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  • AT&T investing millions to bury lines in south La. after Hurricane Ida outages

    October 20, 2021 1:50 PM

    AT&T announced Wednesday it is spending tens of millions of dollars to reinforce its fiber-optic network to better withstand severe weather. The company said the process will include burying its fiber-optic cables that were previously held up by utility poles in the hardest hit parts of Louisiana. The work... more »
  • 'Strong likelihood' DA will seek death penalty for accused killer Matthew Mire Play Video

    October 12, 2021 8:00 PM

    GONZALES- A prosecutor said there is a "strong likelihood" his office will pursue the death penalty against a man accused in a multi-parish shooting spree that killed two people over the weekend, including a state trooper. Ricky Babin is the district attorney in Ascension Parish, where both killings happened... more »
  • Trial for second suspect in BR couple's slaying set for early 2022

    October 8, 2021 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The second suspect accused in the 2015 kidnapping and murder of a Baton Rouge couple will go to trial on Jan. 31, according to court documents. A date for Ernesto Alonso's murder trial was established just over a week after the other suspect in the killings,... more »
  • Deputy shot in north Florida traffic stop dies

    September 26, 2021 4:18 PM

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A north Florida sheriff’s deputy who was recently shot twice during a traffic stop died Sunday afternoon. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said via Twitter that Deputy Joshua Moyers, 29, died at a Jacksonville hospital. "Please keep Josh’s family and fiancé in your thoughts and... more »
  • Father charged with negligent homicide after infant daughter found dead in car seat Play Video

    September 9, 2021 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The father of a toddler found dead in a hot car last month has been arrested following an investigation that revealed he left the child in her car seat after taking her to a doctor’s appointment. Journee Willis’ body was not discovered until after 6 p.m.... more »
  • BRFD responds to six carbon monoxide calls overnight

    August 31, 2021 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Fire Department (BRFD) responded to six calls of carbon monoxide overnight, caused by generator use in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Over 100,000 residents in the city are still without power after Hurricane Ida without any clear date of when it will be restored.... more »
  • Infant dies of COVID in Louisiana; state reporting 249 deaths in just 2 days Play Video

    August 25, 2021 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A small child is among more than 200 Louisianans killed by the coronavirus in the past two days, the state announced Wednesday. Governor John Bel Edwards said the child was less than a year old and was among 110 deaths reported to the state since Tuesday.... more »
  • Louisiana police car hits, kills woman

    August 23, 2021 4:28 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A police car hit and killed a pedestrian late Sunday in Louisiana, officials said Monday. Few details were available, but the Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office identified the dead woman on Monday as 48-year-old Valerie Parker. She was hit by a marked Shreveport police car around... more »
  • Baton Rouge man accused of beating his infant son to death

    August 20, 2021 7:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man accused of severely abusing his 3-month-old son is now charged in the child's death. Baton Rouge Police Department began investigating 36-year-old Leon Arnold on Aug. 14, after his infant son was found unresponsive and had to be revived by paramedics. Medical personnel said... more »
  • La. COVID hospitalizations drop below 3,000 Friday; nearly 6,000 new cases reported

    August 20, 2021 1:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana reported a small decrease in hospitalizations Friday, bringing the statewide total back below 3,000 after health workers saw a weeks-long surge in new patients. Despite seeing incremental drops on Thursday and Friday, the number of patients hospitalized across the state —2,999— is still much higher... more »
  • Mid-City residents shocked over the discovery of human remains Play Video

    August 16, 2021 7:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A dilapidated vacant house in the Mid-City section of Baton Rouge has been holding a secret, possibly for many years. A body so badly decomposed that only a skeleton was found. "When I realized it was a body. I was stunned. I got out of there." Mid-City... more »
  • Driver killed in Tangipahoa Parish crash

    August 15, 2021 11:22 AM

    LORANGER - A driver was killed in a single vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Tangipahoa Parish. State troopers responded to the scene after 5:00 p.m. on LA Hwy 40 at the intersection of LA Hwy 445. According to investigators, the identified driver was traveling eastbound on LA Hwy... more »
  • Baker police officer dies of COVID one day before his wedding Play Video

    August 14, 2021 7:09 PM

    BAKER - A local police officer died Friday of complications caused by the coronavirus. The Baker Police Department announced officer Demarcus Dunn passed away from the virus on Aug. 13. The department said Dunn passed away just one day before he was supposed to be married. The Baker... more »
  • 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti; leader says lives lost

    August 14, 2021 12:36 PM

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday, with the epicenter about 125 kilometers (78 miles) west of the capital of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Haiti’s new prime minister, Ariel Henry, said on Twitter that the ″violent quake″ had caused loss of life... more »
  • One dead and one in critical condition after crash in Bastrop

    August 8, 2021 10:54 PM

    BASTROP - One teenager is dead, and a passenger is in critical condition after a single-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon. Louisiana State Police said 17-year-old Wesley Clay was driving on Stevenson Road around a curve when his Ford Ranger went off the road, into a ditch and rolled over. ... more »
  • Person killed in reported tubing accident on Amite River Play Video

    July 24, 2021 1:36 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - One person is dead after a drowning at Tiki Tubing on Saturday morning. Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said the incident happened around 11 a.m. when 52-year-old Elson Johnson Jr. got out of his tube by the launch site. Deputies said Johnson Jr. was in waist-deep... more »
  • Three dead in Houston shooting; wounded child calls for help

    July 1, 2021 2:27 PM

    HOUSTON - Police in Houston searched Thursday for a shooter who killed three people, including a young girl, and wounded another child who was able to call her grandmother to summon help, authorities said. The shooting happened late Wednesday at an apartment complex, Houston Assistant Police Chief Patricia Cantu... more »
  • Five dead after hot air balloon crash

    June 26, 2021 4:17 PM

    ALBUQUERQUE - A hot air balloon hit a power line and fell 100 feet, killing five passengers. Albuquerque Fire Department said around 7 a.m. Saturday the basket the passengers were riding in detached, crashed and then caught fire. Police say the victims range in age from 40s to... more »
  • Sisters, ages 7 and 9, found dead in Florida canal

    June 23, 2021 1:07 PM

    LAUDERHILL, Fla. - Two sisters were found dead in a Florida canal this week, and officials are still investigating how they died. On Tuesday afternoon, a 911 call was made to Lauderhill police regarding a body floating in a canal near a neighborhood. Later that night, another call was... more »
  • Horses killed in I-10 wreck were championship Arabians Play Video

    June 7, 2021 7:04 PM

    GROSSE TETE - The twisted wreckage of a trailer is all that's left of a grisly accident that resulted in the death of several expensive show horses Sunday. The trailer housed five of them coming back from a regional horse show in Fort Worth, Texas. "They all won championships,... more »
  • Unrest erupts after man dies in Minneapolis arrest attempt

    June 4, 2021 1:48 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Crowds vandalized buildings and stole from businesses in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood after officials said a man wanted for illegally possessing a gun was fatally shot by authorities who were part of a task force trying to arrest him that included U.S. Marshals. Following the Thursday afternoon... more »
  • Inventor of Post-it Notes adhesive dies at age 80

    May 13, 2021 9:18 PM

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The inventor of the adhesive used on one of 3M’s best-known products, the Post-it Note, has died, according to the company and his published obituary. Spencer Silver was 80 and died May 8 at his home, the family’s obituary said. Silver was working... more »
  • Cooking accident may have caused deadly fire in East Feliciana Parish

    May 10, 2021 3:17 PM

    CLINTON - Officials believe a cooking-related accident may have led to a deadly fire in East Feliciana Parish last week. The fire happened around 11 p.m. Thursday at a mobile home in the area of 12000 Robins Road. The fire killed a 43-year-old man believed to be the homeowner,... more »
  • Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winning 'Moonstruck' star, dies at 89

    May 1, 2021 5:29 PM

    MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Olympia Dukakis, the veteran stage and screen actress whose flair for maternal roles helped her win an Oscar as Cher’s mother in the romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” has died. She was 89. Dukakis died Saturday morning in her home in New York City, according to Allison... more »
  • Missouri deputies kill man suspected of shooting officer

    April 30, 2021 1:51 PM

    ST. PETERS, Mo. - Sheriff's deputies in eastern Missouri fatally shot a man suspected of earlier shooting and wounding a police officer, law enforcement officials said. A St. Peters officer made a traffic stop just outside a St. Peters shopping center about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and the driver shot... more »
  • Girl, 7, shot to death at McDonald's drive-thru in Chicago

    April 19, 2021 4:23 PM

    CHICAGO - A 7-year-old girl was shot to death after she and her father were ambushed in the drive-thru lane of a McDonald's. The girl, identified by local officials as Jaslyn Adams, was shot multiple times Sunday afternoon in the city's West Side. She was rushed to a hospital... more »
  • Police name suspect in Texas active shooter case, ask residents to stay alert

    April 18, 2021 3:23 PM

    AUSTIN, Tx. - Police are still searching for 41-year-old Stephen Broderick, the suspect in an active shooting situation that left three people dead on Sunday. Two women and a man were found shot to death outside of an apartment building at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway, according... more »
  • Woman's body found in Intracoastal Waterway; no foul play suspected

    April 16, 2021 6:16 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Officials said a woman's body was found in a West Baton Rouge waterway Friday, though they don't believe any crime took place. The West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office confirmed the body was found Friday afternoon in the Intracoastal Waterway. The sheriff's office said witnesses reported... more »
  • Four gray whales found dead in eight days, ruled a 'significant die-off' event

    April 9, 2021 10:47 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Four gray whales have been found dead in just over a week. In the past eight days, whale carcasses have been washing up on beaches in the Bay Area. One whale's death was linked to injuries caused by a ship. Authorities have been trying to determine... more »
  • Police: 19-year-old killed in shooting near Gus Young Avenue Play Video

    April 4, 2021 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Sunday night shooting in north Baton Rouge resulted in the death of a 19-year-old, police say. According to a news release from the Baton Rouge Police Department, Anta Johnson was killed during an April 4 shooting that occurred in the 1300 block of Columbus Dunn... more »
  • Police identify person killed outside store near Hollywood Street

    April 3, 2021 7:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officers are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in front of a convenience store near Hollywood Street Saturday evening. Around 6 p.m. the Baton Rouge Police Department arrived on scene to the Hollywood Food Mart located on the corner of McClelland Drive and Hollywood Street in... more »
  • Two dead after plane crashes during gender reveal stunt

    April 2, 2021 12:41 PM

    CANCUN - Two people died this week after a plane crashed into a body of water during a gender reveal in Mexico. Officials told ABC News the accident happened Monday in the Nichupte' Lagoon in Cancun. A video of the gender reveal showed the aircraft flying over a... more »
  • 80 years after Pearl Harbor, veteran's remains identified

    March 25, 2021 11:47 AM

    BOISE, Idaho - About 80 years after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a veteran who died during the attacks has had his remains identified. The remains of William Eugene Blanchard, who was killed at Pearl Harbor while serving on the U.S.S. Oklahoma, were identified through DNA testing conducted by... more »
  • Married 66 years, husband, wife die minutes apart of virus

    March 22, 2021 11:44 AM

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Bill and Esther Ilnisky spent nearly seven decades together as Christian ministers and missionaries, working in the Caribbean and Middle East before preaching for 40 years in Florida. They complemented each other — he the bookworm, she outgoing and charismatic. One without the other... more »
  • 2 charged in assault of Capitol officer who died after riot

    March 15, 2021 12:13 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have arrested and charged two men with assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during the Jan. 6 riot, but they do not know yet whether it caused the officer’s death. George Tanios, 39, of Morgantown, W.Va., and Julian Khater, 32,... more »
  • 47-year-old Mississippi resident killed in fiery Scenic Highway crash

    March 5, 2021 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities are responding to a deadly crash in east Baton Rouge Friday evening. The crash was reported around 5:30 p.m. on U.S. 61 near Old Scenic Highway and took the life of 47-year-old Calvin Johnson of Woodville, Mississippi, Louisiana State Police say. According to authorities,... more »
  • Serial killer who was spared execution is killed in prison

    March 3, 2021 2:23 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California serial killer known as the “I-5 Strangler” in the 1970s and 1980s has been killed in the prison where he was serving multiple life sentences, state correctional officials said Monday. A correctional officer doing rounds spotted Roger Reece Kibbe, 81, unresponsive in his... more »
  • Authorities investigate inmate death in Natchitoches Parish

    February 26, 2021 3:46 PM

    NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Louisiana authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a detention center in the northern part of the state. Vernell Brooks, 38, of Natchitoches was found unresponsive early Thursday in his cell at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Brooks was transported to the... more »
  • US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

    February 22, 2021 5:00 PM

    The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. topped 500,000 Monday, all but matching the number of Americans killed in World War II, Korea and Vietnam combined. The lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, are about equal to the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and greater than that... more »
  • Family of 11-year-old who died in Texas deep freeze files $100M suit against power companies

    February 22, 2021 1:34 PM

    HOUSTON - The family of a child who allegedly suffered hypothermia and died when their mobile home lost power during a historic cold snap last week is now suing Entergy and Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The mother of 11-year-old Cristian Pineda filed the $100 million wrongful death lawsuit... more »
  • BRPD investigating homicide at Spanish Arms Apartments

    February 20, 2021 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities are investigating the death of a 34-year-old man. On Saturday the Baton Rouge Police Department announced that they are investigating the death of Joshua Mason. Mason was found dead Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Spanish Arms Apartments located in the 4300... more »
  • La. reports 3 winter weather deaths; 2 dead from slipping on ice

    February 17, 2021 12:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials are asking residents to stay cautious after multiple people have reportedly died from slipping and falling on ice in recent days. A state government spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that two such deaths were reported since the onset of the winter weather Monday morning. The latest death... more »
  • Sheriff honors first responders who pulled family from truck submerged in canal

    February 2, 2021 2:58 PM

    ST. AMANAT - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office formally honored five first responders who leapt into action after finding a family trapped inside a truck that was sinking into a canal last week. The sheriff's office honored three of its own deputies - Karly Gutierrez, Daniel Haydel and Jamie... more »
  • Pandemic's deadliest month in US ends with signs of progress

    February 2, 2021 12:04 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The deadliest month yet of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. drew to a close with certain signs of progress: COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are plummeting, while vaccinations are picking up speed. The question is whether the nation can stay ahead of the fast-spreading mutations... more »
  • Mother and toddler die from injuries after being pulled from truck that crashed into canal Play Video

    January 28, 2021 6:11 PM

    ST. AMANT - A mother and her 4-year-old child succumbed to their injuries from a crash that occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Police announced on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, that the mother Alayna Duncan, 24, succumbed to her injuries. Duncan's 4-year-old child died one day after the crash... more »
  • Woman ruled dead in 2017 fights to be declared alive

    January 18, 2021 2:22 PM

    PARIS (AP) — Frenchwoman Jeanne Pouchain has an unusual problem. She’s officially dead. She has been trying for three years to prove that she is alive. The 58-year-old woman says she lives in constant fear, not daring to leave her house in the village of Saint Joseph, in the... more »
  • Rep says Tanya Roberts is still alive despite statement announcing her death

    January 4, 2021 2:09 PM

    UPDATE: A representative for Tanya Roberts now says she is still alive, despite a statement Monday announcing the actress had passed away after collapsing at her home. Read the full report from TMZ here . ***** NEW YORK (AP) — Tanya Roberts, who captivated James Bond in... more »
  • Authorities identify Baton Rouge man killed in Highway 61 crash Play Video

    December 28, 2020 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple agencies responded to a tragic Monday (Dec. 28) afternoon crash that claimed one person's life. The wreck resulted in the death of 27-year-old Bryson Carney of Baton Rouge, authorities say. Officials received reports of a single-vehicle crash near Hwy 61 and Blount Road; Louisiana... more »
  • Former Southern Jaguar and Cardinals' Hall of Famer Lou Brock passes away Sunday afternoon

    September 6, 2020 7:04 PM

    St. Louis Cardinals' Hall of Famer Lou Brock, who had fought through a number of medical conditions in recent years, died Sunday afternoon. He was 81. Brock will be remembered for many accomplishments. He was the National League’s all-time leader in stolen bases with... more »
  • Toddler killed in wild Baton Rouge roadway shooting Play Video

    September 4, 2020 11:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 3-year-old girl was shot to death Friday night in a shooting between two vehicles that left one overturned in a ditch, police said. Authorities were called to the 500 block of South Flannery Road around 9 p.m. after shots were fired at a driver from... more »
  • 2 women walking in 2-lane highway before dawn hit, killed

    July 17, 2020 6:41 AM

    BOGALUSA, La. (AP) — A 27-year-old Louisiana woman and a 37-year-old Mississippi woman were hit from behind and killed as they walked in a two-lane highway before dawn Thursday, Louisiana State Police said. A news release said Liltricia Lewis of Bogalusa, Louisiana, and Larshuandra Holmes of Tylertown, Mississippi died... more »
  • Man arrested in shooting on Gus Young Ave. that left 1 dead

    June 27, 2020 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Baton Rouge Police Detectives arrested 22-year-old Armon Wilson in connection to a shooting that left one dead. The shooting took place around 8 p.m. on the 4800 block of Gus Young Avenue near N. Foster Drive on Saturday, June 27. Police found Jerome Kinchen, 34, dead... more »
  • UPDATE: Police identify victim from Brownlee Street shooting

    May 16, 2020 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities responded to a shooting in the 2700 block of Brownlee Street near College Drive, that claimed the life of one person. On Saturday May 16, around 11:55 p.m. the Baton Rouge Police Department found Christopher Leduff , 42, suffering from gunshot wounds. According to... more »
  • Global death toll tops 200,000 as some virus lockdowns eased

    April 25, 2020 11:58 PM

    ATLANTA (AP) — As the global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 200,000 on Saturday, countries took cautious steps toward easing lockdowns imposed amid the pandemic, but fears of a surge in infections made even some outbreak-wounded businesses reluctant to reopen. The states of Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska started... more »
  • Woman killed in Port Allen crash Friday

    April 3, 2020 1:57 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Authorities are investigating a deadly crash in West Baton Rouge Parish Friday. Sources tell WBRZ the crash happened shortly before 1 o'clock near the Erwinville Community Center on Rougon Road. The victim was said to be a 55-year-old woman from the area. She has not... more »
  • Federal prison in Louisiana reports first COVID-19 death

    March 29, 2020 6:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal prison in Louisiana has reported its first death due to COVID-19. Accodring to the Washington Post, Patrick Jones, 49, was the first inmate in the Federal Bureau of Prisons to test positive for Covid-19 on March 19, and was the first to die from... more »

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