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. () () Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:10:10 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 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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Three charged with stealing innocence of country living http://www.wbrz.com/news/three-charged-with-stealing-innocence-of-country-living/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/three-charged-with-stealing-innocence-of-country-living/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 6:10:12 PM Trey Schmaltz Three charged with stealing innocence of country living

WATSON- Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested three people in a burglary ring where as many as 30 vehicles were hit by thieves this week.

Racey Ford, Jacob Anderson and Michael Terrell face burglary and resisting an officer charges. Authorities said the group hit unlocked vehicles in the Richmond Place subdivision on October 20 and 21st.

Laptops, GPS devices and sports equipment were taken from vehicles. Deputies believe the stolen goods were worth between $3,000 and $6,000.

Deputies said the group admitted to targeted unlocked vehicles and urged non-victims to learn a lesson: lock your vehicles.

Stolen items will be returned to owners, the department said.
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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 6:00 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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Metro Council approves casino, LSU annexations http://www.wbrz.com/news/metro-council-approves-casino-lsu-annexations/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/metro-council-approves-casino-lsu-annexations/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 3:17:52 PM Russell Jones Metro Council approves casino, LSU annexations

BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Metro Council approved petitions Wednesday to annex several portions of land in the southern part of the parish into the city limits of Baton Rouge.

The property includes the L'Auberge Casino, LSU Ben Hur Research Substation and Fire Training Ground, as well as several other businesses in the area.

The annexations are the latest from the area of the parish which is being considered for incorporation into its own city, St. George. L'Auberge Casino's annexation removes a significant revenue-generating property from the proposed city's boundaries.

St. George organizers said their proposed city budget would still work even without those properties as revenue generators, and accused the city of undermining the democratic process with the annexations.

A petition to incorporate the proposed St. George area has been submitted for approval to the Registrar of Voters office. If certified, the measure would be put up for a vote in the spring.


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Chief: Water rate increase needed for public safety http://www.wbrz.com/news/chief-water-rate-increase-needed-for-public-safety/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chief-water-rate-increase-needed-for-public-safety/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:52:30 PM Jessica LeBlanc Chief: Water rate increase needed for public safety

BAKER - Once again, changes in water bills for Baker residents are on the table for discussion.

Chief of Police Mike Knaps said he's proposing that the city council increase the base water rate from $9 to between $15 and $20 in order to make up for cuts to public safety in Baker's budget.

Public safety was cut because the city was looking at a deficit of almost $1 million. Several positions within the police and fire departments were axed because of those cuts.

Knaps said if something is not done soon, the city is going to suffer further.

"It's going to leave a major void in our budget for next year, which will start July 1, 2015. It will leave a major hole because we have already used all of our surpluses that we have to make this year's budget work where we have it," he said.

But one council member said she wants more answers before anything happens.

"But we need to be able to tell our citizens down to the penny, where this money will be going. And at this time, not even the council has been told that," said councilwoman Joyce Burges.

The next chance the council will have to take up the issue is their Oct. 28 meeting.

 


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Jury selection in murder-for-hire trial continues http://www.wbrz.com/news/jury-selection-in-murder-for-hire-trial-continues/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jury-selection-in-murder-for-hire-trial-continues/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:33:55 PM Alexa Vogue Jury selection in murder-for-hire trial continues

PORT ALLEN - A woman accused of having her husband killed faces trial three years later.

Monique Kitts is accused of having her husband, Corey Kitts shot execution-style in their Addis home for the insurance money. He was killed almost four years ago and it took three years of investigation before his wife was arrested, she pleads not guilty.

"She's always maintained her innocence," said Kitts' lawyer, Allen Myles. "I believe in her and I believe in her case."

She's being charged with second degree murder along with Karl Howard, who's accused of being the hit man. Jury selection is going on right now, but it's proving to be a difficult task.

"Were having to weed through a lot of people," said prosecutor Scotty Chabert from the West Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office. "It's not only a very publicized case, it's a publicized case in a small town where a lot of people know one another and have heard whispers of this case or have heard it on the news channels it's a very detailed selection of jurors."

Prosecutors say while it may take a while to question potential jurors, they are confident it will be a quick case.

"Once trial starts it will move quickly," Chabert said. "Once we have our 12 jurors sworn in."

The jury selection will continue Thursday at 9 a.m.


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Video of DWI stops to help cops http://www.wbrz.com/news/video-of-dwi-stops-to-help-cops/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/video-of-dwi-stops-to-help-cops/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 3:51:03 PM Rob Krieger Video of DWI stops to help cops

BATON ROUGE- The city will spend nearly $30,000 to upgrade camera systems in the current DWI task force units and install a system in the mobile breath alcohol test unit.

The cameras will be used to capture each instance of a DWI arrest, from initial contact, to the field sobriety test and even the breath test in some instances.

"When you have a camera in place, this is proof of exactly what happened and exactly what the condition of that person was," said C. Denise Marcelle, who pushed the metro-council for funding of the cameras.

The video captured during an arrest is vital evidence for DWI cases and can sometimes be paramount for prosecutors when trying people charged in deadly drunk driving accidents.

Prosecutors in the case of Joseph Branch, convicted of vehicular homicide last week, used dash cam video to illustrate how drunk the man was to the jury.

"It paints exactly what happened," said Marcelle, "exactly how belligerent someone was, if they're drunk, they don't remember it a lot of times and so yes it does help the police in a lot of instances."

"We bring that to court, they're not only going to go off of our testimony, they can get a visual picture of what took place that night, while we were administering our test," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

A few of the cameras are already being installed as upgrades in some of the task force's units and the entire system should be in place in the next few weeks.


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Restraining order extended against ash disposal http://www.wbrz.com/news/restraining-order-extended-against-ash-disposal/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/restraining-order-extended-against-ash-disposal/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:08:47 PM Restraining order extended against ash disposal

BATON ROUGE- A temporary restraining order blocking disposal of ash from the incineration of a Texas Ebola victim's belongings in Louisiana will continue.

State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.

A new hearing date was set for November 5.

Caldwell sought to keep the soot from linen, bedding and carpet from the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan got sick from being brought to a Calcasieu Parish facility run by Chemical Waste Management.

Caldwell's office says it is exploring ways to let the state verify that disposal wouldn't be a health risk.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Ebola virus is destroyed by incineration.


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Family: Gary Plauche has died http://www.wbrz.com/news/family-gary-plauche-has-died/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/family-gary-plauche-has-died/ Local News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 5:19:11 PM Trey Schmaltz Family: Gary Plauche has died

BATON ROUGE- Gary Plauche died Monday family members told WBRZ News 2.

Plauche, 68, shot and killed his son's karate instructor at the Baton Rouge airport in 1984. The man, Jeffrey Doucet, was accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting Plauche's son, Jody.

Plauche waited for Doucet to be escorted back from California where authorities said Doucet had taken Jody Plauche before he was rescued and Doucet was arrested. He had been extradited back to Baton Rouge and was walking through the airport when Plauche, waiting by some payphones pulled out a gun and fired a shot.

Plauche was sentenced to five years probation and did not serve time in jail following the shooting. He maintained his actions were the natural response of a father who believed his son had been violated.

Gary Plauche died at a nursing home in East Baton Rouge where he had been living since having a stroke in 2011, family members said.

"He died peacefully," Jody Plauche told WBRZ Tuesday. He added arrangements were still pending and the family was taking into account upcoming football games to plan services.

Saturday is an LSU game and Sunday features the Saints. The family was worried about disrupting plans for fans.

"My dad wouldn't want that," Jody Plauche said.

In 1997, Gary Plauche asked the State Pardon Board to allow him to carry a gun again. Jody was by his side then.

"My son got married, [I have] grandchildren and might want to go take him hunting like a grandfather should do, I just want to restore my life back to normal," Gary Plauche told the board.

"He wants to clear the record, he's going through the proper steps," Jody Plauche told then-channel 2 reporter Marvin McGraw.

"Everyday I think about it," Gary Plauche told McGraw.

The board eventually denied the request, stating Plauche's sentence was light.

Five years later, Gary Plauche explained to WBRZ News 2 why he felt compelled to take justice into his own hands.

"[I shot him] for the things he'd done to my son and a bunch of kids I found out later," he said. "I figured I was going to get the [electric chair]. But, I knew that he wasn't going to fool with any kids anymore."

Jody Plauche said his father's death was from complications related to the stroke.
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The Pledge of Allegiance: Forest Heights Academy of Excellence http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-forest-heights-academy-of-excellence-65932/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-pledge-of-allegiance-forest-heights-academy-of-excellence-65932/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 7:39:22 AM Helen Butts The Pledge of Allegiance: Forest Heights Academy of Excellence

BATON ROUGE - Today's Pledge of Allegiance comes from the Pre-K class at Forest Heights Academy of Excellence.

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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Get a Taste of Baton Rouge, help feed seniors http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-a-taste-of-baton-rouge-help-feed-seniors/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/get-a-taste-of-baton-rouge-help-feed-seniors/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 5:56:32 AM Hunter Robinson Get a Taste of Baton Rouge, help feed seniors

BATON ROUGE - You can enjoy some good food and music for a great cause at Taste of Baton Rouge.

It's a fundraiser for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging. The agency delivers 125,000 meals through their "Meals on Wheels" Program and over 85,000 hot meals daily to seniors through their 15 senior centers and meal sites.

Taste of Baton Rouge is on Thursday, November 13th from 5:30-9:00 p.m. at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge. Tickets are $100/each and can be purchased here.

State Representative Regina Barrow (D)  joined John Pastorek on 2une In this morning to discuss Taste of Baton Rouge. Watch our interview with her or call 225-923-8000 for more information.


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Baton Rouge home sales post slight drop in September http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-home-sales-post-slight-drop-in-september/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-home-sales-post-slight-drop-in-september/ Local News Wed, 22 Oct 2014 4:21:00 AM Hunter Robinson Baton Rouge home sales post slight drop in September

BATON ROUGE - Home sales in metro Baton Rouge were down by 1 percent in September, despite increased sales in Ascension and Livingston parishes.

According to figures released Tuesday by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors, there were 725 home sales that closed in September in the eight-parish area. That compares with 732 closed sales in September 2013.

The biggest monthly gainer was Ascension Parish, where sales were up 4.2 percent, from 143 to 149. Livingston Parish had a slightly smaller increase, going up 3.6 percent, from 140 to 145 closed sales during the month.

The median sales price for the metro area was up 5.9 percent from $169,900 to $180,000 last month.


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In Baton Rouge, USS Cole Commander comments on terrorism http://www.wbrz.com/news/in-baton-rouge-uss-cole-commander-comments-on-terrorism/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/in-baton-rouge-uss-cole-commander-comments-on-terrorism/ Local News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 8:12:40 PM Brittany Weiss In Baton Rouge, USS Cole Commander comments on terrorism

BATON ROUGE - Tuesday, acts of terror were the topic of discussion at a campaign rally where the captain of the U.S.S. Cole when it was targeted by terrorists in 2000 discussed what happened and the state of international affairs today.

Retired Navy Commander Kirk Lippold was stumping in Baton Rouge.

On October 12, 2000, suicide bombers blew a 20 foot hole in the side of the ship in the Yemeni port of Aden.  Seventeen died, 39 were wounded.

"It was just a tremendous ka-boom!" said Lippold. "We had been hit by a suicide boat masquerading as a garbage barge."

Following the attack, the crew split time between damage control, triage to save shipmates, and security to stop another attack.

"If as it now appears, this was an act of terrorism, it was a despicable and cowardly act. We will find out who is responsible and hold them accountable," then-President Bill Clinton said about the attacks.

Al Qaeda took responsibility.

These days, Lippold is retired and is an author who travels the country as a motivational speaker.  He said terrorism has been around for a long time and after that act of war in 2000, little was done.

"Eleven months after the attack on us, when neither the Clinton or Bush administration did anything, 9/11 occurred," he said.

Lippold believes terror groups have evolved and have grown the means to conduct their terrorist operation. He said it is crucial for the US to be a step ahead of the bad guys.

"While terrorism may occur on the international stage far away from here, talk to any veteran of history that's fought, back to WWII, and they'll tell you, fight them over there, don't wait for them to come here and fight them," he said.

Lippold thinks the U.S. is still not doing all it can to stop terror before it strikes. He thinks leaders should have more credibility.

"While it's nice to be respected, I want a certain degree of fear as well," Lippold explained. "That we will go out, we will find these terrorists, we will hunt them down. We will either capture them or we will kill them."


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Prison investigation leads to firing, demotion http://www.wbrz.com/news/prison-investigation-leads-to-firing-demotion/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/prison-investigation-leads-to-firing-demotion/ Local News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 2:02:28 PM Ryan Naquin Prison investigation leads to firing, demotion

PORT ALLEN - A West Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy was fired following an internal investigation and a captain was demoted to lieutenant following a separate investigation.

Both incidents happened at the parish prison, according to Colonel Richie Johnson.

According to the sheriff's office, Sgt. Brent Ballard filed an erroneous charge against an inmate and threatened the same inmate with violence. Johnson said Ballard lied and warned other deputies an inmate was "lying in wait" and planned to "abduct a female employee." The department also got a complaint Ballard used pepper spray and force against inmates five times more than other sergeants on duty.

Ballard was demoted to corporal and given a one-day suspension after the investigation was completed. Then on Monday the sheriff's office fired him after Johnson said Ballard failed to report to work for three days after his suspension.

In a separate investigation, Assistant Warden Robert Duclo was demoted from captain to lieutenant after Johnson said he made inappropriate comments to a detention center female employee.

The investigation found the comments did not rise to the level of sexual harassment, but were enough for the sheriff's office to demote Duclo, suspend him one day without pay, force him to take an employee risk assessment evaluation and a 12-session sensitivity training course.

Duclo was allowed to keep his assistant warden position.

 


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Baton Rouge looking to curb heroin 'epidemic' http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-looking-to-curb-heroin-epidemic-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-looking-to-curb-heroin-epidemic-/ Local News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 3:09:40 PM Troy Gaulden Baton Rouge looking to curb heroin 'epidemic'

BATON ROUGE - Medical professionals and law enforcement agencies say Baton Rouge has a heroin epidemic on its hands.

Five people died from heroin two years ago. That number went up to 35 deaths in 2013. So far this year, nine people have died from heroin but more cases are pending.

On Tuesday, multiple agencies met to discuss the rise in heroin abuse. Zach Knippenberg, a former drug addict, shared his story of abuse. Knippenberg started using drugs at 12 years old. His abuse peaked a few years later when he was 16.

"At that point it went down hill pretty rapidly. Withdrawals became an everyday thing with me. Most of my life was centered around selling, using and finding a way to procure better prices for dope," he said. "By the age of 20-21, I was pretty resolved by the fact that I wouldn't live past 25."

However, Knipperberg survived after he was forced into drug rehabilitation. He says he started with pills and marijuana, but he later ended up using heroin and other drugs that were easier to get.

East Baton Rouge Coroner "Beau" Clark says the success of the prescription drug monitoring program makes it harder for drug addicts to get pills from doctors. The users then resort to drugs like heroin.

"Number one we need to put the bad guys in jail, the drug dealers," said Clark. "That is separate in part from the folks that have addictive problems, the people that are using who are not the sellers. These are the people that need our help from the substance abuse perspective or maybe the mental health perspective."

Knippenberg says help from others ultimately saved his life.

"If you're at the point you're watching this and you've just kind of resigned this to being your life, give it a chance. If you can't do it on your own that's OK," he said. "There's no weakness in asking for help. I think it takes a lot of strength to ask for help."

Penalties for selling heroin recently increased. The minimum sentence for distribution is 10 years. The maximum sentence remained 50 years but increased to 99 years for a second conviction.

 


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SOS Rescue to host canine costume contest http://www.wbrz.com/news/sos-rescue-to-host-canine-costume-contest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sos-rescue-to-host-canine-costume-contest/ Local News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 3:01:21 PM Brock Sues SOS Rescue to host canine costume contest

BATON ROUGE - Andrea from SOS Rescue was back in the studio today with news of an upcoming event and yet another furry friend looking for a good home.

SOS Rescue is a local non-profit that looks to find suitable homes for lost and abandoned pets through the generous donations of the public and hard work from dedicated volunteers.

Sir Hugo is a felicitous feline with a disposition that more closely matches that of a dog than a cat. He is seven months old, obviously playful and will probably end up as a large adult cat. To learn more about adopting him, be sure to check out SOS Rescue's website.

The holidays are big time for the animal adoption group, and they are getting things started this year as SOS Rescue will be out at the BREC Trick & Treat event this coming Friday. They helped organize the Halloween-themed event and will be taking over the Raising Cane's Dog Park at Forest Community Park located at 13900 South Harrell's Ferry Road from 6-8 p.m on Friday, Oct. 24.

Andrea says the marquee pet costume contest drew a large gathering last year and even the pet owners got into the action. As a result, she says they have added a best "family" costume prize this year for pet owners who want to get into the spirit and dress up to compliment their pet. Plenty of prizes and lots of dog interaction are to be had. The costume contest is free to enter with the judging starting at 7 p.m. You can get directions to the park by clicking here.

While dogs will be the center of attention at Friday's event, SOS Rescue has many cats, including Sir Hugo, up for adoption. If you are certain you can provide a loving home for one of these animals in need, be sure to visit the SOS Rescue website to check out their adoption requirements and see what pets are currently looking for homes.

 

 


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Landrieu accuses GOP of 'fear mongering' on Ebola http://www.wbrz.com/news/landrieu-accuses-gop-of-fear-mongering-on-ebola/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/landrieu-accuses-gop-of-fear-mongering-on-ebola/ Local News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:29:57 PM Landrieu accuses GOP of 'fear mongering' on Ebola

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Republicans are intentionally drumming up fear about Ebola. GOP officials say the Democratic senator isn't putting enough pressure on the Obama administration to address the public health concerns.

Landrieu said Tuesday that while Ebola is a very serious situation, Republicans are using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.

She didn't respond directly to a question about President Barack Obama's overall response. But she said she was pleased the Homeland Security Department is tightening airport screening for passengers from three West African countries with an Ebola outbreak.

Landrieu's chief Republican opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, says Obama's response has been ineffective and he's called for a commercial travel ban between the U.S. and the countries with an outbreak of the virus.


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