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    LCPD: Kidnapping suspect apprehended after woman found bound on La. 14

    LCPD: Kidnapping suspect apprehended after woman found bound on La. 14

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:20 PM EDT2018-05-25 00:20:07 GMT
    Authorities search for a suspect on 3rd Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning. (Source: Johnathan Manning / KPLC)Authorities search for a suspect on 3rd Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning. (Source: Johnathan Manning / KPLC)

    A large police presence was on Third Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning after receiving a call of a possible kidnapping, said Lt. Richard Harrell, with the Lake Charles Police Department. The person who was the target of the alleged kidnapping is an adult an is in police care, Harrell said. Harrell said Lake Charles police and members of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate the person. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    A large police presence was on Third Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning after receiving a call of a possible kidnapping, said Lt. Richard Harrell, with the Lake Charles Police Department. The person who was the target of the alleged kidnapping is an adult an is in police care, Harrell said. Harrell said Lake Charles police and members of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate the person. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • LaGrange teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

    LaGrange teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:39 PM EDT2018-05-25 02:39:48 GMT
    James Gaharan Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)James Gaharan Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    A LaGrange High School teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. James Gaharan Jr., 54, of Lake Charles, was indicted in Calcasieu court Thursday on two counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a minor and obstruction of justice. Authorities began investigating on May 15, according to a news release from Cmdr. James McGee, with the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office. ...

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    A LaGrange High School teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. James Gaharan Jr., 54, of Lake Charles, was indicted in Calcasieu court Thursday on two counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a minor and obstruction of justice. Authorities began investigating on May 15, according to a news release from Cmdr. James McGee, with the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office. ...

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  • Texas man arrested for kidnapping of woman found bound on La. 14

    Texas man arrested for kidnapping of woman found bound on La. 14

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:07 PM EDT2018-05-25 17:07:06 GMT
    Dequinta Jack (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Dequinta Jack (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    Dequinta Jack (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Dequinta Jack (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    A Texas man has been arrested for kidnapping after a woman was found bound on Highway 14 on Thursday, according to Lt. Richard Harrell of the Lake Charles Police Department. LCPD responded to a call in reference to a woman being found bound in tape and sheets on Thursday morning at the 2700 block of Sugarloaf Road. Harrell says the investigation has revealed that the victim and suspect were acquainted with each other and stayed at a local hotel on Broad Street during the n...

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    A Texas man has been arrested for kidnapping after a woman was found bound on Highway 14 on Thursday, according to Lt. Richard Harrell of the Lake Charles Police Department. LCPD responded to a call in reference to a woman being found bound in tape and sheets on Thursday morning at the 2700 block of Sugarloaf Road. Harrell says the investigation has revealed that the victim and suspect were acquainted with each other and stayed at a local hotel on Broad Street during the n...

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  • Entergy carries out controlled demolition

    Entergy carries out controlled demolition

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:52 AM EDT2018-05-25 13:52:08 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Two transmission structures were demolished during Entergy's controlled demolition today, according to a press release from Chip Arnold with Entergy.  If you heard a big boom today, know that the demolition is a part of the Lake Charles Transmission Project. Arnold says, Entergy has been working on this project for three years to improve the capacity and reliability of their system Entergy Louisiana and Dashiell planned the demolition of the existing crossing towers at the Calc...More >>
    Two transmission structures were demolished during Entergy's controlled demolition today, according to a press release from Chip Arnold with Entergy.  If you heard a big boom today, know that the demolition is a part of the Lake Charles Transmission Project. Arnold says, Entergy has been working on this project for three years to improve the capacity and reliability of their system Entergy Louisiana and Dashiell planned the demolition of the existing crossing towers at the Calc...More >>
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in the NW Caribbean

    Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in the NW Caribbean

    Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in the NW Caribbean

    Friday, May 25 2018 4:59 PM EDT2018-05-25 20:59:38 GMT
    Alberto's trackAlberto's track

    The National Hurricane Center has upgraded a tropical disturbance in the northwestern Caribbean Sea to Alberto with the designation as a sub-tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, with the center of circulation located about 85 miles from south of Cozumel, Mexico.

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    The National Hurricane Center has upgraded a tropical disturbance in the northwestern Caribbean Sea to Alberto with the designation as a sub-tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, with the center of circulation located about 85 miles from south of Cozumel, Mexico.

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  • Sulphur assault suspect captured

    Sulphur assault suspect captured

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:11 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:11:16 GMT
    (Source: Sulphur Police)(Source: Sulphur Police)
    (Source: Sulphur Police)(Source: Sulphur Police)
    Sulphur Police report assault suspect William Micheal Tibbits, Jr., was captured Thursday evening. Mel Estess, Sulphur police spokesperson, says tips led officers to a home where Tibbits barricaded himself inside. He says Sulphur officers and Lake Charles SWAT were on the scene for a couple of hours Thursday, May 24, before Tibbits was eventually taken into custody. Tibbits was considered armed and dangerous following an assault on Lori Lane Tuesday. He's ac...More >>
    Sulphur Police report assault suspect William Micheal Tibbits, Jr., was captured Thursday evening. Mel Estess, Sulphur police spokesperson, says tips led officers to a home where Tibbits barricaded himself inside. He says Sulphur officers and Lake Charles SWAT were on the scene for a couple of hours Thursday, May 24, before Tibbits was eventually taken into custody. Tibbits was considered armed and dangerous following an assault on Lori Lane Tuesday. He's ac...More >>
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    Former DeRidder resident accused of killing woman, daughter in New Mexico

    Former DeRidder resident accused of killing woman, daughter in New Mexico

    Friday, May 25 2018 4:47 PM EDT2018-05-25 20:47:54 GMT
    Dustin Brian Montano (Source: Louisiana State Police)Dustin Brian Montano (Source: Louisiana State Police)

    A former DeRidder resident was shot in Colorado after killing a mother and daughter in New Mexico Thursday, authorities said. Dustin Montano, 31, is accused of killing Deborah Martinez and her 17-year-old daughter at an apartment complex in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday, according to a news report from Albuquerque station KOAT. Montano was found at a Walmart in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and shot by police. County deputies confronted Montano as he exited the Walmart. Officials sai...

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    A former DeRidder resident was shot in Colorado after killing a mother and daughter in New Mexico Thursday, authorities said. Dustin Montano, 31, is accused of killing Deborah Martinez and her 17-year-old daughter at an apartment complex in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday, according to a news report from Albuquerque station KOAT. Montano was found at a Walmart in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and shot by police. County deputies confronted Montano as he exited the Walmart. Officials sai...

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  • New sports arena at McNeese set to open this fall

    New sports arena at McNeese set to open this fall

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:31 AM EDT2018-05-25 10:31:22 GMT
    McNeese State UniversityMcNeese State University
    McNeese State UniversityMcNeese State University

    McNeese State University will have a new home for basketball and volleyball games later this year. 

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    McNeese State University will have a new home for basketball and volleyball games later this year. 

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  • Mother charged after her threats lock down school, police say

    Mother charged after her threats lock down school, police say

    Evelyn Mearidy (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)Evelyn Mearidy (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)

    A Baton Rouge Parish woman was arrested Thursday after police said her threats led a school to be locked down.

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    A Baton Rouge Parish woman was arrested Thursday after police said her threats led a school to be locked down.

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  • Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:02:34 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 8:15 PM EDT2018-05-26 00:15:26 GMT
    (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.(Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

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    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

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  • Sunrise Kitchen: Marinated Seafood Pasta

    Sunrise Kitchen: Marinated Seafood Pasta

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:11 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:11:30 GMT
    (Source: SOWELA.edu)(Source: SOWELA.edu)
    (Source: SOWELA.edu)(Source: SOWELA.edu)
    SOWELA chef Roy Angelle shares his recipe for Marinated Seafood Pasta on 7News Sunrise. Ingredients:  1 pound uncooked small pasta: macaroni, rotini, small shells, etc.  2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated  1 (8 or 10 ounce) package of grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise  ½ cup purple onions, Julienne   ½ cup scallions, sliced  ½ cup lump crab  ½ cup shrimp  ½ cup crawfish tails  ½ ...More >>
    SOWELA chef Roy Angelle shares his recipe for Marinated Seafood Pasta on 7News Sunrise. Ingredients:  1 pound uncooked small pasta: macaroni, rotini, small shells, etc.  2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated  1 (8 or 10 ounce) package of grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise  ½ cup purple onions, Julienne   ½ cup scallions, sliced  ½ cup lump crab  ½ cup shrimp  ½ cup crawfish tails  ½ ...More >>
  • Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

    Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:02:28 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 2:14 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:14:01 GMT
    (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File). FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, Rachel Dolezal poses for a photo with her son, Langston, at the bureau of The Associated Press in Spokane, Wash. Dolezal, a former NAACP leader in Washington state whose ...(AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File). FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, Rachel Dolezal poses for a photo with her son, Langston, at the bureau of The Associated Press in Spokane, Wash. Dolezal, a former NAACP leader in Washington state whose ...
    A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.More >>
    A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.More >>
  • One dead in forklift accident at Pineville plant

    One dead in forklift accident at Pineville plant

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:34 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:34:42 GMT
    (Source: KALB)(Source: KALB)

    KATC is reporting that one is dead in a forklift accident at a Proctor & Gamble plant in Pineville. The investigation is still in its early stages, but a Proctor & Gamble spokesperson provided the following statement to KATC. "We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of the P&G Product Supply Family passed away at our Alexandria manufacturing facility in a tragic accident during the early morning hours of May 24, 2018.  The safety of our employees is a...

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    KATC is reporting that one is dead in a forklift accident at a Proctor & Gamble plant in Pineville. The investigation is still in its early stages, but a Proctor & Gamble spokesperson provided the following statement to KATC. "We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of the P&G Product Supply Family passed away at our Alexandria manufacturing facility in a tragic accident during the early morning hours of May 24, 2018.  The safety of our employees is a...

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  • Ninth annual Arts and Crabs event coming to Lake Charles

    Ninth annual Arts and Crabs event coming to Lake Charles

    Friday, May 25 2018 11:38 AM EDT2018-05-25 15:38:41 GMT
    Arts and Crabs 2018 will be held August 18 at Burton Coliseum (Source: The Arts Council of SWLA)Arts and Crabs 2018 will be held August 18 at Burton Coliseum (Source: The Arts Council of SWLA)
    Arts and Crabs 2018 will be held August 18 at Burton Coliseum (Source: The Arts Council of SWLA)Arts and Crabs 2018 will be held August 18 at Burton Coliseum (Source: The Arts Council of SWLA)
    The Arts Council of SWLA will host its ninth annual Arts and Crabs fundraiser event, according to Jody Taylor, project coordinator for the Arts Council. Arts and Crabs, named a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” for five years in a row by the Southeast Tourism Society, will take place from 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday, August 18 at Burton Coliseum. Taylor says that attendees will be able to sample seafood dishes from local chefs and Louisiana craft beers. "Best Crab D...More >>
    The Arts Council of SWLA will host its ninth annual Arts and Crabs fundraiser event, according to Jody Taylor, project coordinator for the Arts Council. Arts and Crabs, named a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” for five years in a row by the Southeast Tourism Society, will take place from 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday, August 18 at Burton Coliseum. Taylor says that attendees will be able to sample seafood dishes from local chefs and Louisiana craft beers. "Best Crab D...More >>
  • Two local students honored for 13 years of perfect attendance

    Two local students honored for 13 years of perfect attendance

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:05 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:05:10 GMT

    Quite an accomplishment for two high school seniors in Calcasieu Parish. Sherie Broussard and Nicholas Watts are being recognized for 13 years of  perfect attendance.  They will be honored at the June 12 regular school board meeting. Broussard is a graduate of Sam Houston High School with a 3.52 GPA. She plans to attend Sowela Technical Community College and major in Process Technology. Following graduation from Sowela, Broussard plans to continue her education at McNeese ...

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    Quite an accomplishment for two high school seniors in Calcasieu Parish. Sherie Broussard and Nicholas Watts are being recognized for 13 years of  perfect attendance.  They will be honored at the June 12 regular school board meeting. Broussard is a graduate of Sam Houston High School with a 3.52 GPA. She plans to attend Sowela Technical Community College and major in Process Technology. Following graduation from Sowela, Broussard plans to continue her education at McNeese ...

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  • Rodeo Culture Runs Deep in SWLA

    Rodeo Culture Runs Deep in SWLA

    Friday, May 25 2018 4:15 PM EDT2018-05-25 20:15:29 GMT

    It's a culture that runs strong in Southwest Louisiana... rodeo culture that is. And for many, it's a way of life that starts at a young age.  Rodeo participants prepare throughout the year with hopes of qualifying for state and local rodeos, vying for a chance to qualify for national championships.  

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    It's a culture that runs strong in Southwest Louisiana... rodeo culture that is. And for many, it's a way of life that starts at a young age.  Rodeo participants prepare throughout the year with hopes of qualifying for state and local rodeos, vying for a chance to qualify for national championships.  

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  • Conner holds grand opening of campaign headquarters

    Conner holds grand opening of campaign headquarters

    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-05-24 22:48:27 GMT

    Dr. Phillip Conner held the grand opening of his campaign headquarters on Thursday at the corner of 10th Street and Hodges Street in Lake Charles. Conner is running for U.S. Congress in Louisiana's third congressional district against Clay Higgins. He will be running as a Democrat in the open primary/congressional election on November 6. For more information, visit his campaign website. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Dr. Phillip Conner held the grand opening of his campaign headquarters on Thursday at the corner of 10th Street and Hodges Street in Lake Charles. Conner is running for U.S. Congress in Louisiana's third congressional district against Clay Higgins. He will be running as a Democrat in the open primary/congressional election on November 6. For more information, visit his campaign website. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Man briefly escapes custody after being found guilty of first-degree murder

    Man briefly escapes custody after being found guilty of first-degree murder

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:50 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:50:27 GMT
    Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Johnnie Hardman has been found guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery with a firearm, and two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery for the July 2017 murder of Joshua Touchet. The verdict was reached by the jury after 43 minutes of deliberation. Theresa Schmidt was in the courtroom. To see all of her coverage of the trial, view her Twitter feed below. Tweets by KplcTschmidt

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    Johnnie Hardman has been found guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery with a firearm, and two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery for the July 2017 murder of Joshua Touchet. The verdict was reached by the jury after 43 minutes of deliberation. Theresa Schmidt was in the courtroom. To see all of her coverage of the trial, view her Twitter feed below. Tweets by KplcTschmidt

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  • Thursday, May 25

    Thursday, May 25

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:08 AM EDT2018-05-25 13:08:38 GMT

    Johnnie Hardman, 29, Lake Charles, LA: First degree murder, armed robbery, armed robbery; attempted armed robbery; use of firearm; additional penalty, attempted armed robbery, armed robbery attempted armed robbery; use of firearm; additional penalty, attempted possession of marijuana; 1st offense, prohibited acts, drugs paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy, criminal conspiracy, simple escape. Leo Lawler, 25, Lake Charles, LA: Violations of protective orders, produce, manufacture, distr...

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    Johnnie Hardman, 29, Lake Charles, LA: First degree murder, armed robbery, armed robbery; attempted armed robbery; use of firearm; additional penalty, attempted armed robbery, armed robbery attempted armed robbery; use of firearm; additional penalty, attempted possession of marijuana; 1st offense, prohibited acts, drugs paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy, criminal conspiracy, simple escape. Leo Lawler, 25, Lake Charles, LA: Violations of protective orders, produce, manufacture, distr...

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