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  • Leaders upset over mayor missing meeting Play Video

    December 13, 2017 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some elected officials who are members of a special group managing the police body camera roll-out for Baton Rouge officers are frustrated with the mayor over what they perceive is a lack of earnestness. The city is dealing with the possibility of forfeiting more than $750,000 in... more »
  • Two people killed in school bus fire identified

    December 12, 2017 9:00 PM

    OAKLAND, Iowa - Family and friends are remembering the 16-year-old girl and 74-year-old school bus driver who died in a fire in western Iowa. Eighteen-year-old Bailey Rose told the Omaha World-Herald she took a weightlifting class with Megan Klindt last year and remembers her caring and energetic nature.... more »
  • Thieves steal expensive batteries from cranes, backhoes used to repair flooded road Play Video

    December 12, 2017 5:42 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH- Thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of batteries from heavy construction equipment parked in Iberville Parish. When work crews showed up, the power sources were missing from the cranes, back hoes, excavators, and generators. "Contractor was on the job site and every battery was missing from the machines,... more »
  • Iberville Parish spends thousands to house inmates during jail renovations Play Video

    December 11, 2017 6:44 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish Leaders are having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to house more than a hundred inmates outside the parish as the jail is fixed. The jail was closed in August due to HVAC and asbestos concerns. The renovations cost nearly $766,000. Currently, inmates are being housed... more »
  • Driver in one-vehicle crash jumps off interstate to avoid oncoming vehicle

    December 10, 2017 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A driver that was involved in a one-vehicle crash jumped from an interstate overpass to avoid being hit by an oncoming vehicle. According to Baton Rouge Police, officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-10 West at the I-10/I-110 split Saturday afternoon. After getting out... more »
  • Homeowner holds burglar at gunpoint until police arrive, broadcasts live on facebook Play Video

    December 7, 2017 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A homeowner held a burglar at gunpoint and broadcast the entire thing on Facebook live Wednesday until police arrived. Caesar Ray said his daughter's car alarm went off in the middle of the night. They were working on their home that flooded. That's about the same time that... more »
  • WBRZ LIVE: Here's where to get live news, forecasts today and tomorrow

    December 7, 2017 4:05 PM

    Newscast times WBRZ's 2une-In, 5 a.m. - 7 a.m. WBRZ News 2 at Noon WBRZ News 2 at 4:00 WBRZ News 2 at 5:00 WBRZ News 2 at 6:00 WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 WBRZ News broadcasts on television Live on... more »
  • City of Gonzales and City's Police Chief slapped with federal lawsuit Play Video

    December 6, 2017 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A former police officer with the Gonzales City Police Department filed a federal lawsuit in Baton Rouge against the City of Gonzales and the City's Police Chief, Sherman Jackson. Moses Black alleges he was retaliated against by Jackson when he blew the whistle on his colleagues. He claims... more »
  • Traffic and flooding top residents concerns over new development Play Video

    December 5, 2017 6:49 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- Concern in brewing tonight about a brand new development planned for the corner of Old Jefferson Highway and Highway 42 in Ascension Parish. The Meadows at Oak Grove Subdivision will have 212 residential lots and nearly eight acres available for commercial development. Residents like Michael Donovan are worried about... more »
  • LSP Colonel: 'These are some of the darkest days State Police have had' Play Video

    December 4, 2017 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Police Colonel Kevin Reeves addressed reporters at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday discussing issues that have recently plagued his agency. "The actions of a few should never reflect on our agency as a whole," Reeves said. "I would hate to see all of our troopers and... more »
  • State Fire Marshal pays halfway house surprise visit Play Video

    December 1, 2017 5:47 PM

    BAKER- Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office paid a surprise visit to a halfway house that has been under the microscope since last month. The 'All the Way House' in Baker was filthy when we first visited. A dead rat, bed bugs and other deplorable conditions are what the... more »
  • Under cloud of controversy, prisons chief stands by 'deal' made in harassment case Play Video

    November 30, 2017 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Although the governor's ordered a policy review, prison officials stand behind an audio recording obtained by and broadcast on WBRZ newscasts recently where high-ranking bosses were heard trying to make a deal with an employee accused of sexual harassment. "[We're] basically giving you the opportunity that... more »
  • After WBRZ report, governor's office to review policies dealing with sexual harassment claims Play Video

    November 29, 2017 5:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – High-ranking state prison officials offered to make a sexual harassment complaint “go away” if the employee alleged to have committed wrongdoing resigned, WBRZ learned through audio recordings of the discussion released to the station's Investigative Unit. Among the promises made during a more than ten-minute conversation... more »
  • Embattled Council on Aging Director's mom finally recuses herself from controversial case Play Video

    November 28, 2017 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State District Judge Janice Clark, the mother of embattled East Baton Rouge Council on Aging Director Tasha Clark Amar, has recused herself from a high-profile case involving the will of her daughter's deceased client. It took eight months for Judge Clark to remove herself from Helen Plummer's tutorship... more »
  • Building boom underway in southeastern portion of EBR Parish Play Video

    November 21, 2017 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A building boom of sorts is underway in the southeastern portion of East Baton Rouge Parish. Along Hoo Shoo Too Road, at least four brand new subdivisions are in the beginning phases of taking shape. With that construction comes concerns about flooding and traffic. The area was heavily... 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 »
  • Pointe Coupee residents receive water bill sticker shock Play Video

    November 15, 2017 6:33 PM

    VENTRESS- Hundreds of residents in Pointe Coupee Parish opened their mail last week and were left with sticker shock. In September, Pointe Coupee Parish Water District 1 purchased "M and S" water for $150,000. The parish is now forcing all previous customers of M and S water to pay $100... more »
  • Police Chief selection committee to interview candidates this week

    November 13, 2017 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The committee helping to select the city's next police chief will meet publicly this week to interview the first five of eight candidates. Candidates will be interviewed publicly between two meetings: One on Wednesday and then on Nov.30. A public comment session will be held on... more »
  • Sheriff on why child, inmate were together in bathroom: 'We're not going to answer that' Play Video

    November 7, 2017 6:40 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE – A parade of rural officials – ranging from elected leaders to appointed prison chiefs – slammed reports of a child being sexually assaulted by an inmate at the State Penitentiary during a recent Angola Rodeo. The WBRZ Investigative Unit has spoken with multiple sources at several... more »
  • School bus driver recalls terrifying encounter with two men Play Video

    November 1, 2017 6:38 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- The driver of a school bus loaded with children said she had to think on her feet when she says two men stopped her because they thought she was speeding. The driver, Ms. Templet called the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office during the encounter Monday. One of the men was... more »
  • Baton Rouge Police officer suspended for having sex in secluded area while on duty Play Video

    October 31, 2017 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge Police corporal is on leave without pay after the department found he was meeting up for sex in a secluded area while on duty. The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Michael Edwards was suspended for 80 days following an internal investigation. Authorities confirmed, the... more »
  • Scathing audit highlights more problems at the Department of Corrections Play Video

    October 30, 2017 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More problems emerged Monday as the State Legislative Auditor released a scathing audit involving the Department of Corrections. For months, the WBRZ Investigative Unit has been reporting on issues at the Department including: a work release inmate who escaped and killed a woman, a band made up of... more »
  • City takes action after WBRZ report on blight Play Video

    October 26, 2017 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After a WBRZ report Monday that showed a correlation between blight and crime, a large trash truck was visible feet away from the Elementary School that faces nearly a dozen blighted properties. It's in front of Buchanan Elementary School. Today, a large truck used a heavy duty... more »
  • New blight numbers show a correlation to crime Play Video

    October 23, 2017 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- New numbers paint a disturbing picture of how blighted properties have a correlation to crimes occurring in East Baton Rouge Parish. The numbers obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit show there are 7,963 blighted properties in East Baton Rouge Parish. In 70802, there were 753 violent crimes. In... more »
  • WBRZ unlocks vault - watch Barry Seal documentaries now Play Video

    October 19, 2017 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The original story of Barry Seal returns in an unprecedented presentation by WBRZ. In Uncle Sam Wants You, WBRZ was first to tell the the original story about Seal, a Baton Rouge native working undercover for the CIA and also world drug leaders. The show originally... 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 »

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