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  • Deputy killed Saturday was epitome of public servant Play Video

    March 19, 2017 1:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Authorities identified the deputy killed in the line of duty late Saturday night as Shawn Anderson. Anderson worked out of the Kleinpeter substation and was a 1992 graduate of Baker High School. A year ago, Anderson was highlighted by the Baton Rouge newspaper The Advocate... more »
  • One house is replaced by three in Hundred Oaks, some residents not happy Play Video

    March 7, 2017 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Some homeowners in the Hundred Oaks area are not happy with a new style of house that has popped up. Three shotgun-style homes were built in the neighborhood over the last year and some say they stick out like sore thumbs. "Look at the house that... more »
  • Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg had lunch in Baton Rouge; Find out what he ordered Play Video

    February 23, 2017 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg and his wife had lunch at a popular Government Street eatery Thursday. Zuckerberg is on a road trip and Baton Rouge's Smokin Aces BBQ was his midday stop Thursday. On his Facebook page, Zuckerberg most recently posted pictures of... more »
  • Blimp spotted above BR as it makes its way from Texas to New Orleans

    February 8, 2017 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A blimp seen floating above Baton Rouge Wednesday was doing a little show on its way to New Orleans from Houston. The DirecTV blimp has spent the week traveling from Houston and the Super Bowl. It's next scheduled “appearance” is in New Orleans for the NBA... more »
  • Man arrested in attempted murder on West Chimes Street

    February 8, 2017 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Mandeville man has been arrested in connection to an attempted murder and armed robbery on on West Chimes Street. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, an unidentified male robbed the victim in his apartment at gunpoint around 12 a.m. Dec. 22, 2016. The... more »
  • City-parish to begin demolishing abandoned, flood-damaged homes Play Video

    February 6, 2017 7:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Abandoned, flood-damaged homes will be torn down soon, the city-parish said in a news release late Monday. Officials will start to condemn and demolish housing units flooded and let behind by owners. The mayor's office said structures that cause significant blight, public health and safety concerns... more »
  • Our Lady of the Lake breaks ground on new emergency room in North Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 31, 2017 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Our Lady of the Lake officials and community leaders broke ground on a new emergency room in North Baton Rouge on Tuesday morning. The emergency room is expected to open in October 2017. The facility will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week... more »
  • Mayor Broome announces January as mentoring month in BR

    January 10, 2017 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced that a proclamation has been issued to declare January as "National Mentoring Month" in Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. The Mayor's Office My Brother's Keeper – Baton Rouge initiative is celebrating 15 years of supporting and mentoring opportunities in... more »
  • Outgoing Mayor Kip Holden says last year was tough Play Video

    December 28, 2016 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – With days left in the office, outgoing Mayor-President of Baton Rouge Kip Holden said that he is leaving behind a tough year. "This year has been more trying matter of fact, so trying, I switched from Rogaine to Brogaine to get more hair," Holden joked. Holden's first... more »
  • Baton Rouge airport hopes to land Southwest airlines

    December 16, 2016 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Airport officials said they are trying to woo Southwest Airlines but stopped short of saying there's a deal in place to get one of the country's most popular airlines to land commercial flights in Baton Rouge. The interim director of the airport said at a discussion... more »
  • Voters say no to mental health tax

    December 10, 2016 11:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Voters denied a property tax to fund a mental health center in East Baton Rouge. A 10-year, 1.5-mill property tax would have generated about $6 million to fund a center for people who experience mental health issues. Supporters argued the tax would help fund a program... more »
  • Accused parent-killer doesn't admit guilt, fights being sent back to TN

    December 6, 2016 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A man from Louisiana accused of murdering his parents in the Knoxville area over the Thanksgiving holiday won't admit his role in the slayings and is fighting his return to Tennessee. Joel Guy appeared in court Tuesday for an extradition hearing. Guy must cooperate with authorities... more »
  • 13-year-old shot with BB gun

    November 16, 2016 7:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 13-year-old was shot in the head Wednesday night in Baton Rouge, sources tell WBRZ News 2. This is a developing story. Stay tuned to WBRZ News 2 online and on Facebook and Twitter for updates as new information becomes available. more »
  • BR woman wins $1 million Powerball prize

    November 3, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – One Baton Rouge woman won the $1 million Powerball Prize from the Oct. 29 drawing. 38-year-old Tung Le matched five of six numbers to win $1,000,004 which she claimed Monday at Louisiana Lottery headquarters. Le received $700,002 after state and federal tax withholdings. The winning... more »
  • Year-long bicentennial celebration to kick-off on New Year's Eve

    November 3, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor Kip Holden announced that the city will kick-off a year-long Bicentennial celebration on New Year's Eve. The Baton Rouge Bicentennial will kick-off at the 2016 Red Stick Revelry New Year's Eve celebration at The Crest Stage in Glavez Plaza and the North Boulevard Town Square... more »
  • Turbulent summer mars Baton Rouge mayoral race

    November 2, 2016 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a turbulent summer of bloodshed, racial tensions and catastrophic flooding, Louisiana's capital will elect a new mayor to lead a city emerging from some of its darkest days. Turmoil in Baton Rouge has shaped the race and raised its stakes, yet the mayoral election remains an... more »
  • '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 »

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