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  • 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 »
  • Coroner: Baby's death ruled accident after left in hot car Play Video

    June 8, 2016 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – According to East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark, the baby that was left in a hot car accidentally by her father died of “hyperthermia” or an elevated body temperature. The baby’s death has been ruled an accident by the coroner’s office. The father of an eight-month-old... more »
  • Tickets selling fast; Get your Dream Home ticket now!

    June 8, 2016 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Time is running out for chances to win the 2016 St. Jude Dream Home . Tickets are $100. The house is valued at $525,000. Tickets purchased by Friday were also entered to win a new car from any All Star lot valued at $50,000. The... more »
  • Mom captures son's patriotic moment amid sea of red, white and blue

    May 30, 2016 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A mom captured her son's patriotic moment on camera Sunday when the family visited the 11,000 flags placed in the grass between downtown and the headquarters of state government. Dexter, 3, seemed to be standing in a brief moment of honor in a sea of red,... more »
  • San Francisco to require paid leave for new mothers and fathers

    April 6, 2016 4:29 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO- San Francisco officials are trying to make life a little more affordable for workers who eke out a living in one of the most expensive cities in the country by approving a novel paid parental leave policy. Mayor Ed Lee is expected to sign the legislation approved Tuesday... 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 »
  • Expert: TOPS situation shows need for other scholarships; tips for students here

    February 12, 2016 6:14 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Educators advise high school students to take a serious look at how they will pay for college outside of state assistance since TOPS funding could be suspended or decreased. In a 24-hour window this week, TOPS officials caused panic among students and parents of college-aged children when... more »
  • Locals celebrate Mardi Gras from snowy Ohio to New Roads Tuesday Play Video

    February 9, 2016 1:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Mardi Gras spirit is alive and well Tuesday as revelers take to the streets and even snow banks from the capital region to the northeast. Around the area, two parades are planned: a morning parade in New Roads and a 2 p.m. parade following it.... more »
  • Teenagers jumped at abandoned Six Flags Play Video

    February 1, 2016 2:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two teenage girls were robbed while taking pictures at the abandoned Six Flags amusement park, WWL TV reported Monday. The attack happened Sunday around sunset, police said. The girls, both 17, were jumped by four men with guns. The guys stole the girls' purses, cell phones... more »
  • Family of late New Orleans chef Prudhomme donates cookbooks

    January 25, 2016 12:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The family of the late Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme has donated his extensive cookbook collection to a New Orleans museum dedicated to Southern cuisine. The Southern Food & Beverage Museum said in a statement Monday that Prudhomme's wife, Lori, donated the approximately 600 cookbooks, as well... more »
  • Not everyone will get closure with serial killer's unexpected death Thursday Play Video

    January 21, 2016 11:52 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The death of serial killer Derrick Todd Lee might be bitter-sweet for families of victims suspected to have been killed by him but never officially connected or confirmed. Lee was convicted in two attacks but DNA linked him to five others. There are likely more, authorities... more »
  • Sylvia: Baton Rouge was a scary place during serial killer years

    January 21, 2016 10:35 PM

    Dozens and dozens of women of all ages stood in a line so long it wrapped around the Baton Rouge Police Supply building on Florida Boulevard, for one of the hottest items for sale in the city, "Freeze Plus P". The pepper-spray and tear gas combination came in a canister... more »
  • Family arrested by sheriff's deputies after reporting home invasion

    January 14, 2016 9:14 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A family was booked into jail Wednesday after reporting they were victims of a home invasion because deputies found trace amounts of marijuana in their home. Clay and Dana Cowart, both 45, and their daughter, Tayler, 18, were charged with various drug offenses after Dana Cowart called... more »
  • Family of 4 killed in northeast Ohio house explosion

    January 12, 2016 4:39 AM

    NORTHFIELD CENTER, OH.- A couple and their two young children have been killed in a house explosion in northeast Ohio. The explosion happened Monday night in Northfield Center Township in Summit County. Emergency responders arrived on the scene and saw flames shooting from the home. Fire Chief Frank Risko says... more »
  • BRPD officer buys lunch for six well-behaved kids Play Video

    December 31, 2015 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge Police officer received recognition Thursday for going the extra mile while working in the community. Corporal Lionel Freeman was eating at a restaurant when he noticed six young children, brothers and sisters, all sitting at a nearby table with their parents. ... more »
  • Couple turns to Internet for adoption help Play Video

    December 31, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kelly Beth and Obbie Todd have been trying to start a family for years. "Pretty much we've been trying to have a child since we've... I was ready to have a baby the day he put a ring on my finger," said Kelly Beth. Their... more »
  • Vicksburg father-son dead after apparent murder-suicide

    December 27, 2015 11:34 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - A Vicksburg man and his son are dead from an apparent murder-suicide after a family argument at their home on Christmas day. The home was destroyed by fire Christmas night. James Jarrod Wasson, 39, and 9-year-old Jim Wasson, were found in the home's driveway Friday night.... more »
  • Three dead in New Jersey murder-suicide

    December 26, 2015 12:10 PM

    EDGEWATER, N.J. - Authorities say three people have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a luxury high-rise apartment building in New Jersey. Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says the bodies were found Friday night at the Windsor at Mariners Tower, an apartment building on the bank of the... more »
  • Boy dies at BR hospital after Lafayette-area train crash

    December 25, 2015 9:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 12-year-old boy died Christmas Day following a train crash earlier in the week. Chase Day died at the hospital. He was transferred to Baton Rouge from the Lafayette area after the vehicle he was riding in was hit by a train. Day was the fourth... more »
  • Child cut in feud between family members at restaurant Wednesday

    December 23, 2015 10:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An infant was taken to an area hospital after being injured in a scuffle between adult family members Wednesday. Police said they responded to the Red Robin restaurant outside the Mall of Louisiana where the incident occurred. Officers said the child was being held by its... more »
  • Man with Alzheimer's missing from Baton Rouge

    December 9, 2015 9:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies issued a missing persons alert for a man with Alzheimer’s. Deputies said Thomas Madison, 50, walked away from home and never returned. Family members, though, could not pinpoint an exact time when Madison left. The missing persons report was filed around 6:30 Wednesday. ... more »
  • Teen shot dead identified, friend booked on homicide charges

    December 5, 2015 1:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police have arrested a 14-year-old in connection with the shooting death of another teen Friday . Baton Rouge Police announced the arrest in a news release Saturday morning. Police did not identify the suspect because of his age, but said the boy was booked into juvenile... more »
  • Local Baton Rouge veteran remembers time in service Play Video

    November 11, 2015 7:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - J.W. Vaughn, a former sailor in the Navy, sat down with News 2's Jessica LeBlanc Wednesday and remembered the days of his service to his country. "My mind was not segregated. I integrated myself with everything," said Vaughn. Drafted into the military in 1944, Vaughn served his... more »
  • Teenage siblings facing a childhood in jail for parking lot attack

    October 31, 2015 2:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A pair of brothers could spend the rest of their childhood in jail after being convicted of a crime on a college campus Friday. The victim said he was praying on the BRCC campus late at night in the summer when he was jumped. He said... more »
  • Grand jury does not indict 19-year-old driver in deadly crash

    October 16, 2015 4:28 PM

    NEW ROADS- A grand jury returned a no true bill in the case against a woman who caused a deadly three-vehicle crash last year. The driver of the car investigators said caused the crash in Livonia, 19-year-old Ansley Deshotel, was ticketed. Family members of the woman who was killed,... more »
  • Family, school district fight over residential status

    October 7, 2015 7:46 PM

    CENTRAL - A family and the Central School System are facing off in court after the school district said a student could no longer attend Central High. The parents, Billy and Tonya Burkette, stated their case before a judge in a Baton Rouge courtroom Wednesday. The Burkette's had their 14-year-old... more »
  • Tennessee man kills family, caught in New Orleans

    October 4, 2015 1:21 PM

    JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - A man accused of killing his parents and aunt has been captured in New Orleans. Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said deputies were alerted to search the victims' Jonesborough home by a woman in California. She called 911 early Saturday to report Daniel Lee Henry told her... more »
  • Man arrested after standoff with police and his kids

    October 2, 2015 10:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A fight between a man and his girlfriend ended with his arrest Friday, police said. Baton Rouge Police were called to an apartment complex on Lake Calais Court after a woman said her boyfriend retreated inside their apartment after a fight and locked himself inside with... more »
  • Family trading house for farm and foster kids

    September 24, 2015 11:34 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A for sale sign swaying in the wind on a clear, sunny fall afternoon could be the key to successful futures to a handful of people the current homeowners have yet to meet. The Breauxs are selling their house. They are trading their suburban lifestyle for the... more »
  • Family of Ali Landry's husband kidnapped, killed

    September 23, 2015 2:16 PM

    TAMPICO, Mexico – The father-in-law and brother-in-law of Louisiana native Ali Landry were murdered by suspected Mexican cartel, media outlets reported this week. The men were kidnapped when they left their home in Tampico, south of Mexico City, in early September. Fifteen days later, their bodies were found in... more »
  • Grandmother, grandchild found unharmed after Amber alert issued

    September 19, 2015 2:14 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The Louisiana State Police issued an AMBER Alert Saturday afternoon, reporting they are looking for the estranged husband of a grandmother who may have kidnapped the woman and her two-year-old grandchild, Denim Bureau. Bureau was believed to be in imminent danger. Grandmother and child were found... 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 asks cemetery to exhume mystery grave Play Video

    September 16, 2015 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A mother and daughter spent the day here, driving in from Texas to try and mitigate what has become a painful process of locating a dead family member whose grave site has gone missing. "Originally, the headstone was right here," Carolyn Jones said as she pointed to... more »
  • Family fights cemetery over missing grave Play Video

    September 14, 2015 11:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A family is making arrangements to travel from Texas to Louisiana in an effort to gather more information about the disappearance of their loved one from a grave site. "We have no idea whose grave we've been putting flowers on," Courtney Tanner said in a phone... more »
  • Minnesota family dies in murder-suicide

    September 12, 2015 11:22 AM

    MINNEAPOLIS - Authorities say five family members found dead in their suburban Minneapolis home this week died in what they refer to as a murder-suicide. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office issued statements Saturday saying that 45-year-old Brian Short died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to his head. It says... more »
  • Family Values: LSU's Travin Dural and SU's Randall Menard rescues woman over the summer Play Video

    August 21, 2015 2:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE – LSU coach Les Miles spent a portion of his post-practice media session praising junior wide receiver Travin Dural for his heroic act from July 30. That day, Dural and his cousin, Southern wide receiver Randall Menard, passed an overturned vehicle shortly after leaving their home in... more »
  • Mother guilty in baby's murder

    August 20, 2015 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A mother was convicted of murder by a jury Thursday night. Ashley Heard, 30, was on trial following the June 2013 death of her 11-month-old daughter, Aaliyah Heard. The jury unanimously found Heard guilty of second degree cruelty to a juvenile and second degree murder.... more »
  • Cyber crimes cops tell parents to delete app from kids' phones Play Video

    August 13, 2015 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office encouraged parents to forbid their children from downloading the kik messenger app - and told parents who have kids who use it to delete the app from their phones. "Far too many child extortion cases have involved this app," the state's legal... more »
  • Three-month-old baby died Saturday morning

    August 6, 2015 11:28 PM

    UPDATE: The three-month-old baby died Saturday morning. According to Baton Rouge Police, John Hope now faces murder charges. ********************************** BATON ROUGE - Police said the father of a three-month-old was arrested late Thursday night, charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. Officers were called to an... more »
  • Funeral set for Monday in St. Amant for slain police officer

    August 6, 2015 10:36 PM

    ST. AMANT- Funeral services and burial will happen Sunday and Monday in Ascension Parish for a local man who moved away, became a cop in Shreveport and was murdered on duty Wednesday night. Thomas LaValley , 29, was shot multiple times responding to a suspicious person in a house.... more »
  • Netflix offers new parents a year off of work

    August 4, 2015 8:16 PM

    LOS GATOS - Families expecting a child and also looking for a new job might try Netflix since the video service company announced Tuesday it will offer a year's paid leave to workers who have newborns. The Associated Press reported the news was first posted to the company's blog.... more »
  • Metro Council passes proposal for extra Head Start safety Play Video

    July 22, 2015 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council is looked at improving security at all Head Start programs throughout the parish at its meeting on Wednesday. The Council approved a measure to allow for the installation of a special security laminate covering on all windows and doors on the parishe's 14... more »
  • DA says Texas jail death needs 'thorough review'

    July 21, 2015 8:45 AM

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas- The prosecutor in a Texas county where authorities say a woman hanged herself in a jail cell is calling for a "thorough review" of the case, saying it's too soon to rule her death a suicide. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said at a news conference Monday... more »
  • TLC cancels '19 Kids and Counting'

    July 16, 2015 11:15 AM

    NEW YORK - TLC is officially canceling "19 Kids and Counting." The hit reality show "will no longer appear on the air," the network told The Associated Press on Thursday. The show featuring the Duggar family had been in limbo since May after revelations that 27-year-old Josh Duggar molested five... more »
  • FBI looking for possible La. victims of sextortionist Play Video

    July 7, 2015 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FBI officials in Louisiana will soon release information related to a nationwide "sextortion" case where there are known victims in Louisiana. There are at least three victims in the state, and there could be others in a sexual exploitation case centered around a Florida man named... more »
  • Click before leaving town; eastbound travel details to the nearest beach

    July 2, 2015 10:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 41.9 million Americans will head out of town for the extended 4th of July weekend that, for many, begins Friday. "Independence Day is typically the busiest summer travel holiday, because families can take extended vacations without worrying about rushing their kids back for school," Brent... more »
  • Family members say final goodbyes to 22 month old

    June 13, 2015 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The family of Angel Green, the toddler who died last week after being left in a hot van by daycare workers, said their final goodbyes Saturday afternoon. " We lost an angel today and we're going to miss her," said Deera Williams, a friend of the... more »
  • The Middle - Wednesdays @ 7 p.m.

    June 10, 2015 12:27 PM

    Forget about athletes, movie stars and politicians. Parents are the real heroes—but we think Frankie Heck ( Patricia Heaton ), must be some kind of superhero. A loving wife and mother of three, she's middle class in the middle of the country and is rapidly approaching middle age. Frankie... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Grandmother talks about delivering grandson Play Video

    June 1, 2015 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ace Henderson, a day-old baby at Woman's Hospital, is just like any other newborn at the hospital, though there is one unique characteristic: his grandmother delivered him. "'I said, 'all we can do, Kelly, is drop your pants. We're going to deliver this baby right here,'"... more »
  • Healthy BR's Family Fit Day Play Video

    May 29, 2015 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Healthy BR is hosting the 2nd annual Family Fit Day this Saturday at BREC's City Brooks Park. The event is free and open to people of all ages. Healthy BR will set up temporary paved parks for running, walking, biking, dancing, and socializing. The event will have... more »
  • Hundreds honor soldiers' sacrifice Play Video

    May 25, 2015 7:04 PM

    ZACHARY - Nearly 300 people turned out Monday to pay their respects during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Port Hudson National Cemetery. People from all over the area spent time to honor their loved ones who served in the military, many of whom are buried at the cemetery.... more »
  • Suspect in killings of wealthy DC family arrested

    May 22, 2015 8:21 AM

    WASHINGTON- Authorities have arrested an ex-convict who's accused in the killings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper. Members of a fugitive task force arrested 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint around 11 o'clock last night, about a week after authorities say the family was killed and their mansion was set... more »
  • Charles T. Clegg has died

    May 21, 2015 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Charles T. Clegg has died, family members told WBRZ late Thursday. Clegg, a longtime businessman, was CEO and general manager of Clegg Concrete, Inc. Clegg ran the family concrete company for almost two decades. He was involved in lots of ventures, his brother, Mike, said. ... more »
  • Some B.B. King kin to visit body day before public viewing

    May 21, 2015 11:21 AM

    LAS VEGAS - Some B.B. King family members are getting a chance to visit the blues great one last time in private at a Las Vegas funeral home ahead of Friday's public viewing and Saturday memorial. King's daughter, Karen Williams, thinks more than 20 immediate family members will meet Thursday... more »
  • One remains in ICU after tornado hits neighborhood Play Video

    May 17, 2015 7:50 PM

    TICKFAW - A tornado was the last thing residents on John McDonald road expected to wake up to, early Sunday morning. One woman is in the Intensive Care Unit at North Oaks Hospital and another person suffered minor injuries. "There's no way to escape it," said Billy McDonald,... more »

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