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CATS parts with employee who was the focus of WBRZ report

Posted 11:12 AM 10/19/2021 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) parted ways with an employee who was the focus of a WBRZ Investigative Unit report after he failed a pre-employment drug screen.

Following WBRZ's story, sources told the WBRZ Investigative Unit, Garrick Rose showed up to work with a (More)


Man tied to deadly multi-parish crime spree was previously ordered to have mental health evaluation

Posted 8:30 AM 10/10/2021 by Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE - A person suspected in a violent crime spree Saturday morning had a previous domestic abuse charge for battery in 2017.

The WBRZ Investigative Unit also found a traffic-related charge for Matthew Mire.

Mire, 31, is suspected of being involved in a deadly double shooting (More)


Trooper on leave, LSU investigating after complaints of 'inappropriate' post-game party with band members

Posted 4:17 PM 10/7/2021 by WBRZ News

BATON ROUGE - Hours after a WBRZ inquiry from Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto to State Police, troopers issued a mass statement to news outlets about a weeks-old investigation into complaints of a trooper and misconduct involving members of the LSU band at an away football game.

Attorney (More)


Baton Rouge breaks record for domestic violence murders

Posted 12:16 PM 10/6/2021 by Chris Nakamoto and Erin McWilliams

BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish has broken another record, and it's not a good one. The parish surpassed last year's all-time record high for domestic violence murders.

There's growing worry that the number will only increase with nearly three months of the year to go.

So far (More)


Lawmaker says second-in-command at State Police should be placed on leave amid federal investigation

Posted 4:33 PM 10/5/2021 by Chris Nakamoto and Erin McWilliams

BATON ROUGE - State Senator Cleo Fields is calling for Lieutenant Colonel Doug Cain to be placed on leave following the agency's failure to release his communication involving the Ronald Greene case. 

State Police attorneys told WRBZ Friday that communication via email and text (More)


Audit finds payroll fraud at Baton Rouge Fire, hundreds received overtime while out sick

Posted 5:04 PM 9/30/2021 by Chris Nakamoto and Erin McWilliams

BATON ROUGE- A payroll audit conducted by the city-parish of Baton Rouge found major problems at the Baton Rouge Fire Department and made a concerning conclusion about allegations of payroll fraud and malfeasance in office.

CAO Darryl Gissel told the WBRZ Investigative Unit Wednesday that (More)


Baton Rouge man dismantles part of personal levee, city-parish says it's not enough

Posted 1:49 PM 9/29/2021 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE- Fed up with flooding, Ken Guidry took matters into his own hands and built a personal levee around his property nestled in the heart of town off Perkins Road near Siegen Lane.

Guidry was (More)


Amid surge in juvenile violence, WBRZ special addresses the problem and solutions

Posted 3:35 PM 10/15/2021 by WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - Amid a surge in violent crime among juvenile offenders in the capital area, the WBRZ Investigative Unit sat down with key stakeholders talking about the root cause and ways to fix it.

There's no single or simple (More)


Woodlawn High coach on leave after player alleges coach spit on him, used racial slur

Posted 8:01 PM 10/13/2021 by Chris Nakamoto

UPDATE Oct. 13, 2021: Attorneys from both sides were in court Wednesday for a hearing after a judge previously denied a request for a restraining order against coach Weber Mansur.

A hearing was held Wednesday where the injunction was denied.


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