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  • Mississippi seeks to reinstate conviction in 2004 killings

    September 19, 2017 7:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Mississippi prosecutors are asking the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to reinstate the conviction of a woman in a 2004 double-slaying. Lisa Jo Chamberlin is white. But she challenged the prosecution's striking of some black candidates from the jury that convicted her... more »
  • Authorities searching for man accused of home improvement fraud

    September 15, 2017 11:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities are searching for a man accused of home improvement fraud after failing to complete home repairs on a house damaged in the floods of August 2016. According to the arrest warrant, 55-year-old Glendon Wilkinson Sr. entered a verbal agreement with the 69-year-old victim and was... more »
  • Arrest made in connection with July Hilda Street shooting

    August 31, 2017 10:18 AM

    ST. MARTIN PARISH- An arrest was made in the case of a shooting that took place in July. Investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Darren Livings for his connection in a shooting that occurred on Hilda Street July 18. Livings was booked into the St.... more »
  • Former Homer officer pleads guilty in insurance scheme

    August 31, 2017 9:56 AM

    SHREVEPORT- A former Louisiana police officer has pleaded guilty to his role in a vehicle fraud theft and insurance scheme. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook, in a news release, said 52-year-old Donald W. Malray entered the plea Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Hornsby to one count... more »
  • Manhunt over, three in custody Play Video

    August 18, 2017 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A large police presence slowed traffic south of LSU Friday morning as authorities searched for suspects in wooded areas. The search was focused mostly on brush near the intersection of W. Lee and Nicholson. Authorities were using officers on foot, K9s and a helicopter. It... more »
  • White Castle bank robbed Friday

    August 18, 2017 11:46 AM

    WHITE CASTLE – Sheriff's deputies are investigating a bank robbery that happened Friday morning. Sources said the Iberville Bank was robbed just before 11 o'clock. The bank is on Bowie Street south of LA 1. The robber left in a a silver car and was wearing black clothing.... more »
  • Illegal immigrant charged in bloody beating death of former roommate

    August 11, 2017 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A 19-year-old was arrested for his former roommate's death, deputies said Friday. David Bueso was charged with second degree murder. Investigators said Bueso beat Jhoel Brizuella, 22, to death in early August inside a Gardere-area apartment. In records filed at the jail pertaining to the... more »
  • Two more arrested in connection with July murder of Livingston Parish man

    August 1, 2017 4:32 PM

    UPDATE: Two more arrests have been made in connection to the murder of Rick McBride. The sheriff's office announced the arrest of 19-year-old Jace Chiquelin and a juvenile. Chiquelin was charged with Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder and Principal to Aggravated Burglary. He has since... more »
  • Victims of overnight double shooting are 19, 20

    July 15, 2017 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A 20-year-old and a 19-year-old were injured in what appears to have been a double shooting on Gus Young overnight. While the victim's names have not been released, police told WBRZ, both victims are severely injured. The 20-year-old was taken to the hospital with life threatening... more »
  • 19-year-old charged in teen's shooting death Play Video

    July 12, 2017 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A 19-year-old was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a teenager found dead in a driveway Wednesday. Tyreece Holliday was charged with second degree murder Thursday. It appears Holliday's address is the same address where the victim, Deon Womack, was found dead the day... more »
  • Notorious contractor released from jail after posting bond on yet another arrest

    July 7, 2017 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A residential contractor accused of several fraud charges across three parishes has posted bond on his latest arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish. In the latest case, a homeowner told deputies Michael Simmers never returned the $5000 they paid his business, TWG Contractors, to do work on... more »
  • WATCH: Suspect wearing vibrant colors wanted for pharmacy heist Play Video

    June 19, 2017 11:28 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Authorities have identified a vibrantly-clad burglar who deputies said smashed his way into an Ascension Parish pharmacy early Sunday. Detectives are looking for Aaron Beyl, 36, for the smash and grab heist at Galvez Pharmacy. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office released video it said was of Beyl... more »
  • Power-hungry thieves target doctor's office in theft of electricity meters Play Video

    June 13, 2017 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Less than a day after a WBRZ report highlighted a dangerous theft ring, thieves struck again. Tuesday morning, a doctor's office and another business on Picardy were without power due to thieves stealing the power meter from the panel on the side of the building. Pictures... more »
  • LSU officer accused of beating girlfriend resigns same week as chief

    June 9, 2017 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A shakeup at the LSU Police Department this week led to the retirement of Police Chief Lawrence Rabalais and the resignation of K-9 Officer Blake Devillier. The Investigative Unit has learned Devillier went for an interview as a road deputy in Iberville Parish within the past ten days.... more »
  • Study: Bullying persists in school, reports of sex crime up

    May 18, 2017 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new study shows that 1 out of every 5 of middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school. And the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than tripled over the past decade. The study by the National Center... more »
  • Stockholm police arrest 2nd suspect in attack

    April 9, 2017 12:37 PM

    STOCKHOLM - Swedish prosecutors have arrested a second person in connection with the truck attack case in Stockholm for suspected crimes against the nation and are holding four other people. Spokeswoman Karin Rosander told The Associated Press "a person suspected of terrorist offenses by murder has been arrested" on Sunday.... more »
  • Mother of suspected Miss. kidnapper arrested

    March 27, 2017 9:42 PM

    BRANDON, Miss. - The mother of a suspected kidnapper has been arrested after police said she aided his crimes. WLBT-TV reports Phyllis Boyd was arrested Monday, hours after police arrested her son, 31-year-old Derrick Antoine Boyd. A U.S. Marshal broke his leg while chasing Derrick Boyd Monday morning as Boyd... more »
  • Jury convicts deputy marshal for shooting death of boy, dad's injuries Play Video

    March 24, 2017 6:44 PM

    MARKSVILLE – Jurors found Derrick Stafford guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter in the shooting death of a six-year-old and the injuring of the child's father in November 2015. The jury deliberated for a little more than three hours Friday evening. Sentencing is scheduled for next Friday. ... more »
  • Father found guilty for beating child to death in 2014 Play Video

    February 3, 2017 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A jury has found a father accused of beating his son to death in 2014 guilty of second-degree murder. Vernell Day was accused of beating his son, Jay’v’une Isaiah Bergin, so badly that the child had to be hospitalized. The child later died in the hospital... more »
  • Man facing peeping tom charges says he was sleep walking

    January 13, 2017 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies say a Baton Rouge man faces peeping tom charges after an incident in the early morning hours of Jan. 2. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office says Paul Baquet, 32, was charged with criminal trespassing and being a peeping Tom. According to arrest reports,... more »
  • Area teacher charged, fired after suspected tryst with kid in a car Play Video

    January 11, 2017 11:30 AM

    NEW ROADS – A private school teacher is facing misdemeanor attempted carnal knowledge of a juvenile charges, the WBRZ Investigative Unit has learned. The female teacher was identified as Skylar Russell. Russell was fired yesterday. As WBRZ.com was first to report Wednesday, Russell teaches at False River Academy. WBRZ... more »
  • Case files, computers and phones seized during FBI raid on police, sheriff Thursday Play Video

    December 16, 2016 11:09 AM

    HAMMOND – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards released a statement about the FBI raid on his office Thursday. Friday afternoon was the first time the sheriff spoke publicly about the situation. Also raided by the federal government was the Hammond Police Department. City officials have yet to comment. ... more »
  • Deputy arrested, accused of smuggling phones into jail

    December 8, 2016 10:11 PM

    GONZALES - A sheriff's deputy was fired then arrested on charges he smuggled cell phones into the jail where he worked. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office released information about the arrest late Thursday evening. The deputy, Kevin Wald, was arrested earlier in the day after being terminated. Wald was... more »
  • Baton Rouge woman accused of lighting 3-year-old's bed on fire

    December 3, 2016 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say a Baton Rouge woman faces arson charges after they say she lit a 3-year-old’s bed on fire. Officers were dispatched to an apartment on La Margie Avenue in reference to a disturbance. At the scene, a victim told police that he and his girlfriend,... more »
  • One arrested, one wanted in WBR truck stop shooting

    November 25, 2016 8:06 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The usually quiet westside was a flurry with activity Friday night after a person was shot at a truck stop/casino and deputies searched for the suspects in a sugarcane field. Just before 6 p.m. Friday, West Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to 1680 N. Lobdell... more »
  • Thieves hit Central neighborhood; Guns stolen from vehicles

    November 8, 2016 11:38 AM

    CENTRAL - Guns were among the items stolen in a rash of car burglaries in the Jackson Place neighborhood in the last week. The sheriff's office said it is looking for two men who deputies believe are responsible. The men were seen on security video burglarizing a vehicle on... more »
  • WATCH: Suspect appears to Snapchat overnight police chase Play Video

    October 27, 2016 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man claiming to be the suspect in a high-speed chase and officer-involved shooting told followers on a social media app he loved his friends and was going away "for a very long time" as he documented his run from the law Wednesday night. Authorities have... more »
  • Ascension man arrested on nine counts of internet crimes against children

    October 13, 2016 4:54 PM

    ASCENSION – A man was arrested on nine counts of internet crimes against children, the attorney general's office announced. 25-year-old Justin Sepeda was arrested on eight counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and one count of computer aided solicitation of a minor. Sepeda was booked into the Ascension Parish... more »
  • String of armed robberies, burglaries in Tigerland area over the weekend Play Video

    October 3, 2016 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A string of crimes committed in the Tigerland area over the weekend have police investigating to determine if the cases are connected. The list of crimes, including two armed robberies, left one LSU student with seven stitches after being robbed at gun point. That student, Hunter... more »
  • School board member hit, killed walking on road; Driver arrested

    September 27, 2016 12:09 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A member of the West Feliciana School Board was killed while walking down a highway last week, the sheriff's office reported Tuesday. James White, 59, was hit while walking along Solitude Road near Heir Road shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday. Deputies said the driver of a... more »
  • Mom booked into jail after hitting child with belt at disaster shelter

    September 22, 2016 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies booked a mother into jail following the woman being seen hitting her child with a belt at a disaster shelter. Keaire Hatton, 21, was charged with cruelty to juveniles following the altercation. The state is also investigating the situation as possible child abuse. In... more »
  • Trump says US should accept Russia in Crimea

    July 31, 2016 3:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is suggesting the U.S. accept Russia's annexation of Crimea if it would lead to better relations with Moscow and stronger cooperation in fighting Islamic State militants. In an interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Trump suggested that the people of Crimea would rather... 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 »
  • Obama shortens prison time for 3 Louisiana drug offenders

    March 30, 2016 11:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is commuting the prison sentences of 61 people serving time for drug-related offenses, including three from Louisiana. White House counsel Neil Eggleston says more than a third of the inmates were serving life sentences. Obama's commutation shortens their sentences. Most will be released July 28.... 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 »
  • Man arrested in connection with massive New Orleans fire

    January 27, 2016 11:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man trying to stay warm was booked with starting a massive fire on historic Canal Street Wednesday. Fire investigators said Darren Denley, 25, lit a fire in the alcove a building for heat. The fire got out of control and spread, burning for two hours... more »
  • Calcasieu Parish starts court with options for veterans

    January 10, 2016 4:02 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A new Veterans Treatment Court in Calcasieu Parish will offer mentoring and services instead of jail time for military veterans who are facing some criminal charges. The American Press reports the purpose of the court will be to divert veterans with service-connected substance abuse or mental health... more »
  • Jindal grants 21 pardons in final days in office

    January 6, 2016 4:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - As he nears the end of his term, Gov. Bobby Jindal has approved clemency for 21 people convicted of crimes in Louisiana. Jindal's office said the clemency approvals include 20 pardons and one sentence cut. Jindal's office said Wednesday that brings the number granted clemency during his... more »
  • New Orleans 2015 homicide rate up after dropping for 2 years

    January 1, 2016 3:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans homicide rate jumped 10 percent in 2015 after falling to a 43-year low in 2014. Police spokesman Tyler Gamble said in a news release Friday that detectives investigated 165 homicides last year. Gamble said the homicide rate in 2014 had dropped to 150, a... more »
  • In arrest documents, police report witness tipped them about shooting suspects

    December 25, 2015 11:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A witness helped Baton Rouge Police develop and arrest two of three suspects in a parking lot murder a few days before Christmas. In newly-released arrest documents, police said Gabrielle Rogers told someone about the role she played in the shooting at the corner of College... more »
  • Deputies release details in theft case that involves dead suspect

    November 20, 2015 11:58 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A large-scale burglar ring ended with the arrests of three teenagers and the death of a fourth suspect, authorities said Friday. Nicholas Gaudin and Noah Templet, both 17, and an unidentified 15-year-old were arrested in connection with the thefts of items from vehicles in the Walker and... more »
  • Cops: 3 dead, 4 hurt when car hits trick-or-treaters in NYC

    October 31, 2015 9:52 PM

    NEW YORK -Police say a car plowed into a group of trick-or-treaters in New York City, killing three people, including a 10-year-old girl. Four others, including a 3-year-old, were injured. A spokesman for the New York Police Department says the group had been trick-or-treating just before 5 p.m. Saturday in... more »
  • Vandals target previous home of convicted serial killer Play Video

    October 28, 2015 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Halloween vandals seem to have targeted the house where a convicted serial killer once lived. Overnight, Terri Lemoine said someone stole Halloween decorations from her yard. Lemoine lives on Burgin Road, in the home where Sean Vincent Gillis lived. Gillis is suspected of killing eight women... more »
  • Religious leaders take issue with Bible used in death penalty sentencing case

    October 19, 2015 10:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 100 religious leaders asked the Louisiana Supreme Court, headquartered here, to throw out the death penalty given to a man who killed his son three years ago. In his case to get jurors to put Rodricus Crawford, Caddo Parish District Attorney Dale Cox told... more »
  • Firefighter charged with setting woods fires

    October 16, 2015 10:14 PM

    JONESBORO - Authorities arrested a man for setting a string of woods fires in 2010 and 2011. Justin Murphy, 22, was charged with setting six fires in Jackson Parish where he was a volunteer firefighter, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry said in a news release Friday. Investigators questioned... more »
  • Oregon campus shooter identified

    October 1, 2015 10:35 PM

    ROSEBURG, Ore. - Authorities identified the gunman in a deadly campus shooting earlier Thursday as Chris Harper Mercer, 26. Harper was killed in an exchange of gunfire with officers after he opened fire at Umpqua Community College about 180 miles south of Portland. Ten people were killed, including Mercer.... more »
  • New EBR group hopes to predict EBR violent crime Play Video

    September 1, 2015 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agencies from the local to federal level are banding together to take on a new approach of reducing violent crime in sections of Baton Rouge. City leaders and law enforcement officials held a ribbon cutting on Tuesday at the Baton Rouge Police headquarter for... more »
  • Police involved in two pursuits Monday evening; one hits gas line

    July 20, 2015 8:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officers had to deal with two police pursuits that happened almost at the same time Monday night. Suspects were apprehended in one, but remained on the loose as of this post in a second. The first chase happened in North Baton Rouge; the second happened in... more »
  • Police chase ends after suspect rams two cruisers

    July 16, 2015 8:08 PM

    SATSUMA - A two-parish police chase ended shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday when officers from various departments were able to apprehend the suspect. Police in Hammond said Andrew Baker stole a TV from Walmart and tried to run over workers who tried to stop him. Police said when they... more »
  • Woman accused of extorting married man with sex tape

    June 2, 2015 5:09 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- A Denham Springs woman is accused of extorting $45,000 from a married man over the past two years, threatening on many occasions to release a sex tape of their affair. Authorities arrested Emilie Blythe Hill Monday afternoon, the second time in several weeks she has been jailed. An... more »
  • Bill targeting 'revenge porn' starts advancing in House

    April 21, 2015 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are considering a new law that would make the often-humiliating practice of revenge pornography a crime. Kenner Rep. Julie Stokes, a Republican, says she sponsored the bill to protect "people who might make a careless mistake" and are later "bullied and harassed." Under the measure, anyone... more »
  • Report: Blacks, Hispanics doing better but lag behind whites

    March 18, 2015 4:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new report says African Americans and Hispanics have improved health care and are less frequently victims of violent crimes this year than last. But the State of Black America report also shows that these minorities still lag behind whites when it comes to most areas of social... more »
  • Funeral services set for murdered U.S. Marshal

    March 12, 2015 2:18 PM

    WADE, Miss. - A murdered Deputy U.S. Marshal from Mississippi, killed in the line of duty in Baton Rouge earlier this week, will be buried next week. Funeral services for Josie Wells were announced Thursday. According to his obituary, Wells is survived by his wife, mother and father. ... more »
  • Slain marshal was expecting child with wife Play Video

    March 10, 2015 11:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the FBI assumes the role as lead investigative body in the case involving a murdered U.S. Marshal, family and friends of the four-year veteran who was killed Tuesday, described him as the definition of a public servant. Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells was killed while... more »
  • Ninja-like devices puncturing tires on roadways Play Video

    February 6, 2015 10:33 PM

    CENTRAL - City officials published a warning on Facebook Friday about Ninja-looking nail contraptions that are being thrown on roadways and putting holes in vehicle tires. "Two nails welded together to look like spikes; it's not something that you can buy in a store. It is defenitely something that... more »
  • Deputies looking for man who escaped during arrest

    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 »
  • Police: Man who pointed gun at officers arrested

    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 »
  • Deputy arrested for assisting with Black Friday theft

    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 »
  • BRAVE expands into 70802 Play Video

    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 »
  • Man sought for deadly Baton Rouge shooting

    January 17, 2013 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police released the name of a man wanted in connection with a deadly shooting this morning in Baton Rouge. Police said Deaundre Williams, 20, is wanted for murder and attempted murder after the shooting in the 1800 block of 71st Street just before 2 a.m. ... more »

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