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Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 10:33 PM EST2013-12-05 03:33:57 GMT
What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
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Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:09 PM EST2013-12-05 00:09:08 GMT
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-05 00:05:51 GMT
It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
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Law enforcement investigating the Mickey Shunick disappearance descended on farm land in St. Landry parish early Thursday morning, to investigate what looked like possible grave sites.
Investigators spent several hours checking out a report by a farmer of three dirt mounds that looked like grave sites. But it led them no closer to determining what happened to Mickey Shunick, who's been missing since May 19.
Crime scene investigators went to rural St. Landry parish to check out three dirt mounds reported by a farmer. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says what looked like a grave site could have been left by wild hogs wallowing. "We provided manpower and resources to find out that it was not the grave site. There's no regrets. And if we get another tip that somebody says appears to be a grave site, we're certainly going to check it out. It's a little frustrating but you do what you have to do to help put this behind us. The family needs closure," said Guidroz.
As the crow flies, it's about a mile from the home of suspect Brandon Lavergne--booked for kidnapping and murder as the investigation continues. The case is expected to be presented to a grand jury July 18.
With no body found, family and friends of Mickey Shunick cling to hope she'll be found alive. Her dad, Tom Shunick, was at the volunteer center in Lafayette. He told media gathered at the center, "So far, everything that comes up, so far, nothing has panned out. Guess that's a good thing, as far as the body being found. Very slim hope,but there still is a little bit of hope and that's what the family's got to hang on right now and if her body is out there, the sooner they would find it we can get some closure on this thing and start to go on with our lives."
Despite the emotional roller coaster, volunteers forge ahead, determined to be positive and keep Mickey's name and face in the public eye. Margaret Bearb is the volunteer coordinator at the center. "When you talk to somebody out of state, 'Oh yeah. We heard about the Shunick girl. That's the most important thing. Because if you say her name, that means her face is out there, her name is out there. We need for her to be found."
The false alarm seemed to bring a surge of people to the center to pick up flyers and the new T-shirt aimed at helping people to recognize Mickey's face in case her hair has been cut or dyed. Tom Shunick says the last he heard, the suspect was still not cooperating with authorities. He urges anyone with information to call police or the private investigator working with them. The PI number is 337-235-0270. The number for Lafayette Police is 337-291-8617.