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. () () Sat, 7 Mar 2015 04:03:42 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Mississippi man charged in Exxon plant incident http://www.wbrz.com/news/mississippi-man-charged-in-exxon-plant-incident/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mississippi-man-charged-in-exxon-plant-incident/ Top Story Fri, 6 Mar 2015 8:28:03 AM Russell Jones Mississippi man charged in Exxon plant incident

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police released the name of a man who witnesses said fired a gun wildly from his car before charging into an Exxon plant in the north of part of East Baton Rouge Parish Friday.

Trooper Jared Sandifer said 28-year-old Telvin Henyard of Woodville, Miss. faces charges of attempted carjacking, illegal use of a weapon, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace while intoxicated.

Sandifer said a Department of Public Safety officer saw Henyard driving erratically on Airline Highway around 10 a.m. Friday. The officer said Henyard got out of the car he was in and started walking down the highway with a gun in his hand, firing several shots into the air.

The DPS officer was transporting an inmate at the time and radioed for assistance, saying the man also tried to carjack another vehicle in the area before walking onto the parking lot of the Exxon Polyolephins Plant on Scenic Highway. Sandifer said Henyard made it into the foyer of the front building at the plant but was stopped by security measures at the plant and detained by authorities.

Plant Manager Angela Zeringue said their active shooter protocols were followed well by their employees and security team, which kept Henyard from gaining access to the plant. She also credited law enforcement for their quick response.

Sandifer said they don't believe the man targeted Exxon, and no officers or Exxon employees were hurt in the incident. Because multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene, Sandifer said investigators will take some time to collect all the information and piece it together. He also asked any witnesses to Friday's events to call LSP.

Henyard was taken to Baton Rouge General Hospital as a precautionary measure after the incident and later released, which is when authorities arrested him and booked him into the parish jail.

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Victim identified in early morning shooting http://www.wbrz.com/news/victim-identified-in-early-morning-shooting-70311/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/victim-identified-in-early-morning-shooting-70311/ Top Story Sun, 1 Mar 2015 9:15:12 AM Caroline McDougall Victim identified in early morning shooting

BATON ROUGE - Police identified the victim who was found shot dead in his front yard early Sunday morning.

Police identified the victim as 24-year-old Eddie Simon Jr. who was found with a gun wound to his head on 2800 73rd Ave. around 1:45 a.m. Authorities were originally dispatched to the scene for reports of a traffic crash.

Investigators say they believe the victim was standing in his front yard when an unknown suspect walked up, fired several shots at the victim and fled.

Neighbors in the area say this incident is just another sign of their community going downhill and it has been spiraling downward for the past five years.

The victim was pronounced dead after he arrived to the hospital. Police are still investigating the incident.

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Deputies freezin' for a reason in Gonzales http://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-freezin-for-a-reason-in-gonzales/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-freezin-for-a-reason-in-gonzales/ Top Story Sat, 28 Feb 2015 4:48:31 PM Caroline McDougall Deputies freezin' for a reason in Gonzales

GONZALES - Ascension, Livingston and East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies joined forces to take a dive into some chilly waters Saturday morning at the 7th Annual Polar Plunge.

The teams jumped into the freezing waters at Cabela's in Gonzales all to raise money for athletes in the Louisiana Special Olympics.

Deputies Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and the EBRSO Team say they were thrilled to be a part of the the plunge this year.

Together the teams raised more than $60,000 for the cause.


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Second arrest as deputies look for double murder connections http://www.wbrz.com/news/second-arrest-as-deputies-look-for-double-murder-connections/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/second-arrest-as-deputies-look-for-double-murder-connections/ Top Story Fri, 27 Feb 2015 8:06:22 PM Trey Schmaltz Second arrest as deputies look for double murder connections

NEW ROADS- As deputies continue to search for double-murder suspect Jamie Croom, investigators are putting pressure on some of his closest pals.

Friday, WBRZ News 2 learned, his half-brother, Elie Edwards, was arrested in connection with the investigation of the shooting deaths of Sinica and Lechelle Williams. Edwards was charged with being a felon in possession with a firearm.

Last week, Terry Matthews was arrested on similar charges as detectives look into all aspects of the Ash Wednesday murder.

"We know they were at the bar, we know they had firearms," a source who is familiar with the investigation said Friday night. The source could not elaborate on the specifics about how detectives know the pair were at the bar with guns.

Edwards was arrested in East Baton Rouge, the source said. He was transferred to Pointe Coupee Parish Friday morning.

Croom is still wanted and the sheriff has described him as the most wanted person in Pointe Coupee Parish.

The Williams were killed in a hail of gunfire in the parking lot of the Sugar Shack after Mardi Gras. Witnesses said there may have been multiple shooters. Casings recovered from the scene came from two different weapons.
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3 of 4 candidates for governor bash Common Core in debate http://www.wbrz.com/news/3-of-4-candidates-for-governor-bash-common-core-in-debate/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/3-of-4-candidates-for-governor-bash-common-core-in-debate/ Top Story Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:11:20 AM Brock Sues 3 of 4 candidates for governor bash Common Core in debate

BATON ROUGE - Three out of the four contenders to be the state's next governor attacked Louisiana's use of Common Core academic standards in a gubernatorial debate Tuesday morning.

The two-hour forum, held in Shreveport, saw comment from David Vitter, John Edwards and Scott Angelle concerning the divisive, multistate testing standards for English and mathematics to be used in public school classrooms.

Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards said it is possible for the state to have high educational standards without the need for Common Core. Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter expressed his continued opposition to the system's overhaul and the accompanying tests known as PARCC.

Republican Scott Angelle also announced his opposition to Common Core at the debate, saying the standards don't have a monopoly on high academic achievement for Louisiana's public school students.

The fourth participant in the forum, Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, maintained his support for Common Core, while taking the opportunity to attack his rivals on their unified stance concerning the standards.

Image: Alexandria Burris / The Shreveport Times

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Arson blamed for fires at two vacant homes http://www.wbrz.com/news/arson-blamed-for-fires-at-two-vacant-homes/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/arson-blamed-for-fires-at-two-vacant-homes/ Top Story Mon, 23 Feb 2015 7:23:58 PM WBRZ Staff Arson blamed for fires at two vacant homes

BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators are investigating at least two fires at vacant house fires in Baton Rouge Monday night/Tuesday morning.

Crews were called to an abandoned home in Old South Baton Rouge after a massive blaze gutted the structure Monday evening.

The fire was at the intersection of Cotton and St. Joseph, off Terrace near Highland Road. Smoke filled the sky between LSU and downtown as fire crews worked to put the fire out.

Bright, orange flames and dark, billowing smoke could be seen from the WBRZ tower cam overlooking the inferno.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department determined the cause of the fire was arson.

They also say arson is to blame for a fire that destroyed a vacant home in the 4300 block of Jefferson Ave. early Tuesday morning.

 Anyone with information about either fire should contact fire investigators at (225)354-1419.

Check back for updates.
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Strike set for Shell, Motiva plants in La. http://www.wbrz.com/news/strike-set-for-shell-motiva-plants-in-la-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/strike-set-for-shell-motiva-plants-in-la-/ Top Story Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:16:40 AM Caroline McDougall Strike set for Shell, Motiva plants in La.

BATON ROUGE - The first nationwide, oil refinery strike in more than 30 years is growing to encompass four new plants, including the largest U.S. refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

The United Steelworkers union says workers at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur started their strike at midnight Friday. Employees at two other refineries and a chemical plant in Louisiana will strike at the end of Saturday.

The expansion adds another 1,350 union-represented workers to the strike, which began Feb. 1 at refineries mostly in Texas and California. It later grew to include Ohio and Indiana refineries.

The union started negotiating last month with Shell Oil Co., which is serving as the lead company in national bargaining talks.

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Rogers' will could become next saga; estate valued at $165,000 http://www.wbrz.com/news/rogers-will-could-become-next-saga-estate-valued-at-165-000/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rogers-will-could-become-next-saga-estate-valued-at-165-000/ Top Story Fri, 20 Feb 2015 3:56:27 PM Trey Schmaltz Rogers' will could become next saga; estate valued at $165,000

ST. GABRIEL - A day after details about the double-life TV personality Scott Rogers was living came to light, more of his past unraveled Friday.

Rogers' friend, Darla O'Connor, told WBRZ in an exclusive interview, Rogers became unrecognizable.

"He became a man I did not know," she said. "A person I'd never seen," she added.

O'Connor was interviewed by sheriff's deputies following Rogers' death. Her conversation was recorded and was released with numerous CDs containing hours of interviews with O'Connor, a man named Stuart, and another woman named Maria Edwards. The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit obtained the case files through a public records request to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office once Rogers' death investigation was closed.

Details of the files were first reported on WBRZ.com and WBRZ News 2 at TEN on Thursday.

O'Connor told investigators during her interview she was unaware of the allegations made against Rogers by Stuart dealing with sexual abuse. Stuart said he and the man who killed Rogers, Mathew Hodgkinson, moved to Louisiana with Rogers from Dallas and before that England and were, essentially, brainwashed into serving Rogers. In recorded interviews with deputies, Stuart said Rogers assaulted them and other boys.

Click HERE to see a timeline of how Rogers and the group got to Iberville Parish.

"I met him when I was 12; by the time I was 13, he was engaging in sexual abuse with me," he said in a recorded interview with deputies. "There were at least three other kids that I know of because that sexual abuse was group in nature."

"I believe that the stories from England are true and I believe that Stuart is telling the truth," O'Connor told WBRZ investigator Ryan Naquin. Naquin first reported the details of the case on television Thursday.

"I do not know that any children from the United States were touched, but I would put my house on anything that Stuart says," she added.

It was revealed in case files that Rogers planned the murder-suicide and convinced Hodgkinson to the pull the trigger after learning a grand jury was looking into if he doctored adoption papers for two foster children he was caring for.

Hodgkinson, who was also married to Rogers' daughter in what officials called a sham marriage arranged so he could stay in the country, left notes for the people the pair left behind.

"I am so sorry that you may now be in trouble for just saying 'yes' to me," Hodgkinson wrote to Rogers' daughter.

In another letter, left for Maria Edwards, Hodgkinson explained where money was hidden around the house for her and gave her access codes and passwords to accounts so she could handle bills and business.

Rogers ran a production company and hosted the "Around Town" TV show.

Hodgkinson also wrote Edwards should take custody of the foster children. The children were removed from his care prior to his death.

Just days before he died, Rogers changed his will and left everything to Edwards, who was inside the Rogers estate when the shooting happened and called 911.

At the Edwards' house Friday, Edwards' husband told WBRZ his wife was not interested in discussing the case but was shocked to learn Maria Edwards was listed as the person with the sole power over Rogers' assets.

While Edwards is listed as the beneficiary, court records show no will has been filed and Rogers' daughter, Kimberly, is listed as the administrator of her dad's estate, estimated at $165,000. There will likely be a court battle over the assets.

This story was produced by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit and Ryan Naquin and Trey Schmaltz


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Redemptorist High, Jr. High decision not overturned http://www.wbrz.com/news/redemptorist-high-jr-high-decision-not-overturned/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/redemptorist-high-jr-high-decision-not-overturned/ Top Story Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:34:28 AM Caroline McDougall Redemptorist High, Jr. High decision not overturned

BATON ROUGE - The decision to close Redemptorist High School and Junior High will not be overturned.

After multiple meetings scheduled by the Diocese of Baton Rouge school board to review the final plan, Bishop Robert Muench says the efforts are appreciated but the plan did not assure them that it would be able to keep the doors open at Redemptorist for years to come.

"After carefully considering the plan, all three entities unanimously recommended that the decision to close RHS should not be rescinded. In the collective judgment of these three groups, the plan did not assure the long-term viability of the schools in demonstrable, measurable and compelling ways."

The announcement comes after the diocese reviewed a plan sent on December 26 by parents and alumni to keep the school open.

The Bishop announced plans to close the school in a press conference on December 19. He cited plummeting enrollment as the primary reason for the decision, and said the schools would close at the end of the current academic year.

In December, Bishop Muench also met with parents and students in an expression of grief and to discuss how they can apply to other Catholic schools and to listen to grievances on the decision.

"Redemptorist Junior & Senior High Schools will forever hold a sacred place in the hearts not only of those who have been directly connected with it, but all who have benefitted from its proud sixty-five year history of positive impact.

The diocese says Redemptorist Elementary will remain open because it still has enough students to cover operational expenses.


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Doctor: someone at your work might be using synthetic weed http://www.wbrz.com/news/doctor-someone-at-your-work-might-be-using-synthetic-weed/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/doctor-someone-at-your-work-might-be-using-synthetic-weed/ Top Story Fri, 23 Jan 2015 8:20:07 PM Brittany Weiss Doctor: someone at your work might be using synthetic weed

BATON ROUGE - An ER doctor is asking companies to do more to help people kick the deadly habit of smoking synthetic pot.

Dr. Chuck Thompson says some of the area's largest employers need to watch their workers, because there's a good chance some are using.

"This drug will kill you," he said. "You're gone... Eventually."

Coroner Beau Clark says at least four recent deaths in Baton Rouge have been linked to Mojo, a brand name of synthetic marijuana. Two of those deaths are pending toxicology reports.

Synthetic marijuana is not new but still new enough that the law can't get a tight grip on it. The chemicals in synthetic pot constantly change making it hard for law enforcement to crack down.

Dr. Thompson says he's seen a spike in patients coming to the emergency room on Mojo.

"People are coming in from work with bizarre behavior," he said. "They're coming in from school and it's not just high school, it's junior high, acting bizarre, being aggressive and they're on this stuff."

Thompson is worried there is a growing trend of people on Mojo while at work. He's calling on employers to be more aware of the signs.

"When people show up at work on the stuff, they can be fairly normal and then all at once have a psychotic break," he said.

In 2014, Capital Area Human Services created a campaign against Mojo. A billboard stands along I-110 with a message that calls synthetic marijuana poison. It may look like marijuana, but it's often made overseas with dangerous chemicals.

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Obama aims to influence 2016 debate with State of the Union http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-aims-to-influence-2016-debate-with-state-of-the-union/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/obama-aims-to-influence-2016-debate-with-state-of-the-union/ Top Story Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:08:41 PM APNewsNow Obama aims to influence 2016 debate with State of the Union

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging President Barack Obama to come up with ways to work with Republicans to shore up Medicare and Social Security and to balance the budget, not just propose, in his words, "more tired tax hikes."

Obama is expected to include in his State of the Union speech tonight calls for increasing taxes on the wealthy, making community college free for many students and expanding paid leave for workers. The proposals stand little chance of winning approval from the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill.

But key elements of the economic proposals appear to be aimed at driving the debate on income inequality and middle-class economic issues. Those issues are likely to be part of the 2016 election.

Obama's chief of staff, Dennis McDonough says the president is determined to improve the lives of middle-class Americans. He tells "CBS This Morning" that Obama will not hesitate to veto legislation that doesn't improve the lot of the middle class.

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Movie filming to close part of Government St. Monday http://www.wbrz.com/news/movie-filming-to-close-part-of-government-st-monday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/movie-filming-to-close-part-of-government-st-monday/ Top Story Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:17:51 PM Brock Sues Movie filming to close part of Government St. Monday

BATON ROUGE - A section of Government Street east of Interstate 110 will be closed to traffic for the shooting of an independent film for most of Monday.

The shooting for the feature film "Vincent-N-Roxxy" will close the eastbound and westbound lanes of Government Street between South 12th Street and Park Avenue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 12. During the filming, traffic alternate interstate access will be directed toward North Blvd.

The Mayor's Office said the independent feature, produced by Unified Pictures and directed by Gary Michael Schultz, is the story of a small town loner and a rebellious punk rocker who unexpectedly fall in love as they are forced on the run and soon discover violence follows them everywhere. The all-star cast includes Emile Hirsch, Zoe Kravtiz, Zoey Deutch and Scott Mescudi.

Anyone with questions or concerns about the road closure should contact Liza Kelso of the Baton Rouge Film Commission at (225) 382-3563.


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Jindal criticizes Obama's college plan, supports TOPS http://www.wbrz.com/news/jindal-criticizes-obama-s-college-plan-supports-tops/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jindal-criticizes-obama-s-college-plan-supports-tops/ Top Story Fri, 9 Jan 2015 3:45:00 PM Russell Jones Jindal criticizes Obama's college plan, supports TOPS

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's governor, who has ambitions for national office, released a statement Friday criticizing President Barack Obama's proposal for a plan that would make it free for most people to attend community colleges in the U. S.

Meanwhile, Governor Bobby Jindal is a supporter of the TOPS program in Louisiana which pays for graduating high school seniors to attend public universities, community colleges and trade schools in Louisiana.

The president's proposal would have the federal government pick up 75 percent of the tab for people to attend community colleges for two years, if they maintained a 2.5 GPA and met other requirements. The states would pick up the remaining 25 percent of the cost.

On Friday, Jindal said the president's plan was an example of entitlement programs run amok.

"President Obama has increased our national debt by $7.5 trillion dollars and created a new entitlement program at a time when our current entitlement programs are going bankrupt. So of course, now he is planning to offer two years of taxpayer paid college," Jindal said. "Why stop there? Why not have the government buy a car and a house for everyone? We believe states are better positioned than the federal government to handle initiatives like these."

Lawmakers in Louisiana have expressed concerns about the rising costs of the TOPS program, which the La. Office of Student Financial Assistance forecast in October could increase to $294 million by 2020. In 2013 Jindal opposed putting any caps on the TOPS program, calling it a good investment for the state.

A recent budget proposal from Jindal's administration called for $370 million in higher education cuts and drew criticism from House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, a fellow Republican who often sides with Jindal. The cuts come as the state is facing a budget shortfall of $1.6 billion, which could grow worse due to sagging oil prices.

News 2's Ambria Washington gathered local reaction by speaking with some students at Baton Rouge Community College. According to the students she talked to on Friday, they think Obama's plan is a good idea and pointed out that the program would benefit many non-traditional students. Many also say they never expected to have loans while attending a community college.

"Our non-traditional students struggle with balancing work and school and a lot of them children," said MiaNwi Obioha, Vice President of Student Government at BRCC. "It would help students get an Associate's degree and will help simulate the economy. It'll encourage them to pursue a bachelor's degree.

Jindal is scheduled to co-host a prayer rally called "The Response" for Jan. 24 at LSU's Pete Maravich Center. Rick Perry used a similar rally with the same name and co-hosted by the same group, the American Family Association, to announce his intentions to run for president in 2011.


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Police say mother, family members lied in drowning http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-say-mother-family-members-lied-in-drowning/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-say-mother-family-members-lied-in-drowning/ Top Story Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:23:01 AM Russell Jones and Brock Sues Police say mother, family members lied in drowning

BATON ROUGE - Detectives said the mother of a 4-year-old Baton Rouge boy lied to them during their investigation into his disappearance and had let him play unsupervised for hours, where he fell into a hole and drowned.

Investigators charged Brittni Clark with negligent homicide Tuesday in the death of her son, Jassiah Clark. She reported him missing Dec. 20 and authorities found his body in a water-filled hole after an intense two-day search effort.

Police said Clark initially told them the last time she saw her son was around 6 p.m. when an 11-year-old neighbor came by and him to play outside. When she realized he was missing family members said they searched for him for hours before notifying police around 10 p.m. Family members also told police that Brittni Clark, her sister's boyfriend, and Jassiah Clark were the only people home that afternoon.

Detectives said they determined much of the story they were told was a lie. They claim Brittni Clark was watching a movie with her boyfriend when she heard children playing outside around 5 p.m. and let her son go out and play with them, unsupervised. Police said she never checked on him until her sister came home around 8 p.m. and asked where Jassiah was. Officers said Clark checked with the neighbors and found out Jassiah had never been there. The neighbors told police they had not been home all day.

Detectives also said in Clark's arrest affidavit that witnesses told them she had a substance abuse problem. Investigators said they retrieved text messages from Clark which showed her asking for "bars" or "sticks" on Dec. 19 and 20, which police said were slang for illegal narcotics. Detectives also said a neighbor told them it wasn't unusual for Jassiah Clark to show up by himself at their home and stay there for days at a time.

Police said they chose to charge Clark with negligent homicide because she demonstrated a "gross deviation" from what's expected of a child's caregiver, which led to her son's death.

An autopsy found Jassiah Clark died from drowning and hypothermia. The Department of Public Works said the hole he fell into was connected to a decommissioned sewage pump station, and that the hole had been filled in and covered but heavy rain caused it to wash out and be filled with water.


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White House issues veto threat on Keystone XL pipeline bill http://www.wbrz.com/news/white-house-issues-veto-threat-on-keystone-xl-pipeline-bill/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/white-house-issues-veto-threat-on-keystone-xl-pipeline-bill/ Top Story Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:40:01 AM White House issues veto threat on Keystone XL pipeline bill

WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama would veto legislation approving construction of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline.

A bill that would have forced Obama's hand on the issue failed to clear Congress in its final days last year. But the Congress that convened Tuesday is Republican-controlled and new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the pipeline bill will be among the first issues voted on.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says he does not expect Obama would sign any Keystone legislation that reaches his desk.

The spokesman says there is a "well-established" review process that is being run by the State Department that should not be undermined by legislation.

Earnest also says the pipeline's route through Nebraska also must be resolved.

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Denham Springs officer laid to rest http://www.wbrz.com/news/denham-springs-officer-laid-to-rest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/denham-springs-officer-laid-to-rest/ Top Story Sat, 3 Jan 2015 4:42:26 PM Greg Renoud Denham Springs officer laid to rest

DENHAM SPRINGS - Hundreds showed up to honor the life of a Denham Springs officer killed in the line of duty.

James Foster Jr., 39, was hit by a vehicle while on his motorcycle. He was on duty and responding to a crash on I-12 last week.

Those who worked with Foster shared their stories Saturday at his funeral. "He was as likable as anybody I ever met for the past 35 years he was a gentleman very thorough, dependable loyal qualified, unselfish friendly and a man of character james had integrity," said Denham Springs police chief Scott Jones.

He was given the title of "officer of the year" two times while serving on the force in Denham Springs. He is the first Denham Springs officer to be killed in the line of duty in the organization's history, which goes back to 1903.

Foster is survived by his wife and two children.


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Police: Girl, 7, survives Ky. plane crash; police ID 4 dead http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-girl-7-survives-ky-plane-crash-police-id-4-dead/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-girl-7-survives-ky-plane-crash-police-id-4-dead/ Top Story Sat, 3 Jan 2015 8:26:04 AM Police: Girl, 7, survives Ky. plane crash; police ID 4 dead

EDDYVILLE, Ky. - Federal authorities have arrived at the scene of a Kentucky plane crash that a 7-year-old girl survived after it killed four members of her family.

Kentucky State Police Sgt. Dean Patterson says Federal Aviation Administration officials have arrived, and investigators with the National Transportation Safety board also were expected to get to the scene on Saturday.

The FAA says a small Piper PA-34 reported engine trouble and lost contact with air traffic controllers as it was flying over the southwestern part of Kentucky late Friday afternoon.

About a half hour later, a Lyon County resident called 911 and told dispatchers that a 7-year-old girl had walked to his home and said she had been involved in a plane crash.

The girl has been released from a hospital.

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North Korea hurls racial slur at Obama, blames US for Internet shutdown http://www.wbrz.com/news/north-korea-hurls-racial-slur-at-obama-blames-us-for-internet-shutdown/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/north-korea-hurls-racial-slur-at-obama-blames-us-for-internet-shutdown/ Top Story Sat, 27 Dec 2014 11:54:13 AM North Korea hurls racial slur at Obama, blames US for Internet shutdown

SEOUL, South Korea - The White House's National Security Council has declined comment on North Korea's latest stream on insults and accusations directed at President Barack Obama amid the hacking row over the movie "The Interview."

Pyongyang is blaming the U.S. for shutting down its Internet, while denying it was involved in a crippling cyberattack on Sony Pictures. It has expressed fury over the comedy, which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling it illegal, dishonest and reactionary.

North Korea's National Defense Commission, which is led by Kim and is the country's top governing body, accuses Obama of being behind the release of "The Interview." In a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, the commission used a racial slur and called Obama "reckless in words and deeds."

North Korea has used insults against Obama and other top U.S. and South Korean officials previously which the State Department has described as "offensive" and "absurd."

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Landrieu can't settle on message in Senate runoff http://www.wbrz.com/news/landrieu-can-t-settle-on-message-in-senate-runoff/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/landrieu-can-t-settle-on-message-in-senate-runoff/ Top Story Fri, 5 Dec 2014 9:40:44 AM Landrieu can't settle on message in Senate runoff

BATON ROUGE - With hours to go before Saturday's runoff election in Louisiana, underdog Sen. Mary Landrieu is running through her talking points.

Seniority and clout. Energy committee leadership. The Keystone XL pipeline. Her opponent's timesheets. And a slap at the national Democrats who abandoned her bid for reelection. She's hit each topic since the Senate race headed into overtime.

Rep. Bill Cassidy is Landrieu's Republican opponent. Cassidy is sticking to a single theme: Tying Landrieu to Obama. Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor and North Carolina's Kay Hagan lost re-election bids on Nov. 4 after being pummeled by similar Republican-driven, anti-Obama strategies.

Landrieu is trying to hang on to the last statewide Democratic-held seat in the Deep South. But she is the underdog in her race.

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Chaos in Ferguson, locals worry about race relations here http://www.wbrz.com/news/chaos-in-ferguson-locals-worry-about-race-relations-here/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chaos-in-ferguson-locals-worry-about-race-relations-here/ Top Story Mon, 24 Nov 2014 8:02:16 PM Ryan Naquin, Trey Schmaltz Chaos in Ferguson, locals worry about race relations here

BATON ROUGE - As parts of suburban St. Louis burned Monday night, advocates in Louisiana said the situation is a learning experience that should force a new conversation about race in America.

Within an hour of the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an African American teenager, protests turned violent. Protesters started by throwing things at police in SWAT gear and eventually smashed police cars, raided businesses and set buildings on fire. By midnight, the FAA issued a no-fly-zone over the St. Louis area.

St. Louis County Police said officers used tear gas to disperse crowds.

In Louisiana, a small group of people gathered outside the 19th Judicial District Courthouse Monday evening to protest the grand jury's decision.

Earlier, advocates said the situation in Ferguson could close race relation talks instead of open them.

"I'm sad to think that the (decision) could come down in a way that just continues to perpetuate problems that we are hoping to solve," Dialogue on Race Louisiana CEO Maxine Crump said.

"We really need to sit down, relax and talk about these things and be comfortable to talk about it," Baton Rouge Community College criminal justice professor Paul Guidry said.

"No doubt Ferguson has opened that door up again to say we need to take a step back a little and pause maybe...like a reset button and come back to the table and start talking about the racial issues that we have in our community, especially when it comes to law enforcement and things of that nature," Guidry said.

Baton Rouge Police said there were no added patrols Monday night related to the grand jury's decision.

There were other protests in other major U.S. cities, too.

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