November 10, 2014 8:09 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council members have been flipping through the mayor's proposed budget that they will vote on next month. But some say the key missing element is an across-the-board pay raise for city workers. Mayor-President Kip Holden officially unveiled his proposed 2015 budget last... more »
July 10, 2014 4:50 PM
HOLDEN - A television and movie star plans to produce more than a dozen movies in the heart of Livingston Parish.
John Schneider, best known for his role as Bo Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard," started a movie studio in Holden named John Schneider Studios.
"I never... more »
April 17, 2014 12:28 PM
HOLDEN - State Police re-opened a portion of I-12 East in Livingston Parish just after 1 p.m., after a multi-vehicle wreck closed it an hour earlier.
Troopers said the wrecks happened near Mile Marker 29 past Holden, where a moving truck had reportedly crashed into a center dividing wall.... more »
March 19, 2014 7:44 PM
LIVINGSTON- More than twenty-four hours after a chicken truck wrecked on I-12, the wreckage site was completely cleared.
The truck crashed Tuesday, but was not taken away until Wednesday because of new rules about dealing with major accidents on the interstate. The rules are designed to limit the amount... more »
March 19, 2014 11:36 AM
LIVINGSTON - State Police reopened I-12 East in Livingston Parish Wednesday after shutting it down for hours to clear away the wreck of an overturned truck hauling Popeye's chicken.
State Police said the tractor-trailer flipped on its side Tuesday evening past the LA 63 / Livingston exit. Troopers said... more »
February 19, 2014 10:10 PM
HOLDEN- An accident early Wednesday involving three 18-wheelers shut down portions of I-12 throughout the day, but a new program got the road cleared quicker than usual, giving drivers at least one rush hour that was better than the last.
The Traffic Incident Management System, a program recently started... more »
February 19, 2014 6:51 AM
HOLDEN - I-12 East at the Holden exit will remain closed until noon Wednesday.
Traffic is being diverted as crews continue to clear wreckage from an accident involving an 18-wheeler that happened just before Albany Tuesday night.
We will update you right here as soon as the interstate... more »
February 17, 2014 12:06 PM
HOLDEN - A Livingston Parish trailer dealer shut down by the state Used Motor Vehicle Commission should get its license back no later than tomorrow.
Hood Motor Sports in Holden was selling used FEMA trailers but not delivering titles to new owners.
The commission says the dealer owed... more »
December 12, 2013 4:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - A proposal by some EBR Metro Council members that would force parish workers to live in the city limits of Baton Rouge or unincorporated parts of the parish is drawing strong response from Mayor Kip Holden.
He spoke out Thursday against any rules requiring future city-parish... more »
November 19, 2013 6:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden owes $2,500 to the state and has not paid up, according to the Louisiana Ethics Commission.
Holden's fine is from failing to file a 2008 personal financial disclosure form properly.
He's one of hundreds of public officials who owe money to the... more »
November 13, 2013 7:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner told the Metro Council his office is woefully underfunded, and requested 44 percent more funds than allocated in Mayor-President Kip Holden's proposed 2014 budget. Holden's budget, released last week, allocates nearly $2 million to the Coroner's Office. Coroner Dr. Beau Clark... more »
October 31, 2013 2:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden is urging everyone to be careful during the trick-or-treat hours tonight between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Holden says the expected rainy weather is beyond our control, but trick-or-treaters should wear light-colored or reflective clothing.
Holden also... more »
July 31, 2013 9:55 AM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden named Carl Dabadie to be the new chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department this morning.
Dabadie served as interim chief before today's announcement, and prior to that served as chief of staff to former Chief Dewayne White whom Holden fired in February.... more »
July 23, 2013 3:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden today said he expects to decide who will lead the Baton Rouge Police Department by this time next week.
Holden confirmed today that the three finalists for the position were interim chief Carl Dabadie, Capt. Noel Salamoni, and Capt. Carl Dunn, all currently... more »
July 5, 2013 11:56 AM
HOLDEN - Three people missing overnight after tubing on the Tickfaw River were found early Friday morning.
Two men, 27 and 21, and one woman, 18, were found around 7 a.m. after spending the night on a sandbar close to the Courtney Bridge area.
They were separated from... more »
June 14, 2013 6:03 PM
LIVINGSTON - Tears of happiness fell from the 13-year-old victim's face today as jurors found the former fire chief accused of texting and having sex with her guilty of indecent behavior charges.
The six-member jury took an hour to find Franklin Dale Church guilty of all nine charges on... more »
February 26, 2013 12:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lt. Carl Dabadie Jr. took the oath today to become Baton Rouge's provisional police chief.
Mayor Kip Holden swore Dabadie in. He is the son of an officer who died in the line of duty, and applied for the chief's position when Jeff LeDuff resigned in... more »
February 21, 2013 2:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - Dewayne White's attorney officially filed an appeal today for his removal as Baton Rouge's police chief, claiming it was done in bad faith and without just cause.
The appeal to the municipal Civil Service Board of East Baton Rouge says White's termination was not done in... more »
February 18, 2013 4:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White said he plans to appeal today's firing at the local and state levels, after a contentious hearing between him and East Baton Rouge's mayor-president.
Mayor Kip Holden did not reverse his decision today to fire White after a public... more »
February 18, 2013 10:55 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden announced he will uphold his decision to fire Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White.
Holden made the announcement during a public hearing with White and his attorney which grew contentious at times.
Holden said White made several misrepresentations during... more »
February 18, 2013 9:13 AM
BATON ROUGE- Police Chief Dwayne White has finished his testimony at a special hearing into his future.
Mayor-President Kip Holden said he would have a decision in the matter in about ten minutes.
White testified for more than an hour telling Holden he and the police department had... more »
February 7, 2013 6:33 PM
HOLDEN - After her tax return was rejected two years in a row, mother of three Melissa Peavy says she's fed up.
"I'm just angry," said Peavy. "I'm angry, not for myself, but for my children."
Two of her children have been claimed as dependants on a stranger's... more »
January 14, 2013 5:49 PM
HOLDEN - Water levels continue to rise and fall in Livingston Parish with more rain in the forecast, and it's getting harder to travel around some areas.
Bridges in the Holden area are closed for repairs. Water lifted the bridge on Frank Ballard Road and floated it several feet... more »
January 14, 2013 12:45 PM
HOLDEN - Public works crews started repairs to bridges damaged by high water in Livingston Parish.
Crews went out this morning to the Frank Ballard Road Bridge, one of several in the Holden area which were damaged. Parish DPW crews said the bridge floated about four feet off its... more »
January 11, 2013 3:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden officially declared a local disaster for East Baton Rouge Parish after two days of rainfall and localized flooding.
The declaration activates parish emergency response plans and other activities.
Holden's office noted that while the rain has stopped, the Amite and Comite rivers... more »
January 8, 2013 3:06 PM
HOLDEN - Wildlife agents said two Livingston Parish men arrested while hunting on New Year's Day were felons who should not have had guns.
Agents arrested Bobby Sykes, 38, and Barry Gill, 46, both of Holden, for being felons in possession of a firearm. They were also cited for... more »
January 4, 2013 6:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- Choirs, former LSU Basketball coach Dale Brown and others helped kick off Mayor Kip Holden's third term today.
Holden vowed to work with the new Metro Council members to keep things like economic growth strong, while preserving older parts of the city.
Some agree with putting... more »
January 1, 2013 10:24 AM
BATON ROUGE - Kip Holden took the oath of office just ten minutes past midnight to begin his next term as East Baton Rouge Mayor-President.
Holden did the swearing in at the New Year's Eve celebrations on the renovated North Boulevard Town Square.
Local attorney Leo Berggreen administered... more »
November 6, 2012 11:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden will serve a third term in office.
He sailed to an easy victory tonight, beating challenger Mike Walker after getting 60 percent of the vote with nearly all precincts reporting.
Holden said he has big plans for his third... more »
November 2, 2012 6:20 PM
HOLDEN - State Police said they suspect an impaired driver caused a wreck which killed a Walker man this morning on I-12 in Livingston Parish.
Troopers said Clifford Morse, 31, of Covington was booked into the Livingston Parish Prison in suspicion of vehicular homicide, hit and run, DWI and... more »
September 5, 2012 6:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - With just two months until East Baton Rouge Parish voters head to the polls to decide who will be mayor-president for the next four years, the race to be the parish's top leader is heating up.
Tuesday afternoon at 3:25, Mayor-President Kip Holden's office sent out... more »
August 2, 2012 3:18 PM
HOLDEN - Investigators filed three more charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile against a Holden man arrested with his son earlier this week and accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
Deputies filed two of the charges against Franklin Dale Church after interviews with that victim and... more »
June 12, 2012 10:26 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden announced his intention to seek re-election this November.
Holden scheduled a press conference for 10:30 a.m. to make the announcement.
Metro Council member Mike Walker has already announced his plans to run for mayor-president.
News 2's Mike Steele... more »
June 11, 2012 6:08 PM
HOLDEN - Livingston Parish Deputies arrested two men last week for stealing power cords from FEMA trailers near Holden to get the copper inside, one of the accused thieves is the owner's nephew.
Deputies arrested Colt Anthony Pittman, 27, of Springfield and James A. Hood, 23, of Holden on... more »
June 11, 2012 11:50 AM
HOLDEN - Livingston Parish Deputies arrested two men last week for stealing power cords from FEMA trailers near Holden to get the copper inside.
Deputies arrested Colt Anthony Pittman, 27, of Springfield and James A. Hood, 23, of Holden on burglary and theft charges.
Investigators said the men... more »
April 23, 2012 6:18 PM
HOLDEN - A man with double the legal blood alcohol faces a laundry list of charges, after he hit and killed a man, then drove away, according to State Troopers.
Manual "Jesus" Garcia could face thirty years in prison if he is convicted of vehicular homicide, DWI, reckless operation... more »
February 15, 2012 6:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - As Mayor Kip Holden announced to the Rotary Club, "the state of the city and parish is strong," Mayor Pro Tem and mayoral candidate Mike Walker looked on as he waited to spell out the problems he said he'll fix as the next mayor.
Walker officially... more »
February 15, 2012 3:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden made his State of the City address Wednesday afternoon.
In his address, Holden laid out his plans for East Baton Rouge Parish, including changes to the sewer system, continuing efforts in regards to the proposed loop, and more Green Light projects done by... more »
February 15, 2012 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden will address the Rotary Club Wednesday afternoon in his annual "State of the City Address."
We'll have updates throughout the day on WBRZ.com and tonight on News 2 at 5pm and 6pm.
February 15, 2012 4:35 AM
HOLDEN - The State Fire Marshal's Office says a mother and her daughter died when their mobile home went up in flames early Wednesday morning.
Around 1 a.m., firefighters arrived to the burning home, located on Hob Hodges Rd., near Hwy. 441 in Holden.
Officials say the family... more »
December 22, 2011 10:52 AM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge's mayor picked up a Salvation Army bell Thursday to help raise money for the charity . Mayor Kip Holden appeared at the Walmart on College to collect contributions for the nearly 150-year-old charitable organization.
"It's a great time in Baton Rouge to see people... more »
November 17, 2011 5:59 PM
ALBANY - Firefighting crews contained a wildfire Thursday afternoon near Albany.
The fire is located south of Hwy. 190, near the end of Blount Road between Albany and Holden.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry says the fire has been contained but damaged an estimated 80 acres... more »
November 17, 2011 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Mayor "Kip" Holden says a new apartment complex in downtown Baton Rouge well help breathe new life into the city.
The development, called 438 Main Street, would include 22 one-and two-bedroom units at the site on Fifth and Main Street.
Most of the money for the... more »
October 27, 2011 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden is now powerless over $4 million in crime-fighting grant money.
The sheriff is instead in charge of where the money goes. The state says that's because the mayor didn't follow the rules, despite being given several deadlines and assistance to get the... more »
September 12, 2011 10:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- A state senator is opening up about a News 2 investigation into his plane being parked in a publicly-paid for hangar for free.
Rob Marionneaux now says East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden told him he could use the hangar at Metro Airport. But the mayor... more »
September 1, 2011 4:07 PM
LIVINGSTON - Jonathan Foy, 20, of Holden, LA, was sentenced to 25 years hard labor today for a 2009 aggravated sexual assault.
At that time, Foy was 17 and the victim was 5 years old.
Foy was arrested in February 2009 after the victim's mother reported him to... more »
August 10, 2011 6:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted tonight not to send Mayor-President Kip Holden's tax proposal package on to East Baton Rouge Parish voters this October.
The vote was 9-1 not to put the measure on the ballot. Two members of the Council were absent.
Earlier, Holden had... more »
July 28, 2011 6:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - One day after the East Baton Rouge Metro Council killed his nearly $800 million bond proposal, Mayor-President Kip Holden said the plan is moving forward but wouldn't elaborate how.
Nine of the 12 Council members voted to kill the proposal before it was to be discussed... more »
July 14, 2011 12:07 PM
LIVINGSTON - Sheriff's deputies released the names today of the two victims in a murder-suicide investigation out of Holden.
Chief Deputy Jason Ard said Michael E. Richardson, 65, and his wife Nancy Richardson, 67, were found shot to death in their home on Tickfaw Acres Road Wednesday morning.
... more »
July 13, 2011 12:32 PM
HOLDEN - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Department tells News 2 there has been murder-suicide in Holden.
According to Chief Deputy Jason Ard a couple in their mid-60's were found by their family members this morning. The couple had been shot to death, and Ard said the incident was being... more »
July 6, 2011 5:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Sheriff Sid Gautreaux are violating state law.
He says the sheriff's signature is not needed to collect millions of dollars in federal grants distributed by GOHSEP. The situation and developed into... more »
May 27, 2011 5:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State Police Maj. Donald Dewayne White will be sworn-in as the 27th Police Chief in Baton Rouge Tuesday.
News 2 broke the story that White was the front-runner for the job on Thursday's 10 p.m. newscast. Mayor Kip Holden made the pick official at a Friday... more »
May 26, 2011 10:13 PM
BATON ROUGE- News 2 has learned the front runner for Baton Rouge Police Chief is State Police Maj. Donald Dewayne White.
Mayor Kip Holden will announce his decision today at a 10 a.m. press conference. White, 51, is the commander of the emergency services unit at Louisiana State Police.... more »
May 22, 2011 10:31 AM
WALKER, La.- A woman from Holden died in a head-on collision. It happened on LA 447 south of I-12 in Livingston Parish yesterday evening.
Louisiana State Police say 50-year-old Trudy Hebert died after crossing the center line and crashing head-on into an oncoming truck. Her car rolled off the... more »
April 20, 2011 10:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Chief Administrative Officer John Carpenter told a committee of the Metro Council Wednesday that Mayor Kip Holden hopes to bring his latest bond package to members for approval in the next month.
Carpenter made the announcement when addressing an item by Councilman Chandler... more »
April 14, 2011 5:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden says he will support putting another bond proposal on the October or November ballot.
The mayor says details are being ironed out. Voters rejected other recent tax increases that included everything from money for a downtown tourist attraction to roads and crime... more »
April 11, 2011 4:29 PM
HOLDEN - A road rage incident put one man in jail in Livingston Parish over the weekend after he attacked a driver with a gun, according to Louisiana State Police.
Trooper Russell Graham said Ralph Brown, 68, of Hammond was arrested after the incident on I-12 near Holden Saturday... more »
March 24, 2011 6:20 PM
HOLDEN- Livingston Parish Deputies charged a man in a wheelchair with murder after he admitted to shooting another man on his property. Ernest Beraud, 53, is charged with 2nd degree murder after he shot Leonard Gay Jake Johnson, 50, when he thought he saw a weapon.
Deputies said the... more »
February 24, 2011 5:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - Students at Dufrocq Elementary got a special treat Thursday morning as George Rodrigue donated a year's worth of art supplies to the school.
Rodrigue also gave a demonstration of how to paint a blue dog. Students then went to the canvas to paint their own.
... more »
February 16, 2011 6:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - As East Baton Rouge becomes the largest parish in the state, Mayor Kip Holden is optimistic that the new parish-wide "vision" of the future will become a reality if the public gets behind it.
The plan identifies six key areas where growth and development will enhance... more »
January 20, 2011 4:03 PM
HOLDEN – A meth lab in a washing machine burned a Livingston Parish man and led to the arrest of two people today, according to authorities. Chief Deputy Jason Ard said three children were also taken into state care after 29-year-old Angelique Joy Townsend and 33-year-old Carl H. Savoy were... more »
December 2, 2010 6:01 PM
HOLDEN- A traffic stop on Interstate 12 turned into a major drug bust.
Chadrick D. Grimes was pulled over for a traffic violation when a police dog smelled marijuana in the car. Police searched the vehicle and found ten pounds of marijuana. The pot was packaged in four bundles... more »
November 29, 2010 8:49 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH- Former Holden Fire Chief Franklin Church is behind bars on a $2.6 million dollar bond, after he was arrested for 101 counts of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.
News 2 has learned he was arrested seven years ago on similar charges, but there is no record of... more »
November 29, 2010 12:10 PM
LIVINGSTON- A man from Holden is facing more than 100 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile after police and sheriff's deputies found images of her on the man's computer, during a separate investigation.
Dale Church, 44, faces more than 700 years behind bars if convicted on all 107... more »
November 19, 2010 9:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- A political consultant is clear of accusations he paid for a slur-campaign against the mayor of Baton Rouge.
The State Board of Ethics dismissed campaign-finance violations against Scott Wilfong. But former City Councilman Darrell Glasper could face criminal charges because of fliers in the 2008 mayoral campaign... more »
November 7, 2010 10:00 AM
Authorities arrested a 44-year-old Holden man accused of computer-aided solicitation of a 13-year-old girl.
The Livingston Police Department reported Friday that Franklin Dale Church was parked near the girl's home sending messages to her from his cell phone as well as his laptop computer.
According to Saturday's Advocate,... more »
November 5, 2010 3:23 PM
LIVINGSTON – A Holden man was arrested after police said he sent a 13-year-old girl sexual messages from his cell phone and computer. Police arrested 44-year-old Franklin Church Monday night in suspicion of computer aided solicitation of a minor. Chief Randy Dufrene said Church had parked at the Livingston Ballfield... more »
October 26, 2010 1:55 PM
Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff has formally notified city officials of his intention to retire by the end of the year.
The mayor's office provided News 2 with a letter today from Mayor-President Kip Holden to the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. In it, Holden said... more »