Westlake church employee arrested for stealing $166,700 over four-year period

A Westlake church employee has been arrested for forgery and theft, authorities said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokewsoman Kim Myers said her office received a call from the church on May 10. Their investigation revealed Lenny M. McLendon, 40, Westlake, had written more than 200 church business checks to herself from 2012 to 2016, totaling more than $166,700.

TSA chief: Help is on the way to address long airport lines

WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday.

Most of the new screeners will be sent to the nation's busiest airports in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and other hubs, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger told a House committee.

Clinton faulted on emails by State Department audit

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, an independent audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff "the matter was not to be discussed further."

The inspector general's review also revealed that hacking attempts forced then-Secretary of State Clinton off email at one point in 2011, though she insists the personal server she used was never breached. Clinton and several of her senior staff declined to be interviewed for the State Department investigation.

Japanese Prime Minister won't visit Pearl Harbor despite Obama's visit to Hiroshima

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AG: Edwards' anti-discrimination order not binding legally

BATON ROUGE -- An LGBT rights anti-discrimination order issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards has "no binding legal effect," according to opinion released Wednesday by Attorney General Jeff Landry's office.

The opinion is expected to exacerbate tensions between two of Louisiana's top elected leaders.

Westlake church employee arrested for stealing $166,700 over four-year period

A Westlake church employee has been arrested for forgery and theft, authorities said.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokewsoman Kim Myers said her office received a call from the church on May 10. Their investigation revealed Lenny M. McLendon, 40, Westlake, had written more than 200 church business checks to herself from 2012 to 2016, totaling more than $166,700.

Documentation was obtained that showed she had forged signatures of board members’ names to the checks, along with other paperwork, Myers said.

Vehicle hit by train; driver injured

A woman faces DWI and other charges after her car collided with an Amtrak train Friday at the Claiborne Street railroad crossing in Sulphur, authorities said.

Sometime before 4 p.m. the woman, whose name has not been released, drove her Toyota automobile through the lowered crossing gates and was hit by the train, said Sulphur police Sgt. A.J. Powell.

The impact spun the vehicle, but the woman continued to drive, fleeing the scene, Powell said. She was stopped at the intersection of Claiborne and Burton streets, he said.

Man shot by Sulphur police

An armed man who approached Sulphur police was shot by an officer Friday, said Sulphur police spokesman Mel Estess.

At about 4 p.m. officers were dispatched to Loretto Avenue, where they encountered Roy Bauer, 48, who was intoxicated and armed with a firearm, Estess said.

Officers ordered Bauer to drop the weapon but he refused and walked toward them, Estess said. An officer fired once, he said, hitting Bauer, who was taken to an area hospital, where he is in critical condition. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as state police investigate the incident, Estess said. Charges against Bauer are pending, he said.

Teen suspect in Iowa shooting arrested

A teenager wanted on a charge of attempted second-degree murder is in custody, said Iowa, La., police Lt. Willie Thomas.

Kobe Mason Breaux, 17, was arrested Thursday in connection with a shooting Monday in Iowa, he said.

Officials said Breaux fired several shots at someone after a fight in the 400 block of South Knapp Street. The bullets didn’t strike the victim.

Detectives find note in home of slain toddler

A note found in the home of a slain Vernon Parish toddler may be a key piece of evidence in the investigation of the child’s death, authorities said.

Vernon Parish sheriff’s Chief of Detectives Ray Ortiz said investigators think Rodney Bailey Jr., baby sitter for 2-year-old Willow Rain Renteria-Molina, could’ve written the note, whose contents he declined to disclose.

But KATC-TV in Lafayette, citing an incident report, said Wednesday that the child’s mother told deputies May 5 — when she reported the girl missing — that the note was written by Bailey and that it said he’d taken the girl from the house.