If you drive north of Lake Charles for about 195 miles, you will arrive in Monroe. The eighth-largest city in Louisiana is home to a 32-year-old man who faces a series of serious drug-related criminal charges.
The acclaimed Netflix series, “Making a Murderer,” examined the case of Steven Avery, who served 18 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and attempted murder. Penny Beerntsen, the woman who had been brutally assaulted, had incorrectly identified Avery as her attacker. DNA evidence later proved that another man had actually been the assailant.
If you drive east from Lake Charles on Interstate 10 for 150 miles or so, you will arrive in Ascension Parish, which is known as one of the 22 parishes that are the heart of Acadiana, the traditional home of the Cajun people.
If you get on Interstate 10 and drive east of Lake Charles for about 220 miles, you will arrive in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The Washington Parish town of about 12,000 is home to rap musician Javarious Scott, better known as JayDaYoungan.
Many of our regular readers know that a former Lake Charles police officer was recently indicted for allegedly using excessive force while making an arrest. Forty-four-year-old Robert Hammac is accused of assault with a Taser nearly two years ago.
Medicaid is a joint effort of the federal government and the 50 state governments to help more than 70 million Americans with limited income and assets receive needed medical care.
Everyone understands that life behind bars is very difficult. Those sentenced to serve time in the Louisiana State Penitentiary have long, trying times ahead of them. Those who work at the prison located about 150 miles east of Lake Charles often struggle, too, trying to get by on low wages as they spend significant portions of their days behind bars as well.
About 80 miles east of Lake Charles, you'll find in Lafayette parish the town of Broussard. A 32-year-old mother there recently spent a night in jail after being arrested for what many observers believe is not only a miscarriage of justice, but also a violation of her civil rights.
Marijuana laws vary greatly throughout the United States and reflect a confusing mix of statutes that allow varying degrees of freedom to possess and use cannabis. Make no mistake: Louisiana is not among the group of states that has loosened its weed laws.
The investigation began last year as summer was just beginning. It recently reached its conclusion with the filing of criminal charges for malfeasance in office and payroll fraud against Louisiana Tax Commission administrator Charles K. Abels III.