WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ News News en-us Copyright 2019, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 25 Aug 2019 HH:08:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Man arrested for involvement in drive-by shooting on Gamwich Drive https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-for-involvement-in-drive-by-shooting-on-gamwich-drive/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-for-involvement-in-drive-by-shooting-on-gamwich-drive/ News Sun, 25 Aug 2019 2:05:01 PM Chris Lunkin Man arrested for involvement in drive-by shooting on Gamwich Drive

BATON ROUGE - A man is in custody following a drive by shooting on Garnwich Dr.

On Friday, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies responded to a shots fired on the 1900 block of Gamwich Drive. According to the investigation, two juveniles and an adult were on sitting on the front patio of a home when a silver colored Sudan drove by and opened fire. 

According to several witness, the shooting stemmed from an argument between the victims and one of the suspects, Jabril Tendell. Witnesses say Tendell returned to the home in a vehicle and then began shooting at the victims.

Despite witness accounts, Tendell denies all accusations. 

Authorities arrested Tendell and booked him into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. He faces several charges including attempted first degree murder.

No injuries were reported. 


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Average US price of gas down 8 cents per gallon to $2.66 https://www.wbrz.com/news/average-us-price-of-gas-down-8-cents-per-gallon-to-2-66/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/average-us-price-of-gas-down-8-cents-per-gallon-to-2-66/ News Sun, 25 Aug 2019 1:57:42 PM Associated Press Average US price of gas down 8 cents per gallon to $2.66

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 8 cents per gallon over the past two weeks to $2.66.
 
Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that an abundant supply and low crude oil costs contributed to the decrease at the pump.
 
The price is 25 cents lower than what it was a year ago.
 
The highest average price in the nation is $3.57 a gallon in Honolulu.
 
The lowest average is $2.07 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
 
The average price of diesel is down 3 cents, to $3.01 per gallon.


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Woman and toddler killed in St. Landry Parish crash https://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-and-toddler-killed-in-st-landry-parish-crash/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-and-toddler-killed-in-st-landry-parish-crash/ News Sun, 25 Aug 2019 11:00:54 AM Chris Lunkin Woman and toddler killed in St. Landry Parish crash

ST. LANDRY - State police are investigating a fatal crash in St. Landry Parish, that took the life of a woman and a toddler, early Sunday morning.

The crash happened shortly before 1:30 A.M. on the I-49 south service road at Zick Miller Rd. 35-year-old Lacy Leger was killed, along with her 2-year-old passenger.

According to investigators, Leger was driving a 2013 Nissan Maxima southbound on the I-49 service road. At the same time, 48-year-old Michael Shane Guidry of Carencro was traveling northbound on the I-49 service road in a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. For unknown reasons, Guidry crossed the center line and entered into the southbound lane of travel. As a result, the Dodge struck the Nissan.   

Leger suffered fatal injuries despite being properly restrained. The 2-year-old male rear seat passenger was restrained in a child seat, but also suffered fatal injuries. A 16-year-old female rear seat passenger was properly restrained, but suffered serious injuries.

Guidry was unrestrained and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Impairment is suspected on his part. Toxicology samples were taken from both drivers for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation, and charges are pending. There is no further information available at this time.


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Police investigating shooting off Airline Highway, one critical https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-investigating-shooting-off-airline-highway-one-critical/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-investigating-shooting-off-airline-highway-one-critical/ News Sat, 24 Aug 2019 9:55:45 PM WBRZ Staff Police investigating shooting off Airline Highway, one critical

BATON ROUGE- Police are responding to a shooting off Airline Highway.

The incident was reported a little after 9 p.m. at 3454 Victoria Drive. Injuries are unclear at the time.

Authorities transported one person to a local hospital in critical condition.

This is a developing story.  


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Lightning strike at Tour Championship causes fan injuries https://www.wbrz.com/news/lightning-strike-at-tour-championship-causes-fan-injuries/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lightning-strike-at-tour-championship-causes-fan-injuries/ News Sat, 24 Aug 2019 9:04:08 PM Associated Press Lightning strike at Tour Championship causes fan injuries

ATLANTA (AP) - Lightning struck a pine tree right after play at the Tour Championship was suspended, and ambulances took five people from the golf course.
 
The tree was located just off the 16th tee at East Lake. It struck the top and shattered bark all the way to the bottom on Saturday.
 
A tournament official says the five people who left in ambulances appeared alert. He did not know their conditions.
 
The five ambulances streamed into East Lake across the entrance of the driving range to the 16th hole.
 
The third round had been suspended for about 30 minutes at the time of the lightning strike. Fans had been asked to seek shelter.
 


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8-year-old killed, 3 others injured in St. Louis shooting https://www.wbrz.com/news/8-year-old-killed-3-others-injured-in-st-louis-shooting/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/8-year-old-killed-3-others-injured-in-st-louis-shooting/ News Sat, 24 Aug 2019 8:55:14 PM Associated Press 8-year-old killed, 3 others injured in St. Louis shooting

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Police say an 8-year-old girl has been killed and three others injured in a shooting near a high school in St. Louis, bringing the number of children killed by gunfire in the city to at least a dozen since June.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the shooting happened about 8 p.m. Friday outside Harold's Chop Suey restaurant in the city's Academy neighborhood.
 
Police Chief John Hayden said the girl, identified by police as Jurnee Thompson, and her family had attended a football exhibition about a block away at Soldan High School. Hayden says fights broke out at the event, and police tried to clear the area when shots rang out.
 
Police say the injured included two 16-year-old boys and 64-year-old woman. Hayden says "two or three" of the people who were shot were related.
 
Hayden said several people were detained for questioning.
 
St. Louis has seen a rash of children fatally shot this summer. A 7-year-old boy was shot on Aug. 13 while standing near a teenager and two other children on the city's north side.
 
The shootings involving children have angered city's police chief frustrated city leadership . Police said much of the violence is tied to drug dealing and the children happen to be caught in the way.


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Son of ex-NFL player accused of murdering parents arrested https://www.wbrz.com/news/son-of-ex-nfl-player-accused-of-murdering-parents-arrested/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/son-of-ex-nfl-player-accused-of-murdering-parents-arrested/ News Sat, 24 Aug 2019 6:50:55 PM Associated Press Son of ex-NFL player accused of murdering parents arrested

LONG PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say the son of a former NFL lineman wanted on murder charges in Minnesota for the shooting of his parents has been arrested in Mexico.
 
The Todd County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Dylan John Bennett was arrested at a hotel Saturday in Cancun.
 
Authorities say Bennett had contacted County Sheriff Steve Och earlier in the day to say that he would turn himself in to the FBI. But authorities say the arrest by Mexican authorities came before the information could be communicated to them.
 
The bodies of 63-year-old Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol, were found Wednesday when a friend went to their home in Long Prairie, Minnesota, for a welfare check.
 
Barry Bennett played 11 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.


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Louisiana farmers to receive help with pesticide disposal https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-farmers-to-receive-help-with-pesticide-disposal-123314/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-farmers-to-receive-help-with-pesticide-disposal-123314/ News Sat, 24 Aug 2019 5:44:29 PM Associated Press Louisiana farmers to receive help with pesticide disposal

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's agriculture department is starting a program to collect unwanted pesticides from farmers.
 
The pickup program will be held at different locations around the state annually, with the first dates and dropoff locations to be announced in late September.
 
LSU AgCenter extension agents will help compile the inventory list of pesticide products in each parish, which will aid in determining the amount and type of products needing disposal. That information will help decide the dropoff locations.
 
Currently, agricultural producers who want to get rid of pesticides must hire a licensed contractor and pay a fee based on the amount of product submitted for disposal.
 
The agriculture department says its product disposal program will be free to farmers, paid through fees from pesticide manufacturers' product registrations in Louisiana.


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Louisiana beats Hawaii 9-5, moves to Little League final https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-beats-hawaii-9-5-moves-to-little-league-final/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-beats-hawaii-9-5-moves-to-little-league-final/ News Sat, 24 Aug 2019 5:37:10 PM Associated Press Louisiana beats Hawaii 9-5, moves to Little League final

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Ryder Planchard's pinch-hit single broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning, and Louisiana beat Hawaii 9-5 on Saturday to advance to the Little League World Series title game.
 
Louisiana earned its first championship game appearance, while denying Hawaii a chance to defend the title a team from Honolulu won last year. This Hawaii club is from Maui, while Louisiana - representing the Southwest region - is from River Ridge.
 
Marshall Louque followed Ryder's single with a two-run double off the wall in left, and Louisiana scored twice on passed balls to build a five-run lead.
 
Reece Roussel broke the LLWS record for hits in the tournament with his 15th, a two-run single in the sixth. Marshall then tripled to left, knocking in two more runs and giving Louisiana a 9-0 lead.
 
But Hawaii wasn't done. The Maui club scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth before Louisiana shortstop Stan Wiltz ended the game with an unassisted double play.
 
Louisiana will take on Curacao on Sunday for the Little League World Series championship. This marks the first time two clubs from the elimination bracket have made the tournament final since the field was expanded to 16 teams in 2001.


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Bells toll to remember enslaved Africans in America https://www.wbrz.com/news/bells-toll-to-remember-enslaved-africans-in-america/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/bells-toll-to-remember-enslaved-africans-in-america/ News Sat, 24 Aug 2019 5:13:46 PM Associated Press Bells toll to remember enslaved Africans in America

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Bells will ring in a Civil War battleground in Mississippi to remember enslaved Africans who were brought to North America 400 years ago.
 
A ceremony is taking place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Vicksburg National Military Park. It commemorates the 400th year that people of African descent have lived on this continent.
 
Several community leaders from Vicksburg and from the National Park Service are scheduled to speak.
 
A news release from the military park says the park will join other historic sites around the U.S. in ringing bells for four minutes, beginning at 2 p.m. central.


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Drainage crews prepare for potential weekend downpour https://www.wbrz.com/news/drainage-crews-prepare-for-potential-weekend-downpour/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/drainage-crews-prepare-for-potential-weekend-downpour/ News Fri, 23 Aug 2019 8:54:02 PM Sydney Kern Drainage crews prepare for potential weekend downpour

BATON ROUGE – Widespread rain will continue through the weekend. That means there’s a high possibility for street flooding. Drainage crews spent the day trying to prevent this cleaning and fixing up ditches including a catch-basin on Coursey Boulevard.

“The saw washed out from underneath the roadway so our crews were out making repairs on that catch-basin and our road crew is going to come out and repair the road where it settled a little bit,” said Kyle Huffstickler, the Department of Maintenance Director.

High water signs have also been places where water is known to fill the streets ahead of the weekend. If you see a flooding issue call the city’s 311 line.


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Hot air balloons to invade Carencro https://www.wbrz.com/news/hot-air-balloons-to-invade-carencro/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/hot-air-balloons-to-invade-carencro/ News Sat, 24 Aug 2019 2:29:53 PM Associated Press Hot air balloons to invade Carencro

CARENCRO, La. (AP) - Hot air balloons are heading to Louisiana's Acadiana region for "Glow in the Cro," a new event taking place over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
 
The Advertiser reports Carencro's inaugural two-night celebration is $5 to attend and will feature food trucks, carnival rides and 20 hot air balloons that will light up the sky each night for night-glow tethered rides at Pelican Park.
 
Pelican Park Director Jim Thibodeaux and Chairman Tom Meyers say they were inspired to bring the festival to Carencro after attending the Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival last year. They say they were impressed by the vibrancy this kind of festival brings to the public.
 
Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, and 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31. Balloon flights also are being offered.
 


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Funeral service held in Lafayette for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco https://www.wbrz.com/news/funeral-service-held-in-lafayette-for-former-gov-kathleen-blanco/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/funeral-service-held-in-lafayette-for-former-gov-kathleen-blanco/ News Fri, 23 Aug 2019 9:07:44 PM WBRZ Staff Funeral service held in Lafayette for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco

LAFAYETTE - Family and friends gathered Saturday morning to honor former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral. 

Visitation was held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. with a mass immediately following at Blanco's home place of worship. She will be buried in a private service in Grand Coteau, in St. Landry Parish.

Earlier this week, Blanco was honored in an interfaith service at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Baton Rouge. Following the service, Blanco was brought up the Capitol's front steps, lined with former staff, visiting dignitaries, former and current cabinet members, and her family.

Blanco was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2011, and the disease reappeared during a checkup in 2017. In December 2018, she publicly said there's "no escape" from the incurable cancer that has spread throughout her body.

She passed away on Sunday, August 18.


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Louisiana farmers to receive help with pesticide disposal https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-farmers-to-receive-help-with-pesticide-disposal/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-farmers-to-receive-help-with-pesticide-disposal/ News Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:51:06 AM Associated Press Louisiana farmers to receive help with pesticide disposal
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's agriculture department is starting a program to collect unwanted pesticides from farmers.
  
The pickup program will be held at different locations around the state annually, with the first dates and dropoff locations to be announced in late September.
  
LSU AgCenter extension agents will help compile the inventory list of pesticide products in each parish, which will aid in determining the amount and type of products needing disposal. That information will help decide the dropoff locations.
  
Currently, agricultural producers who want to get rid of pesticides must hire a licensed contractor and pay a fee based on the amount of product submitted for disposal.
  
The agriculture department says its product disposal program will be free to farmers, paid through fees from pesticide manufacturers' product registrations in Louisiana.

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Local customers may be affected as AT&T employees go on strike https://www.wbrz.com/news/local-customers-may-be-affected-as-atandt-employees-go-on-strike/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/local-customers-may-be-affected-as-atandt-employees-go-on-strike/ News Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:37:11 AM WBRZ Staff Local customers may be affected as AT&T employees go on strike

BATON ROUGE - Three hundred AT&T repairmen, installation technicians, and construction workers in the capital city are on strike over what they are calling bad bargaining practices.

The labor union representing the workers is calling out AT&T for unfair labor practices during negotiations for a new contract. In total, 22,000 employees across nine states started picketing overnight Friday.

"A strike's not good for anybody," Dwaine Henerderson said. "Not for the customers. Not for the workers."

Henderson is president of the local chapter of Communications Workers of America. He tells WBRZ customers who have service appointments scheduled within the next few days should prepare for delays, or possible cancellations. Henderson also says management will be taking over scheduled jobs while workers are on strike—and they may not get them all done.

This is the first time since 1983 AT&T employees in Baton Rouge have gone on strike. 

"A strike would be in no one's best interest," AT&T spokesperson Jim Kimberly said. "We're baffled as to why union leadership would call one when we're offering terms that would help our employees – some of whom average from $121,000 to $134,000 in total compensation – be even better off."


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3 City of Shreveport employees arrested https://www.wbrz.com/news/3-city-of-shreveport-employees-arrested/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/3-city-of-shreveport-employees-arrested/ News Fri, 23 Aug 2019 8:54:28 PM Associated Press 3 City of Shreveport employees arrested
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Three City of Shreveport employees are facing charges.
  
Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator said Friday that the Department of Water and Sewerage workers each are accused of felony theft. He says detectives discovered that 44-year-old Tobashia Watson had a large concrete driveway installed at her home that she collaborated with co-worker, 36-year-old Antonio Church, to have built.  Authorities say the materials cost more than $3,300 and were installed by city employees during work hours.
  
Separately, 36-year-old Damion Coleman is accused of unlawfully possessing city equipment for more than a month. He's also accused of taking more than $2,000 worth of gravel to build a driveway at his home.
  
In addition to felony theft, Coleman faces a charge of unauthorized use of a moveable.
  
It's unknown if they have an attorney.

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Deputies: Would-be robber high-fives clerk, leaves knife https://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-would-be-robber-high-fives-clerk-leaves-knife/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-would-be-robber-high-fives-clerk-leaves-knife/ News Fri, 23 Aug 2019 6:28:08 PM Associated Press Deputies: Would-be robber high-fives clerk, leaves knife
LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a would-be robber laughed, dropped his knife and high-fived a South Carolina drugstore employee after she told him they didn't have any money or a specific brand of painkillers.
  
Lancaster County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Barfield said 63-year-old Gary Broome was arrested shortly after leaving the CVS on Thursday. He was charged with armed robbery.
  
Barfield says Broome had a kitchen knife when he demanded a pharmacy technician give him Percocet.
  
After the worker said she had none of the pills, Barfield says Broome demanded money and the technician said she wished she had cash.
  
Barfield said in a statement that Broome put down his knife and walked out.
  
Court and jail records didn't indicate if Broome had a lawyer.

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Algae continues to take over LSU lakes, fish ordered https://www.wbrz.com/news/algae-continues-to-take-over-lsu-lakes-fish-ordered/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/algae-continues-to-take-over-lsu-lakes-fish-ordered/ News Fri, 23 Aug 2019 5:23:22 PM Brittany Weiss Algae continues to take over LSU lakes, fish ordered

BATON ROUGE - Algae in University Lake is growing and getting worse. But a solution is in the works. BREC, which maintains the lake, says it’s ordered carp to help curb the problem. The fish will come from out of state, but BREC says it’s not sure when they will arrive.

BREC is also researching alternative management strategies to copper sulfate, which is typically what is used to treat algae blooms. It’s going to wait to see what impact the carp has on the pond first, before attempting a chemical treatment. BREC plans to focus on the smaller City Park Lake near the golf course where it will try some different techniques such as mechanical removal in an attempt to ensure the chemical application is only used as a last resort.

The carp will help eat the plant that could cause issues in the future. If the algae were to die it would remove the oxygen from the water which will cause the fish to die.


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Work on more border wall starts in Arizona, New Mexico https://www.wbrz.com/news/work-on-more-border-wall-starts-in-arizona-new-mexico/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/work-on-more-border-wall-starts-in-arizona-new-mexico/ News Fri, 23 Aug 2019 4:50:58 PM Associated Press Work on more border wall starts in Arizona, New Mexico
SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) - Work crews in Arizona and New Mexico are forging ahead with construction of taller border fencing being funded through a national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump.
  
His hallmark campaign promise is taking shape along a 46-mile stretch of desert west of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and on 2 miles of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona.
  
At the New Mexico site Friday, about 20 workers placed rebar frames for concrete footers along the path of the wall.
  
Environmentalists have sued over some of the construction contracts, saying the government unlawfully waived dozens of laws to be able to build on protected lands.
  
They say more barriers would be detrimental to wildlife habitat and would block the migration of animals such as bighorn sheep and wolves.
  
Two cases are pending before federal court.

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Louisiana man arrested for allegedly biting head off small alligator https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-man-arrested-for-allegedly-biting-head-off-small-alligator/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-man-arrested-for-allegedly-biting-head-off-small-alligator/ News Fri, 23 Aug 2019 4:36:15 PM WBRZ Staff Louisiana man arrested for allegedly biting head off small alligator

MARKSVILLE - A Lafayette man was arrested for animal cruelty after he was accused of viciously killing a young alligator in one of the state's wildlife management areas.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced Friday that 23-year-old Clayton Voorhies had been arrested for killing the gator June 1 at the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish. 

Officials say Voorhies visited the WMA with two others, identified as 22-year-old Joshua Walker and 55-year-old Jules Walker. While there, Voorhies allegedly bit the head off of a roughly foot-long alligator as the other two watched on. 

Voorhies was arrested Aug. 12 and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and taking an alligator during a closed season. The Walkers were each ticketed for illegal possession of an alligator.


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