WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ News News en-us Copyright 2019, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 18 Oct 2019 HH:10:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Empty Fraternity house seeing multiple break-ins https://www.wbrz.com/news/empty-fraternity-house-seeing-multiple-break-ins/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/empty-fraternity-house-seeing-multiple-break-ins/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 8:35:53 PM Johnston von Springer Empty Fraternity house seeing multiple break-ins

BATON ROUGE – The Delta Kappa Epsilon house on LSU’s campus has been vacant since the chapter closed in January. Doors and windows are boarded up with padlocks attempting to keep people out. However, the house has been broken into at least three times in less than a month.

Cameras caught a group of intruders entering the house on September 19 and 20. Surveillance video showed several people going upstairs, returning to the living room with four composite pictures before leaving out of a back door.

Chapter officials say a lock and the back door were broken during the September incidents. However, the latest break-in earlier this week has them puzzled because there were no signs of entry.

Thursday’s break-in shows a handful of people wander the upstairs hallway. One even points to the security camera, catching them in the act.

Besides the composites, nothing else was stolen, because the house was cleaned out and packed up when the chapter closed.

Delta Kappa Epsilon’s house director tells WBRZ, cameras were purchased after the house was vacated, due to vandalism and trespassing. Besides the three episodes caught on camera, she says there have been other break-ins this year.

Following the September break-ins, a report was filed with LSU Police.


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Do you need to move your fence? Argument over servitude coming to close https://www.wbrz.com/news/do-you-need-to-move-your-fence-argument-over-servitude-coming-to-close/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/do-you-need-to-move-your-fence-argument-over-servitude-coming-to-close/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 6:20:50 PM Brittany Weiss Do you need to move your fence? Argument over servitude coming to close

DENHAM SPRINGS - A letter will soon be coming in the mail, and it might mean that some residents will have to tear down and move their fences.

Last week, 2 On Your Side reported from Arbor Walk in Denham Springs. Residents there have been in limbo between the HOA, Livingston Parish, and neighborhood developer DSLD about what to do with their property.

Wooden stakes were placed around property lines and servitude this past summer. Since then, residents have been wondering what they mean. Brittni Boudreaux is under the impression that part of her fence is in the servitude and she'll have to spend money to move it.

"I mean, it's five inches. So I just don't understand," Boudreaux said.

It's something the residents of Arbor Walk have been talking about for the last year. Do they need to move their fence or not? And where do they need to move it to? Jason Berry with DSLD told WBRZ Thursday that the information has officially been decided.

"The homeowners will get a letter in the mail saying if you have to move the fence, or if you're within the servitude, if you're correct," Berry said.

Livingston Parish has taken over the maintenance of drainage between homes from homeowner association company Community Management, LLC.

"They determined they didn't have enough access in some areas so they started their survey process to determine people that were over," resident Scott Grimes said.

Over the summer, Grimes learned his fence was inches over the servitude so he hired someone to move it back about a foot. While some people, including Grimes, have been told that their fence line has been given the green light, there are about 30 other homeowners in Arbor Walk that are about to be told their fence needs to move.

But some residents, including Boudreaux, are wondering how they got there in the first place. Before her fence was built, she submitted plans to Community Management for approval. She says the plans included information about lot lines, servitude information, and fence design.

"And they approved it," she said.

Thursday, 2 On Your Side learned from the Livingston Parish Department of Public Works that it's only responsible for maintaining the drainage. DSLD says the plan is to bring in a machine, mow the tall grass, and make the drainage area more defied. It'll be the homeowner's responsibility to maintain.

"We're going to get it to a maintainable state and then it'll be on the homeowners, because that is actually their property," Berry said.

DPW says it's giving homeowners until January 1, 2020, to move their fences if they're asked to do so. If they don't, DPW could remove the fence from the servitude themselves and it will be up to the homeowner to put it back.

WBRZ has reached out to Arbor Walk's HOA, Community Management, LLC, and has not heard back.


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Thursday's health report https://www.wbrz.com/news/thursday-s-health-report-124812/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/thursday-s-health-report-124812/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 5:56:07 PM WBRZ Staff Thursday's health report

2 Your Health Report for Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.


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Woman accidentally hits gas pedal, drives car through front door of pizzeria https://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-accidentally-hits-gas-pedal-drives-car-through-front-door-of-pizzeria/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/woman-accidentally-hits-gas-pedal-drives-car-through-front-door-of-pizzeria/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 5:11:01 PM Jeremy Krail Woman accidentally hits gas pedal, drives car through front door of pizzeria

WALKER - Police say a woman confused her vehicle's accelerator for the brake pedal, sending her car flying through the front entrance of a local pizzeria.

The accident happened around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Rotolo's Pizzeria along Walker South Road. Police said the woman was trying to park when she hit the wrong pedal, causing her vehicle to smash its way through the double doors at the front of the business. 

Officials said an employee was sitting just feet out of the path of the car. 

No one was seriously hurt. 


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La. senate race heading for two-way runoff after recount https://www.wbrz.com/news/la-senate-race-heading-for-two-way-runoff-after-recount/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/la-senate-race-heading-for-two-way-runoff-after-recount/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 4:08:41 PM Associated Press La. senate race heading for two-way runoff after recount
UPDATE: An electronic recount has resulted in Franklin Foil claiming a four-vote lead over fellow Republican candidate Steve Carter. 
A runoff is now set to take place between Foil and Democrat Beverly Brooks Thomas. 
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - One Republican candidate headed to an unusual three-person Louisiana state Senate runoff election is asking for a vote recount.
  
State Rep. Franklin Foil filed the request Tuesday with the East Baton Rouge Parish clerk of court.
  
Foil initially had an eight-vote lead over Republican Rep. Steve Carter for the second-place spot in Saturday's primary. But the secretary of state's office said Foil's lead evaporated after local election officials found problems with the scanning of mail-in absentee ballots and rescanned them.
  
Foil and Carter then tied for second place, with both slated to reach the Nov. 16 runoff against Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson.
  
Foil asked for a recount of all votes, but then resubmitted his request to ask only for a recount of absentee paper ballots. The recount is expected Thursday.

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Tiger Stadium sold record amount of beer for LSU-Florida https://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-sold-record-amount-of-beer-for-lsu-florida/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-stadium-sold-record-amount-of-beer-for-lsu-florida/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 3:51:51 PM Jeremy Krail Tiger Stadium sold record amount of beer for LSU-Florida

BATON ROUGE - LSU played an exciting game on the field against Florida Saturday, but things were just as lively in the stands.

According to numbers released by LSU Athletics, Tiger Stadium concession stands sold more than 54,000 alcoholic beverages throughout the game.

It's a new record in the stadium's young history of selling alcohol to fans, roughly doubling the 27,235 beers that were sold in LSU's long-awaited first game with stadium-wide booze sales back in August.

A full breakdown of Tiger Stadium's concession sales can be found below.

54,794 - beer/wine  
52,840 - water/soda  
11,723 - hot dogs  
8,592 - nachos
6,107 - popcorns  
5,997 - burgers

The numbers do not include sales in club areas and suites, as those are provided by separate vendors.


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Police: Toddler finds mom's gun, accidentally shoots self https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-toddler-finds-mom-s-gun-accidentally-shoots-self/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-toddler-finds-mom-s-gun-accidentally-shoots-self/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 3:21:05 PM Associated Press Police: Toddler finds mom's gun, accidentally shoots self
MOORESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Police in central Indiana say a toddler found his mother's unsecured gun while she was out of the room and accidentally shot himself to death.
  
The Morgan County Sheriff's Department says the shooting occurred Wednesday morning at a home outside Mooresville, about 15 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
  
The department identified the child as 2-year-old Anthony Jones of Indianapolis.
  
Deputies say his mother, 26-year-old Stephanie Jones, told them she had gone to the bathroom while her son was watching television, heard a gunshot and ran back to find him lying on the floor with a fatal head injury. The child was pronounced dead at the scene.
  
The boy's father wasn't home at the time. The family was housesitting for relatives.
  
The death remains under investigation.


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Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test https://www.wbrz.com/news/trump-s-use-of-military-money-for-wall-survives-senate-test/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/trump-s-use-of-military-money-for-wall-survives-senate-test/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 1:57:43 PM Associated Press Trump's use of military money for wall survives Senate test
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's use of military money to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall has survived a Senate effort to overturn the move.
  
Senate legislation would have reversed Trump's move to take money from military base projects. Trump vetoed the legislation, and senators on Thursday failed to override that veto. The vote was 53-36, short of the two-thirds needed.
  
In February, Trump declared the situation along the border to be a national emergency. And he announced plans to use as much as $3.6 billion from construction projects on military bases to pay for building the wall beyond the miles of constructions that lawmakers were willing to fund.
  
When the Senate voted to reverse Trump's move, a dozen or so Republicans broke with Trump and defended lawmakers' power of the purse.

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Father shot dead in Texas home invasion; wife & young children unharmed https://www.wbrz.com/news/father-shot-dead-in-texas-home-invasion-wife-and-young-children-unharmed/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/father-shot-dead-in-texas-home-invasion-wife-and-young-children-unharmed/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 1:52:09 PM WBRZ Staff Father shot dead in Texas home invasion; wife & young children unharmed

KATY, Tx. - A 29-year-old man was shot dead by intruders in his Texas home, but his wife and young children escaped unharmed.

Authorities rushed to the house in Katy, near Houston, just after midnight Wednesday morning. They found neighbors performing CPR on Brenton Estorffe, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

Responders took over and 29-year-old Estorffe was pronounced dead at the scene.

The young dad was killed in a home invasion when intruders shot their way into the back of the house, officials told ABC News on Thursday.
Estorffe's wife and his two children, ages 1 and 3, were home at the time but were not hurt.

The intruders fled without stealing anything, and investigators are still trying to determine a motive.

The victim's wife reported two male suspects, but investigators do not have any additional information on the attackers.


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Johnson & Johnson agrees to $117M settlement over pelvic mesh devices https://www.wbrz.com/news/johnson-and-johnson-agrees-to-117m-settlement-over-pelvic-mesh-devices/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/johnson-and-johnson-agrees-to-117m-settlement-over-pelvic-mesh-devices/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 1:22:58 PM Associated Press Johnson & Johnson agrees to $117M settlement over pelvic mesh devices
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million multistate settlement over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products, which support women's sagging pelvic organs.
  
Ohio's attorney general said an investigation found J&J, the world's biggest health products maker, violated state consumer protection laws by not fully disclosing the devices' risks.
  
Numerous women who had the once-popular, hammock-like devices implanted claim they caused severe pain, bleeding and infections.
  
The settlement, which covers 41 states and the District of Columbia, requires the company to fully disclose risks and stop making inaccurate safety claims.
  
It comes as J&J is swamped with thousands of lawsuits claiming patients were harmed by products including baby powder, opioid painkillers and prescription drugs.
  
J&J said that the settlement doesn't include admission of any misconduct.

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Pence says Turkey agrees to cease-fire in Syria https://www.wbrz.com/news/pence-says-turkey-agrees-to-cease-fire-in-syria/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/pence-says-turkey-agrees-to-cease-fire-in-syria/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 1:04:13 PM Associated Press Pence says Turkey agrees to cease-fire in Syria
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence says that Turkey has agreed to a cease-fire in Syria.
  
Pence spoke after a high-level delegation of U.S. officials met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Turkey.
  
Pence says there will be "a pause in military operations for 120 hours" to allow the U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds to withdraw.
  
The vice president says the U.S. and Turkey have "mutually committed to peaceful resolution and future for the safe zone."

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Feds: Retailer broke law by selling rifle in Texas attack https://www.wbrz.com/news/feds-retailer-broke-law-by-selling-rifle-in-texas-attack/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/feds-retailer-broke-law-by-selling-rifle-in-texas-attack/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:33:47 PM Associated Press Feds: Retailer broke law by selling rifle in Texas attack
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a sporting goods retailer violated the law by selling an AR-15-style rifle and large capacity magazine to a man who used them to kill more than two dozen worshippers at a Texas church.
  
The Department of Justice said Tuesday in a San Antonio court fling that Devin Kelley presented a Colorado driver's license at an Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Texas to buy the rifle and ammunition.
  
Prosecutors say federal law requires Academy to comply with Colorado statutes that would have prohibited the sale.
  
Academy declined comment Thursday.
  
Prosecutors want to add Academy as a responsible third party in an ongoing lawsuit.
  
Kelley fired at least 450 rounds in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in November 2017. Authorities say he shot himself to death.


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The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair returns on Oct. 24 https://www.wbrz.com/news/the-greater-baton-rouge-state-fair-returns-on-oct-24/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/the-greater-baton-rouge-state-fair-returns-on-oct-24/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:13:40 PM WBRZ Staff The Greater Baton Rouge State Fair returns on Oct. 24

BATON ROUGE - The 54th Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is all set for its eleven-day run, beginning on October 24. 

The family-friendly event began in 1965 as a trade show.

According to the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair's website, in 1985 the Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation took over operation of the event and began donating proceeds to the community in the form of scholarships and grants to non-profit organizations.

For more information on the upcoming fair, visit https://www.gbrsf.com/ 


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Louisiana man arrested in 1989 deaths of 2 women https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-man-arrested-in-1989-deaths-of-2-women/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-man-arrested-in-1989-deaths-of-2-women/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:02:54 AM Associated Press Louisiana man arrested in 1989 deaths of 2 women
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - An arrest may have cleared a missing persons' case that dates to 1989.
  
News outlets report a tip to the case's original investigator - Rapides Parish Sheriff's Major Mark Baden - led to Tuesday's arrest of 71-year-old Robert Brunson Blair, who's being held on $2 million bond. He faces two first-degree murder charges involving the disappearances of 34-year-old Isabelle Mansell Blair - his wife - and 31-year-old Marian Elizabeth Coutee. It's unknown if he has an attorney.
  
The women were last seen near Blair's home in Alexandria.
  
Sheriff William Earl Hilton says the recent tip led investigators to remote property near Blair's home. Hilton says investigators accessed a pond where a truck belonging to one of the women was found. The land formerly belonged to Blair's family.


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Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office asks for help in locating man https://www.wbrz.com/news/livingston-parish-sheriff-s-office-asks-for-help-in-locating-man/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/livingston-parish-sheriff-s-office-asks-for-help-in-locating-man/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 9:33:58 AM WBRZ Staff Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office asks for help in locating man

LIVINGSTON PARISH - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance in locating a man named John Bailey in connection with the theft of a vehicle. 

Authorities say Bailey may have recently relocated to an area outside of Livingston Parish. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call (225) 686-2241 ext. 1.

More information can be found on the Sheriff's Facebook post below. 


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Waitr reduces price of delivery fee https://www.wbrz.com/news/waitr-reduces-price-of-delivery-fee/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/waitr-reduces-price-of-delivery-fee/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 8:16:27 AM WBRZ Staff Waitr reduces price of delivery fee

Following news of Watir CFO, Jeff Yurecko's decision to step down, the company is looking for ways to remain competitive in the online food delivery market.

One avenue they're pursuing is a reduction of their delivery fee, bringing it down from $6 to $4.

The Advocate says Waitr's New Orleans location began experimenting with even lower fees — from $6 to $2.98 — in early October as it expanded into that market.

In an emailed statement, the company said, "We expect that the customer cost reduction will substantially increase business for our restaurant partners."

Waitr recently hired advisers to keep an eye on industry competitors and help guide the company — potentially toward a merger or sale, though that was downplayed in a conference call with analysts and investors.

The Lake Charles-based company is expected to release its third-quarter financial results in the coming weeks.


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Tropical storm likely along Gulf Coast https://www.wbrz.com/news/tropical-storm-likely-along-gulf-coast/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tropical-storm-likely-along-gulf-coast/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 7:52:16 AM Associated Press Tropical storm likely along Gulf Coast
MIAMI (AP) - The National Hurricane Center says thunderstorms and showers off the coast of Mexico are likely to develop into a storm that will threaten the U.S. Gulf Coast by this weekend.
  
Forecasters say there's an 80% chance that the area of low pressure located in the Bay of Campeche will develop into a tropical or subtropical storm as early as Thursday night.
  
It's expected to move northeastward from the Mexican coast toward the Big Bend area of Florida.
  
Forecasters say the system will approach the Gulf Coast on Friday or Saturday with gusty winds and rough seas regardless of whether it develops further.
  
Heavy rain is possible across parts of the Southeast through the weekend. The precipitation could bring some relief for drought-stricken parts of the region.

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EBR detectives nab man accused of defrauding a 2016 flood victim https://www.wbrz.com/news/ebr-detectives-nab-man-accused-of-defrauding-a-2016-flood-victim/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/ebr-detectives-nab-man-accused-of-defrauding-a-2016-flood-victim/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 7:40:27 AM WBRZ Staff EBR detectives nab man accused of defrauding a 2016 flood victim

BATON ROUGE - A man accused of taking advantage of a 2016 flood victim has been arrested on charges of contractor fraud.

After speaking with a woman who lost $4K to a man claiming to be a contractor, detectives with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office apprehended 60-year-old James Wallace and charged him with residential contractor fraud and contracting without a license. 

The woman says she met Wallace in December of 2016 and he presented himself as a contractor. He agreed to conduct repairs to her residence for a total of $8,000.

She paid $4K upfront and agreed to pay the remaining $4K after the work was complete.

But the work was never started, let alone completed and when she attempted to contact Wallace, he allegedly ignored all of her messages.

Detectives also found that Wallace is not listed as a licensed contractor in the State of Louisiana.

Wallace was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, his bond set at $50,000. 


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Baton Rouge Fire Department arrests man on charges of arson https://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-fire-department-arrests-man-on-charges-of-arson/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/baton-rouge-fire-department-arrests-man-on-charges-of-arson/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 7:11:45 AM WBRZ Staff Baton Rouge Fire Department arrests man on charges of arson

BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man has been accused of breaking into an apartment and setting it on fire.

On Oct. 7, the Baton Rouge Fire Department arrested 22-year-old Ajani James London for allegedly breaking into a woman's apartment through a window and setting fire to her clothes by putting them in the oven.

The apartment's occupant wasn't home when it happened.

But she says London sent her several texts, saying he'd destroyed her apartment.

He also sent her a Facetime message during the incident, showing him inside of her apartment.

Authorities say they also found food thrown on the walls and furniture in the kitchen and living room turned upside down.

London was arrested and charged with aggravated arson, terrorizing, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, and criminal damage to property. 


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LIVE UPDATES: Thursday commute https://www.wbrz.com/news/live-updates-thursday-commute/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/live-updates-thursday-commute/ News Thu, 17 Oct 2019 7:10:56 AM Ashley Fruge' LIVE UPDATES: Thursday commute


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