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  • Inspector crashes city truck with suspended license Play Video

    July 10, 2014 5:27 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The city inspector in Port Allen was involved in a wreck this week in his city vehicle, and cited by police for driving on a suspended driver's license. The crash happened Tuesday at the corner of 7th Street and Louisiana Avenue. When investigators showed up they... more »
  • Land near L'Auberge part of annexation request Play Video

    July 8, 2014 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The first step to possibly annex the L'Auberge Hotel and Casino into the City of Baton Rouge is underway. All of this centers around the incorporation effort of the City of St. George. Landowners on one side of the casino filed a petition to annex nearly 630... more »
  • You and WBRZ celebrate the 4th with fireworks Play Video

    July 4, 2014 11:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A nearly 50 year tradition continued Friday night with the annual WBRZ's Fireworks on the Mississippi. At 9 p.m., fireworks shot into the air over the river and exploded in a vibrant show paying homage to our nation's history. The display happens each year on the 4th... more »
  • BRPD beefs up security for Independence Day festivities Play Video

    July 4, 2014 7:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of officers filled downtown Friday in preparation for Fourth of July festivities. Police warned the public to be extra cautious and aware of their surroundings. "There have been incidents in the past," said Baton Rouge Police Sergeant Donald Gurzinski. "I think they were isolated... more »
  • Workers attacked in racist tirade seeking closure Play Video

    July 3, 2014 3:21 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A woman in Iberville Parish is trying to put a hate-fueled attack she experienced behind her, and this week there was a major step at moving forward. Josh Jambon, a man who was filmed in a racially-motivated attack, pleaded guilty to two civil rights violations. Jambon... more »
  • State to assist New Orleans with crime problems Play Video

    July 2, 2014 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Last week's shooting on Bourbon Street has the attention of state leaders who are working hard to come up with a plan to curb the Big Easy's crime problem. This week, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu made a plea for federal and state help to fight... more »
  • Slaughter vs. McCain trial ends abruptly Play Video

    July 1, 2014 5:34 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A trial between Port Allen's former mayor and the financial officer she tried to fire ended before any arguments even began in West Baton Rouge Parish. Judge Alvin Batiste honored a request by the city's attorney to take a look at the merits of Audrey McCain's... more »
  • Slaughter vs. McCain trial now underway Play Video

    June 30, 2014 5:29 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A big trial is now underway in West Baton Rouge Parish involving the recalled Mayor of Port Allen and Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain. Deedy Slaughter fired Audrey McCain last year after the WBRZ Investigative Unit obtained documents surrounding a trip Slaughter took to Washington D.C. without... more »
  • Recalled Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter set to go on trial Play Video

    June 29, 2014 10:59 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The embattled former Mayor of Port Allen is scheduled to go to trial this week. Deedy Slaughter was recalled from office last November after voters had enough. She ran for re-election this year, but was defeated by Richard Lee III. The WBRZ Investigative Unit exposed her... more »
  • Common Core controversy heats up Play Video

    June 26, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The controversy over the Common Core education standard is heating up, and several Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members have called for a meeting next week about the issue. Last week, Governor Jindal announced plans to scrap Common Core for Louisiana. Jindal claims the State Department... more »
  • WBRZ to host 7th Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

    June 26, 2014 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - WBRZ News 2 is hosting the 7th annual Stuff the Bus Campaign, a school supply drive to benefit children in our community, July 16 from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Office Depot in Baton Rouge and Gonzales. This year's collection day will be held... more »
  • Forgotten firehouses set to be addressed by Metro Council Play Video

    June 24, 2014 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At least three of the city's blighted and abandoned old firehouses will be talked about at the Metro Council meeting tomorrow. It comes after a report by the WBRZ Investigative Unit last year that showed the problems from the city's six blighted firehouses. We showed you... more »
  • State submits plans to target drunk drivers Play Video

    June 23, 2014 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State's DWI Task Force convened an impromptu meeting Monday, discussing ways to crack down on drunk drivers. At the meeting, the task force approved a plan that will funnel at least 2.1 million dollars in federal money to Louisiana to fight drunk drivers. John Gaines... more »
  • Renewed effort to find missing child in Clinton Play Video

    June 18, 2014 3:21 PM

    CLINTON - There's a renewed push to find Wesley Dale Morgan after he vanished from his home 13 years ago. On Wednesday his family members fought the hot summer heat to hang the latest age progression flyers in area businesses. Last week the National Center for Missing and Exploited... more »
  • Toddler drowns while in state custody Play Video

    June 17, 2014 5:28 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The family of a toddler who drowned last week in Mandeville is demanding answers from the state over how that happened. The toddler, 22-month-old Michael Bananno, drowned while in foster care in St. Tammany Parish. He had been removed from the custody of his parent's home... more »
  • Addis homicide investigation turned over to Attorney General Play Video

    June 16, 2014 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Evidence surrounding a homicide investigation in Addis is now in the hands of the State Attorney General. The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Addis Police Chief Ricky Anderson turned over his investigative file into the death of Sandra Rinaudo to the state on Friday. It comes after the... more »
  • Plans for new Jetson Juvenile facility in the works Play Video

    June 9, 2014 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The reopening of the Jetson Juvenile Center for Youth could become a reality soon, as money is being spent to begin the design and development phase. The facility closed in January, when 76 youths were moved in secret during the middle of the night. It was shut... more »
  • Dozens to be laid off at Office of Group Benefits Play Video

    June 5, 2014 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Dozens of employees at the State Office of Group Benefits won't have a job by the end of the summer, as restructuring efforts call for the layoffs of at least 30 workers. Employees who reached out to News 2 said they were told this week that 30-35... more »
  • Port of BR locks landowners out of their property Play Video

    June 3, 2014 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A group of landowners claim the Port of Baton Rouge locked them out of their property, and now they are suing to have the courts intervene. At least 53 property owners claim the port shut them out of their own land. The issue goes back half a... more »
  • Investigation underway over anti-St. George flyer Play Video

    May 29, 2014 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The United States Postal Service has launched an investigation into a flyer that began arriving in mailboxes around Baton Rouge last week. At issue is the nonprofit postage paid stamp on the back. The flyer was sent from "Baton Rouge Sponsoring Committee/Together Baton Rouge." The circumstances surrounding... more »
  • State investigating convicted ex-Brusly chief again

    May 28, 2014 7:13 PM

    BRUSLY- The State Inspector General's Office is once again investigating the embattled ex-police chief of Brusly, Jamie Whaley. Sources told the Investigative Unit it centers around missing property inside the Brusly Police Department when Whaley was the Chief. The Inspector General's Office raided Whaley's house and was seen... more »
  • Building permit at center of controversy Play Video

    May 28, 2014 7:03 PM

    NEW ROADS - Serious questions are being raised over a building permit issued in Pointe Coupee Parish which may not have complied with parish guidelines. It centers around a nearly $10 million health care center taking shape on Major Parkway in New Roads. In May of last year, the... more »
  • USS Kidd remembers fallen American heroes Play Video

    May 26, 2014 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of people gathered at the USS Kidd Memorial Plaza Monday afternoon to remember the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom. At the ceremony, flowers were handed out to family and friends who taped them to a wall that... more »
  • Teams find body of missing boater

    May 25, 2014 10:53 PM

    ST. AMANT- State Wildlife Agents found the body of 28-year-old man who fell into the Diversion Canal as he tried to get into a boat. They believe that's when the boat ran over him. It happened around 7pm. Authorities spent the next eight hours searching the canal. They eventually... more »
  • Local builder accused of leaving clients high and dry Play Video

    May 21, 2014 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Contractor's Licensing Board revoked an upscale homebuilder's license, after a host of complaints from clients who complained about unfinished work, shoddy workmanship, and unpaid subcontractors. Jim Fussell who owns, Custom Homes by Jim Fussell Inc., can no longer accept new work. A group of... more »
  • Student goes missing after getting off at wrong stop Play Video

    May 20, 2014 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A family is demanding answers after their child was allowed to get off the bus at a stop nearly four miles away from home. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System has launched an investigation and is not ruling out disciplinary action for the driver. The fifth... more »
  • Investigative Unit: Getting away with murder? Play Video

    May 19, 2014 4:28 PM

    ADDIS - The News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered serious problems with the investigation of a woman's death in West Baton Rouge Parish. Four different doctors who specialize in autopsies classified her death as a homicide, but the investigation is closed and no one has been arrested. Addis Police Chief... more »
  • Teen gets 50 years for 2011 killing in Baton Rouge Play Video

    May 13, 2014 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A teenager who was 15 at the time he shot and killed another teen, told the victim's family he was sorry in court today. Branikin Jones pleaded guilty to manslaughter and armed robbery charges in the 2011 killing of Daylon Wheeler. Investigators believe Wheeler was sitting on... more »
  • War over St. George plays out on Facebook Play Video

    May 6, 2014 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A political war is unfolding on social media, after the Mall of Louisiana and Baton Rouge General Hospital announced plans that they wanted to be annexed into the City of Baton Rouge. Councilman Ryan Heck has never said he supports the St. George effort, but has always... more »
  • Annexation will stop St. George effort, may close firehouse Play Video

    May 5, 2014 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- If the annexation of the Mall of Louisiana into the city limits of Baton Rouge becomes a reality, the St. George incorporation effort would come to a screeching halt since the legal boundaries that are currently on their petition would change. It could also force the closure... more »
  • May 3rd election results Play Video

    May 3, 2014 11:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On Saturday, 35 parishes went to the polls for various tax elections. In Central voters also had to fill a council seat in a runoff election. Voters elected Jason Ellis with 58 percent of the vote against Ralph Washington. East Baton Rouge Parish also had... more »
  • Raise approved for EBR bus drivers

    May 1, 2014 10:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board approved a raise tonight for bus drivers. Cheers of joy were heard as bus drivers clapped hands with one another as they left. "We got a pay raise," Driver Pamela Manchester said with excitement. The School Board listened... more »
  • Investigative Unit: Vereta Lee changes tune over diploma issue Play Video

    May 1, 2014 9:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Member changed her tune Thursday, about a diploma that was issued to her relative, when she didn't earn it. It comes after the state conducted a thorough investigation into the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. It found documented cases... more »
  • Mary Lynch selected to fill Randy Lamana's seat on EBR School Board

    May 1, 2014 9:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted to have Mary Lynch fill the unexpired term of Randy Lamana. Lamana died unexpectedly two weeks ago of an apparent heart attack. This evening, School Board Members and principals at local schools presented Lamana's family with tokens of appreciation... more »
  • Sheriff: No signs of forced entry at murder scene Play Video

    April 29, 2014 4:48 PM

    ETHEL- There were no signs of forced entry at the house where a married couple was murdered, according to the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office. That information came out two days after Connie and Eddie Earl Hall were found shot to death inside their home. The gruesome discovery... more »
  • Couple murdered inside Ethel home Play Video

    April 28, 2014 6:14 PM

    ETHEL- Investigators with the State Police Crime Lab spent the day processing evidence at a home where a married couple was shot to death. Connie Hall and Eddie Earl Hall were found shot to death Sunday around 4 p.m., in the 4000 block of Lillian Lane in East Feliciana... more »
  • Man and woman murdered in Ethel home

    April 27, 2014 9:29 PM

    ETHEL- A man and woman were found dead inside a home in East Feliciana Parish Sunday evening. Authorities say that they were murdered. The murders happened in the 4000 block of Lillian Lane. Police identified the victims as Eddie Earl Hall and Connie Hall. The married couple were both... more »
  • DWI database closer to reality Play Video

    April 24, 2014 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly three years after our initial News 2 Investigative report which highlighted the need for a database that tracks drunk drivers, that system is close to becoming a reality. Some recent high-profile arrests involving sixth and seventh DWIs have once again raised questions as to why... more »
  • Skeleton found at New Orleans apartment building

    April 24, 2014 12:56 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Police say an elevator repairman found the skeletal remains of a man inside an unoccupied apartment building Thursday in the Central City neighborhood. Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports the body was found in an elevator shaft of the three-story building on South Claiborne Avenue. Nearby residents say the building... more »
  • Handcuffed fireman investigation given to DA Play Video

    April 23, 2014 4:14 PM

    NEW ROADS- One month after the News 2 Investigative Unit showed you surveillance video of a firefighter who got detained during a medical call, the State Fire Marshal's Office wrapped up its investigation and turned it over to District Attorney Ricky Ward's office. It all centered around Fireman Aaron... more »
  • Motion filed to have federal judge removed from case Play Video

    April 22, 2014 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Less than a week after a story by the News 2 Investigative Unit highlighted questions about federal Judge Shelly Dick and one of her closest staffers, a defense lawyer filed a motion to have the judge removed from his client's case. Our report showed the judge... more »
  • Questions raised over federal judge's hire Play Video

    April 14, 2014 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tonight there are serious questions about whether a federal judge in Baton Rouge should be using better judgement. Last year, the News 2 Investigative Unit found a convicted felon had unfettered access to the judge's home. Both issues involve Judge Shelly Dick. The most recent involves her... more »
  • Arrest report: WBR deputy involved with informants, stole and used drugs

    April 9, 2014 8:03 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Arrest records suggest a former, high-ranking West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy, who was arrested three days ago, was involved romantically with two paid informants and gave one of them items from the evidence locker. Mervin Jerome Fontenot faces possession with intent to distribute drugs and malfeasance... more »
  • WBRSO major's arrest could impact cases

    April 9, 2014 5:44 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A legal expert believes the arrest of a high-ranking West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Major could have a far-reaching impact on open and closed cases in West Baton Rouge Parish. Mervin Jerome Fontenot was arrested Monday for possession with intent to distribute drugs and malfeasance in... more »
  • Officer suspended for alleged drunk drivng crash Play Video

    April 8, 2014 4:47 PM

    NEW ROADS - Three Pointe Coupee Sheriff's deputies have been suspended without pay, and a New Roads Police officer is suspended indefinitely over an alleged drunk driving crash and how it was investigated. It's a story the News 2 Investigative Unit first reported on last week. Investigators said the... more »
  • State director lifts silence about large raise Play Video

    April 7, 2014 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The head of the Capital Area Human Services District lifted her silence today about a large raise she took and granted to her second in command when none of the 200 employees under her received one. During the time Jan Kasofsky accepted a $21,000 raise and gave... more »
  • Storm debris still lingers, forces lane closures

    April 7, 2014 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Expect traffic delays on Florida Boulevard between Sherwood Forest Blvd. and Little John Drive due to closures related to last night's bad weather. There are downed power lines and roof debris, so the outside, eastbound lane is closed. The service road on the south side of Florida... more »
  • Port Allen Mayoral candidates gear up for contentious race Play Video

    April 3, 2014 4:42 PM

    PORT ALLEN - In two days, registered voters in Port Allen will head to the polls for a historic special election to elect a new mayor. Parish election officials spent Thursday sealing voting machines for the election. Four candidates are vying for the top spot: Kirby Anderson, Larry... more »
  • Delgado crawfishes on Al Qaeda statement

    April 3, 2014 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro Councilman John Delgado apologized for comments he made connecting St. George supporters to terrorists. "I regret that my choice of words has become an issue and distracted us from the real debate. It was not my intention to offend anyone," Delgado said. The harsh words... more »
  • Veterans demand apology over terrorist comment Play Video

    April 2, 2014 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Veterans and leaders of the St. George effort to breakaway and create their own city are demanding an apology from Metro Councilman John Delgado, who posted a comment to Facebook Wednesday that compared people trying to pull away from the city of Baton Rouge to terrorists. ... more »
  • Lawmaker demands more oversight after News 2 report Play Video

    April 1, 2014 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative John Schroder of Covington is demanding more oversight at state agencies that provide behavioral and social health services for the community. It comes after a News 2 Investigative Unit report showed the Executive Director and Deputy Director at Capital Area Human Services in Baton Rouge... more »
  • Fireman handcuffed after responding to 911 call Play Video

    March 25, 2014 5:19 PM

    NEW ROADS - A New Roads Police Officer may have violated the law when he handcuffed and detained a volunteer firefighter and first responder Monday night during an emergency. Witnesses said it stemmed from the firefighter refusing to move his fire truck because he was rendering aid to the... more »
  • Investigative Unit: Arrested officer still enforcing laws Play Video

    March 24, 2014 3:41 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Tonight, there are serious questions about why Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley is enforcing laws in another municipality. Whaley was arrested on charges of felony theft and malfeasance in January, after confessing to an FBI agent that he fraudulently used the town's credit card to gas up his... more »
  • Appeals court set to take up Gerald case Play Video

    March 19, 2014 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The First Circuit Court of Appeal is about to take up the case involving a man who killed seven people during a drunk driving crash in 2012. Brett Gerald pleaded guilty to the crime, and was initially sentenced to 70 years in prison. However, he was... more »
  • EBR Superintendent upset with state over investigation Play Video

    March 17, 2014 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent Bernard Taylor expressed his unhappiness with the state, after it released an investigation into the school system without interviewing him first about the findings. "It seems everyone was informed of this," Taylor said. "I've never know of an audit report... more »
  • State investigation calls EBR school leaders "negligent"

    March 16, 2014 11:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The State Department of Education has given the East Baton Rouge Parish School System a deadline of April to submit a plan to fix serious issues. The issues are hi-lighted in a seven page audit which found "negligence with record keeping and a lack of internal controls led... more »
  • WBRZ named 2013 Television Station of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters

    March 13, 2014 1:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - WBRZ News 2 was named the 2013 Television Station of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters on March 12, 2014. The Station of the Year award is presented annually to a television station in Louisiana which, as a member of the Louisiana Association... more »
  • Judge: Sharper to remain in California jail

    March 13, 2014 12:36 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A judge says former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will remain in a Los Angeles jail now that authorities in Arizona have charged him with sexually assaulting two women. Superior Court Judge Renee Korn ruled Thursday that the charges filed in Tempe, Ariz., are a valid reason... more »
  • WBRZ named LAB's 2013 Station of the Year

    March 12, 2014 1:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters named WBRZ News 2 their 2013 Station of the Year Wednesday. The LAB presented the honor as part of their yearly Prestige Awards in Baton Rouge. The Station of the Year award is presented annually to a television station in... more »
  • News 2 questions lead to BR firefighter's arrest Play Video

    March 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The president of the Baton Rouge Firefighters Association was arrested Tuesday when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit discovered he had an active warrant out for his arrest. State Police arrested Shane Jeremy Spillman on March 1 for second offense DWI and improper lane usage. Booking records... more »
  • Lil Boosie opens up in one-on-one interview Play Video

    March 10, 2014 5:23 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Less than a week after being released from the State Penitentiary at Angola, rapper Torrence Hatch, also known as "Lil Boosie", made his first public appearance Monday in New Orleans. Some of the rap industry's top entertainers were on hand, including Young Jeezy, Bun-B and Webbie.... more »
  • WBRZ Launches 17th Annual Fill a Prescription for the Needy Campaign

    March 6, 2014 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - WBRZ News 2 is hosting the 17th annual Fill-a-Prescription for the Needy campaign from March 5, 2014 to April 7, 2014 to raise money for prescription medication for Baton Rouge's St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy. There will be a total of 250 bins set... more »
  • WBRZ's First Big Day Giveaway

    March 6, 2014 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - WBRZ is hosting the "Big Day Giveaway," where one bride will win a wedding reception at Oak Lodge Receptions valued at almost $11,000. Contestants may register from Feb. 21 through March 14 on, and contestants are allowed one entry per week. WBRZ will select... more »
  • Baton Rouge pastor says accuser lied about rape Play Video

    March 5, 2014 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The pastor at New Harmony Baptist Church spoke exclusively to News 2 Wednesday, just hours after his release from jail on a aggravated rape charge. Scott Lemley claims his accuser "lied" about the alleged rape. David "Scott" Lemley posted a $75,000 bail on Mardi Gras. Lemley is... more »
  • Light turnout for New Roads Mardi Gras parades Play Video

    March 4, 2014 5:19 PM

    NEW ROADS - Parade organizers in New Roads said crowds for this year's Mardi Gras could go down as the lightest in history. "It's never this deserted," said Michelle Porche, who braved the cold temperatures and ice to enjoy what the city says is the second-oldest Mardi Gras parade... more »
  • Lack of signal questioned at deadly intersection Play Video

    March 3, 2014 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Questions are being raised about inaction by the state at a dangerous intersection that has been the scene of numerous crashes. Sunday night, it happened again. Police said Timothy Lee, 26, died after a wreck at the intersection of Scenic Highway and Thomas Road. "I'm... more »
  • One killed in Scenic Highway crash

    March 2, 2014 11:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One person is dead following a crash on Scenic Highway near Thomas Road. It happened this Sunday evening just before 5:30pm. The intersection is the same spot where numerous crashes have occurred before. In November, News 2 spoke to the state about the issue after a... more »
  • Student caught with gun at McKinley

    February 28, 2014 12:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - School Drug Task Force members arrested a McKinley High School Friday after investigators said he was caught with a gun on campus. The task force was called to the school at 11:00 a.m. after reports of a student acting suspiciously. Officers found a loaded .380 handgun... more »
  • Second suspect surrenders in feed store murder

    February 27, 2014 1:18 PM

    LAPLACE - The suspected shooter in the robbery and murder at LaPlace feed store surrendered to U. S. Marshals this afternoon. Charles McQuarter III, 22, faces charges of armed robbery, first degree murder and attempted first degree murder. McQuarter's surrender came about 12 hours after Dracier Dewey, 22, turned... more »

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