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, 24 Oct 2014 07:10:29 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Tabasco is saving lives of Ebola medical workers http://www.wbrz.com/news/tabasco-is-saving-lives-of-ebola-medical-workers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tabasco-is-saving-lives-of-ebola-medical-workers/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 9:12:52 PM Trey Schmaltz Tabasco is saving lives of Ebola medical workers

AVERY ISLAND - Some orders shipping out of the Tabasco factory in south Louisiana aren't going to homes or restaurants; instead, a hospital in Texas is making orders to use in training workers about how to handle patients possibly sick with Ebola.

At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, fake patients are sprayed with the sauce and then interact with staff in training, ABC News reported on its website. If anyone has improperly put on their specialized suits to protect from Ebola virus-laden fluids, they'll feel the tingle of Tabasco and know they've done something wrong.

"In a way, it gives feedback immediately," said Dr. Bruce Meyer, told the network.

Hospitals have been stressing the importance of using the protective gear correctly since members of the nursing staff handling an Ebola patient in Dallas who died contracted the virus.

Tabasco has also ben used in other medical applications, including dermatology and for pain and itch relief.
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Hero deputy, construction workers rescue driver from sinking car http://www.wbrz.com/news/hero-deputy-construction-workers-rescue-driver-from-sinking-car/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hero-deputy-construction-workers-rescue-driver-from-sinking-car/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 9:11:08 PM Trey Schmaltz Hero deputy, construction workers rescue driver from sinking car

BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy rescued a person from Ward Creek Thursday.

The department posted on its Facebook page that some construction workers watched a person drive into the creek from South Mall Drive. The driver was unresponsive and the vehicle was sinking.

The workers alerted Cpl. Patrick Roberts, who was across the street writing a report. Roberts ran from his cruiser, jumped in and pulled the driver of the submerged vehicle to the creek bank.

The driver was taken to a hospital where they were found to have no serious injuries. Deputies believe some sort of medical episode caused the driver to lose consciousness and wreck. Impairment is not suspected, deputies said.

"There are still good people," Facebook user Rebecca commented about the situation, specifically posting about the construction workers who helped with the situation.
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Pharmacy drug ring busted by authorities http://www.wbrz.com/news/pharmacy-drug-ring-busted-by-authorities/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/pharmacy-drug-ring-busted-by-authorities/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 2:15:33 PM Russell Jones Pharmacy drug ring busted by authorities

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police said three people are behind bars in connection with more than two dozen pharmacy burglaries across two states that resulted in about a million dollars worth of stolen drugs.

News 2 first reported the details of the year-long investigation on Oct. 10, the same day LSP and Baton Rouge Police SWAT made several arrests in connection with the burglary ring.

State Police said on Thursday that Shelton Broadway, Keeshla Stagg, and Ladnell Womack faced multiple charges for breaking into 25 pharmacies across multiple Louisiana parishes as well as in Mississippi. State Police said they busted into the pharmacies using sledgehammers before making off with dozens of bottles and boxes of pills.

Investigators also arrested three other people, Joshua Womack, Roderick Harris, and Mentreal Stagg, for resisting arrest while they served the warrants on Oct. 10.

Troopers said they first came across the similarities in the burglaries earlier this year, and connected the three to the thefts. During more searches on Oct. 23 investigators said they found a storage unit with bottles and bottles of pills as well as other stolen drugs.

Detectives believe once all the drugs are counted they could be worth more than $1 million.



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WBR deputy snared in prostitution sting http://www.wbrz.com/news/wbr-deputy-snared-in-prostitution-sting/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/wbr-deputy-snared-in-prostitution-sting/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 4:08:41 PM Russell Jones & Brock Sues WBR deputy snared in prostitution sting

PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office confirmed that one of their rookie deputies was arrested recently for soliciting a prostitute.

Sheriff Mike Cazes said Florian Deutsch, 33, of Port Allen was arrested in an undercover operation by Baton Rouge police.

BRPD said they began their investigatiom of Deutsch when informants notified them that the deputy was coercing them for sexual favors.

Cazes said Deutsch worked as a corrections officer at the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail, and started in July of this year.

The sheriff said Deutsch was arrested at a local motel and placed in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of malfeasance of office, prostitution and abuse of office.

He was fired after his arrest.

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Candidates talk weed, terrorism at 6th congressional debate http://www.wbrz.com/news/candidates-talk-weed-terrorism-at-6th-congressional-debate/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/candidates-talk-weed-terrorism-at-6th-congressional-debate/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:43:41 PM Rob Krieger Candidates talk weed, terrorism at 6th congressional debate

BATON ROUGE - Seven of the candidates vying for the 6th congressional seat took time this afternoon to answer questions in front of voters.

The forum, hosted by Leaders with Vision and broadcast on WBTR, focused on questions from a panel of journalist and the candidates themselves.

Three of the lesser known candidates, Libertarian Rufus Craig and Republicans Craig McCulloch and Trey Thomas, got the chance to speak next to the heavy hitters in the campaign including current State Senator Dan Claitor, former Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Garret Graves, tech business owner Paul Dietzel, and former governor Edwin Edwards.

Nearly every candidate, except Edwards, says they would support equal pay for women, but think it should be left to the private sector to enforce, while Edwards said the issue should be championed by government.

All of the candidates, save Claitor, say they support some form of medicinal marijuana in Louisiana. Graves says he would support legalizing medicinal marijuana if it took the form of extracted THC, while Claitor says he doesn't support the current framework in the state for medical weed.

Each man said they would do "whatever it takes", including putting boots on the ground, to stop terrorist threats like ISIS, but Rufus Craig says the issue should be left for other countries to solve and that the US should leave the Middle East.

Several candidates expressed their zeal to repeal and replace Obamacare, putting care into the hands of the private sector, though some realize it would be difficult to repeal the law while President Obama is in office.

The candidates promised to fight for increased flood protection in the state and lower flood insurance premiums, but only Garret Graves provided tangible ideas to move critical infrastructure forward, like the Comite Diversion Project. Claitor offered ideas to build a coalition in congress in hopes of reducing insurance rates, while Craig says people should take responsibility for where they live.

The candidates boasted several harmonious ideas while some expressed discord, one reason why some people think this race, with an election just days away, is still far from over.

"I think the voters should look at this as a two step election with this many candidates, you're bound to have a runoff, so they need to put their votes where they think it'll do the most good to get their person into a runoff," said Carl Redman, a former newspaper editor and panelist on the forum.

Early voting is open until next Tuesday and the election will be held on Nov. 4. If no candidate gets a majority vote the race will go to a runoff on Dec. 6.

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Preserving history at USS KIDD 'Field Days' http://www.wbrz.com/news/preserving-history-at-uss-kidd-field-days-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/preserving-history-at-uss-kidd-field-days-/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:17:53 PM Alexa Vogue Preserving history at USS KIDD 'Field Days'

BATON ROUGE - Veterans from around the country arrived at the USS KIDD Thursday, ready to spend the entire weekend painting and fixing the World War II ship.

"Coming back brought back the good memories of serving in the navy," said Hank Taddeucci, who served on the KIDD in 1960.

He's one of many veterans and volunteers who give their time and energy to field days every year.

"I'm splicing line, I'm splitting canvas," Taddeucci said. "I'm doing the same thing I was doing 40 years ago and it's refreshing."

The vets spend 24 hours a day on deck, swapping stories, bonding, and giving back to a piece of history they'll never forget.

Organizers say it's not just a weekend of memories and camaraderie; it's also a huge financial help for the nonprofit.

"Their skilled labor alone probably saves us between $40,000 and $60,000 dollars a year," said Alex Juan with the USS KIDD.

The veterans started work Thursday morning and will continue until Sunday.

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Changes coming to accident hot zone http://www.wbrz.com/news/changes-coming-to-accident-hot-zone/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/changes-coming-to-accident-hot-zone/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 3:09:02 PM Brittany Weiss Changes coming to accident hot zone

CENTRAL - Changes are coming to an intersection notorious for wrecks in Central.

The state has come up with a solution they believe will stop the repetitive problem at Greenwell Springs and Sullivan Road, by changing the eastbound left turn signal on Greenwell Springs Road. Currently, the light allows drivers to turn left with the green light or when the arrow appears. DOTD will change the configuration to a left-turn only when the arrow appears, to make it safer on those drivers.

"The main thing is people taking a let turn," said Lynn Ross, who owns a business near the intersection. "They can't judge the people coming toward them."

At times cars making that left turn onto Sullivan gamble with on-coming traffic at 45 mph.

"We've seen several cars flip upside down," said Ross.

A wreck last year tangled up a DEMCO truck, an ice cream truck and a school bus when all three of them had a green light. The DEMCO truck was making a left turn but failed to yield, hitting the other two.

"A lot of these wrecks are caused by people not paying attention," said Central Chief Administrative Officer David Barrow.

 Weather permitting, the signal change is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.




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Controversial Sorrento mayor charged with child porn http://www.wbrz.com/news/controversial-sorrento-mayor-charged-with-child-porn/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/controversial-sorrento-mayor-charged-with-child-porn/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:12:19 AM Russell Jones & Chris Nakamoto Controversial Sorrento mayor charged with child porn

SORRENTO - Authorities arrested Wilson Longanecker Jr., the former mayor of Sorrento, Thursday morning and accused him of 40 counts of possessing child porn.

The Attorney General's Office said investigators searched Longanecker's home Thursday for several hours. Officers removed evidence from the home before Longanecker himself was arrested.

The AG's Office said Longanecker will also be charged with one count of obstruction of justice for trying to hide evidence. 

"He didn't want us to have certain items that we ended up in possession of," Kurt Wall with the Attorney General's Office said.

The arrest came as the result of a joint investigation with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies, State Police and Office of Homeland Security. Longanecker was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail with no bond.

Longanecker caused controversy in his time as mayor for taking extended leaves of absence. He cited medical reasons for his lengthy disappearance from his position and lack of contact with council members or town workers.

The news of the arrest caused humiliation among residents in the town.

"We've had so many problems here," Resident Bea said. "I'm ashamed sometimes to say I'm from Sorrento."

"It puts a taint on the town," Shari Oubre said. "It makes the town look bad."

In recent years, Sorrento has been the subject of numerous high profile news stories. In 2007, Mayor Brenda Melancon was arrested after she pulled out in front of a motorcyclist which led to his death.  Former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot plead guilty this year and was sentenced this year for lying to the FBI in a case involving sexual misconduct.

If convicted on the child porn charges, Longanecker faces up to 20 years for each count.

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Downtown bars prepping for big LSU weekend http://www.wbrz.com/news/downtown-bars-prepping-for-big-lsu-weekend/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/downtown-bars-prepping-for-big-lsu-weekend/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 2:06:54 PM Troy Gaulden Downtown bars prepping for big LSU weekend

BATON ROUGE - Downtown Baton Rouge bar owners expect both LSU and Ole Miss fans to flood the city this weekend.

The third ranked Ole Miss Rebels come into town to face LSU on national television. Tickets online are going for anywhere between $187-500 on StubHub.

Andrew Bayard, who is a part-owner of Huey's and Brickyard South, says he's ordered double the amount of beer this week. Alcohol orders came rolling in Thursday.

"We're really expecting a lot of people. We've got the hotels downtown pretty much sold out to capacity, so we've really upped our orders. We think that with the 13th Gate, it's going to be a huge weekend at both places," said Bayard.

If you can't come up with a ticket for the game or a tailgate spot near Tiger Stadium, bar owners say they'll have you covered for kickoff.

"It makes it a lot of fun for those people that don't go out and tailgate, they may want to go to the bar and watch the day games and then stay and watch LSU play," said Bayard. "That's what we love about it. It just creates an atmosphere on Saturday where you really don't have to do anything to bring the crowd into the bar."

ESPN College Gameday will be live from LSU Saturday morning with kickoff later in the day at 6:15 p.m.

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Donaldsonville man arrested on multiple drug charges http://www.wbrz.com/news/donaldsonville-man-arrested-on-multiple-drug-charges/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/donaldsonville-man-arrested-on-multiple-drug-charges/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:44:16 PM Brian Waldrep Donaldsonville man arrested on multiple drug charges

DONALDSONVILLE-  A man who narcotics detectives in Ascension Parish have been able to buy marijuana and cocaine from over the past four months, is now behind bars.

Just before midnight Wednesday, detectives searched the Donaldsonville home of Romel Julien and found a large quantity of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and over $1,000 in cash.

The drugs were valued at $5,700.

Julien was arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on multiple drug possession charges.

He is now awaiting bond.

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Sen. Dan Claitor's mother dies from crash injuries http://www.wbrz.com/news/sen-dan-claitor-s-mother-dies-from-crash-injuries/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sen-dan-claitor-s-mother-dies-from-crash-injuries/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 8:38:10 AM Brock Sues Sen. Dan Claitor's mother dies from crash injuries

PRAIRIEVILLE - The mother of state Senator Dan Claitor has died from injuries she sustained during a wreck in Ascension Parish over the weekend, according to Louisiana State Police.

Nancy Claitor, 80, along with her husband Robert Claitor, 88, were taken to a Baton Rouge area hospital after they were hit from behind around noon on Saturday.

At the time, state police said Nancy Claitor had serious injuries while her husband only suffered minor injuries.

Investigators said the Claitors were driving on Airline when they changed lanes and stopped in front of a pickup pulling a large trailer. The pickup hit them from behind, sending sending the Claitors' vehicle into the median.

Troopers said Nancy Claitor died from injuries sustained during the crash shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

Sen. Claitor is running for the open 6th District congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Cassidy. While he canceled weekend campaign appearances after the crash, he made an appearance at the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday.

News 2's Rob Krieger said Rep. Claitor will be at 6th congressional district debate this morning, despite the passing of his mother. Debate will air live on WBTR at noon.

State policesaid no charges have been filed, and the crash remains under investigation.


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Custodian credited for stopping school fire http://www.wbrz.com/news/custodian-credited-for-stopping-school-fire/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/custodian-credited-for-stopping-school-fire/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 9:29:31 AM Russell Jones Custodian credited for stopping school fire

DONALDSONVILLE - School officials said a small fire at Donaldsonville Primary School was quickly put out Thursday morning by a custodian before it could cause any damage.

Ascension Parish School spokesperson Johnnie Balfantz said the fire happened around 9 a.m. when a stove was accidentally turned on and caught some nearby boxes on fire.

Balfantz said students were evacuated and a custodian put out the fire. The fire department was called in but the flames were extinguished before they arrived with no damage or injuries.

The burners which started the fire were removed, and the 570 pre-K to second grade students in the building were sent to Lowery Middle School and served lunch in the cafeteria. Parents were notified around 10:30 a.m. they could pick up their children early if they wanted.

Balfantz said children who weren't picked up early will be released from Lowery Middle School on their normal schedule, and that classes at Donaldsonville Primary would resume as scheduled Friday.


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The Pledge of Allegiance: Parkview Baptist http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-parkview-baptist-65983/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-parkview-baptist-65983/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 7:09:59 AM Helen Butts The Pledge of Allegiance: Parkview Baptist

BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from the 4th Grade at Parkview Baptist.

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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High school marching bands to compete at Dutchtown http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-marching-bands-to-compete-at-dutchtown/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/high-school-marching-bands-to-compete-at-dutchtown/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 6:15:36 AM Hunter Robinson High school marching bands to compete at Dutchtown

GEISMAR - Dutchtown High School is getting ready for its 10th annual High School Marching Contest.

The "Dutchtown Sound" won't compete since they're hosting the competition, but 16 other Louisiana high schools and 2,000 students will march to the beat this weekend:

C.E. Byrd
St. Thomas More Catholic
New Iberia
Sam Houston
East Ascension
Denham Springs
St. Amant

There will also be a performance from the Spirit of Northwestern College Band.

Everything gets underway Saturday at 1:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $5.00, but students can watch the show for $3.00.

Watch the video for more information.

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Rockin' out at Rocktober Fest http://www.wbrz.com/news/rockin-out-at-rocktober-fest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rockin-out-at-rocktober-fest/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 5:39:53 AM Hunter Robinson Rockin' out at Rocktober Fest

BATON ROUGE - You can rock out for free this weekend at Rocktober Music and Arts Fest in Baton Rouge. Philliper Stewart from the Buddy Stewart Memorial Music Foundation stopped by 2une In this morning with all the details.

This year's festival is Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Rhythm Museum (1712 North Acadian West) in Baton Rouge. Admission is free.

You can find more information on the foundation's website or by watching the interview.

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Lod Cook's countdown to 2015 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lod-cook-s-countdown-to-2015/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lod-cook-s-countdown-to-2015/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 5:19:30 AM Hunter Robinson Lod Cook's countdown to 2015

BATON ROUGE - It's only October, but the Lod Cook Alumni Center is already counting down to their annual New Year's Eve celebration.

Kickoff 2015 at the Cook is on Wednesday, December 31st from 7:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. You can get an all-inclusive package for two for $399.

This morning on 2une In, Stacey Messina told Kylie Dixon about all the celebration has to offer, as well as how the Lod Cook Alumni Center is celebrating LSU football season. Watch the interview for more information.

If you'd like to make a reservation for Kickoff at the Cook or want to learn more about the event, call Messina at 225-383-2665.

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Senate candidate's Tea Party credentials attacked http://www.wbrz.com/news/senate-candidate-s-tea-party-credentials-attacked/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/senate-candidate-s-tea-party-credentials-attacked/ Local News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 1:33:39 AM Melinda Deslatte Senate candidate's Tea Party credentials attacked

BATON ROUGE - A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed campaign money.

John Kerry, who managed Maness' campaign for six months in 2013, sent an email to activists and community leaders slamming Maness as a political opportunist. He says Maness falsely portrays himself as a tea party candidate in the race against Democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu.

The email, obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by Kerry, encourages people to support Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Maness' campaign says claims that the retired Air Force colonel doesn't hold conservative principles are ridiculous. The campaign says Maness was a member of his local tea party organization before running for the Senate.

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WATCH: Airman surprises family following tour of duty http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-airman-surprises-family-following-tour-of-duty/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-airman-surprises-family-following-tour-of-duty/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 8:37:05 PM Rob Krieger, Trey Schmaltz WATCH: Airman surprises family following tour of duty

ZACHARY- An airman returned home from a 14-month tour of duty to surprise his family Wednesday evening.

Screams could be heard coming from a large banquet room at Sammy's where Andressen Taylor's family had gathered. They were elated to see Taylor walk into the room shortly after 6 p.m.

"I just screamed, I was just trying to get him on Facetime and I was like, 'he must be working, I mean it's eight in the morning over there,'" his mom, Kusandra, told WBRZ's Rob Krieger.

Taylor was deployed in South Korea. Next, he'll be in New Mexico.

Watch the emotional reunion via the attached video clip.
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Firefighters vigilant following Fire Marshal warning http://www.wbrz.com/news/firefighters-vigilant-following-fire-marshal-warning/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/firefighters-vigilant-following-fire-marshal-warning/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 8:35:23 PM Trey Schmaltz Firefighters vigilant following Fire Marshal warning

BATON ROUGE- Firefighter said Wednesday, they are vigilant after a warning from the State Fire Marshal about thieves stealing house connections on the side of buildings.

There has been a rash of thefts of the brass connections in Tangipahoa, Jefferson and Terrebonne parishes lately. So many so, the Hammond Fire Department carries extras on fire trucks since many have gone missing from the side of buildings in the city.

"We've kicked [inspections] up to make sure that anytime anyone goes, they put eyes on that fire department connection," Hammond Fire Chief John Thomas told WWL TV this week.

"It's kind of sad that people are going to go steal it," store manager Gregory Flathers told the TV station. WWL TV and WBRZ have a news-sharing partnership. Flathers said his store's hose connection went missing recently.

"It's obviously something that we need for our sprinkler systems and all that could pose a hazard."

Thieves can sell the brass component for scrap.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating.
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Parking garage closed due to cut tension cable http://www.wbrz.com/news/parking-garage-closed-due-to-cut-tension-cable/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/parking-garage-closed-due-to-cut-tension-cable/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 8:33:16 PM Trey Schmaltz Parking garage closed due to cut tension cable

BATON ROUGE- A contractor cut a tension cable inside a downtown parking garage, closing it for an undetermined amount of time.

The West Garage is out of service until a repair can be made. The severed cable compromises the design of the garage.

Closure eliminates 552 spaces temporarily. But, a larger garage across the street remains open. The East Garage accommodates 885 parking spaces.
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