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  • I-10 East delay stretched to 10/12 split due to closure

    July 28, 2016 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officlals say heavy interstate delays and closures can be expected up until 6 p.m. Thursday due to an afternoon memorial for fallen officers. The first major closure of the afternoon came just before 1:30 when LA DOTD closed I-10 East at the Port Allen exit.... more »
  • U.S. Attorney General to hold civil rights meeting in Baton Rouge Friday

    July 26, 2016 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Attorney General Loretta Lynch will spend the night in Baton Rouge Thursday to meet with U.S. Attorney Walt Green Friday. The Department of Justice released details about the trip late Tuesday afternoon. Lynch was originally scheduled to attend a community memorial service for three slain law enforcement... more »
  • Overtime in the millions following violent protests in Baton Rouge Play Video

    July 26, 2016 5:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In the wake of those violent protests in Baton Rouge, overtime figures are beginning to come in for law enforcement that worked tirelessly. Following the shooting death of Alton Sterling, officers from around the state were called in to Baton Rouge to help. Law enforcement did what... more »
  • NOLA doc threatens cops, references BR shooting

    July 26, 2016 11:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A suburban doctor was charged with making heinous threats toward law enforcement officers and the medical board. Authorities said Dr. Shannon Ceasar, 43, referenced the recent shooting deaths of three officers, saying, "What I’ll do is make Baton Rouge look like a {expletive deleted} kindergarten." Ceasar... more »
  • Dallas Police officer returns home to Baton Rouge for officers' funerals Play Video

    July 26, 2016 12:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of law enforcement officers from out of town made their way to Baton Rouge over the past week to pay their respects to the three officers killed in an ambush earlier this month. Among that group was Dallas Police Department officer Chris Langlois who has... more »
  • NYPD buys new vests, helmets in wake of Baton Rouge shooting

    July 25, 2016 6:31 PM

    NEW YORK - One of the nation’s largest and most illustrious police forces has some new equipment to work with in the wake of shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas. The new equipment, which includes bulletproof vests and military grade protective helmets, comes at a cost of more than... more »
  • Michael Jordan donates $2 million to deal with police race relations

    July 25, 2016 12:21 PM

    CHARLOTTE - Michael Jordan has donated $2 million to organizations to help ease racial tensions between police and communities, media outlets reported Monday. ESPN website The Undefeated first reported the details. ESPN shared the story on Twitter later. "As a proud American, a father who lost his own... more »
  • Likely closures and delays along Airline due to Montrell Jackson's funeral procession

    July 25, 2016 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Commuters may want to take an alternate route Monday due to a funeral procession on Airline Highway. Officer Montrell Jackson's funeral is likely to cause closures and delays on Airline from Winbourne Avenue to Florida Boulevard from approximately noon to 3 p.m. There is already heavy... more »
  • AP Poll: Support grows among Americans for stricter gun laws

    July 23, 2016 9:31 PM

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows Americans increasingly favor making gun laws tougher by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months. But it also shows pessimism that change will happen anytime soon. Nearly two-thirds of respondents expressed support for stricter laws, with majorities... more »
  • Religious organizations come together to offer peace to shaken community Play Video

    July 23, 2016 12:03 AM

    A vigil at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church continued a series of services to honor the fallen Baton Rouge law enforcement officers. Six religious organizations were represented by speakers, offering words of inspiration and compassion. "We are Luthern, we are Catholic, we are African Methodist, and we are episcopal,"... more »
  • Thousands say goodbye to slain EBRSO Deputy Garafola Play Video

    July 22, 2016 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola was remembered Saturday as a man who ran to help his fellow officers during last week's shooting on Airline Highway. Deputy Garafola was laid to rest at Greenoaks Funeral Home Saturday afternoon. All 1,500 seats were filled at Istrouma... more »
  • PHOTOS: Funeral and procession of Officer Matthew Gerald

    July 22, 2016 4:41 PM

    Images from News 2 viewers and WBRZ.com viewers poured in via social media networks on Friday when Baton Rouge Police Department Officer Matthew Gerald was laid to rest. The officer was shot and killed during the gunfight that unfolded at an Airline Highway business on the morning of Sunday,... more »
  • Mom: Gunman would 'pretty much lose it' on police shootings

    July 22, 2016 11:04 AM

    The mother of the man who shot and killed three law-enforcement officers in Baton Rouge says her son would "pretty much lose it" when he heard about a black man being shot by police in what he considered an unlawful manner. Corine Woodley said in an interview with PBS talk... more »
  • Custom-built free caskets donated to families of murdered officers Play Video

    July 21, 2016 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A special donation for three murdered law enforcement officers and their families arrived in Baton Rouge Thursday. Trey Ganem owns a company that makes specialized caskets. He says when we learned of the tragedy that occurred in Baton Rouge, he and his team immediately got to... more »
  • Gunman's mother believes he suffered from PTSD

    July 21, 2016 7:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mother of the Iraq war veteran who shot and killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge says she believes her son suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and that he once said he thought the CIA was following him. Gavin Long's mother, Corine Woodley, told PBS... more »
  • Free lunch for law enforcement after ambush shooting Play Video

    July 20, 2016 7:53 PM

    LIVINGSTON- One restaurant is going the extra mile with its gratitude for law enforcement. Wayne's Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que in Livingston is offering free meals to all cops this week. It's a response to Sundays shooting of three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers. "You see such tragic losses amongst... more »
  • Police shootings touch nerve among military veterans

    July 20, 2016 10:54 AM

    SAN DIEGO - Back-to-back attacks on police in Texas and Louisiana by former military men have struck a nerve among veterans who traditionally share a close bond with law enforcement. Veterans and active-duty troops started posting messages on social media almost immediately after the news broke last weekend that a... more »
  • BR man says fallen deputy helped him in time of greatest need Play Video

    July 19, 2016 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tonight, a story of heroism is emerging about a deputy who is fighting for his life. It was a chance encounter with a stranded motorist in Baton Rouge. Deputy Nick Tullier is an 18-year veteran of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. He's assigned to traffic. Billy... more »
  • Alton Sterling's aunt, slain officer's dad embrace, pray at memorial

    July 18, 2016 11:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Alton Sterling's aunt and the father of one of the officers killed in an ambush Sunday morning in Baton Rouge met at a growing memorial for the slain officers Monday night. A photo taken by ABC News Correspondent Lana Zak shows Sandra Sterling and Hosea Jackson... more »
  • Scene of deadly ambush becomes memorial to officers Play Video

    July 18, 2016 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The B Quick convenience store where a man from Missouri ambushed and killed three law enforcement officers Sunday has become an emotional memorial to the victims. Monday morning, police officers from other jurisdictions prayed among flowers left at the scene. Citizens brought their children to leave... more »
  • After emotional service, vigil for murdered officers Monday, more planned for Tuesday Play Video

    July 18, 2016 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge community has begun to hold vigils for the three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers killed on Sunday after a shooting on Airline Highway. Sheriff's deputy Brad Garafola, BRPD officers Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald were killed by 29-year-old Gavin Long after he opened fire... more »
  • NEW: FBI monitoring New Black Panther Party; Group in Baton Rouge

    July 18, 2016 8:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The FBI is closely monitoring the New Black Panther Party – an organization that recently formed a local chapter in the wake of the shooting death of Alton Sterling. WBRZ was first to report about the newly-formed group when they gathered Saturday in the parking lot... more »
  • New Black Panther Party forms Baton Rouge chapter

    July 16, 2016 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge residents gathered Saturday afternoon to form the newest chapter of the New Black Panther Party. The New Black Panthers arrived in Baton Rouge last Saturday to protest the officer-involved shooting death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling. Two videos of the shooting sparked national outcry and... more »
  • Stanford victim expresses outrage after getting insulting check in the mail Play Video

    July 15, 2016 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man who invested $65,000 with the Stanford group received a check recently after a court-appointed receiver located some of the money from the ponzi scheme. LV Reeves got less than a penny on the dollar for his investment, a check for $540. Reeves never joined in... more »
  • Greyhound expands south Louisiana service

    July 15, 2016 9:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Greyhound says it is expanding its service in south Louisiana to include stops in more cities and towns between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Greyhound says stops in Raceland, Thibodaux, Morgan City and New Iberia will be added along with the two daily roundtrips between Baton Rouge and... more »
  • Cameron Sterling addresses President at town hall on race Play Video

    July 14, 2016 11:14 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 15-year-old son of a man who was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge last week attended a town hall hosted by ABC and addressed the president directly. "I ask that you keep all of these families and my family safe," Cameron Sterling told... more »
  • BRAC addresses Baton Rouge race problem Play Video

    July 14, 2016 7:40 PM

    Baton Rouge- Business leaders in the capital city said Baton Rouge has a race problem. "The business community acknowledges a racial divide in our city," said Ann Trappey, chairwoman of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. BRAC held a press conference Wednesday in response to the Alton Sterling shooting that... more »
  • Col. Mike Edmonson calls for retraining of law enforcement nationwide Play Video

    July 14, 2016 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Following the death of Alton Sterling, questions have been swirling about training for law enforcement. State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson and Governor John Bel Edwards met with President Obama yesterday, and that topic came up. Edmonson told reporters he believes police officers nationwide need to be retrained.... more »
  • Internet swirls with warnings, debunking of nation-wide protest

    July 14, 2016 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mixed reports of potentially violent protests around the country and suggestions that the local police computers had been hacked sparked warnings from federal officials. The Department of Defense warned its employees about protests planned for Friday night and a military base outside St. Louis even posted... more »
  • Formosan termite infestations growing in Baton Rouge

    July 14, 2016 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Long seen as a New Orleans problem, Formosan termites have become a new reality in Baton Rouge. A long-time termite researcher at the LSU Agricultural Center says increasing numbers of the insect are now being found in Louisiana's capital city. Gregg Henderson, who has documented the Formosan... more »
  • Workers' hands taped during BR eatery robbery

    July 13, 2016 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three employees were inside an area restaurant when robbers tied them up and stole the store's cash, WBRZ has learned. The heist happened Monday night before midnight at the Olive Garden on Siegen Lane. Authorities said the workers' hands were taped by the crooks. Little... more »
  • Man arrested in plot to kill police speaks out, along with other suspects' families Play Video

    July 13, 2016 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Recently released from jail, a man implicated for having a stolen gun from a business in a plot to kill police is speaking out tonight. Trashone Coats told WBRZ today, he had nothing to do with the burglary on the Cash America Pawn Shop over the weekend.... more »
  • Together Baton Rouge wants political change after Alton Sterling shooting Play Video

    July 12, 2016 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A prominent grass-roots organization wants law enforcement and economic reforms in response to the Alton Sterling shooting. Together Baton Rouge held a lunch in Mid-City Tuesday with over 300 faith and civic leaders in attendance. "We have a faulty foundation, we have problematic foundation, we have an... more »
  • Police ID suspects arrested after federal raid at BR home tied to murder plot against police Play Video

    July 12, 2016 3:27 PM

    **Note: The original photo for Antonio Thomas sent by BRPD was not the correct person. The above photo of Thomas has since been corrected and updated. BATON ROUGE - The raid of a home Monday and a pawn shop burglary last week are connected to the arrests of three... more »
  • Long divided: Baton Rouge race relations under new scrutiny

    July 11, 2016 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The shooting death of a black man at the hands of two white police officers is revealing long-simmering racial tensions in Louisiana's capital. Jasiri Basel is a 37-year-old community activist. He says Baton Rouge is "horribly racist" and that there's a physical divide in the city.... more »
  • 'Iconic' image of Baton Rouge protests spreads via social media

    July 11, 2016 9:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A photo of a protester being detained by Baton Rouge Police over the weekend is spreading via social media with many already calling the image iconic. Jonathan Bachman, a freelance photographer, snapped the picture on Saturday afternoon during demonstrations at BRPD Headquarters on Airline Highway. Hundreds... more »
  • March to Capitol, other protests Sunday in Baton Rouge Play Video

    July 10, 2016 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A youth-led march took to the streets of Baton Rouge Sunday afternoon. Louisiana Progress Action marched with a group from Wesley United Methodist Church to the State Capitol at 4 p.m. The group said it is demanding justice for Alton Sterling. Sterling was shot and killed... more »
  • 102 arrested during overnight protests; police blame outsiders

    July 9, 2016 9:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- By Sunday morning, 102 people had been booked into jail related to protests outside Baton Rouge Police Headquarters Saturday. Click HERE to see the list of names booked into jail. The .PDF is four pages; page 1 contains the list of names of people arrested during a... more »
  • Jail releases list of people booked into jail following protest overnight

    July 9, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city police department - which has remained relatively quiet since the shooting death of Alton Sterling Tuesday - booked more than two dozen people into jail for blocking Airline Highway during a protest outside police headquarters. Just before noon, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's... more »
  • While Baton Rouge teeters, mayor appears absent

    July 9, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor stressed teamwork in a news conference Friday, and said state leaders are working with Baton Rouge city officials despite a noticeable absence of Mayor Kip Holden. Holden, who first commented in a quick phone conversation with WBRZ the night of Alton Sterling's death -... more »
  • FBI warns of safety concerns for public, law enforcement this weekend

    July 8, 2016 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The FBI released a strongly-worded warning about threats to peoples' safety Friday evening. In the memo - known as a 'Gold Code' - federal authorities warned Baton Rouge-area and Shreveport-area law enforcement agencies to "threats to law enforcement and potential threats to the safety of the... more »
  • Leaders of Black Lives Matter condemn violence in Dallas

    July 8, 2016 1:15 PM

    DALLAS - Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement are condemning the slayings of police in Dallas during a protest over fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Shaun King is a blogger who rose to prominence following the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in... more »
  • Baton Rouge Police car torched by Molotov cocktail

    July 8, 2016 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A city police car was damaged after it was set on fire overnight. The unit was parked at a repair shop near the corner of Tom Drive at Airline when it was set ablaze around 2 a.m. Friday. Hours later, police said a Molotov cocktail was... more »
  • Prosecuting cops in Alton Sterling case could be difficult Play Video

    July 7, 2016 7:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The bar will be high for prosecuting two police officers in the Alton Sterling case, a former federal prosecutor said Thursday. "You have to show there was a deprivation of rights, the standard is high, but it's just as high in a murder case," said former U.S.... more »
  • President Obama speaks on Alton Sterling shooting

    July 7, 2016 6:32 PM

    POLAND - President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak on the shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old man that was shot and killed by two BRPD officers outside of a Baton Rouge convenience store. Videos obtained from the store owner and witnesses have shown the moments leading up to the... more »
  • Police investigate pair of possible shootings in one block radius

    July 7, 2016 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pair of shootings have been reported within blocks of each other on Thursday afternoon. The scenes currently being processed by Baton Rouge Police are in the 6700 block of Winbourne Avenue near Juban and in the 6700 block of Ozark Street. According to authorities,... more »
  • Police: four injured in North Lobdell Ave. morning shooting

    July 7, 2016 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say four people were injured and one person is in critical condition after an early morning shooting in Baton Rouge Thursday. According to the Baton Rouge Police, four people were shot after a verbal argument turned physical in the 2000 block of North Lobdell Avenue... more »
  • People arrested protesting BR man's death in Philadelphia

    July 6, 2016 11:48 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - The death of a Baton Rouge man in an officer involved shooting has had a ripple effect across the country with millions voicing their frustration online and some organizing protests 1,200 miles away. Demonstrators took to the streets Wednesday night for a protest in Alton Sterling's honor.... more »
  • Politicians comment on deadly officer-involved shooting

    July 5, 2016 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayoral candidate Sharon Weston Broome became the latest official to comment on a deadly officer-involved shooting when she issued a news release late Tuesday evening. > The NAACP called for the mayor and police chief to resign at a news conference on the steps of city hall... more »
  • Map of aquifer can help manage groundwater resource

    July 5, 2016 9:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Researchers at LSU have mapped a section of the water-containing sand layers of the Southern Hills Aquifer, something that can prove invaluable to the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation Commission as it decides how to deal with saltwater intrusion. The map is the result of years of... more »
  • WATCH: Thousands enjoy WBRZ's fireworks show, largest in state Play Video

    July 4, 2016 9:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of people enjoyed the annual WBRZ fireworks show on the Mississippi River Monday. "It means a lot to us. It means everything, that we can live in a free country and do everything that we do," volunteer Chad Ford said about the Independence Day... more »
  • Father arrested, accused of knocking out 5-year-old son Play Video

    July 4, 2016 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A father who was enraged over chicken being left out on the counter punched his 5-year-old son so hard, it gave the child a concussion and left a large hole in the sheet rock of their apartment, arrest records show. The affidavit of probable cause says... more »

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