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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
December 31, 2012 8:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - Along with the new year, East Baton Rouge Parish residents and businesses will see higher sewer fees in 2013.
Since Jan. 1, 2004, Mark LeBlanc, an assistant director for the city-parish Department of Public Works, says sewer fees have gone up 4 percent each year.
... more »
December 11, 2012 3:16 PM
BAKER - Residents spent the day assessing damage and cleaning up their properties following a tornado that tore through parts of Alsen and Baker.
Carey Lee and some of his neighbors told News 2 they only had seconds to react when they heard the sound of a train.
... more »
November 14, 2012 6:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- You can get free help from FEMA for the next two weeks for help with any rebuilding plans due to Hurricane Isaac.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up three hazard mitigation stations across South Louisiana. There, advisors will answer questions for things like roof repair,... more »
November 7, 2012 4:03 PM
BATON ROUGE- Four Metro Council Members were re-elected Tuesday, while two districts will have runoff elections. One of those runoffs involves an incumbent.
Chauna Banks-Daniel believes she has what it takes to lead District 2.
"No part of the district will be neglected," Banks-Daniel said. "If we will... more »
November 1, 2012 10:11 AM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will meet tonight to discuss Lee High School's future.
The school board plans to rebuild the school, but where to locate the school is the problem.
Some want to rebuild the school in it's current location, while others want... more »
October 29, 2012 5:38 PM
BATON ROUGE- Some people in Baton Rouge waited in line for two hours today to get their vote in early.
The long lines caused some people to turn around at the door of the East Baton Rouge Parish governmental building on Coursey Boulevard, one of several early voting locations... more »
September 24, 2012 2:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - People applying for disaster food aid in East Baton Rouge Parish have fewer days to do so than other parishes.
According to the Department of Children and Family Services, DSNAP locations in the parish will only be open for five days this week. Other parishes have... more »
September 7, 2012 5:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Today FEMA spent the day assessing hurricane damage in East Baton Rouge and St. Martin parish to determine if people can get individual assistance.
The teams will survey conditions and present a report to Washington and Governor Bobby Jindal. The governor could then officially request individual... more »
August 27, 2012 3:36 PM
BATON ROUGE- People across East Baton Rouge Parish spent the day getting ready for Isaac's arrival. Gas stations and hardware stores were packed with people picking up supplies.
At local gas stations, lines were so long attendants had to direct traffic in the parking lot of the "B Quik"... more »
August 27, 2012 3:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - Parish leaders in East Baton Rouge said they were preparing for a number of issues as tropical storm Isaac approaches Louisiana and is expected to impact the city-parish.
Mayor-President Kip Holden said the parish school system canceled classes for the next two days, but city workers... more »
August 8, 2012 4:16 PM
ALSEN- Residents in one part of East Baton Rouge Parish want the Metro Council to help them achieve a lower fire rating.
The Property Insurance Association of Louisiana issued the worst possible rating, a 10, for Alsen last year. It caused big problems for people living in the area... more »
August 2, 2012 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE- School buses will be rolling out Wednesday, for the first day of school in East Baton Rouge Parish.
To find out what bus your student will ride, parents can call a bus hotline starting this week to get student bus route information, times of pick ups and... more »
July 11, 2012 4:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Central Thruway is scheduled to open next year as work continues on the project.
It is broken up into two phases. Right now, the Green Light Plan website shows Phase One is complete. However, our cameras captured concrete still missing on a large part of... more »
July 10, 2012 5:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - According to recent tests, the amount of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus has increased.
"They are terrible, and have been very, very bad," said resident Willie Mae Williams.
They're so bad, she avoids outside activity as much as possible.
"I couldn't come out in... more »
July 2, 2012 7:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies are looking for a man they say forced his way into an apartment early Monday morning and then fled out a window when deputies arrived.
Sheriff's official say it happened just after 6 a.m. in the 8100 block of Jefferson... more »
June 25, 2012 5:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Millage rates in East Baton Rouge Parish will be the center of discussion at more than a dozen upcoming organization's meetings.
The BREC board is scheduled to vote Thursday on rolling a property tax millage forward. It would raise more than $1.4 million dollars for the... more »
June 13, 2012 5:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - It's mosquito season, and they are here in large numbers.
East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control says the insects are already causing problems, and testing positive for the West Nile Virus.
"Usually June is when we start seeing mosquitoes test positive and that's... more »
June 12, 2012 5:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - Time is fast running out for people to take care of any outstanding misdemeanor warrants they may have in Baton Rouge.
It was a busy day at the Baton Rouge City Court House, as more than 2,200 people walked into the city court house to settle... more »
June 11, 2012 5:27 PM
CENTRAL- Plans to build a new bridge connecting East Baton Rouge Parish with Livingston Parish are on track, according to Central city leaders.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development revealed plans for the route connecting Central to the Watson area last week. A new bridge crossing the Amite... more »
June 11, 2012 10:23 AM
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control is investigating a hoarder case.
This morning, 43 animals were seized by investigators from a house of an alledged hoarder.
News 2's Adrian Pittman gets answers on what kind of conditions the animals were found in, and what will... more »
June 1, 2012 5:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - The plan to carve out a new school district out of the East Baton Rouge Parish School District failed for a second time in three days.
In a 61-35 vote lawmakers decided not to send the final decision to statewide voters in November.
Opponents of... more »
May 11, 2012 10:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- An effort to lessen the blow of budget cuts in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools is causing confusion.
The district is trying to sell excess land to make money, but there's a big question of what still belongs to the district to sell.
The land is... more »
April 19, 2012 7:42 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has delayed a vote on a proposal to change its travel rules so all employees get a flat daily per diem for meals rather than having to submit original receipts.
A couple of board members did not like a... more »
April 12, 2012 10:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- Members of the BESE board, that oversees public schools across the state, say East Baton Rouge Schools are troubled, and they applaud any effort to do something different, even if it's parents doing something on their own.
Baton Rouge member Chas Roemer says what's worked for breakaway... more »
March 26, 2012 5:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Donald Bordelon, 61, was paid to drive students to school. Instead he's in jail, charged with the aggravated rape of a student on his school bus.
The 18-year-old special needs student told her mother and an administrator at her school that Bordelon had forced her to... more »
March 13, 2012 10:06 PM
BATON ROUGE- No school today has parents in East Baton Rouge Parish shrugging their shoulders for an alternative to their childrens' classrooms.
Classes were canceled after so many teachers requested Wednesday off to protest Governor Bobby Jindal's education reform plan at the Capitol. A House committee takes up the... more »
March 13, 2012 11:40 AM
The race for the superintendent for East Baton Rouge Parish schools is getting bigger.
Find out what one school board member thinks about the candidates and when decisions will be made.
More on the candidates tonight on News 2 at 6.
March 2, 2012 6:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is forming a school safety task force to identify and implement procedures to ensure schools are safe from violence. Board member Jerry Arbour requested the creation of the task force at this week's school board meeting, citing recent incidents involving... more »
February 24, 2012 5:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - As John Dilworth leaves as the East Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent, his temporary replacement Carlos Sam has his hands full.
Over the next few months, Sam will work with the current administration to tackle the looming budget deficit the school system faces.
"Ultimately we're... more »
February 15, 2012 10:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - When it's rush hour on I-12, drivers know where they don't want to be.
Getting between Livingston and Baton Rouge is chaotic. Bang ups have caused miles and miles of back ups and some drivers have started fearing for their lives.
Now, the state Department... more »
February 14, 2012 12:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Mayor Pro-Tempore Mike Walker sent a letter today to supporters announcing his plans to run for Mayor-President.
Walker says he will announce his candidacy Wednesday at 1:30 pm at Cortana Mall.
Watch News 2 tonight for comments from candidates Walker, Jim Mayer and... more »
January 31, 2012 10:37 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Department of Public Works wants city leaders to sign off on big changes to the litter law.
DPW is taking over operating the city-parish litter court and wants to strengthen the consequences for nuisances like over-grown lots, dump sites and illegal signs.
If the proposed... more »
January 25, 2012 1:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Detectives are looking for a man who went on a spending spree with a stolen debit card.
The thief used the card nine times at gas stations and restaurants for a total of $287.63.
The victim told investigators the card... more »
December 30, 2011 5:15 PM
BATON ROUGE- Baker Fire Chief Danny Edwards says he was given an ultimatum by the District 1 Fire Protection Board. He was told to take less money for help covering Northwest East Baton Rouge Parish or receive none of the tax money from that area.
Baker did not accept... more »
December 15, 2011 2:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - The director for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library system abruptly resigned from his position earlier this afternoon, according to library board members.
The board received an email around 2 p.m. from director David Farrar which stated he was resigning. In a copy of the email... more »
December 14, 2011 5:37 PM
CHENEYVILLE- There are new neighbors in the Pride-Cheneyville area, and people living there are thrilled to see them.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office officially opened a new substation today on the grounds of the old Northeast High School. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board donated the... more »
September 21, 2011 6:13 PM
BATON ROUGE-- How many mosquito bites are you covered in? If it's a lot more than usual, join the crowd. Mosquito Abatement in East Baton Rouge Parish estimates there are millions of bloodsuckers roaming the parish, thanks to Tropical Storm Lee.
The storm dumped water that's stuck around as... more »