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  • Man with unknown disease finally gets some answers

    Man with unknown disease finally gets some answers

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:21 PM EDT2018-07-18 16:21:09 GMT

    "So, I went to the doctor about a week and a half before all this went down, didn't get any better," said Tony Rougeau.  

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    "So, I went to the doctor about a week and a half before all this went down, didn't get any better," said Tony Rougeau.  

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  • Louisiana reports first 6 West Nile infections of 2018

    Louisiana reports first 6 West Nile infections of 2018

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:12 PM EDT2018-07-18 16:12:10 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Louisiana's health department is reporting that six people in the state have been infected with the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.

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    Louisiana's health department is reporting that six people in the state have been infected with the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.

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  • Sunrise Birthdays: July 17

    Sunrise Birthdays: July 17

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:02 PM EDT2018-07-18 16:02:55 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    A big Happy Birthday to our KPLC Sunrise viewers for July 17: Jermaine Bargeman, 39 Cameron Thomas, 1 Kayla Cole, 16 Elisha Lee Horton, 15 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age, and date of birth. 

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    A big Happy Birthday to our KPLC Sunrise viewers for July 17: Jermaine Bargeman, 39 Cameron Thomas, 1 Kayla Cole, 16 Elisha Lee Horton, 15 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age, and date of birth. 

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  • 7-in-Seven Countdown: Top teams in 2018

    7-in-Seven Countdown: Top teams in 2018

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-07-17 23:44:12 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    We are just three weeks away from KPLC's coverage of TDL: Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday. We continue the countdown with the top seven Touchdown Live teams this upcoming season.  

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    We are just three weeks away from KPLC's coverage of TDL: Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday. We continue the countdown with the top seven Touchdown Live teams this upcoming season.  

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  • City officials announce new parks initiative: Partners in Parks

    City officials announce new parks initiative: Partners in Parks

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-07-17 21:31:57 GMT
    "Partners and Parks" is aimed to revitalize parks in SWLA. (Source: KPLC)"Partners and Parks" is aimed to revitalize parks in SWLA. (Source: KPLC)
    "Partners and Parks" is aimed to revitalize parks in SWLA. (Source: KPLC)"Partners and Parks" is aimed to revitalize parks in SWLA. (Source: KPLC)

    Hunter revealed the poster during a news conference in front of a crowd of children, sponsors, councilmen, board members, organizations and more. The goal is to transform parks and green spaces throughout the city of Lake Charles. 

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    Hunter revealed the poster during a news conference in front of a crowd of children, sponsors, councilmen, board members, organizations and more. The goal is to transform parks and green spaces throughout the city of Lake Charles. 

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  • Lake Charles Regional Airport to receive millions for drainage improvements

    Lake Charles Regional Airport to receive millions for drainage improvements

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:18 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:18:30 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Regional Airport)(Source: Lake Charles Regional Airport)
    (Source: Lake Charles Regional Airport)(Source: Lake Charles Regional Airport)

    U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award almost $3.9 million in infrastructure grants to the airport.

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    U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award almost $3.9 million in infrastructure grants to the airport.

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  • Southwest Booking Report: July 16, 2018

    Southwest Booking Report: July 16, 2018

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 8:39 AM EDT2018-07-17 12:39:35 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    Ross Anthony Soileau, 28, Lake Charles: Out of state detainer. Fayelynn Denise McGill, 29, Sulphur: Possession of drugs, cruelty to juveniles. Bond: $5,000. Keith Ronald Htuchinson, 41, Lake Charles: Second degree battery, domestic abuse battery; child endangerment. Bond: $2,000. Darrell Eugene Cox III, 36, Iowa: Possession of drugs, cruelty of juveniles. Bond: $5,000. Jermaine Washington, 22, Welsh: Instate detainer, direct contempt of court, second degree murder, possession of d...More >>
    Ross Anthony Soileau, 28, Lake Charles: Out of state detainer. Fayelynn Denise McGill, 29, Sulphur: Possession of drugs, cruelty to juveniles. Bond: $5,000. Keith Ronald Htuchinson, 41, Lake Charles: Second degree battery, domestic abuse battery; child endangerment. Bond: $2,000. Darrell Eugene Cox III, 36, Iowa: Possession of drugs, cruelty of juveniles. Bond: $5,000. Jermaine Washington, 22, Welsh: Instate detainer, direct contempt of court, second degree murder, possession of d...More >>
  • Sunrise Birthdays: July 17, 2018

    Sunrise Birthdays: July 17, 2018

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 8:09 AM EDT2018-07-17 12:09:15 GMT
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: July 17, 2018 Mykha Moore, 5 Violet Guillory, 1 Emily Sonnier, 19 Joycelyn Orsot-LeCompte, 73 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: July 17, 2018 Mykha Moore, 5 Violet Guillory, 1 Emily Sonnier, 19 Joycelyn Orsot-LeCompte, 73 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • CPSO searching for man suspected of burgling La. 14 business twice

    CPSO searching for man suspected of burgling La. 14 business twice

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:45 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:45:25 GMT
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for man suspected of burglarizing a business on La. 14 on May 23 and again on May 24. (Source: CPSO)The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for man suspected of burglarizing a business on La. 14 on May 23 and again on May 24. (Source: CPSO)
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for man suspected of burglarizing a business on La. 14 on May 23 and again on May 24. (Source: CPSO)The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for man suspected of burglarizing a business on La. 14 on May 23 and again on May 24. (Source: CPSO)

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has released pictures of a burglary suspect. The news release said on May 23, a man entered a business on Highway 14 by and stole a portable battery charger and then returned the following night at stole a rolling battery charger and a portable air compressor. On May 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.    If anyone...

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    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has released pictures of a burglary suspect. The news release said on May 23, a man entered a business on Highway 14 by and stole a portable battery charger and then returned the following night at stole a rolling battery charger and a portable air compressor. On May 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.    If anyone...

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  • Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: July 15, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: July 15, 2018

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:23 AM EDT2018-07-16 12:23:11 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Keliyn Terel Thomas, 27, Lake Charles: Domestic Abuse Battery. Bonded. Dylan Joseph Williams, 21, Sulphur: Indecent behavior with juveniles. Christopher L Edwards, 26, Lake Charles: Possession of synthetic marijuana, criminal trespass, theft less than $1000. Frances Rashad Leger, 26, Lake Charles: Violations of protective orders. Kayla McKenzie Jones, 26, Lake Charles: Instate detainer. Arnold Huerta, 28, Humble, TX: Simple battery, obscenity. Bond: $3,500. Alana Beth Ducote, 29...More >>
    Keliyn Terel Thomas, 27, Lake Charles: Domestic Abuse Battery. Bonded. Dylan Joseph Williams, 21, Sulphur: Indecent behavior with juveniles. Christopher L Edwards, 26, Lake Charles: Possession of synthetic marijuana, criminal trespass, theft less than $1000. Frances Rashad Leger, 26, Lake Charles: Violations of protective orders. Kayla McKenzie Jones, 26, Lake Charles: Instate detainer. Arnold Huerta, 28, Humble, TX: Simple battery, obscenity. Bond: $3,500. Alana Beth Ducote, 29...More >>
  • LEAP test results for Southwest Louisiana

    LEAP test results for Southwest Louisiana

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:16 AM EDT2018-07-16 12:16:25 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    Statewide 2017-2018 LEAP test scores are in, showing an overall improvement from last year's scores. The number of students in the state who scored mastery and above for any subject increased from 33% in 2017 to 34% in 2018. This improvement was reflected in most Southwest Louisiana parishes, with four out of six parishes improving on their scores. Allen Parish: 2 percent decrease in students performing mastery or better on the LEAP test since 2017 Beauregard Parish: 2 percent in...

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    Statewide 2017-2018 LEAP test scores are in, showing an overall improvement from last year's scores. The number of students in the state who scored mastery and above for any subject increased from 33% in 2017 to 34% in 2018. This improvement was reflected in most Southwest Louisiana parishes, with four out of six parishes improving on their scores. Allen Parish: 2 percent decrease in students performing mastery or better on the LEAP test since 2017 Beauregard Parish: 2 percent in...

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  • 7-in-Seven Countdown: Top surprise teams in 2018

    7-in-Seven Countdown: Top surprise teams in 2018

    Sunday, July 15 2018 9:24 PM EDT2018-07-16 01:24:21 GMT
    (SOURCE: KPLC)(SOURCE: KPLC)

    We are just four weeks away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday. We continue the countdown with the top seven surprise teams this upcoming season.  

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    We are just four weeks away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday. We continue the countdown with the top seven surprise teams this upcoming season.  

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  • Ainsley's Angels hosts 5th Annual Sunset 5K

    Ainsley's Angels hosts 5th Annual Sunset 5K

    Sunday, July 15 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-07-15 23:58:55 GMT

    Ainsley's Angels of America held their 5th annual Sunset 5K on Saturday at the Civic Center. Close to 400 people participated in this year's event. Race director Kristine Seaward says they also had over 70 assisted athlete riders, the most they've every had at one event. "We're pretty excited about that, it's definitely a record for any of our Ainsley's Angels events to ever have that many assisted athlete riders to gather in one place with that many so it's great." says S...

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    Ainsley's Angels of America held their 5th annual Sunset 5K on Saturday at the Civic Center. Close to 400 people participated in this year's event. Race director Kristine Seaward says they also had over 70 assisted athlete riders, the most they've every had at one event. "We're pretty excited about that, it's definitely a record for any of our Ainsley's Angels events to ever have that many assisted athlete riders to gather in one place with that many so it's great." says S...

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  • LaGrange running back Anthony Johnson commits to McNeese

    LaGrange running back Anthony Johnson commits to McNeese

    Saturday, July 14 2018 5:25 PM EDT2018-07-14 21:25:48 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A day after one Southwest Louisiana's top prospects committed, another followed suit. LaGrange 2019 running back Anthony Johnson announced his commitment to McNeese on his Twitter account Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound running back chose the Cowboys over offers from Alcorn, Grambling, Lamar, Nicholls and Southeastern. Johnson is th...

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    A day after one Southwest Louisiana's top prospects committed, another followed suit. LaGrange 2019 running back Anthony Johnson announced his commitment to McNeese on his Twitter account Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound running back chose the Cowboys over offers from Alcorn, Grambling, Lamar, Nicholls and Southeastern. Johnson is th...

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  • Louisiana National Guard: 70 return from Afghanistan

    Louisiana National Guard: 70 return from Afghanistan

    Saturday, July 14 2018 11:18 AM EDT2018-07-14 15:18:34 GMT
    (Source: LA National Guard)(Source: LA National Guard)

    The Louisiana National Guard is welcoming soldiers back home after nine months in Afghanistan.

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    The Louisiana National Guard is welcoming soldiers back home after nine months in Afghanistan.

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  • DeCarlos Holmes aiming to 'reclaim the legacy' at Washington-Marion

    DeCarlos Holmes aiming to 'reclaim the legacy' at Washington-Marion

    Friday, July 13 2018 11:54 PM EDT2018-07-14 03:54:07 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    New Washington-Marion head football coach DeCarlos Holmes comes to Lake Charles with his eyes wide open. "For me, this is the best job in the state," said Holmes of Washington-Marion. "To be in a school system that loves athletics and loves student-athletes, it speaks volumes." Holmes is confident in what the Charging Indians program can become. "We are not going to rebuild, we are going to reclaim the legacy here. This job, as I said before, is o...More >>
    New Washington-Marion head football coach DeCarlos Holmes comes to Lake Charles with his eyes wide open. "For me, this is the best job in the state," said Holmes of Washington-Marion. "To be in a school system that loves athletics and loves student-athletes, it speaks volumes." Holmes is confident in what the Charging Indians program can become. "We are not going to rebuild, we are going to reclaim the legacy here. This job, as I said before, is o...More >>
  • Sam Houston athlete Gerron Duhon commits to Yale University

    Sam Houston athlete Gerron Duhon commits to Yale University

    Friday, July 13 2018 7:54 PM EDT2018-07-13 23:54:36 GMT
    Duhon transferred from Washington-Marion to Sam Houston. (Source: KPLC)Duhon transferred from Washington-Marion to Sam Houston. (Source: KPLC)

    One of Southwest Louisiana's top prospects said he's ending his recruitment. Sam Houston 2019 athlete announced his commitment to Ivy League school Yale University on his Twitter account Friday.

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    One of Southwest Louisiana's top prospects said he's ending his recruitment. Sam Houston 2019 athlete announced his commitment to Ivy League school Yale University on his Twitter account Friday.

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  • Welcome Home Troops Celebration in downtown Leesville

    Welcome Home Troops Celebration in downtown Leesville

    Friday, July 13 2018 7:18 PM EDT2018-07-13 23:18:49 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Southwest Louisiana is invited to attend the Military Appreciation Parade and Welcome Home Troops Celebration on July 14 in Leesville. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on N. Third Street and ends at the VFW on S. Third Street. Music, drinks, and food will be available at the Third Street Market. About 600 Fort Polk Soldiers will march in the parade. You can show your support by cheering, waving flags, and clapping as they march by. For more information call 238-0349 or email chamerver...

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    Southwest Louisiana is invited to attend the Military Appreciation Parade and Welcome Home Troops Celebration on July 14 in Leesville. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on N. Third Street and ends at the VFW on S. Third Street. Music, drinks, and food will be available at the Third Street Market. About 600 Fort Polk Soldiers will march in the parade. You can show your support by cheering, waving flags, and clapping as they march by. For more information call 238-0349 or email chamerver...

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  • Doctors say medical marijuana is not a good treatment for glaucoma

    Doctors say medical marijuana is not a good treatment for glaucoma

    Friday, July 13 2018 12:44 PM EDT2018-07-13 16:44:30 GMT

    Louisiana lawmakers passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana for a number of conditions including glaucoma. But optometrists and ophthalmologists are saying medicinal marijuana isn't practical for people with glaucoma. "Because of the short duration of action and because of the and the only route of administration is smoking marijuana cigarettes and we know the affects of that." Doctor Jon Yokubitis with the Eye Clinic says the bill is good for the future of medicine fo...

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    Louisiana lawmakers passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana for a number of conditions including glaucoma. But optometrists and ophthalmologists are saying medicinal marijuana isn't practical for people with glaucoma. "Because of the short duration of action and because of the and the only route of administration is smoking marijuana cigarettes and we know the affects of that." Doctor Jon Yokubitis with the Eye Clinic says the bill is good for the future of medicine fo...

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  • WEATHER WITH BEN: Sky Smith

    WEATHER WITH BEN: Sky Smith

    Friday, July 13 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-07-13 12:52:30 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    This Friday, Sky Smith got to be the junior meteorologist for Weather with Ben.  Sky is an 8-year-old rising 4th-grade student at St. John Elementary School. She enjoys swimming, gymnastics, and making slim and science projects.  She also loves spending time with family, especially her great-grandmother, through barbecuing and, of course, playing with her dog Lucy. One day, she wants to be on television. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    This Friday, Sky Smith got to be the junior meteorologist for Weather with Ben.  Sky is an 8-year-old rising 4th-grade student at St. John Elementary School. She enjoys swimming, gymnastics, and making slim and science projects.  She also loves spending time with family, especially her great-grandmother, through barbecuing and, of course, playing with her dog Lucy. One day, she wants to be on television. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Sunrise Birthdays: July 13, 2018

    Sunrise Birthdays: July 13, 2018

    Friday, July 13 2018 8:04 AM EDT2018-07-13 12:04:34 GMT
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: July 13 Antoinette McCoy Maddox Suire, 1 Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: July 13 Antoinette McCoy Maddox Suire, 1 Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Beware: Today is Friday, the Thirteenth

    Beware: Today is Friday, the Thirteenth

    Friday, July 13 2018 6:06 AM EDT2018-07-13 10:06:47 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    For literally centuries, Friday, the Thirteenth has been known as one of the unluckiest days of the year. The final Friday the 13th of the year is upon us, but why do we fear the dreaded day anyways? 

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    For literally centuries, Friday, the Thirteenth has been known as one of the unluckiest days of the year. The final Friday the 13th of the year is upon us, but why do we fear the dreaded day anyways? 

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  • Community volunteers prepare for Serve Day 2018

    Community volunteers prepare for Serve Day 2018

    Thursday, July 12 2018 2:46 PM EDT2018-07-12 18:46:04 GMT
    Serve Day 2018 - Sat., July 14 (Source: WRC/Facebook)Serve Day 2018 - Sat., July 14 (Source: WRC/Facebook)
    Serve Day 2018 - Sat., July 14 (Source: WRC/Facebook)Serve Day 2018 - Sat., July 14 (Source: WRC/Facebook)

    This Saturday, July 14, volunteers at hundreds of churches across the world will take the day to serve their communities.  Serve Day is an opportunity for groups to serve their areas with practical acts of kindness. Ranging from building a wheelchair ramp to roadside clean up, the project ideas are vast.  According to the Serve Day map, over 15 churches in Louisiana are registered for this year's event, including two in the Lake area: World Redemption Center 222 Hwy 17...

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    This Saturday, July 14, volunteers at hundreds of churches across the world will take the day to serve their communities.  Serve Day is an opportunity for groups to serve their areas with practical acts of kindness. Ranging from building a wheelchair ramp to roadside clean up, the project ideas are vast.  According to the Serve Day map, over 15 churches in Louisiana are registered for this year's event, including two in the Lake area: World Redemption Center 222 Hwy 17...

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  • Movie 'Jacob's Brother' to be filmed in Lake Charles area

    Movie 'Jacob's Brother' to be filmed in Lake Charles area

    Thursday, July 12 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-07-12 15:48:19 GMT
    Several Lake Charles natives are returning to Lake Charles to shoot a feature film about a comedian dealing with mental illness. (Source: jacobsbrotherfilm.com)Several Lake Charles natives are returning to Lake Charles to shoot a feature film about a comedian dealing with mental illness. (Source: jacobsbrotherfilm.com)

    Southwest Louisiana will soon be the backdrop of a feature-length film.  Valleyheart, a Los Angeles-based production team featuring Lake Charles natives Brian Bourque, Timothy Rafferty, Jacob Rafferty, and Tyler Walker will produce the film. It's called  “Jacob’s Brother,” and it tells the true story of the bond between local brothers, one of whom is an aspiring comedian struggling with mental illness. “Mental illness is an invisible disease,&rdquo.

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    Southwest Louisiana will soon be the backdrop of a feature-length film.  Valleyheart, a Los Angeles-based production team featuring Lake Charles natives Brian Bourque, Timothy Rafferty, Jacob Rafferty, and Tyler Walker will produce the film. It's called  “Jacob’s Brother,” and it tells the true story of the bond between local brothers, one of whom is an aspiring comedian struggling with mental illness. “Mental illness is an invisible disease,&rdquo.

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: July 11, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: July 11, 2018

    Thursday, July 12 2018 8:45 AM EDT2018-07-12 12:45:52 GMT
    (Source: MGN Online)(Source: MGN Online)
    (Source: MGN Online)(Source: MGN Online)
    Karrington Kahill Henry, 22, Lake Charles: Possession of synthetic marijuana; first offense, contraband defined; certain activities regarding contraband in penal institutions prohibited, probation detainer. Bond: $7,500. Lee A Citizen, III, 23, Lake Charles: Produce, manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule I narcotic, possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies, illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the pres...More >>
    Karrington Kahill Henry, 22, Lake Charles: Possession of synthetic marijuana; first offense, contraband defined; certain activities regarding contraband in penal institutions prohibited, probation detainer. Bond: $7,500. Lee A Citizen, III, 23, Lake Charles: Produce, manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule I narcotic, possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies, illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the pres...More >>
  • Astro slugger Alex Bregman to participate in Home Run Derby

    Astro slugger Alex Bregman to participate in Home Run Derby

    Thursday, July 12 2018 12:32 AM EDT2018-07-12 04:32:47 GMT
    (Source: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)(Source: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    (Source: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)(Source: AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    Six-time National League All-Star Bryce Harper of the host Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, the top vote-getter in the NL, are among the eight participants in the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby, it was announced tonight on ESPN. The 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby will be held on Monday, July 16th at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, and broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The annual showcase also features Milwaukee Brewers...More >>
    Six-time National League All-Star Bryce Harper of the host Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, the top vote-getter in the NL, are among the eight participants in the 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby, it was announced tonight on ESPN. The 2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby will be held on Monday, July 16th at Nationals Park in Washington, DC, and broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The annual showcase also features Milwaukee Brewers...More >>
  • SOWELA students win big at world's largest skills competition

    SOWELA students win big at world's largest skills competition

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-07-11 23:35:41 GMT
    SOWELA student winners from the SkillsUSA competition (Source: SOWELA Technical Community College)SOWELA student winners from the SkillsUSA competition (Source: SOWELA Technical Community College)
    SOWELA SkillsUSA competition winners (Source: SOWELA Technical Community College)SOWELA SkillsUSA competition winners (Source: SOWELA Technical Community College)

    Two local students have won silver for television (video) production at the SkillsUSA championship.  SkillsUSA, the world's largest skills competition, is an opportunity for career and technical education students to showcase their skills. This years competition hosted in Louisville, KY,  hosted 6,000 students from around the country.

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    Two local students have won silver for television (video) production at the SkillsUSA championship.  SkillsUSA, the world's largest skills competition, is an opportunity for career and technical education students to showcase their skills. This years competition hosted in Louisville, KY,  hosted 6,000 students from around the country.

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  • Sunrise Birthdays: July 11, 2018

    Sunrise Birthdays: July 11, 2018

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-07-11 12:10:23 GMT
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: July 11, 2018 Edward Lavine, 67 Zhyneik Stevens, 7 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: July 11, 2018 Edward Lavine, 67 Zhyneik Stevens, 7 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Paula Abdul coming to Golden Nugget in October

    Paula Abdul coming to Golden Nugget in October

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 7:23 PM EDT2018-07-10 23:23:50 GMT
    Paula Abdul (Source: Golden Nugget)Paula Abdul (Source: Golden Nugget)
    Paula Abdul (Source: Golden Nugget)Paula Abdul (Source: Golden Nugget)

    Multi-platinum recording artist, choreographer, and dancer Paula Abdul will perform in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Lake Charles at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, according to a news release.  Abdul became a worldwide singing sensation with her first album Forever Your Girl, followed by six No. 1 singles. Abdul will perform hits including: “Opposites Attract,” “Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl,” “Rush, Rush,&rdq

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    Multi-platinum recording artist, choreographer, and dancer Paula Abdul will perform in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Lake Charles at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, according to a news release.  Abdul became a worldwide singing sensation with her first album Forever Your Girl, followed by six No. 1 singles. Abdul will perform hits including: “Opposites Attract,” “Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl,” “Rush, Rush,&rdq

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  • Child Safety & Well-Being Workshop: "Linked"

    Child Safety & Well-Being Workshop: "Linked"

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 8:25 AM EDT2018-07-10 12:25:16 GMT
    The City of Lake Charles is hosting a free workshop for foster parents and others interested in learning more about child safety and well-being.  The topic of discussion is 'How to Build Relationships Between Foster Parents and Biological Parents.' The workshop titled "Linked" is being held this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Church of the King on Oak Park Blvd. Foster parents can receive one training hour per workshop. "Linked" is free to the public, and ...More >>
    The City of Lake Charles is hosting a free workshop for foster parents and others interested in learning more about child safety and well-being.  The topic of discussion is 'How to Build Relationships Between Foster Parents and Biological Parents.' The workshop titled "Linked" is being held this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Church of the King on Oak Park Blvd. Foster parents can receive one training hour per workshop. "Linked" is free to the public, and ...More >>
  • Broadway's Lady Chops performs at Calcasieu libraries

    Broadway's Lady Chops performs at Calcasieu libraries

    Monday, July 9 2018 6:28 PM EDT2018-07-09 22:28:34 GMT
    Lady Chops performs at Calcasieu area libraries. (Source: Lady Chops/Facebook)Lady Chops performs at Calcasieu area libraries. (Source: Lady Chops/Facebook)

    The rhythmic sounds of Elizabeth Vidos, known as Lady Chops, can be heard at Calcasieu Parish libraries this week.  

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    The rhythmic sounds of Elizabeth Vidos, known as Lady Chops, can be heard at Calcasieu Parish libraries this week.  

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  • New Lake Charles City Council officials elected

    New Lake Charles City Council officials elected

    Monday, July 9 2018 3:27 PM EDT2018-07-09 19:27:55 GMT
    (Source: City of Lake Charles)(Source: City of Lake Charles)
    (Source: City of Lake Charles)(Source: City of Lake Charles)

    New officers of the Lake Charles City Council have been elected. They'll serve from July 2018 to June 2019.  The former Vice President of the Council, Mark Eckard has been elected President. Luvertha August was elected Vice President of the Council.  Councilman Rodney Geyen presented outgoing President John Ieyoub with a plaque in appreciation for his service to the Council and the City.

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    New officers of the Lake Charles City Council have been elected. They'll serve from July 2018 to June 2019.  The former Vice President of the Council, Mark Eckard has been elected President. Luvertha August was elected Vice President of the Council.  Councilman Rodney Geyen presented outgoing President John Ieyoub with a plaque in appreciation for his service to the Council and the City.

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: July 7, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: July 7, 2018

    Monday, July 9 2018 8:41 AM EDT2018-07-09 12:41:37 GMT
    Keyerica James, 28, Lake Charles, LA: Simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000, domestic abuse battery; child endangerment. Ivan Villa, 22, Splendora, TX: Unlawful refusal to submit to chemical test; arrest for driving while intoxicated, resisting an officer by flight, hit & run driving, simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000. Layton Benny, 22, Dequincy, LA: instate detainer, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, resisting an office...More >>
    Keyerica James, 28, Lake Charles, LA: Simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000, domestic abuse battery; child endangerment. Ivan Villa, 22, Splendora, TX: Unlawful refusal to submit to chemical test; arrest for driving while intoxicated, resisting an officer by flight, hit & run driving, simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000. Layton Benny, 22, Dequincy, LA: instate detainer, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, resisting an office...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: July 8, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: July 8, 2018

    Monday, July 9 2018 8:28 AM EDT2018-07-09 12:28:20 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Dylan Jade Hanks, 28, Lake Charles: Criminal trespass, resisting an officer by refusal to I.D., battery of a police officer. Bond: $1,500. Philip Alan Ritchie, 47, Sulphur: Domestic abuse battery. Thomas Allan Chesson, 59, Lake Charles: Criminal trespass, prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Bond: $4,000. Michael Lee Vega, 55, Beaumont, TX: domestic abuse battery.  Bond $1,000. Mark Blaine Fontenot, 35, Sulphur: Secre...More >>
    Dylan Jade Hanks, 28, Lake Charles: Criminal trespass, resisting an officer by refusal to I.D., battery of a police officer. Bond: $1,500. Philip Alan Ritchie, 47, Sulphur: Domestic abuse battery. Thomas Allan Chesson, 59, Lake Charles: Criminal trespass, prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Bond: $4,000. Michael Lee Vega, 55, Beaumont, TX: domestic abuse battery.  Bond $1,000. Mark Blaine Fontenot, 35, Sulphur: Secre...More >>
  • 7-in-Seven Countdown: Top Touchdown Live matchups in 2018

    7-in-Seven Countdown: Top Touchdown Live matchups in 2018

    Monday, July 9 2018 12:24 AM EDT2018-07-09 04:24:43 GMT
    (SOURCE: KPLC)(SOURCE: KPLC)

    We are just five weeks away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown series. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday. We continue the countdown with the top seven Touchdown Live matchups this upcoming season.  7. Oberlin at Elton (November 2) 7-in-Seven countdown: Top Touchdown Live matchups in 2017 - #7 We start the list wit...

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    We are just five weeks away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown series. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday. We continue the countdown with the top seven Touchdown Live matchups this upcoming season.  7. Oberlin at Elton (November 2) 7-in-Seven countdown: Top Touchdown Live matchups in 2017 - #7 We start the list wit...

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  • Citywide garage sale Saturday in Lake Charles

    Citywide garage sale Saturday in Lake Charles

    Friday, July 6 2018 6:00 PM EDT2018-07-06 22:00:08 GMT
    The Lake Charles Grand Garage Sale will take place Saturday at the Civic Center (Source: Facebook)The Lake Charles Grand Garage Sale will take place Saturday at the Civic Center (Source: Facebook)
    The Lake Charles Grand Garage Sale will take place Saturday at the Civic Center (Source: Facebook)The Lake Charles Grand Garage Sale will take place Saturday at the Civic Center (Source: Facebook)

    The Lake Charles Grand Garage Sale will take place Saturday, according to its Facebook page. The citywide garage sale, featuring countless items for sale, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Buccaneer Room of the Civic Center. The Facebook page says it will feature everything from vintage clothing, vinyl records, tools, glassware, electronics, and more. The entry fee is $3. For more information, visit their Facebook page below. The Lake Charles Indoor GRAND Garage ...

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    The Lake Charles Grand Garage Sale will take place Saturday, according to its Facebook page. The citywide garage sale, featuring countless items for sale, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Buccaneer Room of the Civic Center. The Facebook page says it will feature everything from vintage clothing, vinyl records, tools, glassware, electronics, and more. The entry fee is $3. For more information, visit their Facebook page below. The Lake Charles Indoor GRAND Garage ...

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  • School supply drive underway in Sulphur

    School supply drive underway in Sulphur

    Friday, July 6 2018 5:12 PM EDT2018-07-06 21:12:55 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Sulphur Police and Sulphur City Council School Supply Drive is underway, according to a Facebook post by the Sulphur Police Department.

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    The Sulphur Police and Sulphur City Council School Supply Drive is underway, according to a Facebook post by the Sulphur Police Department.

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Thursday, July 5

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Thursday, July 5

    Friday, July 6 2018 9:17 AM EDT2018-07-06 13:17:35 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Albert Mouton, 26, Lake Charles, LA: Domestic abuse battery; strangulation, domestic abuse battery; child endangerment. Terald Simpson, 35, Lake Charles, LA: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, prohibited act; drug paraphernalia. Merrick Perkins, 36, Lake Charles, LA: Unlawful use of emergency 911, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule I. Hunter Bordelon, 20, Moreauville, LA: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, pr...More >>
    Albert Mouton, 26, Lake Charles, LA: Domestic abuse battery; strangulation, domestic abuse battery; child endangerment. Terald Simpson, 35, Lake Charles, LA: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, prohibited act; drug paraphernalia. Merrick Perkins, 36, Lake Charles, LA: Unlawful use of emergency 911, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule I. Hunter Bordelon, 20, Moreauville, LA: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, pr...More >>
  • Sunrise Birthdays: 7.6.18

    Sunrise Birthdays: 7.6.18

    Friday, July 6 2018 8:18 AM EDT2018-07-06 12:18:50 GMT

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  • City council makes changes to event guidelines

    City council makes changes to event guidelines

    Friday, July 6 2018 6:03 AM EDT2018-07-06 10:03:14 GMT
    No more than 100 four-wheelers can be permitted per event, and if more are needed, they need.No more than 100 four-wheelers can be permitted per event, and if more are needed, they need.

    Parades and festivals make up a huge part of Lake Charles culture, but with big crowds, come big responsibilities. Which is why some changes are being made to the way these events are operated.

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    Parades and festivals make up a huge part of Lake Charles culture, but with big crowds, come big responsibilities. Which is why some changes are being made to the way these events are operated.

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  • Mosquito eradicator may be a solution to summer pests

    Mosquito eradicator may be a solution to summer pests

    Thursday, July 5 2018 7:23 PM EDT2018-07-05 23:23:16 GMT
    Mosquito (Source: KPLC)Mosquito (Source: KPLC)
    Mosquito (Source: KPLC)Mosquito (Source: KPLC)

    The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator, a product that claims to completely eliminate mosquitoes, is flying off the shelves all around the south. Southwest Louisiana is no exception. Their website says the product works by catching hunting mosquitoes by emitting the same attractant triggers that draw mosquitoes to people and animals. Once trapped in the Eradicator, the website says "mosquitoes that feed will perish." The company claims the mosquito population will drop ...

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    The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator, a product that claims to completely eliminate mosquitoes, is flying off the shelves all around the south. Southwest Louisiana is no exception. Their website says the product works by catching hunting mosquitoes by emitting the same attractant triggers that draw mosquitoes to people and animals. Once trapped in the Eradicator, the website says "mosquitoes that feed will perish." The company claims the mosquito population will drop ...

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  • Rick Springfield concert at Golden Nugget postponed

    Rick Springfield concert at Golden Nugget postponed

    Thursday, July 5 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-07-05 22:27:01 GMT

    Rick Springfield will not be performing at the Golden Nugget Saturday night as planned.  A Facebook post by Golden Nugget Lake Charles says Springfield is rescheduling his performance at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Saturday, July 7 to Friday, December 28, 2018 at 8:30PM due to illness.  The post adds that guests who have already purchased tickets: your existing tickets and seats you have for this concert will remain valid on the new show date. If you can attend the ...

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    Rick Springfield will not be performing at the Golden Nugget Saturday night as planned.  A Facebook post by Golden Nugget Lake Charles says Springfield is rescheduling his performance at Golden Nugget Lake Charles on Saturday, July 7 to Friday, December 28, 2018 at 8:30PM due to illness.  The post adds that guests who have already purchased tickets: your existing tickets and seats you have for this concert will remain valid on the new show date. If you can attend the ...

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  • Southwest Louisiana Arrest Report: 7.4.18

    Southwest Louisiana Arrest Report: 7.4.18

    Thursday, July 5 2018 8:40 AM EDT2018-07-05 12:40:04 GMT
    Larkin Francis Thomas, 33, Church Point: Possession of drugs, schedule II; prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia, vehicle license required, possession of marijuana, 1st offense. Bond: $1,100. Lynne Jessica McMichael, 28, Ragley: Possession of drugs, schedule II, Prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia Mark Anthony Payne, 35, Lake Charles: Criminal Trespass. Bond: $500 Thomas Darrell Wininger, 40, Sulphur: Cruelty to juveniles, false imprisonment, offender armed with dangerous weapon. El...More >>
    Larkin Francis Thomas, 33, Church Point: Possession of drugs, schedule II; prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia, vehicle license required, possession of marijuana, 1st offense. Bond: $1,100. Lynne Jessica McMichael, 28, Ragley: Possession of drugs, schedule II, Prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia Mark Anthony Payne, 35, Lake Charles: Criminal Trespass. Bond: $500 Thomas Darrell Wininger, 40, Sulphur: Cruelty to juveniles, false imprisonment, offender armed with dangerous weapon. El...More >>
  • Sheriff's Mancuso's tips on how to prevent gun theft

    Sheriff's Mancuso's tips on how to prevent gun theft

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 11:03 PM EDT2018-07-05 03:03:25 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Since January, 305 guns were stolen from unlocked cars in Calcasieu Parish and 49 were stolen from forced entry, according to Sheriff Mancuso, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. Gun thefts seem to be on the rise, however, some could have possibly been prevented if the cars were simply locked. 

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    Since January, 305 guns were stolen from unlocked cars in Calcasieu Parish and 49 were stolen from forced entry, according to Sheriff Mancuso, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. Gun thefts seem to be on the rise, however, some could have possibly been prevented if the cars were simply locked. 

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  • Drivers stranded during Fourth of July storm in Houston

    Drivers stranded during Fourth of July storm in Houston

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 4:17 PM EDT2018-07-04 20:17:39 GMT

    Heavy rain moving through the Houston area Wednesday caused some major flooding. Severe weather also forced the cancellation of the city's Independence Day celebration, Freedom Over Texas, according to Houston's NBC affiliate KPRC.  The station reports the city's fireworks display will go on as planned. Click below to see social media posts by Houston reporters. Post Oak between San Felipe & Westheimer is inaccessible. Came here to a gym this morning and can’t leave....

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    Heavy rain moving through the Houston area Wednesday caused some major flooding. Severe weather also forced the cancellation of the city's Independence Day celebration, Freedom Over Texas, according to Houston's NBC affiliate KPRC.  The station reports the city's fireworks display will go on as planned. Click below to see social media posts by Houston reporters. Post Oak between San Felipe & Westheimer is inaccessible. Came here to a gym this morning and can’t leave....

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  • RECIPES: Low FODMAP Chicken Street Tacos & Salsa

    RECIPES: Low FODMAP Chicken Street Tacos & Salsa

    RECIPES: Low FODMAP Chicken Street Tacos & Salsa

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 11:10 AM EDT2018-07-04 15:10:29 GMT
    Red Stick Spice CompanyRed Stick Spice Company

    Anne Milneck with Red Stick Spice Company shares her recipes for Low FODMAP Chicken Street Tacos and Salsa

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    Anne Milneck with Red Stick Spice Company shares her recipes for Low FODMAP Chicken Street Tacos and Salsa

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  • Sunrise Birthdays: July 4, 2018

    Sunrise Birthdays: July 4, 2018

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 7:48 AM EDT2018-07-04 11:48:57 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for July 4, 2018: Calvin Collins, 79 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for July 4, 2018: Calvin Collins, 79 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Family celebrates 43 years of selling fireworks

    Family celebrates 43 years of selling fireworks

    Wednesday, July 4 2018 6:24 AM EDT2018-07-04 10:24:55 GMT
    Baby Avery Angelo is the heir to the fireworks throne. (Source: KPLC)Baby Avery Angelo is the heir to the fireworks throne. (Source: KPLC)

    Just about everyone loves to be a part of a fireworks show. The Angelo family is no different in that aspect; they absolutely love fireworks, but they are different in one aspect. They don’t put them down after the Fourth of July or New Year’s, they keep firing away.

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    Just about everyone loves to be a part of a fireworks show. The Angelo family is no different in that aspect; they absolutely love fireworks, but they are different in one aspect. They don’t put them down after the Fourth of July or New Year’s, they keep firing away.

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  • City of Sulphur maintains Class 2 fire rating

    City of Sulphur maintains Class 2 fire rating

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 7:12 PM EDT2018-07-03 23:12:02 GMT
    (Source: City of Sulphur)(Source: City of Sulphur)
    (Source: City of Sulphur)(Source: City of Sulphur)

    The City of Sulphur has received confirmation that it will maintain it's Class two fire rating from the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) according to a news release.  Cities are rated from 1 – 10, with 1 being the most desirable score. Ratings consist of an evaluation that is 50% fire department, 40% water (including water pressure, water main size, infrastructure and pumping capacity), and 10% communications. The City currently contracts with E-911 for a...

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    The City of Sulphur has received confirmation that it will maintain it's Class two fire rating from the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) according to a news release.  Cities are rated from 1 – 10, with 1 being the most desirable score. Ratings consist of an evaluation that is 50% fire department, 40% water (including water pressure, water main size, infrastructure and pumping capacity), and 10% communications. The City currently contracts with E-911 for a...

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  • Lake Charles man faces DWI third

    Lake Charles man faces DWI third

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 5:58 PM EDT2018-07-03 21:58:59 GMT
    (Source: CPSO)(Source: CPSO)

    A Lake Charles man is under arrest for his 3rd DWI, according to Kim Myers with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. On Friday, June 29 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on an SUV near the intersection of Pujol Road and Lebleu Cemetery Road in Lake Charles.   When the deputy spoke with the driver, David M. Holt, 34,  he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person...

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    A Lake Charles man is under arrest for his 3rd DWI, according to Kim Myers with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. On Friday, June 29 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on an SUV near the intersection of Pujol Road and Lebleu Cemetery Road in Lake Charles.   When the deputy spoke with the driver, David M. Holt, 34,  he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person...

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  • Winner announced in SWLA favorite restaurant contest

    Winner announced in SWLA favorite restaurant contest

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 12:45 PM EDT2018-07-03 16:45:41 GMT

    Luna Bar & Grill took the top spot in the sixth annual Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau Top 20 Restaurant contest. Second place went to Steamboat Bill's followed by Darrell's for third place. 

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    Luna Bar & Grill took the top spot in the sixth annual Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau Top 20 Restaurant contest. Second place went to Steamboat Bill's followed by Darrell's for third place. 

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  • sunrise birthdays: July 2, 2018

    sunrise birthdays: July 2, 2018

    Tuesday, July 3 2018 8:18 AM EDT2018-07-03 12:18:24 GMT
  • Starks VFW holds inaugural Family Freedom Fest

    Starks VFW holds inaugural Family Freedom Fest

    Monday, July 2 2018 11:38 AM EDT2018-07-02 15:38:00 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Starks VFW Post 4759 and Ladies Auxiliary hosted the first family freedom fest this weekend. They asked members of the community for photos of their veterans to be scanned to place on their Wall of Honor, in exchange for an American flag.

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    Starks VFW Post 4759 and Ladies Auxiliary hosted the first family freedom fest this weekend. They asked members of the community for photos of their veterans to be scanned to place on their Wall of Honor, in exchange for an American flag.

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  • Booking Report: Sat, June 30

    Booking Report: Sat, June 30

    Monday, July 2 2018 8:47 AM EDT2018-07-02 12:47:20 GMT
    Jason Miller, 40, Sulphur, LA: Prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, possession of synthetic marijuana; 1st offense-misdemeanor, bicycles; front lamps; rear lamps; sides and rear reflectors. David Holt, 34, Lake Charles, LA: Operating while intoxicated; third offense, driving on roadway laned for traffic, operating a vehicle while under suspension for a certain prior offenses. Dammon White, 45, Lake Charles, LA: Simple crim...More >>
    Jason Miller, 40, Sulphur, LA: Prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, possession of synthetic marijuana; 1st offense-misdemeanor, bicycles; front lamps; rear lamps; sides and rear reflectors. David Holt, 34, Lake Charles, LA: Operating while intoxicated; third offense, driving on roadway laned for traffic, operating a vehicle while under suspension for a certain prior offenses. Dammon White, 45, Lake Charles, LA: Simple crim...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana Arrest Report: July 1, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana Arrest Report: July 1, 2018

    Monday, July 2 2018 8:36 AM EDT2018-07-02 12:36:30 GMT
    Tyler Robert Badgett, 62, Sulphur: Direct of contempt of court. Tena Marie Cormier, 56, Westlake:  Criminal Trespass, Drug paraphernalia, Possession of controlled substance, schedule II, Monetary instrument abuse. Jesse Paul Jenkins, 36, Lake Charles:  Domestic abuse battery, simple criminal damage to property from $1000 but less than $50,000. Bond: $4500. Mitzie Blake Galimidi, 32, Lake Charles: Drug paraphernalia, sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without...More >>
    Tyler Robert Badgett, 62, Sulphur: Direct of contempt of court. Tena Marie Cormier, 56, Westlake:  Criminal Trespass, Drug paraphernalia, Possession of controlled substance, schedule II, Monetary instrument abuse. Jesse Paul Jenkins, 36, Lake Charles:  Domestic abuse battery, simple criminal damage to property from $1000 but less than $50,000. Bond: $4500. Mitzie Blake Galimidi, 32, Lake Charles: Drug paraphernalia, sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without...More >>
  • Grand Lake Pontoon Bridge closing for improvements

    Grand Lake Pontoon Bridge closing for improvements

    Monday, July 2 2018 8:25 AM EDT2018-07-02 12:25:13 GMT
    (Source: DOTD)(Source: DOTD)
    (Source: DOTD)(Source: DOTD)

    The Grand Lake Pontoon Bridge on La. 384 over the Intracoastal Waterway will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Tuesday, July 10 through Monday, July 23. 

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    The Grand Lake Pontoon Bridge on La. 384 over the Intracoastal Waterway will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Tuesday, July 10 through Monday, July 23. 

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  • 7-in-Seven Countdown: Most Competitive Districts in 2018

    7-in-Seven Countdown: Most Competitive Districts in 2018

    Sunday, July 1 2018 8:07 PM EDT2018-07-02 00:07:52 GMT
    (SOURCE: KPLC)(SOURCE: KPLC)

    We are just six weeks away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday. We continue the countdown with the seven most competitive local districts this upcoming season. Of course, this is just our analysis, you never know what might happen on the gridiron this fall. 

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    We are just six weeks away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese to high school football. A new countdown each week, beginning every Monday. We continue the countdown with the seven most competitive local districts this upcoming season. Of course, this is just our analysis, you never know what might happen on the gridiron this fall. 

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  • TRAFFIC: SB lanes of Lake Street blocked due to accident

    TRAFFIC: SB lanes of Lake Street blocked due to accident

    Sunday, July 1 2018 4:54 PM EDT2018-07-01 20:54:20 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Both southbound lanes of Lake Street are blocked near West Prien Lake Road due to a vehicle accident, according to Lake Charles Police Department. Please take an alternate route. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Both southbound lanes of Lake Street are blocked near West Prien Lake Road due to a vehicle accident, according to Lake Charles Police Department. Please take an alternate route. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Man to pay $2,500 in bear's death; son can't hunt for a year

    Man to pay $2,500 in bear's death; son can't hunt for a year

    Sunday, July 1 2018 11:29 AM EDT2018-07-01 15:29:25 GMT
    (Source: National Geographic)(Source: National Geographic)

    A judge has ordered a Louisiana man to pay $2,500 because his juvenile son killed a Louisiana black bear in 2015, and the teenager has lost his hunting license for a year.

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    A judge has ordered a Louisiana man to pay $2,500 because his juvenile son killed a Louisiana black bear in 2015, and the teenager has lost his hunting license for a year.

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  • City departments around SWLA closed July 4

    City departments around SWLA closed July 4

    Friday, June 29 2018 12:52 PM EDT2018-06-29 16:52:26 GMT
    (Source History.com)(Source History.com)

    Lake Charles city departments, including Lake Charles City Hall, will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day, according to Matt Young, spokesman for the city. The City Council meeting on July 4 has also been rescheduled for July 5. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 326 Pujo Street. Young says ordinance number 18132 calls for the reschedule and was passed and adopted on April 4. All city departments will resume regular working hours on July 5. Young says there ...

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    Lake Charles city departments, including Lake Charles City Hall, will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day, according to Matt Young, spokesman for the city. The City Council meeting on July 4 has also been rescheduled for July 5. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 326 Pujo Street. Young says ordinance number 18132 calls for the reschedule and was passed and adopted on April 4. All city departments will resume regular working hours on July 5. Young says there ...

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  • SOWELA acquires college in Oakdale

    SOWELA acquires college in Oakdale

    Friday, June 29 2018 11:10 AM EDT2018-06-29 15:10:07 GMT
    (Source: SOWELA.edu)(Source: SOWELA.edu)
    (Source: SOWELA.edu)(Source: SOWELA.edu)

    SOWELA Community College is acquiring the Oakdale site of Central Louisiana Technical Community College.  

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    SOWELA Community College is acquiring the Oakdale site of Central Louisiana Technical Community College.  

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Thursday, June 28

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Thursday, June 28

    Friday, June 29 2018 8:23 AM EDT2018-06-29 12:23:33 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Transese Jones, 33, Sulphur, LA: Resisting an officer by refusal to I.D., resisting an officer, possession of controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, Illegal use of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of persons under seventeen years of age, prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia. Donald Brown, 34, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts direct contempt of court, probation violation, produce, manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule II narcotic. Jimmy Bellard, 57, L...More >>
    Transese Jones, 33, Sulphur, LA: Resisting an officer by refusal to I.D., resisting an officer, possession of controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, Illegal use of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of persons under seventeen years of age, prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia. Donald Brown, 34, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts direct contempt of court, probation violation, produce, manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule II narcotic. Jimmy Bellard, 57, L...More >>
  • Lake Charles honoring patriots to kick off Red, White, Blue and You festival

    Lake Charles honoring patriots to kick off Red, White, Blue and You festival

    Friday, June 29 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-06-29 12:10:52 GMT
    (Source: City of Lake Charles)(Source: City of Lake Charles)
    (Source: City of Lake Charles)(Source: City of Lake Charles)
    The City of Lake Charles is coming together to honor its heroes during the 12th annual Patriot's Ball. The ball will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 29 in the Contraband Room in the Lake Charles Civic Center. Lake Charles mayor Nic Hunter and the Armed Forces Coalition says they will be honoring local patriots to kick off the Red, White, Blue and You Festival. The festival will culminate on Wednesday, July 4 with a parade, a patriotic program and fireworks. Copyright 2018 KPL...More >>
    The City of Lake Charles is coming together to honor its heroes during the 12th annual Patriot's Ball. The ball will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 29 in the Contraband Room in the Lake Charles Civic Center. Lake Charles mayor Nic Hunter and the Armed Forces Coalition says they will be honoring local patriots to kick off the Red, White, Blue and You Festival. The festival will culminate on Wednesday, July 4 with a parade, a patriotic program and fireworks. Copyright 2018 KPL...More >>
  • Former porn star working to pass legislation to abolish child pornography

    Former porn star working to pass legislation to abolish child pornography

    Friday, June 29 2018 6:12 AM EDT2018-06-29 10:12:33 GMT

    “I was a former youth pastor, once raped I spiraled into the pornography industry until I was looking at a life-and-death decision, I chose recovery” Neely says, she was part of the problem. “We were recruiting girls on modeling agency ads be famous now that’s the biggest lie to ever happen I was a part of the machine it’s all human trafficking,"

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    “I was a former youth pastor, once raped I spiraled into the pornography industry until I was looking at a life-and-death decision, I chose recovery” Neely says, she was part of the problem. “We were recruiting girls on modeling agency ads be famous now that’s the biggest lie to ever happen I was a part of the machine it’s all human trafficking,"

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  • Southwest Louisiana gets four named to USA TODAY All-Louisiana Baseball Team

    Southwest Louisiana gets four named to USA TODAY All-Louisiana Baseball Team

    Thursday, June 28 2018 9:48 PM EDT2018-06-29 01:48:44 GMT
    (SOURCE: KPLC)(SOURCE: KPLC)
    (SOURCE: KPLC)(SOURCE: KPLC)
    USA TODAY announced its ALL-USA Louisiana Baseball Team on Thursday.  Four players from Southwest Louisiana were selected, led by Sulphur pitcher Chance Stone on the first team. Fellow Tor Connor Cooke, Barbe infielder Antonio Gauthier and Iota ace Hunter Wriborg were selected to the second team. Sulphur, Barbe and Iota all ended their season in Sulphur with the Bulldogs and Tors playing in the state title game. Below is the 2017-18 ALL-USA Louisiana Basebal...More >>
    USA TODAY announced its ALL-USA Louisiana Baseball Team on Thursday.  Four players from Southwest Louisiana were selected, led by Sulphur pitcher Chance Stone on the first team. Fellow Tor Connor Cooke, Barbe infielder Antonio Gauthier and Iota ace Hunter Wriborg were selected to the second team. Sulphur, Barbe and Iota all ended their season in Sulphur with the Bulldogs and Tors playing in the state title game. Below is the 2017-18 ALL-USA Louisiana Basebal...More >>
  • 4 suspects arrested in connection with vehicle theft

    4 suspects arrested in connection with vehicle theft

    Thursday, June 28 2018 7:38 PM EDT2018-06-28 23:38:42 GMT
    Wallace (left) and King (right) were allegedly involved in over 15 vehicle burglaries. (Source: LCPD)Wallace (left) and King (right) were allegedly involved in over 15 vehicle burglaries. (Source: LCPD)
    Wallace (left) and King (right) were allegedly involved in over 15 vehicle burglaries. (Source: LCPD)Wallace (left) and King (right) were allegedly involved in over 15 vehicle burglaries. (Source: LCPD)

    Lake Charles Police Department and Westlake Police Department collaborated to arrest four suspects in a string of vehicle burglaries on Wednesday, according to Cpl. Larry Moss, Lake Charles Police Department.  

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    Lake Charles Police Department and Westlake Police Department collaborated to arrest four suspects in a string of vehicle burglaries on Wednesday, according to Cpl. Larry Moss, Lake Charles Police Department.  

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Matthew Anderson

    Sports Person of the Week - Matthew Anderson

    Thursday, June 28 2018 7:37 PM EDT2018-06-28 23:37:46 GMT
    (Source: Matthew Anderson)(Source: Matthew Anderson)
    (Source: Matthew Anderson)(Source: Matthew Anderson)
    Leesville’s Matthew Anderson loves the mauling and mashing that comes with playing offensive line. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Wampus Cat became just the second local product to commit to a Power 5 school in five years. "Nebraska is known for its lineman and the pipeline with all the Remington and Lombardi trophies," said Anderson. "I’m looking forward to seeing how they are going to use me with my athleticism as an offensive lineman." ...More >>
    Leesville’s Matthew Anderson loves the mauling and mashing that comes with playing offensive line. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Wampus Cat became just the second local product to commit to a Power 5 school in five years. "Nebraska is known for its lineman and the pipeline with all the Remington and Lombardi trophies," said Anderson. "I’m looking forward to seeing how they are going to use me with my athleticism as an offensive lineman." ...More >>
  • Vehicle fire at Big A Jewelry Pawn Shop on Hwy 171

    Vehicle fire at Big A Jewelry Pawn Shop on Hwy 171

    Thursday, June 28 2018 4:25 PM EDT2018-06-28 20:25:30 GMT
    (Source: Cameron Taylor)(Source: Cameron Taylor)
    (Source: Cameron Taylor)(Source: Cameron Taylor)
    A vehicle fire broke out at a local business on Highway 171 on Thursday. Firefighters were seen putting out the fire at Big A Jewelry Pawn Shop. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    A vehicle fire broke out at a local business on Highway 171 on Thursday. Firefighters were seen putting out the fire at Big A Jewelry Pawn Shop. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Saharan Dust could impact Southwest Louisiana this weekend

    Saharan Dust could impact Southwest Louisiana this weekend

    Thursday, June 28 2018 4:00 PM EDT2018-06-28 20:00:16 GMT
    The red circle is indicating areas where the dust can already be seen on visible satellite (Source: KPLC)The red circle is indicating areas where the dust can already be seen on visible satellite (Source: KPLC)
    The red circle is indicating areas where the dust can already be seen on visible satellite (Source: KPLC)The red circle is indicating areas where the dust can already be seen on visible satellite (Source: KPLC)

    It may be hard to believe that dust all the way from the Sahara Desert in Africa is going to effect Southwest Louisiana, but it is expected to happen this weekend.  The sand and dust have traveled all the way across the Atlantic Ocean blown by strong strong westerly winds.  The SAL can actually be what is hindering hurricane development in the Atlantic basin.   

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    It may be hard to believe that dust all the way from the Sahara Desert in Africa is going to effect Southwest Louisiana, but it is expected to happen this weekend.  The sand and dust have traveled all the way across the Atlantic Ocean blown by strong strong westerly winds.  The SAL can actually be what is hindering hurricane development in the Atlantic basin.   

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  • Larger-than-life cowboy appears on the McNeese campus

    Larger-than-life cowboy appears on the McNeese campus

    Thursday, June 28 2018 10:36 AM EDT2018-06-28 14:36:19 GMT

    A larger-than-life cowboy can now be seen on the west side of the Shearman Fine Arts Center on the McNeese State University campus. 

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    A larger-than-life cowboy can now be seen on the west side of the Shearman Fine Arts Center on the McNeese State University campus. 

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  • Southwest Louisiana Arrest Report: June 27, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana Arrest Report: June 27, 2018

    Thursday, June 28 2018 9:13 AM EDT2018-06-28 13:13:35 GMT

    Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center: Calvin Joseph Guillory, 55, Lake Charles: Issuing worthless checks. Bond: $500. Martha Ann Young, 34, Iowa: Possession of drugs, contraband, drug paraphernalia. Jonathan Wayne Larocca, 57 Sulphur: Domestic Abuse Battery. Bond:$1000 Brett Daniel Broussard, 33, Lake Charles: Probation Violation. Theresa Rachel Mancuso, 58, Lake Charles: Simple Burglary. Andrew Hayden Buxton, 25, Lake Charles: Contempt of Court, Operating vehicle while intoxica...

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    Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center: Calvin Joseph Guillory, 55, Lake Charles: Issuing worthless checks. Bond: $500. Martha Ann Young, 34, Iowa: Possession of drugs, contraband, drug paraphernalia. Jonathan Wayne Larocca, 57 Sulphur: Domestic Abuse Battery. Bond:$1000 Brett Daniel Broussard, 33, Lake Charles: Probation Violation. Theresa Rachel Mancuso, 58, Lake Charles: Simple Burglary. Andrew Hayden Buxton, 25, Lake Charles: Contempt of Court, Operating vehicle while intoxica...

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  • McNeese NAACP gets out of its comfort zone to help others

    McNeese NAACP gets out of its comfort zone to help others

    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-06-28 12:52:36 GMT

    Students at McNeese State University wanted to get out of their comfort zone for their latest community project. A day full of games, gardening and food was part of the project by members of the McNeese State University NAACP at Brookdale Assisted Living on Country Club road in Lake Charles. "So it was pretty cool to actually sit down and interact and just get together with people who probably grew up in a whole different world than today," said Tyler Dixon, chapter preside...

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    Students at McNeese State University wanted to get out of their comfort zone for their latest community project. A day full of games, gardening and food was part of the project by members of the McNeese State University NAACP at Brookdale Assisted Living on Country Club road in Lake Charles. "So it was pretty cool to actually sit down and interact and just get together with people who probably grew up in a whole different world than today," said Tyler Dixon, chapter preside...

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  • McNeese Spotlight: Small businesses prepare for hurricane season

    Small businesses prepare for hurricane season

    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:24 AM EDT2018-06-28 12:24:27 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Donna Little with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese, explains the importance of being prepared for an emergency during the hurricane season.  Little joins 7News Sunrise to share some of her tips: Assess your risk Check your insurance coverage get photos of everything store your records digitally You can find more tips online www.lsbdc.org  or give them a call at 337.475.5529. Copyright KPLC 2018.  All rights reserved. &...

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    Donna Little with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese, explains the importance of being prepared for an emergency during the hurricane season.  Little joins 7News Sunrise to share some of her tips: Assess your risk Check your insurance coverage get photos of everything store your records digitally You can find more tips online www.lsbdc.org  or give them a call at 337.475.5529. Copyright KPLC 2018.  All rights reserved. &...

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  • Sunrise Birthdays: June 28

    Sunrise Birthdays: June 28

    Thursday, June 28 2018 8:03 AM EDT2018-06-28 12:03:30 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 28: Adreana Gions, 5 Aiden Smith, 8 Luke Smith, 8  If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 28: Adreana Gions, 5 Aiden Smith, 8 Luke Smith, 8  If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Citizens of Sulphur asked to conserve water due to high temperatures

    Citizens of Sulphur asked to conserve water due to high temperatures

    Thursday, June 28 2018 7:00 AM EDT2018-06-28 11:00:56 GMT
    (Source KPLC)(Source KPLC)
    (Source KPLC)(Source KPLC)

    The City of Sulphur is asking residents to conserve water due to the extremely warm weather.  

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    The City of Sulphur is asking residents to conserve water due to the extremely warm weather.  

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  • Lake Charles to host workshop on child safety and well-being

    Lake Charles to host workshop on child safety and well-being

    Lake Charles to host workshop on child safety and well-being

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 11:06 PM EDT2018-06-28 03:06:59 GMT
    Image courtesy of: The City of Lake CharlesImage courtesy of: The City of Lake Charles
    Image courtesy of: The City of Lake CharlesImage courtesy of: The City of Lake Charles

    The City of Lake Charles is hosting a free workshop for foster parents and others interested in learning more about child safety and well-being. The workshop entitled “Linked” is being held on Tuesday, July 10 from 6 p.m. to  8 p.m. The workshop will be held at Church of the King. The location is 2145 Oak Park Blvd, Lake Charles, LA 70601. The topic is “How to Build Relationships Between Foster Parents and Biological Parents.” Foster paren...

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    The City of Lake Charles is hosting a free workshop for foster parents and others interested in learning more about child safety and well-being. The workshop entitled “Linked” is being held on Tuesday, July 10 from 6 p.m. to  8 p.m. The workshop will be held at Church of the King. The location is 2145 Oak Park Blvd, Lake Charles, LA 70601. The topic is “How to Build Relationships Between Foster Parents and Biological Parents.” Foster paren...

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  • Gators invade KPLC

    Gators invade KPLC

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 12:59 PM EDT2018-06-27 16:59:45 GMT
    Kayla Courvell holding a gator. (Source: KPLC)Kayla Courvell holding a gator. (Source: KPLC)

    Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge brought a bunch of alligators to say "hello" to the KPLC crew!  

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    Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge brought a bunch of alligators to say "hello" to the KPLC crew!  

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  • Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is celebrating its 45th anniversary

    Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is celebrating its 45th anniversary

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 8:41 AM EDT2018-06-27 12:41:22 GMT
    (Source: Coushatta Pow Wow Organization/Facebook)(Source: Coushatta Pow Wow Organization/Facebook)
    (Source: Coushatta Pow Wow Organization/Facebook)(Source: Coushatta Pow Wow Organization/Facebook)
    The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is celebrating its 45th anniversary of Re-recognition this evening.  The Tribe will be celebrating starting at six this evening with music, food, games and other activities in the field across from the tribal administration building on CC Bel Road in Elton.  A firework display will start at 9 p.m. Back in 1973, the U.S. Department of the interior re-instated the Coushatta tribe's historical relationship with the country.  Copyright&n...More >>
    The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is celebrating its 45th anniversary of Re-recognition this evening.  The Tribe will be celebrating starting at six this evening with music, food, games and other activities in the field across from the tribal administration building on CC Bel Road in Elton.  A firework display will start at 9 p.m. Back in 1973, the U.S. Department of the interior re-instated the Coushatta tribe's historical relationship with the country.  Copyright&n...More >>
  • Sunrise Birthdays: June 27, 2018

    Sunrise Birthdays: June 27, 2018

    Wednesday, June 27 2018 8:09 AM EDT2018-06-27 12:09:56 GMT
    Happy Birthday to all of our sunrise birthdays for June 27: Sianna Benjamin, 4 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy Birthday to all of our sunrise birthdays for June 27: Sianna Benjamin, 4 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Local NAACP chapter reverses stance on school board's new hire

    Local NAACP chapter reverses stance on school board's new hire

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 8:14 PM EDT2018-06-27 00:14:07 GMT
    (Source: NAACP)(Source: NAACP)
    (Source: NAACP)(Source: NAACP)

    The President of Lake Charles branch of the NAACP, J.L. Franklin, has announced today that he is now in full support of Dr. Marcus Jackson, Director of the R3 Zone Plan. This statement comes only a week after Franklin spoke out against Jackson. "The contracted Director of the R3 Zone Plan is unfortunately unacceptable to the Lake Charles NAACP branch. Evidentiary vetting data is available to validate this posture." - Franklin  Today's press conference he hel...

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    The President of Lake Charles branch of the NAACP, J.L. Franklin, has announced today that he is now in full support of Dr. Marcus Jackson, Director of the R3 Zone Plan. This statement comes only a week after Franklin spoke out against Jackson. "The contracted Director of the R3 Zone Plan is unfortunately unacceptable to the Lake Charles NAACP branch. Evidentiary vetting data is available to validate this posture." - Franklin  Today's press conference he hel...

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  • Bell City under boil advisory

    Bell City under boil advisory

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 8:14 PM EDT2018-06-27 00:14:06 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Bell City water is currently turned off due to a water leak repair. Areas included Hwy. 14 East, Hoffpauir Road, Rossignol Road, A. Derouen Road, Charles Schultz Road, North Railroad, B Street, C Street, D Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, and 4th Street. The boil advisory will remain in place until further notice. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Bell City water is currently turned off due to a water leak repair. Areas included Hwy. 14 East, Hoffpauir Road, Rossignol Road, A. Derouen Road, Charles Schultz Road, North Railroad, B Street, C Street, D Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, and 4th Street. The boil advisory will remain in place until further notice. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Keratoconus

    Keratoconus

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 12:46 PM EDT2018-06-26 16:46:57 GMT

    “People that have keratoconus their corneas start to take on an abnormal shape that gives them a very high level of astigmatism,” said Ophthalmologist Doctor Charles Thompson. But unlike many people with bad eyes or astigmatism, glasses can’t help people with Keratoconus. 

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    “People that have keratoconus their corneas start to take on an abnormal shape that gives them a very high level of astigmatism,” said Ophthalmologist Doctor Charles Thompson. But unlike many people with bad eyes or astigmatism, glasses can’t help people with Keratoconus. 

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Tuesday, June 26

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Tuesday, June 26

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 8:43 AM EDT2018-06-26 12:43:39 GMT
    Mark Handy, 50, Lake Charles, LA: Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Michael Fruge, 18, Sulphur, LA: Second Degree Battery. Joshua Moore, 17, Sulphur, LA: Second degree battery. Stormi Berry, 26, Sulphur, LA: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, pedestrians on highways or interstate highways, direct contempt of court. Devon Gupton, 30, West Columbia, TX: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia. Joh...More >>
    Mark Handy, 50, Lake Charles, LA: Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Michael Fruge, 18, Sulphur, LA: Second Degree Battery. Joshua Moore, 17, Sulphur, LA: Second degree battery. Stormi Berry, 26, Sulphur, LA: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, pedestrians on highways or interstate highways, direct contempt of court. Devon Gupton, 30, West Columbia, TX: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia. Joh...More >>
  • SOWELA offering program to prepare for aviation maintenance careers

    SOWELA offering program to prepare for aviation maintenance careers

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 8:25 AM EDT2018-06-26 12:25:25 GMT
    (Source: SOWELA Technical Community College)(Source: SOWELA Technical Community College)
    (Source: SOWELA Technical Community College)(Source: SOWELA Technical Community College)
    SOWELA technical community college is offering an aviation maintenance technology program to help boost the industry in Southwest Louisiana. Program coordinator Sunshine Radford joined 7News Sunrise to explain how the program works, and some of its benefits. To learn more about the program, you can visit https://www.sowela.edu/programs/workforce-solutions/aviation-maintenance-technology/ or you can contact Sunshine Radford at sunshine.radford@sowela.edu or by calling (337) 421-...More >>
    SOWELA technical community college is offering an aviation maintenance technology program to help boost the industry in Southwest Louisiana. Program coordinator Sunshine Radford joined 7News Sunrise to explain how the program works, and some of its benefits. To learn more about the program, you can visit https://www.sowela.edu/programs/workforce-solutions/aviation-maintenance-technology/ or you can contact Sunshine Radford at sunshine.radford@sowela.edu or by calling (337) 421-...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: June 25, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 25, 2018

    Tuesday, June 26 2018 5:21 AM EDT2018-06-26 09:21:46 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 25: Shon Williams, 28 James Smith Julius Erving Glodd, 2 Koltyn Barrett, 9 Leona Griffin TJ Murphy, 39 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 25: Shon Williams, 28 James Smith Julius Erving Glodd, 2 Koltyn Barrett, 9 Leona Griffin TJ Murphy, 39 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Ex-LSU coach Johnny Jones named Texas Southern head men's basketball coach

    Ex-LSU coach Johnny Jones named Texas Southern head men's basketball coach

    Monday, June 25 2018 11:06 PM EDT2018-06-26 03:06:46 GMT
    (Source: LSU athletics)(Source: LSU athletics)
    (Source: LSU athletics)(Source: LSU athletics)

    The Texas Southern University men's basketball program is pleased to welcome highly accomplished and veteran coach Johnny Jones as its new head men's basketball coach. A press conference to formally introduce Jones as head coach has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 27 at 12:00 pm at the HPE Arena located on the TSU campus. Prior to arriving at Texas Southern, Jones served as the associate head coach at the University of Nevada

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    The Texas Southern University men's basketball program is pleased to welcome highly accomplished and veteran coach Johnny Jones as its new head men's basketball coach. A press conference to formally introduce Jones as head coach has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 27 at 12:00 pm at the HPE Arena located on the TSU campus. Prior to arriving at Texas Southern, Jones served as the associate head coach at the University of Nevada

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  • Gov. Edwards Announces Criminal Justice Reinvestment Programs

    Gov. Edwards Announces Criminal Justice Reinvestment Programs

    Monday, June 25 2018 9:23 PM EDT2018-06-26 01:23:12 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Request For Proposals for the community incentive program under the Justice Reinvestment Initiative has been issued according to a news release.  It is open to qualified community organizations interested in enhancing and expanding re-entry services and providing community supports with the goal of expanding prison alternatives and reducing prison admissions and recidivism. The Community Incentive Grant Program is part of the JRI legisla...

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    Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Request For Proposals for the community incentive program under the Justice Reinvestment Initiative has been issued according to a news release.  It is open to qualified community organizations interested in enhancing and expanding re-entry services and providing community supports with the goal of expanding prison alternatives and reducing prison admissions and recidivism. The Community Incentive Grant Program is part of the JRI legisla...

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  • R.I.O.T. 2018 at Civic Center from June 24 - June 30

    R.I.O.T. 2018 at Civic Center from June 24 - June 30

    Monday, June 25 2018 11:37 AM EDT2018-06-25 15:37:43 GMT
    R.I.O.T. will teach youth about music, karate, and more. (Source: calcasieuyouthorganization.com)R.I.O.T. will teach youth about music, karate, and more. (Source: calcasieuyouthorganization.com)

    Revival in Our Town, or R.I.O.T. for short, will be at the Civic Center from June 24 - June 30. The week-long event is a youth and adult music workshop and conference hosted by the Calcasieu Youth Organization.  The conference includes classes, such as karate classes, music workshops, and speakers discussing topics ranging from bullying to leadership. The faith-based event has been in Lake Charles for over 30 years. To learn more about the event, you can visit their Facebook p...

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    Revival in Our Town, or R.I.O.T. for short, will be at the Civic Center from June 24 - June 30. The week-long event is a youth and adult music workshop and conference hosted by the Calcasieu Youth Organization.  The conference includes classes, such as karate classes, music workshops, and speakers discussing topics ranging from bullying to leadership. The faith-based event has been in Lake Charles for over 30 years. To learn more about the event, you can visit their Facebook p...

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: June 23

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: June 23

    Monday, June 25 2018 8:36 AM EDT2018-06-25 12:36:22 GMT
    (Source: MGN Online)(Source: MGN Online)
    (Source: MGN Online)(Source: MGN Online)
    Kevin Vice, 28, Vinton, LA: Two direct contempt of court, turning movements and required signals, probation violation, produce, manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule narcotic, prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia.  Jacaro Bailey, 27, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts direct contempt of court.  Vadoll Sibley, 23, Lake Charles, LA: Direct contempt of court, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Casey Simon, 26, Westlake, LA: Drug-traffic l...More >>
    Kevin Vice, 28, Vinton, LA: Two direct contempt of court, turning movements and required signals, probation violation, produce, manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule narcotic, prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia.  Jacaro Bailey, 27, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts direct contempt of court.  Vadoll Sibley, 23, Lake Charles, LA: Direct contempt of court, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Casey Simon, 26, Westlake, LA: Drug-traffic l...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 24, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 24, 2018

    Monday, June 25 2018 8:31 AM EDT2018-06-25 12:31:30 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Robert Glenn Guidry, 60, Lake Charles: Sexual battery. Tony Ray Jett, Jr., 47, Westlake: Theft of a motor vehicle. Austin Avery Wigg, 22, Lacassine: Monetary instrument abuse. Matthew Wayne Dixon, 33, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs with the intent to produce, manufacture or distribute; possession of drugs; possession of marijuana; drug paraphernalia. Bond: $101,000. Jazmine Kiara Washington, 23, Sulphur: Direct contempt of court, domestic abuse ...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Robert Glenn Guidry, 60, Lake Charles: Sexual battery. Tony Ray Jett, Jr., 47, Westlake: Theft of a motor vehicle. Austin Avery Wigg, 22, Lacassine: Monetary instrument abuse. Matthew Wayne Dixon, 33, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs with the intent to produce, manufacture or distribute; possession of drugs; possession of marijuana; drug paraphernalia. Bond: $101,000. Jazmine Kiara Washington, 23, Sulphur: Direct contempt of court, domestic abuse ...More >>
  • One dead after fatal shooting in Evangeline Parish

    One dead after fatal shooting in Evangeline Parish

    Sunday, June 24 2018 8:10 PM EDT2018-06-25 00:10:42 GMT
    De'Lanzo Veal (Source: KATC / John Anderson)De'Lanzo Veal (Source: KATC / John Anderson)

    A man was killed in Evangeline Parish after a shooting at a memorial celebration on Saturday, according to KATC. De'Lanzo Veal, 48, was shot at Pineywoods Ranch near Oakdale. Veal leaves behind his wife of 20 years and seven children. Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation of the shooting. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    A man was killed in Evangeline Parish after a shooting at a memorial celebration on Saturday, according to KATC. De'Lanzo Veal, 48, was shot at Pineywoods Ranch near Oakdale. Veal leaves behind his wife of 20 years and seven children. Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation of the shooting. 7News will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • LA Lifeline for K-9s holds Pretty Pitty Spay Day in DeRidder

    LA Lifeline for K-9s holds Pretty Pitty Spay Day in DeRidder

    Sunday, June 24 2018 12:51 PM EDT2018-06-24 16:51:49 GMT

    Louisiana Lifeline for K-9s held their Pretty Pitty Spa Day in DeRidder Saturday, an event that allows owners of female pit bulls to get them spayed for free. At the event, we met William, a boy who dedicated his fifth birthday to the cause. For William's birthday, he didn't want presents for himself, but to collect food and toys to donate to the organization. His parents say that they found a pregnant dog on the side of the road one day and reached out to Lifeline fo...

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    Louisiana Lifeline for K-9s held their Pretty Pitty Spa Day in DeRidder Saturday, an event that allows owners of female pit bulls to get them spayed for free. At the event, we met William, a boy who dedicated his fifth birthday to the cause. For William's birthday, he didn't want presents for himself, but to collect food and toys to donate to the organization. His parents say that they found a pregnant dog on the side of the road one day and reached out to Lifeline fo...

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  • Captain Nathan Keller retires from LCPD after 30 over years

    Captain Nathan Keller retires from LCPD after 30 over years

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:31 PM EDT2018-06-23 23:31:14 GMT
    Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Captain Nathan Keller (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    Lake Charles Police Chief Donald D. Dixon has announced the retirement of Operations Commander Captain Nathan Troy Keller. Keller has worked for LCPD since March 28, 1988. He began as a police officer, eventually becoming a patrol officer. He was transferred to the Investigation Division in 1991 and was later promoted to sergeant. He took on the role as patrol shift sergeant in 2002 where he supervised uniformed patrol officers. In 2006, he was assigned to the Community Policin...More >>
    Lake Charles Police Chief Donald D. Dixon has announced the retirement of Operations Commander Captain Nathan Troy Keller. Keller has worked for LCPD since March 28, 1988. He began as a police officer, eventually becoming a patrol officer. He was transferred to the Investigation Division in 1991 and was later promoted to sergeant. He took on the role as patrol shift sergeant in 2002 where he supervised uniformed patrol officers. In 2006, he was assigned to the Community Policin...More >>
  • KPLC general manager and photographer impress with Ryan Street tap-off

    KPLC general manager and photographer impress with Ryan Street tap-off

    Saturday, June 23 2018 9:06 AM EDT2018-06-23 13:06:06 GMT

    There was much excitement around KPLC today as Vice President/General Manager John Ware duked it out in a tap dancing battle with Antoine Aaron, KPLC photographer. John is participating in the 2018 Mad Hot Ballroom dance competition alongside partner Gambrelle DiGiglia on August 4. The competition raises funds for The Whistle Stop's dancing classrooms and DanceSport program. Since John and Gambrelle's Facebook page reached 400 likes, John...

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    There was much excitement around KPLC today as Vice President/General Manager John Ware duked it out in a tap dancing battle with Antoine Aaron, KPLC photographer. John is participating in the 2018 Mad Hot Ballroom dance competition alongside partner Gambrelle DiGiglia on August 4. The competition raises funds for The Whistle Stop's dancing classrooms and DanceSport program. Since John and Gambrelle's Facebook page reached 400 likes, John...

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  • Shrimp and Jazz Fest is Saturday June 23rd

    Shrimp and Jazz Fest is June 23rd

    Shrimp and Jazz Fest is June 23rd

    Saturday, June 23 2018 9:00 AM EDT2018-06-23 13:00:54 GMT
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    Jazz music has been a staple of Louisiana's culture for many years, and you can help celebrate it this weekend. The Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Saturday, June 23rd. Jazz in the Arts is hosting a free jazz workshop before the festival starting at 9, and Jazz After Dark will follow the festival at 7 p.m.  Musician Mickey Smith Junior, with be performing at the event. Mickey Smith Jr. said in a statem...

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    Jazz music has been a staple of Louisiana's culture for many years, and you can help celebrate it this weekend. The Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center on Saturday, June 23rd. Jazz in the Arts is hosting a free jazz workshop before the festival starting at 9, and Jazz After Dark will follow the festival at 7 p.m.  Musician Mickey Smith Junior, with be performing at the event. Mickey Smith Jr. said in a statem...

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  • Compromise reached in special session

    Compromise reached in special session

    Friday, June 22 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-06-23 01:28:47 GMT
    Rep. Paula Davis, a first-term legislator, presented the compromise bill that resolved a battle in the House over renewing part of a cent of state sales tax. (Source: Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service)Rep. Paula Davis, a first-term legislator, presented the compromise bill that resolved a battle in the House over renewing part of a cent of state sales tax. (Source: Sarah Gamard/LSU Manship School News Service)

    By Paul Braun, Drew White, and Tryfon Boukouvidis LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE--The House erupted into cheers Friday after voting 74-24 to renew 0.45 percent of an expiring penny of sales tax until 2025, breaking a huge logjam and reaching a compromise with Gov. John Bel Edwards after nearly five months of intense fighting. The bill would generate $466 million in additional revenue next year, falling $102 million short of the $648 million that Edwards had originally ...

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    By Paul Braun, Drew White, and Tryfon Boukouvidis LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE--The House erupted into cheers Friday after voting 74-24 to renew 0.45 percent of an expiring penny of sales tax until 2025, breaking a huge logjam and reaching a compromise with Gov. John Bel Edwards after nearly five months of intense fighting. The bill would generate $466 million in additional revenue next year, falling $102 million short of the $648 million that Edwards had originally ...

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  • Vintage Market Days comes to Sulphur this weekend

    Vintage Market Days comes to Sulphur this weekend

    Friday, June 22 2018 8:11 PM EDT2018-06-23 00:11:31 GMT
    (Source: Vintage Market Days of Southwest Louisiana Facebook Page)(Source: Vintage Market Days of Southwest Louisiana Facebook Page)
    (Source: Vintage Market Days of Southwest Louisiana Facebook Page)(Source: Vintage Market Days of Southwest Louisiana Facebook Page)
    Vintage Market Days of Southwest Louisiana will be held this weekend at the West Cal Arena in Sulphur, rain or shine. The event will be held June 22-24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Vintage Market Days is an upscale, vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and a little more. The market is a three-day event held several times a year in various communi...More >>
    Vintage Market Days of Southwest Louisiana will be held this weekend at the West Cal Arena in Sulphur, rain or shine. The event will be held June 22-24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Vintage Market Days is an upscale, vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home decor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and a little more. The market is a three-day event held several times a year in various communi...More >>
  • Leesville three-star OT Matthew Anderson commits to Nebraska

    Leesville three-star OT Matthew Anderson commits to Nebraska

    Friday, June 22 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-06-22 22:07:53 GMT
    (Source: Matthew Anderson/Twitter)(Source: Matthew Anderson/Twitter)

    Leesville offensive tackle Matthew Anderson loves the mauling and mashing that comes with playing offensive line. So it came at little surprise Friday when the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Wampus Cat chose to commit to a smash-mouth program like Nebraska. He made the announcement on his Twitter. 

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    Leesville offensive tackle Matthew Anderson loves the mauling and mashing that comes with playing offensive line. So it came at little surprise Friday when the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Wampus Cat chose to commit to a smash-mouth program like Nebraska. He made the announcement on his Twitter. 

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  • Booking Report: Thursday, June 21

    Booking Report: Thursday, June 21

    Friday, June 22 2018 9:15 AM EDT2018-06-22 13:15:56 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Chad Parker, 26, Lake Charles, LA: Possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies.  Jasmine Humphrey, 27, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts direct contempt of court, two counts of theft of goods under $500. Sharhonda McCoy, 49, Lake Charles, LA: Pedestrians on highways or interstate highways, prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia, sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without prescription.  Effe Ware-MCalister, 50, Lake Ch...More >>
    Chad Parker, 26, Lake Charles, LA: Possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies.  Jasmine Humphrey, 27, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts direct contempt of court, two counts of theft of goods under $500. Sharhonda McCoy, 49, Lake Charles, LA: Pedestrians on highways or interstate highways, prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia, sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without prescription.  Effe Ware-MCalister, 50, Lake Ch...More >>
  • Walmarts in SWLA are getting remodeled for faster and easier service

    Walmarts in SWLA are getting remodeled for faster and easier service

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:47 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:47:59 GMT
    (Source: Walmart)(Source: Walmart)
    (Source: Walmart)(Source: Walmart)

    Two Walmarts in Southwest Louisiana will be remodeled to help busy customers save time and money this fiscal year. The Walmarts on 2500 N. Martin Luther King Hwy. and 3215 Gerstiner Memorial Blvd. will be getting improvements.  Walmart plans to expand several innovative services that deliver greater convenience and faster services, including: Online Grocery Pickup Customers can order groceries online and pick them up without ever having to leave their car. The servi...

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    Two Walmarts in Southwest Louisiana will be remodeled to help busy customers save time and money this fiscal year. The Walmarts on 2500 N. Martin Luther King Hwy. and 3215 Gerstiner Memorial Blvd. will be getting improvements.  Walmart plans to expand several innovative services that deliver greater convenience and faster services, including: Online Grocery Pickup Customers can order groceries online and pick them up without ever having to leave their car. The servi...

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  • Summertime pet dangers

    Summertime pet dangers

    Thursday, June 21 2018 7:16 PM EDT2018-06-21 23:16:05 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    It's the first day of summer which means the weather will continue to heat up, but when it comes to your pets, the Louisiana heat can easily be life-threatening. "Dogs can't sweat like humans so they cool themselves down by panting and drinking water," Jae Chang, a veterinarian from Prien Lake Animal Hospital said. "And keeping themselves in a cool environment." Symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion in animals are heavy panting, purple gums, and vomiting ...

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    It's the first day of summer which means the weather will continue to heat up, but when it comes to your pets, the Louisiana heat can easily be life-threatening. "Dogs can't sweat like humans so they cool themselves down by panting and drinking water," Jae Chang, a veterinarian from Prien Lake Animal Hospital said. "And keeping themselves in a cool environment." Symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion in animals are heavy panting, purple gums, and vomiting ...

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  • Louisiana man charged in bomb threat to Trump Tower café

    Louisiana man charged in bomb threat to Trump Tower café

    Thursday, June 21 2018 3:37 PM EDT2018-06-21 19:37:28 GMT
    (Source: trump.com)(Source: trump.com)

    A Louisiana man has been charged with phoning in a bomb threat to a restaurant at the Trump Tower building in New York City last year.

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    A Louisiana man has been charged with phoning in a bomb threat to a restaurant at the Trump Tower building in New York City last year.

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  • Lake Charles announces 2018 Red White Blue & You celebration

    Lake Charles announces 2018 Red White Blue & You celebration

    Thursday, June 21 2018 1:36 PM EDT2018-06-21 17:36:58 GMT
    Lake Charles' annual Red White Blue & You celebration will take place July 4 (Source: City of Lake Charles)Lake Charles' annual Red White Blue & You celebration will take place July 4 (Source: City of Lake Charles)
    Lake Charles' annual Red White Blue & You celebration will take place July 4 (Source: City of Lake Charles)Lake Charles' annual Red White Blue & You celebration will take place July 4 (Source: City of Lake Charles)
    The City of Lake Charles will present their annual Red White Blue & You celebration on Wednesday, July 4, according to Matt Young, spokesman for the city. A parade will begin on Mill Street, traveling down Ryan Street to Dr. Michael Debakey Drive at 6 p.m. Young says Commander Daniel Cost of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles will serve as Grand Marshal in the parade. A patriotic program will follow the parade at 6:45 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Arcad...More >>
    The City of Lake Charles will present their annual Red White Blue & You celebration on Wednesday, July 4, according to Matt Young, spokesman for the city. A parade will begin on Mill Street, traveling down Ryan Street to Dr. Michael Debakey Drive at 6 p.m. Young says Commander Daniel Cost of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles will serve as Grand Marshal in the parade. A patriotic program will follow the parade at 6:45 at the Lake Charles Civic Center Arcad...More >>
  • Thursday is National Selfie Day

    Thursday is National Selfie Day

    Thursday, June 21 2018 12:20 PM EDT2018-06-21 16:20:49 GMT
    KPLC employees celebrating National Selfie Day by wearing pink (Source: KPLC)KPLC employees celebrating National Selfie Day by wearing pink (Source: KPLC)
    KPLC employees celebrating National Selfie Day by wearing pink (Source: KPLC)KPLC employees celebrating National Selfie Day by wearing pink (Source: KPLC)

    Today is National Selfie Day

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    Today is National Selfie Day

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  • Hometown Hero: John Griffin served at Pearl Harbor during WWII

    Hometown Hero: John Griffin served at Pearl Harbor during WWII

    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-06-21 12:34:54 GMT
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    92 year old John Griffin remembers his Navy days at Pearl Harbor. Like other servicemen, Griffin was in his teens when he was drafted. "Yeah, I was, I was 18 years old when I went in there. 18. 21 when I got out. I stayed in there 2 years." Serving as a Seaman First Class, Griffin helped move supplies from the U.S. mainland to the war in the Pacific. "We would stack and restack the stuff after it would get there. I don't care what it was: Lumber, anything. flour, oil...

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    92 year old John Griffin remembers his Navy days at Pearl Harbor. Like other servicemen, Griffin was in his teens when he was drafted. "Yeah, I was, I was 18 years old when I went in there. 18. 21 when I got out. I stayed in there 2 years." Serving as a Seaman First Class, Griffin helped move supplies from the U.S. mainland to the war in the Pacific. "We would stack and restack the stuff after it would get there. I don't care what it was: Lumber, anything. flour, oil...

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 20, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 20, 2018

    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:26 AM EDT2018-06-21 12:26:00 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Brandon ONeal Skinner, 33, Oakdale: Instate detainer. Becky Renee Vincent, 30, Hayes: Probation violation. Kaleb Kibodeaux, 20, Sulphur: Possession of drugs, possession of synthetic marijuana, direct contempt of court. Bond: $7,500. Duane Khristepher Huntsberry, 20, Lake Charles: Sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without prescription; possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, manufacture or produce; possession of firearm or ca...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Brandon ONeal Skinner, 33, Oakdale: Instate detainer. Becky Renee Vincent, 30, Hayes: Probation violation. Kaleb Kibodeaux, 20, Sulphur: Possession of drugs, possession of synthetic marijuana, direct contempt of court. Bond: $7,500. Duane Khristepher Huntsberry, 20, Lake Charles: Sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without prescription; possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, manufacture or produce; possession of firearm or ca...

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  • Sunrise Birthday: Thursday, June 21

    Sunrise Birthday: Thursday, June 21

    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-06-21 12:10:19 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 20: Toyia Winters, 28 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 20: Toyia Winters, 28 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • LEGAL CORNER: If my neighbor's tree falls, it will hit my house. What can I do about this?

    LEGAL CORNER: If my neighbor's tree falls, it will hit my house. What can I do about this?

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 5:47 PM EDT2018-06-20 21:47:44 GMT
    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: I have a problem with a tree in my neighbor’s yard. The tree is split and rotten. The tree has a huge bee hive and possums living in it. If it falls, it will hit my house. I took a picture from my back door. What can I do about this? ANSWER: Well, it is magnificent that you contacted us before the damage is done! On multiple occasions, we are contacted after a tree has damaged someone’s prope...More >>
    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: I have a problem with a tree in my neighbor’s yard. The tree is split and rotten. The tree has a huge bee hive and possums living in it. If it falls, it will hit my house. I took a picture from my back door. What can I do about this? ANSWER: Well, it is magnificent that you contacted us before the damage is done! On multiple occasions, we are contacted after a tree has damaged someone’s prope...More >>
  • Temporary location change for West Cal Law Enforcement Center

    Temporary location change for West Cal Law Enforcement Center

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:12 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:12:00 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office is making some renovations to its West Cal Law Enforcement Center and that will mean a change in location.  Effective Thursday, June 21 the center, currently located at 1525 Cypress St. in Sulphur, will be temporarily relocated to 1017 Beglis Parkway. The telephone number, 491-3625, will remain the same.  The hours of operation will also remain the same – Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The drug drop box wil...

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    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office is making some renovations to its West Cal Law Enforcement Center and that will mean a change in location.  Effective Thursday, June 21 the center, currently located at 1525 Cypress St. in Sulphur, will be temporarily relocated to 1017 Beglis Parkway. The telephone number, 491-3625, will remain the same.  The hours of operation will also remain the same – Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The drug drop box wil...

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  • McNeese State University football team will receive new smart helmets

    McNeese State University football team will receive new smart helmets

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-06-20 12:34:11 GMT
    The McNeese State University football team will be receiving new "smart" helmets today. The helmets donated by the Lake Charles Memorial Foundation, contain technology that will alert people on the sidelines to significant hits during practice or games.  That data can then be used to identify different training exercises that could be used to reduce head impacts. The foundation also donated "smart helmets" to the Calcasieu Parish School Board.  Copyri...More >>
    The McNeese State University football team will be receiving new "smart" helmets today. The helmets donated by the Lake Charles Memorial Foundation, contain technology that will alert people on the sidelines to significant hits during practice or games.  That data can then be used to identify different training exercises that could be used to reduce head impacts. The foundation also donated "smart helmets" to the Calcasieu Parish School Board.  Copyri...More >>
  • Lafayette chef to represent Louisiana in national cook-off

    Lafayette chef to represent Louisiana in national cook-off

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 6:56 AM EDT2018-06-20 10:56:28 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)
    Louisiana has a new king of seafood. Ryan Trahan, of Blue Dog restaurant in Lafayette, received the title after winning the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off.   The competition happened Tuesday, June 19 In Lafayette. It included 12 chefs from across Louisiana, including Lake Charles' Justin East. Chef Trahan will now compete against some of the country's best chefs in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off on Aug. 4 in New Orleans. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Louisiana has a new king of seafood. Ryan Trahan, of Blue Dog restaurant in Lafayette, received the title after winning the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off.   The competition happened Tuesday, June 19 In Lafayette. It included 12 chefs from across Louisiana, including Lake Charles' Justin East. Chef Trahan will now compete against some of the country's best chefs in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off on Aug. 4 in New Orleans. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Booking Report: Monday, June 19

    Booking Report: Monday, June 19

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:03 AM EDT2018-06-19 13:03:31 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Vicky Holland, 36, Iowa, LA: Sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without prescription or order prohibited; exceptions; penalties, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, prohibited act; drug paraphernalia, direct contempt of court.  Kenneth Sampson, 47, Westlake, LA: Tail Lamps - Illuminate with white light the rear registration plate, sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without prescription or order prohibited; exceptions; penaltie...More >>
    Vicky Holland, 36, Iowa, LA: Sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without prescription or order prohibited; exceptions; penalties, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, prohibited act; drug paraphernalia, direct contempt of court.  Kenneth Sampson, 47, Westlake, LA: Tail Lamps - Illuminate with white light the rear registration plate, sale, distribution, or possession of legend drug without prescription or order prohibited; exceptions; penaltie...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 16, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 16, 2018

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 8:40 AM EDT2018-06-19 12:40:31 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Joanne Marie Schiwart, 21, Port Arthur, TX: Out-of-state detainer. Maegan Lorraine Takewell, 18, Deridder: Domestic abuse battery. Raylon Demontre Jenkins, Jr., 22, Westlake: Direct contempt of court, possession of synthetic marijuana, disturbing the peace. Russell Gregory Kiely, 48, Lake Charles: Probation violation.  Justin Wallace, 37, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs; possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, produce or manufactu...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Joanne Marie Schiwart, 21, Port Arthur, TX: Out-of-state detainer. Maegan Lorraine Takewell, 18, Deridder: Domestic abuse battery. Raylon Demontre Jenkins, Jr., 22, Westlake: Direct contempt of court, possession of synthetic marijuana, disturbing the peace. Russell Gregory Kiely, 48, Lake Charles: Probation violation.  Justin Wallace, 37, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs; possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, produce or manufactu...More >>
  • Life with a traumatic brain injury: The Ty Griffen story

    Life with a traumatic brain injury: The Ty Griffen story

    Monday, June 18 2018 12:58 PM EDT2018-06-18 16:58:42 GMT

    From the outside, Ty Griffen looks like a normal 26-year-old. He graduated from McNeese State University and was a pitcher on the baseball team. But for the last year, Ty's life is a blur. Waters were high in a Cameron Marsh where Ty was boating a year ago. 

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    From the outside, Ty Griffen looks like a normal 26-year-old. He graduated from McNeese State University and was a pitcher on the baseball team. But for the last year, Ty's life is a blur. Waters were high in a Cameron Marsh where Ty was boating a year ago. 

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  • Sunrise birthdays: June 18, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 18, 2018

    Monday, June 18 2018 8:23 AM EDT2018-06-18 12:23:56 GMT
    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays for June 18: Cory Foley, 30 Sheila Williams, 59 Brandon Williams, 32 Jeanetta Williams, 31 Colby Budge, 18 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays for June 18: Cory Foley, 30 Sheila Williams, 59 Brandon Williams, 32 Jeanetta Williams, 31 Colby Budge, 18 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 17, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 17, 2018

    Monday, June 18 2018 8:19 AM EDT2018-06-18 12:19:59 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jonathon Matthew Leblanc, 27, Sulphur: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice. Michelle Patrice Hunt, 23, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $7,000. Derrick Chance Arnaud, 28, Iowa: Possession of drugs. Raja Miller Smith, 29, Sulphur: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia. Ross Michael Dugal, 33, Lake Charles: Operating while intoxicated, careless operation, possession of alcoholic beverage in motor vehicle. Bond:...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jonathon Matthew Leblanc, 27, Sulphur: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice. Michelle Patrice Hunt, 23, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $7,000. Derrick Chance Arnaud, 28, Iowa: Possession of drugs. Raja Miller Smith, 29, Sulphur: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia. Ross Michael Dugal, 33, Lake Charles: Operating while intoxicated, careless operation, possession of alcoholic beverage in motor vehicle. Bond:...More >>
  • Bill Curl, longtime Superdome spokesman, dead at 77

    Bill Curl, longtime Superdome spokesman, dead at 77

    Saturday, June 16 2018 9:50 AM EDT2018-06-16 13:50:06 GMT
    Bill Curl (Source: NOLA.com)Bill Curl (Source: NOLA.com)

    The color-changing lights that usually illuminate the Superdome in New Orleans were to remain dark Friday night in memory of the man who spent more than three decades as the venue's spokesman.

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    The color-changing lights that usually illuminate the Superdome in New Orleans were to remain dark Friday night in memory of the man who spent more than three decades as the venue's spokesman.

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  • Longtime BBB President and CEO Carmen Million taking over Baton Rouge bureau

    Longtime BBB President and CEO Carmen Million taking over Baton Rouge bureau

    Friday, June 15 2018 8:22 PM EDT2018-06-16 00:22:19 GMT

    a familiar face in southwest Louisiana is heading off to a new job in baton rouge. today was Carmen million's last day at work at the better business bureau in lake Charles.    you've seen her on KPLC countless times over the years educating and advising consumers about avoiding scams and protecting their information.    at one point she was featured in our "ask the expert" segment on sunrise, dealing with consumer news.    million is the ne...

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    a familiar face in southwest Louisiana is heading off to a new job in baton rouge. today was Carmen million's last day at work at the better business bureau in lake Charles.    you've seen her on KPLC countless times over the years educating and advising consumers about avoiding scams and protecting their information.    at one point she was featured in our "ask the expert" segment on sunrise, dealing with consumer news.    million is the ne...

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  • A Feather for Evelyn

    A Feather for Evelyn

    Friday, June 15 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-06-15 15:40:24 GMT

    "It's about a little girl named Evelyn with cancer and she prays to God to help her get through this and there's a special surprise at the end with the friend and they go on imaginary adventures when she goes through chemo to keep her mind off of everything," said author Kelly Bourque. 

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    "It's about a little girl named Evelyn with cancer and she prays to God to help her get through this and there's a special surprise at the end with the friend and they go on imaginary adventures when she goes through chemo to keep her mind off of everything," said author Kelly Bourque. 

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Thursday, June 15

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Thursday, June 15

    Friday, June 15 2018 9:12 AM EDT2018-06-15 13:12:51 GMT
    Anthony Davis, 34, Lake Charles, LA: Illegal possession of stolen things from $5,000 but less than $25,000. Victoria Brown, 20, DeRidder, LA: Possession of synthetic marijuana; 1st offense-misdemeanor, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule IV, Illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of persons under seventeen years of age, headlamps on motor vehicles. Daquwon Wilson, 20, Houma, LA: Illegal possession of stolen things from $5,000 but less tha...More >>
    Anthony Davis, 34, Lake Charles, LA: Illegal possession of stolen things from $5,000 but less than $25,000. Victoria Brown, 20, DeRidder, LA: Possession of synthetic marijuana; 1st offense-misdemeanor, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule IV, Illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of persons under seventeen years of age, headlamps on motor vehicles. Daquwon Wilson, 20, Houma, LA: Illegal possession of stolen things from $5,000 but less tha...More >>
  • Country music star George Strait to help with Texas tourism after Harvey

    Country music star George Strait to help with Texas tourism after Harvey

    Friday, June 15 2018 8:21 AM EDT2018-06-15 12:21:28 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Country star George Strait is leading a new tourism campaign for a South Texas community that was hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey. Officials with the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce say Strait is participating free of charge. The singer has owned a house in the community for years. Strait says the coastal area is one of his favorite places and encourages tourists to return to the area, which was hit by the hurricane in August. Strait visited the area in September with Texas Gover...

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    Country star George Strait is leading a new tourism campaign for a South Texas community that was hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey. Officials with the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce say Strait is participating free of charge. The singer has owned a house in the community for years. Strait says the coastal area is one of his favorite places and encourages tourists to return to the area, which was hit by the hurricane in August. Strait visited the area in September with Texas Gover...

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  • 11 arrests made in Sulphur drug operation 'Polar Pop'

    11 arrests made in Sulphur drug operation 'Polar Pop'

    Thursday, June 14 2018 7:17 PM EDT2018-06-14 23:17:40 GMT
    Eleven people were arrested during Operation Polar Pop, a drug sting that targeted the 400 and 500 blocks of West Burton Streets in Sulphur, Louisiana. Mugshots of two suspects were unavailable. (Source: Sulphur Police Department)Eleven people were arrested during Operation Polar Pop, a drug sting that targeted the 400 and 500 blocks of West Burton Streets in Sulphur, Louisiana. Mugshots of two suspects were unavailable. (Source: Sulphur Police Department)

    On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, we're told officers with the Sulphur Police Department conducted Operation Polar Pop to address numerous complaints of drug activity on West Burton Street. A team of 10 officers arrested 11 people on various charges.              The operation ended at a nearby residence where most of the arrests were made.               Arrested and booked into the S...

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    On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, we're told officers with the Sulphur Police Department conducted Operation Polar Pop to address numerous complaints of drug activity on West Burton Street. A team of 10 officers arrested 11 people on various charges.              The operation ended at a nearby residence where most of the arrests were made.               Arrested and booked into the S...

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  • Lake Charles Police Department hosts annual 'Fun Day'

    Lake Charles Police Department hosts annual 'Fun Day'

    Thursday, June 14 2018 6:45 PM EDT2018-06-14 22:45:02 GMT
    Jordan Ashworth talks with children about the equipment they use on the Lake Charles Police Department dive team. (Source: Drew Marine/ KPLC)Jordan Ashworth talks with children about the equipment they use on the Lake Charles Police Department dive team. (Source: Drew Marine/ KPLC)
    Jordan Ashworth talks with children about the equipment they use on the Lake Charles Police Department dive team. (Source: Drew Marine/ KPLC)Jordan Ashworth talks with children about the equipment they use on the Lake Charles Police Department dive team. (Source: Drew Marine/ KPLC)

    Kids and families got to hang out with Lake Charles Police Department Thursday.  Chief of Police Don Dixon said he created this "Fun Day" several years ago in hopes that children would have fun, be safe and have positive interactions with law enforcement. He said for some of these kids, it may be their only interaction with police officers.

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    Kids and families got to hang out with Lake Charles Police Department Thursday.  Chief of Police Don Dixon said he created this "Fun Day" several years ago in hopes that children would have fun, be safe and have positive interactions with law enforcement. He said for some of these kids, it may be their only interaction with police officers.

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  • 'Best solution:' Ex-Jindal aides back sales tax to stop cuts

    'Best solution:' Ex-Jindal aides back sales tax to stop cuts

    Thursday, June 14 2018 2:29 PM EDT2018-06-14 18:29:21 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Two of former Gov. Bobby Jindal's top aides are urging Louisiana lawmakers to support a sales tax renewal to patch budget holes.

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    Two of former Gov. Bobby Jindal's top aides are urging Louisiana lawmakers to support a sales tax renewal to patch budget holes.

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  • Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: June, 13, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: June, 13, 2018

    Thursday, June 14 2018 10:37 AM EDT2018-06-14 14:37:06 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Danny Lynn Johnson, 30, Oberlin: Direct contempt of court.  Jason Andrew Picard, 40, Sulphur: Parole violation.  Lashana Deshay Anderson, 36, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana.  Veronica Renee Camden, 48, Lake Charles: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, prohibited acts, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance, resisting an officer.  Demarico Ladell White, 36, Lake...More >>
    Danny Lynn Johnson, 30, Oberlin: Direct contempt of court.  Jason Andrew Picard, 40, Sulphur: Parole violation.  Lashana Deshay Anderson, 36, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana.  Veronica Renee Camden, 48, Lake Charles: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, prohibited acts, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance, resisting an officer.  Demarico Ladell White, 36, Lake...More >>
  • McNeese offering opportunities for kids to keep learning this summer

    McNeese offering opportunities for kids to keep learning this summer

    Thursday, June 14 2018 8:15 AM EDT2018-06-14 12:15:10 GMT
    McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)
    McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)
    McNeese State University is hosting its annual Kids College summer camp, including programs ranging from engineering to nature. The "STEAM Adventure" program will run through August 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every week day. Students will be able to pick the weeks they attend based on the topic, or sign up for the whole program. You can find more information at www.mcneese.edu/leisure or by calling 337-475-5616. May Gray, coordinator of Leisure Learning at McNeese, j...More >>
    McNeese State University is hosting its annual Kids College summer camp, including programs ranging from engineering to nature. The "STEAM Adventure" program will run through August 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every week day. Students will be able to pick the weeks they attend based on the topic, or sign up for the whole program. You can find more information at www.mcneese.edu/leisure or by calling 337-475-5616. May Gray, coordinator of Leisure Learning at McNeese, j...More >>
  • Key Club makes up a third of Washington-Marion High School population

    Key Club makes up a third of Washington-Marion High School population

    Thursday, June 14 2018 7:33 AM EDT2018-06-14 11:33:33 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    Ask students at Washington-Marion High School why they're so glad to be a part of their school's Key Club and they'll probably credit their sponsor, Travis Bolden.

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    Ask students at Washington-Marion High School why they're so glad to be a part of their school's Key Club and they'll probably credit their sponsor, Travis Bolden.

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  • The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

    Louisiana DOTD updates on Vernon Lake Dam

    Louisiana DOTD updates on Vernon Lake Dam

    Thursday, June 14 2018 5:45 AM EDT2018-06-14 09:45:36 GMT
    (Source: DOTD)(Source: DOTD)

    The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is providing new updates on the Vernon Lake Dam. The dam remains stable at this time. The water level in the lake will be maintained near the current lowered water level for the period of time necessary to repair the dam to its pre storm condition. The management gate will be operated to maintain the lake level as close to the current level as possible. However, the lake water levels wi...

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    The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is providing new updates on the Vernon Lake Dam. The dam remains stable at this time. The water level in the lake will be maintained near the current lowered water level for the period of time necessary to repair the dam to its pre storm condition. The management gate will be operated to maintain the lake level as close to the current level as possible. However, the lake water levels wi...

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  • Lakeshore Drive multi-use path to be constructed with new DOTD grant

    Lakeshore Drive multi-use path to be constructed with new DOTD grant

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 10:30 PM EDT2018-06-14 02:30:32 GMT
    A new multi-use path is in store for Lakeshore Drive. (Source: City of Lake Charles)A new multi-use path is in store for Lakeshore Drive. (Source: City of Lake Charles)

    A new multi-use path that will connect Broad Street to Clarence Street along the west side of Lakeshore Drive to Ryan Street is in the works. The path will soon be under construction, thanks to a grant provided by the LA DOTD Enhancement Program ($665,000) and the LA DOTD Road Transfer Program ($206,550). Sidewalk improvements will also be made to Clarence Street, connecting Lakeshore Drive to Ryan Street. “This grant from DOTD will make it easier for every Lake Charles r...

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    A new multi-use path that will connect Broad Street to Clarence Street along the west side of Lakeshore Drive to Ryan Street is in the works. The path will soon be under construction, thanks to a grant provided by the LA DOTD Enhancement Program ($665,000) and the LA DOTD Road Transfer Program ($206,550). Sidewalk improvements will also be made to Clarence Street, connecting Lakeshore Drive to Ryan Street. “This grant from DOTD will make it easier for every Lake Charles r...

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  • Southwest Louisiana wins bids to continue hosting the LHSAA swimming and softball state championships

    Southwest Louisiana wins bids to continue hosting the LHSAA swimming and softball state championships

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-06-14 01:02:31 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The board of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) awarded the LHSAA State Championship Swim Meet and The Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Softball State Championships to the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana area for two additional years. Historically, the area has hosted swim for 12 years and softball for 18. Eric Zartler, sales director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Loui...

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    The board of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) awarded the LHSAA State Championship Swim Meet and The Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA Softball State Championships to the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana area for two additional years. Historically, the area has hosted swim for 12 years and softball for 18. Eric Zartler, sales director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Loui...

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  • Sunrise birthdays: June 13, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 13, 2018

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 8:41 AM EDT2018-06-13 12:41:18 GMT
    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays for June 13: Latissia Fredericks, 41 Ronaysha Stevens, 11 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays for June 13: Latissia Fredericks, 41 Ronaysha Stevens, 11 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 12, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 12, 2018

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 8:37 AM EDT2018-06-13 12:37:40 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jesus Alexander Vela, 32, Gautier, MS: Out-of-state detainer. Jasmine Akili Fontenot, 17, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Brandi Michelle Vidrine, 37, Dequincy: Possession of drugs, stop lamps and turn signals, drug paraphernalia, expired drivers license. Mark Daniel Brockman, Sr., 43, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Terry Lynn Brewer, Jr., 35, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Donovan Pear Vince, 33, Lake Charles...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jesus Alexander Vela, 32, Gautier, MS: Out-of-state detainer. Jasmine Akili Fontenot, 17, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Brandi Michelle Vidrine, 37, Dequincy: Possession of drugs, stop lamps and turn signals, drug paraphernalia, expired drivers license. Mark Daniel Brockman, Sr., 43, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Terry Lynn Brewer, Jr., 35, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Donovan Pear Vince, 33, Lake Charles...More >>
  • Kids Learn Science at the Sulphur Library

    Kids Learn Science at the Sulphur Library

    Kids Learn Science at the Sulphur Library

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-06-13 02:54:47 GMT
    Image courtesy of SULPHUR LIBRARYImage courtesy of SULPHUR LIBRARY
    Image courtesy of SULPHUR LIBRARYImage courtesy of SULPHUR LIBRARY
    Families got a chance to learn about science while having fun at the sulphur library this afternoon. It was part of the summer programs at the calcasieu parish libraries. Science tellers came to teach kids science while telling a fun story.  he sulphur library has plenty of events coming up.  Including a magician next Tuesday the 19th. Copyright 2018 KPLC All rights reservedMore >>
    Families got a chance to learn about science while having fun at the sulphur library this afternoon. It was part of the summer programs at the calcasieu parish libraries. Science tellers came to teach kids science while telling a fun story.  he sulphur library has plenty of events coming up.  Including a magician next Tuesday the 19th. Copyright 2018 KPLC All rights reservedMore >>
  • Sulphur Mayor makes city appointments

    Sulphur Mayor makes city appointments

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 10:41 PM EDT2018-06-13 02:41:13 GMT
    (Source: City of Sulphur)(Source: City of Sulphur)
    (Source KPLC)(Source KPLC)
    At Monday night's meeting of the Sulphur City Council, Mayor Mike Danahay made his first appointments in his new role leading the city.  The following were appointed to each position: Lewis Coats, Chief of Police Dan Selph, Fire Chief Connie Deville, Director of Human Resources Jennifer Thorn, Director of Finance Randy Chiasson, Interim Director of Public Works Keith Berry, Director of Inspections, Permits, Licensing, and Ordinance Enforceme...More >>
    At Monday night's meeting of the Sulphur City Council, Mayor Mike Danahay made his first appointments in his new role leading the city.  The following were appointed to each position: Lewis Coats, Chief of Police Dan Selph, Fire Chief Connie Deville, Director of Human Resources Jennifer Thorn, Director of Finance Randy Chiasson, Interim Director of Public Works Keith Berry, Director of Inspections, Permits, Licensing, and Ordinance Enforceme...More >>
  • Lake Charles calls for Fourth of July Parade entries

    Lake Charles calls for Fourth of July Parade entries

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 7:47 PM EDT2018-06-12 23:47:44 GMT
    (Source: cityoflakecharles.com)(Source: cityoflakecharles.com)
    (Source: cityoflakecharles.com)(Source: cityoflakecharles.com)

    The City of Lake Charles is calling for entries into the Fourth of July Red White Blue & You Parade. Entry forms are now being accepted for parade units including floats, marching units, vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and golf carts. From organizations and businesses to the neighborhood kids, the city says all are welcome to join the fun. Parade units are invited to decorate in red, white, and blue star-spangled decorations to add to the...

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    The City of Lake Charles is calling for entries into the Fourth of July Red White Blue & You Parade. Entry forms are now being accepted for parade units including floats, marching units, vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and golf carts. From organizations and businesses to the neighborhood kids, the city says all are welcome to join the fun. Parade units are invited to decorate in red, white, and blue star-spangled decorations to add to the...

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  • Freddie Harrison steps down as Washington-Marion head football coach

    Freddie Harrison steps down as Washington-Marion head football coach

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 7:22 PM EDT2018-06-12 23:22:24 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    After eight seasons at the helm of the Washington-Marion football program, Freddie Harrison has stepped down citing personal reasons. "This is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made in my life. Stepping away from kids that I have been around since grade school made the choice tougher" said Harrison. "At the end of the day, it’s about making the best possible decision for yourself and your family." Harrison leaves the Charging Indian program as...

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    After eight seasons at the helm of the Washington-Marion football program, Freddie Harrison has stepped down citing personal reasons. "This is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made in my life. Stepping away from kids that I have been around since grade school made the choice tougher" said Harrison. "At the end of the day, it’s about making the best possible decision for yourself and your family." Harrison leaves the Charging Indian program as...

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  • More overnight Cameron Ferry service shutdowns

    More overnight Cameron Ferry service shutdowns

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-06-12 22:38:07 GMT
    Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)
    Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)

    Ferry service in Cameron will be suspended nightly until further notice from 8:30 pm until 6:00 am due to a damaged fender system that needs repair work according a news release from The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development   DOTD says daytime only operation of the ferry is in effect due to better visibility when docking. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.  .  

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    Ferry service in Cameron will be suspended nightly until further notice from 8:30 pm until 6:00 am due to a damaged fender system that needs repair work according a news release from The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development   DOTD says daytime only operation of the ferry is in effect due to better visibility when docking. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.  .  

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  • Calcasieu Police Juror appointed to national EPA subcommittee

    Calcasieu Police Juror appointed to national EPA subcommittee

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 5:08 PM EDT2018-06-12 21:08:16 GMT

    A Calcasieu Parish Police Juror is getting a chance to address environmental and public health issues on a national level. District 6 Juror Dennis Scott has been appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Community Advisory Subcommittee. He is one of 17 members selected nationwide to help the EPA develop partnerships with small communities. New members were selected based on their leadership experience, proven record of service and involvement in ...

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    A Calcasieu Parish Police Juror is getting a chance to address environmental and public health issues on a national level. District 6 Juror Dennis Scott has been appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Community Advisory Subcommittee. He is one of 17 members selected nationwide to help the EPA develop partnerships with small communities. New members were selected based on their leadership experience, proven record of service and involvement in ...

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  • KPLC 7 Sports' 7-in-Seven Countdown returns June 18

    KPLC 7 Sports' 7-in-Seven Countdown returns June 18

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 4:03 PM EDT2018-06-12 20:03:18 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    In the seven weeks prior to football season, KPLC 7 Sports will bring you a new 7-in-Seven countdown each week leading into our Two-A-Days coverage. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese's most exciting matchups to the top high school prospects in Southwest Louisiana. Every Monday a new countdown begins, starting June 19. 

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    In the seven weeks prior to football season, KPLC 7 Sports will bring you a new 7-in-Seven countdown each week leading into our Two-A-Days coverage. Countdowns will include topics from McNeese's most exciting matchups to the top high school prospects in Southwest Louisiana. Every Monday a new countdown begins, starting June 19. 

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 10, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 10, 2018

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 8:33 AM EDT2018-06-12 12:33:44 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Andy Divine Junior, 45, Sulphur: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Marcus David Rice, Jr., 18, Missouri City, TX: Instate detainer. Cameron Wayne Dowden, 17, Lake Charles: Criminal trespass. Kyle Brady Binschus, 18, Lake Charles: Contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. Akeem Arsenio Freeman, 25, Lake Charles: Aggravated criminal damage to property. Eric Michael Chapa, 32, Weslaco, TX: Operating while intoxicated, driving on a roadway lan...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Andy Divine Junior, 45, Sulphur: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Marcus David Rice, Jr., 18, Missouri City, TX: Instate detainer. Cameron Wayne Dowden, 17, Lake Charles: Criminal trespass. Kyle Brady Binschus, 18, Lake Charles: Contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. Akeem Arsenio Freeman, 25, Lake Charles: Aggravated criminal damage to property. Eric Michael Chapa, 32, Weslaco, TX: Operating while intoxicated, driving on a roadway lan...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: June 12, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 12, 2018

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 7:27 AM EDT2018-06-12 11:27:10 GMT
    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays for June 12: Annabelle Fisher, 15 Markel Guillory, 8 Nelson Carmouche, 65 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays for June 12: Annabelle Fisher, 15 Markel Guillory, 8 Nelson Carmouche, 65 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Theatre workshop happening in Lake Charles

    Theatre workshop happening in Lake Charles

    Monday, June 11 2018 10:42 PM EDT2018-06-12 02:42:13 GMT
    CTC Extreme Theatre (Source: KPLC)CTC Extreme Theatre (Source: KPLC)
    CTC Extreme Theatre (Source: KPLC)CTC Extreme Theatre (Source: KPLC)
    Kids ages 8 to 18 can learn more about acting this week. The "Children's Theatre Company" is hosting an extreme theatre workshop Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Children will learn more about voice, movement, and characters, and cap off the week with a performance. The workshop will be held at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center on Kirby street in Lake Charles. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Kids ages 8 to 18 can learn more about acting this week. The "Children's Theatre Company" is hosting an extreme theatre workshop Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Children will learn more about voice, movement, and characters, and cap off the week with a performance. The workshop will be held at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center on Kirby street in Lake Charles. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Lake Charles sewer lines to be tested

    Lake Charles sewer lines to be tested

    Lake Charles sewer lines to be tested

    Monday, June 11 2018 6:00 PM EDT2018-06-11 22:00:36 GMT
    Image courtesy of the city of Lake CharlesImage courtesy of the city of Lake Charles
    Image courtesy of the city of Lake CharlesImage courtesy of the city of Lake Charles
    A contractor working for the city of Lake Charles  will begin performing smoke tests in Lake Charles in order to locate defects in the main sewer lines and service laterals that connect to residents. The project area to be tested is generally described as:        North of Interstate 10: Between Guinn Street and Interstate 10, and between Highway 171 and Cathy Street          South of Interstate 10: Between Rail...More >>
    A contractor working for the city of Lake Charles  will begin performing smoke tests in Lake Charles in order to locate defects in the main sewer lines and service laterals that connect to residents. The project area to be tested is generally described as:        North of Interstate 10: Between Guinn Street and Interstate 10, and between Highway 171 and Cathy Street          South of Interstate 10: Between Rail...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 9, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 9, 2018

    Monday, June 11 2018 8:44 AM EDT2018-06-11 12:44:08 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Charles Adam Monceaux, Jr., 45, Dequincy: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice. Bond: $17,500. David Kerry Wofford, 33, Lake Charles: proper equipment on vehicles, operating vehicles while license is suspended, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $20,750. James Keith Bellow, 60, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs. Steven Joseph Muffoletto, 40, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, expired plates. Bond: $25...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Charles Adam Monceaux, Jr., 45, Dequincy: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice. Bond: $17,500. David Kerry Wofford, 33, Lake Charles: proper equipment on vehicles, operating vehicles while license is suspended, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $20,750. James Keith Bellow, 60, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs. Steven Joseph Muffoletto, 40, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, expired plates. Bond: $25...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 8, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 8, 2018

    Monday, June 11 2018 8:24 AM EDT2018-06-11 12:24:26 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Abraham Aquna Rosales, 30, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery, federal detainer. James Phillip Bradley, Jr., 44, Sulphur: Disturbing the peace. Bond: $2,000. Tronald Craig Thomas, 51, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, bicycle lamps and reflectors. Bond: $17,600. Branden Michel Gaspard, 21, Vinton: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Nicholas Guy Fontenot, 22, Westlake: Second-degree battery. Bond: $15,000. Christopher Mark ...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Abraham Aquna Rosales, 30, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery, federal detainer. James Phillip Bradley, Jr., 44, Sulphur: Disturbing the peace. Bond: $2,000. Tronald Craig Thomas, 51, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, bicycle lamps and reflectors. Bond: $17,600. Branden Michel Gaspard, 21, Vinton: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Nicholas Guy Fontenot, 22, Westlake: Second-degree battery. Bond: $15,000. Christopher Mark ...More >>
  • Hometown Hero - Harry Sommers

    Hometown Hero - Harry Sommers

    Monday, June 11 2018 5:38 AM EDT2018-06-11 09:38:55 GMT

    Harry Sommers served in the air police from 1956 to 1960 at Chennault Air Force base in Lake Charles. . 

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    Harry Sommers served in the air police from 1956 to 1960 at Chennault Air Force base in Lake Charles. . 

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  • Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point celebrates National Get Outdoors Day

    Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point celebrates National Get Outdoors Day

    Sunday, June 10 2018 10:19 AM EDT2018-06-10 14:19:20 GMT
    Saturday was the 11th annual National Get Outdoors Day, and Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point celebrated in a special way. For the fourth year, Adventure Point in Sulphur held activities for people of all ages to celebrate Southwest Louisiana and all of its outdoor adventures. "We're thrilled to invite locals and everyone out here to just enjoy everything that's going on," said Amos Orr, digital marketing strategy manager for the Creole Nature Trail. Orr moved to S...More >>
    Saturday was the 11th annual National Get Outdoors Day, and Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point celebrated in a special way. For the fourth year, Adventure Point in Sulphur held activities for people of all ages to celebrate Southwest Louisiana and all of its outdoor adventures. "We're thrilled to invite locals and everyone out here to just enjoy everything that's going on," said Amos Orr, digital marketing strategy manager for the Creole Nature Trail. Orr moved to S...More >>
  • CUTE VIDEO ALERT: 5-week-old baby in Lake Charles tries to walk

    CUTE VIDEO ALERT: 5-week-old baby in Lake Charles tries to walk

    Friday, June 8 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-06-08 23:02:42 GMT

    They grow up so fast! Baby Cullen is only five weeks old, but his mom Ashlyn Lonidier says that he's already trying to walk. "Starting when he was two weeks old, he started fighting us to stand up in our laps when we had him sitting down," Lonidier says. "Josh was holding him up letting him stand on the bed and all of a sudden he just started moving his legs trying to walk away basically." "We thought there is no way he's trying to walk, so we put...

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    They grow up so fast! Baby Cullen is only five weeks old, but his mom Ashlyn Lonidier says that he's already trying to walk. "Starting when he was two weeks old, he started fighting us to stand up in our laps when we had him sitting down," Lonidier says. "Josh was holding him up letting him stand on the bed and all of a sudden he just started moving his legs trying to walk away basically." "We thought there is no way he's trying to walk, so we put...

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  • Three plead guilty to illegally reentering United States

    Three plead guilty to illegally reentering United States

    Friday, June 8 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-06-08 21:59:44 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Three illegal immigrants have pleaded guilty to reentering the United States, according to United States Attorney David C. Joseph.  

    Bartolo Marquez-Cantera, Sergio Garcia-Mateo, and Jose Salvador Meza-Vasquez, all of Mexico, are each charged with one count of illegal reentry in separate cases.  

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    Three illegal immigrants have pleaded guilty to reentering the United States, according to United States Attorney David C. Joseph.  

    Bartolo Marquez-Cantera, Sergio Garcia-Mateo, and Jose Salvador Meza-Vasquez, all of Mexico, are each charged with one count of illegal reentry in separate cases.  

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  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury holds strategic planning session

    Calcasieu Parish Police Jury holds strategic planning session

    Friday, June 8 2018 5:08 PM EDT2018-06-08 21:08:41 GMT

    The Calcasieu Parish Policy Jury held their strategic planning session for 2018 on Friday. The CPPJ released a survey for Parish residents to take during May. They used the data collected from the over 700 surveys to create a list of 12 priorities for the Parish.  They jurors narrowed the list down to five priorities to focus on for the next three to five years. These priorities, which were listed in a handout, included: 1. Focus on long-term infrastructure needs and implement...

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    The Calcasieu Parish Policy Jury held their strategic planning session for 2018 on Friday. The CPPJ released a survey for Parish residents to take during May. They used the data collected from the over 700 surveys to create a list of 12 priorities for the Parish.  They jurors narrowed the list down to five priorities to focus on for the next three to five years. These priorities, which were listed in a handout, included: 1. Focus on long-term infrastructure needs and implement...

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  • Sunrise Booking Report: Thursday, June 7

    Sunrise Booking Report: Thursday, June 7

    Friday, June 8 2018 9:00 AM EDT2018-06-08 13:00:56 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Nathan Lyons, 22, Sulphur, LA: Two counts produce manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule II narcotic. Grant Burguillos, 22, Mandeville, LA: Monetary instrument abuse.  Cody Craft, 33, Iowa, LA: Two counts possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies, obstruction of justice.  Alfred Harmon,21, Lake Charles, LA: Produce manufacture, distribute o...More >>
    Nathan Lyons, 22, Sulphur, LA: Two counts produce manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule II narcotic. Grant Burguillos, 22, Mandeville, LA: Monetary instrument abuse.  Cody Craft, 33, Iowa, LA: Two counts possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies, obstruction of justice.  Alfred Harmon,21, Lake Charles, LA: Produce manufacture, distribute o...More >>
  • Outdoor Report: Free Fishing Weekend allows residents to fish without a license

    Outdoor Report: Free Fishing Weekend allows residents to fish without a license

    Friday, June 8 2018 8:14 AM EDT2018-06-08 12:14:35 GMT

    Louisiana residents and visitors can fish without a license as part of the Free Fishing Weekend. The state's waters will be open to people without licenses Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Outdoor guide Hal McMillin joined 7News Sunrise to share more information about the weekend and about this summer's fishing outlook. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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    Louisiana residents and visitors can fish without a license as part of the Free Fishing Weekend. The state's waters will be open to people without licenses Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Outdoor guide Hal McMillin joined 7News Sunrise to share more information about the weekend and about this summer's fishing outlook. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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  • Barbe alum Hunter Feduccia selected by Dodgers in 12th round

    Barbe alum Hunter Feduccia selected by Dodgers in 12th round

    Thursday, June 7 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-06-08 02:25:40 GMT
    (Souce: www.LSUsports.net)(Souce: www.LSUsports.net)

    Barbe High School had a pair of alumni drafted on Wednesday, including LSU catcher Hunter Feduccia. The former Buc was selected in the 12th round (374th overall) by Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 MLB Draft. In his only season with the Tigers, Feduccia hit .233 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 31 RBI. He made 48 starts in 56 games. Before LSU, Feduccia was a staple in the LSU Eunice lineup. He was named to the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association Divi...

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    Barbe High School had a pair of alumni drafted on Wednesday, including LSU catcher Hunter Feduccia. The former Buc was selected in the 12th round (374th overall) by Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 MLB Draft. In his only season with the Tigers, Feduccia hit .233 with 10 doubles, three home runs and 31 RBI. He made 48 starts in 56 games. Before LSU, Feduccia was a staple in the LSU Eunice lineup. He was named to the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association Divi...

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  • Sports Person of the Week - Gavin Christ

    Sports Person of the Week - Gavin Christ

    Thursday, June 7 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-06-07 23:42:49 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Basile wrestler Gavin Christ put on a clinic in 2018, posting an undefeated 62-0 record. "It was more nerve-wracking than all of my other years because if I lost one match, then it would be the end of the junior year undefeated season," said Christ. "On the inside, it was like 'oh gosh I can't lose this match and I can't mess up.'" For his dominance, he took home the 138-pound state title and was named the Division III most outstanding wrestler. It was his t...More >>
    Basile wrestler Gavin Christ put on a clinic in 2018, posting an undefeated 62-0 record. "It was more nerve-wracking than all of my other years because if I lost one match, then it would be the end of the junior year undefeated season," said Christ. "On the inside, it was like 'oh gosh I can't lose this match and I can't mess up.'" For his dominance, he took home the 138-pound state title and was named the Division III most outstanding wrestler. It was his t...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 6, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 6, 2018

    Thursday, June 7 2018 8:19 AM EDT2018-06-07 12:19:32 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Cory Joseph Richard, 24, Ragley: Instate detainer. Derranea Lashawn Morgan, 19, Lake Charles: Theft, resisting an officer with force or violence, battery of police violence. Bond: $21,000. Joshua Richard Christopher, 22, Sulphur: Illegal possession of stolen things, probation detainer, instate detainer. Bond: $15,000. Christopher Michael Parsley, 37, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, simple burglary, theft. Bond: $6,000.

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Cory Joseph Richard, 24, Ragley: Instate detainer. Derranea Lashawn Morgan, 19, Lake Charles: Theft, resisting an officer with force or violence, battery of police violence. Bond: $21,000. Joshua Richard Christopher, 22, Sulphur: Illegal possession of stolen things, probation detainer, instate detainer. Bond: $15,000. Christopher Michael Parsley, 37, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, simple burglary, theft. Bond: $6,000.

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  • Sunrise Birthday: Thursday, June 1

    Sunrise Birthday: Thursday, June 1

    Thursday, June 7 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-06-07 12:10:27 GMT
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: June 7 Aubree Frank 2 Casey Thiele Jr 12 Charliee Adele  If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: June 7 Aubree Frank 2 Casey Thiele Jr 12 Charliee Adele  If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Police Juror Les Farnum announces candidacy for state representative

    Police Juror Les Farnum announces candidacy for state representative

    Wednesday, June 6 2018 6:34 PM EDT2018-06-06 22:34:07 GMT
    Les Farnum (Source Calcasieu Parish)Les Farnum (Source Calcasieu Parish)
    Les Farnum (Source Calcasieu Parish)Les Farnum (Source Calcasieu Parish)

    Police Juror Les Farnum announced Tuesday that he is running for state representative of District 33 which covers Sulphur, Carlyss, Vinton and reaches into Dequincy.  Farnum was first elected to the Calcasieu Police Jury in 2007 and is currently serving his third term. He also served as vice president in 2010 and was the parish president in 2012.  Farnum formally announced his candidacy at the West Cal Event Center.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Police Juror Les Farnum announced Tuesday that he is running for state representative of District 33 which covers Sulphur, Carlyss, Vinton and reaches into Dequincy.  Farnum was first elected to the Calcasieu Police Jury in 2007 and is currently serving his third term. He also served as vice president in 2010 and was the parish president in 2012.  Farnum formally announced his candidacy at the West Cal Event Center.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • LEGAL CORNER: How do I get a car I cosigned for signed over to me?

    LEGAL CORNER: How do I get a car I cosigned for signed over to me?

    Wednesday, June 6 2018 5:21 PM EDT2018-06-06 21:21:36 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: I need to know how can I get my ex-daughter-in-law to sign a car title over to me. She lives in Houston and I live here in Lake Charles. I cosigned for the car in Lake Charles in 2012, the car was in repo in 2017 in Colorado and I had to pay four months back pay and get it transported here. ANSWER: Not a good situation, but we need a little more information – when you say you cosigned, do you mean ...More >>
    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: I need to know how can I get my ex-daughter-in-law to sign a car title over to me. She lives in Houston and I live here in Lake Charles. I cosigned for the car in Lake Charles in 2012, the car was in repo in 2017 in Colorado and I had to pay four months back pay and get it transported here. ANSWER: Not a good situation, but we need a little more information – when you say you cosigned, do you mean ...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: June 6, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 6, 2018

    Wednesday, June 6 2018 8:09 AM EDT2018-06-06 12:09:13 GMT

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 6: Tony "Uncle Tony" Duhon, 80 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 6: Tony "Uncle Tony" Duhon, 80 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • LSU's Nick Bush selected in MLB Draft by Rockies

    LSU's Nick Bush selected in MLB Draft by Rockies

    Tuesday, June 5 2018 8:28 PM EDT2018-06-06 00:28:38 GMT
    (Souce: www.lsusports.net)(Souce: www.lsusports.net)
    (Souce: www.lsusports.net)(Souce: www.lsusports.net)
    LSU redshirt sophomore pitcher Nick Bush was selected Tuesday on Day 2 of the 2018 MLB Draft. Bush was selected in the eighth round (pick No. 246) by the Colorado Rockies. Bush, a left-hander from Leesburg, Ga., was 1-1 this season with a 3.40 ERA, working 47.2 innings in 19 relief appearances and five starts. He allowed 44 hits and 18 earned runs while recording 17 walks and 42 strikeouts. Bush was the starting pitcher in LSU’s NCAA Regional win over San Diego State...More >>
    LSU redshirt sophomore pitcher Nick Bush was selected Tuesday on Day 2 of the 2018 MLB Draft. Bush was selected in the eighth round (pick No. 246) by the Colorado Rockies. Bush, a left-hander from Leesburg, Ga., was 1-1 this season with a 3.40 ERA, working 47.2 innings in 19 relief appearances and five starts. He allowed 44 hits and 18 earned runs while recording 17 walks and 42 strikeouts. Bush was the starting pitcher in LSU’s NCAA Regional win over San Diego State...More >>
  • Hurricanes and hospitals: how do they prepare?

    Hurricanes and hospitals: how do they prepare?

    Tuesday, June 5 2018 4:54 PM EDT2018-06-05 20:54:20 GMT
    (Source: KXXV)(Source: KXXV)

    When it comes to hurricanes, evacuations are always possible…but what about patients in hospitals who don't have the ability to leave? "You want to keep your most critical patients in  your hospital, it's better for their overall health." Regional Manager of Safety and Emergency Management at Christus St. Patrick Hospital, Scott Kyle says in situations like these, they try to discharge patients who are able to be discharged, but they've learned from past experi...

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    When it comes to hurricanes, evacuations are always possible…but what about patients in hospitals who don't have the ability to leave? "You want to keep your most critical patients in  your hospital, it's better for their overall health." Regional Manager of Safety and Emergency Management at Christus St. Patrick Hospital, Scott Kyle says in situations like these, they try to discharge patients who are able to be discharged, but they've learned from past experi...

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  • 3 Escaped inmates in St. Landry Parish found, 1 still on the loose

    3 Escaped inmates in St. Landry Parish found, 1 still on the loose

    Tuesday, June 5 2018 11:14 AM EDT2018-06-05 15:14:40 GMT
    (Source: SMPSO)(Source: SMPSO)

    3 of the 4 inmates that escaped from St. Landry Parish have been apprehended, says Detective Whytley Jones with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office.   Yesterday, Jones said in a press release that 4 inmates escaped from St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center.

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    3 of the 4 inmates that escaped from St. Landry Parish have been apprehended, says Detective Whytley Jones with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office.   Yesterday, Jones said in a press release that 4 inmates escaped from St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center.

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  • Sunrise birthdays: June 5, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 5, 2018

    Tuesday, June 5 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-06-05 12:10:40 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays for June 5: Ryan Clair Babineaux, 4 Timothy Lavan Lemoine, 15 Brad Findley, 34 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays for June 5: Ryan Clair Babineaux, 4 Timothy Lavan Lemoine, 15 Brad Findley, 34 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • McNeese student receives NASA funded internship

    McNeese student receives NASA funded internship

    Monday, June 4 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-06-04 16:39:02 GMT

    McNeese State University engineering junior Anthony Miller, of Sulphur, is one of 13 undergraduates from Louisiana institutions to receive a NASA-funded summer internship. 

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    McNeese State University engineering junior Anthony Miller, of Sulphur, is one of 13 undergraduates from Louisiana institutions to receive a NASA-funded summer internship. 

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  • Sunrise birthdays: June 4, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 4, 2018

    Monday, June 4 2018 8:51 AM EDT2018-06-04 12:51:36 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 4: Leonard Brown, Jr. If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 4: Leonard Brown, Jr. If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 1, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 1, 2018

    Monday, June 4 2018 8:48 AM EDT2018-06-04 12:48:29 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: McDamon Jamar Coleman, 35, Lake Charles: Instate detainer. Bradley Gerald Berard, 37, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, obstruction of justice, obtaining by false representation. Bond: $500. Allen Davon Sam, 22, Lake Charles: Simple battery, domestic abuse battery. Lydia Ann Debold, 31, Houston, TX: Domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace, battery of a police officer, simple criminal damage to property, resisting an officer. Bond: $4,500. Idr...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: McDamon Jamar Coleman, 35, Lake Charles: Instate detainer. Bradley Gerald Berard, 37, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, obstruction of justice, obtaining by false representation. Bond: $500. Allen Davon Sam, 22, Lake Charles: Simple battery, domestic abuse battery. Lydia Ann Debold, 31, Houston, TX: Domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace, battery of a police officer, simple criminal damage to property, resisting an officer. Bond: $4,500. Idr...

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Sunday, June 3

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Sunday, June 3

    Monday, June 4 2018 8:38 AM EDT2018-06-04 12:38:38 GMT
    Sillman Sonnier, 64, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts domestic abuse battery. Dustin Williams, 32, Sulphur, LA: Operating while intoxicated third offense, careless operation.  Nathanael Shattuck, 22, Fort Polk, LA: Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000, disturbing the peace.  Eric Comeaux, 22, Lake Charles, LA: Direct contempt of court.  Qunitavius Garrett, 27, Orange, TX: Disturbing the peace, resisting a police office with force or violence, possession of controlled ...More >>
    Sillman Sonnier, 64, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts domestic abuse battery. Dustin Williams, 32, Sulphur, LA: Operating while intoxicated third offense, careless operation.  Nathanael Shattuck, 22, Fort Polk, LA: Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000, disturbing the peace.  Eric Comeaux, 22, Lake Charles, LA: Direct contempt of court.  Qunitavius Garrett, 27, Orange, TX: Disturbing the peace, resisting a police office with force or violence, possession of controlled ...More >>
  • Pain cream helps patients eliminate oral medication

    Pain cream helps patients eliminate oral medication

    Monday, June 4 2018 7:07 AM EDT2018-06-04 11:07:35 GMT

    Marie Gentry was diagnosed with osteoporosis, neuropathy, scoliosis and was living a life full of pain. Until, she read a story on KPLC and met doctor Craig Morton and his creation of Accuplus. "My husband had to take care of me and take me to all the appointments and everything after 8 1/2 months and I got on the appointment I got in that car and I've been driving since," Gentry said. Now with torn rotator cuffs, and a continuation of her other painful diagnoses, Gentry r...

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    Marie Gentry was diagnosed with osteoporosis, neuropathy, scoliosis and was living a life full of pain. Until, she read a story on KPLC and met doctor Craig Morton and his creation of Accuplus. "My husband had to take care of me and take me to all the appointments and everything after 8 1/2 months and I got on the appointment I got in that car and I've been driving since," Gentry said. Now with torn rotator cuffs, and a continuation of her other painful diagnoses, Gentry r...

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  • High School Rodeo results

    High School Rodeo results

    Sunday, June 3 2018 3:28 PM EDT2018-06-03 19:28:28 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Louisiana High School Finals Rodeo is being held at Burton Coliseum, May 29 - June 2.  Results are posted below: ROUND 1 ROUND 2 FINAL ROUND AND STANDINGS Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Louisiana High School Finals Rodeo is being held at Burton Coliseum, May 29 - June 2.  Results are posted below: ROUND 1 ROUND 2 FINAL ROUND AND STANDINGS Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Homeless man humiliated in restaurant hopes incident increases awareness

    Homeless man humiliated in restaurant hopes incident increases awareness

    Friday, June 1 2018 8:41 PM EDT2018-06-02 00:41:59 GMT

     Earlier this week a homeless man received a profane and hurtful message on his receipt from a local restaurant. The story went viral. But the man who experienced the slight hopes it will increase awareness and compassion for people who are homeless.  He is Kenneth Dupuy, who contacted KPLC.  We met him at a local park to hear his story. “If you really have God in your heart, I'm not saying just open up your wallet or your house to everybody and anybody. Bu...

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     Earlier this week a homeless man received a profane and hurtful message on his receipt from a local restaurant. The story went viral. But the man who experienced the slight hopes it will increase awareness and compassion for people who are homeless.  He is Kenneth Dupuy, who contacted KPLC.  We met him at a local park to hear his story. “If you really have God in your heart, I'm not saying just open up your wallet or your house to everybody and anybody. Bu...

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  • Boil advisory lifted for section of Ryan Street

    Boil advisory lifted for section of Ryan Street

    Friday, June 1 2018 5:40 PM EDT2018-06-01 21:40:08 GMT
    The boil advisory for part of Ryan Street has been lifted. (Source: KPLC)The boil advisory for part of Ryan Street has been lifted. (Source: KPLC)
    The boil advisory for part of Ryan Street has been lifted. (Source: KPLC)The boil advisory for part of Ryan Street has been lifted. (Source: KPLC)
    The precautionary boil advisory along Ryan Street has been lifted, according to Matt Young, spokesman for the city. The advisory was placed on May 31 following a break in a 6-inch water line between Sale Road and East and West Claude Streets on Ryan Street. Young says the break has been repaired and full pressure has been restored to the area. Bacteriological samples taken from the affected areas were negative for any contamination. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    The precautionary boil advisory along Ryan Street has been lifted, according to Matt Young, spokesman for the city. The advisory was placed on May 31 following a break in a 6-inch water line between Sale Road and East and West Claude Streets on Ryan Street. Young says the break has been repaired and full pressure has been restored to the area. Bacteriological samples taken from the affected areas were negative for any contamination. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • APSO urges citizens to report litterbugs

    APSO urges citizens to report litterbugs

    Friday, June 1 2018 11:33 AM EDT2018-06-01 15:33:30 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)
    Allen Parish has litter issues, according to a Facebook post from the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Police Jury only operates the parish dump sites two days a week due to lack of funding, preventing trash from going to the dump. This contributes to trash alongside roads in the parish. APSO urges people to take a photo or get the license plate number of said litterbugs, if possible, and contact the sheriff’s office immediately if you see someone littering, whether ...More >>
    Allen Parish has litter issues, according to a Facebook post from the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Police Jury only operates the parish dump sites two days a week due to lack of funding, preventing trash from going to the dump. This contributes to trash alongside roads in the parish. APSO urges people to take a photo or get the license plate number of said litterbugs, if possible, and contact the sheriff’s office immediately if you see someone littering, whether ...More >>
  • CPSO to stress importance of gun safety

    CPSO to stress importance of gun safety

    Friday, June 1 2018 6:21 AM EDT2018-06-01 10:21:28 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will be making a presentation  called "Gun Safety Rocks." Lieutenant Bryan Fontenot will be speaking at the Westlake library starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 1. The free presentation is open to people of all ages, and there will be a chance to ask questions at the end.More >>
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will be making a presentation  called "Gun Safety Rocks." Lieutenant Bryan Fontenot will be speaking at the Westlake library starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 1. The free presentation is open to people of all ages, and there will be a chance to ask questions at the end.More >>
  • New McNeese students can get a taste of campus life during Cowboy Camp

    New McNeese students can get a taste of campus life during Cowboy Camp

    Thursday, May 31 2018 8:42 AM EDT2018-05-31 12:42:30 GMT
    McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)
    McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)
    Incoming freshman and transfer students can learn more about what life is like at McNeese before the semester starts. The annual Cowboy Camp will be held August 17 and 18 and will teach new students about some of the traditions and history of McNeese. Students will also be able to move into on-campus housing early and compete in competitions to win prizes. Kedrick Nicholas, director of campus life at McNeese, joined 7News Sunrise to explain some of the benefits of this camp. For m...More >>
    Incoming freshman and transfer students can learn more about what life is like at McNeese before the semester starts. The annual Cowboy Camp will be held August 17 and 18 and will teach new students about some of the traditions and history of McNeese. Students will also be able to move into on-campus housing early and compete in competitions to win prizes. Kedrick Nicholas, director of campus life at McNeese, joined 7News Sunrise to explain some of the benefits of this camp. For m...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 30, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 30, 2018

    Thursday, May 31 2018 8:25 AM EDT2018-05-31 12:25:34 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jimon Breon Sallier, 17, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, contraband. Bond: $7,000. Jason Andrew Picard, 40, Sulphur: Possession of drugs; possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, manufacture or produce; possession of marijuana; drug paraphernalia; mirrors; violations of registration provisions; driver must be licensed. Bond: $12,000. Michael Darren Dickson, 45, Lake Charles: Violations of protective orders. Bond: $5,000. Ernest Roger Ph...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jimon Breon Sallier, 17, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, contraband. Bond: $7,000. Jason Andrew Picard, 40, Sulphur: Possession of drugs; possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, manufacture or produce; possession of marijuana; drug paraphernalia; mirrors; violations of registration provisions; driver must be licensed. Bond: $12,000. Michael Darren Dickson, 45, Lake Charles: Violations of protective orders. Bond: $5,000. Ernest Roger Ph...More >>
  • Sunrise Birthday: Thursday, May 31

    Sunrise Birthday: Thursday, May 31

    Thursday, May 31 2018 8:16 AM EDT2018-05-31 12:16:20 GMT
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: May 31 Ashley Williams - 35 Elizabeth Tezeno - 34 Eric Chavez - 6 Reid Bourque - 20 Tracie Alice Reid - 27 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: May 31 Ashley Williams - 35 Elizabeth Tezeno - 34 Eric Chavez - 6 Reid Bourque - 20 Tracie Alice Reid - 27 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Amount of donations 'fantastic' for St. Jude Dream Home

    Amount of donations 'fantastic' for St. Jude Dream Home

    Wednesday, May 30 2018 8:04 PM EDT2018-05-31 00:04:01 GMT
    Donations to the St. Jude Dream Home in Lake Charles have been fantastic, says Chris Salvador, developer and owner of Salvador Custom Homes. "It makes you appreciate how good the people are in Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana and the surrounding areas," Salvador said. The 5,000-square-foot home (3,300 living space) is two stories, has two fireplaces, high-end finishings and appliances and a landscaped yard." The home is being built in the Graywood ...More >>
    Donations to the St. Jude Dream Home in Lake Charles have been fantastic, says Chris Salvador, developer and owner of Salvador Custom Homes. "It makes you appreciate how good the people are in Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana and the surrounding areas," Salvador said. The 5,000-square-foot home (3,300 living space) is two stories, has two fireplaces, high-end finishings and appliances and a landscaped yard." The home is being built in the Graywood ...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 27, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 27, 2018

    Wednesday, May 30 2018 8:20 AM EDT2018-05-30 12:20:02 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center:

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center:

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  • A woman's life with Lupus and Fibromyalgia

    A woman's life with Lupus and Fibromyalgia

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 12:40 PM EDT2018-05-29 16:40:25 GMT

    It’s an invisible illness that many people believe doesn’t exist. “Lupus is an auto immune disease which basically your cells in your body are attacking themselves,” said patient Miranda Gradnigo. She was diagnosed with Lupus 8 years ago and on top of that, doctors told her she had fibromyalgia. “Basically it's a pain that you're living with every day,” Gradnigo said.

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    It’s an invisible illness that many people believe doesn’t exist. “Lupus is an auto immune disease which basically your cells in your body are attacking themselves,” said patient Miranda Gradnigo. She was diagnosed with Lupus 8 years ago and on top of that, doctors told her she had fibromyalgia. “Basically it's a pain that you're living with every day,” Gradnigo said.

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 28, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 28, 2018

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 8:19 AM EDT2018-05-29 12:19:00 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Keith Jerome Nonette, Sr., 38, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, produce or manufacture; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drugs; license plate light required; resisting an officer by flight; contraband.

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Keith Jerome Nonette, Sr., 38, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, produce or manufacture; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drugs; license plate light required; resisting an officer by flight; contraband.

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  • Lake Charles City Council will hold a special meeting today

    Lake Charles City Council will hold a special meeting today

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 8:08 AM EDT2018-05-29 12:08:53 GMT
    Members of the Lake Charles City Council will be holding a special meeting this evening to consider creating an incentive for the early completion of the I-210 construction project. The council will discuss a resolution that would allow it to negotiate the terms of an agreement with DOTD, the Calcasieu Parish Police jury, and other business agencies to contribute funds to contribute funds to this incentive package. That meeting starts at 5:30 this evening in the city council chamber...More >>
    Members of the Lake Charles City Council will be holding a special meeting this evening to consider creating an incentive for the early completion of the I-210 construction project. The council will discuss a resolution that would allow it to negotiate the terms of an agreement with DOTD, the Calcasieu Parish Police jury, and other business agencies to contribute funds to contribute funds to this incentive package. That meeting starts at 5:30 this evening in the city council chamber...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: May 28, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: May 28, 2018

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 5:13 AM EDT2018-05-29 09:13:37 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 28: Christian Jefferson, 4 Jackie Fontenot Karen Orsot-Lede Rashonda Francois-Shillow Zedel Fontenot-Williams Sheri Williams, 57 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 28: Christian Jefferson, 4 Jackie Fontenot Karen Orsot-Lede Rashonda Francois-Shillow Zedel Fontenot-Williams Sheri Williams, 57 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Zoosiana reopens after Saturday fire

    Zoosiana reopens after Saturday fire

    Monday, May 28 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-05-28 23:24:27 GMT

    Zoosiana, the zoo of Acadiana, has reopened according to their Facebook page.  The building that houses the train caught on fire, and had been burning for some time before firefighters arrived, according to KATC. The Lafayette and Scott fire departments were called for assistance because of a water shortage, KATC said.  No people or animals were injured during the fire.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserv...

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    Zoosiana, the zoo of Acadiana, has reopened according to their Facebook page.  The building that houses the train caught on fire, and had been burning for some time before firefighters arrived, according to KATC. The Lafayette and Scott fire departments were called for assistance because of a water shortage, KATC said.  No people or animals were injured during the fire.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserv...

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  • ENT doctor says allergy season is not over

    ENT doctor says allergy season is not over

    Monday, May 28 2018 5:17 PM EDT2018-05-28 21:17:04 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    Temperatures have been rising lately in Lake Charles and it's starting to feel like summer. But Spring isn't over just yet, and neither is allergy season.  

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    Temperatures have been rising lately in Lake Charles and it's starting to feel like summer. But Spring isn't over just yet, and neither is allergy season.  

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 26, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 26, 2018

    Monday, May 28 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-05-28 21:16:51 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Danae Nicole Williams, 19, Iowa: Possession of marijuana; possession, sale or distribution of a drug without a prescription; drug paraphernalia. Bond: $500. Brianna Rose Hebert, 17, Iowa: Possession of marijuana; sale, distribution or possession of a drug without prescription. Karen Lynn Young, 51, Iowa: Possession of drugs, possession of marijuana , theft, contraband. Richard Lee Davis, 43, Deridder: Failure to register and notify as a sex offender...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Danae Nicole Williams, 19, Iowa: Possession of marijuana; possession, sale or distribution of a drug without a prescription; drug paraphernalia. Bond: $500. Brianna Rose Hebert, 17, Iowa: Possession of marijuana; sale, distribution or possession of a drug without prescription. Karen Lynn Young, 51, Iowa: Possession of drugs, possession of marijuana , theft, contraband. Richard Lee Davis, 43, Deridder: Failure to register and notify as a sex offender...

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 25, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 25, 2018

    Monday, May 28 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-05-28 21:16:46 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Shelly Jo Ellender, 32, Sulphur: Direct contempt of court. Christopher Clifton Bradley, 38, Lake Charles: Possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, illegal use of drugs in the presence of persons under 17, display of plates, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $14,750. Somer Lynn Hunter, 36, Lake Charles: Possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, illegal use of a drugs in the presence of persons under 17, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $14,500. Roderick Li...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Shelly Jo Ellender, 32, Sulphur: Direct contempt of court. Christopher Clifton Bradley, 38, Lake Charles: Possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, illegal use of drugs in the presence of persons under 17, display of plates, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $14,750. Somer Lynn Hunter, 36, Lake Charles: Possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, illegal use of a drugs in the presence of persons under 17, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $14,500. Roderick Li...

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  • My Fair Baby community baby shower held at Civic Center

    My Fair Baby community baby shower held at Civic Center

    Monday, May 28 2018 7:57 AM EDT2018-05-28 11:57:24 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    My Fair Baby, a community baby shower, was held at the Civic Center Saturday. The annual event is for expecting parents and caregivers to learn life-saving tips such as how to reduce the risk of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  Prizes like Pack 'N Plays and car seats were also won. To find out more about SIDS, click here. Copyright KPLC 2018. All rights reserved.

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    My Fair Baby, a community baby shower, was held at the Civic Center Saturday. The annual event is for expecting parents and caregivers to learn life-saving tips such as how to reduce the risk of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  Prizes like Pack 'N Plays and car seats were also won. To find out more about SIDS, click here. Copyright KPLC 2018. All rights reserved.

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  • Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:51:37 GMT
    (Source History.com)(Source History.com)

    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

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    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

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  • LSU softball takes super regional opener, 6-5, over FSU

    LSU softball takes super regional opener, 6-5, over FSU

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:51:29 GMT
    (Source: LSU)(Source: LSU)

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind a nine-hit onslaught from the Tigers’ bats, led by Amanda Doyle’s three RBI game, the LSU softball team took down No. 6 Florida State, 6-5, in the opening game of the NCAA Tallahassee Super Regional, Friday night at JoAnne Graf Field. The Tigers are now just one win away from advancing to the NCAA Women’s College World Series for the seventh time in school history, the fifth time under head coach Beth Torina and the fo...

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Behind a nine-hit onslaught from the Tigers’ bats, led by Amanda Doyle’s three RBI game, the LSU softball team took down No. 6 Florida State, 6-5, in the opening game of the NCAA Tallahassee Super Regional, Friday night at JoAnne Graf Field. The Tigers are now just one win away from advancing to the NCAA Women’s College World Series for the seventh time in school history, the fifth time under head coach Beth Torina and the fo...

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  • Phone lines down at Vinton Police Department

    Phone lines down at Vinton Police Department

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:32 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:32:51 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Vinton Police Department's phone lines are down due to a lightning storm, according to Ricky Fox, police chief of VPD. Fox advises any Vinton residents with an emergency to call 911 directly. KPLC will notify the public once the lines are back up. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Vinton Police Department's phone lines are down due to a lightning storm, according to Ricky Fox, police chief of VPD. Fox advises any Vinton residents with an emergency to call 911 directly. KPLC will notify the public once the lines are back up. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • May 25 is National Missing Children's Day

    May 25 is National Missing Children's Day

    Friday, May 25 2018 3:38 PM EDT2018-05-25 19:38:06 GMT
    (Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)(Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

    May 25 is National Missing Children's Day, a day "designed to focus attention on families still longing to be reunited with their lost or exploited children," according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website. There are currently 38 children reported missing in Louisiana, some of which have been missing for as long as 40 years. “Missing Children’s Day serves as a reminder to everyone that there are many children still out t...

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    May 25 is National Missing Children's Day, a day "designed to focus attention on families still longing to be reunited with their lost or exploited children," according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website. There are currently 38 children reported missing in Louisiana, some of which have been missing for as long as 40 years. “Missing Children’s Day serves as a reminder to everyone that there are many children still out t...

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  • Lake Charles Memorial Residency program helping interns become better doctors

    Lake Charles Memorial Residency program helping interns become better doctors

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:54 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:54:56 GMT

    The road to residency isn’t easy. “I round the morning see my patients,” said first year Lake Charles Memorial Residential Intern Christian LeBlanc. “I look at labs, evaluate, making sure they’re giving the right treatment, making sure we address any concerns they have overnight then we round with our attending that supervises us and making sure we’re doing everything appropriate to support our patient.”

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    The road to residency isn’t easy. “I round the morning see my patients,” said first year Lake Charles Memorial Residential Intern Christian LeBlanc. “I look at labs, evaluate, making sure they’re giving the right treatment, making sure we address any concerns they have overnight then we round with our attending that supervises us and making sure we’re doing everything appropriate to support our patient.”

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • New exhibit coming to Lake Charles Black Heritage Gallery

    New exhibit coming to Lake Charles Black Heritage Gallery

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-05-24 21:57:37 GMT
    (Source: Black Heritage Gallery website)(Source: Black Heritage Gallery website)
    (Source: Black Heritage Gallery website)(Source: Black Heritage Gallery website)
    The Lake Charles Black Heritage Art Gallery will host a new exhibit, "Documenting the Cane River Creole Legacy," according to Amanda Reeves, public relations manager for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. The exhibit will feature art by Gilbert D. Fletcher, an internationally renowned artist. It will begin at 6 p.m. June 1 with a reception open to the public. It will include a book signing, entertainment, and refreshments. The Black ...More >>
    The Lake Charles Black Heritage Art Gallery will host a new exhibit, "Documenting the Cane River Creole Legacy," according to Amanda Reeves, public relations manager for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. The exhibit will feature art by Gilbert D. Fletcher, an internationally renowned artist. It will begin at 6 p.m. June 1 with a reception open to the public. It will include a book signing, entertainment, and refreshments. The Black ...More >>
  • Rainbow caught on video by Leesville resident

    Rainbow caught on video by Leesville resident

    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:28 PM EDT2018-05-24 19:28:38 GMT
    (Source: Ashley Johnson Stanley)(Source: Ashley Johnson Stanley)
    (Source: Ashley Johnson Stanley)(Source: Ashley Johnson Stanley)
    Leesville resident Ashley Johnson Stanley caught an incredible video of a rainbow in her backyard. Stanley says she filmed it during a rainstorm on Tuesday. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Leesville resident Ashley Johnson Stanley caught an incredible video of a rainbow in her backyard. Stanley says she filmed it during a rainstorm on Tuesday. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • The Stables at Le Bocage to hold Spring Series II Horse Show

    The Stables at Le Bocage to hold Spring Series II Horse Show

    Thursday, May 24 2018 2:32 PM EDT2018-05-24 18:32:34 GMT
    The Stables at Le Bocage (Source: Facebook)The Stables at Le Bocage (Source: Facebook)
    The Stables at Le Bocage (Source: Facebook)The Stables at Le Bocage (Source: Facebook)

    The Stables at Le Bocage will hold its Spring Series II Horse Show on May 26, according to Joyce Simoneaux, office manager for the stables. Their Spring Series shows feature classes for all ages, including classes for the therapeutic riding students. The show is open to all ages and levels of English Hunter/Jumper riders with lead line, trot poles, walk-trot, and other classes for beginner riders. Intermediate and advanced classes will be offered as well. The show will also give th...

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    The Stables at Le Bocage will hold its Spring Series II Horse Show on May 26, according to Joyce Simoneaux, office manager for the stables. Their Spring Series shows feature classes for all ages, including classes for the therapeutic riding students. The show is open to all ages and levels of English Hunter/Jumper riders with lead line, trot poles, walk-trot, and other classes for beginner riders. Intermediate and advanced classes will be offered as well. The show will also give th...

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  • Sunrise Birthdays: Thursday, May 24

    Sunrise Birthdays: Thursday, May 24

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:22 AM EDT2018-05-24 12:22:39 GMT
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise birthday for May 24 Jordan Chavis 23 Maddox Willis 7 Makenzie Willis 7 Daniel Broussard 11 Ronnie Plumbar 65 Jaidyn-Lane Dockery 8 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise birthday for May 24 Jordan Chavis 23 Maddox Willis 7 Makenzie Willis 7 Daniel Broussard 11 Ronnie Plumbar 65 Jaidyn-Lane Dockery 8 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Letters from WWII soldier in Lake Charles being donated to museum

    Letters from WWII soldier in Lake Charles being donated to museum

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:18 AM EDT2018-05-24 11:18:54 GMT

    Letters sent by a soldier serving in the Pacific to his mother back home in Lake Charles will soon be donated to the World War II Museum in New Orleans. From 1942 to 1945, 

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    Letters sent by a soldier serving in the Pacific to his mother back home in Lake Charles will soon be donated to the World War II Museum in New Orleans. From 1942 to 1945, 

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