Suspect sought in early Tuesday morning shooting

Lake Charles police are searching for the suspect wanted in the shooting of a man during an attempted robbery.
Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said officers responding to shots of a gun fired at about 6 a.m. Tuesday at 2260 Prejean found a black man with gunshot wounds in stable condition.

For would-be Reagan assassin, freedom only days away

WASHINGTON -- For the past decade, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan has quietly spent a growing number of his days living with his 90-year-old mother in a gated community in Williamsburg, Virginia. On Wednesday, a judge finalized John Hinckley Jr.'s transition to freedom, ordering that Hinckley can permanently leave the psychiatric hospital where he was confined after the assassination attempt.

The order, which cannot be appealed, has been in the works for years, despite opposition by prosecutors, who sought numerous restrictions on Hinckley's freedom, most of which were agreed to by Judge Paul Friedman. Hinckley could leave St. Elizabeths Hospital as early as Aug. 5.

Gunmen in Armenia take medics hostage

YEREVAN, Armenia -- Gunmen who have been barricaded in a police station in the Armenian capital for 10 days took members of an ambulance crew hostage on Wednesday after they came in to treat those wounded in an exchange of fire with officers, police said.

One of the crew, a doctor, was released Wednesday night, the Armenian Health Ministry said on its Facebook page, but did not give details.

Site for Obama's presidential library chosen

CHICAGO -- President Barack Obama's presidential library will be built in a park on Chicago's South Side along the shores of Lake Michigan and a short walk from the university where Obama once taught, a person familiar with the selection process told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The Barack Obama Foundation decided to build the library at Jackson Park near the University of Chicago, where Obama taught constitutional law before he was elected to the White House, according to a person briefed on the selection. The library is expected to be a boon to nearby communities struggling with gang violence and unemployment.

Trump says Russia should find Clinton's missing emails

MIAMI -- Donald Trump has a message for Russia: find Hillary Clinton's missing emails. But his running mate, Mike Pence, is sending mixed signals.

In a Miami press conference Wednesday, the Republican presidential nominee said that the 30,000 missing emails from Clinton's private email server would reveal "some beauties" and made an extraordinary plea for a foreign power to locate them.

Bucs pitcher Goree commits to McNeese


Barbe High pitcher Adam Goree committed Monday to play at McNeese State.

Goree led Barbe to its third consecutive state championship this past season, going 8-1 with a 1.17 ERA in 66 innings pitched with 79 strikeouts. He threw six complete games and three shutouts, including a no-hitter against Sam Houston that sealed the District 3-5A championship for the Bucs. Goree also plays first base.

Livingston joins LSU staff

Randy Livingston, one of Louisiana’s prep basketball legends whose LSU career was hampered by a devastating injury, is returning to the Tigers as an assistant coach.

Head coach Johnny Jones made the announcement Tuesday.

“We are excited about his passion and enthusiasm for the game, and he bleeds purple and gold,” Jones said. “The impact he will have on our players this coming season will allow for continued success and growth within our program.”

McNeese hosts media day

Lake Charles is once again the center of the Southland Conference football universe as league players and coaches descend on L’Auberge du Lac Resort today for media day.

The host institution of the event is the only one to undergo any major changes, as new McNeese State coach Lance Guidry will be making his media day debut and potentially providing a challenge to the technician in charge of lowering microphone volume levels.

Guidry, a defensive guru, will be joined at the dais by a pair of offensive players — junior wide receiver Kent Shelby and junior tight end Zach Hetrick. Both were preseason first-team all-conference selections.

Officials to use new headsets

Area high school football officials will be going high tech this fall.

Starting with the first games of the season on Sept. 1, officials will use wireless communication headsets thanks to a donation.

“We had a family that gave us some money in honor of an official that passed away this year,” said Waymond Jones, president of the Lake Charles Area Football Officials Association. “Our executive committee decided to purchase headsets.

Federer to miss rest of season, including Olympics, US Open

Roger Federer is sitting out the rest of this season, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and U.S. Open, to protect his surgically repaired left knee.

Federer wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that he needs "more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier