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  • Treasurer accused of showboating for going after non-profit

    November 20, 2013 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In a fiery letter to State Treasurer John Kennedy, an attorney for a non profit that has received state money, accuses him of showboating and using his political power for personal gain. Mary Olive Pierson, writing on behalf of the Colomb Foundation and its director Sterling Colomb,... more »
  • School memo promotes do-overs on tests Play Video

    November 20, 2013 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new policy endorsed by the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Central Office grants students at certain schools the right to re-do assignments and re-take tests regardless of their grade. Belaire and Tara High Schools were the first to roll out the new policy defining... more »
  • Baton Rouge house fire caused by space heater

    October 24, 2013 2:14 PM

    Baton Rouge- A space heater is being blamed for a house fire in Baton Rouge. It happened around noon Thursday in the 2500 block of Madison. Fire investigators say the heater was placed too close to furniture in the living room. The house was engulfed in flames... more »
  • Surplus auction revenue tops $1 million for BR

    September 30, 2013 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish government in Baton Rouge has hit the million dollar mark in selling off surplus items online. Over the past 18 months the city-parish has sold vehicles, electronics, office equipment and much more for $1,168,290.42 in non-tax revenue. The online surplus auctions started last Spring... more »
  • Proposed city in EBR explains funding Play Video

    September 24, 2013 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the proposed City of St. George said taxpayers living within the boundaries account for 2/3 of the East Baton Rouge Parish tax base yet receive only 1/3 of the benefits. Multiple petitions are circulating to incorporate the south eastern part of the parish .... more »
  • Coroner calls for tougher laws against heroin Play Video

    September 17, 2013 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Twice as many people have overdosed on heroin this year compared to last according to East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark. He recently met with legislators to discuss increasing the prison sentence for offenders caught selling heroin. "What the legislature would consider is... more »
  • Signatures certified for recall election of Port Allen Mayor

    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 »
  • Planned new city in EBR gets a name

    September 5, 2013 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Organizers of a breakaway school system in East Baton Rouge Parish have started focusing on creating a new town, and apparently have settled on a name. The group said it is considering "The City of St. George" for the area in unincorporated East Baton Rouge Parish. They... more »
  • Some nonprofits don't comply with records request

    September 4, 2013 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As many as 27 nonprofit organizations have failed to report financial documents to the treasurer, weeks after the documents were requested. Auditors have requested the information so they can see how non-governmental organizations are spending tax-payer money, given to them by state lawmakers during legislative sessions. ... more »
  • Boil advisory lifted in WBR

    September 4, 2013 11:47 AM

    WEST BATON ROUGE - A boil advisory in parts of West Baton Rouge parish has been lifted. The advisory was put into place Sunday after a mechanical failure in the parish's water supply system. Water samples were taken and tested yesterday and the results came back normal. more »
  • DA to consider adult murder charge for 16-year-old Play Video

    August 30, 2013 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - District Attorney Hillar Moore said he will strongly consider prosecuting a 16-year-old in adult court for the murder of another teen. Baton Rouge Police arrested the juvenile Thursday charging him with second degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. He was booked into juvenile detention.... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Final notices sent to nonprofits tied to state senator Play Video

    August 29, 2013 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, connected to State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb have until Wednesday to report how they spent hundreds of thousands of state tax dollars. State Treasurer John Kennedy compiled a list of 34 nonprofits. Fifteen of those are not in compliance with the treasurer's... more »
  • Police looking for Auto Zone burglar

    August 20, 2013 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police released a security photo of a man they said broke into a Baton Rouge auto parts store and stole several items. Cpl. Don Coppola said it happened around 2 a.m. Aug. 3 at the Auto Zone on Florida Boulevard. He said the burglar busted out... more »
  • School zones resume Monday in Baton Rouge

    August 9, 2013 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - School zones will be in effect across Baton Rouge and strictly enforced starting Monday morning. School crossing guards will be out early in the morning and motorists are urged to exercise caution around schools and bus stops. 20 mph school zones will be in effect... more »
  • Baton Rouge house fire under investigation

    August 8, 2013 2:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators are looking into what started an early morning house fire in Baton Rouge. It happened around 6 a.m. in the 7000 block of Calumet. The fire started in one of the home's bedrooms, and extended into the attic. Investigators said they're still looking into... more »
  • White: Continue some sort of student testing

    July 26, 2013 9:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- While the high-stakes test called LEAP ends next year, state Superintendent of Education John White says some sort of measuring stick will likely remain for future students in key grades. White said Thursday what any such replacement will look like and other details will start being discussed by... more »
  • New security measures at City Hall Play Video

    July 18, 2013 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four security doors were recently installed on the third floor of City Hall. Metro Councilman John Delgado requested them after reports of people walking freely into personal council offices during meetings. "This is a public building. We want to make it accessible to people, but... more »
  • Proposed EBR city entertaining potential names Play Video

    June 25, 2013 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - During an East Baton Rouge Parish Chamber of Commerce meeting, supporters of incorporating southeast Baton Rouge discussed names like "Highlands" and "Village of St. George," but the ultimate decision would be voted on by those living in the proposed boundaries. Organizers haven't determined what the boundaries... 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 »
  • Council backs deal to buy old hospital for $11 million

    May 22, 2013 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a plan to buy the old Woman's Hospital on Airline Highway and turn it into a public safety complex. Wednesday, Metro Council voted to spend $11 million on the facility, which will include purchasing the buildings and improvements. Mayor-President Kip Holden has called... more »
  • BRPD: FBI asked to investigate possible hate crime Play Video

    May 14, 2013 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two days after an attack described by its victims as racially-charged, police investigators asked the FBI to investigate possible federal hate crime charges. Police said the white victims were both knocked unconscious as they were pumping gas Sunday evening at a station on the corner of... more »
  • House to take up budget compromise Friday

    May 10, 2013 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Building blocks for a $24.7 billion budget compromise have easily cleared the House, paving the way for debate on the spending plans for next year. Lawmakers overwhelmingly Friday supported proposals to trim tax breaks for big box retailers, the film industry and the oil and gas industry.... more »
  • Video: School bus fight has driver in trouble Play Video

    May 6, 2013 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A video obtained by News 2 shows two teen girls fighting while the rest of the students watched, and the bus driver did nothing. The parents of one of the girls is outraged and said in an email, "I am furious and concerned that our children... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Top Ticket Violators

    May 2, 2013 7:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Parish Attorney's Office partnered with the City Clerk of Court will now withhold state income tax returns from people with outstanding parking tickets. Weekly, city court judges sign more than 200 money judgments allowing tax returns to be seized to pay off what's owed. ... more »
  • Future headquarters of EBRSO uncertain Play Video

    May 2, 2013 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said it would be up to the Metro Council to decide the location of its headquarters. EBRSO was slated to move into a facility at the airport in October. Moving day was then pushed to January... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Top Ticket Violators Play Video

    May 1, 2013 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The top ten parking ticket violators from 2012 account for 291 tickets, and most of those haven't been paid. More than 3,000 people were cited for a parking violation last year and 5,079 tickets were outstanding as of March when the city provided News 2 the... more »
  • Slain suspect had violent history with cops Play Video

    April 9, 2013 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Criminal records showed a man who was shot and killed by Baton Rouge Police after he stabbed two officers had a history of violent run-ins with the law. Bradford Louis Etheredge, 37, was shot and killed after stabbing officer Brian Strong, 29, and Corporal Donald Johnson,... more »
  • Roadway changes proposed for Airline Hwy Play Video

    April 5, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At the top of the The Capital Region Legislative Delegation's agenda is a study to improve Airline Highway. On their Facebook page , legislators outlined plans to study turning Airline into a corridor of a regional freeway system. "The new interstate-style roadway would link I-10... more »
  • ExxonMobil grant to aid Baton Rouge education

    April 5, 2013 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- ExxonMobil has announced a new $450,000 grant focusing on improving science instruction in schools across north Baton Rouge. Representatives made the announcement Friday at the library of Scotlandville High School The money will be divided among three organizations over three years: $75,000 will go each year to... more »
  • Detective accused of warrant shopping

    April 3, 2013 6:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White's Attorney Jill Craft accused Detective Cleveland "Mack" Thomas of shopping around, going judge to judge to obtain a search warrant to investigate her client. Police executed that warrant last week after a court commissioner, Nicole Robinson, finally signed it.... more »
  • School system unaware of who's driving buses Play Video

    March 13, 2013 5:43 PM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge School leaders have no record of who's driving the buses within the parish, leaving many parents concerned. Superintendent David Corona said if he wanted or needed those records, they could be made available to him. "I'm comfortable the organization we contract with... more »
  • Police: 7 prostitutes, one pimp arrested in sting Play Video

    March 7, 2013 4:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police picked up more than a half-dozen suspected prostitutes in Baton Rouge this morning, but people who live near their stomping grounds believe they'll be back. Baton Rouge Police arrested the following early Tuesday morning charged with prostitution: Gloria Simmons, 45, Iroquois St.,... more »
  • Parents furious over makeshift bus transfer Play Video

    February 27, 2013 6:44 PM

    ADDIS - Nearly 200 parents in West Baton Rouge Parish have signed a petition asking the school board to get rid of "First Student," the private bus company outsourced years ago to provide cheaper school transit for the parish. A video was sent to News 2 that shows dozens... more »
  • DEQ searches for mystery smell in EBR

    February 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Department of Environmental Quality officials say they can't find the source of a strange chemical odor in the Scotlandville area of East Baton Rouge Parish. The smell prompted evacuations Friday at Crestworth Learning Academy, Crestworth Elementary School and J.K. Haynes Elementary Charter School. DEQ officials... more »
  • Shooting suspect turns himself in to BRPD

    January 18, 2013 2:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE -  A man wanted for shooting two teens in Baton Rouge, is now behind bars. Deaundre Williams turned himself in to police today. Williams is accused of shooting a 15 year-old juvenile and a 19 year-old man just outside of a home in the 1800 block... more »
  • Arrest made in deadly overnight stabbing

    January 11, 2013 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man in connection with a deadly stabbing Thursday night in Baton Rouge. Police say about 9:50 p.m. Jerome Mellion, 51, stabbed his former girlfriend Wanda Ortiz, 48, in the 3200 block of Plank Road. Mellion is also accused of stabbing a man... more »
  • Council backs deal to turn old hospital into crime-fighting headquarters

    January 9, 2013 9:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a deal to buy part of a vacant hospital and convert it into a crime-fighting compound. Wednesday, the Metro Council green-lighted the deal to purchase buildings on the former Woman's Hospital campus on Airline Highway. The hospital moved to a new location in 2012.... more »
  • BRPD officer clings to car as suspect drives off Play Video

    January 8, 2013 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge Police officer is recovering after he was dragged down O'Neal Lane as he tried to stop a suspect from fleeing. The officer noticed a suspicious car parked behind a bank on O'Neal. He followed the suspect to a nearby gas station to question... more »
  • Assault rifle, other weapons stolen from LPSO Deputy Play Video

    January 4, 2013 6:29 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Detectives are trying to track down multiple weapons, including a police issued AR-15 fully automatic assault rifle, which were stolen from a deputy's unit Wednesday morning. News 2 has learned a Baton Rouge Police unit was robbed as well. Both thefts happened in Walker. The Sheriff's... more »
  • Man loses hand from New Year's explosion Play Video

    January 2, 2013 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three people were injured when a pipe loaded with gun powder exploded on New Year's Day around 1:20 a.m. It happened at 9283 Highland Rd. after a firework display during a New Years party. According to the police report, 27-year-old Jesse Jenkins and 34-year-old Mike... more »
  • Baton Rouge getting bike friendly

    December 31, 2012 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Bike lanes, paths and shared-use roads have almost tripled in East Baton Rouge Parish since 2009. In 2009, Amanda LaGrange, a grants coordinator in the Mayor's Office overseeing the bike program, tells The Advocate there were only 23 miles of bike routes, and now there are 68... more »
  • 33 graduate to Baton Rouge police force

    December 23, 2012 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department graduated 33 trainees this week in ceremonies held at Baton Rouge Community College. The cadets completed the department's training academy, which began in late July. In a speech to the new officers, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden highlighted the importance of first... more »
  • School security to be scrutinized in West B.R.

    December 22, 2012 10:57 AM

    PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish School Board will take up in-depth discussion of school security in January. The Advocate reports the goal is to improve security measures at public schools in the parish. School security has become a hot-button issue nationwide after shootings at an... more »
  • BRPD plan sobriety checkpoint

    December 21, 2012 12:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said they plan to conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the city limits of Baton Rouge Saturday. The specific time and locations will not be announced in advance. This is a weather-permitting event, according to BRPD. more »
  • BRPD sobriety checkpoint results in 5 arrests

    December 17, 2012 2:33 PM

    Baton Rouge- The Baton Rouge Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night in the 1800 block of Kenilworth Parkway. A total of 313 vehicles were screened. In all, 13 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were administered, resulting in 5 DWI arrests. Officers also issued 6 traffic citations... more »
  • Unclear if EBRSO will move into proposed law enforcement complex Play Video

    December 10, 2012 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Less than a week after the city-parish announced plans to buy the old Woman's Hospital Campus on Airline Highway and turn it into a law enforcement headquarters and training complex, it's unclear if the Sheriff's Office is on board. Mayor Kip Holden envisions the Woman's Hospital... more »
  • Property owners shell out hundreds more for CATS Play Video

    December 6, 2012 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Property tax assessments are going out in East Baton Rouge Parish, and owners living in the city limits of Baker and Baton Rouge can expect much larger overall contributions compared to years past. To see what you owe, click here . In the Riverbend neighborhood... more »
  • City-parish in talks to acquire old Woman's Hospital Play Video

    December 3, 2012 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The exact terms of the deal aren't yet public, but News 2 has learned the East Baton Rouge city-parish wants to buy the former Woman's Hospital campus and use it for a law enforcement complex, including a new headquarters for Baton Rouge Police. During a budget... more »
  • Former truancy center making a difference in more than just kids' lives Play Video

    November 14, 2012 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Since officially opening in September, the Family and Youth Service Center deals with more than just kids skipping school. Formerly called the East Baton Rouge Parish Truancy Center, FYSC welcomes parents and provides a link with law enforcement. Dozens of parents attend classes and meet... more »
  • Authorities get crime-fighting tips from Wisconsin Play Video

    October 22, 2012 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore welcomed a team from Wisconsin to explain how they have managed to decrease their homicide rate by 50 percent in crime-ridden areas. Investigators from all local agencies listened as Dr. Mallory O'Brien explained how their system works. ... more »
  • NOLA Media to expand in Baton Rouge

    September 21, 2012 2:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The parent company of The Times-Picayune and the NOLA.com website says it is expanding operations in Baton Rouge. NOLA Media Group said it will offer a customized Baton Rouge version of the NOLA.com website. It also says targeted home delivery of the print editions of The Times-Picayune will... more »
  • Tougher road ahead for minors caught drinking Play Video

    September 20, 2012 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge prosecutor's office now offers a new pre-trial intervention program for minors caught in possession of alcohol. The $750, four-month program is intended for first-time offenders who face Minor In Possession charges. The misdemeanor MIP will be expunged once minors complete the steps. ... more »
  • DSNAP approved for East Baton Rouge Parish

    September 20, 2012 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service has approved the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) for East Baton Rouge Parish. The program will begin on Monday. DCFS Secretary Suzy... more »
  • Suspect wanted for murder in Baton Rouge

    September 7, 2012 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police issued an arrest warrant fo 32-year-old Jermaine Williams today. Williams is accused of shooting and killing David Atkins, as Atkins walked on the sidewalk in the 2700 block of Appleton Street on September 5. Williams is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone... more »
  • Family of shooting victim considers retaliation Play Video

    August 21, 2012 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hours after the murder of one of their relatives, family members of 36-year-old Deon Kinchen chased a group of men they believed to be the shooters. Kinchen was found shot dead in a parking lot at the corner of Convention Street and North 12th around 1:30am... more »
  • Victim identified in Curtis Street shooting

    August 17, 2012 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police have identified the victim in shooting on Curtis Street last night. Cpl. L'Jean Mckneely said Ty Porter, 18, was found shot multiple times in a driveway just before midnight Thursday in the 1800 block of Curtis St. The shooting is still under... more »
  • EBRSO looking for Craig's List cell phone thief

    August 10, 2012 2:42 PM

    Baton Rouge- East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's detectives are looking for a man wanted for stealing cell phones from various victims solicited on Craig's List. Detectives say 21 year-old David Mattox arranged to meet the victims in public, and asks to inspect the phones before purchasing them. Then... more »
  • Woman hides in bathroom while home is robbed Play Video

    August 2, 2012 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police spent the afternoon searching for two men who broke into a home in the Worthington Estates subdivision. A woman who lived there said she was taking a nap when someone knocked on the front door, but by the time she got up to check it,... more »
  • DA's Office recuses itself from manslaughter case Play Video

    July 25, 2012 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man from Mandeville and charged him with manslaughter after a fight in Baton Rouge where the victim later died. Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said Baton Rouge Police arrested Jeryet Bourg, 26, in suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the death of Christopher Dimattia, 36,... more »
  • BRPD seeking witness in Harco double murder Play Video

    July 10, 2012 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police are trying to track down an anonymous witness who may have more information about a double murder. A neighbor found 28-year-old Joshua Moore and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Colamecia McQuirter, shot dead in their apartment around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday. Baton Rouge Police Cpl.... more »
  • Baton Rouge couple escapes alligators after boat sinks

    June 25, 2012 2:49 PM

    PIERRE PART - A Baton Rouge couple whose boat sank this weekend in Lake Verrett spent hours up a tree to avoid alligators, until they were rescued by sheriff's deputies. The couple were found early Monday morning by Assumption Parish Sheriff's deputies. They were 15 feet up a cypress... more »
  • Baton Rouge Police investigating grocery store robbery

    June 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    Baton Rouge Police are on the lookout for a man accused of robbing a grocery store. Police say the suspect walked into Adams Grocery in the 1400 block of North Acadian around 8:30 this morning with a handgun, demanding money. Anyone with any information on this robbery, is... more »
  • Copper thieves target church again Play Video

    June 11, 2012 5:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Faith, Hope and Love Worship Center is down to its last air conditioning unit after copper thieves broke in over the weekend. This is third time the church has been robbed in less than a year. Last summer, Bishop Ronald Hardy had to replace AC... more »
  • Developer has plans for Baton Rouge site

    June 10, 2012 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A developer hopes to turn a 10-acre site into a recreation-centered town home complex, with volleyball courts, a sports cafe and retail shops. Chris Shaheen said his company, Shaheen Real Estate Development, has applied for a zoning change for the property. The development, called The Oasis, would... more »
  • BR General offering free skin cancer screenings Play Video

    June 6, 2012 9:37 AM

    Baton Rouge General's Pennington Cancer Center is sponsoring a free skin cancer screening tomorrow at the Bluebonnet campus. Doctors will be conducting skin screenings and information on sun safety will also be provided. Registration is required. Call 763-4281 to make an appointment or visit http://www.brgeneral.org for more... more »
  • Breakaway school district fails to clear the legislature Play Video

    June 1, 2012 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The plan to carve out a new school district out of the East Baton Rouge Parish School District failed for a second time in three days. In a 61-35 vote lawmakers decided not to send the final decision to statewide voters in November. Opponents of... more »
  • Pedestrian struck, killed in Baton Rouge

    May 31, 2012 3:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman has died after being struck by a car overnight. It happened around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 3900 block of Nicholson Drive. Officers arrived to find a woman lying unresponsive in the roadway. Officials say the driver of the vehicle was also... more »
  • Baton Rouge gets a sales tax bonus

    May 27, 2012 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Sales tax revenue for the first quarter of the year rose 7.5 percent over last year in East Baton Rouge Parish, suggesting the city-parish could end up with additional money above its budget for the year. Some council members are encouraging Mayor-President Kip Holden's administration to free money... more »
  • 1 dead in WBR gas station shooting, brother of murder suspect arrested

    May 27, 2012 11:02 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Another violent incident at a Port Allen gas station has left one person dead. It happened just before midnight Saturday at the Racetrac on La. 1, near the scene of a deadly shooting two weeks ago that left a Brusly High School student dead. According... more »
  • One injured in WBR plant fire, authorities evacuate nearby homes Play Video

    May 21, 2012 10:52 AM

    PORT ALLEN - State Police shut down a section of highway in West Baton Rouge Parish after a chemical fire injured one at the facility Monday morning and began releaseing chemicals. Authorities say the plant Air Liquide at 7425 Hwy 190 West is on fire and releasing Acetylene. They... more »

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