WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 1 Jul 2016 17:07:59 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Mother arrested for whipping children will not be prosecuted http://www.wbrz.com/news/mother-arrested-for-whipping-children-will-not-be-prosecuted/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/mother-arrested-for-whipping-children-will-not-be-prosecuted/ Top Story Fri, 1 Jul 2016 11:55:35 AM Brock Sues Mother arrested for whipping children will not be prosecuted

BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge mother who was arrested on child cruelty charges after disciplining her children will not be prosecuted, according to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office.

30-year-old Schaquana Spears became a web sensation after she was arrested following the discovery of bruises and cuts on her three boys by deputies. Spears was booked into the parish prison on two counts of cruelty to juveniles with bond set at $2,500.

A woman who felt sympathy for the mother’s plight after seeing her on TV paid to bond Spears out of jail. More sympathy and donations to help Spears would come in the days after the incident gained national attention. The mother insisted she felt she had done the right thing by physically disciplining her children, who were accused of breaking into a neighbor’s house. At the time, Spears said she was incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support.

“That's what's getting me through," Spears said. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart. In this day and age, I see so many babies getting killed, and I refuse to look at my babies in a coffin."

The case was reviewed by the sheriff’s office and the Department of Child and Family Services. The District Attorney reviewed the findings of those agencies before making the decision as to whether or not Spears would be prosecuted.


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WATCH: Hazmat team responding to gas leak on Scenic Highway and Blount Road http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-hazmat-team-responding-to-gas-leak-on-scenic-highway-and-blount-road/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-hazmat-team-responding-to-gas-leak-on-scenic-highway-and-blount-road/ Top Story Fri, 1 Jul 2016 11:02:03 AM Alicia Serrano and Brock Sues WATCH: Hazmat team responding to gas leak on Scenic Highway and Blount Road

BATON ROUGE - A Hazmat crew is responding to the scene of a possible diesel/gas leak near Scenic Highway and Blount Road.

Baton Rouge Firefighters were en route to the leak just before 11 a.m. Friday. The sheriff's office confirmed there is a pipeline link.

Scenic Highway is closed between Blount Road and Thomas Road with police detouring vehicles around the affected area.

Baton Rouge Police took over the scene just before 11:30 a.m. They said no evacuation orders are in place at this time.

Details are still emerging in this developing story. Check back for updates.


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Third suspect booked in murder of Raising Cane's shift manager http://www.wbrz.com/news/third-suspect-booked-in-murder-of-raising-cane-s-shift-manager/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/third-suspect-booked-in-murder-of-raising-cane-s-shift-manager/ Top Story Fri, 1 Jul 2016 9:02:48 AM Bill Fuller Third suspect booked in murder of Raising Cane's shift manager

NEW ORLEANS - Kenner police say a third man has been arrested in the stabbing death of a restaurant manager during an armed robbery.

Police Chief Michael Glaser says 18-year-old Gregory Donald Jr., of Kenner, was arrested Thursday near his home.

Police said 21-year-old Taylor Friloux, a shift manager at a Raising Canes, died at a hospital from stab wounds to the head, neck and chest she received in the robbery early Wednesday morning. Authorities said she was stabbed at least eight times.

Glaser says Donald, along with 23-year-old Joshua Every and 24-year-old Mark Crocklen Jr. face charges of first-degree murder, which can bring the death penalty; three counts of armed robbery; conspiracy to commit armed robbery and several other charges.

Glaser says police are attempting to identify others who are involved in the crime.


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DA ends quest for death penalty in 1993 officer killing http://www.wbrz.com/news/da-ends-quest-for-death-penalty-in-1993-officer-killing/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/da-ends-quest-for-death-penalty-in-1993-officer-killing/ Top Story Fri, 1 Jul 2016 9:29:40 AM Melissa Moore DA ends quest for death penalty in 1993 officer killing

BATON ROUGE - Kevan Brumfield, convicted of first-degree murder in the 1993 shooting death of Cpl. Betty Smothers and wounding of store manager Kimen Lee, will not be put to death by the state.

The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month shot down Moore's request for further proceedings on whether Brumfield has an intellectual disability that prevents the state from executing him. The Court has ruled that people who are found to be intellectually disabled or mentally ill cannot be executed.

District Attorney Hillar Moore said Friday that after conferring with Smothers' family, he has decided against any further steps to get additional hearings. Brumfield will be resentenced to life in prison.

"This concludes twenty-three years of trauma to the Smothers family, as well as an equal amount of years of intensive investigation, prosecution, and appellate work," Moore said in a news release.

Henri Broadway, who also was sentenced to death in the case, remains on death row while seeking appeals.

Smothers, who was 36, was working an off-duty security assignment when she and Lee, a grocery store manager, were attacked at the after-hours deposit at a bank. Smothers, a single mother of six children, was killed and Lee was injured.

Moore has said the death of Justice Antonin Scalia critically changed the balance of views on the court in opposition to the case.


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1 critically injured motorcycle wreck http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-critically-injured-motorcycle-wreck/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/1-critically-injured-motorcycle-wreck/ Top Story Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:19:41 PM Joe Hagan 1 critically injured motorcycle wreck

BATON ROUGE- A motorcycle wreck sent one person to the hospital and left behind heavy delays on the interstate Thursday night.

The wreck happened on I-10 Westbound near Citiplace just before 10 p.m. According to EMS, one person was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Authorities couldn't comment on whether or not the victim's injuries were life-threatening.

Officials haven't released any more information about the crash at the time of this post.

Check back for updates.


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