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. () () Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:08:23 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 The Scott Rogers case http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-scott-rogers-case/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/the-scott-rogers-case/ Top Story Fri, 29 Aug 2014 8:25:48 PM Trey Schmaltz The Scott Rogers case

BATON ROUGE- The week ends with the man accused of killing TV personality Scott Rogers on life support at an area hospital.

Three days after the shooting where Mathew Hodgkinson, 36, is accused of killing Rogers there are many questions still unanswered.

Here is a time line of the events that unfolded, beginning with Rogers' murder on Wednesday:

Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies arrive at Rogers' home in St. Gabriel and find Rogers shot dead and Hodgkinson suffering with a gunshot wound but alive. The case was classified a murder-attempted suicide and it was believed Hodgkinson shot Rogers and tried to kill himself.

Deputies said they had been to the home before for a possible suicide attempt where Rogers took a large number of sleeping pills. Rogers told them upon their arrival, he was just trying to sleep.

Eventually, it was released Rogers was dealing with trouble, possibly surrounding his adopted child and a foster child. Both were taken by state and federal agents about two weeks before the shooting.

By the end of Wednesday, it was also revealed Hodgkinson and Rogers' daughter had testified in a grand jury hearing earlier that day.

By Wednesday night, nearly ten hours after the crime, it had become public information that Rogers left the U.K. after being exonerated on child molestation charges. A student at a performing arts school he created suggested he was molested, but Rogers' lawyer said the story was created when the child was expelled for drugs. His lawyer said Rogers was embarrassed and needed to escape the situation so he came to the United States. His lawyer believed Rogers was being investigated for falsifying adoption paperwork where he claimed he'd never been arrested. His lawyer assumed Rogers was confused about the question and incorrectly answered he'd never been arrested since he had been exonerated of the charges in Europe.

It was also revealed Hodgkinson was from the U.K., too, and lived in the home with Rogers.

An autopsy was performed sometime after Rogers' body was removed from the home and Thursday when authorities released he was killed with a single gunshot wound to the head and was found under the covers of his bed half clothed. The report also said Roger's body was stiff when it was found, indicating Rogers had been dead for a while.

After rumors swirled, authorities confirmed that Rogers was in a relationship with Hodgkinson, who married Rogers daughter only to get into the country to be with Rogers. People who knew Rogers began to reveal Rogers was private, and rarely talked about his life at home.

The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit found court documents from a 2004 lawsuit involving Rogers' production company where Rogers refused to answer questions about prior arrests during a deposition.

Sources said Rogers met Hodgkinson when Hodgkinson attended Rogers' school. Authorities said they have had a difficult time locating a marriage license for Hodgkinson and Rogers' daughter.

Authorities released more information about Rogers' life, comparing him to a cult leader who brainwashed children. They also released a note, found with blood spots inside the home. It read: "They broke our happy loving home...They do not get to take Scott too." The note was sent to the State Police crime lab to determine the exact author; it is believed to have been Hodgkinson.

Authorities also said they obtained warrants for cell phones and computers.

A source said Rogers sometimes talked about killing himself and felt backed into a corner.

Deputies said they talked with a man who said he had lived with Rogers and Hodgkinson at the St. Gabriel home until recently, when he moved out. The man said Rogers manipulated him and sexually assaulted him since he was 12. The man said the attacks started in the U.K. and he followed Rogers to Louisiana. He added, he was forced to sleep on a futon in Rogers' room and was paid a minimum amount of money to do work for him but it wasn't enough to leave and establish a life on his own.

Sources said Rogers was possibly being investigated for wire fraud, mail fraud and immigration fraud.

A newspaper in Europe published a detailed account of Rogers' previous criminal troubles.

This post was written from stories published by: Ryan Naquin, Chris Nakamoto, Russell Jones, Rob Krieger & Caroline McDougall.

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Charlie Roberts' attorney: Heath acting like a 'working girl' http://www.wbrz.com/news/charlie-roberts-attorney-heath-acting-like-a-working-girl-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/charlie-roberts-attorney-heath-acting-like-a-working-girl-/ Top Story Mon, 25 Aug 2014 7:34:16 PM Trey Schmaltz Charlie Roberts' attorney: Heath acting like a 'working girl'

BATON ROUGE- The attorney for now former LSU alumni president Charlie Roberts likened a deal he is being sued for defaulting payment on to a prostitution agreement.

In court documents filed by Mary Olive Pierson, Pierson argues the agreement at the base of Kay Heath's lawsuit, is compensation for sex, "an illegal and immoral agreement." Pierson asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.

Heath filed her lawsuit, which originally named the LSU Alumni Association, after she resigned from her job at the association when her relationship with Roberts was uncovered. Heath claims she and Roberts decided she would quit, they would stay together, and Roberts would pay her a monthly allowance. Heath sued when shew as cutoff.

Pierson has said Roberts will fight the suit and not settle. It is evident in the documents she filed Monday.

"[Heath] has alleged, based on her own characterization of the relationship, is an illegal, illicit and immoral contract... which makes it completely and absolutely null and void in Louisiana," she wrote.

Pierson does not dispute that the couple were an item, but said Roberts thought he was in a solid relationship the entire time. "Roberts believed at all times that he was in a mutual, romantic and loving relationship. He was gratuitously providing her with financial support when she was in need. Unfortunately for Dr. Roberts and based on the allegations of Ms. Heath's petition, she was obviously not in a loving relationship at all. To the contrary, she was, at all times, only in the relationship acting as a 'working girl' for 'compensation.'"

Pierson added, Heath ended the relationship and expected to be paid for life.

Heath's attorney, Jeffry Sanford, reportedly said the latest filing on behalf of Roberts is out of line.

The alumni association has been dropped from the suit.
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Sheriff: 7-year-old victim identified in drive-by shooting http://www.wbrz.com/news/sheriff-7-year-old-victim-identified-in-drive-by-shooting/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sheriff-7-year-old-victim-identified-in-drive-by-shooting/ Top Story Sun, 17 Aug 2014 8:39:26 AM Greg Renoud Sheriff: 7-year-old victim identified in drive-by shooting

BATON ROUGE - Deputies say they are investigating a shooting where a 7-year-old child was killed.

Terrez Coleman, 7, died from his injuries at the hopsital.

It happened on the 8900 block of Prescott Road near Joor Road just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

Officials say the family of five was in their vehicle when another vehicle passed by and shot at them. Three kids were in the back seat and two of them were hit by bullets. Coleman died at the hospital and his older sister is expected to recover.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office at 389-5000.


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Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-protesters-clash-again-in-ferguson/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-protesters-clash-again-in-ferguson/ Top Story Sat, 16 Aug 2014 8:33:44 AM JIM SALTER Police, protesters clash again in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. - Anger spurred by the death of a black teenager at the hands of white police officer boiled over when protesters stormed into a Missouri convenience store - the same store that Michael Brown was accused of robbing.

Police and about 200 protesters clashed again in Ferguson, Missouri late Friday after another tense day in the St. Louis suburb, a day that included authorities identifying the officer who fatally shot Brown on Aug. 9. At the same news conference in which officer Darren Wilson was named, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released documents alleging Brown stole a $48.99 box of cigars from the store.

About midnight, protesters broke into that store and threw objects at police. Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says police used one canister of tear gas.

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New Orleans police: Arrests in weekend shootings http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-orleans-police-arrests-in-weekend-shootings/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/new-orleans-police-arrests-in-weekend-shootings/ Top Story Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:58:07 AM Kevin McGill New Orleans police: Arrests in weekend shootings

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say they have arrested two suspects in connection with a weekend drive-by shooting that left two people dead and five injured.

Chief Ronal Serpas says 20-year-old Blair Taylor is suspected as the gunman. He was being held Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted first-degree murder, and 25-year-old Jeffery Rivers was booked with being a principal to the same charges.

Serpas says tips led to the arrests.

The shootings occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Police say 33-year-old Terrance McBride was the shooters' intended target. McBride and 16-year-old Jasmine Anderson were killed.

A 32-year-old woman and her two young sons were injured as were two other people.

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Baton Rouge recruiting teachers in Pittsburgh http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-recruiting-teachers-in-pittsburgh/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-recruiting-teachers-in-pittsburgh/ Top Story Wed, 13 Aug 2014 9:04:07 AM APNewsNow Baton Rouge recruiting teachers in Pittsburgh

BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge schools need more teachers this year, so school system leaders are heading to Pennsylvania for a recruitment event.

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System announced Tuesday that it is planning a teacher jobs fair at a hotel near the Pittsburgh airport on Saturday.

The school system is looking for certified and highly-qualified teachers looking for immediate jobs in the 2014-15 school year.

The system says it needs teachers for elementary school, for early childhood and pre-kindergarten programs and for social studies, English, science and math at the secondary school level.

Candidates can see more information about the positions online at www.ebrschools.org .

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GOHSEP no longer sending help to Hawaii http://www.wbrz.com/news/gohsep-no-longer-sending-help-to-hawaii/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gohsep-no-longer-sending-help-to-hawaii/ Top Story Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:37:46 AM Greg Renoud GOHSEP no longer sending help to Hawaii

BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says they are no longer sending a two-person team to Hawaii to help with storm conditions.

GOHSEP says conditions have improved enough to where Hawaii has withdrawn it's request for help from Louisiana.

Initially, Hawaii had asked for help from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact because of the two storms hitting the state. Louisiana was getting set to send a two-person team to Hawaii this weekend for 14 days.

Tropical storm Iselle made landfall Friday, and Hurricane Julio is now expected to miss Hawaii to the north.


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Burglary suspect shot overnight http://www.wbrz.com/news/burglary-suspect-shot-overnight/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/burglary-suspect-shot-overnight/ Top Story Wed, 6 Aug 2014 5:53:23 AM Cheryl Stroy Burglary suspect shot overnight

BATON ROUGE - A teen is under arrest after police say he broke into a home Wednesday morning.

According to investigators, the 19-year-old was shot inside a home on Adams Ave. while trying to burglarize the residence.

The teen was found injured just after 1a.m. about a block away on Monroe Ave.

He was taken to a local hospital and charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

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Political rift created by revelation of unaccompanied minors in La. http://www.wbrz.com/news/political-rift-created-by-revelation-of-unaccompanied-minors-in-la-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/political-rift-created-by-revelation-of-unaccompanied-minors-in-la-/ Top Story Thu, 31 Jul 2014 8:59:36 PM Ryan Naquin Political rift created by revelation of unaccompanied minors in La.

BATON ROUGE - A political firestorm ignited Thursday when it was revealed more than 1000 unaccompanied minors from Central American countries have made their way to Louisiana and are living with sponsors.

"[The Obama Administration is] trying to hide it; and I have a problem with that..and I think so do the people of Louisiana," State Representative Valarie Hodges of Denham Springs said.

Thursday, Governor Bobby Jindal and other GOP leaders blasted President Barack Obama for what they call a lack of disclosure on the 1,071 children who came illegally into the country and made their way into the state.

More than 30,000 children have entered the U.S. Illegally since the beginning of the year.

According to the federal government, the children come primarily from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Most are over 14 and about three quarters of them are boys.  The children are detained at the Mexican border, given vaccinations and a medical screening and placed with sponsors or family members in other parts of the country.

Hodges questions the integrity of the immigrants.

"This is gang related and this is drug cartel that are luring them up here," Hodges said. "I think we should ask these nations to come retrieve their citizens and they should pay for it."

"We have to make sure that Louisianians are safe and our borders are protected but you have some compassion for the children," Democrat State Representative Ted James of Baton Rouge countered.

James blames the issue of the state not knowing about the children making their way to Louisiana on the governor's lack of leadership and not President Obama.

"That happens when you have a governor who is not here," he said. "That happens when you have congressmen who don't communicate with legislatures here on the state level. Hopefully, we can get our republicans and democrats to come together, stop fighting and address the issue because there are children's lives a stake."

Congress left for summer recess with-out dealing with the border crisis. There was legislation up for discussion concerning the unaccompanied kids, but it went nowhere because there were not enough votes.


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Avoyelles escapees captured in Port Allen http://www.wbrz.com/news/avoyelles-escapees-captured-in-port-allen/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/avoyelles-escapees-captured-in-port-allen/ Top Story Tue, 29 Jul 2014 3:58:19 AM Hunter Robinson Avoyelles escapees captured in Port Allen

PORT ALLEN - Two women out of Avoyelles Parish are now behind bars in West Baton Rouge.

28-year-old Lindsey Howell and 39-year-old Christie Theriot were on the run after escaping from Avoyelles Simmesport Women's Corrections Center. The women were taken into custody at a motel in Port Allen.

U.S. Marshals tracked the pair after they escaped through a back door late Friday night. Deputies believe they got away in a vehicle that was waiting for them. Two correctional officers have been placed on leave during the investigation, and the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office says more arrests are possible.

Howell sas serving time on forgery and terrorizing charges. Theriot, meanwhile, was behind bars for burglary, criminal damage to property and speeding.. In 2010, she was wanted for an armed robbery in Livingston Parish.

Tune into WBRZ News 2 at Noon for the latest information.

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Police search for obscene man http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-search-for-obscene-man/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/police-search-for-obscene-man/ Top Story Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:07 AM WBRZ Staff Police search for obscene man

BATON ROUGE - Police asked for help identifying a person seen on surveillance cameras following a woman in Baton Rouge while making obscene comments and actions.

Police said just after midnight on the morning of July 13 the man began following the woman in the 4000 block of Nicholson Drive. The woman told police he made sexually explicit comments to her while touching himself.

When the woman went into a nearby apartment building, police said the man ran to a parked car and fled the area.

Detectives said the man is a white male between the ages of 18 and 25 with a slim build, short dark hair, and was seen wearing a gray T-shirt and dark colored shorts.

"That scares me because I walk around here. I felt kind of safe. It's a nice area but it's scary that something like that would happen here so close to where I live," Callie Miller said, who lives in the area where police said the man was prowling.

"If he wasn't drunk, then that's really creepy and the cops should be involved right away because Callie here, she lives right here and that's just so scary," Michael Duvreuil said.

Anyone who knows the man's identity or has other information about this case should call the BRPD Sex Crimes Division at (225) 389-3853.


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Hearing set in Bourbon Street fatal shooting http://www.wbrz.com/news/hearing-set-in-bourbon-street-fatal-shooting/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/hearing-set-in-bourbon-street-fatal-shooting/ Top Story Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:29:04 AM WBRZ Staff Hearing set in Bourbon Street fatal shooting

NEW ORLEANS - A magistrate judge has refused to move up a preliminary hearing for the only suspect in a deadly shooting on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Magistrate Harry Cantrell's decision came despite arguments Friday by an attorney for 20-year-old Trung Le that Le didn't fire the first shot or the shot that killed a 21-year-old woman. Nine other people were injured in the June 29 shooting.

Cantrell says Le's hearing date remains Aug. 26.

Prosecutors must demonstrate at the preliminary hearing that they have probable cause to keep Le in jail.

Le was captured in Mississippi on July 4 and extradited to Louisiana.

He was booked with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

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Chemical company announces Ascension Parish plans http://www.wbrz.com/news/chemical-company-announces-ascension-parish-plans/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/chemical-company-announces-ascension-parish-plans/ Top Story Fri, 25 Jul 2014 9:32:59 AM Russell Jones Chemical company announces Ascension Parish plans

BATON ROUGE - State officials and leaders with the Stepan Company announced plans to start work on a proposed $60 to $70 million chemical plant for Ascension Parish's industrial corridor.

The company's CEO said they will complete front-end engineering and design work for the facility. They said they'll make a final decision on the project in the second quarter of 2015.

The company is in property negotiations for a manufacturing site in Ascension Parish. LED offered the Stepan Company a package of incentives to consider the site and have been negotiating with the company since 2012.

Pending a final investment decision by the company's board of directors, Stepan would begin building the project in the fourth quarter of 2015, with hiring to begin in 2017 as construction nears completion. LED said the project would create 33 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $70,000 per year, plus 98 new indirect jobs and 65 construction jobs.


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Arrested vice principal's suspension changed http://www.wbrz.com/news/arrested-vice-principal-s-suspension-changed/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/arrested-vice-principal-s-suspension-changed/ Top Story Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:35:46 AM Russell Jones Arrested vice principal's suspension changed

BATON ROUGE - School officials confirmed Thursday that they have shifted the suspension of an East Baton Rouge Schools vice principal accused of sexting a student.

A school spokesperson said Edwin Chastang was initially suspended with pay upon his arrest Tuesday. That suspension was changed to unpaid on Wednesday.

Police arrested Chastang on charges of computer aided solicitation of a minor Tuesday. Investigators said Chastang, one of the top educators at Southeast Middle School, admitted that he exchanged nude photographs with a 15-year-old student over social media.

According to arrest documents, the conversations began in May. Authorities said they began investigating after the girl's mother found out about them and informed police.

Chastang reportedly told authorities he sent the lewd pictures after becoming intoxicated.

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Fire torches Highland restaurant http://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-torches-highland-restaurant/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-torches-highland-restaurant/ Top Story Fri, 18 Jul 2014 8:48:27 PM Trey Schmaltz Fire torches Highland restaurant

BATON ROUGE- Firefighters spent Friday night battling a fire at a strip mall.

The fire appears to have started near the Arzi's Greek and Lebanese store in the Kenilworth Shopping Center shortly after 10 p.m.  

Fire investigators said the fire was caused by a fan motor located in the rear of the kitchen. Flames were seen coming through the roof in the back of the building when firefighters arrived.  

They were able to extinguish the fire leaving "very little fire damage, but the rest of the building did receive a lot of smoke damage," according to a release.

Other businesses in the strip mall received smoke but firefighters were able to blow the smoke out of most of those businesses.

Initial reports estimate $20,000 worth of damage was caused by the fire.

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Heated pre-trial testimony in boy's death http://www.wbrz.com/news/heated-pre-trial-testimony-in-boy-s-death/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/heated-pre-trial-testimony-in-boy-s-death/ Top Story Thu, 17 Jul 2014 3:18:56 PM Russell Jones, Troy Gaulden Heated pre-trial testimony in boy's death

BATON ROUGE - A pre-trial hearing in the murder of an 8-year-old Baton Rouge boy grew heated at times between witnesses and attorneys Friday.

A daycare owner testified she once saw Michael Robertson punch his son Xzayvion Riley multiple times in the chest after he came to pick the boy up. Xzayvion died two years ago after coroners said he was severely beaten, and authorities charged Robertson and his mother with first-degree murder.

The hearing is being held to determine what evidence of prior abuse will be allowed during Robertson's murder trial. Prosecutor Will Morris said it was their intent to prove Riley's death did not stem from one beating, but a "long, escalating pattern of abuse."

Robertson's attorney, Elizabeth Coe, challenged the daycare owner's testimony, asking if she recorded the instance in her records. The witness got upset during her testimony, leading the judge to call a recess.

A social worker also testified that during a home visit she found no evidence of abuse, but said something didn't feel right at the home.

Prosecutors will resume presenting evidence and testimony on Aug. 1, with the defense to follow in November.

Xzayvion's mother will be tried separately from Robertson.

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Mayor Holden welcomes World Changers volunteers http://www.wbrz.com/news/mayor-holden-welcomes-world-changers-volunteers/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mayor-holden-welcomes-world-changers-volunteers/ Top Story Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:14:58 AM Brock Sues Mayor Holden welcomes World Changers volunteers

BATON ROUGE - Mayor "Kip" Holden welcomed nearly 200 student volunteers with the World Changers program to the Baton Rouge area on Tuesday with a press conference and a visit to the site where the volunteers will make their contribution.

The faith-based World Changers program gives teens a chance carry out a week of kind works for elderly and disadvantaged residents in the capital city.

The volunteers will set up camp at Florida Boulevard Baptist Church as they contribute to the community. One of the first homes to benefit was on Mason Avenue, where volunteers will do much-needed repair work over the next week.

The effort, sponsored by the Mayor's Office, the Mayor's Project Office and the Mayor's Office of Community Development, will encompass minor repairs for 35 homes in the area with all work performed by World Changers volunteers.


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Trooper: Crash scene looked like plane had exploded http://www.wbrz.com/news/trooper-crash-scene-looked-like-plane-had-exploded/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/trooper-crash-scene-looked-like-plane-had-exploded/ Top Story Wed, 9 Jul 2014 8:50:13 AM Russell Jones Trooper: Crash scene looked like plane had exploded

BATON ROUGE - A state trooper told jurors in David Leger's vehicular homicide trial Wednesday that the deadly wreck from 2011 he's accused of causing looked like a plane had exploded on the interstate.

The trooper told jurors the wreck on was "overwhelming," and there was "complete chaos" when they first arrived at the scene.

David Leger is accused of driving drunk and causing the deaths of five people, three of which were children. Prosecutors said he got into a cat-and-mouse chase with another driver on I-10 due to road rage, then crashed into the vehicle carrying all five victims.

Attorneys gave opening statements earlier Wednesday morning. Leger's attorney, Thomas Damico, said he's prepared to show jurors the crash would have happened whether his client was drunk or not. Jurors also head from the parents of the two adults killed in the wreck.

The other driver in the chase, Kelsye Hall, was convicted of five counts of negligent homicide last year and sentenced to two years in jail. She was released Sunday after spending only nine months behind bars due to good behavior.

News 2's Rob Krieger is at the trial and will have updates starting at noon.

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Balloons released for kids hit, killed by out-of-control SUV http://www.wbrz.com/news/balloons-released-for-kids-hit-killed-by-out-of-control-suv/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/balloons-released-for-kids-hit-killed-by-out-of-control-suv/ Top Story Thu, 3 Jul 2014 8:27:23 PM Brittany Weiss Balloons released for kids hit, killed by out-of-control SUV

GEISMAR - Family and friends gathered for a vigil to remember two children killed while fishing with their father and two family friends.

"I can just remember them playing in the yard, just having fun and laughing," said neighbor Keisha Lang. "They'll truly be missed."

Saria Lanus, 9, and her brother Daylon Lanus, Jr., 6, were killed when an SUV lost control and ran off Bluff Road, hitting the group fishing on the side of the road. The Lanus children were pronounced dead at the scene. Their father, David Lanus and two other fishing partners were taken to a hospital in Baton Rouge.

Hundreds of pink, purple, blue and orange balloons, Saria and Daylon's favorite colors, were released into the sky in honor of the two children Thursday evening.

Daylon, who friends and family called "Duce," loved sports and was always outside playing. Saria, a cheerleader and gymnast was a friend to everyone.

Their aunt, Tiffany Darville says they were great kids.

"They were great at everything they did," she said. "As great as they were, they stayed humble."

State Police say the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

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Livingston Parish road set for $2.7 million repair http://www.wbrz.com/news/livingston-parish-road-set-for-2-7-million-repair/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/livingston-parish-road-set-for-2-7-million-repair/ Top Story Thu, 26 Jun 2014 1:29:16 PM Troy Gaulden Livingston Parish road set for $2.7 million repair

KILLIAN - Louisiana Highway 444 in Livingston Parish is set for a multi-million dollar overhaul.

The Department of Transportation and Development says workers will repave 5.9 miles of La. 444 between Gum Swamp Road and La. 22 to improve ride quality. It's part of the state's $425 million quality surface program to fix roads.

People who drive the road daily described the bumpy road as a washboard.

"It's full of cracks, holes, divots... Looks like someone just dumped black plaster everywhere on something broke," said Cerissa Morse.

Residents say the road's condition is also tearing up their cars while they try to dodge bumps, potholes and cracks in the roadway.

"It's worn out. It's a rough road. It's a lot of potholes, a lot of broken up asphalt," said Kerry McNabb. "If you're pulling a boat trailer or something like that it's beating up your boat. It's just a rough road to be traveling on. It needs repairs real bad. They got one bad bridge on the road. There's a big bump. If you don't know about it and you hit it kind of hard, you're going to bounce pretty good."

Work for the nearly $3 million project could start as early as July. The Department of Transportation and Development says the work should take around 85 working days to complete. That means it should take construction crews about six months to complete the job.


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