WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Local News Local News en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:11:08 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Volunteers provide Thanksgiving meal for hundreds http://www.wbrz.com/news/volunteers-provide-thanksgiving-meal-for-hundreds/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/volunteers-provide-thanksgiving-meal-for-hundreds/ Local News Thu, 27 Nov 2014 1:32:35 PM Brock Sues Volunteers provide Thanksgiving meal for hundreds

BATON ROUGE - For the 32nd year, workers and volunteers spent the Thanksgiving holiday serving up a hot turkey dinner with "all the fixins" for hundreds of people at St. Vincent de Paul in Baton Rouge.

Bishop Robert Munch led the volunteers in prayer and service before they threw themselves into the task of preparing the feast, working well into the afternoon to ensure the community had a fine holiday meal.

More than 150 volunteers turned out to prepare the Thanksgiving lunch this year.


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Cold case murder victim to be Spanish Town king http://www.wbrz.com/news/cold-case-murder-victim-to-be-spanish-town-king/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cold-case-murder-victim-to-be-spanish-town-king/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 6:47:24 PM Ryan Naquin Cold case murder victim to be Spanish Town king

BATON ROUGE - The victim in a cold case murder will be the face of the Spanish Town Mardi Gras festivities next year.

Shelby Holmes was shot and killed a few blocks from his home in Old South Baton Rouge in October 2013.  Wedneday, the Society for Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana announced Holmes will posthumously reign as the 2015 Spanish Town Mardi Gras king.

"Everybody said, 'hey that's a great idea.'  So we're going to recognize Shelby Holmes as the king," board member Doug Cossman said.

Cossman and Holmes had been friends since the 1980's and Cossman owes his life to his friend today.  After Holmes' murder, his family donated Holmes' kidney to Cossman. The two were a perfect match.

"This is all possible because of Shelby. There is a sadness to it but he wouldn't have wanted that," Cossman said.

"The list of kings for this thing; Edwin Edwards, the mayor, I mean a lot of people have been king of this Spanish Town Ball," Holmes' life-long friend Carl Dunn said. "To have my friend recognized like that is a special thing."

Dunn believes Holmes would have humbly taken the honor of king. Holmes attended the ball for many years.

Holmes' friends and family hope this honor will convince someone who knows something about the murder to come forward.

"We all want to keep this story alive and maybe this will soften the killer's heart and maybe come out, finally.  Out to confess or somebody might know who actually did this and come out and say something," Dunn said.

"I'm just disappointed that it's after the fact," Cossman said, "that he can't be riding through the parade, waving to everybody and everything because he'd eat it up.  He'd make a wonderful king."

Holmes is the first person to receive this honor after death.

The Spanish Town Mardi Gras Ball will be held at the River Center on Jan. 31st, which is also Holmes' birthday.


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Traffic nightmare eases, will return Sunday http://www.wbrz.com/news/traffic-nightmare-eases-will-return-sunday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/traffic-nightmare-eases-will-return-sunday/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 1:28:03 PM Russell Jones, Trey Schmaltz Traffic nightmare eases, will return Sunday

BATON ROUGE - It's the early Christmas present no one wanted: holiday traffic slowed to a crawl like a family after the big Thanksgiving meal Friday. 

Traffic jams lingered on busy surface streets like Perkins and the interstate systems well past rush hour.  The issues started early.  Shortly after lunch, eastbound traffic on I-10 was backed up to a near-standstill.

By nightfall, traffic congested on I-10 had backed up some twenty miles from Baton Rouge to the I-10 Basin Bridge.  Traffic inside the city was also slowed in both directions on I-10 due to the amount of holiday traffic moving through the area.

On Wednesday, the busiest travel day of the year, close to some 50 million Americans took to the highways. 

Expect the congestion to be even worse Sunday, as people head home in all directions.  Sunday is the second busiest day on the roads.

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Technology makes our attention spans shorter than a fish http://www.wbrz.com/news/technology-makes-our-attention-spans-shorter-than-a-fish/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/technology-makes-our-attention-spans-shorter-than-a-fish/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 6:50:09 PM Brittany Weiss Technology makes our attention spans shorter than a fish

BATON ROUGE - For awhile now, cell phones and people have been competing for attention.

More than 85 percent of the population has a cell phone or tablet that goes with them every where they go. Kids yet to reach their teenage years may even carry a phone.

It's called a phone, but that's not it's most common use. Since smart phones, texting now rules all. Making a phone call is actually its sixth most used function.

Phones are used everywhere, including in line at the bank or at the table in a restaurant. More often, phones are showing up next to a plate of food, ready to answer in case it rings or vibrates or to snap a photo.

Server Kendra Langlois at Mestizo in Baton Rouge says she sees it all the time at work.

"Sometimes they're texting, a lot of times they're actually talking on the phone, as another person is there," said Langlois. "Even people on dates, I assume they're on a date, and both of them are just on their phone."

Texting, talking, posting, reading, emailing, searching; it's all happening because we can and it's available.

Cell phones have a world of uses, including keeping track of your diet and exercise, health information, appointments, to compare prices, look for directions and even watch television. It's fast, convenient and available.

"Why do you need to check your phone so much anyway, are you that important?" asked Social Etiquette Expert Marthanne Calvi.

According to screen lock app Locket, the average person checks or unlocks their phone 110 times a day. Some users check their phone many times that number, some every few seconds.

"I guess I'm trying to see what everyone's doing, trying to stay in the loop," said LSU student Amy Babineaux. "I'll be on it, I don't necessarily ... well, I'll check the time."

Babineaux alludes that she checks her phone subconsciously.

"We've gotten I think where people now don't know how to talk to other people," said Calvi.

The average American stares at a screen for 7.4 hours a day, a number put together by Kleiner Perkins Internet. Often times, that number breaks down to computer, phone and TV. It might be that a job requires it, but a lot of the time it's because it's just how the world has started acting.

"We have a generation that does not want to deal face-to-face with other people," said Calvi. "They are simply more comfortable with that machine."

More comfortable or because it's more entertaining. A human's attention span has been decreasing with the increase of technology and social tools. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average attention span has dropped from 12 to 8 seconds in the matter of just a few years. The average attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds.

Loretta Pecchioni teaches an LSU course on social networks, focusing on how others influence relationships. "I ask my students what life would be like without your phone and they cannot imagine it," she said.

According to the Pew Research Internet project, 29 percent of cell phone owners can't imagine living without their device.

Many of Pecchioni's students use phones and laptops while in class. They're taking notes, others are texting or doing other things. They discuss the channels of communication they use, but say they miss out on face-to-face interaction.

"They don't have an accidental conversation with the person standing next to them," said Pecchioni.

While on a phone, more people are getting into accidents, including car wrecks and bodily injuries from not paying attention to where one is walking.

Pecchioni said for established relationships, a cell phone is good for keeping in touch. While creating new ones, it's more problematic.

"That immediate interaction I think is missing and just the chance, the chance encounter," she said.

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Holiday travel highest in five years http://www.wbrz.com/news/holiday-travel-highest-in-five-years/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/holiday-travel-highest-in-five-years/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 4:07:42 PM Alexa Vogue Holiday travel highest in five years

BATON ROUGE - Highways and streets are clogged on the busiest travel day of the year and much of that traffic is caused by the drop in price at the pump.

AAA predicts more than 40 million people will get behind the wheel this holiday season, the highest number in seven years.

But before you take off toward your Thanksgiving feast, it's important to ensure your wheels are ready to roll.

Mechanics say check your air pressure, get an oil change, and have your car inspected because, without proper auto care, traffic will be the least of your concerns.

"You could get in a wreck, run off the side of the road, get stranded," said Justin Alford, owner Benny's Car Wash. "We want you to get there safely, get home safely, have a good Thanksgiving."

90 percent of holiday travelers are getting to their thanksgiving destination by car. Travel experts advise holiday travelers to leave as early as possible in the face of potential delays.

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New LSU clinic gives more options http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-lsu-clinic-gives-more-options/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-lsu-clinic-gives-more-options/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 3:52:08 PM Rob Krieger New LSU clinic gives more options

BATON ROUGE- A new LSU urgent health care clinic opening near the corner of Gus Young and N. Foster next month, will provide an additional option for people in need of care who don't want to visit an emergency room.

According to Laura Davis, an administrator with LSU Health in Baton Rouge, 70 percent of emergency room visits in our area are for ailments that could easily be treated by urgent care clinics instead.

"We can help with things like sore throats, eye and ear infections, strains and sprains, minor fractures, and we can treat these things much more efficiently than an emergency room and get the patients in and out and taken care of quicker," said Davis.

The urgent care clinic opens on December 15th and will accept patients with or without health insurance.

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ATC office worker fired, arrested after thefts http://www.wbrz.com/news/atc-office-worker-fired-arrested-after-thefts/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/atc-office-worker-fired-arrested-after-thefts/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 3:36:01 PM Russell Jones ATC office worker fired, arrested after thefts

BATON ROUGE - State Police said an Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control employee was fired after an investigation into workplace thefts at the Baton Rouge office.

Troopers said Lindy Tullier, an ATC office worker, was arrested and accused of stealing cash from her co-workers' purses.

State Police said one of their civilian employees reported to a supervisor that she'd noticed money missing from her purse at least two different times. Detectives investigating the thefts said they found other workers believed they had been the victims of theft as well.

Troopers identified Tullier as a suspect and charged her, and ATC immediately fired her.

"These actions will not be tolerated and ATC will demand that full restitution be made to all parties who were victimized," said ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert.

ATC also began an internal investigation to see if any other money had been taken from the office.


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Fire officials provide tips for a safe Thanksgiving http://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-officials-provide-tips-for-a-safe-thanksgiving/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-officials-provide-tips-for-a-safe-thanksgiving/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 3:10:04 PM Brock Sues Fire officials provide tips for a safe Thanksgiving

BATON ROUGE - With tomorrow being the time to break out the deep fryer and toss in the family bird, Louisiana Fire Marshal Butch Browning offered some advice during our 4 p.m. broadcast concerning safe preparation techniques for Thanksgiving dinner.

Despite turkey frying's well established position as a South Louisiana tradition, firefighters are dispatched every year to deal with fires that break out due to individuals who fail to exercise proper precaution when dunking turkeys into large pots of high temperature cooking oil.

"Do it away from your home. Don't do it under your car port. Don't even do it on the wooden deck of your patio because that will burn and subsequently catch your house on fire," said Browning about where to set up the frying equipment.

Key to safe turkey frying beyond ensuring there is enough head space is to make sure the oil does not boil over during the cooking operation. Browning says that oil coming into contact with the burner below the pot will result in a fire. Additionally, ensuring that the turkey is completely defrosted is also key as introducing a still frozen bird to the hot oil can cause a dangerous mess.

While the perils of frying turkey might be more attention grabbing, fire officials are quick to point out that cooking indoors can be just as dangerous without proper precaution. In fact, the holiday sees twice as many home fires as any other day of the year as Louisianians fire up ovens that may otherwise remain dormant for most of the year. Eldon Ledoux of the St. George Fire Department says most of the danger comes from cooks who leave the high temperature cooking appliances on while unattended.

Ledoux advises to never leave a stove unattended and to ensure that the surrounding surfaces are clean in order to avoid fires. Also, make sure a lid is within reach because smothering fires is almost always the best approach to take when it comes to putting out a fire.

"Don't use a fire extinguisher on an oil fire because what that will do is splash it and spread the fire," said Ledoux "The best thing to do is always have a lid to the pot handy, and if you should have a fire, pick up the lid and smother it."

While these tips can certainly be a key step in keeping your home safe this holiday, fire officials advise the public to not hesitate when it comes to contacting them in the event of a fire. You might have too many cooks in the kitchen for Thanksgiving, if a fire breaks out it is best to let the professionals handle it.


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EBR coroner carves up turkey contest http://www.wbrz.com/news/ebr-coroner-carves-up-turkey-contest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ebr-coroner-carves-up-turkey-contest/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 2:43:29 PM Russell Jones EBR coroner carves up turkey contest

BATON ROUGE - The St. Vincent De Paul Turkey Carving Contest was won by a parish coroner this year.

Dr. William "Beau" Clark took the prize for best carved bird at the annual Thanksgiving competition, which involves numerous elected officials.

Past carving champs Hillar Moore, the parish district attorney, and D. D. Breaux, LSU gymnastics head coach, took second and third place.

A spokesperson for St. Vincent De Paul said the EBR Coroner's Office helps support their year-round prescription recovery and donation program.


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State leaders call EPA regulations job killers http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-leaders-call-epa-regulations-job-killers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/state-leaders-call-epa-regulations-job-killers/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 2:21:30 PM Chris Nakamoto State leaders call EPA regulations job killers

BATON ROUGE- State and local leaders are speaking out about proposed changes the Environmental Protection Agency made to air quality. Governor Bobby Jindal called the changes a job killer and said if the new regulations take effect, the impact would be far reaching on Louisiana.

The changes would limit the amount of ozone depleting chemicals emanating through smokestacks or tailpipes.

"This not only will drive up energy costs, it could hurt our jobs and economic development in the capital region," Governor Bobby Jindal said.

After years of noncompliance, Baton Rouge reached compliance called "attainment" in 2011. It happened after the Capital region managed to cut back on ground level ozone contaminants which improved air quality. Now, some worry the new regulations could set that hard work back and even eliminate jobs.

"By encouraging companies to go overseas and invest elsewhere with countries with weaker regulations, that's worse for the environment," Jindal said. "We have some of the strictest rules in the world right here in America. Why would we want to push these companies overseas? It's bad for our economy and bad for the environment."

"An incredible renaissance is in Baton Rouge and across south Louisiana," Adam Knapp with the Baton Rouge Chamber said. "You'll have a difficult time to convince manufacturers to expand in the United States much less south Louisiana."Environmental activists applaud the proposed regulations that mandate cleaner air. They say the talk of Louisiana losing jobs and industry is nothing more than a scare tactic.

"I've been hearing this story about industry for almost three decades," Mary Lee Orr with the Louisiana Environmental Action Network said. "It has not come true. Every time they say there's a new regulation, they say we can't do that when in fact they can."

Orr believes all sides can compromise without people having to worry about the air they breathe.

"I have faith in industry that they will comply, continue their projects and we'll have a good economy," Orr said.

A round of public hearings will be held on the proposed changes. If approved, the changes will take effect in October.


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Stores, shoppers gearing up for Black Friday http://www.wbrz.com/news/stores-shoppers-gearing-up-for-black-friday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/stores-shoppers-gearing-up-for-black-friday/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 1:50:22 PM Troy Gaulden Stores, shoppers gearing up for Black Friday

DENHAM SPRINGS - Businesses all across the area are stocking shelves getting ready for the mad rush of holiday shoppers.

Shoppers in Livingston Parish say it's good to finally shop locally and avoid traffic around Baton Rouge. Before Juban Crossing became a reality many in the parish traveled to the Mall of Louisiana and other shopping centers. Some just avoided the bumper-to-bumper traffic.

"I barely went because of traffic and it was so far away," said Kimberly Wadenpfuhl. "I would just only go when I needed something or a special occasion, just sad to say."

Now that Juban Crossing is open shoppers can't pass up the holiday deals with Black Friday nearing. Belk and Old Navy will open doors at Juban Crossing Thanksgiving evening. Old Navy will stay open for 31-straight hours with a store-wide 50 percent off sale.

"It's closer, don't have to fight the traffic to go to Baton Rouge. It's just closer and convenient," said Wadenpfuhl. "I'm glad, because Livingston Parish is growing so much and I teach in Livingston. So it's good to see things are coming to our parish for a change."

Other stores like TJ Maxx, Petsmart, Academy Sports, and Bed, Bath & Beyond will open Friday at Juban Crossing. For a full list of Black Friday store hours and deals nationwide click here.


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Ascension deputies look 'fore' accused golf club thief http://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-deputies-look-fore-accused-golf-club-thief/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-deputies-look-fore-accused-golf-club-thief/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 1:20:00 PM Brock Sues Ascension deputies look 'fore' accused golf club thief

GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish are looking to identify a man accused of stealing golf clubs from a golf shop in Gonzales earlier this month.

Investigators said the man purchased several small items from the Pelican Point Golf Shop on Nov. 16 before he shoved multiple golf clubs down his pant leg and walked out of the store. The man allegedly took a total of four golf clubs with a total value of nearly $1,500, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

Deputies described the subject as being around 50 years old and said he was wearing a light, multi-colored Hawaiian-style short sleeve shirt and dark colored slacks at the time of the theft.

Anyone with information concerning the theft is asked to contact the APSO at (225) 621-4636 or via text to their anonymous tip line at 847411.


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Donate food in December to ditch library fines http://www.wbrz.com/news/donate-food-in-december-to-ditch-library-fines/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/donate-food-in-december-to-ditch-library-fines/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:47:02 PM Brock Sues Donate food in December to ditch library fines

BATON ROUGE - Next month at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, patrons with past due fines erased in exchange for non-perishable food items as the parish library pitches in to feed the less fortunate for the holidays.

According to an EBRPL spokesperson, patrons can donate non-perishable food items at any of the 14 library branch locations in the parish throughout December. The library will waive $1 of the total late check-out fine per each donated item. All items will benefit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank which needs extra help to stock its pantry during the winter months.

Food eligible for donation includes:

-Canned items (vegetables, soup, meat)
-Peanut butter
-Corn meal
-Breakfast cereal bars
-Any bagged or boxed non-perishable food items

For more information on EBRPL's Food for Fines program, call the library at (225) 231-3740 or visit their website at www.ebrpl.com.


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Southern students hold Ferguson march http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-students-hold-ferguson-march/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-students-hold-ferguson-march/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 8:59:49 AM Russell Jones Southern students hold Ferguson march

BATON ROUGE - Southern University held a protest march Wednesday in protest of the failure to indict the Ferguson Police officer for shooting and killing an unarmed black teen in Missouri.

The marchers took to the street around 11 a.m., beginning in the courtyard of the Smith-Brown Memorial Union and marching to the Harding Boulevard exit on the Baton Rouge campus.

The union is named for Leonard D. Brown and Denver Smith, two students shot and killed during a 1972 student demonstration when sheriff's deputies forcibly cleared the building the students were occupying.

A grand jury chose not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. Protestors in Ferguson criticized the decision, and some rioters burned police cars and businesses in the Missouri town as a result.

A St. Louis activist group called the Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition and several religious leaders also called for African American shoppers nationwide to boycott Black Friday shopping in protest. Consumer experts estimate black shoppers represent $1 trillion in the nation's shopping each year.

The coalition called for people to instead shop at local stores and businesses owned by African Americans.

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Deputies looking for Donaldsonville iPod bandit http://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-looking-for-donaldsonville-ipod-bandit/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-looking-for-donaldsonville-ipod-bandit/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:43:57 AM Brock Sues Deputies looking for Donaldsonville iPod bandit

DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish are looking for information on a man accused of stealing several iPods from a Donaldsonville department store last month.

Deputies said the man was captured on security cameras as he entered the Donaldsonville Wal-Mart shortly after it opened on a morning in early October. He was able to open the lock on a secure storage bin that contained electronics and stole nearly 20 iPods of various colors valued at more than $3,000, according to detectives.

Major Hanna of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said the suspect made several trips to load up on the mp3 players before he left Wal-Mart in a red Chevy Tahoe SUV.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact the APSO at (225) 621-4636 or by texting their anonymous tip line from any cellular device at 847411.

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Officer-involved shooting to cost parish $420,000 http://www.wbrz.com/news/officer-involved-shooting-to-cost-parish-420-000/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/officer-involved-shooting-to-cost-parish-420-000/ Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 8:50:43 PM Ryan Naquin Officer-involved shooting to cost parish $420,000

BATON ROUGE - City leaders voted nine to two in favor of settling a nearly half a million dollar wrongful death lawsuit out of court Tuesday.

"It was senseless. It was reckless," Metro Council member C. Denise Marcelle said.

In March 2011, Baton Rouge Police Officer Christopher Magee shot and killed Carlos Harris, 21, outside of the Insomnia nightclub near Cortana Mall.  Magee ordered Harris to move a car belonging to his friend, Ryan Dominque, after Dominque was put in the back of a police cruiser. Both men were leaving the nightclub.

Witnesses told WBRZ News 2 and detectives Harris told officer Magee he had been drinking and did not feel he should move the car.  Dash cam video from that night shows the car, driven by Harris, abruptly move in reverse hitting police cars, then jolting forward, reversing again and crashing into cruisers and start to move forward again.

An officer sees Magee draw his weapon and point toward Harris and yells, "Don't draw Magee, too many people."

But, Magee opens fire as the car coasts to a stop.  Harris was shot.  He was unarmed and died due to his injuries.

A witness told police as Harris was bleeding in the car he said, "I didn't mean to do it."

A toxicology report showed Harris had a blood alcohol level of .089, which is impaired according to state law.

"[The incident] absolutely did not go by the book in my opinion," Marcelle said. "Several people told him not to shoot. First of all, you shouldn't tell someone who tells you he's inebriated to get in the vehicle and move it."

"At the time, the officer did what he thought was the best, and we can't play Monday morning quarterback," council member John Delgado said.

He wanted the settlement struck down because BRPD and the District Attorney both cleared Officer Magee of any wrongdoing.

"Although I understand that this shooting was a regrettable incident, it does not mean the city and the taxpayer's of this city are liable for this man's injuries or death," he said.

Council member Ronnie Edwards was the other person who voted against the settlement.

She said she did so because the parish has paid too many settlements already and by voting in favor of all of them it gives no accountability to the departments.

Magee is still with BRPD.

The $420,000 will go to Harris' six-year-old son.

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Man killed in single vehicle crash near Sorrento http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-killed-in-single-vehicle-crash-near-sorrento/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-killed-in-single-vehicle-crash-near-sorrento/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 9:28:58 AM Brock Sues Man killed in single vehicle crash near Sorrento

SORRENTO - State police are investigating a single vehicle crash that killed a Baton Rouge man early Wednesday morning in Ascension Parish.

According to troopers, the crash that took the life of 27-year-old Brandon Jamal Guillory happened shortly after 5:15 a.m. when his vehicle ran off I-10 west of LA Hwy 22 near Sorrento and hit a tree head-on.

Investigators stated that Guillory was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and he sustained serious injuries during the wreck. He was taken to a hospital in Gonzales where he later died from his injuries.

State police said impairment is not suspected at this point in the investigation, but a toxicology sample was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.


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The Pledge of Allegiance: Northeast Elementary http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-northeast-elementary-67151/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-northeast-elementary-67151/ Local News Wed, 26 Nov 2014 6:45:50 AM Helen Butts The Pledge of Allegiance: Northeast Elementary

BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from the 5th grade at Northeast Elementary.

Be sure to watch The Daily Pledge every weekday on 2une In at 5:58 a.m. to see if your child's school is featured.

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Accused fountain thief busted http://www.wbrz.com/news/accused-fountain-thief-busted/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/accused-fountain-thief-busted/ Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 9:32:13 PM Trey Schmaltz Accused fountain thief busted

BATON ROUGE- Deputies arrested a man they believe is responsible for a series of bizarre thefts that have targeted homes and lawn and garden stores.

Christopher Fatheree, 28, was arrested on a list of charges related to burglaries last week. His alleged crime spree has him in jail on a $140,000 bond.

Among the crimes Fatheree faces charges for is the theft of fountains from Harb's Oasis on Coursey Blvd. The store owner showed WBRZ surveillance video showing what appears to be at least one man, now identified as Fatheree, putting 400 pound fountains in a truck and driving away in the middle of the night.

Fatheree is also accused of rummaging through vehicles in the Lakes at Jamestown subdivision.

Authorities said Fatheree used a stolen credit card and was apprehended trying to break into another vehicle when he got locked out of the first car he stole.
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First neighborhood annexed away from City of St. George http://www.wbrz.com/news/first-neighborhood-annexed-away-from-city-of-st-george/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/first-neighborhood-annexed-away-from-city-of-st-george/ Local News Tue, 25 Nov 2014 9:23:36 PM Trey Schmaltz First neighborhood annexed away from City of St. George

BATON ROUGE- Three-dozen homes in a small neighborhood were the first collection of houses accepted into the city limits in an effort to remove itself from possibly being in the city limits of the City of St. George Tuesday night.

The Metro Council approved annexing the Legacy Court subdivision after a majority of the home owners signed a petition to be annexed. The process began in June and ended with the evening's approval.

Not all homeowners agreed with the move, however. The request put neighbor against neighbor but moved forward since half of the people who live in the area supported annexation.

Click HERE to read an update on the petition to get the City of St. George issue before voters.
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