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  • Still recovering from 2016 flood, community struck by flooding once again Play Video

    October 23, 2017 8:29 PM

    CLINTON - Jean Matthews woke up to sinking feeling of déjà vu Sunday morning. "I opened up that window and screamed 'It's flooding!' and it was just going, it was like a river had opened up," Matthews said. “At 7:30 a.m. it look just like it looks out there... more »
  • Details released about confession, matching bullets in deadly shooting spree

    October 18, 2017 2:12 PM

    CLINTON – The arrest report filed in East Feliciana for Ryan Sharpe shows how detectives determined him as the suspect in the deaths of three men and the injuring of a fourth over a few weeks that put the region on edge. Sharpe confessed, documents show, to the shootings... more »
  • New information in rural shooting suspect's arrest; Read the arrest report here Play Video

    October 11, 2017 4:55 PM

    CLINTON – One person was charged in connection with a series of shootings in East Feliciana Parish Wednesday. State and local authorities announced the arrest during a press conference Wednesday evening. Ryan Sharpe, 36, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first... more »
  • Theater manager fired for giving employees degrading nicknames Play Video

    October 3, 2017 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dozens of Movie Tavern employees are furious after the discovery of a leaked scheduling document labeling over twenty employees as 'peasants'. The document was discovered Sunday by an employee at the Movie Tavern at Citiplace, who brought it to the attention of fellow staff. Employees said... more »
  • Concerns over outdated flood maps prompt possible building moratorium in EBR Play Video

    September 21, 2017 10:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Amid concerns of outdated flood maps governing building codes in East Baton Rouge, Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso is looking to place a moratorium on subdivisions and rezoning for developments with property larger than about an acre. Specifically, Amoroso seeks to temporarily ban developments with a property... more »
  • East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office heading to Texas to assist flood victims

    August 31, 2017 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A convoy of deputies from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is headed to Port Arthur Texas this morning to assist with flood recovery. The deputies will be meeting at a staging area in Texas where other law enforcement agencies and first responders are based. Every morning... more »
  • Louisiana offers shelter to Texas flood evacuees

    August 29, 2017 2:30 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - Gov. John Bel Edwards says Louisiana is offering to shelter storm victims from Texas while the state also helps its own residents who were rescued from Harvey's floodwaters overnight. Edwards said at a news conference Tuesday in Baton Rouge that he expects Texas officials to... more »
  • Amid complaints over barrier walls, state will redesign feature that dammed flood water Play Video

    August 17, 2017 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The state will redesign tall, concrete barriers along newly constructed interstates in Louisiana following the August 2016 flood where people in Livingston Parish have blamed much of the disaster on barriers that dammed water on one side of I-12. The flood issue is the center of... more »
  • Community gathers for emotional service one year after August flood Play Video

    August 13, 2017 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of people gathered at Living Faith Christian Center on Sunday, bonding over their common struggle and looking forward to their recovery. For one year, Southeast Louisiana has remained in a recovery state. Sunday night was all about healing as members of the Baton Rouge community... more »
  • EBRSO: 22-year-old found dead inside Gardere apartment

    August 5, 2017 7:59 PM

    GARDERE - Authorities are investigating after a 22-year-old man was found dead inside his Garder area apartment Saturday morning. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Jhoel Steven Brizuella was found dead around 10 a.m. in his apartment in the 8600 block of Coy Avenue. EBRSO Homicide... more »
  • EBR sheriff highlights trying year during association gathering

    August 4, 2017 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Sheriff Sid Gautreaux reflected on the trying year as he handed over the reigns of the Louisiana Sheriff's Association recently. Gautreaux was the 71st president of the organization and completed his tenure as the head of the group – serving during a year of tragedy and... more »
  • 2 ill in both EBR, Livingston with West Nile

    August 3, 2017 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – There are two people sick with the West Nile virus in East Baton Rouge. The state released its most recent count of people ill. In all, 14 people across Louisiana are sick with some form of West Nile. In addition to EBR, there are two... more »
  • EBR schools to receive additional $6.4 million in disaster funds

    July 5, 2017 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge School Board will receive an additional $6.4 million in disaster recovery funds following the August 2016 flood. The funds will reimburse for emergency protective measures at 16 different facilities in East Baton Rouge Parish. Federal funding will also pay... more »
  • Unlicensed contractor accused of swindling flood victim

    June 24, 2017 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A contractor was arrested after he allegedly took money from an August flood victim and failed to complete work on his home. The affidavit says Jason Rushing met with a man about fixing his home after taking damage from last year's flood. Rushing reportedly told the... more »
  • Rescue vehicles ready, stationed throughout EBR, for possible flooding Play Video

    June 21, 2017 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office has more resources on hand to deal with any possible issues from heavy rain this week than the agency had ready for the August flood. Response efforts were studied and resources have been increased following the unprecedented weather event... more »
  • Series of vehicle burglaries has Central neighborhood on alert Play Video

    June 4, 2017 11:14 PM

    CENTRAL - Police in Central are investigating a string of car break-ins, all happening in one neighborhood. Residents of the Morgan Springs subdivision have never seen problems like this. Now, they're on high alert, doing what they can to stop the thieves in their tracks. “I came outside... more »
  • EBRSO: Man strangles girlfriend, throws dog out of apartment

    May 20, 2017 11:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend and threw her dog out of his apartment Friday night . Deputies responded to a residence on Jefferson Highway around 10:30 p.m. after a friend of the victim reported that the victim's live-in boyfriend was beating... more »
  • East Baton Rouge Parish schools get an extra $1.1M from FEMA

    May 12, 2017 7:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is getting an additional $1.1 million in help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the August flood. The disaster funding will help with demolition, cleaning, remediation costs of classrooms, offices, bathrooms and storage areas at four facilities. The additional... more »
  • Family claims 95-year-old swindled by Council on Aging director Play Video

    March 29, 2017 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are allegations of coercion and violations of state ethics rules at the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging. All of this centers around a will that was drawn up late last year for a 95-year-old woman. Helen Plummer died this month, and that's when the family... more »
  • EBRSO seeking home burglary suspect

    February 25, 2017 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is looking for a man that forced his way into a Baton Rouge home Monday. According to the Sheriff's Office, on Feb. 20, deputies were called to the 8100 block of Oak Apple Ave. for a burglary in progress. ... more »
  • PHOTOS: Ten homes with the highest property taxes in EBR

    January 31, 2017 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Property taxes of property in East Baton Rouge are due Mar. 1 and the owners of the most expensive homes have bills the size of most people's salaries. The new owners of the Pennington Mansion on Highland Road, Andre' and Jessica Bruni, have the highest property... more »
  • Council on Aging promises transparency spending millions Play Video

    January 26, 2017 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The EBR Council on Aging promised transparency and announced it will hold a series of meetings to discuss its controversial property tax that was approved by voters in November. The council shared information in a news release issued Thursday morning. Some on the Metro Council... more »
  • Fiery, early morning crash kills driver in EBR

    November 24, 2016 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 33-year-old man died in a fiery crash on La. 30 just outside city limits before sunrise Thursday. State Police said David Breland III, 33, was killed in the crash. State Police said Breland, of Baton Rouge, was northbound on La. 30 when he crossed into... more »
  • Baton Rouge schools to get new buses that run on propane

    November 4, 2016 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Environmental Protection Agency is giving the East Baton Rouge Parish school system $773,000 to replace 30 of its diesel school buses over the next two years with more eco-friendly propane-powered buses. The grant comes from the federal agency's National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The grant... more »
  • New voting locations for EBR

    November 1, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – With the election days away and early voting coming to a close, voters will be making their way to the new polling locations in East Baton Rouge Parish. Several polling locations have changed due the August flood. The changes will affect more than 34,000 East Baton... more »
  • East Baton Rouge, Ascension set final debris pickup dates

    October 19, 2016 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Both Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes announced Wednesday the final days for flood debris pickup. Baton Rouge city-parish officials asked residents to move any remaining flood debris to their curb by Sunday, Nov. 6. Ascension Parish residents have until Oct. 31 to move debris to... more »
  • Marcelle keeps party endorsement in mayor's race Play Video

    October 18, 2016 11:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An embarrassing evening Wednesday for the East Baton Rouge Democratic Party as members of the executive committee re-voted on their endorsements for a number of parish offices. Last week the party threw its support behind State Representative Denise Marcelle for Mayor-President in a close vote against other... more »
  • Aerial mosquito spraying scheduled for east part of EBR

    October 13, 2016 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mosquito aerial spraying will be conducted over the east part of East Baton Rouge Parish on Thursday night. The spraying is in response to large numbers of mosquitoes and a West Nile virus mosquito sample, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent... more »
  • City-Parish & Waste Connections collecting school supplies for flood impacted students

    September 8, 2016 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Kip Holden announced that the City-Parish and Waste Connections have partnered to collect school supplies for schools in East Baton Rouge Parish and surrounding parishes impacted by last month's flooding. Suggested supply donations include pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, crayons, markers, dry erase markers, highlighters, calculators,... more »
  • Curfew for East Baton Rouge parish lifted following flood

    August 23, 2016 1:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office has lifted the curfew for East Baton Rouge parish residents following the recent flood. The curfew was issued for the parish after Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order requested by East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux as a... more »
  • East Baton Rouge debris collection to begin Monday

    August 18, 2016 2:49 PM

    EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - Mayor Kip Holden announced on Thursday that EBR City-Parish debris removal contractors will start work next Monday in response to recent flooding. Authorized contractors will begin removal in neighborhoods and areas with the highest concentration of flood-related debris that are accessible to the debris... more »
  • EBR schools return a week from today

    August 17, 2016 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System will reopen for students Wednesday. Teachers should report back to campuses Monday and Tuesday, the superintendent said in a live TV interview during continuous coverage on WBRZ Channel 2. Nine schools sustained some sort of flooding - Glen Oaks... more »
  • Mayor calls curfew a backdoor political deal Play Video

    August 16, 2016 9:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The mayor started a very public feud with the sheriff in a live TV interview Tuesday night over a curfew set for Tuesday night. The curfew is from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. The sheriff announced the curfew in a news conference with state... more »
  • EBR debris removal contract activated in response to recent flooding

    August 16, 2016 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The City-Parish has activated its debris removal contract in response to recent catastrophic flooding. Debris contractors have begun to formulate their plans for removal based on areas where flood water has generated the greatest volume of debris and the extent to which these areas can be... more »
  • East Baton Rouge sees continued search and rescue operations

    August 16, 2016 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge firefighters say they’re continuing to go door-to-door to try to complete rescue and recovery efforts on Tuesday morning. Emergency responders are spread throughout East Baton Rouge Parish at this time to complete welfare checks on residents. They ask that the community remain aware that... more »
  • Four branches of Capital One open on Monday after severe weather

    August 15, 2016 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Capital One announced that four branches in East Baton Rouge and Ascension parish will be open on Monday for customers in the flooding region. The following branches are open on Monday: Baton Rouge Main Office , 301 Main St., Baton Rouge Burbank Drive-Up , 9817... more »
  • Students in East Baton Rouge Parish return to school Play Video

    August 10, 2016 6:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – More than 41,000 students in East Baton Rouge Parish returned to school on Wednesday morning. Among them were 850 Lee High School students who got their first look at a brand new campus after two years of construction. The new campus took $55 million to build,... more »
  • CityStats 2016 report analyzes EBR economics, other factors

    August 4, 2016 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has released its CityStats 2016 report complete with indicators for tracking quality of life in the Capital Area. CityStats tracks the quality of life in East Baton Rouge Parish with more than 70 indicators. Its total 2016 sample included more than... more »
  • Deputy Nick Tullier's family: We're waiting for God's miracle

    August 2, 2016 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There has been no change in the condition of injured sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier, his father, James, posted in a message on Facebook overnight. "No better but no worse. So that's not a bad thing," he wrote. The message was shared to a public page set... more »
  • 45 deputies sworn in to work in EBR; More Tuesday

    July 18, 2016 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Forty-five sheriff's deputies from area parishes were sworn in to work in East Baton Rouge Monday evening. The deputies will work patrols on the streets, helping to ease the stress the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is feeling. A deputy was shot and killed in... more »
  • Law enforcement finalizing plans for Sterling funeral security Play Video

    July 13, 2016 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office expect to have security plans finalized for Alton Sterling's funeral sometime Thursday. Law enforcement told News 2's Brett Buffington between 3,000 and 5,000 people are expected at the event at Southern University's F.G. Clark Activity Center. ... more »
  • Pets in 70805 zip code can get free vaccinations this weekend

    June 16, 2016 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Free rabies and basic vaccinations will be offered for free to dogs and cats this Saturday in Baton Rouge. A licensed veterinarian will be on hand to administer the shots at the Charles R. Kelly Community Center, located at 3535 Riley Street, from 8 a.m. to... more »
  • BRAVE looks to nonprofit to maintain its anti-crime operations

    June 16, 2016 9:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city-parish reports officials are taking steps to preserve its “highly successful” Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) project as federal funding is set to expire soon. In order to keep the BRAVE team on the streets, officials have established a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that is... more »
  • Removing the "Robert E." from "Robert E. Lee High School" Play Video

    May 31, 2016 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Before the new Lee High School opens, there's some controversy over the origin of its name. At a meeting Tuesday evening, a committee came up with recommendations for new names in an attempt to distance the school from its confederate namesake, Robert E. Lee. ... more »
  • BR real estate broker announces candidacy for EBR Mayor-President

    May 24, 2016 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A local real estate broker has announced to run as a candidate for Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish. Darryl Gissel announced his candidacy Tuesday morning. Gissel is also the former executive director of the State Republican Party and the special assistant for Governor Dave Treen. ... more »
  • Judges want to move juvenile court to downtown Baton Rouge

    April 21, 2016 12:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish's juvenile court judges are pushing to move their court to downtown Baton Rouge. Judges Pamela Taylor Johnson and Adam Haney made their pitch to the 19th Judicial District Court Building Commission Wednesday to move their court from Veterans Memorial Boulevard to the... more »
  • EBR Head Start Program to hold Recruitment Fun Day Play Video

    April 8, 2016 4:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Now is the time to sign your children up for the 2016-2017 East Baton Rouge Head Start Program. The Head Start Program helps children develop through comprehensive activities relating to health, education, disabilities and family services. It offers services for all children, including many of those with special... more »
  • EBR Redevelopment Alliance to meet with developers about old Entergy site Play Video

    April 7, 2016 8:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority is asking developers to reinvent the historic Entergy site on Government Street. Interested developers can tour the Entergy buildings and submit their proposals Thursday at 10 a.m. at the site, located of Government St. The state is investing $12... 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 »
  • Part of Scenic Hwy. closed until 5 p.m Thursday

    March 31, 2016 1:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Part of Scenic Highway in East Baton Rouge Parish will be closed until 5 p.m. Thursday for railroad track repairs. Officials say construction is happening near the railroad tracks parallel with Choctaw Drive. Drivers should detour to Plank and Chippewa Streets to avoid the road closure.... more »
  • Mosquitoes could be worse this season, EBR started spraying Play Video

    March 28, 2016 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Evening mosquito spraying just started in East Baton Rouge. East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control officials said just recently they've seen the mosquito population increase and started spraying for the first time Easter weekend. They say the problem areas are in the southern parts of... 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 »
  • EBRSO: Attempted suicide after murder on North Flannery Road Play Video

    March 23, 2016 1:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies say one person is dead and another in critical condition after a murder and attempted suicide Wednesday morning. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office confirmed that 56-year-old Damon Dixon was killed inside his home in the 5200 block of North Flannery Road Wednesday morning. At... more »
  • EBR Public Defender's office is going broke Play Video

    March 21, 2016 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- There could be no public defenders in Baton Rouge by the summer, an audit released Monday found. The state may not have enough money to keep the public defender's office handling cases in East Baton Rouge Parish open past June 30th. Already, public defenders said they're entering... more »
  • Baton Rouge council to take up smoking ban

    March 18, 2016 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE- An ordinance that would ban smoking in Baton Rouge's casinos and bars is finally headed to the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council. The council should vote on the ordinance in April, and it already has five of the seven votes it will need to pass. While... more »
  • Man shot by deputies Tuesday night identified

    February 23, 2016 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police took over the investigation into a deadly deputy-involved shooting that happened overnight Tuesday. Deputies opened fire on a suspect around 10 p.m. Tuesday, killing 48-year-old Travis Stevenson in a vehicle. Shots were fired when the suspect started ramming sheriff's office cruisers and attempted to... more »
  • Broadmoor elementary to be torn down and rebuilt earlier then expected

    February 18, 2016 11:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Broadmoor Elementary School will get a face lift a little sooner than expected. The school is one of four included in a tax plan, set to demolish and rebuild older buildings. Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Lee High School and Park Elementary are the other three on... more »
  • Early voting registration at EBR Registrar of Voters sees steady turnout Play Video

    February 3, 2016 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish turned out at the Registrar of Voters Offices throughout the day Wednesday as it was the last day for residents to register to vote in the state's upcoming presidential primary. Only registered Republicans and Democrats will be able to cast... more »
  • Poll: 70 percent of EBR voters in favor of extending workplace smoking ban

    January 26, 2016 7:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local, state and national public health groups have released the results of polls that show 70 percent of East Baton Rouge Parish voters are in favor of extending the statewide smoke-free policy to all workplaces, including bars and casinos. “Voters throughout East Baton Rouge Parish and... more »
  • Former TV star's rape trial pushed back

    January 20, 2016 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorneys asked this week that the aggravated rape trial of former "Sons of Guns" star Will Hayden be pushed back to later this summer. The court agreed to the request, which came from East Baton Rouge prosecutors and defense attorneys, to continue the trial back to... more »

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