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  • WBRZ unlocks vault, will air Barry Seal documentaries starting this weekend Play Video

    October 19, 2017 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The original story of Barry Seal returns to television in an unprecedented presentation by WBRZ this weekend. Uncle Sam Wants You airs from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday on WBRZ Channel 2. Uncle Sam Wants You is the original documentary about Seal, a Baton Rouge native... more »
  • 1,000+ convicts set to walk free on November 1 Play Video

    October 18, 2017 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Upwards of 1500 prisoners are set to walk free on November 1, 2017 as part of a prison reform package that sailed through the legislature this year. The point of the Justice Reinvestment Act was to decrease the number of people incarcerated by reducing non-violent offenders. That in... more »
  • Councilman: Taxpayers on the hook for $132,000 over sign spat Play Video

    October 16, 2017 5:41 PM

    NEW ROADS- A New Roads City Councilman says taxpayers in town are on the hook by his calculations for $132,000 in legal fees after New Roads Mayor Robert Myer refused to turn electricity on to a brand new digital billboard. The owners of the billboard took the city to court,... more »
  • 'Butt naked bandit' caught Play Video

    October 13, 2017 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- You can file this one under the world's dumbest criminal. This week, investigators say Shane Fleming broke into a home that was under construction and took a camera that was inside the house. The camera had cellular capabilities and led detectives right to him. That camera was placed... more »
  • Denham Springs City Prosecutor quits following WBRZ report Play Video

    October 11, 2017 5:38 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- City Prosecutor Blayne Honeycutt tendered his resignation recently, a couple of months after the WBRZ Investigative Unit raised questions about the way he handled a DWI for a lawyer friend of his. Honeycutt received a $2,500 campaign contribution from Alton Shelby Easterly when he unsuccessfully ran for City... more »
  • WBRZ's Dog Days of Summer helps find blind dog a forever family Play Video

    October 10, 2017 9:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A dog awaiting adoption finally found a home after being featured on WBRZ last month. Holly, a three-year-old German Shepherd mix, is blind and sat waiting to be adopted. After the news story about her aired on television, a family went looking for her. ... more »
  • WATCH LIVE: Next newscast is at 5:30, 10:00 Sunday evening

    October 7, 2017 9:53 PM

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENING NEWSCASTS COVERING THE LATEST ON NATE Saturday WBRZ News 2 at NINE WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Sunday WBRZ 2une-In at 7 a.m. WBRZ News 2 at 5:30 WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 News repeats... more »
  • Saturday programming for football, Nate coverage

    October 6, 2017 6:37 PM

    WBRZ will broadcast extended newscasts this weekend to pass along important information dealing with the weather system Nate. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST FORECAST WBRZ newscasts SATURDAY EVENING: WBRZ News 2 at 6:00 WBRZ News 2 at NINE (seen on antenna channel 2.2; cable channels... more »
  • Child hospitalized after snake bite, area seeing increases Play Video

    October 6, 2017 5:24 PM

    WALKER- A three-year-old from Livingston Parish was rushed to the hospital this week after a poisonous snake bit her while she played on her swing set, family members told WBRZ, hoping to warn others about the situation. The child's bite comes as numerous residents across the area started seeing an... more »
  • Here's how to watch WBRZ on any device, anywhere

    October 5, 2017 1:20 PM

    UPDATE: Watch our live newscast on Hurricane Nate during halftime of the Notre Dame vs North Carolina game on Facebook or antenna channel 2.2. As weather threatens Louisiana, WBRZ is available across multiple platforms to keep you informed and safe. Here's how and where to watch: Television ... more »
  • Louisiana is ready for mass casualty situation, according to state Play Video

    October 2, 2017 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Emergency Reponse Network or LERN is a call center located in Baton Rouge that fields trauma calls across the state. Tonight, it stands ready for any major event like what we saw unfolding in Las Vegas overnight. In the event trauma, strokes, certain type of heart... more »
  • Investigative Unit: Officers on leave allowed to work extra duty Play Video

    September 28, 2017 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Police Department changed its policy on who could be assigned extra duty after the WBRZ Investigative Unit found officers on administrative leave were still collecting payment from extra duty. Among those was Blane Salamoni, the officer who is tied to the shooting death of... more »
  • As talk focuses on crime cameras, questions loom about old crime cameras Play Video

    September 27, 2017 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Baton Rouge is on track to have a record number of homicides this year, leaders are looking at an expensive tool the city once had to be their eyes and ears on the streets. Adding additional crime cameras to the streets is now on the table... more »
  • WBRZ to broadcast rare LSU Sunday night season opener in 2018

    September 26, 2017 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE – WBRZ will show LSU Football's 2018 season opener. LSU will face Miami in a rare Sunday night game on September 2 at 6:30 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, September 1, but moved back a day as part of a five-day college kickoff weekend... more »
  • Gun shot victim speaks out after car opens fire on him

    September 13, 2017 5:06 PM

    BLUFF CREEK- A man from East Feliciana Parish is lucky to be alive tonight after he was shot while walking on the edge of his property Tuesday morning. It happened off Highway 63 not far from Greenwell Springs Road. It's an area that is not used to crime. Tonight, Buck... more »
  • As murder rate rises, old crime fighting initiative discussed Play Video

    September 11, 2017 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four people have been murdered in Baton Rouge following a news conference less than a week ago to talk about the crime problem. Tonight, former Mayor Tom Ed McHugh and those on the front lines of crime nearly two decades ago are weighing in on a program... more »
  • PHOTO STORY: Rockport, Texas rebuilds after Hurricane Harvey

    September 10, 2017 3:23 PM

    ROCKPORT, Texas - Hurricane Harvey tore through Southeast Texas two weeks ago destroying homes, businesses and lives. Houston, the country's fourth largest city was devastated, and Harvey bashed other places on the coast of the Lone Star state as well. Properties south of Columbia are still under... more »
  • Longtime Pointe Coupee teacher cleared to sue school system by EEOC Play Video

    September 6, 2017 5:45 PM

    NEW ROADS- A teacher who has spent the past two decades dedicated to the education of students claims her classes were cut and she was sidelined unnecessarily. Joy Nelson was a teacher at the new STEM academy. She is certified to teach business. After the year ended, she said she... more »
  • "Thuggin it and Lovin' it" actor murdered over the weekend Play Video

    September 4, 2017 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An actor featured in the violent video "Thuggin it and Lovin' It" was murdered over the weekend according to District Attorney Hillar Moore. Investigators said Warren Jackson also known as "Rambo" was killed after an argument with Randy Orange. In 2009, Jackson was featured in a violent... more »
  • More shenanigans in White Castle as WBRZ tries to obtain public records Play Video

    September 1, 2017 6:36 PM

    UPDATE: Following days of silence and no answers, Mayor Jermarr Williams provided an invoice that showed he paid $1,800 cash to have his tree cut down. That comes after we were railroaded for information seeking information about tree cutting following the May storms. Williams also did not return our calls.... more »
  • Contractor given 310 days to fix Manchac and Alligator Bayou Road Play Video

    August 31, 2017 5:04 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - The much anticipated construction to fix a damaged section of road and add additional flood gates to Manchac Road got underway today. Iberville Parish leaders authorized engineers and contractors to begin construction which will take 310 days. The new project will add three additional flood gates to... more »
  • WBRZ investigates prisoners walking free, work release businesses frustrated

    August 29, 2017 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In a series of exclusive reports, people with close knowledge of the state's work release program have questioned the state's management of the system that allows prisoners access to life outside the prison walls. WBRZ began investigating complaints of work release inmate escapes months ago and published... more »
  • WBRZ newscasts available anytime on new cable channel 11

    August 29, 2017 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A low-tier, HD replay of WBRZ newscasts is now available to Cox subscribers. Tuesday evening, WBRZ will also be available on channel 11 or 1011 and feature the most recent newscast and weather report. Live breaking news will be covered on the channel, too. The... more »
  • Miles of aqua dams on standby in case of flooding threat in Iberville Parish Play Video

    August 25, 2017 5:21 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Three miles of aqua dams are on standby and ready to be deployed if excessive rainfall creates a need for them, according to Iberville Parish leaders. The aqua dams were ordered following the August floods after floodwaters swamped homes in St. Gabriel, Prairieville and some parts of Geismar.... more »
  • Proof of loss deadline approaching for those with flood insurance Play Video

    August 24, 2017 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An important deadline is coming up if you had flood insurance but don't feel like you were compensated fairly by your insurance company. This week, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon asked the feds for another extension for the National Flood Insurance Program's proof of loss deadline. Currently, this affects... more »
  • Convicted killer and rapist demands release, claims his rights were violated Play Video

    August 23, 2017 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A convicted killer and rapist is suing the State Department of corrections Secretary James LeBlanc and Chairwoman of the Louisiana Board of Pardons, Sheryl Ranatza claiming his rights were violated when his parole was rescinded earlier this year. Galbraith raped Karen Hill, tied her to a tree and... more »
  • The Eclipse..The Weather...and the Tropics

    August 21, 2017 12:52 AM

    The Eclipse: By now it is no secret that we will have a major astronomical event beginning around 12:00 PM on Monday August 21st. The 2017 Eclipse has been widely publicized and there is a plethora of information on the subject. Here in southeast Louisiana we will be treated... more »
  • Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

    August 20, 2017 2:29 PM

    Millions of Americans are converging on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday. It will be the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast-to-coast across the U.S. in 99 years. With 200 million people... more »
  • Area sheriff's deputy quits amid allegations he touched male teen's genitals Play Video

    August 18, 2017 5:18 PM

    NEW ROADS- A high-ranking member of the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office quit amid an investigation into allegations he inappropriately touched a male teen's genitals, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Friday. The incident, authorities said, was reported to have happened while the lieutenant, identified as Karl Douget, was on... more »
  • Eclipse 2017: what to expect, how to view

    August 16, 2017 11:42 AM

    On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, the U.S. will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun. The eclipse will be visible—weather permitting—across all of North America. The entire continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting two to three hours. Anyone within a 70-milewide path that stretches through 14 states... more »
  • 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 »
  • Judge rules in favor of WBRZ, The Advocate in court battle over Southern University records 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. > UPDATE: On Monday, August 21, a judge ruled in favor of WBRZ and The... 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 »

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