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  • 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 »
  • $115,000 bond set for mother of 47-pound teen

    July 10, 2015 12:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge set bond at $115,000 for the woman accused of cruelty to her 15-year-old son, who police said was found in deplorable conditions and weighing only 47 pounds. Rose Holland faces charges of cruelty to juveniles and cocaine possession after her arrest early Wednesday morning.... more »
  • WBRZ's owner reaches deal with Reelz to show Miss USA in BR Play Video

    July 8, 2015 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sunday's Miss USA pageant will be televised by the Manship family station group on WBTR TV, a sister station of WBRZ TV. The announcement came during Wednesday's 5pm newscast on WBRZ where the owner of Reelz Channel aid the two companies worked together to secure the... more »
  • Miss USA contestants dismiss Trump comments, show must go on

    July 7, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Controversy continues to surround presidential candidate Donald Trump's comments painting Mexican immigrants as criminals, but the women taking part in the upcoming Miss USA pageant Trump co-owns say the show must go on. Several Hispanic candidates and one immigrant from Albania taking part in the contest sat... more »
  • Second round of storms spark house fires Wednesday Play Video

    June 24, 2015 7:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lightning is suspected in three house fires, one near Episcopal High School that forced a family to run from their home during dinner. "You could feel the heat," Mark Mitchell said of the flames he found in his attic. "I could see flames coming from the... more »
  • Storm shakes nerves Tuesday Play Video

    June 23, 2015 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The weather will subside slightly Wednesday after a quick and severe weather event Tuesday. A strong storm knocked out power to thousands, blew over trees and created dicey lightning that hit trees and buildings. The St. George Fire Department said it responded to a dozen weather-related... more »
  • Police investigating deadly shooting near Gus Young

    June 9, 2015 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police responded to a deadly shooting Tuesday morning in Baton Rouge. BRPD said around 6 a.m. 33-year-old Jarvis Tucker was found shot to death inside his home on North 48th Street. Officers said the man had been shot multiple times, but did not release any... more »
  • Child's death reveals daycare oversight gap check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 8, 2015 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tonight there are serious questions about why a woman was still running a daycare when her license was revoked last year by the State of Louisiana. Shelia Newman was arrested after a child at her daycare died from environmental exposure after she was left in a hot... more »
  • Baton Rouge looks to get rid of curbside glass recycling check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 5, 2015 7:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For all you loyal recyclers out there, your glass jars and wine bottles will no longer be needed after the city is doing away with recycling glass in East Baton Rouge parish. Glass along with other recycled items are taken to be recycled at the Progressive... more »
  • Lack of money causes delay for misdemeanor jail check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 2, 2015 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite legislators passing a law creating a dedicated funding source for a misdemeanor jail in Baton Rouge, one year later it sits unused and obsolete on the first floor of Baton Rouge City Court. That could change in the next few weeks as law enforcement figures... more »
  • Opening statements begin in death penalty trial in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 30, 2015 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Opening statements began today in a high profile murder trial where the death penalty is at stake. According to prosecutors, Lee Turner murdered Edward Gurtner and Randy Chaney in March of 2011, during a robbery. Prosecutors claim he did it to eliminate any witnesses to his... more »
  • Body cameras for BRPD put off another month

    April 22, 2015 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members put on hold any decisions Wednesday night about requiring Baton Rouge Police to use body cameras. The council deferred a decision for 30 days. It will be back on the agenda for their May 27th meeting. Council member C. Denise Marcelle said... more »
  • Miss USA Pageant officially returning to Baton Rouge

    April 14, 2015 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the Miss USA Pageant officially confirmed Tuesday that they will come back to the Baton Rouge River Center this July. The announcement comes a week after Metro Council members approved spending and incentive packages which were part of the agreement to have the pageant... more »
  • Weekends with Whitney: Wheelchair Tennis Tournament check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 27, 2015 7:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Tennis players come from all over the world to compete in Baton Rouge's Cajun Classic , but they aren't just any tennis players. Dana Matthewson has a a powerful serve, a fierce forehand, and a beautiful backhand, making her an elite tennis player. What makes it extraordinary... more »
  • BRPD: Shooting victim ran to school for help

    March 24, 2015 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said the victim of a shooting in Baton Rouge Tuesday morning ran to a nearby elementary school for help, which prompted a lockdown at the school. Cpl. Don Coppola said then 18-year-old male victim said he was walking to a restaurant to get breakfast when... more »
  • Investigative Unit uncovers new information in officer-involved shooting check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 9, 2015 11:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Search warrants were filed Monday in connection with an officer-involved shooting where Baton Rouge Police officers shot two men during an altercation in a parking lot last week . The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit learned Thomas Fefee and Justin Fefee were arrested after police say... more »
  • Questions raised over dead burglar's past check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 4, 2015 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Questions are being raised over why better tabs weren't kept on a man released from prison on conspiracy to commit murder charges, before he was shot and killed Tuesday morning. Sheriff's deputies said Jermoid Wheeler was shot to death by an East Baton Rouge Parish resident after... more »
  • In case of irony, truck hauling weed killer falls apart under oak tree

    March 4, 2015 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters spent Wednesday afternoon removing bags of herbicide from the trailer of an 18-wheeler after it split in half making a turn in downtown. The truck broke as it was turning right onto North Boulevard from 6th Street near the Old Governor's Mansion. Ironically, it fell... more »
  • Plane essentially stuck in mud shuts down air traffic at airport

    March 3, 2015 8:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The only runway used for passenger airliners at Baton Rouge Metro Airport closed Tuesday evening. An airport spokesman said a small, corporate jet had hydraulic failure that resulted in it losing its brakes and it rolled into wet grass as it was taxiing. Because the plane... more »
  • Violent night in Baton Rouge capped off by officer-involved shooting check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 2, 2015 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement is investigating three shootings in Baton Rouge overnight Monday, including one involving BRPD officers. It happened near the intersection of Perkins at Acadian. According to a press release, back-up was called when a driver refused to pull over for an undisclosed traffic violation. That's... more »
  • New money is green light for some Green Light projects

    February 25, 2015 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city will jump start five Green Light road construction projects thanks to bond refinancing that will generate $40 million. The entire project is paid for by a 2005 half-cent sales tax program. So far, about $508 million has been spent on upgrades across the parish.... more »
  • Teacher accused in student sex case bonds out of jail

    February 25, 2015 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish School System band instructor bailed out of jail a month after he was booked on forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student charges. Robert M. Lewis, 30, was fired the day after he was arrested. Lewis... more »
  • Husband accused of lying in wait to kill wife

    February 24, 2015 11:02 PM

    BAKER - Deputies arrested a man, accused of lying in wait in an attempt to kill his wife. Details of the incident, which happened Monday, were revealed through arrest records obtained by WBRZ News 2. Sidney Kirk Pecora, 12000 block of Centerra Court, faces a list of charges including... more »
  • Arson blamed for fires at two vacant homes

    February 23, 2015 9:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators are investigating at least two fires at vacant house fires in Baton Rouge Monday night/Tuesday morning. Crews were called to an abandoned home in Old South Baton Rouge after a massive blaze gutted the structure Monday evening. The fire was at the intersection... more »
  • Hospital leaders meet to discuss ER closure

    February 18, 2015 6:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There will be a meeting of the minds Wednesday morning to discuss the planned closing of the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City. It's scheduled to shutdown within 45 days. The CEO's of the four Baton Rouge area hospitals that provide ER care: BRG,... more »
  • Arrest made in one of three Wednesday night fires

    February 11, 2015 7:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person escaped a burning home, another was arrested for starting one the third fire to burn homes Wednesday night was blamed on inattentive parents. The fires ignited near-simultaneously around 7 p.m. Two houses caught on fire on St. Katherine and one burned on N. Marque... more »
  • WATCH: 'The Cake Lady' bakes for firefighters check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 30, 2015 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ms. Betty Webber has been cooking baked goods for firefighters on all shifts at area fire stations since Hurricane Katrina. Webber was featured in WBRZ anchor Sylvia Weatherspoon 's community segment, 2 Make A Difference , Friday night at 10:00. Webber said she felt compelled to... more »
  • School fires teacher in student sex case check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 22, 2015 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - School administrators fired a Scotlandville band instructor Friday who's accused of having sex with one of his students. Deputies charged Robert M. Lewis, 30, with forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student Thursday night. Lewis has been on paid leave since... more »
  • Severe injuries reported in wreck that closed I-10 Monday night

    January 19, 2015 8:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police reported possible severe injuries in a crash that closed I-10 westbound just before the river bridge Monday night. A state traffic camera showed one vehicle overturned. The crash scene was surrounded by numerous first responders, police officers and their emergency response vehicles. Westbound lanes of... more »
  • Teacher mugged walking to school

    January 16, 2015 10:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating a mugging where a teacher at an elementary school was victimized as she was walking to school Friday morning. The woman, who was unharmed during the ordeal, was attacked after she parked her car and while she was walking toward Dalton Elementary near the... more »
  • EBRSO on lookout for bundled-up bank robber

    January 16, 2015 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's Deputies in East Baton Rouge Parish released an image and description of a man wanted for robbing a Baton Rouge bank on Friday afternoon. Deputies said the robber entered the Chase bank branch at 8751 Siegen Lane shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 16, jumped... more »
  • Suspect in bank robbery arrested

    January 16, 2015 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies caught up with a suspected bank robber in Tangipahoa Parish overnight who's accused of holding up an East Baton Rouge Parish bank earlier this week. Deputies arrested 46-year-old William Mathis in Hammond Thursday night with the help of Livingston and Tangipahoa Parish deputies. He's... more »
  • Man booked for chaotic Christmas Eve disturbance

    December 25, 2014 11:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man spent the Christmas holiday in jail after he allegedly tried to run over police officers after being found sleeping in a car with a marijuana cigarette in his mouth. According to arrest documents, Leandrew Thomas, 30, was uncooperative throughout this interaction with officers on Wyandotte... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Driver kills cow loose on Airline Highway check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Signatures turned in to put St. George on ballot check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 20, 2014 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters expects it will take about a month to sift through the thousands of names turned in Monday supporting the proposed City of St. George. More than 18,000 signatures were submitted this morning to bring the issue before voters. Organizers... more »
  • Thieves hit mobile phone store, swipe $46,000 in items

    October 7, 2014 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said Tuesday, they are looking for two men who stole about $46,000 worth of items from a mobile phone retailer over the weekend. The theft was reported Monday. Investigators said they believe to men wearing baseball caps, jeans... more »
  • L'Auberge asks for annexation into Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 7, 2014 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The L'Auberge Casino and a group of landowners near its property submitted a petition this week to be annexed into Baton Rouge. It's another blow to efforts to incorporate the southern portion of East Baton Rouge Parish into its own city, the city of St. George.... more »
  • Tech company announces plans for Baton Rouge

    October 2, 2014 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An India-based software company announced plans Thursday to build facilities in Baton Rouge that would bring more than 200 high-tech jobs to the area. Stixis Technologies joined state leaders to announce the plans at the Louisiana Tech Park in Baton Rouge. The software company said... more »
  • Police investigate pair of Wednesday night shootings

    October 1, 2014 10:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police said late Wednesday, officers responded to two separate shootings in Baton Rouge. The first happened around 9:00 p.m. on Callahan St. When police arrived, they found a man who had been shot several times lying in a driveway. His injuries are considered life-threatening. The second... more »
  • Baton Rouge-area home sales drop in August

    September 25, 2014 6:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Home sales in metro Baton Rouge dropped by 5.7 percent in August, breaking a four-month streak of transactions outperforming 2013 numbers. According to figures released Wednesday by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors, there were 851 home sales that closed in August in the nine-parish area.... more »
  • Driver identified after killing himself at busy BR eatery check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 30, 2014 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The driver of a truck that was reported stolen by Enterprise Rental Car in Metairie killed himself in a restaurant parking lot after a short pursuit on I-12 in Baton Rouge Wednesday. Investigators identified the driver as 28-year-old Jeremy Anderson. Anderson had a Mississippi license, but had... more »
  • Teen accused in rape, robbery and shooting check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 28, 2014 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Victims from a Sunday morning of terror in Baton Rouge are recalling what happened to them when they came face to face with Andre Young. Young is accused of raping, robbing and shooting people in Baton Rouge over a four hour window Sunday morning. It... more »
  • Wife: Shooting victim was leaving town Play Video

    July 14, 2014 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The wife of a man shot and killed overnight in Baton Rouge told News 2 they were headed out of town before the shooting happened. "I can't go anywhere, I had to call my momma today, to tell her I gotta put her on hold because... more »
  • Annual Chiefs of Police conference underway

    July 10, 2014 11:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Around 200 chiefs of police from across Louisiana gathered in Baton Rouge this week for their 41st annual conference. The event started Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza hotel. It's a chance for law enforcement officials to spend time with new data and technology that can help... more »
  • Man killed outside home identified check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 10, 2014 5:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Homicide investigators in Baton Rouge are trying to solve the city's most recent murder. Police responded to the 12000 block of Cate Ave. in the Bellaire area just after 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night. They found Major Brown, 29, shot to death with numerous bullet wounds. No... more »
  • Cause of early Monday fire undetermined

    July 7, 2014 6:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters extinguished a fire in the 200 block of South 12th St. near Charles T. Smith Dr. early this morning. It broke out just after 5:30 a.m. Monday morning. When crews arrived, the kitchen and attic for the home were in flames. The rest of the... more »
  • Fire bug bites again in Baton Rouge

    July 3, 2014 9:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators have determined arson is again the cause of the latest fire in Baton Rouge. Crews were called to the 5600 block of Peerless St. just after 4:30 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the front bedroom of the home and extinguished it... more »
  • 'Pitch Perfect' concert scene to be filmed tonight

    June 20, 2014 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Filmmakers gathered around 3,000 extras from the community to film a live concert for the Pitch Perfect sequel Friday night in Baton Rouge. Filmmakers planned to use the crowd for a scene featuring the Bellas, the female a capella group at the center of the Pitch... more »
  • 'Fantastic Four' filming to close BR streets

    June 20, 2014 12:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Filmmakers announced plans to close several streets in Baton Rouge this weekend to shoot scenes from the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot. The closures will last from 10 a.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday, according to Mayor Kip Holden's office. They include a portion of 3rd Street... more »
  • Deputies seize 240 pounds of synthetic marijuana in pair of raids check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 13, 2014 5:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office seized more than 240 lbs. of synthetic marijuana and arrested four people following a pair of raids. The largest was at the Lotus shop on O'Neal Lane. Deputies found more than 200 lbs. of the synthetic pot at that location... more »
  • Two raids, four arrests in synthetic drug seizures

    June 12, 2014 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies raided two businesses, found synthetic drugs and cash and arrested four people in separate incidents the department said Thursday night. About 218 pounds of synthetic marijuana was found at The Lotus Shop on O'Neal Lane. The owner, Tim Nguyen, also allowed deputies to search his... more »
  • Landfill on hold pending hearing

    June 11, 2014 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new landfill, planned for the northern area of the parish, is delayed until a court hearing. City leaders and people who live near the planned facility don't believe a second landfill is needed in East Baton Rouge. Groups have publicly opposed the plans but the developers... more »
  • Man admits to having bad luck, losing store's money at casino

    June 6, 2014 11:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police arrested a man who, they say, admitted to trying to use his gas station's cash as seed money at an area casino. Branchard McClendon told investigators, he was transporting cash from the convenience store he managed to the bank for the nightly deposit but a friend... more »
  • Woman accused of setting dad's boarding house on fire after fight

    May 28, 2014 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Fire investigators are looking for a woman they say set her father's boarding home on fire last week. Miranda King is accused of torching the building at the corner of Terrace and Thomas Delpit after an argument. According to a warrant, King's father evicted her and she... more »
  • Boosie attends high school graduation in Baton Rouge

    May 20, 2014 11:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Months after he was released from Angola, the rapper known as Lil Boosie returned to the city to attend a graduation and be honored for helping kids walk across the stage. Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, said he has changed since being in prison. He... more »
  • Councilman issues apology over Facebook "snafu"

    May 12, 2014 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Metro Councilman Ryan Heck apologized to an LSU graduate student who said in an interview with WBRZ News 2 last week, he was offended by comments Heck made in a private Facebook message. Heck, who called the ordeal a "snafu," first wrote to Swede White "you want... more »
  • Man found shot dead

    May 9, 2014 9:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating the death of a man, found shot in a vehicle near the I-10 overpass in Old South Baton Rouge Friday. Officers did not identify the man, but said he was 22-years-old. His body was found in the 1100 block of Swart Street about 6:30... more »
  • The St. George Facebook fiasco Play Video

    May 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Facebook account metro councilman Ryan Heck has been using to discuss topics dealing with city government is no longer active. When searched, the page returns a "sorry, this page isn't available" note from Facebook. The account had been named "Ryan E Heck." The account was... more »

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