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  • Even an Ozarks coroner gets surplus military guns

    October 6, 2014 12:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Defense Department giveaway program that equips local police with surplus military weapons also supplies guns to government agencies with limited law-enforcement powers and a questionable need for high-powered firearms. An Arkansas coroner got a rifle, a handgun and a Humvee. Military-grade weapons also have gone to... more »
  • Accused White House intruder armed in July arrest

    September 23, 2014 1:54 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A former Army soldier who allegedly hopped a White House fence, dashed across the North Lawn and entered the executive mansion was arrested two months earlier in rural Virginia, heavily armed and carrying a map with a circle drawn around the White House. It was one of... more »
  • Ten guns still missing in heist caught on camera Play Video

    September 11, 2014 9:24 PM

    JACKSON - Authorities said they caught the man seen in surveillance video helping himself to weaponry at a gun shop in East Feliciana Parish early Wednesday morning. Cameras at Thompson Creek Sporting Goods on La 10 recorded the heist and investigators said Braelin Whitfield is caught on video. The... more »
  • Gun heist caught on camera

    September 10, 2014 10:04 PM

    JACKSON- A man was caught on camera helping himself to weapons inside a sporting goods store in East Feliciana Parish early Wednesday morning. Cameras at Thompson Creek Sporting Goods on La 10 recorded the heist. A man is seen walking into the store with a bag and filling it... more »
  • US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

    August 11, 2014 3:35 AM

    SYDNEY, Australia - Senior U.S. officials say the Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in Iraq. The U.S. previously had insisted on only selling arms to the Iraqi government. The officials wouldn't say which U.S. agency is... more »
  • Three arrested for guns, heroin in Patterson

    June 13, 2014 8:03 AM

    PATTERSON - The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested three people after searching a home in Patterson. 32-year-old Jonathan Henry, 28-year-old Ashley Dowdy and 38-year-old Benjamin Henry were all arrested on possession charges. Benjamin Henry also faces weapons charges. During their search of the David Dr. home,... more »
  • Police release pictures of burger joint robbers

    June 5, 2014 9:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thursday night, police released security video of two men who robbed a fast food restaurant near downtown earlier this week. Police said the two men, who have not been identified, held McDonald's employees at gunpoint in a quick robbery where one ran around the counter and... more »
  • Schools remain gun-free after weapons bill pulled Play Video

    April 16, 2014 2:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A Chalmette lawmaker shelved his proposal to let school employees who have a concealed handgun permit to go to work armed. Rep. Ray Garofalo pulled his bill Wednesday after getting negative feedback from the House criminal justice committee. Garofalo said he wanted to send a message that violent... more »
  • Recovered guns part of art project in New Orleans

    April 16, 2014 12:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Weapons will become raw materials for artists in a project getting underway in New Orleans. City officials and civic leaders were set to gather Wednesday at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in the city's Warehouse District to announce the project that is being called "Guns in the Hands... more »
  • 7 arrested, weapons and drugs seized in BRAVE raids Play Video

    February 7, 2014 2:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A number of law enforcement agencies are taking the next step to get rid of group-related violence in East Baton Rouge Parish. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, along with the Baton Rouge Police Department, State Police and the East Baton Rouge District Office executed a number... more »
  • Chemical weapons inspectors outline Syria plan

    September 29, 2013 1:00 PM

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Inspectors who will oversee Syria's destruction of its chemical weapons said Sunday their first priority is to help the country scrap its ability to manufacture such arms by a Nov. 1 deadline - using every means possible. The chemical weapons inspectors said that may include smashing... more »
  • Obama: Hopeful about talks with Russia over Syria

    September 12, 2013 10:39 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's hopeful Secretary of State John Kerry's meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Switzerland can "yield a concrete result" on Syria. Kerry opened two days of meeting with his Russian counterpart in Geneva Thursday. The two hope to settle on the outlines... more »
  • White House: Russian prestige on the line in Syria

    September 11, 2013 4:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is looking to pin on Russia the success or failure of a diplomatic option to secure Syria's chemical weapons. White House spokesman Jay Carney says, "Russia is now putting its prestige on the line." He's declining to put a deadline on the diplomatic efforts, but... more »
  • Obama sees potential breakthrough in weapons idea

    September 9, 2013 5:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says a proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control to avoid U.S. military strikes could be a potential breakthrough. Obama told NBC News in an interview Monday that he remains skeptical that Syria will follow through and turn over its stockpile, so he's... more »
  • Kerry reasserts Syria charge despite Assad denial

    September 9, 2013 10:16 AM

    LONDON - Secretary of State John Kerry maintains the U.S. has compelling evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons against his own people. In his interview with CBS newsman Charlie Rose, Assad had called the U.S. accusations a "big lie," saying Kerry is not making the evidence... more »
  • La. members of Congress largely undecided on Syria

    September 4, 2013 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's congressional delegation remains hesitant and uncommitted to President Barack Obama's request for support of a U.S. military strike against Syria. Only one member of the state's delegation, Republican Rep. John Fleming, has taken a definitive stance on the proposal. And he's in solid opposition to U.S.... more »
  • McCain opposes current Senate resolution on Syria

    September 4, 2013 10:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain says he doesn't support the latest Senate resolution to authorize military force against Syria. McCain is an outspoken advocate of intervention against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and wants more than cruise missile strikes and other limited action. The Arizona Republican threatened earlier this week... more »
  • Obama has bipartisan support for Syria strike

    September 3, 2013 12:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's push for a military strike in Syria is gaining significant momentum today. Leaders of both parties in Congress say they're convinced that Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, and that the U.S. should respond. Obama met today with more than... more »
  • Boehner says he supports Obama on Syria

    September 3, 2013 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too. The Ohio Republican says the use of chemical weapons must be responded... more »
  • GOP senators say details needed on Syria strategy

    September 2, 2013 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - Two Republican foreign policy hawks say President Barack Obama must make a strong case for attacking Bashar Assad's Syria if he wants to win congressional backing for the operation. Sen. John McCain tells reporters at the White House that Obama's intervention now will be more difficult because Assad... more »
  • Syria says US delaying strike because it lacks evidence

    September 1, 2013 11:10 AM

    DAMASCUS - A top Syrian government official is dismissing the Obama administration as confused and hesitant, even as Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington has evidence of sarin gas use by Syria and that the case for a military attack is getting "stronger and stronger." Deputy foreign minister Faysal... more »
  • Obama seeking lawmakers' approval for Syria strike

    August 31, 2013 1:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. But he says he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. He says congressional leadership plans to hold a debate and... more »
  • Obama says he's considering 'narrow' Syria action

    August 30, 2013 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against Syria. But he says he's considering a limited and narrow action in response to a chemical weapons attack that he says Syria's government carried out last week. Obama says that attack was a... more »
  • Kerry: Syrian regime planned for chemical attack

    August 30, 2013 12:14 PM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. knows based on intelligence that the Syrian regime carefully prepared for days to launch a chemical weapons attack. Kerry says Syrian regime personnel were at the site of the attack for three days beforehand, making preparations. He says regime elements... more »
  • Assad: Syria will defend itself

    August 29, 2013 10:44 AM

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad says his country will defend itself against any aggression. That's according to Syria's state news agency. Secretary of State John Kerry has said links between a poison gas attack on Syrian civilians and the Assad government are "undeniable," but U.S. intelligence officials are... more »
  • Obama: Syrian gov't behind chemical weapons attack

    August 28, 2013 5:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. has concluded that the Syrian government carried out a large-scale chemical weapons attack against civilians last week. Obama says the U.S. has examined evidence and doesn't believe the opposition fighting the Syrian government possessed chemical weapons or the means to deliver them.... more »
  • US signals readiness to strike Syria

    August 27, 2013 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says any military action against Syria will be limited, and won't be aimed at forcing Bashar Assad from power. The administration is getting ready to declare formally that chemical weapons have been used in Syria's civil war. And White House spokesman Jay Carney says it... more »
  • UN inspectors visit Syrian hospital

    August 26, 2013 2:59 PM

    DAMASCUS, Syria - Activists in Syria say U.N. inspectors have spent about three hours at a makeshift hospital in one of the areas near Damascus that were hit by what the opposition says was a chemical weapons attack by government forces last week. The inspectors met with doctors and took... more »
  • Kerry: Syria's chemical arms use 'moral obscenity'

    August 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry says chemical weapons were used in Syria and is accusing President Bashar Assad of destroying evidence. Ratcheting up criticism of Syria's alleged chemical weapons use, Kerry called last week's attack a "moral obscenity" that should shock the conscience of the world. He says... more »
  • Top lawmakers call for military response in Syria

    August 25, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two top lawmakers are calling for an immediate U.S. military response to the Syria's suspected chemical weapons attack that killed at least a hundred civilians last week. Republican Sen. Bob Corker is calling for the U.S. to respond in a "surgical and proportional way, something that gets their... more »
  • Aid group tallies 355 dead after Syria attack

    August 24, 2013 11:46 AM

    PARIS - Doctors Without Borders says some 355 people who showed "neurotoxic symptoms" died following the suspected chemical weapons attack this week near Syria's capital. The Paris-based humanitarian aid group said Saturday that three hospitals it supports in the Damascus region reported receiving roughly 3,600 patients who showed such symptoms... more »
  • White House: Syria chemical weapons kill up to 150

    June 13, 2013 4:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration estimates that 100 to 150 people have died from chemical weapons attacks in Syria. The White House blames the Syrian government for the attacks and says the casualty data is likely incomplete. It says it has no reliable, corroborated information to suggest that the Syrian... more »
  • Bill could allow guns in restaurants Play Video

    May 2, 2013 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A bill making headway in the legislature could allow people to bring weapons into restaurants. The proposed law, authored by Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton), has already been approved by the House and is pending a Senate Judiciary hearing. Burns told News 2, the law was originally... more »
  • Sheriff testifies in hearing on Orleans jail

    April 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Testifying in a federal hearing, New Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman raised the possibility that a video depicting drug use and weapon possession in the jail he oversees may have been doctored. Gusman was imprecise on exactly when he first saw the videos made in 2009. And he... more »
  • Assault weapons ban won't be in Dems' gun bill

    March 19, 2013 12:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat says he wants to bring a gun bill to the Senate with enough support to overcome any Republican efforts to block debate. And Harry Reid says that meant leaving out a proposed assault weapons ban. Reid says even using "the most optimistic numbers," there... more »
  • Obama to campaign for gun proposals in Minnesota

    February 4, 2013 7:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and the law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and require universal background checks for gun buyers. Obama is pitching his anti-gun violence agenda Monday in Minnesota, a Democratic-leaning state where officials have been... more »
  • BRPD gets training with ex-military rifles Play Video

    January 30, 2013 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Baton Rouge Police Department received 100 military surplus rifles as part of a federal program to combat criminals who "outgun" law enforcement. Currently around 150 officers have the high-powered rifles. The officers who will receive some of the 100 new rifles got the opportunity today to... more »
  • BRPD training with new military surplus weapons

    January 30, 2013 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police started training recently with military surplus assault rifles purchased through a federal grant to help arm officers dealing with gun violence on the streets of Baton Rouge. Chief Dewayne White told News 2 earlier this month the weapons would help "outfit our officers with the... more »
  • Images suggest North Korea ready for nuke test

    January 25, 2013 11:51 AM

    WASHINGTON- A U.S. research institute says recent satellite photos show North Korea could be almost ready to carry out its threat to conduct a nuclear test. The images of the Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, reveal that over the past month, roads have been... more »
  • Biden: Limit on magazine rounds a bigger priority

    January 25, 2013 6:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says he's more concerned about limiting the number of rounds in a gun magazine than about banning assault weapons that account for a small percentage of gun deaths. The vice president participated in an online chat Thursday on Google Plus. He says... more »
  • Panetta defends Obama's gun control package

    January 17, 2013 6:42 AM

    VICENZA, Italy - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he doesn't understand why anyone outside the military needs assault weapons or armor-piercing bullets. During a visit with U.S. troops in northern Italy on Thursday, Panetta defended President Barack Obama's sweeping gun control package. A soldier asked Panetta what steps... more »
  • Obama to unveil gun violence measures today

    January 16, 2013 5:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun controls. Obama will announce the measures today at a White... more »
  • Obama: Gun control specifics to come within days

    January 14, 2013 12:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - He's acknowledging an uphill fight in Congress -- so President Barack Obama says he's looking at actions he can take on his own to confront gun violence. He told reporters today that he will present a plan within days. Obama says the ideas that are on the table... more »
  • Livingston Parish Sheriff's car burglarized

    January 4, 2013 1:15 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A burglar broke into a Livingston Parish Sheriff's car, stealing weapons and other items. The sheriff's office says it happened in the early hours of January 2, 2013. Investigators say detectives are still conducting an inventory of the stolen items. Anyone with information on this... more »
  • Houston rapper free on bond, following arrest

    December 27, 2012 4:16 PM

    MANSFIELD, La. - A Houston rapper is out on bond after spending a night in the DeSoto Parish jail. Wesley Eric Weston, 31, also known as the rap artist Lil' Flip, was arrested Wednesday after deputies pulled him over for speeding on Interstate 49 and they allegedly found marijuana and... more »
  • WH: Syrian use chem weapons would cross 'red line'

    December 3, 2012 2:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it is increasingly concerned that the beleaguered regime in Syria might be considering use of chemical weapons against its own people and warned that doing so would "cross a red line." White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that U.S. officials are closely... more »
  • CABL opposes proposal to limit gun restrictions

    October 11, 2012 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The nonpartisan Council for A Better Louisiana is opposing a constitutional amendment that would set a tougher standard for restricting the use of weapons and remove a provision that gives the Legislature explicit authority to limit concealed handguns. CABL announced its opposition to the amendment Thursday. Nine... more »
  • Constables find stash of weapons during eviction in Baton Rouge

    August 14, 2012 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge City Constables found a stash of weapons inside a home on Webb Street today while serving an eviction there. Constables found a shotgun and two rifles hidden in the wall of the home. This comes a day after a constable serving an eviction in... more »
  • Ohio man indicted in Batman movie weapons case

    August 14, 2012 3:31 PM

    CLEVELAND - An Ohio man arrested with a loaded gun, ammunition and knives at a showing of the latest Batman movie has been indicted on three weapons counts. A Cleveland grand jury returned the indictment Monday against 37-year-old Scott A. Smith, of North Ridgeville, on two concealed weapon counts and... more »
  • DSPD: Kids arrested for stealing museum guns

    August 13, 2012 4:13 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Police arrested three kids after they said the trio stole weapons on display at the Old City Hall in Denham Springs. Detective Zach Albritten with Denham Springs Police said the boys, two 12-year-olds and a 15-year-old, were arrested after taking a number of firearms, including two... more »
  • Romney: 'Many' of suspect's weapons were illegal

    July 25, 2012 6:28 PM

    LONDON - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday said many of the weapons obtained by the shooting suspect in Colorado were obtained illegally and that changing laws won't prevent gun-related tragedies. But the firearms that authorities allege James Holmes used to kill 12 people in Aurora, Colo., were obtained... more »
  • Teen arrested after deputies find stolen weapons

    July 18, 2012 3:40 PM

    BELLE ROSE - Sheriff's deputies arrested an Assumption Parish teen after they said he stole two pistols and other items from a vehicle in Belle Rose. Sheriff Mike Waguespack said deputies arrested the 13-year-old after finding the stolen items this morning. He said deputies were called out to... more »
  • McCain calls for air strikes

    March 5, 2012 2:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - Arizona Senator John McCain is calling for the United States to lead an international effort to begin air strikes against Syria. McCain said the US has a moral and strategic obligation to force out Syrian President Bashar Assad and his loyalists. Last month, McCain urged international... more »
  • Weapons reportedly meant for Pitt film seized

    October 11, 2011 3:04 PM

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Hungarian security officials say they have confiscated nearly 100 live weapons, including machine guns, rifles and pistols, which local media reported were to be used in Brad Pitt's "World War Z" film. Janos Hajdu, head of Hungary's Counterterrorism Center, said Tuesday the weapons arrived from London... more »
  • 2 new weapons in arsenal against armadillos

    June 26, 2011 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Those pesky armadillos that fight rural Louisiana homeowners for dominance of gardens and yards may not be having their way as much. Under a state law enacted last year, it's legal to shoot armadillos at night with the aid of artificial lighting. Louisiana State University wildlife specialist... more »
  • Narcotics agents arrest four in Prairieville

    November 19, 2010 2:39 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- Sheriff's deputies arrested four people after a raid at an Ascension Parish mobile home that also netted drugs, weapons and hundreds of dollars in cash. Deputies arrested Carl Tucker, Jr., as well as his brother Cole Tucker, 42-year-old Joe D. Samples and 28-year-old Niame Sanders. The arrests... more »
  • Former deputy indicted for tampering with cases

    October 28, 2010 6:49 PM

    ASSUMPTION PAR. - Former Assumption Parish Deputy Lt. Louis Lambert faces 337 counts of tampering with evidence, and 100 drug and weapons charges. Lambert turned himself in to investigators Thursday morning, when a judge set his bond at $5 million. According to the indictment, Lambert is also charged... more »
  • Former La. deputy indicted in tampering case

    October 28, 2010 7:16 AM

    A former sheriff's deputy has been indicted on 337 counts of malfeasance for evidence tampering as well as on more than 100 other drug or weapons charges. Former Assumption Parish Sheriff's deputy Lt. Louis B. Lambert was arrested June 11 on suspicion of tampering with drug evidence in the sheriff's... more »
  • Gas for Guns

    October 14, 2010 8:37 AM

    Law enforcement agencies are working together to get guns off the street. Lt. Colonel Ralph Williams of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Sgt. David Schultz of the Baton Rouge Police discussed the steps citizens should take for the upcoming "Gas for Guns" program. Oct. 23 10 a.m. and... more »
  • West Monroe police: Street guns up to par

    October 11, 2010 7:44 AM

    Police in Monroe say the weapons they confiscate when making arrests are just as good as their own. West Monroe Maj. James Keys says he's noticed officers coming in with apprehended AK-47s. Keys said police have arrested suspects with older model Colt pistols, but he also has seen weapons not... more »
  • People concerned about crime, priority given in town

    September 29, 2010 6:30 PM

    Radio talk show lines in Baton Rouge are lighting up because of crime, and there are concerns certain parts of town are given priority. Another issue is accused killer Aramis Jackson’s criminal history and if he should have been on the street prior to the murder of Alexandra Engler... more »
  • Suspect arrested in standoff

    September 22, 2010 8:07 AM

    UPDATE: 11:58 a.m. Baton Rouge police arrested Thomas Fayard after a shooting and standoff on Goodwood Boulevard. The police standoff lasted for nearly four hours. When police arrived, they found Douglas Arrington, 31, shot multiple times. "He is believed to be transient and has no permanent local address," said... more »
  • Standoff over, but no details from police

    September 22, 2010 5:26 AM

    The police standoff with a man in a home on Goodwood Boulevard near S. Flannery Road lasted for nearly five hours. The standoff ended before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. Police have not released any immediate details, but there was a reported shooting, then the gunman holed himself up in a... more »
  • Shooting turns into standoff near Goodwood Dr.

    September 21, 2010 11:16 PM

    A shooting has turned into a standoff near Goodwood Drive and Flannery Road. Paramedics said one person has been shot. Sources said the suspected shooter is holed up in a nearby home and is refusing to come out. Sources also said he may have several weapons, as well as... more »
  • Parents sound off on Assumption HS Facebook threats

    September 15, 2010 10:38 PM

    Tonight the Assumption Parish School Board tried to calm fears after a racially-charged threat on Facebook. Half the students went home early today, even though deputies checked for weapons. News 2’s Kristy Davis got the latest on how the district plans to move forward. more »
  • School concealed weapon bill passes in committee

    April 27, 2010 2:35 PM

    A state Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow concealed handguns near schoolyards and college campuses. State law bans concealed handguns within 1,000 feet of a school's campus. The proposal (Senate Bill 81) by Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, would limit the concealed weapons restriction to the... more »
  • Clinton: US wants biting sanctions on Iran

    March 22, 2010 8:39 AM

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration will not accept a nuclear armed Iran. In a speech to a pro-Israel group, Clinton said parts of Iran's government had become a menace to the Iranian people and the region. She says Iran must be shown there are "real... more »
  • Drug call leads to weapons cache in Tangipahoa Parish

    March 11, 2010 2:10 AM

    Two men from Florida were found with a cache of high-powered rifles after Tangipahoa Parish deputies were called about the smell of marijuana. Roberto Sanchez, Jr. of Boynton Beach and Michael Caruso of Delray Beach were arrested at a hotel. They are both charged with possession of a controlled... more »
  • Concealed handgun permit may be tweaked

    February 15, 2010 4:53 PM

    Louisiana currently has dozens of agreements with other states involving concealed handgun permits. The agreement makes a Louisiana permit valid in that state, and that state's permit valid here. A proposed bill would modify those agreements. Under the bill, Louisiana would only acknowledge a concealed weapons permit from the... more »

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