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  • Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Road closures in Southwest Louisiana

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 12:33 PM EDT2017-08-22 16:33:38 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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  • Gulf storm could impact our weather later this week

    Gulf storm could impact our weather later this week

    Gulf storm could impact our weather later this week

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 12:03 PM EDT2017-08-22 16:03:12 GMT
    Gulf SatelliteGulf Satellite

    The remnants of what was Tropical Storm Harvey looks to redevelop over the southern Gulf of Mexico over the next 48 hours, with a 70% chance of tropical formation by Thursday according to the National Hurricane Center. Confidence is low in the eventual track as of today with computer models now trending toward more of a Texas landfall as early as Friday afternoon. If the potential storm continues trending on a more northerly track and remains out over the warm Gulf...

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    The remnants of what was Tropical Storm Harvey looks to redevelop over the southern Gulf of Mexico over the next 48 hours, with a 70% chance of tropical formation by Thursday according to the National Hurricane Center. Confidence is low in the eventual track as of today with computer models now trending toward more of a Texas landfall as early as Friday afternoon. If the potential storm continues trending on a more northerly track and remains out over the warm Gulf...

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  • TRAFFIC: Stalled vehicle on I-10 WB at the bridge, left lane blocked

    TRAFFIC: Stalled vehicle on I-10 WB at the bridge, left lane blocked

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 8:28 AM EDT2017-08-22 12:28:54 GMT
    Stalled vehicle on I-10 westbound at the bridge. (Source: KPLC)Stalled vehicle on I-10 westbound at the bridge. (Source: KPLC)

    The left lane of I-10 westbound at Calcasieu River Bridge is blocked due to a stalled vehicle. If possible, please find alternate routes. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The left lane of I-10 westbound at Calcasieu River Bridge is blocked due to a stalled vehicle. If possible, please find alternate routes. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • DeQuincy Elementary students watch eclipse with special telescope

    DeQuincy Elementary students watch eclipse with special telescope

    Tuesday, August 22 2017 5:46 AM EDT2017-08-22 09:46:07 GMT

    While many people across the United States watched today's solar eclipse with special eclipse glasses, some students at DeQuincy Elementary had a different option.  Smiles were on many faces of the third graders at the school, who were able to view the solar eclipse through a special Dobsonian telescope. This was all thanks to a local amateur Astronomer, Blake Gaspard.  Gaspard heard the school was interested in safe activities for the eclipse so he off...

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    While many people across the United States watched today's solar eclipse with special eclipse glasses, some students at DeQuincy Elementary had a different option.  Smiles were on many faces of the third graders at the school, who were able to view the solar eclipse through a special Dobsonian telescope. This was all thanks to a local amateur Astronomer, Blake Gaspard.  Gaspard heard the school was interested in safe activities for the eclipse so he off...

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  • Viewing the eclipse around SWLA

    Viewing the eclipse around SWLA

    Monday, August 21 2017 9:41 PM EDT2017-08-22 01:41:38 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    We only saw around 70-percent coverage during the eclipse, but that didn't stop residents and students from getting hyped up about it. At Sam Houston High School, Sara Blankenship's Biology class shifted gears to learn about this major event, a total solar eclipse. The first time we've seen one across the US in a while and 9th grade students like Allison Hull and Ben Martin are excited. “I think it’s really cool because 99 years ago was the last total one which is what ...

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    We only saw around 70-percent coverage during the eclipse, but that didn't stop residents and students from getting hyped up about it. At Sam Houston High School, Sara Blankenship's Biology class shifted gears to learn about this major event, a total solar eclipse. The first time we've seen one across the US in a while and 9th grade students like Allison Hull and Ben Martin are excited. “I think it’s really cool because 99 years ago was the last total one which is what ...

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  • Police: Westlake man arrested for third time on child porn charges

    Police: Westlake man arrested for third time on child porn charges

    Monday, August 21 2017 9:35 PM EDT2017-08-22 01:35:37 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana State Police)(Source: Louisiana State Police)
    A Westlake man was arrested on child pornography charges for the third time, according to James Anderson spokesman for Louisiana State Police. Joshua J. Cupit, 35, was arrested after Troopers searched his residence is Westlake and found that Cupit had downloaded and shared videos of children being sexually abused, said Anderson.  Cupit is a registered sex offender in two other states for previous convictions related to child pornography. Troopers investigated further...More >>
    A Westlake man was arrested on child pornography charges for the third time, according to James Anderson spokesman for Louisiana State Police. Joshua J. Cupit, 35, was arrested after Troopers searched his residence is Westlake and found that Cupit had downloaded and shared videos of children being sexually abused, said Anderson.  Cupit is a registered sex offender in two other states for previous convictions related to child pornography. Troopers investigated further...More >>
  • BREAKING

    Texas man arrested in boating accident on Sabine that left 8-year-old dead

    Texas man arrested in boating accident on Sabine that left 8-year-old dead

    Monday, August 21 2017 7:37 PM EDT2017-08-21 23:37:39 GMT
    Eddie Dunwoody Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Eddie Dunwoody Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Texas man has been arrested in a boating accident on The Sabine River that left an 8-year-old boy dead. Wildlife and Fisheries agents say Eddie Dunwoody Jr., 35, has been booked on several charges including operating a vessel while intoxicated and reckless operation. Witnesses say Dunwoody was operating a bass boat with four people on board and three more children being towed on a tube behind the boat. They say he made a turn and the tube struck a bank. Damian Hain...

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    A Texas man has been arrested in a boating accident on The Sabine River that left an 8-year-old boy dead. Wildlife and Fisheries agents say Eddie Dunwoody Jr., 35, has been booked on several charges including operating a vessel while intoxicated and reckless operation. Witnesses say Dunwoody was operating a bass boat with four people on board and three more children being towed on a tube behind the boat. They say he made a turn and the tube struck a bank. Damian Hain...

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  • Old Spanish Trail reopening

    Old Spanish Trail reopening

    Monday, August 21 2017 7:04 PM EDT2017-08-21 23:04:04 GMT
    (Source: Google Maps)(Source: Google Maps)
    A portion of Old Spanish Trail will reopen tonight at 7:30 after closing for a water line repair, according to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. The section of Old Spanish Trail between Water Tower and Prater Roads will reopen.  The road was closed due to emergency maintenance on a water line.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
    A portion of Old Spanish Trail will reopen tonight at 7:30 after closing for a water line repair, according to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury. The section of Old Spanish Trail between Water Tower and Prater Roads will reopen.  The road was closed due to emergency maintenance on a water line.  Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.  More >>
  • Traffic light along US 171 and You Winn Road opens

    Traffic light along US 171 and You Winn Road opens

    Monday, August 21 2017 7:04 PM EDT2017-08-21 23:04:03 GMT
    (Source: Louisiana State Police)(Source: Louisiana State Police)
    The traffic light on You Winn Road is now on, according to James Anderson with the Louisiana State Police.  The light will be at the intersection of US 171 and You Winn Road in Moss Bluff. The light has been has been under construction since 2016. The light was installed for safety concerns and an increase in traffic accidents, for more information click HERE. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    The traffic light on You Winn Road is now on, according to James Anderson with the Louisiana State Police.  The light will be at the intersection of US 171 and You Winn Road in Moss Bluff. The light has been has been under construction since 2016. The light was installed for safety concerns and an increase in traffic accidents, for more information click HERE. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • TEAM COVERAGE: Wade reports on solar eclipse from Tennessee

    TEAM COVERAGE: Wade reports on solar eclipse from Tennessee

    Monday, August 21 2017 6:48 PM EDT2017-08-21 22:48:29 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The 2017 Solar Eclipse is just around the corner! While we won't get a total eclipse in our area, Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton is traveling to Tennessee, which is in the path of the total eclipse. He'll team up with Kaitlin Rust, who will be in Lake Charles, for complete coverage of Monday's event. Join us then, but in the meanwhile follow these links for more about the eclipse: SOLAR ECLIPSE: Interactive simulator shows what the eclipse will look like in your area SOLAR ECLI...

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    The 2017 Solar Eclipse is just around the corner! While we won't get a total eclipse in our area, Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton is traveling to Tennessee, which is in the path of the total eclipse. He'll team up with Kaitlin Rust, who will be in Lake Charles, for complete coverage of Monday's event. Join us then, but in the meanwhile follow these links for more about the eclipse: SOLAR ECLIPSE: Interactive simulator shows what the eclipse will look like in your area SOLAR ECLI...

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  • WATCH LIVE at 8 p.m.: President Donald Trump addresses nation on Afghan strategy

    WATCH LIVE at 8 p.m.: President Donald Trump addresses nation on Afghan strategy

    Monday, August 21 2017 5:46 PM EDT2017-08-21 21:46:59 GMT
    Donald Trump (Source: Wikipedia)Donald Trump (Source: Wikipedia)

    President Donald Trump is addressing the nation on the situation in Afghanistan. The President plans to outline a strategy that will help the U.S. declare victory after almost 16 years of war.  Mobile users click HERE for livestream. Trump has been reviewing war options with national security teams to determine the best position for the U.S. in Afghanistan. Military commanders in Afghanistan have made it clear that they want the U.S. Military to continue to help overseas. ...

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    President Donald Trump is addressing the nation on the situation in Afghanistan. The President plans to outline a strategy that will help the U.S. declare victory after almost 16 years of war.  Mobile users click HERE for livestream. Trump has been reviewing war options with national security teams to determine the best position for the U.S. in Afghanistan. Military commanders in Afghanistan have made it clear that they want the U.S. Military to continue to help overseas. ...

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  • Police units donated to Westlake Police Department

    Police units donated to Westlake Police Department

    Monday, August 21 2017 5:25 PM EDT2017-08-21 21:25:04 GMT
    (Source: Westlake Police Department)(Source: Westlake Police Department)

    The Westlake Police Department received several donations today. Two new police cars were donated by Phillips 66 and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.  The donation of traffic cones, strike pads, gloves, and portable breath testing kits, as well as recent felony and high-risk traffic stop training, was made possible by Mike Willis and the employees of United States Deputy Sheriff's Association. A police unit and trailer were also donated by Kent Trucking. Copyright 2017 KPLC....

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    The Westlake Police Department received several donations today. Two new police cars were donated by Phillips 66 and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.  The donation of traffic cones, strike pads, gloves, and portable breath testing kits, as well as recent felony and high-risk traffic stop training, was made possible by Mike Willis and the employees of United States Deputy Sheriff's Association. A police unit and trailer were also donated by Kent Trucking. Copyright 2017 KPLC....

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  • SLIDESHOW: Eclipse 2017

    SLIDESHOW: Eclipse 2017

    Monday, August 21 2017 5:22 PM EDT2017-08-21 21:22:05 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    Did you get any pictures of the solar eclipse Monday? We want to see your photos! Send your pictures to newmedia@kplctv.com Mobile users click HERE to see the slideshow. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Did you get any pictures of the solar eclipse Monday? We want to see your photos! Send your pictures to newmedia@kplctv.com Mobile users click HERE to see the slideshow. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • SOLAR ECLIPSE: Southwest Louisiana timeline

    SOLAR ECLIPSE: Southwest Louisiana timeline

    Monday, August 21 2017 1:59 PM EDT2017-08-21 17:59:57 GMT
    (Source: eclipsemega.movie.com)(Source: eclipsemega.movie.com)

    Monday's solar eclipse will begin at 11:50 a.m. in Lake Charles. Lake Charles is far outside the path of total eclipse, but will have 71.4 percent coverage at the peak time of 1:21 p.m. The solar eclipse in will happen around the same time in Southwest Louisiana's five parishes, although there are some slight variations. Click HERE and scroll to the Google interactive map to see exact times in your area. TAKE NOTE: Times on the map are coordinated universal time. Use the graph in t...

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    Monday's solar eclipse will begin at 11:50 a.m. in Lake Charles. Lake Charles is far outside the path of total eclipse, but will have 71.4 percent coverage at the peak time of 1:21 p.m. The solar eclipse in will happen around the same time in Southwest Louisiana's five parishes, although there are some slight variations. Click HERE and scroll to the Google interactive map to see exact times in your area. TAKE NOTE: Times on the map are coordinated universal time. Use the graph in t...

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  • Boy who saved mom, brother's life, given key to City of Sulphur

    Boy who saved mom, brother's life, given key to City of Sulphur

    Monday, August 21 2017 12:29 PM EDT2017-08-21 16:29:52 GMT
    Jayden Fontenot (Source: KPLC)Jayden Fontenot (Source: KPLC)

    If it weren’t for Jayden Fontenot, his baby brother and his mom wouldn't be here today. 

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    If it weren’t for Jayden Fontenot, his baby brother and his mom wouldn't be here today. 

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  • Scheduled power outage in Jeff Davis Parish on Aug. 24

    Scheduled power outage in Jeff Davis Parish on Aug. 24

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:28 AM EDT2017-08-21 15:28:55 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The outage will last approximately 3 hours due to scheduled maintenance. 

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    The outage will last approximately 3 hours due to scheduled maintenance. 

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  • How to view the solar eclipse without safety glasses

    How to view the solar eclipse without safety glasses

    Monday, August 21 2017 11:10 AM EDT2017-08-21 15:10:13 GMT

    The Solar Eclipse will be visible from Louisiana between the hours of 11:50 a.m. until 2:50 p.m.

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    The Solar Eclipse will be visible from Louisiana between the hours of 11:50 a.m. until 2:50 p.m. 

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  • BREAKING

    One child dead, another in stable condition after boating accident on Sabine River

    One child dead, another in stable condition after boating accident on Sabine River

    Sunday, August 20 2017 10:14 PM EDT2017-08-21 02:14:39 GMT
    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (Source: LDWF)Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (Source: LDWF)

    A single-vessel boating accident on the Sabine River near Niblett's Bluff Park Sunday evening has resulted in two children being seriously injured, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The injured children have been taken to the hospital, and one child is in critical condition, said Lt. Beau Robertson, LDWF spokesman.

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    A single-vessel boating accident on the Sabine River near Niblett's Bluff Park Sunday evening has resulted in two children being seriously injured, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The injured children have been taken to the hospital, and one child is in critical condition, said Lt. Beau Robertson, LDWF spokesman.

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  • Dog abandoned at local vet gets second chance

    Sunday, August 20 2017 8:16 PM EDT2017-08-21 00:16:58 GMT

    It's unfortunately more common than you would think: pet owners dropping their animals off at the vet and never picking them up. Most offices cannot take in these animals, so they just end up at the shelter.

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    It's unfortunately more common than you would think: pet owners dropping their animals off at the vet and never picking them up. Most offices cannot take in these animals, so they just end up at the shelter.

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  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Traffic light repair at Nelson Road/Prien Lake Road intersection

    TRAFFIC ALERT: Traffic light repair at Nelson Road/Prien Lake Road intersection

    Sunday, August 20 2017 3:46 PM EDT2017-08-20 19:46:40 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    As of 2:35 p.m. Sunday, the Lake Charles Police Department is advising drivers to avoid the area of the Nelson Road/Prien Lake Road intersection for the next 1.5 hours due to the DOTD working on non-functioning traffic lights. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    As of 2:35 p.m. Sunday, the Lake Charles Police Department is advising drivers to avoid the area of the Nelson Road/Prien Lake Road intersection for the next 1.5 hours due to the DOTD working on non-functioning traffic lights. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Eljay Foundation for Parkinson's Awareness annual conference held Saturday

    Eljay Foundation for Parkinson's Awareness annual conference held Saturday

    Sunday, August 20 2017 2:27 PM EDT2017-08-20 18:27:23 GMT
    Eljay Foundation for Parkinson's Awareness annual conference (Source: KPLC)Eljay Foundation for Parkinson's Awareness annual conference (Source: KPLC)

    Over a dozen people spent time at the Civic Center this weekend to learn more about combating Parkinson's disease. The Eljay Foundation for Parkinson's Awareness hosted its annual conference Saturday. Different organizations dedicated to those with Parkinson's came out to support the conference. A number of speakers also spoke with attendees.

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    Over a dozen people spent time at the Civic Center this weekend to learn more about combating Parkinson's disease. The Eljay Foundation for Parkinson's Awareness hosted its annual conference Saturday. Different organizations dedicated to those with Parkinson's came out to support the conference. A number of speakers also spoke with attendees.

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  • Eighth annual Arts & Crabs Fest held Saturday

    Eighth annual Arts & Crabs Fest held Saturday

    Sunday, August 20 2017 2:06 PM EDT2017-08-20 18:06:16 GMT
    8th annual Arts & Crabs Fest (Source: KPLC)8th annual Arts & Crabs Fest (Source: KPLC)

    The eighth annual Arts & Crabs Fest was held at the Burton Coliseum Saturday. The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA and the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted the event. The Coliseum was packed with live music and plenty of local art. Festival organizers say the festival is a great way to highlight the art of Southwest Louisiana. 

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    The eighth annual Arts & Crabs Fest was held at the Burton Coliseum Saturday. The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA and the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau hosted the event. The Coliseum was packed with live music and plenty of local art. Festival organizers say the festival is a great way to highlight the art of Southwest Louisiana. 

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  • Community helps Merryville family rebuild after house fire

    Community helps Merryville family rebuild after house fire

    Sunday, August 20 2017 9:50 AM EDT2017-08-20 13:50:25 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

     “I came out of the house, and I noticed Heath’s truck was parked sideways and I heard him screaming,”said Tommy Robberson.   “I just started beating and banging on the door, and I was about ready to give up and just kick it in and they woke up,” said Heath Singletary.   “We finally heard him knocking on the door, and he got us out just in time," said Darlton Calcote.  Now nearly two months later there's not muc...

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     “I came out of the house, and I noticed Heath’s truck was parked sideways and I heard him screaming,”said Tommy Robberson.   “I just started beating and banging on the door, and I was about ready to give up and just kick it in and they woke up,” said Heath Singletary.   “We finally heard him knocking on the door, and he got us out just in time," said Darlton Calcote.  Now nearly two months later there's not muc...

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  • Move-in day for McNeese students

    Move-in day for McNeese students

    Saturday, August 19 2017 9:23 AM EDT2017-08-19 13:23:31 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    It didn't look like it Friday afternoon, but over the last two days hundreds of students were moving into housing at McNeese State University.    Sophomore Jacoby Sam was one of the few on campus still unpacking a few things. “I brought my clothes, my laptop computer, bed and I still gotta get some stuff," said Sam.  But even though this isn’t Sam’s first rodeo with college, he’s still pretty nervous about living with complete strang...

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    It didn't look like it Friday afternoon, but over the last two days hundreds of students were moving into housing at McNeese State University.    Sophomore Jacoby Sam was one of the few on campus still unpacking a few things. “I brought my clothes, my laptop computer, bed and I still gotta get some stuff," said Sam.  But even though this isn’t Sam’s first rodeo with college, he’s still pretty nervous about living with complete strang...

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  • SOLAR ECLIPSE: Do's and Don'ts

    SOLAR ECLIPSE: Do's and Don'ts

    Friday, August 18 2017 8:35 PM EDT2017-08-19 00:35:29 GMT
    (Source: Wikipedia)(Source: Wikipedia)

    The Solar Eclipse that's been flooding your timelines, news feeds, and literally, almost every conversation you hear is less than a week away. If you plan on watching this natural phenomenon here is a list of some do's and don'ts for the 2017 Solar Eclipse provided by NASA: Do's: ALWAYS use your solar filters or "Eclipse Glasses" for viewing a partially eclipsed sun. Check your eclipse glasses for damage. (i.e. Scratches, holes, rips, tears, etc.) Keep an eye...

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    The Solar Eclipse that's been flooding your timelines, news feeds, and literally, almost every conversation you hear is less than a week away. If you plan on watching this natural phenomenon here is a list of some do's and don'ts for the 2017 Solar Eclipse provided by NASA: Do's: ALWAYS use your solar filters or "Eclipse Glasses" for viewing a partially eclipsed sun. Check your eclipse glasses for damage. (i.e. Scratches, holes, rips, tears, etc.) Keep an eye...

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  • SOLAR ECLIPSE: Interactive simulator shows what the eclipse will look like in your area

    SOLAR ECLIPSE: Interactive simulator shows what the eclipse will look like in your area

    Friday, August 18 2017 8:34 PM EDT2017-08-19 00:34:30 GMT
    (Source: eclipsemega.movie.com)(Source: eclipsemega.movie.com)

    Want to know exact specifics of Monday's Solar Eclipse in your area? Google Maps has teamed with the University of California-Berkley to build a graphic that shows what your area will look like during Monday's eclipse. You can also check out a Solar Eclipse timeline in Southwest Louisiana HERE. Click on the photo to access the graphic.   Vox has built a similar simulator. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Want to know exact specifics of Monday's Solar Eclipse in your area? Google Maps has teamed with the University of California-Berkley to build a graphic that shows what your area will look like during Monday's eclipse. You can also check out a Solar Eclipse timeline in Southwest Louisiana HERE. Click on the photo to access the graphic.   Vox has built a similar simulator. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Four lawsuits filed against Welsh Alderman Perry

    Four lawsuits filed against Welsh Alderman Perry

    Friday, August 18 2017 8:06 PM EDT2017-08-19 00:06:36 GMT

    In the Town of Welsh, there seems to be constant discord between longtime city officials and a new, young alderman: Colby Perry. There's a recall petition underway against Perry, and just this week one was started against Mayor Carolyn Louviere. Now four lawsuits have been filed against Perry. The plaintiffs are Louviere, two of her children and Police Chief Marcus Crochet.

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    In the Town of Welsh, there seems to be constant discord between longtime city officials and a new, young alderman: Colby Perry. There's a recall petition underway against Perry, and just this week one was started against Mayor Carolyn Louviere. Now four lawsuits have been filed against Perry. The plaintiffs are Louviere, two of her children and Police Chief Marcus Crochet.

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  • Sulphur PD hosting Safe Sleep Baby Shower

    Sulphur PD hosting Safe Sleep Baby Shower

    Friday, August 18 2017 6:58 PM EDT2017-08-18 22:58:06 GMT

    Louisiana has one of the highest rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS, according to the Office of Public Heath. 

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    Louisiana has one of the highest rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS, according to the Office of Public Heath. 

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  • Bonds awarded to Calcasieu and Vernon for improvement projects

    Bonds awarded to Calcasieu and Vernon for improvement projects

    Friday, August 18 2017 6:12 PM EDT2017-08-18 22:12:21 GMT
    (Source: State of Louisiana)(Source: State of Louisiana)

    The State Bond Commission has awarded Calcasieu and Vernon parishes millions of dollars for public improvement projects, State Treasurer Ron Henson announced Friday. The commission approved $290.7 million for projects statewide during its August meeting, according to Henson's office.

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    The State Bond Commission has awarded Calcasieu and Vernon parishes millions of dollars for public improvement projects, State Treasurer Ron Henson announced Friday. The commission approved $290.7 million for projects statewide during its August meeting, according to Henson's office.

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  • How does the weather impact your mood?

    How does the weather impact your mood?

    Friday, August 18 2017 5:49 PM EDT2017-08-18 21:49:37 GMT
    (Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)(Source: Candy Rodriguez/KPLC)

    Melissa Gregory spends her sunny days outdoors feeding ducks near the Lake Charles Veterans Memorial Park. "It's perfect conditions," said Gregory about the sunny day because it helps her relax and get rid of stress, but lately with all the rain she's been feeling stressed. "I feel kind of cooped up and I feel like I can't go outside, and I have to hide under the roof or stay in the house or hide under the umbrella," she said. 

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    Melissa Gregory spends her sunny days outdoors feeding ducks near the Lake Charles Veterans Memorial Park. "It's perfect conditions," said Gregory about the sunny day because it helps her relax and get rid of stress, but lately with all the rain she's been feeling stressed. "I feel kind of cooped up and I feel like I can't go outside, and I have to hide under the roof or stay in the house or hide under the umbrella," she said. 

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  • UPDATE: Arrest made in connection with Oakdale church burglaries

    UPDATE: Arrest made in connection with Oakdale church burglaries

    Friday, August 18 2017 4:02 PM EDT2017-08-18 20:02:47 GMT
    Justin Townley (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)Justin Townley (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)

    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in connection with the recent church burglaries in Oakdale, Sheriff Doug Hebert said Friday. Last week someone burglarized Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cross Memorial Methodist Church and First Baptist Church, making off with property including sound equipment and musical instruments.

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    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in connection with the recent church burglaries in Oakdale, Sheriff Doug Hebert said Friday. Last week someone burglarized Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cross Memorial Methodist Church and First Baptist Church, making off with property including sound equipment and musical instruments.

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  • BREAKING

    Suspect in Sulphur drive-by shootings arrested

    Suspect in Sulphur drive-by shootings arrested

    Friday, August 18 2017 2:48 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:48:37 GMT
    Ramiro Barrera (Source: Sulphur Police Department)Ramiro Barrera (Source: Sulphur Police Department)

    The Sulphur Police Department has arrested a suspect in a pair of drive-by shootings that occurred Tuesday, Aug. 15. On Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the area of 1030 Mildred St., as well as the 400 block of North Claiborne Street, in reference to shots fired, said Mel Estess, Sulphur Police spokesman.

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    The Sulphur Police Department has arrested a suspect in a pair of drive-by shootings that occurred Tuesday, Aug. 15. On Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the area of 1030 Mildred St., as well as the 400 block of North Claiborne Street, in reference to shots fired, said Mel Estess, Sulphur Police spokesman.

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  • Elizabeth boil advisory lifted

    Elizabeth boil advisory lifted

    Friday, August 18 2017 12:22 PM EDT2017-08-18 16:22:38 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The water boil advisory for the Village of Elizabeth has been lifted, city officials announced Friday morning. The advisory had been issued by the city on Wednesday. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The water boil advisory for the Village of Elizabeth has been lifted, city officials announced Friday morning. The advisory had been issued by the city on Wednesday. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • BREAKING

    Judge denies motion for continuance in Daigle trial

    Judge denies motion for continuance in Daigle trial

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:51 AM EDT2017-08-18 15:51:46 GMT
    Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Kevin Daigle (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    A judge in state district court has denied a motion for a continuance for Kevin Daigle's first-degree murder trial. Daigle is facing the death penalty if convicted in the shooting death of Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent. Daigle's defense team asked for the continuance after his lead attorney, David Price, died on July 27. Daigle is set for trial on Sept. 18. Daigle is accused of shooting Vincent to death during a traffic stop in August 2015. In denying the continuance, Jud...

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    A judge in state district court has denied a motion for a continuance for Kevin Daigle's first-degree murder trial. Daigle is facing the death penalty if convicted in the shooting death of Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent. Daigle's defense team asked for the continuance after his lead attorney, David Price, died on July 27. Daigle is set for trial on Sept. 18. Daigle is accused of shooting Vincent to death during a traffic stop in August 2015. In denying the continuance, Jud...

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  • Lake Charles Beach Sweep planned for Sept. 16

    Lake Charles Beach Sweep planned for Sept. 16

    Friday, August 18 2017 8:50 AM EDT2017-08-18 12:50:59 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Beach Sweep and Inland Waterway Cleanup will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. 

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    The Beach Sweep and Inland Waterway Cleanup will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 16. 

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  • Parents frustrated with back to school traffic on Nelson Road

    Parents frustrated with back to school traffic on Nelson Road

    Friday, August 18 2017 12:15 AM EDT2017-08-18 04:15:29 GMT
    (Source: www.gator995.com)(Source: www.gator995.com)

    It's a major headache Prien Lake Elementary parents have been dealing with for the past three days--traffic.  The new access road that Calcasieu Parish Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus says is finally finished was suppose to help fix that problem, but some parents are still struggling with the traffic.  Even if it's only an inch, parent Amy Jackson was excited just to be moving.   "Last year I was safe by leaving my job downtown by... 2:30," said Jac...

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    It's a major headache Prien Lake Elementary parents have been dealing with for the past three days--traffic.  The new access road that Calcasieu Parish Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus says is finally finished was suppose to help fix that problem, but some parents are still struggling with the traffic.  Even if it's only an inch, parent Amy Jackson was excited just to be moving.   "Last year I was safe by leaving my job downtown by... 2:30," said Jac...

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  • I Wanna Know: Why don't they cut the grass?

    I Wanna Know: Why don't they cut the grass?

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:01 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:01:31 GMT

    High grass and weeds can be hiding places for pests like rodents and snakes, and they can breed mosquitoes. That's why Lake Charles resident Raymond LeDay wants to know why billion-dollar company Entergy doesn't cut its grass. The Southeast corner of Highway 171 and Fitzenreiter Road is a large tract of land. Much, if not most of it, is owned by Entergy.

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    High grass and weeds can be hiding places for pests like rodents and snakes, and they can breed mosquitoes. That's why Lake Charles resident Raymond LeDay wants to know why billion-dollar company Entergy doesn't cut its grass. The Southeast corner of Highway 171 and Fitzenreiter Road is a large tract of land. Much, if not most of it, is owned by Entergy.

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  • Music collector remembers the day Elvis died 40 years ago

    Music collector remembers the day Elvis died 40 years ago

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:16 PM EDT2017-08-18 00:16:26 GMT

    It may not be the largest collection of Elvis recordings in the world, but it's certainly one Gary Doucet is proud of. 

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    It may not be the largest collection of Elvis recordings in the world, but it's certainly one Gary Doucet is proud of. 

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  • Group of solicitors may be scamming Calcasieu residents

    Group of solicitors may be scamming Calcasieu residents

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:15 PM EDT2017-08-18 00:15:29 GMT
    (SOURCE: FACEBOOK)(SOURCE: FACEBOOK)

    Residents all over Calcasieu Parish are starting to catch on to a group of people who collect money at busy intersections. It's all over Facebook: questions about a group of men wearing safety vests and collecting money. You can find them at the intersection of Prien Lake Road and Highway 14 in Lake Charles, Beglis Parkway and Highway 90 in Sulphur, and most notably, Highway 171 and 378 in Moss Bluff.

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    Residents all over Calcasieu Parish are starting to catch on to a group of people who collect money at busy intersections. It's all over Facebook: questions about a group of men wearing safety vests and collecting money. You can find them at the intersection of Prien Lake Road and Highway 14 in Lake Charles, Beglis Parkway and Highway 90 in Sulphur, and most notably, Highway 171 and 378 in Moss Bluff.

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  • Plans announced for Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Plans announced for Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration

    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:24 PM EDT2017-08-17 23:24:10 GMT
    Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration (Source: City of Lake Charles)Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Celebration (Source: City of Lake Charles)

    The City of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Planning Committee has announced plans for its fall Sesquicentennial Celebration Kick-off to be held Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 2017. On Friday, September 29, from 5-9 p.m., an exhibit opening will be held at 1911 Historic City Hall (1001 Ryan Street). The exhibit, titled 150 Years of Lake Charles, is a 16-panel, multimedia display that covers the storied history of Lake Charles from its early years through present day....

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    The City of Lake Charles Sesquicentennial Planning Committee has announced plans for its fall Sesquicentennial Celebration Kick-off to be held Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 2017. On Friday, September 29, from 5-9 p.m., an exhibit opening will be held at 1911 Historic City Hall (1001 Ryan Street). The exhibit, titled 150 Years of Lake Charles, is a 16-panel, multimedia display that covers the storied history of Lake Charles from its early years through present day....

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    Sheriff's Office: One arrested in Allen Parish shooting

    Sheriff's Office: One arrested in Allen Parish shooting

    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:16 PM EDT2017-08-17 23:16:54 GMT
    Lawrence Soileau Jr. (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)Lawrence Soileau Jr. (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A man is jailed today after a shooting in Allen Parish this morning, according to the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office website. Lawrence Soileau Jr. was arrested and charged with aggravated second-degree battery and aggravated assault with a firearm.

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    A man is jailed today after a shooting in Allen Parish this morning, according to the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office website. Lawrence Soileau Jr. was arrested and charged with aggravated second-degree battery and aggravated assault with a firearm.

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  • Sheriff's Office: Calcasieu teacher arrested for videoing female students

    Sheriff's Office: Calcasieu teacher arrested for videoing female students

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:54 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:54:36 GMT
    (Vernon Benoit Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Vernon Benoit Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Calcasieu Parish high school teacher was arrested for videoing female students at football games, inside the mall, and in his classroom.  Vernon S. Benoit, 46, of Welsh, is charged with video voyeurism 

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    A Calcasieu Parish high school teacher was arrested for videoing female students at football games, inside the mall, and in his classroom.  Vernon S. Benoit, 46, of Welsh, is charged with video voyeurism 

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  • Tropical Storm Harvey forms near Barbados, but poses no threat to SWLA at this time

    Tropical Storm Harvey forms near Barbados, but poses no threat to SWLA at this time

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:50 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:50:11 GMT
    Tropical Storm HarveyTropical Storm Harvey

    The eighth named tropical storm of the season forms just east of the Lesser Antilles.  Tropical Storm Harvey is located about 200 miles east of Barbados at 13.0 north, 55.8 west.  Harvey has winds of 40 mph and is likely to strengthen.  Harvey is moving west and will move through the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea Friday...

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    The eighth named tropical storm of the season forms just east of the Lesser Antilles.  Tropical Storm Harvey is located about 200 miles east of Barbados at 13.0 north, 55.8 west.  Harvey has winds of 40 mph and is likely to strengthen.  Harvey is moving west and will move through the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea Friday...

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  • Boil advisory issued for parts of Beauregard Parish

    Boil advisory issued for parts of Beauregard Parish

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:47 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:47:30 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish has issued a boil advisory for customers located on the following roads in the Ragley area: Hunt Road, Gimnick Road, Pascal LeBleu Road, Bill LeBleu Road, George Smart Road, Ray Sanders Road, Elroy Sittig Road, Craft Road, Sophie Craft Road, Atwood Daniels Road, and Louis Burnett Road. For any further questions, please call 337-725-3000.

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    Waterworks District 3 of Beauregard Parish has issued a boil advisory for customers located on the following roads in the Ragley area: Hunt Road, Gimnick Road, Pascal LeBleu Road, Bill LeBleu Road, George Smart Road, Ray Sanders Road, Elroy Sittig Road, Craft Road, Sophie Craft Road, Atwood Daniels Road, and Louis Burnett Road. For any further questions, please call 337-725-3000.

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  • Indictment returned against man accused of beating woman unconscious

    Indictment returned against man accused of beating woman unconscious

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:40 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:40:48 GMT
    John Hodge Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)John Hodge Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A Sulphur man has been indicted for allegedly beating a woman until she was unconscious, then beating her again after she regained consciousness.  John R. Hodge Jr., 19, was indicted on one count of attempted second-degree murder. He is accused of "forcefully and repeatedly" choking, punching, and slamming the victims head into a concrete roadway with the intent to kill the victim.  Read the original story HERE: Sheriff: Man arrested after beating woman unco...

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    A Sulphur man has been indicted for allegedly beating a woman until she was unconscious, then beating her again after she regained consciousness.  John R. Hodge Jr., 19, was indicted on one count of attempted second-degree murder. He is accused of "forcefully and repeatedly" choking, punching, and slamming the victims head into a concrete roadway with the intent to kill the victim.  Read the original story HERE: Sheriff: Man arrested after beating woman unco...

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  • CPSO: Sex offender charged with indecent behavior with juvenile

    CPSO: Sex offender charged with indecent behavior with juvenile

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:36 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:36:32 GMT
    Otis R. Jackson (Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Otis R. Jackson (Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    A registered sex offender has been charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile and failure to register as a sex offender, authorities say. In July the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Otis R. Jackson, 49, of Westlake, inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl, who was a family member, said Kim Myers, CPSO spokeswoman. 

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    A registered sex offender has been charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile and failure to register as a sex offender, authorities say. In July the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Otis R. Jackson, 49, of Westlake, inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl, who was a family member, said Kim Myers, CPSO spokeswoman. 

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  • Suspects indicted in shooting of local attorney

    Suspects indicted in shooting of local attorney

    Thursday, August 17 2017 3:21 PM EDT2017-08-17 19:21:39 GMT
    Kenneth M. Pattum and Robert J. Handy (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)Kenneth M. Pattum and Robert J. Handy (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

    Suspects in the shooting of local attorney Jonathan Brown were indicted by a grand jury Thursday. Robert J. Handy and Kenneth  M. Pattum were indicted on charges in connection with the shooting of Brown in Iowa in May 2017, said Patsy Dugas, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu District Attorney's Office. 

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    Suspects in the shooting of local attorney Jonathan Brown were indicted by a grand jury Thursday. Robert J. Handy and Kenneth  M. Pattum were indicted on charges in connection with the shooting of Brown in Iowa in May 2017, said Patsy Dugas, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu District Attorney's Office. 

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  • Trash pickup rescheduled for Sulphur

    Trash pickup rescheduled for Sulphur

    Thursday, August 17 2017 2:22 PM EDT2017-08-17 18:22:55 GMT
    (Source: Progressive Waste)(Source: Progressive Waste)

    Trash pickup has been rescheduled in Sulphur this week for Progressive customers, the City of Sulphur has announced.  The pickup schedule may be delayed up to a day and a half through Saturday, Aug.19. Trash pickup normally scheduled for Wednesday may be picked up on Thursday. Pickup normally scheduled for Thursday may be picked up Friday. Pickup normally scheduled for Friday may be picked up Saturday. Residents are advised to still place their trash out on their schedule...

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    Trash pickup has been rescheduled in Sulphur this week for Progressive customers, the City of Sulphur has announced.  The pickup schedule may be delayed up to a day and a half through Saturday, Aug.19. Trash pickup normally scheduled for Wednesday may be picked up on Thursday. Pickup normally scheduled for Thursday may be picked up Friday. Pickup normally scheduled for Friday may be picked up Saturday. Residents are advised to still place their trash out on their schedule...

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  • Doll maker donates her work to Oasis Women's Shelter

    Doll maker donates her work to Oasis Women's Shelter

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:17 AM EDT2017-08-17 12:17:10 GMT

    Children staying at the Oasis Women's Shelter will be getting a gift from a former Sweetlake resident in the coming days. Jeanne LaVergne is putting the final touches on some 50 dolls she's made at her new home at Tower Oaks Apartments. The 75-year-old Sweetlake native wanted to do something for children at the local women's shelter. "When my husband died in September of 2015, his check was cut off and I didn't have financial help," said LaVergne. She didn't know how she w...

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    Children staying at the Oasis Women's Shelter will be getting a gift from a former Sweetlake resident in the coming days. Jeanne LaVergne is putting the final touches on some 50 dolls she's made at her new home at Tower Oaks Apartments. The 75-year-old Sweetlake native wanted to do something for children at the local women's shelter. "When my husband died in September of 2015, his check was cut off and I didn't have financial help," said LaVergne. She didn't know how she w...

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  • Safety Seat Check event being held in Sulphur

    Safety Seat Check event being held in Sulphur

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:06 AM EDT2017-08-17 12:06:57 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Sulphur Police Department will be hosting a free child safety seat check event this Saturday, Aug. 16, 2017, according to Sgt. James Anderson, Troop D spokesman. The event will be held at the West Cal Event Center from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Parents will be able to speak with a technician or law enforcement officer who will demonstrate how to correctly use the safety seat, and make sure the child is in the right seat for his/her height and ...

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    Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Sulphur Police Department will be hosting a free child safety seat check event this Saturday, Aug. 16, 2017, according to Sgt. James Anderson, Troop D spokesman. The event will be held at the West Cal Event Center from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Parents will be able to speak with a technician or law enforcement officer who will demonstrate how to correctly use the safety seat, and make sure the child is in the right seat for his/her height and ...

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  • Groundbreaking for $200 million housing development

    Groundbreaking for $200 million housing development

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 8:16 PM EDT2017-08-17 00:16:45 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Groundbreaking for a huge housing Development in Iowa. The Sugarcane Townes development will cost about $200 million, making it one of the largest developments ever in Southwest Louisiana.

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    Groundbreaking for a huge housing Development in Iowa. The Sugarcane Townes development will cost about $200 million, making it one of the largest developments ever in Southwest Louisiana.

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  • Back-to-school dates in SWLA

    Back-to-school dates in SWLA

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 5:59 PM EDT2017-07-26 21:59:11 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The upcoming school year is fast approaching. Here is a list of back-to-school dates:

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    The following back-to-school dates are those that KPLC has received: Calcasieu Parish Schools First day of school for regular classes Aug. 15  First day of school for Pre-K classes Aug. 17 Cameron Parish Schools First day of school for students Aug. 15 Jeff Davis Parish Schools First day of school for 1-12 grade Aug. 11 First day of school for Pre-K and Kindergarten Aug. 15 Allen Parish Schools First day of school for students Aug. 9 Beauregard Parish ...

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