February 20, 2015 6:05 AM
BATON ROUGE - Agents with the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control report they found fewer business selling alcohol and tobacco products to underage customers during a recent Mardi Gras crackdown, as compared with a similar crackdown in 2014. Compliance checks were conducted at 860 businesses in seven parishes... more »
February 13, 2015 11:04 AM
BATON ROUGE - Alcohol control officials released details Friday about efforts to crack down on underage drinking ahead of Mardi Gras and said they're concerned how many bars aren't following the law.
Louisiana Alcohol Tobacco and Control said agents did more than 600 compliance checks since Feb. 2. Of... more »
November 26, 2014 5:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - State Police said an Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control employee was fired after an investigation into workplace thefts at the Baton Rouge office.
Troopers said Lindy Tullier, an ATC office worker, was arrested and accused of stealing cash from her co-workers' purses.
State Police... more »
November 19, 2014 10:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - Two metro council members are considering a move to abolish the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, saying they are not doing enough to keep alcohol out of poverty-stricken areas.
Metro Council Members Tara Wicker and Donna Collins-Lewis are developing a resolution to get rid of the ABC... more »
October 8, 2014 7:37 PM
VERMONT- A couple was arraigned in the death of the woman's 13-year-old handicapped son who was fed alcohol through an IV. Vermont State Police say toxicology reports indicate the teen's blood alcohol content was .146 when the legally drunk level is .08. State troopers say their investigation showed Melissa Robitelle... more »
August 22, 2014 2:01 PM
Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players. A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones. North Texas, SMU... more »
July 2, 2014 12:19 PM
RIO DE JANEIRO - FIFA's number two official has said he's "amazed" by the levels of drunkenness in Brazil's World Cup stadiums, reviving a debate over whether alcohol sales should have been allowed at matches in the first place. In an interview with Brazil's sports television network SporTV, Jerome Valcke... more »
July 1, 2014 9:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - State Alcohol and Tobacco Control say the summer months are prime for underage drinking. In their first month of their Summer Crackdown, ATC issued 331 violations for underage alcohol and tobacco sales.
"There's nothing good that can come out of selling alcohol to minors and we... more »
June 26, 2014 5:48 AM
BOSTON, MA - Authorities say 36 people were transported to the hospital and as many as 50 others were treated or evaluated at the scene during a an electronic dance music show featuring Swedish disc jockey Avicii at the TD Garden arena in Boston. Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Mike Bosse... more »
May 30, 2014 3:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Want a beer with your popcorn? A proposal to expand the number of movie theaters in Louisiana that could serve alcohol has squeaked to final passage, with a narrow vote of the state House. Lawmakers voted 53-44 for the idea, giving it the minimum support needed for... more »
April 21, 2014 7:39 PM
NEW YORK- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms took back its approval of a powdered alcohol product where you just add water.
It's called "Palcohol" and it comes in a bag.
An email to the Associated Press says the agency changed its mind, that the approval last... more »
April 8, 2014 2:25 PM
NEW ROADS- A city police officer faces charges related to an alleged drunk driving crash and the deputies who investigated the wreck and did not arrest him at the scene have been suspended.
At an afternoon news conference Tuesday, Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres said he suspended three... more »
April 7, 2014 5:44 PM
NEW ROADS- Sources in Pointe Coupee Parish have told the WBRZ Investigative Unit a cop who allegedly drove drunk and caused a crash in New Roads will face charges.
Our sources also tell us, the Deputies who investigated the crash that night, will also likely face disciplinary action.
... more »
March 31, 2014 4:34 PM
NEW ROADS - According to a report released Monday, a New Roads police captain was not tested for alcohol in his system after wrecking his personal vehicle Friday night, even though officers on the scene said they smelled alcohol on his breath and found a partially-empty bottle of gin in... more »
March 9, 2014 4:04 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - State Police say alcohol and drugs are suspected to be a factor in a two car crash on Saturday night.
Police say the two cars collided at approximately 10:45 pm on La. 969 north of La. 66 near Angola State Penitentiary in West Feliciana Parish.
... more »
March 6, 2014 8:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU fans say they welcome the idea of being able to enjoy a cold brew in Tiger Stadium.
The SEC is prepared to review the alcohol policy for any neutral site game or home game played off campus, according to a report.
LSU athletic director... more »
February 28, 2014 4:21 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies arrested an Ascension Parish woman and her 15-year-old son after a party where investigators said they found marijuana and alcohol.
Deputies arrested 33-year-old Allison Michel's son on Feb. 21, then arrested Michel after investigators said they found evidence she bought alcohol for the party.
... more »
February 24, 2014 1:14 PM
ZACHARY - Authorities charged an East Feliciana Parish woman with her fourth DWI after a traffic stop early Sunday morning.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Zachary Police stopped 31-year-old Rachael Hobgood after she was seen drifting across the double yellow line.
The arresting officer said he... more »
February 16, 2014 12:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say one female was killed in a single car crash at around 9:15 Saturday night.
The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition after she struck a tree on I-110 near Scenic Hwy. The passenger died... more »
February 9, 2014 5:00 PM
KNOXVILLE, Tn. - Authorities say Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson and defensive lineman Danny O'Brien have been arrested on alcohol-related charges and resisting arrest. The Knox County Sheriff's Office says 22-year-old Johnson and 20-year-old O'Brien were taken into custody late Saturday. Johnson, a first-team all-Southeastern Conference selection last season, was charged... more »
January 17, 2014 5:46 PM
SORRENTO - A lawsuit filed Friday alleges embattled Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot forced a woman in his custody to perform oral sex on him inside the police department.
The suit filed by attorney Tregg Wilson alleges Theriot initially responded to a call about an intoxicated woman on the... more »
December 4, 2013 6:45 AM
BATON ROUGE, La.- Baton Rouge's two AMC Theatres are seeking permission to sell beer, wine and liquor. The two movie theater complexes would have to be rezoned to allow alcohol sales. The chain, based in Leawood, Kan., sells alcohol at 50 other locations, including ones in Metairie and Harahan. Baton... more »
December 2, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders will be asked to decide if at least one movie theater should be allowed to sell alcohol.
Wednesday, the Metro Council's planning and zoning board will vote on a rezoning request by the AMC movie theater near the Mall of Louisiana. The theater wants to... more »
November 27, 2013 5:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is giving credit to law enforcement agencies for the decrease in deadly car crashes where alcohol is at fault.
"Since we started doing checkpoints, since we started encouraging no refusals, since we started doing DWI courts and doing more outreach and... more »
October 22, 2013 11:45 PM
SORRENTO- A father was concerned for the safety of what he believed to be a hundred or more drunk teenagers when he called 911 to report an underage, wild party in Ascension Parish this weekend.
The 911 recordings were released exclusively to the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit Tuesday,... more »
October 11, 2013 9:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - The budget showdown is brewing more problems, and it's put many craft beers on hold.
"It was never anything that we really saw coming," Tin Roof Brewery Owner William Mcghee said.
His business was caught off guard when a the release a Christmas ale was... more »
October 11, 2013 7:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department has received a grant from the state Highway Safety Commission that will be used to fund 16,000 hours of man power to enforce impaired driving, seat belt use, speeding and underage drinking. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely says the program aims to reduce alcohol-related... more »
September 24, 2013 10:42 PM
GREENSBURG- Strip clubs currently operating in St. Helena Parish can continue to employee nearly naked women, and won't have to follow new rules set by parish leaders recently.
The police jury set new laws for clubs that open in the parish, but won't require clubs already open to follow... more »
September 5, 2013 8:52 AM
HAMMOND - Hammond grocery stores will soon be able to sell alcohol on Sundays. A 4-1 vote of the Hammond City Council on Tuesday night approved an ordinance for retail sales of alcohol on Sundays at grocerty stores and similar establishments. Mayor Mayson Foster said he would sign the ordinance... more »
August 21, 2013 10:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- Data released late Wednesday show proof, police are cracking down on people who drive drunk.
From July 1 to August 18, there were 17 checkpoints where 22,000 vehicles were screened. In the summer checkpoint season, 203 people have been arrested.
Authorities have promised a show-of-force through... more »
August 20, 2013 7:58 PM
PORTLAND, OREGON- A Romanian princess and her husband accused of holding cockfighting derbies sold food and alcohol at the affairs. Investigators say two informants secretly recorded the cockfights over a period of a year and say the videos show Irina Walker, the daughter of the last king of Romania and... more »
July 12, 2013 6:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - Spanish Town is known as a laid-back, peaceful Baton Rouge neighborhood, and some residents feel the sale of packaged liquor in the area could jeopardize that.
Taylor Blanche recently purchased Capitol Grocery on Spanish Town Road and Seventh Street. He's applied for a packaged liquor permit,... more »
June 27, 2013 10:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - An 18-year-old walked into a Baton Rouge convenience store recently and bought an alcoholic beverage, without any repercussions.
The catch is that she was part of a recent undercover sting by Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
The undercover operative was wearing a camera and followed by... more »
May 14, 2013 12:03 PM
WASHINGTON - Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries. The National Transportation Safety Board said states should shrink the standard from the current .08 blood alcohol content to .05... more »
May 2, 2013 5:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- A bill making headway in the legislature could allow people to bring weapons into restaurants.
The proposed law, authored by Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton), has already been approved by the House and is pending a Senate Judiciary hearing.
Burns told News 2, the law was originally... more »
May 2, 2013 10:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - Restaurant owners are watching a bill which is intended to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons into bars.
The House already approved HB 48 by Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton), and it is currently scheduled for a Senate Judiciary committee hearing.
The... more »
May 1, 2013 10:15 PM
GREENSBURG- Leaders in St. Helena Parish tabled discussion about changing parish laws dealing with strip clubs.
Wednesday night, the police jury was set to talk about outlawing alcohol at establishments where there is nudity or certain physical contact. But, jurors pushed the talk back another two weeks.
Leaders... more »
April 23, 2013 10:14 PM
GREENSBURG - Strip clubs are turning up the heat in St. Helena, where some are calling for a ban on the adult business.
Tuesday, the parish police jury was supposed to discuss an ordinance that would prohibit nudity and certain physical contact at establishments where alcohol is sold. The... more »
March 15, 2013 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Along with all the festivities this weekend, comes a safety precaution from Alcohol & Tobacco Control: card hard and drink responsibly.
ATC Special Agent Jeff Barthelemy visited a number of Baton Rouge bars today, to make sure every bar employee knows to check identification and to... more »
March 13, 2013 5:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- For the first time, ever, alcohol will be sold around the clock at some establishments.
Wednesday evening, Metro Council approved a special permit allowing sales at casinos. It passed 7 to 4. more »
March 12, 2013 9:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Wednesday, city leaders could make a historic change and allow 24-hour liquor sales.
The sales would only be allowed on riverboat casinos, if Metro Council approves the change.
Currently, city laws don't allow sales after 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and midnight Sunday.
Among other... more »
March 11, 2013 6:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 11, 2013:
People in Louisiana are getting hit by a double-dose of the flu and seasonal allergies. The former is still lingering around the state while constant weather changes have caused the latter to show up early.... more »
March 6, 2013 6:30 PM
UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for March 6, 2013 -
Keeping the alcohol sealed may help reduce your risk of cancer.
A report found a strong link between alcohol and cancer.
Heavy drinkers face the biggest risk, but even a drink a day... more »
March 1, 2013 5:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's social services department has banned the spending of welfare money on cigarettes, alcohol and lottery tickets. The new regulations were issued Friday by the Department of Children and Family Services. They also include restrictions that prohibit the use of a welfare electronic benefit card at liquor... more »
February 27, 2013 8:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- A law change was introduced at the city's Metro Council meeting Wednesday, to allow alcohol sales 24/7 at some establishments.
The ordinance would allow riverboat casinos to get a special license to sell after other bars are required to close.
The item will eventually be available... more »
February 27, 2013 3:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- A few months after changing city law and allowing more alcohol sales on Sunday, city leaders will discuss the possibility of allowing some Baton Rouge establishments to sell alcohol at all hours of the day.
Discussions begin at Wednesday night's Metro Council on a special, 24/7 liquor... more »
February 13, 2013 6:08 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused drugs among youth in the United States, responsible for thousands of deaths each year.
In a WBRZ investigation, News Two went undercover with state agents to Denham Springs stores to see how they make sure underage teens aren't... more »
February 1, 2013 2:39 PM
UNDATED - Here are today's 2 Your Health stories for Feb. 1, 2013 -
People are going red in February for heart month, to make sure you stay heart healthy and know the signs of heart disease.
There are "Go Red" events all over the country, including in... more »
January 31, 2013 6:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge area Alcohol and Drug Center is expanding.
The facility has been at its current location for 40 years and is quickly outgrowing its space. With a waiting list which runs 600 people deep, many who need help are turned away.
To accommodate... more »
January 29, 2013 10:16 AM
GREENSBURG - State police say a 21-year-old Ethel man died in a single vehicle crash in St. Helena Parish. The accident happened before 8 p.m. Monday and La. Highway 38 west of Greensburg. Troopers say Evan Vides was westbound when his pickup failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway... more »
January 28, 2013 2:43 AM
HOUMA - Louisiana's top alcohol enforcement official has warned a downtown Houma nightclub that whether it remains open will depend on how well it responds to public complaints about trash and disturbances. Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert on Friday gave the owner of Houma's City Club 10 days... more »
January 10, 2013 7:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- Apparently, people in the Capital City like to drink. And, according to The Daily Beast- a news and opinion website- the city is one of the drunkest in America.
Editors used a variety of questions and averages to make their list of " America's 25 Drunkest Cities... more »
January 7, 2013 12:33 PM
BEND, Ore. - An Oregon man who loves beer and loves his dog has concocted some hooch for the pooch. Daniel Keeton works at Bend's Boneyard Brewery tasting room and calls his canine creation Dawg Grog. KTVZ reports there's no alcohol in the doggie brew. Ingredients include vegetable broth and... more »
December 19, 2012 6:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Several Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents are in trouble for allegedly abusing their state-issued cell phones. An audit by the ATC uncovered records of agents using their state-issued phones for personal business while on the clock.
During October, one agent used the phone... more »
December 18, 2012 10:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - The criminal trial of Murphy J. Painter, former commissioner of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, has been postponed until April 22. The Advocate reports Painter's trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but U.S. District Judge James J. Brady granted a request for a delay.... more »
December 11, 2012 10:29 AM
WASHINGTON - A federal study says about 360 people a year are killed in wrong-way driving crashes on high-speed highways, a majority of which involve alcohol.
The National Transportation Safety Board was meeting Tuesday to review the study and consider recommendations on countermeasures to prevent such collisions.
One... more »
December 7, 2012 10:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating an accident that killed two men and injured a third. The accident happened around 1:05 a.m. Friday on Carey Road. Deputies say a car ran off the road and flipped over. Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher McCoy, of Greenwell Springs, and 26-year-old... more »
November 16, 2012 3:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police and Alcoholic Beverage Control agents arrested more then two dozen people in a compliance check last night at a popular bar near the LSU campus.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said they made the arrests at Shady's Bar on East Boyd. They said undercover officers inside the... more »
November 8, 2012 5:45 PM
PORT ALLEN - Bar sales in West Baton Rouge are suffering after a new ordinance in East Baton Rouge took effect last week.
Bars are now open Sundays on the east side of the river, and bar owners in Port Allen say it's taking away their business.
"Just... more »
October 30, 2012 5:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden signed an ordinance to relax the city's blue laws and allow bars to sell alcohol on Sundays.
Today, bar owners in the area said they're happy they now have the option.
"We hope it helps more people come to the areas on... more »
October 29, 2012 10:13 AM
GRETNA - Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested 19-year-old Belle Chasse man for allegedly feeding his 2-month-old son enough alcohol to register a .289 percent blood alcohol content. Cesar Ruiz was booked Sunday with attempted first-degree murder. In Louisiana, drivers are considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is... more »
October 29, 2012 10:06 AM
GRETNA - Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested 19-year-old Belle Chasse man for allegedly feeding his 2-month-old son enough alcohol to register a .289 percent blood alcohol content.
Cesar Ruiz was booked Sunday with attempted first-degree murder.
In Louisiana, drivers are considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol... more »
October 28, 2012 9:12 PM
October 22, 2012 9:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge councilman says the only reason he sponsored a proposal to extend bar hours to 4 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays is to create permit fees necessary to fund additional enforcement personnel in the Alcoholic Beverage Control Office. Ulysses Addison says the ABC board has... more »
October 17, 2012 7:06 AM
HAMMOND - Police Chief Roddy Devall asked the Hammond City Council to consider rewriting its ordinances regarding the sale of liquor in businesses that are primarily designated as restaurants.
Devall's comments came Tuesday as the council was considering its annual approval of High and Low Alcohol Permits for the... more »
October 10, 2012 10:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- Metro Council did not make a decision on changing the Sunday alcohol sales law.
After debating for more than an hour, city leaders decided to push the discussion back to the next meeting- in two weeks.
Councilwoman Alison Gary proposes easing regulations on Sundays, making that... more »
October 10, 2012 5:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - A new ordinance introduced at Metro Council could allow bars and restaurants with a Class A License to stay open until 4 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The ordinance would allow eligible establishments to apply for permits to stay open an extra two hours. Though,... more »
October 4, 2012 5:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sunday could be just like any other day, when it comes to the sale of wine, beer and liquor in East Baton Rouge Parish.
A proposal to remove restrictions on all Sunday alcohol sales has some residents worrying.
"I think it would just be an... more »
October 3, 2012 5:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - A controversial plan to close Southeast Louisiana Hospital could affect drug and alcohol treatment available to people in several parishes, including Livingston.
The privately-operated Florida Parishes Human Services Authority operates a 64-bed treatment center on the mental hospital grounds. FPHSA directors say they will not be... more »
October 1, 2012 5:53 PM
GARDERE - State Police arrested a man from Baton Rouge they said left a cyclist lying in the road after he hit her with his vehicle, then fled the scene.
Investigators arrested Darby Griffin, 49, in suspicion of DWI, hit and run, driving with a suspended license, obstruction of... more »
October 1, 2012 10:39 AM
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn wide receiver Quan Bray has been suspended following his arrest in Georgia.
Tigers coach Gene Chizik said Sunday that Bray won't play Saturday against Arkansas. Chizik hasn't determined how long the suspension will last.
Bray was arrested Thursday night during a traffic stop on... more »
September 26, 2012 12:42 PM
KILLEEN, TX - A Texas man was reportedly trying to help cure a friend's case of the hiccups. But police say the Fort Hood soldier's efforts went terribly wrong.
Police say the men were drinking alcohol and watching football on Sunday night, when Private First Class Isaac Young got... more »
September 20, 2012 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge prosecutor's office now offers a new pre-trial intervention program for minors caught in possession of alcohol.
The $750, four-month program is intended for first-time offenders who face Minor In Possession charges. The misdemeanor MIP will be expunged once minors complete the steps.
... more »
August 13, 2012 11:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested the driver of an 18-wheeler involved in a dramatic wreck this weekend in Baton Rouge after they said he tested nearly twice the legal limit for alcohol content.
Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said King McClanahan, 52, of Los Angeles failed a field sobriety test after... more »
July 17, 2012 9:55 PM
PORT ALLEN- A News 2 investigation found a woman convicted in a deadly drunk driving crash has a unique arrangement at the West Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Our cameras captured Victoria Gosserand walking around the prison grounds without handcuffs or shackles this month. The video was filmed less than... more »
June 29, 2012 7:28 PM
Stronger beer will be rushed into stores from brewers and distributors for Sunday after midnight when its legal to sell higher alcohol content product. Its due to a new law that allows alcohol by 10 percent volume. That's up from the previous limit of 5 percent. Brewers, including Louisiana's Abita... more »
June 12, 2012 8:17 PM
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's plan to have a beer and brat (braht) summit to mend fences has upset the group that lobbied successfully for Prohibition decades ago. Women's Christian Temperance Union president Rita Wert says serving beer sets a bad example. Walker called for the summit after he survived a... more »
June 7, 2012 12:51 PM
SURPRISE, Ariz. - A man in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise is accused of trying to discipline his underage sons by forcing them to drink liquor and throwing them into a swimming pool. KPHO-TV reports that Kristopher Harvey of Surprise faces two counts of child abuse. Police say Harvey wanted... more »
June 5, 2012 1:23 PM
HONOLULU - A company that manages a Hawaii dinner cruise says it mistakenly served alcohol to a 3-year-old boy. Army Spc. Bingyan Cai says her son Michael's orange juice contained vodka while they were aboard the Alii Kai Catamaran on May 26. The active duty mom tells Hawaii News Now... more »
June 5, 2012 10:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - A federal judge released former Alcohol and Tobacco Control commissioner Murphy Painter on his own recognizance after a hearing over several indictments this morning.
On May 23, a federal grand jury handed up an indictment against Painter for charges of computer fraud, making false statements and... more »