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  • 'Lofts at 6C' complex coming to downtown Baton Rouge Play Video

    October 12, 2016 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A massive parking lot on 6th Street has a new future coming its way. Once a pay-to-park spot, the cement slab spanning from Florida Boulevard to Convention Street will become a new apartment complex. The project, called the "Lofts at 6C," is a 150 unit... more »
  • Man booked into jail after restaurant tirade

    October 3, 2016 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 40-year-old man was arrested after attacking a restaurant worker who accused the suspect of not paying for food. Royce Glapion was booked into jail Monday on charges of battery and theft. Glapion was arrested after an altercation at the Piccadilly on Plank Road. A... more »
  • Man found dead in Baton Rouge building crawl space Friday

    September 23, 2016 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pest control worker was found dead in a crawl space of a shopping center in a busy shopping district of the city Friday afternoon. Sources told WBRZ, the 31-year-old unidentified man went into the space of a building near the corner of Lobdell and Jefferson... more »
  • LSU wins 34-13; offense revived after QB change

    September 10, 2016 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With Brandon Harris benched, backup quarterback Danny Etling quickly revived the LSU offense to give LSU the lead against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Replacing struggling starter Brandon Harris on LSU's third possession, Etling opened with three straight scoring drives, and the Tigers pulled away for a... more »
  • FEMA appears to be setting up manufactured housing community near airport Play Video

    September 7, 2016 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA's mobile homes are being set up in an abandoned trailer park community off Blount Road. Wednesday, WBRZ recorded video of workers adding aprons around the bottom of trailers and utility crews connecting lines to each unit. The lot is a stone's throw north of the... more »
  • Troopers identify woman killed in Tickfaw crash

    August 20, 2016 12:45 PM

    TICKFAW - Louisiana State Police identified the pedestrian killed when she was truck by a vehicle on US 51 in Tickfaw Friday night. Police say the incident happened after 11 p.m. Friday near the intersection of US 51 and Pardo Rd. in Tickfaw. Investigators say 36-year-old Joni Fricano... more »
  • Salvation Army needs volunteers, donations for weekend operations

    August 19, 2016 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Salvation Army says it will continue all operations in south Louisiana through the weekend for residents affected by the flood. Mobile feeding trucks will serve food and drinks as they reach out into the hardest impact areas, the organization says. The donation center located... more »
  • Baton Rouge's summer of grief: Shootings, unrest, now floods

    August 19, 2016 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Victims of catastrophic floods in Louisiana's capital city say they've seen people pull together - white and black, officers and civilians - in ways that give hope amid a summertime string of tragedies. It's been a summer of pain in greater Baton Rouge, a city rocked by... more »
  • Helicopter crew saves family, infant from flooded car in Livingston Parish

    August 16, 2016 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Coast Guard continues to respond to flooding in Baton Rouge, rescuing an additional 12 people on Monday night. They assisted with another 34 rescues. At about 8 p.m. Monday, a helicopter crew was diverted to rescue a family of three, including a five-day-old infant... more »
  • Most people in Livingston Parish lost everything, sheriff says

    August 15, 2016 11:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rescue efforts stretched into their fourth day on Monday as a new week began along with the first glimmerings of recovery in an area decimated by floods over the weekend. More than 15,000 people were rescued in Livingston Parish alone since Friday with those efforts remaining... more »
  • Already planned for 2018, LSU to face Rice in 2020 and 2024

    August 2, 2016 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU added additional games with Rice following its planned 2018 match, university athletic officials announced Tuesday. Already, LSU and Rice meet in Tiger Stadium in 2018. Now, the Tigers will travel to Houston and play the Owls in NRG Stadium on September 19, 2020 followed by... more »
  • Meet 'Unite for Our Heroes' performer Caleb Paul

    July 28, 2016 10:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Musician Caleb Paul performed during WBRZ's 'Unite for Our Heroes' telethon Thursday night. Paul, a former Baton Rouge Police officer, is a combat veteran. Paul was deployed during 2012-2013 to Afghanistan with the U.S. Army. While in Afghanistan, Paul wrote songs and, when he returned home... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • One injured after shooting on Woodpecker Street

    June 24, 2016 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say one person was injured in a shooting in Baton Rouge Friday morning. According to Baton Rouge Police, one woman was shot at 150 Woodpecker Street around 11 a.m. Friday. Police said the injuries are not life threatening. The investigation is still ongoing, but... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Murder suspect booked into jail overnight

    April 1, 2016 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 19-year-old was booked into jail overnight on murder charges connected to the shooting death two years ago. Deandre Anthony was arrested after police located a witness to the shooting on Johnson Street. The witness identified Anthony in a line-up, police wrote in arrest documents filed... more »
  • Two injured in fire at multi-million dollar home

    March 30, 2016 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire at a multi-million dollar home in the exclusive Country Club of Louisiana injured two people Wednesday. Firefighters with the St. George Fire Department said the fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. at 18433 N Mission Hills in the southwestern area of the gated community.... more »
  • Slain deputy US Marshal to be memorialized at Federal Courthouse in Baton Rouge

    March 8, 2016 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities will honor a Deputy U.S. Marshal who was killed in the line of duty while working in Baton Rouge last year. Josie Wells will be memorialized at the Federal Courthouse in downtown. A ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Thursday and organizers said they... more »
  • LSU releases spring practice schedule

    March 2, 2016 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU released their 2016 spring practice schedule this week. The spring practices will begin on Monday, March 7th and run through Saturday, April 16th when the Spring Game will be held in Tiger Stadium. The tigers will hold 15 spring practices in total, eight in March and six... more »
  • Sleeping woman rescued from burning mattress

    February 25, 2016 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters rescued a woman from a fire just before 3 p.m. Thursday. The fire department was called to a home on Arcadia, in Mayfair Park, where they found light smoke. A woman outside told firefighters she evacuated but her daughter was asleep inside. The daughter,... more »
  • Clinic no longer performing abortions in Baton Rouge

    February 25, 2016 1:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Abortions are no longer being performed in Baton Rouge since the only abortion clinic here no longer meets state law. After a court upheld the law requiring doctors at clinics have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, the facility in East Baton Rouge was forced to... more »
  • Suspects in double murder plead not guilty Wednesday Play Video

    February 24, 2016 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The two suspects in the double murder of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier pleaded not guilty to murder charges Wednesday morning. Ernesto Alonso and Frank Garcia appeared before Judge Trudy White for their arraignments. Alonso and Garcia were arrested in Florida after authorities said they killed the... more »
  • During wind advisory, tree toppled onto house Play Video

    February 8, 2016 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews were called to the scene of a tree that fell on a house in the Merrydale area of the city Monday as high winds continued to gust into the evening hours. High winds just caused part of this tree to fall on a home... more »
  • Murder frustrates people who live near crime scene Play Video

    January 15, 2016 12:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Already, people living in one area of the city are frustrated with violence in 2016. " This community doesn't deserve it. It's frustrating," East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said two nights ago at the scene of the first murder within city limits this... more »
  • Rare gaffes during Obama's visit to...where, again?

    January 14, 2016 2:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There was a lot going on during President Barack Obama's visit to Baton Rouge Thursday, which may explain some bumps in the road during the day's events. The town hall event at McKinley High School was a chance for Obama to push his State of the... more »
  • Big rig wreck closes I-110 North at Government

    January 10, 2016 9:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials closed one side of I-110 in Baton Rouge after a wreck involving an 18-wheeler Sunday night. The wreck happened on I-110 North at Government Street around 8 p.m. and involved the big rig and a second vehicle, according to Baton Rouge Police. Authorities... more »
  • Obama to visit Baton Rouge next week Play Video

    January 8, 2016 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first trip to the Capital City during his presidency, according to an announcement from the White House Thursday night. Obama will visit the state capital next Thursday, Jan. 14. Other times and locations for the trip have yet... more »
  • Ted Cruz to hold Baton Rouge rally Monday

    January 7, 2016 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The campaign for Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz said he will be in Baton Rouge on Jan. 11 for a rally. The Texas senator will meet with Louisiana supporters at the BR Marriott's Grand Ballroom from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers posted a link... more »
  • Deputies: Man wanted for pawning $25,000 worth of stolen tools

    January 5, 2016 3:45 PM

    GONZALES - A man from Baton Rouge is accused of pawning $25,000 worth of stolen tools, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies said in a news release Tuesday. Ryan Redinger is wanted on 13 counts of burglary and theft. Detectives believe he used an access code to get into his boss'... more »
  • All aboard! Most visitors at U.S.S. Kidd in 25 years Play Video

    December 29, 2015 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After sinking in debt for years, the U.S.S. Kidd appears to have righted the ship in 2015. The ship's director says more people climbed aboard in 2015, than in any other year since 1990. Alex Juan also says 33,000 first time visitors dropped by this year. She... more »
  • Mayor Holden, federal housing officials discuss ending veteran homelessness

    December 18, 2015 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Baton Rouge co-hosted a meeting on Dec. 4 to discuss efforts aimed at eliminating veteran homelessness in the Capital City. Officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Louisiana Housing Authority, and Volunteers... more »
  • Thousands lose power after crash Wednesday night

    December 16, 2015 10:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Thousands of people lost power Wednesday night when a car crashed destroyed transformers south of LSU. The wreck happened at the intersection of Nicholson and Lee between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Power lines were knocked over, covering the street and transformers fell and disconnected power from... more »
  • Deputies investigate sandwich shop robbery

    December 7, 2015 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man in a bandanna robbed a restaurant Monday night, sheriff's deputies said. The Jimmy John's on Coursey between Airline Highway and Sherwood Forest was hit around 8:30 p.m. The heist came about 90 minutes before the restaurant was scheduled to close - the third such... more »
  • Hundreds attend annual BR traffic amnesty day

    December 7, 2015 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of people gathered during Baton Rouge's annual "amnesty day" for a chance to pay traffic tickets and work with judges on-site to resolve their district and city court warrants without having to risk arrest. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III and Councilwoman... more »
  • Governor-elect has short time to build new administration

    December 1, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards faces a daunting task in the fewer than 50 days between winning his election and taking office Jan. 11. He must piece together an administration, pick the people who will lead a dozen state departments and devise an agenda for a state awash... more »
  • $4 million of EKL medical equipment missing Play Video

    November 30, 2015 6:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than $4 million of medical equipment is missing from the old Earl K. Long hospital in North Baton Rouge, according to a state audit . EKL shut it's doors in 2013, and some of its equipment was sent to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in... more »
  • Man accused of child porn possession

    November 25, 2015 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities charged a Baton Rouge man with child porn possession after investigators said they found the files during a search of his computer this week. Officers arrested 31-year-old William Tujague Tuesday after they said he admitted to downloading the images. Members of the Louisiana State... more »
  • Manhunt leads to arrest of teen wanted out of Livingston Parish

    November 24, 2015 1:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple law enforcement agencies swarmed an area of northeast East Baton Rouge Parish Tuesday morning as part of a search for a man wanted out of Livingston Parish. Louisiana State Police said officers arrested 19-year-old Brady Jones, a convicted felon who LSP said was wanted for... more »
  • Passenger injured in Airline Hwy 18-wheeler wreck

    November 18, 2015 9:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say an 18-wheeler headed north on Airline Hwy near Goodwood ran off the road into a traffic signal pole early Wednesday morning. The crash happened at around 7 a.m., causing the pole to fall onto a nearby vehicle. Police said the only injury reported in... more »
  • Catholic Charities helped Syrian refugee in Baton Rouge Play Video

    November 16, 2015 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State leaders blasted the feds Monday for not alerting them about 14 Syrian refugees who were resettled in Louisiana. It's unclear when they arrived. The majority of them are in the New Orleans area, but one came to Baton Rouge two months ago. WBRZ has learned Catholic... more »
  • Three stories to start your day Play Video

    November 12, 2015 8:05 AM

    Here are today's top stories: Marksville officer charged with the murder of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis could be let out this morning Afghanistan War veteran chastises Edwards during Veterans Day gubernatorial debate Avian flu outbreak causes Turkey prices to skyrocket right before Thanksgiving Make outdoor reservations, a... more »
  • Siegen back open after diesel spill

    November 10, 2015 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials said Siegen Lane and Perkins Road are back open after a wreck and diesel spill during the evening rush hour. The wreck involved a semi at the intersection of Siegen and Perkins at around 4:15 p.m. Emergency responders said it shut down two... more »
  • Neighbors blame development around campus for worst flooding ever Play Video

    November 2, 2015 11:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People blame growth for a flooding problem in their neighborhood. "The water normally comes onto the road. But, this time, it goes so quick," Joy Sananikone said about rising water during recent thunderstorms. She said recent rain events pooled water in places she has never seen... more »
  • Fire marshal investigating ride accident at fair

    October 30, 2015 12:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Fire Marshal investigators spent Thursday night and early Friday morning investigating a reported accident at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair. "All we know is that a female was transported to the hospital. That's all at this time," the fire marshal told WBRZ late Thursday... more »
  • Council approves garbage rate hike, TIF for downtown hotel Wednesday

    October 28, 2015 9:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City leaders approved two monetary items at their meeting Wednesday. The Metro Council approved a $1 increase in garbage collection. The rate increase comes with a new contract for the service which was approved in August. The rate increase was procedural Wednesday night. The extra... more »
  • Double murder of beloved men leaves families reeling Play Video

    October 26, 2015 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New details are emerging tonight about a double murder that left two men dead. The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office conducted autopsies on 46-year-old Johnson Armstrong and 45-year-old Corey Steptore. Both men died from a loss of blood due to trauma. The coroner stopped short... more »
  • Group backs plan to name street after "T.J." Jemison

    October 19, 2015 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The metro council will give the final approval to a street renaming plan at its next meeting. Monday, the planning and zoning committee approved changing a stretch of East Boulevard in front of Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in Old South Baton Rouge in honor of... more »
  • After kid was jumped, fans see more security at football games Play Video

    October 1, 2015 11:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fans attending Thursday night's Broadmoor High School homecoming football game said there was an obvious presence of law enforcement officers. The show of force came after a promise from East Baton Rouge Parish School System Superintendent Warren Drake. Drake said deputies will be seen at all... more »
  • 80 BR workers among almost 400 being laid off by four companies

    September 29, 2015 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eighty employees will lose their jobs over the next few months, healthcare company Magellan Health, reported to state employment watchdogs Tuesday. The layoffs are far-reaching, and include rank and file workers and people in upper-management roles. Among those being terminated are a vice president/chief operations officer... more »
  • Sex offender arrested for third time

    September 25, 2015 11:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities booked a man into jail for the third time this week on allegations of committing a sex crime against a child. Marcus Dunn, 29, was charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile and attempted sexual battery. Detectives said Dunn was at an apartment complex on... more »
  • Fish guts snarl interstate traffic

    September 24, 2015 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials said fish guts spilled out of the back of a truck blocked multiple lanes of I-10 East and pushed traffic back across the Mississippi River Bridge during rush hour Thursday afternoon. The Department of Transportation and Development said the wreck happened at I-10 East... more »
  • Baton Rouge man accused of auto insurance fraud

    September 18, 2015 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police charged a Baton Rouge man with auto insurance fraud after investigators said he made multiple false claims that his car had been damaged. Louisiana State Police charged Carl Bennett Dunn, 49, of Baton Rouge with auto insurance fraud Thursday. In January, LSP said they... more »
  • Family tries to save home by dragging burning dryer out of house

    September 16, 2015 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A family tried to save their house from burning Wednesday, but inadvertently fueled the flames. Firefighters were called to a home on L'Reece Avenue, off Greenwell Street east of Airline Highway between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Crews said a dryer caught on fire and as they... more »
  • BR waitress covers officers' meals

    September 3, 2015 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three police officers got a free lunch thanks to a gracious waitress Thursday. The department shared the officer's bill on Facebook where the waitress wrote, "Thank y'all for what y'all do for us everyday. Have a safe and blessed day. I figured the least I could... more »
  • Councilwoman: Taxpayer-funded apartment full of false promises Play Video

    September 3, 2015 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Questions are being raised tonight over false promises tied to an apartment complex paid for with tax money. At least $12 million was used to revitalize a section of Midcity with a brand new apartment complex, the Midcity Gardens Apartments, which turned a dilapidated section of... more »
  • Watch where you geaux, no contraflow Saturday

    September 1, 2015 9:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Contraflow will no longer be utilized on Nicholson Drive following LSU home football games. Changes to gameday traffic were released Tuesday, ahead of Saturday's season opener against McNeese at Tiger Stadium. Nicholson will be open to two-way traffic and drivers will be encouraged to use Burbank... more »
  • BRCC at risk of losing trade accreditation over questionable credentials Play Video

    August 26, 2015 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Community College could lose its accreditation, depending on the results of an investigation currently underway by out-of-state investigators. This is a story the Investigative Unit first reported Monday. The National Center for Construction Education and Research, or NCCER, sent a team of auditors... more »
  • Construction delays expected on I-10 East this weekend

    August 7, 2015 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Traffic officials again warned drivers of expected delays on I-10 due to an ongoing construction project near Grosse Tete in Iberville Parish through the end of August. The Department of Transportation and Development reminded drivers to expect heavy delays this weekend on I-10 East near Grosse... more »
  • Big rig tangle caps day of delays for I-10 West

    August 4, 2015 7:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic congestion continued to be an issue through rush hour in Baton Rouge Tuesday after a trio of big rigs blocked one lane of I-10 West. The Department of Transportation and Development said the incident happened on I-10 West just before Dalrymple Drive. News 2 crews... more »
  • One person killed in two overnight fires Play Video

    August 4, 2015 12:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters worked two simultaneous fires Monday night, both requiring the attention of paramedics. The coroner responded along with firefighters to a blaze at a home on Voohries Drive near its intersection with Mollylea Drive. A spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the fire killed... more »
  • Fire in laundry room prompts nursing home evacuation Play Video

    July 27, 2015 8:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire at a nursing home late Monday evening started in the facility's laundry room, firefighters said. Firefighters were called to the Sunrise Assisted on Siegen Lane shortly before 7 p.m. The building's sprinkler system went off, helping to contain the fire. Fire crews had the... more »

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