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  • All lanes open on Mississippi River Bridge

    January 31, 2015 4:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All lanes are open on the Mississippi River Bridge after a tractor trailer blocked the right lane of I-10 East and an accident blocked the center lane just shortly afterwards. The closures happened just a few hours after the right lane on I-10 West was reopened... more »
  • Police identify victim of deadly crash on Mississippi River Bridge

    January 31, 2015 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a man from Crowley died due to a wreck involving a motorcycle and two trucks on I-10 Mississippi River Bridge Saturday afternoon. The cleanup efforts of the accident left drivers sitting on a closed road for hours. Baton Rouge police say 47-year-old Roger Bently... more »
  • WATCH: 'The Cake Lady' bakes for firefighters Play Video

    January 30, 2015 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ms. Betty Webber has been cooking baked goods for firefighters on all shifts at area fire stations since Hurricane Katrina. Webber was featured in WBRZ anchor Sylvia Weatherspoon 's community segment, 2 Make A Difference , Friday night at 10:00. Webber said she felt compelled to... more »
  • Smoking in Big Easy bars, gambling halls to end in April

    January 30, 2015 2:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - In three months it will no longer be legal to smoke in bars and while gambling in the Big Easy. On Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed into law a new ordinance doing away with smoking inside bars, gambling halls, stadiums and hotels. It will be a big... more »
  • Maps released detail proposed upgrades to Baton Rouge lakes

    January 30, 2015 6:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Ideas to turn the ailing LSU lakes into a showcase range from dredging the sediment that's been choking the water bodies to building boardwalks and parks and restricting traffic. Hundreds of residents pored over maps of potential traffic changes, ecological features and where dredge material from the... more »
  • Scenes from BR abortion clinic Play Video

    January 29, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The abortion debate raged downtown at a public hearing Thursday over tighter clinic regulations, but across town at Baton Rouge's only abortion clinic people were largely unaware of the regulation battle. However, they were still very invested in the outcome. Samantha Bowen, 20, has three children.... more »
  • Get a first look at designs to revitalize the lakes

    January 29, 2015 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Several meetings have been held over the past couple months for designers of improvements for the Baton Rouge and LSU Lakes to get public input. You can get a first look at the initial master plan tonight. Designers have combined some of the ideas from the... more »
  • Council approves plan to build sidewalks on deadly road

    January 28, 2015 11:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council approved two items Wednesday dealing with sidewalk construction . The approvals allow DPW to move forward with accepting federal money to build sidewalks in Gardere and a neighborhood in North Baton Rouge. The city will used surplus money from similar projects to fund its... more »
  • DOTD: traffic incidents and delays increase in BR Play Video

    January 28, 2015 9:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The traffic nightmare in the capital city is getting worse, according to numbers from the state. Wednesday, the Department of Transportation released its findings of traffic incidents in 2014. The number of incidents are up by more than 1400, accidents blocking lanes increased by 36... more »
  • New Orleans smoking ban prompts debate in Baton Rouge

    January 28, 2015 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Less than a week after New Orleans passed a law to ban smoking in bars and casinos, some Baton Rouge medical professionals and local leaders are pushing the capital city to strike while the iron's still hot. On Tuesday, Mayor-President Kip Holden and leaders from area hospitals... more »
  • Vigil tonight for late Father Than Vu Play Video

    January 28, 2015 8:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Vietnamese-born priest who was well-loved in the Baton Rouge community passed away Wednesday morning, according to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The diocese said Father Than N. Vu died at his residence after a long battle with cancer. He was 56 years old. Father... more »
  • Man claims he stole $80,000 then tossed it all over O'Neal Lane

    January 27, 2015 11:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City police continue to search for $80,000 stolen from the Loomis armored car company. A guard for the company was arrested on theft charges in early January, but the loot he is accused of stealing is still missing. Kenneth Kelly, Jr, 24, was charged with felony... more »
  • Christina, of downtown eatery Christina's, has died

    January 26, 2015 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The owner of a popular downtown restaurant has died. Christina Bannister died Monday. She had an aneurysm a few weeks ago and had been on a ventilator for two weeks until family members made a decision to remove it Sunday. Bannister owned Christina's at the... more »
  • Group ready to buy Redemptorist from Diocese of Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 25, 2015 8:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Save Redemptorist Group says it has a plan in hopes of keeping the school open. They are willing to purchase the property outright. The group told News Two's Jessica LeBlanc they are planning to ask the Diocese of Baton Rouge to name their price for... more »
  • House caught on fire due to electrical malfunction

    January 25, 2015 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An electrical malfunction is to blame for a house fire in Baton Rouge where a family of four lived. It happened Sunday evening around 5 in the in the 5000 block of Frey St. just north of an apartment fire that started two minutes earlier. Fire... more »
  • Unattended cooking causes apartment fire

    January 25, 2015 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge firefighters put out flames at an apartment complex Sunday evening. The fire broke out at the Kingston Point Apartments on 1919 Blvd. De province around 5p.m. Firefighters arrived to the seen and quickly extingished the flames where they believed started due to unattended... more »
  • Woman found dead in prostitution hot spot was charged in the past

    January 25, 2015 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway to determine who killed and left a woman half naked in a field, but neighbors in the area say that area was a hot spot for crime. Authorities have identified the victim as Brooke Ashley Crawford, 30. Investigators say she sustained multiple... more »
  • Body found in field identified

    January 25, 2015 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police identified a body found in a field Saturday night. Police say they found the body of 59-year-old, Henery Gray in a field on the 1300 block of Plank Road. According to Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with Baton Rouge Police Department, they believe the... more »
  • Protesters not thrilled with Jindal's presence on campus Play Video

    January 25, 2015 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands joined in on the march for life anti-abortion demonstration, and many others joined in prayer with the governor to pray over the city at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on LSU's campus. However, protesters claim they were not thrilled with Jindal's appearance on campus since his... more »
  • Jindal walks fine line at prayer rally Play Video

    January 24, 2015 8:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Saturday Governor Bobby Jindal walked a fine line between religion and politics. The governor was a central figure at the Response prayer rally and the Louisiana Life March South, an anti-abortion demonstration. Both events were held on the LSU campus. First Jindal led the prayer rally held... more »
  • Half naked body of woman found

    January 24, 2015 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say they found the body of a woman killed, Saturday afternoon. Police say they found the half naked body of a 30-year-old white female shot in a field on the 1500 block of Gracie street. According to Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD,... more »
  • Redemptorist High, Jr. High decision not overturned

    January 24, 2015 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The decision to close Redemptorist High School and Junior High will not be overturned. After multiple meetings scheduled by the Diocese of Baton Rouge school board to review the final plan, Bishop Robert Muench says the efforts are appreciated but the plan did not assure them... more »
  • Plant wins in lawsuit filed by former worker

    January 23, 2015 10:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man lost his lawsuit against the DuPont plant in Ascension Parish in a ruling that was handed down late Friday night. Jeff Simoneaux sued the company claiming the plant released large amounts of sulfuric acid three years ago. Simoneaux said the sulfuric acid leaked due... more »
  • School fires teacher in student sex case Play Video

    January 22, 2015 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - School administrators fired a Scotlandville band instructor Friday who's accused of having sex with one of his students. Deputies charged Robert M. Lewis, 30, with forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student Thursday night. Lewis has been on paid leave since... more »
  • Entergy to upgrade natural gas piping in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 22, 2015 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Entergy is upgrading some of its natural gas piping in Baton Rouge after the federal government made recommendations that utility companies replace aging pipes. In the last decade gas leaks have killed more than 130 people in the US, injured 600 and caused $2 billion worth... more »
  • Family runs into daughter's killer at restaurant Play Video

    January 22, 2015 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The grieving family of a two-month-old baby said they were in disbelief when they stared down their daughter's killer at a local restaurant over the weekend. Stanley White managed to roam free for nearly 20 years due to a paperwork mistake. White was convicted in the... more »
  • 'Bone Lady' talks about most emotional case Play Video

    January 21, 2015 10:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's Mary Manhein will retire from the FACES Lab at the end of April after years of helping those who can not speak for themselves. FACES reconstructs skulls and identifies remains to help authorities link missing persons with their families. "I'm going to miss them,"... more »
  • Magazine names B.R. best small city for filmmakers

    January 21, 2015 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital City is the best small city to live and work as a filmmaker, according to industry publication Moviemaker Magazine. Baton Rouge ranked best among five film-making cities with populations between 100,000 and 400,000 residents. New Orleans took second place in the category, followed by... more »
  • Baton Rouge area home sales increase in 2014

    January 21, 2015 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge area home sales increased by 3.2 percent in 2014, thanks to more activity in Livingston and Ascension parishes. There were 8,903 homes sold in the nine-parish area during 2014, compared with 8,625 in 2013, according to figures released Tuesday by the Greater Baton Rouge Association... more »
  • Police: Man who pointed gun at officers arrested

    January 20, 2015 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Agents with the Special Response Team, a tactical unit of the city's police force, arrested a man wanted for initiating an officer-involved shooting this weekend. Miketrez Jones, 22, was apprehended Tuesday. Police said he pointed a gun at an officer who was chasing him after fleeing... more »
  • U.S. Supreme Court sides with victim, not Diocese of Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 20, 2015 10:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's highest court announced today it will not hear arguments from the Diocese of Baton Rouge involving a local sex abuse lawsuit. This is a win for the victim, who has been fighting the Catholic Church for the past five years. The controversy involves whether a... more »
  • Restaurateur implicated in limestone theft case Play Video

    January 19, 2015 9:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a fourth man suspected to be involved in stealing limestone from the Department of Public Works. Last month , former DPW worker Keith Harrison was dumping off a load of limestone at Randy Montalbano's Seafood on Florida Blvd. when he forgot to take the... more »
  • Severe injuries reported in wreck that closed I-10 Monday night

    January 19, 2015 8:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police reported possible severe injuries in a crash that closed I-10 westbound just before the river bridge Monday night. A state traffic camera showed one vehicle overturned. The crash scene was surrounded by numerous first responders, police officers and their emergency response vehicles. Westbound lanes of... more »
  • Arsenal stolen from BR hotel parking lot Play Video

    January 19, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands of dollars worth of high-powered ammunition and other munitions were stolen from a truck in a hotel parking lot over the weekend. Hundreds of rounds of ammunition, Glock pistol clips, clear-out grenades and a bulletproof vest were taken. The burglary was reported on Sunday afternoon at... more »
  • Volunteers rehab home near murder scene Play Video

    January 19, 2015 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Volunteers with Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge helped rehab a home on Walnut Street as a way to give back on Martin Luther King Jr. day. The mostly high school aged students worked to build a wheelchair ramp and hand rails at the home of Ms. Willie... more »
  • Celebrate MLK Day in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 19, 2015 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today people around the country will pause to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who stood for peace, non-violence and unity. There are no shortage of events for you to join in the celebration of his life and legacy. Members of the Baton Rouge... more »
  • Police: 2 men killed each other in shootout Play Video

    January 18, 2015 6:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say the two men found dead Sunday morning killed each other. Police believe Jamiya Owen, 38, and Jeff Baker, 34, shot and killed each other in a shootout. Witnesses say Owen and Baker knew each other and recently had a disagreement. The... more »
  • Police: Teenager playing with gun kills his friend

    January 17, 2015 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say they arrested a teenager after he shot and killed his friend. Police say David Edwards Jr., 17, and his friend Robert Thomas, 16, were playing with a gun. Officials say Edwards shot Thomas in the torso. Thomas died at the hospital. ... more »
  • Police: Drug deal leads to shooting, 1 dead

    January 17, 2015 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say a man was shot and killed after a drug deal led to an altercation. The shooting happened on North 37th Street near Cain street Saturday morning. Neighbors say Trevor Washington, 23, was staying at his girlfriend's house when they left to... more »
  • Runners ready for Baton Rouge

    January 16, 2015 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Downtown will play host to thousands of athletes this weekend. The Louisiana Marathon is Sunday morning but events and smaller races begin Saturday. Runners started to arrive as early as Friday and took to downtown streets to get a feel for the city. "I think the... more »
  • Teacher mugged walking to school

    January 16, 2015 10:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating a mugging where a teacher at an elementary school was victimized as she was walking to school Friday morning. The woman, who was unharmed during the ordeal, was attacked after she parked her car and while she was walking toward Dalton Elementary near the... more »
  • EBRSO on lookout for bundled-up bank robber

    January 16, 2015 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's Deputies in East Baton Rouge Parish released an image and description of a man wanted for robbing a Baton Rouge bank on Friday afternoon. Deputies said the robber entered the Chase bank branch at 8751 Siegen Lane shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 16, jumped... more »
  • Suspect in bank robbery arrested

    January 16, 2015 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies caught up with a suspected bank robber in Tangipahoa Parish overnight who's accused of holding up an East Baton Rouge Parish bank earlier this week. Deputies arrested 46-year-old William Mathis in Hammond Thursday night with the help of Livingston and Tangipahoa Parish deputies. He's... more »
  • Weekends with Whitney: Downtown Living Play Video

    January 16, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 100 people are kicking off their New Year living downtown in Baton Rouge's Central Business District. In this Weekends with Whitney preview, News 2's Whitney Vann gives you a look at new, affordable apartments. Rent starts around $800/month at the new apartments on 3rd... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets tough on 'litter sign' offenders Play Video

    January 15, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials are coming down on individuals, businesses and organizations who place signs where they don't belong in Baton Rouge. According to the Department of Public Works, any signs that are in the public right of way or on utility poles are illegal and those who... more »
  • Toll road through the heart of Baton Rouge explained Play Video

    January 15, 2015 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State traffic officials received a 28-page plan from an engineering firm that outlines its plan to build a loop through the city. Conversations about a proposal started last year , during the legislative session. Then, lawmakers talked about using existing roads and few new construction projects to... more »
  • Prominent BR attorney Nathan Fisher dies Play Video

    January 15, 2015 1:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Prominent Baton Rouge lawyer Nathan Fisher died overnight. He was 72 years old. Fisher was well known in the community for his role in representing LSU players when they got into trouble. Most notably, he represented Jordan Jefferson in 2011, after a bar fight outside Shady's Bar.... more »
  • Baton Rouge mother and son charged with filing false tax returns

    January 14, 2015 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A woman and her son are facing 40 counts together of suspected fraud. Madie Langley and her son Darin Langley were both arrested for filing false tax returns. Both work as tax preparers at Matrix Computers and Tax Services in Baton Rouge. Investigators found tax returns... more »
  • African-American women's running group gaining momentum Play Video

    January 13, 2015 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's 5am, but the women of the running group Black Girls Run are up and ready to hit the pavement. As part of the nationwide organization that features 65,000 runners in 70 cities, the local BGR group has been growing, and the women running with the... more »
  • Ads warning of crime in French Quarter play on BR television

    January 13, 2015 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A businessman from New Orleans has expanded a commercial campaign to this city, highlighting violence on the streets of the French Quarter. Sidney Torres, who lives in New Orleans' historic district, started by buying television airtime in New Orleans and expanded it to Baton Rouge this week.... more »
  • Report: It takes more than $55k to live securely in BR

    January 13, 2015 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The city has the second-highest cost of living in the state and, according to a new study by Loyola University, it is contributing to peoples' struggle to make ends meet. A family with two adults and two children must take home at least about $63,648 each year... more »
  • City-parish employees could be fined for traffic accidents Play Video

    January 13, 2015 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City-parish employees in Baton Rouge could face fines for driving recklessly and causing preventable accidents with city-parish owned vehicles. The Office of Risk Management will propose new policies Wednesday to the Metropolitan Council to stop what some call an unacceptable level of traffic-violations. "What we want... more »
  • Bigger, better improvements for Downtown BR in 2015 Play Video

    January 13, 2015 8:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Downtown Development District saw plenty of improvements last year, but they've got even bigger plans in 2015. Over the weekend, crews put the finishing touches on some walkways from North Blvd. to Florida. 300 units are also under construction to bring more residents to the... more »
  • Arrest made accidental shooting death Play Video

    January 10, 2015 8:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One man is dead after what police said was an accident. The shooting happened in the 4900 block of Jefferson Avenue, Satuday afternoon. According to police, Demarcus Rheams, 20, and Jawan Billy, 19, was handling a gun in the back of a house when it... more »
  • Southern U board considers leadership changes

    January 10, 2015 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The Southern University System board is now considering to merge its system president and its Baton Rouge chancellor positions. Southern leaders had started the search for a new president last year and then broke off that search before the New Year. They board decided to wait... more »
  • Charges not ruled out for driver who hit 12-year old Play Video

    January 8, 2015 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators have not ruled out possible charges for the driver who hit a 12-year-old boy walking to a school bus stop Wednesday morning. The child is currently in the hospital fighting for his life. The wreck happened on Evangeline Street near North Foster. Neighbors who live... more »
  • Tape snafu puts police department investigation in jeopardy Play Video

    January 7, 2015 9:50 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A civil service investigation into the city's police chief and a department captain is in jeopardy since recordings of testimony related to the commission's inquiry are either damaged or blank. For months, the Denham Springs Civil Service Board has looked into allegations chief Scott Jones and... more »
  • Police searching for suspect in December shooting

    January 7, 2015 9:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are looking for a 20-year-old, wanted in connection with a shooting in December. Christopher Thornton, 20, faces attempted first degree murder charges for the shooting in the 1400 block of North 44th Street. Police said Thornton shot at a passing car. Two of the... more »
  • Mother and city blame the other for child's death

    January 6, 2015 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a mother in the death of her child Tuesday, the same day she sued the city for her child's death. Brittni Clark is charged with negligent homicide. Her four-year-old son Jassiah Clark was found dead December 22, two days after he was reported missing.... more »
  • Downtown development brings parking concerns Play Video

    January 6, 2015 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the landscape of downtown Baton Rouge changing with more living space, restaurants and bars, downtown developers plan to address parking concerns before it becomes a major problem. Construction on the first tower of the IBM building is set to open in May with the residential... more »
  • Familes displaced following fire at apartment complex Play Video

    January 6, 2015 5:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway after a fire that left several people homeless in Baton Rouge Tuesday morning. The blaze broke out just before 5 a.m. at the Blackstone Manor apartment complex in the 4100 block of West Brookstown near Prescott. Nearly two dozen people are... more »
  • Arguments filed over Baton Rouge court districts

    January 3, 2015 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Attorneys for two black Baton Rouge residents say a system of electing three Baton Rouge City Court judges from a majority-white sub-district and two more from a predominantly black sub-district needs to be changed. The residents are pursuing a federal court challenge of the election boundaries.... more »
  • Police searching for armed robbery suspects

    January 3, 2015 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say they are investigating an armed robbery at a gas station. The robbery happened December 30th before 1 a.m. at the Circle K on Brightside Drive near Alvin Dark Avenue. Officials say the suspects pointed a handgun at the clerk and ran... more »
  • Neighborhoods pitch in to fight firework celebrations Play Video

    December 31, 2014 8:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A community is joining together to stop illegal activity on New Year's Eve. "It's just so dangerous and we need to make sure that we are doing it safely," Goodwood Property Owners Association member, Tina Villa said. "So that means with organized groups or downtown or... more »
  • Packages come up missing in Baton Rouge neighborhood Play Video

    December 31, 2014 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some packages are coming up missing in one Baton Rouge neighborhood and local authorities are on the case. Homeowners in the Bel Aire community, near Belaire High School, caught two suspects on camera taking packages from their doorstep. Police said the surveillance video they obtained... more »
  • Kitchen fire damages Baton Rouge home

    December 31, 2014 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A fire on New Year's Eve has forced one Baton Rouge family out of their home. It happened around 12:15 p.m. in the 9500 block of Tampa Drive. Firefighters say the blaze started in the kitchen. They say three kids were home, and the oldest was... more »
  • New Year's celebrations underway in Red Stick

    December 31, 2014 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People in Baton Rouge started celebrating the New Year early with Red Stick Revelry kids' events Wednesday morning downtown. The city's official New Year's Eve celebration started at 11 a.m. with hands-on arts activities for children, including making Choctaw dream catchers with local artists and dancing... more »
  • 2 men wanted for stealing packages from doorsteps

    December 31, 2014 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - In yet another instance of doorstep robberies over the holidays, Baton Rouge Police Detectives are on the look out for two men accused of stealing delivered packages from the front porch of several homes in the Baton Rouge area. Police said the times of the thefts... more »
  • Victim identified in deadly morning fire Play Video

    December 30, 2014 5:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators released the name of the person killed by a house fire in Baton Rouge overnight. A Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesperson said Tommy Lee Bates was found dead in the house at 835 Myrtle Street after firefighters were able to get into the burning building.... more »

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