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An Anacoco man is accused of shooting at last six people, according to a news release from Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft. No injuries were reported, Craft said. Accused in the case is 31-year-old JamesMore >>
An Anacoco man is accused of shooting at last six people, according to a news release from Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:05 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:05:55 GMT
Authorities are urging motorists to avoid I-10 West and East bound at mile marker 25 due to a tanker truck on fire. Fire crews are still working to extinguish flames on an 18-wheel oil tanker. LouisianaMore >>
Louisiana State Police investigated an oil tanker tractor fire on I-10 westbound near mile marker 25 on Sunday afternoon which caused major traffic delays.More >>
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The Sunrise Facebook friend of the day for Monday, May 20 is Greg Lyon from Welsh.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:05:04 GMT
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:55:58 GMT
An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC-TV) – It's popular with the young crowd and many convenience store owners, but synthetic cannabinoid, or fake pot, is now illegal in Louisiana.
Most commonly referred to by its brand names "K2," "VooDoo," and "Spice," synthetic cannabinoid is a chemical similar to THC, the active ingredient found in marijuana.
But citing growing concerns from parents and police, Louisiana lawmakers voted unanimously to ban the substance in June.
Anyone caught manufacturing, distributing or possessing the herbal mixture could face six months to five years in jail.
The penalties grow after each subsequent offense.
Many convenience store owners say the ban will hurt their businesses.
Patricia Maynard, co-owner of Westlake's Quick Stop, said selling the herbal substances has allowed her to stay in business and keep her electricity on.
Now, that the state has banned synthetic cannabinoid, Maynard is worried her business will suffer.
"Look how much revenue the state's going to lose," said Maynard. "I really don't understand it. I really don't understand their reasoning behind it and yeah, it's definitely going to hurt my business."
As of Saturday evening, Maynard only had a few packs of synthetic cannabinoid on the shelves.
Maynard said customers were purchasing as much as they could before the ban took effect.
Synthetic cannabinoid is still legal if prescribed by a doctor as a homeopathic drug.