WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ News News en-us Copyright 2021, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 29 Nov 2021 HH:11:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Work on major flood control projects kick off this week in Ascension Parish https://www.wbrz.com/news/work-on-major-flood-control-projects-kick-off-this-week-in-ascension-parish/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/work-on-major-flood-control-projects-kick-off-this-week-in-ascension-parish/ News Sun, 28 Nov 2021 9:21:49 PM Earl Phelps Work on major flood control projects kick off this week in Ascension Parish

ASCENSION PARISH - Work begins Monday on one of two major flood control projects in Ascension Parish.

The Frog Bayou - Fish Bayou flood control structure is being built on Alligator Bayou Road, which has been cut open to install water dams for flood mitigation.

"I think that will help get the water out of the swamp, but that's not the only issue. They got to be able to get the water out of Bayou Manchac," homeowner Troy Aldridge said.

Aldridge has lived in the area for 37 years and flooded more than once, almost losing everything in 2016. 

The $2.5 million structure will have flood gates and take at least a year to build.

Alligator Bayou Road has been closed so work can be done. Some residents are concerned that once it reopens, the traffic will drastically increase.

Ryan Deroche lives on the road and says the traffic is already bad, with drivers making U-turns all day long, not knowing they can't through.

"They could put a sign on the front of this road saying, 'hey, this road is closed' so we don't have so many people driving back and forth," Deroche said.

Work starts on the other flood control project, the New River Bayou dredging, on Tuesday.

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Accident on Highway 190 at LA-976 shuts down eastbound lanes, multiple serious injuries https://www.wbrz.com/news/accident-on-highway-190-at-la-976-shuts-down-eastbound-lanes-multiple-serious-injuries/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/accident-on-highway-190-at-la-976-shuts-down-eastbound-lanes-multiple-serious-injuries/ News Sun, 28 Nov 2021 8:59:21 PM Logan Cullop Accident on Highway 190 at LA-976 shuts down eastbound lanes, multiple serious injuries

LIVONIA - A multiple-vehicle crash on Highway 190 near LA-976 left multiple people with serious injuries Sunday night.

State Police said the eastbound lanes of Highway 190 are closed, and drivers should expect extended closures.

No more information was immediately available. This is a developing story. 

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Man charged with attempted murder over infant head trauma https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-charged-with-attempted-murder-over-infant-head-trauma/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-charged-with-attempted-murder-over-infant-head-trauma/ News Sun, 28 Nov 2021 7:38:05 PM Associated Press Man charged with attempted murder over infant head trauma

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A central Louisiana man is charged with attempted murder after his child was brought to a hospital with severe head injuries.

The Town Talk of Alexandria reports 22-year-old Kendrick Laron Williams of Pineville was arrested by Alexandria police after his infant was brought to a hospital by ambulance Tuesday.

Williams is charged with attempted second-degree murder and is being held in the Rapides Parish jail with bail set at $300,000. It’s unclear if Williams has a lawyer to speak for him.

The baby later was flown to another medical facility that specializes in child trauma, police said. As of Wednesday morning, the child was listed in critical condition.

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Florida hires UL's Billy Napier as next head coach https://www.wbrz.com/news/florida-hires-ul-s-billy-napier-as-next-head-coach/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/florida-hires-ul-s-billy-napier-as-next-head-coach/ News Sun, 28 Nov 2021 2:32:25 PM Associated Press Florida hires UL's Billy Napier as next head coach

Florida hired Louisiana-Lafayette’s Billy Napier on Sunday to be the Gators’ next football coach.

The move ends a quick process that landed Florida its top target one week after it fired Dan Mullen.

The 42-year-old Napier will remain with the Ragin Cajuns (11-1) this week as they prepare to host Appalachian State (10-2) in the Sun Belt Conference championship game Saturday. He is 39-12 in four seasons in Lafayette, including 32-5 the past three years.

“We are humbled and honored to accept this incredible opportunity to be the head football coach at the university of Florida,” Napier said in a statement. “Our team, staff and entire organization will work daily to establish a program with integrity and class that we all can be proud of.

“We embrace the expectations and are excited about the challenge ahead.”

Florida scheduled an introductory news conference with Napier for Dec. 5.

Mullen was fired last Sunday after the Florida’s fourth loss in five games. He was let go less than a year after leading the Gators to a third consecutive New Year’s Six bowl.

Mullen’s stunningly swift downfall ended a tumultuous two seasons that included mounting losses, numerous public relation missteps and NCAA sanctions.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin moved quickly to land Napier, a former receivers coach at Alabama under Nick Saban and a former offensive coordinator at Clemson and Arizona State.

“We felt confident he would be an excellent leader for the Gators, which is why he was the only candidate I met with about the job,” Stricklin said in a statement.

Napier has been one of college football’s rising stars and hottest names in recent years. He was in the mix for current openings at Virginia Tech and TCU.

He also turned down Mississippi State after the 2019 season and backed away from South Carolina and Auburn following the 2020 season. His name has been connected to other Southeastern Conference openings, too, including Mississippi and Missouri.

He takes over a Florida program that’s been in disarray for more than a year but is close to opening an $85 million football facility that could help the team catch up in recruiting. And that could help the Gators close the gap on the superpower such as Georgia and Alabama.

Louisiana had not been ranked since 1943 until Napier arrived. The team had never won 10 games until Napier arrived , and now he’s done it in three straight seasons. He beat Iowa State in the 2020 season opener.

Napier, a native of Cookeville, Tennessee, was a former quarterback at Furman in South Carolina. His coaching career took a a big step forward while coaching receivers at Alabama (2013-16), where he worked with stars Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley.

He parlayed that into a job as Arizona State’s offensive coordinator in 2017 under Todd Graham, whose Sun Devils averaged 31.8 points before ULL hired away Napier.

Napier’s contract calls for a $3 million buyout to be paid to Louisiana-Lafayette.

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Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Monday night https://www.wbrz.com/news/deadline-to-apply-for-fema-assistance-is-monday-night/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/deadline-to-apply-for-fema-assistance-is-monday-night/ News Sun, 28 Nov 2021 12:39:03 PM Taylor Rubach Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Monday night

Time is running out for those who may need help following Hurricane Ida.

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Monday night, which was extended an extra 30 days from last month.

"We knew that not everybody who had damages from hurricane Ida had not been heard from," FEMA Public Information Officer Nate Custer said.

More than 552,000 have already been approved.

Custer says there are several ways this assistance can help Ida survivors, who may not have already applied.

"We provide temporary housing assistance we put up thousands of people in hotel rooms we still probably have about 4k families or so that are living in hotels some in Louisiana and some had to go out of state, to find enough hotel rooms," Custer said.

The state is also stepping up and bought 2,000 travel trailers, most of which have been shipped out to the bayou parishes.

Along with temporary housing, FEMA is also helping with emergency home repairs.

"It won't necessarily mean fixing up every room or every bit of damage but, getting the utilities working, taking care of any holes in the walls or the roof so people got a bit of a stable situation while they take care of the additional repairs they'll need to make to their home."

The deadline to apply is Nov. 29 at 11:59 p.m. You can apply online here or call (800) 621-3362.

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Southern falls to Grambling 29-26, first Bayou Classic loss since 2017 https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-falls-to-grambling-29-26-first-bayou-classic-loss-since-2017/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-falls-to-grambling-29-26-first-bayou-classic-loss-since-2017/ News Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:55:22 PM Corey Rholdon Southern falls to Grambling 29-26, first Bayou Classic loss since 2017

It was another game of missed opportunities for Southern as the Jags just couldn't make enough plays in the second half against Gambling losing 29-26. It was the first time that Southern has lost the Bayou Classic since 2017.

The Jags were led by quarterback Ladarius Skelton who ran for 60 yards and threw for 129 and one score. Southern's defense struggled all night giving up 500 yards of offense including 347 on the ground. 

"Just missed opportunities. You know, we had a touchdown and an end zone that we didn't come up with, we had another D call that we didn't come up with. So just again, missed opportunities that changed the narrative and now you plan behind the sticks," said Southern Head Coach Jason Rollins. 

Grambling's Kicker Garrett Urban hit 5 field goals including the game winner from 25 yards. The Tigers were led by quarterback Elijah Walker who had 172 yards rushing and 1 score and 153 yards passing and 1 score. All night the Jags defense couldn't tackle Walker who kept making play after play.

"At the end of the day, we missed some tackles. Hats off to the other team, they did a great job of having their good plays," said Linebacker Ray Anderson.

Southern end's the season with a 4-7 record. 

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Giant gummy bear mascot stolen from outside Baton Rouge store https://www.wbrz.com/news/giant-gummy-bear-mascot-stolen-from-outside-baton-rouge-store/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/giant-gummy-bear-mascot-stolen-from-outside-baton-rouge-store/ News Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:47:05 PM Logan Cullop Giant gummy bear mascot stolen from outside Baton Rouge store

BATON ROUGE - An oversized gummy bear was stolen from outside of Giggles, a children's store in Willow Grove, and the owners are asking for help in getting it home.

The owners of the store said Willow the gummy bear has been "an icon of Giggles since day one."


If anyone has information about Willow's whereabouts, call (225) 663-2474. No questions will be asked.

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New group hitting streets of EBR, trying to reduce increasing homicide rate https://www.wbrz.com/news/new-group-hitting-streets-of-ebr-trying-to-reduce-increasing-homicide-rate/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/new-group-hitting-streets-of-ebr-trying-to-reduce-increasing-homicide-rate/ News Sat, 27 Nov 2021 8:14:12 PM Earl Phelps New group hitting streets of EBR, trying to reduce increasing homicide rate

BAKER - Dozens of friends and family members who lost loved ones to gun and domestic violence gathered Saturday for prayer, a march, and a rally.

"Events like this help create the awareness in the community that we need curtain some of this violence," Rev. Cedric D. Murphy of Ethel, who led the prayer, said.

Dozens of members of the new group called STOP, short for Stop, Pause, and Pray, held a prayer in the parking lot of the Baker Police Department before marching down a busy Groom Road.

After an hour and two-and-a-half miles later, they gathered for a rally at a shopping center on Plank Road. Parents like Hazel Dunn, who lost a son to gun violence, shared their stories of loved ones who were murdered.

"We have to stop the violence. Us parents can't do it alone. It takes all of us," Dunn said.

The organizer of the group, Mary Foster, whose son was killed in May of this year at the IHOP restaurant in Baton Rouge on Siegen Lane, is trying to reach out to vulnerable youngsters with access to guns.

"Too many young kids getting hold of guns. They don't think before they pull the trigger. They just do because they're angry," Foster said.

Foster says her group is planning more anti-violence events, including another bigger march next year.

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Human Jukebox gets shout-out from Adele https://www.wbrz.com/news/human-jukebox-gets-shout-out-from-adele/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/human-jukebox-gets-shout-out-from-adele/ News Sat, 27 Nov 2021 7:31:20 PM WBRZ Staff Human Jukebox gets shout-out from Adele

NEW ORLEANS - During the annual Battle of the Bands competition ahead of the Bayou Classic football game, Southern's Human Jukebox band performed Adele's "Easy on Me," and was recognized on social media by the Grammy-award winning artist.

The song was released on Adele's latest album "30," which came out only a month before the band's performance. 

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Fire destroys townhome off Perkins Road https://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-destroys-townhome-off-perkins-road/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/fire-destroys-townhome-off-perkins-road/ News Sat, 27 Nov 2021 6:59:58 PM Logan Cullop Fire destroys townhome off Perkins Road

BATON ROUGE - Firefighters are working to determine what started a fire that destroyed a townhome and displaced one person Saturday afternoon.

Baton Rouge firefighters were on the scene at Pleasant Ridge Townhomes around 3:30 p.m. but did not have the fire under control until 4:15 p.m.

Fire officials said the structure and everything inside the home were completely ruined by the flames. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring units.

One person was in the home at the time of the fire, but they were able to make it out safely.

No more details were immediately available.

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Man injured during drive-by shooting released from hospital, booked in jail https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-injured-during-drive-by-shooting-released-from-hospital-booked-in-jail/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-injured-during-drive-by-shooting-released-from-hospital-booked-in-jail/ News Sat, 27 Nov 2021 6:06:22 PM WBRZ Staff Man injured during drive-by shooting released from hospital, booked in jail

BATON ROUGE - A man who was shot during a drive-by shooting was released from a hospital and booked into jail Saturday.

Tremayne Lindsey, 20, faces five counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated criminal damage to property.

East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies responded to a drive-by shooting Nov. 12. Officers said a mother, her adult son and teenage daughter drove to a home and Tremayne Lindsey got out of the car and started shooting.

A relative of a resident grabbed a gun and shot back at Lindsey. Deputies reported that all three people who arrived in the car were shot. A 16-year-old girl, Tremiyah Lindsey, was pronounced dead at the scene

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Louisiana man pleads guilty in airline baggage scam https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-man-pleads-guilty-in-airline-baggage-scam/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-man-pleads-guilty-in-airline-baggage-scam/ News Sat, 27 Nov 2021 4:04:19 PM Associated Press Louisiana man pleads guilty in airline baggage scam

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty in an airline baggage scam that resulted in more than $300,000 in fraudulent claims, federal prosecutors said.

Pernell Anthony Jones, Jr., 31, of Kenner, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud, U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans said in a news release Tuesday. For each count, Jones faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan set sentencing for Feb. 24, 2022.

According to court documents, beginning in 2015, Jones flew on several airlines using false identities. When he arrived at the destination airport, Jones then falsely claimed that his baggage was lost and requested reimbursement to compensate him for his loss.

Through the scheme, Jones submitted more than 180 false claims for lost luggage, requesting over $550,000 in reimbursement, Evans’ office said. In total, the airlines paid over $300,000 in fraudulent claims, authorities said.

On April 7, 2018, Jones was arrested at Dallas Love Airport while trying to go through screening with 36 fake driver’s licenses and 47 credit cards under fictitious names, the news release said.

He was arrested again in March 2020 while trying to pick up a reimbursement check at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Law enforcement later searched his home and found 34 fraudulent driver’s licenses, 21 fake work ID cards and a number of fraudulent airline employee badges with his photograph, prosecutors said.

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Hammond police looking for shooting suspects https://www.wbrz.com/news/hammond-police-looking-for-shooting-suspects/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/hammond-police-looking-for-shooting-suspects/ News Sat, 27 Nov 2021 1:47:14 PM WBRZ Staff Hammond police looking for shooting suspects

HAMMOND - Police are looking for suspects they believe were involved in a shooting that left one person critically injured.

Authorities say the suspects argued with the victim at 1:40 a.m. on Friday in a parking area near the intersection of North Cate Street and East Charles Street. The suspects were seen hitting the victim before shooting him in the chest.

If you have any information on the incident or know the suspects, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-554-5245.

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Man arrested after allegedly shooting woman's dog, breaking into her house https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-after-allegedly-shooting-woman-s-dog-breaking-into-her-house/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-after-allegedly-shooting-woman-s-dog-breaking-into-her-house/ News Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:52:40 AM Logan Cullop Man arrested after allegedly shooting woman's dog, breaking into her house

BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested after allegedly shooting a dog while it was locked in a kennel and then breaking into a home and threatening the owner. 

Baton Rouge police officers said 35-year-old Richard Lovely went to a woman's home on Balis Drive around 1 a.m. and shot her dog while it was sitting in a kennel on an enclosed porch. 

Arrest documents say after shooting the dog, the man went into the home and confronted a woman inside about his missing cell phones. She told police while the man was asking her questions, he was holding a gun and she feared that he would shoot her. 

Police arrested Lovely at the scene. He was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated assault, illegal use of a weapon, home invasion and misrepresentation during booking. 

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UK plans new measures to combat omicron coronavirus variant https://www.wbrz.com/news/uk-plans-new-measures-to-combat-omicron-coronavirus-variant/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/uk-plans-new-measures-to-combat-omicron-coronavirus-variant/ News Sat, 27 Nov 2021 11:35:34 AM Associated Press UK plans new measures to combat omicron coronavirus variant

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government on Saturday said that it was planning new measures to combat the omicron COVID-19 variant, including mandatory PCR tests for all arriving international travelers and ramping up the use of face masks.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the measures at a news conference alongside his chief medical officers.

Hours earlier, the U.K. health secretary confirmed that two people tested positive with the omicron variant and that the cases are linked and related to travel from southern Africa.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

LONDON (AP) — Britain became the latest country Saturday to report cases of the new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus as governments around the world sought to shore up their defenses by slapping restrictions on travel from nations in southern Africa.

Amid fears that the recently identified new variant has the potential to be more resistant to the protection offered by vaccines, there are growing concerns that the pandemic and associated lockdown restrictions will persist for far longer than hoped.

U.K. Health Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that two people have tested positive with the omicron variant and that the cases are linked and related to travel from southern Africa. One is in the southeastern English town of Brentwood, while the other is in the central city of Nottingham. The government had earlier said one of the locations was Chelmsford, and it didn’t give any reason for the change.

Javid said the two confirmed cases are self-isolating alongside their households while contact tracing and targeted testing takes place. He also added four more countries — Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia — onto the country’s travel red list from Sunday. Six others — Botswana, Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe — were added Friday. That means anyone permitted to arrive from those destinations will have to quarantine.

“This is a real reminder that this pandemic is far from over,” he said. “If we need to take further action, we will.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, along with his top advisers, will be holding a media briefing later Saturday.

Many countries have slapped restrictions on various southern African countries over the past couple of days including Australia, Brazil, Canada, the European Union, Iran, Japan, Thailand and the United States, in response to warnings over the transmissability of the new variant — against the advice of the World Health Organization.

Despite the banning of flights, there are mounting concerns that the variant has already been widely seeded around the world. In addition to the U.K, cases have been reported in travelers in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong. Germany also said it suspected a positive case and Dutch authorities were testing whether 61 people who arrived on two flights from South Africa with COVID-19 have the omicron variant.

The planes arrived in the Netherlands from Johannesburg and Cape Town shortly after the Dutch government imposed a ban on flights from southern African nations. The 539 travelers who tested negative were allowed to return home or continue their journeys to other countries. Under government regulations, those who live in the Netherlands and are allowed to return home must self-isolate for at least five days.

Meanwhile, a German official said that there’s a “very high probability” that the omicron variant has already arrived in the country.

Kai Klose, the health minister for Hesse state, which includes Frankfurt, said in a tweet that “several mutations typical of omicron” were found Friday night in a traveler returning from South Africa, who was isolated at home. Sequencing of the test had yet to be completed.

Italian authorities in the southern region of Campania were also investigating whether a person who recently returned home from southern Africa and who has tested positive for the virus was infected with the omicron variant.

The global health body has named the new variant omicron, labeling it a variant of concern because of its high number of mutations and some early evidence that it carries a higher degree of infection than other variants. That means people who contracted COVID-19 and recovered could be subject to catching it again. It could take weeks to know if current vaccines are less effective against it.

With so much uncertainty about the omicron variant and scientists unlikely to flesh out their findings for a few weeks, countries around the world have been taking a safety-first approach, in the knowledge that previous outbreaks of the pandemic have been partly fueled by lax border policies.

Nearly two years on since the start of the pandemic that has claimed more than 5 million lives around the world, countries are on high alert.

The variant’s swift spread among young people in South Africa has alarmed health professionals even though there was no immediate indication whether the variant causes more severe disease.

A number of pharmaceutical firms, including AstraZeneca, Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer, said they have plans in place to adapt their vaccines in light of the emergence of omicron. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said they expect to be able to tweak their vaccine in around 100 days.

Professor Andrew Pollard, the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group which developed the AstraZeneca vaccine, expressed cautious optimism that existing vaccines could be effective at preventing serious disease from the omicron variant.

He said most of the mutations appear to be in similar regions as those in other variants.

“That tells you that despite those mutations existing in other variants the vaccines have continued to prevent serious disease as we’ve moved through alpha, beta, gamma and delta,” he told BBC radio. “At least from a speculative point of view we have some optimism that the vaccine should still work against a new variant for serious disease but really we need to wait several weeks to have that confirmed.”

He added that it is “extremely unlikely that a reboot of a pandemic in a vaccinated population like we saw last year is going to happen.”

Some experts said the variant’s emergence illustrated how rich countries’ hoarding of vaccines threatens to prolong the pandemic.

Fewer than 6% of people in Africa have been fully immunized against COVID-19, and millions of health workers and vulnerable populations have yet to receive a single dose. Those conditions can speed up spread of the virus, offering more opportunities for it to evolve into a dangerous variant.

“One of the key factors to emergence of variants may well be low vaccination rates in parts of the world, and the WHO warning that none of us is safe until all of us are safe and should be heeded,” said Peter Openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London.

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Christmas is here: hundreds gather for lighting of Old City Hall in Denham Springs https://www.wbrz.com/news/christmas-is-here-hundreds-gather-for-lighting-of-old-city-hall-in-denham-springs/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/christmas-is-here-hundreds-gather-for-lighting-of-old-city-hall-in-denham-springs/ News Fri, 26 Nov 2021 10:57:18 PM Earl Phelps Christmas is here: hundreds gather for lighting of Old City Hall in Denham Springs

DENHAM SPRINGS - There's only one time a year the Old City Hall in Denham Springs lights up—the holiday season.

The lighting filled the streets with hundreds of people, a pleasant sight for Mayor Gerard Landry after the event was canceled last year for the first time in seven years because of COVID-19.

Landry said several activities were added this year, including free holiday refreshments, a Santa's Village, and free carnival rides.

The Lighting of the Old City Hall also launched the shopping season in the Antique District, where merchants say there are no COVID shortages.

"You can see with the turnout. You can see by the smiles on the people.
Look at the line to see Santa Clause. This wonderful that was we have bounced back after COVID, and we're proud," Donna Jennings, the director of Main Street in Denham Springs, said.

The lighting is the first of many holiday celebrations in Denham Springs that will run during December, including several that were canceled last

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Firefighter injured while trying to control flames at vacant home https://www.wbrz.com/news/firefighter-injured-while-trying-to-control-flames-at-vacant-home/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/firefighter-injured-while-trying-to-control-flames-at-vacant-home/ News Fri, 26 Nov 2021 10:24:04 PM Logan Cullop Firefighter injured while trying to control flames at vacant home

BATON ROUGE - A firefighter was taken to a hospital Friday night after suffering injuries sustained while trying to control a fire at a vacant home.

Baton Rouge Fire Department said the fire started around 8 p.m. at 915 South 12th Street. It took firefighters an hour to get the blaze under control.

Fire investigators said the cause of the fire is still undetermined. The fire was started in the back of the house and spread across multiple rooms.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to the neighboring homes.

No more information was immediately available.

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After broken water line leaves woman with mold and no bed, community comes through https://www.wbrz.com/news/after-broken-water-line-leaves-woman-with-mold-and-no-bed-community-comes-through/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/after-broken-water-line-leaves-woman-with-mold-and-no-bed-community-comes-through/ News Fri, 26 Nov 2021 9:43:27 PM Bess Casserleigh After broken water line leaves woman with mold and no bed, community comes through

BATON ROUGE - This Thanksgiving weekend, the blessings are abundant for long-time cafeteria worker Sana Trahan.

After her Magnolia Trace apartment flooded from a broken toilet line for the second time, she was left with no bed to sleep on and a growing mold problem.

"I lost my mattress, my box spring. I lost clothes and shoes that was in the closet that I hadn't put away. I lost a lot of personal items," she said.

After our story aired, dozens reached out, securing her a new mattress and clothes. ServPro assisted as well, coming in early Friday morning to take care of the mold.

"He say it looked like it didn't go through, but he wants to make sure and do a more thorough test on the sheetrock he cut out," Trahan said.

They even ripped up the carpet after her apartment complex refused to replace it.

"We all should be doing that for people in our community that need it, especially somebody that works in the cafeteria in schools. You got to be kidding me! You was my favorite person in school," Tim Credeur with Serv Pro said.

Just a week ago, Trahan was desperate for help from anyone. Now, she is overwhelmed by the kindness in her community.

"It makes me feel very grateful for everyone who helped me. Total strangers helped me, everyone compassion, and it's only because of WBRZ."

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Pedestrian hit in Denham Springs Friday night https://www.wbrz.com/news/pedestrian-hit-in-denham-springs-friday-night/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/pedestrian-hit-in-denham-springs-friday-night/ News Fri, 26 Nov 2021 8:02:47 PM Logan Cullop Pedestrian hit in Denham Springs Friday night

DENHAM SPRINGS - One person was hit near the corner of Vincent Road and South Range Avenue around 7:45 p.m. Friday.

State Police said the victim suffered minor injuries.

No more information was immediately available.

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Louisiana Tech and coach Skip Holtz part after 9 seasons https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-tech-and-coach-skip-holtz-part-after-9-seasons/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-tech-and-coach-skip-holtz-part-after-9-seasons/ News Fri, 26 Nov 2021 7:31:08 PM Associated Press Louisiana Tech and coach Skip Holtz part after 9 seasons

RUSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech and coach Skip Holtz are parting ways after nine seasons that included seven straight bowl appearances for the Bulldogs.

Athletic director Eric Woods announced Friday that Holtz would coach the Bulldogs’ final game against Rice on Saturday.

“Skip and I talked and agreed it was time for a change for both parties,” Wood said in a statement. “Louisiana Tech owes Skip a debt of gratitude for his loyalty and dedication to our football student-athletes, our university, and our community over the past decade.”

La. Tech is 3-8 heading into its season finale. The Bulldogs have not finished with a losing record since 2013, Holtz’s first year at the school. Holtz is 64-49 with Louisiana Tech, including 6-1 in bowl games.

“This is the right time for me to evaluate a new start in my career,” Holtz said in a statement. “The past two seasons have brought additional challenges to our program, and I simply think it is time for someone else to have the chance to lead this special group of young men.”

“I am not done coaching football and have great passion and energy to continue to lead young men through this game that I love so much,” Holtz added.

Louisiana Tech is a member of Conference USA, a league that was overhauled by realignment over the last five months. Tech was one of five current C-USA schools that are committed to the league beyond next season.

Nine current C-USA members have announced they are heading to new conferences, and the league announced last month it is adding Liberty, New Mexico State, Jacksonville State and Sam Houston State by 2023.

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