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BATON ROUGE - Police say a gunman opened fire early Sunday morning in Tigerland after the LSU football game against ULM.

Witnesses tell News 2 that there were football players in the area at the time, but police say they weren't involved with the shooting or injured.

Officials say two or three shots were heard and two people were taken to the hospital. The victims were a 20-year-old male and a 23-year-old male. Preliminary reports say one was shot in the leg and the other in the abdomen.

It happened on the 4400 block of Alvin Dark, which is right behind the popular college bar Reggie's.

Police say none of the victims suffered life threatening injuries.

No suspects have been named yet and the investigation is ongoing.

Residents who live in the neighborhood are tired of the violence in TigerLand.

They say a lot of it's just people being irresponsible. 

"It's very wild. It gets crazy over here. I almost ran over someone coming down {the street}...on the way home. I was like this close from hitting them because I didn't see them. They just staggered out in the middle of the street. They were drunk," said Shameka Bradley.

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Tiger Stadium: Let's get loud http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-let-s-get-loud/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-let-s-get-loud/ Top Story Fri, 12 Sep 2014 7:24:20 PM Brittany Weiss Tiger Stadium: Let's get loud

BATON ROUGE - LSU fans and the sounds of a game in Tiger Stadium are getting louder, especially with the addition of the new end zone. 

About 100,000 people packed the stadium last Saturday.  The additional fans and the new sound blew created noise that blew people away.  But, it's not all great noise.  There is some concern the noise level could reach new heights this season when there is a big play. Last weekend's game set a learning curve for LSU athletics.

"As we get the fans, as they sit down, as we go throughout the season, we're going to be able to adjust," said Senior Associate Athletic Director Eddie Nunez. "We're hoping by the Mississippi State game and others, that we'll really have it down to a science."

Years prior, the sound was big, but lost through the south end zone.  But, with the stadium expansion, the sound reverberates around the stadium. The Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities and Grounds, Terrance Bold, agrees it's louder than ever.

"[The noise is] Like nothing I've ever heard before," said Bold. "It was amazing. So much better, so much more detailed, so much more bass."

"Fans, audio, everything, I mean, it's incredible how much louder the stadium is with that end zone keeping it all in," said Bold.

The LSU Tigers are used to the sound, but Nunez says the visiting team with have their work cut out for them on the field.

"We are doing everything we can to make it difficult for the visiting team, in all aspects," he said.

Saturday, LSU plays the University of Louisiana-Monroe. The Tigers will be playing for their 400th home win. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:02 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPNU.

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Alleva gets contract extension at LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/alleva-gets-contract-extension-at-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/alleva-gets-contract-extension-at-lsu/ Top Story Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:36:07 PM APNewsNow Alleva gets contract extension at LSU

BATON ROUGE - LSU athletic director Joe Alleva's proposed three-year extension has been approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

The board approved the extension without discussion at its September meeting on Friday.

The extension comes without a raise for Alleva, who has been LSU's AD since 2008. It will keep him under contract through 2019.

Alleva makes $725,000 a year with incentives that can increase it to $900,000.

The board also approved three-year extensions for women's basketball coach Nikki Caldwell and softball coach Beth Torino, plus a $35,000 raise for Torino. She will now make $145,000 per year.

Alleva was hired after spending 30 years at Duke, the last 10 as athletic director.

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Reality TV star accused of rape from 22 years ago http://www.wbrz.com/news/reality-tv-star-accused-of-rape-from-22-years-ago/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/reality-tv-star-accused-of-rape-from-22-years-ago/ Top Story Mon, 8 Sep 2014 9:58:25 AM Russell Jones Reality TV star accused of rape from 22 years ago

BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies filed new charges of forcible rape Monday against William Hayden, the former star of reality TV show "Sons of Guns".

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said a 34-year-old woman told detectives Hayden raped her 22 years ago. Deputies said she was 12 at the time, and that Hayden had her smoke marijuana before covering her mouth with his hand and forcing himself on her.

Detectives arrested Hayden on Aug. 8 and accused him of molestation. He left jail on a $150,000 bond the next day, but was re-arrested on Aug. 26 for aggravated rape charges against the same victim, who was also 12 years old.

Hayden is still in jail on a $250,000 bond for the previous charge of aggravated rape. Bond has not been set for the new charge.

Hayden's company, Red Jacket Firearms, cut ties with him after the second arrest. The Discovery Channel also canceled "Sons of Guns" around the same time.

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Man shot multiple times in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-shot-multiple-times-in-baton-rouge-64364/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-shot-multiple-times-in-baton-rouge-64364/ Top Story Sun, 7 Sep 2014 9:49:28 PM AE Stevenson Man shot multiple times in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - Investigators say one person was shot in a neighborhood in North Baton Rouge on Odell Street, Sunday evening.

Baton Rouge Police are still investigating, and have not released the details of the shooting.

The victim was transported to an area hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, and was reported in stable condition shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

No suspects or motive for the shooting has been released at this time.


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Family says officer shot man after running stop sign http://www.wbrz.com/news/family-says-officer-shot-man-after-running-stop-sign/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/family-says-officer-shot-man-after-running-stop-sign/ Top Story Mon, 1 Sep 2014 2:08:06 PM Chris Nakamoto Family says officer shot man after running stop sign

BATON ROUGE- The family of 27-year-old Derek Davis said he has undergone two surgeries since a shooting over the weekend after a traffic stop on Morning Glory Avenue.

The family says Davis had damage to his kidneys, liver and colon after he was shot three times. Baton Rouge police identified the officer involved in the shooting today as Matthew Jackson. Jackson is a five-year veteran of the department and was placed on paid leave after the incident.

Davis' family said he ran a stop sign Sunday morning which caused him to get pulled over. He was given a field sobriety test and when he was about to be arrested, Davis took off running according to his family. That's when the story begins to differ on what unfolded. Baton Rouge Police say Davis reached for Matthews' weapon, and that's when Matthews shot Davis.

"I could hear the bullets, and the sound of it was in the direction of my house," One neighbor said.

Glynn Delatte has decades of experience in Law Enforcement. He is also an attorney.

"I have this personal attitude that we have turned our department into this military type organization instead of a community service type organization," Delatte said. "I personally feel a lot of the incidences could be avoided if officers weren't so quick to fire a weapon."

Don Coppola with Baton Rouge police says the incident is under investigation. However, Matthews had no other choice.

"The suspect attempted to disarm the officer as well as making threats to the officer's life," Coppola said.

Baton Rouge police said through the course of their investigation, it was determined that Davis had a pending charge in Livingston Parish for burglary. Davis' family says that charge was adjudicated.

WBRZ asked for dash cam video of the incident. We were told the Baton Rouge Police Department isn't sure if it exists. We also asked if Matthews was in possession of a Taser at the time of the shooting. Baton Rouge police said that is under investigation.



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Game day for LSU: What to watch for http://www.wbrz.com/news/game-day-for-lsu-what-to-watch-for/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/game-day-for-lsu-what-to-watch-for/ Top Story Sat, 30 Aug 2014 9:26:21 AM Greg Renoud Game day for LSU: What to watch for

HOUSTON, Tx. - The long wait is over for Tiger fans across the country, as the Bayou Bengals will take the field for the first time in 241 days. For the Tigers and Badgers, it will be their first game of the College Football playoff era. The Tigers come in ranked No. 13 in both the Coach's and AP polls. Wisconsin is ranked No. 14 in both of those polls. Both are considered contenders to make the first ever college football playoff. The two teams will square off tonight at 8 p.m. in Houston at NRG Stadium for the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff.

Corner Rashard Robinson did not make the trip because of a suspension. The exact reason is unkonwn. Wide Receiver Malachi Dupre also stayed home to take care of an injury.

Questions about LSU's experience will be the forefront of the conversation when the Tigers take on the Wisconsin Badgers in Houston tonight. Most notably, is how will LSU's two inexperienced quarter backs will hold up. Sophomore Anthony Jennings will get the nod tonight. He led the Tigers to an Outback Bowl victory over Iowa on New Years Day, but his performance was shaky at best. He was 7-of-19 for 82 yards with 1 interception with no TDs. Jennings did spark some excitement with his 49 yard TD pass to Travin Dural to beat Arkansas in the final game of the regular season.

Brandon Harris is a true freshman who, Les Miles says, will also see playing time. Miles has said neither quarterback really pulled away and established himself as the starting QB during spring football and fall camp.

Wisconsin will also be breaking in a new QB with Tanner McEvoy getting his first start. McEvoy played safety for the Badgers last year. He was chosen over Joel Stave who started 19 games over the past two season for the Badgers.

Protecting the QBs, 4 of 5 starting offensive lineman from 2013 will return. They are led by Senior left tackle La'el Collins. A strong offensive line will be a key factor to a successful season for the Tigers. They are the most experienced unit on the team and arguably the best O-lines in the SEC.

Of course all eyes will be on No. 7 for the Tigers, freshman Leonard Fournette. He comes in as one of the most highly touted recruits in the school's history and the number one recruit in the country of the 2014 class. Expect him to see limited playing time to start, but don't be surprised if Fournette takes over the starting job during the season. Fournette is listed 3rd on the Tigers depth chart behind Senior Terrence Magee who rushed for 626 yards and 8 TDs last year and Senior Kenny Hilliard who had 310 yards and 7 TDs.

Another big question mark for the Tigers is the wide receivers. LSU returns a grand total of 8 catches for 156 yards. They'll have to replace two 1,000 yard receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. The Tigers are hoping Freshman Malachi Dupree, who did not make the trip to Houston because of an injury, Senior Quantavius Leslie and Sophomore Travin Dural will be able to pick up the slack this season.

The biggest area of concern on defense is at the tackle position. With Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson gone, the Tigers will rely on Christian Lacouture to make plays. Quentin Thomas, who was expected to be a key player, is now a question mark because he's battling a muscle tear in his arm. Wisconsin will counter with Melvin Gordon, the Big Ten's second leading rusher in 2013 with 1,609 yards.

So whether you're in Houston to see the Tigers play, or at home on your couch having a tailgate of your own, waiting for the long TD passes or the next Les Miles gem of a quote, football season is back.

We'll be covering the Tigers all season on WBRZ News 2 and WBRZ.com, your home for LSU sports.


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Charlie Roberts' attorney: Heath acting like a 'working girl' http://www.wbrz.com/news/charlie-roberts-attorney-heath-acting-like-a-working-girl-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/charlie-roberts-attorney-heath-acting-like-a-working-girl-/ Top Story Mon, 25 Aug 2014 7:34:16 PM Trey Schmaltz Charlie Roberts' attorney: Heath acting like a 'working girl'

BATON ROUGE- The attorney for now former LSU alumni president Charlie Roberts likened a deal he is being sued for defaulting payment on to a prostitution agreement.

In court documents filed by Mary Olive Pierson, Pierson argues the agreement at the base of Kay Heath's lawsuit, is compensation for sex, "an illegal and immoral agreement." Pierson asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.

Heath filed her lawsuit, which originally named the LSU Alumni Association, after she resigned from her job at the association when her relationship with Roberts was uncovered. Heath claims she and Roberts decided she would quit, they would stay together, and Roberts would pay her a monthly allowance. Heath sued when shew as cutoff.

Pierson has said Roberts will fight the suit and not settle. It is evident in the documents she filed Monday.

"[Heath] has alleged, based on her own characterization of the relationship, is an illegal, illicit and immoral contract... which makes it completely and absolutely null and void in Louisiana," she wrote.

Pierson does not dispute that the couple were an item, but said Roberts thought he was in a solid relationship the entire time. "Roberts believed at all times that he was in a mutual, romantic and loving relationship. He was gratuitously providing her with financial support when she was in need. Unfortunately for Dr. Roberts and based on the allegations of Ms. Heath's petition, she was obviously not in a loving relationship at all. To the contrary, she was, at all times, only in the relationship acting as a 'working girl' for 'compensation.'"

Pierson added, Heath ended the relationship and expected to be paid for life.

Heath's attorney, Jeffry Sanford, reportedly said the latest filing on behalf of Roberts is out of line.

The alumni association has been dropped from the suit.
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Sheriff: 7-year-old victim identified in drive-by shooting http://www.wbrz.com/news/sheriff-7-year-old-victim-identified-in-drive-by-shooting/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sheriff-7-year-old-victim-identified-in-drive-by-shooting/ Top Story Sun, 17 Aug 2014 8:39:26 AM Greg Renoud Sheriff: 7-year-old victim identified in drive-by shooting

BATON ROUGE - Deputies say they are investigating a shooting where a 7-year-old child was killed.

Terrez Coleman, 7, died from his injuries at the hopsital.

It happened on the 8900 block of Prescott Road near Joor Road just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

Officials say the family of five was in their vehicle when another vehicle passed by and shot at them. Three kids were in the back seat and two of them were hit by bullets. Coleman died at the hospital and his older sister is expected to recover.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office at 389-5000.


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Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-protesters-clash-again-in-ferguson/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-protesters-clash-again-in-ferguson/ Top Story Sat, 16 Aug 2014 8:33:44 AM JIM SALTER Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. - Anger spurred by the death of a black teenager at the hands of white police officer boiled over when protesters stormed into a Missouri convenience store - the same store that Michael Brown was accused of robbing.

Police and about 200 protesters clashed again in Ferguson, Missouri late Friday after another tense day in the St. Louis suburb, a day that included authorities identifying the officer who fatally shot Brown on Aug. 9. At the same news conference in which officer Darren Wilson was named, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released documents alleging Brown stole a $48.99 box of cigars from the store.

About midnight, protesters broke into that store and threw objects at police. Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says police used one canister of tear gas.

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New Orleans police: Arrests in weekend shootings http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-orleans-police-arrests-in-weekend-shootings/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-orleans-police-arrests-in-weekend-shootings/ Top Story Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:58:07 AM Kevin McGill New Orleans police: Arrests in weekend shootings

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say they have arrested two suspects in connection with a weekend drive-by shooting that left two people dead and five injured.

Chief Ronal Serpas says 20-year-old Blair Taylor is suspected as the gunman. He was being held Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted first-degree murder, and 25-year-old Jeffery Rivers was booked with being a principal to the same charges.

Serpas says tips led to the arrests.

The shootings occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Police say 33-year-old Terrance McBride was the shooters' intended target. McBride and 16-year-old Jasmine Anderson were killed.

A 32-year-old woman and her two young sons were injured as were two other people.

Image: WWL-TV

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Baton Rouge recruiting teachers in Pittsburgh http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-recruiting-teachers-in-pittsburgh/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-recruiting-teachers-in-pittsburgh/ Top Story Wed, 13 Aug 2014 9:04:07 AM APNewsNow Baton Rouge recruiting teachers in Pittsburgh

BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge schools need more teachers this year, so school system leaders are heading to Pennsylvania for a recruitment event.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System announced Tuesday that it is planning a teacher jobs fair at a hotel near the Pittsburgh airport on Saturday.

The school system is looking for certified and highly-qualified teachers looking for immediate jobs in the 2014-15 school year.

The system says it needs teachers for elementary school, for early childhood and pre-kindergarten programs and for social studies, English, science and math at the secondary school level.

Candidates can see more information about the positions online at www.ebrschools.org .

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GOHSEP no longer sending help to Hawaii http://www.wbrz.com/news/gohsep-no-longer-sending-help-to-hawaii/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gohsep-no-longer-sending-help-to-hawaii/ Top Story Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:37:46 AM Greg Renoud GOHSEP no longer sending help to Hawaii

BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says they are no longer sending a two-person team to Hawaii to help with storm conditions.

GOHSEP says conditions have improved enough to where Hawaii has withdrawn it's request for help from Louisiana.

Initially, Hawaii had asked for help from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact because of the two storms hitting the state. Louisiana was getting set to send a two-person team to Hawaii this weekend for 14 days.

Tropical storm Iselle made landfall Friday, and Hurricane Julio is now expected to miss Hawaii to the north.


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Burglary suspect shot overnight http://www.wbrz.com/news/burglary-suspect-shot-overnight/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/burglary-suspect-shot-overnight/ Top Story Wed, 6 Aug 2014 5:53:23 AM Cheryl Stroy Burglary suspect shot overnight

BATON ROUGE - A teen is under arrest after police say he broke into a home Wednesday morning.

According to investigators, the 19-year-old was shot inside a home on Adams Ave. while trying to burglarize the residence.

The teen was found injured just after 1a.m. about a block away on Monroe Ave.

He was taken to a local hospital and charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

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Political rift created by revelation of unaccompanied minors in La. http://www.wbrz.com/news/political-rift-created-by-revelation-of-unaccompanied-minors-in-la-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/political-rift-created-by-revelation-of-unaccompanied-minors-in-la-/ Top Story Thu, 31 Jul 2014 8:59:36 PM Ryan Naquin Political rift created by revelation of unaccompanied minors in La.

BATON ROUGE - A political firestorm ignited Thursday when it was revealed more than 1000 unaccompanied minors from Central American countries have made their way to Louisiana and are living with sponsors.

"[The Obama Administration is] trying to hide it; and I have a problem with that..and I think so do the people of Louisiana," State Representative Valarie Hodges of Denham Springs said.

Thursday, Governor Bobby Jindal and other GOP leaders blasted President Barack Obama for what they call a lack of disclosure on the 1,071 children who came illegally into the country and made their way into the state.

More than 30,000 children have entered the U.S. Illegally since the beginning of the year.

According to the federal government, the children come primarily from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Most are over 14 and about three quarters of them are boys.  The children are detained at the Mexican border, given vaccinations and a medical screening and placed with sponsors or family members in other parts of the country.

Hodges questions the integrity of the immigrants.

"This is gang related and this is drug cartel that are luring them up here," Hodges said. "I think we should ask these nations to come retrieve their citizens and they should pay for it."

"We have to make sure that Louisianians are safe and our borders are protected but you have some compassion for the children," Democrat State Representative Ted James of Baton Rouge countered.

James blames the issue of the state not knowing about the children making their way to Louisiana on the governor's lack of leadership and not President Obama.

"That happens when you have a governor who is not here," he said. "That happens when you have congressmen who don't communicate with legislatures here on the state level. Hopefully, we can get our republicans and democrats to come together, stop fighting and address the issue because there are children's lives a stake."

Congress left for summer recess with-out dealing with the border crisis. There was legislation up for discussion concerning the unaccompanied kids, but it went nowhere because there were not enough votes.


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Avoyelles escapees captured in Port Allen http://www.wbrz.com/news/avoyelles-escapees-captured-in-port-allen/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/avoyelles-escapees-captured-in-port-allen/ Top Story Tue, 29 Jul 2014 3:58:19 AM Hunter Robinson Avoyelles escapees captured in Port Allen

PORT ALLEN - Two women out of Avoyelles Parish are now behind bars in West Baton Rouge.

28-year-old Lindsey Howell and 39-year-old Christie Theriot were on the run after escaping from Avoyelles Simmesport Women's Corrections Center. The women were taken into custody at a motel in Port Allen.

U.S. Marshals tracked the pair after they escaped through a back door late Friday night. Deputies believe they got away in a vehicle that was waiting for them. Two correctional officers have been placed on leave during the investigation, and the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office says more arrests are possible.

Howell sas serving time on forgery and terrorizing charges. Theriot, meanwhile, was behind bars for burglary, criminal damage to property and speeding.. In 2010, she was wanted for an armed robbery in Livingston Parish.

Tune into WBRZ News 2 at Noon for the latest information.

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Police search for obscene man http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-search-for-obscene-man/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-search-for-obscene-man/ Top Story Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:07 AM WBRZ Staff Police search for obscene man

BATON ROUGE - Police asked for help identifying a person seen on surveillance cameras following a woman in Baton Rouge while making obscene comments and actions.

Police said just after midnight on the morning of July 13 the man began following the woman in the 4000 block of Nicholson Drive. The woman told police he made sexually explicit comments to her while touching himself.

When the woman went into a nearby apartment building, police said the man ran to a parked car and fled the area.

Detectives said the man is a white male between the ages of 18 and 25 with a slim build, short dark hair, and was seen wearing a gray T-shirt and dark colored shorts.

"That scares me because I walk around here. I felt kind of safe. It's a nice area but it's scary that something like that would happen here so close to where I live," Callie Miller said, who lives in the area where police said the man was prowling.

"If he wasn't drunk, then that's really creepy and the cops should be involved right away because Callie here, she lives right here and that's just so scary," Michael Duvreuil said.

Anyone who knows the man's identity or has other information about this case should call the BRPD Sex Crimes Division at (225) 389-3853.


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Hearing set in Bourbon Street fatal shooting http://www.wbrz.com/news/hearing-set-in-bourbon-street-fatal-shooting/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hearing-set-in-bourbon-street-fatal-shooting/ Top Story Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:29:04 AM WBRZ Staff Hearing set in Bourbon Street fatal shooting

NEW ORLEANS - A magistrate judge has refused to move up a preliminary hearing for the only suspect in a deadly shooting on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Magistrate Harry Cantrell's decision came despite arguments Friday by an attorney for 20-year-old Trung Le that Le didn't fire the first shot or the shot that killed a 21-year-old woman. Nine other people were injured in the June 29 shooting.

Cantrell says Le's hearing date remains Aug. 26.

Prosecutors must demonstrate at the preliminary hearing that they have probable cause to keep Le in jail.

Le was captured in Mississippi on July 4 and extradited to Louisiana.

He was booked with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

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Chemical company announces Ascension Parish plans http://www.wbrz.com/news/chemical-company-announces-ascension-parish-plans/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chemical-company-announces-ascension-parish-plans/ Top Story Fri, 25 Jul 2014 9:32:59 AM Russell Jones Chemical company announces Ascension Parish plans

BATON ROUGE - State officials and leaders with the Stepan Company announced plans to start work on a proposed $60 to $70 million chemical plant for Ascension Parish's industrial corridor.

The company's CEO said they will complete front-end engineering and design work for the facility. They said they'll make a final decision on the project in the second quarter of 2015.

The company is in property negotiations for a manufacturing site in Ascension Parish. LED offered the Stepan Company a package of incentives to consider the site and have been negotiating with the company since 2012.

Pending a final investment decision by the company's board of directors, Stepan would begin building the project in the fourth quarter of 2015, with hiring to begin in 2017 as construction nears completion. LED said the project would create 33 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $70,000 per year, plus 98 new indirect jobs and 65 construction jobs.


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Arrested vice principal's suspension changed http://www.wbrz.com/news/arrested-vice-principal-s-suspension-changed/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/arrested-vice-principal-s-suspension-changed/ Top Story Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:35:46 AM Russell Jones Arrested vice principal's suspension changed

BATON ROUGE - School officials confirmed Thursday that they have shifted the suspension of an East Baton Rouge Schools vice principal accused of sexting a student.

A school spokesperson said Edwin Chastang was initially suspended with pay upon his arrest Tuesday. That suspension was changed to unpaid on Wednesday.

Police arrested Chastang on charges of computer aided solicitation of a minor Tuesday. Investigators said Chastang, one of the top educators at Southeast Middle School, admitted that he exchanged nude photographs with a 15-year-old student over social media.

According to arrest documents, the conversations began in May. Authorities said they began investigating after the girl's mother found out about them and informed police.

Chastang reportedly told authorities he sent the lewd pictures after becoming intoxicated.

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