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. () () Tue, 2 Sep 2014 01:09:53 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Family says officer shot man after running stop sign http://www.wbrz.com/news/family-says-officer-shot-man-after-running-stop-sign/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/family-says-officer-shot-man-after-running-stop-sign/ Top Story Mon, 1 Sep 2014 2:08:06 PM Chris Nakamoto Family says officer shot man after running stop sign

BATON ROUGE- The family of 27-year-old Derek Davis said he has undergone two surgeries since a shooting over the weekend after a traffic stop on Morning Glory Avenue.

The family says Davis had damage to his kidneys, liver and colon after he was shot three times. Baton Rouge police identified the officer involved in the shooting today as Matthew Jackson. Jackson is a five-year veteran of the department and was placed on paid leave after the incident.

Davis' family said he ran a stop sign Sunday morning which caused him to get pulled over. He was given a field sobriety test and when he was about to be arrested, Davis took off running according to his family. That's when the story begins to differ on what unfolded. Baton Rouge Police say Davis reached for Matthews' weapon, and that's when Matthews shot Davis.

"I could hear the bullets, and the sound of it was in the direction of my house," One neighbor said.

Glynn Delatte has decades of experience in Law Enforcement. He is also an attorney.

"I have this personal attitude that we have turned our department into this military type organization instead of a community service type organization," Delatte said. "I personally feel a lot of the incidences could be avoided if officers weren't so quick to fire a weapon."

Don Coppola with Baton Rouge police says the incident is under investigation. However, Matthews had no other choice.

"The suspect attempted to disarm the officer as well as making threats to the officer's life," Coppola said.

Baton Rouge police said through the course of their investigation, it was determined that Davis had a pending charge in Livingston Parish for burglary. Davis' family says that charge was adjudicated.

WBRZ asked for dash cam video of the incident. We were told the Baton Rouge Police Department isn't sure if it exists. We also asked if Matthews was in possession of a Taser at the time of the shooting. Baton Rouge police said that is under investigation.

 

 


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Game day for LSU: What to watch for http://www.wbrz.com/news/game-day-for-lsu-what-to-watch-for/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/game-day-for-lsu-what-to-watch-for/ Top Story Sat, 30 Aug 2014 9:26:21 AM Greg Renoud Game day for LSU: What to watch for

HOUSTON, Tx. - The long wait is over for Tiger fans across the country, as the Bayou Bengals will take the field for the first time in 241 days. For the Tigers and Badgers, it will be their first game of the College Football playoff era. The Tigers come in ranked No. 13 in both the Coach's and AP polls. Wisconsin is ranked No. 14 in both of those polls. Both are considered contenders to make the first ever college football playoff. The two teams will square off tonight at 8 p.m. in Houston at NRG Stadium for the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff.

Corner Rashard Robinson did not make the trip because of a suspension. The exact reason is unkonwn. Wide Receiver Malachi Dupre also stayed home to take care of an injury.

Questions about LSU's experience will be the forefront of the conversation when the Tigers take on the Wisconsin Badgers in Houston tonight. Most notably, is how will LSU's two inexperienced quarter backs will hold up. Sophomore Anthony Jennings will get the nod tonight. He led the Tigers to an Outback Bowl victory over Iowa on New Years Day, but his performance was shaky at best. He was 7-of-19 for 82 yards with 1 interception with no TDs. Jennings did spark some excitement with his 49 yard TD pass to Travin Dural to beat Arkansas in the final game of the regular season.

Brandon Harris is a true freshman who, Les Miles says, will also see playing time. Miles has said neither quarterback really pulled away and established himself as the starting QB during spring football and fall camp.

Wisconsin will also be breaking in a new QB with Tanner McEvoy getting his first start. McEvoy played safety for the Badgers last year. He was chosen over Joel Stave who started 19 games over the past two season for the Badgers.

Protecting the QBs, 4 of 5 starting offensive lineman from 2013 will return. They are led by Senior left tackle La'el Collins. A strong offensive line will be a key factor to a successful season for the Tigers. They are the most experienced unit on the team and arguably the best O-lines in the SEC.

Of course all eyes will be on No. 7 for the Tigers, freshman Leonard Fournette. He comes in as one of the most highly touted recruits in the school's history and the number one recruit in the country of the 2014 class. Expect him to see limited playing time to start, but don't be surprised if Fournette takes over the starting job during the season. Fournette is listed 3rd on the Tigers depth chart behind Senior Terrence Magee who rushed for 626 yards and 8 TDs last year and Senior Kenny Hilliard who had 310 yards and 7 TDs.

Another big question mark for the Tigers is the wide receivers. LSU returns a grand total of 8 catches for 156 yards. They'll have to replace two 1,000 yard receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. The Tigers are hoping Freshman Malachi Dupree, who did not make the trip to Houston because of an injury, Senior Quantavius Leslie and Sophomore Travin Dural will be able to pick up the slack this season.

The biggest area of concern on defense is at the tackle position. With Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson gone, the Tigers will rely on Christian Lacouture to make plays. Quentin Thomas, who was expected to be a key player, is now a question mark because he's battling a muscle tear in his arm. Wisconsin will counter with Melvin Gordon, the Big Ten's second leading rusher in 2013 with 1,609 yards.

So whether you're in Houston to see the Tigers play, or at home on your couch having a tailgate of your own, waiting for the long TD passes or the next Les Miles gem of a quote, football season is back.

We'll be covering the Tigers all season on WBRZ News 2 and WBRZ.com, your home for LSU sports.

 


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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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