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  • 'Something happened' to injured infant, mother upset with investigation Play Video

    February 20, 2018 5:42 PM

    UPDATE- Zachary Police Chief David McDavid told WBRZ this morning he was holding meetings with his department to talk about ways to improve and streamline reports. He said the report was approved by a supervisor, but the buck stops at the city prosecutor since he can add or reduce charges.... more »
  • Taxpayers foot the bill for Officer who killed baby after crashing personal car Play Video

    February 19, 2018 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Taxpayers will continue to pay the salary for an officer who is under investigation and on administrative leave after investigators say he went 94 miles per hour in his personal car and slammed into an SUV back in October. Christopher Manuel was charged with negligent homicide Friday for... more »
  • Residents furious after getting tickets for parking in front of their homes Play Video

    February 13, 2018 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Dozens of residents in the Lakes at Anselmo Subdivision are furious with the Homeowners Association and have signed a petition demanding change after they began getting tickets for parking in front of their homes. The HOA outlaws parking on the street in the subdivision, leaving them feeling imprisoned... more »
  • Mother of police shooting suspect praying for officer, pleads for mental health reform Play Video

    February 12, 2018 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mother of the man arrested for allegedly shooting at a Baton Rouge police officer says she has tried for years to get help for her son's mental health issues. Stephanie Hardnett said she was in a car when she encountered her son last night and... more »
  • WBRZ morning news expands; Additional hours seen after 7 a.m. on WBRZ+

    February 12, 2018 4:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More local, morning news is available to the Baton Rouge audience as of Monday morning. WBRZ's 2une-In continues with two additional hours after 7 a.m. on the all new WBRZ+. Earlier this year, WBRZ News 2 at 6:00 and 10:00 expanded to a full hour on... more »
  • Louisiana auto insurance rates increase, second highest in the nation Play Video

    February 9, 2018 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For a fourth straight year in a row, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says residents in Louisiana can expect increases in their auto premiums. In some cases, it may be a double-digit increase. The increases can be blamed on a host of factors that ultimately boil down... more »
  • Developers in Gonzales could see spike in building permit fees Play Video

    February 8, 2018 5:25 PM

    GONZALES- If the Planning and Zoning Commission gets its way in the City of Gonzales, developers might have to pay 80 percent more for building permits. Currently, the City of Gonzales charges developers $10 per lot that is developed. Ascension Parish charges $100, according to Gonzales Chief Administrative Officer... more »
  • Family wants their loved one's killer brought to justice Play Video

    February 6, 2018 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The family of 29-year-old Mai Nguyen is urging her killer or killers to turn themselves in. Her sister fought back a flood of emotions as she discussed the love she shared with her. "Mai, I miss you and love you," her sister said. According... more »
  • Family seeks justice after woman's homicide five years later Play Video

    February 2, 2018 8:03 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The daughter of a woman who was beaten to death according to coroner's reports has filed a lawsuit against her father in an attempt to get him out of the house he shared with his slain wife. Eddie Rinaudo has never been arrested or convicted of... more »
  • Free flu shots available today Play Video

    January 30, 2018 11:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – No cost flu shots will be available to the more than 55 parish health units in Louisiana. The shots will be available today from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The vaccine is available to anyone who has not received a vaccine this flu season, the state... more »
  • Central residents demand action after nearly flooding again over the weekend Play Video

    January 29, 2018 2:50 PM

    CENTRAL- Dozens of residents in Central are demanding answers from City leaders Monday after their homes nearly flooded again over the weekend. WBRZ's Chef Meteorologist Dr. Josh Eachus said the area received between 4-5 inches on Saturday according to rain gauges in the area. That rain fell in a period... more »
  • Century-old Baton Rouge business featured in National Geographic Magazine Play Video

    January 23, 2018 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A popular barbershop in South Baton Rouge is in the national spotlight Tuesday. Webb's Barbershop is featured in the February/March issues of National Geographic's Traveler magazine as the magazine profiled 29 destinations in cities on the rise. Webb's has been in the same location at Government and... more »
  • Autopsy: Fetus found in sewer was stillborn Play Video

    January 22, 2018 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Autopsy results released Monday by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner indicate that a fetus found over the weekend in a Baton Rouge sewer was stillborn. The autopsy stated the fetus was a male and weighed a little more than half a pound. Doctors were able to... more »
  • Additional stores closed, more to close at Mall of Louisiana Play Video

    January 15, 2018 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A week after WBRZ reported on Banana Republic, Paris Parker and the Gap closing locations at the Mall of Louisiana, we know others already followed suit and more are planning to close. Gymboree, a popular children's clothing store will close soon. It follows Godiva Chocolatier, Johnston and Murphy,... more »
  • Launch of WBRZ cable channel, News 2 at 6:30 moved to today; Will feature ongoing coverage of I-10 expansion

    January 12, 2018 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – WBRZ has moved the launch of its new, 24-hour local cable news channel up from Monday to Friday to continue ongoing breaking news coverage related to the announcement of an expansion project for I-10 through Baton Rouge. WBRZ.com was first to report Thursday evening, the state... more »
  • Scathing lawsuit filed against EBR Council on Aging and Director Tasha Clark Amar Play Video

    January 12, 2018 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Ten months after the WBRZ Investigative Unit exposed a questionable will from which Council on Aging Director Tasha Clark Amar stood to benefit handsomely, Clark Amar is being sued for her role in it. Clark Amar stood to gain more than $100,000 from Helen Plummer's estate, but backed... more »
  • Subpoenas filed for AG to turn over documents tied to Alton Sterling investigation Play Video

    January 11, 2018 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Subpoenas were filed this week in court to force Attorney General Jeff Landry to turn over a number of documents tied to the shooting death of Alton Sterling. Sterling was killed on July 5, 2016, and the Attorney General is currently investigating the case to see if any... more »
  • WBRZ to expand, adding 6:30 and 10:30 evening newscasts starting next week

    January 8, 2018 4:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE – WBRZ will expand its newscasts offerings this year, with the newest time periods of live, local news hitting the air next week. WBRZ will expand both its six and ten o'clock newscasts to an hour on the new cable news channel, WBRZ+ (WBRZ Plus). The channel... more »
  • John Nastasi, former WBRZ engineer, has died

    January 3, 2018 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The area has lost a television pioneer in the death of John Nastasi, Sr., a broadcast engineer who was instrumental in providing WBRZ's legacy signal to beam across South Louisiana. Nastasi, a Washington Parish native, retired from the television station in 2000 – 32 years after... more »
  • Waste Pro customers in Ascension eligible for refunds Play Video

    January 2, 2018 5:16 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- A communication problem coupled with people calling out sick is being blamed on a lack of trash pickup for Waste Pro customers in Ascension Parish, and now those customers are eligible for refunds. Some residents haven't received trash service for over two weeks. "It's very upsetting," Heather Banker... more »
  • Shelters in need of items after taking in dozens from bitter cold Play Video

    January 1, 2018 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As the mercury continues to dip in our area, local shelters are seeing a spike in people who need to get out of the cold. At St. Vincent DePaul, nearly 100 people used the facilities there to get out of the cold. Tonight, volunteers expect the need to... more »
  • Six babies born at two area hospitals on Christmas Day

    December 25, 2017 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Six newborns were welcomed into the world on Christmas. Woman's Hospital said five babies were born to parents at its facility on Airline Highway. The hospital had not released pictures of the infants as of this post. At Baton Rouge General, a set of parents... more »
  • Alleged Angola rape victim files federal suit; Claims sheriff, DA didn't do their jobs Play Video

    December 22, 2017 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal lawsuit has been filed against West Feliciana Parish District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla, West Feliciana Sheriff Austin Daniel, and an assistant warden at Angola claiming a woman's civil rights were violated after those tasked with investigating allegations of a rape at Angola didn't follow basic investigative guidelines.... more »
  • Baton Rouge called a dumping ground for convicted juveniles across the state Play Video

    December 21, 2017 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish has more convicted juveniles living in group homes and other forms of housing than any of the other 64 parishes in the state the WBRZ Investigative Unit has learned. Many of the juveniles who are being housed here are not from here. Their convictions... more »
  • Iberville Parish School System behind on paying some bills Play Video

    December 20, 2017 6:42 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A pre Christmas scare came to numerous teachers in the Iberville Parish School System recently when they received letters that their insurance might lapse because the insurance company hadn't received payments. Today, School Superintendent Arthur Joffrion said the school system pays all of its bills and all of them... more »
  • Shortage of homicide detectives felt as EBR surpasses homicide record Play Video

    December 19, 2017 6:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As East Baton Rouge Parish grapples with one of the worst years for homicides in the parish's history, there's a shortage of homicide detectives at the Baton Rouge Police Department. According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office, there have been 118 homicides since January 1, 2017... more »
  • Baton Rouge DA's office receives grant to fight witness intimidation Play Video

    December 18, 2017 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The City of Baton Rouge was among three cities including Baltimore and Boston to receive a federal grant to help cities target witness intimidation. District Attorney Hillar Moore said the grant will not provide any extra money for the cause, but will provide expert guidance and advice that... more »
  • 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 »

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