COVID-19 in SWLA: April 19, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

SWLA Arrest Report - Apr. 18, 2020

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A dry and sunny start to the week, temperatures remain below average

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  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunnier days ahead although much cooler than we typically see in late April

Seacor Power was ‘under the command of its captain’, Talos Energy says

Six juveniles shot after gunfire erupts at child’s birthday party, St. John Parish Sheriff says

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Boil advisory issued for parts of Leesville

  Local boy with rare disorder celebrates 10th birthday

SWLA Arrest Report - Apr. 17, 2021

Lafourche Parish Coroner identifies two lift boat crewmen recovered Friday; 9 remain missing

Sulphur police investigating Friday shooting near Cain and Laurent intersection

SWLA Arrest Report - Apr. 16, 2021

  Hurricanes bust windows and cause flooding of antique shop, leaving merchandise in the street

The owners found out about their damaged store while watching the news in Houston where they evacuated. They returned days later to find the damage from the storms.

St. Tammany Parish men arrested for internet crimes against children

Attorney General Jeff Landry today announced two arrests made by his Cyber Crime Unit.

  Sam Houston High student alleges he was bullied on his birthday

A Sam Houston High School junior alleges he’s endured bullying for years but says what happened to him earlier this month was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

  City Hall continues rebuilding following storms

The boarded-up windows at Lake Charles City Hall on the first floor may be the most visible of the damages city hall received, but for the past nine months, Mayor Nic Hunter hasn’t been able to utilize his office.

  Victim in 5th Avenue shooting was 16-year-old

KPLC’s 2021 Crawfish Price Check

  Ward 3 Lake Charles city judges and marshal announce amnesty program

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest Arizona woman for DWI 3rd

Lake Charles man arrested for DWI 4th

  CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital and LOPA honor organ and tissue donors

  2 dead, 6 rescued, search on for 11 others after boat capsizes south of Louisiana

The United States Coast Guard is assisting in the search for ‘multiple people in the water’ after at least one vessel capsized during a severe storm near Grand Isle, LA this afternoon.

Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office searching for burglary suspects

The Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying burglary suspects.

Second Harvest food distribution event on Apr. 21

Second Harvest Food Bank will be holding a food distribution event on April 21, 2021.

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 16, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

Boil advisory lifted for areas in Fields

Waterworks District No. 2 has lifted a precautionary boil advisory for areas in Fields.

Missing 74-year-old man found

A missing 74-year-old man has been located, Calcasieu authorities said.

SWLA Arrest Report - Apr. 15, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for April 15, 2021.

  Shortage of Lyft/Uber drivers in SWLA is growing concern

Lyft Driver, Bryce Boudreaux says there’s a huge need for Lyft/Uber drivers in the Lake area. The hit of two hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic pushed many local drivers away, leaving an extreme need for drivers in the area.

  St. Martin Parish declares state of emergency for high waters

Heavy rainfall across southern Louisiana caused St. Martin Parish to call for a state of emergency.

LCPD offers ‘Safe & Secure’ program to prevent burglaries

Lake Charles police are reminding homeowners about a program they have in place to protect residents and their property. Some Lake Area residents have already taken advantage of the Neighborhood Watch program offered by the department.

  Historic City Hall sets reopening date for June

With many buildings in the city still under repair, one of Lake Charles’s icons, the 1911 Historic City Hall is set to reopen in June.

  Lake Charles police responded to shooting on 5th Avenue

The Lake Charles Police Department is currently working a shooting on 5th Avenue.

  Grandfather shoots mask-wearing grandson in home invasion in N.C., officials say

The home invasion happened before 9 a.m. at a home on 38th Street NW, near Cape Hickory Road, in Long View.

LDI corrects false information regarding COVID-19 vaccines and life insurance

The Louisiana Department of Insurance is urging the public to beware of misinformation circulating on social media sites claiming that receiving a COVID-19 vaccination would result in the death benefit not being paid on existing life insurance policies.

  Rain and pockets of water slow hurricane recovery

A look at one mobile home park where hurricane recovery is moving slowly.

Fleet of C-130s lands at Chennault for training exercise

More than a dozen C-130Js landed at Chennault International Airport Thursday for a training exercise.

Gov. Edwards issues state of emergency declaration due to ongoing weather threat

Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a state of emergency due to the ongoing severe weather impacting Louisiana this week.

Higgins pushes for disaster relief and Calcasieu River Bridge grant

Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins wrote a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding disaster relief and led a congressional delegation letter to a U.S. Department of Transportation secretary regarding a grant for the Calcasieu River Bridge.

DA warns residents of recent social security scam

District Attorney Stephen Dwight is warning residents that a social security number scam has been noticed in the area.

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 15, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

Registrar of Voters reminds residents of important dates for April 24 election

The Calcasieu Parish Registrar of Voters is reminding residents of several important dates in regards to the upcoming election

Lake Charles man accused of raping girl under 17 years old

A Lake Charles man has been arrested following an accusation that he raped a girl under 17 years old.

  Addis man charged in 16-vehicle crash on old Miss. River Bridge that killed Plaquemine teen

Louisiana State Police say they have arrested the driver who is accused of causing a fatal 16-vehicle crash on the old US 190 Mississippi River Bridge on Feb. 23.

  Hometown Heroes have been in Westlake since day after Laura

Volunteers have been helping in hurricane recovery since Aug. 28

SWLA Arrest Report - Apr. 14, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for April 14, 2021.

  Westlake Library hosting vaccine clinic today

The Westlake Library located 937 Mulberry Street is hosting a vaccine clinic with Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center.They will be administering the moderna vaccine from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..

  Deputies: Uber driver accused of kicking down door, entering LSU student’s off-campus apartment

A man has been arrested in the case of a rideshare driver allegedly behaving in a ‘suspicious manner near LSU’s campus, according to university officials and deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO).

  Local hardware store refuses to raise prices during time of price increases

Lumber and hardware prices have drastically increased since the pandemic

  Lake Area businesses struggle with hiring employees

Lake Area businesses are now competing with each other when it comes to hiring prospective employees. Many of them increasing their wage offer

  Poor drainage from roadside ditches worries residents as hurricane season approaches

A resident of Nobie Lane expresses concern the ditch that runs in front of his house always seems to be clogged. Property owner Russell Moreau worries if the ditches are not properly cleaned out ahead of hurricane season, residents could suffer flooding.

  MADD recognizes local law enforcement drunk driving efforts

Mothers Against Drunk Driving awarded certificates to law enforcement officers that have gone above and beyond in the number of DWI’s they’ve cited last year.

United Way to help residents with FEMA appeals

United Way of Southwest Louisiana has partnered with SBP to present the first of several planned events aimed at assisting hurricane-affected community members with the FEMA appeals process.

Lake Charles man rearrested for alleged contractor fraud

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Contractor Fraud Response Team rearrested a Lake Charles man for contractor fraud.

SOWELA to acquire Lamar Salter campus in Leesville

Going into effect July 1, 2021, SOWELA Technical Community College will acquire the Lamar Salter campus located in Leesville.

COVID-19 in SWLA: April 14, 2021

COVID-19 in Southwest Louisiana.

  Bill assistance available for low-income seniors and disabled individuals

Power to Care provides emergency bill assistance to low-income seniors and disabled individuals in crisis who qualify.

SWLA Arrest Report - Apr. 14, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for April 14, 2021.

  ‘Young, healthy’ South Mississippi man suffers stroke hours after receiving J&J vaccine

When the news broke about the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Tuesday, one Coast family was already living with a tragedy they believe was caused by the vaccine.

  Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana proposes homeless shelter

Catholic Charities proposes homeless shelter

  Lake Charles woman brings hurricane recovery awareness on TikTok

A local woman’s TikTok videos have gone viral after she’s posted about her experience living in Lake Charles after the hurricanes.

  Successful city-wide spring clean event turns into parish-wide initiative

Seven months after Hurricane Laura and the clean-up efforts continue.

  LC Civic Center switches to Moderna vaccine after J. & J. shot paused

COVID vaccines at the Lake Charles Civic Center are now Moderna type since the Johnson and Johnson vaccine has been put on hold.

Oakdale man accused of making homemade explosive device

An Oakdale man has been arrested after being accused of making a homemade explosive device and setting fire to a home with four of his relatives inside.

Mamou man accused of setting home on fire with woman and three children inside

A Mamou man has been arrested after being accused of trying to set a house on fire with a woman and three children still inside

Drive-thru vaccination event for Johnson Bayou tomorrow

The distribution of the Moderna vaccine will last through Thursday, April, 15 and take place from Noon to 6 p.m.

  Final pass for debris pickup happening now in some Calcasieu Parish areas

The final pass for hurricane debris pick up for residents in calcasieu parish unincorporated areas is happening now.After 200 days of debris pick up, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is making their final pass down each road to ensure that all eligible debris is picked up.

SWLA Arrest Report - Apr. 12, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for April 12, 2021.

  Realty industry sees high demand in housing need

Realty industry sees high demand in need of housing

  Bull shark pups crowd Southwest Louisiana coast

While it’s not unusual to reel in a bull shark along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, anglers are reporting landing an incredible number of the sharks at Rutherford Beach.

  Downtown restaurants seeing increase of customers in recent months

Downtown restaurants seeing increase of customers in recent months

  Calcasieu Police Jury explains biggest concerns in community assessment survey

Polite says the results will be used to help build new and change programming as well as apply for funding for areas with the highest need.

Gov. Edwards delivers State of the State address

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards delivered his State of the State address Monday, April 12 from A.W. Mumford Stadium on the campus of Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.

  Contractor Fraud Response Team started in Calcasieu Parish

A number of agencies have joined forces to create the Contractor Fraud Response team in Calcasieu Parish.

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury announces parishwide cleanup event

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury announces parishwide cleanup event

  The number of child abuse reports has decreased drastically since COVID-19

“When it comes down to it because teachers weren’t in class, cases became more severe.”The world stood still when COVID-19 hit, forcing schools to go virtual and leaving many young people without their safe place.

Knights of Peter Claver holding free community giveback meal

The Knights of Peter Claver will be holding a free community giveback meal on April 17, 2021.

SWLA Arrest Report - Apr. 11, 2021

Calcasieu Correctional Center booking report for April 11, 2021.

La. receives ‘D+’ grade for infrastructure in report card from White House

Louisiana has received a D+ grade on its infrastructure in a new report card from the White House.