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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
May 6, 2014 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - People who would live inside the proposed City of St. George asked for specifics about how many signatures are on the petition, but organizers remained hush-hush about it at a meeting Tuesday night.
The group met at Woodlawn Baptist Church to discuss the effort and take... more »
April 23, 2014 12:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police asked for the public's help identifying two armed robbers who held up a fast food place in Baton Rouge overnight.
Cpl. Don Coppola said the men came into the Chicken Shack at 413 N. Acadian Thruway through an employee entrance just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.... more »
April 7, 2014 4:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- Expect traffic delays on Florida Boulevard between Sherwood Forest Blvd. and Little John Drive due to closures related to last night's bad weather.
There are downed power lines and roof debris, so the outside, eastbound lane is closed. The service road on the south side of Florida... more »
March 27, 2014 10:34 PM
BATON ROUGE- A spokesperson for ExxonMobil said Thursday, the company is committed to fixing issues related to a bad batch of gasoline, and customers should not be scared to put fuel in their cars since the tainted fuel is out of the supply chain.
According to the spokesperson, who... more »
March 26, 2014 10:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Celebrity chef Robert Irvine told the owner of a restaurant here he'd never been more annoyed than he was when dealing with him during a recent shoot.
The owner of Mama Della's New York City Pizzeria went back-and-forth with Irvine during the episode which aired Wednesday night... more »
March 21, 2014 1:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Investigators said an overloaded electrical outlet caused a fire which damaged three Baton Rouge homes Friday afternoon.
The fires all happened around 1:15 p.m. at 36th Street and Gus Young. No one was hurt, but two dogs died in the fires.
The Red Cross was... more »
March 12, 2014 6:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police arrested Star Richard, 33, and Marcus Jones, 30, after they say the parents beat their young daughter with a belt.
The incident was reported when the little girl got to school on Tuesday. That's where police found the girl covered in bruises, according to the affidavit.... more »
February 28, 2014 11:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- A bidding war ended over a diamond ring connected to a drug investigation Friday.
The 2.5 carat engagement ring , valued at $25,000, was sold for $17,609 at an online auction of city surplus materials, equipment, and vehicles. The money raised from the sale of the ring... more »
February 14, 2014 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- The city is auctioning off surplus property and other merchandise, including a ring taken after an employee was arrested and accused of selling drugs from the evidence locker two years ago.
The 2.50 ct ring is worth more than $25,000 court records show. As of Friday night,... more »
February 6, 2014 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- The future of the revitalization effort in two areas of the city could rely heavily on rail lines.
Redevelopment planners want a street car to connect downtown with areas in Old South Baton Rouge and eventually LSU. The area is in the center of a new development... more »
January 30, 2014 11:51 AM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police are looking for a man wanted in connection with several thefts.
Police say Larry Anthony Sherman posted ads on Craigslist to sell used vehicles.
They say he received a total of $8600 in three separate incidents, meeting with buyers, then disappearing without... more »
January 23, 2014 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- Plank Road reopened following an evening-long closure after two vehicles collided and one person died.
As of this post, State Police had not reported the name of the person who was killed.
But, investigators said the person who died hit a pick-up truck after the driver... more »
January 23, 2014 7:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- Parts of Plank Road near the airport are closed as police work a massive crash where at least one person has died.
WBRZ News 2 reporter Brittany Weiss, who is on the scene, reports that car parts are all over the road.
State Police are working... more »
January 21, 2014 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- School leaders are planning extra security at school bus transfer sites since kids are playing the "knockout game" while they wait for the bus.
The violent game involves randomly punching someone else, and it has happened at the transfer location on Sherwood Forest.
One student could... more »
January 10, 2014 5:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - WBRZ viewers dropped off 75 pallets of electronics for Recycle Your Electronics Day in Baton Rouge.
Four truck loads of computers, printers, Atari game sets and more made their way to the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council warehouse. Electronics get separated into what can be saved,... more »
December 19, 2013 10:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - People are protesting the controversial CATS property tax passed last year by having their taxes saved instead of being given to the bus system.
"People need to take a stand and not just take it," protestor Danny Johnson said.
A lawsuit over the constitutionality of... more »
December 13, 2013 11:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - A prostitution sting led to the arrest of nine men in Baton Rouge.
The operation was conducted at a local hotel. Police say those under arrest met there with an undercover officer and agreed to pay for sex.
All nine were booked into the East... more »
December 2, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders will be asked to decide if at least one movie theater should be allowed to sell alcohol.
Wednesday, the Metro Council's planning and zoning board will vote on a rezoning request by the AMC movie theater near the Mall of Louisiana. The theater wants to... more »
November 21, 2013 8:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state's going to dip into the pockets of politicians who get fined by the ethics commission but don't pay-up.
"Clearly, our enforcement mechanism is lacking," Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy said.
According to the Dept. of Treasury, politicians owe more than $1.8 million, PACS owe... more »
September 17, 2013 4:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - Twice as many people have overdosed on heroin this year compared to last according to East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark.
He recently met with legislators to discuss increasing the prison sentence for offenders caught selling heroin.
"What the legislature would consider is... more »
September 3, 2013 11:07 PM
BATON ROUGE- State Police released the highlights of a weekend crackdown on drivers who were not obeying the law.
"Operation Safe Corridor" was a Labor Day holiday blitz on I-10. Eight states were part of the initiative: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
In... more »
September 2, 2013 12:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - Firefighters said they found a man's body inside a mobile home which burned overnight in Baton Rouge.
Robert Combs with BRFD said investigators were leaving a suspected meth lab fire when they spotted the burning mobile home on North 22nd Street.
He said firefighters found... more »
September 2, 2013 7:57 AM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested two people and a third was sent to the hospital with severe burns after a suspected meth lab fire overnight, according to Baton Rouge firefighters.
Robert Combs with BRFD said one person received severe burns to much of their body in the apartment fire... more »
August 28, 2013 5:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police said an 18-year-old was killed today after he was shot outside a set of apartments in Baton Rouge.
Detectives said the 18-year-old was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his midsection in the 1900 block of Sparta Ave. around 3 p.m.... more »
August 27, 2013 10:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - The USS Kidd museum celebrated the ship's 30th anniversary as a World War II memorial in Baton Rouge today.
Louisiana congressman William Henson Moore selected the Kidd to serve as a memorial for Louisiana World War II veterans. The ship was towed from Philadelphia and arrived... more »
July 31, 2013 5:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police said they're looking for two men in a purple minivan after a drug deal where one person was shot in the neck in Baton Rouge.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said a 23-year-old man was shot at an apartment on Carolyn Sue around 3:10 p.m. Wednesday.
... more »
July 30, 2013 10:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - Entergy announced this week they would lay off 800 employees to cut costs company-wide, and that a quarter of those layoffs would happen in Louisiana.
A spokesperson for Entergy said around 240 positions would be eliminated in Louisiana, with 25 of those happening in Baton Rouge.... more »
July 12, 2013 9:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - A 44-year-old Denham Springs man has been sentenced in Baton Rouge to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to possession, receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography. David L. Whitehead was also ordered by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady on Thursday to serve 10 years... more »
July 9, 2013 10:42 AM
BATON ROUGE - State lottery officials say a 50-year-old Albany man has claimed his $1 million Powerball prize from the June 29 drawing. Eric Bankston's Quick Pick ticket matched all five white-ball numbers but missed the Powerball number. Bankston received $700,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld. He purchased... more »
July 3, 2013 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- All lanes were cleared of debris and opened to traffic on I-10 East between Dalrymple and Perkins about two hours after a tree toppled onto the interstate.
At one point, only one lane in the eastbound direction was open as crews worked to get the car from... more »
July 1, 2013 5:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- Reverend Dudley Theodore Jackson proudly mows his lawn once a week. It's something he's done for a very long time.
"I've been living here a long time, " he says. "I moved on Avenue F in 1975."
But he says he got a letter from East... more »
June 19, 2013 10:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - LSU's baseball team is scheduled to arrive back in Baton Rouge today after they were eliminated from the College World Series.
The Tigers normally-productive offensive failed to make a strong showing during their elimination game with North Carolina.
The Tar Heels were lifted by an... more »
June 3, 2013 10:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the state House delayed today a constitutional amendment required to create a breakaway school district in southeast Baton Rouge.
Legislators returned Senate Bill 73 to the calendar without a vote after it was brought to the floor today. It could be rescheduled for debate... more »