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  • State seeks more information tied to credit card purchases of area mayor Play Video

    August 11, 2017 5:34 PM

    NEW ROADS- State investigators filed a handful of subpoenas in court this week seeking financial information from multiple institutions pertaining to the credit card purchases of Mayor Robert Myer. Myer is charged with malfeasance in office and abuse of power. The state wants bank records after it couldn't account for... more »
  • Embattled Southern Law Professor wants $10,000 for drafting questionable will Play Video

    August 10, 2017 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Embattled and suspended Southern University Law Professor Dorothy Jackson wants $10,000 for her services after she drafted a will that was called into question for an elderly client at the Council on Aging. Those revelations were revealed in court today at a hearing over Helen Plummer's estate. As... more »
  • Police arrest suspect in trucker's random slaying Play Video

    August 9, 2017 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A teenager on the verge of being an adult seemed to have been headed deep down a dark road of crime when he was arrested for the random slaying of an out-of-town truck driver. Police announced late Wednesday, Landry Carter, 18, was arrested in connection with... more »
  • Former Mayor blasts current administration over BRAVE contract blame game Play Video

    August 8, 2017 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor President Kip Holden hurled verbal bombs at Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome today. It comes 24 hours after her administration blamed his administration for losing BRAVE grant money over reporting and compliance deficiencies dating back to 2016. Emails Broome released back up... more »
  • WBRZ, The Advocate file lawsuit against Southern; Seeking public information being withheld Play Video

    August 7, 2017 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – WBRZ and The Advocate have filed a joint lawsuit to get access to public information concerning the university's investigation into an employee connected to the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging. WBRZ and Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto first reported on the Council on Aging earlier this... more »
  • Fist fight leads to shooting, suspect arrested on four counts of attempted murder

    August 6, 2017 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man was arrested in connection with a shooting that took place in April, where he allegedly shot one victim and attempted to shoot three others following a fist fight. According to arrest records, the shooting happened on Monday, April 10, just after 12... more »
  • Suspect arrested in fatal Alliquippa Street shooting

    August 5, 2017 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A suspect has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred on Alliquippa Street last weekend. According to arrest records, the shooting took place on July 29 around 5:49 p.m. in the 4000 block of Alliquippa Street. Upon arrival, officers with the Baton... more »
  • Argument leads to stabbing of victim inside home, suspect arrested

    August 5, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a victim following a verbal argument inside the victim's home. According to arrest records, the stabbing reportedly took place on July 13 before 4 a.m., when detectives with the East Baton Rouge Homicide Division were called... more »
  • Ascension School System ventilating 'T' buildings at flooded schools Play Video

    August 4, 2017 5:24 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- Ascension Parish School System leaders announced temporary buildings at four Ascension Parish Schools are being ventilated after volunteers and teachers complained of throat and eye irritation from a strong ammonia like odor. The complaints came when the buildings were getting prepped for students. The buildings are located at... more »
  • Suspected serial killer withdraws from parole hearing after WBRZ reports Play Video

    August 3, 2017 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A suspected serial killer convicted of the rape and murder of one woman was set to go before the state parole board Thursday, but withdrew a request for a hearing. Samuel Galbraith almost walked free back in April when the board cleared him for release. However, days before... more »
  • Criminologist blames spike in crime on August flooding Play Video

    August 2, 2017 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU Criminologist Dr. Ed Shihadeh believes the recent spike in crime this area has seen so far this year can be attributed to mother nature. Right now, murders are up across the parish by almost 50 percent. "Right after August, sometime in October and November, we saw a... more »
  • 'Something stinks,' official says and demands changes at Louisiana Tax Commission Play Video

    July 28, 2017 5:44 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- West Feliciana Parish President Kevin Couhig sent a scathing letter to Governor John Bel Edwards this week demanding change at the Louisiana Tax Commission. He claims his parish is out millions of dollars when it comes to property taxes being paid by Entergy for its nuclear power plant... more »
  • Investigations launched after WBRZ report reveals DWI deal in Denham Springs Play Video

    July 26, 2017 6:33 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- The Mayor of Denham Springs has launched an investigation into what occurred after the city prosecutor he appointed, Blayne Honeycutt, refused charges on a DWI for prominent attorney Alton Shelby Easterly. Wednesday, the WBRZ Investigative Unit also learned the Louisiana Office of Disciplinary Counsel is aware of this,... more »
  • Despite this video of prominent attorney's DWI arrest, prosecutor throws out charges Play Video

    July 25, 2017 5:27 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – Despite police body cameras capturing a bumbling and stumbling area attorney having a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit, the city prosecutor in Denham Springs refused the charges the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered. Alton Shelby Easterly was arrested on Christmas Day 2016 when... more »
  • Watchdogs question discipline of trooper who improperly ran names through databases Play Video

    July 19, 2017 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A high ranking Louisiana State Police Lieutenant, Robert Burns II, was suspended for 64 hours recently after an investigation revealed he ran 52 searches in law enforcement databases for personal reasons, a violation of LSP policy and federal law. In speaking with the WBRZ Investigative Unit Wednesday about... more »
  • Wave of criminal activity ends with gunfire in BR neighborhood

    July 19, 2017 12:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police have worked somewhere in the neighborhood of three-dozen investigations in the Old South Baton Rouge area since the beginning of the month data posted on the city's Citizen Connect portal shows. A check of reports of crimes came Wednesday morning after a wave of overnight... more »
  • Repairs for three flood-damaged schools to be completed this summer

    July 18, 2017 11:13 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Repairs at three campuses damaged by the August 2016 flood will be completed before the start of the 2017-2018 school year, according to Livingston Parish Public Schools Superintendent Rick Wentzel. The three campuses, Freshwater Elementary and Northside Elementary in Denham Springs, and Springfield High School will be... more »
  • City wants parking permit back from convicted thief Play Video

    July 18, 2017 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The problems continue to grow tonight for the former CATS Board Member Montrell McCaleb who stole money to pay his cable bill and was featured in a WBRZ Investigative Unit report last month for creating non-profits with no track records of helping the community. When The Investigative Unit... more »
  • Week-long communications outage frustrates many Play Video

    July 14, 2017 5:17 PM

    GREENSBURG- Top leaders in St. Helena Parish are shopping around for another telecommunications company after a widespread outage left them without access to basic functions for almost a week. A fiber optic line managed to get cut, according to the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office. That knocked out vital communications... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Fallout continues surrounding Southern Vice Chancellor Brandon Dumas Play Video

    July 11, 2017 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Problems continue to mount at Southern University as a top administrator enters a third week on paid leave as the university conducts an investigation into Brandon Dumas' actions. Since Dumas was placed on leave, Southern has largely avoided questions from the WBRZ Investigative Unit. WBRZ learned through multiple... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: White Castle outsources payroll, costs town thousands Play Video

    July 6, 2017 5:43 PM

    WHITE CASTLE- The Town of White Castle is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to outsource its payroll and human resources for fewer than 40 employees. It comes after a bad audit that was released this year that showed about $10,000 went to employees who weren't entitled to it.... more »
  • LSU sends out alert after armed robbery attempt on campus Play Video

    July 4, 2017 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A campus wide text alert and email went out to students and faculty at LSU in the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday after a suspect flashed a silver handgun at a victim on campus. The alert stated an armed robbery was reported at Highland Road... more »
  • Powerful company counter sues family over historic cemetery Play Video

    July 3, 2017 5:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A family fighting against a powerful chemical company over a historic cemetery was slapped with a shock in court. The family accuses Axiall of limiting access to the cemetery and taking a public road. Axiall is now suing the family, and their attorney called those actions outrageous. The plaintiffs... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Southern University fires well-respected, high-profile employee Play Video

    June 27, 2017 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Southern University officials aren't saying much about what led to the termination of Southern University's beloved registrar, Caronda Bean. Bean says she did things strictly by the book and followed all policies. Sources say being unwilling to bend on those policies may have led to her departure. For... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Sheriff's office admits to mistake after not sending rape kit off for testing Play Video

    June 26, 2017 6:56 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE- West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel admitted Monday that his office made a mistake when it held on to a rape kit it picked up three months ago but never turned it over to the State Police Crime Lab. The rape kit was finally sent to the Crime... more »
  • Man shot through both legs running from gunfire

    June 13, 2017 10:39 PM

    ERWINVILLE - Deputies responded to a man who was shot through both legs Tuesday afternoon in West Baton Rouge Parish. According to authorities, the shooting occurred around 3 p.m. in the 11000 block of Maple Street. Details are still being gathered but the victim said... more »
  • Police: Man fatally shot during encounter with deputies

    June 13, 2017 7:05 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - Authorities say deputies in Louisiana shot and killed a man while trying to serve an arrest warrant. Louisiana State Police Trooper Brooks David says St. Martin Parish sheriff's deputies were serving the warrant late Monday at a home in Cade when they encountered a man... more »
  • Private companies approved to write flood insurance in LA, list attached Play Video

    June 13, 2017 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- For decades, private insurance companies avoided writing what's called first dollar coverage after it became too risky in Louisiana and across the nation. However, investors from around the world have sparked a renewed interest in the marketplace, according to Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. The benefit could mean more... more »
  • Thieves stoop to new low by stealing electrical meters Play Video

    June 12, 2017 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It's a problem that you may not have heard about, but power companies like Entergy and Demco are having to fight thieves stealing meters from customers. It's a way for them to get free electricity if they hook up your meter to a house that has the electricity... more »
  • Police: Severed head found at Mississippi home; body missing

    June 10, 2017 1:49 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The severed head of a young black man was found on the front steps of a Mississippi home and police are working to identify him. Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones says the rest of the man's body has not been located. The head was... more »
  • Adam West, who played 1960s-era Batman, dies at 88

    June 10, 2017 12:01 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Adam West, whose straight-faced portrayal of Batman in a campy 1960s TV series lifted the tight-clad Caped Crusader into the national consciousness, has died at age 88, his publicist said Saturday. West died Friday night after "a short but brave battle with leukemia," his family said... more »
  • Edwards to sign bills prompted by Alton Sterling shooting

    June 10, 2017 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Following the shooting death of Alton Sterling, a black man who was killed during a struggle with two white police officers, activists were adamant that Louisiana police departments needed to do a better job of training their officers. Those calls were heard. Nearly... more »
  • Desperate cancer patient turns to Nakamoto; Insurance company springs into action Play Video

    June 8, 2017 5:41 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- A mother of four children battling an aggressive form of breast cancer is in one of the biggest fights of her life. For nearly a month, she not only battled cancer, but also her insurance company after it denied her participation in a clinical trial that could possibly cure... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Taxpayers foot the bill for EBR COA employees' cruise Play Video

    June 7, 2017 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The WBRZ Investigative Unit found taxpayers foot the bill for an annual trip for four employees at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging to go on an all-expenses-paid cruise last year. The employees who were called chaperones did not use vacation time during the trip. The Carnival... more »
  • Baton Rouge contractor arrested, reportedly committed fraud against flood victim

    June 6, 2017 10:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge contractor was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly failed to make repairs on a flood victim's home. According to arrest records, Joseph Armant, 35, owner of RJ Custom Home & Interior, Inc., was arrested after a complaint was filed on April 19 by the... more »
  • Contractor faces fraud charges in three parishes Play Video

    June 6, 2017 5:32 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- A subcontractor from the New Orleans area who is unlicensed, according to arrest documents obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit, is accused of taking flood victims and contractors for a ride in three parishes. Chris Barron faces charges in Livingston, Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes. Currently, he's... more »
  • Flood fight underway in communities south of Baton Rouge Play Video

    June 5, 2017 6:39 PM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH- A massive flood fight is underway in communities south of Baton Rouge as they fight rising water from back water flooding and excess rainfall. In St. Martinville, a road linking Bayou Pigeon to Belle River is only open to high water vehicles due to high water. In Pierre... more »
  • Fishing to be license-free in Louisiana June 10-11

    June 4, 2017 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Want to fish? You won't need a license next weekend. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is holding its annual Free Fishing Weekend June 10-11. During that time, the requirement for Louisiana residents and visitors to have a fishing license to fish in Louisiana waters is... more »
  • Louisiana creating second mobile pet shelter for evacuations

    June 3, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's agriculture department is creating a second mobile pet shelter for emergencies, like evacuations during a hurricane. The pet shelter will consist of a 45-foot transport truck with 54 pet cages to assist parishes with the evacuation, transportation and sheltering of evacuee pets. It will be paid... more »
  • Baker double murder suspect released due to lack of evidence Play Video

    June 2, 2017 8:18 PM

    UPDATE: Dashawn Whitfield has been released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after a judge found no probable cause. Police Chief Carl Dunn says Whitfield was released due to the witness changing his story and a lack of evidence to hold Whitfield on. Dunn says police are... more »
  • Louisiana's film tax credit program to continue, with a cap

    June 2, 2017 7:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have reached a deal to place a long-term cap on, but not get rid of, spending for Louisiana's film tax credit program, which is both derided as wasteful spending and championed as an economic driver. With a 33-2 vote Friday, the Senate gave final passage to... more »
  • Watch WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 online tonight

    June 1, 2017 10:34 PM

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH WBRZ.COM LIVE STREAM OF 10 O'CLOCK NEWS BATON ROUGE – Due to the NBA Finals telecast on ABC, WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 will air later than usual. On nights of the NBA Finals, watch the weeknight edition of the 10 o'clock news on... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Mysterious check, sloppy record keeping among White Castle's recent problems

    May 31, 2017 5:30 PM

    WHITE CASTLE- Mayor Jermarr Williams is defending a number of issues raised by a town resident and the town's auditor who found a number of problems with the way business was being conducted. At issue is a $1,735 check that a resident received in the mail. Velta Nicholas thought it... more »
  • State insurance chief: Do 'checkup' for hurricane season

    May 28, 2017 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is urging Louisiana residents to do an "insurance checkup" ahead of next week's start of hurricane season. He says people should talk to their insurance agents to make sure they know what their named-storm and hurricane deductibles are in their homeowner and rental... more »
  • Body found on beach along Mississippi's Gulf coast

    May 27, 2017 1:19 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - Police on Mississippi's Gulf coast are investigating after a body was found on the beach. WLOX-TV reports that the body was found Saturday morning in the sand near the water's edge in Biloxi. Police didn't immediately say how the man died or release his name. The television... more »
  • Virus hitting Louisiana crawfish ponds

    May 27, 2017 12:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana crawfish producers: beware. State aquaculture specialists say a deadly virus is threatening the industry. Mark Shirley of the LSU Agriculture Center says the virus - known as white spot syndrome - primarily affects shrimp and was first discovered in Thailand and other parts of southeast Asia.... more »
  • Amid Nakamoto investigation, Council on Aging reviews travel policy

    May 25, 2017 6:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Amid a Chris Nakamoto investigation for the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit, the EBR Council on Aging revealed it's changing its policies and procedures dealing with travel policies for its staff. Nakamoto and the WBRZ Investigative Unit filed a public records request – essentially, a formal... more »
  • BRPD dealing with fewer applicants, increase in open positions Play Video

    May 24, 2017 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Police Department is trying to fill 54 open positions that are currently available. It comes at a time when applications to become a Baton Rouge Police Officer are down, which recruiters say is a national trend. Pay is one of the biggest challenges. Smaller departments... more »
  • Louisiana teenage lifers closer to getting shot at parole

    May 23, 2017 8:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a chance at parole after 30 years is closer to reaching the Louisiana governor's desk. The House voted 82-3 Tuesday in favor of Sen. Dan Claitor's bill banning juvenile life-without-parole sentences in all cases except when a... more »
  • Louisiana same-sex couples denied domestic abuse protections

    May 23, 2017 8:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have voted to have Louisiana remain one of only two states that bar same-sex couples from receiving domestic abuse protections. The Senate voted 17-14 Tuesday against Republican Rep. Patrick Connick's bill, which removes the requirement that the victim be of the opposite sex in order for... more »
  • Trump budget slashes safety-net programs

    May 22, 2017 9:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is proposing a $4.1 trillion federal budget that slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid. It also relies on rosy projections about economic growth to balance the budget within 10 years. The cuts are part of a budget blueprint for... more »
  • Dispute between relatives, chemical plant heats up over historic slave cemetery Play Video

    May 22, 2017 5:29 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH- The dispute between the descendants of Robert Taylor, who set up a cemetery in Revilletown back in 1881, and a chemical plant controlling access to it ended up in court again Monday. Janice Dickerson claims the chemical plant has locked out her and her relatives from accessing the... more »
  • Descendants of slave claim chemical plant locked them out of historic cemetery Play Video

    May 17, 2017 6:55 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- The descendants of a slave in Iberville Parish say money and power prevented them from paying respects to their loved one. Over the weekend, the family says they were locked out by a chemical plant that borders the cemetery property. It's a long-standing legal battle. The First Circuit Court... more »
  • New Orleans takes down 3rd Confederate-era monument Play Video

    May 16, 2017 10:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Workers in New Orleans have taken down a Confederate monument to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, the third of four such monuments to come down in the city. Police started moving pro-monument supporters away from the statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard at the entrance to City Park... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Questions raised about lavish EBR COA trip to Chicago Play Video

    May 16, 2017 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As five thousand seniors in East Baton Rouge Parish sit on a waiting list for services at the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, the agency spent $12,000 to send five employees to Chicago for a few nights in March for a non-mandated conference. The WBRZ Investigative Unit... more »
  • Outreach events help victims finish flood damage survey Play Video

    May 14, 2017 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is holding outreach sessions to help homeowners with damage from last year's floods to fill out a survey that is the initial step to requesting aid from the state. Six events have been scheduled across Louisiana to offer personalized assistance with the survey: May 16 in... more »

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