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  • Man caught with two wives, trying to hide them from each other, charged with bigamy Play Video

    May 2, 2018 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man has been married to two women and, it seems, attempted to hide one wife from the other according to arrest documents obtained by WBRZ. Chaffie Brown, 50, was booked into jail on bigamy charges – a rarely seen charge tied to the crime of... more »
  • WATCH LIVE: WBRZ+ to air Billy Graham's funeral today

    March 1, 2018 5:17 PM

    Click here to watch live at 11 a.m. CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Some 2,300 invited guests are expected to attend Billy Graham's funeral today. Graham's service will be held at the Billy Graham Library. He will be buried beside his late wife, Ruth, whose grave is at the... more »
  • 83-year-old Gonzales grandmother wins the jackpot

    February 9, 2018 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE – An 83-year-old grandmother won a Louisiana Lottery jackpot of $525,000, the state lottery office revealed Friday. Josephine Prendergast of Gonzales had the sole winning ticket for the January 20 th Lotto jackpot. “I was reading the numbers and checking them each off thinking ‘that’s not... more »
  • John Nastasi, former WBRZ engineer, has died

    January 3, 2018 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The area has lost a television pioneer in the death of John Nastasi, Sr., a broadcast engineer who was instrumental in providing WBRZ's legacy signal to beam across South Louisiana. Nastasi, a Washington Parish native, retired from the television station in 2000 – 32 years after... more »
  • LIVE: Yule log burns all Christmas Day on WBRZ's alternate channel

    December 24, 2017 8:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Christmas Day tradition continues in the digital era Monday with the WBRZ day-long telecast of a Yule log burning. From 5 a.m. Monday until the 10 o'clock news, the WBRZ cable news channel will feature a burning Yule log. The Yule log video has been... more »
  • Man wakes to arrest after violent attack on ex-girlfriend and her kids

    December 16, 2017 10:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A woman's ex-boyfriend was arrested Friday after a near two-week ordeal where authorities said he threatened the victim, kidnapped her and her kids and abandoned them in an unsafe area of the city. DaCarie Jones, 26, was charged with kidnapping, child desertion, illegally using the woman's... more »
  • Per Catholic rule, Baton Rouge bishop ready to retire on 75th birthday this month

    December 13, 2017 2:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Per Catholic Church policy, Bishop Robert Muench is expected to submit his retirement to the Pope on his 75th birthday – December 28th. Church policy – called Canons – calls for bishops to resign their post upon turning 75. Bishop Muench has served since 2001... more »
  • Services tonight, tomorrow for life-long Livingston public servant

    December 5, 2017 11:44 AM

    LIVINGSTON – A life-long public servant who has been credited with saving an entire town during a disaster decades ago has died. Services for former Livingston mayor Derral Jones are Tuesday and Wednesday. Jones, 76, died Sunday. Jones was the fire chief of the town of Livingston... more »
  • Father killed, daughter hurt in weekend ATV crash

    December 4, 2017 5:58 PM

    ZACHARY - A man is dead and his daughter is in the hospital after the two were involved in a four-wheeler crash in Zachary over the weekend. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, the two were riding on the vehicle in the 400 block of Flanacher Road... more »
  • Man pre-ordered flowers for daughter's birthday before he died five years ago

    November 26, 2017 10:49 AM

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A 21-year-old has been receiving flowers from her deceased dad for the last five years. Bailey Sellers' Saturday tweet went viral overnight, getting more than 300,000 retweets by Sunday. Sellers shared pictures of flowers and a note from her father received this weekend on her 21st... more »
  • Speeders endangering pets, pedestrians in BR neighborhood Play Video

    November 5, 2017 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - For residents living on Capitol Heights Avenue, a speeding car is a typical sight. However, the zooming vehicles are causing safety concerns for joggers, bikers and pets. Residents John Reed and Melissa Kennedy said they walk down Capitol Heights often. “Sometimes the cars are going... more »
  • Baton Rouge researcher recognized for obesity studies

    November 1, 2017 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A researcher at one of the country's premiere research facilities based in Baton Rouge has been recognized for his contribution to the study of obesity and ways to fight the health crisis. Dr. Eric Ravussin, Ph.D., received a Lifetime Achievement honor from the Friends of Albert... more »
  • WATCH: Superheroes fight sadness at area children's hospital Play Video

    October 27, 2017 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Ill children at Our Lady of the Lake got a huge smile when they saw superheroes climbing outside their windows Friday. One kid screamed “Spidey!” when he saw the superhero. Spider-Man was just one of a handful of comic book characters Baton Rouge Police SWAT... more »
  • Well known Baton Rouge surgeon has died; services this weekend

    October 20, 2017 11:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Well known surgeon “Dickie” Robichaux has died. Robichaux, 65, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday. He was an orthopedic surgeon in Baton Rouge for more than 30 years. Dr. Robichaux graduated from LSU in 1973 and the LSU School of Medicine in 1979. Dr. Robichaux served many... more »
  • Mothers of volleyball star pen note to community after teen's death

    October 11, 2017 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The two women who raised a teenager whose untimely death brought a community together voiced their own appreciation for those who have made the last few weeks easier to pass than expected. Brionna Ross, 15, died of pneumonia on September 26, hours after her team, the... more »
  • Boy killed in I-10 pileup honored as West Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy

    September 29, 2017 4:50 PM

    PORT ALLEN – Five-year-old Xander Cruz Benoit was named an honorary deputy by the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Friday. Benoit died in a pileup on I-10 Tuesday and in an interview earlier in the week with WBRZ, his family said he'd dreamed of becoming a police officer.... more »
  • LSU freshmen now required to live on campus Play Video

    September 29, 2017 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE – LSU will require most freshmen to live on campus next year. A new housing requirement was revealed Friday. LSU said the decision aligns with other universities in the SEC and was “long overdue.” LSU said it has spent years readying for this new rule, building-out... more »
  • Family: Child killed on I-10 wanted to be a hero, will be as an organ donor Play Video

    September 28, 2017 3:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The 5-year-old killed in a chain-reaction crash when an 18-wheeler plowed into stopped traffic on I-10 earlier this week will live on as an organ donor family members told WBRZ. Xander Cruz Benoit, 5, had been in the hospital since Tuesday afternoon and was declared dead... more »
  • Two-year-old hit, killed after running into highway

    August 17, 2017 11:44 AM

    ROSELAND – A two-year-old died overnight, State Police revealed Thursday morning, after being hit by a car on La. 10 near La. 1058 in Tangipahoa Parish during a church event. State Police identified the child as Kaleb Dyson of Kentwood. Investigators said Dyson was with his mother and... more »
  • Family beating at elementary school results in arrest

    August 17, 2017 7:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A violent incident among family members that took place at a local elementary school has resulted in an arrest. On Wednesday Trenicia Parker allegedly assaulted the mother of her brother’s child in the hallway of Park Elementary School in East Baton Rouge. The incident began when... more »
  • Parents reunite with couple that saved their baby during August flood Play Video

    August 14, 2017 5:37 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - On the Anniversary of the August flood, two parents were reunited with the couple they credit with saving their 4-week-old baby. > WATCH the story HERE ; see the unedited reunion video at the top of the page. Last year, the McLin's were trapped in... more »
  • APSO: Missing St. Amant woman found safe

    August 11, 2017 2:56 PM

    ST. AMANT – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has located a 44-year-old woman after she had been reported missing by family for nearly a week. The sheriff's department asked for help locating Stephanie Serpas, who was reported missing for on Monday, August 7. On Friday, the sheriff's office said... more »
  • A year after being shot in ambush, Bruce Simmons welcomed back to work Play Video

    July 20, 2017 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Injured East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy Bruce Simmons was welcomed back to work at a special ceremony Thursday. Simmons was shot and injured in the ambush of law enforcement last year. Three others – two Baton Rouge Police officers and a sheriff's deputy – died... more »
  • Years after charges for grandmother's death, woman asks for help during recent arrest

    July 19, 2017 7:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The granddaughter of a woman at the center of a disturbing elder abuse case was arrested again this weekend for drugs and admitted to authorities she “had a problem.” Lauren Looney was found with crack cocaine and marijuana in a car on the side of North... more »
  • Local man's Facebook search for good Samaritan going viral

    July 7, 2017 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Facebook post going viral is proof all is not lost and neighbors are still looking out for one another. Between Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, nearly 4,000 people shared Ryan Lemoine's Facebook message about the help he received when he was stranded on the side... more »
  • Toddler latest to die in rash of area drownings

    July 4, 2017 6:22 PM

    PONCHATOULA – A two-year-old child died at a hospital after being found unresponsive in a pool Saturday. First responders were called to where the child was found around 3:30 p.m. July 1. Authorities were able to get the child's heart beating again, though, the child did not survive after... more »
  • Video captures massive house fire; Neighbors start clothing drive after blaze

    July 4, 2017 11:17 AM

    PONCHATOULA – Neighbors spent the 4th of July holiday gathering items for a family who lost everything when their home was burned to a shell of brick. Fire crews worked for hours battling the blaze in the Landing neighborhood, east of the Tangipahoa River about six miles from downtown... more »
  • Trump sends condolences to dead student's family

    June 19, 2017 8:23 PM

    CINCINNATI - President Donald Trump is offering condolences to the family of an American college student who was released from North Korea in a coma and died days after returning home to Ohio. The Republican president says University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier (WORM'-bir) spent a year and... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2015 fatal stabbing of step-grandson

    June 6, 2017 1:39 PM

    LABADIEVILLE - A 63-year-old man pled guilty to a manslaughter charge Monday in connection to the fatal stabbing of his step-grandson in 2015. According to District Attorney Ricky Babin, William Thompson pled guilty to one count of manslaughter after he stabbed 20-year-old Daquan Rainey Feb. 17, 2015 . ... more »
  • Teen says slain cousin shielded him during Mississippi shooting

    May 29, 2017 6:40 PM

    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. - A Mississippi teen says his life was saved by his 18-year-old cousin who shielded him from bullets. Caleb Edwards says when a gunman entered a home early Sunday, "I thought I was going to die." The 15-year-old talked to The Associated Press on Monday with his mother... more »
  • Emergency crews respond to 14-year-old shot in Livingston Parish Friday

    May 26, 2017 4:35 PM

    WALKER - A 14-year-old was shot in the leg Friday afternoon. Authorities responded to the injured teen, reported in the 11000 block of Arnold Road near Duff outside of Walker. Dispatchers were told the shooting was an accident. Sources told WBRZ, the teen was shot above the left... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Mayor speaks out after call for firing of BRPD officer Play Video

    May 24, 2017 5:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor Sharon Weston Broome is speaking out in her first on camera interview after she wrote a letter to attorneys for Alton Sterling's family saying she believes Officer Blaine Salamoni should be fired. The Mayor said the week following the federal decision not to indict the... more »
  • Family of musician Chris Cornell disputes he killed himself

    May 19, 2017 12:17 PM

    DETROIT - The family of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is disputing "inferences that Chris knowingly and intentionally" killed himself. The family said in a statement that without toxicology tests completed, they can't be sure what led to his death, or if any substances were involved. According to lawyer Kirk Pasich,... more »
  • Family says 2 adults, 5 children died in Ohio house fire

    May 15, 2017 8:46 PM

    AKRON, Ohio - Family members say a couple and their five children died in early morning house fire in Akron. Relatives identified the victims as 35-year-old Dennis Huggins, 38-year-old Angela Boggs, 14-year-old Jered Boggs, 6-year-old Daisia Huggins, 5-year-old Kyle Huggins, 3-year-old Alivia Huggins and 11-month-old Cameron Huggins. Firefighters found the... more »
  • 3 siblings killed, relatives hurt in house fire

    May 12, 2017 8:43 PM

    CONROE, Texas - Authorities say a house fire north of Houston has killed two brothers and their sister and injured another brother, their grandparents and an uncle. The fire broke out around 4 a.m. Friday near Conroe. Investigators say police tried to reach the second floor to rescue children but... more »
  • Family sues Texas officer, department in 15-year-old's death

    May 8, 2017 5:33 PM

    DALLAS - The family of a black 15-year-old is suing the white police officer who shot and killed him, as well as the officer's suburban Dallas police department. Jordan Edwards' funeral was Saturday, one week after he was shot dead in a vehicle leaving a chaotic house party in Balch... more »
  • Parent flagged down ambulance in unsuccessful attempt to save infant's life

    April 19, 2017 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police are investigating the death of an infant after the child's guardian flagged down an ambulance as the parent was trying to drive the child to the hospital Wednesday. The parent awoke to find the infant not breathing. In an effort to seek care, the unidentified... more »
  • Family visiting South Florida hit by truck while walking

    March 27, 2017 2:09 PM

    DANIA BEACH, Fla. - A pickup truck struck a family of six tourists as they were walking back to their South Florida hotel Sunday night. The Sun Sentinel reports one woman's leg was severed and a 10-year-old also suffered serious leg injuries. Four people, including the 57-year-old driver, were... more »
  • Tickets for 2017 St. Jude Dream Home on sale today!

    March 13, 2017 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Tickets for the annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway are on sale Tuesday, March 14th. Chances to win the house are $100 per ticket. Call 1-800-726-6409 or CLICK HERE to purchase a single ticket or multiple chances at winning the home. Tickets are expected to sell... more »
  • Man recorded fighting in traffic died hours later in car crash Play Video

    March 11, 2017 12:24 PM

    GONZALES - A man videoed fighting with another driver in traffic Friday died hours later in a crash in Ascension Parish. State Police reported Daniel Walker, 31, died when he drove his small sedan into a tree after losing control on Hwy. 431 near Airline Highway around 9:30 Friday... more »
  • Report: Injured sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier is learning to live again Play Video

    February 28, 2017 5:02 PM

    HOUSTON – The days are long and the improvements are coming slowly, but there's never a lack of hope and thankfulness among family and medical staff working with injured sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier. “You can see there are miracles happening here,” Tullier's father, James, told WBRZ's affiliate in Texas... more »
  • Man arrested for threatening family members by swinging, sharpening knives

    February 28, 2017 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man has been arrested after he forced his family members to stay seated at a table by threatening them with knives. Terrance Stephens, 26, was arrested on charges of second degree battery, aggravated assault and false imprisonment. The incident occurred on Feb. 28 around... more »
  • WBRZ staffer welcomes twins

    February 24, 2017 4:50 PM

    GONZALES – The WBRZ family grew by two Friday with the births of twins. Jocelyn Margaret and Genevieve Marie are the daughters of Megan and Jared Braud of Ascension Parish. Jared works in the TV graphics department at WBRZ. Jared is responsible for many of the on-screen text and... more »
  • Read this brutally honest obituary

    February 11, 2017 10:39 AM

    HOUSTON – Family of a dead Texas man either were truly happy he died or have a scornful sense of humor. The original obituary for Leslie Ray “Popeye” Charping reads less like an ode to his life and more like a rejoice of his passing. “ With Leslie's... more »
  • Car plows through bedroom wall, couple just feet away Play Video

    February 5, 2017 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A family is counting their blessings after an SUV crashed through their bedroom wall just moments after they woke up Sunday morning. According to Baton Rouge Police, a Nissan Pathfinder plowed through the bedroom wall of a Garden District home and landed right on top of... more »
  • Elderly man threatens wife with shotgun after refusing to take medication

    February 4, 2017 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested an elderly man Saturday morning after he threatened to shoot his wife with a shotgun during a domestic dispute. An officer arrived at a home on Azrock Ave. after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance involving a weapon. Upon arrival, the officer spoke... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: A week after being shot, victim talks about mid-city shooting Play Video

    January 19, 2017 11:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The family involved in a Mid City parking lot shooting is speaking to just one station, detailing the horrifying moments they were shot at leaving Doe's Eat Place restaurant. The bullet struck Jacob Price just one quarter of an inch from his heart, missing his lungs, lodging... more »
  • Family reunited with team who saved son's life in flood Play Video

    December 21, 2016 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A mother and son were reunited Wednesday with the team of emergency officials that helped to save the boy's life in August's historic flooding. Jessica Michot needed help during the August flood in getting out of her home to get medicine for her medically fragile son,... more »
  • Son's feud with mother gets him arrested

    December 18, 2016 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A man told sheriff's deputies he stole checks and other banking information from his mother because he was angry with her. Christopher Contois, 37, was arrested on a list of offenses Saturday after deputies finally tracked him down. Contois had been wanted for a week since... more »
  • Sunday holiday trek home slows interstates through Baton Rouge

    November 27, 2016 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The notorious Sunday trek home from the Thanksgiving holiday has started. Slowdowns started before 11 o'clock Sunday morning and will likely last most of the afternoon. Traffic monitors warned drivers to expect delays on all interstates in the city - I-10, I-110 and I-12. Baton... more »
  • During Thanksgiving feast, some Americans hold the politics

    November 23, 2016 11:13 AM

    CHICAGO - As Americans gather for Thanksgiving turkey, football and togetherness, many are planning to avoid talk of the rancorous election between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Thompson of Chicago says her mother has specifically banned politics when the family gets together in south-central Indiana because her... more »
  • Gold Star family of slain California soldier booed on flight

    November 19, 2016 9:31 PM

    STOCKTON, Calif. - The father of a California soldier recently killed in Afghanistan says he felt disrespected and hurt by passengers who booed him and his family when they were on a flight to meet his son's remains. Stewart Perry said he and his wife and daughter were flying on... more »
  • One person hit in shooting at Family Dollar store

    November 2, 2016 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One person was shot at the Family Dollar store on Choctaw Drive Wednesday. Police say it happened at the 3800 block of Choctaw Drive near North 38th Street. One person was shot but was not transported to the hospital, according to officers. They say it... more »
  • Police: Husband lit wife on fire during argument

    October 25, 2016 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man accused of lighting his wife on fire during an argument. John Emmett Harleaux, 28, was booked into jail Tuesday after a month-long search. Harleaux was booked into jail on domestic abuse battery by burning charges. Booking information showed the charge is classified... more »
  • Catholics shouldn't spread ashes, church writes in new guidelines

    October 25, 2016 4:07 PM

    THE VATICAN - Catholics should not scatter their cremated remains, rather store them in a church-approved place new guidelines outlined Tuesday. Still, however, the church maintains the deceased should be buried - calling cremation a "brutal destruction" of the body. But, ABC News reported via the Associated Press, the... more »
  • Supposed niece, others seek shares of Prince's estate

    October 21, 2016 10:07 PM

    CHASKA, Minn. - A Minnesota judge says he'll try to rule quickly whether Minnesota law entitles a purported niece, grandniece and nephew of Prince to shares of the late rock superstar's estate. Attorneys for Prince's siblings said at a hearing Friday that the purported family members' claims should be rejected... more »
  • Deputy Nick Tullier's son speaks for the first time

    October 21, 2016 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The son of injured and hospitalized sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier spoke publicly for the first time about his father in a national TV interview this week. Trent Tullier questioned whether he and his dad will ever be able to do the things they once did together.... more »
  • Bryant seeking to recruit more Mississippi foster parents

    September 10, 2016 3:56 PM

    JACKSON - Gov. Phil Bryant is asking families and churches to help recruit and train more foster parents in Mississippi, to take care of abused and neglected children. The governor and leaders of a faith-based initiative called Rescue 100 held a planning meeting Friday on the effort. Rescue 100 is... more »
  • Family says Nick Tullier responding to doctor's commands

    August 30, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In what may be the largest proof of a miracle yet, family members of injured sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier reported he is responding to some verbal commands. The news comes just a few days after Tullier's father, James, discussed his son's condition in an exclusive interview... more »
  • Family's survival story: Sought shelter from rising water in ceiling alcove Play Video

    August 20, 2016 12:04 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – For many following the recent flooding over the past week, the weekend will be back-breaking, but not for the tight-knit group on Bend Road in Denham Springs who is just lucky to be alive. The house, built in 1943, for decades stayed dry. "We've had... more »
  • 'That's our Nick': Injured deputy's father tells chilling tale of son's service

    August 3, 2016 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People across the world are likely getting goose bumps while reading the latest Facebook post from the message of injured East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier. Tullier is on life support in the hospital after being shot three times in a deadly ambush on... more »
  • Injured LSU kicker's family thanks fans for prayers, support

    July 29, 2016 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A statement has been issued by the family of LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye after an outpouring of support by Tiger fans in the wake of a car accident that seriously injured their son and killed two others. “Our family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of support for... more »
  • Kylie's enjoying time with her new baby; Meet Margaret, our fill-in co-anchor

    July 25, 2016 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new face joined the morning team of WBRZ's '2une-In' show Monday. Margaret Dubuisson, a TV news veteran, will co-anchor the two-hour morning show with John Pastorek while regular host Kylie Dixon enjoys time with her new baby. Dixon and her husband, Brian, welcomed Addison Rae... more »
  • WATCH: Thousands enjoy WBRZ's fireworks show, largest in state Play Video

    July 4, 2016 9:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of people enjoyed the annual WBRZ fireworks show on the Mississippi River Monday. "It means a lot to us. It means everything, that we can live in a free country and do everything that we do," volunteer Chad Ford said about the Independence Day... more »
  • Mom, boyfriend charged in child's sex abuse case

    July 1, 2016 5:06 PM

    LIVONIA - A couple was booked into jail on child sex charges, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Friday. Authorities said a man was raping his live-in girlfriend's daughter. The abuse happened over the course of nine years, police said the victim reported. Authorities remained tight-lipped about the case... more »

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