LDH launches new anonymous contact tracing app

In response to this third COVID-19 surge and the threat of variants sending us into another spike, the state health department launched a new app Friday that can anonymously detect if you’ve been exposed to COVID.

Family of Sulphur High student struck on Friday speaks out

Record gun sales reported in 2020, leaving low ammunition & gun supply at local shops

LDH confirmed an outbreak connected to Louisiana Classic Wrestling Tournament

  Sheriff Mancuso pleads with parents to ‘take control’

Sulphur PD issues statement regarding the Sulphur student that was struck Friday morning

Coronavirus vaccine could affect how you donate plasma

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CPSO arrests four juveniles in reference to Saturday night homicide

COVID-19 in SWLA: Jan. 24, 2021

15-year-old dies after stabbing at Walmart on La. 14

Qualifying for March 20 mayoral election

Mardi Gras feels a little different this time around

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Foggy evening will lead to showers overnight into Sunday morning

CDC extends eviction moratorium

In a recent press release, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH announced that the current eviction moratorium will be extended until at least March 31, 2021.

KPLC’s 2021 Crawfish Price Check

KPLC’s 2021 Crawfish Price Check

SWLA Arrest Report - Jan. 22, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Jan. 22, 2021.

  SOWELA first in Louisiana to integrate new VR surgeries in class

SOWELA first in Louisiana to integrate new VR surgeries in class

  Major Sony production filmed in Vernon Parish boost local economy

  Suspect arrested in Carlyss homicide investigation

Penalty phase to be held again for Kevin Daigle, convicted of killing trooper

  Calcasieu Parish officials discuss long-term goals for current homeless, housing situation

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cloudy with areas of fog developing tonight

Rouses’ co-owner apologizes for attending Trump rally on WBOK radio

Tony Award-winning choreographer Bob Avian dies at 83

Bob Avian died Thursday of cardiac arrest at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Lake Charles man sentenced for armed robbery

A Lake Charles man was sentenced to 25 years and 15 years today, both of which are to run concurrent with one another.

  Sulphur student struck while boarding school bus, less than mile from similar 2018 accident

The child has been transported to a local hospital and the extent of their injuries is unknown.

Sheriff Mancuso announces property tax payment methods

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has announced that 2020 property taxes notices are currently being mailed and the multiple ways that residents can pay their taxes.

Homeowner insurance tops list for hurricane claim complaints

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has announced that nearly 80 percent of the 873 complaints that the Louisiana Department of Insurance has received about hurricane claims are about homeowners insurance.

COVID-19 in SWLA: Jan. 22, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

Calcasieu 2020 tax notices delayed

The Sheriff & Tax Collector will be sending out the 2020 tax notices within the next 10 days or so with a new due date.

Authorities release new information on Carlyss homicide arrest

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department has released additional information on the suspect arrested last night in a Carylss homicide.

Westlake man accused of chasing woman with a machete

A Westlake man has been arrested after being accused of attempted second-degree murder for chasing a woman with a machete

SWLA Arrest Report - Jan. 21, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Jan. 21, 2021.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers to start off the day, cloudy and rainy weekend ahead

Off to a rainy start on this Friday morning as we are seeing showers push across Southwest Louisiana with the main focus of rain remaining north of I-10. Shower come to and end around daybreak, but we remain cloudy with the chance of some light rain through the afternoon with a cloudy forecast head

  CPSO makes arrest in Carlyss homicide investigation

BREAKING: CPSO investigating homicide in Carlyss

  Neighbors welcome S.C. teenager home with Christmas parade after battling leukemia, COVID-19 over holidays

Ariel Griffith was in the hospital and unconscious on Christmas Day, so her family decided to make it up to her.

  Southwest Louisiana Independence Center still recovering from hurricane damage

Southwest Louisiana Independence Center still recovering from hurricane damage

  FEMA continuing to offer housing for hurricane survivors

With roughly 10,000 houses in Calcasieu Parish being badly damaged or destroyed, FEMA expects to provide temporary housing to about 3000 families, 800 of which have already been placed in housing units.

NYU student makes website where you can put Bernie Sanders in his mittens at any address

The internet moves fast.

  Local health experts on President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

Although some may feel the vaccine rollout is going slower than expected, Dr. Cavanaugh said our region is pretty much on schedule.

COVID-19 compliance violations found; no one cited

A citation is not the only course of action available to those who enforce the guidelines

  Radar back in action for National Weather Service in Lake Charles

A major step on the road to recovery for southwest Louisiana. The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is closer to having a working radar after theirs was destroyed in hurricane Laura.

  Mardi Gras Museum names Lord and Lady

Another installment of "safe" ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in Southwest Louisiana.

Sulphur woman indicted for murder of her boyfriend

The girlfriend of the South Irwin Street homicide victim has been indicted on second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.

Murder indictment returned in September shooting on 14th Street

A Lake Charles man has been indicted for second-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting in the 1600 block of 14th Street in September 2020.

Patient at local mental health facility accused of inappropriately touching other patients

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a sexual assault complaint at a local mental health facility.

Lake Charles man indicted on charges of sexual battery, rape

A Lake Charles man was indicted by a grand jury today on one count of sexual battery of a victim under 13 and first degree rape.

Boil advisory issued for parts of Ragley

A boil advisory has been issued for the following areas in the Ragley area.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cloudy, rainy evening and overnight ahead with mild temperatures

Temperatures won’t budge much this evening and it’s also possible the light drizzle and mist could slightly lower the visibility a bit. Expect more rain through the evening and especially overnight as a front moves closer to our area.

COVID-19 in SWLA: Jan. 21, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

State Fire Marshal’s Office releases 2020 performance outcomes

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has announced their 2020 performance outcomes amid a pandemic and multiple tropical threats.

Energy Experts and Environmentalists React to Biden Keystone Decision

Energy experts and environmentalists have differing views on Keystone decision

  ANIMAL SHELTERS OVERCROWDED DUE TO HURRICANES

ANIMAL SHELTERS OVERCROWDED DUE TO HURRICANES

FEMA releases overview of process to install a trailer on private property

FEMA has released the following information on the application and installment process of having a FEMA trailer placed on private property.

SWLA Arrest Report - Jan. 20, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Jan. 20, 2021.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Off to a foggy start, rain returns this afternoon and for Friday

A foggy start is around for our Thursday as winds have turned back out of the south and that has raised our dew points back into the lower 60′s and with our actual temperatures in the lower 60′s fog has formed in many areas. The fog will burn off throughout the day, but then we have to turn towards

  City of Lake Charles receives $1 million in COVID relief money

City of Lake Charles receives $1 million in COVID relief money

  FBI asks for Lake Area community’s help in finding Capitol Hill rioters

FBI asks for Lake Area community’s help in finding Capitol Hill rioters

  Louisiana Mega Millions jackpot nears one billion dollars

People are hoping to win big in the Mega Millions jackpot.

  Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

Biden’s inauguration came at a time of national tumult and uncertainty, a ceremony of resilience as the hallowed American democratic rite unfurled at a U.S. Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago.

  Joe Biden visited SWLA in 2006 to see Hurricane Rita damage

Joe Biden was a senator when he visited SWLA in 2006.

  Estudiantes construyen la Casa Blanca en 3D tras la inauguración

El director Ronnie Harvey, Jr. de Washington-Marion High School observó cómo los estudiantes presenciaron la famosa transición de poder en la democracia estadounidense, que tiene lugar hoy en D.C.

  Students build 3D White House following Inauguration

Principal Ronnie Harvey, Jr. of Washington-Marion High School watched as students witnessed the transfer of power, famous in U.S. democracy, take place in D.C. today.

  Inauguration Day: Local AKA chapter reflects on Kamala Harris becoming first female vice president

Along with an unprecedented inauguration, Kamala Harris also made history Wednesday.

  New Biden administration could impact local trade

The new Biden administration is looking to move the economy forward. Locally, a new take on trade could have an impact on Lake Charles exports.

Gov. Edwards attends Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards attended the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

La. senators react to inauguration of President Joe Biden

Louisiana’s senators, Dr. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, have both released statements commenting on the day’s events.

Baton Rouge native designs VP Kamala Harris’ outfit for Inauguration Day

A Baton Rouge native has a direct connection to the historic swearing-in of America’s first female vice president.

COVID vaccine locations in Southwest Louisiana

List of COVID-19 vaccination locations in Southwest Louisiana.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cloudy with fog rolling into tonight; showers return Thursday

We’ll likely see lows dropping into the middle to upper 50s before midnight before warming a few degrees overnight. One thing we’ll have to watch out for tonight is fog, and it’s already been a problem for coastal areas.

COVID-19 in SWLA: Jan. 20, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

Grant woman arrested after complaint of alleged sexual conduct between teacher, student

Brittany Greene, 28, was booked into the VPSO jail on January 19 on three counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student and two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles.

WATCH: Southern University’s Human Jukebox Marching Band ‘We Are One’ video

It was a big night for Southern University.

SWLA Arrest Report - Jan. 19, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for Jan. 19, 2021.

  New UPNEEQ product meant to fight droopy eyelids sold in Sulphur

UPNEEQ is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and offers a quick solution to combat droopy eyelids than previously used traditional methods.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Clouds around for today, rain chances return for Thursday afternoon

Another mild start to the day as temperatures are back into the middle and upper 50′s across the area thanks to an increase in our cloud cover. A weak boundary remains off to the north this morning bringing a few showers into central and northern Louisiana, but our day looks to remain dry as it wea

  Scammers target second round of stimulus checks

Scammers target second round of stimulus checks

  Gyms dealing with New Year influx and COVID restrictions

Gyms dealing with New Year influx and COVID restrictions

  Mardi Gras cancellation impacts local businesses, organizations

Mardi Gras cancellation impacts local businesses, organizations

  Paycheck Protection Program reopens for small businesses hurt by pandemic

Paycheck Protection Program reopens for small businesses hurt by pandemic

  Cameron Parish making headway on Rutherford Beach storm recovery

Cameron Parish making headway on Rutherford Beach storm recovery