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7/21/2021

Nakamoto: Police officer fired as BRPD drug corruption investigation deepens

Nakamoto: Police officer fired as BRPD drug corruption investigation deepens

Posted 9:14 AM 7/22/2021 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - A police officer tied to the ongoing corruption investigation within the Baton Rouge Police drug squad has been fired, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Wednesday.

Multiple sources shared details of the firing with WBRZ's Chris Nakamoto and the Investigative Unit team. BRPD (More)

7/20/2021

DA says crimes among juveniles on the rise, holding parents accountable not easy

Posted 1:23 PM 7/21/2021 by Chris Nakamoto and Erin McWilliams

BATON ROUGE - As Baton Rouge is set to surpass last year's record murder rate, prosecutors handling juvenile cases in East Baton Rouge Parish are also watching cases involving juveniles committing heinous crimes increase.

In other states, District Attorney Hillar Moore said parents can be (More)

7/19/2021

In terse email, disgruntled LSP commander abruptly retires amid fallout, investigation into death of Ronald Greene

Posted 12:43 PM 7/20/2021 by Chris Nakamoto and Erin McWilliams

MONROE - The commander overseeing Louisiana State Police Troop F abruptly announced he's leaving the agency as it's  mired in controversy.

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7/14/2021

Baton Rouge man builds levees to protect property from flooding, city sues him

Posted 3:15 PM 7/19/2021 by Chris Nakamoto and Erin McWilliams

BATON ROUGE - A longtime resident in Baton Rouge will have to dismantle homemade ring levees he built around his property or face the city-parish removing them and sending a bill. The ongoing fight is spelled out in a court judgment that was signed in favor of Baton Rouge in April.

Ken (More)

7/15/2021

Security video, suspect's smart phone among new evidence turned over to prosecutors in 2015 murder of BR couple

Posted 12:25 PM 7/15/2021 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - It's been nearly six years since the bodies of Denis and Suzanne Duplantier were found beaten and bound in their truck in Hammond. This week, prosecutors (More)

7/9/2021

New memo from State Police, more than two years after Ronald Greene died, says don't 'destroy' case files

Posted 11:18 AM 7/10/2021 by WBRZ Investigative Unit

BATON ROUGE – An ominous memo to State Police staff this week asked that any documents related to Ronald Greene be saved and, in an unusually straightforward note, not “destroyed.”

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7/7/2021

FBI orders review of Ronald Greene autopsy as fallout grows at State Police

FBI orders review of Ronald Greene autopsy as fallout grows at State Police

Posted 12:20 PM 7/8/2021 by WBRZ Staff

Federal investigators have ordered a new look into Ronald Greene's autopsy more than two years after his death in Louisiana State Police custody. 

The (More)

7/2/2021

Southern University technical issue leaves professors unpaid for summer school

Posted 12:40 AM 7/4/2021 by Chris Nakamoto and Erin McWilliams

BATON ROUGE- A technical glitch at Southern University caused some professors teaching summer school to go unpaid.

It's the second payroll glitch at the university this year, but tenured Political Science Professor Dr. Albert Samuels said the issues are getting old.

"My mortgage (More)

7/1/2021

Officer's body camera recorded 30 seconds of traffic stop that's focus of internal investigation

Posted 5:27 PM 7/2/2021 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - A thirty-second recording captures the moments a traffic stop begins that eventually led to a Baton Rouge Police officer being put on paid leave amid an internal investigation about what happened during the stop.

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6/30/2021

Demoted State Police attorney sets up possible lawsuit, reveals investigation in demand letter to save everything

Demoted State Police attorney sets up possible lawsuit, reveals investigation in demand letter to save everything

Posted 11:26 AM 7/1/2021 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - The demoted former top State Police attorney is asking her colleagues to save emails and files amid what appears to be some sort of internal investigation and possible lawsuits.

Faye Morrison, through her own attorney, wrote to state public safety staffers this week, that (More)

6/29/2021

BRPD officer suspended for multiple warrantless searches dating back to 2017

BRPD officer suspended for multiple warrantless searches dating back to 2017

Posted 10:04 AM 6/30/2021 by Jeremy Krail

BATON ROUGE - A police officer demoted after a strip search of a teenager led to a $35,000 lawsuit settlement with the city is serving three suspensions, all related to (More)

6/25/2021

Court filings indicate disgraced deputy had sex with handcuffed woman during traffic stop

Posted 10:31 PM 6/26/2021 by Chris Nakamoto

LIVINGSTON - Salacious new court filings are detailing even more wrongdoing tied to a couple accused of sex crimes against children in Livingston Parish. Those documents indicate Dennis Perkins is seen (More)

6/23/2021

Top State Police attorney abruptly reassigned amid Nakamoto reports

Posted 4:38 PM 6/24/2021 by Trey Schmaltz and Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - The top attorney for Louisiana State Police was removed from her position Wednesday amid a handful of Chris Nakamoto and WBRZ Investigative Unit reports about State Police emails obtained by the TV station showing how top brass messaged to spin liability for the death of Ronald (More)

7/5/2021

Police: After deadly crash, grandmother arrested for helping driver flee scene

Posted 10:44 AM 7/6/2021 by Chris Nakamoto

LULING - Seven months after a work zone crash killed a contractor from Baton Rouge, State Police arrested a second person tied to the deadly wreck.

Brady Ortego, of Baton Rouge, was hit and killed while working on the bridge over the Mississippi River in Luling when a driver crashed (More)

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