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  • Trained hawk reported missing in Baker/Zachary area

    February 7, 2018 2:27 PM

    BAKER- A trained Harris Hawk has gone missing in the area near the BREC Zoo. According to a post, the bird is not aggressive toward people. The hawk was raised in captivity and may even try to get close to strangers. The bird has a bell on his... more »
  • Baker Police deliver second chance to kids caught stealing candy Play Video

    February 2, 2018 8:18 AM

    BAKER- There are two sides to every story and that's exactly what some officers at the Baker Police Department learned over the weekend. When officers caught some young boys stealing candy, they could have taken them to the juvenile detention center, but instead, officer Galen Conrad decided to rewrite... more »
  • Baker requests extension for annual audit Play Video

    December 28, 2017 12:02 AM

    BAKER- Some councilmembers were not thrilled Wednesday when city officials first announced the annual audit would not be ready by the end of the year. "The financial part is about 95 percent complete," said Baker's financial director Mary Sue Stages. Some councilmembers feared a repeat of last year's... more »
  • State Fire Marshal issues citation to filthy halfway house after WBRZ report Play Video

    November 20, 2017 6:52 PM

    BAKER- The State Fire Marshal has issued a citation to a halfway house in Baker which will now require the owner to get in compliance with state laws for commercial buildings. The building was not equipped with smoke detectors when the State Fire Marshal showed up as the WBRZ Investigative... more »
  • Shockingly, filthy halfway house is operating correctly Play Video

    November 17, 2017 5:46 PM

    BAKER – The law allows for halfway houses to operate without licenses, and the sanitary situation at one in East Baton Rouge raises questions from family of people who live there. At the All the Way House off Highway 19, bed bugs cover mattresses, a dead rat is smashed... more »
  • AR-15, tactical vest stolen in smash-and-grab of police car Play Video

    November 10, 2017 12:24 PM

    ZACHARY – An AR-15 rifle was stolen along with a tactical vest from a police cruiser parked at a home in the Redwood Lakes subdivision recently. Zachary Police said they are handling the investigation but the equipment was taken from a police car belonging to the Baker Police Department.... more »
  • 13-year-old secretly gives birth, leaves baby on Baker teacher's front porch Play Video

    October 16, 2017 1:33 PM

    BAKER – A 13-year-old gave birth to a baby and attempted to hide the birth by dropping the newborn off to a teacher, police told WBRZ. Baker Police said the baby was found at the front door of a teacher's home in Baker. The umbilical cord was still on... more »
  • Police locate 12-year-old girl reported missing

    September 13, 2017 7:44 AM

    UPDATE: The Baton Rouge Police Department has located Jazmine Baker in the downtown area. The girl appeared to be unharmed and will be reunited with her family. ****** BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department is looking for a missing 12-year-old girl. Authorities say Jazmine Baker... more »
  • BREC to search for new zoo location Play Video

    August 24, 2017 7:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Commissioners on the public parks board voted Thursday to identify "alternative" locations for the Baton Rouge Zoo. The decision waters down the original search proposal because it now directs BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight to give more consideration to keeping the zoo in Baker. Relocating the zoo... more »
  • Baker community recovery meeting tonight

    August 21, 2017 7:32 AM

    BAKER- Residents are encouraged to participate in a meeting this afternoon to discuss a long-term plan to make Baker economically stronger and less vulnerable to flooding. All residences of Baker are invited to the community meeting to share their views on what can be done to help the city... more »
  • All East Baton Rouge Parish Library locations closed for 4th of July

    June 27, 2017 2:47 PM

    EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - All locations of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. All locations will resume normal hours of operation Wednesday, July 5. All other library resources, including e-books, downloads and other information, will still... more »
  • Governor Edwards signs bill requiring warning signs for speed cameras

    June 24, 2017 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cities and towns that use cameras to catch speeders will soon have to post signs notifying drivers about the monitoring. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill requiring the signs to be posted between 250 feet and 500 feet of the location... more »
  • Man accused of stabbing family at Baker birthday party

    May 15, 2017 8:00 AM

    BAKER – Police say a Baton Rouge man faces attempted murder charges after stabbing family members at a birthday party this weekend. Henry Ray Thomas was charged with two counts each of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into the East Baton... more »
  • Police: argument among friends leads to murder in Baker

    May 1, 2017 9:05 AM

    BAKER - Police say five people were arrested and one person is on the run for a shooting outside a Baker home Saturday night. Erika Joseph, 26, was charged with first-degree murder and illegally supplying a felon with a firearm. Deja Joseph, 25, Destiny Simmons, 20, Tymberlyn King, 25,... more »
  • Police: Two arrested for armed robbery at Baker gas station

    April 24, 2017 9:44 AM

    BAKER – Police say two men were arrested after robbing two customers at a Baker gas station over the weekend. Brandon Dunbar and Andrew Washington were both charged with felony counts of armed robbery Sunday. They were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. According to the... more »
  • Vacant house damaged by arson

    March 29, 2017 8:42 PM

    BAKER - Baton Rouge Firefighters have determined arson to be the cause of a fire that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a vacant home. According to Baton Rouge Fire Department officials, firefighters responded to the house fire in the 200 block of E. Jefferson St. around 6:30... more »
  • Police: One hospitalized after being shot by pellet gun in Baker

    March 26, 2017 2:50 PM

    BAKER - Police say one person was hospitalized after being shot by a pellet gun on Shilo Street. The incident occured around 1:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Shilo Street. According to Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn , one victim was taken to the hospital with a... more »
  • EBRSO searching for man who broke into flood damaged Baker home

    February 22, 2017 8:16 AM

    BAKER – Detectives are searching for the man they say is responsible for burglarizing a flood damaged home in Baker Tuesday. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office shared photos of the suspect on their Facebook page Tuesday. According to EBRSO, a black man wearing a hooded jacket and sweatpants... more »
  • Woman accused of robbing Baker store with stun gun

    February 21, 2017 3:25 PM

    BAKER – Police say a Baton Rouge teen has been arrested after she robbed a Baker Family Dollar and threatened a store manager with a stun gun. Baker Police report that Damecia Matthews, 19, was charged with armed robbery and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. The... more »
  • Student arrested, accused of bringing loaded gun to Baker High School

    February 7, 2017 11:06 PM

    BAKER – Police have arrested a 17-year-old Baker High School student accused of bringing a loaded pistol to class. Baker Police got a call from the school around lunchtime Tuesday. Chief Carl Dunn tells News 2, Trelvis Everson caused a ruckus in a classroom but when Everson was sent... more »
  • Death of La. TV personality puts spotlight on forgotten Leland College in Baker

    January 30, 2017 6:07 PM

    BAKER – The death of a northeast Louisiana TV personality brings back memories of the often forgotten Leland College in Baker. Ernie Miles, of KNOE TV , was a graduate of the black Baptist school that holds historical significance in the African American community. The school closed in 1960.... more »
  • Police believe illegal immigrant could be tied to other sex crimes Play Video

    January 20, 2017 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police said a man in the country illegally from Honduras could be responsible for multiple rapes and robberies in the Baton Rouge area. Investigators said Manuel Mejia raped a woman in Baker and slit her throat in Baton Rouge this week. It happened after he picked... more »
  • Illegal immigrant accused of Baker rape and slashing, possibly tied to other rapes

    January 19, 2017 12:48 PM

    BAKER - Baton Rouge Police confirmed to WBRZ's Investigative Unit on Friday that the man who was charged with raping and slashing a woman's throat in Baker on Thursday could possibly be tied to multiple other rapes in the area. BRPD said the other rapes could possibly be connected... more »
  • Baker man with violent past accused of attacking live-in girlfriend

    January 14, 2017 4:48 PM

    BAKER – Police in Baker say a man wanted for attacking his live-in girlfriend in December was arrested Saturday. Jason Dewayne Brown was charged with domestic abuse battery for an incident on Dec. 12. According to arrest documents, in the early morning hours of Dec. 12, a Baker... more »
  • Baker City Council votes to take control of Police Chief's pay Play Video

    January 10, 2017 10:11 PM

    BAKER - The Baker City Council voted to take control of the Police Chief's salary. The salary was previously set by a pay-scale determined by one's years of service, according to the City. Current Chief Carl Dunn earns thousands of dollars less than his predecessor due to the... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Chief defends officer who placed female student in headlock Play Video

    January 10, 2017 6:38 PM

    BAKER- Police Chief Carl Dunn is defending one of his officer's actions tonight, after surveillance video from Baker High School captured the officer placing a female student in a headlock before taking her down to the ground. The incident occurred just days before Christmas. The video obtained by the WBRZ... more »
  • Teen suspect who shot 11-year-old charged with negligent injuring Play Video

    January 10, 2017 5:09 PM

    BAKER – Police have taken multiple individuals into custody and arrested a 16-year-old male who is suspected of shooting an 11-year-old on Weston Avenue in Baker Tuesday afternoon. The teenager has been charged with negligent injuring, according to Baker Police. Authorities said that those taken into custody are being... more »
  • SBA's business recovery center in Baker to close on Jan. 13

    January 7, 2017 4:34 PM

    BAKER – The Small Business Administration will close its Business Recovery Center in Baker on Jan. 13. The center, located at the Baker Workforce Development Center at 3262 Baker Boulevard, will close at 6 p.m. The center was open to assist businesses who were impacted by the August... more »
  • Baker schools and BR to receive more than $6 million in flood recovery grants

    December 5, 2016 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The City of Baton Rouge and the Baker School System will receive more than $6 million in grants for flood recovery. Representative Cedric Richmond announced the availability of the federal funds on Monday afternoon. The Baker School System will receive $3.9 million for cleaning, damage... more »
  • Baker man arrested after threatening victim, running from police

    December 3, 2016 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 21-year-old Baker man was arrested after refusing to leave a victim's apartment, threatening her, and running from police, according to authorities. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said on Friday, Dec. 2 around 1:00 p.m., officers responded to The Exchange at Baton Rouge apartment... more »
  • Disaster recovery center in Baker to close Saturday

    November 19, 2016 3:44 PM

    BAKER – The disaster recovery center located in Baker will close on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. The center is located at the following address: The Council on Aging 3334 Jefferson St. Baker, LA 70714 Assistance from the Small Business Administration has been relocated to the Workforce... more »
  • Commission approves money to rebuild damaged Baker schools

    November 17, 2016 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Bond Commission approved $310 million for state projects and approved more than $12.5 million in interest savings Thursday, according to State Treasurer John Kennedy. Baton Rouge area projects include bonds for the Baker School District to finance rebuilding schools damaged by August's historic... more »
  • Man charged with 11 counts of attempted murder for shooting into home

    October 23, 2016 3:39 PM

    BAKER – A Baton Rouge man was charged with 11 counts of attempted murder after Baker Police say he fired multiple shots into a home earlier this month. According to arrest records, the shooting happened before 3:50 p.m. on Oct. 13 at an unidentified home in Baker. One... more »
  • Baker Police Department short of officers, searching for more Play Video

    October 5, 2016 6:30 PM

    BAKER – Along with dealing with flood issues, the city of Baker is also short officers. Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn said that since taking the position seven months ago, he has had to juggle his staff. "I recently had two officers to leave, but I was short... more »
  • Baker Buffaloes to return to their field in a special homecoming Play Video

    September 30, 2016 7:11 PM

    BAKER – With the flooded mess cleared from Baker High School’s football field, the homecoming game is set to kick off tonight at 7 p.m. Music, floats and cheerleaders filled the streets of Groom Road in Baker Friday to celebrate a very special homecoming. Last month’s historic flooding... more »
  • Baker High to celebrate homecoming post-flood Play Video

    September 29, 2016 6:29 PM

    BAKER – Baker High School is celebrating homecoming this week even though the school was damaged in last month's flood. Superintendent Herman Brister said the school sustained three feet of water from the flood. The students are currently relocated to Baker Middle School. "They had to pull all... more »
  • Baker High Buffaloes return to their home field Friday

    September 28, 2016 2:32 PM

    BAKER – The Baker High School Buffaloes is set to play on its home field for the first time since August’s historic flooding Friday. Kickoff against Glen Oaks High School is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. School officials say the campus sustained heavy damage in the... more »
  • Red Cross shelter in Baker to close by Friday

    September 28, 2016 10:03 AM

    BAKER - The Red Cross-run shelter in the Baker Municipal Building Road will be closing at noon on Friday. About 30 people are living in the shelter, down from 200 a few weeks ago. Mayor Darnelle Waites told Tuesday's City Council meeting city officials are working with the Red Cross... more »
  • Madison Prep takes down Southern Lab, Baker at Corey Webster Foundation Classic

    August 28, 2016 12:15 AM

    Baton Rouge - Brothers faced off in one game and rivals faced off in another, but Madison Prep prevailed in both as they took the Corey Webster Foundation Classic with two 1 quarter jamboree wins on Saturday night at Olympia Stadium. The night began with Madison Prep beating Baker... more »
  • Baker schools return with strong numbers after flooding

    August 22, 2016 12:30 PM

    BAKER – City of Baker school officials say a large number of its students returned on Monday, just days after what some say is the worst storm since Hurricane Sandy. Baker High Principal Traci Morgan said that she was surprised by how many students showed up on Monday's school... more »
  • When will schools reopen? - Updated closure list

    August 19, 2016 6:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As Baton Rouge area communities begin to rebuild and recover, public schools are set to reopen in most parishes next week. The following schools are scheduled to open on these days: Parish Reopen Date ... more »
  • Classes to move after flooding damages Baker High School

    August 17, 2016 9:11 PM

    BAKER –School officials said Baker High School may be closed for the first semester after the school was flooded earlier this week. A spokesperson for Baker Schools, Ed Pratt, said the City of Baker schools will reopen Monday, but Baker High School will remain closed. Superintendent Herman Brister... more »
  • Baker residents can return home starting Tuesday

    August 16, 2016 10:41 AM

    BAKER – Baker residents can return home, the mayor said Tuesday. Mayor Darnell Waites said a couple hundred people – some 30 to 40% of the city – had water. Most of the water had receeded when Waites spoke with WBRZ sometime after 9 a.m. Tuesday. “We’re holding... more »
  • Baker remains under curfew as rescues continue

    August 14, 2016 6:44 PM

    BAKER - Officials in Baker say more than 1,500 people have been rescued in the past two days from severe flooding. 15 of those people were rescued on Sunday alone but did not necessarily take place in the Baker area, according to city officials. Shelters that remain active... more »
  • Displaced residents arriving at Baker shelter

    August 13, 2016 2:49 PM

    BAKER - Dozens of people are staying at a Red Cross shelter in Baker after they had to be rescued or helped from the Louisiana floods. John Mitchell said he swam to safety with his pit bull. Police officers in a boat picked up his girlfriend, her young daughter... more »
  • Rape suspect arrested after victim's dream turned into nightmare

    August 2, 2016 10:33 AM

    BAKER - A 33-year-old Baker man was arrested Monday after a woman reported that he raped her in her sleep. Police say the victim, who described Christopher Griffin as a family friend, said he visited her home on July 21. After he left, she took a Xanax and went... more »
  • Free supplies available at Baker Schools event next week

    July 29, 2016 4:46 PM

    BAKER - Students in need will have a chance to receive some free supplies for the school year ahead at an event scheduled for next Saturday in Baker. The giveaway will take place at the Baker School System Office on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. The... more »
  • Teen transported following shooting in Baker Wednesday night

    July 20, 2016 10:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baker Police are investigating a shooting that sent a 17-year-old girl to the hospital Wednesday night. Investigators say the victim was shot while riding in a car on Baker Boulevard. Police believe the shots were fired from inside of the car. Detectives are questioning a person... more »
  • One injured, 4 detained in Baker RV park shooting

    July 9, 2016 5:18 PM

    BAKER - Police say one person was injured in a shooting at an RV park in Baker Saturday afternoon. The shooting happened at the Azalea Gardens Mobile Home RV Park around 3 p.m. Saturday. According to Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn, one person was shot in the leg. That... more »
  • Baker council votes to raise Police Chief-elect's salary Play Video

    June 29, 2016 12:44 AM

    BAKER- Officials in Baker agreed to raise the city's newly elected Police Chief's salary Tuesday night. However, the council has yet to approve this year's budget. Police Chief-elect Carl Dunn believes he should be paid more than the $62,000 starting salary. Dunn said that outgoing Police Chief Mike Knaps supported... more »
  • Baker Police Chief-elect wants a pay raise Play Video

    June 14, 2016 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The city of Baker's new police chief is asking for a pay raise. Police Chief-elect Carl Dunn says that his political opponents are trying to drive him out of office with his current pay. "My opponent's campaign manager was allowed to reduce the salary to make it... more »
  • Skeleton discovered in vacant home in Baker Play Video

    June 8, 2016 11:57 PM

    BAKER - After searching a vacant home in Baker when a skull was found Wednesday, LSU FACES Lab investigators discovered a human skeleton. Baker Police said the skull was found in a residence in a neighborhood on Sherron Avenue off of Groom Road Wednesday night. Thursday afternoon, police said... more »
  • Zachary man accused of stalking, violating protective order

    June 8, 2016 10:14 AM

    BAKER - Police said they arrested a man after he was accused of making multiple, harassing phone calls to an ex-girlfriend who had filed for a protective order in the wake of a domestic violence incident. 21-year-old Morgan Lundy, of Zachary, was booked on charges of stalking and violation... more »
  • Baker Councilman calls his arrest over moon pie theft "ridiculous" Play Video

    May 23, 2016 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The trial for a councilman in Baker who was arrested for allegedly stealing a moon pie, hit a snag today. It happened when John Givens' attorney was a no show for the trial. In court, Judge Bonnie Jackson asked Givens to locate a phone number for her... more »
  • Victim died after overnight grocery store shooting Play Video

    May 3, 2016 11:17 PM

    BAKER - Police released new information about an overnight murder in Baker Tuesday night. According to Baker Police, officers responded to a shooting near the intersection of West Azalea Avenue and Baker Boulevard around 10 p.m. Tuesday. At the scene, police say they found 20-year-old Richard Devon Phillips... more »
  • Baker schools bracing for potential employee layoffs Play Video

    May 3, 2016 7:59 PM

    BAKER- Baker school board members voted on Tuesday to allow the superintendent to reduce school workers if needed in July. The vote is an effort to brace for the possibility of budget cuts. Baker Public Schools Superintendent Herman Brister said that school administrators have been planning for months, for the... more »
  • Judge asked to reconsider 50 year sentence on heroin charge

    April 28, 2016 9:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 32-year-old Baker man is asking a Baton Rouge state judge to reconsider the 50-year prison term he dealt him last month for attempting to sell heroin. Kedric J. Williams must serve the maximum term for possession with intent to distribute heroin without benefit of parole. District... more »

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