April 16, 2014 9:06 AM
BATON ROUGE - An altercation between family members led to a shooting in Baton Rouge Tuesday night.
Investigators say 53-year-old Jeremy Gray was shot and killed by his stepbrother on Dotson Ave. off Scenic Hwy. just after 10:00 p.m. last night. They haven't determined what caused the shooting, but... more »
April 14, 2014 8:11 AM
BATON ROUGE - Fire officials believe an arsonist caused a fire in Baton Rouge early Monday morning.
Crews were called to the 4800 block of Bank St. around 2:00 a.m. When they arrived on scene, they found the bathroom engulfed in flames. It did not take them long to... more »
April 10, 2014 10:35 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Fire investigators believe an arsonist lit a vacant house on fire Thursday evening.
Smoke and flames poured from the home on Hope Circle, off Lockhart Road. Viewer-video shows massive flames engulfing the structure.
Now, there is a search for the person who started the inferno.
... more »
April 10, 2014 9:44 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish spent Thursday night investigating the sudden illness of six people who smoked synthetic marijuana.
Investigators said the group, who smoked the fake weed at various locations and not all in one location, were treated at an area hospital. The incident was described as... more »
April 9, 2014 3:51 PM
MONROE- The man some have dubbed the "Kissing Congressman" won't ask the feds to investigate how surveillance video of him, kissing a woman who wasn't his wife, was able to be leaked to the news media and posted on the Internet.
The video surfaced Monday, and quickly went viral.... more »
April 8, 2014 9:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are investigating a murder after the body of a 38-year-old man was found shot to death early Tuesday morning.
The body of Alexander Scott was found by neighborhood residents around 7:30am in a canal behind houses in the 4300 block of Jefferson Ave.... more »
April 5, 2014 10:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators are working to determine what sparked a fire that killed a 74-year-old Hammond man Friday night.
The fire happened at 508 Phoenix Square. Nathaniel Kelly, Sr. was killed in the blaze. According to the State Fire Marshal, the fire orginated in the hallway, but... more »
April 3, 2014 9:55 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- A coach, accused of pushing steroids on at least one high school athlete, bonded out of two jails by Thursday night.
Curtis Tsuruda was arrested Tuesday after parents of a Donaldsonville High School athlete reported their son was given steroids. When he talked with deputies, Tsuruda confessed to... more »
April 2, 2014 9:12 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police are looking for a man who pushed a woman into the bathroom of a McDonald's on Sherwood Forest and threatened her with a knife Wednesday afternoon.
Police said the altercation happened around 3:00 when the 36-year-old woman was shoved into a stall in the female restroom... more »
April 1, 2014 10:33 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Investigators believe a coach's hunger to win drove him to give his high school student athlete steroids.
Tuesday, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said what happened at Donaldsonville High is no joke. Aphysical education teacher was arrested for distributing steroids to a student.
... more »
March 31, 2014 11:59 AM
NEW ROADS - The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash involving a New Roads Police officer Friday night.
Sheriff Bud Torres said the officer involved is Captain Mark Munson, and that this is his second wreck in a month's time.
Munson was not given a... more »
March 26, 2014 4:45 PM
NEW ROADS- Less than 24 hours after the News 2 Investigative Unit aired a story about a fireman getting handcuffed during a 911 call, the State Fire Marshal's Office launched an investigation into the incident.
It happened Monday night in the 100 block of Cherry Street. According to witnesses,... more »
March 20, 2014 6:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - Fire officials believe an arsonist is behind an early Thursday morning house fire in Baton Rouge.
The home in the 2200 block of Maryland St. went up in flames just after midnight. 75% of the home was damaged by the time the fire was extinguished. The... more »
March 14, 2014 3:57 PM
ALEXANDRIA - The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools plans to open an investigation into Louisiana College in Pineville. The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/1kRHV3x ) the probe follows allegations that officials at the private Baptist college submitted documents that contained forged signatures to the higher education accrediting agency as it... more »
March 14, 2014 10:10 AM
BATON ROUGE - Multiple sources confirmed to the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit Friday that the state's investigation into the East Baton Rouge Parish School System is complete. Those sources also confirmed the investigation is "significant" and has been turned over to law enforcement.
News 2 has learned the... more »
March 13, 2014 10:49 PM
ST. JAMES- There is growing concern about what is inside tank cars that carry Bakken Oil along railroads in South Louisiana.
Recently, trains hauling the oil have crashed and exploded into out-of-control infernos. Most recently, there were disasters in the northern part of the United States and also Canada.... more »
February 21, 2014 5:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police have charged an LSU student for reporting a fake attempted abduction at LSU Thursday night.
Leila Marlene Wolfe, 22, of Denham Springs, faces criminal mischief charges. She was issued a misdemeanor summons and was released.
The story Wolfe is accused of creating put the entire... more »
February 17, 2014 9:08 PM
SORRENTO - A visit to the town hall by the Louisiana Board of Ethics is not sitting well with people in Ascension Parish.
One resident said the mounting scandals in her town are hard to deal with.
"You hope that's going to be the worst," said Jenifer Tingle,... more »
February 17, 2014 3:30 PM
SORRENTO- The Louisiana Board of Ethics spent the morning at the town hall Monday, but details about why political inspectors were in Ascension Parish were not revealed.
The board typically does not confirm or deny an investigation, which is usually prompted by a complaint. Details of complaints are also... more »
February 13, 2014 10:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- A man was shot dead and left behind apartments off Florida Boulevard Thursday night.
Detectives found the unidentified man in the complex at 567 Sharp Lane after people reported hearing gunshots just after 9 p.m. He was shot multiple times, detectives said.
He died at the... more »
February 7, 2014 10:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police said a woman cooked a rouse about a home invasion, sold it to investigators and hoped to getaway with it but failed.
After Jackie Bridgers was featured in television reports where she told reporters she, her child, and her roommate where attacked by three guys inside... more »
February 6, 2014 10:38 PM
BATON ROUGE- Fire crews were dispatched to a large fire Thursday night adjacent to a fire protection company.
Numerous crews were on the scene as flames poured out of the roof and smoke billowed into the night sky from a building on Mohican Street at Plank Road.
Part... more »
February 3, 2014 9:53 PM
ZACHARY - An internet hoax created by scammers nearly caught a woman in our area Monday.
Her internet devices were locked and only showed a phony FBI notification alerting her to an investigation over her viewing of child pornography and rape videos.
"I thought I was legally in... more »
February 1, 2014 11:22 AM
ST. AMANT - Police say they are investigating a homicide after a body was found Friday night.
Officials say they received a call from about a suspicious person on Penny Duplessis Road in St. Amant.
The deputy sent to the scene noticed a vehicle in a ditch on... more »
January 31, 2014 11:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- The fire department said Friday there were no violations when inspectors checked an apartment complex that eventually burned and left nearly three dozen homeless.
The Turner Plaza Apartments caught fire Wednesday. Another portion of the complex burned a few years earlier, too.
Fire investigators told the... more »
January 31, 2014 11:14 PM
LAFAYETTE- State Police in southwestern Louisiana are investigating the Instagram accounts of teenagers after reports of cyberbullying and child pornography being posted on the picture sharing site.
Investigators said the images likely appeared as teens were stuck at home, bored during the recent winter storm that closed schools for... more »
January 29, 2014 1:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- A massive apartment fire in Baton Rouge remains under investigation this afternoon.
It happened around 1:30 p.m. at the Turner Plaza Apartments in the 4500 block of North Street. The fire happened on the second floor, but investigators say it is too early to say what caused... more »
January 28, 2014 7:37 PM
WASHINGTON- The number of U.S. Air Force nuclear missile launch officers implicated in the a cheating scandal has doubled from the initial 34 according to an official in the know.
It's not clear if the new 30-some odd airmen implicated in cheating on proficiency tests participated in the cheating... more »
January 23, 2014 3:30 PM
BRUSLY- The town's police chief surrendered to deputies in West Baton Rouge on charges of theft and malfeasance in office.
The arrest stems from an investigation that alleged Chief Jamie Whaley had been using a city credit card to put fuel in his personal vehicle for the past year.... more »
January 21, 2014 4:46 PM
ST. GABRIEL- Hundreds of thousands of dollars are owed to the City of St. Gabriel for unpaid sewer fees. According to figures provided to the News 2 Investigative Unit, nearly one third of the residents don't pay their sewer bills.
Currently there are 874 active sewer accounts in the... more »
January 15, 2014 7:35 PM
WASHINGTON- The Air Force investigation in drug use by nuclear missile launch offers has widened now to allegations of cheating on certification tests. Last week the Pentagon disclosed the original investigation looking at officers at six Air Force bases in the U.S. and England. Two of the bases included officers... more »
January 10, 2014 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- Two people were injured in an altercation Friday night where at least one of them were shot, a spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies responded to a man injured on Laredo Avenue but found two injured there. While one person had been... more »
January 10, 2014 7:34 PM
WASHINGTON- The investigation into drug use by members of the Air Force expanded to include ten officers at six bases in the U.S. and England.
Nine Lieutenants and one captain are now under investigation for illegal possession of recreational drugs. Those can include Ecstasy and synthetic marijuana.
The... more »
January 10, 2014 11:23 AM
GONZALES - An ongoing investigation into prostitution has led to another arrest by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
28-year-old Gregory Hardin was booked into Ascension Parish Jail and charged with criminal conspiracy in soliciting prostitutes, committing prostitution with persons under 18, and trafficking of children for sex purposes.
... more »
January 9, 2014 7:30 PM
F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, WYOMING- Two Air Force nuclear missile launch officers are implicated in an illegal drug investigation.
One defense official says both are responsible for operating the Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles and are assigned to the 341st Missile Wing.
The official says the officers'... more »
January 9, 2014 5:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Education formally launched an investigation into discrepancies among student graduation records within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
The investigation is for school years ending between 2010 and 2013. State investigators will interview administrators and look at all relevant electronic and... more »
January 8, 2014 4:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - WBRZ confirmed Wednesday afternoon that state education officials are investigating allegations of cheating within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
Sources told WBRZ News 2 Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto that the Department of Education has learned "there may be discrepancies in academic records."
WBRZ... more »
December 20, 2013 9:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - A man admitted to smoking pot in the house while his 4-year-old great-grandson was nearby.
"I had smoked a little marijuana, you understand, and then he came rushing in the room, so I ran him out and that was it," said John Matthews.
Matthews said... more »
December 12, 2013 10:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- Three people have been arrested in connection with a violent shootout in the southeast part of the city.
Deputies said Thursday, Aaron Hargrove, Demarcus James, and Patrick Anderson face charges for the shooting that happened Wednesday morning in the Gardere area.
Investigators believe James shot and... more »
December 6, 2013 11:27 AM
SPRINGFIELD - The cause of a boating crash that killed a man in Livingston Parish is under investigation.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents are looking into the Dec. 5 single vessel crash that killed 68-year-old Emil Durbin of Springfield.
LDWF agents were called in about the... more »
November 25, 2013 7:25 AM
HARTFORD, Conn. - Investigators are planning to release a long-awaited report on the Connecticut school shooting, nearly a year after the massacre of 20 children and six women inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The summary report could provide some of the first official answers to questions about the history... more »
November 21, 2013 3:17 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating a fight that took place Thursday morning at the Career Academy in Baton Rouge.
Police say during the Fall Festival at the school, between 15 and 20 students got into a fight before an on-site officer broke it up. Sgt. Don Coppola with Baton... more »
November 17, 2013 3:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - A robbery at a Cracker Barrel is being investigated by the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Police said two armed suspects robbed a Cracker Barrel on 6435 Winbourne Ave. at 9 p.m. on Saturday night. Security footage showed two unidentified men wearing mask go into the store.... more »
November 5, 2013 10:33 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Officers are investigating a murder that could be retaliation to a shooting last month.
Plaquemine Police believe Darnell Paige, 39, was shot and killed by a man Monday night on Bourgeois Street.
"He was hit three times," Captain Kenny Payne said.
Six bullets entered the... more »
November 3, 2013 10:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are investigating a shooting that happened on the Interstate near the I-10/I-110 split.
Police were called at 4:25 this morning by Baton Rouge General in regards to several shooting victims.
Police said two men and a woman were traveling the Interstate when... more »
October 29, 2013 6:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - A man shot and killed in Baton Rouge was able to give a life-saving gift to a friend of his in the form of a kidney transplant.
Doug Cossman received the organ donation after his friend of nearly 30 years, Shelby Holmes, was shot and killed... more »
October 22, 2013 7:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway after shots rang out last night in Old South Baton Rouge.
It happened after 10 p.m. Monday near the corner of Lettsworth and Braddock streets.
At least one person was injured.
Police have not released any other details about the... more »
October 3, 2013 4:37 PM
GEISMAR- Plant operators at Williams Olefins said Thursday, a vapor cloud ignited after a rupture of a reboiler on June 13 causing the blast that killed two plant workers.
The plant released the information through an emailed news release and said company experts are reviewing the issues and considering... more »
October 1, 2013 9:25 AM
SORREL - Authorities in St. Mary Parish have tracked down a 23-year-old man wanted in connection to a body found lying in an area roadway Monday.
Deputies arrested Jazmine Jamal Jackson of Franklin early Tuesday and charged him with first-degree murder.
Jackson is accused of driving the victim... more »
September 26, 2013 9:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- Fire and police investigators are trying to find the owner of a burned pick-up truck, found torched in a park Thursday night.
The vehicle was burning in a patch of bushes when firefighters arrived on the scene just after 8 p.m. The truck was on fire in... more »
September 26, 2013 9:39 AM
WASHINGTON - The FBI says Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves.
Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington field office, said Wednesday that Alexis did not target particular... more »
September 25, 2013 8:04 AM
METAIRIE - Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating a fatal bar fight.
The fight occurred after 4 a.m. Wednesday at a Metairie sports bar.
Deputies say the unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Col. John Fortunato said he had no information on a suspect in... more »
September 22, 2013 4:43 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Investigations into New Orleans gangs have brought another indictment, this one against a dozen alleged members of an 8th Ward gang called "Ride or Die." The 20-count federal indictment accuses 12 men of conspiring to distribute cocaine, heroin and marijuana. Three of the men also are charged... more »
September 14, 2013 5:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police say the body of a 57-year-old man was found in his home after being stabbed to death early Saturday.
Cedric Hamilton's body was found lying on the kitchen floor of his house at 8853 Edwin St. around 3 a.m.
Police say a... more »
September 13, 2013 10:27 AM
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee coach Butch Jones says defensive lineman Maurice Couch has been ruled ineligible for Saturday's game against second-ranked Oregon.
Tennessee is investigating allegations Couch was one of five Southeastern Conference players to receive improper benefits. Yahoo Sports reported Couch received $1,350 from former Alabama defensive end... more »
September 11, 2013 10:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved changes to how community centers operate after a worker was accused of theft.
Cash will no longer be accepted.
Police accuse Matthew Patterson of taking more than $3600 from the Leo Butler Community Center in Old South Baton Rouge. Investigators said he collected... more »
September 5, 2013 10:39 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies said they're investigating what happened to a person found dead this morning in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The victim's body was found out on Stanley Aubin Lane near Cedarcrest around 6 a.m.
Investigators did not immediately call it a murder, saying they still... more »
September 5, 2013 9:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway after a young man was found shot to death Wednesday night.
The victim, identified as 20-year-old Rayjuan Martin, was found on the sidewalk in the 10000 block of Big Bend Ave., off North Sherwood Forest.
Police say Martin was trying to... more »
September 4, 2013 2:51 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A month-long drug investigation in Ascension Parish has landed multiple people behind bars.
During a traffic stop on Tuesday, detectives arrested Melana Vu and Patrick Morrison after they found Heroin and other drug paraphernalia in the car.
Detectives then searched a home on Liz Road and... more »
September 1, 2013 11:37 AM
BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Detectives cleared a "person of interest" after Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard's personal vehicle was stolen Friday evening.
Deputies say the truck was stolen out of the parking lot of Ruffino's restaurant on Highland Road in Baton Rouge.
It was located later Friday... more »
August 30, 2013 5:50 PM
WALKER - Sheriff's deputies arrested four people in Livingston Parish this week after they said they found meth and materials associated with a meth lab.
A sheriff's department spokesperson said investigators arrested Claud Kimble Jr., 23; Talandis Cotton, 22; Eugene Harrison Jr., 29; and Velise Vallery, 30, at the... more »
August 28, 2013 10:53 AM
DAMASCUS, Syria - Anti-regime activists in Syria say members of a U.N. team of chemical weapons experts were working today in a large Damascus suburb that was affected by last week's alleged chemical attack. The activists say the experts crossed into rebel-held territory, and were accompanied by members of the... more »
August 27, 2013 10:33 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - The father of a teenager who drowned at an area water park is not happy after reading the incident report.
The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit obtained a copy of the report, written by the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, dealing with the incident at Cajun Lagoon,... more »
August 27, 2013 4:32 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Owners of the Cajun Lagoon water park where a 14-year-old boy drowned last month told investigators they had four lifeguards on duty at the time of the accident. Yet, the insurers of the park only required one lifeguard to be on duty.
That statement is part... more »
August 26, 2013 11:10 AM
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal and state investigation into dog fighting and gambling has resulted in the arrest of 12 people from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. U.S. Attorney George Beck said Monday the 12 are charged with conducting an illegal gambling business and multiple dog fighting charges, including promoting... more »
August 25, 2013 6:54 PM
DAMASCUS - Syria will allow U.N. experts already in that country to begin an investigation Monday into last week's suspected chemical attack on rebel-held areas in the capital's eastern suburbs. A senior White House official is dismissing the agreement announced Sunday as "too late to be credible," saying the United... more »
August 21, 2013 4:15 PM
GONZALES - Police said a man shot after a confrontation with one of their officers this weekend is out of the hospital and on his way to jail.
Sgt. Steven Nethken with Gonzales Police said Daniel West, 33, was being interviewed by their detectives and deputies from the Ascension... more »
August 19, 2013 2:42 PM
BATON ROUGE - The chief financial officer for the Capital Area Transit System resigned this afternoon.
In a letter sent Friday to his boss CATS CEO Bob Mirabito, Gary Owens doesn't explain why he's leaving.
During a scheduled press conference, Mirabito wouldn't answer questions about Owens' resignation or... more »
August 19, 2013 1:13 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Associated Press has joined a New Orleans newspaper in urging a federal judge to unseal court documents related to a Justice Department probe of alleged prosecutorial misconduct in its investigation of deadly police shootings that happened a few days after Hurricane Katrina struck. In a court... more »
August 16, 2013 10:51 AM
BATON ROUGE - After a series of reports by News 2 investigators, public works crews in Baton Rouge began cleaning an abandoned firehouse today.
DPW crews started cleaning up a firehouse at Osage and Pocahontas at 7:15 a.m. Friday, removing trash, dumped tires, and dozens of condoms found on... more »
August 14, 2013 9:48 AM
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The fire chief in Birmingham, Ala., says the pilot and co-pilot of a large UPS cargo plane were both killed when the jet crashed.
Birmingham Fire Chief Ivor Brooks says both crewmembers were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, in a grassy field just... more »
August 13, 2013 5:46 PM
LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard and Livingston Parish Clerk of Court Thomas Sullivan are standing behind two arrest warrants that were executed last week, even though a judge recalled them after the man arrested sat in jail.
News 2 found Jackson Creel, Jr. had two active arrest... more »