Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker, as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn.

Iowa man charged with indecent behavior with juvenile

A 48-year-old Iowa, La., man who was indicted in September for the aggravated rape of a juvenile was arrested Friday on another sexual charge involving a different juvenile victim.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint on Sept. 6, 2016, that Keith A. Buller, of 22433 La. 383, had exposed himself and had inappropriate sexual contact with a girl over 20 years ago when she was about 10, said Kim Myers, Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

Sex offender arrested for child desertion, other charges

A call about two children found unattended in a running vehicle has led to the arrest of a sex offender on multiple charges, authorities said.

Motorcycle crash kills 56-year-old LC man

The cause of a motorcycle crash that killed a 56 year-old Lake Charles man Sunday has yet to be determined, said authorities.

Coping with Alzheimer's disease: Detecting early, seeking support

Seven years ago, Gene Yates started noticing changes in her husband of 56 years.

Walter, a seasoned home cook, started forgetting the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon.

Hit-and-run victim's family offers $15k reward for information

The family of a hit-and-run victim killed last year in Lake Charles announced over the weekend that they are offering a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible.

At a candlelight vigil held Saturday night at Veterans Park in DeRidder, the family of 25-year-old Donisha Stroman passed out fliers asking for any information that could bring them closure.

“That’s all I want from this is closure,” Stroman’s mother, Sandra McCoy stated. “This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever been through and I just want the closure of finding whoever did this to my daughter. I just want them to come forward.”

DA blasts parole decision: Man convicted in rape, slaying to be released from prison

A man convicted of raping and killing a Leesville woman in 1988 will be released from prison this spring after serving less than a third of his sentence.

Samuel Kenneth Galbraith, 47, was granted parole by the state parole board in November after serving just over 20 years for the rape and manslaughter of 21-year-old Karen Hill.

His parole will become effective in April despite efforts to repeal the ruling by local law enforcement officials involved in the original case.

Sulphur woman found not guilty on wire fraud charge

A federal jury in Lafayette on Thursday found a Sulphur woman accused of stealing over $4 million from her employer not guilty on one charge of wire fraud, but a hung jury was declared on three other wire fraud charges.

Authorities said Elizabeth “Missy” Istre issued over 800 fraudulent checks from her employer’s corporate bank account from 2004 to 2014 and used the proceeds for personal expenses. She was a bookkeeper at LM Daigle Oil Distributors in Sulphur.

Istre was arrested in February 2014; she was indicted in August 2016 on four counts of wire fraud. According to court documents, her indictment included a stipulation that if she is convicted, she would have to “forfeit any property which constitutes or is derived from the proceeds traceable to the offense” — including 9.4 acres of property in Sulphur, six vehicles, a diamond and gold wedding ring, and $4.49 million.

North Carolina man indicted for identity theft, racketeering

A 35-year-old North Carolina man was indicted Thursday in state district court on two counts of identity theft and one count of racketeering.

State police said Daniel Sherman King, 35, produced a fake driver’s license to claim a $3,450 slot machine jackpot at Golden Nugget Casino on Dec. 5.

After King was cited for unlawful use of state-issued identification and released, Sgt. James Anderson said, investigators discovered King had warrants from California, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

LC man indicted for kidnapping, home invasion, armed robbery

A grand jury indicted a 24-year-old Lake Charles man Thursday on two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of home invasion and one count of simple robbery.

Authorities said Jovante Owens was waiting in the victim’s Lake Charles home on Jan. 15 and demanded money from her before punching her in the face.

Lake Charles police Detective Garrett Graham testified at a Jan. 27 bond hearing that Owens forced the victim to drive to three ATMs to try to withdraw funds and then to various businesses in failed attempts to have the victim buy a gun for him, all while her young child was in the vehicle.