February 26, 2014 9:21 PM
ERWINVILLE- Firefighters spent the night extinguishing hot spots after a mobile home erupted into flames in West Baton Rouge Parish Wednesday evening.
Multiple fire departments were called to the scene on Tuscaloosa Avenue, off Bueche Road near Highway 190. People said the home burst into flames. Inside, were oxygen... more »
February 25, 2014 7:04 PM
EUNICE- Natural gas is believed to be spewing into the air in Acadia Parish after a well blowout Tuesday evening. Roads were closed and homes were evacuated.
People living near Highways 13 and 370 were told to leave. Those roads were also blocked since there is a fear of... more »
February 24, 2014 10:34 PM
BATON ROUGE- Despite a reported drop in crime, a reality website ranks the city as one of the most dangerous in the United States.
The site compiled 100 where there are 25,000 or more people and based the results on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Violent... more »
February 20, 2014 8:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- LSU Police are investigating an attempted abduction that happened just after 7p.m. in a parking lot near Patrick F. Taylor Hall.
Police said a woman was walking to her car in the parking lot when she spotted a man get out of a black van and approach... more »
February 19, 2014 7:57 PM
BATON ROUGE- The evening highways looked more like the afternoon rush; clogged and mostly lit from the red glow of brake lights since I-10 and I-12 both closed for a part of Wednesday night.
All eastbound lanes closed just before eight on I-10 before the I-10/110 Split in downtown.... more »
February 13, 2014 10:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- A man was shot dead and left behind apartments off Florida Boulevard Thursday night.
Detectives found the unidentified man in the complex at 567 Sharp Lane after people reported hearing gunshots just after 9 p.m. He was shot multiple times, detectives said.
He died at the... more »
February 12, 2014 10:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- A 33-year-old mother faces charges after she admitted to police her child likely ate crack cocaine from coke crumbs on the floor following her high.
Keisha Strudivant was arrested when the child was taken to an area hospital and doctors said the boy showed signs of cocaine... more »
February 12, 2014 12:22 AM
BAKER- Police spent Tuesday evening interviewing the driver of a vehicle that hit two women, severely injuring both of them.
The women were rushed to an area hospital after the crash on South Magnolia, off Highway 19. Their conditions were described as very serious by first responders on the... more »
February 6, 2014 10:38 PM
BATON ROUGE- Fire crews were dispatched to a large fire Thursday night adjacent to a fire protection company.
Numerous crews were on the scene as flames poured out of the roof and smoke billowed into the night sky from a building on Mohican Street at Plank Road.
Part... more »
February 5, 2014 8:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- Managers and firefighters evacuated the Catholic-Presbyterian Apartments after a small fire triggered the sprinkler system and filled part of the building with smoke Wednesday night.
Emergency crews were called to the high-rise in downtown just before 8 p.m. about a fire on one of the upper floors.... more »
February 4, 2014 11:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- Two people died on highways in the area Tuesday night.
Ramsey A. Ogwynn, 25, of Sorrento was killed in a crash on LA Hwy. 931 east of LA Hwy. 44 in Ascension Parish. State Police said Ogwynn crossed into the path of another car and was hit.... more »
January 23, 2014 10:43 PM
BATON ROUGE- Plank Road reopened following an evening-long closure after two vehicles collided and one person died.
As of this post, State Police had not reported the name of the person who was killed.
But, investigators said the person who died hit a pick-up truck after the driver... more »
January 23, 2014 7:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- Parts of Plank Road near the airport are closed as police work a massive crash where at least one person has died.
WBRZ News 2 reporter Brittany Weiss, who is on the scene, reports that car parts are all over the road.
State Police are working... more »
January 22, 2014 6:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- A car smashed into the side of a bar near downtown Baton Rouge just as the evening rush was ending Wednesday.
The wreck closed streets around the I-10/St. Ferdinand on ramp.
Multiple police cruisers, a fire truck, and an ambulance were on scene.
There were... more »
January 20, 2014 9:16 PM
HAMMOND- State Police arrested a man for causing a deadly crash on I-55 near I-12 Monday.
Clifford Durio, 31, was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish jail on a list of charges, including negligent homicide, negligent injuring, reckless operation, felon in possession of a firearm, and driving under suspension.
... more »
January 14, 2014 10:46 PM
BAKER- City leaders gave a homeowner less than three months to demolish his home after it burned when a plane crashed into it seven months ago.
Since the crash, the home has sat vacant and charred. Neighbors say it's an eyesore and want it torn down.
The pilot... more »
January 13, 2014 6:47 PM
LIVINGSTON- People have reported feeling- and hearing- a loud noise, almost explosion like, Monday afternoon from Livingston to St. Helena Parish authorities said. But, no emergency has been reported.
There were reports of shaking and a loud "boom" from I-12 in Livingston Parish to Highway 10 in St. Helena.... more »
January 9, 2014 2:15 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- A 61-year-old cement truck driver died after he lost control of his truck and wrecked Wednesday afternoon.
Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said Albert Rucker of Baton Rouge was crushed by the mixer when the truck crashed. The accident happened on Merritt Evans Road about 4:30 p.m.
... more »
January 8, 2014 10:22 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- Sheriff's deputies closed Merritt Evans Road late Wednesday evening after a cement truck overturned.
According to the sheriff's office website, the highway could be closed for a few hours overnight as crews investigate the crash and clear the wreckage.
Deputies have not released specifics about what happened,... more »
January 8, 2014 3:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- A man had an experience he'd likely rather forget inside a downtown high-rise Wednesday.
Emergency crews were called to the Chase Bank building on Laurel Street about a man being stuck in an elevator that was filling up with smoke. The man was trapped between the eight... more »
January 3, 2014 10:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Eyewitnesses said homeless people have been staying in a house that burst into flames, sending glowing fire and smoke into the cold night air Friday.
For nearly an hour, crews battled the blaze and had to close some downtown streets, including St. Philip.
Flames shot... more »
January 2, 2014 9:16 PM
THIBODAUX- A man from Baton Rouge died on a highway in Lafourche Parish when his motorcycle crashed and caught on fire while he was pinned in the wreckage Thursday.
State Police said Thomas Grems, 54, died on LA 308 just after 4 p.m.
Grems was trapped between the... more »
January 2, 2014 8:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- Arson investigators were called to investigate a fire that appears to have destroyed a vacant house.
Flames poured from nearly every opening on the structure on Wayne Drive Thursday night. At one point, the fire was topping trees on the property, which is off Winbourne Ave.
... more »
December 24, 2013 4:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- People gathered on Christmas Eve to watch as firefighters rushed to extinguish a fire in an upscale neighborhood.
Fire crews were dispatched to the home on Bocage Boulevard just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. As many as forty-five minutes after the dispatch, smoke was still visible from the... more »
December 20, 2013 2:52 PM
WESTLAKE- I-10 has reopened following a fire at the Axiall refinery west of Lake Charles.
The fire has also been extinguished and sources tell WBRZ News 2 some plant workers are headed back into the facility.
At about 1:30 Friday afternoon, an incident forced evacuations and a shelter... more »
December 12, 2013 10:09 AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA is scrambling to figure out what's wrong with a key cooling unit on the International Space Station. On Wednesday, one of two identical cooling loops shut down. The system uses ammonia to dissipate heat from on-board equipment. One line was getting too cold. Engineers suspect... more »
December 6, 2013 9:20 PM
BATON ROUGE- One person died in a wreck that closed Highland Road Friday night.
Two people were in one car that crashed, authorities said. The wreck happened near the observatory between Pecue and Siegen.
One person was taken to the hospital with injuries the second person died at... more »
December 2, 2013 10:15 PM
BATON ROUGE- A person was pulled from a burning apartment when flames erupted from a stove Monday night.
The fire began around 7:30 and was caused by "unattended cooking" a fire department spokesperson said in a news release. The fire happened at a complex in the 5200 block of... more »
November 25, 2013 12:58 PM
BATON ROUGE- Bluebonnet between I-10 and Jefferson Highway fully reopened after a lunchtime shutdown Monday.
Emergency crews were dealing with a natural gas leak.
Lanes between Oliphant and Gail were re-routed due to the leak.
Traffic was impacted by this closure for less than an hour.
... more »
November 21, 2013 9:53 PM
CENTRAL - Emergency responders say sometimes it is difficult to locate a residence they're called to for help because many homes do not have address in plain view.
The problem is increasing in smaller, rural fire districts including Central, St. Amant and St. George in East Baton Rouge Parish.... more »
November 18, 2013 11:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- Four intersections are being regulated by new signals to regulate traffic flow.
The new lights on Jefferson Highway are synchronized and can be adjusted by the time of day and amount of traffic. Another new feature allows the lights to change from green to red to allow... more »
October 28, 2013 8:50 PM
ST. AMANT- Fire fighters and hazmat crews spent Monday night cleaning gasoline out of ditches near Highway 431 and Gold Place Road after a tanker truck leaked its load.
Pictures from the scene show the semi apparently hit a pole making a turn, causing the leak.
Chief James... more »
October 23, 2013 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- A woman stumbled upon a group of thugs burglarizing her house Wednesday afternoon.
The victim, Phi Troung, said she does not feel safe anymore. She asked, "It just feels like, 'where are we safe in our city?'"
Troung said she pulled into her garage on Estates... more »
October 16, 2013 4:12 PM
KINDER- Multiple injuries have been reported after a charter bus crashed in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Photos from the scene show a truck and bus collided. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 165 and Highway 101. That is just north of I-10 and south of Kinder.... more »
October 8, 2013 9:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- Emergency crews responded to an industrial accident at a plant in the northern part of the city Tuesday night.
The accident involves a worker at a facility off Ronaldson Road.
There is no threat to public safety, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's spokesperson said.
... more »
October 8, 2013 9:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Outdated traffic lights are being replaced to help the flow of traffic in Baton Rouge.
The new light systems along Jefferson Hwy. will be synchronized and can switch to allow emergency vehicles to pass. Other areas will allow extra time for pedestrians and bikers.
It's... more »
October 4, 2013 10:03 PM
BATON ROUGE- The capital region can expect even less of an issue from Tropical Storm Karen, which weakened in the last weather update issued Friday.
Sustained winds decreased to 45 mph meteorologists said just before 10 p.m. It was moving north-northwest at 7 mph. It is expected to weaken... more »
October 4, 2013 2:29 PM
MATHEWS - Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph declared a state of emergency Friday as Tropical Storm Karen moved toward the Louisiana coast. Randolph says a mandatory evacuation will be in force at 2 p.m. south of the Leon Theriot Floodgates in Golden Meadow and including Port Fourchon. The Raceland Recreation... more »
October 4, 2013 2:26 PM
COVINGTON, La. - St. Tammany Parish is under an emergency declaration as Tropical Storm Karen stirs up the Gulf of Mexico. Parish President Pat Brister has signed an executive order declaring the emergency as a preventative measure in advance of the storm. No evacuations have been ordered at this time.... more »
October 3, 2013 2:41 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's National Guard says Gov. Bobby Jindal has authorized mobilization of 650 guardsmen as Tropical Storm Karen swirls in the Gulf. Thursday's Guard news release also says 520 Louisiana National Guard technicians are being recalled from furlough to deal with the storm.
Meanwhile, utility company Entergy... more »
September 27, 2013 11:22 PM
BATON ROUGE- A new report found an expanded interstate system has lessened the time drivers spend in traffic.
A group of highways who meet regularly to discuss issues with the state's highway system said Friday, issues are being dealt with to the benefit of drivers.
Wrecks are also... more »
September 25, 2013 9:01 PM
SLAUGHTER - The Department of Environmental Quality has given a chemical plant 30 days to cleanup after an explosion last November.
Monolyte Labs exploded and caught fire late last year. Since then, the company has been collecting and storing hazardous materials inside a number of large tanks that remain... more »
September 25, 2013 2:08 PM
NEW YORK- Twitter is launching an alerts feature that lets U.S. users receive emergency notices as text messages. Alerts are available from the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal and local groups.
If users sign up to receive Twitter... more »
September 23, 2013 9:28 PM
ZACHARY- A man responding to a fire call was injured in a crash that closed one of the city's busier streets Monday night.
Three others were hurt when a pick-up and a sedan collided.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies investigating the crash said the man was responding... more »
September 19, 2013 9:58 PM
GEISMAR- An elderly woman was killed in a crash when she pulled into the path of a Mack truck Thursday.
State Police said Lonie Marchand,87, pulled into the path of the large dump truck on LA 75 at Ashland Road. The truck hit the driver's side of Marchand's car.... more »
September 17, 2013 8:58 PM
RAMAH- The interstate is closed to traffic heading from Baton Rouge to Lafayette in Iberville Parish because of a vehicle fire.
> UPDATE at 9:37 : The left lane has opened on I-10 West but the right lane remains blocked. Congestion has reached approx 4 miles.
State Police... more »
September 9, 2013 10:58 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- A fire station on the west side of the Mississippi River in Ascension Parish was renamed Monday night, honoring the legacy of a volunteer fireman who died in a plant explosion earlier this year.
The McCall Palo-Alto station will now be known as the Ronald "Rocky" Morris Fire... more »
September 9, 2013 2:53 PM
GONZALES - A three-year-old died after his head got stuck in an open car window, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said the child was able to climb onto the car and was trapped when he put his head through the partially open window at a house... more »
September 2, 2013 10:56 PM
TIMPSON, Texas- A magnitude 4.1 earthquake rattled an area known as East Texas Monday. Aftershocks were felt along the Louisiana-Texas state line.
Authorities said there were no injuries or major damage reported.
The ground shook about 5 p.m.
People in this area have been reporting earthquakes since... more »
August 26, 2013 2:28 PM
PORT ALLEN - Workers completed emergency repairs today on the Intercoastal Bridge in West Baton Rouge Parish.
The Department of Transportation and Development closed a lane at 2 p.m. to work on a bridge joint.
They finished work just before 4 p.m., and completely reopened the bridge for... more »
August 21, 2013 10:54 PM
BAYOU CORNE- It is probably the most shocking video released of the situation in Assumption Parish, where a sinkhole has been swallowing land.
Wednesday evening, the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness posted on its blog video of land being swallowed into the hole and water churning.
It... more »
August 12, 2013 2:58 PM
PORT ALLEN - The state Department of Environmental Quality said a leak at a chemical plant in West Baton Rouge has been stopped by emergency crews, and a recommendation for people in downtown Baton Rouge to shelter in place was lifted.
The leak at ITC on River Road in... more »
August 7, 2013 1:24 PM
HAMMOND- School leaders in Tangipahoa Parish are trying to figure out how to handle the start of school at Hammond Eastside Elementary School after a fire there Wednesday morning.
Witnesses shared a picture of the inferno with news partner ActionNews17.com . It showed a glowing fire inside the school... more »
August 1, 2013 8:16 PM
BOSSIER CITY- As many as two-dozen racehorses died in a barn fire near north Louisiana's Louisiana Downs racetrack Thursday night.
Firefighters said a barn at Wraparound Farms burned to the ground with horses inside. KTBS TV, the ABC affiliate for the area, reported that when emergency crews arrived the... more »
July 31, 2013 2:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Public works officials closed a bridge in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish for emergency repairs this afternoon.
DPW said the McCullough Road Bridge just west of Joor Road will be closed until further notice as they repair it.
They said drivers can... more »
July 26, 2013 9:02 PM
CENTRAL- Eyewitnesses said lighting struck a house seconds before they saw smoke and eventually flames erupt from the roof Friday night.
Multiple crews were dispatched to the fire on Lavender Drive off Sullivan.
The fire was reported as a wave of thunderstorms moved across the region.
More... more »
July 17, 2013 10:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police said the truck driver blamed for causing a nightmare drive on I-12 Wednesday was from out-of-state.
The driver was cited for careless driving and improper equipment.
Investigators believe the truck had a blowout, causing the driver to lose control. He smashed into the median wall... more »
July 17, 2013 2:24 PM
BATON ROUGE- I-12 was a nightmare for many drivers Wednesday afternoon after multiple lanes closed due to an incident involving a light pole and a boom truck near Sherwood Forrest.
Lanes were blocked in both directions until just after 4 p.m.
A WBRZ News 2 crew on the... more »
July 16, 2013 8:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- A Southern Lab senior was taken from a scrimmage by ambulance after he was knocked out Tuesday evening.
A coach told WBRZ News 2, the teen hit another player on the field at Parkview Baptist and lost consciousness. It was not clear which team the other teen... more »
July 12, 2013 11:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police closed major streets after a person was hit by a car late Friday night.
Perkins was closed between Essen and Bluebonnet while emergency responders worked the scene.
A man hit a truck driver who got out of his semi on the busy street about 10:15.... more »
July 12, 2013 9:48 AM
GREENSBURG - The St. Helena Parish School Board has approved a disaster operations plan for the parish's school district in case of any future major emergencies or disasters. The six-page document outlines a plan that can be used for inclement weather, fires, hazardous materials incidents, terrorist threats and "other potential... more »
July 5, 2013 10:08 PM
BATON ROUGE- People were evacuated from Dean Tower, the 14-story building just east of the intersection of North Foster and Florida Blvd. Friday evening.
Witnesses said there was a man inside who police wanted to get out of the building, and was not complying with the demands of officers... more »
July 3, 2013 11:05 PM
BATON ROUGE- A 74-year-old woman who died in a car crash on I-12 Tuesday had stage four cancer her family said.
Ethel Phillips was the passenger in a family-sized sedan hit by a dump truck on I-12 West near Airline. The sedan was knocked into the path of an... more »
July 3, 2013 10:33 PM
MAUREPAS- A two-year-old child was rushed to an area hospital after getting stuck in a car window.
Deputies said the child was unconscious after being trapped between the glass and the frame.
According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, the child was in a safety restraint and was... more »
July 2, 2013 10:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- A 74-year-old woman died Tuesday, hours after she was hit by a runaway driver.
Ethel Phillips was the passenger in a family-sized sedan hit by a dump truck on I-12 West near Airline. The sedan was knocked into the path of an 18-wheeler, and both vehicles crashed... more »
July 2, 2013 2:16 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police are looking for the driver of a dump truck blamed for causing a lunchtime crash on I-12 that pinned the driver of a car under a semi.
Police said a four-door family car was headed west on the interstate near Airline when it was hit by... more »