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  • Package theft caught on camera check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 30, 2015 10:17 PM

    BAKER - A thief is on the run after taking a FedEx-delivered package off a man's front porch. Jeff Schiele says he noticed his property was missing Monday, after FedEx confirmed it was dropped off Saturday. At first, the man thought the package was delivered to the wrong home... more »
  • Layoffs begin in Baker school district

    June 24, 2015 7:56 AM

    BAKER- Superintendent Herman Brister says some teachers and staff have already been laid off as part of a plan to save the Baker School District $1.2 million. Brister, who replaced outgoing superintendent Ulysses Joseph on May 28, could not confirm how many employees of the Baker School District have received... more »
  • Alleged stalker says 'he will always be there'

    June 17, 2015 12:46 PM

    BAKER - A man accused of stalking a woman using phone calls, various social media websites and handwritten notes turned himself into Baker Police on Sunday. 28-year-old David Johnson was arrested and booked on charges of stalking and improper telephone communication after his female victim contacted Baker PD to... more »
  • Superintendent: Major changes coming to Baker schools

    June 17, 2015 11:16 AM

    BAKER - Incoming Superintendent Herman Brister Sr. says laying off some non-tenured teachers is part of a plan to save $1.2 million for the Baker School District. Brister released his plan at Tuesday night's school board meeting. He says his goal is to present a balanced budget. Brister says some... more »
  • Dyer Road Bridge closed in Baker

    June 3, 2015 2:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers who pass the Dyer Road Bridge over White Bayou will have to find another route. The East Baton Rouge City-Parish Department of Public Works Traffic Engineering Division closed the bridge Wednesday. Drivers can take the detour route from Plank Road (LA 410) to Zachary Deerford... more »
  • In unanimous vote, Baker selects Brister for superintendent

    May 26, 2015 8:43 PM

    BAKER - In a unanimous decision, the City of Baker School Board hired Herman Brister as its next superintendent. Brister is currently the Associate Superintendent for Instructional Support Services for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. The Baker board made its decision to hire him away from the... more »
  • Baker officials brace themselves to balance upcoming budget check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 15, 2015 4:47 PM

    BAKER - City officials are prepping to balance this year's upcoming 2015-2016 budget. Chief of Police Mike Knapps said he submitted his budget to the city for approval. He wants to fill two officer positions which have been vacant since last year. "It's very, very important that this... more »
  • Baker makes DMV changes to avoid possible cuts

    May 4, 2015 7:45 PM

    BAKER - The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Baker should be considerably shorter after the city pushed the state for change. The DMV baker office is now being runned by a private company that owns Express OMV along with two other locations in Baton Rouge and Denham Springs.... more »
  • Baker DMV changes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 4, 2015 9:53 AM

    BAKER- In the midst of government budgets being slashed left and right, some changes are being made at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Baker. Express OMV now owns the DMV in Baker, along with two other locations in Baton Rouge and Denham Springs. They promise shorter wait times... more »
  • Grades for area nursing homes tank under new rating system Play Video

    April 27, 2015 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If you know someone or have a loved one in a nursing home, you'll be shocked to hear only one in our area received the top rating according to Medicare's grading system for the homes. The Feds recently changed the way nursing homes are rated and... more »
  • Baker cracks down on blight check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 24, 2015 6:52 PM

    BAKER - The city of Baker is cracking down on blight. Officials went over a list of five properties that were recommended to the council for condemnation at last week's council meeting. One property is on Buchanan St., and the other four are on Chamberlain St. "There's a... more »
  • Mourners gather to honor R&B legend Percy Sledge

    April 21, 2015 11:03 AM

    BAKER - Funeral services are underway for Percy Sledge, the rhythm and blues singer best known for the 1966 hit "When a Man Loves a Woman." Sledge died last week at age 74 after a battle with liver cancer. Tuesday's funeral at Bethany Church in Baker is being billed as... more »
  • In wake of arrest, board dismantles maintenance department check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 14, 2015 10:14 PM

    BAKER - Maintenance workers with the Baker School System stood before the school board Tuesday to plead for their job, as an agenda item called for the elimination of a department with four employees. One of the workers who was set to lose his position asked, "What do we... more »
  • Downed power lines cause loss of power, Highway 19 closure

    April 10, 2015 2:49 PM

    BAKER - About five miles of Highway 19 closed Friday afternoon after a round of severe weather knocked power lines to the ground. A traffic advisory reported the closure shortly before 3 p.m. Authorities said the highway between Harding and Groom was closed as crews cleared the lines from... more »
  • Missing man found dead on his birthday

    April 8, 2015 12:31 PM

    BAKER - Police said a body found in a Baker creek Wednesday morning was identified as a man reported missing earlier this week. Chief Mike Knaps said the they notified the family of Quentin Jones that he had been found dead off Morvant Road. Knaps said Jones, who... more »
  • Baker Police concerned about missing adult

    April 6, 2015 10:19 PM

    BAKER - Police said they are searching for a missing adult who cannot communicate well. Chief Mike Knapps said there is concern for the well-being of Quentin Jones. Jones has not been seen since Friday, his family told the police department. A missing persons report was filed Sunday and... more »
  • Police: Man tries to burn woman alive in home

    April 5, 2015 2:58 PM

    BAKER - Authorities arrested a man after he allegedly tried to set his home ex-girlfriend's home while she was inside Saturday afternoon. Baker police arrested 54-year-old Leper Lewis Jr. after his ex-girlfriend called authorities claiming he poured gasoline around her home on Husband St. and tried to ignite it... more »
  • Former employee's arrest, superintendent's retirement prompt shake-up check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 31, 2015 6:34 PM

    BAKER - Almost simultaneously, the superintendent of the school system here announced his retirement as a former employee turned himself in to authorities on additional charges related to his alleged misuse of a school system credit card. Now, Emmitt Whitfield faces charges connected to the theft of about $2,100... more »
  • Baker School thefts lead to questions about superintendent check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 30, 2015 6:53 PM

    BAKER - Baker School System Superintendent Ulysses Joseph plans to retire in May. At the same time, questions have risen about his role in the alleged illegal purchases of a former employee. Emmitt Lee Whitfield was a maintenance supervisor for the school system until his original arrest in December... more »
  • Baker's superintendent plans retirement

    March 30, 2015 5:40 PM

    BAKER - The community school system here will be searching for a new leader. Two agenda items deal with the retirement of current superintendent Ulysses Joseph. Joseph is anticipating retiring on May 28. Joseph has been superintendent since January 2011. The board will meet in a special meeting... more »
  • Former Baker schools maintenance supervisor accused of over $127,000 worth in theft

    March 28, 2015 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former maintenance supervisor for the Baker School District is accused of buying and stealing a total of $127,988.79 worth in equipment from the school district without permission. Police arrested Emmitt Whitfield Thursday. It's his second arrest after his first arrest in December 2014 caused him... more »
  • Motorcycle officer hit, taken to hospital in Friday night crash

    March 27, 2015 8:42 PM

    BAKER - A Baton Rouge Police Department motorcycle officer was injured and taken to a hospital after a car crash on Highway 19 Friday evening. Baker Police said the city police officer was driving on the highway when another motorist pulled out from a side street and the two... more »
  • Baker city council looks to add more bike signs check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 19, 2015 6:20 PM

    BAKER - The Baker city council approved an ordinance for more bike signs on roads, but with the city struggling with money there are concerns. The council approved an ordinance last week to add additional bicycle symbols and "Share the Road" signs to about a dozen more streets. So... more »
  • Suspect arrested in Baker "deliveryman" shooting

    March 17, 2015 6:49 PM

    BAKER - Police arrested a man who detectives said claimed to be delivering a package to a Baker home in order to rob the people living there, and ended up shooting one of them. Police charged 17-year-old Keddrick Augustus with attempted murder and other charges after his arrest Tuesday.... more »
  • Parents, teachers fight looming state takeover check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 16, 2015 6:03 PM

    BAKER - Frustrated parents and teachers met Monday to hear a plan designed to save an elementary school in Baker poised to be taken over by the state. Bakerfield Elementary school is eligible for takeover by the Recovery School District following four years of failing grades. The school has... more »
  • Crash into Nicholson ditch kills man from Baker

    March 15, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man from Baker died from his injuries after his truck crashed into a ditch Sunday morning. Police say Dayton Guillot, 74, was travelling south on Nicholson Drive when his truck veered across the northbound lane and crashed into a ditch. It happened around 10:20 a.m.... more »
  • Police say shooter claimed to be delivery man

    March 12, 2015 3:07 PM

    BAKER - Police said a Baker man was shot in his home Thursday morning after someone knocked on his door and claimed to be a delivery driver. Chief Mike Knaps with Baker Police said the shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. on Harding Street. One person was shot, but Knaps... more »
  • Warrant roundups on the way in Baker check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 9, 2015 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Your time is up if you have any outstanding bench warrants in Baker. Police say 388 people came forward during their amnesty period in February, which let those with outstanding bench warrants to avoid jail time, additional bench warrant fees, and set up payment plans. Officials... more »
  • Couple charged with defrauding Medicaid

    February 27, 2015 3:33 AM

    BAKER - The state attorney general says a Baker couple has been arrested on charges of allegedly conspiring to defraud the state's Medicaid program of more than $400,000. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 41-year-old Shonda Augustus was arrested Feb. 4 and her husband, 36-year-old Melvin Williams, was arrested Tuesday.... more »
  • Procedures changed in Baker following WBRZ report check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 19, 2015 5:32 PM

    BAKER - Procedures are being changed in the City of Baker following a WBRZ report Monday. Effective immediately, all hourly employees will be forced to use the city's "fingerprint" time clock system to track their hours. All of this came to light after the Investigative Unit captured the Baker... more »
  • Questions raised over judge's actions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 16, 2015 4:04 PM

    BAKER - A group of residents in Baker claim they are being intimidated by a City Court judge. The group claimed Judge Kirk Williams is doing so because his wife, Shona Boxie Williams, is a school board member who is the group's target for a recall petition. They said... more »
  • Bakerfield Elementary eligible for state take over check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 2, 2015 5:57 PM

    BAKER - Bakerfield Elementary school is eligible for takeover by the Recovery School District following four years of failing grades. The school has consistently achieved only an "F" rating with declining scores. Superintendent Ulysses Joseph said the Baker School District is in discussions with the RSD, but there... more »
  • Baker holding warrant amnesty program in February check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 27, 2015 4:52 PM

    BAKER - The court system in Baker will start up an amnesty program in February for those with outstanding bench warrants. The program runs the entire month of February for people with warrants dating before Jan. 31, 2015. People will be allowed to have the warrant recalled without paying... more »
  • Baker city officials explore revenue options check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 16, 2015 6:23 PM

    BAKER - City officials met to discuss possible ways to help Baker's budget Friday. The two biggest options looked at were an increase in property taxes and an increase in sales taxes. Right now the current sales tax is 9.5 percent. The maximum the city can charge in... more »
  • Baker looking for other ways to keep finances afloat Play Video

    January 14, 2015 5:26 PM

    BAKER - City officials in Baker will have a special meeting this week to discuss ways to solve the city's money problems. Councilwoman Joyce Burgess called for what she said will be a "brainstorming" meeting after the council turned down a water rate increase. The council voted 4-1 to... more »
  • Cuts likely after utility rate hike veto check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 13, 2015 10:19 PM

    BAKER - For the third time Tuesday night, the Baker City Council voted down a proposal to raise water and sewer rates to off-set a budget deficit. Nearly a dozen residents spoke on the issue; some said they were concerned about how the money would be spent if the... more »
  • Plank Road reopens following deadly crash

    January 8, 2015 4:38 PM

    BAKER - A man, not wearing a seat belt, was killed in a head-on crash with a semi that closed Plank Road for hours Thursday evening and into early Friday morning. Jeffrey G. Blackwell, 25, of Baton Rouge, died in the wreck north of Groom Road shortly before 4:30.... more »
  • 20 pit bulls and raccoon euthanized in accused dog fighting ring check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 23, 2014 9:52 PM

    BAKER - Police arrested a man Monday night accused of training pit bulls to fight to the death in his backyard. East Baton Rouge Animal Control investigators were called to Eugene Grayer's house on McHugh Rd. in Baker after someone told police they could hear dogs whining as if... more »
  • Baker council to vote to introduce ordinance to increase water rates

    December 14, 2014 6:20 PM

    BAKER - The city council will vote to introduce an ordinance to raise water rates at Tuesday's meeting. Councilwoman Joyce Burgess said she's dedicated to "moving the city forward," and wants to do what's best for residents. If a decision isn't made soon, the city's fire department rating... more »
  • Baker tire store back open after weekend fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 24, 2014 6:30 PM

    BAKER - Firefighters are still checking for hot spots 24 hours after a warehouse was engulfed in flames over the weekend. The fire happened at a family-owned business called the Tire Shop in Baker. It destroyed the warehouse next to the business' commercial tire office and burned thousands of... more »
  • 2 more arrests, drugs seized in big synthetic pot bust

    November 19, 2014 2:46 PM

    BAKER - Detectives and Delta Narcotics Task Force agents reported two more arrests Wednesday in connection with a synthetic marijuana bust that happened on Tuesday. While conducting a further investigation into Mr. Happy's novelty and smoke shop on Plank Road in Baker, narcotics agents arrested the shop's owners, Dustin... more »
  • Police arrest man found passed out at hotel

    November 10, 2014 12:56 PM

    BAKER - Police said they arrested a man at a Baker hotel after housekeepers found him passed out in a room filled with drugs and drug paraphernalia. Staff from the Main Street hotel called Baker firefighters first after they entered the room and found 32-year-old Brandon Chaney unresponsive in... more »
  • Benches coming to Baker bus stops

    November 1, 2014 1:30 PM

    BAKER, La. - Bus riders may soon have seating at some of the Capital Area Transit System bus stops in Baker. The city council voted this past week to authorize Mayor Harold Rideau to enter into a contract with Giraffe Advertising to place benches at stops in the city. The... more »
  • Chief: Water rate increase needed for public safety Play Video

    October 22, 2014 6:52 PM

    BAKER - Once again, changes in water bills for Baker residents are on the table for discussion. Chief of Police Mike Knaps said he's proposing that the city council increase the base water rate from $9 to between $15 and $20 in order to make up for cuts to... more »
  • After freak death, mother planning daughter's funeral on birthday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 20, 2014 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A mother started planning her daughter's funeral on the 21-year-old's birthday Monday. Taylor McGonigle, 21, died Sunday after being hit in the head by a column from a building in the French Quarter. Police said a drunk driver lost control and hit the column, causing it... more »
  • Baker leaders create group to deal with tall grass check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM

    BAKER - Overgrown grass near blighted properties is on the rise in Baker, and the city council took a step toward tackling the blight Tuesday evening. The city council created a blight committee to get the grass cut. Councilman Pete Heine's plan calls for the city to put overgrown... more »
  • Police: man shot Baker teen in self-defense, booked on drug charges

    August 29, 2014 3:55 PM

    BAKER - Police said they arrested a man on other charges after he shot and killed a teen in self-defense Thursday night. Officers responded to Heath Drive around 10 p.m. where they found 19-year-old Laquincia Wilkerson on the ground. Police confirmed that she had been shot and killed. ... more »
  • Teen girl killed in Baker shooting check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 28, 2014 10:49 PM

    BAKER- Police are investigating a shooting near the edge of city limits that happened Thursday night. Officers were dispatched to Heath Drive. A source told WBRZ News 2, police were advised that a woman was found on the ground, unresponsive. Investigators confirm an 18-year-old woman was shot and killed.... more »
  • Man accused of attempted murder after chase

    August 15, 2014 3:53 PM

    ZACHARY - A man wanted in connection with a burglary in Zachary now faces an attempted murder charge after authorities said he tried to run over a police officer during a high speed chase. On Aug. 12, 21-year-old Chavis Duncan of Baker went to visit his probation office at... more »
  • Accused pastry bandit a no show at council meeting

    August 12, 2014 10:23 PM

    BAKER - Council member John Givens was absent from Tuesday's city council meeting where residents were hoping to share their frustration over his recent arrest with him. Givens faces charges in a bizarre argument at a store , where he is accused of eating a pastry and not paying... more »
  • Baker councilman at center of pastry theft case

    August 6, 2014 5:58 PM

    BAKER- A councilman here has a warrant out for his arrest, accused of stealing a pastry from a meat market and then threatening a store worker who confronted him about the alleged theft. The warrant for John Givens was issued Wednesday, a day after police were called to Ragusa's... more »
  • Sports 2-A-Days: Baker

    July 27, 2014 11:08 PM

    BAKER - Sandwhiched between Scotlandville and Zachary, the Baker Buffalos are trying one again to establish an identity as a force to be reckoned with, starting with district 3-7A. The Buffalos went 1-9 in 2012, the first year under head coach Richard Oliver, but improved to 3-7 last year... more »
  • Budget axe swings, takes out police and fire positions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 22, 2014 10:25 PM

    BAKER - Six positions were cut from the city of Baker's budget Tuesday, two firefighters and four police officers. The cuts will help balance the budget that had a near million dollar deficit. The move was approved by the council when it backed the balanced 2014-2015 budget. "We're... more »
  • Baker to hire collection agency for warrants check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 21, 2014 3:49 PM

    BAKER - Baker council members will consider hiring a collection agency Tuesday to go after people who owe money for outstanding warrants. Faced with budget cuts to break even, council members will also consider a collection fee of up to 30 percent. Councilman John Givens says Baker has more... more »
  • Apartment flooding continues to trap residents check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 18, 2014 6:33 PM

    BAKER - A group of people in Baker have been dealing with flooding issues for more than a decade and say they get trapped in their apartment complex whenever there's heavy rain. The Bent Tree Manor Apartment Complex off Plank Road has poor drainage, and it makes getting in... more »
  • Lawsuit filed over Baker triple murder

    July 8, 2014 10:25 PM

    BAKER- A lawsuit has been filed over a deadly shooting at the Baker Civic Club earlier this year. The suit targets the owners of the club, the entertainment company involved in setting up the party, and the Baker Police Chief. According to court documents, Javaughn Simmons, who was injured... more »
  • Apartment flooding traps residents inside complex check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 26, 2014 5:12 PM

    BAKER - For a group of people who live in Baker, rain is proving to be much more than an inconvenience. It is actually blocking residents from leaving their home and trapping them inside an apartment complex on Plank Road. People living at the Bent Tree Manor Apartments said... more »
  • New charter school opening in Baker check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 26, 2014 9:52 AM

    BAKER - We might be in the heat of summer, but it's already time start thinking about heading back to school. A $7 million charter school is now in the works for Baker. Impact Charter Elementary will be the first new school in the city in several decades. Principal... more »
  • Baker council closes tap on water, sewer rate increases

    June 10, 2014 8:49 PM

    BAKER- City leaders refused to increase water and sewer rates at a meeting Tuesday evening. The mayor said the most expensive increase would barely double rates but not everyone would see an increase that high. Water rates would increase between $6 and $8, sewer rates would raise bills about... more »
  • Chief says mayor's plan makes Baker more dangerous check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 10, 2014 4:56 PM

    BAKER - Baker City leaders are pitted against each other in a faceoff over a budget that is $800,000 short. Mayor Harold Rideau proposed a few fixes, but they're controversial. Baker has been tapping into reserves from previous years' surplus, but by now the account is running dry. Some... more »
  • Baker backs away from party law, suggests resolution instead

    June 9, 2014 8:38 PM

    BAKER- City leaders scrapped a plan for an ordinance that would have required a special permit before certain venues can host birthday parties or similar events for teenagers. Instead, city council members decided on writing a resolution to encourage businesses to follow a list of suggested ways to make events... more »
  • Residents frustrated over proposed rate increase Play Video

    June 3, 2014 9:52 PM

    BAKER - A crowed wasn't shy about sharing their thoughts on proposed utility rate hikes Tuesday night. Hikes to water and sewer services would help balance the city's budget. It is set to have an $800,000 hole. The city council is split on raising the rates, although some leaders... more »
  • Budget cuts push cops to look for new jobs

    May 30, 2014 10:16 PM

    BAKER - Baker police officers have applied for new jobs with citywide budget cuts possibly coming soon. Two full-time patrol officers have already been cut from the Baker Police Department, and Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps believes more cuts are on the horizon. The department's questionable future has some... more »

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