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  • Investigators swarm area funeral home, cemetery Tuesday Play Video

    April 18, 2017 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Sources confirmed there's an inquiry into a funeral home here and investigators were at the business Tuesday, looking into possible issues. The investigation centers on Winnfield Funeral Home where human remains appeared to have been accidentally unearthed Friday. It's not clear what the investigation into the... more »
  • Video shows use of force by officers; Internal Affairs investigation underway Play Video

    April 13, 2017 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – There is an internal investigation following Baton Rouge Police using force to subdue someone in custody outside a South Baton Rouge convenience store this week. The WBRZ Investigative Unit confirmed through police there is an investigation underway, though, police said there have been no complaints filed... more »
  • EBR Mayor lifts her silence on COA issue, state investigation underway Play Video

    April 13, 2017 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Following a tumultuous two weeks for the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging, the WBRZ Investigative Unit has learned the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs has launched an investigation into the EBR C ouncil on Aging. The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor also weighed in today, saying... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: EBR COA Director avoids questions following WBRZ reports Play Video

    April 11, 2017 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Executive Director at the East Baton Rouge Parish Council on Aging avoided answering any of WBRZ's questions on Tuesday following a series of reports by the Investigative Unit. Board members convened to discuss findings of an Investigative Audit that will be released soon by the State Legislative... more »
  • 2 Marines demoted, more investigated in nude photo probe

    April 7, 2017 5:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps says two male Marines have been demoted and about two dozen other military members are being investigated over nude photographs that were shared online. The administrative punishments are the first from the investigation into the photo scandal that included violent and disparaging comments about women... more »
  • Four arrested, drugs seized following Livingston investigation

    April 7, 2017 5:25 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Several drugs were seized and four individuals were arrested following a month-long investigation into two apartments in Denham Springs. According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies executed search warrants on two apartments located in the 2000 block of Kelli Drive after an investigation into the sale... more »
  • Governor's office leaving Council on Aging in charge of its own investigation Play Video

    April 4, 2017 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There were additional calls for an investigation into the local council on aging director Tuesday. This time, the requests were from members of an organization that includes people of similar positions for groups across the state. Those who spoke with WBRZ are concerned about the actions of... more »
  • Investigation leads to two arrested for drug charges in Ascension

    March 31, 2017 6:32 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a man and woman on several drug charges after a joint investigation. Detectives executed a search warrant on a home located in the 1300 block of N. Charles Street in Gonzales. During their search, detectives located heroin, ecstasy, marijuana, Xanax, crack cocaine,... more »
  • Fire that destroyed Tyler Perry's father's home under investigation Play Video

    March 14, 2017 6:48 PM

    ST. HELENA PARISH – A fire that completely destroyed the home of Emmitt Perry, the father of comedian and actor/writer Tyler Perry, on Monday night is under investigation. Fire officials think that it could have been an electrical fire, but they are not ruling out other options. Emmitt... more »
  • Texas police officials reassigned amid leaked video, records

    March 5, 2017 12:41 PM

    FORT WORTH, Texas - Two police commanders in Texas have been temporarily replaced as investigators determine who leaked police video and other material in the controversial arrest of a black woman and her daughters by a white Fort Worth police officer. KXAS-TV in Dallas reports an assistant chief and deputy... more »
  • White House wants probe of wiretap allegations

    March 5, 2017 12:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders called for a congressional investigation of allegations that the former Obama administration ordered wiretaps of Trump Tower during the last presidential campaign. But Sanders refused to say where the current president got his information or why he blamed the former president. Sanders... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: State Police back out of investigation into Sheriff Captain Play Video

    February 22, 2017 6:51 PM

    NEW ROADS- State Police suddenly backed out of an investigation into a Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Captain accused of claiming to be at work while he was actually working extra duty. The Investigative Unit showed found that, Adrian Slaughter, a captain over uniform patrol, claimed to be in two places... more »
  • Mother in critical condition after shooting on Lake Lawford Ct. Play Video

    February 22, 2017 9:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Authorities say a mother of three is in critical condition after a shooting on Lake Lawford Court off South Sherwood Forest Boulevard Wednesday morning. The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested Carl Thompson, Jr. for attempted second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. The... more »
  • Governor alludes to strict disciplinary action after 'side trip' investigation

    February 21, 2017 2:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards promised Wednesday a stern change once an investigation into a “side trip” some Louisiana State Police Troopers made to Las Vegas on their way to San Diego. Edwards' remarks came a day after he ordered the probe into the agency following a... more »
  • State Police changes policies, investigates road trip

    February 20, 2017 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State Police announced sweeping new policies, procedures and staff reassignments following a report by New Orleans' WWL TV and T he Advocate newspaper . The Advocate has a print edition in the Crescent City where it's also partnered with WWL; WWL and WBRZ have a news... more »
  • Ethics office recommends Conway investigation

    February 14, 2017 2:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government's ethics watchdog is recommending that the White House investigate and possibly discipline President Donald Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway. In a letter made public Tuesday, the Office of Government Ethics wrote to White House attorneys that there's reason to believe that Conway violated the standards of ethical... more »
  • NEW: Ex tells deputies she fears for her life, stalked by former police union president Play Video

    February 9, 2017 2:15 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – The ex-girlfriend of a Baton Rouge Police officer said she feared for her life and was threatened into believing her ex could get away with anything because of his job, a report obtained first by the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit reveals. The file is connected... more »
  • Investigations lead to seizure of drugs, guns, money and 2 arrests

    February 2, 2017 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Investigations conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies led to two arrests and the seizure of several drugs, guns and money on Tuesday. Detectives with the BRPD Special Response Team, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office assisted in investigations that... more »
  • Train cuts FedEx truck in half, transit authority releases findings

    January 24, 2017 5:05 PM

    UTAH - No one was seriously injured Friday morning after a train struck a FedEx truck as it passed through a railroad crossing. On Tuesday, state transportation leaders released investigation results. Around 9:45 a.m., North Salt Lake City Police dash cam video shows, as the cargo truck crept through... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Teacher accused of choking student unconscious Play Video

    January 24, 2017 11:25 AM

    WHITE CASTLE – A coach at the town high school faces battery charges for choking a student, WBRZ was first to confirm Tuesday. The Investigative Unit obtained the arrest warrant for Edd L. Thomas which was issued Monday. White Castle Police Chief Mario Brown told WBRZ Chief Investigator Chris... more »
  • Police investigate if restaurant worker contaminated food

    January 15, 2017 12:39 PM

    COLUMBUS, Miss. - Columbus police have launched a criminal investigation into whether a fast-food worker intentionally served contaminated food. The Commercial Dispatch reports that a Tupelo resident who may have received contaminated food contacted Police Chief John Lewis. The state Health Department and Jack's Family Restaurants of Homewood, Alabama, say... more »
  • Watchdog to investigate Justice Department, FBI actions before election

    January 12, 2017 1:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department inspector general says he will investigate the actions of the Justice Department and FBI in the months leading up to the 2016 election, including whether department policies were followed by FBI Director James Comey. Democrats have blamed Comey's handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's... more »
  • Texas police launch criminal probe into poisoning

    January 3, 2017 1:42 PM

    AMARILLO - Police officials in Texas say a criminal investigation is underway into an accidental poisoning involving pesticide that killed four children and left their mother in critical condition. Amarillo Fire Capt. Larry Davis said Tuesday that the father told first responders he had spread a professional grade pest control... more »
  • Alexa a witness to murder? Prosecutors seek Amazon Echo data

    December 29, 2016 12:53 PM

    LITTLE ROCK - Authorities investigating the death of an Arkansas man whose body was found in a hot tub want to expand the probe to include a new kind of evidence: any comments overheard by the suspect's Amazon Echo smart speaker. Amazon says it objects to "overbroad" requests as a... more »
  • Colombia probe finds jetliner ran out of fuel before crash

    December 26, 2016 12:39 PM

    BOGOTA - Colombian aviation authorities say a preliminary investigation has found that the plane that crashed with a Brazilian soccer team aboard had run out of fuel. Monday's statement by the Civil Aeronautics agency says the conclusion is based on the plane's black boxes and other evidence. The British Aerospace... more »
  • Police investigating Thursday shooting on West Chimes Play Video

    December 22, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred on West Chimes Street that left one 29-year-old man injured. Investigators say that a suspect entered a man's home to possibly rob him. A struggle ensued and the suspect shot the man. The man was... more »
  • Michigan governor doesn't expect to be charged over Flint water

    December 22, 2016 10:12 AM

    LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder says he has "no reason to be concerned" about being charged in the Flint water investigation. Snyder's comments to the Detroit Free Press occurred as the bill for his legal fees reached $4.9 million - all paid by taxpayers. The governor says much of the... more »
  • Michigan AG: More charges filed in Flint water probe

    December 20, 2016 10:13 AM

    FLINT - More charges have been filed by Michigan's attorney general in the investigation into the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, including against two former state-appointed emergency managers. Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday charged former emergency managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose with multiple 20-year felonies for their... more »
  • Cause of house fire that killed 3-year-old in St. Helena under investigation

    December 5, 2016 4:10 PM

    GREENSBURG – State Fire Marshals are investigating a fire that claimed the life of a 3-year-old on Friday . The fire was reported around 2 p.m. on Friday in the 2800 block of Otis and Willie Matthews Road in Greensburg. Upon arriving to the scene, firefighters found the home... more »
  • British experts to investigate Colombia crash boxes

    December 1, 2016 9:33 AM

    MEDELLIN, Colombia - British aviation experts will investigate the black box and flight data recorder from the plane carrying a small-town Brazilian soccer team that crashed in Colombia. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says that the key instruments offering clues to what happened to the jetliner will be brought to... more »
  • Police investigate Friday murder in Hammond's Villa West

    November 25, 2016 3:07 PM

    HAMMMOND - A man was found shot, lying in the street of a usually quiet neighborhood Friday morning. Police said Stephen Vance, 25, was located on Rue Cannes in the Villa West neighborhood. He died at the hospital. Investigators did not have much information about the case as... more »
  • Edwards, law enforcement want peaceful process amid Alton Sterling investigation Play Video

    November 21, 2016 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor Edwards met with local law enforcement and community leaders on Monday to address the relationship between the public and law enforcement prior to the upcoming announcement of the Department of Justice's investigation of the Alton Sterling shooting. As the Department of Justice is still investigating... more »
  • Governor Edwards and law enforcement leaders to discuss Alton Sterling investigation

    November 21, 2016 10:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards is hosting a meeting on Monday with law enforcement to discuss community response to the pending Department of Justice announcement regarding the investigation of the shooting of Alton Sterling. The Department of Justice has been investigating the July 5th shooting of Alton... more »
  • Officer faces probe after driving with Confederate flag

    November 13, 2016 1:42 PM

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A northern Michigan police department will launch an investigation after an off-duty officer was seen driving a pickup truck bearing a Confederate flag around a group protesting Republican Donald Trump's election as president. Traverse City police Chief Jeff O'Brien tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that an... more »
  • Germany expands diesel probe to include VW board chairman

    November 6, 2016 11:23 AM

    BERLIN - Volkswagen says German prosecutors have widened their investigation of the emissions scandal to include the chairman of the company's board of directors. Hans Dieter Poetsch was VW's chief financial officer when the company's scandal over cars rigged to cheat on U.S. diesel emissions tests broke in September 2015.... more »
  • Iberville Sheriff confirms bones found Monday are human remains Play Video

    October 31, 2016 4:31 PM

    GROSSE TETE - Authorities are investigating a report of a discovery of human remains in Iberville Parish. Remains were found on Highway 77 between Grosse Tete and Rosedale. The sheriff's office said someone picking up pecans on the side of the highway saw scattered skeletal remains in the area.... more »
  • Justice Department advised FBI against Clinton email letter

    October 30, 2016 4:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Justice Department officials have cited the proximity of the elections as a reason the FBI should not alert Congress to the unexpected discovery of emails potentially related to its investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server. A government official says Justice officials advised of the FBI's intention to... more »
  • Voting machine only for VIPs confiscated by La. Secretary of State

    October 28, 2016 4:43 PM

    ELMWOOD - The Secretary of State's office has taken custody of a voting machine that was being used to allow select people to vote in a private conference room inside a Jefferson Parish governmental office. The machine was located in the office area of the Jefferson Parish registrar of... more »
  • FBI investigating new Clinton emails

    October 28, 2016 1:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - The FBI is telling Congress it is investigating whether new emails that may contain classified information have emerged in its probe of Hillary Clinton's private server. The FBI said in July its investigation was finished. The disclosure raises the possibility of the FBI reopening the criminal investigation involving... more »
  • Cause of massive apartment fire may never be found

    October 25, 2016 3:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local fire investigators said while they are certain there was no human involvement in a massive apartment fire, the cause remains undetermined because of the destruction. The Cobblestone Apartments caught on fire on October 6. Two buildings were destroyed along with as many as five vehicles.... more »
  • Woman with skull on stick leads Sacramento police to body

    October 21, 2016 11:49 AM

    SACRAMENTO - It sounds like a Halloween prank but Sacramento police say it was all too real. Authorities say a homeless woman led them to a decomposed body after she was seen walking down the street with a human skull on a stick. Police tell KTXL-TV that the woman was... more »
  • Authorities investigating 'loud boom noise' off Elliot Road

    October 15, 2016 8:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies are currently investigating a loud boom noise that residents say happened near Hoo Shoo Too Road Saturday afternoon. Multiple residents reported hearing a “loud boom noise” that shook their homes around 6:40 p.m. A spokesperson for Louisiana State Police said that the East Baton Rouge... more »
  • Massive apartment fire appears to be accidental

    October 14, 2016 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It appears a massive apartment fire that burned two, multi-unit buildings to the ground last week was accidental. The inferno burned through the Cobblestone apartment complex on Essen Lane just after lunch. One building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and the fire spread to... more »
  • Alton Sterling shooting still under investigation, no time frame of conclusion

    October 11, 2016 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Attorney announced that his office a long with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Right Division and the FBI is still investigating the July 5th shooting death of Alton Sterling. U.S. Attorney Walt Green released a statement on Tuesday that stated the investigation will... more »
  • Investigators will interview injured in probe of Warrior Dash collapse Play Video

    October 10, 2016 7:17 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Fire Marshal investigators will meet with an injured girl and her father as the state continues its investigation into the collapse of a piece of an obstacle course. Saturday , sixteen people were hurt when a wooden structure that was part of the course on the... more »
  • Teacher faces inquiry after video shows her dragging student

    October 8, 2016 11:50 AM

    GREENVILLE, Miss. - A Mississippi teacher faces investigations after a video shows her dragging a student by the hair at Greenville High School. The Delta Democrat-Times reports Kesha Williams posted the video on Facebook Thursday. A second video appears to show the teacher striking the student on the head with... more »
  • Woman tied up, left in bathroom during strong-armed robbery Friday morning Play Video

    October 7, 2016 11:41 AM

    CENTRAL - Sheriff's deputies spent the morning investigating a call for help from a woman who said she was tied up by some strong-armed robbers Friday morning. The victim said there was a knock on the door of her home in the 13000 block of Northeast Lane around 9:30... more »
  • Four arrested on human trafficking charges after year-long investigation

    September 30, 2016 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations – Special Victims Unit arrested four people following a year-long human trafficking investigation. In Aug. 2015, State Police rescued a victim where two suspects were arrested, however further investigation lead to four additional suspects being arrested and charged. By... more »
  • Local creepy clowns just clowning around; No charges filed yet

    September 30, 2016 1:21 PM

    PAULINA - One of two people who spooked shoppers at a supermarket in St. James Parish earlier this week by wearing creepy clown costumes has been identified, the sheriff's office said. Monday evening the St. James Parish Sheriff's Office posted a picture of the two clowns . Deputies wrote... more »
  • Central Fire investigating blaze at home on Gurney Road

    September 29, 2016 9:39 PM

    CENTRAL - Central Fire Department is investigating a house fire on Gurney Road Thursday. Officials say the blaze started just after 6:00 p.m. When crews first arrived, they say they saw visible flames coming through the roof. It took nearly 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.... more »
  • Deputy put up 'grisly' fight before being killed with daughter by neighbor Play Video

    September 27, 2016 5:17 PM

    GLYNN – A veteran West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputy and her daughter were killed by a disgruntled neighbor in a gunfight the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff called “grisly.” Deputy Donna LeBlanc and her daughter, Carli Jo LeBlanc, 21, were shot and killed by Gregory Phillips who eventually killed... more »
  • New: Coroner reports pest control worker fell, died in crawl space Friday

    September 26, 2016 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A preliminary autopsy of a 31-year-old man who died in a building crawl space Friday found the pest control worker fell while on the job, leading to his death. The coroner's office said Joseph Bassett died from a "fracture of the neck due to blunt force... more »
  • Greensburg daycare license revoked after 'walking excursion' on highway

    September 23, 2016 1:23 PM

    GREENSBURG - State education officials revoked a license for an early learning center in St. Helena Parish Friday, terminating the center’s public funding. According to the state Department of Education, the termination comes after complaints that employees at Blooming Faces Daycare in Greensburg took children, including infants, on a... more »
  • GOP lawmaker: FBI gave immunity for Clinton aide's testimony

    September 23, 2016 11:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - A congressman says Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the... more »
  • Bribe investigation into Kenny Matassa moves ahead Play Video

    September 22, 2016 5:32 PM

    GONZALES- The epic flooding in our area caused an investigation into an alleged bribe by Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa to be put on hold. Tonight, that investigation is full steam ahead, according to Ascension Parish District Attorney Ricky Babin. "We had our three lead investigators in the case suffered... more »
  • Report: Fishy spending in La. gov't, concerns about safety of eating Gulf fish

    September 22, 2016 7:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana auditors say Gulf oil spill recovery money intended for testing to ensure Louisiana fish were safe for consumers instead paid for unnecessary iPads, cameras, boats and now-missing fishing equipment. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's Office describes the safety program as so mismanaged by the Department of Wildlife... more »
  • Abrupt resignations at scandal-plagued, state-run veterans home

    September 21, 2016 1:13 PM

    JACKSON, La. - Two top administrators of the veterans assisted living center in East Feliciana Parish abruptly resigned this week. Jon Salter, the long-term care hospital administrator, and Melissa Stewart, the director of nursing, both resigned Monday. In a letter announcing his resignation, Salter said his last day October... more »
  • Man found dead in house fire Sunday afternoon

    September 18, 2016 6:58 PM

    VILLE PLATTE - The State Fire Marshal's office is currently investigating a house fire where the body of a 62-year-old man was recovered. Officials say around 1 p.m. Sunday, Ville Platte firefighters were called to a residential fire on Calcasieu Street. As crews worked to suppress the fire, the... more »
  • BRPD investigating murder of 69-year-old woman following Oaklon Drive burglary

    September 13, 2016 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police detectives are investigating the murder of a 69-year-old woman following a burglary that occurred on Oaklon Drive last month. Officers responded to the 4900 block of Oaklon Drive on Aug. 11 to the burglary of a home and found Earnestine Johnson lying on the... more »
  • Senate panel opens inquiry into EpiPen pricing

    September 7, 2016 3:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate panel has opened a preliminary investigation into why the price of lifesaving EpiPens has skyrocketed. The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Homeland's investigations subcommittee said in a statement Wednesday that they began an inquiry into Mylan Pharmaceuticals' pricing and competition practices. Mylan has been... more »
  • Morning house fire on Greenway Drive under investigation

    September 4, 2016 11:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating a house fire that occurred on Greenway Drive early Saturday morning. The house, located in the 3400 block of Greenway, was under construction due to the recent flooding. Firefighters arrived on the scene around 2 a.m. to find fire... more »
  • FBI publishes notes on Clinton's use of private email

    September 2, 2016 1:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - The FBI has released 58 pages of documents from its recently closed investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, including a summary of agents' interviews with Clinton and several of her aides. The documents include technical details about how the server... more »
  • LPSO: mother killed 8-year-old daughter then tried to kill herself

    August 21, 2016 2:35 PM

    WALKER - Deputies in Livingston Parish say an 8-year-old girl is dead Sunday after she was found unconscious with wounds to her throat at her Walker home. According to Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, deputies arrived at the scene on Gaylord Road around 9 a.m. Sunday and and found firefighters... more »

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