WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ News News en-us Copyright 2019, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 7 Dec 2019 HH:12:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Officials responding to fatal crash involving bicyclist at Seigen Lane and Airline Highway https://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-responding-to-fatal-crash-involving-bicyclist-at-seigen-lane-and-airline-highway/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-responding-to-fatal-crash-involving-bicyclist-at-seigen-lane-and-airline-highway/ News Sat, 7 Dec 2019 3:14:44 PM WBRZ Staff Officials responding to fatal crash involving bicyclist at Seigen Lane and Airline Highway

BATON ROUGE- Authorities are on the scene of a deadly crash on Airline Highway and Seigen Lane involving a bicyclist. 

The crash happened around 3 p.m. Saturday. Authorities report that the cyclist was dead on the scene. 

There are still few details at the time.


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Co-inventor of New Orleans hand grenade cocktail dies https://www.wbrz.com/news/co-inventor-of-new-orleans-hand-grenade-cocktail-dies/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/co-inventor-of-new-orleans-hand-grenade-cocktail-dies/ News Sat, 7 Dec 2019 1:49:04 PM Associated Press Co-inventor of New Orleans hand grenade cocktail dies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The co-founder of a chain of bars in New Orleans’ French Quarter who helped create an iconic cocktail known as the “hand grenade” has died.

NOLA.com reports that Earl Bernhardt died Thursday at the age of 80. One of his daughters, Jennifer Bernhardt Scott, told the news site he was at his New Orleans home.

A cause of death was not disclosed, but NOLA.com said in recent years he had suffered from a series of heart problems.

The frozen, lime green “hand grenade” is a common site along Bourbon Street. It’s served in a tall-necked plastic container with a smiling hand grenade at its base. The recipe is a secret, but reportedly includes vodka, gin and melon liquor.

Bernhardt was a morning radio personality and country music disc jockey before he got into the bar business. The “hand grenade” was inspired by plastic squirt guns in the shape of hand grenades that he and his business partner, Pam Fortner, found while looking for trinkets for a St. Patrick’s Day parade, according to NOLA.com.

A federal trademark protected the drink’s name and concept, and Bernhardt sued imitators.


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One person injured after shooting at Howell Park, near Winbourne https://www.wbrz.com/news/one-person-injured-after-shooting-at-howell-park-near-winbourne/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/one-person-injured-after-shooting-at-howell-park-near-winbourne/ News Sat, 7 Dec 2019 11:39:53 AM Zandria Thomas One person injured after shooting at Howell Park, near Winbourne

BATON ROUGE - Police are responding to a shooting at a BREC park at 5509 Winbourne.

A call came in just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday reporting shots fired at Howell Park. One person was shot in the mid section and transported to the hospital. That person is in critical condition. The suspect is still at large. 

An investigation is underway. This is a developing story.


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Attorney claims teen was on drugs when questioned about deadly bus stop fight https://www.wbrz.com/news/attorney-claims-teen-was-on-drugs-when-questioned-about-deadly-bus-stop-fight/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/attorney-claims-teen-was-on-drugs-when-questioned-about-deadly-bus-stop-fight/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 12:17:11 PM WBRZ Staff Attorney claims teen was on drugs when questioned about deadly bus stop fight

Editor's Note: Anderson's attorney clarified Friday that the teen was under the effects of Fentanyl during questioning, not the shooting itself.

BATON ROUGE - One of three teens arrested in the killing of a 17-year-old claims he was on powerful painkillers when he was questioned by law enforcement.

An attorney for Kevin Anderson said in court Friday that the 16-year-old was still feeling the effects of the Fentanyl he was given at the hospital when he was arrested Tuesday. Because of that, attorney Niles Haymer says he remembered little of the shooting that killed 17-year-old Javon Brown. Anderson himself was also hit by gunfire in the encounter.

Anderson was arrested in the shooting along with 18-year-old Davaughn Tate, the alleged shooter, and 16-year-old Jeffrey Tate.

Brown was fatally shot Monday while walking home from a bus stop on Ottawa Drive. Brown was walking home with a girl when the trio allegedly picked a fight. Prosecutors say Brown tried to walk away, but he was attacked from behind and shot in the ensuing struggle.

Anderson was also struck by a bullet in the fight and later showed up at a hospital for treatment. According to surveillance video and witness accounts, the three teens hung around the scene and appeared to exchange words before running away.

Belaire High School told investigators that Brown and the Tates had an ongoing feud leading up to the shooting.

Anderson was taken into custody after he was released from the hospital Tuesday. The Tate brothers were both arrested Wednesday. 

Anderson was back in court Friday, but his hearing was pushed back to Jan. 6 at the request of his defense. He'll remain jailed without bond until that hearing. 


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Fiery crash shuts down I-10 in St. James Parish https://www.wbrz.com/news/fiery-crash-shuts-down-i-10-in-st-james-parish/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/fiery-crash-shuts-down-i-10-in-st-james-parish/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 5:18:45 PM WBRZ Staff Fiery crash shuts down I-10 in St. James Parish

GRAMERCY - A crash involving an 18-wheeler has shut down I-10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans Friday evening. 

The crash was first reported around 5 p.m. on I-10 East near the Gramercy exit. All lanes are currently closed in both directions in the area of the accident.

The crash is said to involve an 18-wheeler and another car pinned underneath it. Photos from the are show a large plume of smoke.

A Hazardous Materials crew has been called to the scene, according to state police.

There is no word on injuries at this time. 


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National Guardsman surprises younger brother following Afghanistan deployment https://www.wbrz.com/news/national-guardsman-surprises-younger-brother-following-afghanistan-deployment/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/national-guardsman-surprises-younger-brother-following-afghanistan-deployment/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 11:15:51 PM Johnston von Springer National Guardsman surprises younger brother following Afghanistan deployment

BATON ROUGE - At Friday night's Festival of Lights downtown most spectators were focused on the lights and snow. 10-year-old Peyton Ashley, however, was gearing up to run in the Reindeer Run 5k. One thing he didn't expect was for his older brother, Clayton to show up.

Clayton was due home from a deployment in Afghanistan soon but at the race's starting line he surprised his little brother who was speechless.

"I just started crying," Peyton said. "It was the best day of my life."

The plan had been in the works for a few days, but Clayton didn't know what to expect.

"I was really wondering what his reaction going to be," Clayton said. "I haven't seen him in so long, other than that I knew he was gonna be shocked, and it worked, it worked for sure.

The pair's bond is stronger than most. As a child, Peyton was born addicted to drugs and moved from home to home while his parents were locked up. The one constant in his life was his brother Clayton. Payton is now happy and healthy living with his step-grandmother. tonight a prime example of how far the two have come.

"He's grown up a lot," Clayton said. "He's doing a lot better, he's just an awesome kid. I couldn't ask for a better brother."

After the reunion, there was a race still to run. As the two trotted through Baton Rouge, Peyton's mind wasn't on the finish line.

"Just thinking good thoughts that he's here and how much fun we're going to have together," Peyton said. "It's just a perfect day."

After the race, the two at a loss for words when it came to the moment the first saw one another.

"It's not something you can sit down and tell somebody how it is," Clayton said. "It's just something that you have to do. A once in a lifetime chance.

A once in a lifetime chance Peyton won't forget. 

"I never hardly get to see my brother that much," Peyton said. It's just really a dream come true to me."


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Plane tickets from BTR to ATL sold out ahead of SEC Championship https://www.wbrz.com/news/plane-tickets-from-btr-to-atl-sold-out-ahead-of-sec-championship/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/plane-tickets-from-btr-to-atl-sold-out-ahead-of-sec-championship/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 9:01:42 PM Trey Couvillion Plane tickets from BTR to ATL sold out ahead of SEC Championship

BATON ROUGE - LSU fans have been heading to Atlanta, Ga. all week in preparation for Saturday’s showdown.

Friday’s flights Baton Rouge to ATL were sold out, and most are for Saturday morning, as well.

It was a sea of purple and gold at the airport on Friday. Tiger fans ready with their plane and game tickets as they jet off for the SEC Championship.

Hoping to watch another piece of LSU history, eager fans filed in the airport all day. Full of confidence in this year’s undefeated team.

“Definitely tigers will come out with a win. It’s gonna be a great game. It’ll be a hard-fought battle but it’s gonna be an awesome victory for the tigers,” former LSU kicker Drew Alleman said.

Alleman is used to big stages like the SEC Championship. He was a kicker at LSU from 2008 to 2012, known for his game-winning kick over Bama in 2011. He was also there the last time the Tigers played in Atlanta.

“That was a great game. We came out there strong in 2011 and beating them pretty bad. I think this is going to be a closer game because they have a pretty solid team. But I think our offense it a little bit better this year. It’s gonna be a high scoring affair,” Alleman said.

There was plenty of purple and gold heading to the terminal on Friday.

“Heading to Atlanta and bringing our grandkids so they can see some history too,” Jerry Riles said.

Riles is also used to those big game moments, graduating from LSU in 1964.

“I was there when Billy Cannon made the famous run. I was a student in the student section,” Riles said.

As fans take off and touch down Friday evening, there’s only one thing there more sure of than an SEC title.

“Next LSU Heisman, shouldn’t be any doubt, it should be Joe Burrow,” Riles said.

It’s known around the country that tiger fans travel extremely well. You can expect to see a whole lot of purple and gold in Atlanta come game time on Saturday.


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Officials investigating whether deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola was terrorism-related https://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-investigating-whether-deadly-shooting-at-naval-air-station-pensacola-was-terrorism-related/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-investigating-whether-deadly-shooting-at-naval-air-station-pensacola-was-terrorism-related/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 8:20:18 AM WBRZ Staff Officials investigating whether deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola was terrorism-related

BATON ROUGE - A U.S. official says the Florida Naval station shooting suspect was an aviation student from Saudi Arabia and authorities are investigating if the shooting was terrorism-related.

According to CNN, the shooter has been killed.

David Morgan, sheriff of Escambia County, said two deputies engaged the shooter, and "It was a member of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that did negate the threat.”

The two officers were shot during the exchange with the gunman.

Morgan said one deputy was shot in the arm and another in the knee, and both are expected to survive.

This incident occurred only two days after an active-duty U.S. sailor killed two civilian employees and injured another before killing himself at Pearl Harbor Naval shipyard in Hawaii. 


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Classic SEC match-up: LSU's offense vs. Georgia's defense https://www.wbrz.com/news/classic-sec-match-up-lsu-s-offense-vs-georgia-s-defense/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/classic-sec-match-up-lsu-s-offense-vs-georgia-s-defense/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 5:06:28 PM Associated Press Classic SEC match-up: LSU's offense vs. Georgia's defense

ATLANTA (AP) — LSU is perfectly comfortable in an offensive shootout, both teams racing up and down the field, throwing caution to the wind and lighting up the scoreboard with big play after big play.

Georgia would prefer a defensive quagmire, where every yard in a struggle, the sort of knock-’em-back stalemate that puts a premium on old-school concepts like field position and turnovers.

In that never-ending debate over what’s more important — offense or defense? — the Southeastern Conference championship game offers a most compelling match-up.

The No. 1 Tigers (12-0, No. 2 CFP) are the second-highest scoring team in the land. The No. 4 Bulldogs (11-1, No. 4 CFP) have allowed fewer points than every team but one.

“When you come out of the SEC and represent your programs in this game, you’ve been through the gauntlet,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said.

LSU is averaging 48.7 points — trailing only Ohio State — with a high-octane spread offense led by Heisman Trophy favorite Joe Burrow and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers.

It has been a stunning turnaround for a program long known for its stalwart defense but one that often struggled to put points on the board.

The last LSU team to go undefeated during the regular season was the 2011 Tigers, who were totally stifled by Alabama in the national championship game. That team lost 21-0 and did not even cross midfield until the closing minutes.

What a contrast to this team, which has twice eclipsed 60 points, scored at least 50 in four other games and has been held below 36 just one time.

The Tigers have no intention of backing off against the Bulldogs, though Burrow offered a bit of a caveat.

“We’re going to keep our same mentality,” he said. “We’re going to attack, we’re going to go fast, we’re going to throw the ball down the field, but also understanding this is one of the best defenses in the country, so you’re going to have to take what the defense gives you and march the ball down the field. They’re not going to give you anything easy.”

Georgia’s previous opponents can attest to that.

The Junkyard Dawgs are surrendering a puny average of 10.4 points — second only to Clemson — and have recorded three shutouts for the first time since 1981. They have not given up more than 17 points in regulation (their only loss, a 20-17 setback against South Carolina, went to double overtime).

“We’ve done some amazing things as a defense in this regular season,” Georgia safety J.R. Reed said. “We’ve got our work cut out for us this game.”

As is always the case with the SEC championship, the winner is surely headed to the College Football Playoff.

But many pundits believe LSU, which has high-quality victories over Alabama, Florida and Auburn, has already done enough to claim a spot.
So a Georgia upset could mean a postseason two-fer for a conference that already holds super-sized influence over the college football landscape.

“We’ve got to finish the SEC championship, and then let’s see where we’re ranked,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “None of that stuff matters right now. We’ve got to win this football game. This is a big football game for our team, and that’s all we’re thinking about.”

Some things to keep an eye on when the Tigers face the Bulldogs:

SHORING UP

LSU’s 35th-ranked defense looked like a liability much of the season — particularly in mid-November at Ole Miss, when the Tigers allowed 614 yards and 37 points.

The last game was a different story, however. LSU surrendered just 169 yards, picked off three passes and came recorded six sacks — one for a safety — in a 50-7 rout of Texas A&M, which came in averaging 32.1 points per game.

“Too bad it came late in the season, but it’s only going to get better,” edge pass-rusher K’Lavon Chaisson said. “There’s too many high-caliber players on this defense to where we shouldn’t be clicking how we wanted to click.”

FROMM’S SLUMP

It’s been a strange year for Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, who has struggled to find the level of consistency he showed his first two seasons.

The last four games have really been a puzzler. Fromm has thrown 10 touchdown passes with no interceptions, but he’s failed to complete 50% of his throws in any of those contests.

Before this stretch, he only had three games in his entire career when he didn’t connect on half his passes.

Fromm’s struggles have come under extra scrutiny because of Justin Fields’ stellar season at Ohio State. He was Fromm’s backup a year ago, but failed to get much playing time and transferred to the Buckeyes.

SWIFT’S SHOULDER

Georgia star D’Andre Swift has rushed for 1,203 yards, but he left last week’s victory over Georgia Tech with an injured shoulder.

Smart downplayed the injury, saying it was merely a contusion.

“I expect D’Andre to be fine,” the coach said.

If Swift is still hurting, it will fall to Brian Herrien, James Cook and Zamir White to pick up the slack.

The Bulldogs know they’ll be limited in the receiving corps. Lawrence Cager is likely done for the season after ankle surgery, while freshman George Pickens must sit out the first half after getting ejected from the Georgia Tech game.

BACKFIELD BALLER

With so much attention on Burrow and JaMarr Chase, a Biletnikoff Award finalist at receiver, opposing defenses often seem to lose track of diminutive but dangerous scat back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

The 5-foot-8, 209-pound junior has 1,146 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, including 188 yards against Arkansas and 172 at Ole Miss. He was also one of the stars of LSU’s 46-41 triumph at Alabama, rushing for 103 yards and three touchdowns to go with nine receptions for 77 yards and a score.

Orgeron and Burrow often compare LSU’s use of Edwards-Helaire to the New Orleans Saints’ use of Alvin Kamara. That seems apt because Joe Brady, one of LSU’s new offensive assistants, spent the previous two seasons on the Saints’ staff.

REVENGE FACTOR

When these teams met during the 2018 regular season, LSU romped to a 36-16 victory in Baton Rouge.

It will be interesting to see if the Bulldogs are still smarting from a game that happened nearly 14 months ago.

“I’m sure they’re going to want some revenge on us,” Burrow said. “But it’s the SEC championship. I don’t think you need any more motivation.”


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Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak https://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-list-pot-vape-brands-reported-in-us-outbreak/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/officials-list-pot-vape-brands-reported-in-us-outbreak/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 4:52:20 PM Associated Press Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations.

Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffered lung damage had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana.

In a report released Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed the products most often cited by patients, noting that some of them said they vaped more than one.

Dank Vapes was the brand used by 56% of the hospitalized patients nationwide.

Dank is not a licensed product coming from one business, it is empty packaging that can be ordered from Chinese internet sites. Illicit vaping cartridge makers can buy the empty packages and then fill them with whatever they choose.

Other product names at the top of the list from CDC were TKO (15%), Smart Cart (13%) and Rove (12%).

“It’s not likely that a single brand is responsible for this outbreak,” said Brian King, a senior CDC official on the investigation.

Some of the brands cited by the CDC are sold in states with legalized marijuana. But counterfeits of those legitimate brands have flooded the market around the country, forcing some to redesign their packaging.

Bill Loucks, co-founder of TKO Products, said his company sells only to licensed dispensaries in California, but the company gets emails asking about TKO-branded cartridges purchased elsewhere.

“If you bought them outside of California ... you are the proud owner of fakes,” Loucks said in an email.

The CDC also said Friday that the worst of the outbreak may be over. Preliminary data indicates hospitalizations peaked in mid-September and have been declining since, officials said.

Investigators want more data until they feel certain the outbreak is waning. If it is, there may be more than one reason, including growing public caution about vaping or perhaps a change in what cartridge makers are putting into them, King said.

But cases are still coming in, with 2,291 reported this year — including 176 that joined the tally in late November. Every state has reported cases, and 25 states and the District of Columbia have reported a total of 48 deaths.

Symptoms include trouble breathing, chest pain, fatigue and vomiting. About half the patients are people in their teens or early 20s.

The outbreak appears to have started in March. CDC officials have gradually come to focus their investigation on black-market THC cartridges.

An analysis of about 1,800 of the hospitalized patients found about 80% said they used at least one THC product. Last month, CDC officials said they had narrowed in on a culprit — a chemical compound called vitamin E acetate that has been commonly found in the lungs of sick patients and in the products they vaped.

Vitamin E acetate is a thickening agent that’s been added to illicit THC vaping liquids. But it’s possible it also may have been added to vaping liquids containing CBD, another cannabis extract, King said. About 1% of the patients said they had vaped CBD products only.

The agency is recommending that people do not use any electronic cigarettes or vaping products that contain THC, especially those obtained from friends, family members or black market dealers.

However, 13% of patients said they vaped only nicotine. CDC officials are continuing to look at nicotine-containing vapes, and to advise caution about all types of vaping products until the investigation is concluded, King said.


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Baton Rouge Police increasing DWI checkpoints for the holidays https://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-police-increasing-dwi-checkpoints-for-the-holidays/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-police-increasing-dwi-checkpoints-for-the-holidays/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 3:20:47 PM WBRZ Staff Baton Rouge Police increasing DWI checkpoints for the holidays

BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department says you can expect to see more cops checking drivers' sobriety in the coming weeks.

Starting Friday, BRPD says drivers can expect to see more checkpoints throughout the area at numerous undisclosed locations.

The department says a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made the increased checkpoints possible. With the grant, BRPD has funding for more than 17,000 additional hours of patrol targeting drunk drivers and other traffic violations. 


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WATCH: Brazen thieves use truck to rip ATM from storefront in Iberville Parish https://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-brazen-thieves-use-truck-to-rip-atm-from-storefront-in-iberville-parish/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/watch-brazen-thieves-use-truck-to-rip-atm-from-storefront-in-iberville-parish/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 2:58:18 PM WBRZ Staff WATCH: Brazen thieves use truck to rip ATM from storefront in Iberville Parish

PLAQUEMINE - Police are looking for a pair of masked thieves who used cables and a pick-up truck to steal an ATM in Iberville Parish.

The Plaquemine Police Department says the heist happened overnight at the Hop-N-Shop Deli on Railroad Avenue. 

The thieves were seen on surveillance video smashing out a window at the front of the business and hooking the machine up to an older model Chevrolet extended cab pick-up. The two use the truck to rip the ATM through the front windown and load it into the back of the vehicle. 

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact police at 225-687-9273.


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Baton Rouge lawyer arrested, allegedly forged documents to get client out of jail https://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-lawyer-arrested-allegedly-forged-documents-to-get-client-out-of-jail/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-lawyer-arrested-allegedly-forged-documents-to-get-client-out-of-jail/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 2:35:57 PM WBRZ Staff Baton Rouge lawyer arrested, allegedly forged documents to get client out of jail

BATON ROUGE - A local attorney was booked on fraud charges after he allegedly admitted to forging a signature on court documents.

The Advocate reports Chris Alexander was booked into the Livingston Parish Jail Friday after he admitted to filing the fraudulent documents.

Alexander's client, James Henley, was reportedly arrested in Caddo Parish for his fourth-offense DWI. To get him out, the attorney allegedly had an acquaintance pretend to be Henley and sign his name on a document Thursday while his client was still locked up. 

But Henley was not allowed to bond out because he had an outstanding warrant in Livingston Parish for failing to show up in court for his 3rd-offense DWI charge back in May. To get around this, Alexander allegedly sent another document saying the warrant had been recalled by a judge, but no judge had seen the document nor approved Henley's release.

Alexander is a well-known attorney in the Baton Rouge area, notably handling the high-profile case of accused killer Kenneth Gleason. 

Both he and the person who helped forge the paperwork are facing charges of forgery and injuring public records.


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State Fire Marshal Deputy arrested for malfeasance in office, other charges https://www.wbrz.com/news/state-fire-marshal-deputy-arrested-for-malfeasance-in-office-other-charges/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/state-fire-marshal-deputy-arrested-for-malfeasance-in-office-other-charges/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 9:46:40 AM WBRZ Staff State Fire Marshal Deputy arrested for malfeasance in office, other charges

CALCASIEU PARISH- Following a thorough investigation, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) has arrested yet another one of its own.

Arrest warrants for James “Clay” Barrett, a corporal in the Lake Charles area, include eight counts of 1st Degree Injuring Public Records as well as three counts of Malfeasance in Office. Barrett was arrested on the same day as his colleague, Robert Daniel Fain, a former Corporal who was taken into custody on charges that included cruelty to animals and malfeasance in office.  

Barrett resigned his position with the agency upon his arrest.

The investigation into Clay Barrett began in November when a supervisor’s routine review of Barrett’s fire investigation case files revealed inconsistencies. It was later learned Barrett had taken steps to cover up incomplete and/or incorrect investigative work in two of his fire cases.

As a result, fire investigation cases with Barrett’s involvement are being reevaluated for any similar inconsistencies.

“To be a State Fire Marshal deputy is more than just a job; it’s a commitment to public safety and abating arson with integrity and pride,” said State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, “These allegations against Clay Barrett are disgraceful. They should not diminish the upstanding reputation of the dozens of deputies who represent this agency day in and day out with good, honorable work for the people of Louisiana. They also should not discredit the quality of the hundreds of fire investigations the agency conducts throughout each year. We will not tolerate anything less than the utmost professionalism from our agency and its employees.”


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Authorities arrest suspected gang member believed to be gunman during Highland Rd. drive-by https://www.wbrz.com/news/authorities-arrest-suspected-gang-member-believed-to-be-gunman-during-highland-rd-drive-by/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/authorities-arrest-suspected-gang-member-believed-to-be-gunman-during-highland-rd-drive-by/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 12:01:53 PM WBRZ Staff Authorities arrest suspected gang member believed to be gunman during Highland Rd. drive-by

BATON ROUGE – Police say the gang member who acted as gunman during a drive-by shooting at a Highland Road convenience store has been arrested.

According to a police report, Mieyoshi Tyree Edwards has been arrested on four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Authorities say on April 10, Edwards, a member of Top Boy Gorilla Gang (TBG), was shooting at four members of the Bottom Boy Gorilla Gang (BBG) and Never Broke Again (NBA) gangs.

The report goes on to say, BBG and NBA had been feuding with members of TBG and states, “to date, this ongoing feud has claimed the lives of Garrett Burton (TBG), Ashton Wells (TBG), and Desmond Hardnett (NBA) and caused shooting injuries to countless others.”

Detectives say a victim of the drive-by identified Edwards as the gunman who used an assault rifle to fire at him and three other gang members while they were outside of the convenience store.

Authorities say this statement was corroborated by the eyewitness accounts of others and a 7.62 caliber cartridge casing recovered from the crime scene.

Detectives say they’d been investigating the TBG gang for several years and recognized Edwards as a TBG enforcer suspected of committing numerous murders prior to this shooting.

Police said ballistic analysis suggested the same firearm was used in a shooting in the 3000 block of Crestwood Street during February 2019, the same area where a BBG house is known to be located.

Edwards was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Wednesday, Dec. 3.


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Teen accused of shooting at people outside of Jim and Lu's corner store, arrested https://www.wbrz.com/news/teen-accused-of-shooting-at-people-outside-of-jim-and-lu-s-corner-store-arrested/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/teen-accused-of-shooting-at-people-outside-of-jim-and-lu-s-corner-store-arrested/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 10:46:01 AM WBRZ Staff Teen accused of shooting at people outside of Jim and Lu's corner store, arrested

BATON ROUGE – Authorities say they've arrested one person in connection with a shooting just outside of Jim and Lu’s Corner Store that left one person seriously injured.

Detectives say 18-year-old Damon Parnell Cain is in custody for two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

According to a police report, detectives spoke to two people who were victims of the shooting. The victims said they were standing outside of the corner store when they claim Cain approached brandishing a pistol.

The victims say Cain began firing at them and as they ran away, one of them was hit by the gunfire.

Detectives reported getting video footage of the shooting from a nearby surveillance camera and saw that it matched the accounts of the incident from the two victims.

A police report says witnesses were able to pick Cain out of a lineup.

Investigators say they later found that Cain had a recent arrest for illegal possession of a stolen handgun and aggravated assault.

The injured victim's condition is currently unknown.   


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Former LSU employee accused of sexual battery and obscenity https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-employee-accused-of-sexual-battery-and-obscenity/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-lsu-employee-accused-of-sexual-battery-and-obscenity/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 8:46:22 AM WBRZ Staff Former LSU employee accused of sexual battery and obscenity

BATON ROUGE - A former LSU employee is behind bars, accused of sexual battery and obscenity while on campus.

According to a police report, Isiah Butler, 45, repeatedly groped and made unwanted sexual advances toward an LSU employee.

The victim told LSU Police Butler touched and grabbed her genitals on more than one occasion, despite her protestation.

During one incident, the victim said Butler pulled down his pants and exposed his genitals. 

The victim said she denied his advances and fled. 

Once investigators caught up with Butler for questioning, he requested a lawyer and was placed under arrest.

On Friday morning, Butler was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.


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Instagram page leads to arrest of murder suspect in Baton Rouge https://www.wbrz.com/news/instagram-page-leads-to-arrest-of-murder-suspect-in-baton-rouge/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/instagram-page-leads-to-arrest-of-murder-suspect-in-baton-rouge/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 8:36:58 AM AE Stevenson Instagram page leads to arrest of murder suspect in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police have released more information regarding Thursday's arrest of Christopher Keller in connection with the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Byron Batiste at an apartment complex off Prescott Road.

Batiste was found shot multiple times in the back and arrest documents say 18-year-old Christopher Keller was linked to the murder via an Instagram page.

Police report discovering communications between Keller and Batiste on the popular social media site, and say their conversations indicated that the two planned to meet each other just prior to the time of Batiste's murder. Police concluded that Keller was the last person to see Batiste alive.  

Detectives say upon questioning Keller, he not only admitted to shooting Batiste but provided authorities with a detailed account of the events leading up to the fatal incident.


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Ascension Parish Council agrees to pay outgoing parish president's legal fees https://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-parish-council-agrees-to-pay-outgoing-parish-president-s-legal-fees/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-parish-council-agrees-to-pay-outgoing-parish-president-s-legal-fees/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 7:49:26 AM WBRZ Staff Ascension Parish Council agrees to pay outgoing parish president's legal fees

ASCENSION PARISH - The outgoing Ascension Parish Council has agreed that as one of its last acts, it will cover the costs of Parish President Kenny Matassa's legal defense fees. 

The Advocate reports that his fees amount to a total of $231,839.

These fees were acquired during a 2017 trial involving charges of bribery against Matassa. 

The decision to pay for the fees was reached with a 7-2 vote during the Council's Thursday night meeting. 

In 2018 Matassa was acquitted of bribing a Gonzales City Council candidate. While not seeking a second term in office, incoming Parish President Clint Cointment takes over the job when he takes office in January.


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Pat's Coats for Kids: Distribution Day https://www.wbrz.com/news/pat-s-coats-for-kids-distribution-day/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/pat-s-coats-for-kids-distribution-day/ News Fri, 6 Dec 2019 7:29:32 AM WBRZ Staff Pat's Coats for Kids: Distribution Day

BATON ROUGE – Friday morning saw the kickoff of distribution day for the annual Pat’s Coat’s for Kid’s charitable drive.

For the past 31 years, Pat’s Coats for Kids has been working to distribute warm coats to thousands of children in the Baton Rouge area.

WBRZ’s weatherman, Pat Shingleton leads the efforts and on Friday morning he stopped by to provide the 2une In crew with an update on the drive.

Click here for more on how you can contribute to Pat’s Coats for Kids.  


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