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  • Police investigate shooting at apartment complex Wednesday morning

    August 16, 2017 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating a shooting in the Elm Grove Garden area. 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 victim had non-life threatening injuries. Police have not released specific... 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 »
  • 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 »

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