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  • DeRidder Honorary Street dedication coming for hit and run victim

    DeRidder Honorary Street dedication coming for hit and run victim

    Sunday, June 25 2017 10:24 PM EDT2017-06-26 02:24:06 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    Last October Staff Sergeant Donisha Stroman was in Lake Charles when she was killed in a hit and run incident. The person who killed her still hasn't been found, but Donisha's family is working hard to make sure her memory lives on in the Southwest Louisiana community forever.  “I knew how much she loved this street," said Donisha's mother, Sandra McCoy. "Being an Army recruiter, she actually recruited on this street, she rode her little moped bike on this street...More >>
    Last October Staff Sergeant Donisha Stroman was in Lake Charles when she was killed in a hit and run incident. The person who killed her still hasn't been found, but Donisha's family is working hard to make sure her memory lives on in the Southwest Louisiana community forever.  “I knew how much she loved this street," said Donisha's mother, Sandra McCoy. "Being an Army recruiter, she actually recruited on this street, she rode her little moped bike on this street...More >>
  • Sci-Fi Saturday transports fans back in time

    Sci-Fi Saturday transports fans back in time

    Sunday, June 25 2017 9:55 AM EDT2017-06-25 13:55:52 GMT

    Sci-fi fans were transported back in time Saturday. The Mines Theatre in Sulphur hosted Sci-Fi Saturday, where people could come watch old Science fiction films in 3D, like "Robot Monster."

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    Sci-fi fans were transported back in time Saturday. The Mines Theatre in Sulphur hosted Sci-Fi Saturday, where people could come watch old Science fiction films in 3D, like "Robot Monster."

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  • Annual Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival hits the Civic Center

    Annual Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival hits the Civic Center

    Sunday, June 25 2017 9:49 AM EDT2017-06-25 13:49:51 GMT

    The annual Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival hit the Civic Center Saturday.

    Everyone of all ages came to enjoy savory tastes of gulf shrimp and smooth sounds of local jazz musicians.

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    The annual Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival hit the Civic Center Saturday.

    Everyone of all ages came to enjoy savory tastes of gulf shrimp and smooth sounds of local jazz musicians.

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  • Celebrate July 4 at Red, White, Blue and You

    Celebrate July 4 at Red, White, Blue and You

    Saturday, June 24 2017 1:39 PM EDT2017-06-24 17:39:55 GMT
    Fireworks over Lake Charles (Source: KPLC viewer)Fireworks over Lake Charles (Source: KPLC viewer)

    The City of Lake Charles has a full slate of Independence Day events planned for Tuesday, July 4, as part of the annual Red, White, Blue and You celebration.

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    The City of Lake Charles has a full slate of Independence Day events planned for Tuesday, July 4, as part of the annual Red, White, Blue and You celebration.

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  • Most Southwest Louisiana parishes see drop in graduation rates

    Most Southwest Louisiana parishes see drop in graduation rates

    Saturday, June 24 2017 10:07 AM EDT2017-06-24 14:07:23 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    The Louisiana Department of Education recently released district and school graduation outcomes for the class of 2016.

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    The Louisiana Department of Education recently released district and school graduation outcomes for the class of 2016.

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  • Garth Brooks world tour stops in Lafayette

    Garth Brooks world tour stops in Lafayette

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:04 PM EDT2017-06-24 03:04:05 GMT

    Country music star Garth Brooks continues his three-year world tour with his wife Trisha Yearwood tonight in Lafayette, the first of five shows in the city. 

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    Country music star Garth Brooks continues his three-year world tour with his wife Trisha Yearwood tonight in Lafayette, the first of five shows in the city. 

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  • Cawthorne murder trial abruptly recesses until Monday

    Cawthorne murder trial abruptly recesses until Monday

    Friday, June 23 2017 9:50 PM EDT2017-06-24 01:50:56 GMT

    The trial of Roderick Cawthorne Junior was abruptly recessed in the afternoon. That’s after the defense objected to a DNA expert for the state, who was to testify long distance via Skype. Cawthorne is charged with second degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of Charles Raymond Talen Senior. Talen was found dead in his Lake Arthur home February 21, 2015.  As in all such cases, an attempt was made to find evidence to be tested to determine who may ha...

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    The trial of Roderick Cawthorne Junior was abruptly recessed in the afternoon. That’s after the defense objected to a DNA expert for the state, who was to testify long distance via Skype. Cawthorne is charged with second degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of Charles Raymond Talen Senior. Talen was found dead in his Lake Arthur home February 21, 2015.  As in all such cases, an attempt was made to find evidence to be tested to determine who may ha...

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  • Fighting fire ants a battle in Southwest Louisiana

    Fighting fire ants a battle in Southwest Louisiana

    Friday, June 23 2017 8:12 PM EDT2017-06-24 00:12:52 GMT
    Source: PBSSource: PBS

    It's a war all too many of us have fought and likely lost at one point or another - dealing with fire ants. Jimmy Meaux, extension agent for the LSU Ag Center in Lake Charles, said fighting fire ants is a non-stop battle. "These big mounds you see are constantly moving," Meaux said. "They're here to stay in Southwest Louisiana." Meaux said one of the most effective ways to kill fire ants is with insecticide and bait. But if a neighborhood collectively has a...

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    It's a war all too many of us have fought and likely lost at one point or another - dealing with fire ants. Jimmy Meaux, extension agent for the LSU Ag Center in Lake Charles, said fighting fire ants is a non-stop battle. "These big mounds you see are constantly moving," Meaux said. "They're here to stay in Southwest Louisiana." Meaux said one of the most effective ways to kill fire ants is with insecticide and bait. But if a neighborhood collectively has a...

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  • Calcasieu program helps nonviolent offenders expunge records

    Calcasieu program helps nonviolent offenders expunge records

    Friday, June 23 2017 7:12 PM EDT2017-06-23 23:12:14 GMT
    (Source: RNN)(Source: RNN)

    A Calcasieu Parish initiative is aiming to give nonviolent offenders a second chance by expunging convictions and arrests made within the parish at a low cost. 

    It's called the "Fresh Start Initiative" and it's a collaborative effort between the DA's office, the Southwest Louisiana Law Center and other organizations. 

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    A Calcasieu Parish initiative is aiming to give nonviolent offenders a second chance by expunging convictions and arrests made within the parish at a low cost. 

    It's called the "Fresh Start Initiative" and it's a collaborative effort between the DA's office, the Southwest Louisiana Law Center and other organizations. 

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  • Zachary Bench sentenced to life for second-degree murder

    Zachary Bench sentenced to life for second-degree murder

    Friday, June 23 2017 5:43 PM EDT2017-06-23 21:43:31 GMT
    Zachary Bench (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Zachary Bench (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Zachary Bench was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder on Friday, said Patsy Dugas, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu District Attorney's Office.

    Bench was found guilty of the 2015 murder of Jody Barlow in March.

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    Zachary Bench was sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder on Friday, said Patsy Dugas, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu District Attorney's Office.

    Bench was found guilty of the 2015 murder of Jody Barlow in March.

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  • Two-vehicle accident on US 171 at Joe Miller Road

    Two-vehicle accident on US 171 at Joe Miller Road

    Friday, June 23 2017 3:34 PM EDT2017-06-23 19:34:11 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    State Police are responding to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 171 at Joe Miller Road, said Sgt. James Anderson, State Police spokesman. Injuries are unknown at this time, said Anderson. KPLC will have more information as it becomes available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    State Police are responding to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 171 at Joe Miller Road, said Sgt. James Anderson, State Police spokesman. Injuries are unknown at this time, said Anderson. KPLC will have more information as it becomes available. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Colorama comes to Historic City Hall

    Colorama comes to Historic City Hall

    Friday, June 23 2017 12:17 PM EDT2017-06-23 16:17:51 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    From the 1950's to the 1990's, Kodak displayed advertisements throughout Grand Central Station.

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    From the 1950's to the 1990's, Kodak displayed advertisements throughout Grand Central Station.

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  • PHOTOS: National Bring your Dog to Work Day

    PHOTOS: National Bring your Dog to Work Day

    Friday, June 23 2017 12:01 PM EDT2017-06-23 16:01:53 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    It's National Bring your Dog Work Day! Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    It's National Bring your Dog Work Day! Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Navy veteran now serving at LC Memorial Hospital

    Navy veteran now serving at LC Memorial Hospital

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:37 AM EDT2017-06-23 15:37:55 GMT
    Source: Danette NullSource: Danette Null

    A DeRidder native is now using the skills she learned in the military to help others here in Lake Charles.    

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    A DeRidder native is now using the skills she learned in the military to help others here in Lake Charles.    

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  • DA's Office to announce details of Fresh Start Program

    DA's Office to announce details of Fresh Start Program

    Friday, June 23 2017 6:36 AM EDT2017-06-23 10:36:10 GMT

    An expansion of a program where Calcasieu Parish residents can get non-violent crimes removed from employment background checks, called "Fresh Start II."

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    It's community-wide wide expungement collaborative that would involve hundreds of Calcasieu Parish residents. 

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  • Tropical Storm Cindy causes fallen trees in Lake Charles

    Tropical Storm Cindy causes fallen trees in Lake Charles

    Thursday, June 22 2017 8:22 PM EDT2017-06-23 00:22:12 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    "All of a sudden, I heard a roar almost like Chennault planes taking off out there." Those were the words of Ed Jones, a man who has been living in Lake Charles for 71 years. He remembers damage like this from only two occasions. "Hurricane Audrey and Hurricane Rita." He explains the scene as he explored the winds early this morning. "All of a sudden, a dead calm turned the winds from the South that just bent all these trees over and was just shaking them,...

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    "All of a sudden, I heard a roar almost like Chennault planes taking off out there." Those were the words of Ed Jones, a man who has been living in Lake Charles for 71 years. He remembers damage like this from only two occasions. "Hurricane Audrey and Hurricane Rita." He explains the scene as he explored the winds early this morning. "All of a sudden, a dead calm turned the winds from the South that just bent all these trees over and was just shaking them,...

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    LIVE BLOG: Cindy downgraded to tropical depression

    LIVE BLOG: Cindy downgraded to tropical depression

    Thursday, June 22 2017 5:47 PM EDT2017-06-22 21:47:23 GMT
    Cameron Parish Coastline (Source: KPLC)Cameron Parish Coastline (Source: KPLC)

    The 7StormTeam believes the center circulation of Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall between Holly Beach and Johnson Bayou in Cameron Parish at about 2 a.m. Official word will be coming out from the National Hurricane Center at about 4 a.m. Click HERE for more.

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    The 7StormTeam believes the center circulation of Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall between Holly Beach and Johnson Bayou in Cameron Parish at about 2 a.m. Official word will be coming out from the National Hurricane Center at about 4 a.m. Click HERE for more.

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  • Was that Jim Cantore in Lake Charles?

    Was that Jim Cantore in Lake Charles?

    Thursday, June 22 2017 5:26 PM EDT2017-06-22 21:26:03 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Weatherman Jim Cantore made his way to Lake Charles Wednesday night to cover Tropical Storm Cindy. Cindy came ashore near the Texas border, just west of Lake Charles. Cantore is known for following storms wherever they go. Getting #crushed in Lake Charles! #Cindy pic.twitter.com/zy4s3KjnNr — Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) June 21, 2017 Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    Weatherman Jim Cantore made his way to Lake Charles Wednesday night to cover Tropical Storm Cindy. Cindy came ashore near the Texas border, just west of Lake Charles. Cantore is known for following storms wherever they go. Getting #crushed in Lake Charles! #Cindy pic.twitter.com/zy4s3KjnNr — Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) June 21, 2017 Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: 7News at Noon will be one-hour long and begin at 11:30 a.m. today

    PROGRAMMING NOTE: 7News at Noon will be one-hour long and begin at 11:30 a.m. today

    Thursday, June 22 2017 12:29 PM EDT2017-06-22 16:29:34 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    KPLC's 7News at Noon will begin at 11:30 a.m. today and will last for an hour so that KPLC will be able to give extended coverage of Tropical Depression Cindy, which made landfall as a tropical storm around 2 a.m.

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    KPLC's 7News at Noon will begin at 11:30 a.m. today and will last for an hour so that KPLC will be able to give extended coverage of Tropical Depression Cindy, which made landfall as a tropical storm around 2 a.m.

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  • What's Going Around: dermatitis

    What's Going Around: dermatitis

    Thursday, June 22 2017 7:55 AM EDT2017-06-22 11:55:41 GMT
    Dermatitis, associated with poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)Dermatitis, associated with poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac is What's Going Around this week. (Source: KPLC)

    The strong winds associated with Tropical Storm Cindy likely have leaves or tree branches blown into your yard.  Before you start the clean-up process, you need to be vigilant against What's Going Around this week.

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    The strong winds associated with Tropical Storm Cindy likely have leaves or tree branches blown into your yard.  Before you start the clean-up process, you need to be vigilant against What's Going Around this week.

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  • Extended 7 News at Noon broadcast for Cindy coverage Thursday

    Extended 7 News at Noon broadcast for Cindy coverage Thursday

    Thursday, June 22 2017 3:17 AM EDT2017-06-22 07:17:03 GMT
    Agnes and Ben (Source: KPLC)Agnes and Ben (Source: KPLC)

    KPLC will air an extended broadcast of 7 News at Noon to include special coverage of Tropical Storm Cindy from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today.

    Be sure to join Agnes, Britney and Ben for the latest road and weather conditions. We'll also take you live to Cameron Parish to share the latest storm updates there.

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    KPLC will air an extended broadcast of 7 News at Noon to include special coverage of Tropical Storm Cindy from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today.

    Be sure to join Agnes, Britney and Ben for the latest road and weather conditions. We'll also take you live to Cameron Parish to share the latest storm updates there.

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  • Louisiana National Guard prepares for Tropical Storm Cindy

    Louisiana National Guard prepares for Tropical Storm Cindy

    Thursday, June 22 2017 12:14 AM EDT2017-06-22 04:14:22 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    The Louisiana National Guard has begun preparing for Tropical Storm Cindy all across the state.  They have sent out 100 high water vehicles and 33 boats across Louisiana, with some of those resources arriving in Lake Charles Wednesday.  Major Aaron Duplechin with the Lake Charles unit says that they have been preparing for situations like this.  Duplechin says they have brought in the majority of their full-time forces from around the state, and if things get more sev...

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    The Louisiana National Guard has begun preparing for Tropical Storm Cindy all across the state. They have sent out 100 high water vehicles and 33 boats across Louisiana, with some of those resources arriving in Lake Charles Wednesday.  Major Aaron Duplechin with the Lake Charles unit says that they have been preparing for situations like this.  Duplechin says they have brought in the majority of their full-time forces from around the state, and if things get more sev...

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  • Where to find updates on power outages during storm

    Where to find updates on power outages during storm

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-06-22 03:00:12 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Here is the following list of power companies with links to their outage maps and contact information.

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    Here is the following list of power companies with links to their outage maps and contact information.

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  • Cawthorne Jr. trial recessed until Friday due to bad weather

    Cawthorne Jr. trial recessed until Friday due to bad weather

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 10:03 PM EDT2017-06-22 02:03:51 GMT

    The jury heard from the co-defendant charged with murder as the trial of Roderick Cawthorne Jr. continues in State District Court in Jeff Davis Parish.

    Brett "Cowboy" Hebert testified how he and Cawthorne hid at Charles Talen's home - waiting for an opportunity to rob him. Hebert testified Cawthorne said he understood there was a half-million dollars inside the house.

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    The jury heard from the co-defendant charged with murder as the trial of Roderick Cawthorne Jr. continues in State District Court in Jeff Davis Parish.

    Brett "Cowboy" Hebert testified how he and Cawthorne hid at Charles Talen's home - waiting for an opportunity to rob him. Hebert testified Cawthorne said he understood there was a half-million dollars inside the house.

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  • Lake Charles Fire Department prepared for Cindy

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 9:19 PM EDT2017-06-22 01:19:46 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Fire Department)(Source: Lake Charles Fire Department)

    The storm is making its way from the coast towards Calcasieu Parish-- and Lake Charles is more than prepared. "We didn't just start preparing today, we started preparing when they named the storm 'cyclone three'," said Chief Keith Murray with the Lake Charles Fire Deparment. He says his men, all over the area, are more than ready. "Three days ago we started getting together our saws, getting everything gassed up, making sure we had extra flagging tape, we made s...

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    The storm is making its way from the coast towards Calcasieu Parish-- and Lake Charles is more than prepared. "We didn't just start preparing today, we started preparing when they named the storm 'cyclone three'," said Chief Keith Murray with the Lake Charles Fire Deparment. He says his men, all over the area, are more than ready. "Three days ago we started getting together our saws, getting everything gassed up, making sure we had extra flagging tape, we made s...

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  • I-210 exits at Ryan Street closed due to flooding

    I-210 exits at Ryan Street closed due to flooding

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 7:58 PM EDT2017-06-21 23:58:25 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is reporting major flooding on roadways in the Lake Charles area, said Director Dick Gremillion. 

    I-210 eastbound and westbound at the Ryan Street exit are closed due to flooding, said Gremillion.

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    The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is reporting major flooding on roadways in the Lake Charles area, said Director Dick Gremillion. 

    I-210 eastbound and westbound at the Ryan Street exit are closed due to flooding, said Gremillion.

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  • SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS - LCPD searching for suspect in bicycle theft

    SURVEILLANCE PHOTOS - LCPD searching for suspect in bicycle theft

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 4:38 PM EDT2017-06-21 20:38:07 GMT
    Burglary and theft in the 1300 block of Virginia Street in Lake Charles. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Burglary and theft in the 1300 block of Virginia Street in Lake Charles. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    The Lake Charles Police Department is seeking information on a daytime simple burglary and theft that was captured on video surveillance on June 6th, 2017 in the 1300 block of Virginia Street in Lake Charles. 

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    The Lake Charles Police Department is seeking information on a daytime simple burglary and theft that was captured on video surveillance on June 6th, 2017 in the 1300 block of Virginia Street in Lake Charles. 

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  • Sulphur man accused of having sexual contact with 8-year-old

    Sulphur man accused of having sexual contact with 8-year-old

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 4:35 PM EDT2017-06-21 20:35:28 GMT
    Cody Bertrand Senior (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Cody Bertrand Senior (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's office spokeswoman Kim Myers said on June 19, the office received a complaint regarding Cody I. Bertrand, Sr., 29, having sexual contact with an 8-year-old female family member. 

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    Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's office spokeswoman Kim Myers said on June 19, the office received a complaint regarding Cody I. Bertrand, Sr., 29, having sexual contact with an 8-year-old female family member. 

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  • SkyCam: View of Tropical Storm Cindy from the Cameron coast

    SkyCam: View of Tropical Storm Cindy from the Cameron coast

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 2:29 PM EDT2017-06-21 18:29:02 GMT
    (Source: KPLC SkyCam)(Source: KPLC SkyCam)

    Watch Tropical Storm Cindy roll into the Cameron coastline on KPLC's SkyCam: Cameron SkyCam Lake Charles SkyCam South Lake Charles SkyCam Westlake SkyCam DeRidder SkyCam Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Watch Tropical Storm Cindy roll into the Cameron coastline on KPLC's SkyCam: Cameron SkyCam Lake Charles SkyCam South Lake Charles SkyCam Westlake SkyCam DeRidder SkyCam Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Legal Corner: Can my unpaid medical bills lower my credit score?

    Legal Corner: Can my unpaid medical bills lower my credit score?

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 11:34 AM EDT2017-06-21 15:34:01 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Our family home is now in a flood zone. Our neighbor across the street flooded during Hurricane Ike, but we did not. Our neighbor who flooded is not in a flood zone. What can we do to lower our flood insurance cost & correct the elevation with our flood zone. It makes no sense! There are many ways property owners, businesses and communities may mitigate, or reduce, their flood risk and receive additional consideration to help re...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Our family home is now in a flood zone. Our neighbor across the street flooded during Hurricane Ike, but we did not. Our neighbor who flooded is not in a flood zone. What can we do to lower our flood insurance cost & correct the elevation with our flood zone. It makes no sense! There are many ways property owners, businesses and communities may mitigate, or reduce, their flood risk and receive additional consideration to help re...More >>
  • St. Jude Affiliate Clinic gives cancer care closer to home

    St. Jude Affiliate Clinic gives cancer care closer to home

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 8:34 AM EDT2017-06-21 12:34:16 GMT
    Six-year-old Hadlee Henry and her mom, Corren, await Hadlee's weekly chemo treatment at the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic in Baton Rouge. (Source: KPLC)Six-year-old Hadlee Henry and her mom, Corren, await Hadlee's weekly chemo treatment at the St. Jude Affiliate Clinic in Baton Rouge. (Source: KPLC)

    Pediatric cancer care closer to home: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is an eight-hour drive or plane ride away for families in Southwest Louisiana, but an affiliate clinic in Baton Rouge is offering a seamless transition in care.

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    Pediatric cancer care closer to home: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is an eight-hour drive or plane ride away for families in Southwest Louisiana, but an affiliate clinic in Baton Rouge is offering a seamless transition in care.

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  • Emergency declaration issued for Calcasieu Parish

    Emergency declaration issued for Calcasieu Parish

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 8:22 PM EDT2017-06-21 00:22:07 GMT
    Tropical Storm CindyTropical Storm Cindy

    The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has issued an Emergency Declaration ahead of Tropical Storm Cindy. 

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    The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury has issued an Emergency Declaration ahead of Tropical Storm Cindy. 

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  • Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

    Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 5:01 PM EDT2017-06-20 21:01:01 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

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    Sandbag locations in Southwest Louisiana

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  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Tuesday, June 20 2017 7:34 AM EDT2017-06-20 11:34:13 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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  • Dogs of all sizes on today's Puppy Cam! Join us at 1 p.m. for your puppy fix

    Dogs of all sizes on today's Puppy Cam! Join us at 1 p.m. for your puppy fix

    Friday, June 16 2017 1:55 PM EDT2017-06-16 17:55:42 GMT

    Dogs of all sizes will be on today's Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam.

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    Dogs of all sizes will be on today's Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam.

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  • Community garden in the works in North Lake Charles

    Community garden in the works in North Lake Charles

    Friday, June 16 2017 7:29 AM EDT2017-06-16 11:29:45 GMT
    Volunteers are working to get the ground tilled for the Mill St. community garden in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)Volunteers are working to get the ground tilled for the Mill St. community garden in Lake Charles. (Source: KPLC)

    Ground is being tilled on a big piece of property in North Lake Charles to bring the first of its kind community garden to the entire city. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports for it to be successful, lots of volunteers are needed to get involved!

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    Ground is being tilled on a big piece of property in North Lake Charles to bring the first of its kind community garden to the entire city. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports for it to be successful, lots of volunteers are needed to get involved!

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  • What's Going Around: staph infections

    What's Going Around: staph infections

    Thursday, June 15 2017 7:37 AM EDT2017-06-15 11:37:45 GMT
    Dr. Tim Haman, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital infectious disease physician, says he is seeing staph infections every day in the hospital and clinic setting. (Source: KPLC)Dr. Tim Haman, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital infectious disease physician, says he is seeing staph infections every day in the hospital and clinic setting. (Source: KPLC)

    One of the most common germs found on people's skin and in their noses is creeping into the body and causing infections. Staph infections are what's going around this week.

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    One of the most common germs found on people's skin and in their noses is creeping into the body and causing infections. Staph infections are what's going around this week.

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  • Hometown Hero: Michelle Hagerich served in Army Reserve for 31 years

    Hometown Hero: Michelle Hagerich served in Army Reserve for 31 years

    Thursday, June 15 2017 7:17 AM EDT2017-06-15 11:17:10 GMT
    Source: Michelle HagerichSource: Michelle Hagerich

    After 31 years of a career that involved serving during the wars in Iraq, a Moss Bluff Army reservist is retiring. 

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    After 31 years of a career that involved serving during the wars in Iraq, a Moss Bluff Army reservist is retiring. 

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  • Veterans Job Fair set for June 15

    Veterans Job Fair set for June 15

    Thursday, June 15 2017 5:01 AM EDT2017-06-15 09:01:54 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    Veteran job seekers should wear business attire and bring picture identification and several copies of their resume.

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    Veteran job seekers should wear business attire and bring picture identification and several copies of their resume.

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  • Legal Corner: Do I need a fishing license to go crabbing?

    Legal Corner: Do I need a fishing license to go crabbing?

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 11:12 AM EDT2017-06-14 15:12:11 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I live next door to a business in Calcasieu Parish. For as long as it’s been there, over 15 years, it had a wooden fence separating its property from ours. A few weeks ago, on a very windy day, a portion of the fence blew down into my yard. They did pick it up off my property a few days later. I spoke with the owner and he said he hoped to have it up in 2 days. It’s been 6-7 weeks now with nothing done or mention of it. I...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I live next door to a business in Calcasieu Parish. For as long as it’s been there, over 15 years, it had a wooden fence separating its property from ours. A few weeks ago, on a very windy day, a portion of the fence blew down into my yard. They did pick it up off my property a few days later. I spoke with the owner and he said he hoped to have it up in 2 days. It’s been 6-7 weeks now with nothing done or mention of it. I...More >>
  • New book looks into "Lost Lake Charles"

    New book looks into "Lost Lake Charles"

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 7:24 AM EDT2017-06-14 11:24:58 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    As the city of lake Charles celebrates 150 years, there's a new book shedding light on its history. 

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    As the city of lake Charles celebrates 150 years, there's a new book shedding light on its history. 

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  • C. diff vaccine trial fast-tracked by FDA

    C. diff vaccine trial fast-tracked by FDA

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 2:28 PM EDT2017-06-13 18:28:40 GMT
    A clinical trial is underway to develop a C. diff vaccine. (Source: Cdiffense)A clinical trial is underway to develop a C. diff vaccine. (Source: Cdiffense)

    A clinical trial for a C. diff vaccine has been fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration to get protection to people most at risk as quickly, and safely, as possible.

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    A clinical trial for a C. diff vaccine has been fast-tracked by the Food and Drug Administration to get protection to people most at risk as quickly, and safely, as possible.

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  • Chief Don Dixon's fun day

    Chief Don Dixon's fun day

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 8:42 PM EDT2017-06-14 00:42:55 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The rain didn't stop the fun at Chief Don Dixon's fun day.

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    The rain didn't stop the fun at Chief Don Dixon's fun day.

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  • LCPD annual Fun Day

    LCPD annual Fun Day

    Tuesday, June 13 2017 6:00 AM EDT2017-06-13 10:00:27 GMT
    (Source: Jason Rivera/KPLC)(Source: Jason Rivera/KPLC)

    The Lake Charles Police Department will hold its annual “Fun Day” event on Tuesday, June 13, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum.

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    The Lake Charles Police Department will hold its annual “Fun Day” event on Tuesday, June 13, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum.

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  • What's Going Around: Salmonella

    What's Going Around: Salmonella

    Wednesday, June 7 2017 8:55 AM EDT2017-06-07 12:55:23 GMT
    The CDC is currently investigating eight different Salmonella outbreaks in 47 states, connected to backyard chickens. (Source: CDC)The CDC is currently investigating eight different Salmonella outbreaks in 47 states, connected to backyard chickens. (Source: CDC)

    Nearly 400 people have been sickened in salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the CDC is investigating eight different outbreaks in 47 states, including Louisiana. 

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    Nearly 400 people have been sickened in salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard chickens. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the CDC is investigating eight different outbreaks in 47 states, including Louisiana. 

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  • Four spots open for Royal Family Kids Camp

    Four spots open for Royal Family Kids Camp

    Wednesday, June 7 2017 8:03 AM EDT2017-06-07 12:03:48 GMT
    Royal Family Kids Camp is set to happen for the first time in Southwest Louisiana in July. (Source: Royal Family KIds Camp)Royal Family Kids Camp is set to happen for the first time in Southwest Louisiana in July. (Source: Royal Family KIds Camp)

    A special sleep-away camp for children in foster care is happening in Beauregard Parish this summer. In this month's The New Family Tree, KPLC's Britney Glaser explains there are still several spots open for female campers between the ages of 6-12.

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    A special sleep-away camp for children in foster care is happening in Beauregard Parish this summer. In this month's The New Family Tree, KPLC's Britney Glaser explains there are still several spots open for female campers between the ages of 6-12.

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  • LC Community Band 'Catch-A-Concert' series every Monday in June

    LC Community Band 'Catch-A-Concert' series every Monday in June

    Monday, June 5 2017 9:48 AM EDT2017-06-05 13:48:00 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    The Lake Charles Community Band has set the Catch-A-Concert series for 7 p.m. every Monday in June. 

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    The Lake Charles Community Band has set the Catch-A-Concert series for 7 p.m. every Monday in June. 

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  • LC Free Summer Food Program

    LC Free Summer Food Program

    Monday, June 5 2017 6:35 AM EDT2017-06-05 10:35:11 GMT
    City of Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)City of Lake Charles (Source: KPLC)

    The program is also open to any person over 18 who has been determined by a state education agency or local public educational agency of a state to be mentally or physically handicapped and is enrolled in a public or private nonprofit school program, said Matt Young, city spokesman.

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    The program is also open to any person over 18 who has been determined by a state education agency or local public educational agency of a state to be mentally or physically handicapped and is enrolled in a public or private nonprofit school program, said Matt Young, city spokesman.

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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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