December 19, 2014 2:59 PM
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say they're working through a backlog of more than 400 untested rape kits. The kits are important elements in an investigation, especially when a victim is attacked by a stranger and DNA is essential. Disclosure about the untested rape kits came during a New... more »
December 18, 2014 11:55 AM
SHREVEPORT - A federal grand jury in Shreveport has returned an indictment against former Homer police officer. Willie Fred Knowles is charged with violating the civil rights of multiple individuals during three different incidents, as well as with making false statements to the FBI. The 64-year-old Knowles was charged Wednesday... more »
December 16, 2014 10:45 PM
SORRENTO- The town council overwhelmingly approved selling off police equipment Tuesday night.
City leaders declared police cruisers, guns, desks - everything once used by officers - as surplus property. It allows the city to sell the merchandise to other area departments or at a public auction.
Last month,... more »
December 16, 2014 9:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police are looking for help to trackdown three suspects they claim made unauthorized transactions using a stolen credit card.
The incident happened on Black Friday. According to BRPD, the trio entered Poise'n Ivy Woman's Boutique in the 7200 block of Highland. Investigators say the two women... more »
December 14, 2014 6:20 PM
BAKER - The city council will vote to introduce an ordinance to raise water rates at Tuesday's meeting.
Councilwoman Joyce Burgess said she's dedicated to "moving the city forward," and wants to do what's best for residents.
If a decision isn't made soon, the city's fire department rating... more »
December 11, 2014 6:41 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Boxer Emanuel Augustus is on the road to recovery at a New Orleans hospital.
After being shot in the back of the neck two months ago, the boxer went into a coma. Just recently, Augustus awakened and is up and talking.
Augustus was walking one... more »
December 9, 2014 9:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved the mayor's $830 million spending plan for 2015 which will include two police academies to train as many as sixty new police officers.
The budget was approved Tuesday evening. The Metro Council made no changes to the plan but did voice some concern about... more »
December 8, 2014 2:51 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A judge in New Orleans has refused to block a news outlet from reporting on a police document about a rape case. State District Judge Kern Reese on Monday refused the city's request for an injunction against Nola.comThe Times-Picayune. The case involved a Texas woman who said... more »
December 7, 2014 6:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Cries for justice on the steps of the Capitol were loud and clear.
Dozens of people rallied together in a united cause to bring about change and awareness.
The group that organized the rally is Baton Rouge Organizing.
The "I Can't Breathe" event was... more »
December 6, 2014 10:27 AM
NEW YORK - At least 400 people are killed by police in the United States every year, but even when those deaths prompt public outrage, grand juries almost always decide that the officer hasn't committed a crime. But there are exceptions. Successful prosecutions generally involve officers who have lied about... more »
December 5, 2014 5:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana NCAAP says unjust deaths involving police are happening in Louisiana too, so they're demanding state lawmakers to create a special office to investigate potential situations.
The NAACP held a press conference and rally Friday in front of district court to show solidarity with people... more »
December 3, 2014 10:24 PM
GONZALES - Drivers are cautions after two wrecks where other people on the highway have ignored construction zone warnings in Ascension Parish.
Overnight Tuesday, a driver smashed head-on into a dump truck . The driver of the car that hit the truck was killed. Another driver is on the... more »
December 3, 2014 4:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department will patrol the Mall of Louisiana this holiday season after parts of the mall were annexed into the city limits.
Thousands of shoppers go from store to store with bags in hand each day. For the first time, city police and... more »
December 2, 2014 2:50 PM
ST. LOUIS - Police are investigating Michael Brown's stepfather for angry comments made to a Ferguson crowd after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson. St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said Tuesday that police want to talk to Louis Head... more »
December 1, 2014 8:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- Detectives with the police department's special unit set up to handle violent crimes are investigating an attempted suicide at a police precinct Monday night.
Authorities said a 52-year-old man entered the Third District office on Coursey Boulevard shortly before 6:30. He had a gun and threatened to... more »
November 24, 2014 2:42 AM
CLEVELAND - Police say an orange safety indicator had been removed on a replica gun a 12-year-old boy Cleveland boy pulled from his waistband before being shot and killed by police. Officers had gone to a playground Saturday after getting a 911 call that someone was waving a "probably fake"... more »
November 24, 2014 2:07 AM
FERGUSON, MO - The final weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday has passed without a grand jury decision on whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in connection with the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The grand jury met Friday to consider possible charges against Darren Wilson. It's expected to meet... more »
November 22, 2014 11:51 AM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police detectives and prosecutors around the U.S. say that despite being banned in all 50 states, the ancient blood sport of dogfighting is thriving in the underground, with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake on big matches. The spotlight of NFL star Michael Vick's 2007 case... more »
November 22, 2014 10:40 AM
HAMMOND - State police say a man tried to run after a crash that killed the passenger in his vehicle.
Officials say Steve Savoie, 28, drove his 1997 Dodge pickup off the left side of La. Hwy 443 near US Hwy 190 in Hammond just before 8 p.m. Friday.... more »
November 21, 2014 4:14 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A woman says she was raped in New Orleans during Mardi Gras festivities in a case among scores that the city's police department failed to properly investigate. The department is reeling from a city inspector general's report that found five detectives mishandled more than 1,000 sex crimes... more »
November 20, 2014 6:44 PM
SHREVEPORT - Shreveport police continued their investigation Friday into death of a man who pulled a gun on two Centenary College of Louisiana public safety officers. Cpl. Marcus Hines says the unidentified man struggled Thursday evening with the two officers while being escorted off the campus. He says the man... more »
November 18, 2014 9:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- A cooperative effort among authorities in East Baton Rouge Parish netted nearly a dozen arrests, a large amount of synthetic drugs, prescriptions and marijuana along with cash.
The Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police, DEA, Baker Police Department and Delta Drug... more »
November 18, 2014 10:41 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Police are looking for a man accused of stealing 30 air fresheners from a Family Dollar store.
Police in New Orleans say surveillance camera footage shows the man putting the items into a bag he was carrying, then walking out without paying shortly after 4 p.m.... more »
November 17, 2014 10:47 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - A sergeant has resigned after the News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered reports he was high on illegal prescription drugs while on the job.
Sergeant Russell Munsell is no longer with the Denham Springs Police Department, according to Chief Scott Jones.
The Denham Springs Civil Service... more »
November 17, 2014 5:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- A new class of officers graduated on Monday while the Baton Rouge police department battle a potential personnel shortage.
The Baton Rouge Police department 80th Basic Training Academy held a commencement ceremony for 34 new police trainees at the Independence Park Theatre.
"I like to stand... more »
November 14, 2014 11:15 PM
BATON ROUGE- New police officers will hit the street next week after they graduate from the eightieth training academy Monday.
Police said 34 cadets will graduate from the academy. A ceremony will be held at the Independence Park Theater.
Officers will begin working as early as Tuesday.
... more »
November 13, 2014 3:14 PM
CROWLEY, La. - A Louisiana attorney general's office opinion says Police Chief K.P. Gibson can prohibit audio or video recording at the Crowley police station. KATC-TV reports Gibson asked for a ruling after a resident complained about the policy, which bans audio or video recording in the station's lobby and... more »
November 12, 2014 12:55 PM
NEW ORLEANS - In a new blow to New Orleans' troubled Police Department, a city inspector general's report claims five detectives failed to do substantial investigation of hundreds of cases of sex crimes and child abuse. The allegations were contained in a report released Wednesday. Police officials say the detectives... more »
November 7, 2014 2:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - A local citizen saw a picture of what appears to be a cop sleeping on the job. He sent the photo to City Hall hoping for resolution. Now, the police are investigating his mobile records and personal information.
Is this a case of harassment and an... more »
November 7, 2014 2:16 PM
GONZALES - Police charged a Prairieville man with obscenity after they said he was caught performing lewd acts in a Gonzales parking lot.
Gonzales PD arrested Derick Moran, 24, on Oct. 30 after receiving complaints he was performing sexual acts in his car while a witness was trying to... more »
November 6, 2014 10:16 PM
SORRENTO - The new police chief attended Thursday's town council meeting, set on getting her salary even though voters shutdown her department two days earlier.
Fern Barnett won the election for Sorrento's chief of police by default when other candidates resigned ahead of the election. The department has no... more »
November 5, 2014 6:26 PM
SORRENTO - The people of Sorrento voted to abolish their police department, but current police chief Fern Barnett says she hasn't made a decision to resign or not yet.
She released this statement Wednesday: "I gave the residents a chance to make a choice. They made their choice, now... more »
November 5, 2014 3:14 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer has been suspended and is facing a federal theft charge. The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans said Wednesday that 39-year-old Tracie Medus was charged this week with theft of government funds. A bill of information charges that Medus obtained $158,700 from... more »
November 3, 2014 9:08 AM
NEW ORLEANS - State Police have been working extra patrols in the French Quarter for the past four months, but many worked their final shift there over the weekend.
The troopers were called in following that horrific shooting on Bourbon St. during the summer. Many French Quarter businesses hung... more »
October 30, 2014 5:55 AM
NATCHITOCHES - Natchitoches police are investigating a fatal shooting involving two Natchitoches Parish sheriff's deputies. Police say 26-year-old Robert Vercher was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon when he exchanged gun fire with deputies, who were trying to serve a protective order. Vercher was taken to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, where... more »
October 27, 2014 10:48 PM
GONZALES- A long-standing fight over funding for new crime-fighting tools continues here.
Monday night, the traditional three-member voting bloc disagreed with providing money for crime cameras and motorcycles for the police department. However, the group suggested providing money to pay for new police cars. Still, it was not enough... more »
October 24, 2014 1:04 PM
HAMMOND - A couple that police say tried to sell a child at a southeast Louisiana gas station appear headed for Texas. Master Trooper Brooks David, a Louisiana State Police spokesman, says the blue Dodge minivan with Florida license plates was spotted in Lake Charles Friday afternoon but headed west... more »
October 22, 2014 9:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - A woman who claims she was at the end of a witch hunt orchestrated by the mayor and police department will be paid $35,000 in a settlement deal reached with the city-parish.
Wednesday, the Metro Council agreed to the deal after Kim McCants sued.
McCants... more »
October 22, 2014 6:52 PM
BAKER - Once again, changes in water bills for Baker residents are on the table for discussion.
Chief of Police Mike Knaps said he's proposing that the city council increase the base water rate from $9 to between $15 and $20 in order to make up for cuts to... more »
October 22, 2014 3:22 AM
SHREVEPORT - A 21-year veteran of the Shreveport Police Department, placed on administrative leave this month, has pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. Sgt. Jason Brook faces up to six months in jail when sentenced next month by Judge David N. Matlock. Brook admitted buying his... more »
October 16, 2014 9:47 PM
BATON ROUGE- Three people were arrested Thursday on obstruction of justice charges related to a murder investigation.
Police said they arrested Natasha Tate, 40, Donte Tate, 20, and Danny Allen, 26. The group is accused of contacting a witness and making verbal threats then stalking her house.
The... more »
October 15, 2014 9:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- A 21-year-old was arrested late Tuesday accused in a murder that left members of a north Baton Rouge community in shock.
Hardy Allen, 21, was booked into jail. Police said Allen shot and killed another 21-year-old during an armed robbery on Madison Avenue Monday.
Calvin Chrisentary... more »
October 14, 2014 3:28 PM
HONG KONG - Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers have moved in to clear pro-democracy protesters out of a tunnel outside the city's government headquarters. Officers, many of them in riot gear and wielding pepper spray, tore down barricades in and around the underpass early Wednesday. The operation came hours... more »
October 13, 2014 10:32 PM
GONZALES - A bizarre turn of events may lead Police Chief Sherman Jackson to more money than he asked for.
After months of back and forth and three vetoes over budget issues, some people had a hard time understanding what happened at a city council meeting Monday night.
... more »
October 13, 2014 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tuesday makes a week since Dennis Shampine, 33, began his most recent run from the law that's taken him to a wooded area along the Amite and Comite rivers.
Authorities believe Shampine is somehow surviving in more than 500 acres of swamp and worry what will... more »
October 13, 2014 10:18 PM
BRUSLY- The police department here will likely be getting body cameras for officers, the latest trend in police gear.
Monday, the council approved the deal as expected. A week earlier , they heard from Brusly Interim Police Chief Richie Johnson who wanted the cameras for his force.
"It's... more »
October 6, 2014 9:49 PM
BRUSLY - Monday, Brusly Interim Police Chief Richie Johnson asked city leaders to allocate money to outfit his force with body cameras.
Law enforcement agencies are quickly catching on to the new technology that gives them a better view of the scene. Police in Addis have been using them... more »
October 6, 2014 6:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - After a man caused an entire police station to evacuate on Friday, emergency responders say they are ready to handle Ebola if it came to Baton Rouge.
A protective face mask, gloves and gowns are just a few ways emergency responders prepare for any situation that... more »
October 5, 2014 11:48 AM
ST. LOUIS - Several dozen people protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown have interrupted a performance of the St. Louis Symphony in a peaceful demonstration. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that as the musicians were about to start performing a song Saturday night, the demonstrators began singing and... more »
October 3, 2014 11:22 PM
WALKER- Police said a man died trying to cross Florida Boulevard Friday night.
Westbound lanes were closed for some time as authorities worked the scene, police told WBRZ News 2. The crash happened at North Corbin, or LA 449.
Police have not released the identity of the person... more »
October 2, 2014 6:09 PM
SORRENTO- Sheriff Jeff Wiley thinks he can provide superior police protection for a fraction of what it would cost to reanimate the lifeless Sorrento Police Department.
City records show the town was willing to spend as much as $448,000 to outfit the Sorrento Police Department, but Sheriff Wiley says... more »
October 1, 2014 10:36 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police said late Wednesday, officers responded to two separate shootings in Baton Rouge.
The first happened around 9:00 p.m. on Callahan St. When police arrived, they found a man who had been shot several times lying in a driveway. His injuries are considered life-threatening.
The second... more »
September 30, 2014 3:17 AM
BATON ROUGE - If you're driving past stopped police cars or stranded motorists on the side of Louisiana's roadways, officials want you to "Move Over." Louisiana's state police superintendent and transportation secretary announced Monday the installation of several dozen signs telling people to "Move Over for Emergency Vehicles." The signs,... more »
September 28, 2014 10:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating a shooting where one man was killed Saturday night.
Officials say Johnny Price, 23, was killed on the 5800 block of St. Gerard Ave. near Airline Hwy. He died at the hospital.
No word yet on the details of the shooting. Anyone... more »
September 27, 2014 6:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - In the wake of national events such as the shooting in Ferguson, locals came together to have a conversation about violence in the black community, specifically against young black males.
Councilwomen Ronnie Edwards, Donna Collins-Lewis, Representative Regina Barrow and Senator Sharon Weston Broome hosted the event.... more »
September 26, 2014 3:12 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A veteran New Orleans Police officer has been placed on an unpaid "emergency suspension" after police said he used "unauthorized force" on a 16-year-old girl. Officer Terrance Saulney, a 24-year veteran of the department's Juvenile Bureau, is accused of using force on the girl as she was... more »
September 26, 2014 2:15 AM
FERGUSON, MO - Police and protesters have clashed briefly in Ferguson just hours after the St. Louis suburb's police chief issued an apology to the family of Michael Brown. The black 18-year-old Brown was shot dead by a white police officer Aug. 9. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson appeared outside... more »
September 25, 2014 6:03 AM
CROWLEY - Crowley authorities are looking for a scam artist who they say is calling businesses claiming to be a police detective who needs the businesses' credit card information. Police Chief K.P. Gibson say the caller, whose phone number is blocked, claims to be a detective with the police department's... more »
September 22, 2014 4:39 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police are looking for the man who held up the Dollar General on Staring Lane Sunday night.
Just before the store was about to close, a man wearing a black ski mask walked into the store with a gun. Police said he pointed the weapon at an... more »
September 22, 2014 7:42 AM
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are investigating the shooting death of a 35-year-old pizza delivery driver. Police were called to investigate a man down in the middle of the street early Monday morning. When officers arrived, police said in a new release they found the unresponsive victim suffering from... more »
September 22, 2014 2:00 AM
CANADENSIS, PA - Authorities don't have the alleged gunman who is accused of a deadly ambush at a police barracks, but they say they've found the AK-47-style assault rifle that he was carrying. Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Sunday that police believe their massive manhunt is hot... more »
September 21, 2014 5:16 PM
LOTTIE - State police are investigating a crash that killed a man in Pointe Coupee parish.
Officials say it happened early Sunday morning at the intersection of US hwy 190 and LA hwy 81.
Police say Michael Jarreau, 43, ran a stop sign at that intersection and t-boned... more »
September 18, 2014 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- A public records request filed by the WBRZ Investigative Unit on the performance history of former Baton Rouge Police officer Michael Elsbury shows he had been the focus of Internal Affairs inquiries seven times since 2002.
Elsbury left the force on September 4th, a day after WBRZ... more »
September 15, 2014 6:01 PM
SORRENTO - The voters will get to decide if the police department should be abolished when they hit the polls in November.
The Police Department has been defunct since it lost liability coverage last year and the chief of police resigned after he lied to the FBI about a... more »
September 14, 2014 10:08 AM
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - A late-night ambush outside a state police barracks in Pennsylvania's rural northeastern corner left one trooper dead and another critically wounded, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said a "very... more »
September 12, 2014 5:45 AM
LAFAYETTE - A Lafayette police officer is in stable condition following an overnight shooting. The shooting took place around 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Willow Apartments. Police say the officer was searching an apartment for a suspect in another shooting that took place Thursday morning when the suspect and the... more »
September 10, 2014 10:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle is exploring the possibility of adding more eyes to what's going on during emergencies through the use of police body cameras.
Marcelle said body cameras would add more transparency to the police department and would be an additional tool for investigations.... more »
September 9, 2014 10:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - The NAACP met for the first time Tuesday since a WBRZ Investigative Unit report found a police officer had been accused of sending racially charged text messages.
At the meeting, residents voiced their concerns with the situation and Mayor-President Kip Holden broke his silence on the... more »
September 9, 2014 6:17 PM
GONZALES - A day after the council decided to amend the budget for a third time, cutting out funding to the police department, Chief of Police Sherman Jackson defended his request for more than $400,000.
"I think they're out of touch, one of them asked me if I think... more »
September 9, 2014 4:09 PM
BRUSLY - An audit found that 20 guns went missing from the Brusly Police Department while former Chief of Police Jamie Whaley ran the department.
In a four year span handguns, shotguns and assault rifles vanished from the department. Brusly Mayor Joey Normand says the town is doing everything... more »
September 9, 2014 3:53 PM
SLIDELL - Police said a threat made through social media that targeted Salmen High School in Slidell was a prank and that a full-scale investigation is underway.
According to Slidell Police, students were not in danger at any time after the threats were made.
"I can assure you... more »
September 9, 2014 2:04 AM
FERGUSON, MO - Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, say they plan to establish a review board to help guide the police department, as the city council prepares to meet for the first time since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. The City Council has... more »
September 8, 2014 4:16 PM
BATON ROUGE - With thousands of cars traveling through LSU, student government wants the university to install more license plate recognition cameras around campus.
The systems would take a picture of every car's license plate when entering and leaving campus. Student Government President Clay Tufts says more cameras would... more »
September 7, 2014 11:58 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Police in New Orleans are investigating the shooting death of a 31-year-old man. Officers responding to a call about gunshots fired late Saturday night found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, which was on Dryades Street in the city's uptown... more »
September 6, 2014 6:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU Police say a girl lied about a battery on campus some time before kickoff of the LSU game.
Capt. Cory Lalonde, LSU police, tells News 2 that the girl accused the man of bumping into her and then grabbing her arm. She later said she... more »
September 4, 2014 2:16 PM
BATON ROUGE- The city police chief has confirmed to the Investigative Unit, the officer at the center of a scandal involving some racially charged text messages has resigned.
WBRZ and the station's Investigative Unit broke the story Wednesday in an exclusive report by Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto.
Wednesday,... more »