WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2017, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 22 Sep 2017 HH:09:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Police investigating violent 2-on-1 fight at Baker High School http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-investigating-violent-2-on-1-fight-at-baker-high-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-investigating-violent-2-on-1-fight-at-baker-high-school/ Top Story Thu, 21 Sep 2017 8:00:27 PM Jeremy Krail Police investigating violent 2-on-1 fight at Baker High School

BAKER - Police are investigating after video surfaced showing a violent two-on-one fight at Baker High School Thursday.

Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn says officers are speaking with the victim of the fight, which appears to have occurred at Baker High sometime Thursday. In the video, two students can be seen violently beating another who is already on the ground.

The fight comes on the heels of the school board's recent decision to pull school resource officers from the campus. Parents told WBRZ that the decision did not sit well with them. 

Following Thursday's fight, Chief Dunn said a resource officer would have helped in this particular situation, noting that the fight occurred in a hallway where an officer would have usually been posted.

We've reached out to school officials for comment and are waiting to hear back.

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Teenage girl pulled from crashed vehicle on I-10, transported in critical condition http://www.wbrz.com/news/teenage-girl-pulled-from-crashed-vehicle-on-i-10-transported-in-critical-condition/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/teenage-girl-pulled-from-crashed-vehicle-on-i-10-transported-in-critical-condition/ Top Story Thu, 21 Sep 2017 2:01:10 PM Jeremy Krail Teenage girl pulled from crashed vehicle on I-10, transported in critical condition

BATON ROUGE - Crews have rescued a teenage girl after her vehicle crashed into a guardrail on I-10, trapping her inside Thursday.

The crash occurred around 1:50 p.m. Thursday on I-10 East at Siegen Lane. Authorities say the guardrail went through the vehicle, crews were able to extricate the victim shortly after 2:30 in the afternoon.

Sources say the teenager has sustained critical injuries.

The right lane of I-10 East was blocked at the scene of the crash, but has since reopened.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Attorney: Case against Matassa should be tossed due to 'candidacy law' http://www.wbrz.com/news/attorney-case-against-matassa-should-be-tossed-due-to-candidacy-law-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/attorney-case-against-matassa-should-be-tossed-due-to-candidacy-law-/ Top Story Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:06:09 AM Trey Schmaltz and Chris Nakamoto Attorney: Case against Matassa should be tossed due to 'candidacy law'

GONZALES – The attorney for embattled Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa argues in newly-filed court documents, the bribery case against Matassa is unwarranted because the man he is accused of bribing not to run for office was not a real “candidate” under state law.

Matassa was indicted on charges earlier this year. He is accused of offering a bribe to get a man running for office in Gonzales to drop out of the race. Audio recordings released last year by the Pelican Post Newspaper appeared to show Matassa and another businessman in Ascension Parish offering a bribe to Wayne Lawson, a candidate for Gonzales City Council. Lawson claims he was offered $1,200 to drop out of the race and was promised a job by Matassa if he made a fast exit.

Today, Lewis Unglesby said the case against his client should be tossed because Lawson owed the state money and did not live in Gonzales where he was running for City Council. That's not all.

"The only monies that the man gets come from the same people creating the tapes," Unglesby said. "None come from Mr. Matassa never a dollar passes through his hands at anytime."

Another one of Matassa's attorneys, Lance Unglesby, previously likened the money to a loan between friends. In a court filing early Thursday, though, Unglesby argued Lawson had previous campaign debts, thus disqualifying him from seeking public office until the debts were paid.

Click HERE and HERE to read the documents filed in court Thursday.

The Attorney General's Office is the lead prosecuting agency on the case. It declined to comment today citing the pending prosecution.

The WBRZ Investigative Unit and Chris Nakamoto are working this story today, check back for updates.


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Police: 5-year-old struck, killed while crossing street Wednesday http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-5-year-old-struck-killed-while-crossing-street/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-5-year-old-struck-killed-while-crossing-street/ Top Story Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:08:59 AM Jeremy Krail Police: 5-year-old struck, killed while crossing street Wednesday

DENHAM SPRINGS - Police say a young child was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing the street Wednesday.

According to the Denham Springs Police Department, 5-year-old Malachai Rushing had just gotten food from an ice cream truck when he tried to cross Maryland Street. Police say Rushing stepped out from behind the truck and into the path of an oncoming Toyota Tundra. 

Rushing was later pronounced dead.

Police do not suspect that the driver was speeding or impaired, adding that he willingly submitted to chemical testing.

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