The top stories of 2010

By Brandon Richards- bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – As the year comes to an end, KPLC asked viewers to look back and list the top stories of the year.

Most were obvious: the quadruple murders, the Saints winning the Super Bowl and the BP oil spill.

But others were also mentioned. They include:

  • The death of State Trooper Duane Dalton. Dalton was killed in a car crash while on duty in Moss Bluff in January.
  • Teenager dies after suicide attempt. Thirteen-year-old boy dies from his injuries after attempting suicide using a gun at St. Theodore Holy Family School in Moss Bluff.
  • The death of a Moss Bluff crossing guard. Roland Park, 70, died after he and another crossing guard were struck by a vehicle in late September.
  • The death of MSU freshman Ashlea Richard. Richard died after being struck by a vehicle while on her way to class in October.
  • The death of Alexus Rankins. The 14-year-old Rankins was gunned down while walking home from the movies in March.
  • Cancellation of the Sugarcane Bay project. The scrapping of the project forced Pinnacle Entertainment to surrender the gaming license that three groups are currently vying for.
  • Budget Cuts. The state had to balance its budget and the only way to do that was to make cuts at state agencies, including to state colleges and hospitals.
  • Political Upsets. In 2010, several local and popular incumbents were booted from office.
  • New MSU president. In June, Dr. Philip C. Williams was chosen as McNeese State University's sixth president, replacing longtime president Dr. Robert Hebert.
  • Resignation of Richard Cole as Calcasieu Parish assessor. Cole is accused of making personal purchases using his public credit card.
  • MSU vs. LSU. The MSU football team played top-ranked LSU in October. The Pokes lost 32-10 but put up one tough fight.
  • LeBleu family tragedy in Ragley. Four children were killed after their house caught on fire in Ragley in May.
  • Stranded bus breaks down. A group of travelers were stranded at Target after their bus broke down in the parking lot. After several days, they were back up and running thanks to the support of the LC community.
  • Troops return home. After a year in Iraq, National Guardsmen from the 256th returned home just in time for Christmas.

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