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  • Baby left in unlocked car as couple burglarized Baton Rouge shop

    August 15, 2017 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two parents were arrested in Baton Rouge Tuesday after they allegedly left their baby unattended in a parking lot while committing an early-morning burglary. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, 29-year-old Cash Kennedy and 27-year-old Kellie Mercer were arrested after officers found them at the... more »
  • Iberville Parish Jail to close for two month renovation Play Video

    August 15, 2017 5:04 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Jail will close for a two month renovation of the facility's air conditioning system. According to Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi, the HVAC swap will begin on Friday, August 18. Male inmates will be transferred to two state correctional facilities. Those who were... more »
  • BRPD: One hurt in shooting on Dutton Avenue

    August 13, 2017 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say one person was hurt in a shooting on Dutton Avenue Sunday night. The shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the 5900 block of Dutton Avenue near Woodlawn. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, one victim suffered non life-threatening injuries. Check back for... more »
  • Group marches in Baton Rouge to support Charlottesville victims Play Video

    August 13, 2017 8:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A crowd gathered on the steps of the Louisiana state capitol building Sunday to march in support of those hurt during protests in Virginia. The group gathered on the steps of the capitol around 7 p.m. Sunday and began crafting anti-Nazi signs and shouting chants. The... more »
  • Mayor Broome to hold series of meetings on road tax plan Play Video

    August 13, 2017 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In order to have better roads and transportation in East Baton Rouge Parish, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says taxes may have to increase, but she wants your input before anything is finalized. For the next month, she will be holding a series of public meetings around... more »
  • Community gathers for emotional service one year after August flood Play Video

    August 13, 2017 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of people gathered at Living Faith Christian Center on Sunday, bonding over their common struggle and looking forward to their recovery. For one year, Southeast Louisiana has remained in a recovery state. Sunday night was all about healing as members of the Baton Rouge community... more »
  • One year later, volunteers continue to help flood victims rebuild Play Video

    August 12, 2017 11:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After helping victims recover from the August floods that rocked the area in 2016, some volunteers are still around — making sure residents have a home to call their own. Volunteers with Camp Restore Baton Rouge have worked year-round rebuilding dozens of flood-damaged homes. Those Good... more »
  • Gov. Edwards helps repair flood-damaged home in Baton Rouge Play Video

    August 12, 2017 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dozens of volunteers and Governor's staff got an early start to commemorate the one year anniversary of historic flooding in Baton Rouge. Governor John Bel Edwards and the First Lady joined administration officials and staff for a service project at the home of Ms. Lucille Huggins,... more »
  • WANTED: Pair suspected of burglarizing vehicle with child in tow

    August 9, 2017 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Detectives with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office are seeking two suspects accused of burglarizing a vehicle in the parking lot of the Our Lady of the Lake Emergency Room. According to the sheriff's office, the two were seen on surveillance video as they burglarized the... more »
  • One year after flood, Park Forest Elementary reopens just in time for school year

    August 8, 2017 9:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The school bell will ring for thousands of students across the Baton Rouge area Wednesday. For some schools damaged by the flood, preparations will go right down to the last minute. Although final touches are being completed, Park Forest Elementary is more than ready to... more »
  • Council member seeks to amend East Baton Rouge smoking ban before vote

    August 7, 2017 8:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A member of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council is backing a push to retool an anti-smoking ordinance before it is taken to a vote Wednesday. The proposal aims to ban smoking in all public places across the parish, including businesses like casinos and bars. ... more »
  • Enrollment up as Livingston Parish schools bounce back from 2016 flood Play Video

    August 7, 2017 8:07 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - It’s been a long journey, but Livingston Parish Schools are seeing a comeback after they were impacted by last year's flood. Following the flood at the beginning the previous school year, more than 500 students were displaced. This also put teachers jobs in jeopardy, with about... more »
  • Live Oak Junior High opens with fully refurbished campus Play Video

    August 7, 2017 4:11 PM

    WATSON - Seventh and eighth grade students in the Live Oak community of Livingston Parish will attend a new, but somewhat familiar, campus come their first day of school. On Aug. 9, students will be welcomed to the new Live Oak Junior High on Old Highway 16, a site... more »
  • Hundreds turn out in Ascension Parish to support 3-year-old with rare disorder Play Video

    August 6, 2017 11:36 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Hundreds of drivers turned out in Ascension Parish Sunday to show support for a 3-year-old boy suffering from a rare disorder. Jack Loeber suffers from PACS1, a genetic disorder which causes him to have sudden tantrums. But Jack's parents say watching cars drive by is one of... more »
  • Final flood debris pickup for Denham Springs begins Monday Play Video

    July 23, 2017 11:13 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The final collection of flood debris in Denham Springs is set to begin Monday. Over the weekend, residents in Denham Springs geared up for the first day of the final pass of debris removal. The debris pickup crews will be hitting the streets starting Monday morning.... more »
  • Wisconsin company to implant microchips in employees

    July 23, 2017 6:01 PM

    RIVER FALLS, Wisc. - A company in Wisconsin is about to become the first in the US to offer microchip implants to its employees. "It's the next thing that's inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it," Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd... more »
  • Repairs for three flood-damaged schools to be completed this summer

    July 18, 2017 11:13 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Repairs at three campuses damaged by the August 2016 flood will be completed before the start of the 2017-2018 school year, according to Livingston Parish Public Schools Superintendent Rick Wentzel. The three campuses, Freshwater Elementary and Northside Elementary in Denham Springs, and Springfield High School will be... more »
  • Police: Man fights officer after buying fake drugs

    July 15, 2017 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officers arrested a man Friday after he bought a piece of trash which he believed to be drugs and got into a scuffle with police. According to Baton Rouge Police, officers responded to the 1900 block of Gracie Street in reference to a reported robbery around... more »
  • Police: Zachary man arrested for 5th DWI following crash in Baton Rouge

    July 11, 2017 4:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man for his fifth DWI offense after he crashed into a ditch near LA 423 Monday. According to Louisiana State Police, 28-year-old Curtis Loftin of Zachary was arrested following the crash on Brownsfield Drive. Police say Loftin was driving northbound on Brownsfields... more »
  • 18-year-old arrested after 100 mph chase in stolen vehicle on Airline Highway

    July 4, 2017 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A high-speed, early-morning chase ensued on the Fourth of July after police spotted a vehicle that was reported stolen. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the chase began after officers spotted 18-year-old Jurail Kijuan Camel in a stolen vehicle on Dallas Drive around 1:30 a.m.... more »
  • Man arrested for 4th DWI after arriving on scene of friend's 2nd DWI

    July 3, 2017 4:05 PM

    THIBODAUX - Deputies arrested a man Sunday after he showed up to the scene of his friend's DWI-related crash while intoxicated. According to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, 55-year-old Larry Fontenot Jr. and 65-year-old John Roath were both arrested and charged with driving under the influence Sunday night. ... more »
  • Assumption Parish deputy dies in weekend crash in Thibodaux

    July 3, 2017 11:44 AM

    THIBODAUX – A 21-year-old Assumption Parish deputy died in a car crash on LA 304 in Thibodaux over the weekend. According to Louisiana State Police, the crash claimed the life of Seth Bourgeois. The crash occurred as Bourgeois was traveling east on LA 304, near... more »
  • Sobriety checkpoint in Livingston Parish Monday

    July 3, 2017 11:29 AM

    LIVINGSTON – The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, along with several other law enforcement agencies, will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Livingston Parish on July 3. The checkpoint is a part of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The checkpoints are an effort to protect citizens... more »
  • Police seeking vehicle in connection with death of Zachary man

    June 27, 2017 4:17 PM

    STAFFORD – Police are seeking a vehicle of interest in connection with the death of a Zachary man who was found dead in a Texas parking lot last week. On June 20, officers discovered the body of a man, later identified as 47-year-old Spencer Brown Jr. from Zachary,... more »
  • LSU fans flying high as Tigers advance to CWS finals Play Video

    June 24, 2017 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Walk-On’s on Nicholson was a packed house as fans filled the seats and bar area to watch the No. 4 LSU Tigers square off with the No. 1 Oregon State Beavers in the College World Series Semifinals. “Well, yesterday I didn't think we had a chance... more »
  • Louisiana man found guilty on 221 theft counts, taking $1.8M

    June 19, 2017 3:32 PM

    FRANKLIN - A Louisiana judge has convicted a 63-year-old man on 221 counts of theft, for his role in taking $1.8 million from an investment holdings company over 15 years. Judge Keith Comeaux also found Armond Duhon guilty Friday of two counts of money laundering and one of... more »
  • Flood surcharge on June water bills explained Play Video

    June 12, 2017 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston Parish residents open their water bills this month, some may notice an "August 2016 Flood Recovery Surcharge" added to their bill. It's not much - just a few cents - but it's enough for a few WBRZ viewers to question... more »
  • Metro Council to vote on East Baton Rouge Parish smoking ban Play Video

    June 11, 2017 11:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish are facing the possibility of a new parish-wide smoking ban. Emma Stalling says she's already frustrated with current laws that force her to leave the local laundromat if she wants to smoke as she does her laundry. "They are... more »
  • Series of vehicle burglaries has Central neighborhood on alert Play Video

    June 4, 2017 11:14 PM

    CENTRAL - Police in Central are investigating a string of car break-ins, all happening in one neighborhood. Residents of the Morgan Springs subdivision have never seen problems like this. Now, they're on high alert, doing what they can to stop the thieves in their tracks. “I came outside... more »
  • Crews fill in more than 300 potholes in Baton Rouge

    May 25, 2017 12:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome dispatched several Department of Public Works street maintenance crews across the parish to fill potholes this month. The eight crews and 24 employees spent ten hours on a weekend filling potholes around the city and in all 12 Metro Council districts, with... more »
  • Sheriff's office: Missing woman's body found in shallow grave in St. Helena Parish

    May 14, 2017 8:25 PM

    ST. HELENA PARISH - The St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office has identified a woman whose body was found in a wooded area Sunday. Deputies say the body of 35-year-old Rebecca Blades was found in a wooded area near Anderson Road. Blades was previously reported missing. According to the... more »
  • Shreveport holds meetings on future of Confederate memorial

    May 13, 2017 1:41 PM

    SHREVEPORT - People in Shreveport are meeting to discuss the future of a Confederate monument in front of the parish's courthouse. The Shreveport Times reports that a citizen advisory committee of the Caddo Parish Commission was created last year to develop recommendations on what to do with the monument. Possible... more »
  • Pineville man's body pulled from Indian Creek Reservoir

    April 11, 2017 8:44 PM

    ALEXANDRIA - The body of an 18-year-old Pineville resident has been pulled from the Indian Creek Reservoir in Rapides Parish. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents say emergency personnel recovered Orlando Banks' body around 5:30 p.m. Monday. Witnesses say Banks was one of four people in a vessel... more »
  • East Feliciana Parish employee who used 'n word' resigns Play Video

    March 14, 2017 7:25 PM

    EAST FELICIANA – An East Feliciana Parish employee who admitted to a police jury last week that she used the "n word" has resigned. The police jury in East Feliciana Parish met on Tuesday night to discuss the fate Barbara Vail, known as "Babs" in East Feliciana Parish. Vail... more »
  • Jefferson Parish animal shelter employee charged with stealing $97K

    March 14, 2017 4:57 PM

    MARRERO - A Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter employee has been accused of stealing almost $100,000 in cash from customers. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports 37 year-old Laquita Goudy was arrested on March 8 on a theft charge. Authorities say Goudy pocketed payments from customer's animal adoptions and rabies vaccinations while she worked... more »
  • Plans expand for LNG plant in Cameron

    March 12, 2017 12:02 PM

    CAMERON - A 500-acre expansion has been announced for a planned liquefied natural gas plant in Cameron Parish. The American Press reports that officials of G2 LNG say they plan the expansion because of growing interest among potential customers. The Baton Rouge-based company announced in October 2015 that it planned... more »
  • STPSO seeking suspect in Abita Springs robbery

    February 27, 2017 4:42 PM

    ABITA SPRINGS - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect in the Friday robbery of a Dollar General store. According to STPSO, the man walked around the store on LA Highway 59 for about 20 minutes before approaching the counter around 3:30 p.m. He then... more »
  • Institute outlines challenges still facing Orleans schools

    February 15, 2017 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A think tank studying New Orleans public schools says the city's school board faces challenges as it prepares to take back governance of close to 50 schools from the state. All of those schools are now operated by independent charter organizations. And Tulane University's Cowen Institute says... more »
  • Grand jury hears case against Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa

    February 13, 2017 5:22 PM

    GONZALES- A grand jury convened today to hear bribery allegations against Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa. Matassa is accused of offering a bribe to get a man running for office in Gonzales to drop out of the race. Last year, a team of investigators met with District Attorney Ricky... more »
  • Ascension to move forward on street widening and intersection projects

    February 6, 2017 6:08 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Department of Public Works will begin prioritizing Parish President Kenny Matassa's recommendations for street widening and intersection improvements on several parish roads. The following roadways are recommended priorities: - Beco Road - C. Braud Road - Cannon Road - Duplessis Road - Germany Road... more »
  • State revokes Shreveport child care license

    February 4, 2017 2:53 PM

    SHREVEPORT - A Caddo Parish early learning center has lost its license and public funding. The Louisiana Department of Education, in a news release, said the Jordan and Friends Enrichment Center in Shreveport failed to take steps to ensure the health, safety and well-being of children despite corrective attempts and... more »
  • DA charges girlfriend of man killed by Louisiana deputies

    February 1, 2017 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A woman who was in a car with her boyfriend when he was shot and killed by two pursuing Louisiana sheriff's deputies last year has been charged in connection with the actions authorities say the couple took that prompted the chase. Citing court records filed Thursday, news... more »
  • State Police: Paincourtville man dies after being ejected in Ascension Parish crash

    January 28, 2017 11:58 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - A man was ejected from his vehicle and died after he crashed off the side of the road on LA 308 at LA 943 in Ascension Parish. According to State Police, the crash claimed the life of 42-year-old Louis Davis of Paincourtville. The crash occurred around... more »
  • Family fight apparently sparked fatal house fire

    January 23, 2017 3:56 PM

    COVINGTON - The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office says a family fight apparently prompted a 28-year-old man to splash gasoline around the house and start the fire that killed him and hospitalized his twin brother and their father. Deputy Chief Brant Thompson says the man's father is hospitalized with burns... more »
  • 3 dead in early morning accident

    January 17, 2017 8:38 PM

    LEESVILLE - A fiery early morning traffic accident in Vernon Parish caused three deaths. State police say it happened around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday on Louisiana Highway 1146. A driver lost control of a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu that ran off the roadway and hit several trees before overturning and becoming engulfed... more »
  • Man fatally shoots person acting "erratically" in his yard

    January 16, 2017 2:08 PM

    SLIDELL - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Monday morning. According to police, a homeowner confronted a man behaving erratically in his front yard in the Ozone Woods subdivision. The homeowner fatally shot the man and remained at the scene until... more »
  • Body found in deserted Terrebonne home identified

    January 11, 2017 3:44 PM

    TERREBONNE - Police have identified the body of a woman found inside of a deserted home Monday afternoon. Monique White, 29, was found dead in an abandoned residence located at 304 Sterling Dr. The body was discovered by two carpenters who were contracted to work on the house. ... more »
  • Ascension Parish flood debris removal to end Jan. 20

    January 7, 2017 9:48 PM

    ASCENSION – A final pass for flood debris pick up in Ascension Parish will begin on Monday, Jan. 9 and continue through Jan. 20. The final pass for pick up will only include addresses that have been entered into the Private Property Debris Removal program, according to parish officials.... more »
  • Teen arrested for multiple car burglaries in Livingston

    December 28, 2016 10:02 AM

    LIVINGSTON – The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a suspect wanted for multiple car burglaries in the parish. Deputies arrested 17-year-old Blayson Fife following a joint investigation with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. Surveillance video captured Fife burglarizing vehicles in the... more »
  • Stolen trailer leads to 12 arrested in multi-parish crime ring

    December 22, 2016 11:59 AM

    LIVINGSTON – Deputies in Livingston Parish say an arrest in a stolen trailer investigation led to authorities busting a multi-parish crime ring operating in the Baton Rouge area. Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said the trailer, containing sentimental items untouched by August's flooding, was recovered and most of the... more »
  • Livingston Parish Sheriff frustrated with FEMA Play Video

    December 12, 2016 11:27 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- The Livingston Parish Sheriff is one of many frustrated with FEMA. Sheriff Ard said his department had to put up money for deputies homes in an effort to keep flood-affected officers in the parish. Eighty-five percent of Livingston Parish residents were affected by the August flood. Of... more »
  • 67-year-old dies in crash on LA 316

    November 22, 2016 10:12 AM

    BAYOU BLUE – One 67-year-old man is dead following a single-vehicle crash on LA 316 in Lafourche Parish. The crash took place around 11 p.m. on Monday near Country Estates Drive. The investigation revealed that 67-year-old Clem Whitmire was traveling north on LA 316 in a Dodge Charger at... more »
  • Three arrested for operating meth lab on boat

    November 7, 2016 5:27 PM

    PIERRE PART – Three people have been arrested for operating a meth lab on a boat in Pierre Part. The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 39-year-old Dwayne Paul Hebert, 33-year-old Latisha Landry and 31-year-old Kelly Blanchard on Friday, Nov. 4 while operating a boat near Lake Verret. Officers... more »
  • Marcelle keeps party endorsement in mayor's race Play Video

    October 18, 2016 11:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An embarrassing evening Wednesday for the East Baton Rouge Democratic Party as members of the executive committee re-voted on their endorsements for a number of parish offices. Last week the party threw its support behind State Representative Denise Marcelle for Mayor-President in a close vote against other... more »
  • After deadly crash, police call for more lanes on Hwy 190 Play Video

    October 17, 2016 11:22 PM

    LIVONIA - Police are calling for more turning lanes along Hwy 190 in Livonia. "We have turning lanes on the East side of us, and turning lanes on the West side of our city limits. We don't have any turning lanes other than at our two red lights in... more »
  • Contaminated pond ordered closed at Clean Harbors Colfax

    October 15, 2016 1:18 PM

    COLFAX - The retention pond at Clean Harbors Colfax in Grant Parish will be closed following tests that show it had levels of toxins that exceeded standards. Water from the contaminated pond is released into tributaries that flow into the Red River. State Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Chuck Carr... more »
  • East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's deputy involved in vehicle crash

    October 1, 2016 12:20 PM

    EAST FELICIANA PARISH - An East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's deputy was involved in an auto accident Friday night according to the East Feliciana Crime Watch Facebook page . The name of the deputy was not released in the post. The deputy was on duty at the time of the... more »
  • Escaped Assumption inmate captured in Terrebonne Parish

    September 14, 2016 2:35 PM

    MORGAN CITY – Assumption Parish Sheriff Leland Facon says an inmate who escaped from deputies earlier this week was captured in Terrebonne Parish Sunday evening. According to Leland, 44-year-old Drake Domangue escaped custody Wednesday morning while deputies were transporting him for mental health treatment. He was captured and booked... more »
  • Debris removal coming soon to Ascension Parish Play Video

    August 21, 2016 10:50 PM

    GONZALES – Inside homes across Ascension Parish, materials and memories are being ripped from walls and thrown into the street. “It’s just like a nightmare that won’t end, can’t wake up from,” Brandon Settoon said. “It’s everything we had and bought over the last 25 years is gone.” ... more »
  • BRAC: nearly one third of homes in Baton Rouge area received flooding

    August 19, 2016 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – In a preliminary analysis released Friday, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber reports that nearly one third of all homes in the Baton Rouge area received flood damage from this week’s historic flooding. BRAC released a preliminary analysis of the flood’s impact Friday. The organization used geographic... more »

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