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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Coroner: Woman who crashed into creek died of natural causes

    December 12, 2012 2:23 PM

    Baton Rouge- An 89-year-old woman whose car crashed into Wards Creek from an Interstate 10 East exit ramp near the Mall of Louisiana died of natural causes shortly before the car plunged into the water, that's according to the parish coroner. Autopsy results show Vivian Augustin died of a... more »
  • Woman killed in wreck had a history of traffic violations check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 13, 2012 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge woman died this morning after driving into a van on Jefferson Highway. The woman, 29-year-old Shannan Taylor, was due in court tomorrow morning for driving without a license in an unregistered car. She was leaving her boyfriend's apartment, after they got into an... more »
  • Coroner promises changes after fetus wrongfully cremated check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 29, 2012 6:03 PM

    LIVINGSTON- The accidental cremation of remains scheduled for autopsy in a feticide case is triggering changes at the Livingston Parish Coroner's office. The Coroner's office does not have a morgue, and usually passes bodies on to a third-party funeral home for storage until an autopsy can be completed. ... more »
  • Mental illness investigations increase in EBR check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 15, 2012 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Experts said a police standoff this weekend highlights a growing mental health problem in East Baton Rouge Parish. Over the weekend 42-year old Kelli Leon locked herself inside a home in Sherwood Forest and fired a weapon, according to Baton Rouge Police. The SWAT Team was... more »
  • Shunick's body released to family

    August 21, 2012 11:08 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The body of Mickey Shunick was returned to her family, according to the Lafayette Parish Coroner. Shunick's family plans to have a private funeral for friends and family and a public memorial to celebrate Mickey's life. The date of the public memorial has not been set. Shunick... more »
  • Heart attack likely caused death in NY lake rescue

    August 8, 2012 11:49 AM

    CARMEL, N.Y. - A coroner says a heart attack probably caused the death of a woman whose body was found in the middle of a suburban New York reservoir with a 6-year-old girl clinging to it. The coroner says an autopsy revealed that Pamela Kaner, a friend of the girl's... more »
  • Coroner: Hemsley died of natural cause; no autopsy

    July 25, 2012 12:49 PM

    EL PASO, Texas - The El Paso medical examiner's office says Sherman Hemsley, who played George Jefferson in the television sitcom "The Jeffersons," died of natural causes and that no autopsy will be performed. Coroner's office administration manager Irene Santiago said Wednesday that the 74-year-old actor had been ill. She... more »
  • Deputies: Inmate died from natural causes

    July 4, 2012 12:37 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Deputies said an inmate in Livingston Parish died of natural causes while in the jail this week. A sheriff's department spokesperson said Charles David Dunn, 47, died Tuesday in the Livingston Parish Detention Center. Livingston Parish Coroner Dr. Ron Coe performed an autopsy and found Dunn... more »
  • Coroner: RFK Jr.'s wife died of hanging

    May 17, 2012 11:12 AM

    BEDFORD, N.Y.- A medical examiner in suburban New York says the estranged wife of Robert Kennedy Jr. died of asphyxiation due to hanging. Mary Richardson Kennedy was discovered dead Wednesday on the family's property in Bedford. She was 52, and had struggled with drug and alcohol charges in recent years.... more »
  • Clark works on transition as coroner

    November 24, 2011 2:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Newly elected East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William "Beau" Clark doesn't take office for more than three months, yet he's already at work. Clark says he's putting together a transition team that will help him "hit the road running" when he begins his role... more »
  • EBR coroner has new drug policy

    July 17, 2011 12:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office has a new policy requiring its personnel to keep track of drugs found at death scenes. The policy comes after police found such drugs inside the home of coroner's office employee Raymond Levie, who was shot to death June 24... more »
  • House fire claims the life of Caddo Parish couple

    July 5, 2011 2:11 AM

    GREENWOOD- Investigators are looking into a house fire that killed a married couple in Caddo Parish. Officials say Elgin Ralph Elliott, 83, and Mary Elliott, 84, were in the home sleeping when the fire broke out around 9 p.m. in the 4700 block of Greenwood Heights Road. When... more »
  • Coroner examines possible remains found in Gretna

    April 17, 2011 9:18 PM

    GRETNA- The Jefferson Parish coroner's office is trying to determine whether remains found in a wooded area today are those of a human skull. Deputies say people who were out for a walk found the possible remains this morning on the same lot where body parts were found more... more »

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