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  • 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 »
  • APSO investigating a double-murder suicide in Prairieville

    August 15, 2016 1:29 PM

    ASCENSION – Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a double-murder suicide that occurred on Sunday around 1 p.m. Deputies responded to a home on Oak Trace Road in Prairieville in reference to a neighbor hearing a gunshot that came from inside the home. 37-year-old Shawn Millet, is believed to have... more »
  • One person dead after fiery crash on I-110

    July 29, 2016 7:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police say one person is dead after crash on the southbound lanes of Interstate 110 near Weller Avenue. Police identified the victim as 18-year-old Myrone LeBlanc. Police say LeBlanc was driving a 2001 Honda Accord and attempted to merge from the center lane to... more »
  • Firefighters treated for heat-related issues after fire

    July 22, 2016 9:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several St. George firefighters were treated for heat-related issues following an apartment fire in the 2300 block of Gardere Lane Friday afternoon. The St. George Fire Department was called to a reported attic fire in an apartment building there around 1:50 p.m. When they arrived, smoke... more »
  • Teen transported following shooting in Baker Wednesday night

    July 20, 2016 10:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baker Police are investigating a shooting that sent a 17-year-old girl to the hospital Wednesday night. Investigators say the victim was shot while riding in a car on Baker Boulevard. Police believe the shots were fired from inside of the car. Detectives are questioning a person... more »
  • Man, grandmother and mom face charges in Tangipahoa Parish murder

    July 12, 2016 4:13 PM

    HAMMOND - Four people have been arrested and charged with the murder of an 18-year-old in Natalbany in Tangipahoa Parish last month. 22-year-old Antoine Schaffer is charged with 1st degree murder and obstruction of justice in the shooting death of Marquise Lightfoot. Lightfoot's body was found in a yard... more »
  • Woman accused of stealing $860 worth of fingernail polish

    July 11, 2016 9:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a 27-year-old woman is accused of stealing $860 worth of fingernail polish from a CVS drug store - in one day. Authorities say in a news release that Raushawn Ford was arrested Monday and held without bond on charges of theft and possessing... more »
  • US unsettled after 3 shootings in 4 days

    July 8, 2016 2:59 PM

    In the span of four days, the United States has had to come to terms with the deaths of two black men at the hands of police - the first caught on video and the aftermath of the second livestreamed on Facebook - as well as the deadliest day for... more »
  • Gov. Edwards meets with U.S. Attorney, LSP ahead of Sterling investigation

    July 7, 2016 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards, J. Walter Green, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, and Col. Mike Edmonson, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police (LSP), met to discuss the ongoing investigation into the Tuesday morning shooting of Alton Sterling. On Wednesday, Gov. Edwards and Baton... more »
  • People arrested protesting BR man's death in Philadelphia

    July 6, 2016 11:48 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - The death of a Baton Rouge man in an officer involved shooting has had a ripple effect across the country with millions voicing their frustration online and some organizing protests 1,200 miles away. Demonstrators took to the streets Wednesday night for a protest in Alton Sterling's honor.... more »
  • Justice Dept. closes Clinton email probe with no charges

    July 6, 2016 6:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Hillary Clinton email investigation is being closed without any criminal charges. Lynch announced the Justice Department decision Wednesday, one day after FBI Director James Comey recommended against any prosecution. The decision was largely a formality given Comey's public statement on the case.... more »
  • Clinton interviewed by the FBI about private email server

    July 2, 2016 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton has been interviewed Saturday by the FBI about her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill says in a statement the voluntary interview with federal agents took place Saturday. The interview was not unexpected and does... more »
  • Official: AG will accept prosecutor call on Clinton case

    July 1, 2016 11:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Justice Department official says Attorney General Loretta Lynch "expects to accept" whatever recommendation career prosecutors make in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails. The official, speaking on grounds of anonymity because of the ongoing probe, says Lynch will discuss the policy later Friday. This revelation... more »
  • 'Move on' from Benghazi? Republicans say it's unlikely

    June 29, 2016 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton says it's time to "move on" after a congressional report on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks accused the Obama administration of lethal mistakes, but produced no evidence of wrongdoing by the former secretary of state. Not likely, especially in an election year with presidential rival Donald... more »
  • Fire destroys home on Castlewood Drive

    June 25, 2016 7:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire at a home on Castlewood Drive in Baton Rouge late Friday night. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the incident happened around 11:52 p.m. Friday night in the 800 block of Castlewood Drive. Two people were... more »
  • Man wanted for car burglaries and car theft in Gonzales

    June 24, 2016 4:15 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for several car burglaries and a car theft. On Tuesday, June 21, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to several car burglaries on Lillie Valley Drive in Gonzales. In addition, a... more »
  • Firefighters: arson caused house fire in Scotlandville

    June 22, 2016 11:38 PM

    SCOTLANDVILLE - Firefighters believed arson was the cause of the fire in Scotlandville on Wednesday night. The fire broke out after 9 p.m. at the home that is across the street from Ryan Elementary School. Fire crew had the fire under control shortly after 9:30 p.m. No one... more »
  • Accused killer's lawyers: There are inconsistencies in police reports Play Video

    June 21, 2016 8:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The attorneys for a man accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend slammed the police investigation into the matter in an exclusive interview with WBRZ Tuesday. "They don't have a case," one attorney told News 2's Brett Buffington. The two New Orleans-area attorneys are working to... more »
  • Attorney general: Silent on Clinton email case with Obama

    June 19, 2016 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server hasn't been compromised by President Barack Obama's endorsement of Clinton in the 2016 White House race. Lynch tells "Fox News Sunday" that she's never spoken with Obama about the investigation and she doesn't see... more »
  • Close friends remember mother, teacher after her death is confirmed

    June 16, 2016 11:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Close friends of a missing woman gathered Thursday night for a previously planned vigil after being delivered devastating news: Their friend was dead. For the past week, Lyntell Washington's friends had remained hopeful she was still alive. After learning of her death, they remembered the person... more »
  • Investigators casting wide net in club shooting probe

    June 15, 2016 11:46 AM

    ORLANDO - Investigators trying to find out what motivated nightclub killer Omar Mateen are casting a wide net. The FBI is checking reports that Mateen frequented a gay dance club in Orlando before going on a murderous rampage there. Investigators also are looking at whether his wife knew anything beforehand... more »
  • Two lawn mowers stolen from Southern University Play Video

    June 13, 2016 8:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two riding lawnmowers were stolen from Southern University recently and officials say they cost $10,000 each. However, university officials are not saying much about about the stolen mowers. The director of the facility where the mowers were taken from says the chancellor of the university told... more »
  • Police investigate shooting of man shot in the face on Polk Street

    June 9, 2016 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place Thursday around midnight that left a man injured. According to BRPD, the shooting happened in the 600 block of Polk Street around 12: 30 a.m. on Thursday. BRPD says that the victim a 37-year-old man... more »
  • Skeleton discovered in vacant home in Baker Play Video

    June 8, 2016 11:57 PM

    BAKER - After searching a vacant home in Baker when a skull was found Wednesday, LSU FACES Lab investigators discovered a human skeleton. Baker Police said the skull was found in a residence in a neighborhood on Sherron Avenue off of Groom Road Wednesday night. Thursday afternoon, police said... more »
  • Official says Prince died of opioid overdose

    June 2, 2016 12:05 PM

    CHICAGO - A law-enforcement official tells The Associated Press that tests show the music superstar died of an opioid overdose. The 57-year-old singer was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area estate. The official, who is close to the investigation, spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized... more »
  • Police: 1 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at NYC concert venue

    May 26, 2016 12:33 AM

    NEW YORK CITY - Police say one person has been killed and three others wounded in a shooting inside a concert venue in New York City, where hip-hop artist T.I. was scheduled to perform. It happened around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday at Irving Plaza, near Manhattan's Union Square. Police say a... more »
  • Natural causes suspected in woman's death near Whiskey Bay

    May 25, 2016 12:08 AM

    WHISKEY BAY - The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating after a 65-year-old woman's body was found in a car underneath the Whiskey Bay Bridge, but Sheriff Brett Stassi says foul play isn't suspected. It is believed that the woman died of natural cuases. Sheriff Stassi told News 2... more »
  • Woman stabbed, transported Monday in Baton Rouge

    May 24, 2016 12:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are investigating following a stabbing that injured one person Monday evening. The stabbing occurred on Elgin St. off Winbourne Ave. Police say their preliminary investigation revealed that a group of people were arguing in the street when the matter escalated and someone threw... more »
  • BRPD: Driver identified in fatal crash on N. 22nd Street

    May 9, 2016 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police have identified the driver that was involved in a fatal Monday morning crash that took place in the 2200 block of North 22nd Street. The driver who died at the scene is identified as 28-year-old Bobby Lee, BRPD announced on Tuesday. The initial... more »
  • West Point launches inquiry into cadets' fists-raised photo

    May 7, 2016 5:20 PM

    WEST POINT, N.Y. - The U.S. Military Academy has launched an inquiry into a photo showing 16 black, female cadets in uniform with their fists raised. The image has spurred questions about whether the gesture violates military restrictions on political activity. Spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker said Saturday that West... more »
  • Investigators want to interview doctor about Prince case

    May 7, 2016 4:46 PM

    CHICAGO - A law enforcement official says investigators want to interview a California doctor and his son about a prescription drug the son brought for Prince before the singer was found collapsed in an elevator at his Minnesota home. The official told The Associated Press investigators also want to know... more »
  • Home invasion, rape in Garden District prompts security fears Play Video

    May 6, 2016 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An unusual police presence was seen in the Garden District Friday as officers investigate an overnight home invasion and rape amid a series of sexual assaults in the area. The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned through sources that as many as three victims say they have been... more »
  • Police say parking lot shooting happened during Craigslist deal

    May 5, 2016 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A victim turned the tables on robbers Thursday when he shot at them as a Craigslist sale turned violent, police said. New information was released by Baton Rouge Police Friday morning. WBRZ was first to report about the altercation Thursday evening. Investigators said a man scheduled... more »
  • BRPD makes arrest in 2015 double murder Play Video

    May 4, 2016 8:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man Wednesday night and charged him in the deaths of two men in Baton Rouge in October 2015. Clyde Eugene Bell, 25, is charged with 2 counts of murder. BRPD says evidence analyzed at the State Crime Lab confirmed he killed Johnson Armstrong... more »
  • Expert questions doctor's handling of Prince

    May 4, 2016 4:28 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS - An expert on treating addiction has questioned whether a California doctor responded appropriately when he was called to help Prince. Speaking without direct knowledge of Prince's case, addiction medicine expert Dr. Stuart Gitlow questioned why Dr. Howard Kornfeld sent his son, Andrew, on a flight to Prince's... more »
  • Victim died after overnight grocery store shooting Play Video

    May 3, 2016 11:17 PM

    BAKER - Police released new information about an overnight murder in Baker Tuesday night. According to Baker Police, officers responded to a shooting near the intersection of West Azalea Avenue and Baker Boulevard around 10 p.m. Tuesday. At the scene, police say they found 20-year-old Richard Devon Phillips... more »
  • Sheriff: High profile cases have drawn killers to Whiskey Bay Play Video

    April 29, 2016 11:36 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi believes high-profile murders have made Whiskey Bay a dumping ground for bodies. That's what he told News 2 Friday after a man from Texas was charged with killing his wife and leaving her body there. 28-year-old Elizabeth Ferrell's body was found... more »
  • Two wanted in overnight deadly, quadruple shooting; victim identified Play Video

    April 28, 2016 12:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - At least two suspects opened fire inside a house on Kerrit Drive overnight, killing Leco Reshon Cole, 38, sheriff's deputies released before lunch. Reshon is from Baton Rouge, his address was listed as North 30th Street. Reshon was one of four people shot but was the... more »
  • Firefighters extinguish blaze at apartment complex off Sherwood Forest

    April 27, 2016 8:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge firefighters are working to put out hot spots after a fire broke out at an apartment complex off Sherwood Forest Drive. 911 dispatchers sent crews to the complex in the 11000 block of Stan Avenue, near Choctaw around 7 p.m. Wednesday. A spokesperson... more »
  • LSU fraternity under investigation after alleged incident

    April 27, 2016 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU is investigating the campus chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity due to an “alleged incident,” according to university officials. “We take behavioral issues or anything that impacts student safety seriously," LSU media relations director, Ernie Ballard said. According to Ballard, the university will follow the university's Policy... more »
  • Victim's former co-worker, roommate charged in deadly stabbing

    April 26, 2016 12:15 AM

    ZACHARY - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a man and charged him with killing his former co-worker and ex-roommate. David Matthew Lyon, 37, was arrested Monday and charged with 2nd Degree Murder. Deputies used fingerprints found at the crime scene to identify him as the... more »
  • 911 call reveals moments before police kill Baker man Play Video

    April 23, 2016 12:32 AM

    MIAMI, FL - The Investigative Unit obtained 911 tapes detailing what happened moments before a Baker man was killed by police in Miami. "C'mon just leave me alone, you've done enough f***ing damage," a woman's voice says. " The voice belongs to the Francis Scot Dufore's ex. She... more »
  • Murdered Southern students laid to rest Saturday

    April 16, 2016 9:39 AM

    LAKE CHARLES – One of two funerals scheduled Saturday for murdered Southern University students will take place in this southwest Louisiana city. LaShuntae Benton was laid to rest around noon. Visitation started at 9 a.m. A wake was held the day before. Annette January was buried almost simultaneously... more »
  • Woman injured in shooting in Baton Rouge Friday night

    April 8, 2016 8:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman was injured in a shooting outside an apartment complex in Baton Rouge Friday night, a BRPD spokesman says. The shooting happened just before 7 p.m. on North Ardenwood Drive near Villa Ashley Drive. Police say a black male walked up to a group standing... more »
  • UPDATE: Two burglars still at large after home invasion Play Video

    April 6, 2016 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are still investigating a home invasion that happened in the 1100 block of Wylie Drive in Baton Rouge Wednesday morning. The two burglars are still at large responsible for the home invasion along with a series of burglaries in the Woodstone subdivision, according to BRPD.... more »
  • Fire investigation underway at home on Amarillo Street

    March 29, 2016 11:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire on Amarillo Street Tuesday night. The fire broke out just before 9 p.m. Tuesday night. It took crews about 30 minutes to extinguish the blaze. Fire investigators believe it originated on an unattended pot on... more »
  • Witness says car was driving erratically before crashing into pole; 1 injured

    March 29, 2016 12:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One person was transported to the hospital Monday night after a car crashed into an electric pole. The accident happened on Geronimo St. in Baton Rouge. Few details are known at the time of this post, but a News 2 Crew was on scene when one person... more »
  • Police: Woman attempted to stab boyfriend during altercation

    March 29, 2016 12:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say an investigation is underway after a woman attempted to stab her boyfriend Monday night in Baton Rouge. The incident happened at an apartment complex on West Chimes Street. According to police, she swung a knife at her boyfriend during at altercation. The victim only suffered... more »
  • UPDATE: Police arrest suspect in Denham Springs shooting Monday night

    March 28, 2016 8:53 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Denham Springs Police Department arrested 24-year-old Brian Allen responsible for a Monday night shooting in Denham Springs, killing a man and leaving one in critical condition. According to Detective Lemoine, Allen has been charged with first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and felon in possession... more »

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