WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 24 May 2016 09:05:25 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Behind the scenes: What's in store for Mike VI http://www.wbrz.com/news/behind-the-scenes-what-s-in-store-for-mike-vi/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/behind-the-scenes-what-s-in-store-for-mike-vi/ Top Story Mon, 23 May 2016 9:06:17 PM Brittany Weiss Behind the scenes: What's in store for Mike VI

BATON ROUGE - LSU's mascot, Mike VI will undergo radiation treatment at Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center after being diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma.

WBRZ got a tour in the treatment vault, where Mike the Tiger will receive radiation therapy.

Doctors at the cancer center, along with veterinarians will work together to bring Mike VI to the facility on Essen Ln. in the near future.

Mike the Tiger will receive treatment by a Versa HD, a high precision radiation therapy system that provides treatment for a wide range of cancers. It allows physicians to deliver a high dose of treatment, without increasing treatment times.

Following sedation and anesthesia, doctors will be working with about 400 lbs. of dead weight. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center medical physician Jonas Fontenot, Ph.D. says the whole process will take a lot of teamwork.

"Really we're going to defer to the veterinary staff's judgments and expertise in moving Mike around," he said. "I imagine we'll have to make some custom molds or frames or different pieces of equipment."

Earlier this month, a LSU School of Veterinary Medicine found noticed swelling on the tiger's face. Doctors found a mass, about the size of a lemon on the right side of his skull.

Fontenot says Mike VI needs to be in a very specific position and X-rays will help guide doctors to target the tumor with radiation.

"That gives us a 3-D view of their anatomy, both externally and internally," he said. "Using that information we can make fine adjustments in their position."

The radiation treatment itself will take about five minutes to administer. Doctors hope only one treatment will stop the tumor from growing and hopefully shrink it in size.

There's no date set for when Mike will receive this therapy, but doctors say the sooner the better.

Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center is absorbing the cost of the radiation treatment.


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Deputies arrest woman who pepper sprayed Walmart employee, shoplifted http://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-arrest-woman-who-pepper-sprayed-walmart-employee-shoplifted/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-arrest-woman-who-pepper-sprayed-walmart-employee-shoplifted/ Top Story Mon, 23 May 2016 3:21:18 PM Brock Sues Deputies arrest woman who pepper sprayed Walmart employee, shoplifted

PRAIRIEVILLE - Deputies say a shoplifter accused of pepper spraying a Walmart employee after stealing several bottles of alcohol from the Prairieville store on Sunday was arrested Monday afternoon.

Deputies say Rekisha Reed, 38, was undeterred after deputies released security video they say shows her shoplifting. Gonzales Police arrested her Monday at the Walmart in Gonzales after they say they caught Reed stealing again.

She was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on Felony Theft of Goods, Theft of Goods and Aggravated Battery charges. The Fe

Investigators say the woman was captured on security camera footage wearing a yellow shirt, dark-colored jacket and dark jeans as she walked into the store and stole around $220 worth of alcohol.

When an employee tried to stop her, the woman pulled out a can of pepper spray and sprayed the employee in the face with it. S

The suspect then fled the scene in a black Mercury Milan that was occupied by a pair of women, according to deputies. 


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Ascension Parish names candidates for Superintendent's job http://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-parish-names-candidates-for-superintendent-s-job/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-parish-names-candidates-for-superintendent-s-job/ Top Story Mon, 23 May 2016 11:23:27 PM Hunter Robinson Ascension Parish names candidates for Superintendent's job

GONZALES - The Ascension Parish School Board announced six candidates for its superintendent job.

In a press release Monday evening, the following finalists were announced:

  • Rita B. Hernandez (Ed.D. - University of Houston) Area Assistant Superintendent for Middle and Elementary Schools, Brownsville Independent School District (Texas)
  • Alonzo "Lonnie" Ray Luce (Ph.D. - Louisiana State University) Superintendent of Schools, St. James Parish Schools
  • A. Katrise Perera (Ed.D. - Virginia Tech) National Director for Urban Markets, McGraw-Hill Education (Iowa)
  • Harrison A. Peters (M.S. - Nova Southeastern University) School Support Officer, Houston Independent School District (Texas)
  • Jerome Puyau (M.E. - University of Southwestern Louisiana) Superintendent of Schools, Vermillion Parish School Board
  • Stacy L. Scott (Ed.D. - Harvard University) Superintendent, Framingham Public Schools (Massachusetts)

The final 6 were chosen from a list of 10 provided by a search firm which began with 47 applicants. Next week, the six candidates will undergo a first round of interviews. Afterward, the list will be narrowed to an unspecified number of finalist, and a second round of interviews will take place the following. After that, a new superintendent will be named.

Previous Superintendent Patrice Pujol announced she was leaving in January to become President of the National Institute of Excellence in Teaching. That group is based out of California.

In February, the school board appointed A. Denise Graves interim superintendent.


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1 transported following shooting Monday night http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-transported-following-shooting-monday-night/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-transported-following-shooting-monday-night/ Top Story Mon, 23 May 2016 11:32:45 PM Hunter Robinson 1 transported following shooting Monday night

BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police and EMS responded an apparent shooting Monday night in Baton Rouge.

First responders were dispatched just after 10 p.m. to the scene BREC's Longfellow Park off Lorraine St. near Plank Rd. A News 2 Crew was on scene as a victim was loaded into the back of the ambulance.


Officials with the police department were not immediately available to comment on the situation. Details including the victim's identity and the extent of their injuries were not available at the time of this post. It is also still unclear if there are any suspects in this case.

Check back for updates.


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