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  • Leads run dry in Holden woman's disappearance check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 12, 2015 2:10 PM

    HOLDEN - Seven years ago, Barbara Blount vanished without a trace. Tonight, her family is holding on to hope that someday they'll get to embrace their loved one again. The Investigative Unit uncovered new information from the family about what happened in the days and hours following Barbara Blount's... more »
  • Holden to assemble ConnectHome Roundtable Thursday

    October 14, 2015 11:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President “Kip” Holden will assemble a community roundtable discussion Thursday to provide an update on the Baton Rouge ConnectHome pilot program. Holden said that he hopes the roundtable will be the first of many community conversations about building a “first-class digital workforce for the future of... more »
  • Stinky smell causes uproar after dumping in Holden check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 29, 2015 6:48 PM

    HOLDEN - Some people say a nasty odor is keeping them from enjoying the outdoors in Livingston Parish. The residents in Holden say the smell is coming from piles of something dumped by a company named Darpro. Darpro turns used cooking grease and oil into diesel and says it is... more »
  • John Schneider Studios check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 9, 2015 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE- John Schneider Studios has made a home in Livingston Parish, but it's definitely not your standard movie studio with green screens and bright lights. News 2's Kylie Dixon took got the chance to take a tour of the property with Bo Duke himself, and got to see... more »
  • Crash causing heavy traffic on I-12 at Holden

    September 3, 2015 5:43 PM

    HOLDEN - Louisiana State Police are urging drivers to avoid I-12 East at LA 441 (Holden) due to a crash near that location. Police said that traffic congestion is very heavy due to the crash and emergency road repairs on the interstate at Pumpkin Center Road. LSP recommend... more »
  • Video released of high-speed chase, driver blew .103 when arrested check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 24, 2015 3:54 PM

    WALKER - Police said they arrested a highly-intoxicated Hammond man early Sunday morning after he led officers on a high-speed chase for more than 16 miles. Police said the pursuit began around 2 a.m. Sunday when officers saw a vehicle driven by 41-year-old Roland Reine slide to a stop... more »
  • "Shakespeare in the Swamp" check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 24, 2015 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Local actors are getting ready to perform some classic plays with a Cajun twist. John Schneider Studios will be hosting "Shakespeare in the Swamp" at the end of the month. This morning one of the show's lead actors, Chasen Schneider, and producer, Alicia Allain, stopped by 2une In... more »
  • LPSO: Holden man arrested after firing shotgun during dispute

    July 28, 2015 6:25 PM

    HOLDEN - Sheriff's deputies in Livingston Parish announced a man accused of injuring a person with a shotgun during a domestic disturbance turned himself into authorities Monday night. Investigators say 54-year-old Melvin Graham fired a 20-gauge shotgun onto the asphalt roadway in front of his Holden residence Monday night,... more »
  • Mayor Holden's Healthy BR Initiative wins national AHA award

    July 14, 2015 12:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE -The American Hospital Association announced Tuesday that Mayor-President Kip Holden's Healthy BR Initiative is one of five programs nationwide to receive the NOVA award for improving community health. "This award is really honoring a collaborative effort, and shows what can be accomplished when health-care providers put aside their... more »
  • BRPD wants $1 million for new cars check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 13, 2015 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police say many of their cars are old and safety is a concern. So Baton Rouge police want $1 million for 35 new cruisers. In all they have 300 marked cars, some of them are 9 years old. "We are required to replace the vehicles every five... more »
  • Civic Hacking day to encourage digital community initiatives

    June 5, 2015 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden is encouraging Baton Rouge residents to participate in "National Day of Civic Hacking" on Saturday, June 6. The Mayor's office said that the event, led by Code for America, is designed to encourage citizens across the U.S. to develop ideas, solutions or... more »
  • Film tax credit fight nears check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 6, 2015 8:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Mayor Kip Holden made an impassioned defense of the state film tax credit at a press conference that unveiled more films to be shot in Baton Rouge. "This industry is too important to shut the door on people who need jobs, can do these jobs, and can... more »
  • Residents relieved about fire tax renewal

    May 3, 2015 7:51 PM

    HOLDEN - Residents in Livingston made it clear that they want to keep their fire department running after voters chose to renew a 11.1 millage tax for another ten years. A whopping ninety-two percent of residents in Holden approved the tax on Saturday in order to save their District... more »
  • Man faces attempted murder charge in teen's stabbing

    May 1, 2015 5:51 PM

    HOLDEN - Sheriff's deputies in Livingston Parish said they arrested a man accused of using a screwdriver to stab a 17-year-old in the face multiple times at a home in Holden earlier this month. 25-year-old Lawrence "Larry" Bottoms was arrested as a fugitive from Livingston Parish at his residence... more »
  • Three arrested including juvenile in drive-by shooting check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 9, 2015 11:03 AM

    HOLDEN - Deputies said three people are under arrest in connection with a drive-by shooting at a Holden home which injured someone inside, and said one of the shooters was a juvenile. According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office 18-year-old Breanna Hendry, 17-year-old Christian Taylor and an unnamed juvenile... more »
  • Fire district's future depends on voters check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 1, 2014 4:17 PM

    HOLDEN - A fire protection district could shut down in Livingston Parish if voters strike down a tax renewal in Holden. Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 10 Chief Warren Stewart says the district would miss out on $172,000 each year if the tax renewal fails to pass. That's money... more »
  • Metro Council wants pay raises in budget

    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 »
  • John Schneider revs up Livingston movie studio check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • I-12E reopened after multi-vehicle wreck

    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 »
  • I-12 closed, then opened again after chicken truck wreck

    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 »
  • I-12 back open after chicken truck wreck check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Traffic management system eases congested commute check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • I-12 East closed near Holden

    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 »
  • Trailer dealer to get license back

    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 »
  • Mayor Holden against residency requirements check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • BR mayor among politicians not paying fines Play Video

    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 »
  • EBR coroner's office asks for more money

    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 »
  • Caution urged for trick-or-treaters

    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 »
  • Interim chief Dabadie named as new BRPD chief check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Holden: Decision on BRPD chief expected next week

    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 »
  • Witnesses talk about search for missing tubers on river check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Victim cries as verdict read in Church trial check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Dabadie sworn in as provisional BRPD chief

    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 »
  • Fired BRPD chief files civil service appeal

    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 »
  • Fired BRPD chief plans further appeals check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Holden chooses to uphold BRPD chief's firing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • White finishes statement, Holden to render decision check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Tax return rejected after dependants wrongfully claimed check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Bridges damaged, flooding continues in Livingston Parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Bridge repairs going on after flooding

    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 »
  • Mayor Holden signs disaster declaration for EBR

    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 »
  • LDWF arrests felons for hunting violations

    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 »
  • Holden: Still work to do in third term check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Holden sworn in to start EBR's New Year

    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 »
  • Holden: "Big plans" for third term as EBR Mayor-Pres. check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • LSP: Impairment suspect in deadly I-12 wreck

    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 »
  • Holden: Walker's actions "childish" in BRAVE announcement check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Holden man charged with more indecent behavior counts

    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 »
  • EBR Mayor-President announces re-election bid

    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 »
  • Accused copper thief stole from uncle check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Two arrested for stealing copper from FEMA trailers

    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 »
  • Livingston crash kills one; injures another check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Holden and Walker at odds over state of the city-parish check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Holden makes State of the City address check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Mayor Holden to hold "State of the City Address"

    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. more »
  • Mother, daughter die in Holden trailer fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Mayor Holden rings bell for Salvation Army

    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 »
  • Wildfire contained near Albany

    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 »
  • Holden says new apartments will revitalize downtown Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • BR mayor loses grant power; Sheriff, Ascension Parish pick up slack

    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 »
  • Marionneaux speaks about plane investigation, says Holden gave the okay

    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 »
  • 25 years for teen convicted of sex assualt

    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 »
  • Council votes tax package down again

    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 »
  • Mayor Holden: Tax plan moving forward

    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 »
  • Authorities ID deceased in Holden murder-suicide

    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 »

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