WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ News News en-us Copyright 2024, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 24 May 2024 HH:05:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LPSO deputy honored for actions during May 2023 shootout at Denham Springs shopping center https://www.wbrz.com/news/lpso-deputy-honored-for-actions-during-may-2023-shootout-at-denham-springs-shopping-center/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/lpso-deputy-honored-for-actions-during-may-2023-shootout-at-denham-springs-shopping-center/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 6:54:30 PM WBRZ Staff LPSO deputy honored for actions during May 2023 shootout at Denham Springs shopping center

DENHAM SPRINGS - The Denham Springs Kiwanis Club honored an deputy for his actions during a May 2023 shootout that resulted in an officer dying.

LPSO Deputy Dakota Naquin was honored due to him ending a shootout that resulted in the death of Cpl. Shawn Kelly. Kelly responded to a disturbance at a shopping center on May 11, 2023, where a man reportedly started shooting when police arrived, and officers returned fire. Kelly was shot multiple times during the confrontation and later died after being critically injured.

Naquin was driving near the suspect's vehicle when the suspect, 30-year-old Justin Roberts, allegedly turned his vehicle sideways across a two-lane road, exited with an AR-15 rife, took cover behind his vehicle, and raised it towards Deputy Naquin. Naquin called in the suspect's vehicle, exited his vehicle, and shot Roberts, who later died from his injuries.

"Deputy Naquin’s action under unexpected and surprise circumstances exhibit the high level of skill and mental preparation it takes to be a professional law enforcement officer," Sheriff Jason Ard said in a statement. "He showed extraordinary bravery and demonstrated a degree of selflessness, personal courage and devotion to duty while facing the threat of death or serious injury.

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Funeral to be held in Opelousas for local plastic surgeon, two children who died in plane crash https://www.wbrz.com/news/funeral-to-be-held-in-opelousas-for-local-plastic-surgeon-two-children-who-died-in-plane-crash/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/funeral-to-be-held-in-opelousas-for-local-plastic-surgeon-two-children-who-died-in-plane-crash/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 6:30:24 PM WBRZ Staff Funeral to be held in Opelousas for local plastic surgeon, two children who died in plane crash

BATON ROUGE - A funeral will be held in Opelousas for a Baton Rouge-based plastic surgeon and his two children after the three died in a plane crash outside of Nashville.

Lucius Doucet and his two adult children, Giselle and Jean-Luc Doucet, flew out of Gonzales before their plane crashed in Tennessee last week.

Alongside Lucius' practice of Williamson Cosmetic Center, he was also an assistant clinical professor at both LSU and Tulane University’s Plastic Surgery Fellowship Programs.

Giselle and Jean-Luc were set to graduate from LSU a day after the crash. Giselle was set to receive degrees in French Language and Biology as well as being a graduate of the LSU School of Veterinary.; Jean-Luc was a graduate of Chemical Engineering.

The funeral is set for Friday at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas. More information can be found here.

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DOTD looking into additional signage after two 18-wheelers flip at same roundabout in Sorrento https://www.wbrz.com/news/dotd-looking-into-additional-signage-after-two-18-wheelers-flip-at-same-roundabout-in-sorrento/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/dotd-looking-into-additional-signage-after-two-18-wheelers-flip-at-same-roundabout-in-sorrento/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 5:48:24 PM Falon Brown DOTD looking into additional signage after two 18-wheelers flip at same roundabout in Sorrento

SORRENTO - It took several hours to clear an overturned tanker truck filled with hazardous chemicals from the roadway on Monday after it flipped onto its side.

Multiple agencies were called to the roundabout on La. 22 at La. 70 near I-10 on Monday afternoon. The State Department of Transportation and Development says there is strong evidence that the driver of the truck was speeding. 

Last August, another big truck rolled over at the same location and the cause of that accident has not been revealed. 

DOTD spokesman Rodney Mallett says the rollover crashes are a result of driver error and not caused by the roundabout's design. 

"We see hundreds of trucks go through here on a daily basis and not crash," Mallett said.

Executive Director of the Ascension Parish Office of Tourism, Tracy Browning, can see the traffic circle every day from her office. She says, while the two 18-wheelers flipping within a nine month span is odd, the roundabout has been beneficial for preventing more serious crashes.

"The roundabout has definitely helped with our traffic flow and definitely with the number of accidents that we used to have before it was put in place," Browning said.

She added that roadwork on La. 70 may be an underlying cause for accidents because the road merges into one lane after the roundabout. 

"They're working on four-laning that highway and I do think some people are trying to hurry through the roundabout to be the first car," Browning said. 

DOTD is monitoring the traffic circle for any additional issues and will add more signage if needed.

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Damage surveys confirm additional tornadoes from Monday, May 13th https://www.wbrz.com/news/damage-surveys-confirm-additional-tornadoes-from-monday-may-13th/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/damage-surveys-confirm-additional-tornadoes-from-monday-may-13th/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 5:27:02 PM Meteorologist Malcolm Byron Damage surveys confirm additional tornadoes from Monday, May 13th

On the heels of last week's severe weather, the National Weather Service (NWS) completed another round of damage surveys. The NWS has determined that three additional tornadoes touched down from storms on the night of Monday, May 13th, 2024. Two of those tornadoes tracked through portions of Iberville Parish, while third did damage in Livingston Parish. That brings the total count from May 13th to four, which includes previously confirmed tornado near Livonia.

Tornado #1 - Iberville Parish:

An EF-0 tornado tracked south if I-10 primarily over rural parts of the Atchafalaya Basin. Peak winds were estimated at 85 mph. The tornado was on the ground from 6:39 p.m. to 6:47 p.m., tracking 7.54 miles. Satellite analysis showed a "scalloped swath of tree damage associated with a strong circulation." Ground surveys also noted uprooted trees and large branches as the tornado crossed Atchafalaya Basin Levee Road. This was the only accessible road to survey damage.

Tornado #2 - Iberville Parish:

Another EF-0 tornado impacted portions of Crescent, LA, with peak estimated winds at 85 mph. The tornado was on the ground from 6:54 p.m. to 6:56 p.m. with a path length of 1.35 miles. The tornado first touched down near Guilotta Lane where it primarily damaged trees along Bayou Road. A few homes sustained damage to their roofs as it continued to track north of Crescent Elementary School. The tornado continued east where numerous trees were uprooted just to the north of Bayou Jacob Road near Dozier Road before lifting shortly after.

Tornado #3 - Livingston Parish:

Damage surveys indicate that an EF-1 tornado occurred near Port Vincent, with estimated peak winds at 95-100 mph. This tornado tracked for 3.12 miles and was on the ground from 7:23 p.m. to 7:27 p.m.. Ground survey crews in tandem with high resolution satellite analysis noted extensive tree damage from Highway 1032 up to Hammack Road near Walker South Road. The tornado then broadened out into a swath of damaging straight-line winds as the former tornado continued northeast.

All of the damage occurred within a large line of thunderstorms which tore across the region between 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Monday, May 13th. Scattered wind damage and power outages occurred all across the Metro Area as a result.

Another round of severe weather passed through later in the week on Thursday, May 16th. Those storms also brought extensive straight-line wind damage, and dropped a tornado in St. James Parish.

The Storm Station is here for you, on every platform. Your weather updates can be found on News 2, wbrz.com, and the WBRZ WX App on your Apple or Android device. Follow WBRZ Weather on Facebook and Twitter for even more weather updates while you are on the go.

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Police searching for husband of woman found badly decomposed in Baton Rouge home; man wanted for separate crime https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-searching-for-boyfriend-of-woman-found-badly-decomposed-in-baton-rouge-home-man-wanted-for-separate-crime/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-searching-for-boyfriend-of-woman-found-badly-decomposed-in-baton-rouge-home-man-wanted-for-separate-crime/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 12:46:15 AM Logan Cullop and Melissa Moore Police searching for husband of woman found badly decomposed in Baton Rouge home; man wanted for separate crime

BATON ROUGE - Three days after a woman’s badly decomposed body was found in a Baton Rouge home May 12, police got a warrant for her husband’s arrest in an unrelated crime. Joseph Solar III has not yet been arrested, and the cause of Bridget Boutwell’s death has not been determined.

Boutwell’s sister Danielle Boutwell told WBRZ that Solar told family members Boutwell had shot herself. She had been out of touch with her daughter and sister for about two weeks before her daughter communicated with Solar after being unable to reach her mother on Mother’s Day.

Solar, 35, is deaf and Boutwell’s daughter used sign language in a video call with him. Since then, he’s responded to their questions, but wouldn’t tell them where he is and hasn’t contacted police, Danielle Boutwell said.

Police have only said that the death remains under investigation.

On May 15, investigators got a warrant for Solar’s arrest in an unrelated March shooting incident. The warrant said a group of people reported that after an “exchange of communication” with Solar in “the downtown area” on the afternoon of March 23, Solar pointed a gun at them. They said they drove away and Solar followed, firing several shots at their vehicle while on Interstate 10. Their vehicle was hit by one bullet.

Solar is wanted on charges of attempted first-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, aggravated criminal damage to property and as a felon in possession of a firearm. The arrest warrant noted that Solar is on probation until 2026 for illegal possession of stolen things, simple burglary and negligent arson.

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Tangipahoa Parish deputies searching for suspects in Ponchatoula drive-by https://www.wbrz.com/news/tangipahoa-parish-deputies-searching-for-suspects-in-ponchatoula-drive-by/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tangipahoa-parish-deputies-searching-for-suspects-in-ponchatoula-drive-by/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 4:35:48 PM Domenic Purdy Tangipahoa Parish deputies searching for suspects in Ponchatoula drive-by

PONCHATOULA — The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking to identify the suspect of a drive-by shooting that took place on North 1st Street in Ponchatoula.

The shooting took place on the night of May 2 when the occupants of a white car were traveling behind the victim on North 1st Street, deputies said. The suspects then opened fire on the victim's vehicle. The victim was able to get away with no injuries. 

Detectives obtained security footage from a nearby business, which shows the suspect vehicle from. The vehicle appears to be a white four-door car with tinted windows and custom rims, deputies said.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards asks anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Detective Dale Athmann at 985-902-2032.

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Louisiana National Guard to deploy soldiers overseas for construction operations https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-national-guard-to-deploy-soldiers-overseas-for-construction-operations/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-national-guard-to-deploy-soldiers-overseas-for-construction-operations/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 8:35:34 AM Sarah Lawrence Louisiana National Guard to deploy soldiers overseas for construction operations

NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana National Guard's Vertical Engineer Company will deploy more than 40 guardsmen to Asia for construction operations. 

The Guard said Thursday morning the soldiers would deploy to southwest Asia for construction through Operation Spartan Shield. Including the premobilization training, the guardsmen will be away from home for almost a year. 

The unit’s primary objective overseas will be to provide construction engineering expertise to work on critical infrastructure, the LANG said.

This will be the 1021st Vertical Engineer Company's second time deploying since 9/11 and the first since 2013. The unit has also provided support for many state weather emergencies. 

The 1021st will deploy on Saturday out of Covington. 

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Memorial Day Valor Gallery opens at the East Baton Rouge Library https://www.wbrz.com/news/memorial-day-valor-gallery-opens-at-the-east-baton-rouge-library/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/memorial-day-valor-gallery-opens-at-the-east-baton-rouge-library/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 4:14:12 PM Jordan Ponzio Memorial Day Valor Gallery opens at the East Baton Rouge Library

BATON ROUGE - The mayor's office hosted its first Memorial Day Valor Gallery at the East Baton Rouge Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard Thursday.

More than 65 military families submitted photos of their loved ones to be displayed on the walls of the library. 

Acting Chair of the Mayor's Advisory Council on Veterans Affairs, Elena Branzaru, says this is a way to keep their memories alive.

"This was a way for us to have a memorial for people, so that we can continue to have them alive in our memories and hearts," Branzaru said. 

Symbolic poppies were handed out at the ceremony to represent the memories of those who lost their life in conflict. 

Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome was there to honor those lost. 

"I am very thankful that we have paused today, as we approach Memorial Day, to remember and honor those individuals we lost in the military," said Broome.

The gallery will be open through Monday night. At the gallery, fallen heroes are represented, including First Sergeant Casey Hart, who passed away in Syria in 2021. Hart served in the U.S. Army for 24 years before being deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. On Mother's Day of that year, Hart died from sudden cardiac arrest in the field. 

“A gold star family is not ever a club that we signed up for or were never really excited to join," Hart's wife, Keri said. "But we recognize the importance of being a gold star family and keeping Casey's memory alive."

His 12-year-old daughter, Taylen, who was nine when he passed, says she's proud of her dad and everything he did when he served.

"He's such an icon, he's my idol,” Taylen said. “I'd love to be like him when I grow up, because he was just so dedicated and loved doing what he did."

The Hart family says Memorial Day is not just one day for them, but memories of processing the death of a loved one. 

“It's the memory of the general handing your then 9-year-old daughter a folded flag at her dad's funeral, and the brave face she put on knowing that's what her dad would have wanted," Keri said. "'Be brave' is what he told her.”

This is the first time the library has held this event, but the library says it'll continue to grow as years go by. 

"We were quite honored really, to be here for this very moving ceremony, and it's the first of many annual ceremonies to come," Mary Stein with the East Baton Rouge Library said.

On Memorial Day, the main library will also host the Baton Rouge Concert Band at 7 p.m. The concert is free to the public.

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Police warns public of scam letter sent to people claiming they owe taxes https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-warns-public-of-scam-letter-sent-to-people-claiming-they-owe-taxes/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-warns-public-of-scam-letter-sent-to-people-claiming-they-owe-taxes/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 3:50:59 PM WBRZ Staff Police warns public of scam letter sent to people claiming they owe taxes

HAMMOND - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office warned the public of a scam letter claiming the recipient owes a tax debt.

The letter, which states its from "Tax Assessment Securities - Tangipahoa County", tells the recipient that they have not paid a tax and directs them to a number. The number goes to a third-party company claiming to be a law firm that attempts to gain personal information from the caller.

TPSO advises anyone who receives the letters to disregard and trash the letter. Detectives also urge the public to verify whom they are talking to and never give out personal information to any third party.

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Louisiana's take on 'Don't Say Gay' bill to limit gender discussion in classrooms passes, heads to governor https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-s-take-on-don-t-say-gay-bill-to-limit-gender-discussion-in-classrooms-passes-heads-to-governor/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/louisiana-s-take-on-don-t-say-gay-bill-to-limit-gender-discussion-in-classrooms-passes-heads-to-governor/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 3:38:02 PM Domenic Purdy Louisiana's take on 'Don't Say Gay' bill to limit gender discussion in classrooms passes, heads to governor

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Senate gave final passage Thursday to a bill that would outlaw the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools.

The Senate voted 28-7 on the bill that the House previously voted 69-28 on.

The bill, which is similar to "Don't Say Gay" legislation in Florida and Texas, heads to Gov. Jeff Landry's desk. He is expected to sign the bill.

HB122, authored by Rep. Dodie Horton, R-Haughton, would prohibit teachers from discussing "sexual orientation or gender identity in any classroom discussion or instruction in a manner that deviates from state content standards or curricula developed or approved by public school governing authorities." 

HB122's restrictions would apply to kindergarten to 12th grade classrooms.

Teachers would also be barred from discussing their own sexual orientation or gender identity. Based on the text of the bill, this would cover members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as those who identify as heterosexual. Critics of other "Don't Say Gay" bills say the legislation targets members of the various communities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.

“This is a hateful piece of legislation,” state Public Service Commissioner Devante Lewis, Louisiana’s first openly gay elected state official, told the Republican-controlled Senate committee when Horton proposed a similar bill in 2023. That version was ultimately vetoed by former Gov. John Bel Edwards.

When Horton proposed a bill similar to HB122 in 2022, she claimed the bill was needed to protect children.

"I started to pray about how we could protect our children here from inappropriate conversations until they are able to dissect it and old enough to understand it," Horton told WBRZ in 2022. "I talked to my pastor and he challenged me and said, 'we definitely need to do this.'"

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Governor Landry announces council member appointments for St. George https://www.wbrz.com/news/governor-landry-announces-council-member-appointments-for-st-george/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/governor-landry-announces-council-member-appointments-for-st-george/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 2:30:30 PM Adam Burruss Governor Landry announces council member appointments for St. George

BATON ROUGE - Governor Jeff Landry announced five people to serve as council members for the city of St. George.

Landry announced Steven Monachello will serve District 1, Ryan Heck will serve District 2, Max Himmel will serve District 3, and that Richie Edmonds and Patty Cook will serve as aldermen-at-large.

Monachello worked with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S Department of Homeland Security, and he currently works for the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Bureau of ATF.

Heck served on the EBR Metro Council from 2012-2016. Himmel started at Himmel Architectural Door and Hardware Company in 1973 before selling the business in 2016. The company is a top five architectural door supplier in the US.

Edmonds is a business owner of Vertical Construction, and he is also a licensed contractor and real estate agent. Cook is a substitute teacher at the LSU Lab School and was previously office manager for the Louisiana Parent-Teacher Organization.

“Each of these folks have been heavily involved with the incorporation effort and are dedicated to ensuring the success of the city of St. George," Landry said. "I am confident in their leadership and am looking forward to the work they will accomplish alongside Mayor Yates and Police Chief Morris."

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Man arrested for attempted murder after allegedly setting fire to building with someone inside https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-for-attempted-murder-after-allegedly-setting-fire-to-building-with-someone-inside/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-for-attempted-murder-after-allegedly-setting-fire-to-building-with-someone-inside/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 2:20:07 PM Adam Burruss Man arrested for attempted murder after allegedly setting fire to building with someone inside

PRAIRIEVILLE - A man was arrested for attempted murder after setting fire to a building he was staying in while someone was inside, according to the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal.

Christopher McCumber, 53, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on one count each of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated arson.

Officials say the Prairieville Fire Department responded to a call around midnight May 21 of a structure fire in the 15000 block of Palmetto Lane. One person was inside, but they escaped safely. Officials determined the fire was intentionally set and identified McCumber, a resident, as the suspect.

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State Police issues notice about motor inspection stickers that expire in 2026 fading https://www.wbrz.com/news/state-police-issues-notice-about-motor-inspection-stickers-that-expire-in-2026-fading/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/state-police-issues-notice-about-motor-inspection-stickers-that-expire-in-2026-fading/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 2:16:44 PM WBRZ Staff State Police issues notice about motor inspection stickers that expire in 2026 fading

BATON ROUGE — Motor Vehicle Inspection stickers issued for 2026 have the potential to fade prematurely, Louisiana State Police said in a statement Thursday.

Upon initial adhesion to a vehicle windshield, the “26” sticker has a yellow background, State Police said. Due to sun exposure, the sticker may potentially fade from yellow to clear or white, making it harder to identify what the expiration date is at quick glance.

Individuals who have received 2026 MVI stickers starting on Jan. 1, 2024, may experience the fading issue, State Police added. Despite the fading, these MVI stickers will remain valid and no action is required by the vehicle owner. The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is reportedly aware of this issue, and is working to replace the current unissued inventory.

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West Jeff student injured by gunfire moments after school lets out for the summer https://www.wbrz.com/news/west-jeff-student-injured-by-gunfire-moments-after-school-lets-out-for-the-summer/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/west-jeff-student-injured-by-gunfire-moments-after-school-lets-out-for-the-summer/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 1:53:55 PM WBRZ Staff West Jeff student injured by gunfire moments after school lets out for the summer

HARVEY — A student was shot near West Jefferson High School moments after the campus discharged students for the summer, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said. The extent of his injuries wasn't known.

Panicked students fled after the shooting, and those who remained on campus were held in a gymnasium, officials said.

"Every year, for the last day of school, we do put additional security around the campuses because, you know, to try to avoid something like this happening," sheriff's spokesman Capt. Jason Rivarde said.

The victim was identified as an 18-year-old male.

The Jefferson Parish Public School System said it was aware of the shooting.

"During the time of the shooting, the school was placed on lockdown immediately and following all district safety protocols. After the school received clearance to start dismissal, students were released for dismissal. We urge anyone with information related to this incident to contact JPSO," it said in a statement.

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Emergency Medical Service workers honored during National EMS Week https://www.wbrz.com/news/emergency-medical-service-workers-honored-during-national-ems-week/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/emergency-medical-service-workers-honored-during-national-ems-week/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 12:10:20 PM Lauren Hawkins Emergency Medical Service workers honored during National EMS Week

BATON ROUGE — This week is EMS Week, which celebrates all emergency medical service workers across the state. Each day, EMS workers sacrifice their time and give it their all to save people in emergency situations.

"Its the 50th anniversary of EMS week, so were honoring the people in the field of ems who have sacrificed their time, skill and service to serve their communities," said Ian Vincent, operations manager at Acadian Ambulance.

Classes are also held each month that welcomes new service providers to the team and it continues to grow every year.

Tripp Blanchard, who is the quality improvement coordinator at Acadian says that offering outreach and programs to kids now, may encourage them to become an EMS worker.

EMS Week runs through May 25.

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LDWF warns of possible fish kills ahead of streak of high temperatures https://www.wbrz.com/news/ldwf-warns-of-possible-fish-kills-ahead-of-streak-of-high-temperatures-166111/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/ldwf-warns-of-possible-fish-kills-ahead-of-streak-of-high-temperatures-166111/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 11:34:46 AM Sarah Lawrence LDWF warns of possible fish kills ahead of streak of high temperatures

BATON ROUGE - With temperatures rising even before the official first day of summer, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries warns residents of possible fish kills that may be imminent. 

The shallow wetlands and aquatic habitats around the state are vulnerable to becoming hypoxic, or low in oxygen. Warm water has a lower capacity to retain oxygen than cooler water, so fish populations are vulnerable to dying off en masse during a heat wave. 

Fish kills can be reported to the LDWF through its fish kill webpage here. Documenting fish kills is important so that LDWF biologists can investigate as soon as possible. 

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Amazon hosting virtual hiring session for new facility in District 6 at former Cortana Mall https://www.wbrz.com/news/amazon-hosting-virtual-hiring-session-for-new-facility-in-district-6-at-former-cortana-mall/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/amazon-hosting-virtual-hiring-session-for-new-facility-in-district-6-at-former-cortana-mall/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 10:53:07 AM Mia Monet Amazon hosting virtual hiring session for new facility in District 6 at former Cortana Mall

BATON ROUGE — On Thursday, the new Amazon facility in North Baton Rouge will host a hiring session to answer questions about open job positions.

The new facility will employ more than 1,000 full time employees with a pay starting at $17 an hour.

The facility is not just bringing new jobs to the region, it's also making a big impact on the economy and revitalization of District 6.

"Other business are going to look to invest here. We've seen planet fitness make a more full time permanent investment by going from a rental to purchasing a old Toys R Us facility right here. We've seen Tropical Cafe come here, we've seen a car wash to the west and to the east of the facility. We've also seen other retailers expand their operations. We have Starbucks that recently came up. We have Raising Cane's that expanded their capacity with their drive thru. We seen the economic impact from a commercial side and residential side in this area," Metro Councilman Cleve Dunn Jr. said.

The virtual hiring session will be Thursday May 23, from 3pm until 4pm. You can register for the session here.

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2une In Previews: Southern University Alumni Conference https://www.wbrz.com/news/2une-in-previews-southern-university-alumni-conference/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/2une-in-previews-southern-university-alumni-conference/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 10:28:34 AM WBRZ Staff 2une In Previews: Southern University Alumni Conference

BATON ROUGE - It's a huge class reunion - Southern University will host its annual Alumni Conference next month. 

"The Conference will be held on the Baton Rouge campus—fellowship with alums from across the country represented by all five campuses. We are striving for continual education and alumni awareness of our great University," officials said.

For more information, watch the video above or register here. 

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Former Addis police officer turns himself in after guilty plea to vehicular manslaughter of Brusly teens https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-addis-police-officer-turns-himself-in-after-guilty-plea-to-vehicular-manslaughter-of-brusly-teens/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/former-addis-police-officer-turns-himself-in-after-guilty-plea-to-vehicular-manslaughter-of-brusly-teens/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 10:18:00 AM WBRZ Staff Former Addis police officer turns himself in after guilty plea to vehicular manslaughter of Brusly teens

ADDIS — A former Addis Police officer who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of two teenagers and negligent injuring of another in a crash during a reckless pursuit turned himself in Thursday morning.

David Cauthron, 42, was sentenced to 32 years in prison, with 22 years suspended, after he ran a red light while chasing a suspect and crashed into a car, killing Brusly High students Maggie Dunn, 17, and Caroline Gill, 15, on New Year's Eve in 2022. WBRZ reported that Cauthron was driving 86 mph and never hit the brakes before the crash. Dunn's brother Liam Dunn was also severely injured in the crash.

Cauthron was chasing Tyquel Zanders, who was accused of stealing a family member's car in Baton Rouge before fleeing into West Baton Rouge Parish.

As part of Cauthron's March plea, he was required to turn himself in to the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail by Thursday, which he did with no incident, representatives from the jail said.

Weeks after the wreck, Cauthron resigned from the Addis Police Department. Upon his release, Cauthorn is barred from working in law enforcement and must speak to law enforcement and schools about his actions to hopefully prevent something similar from happening in the future.

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TSA will now accept digital drivers licenses at MSY, 26 other airports https://www.wbrz.com/news/tsa-will-now-accept-digital-drivers-licenses-at-msy-26-other-airports/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/tsa-will-now-accept-digital-drivers-licenses-at-msy-26-other-airports/ News Thu, 23 May 2024 9:36:29 AM Sarah Lawrence TSA will now accept digital drivers licenses at MSY, 26 other airports

NEW ORLEANS - Starting Thursday, Louisiana residents can now use their LA Wallet digital IDs to pass through TSA and make flying that much easier. 

Residents can now use the QR code in the official LA Wallet app to scan through TSA rather than presenting an agent with a physical ID card at Louis Armstrong International Airport and 26 other participating airports around the country. 

Louisiana is the eighth state to adopt digital ID acceptability. 

LA Wallet can be downloaded for free on any smartphone and allows digital access to your drivers license, vehicle registration, hunting and fishing licenses, and any firearm permits. 

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