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  • Man using lighter to light dark area under bed sparks house fire

    May 26, 2018 9:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An early morning fire on Washington Avenue was sparked by the homeowner who was using a flame to illuminate a dark area of the house, the fire department said. The fire was reported around 1 o'clock Saturday morning. Firefighters said the homeowner, who was not... more »
  • Board members want patience with downtown library Play Video

    May 17, 2018 11:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Members of the East Baton Rouge Library board felt like they were taking all the heat at Thursday's meeting. It was all over the construction fiasco at the downtown library and it was the first time the board had met since then. Contractors and engineers were not... more »
  • Thirty-three area officers on troubled list prosecutors must reveal to defendants Play Video

    February 22, 2018 4:49 PM

    UPDATE as of 3/1/18: Following the publication of the story below, District Attorney Hillar Moore announced his office was making changes. The Brady List refers to officers who have had issues with truthfulness. However, many of the officers on the list did not get in trouble for being untruthful.... more »
  • How a man from Baton Rouge turned his duck hunt into a $2 million jackpot

    January 24, 2018 6:56 PM

    NATCHEZ – A man from Baton Rouge won a $2 million jackpot in a last-minute bet at a Mississippi casino recently, the Natchez newspaper reported Wednesday. Terry Hill won while playing a progressive slot machine at the Magnolia Bluffs Casino Tuesday. Hill won after playing $34. “I don't... more »
  • Smoke fills middle school, students evacuated Friday Play Video

    November 3, 2017 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Students were evacuated from Sherwood Middle School Friday morning after smoke filled the building. Firefighters were dispatched around nine o'clock to the school on Goodwood between Sharp and Sherwood Forest. Students were evacuated to the yard. Video and pictures recorded by a WBRZ news crew showed... more »
  • Mayor to announce new CAO Thursday

    October 11, 2017 4:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – In an advisory about an upcoming news conference, the mayor's office said there will be an announcement about a new Chief Administrative Officer. The mayor has been without a permanent CAO since the candidate she hired - Troy Bell - quit amid reports of a questionable... more »
  • Man found gunned down on his patio overnight

    October 3, 2017 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man was found shot to death on the patio of his home overnight. Police said Roosevelt Netter, 52, was gunned down sometime around midnight at his home in the 6300 block of Bluegress Drive near the Zion City area. Netter was shot multiple times, detectives... more »
  • Power failure knocks out power to hundreds Monday

    September 25, 2017 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – About eight-hundred Entergy customers were without power Monday afternoon due to a malfunction at a substation. The outage was centered around the Monticello community. Areas along Greenwell Springs Road from N. Sherwood Forest to the Comite River were knocked off the grid around 2 o'clock. ... more »
  • Woman accused of stealing IDs to get $150K in FEMA money

    September 21, 2017 7:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Louisiana woman is accused of using stolen IDs to apply for $150,000 in disaster unemployment assistance after the August 2016 floods in Louisiana. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge says a federal grand jury indicted 47-year-old Renata Foreman of Independence on six counts Wednesday, including... more »
  • New Jersey officers return to Baton Rouge after helping in 2016 flood Play Video

    September 10, 2017 12:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Several New Jersey police officers traded in their uniforms for purple and gold at the request of Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore. Moore and the Baton Rouge Police Department invited the Jersey natives down to Tiger Stadium as a thank-you gesture, for their service during... more »
  • Tom Cruise fascinated by Baton Rouge's Barry Seal

    September 1, 2017 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Tom Cruise is fascinated by notorious local drug runner Barry Seal's life. Cruise opened up about his role in the upcoming movie about Seal in an interview with People . Seal, an informant and associate of Colombian drug lords, was assassinated at a halfway house in... more »
  • Report: Topgolf venue considering Baton Rouge location

    August 31, 2017 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Topgolf, an entertainment-style, digital golf range in numerous cities is looking to make Baton Rouge its next location, the Business Report published Thursday. Baton Rouge is in the running for a Louisiana location that could also end up being in New Orleans. Topgolf has wanted to... more »
  • Louisiana offers shelter to Texas flood evacuees

    August 29, 2017 2:30 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - Gov. John Bel Edwards says Louisiana is offering to shelter storm victims from Texas while the state also helps its own residents who were rescued from Harvey's floodwaters overnight. Edwards said at a news conference Tuesday in Baton Rouge that he expects Texas officials to... more »
  • Police chase ends in Baton Rouge after suspect crashes into building

    August 25, 2017 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man was arrested Friday afternoon after a police chase ended with him crashing his vehicle through a building on Florida Street. The wreck happened at the corner of Atkinson Street and Florida around 3:30. Police say the driver was taken into custody, but did not... more »
  • Child rushed to hospital after being hit by vehicle at car dealership

    August 17, 2017 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – First responders were dispatched to a child being hit in the parking lot of a car dealership Thursday. The 911 call was made around 1:15 to 10968 Airline, near the intersection of Airline and Jefferson Highway. Dispatchers reported a 2-year-old girl had been hit by a... more »
  • One arrested after apartment fire on W. Brookstown Drive

    August 13, 2017 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One person was arrested after firefighters responded to an apartment fire on W. Brookstown Drive Saturday night, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the apartment complex in the 4200 block of W. Brookstown Drive near Prescott Road just before 8 p.m. ... more »
  • Dog rescued from house fire Thursday

    August 10, 2017 1:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A dog was saved by firefighters during a late-morning fire Thursday. Firefighters found the dog inside the burning home in the 16000 block of Vermillion Drive in the Woodcrest area of Baton Rouge near the intersection of Florida and the Central Throughway. A WBRZ news... more »
  • LSU announces pay raises

    August 7, 2017 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – LSU is trying to hold the revolving door closed, so it is offering pay raises to some faculty and staff in an effort to keep them from leaving. “… We have to adequately reward our dedicated employees,” LSU President F. King Alexander wrote in a letter... more »
  • School district promises cleaner buses after driver's viral rant Play Video

    August 4, 2017 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Parish School System promised better oversight and a stricter policy on preparing school buses for the road after a bus driver took to social media to convey her frustration with filthy buses ahead of the start of school. > WATCH the viral... more »
  • Dishwasher sparks apartment fire on Blvd. De Province

    July 30, 2017 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters responded to an apartment fire Sunday morning that was reportedly started by a malfunction in a dishwasher. The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to the reported apartment fire in the 1700 block of Boulevard De Province around 8:30 a.m. The fire was determined to... more »
  • EBRSO: 2 arrested after dispute over prostitute turns violent

    July 9, 2017 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two men have been arrested after three victims were injured during a dispute over a prostitute Saturday. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the scene in the 2000 block of Jasper Avenue to find the three victims covered in blood. ... more »
  • Final flood debris removal starts Monday in East Baton Rouge

    July 9, 2017 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews will start making a final pass through East Baton Rouge Parish to collect any remaining debris from the August floods. Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's office says the process begins Monday and runs through Aug. 13. Broome's office, in a news release Friday, said that's... more »
  • Teenagers charged in vehicle theft case after accidental shooting overnight Play Video

    July 5, 2017 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A 15-year-old was shot in the leg in an overnight altercation while burglarizing vehicles in a usually quiet neighborhood overnight. The shooting happened on Jester in the Millerville area early Wednesday morning, deputies said. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office, the parents of... more »
  • Highway construction worker killed on LA 31 in Iberia Parish

    July 3, 2017 5:00 PM

    IBERIA PARISH - Police say a highway construction worker was killed on the job in Iberia Parish Monday morning. According to Louisiana State Police, 63-year-old DOTD worker Paul Featherston was killed in a crash on LA 31 near Greenbriar Street just before 9 a.m.. Police say Featherston was... more »
  • LSU uses power to overcome errors in 15-7 NCAA win over TSU

    June 2, 2017 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Zach Watson homered twice and Michael Papierski added another for LSU, which overcame a sloppy defensive performance for a 15-7 victory over Texas Southern on Friday in the Baton Rouge Regional. The Tigers (44-17), winners of 12 straight, committed five errors to help Texas Southern (20-33) score... more »
  • Community leaders release Baton Rouge Unity video

    May 1, 2017 10:09 AM

    Friends, Like many of you over the course of the past year, I have watched as the resiliency and resolve of our community has been tested over and over again. While we have been through some trying and turbulent times that would threaten the resolve of any community, we have... more »
  • 5 miles of traffic on Perkins Road due to power outage

    April 27, 2017 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A power outage cut power from traffic lights, creating a huge traffic jam during the evening commute Thursday. Entergy reported a power outage in the Southdowns area, which impacted the light on Perkins Road at the intersection with Balis Drive. An already congested highway started to... more »
  • Denham Springs Walmart finally reopens after August flood

    April 15, 2017 11:29 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Life in Denham Springs feels just a little bit closer to normal with the reopening of the local Walmart. "They're just happy because we're back to be a pillar in the community," Assistant Manager Alexander Johnson said. For the people of Denham Springs, the reopening... more »
  • 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 »

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