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  • 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 the scene BREC's Longfellow Park at 5201 Longfellow Drive. A News 2 Crew was on scene as the 21-year-old victim was loaded... 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 »
  • Council could overturn mayor's veto of NBR economic development Play Video

    April 26, 2016 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council will vote Wednesday to possibly override Mayor-President Kip Holden's veto for a proposal to create an economic development district in north Baton Rouge. Holden denied the request last week, after the Metro Council unanimously approved the district, sponsored by council member John Delgado.... more »
  • Fox Finders track sightings across Baton Rouge Play Video

    April 26, 2016 12:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People across Baton Rouge say some new tenants have made homes in their neighborhood: Foxes. Many of the encounters have been caught on camera. Mid-City, Kenilworth, Highland, University Acres and the LSU lakes are just a few of the locations where foxes have been reported on... more »
  • Victim's mother speaks out; she says her son was far from perfect.

    April 23, 2016 12:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are investigating a deadly shooting that killed one man Friday night in Baton Rouge. Police said 21-year-old Anthony Campbell was found deceased in the driveway of 2629 Laurel Street from apparent gunshot injuries. The shooting happened near the intersection on Laurel St.... more »
  • Renting in Baton Rouge could become cheaper soon Play Video

    April 21, 2016 2:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sky-high rent could be falling for many people sometime this year, industry insiders suspect after looking into the number of apartments coming on the market. More than one-thousand new units are on the market, and Craig Davenport of Cook Moore and Associates said in presentation Thursday,... more »
  • BR on list of railroad crossings with most incidents in past 10 years Play Video

    April 21, 2016 10:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - A crossing in Baton Rouge has made the national list of railroad crossings with the most incidents over the past decade, according to a study aimed at reducing fatalities at those sites. The crossing that appears on the list is located near the intersection of North Foster... more »
  • Ballistics results return in The Cottages shooting

    April 20, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police have received preliminary results on ballistics tests on bullets taken from victims in a triple shooting where two Southern University students died almost two weeks ago. LaShuntae Benton and Annette January were shot and killed in crossfire between two suspected shooters at the Cottages apartment... more »
  • Brown water in North BR blamed on firefighter training, nothing to worry about

    April 19, 2016 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Water Company blamed complaints of brown water in part of North Baton Rouge on a fire department training program that involves opening and closing fire hydrants quickly. Hayes Owen told News 2 that stirs up "natural minerals" in the line, like manganese, which... more »
  • Owner of group home where one person died in December not licensed by state Play Video

    April 19, 2016 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The owner of a group home that went up in flames just before Christmas leaving one man dead and another victim injured was not licensed by the State Department of Health and Hospitals, according to a DHH spokeswoman. State guidelines require most group homes to get licenses... more »
  • L'Auberge, Hollywood parent companies agree on merger

    April 18, 2016 3:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gaming regulators signed off on the merger of two casino companies Monday, paving the way for the parent companies of L'Auberge and Hollywood to join forces. Previously, shareholders for the L'Auberge parent company, Pinnacle, and the company that runs Hollywood, Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc., met... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Teen talks about encounter with officer, viral video Play Video

    April 18, 2016 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A weekend outdoor event celebrating Earth Day became a tangled mess of violence that is now the focus of numerous police investigations. The Internal Affairs department within Baton Rouge Police is investigating how officers handled the arrest of a 16-year-old in a grassy area between city... more »
  • Historic Coca Cola sign officially relit

    April 15, 2016 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A historic Coca Cola sign was officially turned back on at a special relighting ceremony in downtown Baton Rouge Friday night. The lights on the sign were turned back on a few months ago after going dark for awhile because of a dispute over who owned it.... more »
  • 2 Mega Millions prizes set to expire in May

    April 15, 2016 3:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A $25,000 Mega Millions lottery jackpot and a $5,000 Mega Millions prize expire next month if the holders of the winning tickets fail to come forward. No one has claimed the $25,000 prize won for the Nov. 3 drawing. A ticket matched four of the five numbers and... more »
  • LSU baseball survives late rally from Grambling State, wins 14-11

    April 13, 2016 11:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU baseball team churned out 17 hits and 14 runs as they survived a late rally by Grambling State to take a 14-11 win on Wednesday. The home Tigers (22-11) scored early and often, putting up crooked numbers in the 1st 4 innings to build... more »
  • Chef of the Month: SHUCKS! Redfish on the Half Shell Play Video

    April 13, 2016 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Our April chef of the month, SHUCKS!, will be cooking up delicious meals all month long in the 2une In kitchen. Chef Joey Faciane was back on Wednesday cooking some delicious redfish that's perfect for any occasion, whether it be a family dinner or a first date.... more »
  • Metro Council to vote on smoking ban Wednesday

    April 13, 2016 9:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Metro Council is set to discuss a proposal that would ban smoking in all business around the capital city. The idea was pitched by Smoke Free Baton Rouge, an anti-smoking campaign. It started out as a plan to ban smoking in bars and casinos around Baton Rouge,... more »
  • Crime analyst: Recent crime crept into comfortable areas

    April 12, 2016 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gun violence has been the talk of the town in the state's two largest cities since shootings this weekend. In Baton Rouge, two Southern students were killed in a triple shooting. The case is still under investigation. Tuesday, the WBRZ Investigative Unit reported detectives were working... more »
  • Mom wants daughter's killer to pay Play Video

    April 11, 2016 11:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lashuntae Benton's mother made the trip to Baton Rouge from Lake Charles Monday night to pick up her daughter's car. Benton, 19, and and Annette January, 19, were caught in the crossfire Saturday in part of Baton Rouge where crimes like this aren't common, which is making... more »
  • In first TV interview, murdered SU student's mom says daughter was doing God's work Play Video

    April 11, 2016 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mother of one of two Southern University students killed in a barrage of gunfire Sunday said she was more worried about her daughter being at home in their native Chicago than in South Louisiana where she ended up losing her life. "When I look over... more »
  • SU holds brief news conference on deadly shooting, arrest of former player

    April 11, 2016 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University made its first public comments on television since the shooting deaths of two students and the arrest of a former football player this weekend. Freshman track athlete Annette January and sophomore trainer Lashuntae Benton were shot and killed at an off-campus housing complex near... more »
  • Man found dead in hot tub at upscale apartment Monday identified

    April 11, 2016 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The man found dead in a hot tub at an upscale apartment complex Monday morning has been identified. Sheriff's deputies said that 19-year-old Daniel St. Dizier was found dead before lunch. A toxicology report is pending as of Tuesday at 2 p.m. EMS responded to... more »
  • Police: Man left child inside car to enter casino

    April 11, 2016 3:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A 27-year-old man has been accused of leaving a 4-year-old child alone in a vehicle in the parking lot for 30 minutes while he went inside Baton Rouge's Hollywood Casino. According to a Baton Rouge Police report, security footage shows Quavis D. Grant walking the casino floor while... more »
  • After three rekindling fire calls, firefighters help clear warehouse of burning material

    April 8, 2016 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After being called out two more times for rekindling flames at a warehouse fire earlier this week, firefighters decided Friday to remove rubber from the facility that initially caught on fire late Wednesday night. A Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesperson said rubber materials from inside were... more »
  • McKinley High School student honored at alumni banquet Play Video

    April 7, 2016 10:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge teen picks up another huge honor Thursday evening. Che'dra Joseph is a Senior at McKinley High School, earning a 4.5 GPA. She's also McKinley's Student of the Year. In January, Joseph had the opportunity to introduce the President, when he visited McKinley High School... more »
  • DOTD adds new traffic cameras around Baton Rouge Play Video

    April 7, 2016 9:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- DOTD has added ten new cameras to highways in the Baton Rouge area to help drivers plan before they get behind the wheel. The new cameras were added as a part of a multi-million dollar camera project system that has been implemented for ten years. The new cameras... more »
  • Rescuer talks about finding burglary victim beaten, bound Wednesday Play Video

    April 6, 2016 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mike Womack heard screams for help Wednesday and stumbled into a busy crime scene. "He was calling for 911, (for) someone to help him, call 911 or something," Womack told WBRZ reporter Natalia Verdina about how he found the victim of a home burglary who was... more »
  • Public defender's office warns it's too poor to represent the poor

    April 6, 2016 1:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The public defender's office in East Baton Rouge started warning judges of its inability to represent poor defendants in the criminal justice system. The letter, which was obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit Wednesday, cites budget issues and warns of layoffs at the office beginning next... more »
  • Chef of the Month: Shucks! Seafood Pasta Play Video

    April 6, 2016 10:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Our April Chef of the Month is Shucks! The Abbeville-based seafood restaurant recently opened its Baton Rouge location on Petroleum Drive just a few months ago. The restaurant is off of Highland Road between I-10 and Airline Highway. This morning on 2une In, Chef Joey Faciane cooked... more »
  • Shots fired in gas station parking lot overnight, police report

    April 5, 2016 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police may have a suspect in an overnight parking lot shooting that was more disturbance than harmful. Baton Rouge Police responded to the Raceway gas station in the 7100 block of Airline Highway north of Greenwell Springs around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Officer said a large crowd... more »
  • Baton Rouge in 1939: Time capsule opened 77 years later Play Video

    April 5, 2016 12:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A time capsule sealed in 1939 was opened Monday, 77 years after it was buried at the old Louisiana School for the Deaf. That building eventually became the Baton Rouge Police headquarters and is now being renovated by the Department of Corrections. February 22, 1939 was the... more »
  • BRFD investigates fire at warehouse

    April 5, 2016 12:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating a fire that happened at a warehouse Monday night. The blaze occurred at the warehouse on Dougherty Drive off of Choctaw Drive. The cause of the fire is under investigation. We expect to receive more details overnight. ... more »
  • Gunshot victim, pedestrian hurt in bizarre chain of events Monday night

    April 4, 2016 10:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two people were transported to the hospital Monday night in Baton Rouge following an unusual series of events. According to BRPD, a man stopped to let a passenger out of his car when the passenger shot him in the shoulder blade-area of his back. The driver... more »
  • Woman rescued from house fire by good Samaritans Play Video

    April 4, 2016 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman was rescued from a burning home by daring good Samaritans Monday. The fire was at a home on Bartlett Street, near Choctaw. A contractor ran into the home after noticing smoke and hearing the woman call for help. While the first contractor ran... more »
  • Monday's drive home off to a slow start

    April 4, 2016 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gridlock started at 4 p.m. for eastbound drivers headed away from downtown Monday. A vehicle stalled and blocked the right lane at College Drive just as the evening rush started. Traffic was moving through the center and left lanes, but it caused a traffic jam across... more »
  • Since charges were dropped, shooting suspect released from jail last week

    April 4, 2016 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Christopher Stills was allowed to leave the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in time for the weekend since the charges against him were dismissed recently . Stills was accused of shooting Baton Rouge boxer Emanuel Augustus in 2014. Augustus was shot walking home from an evening... more »
  • Accused burglar arrested following manhunt in Jones Creek area

    April 4, 2016 12:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An unusual number of law enforcement took to the streets Monday morning in the Jones Creek area, looking for a suspect that was running through backyards of homes. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office had deputies stationed at entrances and streets of Woodlawn Estates. Deputies... more »
  • Baton Rouge hosts multi-state tourism conference

    April 4, 2016 8:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 200 tourism professionals are expected in Baton Rouge Monday for the start of the Southeast Tourism Society's 2016 Spring Symposium. The annual event discusses different approaches that a city can take to expand its tourism market. "We are very excited to have so many tourism professionals... more »
  • Perfect shot: As storms leave BR, rainbow captured under New Bridge

    April 1, 2016 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Off and on showers and thunderstorms gave way to a sunlight-bathed drive home Friday. One person captured a rainbow under the New Bridge from West Baton Rouge. Pictures of rainbows were also shared by people in Ascension Parish, too. Kim Richardson of Prairieville shared... more »
  • Former downtown headquarters of sheriff's office set to be demolished

    April 1, 2016 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Demolition will begin soon on the former home of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office in downtown. Already, fencing has been put up around the cream brick building opposite city hall and in between the new District Courthouse and City Court buildings. The sheriff's office... more »
  • BR locations of Hancock Fabrics to close, part of corporate shutdown

    April 1, 2016 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The two locations of Hancock Fabrics in the capital area will close as the fabrics and crafts chain shutters all of its stores. There are six locations scattered between Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Houma. All will close, the Associated Press reported Friday. There are 185... more »

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