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, 4 Jul 2015 07:07:59 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Car controversy on display in Watson http://www.wbrz.com/news/car-controversy-on-display-in-watson/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/car-controversy-on-display-in-watson/ Top Story Fri, 3 Jul 2015 9:47:14 PM Kristen Althouse Car controversy on display in Watson

WATSON - What has become a Livingston Parish Independence Day tradition has a flare of controversy this year.

As each of the following years, memorabilia from the 1980's show "The Dukes of Hazzard" will be on display, including replicas of cars from the show. And it is the cars that are drawing added attention this year since the event happens as the country debates the Confederate Flag.
The show's iconic "General Lee" has the flag painted on the top of its roof.

The owner of one car on display this weekend said the conversation about the symbol will not force him to repaint his car. Paul Anderson said the flag on his car's roof does not symbolizes hatred and added he is tired of the fight all together.

"I got plenty of black friends I cherish very well. I just don't see it that way," Anderson said. "The flag issue is so yesterday's news."

The discussion started when Dylann Roof, 21, killed nine people in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Since then, politicians and civil rights activists have been asking for the flag to be removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol and other public places in other states. Stores, including Walmart, pulled merchandise with the symbol from its shelves. Among the items were General Lee toy cars.

TV Land also announced it is pulling the scheduled reruns of "The Dukes of Hazzard" because of the car.

Anderson blames the people using the flag to inflict pain onto other people.

"There are some individuals out there that use it as that. Like that boy posing in front of the confederate flag that ended up doing that terrible thing at that church," Anderson said. "I don't hate anybody. Jesus Christ taught us to love everybody, for whatever color they are for whatever race, you're supposed to love."

Church leaders of the congregation targeted by Roof have asked for Confederate Flags to be removed across the country. Also this week, NASCAR asked its fans to refrain from displaying the flag at its events.

Organizers of the show in Livingston Parish said they have not heard of any threats to protest the celebration.

Thursday, Bubba Watson, the third-ranked golfer in the world and owner of one of the official General Lee cars from the show, tweeted his plans to paint over the Confederate Flag on his car.

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Anglers reel in a pass; old licenses accepted this weekend http://www.wbrz.com/news/anglers-reel-in-a-pass-old-licenses-accepted-this-weekend/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/anglers-reel-in-a-pass-old-licenses-accepted-this-weekend/ Top Story Fri, 3 Jul 2015 8:19:24 PM Trey Schmaltz Anglers reel in a pass; old licenses accepted this weekend

KILLIAN - Expired fishing licenses will be honored this weekend after a licensing malfunction, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced Friday.

Since the system was down for an extended period of time Thursday, anglers were not able to get a 2015-2016 license. The department apologized and posted on its Facebook, 2014-2015 licenses will be honored through the July 4th Weekend.

"Everybody is doing family things; they're going to the beach, they're going crabbing, they're doing a family outing...so they want to be legal," store owner Lorette Bell said.

Bell told Lafayette-area ABC affiliate KATC, numerous customers were not able to update their license.

"The past 24 hours... Has been disastrous," she said on Friday.

Fishing licenses expired July 30th.

The system was back up and running Friday.
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Rain expected for lunchtime Saturday http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-expected-for-lunchtime-saturday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/rain-expected-for-lunchtime-saturday/ Top Story Fri, 3 Jul 2015 6:01:22 PM Kevin Dupuy Rain expected for lunchtime Saturday

BATON ROUGE - If you have plans near Baton Rouge this Independence day weekend, you can expect a little bit of rain Saturday. 

Expect some showers earlier in the day, but all rain activity is expected to stop by 4 p.m. Saturday. Make sure to keep an umbrella handy before, during, and a little after the lunch hour.

The high for Saturday is 90 degrees. People heading out to catch the Fireworks on the Mississippi River can expect temperatures in the upper 80s into the night. The air will definitely be hot and humid throughout the day.

Stay tuned to WBRZ for the latest forecast and weather updates for your July 4th holiday weekend.

To watch Pat's forecast for tonight and tomorrow, click here.

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Heavy police presence planned for firework show http://www.wbrz.com/news/heavy-police-presence-planned-for-firework-show/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/heavy-police-presence-planned-for-firework-show/ Top Story Fri, 3 Jul 2015 5:39:26 PM Mark Armstrong Heavy police presence planned for firework show

BATON ROUGE - Expect a heavy police presence at Saturday's fireworks show in the downtown area as a "zero tolerance" policy will be enforced for criminal activity.

With the stricter enforcement in effect, even misdemeanor crimes could end in arrest.

Over 100 officers will be at the July 4th event including mounted patrols, plainclothes officers, and air surveillance. Law enforcement will use cameras, microphones and night vision technology to monitor the crowd.

A portion of River Road in downtown will be shutdown beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., however festival goers are encouraged to arrive two hours early to avoid traffic delays.

Alcohol will be sold in designated areas at the festival, but attendees are not allowed to take their drinks outside those areas. Ice chests, BBQ pits, tents, and pets are not allowed in the festival area.

Groups will not be allowed to linger after the show ends, and law enforcement intends to clear the area quickly. Individuals are encouraged to report suspicious or criminal activity to police.

For more info about events scheduled downtown on the 4th of July, visit the homepage for WBRZ's Fireworks on the Mississippi.


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May 3rd election results http://www.wbrz.com/news/may-3rd-election-results/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/may-3rd-election-results/ Top Story Sat, 3 May 2014 10:52:42 PM AE Stevenson May 3rd election results

BATON ROUGE - On Saturday, 35 parishes went to the polls for various tax elections.

In Central voters also had to fill a council seat in a runoff election. Voters elected Jason Ellis with 58 percent of the vote against Ralph Washington.

East Baton Rouge Parish also had two tax renewals up for a vote for schools, both passed overwhelmingly with just over 70 percent of the vote, respectively.

Fire protection for the East Side Fire Department and District 6 also passed.

In West Feliciana Parish, voter said no to a proposed new tax to help fund schools. The 14 mills tax over ten years was denied by 56 percent of the vote.

Walker High will get it's needed improvements from property owners in Livingston Parish. The vote is a new tax that is going to generate $25 million dollars to expand the school. Currently there is a thousand students in the school now, but when WBRZ News 2 spoke with the Principal, Justin St. Pierre, he said enrollment will increase for the school and they need the money to make enlargements, and additions to the school.

The tax passed with 54 percent of the vote.


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Victim identified in Airline Hwy shooting http://www.wbrz.com/news/victim-identified-in-airline-hwy-shooting/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/victim-identified-in-airline-hwy-shooting/ Top Story Sat, 3 May 2014 4:07:33 PM Greg Renoud Victim identified in Airline Hwy shooting

BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police say a man was shot and killed during a domestic dispute in his vehicle at around 9am Saturday morning.

Detectives say Noel Beauchamp, 55, was shot by his wife several times during the altercation. He died from his injuries.

It happened on Airline Hwy between North Foster Drive and McClelland Drive. The shooting caused Airline Hwy to close for a few hours Saturday morning.

Police say the incident is still under investigation.


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I-10 Westbound now open; Eastbound still closed http://www.wbrz.com/news/i-10-westbound-now-open-eastbound-still-closed/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/i-10-westbound-now-open-eastbound-still-closed/ Top Story Fri, 2 May 2014 4:03:52 PM Trey Schmaltz/Greg Renoud I-10 Westbound now open; Eastbound still closed

WHISKEY BAY - Westbound lanes of the Basin Bridge opened up at around 10:45 am Saturday. Eastbound lanes will remain closed until Saturday morning, possibly after sunrise, as crews continue to deal with a deadly, fiery crash involving four 18-wheelers.

Traffic is being diverted to US-190 for those traveling Eastbound at I-49. DOTD says traffic is backed up to N University Avenue in Lafayette on I-10 East. Expect very heavy delays on US-190 in both directions.

State Police and emergency crews have been working the scene since the crash happened at the beginning of rush hour Friday. The driver of one semi, pulling a standard box trailer, did not notice traffic coming to a stop in front of him and rear-ended another semi causing a chain-reaction crash that eventually smashed four 18-wheelers together. One driver died.

The crash caused a large fire that burned the vehicles. State transportation inspectors will likely have to inspect the bridge before it is fully opened, troopers said.

Another issue overnight are unidentified barrels inside one of the trailers. Hazmat crews are also on scene to deal with that issue and others created by the explosive wreck, which happened on the eastbound side of the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge near LA 975.

Aerial video of the ordeal, shot by the WBRZ helicopter news crew powered by Custom Security, showed drivers waiting outside of their vehicles as firefighters battled the inferno from both east and west sides. The fire was extinguished in less than an hour, but people had to wait well into the night and some could linger, stuck on the bridge until early Saturday morning.

Some people were stuck in traffic on the bridge for as many as six hours. By 11 p.m., troopers had cleared seven miles of congestion by assisting drivers who had to either turn around or drive in reverse to the nearest crossover. There, they were shuffled onto the westbound lanes and eventually to I-49 and Highway 190. About one mile of congestion remained and those people are expected off the bridge around midnight.

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APSO: Unrestrained teens thrown from wreck http://www.wbrz.com/news/apso-unrestrained-teens-thrown-from-wreck/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/apso-unrestrained-teens-thrown-from-wreck/ Top Story Fri, 2 May 2014 10:41:41 AM Russell Jones APSO: Unrestrained teens thrown from wreck

BELLE ROSE - Three teen girls thrown from the vehicle they were in after a wreck Thursday night weren't wearing their seat belts, according to the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies said 18-year-old Alaina Landry, 17-year-old Brandy Landry, and 18-year-old Katie Metzler were seriously injured after the wreck on LA 70 in Assumption Parish.

Investigators said the girls were headed west on LA 70 when they passed another vehicle in a curved no-passing zone. Deputies said their car went off the side of the road, spun as it hit a ditch and overturned. All three girls were thrown from the vehicle as it flipped, according to the sheriff's office.

Investigators said speed was believed to be a factor in the crash, and alcohol use is unknown. Deputies said they were also still trying to determine which teen was driving the vehicle.


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Police identify man found shot at apartment http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-identify-man-found-shot-at-apartment/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-identify-man-found-shot-at-apartment/ Top Story Thu, 1 May 2014 4:12:35 AM Hunter Robinson, Russell Jones Police identify man found shot at apartment

BATON ROUGE - Police said a person found shot overnight in Baton Rouge has died from their injuries.

Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said Elbert Marshall, 29, died after he was shot outside an apartment complex on La Margie Street early Thursday morning.

A second victim victim was found dead in a separate incident overnight. Police said the body was found on Scenic Highway near Mulberry. Their identity has not been released.

Anyone with information on either incident should call the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869.

News 2 will have more updates starting at noon.

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APSO: 3 other gang members wanted for murder http://www.wbrz.com/news/apso-3-other-gang-members-wanted-for-murder/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/apso-3-other-gang-members-wanted-for-murder/ Top Story Tue, 29 Apr 2014 1:40:42 PM Brian Waldrep APSO: 3 other gang members wanted for murder

DARROW- Detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office are on the lookout for three additional suspects wanted in connection with a murder last week in Darrow.

Arrest warrants are out for Bruce James, Anthony "Tony" Clark, and Delano "Deeky" Alexander for their involvement in the shooting death of 23 year-old Isaac Prestley.

Detectives say these men are believed to be part of a gang who, along with four other men, opened fire the night of the murder.

They are all wanted for second-degree murder and illegal use of a firearm.

Anyone with any information or whereabouts of these men, is urged to call the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

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Human remains found on family farm, identity unknown http://www.wbrz.com/news/human-remains-found-on-family-farm-identity-unknown/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/human-remains-found-on-family-farm-identity-unknown/ Top Story Thu, 24 Apr 2014 8:46:53 PM Ryan Naquin Human remains found on family farm, identity unknown

HAMMOND - A family is in shock after a human skeleton was found on their Tangipahoa Parish property.

Tuesday afternoon, family members discovered a skull and bones while clearing land on N. Brickyard Drive.  Sheriff office investigators rushed to the scene and called in forensic experts from LSU to process evidence.

"You see it on the news somewhere else; not here," Laura Rivero said standing over where the body was found.

The remains were discovered near the back property line, and the family says the road behind the field is another quarter mile beyond where the body was found.

"[It's] very frightening," Rivero said, "because it's been here four months and no one knew about it. I hope they find out who it is."

Investigators are still trying to figure out if a crime was behind the unknown person's death.

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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 4:29:37 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 9:24:34 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 9:34:20 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 10:25:12 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 10:23:35 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 4:21:25 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 10:45:25 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 10:53:46 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 5:45:10 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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