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. () () Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:09:08 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Two men arrested after fight involving a gun in Tigerland http://www.wbrz.com/news/two-men-arrested-after-fight-involving-a-gun-in-tigerland/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/two-men-arrested-after-fight-involving-a-gun-in-tigerland/ Top Story Tue, 1 Sep 2015 8:13:46 AM Brett Buffington Two men arrested after fight involving a gun in Tigerland

BATON ROUGE- According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, 21-year-old Christoper Hicks was arrested after he pulled a loaded 9mm handgun during a fight outside of Reggie's Bar in Tigerland Monday night.

Hicks and at least two other people were involved in a fight when police say Hicks pointed the loaded gun at the crowd outside the bar, including bar employees.

The man was quickly arrested by Baton Rouge police officers from the city's second district, who were parked in a Tigerland parking lot.

Hicks has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a list of charges including aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm at a bar, and disturbing the peace.

A second person, Christopher Summers, who police say was also involved in the fight, was also taken to jail.

Police charged Summers with charges including disturbing the peace, disturbing the peace while drunk, and resisting an officer.

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Justice Department sides with Planned Parenthood in lawsuit http://www.wbrz.com/news/justice-department-sides-with-planned-parenthood-in-lawsuit/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/justice-department-sides-with-planned-parenthood-in-lawsuit/ Top Story Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:06:51 AM Justice Department sides with Planned Parenthood in lawsuit

BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Justice Department is telling a federal judge that Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to oust Planned Parenthood from Louisiana's Medicaid program appears to violate federal law.

In a court filing, the DOJ says the Jindal administration hasn't offered "sufficient reasons" to keep Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast's clinics in New Orleans and Baton Rouge from receiving Medicaid payments.

The legal brief, called a "statement of interest," was filed Monday night in advance of a Wednesday hearing to determine whether Planned Parenthood will get a temporary restraining order blocking Jindal's efforts.

Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, cited a provision in state law that allows cancellation of a Medicaid provider agreement with 30-day notice. 

The DOJ says Louisiana hasn't shown Planned Parenthood isn't a qualified Medicaid provider as required under federal law.

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New information released in jug-tossing incidents http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-information-released-in-jug-tossing-incidents/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-information-released-in-jug-tossing-incidents/ Top Story Mon, 31 Aug 2015 8:46:37 PM Trey Schmaltz New information released in jug-tossing incidents

PRAIRIEVILLE - Bond was set at $105,000 for three teenagers accused of throwing water jugs at vehicles in Ascension Parish.

Investigators released new information about the cases Monday, adding there were reports of vandalism as early as Aug. 17. Deputies said on that date a driver reported their vehicle was hit by an object on Highway 44 near Rustling Oak subdivision. The woman said she heard a loud noise and noticed water dripping from her vehicle and a side mirror broken off.

Ten days later, two more people reported similar incidents. First, a car was hit on Highway 621 near Mire Road. The driver was injured, deputies said, and needed to be treated by paramedics. The driver said they saw a vehicle approaching with its bright lights on. As it drove along side the victim's vehicle, someone tossed a jug out of the car. The impact shattered the windshield of the vehicle the victim was driving.

Later, a second car was hit on Highway 933 near Magnolia Run subdivision.

Deputies arrested James Edward McCormack, 17, Layne Michael Goodman, 18, and Chance Michael Lambert, 19. Additional charges could be filed, deputies added in a news release Monday evening.


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Questions raised over citations issued near Comite River http://www.wbrz.com/news/questions-raised-over-citations-issued-near-comite-river/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/questions-raised-over-citations-issued-near-comite-river/ Top Story Mon, 31 Aug 2015 5:32:26 PM Chris Nakamoto Questions raised over citations issued near Comite River

ZACHARY- A property owner in East Baton Rouge Parish claims State Wildlife Agents trespassed on his property last week, when they issued tickets to five people riding all terrain vehicles on his property.

Shane Rush said he gave the five people permission to be there.

"They ride up and down looking for people on ATVs," Rush said. "But they are on ATVs themselves. You would think if they were trying to protect the environment, you would think they wouldn't dare enter the river on an ATV."

Rush believes his property line extends to the River. He said the section of the River is private since it's not a navigable waterway.

Property owners claim for the state to patrol this section of the Comite river, it has to be navigable. As you can see we're in the middle of the river. It's not navigable. You can't even float a boat down it.

"It's very concerning because it's part of a pattern of LDWF reaching beyond it's authority to seize private property," Rush's attorney Donna Grodner said. "To violate civil rights with doing searches and seizures without getting a warrant."

Donna Grodner is representing Shane Rush in a lawsuit that is currently pending in State District Court. Tonight, she's worried other landowners could be affected as State Wildlife Agents continue to issue citations on property like her client's.

"I believe it's my property, and they are determined to control it," Rush said. "I'm a problem to them in terms of their power."

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries released the following statement:

"On Aug. 22 around 12:45 p.m. LDWF agents witnessed the five subjects access and ride up a restricted part of the Comite River that falls under scenic river regulations.  They did not have permission for this part of the river and their activity of riding in the river both qualified as violating scenic river regulations.  Scenic river regulations prohibit the use of a motor vehicle or other wheeled or tracked vehicle on a designated system stream, except for permitted uses and direct crossings by immediately adjacent landowners, lessees, and persons who have written permission from the landowner for non-commercial activities that do not significantly degrade the ecological integrity of the stream."


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World gets first look at Colo. shooting suspect http://www.wbrz.com/news/world-gets-first-look-at-colo-shooting-suspect/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/world-gets-first-look-at-colo-shooting-suspect/ Top Story Mon, 23 Jul 2012 9:43:13 AM World gets first look at Colo. shooting suspect

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The Colorado movie theater shooting suspect is making his first court appearance with reddish orange hair.

James Holmes was wide-eyed and unshaven as he sat staring down.

He appeared Monday after being accused of the shooting rampage at a Colorado movie theater that killed 12 people and injured 58 others.

Authorities say the 24-year-old former graduate student is refusing to cooperate and it could take months to learn what prompted the horrific attack on moviegoers at a midnight screening of the latest Batman film.

Investigators say they found a Batman mask inside Holmes' booby-trapped apartment after the attack.

Holmes has been held in solitary confinement since Friday. Prosecutors say they may consider the death penalty but will make that decision after consulting with victim's families.

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Joint committee questions tax breaks, health cuts http://www.wbrz.com/news/joint-committee-questions-tax-breaks-health-cuts/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/joint-committee-questions-tax-breaks-health-cuts/ Top Story Mon, 23 Jul 2012 9:19:08 AM Russell Jones, Mike Steele Joint committee questions tax breaks, health cuts

BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers gathered in Baton Rouge today for a join budget committee meeting.

On the agenda are questions about just how much the impact of the state's tax breaks are to the budget.  Lawmakers also plan to question the Jindal administration about recent Medicaid cuts, most of which were levied against the LSU health system.

News 2's Mike Steele will have more on the meeting tonight at 6.

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Walker man dies in car crash, alcohol suspected http://www.wbrz.com/news/walker-man-dies-in-car-crash-alcohol-suspected/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/walker-man-dies-in-car-crash-alcohol-suspected/ Top Story Sun, 22 Jul 2012 9:47:21 AM Troy Gaulden Walker man dies in car crash, alcohol suspected

WALKER - A Walker man is dead after a single-vehicle car crash around 6 p.m. on LA 1025 (Arnold Rd.) in Livingston Parish, according to Tpr. Russell Graham.

Graham says 66-year-old Larry Dunlap ran his 1996 Isuzu pickup truck off the road into a ditch also striking a culvert.

Dunlap was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. Dunlap was airlifted to Ochsner Hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he later died, according to Graham.

Graham says troopers believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. A blood sample from Dunlap was submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.

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Aurora shooting suspect appointed public defender http://www.wbrz.com/news/aurora-shooting-suspect-appointed-public-defender/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/aurora-shooting-suspect-appointed-public-defender/ Top Story Sat, 21 Jul 2012 3:47:13 PM Associated Press Aurora shooting suspect appointed public defender

DENVER - The suspect in Friday's mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater has been appointed a defense attorney.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson says 24-year-old James Holmes was booked into the county's detention facility on Friday afternoon.

His lawyer is James O'Connor, head of the public defender's office that covers the sprawling 18th Judicial District from suburban Denver to the eastern Colorado plains. He did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Robinson says his office is not releasing a photo of Holmes at the request of the Aurora Police Department because the case is still under investigation.

Holmes was being held without bond Saturday on suspicion of first-degree murder. He'll have an advisement hearing on Monday. Then prosecutors have 72 hours to file charges.

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BRPD: Tip leads to bait car arrest http://www.wbrz.com/news/brpd-tip-leads-to-bait-car-arrest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/brpd-tip-leads-to-bait-car-arrest/ Top Story Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:20:50 AM Troy Gaulden BRPD: Tip leads to bait car arrest

BATON ROUGE - A Crime Stoppers tip started a bait car investigation that lead to an arrest of a 23-year-old, according Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L'Jean McKneely.

McKneely says Emanuel Weatherspoon was arrested around 6 p.m. Friday for burglarizing a BRPD bait vehicle on July 14 on the 2100 block of Shada St.

Weatherspoon was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and charged with two counts of simple burglary for two separate burglaries, according to McKneely.


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Family of BR movie shooting victim "encouraged" after surgery http://www.wbrz.com/news/family-of-br-movie-shooting-victim-encouraged-after-surgery/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/family-of-br-movie-shooting-victim-encouraged-after-surgery/ Top Story Fri, 20 Jul 2012 2:17:05 PM Russell Jones Family of BR movie shooting victim

BATON ROUGE - The family of a Baton Rouge teen injured in the shooting at a Colorado movie theater last night sent out a statement saying signs after her surgery are "encouraging".

The statement from the family of Bonnie Kate Pourciau, 18, also asked for privacy in the wake of the tragedy.  Pourciau was shot in the knee, one of 59 wounded in the shooting a last night's premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises".  Authorities said 12 people were killed. 

"We wish to thank our many family and friends as well as many others from the community for their expressions of support and concern for our daughter, as well as the many prayers that have been, and continue to be made on Bonnie Kate's behalf. Her injuries, while serious, are not life-threatening, and the early indicators from her surgery have been encouraging. We would appreciate, as much as possible, being given the time and space to deal with the trauma of what has happened and would ask that people please respect our need for privacy. As a Christian family we are trusting the Lord to guide us through this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers also go out to all the families and communities that are affected by this tragedy."

Pourciau was with a church group traveling through the area and saw the movie with another Baton Rouge-area resident, Elizabeth Sumrall, who was not injured.

The man accused in the shooting, 24-year-old James Holmes, was heavily armed and set off a smoke bomb of some sort before opening fire.

News 2 will have the latest on developments from Colorado tonight starting at 4 p.m.


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Baton Rouge teen injured in Colo. movie shooting http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-teen-injured-in-colo-movie-shooting/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-teen-injured-in-colo-movie-shooting/ Top Story Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:27:49 AM Baton Rouge teen injured in Colo. movie shooting

BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge teen was among the people shot and injured in a Colorado movie theater, according to friends of her family.

Bonnie Kate Pourciau was shot in the knee while at the midnight premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colo., according to multiple sources.

A gunman identified as James Holmes, 24, killed 12 people and injured 50 in the shooting rampage.  Police said he was heavily armed with a gas mask, assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols.

Pourciau was on a church trip passing through area when the shooting happened, according to friends of her family.  Another Baton Rouge resident, Elizabeth Sumrall, was in the theater with her but was not injured.

Sumrall posted on her Facebook wall last night: "Going to see The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado with BonnieKate Pourciau!"

Pourciau is in surgery and her family are on their way to Colorado.

News 2 will have more on this developing story starting at noon.

IMAGE: Facebook

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Suspect in movie shootings identified, 12 dead http://www.wbrz.com/news/suspect-in-movie-shootings-identified-12-dead/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/suspect-in-movie-shootings-identified-12-dead/ Top Story Fri, 20 Jul 2012 7:22:38 AM Suspect in movie shootings identified, 12 dead

AURORA, Colo. - A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight showing of the Batman movie on Friday, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history.

When the gas began to spread, some moviegoers thought it was a stunt that was part of the "The Dark Knight Rises," one of the most highly anticipated films of the summer. They saw a silhouette of a person in the smoke near the screen, first pointing a gun at the crowd and then shooting.

"There were bullet (casings) just falling on my head. They were burning my forehead," Jennifer Seeger said, adding that the gunman, dressed like a SWAT team member, fired steadily except when he stopped to reload.

"Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom, boom," she said. "He would reload and shoot and anyone who would try to leave would just get killed."

The suspect was taken into custody and identified by federal law enforcement officials as 24-year-old James Holmes. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Authorities did not release a motive. The FBI said there was no indication that the shooting is tied to any terrorist groups.

Holmes had an assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols, a federal law enforcement official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.

FBI agents and police used a hook and ladder fire truck to reach Holmes' apartment in suburban Denver, Aurora police Chief Dan Oates said. They put a camera at the end of 12-foot pole inside the apartment, and discovered that the unit was booby trapped. Authorities evacuated five buildings as they determine how to disarm flammable and explosive material.

Victims were being treated for chemical exposure apparently related to canisters thrown by the gunman. Some of those injured are children, including a 4-month-old baby who was released from the hospital.

Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania on ABC's "Good Morning America" said he didn't know yet if all the injuries were gunshot wounds. He said some might have been caused by other things such as shrapnel.

The movie opened across the world Friday with midnight showings in the U.S. Guards were at a screening at a movie theater in New York's Times Square. The shooting prompted officials to cancel the Paris premiere, with workers pulling down the red carpet display at a theater on the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue.

President Barack Obama said he was saddened by the "horrific and tragic shooting," pledging that his administration was "committed to bringing whoever was responsible to justice, ensuring the safety of our people, and caring for those who have been wounded."

It was the worst mass shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at the school in the Denver suburb of Littleton, about 15 miles west of Aurora, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves.

Friday's attack began shortly after midnight at the multiplex theater at a mall in Aurora, the state's third-largest city.

The film has several scenes of public mayhem - a hallmark of superhero movies. In one scene, the main villain Bane leads an attack on the stock exchange and, in another, leads a shooting and bombing rampage on a packed football stadium.

It was the final installment of the "Dark Knight" trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale as Batman. The series has a darker tone than previous Batman incarnations. It is the follow-up to "The Dark Knight," which won Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for his searing portrayal of The Joker.

The gunman released a gas that smelled like pepper spray from a green canister with a tag on it, Seeger said.

"I thought it was showmanship. I didn't think it was real," she said.

Seeger said she was in the second row, about four feet from the gunman, when he pointed a gun at her face. At first, "I was just a deer in headlights. I didn't know what to do," she said. Then she ducked to the ground as the gunman shot people seated behind her.

She said she began crawling toward an exit when she saw a girl about 14 years old "lying lifeless on the stairs." She saw a man with a bullet wound in his back and tried to check his pulse, but "I had to go. I was going to get shot."

Witness Shayla Roeder said she saw a young teenage girl on the ground bleeding outside the theater. "She just had this horrible look in her eyes .... We made eye contact and I could tell she was not all right," Roeder said.

Police, ambulances and emergency crews swarmed on the scene after frantic calls started flooding the 911 switchboard, officials said. Officers came running in and telling people to leave the theater, Salina Jordan told the Denver Post. She said some police were carrying and dragging bodies.

Hayden Miller told KUSA-TV that he heard several shots. "Like little explosions going on and shortly after that we heard people screaming," he told the station. Hayden said at first he thought it was part of a louder movie next door. But then he saw "people hunched over leaving theater."

Officers later found the gunman near a car behind the theater.

Police found a gas mask, rifle, handgun and at least one additional weapon inside, Oates said, adding that there was no evidence of any other attackers. The suspect spoke of "possible explosives in his residence. We are dealing with that potential threat," Oates said.

A large truck lettered "bomb squad" arrived near an Aurora apartment complex where the suspect is believed to have lived, about four miles from the theater. Dozens of police squad cars, vans and other vehicles were already at the scene, along with black-clad officers carrying automatic weapons.

Police evacuated residents of the building. Oates did not say whether any explosives had been found. He said police also checked for explosives in the parking lot and at the Century 16 theater and secured those areas.

At least 24 people were being treated at Denver area hospitals.

"Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time," the studio said.

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President to visit La. next week http://www.wbrz.com/news/president-to-visit-la-next-week/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/president-to-visit-la-next-week/ Top Story Thu, 19 Jul 2012 1:47:17 PM President to visit La. next week

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will make a stop in Louisiana as part of a three-day campaign trip next week.

The president is scheduled to speak at the National Urban League in New Orleans on Wednesday.  His re-election campaign also said he has two fundraisers scheduled during that visit.

Aides previously had announced plans for Obama to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nev., on Monday.  Both speeches are considered "official" events - part of his presidential duties - even though Obama has made a concerted effort to win over military votes this fall, and to maintain his record turnout among black voters.

On Monday, Obama will also headline three Democratic fundraisers in Oakland, Calif. The following day, he'll speak at a rally and fundraiser in Portland, Oregon, and more fundraisers in Seattle.

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Shunick family hoping missing student is alive http://www.wbrz.com/news/shunick-family-hoping-missing-student-is-alive/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/shunick-family-hoping-missing-student-is-alive/ Top Story Thu, 19 Jul 2012 1:39:28 PM Shunick family hoping missing student is alive

BATON ROUGE - Family members of a Lafayette college student missing since May say they are holding on to the hope Mickey Shunick is still alive.

A Lafayette Parish grand jury indicted Brandon Scott Lavergne, 33, on Wednesday for the killing of Shunick and also in the death of another woman in 1999.

Charlene Shunick, Mickey Shunick's sister, said she hopes the indictment will push Lavergne into revealing where her sister is.

Shunick's body has not been found. Police have not said why they believe the University of Louisiana-Lafayette student is dead.

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LSU the favorite to win SEC championship http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-the-favorite-to-win-sec-championship/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-the-favorite-to-win-sec-championship/ Top Story Thu, 19 Jul 2012 9:24:39 AM LSU the favorite to win SEC championship

HOOVER, Ala. - LSU has been picked to win its second straight Southeastern Conference championship.

The Tigers got the nod in the Western Division over Alabama, the team that beat LSU in the BCS championship game in January. Arkansas was picked to finish third in the West, followed by Auburn, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Mississippi in a vote by the 222 media members attending the league's media days .

Georgia was picked to win the Eastern Division, followed by South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore received the most votes on the first team, followed by LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama center Barrett Jones.

LSU led the league with seven first-team selections, Alabama had five. The West had 20 of the 26 first-team selections.

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La. lawmakers hold hearing on health care cuts http://www.wbrz.com/news/la-lawmakers-hold-hearing-on-health-care-cuts/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/la-lawmakers-hold-hearing-on-health-care-cuts/ Top Story Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:48:13 AM La. lawmakers hold hearing on health care cuts

BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers want more details about $523 million in health care cuts made by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The reductions fall largely on the LSU-run public hospital system.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley called a Thursday meeting of the House budget and health care committees for presentations from LSU officials and from Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein, who made the decisions on funding cuts.

LSU's network of hospitals and clinics was hit with $329 million of the reductions. The reductions strip 25 percent of the public health care system's nearly $1.3 billion budget.

Lawmakers have said they expect such deep reductions could lead to closures of facilities that are used to train medical students and that treat uninsured residents, who make up about 20 percent of the state's population.

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Romney's wife says voters will 'fire the coach' http://www.wbrz.com/news/romney-s-wife-says-voters-will-fire-the-coach-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/romney-s-wife-says-voters-will-fire-the-coach-/ Top Story Thu, 19 Jul 2012 7:03:49 AM Romney's wife says voters will 'fire the coach'

WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's wife is reinforcing her husband's refusal to make public several years of tax returns, saying "we've given all you need to know" about the family's finances.

Ann Romney tells ABC News she thinks the Obama campaign's attacks on her husband have been "beneath the dignity of the presidency." And she says people will decide whom to vote for based on whether their lives would be better under Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama.

She says that ultimately she believes voters are "going to fire the coach."

Mrs. Romney says the family gives 10 percent of its income to the church and he took no salary during his four years as governor of Massachusetts. She says that should be enough to put aside people's concerns about her husband's finances.

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WBR deputy reassigned after News 2 investigation http://www.wbrz.com/news/wbr-deputy-reassigned-after-news-2-investigation/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/wbr-deputy-reassigned-after-news-2-investigation/ Top Story Wed, 18 Jul 2012 4:30:25 PM Chris Nakamoto WBR deputy reassigned after News 2 investigation

PORT ALLEN- The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed a deputy from New Roads was reassigned from his courthouse detail to the WBR jail. Sources told News 2 the deputy turned in his notice after the reassignment.

It comes on the heels of a News 2 investigation into possible preferential treatment at the jail for Victoria Gosserand, who pleaded "no contest" to charges of vehicular manslaughter in a drunken driving crash.

A source told News 2 the Sheriff believed that deputy was "the snitch" about Gosserand's treatment.  However, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office denied our investigation had anything to do with his reassignment.

Last week, News 2 questioned Sheriff Mike Cazes about video we obtained outside the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail.  It showed Victoria Gosserand walking in plain clothes without handcuffs or shackles outside the prison.  Our investigation revealed Gosserand is in a cell by herself, and is one of the only women in a prison work program.

"Tell whoever your snitch is, tell him he's got a job for a little bit longer," Sheriff Mike Cazes said.  "But, I have the final say so, your service is no longer needed."

Gosserand was sentenced to three years with credit for time served after she pleaded no contest in connection to a crash that killed Terri Parker and badly injured Kyle Rivere in 2009.

Online, hundreds of you sounded off about this investigation.

"I'm nauseated by this!" said Ellen Landess Chauvin on our Facebook page. "She needs to be transferred to a facility where she will serve her "minor" sentence like every other murderer. Mr Sheriff needs to go and the "snitch" who's job is in jeopardy needs a promotion!"

"It's garbage like this that keeps renewing that stereotype of corrupt southern lawmen... And it's not a stereotype if it's still happening," said Claude and Pam Parish, via Facebook.

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Nationwide ID scam hits Baton Rouge area http://www.wbrz.com/news/nationwide-id-scam-hits-baton-rouge-area/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/nationwide-id-scam-hits-baton-rouge-area/ Top Story Wed, 18 Jul 2012 4:16:21 PM Olivia LaBorde Nationwide ID scam hits  Baton Rouge area

BATON ROUGE - A nationwide identity theft scam has hit the Baton Rouge area.

The Better Business Bureau says hundreds in our area have reported calls from people posing as government officials. The person says that you're eligible for a government grant, usually worth $1,000, to pay a utility bill or some sort of debt. In some cases the caller says it is part of a special Obama administration program.

But Walker Police Chief Mirliam Lee said it's all a scam.

"They said, ‘You've got a great record. All you've got to due is stay out of trouble, and give us your banking account number, routing number or your debit card number'," he said.

Chief Lee said the callers even go so far as to actually deposit the money. However, they take it out a few hours or days later along with anything else the victim may have in their account.

For one woman in Walker, it was her student loans.  When she tried to call them back, there was no answer.  Lee said the more successful a scam is, the harder it can be to track down all the people who were victims.

"They may be embarrassed that they got suckered in," he said.

Police warn that you should never give your banking, driver's license, or any other personal information to unsolicited calls or emails.  If you feel you were a victim of this or similar scams, call your local police.


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Police arrest man for shopping scooter joyride http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-arrest-man-for-shopping-scooter-joyride/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-arrest-man-for-shopping-scooter-joyride/ Top Story Wed, 18 Jul 2012 3:50:46 PM Police arrest man for shopping scooter joyride

HOUMA - Houma police say a 24-year-old man is accused of driving a shopping scooter while drunk.

Police say Thomas J. Phillip's breath tested at more than double the amount considered legal proof of intoxication under Louisiana law when he was pulled over Sunday.

Police say they got a call about a motorized scooter pulling a wheelchair, and found Phillip on the scooter and a friend of his in the wheelchair. They say Phillip was arrested after allegedly telling police he'd been at a Wal-Mart store and decided to take the scooter for a joyride.

Police say he was booked with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and with theft.

Phillip could not be reached for comment because no phone listing was available for him.

Police say the wheelchair occupant was not cited.

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