Trump tosses Obama's 'clean' energy plan, embraces coal

WASHINGTON -- Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.

The move makes good on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's plan to curb global warming. The order seeks to suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels.

Fatal pedestrian hit-and-run in Jennings

JENNINGS — A pedestrian was killed late Monday or early Tuesday when they were struck in a hit-and-run at the La. 97 overpass, police said.

Iowa, La., teen missing for over a month found safe in Texas

The Iowa, La. teen missing since mid-February is back at home.

Charlotte Mathis, mother of 16-year-old Gavin Beazer, confirmed her son was found safe and sound Friday in Texas.

Vegetables and flowers come courtesy of student garden

JENNINGS — Students at Jennings Elementary School are getting their hands dirty planting vegetables, flowers and herbs in the school’s garden.

The garden is part of an effort to help students learn where their food comes from and good work ethics, said special education teacher and 4-H leader Paulette Adam.

Nunes facing pressure to step away from House Russia probe

WASHINGTON-- House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes faced growing calls Tuesday to step away from the panel's Russia investigation as revelations about a secret source meeting on White House grounds raised questions about his and the panel's independence.

Nunes acknowledged Monday that he reviewed intelligence reports at the White House complex and met a secret source behind his statement that communications involving associates of President Donald Trump were caught up in "incidental" surveillance.

Delay in infant death trial: 4-month-old had alcohol in system

The trial of a 26-year-old Lake Charles woman charged with the second-degree murder of her 4-month old son has been delayed.

Courtney Morris was arrested on July 27, 2016 after a coroner’s office autopsy report showed that the baby had a blood-alcohol level of 0.0475. The autopsy was part of a routine sudden infant death investigation conducted after Lake Charles police received a call July 14, 2016 about a dead infant at a Fox Run Drive apartment. The child had been found lying face down but had no signs of injuries, said Chief Don Dixon at the time.

Police also arrested the baby’s father, Larry Champ, 41, in connection with the child’s death, and both Morris and Champ were indicted in Sept. 2016 for second-degree murder. Champ is set to go on trial May 1.

Arrest in NJ shooting involving hip-hop star Fetty Wap

PATERSON, N.J. -- A hip-hop promoter was arrested Monday on charges stemming from a shooting involving hip-hop star Fetty Wap in his New Jersey hometown that left three people wounded, authorities said.

The shooting happened outside a 24-hour deli in Paterson at about 5 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities charged Raheem Thomas with assault and weapons offenses. The Paterson resident is CEO and owner of Muscle Team Entertainment, a company that promotes hip-hop.

Trial for DeRidder murder rescheduled

The trial of a DeRidder man accused of murdering a woman at a local motel a year ago has been rescheduled for May 15.

Beauregard District Attorney James Lestage said the trial of 59-year-old Jackie L. Pruitt was refixed after a medical emergency arose with a witness.

“A key witness experienced a sudden medical situation that required hospitalization and prevented them from being able to appear in court to testify,” Lestage said.

Two indicted for attempted murders

Two local men were indicted Thursday in state district court on multiple counts of attempted second-degree murder.

Authorities said Brandon Carter, 32, of Lake Charles, shot at two people in the 1400 block of North Prater Street on Dec. 8 and shot a man at a business in the 1900 block of Winterhalter Street on Dec. 9.

According to Lake Charles police, Brandon Carter was arrested about seven hours after the second shooting.

Shooting on Booker St. injures one

A 53-year-old man was shot Friday afternoon on North Booker Street, authorities said.

Lake Charles police Lt. Richard Harrell said officers found a man at 802 North Booker St. with a gunshot wound to his back.

He said the victim was taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for treatment.