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    LCPD: Kidnapping suspect apprehended after woman found bound on La. 14

    LCPD: Kidnapping suspect apprehended after woman found bound on La. 14

    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:20 PM EDT2018-05-25 00:20:07 GMT
    Authorities search for a suspect on 3rd Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning. (Source: Johnathan Manning / KPLC)Authorities search for a suspect on 3rd Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning. (Source: Johnathan Manning / KPLC)

    A large police presence was on Third Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning after receiving a call of a possible kidnapping, said Lt. Richard Harrell, with the Lake Charles Police Department. The person who was the target of the alleged kidnapping is an adult an is in police care, Harrell said. Harrell said Lake Charles police and members of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate the person. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    A large police presence was on Third Street, near La. 14, Thursday morning after receiving a call of a possible kidnapping, said Lt. Richard Harrell, with the Lake Charles Police Department. The person who was the target of the alleged kidnapping is an adult an is in police care, Harrell said. Harrell said Lake Charles police and members of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office searched for the suspect, but were unable to locate the person. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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  • LaGrange teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

    LaGrange teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:39 PM EDT2018-05-25 02:39:48 GMT
    James Gaharan Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)James Gaharan Jr. (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)

    A LaGrange High School teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. James Gaharan Jr., 54, of Lake Charles, was indicted in Calcasieu court Thursday on two counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a minor and obstruction of justice. Authorities began investigating on May 15, according to a news release from Cmdr. James McGee, with the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office. ...

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    A LaGrange High School teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. James Gaharan Jr., 54, of Lake Charles, was indicted in Calcasieu court Thursday on two counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer-aided solicitation of a minor and obstruction of justice. Authorities began investigating on May 15, according to a news release from Cmdr. James McGee, with the Calcasieu Sheriff's Office. ...

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  • Sulphur assault suspect captured

    Sulphur assault suspect captured

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:11 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:11:16 GMT
    (Source: Sulphur Police)(Source: Sulphur Police)
    (Source: Sulphur Police)(Source: Sulphur Police)
    Sulphur Police report assault suspect William Micheal Tibbits, Jr., was captured Thursday evening. Mel Estess, Sulphur police spokesperson, says tips led officers to a home where Tibbits barricaded himself inside. He says Sulphur officers and Lake Charles SWAT were on the scene for a couple of hours Thursday, May 24, before Tibbits was eventually taken into custody. Tibbits was considered armed and dangerous following an assault on Lori Lane Tuesday. He's ac...More >>
    Sulphur Police report assault suspect William Micheal Tibbits, Jr., was captured Thursday evening. Mel Estess, Sulphur police spokesperson, says tips led officers to a home where Tibbits barricaded himself inside. He says Sulphur officers and Lake Charles SWAT were on the scene for a couple of hours Thursday, May 24, before Tibbits was eventually taken into custody. Tibbits was considered armed and dangerous following an assault on Lori Lane Tuesday. He's ac...More >>
  • New sports arena at McNeese set to open this fall

    New sports arena at McNeese set to open this fall

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:31 AM EDT2018-05-25 10:31:22 GMT
    McNeese State UniversityMcNeese State University
    McNeese State UniversityMcNeese State University

    McNeese State University will have a new home for basketball and volleyball games later this year. 

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    McNeese State University will have a new home for basketball and volleyball games later this year. 

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  • Man briefly escapes custody after being found guilty of first-degree murder

    Man briefly escapes custody after being found guilty of first-degree murder

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:50 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:50:27 GMT
    Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Johnnie Hardman has been found guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery with a firearm, and two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery for the July 2017 murder of Joshua Touchet. The verdict was reached by the jury after 43 minutes of deliberation. Theresa Schmidt was in the courtroom. To see all of her coverage of the trial, view her Twitter feed below. Tweets by KplcTschmidt

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    Johnnie Hardman has been found guilty of first-degree murder, armed robbery with a firearm, and two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery for the July 2017 murder of Joshua Touchet. The verdict was reached by the jury after 43 minutes of deliberation. Theresa Schmidt was in the courtroom. To see all of her coverage of the trial, view her Twitter feed below. Tweets by KplcTschmidt

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  • One dead in forklift accident at Pineville plant

    One dead in forklift accident at Pineville plant

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:34 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:34:42 GMT
    (Source: KALB)(Source: KALB)

    KATC is reporting that one is dead in a forklift accident at a Proctor & Gamble plant in Pineville. The investigation is still in its early stages, but a Proctor & Gamble spokesperson provided the following statement to KATC. "We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of the P&G Product Supply Family passed away at our Alexandria manufacturing facility in a tragic accident during the early morning hours of May 24, 2018.  The safety of our employees is a...

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    KATC is reporting that one is dead in a forklift accident at a Proctor & Gamble plant in Pineville. The investigation is still in its early stages, but a Proctor & Gamble spokesperson provided the following statement to KATC. "We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of the P&G Product Supply Family passed away at our Alexandria manufacturing facility in a tragic accident during the early morning hours of May 24, 2018.  The safety of our employees is a...

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  • Sunrise Kitchen: Marinated Seafood Pasta

    Sunrise Kitchen: Marinated Seafood Pasta

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:11 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:11:30 GMT
    (Source: SOWELA.edu)(Source: SOWELA.edu)
    (Source: SOWELA.edu)(Source: SOWELA.edu)
    SOWELA chef Roy Angelle shares his recipe for Marinated Seafood Pasta on 7News Sunrise. Ingredients:  1 pound uncooked small pasta: macaroni, rotini, small shells, etc.  2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated  1 (8 or 10 ounce) package of grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise  ½ cup purple onions, Julienne   ½ cup scallions, sliced  ½ cup lump crab  ½ cup shrimp  ½ cup crawfish tails  ½ ...More >>
    SOWELA chef Roy Angelle shares his recipe for Marinated Seafood Pasta on 7News Sunrise. Ingredients:  1 pound uncooked small pasta: macaroni, rotini, small shells, etc.  2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated  1 (8 or 10 ounce) package of grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise  ½ cup purple onions, Julienne   ½ cup scallions, sliced  ½ cup lump crab  ½ cup shrimp  ½ cup crawfish tails  ½ ...More >>
  • Invest 90L likely to become a tropical system this weekend

    Invest 90L likely to become a tropical system this weekend

    Invest 90L likely to become a tropical system this weekend

    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:04 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:04:50 GMT
    Invest 90LInvest 90L

    The National Hurricane Center continues to highlight an area in the Gulf of Mexico for potential tropical development over the next five days. This area to watch is currently located near the Yucatan Peninsula and strong wind shear will keep this area at a near 0% chance of development over the next couple of days

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    The National Hurricane Center continues to highlight an area in the Gulf of Mexico for potential tropical development over the next five days. This area to watch is currently located near the Yucatan Peninsula and strong wind shear will keep this area at a near 0% chance of development over the next couple of days

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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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  • LCPD releases 2017 Annual Crime Report

    LCPD releases 2017 Annual Crime Report

    Thursday, May 24 2018 6:52 PM EDT2018-05-24 22:52:08 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Lake Charles Police Department has released their 2017 Annual Crime Report. The report says that criminal offenses were up 8.1 percent from 2016, with LCPD investigating 11,177 in 2017 and 10,341 in 2016. Crimes against persons increased by 1.1 percent (1,871 in 2016 to 1,892 in 2017) Crimes against property increased by 11.5 percent (4,826 in 2016 to 5,382 in 2017) Other criminal offenses increased by 7.1 percent (3,644 in 2016 to 3,903 in 2017) Overall crime clearance r...

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    Lake Charles Police Department has released their 2017 Annual Crime Report. The report says that criminal offenses were up 8.1 percent from 2016, with LCPD investigating 11,177 in 2017 and 10,341 in 2016. Crimes against persons increased by 1.1 percent (1,871 in 2016 to 1,892 in 2017) Crimes against property increased by 11.5 percent (4,826 in 2016 to 5,382 in 2017) Other criminal offenses increased by 7.1 percent (3,644 in 2016 to 3,903 in 2017) Overall crime clearance r...

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  • Calcasieu inmates walk away from work detail, recaptured

    Calcasieu inmates walk away from work detail, recaptured

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:12 AM EDT2018-05-24 13:12:08 GMT
    (Source: CPSO)(Source: CPSO)
    (Source: CPSO)(Source: CPSO)

    Two Calcasieu Parish inmates face additional charges after walking away from a work detail in South Lake Charles.  31-year-old Whitney Smith and 34-year-old Melinda Hassan were working on a trustee trash crew in the area of Tank Farm and Ling roads Wednesday when they walked away from the detail. CPSO Commander, James McGee says one inmate was located within 15 minutes and the other was taken into custody within an hour. Smith, is behind bars on burglary and theft re...

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    Two Calcasieu Parish inmates face additional charges after walking away from a work detail in South Lake Charles.  31-year-old Whitney Smith and 34-year-old Melinda Hassan were working on a trustee trash crew in the area of Tank Farm and Ling roads Wednesday when they walked away from the detail. CPSO Commander, James McGee says one inmate was located within 15 minutes and the other was taken into custody within an hour. Smith, is behind bars on burglary and theft re...

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  • Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

    Thursday, May 24 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-05-24 21:52:19 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 8:48 AM EDT2018-05-25 12:48:49 GMT
    A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)A woman says her Amazon device recorded a private conversation and sent it out to a random contact. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.

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    Amazon says an "unlikely" string of events prompted its Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle.

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  • 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 >>
  • $1 billion settlement awarded to rape victim

    $1 billion settlement awarded to rape victim

    Friday, May 25 2018 5:08 AM EDT2018-05-25 09:08:07 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 5:20 AM EDT2018-05-25 09:20:07 GMT
    Hope Cheston, who was raped by a security guard when she was a teenager, has been awarded a $1 billion verdict against the rapist's employer. (Source: WGCL/CNN)Hope Cheston, who was raped by a security guard when she was a teenager, has been awarded a $1 billion verdict against the rapist's employer. (Source: WGCL/CNN)

    A woman who was raped by a security guard when she was a teenager has been awarded a $1 billion verdict against the rapist's employer.

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    A woman who was raped by a security guard when she was a teenager has been awarded a $1 billion verdict against the rapist's employer.

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  • Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

    Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:02:28 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 2:14 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:14:01 GMT
    (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File). FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, Rachel Dolezal poses for a photo with her son, Langston, at the bureau of The Associated Press in Spokane, Wash. Dolezal, a former NAACP leader in Washington state whose ...(AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File). FILE - In this March 20, 2017, file photo, Rachel Dolezal poses for a photo with her son, Langston, at the bureau of The Associated Press in Spokane, Wash. Dolezal, a former NAACP leader in Washington state whose ...
    A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.More >>
    A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.More >>
  • Lake Charles native to participate in MLB's Softball Breakthrough Series

    Lake Charles native to participate in MLB's Softball Breakthrough Series

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:17 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:17:27 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Hamilton Christian freshman Jordan Ware is headed to California to learn from some of softball's best. The Lake Charles native was chosen to participate in Major League Baseball's Softball Breakthrough Series. Ware is hoping the five-day clinic improves her chances of playing at the next level.  "I'm hoping that I can get more colleges to look at me for my junior year," said Ware. "It's really exciting because I can absorb everything and make certain ad...More >>
    Hamilton Christian freshman Jordan Ware is headed to California to learn from some of softball's best. The Lake Charles native was chosen to participate in Major League Baseball's Softball Breakthrough Series. Ware is hoping the five-day clinic improves her chances of playing at the next level.  "I'm hoping that I can get more colleges to look at me for my junior year," said Ware. "It's really exciting because I can absorb everything and make certain ad...More >>
  • FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Scattered afternoon storms continue; hotter and drier next week

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Scattered afternoon storms continue; hotter and drier next week

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Scattered afternoon storms continue; hotter and drier next week

    Friday, May 25 2018 6:34 AM EDT2018-05-25 10:34:51 GMT
    Friday forecastFriday forecast
    Friday forecastFriday forecast

    Temperatures again today will quickly warm up through the 70s and 80s and top out around 90 this afternoon. Sunshine in the morning will lead to clouds building and those all too common afternoon thunderstorms on the return that will be scattered in coverage and slow to move once they form.

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    Temperatures again today will quickly warm up through the 70s and 80s and top out around 90 this afternoon. Sunshine in the morning will lead to clouds building and those all too common afternoon thunderstorms on the return that will be scattered in coverage and slow to move once they form.

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    South Lake Charles SkyCam

    South Lake Charles SkyCam

    South Lake Charles SkyCam coming soon.

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    South Lake Charles SkyCam coming soon.

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  • ENT says allergy season is not over

    ENT says allergy season is not over

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:05 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:05:39 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    Temperatures have been rising lately in Lake Charles and it's starting to feel like summer. But Spring isn't over just yet, and neither is allergy season.  

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    Temperatures have been rising lately in Lake Charles and it's starting to feel like summer. But Spring isn't over just yet, and neither is allergy season.  

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