded on the jetties on the west side of Cameron jetties, authorities said. No injuries have been reported to the seven crew members aboard the boat.

  • Planned G2 LNG plant announces 500-acre expansion for Cameron Parish

    Planned G2 LNG plant announces 500-acre expansion for Cameron Parish

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 1:33 PM EST2017-03-08 18:33:51 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    G2 LNG announced Tuesday that is has plans to expand into Cameron Parish. The proposed 500 acres liquefied natural gas export facility site will meet the demands of potential customers for the export of petrochemicals. “The expansion of our Cameron Parish, Louisiana, location is in direct response to our customers’ increasing demands for both LNG and petrochemicals,” said Charles E. “Buddy” Roemer, III, Chairman of G2 LNG. “We are excited to exerc...

    G2 LNG announced Tuesday that is has plans to expand into Cameron Parish. The proposed 500 acres liquefied natural gas export facility site will meet the demands of potential customers for the export of petrochemicals. “The expansion of our Cameron Parish, Louisiana, location is in direct response to our customers’ increasing demands for both LNG and petrochemicals,” said Charles E. “Buddy” Roemer, III, Chairman of G2 LNG. “We are excited to exerc...

  • Lake Charles man sentenced to 20 years in purse snatching case

    Lake Charles man sentenced to 20 years in purse snatching case

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 11:33 AM EST2017-03-08 16:33:55 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    A Lake Charles man is sentenced to 20 years in state prison on three counts of purse snatching.  

    A Lake Charles man is sentenced to 20 years in state prison on three counts of purse snatching.  

  • Welsh Town Council debates change to alcohol ordinance

    Welsh Town Council debates change to alcohol ordinance

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 12:20 AM EST2017-03-08 05:20:02 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A debate in the town of Welsh about whether the sale of alcohol should be limited to certain hours.

    A debate in the town of Welsh about whether the sale of alcohol should be limited to certain hours.

  • 2017 Lake Charles mayor's race: Meet Marshall Simien

    2017 Lake Charles mayor's race: Meet Marshall Simien

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 11:48 PM EST2017-03-08 04:48:27 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Talk to anyone about what draws them to a particular city, and they'll tell you quality of life is a big factor. 

    Talk to anyone about what draws them to a particular city, and they'll tell you quality of life is a big factor.

  • BREAKING

    Authorities: Total power failure cause of heavy flaring at Citgo

    Authorities: Total power failure cause of heavy flaring at Citgo

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 11:06 PM EST2017-03-08 04:06:04 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A total power failure caused heavy flaring at Citgo Tuesday evening, authorities said.

    A total power failure caused heavy flaring at Citgo Tuesday evening, authorities said.

  • Several Merryville residents upset with speeding drivers

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 10:11 PM EST2017-03-08 03:11:02 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    For Ben and Allie Loftin, their afternoons are spent relaxing on their front porch surrounded by family and friends. 

    For Ben and Allie Loftin, their afternoons are spent relaxing on their front porch surrounded by family and friends. 

  • 'Great Fire of 1910' discussion held at Carnegie Library

    'Great Fire of 1910' discussion held at Carnegie Library

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 6:40 PM EST2017-03-07 23:40:11 GMT
    (Source:  McNeese archives)(Source: McNeese archives)

    As Lake Charles marks its 150-year anniversary, one of the most significant moments in the city's history is remembered. 

    As Lake Charles marks its 150-year anniversary, one of the most significant moments in the city's history is remembered. 

  • Lake Charles man arrested on fourth- offense DWI charge

    Lake Charles man arrested on fourth- offense DWI charge

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 5:10 PM EST2017-03-07 22:10:05 GMT
    Darrel Carter (Source: Louisiana State Police)Darrel Carter (Source: Louisiana State Police)

    A Lake Charles man has been arrested on a fourth offense DWI charge after driving his vehicle into a Vinton ditch, authorities said.

    A Lake Charles man has been arrested on a fourth offense DWI charge after driving his vehicle into a Vinton ditch, authorities said.

  • Sheriff's Office: Lake Charles man backs into deputy at park

    Sheriff's Office: Lake Charles man backs into deputy at park

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 5:03 PM EST2017-03-07 22:03:31 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Lake Charles man has been arrested on a charge of aggravated battery after backing into a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, according to authorities.

    A Lake Charles man has been arrested on a charge of aggravated battery after backing into a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, according to authorities.

  • Sheriff's Office looking for two men accused of trying to cash phony checks

    Sheriff's Office looking for two men accused of trying to cash phony checks

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 3:43 PM EST2017-03-07 20:43:04 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for two men they believe are responsible for trying to pass counterfeit checks last month.

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for two men they believe are responsible for trying to pass counterfeit checks last month.

  • 'Generation Gap' takes Lake Charles by storm

    'Generation Gap' takes Lake Charles by storm

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 12:16 AM EST2017-03-07 05:16:10 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    The 'Generation Gap' encompasses all things old and new. 

    The 'Generation Gap' encompasses all things old and new. 

  • 2017 Lake Charles mayor's race: Meet Chris Landry

    2017 Lake Charles mayor's race: Meet Chris Landry

    Monday, March 6 2017 11:27 PM EST2017-03-07 04:27:52 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Chris Landry has held his seat on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury for as long as Randy Roach has been mayor. And he said for the most part, Roach has left the city in good financial shape. So he looks forward to more of the same in that department.

    Chris Landry has held his seat on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury for as long as Randy Roach has been mayor. And he said for the most part, Roach has left the city in good financial shape. So he looks forward to more of the same in that department.

  • Residents in Carlyss weary of dump truck traffic

    Residents in Carlyss weary of dump truck traffic

    Monday, March 6 2017 9:02 PM EST2017-03-07 02:02:38 GMT

    Dump truck traffic is a fact of life in Southwest Louisiana in the midst of the current industrial expansion

    Dump truck traffic is a fact of life in Southwest Louisiana in the midst of the current industrial expansion

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