If you drive east of Lake Charles for about three hours, you will come to Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish. The town of about 14,000 is home to Nicholls State University, rival to McNeese State, of course. Thibodaux is also home to a 29-year-old man who was arrested recently on drug charges after law enforcement officers found him riding a tricycle.
If you drive about 100 miles north of Lake Charles, you will find yourself in Sabine Parish. The school board in the sparsely populated area was recently rocked by news that a board member has been charged with Medicaid fraud.
One of the law enforcement agencies we count on most in Lake Charles is the Louisiana State Police. However, one of their own is in serious legal trouble after he was recently arrested for drunk driving and speeding.
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.