December 11, 2013 7:04 AM
PORT ALLEN- Crews are on the scene of a fire at a Port Allen hotel that forced guests out into the cold.
Alarms went off at just after 2 am this morning at the Quality Inn and Suites off of North Lobdell. Few details are known at this time,... more »
December 4, 2013 10:02 PM
PORT ALLEN - The city council met for the first time without ousted mayor Deedy Slaughter Wednesday night.
It was a committee meeting of the council and was held to discuss upcoming council items. But, leaders made a point to address concerns with the situation in city government.
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December 4, 2013 4:16 PM
PORT ALLEN - News 2 learned today that Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain was reinstated to Port Allen's bank accounts, after ousted Mayor Deedy Slaughter removed her from them six months ago.
Mayor Pro Tem Ray Helen Lawrence authorized the reinstatement.
"Now that I can do the things... more »
November 25, 2013 4:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court's office said Monday that Deedy Slaughter did not contest the results of the recent recall election, which means she is no longer Port Allen's mayor.
This comes just over a week after voters went to the polls in... more »
November 25, 2013 1:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - State Police raided two Port Allen massage parlors Monday after a two-month investigation into prostitution at the businesses.
Detectives said Youngs Therapy and Rainbow Therapeutic both advertised on "backpage.com," which investigators say has been known to carry ads for prosititution. Authorities said undercover agents went into... more »
November 25, 2013 7:34 AM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter has until 4:30pm Monday to vacate her office at City Hall.
Voters supported Slaughter's recall earlier this month in a record-setting special election.
She has been the focus of several reports by the News 2 investigative unit, which uncovered possible wrongdoing during... more »
November 19, 2013 5:17 PM
PORT ALLEN - Ousted Mayor Deedy Slaughter called a special meeting for Wednesday to introduce her budget, five days before Slaughter is forced to vacate office.
On Saturday, voters overwhelmingly voiced their disappointment with her performance and recalled her. Slaughter must vacate office by 4:30 p.m. Monday, but that's... more »
November 18, 2013 7:39 AM
PORT ALLEN - Council members agreed that one of their first priorities in the wake of Mayor Deedy Slaughter's recall is to take another stab at adopting a 2013-14 budget before city departments run out of money.
In Saturday's election, 57 percent of Port Allen voters supported a grass... more »
November 16, 2013 10:31 PM
PORT ALLEN- Deedy Slaughter became the 12th mayor in Louisiana since 1966 to be recalled Saturday night when 57 percent of voters here voted to kick her out of office.
Slaughter was mayor less than a year. But, the months of her leadership have been contentious.
In February,... more »
November 16, 2013 8:04 PM
PORT ALLEN- The first round of results of the recall election involving this city's mayor show early voters want Deedy Slaughter out.
Voting for the recall were 1,094 registered voters. Voting against the recall were 548 against.
A total of 1,642 voters voted early, a town record. That... more »
November 16, 2013 6:40 PM
PORT ALLEN- Voters will have to return to the polls to elect a mayor, since most registered voters here decided to recall Deedy Slaughter.
Saturday's vote ends an eleven month ordeal that began when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered the mayor used taxpayer money to attend the... more »
November 16, 2013 5:08 PM
PORT ALLEN- Supporters of Mayor Deedy Slaughter walked door to door Saturday clutching pieces of paper trying to get people out of their houses and to the polls. Meanwhile, people against the Mayor were also out in full force trying to get every last vote to try to change what... more »
November 14, 2013 5:06 PM
PORT ALLEN - Budget concerns in Port Allen continue, but firefighters can breathe a sigh of relief. They will get paid, despite the city not having a budget.
Mayor Deedy Slaughter vetoed the city's budget last week after a squabble with council members. The council has been operating on... more »
November 13, 2013 10:20 PM
PORT ALLEN - A bus crash that sent 21 kids to the hospital is changing policy in West Baton Rouge Parish.
The school district outsources the bus system to First Student, a company entrenched in controversy after a driver with a history of wrecks crashed again. First Student blames... more »
November 13, 2013 9:41 PM
PORT ALLEN - Voters in Port Allen will head to the polls this weekend without a 2013-2014 city budget. Mayor Deedy Slaughter vetoed the budget Nov. 4 after some council members added an amendment that left out items the mayor wanted.
Wednesday night, the council met to consider overriding... more »
November 13, 2013 4:05 PM
PORT ALLEN - With just three days before voters in Port Allen will head to the polls for the first recall election in West Baton Rouge Parish history, some voters are still undecided about how they'll vote.
The city has been divided since News 2 began investigating Mayor Deedy... more »
November 8, 2013 10:26 PM
PORT ALLEN- Early voting ends Saturday in the recall election of the town's mayor.
Since voting began a week ago, more than a third of eligible voters cast a ballot early. Election leaders said the number of early voters in the town for this item is a record.
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November 7, 2013 10:26 PM
PORT ALLEN - A city official says a man has been squatting in a house for nine years.
The house, located on the 100 block of Atchafalaya St., has been without utilities since Sept. 2006. There is no running water, no lights and the roof of the home is... more »
November 7, 2013 11:14 AM
BATON ROUGE - Saturday, November 9, is the last day for early voting in the November 16 election.
There are a number of municipal elections and the runoff for Congress in the 5th district on the ballot.
Early voting is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily... more »
November 5, 2013 12:18 PM
PORT ALLEN - Early voting in the recall election of Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter continues to be high.
West Baton Rouge Parish registrar Staci Ryan says 884 people have voted as of 10:30 this morning.
Early voting set a one day record on Saturday with 618 votes... more »
November 4, 2013 9:13 PM
PORT ALLEN - The recall election of Mayor Deedy Slaughter is bringing out early voters in record numbers.
There are 4055 registered voters in Port Allen. In two days, 853 of them have cast their ballots early; more than 200 did it Monday. The 21% turnout just for early... more »
November 4, 2013 12:10 PM
PORT ALLEN - Early voting numbers in West Baton Rouge Parish set a one-day record Saturday.
Registrar Stacy Ryan says 618 people voted in person for the Port Allen mayor recall election, with another 31 ballots sent in by mail.
Ryan said that's 16 percent of the registered... more »
October 31, 2013 4:08 PM
PORT ALLEN - Nearly a dozen families are homeless after their apartment complex went up in flames overnight.
The fire broke out late Wednesday night in the 800 block of Avenue A in Port Allen. Firefighters believe a grease fire started on a stove in a bottom unit before... more »
October 31, 2013 7:19 AM
PORT ALLEN - Local firefighters spent the night putting out a massive fire at an apartment complex in West Baton Rouge Parish.
It happened late Wednesday in the 800 block of Avenue A in Port Allen.
Parish fire officials believe the fire started on a stove in a... more »
October 30, 2013 5:37 PM
PORT ALLEN - The former payroll clerk for Port Allen took the city to court today over vacation pay and the timing of when it was paid.
Robin Ackerman quit in August, after she said she'd had enough.
"Despite numerous demands, the mayor did not comply timely with... more »
October 23, 2013 10:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council voted to pass a 2013-2014 city budget they've been waiting on for almost four months.
But Mayor Deedy Slaughter said Wednesday if the budget was passed with an amendment, she would veto the legislation.
Slaughter said she received an amendment... more »
October 20, 2013 2:27 PM
PORT ALLEN- Firefighters from five different agencies worked for nearly five hours to extinguish a massive two alarm fire at Krawdaddys on LA-415 this afternoon.
The fire broke out just after noon at 1680 Lobdell Highway. Fire investigators said the fire started in the kitchen and quickly got out... more »
October 16, 2013 5:35 PM
PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge School District is trying to stop bullying before it becomes a bigger issue.
"I think the first thing to do is take every claim seriously. Whether it turns out to be bullying or not, it won't be through a lack of investigating... more »
October 9, 2013 10:35 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the Port Allen City Council met Wednesday night to discuss matters focusing on a new city budget.
The $9.7 million budget is mimicked from a prior version written by the mayor. Changes made include adjustments to budgeting for capitol outlay, drainage and... more »
October 9, 2013 7:36 AM
PORT ALLEN - City leaders in Port Allen expect to hear from the public Wednesday night during their council meeting on the proposed 2013-2014 budget.
The city has operated on last year's budget since the fiscal year ended in June.
Last week, council members voiced their concerns over... more »
October 3, 2013 3:32 PM
PORT ALLEN - Seniors in Port Allen are hoping the government shutdown won't lead to a cut in meals they get from senior centers.
The Capital Area Agency on Aging feeds seniors daily balanced meals in 10 parishes around Baton Rouge. They also provide transportation to meal sites and... more »
October 2, 2013 9:34 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter lent a listening ear to the Port Allen City Council, who brought forth questions and concerns about the 2013-2014 budget.
Wednesday night, the mayor spoke very little about the budget, but said there will be more discussion next week.
Mayor Slaughter introduced... more »
September 23, 2013 5:15 PM
PORT ALLEN - Some residents in Port Allen are frustrated over eyesores that are beginning to build up in their neighborhoods.
According to city leaders, at least seven blighted properties in Port Allen are in various states of decomposition, because the city can't press forward with demolition due to... more »
September 20, 2013 6:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor Deedy Slaughter used her veto power to strike down a ordinance passed by the city council last month that could affect some of the higher-paid city employees, and the Mayor's own $20,000 pay raise.
At the center of the ongoing fight between Slaughter and some... more »
September 12, 2013 10:26 PM
PORT ALLEN - They're creepy crawlers that won't take a break, and the fight to keep them away, is becoming costly.
Crazy ants, formally called, "Nylanderia fulva" have spread from Texas to Louisiana and they keep moving. They have now caused problems in Mississippi and Florida. They don't bite,... more »
September 11, 2013 9:51 PM
PORT ALLEN - City business was taken care of Wednesday night, with an agenda containing salary talks and Port Allen's budget.
Before diving into the agenda, Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the council went behind closed doors into an executive session to discuss three separate lawsuits involving the City of... more »
September 11, 2013 11:46 AM
PORT ALLEN - City officials said a bench trial involving Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter and Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain has been continued in hopes the two sides can come to an agreement outside the courtroom.
Judge Alvin Batiste delayed the trial from Sept. 19 and 20 to... more »
September 9, 2013 10:27 PM
PORT ALLEN - Some in Port Allen say they have had enough and want a mayor who's not cloaked in controversy.
"It's very embarrassing," lifelong resident Walt Braud said. "I've gone down as far as Houma, Louisiana, and people have heard about Port Allen and just that we are... more »
September 9, 2013 5:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for Governor Bobby Jindal said today they asked for an Attorney General's opinion over the certified petition to recall Port Allen's mayor.
Sean Lansing said they would ask the AG Buddy Caldwell's office to render an opinion on the validity of the signatures.
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September 9, 2013 11:53 AM
PORT ALLEN - Election officials said they'll have an announcement Monday afternoon about the recently-submitted petition to recall Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Organizers of the petition turned in their collected signatures last week to the Registrar of Voters in West Baton Rouge Parish. It was the first time... more »
September 9, 2013 9:40 AM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan turned in names to Governor Jindal today certifying signatures for a recall election for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
More than 1,400 names were turned in last Tuesday. Over the course of the week, Ryan had help... more »
September 4, 2013 11:13 AM
PORT ALLEN - Citizens of Port Allen filed a petition to recall a member of the city council today, one day after signatures to recall the city's mayor were filed with the state.
Today's petition seeks the recall of R. J. Loupe, an at-large council member who also served... more »
September 3, 2013 8:28 AM
PORT ALLEN - For the first time in West Baton Rouge Parish history, a petition to recall an elected official was turned in Tuesday morning to the Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan. The petition targets Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Deloris Kibby and Millie Jackson are the chairwomen of... more »
August 29, 2013 10:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - The high school football season finally kicked off Thursday night with several area schools enjoying an early start to the jamborees.
Port Allen took care of Albany 12-6 and Dutchtown blanked Walker 14-0.
For more from the Jamborees, tune in to the High School Blitz... more »
August 28, 2013 4:48 PM
PORT ALLEN - The ongoing legal drama involving the mayor of Port Allen came to a head in a West Baton Rouge Parish courtroom today.
Judge Alvin Batiste told attorneys for both sides the court will not function as a "manager" for the city of Port Allen.
A... more »
August 28, 2013 11:56 AM
PORT ALLEN - People in Port Allen are one step closer to a possible recall election against Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
This morning, a letter was hand delivered to the Registrar of Voter's Office indicating intent for a recall election. The Mayor was also sent a certified copy of the... more »
August 26, 2013 4:23 PM
PORT ALLEN - Three days after two longtime Port Allen City employees called it quits, elected officials are beginning to sign the recall petition against Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Administrative Assistant Melita Rasberry and Payroll Clerk Robin Ackerman walked off their jobs Friday. Since April, five employees have... more »
August 26, 2013 11:44 AM
MARKSVILLE - A Port Allen man is in custody in Avoyelles Parish after he allegedly tried to run over sheriff's deputies and then led officers on a vehicle chase that went through two parishes. The Town Talk reports 45-year-old Kenneth Adams was arrested early Friday in Point Coupee Parish after... more »
August 19, 2013 10:20 PM
PORT ALLEN - Insurance for a new city fire rescue truck has officially been paid.
Port Allen's insurance provider confirms it received a check for $2,383 Monday. The bill has been paid in full.
The truck has been stored at Station 1 since it was delivered last week.... more »
August 14, 2013 10:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - Table talk got heated as frustrated council members and taxpayers discussed the city's finances.
"Nothing gets done," said Councilman R.J. Loupe, Jr. "The judge orders and it still doesn't get done. Now you tell me what's right and what's wrong."
Leaders moved to introduce an... more »
August 13, 2013 10:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - Fire fighters at Fire Station 1 in Port Allen welcomed a new Ferrara fire truck to their fleet Tuesday morning.
But, it was not met without controversy. For hours after its arrival, there was no money to pay the insurance on the truck, so it was... more »
August 12, 2013 2:58 PM
PORT ALLEN - The state Department of Environmental Quality said a leak at a chemical plant in West Baton Rouge has been stopped by emergency crews, and a recommendation for people in downtown Baton Rouge to shelter in place was lifted.
The leak at ITC on River Road in... more »
August 7, 2013 10:27 PM
PORT ALLEN - Money talk in Port Allen made circles around the council and mayor, as they work to come to an agreement on drafting an ordinance about salaries.
"So from this point on there won't be any question as to what that is," said councilman Garry Hubble.
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July 31, 2013 4:31 PM
PORT ALLEN- Judge Alvin Batiste ruled today that Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter will go to trial for a lawsuit filed against her by Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain.
In court, Slaughter's attorneys filed a motion to have McCain's entire lawsuit tossed out. Judge Batiste ruled there was enough... more »
July 31, 2013 11:58 AM
PORT ALLEN - Family members identified the boy who drowned at the Cajun Lagoon water park as 14-year-old Nick Kissner of Port Allen.
His father John Kissner told News 2 he was outraged lifeguards didn't notice sooner that his son, whom he said could swim, was in trouble in... more »
July 31, 2013 10:34 AM
PORT ALLEN - A judge ordered Mayor Deedy Slaughter to stand trial over accusations she continued to interfere with the work of Port Allen's chief financial officer after being specifically ordered not to.
Judge Alvin Batiste said despite arguments by the mayor's attorneys there were enough issues of material... more »
July 16, 2013 11:10 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Republican Party has a new member in the Louisiana State Senate: Rick Ward, a first term lawmaker from Port Allen. Ward's defection from the Democratic Party was announced Tuesday by the state Republican Party. The secretary of state's office confirmed Ward filed party change paperwork in... more »
July 10, 2013 10:29 PM
PORT ALLEN- The mayor did not get an ordinance introduced to set her pay at $85,000 at the city council meeting Wednesday night.
Deedy Slaughter wants to be paid $20,000 more than what the council adjusted the mayor's salary to be prior to her becoming mayor. Then, the council... more »
July 9, 2013 11:02 PM
PORT ALLEN- The mayor's pay will likely be discussed at a town council meeting Wednesday evening, since it is on the agenda.
An ordinance is expected to be introduced to set Mayor Deedy Slaughter's salary at about $85,000. She is currently collecting that amount despite that the council reduced... more »
July 3, 2013 10:54 PM
PORT ALLEN- Mayor Deedy Slaughter was all smiles at a town council committee meeting Wednesday night.
It was her first appearance heading a city meeting since a judge ruled, in many ways, in her favor a day earlier. Although she was smiling, she did not want to talk about... more »
July 2, 2013 5:18 PM
PORT ALLEN - A judge denied a mistrial request by the attorney for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter in today's hearing over a lawsuit filed by three city council members.
Ron Johnson made the motion after the judge signed an order requiring Slaughter stop interfering with Chief Financial Officer... more »