WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:04:40 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Storm snaps trees, knocks out power in West Feliciana http://www.wbrz.com/news/storm-snaps-trees-knocks-out-power-in-west-feliciana/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/storm-snaps-trees-knocks-out-power-in-west-feliciana/ Top Story Mon, 27 Apr 2015 3:46:08 PM Troy Gaulden Storm snaps trees, knocks out power in West Feliciana

ST. FRANCISVILLE - A few hundred people are still without power in West Feliciana Parish after storms rolled through the area Monday morning.

As the storm made its way through the parish some residents took shelter only to find that debris trapped them inside their neighborhood without power. A fallen tree shut down Graham Road and the only way in and out for around 100 residents.

"I just started pacing like oh God what's getting ready to happen," said resident Kathy Anderson. "They've got lines down. People are trying to figure out what to do on Graham Road. They can't go anywhere."

DEMCO and parish crews cleared the roadway after the storm, but another fallen tree over on Tunica Street took out a parked car. Emergency responders with the parish say that's the worst of what happened.

Parish leaders say everything should be back to normal by Tuesday morning.


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Assumption Parish declares emergency for storm damage http://www.wbrz.com/news/assumption-parish-declares-emergency-for-storm-damage/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/assumption-parish-declares-emergency-for-storm-damage/ Top Story Mon, 27 Apr 2015 2:34:22 PM Russell Jones Assumption Parish declares emergency for storm damage

NAPOLEONVILLE - Parish officials declared an emergency after storms uprooted trees, knocked down power lines and damaged homes in Assumption Parish Monday.

The parish school system said all schools would close Tuesday because of the widespread power outages. All government offices and court cases in the parish Tuesday were also cancelled.

Sheriff Mike Waguespack said tarps are being handed out at the Road & Bridge office at 141 Highway 1008 in Napoleonville. The Red Cross set up a shelter at the Belle Rose Middle School, located at 7177 Highway 1, for people who can't stay in their homes, opening at 6 p.m. Residents with weather-related needs can reach the Red Cross for more information by calling 1(800) 256-4733.

Governor Jindal also declared an emergency for Assumption and Lafourche parishes Monday in order to free up more state resources to help with damage assessment and cleanup.

Emergency officials said they're conducting damage assessments around the parish, and urged people to use caution if they have to get out and drive around. The following streets and highways are closed around the parish as of 3:30 p.m. Monday:

Pierre Part:
Lee Drive/Derrick Street
Bayou Drive
Texaco Street

Adam Hall/Railroad Street
Martin Luther King
Washington Street
Baker Street
Johnson Street

College Point

Belle Rose:
Frank Lane

More updates on shelters, tarps and road closures can be found on the sheriff's Facebook page. Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (985) 369-7386.

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CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Storm blows train cars off Huey P. Long Bridge http://www.wbrz.com/news/caught-on-video-storm-blows-train-cars-off-huey-p-long-bridge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/caught-on-video-storm-blows-train-cars-off-huey-p-long-bridge/ Top Story Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:58:38 AM APNewsNow CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Storm blows train cars off Huey P. Long Bridge

NEW ORLEANS - A line of severe thunderstorms continues moving across southeast Louisiana, bringing high winds and power outages and covering some roads with water.

Union Pacific tells The Associated Press that at least one car was blown off the approach to the Huey P. Long Bridge. Television video from the scene shows at least two cars on the ground.

The National Weather Service reports trees down all across south Louisiana Monday. Thibodaux police say a tree hit a house, but residents got out safely.

Power outages around southeast Louisiana totaled more than 210,000 late Monday morning. East Baton Rouge and Jefferson parishes had the most outages.

The weather service reported a 70-mph wind gust at the New Orleans airport.

A tornado watch is in effect until 1 p.m. for south Louisiana, including New Orleans.



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Debris causes closures on Mississippi River Bridge http://www.wbrz.com/news/debris-causes-closures-on-mississippi-river-bridge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/debris-causes-closures-on-mississippi-river-bridge/ Top Story Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:26:40 AM Russell Jones Debris causes closures on Mississippi River Bridge

BATON ROUGE - Authorities closed parts of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge due to debris blown down by storms Monday morning.

The Department of Transportation and Development said scaffolding on the bridge for its recent painting was damaged and knocked down by the the morning's storm.

I-10 East was closed just after 11 a.m., and two lanes of I-10 West were closed. One lane of I-10 East was reopened before 1 p.m. The center lane was reopened shortly after 2 p.m., leaving the left lane closed. Traffic stretched to three miles in length on the interstate to the Lobdell exit as mid-afternoon approached on Monday.

All lanes reopened at around 3:30 p.m. with traffic on the westbound side of I-10 stacked up all the way to the I-10/I-12 Merge.

Drivers were told to use US 190 as an alternate route across the river while crews secure the scaffolding against any further storm damage.

I-10 West was also backed up on the Whiskey Bay Bridge near Lafayette around 11 a.m. due to a tree across the interstate there.

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Trees and power lines down as strong storms move through http://www.wbrz.com/news/trees-and-power-lines-down-as-strong-storms-move-through/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/trees-and-power-lines-down-as-strong-storms-move-through/ Top Story Mon, 27 Apr 2015 9:21:15 AM Russell Jones Trees and power lines down as strong storms move through

BATON ROUGE - Strong storms knocked down trees and power lines across the capital area Monday, snarling traffic and plunging many businesses into the dark.

Entergy reported widespread outages as the storms hit East Baton Rouge and other parishes. Nearly 20,000 people in EBR were without power, while thousands more were in the dark in Ascension, Assumption, and Lafourche Parishes.

The wind knocked down trees in several parts of East Baton Rouge, blocking roads and damaging vehicles as well as homes. A tree was reported down on a home off Aster Street, but emergency officials said nobody was home at the time.

Tornado warnings were issued for East Baton Rouge Parish until just before 10 a.m., when the storm moved east. Wind damage was also reported in the Baker and Zachary areas.

News 2 crews are spread out across the area keeping up with damage reports. Email any storm pictures you have to News@WBRZ.com.

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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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Fire torches Highland restaurant http://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-torches-highland-restaurant/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-torches-highland-restaurant/ Top Story Fri, 18 Jul 2014 8:48:27 PM Trey Schmaltz Fire torches Highland restaurant

BATON ROUGE- Firefighters spent Friday night battling a fire at a strip mall.

The fire appears to have started near the Arzi's Greek and Lebanese store in the Kenilworth Shopping Center shortly after 10 p.m.  

Fire investigators said the fire was caused by a fan motor located in the rear of the kitchen. Flames were seen coming through the roof in the back of the building when firefighters arrived.  

They were able to extinguish the fire leaving "very little fire damage, but the rest of the building did receive a lot of smoke damage," according to a release.

Other businesses in the strip mall received smoke but firefighters were able to blow the smoke out of most of those businesses.

Initial reports estimate $20,000 worth of damage was caused by the fire.

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Heated pre-trial testimony in boy's death http://www.wbrz.com/news/heated-pre-trial-testimony-in-boy-s-death/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/heated-pre-trial-testimony-in-boy-s-death/ Top Story Thu, 17 Jul 2014 3:18:56 PM Russell Jones, Troy Gaulden Heated pre-trial testimony in boy's death

BATON ROUGE - A pre-trial hearing in the murder of an 8-year-old Baton Rouge boy grew heated at times between witnesses and attorneys Friday.

A daycare owner testified she once saw Michael Robertson punch his son Xzayvion Riley multiple times in the chest after he came to pick the boy up. Xzayvion died two years ago after coroners said he was severely beaten, and authorities charged Robertson and his mother with first-degree murder.

The hearing is being held to determine what evidence of prior abuse will be allowed during Robertson's murder trial. Prosecutor Will Morris said it was their intent to prove Riley's death did not stem from one beating, but a "long, escalating pattern of abuse."

Robertson's attorney, Elizabeth Coe, challenged the daycare owner's testimony, asking if she recorded the instance in her records. The witness got upset during her testimony, leading the judge to call a recess.

A social worker also testified that during a home visit she found no evidence of abuse, but said something didn't feel right at the home.

Prosecutors will resume presenting evidence and testimony on Aug. 1, with the defense to follow in November.

Xzayvion's mother will be tried separately from Robertson.

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Mayor Holden welcomes World Changers volunteers http://www.wbrz.com/news/mayor-holden-welcomes-world-changers-volunteers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mayor-holden-welcomes-world-changers-volunteers/ Top Story Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:14:58 AM Brock Sues Mayor Holden welcomes World Changers volunteers

BATON ROUGE - Mayor "Kip" Holden welcomed nearly 200 student volunteers with the World Changers program to the Baton Rouge area on Tuesday with a press conference and a visit to the site where the volunteers will make their contribution.

The faith-based World Changers program gives teens a chance carry out a week of kind works for elderly and disadvantaged residents in the capital city.

The volunteers will set up camp at Florida Boulevard Baptist Church as they contribute to the community. One of the first homes to benefit was on Mason Avenue, where volunteers will do much-needed repair work over the next week.

The effort, sponsored by the Mayor's Office, the Mayor's Project Office and the Mayor's Office of Community Development, will encompass minor repairs for 35 homes in the area with all work performed by World Changers volunteers.


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Trooper: Crash scene looked like plane had exploded http://www.wbrz.com/news/trooper-crash-scene-looked-like-plane-had-exploded/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/trooper-crash-scene-looked-like-plane-had-exploded/ Top Story Wed, 9 Jul 2014 8:50:13 AM Russell Jones Trooper: Crash scene looked like plane had exploded

BATON ROUGE - A state trooper told jurors in David Leger's vehicular homicide trial Wednesday that the deadly wreck from 2011 he's accused of causing looked like a plane had exploded on the interstate.

The trooper told jurors the wreck on was "overwhelming," and there was "complete chaos" when they first arrived at the scene.

David Leger is accused of driving drunk and causing the deaths of five people, three of which were children. Prosecutors said he got into a cat-and-mouse chase with another driver on I-10 due to road rage, then crashed into the vehicle carrying all five victims.

Attorneys gave opening statements earlier Wednesday morning. Leger's attorney, Thomas Damico, said he's prepared to show jurors the crash would have happened whether his client was drunk or not. Jurors also head from the parents of the two adults killed in the wreck.

The other driver in the chase, Kelsye Hall, was convicted of five counts of negligent homicide last year and sentenced to two years in jail. She was released Sunday after spending only nine months behind bars due to good behavior.

News 2's Rob Krieger is at the trial and will have updates starting at noon.

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Balloons released for kids hit, killed by out-of-control SUV http://www.wbrz.com/news/balloons-released-for-kids-hit-killed-by-out-of-control-suv/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/balloons-released-for-kids-hit-killed-by-out-of-control-suv/ Top Story Thu, 3 Jul 2014 8:27:23 PM Brittany Weiss Balloons released for kids hit, killed by out-of-control SUV

GEISMAR - Family and friends gathered for a vigil to remember two children killed while fishing with their father and two family friends.

"I can just remember them playing in the yard, just having fun and laughing," said neighbor Keisha Lang. "They'll truly be missed."

Saria Lanus, 9, and her brother Daylon Lanus, Jr., 6, were killed when an SUV lost control and ran off Bluff Road, hitting the group fishing on the side of the road. The Lanus children were pronounced dead at the scene. Their father, David Lanus and two other fishing partners were taken to a hospital in Baton Rouge.

Hundreds of pink, purple, blue and orange balloons, Saria and Daylon's favorite colors, were released into the sky in honor of the two children Thursday evening.

Daylon, who friends and family called "Duce," loved sports and was always outside playing. Saria, a cheerleader and gymnast was a friend to everyone.

Their aunt, Tiffany Darville says they were great kids.

"They were great at everything they did," she said. "As great as they were, they stayed humble."

State Police say the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

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Livingston Parish road set for $2.7 million repair http://www.wbrz.com/news/livingston-parish-road-set-for-2-7-million-repair/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/livingston-parish-road-set-for-2-7-million-repair/ Top Story Thu, 26 Jun 2014 1:29:16 PM Troy Gaulden Livingston Parish road set for $2.7 million repair

KILLIAN - Louisiana Highway 444 in Livingston Parish is set for a multi-million dollar overhaul.

The Department of Transportation and Development says workers will repave 5.9 miles of La. 444 between Gum Swamp Road and La. 22 to improve ride quality. It's part of the state's $425 million quality surface program to fix roads.

People who drive the road daily described the bumpy road as a washboard.

"It's full of cracks, holes, divots... Looks like someone just dumped black plaster everywhere on something broke," said Cerissa Morse.

Residents say the road's condition is also tearing up their cars while they try to dodge bumps, potholes and cracks in the roadway.

"It's worn out. It's a rough road. It's a lot of potholes, a lot of broken up asphalt," said Kerry McNabb. "If you're pulling a boat trailer or something like that it's beating up your boat. It's just a rough road to be traveling on. It needs repairs real bad. They got one bad bridge on the road. There's a big bump. If you don't know about it and you hit it kind of hard, you're going to bounce pretty good."

Work for the nearly $3 million project could start as early as July. The Department of Transportation and Development says the work should take around 85 working days to complete. That means it should take construction crews about six months to complete the job.


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Police: Deadly shooting near Southern University, gunman unknown http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-deadly-shooting-near-southern-university-gunman-unknown/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-deadly-shooting-near-southern-university-gunman-unknown/ Top Story Sun, 22 Jun 2014 8:20:07 AM Greg Renoud Police: Deadly shooting near Southern University, gunman unknown

BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say a man was killed Saturday night after being shot in the face.

Jonathan Carter, 34, was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Investigators say it happened at around 9pm near Merganzer Avenue and Ave A, which is about 2 blocks north of Southern University.

Officials still don't know who the gunman is or what the motive is.

The shooting is still under investigation.


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Sheriff: expect lengthy ordeal around well leak site http://www.wbrz.com/news/sheriff-expect-lengthy-ordeal-around-well-leak-site/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sheriff-expect-lengthy-ordeal-around-well-leak-site/ Top Story Fri, 20 Jun 2014 5:56:12 PM Trey Schmaltz Sheriff: expect lengthy ordeal around well leak site

PLAQUEMINE- The company responsible for a well that is leaking off Highway 75 will evaluate the situation and formulate a plan to deal with the danger, the sheriff said Friday night.

Highway 75 has been closed south of the city because of the situation.

"[The highway] is shutdown between Stassi Road and Jack Miller Landing," Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi told WBRZ News 2.

Stassi said deputies believe natural gas is leaking from the well. Stassi said the telltale sign of trouble, loud hissing, can be heard in the area. He said the well is in a clearing, surrounded by woods off the highway.

"The only family we would have to evacuate lives in a mobile home on property next to the well, but they don't appear to be home," Stassi said.

The sheriff said emergency responders trained in dealing with hazardous materials were on the scene.  Deputies are expected to man road blocks throughout the ordeal, which will likely last overnight and into Saturday morning.

No fire has been reported, but Stassi added it appears there could be oil leaking, too.

Watch for updates on WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 and refresh WBRZ.com for immediate updates.
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IMAGE: Google maps; Red = leak site; Yellow = Hwy closure


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Teen 'serious but stable' after high-speed chase http://www.wbrz.com/news/teen-in-serious-but-stable-after-high-speed-chase/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/teen-in-serious-but-stable-after-high-speed-chase/ Top Story Thu, 19 Jun 2014 1:15:56 PM Brock Sues Teen 'serious but stable' after high-speed chase

LAFAYETTE - A dramatic high-speed chase late Wednesday started near Baton Rouge and ended nearly 40 miles later with the arrest of a registered sex offender travelling with a 16-year-old girl who is now hospitalized for stab wounds, according to authorities.

Witnesses reported seeing Steven Myers, 41, and Ashley Lyon, 16, at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, and a pursuit began as law enforcement tried to stop the truck driven by Myers.

The truck was pursued by multiple law enforcement agencies by the time the chase neared Lafayette, where local police deployed spike strips in an attempt to disable the truck. Video shot by a witness shows the chase nearing its climax after Lafayette PD's spike strips successfully deflated five of the truck's six tires, and the vehicle coasted on its rims with sparks flying.

Police said the chase finally came to a stop on the I-10 overpass at North University Avenue in Lafayette after one of the truck's tires caught fire. Myers got out of the truck and charged at officers with a knife, but was taken down by K-9 units and an officer with a stun gun, according to Lafayette PD.

The teen was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for multiple stab wounds, and law enforcement reported her condition was upgraded to "serious but stable" as of late Thursday morning.

Myers was also taken to an area hospital to be treated for dog bites and multiple stab wounds and is in serious but stable condition.

Lafayette Police Department Detectives and other law enforcement agencies are involved in the investigation and Myers will face multiple charges, including attempted murder, upon his release from the hospital.


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Child killed, two others thrown from car in Assumption Parish http://www.wbrz.com/news/child-killed-two-others-thrown-from-car-in-assumption-parish/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/child-killed-two-others-thrown-from-car-in-assumption-parish/ Top Story Mon, 16 Jun 2014 7:08:16 AM Hunter Robinson Child killed, two others thrown from car in Assumption Parish

NAPOLEONVILLE - State police say an eight-year-old was killed when he was ejected from the car he was riding in. Two other children were also injured.

The accident happened just before 9:00 p.m. on LA-1 near Howard Ln. in Assumption Parish. Investigators say the car they were riding in ran off the side of the road, hit a culvert and utility pole and overturned.

The 26-year-old driver, Brian Gilton, and his three children were all ejected from the car. The eight-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Gilton and the two other kids suffered minor to moderate injuries.

According to State Police, no one in the car was buckled-up at the time of the crash.

The wreck is still under investigation, but State Police believe impairment was a factor. They are waiting for the results of a toxicology report at this time.


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