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  • High-profile sex offender facing new charges now facing a much higher bond, too Play Video

    May 17, 2018 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mark Russell, a high-profile sex offender whose initial low bond on a recent arrest on allegations he raped a 17-year-old while posing as a police officer, was issued a new bond Friday afternoon. A judge set his bond at $285,000. Judge Don Johnson also said if... more »
  • Man caught with two wives, trying to hide them from each other, charged with bigamy Play Video

    May 2, 2018 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man has been married to two women and, it seems, attempted to hide one wife from the other according to arrest documents obtained by WBRZ. Chaffie Brown, 50, was booked into jail on bigamy charges – a rarely seen charge tied to the crime of... more »
  • Two arrested after Baton Rouge street fight is captured on camera Play Video

    May 1, 2018 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A mother and her son were arrested after a violent fight over being asked not to talk on a cell phone in a movie theater. The pair were involved in a brawl that was captured on video, leading to their arrest Sunday. Lamount Hollis and... more »
  • Terminally ill inmate who 'escaped' nursing home Friday captured

    April 13, 2018 5:26 PM

    JACKSON – A terminally ill inmate who had been granted a compassionate release to stay in a nursing home for the rest of his sentence walked out of the medical facility he'd been living at Friday. Paul Stephan, 67, was serving a 30-year sentence for second-degree robbery since 2010.... more »
  • Upset over university play, person makes threatening post and is arrested

    April 12, 2018 10:59 AM

    HAMMOND – A person was arrested for threatening the Southeastern campus in an apparent tirade over a university production of The Crucible , a play about the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s. “… Xenophobic pieces of s***,” a person posted on social media about the play. “I... more »
  • Once jailed in Iran for being Christian, murder victim's son now facing drugs and weapons charges here

    March 29, 2018 6:15 PM

    PORT ALLEN – A man at the center of a high-profile murder plot and a mysterious incarceration in Iran was arrested on drugs and weapons charges in West Baton Rouge, WBRZ has learned. Hamed Ghassemi was arrested last Friday after deputies stopped the vehicle he was driving for speeding... more »
  • Boys arrested for sexually assaulting girl at school last week Play Video

    March 6, 2018 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two young boys will be charged with sexual battery after a female classmate said they assaulted her in a private suspension room recently. The attack happened at the Greenville Alternative school on Desoto Drive last week. Authorities said the 14-year-old female student was in the... more »
  • Deputies: Man lied about law enforcement service, charged with hate crime after gas station attack

    March 5, 2018 3:34 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Deputies here arrested a man after they say he went on a violent, racist tirade and lied about being a member of law enforcement. Chad Horsley, 27, was booked into the Livingston Parish jail Sunday on hate crimes, criminal damage to property, criminal mischief, and false personation... more »
  • Police: Dead toddler's mother arrested after crash because child's seat was wedged in console

    February 27, 2018 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police released additional information on its decision to arrest the mother of a toddler who died in a car crash late last year. Earlier this week, police said they arrested Brittany Stephens, 20, on negligent homicide and seat belt violation charges. Police said Tuesday,... more »
  • Ascension couple arrested on child cruelty charges

    February 9, 2018 10:30 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – A 19-year-old woman and her 27-year-old boyfriend were arrested on cruelty to juveniles charges after a two-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition at an area hospital. Sheriff's deputies identified the father as Jude Barrient and the woman, who they described as his girlfriend, as Rikki Dyson. Deputies... more »
  • Man now facing charges for killing one person, trying to kill aunt in two separate crimes

    January 22, 2018 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A month after being charged with trying to kill his aunt, a man was charged with the August 2017 murder of a 64-year-old. Kasey Gray, 24, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jesse Chase . Police said Gray shot and killed Chase on... more »
  • Two arrested, pistol-whipped teenager rescued from sex trafficking in Baton Rouge

    December 22, 2017 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two people, one a 16-year-old girl, were rescued from a sex trafficking operation, WBRZ learned Friday. Two men from out-of-town were arrested in connection with the sex sale through known prostitution site Backpage.com. Aaron Hayes was booked with trafficking juveniles for sex purposes and Malcolm Ford... more »
  • More kids arrested after photo of student with gun is circulated with threat online

    December 21, 2017 1:34 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Additional arrests have been made related to a picture circulated on the internet that caused a panic at an area school last week. The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office said two students were charged with disturbing the peace by alarming the public for their role in the scare.... more »
  • Man wakes to arrest after violent attack on ex-girlfriend and her kids

    December 16, 2017 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A woman's ex-boyfriend was arrested Friday after a near two-week ordeal where authorities said he threatened the victim, kidnapped her and her kids and abandoned them in an unsafe area of the city. DaCarie Jones, 26, was charged with kidnapping, child desertion, illegally using the woman's... more »
  • Man's drunken tirade over restaurant tab ends in arrest

    December 16, 2017 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested for a suspected drunken tirade over a less than $50 bill at a restaurant on Florida Boulevard. Authorities said when Patrick Guerin, 54, was informed by staff at El Rancho Mexican Grill that they were calling police after he refused to pay... more »
  • Court hearing reveals brutal details in molester's murder Play Video

    December 11, 2017 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The ongoing trial in the 2015 murder of Robert Noce has revealed unsettling details from the night the convicted child molester was murdered. In 2015, Noce took a lesser charge in the sexual abuse of Crehan's girlfriend when she was a child. Crehan and his... more »
  • Woman arrested, accused of lying about being raped by deputy

    November 28, 2017 6:01 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – State Police arrested a woman investigators said falsified a report alleging she was raped by a Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputy. Sherri Penton, 38, of Denham Springs, was charged with filing a false complaint against law enforcement and criminal mischief. State Police filed the charges since troopers... more »
  • Live-in girlfriend of man shot, killed in fight with police arrested this weekend on child cruelty charges Play Video

    November 14, 2017 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE –Calvin Toney’s live-in girlfriend was arrested days before Toney was killed by police in a struggle that began when a child welfare investigator brought an officer with her to their apartment on an investigation. The WBRZ Investigative Unit obtained arrest information in the hours after the shooting... more »
  • Man granted early release from prison in mass release this month back in jail Play Video

    November 13, 2017 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man released from prison under a new state program that allowed roughly 1,900 inmates to go free is back in jail after he refused to leave the federal courthouse downtown because he had no other place to go. Robert Wells, 28, was booked into the... more »
  • Group arrested following afternoon shootout on busy Gonzales highway

    November 10, 2017 4:01 PM

    GONZALES – Four people were arrested and a group in another car are sought after an afternoon shootout on city streets Friday. Police said there was an argument at a gas station on S Burnside near I-10 around 1 o'clock between people in two cars. After leaving the store,... more »
  • Teenage tryst lands high school football player in jail

    November 10, 2017 3:21 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – A high school football player was arrested on carnal knowledge of a juvenile charges recently, police reported Friday. Udrego “Tyre” Golmond, 18, was arrested when police found him with a 15-year-old girl after Golmond called for help for his car stalling on Veterans Boulevard. Police said... more »
  • Overnight police chase ends in crash with cop, arrest

    November 4, 2017 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A police car crashed at the end of a police chase overnight. Police said a small car was seen speeding on the interstate near Washington Street around 11 o'clock. When officers attempted to stop the driver, the driver tried to flee by driving faster. Police... more »
  • Armed argument with school bus driver leads to arrests Play Video

    October 31, 2017 11:44 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Two men were arrested after a dispute with a school bus driver over speeding, WBRZ learned Tuesday. The arrests were made a day earlier, on Monday, when the men approached the bus on Little Prairie Road. The men were upset over the bus driver's speed and approached... more »
  • After WBRZ report, principal facing more allegations of locking kids in closet Play Video

    October 20, 2017 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The former principal and founder of a charter school faces additional charges of false imprisonment following a WBRZ report last month . Two, new arrest warrants were filed for Shafeeq Shamsid-Deen, 31, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Friday. WBRZ previously reported on Deen's arrest in September... more »
  • Details released about confession, matching bullets in deadly shooting spree

    October 18, 2017 2:12 PM

    CLINTON – The arrest report filed in East Feliciana for Ryan Sharpe shows how detectives determined him as the suspect in the deaths of three men and the injuring of a fourth over a few weeks that put the region on edge. Sharpe confessed, documents show, to the shootings... more »
  • Police: Man arrested for wearing mask, carrying samurai sword in bar

    October 16, 2017 4:10 PM

    PONCHATOULA – A man was arrested for wearing a mask and holding a samurai sword in a bar after a disagreement with another patron, police said in a news release Monday. Shawn Verret was charged with illegal carrying of weapons, wearing a mask in a public place, terrorizing and... more »
  • Prosecutor: Too early to say if suspect in random slayings will face death penalty; grand jury postponed

    October 13, 2017 11:23 AM

    UPDATE: A grand jury set for Tuesday in East Feliciana Parish for Ryan Sharpe was postponed until November at the request of law enforcement. BATON ROUGE – The district attorneys for East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana will likely meet next week to discuss how to move forward with... more »
  • Man arrested after gun discharges at hospital

    October 12, 2017 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A man from Gonzales was arrested at an area hospital after his gun discharged in the medical facility overnight. Brandon Williams was charged with illegal use of a weapon, having a gun in a hospital and criminal damage to property. The incident happened on the 6th... more »
  • Arrested man claims he time traveled to warn of aliens

    October 4, 2017 12:15 PM

    CASPER, Wyo. - Police say a central Wyoming man they arrested for public intoxication claimed he had traveled back in time to warn of an alien invasion. Casper police say the man they encountered at 10:30 p.m. Monday claimed he was from the year 2048. KTWO-AM... more »
  • Teenager arrested, accused in infant's death

    September 26, 2017 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 17-year-old is facing charges for the death of an 8-month-old this weekend. Police charged Vincent Earl Cummings with the death of the infant, identified as Katelynn Carter. Cummings was the live-in boyfriend of the child's mother, police said. Everyone lived together at a home on... more »
  • Arrested: Clerk accused of stealing traffic ticket payments, other funds Play Video

    September 22, 2017 3:23 PM

    NEW ROADS- City of New Roads Accounts Clerk Willie Scott Woods is facing serious felony charges, accused of stealing money from traffic tickets and rental payments for the city's Civic Center. The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned of Woods' arrest Friday. According to an affidavit for his arrest filed... more »
  • WATCH: Accomplice in cop's killing taken back to jail Play Video

    September 22, 2017 2:39 PM

    ZACHARY – The getaway driver who got a deal in the case against those who killed Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Betty Smothers in 1993 was back in jail Friday. West Paul was booked on charges related to shoplifting at the Zachary Walmart, police said. Paul stole about $260 worth... more »
  • Attorney: Case against Matassa should be tossed due to 'candidacy law' Play Video

    September 21, 2017 12:06 PM

    GONZALES – The attorney for embattled Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa argues in newly-filed court documents, the bribery case against Matassa is unwarranted because the man he is accused of bribing not to run for office was not a real “candidate” under state law. Matassa was indicted on charges... more »
  • Contractor arrested after failing to complete house remodeling, repairs

    September 11, 2017 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge contractor was arrested after he allegedly took $37,000 for incomplete work on a residence. According to police documents, David Gabriel Jr. was hired by the victim in December 2016 to remodel and repair his flood-damaged house. Gabriel was paid in advance to... more »
  • Geismar man arrested with 23 pounds of marijuana

    September 8, 2017 9:37 AM

    GEISMAR - Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a man caught with 23 pounds of marijuana in a plastic container. According to APSO Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, multiple agencies partnered to conduct an investigation on an unspecified residence. Authorities learned that illegal drugs were being transported from Baton Rouge... more »
  • Woman arrested for leaving children without food for two days

    September 3, 2017 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge woman is behind bars after police say she left her children alone and without food for two days. According to the affidavit, Baton Rouge Police officers responded to a public assist call to Frey Street around 5:30 p.m. on September 2. Upon... more »
  • Police asking two suspects to turn themselves in

    August 30, 2017 9:14 AM

    HAMMOND- The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit is asking for two suspects to turn themselves in. The suspects are 28-year-old Eric Washington and 24-year-old Hermtrell Dangerfield. Washington is being sought by the TPSO for an outstanding warrant for simple robbery, while Dangerfield is wanted on a... more »
  • EBRSO: Suspected child molester faces new charges after second victim comes forward

    August 14, 2017 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies have arrested a man suspected of raping a teenage girl on new charges after another victim came forward this month. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, 25-year-old Nicholas Waxley of Pride was booked on charges of molestation of a juvenile Monday after a... more »
  • Prime suspect in kidnapping whose sidekicks died arrested

    August 11, 2017 7:08 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A man wanted in connection with a kidnapping case that involved authorities in West Baton Rouge has been arrested. Lawrence Michael Handley was arrested in Slidell Friday afternoon. He will be transferred to Lafayette Police custody, authorities said. A U.S. Marshals Task Force, a special group of... more »
  • Police suspect elaborate scheme targeted people everywhere

    August 9, 2017 12:49 PM

    SLIDELL – An elaborate cell phone scam may have duped people in the Baton Rouge area, though officials in St. Tammany say while there hasn't been a solid connection yet, a woman's alleged scheme was so involved, there are likely victims in many, many places. Yarenis De La Cruz,... more »
  • Suspect arrested in Central shots fired case

    August 7, 2017 11:34 AM

    CENTRAL- A suspect turned himself in to authorities early Monday morning after reports of shots being fired near the corner of Willowbrook at Central Woods. Deputies had been searching for Noah Martin since 7 p.m. Sunday when people reported hearing the shots. The location is a small neighborhood... more »
  • Pair arrested in traffic stop drug bust

    August 3, 2017 12:34 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Crack, marijuana and cocaine were found by Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies during a traffic stop recently that resulted in the arrest of two men from Donaldsonville. Johnel Peters, 43, and Todd Garnett, 36, were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute various drugs. The... more »
  • Two more arrested in connection with July murder of Livingston Parish man

    August 1, 2017 4:32 PM

    UPDATE: Two more arrests have been made in connection to the murder of Rick McBride. The sheriff's office announced the arrest of 19-year-old Jace Chiquelin and a juvenile. Chiquelin was charged with Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder and Principal to Aggravated Burglary. He has since... more »
  • Tips from public lead to couple arrested for bank robbery in Gonzales, police say

    July 31, 2017 12:29 PM

    GONZALES – A couple has been arrested after a bank in Gonzales was robbed on Thursday, police say. The Regions Bank located on Airline Highway in Gonzales was robbed on Thursday around 12: 30 p.m. when a man walked into the lobby and approached a teller with... more »
  • Ball coach facing sex charges may have victimized others, authorities fear Play Video

    July 28, 2017 6:36 PM

    CENTRAL - Investigators are concerned a man arrested on sex crimes charges recently may have abused more children, and they're asking for help locating them. Jason Scott Dreher was booked into jail on incest charges. After posting bond, Dreher was arrested again when he tracked down his victim. ... more »
  • Husband run over by wife driving box truck at the end of a bizarre overnight fight

    July 28, 2017 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A night-long fight between a husband and wife ended with both of them in the hospital and police expecting to file charges against the man. Neither have been identified as of this post. The situation started around 1 o'clock Friday morning when the couple began... more »
  • Teenager accused of raping prep school classmate at drunken house party

    July 27, 2017 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 17-year-old student-athlete at an area private high school was booked into jail this week, accused of raping a classmate during a drunken party after prom. The arrest was made in July after weeks of investigative work by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. Deputies... more »
  • Contractor with expired license arrested for incomplete work

    July 27, 2017 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police have arrested another contractor accused of home improvement fraud. According to police documents, Paul Carney was hired to repair the walls of a home damaged by last year's August flood. The homeowners observed repeated instances of "poor quality workmanship" from Carney. After... more »
  • Donaldsonville woman arrested for allegedly shooting victim in face during argument

    July 27, 2017 11:33 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE- A woman was arrested after she allegedly shot another woman in the face during an argument in Donaldsonville. According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, 49-year-old Andrea Jackson was arrested on charges of attempted second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. Deputies... more »
  • 19-year-old tenant arrested for allegedly threatening apartment complex employee

    July 24, 2017 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 19-year-old was arrested for threatening an apartment complex employee with a knife. The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested 19-year-old Andrew Metzger on charges of aggravated assault and possession with intent to distribute a schedule IV drug. On July 23, around midnight,... more »
  • Woman burns deputy with cigarette while getting arrested for animal cruelty charges

    July 21, 2017 2:42 PM

    WASHINGTON PARISH – A woman was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and resisting officers on Thursday after deputies found three malnourished dogs in an abandoned house in the area. According to the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to reports of dogs killing a neighbor's chickens... more »
  • Dad arrested for speeding to hospital with wife in labor

    July 20, 2017 11:16 AM

    PINEVILLE - A Louisiana man who was rushing his wife to the hospital at speeds topping 100 mph missed his child's birth because he was in jail. KALB-TV reports that Zak Evans was arrested Monday and remained in jail as the couple's daughter was born. His wife,... more »
  • Years after charges for grandmother's death, woman asks for help during recent arrest

    July 19, 2017 7:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The granddaughter of a woman at the center of a disturbing elder abuse case was arrested again this weekend for drugs and admitted to authorities she “had a problem.” Lauren Looney was found with crack cocaine and marijuana in a car on the side of North... more »
  • Investigation leads to arrest of man for indecent behavior with 12-year-old

    July 18, 2017 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge man accused of soliciting sex with a 12-year-old girl online was arrested Monday after a multi-state investigation. His attorney said he has a "severe intellectual disability" that should be taken into consideration. Joshua Guadamud, 31, was arrested on one count of indecent... more »
  • Sulphur man arrested on more than 100 counts of child pornography

    July 17, 2017 6:16 PM

    SULPHUR – A Sulphur man was arrested on more than 100 counts of child pornography, the Louisiana Attorney General's Office announced on Monday. Attorney General Jeff Landry's Cyber Crime Unit arrested 27-year-old Cameron Fairley on 80 counts of sexual abuse images/videos of children and 29 additional counts of... more »
  • Pair arrested in off-campus housing robberies near LSU

    July 17, 2017 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police arrested two people for early-morning burglaries at off-campus student housing communities near LSU. Police said Elijah Lucido, 21, and Justin Perry, 20, were arrested Monday morning around 5 o'clock. Booking records show both men were booked on various counts of armed robbery. Lucido... more »
  • Women rescued from burning car by Washington Parish deputy, then arrested

    July 14, 2017 6:13 PM

    WASHINGTON PARISH – Two women were rescued from a burning car by a Washington Parish deputy and then arrested on Friday morning. The incident took place in the Lee's Creek Road area as Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy Ronnie Manning spotted smoke as he was driving near... more »
  • Two years after WBRZ report and FBI raid, doctor's indictment revealed Play Video

    July 13, 2017 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A pain management doctor and his billing supervisor are caught up in a nation-wide health care fraud investigation, federal authorities announced Thursday. Dr. John Eatham Clark, 65, and Charlene Anita Severio, 54, of Walker, were indicted with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and health care fraud.... more »
  • Youth pastor facing charges for relationship with young girl

    July 12, 2017 6:17 PM

    ZACHARY – A youth pastor at a church in Clinton is facing charges for alleged misconduct with an underage girl who attended his church. Clayton Hand, 25, is charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said three victims reported allegations of misconduct involving Hand,... more »
  • Indicted area mayor headed for trial in early 2018

    July 11, 2017 3:24 PM

    NEW ROADS – Mayor Robert Myer will go to trial in early 2018 on charges he used the city's credit card improperly. Myer was indicted and a judge swiftly issued a warrant for his arrest on malfeasance and abuse of power charges in August 2016. At a hearing on... more »
  • Teen accused of beating elderly couple with hammer in Kenner caught in Baton Rouge

    July 10, 2017 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A teen was arrested for allegedly beating an 89-year-old man and 70-year-old woman with a hammer inside their Kenner home on Sunday. According to the Kenner Police Department, a man reported that his next door neighbor, living in the Woodlake Subdivision on Tenton Street, walked... more »

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