May 17, 2013 9:02 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Overall, crime is down in Lake Charles. That's according to numbers released Thursday by the police department. Criminal offenses reported were down 3 percent and arrests were down 8 percent, according to the department's 2012 crime report. Although murder, rape and robbery numbers were up,... more »
July 19, 2012 7:19 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Just under a month after getting state approval to take over the project, Ameristar Casinos Inc. of Las Vegas brought in a bulldozer to break ground for a $500 million resort in Lake Charles. The American Press reports that Ameristar CEO Gordon Kanofsky told spectators,... more »
July 16, 2012 11:14 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Four arrests have been made in connection with the death of an 83-year-old Lake Charles man. The victim was John LeBleu, who police said was killed during a robbery at his apartment on Thursday. Police said 38-year-old John J. Landry III, a resident of the... more »
May 30, 2012 10:13 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - An official proposal from Lake Charles Mardi Gras Boardwalk and a proposition from the Port of Lake Charles have been presented to city officials for lakefront development. The American Press reports Mardi Gras Boardwalk provided the only official bid Tuesday for the property. It calls... more »
May 14, 2012 10:50 AM
On Saturday, May 19, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will be conducting a seat belt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish.
These checkpoints are funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
"Under Louisiana law, drivers and passengers in a moving vehicle are required to wear their... more »
April 30, 2012 10:46 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Two weeks after a teacher saved his life, 7-year-old Bowen Johnson is back at school with an implanted heart defibrillator. The American Press reports the first-grader's heart stopped during physical education April 11 at Western Heights Elementary in Lake Charles.
Adapted physical education... more »
March 26, 2012 10:03 PM
New details on the former priest arrested in Duson last week, charged with allegedly molesting and raping a young boy nearly 25 years ago in Lake Charles. Investigators said they believe there are multiple victims and that the Diocese of Lake Charles knew about them. But law enforcement said the... more »
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 »
March 5, 2012 6:25 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A man accused of burning a Lake Charles city park will stand trial in April, not Monday as was originally scheduled. Seth Arceneaux faces a charge of simple arson in the blaze that destroyed Millennium Park on Jan. 9, 2011. The American Press said police... more »
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 »
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 »
January 5, 2012 9:23 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Calcasieu Parish has about $20.7 million set aside in this year's budget for road improvement projects - a near $10 million drop from last year - which one parish official attributes to the good condition of the roadways and the lack of a multi-million dollar... more »
January 3, 2012 4:26 PM
Lake Charles Police advise motorists that the I-10 WEST Bound side of the Calcasieu River Bridge will be CLOSED to ALL traffic tonight from 9pm-5am. Motorists should use I-210 during this time. more »
December 22, 2011 12:10 PM
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a woman in connection to a murder in Lake Charles.
On December 21, at approximately 7:00 a.m., officers were dispatched to 5763 California Trail in Lake Charles, after receiving a 911 call from Darlene I. Sias, 52, who stated she found her... more »
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 »
September 22, 2011 9:38 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Lake Charles City Council has deferred action on a bid to increase fines levied on businesses that sell alcoholic beverages to people under 21. The American Press reports a vote on the issue is scheduled to take place on Oct. 19. City Council President... more »
July 22, 2011 11:25 PM
At least one person is in critical condition after police say a woman opened fire at a Lake Charles shopping center. Minutes after the shooting, Sharonda Obey turned herself in to authorities.
One of the victims in this shooting is 24-year-old Tracey Rankins. One look at her facebook wall... more »
July 22, 2011 6:47 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Lake Charles mother and daughter are accused of stealing more than $61,000 from their job at an area group home. State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 25-year-old LaShone Bushnell was booked earlier this week with one count of felony theft by fraud for allegedly... more »
July 14, 2011 9:28 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Lake Charles city councilman wants to see an abandoned building torn down. The American Press reports Marshall Simien is sponsoring a resolution asking Pinnacle Entertainment to demolish old hotel it gave the city, leaving the parking garage to remain upright. The city was given... more »
June 13, 2011 9:33 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Calcasieu Parish officials say graves are falling apart in a cemetery owned by Lake Charles, and some are exposing remains. More than 70 of the nearly 300 graves in City Cemetery need immediate attention, said Zeb Johnson, chief investigator for the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office.... more »
June 2, 2011 10:38 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Lake Charles police say a 23-year-old Mamou man has been booked with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of a 32-year-old man. The American Press reports Detective Franklin Fondel arrested Ceaser James Williams on Tuesday in the death of Corey Demond Thomas of... more »
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 »
March 18, 2011 12:45 PM
Lake Charles, LA - The USS ORLECK Naval Museum, Inc. (USSONM) announces their Grand Opening ceremonies, scheduled for April 9-10, 2011. The World War II-era destroyer, the USS ORLECK DD886, is currently located at 604 N. Enterprise Blvd., Lake Charles, LA, and will be used to serve as a historic... more »
March 15, 2011 10:18 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Chennault International Airport Authority wants to expand the airport's operating area by several dozen acres. The authority board on Wednesday will vote on whether to give Randy Robb, executive director, the OK to enter into a purchase-sale agreement for 38 acres. The American Press... more »
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.
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 »
January 18, 2011 7:13 PM
Federal authorities are monitoring a natural gas leak at an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement says the platform is located about 93 miles south of Lake Charles in about 173 feet of water. Authorities say the platform has not... more »
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 »
December 16, 2010 9:31 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - People who want to open sexually oriented businesses in Lake Charles will have to do so in industrial areas. The Lake Charles City Council votedb 7-0 Wednesday to amend a city law that outlines where such businesses are allowed in order to minimize juveniles' exposure... more »
December 7, 2010 9:39 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A 25-year-old Lake Charles man will spend the rest of his life in prison for committing second-degree murder. State District Judge Mike Canaday sentenced Jason Lawrence Walton on Monday in the shooting death of 18-year-old Dustin Tutson. Walton was convicted Nov. 11 by 12 jurors... more »
December 6, 2010 7:30 AM
SINGER, La. (AP) - Authorities say a 41-year-old Lake Charles man was killed while hunting near Singer in Beauregard Parish. Chief Deputy Joe Toler says that Patrick Kyle Moore reportedly walked into his father's line of sight Saturday as the father was firing his .270-caliber hunting rifle. Toler said Louisiana... more »
December 3, 2010 9:07 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Calcasieu Parish jury has convicted a 40-year-old Lake Charles woman in the shooting death of her boyfriend. Jurors deliberated less than an hour Thursday before finding Renee Tyler guilty in the second-degree murder of 34-year-old Elliot T. Thomas. The American Press reports that state... more »
December 2, 2010 12:43 PM
Petrochemicals company Sasol Ltd. announced plans today to build the world's first commercial ethylene tetramerization unit. Construction at the Lake Charles production site is set to begin next year. Governor Bobby Jindal was at L'Auberge du Lac Hotel today for the announcement. "Sasol selected Lake Charles over sites in Africa,... more »
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 »
November 14, 2010 4:39 PM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has ordered an autopsy on the body of a missing fishermen that was found over the weekend. Officials say 30-year-old Tony Robert Deshotels was reported missing Friday afternoon when he didn't return from fishing on the bayou near his home... more »
November 13, 2010 11:01 PM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Starting Monday, mail to and from Lake Charles will be processed in Lafayette. Postal Service spokesman McKinney Boyd tells The American-Press that nobody will lose jobs. He says workers will be asked to look at vacancies at other post offices nearby and in Lafayette. Boyd... more »
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 »
November 9, 2010 7:10 PM
Major developments today in the Labor Day quadruple murder out of Lake Charles. Just two-and-a-half months after the brutal killings... the suspect pleads guilty and gets his sentence. This case moved quickly because the families and all parties involved agreed life in prison with no chance of parole was a... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
September 10, 2010 6:42 PM
Today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office will be holding a press conference about the quadrouple homicide in Lake Charles. Sheriff Tony Mancuso will be talking about the latest developments in the case. KATC's Melissa Hawkes will be there.
New information on the quadruple murder... more »
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 »
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 »
September 7, 2010 2:32 PM
The investigation continues into the deaths of two men and two women in a trailer park near Lake Charles.
Tuesday, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office released the victim's names.
Jessica M. Eugene, 26, formerly of Slidell, LA is believed to have been residing at the mobile home where... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
May 15, 2010 10:08 PM
Pedestrian Killed in Crash
Evangeline Parish- Last night, Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a single vehicle pedestrian crash on LA 757 near Ronald Road that claimed the life of a Lake Charles woman.
According to investigating troopers, on May 14, 2010, at 11:00 p.m., a... more »
May 7, 2010 9:03 PM
In Evangeline Parish, one community is dealing with a tragedy. A Lake Charles woman, Shannon Cox, and Shelia Serie of Ville Platte died in a car wreck this week.
Shelia's husband, Roy was driving the vehicle that allegedly caused that crash. He is a coach at Ville Platte High... more »
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 »
April 15, 2010 7:29 PM
A Welsh Police Officer is in custody after turning hiself in to Calcasieu Sheriff Deputies Wednesday night. 24 year old Eric Williams is charged with indecent behavior with a child and trafficking in children for sexual purposes.
Williams's last known address is in Orange, Texas. That's where the trafficking... more »
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 »
April 1, 2010 10:00 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A 29-year-old Lake Charles woman has
been sentenced to one year in prison for causing a fiery
two-vehicle accident in 2004 that led to the deaths of a woman and
her 9-year-old daughter.
Heather Alford was sentenced Wednesday to 10... more »
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 »
March 16, 2010 5:36 PM
A Calcasieu Parish School System Head Start bus with 7 three and four year olds was struck by what appeared to be a bb from a bb gun. The side window of the bus cracked, but no glass fell. There were no injuries to the students, nor to the driver.... more »
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 »
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 »
March 10, 2010 7:35 PM
Another arrest in a horrific case of child abuse out of Calcasieu Parish. A nine year old boy was pulled from his Lake Charles home, after he was discovered nearly starved to death and living on a blood and urine soaked pallet and box spring. The boy's father Murry Day,... more »
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 »
February 18, 2010 10:00 AM
CPSS officials are now reporting that the suspect has been apprehended by law enforcement and Henry Heights Elementary has been reopened.
Officials from the Calcasieu Parish School System have reported that local law enforcement has called for a lock-down at Henry Heights Elementary School in Lake Charles.... more »
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 »
December 2, 2009 2:59 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former nursing home worker accused of cashing an elderly woman's check at a Lafayette store has been arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
The Advertiser reports that 26-year-old Brandy Nicole Wilkins of Lake Charles was booked with exploitation of the infirm... more »
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 »
November 24, 2009 7:37 AM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says a 19-year-old woman whose body was found on the side a road is apparently the victim of homicide. The victim was identified as Sierra Bouzigard of Moss Bluff. Mancuso said Bouzigard's body was found at 7:37 a.m. Monday by... more »
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 »
October 8, 2009 1:28 PM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for using a samurai sword to kill a dog.
Aaron Simoneaux, of Olla, pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to an animal. He was sentenced Wednesday in Lake Charles.
A public defender said... more »