March 7, 2014 2:54 PM
WALKER- Construction work has begun on the I-12 widening project in Livingston Parish.
DOTD officials say they have started work on the $26.5 million project to widen nearly 4 miles of I-12 from four to six lanes from Walker to half a mile west of Satsuma.
During construction,... more »
February 27, 2014 10:20 PM
LIVINGSTON - There's a push to study flooding, specifically targeting levees and pumping stations in other parishes, to determine if those features contribute to flooding problems in this parish.
But, the Livingston Parish Council tabled a resolution Thursday night to begin the process. It would bring in a team... more »
February 27, 2014 8:06 PM
SATSUMA- The state's new incident response plan for busy highways was put into action again Thursday night.
I-12 closed in the middle of Livingston Parish as crews worked to clear a crash that happened during rush hour. An 18-wheeler was on its side but the highway didn't fully close... more »
February 26, 2014 10:01 PM
FRENCH SETTLEMENT- Sheriff's deputies said a suspect is in custody after a shooting along the Amite River Wednesday night.
Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies said the victim was transported to an area hospital after the shooting on La Trace Road.
They did not release any other information.
Check... more »
February 20, 2014 6:14 PM
LIVINGSTON - When dozens of cats took over a woman's French Settlement home, her friends stepped in to help.
Tracy Gardner says the first time she saw almost 30 cats outside her friend's home, she knew she had to help.
"When I got out of my vehicle, there... more »
February 17, 2014 10:59 PM
LIVINGSTON- After months of deadlock, the parish council and parish president in Livingston Parish agreed on hiring a road engineer to prioritize roads that need to be resurfaced and leaders will begin meeting with the engineer this week.
First, Layton Ricks will meet with the agency hired to make... more »
February 14, 2014 5:52 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- The Livingston Parish Sheriff's office said it fired and arrested a man who worked as a deputy at the parish jail.
Leo Barthelemy, Jr. is charged with malfeasance in office/tampering with evidence and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities after an incident at his house on... more »
February 14, 2014 2:26 PM
LIVINGSTON- Deputies plan to release more information about a mysterious arrest of one of their own later Friday.
Leo Barthelemy, Jr.was booked into parish jail but the details surrounding his arrest were withheld. Information is expected to be released in a news release, WBRZ News 2 reporter Ryan Naquin... more »
February 13, 2014 11:46 PM
LIVINGSTON- Road projects will begin soon since the parish council and president met on common ground and hired a road engineer to tackle the parish road program.
The road rehab project has been on hold since the parish president and council could not agree on the procedure to hire... more »
February 13, 2014 9:54 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- A series of potholes and broken roads in the South Point subdivision has several residents pleading for a fix.
The road, pointed out by WBRZ News 2 as one of the worst two years ago , is still in disrepair, getting only simple patches to fill the... more »
February 12, 2014 12:25 AM
HOLDEN- Livingston road officials are not sure when a long-awaited road project will be finished.
Crews have been working on the bridge along James Chapel Road since September. It was supposed to be finished about a month after it was started in September, but the bridge is still not... more »
January 28, 2014 12:13 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - A Board of Appeals has denied a motion by FEMA to dismiss Livingston Parish's request for arbitration in recovering over $59 million it spent in clean up after Hurricane Gustav.
"We received word today from our attorneys in Washington DC, and we are ecstatic," said Parish... more »
January 27, 2014 9:49 PM
HAMMOND - DOTD announced that they will shut down lanes on I-12 in Livingston Parish in preparation for the freezing weather.
Transportation officials said that the inside left lane in both directions will be closed on I-12 starting at 12:00 a.m, Tuesday. The lane closures will be located between... more »
January 23, 2014 9:27 PM
HOLDEN - People living in Livingston and Tangipahoa Parishes are worried more freezing temperatures could cause power outages as it did earlier in the month.
"It was very cold," Ralph LeSaicherre said. "I hope it doesn't go out again."
Power at his Ponchatoula home, along with 8500 others,... more »
January 17, 2014 8:25 PM
LIVINGSTON- Sheriff's deputies arrested a man accused of third offense DWI after a passenger in a car he was driving died as a result of injuries sustained in a crash on December 1st.
Kerry Kendrick, 36, was booked on vehicular homicide, DWI, and reckless operation charges. He posted a... more »
January 17, 2014 2:31 PM
WATSON- Six students at Live Oak High School in Livingston Parish have been arrested, after they were found to be involved in what appeared to be a a plot to damage the school, as well as harm students.
Deputies say the students claimed it was all part of a... more »
January 16, 2014 3:11 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Detectives with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office are asking for help in identifying a woman wanted for questioning in connection with an ongoing theft case.
In October, a theft complaint was made at a home on Burgess Avenue in Denham Springs, involving a large amount of missing... more »
January 16, 2014 11:54 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Sheriff's deputies said a man shot his estranged wife and then turned the gun on himself Wednesday night in Livingston Parish.
Sheriff Jason Ard said deputies found Marlon Reed Sr., 38, and Aleria Cyrus Reed, 35, shot to death on Grand Turk Drive in the Denham... more »
January 15, 2014 9:22 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Multiple sheriff's deputies are on the scene of a reported shooting just outside the city limits.
Sheriff's deputies said they responded to an incident on Grand Turk Drive, off Florida, but could not release specific details about what was going on.
The front yard of the... more »
December 30, 2013 11:23 AM
LIVINGSTON - Members of the Livingston Parish Council are considering an override of a budget veto by Parish President Layton Ricks.
Ricks vetoed the budget on December 19, saying it didn't contain tax money dedicated to road work and other projects.
Ricks says he will operate under the... more »
December 18, 2013 5:00 PM
LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish has around $150,000 of unpaid overtime on its books, and now parish leaders are dealing with the problem.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says making lump-sum payouts is unrealistic.
"We simply cannot pay it out. The budget won't allow that. If we paid it... more »
December 17, 2013 10:30 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- A homeowner has removed a Christmas light display that was decorated to form a pair of hands showing middle fingers extended.
The lights were on the roof of Sarah Childs' home, but are no longer there. Childs apologized for the display that has, for two years, created... more »
December 17, 2013 10:28 PM
LIVINGSTON- An olive branch has apparently been extended among feuding parish leaders in Livingston Parish.
Leaders, upset over roads, have been at odds over hiring a contractor to do repairs. Parish council members were upset the parish president hired a firm without their consultation.
After a discussion, the... more »
December 12, 2013 4:56 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Special education students in the Livingston Parish Public Education Community Program learn to live on their own and hold a job before graduating.
The program allows students to get real life experience in one of 23 participating businesses, some of which even hire their students full... more »
December 10, 2013 10:30 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- City leaders approved a one-cent sales tax for a new shopping district along I-12.
The Springs at Riverside Landing will be inside city limits and a few miles away from the delayed Juban Crossing development. The sales tax would help fund the site. City leaders will oversee... more »
December 9, 2013 10:40 PM
WALKER- State transportation leaders hope to instal large traffic circles along the highway here, and more are planned for other areas.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has an entire section of its website devoted to the new trend in managing traffic flow. You can check it out... more »
December 6, 2013 11:27 AM
SPRINGFIELD - The cause of a boating crash that killed a man in Livingston Parish is under investigation.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents are looking into the Dec. 5 single vessel crash that killed 68-year-old Emil Durbin of Springfield.
LDWF agents were called in about the... more »
December 5, 2013 11:06 PM
LIVINGSTON- The first meeting of peacemakers didn't do enough to settle issues among leaders in Livingston Parish, it appears.
The drama, shouting, and hollering returned to Thursday night's council meeting a day after a special commission met for the first time to address such issues.
The council and... more »
December 5, 2013 2:35 PM
LIVINGSTON - A former Livingston Parish contractor accused of falsifying billing invoices and theft related to parish Hurricane Gustav cleanup work, is now facing dozens of charges.
The 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a bill of information Tuesday charging Corey Delahoussaye with 73 counts of filing or maintaining... more »
December 4, 2013 5:37 PM
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Main Library has a 3D printer anyone can use for five cents per gram.
The machine is changing manufacturing as we know it, since it can make pieces and parts in minutes. In Livingston, people are using it to make parts they can no... more »
December 3, 2013 10:53 PM
WALKER- An unidentified woman was killed walking along Highway 447 near Arnold Road Tuesday evening.
State Police said the woman was wearing dark clothing, stepped into traffic, and was hit by a large SUV driven by a 61-year-old woman. Investigators said the driver was unable to avoid hitting the... more »
December 3, 2013 9:45 PM
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has created a commission in an effort to stop the bickering with the parish president.
The commission will make suggested changes to the parish's home rule charter.
"What we are doing is hopefully they are bringing some amendments that will be clear... more »
December 2, 2013 7:48 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - Leaders will meet tomorrow night in Livingston for their first Home Rule Charter meeting.
The goal of the Charter Commission is to keep friction out of government and terminate disagreements about powers and duties of those elected. The panel includes three Parish Council members, six members... more »
December 2, 2013 2:27 PM
LIVINGSTON- The stage is set for a showdown among Livingston Parish officials over spending when the Parish Council considers adopting a 2014 budget on Thursday. The chairmen of the council and its finance committee said amendments to the administration's proposed budget likely will be numerous, though neither would say whether... more »
December 2, 2013 9:45 AM
LIVINGSTON, La. - The stage is set for a showdown among Livingston Parish officials over spending when the Parish Council considers adopting a 2014 budget on Thursday The chairmen of the council and its finance committee said amendments to the administration's proposed budget likely will be numerous, though neither would... more »
November 25, 2013 10:27 PM
LIVINGSTON - Finger pointing and name calling erupted at a meeting of the Livingston Parish Council Monday night over a road repair program and the financing for it.
The parish has millions locked up because the council has not agreed on how to spend it. But, the council tabled... more »
November 22, 2013 10:30 PM
WALKER- Police responded to what is described as a minor train collision Friday night.
Police said an 18-wheeler, loaded with pipes, did not clear the railroad crossing before a train collided into the load. The truck driver apparently did not know his trailer was struck, and kept driving.
... more »
November 20, 2013 5:35 PM
WATSON - A curve in Livingston Parish was the scene of deadly crash last night, and residents want changes to prevent future deaths there.
State Police said on Tuesday night Lena Johnson of Denham Springs was headed west on LA 1024 just east of LA 16 when the wreck... more »
November 12, 2013 6:13 PM
LIVINGSTON - A fight over animal control is getting ugly in Livingston Parish.
Recently three members quit a five-person advisory committee created to find ways to fix the parish shelter's problems and increase services to cover the parish.
"They really need an experienced shelter staff and an experienced... more »
November 7, 2013 11:05 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- City leaders approved setting an economic development district up for a planned new shopping center along the interstate.
The Springs at Riverside Landing is expected to have restaurants and other merchants. Construction could start at the end of the year if the environmental impact study is approved.... more »
October 30, 2013 7:51 AM
LIVINGSTON - Officials are moving forward with plans to build a community college in Livingston Parish. The Louisiana Community and Technical College System says officials plan to build a new college and workforce training center that would offer a wide range of programs, including general education, allied health, welding and... more »
October 29, 2013 7:48 AM
LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish will seek arbitration after an audit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of millions of dollars for Hurricane Gustav debris removal found the agency failed to meet its deadlines in responding to the parish's appeals.
The Office of Inspector General of the Department of... more »
October 17, 2013 6:21 PM
GALVEZ- A Californian company is getting the opportunity to study the feasibility of a toll road connecting LA 42 in Ascension and LA 16 in Livingston.
The two parishes handed over the reigns to American Transportation Partners to begin a two year study on the road.
If the... more »
October 9, 2013 9:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Ascension Parish Transportation Committee approved plans to build a toll road connecting the Ascension and Livingston parishes.
The new road would start at the intersection of Highways 42 and 933 in Ascension, extending to Walker South Road in Livingston Parish. The tollway would cross the... more »
October 9, 2013 11:48 AM
LIVINGSTON - Sentencing has been set for December for a Livingston Parish man recently convicted of exploiting an elderly woman with dementia.
A jury found 43-year-old Gary Gorman guilty of exploitation of the infirmed on Oct. 1. Prosecutors said Gorman took advantage of a 75-year-old woman by making her... more »
October 5, 2013 11:57 AM
GONZALES - A tropical storm watch remains in effect for some south Louisiana parishes, even though Karen continues to deteriorate.
Winds are expected to reach 20 to 30 mph with wind gusts to 40mph. While there is concern coastal areas could be flooded with up to three feet of... more »
October 4, 2013 4:22 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement District officials fear that they'll fold if voters don't approve a 3-mill property tax on October 19.
Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says they spray daily in Livingston Parish to keep the pesky mosquito population at bay. They currently bill more than... more »
October 2, 2013 10:36 PM
LIVINGSTON- Leaders believe roads along I-12 must take priority when it comes to upgrading and rehabilitation so the parish can advance into the future.
Wednesday, Parish President Layton Ricks affirmed Cook Road is at the top of a controversial list deciding which get work first. He was supposed to... more »
September 26, 2013 10:26 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - A facility to house dangerous dogs in Livingston Parish has become what parish leaders call a "doggie hotel."
"I tell everybody we don't have a shelter," said facility director Sam Digiralamo. "We have a shelter - a hotel - it's turned into a hotel."
Digiralamo... more »
September 25, 2013 2:00 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- A repeat bank robber was indicted Wednesday for a third heist.
Scott Coats, 44, is accused of hitting the First NBC Bank on August 16th. Prosecutors say he was able to swindle $1500 during the robbery.
Coats was out of prison for less than a year... more »
September 23, 2013 3:04 PM
WATSON- A teenager has been booked into juvenile jail after being arrested with a hatchet, knife and pellet gun near schools in Livingston Parish Monday.
The sheriff's office did not release the name of the 15-year-old, because of his age.
Deputies said the teenager was stopped on Cecil... more »
September 21, 2013 11:10 AM
LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Voters in Livingston Parish will be asked to renew a property tax dedicated to the parish library system in a ballot measure set for April 2014. Bond attorney Jim Ryan told the Parish Council that the 10-mill property tax would be renewed for 10 years if... more »
September 16, 2013 10:36 PM
LIVINGSTON - The mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish is warning people it might not have an income if a tax is denied next month.
It's been voted down before, and will be up for decision a second time in October.
"They spray at night, you can hear the... more »
September 13, 2013 12:00 PM
LIVINGSTON - Sheriff's deputies arrested eight people in Livingston Parish this week as part of a drug investigation.
Spokesperson Lori Steele said on Monday deputies arrested Curtis Baxter, 33, of Baton Rouge; Robert Halford, 37, of Denhams Springs; Dedrick Thomas, 32, of Walker; Denise Mann, 42, of Walker; Chad... more »
September 9, 2013 10:13 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Thirty-two days since the developer of Juban Crossing told WBRZ News 2 construction would start, the empty lot at the intersection of I-12 and Juban Road in Livingston Parish remains quiet and it appears construction on the long-delayed shopping center has been pushed back.
After a request... more »
August 31, 2013 7:42 PM
LIVINGSTON- Sheriff Jason Ard released a statement via Facebook Saturday afternoon, after his family's pick-up truck was stolen from a restaurant in Baton Rouge a day earlier.
"Criminals don't discriminate. Even though I wear a 'Sheriff's Hat', I'm now a victim," Ard said.
The crooks were able to... more »
August 31, 2013 2:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff Deputies in East Baton Rouge are looking for a man dressed as a woman as a "person of interest" for stealing Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard's personal vehicle Friday evening.
It was stolen out of the parking lot of Ruffino's restaurant on Highland in Baton... more »
August 30, 2013 2:11 PM
LIVINGSTON - Sheriff's deputies in Livingston Parish announced they would hold a sobriety checkpoint this weekend somewhere in the parish.
A sheriff's department spokesperson said the checkpoint would be Sunday, Sept. 1, at an undisclosed location.
They said the checkpoint was part of efforts to curb drunk driving... more »
August 27, 2013 10:55 PM
LIVINGSTON- A discussion among parish council members about repairing roads in Livingston Parish took a bumpy turn Tuesday night.
Leaders became upset with each other over setting up requirements for engineers who will do work under the parish road plan. They also argued over who should hire engineers for... more »
August 26, 2013 10:36 PM
LIVINGSTON- Animal rights activists, pushing for a parish-wide animal shelter here, are asking for help funding the project.
"All we have to do is get the parish people on board," SPCA director Terri Dunlap said.
"They have to give a little money," she added.
Experts predict setting... more »
August 26, 2013 2:20 PM
FRENCH SETTLEMENT - State Police said in an update today that a man who died in a Livingston Parish motorcycle crash was not impaired, and was wearing his helmet at the time of the wreck.
Investigators said toxicology results from the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab showed Michael Skinner,... more »
August 20, 2013 10:38 PM
CENTRAL- People took a look at a proposed new route across the Amite River Tuesday night.
Engineers revealed plans for a new bridge and roundabout at the intersection of Hooper Road and Greenwell Springs Road in East Baton Rouge. Once it crosses the river into Livingston, the highway would... more »
August 15, 2013 10:43 PM
WALKER- Police in this Livingston Parish town are on a search for someone who misplaced their marijuana.
A mystery woman returned items to a pharmacy here and included a bag of weed with the returns.
"Most people get a kick out of it," Capt. John Sharp said. But,... more »
August 9, 2013 6:44 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies made six arrests and netted thousands of dollars worth of drugs during three separate incidents across the parish.
On Monday in French Settlement, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance on Mitchell Road, where they found Keith Whetstine, 51, and a battered Amber Smith,... more »
August 8, 2013 10:21 PM
LIVINGSTON - The developer of the Juban Crossing project promises to begin building within thirty days, even though parish leaders denied giving 100% of future sales taxes generated off the project to the facility.
"It won't be too difficult to adjust," Stephen Keller told WBRZ News 2 Thursday. "I... more »
August 5, 2013 10:52 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Parish leaders hope to begin work on a new bridge for Wax Road by the end of 2013.
Monday, plans entered the review phase. A new bridge will be built to replace on that has been deemed dangerous.
The bridge on Wax Road, near Vincent Road,... more »
July 31, 2013 6:26 PM
WATSON - More witnesses stepped forward today to speak about what happened at the Cajun Lagoon water park where Nick Kissner, 14, drowned on Tuesday.
Conflicting accounts of what happened after Kissner was reported missing prompted at least three additional people to offer their accounts.
"Immediately when we... more »
July 28, 2013 10:27 AM
LIVINSTON- Jaden House and the rest of these girl scouts picked up some tools and got to work.
"A dog got dropped off at our house.. So we thought why not help the animal shelter," says House.
The tropp is helping by building a shade at the Livingston... more »
July 25, 2013 11:03 PM
LIVINGSTON- Parish leaders could not agree on what to do about a tax-share plan for the Juban Crossing development. So, a plan to give a larger percentage of sales tax to the project died Thursday night.
"The first time they got it, it was enough. Then, the second time... more »
July 25, 2013 9:57 AM
SATSUMA - State Police said an 18-year-old driver didn't stop at a stop sign and was killed when her pickup was hit by a big rig in Livingston Parish this morning.
Troopers said an infant in the truck with Isabella Lacasse had minor injuries, and survived the wreck.
... more »
July 22, 2013 10:22 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a baby boy into the world Monday. Officials said Monday the baby was born at 4:24 p.m. and weighs 8 pounds 6 ounces.
Many were anticipating the royal birth for days and one person in Livingston Parish was more... more »
July 22, 2013 4:38 PM
LIVINGSTON - While Livingston Parish officials seek ways to fund a parish-wide animal control center, the Humane Society feels the parish should do a better job with stray dogs.
Right now the Livingston Parish Animal Shelter can only take in stray dogs from the town of Livingston. But there's... more »
July 20, 2013 6:34 PM
WATSON - Residents in Watson have started a petition to make the community a city. They want more say-so in parish issues.
A group called Neighbors in Action (NIA) held a drive-thru petition signing Saturday to collect signatures.
"Things are changing out here. They know they're changing quickly,... more »
July 18, 2013 11:47 AM
LIVINGSTON - City officials lifted a boil advisory for Livingston today after a two-day boil order.
The town said water samples sent to be tested for contaminants came back clean.
The boil order was put in place after a construction crew punctured a water line while drilling on... more »
July 17, 2013 11:48 AM
LIVINGSTON - A boil order is still in effect for the Town of Livingston even though water service was restored last night.
Tests are still being made to make sure the water's clean.
The town is not sure when they will get the results.
The boil order... more »
July 16, 2013 10:08 PM
LIVINGSTON- A boil order will remain in effect overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning after work crews punctured a water line.
The order is for people on the town's water supply; people who get bills from the town for water are part of the alert.
The line the... more »
July 16, 2013 5:37 PM
LIVINGSTON- Town leaders hope to have water flowing to homes and businesses soon after a utility crew drilled a hole into the city's 8-inch line through the middle of town.
The crew was replacing a utility pole when they hit the line, knocking out water earlier Tuesday. The issue... more »
July 16, 2013 3:07 PM
LIVINGSTON - A boil advisory has been issued for the town of Livingston.
It is recommended that residents disinfect their water before consuming it by boiling it for one full minute in a clean container.
The advisory is to remain in effect until further notice. more »