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  • Man shot through both legs running from gunfire

    June 13, 2017 10:39 PM

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

    June 13, 2017 7:05 PM

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

    June 13, 2017 5:41 PM

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

    June 12, 2017 5:27 PM

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

    June 10, 2017 1:49 PM

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

    June 10, 2017 12:01 PM

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

    June 10, 2017 11:27 AM

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

    June 8, 2017 5:41 PM

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

    June 7, 2017 5:27 PM

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

    June 6, 2017 10:41 PM

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

    June 6, 2017 5:32 PM

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

    June 5, 2017 6:39 PM

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

    June 4, 2017 11:56 AM

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

    June 3, 2017 12:34 PM

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

    June 2, 2017 8:18 PM

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

    June 2, 2017 7:39 PM

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

    June 1, 2017 10:34 PM

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

    May 31, 2017 5:30 PM

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

    May 28, 2017 12:57 PM

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

    May 27, 2017 1:19 PM

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

    May 27, 2017 12:08 PM

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

    May 25, 2017 6:09 PM

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

    May 24, 2017 5:23 PM

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

    May 23, 2017 8:44 PM

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

    May 23, 2017 8:03 PM

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

    May 22, 2017 9:40 PM

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

    May 22, 2017 5:29 PM

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

    May 17, 2017 6:55 PM

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

    May 16, 2017 10:21 PM

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

    May 16, 2017 4:53 PM

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

    May 14, 2017 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is holding outreach sessions to help homeowners with damage from last year's floods to fill out a survey that is the initial step to requesting aid from the state. Six events have been scheduled across Louisiana to offer personalized assistance with the survey: May 16 in... more »
  • S.C. Police: Mom hits son who didn't give her Mother's Day card

    May 14, 2017 12:45 PM

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Police in South Carolina say a woman has been arrested for hitting her young son after he gave a Mother's Day card to his grandmother but not to her. A Spartanburg Police Department report says Shontrell Murphy is charged with cruelty to children for hitting her son... more »
  • Early voting starts for special election to fill Senate seat

    May 13, 2017 1:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Early voting has begun in the special election to replace Troy Brown as state senator for parts of eight parishes along the Mississippi River and Bayou Lafourche. Louisiana Secretary of State's Office spokeswoman Meg Casper says the runoff between Democratic state Rep. Edward Price of Gonzales and... more »
  • Shreveport holds meetings on future of Confederate memorial

    May 13, 2017 1:41 PM

    SHREVEPORT - People in Shreveport are meeting to discuss the future of a Confederate monument in front of the parish's courthouse. The Shreveport Times reports that a citizen advisory committee of the Caddo Parish Commission was created last year to develop recommendations on what to do with the monument. Possible... more »
  • State lawmakers band together to fight opioid crisis

    May 13, 2017 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers, like their counterparts around the country, are considering ways to combat opioid abuse. Rep. Helena Moreno, a New Orleans Democrat, spent years working on a series of bills that eventually resulted in getting naloxone, the opiate antidote, available as an over-the-counter drug. Now, she's focused... more »
  • Engineer charged in deadly Amtrak crash

    May 12, 2017 8:49 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania's top prosecutor has charged a speeding Amtrak engineer with causing a catastrophe, eight counts of involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in a 2015 derailment that came after he accelerated to 106 mph in a 50 mph zone. Prosecutors said Friday they have been in talks with engineer... more »
  • EBR District Attorney to observe court hearing for 9/11 mastermind

    May 11, 2017 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore is one of five people selected from across the nation to attend a military hearing for the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on America. Moore said he just found about it two weeks ago and leaves tomorrow afternoon.... more »
  • WBRZ Crawfish Index: prices on the rise before Mother's Day

    May 11, 2017 4:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mom (or Dad) is going to have to pay a little bit more for crawfish this weekend for Mother’s Day. According to the WBRZ Crawfish Price Index, the average price for boiled crawfish sits at $3.67 per pound. That price is five cents higher than last... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Woman arrested for stealing from Blue Star Mothers of LA Play Video

    May 9, 2017 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The former Treasurer of the Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 1 is facing felony theft charges after investigators with Louisiana State Police found she padded her pockets to the tune of $12,814.02 with the non-profit organization's money. Lisa Austin is scheduled to appear in court this... more »
  • City of Gonzales approves resolution for 10 percent sales tax Play Video

    May 8, 2017 10:18 PM

    GONZALES - Voters in Gonzales will decide on possibly raising the sales tax by a half-cent this October. The City of Gonzales council passed a resolution to allow a half-cent sales tax increase, which will hike the city's sales tax to 10 percent if voters approve it on October's... more »
  • Judge denies request to block Confederate statue's removal

    May 8, 2017 9:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A judge in New Orleans has refused to block the city from removing a statue of a Confederate general. Civil Court Judge Kern Reese ruled Monday afternoon. Hours earlier, monument supporters filed suit saying the city does not own the statue of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, and therefore... more »
  • Edwards administration: House budget damaging to services

    May 2, 2017 9:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is trashing House Republicans' version of next year's budget, saying it would cause widespread damage to health services and child welfare programs. In a Tuesday briefing, Edwards' cabinet officials outlined a litany of criticisms against the proposal that emerged from the House... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Officer quits after documenting partner sleeping on the job Play Video

    May 2, 2017 6:36 PM

    NEW ROADS- A New Roads Police Officer resigned citing safety concerns after she claims she went to higher ups a number of times after she kept catching her partner asleep on the clock. Crystal Duckworth resigned last week after she said she met with her Captain, Chief and others about... more »
  • More congressional disaster aid could be headed to Louisiana

    May 1, 2017 9:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is slated to share in a $400 million pool of disaster funding included in the congressional spending bill to fund government operations through September. Gov. John Bel Edwards' says the disaster aid, if approved by Congress, would be split among Louisiana, California, West Virginia and North... more »
  • House lawmakers reverse plans to raise legislative spending

    May 1, 2017 8:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are scaling back plans to boost their budget by nearly $11 million next year. Though Louisiana continues to face budget shortfalls, state legislative leaders initially weren't proposing to cut their own agencies. The budget bill they introduced would have increased legislative agency spending in the financial... more »
  • BRPD: Murder rate increases by 80 percent Play Video

    May 1, 2017 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Crime statistics released by Baton Rouge Police today for the first four months of the year paint a disturbing picture of what's unfolding so far inside the city limits of Baton Rouge. Homicides are up 80 percent compared to the same time last year. From January to April... more »
  • Louisiana engineers call state roads, bridges 'embarrassing'

    April 30, 2017 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana civil engineers have graded the state's roads and bridges, and they claimed the results were "embarrassing." The Advocate reports that roads were given a D grade and bridges a D-plus in the report card from the Louisiana chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The... more »
  • Upscale homes possibly built on property of someone else Play Video

    April 27, 2017 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At least two property owners fighting a developer and a subdivision they say encroached on to their property received a big win at the First Circuit Court of Appeal. The landowners claim homes were built on their property. Their attorney, Alex St. Amant, said the ruling by the... more »
  • WBRZ Crawfish Index: boiled price per pound lowest since Mardi Gras

    April 27, 2017 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Lent may be over but crawfish season is still going strong. The WBRZ Crawfish Price Index is back by popular demand. According to the WBRZ Crawfish Price Index, the average price for a pound of crawfish sits at $3.62 per pound. That’s 30 cents lower than... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Slaughter Mayor caught on tape offering monetary rewards for warrants Play Video

    April 26, 2017 6:34 PM

    SLAUGHTER- The Slaughter mayor is under fire again for offering to pay police officers money for each warrant they execute in town. In a recording obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit Mayor Robert Jackson can be heard offering up to $25 for each warrant. Paying law enforcement a financial reward... more »
  • Shortened divorce wait fails to get Louisiana House support

    April 25, 2017 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana won't be shortening the waiting period for a divorce. Lawmakers in the House rejected a bill to cut the wait to six months for a no-fault divorce when the married couple has children under 18. Under existing law, such couples must live separate and apart for... more »
  • Doctor: George HW Bush dealing with chronic bronchitis

    April 25, 2017 9:27 PM

    HOUSTON - A doctor who is treating former President George H.W. Bush says while the nation's 41st president has recovered from pneumonia, he is still dealing with the effects of chronic bronchitis. In a statement issued Tuesday, Dr. Clint Doerr, a pulmonologist at Houston Methodist Hospital, said he still expects... more »
  • 13-year-old injured in accidental shooting on S. 16th Street

    April 25, 2017 8:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating an accidental shooting that left a teenager injured Tuesday evening. According to BRPD, the incident occurred in the 500 block of S. 16th Street near Government Street. Sources say the victim, a 13-year-old, was shot in the leg.... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Brusly officer resigns after waving gun in air, shouting threats Play Video

    April 25, 2017 1:49 PM

    ADDIS- A Brusly Police Department officer resigned after a disturbing situation was caught on an Addis police officer's body camera last month. Addis officers were investigating a domestic dispute at a local business where a husband and his estranged wife worked. Addis officers resolved the situation. Then, Brusly Police Officer... more »
  • Flood victim burglarized multiple times since August flood Play Video

    April 25, 2017 12:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A flood victim says his home has been burglarized three times since the August flood of 2016. Michael Young lives in the Glen Oaks subdivision. His home and business were damaged in the August 2016 flood, and after re-establishing his home with items, thieves entered. ... more »
  • EBR Council on Aging Board Chairman resigns after WBRZ Investigative Unit report Play Video

    April 24, 2017 2:41 PM

    UPDATE: Council on Aging board member C. Denise Marcelle has confirmed Wednesday that Brandon Dumas has resigned from his position as EBRCOA Board Chairman. BATON ROUGE- There are more allegations of wrongdoing tonight at the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging. This time it involves Board Chairman Brandon... more »

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