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  • New Orleans firefighters pull body from Lake Pontchartrain

    July 13, 2015 11:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans firefighters have recovered the body of a man who had gone missing while swimming in Lake Pontchartrain. Multiple news outlets report the 29-year-old man was reported missing around 8:36 p.m. Sunday. Police spokeswoman Hilal Williams says firefighters located the body about 9 p.m. The victim's... more »
  • Goose found at City Park Lake with blow dart in head check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 21, 2015 9:40 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A goose is recovering after taking what appears to be a blow dart to the head. The bird was found wandering around the City Park Lake about two weeks ago by a good Samaritan. The man brought the goose to get some help at Wings of Hope... more »
  • Coroner says man drowned in pond

    April 15, 2015 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities said that a man found dead in an East Baton Rouge pond Wednesday accidentally drowned. Sheriff's deputies were called out to the pond off O'Neal Lane Wednesday around 10 a.m. The body was removed by the coroner's office just after 11 a.m. Witnesses in... more »
  • Distracted driver blamed for lake wreck

    December 1, 2014 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Three people jumped into a neighborhood lake after watching a vehicle get rear-ended and careen into the body of water off Nicholson Drive Monday afternoon. The St. George Fire Department said there was only one person in the vehicle, the driver, when it was hit and driven... more »
  • Central subdivision bracing for big rain weekend Play Video

    July 18, 2014 10:18 PM

    CENTRAL - People blame clogged drains and blocked culverts for flooding in Bridlewood subdivision Friday. The week ended like many others do when there is a significant rain event: flooded streets, sometimes feet deep. The water flooded yards, covered some lawn furniture and brought fish to the front... more »
  • BRAF describes plans to save Baton Rouge lakes check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 1, 2014 6:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Lakes are reverting to their original swampy state, but the Baton Rouge Area Foundation is trying to save them. The Army Corps of Engineers did a study in 2008 that showed sediment is filling LSU and City Park lakes. "The fear is that... more »
  • State working to restore False River fishing check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 22, 2014 5:57 PM

    NEW ROADS - A council created by the state legislature is working to restore fishing in False River. Today the False River Watershed Council (FRWC) held an open house in New Roads to discuss progress to create fish habitats and plans to reduce silt in the oxbow lake. ... more »
  • Meteor chunk recovered

    October 16, 2013 7:33 PM

    MOSCOW- Scientists in Russia recovered a chunk of a meteor from the bottom of a lake it crashed into near Chelybinsk. It blazed across the sky in February and its strike was the largest recorded in more than a century. The shock-wave hurt more than 16-hundred people and the resulting... more »
  • Body recovered from Lake Pontchartrain

    October 1, 2013 10:05 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Authorities say a body has been found in Lake Pontchartrain near the site where a pickup plunged into the lake. The accident happened Monday around 4:30 p.m. about 2 miles from the south shore. Causeway officials say the driver, who they have not publicly identified, is... more »
  • Cold case solved but a new mystery

    September 18, 2013 7:51 PM

    FOSS, OKLAHOMA- One case from 1970 may be solved but authorities have a new one after two cars were pulled from Foss Lake. The remains of as many as six people may be in the cars. The case authorities says is solved involved the disappearance of three teens. Both cars... more »
  • Chase ends when car plunges into University Lake

    August 27, 2013 10:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man from the New Orleans area will likely face charges after he crashed into University Lake near the LSU campus Tuesday evening. Sheriff's deputies from West Baton Rouge said the man crashed during a chase that began at a truck stop casino on the western side... more »
  • Search for boater in Cross Lake continues

    August 26, 2013 9:01 AM

    SHREVEPORT- Rescue efforts turned into recovery efforts Sunday as Shreveport fire and police divers brought in a cadaver dog to assist with the search for a boater who went missing late Saturday. The search resumed Monday. The Times reports authorities searched Sunday for the unidentified missing boater who reportedly went... more »
  • Shortage in Lake Pontchartrain bedevils crabbers

    June 8, 2013 5:13 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Crabbers are having a hard time finding their prey in Lake Pontchartrain. Fishermen and seafood dealers offer varying theories to WVUE-TV as to why the brackish lake is not the crab "factory" that it historically has been. Some blame the BP PLC oil spill or chemicals used... more »
  • Body pulled from lake is that of missing swimmer

    May 31, 2013 3:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A two-day search for a 21-year-old man who went missing in Lake Pontchartrain as he tried to save another swimmer in distress has ended. The Times-Picayune reports Keswany Chavez's body was spotted floating in the water about 10:40 a.m. Thursday. An autopsy will be conducted Friday to... more »
  • 4 vehicles, 1 in lake in Pontchartrain accident

    May 23, 2013 5:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A four-car accident on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway sent one car catapulting into the lake. The causeway's manager says the lone occupant of that car was rescued by emergency workers and appeared to be in good shape. No serious injuries have been reported so far in the... more »
  • Crime victims remembered tonight in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 23, 2013 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - National Crime Victims' Rights Week will be recognized tonight in Baton Rouge. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is hosting its 3rd annual Flowers on the Lake event at 6:00 p.m. at the BREC Park located at 3140 N. Sherwood Forest Drive During this ceremony... more »
  • Truck driver's body recovered from Lake Pontchartrain

    February 8, 2013 2:01 PM

    METAIRIE -The body of a truck driver has been recovered, after his truck fell off the Causeway and into Lake Pontchartrain. The driver has been identified as 39-year-old Christopher Sergeant of New Orleans. His body was found by searchers from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office near the site where... more »
  • Privatization underway for Lake Charles hospital

    January 18, 2013 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials say they have found a private operator to run the LSU hospital in Lake Charles that provides safety net care for the uninsured. The Department of Health and Hospitals announced Friday that management of LSU's W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center will be turned over... more »
  • Walking on water

    November 8, 2012 7:25 PM

    Some students at Florida International University are walking on water. As a class assignment, they do it on shoes they created. The goal was to make it to the other side of a 175-foot lake on campus while wearing aquatic shoes to earn an "A." Seventy-nine students took part and... more »
  • Girl, 6, found clinging to dead body in NY lake

    August 7, 2012 12:38 PM

    CARMEL, N.Y. - Police say a 6-year-old was seen wading with a woman before the little girl was found clinging to her corpse in a New York lake. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection identified the woman Tuesday as 59-year-old Pamela Kaner of Brewster. Commissioner Carter Strickland says... more »
  • Parents of drowned toddler accused of endangerment

    July 12, 2012 12:35 PM

    ST. LOUIS - The parents of an Illinois toddler who drowned in a lake more than two months ago face child endangerment charges. Thomas and Emilie Pinski are accused of letting their 2-year-old son, Lukas, and his twin brother routinely wander from home through a basement window. Lukas was found... more »
  • Body of missing boater found in Lake Pontchartrain

    June 5, 2012 3:20 PM

    SLIDELL - Search crews have found the body of a Slidell man who fell overboard from a boat in rough waters in Lake Pontchartrain early Tuesday. Searchers with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Coast Guard and Sea Tow pulled 21-year-old... more »
  • Boater missing in Lake Pontchartrain

    June 5, 2012 2:09 PM

    SLIDELL - Authorities are searching Lake Pontchartrain near Slidell for a missing boater. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck says 21-year-old Isiah M. Tate of Slidell fell overboard from a 21-foot boat in rough waters around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Einck says Tate was with three other passengers... more »
  • Car drives into LSU Lakes

    June 4, 2012 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police responded to a car which drove into the LSU Lakes near I-10 this afternoon. The wreck happened at the exit off I-10 East onto Dalrymple Drive. Baton Rouge Police responded to the scene, and EMS reported one person was treated and released at the... more »
  • Baton Rouge man missing in Lake Maurepas

    May 7, 2012 6:46 AM

    MANCHAC - Authorities say a 26-year-old Baton Rouge man is missing after he jumped from a boat into Lake Maurepas. Adam Einck, spokesman for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, says people who were on the boat at the time said that the victim, Taylor Russel, jumped off the boat... more »
  • Lake Charles man killed

    May 6, 2012 9:57 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - Authorities say a 35-year-old Lake Charles man has died in a hit-and-run after he was struck while lying in the westbound lane Louisiana Highway 3112. Louisiana State Police Sgt. James Anderson says in a news release Saturday that Claude William Stuart was hit Saturday just before 2... more »
  • Victims of crime remembered in Baton Rouge

    April 24, 2012 9:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- This evening dozens will gather to remember victims of crime near the LSU Lakes. The event is called "Flowers on the Lake" and will honor victims who lost their lives. News 2's Chris Nakamoto will have more on the event coming up at six. more »
  • Former priest charged with 52 counts of sexual battery

    March 23, 2012 1:48 PM

    DUSON - Law enforcement officials arrested a former priest in Duson Thursday for allegedly having sexual contact with an 8-year-old boy between 1986 and 1989 while a priest at St. Henry Catholic Church in Lake Charles. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office (CPSO) and Louisiana State Police charged Mark A.... more »
  • Rivers rise, boat rescues at Bundick's Lake homes

    March 22, 2012 11:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Beauregard Parish sheriff's deputies and state wildlife agents have boats at Bundick's Lake to rescue people who didn't hear or didn't heed warnings that storm runoff would raise it to dangerous heights. Chief Deputy Joe Toler says four rescue boats were at the lake Thursday. On Wednesday, sheriff's... more »
  • Body found in Lake Martin

    June 24, 2011 11:14 AM

    BREAUX BRIDGE - A kayaker found a man's body in Lake Martin, one of Acadiana's most popular attractions. St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office Maj. Ginny Higgins says the man has not been identified. She would not say how he was found, how he was clothed or whether there was... more »
  • One dead, another missing in Lake Borgne accident

    March 21, 2011 10:37 AM

    CHALMETTE, La. - A New Orleans man is dead and his younger brother is missing following a boating accident on Lake Borgne. Authorities say that 63-year-old Alvin Anderson was killed in Saturday's accident and his brother, 53-year-old Mark Anderson, is missing. St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputies believe the... more »
  • BR man, 77, drowns while fishing in lake

    February 21, 2011 11:14 AM

    WILSON, La. - A 77-year-old Baton Rouge man has drowned in a private lake on his property in Wilson. East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Talmadge Bunch says Clark W. Taylor was fishing Saturday with his brother when he fell out of his boat and went under shortly before 12:30 p.m.... more »
  • Troopers scold police chief for pulling people over

    February 9, 2011 12:13 PM

    CROWLEY – Melissa Guerrero was driving in Acadia Parish the day after Thanksgiving when she saw blue lights in her back mirror and pulled over. But the vehicle with the lights, an unmarked white SUV, just kept going. So she followed it, calling 911 and telling dispatchers what she saw... more »
  • Woman guilty in death of baby found in La. lake

    December 11, 2010 11:33 AM

    GRETNA, La.- A 22-year-old woman accused of drowning her newborn baby in Lake Pontchartrain has been convicted of second-degree murder. Ciara Craig, of Metairie, will be sentenced Jan. 7 to a mandatory no-parole life in prison sentence. A jury in Gretna found her guilty late Friday in the infant's... more »
  • False River study given final funds

    December 1, 2010 6:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government is giving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the $400,000 it needs to finish its nine-year study on how to improve False River's declining water quality. A lack of federal funding has been the main hang-up for the state and many of the... more »
  • Police: Man admits to stealing Toys for Tots donations

    November 30, 2010 7:13 PM

    SULPHUR, La. - A Lake Charles man has been arrested for stealing thousands of dollars worth of toys that were meant for children of low-income families. After getting several tips about the theft, Sulphur Police detectives and Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputies were led to 45-year-old Johnny Pappillion, who confessed to... more »
  • Postal Service losses lead to mail processing move

    November 14, 2010 12:02 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - Starting Monday, mail to and from Lake Charles will be processed in Lafayette. Postal Service spokesman McKinney Boyd tells The American-Press that nobody will lose jobs. He says workers will be asked to look at vacancies at other post offices nearby and in Lafayette. Boyd says Lafayette's... more »
  • Lee Roy Williams pleads guilty to four murders

    November 9, 2010 4:40 PM

    LAKE CHARLES – The man accused of brutally killing four people in Lake Charles and then fleeing to Baton Rouge pleaded guilty and was sentenced today. 51-year-old Lee Roy Williams was given four life sentences for first-degree murder in district court today, which will run consecutively. District Attorney John DeRosier... more »
  • Judge pulled from Lake Charles murder case

    October 4, 2010 10:42 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - A judge in Calcasieu Parish has been pulled from a murder case because another judge says there was "intenable discord" between him and the prosecutors. Judge Robert Wyatt rejected prosecutors' allegations that Judge Wilford Carter could not be fair or impartial in the case. more »
  • Bridge repairs close Chicot boat launches

    September 20, 2010 4:54 AM

    Chicot State Park is closing its three boat launches today because the lake has been drawn down for routine inspections and repairs on the bridge over Walker's Cove. The Department of Transportation and Development opened the lake's control structure after Labor Day and has been letting the water fall a... more »
  • Shrimpers rescued from burning boat in Tangipahoa Parish

    September 8, 2010 11:33 AM

    Three shrimpers trapped on a burning boat were rescued by a pair of Houma sisters who were out crabbing, according to authorities. The Houma newspaper reports that 27-year-old Carla Ghere of Bayou Blue and 26-year-old Carolyn Tillman saw the boat on fire shortly before 6 a.m. Monday, on Lake Boudreaux.... more »
  • Oil traps keeping waters clean

    August 20, 2010 6:59 PM

    News 2 got an exclusive look at tools keeping an eye out for oil. So far, the lake is clean. News 2’s Rob Krieger got answers on how it’s working in defending our coast. more »
  • Officials demonstrate oil snare sentinels at Lake Pontchartrain

    August 20, 2010 11:29 AM

    Officials and researchers are on Lake Pontchartrain today demonstrating a system that will monitor for any incoming oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf. The "snare sentinel" program suspends a string of pom-poms by a buoy to catch oil beneath the water's surface. News 2's... more »
  • Bubble, bubble - lake's not in trouble

    August 19, 2010 5:22 AM

    The lake looks like it's boiling, but it's just being aerated as the first step toward restoring the Lake Vista Native Preserve. An air compressor in the woods pumps air to five diffusers around the bottom of Lake Vista. A dock will be built and an electric "bug dropper" installed... more »
  • False River drawdown postponed

    August 16, 2010 6:17 AM

    State officials say the plan to lower False River's water levels to improve the decaying lake's water quality has been postponed indefinitely. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cancelled the drawdown until the ongoing study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is complete. The study has two parts.... more »
  • Louisiana man drowns in Arkansas lake

    July 25, 2010 9:41 AM

    A Louisiana man has drowned during a family vacation at Lake Ouachita. The Garland County Sheriff's office says it was notified about 11:30 a.m. Saturday that someone may have drowned at the lake in an area known as Crawdad Island. The sheriff's office says officers learned that 31-year-old Phillip Aguillard... more »
  • Woman killed after car runs into lake

    July 17, 2010 1:23 PM

    State police say a Calhoun woman was killed in an early morning traffic accident in Ouachita Parish. Twenty-eight-year-old Jessica Kelley died Saturday when the vehicle she was in left Louisiana Highway 3033 and drove into Cheniere Lake, according to a report in The News-Star. Louisiana State Police said the vehicle,... more »
  • New Orleans getting ready to guard Lake Pontchartrain from oil

    May 3, 2010 1:57 PM

    New Orleans is planning on opening a staging area at Fort Pike, in an effort to protect Lake Pontchartrain from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Lake Pontchartrain is connected to the Gulf, the Rigolets and the Chef Menteur passes. Environmentalists have spent years cleaning up... more »
  • Lake Charles shooting suspects' parents arrested

    April 6, 2010 10:23 AM

    Lake Charles police have arrested the parents of two brothers accused in the death of a 14-year-old bystander in a drive-by shooting. Rodney B. Newton Sr. and his wife, Nina L. Newton, have been booked as accessories after the fact. Nina Newton was also booked with obstruction. ... more »
  • 6 arrested for teen's death in Lake Charles

    March 31, 2010 2:50 PM

    Police in Lake Charles have arrested six people in the death of a 14-year-old girl who was caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting. Authorities say help from the community led to the arrests of 18 year-olds Joshua Lambert and Sean Bernard Newton, and a 16 year-old boy.... more »
  • Officers involved in deadly shooting

    February 10, 2010 8:04 AM

    Officers responding to a burglary call shot a man inside a home in Lake Charles. Authorities said the man was pronounced dead at the scene late Tuesday night. His identity has not been released. Two officers entered to clear the home and a man entered behind them. The... more »
  • Boy saves brother after fall through ice in NJ

    February 1, 2010 9:35 AM

    Authorities in southern New Jersey say a 7-year-old boy helped save his 10-year-old brother, grabbing the older sibling after he fell through the ice and holding onto him until help arrived. Tristan Lavin kept ahold of Sage Lavin until police got there and pulled the boy from the frigid lagoon... more »
  • Body of Navy pilot found in lake

    January 28, 2010 10:40 AM

    Divers found the body of a Navy pilot whose training airplane crashed Saturday in Lake Pontchartrain. The Navy says Lt. Clinton Wermers' remains were located about 1 a.m. Wednesday near the airplane. The 33-year-old was a native of Mitchell, S.D. He was assigned to a training squadron at Whiting Field... more »
  • Investigation Involves OLOL Patient Records

    August 27, 2009 5:01 PM

    A spokesperson for Our Lady of the Lake hospital says they're waiting on detectives to give them more information about a fraud investigation involving patient names. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office deputies say they found illegal credit cards and debit cards when they arrested Damian Raby. Raby worked... more »

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