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  • 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 »
  • Special Report: Terror in Tigerland Play Video

    February 15, 2016 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crime is down after a series of reports about terror in Tigerland - the city's popular bar district south of LSU. “ Tigerland is just like any other neighborhood. A very good neighborhood. The people who live there, 99 percent of them are law-abiding and want... more »
  • Railroad bridge fire moves train routes through BR area

    February 13, 2016 12:37 PM

    LAPLACE - A large fire burned a railroad icon between Baton Rouge and New Orleans Saturday morning. The elevated portion of railroad across the Bonnet Carre Spillway burned in a vibrant show. Flames engulfed the wooden structure of the tracks. WWL TV in New Orleans reported railroad workers... more »
  • Report: Mysterious gunfire kills 19-year-old Tuesday

    February 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    HAMMMOND - A 19-year-old from Ponchatoula was killed after being hit by an apparent stray bullet, ActionNews17.com posted on its website Tuesday. The local news site reported the victim as Gerrell Lee. Lee was riding in a car when the driver said he heard a popping sound and noticed... more »
  • Post office clerk pepper-sprayed during hold up Tuesday in Sorrento

    February 9, 2016 12:18 PM

    SORRENTO - Sheriff's deputies surrounded the post office in this small town Tuesday after an unidentified woman tried to rob the facility. Deputies said the woman told the worker she needed stamps, then pulled out what looked like a gun. The weapon was actually a water gun filled with... more »
  • During wind advisory, tree toppled onto house Play Video

    February 8, 2016 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews were called to the scene of a tree that fell on a house in the Merrydale area of the city Monday as high winds continued to gust into the evening hours. High winds just caused part of this tree to fall on a home... more »
  • Car flips in parking lot Thursday night Play Video

    January 28, 2016 8:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies happened upon a strange occurrence Thursday night: an overturned vehicle in a parking lot. Deputies were dispatched to a vehicle reportedly smashed into the building. A WBRZ crew on the scene took pictures of the vehicle overturned near loading zone of the Academy on... more »
  • Man arrested in connection with massive New Orleans fire

    January 27, 2016 11:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man trying to stay warm was booked with starting a massive fire on historic Canal Street Wednesday. Fire investigators said Darren Denley, 25, lit a fire in the alcove a building for heat. The fire got out of control and spread, burning for two hours... more »
  • Problems in Detroit, Flint show rift over emergency managers

    January 24, 2016 2:38 PM

    DETROIT - Darnell Earley didn't come up with the plan to channel corrosive river water into the water system in Flint, Michigan, and he isn't responsible for the fiscal collapse of Detroit's schools. But Earley's leadership of Flint's city government and Detroit's school system during key points in their recent... more »
  • Crash victim's daughter believes obstruction caused wreck Play Video

    January 19, 2016 11:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The daughter of a man killed in a vehicle crash Friday wants the city to clear what she believes are obstructions blocking drivers' views of traffic. "You cannot see that the traffic is coming," Gina Ohlendorf said in an interview with WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington Tuesday.... more »
  • Large roof fire at LSU Tuesday night sparked by roofing materials Play Video

    January 19, 2016 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It took fire crews about 45 minutes to extinguish a fire on the roof of LSU's Patrick F. Taylor Hall Tuesday night. Fire at #LSU : Police on scene say the fire is on the roof of a building under construction. No one inside building.... more »
  • Police ID victim in deadly College Drive shooting Play Video

    December 21, 2015 8:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are searching for two people after a shooting in a parking lot of a strip mall at the corner of College Drive and Corporate Boulevard. Baton Rouge Police said 27-year-old George Reusch Jr. died after he was shot while sitting in his vehicle. Investigators... more »
  • HAZMAT had to ventilate State Capitol overnight

    December 7, 2015 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters specializing in dealing with hazardous materials spent Monday night ventilating parts of the State Capitol after an apparent malfunction of a fire suppression system. Initially, fire crews were dispatched to the capitol when alarms sounded that a Halon device was triggered. Halon is a liquified,... more »
  • Firefighters work Tuesday night house fire

    November 25, 2015 12:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Plank Road was closed as fire crews worked to put out a fire Tuesday night. The fire was at a home near the intersection of Plank and Ontario Street. Numerous fire trucks and other emergency response vehicles blocked Plank above and below Ontario for a portion... more »
  • Livingston, Ascension parishes ready for possible flooding

    November 17, 2015 4:54 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Emergency officials in Livingston and Ascension parishes said they're getting assets ready in case of flash flooding or other sever weather tonight or tomorrow. Livingston Parish said sandbags are available in the following locations for their residents: Fire Dist 9 (23634 HWY 22) Fire Dist 8... more »
  • France's president seeks 3 month state of emergency

    November 16, 2015 11:08 AM

    PARIS - France's president says a bill to extend the country's state of emergency for three months will be presented to parliament on Wednesday. Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency following Friday night's attacks across the capital and at the Stade de France. Parliament must approve extending it.... more »
  • Explosive hazard in storm drains prompt neighborhood shelter-in-place

    November 13, 2015 9:31 PM

    LULING - People who live around an elementary school here were urged to shelter-in-place Friday night after an explosive hazard was found in storm drains of their neighborhood. The alert was for people on Courville Drive and the 800 block of Collier Drive. The streets are in the area... more »
  • Siegen back open after diesel spill

    November 10, 2015 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials said Siegen Lane and Perkins Road are back open after a wreck and diesel spill during the evening rush hour. The wreck involved a semi at the intersection of Siegen and Perkins at around 4:15 p.m. Emergency responders said it shut down two... more »
  • Plane catches fire at airport; passengers evacuate on slides

    October 30, 2015 7:17 AM

    DANIA BEACH, FL.- A jet plane's engine caught fire as it prepared for takeoff from Florida and more than 100 passengers had to evacuate using emergency slides. Officials say one person was seriously injured. Dozens of passengers could be seen in video footage Thursday gliding down the slides of the... more »
  • Deputies: Child died after being hit in driveway Wednesday

    October 28, 2015 9:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A child died after being run over in a driveway Wednesday evening. Sheriff's deputies said the child was taken to the hospital by family members and pronounced dead from the injuries. The incident is still under investigation, a department spokesperson said in a news release. ... more »
  • 14-year-old to face terrorizing charges for Hammond school threat Play Video

    October 27, 2015 9:49 AM

    HAMMOND - Authorities said Tuesday that a 14-year-old in Hammond will face terrorizing charges for a threatening social media post. Hammond Police Chief Roddy Devall and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said they believe the boy made the post as a prank, but will have to face the consequences... more »
  • Brush fires keeping fire crews busy Play Video

    October 20, 2015 12:03 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Fire crews battled another fire in woods Monday night. The fire, seen in the distance as a bright orange glow along Burgess Road, was eventually put out. The fire department said it was the second time firefighters responded to the fire in one day. There have... more »
  • Man from Denham Springs one of two killed in Wednesday plane crash Play Video

    October 15, 2015 3:06 PM

    HAMMOND - Federal investigators will base much of their investigation into a deadly plane crash around radio transmissions between the airport tower and a doomed aircraft. The Cessna 421 turbo-prop hit the ground in a near vertical nosedive after making a steep bank, the NTSB said in a news... more »
  • Police investigate Wednesday night shooting

    October 14, 2015 10:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating a shooting after a person was found with a gunshot Wednesday night. Baton Rouge Police responded to Birth Street, just off Plank around 9:10 Wednesday. One person was shot there, a police spokesperson said. Investigators could not release where the person had... more »
  • LSUPD accuse student of making threats on CB radio

    October 13, 2015 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – LSU Police arrested a 21-year-old university student after they said he made threats over a CB radio about shooting people at LSU's campus and detonating ammonium nitrate at a facility at the Port of Baton Rouge. Police charged Richard Bee of Mandeville with terrorizing after his... more »
  • 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 »

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