WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2017, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 18 Aug 2017 HH:08:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 One dead, teenager in hospital after double shooting during home invasion overnight http://www.wbrz.com/news/one-dead-teenager-in-hospital-after-double-shooting-during-home-invasion-overnight/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/one-dead-teenager-in-hospital-after-double-shooting-during-home-invasion-overnight/ Top Story Fri, 18 Aug 2017 9:57:03 AM Trey Schmaltz One dead, teenager in hospital after double shooting during home invasion overnight

BATON ROUGE- A 19-year-old was shot and killed during a home invasion overnight.

Baton Rouge Police released details of the shooting Friday.  Jywuan Butler died in the shooting on Sherwood Hollow Court off Sherwood Forest between I-12 and Old Hammond.  The shooting happened at 11:16 Thursday night.

Police said two people got into Butler's house and shot him and his 17-year-old brother multiple times.  

The teenage brother survived and is in the hospital in critical condition.

Police are investigating and did not release information about a suspect.


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At Governor's request, Restore La. agrees to expand program offerings http://www.wbrz.com/news/at-governor-s-request-restore-la-agrees-to-expand-program-offerings/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/at-governor-s-request-restore-la-agrees-to-expand-program-offerings/ Top Story Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:41:01 AM Josh Jackson At Governor's request, Restore La. agrees to expand program offerings

BATON ROUGE - The Restore Louisiana Task Force approved  Governor John Bel Edwards' request to expand the homeowner assistance program. 

The task force czars met Friday morning.  The approval of an expansion of offerings will need to be approved by federal authorities, too. 

Governor Edwards asked that all homeowners who experienced damage from the March and August floods of 2016, even those with flood insurance, be included in the homeowner assistance program. 

The Governor is also asking task force members to increase the grant amount given to those eligible for construction and reimbursements. 

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Returning storms, identifying Harvey, seeing an eclipse http://www.wbrz.com/news/returning-storms-identifying-harvey-seeing-an-eclipse/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/returning-storms-identifying-harvey-seeing-an-eclipse/ Top Story Fri, 18 Aug 2017 5:47:26 AM Meteorologist Josh Eachus Returning storms, identifying Harvey, seeing an eclipse

With greater coverage of showers and thunderstorms returning to the forecast, heat will once again be held to normal levels.


Today and Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms will begin to ramp up again today. However, different from earlier this week, gusty winds will be possible in addition to downpours. At this point, it looks as though the bulk of the action will remain north of I-10. For instance, there is a much better chance of an afternoon shower in Southwest Mississippi than along the Louisiana coast. Temperatures will still make it into the lower 90s, with feels like readings over 100 degrees for a few hours—especially where rain does not fall. Tonight, low temperatures will settle in the mid 70s under partly cloudy skies.

Up Next: The upcoming weekend looks a bit more unsettled with scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoons. Therefore, high temperatures will return to 1-3 degrees below average. Into next week, the pattern should become a bit more typical with highs in the low 90s, lows in the mid 70s and isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms. As for the solar eclipse, clouds will be bubbling up by early afternoon and these could lead to a partially obstructed view. Some locations may even have no visibility thanks to those stray showers. For much more on the eclipse, CLICK HERE.  

The Tropics: Tropical Storm Harvey has developed in the Atlantic Basin. As of 4am, the storm was positioned east of the Windward Islands moving east at 15-20mph. Maximum winds are at 40mph and some strengthening is expected as the storm emerges in the Caribbean Sea this weekend. The forecast track takes Harvey toward Central America or the Yucatan Peninsula. We will continue to monitor trends to see what happens if this system can make it to the Southern Gulf of Mexico. However, that remains more than a week out in time and beyond the scope of this forecast. There are two other waves are being monitored in the eastern Atlantic. Just northeast of the Leeward Islands, Invest 92L has a 70 percent chance of further development over the next 5 days, before the system encounters unfavorable conditions north of Puerto Rico. A weaker wave near the Cabo Verde Islands has a low, 30 percent chance of further development.


The weak ridge that centered over the central Gulf Coast on Thursday has dipped south. An upper level trough will be moving from the Great Plains to the Northeast through Saturday. As the trough nudges the ridge south, convective development will start to increase again on Friday and especially Saturday. The highest coverage of showers and thunderstorms should remain north of I-10 on Friday as the ridge maintains some influence for southern areas. Forecast models continue to show dry air at 850mb and 700mb and this dry air may cause a few thunderstorm downdrafts to create a few 40mph+ wind gusts.  Over the weekend, a trough axis north and a westerly wave in the mid levels over the Gulf of Mexico will combine to bring scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon hours. Models depict an inverted trough and general weakness between two ridges to position over the forecast area through the middle of next week, which should lead to at least isolated, if not scattered, daily convection. Of course, the days that feature fewer showers and thunderstorms will have potential to reach the mid 90s while more active days will lead to highs near 90.


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Charges to be filed in obstacle course collapse http://www.wbrz.com/news/charges-to-be-filed-in-obstacle-course-collapse/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/charges-to-be-filed-in-obstacle-course-collapse/ Top Story Thu, 17 Aug 2017 3:42:34 PM Trey Schmaltz Charges to be filed in obstacle course collapse

BATON ROUGE – State fire marshal investigators will file criminal charges against organizers and designers of an outdoor obstacle event after a part of the course collapsed and injured more than a dozen people last year.

WBRZ learned of charges Thursday. Investigators filed warrants for the arrest of five people for negligent injuring. Investigators were also set to pursue contractor violations, too, the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit learned.

The five people are from out-of-state.

The Louisiana Fire Marshal's Office is handling the investigation since it regulates attractions in the state.

In October 2016, a climbing obstacle known as the Diesel Dome collapsed with as many as twenty people on it during the Warrior Dash in St. Francisville. Numerous people were rushed to hospitals with minor to serious injuries while others were injured so badly, they needed to be taken to the hospital by a helicopter.

"We had just gotten off it maybe 30 seconds before," witness Rebecca Gaillot told WBRZ at the time. "It was wobbly and we were worried, we should have listened to those feelings. Anyway, we had started to run forward and heard the wood hit and people scream."

 “There were reports that it had weakened, that boards had come loose, and that they made some sideline repairs to it. It should have been shut down,” State Fire Marshal Butch Browning told WBRZ Thursday.

Those charged include: Marcus M. Edwards, 47, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Daniel L. Lauber, 47, also of Charlotte; Megan E. Gaseor, 25, of Norridge, Illinois; Mary A. Kreke, 24, of Frederick, Maryland; and Emily A. Littlejohn, 27, of Dayton, New Jersey. Edwards and Lauber were charged with the crimes of negligent injuring (13 counts) and engaging in business of contracting without authority. Gaseor, Kreke, and Littlejohn are charged with the crime of negligent injuring (13 counts).

In the coming weeks, all five are expected to turn themselves in.  


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