Phelps to Lochte before scrape: 'Keep your head on straight'

CHASKA, Minn. — Add Michael Phelps' name to the list of Americans who were less than amused by teammate Ryan Lochte's post-competition, early morning drunken antics at the Rio Olympics.

For Orgeron, heading Tigers a 'dream job'

BATON ROUGE — One day into new his “dream job,” Ed Orgeron’s Cajun-gravel voice was preaching to the LSU fans in the choir.

“You can expect ... a new style of play on offense,” Orgeron said Monday, a day after being named interim head coach to replace the fired Les Miles.

Officials still investigating Vernon toddler's death

Officials are still awaiting the results of forensic analysis in order to move forward with the investigation into the death of a Vernon Parish toddler earlier this year, according to authorities.  

Sheriff Sam Craft said the analysis will come straight from the FBI’s own crime lab and that it has important bearing on items related to the death of two-year-old Willow Rain Renteria-Molina, of Hornbeck, who was found dead in Beauregard Parish on May 6.

Trump on the defensive after combative debate with Clinton

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Donald Trump blamed the moderator, a bad microphone and anyone but himself Tuesday after he was forced onto the defense by Hillary Clinton's cascade of attacks about his taxes, honesty and character in the first presidential debate.

Trump tried aggressively to pin America's problems on Clinton at Monday night's debate. But Clinton, showing her intensive preparations, went after him as hard or harder, including sharp criticism of his business practices and crude comments about women.

Vail gets life for 1962 death of wife

Judge Robert Wyatt sentenced Felix Vail, 77, to life in prison Monday for the second-degree murder of his wife, Mary Horton Vail, almost 54 years ago. He was convicted of her death in August in state district court.

Mary Horton Vail was only 22 when her lifeless body was pulled from the Calcasieu River on Oct. 30, 1962. Vail had long maintained that her death had been an accidental drowning, and the coroner in 1962 had ruled it as such.

9 hurt in Houston shooting; suspect dead, was a lawyer

HOUSTON — A disgruntled lawyer who had numerous weapons randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning,

Trial begins for man accused of impersonating officer

The trial of an Iowa man accused of impersonating an officer began Thursday in state district court.

Authorities said Dameon Ross Fusilier followed an off-duty Calcasieu Parish sheriff’s deputy to her driveway on Jan. 7 in his green 2006 GMC pickup truck with strobe lights flashing and questioned her about her driving. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Fusilier then drove off after the woman got his license plate number. Later that day, Fusilier was charged with false personation.

In his opening statement, prosecutor Jacob Johnson said Fusilier “pretended to be a police officer” by equipping his vehicle with flashing lights and that he admitted pulling the woman over. “He conducted a traffic stop at her house,” he said.

Suspect sought in drive-in shooting

Lake Charles police are looking for the person who committed a drive-by shooting earlier this week.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said officers responded to reports of the shooting at about 3:30 a.m. Monday in the 1800 block of Rose Street.

He said a witness reported hearing five to six gun shots being fired at a residence. No one was injured, Kraus said.

LCPD: Woman charged in stabbing

A woman has been charged with attempted second-degree murder after stabbing another woman in the face, authorities said.
Lake Charles Police Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said officers responded to a call of a stabbing at about 5 p.m. Sept. 16 in the 2000 block of Winterhalter Street.
He said a woman later identified as Kimberly Denise Celestine, 38, engaged in a physical altercation, where the victim was stabbed multiple times in the upper body and face.

Four charged in theft of puppies

Four Jennings residents have been arrested in the theft of three pit bull puppies, authorities said.

Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Christopher Ivey said Carrie Nicole LaCombe, 38, Tressa Lynn Gotreaux, 26, Nicholas