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  • Armed robbery at Lake Charles convenience store

    Armed robbery at Lake Charles convenience store

    Saturday, June 16 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-06-16 21:52:57 GMT
    (Source: Raycom News Network)(Source: Raycom News Network)
    (Source: Raycom News Network)(Source: Raycom News Network)
    An armed robbery occurred Friday night at the More 4 Less convenience store on Common Street, according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department. The robbery happened at approximately 11:04 p.m. The investigation is ongoing and we will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    An armed robbery occurred Friday night at the More 4 Less convenience store on Common Street, according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum with the Lake Charles Police Department. The robbery happened at approximately 11:04 p.m. The investigation is ongoing and we will update the story as information becomes available. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • VIDEO: Footage released of three suspected of trashing Lost Hollows

    VIDEO: Footage released of three suspected of trashing Lost Hollows

    Friday, June 15 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-06-15 20:56:07 GMT
    LCPD is searching for the 3 men caught on surveillance accused of vandalizing. (Source: LCPD)LCPD is searching for the 3 men caught on surveillance accused of vandalizing. (Source: LCPD)

    Lake Charles Police are looking for three subjects that caused several thousands of dollars worth of damage, according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum, Lake Charles Police Department.  Three unknown males entered Lost Hollows Trail Haunted Trail on E. Prien Lake Road on March 20, 2018, says Kirkum. The men vandalized the property using a tractor and other items.  The men were caught on camera. Kirkum asked anyone with information on the identity of the subjects to contact LCPD or...

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    Lake Charles Police are looking for three subjects that caused several thousands of dollars worth of damage, according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum, Lake Charles Police Department.  Three unknown males entered Lost Hollows Trail Haunted Trail on E. Prien Lake Road on March 20, 2018, says Kirkum. The men vandalized the property using a tractor and other items.  The men were caught on camera. Kirkum asked anyone with information on the identity of the subjects to contact LCPD or...

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  • One suspect surrenders in shooting of elderly man in Lake Charles, two still wanted

    One suspect surrenders in shooting of elderly man in Lake Charles, two still wanted

    Friday, June 15 2018 4:45 PM EDT2018-06-15 20:45:33 GMT
    Mildred Goodly and Sidney Bland (Source: LCPD)Mildred Goodly and Sidney Bland (Source: LCPD)

    Lake Charles Police Department is on the lookout for three suspects in connection to a shooting on June 3, according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum with LCPD. Kirkum says officers responded to a call at approximately 8:25 p.m. in reference to a shooting at a residence in the 2700 block of Guy Street. Upon arrival, officers found a 73-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers learned that three suspects entered the residence, shot the man, and took an undisclosed amount of cash from ...

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    Lake Charles Police Department is on the lookout for three suspects in connection to a shooting on June 3, according to Lt. Kevin Kirkum with LCPD. Kirkum says officers responded to a call at approximately 8:25 p.m. in reference to a shooting at a residence in the 2700 block of Guy Street. Upon arrival, officers found a 73-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers learned that three suspects entered the residence, shot the man, and took an undisclosed amount of cash from ...

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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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  • Jeff Davis 8 victim's brother announces new documentary project

    Jeff Davis 8 victim's brother announces new documentary project

    Thursday, June 14 2018 6:53 PM EDT2018-06-14 22:53:50 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Nearly a decade since the last of eight women was found dead around Jeff Davis Parish, another crew is reportedly heading to Jennings to document the unsolved homicides. Whitnei Dubois was the fourth of the victims dubbed the "Jeff Davis 8" found between 2005 and 2009. Her brother, Michael Dubois, has been outspoken about the cases and continues to advocate for justice. While several television and documentary productions have covered the cases over the year...

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    Nearly a decade since the last of eight women was found dead around Jeff Davis Parish, another crew is reportedly heading to Jennings to document the unsolved homicides. Whitnei Dubois was the fourth of the victims dubbed the "Jeff Davis 8" found between 2005 and 2009. Her brother, Michael Dubois, has been outspoken about the cases and continues to advocate for justice. While several television and documentary productions have covered the cases over the year...

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  • Barras indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree rape

    Barras indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree rape

    Thursday, June 14 2018 1:49 PM EDT2018-06-14 17:49:22 GMT
    Richard Wayne Barras (Source: CPSO)Richard Wayne Barras (Source: CPSO)
    Richard Wayne Barras (Source: CPSO)Richard Wayne Barras (Source: CPSO)

    Richard Wayne Barras has been indicted today on two counts of attempted first-degree rape. Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said they received a call on May 25 at around 7:30 a.m.about an attempted rape on Leon Drive, just south of Country Club. Mancuso said Barras attacked an older woman who was outside but fled when a neighbor heard her screaming and intervened. Around 8 a.m., Lake Charles police responded to a similar call, LCPD Chief Don Dixon said. The woman was ou...

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    Richard Wayne Barras has been indicted today on two counts of attempted first-degree rape. Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said they received a call on May 25 at around 7:30 a.m.about an attempted rape on Leon Drive, just south of Country Club. Mancuso said Barras attacked an older woman who was outside but fled when a neighbor heard her screaming and intervened. Around 8 a.m., Lake Charles police responded to a similar call, LCPD Chief Don Dixon said. The woman was ou...

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  • DERIDDER POLICE: Looking for owner of 'suspicious herb'

    DERIDDER POLICE: Looking for owner of 'suspicious herb'

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 7:19 PM EDT2018-06-13 23:19:21 GMT
    (Source: DeRidder Police Department)(Source: DeRidder Police Department)
    (Source: DeRidder Police Department)(Source: DeRidder Police Department)

    A suspicious herb has The DeRidder Police Department on high alert for finding the owner.  DeRidder Police Department The jar holding "some type of suspicious herb" was found on High School Drive in DeRidder. The department is asking the owner to show up in gray sweatpants, a white t-shirt, and tennis shoes without any laces. The owner is also advised to bring an extra pair of underwear and socks in a plastic grocery bag. Here's the best part - once you 

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    A suspicious herb has The DeRidder Police Department on high alert for finding the owner.  DeRidder Police Department The jar holding "some type of suspicious herb" was found on High School Drive in DeRidder. The department is asking the owner to show up in gray sweatpants, a white t-shirt, and tennis shoes without any laces. The owner is also advised to bring an extra pair of underwear and socks in a plastic grocery bag. Here's the best part - once you 

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  • High-speed chase ends in motorcycle crash

    High-speed chase ends in motorcycle crash

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 6:45 PM EDT2018-06-13 22:45:31 GMT
    (Source: Sulphur Police Department)(Source: Sulphur Police Department)
    (Source: Sulphur Police Department)(Source: Sulphur Police Department)

    A high-speed police chase started in Sulphur and ended with a motorcyclist crashing in Vinton, according to a Sulphur Police Department news release. Police say the chase began just before 10:00 am on Wednesday at the intersection of Willow Avenue and Napoleon Street when officers tried to stop a motorcycle for traffic violations. Instead, the motorcyclist refused to stop and sped away at speeds reaching 120 MPH. Police say the pursuit went west on Interstate 10 traveling ...

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    A high-speed police chase started in Sulphur and ended with a motorcyclist crashing in Vinton, according to a Sulphur Police Department news release. Police say the chase began just before 10:00 am on Wednesday at the intersection of Willow Avenue and Napoleon Street when officers tried to stop a motorcycle for traffic violations. Instead, the motorcyclist refused to stop and sped away at speeds reaching 120 MPH. Police say the pursuit went west on Interstate 10 traveling ...

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    Fort Polk soldier pleads guilty to manufacturing, detonating chemical weapon

    Fort Polk soldier pleads guilty to manufacturing, detonating chemical weapon

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-06-12 23:11:07 GMT
    Ryan Keith Taylor (Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)Ryan Keith Taylor (Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Fort Polk soldier pleaded guilty to Monday to manufacturing and detonating a chemical weapon in the Kisatchie National Forest. Ryan Keith Taylor, 24, of New Llano, detonated the weapon on April 12, 2017, resulting in the release of highly toxic chlorine gas into the atmosphere, according to United States Attorney David C. Joseph. The Kisatchie National Forest is adjacent to Fort Polk. When Taylor is sentenced on Sept. 12, 2018, he faces up to life in prison, five years of supervi...

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    A Fort Polk soldier pleaded guilty to Monday to manufacturing and detonating a chemical weapon in the Kisatchie National Forest. Ryan Keith Taylor, 24, of New Llano, detonated the weapon on April 12, 2017, resulting in the release of highly toxic chlorine gas into the atmosphere, according to United States Attorney David C. Joseph. The Kisatchie National Forest is adjacent to Fort Polk. When Taylor is sentenced on Sept. 12, 2018, he faces up to life in prison, five years of supervi...

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  • Westlake police: Man attempts to run over two others with vehicle

    Westlake police: Man attempts to run over two others with vehicle

    Monday, June 11 2018 4:19 PM EDT2018-06-11 20:19:51 GMT
    Kaelan Blaine Prater (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Kaelan Blaine Prater (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    A man suspected of attempting to run down two people with his vehicle on Thursday, June 7, was arrested Sunday, June 10, Westlake authorities said. Kaelan Blaine Prater, 18, of Westlake, was arrested Sunday evening and charged with attempted first-degree murder. Bond has been set at $500,000. Westlake Police Chief Chris Wilrye says Prater attempted to run over two people on Shafer Street around 7:25 p.m. Thursday, but they were able to escape unharmed. Wilrye said they were able to ...

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    A man suspected of attempting to run down two people with his vehicle on Thursday, June 7, was arrested Sunday, June 10, Westlake authorities said. Kaelan Blaine Prater, 18, of Westlake, was arrested Sunday evening and charged with attempted first-degree murder. Bond has been set at $500,000. Westlake Police Chief Chris Wilrye says Prater attempted to run over two people on Shafer Street around 7:25 p.m. Thursday, but they were able to escape unharmed. Wilrye said they were able to ...

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  • BREAKING

    Escapee from Cameron Parish Jail apprehended in 4 minutes

    Escapee from Cameron Parish Jail apprehended in 4 minutes

    Monday, June 11 2018 2:13 PM EDT2018-06-11 18:13:57 GMT
    Elvin Bryant Jinks (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office)Elvin Bryant Jinks (Source: Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office)

    An inmate escaped from Cameron Parish jail today and has been located, according to Sheriff Ron Johnson, Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office.  

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    An inmate escaped from Cameron Parish jail today and has been located, according to Sheriff Ron Johnson, Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office.  

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    Indictment handed down in connection with church bombing in Beaumont

    Indictment handed down in connection with church bombing in Beaumont

    Wednesday, June 6 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-06-06 23:09:22 GMT
    Jonathan Matthew Torres (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)Jonathan Matthew Torres (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
    Jonathan Matthew Torres (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)Jonathan Matthew Torres (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

    A Beaumont man was indicted in federal court Wednesday in connection with a church bombing in Beaumont. Jonathan Matthew Torres, 40, is charged with use of an explosive to damage property, possession of an unregistered destructive device, and mailing a threatening communication. U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown said that according to information presented in federal court, an explosion occurred at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Delaware Street in Beaumont on May 10. ...

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    A Beaumont man was indicted in federal court Wednesday in connection with a church bombing in Beaumont. Jonathan Matthew Torres, 40, is charged with use of an explosive to damage property, possession of an unregistered destructive device, and mailing a threatening communication. U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown said that according to information presented in federal court, an explosion occurred at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Delaware Street in Beaumont on May 10. ...

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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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