Calcasieu jurors meet with state lawmakers - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Calcasieu jurors meet with state lawmakers

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -Interstate 210 and Nelson is a place of frequent traffic congestion and it will no doubt only get worse once the Sugarcane Bay Casino Resort opens. State representative Chuck Kleckley says improvements are needed. "If you've got a cluster where people can't move around then they're not going to go or they're going to go somewhere else." Kleckley told Calcasieu Police Jurors about the bill he proposes to dedicate a part of future gaming revenues from Sugarcane Bay to pay for improvements that might otherwise be many years down the road."

 If we continue to wait on the state those roads will never be paved.at their yearly meet with lawmakers to discuss the current session jurors also talked about the I-10 Bridge and whether the legislature can help. Says Representative A.B. Franklin, "There's no money set aside and I questioned that yesterday. When we first started it was like $156 million to build the bridge. Then it went to $258 million. Now last I heard it was $457 million so the longer we wait the more it's going to cost."

 And Franklin too is concerned about lights on the bridge. "It is dangerous. And I can tell you one thing, I've crossed that bridge several times at night. One night I was crossing that bridge and I almost ran over a tire because it's so dark up there. Good thing no other traffic was coming."

 One juror brought up sewage. Says Shannon Spell, "We're looking at a $415 million problem."

 And they got a quick update on budget cuts. There may be challenges for McNeese. And Brett Geymann says while Moss Regional isn't being cut there is a half million dollars being taken from the residency program at Memorial that supplies doctors for Moss. "So while Moss didn't really take a hit we're going to have a more difficult time servicing them unless we can restore some of that money." Says juror Francis Andrepont, "That's what I was afraid of. But it's not all bad news.  Says State Representative Mike Danahay, "The TOPS program I think is okay. I think Governor Jindal and his staff and the legislature consider it an investment."

 The session resumes Monday. 

Also, jurors intend to adopt FEMA flood maps when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7.
To view proposed maps stop by the Calcasieu Government Building or click here.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • LCPD looking for suspect in 12th Street shooting

    LCPD looking for suspect in 12th Street shooting

    Monday, May 21 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-05-22 01:02:18 GMT
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)
    (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)(Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    A shooting on 12th Street leaves a victim with multiple gunshot wounds, according to Lt. Richard Harrell, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. A victim was shot multiple times but doesn't have any injuries, said Harrell. The suspect has not been apprehended, according to Harrell. KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    A shooting on 12th Street leaves a victim with multiple gunshot wounds, according to Lt. Richard Harrell, Lake Charles Police Department spokesman. A victim was shot multiple times but doesn't have any injuries, said Harrell. The suspect has not been apprehended, according to Harrell. KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive more information. Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Graduation Chaos: Dozens locked out at Barbe High School Graduation

    Graduation Chaos: Dozens locked out at Barbe High School Graduation

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:26 PM EDT2018-05-22 00:26:56 GMT
    (Source: charmedladyk)(Source: charmedladyk)

    It was a great day for graduating students at Barbe High School yesterday. However,its the families of some of those students that missed out on the enjoyment that a graduation brings; some driving near and far to watch their loved ones walk across the stage, yet never gaining entry into the building. Each year, Barbe holds its commencement exercises at Burton Coliseum. A facility that is run by the state, which requires the enforcement of strict safety codes mandated by the Louisia...

    More >>

    It was a great day for graduating students at Barbe High School yesterday. However,its the families of some of those students that missed out on the enjoyment that a graduation brings; some driving near and far to watch their loved ones walk across the stage, yet never gaining entry into the building. Each year, Barbe holds its commencement exercises at Burton Coliseum. A facility that is run by the state, which requires the enforcement of strict safety codes mandated by the Louisia...

    More >>
  • Twelve Palms murder trial underway

    Twelve Palms murder trial underway

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:11 PM EDT2018-05-22 00:11:44 GMT
    Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. (Source: Lake Charles Police Department)

    Jury selection began Monday in the first degree murder trial of Johnnie Paul Hardman, Jr. Hardman is accused of the shooting death of Joshua Touchet, 23, on July 22, 2017 at the Twelve Palms RV Park in Lake Charles. Two other people were also charge in Touchet's death. Desmond Orphey was indicted on one count of principal to first-degree murder, one count of principal to armed robbery with a firearm, and two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a firearm in 2017. O...

    More >>

    Jury selection began Monday in the first degree murder trial of Johnnie Paul Hardman, Jr. Hardman is accused of the shooting death of Joshua Touchet, 23, on July 22, 2017 at the Twelve Palms RV Park in Lake Charles. Two other people were also charge in Touchet's death. Desmond Orphey was indicted on one count of principal to first-degree murder, one count of principal to armed robbery with a firearm, and two counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a firearm in 2017. O...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly