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. () () Wed, 7 Oct 2015 19:10:47 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU, USC say game moving to Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-usc-say-game-moving-to-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-usc-say-game-moving-to-baton-rouge/ Top Story Wed, 7 Oct 2015 9:19:35 AM WBRZ Staff LSU, USC say game moving to Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - LSU and the University of South Carolina said Wednesday they will move this weekend's game to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge due to historic flooding happening in South Carolina.

Details for the game, including kickoff time, are being finalized with the Southeastern Conference and LSU at this time.

"Yesterday, we made the extremely difficult decision to cancel classes for the week due to the stress 34,000 students would place on the region’s recovering infrastructure, there is no doubt 85,000 fans would exact the same toll,” said USC President Harris Pastides on Wednesday. “In the spirit of supporting our South Carolina community that is so supportive of Gamecock Nation, we have decided to move the game to Baton Rouge. The stress on law enforcement and first responders is too great. Moreover, we’ve had many in the Carolina family directly impacted by the flooding.”

The announcement was made at 10:40 a.m., shortly after the SEC coaches' weekly teleconference with the media.

"We recognize and are very sympathetic. We recognize this is a difficult time. We want to support SC in anything they want to do," Miles said.

Spurrier said the decision was not up to the coaches, but up to "law enforcement, athletic directors, (university) presidents and the community" to do what's best for the people impacted by the flooding in his state. 

Heavy rainfall and historic flooding in South Carolina is blamed for the deaths of at least 16 people, and forced USC's campus to close for the rest of the week. Crews in Columbia are repairing a breach in a canal which threatens the water supply for 375,000 people.

Local news outlets also reported crews hauled 400 tons of rock to Beaver Dam in order to shore up a sinkhole there. Authorities ordered residents in about 1,000 homes downstream from the dam to evacuate immediately and seek higher ground in the event the dam doesn't hold.

LSU told News 2 that season ticket holders will have the opportunity to buy their seats first, then tickets will be released in waves for sale. LSUSports.net indicates that tickets will go on sale Thursday at 6 p.m., and student tickets are on sale now for $5. ESPN initially scheduled the game to be broadcast at 11 a.m., and during an interview on SportsCenter Spurrier said the game would be at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m.

We will have more updates throughout the day as additional details are released.

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Fire marshal thinks child stood up during ride http://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-marshal-thinks-child-stood-up-during-ride/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-marshal-thinks-child-stood-up-during-ride/ Top Story Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:54:30 AM Russell Jones Fire marshal thinks child stood up during ride

LIVINGSTON - Investigators said Wednesday it looks like a 10-year-old unbuckled herself and stood up during a ride at the Livingston Parish fair Tuesday night, which caused her to fall and be pinned under the ride.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said three people in all were injured in the incident, including two adults.

A witness told WBRZ reporter Brittany Weiss that the adults were hit by the ride when they tried to help get the girl out. Wade Huthcinson said he and others managed to flip the ride over and pull the girl out.

"I heard a bunch of screaming... And we looked... They had a little girl under the fire truck. It was running her over," Wade Hutchinson said. "She had blood all over her... It had run her face over, and she had black marks and blood all over her face."

The State Fire Marshal's Office said the ride will be closed until further notice.

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Mistakenly released prisoner brought back to Louisiana http://www.wbrz.com/news/mistakenly-released-prisoner-brought-back-to-louisiana/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mistakenly-released-prisoner-brought-back-to-louisiana/ Top Story Wed, 7 Oct 2015 10:33:51 AM Brock Sues Mistakenly released prisoner brought back to Louisiana

ANGOLA - Authorities say an inmate mistakenly released from prison and recaptured in Georgia was brought back to the Louisiana State Penitentiary late Tuesday night.

Benjuiel Johnson arrived shortly after 11:30 p.m. to resume serving his 2013 sentence for manslaughter after he waived extradition in a hearing last Saturday.

A paperwork error caused the Dixon Correctional Institute to release Johnson on Sept. 23 to another parish jail in order to face a charge there. He was able to bond out the following weekend, triggering a manhunt with a $2,000 reward for his capture. The Department of Corrections said tips led to an Atlanta hotel where Johnson was taken back into custody.

Johnson pleaded guilty two years ago to the shooting murder of Cordies Gales after a fight in Plaquemine.

The Department of Corrections said Johnson will likely be returned to Dixon Correctional Institute.

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Murdered man's brother addresses killer at sentencing http://www.wbrz.com/news/murdered-man-s-brother-addresses-killer-at-sentencing/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/murdered-man-s-brother-addresses-killer-at-sentencing/ Top Story Wed, 7 Oct 2015 10:32:01 AM Kevin Dupuy Murdered man's brother addresses killer at sentencing

BATON ROUGE – The brother of a man murdered in 1984 was able to give an emotional address to his brother's killer Wednesday morning.

Ronald Dunnagan was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the 1984 murder of Gary Kergan. Jurors found Dunnagan guilty of second degree murder in early September. 

Wendesday morning Kergan's brother Ted Kergan gave an emotional victim impact statement before the judge imposed the sentence on Dunnagan. 

For most of the statement, Kergan remained seated and addresed Dunnagan, but for his last sentence he stood up and pointed at his brother's killer and said, "If my brother was here right now, he'd say, 'I got you, you son of a b****.'." 

During the trial in September, jurors heard from Leila Mulla, who prosecutors said confessed to her role in Kergan's murder and got a 30-year prison sentence in exchange for her testimony against Dunnagan. 

Mulla said in 1984 she was working for Dunnagan as a stripper and prostitute, and that Kergan was an occasional client. She said Dunnagan wanted to kill Kergan, who owned several Sonic restaurants.

Mulla testified that the night of the murder Dunnagan hid in a closet while she had sex with Kergan, who drank wine Mulla said Dunnagan had poisoned. She said Kergan started choking and asked for help, which is when Dunnagan got out of the closet and shoved a pillow over Kergan's face to suffocate him.

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