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  • Sewer fees to rise for East Baton Rouge Parish customers

    January 4, 2016 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The cost of water consumption is on the rise in East Baton Rouge Parish. The 4 percent increase in residents' sewer bills began on Jan. 1 with the funding going toward financing a federally mandated sewer system overhaul. It's the 13th consecutive year, residents have seen... more »
  • Thousands still without power in EBR Parish, traffic signals out

    December 30, 2015 12:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wednesday morning is seeing added gridlock after early morning storms moved through the Capital Area, causing traffic lights at some heavily used intersections to be out of service. More than 2,000 customers are currently in the dark in East Baton Rouge Parish, according to Entergy’s outage... more »
  • Leaders call for more court hours after amnesty day event

    December 14, 2015 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge leaders are calling for City Court to expand its hours to nights or weekends following the city's "amnesty day" event. Hundreds of people turned out on Dec. 5 to pay traffic tickets and work with judges to resolve their district and city court warrants... more »
  • Woman accused of credit card fraud wanted by LSU Campus Police

    December 8, 2015 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU Campus Police released images of a woman wanted for questioning in connection with several cases of credit card fraud at local stores in East Baton Rouge Parish. Investigators say the woman is accused of access device fraud and forgery at retail locations throughout the Greater... more »
  • Baton Rouge neighborhoods consider paying for extra security

    November 17, 2015 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two neighborhoods in East Baton Rouge Parish will soon decide whether to tax their property owners to pay for additional police protection. Residents in north Baton Rouge's Forest Heights Park and Southern Heights neighborhoods will vote Saturday on the proposed fee that would cost property owners... more »
  • EBR heroin death toll reaches 32 with additional case pending

    November 16, 2015 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another high-profile death of an LSU student from a heroin overdose has brought the 2015 death toll for the drug to 32 in East Baton Rouge Parish. Earlier this year, EBR Parish Coroner "Beau" Clark warned of the brewing street drug "epidemic." Last week, federal authorities... more »
  • EBRSO: Escaped work-release inmate found in Baton Rouge

    November 8, 2015 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies said they have found a Catahoula Parish work release inmate in Baton Rouge. According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Curtis Hanson, 44, of Jena, La. left his assigned work area Sunday morning at Mike Gerald’s Trailer Depot at 6800 Airline Highway. ... more »
  • EBR Hazardous Material Collection Day to be held Saturday

    October 1, 2015 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents of East Baton Rouge Parish will have the opportunity to drop off hazardous household materials for safe disposal at the upcoming Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge. The mayor's office emphasizes that this Oct. 10 event is only... more »
  • Report: City workers caused $100,000 in thefts and damages in 2014 Play Video

    August 17, 2015 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A financial report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor revealed that city employees caused more than $100,000 in thefts and damages for the city of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish in 2014. In January, Baton Rouge Police arrested three Department of Public Works... more »
  • Truancy on decline thanks to Family and Youth Service Center Play Video

    August 7, 2015 7:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With nearly 7,000 truant kids among the East Baton Rouge Parish school population last academic year, the problem of absenteeism in the Capital Area is a serious one. Those numbers are already on the decline this school year, and it is partly due to the efforts of... more »
  • Murders up in EBR Parish compared to last two years Play Video

    July 14, 2015 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Murder numbers obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit show murders are up in East Baton Rouge Parish this year compared to the last two years. Since Saturday, there have been eight people shot. Six people have died in four separate shootings. From January 1 until July... more »
  • Incoming superintendent seeks Central Office reorganization

    June 17, 2015 12:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The incoming East Baton Rouge Parish superintendent is asking the school board to approve a Central Office reorganization that would eliminate a number of positions and save the school system payroll $1 million. Warren Drake, who took over as acting superintendent June 1, announced his proposal on... more »
  • Baton Rouge Library tax on Oct. 24 ballot

    June 11, 2015 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System will hold a property tax increase election this fall. The Baton Rouge Metro Council approved holding the election Wednesday night. Residents with $150,000 properties would see their bills rise from $80.85 a year to $83.25 a year, and residents with... more »
  • Entergy customers still without power

    April 28, 2015 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Entergy says about 90 percent of its Louisiana customers impacted by Monday morning's bout of severe storms will have power restored by Tuesday night. Nearly all others can expect to have their electricity back on by Wednesday. Entergy spokesperson Will Johnson III says a crew of... more »
  • Bus system chief in line for 19 percent pay raise

    April 17, 2015 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The director of the Capital Area Transit System, Bob Mirabito, is in line for a 19 percent pay raise, which, if approved, would make him one of the highest-paid public officials working in East Baton Rouge Parish. Mirabito, who has been the CEO of transit system for... more »
  • School's charter on the line Play Video

    April 1, 2015 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Supports of a charter school in East Baton Rouge Parish are working to keep the school open amid a proposal to revoke its charter due to failing school performance scores. Career Academy is unlike most traditional schools. Students can earn a certification in things like welding,... more »
  • St. George organizers racing to get signatures Play Video

    April 1, 2015 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Backers of a new city in East Baton Rouge Parish are pushing hard for more signatures while a make-or-break deadline looms closer. The group got word two days ago their petition to ask voters to incorporate the City of St. George is more than 2,600 signatures... more »
  • Woman accused of cyberstalking, defaming judge

    January 15, 2015 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies in East Baton Rouge Parish arrested a woman accused of defaming and cybserstalking a judge who was presiding over a child custody custody case in which she was involved. Investigators said they were contacted by an EBR Family Court Judge on Jan. 8 who... more »
  • EBR residents offered curbside Christmas Tree pick-up

    January 2, 2015 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Most residents in East Baton Rouge Parish can take advantage of EBR's Christmas tree recycling program now that the holiday festivities have come to an end. Individuals looking to get rid of their trees, except in Baker and Zachary, can place their tree on the curb... more »
  • St. George petition count underway Play Video

    December 17, 2014 11:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Voting officials began counting signatures Wednesday on a petition to incorporate the southern portion of East Baton Rouge Parish into its own city. The petition was submitted by supporters of the movement to create the city of St. George. The proposed boundaries would stretch from the... more »
  • Mother's Day slaying suspect found not guilty

    December 10, 2014 9:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man accused in the Mother's Day 2013 shooting death of his former girlfriend has been acquitted by an East Baton Rouge Parish jury. Carlos Thomas, of Baton Rouge, was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Amanda McCullough. In his closing argument Tuesday, Sean Collins... more »
  • Four new crime districts on Dec. 6 ballot Play Video

    December 2, 2014 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four neighborhoods in East Baton Rouge Parish will vote on forming a crime district Saturday. It's a way for people to pay for extra security and if approved all residents in the district would be required to pay the fee. The first crime district was created... more »
  • Above average turnout expected for La. midterm election

    October 27, 2014 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he expects about half of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 4 election. That's above turnout in the last midterm congressional election, but still well below the 68 percent of voters who showed up at... more »
  • Polling locations and information for EBR early voters Play Video

    October 24, 2014 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The early voting period for the Nov. 4 election continues through the weekend as some Baton Rouge voters will surely use the open polls to make their voice heard. On Friday and Saturday, early voting locations in the Capital City will be open from 8:30 a.m.... more »
  • Judge grants order to block termination hearing

    August 13, 2014 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge granted an injunction Wednesday filed by East Baton Rouge's former parish attorney to postpone a Metro Council hearing over her job status. Mary Roper filed suit against the Metro Council Tuesday over their attempts to remove her as parish attorney. The feud stems from... more »
  • BREC to host Coaches Challenge Field Day Event

    August 11, 2014 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - High school athletes from East Baton Rouge Parish will have a chance to win prize money for their school as they compete in BREC's Coaches Challenge Field Day Event next Saturday. The event was created by BREC to provide school sports teams with an opportunity to... more »
  • Deputies honored for giving their all

    August 5, 2014 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- More than fifty current, retired and deceased members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office were honored in a special ceremony Tuesday night. Four deputies were remembered posthumously for their service: Dustin Hamilton, Corey Gueho, Dana Scott and Gwendolyn Clayton. Hamilton died in a crash involving... more »
  • Bond more than doubled for Tinder rape suspect

    July 29, 2014 7:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Bond was increased Tuesday for a man accused of raping a woman he met on a smartphone dating app, jail records show. Jacob Witz is charged with forcible rape and now has a $75,000 bond. After his arrest Saturday, it was set at $35,000. Deputies arrested... more »
  • Man accused of raping woman he met on Tinder

    July 28, 2014 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an East Baton Rouge man accused of raping a woman he met through a social dating app. Deputies charged Jacob Witz, 22, with forcible rape after his arrest Saturday. Investigators said the victim contacted them and told them she met Witz using... more »
  • St. George petition short of Nov. ballot goal

    July 22, 2014 12:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the St. George movement said they did not get enough signatures to ask voters in November to incorporate the proposed city. Lionel Rainey said they've gathered 17,076 signatures to put the measure up for a vote at last count, short of the 18,000 required... more »
  • Man accused of molesting 11-year-old girl

    July 22, 2014 11:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 63-year-old man accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl surrendered to an arrest warrant this week. Sheriff's deputies in St. James Parish contacted deputies in East Baton Rouge Parish after they received a report of a sexual battery that happened at a motel in East Baton... more »
  • EBR bridge closed for emergency repairs Play Video

    June 20, 2014 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials closed the George O'Neal Bridge in East Baton Rouge Parish overnight for emergency repairs. The parish Department of Public Works said the bridge between Kennesaw Drive and Antioch Boulevard, which was built in 1966, will stay closed for an undetermined amount of time. ... more »
  • Two charged with cockfighting, 77 roosters seized Play Video

    May 26, 2014 2:35 PM

    ZACHARY - Authorities arrested two men Sunday afternoon for cockfighting in East Baton Rouge Parish, but one of the suspects denied the allegations when News 2 went looking for answers Tien Dang, 42, and Bao Dang, 30, were charged with misdemeanor cruelty. Officers were tipped off about a... more »
  • Taylor: Charter schools costing EBR too much Play Video

    May 15, 2014 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is preparing for a round of budget cuts after recently announcing it is on track to spend nearly $29 million more than the amount of revenue it is expected to generate in the next year. Superintendent Bernard Taylor says... more »
  • Investigators: Shooting a family affair Play Video

    April 16, 2014 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An altercation between family members led to a shooting in Baton Rouge Tuesday night. Investigators say 53-year-old Jeremy Gray was shot and killed by his stepbrother on Dotson Ave. off Scenic Hwy. just after 10:00 p.m. last night. They haven't determined what caused the shooting, but... more »
  • Police: Man used tire iron in murder

    February 24, 2014 7:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say they have arrested a man suspected of fatally striking another man with a tire iron during a New Year's Day brawl. 23-year-old James Dean was arrested late Saturday in the death of 53-year-old Michael Taylor Sr. Booking records show that Dean was booked... more »
  • I CARE- Bullying Prevention for Parents Play Video

    February 17, 2014 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - I CARE is East Baton Rouge Parish Public School method to provide prevention education to students in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence, crisis response and management. I CARE is turning its attention to parents, and their role in bullying prevention. For more information,... more »
  • LSP identifies victim in deadly New Year's crash Play Video

    January 1, 2014 4:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Police identified the victim in a deadly New Year's Eve crash in East Baton Rouge Parish. Trooper Jared Sandifer said 51-year-old Patricia Titus died in the four-vehicle wreck, which happened just after 10:30 pm Tuesday night on Plank Road. Investigators said Christopher Price, 20,... more »
  • Christmas lights dance to LSU's "Hold That Tiger" Play Video

    December 20, 2013 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A family is adopting an LSU favorite as a Christmas song in East Baton Rouge Parish. Darryl Clark started working on his 40,000 light holiday display this summer and completed the show the day after Thanksgiving. The spectacle includes six songs that dance on a... more »
  • Kindergartner accused of molesting child Play Video

    December 10, 2013 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A family is demanding answers after they claim their six-year-old was molested by another kindergartner at Audubon Elementary last week. The incident occurred while the students were on a bathroom break using the buddy system. "The young lady stripped completely naked, kissed my daughter and straddled... more »
  • School memo promotes do-overs on tests Play Video

    November 20, 2013 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new policy endorsed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Central Office grants students at certain schools the right to re-do assignments and re-take tests regardless of their grade. Belaire and Tara High Schools were the first to roll out the new policy defining... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Family talks about karma for theft suspect Play Video

    November 15, 2013 9:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The brother of a disabled man who had $50,000 stolen from him is livid with the accused crook. Dustin Gant, 31, is accused of stealing from a 58-year-old man diagnosed with Alzheimer's . "I just wanted to physically hurt the guy," the victim's brother told... more »
  • Deputies: man stole from grandmother

    November 7, 2013 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Denham Springs man who is suspected of stealing his grandmother's checks and cashing them for personal use. Detectives said Brice Cantrell stole several checks from his 82-year-old grandmother. According to investigators, Cantrell cashed one check in Livingston Parish and two in... more »
  • Good bye Istrouma; community not ready for state's closure Play Video

    October 29, 2013 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A community is planning a theoretical funeral, since the state-run school system is closing a nearly century old institution. Closing Istrouma High School at the end of the school year will also cost dozens of teachers and staff their jobs. Tuesday, the Recovery School District announced Istrouma... more »
  • EBR schedules HazMat collection day

    October 23, 2013 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish will hold a household hazardous materials collection day on Saturday, Nov. 2. Residents of East Baton Rouge Parish can drop off hazardous materials at Memorial Stadium from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Anyone dropping off will have to provide proof of residency.... more »
  • St. George incorporation petitions hit East Baton Rouge Parish Play Video

    September 18, 2013 9:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who want an all new town instead of just a break-away school district kicked their plan into motion. Monday, St. George Incorporation Effort volunteers started collecting signatures for its petition campaign. "The movement was called for by the people, and it's going to be... more »
  • Planned new city in EBR gets a name

    September 5, 2013 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Organizers of a breakaway school system in East Baton Rouge Parish have started focusing on creating a new town, and apparently have settled on a name. The group said it is considering "The City of St. George" for the area in unincorporated East Baton Rouge Parish. They... more »
  • Teachers line up for last minute job fair in Baton Rouge Play Video

    August 10, 2013 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It was announced only a couple of days ago, but word of the job fair still spread. "I just graduated actually from Michigan, so I decided to come down here. I was physical education major and I graduated in may," says Taylor Turcott. Dozens of... more »
  • Police: Man arrested for stealing van with kids inside Play Video

    July 5, 2013 10:53 AM

    GONZALES - Investigators said a man who stole a van with two kids inside surrendered today, and faces armed robbery charges on top of kidnapping and auto theft. Gonzales Police said the parents of John Wallace Aguillard Jr., 19, of Gonzales turned him in Friday morning. Detectives said... more »
  • Proposed EBR city entertaining potential names Play Video

    June 25, 2013 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - During an East Baton Rouge Parish Chamber of Commerce meeting, supporters of incorporating southeast Baton Rouge discussed names like "Highlands" and "Village of St. George," but the ultimate decision would be voted on by those living in the proposed boundaries. Organizers haven't determined what the boundaries... more »
  • 9 arrested in drug warrant round-up

    June 20, 2013 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies in East Baton Rouge Parish conducted a round-up Wednesday to bust nine people who they say either tried to or successfully obtained drugs fraudulently. The department says its been working with doctors and pharmacists in the area to track down the suspects. Many were identified... more »
  • East Baton Rouge school board to tackle budget

    June 19, 2013 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is scheduled Thursday to approve its annual operating budget, but board members remain divided on some of Superintendent Bernard Taylor's proposed spending and cutting plans. The School Board is debating a proposed $426.6 million budget that includes $6.2 million worth... more »
  • Raw sewage in East Baton Rouge neighborhood

    May 16, 2013 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A raw sewage leak in East Baton Rouge Parish left some people wondering who to call. Residents in the Shadowbrook Lake Subdivision say raw sewage has been spewing from a manhole since Sunday. They called the homeowner's association and the city-parish, but claim no one will take responsibility.... more »
  • Future headquarters of EBRSO uncertain Play Video

    May 2, 2013 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said it would be up to the Metro Council to decide the location of its headquarters. EBRSO was slated to move into a facility at the airport in October. Moving day was then pushed to January... more »
  • EBR announces Mardi Gras collection hours

    February 5, 2013 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city-parish announced holiday hours and garbage collection changes today for the Mardi Gras holiday in East Baton Rouge. Mardi Gras will be observed with all city-parish offices closed on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Solid waste and recyclable material will be collected as normal. Interim Public... more »
  • Search for missing firefighter to continue Friday Play Video

    January 31, 2013 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A day of searching on the Belle River ended without good news for the family of a missing Baton Rouge firefighter. Teams from five different agencies used divers and SONAR-equipped boats in their search for Jacob Lewis, 28, who went into the river last night while... more »
  • Child death under review in Baton Rouge

    January 29, 2013 8:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office is reassessing its case against Shelna Matamoros in the 2006 asphyxiation death of her 2-year-old stepdaughter now that Cedric Matamoros Sr. - her husband and the child's father - has died. The Advocate reports a grand jury charged both... more »
  • Deadline to register for EBR election Wednesday

    January 25, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish have until Wednesday to register for the March 2 election. The vote will include a race between Republicans Barry Ivey and Scott Wilson to represent the 65th District in the state House. People can register to vote in three... more »
  • Some hope lessons from MLK can curb BR violence Play Video

    January 21, 2013 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- On a day when many people are remembering the messages of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., some say his lessons about peace are being lost in Baton Rouge's violence. The East Baton Rouge Parish murder count rose to eight over the weekend. It keeps pace with last... more »
  • Alsen community braces for more rain Play Video

    January 9, 2013 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More rain means more trouble for one community trying to recover from last month's tornado. Blue tarps still cover houses with roof damage in Alsen, where people are now dealing with water damage on top of the existing wind damage. "It's been kind of tough... more »

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