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  • Workers scrambled to unclog ditches in the rain Play Video

    January 19, 2017 11:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Residents saw yards fill up with water and in some cases enter their homes Thursday. Many in the capital region experienced the worst rain since the August flood. Area cities beefed up public works crews to clear ditches, some of them still containing flood debris. Many of... more »
  • Family homeless since flood starts fire in abandoned house Play Video

    January 18, 2017 1:04 PM

    CENTRAL – A family left homeless after the flood sparked a fire while trying to take cover from morning rain Wednesday. The fire department told WBRZ News 2 reporter Brett Buffington , the family was living in a tent and went looking for shelter in an old, abandoned home.... more »
  • Central leaders levy blame for unfinished Comite River Canal Play Video

    January 13, 2017 12:01 AM

    CENTRAL- City politicians and residents hashed out why the Comite River Diversion Canal lies unfinished Thursday evening. The small group met at the Knights of Columbus hall off Greenwell Springs Road. According to reports the diversion canal would have reduced the August flooding by several feet in certain areas.... more »
  • Two Central schools receive $4.2 million in assistance

    January 3, 2017 6:06 PM

    CENTRAL – Two Central schools have received about $4.2 million in federal disaster assistance to return students to the classroom after last year's flood caused damage to their campuses. FEMA announced Tuesday that Central Private School and Tanglewood Elementary School would recieve the aid. Central Private School was... more »
  • City officials working to remove trash pile from front of Central subdivision

    December 27, 2016 5:41 PM

    CENTRAL – The city is working to get a trash pile in front of a Central subdivision cleaned up. The effort is in response to a report News 2 aired on Monday that showed trash being dumped in a huge pile on the corner of Frenchtown Road near the... more »
  • Final flood debris pick up in Central on Jan. 4

    December 27, 2016 4:04 PM

    CENTRAL – The City of Central has arranged for a final flood debris pick up on Jan. 4. According to city officials, the final pass is due to the number of requests that have been received. Officials say that each street will be picked up throughout the city. ... more »
  • Deputies looking for Central car burglars

    December 27, 2016 1:51 PM

    CENTRAL - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies need help identifying a pair of car burglars caught on camera breaking into two vehicles. Early Thursday around 3:00 a.m., surveillance video captured the two outside of a home on Shoe Creek Drive breaking into a 2015 Ford F150 and a... more »
  • Front of Central subdivision turning into a trash dump Play Video

    December 26, 2016 6:42 PM

    CENTRAL – One Central subdivision is seeing a huge pile of trash grow by the day. The pile sits on the corner of Frenchtown Road near the Geo Je's community and consists of trash, household items and insulation. Residents say they are fed up with it being in... more »
  • Woman waiting on MHU tired of communication mishaps Play Video

    December 22, 2016 6:21 PM

    CENTRAL - FEMA says it expects to have everyone who has been approved for a Manufactured Housing Unit, in one by January 31. It's been a difficult road for Kandy Rodgers, who says the communication issues surrounding her MHU continue. She's been told it would be "any day" and... more »
  • Vehicle strikes deer, sends it through windshield of a student-driving car

    December 20, 2016 11:51 AM

    CENTRAL – A vehicle struck a deer and caused it to go through the windshield of another in Central, the city's fire department reported. The incident occurred on Monday around 6:15 p.m. when a vehicle going southbound in the 13400 block of Joor Road struck a deer, causing the... more »
  • WATCH: Hero Central teen gets huge welcome home from hospital Play Video

    December 16, 2016 12:48 PM

    CENTRAL – Daniel Wesley, the teenage hero of a deadly Essen Lane tirade last month, was released from the hospital and got a huge welcome home Friday. "I didn't know this was happening, so it's kinda cool," Wesley said. WBRZ reporter Chris Nakamoto posted video on social media... more »
  • Family finds joy in Christmas light display following August flood Play Video

    December 12, 2016 6:41 PM

    CENTRAL – One home on Sullivan Road in Central lights up the entire street with synchronized lights on decorations and snowmen for each of the members of the Hohensee family. The extraordinary light show started eight years ago after the family was watching television. "Then we saw a... more »
  • Edwards visits student who risked life in Sunday's Essen Lane shooting

    November 30, 2016 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 17-year-old Central High School student who risked his life to help a woman who was shot Sunday had some special visitors Wednesday. Daniel Wesley's family said Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards visited Daniel's hospital room Wednesday to say that he was proud of him for... more »
  • Community rallies around teen shot while helping murder victim Play Video

    November 28, 2016 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Doing the right thing on Sunday night landed a 17-year-old Central High School student at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Daniel Wesley did what most teenagers might not think about doing. He stopped to render aid to the dying. But, that act of goodwill changed his life.... more »
  • Central Feeding Central hands out hot meals to flood victims Play Video

    November 24, 2016 8:08 PM

    CENTRAL – Kevin Keithly and Michelle Lewis of Central are all packed up and ready to hit the streets. They have a load of turkey dinners for their neighbors impacted by August’s historic flooding. “We are not doing hand outs. We are doing hand ups,” Keithly said. “Trying to... more »
  • Central residents receive free Thanksgiving meals Play Video

    November 22, 2016 6:36 PM

    CENTRAL – Residents impacted by the August flood received free Thanksgiving meals Tuesday. Sherri Hedges received a dinner and said she is thankful for the meal she received at the food bank since she was not sure about what her family was going to have a holiday meal. ... more »
  • Undefeated pee wee football teams face off after flood Play Video

    November 13, 2016 11:17 PM

    ZACHARY – With helmets crashing and bodies colliding, the Zachary Junior Broncos took on the Central Wildcats Sunday. Both undefeated teams met for the last game of the season. It was a game that almost didn’t happen. “Even though the flood has affected us, and we don’t have... more »
  • Fight over Central High bathroom security

    October 28, 2016 11:38 PM

    Central- The City of Central Police were absent from Friday's high school football game. Central High School and the department are refusing to work together because of a spat two weeks ago. At the homecoming dance Central Police provided security. Male officers were stationed at the bathrooms but school... more »
  • Parents believe Central's top-rated schools are too strict on residency following flood Play Video

    October 25, 2016 10:41 PM

    CENTRAL - Parents of some Central Community School System students are frustrated with the strict school board, expressing how difficult it’s been to abide by the residency rules when they’ve recently flooded. Jessica Vandermark, a parent of two Central students, said after her flooded and relocated for weeks. ... more »
  • More than 800 Central flood-damaged homes gone unreported Play Video

    October 13, 2016 10:04 PM

    CENTRAL - Central has posted a list of 800 homes with damage worth more than 50 percent of the value of their home, gone without being reported to various government agencies. Two months after the flood, some homeowners say there are various reasons they have not reported the damage to... more »
  • Woman tied up, left in bathroom during strong-armed robbery Friday morning Play Video

    October 7, 2016 11:41 AM

    CENTRAL - Sheriff's deputies spent the morning investigating a call for help from a woman who said she was tied up by some strong-armed robbers Friday morning. The victim said there was a knock on the door of her home in the 13000 block of Northeast Lane around 9:30... more »
  • FEMA sends blank denial letter Play Video

    October 4, 2016 11:53 PM

    CENTRAL- Flood survivor Thomas Maloy has jumped through all sorts of hoops trying to get federal aid. But it was the FEMA denial letter he received Tuesday that hit him like a bad joke. "I've been going back and forth with FEMA and then I got this wonderful letter... more »
  • FEMA leaves housing unit against tree Play Video

    October 3, 2016 5:21 PM

    CENTRAL- The mayor of Central is frustrated with FEMA and said Monday, help isn't coming fast enough for flood victims. "It's like the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, and it's frustrating to the citizens," Mayor Junior Shelton said. According to Shelton, hundreds of people are... more »
  • Central Fire investigating blaze at home on Gurney Road

    September 29, 2016 9:39 PM

    CENTRAL - Central Fire Department is investigating a house fire on Gurney Road Thursday. Officials say the blaze started just after 6:00 p.m. When crews first arrived, they say they saw visible flames coming through the roof. It took nearly 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.... more »
  • Central schools head back to class Tuesday

    September 5, 2016 10:03 PM

    CENTRAL - Students head back to class tomorrow in Central and East Baton Rouge Parish, but for some things will be different. A number of schools flooded leaving school districts to move students to alternate locations. Parents of Tanglewood Elementary schools students, along with their children toured Central Middle... more »
  • Damage to Central school district $6 to $8M

    August 30, 2016 11:20 AM

    CENTRAL - Officials say public schools in Central school district sustained between $6 million and $8 million in flood damage, the bulk of which stems from flooding at Tanglewood Elementary school. While Central does not carry flood insurance on its schools, Superintendent Michael Faulk told the school board Monday night,... more »
  • Family that survived Katrina rebuilds again after recent flood Play Video

    August 29, 2016 7:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Many of the New Orleans residents who survived Hurricane Katrina moved to the Baton Rouge area to start over, however many did not think they would find themselves starting over again 11 years later. Jonathan and Lindsey Sumich were newlyweds when the eye of Hurricane Katrina... more »
  • Some flooded homes may require elevating Play Video

    August 25, 2016 4:06 PM

    CENTRAL - City building officials in Central want residents to make sure their houses have properly dried out and meet proper elevation standards before repairs begin. Does your home meet elevation standards? Officials stress it's still being determined which homes would require elevating. A town hall meeting for... more »
  • Central school students to return Sept. 6; employees Sept. 1

    August 24, 2016 1:42 PM

    CENTRAL – Central Community School System officials announced that students will return to school on Sept. 6 and employees will return on Sept. 1. According to school officials, the school calendar will be adjusted to compensate for the missed days. School officials say that some schools will be have... more »
  • Central native, Dallas PD officer mourns loss of 3 more heroes

    July 25, 2016 10:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been a trying time for Senior Corporal Chris Langlois as eight of his brothers in arms from two different cities have been killed in less than a month. Langlois is a Central High School alum, an LSU graduate and Tiger Band member. He's been continuing... more »
  • All lanes now open on Greenwell Springs Road

    July 25, 2016 7:13 AM

    CENTRAL - All lanes are open on Greenwell Springs Road. Greenwell Springs Road was closed on Monday morning in both directions between Denham Road and Liberty Road due to an accident. A concrete mixer truck hit a curb and flipped over while traveling on Greenwell Springs Road. Louisiana... more »
  • Central Fire Department addresses recent injuries in rivers Play Video

    July 1, 2016 11:23 PM

    CENTRAL - The Central Fire Department is warning residents to practice safety around rivers, after two separate diving injuries during the week. Since the beginning of the year, there have been five reported injuries involving people jumping or diving into the Amite and Comite Rivers. One of those resulted in... more »
  • Central fire looking for information after corrosive material is dumped illegally

    June 1, 2016 12:21 AM

    CENTRAL - The Central Fire Department is seeking information after an unknown, corrosive substance was dumped Tuesday evening. BR Hazmat was also called to the scene near the intersection of Wax Road at Banway Drive after someone illegally dumped two 55-gallon-drums which were leaking a fluid after they were... more »
  • Firefighters from 4 departments battle apartment fire on Plank Road

    May 29, 2016 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters from four different departments battled a fire at an apartment complex on Plank Road. The fire occurred in the 11000 block of Plank Road, which is in the Brownsfield Fire Department's jurisdiction, but crews from Baton Rouge Fire, Central Fire and Baker Fire were all... more »
  • Central schools crack down on residency requirements Play Video

    May 24, 2016 7:53 PM

    CENTRAL - With just a day away until school is out for the summer, the central school board is cracking down on what some call "education freeloaders." "We have a responsibility to the taxpayers ... to ensure that the children we are educating live in Central," Central Superintendent Michael Faulk... more »
  • Deputies identify Watson drowning victim

    May 15, 2016 4:10 PM

    WATSON – Deputies in Livingston Parish say a woman is dead after drowning in the Amite River near the Watson area Sunday afternoon. Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Upper Amite River area for a possible drowning just before 3 p.m. Sunday. Investigators say initial reports indicate... more »
  • Residents rally to remove junk for Central woman in need Play Video

    May 1, 2016 4:58 PM

    CENTRAL – Help was on the way for an elderly Central woman who needed help to remove piles of junk off her property. The city of Central demanded that she clean it up, and Saturday a group of volunteers took the matter into their own hands. “It’s wonderful.... more »
  • Lost men found in BREC's Blackwater Park Play Video

    April 19, 2016 11:16 PM

    CENTRAL - Crews found two men who spent a couple of hours lost in the woods of BREC's Blackwater Park Tuesday Night. That's off Hooper Road in Central. Rescue crews from the Central Fire Department, along with deputies from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office were called to... more »
  • Two arrested for arson after Walmart fire in Central

    April 12, 2016 10:58 AM

    CENTRAL- Two juveniles were arrested for arson after a Walmart fire that happened Monday night. Central Fire Department along with the East Side and District Six Fire Departments responded to a box alarm at the Walmart on Sullivan Road Monday night. An aisle in the yarn section of the store... more »
  • Renewed questions emerge over Comite River Diversion Project

    March 14, 2016 5:19 PM

    ZACHARY- After a deluge of rain last week, renewed questions are emerging about the status of the Comite River Diversion Project. The project is supposed to keep tens of thousands of residents dry during high water events in our area. It has been in the works for decades. The... more »
  • Flood map revisions in Central approved by FEMA Play Video

    March 8, 2016 9:53 PM

    CENTRAL - A city-funded project to update and revise FEMA flood elevations along portions of the Beaver Bayou watershed in Central was approved. The project, which began about four years ago, was granted approval by FEMA last week. "We felt like some people were put into floodplains that... more »
  • Amid controversy, planning leaders approve piece of new development

    December 17, 2015 10:46 PM

    CENTRAL - The city planning and zoning commission approved lot sizes and other matters related to the development of a mixed-use community Thursday evening. The group had a concern over lot sizes, but ended up approving the plan. Next, the city council will make the final decision. Project... more »
  • Central to add 2 to council by 2018

    December 8, 2015 11:24 PM

    CENTRAL - The city council approved adding two at-large seats to its elected body Tuesday. In addition to the two, new positions, the council will be divided into five districts instead of all five being at-large. By the 2018 election cycle, the council will have five people elected from... more »
  • Bigger government up for vote in Central Play Video

    December 7, 2015 10:28 PM

    CENTRAL - Tuesday night, the city council in Central is set to discuss and vote on adding two more council members. The ordinance, introduced by council member Wayne Messina, would establish a seven-member council with five elected from districts and two elected at-large. It would also appropriate about $6,000... more »
  • Missing woman on Joor Road found safe and sound Play Video

    November 3, 2015 7:33 PM

    Firefighters reunited an 85-year-old with her family late Tuesday night. Inez Smith was missing for about three hours when she was found in woods off Joor Road. She was found sitting down, calling out for help. Good work @CentralFireDept finding Inez Smith & getting her back home... more »
  • Troopers investigating deadly crash near Central

    October 16, 2015 1:42 PM

    CENTRAL - State Police are investigating a single vehicle fatality crash that happened on LA 410 at Gurney Road north of LA 408 in East Baton Rouge. Troopers said the investigation revealed that the crash happened as 29-year-old Yveon Samuel, of Baker, was traveling northbound on LA 410 in... more »
  • Judge grants injunction for teen to attend Central

    October 9, 2015 4:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge granted a temporary injunction Friday ordering Central Schools to allow a young girl to attend classes while a lawsuit over her residency status continues through the court system. Billy and Tonya Burkette sued the school district after administrators said their 14-year-old daughter had to... more »
  • Central High honoring alumni Devon Gales Play Video

    October 2, 2015 11:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Under the Friday night lights, plays honored a former Central Wildcat. Starting with Friday's game against McKinley, the Central football team will wear blue and gold stickers in the shape of ribbons on the backs of helmets for Southern University football player Devon Gales. Gales, a... more »
  • Central's Wicker rocks pink cleats, mean kick Play Video

    October 1, 2015 8:17 PM

    CENTRAL - The game of football played under the Friday night lights is a time-honored tradition. Teams travel near and far to meet their match on fields around the country. For many in Louisiana, it's not just a sport but a way of life. When the Central Wildcats... more »
  • Board votes to demolish gym group fought to save

    September 28, 2015 10:04 PM

    CENTRAL – The school board voted to tear down an old, wood-framed gym some have spent the last year fighting to save. Since last August, the Central Cultural Foundation has been working to raise money and draft plans to rent and restore the old high school gym on Sullivan... more »
  • Tight protocol set for Pope's US visit

    September 19, 2015 1:42 PM

    NEW YORK - Getting tickets was the easy part. Being among the 80,000 New Yorkers who won a lottery for a spot on Pope Francis' motorcade route through Central Park means they will have to endure long lines, tight security and hours of waiting before the pontiff even gets there.... more »
  • Comedy Central to air show despite comedian's 9/11 lies

    September 19, 2015 1:39 PM

    NEW YORK - Comedy Central has decided to go ahead with Steve Rannazzisi's stand-up special after the comic's admission that he lied about being in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. His special, "Breaking Dad," is scheduled to air Saturday. The network said earlier in the day it... more »
  • Dutchtown, Central bands remember 9/11 victims Play Video

    September 11, 2015 11:16 PM

    CENTRAL - Two high school bands took to the field as one Friday night, to celebrate the heroes and honor the victims of 9/11. "I'm Proud To Be An American" was performed live during halftime at the Dutchtown High and Central High school football game. It was one of... more »
  • Sisters tie blue ribbons to mailboxes, honor law enforcement Play Video

    September 10, 2015 4:07 PM

    WALKER - Two sisters have joined an effort to help make a difference in their communities by posting blue ribbons on their mailboxes. Brittany Daigle of Central and Kimberly Dicapo of Walker have been going door to door in their neighborhoods to show support for members of law enforcement. ... more »
  • Noisy Joor Road quieted by new pavement Play Video

    September 9, 2015 6:37 PM

    CENTRAL - A fix to quiet down Joor Road in Central is finished after a paving experiment did not work. People who drive down Joor Road say they could not carry on a conversation in the car and had to turn up the radio to tune out road noise before... more »
  • Kids tag Central neighborhood Play Video

    September 7, 2015 10:10 PM

    CENTRAL - Neighbors said children responsible for spray painting dozens of mailboxes, street signs, bikes, and yard decorations have been going door to door apologizing for their actions. Residents living along Sugar Pine Dr and other nearby streets woke up Monday morning to find their property vandalized. Mailboxes and... more »
  • Shoe Creek work can continue during lawsuit

    August 19, 2015 6:18 PM

    CENTRAL - A judge chose not to issue a preliminary injunction which would halt work on a 700-unit property development in Central which has some residents at odds with city leaders. Three Central residents sued Mayor Junior Shelton and four city council members over the Settlement at Shoe Creek... more »
  • Roundabout open for Central's first day of school Play Video

    August 13, 2015 9:45 AM

    CENTRAL- Construction crews worked through the night to complete a roundabout before the first day of school in Central. The new traffic circle replaced the intersection at Joor Road and Gurney Road. The new traffic pattern wasn't expected to be finished in time for the first day of... more »
  • Crews will work overnight to get roundabout ready for school traffic Play Video

    August 12, 2015 11:19 PM

    CENTRAL - Construction crews will work overnight Wednesday as they try to have a roundabout complete before school starts Thursday morning. The roundabout is near the shared campuses of Central Middle and Intermediate schools. Earlier this week, the district alerted parents that the construction was behind schedule and was... more »
  • Hearing date set in Central apartment development spat Play Video

    August 12, 2015 1:42 PM

    CENTRAL - A judge set a hearing date Wednesday to determine if construction of a 700-unit property development in Central can go forward, an issue that has some residents at odds with city leaders. Three Central residents filed a lawsuit against Mayor Junior Shelton and four council members claiming... more »
  • Central mayor, council caught in spat over upscale development Play Video

    August 11, 2015 11:14 PM

    CENTRAL - There is a lawsuit against the mayor and four council members over a 150-acre piece of property in Central. The lawsuit alleges the nearly 700-unit development violates city laws. Three members of the Central community have filed a "Petition for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief." "If our... more »
  • Roundabout construction not finished for school

    August 11, 2015 9:40 PM

    CENTRAL - Parents are being warned of a traffic headache when school resumes here Thursday. The roundabout at the intersection of Joor Road and Gurney Road will not be complete by the start of school. Contractors hoped it would be finished ahead of classes, but the city said Tuesday... more »
  • Woman wanted for stealing TV

    August 11, 2015 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies asked for the public's help identifying a woman who walked out of a Walmart with a big-screen TV recently in East Baton Rouge Parish. Detectives said the woman stole the television from the Walmart on Sullivan Road in Central the afternoon of Aug. 7.... more »
  • After first decade Central says business is booming

    July 7, 2015 7:00 PM

    CENTRAL- Central is celebrating its tenth anniversary by announcing more growth opportunities. City officials held a press conference on Tuesday morning announcing new economic development that plans to generate millions to the city. They said the city is booming and many residents and business owners have worked hard to... more »
  • Police ticketing drivers in Central construction zone Play Video

    June 16, 2015 6:35 PM

    CENTRAL - Drivers might want to watch their speed in the Central area. Police are clocking drivers in a construction zone after lanes opened on Sullivan Road between the Central Thruway and Wax Road. So far, dozens of people have gotten tickets for going over the 35 mph speed limit.... more »
  • Central teen returned home safely

    June 14, 2015 12:29 PM

    The Central teen that went missing on June 1 has returned to her home safely. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office reported that Hannah Primeaux left her home on the 1st, and did not contact any family members after June 9. She was listed as a runaway, and... more »
  • Missing for 12 days, teen still hasn't been spotted

    June 12, 2015 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Days after issuing its first request for help in finding a missing teen, deputies sent a second request out Friday. Hannah Primeaux, 15, has not been seen since June 1st. Deputies first released details of her disappearance on June 9th after her family went eight days... more »
  • Theft suspect leads deputies on two-parish chase

    June 9, 2015 11:31 PM

    CENTRAL - A suspect in a theft case took East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies on a five-mile chase Tuesday evening. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was wanted for stealing from the Walmart and hit a deputy's cruiser on their way out of the parking lot.... more »
  • Work begins to quiet Joor Road Play Video

    May 29, 2015 6:51 PM

    CENTRAL - A fix is coming to Joor Road in Central after residents pushed for a fix to the noisy road. In 2009, the state expanded Joor Road from two lanes to five to fix traffic problems, but the expansion also caused new problems. The sound of cars whizzing... more »
  • A neighborhood's sinkhole situation Play Video

    May 26, 2015 11:19 PM

    CENTRAL - A woman reluctantly promised to look over her neighborhood overnight Tuesday after a sinkhole developed in her front yard. "It was not there yesterday at all," Jessica Perault told WBRZ News 2 reporter Brittany Weiss in an interview on WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Tuesday. Perault said... more »
  • Man's dream home becomes literal power struggle

    April 24, 2015 8:14 PM

    CENTRAL - A property owner found himself in a power struggle over his dream home he built on a 7-acre plot of land. Vernon Raiford owns the property located off Blackwater Road in Central. He built his new house next to his daughter's house, on the same plot of... more »
  • 'Scooby-Doo' crew taught lesson about looking for kicks

    April 15, 2015 10:48 PM

    GREENWELL SPRINGS - Central School System leaders said they identified a group of kids who were seen on security video in the abandoned Greenwell Springs Hospital in February. The group illegally went inside the hospital and were seen walking around and exploring . The facility has been closed for... more »
  • Pointe Coupee School Board searching for new superintendent Play Video

    April 13, 2015 5:47 PM

    POINTE COUPEE - The Pointe Coupee School Board is searching for a new leader. Current superintendent, Linda D'Amico, announced she'll be retiring at the end of her term in June, just months before the school board planned to open a new career academy that she pioneered. "That's one... more »

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