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  • Son of slain U. S. Marshal Josie Wells born

    August 27, 2015 5:50 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - The wife of Deputy U. S. Marshal Josie Wells, who was shot and killed while he was tracking a fugitive in north Baton Rouge, gave birth to their son Thursday according to the U. S. Marshal's Service. Channing Wells named the boy Josie Wells Jr., according... more »
  • Smoke detectors and fire safety check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 4, 2015 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A smoke alarm can be the difference between life and death. Fire officials say you're 50% more likely to survive a fire if your home has working smoke detectors. Detectors should be installed inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area on every floor of your... more »
  • State fire marshal investigating deadly travel trailer fire

    July 14, 2015 7:58 AM

    PORT ALLEN- The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of a fatal fire in Port Allen. Investigators say the body of a man was found in a burning travel trailer early Tuesday morning. The victim's name has not been released. We will continue to keep you updated... more »
  • Family, friends gather today to remember fallen U.S. Marshal

    March 17, 2015 8:15 AM

    MOSS POINT, MS - Family and friends will gather Tuesday morning to say goodbye to U.S. Marshal who was killed in the line of duty in Baton Rouge a week ago. Josie Wells was shot and killed at a Baton Rouge motel last week. The man accused of shooting... more »
  • Man accused of shooting, killing US Marshal dies

    March 11, 2015 7:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities tell News 2 the man accused of shooting and killing a U.S. Marshal serving a warrant at an East Baton Rouge motel Tuesday has died. Jamie Croom, 31, was shot five times and rushed to the hospital after investigators say he shot Deputy Marshal Josie... more »
  • La. constables and marshals get life-saving training check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 9, 2014 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Constables and marshals from across the country are in Baton Rouge for training to find out what new crime trends are being seen across the country, so authorities will know how to react when they come up on a new situation. Both the National Constables and Marshals... more »
  • Marshal's office outfitted with pepper guns

    March 18, 2014 10:20 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- City marshals will be carrying new equipment to deal with problematic people and the agency's leader believes it is safer than what some departments are packing. The marshal's office here now also has pepper guns. Marshal Jerry Denton said he prefers them to stun guns, for safety... more »
  • Fire Marshal: Man dies of smoke inhalation in mobile home fire

    March 3, 2014 2:50 PM

    JARREAU- An 85 year-old Jarreau man died of smoke inhalation in a mobile home fire in Pointe Coupee Parish. That's according to the State Fire Marshal's Office. Henry Jipson's body was pulled from the charred remains of the mobile home Saturday afternoon. The cause of the fire remains... more »
  • Fats Domino named "honorary grand marshal" of Orpheus

    December 20, 2013 2:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The music of rock 'n' roll Hall of Fame performer Fats Domino will "float" through the streets of New Orleans this Carnival season. Domino has been named honorary grand marshal of the Krewe of Orpheus, the star-studded Carnival club that traditionally parades the night before Mardi Gras. Although... more »
  • Edwards to lead Carnival parade in Houma

    February 1, 2013 6:43 AM

    HOUMA - Former Gov. Edwin Edwards will be the grand marshal when the Krewe of Hercules parades at 6 p.m. Friday, kicking off the Carnival season in Houma. The Courier reports that Houma native and retired New York Giants football player Brandon Jacobs also will ride in the parade.... more »
  • Inspector General report sparks change with State Fire Marshal check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 13, 2012 6:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A report by the Inspector General's Office highlights some inefficiencies with the way the State Fire Marshal's Office handles carnival ride inspections and investigations. The report focuses on an accident at a Greensburg fair in 2011 where two teens were injured on the "Zipper" ride. The... more »
  • La. launches probes of former state fire marshal

    April 18, 2012 1:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - State Police say two investigations are under way of former State Fire Marshal Bruce Browning. Although spokesman Capt. Doug Cain on Wednesday would not provide details, he said the state inspector general is investigating a series of allegations and State Police are checking to see if Department... more »
  • State Fire Marshal investigates church arson

    December 20, 2011 2:36 PM

    Abita Springs, LA- The State Fire Marshal's Office is currently investigating a fire that has been ruled intentional at a church in Abita Springs. The fire happened shortly before noon on Tuesday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Abita Springs. When firefighters arrived, they found the sanctuary... more »
  • Fire Marshal releases fair accident report

    November 7, 2011 2:17 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. - The State fire marshal blames operator error for an accident that injured a four year old boy last week at the Louisiana State Fair. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning held a news conference in Shreveport Monday to release details of his investigation into the accident. ... more »
  • State Fire Marshal investigates amusement ride accident

    November 2, 2011 3:04 PM

    Shreveport, LA.- A four year-old child has been critically injured, after an accident on an amusement ride at the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport. Shortly after noon today, the Shreveport Fire Department was dispatched to the Louisiana State Fair Grounds after reports that the child was involved in an... more »
  • Man killed in Denham Springs house fire identified

    October 6, 2011 7:48 AM

    UPDATE: The State Fire Marshal's Office has identified the man killed in the fire as 64-year-old Willie David Robertson. In a press release, State Fire Marshal Butch Browning stated, "We are saddened at this loss to Mr. Robertson's life in this fire. I am so proud of the heroic... more »
  • Officers told not to arrest mental patients

    August 19, 2011 6:29 PM

    JACKSON - Marshals in Jackson are trying to figure out how to handle arrests on the grounds of the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, after an arrest for attempted rape. Joseph Picou, 52, was arrested Wednesday for attempted forcible rape after officers said he tried to rape a nurse at... more »
  • Browning: Burn ban was a success

    July 21, 2011 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the recent statewide burn ban worked, successfully lessening the number of fires in Louisiana during its enforcement. Browning says in the 30 days before the burn ban was issued there were 350 fires affecting 5,000 acres. In... more »
  • One dead in toxic, slow-burning home fire

    December 24, 2010 11:51 AM

    SLIDELL – The state fire marshal says a Slidell man died after being overcome by smoke from a slow-burning fire in his home. State Fire Marshals Butch Browning said 56-year-old Charles Odes II was found dead in the hallway of his home last night by firefighters with St. Tammany Parish... more »
  • Chiefs want smoke alarms in every Louisiana home

    December 6, 2010 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – News 2 is working with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Kidde and Home Depot to put smoke alarms in every home in Louisiana. Fire chiefs from all over the state kicked off “Operation Save A Life” today in Baton Rouge, encouraging everyone to take advantage of the... more »
  • Cause of Dixie Landin' coaster fall undetermined

    November 19, 2010 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The State Fire Marshal has found “no exact cause” for the accident that led to a Lafayette woman being killed after falling from a Baton Rouge roller coaster. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said since 21-year-old Lindsay Zeno was killed on July 11, investigators evaluated the entire... more »
  • Lutcher stadium fire brings back memories

    November 15, 2010 6:59 PM

    LUTCHER, La. – As Coach Tim Detillier surveyed the damage caused by a late-night fire at Lutcher High School’s football stadium, he was reminded of a similar scene four years ago, when the school’s locker room was also burned. That’s the same year the Lutcher Bulldogs won the state championship... more »
  • One dead in Hessmer house fire

    November 15, 2010 1:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Hessmer man was killed after a fire broke out at his home in Avoyelles Parish early this morning. Investigators said 43-year-old Terry Lee Gonzales was pronounced dead after the fire destroyed his home on Highway 114 in Hessmer. Firefighters with the Hessmer, Bunkie and Mansura Fire... more »
  • St. Helena Schools working on "fix-it" list

    November 3, 2010 10:26 AM

    ST. HELENA - State fire marshals said St. Helena Schools are making progress in their extensive list of code violations. That comment came after an inspection of the school grounds earlier this morning. Last week fire marshals had told the school they had to immediately fix certain fire hazards,... more »
  • Fire Marshal: 'Conditions favorable' to lift burn ban

    November 2, 2010 2:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A statewide burn ban that has been in place for almost a month in Louisiana could be lifted tomorrow. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said his office and others would be evaluating the situation in the morning, but “conditions are looking favorable” after portions of the... more »
  • State Fire Marshal inspects St. Helena Central High fire alarms

    October 29, 2010 11:57 AM

    ST. HELENA PARISH - Inspectors from the State Fire Marshal's Office are back at St. Helena Central High School, this time checking a new fire alarm system. Inspectors expected a fully installed system, but found that electricians are only partially finished with the work. After the a full... more »
  • East Feliciana High fight leads to more security

    October 28, 2010 10:22 AM

    JACKSON - Authorities stepped up security this morning at East Feliciana High School. It's in response to a fight yesterday involving an undetermined number of students. Jackson Marshal Fred Allen tells News 2 four students were arrested for disturbing the peace. He says the fight stemmed from boyfriend-girlfriend issues between... more »
  • BR man accused of kidnapping woman, two kids

    August 26, 2010 4:41 PM

    Authorities in Baton Rouge have found and arrested a man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and trying to get her to drop charges she had filed against him. 30-year-old Chaddrick Byron Piper was arrested late Wednesday night after an extensive search that started around 4 p.m. when deputies at the... more »

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