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Authorities are urging motorists to avoid I-10 West and East bound at mile marker 25 due to a tanker truck on fire. Fire crews are still working to extinguish flames on an 18-wheel oil tanker. LouisianaMore >>
Louisiana State Police is investigating an oil tanker tractor fire on Interstate 10 that caused major traffic delays Sunday afternoon. More >>
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The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
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An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
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Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.More >>
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More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18,More >>
More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.More >>
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WINNSBORO, LA (KSLA) -
The NAACP is urging authorities to fully investigate the attack on a Winnsboro, LA woman that her family says left her with burns over 60% of her body.
20-year-old Sharmeka Moffitt remains at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, where she is expected to undergo surgery Tuesday. Authorities say she called 911 Sunday night from Civitan Park in Winnsboro, where she told dispatchers she had been attacked and set on fire by three men in hoodies. She was unable to identify her attackers.
Authorities have confirmed that racial slurs were spray-painted on Moffitt's car, along with the letters "KKK." Authorities are looking into whether race was a factor in the attack.
In a statement released by the NAACP Tuesday, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said, "The NAACP offers our prayers to Ms. Moffitt and her family in their time of crisis. Initial reports of racial animus in the incident are disturbing. We will remain vigilant as we urge authorities to conduct a full investigation into this crime. We encourage anyone with information on the incident to immediately report possible leads to authorities."
"We are shocked by the malicious actions of those involved and express best wishes to Sharmeka Moffitt and her family," stated NAACP Louisiana State Conference President Dr. Ernest L. Johnson, Sr. "We urge authorities to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the nature of this brutal crime, and to determine whether it was a hate crime. The Louisiana NAACP State Conference will exhaust all remedies available to see that justice is done and that the criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
At this point, police are not classifying the incident as a hate crime, but FBI agents are there investigating the possibility, along with Louisiana State Police and local law enforcement, the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Department.
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