April 18, 2014 11:50 AM
BATON ROUGE - Early voting begins Saturday for the May 3rd elections in Louisiana, continuing through April 26.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler says 35 parishes are holding elections May 3.
In East Baton Rouge, Central voters will choose between Jason Ellis and Ralph Washington in a runoff... more »
April 5, 2014 10:46 PM
CENTRAL- Voters elected a new mayor and police chief and began to fill their town council during an election Saturday.
"Jr." Shelton was elected mayor with 59% of the vote and James Salsbury was elected chief with 52% of the vote. About 7600 people cast a ballot.
"Shane"... more »
April 4, 2014 4:32 PM
CENTRAL - Both Central mayoral candidates worked hard Friday to make sure voters will turn out for Saturday's election.
Candidate Jr. Shelton made house visits around the city while Dave Freneaux made calls to voters from work.
"It's the day that you still shore up your support, you're... more »
February 25, 2014 5:13 PM
BATON ROUGE- A judge decided that Ralph Washington is still eligible to run for Central City Council, despite a mistake on his candidacy form that claimed he didn't have any ethics fines.
Washington did owe $700 to the Ethics Commission for previous late filings, but had requested a waiver... more »
February 5, 2014 10:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Here's a roundup of signees from 4 parishes and 15 high schools around Baton Rouge on signing day:
At Central High, the Wildcats follwed up a state quarterfinal birth with a handful of seniors moving on to the college ranks:
Donald Lewis junior is heading... more »
January 28, 2014 7:31 AM
CENTRAL - A family of seven and their five dogs are alive today thanks in large part to a truck driver who spotted a fire at their home off of Greenwell Springs Rd.
Central Fire Department says the driver was crossing Magnolia Bridge early Tuesday morning when he spotted... more »
January 23, 2014 5:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - BREC officials said they would offer a one-day winter camp for kids who are out of school Friday in Baker, Central, and Zachary.
The following BREC facilities will hold the day camp from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a cost of $10 per child. Kids... more »
December 27, 2013 9:26 PM
CENTRAL - A police department that used only have the authority to give warnings to speeders is finally putting the brakes on drivers.
With the help of a state grant and the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office, Central police officers have new equipment and new authority.
"With... more »
December 13, 2013 5:37 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office teamed up with Ascension Schools to initiate three surprise active shooter drills.
The drills simulated an intruder on campus and tested the readiness of teachers, students and staff.
During the drill, sheriff's deputies walked the halls to ensure every door was... more »
November 29, 2013 8:05 PM
CENTRAL - People are encouraged to support locally-owned businesses this weekend by shopping and eating at homegrown businesses.
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day set aside between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage shoppers to spend their holiday money at local mom-and-pop stores.
"It's absolutely... more »
November 22, 2013 10:59 PM
WEST MONROE - The Denham Springs Yellowjackets almost pulled the upset last week in West Monroe, this week another Baton Rouge-area team finished off the Rebels.
Central, even though their high-powered offense only scored two touchdowns, downed West Monroe by a final score of 14-0 on the Rebels' home... more »
November 21, 2013 9:53 PM
CENTRAL - Emergency responders say sometimes it is difficult to locate a residence they're called to for help because many homes do not have address in plain view.
The problem is increasing in smaller, rural fire districts including Central, St. Amant and St. George in East Baton Rouge Parish.... more »
November 18, 2013 9:02 PM
CENTRAL - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Detectives are looking for at least one suspect seen burglarizing a number of cars in Comite Hills.
At least 15 vehicles were hit in the Central neighborhood early Sunday morning. Victims say their cars were unlocked and the suspects were able to steal... more »
November 18, 2013 7:52 AM
CENTRAL - Voters in Central approved a school proposition to allow the district to borrow $13.1 million and repay the bonds by extending an existing property tax for five years.
The measure passed with 59 percent of the vote.
The funds will be used to build a ninth-grade... more »
November 12, 2013 11:25 PM
CENTRAL- Deputies arrested two people for a heist at a daycare where the tuition drop box was stolen.
Investigators said $5000 was inside and was taken. They called it an inside job since someone working for Lil Wildcats Daycare on Joor Road helped.
Michael Carter and Michael Bigham... more »
October 31, 2013 11:10 PM
CENTRAL- Three men are wanted after they struck in the cover of darkness and stole bicycles from children.
Now, people in a neighborhood off Sullivan Road are on alert.
The crooks were seen on surveillance video walking up to a carport and riding off with three bikes. One... more »
October 30, 2013 6:05 PM
CENTRAL- A road in Central is getting some improvements to relieve traffic congestion.
The state approved a million dollars to expand Hooper Road to four lanes from Sullivan to Blackwater Bayou.
The stretch of two-lane highway causes congestion and bumper-to-bumper traffic during rush hours. Drivers say the improvement... more »
October 28, 2013 11:03 PM
CENTRAL- Enacting tougher requirements for attendance in Central City Schools was delayed Monday night.
The school board was scheduled to vote on changes that would have required parents show voter registration cards, utility bills, or proof of insurance of a primary residence inside city limits to get their kids... more »
October 14, 2013 9:56 PM
CENTRAL - An ordained minister in the City of Central was asked to stop marrying people in her home.
The city began investigating Rhonda Anders after neighbors complained about their quiet street becoming a parking lot on wedding days. Eight couples have been married at her home on Magnolia... more »
October 14, 2013 5:40 PM
CENTRAL - The Central School System recently proposed beefing up requirements to prove students who enroll in their schools actually live in the district.
Superintendent Michael Faulk was asked by the community and the school board to strengthen the residency requirements. The proposed rules would require parents to provide... more »
September 29, 2013 8:21 AM
CENTRAL CITY - According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, 29-year-old Matthew Green was headed north on Frenchtown Road near Greenwell Springs Road when he lost control of his motorcycle. The motorcycle went into a ditch.
Green died on the scene. Deputies say the crash happened Saturday around... more »
September 28, 2013 9:41 AM
CENTRAL - Louisiana State police say East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Dustin Hamilton lost control of his cruiser right before a fatal crash on Joor Road Friday night.
State police say for some unknown reason Hamilton lost control of his car while he was driving north and crossed into... more »
September 27, 2013 10:54 PM
CENTRAL- School leaders have disciplined a junior high school student after she took pictures, possibly video, of another student changing in the girls' locker room this week and then posted the footage on YouTube. It happened at Central Middle School.
Superintendent Michael Faulk said he could not discuss the... more »
September 19, 2013 10:28 PM
CENTRAL - A 6 ½ foot alligator was found swimming around a neighborhood pond in the Village Lakes subdivision Thursday.
The gator was first spotted Wednesday night, attempting to crawl into a homeowners backyard, where many children play and fish.
"When we saw the gator yesterday, we knew... more »
September 18, 2013 6:53 AM
Central- A crash at the intersection of Blackwater and Comite Drive late Tuesday night is to blame for a church in Central to catch fire.
Central Fire Department officials say a truck went off the road, through a fenced playground and hit the church, causing both the truck and... more »
September 13, 2013 11:19 PM
CENTRAL - The Wildcats' quarterback Jarrad Hayes had another big night, scoring early and often against Morgan City to win 51-7.
The Cats improved to 2-0 on the year and are now averaging 53 points per game after also putting up 55 points last week vs Istrouma. more »
September 2, 2013 11:02 PM
CENTRAL- More vehicles were hit by vandals Tuesday, hours after a WBRZ News 2 report about crooks breaking car windows and stealing things from inside.
Deputies were dispatched to the Blackwater Conservation Park for the same exact call where victims told reporter Chris Nakamoto earlier in the day, hundreds... more »
September 2, 2013 4:46 PM
CENTRAL- An investigation is underway after three trucks were burglarized less than 24 hours ago at the Blackwater Conservation BREC Park.
The thieves helped themselves to everything inside the vehicles and got away with about $300.
Shannon Deason said his family and friends were on the trails of... more »
August 26, 2013 6:07 PM
CENTRAL - For one burglar in Central, crime really didn't pay.
The Geaux Clean Car Wash on Wax Road was robbed early Sunday by a burglar who caused thousands of dollars in damage, but got absolutely nothing according to a manager.
"He's really an idiot, man," said Geaux... more »
August 25, 2013 6:13 PM
MANY - Authorities in central Louisiana have spent the weekend searching for a man they believe was kidnapped from his home at gunpoint by a Natchitoches police officer. Twenty-five year-old Tony Procell has been missing for almost a week. The Shreveport Times reports that security video at Procell's mobile home... more »
August 20, 2013 10:38 PM
CENTRAL- People took a look at a proposed new route across the Amite River Tuesday night.
Engineers revealed plans for a new bridge and roundabout at the intersection of Hooper Road and Greenwell Springs Road in East Baton Rouge. Once it crosses the river into Livingston, the highway would... more »
August 18, 2013 5:23 PM
WATSON - A proposed bridge would connect the Central and Watson communities if everything goes according to plans.
The 5.5 mile bridge would cross the Amite River three miles north of the Magnolia Road Bridge giving motorists another way to get across the river.
"It's booming out here... more »
August 14, 2013 4:35 PM
CENTRAL - Students are back in school in the area, but not without some bus problems in Zachary and Central.
Both districts contract their bus services through First Students. The school bus service is particularly having issues in Central, where some students aren't getting home from school until after... more »
August 14, 2013 10:22 AM
CENTRAL- Parents in Central and Zachary say they're experiencing problems with the FIRST Student bus system.
One Central parent told News 2 her child arrived home after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
News 2's Adrian Pittman gets answers from the school system tonight on News 2 at 4. more »
August 8, 2013 10:39 AM
CENTRAL - Mayor Mac Watts of Central announced today he will not seek re-election next April.
Watts is the city's first and only mayor. He was appointed in 2007 by Gov. Kathleen Blanco to serve as interim mayor while Central incorporated, then won back-to-back elections to remain in office.... more »
August 5, 2013 10:42 PM
CENTRAL- People who live off Joor Road credit a neighbor for handling a crime that could have quickly escalated into something more severe.
Monday morning, Shane Taylor, 21, is accused of a rash of burglaries. The homeowner of one house he's accused of hitting fought back.
"I just... more »
August 5, 2013 4:41 PM
CENTRAL - Sheriff's deputies said a home owner caught and held a suspected car burglar captive until authorities could arrive.
Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said 21-year-old Shane Taylor was arrested and charged with ten counts of simple burglary and felony theft, as... more »
July 15, 2013 10:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- Two kids survived a crash when a mini van collided into an 18-wheeler on the newly opened Central Thruway, the driver is in critical condition at a hospital.
Police said the driver, a 28-year-old woman, ran the red light at the beginning of the thruway at Choctaw.... more »
July 15, 2013 6:36 PM
CENTRAL - An 18-wheeler slammed into the side of a van on the newly-opened Central Thruway this evening, according to authorities.
It happened at the intersection of the thruway and South Choctaw. EMS said the van's driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The thruway, which... more »
July 12, 2013 11:06 PM
CENTRAL- Owners of the haunted house in downtown Baton Rouge are moving forward with plans to expand the attraction.
The 13th Gate producers purchased more than 74 acres at the intersection of Joor Road at Mickens. They spent $550,000 on the property.
Neighbors are not fighting the project... more »
July 11, 2013 6:01 PM
CENTRAL - The long awaited Central Thruway is now open cutting the drive in half to I-12.
The three-mile stretch connects Sullivan Road in Central to O'Neal Lane in Baton Rouge giving drivers easier access to I-12.
The thruway was in the works since 1997 and cost about... more »
July 9, 2013 4:56 PM
CENTRAL - After 17 years of planning and construction the Central Thruway is almost ready for drivers.
Talks of the thruway began in 1997, and work started four years ago. The stretch of highway opens Thursday, three months ealier than planned.
"The city parish started this project and... more »
July 9, 2013 8:11 AM
CENTRAL - Central School Superintendent Michael Faulk says he is scaling back a series of spending proposals he outlined earlier this year.
Faulk is proposing selling $13.1 million in construction bonds, with about $8.1 million dedicated to Central High School. That includes an estimated $5.8 million for a new... more »
July 2, 2013 9:37 AM
CENTRAL - Fire investigators say an electrical issue along the buffet line caused flames to erupt inside a Central pizza shop overnight.
Crews arrived to Zoe's Pizza, located in the 14000 block of Greenwell Springs Rd., just after 11 p.m. Monday.
Firefighters had the fire under control within... more »
June 26, 2013 10:35 PM
CENTRAL- A haunted house got the green light from city leaders, but not before some confusing back-and-forth over the project.
At first, it was denied then eventually approved.
Creators of The 13th Gate want to expand to an empty lot on Joor Road at Mickens.
The project... more »
June 24, 2013 10:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Owners of The 13th Gate, are considering expanding on a plot of land, just south of Central.
The 75 acres, located on the east side of Joor Rd., south of Mickens Rd. could be home to a number of attractions, including a haunted hayride, outdoor laser... more »
May 26, 2013 10:16 AM
CENTRAL, La. - The city-parish Planning Commission has rezoned a property to permit a haunted house and outdoor Halloween-themed attraction just south of Central. The Advocate reports the commission voted this past week to rezone 75 acres for the owners of The 13th Gate. Dwayne Sanburn of Midnight Productions, which... more »
April 29, 2013 8:07 AM
CENTRAL - Superintendent Michael Faulk has laid out his ideas on what the Central school system should do with 29 acres, which for decades served as the home of Central Middle School. Faulk is proposing to spend $5 million to tear down six of the nine buildings on the former... more »
April 9, 2013 6:20 PM
CENTRAL - An assistant football coach is suing after he was removed from his coaching job.
Coach Mike Gardner field suit against the Central Community School System and Central High Principal Bob Wales after his removal from the coaching position. In court documents obtained by News 2, Mike Gardner... more »
April 9, 2013 3:38 PM
CENTRAL - Authorities closed a portion of Sullivan Road in Central this afternoon when they said a natural gas line broke.
Derek Glover with Central Fire said a four-inch pipe broke or bent in three places and spilled some gas near Sullivan Road.
They closed Sullivan between Brent... more »
March 28, 2013 3:15 PM
CENTRAL - The superintendent of the Central Community School System responded today to a News 2 report about a coach's reassignment.
Mike Gardner recently left his coaching position at the high school, and still teaches in the system. Community members told News 2 they believed the change was due... more »
March 27, 2013 5:55 PM
CENTRAL - The City of Central is rallying in support for Central High School football coach Mike Gardner.
A petition, signed by over 250 supporters against Central Community School System, reads "Keep Mike Gardner as a coach!"
Gardner is no longer coaching at Central High. He was an... more »
March 18, 2013 10:28 PM
CENTRAL- Police officers will, for the first time, be writing tickets to people who disobey traffic laws.
In the past, no city court meant Central Police could not write tickets. Now, the department has a deal worked-out with the District Attorney in East Baton Rouge Parish. It allows for... more »
March 12, 2013 10:22 PM
CENTRAL - An ordinance proposed by city council would limit the amount of time peddlers, solicitors and canvassers can go from door-to-door in the City of Central.
Things got heated at a council meeting Tuesday night, where the ordinance was deferred after a number of questions were raised regarding... more »
February 6, 2013 4:53 PM
CENTRAL - The Central Fire Department is changing the way they respond to structure fires. Central residents will be seeing fire units from District Six and East Side Fire Departments beginning next week.
"With today's economy, constraints, lack of volunteers, we're getting to a point now, where the departments... more »
January 9, 2013 9:57 PM
BATON ROUGE- A flash flood watch continues through Thursday night for much of the Capital City region.
After nearly a day of rain, the skies dried. But, it will return overnight into early Thursday morning.
Experts at WBRZ Weather 2 said to expect early thunderstorms and an additional... more »
January 9, 2013 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - High water caused by the constant rainfall overnight closed some local schools and roads around the greater Baton Rouge area.
All recreational boat traffic will be closed on Ascension Parish waterways as well, starting at 6 p.m. tonight.
The following schools are closed as of... more »
January 2, 2013 10:36 PM
CENTRAL- Firefighters said a shop fire was accidentally started by someone working on a motorcycle.
Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, emergency crews were dispatched to a large fire on Wax Road.
When they arrived, crews found a workshop engulfed in flames. No one was injured.
December 5, 2012 5:55 PM
CENTRAL - Former state representative John LaBruzzo is known for his annual battles at the Capitol attempting to make drug testing mandatory for people on welfare.
Now LaBruzzo has a new home, but may have to wait a bit befreo getting back into politics.
LaBruzzo and his wife... more »
December 3, 2012 5:55 PM
CENTRAL- Mosquitoes are still on the attack despite the change in season, and West Nile Virus is still a big factor in the state because of that.
Last week DHH reported 11 new cases, bringing the state's total to 382 this year with 17 deaths.
Cases were found... more »
November 30, 2012 5:27 PM
CENTRAL - Governor Jindal and representatives from Livingston Parish cut ribbon officially opening the Magnolia Bridge yesterday.
Central officials said they weren't invited to the ceremony, and are upset because of their involvement with the project.
"All the discussion was about how it improves traffic for Livingston Parish,"... more »
November 27, 2012 9:41 PM
CENTRAL- People can expect to see an extra show-of-force this holiday season.
Tuesday night, Police Chief Doug Browning update city leaders on his annual plan to hire off duty officers from area departments to police the streets during the busy holiday shopping season.
A mix of paid on-duty... more »
November 12, 2012 5:21 PM
CENTRAL- Central leaders are hoping a new city hall project will help create a new identity for the city.
The current city hall location is inside a shopping center near the corner of Sullivan Road and Hooper Road.
The state bond commission is scheduled to vote on a... more »
November 7, 2012 12:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - A fire destroyed a home, killed one family dog and injured two others yesterday on S. Harrell's Ferry Road.
The East Side Fire Department says it got the call at 1:32 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene within two minutes and immediately called for help.
... more »
October 2, 2012 6:05 PM
CENTRAL- Complaints of drivers going around and passing stopped school buses in Central have residents concerned.
It's happened four times in the past week, according to Chief Administrator David Barrow.
"People get in such a hurry, that they're racing past the school bus to spare a few seconds... more »
October 2, 2012 10:36 AM
CENTRAL - Complaints of drivers going around and passing stopped school buses in Central have residents concerned.
It's happened four times in the past week, according to the city's chief administrator.
Coming up on News 2 at 5, Adrian Pittman talks to residents who want to put a... more »
September 28, 2012 5:53 PM
CENTRAL - The Central Community School System is considering changes that would eliminate tenure as the key criteria when layoffs are necessary.
Superintendent Michael Faulk says it does not mean layoffs will happen any time soon.
The new policy is available for viewing on the school system's website.... more »
September 27, 2012 5:45 PM
CENTRAL - Construction is now underway on the next phase of the Central Thruway. It involves widening Sullivan Road between Greenwell Springs Road and Wax Road. It also involves improving the intersections along the route.
This project will tie into O'Neal Lane. Once connected to other routes, it will... more »
September 27, 2012 4:41 PM
CENTRAL - Dozens of people in Central are stuck with Hurricane Isaac debris in their yards. This, after contractors who collected it told them the city would haul it away.
City leaders warn that DPW workers will not pick up debris cut down by paid contractors.
David Barrow,... more »
September 26, 2012 7:45 AM
CENTRAL - The school days for most Central students will be extended by several minutes, and other adjustments are planned to make up for the four days of school lost when Hurricane Isaac blew through Louisiana in late August.
The Central Community School Board on Monday agreed on how... more »
September 20, 2012 5:51 PM
CENTRAL - A DEMCO truck, ice cream truck and school bus collided in Central today.
It happened at the intersection of Sullivan and Greenwell Springs when police said the DEMCO truck failed to yield at a left-hand turn. Traffic was backed up for nearly two hours as crews worked... more »
September 18, 2012 2:17 PM
CENTRAL - Firefighters in Central saved one cat from a burning home in Central this morning, but said four other cats died in the fire.
Deputy Fire Chief Charles Mondrick said they were called to a kitchen fire at the home on Daytona Drive just after 6 a.m. When... more »
September 14, 2012 5:37 PM
CENTRAL- The FBI says record gun sales in the U. S. are continuing a trend of more people arming themselves.
More than 10.2 million guns have been sold so far this year. That's a record 20 percent more than this time last year.
In Louisiana, more than 8,000... more »
September 12, 2012 3:44 PM
CENTRAL- Kirk Newsom was on his way to work this morning when he saw a massive cement truck barrelling in his direction on two wheels at the corner of Greenwell Springs and Frenchtown Roads.
With only seconds to react, Newsom gunned the engine. The cement truck scraped the back... more »
August 31, 2012 7:48 AM
CENTRAL - A home in East Baton Rouge Parish is charred after a generator set the house on fire.
Fire officials say the generator was too close to the home on J L Fairchild in Central. The siding of the house caught fire from the heat put off from... more »
August 24, 2012 4:48 PM
CENTRAL - While forecasters are still uncertain about exactly where Tropical Storm Isaac will hit, some people around East Baton Rouge Parish aren't taking any chances.
Several different tree service companies in the Baton Rouge area say business is picking up. Dale Small with Arbor Vision Tree Experts says... more »
August 24, 2012 8:00 AM
CENTRAL - The Central Community School Board has agreed to pay $14,000 to Cynthia Dantoni for less than a tenth of an acre of land in Central.
The settlement ended a dispute that was preventing the completion of a third entrance to the new Central Intermediate and Middle schools... more »
August 3, 2012 6:11 PM
CENTRAL - Officials are purging the rolls to ensure students in the Central Community School District all live in the community.
"They're looking out for what's best for their kids," said Superintendent Michael Faulk. "They want their child to have a good education, and they hear from other parents,... more »