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  • Woman accused of whipping kids loses job over arrest Play Video

    June 29, 2016 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The mother of six children who went viral last week after she was arrested for disciplining her kids tells WBRZ she lost her job over her arrest. "It's been my only income right now," Schaquana Spears said. Spears admitted to whipping her children after they got caught... more »
  • Paramedic describes chaotic scene after getting hit by alleged drunk driver Play Video

    June 27, 2016 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A paramedic for Acadian Ambulance talked about surviving a crash that sent six people to the hospital. John Piker's shift was about to end when Piker and his partner came across a vehicle that was involved in a separate wreck at the I-10/12 split in Baton Rouge... more »
  • Man in custody following standoff on Wilmot Street

    June 24, 2016 9:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police say they arrested a man Friday evening after he refused to stop for officers before barricading himself in a home. This happened at a home near the intersection of Wilmot Street and Conrad Drive. BRPD told News 2 officers attempted to make a... more »
  • One injured after shooting on Woodpecker Street

    June 24, 2016 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say one person was injured in a shooting in Baton Rouge Friday morning. According to Baton Rouge Police, one woman was shot at 150 Woodpecker Street around 11 a.m. Friday. Police said the injuries are not life threatening. The investigation is still ongoing, but... more »
  • Metro Council approves $10 million bond for proposed tram system Play Video

    June 22, 2016 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a meeting to discuss fueling economic development in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Metro Council has approved a $10 million bond to fund the tramlinkBR project. "It's exciting," Councilmember Member Tara Wicker said. "It's an economic engine that will really reform and revitalize that whole community."... more »
  • 1 man in custody after fleeing from police, hitting another car

    June 16, 2016 9:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police have a suspect in custody after they say he refused to stop before crashing into another car. Police tell News 2, the suspect fled on foot following the wreck near the 3200 block of Hollywood Street. EMS is on the scene. Police say they... more »
  • Man charged in murder for hire wants cell phone records suppressed Play Video

    June 15, 2016 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- For the first time in a year, WBRZ heard from the son of a murdered woman who is stuck overseas. There's a new twist, the attorneys representing the man accused of hiring the hit wants cell phone records that led to his arrest suppressed. His attorney claims... more »
  • Four BRPD officers named in lawsuit over excessive force Play Video

    June 14, 2016 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A grieving mother and father are suing the Baton Rouge Police Department and four of its officers claiming their actions led to their loved ones death. Kevin Bajoie, 32, was tazed in North Baton Rouge last year. He died of a heart attack later. Tonight, Bajoie and his... more »
  • One taken to hospital after reported double shooting

    June 13, 2016 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person was taken to an area hospital after a shooting just before 10 p.m. Monday. Police responded to an initial call that two people had been shot at 3135 Madison between Plank and North Acadian Thruway. Only one person was taken to the emergency room,... more »
  • Study ranks Baton Rouge as 2nd most dangerous city for drivers Play Video

    June 13, 2016 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Just days after Gov. John Bel Edwards established a statewide task force to take on infrastructure issues, a regional coalition has released a study that ranks Baton Rouge as the second most dangerous city in the nation for motorists. The Capital City ranked behind only Detroit... more »
  • Man killed by possible hit-and-run driver

    June 12, 2016 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies suspect a man was killed by a hit-and-run driver sometime overnight. Authorities said a man was found dead in the road before sunrise at 7950 Greenweell Street. The person was not identified as of this post. The East baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office... more »
  • Teen among group jailed for woman's shooting death

    June 12, 2016 9:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A teenager is among a group of three people booked into jail after an accidental shooting left a woman dead Saturday. Police said Ajeanae Frazer, 20, was shot while riding in a vehicle with an unidentified 16-year-old who was holding an assault rifle. The gun mistakenly... more »
  • Smokie Bourgeois enters race for EBR mayor

    June 11, 2016 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Metro Councilman Smokie Bourgeois entered a crowded race for mayor Saturday morning. “ My parents’ house was right up the street. I rode my bicycle all around and to downtown. That’s why I know it’s uphill all the way to downtown. Today I’m officially doing... more »
  • Lawyered up: Missing teacher's boyfriend not talking; Police hope for tips

    June 11, 2016 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are hoping tipsters can help crack the case of a missing teacher whose boyfriend is not cooperating with the investigation into her disappearance. Lyntell Washington was declared missing when her 3-year-old child was found wandering around a parking lot in Baton Rouge Thursday morning. When... more »
  • Motorcycle engine malfunction causes fire at business on Airline Highway

    June 11, 2016 12:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Fire Department says an electrical malfunction in a motorcycle engine caused a fire at a business on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge Friday night. Crews were called to Audio & Security Systems in the 9500 block of Airline Highway at... more »
  • I-10 buckled Wednesday

    June 8, 2016 7:37 PM

    METAIRIE - Two westbound lanes of I-10 closed Wednesday due to pavement buckling. State Police advised motorists via Facebook of the lane closures in Jefferson Parish at Power Boulevard. Troopers said the buckling closed left and center lanes of the Interstate in an area about ten miles west of... more »
  • Coroner: Baby's death ruled accident after left in hot car Play Video

    June 8, 2016 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – According to East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark, the baby that was left in a hot car accidentally by her father died of “hyperthermia” or an elevated body temperature. The baby’s death has been ruled an accident by the coroner’s office. The father of an eight-month-old... more »
  • Tickets selling fast; Get your Dream Home ticket now!

    June 8, 2016 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Time is running out for chances to win the 2016 St. Jude Dream Home . Tickets are $100. The house is valued at $525,000. Tickets purchased by Friday were also entered to win a new car from any All Star lot valued at $50,000. The... more »
  • DA: Had Justice Scalia been alive, Baton Rouge cop-killer might be put to death

    June 7, 2016 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The district attorney learned Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to overturn a lower court's ruling forbidding convicted cop-killer Kevan Brumfield be put to death. Brumfield and Henri Broadway were both convicted of the murder of Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Betty Smothers and the... more »
  • Large case load prompts hiring of additional domestic violence prosecutor

    June 7, 2016 5:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman allegedly murdered by her husband Monday is shining a light on the problem with domestic violence in the area. In Baton Rouge over the past 12 hours, seven people were arrested for domestic violence. The problem is so large, the East Baton Rouge Parish... more »
  • City releases new information on street car plan Play Video

    June 7, 2016 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city has selected a proposed route design and more specific stops for the proposed street car that would connect downtown and LSU. Information released by the mayor's office Tuesday shows a line built around a three mile, two-way tram route traveling north and south in... more »
  • Police: Felton didn't act in self-defense in deadly shootout

    June 4, 2016 9:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police say a man suspected in a shootout that left two Southern University students dead wasn't acting in self-defense when he fired on a fleeing gunman. According to an arrest affidavit, 25-year-old Brandon Henderson fired the first shots in the air outside an apartment complex... more »
  • One dead, one injured after North Foster shooting

    June 4, 2016 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say one person is dead and another person is injured after a shooting on North Foster Drive in Baton Rouge Saturday afternoon. The shooting happened in the 1800 block of North Foster Drive around 1 p.m. Saturday. The owner of Q's Auto Sales told WBRZ... more »
  • Debris still sitting curbside nearly 2 weeks after intense storm Play Video

    May 31, 2016 11:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly two weeks after a storm rolled through the Baton Rouge-area, knocking out power, snapping branches and toppling trees, many residents are still staring at the debris on their curb. "We still have the great wall of Shenandoah," Josh Michaels told News 2's Brittany Weiss .... more »
  • City leaders in email spat over chairs at health care meeting

    May 31, 2016 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders became caught in a petty email thread Tuesday over chairs for a meeting that's become a controversial and complicated debate over politics, health care and business. In messages circulated to officials and the media, Metro Council member Chauna Banks accuse d the mayor's office... more »
  • Firefighters from 4 departments battle apartment fire on Plank Road

    May 29, 2016 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters from four different departments battled a fire at an apartment complex on Plank Road. The fire occurred in the 11000 block of Plank Road, which is in the Brownsfield Fire Department's jurisdiction, but crews from Baton Rouge Fire, Central Fire and Baker Fire were all... more »
  • One injured in afternoon Baton Rouge shooting

    May 28, 2016 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person was injured after an afternoon shooting in Baton Rouge Saturday. Baton Rouge Police responded to a shooting at the Newport Apartments at 1737 La Annie Drive around 2 p.m. Saturday. Neighbors told WBRZ News 2 that one person was transported from the scene to... more »
  • Man arrested for forcing 8-year-old to smoke weed

    May 26, 2016 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say a Baton Rouge man was arrested after he forced an 8-year-old to smoke marijuana. According to Baton Rouge Police, on Feb. 25 around 3 p.m., officers responded to a public assistance call for an 8-year-old. The child told officers that he saw 29-year-old Jason... more »
  • State budget concerns cause change of location for LSU nutrition building

    May 26, 2016 12:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new athletic nutrition center planned for LSU's campus won't be built where it was planned because of the state's uncertain budget situation. The $12 million facility was supposed to be built on Skip Bertman Drive, near the old LSU baseball stadium. Instead, it will be... more »
  • Council approval paves way for new hotel in Downtown BR Play Video

    May 25, 2016 11:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council approved a tiff Wednesday night that paves the way for a new hotel to be built in downtown Baton Rouge. The Third-Florida Economic Development District allows the Courtyard Marriott Hotel planned for the corner of 3rd and Florida to levy a 2 cent... more »
  • Blogger kicked out of Metro Council during NBR healthcare discussion Play Video

    May 25, 2016 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A popular community blogger was escorted out of the Metro Council meeting Wednesday afternoon during a heated debate over a plan to bring emergency health services back to North Baton Rouge. Watch the exchange between Metro Councilman Chandler Loupe and Gary Chambers here: #WATCH... more »
  • Disturbing details emerge over EFP School Board Member's murder Play Video

    May 24, 2016 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At least four different witnesses on Wenonah Street said East Feliciana Parish School Board Member Broderick Brooks was naked when the coroner picked up his body. The Coroner conducted an autopsy on his body Tuesday, and are still waiting on those results. Questions remain about what... more »
  • 1 transported following shooting Monday night

    May 24, 2016 12:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police and EMS responded to an apparent shooting Monday night in Baton Rouge. First responders were dispatched just after 10 p.m. to BREC's Longfellow Park at 5201 Longfellow Drive. A News 2 crew was on scene as the 21-year-old victim was loaded into the... more »
  • LSU softball advances to Super Regional round with 2-0 over ASU

    May 23, 2016 12:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Thanks to a single pair of runs midway through and the seventh combined shutout in LSU postseason history, the No. 10 LSU softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round for the fifth time in program history with a 2-0 win over the Arizona State Sun... more »
  • Muggings at apartment complex near Southern leads to arrest, breaks in cases

    May 21, 2016 8:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police arrested a man they said is responsible for a series of violent robberies. Ofari Berry was booked into jail Saturday on seven charges ranging from theft and armed robbery to resisting arrest. Berry was apprehended after an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery... more »
  • Two arrested in Round Oak murder; victim gave information before he died

    May 21, 2016 8:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shocking, new information about the shooting death of a 20-year-old in an upscale area of Baton Rouge came to light Saturday with the arrest of one of two suspects in the case. Taylor Besson, 20, of Thibodeaux, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail... more »
  • Bizarre case of missing documents, fraudulent activities at area school

    May 19, 2016 7:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System said a letter parents of students at Glasgow Middle received warning of stolen files containing private information was fraudulent but admitted there was a problem with a small number of paper student records last year. The letter, obtained by the... more »
  • Victim of Kindletree Drive shooting dies Play Video

    May 18, 2016 9:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies say one person was killed after a shooting Wednesday night on Kindletree Drive, off Jefferson Highway. It left the neighbors in the upscale Round Oak subdivision tense. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Jesse Trejos, 20, was pronounced dead at a local hospital... more »
  • "Medical village" could help North Baton Rouge Play Video

    May 18, 2016 8:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Community activist group Together Baton Rouge wants to create a medical complex in the northern part of the city. They call it a "medical village" where doctors and social workers can set up private practices in subsidized office space. The plan would require a property owner to... more »
  • CATS to get Medicaid money Play Video

    May 12, 2016 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- CATS bus system has entered a contract with the state health department to be reimbursed for a handful of Medicaid riders. CATS will get $20 every time it provides at-home pickups for qualifying patients. The reimbursements will bring in almost half a million dollars a year... more »
  • Mother demands answers after 12-year-old daughter is raped near Garden District Play Video

    May 9, 2016 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two days after a suspect was arrested for allegedly raping a woman in the Garden District, a mother in the area is demanding answers about her 12-year-old daughter's case from about six weeks ago. We're not identifying the mom or listing where she lives to protect her... more »
  • LSU softball to settle split series Sunday

    May 8, 2016 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – No. 13 LSU softball was able to shutout the Washington Huskies 6-0 in Game one of the Saturday double header in Tiger Park. Hours later the Huskies would get their revenge, defeating the Tigers 9-4. The two teams set off to settle the series at... more »
  • 22-year-old charged with Garden District rape and robbery

    May 7, 2016 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An arrest has been made in a Garden District home invasion and rape, police sources told the WBRZ Investigative Unit Saturday morning. A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson confirmed an arrest was made after detectives worked tirelessly to process DNA evidence at the State Police Crime Lab.... more »
  • People share safety tips on social media after home invasion, rape

    May 7, 2016 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Neighbors have found calm on the internet, sharing safety tips and conversation as they grapple with the reality that a rapist is loose in their community. The Baton Rouge Garden District Facebook page has been active since word spread about a home invasion and rape Thursday... more »
  • Home invasion, rape in Garden District prompts security fears Play Video

    May 6, 2016 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An unusual police presence was seen in the Garden District Friday as officers investigate an overnight home invasion and rape amid a series of sexual assaults in the area. The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned through sources that as many as three victims say they have been... more »
  • Man shot at mobile home park, taken to hospital

    May 5, 2016 12:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man was transported to the hospital after he was shot at a mobile home park in Baton Rouge Wednesday night. The shooting occurred just after 10:30 p.m. at Nelson's Mobile Home Village on Victoria Drive, off of Airline Highway. No details about the victim... more »
  • La. can't open its front doors Play Video

    May 3, 2016 7:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lawmakers and building maintenance officials maintain the long-lasting closure of the state capitol's main entrance has less to do with state budget problems and more to do with other priorities. May 16th marks the 84th anniversary of the dedication of the building and a few weeks later,... more »
  • Former Metro Councilman Byron Sharper joins BR mayor's race

    May 3, 2016 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Metro Councilman Byron Sharper has made his candidacy for Mayor-President of Baton Rouge official as of Tuesday. Sharper says he's going to focus on reinforcing communication between education, businesses and traffic leaders as he tries to push city-parish leaders toward alleviating the main problems that... more »
  • Police respond to woman being chased by man with knife in North Gates area

    May 2, 2016 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police surrounded an off-campus pharmacy Monday afternoon after reports a woman was being chased by a man with a knife. Police cars filled the parking lot of the CVS near the North Gates of LSU. Preliminary information was released, but officers said they were... more »
  • Thousands lost power in Sunday storms

    May 1, 2016 12:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of customers were left without power Sunday morning after sever weather passed over the Baton Rouge area. Over 9,000 Entergy customers were without power across Louisiana as strong storms passed Sunday afternoon. Around noon Sunday, Entergy said more than 1500 homes experienced loss of... more »
  • Student hospitalized after fight at school Friday

    April 29, 2016 3:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fight at a school required emergency personnel and police Friday afternoon. First responders were called to McKinley High School around 2:30 for a brawl involving students. The fight involved multiple people who were hurt, those who reported the incident advised authorities. Police cars and fire... more »
  • Four caught with nearly 200 stolen credit cards

    April 28, 2016 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Almost 200 counterfeit credit cards were recovered after a tip about people using the cards at a sporting goods store recently. Deputies said they arrested four Cuban Nationals for having the cards and using them to buy merchandise and obtain gift cards. The group had purchased... more »
  • Two wanted in overnight deadly, quadruple shooting; victim identified Play Video

    April 28, 2016 12:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - At least two suspects opened fire inside a house on Kerrit Drive overnight, killing Leco Reshon Cole, 38, sheriff's deputies released before lunch. Reshon is from Baton Rouge, his address was listed as North 30th Street. Reshon was one of four people shot but was the... more »
  • Mayor Holden hints that council members got cozy with developer Play Video

    April 28, 2016 12:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After the Metro Council voted to override Mayor-President Kip Holden's veto of an economic development district in north Baton Rouge, he hinted that some council members might be getting comfortable with developers. After nearly two hours of discussion Wednesday, eight Metro Council members voted to overrule... more »
  • Baton Rouge ranked number seven city for first-time home buyers

    April 27, 2016 5:13 PM

    Baton Rouge was ranked number seven out of ten cities for first-time buyers, according to Realtor.com, the official website of the National Association of Realtors. The city, according to the site’s findings, has a median home price of $217,000 and has the highest share of mortgages (52 percent) purchased by... more »
  • Request to spend more on pump stations not unusual, officials say

    April 27, 2016 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite asking city leaders to approve a four-percent increase in cost and nearly a year of additional work, engineers of the city's $1.2 billion sewer upgrade say the project is on budget and on time. Wednesday, the SSO asked the Metro Council to approve spending $859,659... more »

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