Minor found after being taken from La. hospital at gunpoint, deputies say

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of either person is encouraged to contact the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office at 504-227-1400.

8-year-old dies on Valentine’s Day after drive-by shooting in Louisiana

  Secretary of State speaks about election security ahead of 2020 election

  Immaculate Conception Cathedral School 7th Grade Basketball’s Star Teammate

  Oak Park Dental offers free dental work on Valentine’s Day

Temporary water outage planned for part of University Drive

First independent air quality monitor not in place until nearly an hour after ExxonMobil fire started

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Newspaper report suggests AG Jeff Landry profited off immigrant labor scheme

Substitute teacher accused of urinating into cup with students present has been previously investigated

  Lake Arthur native on college cheer team featured on Netflix series

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH: More to Prove - Frank Wilson

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A nice afternoon filled with plenty of sunshine, as we head into the weekend showers will be possible

KPLC’s 2020 Crawfish Price Check

125 years ago, an epic Valentine’s Day snowstorm hit the Gulf Coast

A snowstorm of epic proportions hit the Gulf Coast on Valentine’s Day 1895. Heavy snow was reported all the way from south Texas into the Mid-Atlantic, with several locations along the Gulf Coast setting snow records that still stand 125 years later.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sun returns; a few showers for the weekend but not a washout

As dreary and rainy as our weather pattern has been, thankfully we’re blessed with beautiful weather on this Valentine’s Day, except it will be a little chilly with morning temperatures in the 30s and afternoon highs in the 50s.

VALENTINE’S DAY: Show Us Your Sweetheart!

Share a picture of your sweetheart for Valentine's Day!

Opelousas man arrested in Jennings after reporting shots fired on I-10

A man has been arrested after reporting shots fired on I-10 near Jennings

Louisiana governor plans nearly $1M in raises for appointees

SWLA Arrest Report - Feb. 13, 2020

Coach O to throw out first pitch to open LSU baseball season

  SWLA Lake Charles Launch encourages entrepreneurship

  Insulin Pump Recalls

  Louisiana Association of Business and Industry discuss 2020 legislative session goals

LSP lieutenant demoted amid hazing scandal

Louisiana State Police Lieutenant Lenias Marie, pinpointed in an investigation into alleged hazing of LSP cadets, has been demoted to the rank of sergeant, records show.

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

  Readers discuss creole identity in literature

Readers in the "Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC)," program at Epps Memorial Library discussed creole identity in literature.

Rodeo favorite Lecile Harris dies at 83

Lecile Harris, a rodeo clown who was a favorite at the Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo, has died.

Gov. Edwards appoints head of Texas health department as new LDH secretary

Dr. Courtney N. Phillips has been named the new Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, outgoing Secretary Dr. Rebkah Gee confirms in a tweet.

  Limbaugh draws bipartisan condemnation for Buttigieg remarks

Rush Limbaugh is a Trump ally and made the remarks Wednesday on his nationally syndicated radio show.

Mayor Hunter’s family welcomes a new member

Mayor Hunter’s family welcomes a new member

Police: Chase reaches speeds of 100 mph in Jennings city limits

Devin Mitchell, was arrested for aggravated flight from an officer, two counts of obstruction of justice, five counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and transactions involving drug proceeds. He was also cited for traffic offenses.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A windy and chilly day, temperatures overnight with frost likely in some areas

A very chilly and breezy day across Southwest Louisiana as we have seen strong northerly winds, coupled with temperatures in the lower 50′s for highs today.

Deputies: Man accused of stealing vehicle, crashing it during police chase will be charged upon release from hospital

One man is being treated for injuries after deputies say he stole a car from the Target on Millerville and lead authorities on a chase before crashing the reportedly stolen car into a tree.

Former officer, named La. State Trooper of the Year by group, arrested in child pornography investigation

A Louisiana State Police trooper was arrested after a child pornography investigation on the Northshore.

Boil advisory lifted for Ned Son’s Road near Dry Creek

The boil advisory affects all residents on Ned Son's Rd.

Black Bayou Bridge over Intracoastal reopened

The Black Bayou Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway is closed to vehicle traffic today until 2 p.m.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sun slow to return but the rain has ended; frosty next couple of mornings

The rain has ended across Southwest Louisiana and as you head out this morning, you’ll want to make sure you have a coat as temperatures will continue dropping through the 40s. A bit of a wind chill as well with clouds lingering which will slow the warm-up throughout the morning hours.

SWLA Arrest Report - Feb. 12, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Feb. 12, 2020.

  Hometown Hero - Frank Landry

Lake Charles man donates time to Banners

  Senator Kennedy weighs in on President Trump’s 2021 fiscal year budget plan

Senator Kennedy weighs in on President Trump’s 2021 fiscal year budget plan

  Louisiana expects to build more coastline in 2020 than it loses

The state of Louisiana projects it will build more land in 2020 than is lost to erosion and subsidence

No injuries, off-site impact after significant fire at ExxonMobil refinery

Crews continue to monitor air quality after a significant fire at ExxonMobil.

KIRAN: Zachary school teacher bonds out of jail after being accused of sexual misconduct

Sources confirm Ellarea Silva, a teacher at Northwestern Middle School in Zachary, has just turned herself in to be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

  Lori Vallow-Daybell removed as beneficiary on $1 million life insurance policy

It's an ever evolving mystery that started when Lori Vallow became involved with a doomsday cult, according to her relatives. She is the mother of J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan, children who have been missing since September.

Lake Charles has lost another grocery store

It’s been nearly two weeks since the doors were locked and the shelves fully cleared at the Save-a-Lot on Highway 14. However, a bigger question remains.

  United Way raises awareness about free 211 phone service

This week, United Way is raising awareness about their free, 24/7 phone service.

  City highlights parade plans for Mardi Gras in Lake Charles

In preparation for Mardi Gras weekend in Southwest Louisiana, there are some new changes aiming to keep attendees safe.

  8 Many High students arrested over alleged assault

Charges include sexual battery, second-degree kidnapping and pornography involving juveniles

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

From using a specialized retirement plan to considering using a "robo advisor," experts explain how you can grow your retirement savings.

Kaufman Elementary School reopening Thursday

Kaufman Elementary School will reopen Thursday, Feb. 13.

  LEGAL CORNER: What is the age to receive full Social Security benefits?

Submit your questions to news@kplctv.com. Civil matters only, please.

APRIL 4 ELECTION: What’s on your ballot?

The election will set the stage for the presidential election on Nov. 3.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Briefly warming up ahead of our afternoon front; severe threat lessens thanks to longer than expected fog

With areas of fog back this morning, especially along the coastal areas, a few showers will also be possible for the morning commute as a warm front lifts back over the state. This will send morning temperatures back up quickly into the 70s ahead of the cold front this afternoon.

Former Calcasieu Police Juror Calvin Collins dies at 80

Calvin Collins, who served five terms as District 2 police juror, died Sunday, Feb. 9, at the age of 80, according to information from the police jury.

SWLA Arrest Report - Feb. 11, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Feb. 11, 2020.

  Discussions for new concession stand, turf at Sam Houston tabled amidst concerns over Gillis Elementary

What began as a discussion proposing a new concession stand and football field turf at Sam Houston High School, quickly devolved into residents voicing their concerns with Gillis Elementary.

Former Anacoco Town Clerk arrested for theft

A former Town Clerk of Anacoco has been arrested for theft.

  Construction on 2020 St. Jude Dream Home begins

A ceremony for the St. Jude Dream Home groundbreaking was Tuesday morning to kick off the excitement for this year’s dream home.

  Louisiana State Police issue 83 citations in train enforcement detail

Officers boarded the train to experience approaching a railroad crossing from a locomotive engineer’s perspective.

  Lake Area grandparents of missing children to appear in court in Idaho Wednesday

Larry and Kay Woodcock are in Rexburg, Idaho where they expect a judge to grant them temporary custody of their missing grandson J.J. Vallow.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain likely Wednesday, with some strong storms possible…

Tuesday was a cloudy and cool day thanks to a weak cold front that slipped south, this front has stalled near the coast. And the front will lift back north overnight into Wednesday. Tonight, will be cool with lows in the 50s across most of SWLA.

McNeese Banners 2020 season schedule

We have a list of all the shows for the 2020 season

Disney World raises admission prices… again

Effective Tuesday, Feb. 11, ticket prices will increase at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Trash bag of cell phones stolen from Best Buy in Georgia recovered in La.

Authorities say 80 cell phones stolen from a Best Buy in Morrow, Georgia, were recovered during a traffic stop in Westlake, La.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cloudy cool and rainy at times through the rest of today; stormier Wednesday ahead

Temperatures have dropped quite a bit from the overnight as a stalled front hangs out over Southwest Louisiana. This will keep us from warming out of the 50s north and 60s along the I-10 corridor and southward through the afternoon.

Public hearing on DOTD highway construction priorities today in SWLA

The Joint Transportation, Highways, & Public Works Committee is holding a legislative public hearing at 2:30 p.m. today in the Contraband Room of the Lake Charles Civic Center.

La. to receive $85M to deepen lower Mississippi River to 50 feet

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise announced Monday, Feb. 10 that the US Army Corps of Engineers 2020 Work Plan includes funding for infrastructure projects in Louisiana, including $85 million to deepen the Mississippi River to 50 feet.

Leesville man accused of second-degree rape

He has been charged with second-degree rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

SWLA Arrest Report - Feb. 10, 2020

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Feb. 10, 2020.

Sheriff’s Office asks for help identifying woman accused of fraudulent $1,700 bank withdrawal

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has released a photo of a woman accused of a fraudulent $1,700 withdrawal from an ATM at a bank in Moss Bluff. The money was fraudulently withdrawn on Jan. 25, according to Kayla Vincent, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Circle brings the Grand Ole Opry back to TV with ‘Opry’ debuting Feb. 26

The Grand Ole Opry and Circle Media announced today that award-winning radio and TV personality Bobby Bones will host and be an executive producer of “Opry,” a new weekly, one-hour TV program featuring exclusive highlights from the Grand Ole Opry stage each week.

Sheriff’s Office searching for suspects in Sulphur burglary

Authorities ask anyone with information to contact them

  The I-10 Bridge: Past, Present, and Future

The Calcasieu River Bridge. Tens of thousands of people use it every day, but many say the aging bridge has seen better days.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  Calcasieu needs poll commissioners

Those interested in becoming a poll commissioner in Calcasieu should attend a school at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 13 at the old Calcasieu Courthouse.

  Merryville legend preserved with roadside marker

Merryville unveiled a roadside marker that commemorates a local legend.

Reeves teacher accused of sexual contact with 16-year-old

Kristen Ward, 42, was arrested in Allen Parish Monday afternoon on five counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, five counts of indecent behavior with juveniles, one count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and one count of obstruction of justice.

  Suspect dead, 2 officers injured in shooting inside Forrest City, Arkansas Walmart

Forrest City police say the situation is still active and the store is locked down.

Residents near Indorama Ventures may see flaring

Residents that live near the Indorama Ventures may see flaring over next couple days.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Off and on rain showers through the evening, with a mild night ahead

A mild and muggy afternoon across Southwest Louisiana as we have seen temperatures in the lower to middle 70′s.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Unsettled pattern with rain for much of the first half of the week

You’ll want to carry your rain gear though as scattered showers and thunderstorms will be around at times most of the day off and on. There will also be a possibility of a couple of stronger thunderstorms during the afternoon, but severe weather isn’t expected to be a widespread issue today.