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  • Memorial built during vigil for toddler who died in hole Play Video

    December 24, 2014 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A small crowd gathered at an abandoned sewer shaft Christmas Eve night for a memorial service for a toddler who fell in the hole and died earlier this week. "We just miss him dearly," Jassiah Clark's aunt, Chapreca Harris, said. Harris and a few dozen others gathered... more »
  • Man killed in parking lot drug deal

    December 23, 2014 10:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said a Baton Rouge man shot in a grocery store parking lot Tuesday night died as a result of his injuries. A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson said 19-year-old Derrell Marquis Hayes was shot during a drug deal in the parking lot next to Choctaw Drive... more »
  • Frustration and emotions high after child found dead in hole Play Video

    December 22, 2014 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities found the body of 4-year-old Jassiah Clark Monday evening in a water-filled hole on property adjacent to his home. Police said the body was found about 7:35 p.m. near where Clark lived with his family on the corner of Robertson and Greenwell Street. The hole was... more »
  • Christmas Tree mishap burns Baton Rouge home

    December 22, 2014 8:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters believe an electrical malfunction between some Christmas lights and the electrical socket at a home in the Broadmoor area sparked a fire Monday evening. Emergency crews were dispatched to a house on Carolyn Sue about 5 p.m. They found the family's Christmas Tree in the... more »
  • Mom makes emotional plea for son's safe return Play Video

    December 22, 2014 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mother of a missing four-year-old boy who vanished Saturday afternoon made an emotional plea to anyone who knows anything about her child's whereabouts. "This is not like him," Brittni Clark said. "He's clingy. He sticks to me and to wonder off and leave like that,... more »
  • Police say girl taken from park and assaulted

    December 22, 2014 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police asked for the public's help Monday identifying a car involved in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a young girl in Baton Rouge. A BRPD spokesperson said on Dec. 13 a 7-year-old girl was playing at Gus Young Park when a man lured her over... more »
  • Woman charged with stabbing husband in chest

    December 22, 2014 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge woman has been arrested after deputies say she stabbed her husband in the chest with a knife. It happened Sunday night in the 7000 block of Villere Dr. After Stephanie Hayes Robertson, 39, was arrested, she told officers an argument with her... more »
  • Baton Rouge home to cheapest gas in USA

    December 18, 2014 10:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A price war between competing stations helped the price for a gallon of regular gasoline drop to $1.77 Thursday. This made it the second-lowest in the country. The only other city where a store was selling cheaper gas Thursday was in Oklahoma City for $1.68. Costco... more »
  • Fire in chimney damages apartment

    December 16, 2014 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A faulty chimney was blamed for an apartment fire late Tuesday night. Firefighters said flames were coming out of the roof of the building in the 11600 block of Sherwood Valley Court when they arrived on the scene shortly before 8 p.m. The fire was under control... more »
  • School Board Member wants to extend Superintendent's contract

    December 16, 2014 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- School board member Mary Lynch is proposing the school board discuss a possible extension of Superintendent Bernard Taylor's contract for another year. Lynch said she did not have all of the facts when she voted, and she should have abstained back in June. "It's unfinished business... more »
  • Seattle company bringing more tech jobs to BR

    December 16, 2014 1:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Seattle software testing company announced plans Tuesday to relocate from Seattle to the Louisiana Technology Park in Baton Rouge. Qalytics's move will create 34 new permanent jobs at the tech park with an average salary of $27,000. Louisiana Economic Development estimates it will also create... more »
  • Police search for trio involved in credit card heist

    December 16, 2014 9:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are looking for help to trackdown three suspects they claim made unauthorized transactions using a stolen credit card. The incident happened on Black Friday. According to BRPD, the trio entered Poise'n Ivy Woman's Boutique in the 7200 block of Highland. Investigators say the two women... more »
  • Man in critical condition after shooting overnight dies Play Video

    December 16, 2014 3:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said a man who was fighting for his life after being shot multiple times early Tuesday morning has died from his injuries. The shooting victim was identified as 35-year-old Braden Larvadain who was in a parking lot in the 1800 block of North Foster Drive... more »
  • IBM topping off planned in Baton Rouge

    December 15, 2014 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Construction crews scheduled a "topping off" ceremony for the IBM site in Baton Rouge Monday. The event is to celebrate the last girder being put into place as part of the building's erection. The practice of celebrating topping off comes from ancient Scandinavian rites of placing... more »
  • Officer arrested, accused of touching woman during traffic stop

    December 14, 2014 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Department of Public Safety Officer was arrested, accused of touching a woman inappropriately during a traffic stop. According to court records, 47-year-old Michael Dayne Selders pulled a woman over on Plank Road near Pride Port Hudson Road on December 14. At that time, the victim told... more »
  • Police: Man shot and killed while driving

    December 13, 2014 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a man was shot and killed just after midnight not far from downtown Baton Rouge. It happened on North 18th street near North Street. Police say Reginald Joseph, 32, was driving his 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche when he was gunned down. No word yet... more »
  • Gas hits 2008 low in Baton Rouge

    December 12, 2014 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A price war over gasoline forced a ten cent drop at the pumps Friday. Costco and Sam's, the two stores that have been jockeying for the cheapest fuel in the region, both dropped the price of a gallon of regular fuel to $1.89. Wednesday, the stores were... more »
  • Parents wary after janitor with a record is accused of raping student Play Video

    December 10, 2014 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parents are questioning the school district's background check policy after a janitor with a prior criminal history was accused of raping a 14-year-old student. The victim told East Baton Rouge Sheriff deputies Adrian Wright Jr., 31, pushed her into a classroom when she was trying to... more »
  • Illegal immigrants in court after bust in Baton Rouge Play Video

    December 10, 2014 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly a dozen illegal immigrants spent the afternoon in Federal Court after they were caught in an SUV on I-12 in October. Most of them are being held in the Ascension Parish Jail. WBRZ has learned the nine passengers and driver were in route from Texas... more »
  • School janitor accused of raping 14-year-old student

    December 10, 2014 2:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A janitor is accused of forcing a 14-year-old North Banks Middle School female student inside a classroom and raping her last year. Adrian Wright Jr., 31, is charged with forcible rape for the alleged November 23, 2013 incident. The girl told deputies she was leaving school... more »
  • With budget approval, council agrees to more police academies

    December 9, 2014 9:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved the mayor's $830 million spending plan for 2015 which will include two police academies to train as many as sixty new police officers. The budget was approved Tuesday evening. The Metro Council made no changes to the plan but did voice some concern about... more »
  • $350 million bond could fund new DA office Play Video

    December 8, 2014 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The mayor's pending proposal for a $350 million bond initiative would likely fund several aspects of public safety, including a new District Attorney's office. Currently the DA occupies a couple floors in the city's Governmental Building as well as an office near the courthouse and offices near... more »
  • Fire: One dead in morning house fire

    December 6, 2014 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge fire officials say a man was killed in a house fire Saturday morning. The single family house on Braddock Street near Howard Street caught fire at around 6 a.m. Officials say a man between 30 and 35 years old was found passed out... more »
  • Man killed during home invasion had lengthy criminal history Play Video

    December 5, 2014 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to 19th Judicial Court records, the man who was shot and killed during a home invasion Friday had numerous run-ins with the law and had been charged with breaking into homes before. A homeowner on Woodhaven St. in the Broadmoore area of Baton Rouge shot... more »
  • Wreck causes I-10 traffic jam

    December 5, 2014 1:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials said a wreck on I-10 West has slowed down traffic significantly through Baton Rouge. The Department of Transportation and Development said the wreck happened near South Acadian Thruway around 1:20 p.m. It blocked the center and left lanes of I-10 West. DOTD said... more »
  • BRPD releases identity of slain home invader Play Video

    December 5, 2014 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police identified a man who was shot multiple times and died from his injuries after he tried to break into a Baton Rouge home on Friday morning. 36-year-old James Boyette was shot and killed around noon while attempting to burglarize a home in the 900 block... more »
  • Mayor proposing $350 million tax Play Video

    December 4, 2014 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden will ask the Metro Council next week to add a measure to a January agenda to introduce a tax plan which would generate $350 million. The tax proposal would fund needed public safety infrastructure improvements. According to Councilman Buddy Amoroso, the money would... more »
  • Former parish attorney sues over public records

    December 4, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Parish Attorney Mary Roper faced five council members she's suing over public records Wednesday. Roper claims the city-parish and council have not honored her request to receive emails containing certain key words from council members along with emails she sent and received while she was... more »
  • Two injured in overnight shooting

    December 4, 2014 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said two people were hurt in a shooting at a Baton Rouge apartment complex Wednesday night. A BRPD spokesperson said the shooting happened at the Spanish Arms Apartments on Denham Street around 9 p.m. Investigators said two men were shot, one in the arm... more »
  • DA: case is one of the most horrendous he's seen Play Video

    December 3, 2014 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A grand jury indicted a mother and daughter Wednesday for manslaughter after their elderly family member died of neglect inside their home. "I have viewed photographs of the autopsy and it's some of the more horrendous ones I've seen in my 40-year career," East Baton Rouge... more »
  • BR schools cut hours to avoid insurance fines Play Video

    December 3, 2014 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Teachers are missing from classrooms across the Baton Rouge area and fingers are pointed at Washington D.C. for the short supply. Under the Affordable Care Act, business that employ more than 50 full-time workers must provide health insurance for them. Full-time workers are defined under the... more »
  • Two arrested in golf course mugging

    December 1, 2014 11:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two of four people suspected in a mugging at a golf course were arrested by Baton Rouge Police, jail documents obtained by WBRZ News 2 report. Malik Allen, 17, and Donald Ray Walker, 21, face armed robbery charges for an attack at Howell Park Sunday. Police said... more »
  • Man shoots himself inside BRPD precinct Monday

    December 1, 2014 8:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Detectives with the police department's special unit set up to handle violent crimes are investigating an attempted suicide at a police precinct Monday night. Authorities said a 52-year-old man entered the Third District office on Coursey Boulevard shortly before 6:30. He had a gun and threatened to... more »
  • Preliminary numbers show homicides down, cleared cases up Play Video

    December 1, 2014 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Preliminary crime stats show the number of homicides for the first part of 2014 are down and the number of cleared cases is up. In 2013, there were 49 homicides with 26 of those were cleared. So far for 2014 (January to June), there have been 27... more »
  • Distracted driver blamed for lake wreck

    December 1, 2014 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Three people jumped into a neighborhood lake after watching a vehicle get rear-ended and careen into the body of water off Nicholson Drive Monday afternoon. The St. George Fire Department said there was only one person in the vehicle, the driver, when it was hit and driven... more »
  • Christmas steams into Baton Rouge Friday

    November 28, 2014 9:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A brightly smiling train steamed into the Kansas City Southern lot Friday evening, bringing with it the holiday spirit. "The KCS Holiday Express is an important project for our company and a joyful way to give back to the communities through which we operate," KCS president and... more »
  • Elections delay St George petition certification

    November 28, 2014 10:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Almost a month after St. George organizers turned in their petition with nearly 18,000 signatures supporting the creation of the proposed new city, none of the names has been certified. Elaine Lamb of the East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters initially said the process to count... more »
  • DHH head: 'alarming rate' of ADHD medication in La

    November 27, 2014 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health secretary says the state has an "alarming rate" of medicating kids for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Secretary Kathy Kliebert will hold a free symposium about the syndrome in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Dec. 9. She says parents, teachers, health care professionals and others are welcome.... more »
  • Cold case murder victim to be Spanish Town king Play Video

    November 26, 2014 8:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The victim in a cold case murder will be the face of the Spanish Town Mardi Gras festivities next year. Shelby Holmes was shot and killed a few blocks from his home in Old South Baton Rouge in October 2013. Wedneday, the Society for Preservation of... more »
  • Traffic nightmare eases, will return Sunday

    November 26, 2014 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's the early Christmas present no one wanted: holiday traffic slowed to a crawl like a family after the big Thanksgiving meal Friday. Traffic jams lingered on busy surface streets like Perkins and the interstate systems well past rush hour. The issues started early. Shortly after... more »
  • Accused fountain thief busted

    November 25, 2014 11:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Deputies arrested a man they believe is responsible for a series of bizarre thefts that have targeted homes and lawn and garden stores. Christopher Fatheree, 28, was arrested on a list of charges related to burglaries last week. His alleged crime spree has him in jail on... more »
  • First neighborhood annexed away from City of St. George

    November 25, 2014 11:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Three-dozen homes in a small neighborhood were the first collection of houses accepted into the city limits in an effort to remove itself from possibly being in the city limits of the City of St. George Tuesday night. The Metro Council approved annexing the Legacy Court subdivision... more »
  • Crisis Intervention Center helps with the holiday blues Play Video

    November 25, 2014 7:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the holidays and is a time for joy and celebration, but it can also be a time for loss, anxiety and depression. You can get help for the holiday blues at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center. Haley Shows joined John... more »
  • Senator talks about finding intruder in apartment

    November 24, 2014 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A state senator said he was puzzled about the state of a man who broke into his posh downtown apartment last week . Charles Johnson, 55, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and trespassing after an altercation with Senator Gerald Long and his... more »
  • ClearEdge Wholesale Glass to expand in Baton Rouge

    November 24, 2014 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - ClearEdge Wholesale Glass is expanding its manufacturing operations in Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and company owners, Brian and Dana LaBorde, said Monday that ClearEdge is investing $2.65 million to renovate a 41,000-square-foot facility in Baton Rouge, where it will relocate its current operations from New Orleans. ClearEdge... more »
  • Families distraught after fight, double murder Play Video

    November 24, 2014 9:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Family members said they're distraught after two men fought and killed each other in Baton Rouge this weekend. According to police, 32-year-old Lester Reed and 19-year-old Tevin Crump killed each other during an argument Sunday night in the 5300 block of Washington Court. The two... more »
  • State senator, wife find burglar in downtown apartment Play Video

    November 21, 2014 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Senator Gerald Long and his wife walked in on a suspected burglar inside their posh, selectively-awarded capital apartment Thursday night. According to documents obtained by WBRZ News 2, Long and his wife were surprised by Charles Johnson, 55, in the living room of their unit on... more »
  • 5,000 illegals in BR could get reprieve under president's plan

    November 21, 2014 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city has an estimated 10,000 undocumented immigrants; half could qualify to stay under plans announced by the president Thursday. President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration allows those living in the U.S. illegally to remain in the states risk-free if they register, pay taxes and... more »
  • New firefighters will hit the streets Saturday

    November 20, 2014 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thirty new firefighters will hit the streets after graduating from the fire training academy Friday morning. The recruits graduate with national certifications in fire fighting, emergency medicine, hazmat operation, rescue and others the department said in its announcement about Friday's event. The graduation is at Zoar Baptist... more »
  • Paraplegic adventure athlete refuses to slow down Play Video

    November 20, 2014 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A motivational athlete visited Baton Rouge this week to encourage you to get up and get moving. Mark Wellman was paralyzed in a mountain climbing accident, but he hasn't let that stop him from doing what he loves. He visited the Baton Rouge Rehab Center Tuesday... more »
  • Burned homeless sanctuary had code violations Play Video

    November 19, 2014 10:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire that tore through a house on Plank Rd. Monday revealed fire code violations and forced even more people out of other homes. "The law is very clear," Fire Marshal Butch Browning said. Investigators found the two-story home was not properly permitted as commercial... more »
  • Pot left on stove causes Chippewa Street fire

    November 19, 2014 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators traced the cause of a fire that broke out at a house in the 3000 block of Chippewa Street on Wednesday morning was caused by a pot, left on the stove unattended. Baton Rouge firefighters responded to the fire shortly before 5:30 a.m. to find... more »
  • Parish workers tell council to 'show them the money'

    November 18, 2014 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish workers in Baton Rouge have been waiting for a pay raise for years. Tuesday, the council spoke about raises for workers that were suggested, but never materialized. A study done by the city-parish, completed in 2013, found employees are underpaid, when matched to comparable cities.... more »
  • DANGER ZONE: Top 5 Most Dangerous Intersections Play Video

    November 17, 2014 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge is notorious for traffic congestion and wrecks snarl your commute, almost daily. News Two's Alexa Vogue narrowed the five most dangerous intersections and the spots identified are where you're most likely to get into a crash. While there is no sure way to ever... more »
  • 2 judges throw out suits about big cat ban

    November 17, 2014 4:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Judges in Baton Rouge have thrown out two lawsuits involving Louisiana's law against owning exotic cats. One lawsuit challenges an exemption to the ban. That exemption allows the owner of a Baton Rouge-area truck stop to continue keeping his live tiger mascot on exhibit. The other lawsuit... more »
  • Two-story house on Plank Road burns down

    November 17, 2014 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators determined that an overloaded power cord caused a fire that burned down a two-story house on Plank Road on Monday morning. The Baton Rouge Fire Department dispatched a total of seven units to the scene of the fire in the 2000 block of Plank shortly... more »
  • Brother of former Jaguar QB shot and killed overnight

    November 16, 2014 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A high school football coach was killed in Baton Rouge after he was shot in a parking lot early Sunday morning. Police say Juan Joseph, 27, was killed overnight while leaving the club with two other friends. He was one of the football coaches at West... more »
  • 1 dead in Saturday morning shooting

    November 15, 2014 1:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies say a man was killed after he was shot Saturday morning. It happened on the corner of Port Avenue and GSRI Road at around 10 a.m. The man died at the hospital from his injuries. No other details were... more »
  • New officers hit the streets next week

    November 14, 2014 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- New police officers will hit the street next week after they graduate from the eightieth training academy Monday. Police said 34 cadets will graduate from the academy. A ceremony will be held at the Independence Park Theater. Officers will begin working as early as Tuesday. ... more »
  • Alabama doctor talks about LSU police officer's rescue Play Video

    November 14, 2014 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A doctor with the Alabama crimson tide football team says he used makeshift items to stabilize an LSU officer after a crash Saturday night. "His tibia was broken. It was through the skin and he had a broken leg above that so we stabilized it," Dr.... more »
  • BRPD: Man stabbed, mugged overnight

    November 13, 2014 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said they're investigating a stabbing overnight where the victim was mugged by a group of men in north Baton Rouge. Investigators said it happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday while the victim was walking in the 3400 block of Sycamore Street. Police said three men approached... more »
  • Citizen calls for police review board following WBRZ reports Play Video

    November 12, 2014 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mounting allegations against the police department has some urging the city to create a review board to watch over officers. "I think it's time we start holding officers accountable," an area college professor, Paul Guidry, said. He and Metro Council members C. Denise Marcelle and... more »
  • Driver kills cow loose on Airline Highway Play Video

    November 12, 2014 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A driver on busy Airline Highway by the Old Bridge recalled scary moments after crashing into a cow he claims was on its way up the bridge. Rod Brew's truck is totaled following the crash with the 500 pound Aberdeen Angus Black Cow. "Just hold... more »
  • Discussion will focus on creating Health District in BR

    November 10, 2014 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Planners will unveil ideas to create a medical Mecca in an area of the city already filled with health care industries. Concepts for the Health District will be showcased at a meeting on November 18th. The discussion will be at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Click HERE... more »
  • I-10E wreck at S. Acadian causes traffic backups

    November 10, 2014 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A serious accident on I-10 East at South Acadian Thruway caused traffic headaches on Monday afternoon, according to authorities. LA DOTD said the wreck initially blocked two lanes of travel, allowing traffic to only pass through in the center lane. All lanes were reopened just... more »
  • Family says electrical fire caused child's death

    November 9, 2014 5:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The family of a 2-year-old killed in a house fire is asking for help covering their expenses. Marques Veals, 2, was found dead in the burned home on the 5300 block of Paige street. Family members say it was an electrical fire.Fire officials say the fire... more »
  • Fire: Arson at vacant Baton Rouge house

    November 9, 2014 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating an arson that happened Sunday morning. Fire officials say it happened at around 9 a.m. at a vacant house on the Alice Street near Highland road and Louise street. Officials say they arrived to find the front of the house... more »
  • Police: Victim identified in overnight homicide

    November 9, 2014 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say a man was gunned down Saturday night. Police say Jeremy Costley, 24, was killed on Plank road at Jefferson street, which is near I-110 at around 9 p.m. Officials say the victim was shot in the stomach and found lying on... more »
  • LSU vs Alabama: the one-sided rivalry Play Video

    November 7, 2014 9:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU fans despise Alabama. The animosity toward the top Tiger turned traitor, Nick Saban, still stings in Tiger country and LSU fans are quick to tell you about it. "LSU hates 'Bama," fan Sydney Fletcher said."No one cares about Alabama." But while tiger fans... more »
  • BRPD: Man commits suicide after shooting girlfriend in leg

    November 7, 2014 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway in Baton Rouge following a domestic shooting early Friday morning. It happened just after 4:00 a.m. in the 4800 block of Doral Dr. According to police, LaMarcus Ray, 35, shot his girlfriend in the leg during an argument before shooting himself in... more »
  • Two injured in Baton Rouge shooting

    November 6, 2014 9:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway in Baton Rouge following a shooting that injured two people Wednesday night. It happened just after 10:00 p.m. in a parking lot in the 4300 block of Denham St. According to investigators, someone walked from behind a nearby apartment complex and started... more »

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