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  • Man found dead in Baton Rouge building crawl space Friday

    September 23, 2016 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pest control worker was found dead in a crawl space of a shopping center in a busy shopping district of the city Friday afternoon. Sources told WBRZ, the 31-year-old unidentified man went into the space of a building near the corner of Lobdell and Jefferson... more »
  • Governor Edwards announces ER in north BR, Council member slams plans

    September 21, 2016 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards detailed Wednesday on Our Lady of the Lake’s plans to bring a new emergency room to north Baton Rouge. The new emergency room is set to be built at the LSU Health Baton Rouge North Clinic on Airline Highway. OLOL plans to... more »
  • Mayor, officials discuss on-going flood recovery in EBR

    September 12, 2016 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish officials discussed the on-going flood recovery effort Monday with media. The mayor joined top city advisers - from emergency response officers to environmental experts on the city's recovery efforts. Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie thanked the officers of the police... more »
  • Quake rocks parts of Oklahoma, Texas and the Plains Saturday morning

    September 3, 2016 9:14 AM

    PAWNEE , Oklahoma - A 5.6-magnitude earthquake was reported Saturday morning in this rural Oklahoma town along I-35. The quake was recorded just after 7 a.m. People reported feeling shakes as far away as Dallas, Texas, Kansas City and North Dakota. Video I shot of the cameras... more »
  • WATCH: Incredible video shows WBRZ news crew rescuing woman from burning car Play Video

    August 30, 2016 12:24 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A WBRZ photographer and other good Samaritans helped rescue a woman from a burning car on Highway 63 Tuesday morning. A 21-year-old woman, 7-months pregnant was driving on Highway 63 near Highway 444 when she apparently lost control, ran off the road and crashed into trees... more »
  • MREs, water available in EBR until further notice

    August 20, 2016 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE – City-parish officials are making supplies available to parish residents until further notice. Points of Distribution, or POD, centers will open at Miracle Place Church, Healing Place Church, First Pentecostal Church and the Greenwell Springs Library. The National Guard will distribute MREs, water and ice. Soldiers... 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 »
  • BREC opens five emergency camps for children while school is out

    August 17, 2016 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE – While school is still out and parents across East Baton Rouge Parish are returning to work, the BREC team has opened five emergency camps for children across the parish. Camps are being held at the following locations: Cedar Ridge Park,13300 Cedar Ridge Drive, 70817 Independence... more »
  • Neighbors say woman died after car swept away by high water

    August 14, 2016 9:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff’s deputies say divers recovered the body of a woman inside of a flooded vehicle on Northridge at North Hampton on Sunday. EBRSO deputies said they were notified of high water by the Brownsfield Fire Department and dive teams responded to investigate. Divers discovered a vehicle... more »
  • Wrecks, construction slow Saturday drivers on I-10

    August 6, 2016 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A car flipped into the ravine between I-10 westbound and the adjacent neighborhood just after the Perkins overpass Saturday morning. The four-door sedan was upside down near the tree line. Numerous drivers stopped to help until first responders arrived. The crash happend just before 10 a.m.... more »
  • Two hurt when car crashed through store Wednesday

    August 3, 2016 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two people were injured when an SUV crashed into a Family Dollar store after lunch Wednesday. The sheriff's office is handling the investigation into the crash at 13559 Old Hammond Highway. WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington reported in a Facebook video report from... more »
  • 10-year-old one of two victims in separate pool-related incidents Monday

    August 1, 2016 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A ten-year-old was one of two victims in pool-related accidents Monday afternoon. Around 4:30, 911 calls were made about possible drownings on Burbank and another at the Southern Oaks Athletic Club on Shenandoah near Jones Creek. Ambulance leaving apartment complex with 10 yr old... more »
  • Firefighter treated at scene of blaze Monday

    August 1, 2016 4:42 PM

    ZACHARY - A firefighter was treated for becoming overheated at the scene of a large house fire Monday. The blaze was at a construction site where a home was being built. The fire started after 3 p.m. The two-alarm fire began in the attic of a home on... more »
  • Car fire closes I-12 overnight

    July 3, 2016 12:32 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - I-12 closed overnight as authorities worked a crash where a vehicle caught on fire. Sunday morning, ActionNews17 reported on its Facebook page what appeared to be a van burst into flames. I-12 was closed for a portion of the night as Livingston Fire District 5, Walker... more »
  • New emergency response boat comes to Livingston Parish Play Video

    July 2, 2016 11:39 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - The latest weapons to fight fires on the waters in Livingston Parish Fire District 2 was built to take a beating. The new aluminum fire fighting boat can pump water by the tons and is fully equipped to save lives. "It's a strong hull. I knew... more »
  • Fire reported overnight at chemical plant

    July 2, 2016 9:47 AM

    ADDIS - Emergency responders reported an overnight fire at a plant, but could not provide much information about the incident Saturday. Fire crews and ambulances were sent to a plant on La. 1 near the West Baton Rouge/Iberville Parish line around midnight. An emergency preparedness official reached later Saturday... more »
  • Heat-related illnessness numbers on the rise

    June 30, 2016 10:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 10 days into summer and Baton Rouge EMS says it's seeing an increase in heat-related calls. With a high Thursday of 94 and a "feel like" temperature of 100, EMT Brad Harris says he's been busy. "People are out more, they're enjoying themselves and... more »
  • Child killed in crash on west side, driver charged Play Video

    June 27, 2016 2:49 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – A child was killed in a car crash that injured as many as eight others near Jack Miller Landing Monday. Authorities said Asha Cooper, 9, was killed in the crash. The driver of a small SUV the child was riding in was charged with negligent homicide and... more »
  • One taken to hospital after reported double shooting

    June 13, 2016 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person was taken to an area hospital after a shooting just before 10 p.m. Monday. Police responded to an initial call that two people had been shot at 3135 Madison between Plank and North Acadian Thruway. Only one person was taken to the emergency room,... more »
  • Coroner: Baby's death ruled accident after left in hot car Play Video

    June 8, 2016 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – According to East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark, the baby that was left in a hot car accidentally by her father died of “hyperthermia” or an elevated body temperature. The baby’s death has been ruled an accident by the coroner’s office. The father of an eight-month-old... more »
  • Deadline to apply for FEMA help June 13

    June 4, 2016 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana disaster survivors in 36 parishes have until June 13 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for recovery assistance. The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness requested the extension to provide more time for those with disaster damage that occurred March 8... more »
  • Two dead in California campus shooting Wednesday

    June 1, 2016 1:53 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Police Chief says the UCLA shooting was a murder-suicide and the campus is now safe. A LAPD statement says the two people who are dead were both male, but provides no other identification. Police reported an hour after the shooting that two... more »
  • Man injured after diving into river at rec site

    May 31, 2016 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man was taken to the hospital after being injured while diving into a river in the Frenchtown Road Conservation Area. The conservation area is a part of the BREC system. The park is located just north of Florida Boulevard along the Livingston-East Baton Rouge line... more »
  • Small plane lands on Interstate 10 in Mississippi

    May 30, 2016 3:51 PM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. - A single-engine airplane has made an emergency landing on Interstate 10 in south Mississippi's Jackson County. Mississippi Highway Patrol Capt. Johnny Poulos tells The Associated Press the landing is believed to have occurred around 12:30 p.m. Monday in the eastbound lanes of I-10, near Biloxi. No injuries... more »
  • Emergency officials prepare for hurricane season

    May 28, 2016 4:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Emergency managers along the Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast say they have their plans in place for the 2016 hurricane season that begins Wednesday. State officials warn it's been several years since Louisiana and Mississippi have been hit by a hurricane. Mississippi emergency managers met in Biloxi recently to... more »
  • Notification system coming to Ponchatoula

    May 14, 2016 2:44 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Ponchatoula residents will soon be able to receive notifications by phone or text when city issues arise such as brown water. The Daily Star reports the city council has unanimously agreed to contract with the Everbridge company for a year to provide a citywide notification service. Residents requested... more »
  • Incredible video shows school bus engulfed in flames, no injuries reported

    May 10, 2016 3:55 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Incredible video shows a raging school bus fire on the side of I-10 where, luckily, everyone escaped. The bus burst into flames near the I-10/I-49 interchange in Lafayette Parish. KATC TV , the ABC affiliate in the area, reported thirty children from an elementary school were headed... more »
  • St. Gabriel emergency sirens malfunctioned, rang Friday morning

    April 29, 2016 11:34 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Emergency sirens malfunctioned, and rang for about twenty minutes on the eastern bank of Iberville Parish Friday. The alarm rang at the signal near the intersection of Bayou Paul Lane and Highway 30 Friday morning. Emergency officials in Iberville Parish said something was wrong with the... more »
  • SU holds brief news conference on deadly shooting, arrest of former player

    April 11, 2016 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University made its first public comments on television since the shooting deaths of two students and the arrest of a former football player this weekend. Freshman track athlete Annette January and sophomore trainer Lashuntae Benton were shot and killed at an off-campus housing complex near... more »
  • Man found dead in hot tub at upscale apartment Monday identified

    April 11, 2016 11:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The man found dead in a hot tub at an upscale apartment complex Monday morning has been identified. Sheriff's deputies said that 19-year-old Daniel St. Dizier was found dead before lunch. A toxicology report is pending as of Tuesday at 2 p.m. EMS responded to... more »
  • Overturned vehicle blocks lanes on I-12 in Livingston

    April 8, 2016 4:34 PM

    SATSUMA - Eastbound lanes of I-12 slowed because of an overturned pickup truck Friday afternoon. The truck was flipped on its side, facing on-coming traffic. It was not immediately clear what hapened or if anyone was injured. DOTD has not issued a traffic alert about the situation as... more »
  • After three rekindling fire calls, firefighters help clear warehouse of burning material

    April 8, 2016 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After being called out two more times for rekindling flames at a warehouse fire earlier this week, firefighters decided Friday to remove rubber from the facility that initially caught on fire late Wednesday night. A Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesperson said rubber materials from inside were... more »
  • Woman rescued from house fire by good Samaritans Play Video

    April 4, 2016 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman was rescued from a burning home by daring good Samaritans Monday. The fire was at a home on Bartlett Street, near Choctaw. A contractor ran into the home after noticing smoke and hearing the woman call for help. While the first contractor ran... more »
  • Serious crash in St. Gabriel has police reminding people to slow down Play Video

    March 31, 2016 4:53 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Five people are recovering Thursday evening after a car crash on Highway 75. A vehicle turned into oncoming traffic and was hit, police said. Earlier, sources said cars and pedestrians were involved but upon further investigation, only vehicles crashed. Injuries were described as critical. This... more »
  • Two injured in fire at multi-million dollar home

    March 30, 2016 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire at a multi-million dollar home in the exclusive Country Club of Louisiana injured two people Wednesday. Firefighters with the St. George Fire Department said the fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. at 18433 N Mission Hills in the southwestern area of the gated community.... more »
  • Flood assistance office opens Tuesday in Livingston Parish

    March 28, 2016 6:54 PM

    SATSUMA - Tuesday, FEMA opens a disaster recovery center. The office will help victims of recent flooding get answers to questions about low-interest disaster loans and apply for federal disaster assistance. It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. And, people... more »
  • State officials clear Donaldsonville water for consumption Play Video

    March 26, 2016 12:06 PM

    Donaldsonville - Saturday morning officials gave the go ahead for residents to begin drinking the city's tap water again. Mayor Leroy Sullivan told News Two he plans to send out a reverse 911 emergency message to all citizens. The Department of Health and Hospitals put a halt to... more »
  • Two abducted teens rescued by State Police on I-10

    March 22, 2016 1:20 PM

    CONVENT - Two abducted teenagers from North Carolina were rescued and will be reunited with their family later today after Louisiana State Police arrested their uncle on I-10. State Police released the details of the case around lunchtime Tuesday. Troopers said Jose Melchor, 40, of Clemmons, NC, was attempting... more »
  • More than 1,000 La. National Guardsmen operating in flooded parishes

    March 16, 2016 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana National Guard says more than 1,000 guardsmen are currently assisting with emergency flood operations in the wake of last week’s heavy rainfall. So far, the National Guard’s operations have included evacuations, engineer assessment search and rescue, distribution of meals and water, security and shelter... more »
  • Livingston, Tangipahoa added to federal disaster area; clears way for assistance

    March 15, 2016 4:57 PM

    LIVINGSTON - People here are now eligible for federal disaster assistance since Livingston Parish was added to the Louisiana federal disaster area Tuesday afternoon. In addition to Livingston Parish, Tangipahoa was also added to the list which now includes 14 other parishes: Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, DeSoto, LaSalle, Madison,... more »
  • State utilized rare cell phone alert to warn drivers of interstate closure Tuesday

    March 15, 2016 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state used the federal Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system to send notifications to cell phone users across Louisiana warning them about an interstate closure Tuesday. Mike Steele, the spokesperson for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said the notification was sent after... more »
  • Platform fire will keep burning into Tuesday evening

    March 15, 2016 10:23 AM

    BAYOU SORREL - A fire at an oil platform deep in the swamp will continue to burn into Tuesday evening as crews in boats monitor containment boom in the area after an explosion earlier in the day. Shortly after 9 a.m. a storage tank exploded on the platform in... more »
  • Southeastern basketball arena, court flooded

    March 11, 2016 12:51 PM

    HAMMOND - Water filled the floor of the Southeastern Louisiana University Center Friday. A picture circulating on social media was confirmed to be accurate by a WBRZ producer. The picture showed water surrounding the wooden basketball court of the iconic indoor athletic arena north of downtown Hammond on the... more »
  • Hwy 22 became a flowing river Friday morning

    March 11, 2016 9:59 AM

    KILLLIAN - Nearly a foot of rain is taking its toll on low-lying Livingston Parish. Friday morning, people woke to find a river rushing over Highway 22 east of its intersection with Highway 444 at Lacox Lane. It appears an off-shoot of the Tickfaw River, the Killian Bayou, became... more »
  • Car flips into bayou along I-110 Wednesday evening

    March 9, 2016 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic slowed as emergency crews worked a crash where a vehicle drove into a bayou along I-110 Wednesday evening. Crews were dispatched to the wreck off I-110 between Harding and Airline Highway shortly after 5:30. The car flipped into Monte Sano Bayou. Police said... more »
  • A Dearman's return to Bocage is months away, if a new lease is granted

    March 8, 2016 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It could be months before sodas and burgers can be ordered from Dearman's following a devastating fire at the popular eatery last week, though, the exact fate of the business remains unclear. Property owners don't expect to have renovations complete on the restaurant space until June,... more »
  • Police dispatcher delivers baby in parking lot Play Video

    March 7, 2016 10:04 PM

    BAKER - A woman who didn't make it to the hospital Sunday night, delivered her baby in a parking lot with the help of a Baker Police dispatcher. "She had other plans," Courtney Daniels says. The new mother of three experienced a sharp pain and called her parents... more »
  • Ascension residents invited to emergency preparedness meeting

    March 2, 2016 3:07 PM

    GONZALES – Ascension Parish residents are invited to an emergency preparedness meeting on March. 16. Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa will announce parish drainage, flood zone and emergency preparedness and will take questions from the public. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at... more »
  • Sleeping woman rescued from burning mattress

    February 25, 2016 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters rescued a woman from a fire just before 3 p.m. Thursday. The fire department was called to a home on Arcadia, in Mayfair Park, where they found light smoke. A woman outside told firefighters she evacuated but her daughter was asleep inside. The daughter,... more »
  • Powerful EF3 tornado plowed through Assumption; size upgraded

    February 25, 2016 5:20 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE - The National Weather Service upgraded the tornado that tore through Assumption Parish Tuesday to a powerful EF3. At an EF3, the twister had 140 mph winds. NWS experts said they made the determination after looking at analysis. A team of meteorologists surveyed damaged areas after the storm.... more »
  • WATCH: SkyEye2 finds wide spread destruction in Assumption Parish Play Video

    February 24, 2016 2:01 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE - Rays of sunshine won't help ease the mood, but they're giving people light to clean up wide-spread damage after tornadic activity Tuesday. Aftermath in Assumption Parish/Paincourtville @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/WSYxGfi6Ae — Jessica LeBlanc (@JessLeBlancNews) February 24, 2016 Assumption Parish was hit hard by the storm that... more »
  • Audit sounds the alarm on serious code violations at Southern

    February 22, 2016 12:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Infrastructure issues abound in a state audit that highlights a growing problem at Southern University. Among the most serious problems found in the audit made public Monday morning, are a lack of fire alarm systems at two buildings on campus: John B. Cade Library and laboratory... more »
  • Family says teenage girl is brain dead after being shot in the head Thursday Play Video

    February 19, 2016 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Family members of the 16-year-old shot Thursday told WBRZ anchor Chris Nakamoto the teenager is brain dead. The family identified the girl as Darneisha Williams, a Broadmoor High School student. "I can't do nothing but pray," relative Dimitrius Calhoun said. Grief counselors were on... more »
  • BRPD: Teen accidentally shot by male relative; victim in critical condition

    February 18, 2016 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A girl was shot in the head and rushed to an area hospital Thursday evening. Baton Rouge police said the girl was shot accidentally, by a 16-year-old male relative playing with a firearm. Detectives are still investigating how the boy got the gun. According to... more »

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