Early voting for Louisiana runoff election ends Saturday

BATON ROUGE -- The weeklong period for voters to cast early ballots in the Dec. 10 election is nearing its end.

Saturday marks the final day for early voting ahead of the runoff to decide who will hold a U.S. Senate seat, two U.S. House seats and dozens of municipal jobs.

UPDATE: Third suspect, female companion arrested in Moss Bluff shooting; more arrests expected

Two more suspects have been arrested in connection to the Wednesday shooting and burglary in Moss Bluff, said authorities.

Christopher W. Jones II, 22, of Tulip St., was arrested at a Lake Charles motel Thursday night and charged with attempted

BREAKING: Third suspect in Moss Bluff shooting arrested at local hotel

BREAKING: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Christopher W. Jones II — who is accused in the shooting on N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff on

Weather forecast prompts changes to weekend events

The wet weather expected this weekend is causing several changes in Christmas-related events scheduled Saturday in Southwest Louisiana.Light up the Lake activities in Lake Charles will continue as scheduled except for the street and lighted boat parades and fireworks, which will not take place.

Santa’s Workshop will be 1-5 p.m., with areas for children ages 6-12 in the Civic Center coliseum and tiny tots in the exhibition hall. Kids can enjoy games, prizes, entertainment and train rides.

Michigan board to hear Trump's challenge to recount effort

LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan's elections board on Friday will consider President-elect Donald Trump's request to block a hand recount of all 4.8 million ballots cast in the state he won by about 10,700 votes over Hillary Clinton.

Lawyers for the Trump campaign argued Thursday that Green Party nominee Jill Stein, a "bottom-dwelling candidate," cannot seek the expensive, time-consuming recount because she was not "aggrieved" to the point where potential miscounting of votes could have cost her the election. She garnered just 1 percent in Michigan.

UPDATE: Third suspect, female companion arrested in Moss Bluff shooting; more arrests expected

Two more suspects have been arrested in connection to the Wednesday shooting and burglary in Moss Bluff, said authorities.

Christopher W. Jones II, 22, of Tulip St., was arrested at a Lake Charles motel Thursday night and charged with attempted first degree murder, armed robbery and armed robbery with the use of a firearm, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s

BREAKING: Third suspect in Moss Bluff shooting arrested at local hotel

BREAKING: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Christopher W. Jones II — who is accused in the shooting on N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff on Wednesday — early this morning at a local hotel.

Decomposed body found dumped in Hackberry

Authorities are investigating the discovery Thursday of a badly decomposed body on La. 27 in Hackberry, said Cameron Parish Sheriff Ron Johnson. 

“It was found right off the highway on the shoulder of the road,” said Johnson. “It was apparently dropped off.”

He said that Department of Transportation and Development workers found the body around 10:50 a.m. near milepost 59.5 just south of Hog Island Gully. Johnson said that the body was wrapped up in a carpet and that there was very little tissue left on the body.

Authorities still searching for one suspect in Moss Bluff shooting

Two suspects are in custody but a third is still at-large in connection to a burglary and shooting in Moss Bluff on Wednesday, said authorities.

Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, said on Thursday that three men forced their way into a home in the 2600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road Wednesday morning, shot a victim in the arm and leg, and then fled on foot with cash and several items to a nearby getaway car. 

The victim, said Sheriff Tony Mancuso, is expected to fully recover from his wounds. 

Updated: Teen arrested for attempted murder, robbery

MOSS BLUFF -- One of three people connected to a Wednesday morning burglary and shooting in Moss Bluff is in custody, authorities said.

Austin Jones, 17, of 688 Sioux Drive, Moss Bluff, turned himself in to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday afternoon after a search for three armed suspects, said Kayla Vincent, agency spokeswoman.

She said he was charged with attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and armed robbery with a firearm.