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  • Red Cross to raise money for South Carolina at Tiger Stadium Saturday

    October 7, 2015 9:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Red Cross is teaming up with LSU to help with disaster relief when LSU hosts USC for a USC home game at Tiger Stadium. “ LSU fans are always stepping up, and generously, to care for our neighbors facing and recovering from disasters – especially... more »
  • Child among three hurt in fair ride accident

    October 6, 2015 10:44 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Three people were injured in an accident involving a fair ride late Tuesday evening. At first, it was reported a child fell from a ride and was taken to the hospital. About 45 minutes after the initial report, officials updated the injured to include two adults. All... more »
  • Driver booked in four-car collision that left a 19-year-old dead

    October 2, 2015 10:09 PM

    WATSON - A 58-year-old man was booked into jail after a deadly wreck Friday afternoon. State Police said Michael Farris' pickup truck became a pinball, bouncing off vehicles as he lost control on Highway 16, south of Highway 63. A 19-year-old from Central Louisiana died in the wreck. ... more »
  • Train clips car in Port Allen Thursday night

    October 1, 2015 10:22 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A driver and her young passengers were in a car hit by a train here Thursday night. The crash happened at the crossing on Avenue A. Witnesses said the train clipped the rear of the vehicle. Multiple law enforcement agencies and first responders were... more »
  • Fire district approves false alarm fines

    September 24, 2015 11:31 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The consolidated fire protection district is having problems with false alarm calls, so the group approved a strict new policy to deal with the issue Thursday. Businesses are the worst offenders and will be hit with penalties when fire crews are dispatched when there is no... more »
  • Mom School: An evening of learning lifesaving skills check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 21, 2015 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- In an emergency, the three to five minutes between when you dial 911 and when EMS arrives can be the difference between life and death. The Red Stick Mom's Blog wants everyone to learn how to perform CPR so you can be ready when disaster strikes. The Red... more »
  • Motorcyclist killed on I-10 Friday night

    September 18, 2015 10:55 PM

    LAPLACE - A deadly wreck involving a motorcyclist closed I-10 West south of Baton Rouge Friday evening. The crash happened around 7:30 in St. John the Baptist Parish. Authorities closed the interstate for about three hours. Details about what happened have not been released. State Police and... more »
  • Fireman delivers child after responding to 911 call Play Video

    September 17, 2015 2:03 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - A firefighter will likely be forever remembered by one family after an emergency call here recently. Volunteer firefighter Wayne Birt responded to a call of a woman in labor after midnight Sunday. Soon after he arrived, the mother started to give birth and Birt helped deliver the... more »
  • Family tries to save home by dragging burning dryer out of house

    September 16, 2015 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A family tried to save their house from burning Wednesday, but inadvertently fueled the flames. Firefighters were called to a home on L'Reece Avenue, off Greenwell Street east of Airline Highway between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Crews said a dryer caught on fire and as they... more »
  • Plane bursts into flames on runway

    September 8, 2015 10:52 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Passengers slid down emergency slides and ran from a smoking jet after it caught on fire while it was preparing for take off Tuesday evening. A jet engine burst into flames on the British Airways aircraft. Flames could be seen pouring from the plane's wing... more »
  • WATCH: Coast Guard rescues stranded, injured boaters check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 7, 2015 9:27 PM

    HOUSTON - The Coast Guard shared video of a seven-minute rescue where two men on a pleasure boat needed help after they crashed into what appears to be concrete jetty Monday morning. One of the men was thrown off the boat and both were injured. One had a broken... more »
  • Child playing with lighter torched home Tuesday

    September 1, 2015 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters blamed a child, playing with a lighter for a house fire Tuesday afternoon. Crews were dispatched to the 1200 block of Doolittle Drive, off Staring Lane. The first group of responders arrived to find a bedroom and hallway inside the home ablaze, the Baton Rouge... more »
  • New information released in jug-tossing incidents

    August 31, 2015 9:46 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Bond was set at $105,000 for three teenagers accused of throwing water jugs at vehicles in Ascension Parish. Investigators released new information about the cases Monday, adding there were reports of vandalism as early as Aug. 17. Deputies said on that date a driver reported their vehicle... more »
  • Coast Guard reports pipeline rupture, fire

    August 27, 2015 1:17 AM

    CYPREMORT POINT - A pipeline ruptured while a dive operation vessel was doing work Wednesday night. The Coast Guard said two crew members were injured and were being escorted to Houma. The rupture happened about 25 miles south of Marsh Island. Marsh Island is between the Gulf of Mexico... more »
  • Man shot in leg by someone in passing car Monday

    August 24, 2015 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police tape and first responders blocked North Street near N 46th Street Monday afternoon after a man was found shot near Turner Plaza apartments. Police now have evidence markers in a lane of North St. It is very evident that this happen out next to... more »
  • Dangerous heat warning this weekend

    August 7, 2015 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State emergency officials warned people in Louisiana about dangerous heat and humidity levels expected to scorch the state this weekend. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness urged people to use caution because of the triple-digit temperatures forecast for Saturday and Sunday. The National... more »
  • Police charge Georgia woman with calling 911 about 150 times

    August 7, 2015 11:36 AM

    MACON - A central Georgia woman has been arrested after police say she called 911 scores of times over several weeks. Bibb County authorities charged 41-year-old Toshiba L. Smith of Macon, Georgia, with making false reports and misusing the emergency number earlier this week. The Macon Telegraph reports that the... more »
  • One person killed in two overnight fires check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 4, 2015 12:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters worked two simultaneous fires Monday night, both requiring the attention of paramedics. The coroner responded along with firefighters to a blaze at a home on Voohries Drive near its intersection with Mollylea Drive. A spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the fire killed... more »
  • Numerous injuries reported in BR crash

    August 3, 2015 11:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple people were taken to area hospitals after a crash late Monday night. The wreck closed a portion of Burbank Drive between West Lee and Ben Hur Road. Numerous police and emergency personnel responded to the scene. Police said it appears one vehicle was involved... more »
  • Semi slams into house, bursts into flames

    July 30, 2015 9:54 PM

    PORT BARRE - Everyone involved in a fiery semi crash here Thursday escaped mostly unharmed. It's a remarkable story to tell, considering the inferno that stopped traffic and caused smoke to billow high into the sky. The semi slammed into a house after a tire blow-out. The crash... more »
  • Murder suspect dead, woman shot during standoff

    July 29, 2015 9:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the scene cleared from a violent standoff, specifics about what happened during the takedown became less clear. Police said they were not ready to confirm how a woman wound up being shot in what was, at first, reported as crossfire when a U.S. Marshal's task... more »
  • DOTD worker injured after falling from bridge, into trench

    July 29, 2015 4:00 PM

    BAYWOOD - A state bridge worker was injured in a construction accident Wednesday afternoon. Emergency crews were called to this rural area of East Baton Rouge Parish, about two miles from the East Feliciana Parish line, to rescue a worker who had fallen off a bridge on Greenwell Springs... more »
  • Police release pictures of theater gunman's car

    July 28, 2015 11:15 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Police released images of John Russell Houser's car, hoping to build a larger case against the movie theater gunman. The images were taken after police took the car from the movie theater, where Houser appeared to have staged his getaway but shot and killed himself instead. In... more »
  • Firefighter tells 911 caller to 'deal with it yourself'

    July 28, 2015 11:34 AM

    ALBUQUERQUE - An Albuquerque, New Mexico, firefighter has been removed from the city's dispatch center after telling a 911 caller who was trying to keep alive a gunshot victim to "deal with it yourself." KRQE-TV reports 17-year-old Jaydon Chavez-Silver was fatally shot during a party on June 26. In the... more »
  • With Monday evening release, only 2 shooting victims remain in hospital

    July 27, 2015 8:33 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Another person injured in a movie theater shooting here was released from the hospital Monday evening. The patient was released from Lafayette General, police said. Earlier, doctors had listed the patient in "good condition." Their name was not released. As of this post, only two people... more »
  • Fire in laundry room prompts nursing home evacuation Play Video

    July 27, 2015 8:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fire at a nursing home late Monday evening started in the facility's laundry room, firefighters said. Firefighters were called to the Sunrise Assisted on Siegen Lane shortly before 7 p.m. The building's sprinkler system went off, helping to contain the fire. Fire crews had the... more »
  • Police involved in two pursuits Monday evening; one hits gas line

    July 20, 2015 8:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officers had to deal with two police pursuits that happened almost at the same time Monday night. Suspects were apprehended in one, but remained on the loose as of this post in a second. The first chase happened in North Baton Rouge; the second happened in... more »
  • '41' hospitalized after fall

    July 15, 2015 10:41 PM

    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized after a fall at his summer home here, CNN.com reported late Wednesday evening. A family spokesperson said Bush, who was president from January 1989 to January 1993, broke his vertebrae in his neck but should recover completely. The spokesperson... more »
  • Ascension Parish gets state grant for 911 center

    July 15, 2015 10:51 AM

    GONZALES- With a $250,000 state grant, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office will update its emergency dispatch equipment, linking it to all of the state's emergency radio systems, in a 911 call center to be built next year. Louisiana Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the parish's proximity to the Gulf Coast... more »
  • Plane makes emergency landing on highway

    July 12, 2015 2:31 PM

    STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Authorities say a small plane carrying students from a skydiving school made an emergency landing on a southern New Jersey highway. No one aboard the single-engine plane or on the ground was injured when the plane touched down Sunday morning on Route 72 in Stafford Township.... more »
  • Cop arrested for 'sloppy' work as NOPD investigates officer's murder

    July 6, 2015 11:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said he was angered by one of their own officer's "sloppy" police work when searching a suspect who investigators said later shot and killed a fellow officer. Police charged NOPD Officer Wardell Johnson with obstruction of justice, malfeasance in office and theft.... more »
  • 19-year-old dies from injuries in crash

    July 4, 2015 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 19-year-old died from injuries sustained in a crash earlier this week, the Louisiana State Police said Saturday. Lolene Collyer of Denham Springs died Friday night. Collyer died at a hospital in Baton Rouge a day after the crash in Watson. Thursday, Collyer turned into... more »
  • Fire department quickly extinguishes fire at hospital

    July 4, 2015 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A propane-induced fire caused a small scare above the ICU at Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet Saturday morning. Firefighters said the blaze was quickly extinguished, within six minutes of their arrival. The St George Fire Department said the fire started when a propane bottle being used... more »
  • Two vessel collision causes barges to break loose, bridge closure

    July 2, 2015 4:31 PM

    GRAMERCY - The Coast Guard said late Thursday, a collision between river towing vessels was responsible for some barges breaking loose and forcing a short closure of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Louisiana State Police said the U. S. Coast Guard closed the bridge on LA 3213 after 3 p.m.... more »
  • Acadian National EMS Academy information sessions check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 24, 2015 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Acadian's National EMS Academy is holding information sessions for individuals interested in a career with emergency medical services. Information sessions are an essential part of the enrollment class and they are mandatory to be eligible to participate in EMS programs. At information sessions students will learn... more »
  • Toddler killed after touching exposed wires on A/C unit

    June 22, 2015 10:14 PM

    ADDIS - A one-year-old was electrocuted after touching exposed electrical wires on an air conditioner unit Monday. Sources in the West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's office said the ground was wet around the unit, which had been leaking. The incident happened at a duplex in the 7500 block of... more »
  • FEMA sets up hotline for flood insurance policyholders

    June 16, 2015 7:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- With the 2015 hurricane season underway, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched a National Flood Insurance Program call center pilot program to serve and support policyholders with the servicing of their claims. Flood insurance claims can be complicated, and policyholders may have questions in the days and... more »
  • Walker puts emergency water conservation order into effect

    June 11, 2015 6:44 PM

    WALKER - City officials requested Thursday afternoon that residents receiving water service from the City of Walker take steps to conserve water as soon as possible. Customers are asked to use water only when necessary at this time as the city places its Emergency Water Conservation Plan into effect.... more »
  • Rescue crews working to pull worker from bridge railroad track

    June 8, 2015 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities closed the left lane of westbound Highway 190 over the river as emergency crews work to rescue someone trapped on the railroad tracks that separate both sides of the highway. Sources told WBRZ, it appears the worker is not severely injured but an ambulance is... more »
  • Busy Livingston highway scene of log truck crash Monday Play Video

    June 8, 2015 5:05 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - On schedule, State Police opened a stretch of highway that was closed for the evening rush after a log truck overturned. For about three hours Monday, Highway 1019 north of Hunstock Road was closed. The highway was down to just one lane because of an... more »
  • Four injured in Diversion Canal boat crash

    June 3, 2015 8:06 PM

    MAUREPAS - Two juveniles and two adults were taken to an area hospital after a boat crash on the Diversion Canal Wednesday night. The operator of a fishing boat was thrown off the craft after the boat crossed into the wake of an oncoming boat and went airborne. The... more »
  • Emergency declared as La. officials eye rising Red River

    May 29, 2015 7:45 PM

    SHREVEPORT - State officials and authorities in northwestern Louisiana are keeping an eye on the Red River, which is expected to surpass flood stage late next week. Caddo Parish authorities noted the Red is currently expected to crest four feet above its 30-foot flood stage on June 6. The governor's... more »
  • Driver in crash that captured hearts of Internet users released from hospital

    May 28, 2015 9:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Elizabeth Dazzio, the girl who has become a viral sensation after her friends used their blinking Taylor Swift bracelets to get rescued from a mangled car crash last week, was released from the hospital Thursday. In an exclusive interview on WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Wednesday, Dazzio... more »
  • Local Red Cross volunteers dispatched to storm zones

    May 28, 2015 4:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- About a dozen Red Cross volunteers from Louisiana are either en route or already on the ground in weather-disaster areas after storms this week. Nancy Malone, the spokesperson for the area Red Cross, said disaster teams have been dispatched in waves this week and more will leave... more »
  • LSP: Car struck by lighting, caused deadly crash

    May 15, 2015 11:17 PM

    BUNKIE - State Police believe a car being struck by lightning caused a deadly crash on I-49 Friday afternoon. Austin Jones, 22, and Destinee Jones, 24, died in the wreck. They were from Covington. A one-year-old riding with them survived. Investigators said Austin Jones ran into the back... more »
  • 911 calls released in deadly Amite train crash check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 14, 2015 12:51 AM

    AMITE - Frantic drivers were desperate for help after witnessing a train crash into a tow truck and the calls they made to 911 on Mother's Day capture their raw emotions. The recordings were obtained by WBRZ Wednesday. Four calls capture what people were feeling in the moments after... more »
  • Firefighters work Thursday night blaze

    May 8, 2015 12:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters worked overnight fighting a fire on Florida Boulevard. Crews were dispatched to the 2500 block around 10:30. When they arrived, flames were burning through the roof of a building. While they fought the blaze, a part of Florida between North 22nd and North Acadian Throughway... more »
  • Baby killed in crash Tuesday night

    May 5, 2015 11:16 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A five-month-old died in a crash in Ascension Parish, State Police reported late Tuesday. Emanuel Lange, Jr., was killed in the crash and another 13-year-old was hurt when two vehicles collided at the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 73 around six o'clock Tuesday night. Investigators said... more »
  • Salvation Army serves meals in Livingston, Assumption Tuesday check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 27, 2015 11:16 PM

    KILLIAN - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services was dispatchedto Livingston Parish Monday afternoon after strong storms rolled through the area leaving people without power. "It's a blessing, there are a lot of folks who are without," said Charles Brooks, who picked up meals for his family. "One tree... more »
  • Assumption slammed by Monday's severe weather check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 27, 2015 4:34 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Parish officials declared an emergency after storms uprooted trees, knocked down power lines and damaged homes in Assumption Parish Monday. The parish school system said all schools would close Tuesday because of the widespread power outages. All government offices and court cases in the parish Tuesday were... more »
  • Man survives nightmare crash into swamp

    April 22, 2015 4:21 PM

    KENNER - A man riding a three-wheeled motorcycle was thrown over an elevated portion of the Interstate and into the swamp below Wednesday afternoon. The motorcycles, who was not identified, was rescued and State Police posted pictures of the situation on its Facebook page . Troopers said the man... more »
  • Fast food worker treated at hospital after fire

    April 21, 2015 8:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fast food restaurant employee was taken to an area hospital during a fire at the business Tuesday evening. Firefighters said they responded to the Sonic on Coursey Boulevard and found smoke billowing from the back door. It took about fifteen minutes to get the blaze... more »
  • Dow reports gas release at area facility

    April 20, 2015 10:04 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Dow said there was a release of pyrolysis gasoline, or Pygas, from its chemical plant in Iberville Parish Monday evening. "The release has been stopped and Dow is in the process of recovering the product," a spokesperson said in an email with WBRZ. The company was... more »
  • Overturned car blocked traffic on Airline Highway

    April 16, 2015 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First responders worked a wreck that closed southbound lanes of Airline Highway just past the Jefferson Highway interchange for just more than 30 minutes Thursday afternoon. A 3 p.m. advisory from state traffic monitors said the wreck happened at the intersection of Airline Highway and Sherwood... more »
  • EMS says response times 'So far, so good' check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2015 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency responders said it's "so far, so good" when it comes to getting people to the hospital during a medical call. Mike Chuszt, public information officer for East Baton Rouge Parish EMS, said right now they're averaging 16 minutes to get patients from the scene of... more »
  • Burning rope sets house on fire

    April 14, 2015 8:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters believe a man accidentally set his house on fire in Tuesday's storms. The man told responders, he was near his garage burning a piece of rope when part of the rope, still burning, dropped and ignited a gas can. The can exploded, catching the home... more »
  • Gunman and guard dead in shooting at federal office near D.C.

    April 9, 2015 8:23 PM

    SUITLAND, Md. - The suspected gunman in a shooting at the U.S. Census Bureau about ten miles outside Washington, D.C. was killed by police shortly after the attack. A guard at the compound was shot, he died at a local hospital. WJLA, the ABC affiliate in the area, reported... more »
  • River traffic slowly resuming after collision check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 6, 2015 8:09 PM

    CONVENT - Traffic on the Mississippi River is slowly resuming after three vessels collided Monday night. The Coast Guard said Monday night that a smaller ship broke free from its mooring near Convent, drifted across the river and hit a tug or towing vessel as well as a tanker... more »
  • Texting 911 will be an option soon Play Video

    April 6, 2015 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Area residents with an emergency will soon have an alternate way of getting help sent their way as local EMS dispatchers roll out the ability to accept text messages. Officials in East and Baton Rouge parishes are now in the testing phase of a new text... more »
  • Baton Rouge General ER closing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 31, 2015 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid-City closed its doors this morning. In anticipation of this event, Baton Rouge General has added services to their Bluebonnet emergency room and hospital. Since it was announced that the hospital would be closing, Baton Rouge General reported seeing a... more »
  • EMS: not sure what to expect with Tuesday's ER closure check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 30, 2015 8:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City closes its doors early Tuesday morning. Ahead of the 7 a.m. closure, EMS says it isn't sure what to expect just yet, but have had to make the adjustment before, when Earl K. Long Hospital closed in... more »
  • Motorcycle officer hit, taken to hospital in Friday night crash

    March 27, 2015 8:42 PM

    BAKER - A Baton Rouge Police Department motorcycle officer was injured and taken to a hospital after a car crash on Highway 19 Friday evening. Baker Police said the city police officer was driving on the highway when another motorist pulled out from a side street and the two... more »
  • Traffic homicide unit working crash that closed I-110

    March 25, 2015 9:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic homicide investigators were called to a crash that closed I-110 Wednesday night. The wreck happened shortly before 9 and closed southbound lanes at Harding Boulevard. A traffic camera at North 72nd Street showed numerous emergency vehicles and orange cones blocking the Interstate. There may... more »
  • Twisters slam Tornado Alley

    March 25, 2015 8:49 PM

    TULSA, Okla. - Authorities here said one person is dead and many others are hurt after tornadoes slammed Oklahoma and Arkansas Wednesday evening. A trailer park in Tulsa County was hardest hit. The person died there, according to the Associated Press and the local sheriff's office. The exact number... more »
  • Family pets die in Monday evening house fire

    March 23, 2015 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A cat and bird died in a fire at a house in Old Jefferson Monday. Firefighters said they arrived to the home on Commission Avenue and found flames pouring out of openings - windows and doors; smoke was coming from the attic vents. It took almost... more »
  • Overturned truck closes Iberville Parish highway Monday

    March 16, 2015 7:51 PM

    CARVILLE - St. Gabriel Police spent the evening working an overturned semi crash that closed River Road through this small Iberville Parish community Monday night. Police said the truck flipped near the Total Petrochemicals facility. The truck did not leak, police said. Authorities closed a stretch of River... more »
  • Street flooding reported in three parishes

    March 2, 2015 5:10 PM

    MORGANZA - Rain has caused issues in the small town, flooding streets and backing up the town's sewer system. Mayor 'Boobie' Tuminello told WBRZ News 2 Monday, people have reported issues flushing toilets and there was localized street flooding. A few streets have about six inches of water over... more »
  • Zachary crash leaves one person dead, others hurt

    February 26, 2015 9:45 PM

    ZACHARY - One person died and two others were severely injured in a crash Thursday evening. Police said the driver of a sedan turned in front of on-coming traffic and was hit by a utility truck towing a trailer. The truck hit the car on the passenger side and... more »
  • Arson blamed for fires at two vacant homes

    February 23, 2015 9:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators are investigating at least two fires at vacant house fires in Baton Rouge Monday night/Tuesday morning. Crews were called to an abandoned home in Old South Baton Rouge after a massive blaze gutted the structure Monday evening. The fire was at the intersection... more »
  • Friday night crash closed Juban Road

    February 20, 2015 8:25 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - State Police closed Juban Road for part of Friday evening after a crash south of I-12. Video captured by a WBRZ photographer on the scene shows a damaged, large truck and a mangled, smaller sedan. Witnesses said at least one person was taken to the hospital.... more »

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