LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Authorities say several motorcycle escort officers crashed during President Donald Trump's motorcade in Louisiana, but the motorcade itself was not involved.
Higher education chief to speak at Delgado
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's commissioner of higher education will speak at spring graduation ceremonies for Delgado Community College in New Orleans.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University isn't the closest school to their home, but it's clearly closest to the heart of one southwest Louisiana family.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana teacher is accused of raping a 10-year-old boy.
The American Press reports Lake Charles Charter Academy teacher Deidra R. Smith was arrested Tuesday and...
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A teacher at a school in Lake Charles has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with a student.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Deidre...
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Mississippi police officer has resigned after being indicted in Louisiana on a charge of using excessive force while working there.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Body camera footage shows a white Louisiana police officer fatally shooting an African American man who threatened a store clerk with a lethal-looking BB gun, prompting the...
SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — Police in Searcy say human remains found on a high school campus this week are those of a Louisiana man reported missing 20 years ago.
The Catholic diocese for southwest Louisiana released information Thursday about 12 clerics who officials say were credibly accused of sexual abuse.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Health says a Lake Charles school for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities failed to protect its residents from sexual...
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The family of a 26-year-old man who was killed after threatening a store clerk with a lethal-looking BB gun plans to sue now that a Louisiana grand jury has cleared the...
Songwriting workshops aim to help Louisiana veterans
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana veterans can learn about songwriting at two workshops scheduled in April that are aimed at helping veterans tell their stories and find healing through...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Owners of a newly completed south Louisiana pipeline say they expect the transport of crude oil from Lake Charles to St. James to begin Monday.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for a shooting death in Louisiana last year.
The American Press of Lake Charles reported 23-year-old...
SW Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Festival July 19-20
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A hot air balloon festival is coming to southwest Louisiana, with the first night being an alcohol-free "Church Night" and a beer festival the second afternoon.
HBU seeks revenge on McNeese St.
McNeese State (9-19, 5-10) vs. Houston Baptist (10-16, 6-9)
Sharp Gymnasium, Houston; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: McNeese State goes for the season sweep over Houston Baptist...
Shipping company fined $2M for oily waste dumped into Gulf
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A federal judge ordered a shipping company to pay $2 million in fines after one of its tankers illegally dumped oily waste into the Gulf of Mexico.
Newborn found in hospital parking lot, search on for mother
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A full-term newborn girl found in the grass outside a Louisiana hospital is doing well but police are searching for her mother.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says a woman told deputies she heard crying as she got into her car Tuesday night outside Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. She found the naked baby about 50 yards (45.7 meters) from the hospital's front door.
High school first in parish to get law enforcement kiosk
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana high school is becoming this first in its parish to have a law enforcement kiosk.
Unclaimed Mega Millions winning runner-up ticket to expire
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A winning Mega Millions lottery ticket sold in Lake Charles for the Sept. 4 drawing has yet to be claimed.
Louisiana lottery officials said Friday that no one has stepped forward to claim the $10,000 prize and the ticket expires March 3.
The ticket, sold at More 4 Less on Nelson Road, matched four of the five numbers drawn and the Mega Ball to win. The numbers were: 2, 7, 25, 35, 44 and Mega Ball 3.
Police identify officer in fatal shooting; hired in 2015
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana police chief says an officer hired in 2015 is the one involved in a fatal shooting earlier this month.
News outlets report that Lake Charles Police Chief Shawn Caldwell identified him in a news release Tuesday as patrol Officer Jonathan Landrum.
Caldwell says that, under standard procedures, Landrum is on administrative leave while Louisiana State Police investigate the Jan. 11 shooting of 26-year-old Juston Joseph Landry.
Complaint: Man pulled gun on officer after brief foot chase
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A complaint released by Louisiana State Police says a man fatally shot by a city officer had pulled a gun on a clerk, then brought it out again and refused to follow the officer's orders, starting a brief foot chase.
The initial complaint says 26-year-old Juston Joseph Landry was shot several times about 1 a.m. Jan. 11, during an encounter with the Lake Charles officer after the chase. It doesn't describe the encounter.
2 found dead in Lake Charles home, 1 injured
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Lake Charles man is believed to have killed his wife and stabbed his son before killing himself.
News outlets report the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says it began investigating at 2 a.m. Friday after getting a call that 52-year-old David M. Pendley had stabbed his 24-year-old son. Sheriff's spokeswoman, Kim Myers, says when deputies arrived, the son was at a neighbor's house. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and released.
Police shooting leaves man dead in Louisiana
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A man was killed in an early-morning police shooting in Louisiana.
A statement from the Lake Charles Police Department says a man entered a convenience store about 1 a.m. Friday and threatened another man with a gun.
The statement says officers responding to a call about the incident found a man about a block away from the Raceway store minutes later.
Boating club organizes bayou channel marker partnership
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana boating education club has organized a private-public partnership to put up channel markers along a bayou where water often hides cypress stumps and knees.
Since Contraband Bayou isn't usable for commercial navigation, the Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers can't install markers, Ben Garber of the Lake Charles Sail and Power Squadron told local news outlets.
Sheriff: Louisiana man fatally shoots wife, dogs, self
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana sheriff says deputies believe a Lake Charles man killed his wife and two dogs before fatally shooting himself.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso tells news outlets the bodies of 49-year-old Renee Foster and 38-year-old Adam Foster were found Monday morning.
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Couple found dead in Louisiana home
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in Louisiana are investigating the death of a couple found in their home over the weekend.
The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office told news outlets that 72-year-old Walter Joseph Gotreaux and 70-year-old Darlene Cecelia Gotreaux were found dead in their home near the town of Iowa on Sunday when officers went to check on them.
Retired federal judge who struggled with alcoholism dies
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A federal judge who retired from the bench in Louisiana last year amid struggles with alcoholism has died in her home.
Citing a news release from Deputy Chief Mark Kraus, KPLC-TV reports that 60-year-old retired U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi was found dead in her Lake Charles home Saturday.
2 get decades for kidnapping after drug deal went sour
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two Louisiana men face decades in prison for kidnapping a Texas man after a failed drug deal.
U.S. Attorney David Joseph says 35-year-old Justin Fry was sentenced to 24 years and 4 months, and 34-year-old James Coleman to 20 years and 2 months.
Both Lake Charles men pleaded guilty to interstate kidnapping.
Donation, new apprenticeship at Lake Charles tech college
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Houston-based liquefied natural gas company is making a $250,000 donation to a technical community college in southwest Louisiana, and launching a new apprenticeship program with the school.
Cheniere Energy and SOWELA Technical Community College announced the plans Thursday in Lake Charles. In a news release, they said the apprenticeship program will give 22 SOWELA students a chance to use their training in jobs at Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass operation.
Eldorado: Lake Charles riverboat may move ashore
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The owner of two Louisiana riverboat casinos says it may move one near Texas onto land, but probably will leave its Baton Rouge boat afloat.
Louisiana man arrested after 13-year-old struck and killed
LAKE CITY, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man has been arrested after a 13-year-old boy was struck and killed as he walked along a road early Thanksgiving morning.
News outlets reported that Kyrin Pete of Lake Charles was walking with two other people when he was struck by a driver. The boy was taken to a hospital where he died.
Louisiana State Police say 33-year-old Jacob Ryan Hebert of Lafayette has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and driving while impaired.
Sheriff: Witnesses say teen accidentally shot by falling gun
RAGLEY, La. (AP) — A sheriff's office in Louisiana says a 15-year-old boy has been fatally shot in what two other juveniles described as an accident.
The Advertiser reports the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office says Koby Lee Keever was shot in the abdomen Friday at a home in Ragley near Lake Charles. He was taken to a hospital and died from his wounds.
Hospital locked down over gun report, but no gun was found
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana hospital was put on lockdown and a man who went there to visit his daughter was confronted by a SWAT team in what police later called a case of mistaken identity.
News outlets report police responded Thursday to a report of a suspicious person who might have a gun at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.
Sheriff: Man found with wife’s body in trunk, kids in car
A soldier based in Louisiana was arrested in a car with his wife's body in the trunk, his girlfriend driving, and her two toddlers in the car, officials said Monday.
Logan T. Kyle, 22, was turned over to Army investigators at Fort Polk; Sarah M. Parker, 24, of Lake Charles was arrested on charges of obstructing justice and failing to report a homicide; and Parker's 1- and 2-year-old children were taken into state custody Saturday night, a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Developmentally disabled contract to pick up park litter
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A group formed to help people with developmentally disabilities has a contract to pick up litter in parks owned by a southwest Louisiana city.
The Calcasieu Association for Retarded Citizens says that under the "CARC in the Park Buddy Program," pairs of clients spend two hours a day picking up litter at five Lake Charles parks.
63 pounds of cocaine found in Louisiana traffic stop
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana say a weekend traffic stop resulted in the confiscation of about 63 pounds (28.58 kilograms) of cocaine.
A news release Wednesday from the Lake Charles Police Department says it happened Sunday afternoon on Interstate 10, when a tow truck was pulled over for a traffic violation.
Man traces his lineage back to ancestor enslaved at convent
GRAND COUTEAU, La. (AP) — Lake Charles native Dorson Purdy has accomplished what few African Americans can by tracing his lineage back to his five-time great-grandfather who was enslaved in the 19th century at the Convent of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Couteau.
The convent and the Religious of The Sacred Heart will host a ceremony on Sept. 23 to honor and memorialize the families and descendants, like Purdy, who lived their lives enslaved to the work of the convent.
Lawmakers seek to name clinic after Medal of Honor winner
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Members of Louisiana's congressional delegation are seeking to rename a veteran's clinic in Lake Charles after a Medal of Honor winner who died in Vietnam.
U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy and Rep. Clay Higgins announced their legislation Monday in a news release. They hope to have the Lake Charles Community-Based Outpatient Clinic named after Douglas Fournet.
Barbe homecoming court to kids: We’re not perfect, either
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana high school's homecoming court told fifth-graders at three schools about their own problems with weight, teeth, acne, body hair and other social troubles.
Conviction upheld for man charged with rape in cold case
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Supreme Court has upheld a man's conviction of aggravated rape in a decades-old case.
The American Press reports 42-year-old Jonathan Jacito Frank was convicted in 2014 of raping a Lake Charles woman at knifepoint in her apartment in 1994.
James D. Cain Jr. nominated for federal judgeship
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Lake Charles attorney has been nominated for a federal judgeship.
Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy said Monday that James D. Cain Jr. was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana in Lake Charles.
Cain is a Deridder native and the son of former state Sen. James David Cain.
Texas man arrested in Louisiana after kidnapping woman
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Police say a Texas man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman has been arrested in Louisiana.
Louisiana releases tourism ads with ‘Feed Your Soul’ brand
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has released a new package of TV ads seeking to attract visitors to the state with the "Feed Your Soul" slogan launched earlier this year by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.
Nungesser, Louisiana's top tourism official, unveiled the new advertising Thursday at the state's annual travel summit in Lake Charles. The new branding effort "Feed Your Soul" was announced in January, and the ads dovetail with the reworked marketing effort.
Church converts shipping containers into overseas clinics
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Motorists traveling along Country Club Road in Lake Charles, Louisiana, who have seen the "Doc in a Box" banner and two seagoing containers in front of St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church have to be wondering what it's all about.
McNeese State names Scheufens as new police chief
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — McNeese State University has named a new chief of police to oversee campus security.
The university, in a news release, says William Scheufens replaces Robert Spinks, who retired in May.
Scheufens has 36 years of law enforcement experience, having worked more than 30 years in the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office. He most recently served as director of security for Lake Charles Memorial Health Systems.
2 Louisiana community colleges plan expansion projects
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana community colleges plan expansion projects.
Delgado Community College in New Orleans says it will build an advanced technology building on its Algiers campus and an allied health, nursing and culinary arts building in downtown New Orleans.
Sowela Technical Community College in Lake Charles plans a $10.2 million building to train workers in culinary, gaming and hospitality fields.
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man is accused of fatally shooting his fiancee while driving off of an interstate.
Lake Charles police Lt. Kevin Kirkum said Thursday that 46-year-old Michael Edwin Vice called 911 and was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Lori Estelle Tanner.
Kirkum is the police department spokesman. He says Tanner was shot Wednesday night, as the vehicle left Interstate 210.