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  • Overturned dump truck brings traffic to a grind

    August 11, 2017 2:01 PM

    CENTRAL – There were heavy delays on Greenwell Springs Road as authorities dealt with an overturned dump truck that spilled its load. The crash happened between Morgan and Magnolia Beach Road near JBS Construction. Traffic was backed up toward both other streets after lunch Friday. Authorities said there... more »
  • Suspect arrested in Central shots fired case

    August 7, 2017 11:34 AM

    CENTRAL- A suspect turned himself in to authorities early Monday morning after reports of shots being fired near the corner of Willowbrook at Central Woods. Deputies had been searching for Noah Martin since 7 p.m. Sunday when people reported hearing the shots. The location is a small neighborhood... more »
  • One injured in Hooper rollover crash Tuesday

    August 1, 2017 11:04 AM

    CENTRAL – One person was injured in a rollover crash on Hooper Road near Joor Tuesday morning. Pictures of the crash shared with WBRZ showed a vehicle upside down and firefighters working to secure the wreckage. Authorities said one person was rescued from the mangled mess and they were... more »
  • Water was an issue at Thursday morning house fire Play Video

    July 27, 2017 11:42 AM

    PRIDE- Firefighters had to deal with a lack of water while battling a large house fire Thursday morning. Firefighters from Pride were initially called to the blaze in the 30000 block of Greenwell Springs Road. Since there are no fire hydrants in the area, fire trucks had to supply... more »
  • EBRSO: 2 arrested after man repels neighbor with wasp spray during confrontation

    July 15, 2017 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies arrested a pair of feuding neighbors after a Friday afternoon confrontation involving a chunk of concrete and can of wasp spray. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the 13000 block of Honey Drive where they found 35-year-old Jacob Dickerson lying... more »
  • All East Baton Rouge Parish Library locations closed for 4th of July

    June 27, 2017 2:47 PM

    EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - All locations of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. All locations will resume normal hours of operation Wednesday, July 5. All other library resources, including e-books, downloads and other information, will still... more »
  • Governor Edwards signs bill requiring warning signs for speed cameras

    June 24, 2017 3:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cities and towns that use cameras to catch speeders will soon have to post signs notifying drivers about the monitoring. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a bill requiring the signs to be posted between 250 feet and 500 feet of the location... more »
  • Water creeps into Central neighborhoods overnight Play Video

    June 24, 2017 9:33 AM

    CENTRAL – It was a bad case of deja vu for some people Saturday as they awoke to see rising water in yards here. At least one couple posted pictures on a community Facebook page of water creeping up to doors and inside a room. The series of pictures... more »
  • Unattended pot causes house fire that claims life of pet

    June 20, 2017 5:44 PM

    CENTRAL – Central fire crews responded to a house fire in the 7500 block of Droze Road that claimed the life of a pet on Tuesday afternoon. Crews were able to get the fire under control in about 15 minutes after responding to the call at 3 p.m.... more »
  • Crews rescue driver after car went into creek in Central

    June 19, 2017 1:38 PM

    CENTRAL – The Central Fire Department responded to a driver that veered off the road and into a creek on Sunday. The crash occurred in the 11900 block of Lovett Road around 6:15 p.m. when a vehicle was going eastbound. The driver lost control near the curve in... more »
  • Two contracts awarded for drainage project in Central

    June 13, 2017 2:11 PM

    CENTRAL – The city of Central announced that two contracts were awarded for the cleaning of canals and ditches in an effort to improve the city's drainage system. The contracts were awarded to Looks Great Services from Columbia, MS. According to city officials, $4 million have been... more »
  • Central announces final flood debris collection pass

    June 12, 2017 2:52 PM

    CENTRAL - The City of Central will be making a final pass to collect flood debris from homes later this month. All residents with flood debris remaining in their home or on their property is asked to move it to the road on the right of way in front... more »
  • FEMA awards $1 million for debris removal in Central

    May 22, 2017 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – More than $1 million in a federal grant has been awarded for debris removal for the City of Central, FEMA announced Monday. The grant has been awarded for debris removal for the August flood. The funds come from FEMA's Public Assistance program and continues to reimburse... more »
  • Powerful 7.1 quake shakes central Chile; no damage reported

    April 24, 2017 9:31 PM

    SANTIAGO, Chile - A powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake has struck off Chile's central coast but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey says Monday's quake was centered in the Pacific about 22 miles west of the port city of Valparaiso and hit around 6:40... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Central Mayor calls in investigators over allegations of forgery Play Video

    April 17, 2017 5:39 PM

    CENTRAL- The Mayor of Central called on the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office after allegations of forgery surfaced inside City Hall. Mayor Junior Shelton pointed to two documents that he says Former Mayor Mac Watts did not sign, and another document from his administration that he did not sign.... more »
  • Central residents fed up with drainage issues following heavy rain Play Video

    April 3, 2017 6:27 PM

    CENTRAL – City officials say that Central took on five inches of rain on Sunday and overnight, sending Beaver Bayou over its banks. The heavy rain and lack of drainage is causing residents, like Gwen Ragusa, problems. Back in August, all that Ragusa managed to save from her home... more »
  • Video shows possible tornado near Alexandria

    April 2, 2017 4:37 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - Central Louisiana has already experienced severe weather in the area, and more is expected to continue into the night. According to KALB-TV, confidence is growing that widespread severe weather will hit central Louisiana Sunday afternoon through much of Sunday night. Video submitted to KALB shows... more »
  • Haze appearing from ground prompts evacuation of ball park Wednesday

    March 29, 2017 7:07 PM

    CENTRAL – People were evacuated from a part of Lovett Road Park as a haze started coming from the ground Wednesday evening. Fire crews and a hazmat team were dispatched when people noticed the haze on a ball park. A WBRZ news crew reported people were moved from one... more »
  • Jaws of Life rescue equipment used to cut driver from mangled wreck Sunday

    March 5, 2017 10:38 AM

    CENTRAL - The driver and sole occupant of a vehicle had to be cut from the mangled wreckage after their vehicle crashed on Sullivan Road Sunday morning. Firefighters said the driver flipped multiple times at the intersection with Lovett Road around 8 a.m. Rescue tools like the Jaws of... more »
  • Suspect dead, 2 Florida officers wounded in shootout

    February 25, 2017 12:08 PM

    CASSELBERRY, Fla. - A suspect died and two police officers suffered minor wounds during a shootout at a central Florida home. Casselberry Police Chief Larry Krantz told reporters the two officers responded early Saturday to a reported disturbance at a home in the Orlando suburb. When they arrived, the suspect... more »
  • 6 teenagers fall through ice into Central Park pond, rescued

    February 20, 2017 9:17 PM

    NEW YORK - Six teenagers have fallen through ice into an off-limits pond in New York's Central Park but have been rescued. It happened Monday evening at the southern end of the park. Police say the 15- and 16-year-olds were on the ice when it gave way. A nearby sign... more »
  • Several tornadoes hit Central Texas

    February 20, 2017 8:48 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Authorities say severe storms have pushed several tornadoes through parts of Central Texas, ripping the roofs from homes in San Antonio and toppling freight train cars near Austin. No major injuries have been reported from the storms that moved across the area late Sunday and early Monday.... more »
  • Central firefighters respond to 2-alarm fire on Frontier Drive

    January 26, 2017 10:42 PM

    CENTRAL - Firefighters extinguished a 2-alarm fire on Frontier Drive in Central Thursday. Central Fire officials say the fire happened at a home in the 7100 block of Frontier Drive near Lariat Avenue around 8:30 p.m. A Central Fire Department spokesperson told News 2 the two-story home was... more »
  • 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 »

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