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  • Making sushi on International Sushi Day

    Making sushi on International Sushi Day

    Monday, June 18 2018 5:20 AM EDT2018-06-18 09:20:39 GMT

    You’ve probably eaten sushi at some point in your life, but have you ever tried making it yourself?

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    You’ve probably eaten sushi at some point in your life, but have you ever tried making it yourself?

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  • Armed robbery at Lake Charles convenience store

    Armed robbery at Lake Charles convenience store

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

    Car crashes into DeRidder store, causes fire

    Saturday, June 16 2018 3:42 PM EDT2018-06-16 19:42:11 GMT
    (Source: DeRidder Police Department)(Source: DeRidder Police Department)

    A liquor store caught on fire in DeRidder Saturday after a car crashed into the building, according to DeRidder Police Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy.

    Rudy says at approximately 12:20, a vehicle driven by a 68-year-old woman jumped a curb and crashed through the store window and door after she stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake. The vehicle struck an interior pole, causing the vehicle and building to catch on fire

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    A liquor store caught on fire in DeRidder Saturday after a car crashed into the building, according to DeRidder Police Deputy Chief Christopher Rudy.

    Rudy says at approximately 12:20, a vehicle driven by a 68-year-old woman jumped a curb and crashed through the store window and door after she stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake. The vehicle struck an interior pole, causing the vehicle and building to catch on fire

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  • Bill Curl, longtime Superdome spokesman, dead at 77

    Bill Curl, longtime Superdome spokesman, dead at 77

    Saturday, June 16 2018 9:50 AM EDT2018-06-16 13:50:06 GMT
    Bill Curl (Source: NOLA.com)Bill Curl (Source: NOLA.com)

    The color-changing lights that usually illuminate the Superdome in New Orleans were to remain dark Friday night in memory of the man who spent more than three decades as the venue's spokesman.

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    The color-changing lights that usually illuminate the Superdome in New Orleans were to remain dark Friday night in memory of the man who spent more than three decades as the venue's spokesman.

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  • Look ahead: Local lawmakers gearing up for 3rd special session

    Look ahead: Local lawmakers gearing up for 3rd special session

    Saturday, June 16 2018 9:43 AM EDT2018-06-16 13:43:38 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    As the Southwest delegation gets ready to head back to Baton Rouge, many are wondering what's going to happen to programs like TOPS and SNAP.  The current budget legislators are working with, puts TOPS, higher education and the SNAP Program, among others, on the chopping block. Depending on how this budget works out, students like Emily Pinney would have to rely on other sources in order to pay for college.  "We need tops a lot, so it will help us...

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    As the Southwest delegation gets ready to head back to Baton Rouge, many are wondering what's going to happen to programs like TOPS and SNAP.  The current budget legislators are working with, puts TOPS, higher education and the SNAP Program, among others, on the chopping block. Depending on how this budget works out, students like Emily Pinney would have to rely on other sources in order to pay for college.  "We need tops a lot, so it will help us...

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  • Family of woman missing from Leesville since 1986 confident that case can be solved

    Family of woman missing from Leesville since 1986 confident that case can be solved

    Friday, June 15 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-06-16 03:23:14 GMT

    The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is holding a news conference to discuss a missing person cold case.  25-year-old Bambi Brantley was reported missing by her brother in October of 1986. Police believe she disappeared from her home in the Tower trailer park on Highway 8 West. The sheriff's office announced in March, the case was being reopened by their cold case investigative team. Brantley's family is traveling from various parts of the U.S. to be at Thursday's news...

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    The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is holding a news conference to discuss a missing person cold case.  25-year-old Bambi Brantley was reported missing by her brother in October of 1986. Police believe she disappeared from her home in the Tower trailer park on Highway 8 West. The sheriff's office announced in March, the case was being reopened by their cold case investigative team. Brantley's family is traveling from various parts of the U.S. to be at Thursday's news...

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  • Longtime BBB President and CEO Carmen Million taking over Baton Rouge bureau

    Longtime BBB President and CEO Carmen Million taking over Baton Rouge bureau

    Friday, June 15 2018 8:22 PM EDT2018-06-16 00:22:19 GMT

    a familiar face in southwest Louisiana is heading off to a new job in baton rouge. today was Carmen million's last day at work at the better business bureau in lake Charles.    you've seen her on KPLC countless times over the years educating and advising consumers about avoiding scams and protecting their information.    at one point she was featured in our "ask the expert" segment on sunrise, dealing with consumer news.    million is the ne...

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    a familiar face in southwest Louisiana is heading off to a new job in baton rouge. today was Carmen million's last day at work at the better business bureau in lake Charles.    you've seen her on KPLC countless times over the years educating and advising consumers about avoiding scams and protecting their information.    at one point she was featured in our "ask the expert" segment on sunrise, dealing with consumer news.    million is the ne...

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  • DeRidder Police make tongue-in-cheek FB post about jar of marijuana

    DeRidder Police make tongue-in-cheek FB post about jar of marijuana

    Friday, June 15 2018 8:04 PM EDT2018-06-16 00:04:05 GMT

    It's making rounds on social media -- a post from DeRidder police, that the chief says is even getting international attention. It's about a jar of marijuana. It's a picture -- and a post that proves cops do have a sense of humor. The picture is a jar of marijuana.  Chief John Gott reads from part of the post. "Post says if this is yours please claim the item in person, at the  DeRidder police department.  and once you claim your item, you will get a f...

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    It's making rounds on social media -- a post from DeRidder police, that the chief says is even getting international attention. It's about a jar of marijuana. It's a picture -- and a post that proves cops do have a sense of humor. The picture is a jar of marijuana.  Chief John Gott reads from part of the post. "Post says if this is yours please claim the item in person, at the  DeRidder police department.  and once you claim your item, you will get a f...

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  • VIDEO: Footage released of three suspected of trashing Lost Hollows

    VIDEO: Footage released of three suspected of trashing Lost Hollows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • LIVE at 1 p.m.: Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam

    LIVE at 1 p.m.: Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam

    Friday, June 15 2018 1:55 PM EDT2018-06-15 17:55:46 GMT

    Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam is every other Friday at 1 p.m.

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    Gill Bright Animal Hospital Puppy Cam is every other Friday at 1 p.m.

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  • A Feather for Evelyn

    A Feather for Evelyn

    Friday, June 15 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-06-15 15:40:24 GMT

    "It's about a little girl named Evelyn with cancer and she prays to God to help her get through this and there's a special surprise at the end with the friend and they go on imaginary adventures when she goes through chemo to keep her mind off of everything," said author Kelly Bourque. 

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    "It's about a little girl named Evelyn with cancer and she prays to God to help her get through this and there's a special surprise at the end with the friend and they go on imaginary adventures when she goes through chemo to keep her mind off of everything," said author Kelly Bourque. 

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Thursday, June 15

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Thursday, June 15

    Friday, June 15 2018 9:12 AM EDT2018-06-15 13:12:51 GMT
    Anthony Davis, 34, Lake Charles, LA: Illegal possession of stolen things from $5,000 but less than $25,000. Victoria Brown, 20, DeRidder, LA: Possession of synthetic marijuana; 1st offense-misdemeanor, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule IV, Illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of persons under seventeen years of age, headlamps on motor vehicles. Daquwon Wilson, 20, Houma, LA: Illegal possession of stolen things from $5,000 but less tha...More >>
    Anthony Davis, 34, Lake Charles, LA: Illegal possession of stolen things from $5,000 but less than $25,000. Victoria Brown, 20, DeRidder, LA: Possession of synthetic marijuana; 1st offense-misdemeanor, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule IV, Illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of persons under seventeen years of age, headlamps on motor vehicles. Daquwon Wilson, 20, Houma, LA: Illegal possession of stolen things from $5,000 but less tha...More >>
  • Sailor airlifted to Chennault Airport by U.S.Coast Guard

    Sailor airlifted to Chennault Airport by U.S.Coast Guard

    Friday, June 15 2018 9:07 AM EDT2018-06-15 13:07:54 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The United States Coast Guard medevacked a mariner off of a work barge 27 miles south of Cameron.  

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    The United States Coast Guard medevacked a mariner off of a work barge 27 miles south of Cameron.  

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  • Country music star George Strait to help with Texas tourism after Harvey

    Country music star George Strait to help with Texas tourism after Harvey

    Friday, June 15 2018 8:21 AM EDT2018-06-15 12:21:28 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    Country star George Strait is leading a new tourism campaign for a South Texas community that was hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey. Officials with the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce say Strait is participating free of charge. The singer has owned a house in the community for years. Strait says the coastal area is one of his favorite places and encourages tourists to return to the area, which was hit by the hurricane in August. Strait visited the area in September with Texas Gover...

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    Country star George Strait is leading a new tourism campaign for a South Texas community that was hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey. Officials with the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce say Strait is participating free of charge. The singer has owned a house in the community for years. Strait says the coastal area is one of his favorite places and encourages tourists to return to the area, which was hit by the hurricane in August. Strait visited the area in September with Texas Gover...

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  • Former top aides offer solution for state budget crisis

    Former top aides offer solution for state budget crisis

    Friday, June 15 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-06-15 12:10:02 GMT
    Louisiana Legislature (Source: KPLC)Louisiana Legislature (Source: KPLC)
    Louisiana Legislature (Source: KPLC)Louisiana Legislature (Source: KPLC)
    A Lake Charles native, and top aide to former Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal is urging lawmakers to support a sales tax renewal to patch the state's budget holes. Paul Rainwater who served as Jindal's chief of staff and top budget adviser and former Revenue Secretary,  Tim Barfield wrote a letter that appeared in the Advocate. In it, the two former aides backed a state senate proposal to renew one-half of a one-percent sales tax that expires on July 1. The proposal would...More >>
    A Lake Charles native, and top aide to former Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal is urging lawmakers to support a sales tax renewal to patch the state's budget holes. Paul Rainwater who served as Jindal's chief of staff and top budget adviser and former Revenue Secretary,  Tim Barfield wrote a letter that appeared in the Advocate. In it, the two former aides backed a state senate proposal to renew one-half of a one-percent sales tax that expires on July 1. The proposal would...More >>
  • MMA style fighting tomorrow in Lake Charles

    MMA style fighting tomorrow in Lake Charles

    Friday, June 15 2018 5:25 AM EDT2018-06-15 09:25:54 GMT
    (Source: Submission Hunter Pro Facebook)(Source: Submission Hunter Pro Facebook)
    (Source: Submission Hunter Pro Facebook)(Source: Submission Hunter Pro Facebook)

    This weekend you have the chance to see some of the most intense hand to hand combat up close.

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    This weekend you have the chance to see some of the most intense hand to hand combat up close.

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  • Local man creates Lake Charles first hygiene center for the homeless

    Local man creates Lake Charles first hygiene center for the homeless

    Thursday, June 14 2018 11:53 PM EDT2018-06-15 03:53:24 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    For the homeless in the Lake Area a big thing many are missing is a hot shower.  One man is looking to change that.  Tucked behind the First Christian Church on 2nd Avenue and 17th Street you'll find Bob Richard's vision.  A year ago Richard realized the homeless in our area seemed in need of extra help.  "Talking with people I realized there was just no place for them to take a shower or to get their laundry done," he said. "Those are the two ba...

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    For the homeless in the Lake Area a big thing many are missing is a hot shower.  One man is looking to change that.  Tucked behind the First Christian Church on 2nd Avenue and 17th Street you'll find Bob Richard's vision.  A year ago Richard realized the homeless in our area seemed in need of extra help.  "Talking with people I realized there was just no place for them to take a shower or to get their laundry done," he said. "Those are the two ba...

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  • Concerns loom over state cuts to elderly services

    Concerns loom over state cuts to elderly services

    Thursday, June 14 2018 7:47 PM EDT2018-06-14 23:47:51 GMT

    looming state budget cuts have some agencies predicting dire consequences for some of the state's more vulnerable citizens.                 senior centers and prescription drug discounts are two programs that could suffer. the lake Charles senior center is a huge part of the lives of the older adults who come here.  they come here for many reasons from a social life to exercise. Emily Hider:  &qu...

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    looming state budget cuts have some agencies predicting dire consequences for some of the state's more vulnerable citizens.                 senior centers and prescription drug discounts are two programs that could suffer. the lake Charles senior center is a huge part of the lives of the older adults who come here.  they come here for many reasons from a social life to exercise. Emily Hider:  &qu...

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  • Man charged with first-degree rape, indecent behavior with juvenile

    Man charged with first-degree rape, indecent behavior with juvenile

    Thursday, June 14 2018 7:41 PM EDT2018-06-14 23:41:47 GMT
    Eddie Lee O'brien (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Eddie Lee O'brien (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
    Eddie Lee O'brien (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)Eddie Lee O'brien (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    A grand jury in Calcasieu Parish returned a sex crimes indictment against a 23-year-old man. Eddie Lee O'brien faces charges of first-degree rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile. The charges revolve around a May 6 incident involving a 12-year-old and a 13-year-old, according to the offense report. O'brien was arrested the same day.

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    A grand jury in Calcasieu Parish returned a sex crimes indictment against a 23-year-old man. Eddie Lee O'brien faces charges of first-degree rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile. The charges revolve around a May 6 incident involving a 12-year-old and a 13-year-old, according to the offense report. O'brien was arrested the same day.

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  • Facts about the U.S. Army: A history of valor, bravery, and combat

    Facts about the U.S. Army: A history of valor, bravery, and combat

    Thursday, June 14 2018 7:28 PM EDT2018-06-14 23:28:46 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Today is the 243rd Birthday of the U.S. Army. These Americans have been serving and protecting us for over two centuries. 

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    Today is the 243rd Birthday of the U.S. Army. These Americans have been serving and protecting us for over two centuries. 

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  • 11 arrests made in Sulphur drug operation 'Polar Pop'

    11 arrests made in Sulphur drug operation 'Polar Pop'

    Thursday, June 14 2018 7:17 PM EDT2018-06-14 23:17:40 GMT
    Eleven people were arrested during Operation Polar Pop, a drug sting that targeted the 400 and 500 blocks of West Burton Streets in Sulphur, Louisiana. Mugshots of two suspects were unavailable. (Source: Sulphur Police Department)Eleven people were arrested during Operation Polar Pop, a drug sting that targeted the 400 and 500 blocks of West Burton Streets in Sulphur, Louisiana. Mugshots of two suspects were unavailable. (Source: Sulphur Police Department)

    On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, we're told officers with the Sulphur Police Department conducted Operation Polar Pop to address numerous complaints of drug activity on West Burton Street. A team of 10 officers arrested 11 people on various charges.              The operation ended at a nearby residence where most of the arrests were made.               Arrested and booked into the S...

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    On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, we're told officers with the Sulphur Police Department conducted Operation Polar Pop to address numerous complaints of drug activity on West Burton Street. A team of 10 officers arrested 11 people on various charges.              The operation ended at a nearby residence where most of the arrests were made.               Arrested and booked into the S...

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  • Two LaGrange students developing concession delivery app

    Two LaGrange students developing concession delivery app

    Thursday, June 14 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-06-14 22:55:22 GMT

    Two local teens are looking to revolutionize the way you get concessions at sporting events. Malik Ellis and Alex Brown, seniors at LaGrange High School, are in the process of developing an app that would provide concession stand services at the push of a button. "You could from you seat pull up the app and select what you want from the venue, and they'll bring it to your seat." Ellis said. Their app will be called 'Runner Eats' and the concept recently won the high schoo...

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    Two local teens are looking to revolutionize the way you get concessions at sporting events. Malik Ellis and Alex Brown, seniors at LaGrange High School, are in the process of developing an app that would provide concession stand services at the push of a button. "You could from you seat pull up the app and select what you want from the venue, and they'll bring it to your seat." Ellis said. Their app will be called 'Runner Eats' and the concept recently won the high schoo...

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

    Jeff Davis 8 victim's brother announces new documentary project

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

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

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

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  • Lake Charles Police Department hosts annual 'Fun Day'

    Lake Charles Police Department hosts annual 'Fun Day'

    Thursday, June 14 2018 6:45 PM EDT2018-06-14 22:45:02 GMT
    Jordan Ashworth talks with children about the equipment they use on the Lake Charles Police Department dive team. (Source: Drew Marine/ KPLC)Jordan Ashworth talks with children about the equipment they use on the Lake Charles Police Department dive team. (Source: Drew Marine/ KPLC)
    Jordan Ashworth talks with children about the equipment they use on the Lake Charles Police Department dive team. (Source: Drew Marine/ KPLC)Jordan Ashworth talks with children about the equipment they use on the Lake Charles Police Department dive team. (Source: Drew Marine/ KPLC)

    Kids and families got to hang out with Lake Charles Police Department Thursday.  Chief of Police Don Dixon said he created this "Fun Day" several years ago in hopes that children would have fun, be safe and have positive interactions with law enforcement. He said for some of these kids, it may be their only interaction with police officers.

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    Kids and families got to hang out with Lake Charles Police Department Thursday.  Chief of Police Don Dixon said he created this "Fun Day" several years ago in hopes that children would have fun, be safe and have positive interactions with law enforcement. He said for some of these kids, it may be their only interaction with police officers.

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  • Raycom Media launches InvestigateTV app on Roku

    Raycom Media launches InvestigateTV app on Roku

    Thursday, June 14 2018 2:51 PM EDT2018-06-14 18:51:04 GMT

    Raycom Media, KPLC's parent company, is proud to announce the launch of InvestigateTV, an innovative OTT app designed to deliver quality, impactful on-demand journalism content to viewers.  Raycom Media President & CEO, Pat LaPlatney, made the announcement today at the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference in Orlando, FL. InvestigateTV is the result of a dynamic collaboration involving a local broadcaster, a non-profit newsroom and a top journalism scho...

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    Raycom Media, KPLC's parent company, is proud to announce the launch of InvestigateTV, an innovative OTT app designed to deliver quality, impactful on-demand journalism content to viewers.  Raycom Media President & CEO, Pat LaPlatney, made the announcement today at the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference in Orlando, FL. InvestigateTV is the result of a dynamic collaboration involving a local broadcaster, a non-profit newsroom and a top journalism scho...

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  • 'Best solution:' Ex-Jindal aides back sales tax to stop cuts

    'Best solution:' Ex-Jindal aides back sales tax to stop cuts

    Thursday, June 14 2018 2:29 PM EDT2018-06-14 18:29:21 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Two of former Gov. Bobby Jindal's top aides are urging Louisiana lawmakers to support a sales tax renewal to patch budget holes.

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    Two of former Gov. Bobby Jindal's top aides are urging Louisiana lawmakers to support a sales tax renewal to patch budget holes.

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  • 23 ducklings in a row? Duck mama leads long line of babies

    23 ducklings in a row? Duck mama leads long line of babies

    Thursday, June 14 2018 2:10 PM EDT2018-06-14 18:10:57 GMT
    23 ducklings follow two adult ducks in south Lake Charles. (Source: Brandi and Michael Cox)23 ducklings follow two adult ducks in south Lake Charles. (Source: Brandi and Michael Cox)

    Viewers Brandi and Michael Cox sent KPLC a photo of a very long line of ducklings following two adult ducks near the Kingspoint subdivision in Lake Charles. 23 hatchlings are not uncommon, according to Suzy Heck, Heckhaven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. 

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    Viewers Brandi and Michael Cox sent KPLC a photo of a very long line of ducklings following two adult ducks near the Kingspoint subdivision in Lake Charles. 23 hatchlings are not uncommon, according to Suzy Heck, Heckhaven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. 

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

    Barras indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree rape

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

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

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

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  • Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: June, 13, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana Corrections Report: June, 13, 2018

    Thursday, June 14 2018 10:37 AM EDT2018-06-14 14:37:06 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Danny Lynn Johnson, 30, Oberlin: Direct contempt of court.  Jason Andrew Picard, 40, Sulphur: Parole violation.  Lashana Deshay Anderson, 36, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana.  Veronica Renee Camden, 48, Lake Charles: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, prohibited acts, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance, resisting an officer.  Demarico Ladell White, 36, Lake...More >>
    Danny Lynn Johnson, 30, Oberlin: Direct contempt of court.  Jason Andrew Picard, 40, Sulphur: Parole violation.  Lashana Deshay Anderson, 36, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana.  Veronica Renee Camden, 48, Lake Charles: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, prohibited acts, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance, resisting an officer.  Demarico Ladell White, 36, Lake...More >>
  • McNeese offering opportunities for kids to keep learning this summer

    McNeese offering opportunities for kids to keep learning this summer

    Thursday, June 14 2018 8:15 AM EDT2018-06-14 12:15:10 GMT
    McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)
    McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)
    McNeese State University is hosting its annual Kids College summer camp, including programs ranging from engineering to nature. The "STEAM Adventure" program will run through August 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every week day. Students will be able to pick the weeks they attend based on the topic, or sign up for the whole program. You can find more information at www.mcneese.edu/leisure or by calling 337-475-5616. May Gray, coordinator of Leisure Learning at McNeese, j...More >>
    McNeese State University is hosting its annual Kids College summer camp, including programs ranging from engineering to nature. The "STEAM Adventure" program will run through August 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every week day. Students will be able to pick the weeks they attend based on the topic, or sign up for the whole program. You can find more information at www.mcneese.edu/leisure or by calling 337-475-5616. May Gray, coordinator of Leisure Learning at McNeese, j...More >>
  • Key Club makes up a third of Washington-Marion High School population

    Key Club makes up a third of Washington-Marion High School population

    Thursday, June 14 2018 7:33 AM EDT2018-06-14 11:33:33 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    Ask students at Washington-Marion High School why they're so glad to be a part of their school's Key Club and they'll probably credit their sponsor, Travis Bolden.

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    Ask students at Washington-Marion High School why they're so glad to be a part of their school's Key Club and they'll probably credit their sponsor, Travis Bolden.

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  • The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

    Louisiana DOTD updates on Vernon Lake Dam

    Louisiana DOTD updates on Vernon Lake Dam

    Thursday, June 14 2018 5:45 AM EDT2018-06-14 09:45:36 GMT
    (Source: DOTD)(Source: DOTD)

    The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is providing new updates on the Vernon Lake Dam. The dam remains stable at this time. The water level in the lake will be maintained near the current lowered water level for the period of time necessary to repair the dam to its pre storm condition. The management gate will be operated to maintain the lake level as close to the current level as possible. However, the lake water levels wi...

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    The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is providing new updates on the Vernon Lake Dam. The dam remains stable at this time. The water level in the lake will be maintained near the current lowered water level for the period of time necessary to repair the dam to its pre storm condition. The management gate will be operated to maintain the lake level as close to the current level as possible. However, the lake water levels wi...

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  • DOTD: Repairs to the I-210 Bridge may only take one year

    DOTD: Repairs to the I-210 Bridge may only take one year

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 8:39 PM EDT2018-06-14 00:39:56 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Repairs to the I-210 bridge may not take as long as feared. The contractor for the lowest bid, Kiewit Louisiana Co., says it can finish the project in exactly one year, much lower than the three years talked about in the past, according to DOTD. “The proposed time is far less than the Department’s revised time estimate and will certainly not be as painful for the traveling public as what it would have been had the original contract not been rejected and reworked by the d...More >>
    Repairs to the I-210 bridge may not take as long as feared. The contractor for the lowest bid, Kiewit Louisiana Co., says it can finish the project in exactly one year, much lower than the three years talked about in the past, according to DOTD. “The proposed time is far less than the Department’s revised time estimate and will certainly not be as painful for the traveling public as what it would have been had the original contract not been rejected and reworked by the d...More >>
  • Calcasieu River Ship Channel gets $103 million in extra funding

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 7:36 PM EDT2018-06-13 23:36:02 GMT

    We hear so much of budget cuts it's rare to hear about extra funding, but that's the case for the Calcasieu River Ship Channel. It's getting millions of extra dollars. $103 million extra to be exact. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, their annual budget for the channel has been around $30 million annually for the last three years. The over hundred million extra dollars will be added to the already existing budget. This is due to the bipartisan Budget Act signed into...

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    We hear so much of budget cuts it's rare to hear about extra funding, but that's the case for the Calcasieu River Ship Channel. It's getting millions of extra dollars. $103 million extra to be exact. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, their annual budget for the channel has been around $30 million annually for the last three years. The over hundred million extra dollars will be added to the already existing budget. This is due to the bipartisan Budget Act signed into...

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

    DERIDDER POLICE: Looking for owner of 'suspicious herb'

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

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

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

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  • High-speed chase ends in motorcycle crash

    High-speed chase ends in motorcycle crash

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

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

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

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  • Pipeline Safety Day includes mock leak at Burton Coliseum

    Pipeline Safety Day includes mock leak at Burton Coliseum

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-06-13 21:53:34 GMT

    It's painfully obvious how disastrous it can be when a pipeline is ruptured. That's why there are safety experts that travel around the country demonstrating what can go wrong with the hope that those who dig will make sure things go right. A mock pipeline leak, held at Burton Coliseum, shows how quickly things can go bad if those who dig don't prepare properly.  They say call 811 before you dig so pipeline locators can make sure an excavator won't bring on a disa...

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    It's painfully obvious how disastrous it can be when a pipeline is ruptured. That's why there are safety experts that travel around the country demonstrating what can go wrong with the hope that those who dig will make sure things go right. A mock pipeline leak, held at Burton Coliseum, shows how quickly things can go bad if those who dig don't prepare properly.  They say call 811 before you dig so pipeline locators can make sure an excavator won't bring on a disa...

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  • LEGAL CORNER: What is a home seller required to disclose?

    LEGAL CORNER: What is a home seller required to disclose?

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 12:47 PM EDT2018-06-13 16:47:43 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: With all the school shootings that I see in the news, I get terrified every time I drop my children off at school. Has our state or parish done anything to provide our children with protection while they are at school? ANSWER: Yes, the Sheriff’s Office acted on this matter some time ago by creating what is known as The School Resource Officer Program.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office ...More >>
    Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: With all the school shootings that I see in the news, I get terrified every time I drop my children off at school. Has our state or parish done anything to provide our children with protection while they are at school? ANSWER: Yes, the Sheriff’s Office acted on this matter some time ago by creating what is known as The School Resource Officer Program.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office ...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: June 13, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 13, 2018

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 8:41 AM EDT2018-06-13 12:41:18 GMT
    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays for June 13: Latissia Fredericks, 41 Ronaysha Stevens, 11 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays for June 13: Latissia Fredericks, 41 Ronaysha Stevens, 11 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 12, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 12, 2018

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 8:37 AM EDT2018-06-13 12:37:40 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jesus Alexander Vela, 32, Gautier, MS: Out-of-state detainer. Jasmine Akili Fontenot, 17, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Brandi Michelle Vidrine, 37, Dequincy: Possession of drugs, stop lamps and turn signals, drug paraphernalia, expired drivers license. Mark Daniel Brockman, Sr., 43, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Terry Lynn Brewer, Jr., 35, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Donovan Pear Vince, 33, Lake Charles...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jesus Alexander Vela, 32, Gautier, MS: Out-of-state detainer. Jasmine Akili Fontenot, 17, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Brandi Michelle Vidrine, 37, Dequincy: Possession of drugs, stop lamps and turn signals, drug paraphernalia, expired drivers license. Mark Daniel Brockman, Sr., 43, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Terry Lynn Brewer, Jr., 35, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Donovan Pear Vince, 33, Lake Charles...More >>
  • Bud weakens ahead of landfall over Baja California

    Bud weakens ahead of landfall over Baja California

    Bud weakens ahead of landfall over Baja California

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 8:23 AM EDT2018-06-13 12:23:36 GMT
    Tropical Storm BudTropical Storm Bud

    Bud has weakened to a tropical storm off the Mexican coast as of Wednesday as it churns out over the open waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean.

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    Bud has weakened to a tropical storm off the Mexican coast as of Wednesday as it churns out over the open waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean.

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  • Child Care Assistance Program gets infusion of funding

    Child Care Assistance Program gets infusion of funding

    Wednesday, June 13 2018 6:57 AM EDT2018-06-13 10:57:17 GMT
    Thousands on a waitlist will soon start receiving aid from a Louisiana program that helps low-income parents pay for child care while at work, in school or in job training.      An infusion of nearly $40 million in federal money will add more people into the Child Care Assistance Program.      The program has 15,000 children enrolled. But it has been battered by reductions for a decade, swelling its waitlist to about 5,200 children.      Th...More >>
    Thousands on a waitlist will soon start receiving aid from a Louisiana program that helps low-income parents pay for child care while at work, in school or in job training.      An infusion of nearly $40 million in federal money will add more people into the Child Care Assistance Program.      The program has 15,000 children enrolled. But it has been battered by reductions for a decade, swelling its waitlist to about 5,200 children.      Th...More >>
  • Kids Learn Science at the Sulphur Library

    Kids Learn Science at the Sulphur Library

    Kids Learn Science at the Sulphur Library

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-06-13 02:54:47 GMT
    Image courtesy of SULPHUR LIBRARYImage courtesy of SULPHUR LIBRARY
    Image courtesy of SULPHUR LIBRARYImage courtesy of SULPHUR LIBRARY
    Families got a chance to learn about science while having fun at the sulphur library this afternoon. It was part of the summer programs at the calcasieu parish libraries. Science tellers came to teach kids science while telling a fun story.  he sulphur library has plenty of events coming up.  Including a magician next Tuesday the 19th. Copyright 2018 KPLC All rights reservedMore >>
    Families got a chance to learn about science while having fun at the sulphur library this afternoon. It was part of the summer programs at the calcasieu parish libraries. Science tellers came to teach kids science while telling a fun story.  he sulphur library has plenty of events coming up.  Including a magician next Tuesday the 19th. Copyright 2018 KPLC All rights reservedMore >>
  • Sulphur Mayor makes city appointments

    Sulphur Mayor makes city appointments

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 10:41 PM EDT2018-06-13 02:41:13 GMT
    (Source: City of Sulphur)(Source: City of Sulphur)
    (Source KPLC)(Source KPLC)
    At Monday night's meeting of the Sulphur City Council, Mayor Mike Danahay made his first appointments in his new role leading the city.  The following were appointed to each position: Lewis Coats, Chief of Police Dan Selph, Fire Chief Connie Deville, Director of Human Resources Jennifer Thorn, Director of Finance Randy Chiasson, Interim Director of Public Works Keith Berry, Director of Inspections, Permits, Licensing, and Ordinance Enforceme...More >>
    At Monday night's meeting of the Sulphur City Council, Mayor Mike Danahay made his first appointments in his new role leading the city.  The following were appointed to each position: Lewis Coats, Chief of Police Dan Selph, Fire Chief Connie Deville, Director of Human Resources Jennifer Thorn, Director of Finance Randy Chiasson, Interim Director of Public Works Keith Berry, Director of Inspections, Permits, Licensing, and Ordinance Enforceme...More >>
  • Lake Charles calls for Fourth of July Parade entries

    Lake Charles calls for Fourth of July Parade entries

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 7:47 PM EDT2018-06-12 23:47:44 GMT
    (Source: cityoflakecharles.com)(Source: cityoflakecharles.com)
    (Source: cityoflakecharles.com)(Source: cityoflakecharles.com)

    The City of Lake Charles is calling for entries into the Fourth of July Red White Blue & You Parade. Entry forms are now being accepted for parade units including floats, marching units, vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and golf carts. From organizations and businesses to the neighborhood kids, the city says all are welcome to join the fun. Parade units are invited to decorate in red, white, and blue star-spangled decorations to add to the...

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    The City of Lake Charles is calling for entries into the Fourth of July Red White Blue & You Parade. Entry forms are now being accepted for parade units including floats, marching units, vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and golf carts. From organizations and businesses to the neighborhood kids, the city says all are welcome to join the fun. Parade units are invited to decorate in red, white, and blue star-spangled decorations to add to the...

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  • More overnight Cameron Ferry service shutdowns

    More overnight Cameron Ferry service shutdowns

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-06-12 22:38:07 GMT
    Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)
    Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)Cameron Ferry (Source: KPLC)

    Ferry service in Cameron will be suspended nightly until further notice from 8:30 pm until 6:00 am due to a damaged fender system that needs repair work according a news release from The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development   DOTD says daytime only operation of the ferry is in effect due to better visibility when docking. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.  .  

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    Ferry service in Cameron will be suspended nightly until further notice from 8:30 pm until 6:00 am due to a damaged fender system that needs repair work according a news release from The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development   DOTD says daytime only operation of the ferry is in effect due to better visibility when docking. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.  .  

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  • Calcasieu Police Juror appointed to national EPA subcommittee

    Calcasieu Police Juror appointed to national EPA subcommittee

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 5:08 PM EDT2018-06-12 21:08:16 GMT

    A Calcasieu Parish Police Juror is getting a chance to address environmental and public health issues on a national level. District 6 Juror Dennis Scott has been appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Community Advisory Subcommittee. He is one of 17 members selected nationwide to help the EPA develop partnerships with small communities. New members were selected based on their leadership experience, proven record of service and involvement in ...

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    A Calcasieu Parish Police Juror is getting a chance to address environmental and public health issues on a national level. District 6 Juror Dennis Scott has been appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Community Advisory Subcommittee. He is one of 17 members selected nationwide to help the EPA develop partnerships with small communities. New members were selected based on their leadership experience, proven record of service and involvement in ...

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 10, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 10, 2018

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 8:33 AM EDT2018-06-12 12:33:44 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Andy Divine Junior, 45, Sulphur: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Marcus David Rice, Jr., 18, Missouri City, TX: Instate detainer. Cameron Wayne Dowden, 17, Lake Charles: Criminal trespass. Kyle Brady Binschus, 18, Lake Charles: Contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. Akeem Arsenio Freeman, 25, Lake Charles: Aggravated criminal damage to property. Eric Michael Chapa, 32, Weslaco, TX: Operating while intoxicated, driving on a roadway lan...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Andy Divine Junior, 45, Sulphur: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Marcus David Rice, Jr., 18, Missouri City, TX: Instate detainer. Cameron Wayne Dowden, 17, Lake Charles: Criminal trespass. Kyle Brady Binschus, 18, Lake Charles: Contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. Akeem Arsenio Freeman, 25, Lake Charles: Aggravated criminal damage to property. Eric Michael Chapa, 32, Weslaco, TX: Operating while intoxicated, driving on a roadway lan...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: June 12, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 12, 2018

    Tuesday, June 12 2018 7:27 AM EDT2018-06-12 11:27:10 GMT
    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays for June 12: Annabelle Fisher, 15 Markel Guillory, 8 Nelson Carmouche, 65 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to all of our Sunrise birthdays for June 12: Annabelle Fisher, 15 Markel Guillory, 8 Nelson Carmouche, 65 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Theatre workshop happening in Lake Charles

    Theatre workshop happening in Lake Charles

    Monday, June 11 2018 10:42 PM EDT2018-06-12 02:42:13 GMT
    CTC Extreme Theatre (Source: KPLC)CTC Extreme Theatre (Source: KPLC)
    CTC Extreme Theatre (Source: KPLC)CTC Extreme Theatre (Source: KPLC)
    Kids ages 8 to 18 can learn more about acting this week. The "Children's Theatre Company" is hosting an extreme theatre workshop Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Children will learn more about voice, movement, and characters, and cap off the week with a performance. The workshop will be held at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center on Kirby street in Lake Charles. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Kids ages 8 to 18 can learn more about acting this week. The "Children's Theatre Company" is hosting an extreme theatre workshop Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Children will learn more about voice, movement, and characters, and cap off the week with a performance. The workshop will be held at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center on Kirby street in Lake Charles. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Lake Charles sewer lines to be tested

    Lake Charles sewer lines to be tested

    Lake Charles sewer lines to be tested

    Monday, June 11 2018 6:00 PM EDT2018-06-11 22:00:36 GMT
    Image courtesy of the city of Lake CharlesImage courtesy of the city of Lake Charles
    Image courtesy of the city of Lake CharlesImage courtesy of the city of Lake Charles
    A contractor working for the city of Lake Charles  will begin performing smoke tests in Lake Charles in order to locate defects in the main sewer lines and service laterals that connect to residents. The project area to be tested is generally described as:        North of Interstate 10: Between Guinn Street and Interstate 10, and between Highway 171 and Cathy Street          South of Interstate 10: Between Rail...More >>
    A contractor working for the city of Lake Charles  will begin performing smoke tests in Lake Charles in order to locate defects in the main sewer lines and service laterals that connect to residents. The project area to be tested is generally described as:        North of Interstate 10: Between Guinn Street and Interstate 10, and between Highway 171 and Cathy Street          South of Interstate 10: Between Rail...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 9, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 9, 2018

    Monday, June 11 2018 8:44 AM EDT2018-06-11 12:44:08 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Charles Adam Monceaux, Jr., 45, Dequincy: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice. Bond: $17,500. David Kerry Wofford, 33, Lake Charles: proper equipment on vehicles, operating vehicles while license is suspended, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $20,750. James Keith Bellow, 60, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs. Steven Joseph Muffoletto, 40, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, expired plates. Bond: $25...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Charles Adam Monceaux, Jr., 45, Dequincy: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice. Bond: $17,500. David Kerry Wofford, 33, Lake Charles: proper equipment on vehicles, operating vehicles while license is suspended, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $20,750. James Keith Bellow, 60, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs. Steven Joseph Muffoletto, 40, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, expired plates. Bond: $25...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 8, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 8, 2018

    Monday, June 11 2018 8:24 AM EDT2018-06-11 12:24:26 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Abraham Aquna Rosales, 30, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery, federal detainer. James Phillip Bradley, Jr., 44, Sulphur: Disturbing the peace. Bond: $2,000. Tronald Craig Thomas, 51, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, bicycle lamps and reflectors. Bond: $17,600. Branden Michel Gaspard, 21, Vinton: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Nicholas Guy Fontenot, 22, Westlake: Second-degree battery. Bond: $15,000. Christopher Mark ...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Abraham Aquna Rosales, 30, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery, federal detainer. James Phillip Bradley, Jr., 44, Sulphur: Disturbing the peace. Bond: $2,000. Tronald Craig Thomas, 51, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, bicycle lamps and reflectors. Bond: $17,600. Branden Michel Gaspard, 21, Vinton: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $5,000. Nicholas Guy Fontenot, 22, Westlake: Second-degree battery. Bond: $15,000. Christopher Mark ...More >>
  • Hometown Hero - Harry Sommers

    Hometown Hero - Harry Sommers

    Monday, June 11 2018 5:38 AM EDT2018-06-11 09:38:55 GMT

    Harry Sommers served in the air police from 1956 to 1960 at Chennault Air Force base in Lake Charles. . 

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    Harry Sommers served in the air police from 1956 to 1960 at Chennault Air Force base in Lake Charles. . 

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  • Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point celebrates National Get Outdoors Day

    Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point celebrates National Get Outdoors Day

    Sunday, June 10 2018 10:19 AM EDT2018-06-10 14:19:20 GMT
    Saturday was the 11th annual National Get Outdoors Day, and Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point celebrated in a special way. For the fourth year, Adventure Point in Sulphur held activities for people of all ages to celebrate Southwest Louisiana and all of its outdoor adventures. "We're thrilled to invite locals and everyone out here to just enjoy everything that's going on," said Amos Orr, digital marketing strategy manager for the Creole Nature Trail. Orr moved to S...More >>
    Saturday was the 11th annual National Get Outdoors Day, and Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point celebrated in a special way. For the fourth year, Adventure Point in Sulphur held activities for people of all ages to celebrate Southwest Louisiana and all of its outdoor adventures. "We're thrilled to invite locals and everyone out here to just enjoy everything that's going on," said Amos Orr, digital marketing strategy manager for the Creole Nature Trail. Orr moved to S...More >>
  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury holds strategic planning session

    Calcasieu Parish Police Jury holds strategic planning session

    Friday, June 8 2018 5:08 PM EDT2018-06-08 21:08:41 GMT

    The Calcasieu Parish Policy Jury held their strategic planning session for 2018 on Friday. The CPPJ released a survey for Parish residents to take during May. They used the data collected from the over 700 surveys to create a list of 12 priorities for the Parish.  They jurors narrowed the list down to five priorities to focus on for the next three to five years. These priorities, which were listed in a handout, included: 1. Focus on long-term infrastructure needs and implement...

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    The Calcasieu Parish Policy Jury held their strategic planning session for 2018 on Friday. The CPPJ released a survey for Parish residents to take during May. They used the data collected from the over 700 surveys to create a list of 12 priorities for the Parish.  They jurors narrowed the list down to five priorities to focus on for the next three to five years. These priorities, which were listed in a handout, included: 1. Focus on long-term infrastructure needs and implement...

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  • Sunrise Booking Report: Thursday, June 7

    Sunrise Booking Report: Thursday, June 7

    Friday, June 8 2018 9:00 AM EDT2018-06-08 13:00:56 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Nathan Lyons, 22, Sulphur, LA: Two counts produce manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule II narcotic. Grant Burguillos, 22, Mandeville, LA: Monetary instrument abuse.  Cody Craft, 33, Iowa, LA: Two counts possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies, obstruction of justice.  Alfred Harmon,21, Lake Charles, LA: Produce manufacture, distribute o...More >>
    Nathan Lyons, 22, Sulphur, LA: Two counts produce manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule II narcotic. Grant Burguillos, 22, Mandeville, LA: Monetary instrument abuse.  Cody Craft, 33, Iowa, LA: Two counts possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II, possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies, obstruction of justice.  Alfred Harmon,21, Lake Charles, LA: Produce manufacture, distribute o...More >>
  • Outdoor Report: Free Fishing Weekend allows residents to fish without a license

    Outdoor Report: Free Fishing Weekend allows residents to fish without a license

    Friday, June 8 2018 8:14 AM EDT2018-06-08 12:14:35 GMT

    Louisiana residents and visitors can fish without a license as part of the Free Fishing Weekend. The state's waters will be open to people without licenses Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Outdoor guide Hal McMillin joined 7News Sunrise to share more information about the weekend and about this summer's fishing outlook. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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    Louisiana residents and visitors can fish without a license as part of the Free Fishing Weekend. The state's waters will be open to people without licenses Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10. Outdoor guide Hal McMillin joined 7News Sunrise to share more information about the weekend and about this summer's fishing outlook. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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  • Bell City under boil advisory

    Bell City under boil advisory

    Thursday, June 7 2018 12:41 PM EDT2018-06-07 16:41:20 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Bell City water is currently turned off due to a water leak repair. Areas included Hwy. 14 East, Hoffpauir Road, Rossignol Road, A. Derouen Road, Charles Schultz Road, North Railroad, B Street, C Street, D Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, and 4th Street. The boil advisory will remain in place until further notice. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Bell City water is currently turned off due to a water leak repair. Areas included Hwy. 14 East, Hoffpauir Road, Rossignol Road, A. Derouen Road, Charles Schultz Road, North Railroad, B Street, C Street, D Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, and 4th Street. The boil advisory will remain in place until further notice. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 6, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 6, 2018

    Thursday, June 7 2018 8:19 AM EDT2018-06-07 12:19:32 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Cory Joseph Richard, 24, Ragley: Instate detainer. Derranea Lashawn Morgan, 19, Lake Charles: Theft, resisting an officer with force or violence, battery of police violence. Bond: $21,000. Joshua Richard Christopher, 22, Sulphur: Illegal possession of stolen things, probation detainer, instate detainer. Bond: $15,000. Christopher Michael Parsley, 37, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, simple burglary, theft. Bond: $6,000.

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Cory Joseph Richard, 24, Ragley: Instate detainer. Derranea Lashawn Morgan, 19, Lake Charles: Theft, resisting an officer with force or violence, battery of police violence. Bond: $21,000. Joshua Richard Christopher, 22, Sulphur: Illegal possession of stolen things, probation detainer, instate detainer. Bond: $15,000. Christopher Michael Parsley, 37, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, simple burglary, theft. Bond: $6,000.

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  • Sunrise Birthday: Thursday, June 1

    Sunrise Birthday: Thursday, June 1

    Thursday, June 7 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-06-07 12:10:27 GMT
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: June 7 Aubree Frank 2 Casey Thiele Jr 12 Charliee Adele  If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: June 7 Aubree Frank 2 Casey Thiele Jr 12 Charliee Adele  If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Police Juror Les Farnum announces candidacy for state representative

    Police Juror Les Farnum announces candidacy for state representative

    Wednesday, June 6 2018 6:34 PM EDT2018-06-06 22:34:07 GMT
    Les Farnum (Source Calcasieu Parish)Les Farnum (Source Calcasieu Parish)
    Les Farnum (Source Calcasieu Parish)Les Farnum (Source Calcasieu Parish)

    Police Juror Les Farnum announced Tuesday that he is running for state representative of District 33 which covers Sulphur, Carlyss, Vinton and reaches into Dequincy.  Farnum was first elected to the Calcasieu Police Jury in 2007 and is currently serving his third term. He also served as vice president in 2010 and was the parish president in 2012.  Farnum formally announced his candidacy at the West Cal Event Center.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Police Juror Les Farnum announced Tuesday that he is running for state representative of District 33 which covers Sulphur, Carlyss, Vinton and reaches into Dequincy.  Farnum was first elected to the Calcasieu Police Jury in 2007 and is currently serving his third term. He also served as vice president in 2010 and was the parish president in 2012.  Farnum formally announced his candidacy at the West Cal Event Center.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Sunrise birthdays: June 6, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 6, 2018

    Wednesday, June 6 2018 8:09 AM EDT2018-06-06 12:09:13 GMT

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 6: Tony "Uncle Tony" Duhon, 80 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 6: Tony "Uncle Tony" Duhon, 80 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Hurricanes and hospitals: how do they prepare?

    Hurricanes and hospitals: how do they prepare?

    Tuesday, June 5 2018 4:54 PM EDT2018-06-05 20:54:20 GMT
    (Source: KXXV)(Source: KXXV)

    When it comes to hurricanes, evacuations are always possible…but what about patients in hospitals who don't have the ability to leave? "You want to keep your most critical patients in  your hospital, it's better for their overall health." Regional Manager of Safety and Emergency Management at Christus St. Patrick Hospital, Scott Kyle says in situations like these, they try to discharge patients who are able to be discharged, but they've learned from past experi...

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    When it comes to hurricanes, evacuations are always possible…but what about patients in hospitals who don't have the ability to leave? "You want to keep your most critical patients in  your hospital, it's better for their overall health." Regional Manager of Safety and Emergency Management at Christus St. Patrick Hospital, Scott Kyle says in situations like these, they try to discharge patients who are able to be discharged, but they've learned from past experi...

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  • Sunrise birthdays: June 5, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 5, 2018

    Tuesday, June 5 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-06-05 12:10:40 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays for June 5: Ryan Clair Babineaux, 4 Timothy Lavan Lemoine, 15 Brad Findley, 34 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays for June 5: Ryan Clair Babineaux, 4 Timothy Lavan Lemoine, 15 Brad Findley, 34 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • McNeese student receives NASA funded internship

    McNeese student receives NASA funded internship

    Monday, June 4 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-06-04 16:39:02 GMT

    McNeese State University engineering junior Anthony Miller, of Sulphur, is one of 13 undergraduates from Louisiana institutions to receive a NASA-funded summer internship. 

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    McNeese State University engineering junior Anthony Miller, of Sulphur, is one of 13 undergraduates from Louisiana institutions to receive a NASA-funded summer internship. 

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  • Sunrise birthdays: June 4, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: June 4, 2018

    Monday, June 4 2018 8:51 AM EDT2018-06-04 12:51:36 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 4: Leonard Brown, Jr. If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for June 4: Leonard Brown, Jr. If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 1, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: June 1, 2018

    Monday, June 4 2018 8:48 AM EDT2018-06-04 12:48:29 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: McDamon Jamar Coleman, 35, Lake Charles: Instate detainer. Bradley Gerald Berard, 37, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, obstruction of justice, obtaining by false representation. Bond: $500. Allen Davon Sam, 22, Lake Charles: Simple battery, domestic abuse battery. Lydia Ann Debold, 31, Houston, TX: Domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace, battery of a police officer, simple criminal damage to property, resisting an officer. Bond: $4,500. Idr...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: McDamon Jamar Coleman, 35, Lake Charles: Instate detainer. Bradley Gerald Berard, 37, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, obstruction of justice, obtaining by false representation. Bond: $500. Allen Davon Sam, 22, Lake Charles: Simple battery, domestic abuse battery. Lydia Ann Debold, 31, Houston, TX: Domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace, battery of a police officer, simple criminal damage to property, resisting an officer. Bond: $4,500. Idr...

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  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Sunday, June 3

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Sunday, June 3

    Monday, June 4 2018 8:38 AM EDT2018-06-04 12:38:38 GMT
    Sillman Sonnier, 64, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts domestic abuse battery. Dustin Williams, 32, Sulphur, LA: Operating while intoxicated third offense, careless operation.  Nathanael Shattuck, 22, Fort Polk, LA: Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000, disturbing the peace.  Eric Comeaux, 22, Lake Charles, LA: Direct contempt of court.  Qunitavius Garrett, 27, Orange, TX: Disturbing the peace, resisting a police office with force or violence, possession of controlled ...More >>
    Sillman Sonnier, 64, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts domestic abuse battery. Dustin Williams, 32, Sulphur, LA: Operating while intoxicated third offense, careless operation.  Nathanael Shattuck, 22, Fort Polk, LA: Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000, disturbing the peace.  Eric Comeaux, 22, Lake Charles, LA: Direct contempt of court.  Qunitavius Garrett, 27, Orange, TX: Disturbing the peace, resisting a police office with force or violence, possession of controlled ...More >>
  • Pain cream helps patients eliminate oral medication

    Pain cream helps patients eliminate oral medication

    Monday, June 4 2018 7:07 AM EDT2018-06-04 11:07:35 GMT

    Marie Gentry was diagnosed with osteoporosis, neuropathy, scoliosis and was living a life full of pain. Until, she read a story on KPLC and met doctor Craig Morton and his creation of Accuplus. "My husband had to take care of me and take me to all the appointments and everything after 8 1/2 months and I got on the appointment I got in that car and I've been driving since," Gentry said. Now with torn rotator cuffs, and a continuation of her other painful diagnoses, Gentry r...

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    Marie Gentry was diagnosed with osteoporosis, neuropathy, scoliosis and was living a life full of pain. Until, she read a story on KPLC and met doctor Craig Morton and his creation of Accuplus. "My husband had to take care of me and take me to all the appointments and everything after 8 1/2 months and I got on the appointment I got in that car and I've been driving since," Gentry said. Now with torn rotator cuffs, and a continuation of her other painful diagnoses, Gentry r...

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  • Boil advisory lifted for section of Ryan Street

    Boil advisory lifted for section of Ryan Street

    Friday, June 1 2018 5:40 PM EDT2018-06-01 21:40:08 GMT
    The boil advisory for part of Ryan Street has been lifted. (Source: KPLC)The boil advisory for part of Ryan Street has been lifted. (Source: KPLC)
    The boil advisory for part of Ryan Street has been lifted. (Source: KPLC)The boil advisory for part of Ryan Street has been lifted. (Source: KPLC)
    The precautionary boil advisory along Ryan Street has been lifted, according to Matt Young, spokesman for the city. The advisory was placed on May 31 following a break in a 6-inch water line between Sale Road and East and West Claude Streets on Ryan Street. Young says the break has been repaired and full pressure has been restored to the area. Bacteriological samples taken from the affected areas were negative for any contamination. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    The precautionary boil advisory along Ryan Street has been lifted, according to Matt Young, spokesman for the city. The advisory was placed on May 31 following a break in a 6-inch water line between Sale Road and East and West Claude Streets on Ryan Street. Young says the break has been repaired and full pressure has been restored to the area. Bacteriological samples taken from the affected areas were negative for any contamination. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • APSO urges citizens to report litterbugs

    APSO urges citizens to report litterbugs

    Friday, June 1 2018 11:33 AM EDT2018-06-01 15:33:30 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)
    Allen Parish has litter issues, according to a Facebook post from the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Police Jury only operates the parish dump sites two days a week due to lack of funding, preventing trash from going to the dump. This contributes to trash alongside roads in the parish. APSO urges people to take a photo or get the license plate number of said litterbugs, if possible, and contact the sheriff’s office immediately if you see someone littering, whether ...More >>
    Allen Parish has litter issues, according to a Facebook post from the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Police Jury only operates the parish dump sites two days a week due to lack of funding, preventing trash from going to the dump. This contributes to trash alongside roads in the parish. APSO urges people to take a photo or get the license plate number of said litterbugs, if possible, and contact the sheriff’s office immediately if you see someone littering, whether ...More >>
  • CPSO to stress importance of gun safety

    CPSO to stress importance of gun safety

    Friday, June 1 2018 6:21 AM EDT2018-06-01 10:21:28 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will be making a presentation  called "Gun Safety Rocks." Lieutenant Bryan Fontenot will be speaking at the Westlake library starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 1. The free presentation is open to people of all ages, and there will be a chance to ask questions at the end.More >>
    The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will be making a presentation  called "Gun Safety Rocks." Lieutenant Bryan Fontenot will be speaking at the Westlake library starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 1. The free presentation is open to people of all ages, and there will be a chance to ask questions at the end.More >>
  • New McNeese students can get a taste of campus life during Cowboy Camp

    New McNeese students can get a taste of campus life during Cowboy Camp

    Thursday, May 31 2018 8:42 AM EDT2018-05-31 12:42:30 GMT
    McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)
    McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)McNeese will host a free seminar "Starting and Financing Your Business Idea" (Source: McNeese State University)
    Incoming freshman and transfer students can learn more about what life is like at McNeese before the semester starts. The annual Cowboy Camp will be held August 17 and 18 and will teach new students about some of the traditions and history of McNeese. Students will also be able to move into on-campus housing early and compete in competitions to win prizes. Kedrick Nicholas, director of campus life at McNeese, joined 7News Sunrise to explain some of the benefits of this camp. For m...More >>
    Incoming freshman and transfer students can learn more about what life is like at McNeese before the semester starts. The annual Cowboy Camp will be held August 17 and 18 and will teach new students about some of the traditions and history of McNeese. Students will also be able to move into on-campus housing early and compete in competitions to win prizes. Kedrick Nicholas, director of campus life at McNeese, joined 7News Sunrise to explain some of the benefits of this camp. For m...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 30, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 30, 2018

    Thursday, May 31 2018 8:25 AM EDT2018-05-31 12:25:34 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jimon Breon Sallier, 17, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, contraband. Bond: $7,000. Jason Andrew Picard, 40, Sulphur: Possession of drugs; possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, manufacture or produce; possession of marijuana; drug paraphernalia; mirrors; violations of registration provisions; driver must be licensed. Bond: $12,000. Michael Darren Dickson, 45, Lake Charles: Violations of protective orders. Bond: $5,000. Ernest Roger Ph...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jimon Breon Sallier, 17, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, contraband. Bond: $7,000. Jason Andrew Picard, 40, Sulphur: Possession of drugs; possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, manufacture or produce; possession of marijuana; drug paraphernalia; mirrors; violations of registration provisions; driver must be licensed. Bond: $12,000. Michael Darren Dickson, 45, Lake Charles: Violations of protective orders. Bond: $5,000. Ernest Roger Ph...More >>
  • Sunrise Birthday: Thursday, May 31

    Sunrise Birthday: Thursday, May 31

    Thursday, May 31 2018 8:16 AM EDT2018-05-31 12:16:20 GMT
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: May 31 Ashley Williams - 35 Elizabeth Tezeno - 34 Eric Chavez - 6 Reid Bourque - 20 Tracie Alice Reid - 27 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise Birthdays: May 31 Ashley Williams - 35 Elizabeth Tezeno - 34 Eric Chavez - 6 Reid Bourque - 20 Tracie Alice Reid - 27 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Amount of donations 'fantastic' for St. Jude Dream Home

    Amount of donations 'fantastic' for St. Jude Dream Home

    Wednesday, May 30 2018 8:04 PM EDT2018-05-31 00:04:01 GMT
    Donations to the St. Jude Dream Home in Lake Charles have been fantastic, says Chris Salvador, developer and owner of Salvador Custom Homes. "It makes you appreciate how good the people are in Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana and the surrounding areas," Salvador said. The 5,000-square-foot home (3,300 living space) is two stories, has two fireplaces, high-end finishings and appliances and a landscaped yard." The home is being built in the Graywood ...More >>
    Donations to the St. Jude Dream Home in Lake Charles have been fantastic, says Chris Salvador, developer and owner of Salvador Custom Homes. "It makes you appreciate how good the people are in Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana and the surrounding areas," Salvador said. The 5,000-square-foot home (3,300 living space) is two stories, has two fireplaces, high-end finishings and appliances and a landscaped yard." The home is being built in the Graywood ...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 27, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 27, 2018

    Wednesday, May 30 2018 8:20 AM EDT2018-05-30 12:20:02 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center:

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  • A woman's life with Lupus and Fibromyalgia

    A woman's life with Lupus and Fibromyalgia

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 12:40 PM EDT2018-05-29 16:40:25 GMT

    It’s an invisible illness that many people believe doesn’t exist. “Lupus is an auto immune disease which basically your cells in your body are attacking themselves,” said patient Miranda Gradnigo. She was diagnosed with Lupus 8 years ago and on top of that, doctors told her she had fibromyalgia. “Basically it's a pain that you're living with every day,” Gradnigo said.

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    It’s an invisible illness that many people believe doesn’t exist. “Lupus is an auto immune disease which basically your cells in your body are attacking themselves,” said patient Miranda Gradnigo. She was diagnosed with Lupus 8 years ago and on top of that, doctors told her she had fibromyalgia. “Basically it's a pain that you're living with every day,” Gradnigo said.

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 28, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 28, 2018

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 8:19 AM EDT2018-05-29 12:19:00 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Keith Jerome Nonette, Sr., 38, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, produce or manufacture; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drugs; license plate light required; resisting an officer by flight; contraband.

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Keith Jerome Nonette, Sr., 38, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, produce or manufacture; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drugs; license plate light required; resisting an officer by flight; contraband.

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  • Lake Charles City Council will hold a special meeting today

    Lake Charles City Council will hold a special meeting today

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 8:08 AM EDT2018-05-29 12:08:53 GMT
    Members of the Lake Charles City Council will be holding a special meeting this evening to consider creating an incentive for the early completion of the I-210 construction project. The council will discuss a resolution that would allow it to negotiate the terms of an agreement with DOTD, the Calcasieu Parish Police jury, and other business agencies to contribute funds to contribute funds to this incentive package. That meeting starts at 5:30 this evening in the city council chamber...More >>
    Members of the Lake Charles City Council will be holding a special meeting this evening to consider creating an incentive for the early completion of the I-210 construction project. The council will discuss a resolution that would allow it to negotiate the terms of an agreement with DOTD, the Calcasieu Parish Police jury, and other business agencies to contribute funds to contribute funds to this incentive package. That meeting starts at 5:30 this evening in the city council chamber...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: May 28, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: May 28, 2018

    Tuesday, May 29 2018 5:13 AM EDT2018-05-29 09:13:37 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 28: Christian Jefferson, 4 Jackie Fontenot Karen Orsot-Lede Rashonda Francois-Shillow Zedel Fontenot-Williams Sheri Williams, 57 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 28: Christian Jefferson, 4 Jackie Fontenot Karen Orsot-Lede Rashonda Francois-Shillow Zedel Fontenot-Williams Sheri Williams, 57 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Zoosiana reopens after Saturday fire

    Zoosiana reopens after Saturday fire

    Monday, May 28 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-05-28 23:24:27 GMT

    Zoosiana, the zoo of Acadiana, has reopened according to their Facebook page.  The building that houses the train caught on fire, and had been burning for some time before firefighters arrived, according to KATC. The Lafayette and Scott fire departments were called for assistance because of a water shortage, KATC said.  No people or animals were injured during the fire.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserv...

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    Zoosiana, the zoo of Acadiana, has reopened according to their Facebook page.  The building that houses the train caught on fire, and had been burning for some time before firefighters arrived, according to KATC. The Lafayette and Scott fire departments were called for assistance because of a water shortage, KATC said.  No people or animals were injured during the fire.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserv...

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 26, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 26, 2018

    Monday, May 28 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-05-28 21:16:51 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Danae Nicole Williams, 19, Iowa: Possession of marijuana; possession, sale or distribution of a drug without a prescription; drug paraphernalia. Bond: $500. Brianna Rose Hebert, 17, Iowa: Possession of marijuana; sale, distribution or possession of a drug without prescription. Karen Lynn Young, 51, Iowa: Possession of drugs, possession of marijuana , theft, contraband. Richard Lee Davis, 43, Deridder: Failure to register and notify as a sex offender...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Danae Nicole Williams, 19, Iowa: Possession of marijuana; possession, sale or distribution of a drug without a prescription; drug paraphernalia. Bond: $500. Brianna Rose Hebert, 17, Iowa: Possession of marijuana; sale, distribution or possession of a drug without prescription. Karen Lynn Young, 51, Iowa: Possession of drugs, possession of marijuana , theft, contraband. Richard Lee Davis, 43, Deridder: Failure to register and notify as a sex offender...

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 25, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 25, 2018

    Monday, May 28 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-05-28 21:16:46 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Shelly Jo Ellender, 32, Sulphur: Direct contempt of court. Christopher Clifton Bradley, 38, Lake Charles: Possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, illegal use of drugs in the presence of persons under 17, display of plates, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $14,750. Somer Lynn Hunter, 36, Lake Charles: Possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, illegal use of a drugs in the presence of persons under 17, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $14,500. Roderick Li...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Shelly Jo Ellender, 32, Sulphur: Direct contempt of court. Christopher Clifton Bradley, 38, Lake Charles: Possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, illegal use of drugs in the presence of persons under 17, display of plates, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $14,750. Somer Lynn Hunter, 36, Lake Charles: Possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, illegal use of a drugs in the presence of persons under 17, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $14,500. Roderick Li...

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  • My Fair Baby community baby shower held at Civic Center

    My Fair Baby community baby shower held at Civic Center

    Monday, May 28 2018 7:57 AM EDT2018-05-28 11:57:24 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    My Fair Baby, a community baby shower, was held at the Civic Center Saturday. The annual event is for expecting parents and caregivers to learn life-saving tips such as how to reduce the risk of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  Prizes like Pack 'N Plays and car seats were also won. To find out more about SIDS, click here. Copyright KPLC 2018. All rights reserved.

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    My Fair Baby, a community baby shower, was held at the Civic Center Saturday. The annual event is for expecting parents and caregivers to learn life-saving tips such as how to reduce the risk of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  Prizes like Pack 'N Plays and car seats were also won. To find out more about SIDS, click here. Copyright KPLC 2018. All rights reserved.

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  • Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:51:37 GMT
    (Source History.com)(Source History.com)

    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

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    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

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  • Phone lines down at Vinton Police Department

    Phone lines down at Vinton Police Department

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:32 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:32:51 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Vinton Police Department's phone lines are down due to a lightning storm, according to Ricky Fox, police chief of VPD. Fox advises any Vinton residents with an emergency to call 911 directly. KPLC will notify the public once the lines are back up. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Vinton Police Department's phone lines are down due to a lightning storm, according to Ricky Fox, police chief of VPD. Fox advises any Vinton residents with an emergency to call 911 directly. KPLC will notify the public once the lines are back up. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • May 25 is National Missing Children's Day

    May 25 is National Missing Children's Day

    Friday, May 25 2018 3:38 PM EDT2018-05-25 19:38:06 GMT
    (Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)(Source: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

    May 25 is National Missing Children's Day, a day "designed to focus attention on families still longing to be reunited with their lost or exploited children," according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website. There are currently 38 children reported missing in Louisiana, some of which have been missing for as long as 40 years. “Missing Children’s Day serves as a reminder to everyone that there are many children still out t...

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    May 25 is National Missing Children's Day, a day "designed to focus attention on families still longing to be reunited with their lost or exploited children," according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website. There are currently 38 children reported missing in Louisiana, some of which have been missing for as long as 40 years. “Missing Children’s Day serves as a reminder to everyone that there are many children still out t...

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  • Lake Charles Memorial Residency program helping interns become better doctors

    Lake Charles Memorial Residency program helping interns become better doctors

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:54 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:54:56 GMT

    The road to residency isn’t easy. “I round the morning see my patients,” said first year Lake Charles Memorial Residential Intern Christian LeBlanc. “I look at labs, evaluate, making sure they’re giving the right treatment, making sure we address any concerns they have overnight then we round with our attending that supervises us and making sure we’re doing everything appropriate to support our patient.”

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    The road to residency isn’t easy. “I round the morning see my patients,” said first year Lake Charles Memorial Residential Intern Christian LeBlanc. “I look at labs, evaluate, making sure they’re giving the right treatment, making sure we address any concerns they have overnight then we round with our attending that supervises us and making sure we’re doing everything appropriate to support our patient.”

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  • Two local students honored for 13 years of perfect attendance

    Two local students honored for 13 years of perfect attendance

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:05 PM EDT2018-05-25 16:05:10 GMT

    Quite an accomplishment for two high school seniors in Calcasieu Parish. Sherie Broussard and Nicholas Watts are being recognized for 13 years of  perfect attendance.  They will be honored at the June 12 regular school board meeting. Broussard is a graduate of Sam Houston High School with a 3.52 GPA. She plans to attend Sowela Technical Community College and major in Process Technology. Following graduation from Sowela, Broussard plans to continue her education at McNeese ...

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    Quite an accomplishment for two high school seniors in Calcasieu Parish. Sherie Broussard and Nicholas Watts are being recognized for 13 years of  perfect attendance.  They will be honored at the June 12 regular school board meeting. Broussard is a graduate of Sam Houston High School with a 3.52 GPA. She plans to attend Sowela Technical Community College and major in Process Technology. Following graduation from Sowela, Broussard plans to continue her education at McNeese ...

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  • Thursday, May 25

    Thursday, May 25

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:08 AM EDT2018-05-25 13:08:38 GMT

    Johnnie Hardman, 29, Lake Charles, LA: First degree murder, armed robbery, armed robbery; attempted armed robbery; use of firearm; additional penalty, attempted armed robbery, armed robbery attempted armed robbery; use of firearm; additional penalty, attempted possession of marijuana; 1st offense, prohibited acts, drugs paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy, criminal conspiracy, simple escape. Leo Lawler, 25, Lake Charles, LA: Violations of protective orders, produce, manufacture, distr...

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    Johnnie Hardman, 29, Lake Charles, LA: First degree murder, armed robbery, armed robbery; attempted armed robbery; use of firearm; additional penalty, attempted armed robbery, armed robbery attempted armed robbery; use of firearm; additional penalty, attempted possession of marijuana; 1st offense, prohibited acts, drugs paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy, criminal conspiracy, simple escape. Leo Lawler, 25, Lake Charles, LA: Violations of protective orders, produce, manufacture, distr...

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  • Conner holds grand opening of campaign headquarters

    Conner holds grand opening of campaign headquarters

    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:48 PM EDT2018-05-24 22:48:27 GMT

    Dr. Phillip Conner held the grand opening of his campaign headquarters on Thursday at the corner of 10th Street and Hodges Street in Lake Charles. Conner is running for U.S. Congress in Louisiana's third congressional district against Clay Higgins. He will be running as a Democrat in the open primary/congressional election on November 6. For more information, visit his campaign website. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Dr. Phillip Conner held the grand opening of his campaign headquarters on Thursday at the corner of 10th Street and Hodges Street in Lake Charles. Conner is running for U.S. Congress in Louisiana's third congressional district against Clay Higgins. He will be running as a Democrat in the open primary/congressional election on November 6. For more information, visit his campaign website. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • New exhibit coming to Lake Charles Black Heritage Gallery

    New exhibit coming to Lake Charles Black Heritage Gallery

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:57 PM EDT2018-05-24 21:57:37 GMT
    (Source: Black Heritage Gallery website)(Source: Black Heritage Gallery website)
    (Source: Black Heritage Gallery website)(Source: Black Heritage Gallery website)
    The Lake Charles Black Heritage Art Gallery will host a new exhibit, "Documenting the Cane River Creole Legacy," according to Amanda Reeves, public relations manager for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. The exhibit will feature art by Gilbert D. Fletcher, an internationally renowned artist. It will begin at 6 p.m. June 1 with a reception open to the public. It will include a book signing, entertainment, and refreshments. The Black ...More >>
    The Lake Charles Black Heritage Art Gallery will host a new exhibit, "Documenting the Cane River Creole Legacy," according to Amanda Reeves, public relations manager for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. The exhibit will feature art by Gilbert D. Fletcher, an internationally renowned artist. It will begin at 6 p.m. June 1 with a reception open to the public. It will include a book signing, entertainment, and refreshments. The Black ...More >>
  • Rainbow caught on video by Leesville resident

    Rainbow caught on video by Leesville resident

    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:28 PM EDT2018-05-24 19:28:38 GMT
    (Source: Ashley Johnson Stanley)(Source: Ashley Johnson Stanley)
    (Source: Ashley Johnson Stanley)(Source: Ashley Johnson Stanley)
    Leesville resident Ashley Johnson Stanley caught an incredible video of a rainbow in her backyard. Stanley says she filmed it during a rainstorm on Tuesday. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Leesville resident Ashley Johnson Stanley caught an incredible video of a rainbow in her backyard. Stanley says she filmed it during a rainstorm on Tuesday. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • The Stables at Le Bocage to hold Spring Series II Horse Show

    The Stables at Le Bocage to hold Spring Series II Horse Show

    Thursday, May 24 2018 2:32 PM EDT2018-05-24 18:32:34 GMT
    The Stables at Le Bocage (Source: Facebook)The Stables at Le Bocage (Source: Facebook)
    The Stables at Le Bocage (Source: Facebook)The Stables at Le Bocage (Source: Facebook)

    The Stables at Le Bocage will hold its Spring Series II Horse Show on May 26, according to Joyce Simoneaux, office manager for the stables. Their Spring Series shows feature classes for all ages, including classes for the therapeutic riding students. The show is open to all ages and levels of English Hunter/Jumper riders with lead line, trot poles, walk-trot, and other classes for beginner riders. Intermediate and advanced classes will be offered as well. The show will also give th...

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    The Stables at Le Bocage will hold its Spring Series II Horse Show on May 26, according to Joyce Simoneaux, office manager for the stables. Their Spring Series shows feature classes for all ages, including classes for the therapeutic riding students. The show is open to all ages and levels of English Hunter/Jumper riders with lead line, trot poles, walk-trot, and other classes for beginner riders. Intermediate and advanced classes will be offered as well. The show will also give th...

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  • Sunrise Birthdays: Thursday, May 24

    Sunrise Birthdays: Thursday, May 24

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:22 AM EDT2018-05-24 12:22:39 GMT
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise birthday for May 24 Jordan Chavis 23 Maddox Willis 7 Makenzie Willis 7 Daniel Broussard 11 Ronnie Plumbar 65 Jaidyn-Lane Dockery 8 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy Birthday to our Sunrise birthday for May 24 Jordan Chavis 23 Maddox Willis 7 Makenzie Willis 7 Daniel Broussard 11 Ronnie Plumbar 65 Jaidyn-Lane Dockery 8 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Letters from WWII soldier in Lake Charles being donated to museum

    Letters from WWII soldier in Lake Charles being donated to museum

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:18 AM EDT2018-05-24 11:18:54 GMT

    Letters sent by a soldier serving in the Pacific to his mother back home in Lake Charles will soon be donated to the World War II Museum in New Orleans. From 1942 to 1945, 

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    Letters sent by a soldier serving in the Pacific to his mother back home in Lake Charles will soon be donated to the World War II Museum in New Orleans. From 1942 to 1945, 

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 23, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 23, 2018

    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:13 AM EDT2018-05-24 10:13:47 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Whitney Rene Smith, 31, Lake Charles: Theft, illegal carrying of weapons, simple burglary, resisting an officer by refusal to ID, probation detainer, simple escape. Bond: $12,000. Melinda Elisa Hassan, 34, Vinton: Probation violation, direct contempt of court, simple escape. Jeffrey Lynn Daily, 51, Chehalias, WA: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer by flight. Bond: $25,000. Victor Paul Assunto, Jr., 39, Sulphur: Operating ve...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Whitney Rene Smith, 31, Lake Charles: Theft, illegal carrying of weapons, simple burglary, resisting an officer by refusal to ID, probation detainer, simple escape. Bond: $12,000. Melinda Elisa Hassan, 34, Vinton: Probation violation, direct contempt of court, simple escape. Jeffrey Lynn Daily, 51, Chehalias, WA: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, resisting an officer by flight. Bond: $25,000. Victor Paul Assunto, Jr., 39, Sulphur: Operating ve...

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  • Pets suffering from arthritis

    Pets suffering from arthritis

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:22 AM EDT2018-05-23 15:22:26 GMT

    Arthritis causes pain and inflammation in the joints and can be hard to live with, especially for animals. "Pets get it for a variety of reasons, we see a lot in older dogs where it's a result of age, or younger dogs where they have a history of trauma,” said Veterinarian Adam McMahan from Lake Area Animal Hospital.

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    Arthritis causes pain and inflammation in the joints and can be hard to live with, especially for animals. "Pets get it for a variety of reasons, we see a lot in older dogs where it's a result of age, or younger dogs where they have a history of trauma,” said Veterinarian Adam McMahan from Lake Area Animal Hospital.

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  • Sunrise birthdays: May 23, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: May 23, 2018

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 5:09 AM EDT2018-05-23 09:09:43 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 23: Brandon Lee Sterling, 19 Jennifer Guillory Michaela Gordon, 10 Natalie Maggio, 16 Rashonda Francis-Shillow Seth Bowen Zachariya Mouton, 7 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 23: Brandon Lee Sterling, 19 Jennifer Guillory Michaela Gordon, 10 Natalie Maggio, 16 Rashonda Francis-Shillow Seth Bowen Zachariya Mouton, 7 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival to be held June 23

    Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival to be held June 23

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 5:05 PM EDT2018-05-22 21:05:20 GMT
    Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival honored as Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism SocietyGulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival honored as Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society
    Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival honored as Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism SocietyGulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz Festival honored as Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society

    Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz festival honored by the Southeast Tourism Society as top 20 best event in the southeast occurring in June.  This event features award winning jazz artists and aims to promote the cultural importance of jazz, cuisine, and the local community.  The festival will be held on June 23 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

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    Gulf Coast Shrimp and Jazz festival honored by the Southeast Tourism Society as top 20 best event in the southeast occurring in June.  This event features award winning jazz artists and aims to promote the cultural importance of jazz, cuisine, and the local community.  The festival will be held on June 23 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

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  • Louisiana man arrested for failure to notify as a sex offender

    Louisiana man arrested for failure to notify as a sex offender

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 5:17 AM EDT2018-05-22 09:17:35 GMT
    The Lake Charles Police Department says it arrested a man for failing to register and notify as a sex offender after moving to Lake Charles. The department says Damien Prater moved from Cottonport and did not let the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office or the Lake Charles Police Department know of his status. Prater was convicted in 2011 for carnal knowledge of a juvenile. His victim was 16 years old at the time. He was arrested on two counts of failure to notify and register as a se...More >>
    The Lake Charles Police Department says it arrested a man for failing to register and notify as a sex offender after moving to Lake Charles. The department says Damien Prater moved from Cottonport and did not let the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office or the Lake Charles Police Department know of his status. Prater was convicted in 2011 for carnal knowledge of a juvenile. His victim was 16 years old at the time. He was arrested on two counts of failure to notify and register as a se...More >>
  • East Beauregard Elementary hosts Career on Wheels Day

    East Beauregard Elementary hosts Career on Wheels Day

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:50 PM EDT2018-05-21 17:50:42 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    East Beauregard Elementary celebrated its annual Career on Wheels Day. Last Friday, the school hosted a huge assortment of vehicles that represent careers within the community. Those vehicles included an ambulance, fire truck, BECI truck, State Trooper motorcycle units, DeRidder Police, Police Jury Dozer, race car, Wildlife and Fisheries truck and boat, drilling rig, a helicopter and more!  The event included an appearance from the radio station and picnics for differ...

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    East Beauregard Elementary celebrated its annual Career on Wheels Day. Last Friday, the school hosted a huge assortment of vehicles that represent careers within the community. Those vehicles included an ambulance, fire truck, BECI truck, State Trooper motorcycle units, DeRidder Police, Police Jury Dozer, race car, Wildlife and Fisheries truck and boat, drilling rig, a helicopter and more!  The event included an appearance from the radio station and picnics for differ...

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  • Booking Report: Sunday, May 20

    Booking Report: Sunday, May 20

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:48 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:48:56 GMT
    Joseph Moon, 40, Lake Charles, LA: Monetary instrument abuse. Nicholas Sonnier, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Careless operation, possession of marijuana; 1st offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Lauren Leboeuf, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Possession of marijuana 1st; offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Gerald Lowe, 52, Lake Charles, LA: Domestic Abuse Battery. Marlon Morris, 43, Lake Charles, LA: Produce, manufacture, distribut...More >>
    Joseph Moon, 40, Lake Charles, LA: Monetary instrument abuse. Nicholas Sonnier, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Careless operation, possession of marijuana; 1st offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Lauren Leboeuf, 19, Lake Charles, LA: Possession of marijuana 1st; offense, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, schedule II. Gerald Lowe, 52, Lake Charles, LA: Domestic Abuse Battery. Marlon Morris, 43, Lake Charles, LA: Produce, manufacture, distribut...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: May 21, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: May 21, 2018

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:40 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:40:07 GMT

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 21: Delaila J O'Neal, 8 Hazel House Ton Brady, 54 Annette Crouts, 56 Deacon Sam Orsot Destiney Mackey, 6 Mari Brown Marie Lecompte Riley  Jacobs, 6 Tamika Wallace, 38 Terry Baron, 1 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 21: Delaila J O'Neal, 8 Hazel House Ton Brady, 54 Annette Crouts, 56 Deacon Sam Orsot Destiney Mackey, 6 Mari Brown Marie Lecompte Riley  Jacobs, 6 Tamika Wallace, 38 Terry Baron, 1 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 18, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 18, 2018

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:28 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:28:54 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Casey Grant Arceneaux, 33, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Kerry Shawn Cotlong, 43, Lake Charles: Obscenity. Bond: $7,500. Brian McGlamry, 53, Ocoee, FL: Operating while intoxicated, impeding the flow of traffic, use of multiple beam road lighting equipment, turning movements and required signals, driving on roadway laned for traffic, evidence of motor vehicle liability security contained in vehicle, operating vehicle while license is suspende...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Casey Grant Arceneaux, 33, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Kerry Shawn Cotlong, 43, Lake Charles: Obscenity. Bond: $7,500. Brian McGlamry, 53, Ocoee, FL: Operating while intoxicated, impeding the flow of traffic, use of multiple beam road lighting equipment, turning movements and required signals, driving on roadway laned for traffic, evidence of motor vehicle liability security contained in vehicle, operating vehicle while license is suspende...More >>
  • Rabies clinic held at Burton after rain delay

    Rabies clinic held at Burton after rain delay

    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:18 PM EDT2018-05-20 16:18:31 GMT

    The annual rabies clinic hosted by the Calcasieu Parish Policy Jury and Calcasieu Parish Animal Services was held at Burton Coliseum Saturday morning. The event was originally scheduled for Apr. 14 but was canceled due to rain. Hundreds of pet owners lined up in the parking lot to get their cats and dogs vaccinated at the low-cost event. Calcasieu Parish and Louisiana codes require all cats and dogs over 3 months to be vaccinated and licensed. Assistant Director Wyvette Pryor-...

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    The annual rabies clinic hosted by the Calcasieu Parish Policy Jury and Calcasieu Parish Animal Services was held at Burton Coliseum Saturday morning. The event was originally scheduled for Apr. 14 but was canceled due to rain. Hundreds of pet owners lined up in the parking lot to get their cats and dogs vaccinated at the low-cost event. Calcasieu Parish and Louisiana codes require all cats and dogs over 3 months to be vaccinated and licensed. Assistant Director Wyvette Pryor-...

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  • McNeese announces summer camp programs

    McNeese announces summer camp programs

    Friday, May 18 2018 4:49 PM EDT2018-05-18 20:49:22 GMT
    (Source: McNeese State University)(Source: McNeese State University)
    (Source: McNeese State University)(Source: McNeese State University)

    McNeese State University has announced its summer programs for local youth of all ages. McNeese Leisure Learning will offer its Kids College Program that offers students a STEAM adventure with classes in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.  For more information about these classes, call 337-475-5616 or visit their website. Other programs are listed below:  Kids College All-Day STEAM Program Grades 1 - 8 May 28 - Aug. 10 7:30 a.m. - 5:3...

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    McNeese State University has announced its summer programs for local youth of all ages. McNeese Leisure Learning will offer its Kids College Program that offers students a STEAM adventure with classes in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.  For more information about these classes, call 337-475-5616 or visit their website. Other programs are listed below:  Kids College All-Day STEAM Program Grades 1 - 8 May 28 - Aug. 10 7:30 a.m. - 5:3...

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  • 13 awarded at Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony

    13 awarded at Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony

    Friday, May 18 2018 12:32 PM EDT2018-05-18 16:32:02 GMT

    Deputies of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office were awarded for their outstanding accomplishments in this year's Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony. 

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    Deputies of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office were awarded for their outstanding accomplishments in this year's Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony. 

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  • Protecting your eyes from the sun's UV rays

    Protecting your eyes from the sun's UV rays

    Friday, May 18 2018 12:02 PM EDT2018-05-18 16:02:58 GMT

    We can see how sun affects the skin when sunburn occurs. But what about the eyes? "You can actually get a burn of the cornea,” said Optometrist Doctor Jeffrey Hankin. 

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    We can see how sun affects the skin when sunburn occurs. But what about the eyes? "You can actually get a burn of the cornea,” said Optometrist Doctor Jeffrey Hankin. 

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  • Power outage scheduled for parts of Iowa and Bell City

    Power outage scheduled for parts of Iowa and Bell City

    Friday, May 18 2018 9:17 AM EDT2018-05-18 13:17:09 GMT
    (Source: http://www.jdec.org)(Source: http://www.jdec.org)

    Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative will be turning off the power around Iowa for 4 hours today.  From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, there will be an outage in order to perform maintenance, announces Work Order Associate Tina Monceaux.  Residents in North and Northeast of Iowa, South of Iowa, and North of Bell City will be affected. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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    Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative will be turning off the power around Iowa for 4 hours today.  From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, there will be an outage in order to perform maintenance, announces Work Order Associate Tina Monceaux.  Residents in North and Northeast of Iowa, South of Iowa, and North of Bell City will be affected. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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  • Expansion plans: Lawmakers back marijuana for more ailments

    Expansion plans: Lawmakers back marijuana for more ailments

    Thursday, May 17 2018 3:28 PM EDT2018-05-17 19:28:04 GMT
    Marijuana (Source: KPLC)Marijuana (Source: KPLC)

    More people in Louisiana could soon be eligible for medical marijuana to treat their ailments, if Gov. John Bel Edwards agrees to bills that have received the backing of state lawmakers.

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    More people in Louisiana could soon be eligible for medical marijuana to treat their ailments, if Gov. John Bel Edwards agrees to bills that have received the backing of state lawmakers.

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  • LCPD announces Fun Day

    LCPD announces Fun Day

    Thursday, May 17 2018 1:10 PM EDT2018-05-17 17:10:41 GMT
    LCPD will hold its Fun Day on June 14 at the Civic Center (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)LCPD will hold its Fun Day on June 14 at the Civic Center (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    The Lake Charles Police Department will hold its Fun Day on June 14, according to Deputy Chief Mark Kraus. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. Activities will include face painting, fun jumps, train rides, races, a police motorcade, and more. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The Lake Charles Police Department will hold its Fun Day on June 14, according to Deputy Chief Mark Kraus. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. Activities will include face painting, fun jumps, train rides, races, a police motorcade, and more. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 15, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 15, 2018

    Thursday, May 17 2018 8:35 AM EDT2018-05-17 12:35:19 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Keelan Wade Thompson, 19, Lake Charles: Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, resisting an officer by refusal to ID. Bond: $2,500. Kyle B. Binschus, 18, Lake Charles: Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Bond: $2,000. Cameron Wayne Dowden, 17, Vinton: Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $3,000. Gary Lakeith Williams, 52, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $4,500. Laci Leann ...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Keelan Wade Thompson, 19, Lake Charles: Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, resisting an officer by refusal to ID. Bond: $2,500. Kyle B. Binschus, 18, Lake Charles: Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Bond: $2,000. Cameron Wayne Dowden, 17, Vinton: Unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $3,000. Gary Lakeith Williams, 52, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia. Bond: $4,500. Laci Leann ...

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  • Sunrise Birthdays: May 17

    Sunrise Birthdays: May 17

    Thursday, May 17 2018 8:33 AM EDT2018-05-17 12:33:03 GMT

    Donovan J Comeaux 23 Misty Thomas Xavier Howley 16 Xavier T. Riggins 14 Justin Lartigue 11 Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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    Donovan J Comeaux 23 Misty Thomas Xavier Howley 16 Xavier T. Riggins 14 Justin Lartigue 11 Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. 

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  • SWLA man starts WWII aviation museum

    SWLA man starts WWII aviation museum

    Thursday, May 17 2018 6:59 AM EDT2018-05-17 10:59:18 GMT
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV
    KPLC-TVKPLC-TV

    Harry Tanner loves to talk about flying. It started when he was a little boy.

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    Harry Tanner loves to talk about flying. It started when he was a little boy.

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  • Two Lake Charles veterans honored with laptops

    Two Lake Charles veterans honored with laptops

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-05-16 23:02:24 GMT
    Subway and Soldier’s Wish surprises Lake Charles Army veterans and Master Sgts. Kenneth Smith and Gregory Young with laptops. Both men are in college. (Source: Subway and Soldier's Wish)Subway and Soldier’s Wish surprises Lake Charles Army veterans and Master Sgts. Kenneth Smith and Gregory Young with laptops. Both men are in college. (Source: Subway and Soldier's Wish)
    Subway and Soldier’s Wish surprises Lake Charles Army veterans and Master Sgts. Kenneth Smith and Gregory Young with laptops. Both men are in college. (Source: Subway and Soldier's Wish)Subway and Soldier’s Wish surprises Lake Charles Army veterans and Master Sgts. Kenneth Smith and Gregory Young with laptops. Both men are in college. (Source: Subway and Soldier's Wish)
    Two Lake Charles-area veterans have been presented laptop computers to help with their studies. Army veterans and Master Sgts. Kenneth Smith and Gregory Young were both presented computers for college by Subway and Soldier's Wish. The laptops were presented at Subway on East Prien Lake Road on May 16. Attendees included retired Colonel Jim Jackson, Volunteer Executive Director of Soldier's Wish Mark Ochsenbein, and representatives from the American Legion and VRW...More >>
    Two Lake Charles-area veterans have been presented laptop computers to help with their studies. Army veterans and Master Sgts. Kenneth Smith and Gregory Young were both presented computers for college by Subway and Soldier's Wish. The laptops were presented at Subway on East Prien Lake Road on May 16. Attendees included retired Colonel Jim Jackson, Volunteer Executive Director of Soldier's Wish Mark Ochsenbein, and representatives from the American Legion and VRW...More >>
  • Mike Danahay sworn in as mayor of Sulphur

    Mike Danahay sworn in as mayor of Sulphur

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 11:54 AM EDT2018-05-16 15:54:54 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Mike Danahay has been sworn in as mayor of Sulphur. Danahay says he's ready to get things going. He says he wants to familiarize himself with the city of Sulphur and the operations of the city.  Danahay also says he plans to keep his campaign promise of creating a business environment for the city. "Fortunately, we're in one of the largest economic development situations in the history of SWLA. And Sulphur sits at the front door of that development and so we feel like its ...

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    Mike Danahay has been sworn in as mayor of Sulphur. Danahay says he's ready to get things going. He says he wants to familiarize himself with the city of Sulphur and the operations of the city.  Danahay also says he plans to keep his campaign promise of creating a business environment for the city. "Fortunately, we're in one of the largest economic development situations in the history of SWLA. And Sulphur sits at the front door of that development and so we feel like its ...

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  • Nelson Elementary will receive a new buddy bench today

    Nelson Elementary will receive a new buddy bench today

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 8:12 AM EDT2018-05-16 12:12:06 GMT

    Nelson Elementary in Lake Charles is receiving a new "buddy bench" today. The bench will be placed on the playground and kids can sit on it during recess if they need a friend to play with or if they're feeling sad. This will be the signal for other students to show support. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Nelson Elementary in Lake Charles is receiving a new "buddy bench" today. The bench will be placed on the playground and kids can sit on it during recess if they need a friend to play with or if they're feeling sad. This will be the signal for other students to show support. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Sunrise birthdays: May 16, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: May 16, 2018

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 8:07 AM EDT2018-05-16 12:07:05 GMT

    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 16: Dixie Rose Bergeron, 2 Ella Mae Ware Loreatha Glodd, 69 Valarie Thomas If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 16: Dixie Rose Bergeron, 2 Ella Mae Ware Loreatha Glodd, 69 Valarie Thomas If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Jennings couple accused of abandoning child

    Jennings couple accused of abandoning child

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 6:31 AM EDT2018-05-16 10:31:01 GMT

    A Jennings couple is accused of abandoning a child found crying on a porch according to a news release.  Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s deputies say Friday night they responded to a complaint that a child was left home alone. Deputies say the child's grandmother says she found her six-year-old granddaughter on the porch crying, holding a towel and wet from being in the bathtub. Deputies say they found the father, Stephen Corea Lafosse, 36, of 24150 Placide Ro...

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    A Jennings couple is accused of abandoning a child found crying on a porch according to a news release.  Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s deputies say Friday night they responded to a complaint that a child was left home alone. Deputies say the child's grandmother says she found her six-year-old granddaughter on the porch crying, holding a towel and wet from being in the bathtub. Deputies say they found the father, Stephen Corea Lafosse, 36, of 24150 Placide Ro...

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  • LaGrange High opens theatre participation to other Calcasieu Parish schools

    LaGrange High opens theatre participation to other Calcasieu Parish schools

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 3:46 PM EDT2018-05-15 19:46:52 GMT
    LaGrange High School (Source: Facebook)LaGrange High School (Source: Facebook)
    LaGrange High School (Source: Facebook)LaGrange High School (Source: Facebook)

    The LaGrange High School Performing Arts program is branching out. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, the department will open its curtains to more high school students in Calcasieu Parish. A pilot program is slated to include students not only from LaGrange,  but also those attending Barbe High, Bell City High, Iowa High, Sam Houston High, and Washington Marion High.  "We have done the musical program at LaGrange for six years now, and we've had a lot ...

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    The LaGrange High School Performing Arts program is branching out. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, the department will open its curtains to more high school students in Calcasieu Parish. A pilot program is slated to include students not only from LaGrange,  but also those attending Barbe High, Bell City High, Iowa High, Sam Houston High, and Washington Marion High.  "We have done the musical program at LaGrange for six years now, and we've had a lot ...

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  • No injuries in school bus crash in Westlake

    No injuries in school bus crash in Westlake

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 11:53 AM EDT2018-05-15 15:53:33 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    A school bus was involved in an accident in Westlake.  Westlake Police Chief Christopher Wilrye says the accident happened around 7:22 a.m. this morning.  The bus was holding 12 kids. No injuries have been reported from the bus nor the other vehicle involved says Wilrye. Wilrye says the roadway has been cleared. The accident is still under investigation.  KPLC and FOX29 are following the story and will provide updates.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights res...

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    A school bus was involved in an accident in Westlake.  Westlake Police Chief Christopher Wilrye says the accident happened around 7:22 a.m. this morning.  The bus was holding 12 kids. No injuries have been reported from the bus nor the other vehicle involved says Wilrye. Wilrye says the roadway has been cleared. The accident is still under investigation.  KPLC and FOX29 are following the story and will provide updates.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights res...

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  • Sowela 2018 Commencement ceremony is this evening

    Sowela 2018 Commencement ceremony is this evening

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 8:43 AM EDT2018-05-15 12:43:42 GMT
    Sowela's Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony is today at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The College will honor approximately 287 graduates. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    Sowela's Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony is today at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. The College will honor approximately 287 graduates. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 14, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 14, 2018

    Tuesday, May 15 2018 8:24 AM EDT2018-05-15 12:24:38 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Michael Blayne Mouton, 40, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, traffic-control signals. Bond: $5,500. Tyrus Tarzel Cheeks, 27, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $2,000. Nychollas Keith Jasmine, 23, Sulphur: Possession of synthetic marijuana, simple criminal damage to property, reckless operation, hit-and-run driving. Santana Nashell Trahan, 31, Lake Charles: Theft, illegal possession of stolen things, direct contempt of court. Bond: $4,000. ...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Michael Blayne Mouton, 40, Lake Charles: Possession of drugs, traffic-control signals. Bond: $5,500. Tyrus Tarzel Cheeks, 27, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $2,000. Nychollas Keith Jasmine, 23, Sulphur: Possession of synthetic marijuana, simple criminal damage to property, reckless operation, hit-and-run driving. Santana Nashell Trahan, 31, Lake Charles: Theft, illegal possession of stolen things, direct contempt of court. Bond: $4,000. ...

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  • 51 House members ask for Governor to call constitutional convention

    51 House members ask for Governor to call constitutional convention

    Monday, May 14 2018 8:26 PM EDT2018-05-15 00:26:30 GMT
    (Source: La House of Representatives)(Source: La House of Representatives)
    (Source: La House of Representatives)(Source: La House of Representatives)
    A letter signed by 51 members of the Louisiana House of Representatives was sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards requesting a state constitutional convention. The letter sent Monday, May 14, officially asked Gov. Edwards to include a constitutional convention in a call for the special session which was made Monday afternoon. The request states, “We must continue to pursue long term, structural reform of our finance and budget system,” and was signed by 51 members of the Ho...More >>
    A letter signed by 51 members of the Louisiana House of Representatives was sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards requesting a state constitutional convention. The letter sent Monday, May 14, officially asked Gov. Edwards to include a constitutional convention in a call for the special session which was made Monday afternoon. The request states, “We must continue to pursue long term, structural reform of our finance and budget system,” and was signed by 51 members of the Ho...More >>
  • LCFD flushing hydrants through June 14

    LCFD flushing hydrants through June 14

    Monday, May 14 2018 6:36 PM EDT2018-05-14 22:36:15 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Fire Hydrant (Source: KPLC)Fire Hydrant (Source: KPLC)
    The Lake Charles Fire Department is conducting its semi-annual hydrant flushing through June 14. Hydrant water testing will take place in Lake Charles as well as in Ward 3, District 2. The LCFD is required to test water hydrants twice per year to maintain its Class 2 fire rating. Water leaving the hydrants may be temporarily rust-colored from settled materials such as iron, but is still safe for domestic use, according to city officials. The LCFD will provide cleaning detergent fo...More >>
    The Lake Charles Fire Department is conducting its semi-annual hydrant flushing through June 14. Hydrant water testing will take place in Lake Charles as well as in Ward 3, District 2. The LCFD is required to test water hydrants twice per year to maintain its Class 2 fire rating. Water leaving the hydrants may be temporarily rust-colored from settled materials such as iron, but is still safe for domestic use, according to city officials. The LCFD will provide cleaning detergent fo...More >>
  • Lane closure on La. 27 in Hackberry

    Lane closure on La. 27 in Hackberry

    Monday, May 14 2018 6:09 PM EDT2018-05-14 22:09:36 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Motorists can expect delays this week on Highway 27 Northbound in the Hackberry area of Cameron Parish.  LA DOTD said in a news release that the northbound lane of LA 27 will be closed daily, between 6:00 AM and 4:00 PM, at MP 69.5 (approximately 2.2. miles south of Ellender Bridge), in Hackberry.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane, and thru traffic will be maintained in both directions via the use of flagmen. During closure times, the roadway width will be reduced to 15...

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    Motorists can expect delays this week on Highway 27 Northbound in the Hackberry area of Cameron Parish.  LA DOTD said in a news release that the northbound lane of LA 27 will be closed daily, between 6:00 AM and 4:00 PM, at MP 69.5 (approximately 2.2. miles south of Ellender Bridge), in Hackberry.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane, and thru traffic will be maintained in both directions via the use of flagmen. During closure times, the roadway width will be reduced to 15...

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  • CPSB schedules second registration for Innovation Academy

    CPSB schedules second registration for Innovation Academy

    Monday, May 14 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-05-14 21:53:35 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)(Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)(Source: Calcasieu Parish School Board)
    Calcasieu Parish students are invited to the second registration for E.K. Key CITGO Innovation Academy before the program reaches capacity. The registration is for elementary school students and is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 27, 30, and 31 at E.K. Key Elementary School. The three-day experience provides students through a STEM curriculum to have hands-on learning, develop problem-solving skills using scientific inquiry, and collaborate with others in the engineering design pro...More >>
    Calcasieu Parish students are invited to the second registration for E.K. Key CITGO Innovation Academy before the program reaches capacity. The registration is for elementary school students and is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on July 27, 30, and 31 at E.K. Key Elementary School. The three-day experience provides students through a STEM curriculum to have hands-on learning, develop problem-solving skills using scientific inquiry, and collaborate with others in the engineering design pro...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Sunday, May 13

    Southwest Louisiana Booking Report: Sunday, May 13

    Monday, May 14 2018 8:32 AM EDT2018-05-14 12:32:05 GMT
    Mark Fee, 38, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts domestic abuse battery. Dustin Flores, 28, Lake Charles, LA: Domestic abuse aggravated assault. Bradley Morvant, 20, Longville, LA: Out of State detainer. Milton Frank, 36, Iowa, LA: Produce manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule II narcotics, operating vehicles while license is suspended, driving on roadway laned for traffic, prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana 1st offense. Tommy Touson, 28,...More >>
    Mark Fee, 38, Lake Charles, LA: Two counts domestic abuse battery. Dustin Flores, 28, Lake Charles, LA: Domestic abuse aggravated assault. Bradley Morvant, 20, Longville, LA: Out of State detainer. Milton Frank, 36, Iowa, LA: Produce manufacture, distribute or possess with intent schedule II narcotics, operating vehicles while license is suspended, driving on roadway laned for traffic, prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana 1st offense. Tommy Touson, 28,...More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: May 14, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: May 14, 2018

    Monday, May 14 2018 8:15 AM EDT2018-05-14 12:15:13 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 14: Debbie Taylor, 51 William Bushnell II, 10 Camille Avant Carlos Metoyer Chris Gaines Ella Kate, 8 Holly Simien Joycelyn "Joy" Lecompte, 41 Lakenyia Steve-Donald Marvin "Doc" Lartigue Tischelle Landry-Morrow If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Co...More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for May 14: Debbie Taylor, 51 William Bushnell II, 10 Camille Avant Carlos Metoyer Chris Gaines Ella Kate, 8 Holly Simien Joycelyn "Joy" Lecompte, 41 Lakenyia Steve-Donald Marvin "Doc" Lartigue Tischelle Landry-Morrow If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. Co...More >>
  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: May 11, 2018

    Monday, May 14 2018 8:09 AM EDT2018-05-14 12:09:19 GMT

    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jason Oda Soileau, 42, Lake Charles: Owner to secure registration, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice, lighted lamps required, operating vehicle while license is suspended, expired plates, evidence of motor vehicle liability, no seat belt, proper equipment required on vehicles. Bond: $23,750. Scott Joseph Lede, 43, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Edward James Lemons, 49, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Stu...

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    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Jason Oda Soileau, 42, Lake Charles: Owner to secure registration, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice, lighted lamps required, operating vehicle while license is suspended, expired plates, evidence of motor vehicle liability, no seat belt, proper equipment required on vehicles. Bond: $23,750. Scott Joseph Lede, 43, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Edward James Lemons, 49, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court. Stu...

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  • Former Jeff Davis district attorney, Jennings judge dies at 94

    Former Jeff Davis district attorney, Jennings judge dies at 94

    Friday, May 11 2018 12:48 PM EDT2018-05-11 16:48:35 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Former Jeff Davis Parish District Attorney and Jennings City Judge, Bernard Marcantel died Wednesday evening.  Marcantel served as a District Attorney for twenty-six years. He practiced law in Jennings for sixty-eight years.  Marcantel was also ad hoc judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeal and in numerous District Venues throughout the State.  Funeral arrangements are pending at Miguez Funeral Home in Jennings. If you'd like to send words of comfort to the fami...

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    Former Jeff Davis Parish District Attorney and Jennings City Judge, Bernard Marcantel died Wednesday evening.  Marcantel served as a District Attorney for twenty-six years. He practiced law in Jennings for sixty-eight years.  Marcantel was also ad hoc judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeal and in numerous District Venues throughout the State.  Funeral arrangements are pending at Miguez Funeral Home in Jennings. If you'd like to send words of comfort to the fami...

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  • Moss Bluff Middle School students to honor public servants

    Moss Bluff Middle School students to honor public servants

    Friday, May 11 2018 8:17 AM EDT2018-05-11 12:17:15 GMT

    Students at Moss Bluff Middle School will be putting together a rally to recognize public servants in our community. The "Supporting our Servants" club at the school has been learning about and getting to know public service professionals throughout this school year. The appreciation rally starts at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 11 in the middle school's gymnasium at 297 Park Road in Lake Charles. Local public servants are invited to attend. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights ...

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    Students at Moss Bluff Middle School will be putting together a rally to recognize public servants in our community. The "Supporting our Servants" club at the school has been learning about and getting to know public service professionals throughout this school year. The appreciation rally starts at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 11 in the middle school's gymnasium at 297 Park Road in Lake Charles. Local public servants are invited to attend. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights ...

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  • WEATHER WITH BEN: Jacob Whetstine

    WEATHER WITH BEN: Jacob Whetstine

    Friday, May 11 2018 7:58 AM EDT2018-05-11 11:58:00 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    This week, Jacob Whetsine joined us as the junior meteorologist on 7News Sunrise.  Jacob loves to play with his electric train and he watches Ben Terry on KPLC all the time. Thanks for joining us, Jacob! Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
    This week, Jacob Whetsine joined us as the junior meteorologist on 7News Sunrise.  Jacob loves to play with his electric train and he watches Ben Terry on KPLC all the time. Thanks for joining us, Jacob! Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Budget proposal threatens medicaid funding, Gov. Edwards responds

    Budget proposal threatens medicaid funding, Gov. Edwards responds

    Friday, May 11 2018 7:06 AM EDT2018-05-11 11:06:30 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Gov. John Bel Edwards (Source: KPLC)Gov. John Bel Edwards (Source: KPLC)
    There will more than $500 million in cuts to health care which could be detrimental the 40,000 Medicaid recipients in the state. Many think Gov. John Bel Edwards is to blame.   With thousands of Louisianans on the verge losing health care coverage, it's a blame game between the governor and Republican lawmakers about the current budget proposal. Rep. Lance Harris says, "This is an unnecessary political scare tactic done to intimidate and frighten ...More >>
    There will more than $500 million in cuts to health care which could be detrimental the 40,000 Medicaid recipients in the state. Many think Gov. John Bel Edwards is to blame.   With thousands of Louisianans on the verge losing health care coverage, it's a blame game between the governor and Republican lawmakers about the current budget proposal. Rep. Lance Harris says, "This is an unnecessary political scare tactic done to intimidate and frighten ...More >>

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