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  • Muggings at apartment complex near Southern leads to arrest, breaks in cases

    May 21, 2016 8:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police arrested a man they said is responsible for a series of violent robberies. Ofari Berry was booked into jail Saturday on seven charges ranging from theft and armed robbery to resisting arrest. Berry was apprehended after an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery... more »
  • Two arrested in Round Oak murder; victim gave information before he died

    May 21, 2016 8:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shocking, new information about the shooting death of a 20-year-old in an upscale area of Baton Rouge came to light Saturday with the arrest of one of two suspects in the case. Taylor Besson, 20, of Thibodeaux, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail... more »
  • Five arrested after Tunica Trace double murder Play Video

    May 21, 2016 8:40 AM

    ANGOLA - Deputies in West Feliciana Parish say five people have been arrested in connection with a double murder on Tunica Trace Saturday morning. Saturday night, deputies arrested 23-year-old Kylie Jackson, 21-year-old Raven Majoria, and 26-year-old Lindsey Dooley. Sunday morning, Lafayette Police Department arrested two men, 22-year-old Paul Bourque... more »
  • Latest police academy beginning; City on track to have its largest squad ever

    May 16, 2016 4:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first of possibly two police academies started Monday, police reported in a news release. The Baton Rouge Police Department's P.O.S.T. academy class began this week. Cadets will graduate in June. The class is made up of police officers from other agencies that have decided to... more »
  • Lawmakers cut penalties for people caught with drug supplies

    May 12, 2016 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to cut the penalties for possessing, selling and using drug paraphernalia to conform with lessened marijuana penalties passed last year. Someone caught with the drug supplies will face up to 15 days in jail and a fine up to $300 on a first... more »
  • Court records show police pursuing leads in puzzling collegiate double murder

    May 9, 2016 7:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Arrest warrants have been filed in unrelated drug charges after marijuana was found when police searched an apartment in the investigation into the shooting deaths of two Southern University students recently. The arrest warrants were filed with the clerk of court's office for two people who... more »
  • Man accused of French Quarter stabbing

    May 8, 2016 11:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a 50-year-old man is accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend in the French Quarter tourist district and stabbing one of several men who tried to make him stop. Spokesman Aaron Looney says Everett Williams and the man he allegedly stabbed were taken to hospitals... more »
  • 22-year-old charged with Garden District rape and robbery

    May 7, 2016 12:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An arrest has been made in a Garden District home invasion and rape, police sources told the WBRZ Investigative Unit Saturday morning. A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson confirmed an arrest was made after detectives worked tirelessly to process DNA evidence at the State Police Crime Lab.... more »
  • People share safety tips on social media after home invasion, rape

    May 7, 2016 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Neighbors have found calm on the internet, sharing safety tips and conversation as they grapple with the reality that a rapist is loose in their community. The Baton Rouge Garden District Facebook page has been active since word spread about a home invasion and rape Thursday... more »
  • Home invasion, rape in Garden District prompts security fears Play Video

    May 6, 2016 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An unusual police presence was seen in the Garden District Friday as officers investigate an overnight home invasion and rape amid a series of sexual assaults in the area. The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned through sources that as many as three victims say they have been... more »
  • TV personality who hid from sex abuse allegations will return to La.

    May 4, 2016 4:54 PM

    SAN DIEGO - A former Louisiana TV personality will return to the state for the first time in nearly four decades shackled and accused of sexually assaulting children on a camping trip in the 70s. Frank John Selas, 76, performed as " Mr. Wonder " on his TV show... more »
  • Victim died after overnight grocery store shooting Play Video

    May 3, 2016 11:17 PM

    BAKER - Police released new information about an overnight murder in Baker Tuesday night. According to Baker Police, officers responded to a shooting near the intersection of West Azalea Avenue and Baker Boulevard around 10 p.m. Tuesday. At the scene, police say they found 20-year-old Richard Devon Phillips... more »
  • Police respond to woman being chased by man with knife in North Gates area

    May 2, 2016 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police surrounded an off-campus pharmacy Monday afternoon after reports a woman was being chased by a man with a knife. Police cars filled the parking lot of the CVS near the North Gates of LSU. Preliminary information was released, but officers said they were... more »
  • City officials to address Earth Day event mayhem Friday

    April 28, 2016 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials will discuss for the first time, incidents that happened during an Earth Day celebration in downtown almost two weeks ago. On Sunday, April 17th, there were a series of fights between young people. Police responded to numerous issues during the Earth Day event. The... more »
  • Four caught with nearly 200 stolen credit cards

    April 28, 2016 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Almost 200 counterfeit credit cards were recovered after a tip about people using the cards at a sporting goods store recently. Deputies said they arrested four Cuban Nationals for having the cards and using them to buy merchandise and obtain gift cards. The group had purchased... more »
  • Victim's mother speaks out; she says her son was far from perfect.

    April 23, 2016 12:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are investigating a deadly shooting that killed one man Friday night in Baton Rouge. Police said 21-year-old Anthony Campbell was found deceased in the driveway of 2629 Laurel Street from apparent gunshot injuries. The shooting happened near the intersection on Laurel St.... more »
  • Ballistics results return in The Cottages shooting

    April 20, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police have received preliminary results on ballistics tests on bullets taken from victims in a triple shooting where two Southern University students died almost two weeks ago. LaShuntae Benton and Annette January were shot and killed in crossfire between two suspected shooters at the Cottages apartment... more »
  • Couple accused of bestiality plead not guilty

    April 20, 2016 11:22 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A husband and wife pleaded not guilty to a significant amount of crimes against nature charges Wednesday. Minton and Nina Morris were arrested in September on 250 counts of crimes against nature and several drug charges. Minton also faces charges for possession and distribution of child... more »
  • Murdered Southern students laid to rest Saturday

    April 16, 2016 9:39 AM

    LAKE CHARLES – One of two funerals scheduled Saturday for murdered Southern University students will take place in this southwest Louisiana city. LaShuntae Benton was laid to rest around noon. Visitation started at 9 a.m. A wake was held the day before. Annette January was buried almost simultaneously... more »
  • Witnesses urged to come forward at ceremony for victims' families

    April 15, 2016 12:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Grieving families gathered in Baton Rouge Thursday night at a special ceremony hosted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. Nearly everyone in attendance at the Evening of Remembrance lost loved ones to violence in 2015. More than 70 people were honored Thursday, including Brittney Mills,... more »
  • Police searching for car burglary suspect

    April 13, 2016 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are looking for a man who they say is responsible for stealing from a vehicle on Tremont Drive in March. According to Baton Rouge Police, the vehicle burglary happened on the 2300 block of Tremont Drive on March 28 around 1 p.m. Police say... more »
  • Crime analyst: Recent crime crept into comfortable areas

    April 12, 2016 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gun violence has been the talk of the town in the state's two largest cities since shootings this weekend. In Baton Rouge, two Southern students were killed in a triple shooting. The case is still under investigation. Tuesday, the WBRZ Investigative Unit reported detectives were working... more »
  • SU holds brief news conference on deadly shooting, arrest of former player

    April 11, 2016 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University made its first public comments on television since the shooting deaths of two students and the arrest of a former football player this weekend. Freshman track athlete Annette January and sophomore trainer Lashuntae Benton were shot and killed at an off-campus housing complex near... more »
  • Appeals court rules Mississippi can resume Google inquiry

    April 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - An appeals court has ruled that Mississippi's attorney general can resume an investigation of Google. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday overturned a district judge who had sided with Google. The district judge originally ruled that the unit of Alphabet Inc. didn't have to... more »
  • Data: People here tweet about crime more than just about everyone else

    April 7, 2016 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisianans Tweet about crime more than any other state but Nevada, researchers at an apartment finding website reported. ABODO.com, founded in 2012 to help people find apartments to rent, went through 18 months of data. Analysts looked for crime-related words - "assaulted," "violence against women," "killing,"... more »
  • Rescuer talks about finding burglary victim beaten, bound Wednesday Play Video

    April 6, 2016 7:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mike Womack heard screams for help Wednesday and stumbled into a busy crime scene. "He was calling for 911, (for) someone to help him, call 911 or something," Womack told WBRZ reporter Natalia Verdina about how he found the victim of a home burglary who was... more »
  • Shots fired in gas station parking lot overnight, police report

    April 5, 2016 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police may have a suspect in an overnight parking lot shooting that was more disturbance than harmful. Baton Rouge Police responded to the Raceway gas station in the 7100 block of Airline Highway north of Greenwell Springs around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Officer said a large crowd... more »
  • Since charges were dropped, shooting suspect released from jail last week

    April 4, 2016 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Christopher Stills was allowed to leave the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in time for the weekend since the charges against him were dismissed recently . Stills was accused of shooting Baton Rouge boxer Emanuel Augustus in 2014. Augustus was shot walking home from an evening... more »
  • Accused burglar arrested following manhunt in Jones Creek area

    April 4, 2016 12:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An unusual number of law enforcement took to the streets Monday morning in the Jones Creek area, looking for a suspect that was running through backyards of homes. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office had deputies stationed at entrances and streets of Woodlawn Estates. Deputies... more »
  • Murder suspect booked into jail overnight

    April 1, 2016 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 19-year-old was booked into jail overnight on murder charges connected to the shooting death two years ago. Deandre Anthony was arrested after police located a witness to the shooting on Johnson Street. The witness identified Anthony in a line-up, police wrote in arrest documents filed... more »
  • Archive: Crack house one of first in area; ran by BR man whose sentence was commuted today

    March 30, 2016 2:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sitting beneath a skinny pine and healthy oak Wednesday afternoon was a sleepy, unassuming home that upon further inspection has a busy, illegal past. The notion of the previous activity that once unfolded under the roof was only dusted off because of a prisoner's shortened sentence.... more »
  • Police: Gang of kids armed with BB guns attack man in Baton Rouge

    March 28, 2016 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man is recovering after being shot by six kids with BB guns in what appears to be a random attack, police confirmed Monday. The kids were detained and released into the custody of their parents after the shooting Sunday night on North Street near North... more »
  • Two arrested after officer involved shooting at Baton Rouge club Play Video

    March 26, 2016 8:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies say two men have been arrested in connection with an officer involved shooting at a Baton Rouge club Saturday morning. According to the Louisiana State Police, 23-year-old Raheem Taylor and 33-year-old Donald Jones were transported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Correctional Center and booked.... more »
  • Crimes go unreported in Gardere because of language barrier Play Video

    March 25, 2016 12:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Catching criminals in the Gardere area of Baton Rouge has become a problem. Many residents don't speak English, creating a barrier with law enforcement that has crimes going unreported. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is hoping to break the silence. Several people told News 2... more »
  • Two abducted teens rescued by State Police on I-10

    March 22, 2016 1:20 PM

    CONVENT - Two abducted teenagers from North Carolina were rescued and will be reunited with their family later today after Louisiana State Police arrested their uncle on I-10. State Police released the details of the case around lunchtime Tuesday. Troopers said Jose Melchor, 40, of Clemmons, NC, was attempting... more »
  • UPDATE: Man apprehended after barricading himself in home

    March 22, 2016 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A heavy police presence was established at the corner of Bay Street and North 17th Street Tuesday morning. Witnesses told WBRZ reporter Michael Vinsanau, who was on the scene, a burglary suspect had barricaded himself inside a home. The suspect was inside a home a block... more »
  • Series of meetings to reduce crime in North Baton Rouge begin Tuesday

    March 22, 2016 9:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city of Baton Rouge and community partners will hold a series of meetings beginning Tuesday as a part of a federal grant program designed to reduce crime in six North Baton Rouge communities. The city was awarded a Bryne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant in 2014 to... more »
  • lawmakers-looking-to-expand-wedgewood-crime-district Play Video

    March 17, 2016 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Wedgewood neighborhood crime district could soon be expanded. Baton Rouge State Representative Barry Ivey is moving a bill at the legislature that would expand the crime district and raise fees. That bill passed a house committee this morning. Michael McCory has been living in... more »
  • UPDATE: Fatal shooting on Evangeline Street possible robbery attempt, police say

    March 16, 2016 6:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police Department confirmed on Wednesday morning the shooting on Evangeline Tuesday night resulted in the death of 34-year-old Tyrone Dyer. According to police Dyer was found dead outside of his residense in the 3800 block of Evangeline Street after a possible robbery attempt around 11 p.m.... more »
  • Man found fatally shot near car with toddler sons inside

    March 15, 2016 3:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Authorities in New Orleans are investigating after a man was shot to death near a car where his two young sons were found. Local media outlets report New Orleans police say 30-year-old Shedric Morgan was shot in Gentilly around 9:45 a.m. Friday. Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse... more »
  • First from WBRZ Investigative Unit: Area fire chief arrested on child porn charges Play Video

    March 10, 2016 11:21 AM

    GONZALES- A District Fire Chief in the City of Gonzales is locked up, accused of possessing child porn. According to booking records, 35-year old Kristopher Johnson was charged with possession of child porn and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction. Johnson was booked on 11 counts of pornography involving... more »
  • BR man accused of sexually assaulting teenager

    March 9, 2016 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Police arrested a 46-year-old Baton Rouge man after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her. Authorities say Ronald Devold sexually assaulted the teenager while at her house on Febrary 28th. According to police, Devold walked into the victim's bedroom and talked to her briefly before ordering her... more »
  • North Baton Rouge receives federal grant to fund crime fighting efforts Play Video

    March 7, 2016 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The City of Baton Rouge and community partners announced they’ll hold a series of meeting in the coming weeks as part of a new federal grant program aimed at reducing crime in six North Baton Rouge communities. The Bryne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Grant is one... more »
  • Man convicted of murder; was 17-years-old at time of killing

    March 4, 2016 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man who was a teenager when he killed a 24-year-old two years ago will be sentenced for the crime in April. Brandon Boyd was found guilty of second degree murder Friday. Boyd was arrested in March 2014 for the shooting death of Emanuelle Myles on... more »
  • Police: Shooting suspect at large, armed and dangerous

    March 4, 2016 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police identified the suspect in a North Baton Rouge shooting from February. Detectives said Aurtrell Bivens, 21, shot at two people on Huron Street after an argument. One person was shot and was treated at a hospital following the altercation on February 23rd just before midnight.... more »
  • Deputies searching for third suspect in year-old double murder

    March 3, 2016 5:49 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - In an effort to speed up the arrest of a man who has been wanted for a double murder for the last year, deputies in Ascension Parish went on Facebook. Demond Foley is wanted on two counts of first degree murder. Deputies believe he had a role... more »
  • $10,000 in gear recovered in St. Helena Parish crime ring bust Play Video

    February 26, 2016 6:16 PM

    AMITE - Nine people were arrested in a crime ring bust in St. Helena Parish with deputies recovering more than $10,000 in stolen merchandise. The arrests come through the combined efforts of the the sheriff's offices in St. Helena and Jefferson parishes. Illegal guns, ammo, drugs and cash totally... more »
  • Gag order issued in court case over 16-year-old murder suspect Play Video

    February 26, 2016 3:33 PM

    GONZALES - A lengthy hearing over a change of venue in a murder trial against a 16-year-old ended with no decision and no talking after court because of a gag order. Jacob Westbrook , 16, is accused of stabbing Todd Toups, 18, to death in October. Westbrook is being... more »
  • Suspects in double murder plead not guilty Wednesday Play Video

    February 24, 2016 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The two suspects in the double murder of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier pleaded not guilty to murder charges Wednesday morning. Ernesto Alonso and Frank Garcia appeared before Judge Trudy White for their arraignments. Alonso and Garcia were arrested in Florida after authorities said they killed the... more »
  • Some say tough talkin' sheriff star might be too harsh

    February 24, 2016 1:23 AM

    OPELOUSAS - The tough talkin' spokesperson for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's office has been told to turn it down, state-wide radio reported . Captain Clay Higgins has become an internet superstar because of his weekly Crimestoppers segment on a Lafayette TV station. In May, his viral videos were... more »
  • Family says teenage girl is brain dead after being shot in the head Thursday Play Video

    February 19, 2016 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Family members of the 16-year-old shot Thursday told WBRZ anchor Chris Nakamoto the teenager is brain dead. The family identified the girl as Darneisha Williams, a Broadmoor High School student. "I can't do nothing but pray," relative Dimitrius Calhoun said. Grief counselors were on... more »
  • BRPD: Teen accidentally shot by male relative; victim in critical condition

    February 18, 2016 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A girl was shot in the head and rushed to an area hospital Thursday evening. Baton Rouge police said the girl was shot accidentally, by a 16-year-old male relative playing with a firearm. Detectives are still investigating how the boy got the gun. According to... more »
  • Unsolved homicides have grieving family reeling, demanding justice Play Video

    February 18, 2016 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There's a high probability of murderers not getting caught if they commit their crimes in Baton Rouge. That's according to homicide statistics over the past two years in the city limits. According to the website, BatonRougeCrime.com which tracks homicides across the city, over the past two years... more »
  • City's top cop, captain on leave pending investigation into how department handled call

    February 17, 2016 2:14 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The police chief and a department captain were placed on leave, WBRZ learned Wednesday. The city attorney said Chief Scott Jones and Captain Steve Kistler are on paid leave while an internal investigation unfolds. The investigation is over how the response to a domestic violence call... more »
  • BRAF to release mental health plan Monday; effort to keep people out of jail

    February 17, 2016 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In less than a week, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation said it will share plans for a proposed substance abuse and mental health treatment center in the city. Community and government leaders have said there is a mental health crisis in Baton Rouge for some time.... more »
  • SU: BRPD officer shot Saturday was a member of the Human Jukebox

    February 16, 2016 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University identified a Baton Rouge Police officer who was shot in the line of duty Saturday as a former member of the Human Jukebox. // The Southern University "Human Jukebox" Band and Staff are asking everyone's prayers for Officer Theodore... more »
  • Former teacher of the year enters no contest plea to student sex charges Play Video

    February 16, 2016 10:45 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - In a solemn manner, former teacher Keavin Keith pleaded no contest to five counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and 30 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student Tuesday morning. #BREAKING Keith even fathered a child with one of his students.... more »
  • Police: Another arrest after Mississippi parade shooting

    February 16, 2016 7:01 AM

    PASS CHRISTIAN, MS.- Authorities say they've arrested a Gulfport woman in connection with a shooting after a Mardi Gras parade in Mississippi that left two people dead and four others wounded. Officials have arrested Sharon Johnson on a charge of hindering prosecution. Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said in a... more »
  • Special Report: Terror in Tigerland Play Video

    February 15, 2016 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crime is down after a series of reports about terror in Tigerland - the city's popular bar district south of LSU. “ Tigerland is just like any other neighborhood. A very good neighborhood. The people who live there, 99 percent of them are law-abiding and want... more »
  • Initial police report indicates other officers rescued injured BRPD patrolman after shootout

    February 15, 2016 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police released the criminal history of the man who shot two police officers in a shootout Saturday . Calvin Smith, 22, died from injuries he received when the two officers he shot returned fire. He was taken to a hospital where he died a... more »
  • 3 teenagers arrested in murder case

    February 15, 2016 11:10 AM

    HAMMMOND - Sheriff's deputies released limited information about the arrest of three teenagers Monday who are charged with murder. Two 15-year-olds and a 16-year-old are charged with the shooting death of Gerrell Lee , Jr., 19. Lee was shot while riding in a car near the intersection of Rufus... more »
  • Judge orders sanity evaluation for mother accused of elder abuse

    February 12, 2016 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The mother and daughter that was arrested for the death of 82 year old Bessie Looney, appeared in court today for a sanity hearing. Lauren and Joleslie Looney was arrested in 2014 after Bessie Looney (Joleslie's mother) was found dead in their home, after living... more »
  • Suspect in car wash worker's shooting death turns himself in

    February 10, 2016 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say the suspect in the shooting death of a man who worked at a Scenic Highway car wash Tuesday morning has turned himself in to law enforcement. 57-year-old Gregory Netter will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of second degree... more »
  • Report: Mysterious gunfire kills 19-year-old Tuesday

    February 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    HAMMMOND - A 19-year-old from Ponchatoula was killed after being hit by an apparent stray bullet, ActionNews17.com posted on its website Tuesday. The local news site reported the victim as Gerrell Lee. Lee was riding in a car when the driver said he heard a popping sound and noticed... more »
  • Post office clerk pepper-sprayed during hold up Tuesday in Sorrento

    February 9, 2016 12:18 PM

    SORRENTO - Sheriff's deputies surrounded the post office in this small town Tuesday after an unidentified woman tried to rob the facility. Deputies said the woman told the worker she needed stamps, then pulled out what looked like a gun. The weapon was actually a water gun filled with... more »

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