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. () () Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:12:09 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Two NYPD officers killed in ambush http://www.wbrz.com/news/two-nypd-officers-killed-in-ambush/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/two-nypd-officers-killed-in-ambush/ Top Story Sat, 20 Dec 2014 1:31:07 PM Melissa Moore Two NYPD officers killed in ambush

NEW YORK - Two New York police officers are dead after an ambush shooting Saturday afternoon, according to police reports.

The apparent killer was found dead in a nearby subway station. He is believed to have killed himself.

NYPD's 52nd Precinct reported their deaths in a Twitter poast saying, "Our prayers are with the family of the 2 #NYPD who lost there lives today. #BeSafe."

The officers were in their patrol car in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood when the gunman attacked and then fled. The officers were taken to a hospital but have since died.

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Ex-Gov. Edwards, Monroe Mayor seek House upsets http://www.wbrz.com/news/ex-gov-edwards-monroe-mayor-seek-house-upsets/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ex-gov-edwards-monroe-mayor-seek-house-upsets/ Top Story Sat, 6 Dec 2014 4:22:14 PM Kevin McGill Ex-Gov. Edwards, Monroe Mayor seek House upsets

NEW ORLEANS - Two open congressional seats remained up for grabs in Louisiana after last month's elections, and two veteran Democrats - former Gov. Edwin Edwards and longtime Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo - were hoping for upset runoff victories in the conservative, Republican-leaning districts.

The 87-year-old Edwards sought a political comeback after more than eight years in prison. His opponent Saturday in the Baton Rouge area's 6th District was Garret Graves, a Republican who most recently served as Gov. Bobby Jindal's coastal restoration chief.

Mayo faced a Republican physician, Ralph Abraham of Richland Parish, in northeast Louisiana's 5th District. As in the 6th District, the GOP candidate is favored. The winner succeeds Vance McAllister, a married Republican ousted by voters after video surfaced showing him kissing a woman other than his wife.

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Landrieu can't settle on message in Senate runoff http://www.wbrz.com/news/landrieu-can-t-settle-on-message-in-senate-runoff/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/landrieu-can-t-settle-on-message-in-senate-runoff/ Top Story Fri, 5 Dec 2014 9:40:44 AM Landrieu can't settle on message in Senate runoff

BATON ROUGE - With hours to go before Saturday's runoff election in Louisiana, underdog Sen. Mary Landrieu is running through her talking points.

Seniority and clout. Energy committee leadership. The Keystone XL pipeline. Her opponent's timesheets. And a slap at the national Democrats who abandoned her bid for reelection. She's hit each topic since the Senate race headed into overtime.

Rep. Bill Cassidy is Landrieu's Republican opponent. Cassidy is sticking to a single theme: Tying Landrieu to Obama. Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor and North Carolina's Kay Hagan lost re-election bids on Nov. 4 after being pummeled by similar Republican-driven, anti-Obama strategies.

Landrieu is trying to hang on to the last statewide Democratic-held seat in the Deep South. But she is the underdog in her race.

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Chaos in Ferguson, locals worry about race relations here http://www.wbrz.com/news/chaos-in-ferguson-locals-worry-about-race-relations-here/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chaos-in-ferguson-locals-worry-about-race-relations-here/ Top Story Mon, 24 Nov 2014 8:02:16 PM Ryan Naquin, Trey Schmaltz Chaos in Ferguson, locals worry about race relations here

BATON ROUGE - As parts of suburban St. Louis burned Monday night, advocates in Louisiana said the situation is a learning experience that should force a new conversation about race in America.

Within an hour of the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an African American teenager, protests turned violent. Protesters started by throwing things at police in SWAT gear and eventually smashed police cars, raided businesses and set buildings on fire. By midnight, the FAA issued a no-fly-zone over the St. Louis area.

St. Louis County Police said officers used tear gas to disperse crowds.

In Louisiana, a small group of people gathered outside the 19th Judicial District Courthouse Monday evening to protest the grand jury's decision.

Earlier, advocates said the situation in Ferguson could close race relation talks instead of open them.

"I'm sad to think that the (decision) could come down in a way that just continues to perpetuate problems that we are hoping to solve," Dialogue on Race Louisiana CEO Maxine Crump said.

"We really need to sit down, relax and talk about these things and be comfortable to talk about it," Baton Rouge Community College criminal justice professor Paul Guidry said.

"No doubt Ferguson has opened that door up again to say we need to take a step back a little and pause maybe...like a reset button and come back to the table and start talking about the racial issues that we have in our community, especially when it comes to law enforcement and things of that nature," Guidry said.

Baton Rouge Police said there were no added patrols Monday night related to the grand jury's decision.

There were other protests in other major U.S. cities, too.

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5 die in crash on way to Disney World, police say http://www.wbrz.com/news/5-die-in-crash-on-way-to-disney-world-police-say/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/5-die-in-crash-on-way-to-disney-world-police-say/ Top Story Thu, 20 Nov 2014 9:27:15 AM APNewsNow 5 die in crash on way to Disney World, police say

CALHOUN - Louisiana State Police say three children and two adults from a family in Texas were killed when their vehicle veered off the interstate and rolled over in northeast Louisiana.

State police spokesman Michael Reichardt says the car was driven by a 16-year-old who likely fell asleep at the wheel just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. In addition to the five who died, the driver and two other passengers suffered minor injuries.

The family was making its way from Texas to Florida for a vacation at Walt Disney World.

Authorities identified the adults killed as Michael and Trudi Hardman of Terrell, Texas. The children killed were ages 4, 7 and 15. State police say none of those killed wore seat belts.

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Common Core opponents turn to grassroots effort http://www.wbrz.com/news/common-core-opponents-turn-to-grassroots-effort-66680/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/common-core-opponents-turn-to-grassroots-effort-66680/ Top Story Wed, 12 Nov 2014 1:41:06 PM Common Core opponents turn to grassroots effort

BATON ROUGE - As students and teachers adjust to Common Core, a group of lawmakers is trying to build grassroots support for stripping the education standards from classrooms.

The lawmakers are holding town hall meetings across Louisiana, looking to gain momentum for a planned push in next year's legislative session to undo Louisiana's decision to use Common Core.

Earlier this year, the Legislature refused to strip the multi-state standards from public schools. Rep. Brett Geymann, a Lake Charles Republican, said he hopes new pressure from parents and teachers can persuade his colleagues to change their minds.

Gov. Bobby Jindal is on Geymann's side, saying he'll ask lawmakers to jettison Common Core.

But Education Superintendent John White, a majority of Louisiana's education board members and key legislative leaders continue to support the standards.

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49ers beat Saints in OT thriller 27-24 http://www.wbrz.com/news/49ers-beat-saints-in-ot-thriller-27-24/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/49ers-beat-saints-in-ot-thriller-27-24/ Top Story Sun, 9 Nov 2014 2:24:07 PM BRETT MARTEL 49ers beat Saints in OT thriller 27-24

NEW ORLEANS - Colin Kaepernick completed a 51-yard pass on fourth down to sustain a game-tying drive, Ahmad Brooks sacked and stripped Drew Brees in overtime, and Phil Dawson kicked a 35-yard field goal to cap San Francisco's stirring 27-24 victory over New Orleans on Sunday.

The victory snapped a two-game skid for the Niners (5-4) and marked the first home loss for the Saints (4-5) in more than a season.

Brooks' decisive blow on a sack of Brees had to feel like poetic justice to the Niners' linebacker. His unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a vicious sack and strip in the Superdome a year ago allowed the Saints to pull out a late comeback victory in these teams' previous meeting.

Brees was intercepted twice, but also passed for three scores, the last to Jimmy Graham to give the Saints a 24-21 lead with 1:52 left in regulation.

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LSU vs. Bama times of interest http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-vs-bama-times-of-interest/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-vs-bama-times-of-interest/ Top Story Sat, 8 Nov 2014 8:45:05 AM Greg Renoud LSU vs. Bama times of interest

BATON ROUGE - The next chapter of the LSU and Alabama will be written tonight when the two teams square off in Tiger Stadium at 7:10 p.m.

The Tide come will enter having won the last 3 contests against LSU, including the 2011 national championship game and a last minute victory over the Tigers in 2012.

Watch WBRZ tonight at 6 p.m. for our LSU vs. Bama special, where WBRZ's sports team will break down everything you need to know going into tonights contest.

Here are some times of interest for game day on campus. All of these events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

11 a.m. College Gameday Radio live on the Parade Ground.

Noon Ticket office opens.

1:00 p.m. Golden Band practice at indoor football facility.

2:00 p.m. Zatarain's Tiger One Village Opens

2:30 p.m. Cowboy Mouth performs in front of the PMAC.

3:30 p.m. TAF tailgate begins at the PMAC (open to all TAF and LSU alumni association members).

4:15 p.m. Student gate opens.

4:30 p.m. All other gates open.

4:55 p.m. Team walks down the hill.

5:10 p.m. Band walks down the hill.

5:20 p.m. Band performs at the PMAC.

6:00 p.m. WBRZ pregame show begins.

7:10 p.m. Kickoff.


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Freeze warning in effect overnight http://www.wbrz.com/news/freeze-warning-in-effect-overnight/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/freeze-warning-in-effect-overnight/ Top Story Sat, 1 Nov 2014 8:39:49 PM Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III Freeze warning in effect overnight

A **FREEZE WARNING*** has been issued for Sunday 12 a.m.-8 a.m.

A Freeze Warning means that significant widespread freezing temperatures are expected. It currently includes the parishes of Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa, and Livingston. It also includes the counties of Amite, Pike, and Wilkinson. It has even spread into Central Louisiana and East Texas.

Areas further north may experience several hours of temperatures below freezing.

Remember to bring animals and plants inside, or at least protect them, as well as pipes.


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Drivers identified in hayride Crash http://www.wbrz.com/news/drivers-identified-in-hayride-crash/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/drivers-identified-in-hayride-crash/ Top Story Sat, 1 Nov 2014 8:28:55 AM Greg Renoud Drivers identified in hayride Crash

WALKER- State police have identified the drivers in Friday's hayride crash that injured 11 kids and one adult.

Officials say Ashley Posey, 37, was driving the Honda ATV that was pulling the utility trailer. Victoria Farr, 33, rear ended Posey on LA Hwy 1024 near LA Hwy 447.

Police say Posey's trailer wasn't properly lit.

Officials say an adult male passenger in Posey's vehicle had moderate injuries and was air lifted to Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Eleven of the 20 kids on the trailer were treated for minor injuries.

Posey was cited for driving an off-road vehicle on a Louisiana road more than 30 minutes after sunset and not having enough light on her trailer.


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BRPD: Teen shot, killed and left in the street http://www.wbrz.com/news/brpd-teen-shot-killed-and-left-in-the-street/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/brpd-teen-shot-killed-and-left-in-the-street/ Top Story Wed, 29 Oct 2014 8:21:11 AM Russell Jones BRPD: Teen shot, killed and left in the street

BATON ROUGE - Police said there's little information to go on after a teen was found shot to death overnight in Baton Rouge.

Detectives said Marvin Lewis, 17, was found dead in the road around 8:30 Tuesday night in the 1600 block of N. 49th Street. Police said he'd been shot in the upper body.

Officers said they learned another person who might be connected to the shooting arrived at a local hospital with gunshot wounds in his lower body. Other details surrounding the investigation are still unclear, according to BRPD.

Anyone with information about this shooting should call the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869.


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Bill Clinton to campaign with Sen. Mary Landrieu http://www.wbrz.com/news/bill-clinton-to-campaign-with-sen-mary-landrieu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/bill-clinton-to-campaign-with-sen-mary-landrieu/ Top Story Fri, 17 Oct 2014 8:55:24 AM APNewsNow Bill Clinton to campaign with Sen. Mary Landrieu

BATON ROUGE - Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Landrieu's campaign hopes Clinton's visit to Baton Rouge on Monday will boost support for the three-term Democratic incumbent heading into the start of early voting Tuesday. The election is Nov. 4.

The rally will be held at the downtown Hilton hotel.

This is Clinton's second visit to Louisiana for Landrieu, who is locked in a tight re-election battle and targeted for ouster by Republicans seeking to regain control of the Senate. Her main GOP opponents are U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy and tea party favorite Rob Maness. Clinton was the special guest at a New Orleans fundraiser for Landrieu in early September.

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Jury being charged in deadly cycling wreck trial http://www.wbrz.com/news/jury-being-charged-in-deadly-cycling-wreck-trial/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jury-being-charged-in-deadly-cycling-wreck-trial/ Top Story Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:29:54 PM Russell Jones Jury being charged in deadly cycling wreck trial

BATON ROUGE - Judge Mike Erwin gave instructions to the jury Friday evening in the vehicular homicide trial of Joseph Branch, and deliberations should begin shortly after.

Earlier Friday Danny Morris, the surviving cyclist from the 2012 crash, told jurors he's in constant pain and suffered neurological damage because of the wreck on Perkins Road. Investigators said Branch was driving drunk when he hit Morris and Nathan Crowson, who died in the wreck.

Morris told jurors he biked daily through the area where the wreck happened, and never had trouble with vehicles before Branch hit them. He also told jurors he and Crowson always rode with their lights on, and since Crowson worked at a bike shop they had plenty of access to safety equipment.

Morris also admitted he had smoked marijuana in the past, but had not had any the day of the crash. Under questioning from Branch's attorney, Morris said he rode bikes because his license had been suspended more than a decade ago. He said "I was charged with DUI, but I didn't kill anyone and I paid for it." The charge against him was later dismissed, and prosecutors said there's no evidence Morris was under the influence of drugs the day of the wreck.

During their case, defense attorneys questioned a state employee in charge of maintaining the state's breathalyzer machine, the Intoxilyzer 5000. Authorities said Branch blew a .307 on a breath test after the crash, nearly four times the legal limit, and had been drinking heavily in the hours before the wreck. Witnesses testified to his drinking Thursday, but said he split some of the drinks with other people.

News 2's Rob Krieger will have updates on the trial starting at 5 p.m.

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L'Auberge asks for annexation into Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/l-auberge-asks-for-annexation-into-baton-rouge/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/l-auberge-asks-for-annexation-into-baton-rouge/ Top Story Tue, 7 Oct 2014 2:39:00 PM Russell Jones L'Auberge asks for annexation into Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - The L'Auberge Casino and a group of landowners near its property submitted a petition this week to be annexed into Baton Rouge.

It's another blow to efforts to incorporate the southern portion of East Baton Rouge Parish into its own city, the city of St. George.

The annexation petition includes nearly 1,200 square acres which stretch down Nicholson Road to the casino's property. The law requires annexations to be contiguous with the city's border, and earlier this summer annexation requests were submitted for 630 acres between River Road and Nicholson Drive.

If approved, the annexation would put the casino's property taxes out of reach of the proposed city of St. George's budget. A spokesperson for the movement said previously that annexing the casino into Baton Rouge would not negatively affect their budget.

Organizers of the St. George movement said last week they've gathered more than the minimum number of signatures needed to place a petition to incporate up for a vote, but they're pushing to get 20,000 total signatures in case any are disqualified.

To see a copy of the annexation petition, click here.

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Utah man accused of calling in La. bomb threat http://www.wbrz.com/news/utah-man-accused-of-calling-in-la-bomb-threat/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/utah-man-accused-of-calling-in-la-bomb-threat/ Top Story Wed, 17 Sep 2014 2:54:32 PM Russell Jones Utah man accused of calling in La. bomb threat

GEISMAR - Sheriff's deputies said a Utah man has been charged with calling in a bomb threat to an Ascension Parish chemical plant on Sept. 11.

Deputies charged Terry Randall Cox, 34, with terrorizing. They said he was a contract worker at the PCS Nitrogen Plant in Geismar.

Investigators said the threat was called in to the plant from a cell phone belonging to Cox. As a result of the threat, authorities had to evacuate the entire plant and send 540 workers home for the day.

Deputies booked Cox into the parish jail, where he is awaiting bond.

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Man accused in cancer center theft caught in Wash. http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-accused-in-cancer-center-theft-caught-in-wash-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-accused-in-cancer-center-theft-caught-in-wash-/ Top Story Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:42:29 AM Russell Jones Man accused in cancer center theft caught in Wash.

BATON ROUGE - Police said Wednesday that a man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a Baton Rouge cancer center was arrested in Washington state.

A BRPD spokesperson said authorities in Tacoma, Wash. arrested Larry Butler, 49, Monday morning for a theft warrant out of Louisiana.

Butler used to work for the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center as facilities director. In August, police said he told the center he wouldn't be in for work because he'd found another opportunity. After he was terminated, investigators said the center discovered he'd racked up more than $16,000 on two corporate credit cards for unauthorized personal purchases.

The cancer center said Butler told them in an email he was responsible for the charges, but never paid them back.

Police said Butler would be extradited back to Baton Rouge to face felony theft charges.

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Tiger Stadium: Let's get loud http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-let-s-get-loud/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-let-s-get-loud/ Top Story Fri, 12 Sep 2014 7:24:20 PM Brittany Weiss Tiger Stadium: Let's get loud

BATON ROUGE - LSU fans and the sounds of a game in Tiger Stadium are getting louder, especially with the addition of the new end zone. 

About 100,000 people packed the stadium last Saturday.  The additional fans and the new sound blew created noise that blew people away.  But, it's not all great noise.  There is some concern the noise level could reach new heights this season when there is a big play. Last weekend's game set a learning curve for LSU athletics.

"As we get the fans, as they sit down, as we go throughout the season, we're going to be able to adjust," said Senior Associate Athletic Director Eddie Nunez. "We're hoping by the Mississippi State game and others, that we'll really have it down to a science."

Years prior, the sound was big, but lost through the south end zone.  But, with the stadium expansion, the sound reverberates around the stadium. The Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities and Grounds, Terrance Bold, agrees it's louder than ever.

"[The noise is] Like nothing I've ever heard before," said Bold. "It was amazing. So much better, so much more detailed, so much more bass."

"Fans, audio, everything, I mean, it's incredible how much louder the stadium is with that end zone keeping it all in," said Bold.

The LSU Tigers are used to the sound, but Nunez says the visiting team with have their work cut out for them on the field.

"We are doing everything we can to make it difficult for the visiting team, in all aspects," he said.

Saturday, LSU plays the University of Louisiana-Monroe. The Tigers will be playing for their 400th home win. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:02 p.m. and the game will be televised by ESPNU.

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Alleva gets contract extension at LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/alleva-gets-contract-extension-at-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/alleva-gets-contract-extension-at-lsu/ Top Story Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:36:07 PM APNewsNow Alleva gets contract extension at LSU

BATON ROUGE - LSU athletic director Joe Alleva's proposed three-year extension has been approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

The board approved the extension without discussion at its September meeting on Friday.

The extension comes without a raise for Alleva, who has been LSU's AD since 2008. It will keep him under contract through 2019.

Alleva makes $725,000 a year with incentives that can increase it to $900,000.

The board also approved three-year extensions for women's basketball coach Nikki Caldwell and softball coach Beth Torino, plus a $35,000 raise for Torino. She will now make $145,000 per year.

Alleva was hired after spending 30 years at Duke, the last 10 as athletic director.

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Reality TV star accused of rape from 22 years ago http://www.wbrz.com/news/reality-tv-star-accused-of-rape-from-22-years-ago/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/reality-tv-star-accused-of-rape-from-22-years-ago/ Top Story Mon, 8 Sep 2014 9:58:25 AM Russell Jones Reality TV star accused of rape from 22 years ago

BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies filed new charges of forcible rape Monday against William Hayden, the former star of reality TV show "Sons of Guns".

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said a 34-year-old woman told detectives Hayden raped her 22 years ago. Deputies said she was 12 at the time, and that Hayden had her smoke marijuana before covering her mouth with his hand and forcing himself on her.

Detectives arrested Hayden on Aug. 8 and accused him of molestation. He left jail on a $150,000 bond the next day, but was re-arrested on Aug. 26 for aggravated rape charges against the same victim, who was also 12 years old.

Hayden is still in jail on a $250,000 bond for the previous charge of aggravated rape. Bond has not been set for the new charge.

Hayden's company, Red Jacket Firearms, cut ties with him after the second arrest. The Discovery Channel also canceled "Sons of Guns" around the same time.

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Man shot multiple times in Baton Rouge http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-shot-multiple-times-in-baton-rouge-64364/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/man-shot-multiple-times-in-baton-rouge-64364/ Top Story Sun, 7 Sep 2014 9:49:28 PM AE Stevenson Man shot multiple times in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - Investigators say one person was shot in a neighborhood in North Baton Rouge on Odell Street, Sunday evening.

Baton Rouge Police are still investigating, and have not released the details of the shooting.

The victim was transported to an area hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, and was reported in stable condition shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Monday.

No suspects or motive for the shooting has been released at this time.


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