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  • Penzato elected unopposed to Louisiana appeals court

    January 14, 2017 3:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Judge Allison Penzato of Mandeville has been elected unopposed to an open seat on Louisiana's 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge. Penzato, who serves on the 22nd Judicial District Court for St. Tammany and Washington parishes, was the lone candidate to qualify for the March... more »
  • Lane closure on North Street until 5 p.m.

    January 12, 2017 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One lane of North Street at North 13th Street will be shut down from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. The Baton Rouge Water Company will be repairing a water main, requiring workers to shut down the south/left lane at North 13th Street. The right lane... more »
  • Flood survivors must demonstrate continuing need for rental assistance

    January 11, 2017 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - August flood survivors who have a continued need for temporary disaster rental assistance must submit paperwork that demonstrates a disaster-related, financial need. Survivors who received the initial two months of rental assistance may use funds to reimburse expenses for an apartment, house, hotel, or recreational vehicle... more »
  • Edwards reflects on his first year as governor

    January 11, 2017 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor John Bel Edwards gave his remarks on his first year in office Wednesday. A full transcript of the governor's remarks can be found below: Good afternoon. Thank you all for being here. A year ago today, I took the oath of office with... more »
  • DWI checkpoint to be conducted on Jan. 12

    January 11, 2017 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Multiple law enforcement agencies will conducting a DWI checkpoint on Jan. 12. Officers will be screening drivers entering the checkpoint for signs of impairment and will also enforce any other visible violations. The exact location of the checkpoint will not be released in advance, however... more »
  • Unwanted FEMA trailer blocks home repairs Play Video

    January 10, 2017 10:34 PM

    UPDATE : The couple says the trailer has now been removed from the premises. BATON ROUGE - A couple rebuilding their flood damaged home had to delay their progress when FEMA dropped off a trailer right outside their house. B.J. and Kimmie Kirkpatrick applied for the trailer right... more »
  • Mayor Broome announces January as mentoring month in BR

    January 10, 2017 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced that a proclamation has been issued to declare January as "National Mentoring Month" in Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. The Mayor's Office My Brother's Keeper – Baton Rouge initiative is celebrating 15 years of supporting and mentoring opportunities in... more »
  • Car driven over curb, into building Monday

    January 9, 2017 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 68-year-old woman put her foot on the wrong pedal and drove her car into the front of a business Monday around lunch. Emergency crews were dispatched to the 8300 block of Florida just after 1 p.m. where someone drove into the front of Buddy's Home... more »
  • Domino's to hire 200 employees in BR and surrounding areas

    January 9, 2017 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Domino's is looking to hire 200 new employees for 19 stores throughout Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas. The new positions being offered are for delivery drivers, assistant managers and general managers. Store locations that are hiring include: - 2170 Main St. in Baker -... more »
  • Arson suspected in house fire where family is moving in

    January 8, 2017 12:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge fire officials were called to a house fire on Georgia St. early Sunday morning. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department , around 12:42 a.m. Sunday morning, emergency crews were called to the 2000 block of Georgia St. for a reported house fire. ... more »
  • Mom arrested for disciplining kids officially cleared of charges Play Video

    January 5, 2017 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Schaquana Spears, a mom who stole the hearts of the community and nation, is thanking those who stood behind her after she was arrested for disciplining her kids last year . She is officially clear of any cruelty charges she received following the incident in June of 2016.... more »
  • Sears closing in Cortana Mall, Kmart closing in Gonzales company says

    January 4, 2017 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Kmart store in Gonzales and a Sears store in Baton Rouge will close in the spring, the Sears Holdings company announced Wednesday. The Kmart store is located on South Airline Highway in Gonzales and the Sears store in Cortana Mall. According to the company,... more »
  • One suspect in convenience store robbery turns himself in

    January 2, 2017 11:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One of the suspects in a Monday robbery has turned himself in, according to police. Police arrested Carlos Majia in connect to a robbery at the Tortilleria Concenience Store at 13869 Florida Blvd. The armed robbery occurred around 7:30 p.m. Monday evening. According to BRPD,... more »
  • Clogged ditches, flooding streets in Walker subdivision creating problems Play Video

    January 2, 2017 6:01 PM

    WALKER - With every rain fall comes a looming problem for residents living in Suburban Acres. Water overflows the banks of ditches and floods streets and front yards. "Anytime we get rain," said Kathie Chambers. While the ditches fill with water, some are clogged with debris. After getting... more »
  • Shreveport group to protest southern Louisiana pipeline

    January 1, 2017 1:33 PM

    SHREVEPORT - A newly formed Shreveport environmental activist group is making plans to travel to Baton Rouge to protest an incoming pipeline that many worry would hurt the environment. North Louisiana for Climate Justice was created on Friday at a Whole Foods market in Shreveport. Currently about a dozen members... more »
  • Early morning tralier fire kills one in St. George

    December 31, 2016 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An early morning fire claimed the life of one victim on S. Hendricks early Saturday morning. According to St. George fire authorities, around 4:09 a.m. Saturday morning, fire officials were called to the 7000 block of S. Hendricks for a reported trailer fire. Upon arrival,... more »
  • Uber predicts surge in Baton Rouge on New Year's Eve

    December 30, 2016 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Even if it rains Saturday night, revelers are still expected to be out in force, and the mobile taxi service Uber could charge higher rates as a result. In an email, Uber predicts prices to surge right after midnight, and rates will likely remain high for hours.... more »
  • Statewide fee hike for drinking water begins January Play Video

    December 29, 2016 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Next year water systems across the state will increase fees by about seventy-five cents per month to pay for increased state inspections. Customers will pick up the tab but Louisiana health inspectors say it's badly needed since funding was slashed back in 2012. "What we witnessed was... more »
  • Five Mid-City businesses robbed, gun pointed at owner's head Play Video

    December 29, 2016 12:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A store owner in a flourishing part of town said she's lucky to be alive after facing off with an armed robber. Maria Saia peeled out of her parking lot at Anthony's Italian Deli Friday night as a gunman gave chase. "It's very scary, that we're even... more »
  • Outgoing Mayor Kip Holden says last year was tough Play Video

    December 28, 2016 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – With days left in the office, outgoing Mayor-President of Baton Rouge Kip Holden said that he is leaving behind a tough year. "This year has been more trying matter of fact, so trying, I switched from Rogaine to Brogaine to get more hair," Holden joked. Holden's first... more »
  • Man arrested for giving teen drugs and alcohol, raping her in park

    December 25, 2016 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BRPD arrested a man they say gave a teenage female drugs and alcohol and raped her in a park. According to police, Morris Dantzler, 62, offered the 16-year-old victim hard liquor and mojo, a synthetic marajuana, then met her at a park. Officers say Dantzler... more »
  • Manna Outreach to host Christmas Eve toy giveaway

    December 23, 2016 7:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Manna Outreach Foundation is hosting a Christmas toy giveaway this Saturday at their headquarters in Baton Rouge. The giveaway will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 264 Lobdell Avenue in Baton Rouge. In a statement released Friday, Manna Outreach says that... more »
  • Store hours for last minute Christmas shoppers Play Video

    December 23, 2016 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – With less than 48 hours until Christmas Day some shoppers across the Baton Rouge area are still trying to find those last minute gifts. Kerry Sherin, a Shopping and Savings Expert with Offers.com, compiled a list of store hours for Friday Dec. 23 through Christmas Eve... more »
  • Blackwater Road reopened following chlorine leak

    December 22, 2016 4:14 PM

    CHENEYVILLE – Louisiana State Police Hazmat investigators were on the scene of a chlorine leak at a parish water company facility on Thursday afternoon. The facility is located on Blackwater Road, which closed following the lead. The road reopened after 10 p.m. Baton Rouge Fire Department Hazmat and Louisiana... more »
  • 28-year-old dead following shooting on Victoria Drive Wednesday night

    December 21, 2016 10:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police Detectives are investigating a shooting on Victoria Drive that left one man dead Wednesday night. BRPD confirmed on Thursday that 28-year-old Keifer Johnson was found on the roadway in a trailer park located in the 3500 block of Victoria Drive around 9 p.m. Johnson... more »
  • Post Office Christmas delivery deadline is Friday Play Video

    December 20, 2016 11:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The deadline to pay first-class prices for Christmas present deliveries passed Tuesday. However, people willing to pay extra still have a few days left. Wednesday is the last day letters and packages can be mailed with the United States Postal Service with its Priority Mail service. And... more »
  • Deputy's children get Christmas shopping spree Play Video

    December 20, 2016 12:10 AM

    BAKER- East Baton Rouge Parish Deputy John DePedro and his wife Dawn were planning a small Christmas for their two young children this year. They were hit hard in the flood and don't have a lot of money for presents. "We're living in a FEMA trailer and have a... more »
  • Man arrested in sexual assault of kids from an entire family Play Video

    December 17, 2016 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A man was booked into jail on seven felonies related to the sexual assault of four members of his family – two girls and two teenage boys. The case was revealed in arrest documents obtained by WBRZ News 2 Saturday morning. Overnight, Garry Jackson, 37, was... more »
  • Christmas granted for kids of deadly domestic violence attack Play Video

    December 16, 2016 10:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's hard to image that just steps away from a bullet-riddled car covered with a tarp to hide the blood stains from their mother's murder, two, smiling kids play with toys given to them so they don't feel left behind this Christmas. Tre'vonte and Krissell Peck... more »
  • Baton Rouge airport hopes to land Southwest airlines

    December 16, 2016 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Airport officials said they are trying to woo Southwest Airlines but stopped short of saying there's a deal in place to get one of the country's most popular airlines to land commercial flights in Baton Rouge. The interim director of the airport said at a discussion... more »
  • New Sonic coming to downtown Baton Rouge; neighbors are not happy Play Video

    December 14, 2016 11:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A local franchise will open a small drive-thru Sonic restaurant just three blocks from McDonald's at 10th Street and Government. The site is currently a green space that seems like a perfect location except to the people who will live next to it. "This corner is one... more »
  • Louisiana tops the list in domestic violence homicides Play Video

    December 14, 2016 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is once again at the top of another negative list. The state is second in the nation for domestic violence homicides. This time of year, those incidents typically skyrocket. Simply put, the holidays can bring out the best and worst in folks. Mix strife with not a... more »
  • Zipcar pilot program launched in downtown BR

    December 14, 2016 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE – City leaders and representatives launched the Zipcar pilot program on Wednesday morning in downtown Baton Rouge. Zipcar, a car-sharing service, allows members to reserve cars on-demand 24/7. Members can reserve a car by the hour or by the day for up to seven days. Reservations for... more »
  • Nearly $1 million to help fund July overtime costs for BR law enforcement

    December 14, 2016 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The city is set to receive a sizable reimbursement for overtime costs associated with the need for extra law enforcement related to protests of the shooting death of Alton Sterling and the manpower needs following a deadly ambush of officers on Airline Highway this summer. At... more »
  • Council on Aging keeps its funding Play Video

    December 13, 2016 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro-council members failed to strip funding from the Council on Aging in Baton Rouge Tuesday. Republican Buddy Amoroso wanted the senior-citizen group to be solely funded by a tax hike voters approved in November. "I'm disappointed we gave them $872,000 from the budget," said Amoroso after his... more »
  • Impostor 'ladybug' beetle infestations causing serious annoyance for homeowners Play Video

    December 13, 2016 8:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The invasion of Asian Lady Beetles are on the rise. And even though they look exactly like them, it's not the 'ladybug' we know and love. And now, the impostor beetles are causing a serious annoyance. Even though they are 'predator beetles', turns out they're relatively... more »
  • Istrouma High School to reopen in 2017 following 8-month renovation

    December 13, 2016 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Istrouma High School is expected to be open next school year following a renovation that begins Tuesday, the school system said in an email late Tuesday afternoon about the next day's groundbreaking. Wednesday, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System is set to start work on... more »
  • Police identify victim in Ritterman Ave. shooting

    December 11, 2016 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police identified the man who was killed in a shooting on Ritterman Avenue Sunday morning. According to Baton Rouge Police, 37-year-old Juan Montgomery was killed on Ritterman Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Police spokesperson L'jean McKneely said that two black males forcefully entered Montgomery's home, shooting... more »
  • Voters say no to mental health tax

    December 10, 2016 11:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Voters denied a property tax to fund a mental health center in East Baton Rouge. A 10-year, 1.5-mill property tax would have generated about $6 million to fund a center for people who experience mental health issues. Supporters argued the tax would help fund a program... more »
  • Thursday night house fire on Parkview started from fire place Play Video

    December 8, 2016 10:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire crews had to deal with a difficult blaze that engulfed a home in the Broadmoor area Thursday night. Everyone escaped the fire in the 9500 block of North Parkview Drive. Firefighters found flames shooting from the roof when they arrived just after 8:30.According to the... more »
  • Work finishing up at temporary flood debris site Play Video

    December 7, 2016 11:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A temporary flood debris site is getting ready to close it's doors, but state leaders still have some questions about its lasting impact on the area. The temporary site on North Sherwood Forest near Choctaw was opened earlier this year to help accelerate the flood cleanup, much to... more »
  • City breaks ground on 'shopping bypass' boulevard Play Video

    December 7, 2016 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Construction will start soon on the long-awaited alternate route between I-10, the Mall of Louisiana, Perkins Rowe shopping center and Perkins Road. The city broke ground on the Paulat Boulevard project at Perkins Rowe Thursday morning. Phase 1 will include an alternate access to Perkins Rowe... more »
  • LSU Lakes resident threatens to shoot burglars Play Video

    December 6, 2016 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Walking down the clean and quiet streets of the Hillsdale neighborhood in Southdowns, one might not expect to see the ominous sign sticking out of Pat Anderson's front lawn. "Robbed again for the fourth time. Unless you want to meet my gun, don't make it a fifth,"... more »
  • Woman shot during apparent robbery on Arlington Ave. near Catholic High

    December 6, 2016 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 35-year-old woman was shot during an apparent robbery in the 800 block of Arlington Avenue , police said. According to BRPD, the incident occurred sometime around 8 p.m. Tuesday. The woman was transported to a local hospital. Police are currently searching for a suspect.... more »
  • Trouble brewing for medical center in North Baton Rouge Play Video

    December 6, 2016 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tonight, there is trouble for a medical center in North Baton Rouge. The Investigative Unit has learned officials of Champion Medical Center were indicted in a massive kickback scheme totaling half a billion dollars in Texas. For the past six months, leaders at Champion Medical Center have been... more »
  • Airplane was more nuisance than emergency Tuesday

    December 6, 2016 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A small snafu was more nuisance than emergency at the airport Tuesday afternoon. A corporate jet ran into the grass while taxiing after landing at the airport shortly after lunch. The jet turned too sharply and ran off the runway, an airport spokesperson said. As... more »
  • More charges for suspect in deputy involved shooting

    December 6, 2016 2:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators have identified the suspect shot during a deputy involved shooting Tuesday afternoon. George Michael Pikes, 23, was charged with distribution of heroin, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer and two counts of criminal damage to property . More charges could... more »
  • Trump speaks at Baton Rouge Airport Friday Play Video

    December 6, 2016 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – President-elect Donald Trump will speak at a rally in Baton Rouge Friday afternoon. After a near 48-hour search, organizers secured the Dow Chemical aircraft hangar at Baton Rouge airport. Before the election, Trump's schedule was regularly updated with seemingly spur-of-the-moment rallies that were heavily attended. Events... more »
  • Accused parent-killer doesn't admit guilt, fights being sent back to TN

    December 6, 2016 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A man from Louisiana accused of murdering his parents in the Knoxville area over the Thanksgiving holiday won't admit his role in the slayings and is fighting his return to Tennessee. Joel Guy appeared in court Tuesday for an extradition hearing. Guy must cooperate with authorities... more »
  • Suspect wanted in connection to North Street burglary

    December 5, 2016 8:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police Detectives are attempting to identify an individual accused of burglarizing a vehicle on North Street. The incident took place on Nov. 17, in the 4500 block of North Street, according to BRPD. The suspect reportedly removed a credit card from inside the vehicle,... more »
  • High-speed police chase down I-10 leaves behind 3 wrecks

    December 4, 2016 1:47 PM

    SORRENTO - Law enforcement officers from multiple departments were involved in a multi-parish pursuit Sunday morning. The chase started at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Baton Rouge. Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle. The two suspects inside the vehicle... more »
  • 19-year-old arrested for attempted murder after stabbing victim during argument

    December 3, 2016 1:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 19-year-old Baton Rouge man was arrested after stabbing a victim during an argument, police said. According to The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, on Dec. 2 around 8:00 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a residence on Kendalwood Road in regard to a stabbing. ... more »
  • 19-year-old woman shot to death on 47th Street

    November 30, 2016 11:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One person was killed and another was injured in a shooting that took place in the 1100 block of N. 47th Street on Wednesday night. The shooting claimed the life of 19-year-old April Netter of Baton Rouge. According to BRPD, Netter was shot while sitting in a... more »
  • Bluebonnet Blvd. reopens following building fire

    November 29, 2016 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic was blocked on Bluebonnet in front of the Mall of Louisiana due to a building fire on Tuesday morning. Firefighters responded to the Burger King shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday for a fire. Heavy smoke filled the air around the building. Firefighters found the fire... more »
  • One down, one to go: higher severe weather threat tonight

    November 29, 2016 7:07 AM

    The first threat for severe weather, fortunately, did not materialize on Monday Evening. The Baton Rouge area will once again have conditions favorable for strong thunderstorms overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. Stay in touch with the forecast and have access to alerts while you are asleep tonight via the WBRZ WX... more »
  • Community rallies around teen shot while helping murder victim Play Video

    November 28, 2016 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Doing the right thing on Sunday night landed a 17-year-old Central High School student at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Daniel Wesley did what most teenagers might not think about doing. He stopped to render aid to the dying. But, that act of goodwill changed his life.... more »
  • Sunday holiday trek home slows interstates through Baton Rouge

    November 27, 2016 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The notorious Sunday trek home from the Thanksgiving holiday has started. Slowdowns started before 11 o'clock Sunday morning and will likely last most of the afternoon. Traffic monitors warned drivers to expect delays on all interstates in the city - I-10, I-110 and I-12. Baton... more »
  • Shooting off Perkins Road leaves one victim dead

    November 25, 2016 10:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One person is dead after a shooting occurred off Perkins Road Monday evening. Shortly before 10 p.m. deputies were dispatched to an apartment complex on Perkins Road east of Siegen Lane for a report of a shooting. Sources said authorities were trying to determine if multiple people... more »
  • 2 shot on Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive; non-life threatening injuries

    November 23, 2016 8:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating a shooting that left two men with non-life threatening injuries Wednesday. A BRPD spokesperson says the shooting occured around 6:00 p.m. in the 800 block of Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive near South Blvd. Police say 2 men were shot. Both had non-life... more »

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