Suspect in Vinton home invasion jumps into the river to evade capture

Scott A. Thibodeaux (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Scott A. Thibodeaux (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

Good morning!

Agnes DeRouen in the KPLC 7 Newsroom with a look at what we're working on for 7News@Noon.

Are you planning on hitting the local waterways during the 4th of July holiday? If so, we have a warning from state officials about a dangerous type of bacteria that could turn your holiday into a nightmare if you aren't careful. Already four people, including someone from Lake Charles, have been sickened by the flesh-eating bacteria found in waterways along Louisiana's coast.  Who is most at risk? What are the symptoms, and how can you protect yourself? Find out more HERE, and at noon.

Also today, some folks in Mississippi say alligators are taking over their properties and they say a very big company is to blame by raising reptiles and letting them run wild.

An odyssey of sorts for a suspect in an alleged home invasion in Vinton. The man apparently jumped into the river and swam to the Texas side to evade capture, and was eventually arrested in Kentucky!

Plus, a well known artist is hiding large amounts of money in obscure places around one city and he's using Facebook to give clues and urge people to hunt for the cash.

In weather, Ben says today will look a lot like yesterday – lots of sunshine and low humidity.  Enjoy it while it lasts folks! Clouds will develop a little later, but rain chances remain low, however, that's going to be changing by Friday. What can we expect? Tune in for Ben's live, local forecast for today and your 4th of July at noon.

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