Hello everyone. This is Cynthia Arceneaux from the KPLC newsroom. Hope you had a safe and happy New Year. Here's a look at some of the stories we're working on in the 7newsroom. You've heard about yet another change of ownership of the new casino that's being built in Lake Charles. Over the holidays, we learned of Ameristar selling the casino back to Pinnacle Entertainment. But it's not a done deal just yet. We'll get you up to date on what's happening.
And two teenagers are facing armed robbery charges after a hold-up last night in the area of North Highway 171 and Graham Street. Investigators say the boys took out a handgun and robbed a man while he was walking.
A Starks man was killed early on New Year's day when his car crashed on the Evangeline Highway. The driver is identified as 40 year old Alvin Hodges. Police say he crossed the center line and struck a culvert and flipped over. Hodges died at the hospital. Join me today at Five and Six for the latest.
Lake Charles voters will decide who will be Lake Charles' next mayor when they head to the polls Saturday, March 25 - or at least whom of the eight candidates will be in a runoff. The eight candidates will be looking to replace Lake Charles' mayor for 17 years, Randy Roach. Roach has been mayor since 2000, but did not run for re-election.More >>
Lake Charles police confirm there's been a shooting in the 800 block of North Booker Street in Lake Charles..More >>
Overnight showers and thunderstorms will come through tonight. We will see windy conditions with these storms. The rain will start as early as the early evening hours and will last into Saturday morning. No severe weather is expected tonight, but there is a chance for heavy rainfall in some areas. Temperatures will cool down to the upper 60s tonight, thanks to the rain and cloud cover keeping the warmer temperatures near the surface.More >>
Closing arguments are expected today in the second-degree murder trial of the man accused of killing Nathaniel "Dirty Red" Reynaud. Ali Barconey stands accused of killing Reynaud at a home on Allen Street in 2014. The defense put on its case Friday morning and the prosecution is now offering its rebuttal. Barconey's nephew, William Lee Carter, took the stand Thursday as the state's last witness. He testified that he, Barconey and Trevis Barber went into the home armed on ...More >>
A man found guilty of simple robbery has been sentenced to life in prison under the habitual offender law. Dudley Melancon, 28, of Opelousas, is a third-time violent offender. Judge David Ritchie sentenced Melancon to life in prison without benefit of probation parole or suspension of sentence. In May 2014, Melancon robbed a Sulphur water works employee carrying a bank bag. She was leaving Sulphur's Municipal Business Center to make a deposit when Melancon pushed her down and t...More >>