WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:04:15 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Suspect who shot at officers identified http://www.wbrz.com/news/suspect-who-shot-at-officers-identified/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/suspect-who-shot-at-officers-identified/ Top Story Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:13:16 AM Russell Jones Suspect who shot at officers identified

BATON ROUGE - Police released the name and mugshot of a man accused of firing at officers during a drug raid last night in Baton Rouge.

Officers accused Patrick Lathan of first-degree attempted murder of a police officer and illegal use of a weapon after Wednesday night's shooting.

Investigators said the shooting happened as police searched a home at North 36th and Cain Street. They said Lathan fired several shots, hitting one officer in the vest and injuring a second with shrapnel. The officers were not severely injured.

A Baton Rouge Police spokesman said officers did not return fire, and took Lathan and others into custody. Officers have not released a list of the other people arrested during the search.


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Baker shooting suspect to be tried in adult court http://www.wbrz.com/news/baker-shooting-suspect-to-be-tried-in-adult-court/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/baker-shooting-suspect-to-be-tried-in-adult-court/ Top Story Mon, 14 Apr 2014 3:29:37 PM Russell Jones Baker shooting suspect to be tried in adult court

BATON ROUGE - A juvenile court judge ruled Monday evening that the suspect in a triple murder in Baker can be tried as an adult.

Judge Kathleen Richey transferred Nakeydran Williams, 16, to district court where he'll be prosecuted on adult charges.  The decision came after she heard testimony from witnesses and arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Williams is accused of opening fire at a birthday party in Baker last month, killing three other teens.

The shooting sparked community-wide discussions of violence and how to prevent further killings.

Williams will also be moved from juvenile detention to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison to await trial.


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Jury acquits Galmon in beating death of BR man http://www.wbrz.com/news/jury-acquits-galmon-in-beating-death-of-br-man/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jury-acquits-galmon-in-beating-death-of-br-man/ Top Story Sat, 12 Apr 2014 8:24:34 AM Jury acquits Galmon in beating death of BR man

BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish jury has acquittal Deandre Galmon in the 2010 beating death of a Baton Rouge man.

26-year-old Galmon was found not guilty Friday of second-degree murder in the death of Ricky Wilson. If convicted, he would have faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Galmon's brother, 20-year-old Desmond Galmon, who was 16 at the time of Wilson's death, is scheduled to stand trial July 14 for second-degree murder. The younger Galmon remains in jail.

Authorities say Wilson was killed during a robbery. His body was found Aug. 14, 2010, under a bridge.


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Teens get serious about violence after triple murder http://www.wbrz.com/news/teens-get-serious-about-violence-after-triple-murder/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/teens-get-serious-about-violence-after-triple-murder/ Top Story Fri, 11 Apr 2014 8:34:20 PM Brittany Weiss Teens get serious about violence after triple murder

BAKER - Parents, friends, and peers met Friday night, two weeks after three teens were murdered at the Baker Civic Club,  to talk about violence in the community.

"Gun play is serious nowadays," said one teen. "You have to watch you (sic) back. My parents don't let me go out because they fear for me not coming home."

Friday's evening discussion wasn't about Baker and it wasn't about what happened, instead, a panel of eight teens talked about how they want to move forward, and what they need from the community to make that happen.

"They're portrayed to be this good, outgoing person. You wouldn't expect that they'd do this type of thing," said Scottlandville Magnet High School student Madelyn Armwood. "Then when it's all said and done, they're behind bars because of something that they did."

The panel, made of students age 15 to 18, say their eyes are open wider than ever after three of their peers were murdered.  Diontrey Claiborne, 18, Kendal Dorsey, 15, and Marcell Franklin, 15 were killed two weeks ago.

"I'm fearing to go outside," said one student. "My friends ask me to go out, I won't, because I'm fearing for what's going to happen."

The students are asking for more opportunities within their community and higher education standards.

"There can be a million schools in the world, but are we making sure these kids are applying themselves to the certain programs that are available," Scottlandville Magnet High senior Keltrin Burrell asked.

Dr. Maria Shantell Williams, a Zachary-based therapist who organized Friday's summit, says she hopes the community listens closely to what the students are saying.


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House passes Ryan budget with big cuts http://www.wbrz.com/news/house-passes-ryan-budget-with-big-cuts/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/house-passes-ryan-budget-with-big-cuts/ Top Story Thu, 10 Apr 2014 9:25:12 AM House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

WASHINGTON - The House has passed a GOP budget blueprint that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years through sweeping cuts across the federal budget and eliminating health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The 219-205 vote on the nonbinding framework takes a mostly symbolic swipe at the government's chronic deficits. Follow-up legislation to actually implement the cuts isn't in the cards.

The plan by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would cut more than $5 trillion over the coming decade to reach balance by 2024. The sharpest cuts would come to health care programs for the poor and uninsured, food stamps, and array of domestic programs, including Pell Grants, education, and community development grants.

The Wisconsin Republican's plan proposes more money for the Pentagon and wouldn't touch Social Security benefits.


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Fast food workers accused of overcharging students http://www.wbrz.com/news/fast-food-workers-accused-of-overcharging-students/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fast-food-workers-accused-of-overcharging-students/ Top Story Thu, 27 Mar 2014 9:23:35 AM Russell Jones Fast food workers accused of overcharging students

BATON ROUGE - LSU Police arrested four fast food workers recently in connection with a scheme to overcharge university students who paid for meals at the student union McDonald's with a school-issued card.

Investigators said records showed at least $31,000 in overcharges were made while the scheme went on, possibly back to when the card payment system was first instituted in 2010.

This week LSU Police arrested Jeannine A. Rooks, 34; Constance Lacole Brown, 31; Bertrand Lawrence Brown, 34; and Danielle Marie Casey, 23, all on suspicion of theft. At least two other employees had been given citations for theft during the investigation, which began in October 2013.

According to arrest records, LSU Police first learned of the scam last October after a tip from a Facility Services worker. Police said they discovered that the amount being charges to students' LSU Tiger Cards through the Paw Points system was higher than the amount at the register.

In October records showed investigators met with a manager at the store, Latoya Scott, who admitted she participated in the scam. Police said Scott told them a cashier would ring up the correct amount on their cashier, then ring up a different amount on a separate machine that processed the Tiger Cards. The cashier would not give the student the receipt from the Paw Points machine, and at the end of the shift money to match the overcharge was removed from the register, and a manager who was in on the scheme would fix the paperwork to balance out the register.

Police issued Scott a summons and released her, then contacted McDonald's for complete register records. Investigators said the company could only give them records back to March 19, 2013, but those were enough to show overcharges worth more than $31,000 had been made.

News 2's Rebecca Buchanan will have more information on this investigation tonight.


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Six girls arrested after fight at school http://www.wbrz.com/news/six-girls-arrested-after-fight-at-school/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/six-girls-arrested-after-fight-at-school/ Top Story Mon, 24 Mar 2014 3:21:25 PM Russell Jones Six girls arrested after fight at school

GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies arrested six girls after a fight Monday at Central Middle School in Gonzales, according to a department spokesperson.

Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said the fight stemmed from an ongoing social media feud between two of the girls, which boiled over at the school.

Bacala said the girls bumped into each other during school and began punching each other. He said their friends joined in and two teachers trying to break up the fight were injured.

Authorities sent the two girls involved in the initial fight to the Assumption Parish Youth Detention Center, and released the other arrested girls into their parents' custody.

All six girls were charged with disturbing the peace, simple battery, and simple battery of a teacher.


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Food on stove starts house fire http://www.wbrz.com/news/food-on-stove-starts-house-fire/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/food-on-stove-starts-house-fire/ Top Story Sun, 16 Mar 2014 9:45:25 AM Kevin Fries Food on stove starts house fire

BAKER - An unattended kitchen fire is what the Baker fire department says started a blaze at a home on Hovey Street Saturday night.

Fire officials say the homeowner fell asleep around 9 o'clock while he was frying fish and the oil started a fire that spread to the cabinets, walls and ceiling before spreading into the attic.

The homeowner was the only one home at the time and got out of the house.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the family.


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Update: Speed may have led to crash http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-speed-may-have-led-to-crash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-speed-may-have-led-to-crash/ Top Story Sat, 8 Mar 2014 9:53:46 AM Greg Renoud Update: Speed may have led to crash

BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say excessive speed may have been a factor in a crash on Florida Boulevard Friday night.

Police say a man driving a vehicle traveling eastbound on Florida Boulevard near Alello Drive lost control and drove through a light pole. The vehicle then struck an oncoming car head-on.

A witness told News 2 at the scene that the vehicle heading east was traveling at high speeds and may have been drag racing another vehicle.

Two men were transported with critical injuries to a hospital from the vehicle that struck the pole. A woman from the other vehicle involved was also transported to a hospital with critical injuries.

Police say the crash is still under investigation.

 


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Jindal outlines session priorities http://www.wbrz.com/news/jindal-outlines-session-priorities/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jindal-outlines-session-priorities/ Top Story Fri, 7 Mar 2014 4:45:10 AM MELINDA DESLATTE Jindal outlines session priorities

BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says aligning Louisiana's educational systems to state workforce needs will be his top priority for the legislative session that begins Monday.

In an interview with The Associated Press, the Republican governor outlined items he's pushing with lawmakers.

At the top of the list, he'll ask legislators to steer $40 million to a new fund encouraging colleges to do more commercial research and produce graduates in high-demand fields.

He's also supporting tougher laws against human trafficking and changes to the civil litigation system sought by business groups. He's seeking new restraints on a levee board that filed a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry, a lawsuit Jindal opposed.

And Jindal's promising a vigorous defense of his 2012 education laws, which are targeted for rollback by several lawmakers.


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Activists worried van is cruising neighborhoods, stealing animals http://www.wbrz.com/news/activists-worried-van-is-cruising-neighborhoods-stealing-animals/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/activists-worried-van-is-cruising-neighborhoods-stealing-animals/ Top Story Thu, 27 Feb 2014 9:22:33 PM Trey Schmaltz, Zach Correa Activists worried van is cruising neighborhoods, stealing animals

PRAIRIEVILLE- Animal activists are concerned about a mysterious white van seen driving around parts of Ascension Parish with "SPCA" posted on the side.

They are concerned the van is not legitimate and up to no good.

"Any dog that you love, you must keep it on your property, you must keep it in your house. You must watch it because they're not safe," Helen Morales said.

Morales spotted the van in her neighborhood, Quail Creek earlier this week. She reported it to the nearest SPCA, the SPCA of Livingston which said doesn't operate a van similar to the one Morales described.

Morales said she saw it slowly maneuvering about her neighborhood, almost like the driver was stalking something.

"They're out there canvassing neighborhoods," Morales assumed. She believes the man may be connected to people who steal animals and sell them on the internet.

The SPCA of Livingston said there was a second report this week about the van from St. Amant.
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Second suspect surrenders in feed store murder http://www.wbrz.com/news/second-suspect-surrenders-in-feed-store-murder/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/second-suspect-surrenders-in-feed-store-murder/ Top Story Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:18:31 AM Kevin Davidson Second suspect surrenders in feed store murder

LAPLACE - The suspected shooter in the robbery and murder at LaPlace feed store surrendered to U. S. Marshals this afternoon.

Charles McQuarter III, 22, faces charges of armed robbery, first degree murder and attempted first degree murder. McQuarter's surrender came about 12 hours after Dracier Dewey, 22, turned himself in to sheriff's deputies.

St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre says Dewey admitted to his role in the robbery and identified McQuarter as the shooter. Dewey is charged with principal to armed robbery, principal to first degree murder and principal to attempted first degree murder.

Steven Finckbeiner, the owner of LaPlace Feed and Supply Store, was killed and his wife Constance was wounded during the robbery Tuesday afternoon.


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Flooding closes several Ascension roads http://www.wbrz.com/news/flooding-closes-several-ascension-roads/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/flooding-closes-several-ascension-roads/ Top Story Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:01:07 PM Brian Waldrep Flooding closes several Ascension roads

PRAIRIEVILLE - Another road in Ascension Parish has been barricaded due to backwater flooding near the Amite River and Bayou Manchac.

That's according to parish president, Tommy Martinez.

Broussard road has been added to the list of barricaded roads.  Barricades remain at Airport Drive, Kay Drive, Idle Hour Road, Summerfield South Road and Lake Street.

Crews will continue to monitor roads along Bayou Manchac and the Amite River.


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Two accused in kidnapping, attempted rape http://www.wbrz.com/news/two-accused-in-kidnapping-attempted-rape/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/two-accused-in-kidnapping-attempted-rape/ Top Story Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:32:43 AM Russell Jones Two accused in kidnapping, attempted rape

BATON ROUGE - Police arrested two Baton Rouge teens after investigators said the pair robbed a woman and attempted to rape her at gunpoint.

Officers charged Jacorey James, 19, and Karzzerick Murray, 17, with armed robbery, attempted aggravated rape, and second degree kidnapping. They also charged James with gun and drug violations.

Detectives said the victim told them James and Murray robbed her while she was at James' residence on North 29th Street Tuesday. She said James held a gun to her head and threatened to shoot her unless she performed a sex act on him. Detectives said she started crying so hard the teens let her go, and she contacted police.

Officers said they arrested James at his home, and apprehended Murray at a nearby bus stop. During a search of James' residence police said they found the gun believed to have been used in the crime, as well as some marijuana.

Police booked James and Murray into the parish jail.

 


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Victim identified in car crash on I-110 http://www.wbrz.com/news/victim-identified-in-car-crash-on-i-110/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/victim-identified-in-car-crash-on-i-110/ Top Story Mon, 17 Feb 2014 1:10:34 PM Brian Waldrep Victim identified in car crash on I-110

BATON ROUGE- The victim of a car crash on I-110 in Baton Rouge Sunday night, has been identified.

Police say 21 year-old Cherie Bonner was a passenger in a car headed south on I-110, when it went off the road in the I-110 curve near the Scenic Highway overpass and hit a tree.

Bonner died at the scene.

The driver, who has not been identified, is in critical condition.

Police say alcohol and speed are factors in the crash.

It remains under investigation.

 

 


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Slaughter refuses to talk about campaign, calls police http://www.wbrz.com/news/slaughter-refuses-to-talk-about-campaign-calls-police/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/slaughter-refuses-to-talk-about-campaign-calls-police/ Top Story Fri, 14 Feb 2014 8:29:35 PM Ryan Naquin Slaughter refuses to talk about campaign, calls police

PORT ALLEN - Former mayor Deedy Slaughter filed campaign paperwork to run for mayor again, but refused to talk about her decision to WBRZ News 2 Friday, instead she called police when representatives of the station knocked on the door of her house.

Port Allen voters recalled Slaughter in November.

Some voters find her re-election effort comical.

"Kind of amazed that someone that just got kicked out of office would run again," laughed Thomas Cook. "But that's people I guess."

Others want the polarizing mayor back.

"I know she will win," Ashton Williams said. "Because she's a good woman. She knows what she's doing, and the community loves her."

The general election is in April.

Slaughter is up against Kirby "Mr. A" Anderson, Larry Bell, Leon Goudeau and Richard Lee.


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Rap videos show street gang in action http://www.wbrz.com/news/rap-videos-show-street-gang-in-action/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rap-videos-show-street-gang-in-action/ Top Story Fri, 7 Feb 2014 8:57:24 PM Ryan Naquin Rap videos show street gang in action

BATON ROUGE - A group of people arrested in a multi-parish raid posted several videos of themselves staging drive-by-shootings and singing about selling drugs.

The Big Money Block Boys are a known street gang in south Baton Rouge.  BRAVE arrested seven people involved with the group Friday morning during a raid.

District Attorney Hillar Moore told WBRZ News 2 authorities arrested the crew for being involved in a murder.

"We told them if you take these particular steps, if you shoot someone, we're coming after you," Moore said. "We lived up to our promise."

Moore would not go into details about what murder he believes the group is involved with.

None of the people arrested were charged with murder.

Moore called the group violent but he was hesitant to call them - or any other groups like them - a gang.

"We don't have your traditional gangs that people are familiar with like in L.A., New York or Boston. We don't have those types of gangs," Moore said. "They're not really formally organized. Their membership moves from group to group. If you are in a gang, you are not moving from one gang to another. Other cities and other states do have some gangs that meet that criteria. We just don't. They're street groups. That's their appropriate title."


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Witnesses: driver was doing at least 100 mph before deadly crash http://www.wbrz.com/news/witnesses-driver-was-doing-at-least-100-mph-before-deadly-crash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/witnesses-driver-was-doing-at-least-100-mph-before-deadly-crash/ Top Story Tue, 4 Feb 2014 7:03:17 PM Ryan Naquin Witnesses: driver was doing at least 100 mph before deadly crash

BATON ROUGE - Witnesses said a man was driving at speeds greater than 100 mph just before he crashed his truck on North Flannery road Tuesday morning, leaving behind a deadly wreckage.

"[He was going] about a 120-130 miles an hour," witness Matthew Whitworth said as he described what unfolded in a nigthclub parking lot at the intersection with South Choctaw Drive.

"He ended up cutting through [the parking lot], and he almost hit us and I just kind of gunned it to get passed him," Whitworth said as he acted the events of the crash.

Baton Rouge Police said Jonny Kemp, 29, of Greenwell Springs, was driving on South Choctaw Drive at "a high rate of speed," and wrecked as he approached the N. Flannery intersection.

Police also believe Kemp was using his cell phone just moments before the crash and was not wearing a seat belt.

"The truck was high enough to jump over cars. It landed on the opposite side of the street," witness Ace Smart said. "It played through my head all day today. It just playing through my head...I can't get it out."

"Whenever his truck hit, it just flipped over and went about ten feet in the air," Whitworth said. "A Ford Ranger almost hit him right on. They were luckily enough to stop before hand."

Police did not release if they believe Kemp was texting or making a phone call before the crash.


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NEW INFO: inmates captured in Lafayette, details released about escape http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-info-inmates-captured-in-lafayette-details-released-about-escape/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-info-inmates-captured-in-lafayette-details-released-about-escape/ Top Story Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:20:11 PM Trey Schmaltz NEW INFO: inmates captured in Lafayette, details released about escape

LAFAYETTE- Two men who escaped from jail in St. Mary Parish were found near some railroad tracks about 70 miles from where they sneaked to freedom.

Christopher Horton and Joshua Folks were taken in to custody about 11 a.m. Tuesday. They'd been on the run since Sunday. Lafayette Police arrested the pair without incident, a St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson said.

Horton and Folks are believed to have gotten into the ceiling of the jail and escaped through the roof and down a wall. Jailers believe they escaped Sunday night, hours before they were found to be missing at 4 a.m. Monday.

Horton was in jail for murder and arson; Folks was doing time for theft and a previous escape.
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Three arrested in St. Amant murder http://www.wbrz.com/news/three-arrested-in-st-amant-murder/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/three-arrested-in-st-amant-murder/ Top Story Mon, 3 Feb 2014 2:28:11 PM Russell Jones Three arrested in St. Amant murder

ST. AMANT - Sheriff's deputies arrested three people in connection with a murder in Ascension Parish Friday night.

Deputies Barry Lee Diggs, 57, of New Orleans on suspicion of first-degree murder for the shooting of Fred Martin, Jr. Friday night in St. Amant. They also arrested Dana Milano, 45, and Louis Topham, 39, both of St. Amant, on drug charges and being principles to first-degree murder.

Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said Martin and Diggs went to Milano and Topham's home on Stringer Bridge Road late Friday night, where Diggs shot Martin in the driveway. Bacala said Diggs fled on foot and later got some friends to give him a ride to Baton Rouge.

Deputies identified Diggs as a person of interest in the case Sunday, and Bacala said that same day the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office located him with narcotics on his person. Deputies arrested Diggs on the narcotics charges, and he was booked Monday in Ascension Parish on the murder charge.

The case is still under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or by sending an anonymous tip to 847411.

 


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