November 26, 2014 8:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - The victim in a cold case murder will be the face of the Spanish Town Mardi Gras festivities next year.
Shelby Holmes was shot and killed a few blocks from his home in Old South Baton Rouge in October 2013. Wedneday, the Society for Preservation of... more »
November 21, 2014 10:28 PM
EDGARD - A football team playing in honor of its murdered coach was victorious Friday night.
Juan Joseph, 27, was killed at a Baton Rouge nightclub on Bennington Ave. last weekend. He was the quarterbacks coach for the West St. John Rams.
"It hurts it really hurts to... more »
November 20, 2014 10:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama's unprecedented executive order protecting five million illegal immigrants from deportation is being met with harsh criticism.
"This is an issue of the president going above and beyond the powers that he has granted to him by the constitution," Louisiana Republican Party spokesman Ben... more »
November 19, 2014 10:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - A fire that tore through a house on Plank Rd. Monday revealed fire code violations and forced even more people out of other homes.
"The law is very clear," Fire Marshal Butch Browning said.
Investigators found the two-story home was not properly permitted as commercial... more »
November 18, 2014 10:51 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - A report fom an internal investigation shows a cop caught sleeping on the job had three illegal steroids in his system, including one steroid meant for animal use only.
Denham Springs Police Sergeant Russell Munsell resigned amid an investigation into his suspected drug abuse. Chief Scott... more »
November 17, 2014 10:47 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - A sergeant has resigned after the News 2 Investigative Unit uncovered reports he was high on illegal prescription drugs while on the job.
Sergeant Russell Munsell is no longer with the Denham Springs Police Department, according to Chief Scott Jones.
The Denham Springs Civil Service... more »
November 14, 2014 9:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - A doctor with the Alabama crimson tide football team says he used makeshift items to stabilize an LSU officer after a crash Saturday night.
"His tibia was broken. It was through the skin and he had a broken leg above that so we stabilized it," Dr.... more »
November 13, 2014 10:16 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Thursday, the civil service commission met again to continue its discussion about the Denham Springs Police Department and heard from a lieutenant who said a toxicology report revealed one of his fellow officers was on prescription and illegal drugs while on duty.
Lt. Shannon Womack told... more »
November 10, 2014 10:53 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Monday, the civil service commission continued its investigation into the city's police department and heard from a detective on the force who said a fellow officer fell asleep at his desk while on drugs a year ago and reported the incident to superiors.
"One day (Sgt.... more »
November 7, 2014 9:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU fans despise Alabama.
The animosity toward the top Tiger turned traitor, Nick Saban, still stings in Tiger country and LSU fans are quick to tell you about it.
"LSU hates 'Bama," fan Sydney Fletcher said."No one cares about Alabama."
But while tiger fans... more »
November 6, 2014 11:21 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - At a city Civil Service Commission hearing Thursday, a Denham Springs police officer admitted that one of the department's sergeants was photographed sleeping at his desk .
The commission is investigating allegations that Sgt. Russell Munsell has a drug problem and complaints about his issues are... more »
November 5, 2014 10:32 PM
GONZALES - The mayor suggested a councilman should resign after a controversy involving politicking near voting precincts on election day.
Timothy Vessel was issued a misdemeanor summons for riding a tricycle around town and violating the 600 foot zone around voting precincts where politicking is not allowed.
"[He]... more »
November 3, 2014 10:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Winbourne Elementary students are learning to read music and play the piano in an effort to help them in other core classes.
The East Baton Rouge School District introduced the piano classes at the beginning of the school year.
"They were so excited about putting... more »
October 30, 2014 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Politicians are being warned and getting disqualified from running for office since they owe outstanding fines for ethics violations.
In the next few weeks, the Louisiana Attorney General will mail payment demand letters to 20 politicians in an effort to collect debts.
Four politicians are... more »
October 29, 2014 10:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - The money troubled USS Kidd is banking on its deep and sometimes dark history to target a broader audience.
Thursday night, the Kidd's crew will host its first official adults only Twilight Tour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The tour will focus on the ship's... more »
October 28, 2014 10:25 PM
BAYOU PIGEON - A bar owner faces charges after a patron was taken to the hospital and was placed on life support following an altercation inside his bar.
Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies said early Sunday, the woman was cut off from drinking at the Pigeon Coop bar and started... more »
October 24, 2014 9:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - A rivalry is renewed with the rebirth of the Ole Miss Rebel football team and their reference to tiger fans as corn dogs.
"All LSU fans smell like corn dogs," one Ole Miss fan named Mike said. Mike refused to give his entire name.
"I... more »
October 23, 2014 10:53 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - A fired police officer is using a picture of an officer with his eyes closed to continue his fight against the department he worked for until he was terminated.
Thursday, Denham Springs Police Chief Scott Jones confirmed the officer in the picture is sergeant Russell Munsell.... more »
October 21, 2014 4:02 PM
PORT ALLEN - A West Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy was fired following an internal investigation and a captain was demoted to lieutenant following a separate investigation.
Both incidents happened at the parish prison, according to Colonel Richie Johnson.
According to the sheriff's office, Sgt. Brent Ballard filed an... more »
October 20, 2014 9:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - A mother started planning her daughter's funeral on the 21-year-old's birthday Monday.
Taylor McGonigle, 21, died Sunday after being hit in the head by a column from a building in the French Quarter. Police said a drunk driver lost control and hit the column, causing it... more »
October 16, 2014 10:34 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - The Denham Springs Civil Service Commission voted to investigate the town's police department following allegations about misconduct made against the chief and two other officers.
Former officer, Jared Kreamer, accuses Chief Scott Jones, Captain Steve Kistler and Sergeant Russell Munzell of tampering with evidence and covering... more »
October 15, 2014 9:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Ebola scare has prompted precautionary measures from top state educators.
Wednesday, the State Department of Education along with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met with the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to introduce... more »
October 14, 2014 10:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - Someone poisoned nearly a hundred rats nesting between a fast food restaurant and a grocery store recently and whoever did it may be breaking the law.
"We don't use this bait; haven't for years," East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control Assistant Director Randy Vaeth... more »
October 13, 2014 10:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tuesday makes a week since Dennis Shampine, 33, began his most recent run from the law that's taken him to a wooded area along the Amite and Comite rivers.
Authorities believe Shampine is somehow surviving in more than 500 acres of swamp and worry what will... more »
October 10, 2014 9:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities told WBRZ News 2 Friday, they are wrapping up a year-long investigation into a group of men breaking into pharmacies with sledgehammers and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of prescription drugs.
Shortly before realising details of the investigation, Baton Rouge Police and the... more »
October 9, 2014 10:19 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Video of a police officer losing his cool is damning, but the officer involved believes it only shows the visual incident, and not the real situation of him being a victim of cronyism.
This week, the Civil Service Commission upheld Mayor Jimmy Durbin's decision to fire... more »
October 7, 2014 9:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - Opponents of Judge Trudy White are questioning a video that shows her standing next to a man in prison orange promoting her candidacy.
Judge White is running for re-election of her seat on district court in East Baton Rouge Parish. The election is November 4th.
... more »
October 6, 2014 9:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - Businesses are taking a hit with LSU's lackluster start to the season.
Managers at businesses depending on LSU to attract customers said Monday, they've seen high-dollar differences the Sunday following an LSU loss.
"Everybody's just in a period of mourning after a big loss," Zippy's... more »
September 30, 2014 9:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - State and local health officials are prepared, should someone in the region show signs of Ebola, but said Tuesday, there is no need to worry following a positive test result in Texas.
"For everybody to go around everyday worrying about Ebola, (it) doesn't make any sense... more »
September 29, 2014 9:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - A tense meeting unfolded at the State Capitol Monday as lawmakers argued over the stalled-out Comite River Diversion Project.
The meeting got heated as the group met with project leaders about the lack of progress recently. If the project is ever finished, it should ease flooding... more »
September 25, 2014 9:50 PM
BATON ROUGE - A politician believes it is time to change laws so sexual assault victims will stop getting billed for medical costs associated with attacks
"That is an absurd thing for a victim to have to pay for," Sexual Trauma and Awareness Response executive director Rachael Herbert said.... more »
September 24, 2014 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested Wednesday, accused of molesting a 16-year-old girl on LSU's campus after a tailgate Saturday.
The girl told detectives Daniel Sanchez, 47, of Gonzales and her family were tailgating for the Mississippi State game and the entire group made arrangements to sleep in... more »
September 23, 2014 10:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - People who live in Old South Baton Rouge are calling a group of McKinley High School administrators heroes after an arson displaced seven people Tuesday.
"I guess it could have been a foolish thing," vice principal Dr. James Kador said about running in a burning home... more »
September 22, 2014 10:55 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Voters in the 5th Congressional District reacted with mixed opinions to a campaign ad featuring Congressman Vance McAllister and his wife, Kelly.
The ad shows Kelly McAllister standing by her man, asking for voters to leave the kissing scandal behind.
"I'm blessed to have a... more »
September 18, 2014 9:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - A sick ship on the Mississippi River more than a hundred river miles south of the capitol created ripples all to the state's seat Wednesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and the Coast Guard took command when a group of sick crewmen needed assistance aboard the... more »
September 15, 2014 8:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - Glen Oaks residents are putting a spotlight on crime in their neighborhood.
Tuesday, Entergy workers will install more than 100 lamps on existing utility polls.
"The norm is that it is alright to shoot a gun in our neighborhood. It's not alright," New Beginnings Baptist... more »
September 12, 2014 10:30 PM
BRUSLY - A flood of trains in West Baton Rouge Parish might make some drivers' nightmare traffic commute even worse.
"It's going to get worse before it gets better," Parish President "Pee Wee" Berthelot said.
Berthelot spoke with Union Pacific Railroad officials about more trains carrying potentially explosive... more »
September 11, 2014 10:12 PM
BATON ROUGE - The CEO of Red Jacket Firearms is working to fix the company's tarnished image after the face of the company was accused of molesting women.
"Maybe I was being manipulated. Maybe what he was saying wasn't fully true. Maybe it wasn't true at all," Joe Meaux... more »
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 »
September 9, 2014 6:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - An empty orange juice bottle left at a crime scene links a man to two separate burglaries near the Perkins Road overpass, according to investigators.
On Aug. 12 Baton Rouge Police were dispatched to Gourmet Girls cupcake shop and Frankie's Dawg House. Officers found someone broke... more »
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 »
September 8, 2014 2:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Iberville Sheriff says Kimmie Rogers made the final decision to take her father's killer, Mathew Hodgkinson, off of life support.
Hodgkinson was also her legal husband.
Hodgkinson, 36, died Friday around 12:45 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake hospital in Baton Rouge. Rogers... more »
September 4, 2014 9:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - A lawsuit could block the controversial retirement increase for La. State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson and another trooper.
Both were given a $30,000 dollar a year retirement increase in a quick and quiet change made at the end of the legislative session. Lawmakers claim they did... more »
September 4, 2014 3:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office suspended a jail worker who erroneously allowed an illegal immigrant to bail out of jail.
Friday, East Baton Rouge corrections officers released Bernardo Gomez, 27. But, he was supposed to be held in jail for ICE agents.
Gomez,... more »
September 3, 2014 10:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - Deputies blame a clerical error for the reason an illegal immigrant was allowed to bail out of prison despite being wanted by federal immigration agents.
Friday, East Baton Rouge corrections officers released Bernardo Gomez, 27. But, he was supposed to be held in jail for ICE... more »
September 2, 2014 10:11 PM
ST. GABRIEL - Documents uncovered by WBRZ show Scott Rogers obtained a second mortgage on his Daisy Avenue home soon before his murder last week.
Two weeks prior to when he was shot and killed; he secured a $344,954 mortgage. Rogers' lover, Mathew Hodgkinson, and another man who lived... more »
August 28, 2014 10:41 PM
ST. GABRIEL - The sheriff leading Scott Rogers' murder investigation said the TV personality was facing two unresolved child molestation accusations in England.
Thursday, Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi's office spoke with federal agents and interviewed several key witnesses in Rogers' death. He discussed the case with WBRZ later... more »
August 26, 2014 9:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - A mother faces felony battery on a teacher charges following an altercation with a school bus driver.
Jasmine Cleveland, 22, is accused of punching her children's elementary school bus driver in the face, twice. According to court documents, Cleveland jumped on the bus Friday morning when... more »
August 21, 2014 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Cox Communications contractor is running from deputies after a 14-year-old girl said she had consensual sex with him in her bed.
Christopher Hilton, 37, of Kentwood worked for Advantage Cable Services. The company does contract work for Cox.
Hilton went to the girl's home... more »
August 19, 2014 9:51 PM
SORRENTO - After supporting a measure to fire the interim police chief, the mayor of this small town is asking residents to disband the department.
"I think we are better served by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's office. We cannot provide the services that they can provide," mayor Mike Lambert... more »
August 18, 2014 9:52 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - A mother in Ascension Parish asked a mysterious killer how they can live with themselves after killing her 15-year-old.
Katrina Augusta's son, Brandon, was found behind a levee in Ascension Parish last week. He was beaten so badly, investigators had to use dental records to identify him.... more »
August 14, 2014 10:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- A settlement deal, first reported by the WBRZ Investigative Unit last month, between the city and the family of a man who was killed by police has been stopped by the city council and the mayor's office.
A source told the Investigative Unit, despite a letter supporting... more »
August 13, 2014 4:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - For the time being, the USS Kidd's dire financial crisis looks like it will be solved thanks to a television show.
The ship is still trying to recover from losing $90,000 dollars last year, which was revealed by a state audit Monday. The financial situation was... more »