April 17, 2014 9:09 AM
PORT ALLEN - Richard Lee was sworn in as the new mayor of Port Allen Tuesday. He joined us on 2une In Thursday to talk about his vision for the future of the city.
Lee's swearing in signals the end of nearly a year of constant fighting and scandal... more »
April 15, 2014 11:52 PM
PORT ALLEN- The city's newest mayor was sworn in Tuesday evening.
Richard Lee was elected in a special election earlier this month to fill Deedy Slaughter's term after she was recalled at the end of 2013. Slaughter ran for the seat and lost to Lee.
Lee took the... more »
April 9, 2014 10:23 PM
PORT ALLEN- Fences are on the mend here, just days after voters elected a new mayor and ended a more than year-long ordeal that centered around the actions of the town's former mayor.
The city council and Richard Lee, the newly-elected mayor, are meeting and talking about how to... more »
April 5, 2014 8:42 PM
PORT ALLEN- Former mayor Deedy Slaughter said her loss Saturday night is part of life, and she will move on after defeat.
"I am not disappointed at all," Slaughter told WBRZ News 2. "When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. So, we are going to continue to press... more »
April 5, 2014 5:20 PM
PORT ALLEN- More than a third of registered voters have cast a ballot early, and voting precincts were busy with voters casting ballots in the race for mayor.
Former mayor Deedy Slaughter is fighting to get her job back, after she was recalled in November by 57 percent of... more »
April 3, 2014 4:42 PM
PORT ALLEN - In two days, registered voters in Port Allen will head to the polls for a historic special election to elect a new mayor.
Parish election officials spent Thursday sealing voting machines for the election.
Four candidates are vying for the top spot: Kirby Anderson, Larry... more »
March 31, 2014 5:28 PM
PORT ALLEN, La. - The investigation into possible voter fraud is expanding in Port Allen as more mail-in ballots are being scrutinized by the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
Early voting is closed and the numbers show a high turn out for the mayoral election, with 1,410 votes... more »
March 28, 2014 10:36 PM
PORT ALLEN - An investigation involving voter fraud in Port Allen has roped in the District Attorney's Office, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office.
The Sheriff's Office told News Two, hundreds of people faxed a request to vote for Port Allen mayor... more »
March 28, 2014 4:44 PM
PORT ALLEN- Less than a week before voters head to the polls to elect a Mayor in Port Allen, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office have launched an investigation into possible voter fraud, WBRZ News 2 Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto has learned.
... more »
March 14, 2014 5:52 PM
PORT ALLEN - Mayoral candidate Larry Bell is out of jail after he was arrested for one count of animal cruelty recently.
Four of Larry Bell's horses were taken by West Baton Rouge Animal Control almost two weeks ago. Richard Summers with WBAC says this is an ongoing problem... more »
March 14, 2014 2:54 PM
PORT ALLEN- A candidate in the upcoming race for mayor of Port Allen, is out of jail this afternoon.
Larry Bell was arrested on an outstanding warrant, after being accused of mistreating animals.
Bell is among five candidates for mayor including Deedy Slaughter, who is fighting to get... more »
March 13, 2014 9:57 PM
PORT ALLEN- One of five people vying to be the city's next mayor was booked into jail on an outstanding warrant.
Larry Bell was arrested on a cruelty to animals charge by Port Allen Police. Details about the alleged crime were not released.
The mayoral election is set... more »
March 13, 2014 11:16 AM
PORT ALLEN - Sheriff's deputies said they arrested four people who broke into a Port Allen home Thursday morning, including one who fled and tried to blend into the crowd at a funeral.
Deputies arrested 18-year-old Dymarco Hills, 23-year-old Quindell Webb, 31-year-old Curtis Fisher, and 25-year-old Darius Barnes on... more »
March 12, 2014 10:32 PM
PORT ALLEN- City leaders made changes to how city government operates in the wake of a debacle involving former mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Wednesday night, the city council approved a clarification about who is a city department head. While she was mayor, Slaughter often debated with some members of the... more »
February 26, 2014 9:21 PM
ERWINVILLE- Firefighters spent the night extinguishing hot spots after a mobile home erupted into flames in West Baton Rouge Parish Wednesday evening.
Multiple fire departments were called to the scene on Tuscaloosa Avenue, off Bueche Road near Highway 190. People said the home burst into flames. Inside, were oxygen... more »
February 26, 2014 5:56 PM
PORT ALLEN - When the rain came down on 12th Street in Port Allen, raw sewage came up.
Carolyn Simmons said this is the third time in the past year she's found raw sewage at her house.
"It was bubbling up from the toilet and the bathtub but... more »
February 25, 2014 9:17 PM
PORT ALLEN - City leaders and a fast food company are at odds over human waste and chicken fat that is believed to be spewing out of a drain on the restaurant's property.
But, the Church's Chicken on N. Alexander in Port Allen said it is working to correct... more »
February 21, 2014 9:18 PM
PORT ALLEN - Next week, the city will spend money to rent equipment to clear clogged sewage lines.
"There is a giant amount of grease on 8th Street all the way down to Maryland Street," Port Allen Mayor Lynn Robertson said.
Businesses not cleaning their grease traps are... more »
February 17, 2014 4:09 PM
PORT ALLEN - An audit conducted on Port Allen's finances raised red flags surrounding issues that were taking place under recalled mayor Deedy Slaughter's watch.
The audit was released two days after she qualified to run for mayor for a second time. Voters recalled her in November by a... more »
February 14, 2014 10:29 PM
PORT ALLEN - Former mayor Deedy Slaughter filed campaign paperwork to run for mayor again, but refused to talk about her decision to WBRZ News 2 Friday, instead she called police when representatives of the station knocked on the door of her house.
Port Allen voters recalled Slaughter in... more »
February 14, 2014 2:38 PM
PORT ALLEN- Deedy Slaughter, the former controversial mayor of this West Baton Rouge town and the subject of a successful recall by city voters, has decided to run again for mayor.
According to the Secretary of State's online database, Slaughter filed documents Friday- Valentine's Day. It appears she'll campaign... more »
February 12, 2014 10:11 PM
PORT ALLEN - Council members in Port Allen voted on a new law Wednesday that will bring more transparency to city government.
The new ordinance requires two signatures on every check. Before, the city only required one signature and it was from the mayor. People say adding another name... more »
February 11, 2014 10:30 PM
PORT ALLEN, BATON ROUGE - With boys basketball nearing the district tournament season, a pair of local teams picked up key district wins on Tuesday night.
At Port Allen, visiting U High knocked off the home team 86-83, keeping the Cubs in the district race.
Meanwhile, Dunham completed... more »
February 5, 2014 5:21 PM
PORT ALLEN - Port Allen council members plan to discuss two new ordinances that would add transparency with the future mayor of the city.
This comes after former mayor Dee Dee Slaughter was recalled in November.
Council members say they want clearer laws when it comes to city... more »
February 3, 2014 10:57 PM
PORT ALLEN- A former Baton Rouge Police officer wants to turn things around on the other side of the river.
Richard Lee said he will run to be mayor of Port Allen. Lee is a third generation resident of the city that has seen its share of controversy recently... more »
January 8, 2014 10:32 PM
PORT ALLEN - A unanimous vote adopted a 2013-2014 city operating budget Wednesday night in Port Allen, nearly six months after it was supposed to go into effect.
"It's a good feeling, everybody worked together to get this done," said appointed Mayor Lynn Robertson. "Of course, it's something that... more »
December 31, 2013 4:11 PM
PORT ALLEN- Some residents in West Baton Rouge Parish are frustrated over problems they've encountered recently with burning sugarcane.
Neighbors in the Roseland Trace Subdivision off Rosedale Road said it's the worst mess they've ever experienced.
"When this time comes, it gets annoying," Carey Denstel said.
Sugarcane... more »
December 30, 2013 8:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - Police are investigating a Sunday morning attack in what appears to a part of the 'knockout game' of assault, beatings where attackers walk up to strangers and cold-cock them.
A woman told officers in Port Allen that she was walking to get the morning paper at... more »
December 23, 2013 9:32 PM
PORT ALLEN- City leaders agreed on a spending plan to fund city services Monday, some six months after a budget should have been approved.
The interim mayor, who is at the helm of city hall until special elections in April and May since Deedy Slaughter was recalled, and the... more »
December 23, 2013 7:49 AM
PORT ALLEN - City Leaders in Port Allen will have one more shot to pass a budget before the calendar flips to 2014.
The City Council called a special meeting for Monday, to get a deal done. The budget is six months overdue, and the city is still operating... more »
December 22, 2013 8:17 PM
COLLEGE STATION, Tx - Texas A&M suspended standout freshman linebacker Darian Claiborne after he was arrested on two drug possession charges. Claiborne was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, according to the Brazos County Jail website. He... more »
December 17, 2013 9:46 PM
PORT ALLEN - An empty seat in Port Allen has been filled, for now. Gov. Bobby Jindal chose a former mayor of Port Allen to fill the vacated seat when Deedy Slaughter was recalled last month.
Marilynn "Lynn" Bergeron Robertson of Port Allen served as mayor from 1993 to... more »
December 11, 2013 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- A woman wanted in connection with a rape case involving a 12-year-old girl has been caught.
Deputies said Jessica Carr was arrested off Plank Road Wednesday.
"She was taken into custody without incident and booked," East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said.... more »
December 11, 2013 5:12 PM
PORT ALLEN - A fire at a motel is under investigation in Port Allen after it went up in flames overnight.
The fire happened around 2 a.m. at the Quality Inn and Suites on Lobdell Drive. It took multiple fire agencies including Baton Rouge Fire to put it out.... more »
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.
... more »
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.
... more »
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 »