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    Witness describes dangerous situation in Prien Lake Park

    Witness describes dangerous situation in Prien Lake Park

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:10 PM EDT2018-04-25 00:10:35 GMT
    (Source: KPLC viewer)(Source: KPLC viewer)

    Lake Charles police officers are searching for a man whom they say ran after crashing his vehicle into a ditch on Henderson Bayou Road. Lt. Kevin Kirkum said the crash was a single-vehicle accident. Henderson Bayou Road runs along the south side of Prien Lake Park. A witness said the man was driving erratically, driving onto the sidewalks at the park before crossing the bridge over the bayou and crashing the vehicle.

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    Lake Charles police officers are searching for a man whom they say ran after crashing his vehicle into a ditch on Henderson Bayou Road. Lt. Kevin Kirkum said the crash was a single-vehicle accident. Henderson Bayou Road runs along the south side of Prien Lake Park. A witness said the man was driving erratically, driving onto the sidewalks at the park before crossing the bridge over the bayou and crashing the vehicle.

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    Kevin Daigle trial stayed by state high court

    Kevin Daigle trial stayed by state high court

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:58 PM EDT2018-04-24 16:58:04 GMT
    Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
    Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
    The Louisiana Supreme Court has stayed the first-degree murder trial of Kevin Daigle. Daigle was to go to trial on April 30. He has a hearing before the Supreme Court on May 1. Daigle is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of State Trooper Steven Vincent during a traffic stop in 2015. The state is seeking the death penalty. Assistant Calcasieu District Attorney Rick Bryant said the Supreme Court stayed the case on its own motion. Bryant said the Supreme Court has ...More >>
    The Louisiana Supreme Court has stayed the first-degree murder trial of Kevin Daigle. Daigle was to go to trial on April 30. He has a hearing before the Supreme Court on May 1. Daigle is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of State Trooper Steven Vincent during a traffic stop in 2015. The state is seeking the death penalty. Assistant Calcasieu District Attorney Rick Bryant said the Supreme Court stayed the case on its own motion. Bryant said the Supreme Court has ...More >>
  • Grandma accused of murder gambled at Kinder casino while on the run

    Accused killer grandma gambled at Louisiana casino

    Lois Riess (Source: CNN)Lois Riess (Source: CNN)

    The woman suspected of killing her husband in Minnesota, then fleeing to Florida and killing a woman who resembled her in order to assume a new identity, stopped at a Louisiana casino earlier this month.

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    The woman suspected of killing her husband in Minnesota, then fleeing to Florida and killing a woman who resembled her in order to assume a new identity, stopped at a Louisiana casino earlier this month.

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    Kevin Daigle pursuing intoxication defense in capital trial

    Kevin Daigle pursuing intoxication defense in capital trial

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:44 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:44:00 GMT
    Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    Defense motions filed in state district court indicate that Kevin Daigle plans to suggest that he was so drunk that he should not be found guilty. Daigle is charged with first-degree murder in the death of State Trooper Steven Vincent. He is facing the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Defense motions filed in state district court indicate that Kevin Daigle plans to suggest that he was so drunk that he should not be found guilty. Daigle is charged with first-degree murder in the death of State Trooper Steven Vincent. He is facing the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Authorities: Robbery suspect arrested after giving clerk ID to buy cigars

    Authorities: Robbery suspect arrested after giving clerk ID to buy cigars

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 11:51 AM EDT2018-04-18 15:51:14 GMT
    Sean Riggs (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Sean Riggs (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Authorities say a 36-year-old man first allowed a store clerk to see his ID so that he could buy cigars, then pulled out a box cutter and robbed the store.

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    Authorities say a 36-year-old man first allowed a store clerk to see his ID so that he could buy cigars, then pulled out a box cutter and robbed the store.

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  • Motion denied to have judge recused from Kevin Daigle case

    Motion denied to have judge recused from Kevin Daigle case

    Monday, April 16 2018 7:56 PM EDT2018-04-16 23:56:55 GMT
    Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

     A pre-trial hearing is underway to decide whether to recuse Judge Guy Bradberry from the capital murder trial of Kevin Daigle. Daigle is charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 killing of State Trooper Steven Vincent. Daigle's defense attorneys filed to recuse Bradberry from the case, saying Bradberry and Vincent's wife have known each other for many years and are Facebook friends. Judge Bradberry testified that he or his wife may have "liked" a prayers for the ...

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     A pre-trial hearing is underway to decide whether to recuse Judge Guy Bradberry from the capital murder trial of Kevin Daigle. Daigle is charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 killing of State Trooper Steven Vincent. Daigle's defense attorneys filed to recuse Bradberry from the case, saying Bradberry and Vincent's wife have known each other for many years and are Facebook friends. Judge Bradberry testified that he or his wife may have "liked" a prayers for the ...

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  • Beauregard man accused of killing farm-raised deer

    Beauregard man accused of killing farm-raised deer

    Friday, March 2 2018 6:42 PM EST2018-03-02 23:42:54 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    A 20-year-old Beauregard man is accused of killing and stealing a farm-raised deer valued at $3,000.

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    A 20-year-old Beauregard man is accused of killing and stealing a farm-raised deer valued at $3,000.

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    Man arrested following shooting in Fenton, victim in hospital

    Man arrested following shooting in Fenton, victim in hospital

    Thursday, March 29 2018 6:10 PM EDT2018-03-29 22:10:27 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A suspect has been arrested for attempted manslaughter in Fenton last night. Sgt. Vernon O'Quinn of the Fenton Police Department says around 9:30 p.m. yesterday, the suspect shot at the victim at the residence.  The victim is a man and has been injured and taken to the hospital to undergo surgery, O'Quinn says.  KPLC is following the story and will update once we receive more information.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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    A suspect has been arrested for attempted manslaughter in Fenton last night. Sgt. Vernon O'Quinn of the Fenton Police Department says around 9:30 p.m. yesterday, the suspect shot at the victim at the residence.  The victim is a man and has been injured and taken to the hospital to undergo surgery, O'Quinn says.  KPLC is following the story and will update once we receive more information.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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  • JDPSO arrests two men for stealing copper wire

    JDPSO arrests two men for stealing copper wire

    Monday, April 9 2018 12:41 PM EDT2018-04-09 16:41:09 GMT
    (Source: JDPSO)(Source: JDPSO)

    The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office arrested two men for stealing copper wire, police say. Commander Ramby Cormier says that at 2:52 p.m. on Apr. 6, JDPSO received a complaint of a burglary in process in Iowa. When the Patrol Deputy arrived, witnesses mentioned that two males had gotten away in a pick-up truck.  Cormier says, the deputy found the truck on La. 101 and stopped it for a traffic stop. The deputy discovered a large amount of copper wire in the bed of the tru...

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    The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office arrested two men for stealing copper wire, police say. Commander Ramby Cormier says that at 2:52 p.m. on Apr. 6, JDPSO received a complaint of a burglary in process in Iowa. When the Patrol Deputy arrived, witnesses mentioned that two males had gotten away in a pick-up truck.  Cormier says, the deputy found the truck on La. 101 and stopped it for a traffic stop. The deputy discovered a large amount of copper wire in the bed of the tru...

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Sunday, April 8

    Monday, April 9 2018 8:28 AM EDT2018-04-09 12:28:00 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    Dale Williams, 53, Port Allen, LA: Operating while intoxicated, fourth offense, operating a vehicle while under suspension for certain prior offense, reckless operation. Noel Arceneaux, 21, Welsh, LA: Maximum speed limit, operating while intoxicated, first offense. Roger Davis, 58, Cleveland, TX: Out of state detainer. Joshua Hardin, 32, Lake Charles, LA: Violations of protective orders. Michael Miller, 38, Portsmouth, OH: Hit & Run driving, reckless operation, operating vehic...More >>
    Dale Williams, 53, Port Allen, LA: Operating while intoxicated, fourth offense, operating a vehicle while under suspension for certain prior offense, reckless operation. Noel Arceneaux, 21, Welsh, LA: Maximum speed limit, operating while intoxicated, first offense. Roger Davis, 58, Cleveland, TX: Out of state detainer. Joshua Hardin, 32, Lake Charles, LA: Violations of protective orders. Michael Miller, 38, Portsmouth, OH: Hit & Run driving, reckless operation, operating vehic...More >>
  • Trial reveals two conflicting stories of pastor killing in 2013

    Trial reveals two conflicting stories of pastor killing in 2013

    Thursday, April 5 2018 9:25 PM EDT2018-04-06 01:25:57 GMT
    Woodrow Karey and Pastor Ronald Harris (Source: KPLC)Woodrow Karey and Pastor Ronald Harris (Source: KPLC)
    Woodrow Karey and Pastor Ronald Harris (Source: KPLC)Woodrow Karey and Pastor Ronald Harris (Source: KPLC)

    Jurors heard from sobbing eyewitnesses, saw graphic photos and opposing views of what led to the shooting of a pastor during a church revival in 2013. Was it a love affair between Pastor Ronald Harris and Woodrow Karey's wife?  Or was it a case of rape that led Karey to allegedly kill the pastor? Wednesday the jury heard both arguments. In opening statements, prosecutors told jurors Janet Karey was unfaithful to her husband, but that does not justify him killing Harris. Y...

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    Jurors heard from sobbing eyewitnesses, saw graphic photos and opposing views of what led to the shooting of a pastor during a church revival in 2013. Was it a love affair between Pastor Ronald Harris and Woodrow Karey's wife?  Or was it a case of rape that led Karey to allegedly kill the pastor? Wednesday the jury heard both arguments. In opening statements, prosecutors told jurors Janet Karey was unfaithful to her husband, but that does not justify him killing Harris. Y...

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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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    Louisiana police chief stabbed in face while making arrest

    Louisiana police chief stabbed in face while making arrest

    Wednesday, March 28 2018 2:19 PM EDT2018-03-28 18:19:39 GMT
    Zachery Shane Deville (Source: Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office)Zachery Shane Deville (Source: Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office)
    Zachery Shane Deville (Source: Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office)Zachery Shane Deville (Source: Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office)
    A police chief in Louisiana underwent emergency surgery after being stabbed in the face while making an arrest Wednesday evening, officials say. Turkey Creek Police Chief Robert Leggett was attempting to arrest Zachery Shane Deville, 24, on a charge of criminal trespassing when the arrest turned into a physical altercation, according to information from the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office. Deville brandished a knife and stabbed Leggett across the left cheek. Leggett was tran...More >>
    A police chief in Louisiana underwent emergency surgery after being stabbed in the face while making an arrest Wednesday evening, officials say. Turkey Creek Police Chief Robert Leggett was attempting to arrest Zachery Shane Deville, 24, on a charge of criminal trespassing when the arrest turned into a physical altercation, according to information from the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office. Deville brandished a knife and stabbed Leggett across the left cheek. Leggett was tran...More >>
  • 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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  • CPSO searching for identity of men allegedly responsible for burglaries and thefts

    CPSO searching for identity of men allegedly responsible for burglaries and thefts

    Wednesday, March 28 2018 12:07 PM EDT2018-03-28 16:07:51 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints at the Paradise RV Park on Toomey Road in Vinton on March 22 in reference to vehicle burglaries and thefts.  Detectives learned on March 21 between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 a.m., the suspects gained access into numerous unlocked vehicles and stole approximately $5,000 worth of cash and firearms out of the vehicles.       If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can id...

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    Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints at the Paradise RV Park on Toomey Road in Vinton on March 22 in reference to vehicle burglaries and thefts.  Detectives learned on March 21 between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 a.m., the suspects gained access into numerous unlocked vehicles and stole approximately $5,000 worth of cash and firearms out of the vehicles.       If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can id...

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    CPSO: Inmate steals police car, leads authorities on chase into Beauregard Parish

    CPSO: Inmate steals police car, leads authorities on chase into Beauregard Parish

    Tuesday, March 27 2018 1:25 PM EDT2018-03-27 17:25:11 GMT
    (Source: CPSO)(Source: CPSO)

    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office arrested an inmate escaping while waiting for a court appearance.  This morning, around 7:30 a.m., prison inmate Ashely J. Grundmann, 36, was being escorted to the Calcasieu Correctional Center for 72-hour court. says CPSO spokeswoman Kim Myers.  A deputy was standing outside of the door waiting to go into the building when Grundmann escaped from the shackles by releasing one of her hands.  Myers said Grundmann ran from the d...

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    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office arrested an inmate escaping while waiting for a court appearance.  This morning, around 7:30 a.m., prison inmate Ashely J. Grundmann, 36, was being escorted to the Calcasieu Correctional Center for 72-hour court. says CPSO spokeswoman Kim Myers.  A deputy was standing outside of the door waiting to go into the building when Grundmann escaped from the shackles by releasing one of her hands.  Myers said Grundmann ran from the d...

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  • How emergency responders respond in traffic

    How emergency responders respond in traffic

    Tuesday, March 27 2018 12:02 AM EDT2018-03-27 04:02:46 GMT
    (Source: Acadian Ambulance)(Source: Acadian Ambulance)
    (Source: Acadian Ambulance)(Source: Acadian Ambulance)

    If there's an emergency on one of the bridges and there's no other way to get there, the answer may lie in the sky. Billy Vincent, Quality Improvement Coordinator for Acadian Ambulance, said if a medical emergency happens, they could have assets up in the air in minutes.  "The aircraft is stationed at the Lake Charles airport," Vincent said. "So flight to the I-10 or I-210 bridge is very short." Vincent said response time also depends on the condition the p...

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    If there's an emergency on one of the bridges and there's no other way to get there, the answer may lie in the sky. Billy Vincent, Quality Improvement Coordinator for Acadian Ambulance, said if a medical emergency happens, they could have assets up in the air in minutes.  "The aircraft is stationed at the Lake Charles airport," Vincent said. "So flight to the I-10 or I-210 bridge is very short." Vincent said response time also depends on the condition the p...

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  • Third circuit throws out confession in homicide case

    Third Circuit throws out confession in homicide case

    Third Circuit throws out confession in homicide case

    Monday, March 26 2018 9:53 PM EDT2018-03-27 01:53:55 GMT
    Dennis Jerome Bartie (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Dennis Jerome Bartie (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    Today the Third Circuit Court of Appeals found  David Bartie's confession cannot be used against him at trial.

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    Today the Third Circuit Court of Appeals found  David Bartie's confession cannot be used against him at trial.

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  • Daniel Kight sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder

    Daniel Kight sentenced to life in prison for second degree murder

    Monday, March 26 2018 6:42 PM EDT2018-03-26 22:42:47 GMT
    Daniel Kight. (Source: Vinton Police Department)Daniel Kight. (Source: Vinton Police Department)

    Daniel Kight was formally sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  He was accused of killing David Scasino back in 2014. Kight had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity, but Judge Robert Wyatt  found him guilty of second degree murder – which means Kight did not suffer from any mental disease or defect that prevented him from knowing right from wrong when he killed Scasino. Second degree murder carries a mandatory life ...

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    Daniel Kight was formally sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  He was accused of killing David Scasino back in 2014. Kight had pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity, but Judge Robert Wyatt  found him guilty of second degree murder – which means Kight did not suffer from any mental disease or defect that prevented him from knowing right from wrong when he killed Scasino. Second degree murder carries a mandatory life ...

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  • Jennings man arrested on attempted first-degree murder charge

    Jennings man arrested on attempted first-degree murder charge

    Monday, March 26 2018 11:28 AM EDT2018-03-26 15:28:10 GMT

    On March 24, 2018, Jeff Davis Parish deputies responded to a disturbance in the 2100 block of Duhon Road in Jennings.

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    On March 24, 2018, Jeff Davis Parish deputies responded to a disturbance in the 2100 block of Duhon Road in Jennings.

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    FIRE MARSHAL: 5 suspicious fires being investigated in Leesville

    FIRE MARSHAL: 5 suspicious fires being investigated in Leesville

    Monday, March 26 2018 11:23 AM EDT2018-03-26 15:23:45 GMT
    Five suspicious fires in Leesville overnight are being investigated. (Source: Office of the State Fire Marshal)Five suspicious fires in Leesville overnight are being investigated. (Source: Office of the State Fire Marshal)

    Five fires reported within a 30-minute span in Leesville early Monday morning are being investigated, authorities with the Office of the State Fire Marshal said. The Leesville Fire Department received reports of fires of two vehicles, an occupied home, a small commercial building and a storage shed within a half-hour, beginning just before 2 a.m. Monday, said Ashley Rodrigue, public affairs director for the State Fire Marshal's office. She said the fires were centered in one neighbo...

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    Five fires reported within a 30-minute span in Leesville early Monday morning are being investigated, authorities with the Office of the State Fire Marshal said. The Leesville Fire Department received reports of fires of two vehicles, an occupied home, a small commercial building and a storage shed within a half-hour, beginning just before 2 a.m. Monday, said Ashley Rodrigue, public affairs director for the State Fire Marshal's office. She said the fires were centered in one neighbo...

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  • Guilty verdict in deadly crash involving pedestrians

    Guilty verdict in deadly crash involving pedestrians

    Monday, March 26 2018 9:03 AM EDT2018-03-26 13:03:47 GMT

    A guilty verdict in the case of a deadly crash involving two pedestrians in Iowa last year. 53 year old Ralph LeBleu was found guilty of negligent homicide in relation to the death of Christol Doucett, Jr. On February 9, 2017, LeBleu was the driver of a vehicle heading northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road. LeBleu crossed the center line striking Kemon Brown and Christol Doucett who were walking in the southbound lane. Doucett was pronounced dead at a local hospital. LeBleu w...

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    A guilty verdict in the case of a deadly crash involving two pedestrians in Iowa last year. 53 year old Ralph LeBleu was found guilty of negligent homicide in relation to the death of Christol Doucett, Jr. On February 9, 2017, LeBleu was the driver of a vehicle heading northbound on I-10 Mobile Village road. LeBleu crossed the center line striking Kemon Brown and Christol Doucett who were walking in the southbound lane. Doucett was pronounced dead at a local hospital. LeBleu w...

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