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  • Arrest made in L'Acadie home invasion, LCPD and CPSO to hold news conference Wednesday

    Arrest made in L'Acadie home invasion, LCPD and CPSO to hold news conference Wednesday

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-08-15 02:38:33 GMT
    Home invasion on L'acadie drive (Source: KPLC)Home invasion on L'acadie drive (Source: KPLC)
    Home invasion on L'acadie drive (Source: KPLC)Home invasion on L'acadie drive (Source: KPLC)

    An arrest has been made in the L'Acadie home invasion, according to Chief Deputy Mark Kraus.  On Aug. 11, a 68-year-old woman was attacked in a home invasion that was caught on surveillance video. The Lake Charles Police Department will hold a press conference with more details on the arrest, on Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m. KPLC will livestream the conference.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    An arrest has been made in the L'Acadie home invasion, according to Chief Deputy Mark Kraus.  On Aug. 11, a 68-year-old woman was attacked in a home invasion that was caught on surveillance video. The Lake Charles Police Department will hold a press conference with more details on the arrest, on Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m. KPLC will livestream the conference.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Topsy homicide suspect's truck found in Lake Charles

    Topsy homicide suspect's truck found in Lake Charles

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 9:10 PM EDT2018-08-15 01:10:38 GMT
    Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's name suspect in Topsy homicide (Source: JDPSO)Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's name suspect in Topsy homicide (Source: JDPSO)
    Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's name suspect in Topsy homicide (Source: JDPSO)Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's name suspect in Topsy homicide (Source: JDPSO)

    The truck of the suspect involved in a Topsy homicide has been located, according to Chief Deputy Chris Ivey with the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office. The Jeff Davis sheriff's office is searching for David Wade Clark, 28, in their ongoing investigation into the death of Devin Marc Sanders on Aug.10. Just before noon on Aug. 14, the Lake Charles Police Department found Clark's truck in the Big Lots parking lot, said Ivey. Investigators believe that Clark is still in the area. Anyo...

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    The truck of the suspect involved in a Topsy homicide has been located, according to Chief Deputy Chris Ivey with the Jeff Davis Sheriff's Office. The Jeff Davis sheriff's office is searching for David Wade Clark, 28, in their ongoing investigation into the death of Devin Marc Sanders on Aug.10. Just before noon on Aug. 14, the Lake Charles Police Department found Clark's truck in the Big Lots parking lot, said Ivey. Investigators believe that Clark is still in the area. Anyo...

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  • Lake Charles man charged with 4th DWI offense

    Lake Charles man charged with 4th DWI offense

    Tuesday, August 14 2018 6:14 PM EDT2018-08-14 22:14:17 GMT
    Barry Handy (Source: CPSO)Barry Handy (Source: CPSO)
    Barry Handy (Source: CPSO)Barry Handy (Source: CPSO)

    A Lake Charles man has been arrested on his fourth DWI offense, according to Kim Myers spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.  Barry D. Handy was arrested after being pulled over by CPSO deputies who said they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. The deputies say they observed Handy had slurred speech, trouble balancing, and bloodshot eyes. Handy then told the deputies he had a hardship license from prior DWI offenses and w...

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    A Lake Charles man has been arrested on his fourth DWI offense, according to Kim Myers spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.  Barry D. Handy was arrested after being pulled over by CPSO deputies who said they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. The deputies say they observed Handy had slurred speech, trouble balancing, and bloodshot eyes. Handy then told the deputies he had a hardship license from prior DWI offenses and w...

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  • Arson arrest made in Jeff Davis Parish house fire

    Arson arrest made in Jeff Davis Parish house fire

    Monday, August 13 2018 6:30 PM EDT2018-08-13 22:30:10 GMT
    Stephen Jones is accused of setting Jeff Davis Parish home on fire. (LAOSFM)Stephen Jones is accused of setting Jeff Davis Parish home on fire. (LAOSFM)
    Stephen Jones is accused of setting Jeff Davis Parish home on fire. (LAOSFM)Stephen Jones is accused of setting Jeff Davis Parish home on fire. (LAOSFM)

    A man has been arrested for allegedly setting his Jefferson Davis Parish home on fire in June. Stephen G. Jones, 36, was booked into jail Monday, August 13, on one count each of Aggravated Arson and Injury By Arson. In the early morning hours of June 15, the Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal was contacted by the Welsh Police Department to assist with determining the origin and cause of a residential fire in the 100 block of Powers Street in Welsh. Investigat...

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    A man has been arrested for allegedly setting his Jefferson Davis Parish home on fire in June. Stephen G. Jones, 36, was booked into jail Monday, August 13, on one count each of Aggravated Arson and Injury By Arson. In the early morning hours of June 15, the Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal was contacted by the Welsh Police Department to assist with determining the origin and cause of a residential fire in the 100 block of Powers Street in Welsh. Investigat...

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  • Registered sex offender arrested for first-degree rape

    Registered sex offender arrested for first-degree rape

    Monday, August 13 2018 12:36 PM EDT2018-08-13 16:36:16 GMT
    Jeremy Laird was charged of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 1999. (Source: CPSO)Jeremy Laird was charged of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 1999. (Source: CPSO)

    Authorities arrested a registered sex offender on the morning of August 13, according to Kim Myers with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.  During CPSO's investigation, a victim advised detectives of two separate incidents in 2017, says Myers. Jeremy K. Laird, 41, of Lake Charles, allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.  Laird was originally charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 1999. He is now charged with first-degree ra...

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    Authorities arrested a registered sex offender on the morning of August 13, according to Kim Myers with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.  During CPSO's investigation, a victim advised detectives of two separate incidents in 2017, says Myers. Jeremy K. Laird, 41, of Lake Charles, allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.  Laird was originally charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 1999. He is now charged with first-degree ra...

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  • Armed robbery suspects surrender to authorities

    Armed robbery suspects surrender to authorities

    Thursday, August 9 2018 11:47 AM EDT2018-08-09 15:47:03 GMT
    Jaquaylon Marquise Guillory (Source: LCPD)Jaquaylon Marquise Guillory (Source: LCPD)
    Jaquaylon Marquise Guillory (Source: LCPD)Jaquaylon Marquise Guillory (Source: LCPD)

    The suspects in the armed robbery of Circle K, on Prien Lake Road, have turned themselves in, according to Richard Harrell with the Lake Charles Police Department.  Harrell says two unidentified black males entered the store on East Prien Lake Road around 11:56 p.m. on Aug. 6, and demanded money. One of the suspects had a firearm and pointed it at the clerk. Harrell says the suspects took the cash from the register and fled the scene.  Harrell tells 7News, the suspect...

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    The suspects in the armed robbery of Circle K, on Prien Lake Road, have turned themselves in, according to Richard Harrell with the Lake Charles Police Department.  Harrell says two unidentified black males entered the store on East Prien Lake Road around 11:56 p.m. on Aug. 6, and demanded money. One of the suspects had a firearm and pointed it at the clerk. Harrell says the suspects took the cash from the register and fled the scene.  Harrell tells 7News, the suspect...

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  • I-10 road rage incident began between Vinton and Sulphur, continued to Cities Service exit

    I-10 road rage incident began between Vinton and Sulphur, continued to Cities Service exit

    Thursday, August 9 2018 11:46 AM EDT2018-08-09 15:46:38 GMT
    (Source: Sulphur Police)(Source: Sulphur Police)

    A road rage incident that led to a stabbing on I-10 began between Sulphur and Vinton, authorities said. The three cars initially interacted on I-10 eastbound, near the portion of the roadway that turns from two lanes into three lanes, said Det. Jeremy Cain, with the Sulphur Police Department. Two of the cars were occupied by family members who were traveling together. The cars pulled over around 10 miles down the road, near the Cities Service exit in Sulphur, where a physi...

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    A road rage incident that led to a stabbing on I-10 began between Sulphur and Vinton, authorities said. The three cars initially interacted on I-10 eastbound, near the portion of the roadway that turns from two lanes into three lanes, said Det. Jeremy Cain, with the Sulphur Police Department. Two of the cars were occupied by family members who were traveling together. The cars pulled over around 10 miles down the road, near the Cities Service exit in Sulphur, where a physi...

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  • Jennings police serve search warrant, arrest 3 on multiple charges

    Jennings police serve search warrant, arrest 3 on multiple charges

    Wednesday, August 8 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-08-09 03:51:19 GMT

    Officers in Jennings have arrested three people on multiple charges while serving a search warrant, according to a Facebook post by the Jennings Police Department. Investigators served a search warrant in search of Brannon Deshotel, who had felony warrants for the charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault with a firearm. During the search officers located two other weapons inside the residence, one of which was learned to be stolen. Officers...

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    Officers in Jennings have arrested three people on multiple charges while serving a search warrant, according to a Facebook post by the Jennings Police Department. Investigators served a search warrant in search of Brannon Deshotel, who had felony warrants for the charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault with a firearm. During the search officers located two other weapons inside the residence, one of which was learned to be stolen. Officers...

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    Sulphur man arrested on attempted second-degree murder charge

    Sulphur man arrested on attempted second-degree murder charge

    Wednesday, August 8 2018 4:34 PM EDT2018-08-08 20:34:06 GMT
    Jesus Loera (Source: Sulphur Police Department)Jesus Loera (Source: Sulphur Police Department)

    A domestic disturbance in Sulphur Thursday night led to an attempted murder arrest, authorities said. Jesus Loera, 30, of Sulphur, was arrested on counts of attempted second-degree murder, domestic abuse battery with strangulation, false imprisonment and aggravated assault. Mel Estess, public information officer for the Sulphur Police Department, said the incident on West Thomas Street was reported at 10:20 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.  Loera is being held at the Sulphur City Jail...

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    A domestic disturbance in Sulphur Thursday night led to an attempted murder arrest, authorities said. Jesus Loera, 30, of Sulphur, was arrested on counts of attempted second-degree murder, domestic abuse battery with strangulation, false imprisonment and aggravated assault. Mel Estess, public information officer for the Sulphur Police Department, said the incident on West Thomas Street was reported at 10:20 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.  Loera is being held at the Sulphur City Jail...

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  • CPSO searching for suspects in shooting and vehicle burglaries

    CPSO searching for suspects in shooting and vehicle burglaries

    Friday, August 3 2018 7:13 PM EDT2018-08-03 23:13:22 GMT

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for multiple individuals responsible for a shooting and vehicle robberies, said CPSO spokeswoman Kim Myers. Witnesses told CPSO detectives that four or five people were seen running from the scene where the shooting took place, said Myers. While investigating the shooting, CPSO received several complaints of vehicle burglaries, where guns were stolen in the area of Ham Reid Road and Perry Lane in Lake Charles. After further inv...

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    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for multiple individuals responsible for a shooting and vehicle robberies, said CPSO spokeswoman Kim Myers. Witnesses told CPSO detectives that four or five people were seen running from the scene where the shooting took place, said Myers. While investigating the shooting, CPSO received several complaints of vehicle burglaries, where guns were stolen in the area of Ham Reid Road and Perry Lane in Lake Charles. After further inv...

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  • Police arrest mom allegedly involved in Jennings shooting, haven't located son

    Police arrest mom allegedly involved in Jennings shooting, haven't located son

    Friday, August 3 2018 9:22 AM EDT2018-08-03 13:22:51 GMT
    Kathleen Mouton (Source: JDPSO)Kathleen Mouton (Source: JDPSO)

    Around 2:30 pm this afternoon a man was shot on the 700 block of South Main Street in Jennings.   According to Jennings police chief, Danny Semmes, the victim was shot multiple times and is being transported to a Lafayette hospital.   He has also confirmed there a a suspect in custody and police are searching for another one.  

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    Around 2:30 pm this afternoon a man was shot on the 700 block of South Main Street in Jennings.   According to Jennings police chief, Danny Semmes, the victim was shot multiple times and is being transported to a Lafayette hospital.   He has also confirmed there a a suspect in custody and police are searching for another one.  

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  • Roanoke woman arrested after allegedly stealing debit card

    Roanoke woman arrested after allegedly stealing debit card

    Thursday, August 2 2018 8:01 PM EDT2018-08-03 00:01:52 GMT
    (Source: Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Roanoke woman is in custody after reportedly using another person's debit card, according to Commander Ramby Cormier with the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office. JDPSO received a complaint about the unauthorized use of a debit card, on July 23, after the victim reported he lost his debit card. Investigations revealed that the victim's card was used at a local business, said Cormier. Detectives were able to develop a suspect and obtained an arrest warrant for Daphne Patrick, 31. J...

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    A Roanoke woman is in custody after reportedly using another person's debit card, according to Commander Ramby Cormier with the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office. JDPSO received a complaint about the unauthorized use of a debit card, on July 23, after the victim reported he lost his debit card. Investigations revealed that the victim's card was used at a local business, said Cormier. Detectives were able to develop a suspect and obtained an arrest warrant for Daphne Patrick, 31. J...

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  • LCPD identifies man accused of murdering fiancĂ© on Lake Street

    LCPD identifies man accused of murdering fiancé on Lake Street

    Aug 02, 2018 06:42 PM2018-08-02 22:42:00 GMT
    Vice is charged with second-degree murder. (Source: CPSO)Vice is charged with second-degree murder. (Source: CPSO)

    The murderer's bond is set at $1,000,000.

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    The murderer's bond is set at $1,000,000.

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  • Lake Charles woman arrested for allegedly setting fire in bathroom

    Lake Charles woman arrested for allegedly setting fire in bathroom

    Thursday, August 2 2018 7:25 AM EDT2018-08-02 11:25:03 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal Facebook Page)(Source: Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal Facebook Page)

    A Lake Charles woman has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to a bathroom at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, according to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal Facebook page.    According to LAOSFM, they were contacted to assist in determining the cause and origin of a fire that occurred on July 17 at one of the hospital's business offices. Witnesses told investigators that maintenance workers located the source of smoke in the second-floor bathroom. Mi...

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    A Lake Charles woman has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to a bathroom at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, according to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal Facebook page.    According to LAOSFM, they were contacted to assist in determining the cause and origin of a fire that occurred on July 17 at one of the hospital's business offices. Witnesses told investigators that maintenance workers located the source of smoke in the second-floor bathroom. Mi...

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  • Lastrapes takes the stand to defend himself

    Lastrapes takes the stand to defend himself

    Wednesday, March 28 2018 8:20 PM EDT2018-03-29 00:20:12 GMT
    Roman Lastrapes (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Roman Lastrapes (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
    Roman Lastrapes (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Roman Lastrapes (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    Roman Lastrapes took the stand today to defend himself as his trial on a charge of First Degree Murder winds down. Lastrapes denies killing Linda Moore--though he admits giving her a rock of crack cocaine in exchange for sex the day before she died. Lastrapes started crying at one point, saying he had seen pictures of the victim and that it was sad. When police questioned  Lastrapes about Moore he used extremely vulgar language which he says he now regrets. At last wo...

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    Roman Lastrapes took the stand today to defend himself as his trial on a charge of First Degree Murder winds down. Lastrapes denies killing Linda Moore--though he admits giving her a rock of crack cocaine in exchange for sex the day before she died. Lastrapes started crying at one point, saying he had seen pictures of the victim and that it was sad. When police questioned  Lastrapes about Moore he used extremely vulgar language which he says he now regrets. At last wo...

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  • Two New Jersey men arrested in Lake Charles for hiding meth in candy bags

    Two New Jersey men arrested in Lake Charles for hiding meth in candy bags

    Wednesday, March 28 2018 12:33 PM EDT2018-03-28 16:33:39 GMT
    (Source:CPSO)(Source:CPSO)

    Two New Jersey residents were arrested in Lake Charles for packaging meth in boxes of Mexican candy.  The U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Louisiana, said that Javier Munoz, 51, of Vineland and Beljavier Rodriguez, 26, of Millville, were stopped during a traffic stop on I-10 eastbound. When a Lake Charles police officer searched the car, he found a secret compartment underneath the car that contained the drugs. The USAO says what appeared to be professionally printed ba...

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    Two New Jersey residents were arrested in Lake Charles for packaging meth in boxes of Mexican candy.  The U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Louisiana, said that Javier Munoz, 51, of Vineland and Beljavier Rodriguez, 26, of Millville, were stopped during a traffic stop on I-10 eastbound. When a Lake Charles police officer searched the car, he found a secret compartment underneath the car that contained the drugs. The USAO says what appeared to be professionally printed ba...

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