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  • Husband of Baton Rouge city executive killed couple's child in New Orleans Play Video

    October 17, 2017 11:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS – The 18-month old child of a Baton Rouge city government employee was killed by the other parent, media outlets in New Orleans reported Tuesday morning. Police said a 45-year-old man confessed to stabbing and suffocating his child overnight after a message from God. The killing happened... more »
  • 13-year-old secretly gives birth, leaves baby on Baker teacher's front porch Play Video

    October 16, 2017 1:33 PM

    BAKER – A 13-year-old gave birth to a baby and attempted to hide the birth by dropping the newborn off to a teacher, police told WBRZ. Baker Police said the baby was found at the front door of a teacher's home in Baker. The umbilical cord was still on... more »
  • BRPD: Homeless man shot and killed while working in gas station parking lot Play Video

    October 13, 2017 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say a homeless man was shot to death as he was cleaning up a gas station parking lot early Friday morning. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, 51-year-old Leonard Williams was shot multiple times around 1 a.m. Friday at Cousin's Food Mart on Airline... more »
  • Prosecutor: Too early to say if suspect in random slayings will face death penalty; grand jury postponed

    October 13, 2017 11:23 AM

    UPDATE: A grand jury set for Tuesday in East Feliciana Parish for Ryan Sharpe was postponed until November at the request of law enforcement. BATON ROUGE – The district attorneys for East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana will likely meet next week to discuss how to move forward with... more »
  • Infant died after being left in car, guardian forgot to drop child at day care

    October 11, 2017 10:35 PM

    NATALBANY – Sheriff's deputies released new information about the death of an 8-month old Thursday. The baby died Wednesday after being left in a car for hours. Thursday, authorities said the child's guardian realized the child was never dropped off and had been left in the car when... more »
  • All ten suspects in hazing death surrender Wednesday Play Video

    October 11, 2017 9:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Over the course of three or four hours Wednesday, ten suspects in a deadly hazing investigation at LSU surrendered and were booked into jail. > WATCH: Suspects surrender, booked into jail; One person taken into jail HERE (video link) ; Another surrendered at LSU... more »
  • No indication of foul play in infant's death at unlicensed day care Play Video

    October 5, 2017 11:19 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Authorities say that no foul play was involved in the death of a 3-month-old at an unlicensed home day care earlier this week. According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the decision was based on the evidence available in regard to the infant's death. However, the sheriff's... more »
  • Sheriff orchestrates temporary closure of day care where child died Play Video

    October 4, 2017 4:27 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – The sheriff's office said it orchestrated a temporary closure Wednesday of a day care operated out of an upscale home where a child died earlier this week. The day care closed Wednesday and will be closed Thursday, too. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said it hopes to... more »
  • State Police releases punishment for 4 troopers who took side trip last year

    October 2, 2017 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Four state troopers have been disciplined for a questionable road trip in 2016. Previous reports highlighted a trip to a law enforcement conference in San Diego included a lengthy side excursion to the Grand Canyon and a Las Vegas resort and casino. The drive cost the... more »
  • Attorney: Case against Matassa should be tossed due to 'candidacy law' Play Video

    September 21, 2017 12:06 PM

    GONZALES – The attorney for embattled Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa argues in newly-filed court documents, the bribery case against Matassa is unwarranted because the man he is accused of bribing not to run for office was not a real “candidate” under state law. Matassa was indicted on charges... more »
  • Woman featured in On Your Side report now accused of swindling $23,000 out of bank Play Video

    September 19, 2017 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The tables have turned for a woman who brought her concerns to WBRZ. Now she's in trouble with the law and facing felony charges. In May, Carol Lafitte called 2 On Your Side claiming she was overcharged by a store in the mall for moisturizer. Lafitte... more »
  • Report: 'Minor' disciplinary action taken for troopers' side trip

    September 5, 2017 7:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two of four State Police troopers connected to a questionable “side trip” while driving halfway across the country to attend a conference received minor discipline, The Advocate reported Tuesday . The lengthy road trip from Louisiana to San Diego featured stops at the Grand Canyon and... more »
  • Days before child found in trash can, mom pardoned in another child's death Play Video

    August 31, 2017 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A mother facing charges for birthing her baby in an area Walmart then leaving the newborn in a trash can was granted a pardon for an arrest related to the death of another child days earlier, the WBRZ Investigative Unit uncovered. WBRZ learned Kyandrea Thomas was... more »
  • Southern turns over documents related to staff attorney tied up in Council on Aging

    August 28, 2017 6:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Southern released 133 pages of documents related to its internal investigation of law professor Dorothy Jackson and her involvement in the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging and the questionable will of a deceased client of the organization. The data was made available Monday afternoon after... more »
  • FBI raids two Valley Park homes Thursday morning Play Video

    August 24, 2017 8:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Federal authorities remained tight-lipped about Thursday morning raids at two properties in the Valley Park area of Baton Rouge and asked local authorities who assisted to keep information secret. The FBI was involved in raids at homes on both Valley Street and Barber Street just... more »
  • BRPD: Second suspect arrested after deadly home invasion Play Video

    August 18, 2017 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Police have made a second arrest after two men broke into an apartment and shot the two teenage boys inside, leaving one dead and a second injured. On Thursday, police announced the arrest of 20-year-old Kenneth Smith in connection with the Aug. 17 murder of Jywon... more »
  • Morning altercation leads to shooting, stabbing at apartment complex

    August 16, 2017 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say an altercation at an apartment complex in the Elm Grove Garden area led to a shooting and stabbing Wednesday morning. One person was reportedly shot in the chest around nine o'clock Wednesday morning at an apartment complex between Rosenwald and Fairchild. Sources said the... more »
  • Walmart investigating "Own The School Year Like A Hero" sign displayed over gun case

    August 10, 2017 2:43 PM

    BENTONVILLE, Ark.- Walmart says it's investigating a photo that purports to show a sign reading "Own The School Year Like A Hero" displayed atop a gun-filled case in one of its stores. Walmart spokesman Charles Crowson says the photo is consistent with the interior of its stores but that... more »
  • Man found shot in Greenwell Springs Rd. neighborhood Wednesday morning

    August 2, 2017 1:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies are investigating a shooting that left a man injured Wednesday morning. Deputies were called to the 6300 block of Cherryl, off Greenwell Springs Road, after 8 a.m. for reports of a man being shot. When deputies arrived, they located a man injured but... more »
  • Amid controversy over who got BRAVE grants, calls made for state auditor to probe mayor's deals Play Video

    July 31, 2017 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – There are at least two requests for a state investigation into Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome's handling of the BRAVE grant program. Those in charge of the BRAVE program today said they had no idea the contracts her office doled out existed. Monday afternoon, the... more »
  • House fire on Wexford Drive under investigation

    July 26, 2017 7:32 PM

    CENTRAL – Fire crews responded to a house fire in the 5200 block of Wexford Drive on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Central Fire Department, the fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes. Fire crews located three large dogs in the backyard of the home... more »
  • Body trapped under boat recovered from river Play Video

    July 26, 2017 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First responders were dispatched to a body found, trapped under a boat along the river side of the levee near Brightside Drive Wednesday morning. The Corps of Engineers initially reported the find to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office around 9:20 a.m. while the Corps was working... more »
  • Two people shot, multiple crime scenes after overnight shooting

    July 19, 2017 12:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayhem broke out along Highland Road in Old South Baton Rouge late Tuesday as police worked a shooting on one street and incidents a few blocks away related to the gun violence. Two people were shot in the 1900 block of Kentucky around 11 o'clock. Police... more »
  • 7-month long burglary circuit has targeted law enforcement, guns stolen from cars

    July 10, 2017 5:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Department-issued law enforcement vehicles have been the target of thieves since the beginning of the year and detectives made significant breaks in the case over the last week, the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit learned. According to a search warrant WBRZ obtained, detectives have been investigating... more »
  • Deputies: Man killed when he tried to stop fight in Baton Rouge

    July 10, 2017 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 23-year-old man was tracked down across the river and will face murder charges in the shooting death of the bystander of a fight who tried to settle the tension of an argument overnight. Andre Wright, 25, was shot and killed on Mariner Drive late Sunday.... more »
  • Federal drug raid in Livingston one of several Thursday Play Video

    June 29, 2017 11:37 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – A federal raid early Thursday morning in a quiet Livingston Parish neighborhood was just one of several that happened on the same day, authorities revealed to WBRZ. WBRZ.com first broke details of the operation – reporting witnesses saw agents, some appearing in tactical gear, on... more »
  • High-ranking Southern official on leave; University in middle of two scandals

    June 23, 2017 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Southern University made the boldest step yet Friday toward acknowledging things are amiss at its campus overlooking the Mississippi River. In an email sent just before 6 p.m., the university announced Brandon Dumas was on administrative leave. The university said Dumas was on leave “pending a... more »
  • Campus sex tape scandal could result in punishment

    June 20, 2017 7:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Southern University released more information about its handling of a sex tape purported to involve a high-ranking school administrator and an underling. WBRZ.com first reported details of the video Tuesday. Then, Southern stopped short of confirming an investigation into the video but by Wednesday insinuated there... more »
  • Mayor blames lack of resources for blight in Jackson Play Video

    June 18, 2017 6:10 PM

    JACKSON - Mayor Charles Coleman in the Town of Jackson says a lack of resources and manpower allows people to violate the law. It all centers around junk that is accumulating in people's yards, and the town has done very little to clean it up. Neighbors who live... more »
  • Attorney General Sessions testifies before Senate Intelligence Committee

    June 13, 2017 4:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Jeff Sessions has angrily denied that there were problems related to his decision to recuse himself from the FBI's investigation into Russian activities during the election. Former FBI Director James Comey testified earlier before the Senate intelligence committee said he knew of reasons why... more »
  • Police seek missing Zachary doctor

    June 5, 2017 2:09 PM

    ZACHARY - Multiple police departments are asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 77-year-old man who's been missing for two days. The Zachary and Las Cruces Police Departments are seeking Donald Fonte, an orthopedic surgeon in the Zachary area who they believe may be in danger. ... more »
  • Men found shot, killed in car along rural area highway

    June 1, 2017 7:15 PM

    GRANGEVILLE – Two men were found dead, shot in the head and left for dead in a car in a quiet, rural community in St. Helena Parish Thursday. Authorities said the bodies were found in a car on Highway 37, just east of LA 63, in Grangeville. The area... more »
  • Investigation leads to arrest of St. Francisville man in possession of child pornography

    May 30, 2017 4:32 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE – An investigation led to the arrest of a man who authorities say had several photos and videos of child pornography. According to the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, Reese Kemp was arrested for 53 counts of sexual abuse images and/or videos of children. Kemp's arrest followed a... more »
  • Cop's alleged racist messages on gay chat app under investigation Play Video

    May 23, 2017 11:54 AM

    GONZALES – A conversation purported to involve a Gonzales Police officer and another man on a gay dating app is under investigation for racist language. The conversation happened around 3 a.m. recently on a smart phone dating app called Grindr where the officer discussed his dissatisfaction with an African... more »
  • Trump denies asking Comey to shelve Flynn probe; Comey to testify

    May 19, 2017 7:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has responded with a direct "no, no" to a question about whether he asked former FBI Director James Comey to shelve an investigation into his former national security adviser. Trump also was questioned Thursday over revelations that he had shared secrets with the Russians. He... more »
  • Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe

    May 17, 2017 6:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. The appointment Wednesday comes amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice... more »
  • Lawmakers urge Trump to avoid picking a partisan for FBI job

    May 15, 2017 8:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - As President Donald Trump considers a replacement for fired FBI Director James Comey, lawmakers are urging Trump to steer clear of appointing any politicians. The advice comes amid more criticism over Trump's dismissal of Comey during an FBI probe of Russia's meddling with last year's election and any... more »
  • Acting FBI chief contradicts White House claim

    May 11, 2017 11:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is contradicting the White House claim that fired director James Comey had lost the support of rank-and-file members of the bureau. The White House used that assertion to justify Comey's firing. But McCabe says the claim is not accurate. He says Comey "enjoyed... more »
  • Before the ax, Comey was pushing Trump-Russia probe harder

    May 11, 2017 7:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say FBI Director James Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia's election meddling and the possible involvement of Donald Trump's associates. Days later, he was fired by President Trump. It is unclear whether word of the Comey request, put to Deputy Attorney... more »
  • Acting FBI chief to appear at Senate hearing

    May 10, 2017 7:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe will appear at a Senate intelligence committee hearing on Thursday in place of ex-FBI Director James Comey. The Senate intelligence committee has confirmed that McCabe will be at the hearing instead of Comey, who was fired on Tuesday by President Donald Trump. The... more »
  • 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 »

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