November 24, 2014 3:27 AM
IOWA - Louisiana State Police say a crash in Calcasieu Parish killed a Lake Charles teenager and injured a woman from Jennings. Master Trooper Daniel Moreau says 16-year-old Britney Anne Trahan apparently failed to yield at a stop sign when entering U.S. 90. He says her Toyota Scion was hit... more »
November 23, 2014 4:13 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish sheriff has asked state police to investigate a jail death that the coroner says was homicide. Col. Mike Edmonson, head of state police, says he will meet with Sheriff Marlin Gusman on Monday to decide what to do. Authorities have said 40-year-old Willie Lee... more »
November 21, 2014 4:14 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A woman says she was raped in New Orleans during Mardi Gras festivities in a case among scores that the city's police department failed to properly investigate. The department is reeling from a city inspector general's report that found five detectives mishandled more than 1,000 sex crimes... more »
November 19, 2014 10:15 PM
BATON ROUGE- A motorcyclist was killed in a high-speed crash Wednesday.
Sheriff's deputies said John McCurley, 34, was thrown from his bike and died on the scene. The crash happened in the 18000 block of North Joor Road.
Crash investigators said McCurley was seen speeding around other vehicles... more »
November 19, 2014 9:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Officials have removed two bodies from Lake Pontchartrain, both of them roughly about a mile from the runway at the lakefront airport Wednesday.
The first body was reported found about 9 a.m.
The discovery of the body was followed shortly by the report of a... more »
November 18, 2014 5:27 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in New Orleans Monday night.
The blaze broke out just after 10 p.m. In the 2000 block of Danneel St.
Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire at the Central City home. No word on... more »
November 15, 2014 1:33 PM
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says five detectives have been reassigned while the department investigates allegations they failed to fully investigate more than 1,000 child abuse and sex cases. He said Thursday that initial review of a report from the city inspector general indicates enough evidence... more »
November 13, 2014 8:03 AM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities are looking for an arsonist after someone torched a vacant home in Baton Rouge early Thursday morning.
Firefighters were called to the blaze in the 400-block of Tuscaloosa St. just before 4:30 a.m. The entire building was engulfed in flames by the time they arrived.... more »
November 6, 2014 9:26 AM
BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway in Baton Rouge following a shooting that injured two people Wednesday night.
It happened just after 10:00 p.m. in a parking lot in the 4300 block of Denham St. According to investigators, someone walked from behind a nearby apartment complex and started... more »
November 6, 2014 3:07 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A man drinking with friends on a sailboat was found dead floating in the industrial canal near SeaBrook Marine. Port of New Orleans spokesman Matt Gresham says the group of friends woke Wednesday morning to find the man missing. He says they searched the harbor area and... more »
November 4, 2014 3:01 AM
LOS ANGELES, CA - Federal accident investigators say that tiny pieces of an experimental spaceship that broke up in flight have been found 35 miles from the main wreckage area. Acting National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said Monday the parts recovered were small enough to have been blown... more »
November 3, 2014 11:32 PM
HAMMOND- The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is set to take the lead on a homicide investigation after authorities in New Orleans determined a woman was shot in Tangipahoa before being burned in her car in Orleans.
Kimberly Bowman, 32, was found dead about three weeks ago.
Monday, the... more »
October 30, 2014 5:55 AM
NATCHITOCHES - Natchitoches police are investigating a fatal shooting involving two Natchitoches Parish sheriff's deputies. Police say 26-year-old Robert Vercher was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon when he exchanged gun fire with deputies, who were trying to serve a protective order. Vercher was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, where... more »
October 29, 2014 10:46 PM
HAMMOND- Family members of a woman from Tangipahoa Parish are furious a mystery still surrounds her death.
Kim Bowman, 32, vanished two weeks ago. Her body was found in her burned vehicle with a gun shot wound about 60 miles from home.
"She left to go to the... more »
October 27, 2014 6:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - City-parish officials made several policy changes as a result of a WBRZ investigation which discovered the executive director of the Alcohol Beverage Control Office was working a second day job.
The WBRZ Investigative Unit found that Chris Cranford, who has an administrative job with ABC, routinely... more »
October 22, 2014 6:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - A woman accused of having her husband killed faces trial three years later.
Monique Kitts is accused of having her husband, Corey Kitts shot execution-style in their Addis home for the insurance money. He was killed almost four years ago and it took three years... more »
October 22, 2014 12:51 PM
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - University of North Carolina chancellor Carol Folt says the school has fired or begun disciplinary procedures against nine employees after an investigation of an academic fraud scandal dating back nearly two decades. Folt took questions from reporters Wednesday after the release of the report by former... more »
October 22, 2014 5:46 AM
WEST MONROE - State police say a Monroe man died when his car ran off the road into a ditch and overturned. The accident happened Tuesday on Louisiana Highway 143 near West Monroe. Senior Trooper Michael Reichardt says 32-year-old Jason Jones of Monroe was not wearing a seatbelt and was... more »
October 21, 2014 4:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - The LSU Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services Laboratory will analyze skeletal remains found on Monday morning inside of an abandoned Belle Chasse home.
Sheriff's deputies in Plaquemines Parish said the complete skeletal remains including human skull were found by a laborer who was cleaning the... more »
October 20, 2014 11:14 PM
GREENSBURG- Authorities have released the name of a woman found dead in the burned remains of a home recently .
Monday, they identified the body of the 39-year-old as Marsha Allen. It was still not clear what caused her death, which has been classified as a homicide by the... more »
October 17, 2014 3:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - The apartment fire that sent one man to the hospital for burn injuries has put dozens of people out of their homes.
The fire happened at Broadmoor Plantation Apartments Thursday night. Firefighters said when they arrived on the scene, they discovered a fire in the kitchen... more »
October 16, 2014 10:47 PM
NORWOOD - State Police arrested a tractor driver in connection with an October 1st crash involving two 18-wheelers.
Troopers released details of their investigation and subsequent arrest late Thursday. Edward G. Delee, 52, was booked into the East Feliciana Parish Jail. Delee was charged with hit-and-run driving, negligent injuring... more »
October 16, 2014 5:02 PM
ST. HELENA PARISH - Detectives said they're treating the death of a 39-year-old woman found after a house fire Saturday as a homicide.
Details are still scarce, but authorities said they will be releasing more information soon.
The house was burned almost to its foundation and firefighters found... more »
October 15, 2014 10:58 PM
GREENSBURG- Sheriff's deputies said they are investigating a house fire as a homicide since a 39-year-old woman's body was discovered in the charred rubble of a house.
The woman's name was not released. St. Helena Parish Sheriff's deputies said they are still working to notify family members.
The... more »
October 14, 2014 10:54 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - State Police said Tuesday, the driver of an SUV that ran off Bluff Road, hit and killed two kids then crashed into the tree line was issued a ticket for careless operation.
David Lanus, 6, and Faria Lanus, 9, were fishing at the bottom of an embankment... more »
October 8, 2014 11:51 AM
HATTIESBURG, MS - Hattiesburg police are investigating the death of a Chilean flamingo stolen from the Hattiesburg Zoo early Tuesday. Rick Taylor, executive director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, said the female flamingo was taken about 1:08 a.m. It was located about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and was returned to the... more »
October 7, 2014 12:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - The attorney general's main investigator in a criminal inquiry into the awarding of a now-canceled $200 million Medicaid contract will have to answer questions under oath from the fired contractor. A judge ruled Tuesday that lawyers for Maryland-based CNSI can ask limited questions of the investigator as... more »
October 6, 2014 11:18 PM
ST. GABRIEL- Tests from the state crime lab confirmed to investigators what they believes was fact all along: casings and a gun found inside the home of murdered TV personality Scott Rogers were linked to each other.
The details, released Monday, are the first in a series following work... more »
October 2, 2014 4:04 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been granted a delay in his arraignment on recently updated charges in the case. David Rainey's court appearance, originally set for this week, was re-scheduled for Dec. 3... more »
October 1, 2014 9:03 PM
NORWOOD - Highway 67 south of the state line was closed Wednesday evening as State Police worked a crash involving two 18-wheelers.
Authorities said little information was available shortly after the wreck, but did describe the crash as being a "serious injury" collision. The wreck happened about a mile... more »
September 29, 2014 2:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - Investigators are looking into what started a fire at a convenience store in Baton Rouge this morning.
It happened just after 11 a.m. at the Stop and Go #1 in the 2600 block of Thomas Road.
Firefighters arrived to find the fire behind the counter... more »
September 29, 2014 7:40 AM
MONROE - Police say a 29-year-old Monroe man was shot and killed during an attempted robbery. Three men in a vehicle had been approached by three armed men who demanded valuables from them early Sunday morning. When they refused, police say Marcus Montgomery, one of the people in the vehicle,... more »
September 29, 2014 6:06 AM
MONROE - Authorities are investigating a three vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 139 in Ouachita Parish that claimed the life of a Monroe man. Senior Trooper Michael Reichardt says 59-year-old Mark Dent was southbound on Highway 139 Sunday afternoon when his car struck the rear of another car that a... more »
September 29, 2014 5:05 AM
MIAMI, FL - Miami police are looking into why so many minors were present at a nightclub during a pre-dawn shooting. Among the 15 people wounded during the early Sunday morning violence at The Spot was an 11-year-old child. Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll says it was "very disturbing"... more »
September 26, 2014 3:12 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A veteran New Orleans Police officer has been placed on an unpaid "emergency suspension" after police said he used "unauthorized force" on a 16-year-old girl. Officer Terrance Saulney, a 24-year veteran of the department's Juvenile Bureau, is accused of using force on the girl as she was... more »
September 26, 2014 3:09 AM
MONTEREY - The Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office says finding the killer of a 63-year-old Monterey man is its top priority. Chief Deputy David Hedrick says John Perritt was found dead at his home about 11:30 a.m. Monday. Hedrick says Perritt had apparently been in the home for some time. Hedrick... more »
September 26, 2014 2:15 AM
FERGUSON, MO - Police and protesters have clashed briefly in Ferguson just hours after the St. Louis suburb's police chief issued an apology to the family of Michael Brown. The black 18-year-old Brown was shot dead by a white police officer Aug. 9. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson appeared outside... more »
September 24, 2014 3:30 AM
BIRMINGHAM, AL - Authorities say a man fired from UPS a day earlier put on his work uniform, drove to an Alabama package sorting center, evaded security and gunned down two former co-workers. Police say the shooter, identified as 45-year-old Kerry Joe Tesney, lay dead atop his gun from what... more »
September 24, 2014 3:24 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police say a man is in critical condition after he was shot twice in Baton Rouge late Tuesday night.
The shooting happened just before midnight in the 200 block of West Johnson St.
Police and EMS found the 36-year-old victim after shots rang out. The... more »
September 23, 2014 1:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The federal judge hearing 2010 oil spill cases says he'll decide soon whether he needs more than written evidence and arguments to rule on an investigation of alleged corruption within the settlement program. District Judge Carl Barbier said during a Tuesday status conference the big question is... more »
September 22, 2014 2:00 AM
CANADENSIS, PA - Authorities don't have the alleged gunman who is accused of a deadly ambush at a police barracks, but they say they've found the AK-47-style assault rifle that he was carrying. Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Sunday that police believe their massive manhunt is hot... more »
September 18, 2014 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- A public records request filed by the WBRZ Investigative Unit on the performance history of former Baton Rouge Police officer Michael Elsbury shows he had been the focus of Internal Affairs inquiries seven times since 2002.
Elsbury left the force on September 4th, a day after WBRZ... more »
September 17, 2014 6:12 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Dozens of accused drug dealers were locked up in Iberville Parish Wednesday.
It was part of an 18-month undercover investigation that ended with 31 people behind bars, and the second roundup in Iberville Parish since Sheriff Brett Stassi took office two years ago.
"I made it... more »
September 9, 2014 10:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - The NAACP met for the first time Tuesday since a WBRZ Investigative Unit report found a police officer had been accused of sending racially charged text messages.
At the meeting, residents voiced their concerns with the situation and Mayor-President Kip Holden broke his silence on the... more »
September 8, 2014 8:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire that torched a home in Baton Rouge early Monday morning.
The blaze broke out in the 5700 block of Sumrall just after 4:00 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the home was already full engulfed in flames.... more »
September 8, 2014 7:04 AM
CHICAGO, IL - Four children were killed early Monday in a fire on Chicago's South Side, authorities said. Chicago Fire Department Chief Michael Fox told reporters at the scene that the first firefighters to arrive found "heavy fire blowing" from the building's windows. The blaze appeared to start on the... more »
September 7, 2014 11:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - Investigators say one person was shot in a neighborhood in North Baton Rouge on Odell Street, Sunday evening.
Baton Rouge Police are still investigating, and have not released the details of the shooting.
The victim was transported to an area hospital with multiple gunshot wounds,... more »
September 7, 2014 7:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - A mysterious fire of a 25 passenger church bus is now at the center of an investigation by the Baton Rouge Fire Department.
The bus was being repaired at an auto repair shop off Greenwell Springs.
According to Curtis Shepherd, Pastor of New Philadelphia Full... more »
September 5, 2014 11:37 AM
NEW YORK - Further tests are needed to pinpoint comedian Joan Rivers' cause of death, the New York City medical examiner says. Rivers, who was 81, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She had been hospitalized since Aug. 28 when she went into cardiac arrest during a... more »
September 4, 2014 2:16 PM
BATON ROUGE- The city police chief has confirmed to the Investigative Unit, the officer at the center of a scandal involving some racially charged text messages has resigned.
WBRZ and the station's Investigative Unit broke the story Wednesday in an exclusive report by Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto.
Wednesday,... more »
September 4, 2014 9:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway after a deadly accident in Baton Rouge Wednesday night.
According to Baton Rouge Police, Vernon Rogers, 34, was killed when the 32-year-old man he was riding with lost control of his car in the 12100 block of Hwy 19. Police say both... more »
September 3, 2014 6:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - Prosecutors are reconsidering how they may charge Mathew Hodgkinson, the man accused of shooting Scott Rogers and then turning the gun on himself, if he survives his injury.
Hodgkinson was once a student of Rogers in England where allegations of molestation haunted the dance teacher. It's... more »
September 3, 2014 5:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge Police Officer is under fire for a string of text messages he is accused of sending to another person containing racial slurs.
The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Baton Rouge Police are in the midst of two investigations where detectives are looking into cell... more »
August 28, 2014 10:49 PM
BAKER- Police are investigating a shooting near the edge of city limits that happened Thursday night.
Officers were dispatched to Heath Drive. A source told WBRZ News 2, police were advised that a woman was found on the ground, unresponsive. Investigators confirm an 18-year-old woman was shot and killed.... more »
August 28, 2014 1:55 AM
CANBERRA, Australia - Malaysia's transport minister says an investigation into how a Malaysian airliner came to crash into the Indian Ocean far off course cannot go further until wreckage and its black boxes are found. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai is in Australia on Thursday to sign a cost-sharing... more »
August 27, 2014 8:40 AM
ALEXANDRIA - A student at Natchitoches Central High School has died after he was beaten during a fight.
The victim was identified as 18-year-old Johnquaries Smith.
Smith was attacked in what police are calling a random act of violence. He was air lifted to the hospital following the... more »
August 25, 2014 5:51 PM
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix. Revelations that as many as 40 veterans died while awaiting care from the Phoenix VA rocked the agency last spring, exposing a system... more »
August 20, 2014 3:31 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal study says 5 percent of Louisiana dentists treating children under Medicaid may be padding their numbers, overcharging, providing unnecessary treatments or even harming children. Health and Human Services Department auditors checked 512 dentists. They say 26 of them had questionable billings. The department inspector general's... more »
August 19, 2014 2:02 AM
FERGUSON, MO - Police and protesters are again in a tense standoff in Ferguson, Missouri, more than a week after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer. Monday night, police used bullhorns to order the crowds to leave, and noisemakers and armored vehicles were... more »
August 18, 2014 9:52 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - A mother in Ascension Parish asked a mysterious killer how they can live with themselves after killing her 15-year-old.
Katrina Augusta's son, Brandon, was found behind a levee in Ascension Parish last week. He was beaten so badly, investigators had to use dental records to identify him.... more »
August 14, 2014 6:26 AM
ALGIERS - An investigation underway following a police shooting near New Orleans that was not reported to the public.
Armand Bennent, 26, is recovering in the hospital after he was shot in the head by a New Orleans police officer during a traffic stop.
Details surrounding the case... more »
August 13, 2014 8:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested the man who investigators said shot and killed a Baton Rouge man at an apartment complex Tuesday night.
Investigators arrested Eric Johnson, 25, on suspicion of second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.
Police named Johnson as a suspect earlier Wednesday,... more »
August 11, 2014 6:02 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A trial is expected to begin the week of March 9 for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The tentative trial date is part of an order U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt issued Monday after... more »
August 7, 2014 2:55 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Louisiana State Police have launched an investigation after allegations of wrongdoing surfaced within the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office.
West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel called on State Police last month to look at the alleged improprieties.
It all centers around Captain Michael Taylor. The... more »
August 5, 2014 3:21 PM
PORT ALLEN - Former Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley entered not guilty pleas in court Tuesday for theft, malfeasance and two forgery charges.
Whaley was convicted of using the town's gas card to fuel up his personal truck and boat back in April. Whaley confessed to WBRZ's Chief Investigator... more »
July 31, 2014 6:52 AM
BATON ROUGE - According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, a vacant home was intentionally set on fire for the second time this summer.
Investigators are searching for an arsonist after the blaze in the 3700 block of Alliquipa St. It happened around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Firefighters responded... more »
July 30, 2014 3:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase. Irwin Felps, executive director of the Louisiana State Police Retirement System, said Wednesday the system's attorneys are reviewing whether the law... more »
July 28, 2014 5:21 AM
SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine - An international police team has failed to reach the crash site of a Malaysian Airlines plane for a second day running as clashes rage in a town on the road to the area. A delegation of Australian and Dutch police and forensic experts stopped Monday in Shakhtarsk,... more »
July 26, 2014 10:42 AM
BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge police say one man is dead after a crash on I-10 involving two suspected intoxicated drivers.
Officials say Jason Smith's, 39, car stalled because it was running out of gas. He was hit by Sarah Raimondi, 37, while pushing his car. He is in... more »
July 26, 2014 10:24 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt has scheduled an Aug. 11 conference where lawyers will discuss a trial... more »
July 25, 2014 2:28 AM
SYDNEY, Australia - Australia's prime minister says his country is close to finalizing a deal with Ukraine to send police and a small number of troops to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a multinational team. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday that Australia has 90 federal... more »
July 21, 2014 10:35 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling for international investigators to have "immediate and full access" to the site in eastern Ukraine where a passenger jet was shot down last week. Obama accused pro-Russian separatists in the area of removing evidence and bodies from the crash site. He says that... more »
July 18, 2014 4:15 PM
BATON ROUGE- Former Alcohol Tobacco Control commissioner Murphy Painter received a nearly $300,000 check from the state related to his resignation and bills from his legal case that followed.
Painter left the organization after an investigation in 2010 where inspectors were reviewing if he illegally used his position to... more »
July 17, 2014 6:03 PM
WASHINGTON - A global air safety group says an international coalition of countries should lead the investigation of a Malaysia plane shot down over Ukraine. Normally the country where a crash occurs takes the lead on an investigation. Safety experts say they're concerned that because the plane crashed in area... more »
July 16, 2014 5:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - One of the suspects tied to a federal investigation into money laundering and synthetic marijuana was released from federal custody Wednesday.
Ariel Dunn made an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Stephen Riedlinger, who released her on her own recognizance. He did list numerous provisions that she... more »
July 14, 2014 10:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police said a Baton Rouge man whose body was found in burned home had also been shot.
Investigators said the body of Laross Davis, 35, was found in his home on Eaton Street around 6:30 a.m.
Firefighters said they had been called to the home... more »
July 11, 2014 4:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - Two investigations are underway following two shootings in Baton Rouge in a five hour span.
Police responded to North 14th St. near the North Blvd. Bridge early this morning after shots were fired. It is unknown if anyone was hit at this time, but we will... more »
July 11, 2014 4:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - An investigation is underway after police found a man gunned down in the middle of the road.
The shooting happened just after 10:00 p.m. Thursday night in the 200 block of South 17th St.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His name will... more »
July 11, 2014 3:07 AM
LOWELL, MA - Investigators in Massachusetts are looking into whether an alarm system was working in the apartment building where a fast-moving fire killed four adults and three children. They're also looking into reports that sounds of fireworks or an explosion preceded the flames. Thearan Sak says his brother, Torn... more »
July 10, 2014 5:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - Homicide investigators in Baton Rouge are trying to solve the city's most recent murder.
Police responded to the 12000 block of Cate Ave. in the Bellaire area just after 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night. They found Major Brown, 29, shot to death with numerous bullet wounds. No... more »