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  • Body of woman found on Thanksgiving identified; investigated as homicide

    November 25, 2016 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The body of a woman that was found on Thanksgiving night has been identified. The body belongs to 47-year-old Roxann Bond of Dry Prong, LA, according to police. The body was found on the side of East Industrial Avenue, in an industrial area of North Baton... more »
  • Coroner recovers body in BR port

    November 7, 2016 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Coroner has recovered a body from the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. The port is located on the west side of the Mississippi River. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is handling the matter. No further details have been released at... more »
  • Autopsy: Officers died of multiple gunshot wounds

    July 18, 2016 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The coroner for Baton Rouge says that each of the three officers that were killed in Sunday morning's shooting died of multiple gunshot wounds. East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark said that the autopsies will began around 8 a.m., and the results were released around... more »
  • Coroner: Slidell man killed by lightning

    April 29, 2016 10:01 AM

    SLIDELL - A Louisiana coroner says a man working on a Slidell-area construction site died after being struck by lightning. St. Tammany Parish coroner Dr. Charles Preston said in a news release that 36-year-old Elvin Arturo Castro-Santiago was working Wednesday when he was struck. Preston says Castro-Santiago was taken to... more »
  • Coroner IDs man shot in New Orleans by Jefferson deputies

    February 10, 2016 5:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A coroner has released the name and age of a man shot to death by Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies after a chase that led them into New Orleans. New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said Wednesday that the man was 22-year-old Eric Harris. His city of residence... more »
  • Ascension Parish Coroner IDs body found in Gonzales last weekend

    December 30, 2015 2:36 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office has identified a man’s body found last weekend in Gonzales. The coroner says the body belongs to 54-year-old Jasper Morris. They also said they believe based on the autopsy performed that the case will be considered a murder. The Gonzales Police... more »
  • Record-setting year for heroin deaths in EBR with 38

    December 14, 2015 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William "Beau" Clark announced a record-setting 38 heroin related deaths this year in the parish. That beats the previous record of 35 deaths set in 2013. Last year, the death toll decreased to 28, but Clark says heroin is still an epidemic... more »
  • Study to examine rising suicide rates in New Orleans

    November 30, 2015 5:28 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A coroner has teamed up with a nonprofit research organization to study suicide rates in New Orleans. Orleans Parish coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse and RAND Corp. will use the study to understand common causes of suicide and create prevention efforts. The coroner's office says it has investigated 34... more »
  • EBR heroin death toll reaches 32 with additional case pending

    November 16, 2015 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another high-profile death of an LSU student from a heroin overdose has brought the 2015 death toll for the drug to 32 in East Baton Rouge Parish. Earlier this year, EBR Parish Coroner "Beau" Clark warned of the brewing street drug "epidemic." Last week, federal authorities... more »
  • Coroner: Heroin deaths on the rise in Baton Rouge

    August 28, 2015 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark says Baton Rouge is on track to see heroin deaths reach record numbers this year. Shane Evans, the Coroner's Office chief of investigations, says the capital city has already confirmed 24 heroin-related deaths in 2015, and three more are pending... more »
  • Body found in car believed to be missing woman

    July 23, 2015 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The coroner's office said they believe they've identified a woman whose body was found decomposed Wednesday in a car parked at the Baker Walmart. Coroner Beau Clark said their "presumptive conclusion" is the woman is Joy Gulotta, who was recently reported missing to Baton Rouge Police.... more »
  • Questions remain after child's electrocution Play Video

    June 23, 2015 7:56 PM

    ADDIS - While relatives are still recovering from the death of a one-year-old girl who was electrocuted Monday after touching exposed wires at an apartment complex, people in the complex are asking questions about who should be held responsible. The West Baton Rouge Coroner's Office said one-year-old Kristiana Tillman... more »
  • Identity of body found on Waverly Dr. still unknown

    June 16, 2015 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office has yet to scientifically a body found in a "badly decomposed" state Tuesday morning. EBR Parish Coroner Beau Clark said they work their way backward from the time of the homicide to determine the cause of death, so nothing... more »
  • Seminar on fake marijuana scheduled for this weekend Play Video

    May 20, 2015 9:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- This weekend the East Baton Rouge coroner will be speaking at the U.S.S. Kidd about the dangers of fake marijuana. Dr. Beau Clark will be addressing the public about the many misconceptions surrounding the drug. Fake marijuana drugs like "Mojo" were originally created in hopes of creating... more »
  • Coroner: 2005 post-Katrina police shooting was a homicide

    April 1, 2015 4:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' coroner has classified the death of a man shot by a police officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina as a homicide. Coroner Jeffrey Rouse made the announcement Wednesday in the case of Henry Glover, whose body was burned by one police officer after another... more »
  • EBR coroner carves up turkey contest

    November 26, 2014 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The St. Vincent De Paul Turkey Carving Contest was won by a parish coroner this year. Dr. William "Beau" Clark took the prize for best carved bird at the annual Thanksgiving competition, which involves numerous elected officials. Past carving champs Hillar Moore, the parish district... more »
  • Suicide guns at auction

    October 30, 2014 7:51 PM

    GREENSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA- A coroner in western Pennsylvania is about to auction off about 100 guns used in suicides and other accidental shooting deaths. Coroner Ken Bacha says state law says local governments have to sell unclaimed property with the proceeds going to help fund county government. The office... more »
  • Even an Ozarks coroner gets surplus military guns

    October 6, 2014 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Defense Department giveaway program that equips local police with surplus military weapons also supplies guns to government agencies with limited law-enforcement powers and a questionable need for high-powered firearms. An Arkansas coroner got a rifle, a handgun and a Humvee. Military-grade weapons also have gone to... more »
  • Fire chief: Smoky fire killed woman

    October 5, 2014 5:20 PM

    OPELOUSAS, La. - Opelousas Fire Chief Lee Cahanin says the coroner confirms that smoke inhalation killed a 63-year-old Opelousas woman. He says Vera Hayes Gabriel's home was very hot when firefighters arrived, but a cup of water put out the fire. Cahanin says investigators believe the smoldering fire heated the... more »
  • Coroner releases more details in child's death Play Video

    August 22, 2014 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Coroner Beau Clark released more information Friday from an autopsy of a 5-year-old who died from child abuse. Clark said the preliminary cause of death for Jay'v'une Bergin was blunt force injuries to his head, which had multiple bruises on his face and neck as well... more »
  • Shooting shuts down Baton Rouge intersection

    June 11, 2014 4:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office has blocked off the 9400 block of Greenwell Springs Rd. near Monterrey Dr. following a shooting. The Coroner's Office is on scene. The victim was found inside a vehicle. Authorities have not released the victim's name. We'll have more... more »
  • Ex-St. Tammany coroner now faces state theft charges

    May 23, 2014 3:54 PM

    COVINGTON - Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan, who is currently serving a two-year sentence in federal prison, now faces new state charges for allegedly using his public office for his personal financial gain. Laura Gerdes Colligan of the St. Tammany Parish Attorney General's Office said a grand jury... more »
  • Treatment for a rising mental illness trend Play Video

    April 3, 2014 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health care leaders are responding as the number of people committed for mental illness is on the rise. Baton Rouge Police said they spend a lot of time with diagnosed patients who stop taking their medications. The Coroners Office ordered 6,000 patients be involuntarily committed for... more »
  • Special drug reverses heroin overdose Play Video

    January 31, 2014 10:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Medical professionals say there's a way to give people a second chance who are overdosing on opiate drugs. Paramedics have been using Naloxone Hydrochloride, or Narcan, for years. It reverses an opiate overdose, instantly. EMS Unit Commander Chris Landry said it works quickly, saying "sometimes... more »
  • EBR coroner's office asks for more money

    November 13, 2013 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner told the Metro Council his office is woefully underfunded, and requested 44 percent more funds than allocated in Mayor-President Kip Holden's proposed 2014 budget. Holden's budget, released last week, allocates nearly $2 million to the Coroner's Office. Coroner Dr. Beau Clark... more »
  • Coroner seeks action after heroin deaths Play Video

    October 28, 2013 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Heroin deaths have quadrupled this year compared to last in East Baton Rouge Parish, according to the parish coroner. Now there's a push for tougher penalties on those who deal it. Coroner Beau Clark said part of his job is identifying the causes of why people... more »
  • Coroner to reveal cause of Asiana passenger death

    July 19, 2013 9:53 AM

    SAN MATEO, Calif. - Officials are set to reveal whether a Chinese student on board Asiana Flight 214 survived the crash-landing only to be killed accidentally on the runway by a firetruck racing to the wrecked, smoking plane. The San Mateo County Coroner's Office will hold a news conference Friday... more »
  • Coroner identifies man pulled from waterway

    July 15, 2013 11:32 AM

    GRETNA - The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office has identified the man pulled from a waterway near Lafitte as 22-year-old Ryan Toombs of Marrero. The Times-Picayune reports an autopsy is being conducted to determine a cause of death. Officials with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recovered Toombs' body about... more »
  • Coroner: Girl, 3, dies from heat stroke

    July 8, 2013 12:34 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Caddo Parish Coroner Todd Thoma says a 3-year-old girl who was found dead inside of car Friday died of a heat stroke. However, Thoma has yet to rule if her death was accidental. The Times reports Shreveport police were called to the mother's house just after 4:30 p.m.,... more »
  • Coroner: Infant had old injuries, death ruled homicide

    June 24, 2013 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An autopsy revealed the 11-month-girl who died this weekend also had several old injuries, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner. The coroner's office ruled Aaliyah Heard's death a homicide today, saying the child died from blunt force trauma to the head. The coroner... more »
  • Coroner releases official cause of death in plane crash

    June 10, 2013 2:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner said Monday pilot John Fowler died from "blunt force, thermal, and inhalational injuries." Dr. William "Beau" Clark classified Fowler's cause of death as an accident. Fowler was killed when his plane fell from the sky and crashed into a house... more »
  • Police investigate possible overnight shooting

    June 10, 2013 7:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway after an overnight incident near Brightside Ln. Police responded to a home in the Lake Beau Pre' neighborhood, off of River Rd., just after midnight. The incident took place at a home in the 3900 block of Northshore Ave. Police... more »
  • Efforts made to recall St. Tammany Parish Coroner

    March 26, 2013 11:38 AM

    COVINGTON - A St. Tammany Parish citizens' group has voted to launch a recall drive against Coroner Peter Galvan, whose spending habits and operations are under investigation. The Times-Picayune reports the leadership of Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany Parish decided Monday to undertake the recall, which requires that they gather... more »
  • Body not yet ID'd as Dorner, so protection continues

    February 13, 2013 4:14 PM

    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. - Police said protection for people threatened by former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner will continue, even though Dorner is believed dead after a confrontation with police at a mountain cabin. Otherwise, Los Angeles police say they've returned to normal patrol operations. Coroners... more »

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