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  • 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 »
  • LSU AgCenter wants 'Tiger Tasters' to try new food products

    April 23, 2017 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU AgCenter is looking for some taste testers. The AgCenter's Sensory Services Lab helps companies conduct evaluations and product research before new food products go to market, and it's looking for people who would be willing to participate in the testing. Researchers with the lab are... more »
  • Defense attorney gets 30 months in prison for tax evasion

    April 23, 2017 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana criminal defense attorney has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for failing to pay approximately $1 million in income and employment taxes, including interest and penalties. The Justice Department said in a statement that 66-year-old Michael Thiel, of Baton Rouge, used trusts to conceal... more »
  • After WBRZ report, killer's parole rescinded Play Video

    April 20, 2017 5:11 PM

    UPDATE: The Governor's Office has confirmed that the case will be reheard and the parole will be rescinded based on a technicality that notification went to the wrong state. Click HERE to read more. Read the original story below: ST. GABRIEL- A convicted rapist and murderer who detectives... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Police Department accuses Slaughter Mayor of breaking the law Play Video

    April 18, 2017 6:41 PM

    SLAUGHTER- High-ranking members of the Slaughter Police Department are accusing Slaughter Mayor Robert Jackson of breaking the law tonight. It all centers around a quota they claim he imposed recently. Police Chief Walter Smith and Assistant Chief Bobby Hopson said on multiple occasions their officers were told to write 40... more »
  • One person stabbed during attempted robbery

    April 17, 2017 11:36 PM

    ZACHARY- Sheriff's deputies are investigating after a person was stabbed at a mobile home park near Zachary, Monday night. The victim has been taken to the hospital, according to sources with in EMS. The extent of the victim's injuries is unknown. The stabbing happened inside the Sweetbriar Mobile... more »
  • Bills to lessen tax breaks to be debated by State Senate

    April 17, 2017 9:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate will consider proposals to whittle away at Louisiana's tax break programs to keep more money in the state treasury for spending. The Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee advanced a handful of bills Monday to the full Senate that would lessen or eliminate tax... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Central Mayor calls in investigators over allegations of forgery Play Video

    April 17, 2017 5:39 PM

    CENTRAL- The Mayor of Central called on the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office after allegations of forgery surfaced inside City Hall. Mayor Junior Shelton pointed to two documents that he says Former Mayor Mac Watts did not sign, and another document from his administration that he did not sign.... more »
  • Breaux Bridge man accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile

    April 16, 2017 12:23 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - A 46-year-old Breaux Bridge man was arrested on charges of first-degree rape and carrying of a firearm by a convict following an incident early Saturday morning. According to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office, Arlondo K. Henson allegedly sexually assaulted a juvenile and was found to... more »
  • Louisiana woman, 2 children die in southwest Arkansas crash

    April 16, 2017 11:47 AM

    FOUKE, Ark. - Arkansas State Police say a Louisiana woman and two children were killed after the car they were in crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer rig in southwest Arkansas. A police report says 30-year-old Aileen Jose, a juvenile girl and a juvenile boy - all from Lake... more »
  • LSP: Head-on crash kills unrestrained man

    April 15, 2017 2:43 PM

    WEST MONROE - A head-on crash in Ouachita Parish has claimed the life of an unrestrained West Monroe man. Louisiana State Police say it happened just after 2 a.m. Saturday on Louisiana 616 near Caldwell Road. A preliminary investigation shows that a truck driven by 73-year-old Bracie Smith was headed... more »
  • Italy's Emma Morano, the world's oldest person, dies at 117

    April 15, 2017 1:48 PM

    ROME - An Italian doctor says Emma Morano, at 117 the world's oldest person, has died in her home in northern Italy. Dr. Carlo Bava told The Associated Press by telephone that Morano's caretaker called him to say the woman had passed away Saturday afternoon while sitting in an armchair... more »
  • LSP: Two people killed in Terrebonne Parish crash

    April 15, 2017 12:21 PM

    DULAC - Two people were killed in a single-vehicle crash on LA 57 near Dulac in Terrebonne Parish early Saturday morning. According to State Police, Troopers began investigating the single-vehicle fatal crash on LA 57 shortly before 3:30 a.m. Through the initial investigation, State Police discovered a 2003... more »
  • April the giraffe in NY has calf as 1.2 million watch online

    April 15, 2017 12:02 PM

    HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. - April the giraffe has given birth at a New York zoo as more than a million people around the world watched live. The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf Saturday in an enclosed pen at the zoo in Harpursville, a rural upstate village about 130 miles northwest of... more »
  • Cash crunch has Louisiana parks seeking money-raising ideas

    April 15, 2017 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state parks and historic sites don't draw enough visitors or deep-pocketed donors to stay afloat without state subsidies, and the funds to operate them are getting tighter. The state's continuing cash crunch has Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who oversees Louisiana's recreation and tourism department, searching for... more »
  • WBRZ Crawfish Index: boiled price on the rise before Easter Play Video

    April 13, 2017 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Crawfish prices in the Baton Rouge area are on the rise for the last week before Easter Sunday. According to the WBRZ Crawfish Price Index, the average price for a pound of boiled crawfish sits at $3.92, an increase of 14 cents compared to last week.... more »
  • EBR Mayor lifts her silence on COA issue, state investigation underway Play Video

    April 13, 2017 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Following a tumultuous two weeks for the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging, the WBRZ Investigative Unit has learned the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs has launched an investigation into the EBR C ouncil on Aging. The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor also weighed in today, saying... more »
  • WBRZ's traffic reporter Ashley Fruge' to dance for charity Play Video

    April 13, 2017 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Ashley Fruge’, WBRZ 2une-in traffic reporter, will dance in this year’s Dancing for Big Buddy fundraiser. The event is to raise money for the Big Buddy program, which has been helping the Baton Rouge community for over 30 years. The program matches adult role models with... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: EBR Council on Aging board may have broken the law Play Video

    April 12, 2017 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The State Legislative Auditor suspects the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging broke state open meetings laws when it met, in secret, to discuss an audit Tuesday. The board of the council dismissed anyone who was attending the meeting – including a WBRZ news crew –... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: EBR COA Director avoids questions following WBRZ reports Play Video

    April 11, 2017 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Executive Director at the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging avoided answering any of WBRZ's questions on Tuesday following a series of reports by the Investigative Unit. Board members convened to discuss findings of an Investigative Audit that will be released soon by the State Legislative... more »
  • One person reportedly stabbed on N. 38th Street

    April 10, 2017 11:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person was reportedly stabbed on N. 38th Street Monday evening. The stabbing allegedly took place in the 3300 block of N. 38th Street near Winbourne Avenue around 9:45 p.m. Injuries to the person appear to be non-life threatening, according to the Baton Rouge Police... more »
  • Man arrested for attempted murder following threat, fist fight with victim

    April 9, 2017 1:46 PM

    ZACHARY - A 22-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman Friday afternoon. According to the Zachary Police Department, Jaylon O'Conner of Ethel came to the victim's residence, located in the 4600 block of Little Farms Drive, to give her a ride to work. ... more »
  • LSP: Teenage pedestrian killed in St. Landry Parish crash

    April 8, 2017 3:00 PM

    ST. LANDRY - A 17-year-old is dead following a fatal crash that occurred on LA 104 Friday evening. According to State Police, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA 104 near St. James Avenue around 10:50 p.m. The... more »
  • Colleagues, families to remember fallen firefighters

    April 8, 2017 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Colleagues, friends and family members are remembering fallen Louisiana firefighters during a memorial ceremony at the Louisiana Department of Public Safety complex in Baton Rouge. The Saturday ceremony by the Louisiana Walk of Honor Foundation, along with the State Fire Marshal's Office, is held annually to honor... more »
  • Homeowners with flood damage asked to take survey

    April 8, 2017 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana homeowners with damage from last year's devastating floods are being asked to take a survey, the first step in applying for disaster recovery aid. The survey will be posted online Monday at restore.la.gov . Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration will use survey responses to help determine... more »
  • State lawmakers open new session with old financial woes

    April 8, 2017 1:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's finances again will be front and center as lawmakers return to Baton Rouge on Monday for a two-month regular legislative session. The main debate remains Louisiana's perennial one: how to stabilize the state budget after nearly a decade of persistent shortfalls. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a... more »
  • 18-year-old arrested for attempted murder following argument at gas station

    April 8, 2017 12:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An 18-year-old was arrested after he and two others reportedly shot two victims following an argument at a gas station. According to arrest records, Antonio Allen was one of three men who allegedly shot two victims inside a vehicle on Davenport Avenue. The incident started... more »
  • Second man arrested for November murder on Nebraska Street

    April 8, 2017 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A second person was arrested for a shooting on Nebraska Street that killed a teenager in November. 27-year-old Monte Carey was arrested for second-degree murder after he and another man allegedly planned to kill an 18-year-old. According to arrest records, officers found 18-year-old Keondrae Ricks... more »
  • Three transported to hospital after early morning Plaquemine house fire

    April 8, 2017 11:12 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Three people were transported to local hospitals after a reported house fire on Patureau Lane Saturday morning. According to authorities, the fire started sometime before 5:30 a.m. in the 25000 block of Patureau Lane. The fire was reported under control around 8:30 a.m., according to the... more »
  • Why WBRZ is not on the DirecTV lineup

    April 5, 2017 12:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – After months of attempting to come to an agreement, DirecTV has failed to realize the importance of local news and entertainment and pulled WBRZ programming from its lineup. What happened As of late Friday night, DirecTV customers are not being allowed to watch the station's... more »
  • Residents concerned with dangerous neighborhood traffic in Sherwood Forest Play Video

    April 4, 2017 11:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It is easy to see that traffic backs up in Sherwood Forest during rush hour. But some drivers have found an easy way to get around all the congestion. Unfortunately, residents who call this neighborhood home told News 2 that drivers are taking to the neighborhood... more »
  • Governor's office leaving Council on Aging in charge of its own investigation Play Video

    April 4, 2017 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There were additional calls for an investigation into the local council on aging director Tuesday. This time, the requests were from members of an organization that includes people of similar positions for groups across the state. Those who spoke with WBRZ are concerned about the actions of... more »
  • Two injured in motorcycle crash on Avenue G

    April 3, 2017 8:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two people were transported to the hospital after a crash involving a motorcycle occurred on Avenue G. According to authorities, one person is in critical condition and the other is in serious condition. The crash occurred before 7:30 p.m. Monday evening on Ave. G near... more »
  • Elected leaders support embattled Council on Aging Director, calls continue for her resignation Play Video

    April 3, 2017 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The family of a woman who died last month is calling for the Executive Director at the Council on Aging to resign or be fired. Those calls came on Monday as a number of state elected officials stood on the steps of City Hall in Baton Rouge supporting... more »
  • Gov. Edwards holds press conference to discuss severe weather across Louisiana Play Video

    April 2, 2017 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is activating its Crisis Action Team due to dangerous weather that will likely continue through Sunday evening. Governor John Bel Edwards, along with emergency preparedness and response officials, held a press conference at GOHSEP headquarters at 4... more »
  • BRFD: Vacant house fire determined to be arson

    April 2, 2017 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A vacant house fire that took place on Missouri Street was determined to be caused by arson, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. According to BRFD, firefighters were called to the 2100 block of Missouri Street at 4:49 a.m. Sunday morning. Firefighters arrived at... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Elected leaders want COA Director to resign after WBRZ report Play Video

    March 30, 2017 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At least three elected officials in East Baton Rouge Parish are calling for the Executive Director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging to resign following a report by the WBRZ Investigative Unit. Metro Councilmen Buddy Amoroso and Dwight Hudson said Tasha Clark Amar needs to... more »
  • Family claims 95-year-old swindled by Council on Aging director Play Video

    March 29, 2017 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are allegations of coercion and violations of state ethics rules at the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging. All of this centers around a will that was drawn up late last year for a 95-year-old woman. Helen Plummer died this month, and that's when the family... more »
  • Two arrested after scuffle in LSU Student Union bathroom

    March 26, 2017 3:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two men were arrested after an apparent brawl in a bathroom at the LSU Student Union Friday. According to arrest records, an officer was called to the LSU Student Union in reference to criminal damage to property around 7 p.m. The witness told the officer... more »
  • Geismar man arrested for second-degree rape

    March 25, 2017 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 23-year-old man was arrested for second-degree rape after he allegedly sexually assaulted a victim inside a vehicle. According to arrest records, the incident occurred on Oct. 23, 2016. The victim contacted police from a local hospital and stated the accused man, Jean Walston of... more »
  • Exotic livestock: Slovakian students learn of gator farming

    March 25, 2017 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Students from the Slovak University of Agriculture learned a bit about alligator farming and uses for 'gator hides during an eight-day visit to Louisiana State University. One visiting student, Lukás Sýkora, said he was surprised that an exotic predator could grow on a farm. The LSU AgCenter's... more »
  • Study: New Orleans tourism records: 10.45M tourists, $7.4B

    March 25, 2017 1:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new study says New Orleans has broken a tourism record set before Hurricane Katrina, with nearly 10.5 million visitors in 2016. The record had stood at 10.1 million since 2004, the year before the hurricane struck. University of New Orleans' Hospitality Research Center says last year's... more »
  • Three killed in rural highway crash Friday

    March 25, 2017 11:41 AM

    GREENSBURG - Three people, including a mother and her 3 month old daughter, died in a car crash along a rural stretch of highway in St. Helena Parish Friday night. Shortly after 7:30 PM Friday Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Long-time employee quits, allegations surface over missing money Play Video

    March 24, 2017 5:33 PM

    WHITE CASTLE- A long-time employee in the Town of White Castle abruptly quit her job this week. Sources tell the WBRZ Investigative Unit upwards of $10,000 went missing or was misappropriated. Monica Hamilton most recently worked as White Castle's Clerk. Sources say she was told to resign this week, when... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Livingston deputy ignores three court subpoenas, held in contempt Play Video

    March 22, 2017 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A 19th Judicial District Court Judge in Baton Rouge held a Livingston Parish Sheriff's Deputy in contempt of court after the deputy missed three court hearings that he received subpoenas for. Deputy Nick Locicero skipped out on a trial and two contempt hearings to determine why he missed... more »
  • Baton Rouge man pleads guilty following 2015 Donaldsonville shooting

    March 21, 2017 11:15 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - A 28-year-old Baton Rouge man pled guilty to charges on Monday following a 2015 shooting in Donaldsonville. According to District Attorney Ricky Babin, Joshua Green pled guilty to aggravated battery. The guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors. The incident occurred on... more »
  • Denham Springs bar affected by flood to be featured on 'Bar Rescue' show Play Video

    March 21, 2017 9:47 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A Denham Springs bar will be featured on Spike TV's show "Bar Rescue" Sunday evening. Big Mike's Bar and Grill, located on Aspen Square, suffered severe damage from the August flood of 2016. The establishment took on almost six feet of water and lost around $250,000... more »
  • Elementary teacher suspended after photo appears to show her asleep in class Play Video

    March 20, 2017 5:01 PM

    SLAUGHTER- An elementary school lab teacher at Slaughter Elementary was suspended Monday after a picture surfaced of her appearing to sleep in class. East Feliciana School Superintendent, Carlos Sam said he was deeply troubled by the photo, and placed the employee on leave today. "We immediately began an investigation, so... more »
  • Louisiana fisheries agency offers boating safety courses

    March 19, 2017 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering seven free boating education courses around the state this week. The effort is part of a national Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course campaign. Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984, who... more »
  • Water company says fire hydrants off limits to firefighters Play Video

    March 17, 2017 6:46 PM

    SLAUGHTER- A local water company says the fire hydrants in East Feliciana Parish are not designed for fire support, and should be off limits to firefighters. East Feliciana Rural Water claims every time their hydrants are used, it causes brown water for its customers. It was a shocking interview with... more »
  • Walker police officer resigns after placing noose in squad room Play Video

    March 15, 2017 5:17 PM

    WALKER- A high-ranking Walker Police officer has resigned after he was suspended for placing a noose inside the squad room of the department. A meeting to review the officer's conduct and consider further disciplinary action was scheduled for Wednesday, however it was cancelled after the officer announced his resignation... more »

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