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  • Truck in trees slows I-10 traffic

    September 25, 2015 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A truck that went off the interstate and into the treeline caused congestion during the evening rush in East Baton Rouge Parish Friday. The wreck happened on I-10 West before Siegen Lane according to the Department of Transportation and Development. DOTD said the one lane... more »
  • Zap, crack, boom

    July 31, 2015 11:49 AM

    It was an explosion of wood and bark outside when lightning struck a tree during Thursday Afternoon's storms. From their Shenandoah area Baton Rouge home, George and Stacey Tull said, “the power surged, house shook and we heard the loudest explosion.” // ... more »
  • EBR schools to receive fruit tree donation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 30, 2015 9:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Schools in East Baton Rouge are getting a healthy bonus. Every school in the district is set to receive a donation of fruit trees. The trees are being donated by a Dr. Thom Dihn, who hopes the trees will influence students to make healthy eating choices. ... more »
  • 8 children hurt, 2 critically, by falling tree in Pasadena

    July 28, 2015 10:20 PM

    PASADENA, CA - Fire officials in Southern California say a 75-foot-tall tree that fell near a children's museum has injured eight kids, two of them critically. There's no word on what caused the pine to uproot around 5 p.m. Tuesday in Pasadena. City fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian says the kids... more »
  • Branch kills boy as storm forces baseball teams from field

    June 15, 2015 11:47 AM

    TUPELO, MS - Authorities say a falling tree branch killed a 10-year-old boy as baseball teams were leaving the field because of a storm. Multiple media outlets report the accident happened Saturday evening during a baseball tournament in Tupelo. Tupelo Parks and Recreation Director Alex Farned says players were being... more »
  • Trees, power lines taken out by lightning

    May 29, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies reported a fast-moving shower which hit East Baton Rouge Parish Friday afternoon took out a pair of trees in apparent lightning strikes. EBRSO said the trees in the 6700 block of Vineyard and the 5800 block of Satinwood were damaged, splitting limbs and spreading... more »
  • Lockport motorcyclist killed in crash

    April 5, 2015 6:59 PM

    LOCKPORT, La. - State police say a motorcyclist from Lockport died Sunday afternoon. Troopers say Troy Billiot, 48, was travelling north on LA 1, just south of the Valentine Bridge in Lafourche Parish around 3 p.m. when he failed to make a left-hand curve. Billiot and his passenger, Melissa... more »
  • Tree sitter protesting new golf course falls out of tree

    March 24, 2015 4:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man who'd occupied a cypress tree for 11 days to block construction of a premier golf course in New Orleans' large public park has fallen and injured himself. The man, identified as Lloyd Boover, fell out of the tree in City Park Tuesday morning. Christopher Lane... more »
  • In case of irony, truck hauling weed killer falls apart under oak tree

    March 4, 2015 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters spent Wednesday afternoon removing bags of herbicide from the trailer of an 18-wheeler after it split in half making a turn in downtown. The truck broke as it was turning right onto North Boulevard from 6th Street near the Old Governor's Mansion. Ironically, it fell... more »
  • Unrestrained driver dies in early morning crash

    February 22, 2015 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State police say a man died in a single vehicle crash early Sunday morning. It happened on LA HWY 37 on Greenwell Springs Rd. at Pride-Baywood Rd. at 7:45 p.m. Troopers say 40-year-old Lawrence E. Clay, Jr. of Baton Rouge was travelling northbound and approaching... more »
  • Dangerous beetle arrives in Louisiana

    February 19, 2015 3:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The emerald ash borer, a severe insect pest of ash trees, has been detected in Webster Parish, making Louisiana the 25th state to confirm the beetle's presence. Emerald ash borer was first reported in the U.S. in Michigan in 2002. Since then, it has spread down the... more »
  • LSP: Woman killed in wreck wasn't wearing seat belt

    January 12, 2015 10:30 AM

    ROBERT - State Police said a Mandeville woman wasn't wearing her seat belt when her vehicle ran into a tree and killed her Sunday night in Tangipahoa Parish. Troopers said 40-year-old Bridget Rodriguez lost control of her vehicle and crashed while traveling on LA 445 near Robert, La. ... more »
  • DC's panda cub Bao Bao spends night in tree

    December 24, 2014 12:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - The National Zoo in Washington is reassuring fans of the panda cub Bao Bao that she's doing fine after spending the night in a tree. Members of the public can watch a live feed online of the zoo's pandas. When they saw that Bao Bao was in a... more »
  • Christmas Tree mishap burns Baton Rouge home

    December 22, 2014 8:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters believe an electrical malfunction between some Christmas lights and the electrical socket at a home in the Broadmoor area sparked a fire Monday evening. Emergency crews were dispatched to a house on Carolyn Sue about 5 p.m. They found the family's Christmas Tree in the... more »
  • Exploding firewood

    December 1, 2014 7:43 PM

    VIENNA, AUSTRIA- Police are puzzled by an exploding hand grenade inside a wood stove since the woman who owns it says she only put wood inside. Police say the World War II grenade apparently landed on a tree during fighting but did not go off. It was then enveloped by... more »
  • Capitol Hill Christmas tree chosen, chopped down check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 30, 2014 8:47 AM

    CASS LAKE, MN - Christmas is still nearly two months away, but the tree that will be on display in Washington, D.C. has already been chosen and chopped down. The winner this year- an 88 ft. tall white spruce from Minnesota. This is the first time in more than... more »
  • Tree trimmer dies in freak accident

    September 24, 2014 8:51 PM

    ST FRANCISVILLE - A tree trimmer died Wednesday after his rig collapsed while he was pruning trees. The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office said Calvin Lofton, 44, was killed in the accident on Joe Daniel Road near Highway 10 around 3 p.m. Lofton was in the bucket of... more »
  • Sheriff: Angola officer accused of inappropriate behavior with an inmate killed in freak accident

    August 30, 2014 4:12 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A West Feliciana man was killed when a tree fell on his truck Saturday just before noon. Deputies say a pecan tree fell onto the vehicle of Danny Daniel, 64, in St. Francisville. Daniel and another man were driving away in the truck when the tree... more »
  • Fallen tree causes Greenwell St. house fire

    July 2, 2014 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters said they traced the origins of a Tuesday morning house fire on Greenwell St. back to a tree that fell on the house this past Sunday. BRFD said they responded to reports of fire coming from the front bedroom window of a residence at 4068... more »
  • Curbside Christmas tree collection starts Monday

    January 3, 2014 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Curbside Christmas tree collection starts Monday in East Baton Rouge Parish, except in Baker and Zachary. Trees placed on the curb will be picked up through January 18. They will be collected on normal trash pick up days by separate rear loaders or brush trucks. ... more »
  • Zachary tree of life, dead check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 16, 2013 9:23 PM

    ZACHARY - A live oak tree in the middle of Zachary is set to be cut down after arborists say it's exceeded its life and has become a safety hazard to the city. Mayor David Amrhein is seeking a fourth opinion on the fate of the 100-year-old live oak... more »
  • Toppled tree cleared, lanes open on I-10

    July 3, 2013 5:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- All lanes were cleared of debris and opened to traffic on I-10 East between Dalrymple and Perkins about two hours after a tree toppled onto the interstate. At one point, only one lane in the eastbound direction was open as crews worked to get the car from... more »
  • Tree service not hauling debris check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 29, 2013 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People are hiring tree services to protect their homes before hurricane season arrives. However, it's creating a new problem across East Baton Rouge Parish which has flooded the Department of Public Works with phone calls. DPW calls it "illegal tree dumping." It's when tree services cut... more »
  • Arborists try to save live oak tree after roots cut check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 9, 2013 6:18 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Arborists are hard at work in an Ascension Parish neighborhood, trying to save a troubled live oak tree that's estimated to be more than 300 years old. Larry Guy said he moved to the 12 Oaks neighborhood partly because of the massive tree, which provides shade for... more »
  • Houma man killed when pickup strikes tree, flips

    March 29, 2013 10:30 AM

    SCHRIEVER - State police say a 38-year-old Houma man died when the pickup he was driving struck a tree and flipped off La. Highway 24 in Schriever. Trooper Evan Harrell says Diron Williams was pronounced dead at the scene late Thursday night. Harrell says a passenger in the truck received... more »
  • Saplings from Anne Frank's tree take root in US

    March 23, 2013 12:50 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - A tree that gave Anne Frank hope as the Jewish teenager hid from Nazis for more than two years is taking root at nearly a dozen sites across the United States in hopes of promoting tolerance. Eleven saplings grown from seeds taken from the chestnut tree that stood... more »
  • Zachary damage not from tornado check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 26, 2012 5:37 PM

    ZACHARY- The National Weather Service says damage in the Zachary area is consistent with straight line winds, not a tornado. Meteorologist Mike Efferson says a tree that snapped in half, damaging a home and vehicle, fell from west to east, the same direction as the Christmas Day storm. Efferson... more »
  • Christmas story accompanies lighting of Capitol Tree

    December 4, 2012 6:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says the 10,000 lights on the Capitol Christmas Tree represent the "everlasting light" that entered the world with the birth of Jesus Christ. Boehner hosted Tuesday evening's lighting of the 65-foot spruce from Colorado. Eagle Scout Ryan Shuster of Colorado Springs flipped the switch... more »
  • First lady welcomes Christmas tree

    November 23, 2012 4:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama is kicking off the holiday season by welcoming the White House Christmas tree. Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first dog Bo greeted the arrival of a 19-foot Fraser fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, N.C. The tree arrived Friday on a horse-drawn... more »
  • Man pinned on tractor recovering check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 6, 2012 5:07 PM

    SAINT FRANCISVILLE - A West Feliciana man is recovering after he was pinned by a tree while working on land near Cat Island. West Feliciana Parish Sheriff Austin Daniel said the tree pinned George Woodside on his tractor, and he couldn't reach to turn the machine off. He could... more »
  • Second Miss. death attributed to Hurricane Isaac

    August 31, 2012 5:39 PM

    WAVELAND, Miss. - A second person has died in Mississippi as a result of Hurricane Isaac. Century Hairston Funeral Home says Lillie M. Randle, a 62-year-old resident of Lexington, Miss., was killed just after 9 a.m. Thursday when a tree fell on her car. The funeral home says Randle was... more »
  • Tree falls on home in Baton Rouge

    July 4, 2012 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An elderly woman escaped harm after a tree fell on her home this afternoon in Baton Rouge. It happened on Minnesota Street earlier this afternoon. The fire department says one room was damaged from a tree limb that punched a hole in the roof. The... more »
  • 9-year-old girl murdered, found hanging from a tree

    May 11, 2012 1:15 PM

    ASHVILLE - Alabama authorities say a 14-year-old boy is charged with murder for the death of a girl found hanging from a tree. St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles says the victim, Katelynn Arnold, was 9 years old and the boy's half-sister. Her body was discovered Thursday night outside her... more »
  • 7-year-old continues fight to walk again check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 15, 2012 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After falling off a rope swing last May, 7-year-old Logan Watts' health continues to improve. Logan injured his brain after the fall and is currently deaf in one ear. Logan manages to move around with the use of a walker. First-graders at Doyle Elementary School... more »
  • Major damage in Walker after strong winds check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 21, 2012 6:00 PM

    WALKER - A roof shingle stabbed into a tree gives an idea of just how strong the wind was when it blew through North Corbin Road, where a home lost its roof. "It was really loud outside, the rain was blowing sideways our ears started popping and we heard... more »
  • Deputies: Driver dies after truck hits tree

    February 13, 2012 10:06 AM

    ROSEDALE - One person died after driving their pickup head-on into a tree Monday morning, according to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office. The wreck happened on Highway 77 outside of Rosedale. Investigators said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. People who lived near the wreck said... more »
  • New Orleans plants 10,000th tree since Katrina

    February 3, 2012 3:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Crescent City is getting greener - and leafier. The devastation to the canopy of trees in the city by Hurricane Katrina is being repaired by the non-profit Parkway Partners, which has worked to replant trees to replace those lost or damaged by the 2005 storm.... more »
  • Christmas tree recycling drop off points

    December 26, 2011 5:43 PM

    Remember to remove all decorations and accessories from trees before bring to recycling. Walker Christmas Tree Recycling Project Sidney Hutchinson Park December 26 - January 6 Denham Springs Natural Christmas Tree Recycling Program Street Department Campus, 600 Bowman Street 7 a.m. -... more »
  • Walker accepting Christmas trees to reuse as mulch

    December 26, 2011 12:02 PM

    WALKER - The city of Walker wants to change your used Christmas trees into savings for the city. Mayor Bobby Font's office announced the Christmas Tree Recycling project in a press release Monday morning. It says the city plans to mulch any real, leftover Christmas trees and use... more »
  • Lafayette artist designs Louisiana's White House tree ornament

    November 27, 2011 5:01 PM

    LAFAYETTE- A Christmas ornament designed by Lafayette artist Tony Bernard will serve as Louisiana's official ornament for the White House tree. Bernard and students at Copper Mill Elementary School in Zachary decorated ornaments, along with Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal last week. This happened at the request of... more »
  • Downed tree blocks road into LSU campus

    November 24, 2011 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A tree crashed down across all four lanes of Nicholson Drive just north of the LSU campus this afternoon. Police are redirecting traffic down Van Buren over to Highland Avenue until public works crews can clear the tree. Authorities said the weather in the area... more »
  • Christmas tree fee delayed by Dept. of Agriculture

    November 9, 2011 5:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - A fee on Christmas trees that was scheduled to go into effect today has been delayed by the Obama administration, after backlash against the program from organizations who called it a tax. The program would have charged some growers 15 cents per tree to pay for nationwide... more »
  • Proposed tree fee delayed by Dept. of Agriculture

    November 9, 2011 12:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - A fee on Christmas trees that was scheduled to go into effect today has been delayed by the Obama administration, after backlash against the program from organizations who called it a tax. The program would have charged some growers 15 cents per tree to pay for nationwide... more »
  • Family's home destroyed by tree

    September 5, 2011 5:48 PM

    HEAD OF ISLAND, La.- Robert Wunstel says he thought the worst of Tropical Storm Lee was over. Then Sunday morning, a tree slammed into his home. Wunstel says the oak took several minutes to lower through his house. That gave his family time to get out. The tree... more »
  • Irene topples tree, killing 11-year-old boy in Va.

    August 27, 2011 3:40 PM

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va.- Officials say winds from Hurricane Irene toppled a tree and sent it crashing through an apartment building in Virginia, killing an 11-year-old boy. Newport News spokeswoman Cleder Jones says the 11-year-old boy and his mother were in the apartment when a large tree fell shortly after... more »
  • Historic tree to be torn down on LSU's campus

    August 8, 2011 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An historical live oak tree on LSU's campus will be torn down this week, after it was damaged by lightning. The Steele Burden Live Oak near LSU's natatorium was struck by lightning in May 2010, and died despite arborists' efforts. "We did everything we could to... more »
  • Tree destroys home as storms move through Baton Rouge

    June 21, 2011 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An elderly Baton Rouge couple is safe after a tree knocked down in this afternoon's storms fell on their house, nearly demolishing it and trapping them inside. The couple were inside their home near the intersection of Kentucky and Harris Streets when the tree fell, but... more »
  • Huge oak to move Wednesday

    May 8, 2011 11:02 AM

    NEW IBERIA, La.- Weather permitting, a huge oak tree in Iberia Parish will be moved this week about 1 ½ miles from the spot where it has stood for about 150 years. Jonathan Judice, vice president of Environmental Design Inc., says the weather must be dry and still. He... more »
  • Tree falls on MS home, kills toddler

    April 26, 2011 1:54 PM

    MCCOMB, Miss. - A three-year-old was killed and her parents hurt when a tree was blown onto their home in McComb, Miss. early this morning. Police Chief Gregory Martin said the large oak tree demolished the front half of the home when it fell around 5:30 a.m., clipping the... more »
  • Christmas trees help save marsh; airlift next week

    February 19, 2011 9:44 AM

    LACOMBE, La.- Christmas trees that once stood tall inside homes of Orleans Parish residents soon will be recycled to help save Louisiana's disappearing marshland. The thousands of discarded trees collected after the holiday will be airlifted Wednesday into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge to help establish a breakwater... more »

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