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  • Fact-Check: Did Paul Ryan Endorse Congressman Boustany?

    November 2, 2012 2:27 AM

    At Wednesday night's debate among the front-runners in the district 3 congressional race, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, mentioned an endorsement he says he received from Wisconsin Rep. and GOP vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan. "I have a consistent, conservative voting record on all major issues, it's exactly the same... more »
  • Lafayette To Sever Relationship With Broussard

    May 16, 2012 12:17 AM

    City-Parish President Joey Durel wants to cut some ties with the City of Broussard. He made the announcement at Tuesday's City-Parish Council Meeting. "...unlike the other municipalities in Lafayette Parish, the administration of the City of Broussard has chosen to engage in an ongoing battle with the City of... more »
  • Rep. Landry Announces Re-Election Campaign, Will Face Rep. Boustany

    May 14, 2012 11:21 PM

    Congressman Jeff Landry announced his campaign for re-election Monday night in Youngsville. He will now face fellow Congressman, Dr. Charles Boustany in an election this fall. The political battle is due to redistricting, after Boustany's and Landry's individual districts were combined to form the new District 3. "If you're... more »
  • Lake Charles Woman Held in Husband's Death

    March 25, 2012 1:53 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Calcasieu Parish judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a Lake Charles woman charged with second-degree murder of her husband. Judge Clayton Davis stopped a motions hearing Friday and said nothing more would be heard until the examination of 52-year-old Darlene Sias was completed,... more »
  • 2 Low-Income Developments Slated for Lake Charles

    February 26, 2012 2:58 PM

    The Lake Charles Housing Authority has announced plans for two low-income housing developments that will cost a combined $14.4 million. The developments announced Thursday will be called Kingsley Court, which will have 20 units, and Bayou Bluff, with 34. The units will range from two to four bedrooms, and 16... more »
  • Upgrade Set for Rosa Hart Theater in Lake Charles

    February 5, 2012 2:22 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Renovations are being planned for the Rosa Hart Theater. Officials of the Lake Charles Civic Center tell the American Press (http://bit.ly/qjfACs) the work will be done in two phases. Dressing rooms will be revamped in the first phase, followed by reworking of the theater's two... more »
  • Reps. Landry & Boustany Disagree Over Proposed Offshore Safety Reforms

    December 6, 2011 12:05 AM

    The United States Senate is considering a bill, which involves offshore safety reforms proposed by Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia. In the wake of recent fatalities offshore, most will agree safety should be a priority in the Gulf, but not everyone is onboard with Landry's ideas. H.R. 2838, also... more »
  • Hotel Pushed at Civic Center Site

    October 15, 2011 10:19 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A local development official says a hotel at the Lake Charles Civic Center grounds would attract events and boost the economy of Lake Charles. The possibility of building a hotel there is under study. Lori Marinovich, executive director or the Downtown development Authority, told the... more »
  • New Judge in Threat Case Against President

    April 24, 2011 1:58 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A new judge has been assigned to sentence a man convicted of making death threats to President Barack Obama. Mikeal Minton has been given a May 20 sentencing date in Lake Charles before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi. The Advocate reported that Minton was scheduled to... more »
  • Congressional Redistricting: What it Means for Acadiana

    April 14, 2011 12:02 AM

    With a few hours to spare in the special session, state lawmakers reached a compromise on congressional redistricting that would shrink the state's seven districts down to six. "It's probably not the best situation, but knowing that we were going down to the number six, the most important and... more »
  • Boustany on Agreement to Fund Government, Cut Spending

    April 9, 2011 10:30 AM

    "Avoiding a government shutdown was important for the sake of our troops and our national security, as well as our economic recovery," Boustany said. "At the same time, it was important to make fiscally responsible cuts in spending because of the massive debt. By dealing with the unfinished business left... more »
  • Dead Birds in Lake Charles

    February 10, 2011 12:31 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Residents of Lake Charles noticed dozens of dead birds on Lake Street Thursday morning. The birds were found on Lake Street between Gauthier Road and Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles. No word yet on what caused their deaths.
  • 20 Pounds of Marijuana Found During Traffic Stop

    February 1, 2011 5:30 PM

    Today state troopers in Troop D stopped a 2011 Hyundai for a traffic violation on I-10 eastbound In Lake Charles. The driver, 46-year-old Michael Stuart of St. Louis, MO and passenger, 44-year-old Michael Broom of Deland, FL were both arrested after a search of their vehicle. Troopers say they found... more »
  • LA Congressional Delegation Reacts to AZ Rampage

    January 10, 2011 11:49 PM

    The attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords has raised security concerns among lawmakers across the country. The Arizona Democrat was shot in the head over the weekend while meeting with constituents outside of a supermarket in Tucson. The public event was very similar to events attended everyday by politicians... more »
  • Jones to report to prison Feb. 28

    January 6, 2011 9:16 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Former state Sen. Charles D. Jones is scheduled Feb. 28 to surrender to federal authorities and begin a 27-month prison sentence following his conviction on charges including tax evasion. U.S. District Judge Robert James also sentenced Jones to three years of supervised release and ordered the... more »
  • Gambling board gets presentations on casino

    December 16, 2010 8:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three companies applying for the state's last available riverboat casino license are proposing projects in Jefferson Parish and Lake Charles. The applicants made their presentations to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board on Thursday. Penn National Gaming Inc. is proposing a second casino in the New... more »
  • Newly Released Video: Lee Roy Williams Explains Motive

    November 17, 2010 7:27 PM

    In his own words tonight, we hear why a man killed his four roommates in Lake Charles over Memorial Day weekend. KATC obtained a taped confession where 52-year old Lee Roy Williams Junior talks about what made him snap. Williams admitted to beating, stabbing and shooting Terry Banks, Jessica Eugene,... more »
  • Man Arrested for Fake ID at OMV

    November 10, 2010 1:10 PM

    From State Police: Shortly after 2:00 p.m. yesterday, troopers with the Lake Charles Field Office of the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigation responded to a report of an individual attempting to obtain a state-issued identification card using documents that did not belong to him at the Lake Charles location... more »
  • Lake Charles and Franklin Health Clinics Receive Grant Money

    October 12, 2010 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two Louisiana health clinics have been awarded nearly $9 million in federal grant money. The grants announced Monday award $4.1 million to the SWLA Center for Health Services in Lake Charles and $4.8 million to the Teche Action Clinic in Franklin. Landrieu says the funding awarded... more »
  • Turbo Prop Plane Loses an Engine, Lands in Lake Charles

    October 11, 2010 4:34 PM

    A Continental Express flight from Houston to Lake Charles experiences engine trouble and ends up losing an engine during the flight. The Saab 340 with 16 passengers on board was able to land safely at Lake Charles Regional Airport at 11:45 a.m. According to Airport Director Heath Allen, the turbo... more »
  • Lake Charles, Texas spark casino twists

    October 4, 2010 6:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gambling generally occurs when a player goes into a casino and tries his luck. Recent developments in the regional casino business have the air of the house trying its luck and without the usual odds guaranteed in its favor. Four groups will vie for Louisiana's 15th... more »
  • Details Released Today on Quadruple Murder

    September 30, 2010 1:09 PM

    A preliminary hearing was held in state district court Thursday for Lee Roy Williams Jr. He's charged with four counts of first degree murder. Today, we learned more about the killings. The four bodies were found on Labor Day September 6 at a home off Highway 14 in Calcasieu Parish.... more »
  • Attorneys Appointed in Quadruple Slaying Case

    September 17, 2010 9:58 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Defense attorney Richard Bourke, director of the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans, has been appointed to represent 52-year-old Lee Roy Williams in a Calcasieu Parish quadruple slaying case. The appointment came during a Thursday court hearing. There are reports that Lake Charles defense... more »
  • Lake Charles Man Charged With Four Counts of Murder

    September 14, 2010 3:29 PM

    Lee Roy Williams Jr. was first named as a person of interest....he is now charged with four counts of first degree murder. The victims were discovered brutally killed in separate rooms last Monday in a trailer on Tom Hebert Road. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said, "we have... more »
  • Settlement Resolves Probe of McNeese State

    September 10, 2010 7:08 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A settlement with the Justice Department calls for McNeese State University to improve access to its Lake Charles campus for disabled students, employees and visitors. The settlement announced Thursday resolves an investigation the Justice Department launched in 2008 to review the school's compliance with the... more »
  • 4 Killed In Lake Charles: Names Released, Clues Include Mississippi SUV

    September 7, 2010 7:35 PM

    "I can tell you there were multiple sources of violence in the home," Sheriff Tony Mancuso updating the case of the Lake Charles quadruple murder. The 4 victims were found in 4 separate rooms and investigators believe there's likely more one than one suspect. Killed were 19 year... more »
  • Quadruple Homicide Victims Identified

    September 7, 2010 11:25 AM

    Three of the victims in the quadruple homicide at 5859 Tom Hebert Rd., Lot #70, Lake Charles, have been identified: Crystal Dawn Fruge, 28, 5859 Tom Hebert Rd., Lot #70, Lake Charles Kendrick Warren Lavergne, 29, 5629 Lavergne St., Lake Charles Terry Lynn Banks, 19, 1829 7th St., Lake Charles... more »
  • Possible Quadruple Homicide in Lake Charles

    September 6, 2010 1:08 PM

    UPDATE-LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says four people were killed in a mobile home in a trailer park near Lake Charles. He says the bodies were found Monday morning, after a woman who hadn't been able to get in touch with her daughter went to... more »
  • 2 Arrested in Lake Charles Slaying

    September 1, 2010 9:13 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Authorities say two people have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that happened near Sowela Technical Community College in Lake Charles on June 14. 36-year-old Carlos L. Manor and 25-year-old Diamond F. Jenkins were booked Tuesday with second-degree murder. State District Judge Mike... more »
  • Lake Charles Firefighters Reject Contract

    August 28, 2010 4:47 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Lake Charles firefighters turn down what the City Council calls its last, best offer for a one-year contract. Firefighters Association Local 561 president Wil Veuleman tells The American Press that firefighters will stay on the job. City administrator John Cardone says a major sticking point... more »
  • Destroyer Planned As Museum Housed Kittens

    August 26, 2010 11:27 AM

    When the USS Orleck departed Orange, Texas, for Lake Charles on May 18, the Gearing-class destroyer had four secret stowaways. They managed to remain undetected for the vessel's two-day trip to Lake Charles. Once the Orleck docked at its new homeport on the Calcasieu River, Debbie Lynn Hoffpauir and other... more »
  • Lake Charles Officials Review Development Project

    August 26, 2010 8:47 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Lake Charles city government has received a detailed proposal for a lakefront development project that would be named Mardi Gras Boardwalk. Lake Charles Mardi Gras Boardwalk LLC proposes building a waterfront entertainment venue on the north side of the Civic Center in two phases... more »
  • Ex-state Sen. Charles Jones convicted in tax case

    August 23, 2010 5:20 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A federal jury on Monday found former state Sen. Charles D. Jones guilty of tax evasion and other tax charges. Jurors took about three hours before convicting Jones, 60, of Monroe, of filing two false tax returns and one count of tax evasion. Jones, who's also... more »
  • St. Charles Parish Woman Dies of Burns

    August 21, 2010 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Fire Marshall H. "Butch" Browning says a 48-year-old St. Charles Parish woman has died of burns from a fire earlier in the week. He says investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire that killed Christine Loupe of Paradis (PAR-uh-dee), but believe... more »
  • Lafayette Rape Arrest

    August 17, 2010 5:26 PM

    Press Release: On Tuesday August 17, 2010 Juvenile Detectives with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 45 year old Charles Babineaux of Lafayette on charges of aggravated Rape. On July 7, 2010 Detectives received information from a 17 year old female who advised in 2005 when she was 12 years... more »
  • Woman Sentenced for Fatal Wreck in Lake Charles

    August 5, 2010 8:44 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A state judge has sentenced a 45-year-old woman to 12 1/2 years in prison in connection with a 2008 wreck on the Interstate 210 bridge in Lake Charles that killed a 5-year-old boy. District Judge Wilford Carter sentenced Angela Lee Osipuk Wednesday. Osipuk pleaded guilty... more »
  • Lake Charles Man Arrested in Shooting Death

    July 29, 2010 8:55 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A 22-year-old Lake Charles man has been booked with second-degree murder in the death of his stepfather. Police said Coby Quinton Ceasar allegedly shot 41-year-old Patrick Myles, but officials haven't said what led to the shooting. Officers reportedly responded to a report of shots fired... more »
  • 2 Brothers Arrested in Fatal Shooting

    June 9, 2010 9:56 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Police say two brothers have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a 43-year-old Lake Charles man. Sgt. Mark Kraus said that 30-year-old Darren Morgan and 29-year-old Jason Morgan were booked with second-degree murder in the death of Roy Edward Wyatt. Kraus said the shooting... more »
  • Tax Evasion Case Resumes

    May 25, 2010 8:55 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Jury selection continues in former state Sen. Charles Jones' federal tax evasion trial. The process began May 10 in Monroe, but U.S. District Judge Robbie James granted a motion to move the trial the next day. In January 2008, a federal grand jury indicted Jones, of... more »
  • Ex-Saint Grant Gets Probation in Ga. Club Fight

    May 11, 2010 10:13 AM

    BLAKELY, Ga. (AP) - Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Charles Grant, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter for his involvement in a nightclub fight that killed a pregnant woman, pleaded no contest to a charge of affray and was sentenced to probation. Assistant District Attorney Ron Smith says Grant... more »
  • Plans Canceled For Second Casino in Lake Charles

    April 15, 2010 7:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. has canceled its plans to build a second riverboat casino-hotel project in Lake Charles and surrendered the related gaming license to state gambling regulators. The Las Vegas-based company announced Thursday that instead of focusing on the $305 million Sugarcane Bay project next to... more »
  • Ambassador Extension Complete

    April 14, 2010 6:34 PM

    The Ambassador Caffery Extension in complete. Now, the road stretches all the way from I-10 to US 90 (Evangeline Thruway). A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday afternoon for the final portion, from La Neuville to Youngsville Hwy. That few miles of road, is now the center of debate. The... more »
  • Days Indicted in Lake Charles Child Abuse Case

    April 9, 2010 4:12 PM

    A Calcasieu Parish grand jury has indicted a Lake Charles couple after deputies reportedly found the man's 9-year-old son malnourished and confined to a room. The American Press reports 27-year-old Jaime B. Day was indicted on three counts of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and... more »
  • Two Arrested in Opelousas Shooting

    April 6, 2010 6:19 PM

    From the Opelousas Police Department: The Opelousas Police Department's Special Operations Division has arrested Justin Charles, 812 Paggo Street Opelousas, and Antonio Babineaux, 835 Ballard Lane Opelousas, for Illegal Use of Dangerous Weapons or Instrumentalities. The arrest stems from an altercation between the two men on April... more »
  • Lake Charles to Vote on Keeping WWII Ship

    March 17, 2010 11:30 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Lake Charles City Council has scheduled a vote Wednesday on whether to give a permanent berth to the USS Orleck, a World War II-era destroyer. The Army Corps of Engineers and Lake Charles voters would have to approve a lakefront site. Supporters plan to... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Incest Arrest

    March 17, 2010 10:57 AM

    On Tuesday March 16, 2010 Juvenile Detectives with the Lafayette Parish sheriff’s Office arrested 47 year old Charles Lee Cormier of Lafayette for Aggravated Incest and Computer aided solicitation of a Minor. Detectives recently received a complaint from family members of the 14 year old female... more »
  • UPDATE: Possible Sentences In Lake Charles Child Abuse Case

    March 11, 2010 4:30 PM

    District Attorney John DeRosier says the two counts of second degree cruelty to a juvenile charges could carry as many as 40 years each. The cruelty to a juvenile charges could put Jaime Day in prison for 10 years each. All totaled, the maximum sentence could be around 330 years.... more »
  • Child Abuse Update: Jaime Day Files for Divorce

    March 10, 2010 11:28 PM

    Court records show that Jaime Day filed for divorce from her husband, Murry Day on March 5th. Murry Day's 9 year old son was discovered in their Lake Charles home February 19th with injuries and malnutrition consistent with child abuse. KATC has learned that Jaime Day worked from home,... more »
  • Judge Rules Against CITGO in 2006 Lake Charles Oil Spill Case

    March 9, 2010 12:05 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has shot down efforts by CITGO Petroleum to limit the fines and special conditions it could face in a federal Clean Water Act lawsuit over a June 2006 oil spill at the company's Lake Charles refinery. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard... more »
  • Boustany part of health summit

    February 25, 2010 12:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana Republican will be among dozens of Congress members attending the White House health care summit. Rep. Charles Boustany, a physician from southwestern Louisiana, opposes the plan backed by President Obama and Democratic members of Congress. Among Boustany's proposals is a plan to allow individuals... more »
  • Iberia Parish Arrests

    January 28, 2010 12:11 PM

    From Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office: On January 25 th the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division conducted a traffic stop and was able to confiscate illegal firearms from the suspect vehicle. The vehicle was also equipped with police type strobe dash mounted light, siren, and air horn.  ... more »
  • St. Landry jailer arrested

    January 13, 2010 11:06 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A jailer with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office has been arrested on a charge of malfeasance after complaints from a female inmate concerning inappropriate behavior. Deputies say 61-year-old Charles Ray Mistric of Port Barre was arrested on the charge Monday after resigning on Sunday.... more »
  • On-duty Louisiana State Trooper Killed in Vehicle Crash

    January 13, 2010 11:00 AM

    Lake Charles- This evening a Louisiana State Trooper assigned to Troop D in Lake Charles was killed in a two vehicle crash. "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of Louisiana State Trooper Duane Dalton," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent and Deputy Secretary-Department of... more »
  • LA 182 single vehicle accident update: 1 death

    January 9, 2010 4:35 PM

    An early morning accident leaves two fighting for their lives tonight. The crash happened just before 2:30 this morning on Highway 182 just east of Broussard. The driver of the vehicle lost control, hit a ditch and flipped ejecting all 4 occupants from the vehicle. Police are searching for the... more »
  • U.S. Rep. Boustany announces grant to Vermilion coastal protection

    December 1, 2009 1:36 PM

    Washington D.C. - U.S. Representative Charles W. Boustany, Jr., (R-Southwest Louisiana), today announced the Minerals Management Service awarded a $217,782 grant to construct coastal protections in Vermilion Parish. "Rebuilding our coast throughout Southwest Louisiana is a monumental project, but we are making progress," Boustany said. "With the end of... more »
  • State Police: I-10 Open

    November 24, 2009 7:08 PM

    Interstate 10 in Lake Charles is now open for motorist traveling on Interstate 10 east and westbound through Lake Charles. On November 24 at 11:00 am, a tractor trailer transporting butane overturned near the Interstate 10 exit in the city of Westlake. State Police Emergency Services were called to... more »
  • St. Charles Street Shooting

    November 6, 2009 11:09 AM

    On November 5, 2009, at approximately 8:50 am, officers with the Lafayette Police Department responded to a shooting that occurred at a residence in the 300 block of St. Charles Street. The victim, a 29 year old male of Lafayette, was involved in a verbal argument with his 18 year... more »
  • Calcasieu deputy arrested on sex charges

    November 4, 2009 12:05 PM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Authorities say a Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputy was fired after his arrest on rape and other sex charges. Sheriff Tony Mancuso said in a news release that a woman reportedly contacted the sheriff's office on Oct. 30 and said her juvenile daughter was having sex... more »

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