The Investigative Unit

  • Policy changed after toddler drowns in state custody

    Updated: 6:47 PM 7/31/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Beginning tomorrow, the state will require all foster families to fence off swimming pools after a toddler drowned while in state custody this year. 22-month-old Michael Bananno died after he wandered into a swimming pool back in June. The investigation was ruled an accident by the... (More)
  • Revised ruling in 20-year-old sentencing case

    Revised ruling in 20-year-old sentencing case

    Updated: 11:43 PM 7/21/2014

    BATON ROUGE- In a revised ruling, the First Circuit Court of Appeals announced a case involving a 20-year-old sentence that has never been served should be sent back to a district court for consideration. The ruling deals with Stanley White of Ascension Parish. White pleaded guilty to killing an... (More)
  • Ex-government worker paid nearly $300k

    Ex-government worker paid nearly $300k

    Updated: 4:15 PM 7/18/2014

    BATON ROUGE- Former Alcohol Tobacco Control commissioner Murphy Painter received a nearly $300,000 check from the state related to his resignation and bills from his legal case that followed. Painter left the organization after an investigation in 2010 where inspectors were reviewing if he illegally used his position to... (More)
  • Businessman arrested in mansion, warehouse raid

    Updated: 7:51 PM 7/15/2014

    BATON ROUGE - Federal agents seized evidence that included a Ferrari during a synthetic pot raid Tuesday at numerous locations around Baton Rouge. Agents from Homeland Security Investigations detained Tim Tran to question him about possibly importing synthetic marijuana and money laundering. Investigators seized computers, a bag full of... (More)
  • The Investigative Unit: From confessional to court

    Updated: 5:06 AM 7/10/2014

    BATON ROUGE - The Diocese of Baton Rouge is firing back over a lawsuit involving a local priest who didn't report sexual abuse he knew about to authorities or parents of the alleged victim. The case is now tangled up in court, and has already made its way to the... (More)
  • Testimony shows experts had concerns with Livingston debris removal

    Testimony shows experts had concerns with Livingston debris removal

    Updated: 11:14 PM 7/2/2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- Transcripts of the arbitration hearing involving the Livingston Parish government and its appeal for nearly $60 million in FEMA funding show experts were concerned about how the parish handled debris removal following Hurricane Gustav in 2008. Two men, one with the Department of Homeland Security and another... (More)
  • Addis homicide investigation turned over to Attorney General

    Updated: 7:03 PM 6/16/2014

    BATON ROUGE- Evidence surrounding a homicide investigation in Addis is now in the hands of the State Attorney General. The WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Addis Police Chief Ricky Anderson turned over his investigative file into the death of Sandra Rinaudo to the state on Friday. It comes after the... (More)
  • New age-progression shows missing child at 15-years-old

    New age-progression shows missing child at 15-years-old

    Updated: 11:35 PM 6/13/2014

    CLINTON- A new age-progression image of Wesley Morgan was released Friday. It's the first computer generated image in a years suggesting what Morgan, who disappeared when he was 2-years-old, would look like. The latest image shows Morgan possibly at 15. Morgan vanished on May 15, 2001. He was... (More)
  • Homicide case open, getting attention after WBRZ suit

    Updated: 9:59 PM 6/12/2014

    PORT ALLEN - The death of a woman in Addis now has the attention of the state Attorney General's Office a month after the WBRZ Investigative Unit dug into the questionable homicide investigation. Pathologists and the West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office ruled Sandra Rinaudo's death on Aug. 9,... (More)
  • Investigation underway over anti-St. George flyer

    Updated: 6:52 PM 5/29/2014

    BATON ROUGE- The United States Postal Service has launched an investigation into a flyer that began arriving in mailboxes around Baton Rouge last week. At issue is the nonprofit postage paid stamp on the back. The flyer was sent from "Baton Rouge Sponsoring Committee/Together Baton Rouge." The circumstances surrounding... (More)

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