April 17, 2014 9:09 AM
PORT ALLEN - Richard Lee was sworn in as the new mayor of Port Allen Tuesday. He joined us on 2une In Thursday to talk about his vision for the future of the city.
Lee's swearing in signals the end of nearly a year of constant fighting and scandal... more »
April 5, 2014 10:52 PM
PORT ALLEN- Saturday's election that booted Deedy Slaughter from a municipal position for some time was the culmination from a nearly 14-month ordeal that began when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered questions about a trip Slaughter took to Washington, D.C.
Slaughter used city money to pay for... more »
April 5, 2014 8:42 PM
PORT ALLEN- Former mayor Deedy Slaughter said her loss Saturday night is part of life, and she will move on after defeat.
"I am not disappointed at all," Slaughter told WBRZ News 2. "When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. So, we are going to continue to press... more »
April 5, 2014 8:06 PM
PORT ALLEN- The results of early voting have former mayor Deedy Slaughter losing her battle to get her job back.
> UPDATE: All precincts have reported and Slaughter lost the mayoral election. Click HERE for an updated story.
Four of the 14 precincts report Richard Lee as the... more »
April 3, 2014 4:42 PM
PORT ALLEN - In two days, registered voters in Port Allen will head to the polls for a historic special election to elect a new mayor.
Parish election officials spent Thursday sealing voting machines for the election.
Four candidates are vying for the top spot: Kirby Anderson, Larry... more »
April 2, 2014 5:31 PM
PORT ALLEN - The attorney for ousted Port Allen mayor Deedy Slaughter filed a complaint with the U. S. Department of Justice Wednesday, claiming a voter fraud investigation by the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office was actually an attempt to suppress the votes of elderly or disabled black citizens.... more »
April 2, 2014 8:17 AM
BATON ROUGE - State Senator Rick Ward (R) stopped by 2une In Wednesday to talk about his piece of legislation that would block recalled officials from immediately running for the same office again.
It comes as voters head to the polls this weekend in Port Allen. Ex-Mayor Deedy Slaughter... more »
March 31, 2014 5:28 PM
PORT ALLEN, La. - The investigation into possible voter fraud is expanding in Port Allen as more mail-in ballots are being scrutinized by the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
Early voting is closed and the numbers show a high turn out for the mayoral election, with 1,410 votes... more »
March 28, 2014 10:36 PM
PORT ALLEN - An investigation involving voter fraud in Port Allen has roped in the District Attorney's Office, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office.
The Sheriff's Office told News Two, hundreds of people faxed a request to vote for Port Allen mayor... more »
March 28, 2014 4:44 PM
PORT ALLEN- Less than a week before voters head to the polls to elect a Mayor in Port Allen, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office have launched an investigation into possible voter fraud, WBRZ News 2 Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto has learned.
... more »
March 13, 2014 9:57 PM
PORT ALLEN- One of five people vying to be the city's next mayor was booked into jail on an outstanding warrant.
Larry Bell was arrested on a cruelty to animals charge by Port Allen Police. Details about the alleged crime were not released.
The mayoral election is set... more »
March 12, 2014 10:32 PM
PORT ALLEN- City leaders made changes to how city government operates in the wake of a debacle involving former mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Wednesday night, the city council approved a clarification about who is a city department head. While she was mayor, Slaughter often debated with some members of the... more »
February 26, 2014 4:37 PM
PORT ALLEN - A judge in Port Allen scheduled a trial for March 31 for issues surrounding embattled ex-mayor Deedy Slaughter.
When Slaughter walked out of court, she said, "I'm ready for it to be over."
The issues involve controversial decisions she made during her short 11 months... more »
February 17, 2014 4:09 PM
PORT ALLEN - An audit conducted on Port Allen's finances raised red flags surrounding issues that were taking place under recalled mayor Deedy Slaughter's watch.
The audit was released two days after she qualified to run for mayor for a second time. Voters recalled her in November by a... more »
February 14, 2014 10:29 PM
PORT ALLEN - Former mayor Deedy Slaughter filed campaign paperwork to run for mayor again, but refused to talk about her decision to WBRZ News 2 Friday, instead she called police when representatives of the station knocked on the door of her house.
Port Allen voters recalled Slaughter in... more »
February 14, 2014 2:38 PM
PORT ALLEN- Deedy Slaughter, the former controversial mayor of this West Baton Rouge town and the subject of a successful recall by city voters, has decided to run again for mayor.
According to the Secretary of State's online database, Slaughter filed documents Friday- Valentine's Day. It appears she'll campaign... more »
December 17, 2013 4:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal chose a former mayor of Port Allen to fill the office vacated when Deedy Slaughter was recalled.
Jindal's office named Marilynn "Lynn" Bergeron Robertson of Port Allen to the post earlier Tuesday. She previously served as mayor from 1993 to 2004, and was... more »
December 12, 2013 5:44 PM
PORT ALLEN - Former Mayor Deedy Slaughter racked up nearly $52,000 in legal fees by Phelps Dunbar, according to public records obtained by the News 2 Investigative Unit. The fees were from April until August of this year.
Nearly $7,000 in fees were billed to Port Allen after Judge... more »
December 4, 2013 4:16 PM
PORT ALLEN - News 2 learned today that Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain was reinstated to Port Allen's bank accounts, after ousted Mayor Deedy Slaughter removed her from them six months ago.
Mayor Pro Tem Ray Helen Lawrence authorized the reinstatement.
"Now that I can do the things... more »
November 25, 2013 4:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court's office said Monday that Deedy Slaughter did not contest the results of the recent recall election, which means she is no longer Port Allen's mayor.
This comes just over a week after voters went to the polls in... more »
November 25, 2013 7:34 AM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter has until 4:30pm Monday to vacate her office at City Hall.
Voters supported Slaughter's recall earlier this month in a record-setting special election.
She has been the focus of several reports by the News 2 investigative unit, which uncovered possible wrongdoing during... more »
November 20, 2013 6:01 PM
PORT ALLEN - On her last scheduled week in office, recalled Mayor Deedy Slaughter's attempt to pass her proposed budget failed Wednesday night.
Slaughter's budget died when she did not get support for a "second," which moved the budget forward for a vote by the council. Slaughter called the... more »
November 19, 2013 5:17 PM
PORT ALLEN - Ousted Mayor Deedy Slaughter called a special meeting for Wednesday to introduce her budget, five days before Slaughter is forced to vacate office.
On Saturday, voters overwhelmingly voiced their disappointment with her performance and recalled her. Slaughter must vacate office by 4:30 p.m. Monday, but that's... more »
November 18, 2013 5:41 PM
PORT ALLEN - Ousted Mayor Deedy Slaugther was noticeably absent from Port Allen City Hall Monday, two days after voters recalled her from office in a historic election.
Now concerns are being raised over how payroll is going to be made this week.
"I just know she's not... more »
November 18, 2013 7:39 AM
PORT ALLEN - Council members agreed that one of their first priorities in the wake of Mayor Deedy Slaughter's recall is to take another stab at adopting a 2013-14 budget before city departments run out of money.
In Saturday's election, 57 percent of Port Allen voters supported a grass... more »
November 16, 2013 10:31 PM
PORT ALLEN- Deedy Slaughter became the 12th mayor in Louisiana since 1966 to be recalled Saturday night when 57 percent of voters here voted to kick her out of office.
Slaughter was mayor less than a year. But, the months of her leadership have been contentious.
In February,... more »
November 16, 2013 8:04 PM
PORT ALLEN- The first round of results of the recall election involving this city's mayor show early voters want Deedy Slaughter out.
Voting for the recall were 1,094 registered voters. Voting against the recall were 548 against.
A total of 1,642 voters voted early, a town record. That... more »
November 16, 2013 6:40 PM
PORT ALLEN- Voters will have to return to the polls to elect a mayor, since most registered voters here decided to recall Deedy Slaughter.
Saturday's vote ends an eleven month ordeal that began when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered the mayor used taxpayer money to attend the... more »
November 16, 2013 5:08 PM
PORT ALLEN- Supporters of Mayor Deedy Slaughter walked door to door Saturday clutching pieces of paper trying to get people out of their houses and to the polls. Meanwhile, people against the Mayor were also out in full force trying to get every last vote to try to change what... more »
November 14, 2013 5:58 PM
PORT ALLEN - A historic election in Port Allen this weekend has its roots in series of News 2 investigations which began in February this year.
It started when the News 2 Investigative Unit received public records requests in February detailing questionable spending and actions by Mayor Deedy Slaughter... more »
November 14, 2013 5:06 PM
PORT ALLEN - Budget concerns in Port Allen continue, but firefighters can breathe a sigh of relief. They will get paid, despite the city not having a budget.
Mayor Deedy Slaughter vetoed the city's budget last week after a squabble with council members. The council has been operating on... more »
November 13, 2013 9:41 PM
PORT ALLEN - Voters in Port Allen will head to the polls this weekend without a 2013-2014 city budget. Mayor Deedy Slaughter vetoed the budget Nov. 4 after some council members added an amendment that left out items the mayor wanted.
Wednesday night, the council met to consider overriding... more »
November 13, 2013 4:05 PM
PORT ALLEN - With just three days before voters in Port Allen will head to the polls for the first recall election in West Baton Rouge Parish history, some voters are still undecided about how they'll vote.
The city has been divided since News 2 began investigating Mayor Deedy... more »
November 8, 2013 10:26 PM
PORT ALLEN- Early voting ends Saturday in the recall election of the town's mayor.
Since voting began a week ago, more than a third of eligible voters cast a ballot early. Election leaders said the number of early voters in the town for this item is a record.
... more »
November 7, 2013 11:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - Saturday, November 9, is the last day for early voting in the November 16 election.
There are a number of municipal elections and the runoff for Congress in the 5th district on the ballot.
Early voting is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily... more »
November 5, 2013 4:19 PM
PORT ALLEN- Mayor Deedy Slaughter opened up Tuesday about her decision to veto the city's budget.
It's the Mayor's third veto since she's been in office. It's a sign of tension between her and some council members. Some are questioning the timing of the veto and wonder if the... more »
November 4, 2013 5:01 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter vetoed the city's budget today.
Without a signed budget, the city continues to operate under last year's budget.
The Port Allen City Council passed the 2013-2014 budget 3-2 on Oct. 23. It included a substitute amendment which removed several provisions Slaughter pushed... more »
November 4, 2013 12:10 PM
PORT ALLEN - Early voting numbers in West Baton Rouge Parish set a one-day record Saturday.
Registrar Stacy Ryan says 618 people voted in person for the Port Allen mayor recall election, with another 31 ballots sent in by mail.
Ryan said that's 16 percent of the registered... more »
October 30, 2013 5:37 PM
PORT ALLEN - The former payroll clerk for Port Allen took the city to court today over vacation pay and the timing of when it was paid.
Robin Ackerman quit in August, after she said she'd had enough.
"Despite numerous demands, the mayor did not comply timely with... more »
October 23, 2013 10:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council voted to pass a 2013-2014 city budget they've been waiting on for almost four months.
But Mayor Deedy Slaughter said Wednesday if the budget was passed with an amendment, she would veto the legislation.
Slaughter said she received an amendment... more »
October 10, 2013 3:15 PM
PORT ALLEN - A bench trial for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter has been pushed back again.
That's according to the Clerk of Court's office in Port Allen.
The trial, which involves Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain suing Slaughter for wrongful termination, meddling in her work and her... more »
October 9, 2013 10:35 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the Port Allen City Council met Wednesday night to discuss matters focusing on a new city budget.
The $9.7 million budget is mimicked from a prior version written by the mayor. Changes made include adjustments to budgeting for capitol outlay, drainage and... more »
October 9, 2013 7:36 AM
PORT ALLEN - City leaders in Port Allen expect to hear from the public Wednesday night during their council meeting on the proposed 2013-2014 budget.
The city has operated on last year's budget since the fiscal year ended in June.
Last week, council members voiced their concerns over... more »
October 2, 2013 9:34 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter lent a listening ear to the Port Allen City Council, who brought forth questions and concerns about the 2013-2014 budget.
Wednesday night, the mayor spoke very little about the budget, but said there will be more discussion next week.
Mayor Slaughter introduced... more »
September 23, 2013 5:15 PM
PORT ALLEN - Some residents in Port Allen are frustrated over eyesores that are beginning to build up in their neighborhoods.
According to city leaders, at least seven blighted properties in Port Allen are in various states of decomposition, because the city can't press forward with demolition due to... more »
September 20, 2013 6:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Deedy Slaughter used her veto power to strike down a ordinance passed by the city council last month that could affect some of the higher-paid city employees, and the Mayor's own $20,000 pay raise.
At the center of the ongoing fight between Slaughter and some... more »
September 11, 2013 9:51 PM
PORT ALLEN - City business was taken care of Wednesday night, with an agenda containing salary talks and Port Allen's budget.
Before diving into the agenda, Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the council went behind closed doors into an executive session to discuss three separate lawsuits involving the City of... more »
September 11, 2013 11:46 AM
PORT ALLEN - City officials said a bench trial involving Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter and Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain has been continued in hopes the two sides can come to an agreement outside the courtroom.
Judge Alvin Batiste delayed the trial from Sept. 19 and 20 to... more »
September 9, 2013 10:27 PM
PORT ALLEN - Some in Port Allen say they have had enough and want a mayor who's not cloaked in controversy.
"It's very embarrassing," lifelong resident Walt Braud said. "I've gone down as far as Houma, Louisiana, and people have heard about Port Allen and just that we are... more »
September 9, 2013 5:06 PM
PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters submitted 1,387 certified signatures to Governor Bobby Jindal Monday, for people wanting Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter recalled.
Organizers only needed to collect 1,273 signatures. The names were turned in to the Registrar of Voters last Tuesday. Parish... more »
September 9, 2013 11:53 AM
PORT ALLEN - Election officials said they'll have an announcement Monday afternoon about the recently-submitted petition to recall Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Organizers of the petition turned in their collected signatures last week to the Registrar of Voters in West Baton Rouge Parish. It was the first time... more »
September 9, 2013 9:40 AM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan turned in names to Governor Jindal today certifying signatures for a recall election for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
More than 1,400 names were turned in last Tuesday. Over the course of the week, Ryan had help... more »
September 4, 2013 4:43 PM
PORT ALLEN - Port Allen City Councilman RJ Loupe is not happy after a recall was filed against him on Tuesday. "I wasn't involved, but now I'm so upset, so disturbed with this, I will get involved," Loupe said.
Loupe says he thinks he's an easy target because he's... more »
September 4, 2013 11:13 AM
PORT ALLEN - Citizens of Port Allen filed a petition to recall a member of the city council today, one day after signatures to recall the city's mayor were filed with the state.
Today's petition seeks the recall of R. J. Loupe, an at-large council member who also served... more »
September 3, 2013 8:28 AM
PORT ALLEN - For the first time in West Baton Rouge Parish history, a petition to recall an elected official was turned in Tuesday morning to the Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan. The petition targets Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Deloris Kibby and Millie Jackson are the chairwomen of... more »
August 28, 2013 11:56 AM
PORT ALLEN - People in Port Allen are one step closer to a possible recall election against Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
This morning, a letter was hand delivered to the Registrar of Voter's Office indicating intent for a recall election. The Mayor was also sent a certified copy of the... more »
August 19, 2013 10:20 PM
PORT ALLEN - Insurance for a new city fire rescue truck has officially been paid.
Port Allen's insurance provider confirms it received a check for $2,383 Monday. The bill has been paid in full.
The truck has been stored at Station 1 since it was delivered last week.... more »
August 14, 2013 10:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - Table talk got heated as frustrated council members and taxpayers discussed the city's finances.
"Nothing gets done," said Councilman R.J. Loupe, Jr. "The judge orders and it still doesn't get done. Now you tell me what's right and what's wrong."
Leaders moved to introduce an... more »
August 13, 2013 10:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - Fire fighters at Fire Station 1 in Port Allen welcomed a new Ferrara fire truck to their fleet Tuesday morning.
But, it was not met without controversy. For hours after its arrival, there was no money to pay the insurance on the truck, so it was... more »
August 7, 2013 10:27 PM
PORT ALLEN - Money talk in Port Allen made circles around the council and mayor, as they work to come to an agreement on drafting an ordinance about salaries.
"So from this point on there won't be any question as to what that is," said councilman Garry Hubble.
... more »
July 31, 2013 4:31 PM
PORT ALLEN- Judge Alvin Batiste ruled today that Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter will go to trial for a lawsuit filed against her by Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain.
In court, Slaughter's attorneys filed a motion to have McCain's entire lawsuit tossed out. Judge Batiste ruled there was enough... more »
July 31, 2013 10:34 AM
PORT ALLEN - A judge ordered Mayor Deedy Slaughter to stand trial over accusations she continued to interfere with the work of Port Allen's chief financial officer after being specifically ordered not to.
Judge Alvin Batiste said despite arguments by the mayor's attorneys there were enough issues of material... more »
July 10, 2013 10:29 PM
PORT ALLEN- The mayor did not get an ordinance introduced to set her pay at $85,000 at the city council meeting Wednesday night.
Deedy Slaughter wants to be paid $20,000 more than what the council adjusted the mayor's salary to be prior to her becoming mayor. Then, the council... more »
July 9, 2013 11:02 PM
PORT ALLEN- The mayor's pay will likely be discussed at a town council meeting Wednesday evening, since it is on the agenda.
An ordinance is expected to be introduced to set Mayor Deedy Slaughter's salary at about $85,000. She is currently collecting that amount despite that the council reduced... more »
July 3, 2013 10:54 PM
PORT ALLEN- Mayor Deedy Slaughter was all smiles at a town council committee meeting Wednesday night.
It was her first appearance heading a city meeting since a judge ruled, in many ways, in her favor a day earlier. Although she was smiling, she did not want to talk about... more »
July 3, 2013 5:06 PM
PORT ALLEN - Opinions are mixed in Port Allen less than 24 hours after a Judge issued a late-night ruling involving the mayor.
Three council members sued her to get a judge to rule on issues of concern for them. They were partially successful.
"I just hope the... more »
July 3, 2013 10:53 AM
PORT ALLEN - Both Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the three City Council members who sued her over several actions she's taken since assuming office claimed wins after a judge's decision late last night.
Judge Alvin Batiste ruled the council did not properly reduce the mayor's salary from $84,960 to... more »