January 29, 2015 3:41 PM
NEW ORLEANS - In its fight against crime, New Orleans is calling on former police officers to join the police department as unpaid reserve officers. The New Orleans Police Department is making this push as it struggles to deal with a shrunken force and an uptick in violent crime. At... more »
January 28, 2015 10:29 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- Investigators said they found heroin inside the home of a murder victim killed during what they believe may have been an armed robbery.
Chad Nichols and his friend Benny Booker were gunned down on Latino Road Monday afternoon , at Nichols' home. Deputies think the pair may have... more »
January 28, 2015 9:15 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Deputies spent Wednesday night investigating yet another shooting in this usually quiet Ascension Parish community.
Witnesses told authorities they heard two shots. Deputies collected casings from the scene but did not find a shooter. No one was hit in the gunfire.
The town has become busy... more »
January 27, 2015 11:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - City police continue to search for $80,000 stolen from the Loomis armored car company.
A guard for the company was arrested on theft charges in early January, but the loot he is accused of stealing is still missing. Kenneth Kelly, Jr, 24, was charged with felony... more »
January 27, 2015 9:46 PM
PIERRE PART - An Assumption Parish Sheriff's deputy was arrested and fired from his job Tuesday after an altercation he had with his wife and a fellow officer.
The sheriff's office said Gary Ellis, Jr, 30, was booked on charges after he come home from a day of drinking,... more »
January 27, 2015 5:58 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - The family of Chad Nichols, one of two men killed on Latino Road Monday afternoon, thinks the gunmen were after cash and that's why they killed Nichols and one of his employees, Benny Booker.
Deputies aren't ready to pinpoint a motive as they continue to follow leads... more »
January 26, 2015 11:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - A nine-person grand jury indictment was unsealed Monday, revealing the details of a case built against people accused or running a drug trafficking network across I-12.
The case, nicknamed "Operation Hammer," targeted people from Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish. The investigation was part of the Organized... more »
January 26, 2015 9:03 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who was able to break free from a deputy during the course of an arrest Monday night.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office sent an alert, asking people in the area of Airline Highway and Highway 74 to be on the... more »
January 25, 2015 3:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A shrunken police force is fighting a rise in violent crime in New Orleans. Now the focus is on tourist districts after a rash of attacks there. French Quarter residents are fearful that Mardi Gras may be marred again by violence and they've posted signs on balconies,... more »
January 22, 2015 10:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - School administrators fired a Scotlandville band instructor Friday who's accused of having sex with one of his students.
Deputies charged Robert M. Lewis, 30, with forcible rape and prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student Thursday night. Lewis has been on paid leave since... more »
January 21, 2015 10:58 PM
GROSSE TETE - A man and woman were arrested, accused of shooting calves in a field then stealing the dead animals.
Deputies posted the booking photos of the two individuals and a graphic picture of the evidence. Investigators said after shooting the cows with a compound bow, they loaded... more »
January 20, 2015 10:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Agents with the Special Response Team, a tactical unit of the city's police force, arrested a man wanted for initiating an officer-involved shooting this weekend.
Miketrez Jones, 22, was apprehended Tuesday. Police said he pointed a gun at an officer who was chasing him after fleeing... more »
January 18, 2015 10:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police are investigating a shooting where two men were killed.
Officials say they found two bodies at a house on Alliquippa Street near Winbourne Avenue just before 5:30 Sunday morning.
Detectives say they found one man in the yard and the other inside... more »
January 16, 2015 10:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating a mugging where a teacher at an elementary school was victimized as she was walking to school Friday morning.
The woman, who was unharmed during the ordeal, was attacked after she parked her car and while she was walking toward Dalton Elementary near the... more »
January 13, 2015 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- A businessman from New Orleans has expanded a commercial campaign to this city, highlighting violence on the streets of the French Quarter.
Sidney Torres, who lives in New Orleans' historic district, started by buying television airtime in New Orleans and expanded it to Baton Rouge this week.... more »
January 9, 2015 9:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - The numbers of untested rape kits across the state are slowly coming in. The legislature passed a measure requesting them from all 421 law enforcement agencies in the state last year, to determine whether or not there is a backlog.
"There are lots of incidences in... more »
January 8, 2015 10:25 PM
PORT ALLEN - A man and woman from Texas face charges after a morning police chase that, when it ended, turned up $940 in counterfeit $20 bills inside the pair's Mercedes.
State Police said troopers initially tried to pull the vehicle over on I-10 east near Highway 415. The... more »
January 8, 2015 8:21 PM
LAKE CHARLES - A grand jury in Calcasieu Parish declined to indict former LSU and NFL player Brandon Winey, 36, on an attempted second-degree murder charge.
Police arrested Winey in April following the shooting that injured another former LSU player, Tahj Jones. Jones, 25, was shot after the two... more »
January 7, 2015 9:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police are looking for a 20-year-old, wanted in connection with a shooting in December.
Christopher Thornton, 20, faces attempted first degree murder charges for the shooting in the 1400 block of North 44th Street. Police said Thornton shot at a passing car.
Two of the... more »
January 5, 2015 9:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - A neighborhood is relying on security cameras to help assist police in the search for thieves who got away with their belongings over the weekend.
The thieves got away with cash, gift cards and more when they burglarized more than a dozen cars. All of the... more »
January 2, 2015 6:13 PM
BATON ROUGE- The murder rate in East Baton Rouge parish has dropped, according to authorities.
The number of murders that happened in 2013 were 65. In 2014, that number went down to 63.
Some city leaders are saying they believe that the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination team,... more »
December 31, 2014 3:45 AM
SLIDELL - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for 19 cases of professional fireworks stolen from a truck near Slidell. Capt. George Bonnett, the Sheriff's Office spokesman, says the Pyrotechnica company had planned to set them off for Bossier city's New Year's Eve show. Bonnett said in a... more »
December 29, 2014 7:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police are on the lookout for a man they believe was involved with a deadly shooting on Alaska Street.
Tyronn Collins, 21, is believed to be the trigger man. Officials say Roderick Carolina, 34, was found shot to death in his apartment on December 12th at... more »
December 26, 2014 9:02 PM
ALEXANDRIA- An artist is being held on a $1,000,000 bond in Rapides Parish after a holiday murder.
Authorities arrested Tony Forrest, 64. He is charged with second degree murder in the death of his son-in-law, Tommy Thompson, 45.
Detectives said Forrest and Thompson had an argument earlier this... more »
December 25, 2014 11:13 PM
BATON ROUGE- A man spent the Christmas holiday in jail after he allegedly tried to run over police officers after being found sleeping in a car with a marijuana cigarette in his mouth.
According to arrest documents, Leandrew Thomas, 30, was uncooperative throughout this interaction with officers on Wyandotte... more »
December 23, 2014 10:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police said a Baton Rouge man shot in a grocery store parking lot Tuesday night died as a result of his injuries.
A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson said 19-year-old Derrell Marquis Hayes was shot during a drug deal in the parking lot next to Choctaw Drive... more »
December 22, 2014 9:08 PM
HAMMOND - State Police arrested a man accused of moving drugs between Texas and Georgia during a stop on I-12 Monday.
Troopers said they stopped a truck near the Hammond Square exit and found 200 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. Authorities said a K9 from the Tangipahoa Parish... more »
December 22, 2014 6:08 PM
ZACHARY - Police arrested a man they're calling a person of interest during their investigation into a drive-by shooting that left two people injured.
Police arrested Deandre Singleton on multiple bench warrants for other crimes and are speaking to him about the shooting.
The shooting happened just after... more »
December 22, 2014 4:13 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Two women in Denham Springs said they were treated poorly by police after they were raped by a group of men Saturday night.
The women said the night was supposed to be a date, but it ended horrifically when they were taken to an empty house... more »
December 18, 2014 10:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- An arrest warrant has been issued for a 28-year-old accused of acting as a ticket broker and selling Saints football tickets but never providing the tickets.
Matthew Alexander Dunn faces felony theft and issuing worthless checks charges, according to documents obtained by WBRZ News 2. The warrants... more »
December 18, 2014 8:13 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Police said they've arrested a 19-year-old after a two-hour standoff Thursday evening.
Jamel Grant, of Baton Rouge, was arrested for the incident at the corner of Foster and Martin Luther King. Police said Grant's cousin was arguing with kids in the street when he came out of... more »
December 18, 2014 5:11 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- The family of Brian Schaller told News 2 they were stunned by the heinous charges levied against him last week.
The Attorney General's office arrested Schaller after an undercover investigation. He was charged with 500 counts of possessing child pornography and another 40 counts of distributing the... more »
December 12, 2014 11:03 PM
PLAQUEMINE- A then-deputy working a detail at the Walmart here faces charges, accused of conspiring with a woman to steal two televisions on Black Friday.
The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies arrested Ken Garner. He was described in a news release as a "former deputy."
Garner had... more »
December 10, 2014 10:11 PM
MANCHAC - The popular seafood restaurant on Lake Maurepas, south of Ponchatoula off I-55, is turning to social media to try and solve a Christmas crime.
Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant posted pictures on its Facebook page of what managers said is the Christmas display ruined by vandals Tuesday morning. The... more »
December 9, 2014 11:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- Deputies arrested a third person related to a shooting last week .
Tuesday, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office announced it arrested Trevon Sandolph. Sandolph is charged with murder and illegal use of a weapon in the death of Ivan Molina.
Byron Maxson and Troy... more »
December 5, 2014 9:40 PM
GONZALES- Sheriff's deputies identified and reported the arrest of a man from Texas for a bizarre theft at a golf course recently.
Richard Meissner, 69, was arrested by U.S. Marshals after being tracked down in Houston. Meissner was wanted in Ascension Parish for theft charges.
Authorities said Meissner... more »
December 1, 2014 11:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- Two of four people suspected in a mugging at a golf course were arrested by Baton Rouge Police, jail documents obtained by WBRZ News 2 report.
Malik Allen, 17, and Donald Ray Walker, 21, face armed robbery charges for an attack at Howell Park Sunday. Police said... more »
December 1, 2014 8:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- Detectives with the police department's special unit set up to handle violent crimes are investigating an attempted suicide at a police precinct Monday night.
Authorities said a 52-year-old man entered the Third District office on Coursey Boulevard shortly before 6:30. He had a gun and threatened to... more »
November 25, 2014 11:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- Deputies arrested a man they believe is responsible for a series of bizarre thefts that have targeted homes and lawn and garden stores.
Christopher Fatheree, 28, was arrested on a list of charges related to burglaries last week. His alleged crime spree has him in jail on... more »
November 24, 2014 11:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A state senator said he was puzzled about the state of a man who broke into his posh downtown apartment last week .
Charles Johnson, 55, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and trespassing after an altercation with Senator Gerald Long and his... more »
November 21, 2014 10:44 PM
PORT ALLEN- A wife, convicted of hiring a hitman to kill her husband, was put on suicide watch and placed in a padded cell, sources told WBRZ News 2 Friday.
Monique Kitts and Karl Howard were found guilty Thursday evening in the death of Corey Kitts. Kitts was found... more »
November 21, 2014 10:40 PM
BATON ROUGE- State Senator Gerald Long and his wife walked in on a suspected burglar inside their posh, selectively-awarded capital apartment Thursday night.
According to documents obtained by WBRZ News 2, Long and his wife were surprised by Charles Johnson, 55, in the living room of their unit on... more »
November 20, 2014 9:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - A thief might be on a crime-spree in Baton Rouge.
At least one person seen on multiple surveillance videos is after open vehicles and heavy, decorative yard fixtures.
Following a story on WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Wednesday, people reported seeing the man seen on... more »
November 18, 2014 9:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- A cooperative effort among authorities in East Baton Rouge Parish netted nearly a dozen arrests, a large amount of synthetic drugs, prescriptions and marijuana along with cash.
The Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police, DEA, Baker Police Department and Delta Drug... more »
November 14, 2014 11:15 PM
BATON ROUGE- New police officers will hit the street next week after they graduate from the eightieth training academy Monday.
Police said 34 cadets will graduate from the academy. A ceremony will be held at the Independence Park Theater.
Officers will begin working as early as Tuesday.
... more »
November 5, 2014 11:08 PM
PORT ALLEN - Police arrested a second man Wednesday connected to a shooting last week where a man died.
Ronald Nolan faces accessory charges. Javonte Morgan, 19, was arrested earlier and charged with murder, attempted murder and robbery.
The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. in the 300 block... more »
October 28, 2014 10:36 PM
BATON ROUGE- A man was shot and killed and a second person was shot and rushed to a hospital following a shooting off Gus Young Tuesday night.
The shooting happened shortly after 9 p.m. near the dead end on North 49th. Police found a man lying on the ground,... more »
October 22, 2014 8:10 PM
WATSON- Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested three people in a burglary ring where as many as 30 vehicles were hit by thieves this week.
Racey Ford, Jacob Anderson and Michael Terrell face burglary and resisting an officer charges. Authorities said the group hit unlocked vehicles in the Richmond Place... more »
October 20, 2014 11:14 PM
GREENSBURG- Authorities have released the name of a woman found dead in the burned remains of a home recently .
Monday, they identified the body of the 39-year-old as Marsha Allen. It was still not clear what caused her death, which has been classified as a homicide by the... more »
October 17, 2014 10:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- A wanted man will enter his second weekend on the run Saturday and has managed to spend the last week without being noticed.
Dennis Shampine has been running from authorities since the second week of October. He has not been seen since Friday, October 10 when a... more »
October 16, 2014 9:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- Three people were arrested Thursday on obstruction of justice charges related to a murder investigation.
Police said they arrested Natasha Tate, 40, Donte Tate, 20, and Danny Allen, 26. The group is accused of contacting a witness and making verbal threats then stalking her house.
The... more »
October 16, 2014 6:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - BRAVE is expanding their efforts into 70802 zip code in Baton Rouge to tackle crime.
BRAVE officials held a ribbon cutting at the Family and Youth Services Center on Government Street to celebrate the new facility and the expansion into 70802. Residents in the area said... more »
October 15, 2014 10:58 PM
GREENSBURG- Sheriff's deputies said they are investigating a house fire as a homicide since a 39-year-old woman's body was discovered in the charred rubble of a house.
The woman's name was not released. St. Helena Parish Sheriff's deputies said they are still working to notify family members.
The... more »
October 15, 2014 9:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- A 21-year-old was arrested late Tuesday accused in a murder that left members of a north Baton Rouge community in shock.
Hardy Allen, 21, was booked into jail. Police said Allen shot and killed another 21-year-old during an armed robbery on Madison Avenue Monday.
Calvin Chrisentary... more »
October 14, 2014 11:16 PM
BATON ROUGE- People who know and sparred with a retired boxer who was shot Monday describe him as a dedicated fighter, who is tough and doesn't mind taking a hit as long as he can give one in return.
At the North 14th Street Park boxing gym where Emanuel... more »
October 14, 2014 9:41 PM
BATON ROUGE – Late Tuesday, police released a picture of a car related to a shooting that left a boxer in life-threatening condition at an area hospital.
Authorities said they are searching for a red car in connection to the shooting that happened in Mid City a day earlier.... more »
October 13, 2014 9:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police said a man was shot Monday night and investigators were working to gather more information about the crime.
The unidentified man was gunned down near Mid City in the 1700 block of Louisiana Avenue around 8 p.m. Police roped the area off while detectives looked... more »
October 9, 2014 4:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police announced ten arrests and several drug and gun seizures Thursday as the result of several recent BRAVE unit patrols through Baton Rouge.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD said the arrests included some from proactive patrols around the Southern University homecoming game. McKneely said BRAVE officers... more »
October 8, 2014 10:50 PM
LIVINGSTON- A 17-year-old was booked into the parish jail here after being arrested on charges of simple arson.
The Department of Agriculture and Forestry said Austin Tycoty Brewer set a fire at a timber company and it spread into a 43-acre wildfire in March. Fifteen acres were burned at... more »
October 8, 2014 10:47 PM
JACKSON- Two teenagers face charges after a girl at the high school here reported the two boys tried to rape her last week.
Jacobe Johnson, 18, and Breeon Lee, 18, were charged with attempted aggravated rape. They were booked Monday. Lee was 17 when he was taken to jail... more »
October 8, 2014 3:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Burbank Gardens subdivision wants street lights installed to increase security and city leaders approved the group's request for the lights Wednesday evening.
The neighborhood is located just off Burbank Drive near Gardere Lane. Right now the four street subdivision goes pitch black at night.
... more »
October 7, 2014 10:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said Tuesday, they are looking for two men who stole about $46,000 worth of items from a mobile phone retailer over the weekend.
The theft was reported Monday. Investigators said they believe to men wearing baseball caps, jeans... more »
October 6, 2014 11:18 PM
ST. GABRIEL- Tests from the state crime lab confirmed to investigators what they believes was fact all along: casings and a gun found inside the home of murdered TV personality Scott Rogers were linked to each other.
The details, released Monday, are the first in a series following work... more »
October 6, 2014 8:14 PM
BATON ROUGE- A slew of law enforcement helped tackle a suspected shoplifter who tried to evade authorities in three parishes Monday.
The unnamed man was apprehended at the intersection of Lee and Nicholson in Baton Rouge following a pursuit from Gonzales. Police in Gonzales said the man stole from... more »
October 1, 2014 10:36 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police said late Wednesday, officers responded to two separate shootings in Baton Rouge.
The first happened around 9:00 p.m. on Callahan St. When police arrived, they found a man who had been shot several times lying in a driveway. His injuries are considered life-threatening.
The second... more »
October 1, 2014 10:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - In February, a 17-year-old crossed the U.S. border illegally attempting to find her mother and escape the crime and violence at home in La Entrada, Copán.
"She suffered a lot of abuse from her father," the girl's mother, Ordina, said through a translator. "That was one... more »
September 29, 2014 10:58 PM
BATON ROUGE- Sheriff's deputies arrested a man who is accused of trying to get away with stealing someone's cash slip from an area casino.
Jamey Lobell was booked into jail earlier in September. He is charged with felony theft and misdemeanors of disturbing the peace by intoxication and resisting... more »
September 29, 2014 10:13 PM
BAYWOOD - Deputies will be adding extra patrols to runs along the end of Greenwell Springs Road after a rash of home burglaries.
Burglars hit houses along the stretch of highway in both East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge. Homeowners say they happen in the middle of the day.... more »
September 27, 2014 11:25 AM
BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating a deadly stabbing where a woman was killed.
Detectives specializing in violent crimes have taken over the investigation at the house where the stabbing happened, on Courtland Circle between Monterrey and Oak Villa.
Police found Lekeisha Duncan, 32, stabbed in the head at... more »
September 24, 2014 11:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police have released preliminary information pertaining to a shooting officers began investigating early Wednesday evening.
A department spokesperson said it appears two people were shot at the corner of 35th and Cain near Gus Young Avenue. They were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
Detectives... more »
September 22, 2014 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police are looking for the man who held up the Dollar General on Staring Lane Sunday night.
Just before the store was about to close, a man wearing a black ski mask walked into the store with a gun. Police said he pointed the weapon at an... more »
September 18, 2014 9:27 PM
BELL, Fla.- A grandfather killed his six grandchildren, the kids' mother who is also his daughter and then himself Thursday evening.
"Tomorrow is going to be a tough day," Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said in a news conference hours after the bodies were discovered. Schultz said the children... more »
September 10, 2014 10:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle is exploring the possibility of adding more eyes to what's going on during emergencies through the use of police body cameras.
Marcelle said body cameras would add more transparency to the police department and would be an additional tool for investigations.... more »
September 9, 2014 3:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU launched a new app Tuesday designed to make the task of reporting emergencies or crimes easier for students, staff and faculty of the university.
LSU Shield, available for free on both Android and iOS operating systems, will make reporting emergencies with more timely and accurate... more »
September 8, 2014 4:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - With thousands of cars traveling through LSU, student government wants the university to install more license plate recognition cameras around campus.
The systems would take a picture of every car's license plate when entering and leaving campus. Student Government President Clay Tufts says more cameras would... more »
September 5, 2014 5:18 PM
ST. AMANT - Another residence in Ascension Parish is about to be added to the list of "meth lab" houses on the Department of Environmental Quality's website.
Two people accused of operating a meth lab were arrested on Wednesday at their home on Highway 936 in St. Amant, and... more »
September 5, 2014 5:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Residents in the Valley Park neighborhood in Baton Rouge want change, and they're organizing a new civic association to make change happen.
The Valley Park neighborhood sits along the interstate just off College Drive. People who live there are fed up with crime, overgrown grass and... more »
August 29, 2014 10:25 PM
ST. GABRIEL- Following Labor Day, Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies continued their busy investigation surrounding the death of TV personality Scott Rogers.
Rogers, who was the focus of a federal grand jury surrounding possible mail, wire and immigration fraud, was murdered last Wednesday. Deputies believe his lover, who is also... more »
August 28, 2014 10:49 PM
BAKER- Police are investigating a shooting near the edge of city limits that happened Thursday night.
Officers were dispatched to Heath Drive. A source told WBRZ News 2, police were advised that a woman was found on the ground, unresponsive. Investigators confirm an 18-year-old woman was shot and killed.... more »