Hometown Heroes

Students helping prepare for WWII exhibit coming to Lake Charles

CPSB students are conducting recorded interviews with WWII vets and historians.

Search is on for Mossville Heroes

  Army veteran helping youth wanting military experience

  Barbe teacher keeps veterans program going

  New play on autism to be performed at McNeese

  Lake Charles vet witnessed WWII German concentration camp

  Sulphur man finishes hiking’s Triple Crown

Continued Coverage

  Lake Charles man served in Operation Deep Freeze

  Korean War POW remains returned to SWLA

  Lake Charles Veterans Memorial Park turns 50

  Hometown Heroes: WWII service animals

  Hometown Heroes: Little Troopers

  Hometown Heroes: Doc in a Box

  Hometown Hero - Josh Droddy

Josh Droddy helps other veterans with PTSD.

  HOMETOWN HERO: Kelly Stawecki has a heart for the homeless

The creator of a program to help the homeless in Lake Charles is this week's Hometown Hero.

  Hometown Hero - J.W. Stine turns 100

Any celebration held by the Stine family is a big one, but this one's especially notable. J.W. Stine is celebrating his 100th birthday this week.

Hometown Hero: Joy Snyder served as a secret courier in the Cold War

A Welsh native entered the military during the Cold War with a special duty. It was 1950 and at the age of 19, Joy Lee Snyder was sworn into the United States Marine Corps for Women. The Welsh native was assigned to a base in North Carolina as a top secret courier. "I used to take secret and confidential documents to different officers on the base. I had to carry a briefcase and had to have it locked on my wrist."  Joy says she was taken seriously by most of those on ...

Hometown Hero - Keith Cating retires from McNeese BCM

  Hometown Hero: John Griffin served at Pearl Harbor during WWII

  Hometown Hero - Harry Sommers

  Hometown Hero: Dr. Buck Halley

  Hometown Hero: Gerard Arthur Becnel

  Hometown Hero: Al Cochran

Hometown Hero: Steve Rice

A Lake Charles man is still beaming after his Honor Air flight to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

HOMETOWN HERO: ‘Ranch sorting’ event will benefit St. Nicholas Center

Each fall, a group of rodeo enthusiasts get-together at Burton Coliseum to test their skills.

Hometown Hero - Martin Bilbo, Sr.

A longtime community volunteer with Little League Baseball is retiring this week from his job at the Calcasieu Parish School Board. The name Martin Bilbo, Sr. is familiar to many who are involved in Mid City Little League Baseball. Bilbo coached many youth over the years and even took a team to the Little League World Series in 1992. "We were family. That was the key. If you became family as a team and became one, you'd be successful. You know what the next person wants....

  Hometown Hero: Dr. Elwyn Cavin served in WWII

Elwyn Cavin had just graduated from LSU when he was called up to serve in the Army shortly after Pearl Harbor.

Hometown Hero: Columbus Bond

In the days following the end of World War II, Columbus Bond left his home in Pitkin and signed up with the Army.

  Hometown Hero: Annette Ballard

When she was a student at Central School back in the 1940s, Annette Ballard knew that teaching was in her blood.

  Experience Dutch oven cooking this weekend

If you've never tried food cooked in a Dutch oven before, this weekend is your chance. The Le Chien Cookers are a chapter of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society that work to promote the art of Dutch oven cooking.

  Breakfast and haircuts for veterans

A hot coffee and bacon and eggs -- it's a great way to start the day. and for many it may sound ordinary, but for some veterans in the lake area, it's the first freshly made breakfast in while. Some are disabled, some are injured, some are homeless. regardless of the condition, the American legion wants to take care of them. It's hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary and the American legion, post 179 in Sulphur. "It's a great benefit because they can do this for themselves, they can in...

  McNeese brings new technology with the new year

McNeese students are back for the Fall semester and with a new school year came some new changes.

  Westlake City Council discusses clubhouse funds

"We're fixing to turn what was a liability against us into an asset," Westlake Mayor Bob Hardey, said. Ever since the city opened The National Golf Club of Louisiana, it's been missing a clubhouse. "We've been waiting on it forever, we've lost money for forever," Pat Ellender, concerned resident, said. Mayor Hardey said the project could cost up to 4 million dollars, at least 2 million of which Hardey said could be borrowed.  "We did not go out t...

  Topsy homicide suspect found

The search for the suspect in last Friday's homicide in Topsy has been found. Authorities in Beaumont, Texas spotted a vehicle suspected to be driven by the suspect, David Wade Clark. After being spotted, Clark lead Jefferson Country Sheriff's deputies on a pursuit through a neighborhood. Clark was traveling with a man named Michael Castille from Lake Charles, who had been helping Clark in his travels. The two were able to escape the authorities and abandon the vehicle at a sma...

Final report released in rope incident at 3topia

The Lake Charles Police Department has released its final report after the owner of a local business reported finding rope tied as a noose on the door of his business. KPLC obtained a copy of the final report through a public records request. The Lake Charles Police Department began investigating after Darrell Bennett, the owner of 3topia, posted a Facebook Live showing a rope on the door to his business, saying he had arrived to find it hanging there and tied like a noose. The LCP...

47 dogs rescued in Allen Parish

The Humane Society of Louisiana and Allen Parish Sheriff's Office rescued 47 dogs at a residence, according to a Facebook post.  Humane Society's post says the dogs had matted hair, heartworms, dental problems, heart murmurs, ear infections, and other injuries. For example, one dog had an abscess in his mouth that created a hole in his face:    Humane Society of Louisiana The dogs were found in crates living in urine and filth, says the post. They were malnouri...

  Iowa hosted 10th annual Arts & Crafts Festival

The town of Iowa celebrated it's 10th annual Arts and Crafts Festival at the Iowa Community Center Saturday. The event had a petting zoo, live entertainment from New Orleans entertainer Matthew Noel, also known as "The Magic Yo-Yo," and RD 'Red Dog' Hebert. Balloon art will also be provided by "Hobo Bill" and Friends, courtesy of The Shriners. Several local artisans were at the event demonstrating their crafts including basket-...

  Model Aviation Show held in Carlyss

The Lake Area Radio Kontrol Society celebrated their 50th anniversary Saturday with a Model Aviation Day. Those who attended the event, held at  at Larksfield Road in Carlyss, were able to see flying demonstrations throughout the day,  Model jets, war birds, helicopters were on display, and in the skies. There were also free introductory flying lessons given so that attendees could test their piloting skills. Bo Hinch, the organizer of the event, says he h...

  Veteran sues New Orleans VA Office saying his rights violated concerning benefits

George Jackson is a navy combat veteran from the Vietnam war.  he's bedridden since a fall fourteen years ago... "I cannot walk around.  I can feed myself, and basically that's the extent of what I can do.  I can brush my teeth.  Other than that I get help from my wife to do everything else that I need to do." Jackson explains, his disability became so  severe because of injuries  stemming from his SERVICE. "I didn't have the problem befo...

  McNeese State's President on students returning for fall semester

McNeese State University students are heading back to school for the fall semester Monday. Dr. Daryl Burckel will be starting his second year as president of the University. he says the number one priority for this semester if the students. "We are looking forward to having out students back on campus and having them have a great experience, but also, not only in the classroom, but also on campus, so we're focused on our students having a great college experience and so we are ...

Fire put out at DeRidder Best Western

Deridder Fire Chief Kenneth Harlow says that the fire department received a call at 5:31 P.M. on August 19, 2018 regarding a fire at a Best Western on North Pine Street. After arriving on scene the fire department was able to safely evacuate everyone from the building. Chief Harlow says that the fire was contained by 7:00 P.M. The fire department believes the fire began in the attic of the drive thru awning near the main office. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers continue through this week

Through this afternoon expect continued pop-up showers thanks to southerly flow providing ample moisture. Hot and humid conditions will persist across Southwest Louisiana for those of us not seeing a cooling shower.  Overnight warm and humid conditions persist with lows only dropping into the upper 70s. But, with ample moisture present we will feel like the 80s for much of the night.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers this weekend

Through this afternoon expect continued pop-up showers thanks to southerly flow providing ample moisture. Hot and humid conditions will persist across Southwest Louisiana for those of us not seeing a cooling shower.  Overnight warm and humid conditions persist with lows only dropping into the upper 70s. But, with ample moisture present we will feel like the 80s for much of the night.

Man allegedly steals two buses and crashes into building

Lake Charles Police say that shortly after midnight on August 18, 2018 a man stole a Vinton bus crashing it in the 2900 block of Broad St. Police arrived on scene after the man had fled on foot. Sgt. Keenum with the LCPD says that later that morning police received a report that a second bus had been stolen from Chennault airport. The bus was spotted by officers shortly after who pursued the bus which then crashed into the side of a building on the intersection of Holly Hill and We...

  Too much crime, say people living at Lake Charles apartment complex

People who live inside the Place Vendome apartment complex where a man was shot Thursday night say the violence must stop. "They're always talking about guns back here, they're always talking about something crazy," said residents Ashley & Ivy Lee. "Normally stuff like this is just shots..random people playing around just doing stuff like that, this is one where somebody actually got hurt and someone we know," said Ashley. Right now few detail...

Second swarm: Lovebugs about to reach peak swarm across the South

Our second lovebug season is quickly approaching and is expected to reach a peak in September.  Some bugs have already been seen! Some think this bug was created by the University of Florida. While others believe that the intensity of swarms warns of a bad hurricane season. I'm here to let you know that neither of these are true!

Police release images of forgery suspects

The Lake Charles Police Department is investigating multiple forged checks that have been cashed at various local businesses in the Lake Charles area. Police are requesting the public's help with this ongoing investigation. Lt. Richard Harrell asks that if you can identify the suspects or have any information regarding the case to please contact Detective Larry Newingham or Detective Colby Thompson at 337-491-1456. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

VPSO searching for suspect in firearms burglary in New Llano

Police are searching for the suspect involved in a theft on Stanton Street in New Llano, according to a post on the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office Facebook page.  VPSO investigated an early afternoon burglary at a residence on August 12, according to the post. Numerous firearms were stolen, as well as a tan 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis, licence plate number MAG 251. The vehicle's front bumper is faded.  Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact VPSO at 337-23...

  Jeff Davis Parish bus driver celebrates 45th first day of school

We all know the first day of school is special, but when it's your 45th first day of school, that calls for celebration. Peter Leblanc has been driving students to Hathaway High School for 45 years; the same route his father had before him for over 38 years. "My dad was a bus driver for 38 and a half years. The guy that I was working for was working part time and he was on the school board and when my dad decided to retire, he asked me if I would like to fill that position, and...

Crash involving hazardous materials shuts down I-10 westbound

All lanes of I-10 westbound near milepost 117 have been closed due to a crash involving hazardous materials. State Police Troop A are currently assisting the Henderson Police Department divert traffic. Sgt. James Anderson states that the alternate route will be I-10 westbound at exit LA 415 traveling along US 190 west to I-49 south where traffic will reenter I-10 at I-49 in Lafayette. State Police also say that I-10 Eastbound at I-49 is currently closed. All traffic eastbound is b...

New KFC in Jennings gives away free chicken for a year

A new KFC located at 1498 Elton Road in Jennings is scheduled open its doors on August 21, 2018. On August 22, 2018 it will host a grand opening celebration featuring a "free chicken for a year" coupon giveaway to the first 50 customers. South Louisiana Market Coach for KSP Foods, Masi Carter says, "Our restaurant staff has been preparing diligently for the store opening, and we look forward to welcoming the community to our new restaurant next week." The n...

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Limited rain chances for now, then higher rain chances next week

To end the week, there will be a few small showers this afternoon. The rain chances are still at only 30%, so not everyone will see rain. It will be another hot day. Temperatures will reach the lower to mid 90s. Heat indices will be around the 103-106 degree range. It should be nice weather to end the week and start the weekend. Overnight, it will be generally clear with only a few passing clouds. I do not expect any rain. It should be a nice evening if you have any outdoor plans.

WEATHER WITH BEN: Emily Grace Guillory

This morning, Emily Grace Guillory is KPLC's junior meteorologist.  Emily is a 3rd grader at T. S. Cooley Elementary. She is 8 years old and enjoys dance, cooking, fishing, playing outdoors, reading, and eating good Louisiana food.  During school Emily enjoys P.E.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  New Sulphur teacher returns to his first grade classroom

Schools in the Diocese of Lake Charles went back to class this week, and one of the newest teachers is Ryan Rapp at Our Lady's Catholic School in Sulphur.

  Jennings fire department in need of volunteers

Volunteer firefighters play a critical role in the safety of communities across the country, especially in our communities. More recently the state has seen a steady decline in firefighters. Over in Jennings, they're feeling that shortage now more than ever. "There's a big shortage with the volunteer firefighters on our department," said Chief training officer, Ashley Navarre. Navarre says they usually have about 25 volunteers available to help assist with emergencies...

  Pride of McNeese Band hosts 'Cowboy Kickoff'

The Pride of McNeese Band welcomed local high school bands, fans and alumni to Burton Coliseum Thursday, to get the community excited for the upcoming football season and raise some money.  One alumna and band mom, Ann Ellender, has two sons in the McNeese band, and one in the Sulphur High School band.  While she says while the event is meant to support the band, it's really beneficial for the community. "It supports the bands, yes, but it's really arts for the commu...

Topsy homicide suspect captured in Texas

The suspect in a homicide in Topsy has been captured by authorities in Jefferson County, Texas, according to Chief Deputy Christopher Ivey.  David Wade Clark, 28, was the main suspect in the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office investigation into the death of Devin Marc Sanders on August 10, 2018, in Topsy, Louisiana. Just before noon on Aug. 14, the Lake Charles Police Department found Clark's truck in the Big Lots parking lot on Highway 14, said Ivey.  ...

LCPD investigating shooting on Prejean Drive

The Lake Charles Police Department is investigating a shooting at the Place Vendome Apartments, according to Lt. Harrell. Harrell says there is one victim. There is no word of any arrests at this time. KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  Residents off Gauthier Road complain of delayed or no mail delivery

it seems as though there's always a neighborhood in the lake area complaining they are not getting their mail... This week the complaints come from off of Gauthier road. each day please and Barbara Laster walk together to the road, to check for mail.  it's partly for exercise for pleaze who has Parkinson's disease.  but some days they are waiting for something important. "We have correspondence, I'm waiting for some very important correspondence and it's just, other ...

Chennault International Airport reopens runway after months of repairs

Chennault International Airport reopened their 2-mile-long main runway Thursday after four months of major repairs. For months, crews have been pouring new concrete,adding state of the art lighting, repainting the runway. and installing a blast pad, this according to Kevin Melton, Executive Director of the airport. Before the runway reopened, workers came together for a "FOD", or foreign object debris walk. "So foreign object debris is anything that might be left on ...

Drought conditions slowly improving

We have improved again! Even more areas in Southwest Louisiana have eased their way out of drought conditions and are now back to normal.  Central to northwest portions of Vernon parish are now no longer in abnormally dry conditions.  West of the city of Lake Charles has not seen drought conditions for a few weeks now and is still not seeing dry conditions.

Coach Williams Drive extended at groundbreaking ceremony

The Clacasieu Parish Police Jury celebrated the beginning of a project to extend Coach Williams Drive with a groundbreaking ceremony on August 16, 2018. The two year $18.4 million project will extend Coach Williams Drive to Houston River Road. Improvements will also include a new roundabout at the intersection of Coach Williams Drive and Old Spanish Trail. District 14 Police Juror Hal McMillin says, "This is not just a project for general transportation needs, but it also has ...

Construction on Clarence Street closes west-bound lane

Starting August 16, 2018 the west-bound lane of Clarence St. between Ryan Street and Lakeshore Drive will be closed during weekdays from 7 A.M. to 5 P.M. The lane is being closed due to construction involving the removal of the curb in order to construct a new sidewalk connecting Ryan Street with Lakeshore Drive. During this time the east-bound lane will remain open with detour signs being posted for the west-bound lane. The west-bound lane is expected to reopen within two weeks. ...

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More heat today with limited rain chances today; more rain by this weekend

For our Thursday, it is another hot day. The temperatures will reach the lower to mid 90s again. It will feel more like 103-105 degrees, at least for a brief time. There could be a few small showers that pop up. I have the rain chances at only 30%, though. So, not everyone will see rain. Overnight, it will be generally clear with only a few passing clouds. I do not expect any rain. It should be a nice evening if you have any outdoor plans. It will be very warm and muggy.

WARNING: "The Nun" trailer banned from YouTube, deemed too scary

YouTube has reportedly pulled the trailer for the new horror movie "The Nun", according to a tweet from Team YouTube.  On August 12, a six-second trailer for the new film was released. However, the visuals are not for the faint of heart.  Warning: This video is disturbing:  The trailer begins by showing the signature Apple "volume down" icon. The icon appears to be lowering itself which may trick a viewer into believing the volume is down...

Tracy Morgan cancels Golden Nugget show

Due to a unforeseen conflict with his schedule Tracy Morgan has announced that he will be canceling his performance this weekend at the Golden Nugget. All tickets purchased via phone or online at AXS.com will be automatically refunded. Ticket holders who purchased their tickets through Golden Nugget will need to visit the casino's box office with their receipts to obtain a refund. Morgan states he is looking forward to rescheduling his show at a later date. Copyright 2018 KPL...

Sulphur police searching for suspect in CVS armed robbery

Police are investigating an armed robbery at the CVS in Sulphur, according to Mel Estess with the Sulphur Police Department. SPD learned that a male entered the CVS store on August 15 around 8:20 p.m., says Estess. The suspect approached the pharmacy counter and presented a note to the employees stating that he had a weapon and demanded narcotic grade medication.  Estess says the subject is described as a white male wearing a black and red flannel shirt and blue jeans. He fled ...

Sunrise Birthdays: August 16, 2018

Happy birthday to our sunrise birthdays: August 16 Chelsea Rochester, 25 Glenn Soileau, 67 My'Unique Bilbo, 13 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.

  Veterans for medical cannabis founder moving to Arizona

Tony Landry is a veteran, well-known locally for his efforts to change laws limiting the use of medical cannabis.

  Alligator Park reopens after a flooding related hiatus

Alligator Park is finally making a return to the public for recreation.

  South Lake Charles traffic worsens with the start of school

South Lake Charles traffic worsens with the start of school.

  Jennings City Council looking at changing trash and garbage ordinances

At the Jennings City Council monthly meeting Tuesday, an ordinance was passed to look at "amending the City of Jennings Code of Ordinances regarding garbage, trash and refuse and repealing all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict therewith." To read the full agenda for the August 14, 2018 meeting, click here. Angela Lehman, a concerned citizen, says she wants change. She believes the city's current ordinances are too vague. "I went and I looked at other ordin...

Model aviation show flying into Carlyss

The Lake Area Radio Kontrol Society is celebrating their fiftieth anniversary this weekend with a Model Aviation Day.

LCPD & CPSO release information on L'Acadie home invasion arrest

An arrest has been made in the L'Acadie Drive home invasion, according to Sgt. Jeffrey Keenum.  On Aug. 11, a 68-year-old woman was attacked in a home invasion that was caught on surveillance video. The Lake Charles Police Department and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will hold a joint press conference with more details on the arrest, on Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Click HERE to watch the livestream on mobile devices.  Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights ...

BPSO releases additional information after school placed on precautionary lockdown

South Beauregard High School was placed on lockdown on the first day of school after a subject was reportedly seen walking near the campus with a gun, according to The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office.

Remember this day 14 years ago: Low temperatures and hurricanes

On this day 14 years ago, Lake Charles set a record low temperature of 59 degrees! Just for a comparison, last night our low temperature was 76 and the normal low temperature is 74 degrees for the month of August. Why were we enjoying such cool overnight lows on this day 14 years ago? Well we had a cold front push through that not only brought nice weather, but also impacted the tropics.

Lake Charles woman charged with 10 counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile

A Lake Charles woman is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy, according to Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. CPSO received a complaint about Jacqueline D. Peet, 32, having a sexual relationship with a minor. Myers said that the victim confirmed he and Peet had sexual intercourse between June and July. The victim also told detectives that several nude pictures were exchanged between him and Peet on Snapchat, said Myers. A warr...

  LEGAL CORNER: Should I sue for my last paycheck?

Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please. QUESTION: I had an inground pool constructed four years ago. The pool company I used warranties the pool for the lifetime of the original owner. The pool has developed problems with the plumbing and plaster. Now there's a sign on the door of the pool company that says they are closed by order of the state due to failure to pay taxes. Do I have any recourse against the pool company or sub-contractors of the pool c...

Inman Investments withdraws traffic change request

The company planning to build townhouses in the 1300 block of Country Club Road has withdrawn its request to change the traffic plan for the development. Inman Park Investments wanted to route traffic from the Townhouses down Stanley road and through a residential neighborhood.   That was a plan existing residents opposed.  So, the issue will not be taken up at the Lake Charles City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 15.  No word yet on what that mea...

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hot temperatures with higher rain chances through the weekend

The Saharan dust has finally subsided and the blue to the sky is back. The air quality has also improved a lot. This will in turn allow for a few isolated showers to pop up later this afternoon. I do have a 20% chance of rain. The temperature will still be very hot. Highs today will reach the mid 90s with heat index values in the triple digits. Overnight, it will be generally clear. I do not expect any rain. It should be a nice evening if you have any outdoor plans.

  RC airplanes to take to the skies this weekend in Carlyss

The LARKS model airplane club will celebrate its 50th anniversary this weekend with a "Model Aviation Day" in Carlyss.