March 22, 2015 4:49 PM
HOUMA - A Terrebonne Parish grand jury will hear the case against a sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 14-year-old boy in September. First Assistant District Attorney Carlos Lazarus says that the panel will begin hearing evidence Tuesday and should finish Wednesday. He says he will present physical and... more »
March 13, 2015 6:13 PM
PIERRE PART - A man is alive today due to the heroic efforts of a pair of sheriff's deputies in Assumption Parish.
Deputy Kelli Matherne was doing a routine patrol check on Lee Drive when she noticed a light shining in the bayou. The deputy said she first thought... more »
March 12, 2015 4:00 PM
PIERRE PART - Sheriff Mike Waguespack said an Assumption Parish sheriff's deputy saved the life of a driver whose car went off the road and into a bayou overnight.
The sheriff said Deputy Kelli Matherne was checking businesses just after midnight in Pierre Part when she saw lights shining... more »
March 4, 2015 7:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - There were no murders in East Baton Rouge Parish during the month of February. That milestone has been tainted by a violent start to March.
The first happened at 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 1st, less than two hours after the calendar turned. Authorities found Eddie... more »
February 26, 2015 4:45 AM
NEW ORLEANS - NOPD is investigating a shooting involving a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy.
The incident happened just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Investigators say deputies were serving a search warrant on Pauger Street. According to our sister station WWL-TV , a spokesperson said the 52-year-old male suspect opened fire... more »
February 23, 2015 7:38 AM
BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agencies from across the area are teaming up to raise money for Special Olympics by taking the Polar Plunge.
This year's plunge is Saturday, February 28th at 9 a.m. at the Cabela's in Gonzales. This is the eighth year of the event. There are... more »
February 20, 2015 5:12 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Released 911 tapes reveal what happened when a domestic dispute turned into a violent standoff in Denham Springs earlier this month.
The confrontation on Country Club Drive turned deadly after an estranged husband, 46-year-old Sidney Averett, broke into a house after a court appearance, according to... more »
February 19, 2015 3:13 AM
SHREVEPORT - A former Caddo Parish sheriff's deputy has been arrested for allegedly stealing three cows and selling them for nearly $3,000. 54-year-old Marilyn Roberson was arrested Wednesday for felony theft following an investigation by the sheriff's office and Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission. The sheriff's office, in a news release... more »
February 6, 2015 12:24 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Louisiana State Police said Friday coroners determined a man who died in a deputy-involved domestic shooting this week took his own life.
Trooper Jared Sandifer said the coroner's report found Sidney Averett was shot three times on Feb. 3. Two shots were to his extremeties and... more »
January 29, 2015 10:26 PM
GREENSBURG - In an exclusive interview with WBRZ News 2 Thursday, a deputy recounted the moments of last weekend when he foiled a kidnapping involving a mother and her two-year-old child.
Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies released details of the incident, which began in Watson and wound through Tangipahoa and... more »
January 27, 2015 6:14 PM
PIERRE PART - Sheriff Mike Waguespack fired an Assumption Parish Sheriff's deputy Tuesday before the deputy was arrested on domestic abuse charges for an incident this past weekend.
Deputies charged Gary Ellis Jr., a four-year veteran of the sheriff's office and a patrol deputy, with domestic abuse battery, battery... more »
January 27, 2015 5:34 PM
GONZALES - Residents in Ascension Parish praised their sheriff's office's actions after a man wanted in Georgia broke loose from a deputy trying to arrest him last night.
Deputies re-arrested the man, Ricardo Rodriguez, Tuesday afternoon. He's wanted for sex crimes out of Georgia. The sheriff's office said Rodriguez... more »
January 22, 2015 5:37 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - A judge set bonds for three people accused in the shooting of Ascension Parish deputy at more than $1 million each.
The following bonds were set for the three, who were charged in connection with Wednesday afternoon's shooting:
* John McMullen- $1,445,589.00 * Chadwick Schwender- $1,695.589.00... more »
January 21, 2015 10:20 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - A woman helped a deputy in her home after he was shot Tuesday.
Deputy James Atkins, a five-year veteran of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, was shot in the hand while pulling over three out-of-towners wanted for shoplifting. When he tried to stop the car, one of... more »
January 21, 2015 2:43 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies released new information on the three people charged in connection with a shooting where an Ascension deputy was hit in the hand.
Deputies charged 27-year-old Chadwick Schwender of Florida, 27-year-old Jennifer McGhee and 35-year-old John Wesley McMullen with more than a dozen crimes, including attempted... more »
January 20, 2015 11:44 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Authorities from central Florida are headed to Ascension Parish where a man wanted for a violent robbery outside Tampa was arrested after a Louisiana sheriff's deputy was shot.
John McMullen, 35, was arrested after an hours-long run from the law following the altercation near downtown Donaldsonville Tuesday.... more »
January 20, 2015 3:17 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies apprehended a man involved in the shooting of a deputy earlier Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the department said John Wesley McMullen, 35, was taken into custody around 7:30 Tuesday evening. McMullen, who was only identified for most of the afternoon by a photograph... more »
December 30, 2014 5:47 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new report finds that the number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms jumped by 56 percent in 2014. The annual report released Tuesday by the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that 50 officers were killed by guns this year, compared to 32 in... more »
December 15, 2014 5:14 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A former St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputy charged in the rape case against former New Orleans Saints football player Darren Sharper appeared at an arraignment hearing Monday and pleaded not guilty to federal drug and witness tampering charges. Brandon Licciardi pleaded not guilty before a U.S. magistrate... more »
December 12, 2014 7:14 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Santa hats and sirens don't usually go together, but they do in Livingston Parish. Sheriff's deputies are doing their part to be Santa's helpers on the streets for their annual Christmas Crusade for the Children.
So far 1,200 kids have had their Christmas wishes granted, but... more »
November 22, 2014 4:37 PM
METAIRIE, La. - A Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has been hospitalized after his vehicle was struck as he provided security for a film shoot in Metairie. The sheriff's office says Deputy Sean Williams' police cruiser was hit about 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Williams was working a detail and was seated in... more »
October 23, 2014 11:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy rescued a person from Ward Creek Thursday.
The department posted on its Facebook page that some construction workers watched a person drive into the creek from South Mall Drive. The driver was unresponsive and the vehicle was sinking.
... more »
September 23, 2014 9:35 PM
HOUMA- State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting where a teenager was shot and killed Tuesday evening.
WWL TV, the news partner of WBRZ in the New Orleans region, reported on its website the shooting happened on Kirkglen Loop before 7 p.m. The street is southeast of downtown Houma.... more »
September 2, 2014 6:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - An Iberville Parish deputy was hospitalized with minor injuries after an early Tuesday morning crash in Baton Rouge.
It happened just after 4:00 a.m. at the intersection of Nicholson Dr. and West Lee Dr. when the deputy was on his way to work. According to investigators,... more »
July 27, 2014 7:11 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - The Ascension Parish sheriff's office says one of it's former deputies was killed trying to save his dog Sunday morning.
Lt. Sam Vitter, 56, drowned in the Spanish Oaks subdivision pond on Swamp Road in Prairieville.
Ascension deputies, the Prairieville fire department and the Gonzales... more »
July 4, 2014 1:06 PM
ABBEVILLE - The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office says a memorial support fund has been set up for donations to help the family of slain deputy Allen Bares. Sheriff Mike Couvillon said in a news release this week that donations can be made to the Allen M. Bares Memorial Fund at... more »
June 27, 2014 12:28 PM
ABBEVILLE - Officials said a fallen Vermillion Parish sheriff's deputy will be honored with a special flag during his funeral Friday.
The sheriff's office said the U. S. Honor Flag, which flew during 9/11 recovery efforts in New York, will be displayed at Deputy Allen Bares Jr.'s funeral Friday... more »
June 25, 2014 3:28 PM
ABBEVILLE - Louisiana State Police have arrested two more people who investigators say helped one of the men accused in the Monday shooting death of an off-duty Vermilion Parish sheriff's deputy. Detectives determined that 28-year-old Miguel Comeaux and 24-year-old Quintygi Richard, both of Abbeville, helped 20-year-old Quintylan Richard elude capture... more »
June 3, 2014 11:21 AM
NEWS ROADS - Law enforcement said they arrested an off duty Pointe Coupee Sheriff's Deputy accused of domestic violence charges.
New Roads City Police said Stephen Louis, 32, allegedly assaulted his wife while still in uniform after getting off duty early Tuesday morning.
Deputy Louis is charged with... more »
February 14, 2014 5:52 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- The Livingston Parish Sheriff's office said it fired and arrested a man who worked as a deputy at the parish jail.
Leo Barthelemy, Jr. is charged with malfeasance in office/tampering with evidence and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities after an incident at his house on... more »
February 14, 2014 2:26 PM
LIVINGSTON- Deputies plan to release more information about a mysterious arrest of one of their own later Friday.
Leo Barthelemy, Jr.was booked into parish jail but the details surrounding his arrest were withheld. Information is expected to be released in a news release, WBRZ News 2 reporter Ryan Naquin... more »
January 17, 2014 3:28 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Sheriff's deputies said a man who served as a local pastor and part-time deputy with the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office drowned while fishing Friday afternoon.
Lt. Col. Archer Lee said that search crews found the body of Earnis James in a lake near the Rosemound... more »
January 2, 2014 11:07 AM
ST. TAMMANY - A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputy is in critical condition after a single-vehicle crash early Thursday morning.
Deputy Cody Talley was transported to University Hospital in New Orleans. He underwent surgery this morning and is listed in stable but critical condition.
Investigators are trying to... more »
November 21, 2013 5:03 AM
BATON ROUGE - Investigators are on the scene of a shooting involving two officers at a local hotel.
A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says authorities arrived at the Magnuson Hotel off Airline Hwy. early Thursday to serve warrants to an unidentified man when he opened... more »
October 3, 2013 7:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has been charged in federal court in the beating last year of an inmate.
Gary Shine, a sergeant who has worked in the parish jail for nearly a decade, was charged in a bill of information this week with depriving an... more »
October 2, 2013 2:28 PM
Baton Rouge- Family and friends said their final goodbye Wednesday afternoon to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy, who was killed in a crash.
Funeral services for Dustin Hamilton were held at the Greenoaks Funeral Home in Baton Rouge.
Hamilton was killed in a car crash in... more »
September 28, 2013 9:41 AM
CENTRAL - Louisiana State police say East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Dustin Hamilton lost control of his cruiser right before a fatal crash on Joor Road Friday night.
State police say for some unknown reason Hamilton lost control of his car while he was driving north and crossed into... more »
September 27, 2013 10:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy was killed in a crash near Central Friday night.
Dustin Hamilton, 24, died when he crashed his cruiser into another car on Joor Road near Lovett Road. He died at the scene. The person in the other car was taken... more »
September 27, 2013 7:53 PM
CENTRAL - An East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy was killed in a car crash on Joor Road near Lovett Road.
The accident occurred around 7:10 p.m.
Investigators have blocked off a portion of Joor Road while they work to determine what happened in the wreck.
We'll have... more »
September 27, 2013 11:47 AM
JENA - A sheriff's deputy in LaSalle Parish has been arrested on forcible rape and domestic battery charges.
State police investigators arrested Clarence Breland Jr. today. Trooper Scott Moreau says Breland is being held at the LaSalle Parish Detention Center without bond. State police have not released any details... more »
September 11, 2013 6:02 PM
GONZALES - An Ascension Parish deputy is out of a job and behind bars after deputies accused him of child pornography and indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Todd Tripp, 24, was fired and arrested Tuesday, just hours after deputies learned of the allegations.
Deputies executed a search warrant... more »
September 11, 2013 2:17 PM
Gonzales- A deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, arrested for child pornography, is now out of a job.
Investigators arrested 24 year-old Todd Tripp after he reportedly exchanged inappropriate text messages and pictures with a 15 year-old in another parish.
They say Tripp did meet the teen... more »
August 16, 2013 2:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office booked one of their former detectives into parish prison, again.
Michael Abernathy, 36, of Zachary was charged with improper telephone communication and intimidating a witness.
Abernathy was arrested in January on a charge of domestic abuse battery after investigators... more »
August 8, 2013 10:41 PM
NEW ROADS - A fired deputy from the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office is also a non-faculty coach for a Catholic school in the area, WBRZ News 2 learned Thursday night.
Joseph Reed Bueche, 51, lost his job with the sheriff's office after he was arrested on two counts... more »
August 8, 2013 10:43 AM
NEW ROADS - A deputy with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office has been arrested following a drug investigation. Sheriff Bud Torres said 51-year-old Joseph Reed Bueche, of Ventress, was fired Wednesday night following his arrest.
"Police officers are supposed to be held to a higher standard, we're supposed... more »
August 5, 2013 10:26 AM
LULING - A St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputy died in a multi-vehicle accident in Luling. The wreck occurred Sunday around 8:45 p.m. near the intersection of La. 52 and Post Drive. The deputy has been identified as 41-year-old Jeff Watson, a 12-year veteran. State police say Watson was traveling in... more »
July 29, 2013 4:25 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies said a sex offender who failed to register in Ascension Parish turned himself in to authorities today.
Deputies said Horace Chauvin, 34, of Prairieville did not follow through with a requirement to annually register with parish authorities. He was booked into the parish jail after... more »
July 18, 2013 2:54 PM
ST. MARTINVILLE - St. Martin Parish prosecutors have filed formal charges against Henderson Police Chief Leroy Guidry and Deputy Chief Oliver Mack Lloyd in an investigation into an alleged illegal quota system for traffic tickets issued along Interstate 10. Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars said Thursday that the two men... more »
June 24, 2013 3:28 PM
LEESVILLE - A Vernon Parish sheriff's deputy has died after he lost control of his car and crashed in a construction zone on Louisiana Highway 8 east of the Calcasieu Loop. Authorities say 54-year-old Steven Netherland, a retired state trooper, crashed early Monday. Netherland lost control and crossed the centerline.... more »
June 20, 2013 9:04 AM
BLANCHARD- Authorities are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and a Caddo sheriff's deputy on leave. Deputies were called to a home in Blanchard Wednesday night where a man had reportedly locked himself in a vehicle and was threatening to harm himself. Authorities say the first deputy arrived... more »
April 30, 2013 11:56 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies released photos today of a woman they said tried to pass forged checks at an East Baton Rouge Parish Walmart in March.
Detectives said they were told on April 2 that two checks were stolen from mailboxes in the northern part of the parish.... more »
April 1, 2013 3:36 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A former Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has been indicted on charges he engaged in a scheme to kill a man to prevent him from reporting the deputy's alleged theft and misuse of his debit card. A 60-count federal indictment unsealed Monday charges the former deputy, Mark Hebert,... more »
March 12, 2013 12:59 PM
LIVINGSTON - The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission recently recognized a Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputy's efforts stopping drunk drivers.
The recognized Deputy Nick Locicero on March 5 for having the highest DWI arrest record, with 22 arrests of suspected drunk drivers.
The safety commission provides grants to law enforcement... more »
February 7, 2013 12:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - An Iberville Parish man is in jail, accused of trying to kill an East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy.
Stephen Gordon, 23, was reported to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office last night when he was seen on Chippendale Drive, off of Tiger Bend Road, holding... more »
January 24, 2013 11:01 AM
LAPLACE- State police are investigating a fatal shooting involving St. John the Baptist Parish deputies. Trooper Nick Manale says a deputy stopped the woman for a traffic violation around 3:30 a.m. Thursday. Manale says as the deputy approached the car, the woman flashed a gun and fled the scene. A... more »
January 4, 2013 6:29 PM
LIVINGSTON - Detectives are trying to track down multiple weapons, including a police issued AR-15 fully automatic assault rifle, which were stolen from a deputy's unit Wednesday morning.
News 2 has learned a Baton Rouge Police unit was robbed as well. Both thefts happened in Walker.
The Sheriff's... more »
January 3, 2013 6:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office fired a veteran detective today after they arrested him in suspicion of beating his girlfriend.
EBRSO Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said deputies arrested Michael Abernathy, 35, today on the charge of domestic abuse battery.
Abernathy worked at the sheriff's... more »
November 26, 2012 5:59 PM
MONTZ, La. - A St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputy hospitalized since an August shoot-out that killed two other deputies is back home in Montz. Chief Deputy Harold Klibert says Jason Triche returned home on Monday from a Baton Rouge hospital. Klibert says people lined streets to welcome him.... more »
November 9, 2012 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies said one person was shot this morning in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish, and they're still searching for the shooter.
EBRSO spokesperson Casey Hicks said a 20-year-old man was shot in the back around 10 a.m.
It happened near the... more »
September 7, 2012 2:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - A former employee with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office has been arrested for Stalking, Defamation and Improper Telephone Communications.
According to reports, Ronald Gautreaux of Plaquemine, allegedly called his ex-girlfriend, wrote to her, and showed up at her home despite her telling him to stop.... more »
August 24, 2012 2:22 PM
EDGARD - Three of the suspects connected in the shooting of four St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputies have been arraigned in state court. The parish district attorney's office says Brian Smith, Kyle Joekel and Brittney Keith entered not guilty pleas Friday.
Smith and Joekel are both charged... more »
August 23, 2012 7:20 AM
LAPLACE -Three suspects accused in last week's deputy shootings face additional charges this morning.
Officials signed warrants Wednesday for Brian Lyn Smith, Kyle David Joekel and Brittney Keith.
Smith and Joekel both face two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police... more »
August 22, 2012 6:12 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Thousands of friends and family members, including law enforcement from as far away as Chicago, crowded Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home to give a final farewell to Deputy Brandon Nielsen.
"They woke up one morning to go to work to protect us, all of us in... more »
August 21, 2012 6:17 PM
LAPLACE- One day before friends and family prepare to say their final goodbyes to Deputy Brandon Nielsen, the man known for his skills on the street and his prowess on a motorcycle is being remembered.
"He wanted to make sure he was the best at what he could do,... more »
August 18, 2012 9:42 PM
ST. JOHN PARISH- The family of Brandon Nielsen relieved their pain today knowing they will never get their daily jokes and warm wishes from him again.
"I watched them type his name up on the screen," His mother, Wendy Nielsen said. "I named him, so to see his name... more »
August 17, 2012 11:56 AM
HAMMOND- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards says the fatal shooting of an unarmed teen at a nightclub last weekend by one of his deputies was accidental. Edwards said the shot happened while Deputy William Phebus was trying to restrain another person. He says Phebus had his weapon drawn because 18-year-old... more »
August 16, 2012 6:11 PM
LAPLACE- Glenn Crowley said he's still trying to comprehend the sounds he heard early Thursday, when two deputies were killed by a man with an automatic weapon near where he lives.
"I heard at least 30 rounds go off, it blew me away," he said. "I called my wife... more »
July 25, 2012 5:50 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office announced they're dedicating an entire full-time team to tackle a growing problem in the rapidly-growing parish: thefts and burglaries.
The number of those cases in the parish is climbing, with an increase from 700 to 800 last year. So far this... more »
July 23, 2012 6:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies released the name and photo of a teen suspected in a shooting and attempted robbery from over the weekend in East Baton Rouge Parish.
A spokesperson said Leo Terrell Paul, 17, is wanted for attempted first degree murder after the incident Sunday evening.
... more »
July 20, 2012 5:41 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - A former deputy commander of the Louisiana State Police and trucking industry official will be Louisiana's next motor vehicles commissioner. Stephen Campbell was announced Friday as the new leader of the Office of Motor Vehicles by Col. Mike Edmonson, deputy secretary of the Department of Public... more »
July 19, 2012 7:33 AM
GRETNA - A Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has resigned after allegedly crashing his patrol car while drunk.
Col. John Fortunato, a department spokesman, says that 27-year-old Christopher Hyer resigned July 12.
He says Hyer had been suspended immediately after he was booked July 9 with driving while intoxicated... more »
July 18, 2012 5:30 PM
PORT ALLEN- The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed a deputy from New Roads was reassigned from his courthouse detail to the WBR jail. Sources told News 2 the deputy turned in his notice after the reassignment.
It comes on the heels of a News 2 investigation into... more »
July 13, 2012 11:01 AM
LIVINGSTON - A grand jury indicted a former Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputy for criminal sexual conduct with a minor, according to the Attorney General's Office.
The indictment accused Clarence "Jeremy" Brister, 37, of three counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of molesting a juvenile.
... more »
July 2, 2012 3:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities said a former deputy insurance commissioner will plead guilty to racketeering charges as part of the undercover FBI investigation "Operation: Blighted Officials"
The U. S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge accused Richard L. Chambers, Sr., of LaPlace with racketeering and forfeiture in a Bill... more »
July 2, 2012 10:35 AM
BATON ROUGE - Deputies called out K9 units to search the area around a reported home invasion in East Baton Rouge Parish this morning.
Deputies received a call around 6:15 a.m. that someone broke into a home on Jefferson Park Drive. When they arrived, they saw the man accused... more »
June 25, 2012 5:48 PM
LOS ANGELES - A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to two years in jail for attempting to smuggle drugs into a courthouse jail in a burrito. Henry Marin was sentenced Monday and remanded into custody following the hearing.
The 27-year-old pleaded no contest to one... more »
June 22, 2012 4:06 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office announced a new initiative this week targeting people who fail to appear for court.
Called "Operation Outlaw", people will be featured each week of the initiative that have had felony bench warrants issued against them for failure to appear.
Sheriff Jeff... more »
May 28, 2012 6:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested two people in connection with a deadly shooting near the Castlebrook Apartments in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Deputies arrested Joshua Birchfield, 28, and Andre Steward, 17, Monday. Both are accused of having a part in the shooting EBRSO spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said... more »