Latest Lake Charles News

Automated water meters to be installed in Louisiana city

Jan. 09, 2022 10:35 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city is planning to provide 35,000 utility customers with new, automated water meters over the next 16 to 18 months. The utilities manager in Lake Charles says the city will have "the most advanced metering system on the Gulf Coast, The American...

Police officer in Louisiana made a holiday wish come true

Jan. 09, 2022 00:08 AM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Lake Charles Police Department Cpl. Bret Dommert made a special Christmas wish come true recently when he reunited with one of his biggest fans, and was reminded of the reason he proudly protects and serves his community. “There are really good people in...

Louisiana State police: local cops kill man shooting at them

Dec. 28, 2021 18:15 PM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Local officers in southwest Louisiana shot and killed a man who was shooting at them early Tuesday, Louisiana State Police said. Lake Charles police were responding to a pair of late-Monday shootings when 22-year-old Christopher Thomas of Lake Charles...

Family sues oil company over fatal Louisiana tank explosion

Dec. 27, 2021 10:40 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Relatives of a 14-year-old girl who died when an oil storage tank exploded in February have sued the company that operated the tank. The suit against Urban Oil & Gas Group and its insurer was filed Wednesday in federal court in Lake Charles by the...

Louisiana veterans remembered on Wreaths Across America Day

Dec. 25, 2021 00:06 AM EST

JENNINGS, La. (AP) — The threat of rain did not deter dozens of friends, family and volunteers from paying tribute Dec. 18 to veterans buried at the Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery. During the event, fresh balsam wreaths were placed on the graves of the nearly 200 veterans...

Truck stop casino stabbing conviction upheld in Louisiana

Dec. 24, 2021 16:51 PM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana appeals court has upheld a man's attempted murder conviction for stabbing a stranger who threw a beer can at him during an argument outside a truck stop casino. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal rejected DeWayne A. Sylvester Sr.'s argument that...

Pay raise approved for all Lake Charles city employees

Dec. 16, 2021 13:10 PM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Attracting and retaining employees has become a priority amid the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the Lake Charles City Council debated for over an hour Wednesday before approving a 3% pay raise across the board to all city employees and included an...

Truck crashes into Louisiana home, hitting woman's bed

Dec. 15, 2021 12:30 PM EST

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A Louisiana woman says a truck crashed through her Lake Charles home over the weekend and hit the bed where she was sleeping. Tammy Pickhard said she woke to find the vehicle in her bedroom after the crash Saturday night. “I was shaking...

Flood insurance costs rise in areas once deemed lower risk

Dec. 08, 2021 09:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the past year, the southwestern Louisiana city of Lake Charles weathered two hurricanes, intense rainfall that sent water gushing down streets and a deep freeze that burst pipes. Yet Tommy Eastman may eventually drop coverage on his four-bedroom home — which...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Dec. 01, 2021 17:45 PM EST

The Advocate. November 30, 2021. Editorial: Hurricane season is finally ending, but the crisis endures for many The end of hurricane season is always welcome hereabouts, so let’s circle Nov. 30 on the calendar. That’s...