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  • Report released on firing of Denham Springs Police chief Play Video

    April 14, 2016 2:25 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs released a 200-page report on the investigation into recently-fired police Chief Scott Jones. The city of Denham Springs released a lengthy report to @WBRZ about the firing of Chief Scott Jones & Cpt. Kistler. pic.twitter.com/y5zATLznvf — Troy Gaulden WBRZ (@TroyGaulden)... more »
  • Search for new Denham Springs Police chief begins Play Video

    April 8, 2016 6:03 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The search for an interim police chief is underway in Denham Springs after the firing of Chief Scott Jones and Captain Steve Kistler. Both Jones and Kistler were fired by the Denham Springs Council Thursday night after an investigating committee looked into the handling of a domestic... more »
  • Denham Springs fires police chief Play Video

    April 6, 2016 6:51 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city council approved the mayor's request to fire Police Chief Scott Jones. The firing came during a heavily-attended special council meeting Thursday afternoon. WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington reported from inside the standing-room only council room where Jones was fired shortly after 5 p.m. Jones... more »
  • Hotly contested Baker Police Chief election to conclude on Saturday Play Video

    March 3, 2016 6:57 PM

    BAKER - While the presidential election is garnering most of the public's attention, there are some key local elections coming up this weekend including in Baker. Election signs have been all over and the race between two candidates running for Baker Chief of Police has really picked up. While... more »
  • Justice Department to review San Francisco Police Dept.

    February 1, 2016 4:24 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO- The U.S. Department of Justice says it will conduct a comprehensive review of the San Francisco Police Department, which is facing scrutiny over the shooting death of a young black man. Federal officials plan to announce details of the review Monday afternoon. The Dec. 2 shooting of Mario... more »
  • Ex-Mamou Police Chief sentenced to prison for using stun gun on inmate

    January 14, 2016 5:41 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Justice Department says a former Mamou police chief has been sentenced to a prison term for using a stun gun on a jail inmate who didn't pose a threat. The former chief, 44-year-old Robert McGee, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik Sr.... more »
  • Kenner proposes raises for mayor, police chief

    November 8, 2015 1:33 PM

    KENNER - Kenner officials are trying to increase the annual pay for the mayor and police chief by more than 50 percent. City Councilman Keith Conley says he proposed a pay increase ordinance because salaries for those posts were "stagnant." He says the mayor's and chief's salaries have not been... more »
  • Brusly liquor license denial sparks tension at council meeting Play Video

    November 2, 2015 10:56 PM

    BRUSLY - A former police chief, who pleaded guilty to criminal charges connected to things he did while in office, was denied a liquor license for a convenience store he and his girlfriend purchased together. Jamie Whaley and Tricia Michel sat before the Brusly Council Monday night as officials... more »
  • French Settlement council considers appointed police chief

    September 21, 2015 8:33 AM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT- French Settlement votes may change the way its police chief is selected. Residents of the Livingston Parish municipality now elect a chief to four-year terms. On Monday, the Board of Aldermen will consider putting a proposition on the Nov. 21 ballot that will ask voters if they would... more »
  • Village may shake up police department structure Play Video

    September 15, 2015 6:36 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - The Village of French Settlement in Livingston Parish may ask voters to decide whether to continue electing a chief of police or to let the mayor and aldermen appoint one instead. French Settlement Mayor Toni Guitrau feels the time is right to put the issue on the... more »
  • Former Louisiana police chief pleads guilty to stalking

    September 12, 2015 11:05 AM

    LEESVILLE, La. - Former Rosepine Police Chief James Parrott has pleaded guilty to charges of simple battery and stalking. Attorney General James Caldwell, in a news release Friday, said the 50-year-old Parrott entered the plea in state court in Leesville. Parrott was indicted in December 2014 after evidence revealed he... more »
  • Local police chief prepares to testify against federal truck legislation Play Video

    September 9, 2015 7:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Proposed federal legislation would allow 18 wheelers to be even bigger. Average trucks are about 70 to 80 feet long. If the legislation were to be approved, the trucks could be as long as 90 feet, equivalent to two school buses. Chief Scott Jones of... more »
  • No prison for ex-police chief in unarmed black man's death

    September 1, 2015 4:22 PM

    COLUMBIA - A judge has sentenced a white former South Carolina police chief to a year of home detention, but no prison time in the on-duty fatal shooting of an unarmed black man. Richard Combs pleaded guilty Tuesday to misconduct in office. Prosecutors agreed to drop a murder charge against... more »
  • Body cameras deployed for Plaquemine police Play Video

    August 7, 2015 6:48 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Police officers in Plaquemine are now required to wear body cameras while on patrol, and the cameras started hitting the streets this week. Officers started wearing the devices Monday. Police Chief Kenneth Payne said it's already proving to be beneficial. "Body cameras just make sense. They... more »
  • Former police chief pleads no contest to malfeasance Play Video

    July 23, 2015 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Brusly's former police chief pleaded "no contest" to malfeasance charges Thursday in connection with a missing guns and cash case from his time in office. Jamie Whaley didn't utter a word as he exited the courtroom. He admitted to stealing guns and forging signatures on department... more »
  • Police chief arrested in probe into topless bar

    May 25, 2015 2:36 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Jeanerette's police chief has been placed on paid leave following his arrest on charges relating to the investigation of a Lafayette topless bar. Marvin Grogan was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center Friday on one count of malfeasance in office and three counts of compounding a felony.... more »
  • Springfield city leaders replace chief of police Play Video

    May 20, 2015 11:09 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - City leaders replaced the police chief Wednesday night. James Jones resigned after taking a plea deal for charges involving a DWI cover-up. Part of the deal was that he had to quit his job. Jones submitted his letter of resignation and the alderman voted to appoint... more »
  • Plaquemine police chief, Orian Gullota, dies at 64

    April 25, 2015 4:45 PM

    Plaquemine - Chief Orian Gulotta, 64, of the Plaquemine Police Department passed away Saturday afternoon. Sources tell WBRZ, Gulotta battled with cancer. Family members describe him as a dedicated public servant. We will have more information later, as it becomes available. more »
  • Police chief loses ethics fine appeal

    March 9, 2015 12:38 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - The First Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal from St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau recently, ordering he pay a $2,500 ethics fine to the state. The board ruled Ambeau failed to appeal the 2011 fine for filing his required candidate financial statement late, and... more »
  • Former Kinder police chief pleads guilty to malfeasance

    February 23, 2015 3:44 PM

    OBERLIN - The former police chief of Kinder has pleaded guilty to malfeasance in office and theft over $1,500 for allegedly using town credit cards to buy fuel for personal use. The American Press reports that Gary Pelican, 53, pleaded guilty Monday just before his trial was scheduled to begin.... more »
  • Trial date set for former Brusly police chief

    February 2, 2015 1:48 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The former Brusly police chief accused of stealing guns and cash from his own department is scheduled to go to trial in April. Jamie Whaley and his attorneys met with prosecutors for a pre-trial conference Monday. The trial date was set for April 20, with pre-trial... more »
  • 911: Police chief said he accidentally shot wife

    January 1, 2015 1:40 PM

    PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - Investigators say a police chief in Georgia reported that he accidentally shot his wife early New Year's Day. Her condition is unclear, and no charges have been filed. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Sherry Lang says Peachtree City police Chief William McCollom called 911 around 4:15... more »
  • Police mourn fallen officer, first in department's history Play Video

    December 30, 2014 10:22 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Officer James Foster, 39, died Tuesday after he was involved in a wreck the night before, and the pain of a department was written on Police Chief Scott Jones' face. "He was an incredible police officer," Jones said before he became overwhelmed with emotions. "He was... more »
  • With future in question, chief mum about decision Play Video

    December 4, 2014 10:52 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city's police chief left city hall without saying a word following the Denham Springs Civil Service Commission's decision to hold disciplinary hearings targeting the chief and a department captain. The pair could possibly lose their jobs once they face the commission, which is investigating allegations... more »
  • Sorrento chief: People 'don't need to know' what I'm doing Play Video

    November 20, 2014 5:52 PM

    SORRENTO - After leaving the police department locked up for two days while she was sick, Fern Barnett was back in the office today, but wouldn't go into detail on her daily routine as the newly elected chief of police. As a News 2 camera rolled, Barnett was asked... more »
  • Sorrento PD chief sits on resignation decision Play Video

    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 »
  • New police chief has big goals, bigger challenges Play Video

    October 15, 2014 6:36 PM

    SORRENTO - The unfunded and uninsured police department of Sorrento has a new police chief, but local leaders say it won't last. Fern Barnett, 71, took over last week after the last of her opponents in the police chief's election dropped out of the race. The grandmother of 17... more »
  • Great-grandmother becomes Sorrento's police chief

    October 14, 2014 4:16 PM

    SORRENTO- A 71-year-old great-grandmother appears to be the de facto police chief of this small town since all of her opponents withdrew. Fern Barnett is now listed as the "unopposed" candidate on the Secretary of State's candidate's list. Barnett is listed as a Democrat. "Different things have been... more »
  • Cattle prods and a bull whip part of former chief's bizarre arsenal Play Video

    September 9, 2014 9:53 PM

    BRUSLY - Town leaders plan to hold an auction to recoup some of the money used on questionable items purchased by the former police chief. In addition to dozens of guns current police chief Richie Johnson calls unnecessary, the town is getting rid of cattle prods, a bull whip,... more »
  • Audit: Police chief had access to 2 secret bank accounts Play Video

    September 8, 2014 10:44 PM

    BRUSLY - Former police chief Jamie Whaley is under the microscope again following an audit that found he had access to two separate and secret bank accounts as chief. The situation was discussed Monday evening when Brusly leaders met their regular meeting. They focused conversation on $1500 worth of... more »
  • 71-year-old great-grandmother campaigning for police chief spot

    August 20, 2014 10:04 PM

    SORRENTO- A 71-year-old great-grandmother has entered the race for police chief in this small town. Fern Barnett, who had been a clerk for the city and the department, qualified for the election on the first day candidates could sign up. By Wednesday evening, she was the only person listed... more »
  • Sorrento voters can abolish police department

    June 13, 2014 7:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal signed legislation allowing the Sorrento Town Council to ask voters to abolish the elected office of police chief and the police department. Legislation was introduced by state Sen. Jody Amedee. Mayor Mike Lambert asked for the legislation after Police Chief Earl Theriot Jr. resigned... more »
  • Whaley accused of stealing guns, forging checks Play Video

    June 11, 2014 10:23 AM

    BRUSLY - State investigators accused former police chief Jamie Whaley Wednesday of stealing seven guns from the Brusly Police Department and forging checks to get extra cash. Detectives booked Whaley into the West Baton Rouge Parish jail on new malfeasance charges, as well as theft and forgery charges. Whaley... more »
  • Former Brusly Police Chief pleads guilty

    April 17, 2014 5:50 PM

    BRUSLY- Former Police Chief, Jamie Whaley, pleaded guilty to a felony malfeasance charge. Jamie Whaley is sentenced to 18-months supervised probation and $500 in fines. He admits using a town credit-card to put fuel in his personal vehicle and boat. Whaley paid back more than $1,000 and turned in... more »
  • Theriot to court: I lied, had sexual contact with woman Play Video

    February 10, 2014 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot pleaded guilty Monday to lying to the FBI about having sexual contact with a woman in his custody. According to the U. S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge, Theriot admitted in federal court that he took the woman back to his... more »
  • Coroner: Morgan City chief's death a suicide

    February 3, 2014 5:30 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. - The fatal shooting of the Morgan City, La., police chief at a Biloxi casino hotel has been ruled a suicide. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove tells The Sun-Herald Monday that 46-year-old Travis Anthony Crouch died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Crouch had gone to Biloxi... more »
  • Morgan City Police Chief death

    February 1, 2014 2:12 PM

    MORGAN CITY - The Morgan City Police Department says police chief Police Chief Travis A. Crouch has died. Officials say the death was unexpected. Assistant Police Chief Michael Banks will fill in as acting Police Chief for now. Crouch was named Police Chief last year and has... more »
  • Lawsuit: Chief sexually assaulted woman in custody Play Video

    January 17, 2014 5:46 PM

    SORRENTO - A lawsuit filed Friday alleges embattled Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot forced a woman in his custody to perform oral sex on him inside the police department. The suit filed by attorney Tregg Wilson alleges Theriot initially responded to a call about an intoxicated woman on the... more »
  • BRPD: Tips to stay safe Play Video

    January 16, 2014 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - BRPD Police Chief Carl Dabadie joins JP to talk about how residents can protect themselves in the wake of a string of break-ins in Baton Rouge. more »
  • Ex-police chief sentenced in missing cash probe

    January 14, 2014 3:02 PM

    AMITE- Former Kentwood Police Chief Gregory Newton has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a charge that he tampered with cash that was recovered during a burglary investigation. State District Court Judge Wayne Ray Chutz sentenced Newton to five years of probation after the former chief pleaded guilty... more »
  • La. police chief arrested on malfeasance charge

    January 3, 2014 2:30 PM

    GOLDONNA- A north Louisiana police chief has been arrested on charges that include malfeasance in office. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office says it arrested Goldonna Police Chief Johnny Earl Rowell on Friday as part of an investigation that involves one of the chief's relatives. The sheriff's office didn't identify the... more »
  • Port Vincent police chief resigns

    December 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    PORT VINCENT- The police chief of Port Vincent resigned Tuesday after receiving several complaints from residents. Mayor David Carter tells WBRZ News 2 that Daryl Averett stepped down as police chief Tuesday night after a private meeting between him, the mayor, and Mayor Pro Tem Johnnie Page. During the... more »
  • Area police chief indicted for stealing evidence

    September 6, 2013 4:43 PM

    KENTWOOD- The town's chief of police has been indicted in a case of missing evidence. Gregory Newton was indicted by a grand jury for malfeasance in office and unauthorized use of a movable. The indictment comes after a State Police investigation in December of 2012 when a person... more »
  • 14 in the running for Covington police chief

    August 23, 2013 7:58 AM

    COVINGTON - Fourteen candidates passed a written civil service test, and now move to the interview stage with the mayor to be considered for Covington's next police chief. The names of the candidates were released Thursday at a Covington Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board meeting. Timothy... more »
  • 2 top Henderson cops face charges in ticket scam

    July 18, 2013 2:54 PM

    ST. MARTINVILLE - St. Martin Parish prosecutors have filed formal charges against Henderson Police Chief Leroy Guidry and Deputy Chief Oliver Mack Lloyd in an investigation into an alleged illegal quota system for traffic tickets issued along Interstate 10. Assistant District Attorney Chester Cedars said Thursday that the two men... more »
  • Fomer Merryville Police Chief sued

    July 5, 2013 11:48 AM

    DERIDDER - Two women have sued Merryville's former police chief, accusing James Fowler of stopping their car without justification and making them submit to a strip search on the street. The American Press reported Thursday that the Town of Merryville and the Merryville Police Department are co-defendants. Merryville is... more »
  • Search for police chief narrowing down Play Video

    June 20, 2013 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Cops in Baton Rouge continue to fight crime in the capital city, but are still without a permanent police chief to run the show. The search for the next chief is narrowing down. 11 officers passed the civil service board exam with a 75 or higher.... more »
  • BR police chief scores nearly ready

    June 13, 2013 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The civil service exams taken last month by more than a dozen people vying to become Baton Rouge's next police chief will be graded and forwarded this week to the Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. That's according to State Examiner Robert S. Lawrence. Local officials had... more »
  • List of approved BRPD chief applicants released

    April 19, 2013 3:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board released a list of 17 applicants approved to take the civil service exam to replace fired Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White. The Board approved the following applicants at its April 18 meeting: * Carl... more »
  • Springfield mayor, police chief due in court

    March 21, 2013 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Springfield's mayor and police chief are scheduled to be in court to face charges they conspired to hide a woman's DWI citation, according to the state attorney general's office. A grand jury indicted Mayor Charles Martin and Police Chief James Jones on charges of obstruction of... more »
  • 24/7 alcohol sales, elected chief up for discussion Wednesday

    March 12, 2013 9:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Wednesday, city leaders could make a historic change and allow 24-hour liquor sales. The sales would only be allowed on riverboat casinos, if Metro Council approves the change. Currently, city laws don't allow sales after 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and midnight Sunday. Among other... more »
  • Fired BR police chief's appeal set for May

    March 6, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dates have been set for Fired Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White's civil service appeal hearing. The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board's chairman, Sgt. Bryan Taylor, told attorneys Wednesday the hearing will be held May 13-15. In an email, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip... more »
  • Council starts discussion on electing BR police chief Play Video

    February 27, 2013 10:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders tabled discussion about electing the police chief during Wednesday night's Metro Council meeting. But, there was no shortage of opinions from citizens who voiced their concerns. "Let me say that Baton Rouge can no longer accept an appointed police chief. And, we can no... more »
  • Dabadie sworn in as interim BR police chief Play Video

    February 26, 2013 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Carl Dabadie has officially taken over control of the Baton Rouge Police Department. He was sworn in during a ceremony in the Metro Council chambers. The 26 year veteran of the department has served as a motorcycle officer, training center director and department chief of staff... more »
  • Dabadie set to lead BRPD as department head

    February 26, 2013 7:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lt. Carl Dabadie, Jr., will be sworn in this morning as interim police chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department, three weeks after city leaders fired former chief Dewayne White. Dabadie will lead the department until Mayor Kip Holden names a new chief. White claims... more »
  • Former BR mayor says keep police chief appointed Play Video

    February 20, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former Baton Rouge Mayor Tom Ed McHugh says he personally thinks the police chief's job should remain appointed by the mayor. McHugh says there can be challenges created when two different leaders are fighting over city money. McHugh says the mayor is held accountable for most issues,... more »
  • NEXT HOUR: Leaders tackle chief issue, red light cameras

    February 13, 2013 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders are set to have a potentially heated discussion about taking appointment power from the mayor and having voters elect a chief of police. That is one of two discussions planned for Wednesday's Metro Council meeting. Last week, the Mayor's office fired Chief Dewayne White after... more »
  • Day 2 Mayor doesn't answer question

    February 7, 2013 10:14 PM

    Baton Rouge - For the second day Mayor Kip Holden still wont answer questions about the termination of Police Chief DeWayne White. News searched for Holden through the city, and even waiting at his home. Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle told News 2 she believes the politics need to be removed... more »
  • Former BR Police officer concerned about union, mayor relationship Play Video

    February 7, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former Baton Rouge Police Officer Richard Sobers retired after 25 years with the department. He says he can't remember a chief of police being terminated, unless it involved a new mayor taking office. Sobers says he heard from current police who are glad Mayor Kip Holden fired... more »
  • BRPD chief fired shortly after public appearance Play Video

    February 6, 2013 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police Chief Dewayne White was fired from his position as the city's top police officer Wednesday. White told News 2 he received a letter around noon from city Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel that there was a "substantial disagreement with the direction of the Baton Rouge Police... more »
  • Kentwood Police Chief arrested in missing evidence investigation

    January 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    Tangipahoa Parish- The Chief of Police in Kentwood is in trouble with the law himself. Chief Gregory Newton turned himself in to LSP Detectives, following an investigation into missing evidence. The investigation started in December when State Police received a citizen complaint saying $2000 had been misappropriated by... more »
  • BRPD Chief to arm officers with rifles, expand BRAVE to 70802 Play Video

    January 16, 2013 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White announced progressive plans that will move his department forward this year. In a one-on-one interview, White said the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination Project will expand to the 70802 zip code this year. Officers will also be outfitted with military surplus... more »
  • BRPD chief putting more officers on Patrol

    January 15, 2013 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Chief Dewayne White announced plans to put dozens more Baton Rouge Police officers out patrolling the city's streets. White said he plans to swell the Patrol division's ranks by not transferring out veteran officers once new recruits join the force. He said in the past when... more »
  • Clinton mayor picks new chief of police

    January 10, 2013 7:26 AM

    CLINTON - Newly elected Clinton Mayor Lori Ann Bell has appointed Fred G. Dunn as the town's police chief replacing Police Chief Eddie Stewart. Stewart, who had served three years as police chief during the administration of defeated Mayor Don Reason, left Wednesday's meeting without comment after the Board... more »

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