WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ News News en-us Copyright 2022, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 21 May 2022 HH:05:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 No. 20 LSU softball loses first game in Tempe Regional to San Diego State 10-5 https://www.wbrz.com/news/no-20-lsu-softball-loses-first-game-in-tempe-regional-to-san-diego-state-10-5/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/no-20-lsu-softball-loses-first-game-in-tempe-regional-to-san-diego-state-10-5/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 10:11:19 PM Corey Rholdon No. 20 LSU softball loses first game in Tempe Regional to San Diego State 10-5

TEMPE - The LSU softball team falls to San Diego State 10-5 in the opening game of the Tempe Regional.

Sophomore Ali Newland led the Tigers with a three-for-three performance at the plate with three RBIs, while sophomore Morgan Smith hit her second home run in as many games and recorded two RBIs.

Junior Ali Kilponen (18-8) was charged the loss after striking out three batters and allowing five hits and five runs.

The Tigers will now play the loser of Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton tomorrow.


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Victim's family frustrated by three-year delay in latest sex crime accusation involving Tiki Tubing owners https://www.wbrz.com/news/victim-s-family-frustrated-by-three-year-delay-in-latest-sex-crime-accusation-involving-tiki-tubing-owners/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/victim-s-family-frustrated-by-three-year-delay-in-latest-sex-crime-accusation-involving-tiki-tubing-owners/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 9:42:00 PM Annie Johnson Victim's family frustrated by three-year delay in latest sex crime accusation involving Tiki Tubing owners

DENHAM SPRINGS - A victim's family is overcome with relief now that Patricia Fore is facing sex crime charges three years after she abused their daughter.

“It did go further than touching. She raped her,” the victim’s mother said.

Fore was arrested for sexual battery Friday morning just four days after her husband, John Fore, was arrested for sexual battery. In fact, authorities say it was John's arrest that led to Patricia's.

Sheriff Jason Ard released this statement to WBRZ: 

“Today, Patricia Fore was arrested and booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center for Sexual Battery. She is the wife of John Fore, who was also arrested this week for Sexual Battery. The charges against the two stem from two separate complaints. The complaint against John Fore was reported this month. The complaint against Patricia Fore stems from a 2019 report.

Following John Fore’s arrest, the 2019 case was brought to my attention. On review of that case,  I realized that the case had not been pursued as diligently as it should have been.  The family of the victim has been made aware of this action.

After the recent arrest of John Fore and a review of the previous 2019 case file, LPSO is conducting additional interviews this week and is actively pursuing the investigation of Patricia Fore.  All evidence will be gathered and no matter who you are, if you commit a crime, you will face the punishment. While I am personally reviewing the case following the 2019 report, my total focus is on the victim receiving justice.

This continues to be an ongoing but sensitive investigation. No more details can be released at this time. 

There are concerns that there may be more victims that have not come forward. If there are, I am asking you to please contact us at 225-686-2241 x1."

"The last time I talked to them, they just had nothing to say to me, and that was the response that I got every time that I called for at least a year," the mother said. 

She says the crime happened in 2019.

“This is something that has weighed on us for three years. They never said there wasn't enough evidence. They just said that they wanted more evidence,” she explained. 

And the family was also told investigators were waiting for something else.

“They said there was a surveillance system they hadn't been able to get into for years, but they suddenly got into this week,” she said. 

Frustrations have been mounting with each year's passing with no signs of progress.

“One of the worst things that a parent can go through to know that you weren't able to protect your baby from something you know is going to affect them for the rest of their life,” the mother said. 

But now that Patricia has been arrested, the victim's family is ready to move on. 

“It was this overwhelming feeling of 'it's finally happening,' like the wheels are spinning. It's coming out. It's public now. Now that it's public, they can't deny it," the mother said. "They have to look back at our case. They have to admit that something is going on and do something about it now."

Both Patricia and John have since bonded out and await their court dates.


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Toddler critically injured, six residents displaced after house fire on North 25th Street https://www.wbrz.com/news/toddler-critically-injured-six-residents-displaced-after-house-fire-on-north-25th-street/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/toddler-critically-injured-six-residents-displaced-after-house-fire-on-north-25th-street/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 8:52:24 PM Emily Davison Toddler critically injured, six residents displaced after house fire on North 25th Street

BATON ROUGE - A toddler is critically injured, and six residents are displaced after their home on North 25th Street caught fire Friday evening.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department said the blaze happened at a home in the 1600 block of North 25th Street around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Firefighters arrived at the scene to find heavy smoke billowing from the home. Upon entry to the home, they found and rescued the toddler from a bedroom.

The child was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Another child was also brought to a hospital to treat injuries sustained while trying to re-enter the home and rescue the toddler, according to the fire department.

Six people lived in the home, but fire officials said it's unclear how many were present at the time of the fire. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the displaced residents.

Crews were able to contain the flames to the hallway and one bedroom, but the rest of the house received over $100,000 in smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.


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Southern baseball wins game 2 over Alcorn 12-2 https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-baseball-wins-game-2-over-alcorn-12-2/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-baseball-wins-game-2-over-alcorn-12-2/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 8:47:08 PM Corey Rholdon Southern baseball wins game 2 over Alcorn 12-2

BATON ROUGE - The Southern Jags have scored 33 runs in their first two games of the series against Alcorn. The Jags win easily again in game 2, this time 12-2.

Former Zachary Bronco Anthony Fidanza picks up win number five on the year, throwing six innings and not giving up a run.

Southern now has 20 wins in SWAC play and can clinch the 1 seed in the SWAC West tomorrow at 3 p.m.


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Southeastern baseball stays alive in the Southland Conference tournament, beating HBU 12-4 https://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-baseball-stays-alive-in-the-southland-conference-tournament-beating-hbu-12-4/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southeastern-baseball-stays-alive-in-the-southland-conference-tournament-beating-hbu-12-4/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 8:42:36 PM Corey Rholdon Southeastern baseball stays alive in the Southland Conference tournament, beating HBU 12-4

HAMMOND - The Southeastern baseball team stays alive in the Southland Conference tournament after beating Houston Baptist on Friday.

The Lions hit four home runs, including two by Rhett Rosevear. On the mound, Adam Guth gets the win, throwing seven innings and giving up three earned runs with seven strikeouts.

The Lions will play the loser of the UNO/Texas A&M Corpus Christi game tomorrow at 1 p.m.


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LSU baseball beats No. 21 Vanderbilt 8-3 in game 2 https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-beats-no-21-vanderbilt-8-3-in-game-2/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-beats-no-21-vanderbilt-8-3-in-game-2/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 8:37:36 PM Corey Rholdon LSU baseball beats No. 21 Vanderbilt 8-3 in game 2

NASHVILLE - The LSU baseball team dominates in Nashville, winning their first series there since 2005. The Tigers had the long ball going again tonight, as Dylan Crews hit two homers. 

On the mound, Ty Floyd had a really solid outing, throwing 5.1 innings and only giving up one run with seven strikeouts.

The Tigers will now look to sweep Vandy tomorrow at 1 p.m. 


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Firefighters tackle massive junkyard fire in Tangipahoa Parish https://www.wbrz.com/news/firefighters-tackle-massive-junkyard-fire-in-tangipahoa-parish/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/firefighters-tackle-massive-junkyard-fire-in-tangipahoa-parish/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 7:29:38 PM Emily Davison Firefighters tackle massive junkyard fire in Tangipahoa Parish

TANGIPAHOA PARISH - Firefighters are tackling a massive junkyard fire in Fluker on Friday evening.

Tangipahoa Fire District 1 said they were responding to the blaze around 6 p.m. Friday at a commercial structure on US 51.

Crews from Roseland, Kentwood, Loranger, Husser, Independence and Wilmer are also reportedly on scene to fight the flames. The fire district said their "operation will last long into the night."


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Mississippi murder suspect captured in Louisiana after spending weeks on the run https://www.wbrz.com/news/mississippi-murder-suspect-captured-in-louisiana-after-spending-weeks-on-the-run/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/mississippi-murder-suspect-captured-in-louisiana-after-spending-weeks-on-the-run/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 6:21:10 PM WBRZ Staff Mississippi murder suspect captured in Louisiana after spending weeks on the run

WOODVILLE, Miss. - A murder suspect who allegedly shot his girlfriend when she refused to help him hide from Mississippi law enforcement was taken into custody in Louisiana.

Jacory Carr, 25, had been on the run from authorities since May 5, when he allegedly murdered someone at an apartment complex in Centreville. 

Days after the killing, Carr went to his girlfriend looking for shelter from law enforcement. When she refused to help him, he shot her, according to the Woodville Police Department.

After that shooting, Carr fled to Louisiana where he was finally captured, police said Friday.  


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'Mass chaos': Witness describes panic after gunfire erupted at high school graduation https://www.wbrz.com/news/mass-chaos-witness-describes-panic-after-gunfire-erupted-at-high-school-graduation/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/mass-chaos-witness-describes-panic-after-gunfire-erupted-at-high-school-graduation/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 5:54:04 PM Falon Brown 'Mass chaos': Witness describes panic after gunfire erupted at high school graduation

HAMMOND - What should have been a celebration turned into a night that hundreds from the Hammond High class of 2022 wish they could forget.

Penny Lapre was at the graduation ceremony at Southeastern Louisiana University with her son and his girlfriend when the shooting happened. 

“[I'm] in disbelief that something like this could be happening at such a joyous occasion for these, you know, there was 280-something kids graduating," Lapre said. "It was mass chaos." 

Lapre says she took a picture with her son's girlfriend at 8:16 p.m. Seconds later, the celebratory mood turned to terror.

“My son grabbed his girlfriend, and I pushed them to the ground with her mom," she said. “We stayed on the ground for moments until the gunfire stopped, and we proceeded to get up and run inside the arena when they started again.”

A crowd of hundreds fled for safety in all directions while stray bullets flew past them. Lapre and her family stayed low to the ground, unsure if the violence was over, before they began to run, too.

“So if you imagine every child had 20 tickets, the amount of people that were out here and the amount of chaos that when something like this happens and everyone is running in all directions," Lapre said.

Three innocent bystanders were caught in the crossfire and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Another bystander was trampled during the ensuing panic.

Lapre says with a crowd that size, it's a miracle more weren't injured.

“I remember walking from gate five to three, and they had elderly in wheelchairs coming down, they had children... and all I could think about was all the people that could’ve really got hurt by all the stray bullets flying everywhere,” Lapre said.

Still processing everything that happened, she feels sympathy for the graduates, whose accomplishments now will be forever overshadowed by a senseless act of violence.

"For these children that are 17, 18 years old to have to witness something like that, it was just horrific,” she said.

Those who were injured are expected to make a full recovery.


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OLOL urging public to donate blood in wake of critical O Negative shortage https://www.wbrz.com/news/olol-urging-public-to-donate-blood-in-wake-of-critical-o-negative-shortage/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/olol-urging-public-to-donate-blood-in-wake-of-critical-o-negative-shortage/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 5:32:32 PM WBRZ Staff OLOL urging public to donate blood in wake of critical O Negative shortage

BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is asking for blood donations in response to a critical shortage of O Negative blood.

OLOL staff said Friday they are urging the public to make donations at the Blood Donor Center tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The center is inside the hospital, located at 7777 Hennessy Boulevard.


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Livingston Parish schools beefing up graduation security in wake of Hammond shooting https://www.wbrz.com/news/livingston-parish-schools-beefing-up-graduation-security-in-wake-of-hammond-shooting/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/livingston-parish-schools-beefing-up-graduation-security-in-wake-of-hammond-shooting/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 3:08:59 PM WBRZ Staff Livingston Parish schools beefing up graduation security in wake of Hammond shooting

Livingston Parish public schools are changing security protocols at their upcoming graduation ceremonies after a shooting at a Hammond commencement sent four people to a hospital. 

The school system say it has four ceremonies scheduled at Southeastern Louisiana University's campus, the same place where gunfire erupted Thursday night following Hammond High's graduation. 

Along with increased security at each entrance, guests will be banned from bringing purses and bags into the venue. Only phones and cameras will be allowed inside. 


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Community leaders organizing baby formula giveaway in Baton Rouge https://www.wbrz.com/news/community-leaders-organizing-baby-formula-giveaway-in-baton-rouge/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/community-leaders-organizing-baby-formula-giveaway-in-baton-rouge/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 2:57:00 PM WBRZ Staff Community leaders organizing baby formula giveaway in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - Councilwoman Chauna Banks announced Friday that she is spearheading a drive-thru baby formula giveaway early next month to help families affected by nationwide formula shortages.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center on Central Road. Those interested must register ahead of time by visiting this link.

Read the full statement below for further details.

Councilwoman Chauna Banks will distribute baby formula for free to families impacted by the recent baby formula shortage that has created issues in the region and around the country.

Councilwoman Banks plans drive through baby formula give away? on Saturday, June 4th, 10am-12 noon, based on availability.
There is a limit of one container per car.


Pre-registration is required, however the formula will be “100% free”. It will be available at the Jewel J. Newman Community Center, 2013 Central Road.


The announcement comes as local families, and many around the country, scramble to find adequate amounts of baby formula amid a shortage spurred by a major recall and lingering supply chain issues.


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Dirt pile cleared from cemetery, headstones found after 2 On Your Side report https://www.wbrz.com/news/dirt-pile-cleared-from-cemetery-headstones-found-after-2-on-your-side-report/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/dirt-pile-cleared-from-cemetery-headstones-found-after-2-on-your-side-report/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 2:35:02 PM Brittany Weiss Dirt pile cleared from cemetery, headstones found after 2 On Your Side report

WALKER - A large pile of dirt that was dumped on graves has been removed. Several people responded after Wednesday night's 2 On Your Side story offering to help.

Kelly Trahan with Total Dirt Solutions LLC volunteered his time to scoop and haul off the dirt at Vickers Cemetery in Walker on Thursday and Friday. The mound of dirt, left over from digging graves, is now a smooth surface.

Elaine Watts contacted 2 On Your Side about the dirt pile after her calls for help didn't produce results.

"I cannot believe it's being done today," Watts said.

She has family buried at the cemetery. Earlier this week, she told 2 On Your Side that the dirt had been in the middle of the cemetery since 2020 and it was piled on top of her brother's headstone.

"I tried to look around and see if I could find it, the headstone, but I couldn't," she said.

It was nowhere to be found. Friday, that headstone and another were found once again.

Vickers Cemetery is maintained with the help of donations and is run by volunteers. Some of them were at the cemetery Friday as the work was underway. Lewis Sibley says he's been trying to find someone to clear the dirt for two years, but—because of liability concerns—no one has agreed to the job.

After the story aired on Wednesday, Sibley says he got a phone call from Total Dirt Solutions wanting to help. The work was completed before this weekend's rain.

Now that her brother's headstone is back in place, Watts says she can visit and not have to worry about where her loved one is buried.

Sibley says it's changing the cemetery burial rules and that from now on, dirt dug from graves will not be allowed to be left behind.


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African scientists baffled by monkeypox cases in Europe, US https://www.wbrz.com/news/african-scientists-baffled-by-monkeypox-cases-in-europe-us/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/african-scientists-baffled-by-monkeypox-cases-in-europe-us/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 2:04:19 PM Associated Press African scientists baffled by monkeypox cases in Europe, US

LONDON (AP) — Scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks of monkeypox in Africa say they are baffled by the disease’s recent spread in Europe and North America.

Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West Africa. But in the past week, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, U.S., Sweden and Canada all reported infections, mostly in young men who hadn’t previously traveled to Africa.

France, Germany, Belgium and Australia confirmed their first cases Friday.

“I’m stunned by this. Every day I wake up and there are more countries infected,” said Oyewale Tomori, a virologist who formerly headed the Nigerian Academy of Science and who sits on several World Health Organization advisory boards.

“This is not the kind of spread we’ve seen in West Africa, so there may be something new happening in the West,” he said.

To date, no one has died in the outbreak. Monkeypox typically causes fever, chills, a rash and lesions on the face or genitals. WHO estimates the disease is fatal for up to one in 10 people, but smallpox vaccines are protective and some antiviral drugs are being developed.

British health officials are exploring whether the disease is being sexually transmitted. Health officials have asked doctors and nurses to be on alert for potential cases, but said the risk to the general population is low. The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended all suspected cases be isolated and that high-risk contacts be offered smallpox vaccine.

Nigeria reports about 3,000 monkeypox cases a year, WHO said. Outbreaks are usually in rural areas, when people have close contact with infected rats and squirrels, Tomori said. He said many cases are likely missed.

Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, head of the country’s Center for Disease Control, said none of the Nigerian contacts of the British patients have developed symptoms and that investigations were ongoing.

WHO’s Europe director, Dr. Hans Kluge, described the outbreak as “atypical,” saying the appearance of the disease in so many countries across the continent suggested that “transmission has been ongoing for some time.” He said most of the European cases are mild.

On Friday, Britain’s Health Security Agency reported 11 new monkeypox cases, saying that “a notable proportion” of the most recent infections in the U.K. and Europe have been in young men with no history of travel to Africa who were gay, bisexual or had sex with men.

Authorities in Spain and Portugal also said their cases were in young men who mostly had sex with other men and said those cases were picked up when the men turned up with lesions at sexual health clinics.

Experts have stressed they do not know if the disease is being spread through sex or other close contact related to sex.

Nigeria hasn’t seen sexual transmission, Tomori said, but he noted that viruses that hadn’t initially been known to transmit via sex, like Ebola, were later proven to do so after bigger epidemics showed different patterns of spread.

The same could be true of monkeypox, Tomori said.

In Germany, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said the government was confident the outbreak could be contained. He said the virus was being sequenced to see if there were any genetic changes that might have made it more infectious.

Rolf Gustafson, an infectious diseases professor, told Swedish broadcaster SVT that it was “very difficult” to imagine the situation might worsen.

“We will certainly find some further cases in Sweden, but I do not think there will be an epidemic in any way,” Gustafson said. “There is nothing to suggest that at present.”

Scientists said that while it’s possible the outbreak’s first patient caught the disease while in Africa, what’s happening now is exceptional.

“We’ve never seen anything like what’s happening in Europe,” said Christian Happi, director of the African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases. “We haven’t seen anything to say that the transmission patterns of monkeypox have been changing in Africa. So if something different is happening in Europe, then Europe needs to investigate that.”

Happi also pointed out that the suspension of smallpox vaccination campaigns after the disease was eradicated in 1980 might inadvertently be helping monkeypox spread. Smallpox vaccines also protect against monkeypox, but mass immunization was stopped decades ago.

“Aside from people in west and Central Africa who may have some immunity to monkeypox from past exposure, not having any smallpox vaccination means nobody has any kind of immunity to monkeypox,” Happi said.

Shabir Mahdi, a professor of vaccinology at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, said a detailed investigation of the outbreak in Europe, including determining who the first patients were, was now critical.

“We need to really understand how this first started and why the virus is now gaining traction,” he said. “In Africa, there have been very controlled and infrequent outbreaks of monkeypox. If that’s now changing, we really need to understand why.”


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Man wanted in federal child sex-trafficking case captured in Baton Rouge https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-wanted-in-federal-child-sex-trafficking-case-captured-in-baton-rouge/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-wanted-in-federal-child-sex-trafficking-case-captured-in-baton-rouge/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 1:06:34 PM WBRZ Staff Man wanted in federal child sex-trafficking case captured in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE - A Guatemalan national who entered the country illegally was arrested in the capital area Friday on charges tied to an out-of-state human-trafficking investigation.

A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Belter Manolo Arana Bautista, 36, was arrested by federal agents in Baton Rouge. 

Bautista was recently indicted in Wisconsin for sex trafficking of a child. According to federal officials, he was also in the United States illegally. 

No other details related to the case were immediately released. 


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Pedestrian struck and killed by St. John sheriff's deputy while crossing Airline Highway https://www.wbrz.com/news/pedestrian-struck-and-killed-by-st-john-sheriff-s-deputy-while-crossing-airline-highway/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/pedestrian-struck-and-killed-by-st-john-sheriff-s-deputy-while-crossing-airline-highway/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 12:28:35 PM WBRZ Staff Pedestrian struck and killed by St. John sheriff's deputy while crossing Airline Highway

LAPLACE - A man was struck and killed by a law enforcement vehicle while trying to cross a highway late Thursday night.

Louisiana State Police said the crash happened around 10 p.m. on Airline Highway near Windsor Street. 

An on-duty St. John Parish sheriff's deputy was heading southbound in a marked sheriff's office unit when the victim, 45-year-old Dave Walker, tried to cross the highway. Walker was struck as he entered the righthand lane and died at the scene, according to police.

In a news release, State Police pointed out that "there are no designated crosswalks and lighting is limited" at the site of the crash.

Neither the deputy nor their front seat passenger were wearing seatbelts at the time. Both were unharmed. 

An investigation into the crash is ongoing. 


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YouTube flags EBR School Board meeting video as 'spam, deceptive' and blocks education system content https://www.wbrz.com/news/youtube-flags-ebr-school-board-meeting-video-as-spam-deceptive-and-blocks-education-system-content/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/youtube-flags-ebr-school-board-meeting-video-as-spam-deceptive-and-blocks-education-system-content/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 11:59:29 AM Trey Schmaltz YouTube flags EBR School Board meeting video as 'spam, deceptive' and blocks education system content

BATON ROUGE – YouTube flagged the video stream of a controversial East Baton Rouge Parish School Board meeting, making it unwatchable on the social media website Friday.

The board meeting from Thursday, May 19, 2022, was banned from viewers.  The meeting focused on a contentious discussion over Superintendent Sito Narcisse’s decision to require teachers switch schools in an effort to deal with staffing shortages next school year.

Before the meeting, parents held a “Release Narcisse” rally, lobbying the board to fire the superintendent.

“Narcisse decided, apparently without a vote from the board, basically to give them an eviction notice, which bullied them into either moving into this new position without discussion, without conversation, abandoning relationships and programs that they developed or they didn't have a job,” parent and former East Baton Rouge student Natalie Overall said at the rally.

Narcisse told the board, it is his job to make sure vacancies are filled and board members and parents should trust his judgment: “As a superintendent, that is what this board has entrusted me on, and I look forward to continuing that work,” he said. 

The meeting was blocked from YouTube because of “Spam, deceptive practices and scams.”  The school district said it was attempting to get the internet giant to restore access “soon,” according to a school system spokesperson.

An EBR Schools spokesperson said: "For some reason, YouTube flagged the stream as 'Spam, deceptive practices and scams.' We are working to see if we can appeal this and have the video restored soon."

The video appeared to have been restored sometime Friday afternoon. 

Read the YouTube policy here.


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Ascension public works employee arrested on drug charges https://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-public-works-employee-arrested-on-drug-charges/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-public-works-employee-arrested-on-drug-charges/ News Fri, 20 May 2022 9:18:40 AM WBRZ Staff Ascension public works employee arrested on drug charges

DONALDSONVILLE - An employee with the Ascension Parish government was booked this week on federal drug charges.

According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, Kelly Jones was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The sheriff's could not release further details, citing it as a federal Drug Enforcement Administration case. 

Jones, 40, works with Ascension Department of Public Works and was taken into custody by federal marshals. 

Records also suggest Jones was involved in a 2020 traffic stop where his passenger was arrested for drug possession, though Jones was only ticketed for traffic violations in that case. 


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LSU baseball dominates game 1 vs No. 21 Vanderbilt, winning 13-2 https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-dominates-game-1-vs-no-21-vanderbilt-winning-13-2/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-dominates-game-1-vs-no-21-vanderbilt-winning-13-2/ News Thu, 19 May 2022 10:46:40 PM Corey Rholdon LSU baseball dominates game 1 vs No. 21 Vanderbilt, winning 13-2

BATON ROUGE - The LSU baseball team did a complete 180, crushing No. 21 Vanderbilt on the road 13-2. The Tigers scored 5 runs in the 2nd, including a 3 run blast by Dylan Crews for his 18th of the year. 

LSU hit 5 home runs, including 2 by Cade Doughty. On the mound it looked like Ma'Khail Hillard was back to form after having rough outting in his past two starts. Tonight he threw 5.1 innings, giving up only 1 run with 4 strikeouts. He gets his 6th win of the year.

In relief Eric Reyzelman goes 3.2 innings giving up 0 runs with 6 strikeouts. The Tigers can help themselves out a lot tomorrow with a series clutching win in terms of seeding in both the SEC and NCAA tournaments. 

Game 2 will be at 6pm on Friday. 


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'Release Narcisse' rally calls out superintendent https://www.wbrz.com/news/release-narcisse-rally-calls-out-superintendent/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/release-narcisse-rally-calls-out-superintendent/ News Thu, 19 May 2022 10:25:19 PM Annie Johnson 'Release Narcisse' rally calls out superintendent

BATON ROUGE - Parents and teachers hosted a "Release Narcisse" rally right outside the district office Thursday.

But Superintendent Sito Narcisse says he's just implementing the staffing model the board voted for. 

“Narcisse decided, apparently without a vote from the board, basically to give them an eviction notice, which bullied them into either moving into this new position without discussion, without conversation, abandoning relationships and programs that they developed or they didn't have a job,” parent and former East Baton Rouge student Natalie Overall said. 

And when these parents felt like they weren't being heard, they formed this rally. Just after the rally, the school board meeting took place inside.

“We submitted a petition because my emails had been ignored. The petition asked our school board to review Dr. Narcisse's contract for some anomalies and to examine his actions for the past 18 months,” parent and rally organizer Mary Juneau said. 

“I'm just wondering why the board received no communication about the extensive changes of this staffing redesign,” school board member Jill Dyason said. 

During the meeting, Superintendent Narcisse addressed the issue of the staffing model, saying he's just doing his job.

“As a superintendent, that is what this board has entrusted me on, and I look forward to continuing that work,” he said. 

But some of the parents weren't moved by Narcisse's comments or presentations at the meeting. 

“It is absolutely just lip service because what he presented in there sounded like a great story telling, but it's not factual. The numbers don't add up to what's really happening in the schools when you actually talk to the people in the schools who got impacted,” East Baton Rouge teacher Storm Matthews said. 

Friday, May 20th is the last day of school for students in the district.


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