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  • 'Blessings Box' giving back to community anonymously

    'Blessings Box' giving back to community anonymously

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:11 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:11:08 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    Known for its wide open spaces, LeBleu Settlement in Lake Charles is about 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city.   A tight-knit community according to Pastor Rick Batchelor of Grace Harbor Lighthouse Church who was born and raised in LeBleu Settlement.  "We're here in LeBleu Settlement to we're trying to make sure nobody in LeBleu Settlement goes hungry," he said.  About six weeks ago, he, along with a community member who wishes...

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    Known for its wide open spaces, LeBleu Settlement in Lake Charles is about 20 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city.   A tight-knit community according to Pastor Rick Batchelor of Grace Harbor Lighthouse Church who was born and raised in LeBleu Settlement.  "We're here in LeBleu Settlement to we're trying to make sure nobody in LeBleu Settlement goes hungry," he said.  About six weeks ago, he, along with a community member who wishes...

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  • LCPD searching for man suspected of using credit cards without permission

    LCPD searching for man suspected of using credit cards without permission

    Monday, May 22 2017 6:51 PM EDT2017-05-22 22:51:49 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    The Lake Charles Police Department has released a photo from surveillance video of a man suspected of unauthorized use of a credit card. The credit cards were taken from a wallet that was lost during the early morning hours of May 6, Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said. Soon after the wallet was last, one of the victim's credit cards was used at numerous locations in Lake Charles. Surveillance photos show a suspect wearing a blue t-shirt and a red baseball cap. Kraus asked anyone with inf...More >>
    The Lake Charles Police Department has released a photo from surveillance video of a man suspected of unauthorized use of a credit card. The credit cards were taken from a wallet that was lost during the early morning hours of May 6, Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said. Soon after the wallet was last, one of the victim's credit cards was used at numerous locations in Lake Charles. Surveillance photos show a suspect wearing a blue t-shirt and a red baseball cap. Kraus asked anyone with inf...More >>
  • BREAKING

    Moss Bluff man posts bond on school shooting charges, ends up back in jail without bond

    Moss Bluff man posts bond on school shooting charges, ends up back in jail without bond

    Monday, May 22 2017 5:56 PM EDT2017-05-22 21:56:46 GMT
    Michael Dugas (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Michael Dugas (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Moss Bluff man arrested in connection to a shooting at Moss Bluff Elementary returned to jail last week after initially bonding out on charges of negligent injuring and improper supervision of a minor. The Calcasieu Sheriff's Office confirmed Michael Dugas bonded out on Thursday, May 18th on charges connected to the shooting. 

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    A Moss Bluff man arrested in connection to a shooting at Moss Bluff Elementary returned to jail last week after initially bonding out on charges of negligent injuring and improper supervision of a minor. The Calcasieu Sheriff's Office confirmed Michael Dugas bonded out on Thursday, May 18th on charges connected to the shooting. 

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  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Off and on periods of rain likely through this evening, flooding threat lower

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Off and on periods of rain likely through this evening, flooding threat lower

    Monday, May 22 2017 5:55 PM EDT2017-05-22 21:55:10 GMT
    Scattered showers and storms again TuesdayScattered showers and storms again Tuesday

    Off and on periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms will remain likely through the evening.  So far, we missed the heaviest rainfall; although there is still a threat of heavy rain occurring at any point.  Be sure to use our KPLC 7 Stormteam Mobile Weather App to track any rain in your area.  With clouds and rain lingering, temperatures are unlikely to change much overnight. 

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    Off and on periods of rain and isolated thunderstorms will remain likely through the evening.  So far, we missed the heaviest rainfall; although there is still a threat of heavy rain occurring at any point.  Be sure to use our KPLC 7 Stormteam Mobile Weather App to track any rain in your area.  With clouds and rain lingering, temperatures are unlikely to change much overnight. 

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  • BREAKING

    Man wanted on charge of attempted first-degree murder in Vinton shooting

    Man wanted on charge of attempted first-degree murder in Vinton shooting

    Monday, May 22 2017 5:39 PM EDT2017-05-22 21:39:52 GMT
    Artemus Beasley (Department of Transportation)Artemus Beasley (Department of Transportation)
    A victim was shot several times early Sunday morning in Vinton, authorities said. Calcasieu Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers says a suspect is being sought in connection with the shooting: Artemus C. Beasley, 37, from Orange, Texas. Beasley and the victim were visiting Vinton from Orange, Texas, when the shooting happened, Myers said. Sheriff's deputies responded to the call near Broussard and Toomey roads around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Deputies found the victim on the ground with...More >>
    A victim was shot several times early Sunday morning in Vinton, authorities said. Calcasieu Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers says a suspect is being sought in connection with the shooting: Artemus C. Beasley, 37, from Orange, Texas. Beasley and the victim were visiting Vinton from Orange, Texas, when the shooting happened, Myers said. Sheriff's deputies responded to the call near Broussard and Toomey roads around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Deputies found the victim on the ground with...More >>
  • BREAKING

    Officials release new details on robbery of Moss Bluff credit union

    Officials release new details on robbery of Moss Bluff credit union

    Monday, May 22 2017 5:15 PM EDT2017-05-22 21:15:06 GMT
    (Source: Perris Jones / KPLC)(Source: Perris Jones / KPLC)

    All Moss Bluff schools are on lockdown following a robbery in the area, Calcasieu Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers has confirmed. A credit union was robbed, Myers said. KPLC has a reporter headed to the scene. We will have more information as it becomes available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    All Moss Bluff schools are on lockdown following a robbery in the area, Calcasieu Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kim Myers has confirmed. A credit union was robbed, Myers said. KPLC has a reporter headed to the scene. We will have more information as it becomes available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • BREAKING

    Woman dies following Sunday morning house fire

    Woman dies following Sunday morning house fire

    Monday, May 22 2017 4:13 PM EDT2017-05-22 20:13:15 GMT
    (Source: KPLC viewer)(Source: KPLC viewer)

    A woman is dead following a house fire in the 2600 block of E. General Wainwright early Sunday morning. There were seven people in the home - an elderly man, two women and four children, said Lake Charles Fire Chief Keith Murray. All were able to get out of the home, but one of the women died later in the day due to smoke inhalation, Murray said. The call that there was a fire came in at 5:49 a.m. The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, Murray said. The woman who di...

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    A woman is dead following a house fire in the 2600 block of E. General Wainwright early Sunday morning. There were seven people in the home - an elderly man, two women and four children, said Lake Charles Fire Chief Keith Murray. All were able to get out of the home, but one of the women died later in the day due to smoke inhalation, Murray said. The call that there was a fire came in at 5:49 a.m. The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, Murray said. The woman who di...

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  • Lake Charles police officers honored at annual awards banquet

    Lake Charles police officers honored at annual awards banquet

    Monday, May 22 2017 2:02 PM EDT2017-05-22 18:02:26 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Lake Charles police officers were recognized for their service to the community at the recent Lake Charles Police Annual Honors and Awards Banquet ceremony. 

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    Lake Charles police officers were recognized for their service to the community at the recent Lake Charles Police Annual Honors and Awards Banquet ceremony. 

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  • DeRidder rescue in need of foster homes for dogs

    Monday, May 22 2017 1:04 PM EDT2017-05-22 17:04:32 GMT
    (Source: Kayla Courvell/KPLC)(Source: Kayla Courvell/KPLC)

    The Louisiana Lifeline for K-9's is a non-profit organization that takes in abandoned dogs and keeps them out of pounds to ensure innocent dogs aren't euthanized.

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    The Louisiana Lifeline for K-9's is a non-profit organization that takes in abandoned dogs and keeps them out of pounds to ensure innocent dogs aren't euthanized.

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  • Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

    Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

    Monday, May 22 2017 12:33 PM EDT2017-05-22 16:33:23 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

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    Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

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  • FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: More heavy rain will quickly lead to additional flooding today

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: More heavy rain will quickly lead to additional flooding today

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: More heavy rain will quickly lead to additional flooding today

    Monday, May 22 2017 4:16 AM EDT2017-05-22 08:16:05 GMT
    Monday rainfall forecastMonday rainfall forecast

    Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches today will make for a cumulative 2 day total of over 8 inches of rain for some areas since Sunday if the forecast pans out as predicted today.

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    Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches today will make for a cumulative 2 day total of over 8 inches of rain for some areas since Sunday if the forecast pans out as predicted today.

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  • Flash Flood Watch in effect through this evening for all of SW Louisiana

    Flash Flood Watch in effect through this evening for all of SW Louisiana

    Flash Flood Watch in effect through this evening for all of SW Louisiana

    Monday, May 22 2017 4:04 AM EDT2017-05-22 08:04:36 GMT
    Flash Flood Watch for MondayFlash Flood Watch for Monday
    A Flash Flood Watch is in effect all day today as more heavy rain is in the forecast. Radar is already showing the return of some rain moving in off the Gulf of Mexico closer to sunrise that will dampen the roads for your morning commute. High resolution computer models continue to show redevelopment of more storms over the same parts of SW Louisiana that were hit hard with heavy rain on Sunday, and it’s those same areas that will be most prone to flash flooding today with the ...More >>
    A Flash Flood Watch is in effect all day today as more heavy rain is in the forecast. Radar is already showing the return of some rain moving in off the Gulf of Mexico closer to sunrise that will dampen the roads for your morning commute. High resolution computer models continue to show redevelopment of more storms over the same parts of SW Louisiana that were hit hard with heavy rain on Sunday, and it’s those same areas that will be most prone to flash flooding today with the ...More >>
  • Officer fatally shoots man after he gets inside police car

    Officer fatally shoots man after he gets inside police car

    Sunday, May 21 2017 8:08 PM EDT2017-05-22 00:08:33 GMT

    A police officer in a small western Louisiana town fatally shot a man who managed to get into a police vehicle.

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    A police officer in a small western Louisiana town fatally shot a man who managed to get into a police vehicle.

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  • MusicMakers2U holds fourth annual fundraiser

    MusicMakers2U holds fourth annual fundraiser

    Sunday, May 21 2017 5:24 PM EDT2017-05-21 21:24:03 GMT

    MusicMakers2U, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing instruments to the youth of Southwest Louisiana, held its fourth annual concert fundraiser on Saturday afternoon.

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    MusicMakers2U - a non-profit organization dedicated to providing instruments to the youth of Southwest Louisiana - held its fourth annual concert fundraiser on Saturday afternoon.

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  • 15th annual NAMI walk brings out SWLA community

    15th annual NAMI walk brings out SWLA community

    Sunday, May 21 2017 12:31 PM EDT2017-05-21 16:31:04 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Early Saturday morning organizers kicked off the 15th annual NAMI walk with a ribbon cutting.  Around 400 walkers were out raising money and awareness for mental health here in Southwest Louisiana.  Executive director, Lolita Ceaser says Saturday's walk is all about helping to educate, advocate and support the community.  "Mental illness is just like another sickness," said Ceaser. "It's no different."  Ceaser says their goal is to r...

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    Early Saturday morning organizers kicked off the 15th annual NAMI walk with a ribbon cutting.  Around 400 walkers were out raising money and awareness for mental health here in Southwest Louisiana.  Executive director, Lolita Ceaser says Saturday's walk is all about helping to educate, advocate and support the community.  "Mental illness is just like another sickness," said Ceaser. "It's no different."  Ceaser says their goal is to r...

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  • Moss Bluff community welcomes home 7-year-old shooting victim

    Moss Bluff community welcomes home 7-year-old shooting victim

    Sunday, May 21 2017 11:16 AM EDT2017-05-21 15:16:56 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Moss Bluff Elementary student Gage Meche returned home from the hospital Saturday after being accidentally shot at school Monday.

    Family attorney Ron Richard gave an update, saying doctors were able to remove the bullet from his back during surgery on Friday. 

    The Moss Bluff community united to welcome home one of their own. 

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    Moss Bluff Elementary student Gage Meche returned home from the hospital Saturday after being accidentally shot at school Monday.

    Family attorney Ron Richard gave an update, saying doctors were able to remove the bullet from his back during surgery on Friday. 

    The Moss Bluff community united to welcome home one of their own. 

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  • Safe Sleep Baby Shower raises awareness about safe sleep for infants

    Safe Sleep Baby Shower raises awareness about safe sleep for infants

    Sunday, May 21 2017 11:05 AM EDT2017-05-21 15:05:54 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Losing a baby unexpectedly is a feeling no family wants to face, especially if it was something that could have been prevented.

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is something that happens to babies here in our area, and one local task group is helping families learn how to protect their babies from SIDS. 

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    Losing a baby unexpectedly is a feeling no family wants to face, especially if it was something that could have been prevented.

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is something that happens to babies here in our area, and one local task group is helping families learn how to protect their babies from SIDS. 

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  • Moss Bluff Elementary shooting victim will return home today, family spokesman says

    Moss Bluff Elementary shooting victim will return home today, family spokesman says

    Saturday, May 20 2017 2:59 PM EDT2017-05-20 18:59:43 GMT
    (Source: Family)(Source: Family)

    The Moss Bluff Elementary first-grader who was accidentally shot on Monday will return home Saturday afternoon after a successful surgery to remove the bullet that struck him, said family spokesman and attorney Ron Richard.

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    The Moss Bluff Elementary first-grader who was accidentally shot on Monday will return home Saturday afternoon after a successful surgery to remove the bullet that struck him, said family spokesman and attorney Ron Richard.

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  • Downtown at Sundown concert series kicks off in Lake Charles

    Downtown at Sundown concert series kicks off in Lake Charles

    Saturday, May 20 2017 10:13 AM EDT2017-05-20 14:13:40 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Over the next few weeks, when the sun goes down in Lake Charles, Ryan Street will come alive. The 2017 season of Downtown at Sundown kicked off Friday with The Kadillacs headlining. This marks the 19th annual Downtown at Sundown concert series and it's bringing hundreds to the streets. The atmosphere, the music, even the drinks are helping revive downtown and help the community thrive. "We have an ongoing working relationship with the Literacy Council," said May...

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    Over the next few weeks, when the sun goes down in Lake Charles, Ryan Street will come alive. The 2017 season of Downtown at Sundown kicked off Friday with The Kadillacs headlining. This marks the 19th annual Downtown at Sundown concert series and it's bringing hundreds to the streets. The atmosphere, the music, even the drinks are helping revive downtown and help the community thrive. "We have an ongoing working relationship with the Literacy Council," said May...

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  • Jeff Davis Parish police juror wants to end illegal trash dumping

    Jeff Davis Parish police juror wants to end illegal trash dumping

    Friday, May 19 2017 8:55 PM EDT2017-05-20 00:55:19 GMT

    A Jeff Davis Parish police juror is challenging his colleagues to help find a solution to an ongoing problem in the parish: the illegal dumping of trash on roads. 

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    A Jeff Davis Parish police juror is challenging his colleagues to help find a solution to an ongoing problem in the parish: the illegal dumping of trash on roads. 

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  • Veterans cemetery planned in Jennings

    Veterans cemetery planned in Jennings

    Friday, May 19 2017 8:17 PM EDT2017-05-20 00:17:05 GMT

    One way America honors its veterans is by offering them a final resting place in a veterans cemetery. Yet there is not one in Southwest Louisiana.  But efforts are underway to locate a veterans cemetery in Jennings. The Veterans Home in Jennings is considered one of the best, and there are plans to have a veterans cemetery on vacant land next to it.  Burial in a veterans cemetery, such as these in other areas of the state, is one way to extend dignity and  respect to t...

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    One way America honors its veterans is by offering them a final resting place in a veterans cemetery. Yet there is not one in Southwest Louisiana.  But efforts are underway to locate a veterans cemetery in Jennings. The Veterans Home in Jennings is considered one of the best, and there are plans to have a veterans cemetery on vacant land next to it.  Burial in a veterans cemetery, such as these in other areas of the state, is one way to extend dignity and  respect to t...

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  • "Christian's Cajun Adventures" - Crawfish Farming

    Friday, May 19 2017 8:00 PM EDT2017-05-20 00:00:40 GMT

    In the second installment of "Christian's Cajun Adventures," KPLC's Christian Piekos found himself in Roanoke learning how crawfish are caught. Christian spent time with Bert Tietje, a crawfish farmer of 22 years. Tietje spent time explaining how much work goes into catching one day's worth of crawfish; he even taught Christian how to drive a crawfish boat. So, we need your help! Send us your ideas for what Christian should try next. Send KPLC a message on Facebo...

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    In the second installment of "Christian's Cajun Adventures," KPLC's Christian Piekos found himself in Roanoke learning how crawfish are caught. Christian spent time with Bert Tietje, a crawfish farmer of 22 years. Tietje spent time explaining how much work goes into catching one day's worth of crawfish; he even taught Christian how to drive a crawfish boat. So, we need your help! Send us your ideas for what Christian should try next. Send KPLC a message on Facebo...

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  • Lake Arthur man charged with indecent behavior with juvenile

    Lake Arthur man charged with indecent behavior with juvenile

    Friday, May 19 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-05-19 23:33:53 GMT
    (Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Lake Arthur man was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile, according to the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office. 

    Sheriff’s deputies received a complaint on April 24 from the mother of a 13-year-old female, who said a man approached her daughter and asked her sexually-explicit questions while she was riding a golf cart with her cousin. 

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    A Lake Arthur man was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile, according to the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office. 

    Sheriff’s deputies received a complaint on April 24 from the mother of a 13-year-old female, who said a man approached her daughter and asked her sexually-explicit questions while she was riding a golf cart with her cousin. 

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  • Naked man arrested in woods, charged with obscenity, stalking

    Naked man arrested in woods, charged with obscenity, stalking

    Friday, May 19 2017 6:46 PM EDT2017-05-19 22:46:21 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Louisiana man has been arrested on charges of stalking and obscenity after authorities say they found him naked and masturbating in the woods.

    On May 17 at approximately 2 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a naked man in the wooded area of Jug Says Road in Moss Bluff, La., said Calcasieu Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kim Myers. 

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    A Louisiana man has been arrested on charges of stalking and obscenity after authorities say they found him naked and masturbating in the woods.

    On May 17 at approximately 2 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a naked man in the wooded area of Jug Says Road in Moss Bluff, La., said Calcasieu Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kim Myers. 

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  • BREAKING

    It's happened again: Vehicle crashes into Lake Charles home

    It's happened again: Vehicle crashes into Lake Charles home

    Friday, May 19 2017 5:54 PM EDT2017-05-19 21:54:19 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez / KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez / KPLC)

    A vehicle crashed into a home near the intersection of Cline and Malcolm streets around midday Friday. It's the third similar incident this week. A car crashed into a bedroom of a home. No one was home, although the driver of the vehicle has been transported to an area hospital, said Capt. Brian Kirkwood, with the Lake Charles Fire Department. The woman was in the car when firefighters arrived. She has been transported to a local hospital. Watch Candy Rodriguez's Facebook Live fr...

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    A vehicle crashed into a home near the intersection of Cline and Malcolm streets around midday Friday. It's the third similar incident this week. A car crashed into a bedroom of a home. No one was home, although the driver of the vehicle has been transported to an area hospital, said Capt. Brian Kirkwood, with the Lake Charles Fire Department. The woman was in the car when firefighters arrived. She has been transported to a local hospital. Watch Candy Rodriguez's Facebook Live fr...

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  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Friday, May 19 2017 12:59 PM EDT2017-05-19 16:59:18 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

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    The following is a list of road closures for Southwest Louisiana.

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  • Cats invade Puppy Cam! WATCH LIVE at 1 p.m.

    Cats invade Puppy Cam! WATCH LIVE at 1 p.m.

    Friday, May 19 2017 11:51 AM EDT2017-05-19 15:51:24 GMT

    The Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam returns at 1 p.m. Friday.

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    The Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam returns at 1 p.m. Friday.

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  • Freebie Friday: jelly tasting, Downtown at Sundown, train rides

    Freebie Friday: jelly tasting, Downtown at Sundown, train rides

    Friday, May 19 2017 11:08 AM EDT2017-05-19 15:08:45 GMT
    (Source: City of Lake Charles)(Source: City of Lake Charles)

    If you are looking for something to do with your family this weekend, we have you covered! From a Movie in the Square, to free train rides, and homemade mayhaw jelly tastings, you are sure to find something in this week's Freebie Friday.

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    If you are looking for something to do with your family this weekend, we have you covered! From a Movie in the Square, to free train rides, and homemade mayhaw jelly tastings, you are sure to find something in this week's Freebie Friday.

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  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis common in contact lens wearers

    Giant papillary conjunctivitis common in contact lens wearers

    Friday, May 19 2017 8:09 AM EDT2017-05-19 12:09:37 GMT
    Vision Source associate optometrist, Dr. Madison Wall-Hayes, says she is seeing more cases of giant papillary conjunctivitis, or GPC, which you can see on the inside of the upper eyelid. (Source: KPLC)Vision Source associate optometrist, Dr. Madison Wall-Hayes, says she is seeing more cases of giant papillary conjunctivitis, or GPC, which you can see on the inside of the upper eyelid. (Source: KPLC)

    If you wear contact lenses or suffer from seasonal allergies, you will want to pay special attention to this Healthcast. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains the irritating eye condition called giant papillary conjunctivitis. 

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    If you wear contact lenses or suffer from seasonal allergies, you will want to pay special attention to this Healthcast. KPLC's Britney Glaser explains the irritating eye condition called giant papillary conjunctivitis. 

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  • National Alliance on Mental Health hosts walk to end stigma of mental illness

    National Alliance on Mental Health hosts walk to end stigma of mental illness

    Friday, May 19 2017 7:58 AM EDT2017-05-19 11:58:02 GMT
    NAMI Walks 2016 (Source: KPLC)NAMI Walks 2016 (Source: KPLC)

    The National Alliance on Mental Health is working to end the stigma of mental health in Southwest Louisiana.

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    The National Alliance on Mental Health is working to end the stigma of mental health in Southwest Louisiana.

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  • SUNRISE KITCHEN: Meatball Pizza

    SUNRISE KITCHEN: Meatball Pizza

    Friday, May 19 2017 6:45 AM EDT2017-05-19 10:45:06 GMT
    (Source: wikipedia)(Source: wikipedia)

    Our friend, Cookie Hauser shares her recipe for meatball pizza. 

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    Our friend, Cookie Hauser shares her recipe for meatball pizza. 

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    State Police: LC woman struck and killed by hit-and-run driver

    State Police: LC woman struck and killed by hit-and-run driver

    Friday, May 19 2017 5:58 AM EDT2017-05-19 09:58:10 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Sgt. James Anderson with Troop D said the department responded to the scene at 9 p.m. on U.S. 90 near Manchester Road. 

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    Sgt. James Anderson with Troop D said the department responded to the scene at 9 p.m. on U.S. 90 near Manchester Road. 

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  • Is cybersecurity enough to stop modern-day hackers?

    Is cybersecurity enough to stop modern-day hackers?

    Friday, May 19 2017 12:15 AM EDT2017-05-19 04:15:38 GMT

    After a global cyberattack hit millions of computers in more than 150 countries, there's high demand for cybersecurity, and questions over whether there is any defense against modern hackers.

    It's a wake up call for world leaders and security experts – the ransomware attack that seized millions of computers and impacted thousands of companies.

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    After a global cyberattack hit millions of computers in more than 150 countries, there's high demand for cybersecurity, and questions over whether there is any defense against modern hackers.

    It's a wake up call for world leaders and security experts – the ransomware attack that seized millions of computers and impacted thousands of companies.

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  • Calcasieu student testifies he was penalized for opting out of state testing

    Calcasieu student testifies he was penalized for opting out of state testing

    Thursday, May 18 2017 11:25 PM EDT2017-05-19 03:25:13 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    At just 11 years old Conner Long testified in front the House Education Committee in support of a bill that would prohibit discrimination and penalties against students who opt out of state testing. End of the year state assessments are optional for students. While school systems encourage everyone to take the exams, parents do have the choice of whether their student tests or not.  One family feels their son was limited because he opted out, and Thursday they testifi...More >>
    At just 11 years old Conner Long testified in front the House Education Committee in support of a bill that would prohibit discrimination and penalties against students who opt out of state testing. End of the year state assessments are optional for students. While school systems encourage everyone to take the exams, parents do have the choice of whether their student tests or not.  One family feels their son was limited because he opted out, and Thursday they testifi...More >>
  • Westlake is getting a new sign

    Westlake is getting a new sign

    Thursday, May 18 2017 10:00 PM EDT2017-05-19 02:00:57 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    It's become an iconic symbol for the community of Westlake: the big green sign placed on an industrial pipe as you enter the city. 

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    It's become an iconic symbol for the community of Westlake: the big green sign placed on an industrial pipe as you enter the city. 

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  • Charles Mackey named interim District 5 police juror

    Charles Mackey named interim District 5 police juror

    Thursday, May 18 2017 9:00 PM EDT2017-05-19 01:00:55 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Police Jury)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Police Jury)

    The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has appointed Dr. Charles S. Mackey, D.D.S., as interim District 5 police juror.

    Mackey will fill the seat vacated by Nic Hunter, who officially resigned from the police jury after being elected mayor of Lake Charles.

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    The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has appointed Dr. Charles S. Mackey, D.D.S., as interim District 5 police juror.

    Mackey will fill the seat vacated by Nic Hunter, who officially resigned from the police jury after being elected mayor of Lake Charles.

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  • Major progress visible on permanent Veterans Clinic

    Major progress visible on permanent Veterans Clinic

    Thursday, May 18 2017 8:13 PM EDT2017-05-19 00:13:39 GMT

    It's the culmination of a lot of time, effort and paperwork extending from Lake Charles to Washington D.C. and one man who's been involved throughout is Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach who says it's gratifying to see it finally happening. "We've been talking about a VA clinic now for many, many years and to actually see it coming out of the ground and to see it taking form, taking shape, you see the patient rooms, see where the doctors are going to be, you know it's really g...

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    It's the culmination of a lot of time, effort and paperwork extending from Lake Charles to Washington D.C. and one man who's been involved throughout is Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach who says it's gratifying to see it finally happening. "We've been talking about a VA clinic now for many, many years and to actually see it coming out of the ground and to see it taking form, taking shape, you see the patient rooms, see where the doctors are going to be, you know it's really g...

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  • El Salvador man pleads guilty to illegally entering U.S. for sixth time

    El Salvador man pleads guilty to illegally entering U.S. for sixth time

    Thursday, May 18 2017 7:21 PM EDT2017-05-18 23:21:04 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    A man from El Salvador pleaded guilty to reentering the United States without permission for the sixth time, Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced today. Daniel Ernesto Viscarra-Lopez, 26, of El Salvador, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of illegal reentry of a removed alien. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter, said the U.S. Attorney's Office. According to the guilty plea, Viscarra...

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    A man from El Salvador pleaded guilty to reentering the United States without permission for the sixth time, Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced today. Daniel Ernesto Viscarra-Lopez, 26, of El Salvador, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of illegal reentry of a removed alien. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter, said the U.S. Attorney's Office. According to the guilty plea, Viscarra...

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  • Name changing of future Lake Charles road sparks debate

    Name changing of future Lake Charles road sparks debate

    Thursday, May 18 2017 6:16 PM EDT2017-05-18 22:16:24 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Cars driving on the section of West Prien Lake Road from the Holly Hill intersection to Nelson Road will soon be driving on Contraband Parkway. That's because the city council approved a name change for the area, but not without some vigorous debate. 

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    Cars driving on the section of West Prien Lake Road from the Holly Hill intersection to Nelson Road will soon be driving on Contraband Parkway. That's because the city council approved a name change for the area, but not without some vigorous debate. 

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  • BREAKING

    Father, son arrested in connection with accidental shooting at Moss Bluff Elementary

    Father, son arrested in connection with accidental shooting at Moss Bluff Elementary

    Thursday, May 18 2017 5:37 PM EDT2017-05-18 21:37:55 GMT
    Father, son charged in accidental shooting of first-grader. (Source: KPLC)Father, son charged in accidental shooting of first-grader. (Source: KPLC)

    Sheriff Tony Mancuso will hold a 2 p.m. news conference regarding the accidental shooting of a 7-year-old at Moss Bluff Elementary. KPLC will livestream the news conference on this page. Gage Meche, a first-grader, was accidentally shot in the abdomen when another student brought a gun to school. Gage underwent surgery in Lafayette Monday. His family released a photo of him in recovery Tuesday afternoon. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Sheriff Tony Mancuso will hold a 2 p.m. news conference regarding the accidental shooting of a 7-year-old at Moss Bluff Elementary. KPLC will livestream the news conference on this page. Gage Meche, a first-grader, was accidentally shot in the abdomen when another student brought a gun to school. Gage underwent surgery in Lafayette Monday. His family released a photo of him in recovery Tuesday afternoon. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • BREAKING

    Federal agents seen taking boxes from Harbor Hospice on Lake Street

    Federal agents seen taking boxes from Harbor Hospice on Lake Street

    Thursday, May 18 2017 2:18 PM EDT2017-05-18 18:18:38 GMT

    Federal agents were seen taking boxes of documents from a hospice in Lake Charles Thursday. Harbor Hospice on Lake Street is part of a group that has facilities in five states and four in Louisiana - Lake Charles, Oakdale, Lafayette and Alexandria. "All I can confirm is that there are federal activities involving an ongoing investigation," said Davilyn Walston, public information officer for the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney's Office. Office in Beaumont and Tex...

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    Federal agents were seen taking boxes of documents from a hospice in Lake Charles Thursday. Harbor Hospice on Lake Street is part of a group that has facilities in five states and four in Louisiana - Lake Charles, Oakdale, Lafayette and Alexandria. "All I can confirm is that there are federal activities involving an ongoing investigation," said Davilyn Walston, public information officer for the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney's Office. Office in Beaumont and Tex...

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  • Car drives into Market Basket at corner of Country Club and Lake Street

    Car drives into Market Basket at corner of Country Club and Lake Street

    Thursday, May 18 2017 1:10 PM EDT2017-05-18 17:10:10 GMT
    (Source: Kayla Courvell)(Source: Kayla Courvell)

    A woman drove her car through Market Basket just before 9 a.m. on the corner of Lake Street and Country Club Road.

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    A woman drove her car through Market Basket just before 9 a.m. on the corner of Lake Street and Country Club Road.

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  • TRAFFIC UPDATE: All lanes open on I-210 westbound at Lake Street

    TRAFFIC UPDATE: All lanes open on I-210 westbound at Lake Street

    Thursday, May 18 2017 8:19 AM EDT2017-05-18 12:19:55 GMT
    Accident on I-210 westbound at Lake Street (Source: Google maps)Accident on I-210 westbound at Lake Street (Source: Google maps)

    There is an accident on I-210 westbound at Lake Street. If possible, please find alternate routes. Unknown injuries reported. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    There is an accident on I-210 westbound at Lake Street. If possible, please find alternate routes. Unknown injuries reported. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • What's Going Around: sore throats

    What's Going Around: sore throats

    Thursday, May 18 2017 8:11 AM EDT2017-05-18 12:11:10 GMT
    Viral sore throats and strep throat are what's going around this week, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care. (Source: KPLC)Viral sore throats and strep throat are what's going around this week, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care. (Source: KPLC)

    If your throat is feeling sore or you are feeling pain swallowing, you might have what's going around this week. Viral sore throats and strep throat are the main culprits, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care.

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    If your throat is feeling sore or you are feeling pain swallowing, you might have what's going around this week. Viral sore throats and strep throat are the main culprits, according to Dr. Robert Anderson at Calcasieu Urgent Care.

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  • Luke Burnham's emotional graduation walk

    Luke Burnham's emotional graduation walk

    Thursday, May 18 2017 7:15 AM EDT2017-05-18 11:15:09 GMT
    A Moss Bluff teen who survived critical injuries after being hit by a car saw his dream to walk with his fellow classmates at graduation come true this week. (Source: James Burnham)A Moss Bluff teen who survived critical injuries after being hit by a car saw his dream to walk with his fellow classmates at graduation come true this week. (Source: James Burnham)

    A Moss Bluff teen who survived critical injuries after being hit by a car saw his dream to walk with his fellow classmates at graduation come true this week.

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    A Moss Bluff teen who survived critical injuries after being hit by a car saw his dream to walk with his fellow classmates at graduation come true this week.

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  • Hometown Hero: Claby Laviolet

    Hometown Hero: Claby Laviolet

    Thursday, May 18 2017 6:25 AM EDT2017-05-18 10:25:45 GMT
    Laviolet familyLaviolet family

    Claby Laviolet was drafted into the U.S. Army infantry, serving mainly in Europe during WWII.

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    Claby Laviolet was drafted into the U.S. Army infantry, serving mainly in Europe during WWII.

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  • BREAKING

    Vehicle crashes into Westlake home, no injuries

    Vehicle crashes into Westlake home, no injuries

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 9:52 PM EDT2017-05-18 01:52:57 GMT
    (Source: Christian Piekos / KPLC)(Source: Christian Piekos / KPLC)

    A truck has crashed into a home on Smith Ferry Road in Westlake. Thankfully, no one was injured, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. The vehicle went straight into a wall. The homeowner said he had just returned home from work when he heard a screech and a bang.

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    A truck has crashed into a home on Smith Ferry Road in Westlake. Thankfully, no one was injured, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. The vehicle went straight into a wall. The homeowner said he had just returned home from work when he heard a screech and a bang.

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  • $143 million Cameron Interstate Pipeline station dedicated

    $143 million Cameron Interstate Pipeline station dedicated

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-05-18 01:04:29 GMT

    Sempra LNG and Midstream officially unveiled its $143-million dollar pipeline expansion.  It's the line that will soon transport natural gas to the liquefaction project underway in Hackberry.  It's considered an asset to the local economy and plans to send gas around the world, The Cameron Interstate Pipeline Holbrook Compressor Station is located north of Sulphur at 1500 Holbrook Park Road.  The company and guests gathered to celebrate the expansion pr...

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    Sempra LNG and Midstream officially unveiled its $143-million dollar pipeline expansion.  It's the line that will soon transport natural gas to the liquefaction project underway in Hackberry.  It's considered an asset to the local economy and plans to send gas around the world, The Cameron Interstate Pipeline Holbrook Compressor Station is located north of Sulphur at 1500 Holbrook Park Road.  The company and guests gathered to celebrate the expansion pr...

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  • Boil advisory lifted for residents in Ragley

    Boil advisory lifted for residents in Ragley

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 4:58 PM EDT2017-05-17 20:58:30 GMT

    A boil advisory issued last week by Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish has been lifted. The advisory was for those residents located on South Pine Drive and Myrtle Street in Ragley and was issued on Wednesday, June 10th. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    A boil advisory issued last week by Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish has been lifted. The advisory was for those residents located on South Pine Drive and Myrtle Street in Ragley and was issued on Wednesday, June 10th. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Boil advisory lifted for some residents on Joe Miller Road

    Boil advisory lifted for some residents on Joe Miller Road

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 4:57 PM EDT2017-05-17 20:57:46 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)

    Water District 1 issued a boil advisory for some residents in the area, but lifted that advisory Wednesday afternoon.

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    Water District 1 issued a boil advisory for some residents in the area, but lifted that advisory Wednesday afternoon.

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  • Music Museum of SWLA concert fundraiser set for May 27

    Music Museum of SWLA concert fundraiser set for May 27

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 1:48 PM EDT2017-05-17 17:48:49 GMT
    (Source: Music Museum of Southwest Louisiana)(Source: Music Museum of Southwest Louisiana)

    The Music Museum of SWLA is hosting a special concert showcase fundraiser at Sloppy's Downtown in Lake Charles

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    The Music Museum of SWLA is hosting a special concert showcase fundraiser at Sloppy's Downtown in Lake Charles

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  • Legal Corner: I loaned a relative money, and he is now refusing to repay it. Can I get his pay garnished?

    Legal Corner: I loaned a relative money, and he is now refusing to repay it. Can I get his pay garnished?

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 12:02 PM EDT2017-05-17 16:02:36 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I was the beneficiary on my mother's bank account, and when she passed I was under the age of 18, so the money had not been touched. My aunt is just now giving me the bank information with amount that was in the account. I have gone to the bank, and they stated the money was sent to the state treasury and I would need to obtain a lawyer. Is there any other way I can go about getting the balance without hiring an attorney? An attorne...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I was the beneficiary on my mother's bank account, and when she passed I was under the age of 18, so the money had not been touched. My aunt is just now giving me the bank information with amount that was in the account. I have gone to the bank, and they stated the money was sent to the state treasury and I would need to obtain a lawyer. Is there any other way I can go about getting the balance without hiring an attorney? An attorne...More >>
  • Lake Charles to begin flushing city fire hydrants May 17

    Lake Charles to begin flushing city fire hydrants May 17

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 12:09 PM EDT2017-05-17 16:09:30 GMT
    (Source: Theresa Schmidt/KPLC)(Source: Theresa Schmidt/KPLC)

    The Lake Charles Fire Department will begin flushing fire hydrants beginning Wednesday, May 17 through Friday, June, 30.

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    The Lake Charles Fire Department will begin flushing fire hydrants beginning Wednesday, May 17 through Friday, June, 30.

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  • CPSO hosts Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run

    CPSO hosts Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 9:25 AM EDT2017-05-17 13:25:49 GMT
    Louisiana Torch Run (Source: Aaron Antoine/KPLC)Louisiana Torch Run (Source: Aaron Antoine/KPLC)

    The 2017 Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run will be held Wednesday, May 17 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

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    The 2017 Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run will be held Wednesday, May 17 at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

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  • Loaner Closet ready to lend medical equipment

    Loaner Closet ready to lend medical equipment

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 8:19 AM EDT2017-05-17 12:19:07 GMT
    The community Loaner Closet at the Southwest Louisiana Independence center is open to people in need of medical equipment and with gently-used items to donate. (Source: KPLC)The community Loaner Closet at the Southwest Louisiana Independence center is open to people in need of medical equipment and with gently-used items to donate. (Source: KPLC)

    From wheelchairs to walkers, hospital beds and crutches, medical equipment is something most of us will need one day or have already used. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's why the SLIC Loaner Closet exists. 
     

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    From wheelchairs to walkers, hospital beds and crutches, medical equipment is something most of us will need one day or have already used. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that's why the SLIC Loaner Closet exists. 
     

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  • Famous accordion now owned by Kinder family

    Famous accordion now owned by Kinder family

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 7:49 AM EDT2017-05-17 11:49:02 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    Musicians Steve Riley and Justin Manuel are playing with a piece of Cajun music history.  

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    Musicians Steve Riley and Justin Manuel are playing with a piece of Cajun music history.  

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  • Southwest Louisiana's Top 20 Restaurants announced

    Southwest Louisiana's Top 20 Restaurants announced

    Tuesday, May 16 2017 10:27 PM EDT2017-05-17 02:27:25 GMT

    The results are in for the Top 20 restaurants in Calcasieu Parish.

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    The results are in for the Top 20 restaurants in Calcasieu Parish.

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  • Mom to Many: 100 kids and counting

    Mom to Many: 100 kids and counting

    Friday, May 12 2017 8:03 AM EDT2017-05-12 12:03:57 GMT
    Easter Belizare visits with her former foster son, Andre Frank, in her Lake Charles home. (Source: KPLC)Easter Belizare visits with her former foster son, Andre Frank, in her Lake Charles home. (Source: KPLC)

    Mother's Day is Sunday and one Lake Charles mom will be the center of many people's celebrations! That's because she has mothered 100 boys and counting. KPLC's Britney Glaser introduces us to 82-year-old Easter Belizare.

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    Mother's Day is Sunday and one Lake Charles mom will be the center of many people's celebrations! That's because she has mothered 100 boys and counting. KPLC's Britney Glaser introduces us to 82-year-old Easter Belizare.

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  • Warning about animal bites after raccoon bites toddler

    Warning about animal bites after raccoon bites toddler

    Thursday, May 11 2017 8:09 AM EDT2017-05-11 12:09:34 GMT
    This is the time of year pediatricians are reporting more animal bites in children. (Source: KPLC)This is the time of year pediatricians are reporting more animal bites in children. (Source: KPLC)

    A warning about animal bites and your children after a local toddler was recently bitten by a raccoon. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a pediatrician about how best to treat animal bites.

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    A warning about animal bites and your children after a local toddler was recently bitten by a raccoon. KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to a pediatrician about how best to treat animal bites.

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  • Lake Charles man witnessed first test of hydrogen bomb

    Lake Charles man witnessed first test of hydrogen bomb

    Thursday, May 11 2017 5:33 AM EDT2017-05-11 09:33:01 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    A Lake Charles man who served in the Navy at the end of World War 2 later served during the early days of testing for the hydrogen bomb. Self was only 17 when he signed up with the U.S. Navy in the waning days of World War 2. It was May 1945.  Years later, during the Korean War, Marvin found himself in the Pacific observing the first test of a hydrogen bomb. "It was 1951. The Korean War was going on. We suspect Russia was spying on us."    Self was stationed ...

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    A Lake Charles man who served in the Navy at the end of World War 2 later served during the early days of testing for the hydrogen bomb. Self was only 17 when he signed up with the U.S. Navy in the waning days of World War 2. It was May 1945.  Years later, during the Korean War, Marvin found himself in the Pacific observing the first test of a hydrogen bomb. "It was 1951. The Korean War was going on. We suspect Russia was spying on us."    Self was stationed ...

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