February 13, 2014 11:42 PM
PORT ALLEN- The parish council in West Baton Rouge hired a parish-wide fire chief Thursday night.
Port Allen Assistant Fire Chief Charles Stephens was appointed to lead the effort of consolidating six fire districts into one. Eventually, he'll oversee the one, main district.
There had been complaints of... more »
January 10, 2014 11:02 AM
PLAQUEMINE - The Plaquemine Police Department served around 200 warrants Friday morning netting around 25 arrests, according to Plaquemine Police Assistant Chief Kenny Payne.
Payne says the department is clearing outstanding warrants for anything from unpaid traffic violations to felonies.
The Addis Police Department, Brusly Police, West Baton... more »
December 21, 2013 11:53 AM
WEST BATON ROUGE - "Snow Night," presented by West Baton Rouge Reflections of the Season, is postponed until Monday due to the threat of inclement weather.
The event was originally scheduled for tonight. It will now take place from 5:30-8:30pm Monday, December 23rd.
Stay tuned to WBRZ News... more »
December 3, 2013 11:03 PM
PORT ALLEN- A family has filed suit against the sheriff's office in West Baton Rouge after a family member died in custody.
In court documents, the family of Ervin Edwards claim his death was unwarranted. Edwards died after being tazed following a disturbance last week.
But, Sheriff Mike... more »
November 16, 2013 4:35 PM
WEST BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police are investigating a West Baton Rouge Parish crash involving two vehicles that left two people dead.
State police say the fatal crash happened Friday night after 11:00 p.m. on I-10 near Lobdell. Farnis Keller, Jr., was traveling I-10 east when he lost control... 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 »
October 17, 2013 7:29 AM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent David Corona says he's retiring from the school system effective in July.
Corona made the announcement on his 65th birthday during the school board's regular meeting Wednesday night.
Corona, who will have served as the school district's superintendent for... 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 »
September 26, 2013 5:47 PM
PORT ALLEN - Many school employees in West Baton Rouge Parish are feeling left out after teachers got a pay raise.
The parish received extra money from the state to distribute among district employees. The West Baton Rouge Parish School Board decided to give all of that extra cash... more »
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 »
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.
September 1, 2013 6:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- The West Baton Rouge council issued a boil advisory after experiencing problems with the water supply system today.
The council issued a boil advisory after a mechanical failure caused low water pressure in the Port Allen area along highway 415 around Lafiton Lane, Rosedale Road, Court Street,... more »
August 12, 2013 2:58 PM
PORT ALLEN - The state Department of Environmental Quality said a leak at a chemical plant in West Baton Rouge has been stopped by emergency crews, and a recommendation for people in downtown Baton Rouge to shelter in place was lifted.
The leak at ITC on River Road in... more »
August 2, 2013 3:08 PM
PORT ALLEN - Sheriff's deputies in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes announced a recent drug bust netted $1.4 million in synthetic marijuana.
Deputies arrested Kalid J. Jaber of Chalmette for speeding around 8:40 p.m. on Aug. 1. Investigators said after they had issues with his story, they checked... more »
June 30, 2013 10:51 AM
BRUSLY, La. - Fire protection services in West Baton Rouge Parish will change drastically over the next year as the parish consolidates its six fire subdistricts into a single parishwide district. The Advocate reports the consolidation is being spearheaded by Parish President Riley "Peewee" Berthelot. Berthelot says he believes it... more »
June 25, 2013 10:31 PM
PORT ALLEN- Parish leaders are beginning discussions about consolidating firefighting operations in West Baton Rouge.
Currently, there are six fire districts. Each has to split the tax collected for fire protection.
The formula for distributing the money is outdated, according to many, so instead of drafting a new... more »
May 14, 2013 10:56 PM
PORT ALLEN- Mosquitoes in traps in West Baton Rouge have tested positive for West Nile, the potentially dangerous disease carried by the bugs.
The positive results were found earlier than usual. So, crews have started spraying parts of the parish, first focusing on areas where the bugs were found... more »
April 25, 2013 3:47 PM
PORT ALLEN - Investigators identified a man who died after they said he was shot last night in West Baton Rouge Parish and driven to East Baton Rouge Parish to try and get to a hospital.
Col. Richie Johnson with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said Leon... more »
April 24, 2013 10:18 PM
BATON ROUGE- At least one person was shot, and authorities from two parishes are investigating what happened, after a car sped into East Baton Rouge Parish from West Baton Rouge.
Authorities said the incident began at the Wal-Mart in Port Allen where someone was shot. The victim was driven... more »
April 16, 2013 7:07 AM
ERWINVILLE - Two teenagers are dead this morning after a single car crash in West Baton Rouge Parish.
It happened just after 9:30 p.m. Monday on Hwy. 413, north of US 190.
State police say 18-year-old Nikki Nolen of Erwinville was driving southbound when her SUV suddenly ran... more »
April 3, 2013 5:02 PM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish public schools are undergoing a radical shift in the way classes are taught.
Nearly three years after they were approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Common Core Standards are being implemented in kindergarten and first grade classes.... more »
March 15, 2013 4:54 PM
ADDIS - Sheriff's investigators released photos today of two men sought in connection with a 2010 murder in West Baton Rouge Parish.
Col. Richie Johnson with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said they're looking for Karl Howard and Corey Knox, and the pair should be considered armed and... more »
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 »
March 13, 2013 11:25 AM
PORT ALLEN - Residents in parts of West Baton Rouge Parish will get new, larger recycling carts this week. On Thursday, crews with Allied Waste will begin distributing the new recycling carts to people in unincorporated parts of the parish and in the towns of Addis and Brusly.
News... more »
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 »
February 21, 2013 6:24 PM
PORT ALLEN - School security in West Baton Rouge remains an issue of concern for parents and the parish school board.
At a meeting last night, a board member suggested the schools start using metal detectors and initiate lock down procedures to keep trespassers away and prevent students from... more »
February 4, 2013 5:22 PM
PORT ALLEN- A 16-year old student is still in jail after school administrators say he brought a sawed-off shotgun to school Friday.
The administration was tipped off by two students who saw the boy with the weapon and the school was put on lock down until it was secured.... more »
January 23, 2013 12:05 AM
BATON ROUGE- Police have found the car they believe was the planned getaway vehicle in a Monday night armed robbery that eventually led to a hostage standoff and police shooting in West Baton Rouge where the suspect was killed.
Authorities had been looking for the black Pontiac Firebird since... more »
January 22, 2013 10:28 AM
ADDIS - Authorities identified the suspect killed during a hostage standoff last night, and said one other person connected to the case is still on the loose.
Col. Richie Johnson with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said police shot and killed Ray Charles Hayes, 50, as he threatened... more »
January 14, 2013 10:53 AM
PORT ALLEN - School administrators in West Baton Rouge will meet with law enforcement tonight to discuss school security in the parish.
Tonight's committee meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the school board office in Port Allen.
The committee will primarily decide if the topic warrants further... more »
January 3, 2013 10:23 PM
ADDIS- A 36-year-old was killed after walking into traffic on LA 1 Thursday night.
State Police said Emmanuelle Stewart was hit by a car near the Iberville/West Baton Rouge Parish line.
"Stewart was attempting to cross LA 1 when he walked directly into the vehicle's path," a State... more »
January 3, 2013 7:29 PM
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ADDIS - State Police confirmed one person died in a wreck involving a pedestrian this evening in West Baton Rouge.
A State Police spokesperson said the deadly wreck happened on La. 1 near the border between West Baton Rouge and Iberville... more »
January 3, 2013 10:35 AM
PORT ALLEN - Traffic officials closed one lane of the Intracoastal Bridge in Port Allen this morning for emergency repairs.
Traffic engineers with DOTD said they closed the northbound right lane of La. 1 starting at 10 a.m. for emergency work repairing a bridge joint.
The lane closure... more »
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 »
December 20, 2012 11:22 PM
PORT ALLEN- School leaders in West Baton Rouge are the latest to talk about upping the ante when it comes to school security.
Superintendent David Corona told WBRZ News 2, he's set-up a committee to look into what needs to be done to keep schools safe in the event... more »
December 5, 2012 10:03 PM
PLAQUEMINE- About two hours after a mysterious power outage, most people have had electricity restored.
Something happened at a substation, leaving thousands along LA 1 in the dark. From Plaquemine to Brusly, people didn't have power Wednesday night.
Crews were able to find the issue, and restore power... more »
December 5, 2012 7:39 PM
PLAQUEMINE- Thousands of people are without power after connectivity was lost between some power grids Wednesday night.
Mayor Mark Gulotta said the issue is believed to be a connection problem with an Entergy line. Gulotta said crews are working to pinpoint which line is having an issue, and restore... more »
November 21, 2012 10:38 AM
PORT ALLEN - State Police said one person did in a wreck overnight on I-10 in West Baton Rouge Parish.
Troopers said Reginald D. Head, 29, of Maringouin died in the single-vehicle wreck at the border between West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes.
Investigators said Head drove off... more »
November 8, 2012 5:45 PM
PORT ALLEN - Bar sales in West Baton Rouge are suffering after a new ordinance in East Baton Rouge took effect last week.
Bars are now open Sundays on the east side of the river, and bar owners in Port Allen say it's taking away their business.
"Just... more »
November 5, 2012 9:29 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Capital City and Livingston Parish were among the areas where two new neuroinvasive cases of West Nile have been found. Monday, Louisiana's health department confirms six new cases - two dangerous infections of the nervous system and four cases of flu-like West Nile fever.
The neuroinvasive... more »
October 31, 2012 4:06 PM
PORT ALLEN - Drivers on La. 1 may soon see an unusual sight: workers handing out survey cards to stopped vehicles. It's to find out how many drivers will use a proposed toll road connecting La. 415 to La. 1. Parish President Riley "Pee Wee" Bertholot says it will help... more »
October 25, 2012 7:36 AM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish President Riley Berthelot Jr. presented the Parish Council with a $54.5 million spending plan for 2013 that reflects a 0.5 percent gain over the 2012 budget.
Berthelot told council members the modest budget increase is due to a 4 percent increase in... more »
October 18, 2012 10:20 PM
LOBDELL- I-10 is closed; drivers headed west are being diverted off the interstate at Hwy. 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish.
The closure is because of a wreck in St. Martin Parish- about 40 miles away.
There, a fiery crash is causing traffic to build on the I-10... more »
October 18, 2012 7:32 AM
PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish School Board has unanimously approved a request from Superintendent David Corona to give the district's nearly 600 employees a 13th check in the amount of $800.
The check will be issued to employees in December and funded through the school district's... more »
October 11, 2012 4:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Joint Task Force 7 held a counterterrorism drill on the Mississippi River to test their inter-agency skills, while neutralizing a simulated terrorist threat.
The drill had sheriff's deputies from seven different agencies working together to find a mock bomb strapped to a pillar on the Mississippi... more »
September 4, 2012 4:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - A recent boil order for West Baton Rouge has been lifted, while another for Walker remains in place.
Authorities in West Baton Rouge today said DHH testing confirmed water samples from the intercoastal area near Addis and Brusly were clear.
They were put under a... more »
August 31, 2012 5:58 PM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge authorities canceled a boil order this evening that had been in effect for a portion of the parish.
The boil order was for the south side of the Intracoastal Canal in the Brusly - Addis area. Authorities canceled it earlier this evening.
August 29, 2012 7:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issued a boil advisory for the following systems in response to Hurricane Issac:
Schriever Water System (Terrebonne Parish) - interruption in water treatment facility
St. John Water District #1 (St. John the Baptist Parish) - system flooded
... more »
August 16, 2012 7:47 AM
PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish School Superintendent David Corona has received permission from the school board to seek architects' proposals for a possible expansion at Brusly Elementary School.
Corona told the board Wednesday he also plans to ask architects to draw a "footprint" for a new high... more »
July 17, 2012 9:55 PM
PORT ALLEN- A News 2 investigation found a woman convicted in a deadly drunk driving crash has a unique arrangement at the West Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Our cameras captured Victoria Gosserand walking around the prison grounds without handcuffs or shackles this month. The video was filmed less than... more »
May 29, 2012 10:15 AM
ERWINVILLE - Some West Baton Rouge Parish residents forced from their homes because of a chemical fire say the Air Liquide company owes them.
Authorities evacuated residents living within a mile around the Air Liquide facility after a fire last week ignited several acetylene containers in the plant. Several... more »
May 28, 2012 10:26 AM
PORT ALLEN - Sheriff's deputies in West Baton Rouge arrested a former LSU and NFL player after his neighbors said he made threatening remarks after a relative was shot.
Deputies arrested Norman LeJeune last night in suspicion of public intimidation, terroristic threats and resisting arrest, according to Col. Richie... more »
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 »
May 22, 2012 4:18 PM
PORT ALLEN - An evacuation and road closure in West Baton Rouge Parish after a chemical fire will continue into Wednesday, according to authorities.
The Louisiana State Police said a fire that started yesterday morning at the storage facility was mostly out, with a few "hot spots" still burning.... more »
May 21, 2012 6:52 PM
PORT ALLEN - Emergency crews announced they will let a chemical fire at a Port Allen storage facility continue to burn overnight, while they monitor several acetylene containers on the property.
A fire broke out around 10:30 a. m. at the Air Liquide facility on La. 190 in Port... more »
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 »
May 15, 2012 7:22 PM
Parish government worker pensions in the Baton Rouge area are in much better shape than their counterparts employed by the state. The East Baton Rouge City-Parish plan is the single largest and covers the 3,300 non police employees. Surrounding parish workers are enrolled in a statewide plan called the Parochial... more »
April 26, 2012 10:28 PM
WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH- New details are emerging surrounding one of the area's most infamous abductions. To date, it remains unsolved and stumped even the most seasoned investigators. Mari Ann Fowler was last seen on December 24, 2002 in Port Allen after leaving a fast food restaurant. Search teams fanned... more »
April 11, 2012 5:52 PM
PORT ALLEN - Animal control workers removed an almost six-foot-long alligator from a Port Allen motel this afternoon after it bit a guest.
Staff at the motel told News 2 they saw the alligator outside of a window and called the West Baton Rouge Parish Sherriff's office. But before... more »
April 5, 2012 4:25 PM
PORT ALLEN - A West Baton Rouge neighborhood is on alert after burglars went through more than a dozen vehicles in their neighborhood, even stealing one.
Nearly 20 vehicles were hit overnight on Emily Drive. Most were just rummaged through, but Andrew Law's truck was stolen.
"I was... more »
March 8, 2012 11:26 AM
PORT ALLEN- Two former West Baton Rouge deputies are expected to plead guilty to their role in a 2007 jailhouse beating that left an inmate with a broken jaw.
Authorities say Gary Frith and Philmore Bradford will plead guilty to second degree battery and malfeasance in office.
Deputies... more »
February 27, 2012 10:37 PM
WEST BATON ROUGE- Some parents are questioning school officials' decision to have third graders at Lukeville Upper Elementary in Brusly read a book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Their concern isn't only about the topic being taught to 8-year-olds, but about how it's being taught, with the n-word.
... more »
February 17, 2012 11:25 AM
BATON ROUGE - The West Baton Rouge bar ordinance becomes law today, February 17th.
The new law stipulates that businesses selling alcoholic beverages must close at 10pm on Sundays and cannot reopen until 6am Monday.
There are some exceptions: Super Bowl Sunday, Sundays that are followed by holidays... more »
January 20, 2012 7:16 AM
WEST BATON ROUGE - A pedestrian is dead this morning after being struck on a main road in Port Allen.
State Police say the accident happened on Bueche Road, north of Section Road just before 6:00 a.m. Friday.
Troopers' investigation finds Brandon Gueho, 24, of Port Allen was... more »
December 17, 2011 11:29 AM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana State Police are investigating a fatal hit and run crash in West Baton Rouge.
It happened just before 8:00pm Friday night on I-10 eastbound, west of LA 415 near milepost 147.
According to Police, 58-year-old Donny Tullier was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer east on... more »
October 14, 2011 8:52 AM
BATON ROUGE - One man is under arrest, after a motorcycle chase that stretched across two parishes.
The high speed chase started around 10 p.m. Thursday in West Baton Rouge Parish.
State Police, Baton Rouge Police and Sheriff's Deputies all assisted in the pursuit.
The suspect was... more »
September 18, 2011 10:49 AM
PORT ALLEN- West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes says a former LSU football player was arrested after he shot a woman in the head at a casino truck stop in Port Allen. The shooting happened yesterday evening at the Cajun Circus truck stop plaza on Highway 190 West.
... more »
September 7, 2011 5:25 PM
WEST BATON ROUGE-- Sugarcane farmers are dealing with a handful. Many of them own farms covered in plants that are completely bent over and matted close to the ground, thanks to gusts from Tropical Storm Lee.
Heath Morris estimates all of his plants are downed, some worse than others.... more »
August 5, 2011 6:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - The school year at Brusly High in West Baton Rouge Parish will be noticeably different.
Sylvianne Lozada, a foreign language teacher there, disappeared one month ago today. Her family last heard from her on June 5, and her husband and daughter left the country a few... more »
August 3, 2011 6:08 PM
PORT ALLEN-- West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Guidry is facing a sex charge, after he was arrested Tuesday for carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
Sheriff Mike Cazes said Guidry has worked at the West Baton Rouge Jail since 2008, without any problem.
A 911 tip called in... more »
June 30, 2011 10:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- A ban on Sunday night alcohol sales is dead days after it started in West Baton Rouge Parish.
Parish leaders pulled the ordinance because of legal questions.
Last month, the West Baton Rouge council made it illegal for bars and clubs to be open past 10... more »
June 24, 2011 3:23 PM
PORT ALLEN - Many West Baton Rouge Parish employees will see a 5 percent cost of living increase in the next fiscal year, after the Parish Council voted unanimously to approve the measure.
Parish Finance Director Philip Bourgoyne said Thursday employees affected include classified full-time and part-time employees, including... more »
June 16, 2011 1:53 PM
PORT ALLEN - One of the two men suspected in the deadly beating of a Florida woman admitted to the killing today in West Baton Rouge Parish.
News 2 cameras were there as Tyler McClain said this about his role in the murder and the beating of the victim's... more »
June 16, 2011 2:20 AM
PORT ALLEN- The West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office says two Florida men arrested in Louisiana after a car chase last week have been charged with the beating death of a Florida woman.
Sheriff Mike Cazes said that Volusia County authorities charged Tyler McClain, 24, and Bradley Suntich, 25,... more »
June 10, 2011 2:49 PM
PORT ORANGE, Fla. - Authorities have released the names of the two men arrested this morning in West Baton Rouge after a high-speed chase, and two Florida women they are suspected of beating so severely that one died.
A Port Orange Police spokesperson said Tyler McClain, 24, and Bradley... more »
June 10, 2011 1:12 PM
PORT ALLEN - Authorities say one of two men arrested after a high-speed chase this morning in Port Allen has confessed to killing an elderly woman in Florida.
West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes said the man had been taken to a local hospital after deputies learned he'd overdosed... more »
May 13, 2011 5:00 AM
PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Parish Council has passed an ordinance that will ban businesses in unincorporated areas from selling alcoholic beverages after 10 p.m. on Sunday nights.
Business owners say Sunday is their busiest night of the week and shutting down drinking after 10 p.m. would... more »
May 4, 2011 2:43 AM
PORT ALLEN - Louisiana State Police have released the names of a trooper who was shot this morning, and the man they said shot him.
According to Trooper Russell Graham, 20-year-old William Belniak was shot and arrested by sheriff's deputies that responded to the scene. Graham said deputies fired... more »