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  • Four arrested for kidnapping, beating Lafayette man

    February 3, 2017 4:29 PM

    ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST – Louisiana State Police arrested four individuals for charges related to the kidnapping of a Lafayette man. The incident occurred on Feb. 1 when a man was taken hostage by several suspects in the Thibodaux area, according to Louisiana State Police. The man was taken... more »
  • Parts of I-10 to close near Lafayette Sunday morning

    January 27, 2017 2:11 PM

    LAFAYETTE – Parts of I-10 will be closed Sunday near Lafayette as crews work to pull power lines across the roadway. According to DOTD, both the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-10 will be closed for up to one hour Jan. 29 between Exit 103 and before Exit 104.... more »
  • Ex-Lafayette City-President Joey Durel goes into real estate

    January 11, 2017 10:19 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Former Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel has joined an area real estate firm. Durel left office last year after serving in the post for three consecutive terms. A news release says he now will work for Keaty Real Estate of Lafayette. KATC-TV reports Durel, who also serves as... more »
  • Lafayette airport temporarily evacuated due to fire alarm

    January 7, 2017 7:42 PM

    LAFAYETTE – The Lafayette Regional Airport was temporarily evacuated due to a fire alarm on Saturday afternoon. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office said that a fire alarm went off the airport and caused the evacuation, KATC reports. However, no fire was found at the airport and it was... more »
  • Lafayette wins EPA air monitoring award

    December 15, 2016 8:15 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Cities in Louisiana and Maryland have won a national Environmental Protection Administration contest for plans to have residents set out hundreds of air pollution sensors, with results made public. Lafayette, Louisiana, and Baltimore each get $40,000 to help implement those plans. After a year, they can qualify for... more »
  • Lafayette offering free bus rides beginning Black Friday

    November 20, 2016 12:23 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The City of Lafayette is offering free bus rides for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Lafayette Transit System says its "No Pay Bus Day," on Nov. 25 and 26, is in recognition of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux says the promotion applies to all... more »
  • Community schools model draws interest in Lafayette

    November 19, 2016 11:28 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette officials are taking a closer look at the concept of community schools. The Advertiser reports Debbie Meaux, president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, and Karran Harper Royal, coordinator for the Louisiana branch of the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools, presented the model to Lafayette school board... more »
  • High heel wearing, pot smoking musician did better than some politicians Tuesday

    November 10, 2016 12:03 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Perhaps the loudest message voters sent came in the quiet loss of Jacob "Dorian Phibian" Hebert's congressional bid for the Lafayette area Tuesday night. While his political career is over for now - maybe forever, as he wrote before the election he doesn't "ever want to talk... more »
  • ULL providing aid to 110 flood-affected students

    November 1, 2016 9:52 AM

    LAFAYETTE - A south Louisiana university says its distributing $65,000 to help 110 of its students overcome financial hardships brought on by the August floods. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette made the announcement in a Monday news release. DeWayne Bowie, vice president for Enrollment Management at ULL, says each... more »
  • Deputies searching for 'improperly released' inmate in Lafayette

    October 26, 2016 3:24 PM

    LAFAYETTE – Lafayette Parish deputies are searching for an inmate who was ‘improperly released’ Wednesday afternoon. According to a KATC report, 29-year-old Joshua Simon was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans. He is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds. ... more »
  • Escaped inmate had violent past; Accused in 2012 murder

    October 13, 2016 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One of two men who managed to escape their work release job Thursday has a violent past that includes being connected to a murder in Louisiana's Cajun country, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned. Elwood Billiot, 33, was serving time for domestic abuse battery charges when he... more »
  • Acadiana Mall to remain closed for Thanksgiving Day

    October 12, 2016 5:20 PM

    LAFAYETTE – Shoppers in Lafayette may have to wait until it is officially Black Friday to shop at the Acadiana Mall this year. CBL and Associates, who owns 89 regional malls including the Acadiana Mall, announced that they will close the doors to almost all of their properties until... more »
  • ACLU: Lafayette 'flag desecration' arrest unconstitutional

    September 25, 2016 8:34 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says a man has been unconstitutionally arrested in Lafayette on a charge of desecrating the American flag by setting one afire and tearing up another. Online jail records indicate that 57-year-old Charri Mohamad was held Sunday on charges of flag desecration... more »
  • Police ID body found in tool box in Lafayette

    September 22, 2016 9:55 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette authorities have identified the victim whose body was found inside a tool box. Police said Wednesday the victim is 23-year-old Alannah L. Montalvo, of Lafayette. Investigtators say Montalvo was in a relationship with a suspect killed in an earlier shooting, 36-year-old Barrett B. Farabee II. Based on... more »
  • Energy company CEO: Oil and gas industry to make comeback

    September 22, 2016 9:50 AM

    LAFAYETTE - The president and CEO of Stone Energy Corp. in Lafayette says he's confident the oil and gas industry will bounce back. David Welch told the quarterly meeting of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association on Wednesday that as the world population grows so will the demand for... more »
  • Escaped inmate steals car from Lafayette dealership

    September 15, 2016 3:24 PM

    LAFAYETTE – Deputies in Lafayette Parish say an inmate who walked away from a housing unit Wednesday later stole a car from a car dealership Thursday has been arrested. According to a KATC report, Shane Paul Thomas has an extensive criminal history including drug and theft charges. After deputies... more »
  • Former mail carrier pleads to stealing mail

    September 14, 2016 9:26 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - A Lafayette woman has pleaded guilty to stealing mail while she worked as a contract postal carrier. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says 72-year-old Helen J. Nelson pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi to one count of theft of mail matter by a postal... more »
  • FEMA recovery center opens in Lafayette

    August 29, 2016 12:12 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a disaster recovery center in Lafayette. FEMA says in a news release that the center, which opened Sunday, will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. Flood survivors will receive assistance and information... more »
  • Lafayette teacher accused of carnal knowledge of a juvenile

    August 10, 2016 9:30 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested an Acadiana High School algebra teacher on a charge of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. John Mowell with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office tells local media outlets deputies arrested 29-year-old Matthew Reon Tuesday morning at his home in Duson. According to... more »
  • Final I-49 concept expected in December

    August 8, 2016 9:56 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Planning for the Interstate 49 connector in Lafayette is moving into the next phase now that the number of design concepts has been narrowed. The goal is to have a single concept in place by the end of December. Project consultants released evaluation results of 19 design concepts... more »
  • Upscale shopping center requests Pokestops removed after SWAT team called

    August 4, 2016 6:52 PM

    LAFAYETTE – A strip mall in Lafayette has requested the Pokemon Go company to remove “Pokestops” around their locations. According to a KATC report, Parc Lafayette sent a request to Niantic to remove the virtual stops due to safety concerns. In the letter sent to Niantic, Parc Lafayette... more »
  • Used car dealers in Lafayette arrested for fraud scheme

    July 26, 2016 12:05 PM

    LAFAYETTE – The co-owners of a used car dealership in Lafayette face felony charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in state sales tax revenues. Shawn Calvit and Michael Laue own and operate Lauco Auto Sales in Lafayette. Investigators with the Louisiana Department of Revenue say the two under... more »
  • Buddhist monk gets prison for stealing from temple to gamble

    July 25, 2016 4:20 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A Buddhist monk has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $260,000 from the Louisiana temple he led and gambling most of the money at a casino. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley's office said in a statement Monday that a federal... more »
  • Lafayette mall evacuated for precaution after bomb threat

    July 23, 2016 4:24 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Acadiana Mall in Lafayette was evacuated Saturday afternoon due to a bomb threat. According to a KATC report, the Lafayette Police and Fire responded to the scene but were unsure if the threat was credible. The mall was evacuated as a precaution. Shortly before 4:30... more »
  • Greyhound expands south Louisiana service

    July 15, 2016 9:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Greyhound says it is expanding its service in south Louisiana to include stops in more cities and towns between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Greyhound says stops in Raceland, Thibodaux, Morgan City and New Iberia will be added along with the two daily roundtrips between Baton Rouge and... more »
  • Lafayette schools mull changing pledge of allegiance policy

    July 2, 2016 3:13 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Instead of every student having to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, students in Lafayette may be allowed to meditate in silence or recite the pledge. The Lafayette Parish School System is reviewing its policy after a civil rights advocacy group alleged an Acadiana High teacher mistreated a... more »
  • 2 Lafayette men jailed after pair found dead in burned cars

    June 26, 2016 3:17 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Two Lafayette men have been arrested for the murder of two people found dead Tuesday in separate burned cars. Joshua Willis, 31, was arrested Saturday on two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted sexual battery. Joseph O. Sylvester, 21, was arrested on two counts... more »
  • 2 bodies discovered in burning vehicles near Lafayette

    June 21, 2016 11:59 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Deputies in Lafayette are investigating after two bodies were found in two different burning vehicles early Tuesday morning. At around 1:15 a.m., Lafayette Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to an incident to which the Carencro Fire Department had already been dispatched. A vehicle was found burning in the... more »
  • 2 from La. inside nightclub during mass shooting; 1 survived

    June 13, 2016 4:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Family members of a man from Louisiana inside Pulse nightclub learned Monday he had survived the shooting but was severely injured. Leonel Melendez is in a coma after being shot in the leg and head. Melendez lists the New Orleans area as his hometown on Facebook... more »
  • Steampunk & Makers Fair gets Southeast Tourism Society nod

    June 12, 2016 9:12 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Going into its fourth year, Lafayette's Steampunk and Makers Fair has won an accolade from the Southeast Tourism Society. The group named it a Top 20 Event for the Southeast in November, meaning national publicity. The Advertiser reports that the fair is part costume play, part science and... more »
  • UL offers scholarship to 14-year-old who hasn't started high school

    June 2, 2016 12:27 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A 14-year-old who has yet to play a single down of high school football has already been offered a scholarship to University of Louisiana at Lafayette, according to a Mississippi newspaper. However, NCAA rules prevent UL coach Mark Hudspeth from speaking publicly about a recruit. A UL... more »
  • Assembly of Bell Helicopter Jet Ranger X leaving Louisiana

    May 20, 2016 9:37 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Bell Helicopter says it will assemble its 505 Jet Ranger X in Canada, and abandon plans to build the new-model aircraft at a $26.3 million Lafayette facility. Louisiana financed the facility and was promised 115 jobs. Bell CEO and President Mitch Snyder said in a conference call Thursday... more »
  • Vote on downtown Lafayette bar zoning expected in July

    May 17, 2016 3:14 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - A new policy on bars in Lafayette's downtown district likely won't come until July. The Associated Press reports Lafayette Consolidated Government Planning, Zoning and Development director Carlee Alm-LaBar gave an update on the effort to shape a new policy to the Zoning Commission on Monday. As a... more »
  • Former St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Captain to run for elected office

    May 11, 2016 2:17 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Former St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office captain and current Lafayette Deputy Marshall Captain Clay Higgins, is announcing that he will be announcing his campaign for either Congress or Senate. Higgins has been dubbed the “Cajun John Wayne" after a video that went viral of Higgins addressing a gang... more »
  • Incredible video shows school bus engulfed in flames, no injuries reported

    May 10, 2016 3:55 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Incredible video shows a raging school bus fire on the side of I-10 where, luckily, everyone escaped. The bus burst into flames near the I-10/I-49 interchange in Lafayette Parish. KATC TV , the ABC affiliate in the area, reported thirty children from an elementary school were headed... more »
  • Amy Schumer weighs in on Lafayette theater shooting

    April 25, 2016 3:45 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Actress and comedian Amy Schumer has opened up about her reactions to the Lafayette theater shooting in this month’s issue of Vanity Fair . Schumer, who appears on the magazine’s cover, provides an extensive interview about her work and life. She talks explicitly about the night... more »
  • Oil company to pay fines over 3 Atchafalaya oil spills

    April 23, 2016 3:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal prosecutors say a Lafayette-based oil company has agreed to pay more than $700,000 in fines in connection with three crude oil spills in the Atchafalaya River basin. The U.S. Justice Department announced Friday it had entered a consent decree with ORB Exploration LLC. The company is... more »
  • Memorial performance for theater shooting victim, musician at weekend festival

    April 19, 2016 11:31 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Theater shooting victim Jillian Johnson will be memorialized during a special performance at the city's annual music festival this weekend. Johnson was a member of the Figs , an all-female alternative country band. The Figs will perform with a similar band, Ginger Lee, on Sunday at the... more »
  • Lafayette used car dealer arrested for tax fraud

    April 18, 2016 2:38 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A Lafayette used car dealer has been charged with a tax fraud scheme that caused the state to lose thousands of dollars in sales tax revenue, the Louisiana Department of Revenue reported Monday. Larry Dwayne Brown, owner of LA Auto Sales in Lafayette, underreported the sale price of... more »
  • Unusual wreck closes I-10 in Lafayette

    April 12, 2016 4:27 PM

    LAFAYETTE - An unusual mishap closed lanes of I-10 here Tuesday. A mobile home being towed by a truck overturned. Pictures shared with WBRZ showed the home had tipped onto its side. Lafayette-area news outlets said the interstate was going to shutdown westbound near I-49 while crews put... more »
  • Lafayette man dies in accidental shooting

    April 7, 2016 1:07 PM

    LAFAYETTE- A 21-year-old man has died from injuries sustained in an overnight shooting in Lafayette. The victim is identified as Colin Norwood, 21, of Baton Rouge. Lafayette police said they were called to an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Bertrand Drive for reports of an accidental... more »
  • Lafayette deputy strikes, kills pedestrian with vehicle

    April 3, 2016 9:08 PM

    LAFAYETTE - State police are investigating a fatal crash in which a Lafayette Parish sheriff's patrol car hit and killed a man who was standing in a road late at night. Master Trooper Brooks David said Saturday that the crash killed 34-year-old Grant Hamilton of Lafayette. He says Hamilton was... more »
  • 'American Idol' MacKenzie Bourg to be feted in Lafayette

    March 24, 2016 11:49 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette native and "American Idol" contestant MacKenzie Bourg will lead a parade in downtown Lafayette Saturday afternoon and perform a concert in Parc International after the parade. KATC-TV reports Bourg, a Top 5 "American Idol" contestant who's also known for making the Top 20 a few seasons ago... more »
  • Lafayette Boys & Girls Club shooting wounds 1 teen; 1 arrested

    March 23, 2016 9:09 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Police in Lafayette say a 17-year-old boy was critically wounded in a shooting outside a Boys & Girls Club. A 15-year-old has been arrested. Police say the violence broke out Tuesday afternoon as the two boys were playing basketball. They got into an argument and one pulled a... more »
  • Former LSU tennis star dies at 38

    March 3, 2016 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A former LSU tennis star died unexpectedly at his home at the age of 38 late last month. Ed Rubin, a key member of two of LSU’s men’s tennis teams that advanced to the NCAA semifinals, passed away at his Lafayette residence on Feb. 27. The... more »
  • Buddhist monk faces March trial in embezzlement case

    February 11, 2016 3:11 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A Buddhist monk faces trial in March on charges he embezzled more than $200,000 from his Lafayette temple to feed a casino gambling habit. Khang Nguyen Le was scheduled to plead guilty on Wednesday to wire fraud charges. However, the plea agreement fell apart when Le told... more »
  • Chevron expected to cut hundreds of jobs in Covington and Lafayette

    February 5, 2016 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Chevron North America issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Friday, announcing possible layouts at five of their offices in Covington and Lafayette. In a news release sent out today, the company said it's refocusing its efforts on increasing its efficiency and cutting costs due to the... more »
  • La. AG touts arrests in 'pay-for-plea' corruption case

    February 1, 2016 7:08 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Six people, including two defense attorneys and a deputy city marshal, have been arrested on state criminal charges related to a bribery investigation of a south Louisiana district attorney's office. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Monday's arrests outside a Lafayette courthouse. Landry, who was elected in... more »
  • Lafayette authorities investigate father, son shooting

    January 26, 2016 11:11 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Sheriff's deputies in Lafayette Parish said they're investigating a shooting involving a father and son Tuesday morning. According to KATC , deputies said a father and son shot at each other on Wyman Road near Highway 93. No injuries were reported. Investigators said the shooting... more »
  • Ex-Mamou Police Chief sentenced to prison for using stun gun on inmate

    January 14, 2016 5:41 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Justice Department says a former Mamou police chief has been sentenced to a prison term for using a stun gun on a jail inmate who didn't pose a threat. The former chief, 44-year-old Robert McGee, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik Sr.... more »
  • No clear motive seen in Louisiana theater shooter's journal

    January 14, 2016 4:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A journal left by the gunman who opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater last summer doesn't provide a clear motive for the deadly shooting. But the drifter's own words portray him as a mentally unstable man filled with hatred for his country and for people who didn't... more »
  • Report details strange encounter with Lafayette theater shooter

    January 13, 2016 2:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A report released by police in Louisiana into a theater shooting last summer that killed two people describes the various encounters people had with the shooter. Some parts of the 589 pages of documents released Wednesday were redacted but they still provide a revealing look at... more »
  • Shooting deaths in Lafayette doubled in 2015

    January 11, 2016 11:15 AM

    LAFAYETTE - In 2015, 17 people lost their lives in Lafayette in shootings. Shootings made up the bulk of the 20 homicides investigated by Lafayette Police in 2015. Not included in that number is a death ruled justifiable homicide. It occurred Nov. 27 when a woman shot and killed Mauricio... more »
  • Police: 1 dead, 1 critical after shooting in Lafayette

    December 27, 2015 10:04 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette police say a 21-year-old Alexandria man is accused of shooting two men in his ex-girlfriend's Lafayette apartment, killing one man and critically wounding the other. Cpl. Paul Mouton, a police spokesman, says in a news release that arrest warrants accuse Tavis Jenkins of first-degree murder and two... more »
  • A look at the top stories in Louisiana during 2015

    December 27, 2015 2:42 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Democratic Party's reclaiming of the Louisiana governor's mansion for the first time in eight years is the top state news story of 2015. Democrat John Bel Edwards, a little known state lawmaker, beat Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who at one time was the race's front-runner.... more »
  • Boy dies at BR hospital after Lafayette-area train crash

    December 25, 2015 9:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 12-year-old boy died Christmas Day following a train crash earlier in the week. Chase Day died at the hospital. He was transferred to Baton Rouge from the Lafayette area after the vehicle he was riding in was hit by a train. Day was the fourth... more »
  • Priest who knew Mother Teresa: No one more deserving

    December 19, 2015 12:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Mother Teresa has a clear pathway to sainthood after Pope Francis approved a second miracle. A priest from the Lafayette-area who know her says there's no one more deserving. "It's an eerie feeling to know someone that was your friend is now a saint in heaven," Fr.... more »
  • Lafayette theater sign displays eerie showtimes after lightning strike

    December 17, 2015 3:45 PM

    LAFAYETTE - An eerie mishap is haunting people who are looking for showtimes of movies playing at the Grand 16. The theater was the scene of a mass shooting in July. Two people died and eleven were injured when John Houser opened fire during the premiere of "Train Wreck."... more »
  • Lafayette sheriff's deputy arrested, placed on leave

    December 7, 2015 4:05 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A Lafayette Parish sheriff's deputy has been arrested for an alleged home invasion and placed on administrative leave without pay. Capt. John Babin, in a news release, says 28-year-old Deputy Johnathon Lavoi was arrested Dec. 5 and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. KLFY-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1TwtzTO )... more »
  • Lafayette man accused of not reporting $468K for state taxes

    December 3, 2015 6:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Revenue says a Lafayette man is accused of failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income from his home improvement business. Department spokeswoman Kizzy Payton says in a news release that Alan Bernard filed state tax returns reporting no income from the... more »
  • Lafayette Parish appears ready to continue boundary battle

    December 2, 2015 11:16 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Lafayette Parish appears ready to continue fighting a border dispute with Vermilion Parish. Multiple media outlets report the Lafayette City-Parish Council killed a proposal Tuesday by Councilman Jared Bellard to end a long-running legal feud with Vermilion Parish over the location of the parish line. The council's vote... more »
  • I-10E closure caps day of delays, previews more to come

    December 1, 2015 7:06 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Louisiana State Police closed I-10 East entirely between Lafayette and Baton Rouge after a wreck involving multiple vehicles Tuesday evening. The closure capped a day filled with wrecks, congestion, and delays for drivers trying to travel between the two cities. At one point traffic was backed... more »
  • Lafayette theater reopens after mass shooting Play Video

    November 19, 2015 11:31 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A small crowd gathered to pay their respects to those who died or were injured in a theater shooting here as the theater reopened Thursday night. "I'm happy to see the doors of this theater reopen. It proves that we didn't just surrender to these types of... more »
  • Trip to France cancelled for Lafayette high school students

    November 14, 2015 2:48 PM

    LAFAYETTE - A group of Lafayette High School French immersion students and two faculty members scheduled to depart for Paris Saturday have cancelled their trip in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The Advertiser reports that the group was returning to Lafayette. Eleven students were planning to go... more »
  • Lafayette's Grand Theatre scheduled to reopen following shooting

    November 9, 2015 12:45 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Grand Theatre 16 in Lafayette where John Houser opened fire , killing two and injuring nine, is set to reopen on November 19. The theatre closed on July 23 after Jillian Johnson and Maycie Breaux were killed. Lafayette Parish-President Joey Durel purchased the first ticket,... more »
  • Lafayette man killed in crash with 18-wheeler on I-10

    November 6, 2015 12:44 PM

    RAMAH - State police say a 50-year-old Lafayette man died when his small SUV crashed into the rear of an 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 in Iberville Parish. Trooper Bryan Lee says the accident happened early Friday morning just west of the Ramah exit. Lee says Alton Ortega died... more »
  • Lafayette couple booked with tax fraud

    October 15, 2015 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State revenue officials say the married owners of a Lafayette tax preparation business face dozens of felony charges for a fraud scheme that cost Louisiana taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. James Terry Chester and Constance Brown-Chester are accused of filing fraudulent state income tax returns... more »
  • Report: Louisiana docs, nurses 'pay it forward' to medics in Oregon

    October 3, 2015 12:06 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Staff of a hospital here sent pizza to a hospital in Oregon where the injured were treated after a campus shooting earlier this week. The pizza was a "pay it forward" from Lafayette General Medical Center after the hospital was sent pizza from one in Texas as... more »
  • District Attorney: Domestic attack could have been prevented Play Video

    September 28, 2015 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- District Attorney Hillar Moore believes a man's checkered past could have kept him locked up if Baton Rouge had what's called a risk assessment tool. That would have prevented his death and prevented a woman from getting life threatening stab wounds, according to Moore. Currently, the City... more »
  • Lafayette company tests drone for fighting mosquitoes

    August 14, 2015 12:42 PM

    L AFAYETTE - A Lafayette company is trying to fight the bite with flight. They're flying a drone over areas that could be potentially infested with mosquitoes to map out the stagnant water that provides a breeding ground for the pest. Mosquito Control Contractors Inc. invited news media and... more »
  • Construction delays expected on I-10 East this weekend

    August 7, 2015 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Traffic officials again warned drivers of expected delays on I-10 due to an ongoing construction project near Grosse Tete in Iberville Parish through the end of August. The Department of Transportation and Development reminded drivers to expect heavy delays this weekend on I-10 East near Grosse... more »
  • Lafayette gets over $279K payout in BP oil spill settlement

    August 5, 2015 12:44 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Consolidated Government has announced that its payout in a settlement with BP for economic losses resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster has been finalized. The Advertiser reports officials announced Tuesday that Lafayette was awarded $279,769. The city-parish filed a claim in 2013. Several public... more »
  • Lafayette releases chilling 911 recordings, officer dashcam video from shooting Play Video

    July 30, 2015 3:42 PM

    LAFAYETTE- Chilling 911 calls for help from people inside a movie theater when a gunman opened fire last week were released Thursday afternoon. "He shot right at people," a caller gasping for breath told an emergency operator. The operator asked how many shots the caller heard, who responded "six... more »
  • Thousands attend memorial service for theater shooting victims Play Video

    July 29, 2015 11:55 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Call it a mega-vigil, two-thousand people attended a community event to remember the victims of the deadly mass shooting at a movie theater here last week. RIGHT NOW: community prayer service underway in #Lafayette two thousand seat sanctuary is full @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/J1NDF0OWVc — Brett Buffington (@BrettBuffington)... more »
  • Police release pictures of theater gunman's car

    July 28, 2015 11:15 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Police released images of John Russell Houser's car, hoping to build a larger case against the movie theater gunman. The images were taken after police took the car from the movie theater, where Houser appeared to have staged his getaway but shot and killed himself instead. In... more »
  • Jindal back on campaign trail

    July 28, 2015 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is back on the campaign trail, taking jabs at Hillary Clinton on Twitter Tuesday. Jindal, who suspended his presidential campaign after the deadly theater shooting in Lafayette last week, criticized Clinton's refusal to take a stance on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.... more »
  • Ret. Lt. General Russel Honore on gun violence Play Video

    July 28, 2015 9:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The recent tragedy in Lafayette has added some fire to the national gun debate. This morning, retired Lt. General Russel Honore joined News 2’s John Pastorek about the gun situation in America. As new details emerge about Lafayette gunman John Houser, more and more people are wondering... more »
  • Watch our Monday theater shooting coverage

    July 28, 2015 12:21 AM

    Our coverage Monday contained various angles as dispatch recordings from first responders were released and mourners buried the two victims who were killed in the Lafayette movie theater shooting. Mayci Breaux funeral Breaux remembered for serving the community at service in Franklin. Jillian Johnson service was standing... more »
  • Gabby Giffords wants to meet with Jindal over theater shooting

    July 27, 2015 10:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, have asked to meet with Governor Bobby Jindal to discuss the movie theater shooting in Lafayette. "Gabby and I agree that states can and must do more to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.... more »
  • Houser never involuntarily committed or blocked from buying gun

    July 27, 2015 10:15 PM

    ATLANTA - Monday night, it became clear why Lafayette movie theater shooter John Houser was able to buy the gun used to kill two people and wound nine others: he was never involuntarily committed to a mental institution, thus making him eligible to purchase a firearm. Yahoo! posted through... more »
  • With Monday evening release, only 2 shooting victims remain in hospital

    July 27, 2015 8:33 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Another person injured in a movie theater shooting here was released from the hospital Monday evening. The patient was released from Lafayette General, police said. Earlier, doctors had listed the patient in "good condition." Their name was not released. As of this post, only two people... more »
  • Memorial grows outside theater Play Video

    July 27, 2015 3:41 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Slowly, things are starting to settle into normalcy almost four days after John Russell Houser opened fire in a movie theater here. Monday afternoon, the police command center drove away. The large, RV-type vehicle had been parked in the usually crowded parking lot of The Grand movie... more »
  • Colorado jury asked about Louisiana movie attack

    July 27, 2015 11:55 AM

    CENTENNIAL - Jurors deciding whether Colorado theater shooter James Holmes should be sentenced to death or life in prison are being questioned about whether the deadly theater shooting last week in Louisiana might influence them. Holmes' lawyers asked Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. on Monday to poll jurors about whether... more »
  • Funerals begin for Lafayette shooting victims Play Video

    July 27, 2015 9:38 AM

    LAFAYETTE- Funeral services for the two women killed in the Lafayette movie theater shooting will be held on Monday. A night at the movies turned tragic when 59-year-old John Houser opened fire inside the theater, killing two people and injuring nine others before killing himself. Jillian Johnson, 33,... more »
  • Public safety concerns after Lafayette shooting Play Video

    July 27, 2015 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge are beefing up security in the wake of the tragedy in Lafayette. Officials are encouraging the public to let this tragedy open their eyes to possible dangers around them. Two people were killed and nine others were injured when a gunman... more »
  • AG warns of donation scams after shooting

    July 26, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials warned people in Louisiana to be careful when making donations in the wake of a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette. The Attorney General's Office said whenever tragedies like Thursday night's shooting occur, scams to take advantage of people who want to... more »
  • Wakes Sunday for theater shooting victims

    July 26, 2015 2:48 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Services for the two people killed Thursday in the Grand Theatre Lafayette shooting were scheduled for Sunday. The viewing for Jillian Johnson started Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers in Lafayette and will continue until 6 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday at... more »

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