WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ News News en-us Copyright 2018, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 19 Apr 2018 HH:04:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 APSO searching for man who stole truck from business http://www.wbrz.com/news/apso-searching-for-man-who-stole-truck-from-business/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/apso-searching-for-man-who-stole-truck-from-business/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 5:32:03 PM Austin Hart APSO searching for man who stole truck from business

DONALDSONVILLE - Deputies are looking for a suspect who stole a vehicle from a business earlier this month.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said the suspect was caught on surveillance video peering through the front doors of People's Water Services on Veteran's Boulevard on April 12.

They said shortly after checking the front doors, the suspect stole a company truck from the parking lot.

Anyone who may have information on this case is urged to call the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 621-4636.

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Shooter fires through restaurant window, kills 2 Florida deputies http://www.wbrz.com/news/shooter-fires-through-restaurant-window-kills-2-florida-deputies/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/shooter-fires-through-restaurant-window-kills-2-florida-deputies/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 5:16:13 PM APNewsNow Shooter fires through restaurant window, kills 2 Florida deputies

TRENTON, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say someone fired through the window of a restaurant and fatally shot two Florida deputies.
An Alachua County Sheriff's Office news release says the Gilchrist County sheriff's deputies were killed Thursday afternoon in Trenton.
The release says the deputies were at the Ace China restaurant when the shooter walked up to the building and fired at them through a window. Fellow deputies responding to the scene found the shooter dead outside the business.
The release doesn't say how the suspect died. Authorities say there's no apparent motive for the shooting.
The names of the deputies and shooter weren't immediately released.
Trenton is in northern Florida, about 35 miles west of Gainesville.

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More than 10 pounds of cocaine found during St. Tammany Parish traffic stop http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-than-10-pounds-of-cocaine-found-during-st-tammany-parish-traffic-stop/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/more-than-10-pounds-of-cocaine-found-during-st-tammany-parish-traffic-stop/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 4:52:52 PM Austin Hart More than 10 pounds of cocaine found during St. Tammany Parish traffic stop

ST. TAMMANY PARISH - Deputies say they found more than 10 pounds of cocaine in a woman's vehicle during a traffic stop Wednesday.

Rosa Siller, of Weslaco, Texas, was stopped around 4:30 p.m. on I-12 after committing a traffic violation, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office.

Siller allegedly told deputies she was on her way to Florida to pick up her grandparents and bring them back to Texas with her. During a consensual search of the vehicle, deputies said they found 10.4 pounds of suspected cocaine packaged and hidden inside the vehicle.

Deputies charged Siller with possession with intent to distribute schedule II CDS (Cocaine), following too close, and expired license plate registration.

“Our Highway Enforcement Unit has been very successful in making many proactive arrests and reducing the availability of dangerous drugs being dispersed in and traveling through St. Tammany Parish," Sheriff Randy Smith said.

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TPSO: Women wanted for stealing money in fake plea to support sick child http://www.wbrz.com/news/tpso-women-wanted-for-stealing-money-in-fake-plea-to-support-sick-child/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tpso-women-wanted-for-stealing-money-in-fake-plea-to-support-sick-child/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 4:02:41 PM Austin Hart TPSO: Women wanted for stealing money in fake plea to support sick child

HAMMOND - Two women are wanted after going door-to-door pretending to represent a church collecting money for a child with cancer and pocketing the donations, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said two unknown females pretended to represent the Trinity Baptist Church of Pumpkin Center and knocked on doors, asking residents in several neighborhoods to give money for their cause. The two women are not affiliated with the church, according to deputies. They believe the women are from Livingston Parish.

One victim's security system was able to capture video of the women deputies believe are involved in the scam. Based on the fact that the women fraudulently represented themselves as members of the church and stole money from residents, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office plans on charging the suspects with relative to theft by fraud.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office Financial Crimes Unit will conduct an investigation. Anyone with information about the crime should call (985) 902-2031.

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Report: 911 operator sentenced for hanging up on emergency calls http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-911-operator-sentenced-for-hanging-up-on-emergency-calls/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/report-911-operator-sentenced-for-hanging-up-on-emergency-calls/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 3:08:54 PM WBRZ Staff Report: 911 operator sentenced for hanging up on emergency calls

HOUSTON - A former 911 operator in Texas has been sentenced to 18 months probation and community service for hanging up on emergency calls.

According to a report from KTRK, investigators found that 44-year-old Crenshanda Williams would systematically hang up on callers who were trying to report emergencies. She was found guilty of interfering with emergency telephone calls Thursday.

In 2016, Jim Moten told authorities he called 911 after witnessing two vehicles speeding down a highway. Seconds into his call, it appeared that it was dropped. Court documents said Williams was the 911 operator that took Moten's call.

Those documents say she hung up the call before he could finish explaining and said, "Ain't nobody got time for this. For real."

An investigation revealed Williams had an abnormally large number of "short calls" lasting no more than 20 seconds, with thousands reportedly recorded from Oct. 2015 through March 2016.

In addition to the community service and probation, Williams was also ordered to attend a decision-making class and write a letter of apology.

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Louisiana senators shelve bill to ban 'school lunch shaming' http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-senators-shelve-bill-to-ban-school-lunch-shaming-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-senators-shelve-bill-to-ban-school-lunch-shaming-/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 2:25:10 PM Associated Press Louisiana senators shelve bill to ban 'school lunch shaming'

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An effort to prohibit Louisiana public schools from embarrassing or penalizing students because they have unpaid lunch debts won't become state law.

The Advocate reports the Senate Education Committee rejected the House-backed bill Thursday, voting 4-2 against it. Rep. Patricia Smith, the Baton Rouge Democrat who sponsored the proposal, says children shouldn't be held responsible or humiliated for debts of parents.

Her legislation would have barred schools from publicly identifying students with back-owed lunch bills, requiring them to do chores to pay for meals, withholding school privileges from them or scolding them. Organizations representing school boards, principals and superintendents opposed the measure, concerned it would leave school districts saddled with debt.

The House voted 71-28 for the bill, and Gov. John Bel Edwards supported it.

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WANTED: Shoplifters steal more than $3,000 worth of sunglasses from Gonzales outlet mall http://www.wbrz.com/news/wanted-shoplifters-steal-more-than-3-000-worth-of-sunglasses-from-gonzales-outlet-mall/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/wanted-shoplifters-steal-more-than-3-000-worth-of-sunglasses-from-gonzales-outlet-mall/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 2:15:03 PM WBRZ Staff WANTED: Shoplifters steal more than $3,000 worth of sunglasses from Gonzales outlet mall

GONZALES- Police are asking for help in identifying two shoplifters that stole thousands of dollars worth of sunglasses.

According to a release, on April 6 two unidentified women walked into Sunglass Hut at the Tanger Mall and walked out of the store with about $3,225 in sunglasses without paying.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gonzales Police Department at 225-647-9583.

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Prosecutor: Former Texas nurse confessed in deaths of babies http://www.wbrz.com/news/prosecutor-former-texas-nurse-confessed-in-deaths-of-babies/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/prosecutor-former-texas-nurse-confessed-in-deaths-of-babies/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 1:50:06 PM Associated Press Prosecutor: Former Texas nurse confessed in deaths of babies
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A Texas prosecutor says an imprisoned former nurse who authorities believe could be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 children has confessed in the past to killing children in her care.
Bexar County prosecutor Jason Goss revealed the confessions Wednesday during a court hearing for 67-year-old Genene Jones.
Goss says Jones told a parole board in 1998 that she injected children. He says Jones in another instance told a board member that, "I really did kill those babies."
Jones has served decades in prison following her murder conviction in 1984. She was scheduled to be released last month, but prosecutors filed additional murder charges, citing new evidence.
She has pleaded not guilty to those charges. Her attorney, Cornelius Cox, wasn't immediately available Thursday to comment on Goss' claims.

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$800,000 in Disneyland tickets stolen from group http://www.wbrz.com/news/800-000-in-disneyland-tickets-stolen-from-group/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/800-000-in-disneyland-tickets-stolen-from-group/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 1:31:56 PM Associated Press $800,000 in Disneyland tickets stolen from group
GALT, Calif. (AP) - The executive director of a California youth farming organization says 8,000 stolen Disneyland tickets were worth about $800,000.
Matt Patton of the California chapter of Future Farmers of America said the organization's trailer carrying the tickets and audio and visual equipment was stolen Wednesday from its office in Galt.
Patton says Disneyland has canceled the tickets and is working to print new ones for the 6,500 students attending the organization's leadership conference that starts Sunday in Anaheim.
Officials are advising people to be cautious if buying Disneyland tickets from a source other than Disney.

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Gulf of Mexico charter red snapper season June 1-July 21 http://www.wbrz.com/news/gulf-of-mexico-charter-red-snapper-season-june-1-july-21/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gulf-of-mexico-charter-red-snapper-season-june-1-july-21/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 1:28:05 PM Associated Press Gulf of Mexico charter red snapper season June 1-July 21
BATON ROUGE (AP) - Federal authorities have set the red snapper season for charter boats in the Gulf of Mexico, giving them from June 1 through July 21 to catch the popular sport and table fish.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the total recreational quota is about 6.7 million pounds (3 million kilograms), with a 2.3-million-pound (1 million kilograms) target for charter boats.
A news release Wednesday said people on federally permitted for-hire vessels cannot fish for or possess red snapper in federal or state waters when the federal season is closed, even if the captain is just taking his family fishing.
Under a two-year experiment, states are setting opening dates for recreational anglers and must close those seasons when their quotas are met.
The charter boat season ends at 12:01 a.m. July 22.

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6-year-old boy grows out his hair for 2 years, donates 14 inches to kids in need http://www.wbrz.com/news/6-year-old-boy-grows-out-his-hair-for-2-years-donates-14-inches-to-kids-in-need/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/6-year-old-boy-grows-out-his-hair-for-2-years-donates-14-inches-to-kids-in-need/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:38:04 PM WBRZ Staff 6-year-old boy grows out his hair for 2 years, donates 14 inches to kids in need

RED OAK, Tx. - One selfless 6-year-old has cut his long hair for kids in need.

Daniel Williams grew his hair out for two years so another child who's experiencing hair loss due to cancer, alopecia and other disorders, can have a wig. Daniel and his family recently donated his hair to Wigs For Kids in Ohio, his mother Jenny Williams told ABC News.

Daniel, a kindergarten student, was inspired by his sister Rachel, 7, who donated nearly 18 inches of her own hair last year. Both children had their hair cut at the cosmetology department at Red Oak High School in Texas where their mom is a teacher.

"I'm really proud of them," Williams said. "Of course I have some bias as a mom, but I think they really have kind hearts and a love for people."

Marti Weimar, the cosmetology instructor at Red Oaks, was the one to cut Daniel's hair.

"When you have children who think of others before they think of themselves it makes you proud as a teacher and a mom," Weimar told ABC News.

Michael Goddard, Ph.D., superintendent of Red Oaks School District, said Daniel exemplifies the model student.

"I saw him this morning as we were walking in [to school] and we talked about what he did," Goddard said. "He's already a hero in his class."

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Prosecutor closes Prince death case; no charges http://www.wbrz.com/news/prosecutor-closes-prince-death-case-no-charges/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/prosecutor-closes-prince-death-case-no-charges/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:15:45 PM Associated Press Prosecutor closes Prince death case; no charges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)- The prosecutor in the Minnesota county where Prince died says he's filing no criminal charges in the musician's death.

The announcement Thursday from Carver County Attorney Mark Metz means the state's investigation into how Prince got the fentanyl that killed him is closed. It came hours after documents revealed a doctor accused of illegally prescribing an opioid for Prince had agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a federal civil violation.

Metz said the evidence shows Prince thought he was taking vicodin, not fentanyl. He said there's no evidence any person associated with Prince knew he possessed any counterfeit pill containing fentanyl.

Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016.

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Louisiana House debates budget with deep health care cuts http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-house-debates-budget-with-deep-health-care-cuts/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-house-debates-budget-with-deep-health-care-cuts/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:35:16 AM Associated Press Louisiana House debates budget with deep health care cuts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana House lawmakers are debating a $27 billion state operating budget for next year that would deeply reduce spending on health services.

House Republican leaders sought to rally support Thursday to reach the 53-vote threshold to send the spending plan to the Senate. They'll likely get little assistance from Democrats who object to passing a budget with an estimated $1.8 billion in cuts.

While the House has 61 Republicans, GOP leaders faced resistance from some of their own members who say the slashing is too deep. The bill would shield the TOPS college tuition program from cuts, but college campuses would take reductions.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards opposes the proposal. Louisiana's budget gap is caused by expiring taxes. Edwards wants lawmakers to pass replacement taxes in a special session.

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Castro says Diaz-Canel may also gain party post http://www.wbrz.com/news/castro-says-diaz-canel-may-also-gain-party-post/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/castro-says-diaz-canel-may-also-gain-party-post/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:36:37 AM Associated Press Castro says Diaz-Canel may also gain party post

HAVANA (AP) - Raul Castro says he sees new Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel as his eventual successor as head of the island's powerful Communist Party.

Castro is making his first speech since handing the presidency over to Diaz-Canel, and used the opportunity to give his vision of the future. He told members of the National Assembly Thursday that he expects Diaz-Canel to serve two five-year terms and can become head of the party once Castro leaves that position in 2021.

Castro praised Diaz-Canel's leadership as a Communist Party official dating back to the "special period" of the 1990s when Cuba faced a deep economic crisis following the loss of subsidies because of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Raul Castro served as president for two terms since 2008.

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Baton Rouge Magnet High seniors named US Presidential Scholar semifinalists http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-magnet-high-seniors-named-us-presidential-scholar-semifinalists/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-magnet-high-seniors-named-us-presidential-scholar-semifinalists/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:29:54 AM WBRZ Staff Baton Rouge Magnet High seniors named US Presidential Scholar semifinalists

BATON ROUGE- Two Baton Rouge Magnet High School seniors have been named U.S. Presidential Scholar semifinalists.

According to a release, Erina Buchholz and Ziying He are two of eight Presidential Scholar semifinalists from Louisiana. Baton Rouge Magnet High School is the only high school in the state with two semifinalists.

The U. S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the president, to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors, according to the release. Students from both public and private schools are invited to apply for the program based on their performance on the ACT and SAT tests.

The scholars are guests of the Presidential Scholar Commission during the National Recognition Program and enjoy an expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with government officials, educators, and other accomplished people. To commemorate their achievement, the scholars are also awarded a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

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Cosby defense loses 5th bid for mistrial http://www.wbrz.com/news/cosby-defense-loses-5th-bid-for-mistrial/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/cosby-defense-loses-5th-bid-for-mistrial/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:05:00 AM Associated Press Cosby defense loses 5th bid for mistrial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial is rejecting the defense's fifth bid for a mistrial.

Cosby's lawyers argued on Thursday that prosecutors were out of line for implying they were wrong to help star defense witness Marguerite Jackson write a statement outlining how she says Cosby's chief accuser mused about framing a celebrity. Prosecutor Stewart Ryan irked Cosby's lawyers during Jackson's cross-examination by repeatedly saying they "created" her affidavit.

The judge says there is "simply no grounds for a mistrial" and that Cosby's lawyers are raising the issue too late. Judge Steven O'Neill is also slamming the comedian's lawyers for dragging out the trial by having just one witness ready to testify Thursday.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. He says it was consensual.

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Department of Public Safety employee accused of using state credit card for personal items http://www.wbrz.com/news/department-of-public-safety-employee-accused-of-using-state-credit-card-for-personal-items/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/department-of-public-safety-employee-accused-of-using-state-credit-card-for-personal-items/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:00:02 AM WBRZ Staff Department of Public Safety employee accused of using state credit card for personal items

BATON ROUGE- A state employee accused of using a state-issued credit card to buy appliances and light fixtures for his home has been arrested.

It appears the investigation began around the time he and his estranged wife were dividing their property, according to his arrest warrant.

Todd Hutchinson, 42, worked for Department of Public Safety as a buildings and grounds maintenance technician. He was booked into Parish Prison Wednesday on counts of malfeasance in office and felony theft, booking records show.

Hutchinson had a state credit card to buy parts he needed for repairs. Investigators say he used that card between 2013 and 2015 to buy thousands of dollars worth of light fixtures, a freezer, a dishwasher and other appliances, according to an arrest warrant.

The warrant said the investigation began a couple of weeks ago. Hutchinson's estranged wife told investigators that as they were separating their property, she became suspicious of the stainless steel appliances that she said he had bought without her knowledge.

She allowed investigators to search her current home and take the appliances that had been purchased with the state credit card, the warrant said.

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Wingmania: Wings for a good cause http://www.wbrz.com/news/wingmania-wings-for-a-good-cause/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/wingmania-wings-for-a-good-cause/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 8:47:09 AM WBRZ Staff Wingmania: Wings for a good cause

BATON ROUGE- Are you ready for Wingmania?

The day-long festival dedicated to celebrating chicken wings will take place April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tin Roof Brewing Company. Tickets are on sale now for $30. With the ticket, guests will have the opportunity to try over 15 types of wings. 

According to a post, all proceeds will go to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to help fight breast cancer. 

Chef Scott Gautreau of City Pork and Franz Borghart from Wingmania were live with WBRZ Thursday morning.

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LIVE UPDATES: Thursday morning commute http://www.wbrz.com/news/live-updates-thursday-morning-commute-107522/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/live-updates-thursday-morning-commute-107522/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 8:24:20 AM WBRZ Staff LIVE UPDATES: Thursday morning commute

BATON ROUGE - News 2's Ashley Fruge’ has you covered with live updates for your Thursday morning commute.

Beat the traffic every time using WBRZ's advanced traffic tracking technology. Click here to go to our traffic center.

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Homeowner finds naked intruder in her tub, eating Cheetos http://www.wbrz.com/news/homeowner-finds-naked-intruder-in-her-tub-eating-cheetos/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/homeowner-finds-naked-intruder-in-her-tub-eating-cheetos/ News Thu, 19 Apr 2018 8:05:56 AM Associated Press Homeowner finds naked intruder in her tub, eating Cheetos

MONROE, La. (AP) - Police in Louisiana say a woman came home to discover a naked stranger in her tub, eating her Cheetos while taking a bath.

A Monroe police affidavit says 29-year-old Evelyn Washington was arrested on burglary and property damage charges. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a responding officer found "a full tub of water and a plate of food along with half eaten Cheetos belonging to the victim on the toilet next to the tub."

Washington told the homeowner and police that an unknown male had told her to break into the house. Police found a tall ice chest under a broken window.

It's unclear if she has a lawyer.

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