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  • Hurricane Irma evacuees find shelter in Baton Rouge Play Video

    September 10, 2017 11:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As hotels in other states fill up with Hurricane Irma evacuees, some Floridians are seeking shelter in Baton Rouge. According to a hotel clerk at the Days Inn Motel in Baton Rouge, about 13 Florida natives have checked in since the storm. Evacuees like David... more »
  • Zachary man found dead in hotel parking lot in Texas; truck and tractor stolen

    June 22, 2017 5:00 PM

    STAFFORD – A Zachary man was found dead in the parking lot of a hotel in Texas on Tuesday. According to Stafford Police Department, officers responded to reports of a man lying on the ground in the parking lot of America's Best Value Inn located at 11206 West... more »
  • Artist projects words 'pay Trump bribes here' onto DC hotel

    May 16, 2017 2:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's Washington hotel was briefly illuminated with projected messages including "pay Trump bribes here" and "emoluments welcome." Robin Bell, a Washington-based artist and filmmaker, says he used a video projector to splash the words across an entrance to the hotel on Monday night in protest of... more »
  • FEMA extends hotel stay program until May 31

    May 9, 2017 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program has been extended for an additional 20 days. Eligible survivors may stay in participating hotel/motels through the night of Tuesday, May 30, 2017 but must check out by Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The move marks the ninth time that the... more »
  • Suspected arsonist in custody after 2 fires in Trump Hotel

    April 27, 2017 8:14 AM

    LAS VEGAS - Officials say one person is injured and a suspect is in custody after two separate fires were discovered at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. The Clark County Fire Department released a statement saying toasters, towels and various other materials were used to ignite the fires... more »
  • Faulty light fixture leads to $450,000 in damage at Bellagio mall

    April 18, 2017 2:59 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Fire officials in Las Vegas say a faulty light fixture on an exterior wall of the Bellagio shopping complex sparked a fire on the roof last week that tourists stopped to watch near the iconic fountain show on the Strip. Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell said... more »
  • Two critically injured in explosion inside California motel

    April 16, 2017 10:08 PM

    SAN JOSE, Calif. - Fire officials in Northern California say two people were critically injured in an explosion inside a motel room that's being investigated as a crime scene. The Mercury News reports the explosion Sunday at the Casa Linda Motel in San Jose badly damaged one room. San Jose... more »
  • August flood survivors get month extension for hotel stays

    April 9, 2017 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Victims of last August's flooding who are still living in hotels and motels are getting a one-month reprieve. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says they now have to check out of their rooms by May 11. The previous checkout deadline was April 11. Nearly 250 households are... more »
  • FEMA extends hotel stay program until May 11

    April 7, 2017 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program has been extended until May 2017. Eligible survivors may stay in participating hotel/motels through the night of Wednesday, May 10, 2017 but must check out by Thursday, May 11, 2017. Following a mid-extension review, some applicants may be found ineligible... more »
  • Teen killed by carbon monoxide leak at Michigan hotel pool

    April 1, 2017 4:13 PM

    NILES, Mich. - Authorities in southwestern Michigan have identified a 13-year-old boy who died after a carbon monoxide leak in a hotel pool area that also sickened about a dozen people. Employees at the Quality Inn & Suites in Niles called 911 around 10 a.m. Saturday after seeing six unresponsive... more »
  • L'Auberge resorts awarded AAA Four Diamond rating

    March 1, 2017 7:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The L'Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge and the L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles have been awarded the AAA Four Diamond rating,ranking them among the nation's elite hotels. The rating has been awarded to only 5.9 percent of the 28,000 hotels approved by the... more »
  • Report: Student rammed window before falling from 11th floor

    February 14, 2017 12:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a University of Southern Mississippi student fell through a closed 11th-story hotel window onto a hotel's fourth-floor pool deck and died. An email Tuesday from the coroner's office identifies the dead man as 20-year-old Cole Whaley, and says he died early Saturday at... more »
  • Exclusive: Video shows murder suspect arrested at BR hotel Play Video

    February 2, 2017 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A murder suspect came out of a hotel room with his hands raised, heeding the commands of nearby officers who had their guns drawn. Baton Rouge Police and its special response unit surrounded the room at the Magnuson Hotel near Airline and I-12 around 3 p.m.... more »
  • Patriots fan charged with pulling alarm at Steelers' hotel

    January 23, 2017 1:29 PM

    BOSTON - A Boston man described by his lawyer as a "die-hard Patriots fan" has pleaded not guilty to pulling a fire alarm that roused the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers from their hotel beds ahead of their playoff game against New England. Dennis Harrison was released on personal recognizance at... more »
  • Rescuers search for avalanche survivors, fear more slides

    January 21, 2017 1:40 PM

    FARINDOLA, Italy - Using saws, shovels and their gloved hands, rescue workers advanced slowly Saturday through the wreckage of an avalanche-destroyed hotel in central Italy, listening hard for any signs of more survivors among the 23 missing guests and hotel workers. Falling snow reduced visibility and raised new fears that... more »
  • Police release scary images of hotel holdup; victims tied up, robbed

    January 10, 2017 1:30 PM

    HAMMOND - Two victims were robbed at gunpoint and left tied up in their hotel room at the La Quinta Inn & Suites at 42126 Veterans Avenue Monday morning. Three suspects entered the room and held the victims at gunpoint before binding their wrists with zipties and covering their... more »
  • North Carolina man accused of raping woman at BR area hotel

    January 5, 2017 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies say a North Carolina man was arrested after they say he raped a woman twice at a Baton Rouge area hotel in November. Arrest records say Millard Purvis Anderson was charged with second-degree rape Thursday for an incident that happened on Nov. 4, 2016. ... more »
  • FEMA extends TSA program to January 17

    December 15, 2016 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA has approved Louisiana’s request to extend the Traditional Sheltering Assistance program until January 2017. The TSA program is intended to provide “short-term sheltering” to flood survivors by allowing them to stay in FEMA approved hotel rooms. State officials requested the extension due to a... more »
  • Man convicted in 2007 Times Square hotel killing

    December 6, 2016 8:48 PM

    NEW YORK - It took nearly a decade for a murder case over a prostitute's death in a shabby Times Square hotel to go to trial. But it took only about two hours for jurors to convict the accused man. Jurors in Clarence Dean's case began deliberating late Tuesday afternoon.... more »
  • Voters to decide on hotel occupancy tax increase on Dec. 10

    November 17, 2016 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE – East Baton Rouge Parish residents will decide on a proposition authorizing a two percent hotel occupancy tax that would be added to hotel guests' nightly room rate on the Dec. 10th ballot. Proceeds from the tax would produce an estimated $2.6 million each year to fund... more »
  • FEMA hotel program extended through mid-November

    October 17, 2016 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA will extend the time flood evacuees will be able to stay in rooms paid for by the federal government. Many people have been staying in area hotels since the August 2016 flood. FEMA is providing assistance through its disaster relief programs. The assistance was set... more »
  • Watermark hotel opens in downtown BR Play Video

    October 12, 2016 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Watermark Hotel, once a national bank, officially opened on Wednesday in downtown Baton Rouge. With the opening of the boutique hotel, downtown will have more than 1,000 rooms for guests to stay in. However, in the early 2000's that was not the case. "Back... more »
  • Trump's new DC hotel vandalized with spray-painted graffiti

    October 2, 2016 2:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's new luxury hotel in downtown Washington has been vandalized. District of Columbia police say someone spray-painted the phrases "black lives matter" and "no justice no peace" on the front of the building on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, the phrases were covered up with pieces of plywood.... more »
  • Clinton, Sanders meet in D.C.

    June 14, 2016 10:33 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The hotel summit between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is over. The Vermont senator left a Washington, D.C., hotel on Tuesday night after a meeting of about 90 minutes with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. There was no sign of Clinton, who earlier won the city's presidential... more »
  • Council approval paves way for new hotel in Downtown BR Play Video

    May 25, 2016 11:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Metro Council approved a tiff Wednesday night that paves the way for a new hotel to be built in downtown Baton Rouge. The Third-Florida Economic Development District allows the Courtyard Marriott Hotel planned for the corner of 3rd and Florida to levy a 2 cent... more »
  • Man on ledge at Trump hotel in Vegas taken into custody

    May 14, 2016 2:51 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas police say a man who threatened to jump off a ledge at Trump International hotel apparently over "an unpaid bill" moved off the ledge and was taken into custody. Police say officers were called Friday night to the hotel near the Las Vegas Strip after... more »
  • Woman found dead in freezer of downtown Atlanta hotel

    March 22, 2016 12:42 PM

    ATLANTA - Atlanta police say a kitchen worker has been found dead in the walk-in freezer of a downtown hotel. Lt. Charles Hampton said the woman was found Tuesday morning inside the freezer at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, one of the city's largest and most recognizable hotels with its cylindrical... more »
  • New Orleans hotels full for New Year's Eve, Sugar Bowl

    December 31, 2015 9:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Tourism officials say New Year's Eve festivities and Friday's Allstate Sugar Bowl have filled the nearly 21,000 hotel rooms in downtown New Orleans and is sure to keep bars and restaurants busy through the weekend. On Friday, the No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys will face off against the... more »
  • Man accused of cooking meth at Baker hotel with 5-year-old in room

    December 10, 2015 11:43 AM

    BAKER - Police arrested a man after they received a tip informing them that a man was preparing and selling crystal meth out of a Baker hotel room with a 5-year-old child present. 33-year-old Issac Delarosario was booked on charges of creation/operation of a clandestine methamphetamine lab Tuesday. ... more »
  • Man wanted for May rape at Baton Rouge hotel

    October 22, 2015 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Detectives have issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of raping a 16-year-old woman at a Baton Rouge hotel earlier this year. 35-year-old Damien Thompson is wanted for forcible rape by Baton Rouge Police. Police said the alleged rape happened on May 2 at... more »
  • Two city governments approve lodging taxes Tuesday night

    September 23, 2015 12:01 AM

    BAKER - City leaders here and in neighboring Zachary approved a measure to funnel more tax money from out-of-towners into city governments. Each city council approved a hotel/motel tax that will need to be approved by voters in upcoming elections. In both Zachary and Baker, city leaders hope to... more »
  • Man thinks he and son poisoned by meth in hotel coffee maker

    September 16, 2015 5:05 PM

    KEARNEY, Neb. - A Nebraska man believes he and his 2-year-old son were poisoned by a methamphetamine-tainted coffee maker at an Omaha hotel. Travis and Amber Richard and their children spent Labor Day weekend in Omaha. He says he used the coffee maker and coffee package in their... more »
  • David Duke kicked out of LSU hotel Play Video

    September 10, 2015 7:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU Police removed David Duke from LSU's Lod Cook Hotel after they said he was asked to leave by the hotel manager during a meeting of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. DEVELOPING: David Duke told by police to leave @lsu campus hotel hosting Daughters... more »
  • Harrah's Casino blames smoking ban for 2nd drop in monthly take

    July 24, 2015 7:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Revenue dropped 30 percent in June at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel & Casino. It was the second consecutive monthly drop. The facility's top executive is putting most of the blame on the city's indoor smoking ban. Dan Real, general manager of Harrah's New Orleans, asked the state Gaming... more »
  • Baton Rouge council rejects tax subsidy for hotel proposal

    July 23, 2015 7:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council has refused to award a tax-relief incentive to a new hotel. The fate of the planned Courtyard by Marriott in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge is unclear. The hotel is proposed for the corner of Third Street and Florida Street,... more »
  • Report: New Orleans parking officers parked themselves in coffee shops

    July 22, 2015 3:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' inspector general has issued a report critical of the city's parking enforcement division. Wednesday's report says the head of the division took nine months to hand over documents needed for an investigation. It said some parking officers made themselves appear productive by ticketing vehicles of... more »
  • R&A waits on Turnberry call after Trump remarks

    July 15, 2015 8:10 AM

    ST. ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - British Open organizers say they will bide their time before deciding whether Turnberry should be removed from the championship rotation following comments by the course's owner, Donald Trump, about Mexicans. Trump, a Republican candidate for U.S. president, is facing a backlash after saying some Mexican immigrants... more »
  • Tip leads to arrest of men accused of hotel armed robbery

    June 10, 2015 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies say they have identified and arrested two suspects accused of an armed robbery that happened at a Baton Rouge hotel last week. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office received tips from the public identifying Herman Leroy Hill, Jr., 39, and Kianta Cardelle Edwards, 18, as... more »
  • EBRSO seeking 2 men behind hotel armed robbery

    June 8, 2015 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Detectives in East Baton Rouge Parish are looking for two men wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a Reiger Road hotel room last Tuesday morning. According to witnesses, two men armed with pistols knocked on the door of a hotel room where two women... more »
  • Wampold property will be Marriott Autograph hotel

    May 14, 2015 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Developer Mike Wampold will turn the old State Office Building in downtown Baton Rouge into a 148-room Marriott Autograph hotel. The hotel, set to open in August 2016, will be named Watermark Baton Rouge. It will be a full-service hotel, which will include an upscale restaurant and about... more »
  • Possible hotel tax coming to Baton Rouge

    May 13, 2015 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council is deciding whether to approve two proposed taxing districts for downtown hotels. Plans call for a new Holiday Inn Express and Courtyard Mariott. Developers of both projects are seeking new tax increment financing districts. These new districts would allow developers to... more »
  • Caddo Parish DA passes away at LSU hotel

    April 22, 2015 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities said a visiting district attorney from Caddo Parish passed away Wednesday morning while staying at the Lod Cook Hotel on LSU's campus. LSU Police responded to the hotel around 8:15 a.m. and said Charles Rex Scott, 67, from Shreveport had died. Police said there... more »
  • Metro Council to talk pay raises and pageants Play Video

    March 25, 2015 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There is a packed agenda for Wednesday's Metro Council meeting . The council could decide to put more money in the pockets of city workers. They will vote on a pay raise today that was promised by Mayor Kip Holden. Everyone but the firefighter's union had... more »
  • BRPD investigating armed robbery of hotel

    December 1, 2014 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Detectives are investigating an armed robbery that happened at a Constitution Avenue hotel on Sunday night in Baton Rouge. Witnesses told investigators that a man entered the front doors of the business at around 8:30 p.m. and placed a bank bag on the front counter. He... more »
  • Police arrest man found passed out at hotel

    November 10, 2014 12:56 PM

    BAKER - Police said they arrested a man at a Baker hotel after housekeepers found him passed out in a room filled with drugs and drug paraphernalia. Staff from the Main Street hotel called Baker firefighters first after they entered the room and found 32-year-old Brandon Chaney unresponsive in... more »
  • Plans for new downtown hotel announced

    October 13, 2014 2:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital City pushes closer to the goal of more than 1,000 hotel rooms downtown with Monday's announcement of a planned Courtyard Marriott hotel at 260 Third Street. Hotel developer Windsor Aughtry, representatives from the Downtown Development District, and hotel management company Hospitality America were on... more »
  • Hotel shooting: 1 dead, 1 critically wounded

    August 10, 2014 11:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say one man is dead and another critically wounded after a shooting in a Canal Street hotel room. Officer Frank Robertson says investigators believe the dead man may have shot himself, but have not confirmed that. He says the shooting was reported about 6:30... more »
  • Incident at BR hotel sparks investigation

    May 31, 2013 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police responded to hotel in the College Dr. area early Friday after reports of shots fired at the facility. Officers were called out to the Comfort Suites on Valley Creek Dr. just after 4 a.m. Few other details are known, but at least one person... more »

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