• Louisiana man arrested in 1989 deaths of 2 women

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - An arrest may have cleared a missing persons' case that dates to 1989.  News outlets report a tip to the case's original investigator - Rapides Parish Sheriff's Major Mark Baden - led to Tuesday's arrest of 71-year-old Robert Brunson Blair, who's being held on $2 million bond. He faces two first-degree murder charges involving the disappearances of 34-year-old Isabelle Mansell Blair - his wife - and 31-year-old Marian Elizabeth Coutee. It's unknown if he
  • Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office asks for help in locating man

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance in locating a man named John Bailey in connection with the theft of a vehicle. Authorities say Bailey may have recently relocated to an area outside of Livingston Parish. Anyone with information is encouraged to call (225) 686-2241 ext. 1.More information can be found on the Sheriff's Facebook post below. Permalink| Comments
  • Waitr reduces price of delivery fee

    Following news of Watir CFO, Jeff Yurecko's decision to step down, the company is looking for ways to remain competitive in the online food delivery market.One avenue they're pursuing is a reduction of their delivery fee, bringing it down from $6 to $4.The Advocate says Waitr's New Orleans location began experimenting with even lower fees — from $6 to $2.98 — in early October as it expanded into that market.In an emailed statement, the company said, "We expect that the custo
  • Tropical storm likely along Gulf Coast

    MIAMI (AP) - The National Hurricane Center says thunderstorms and showers off the coast of Mexico are likely to develop into a storm that will threaten the U.S. Gulf Coast by this weekend.  Forecasters say there's an 80% chance that the area of low pressure located in the Bay of Campeche will develop into a tropical or subtropical storm as early as Thursday night.  It's expected to move northeastward from the Mexican coast toward the Big Bend area of Florida.
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  • EBR detectives nab man accused of defrauding a 2016 flood victim

    BATON ROUGE - A man accused of taking advantage of a 2016 flood victim has been arrested on charges of contractor fraud.After speaking with a woman who lost $4K to a man claiming to be a contractor, detectives with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office apprehended 60-year-old James Wallace and charged him with residential contractor fraud and contracting without a license. The woman says she met Wallace in December of 2016 and he presented himself as a contractor. He agreed to c
  • Baton Rouge Fire Department arrests man on charges of arson

    BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man has been accused of breaking into an apartment and setting it on fire.On Oct. 7, the Baton Rouge Fire Department arrested 22-year-old Ajani James London for allegedly breaking into a woman's apartment through a window and setting fire to clothes by putting them in the oven.The apartment's occupant wasn't home when it happened.But she says London sent her several texts, saying he'd destroyed her apartment.He also sent her a Facetime message during the incident, sh
  • Blue Bell releasing Christmas Cookies Ice Cream

    Blue Bell is releasing one of its most requested flavors beginning Thursday: Christmas Cookies Ice Cream.It's a combination of chocolate chip and snickerdoodle with red sprinkles and a green icing swirl throughout.In addition to Christmas Cookies, Blue Bell also has Peppermint, Spiced Pumpkin Pecan and the newest flavor Salted Caramel Cookie available for the holidays. For more information on Blue Bell's latest flavors, visit: https://www.bluebell.com/get-the-scoop/.Permalink| Comments
  • Southern University Police arrest man in connection with a rape that occurred on campus

    BATON ROUGE - Police have arrested a man in connection with a rape that occurred on Southern University's campus. A female victim says she went out with friends on Oct. 27 and upon returning home, felt ill.She called 20-year-old Rodman Lavalais and asked if he would stay with her because she felt 'weird, weak, and wobbly.' She says she reiterated that she was not interested in having sex.Despite this, Lavalais allegedly told her to 'stop faking like she was drunk' and proceede
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  • Police arrest man in connection with Coursey Blvd. Burger King shooting

    BATON ROUGE - Police have arrested a man for allegedly shooting a former co-worker.According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Keith Jermaine Franklin had been an employee of a Burger King on Coursey Blvd.On Thursday, Oct. 10, Franklin went to work and found out he was going to be terminated. His former manager says he left the restaurant and returned an hour and a half later, acting 'suspiciously.'Franklin allegedly went to the rear of Burger King's parking lot and shot at one
  • Tulane plans big book festival between Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tulane University has announced plans for a major book festival to be held annually between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.
    The first New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University will be March 19-21. A news release says more than 40 authors have signed on so far, including Fox News Channel commentator Donna Brazile, humorist Roy Blount, Jr., novelist John Grisham and New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell.
    University spokesman Roger Dun
  • Shooting in North Baton Rouge leaves one person injured

    BATON ROUGE - A shooting near Hollywood Street in North Baton Rouge has left one man injured.The Baton Rouge Police Department confirms that the victim's injuries appear to be non-life threatening. Police believe the victim was shot while he was in the 2600 block of Amarillo Street and once injured, drove to Hollywood Street. Details related to the incident are limited and will be provided as authorities continue with their investigation.  Permalink| Comments
  • EBR Superintendent stresses "school system boundaries remain the same"

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Parish School System put out a clear message Wednesday night; all students will remain in the schools that they are currently in. Parents in the boundary of the new City of Saint George are worried their children will have to change schools. Superintendent Warren Drake stressed that to everyone in parish through a robocall.It said in part, “after several questions about the vote, I wanted to assure you that the vote to create a new city did
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  • Boxer Patrick Day dies four days after fight

    CHICAGO (AP) - Boxer Patrick Day has died four days after sustaining head injuries in a fight with Charles Conwell.  Promoter Lou DiBella said Day died Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was 27.  "He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins," DiBella said in a statement on his website. "He was a son, brother, and good friend to many. Pat's kindness, positivity
  • Businesses along Sherwood Forest still feeling effects of lengthy construction

    BATON ROUGE - A mile-long stretch of Sherwood Forest Blvd. used to be a driver's nightmare. "I would not try and drink coffee or anything while you're driving on it," Kaylee Hatcher said. "I've spilled coffee multiple times trying to come to work and drink. It was pretty awful."Now, with all-new asphalt, the ride is smooth as butter. "Well you can drink coffee while you drive now, so that's an improvement," Hatcher said.But that may be the only improvement for some businesses
  • 'Tarzan' actor Ron Ely's wife and son killed

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say "Tarzan" actor Ron Ely's wife was stabbed to death in their Southern California home by the couple's son, who police subsequently shot to death.  A Santa Barbara County sheriff's statement Wednesday said deputies found 62-year-old Valerie Lundeen Ely dead with multiple stab wounds inside the house on Tuesday night.  The statement says deputies identified the suspect as the couple's son, 30-year-old Cameron
  • Highly-anticipated John Paul Funes sentencing for Thursday rescheduled

    BATON ROUGE – Sentencing for the former head of the Our Lady of the Lake Foundation has been delayed a week, WBRZ has learned.Sentencing for John Paul Funes was scheduled for Thursday (Oct. 17) but it was rescheduled for next week because of a scheduling conflict with the judge, who has a trial Thursday.Funes entered a guilty plea earlier in the summer to charges of wire fraud and money laundering after a scheme that siphoned off more than $550,000 dollars from the OLOL Foundation.The
  • Immigrant kills himself in ICE jail in Louisiana

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Federal authorities say a Cuban man has died by apparent suicide while being detained at an immigration jail in Louisiana.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday that 43-year-old Roylan Hernandez Diaz was found unresponsive Tuesday afternoon inside his cell at the Richwood Correctional Center.  ICE did not comment on allegations from people with family members detained inside Richwood that he was in solitary confinement at
  • Wheel of Fortune contestant earns awkward laughs by talking about his 'loveless marriage'

    LOS ANGELES - Normally when a game show contestant introduces themselves on Wheel of Fortune, they waste no time to dote on their family.Instead, one man used his time in the spotlight to trash talk his relatives.When host Pat Sajak introduced Blair Davis on Monday's episode, the California native started by chatting about his "loveless marriage" to "an old battle-ax named Kim.""She cursed my life with three stepchildren ... and I have one rotten grandson," Davis said.We appreciate a stark sens
  • Woman arrested on murder charges in deaths of man, 2 kids

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia woman has been arrested on murder and other charges in the shooting deaths of her two young daughters and their father.  Police say on Wednesday that 28-year-old Damyrra Jones is facing three counts of murder, two counts of child endangerment and a count of possessing instruments of crime.  Officers called to a row home in the city's northeast section shortly before 10 p.m. Monday found a 38-year-old man dead and a 4-year-ol
  • Body of missing woman found in concrete in Nevada desert

    LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas police say the body of a woman missing for five months has been found encased in concrete in the desert and that a suspect has been arrested.  Authorities say the unidentified woman's remains were found in a "homemade concrete and wooden structure."  Investigators believe the victim was held against her will in 45-year-old Christopher Prestipino's home.  An anonymous tip led police to the suspect. &nbs
  • Toddler dies after being left in hot car, aunt is arrested

    DESTREHAN, La. (AP) - A Louisiana woman has been arrested after her 2-year-old niece died in a hot car where she had been left for about six hours.  The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that Avril Sanabria died Oct. 4.  The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune reports 48-year-old Lezly Sanabria, was arrested Tuesday on negligent homicide charges. She's being held at the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center. Bond has not been set. It wasn't
  • Students tackle gunman at California high school, police say

    LA HABRA, Cali. - Students at a California high school tackled a gunman and managed to take his weapon from him after he brandished it at the school.La Habra High School went on lockdown Tuesday morning after a student reportedly pulled out a .22 caliber gun in the school, police said.According to La Habra Police, two freshmen in the class ran up to him, wrestled him and got the weapon out of his hands."It was the students who tackled him," Sgt. Jose Rocha said.The high school, located in Orang
  • Man accused of killing Georgia college student surrenders

    KENNESAW, Ga. - A man accused of killing a Georgia college student has surrendered to authorities.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Cobb County police arrested 22-year-old Kashman Rael Thomas on Tuesday afternoon after he eluded law enforcement for about 10 days.Thomas is accused of fatally shooting 18-year-old Kennesaw State University student Oluwafemi Oyerinde and injuring two other teenagers at an apartment building near the university's football stadium on Oct. 7.Cobb County police
  • Police find no sign of abducted Alabama girl

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities searching for a missing 3-year-old girl who was abducted say a search of a Birmingham, Alabama, apartment complex didn't turn up signs of the child.  Multiple police officers descended on a small apartment development Wednesday morning in Birmingham less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from where Kamille McKinney was last seen Saturday at a birthday party.  A police spokesman, Sgt. Johnny Williams, says officers were acting o
  • Alabama police converge on apartment complex in search of missing toddler

    BIRMINGHAM - Alabama police have surrounded an apartment complex in search of a missing three-year-old girl, Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney.A CNN report says the toddler was reported missing from a birthday party four days ago.Though the Birmingham State Police Department took to social media to let the public know about their activity around the residential area, details on what led them to the complex are unclear. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading
  • Pedestrian finds baby alive in bag along Indiana roadway

    SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) - Southern Indiana police say an infant found abandoned inside a bag left near a roadway is alive and healthy.  Seymour police say a person walking their dog found the child Tuesday afternoon along a fence row about 20 yards from a road on Seymour's southeast side.  Officers called to the scene found that the baby was alive and doctors at Seymour's Schneck Medical Center determined that the infant was healthy.  Detective S
  • Louisiana man tells deputies 'God has battleships'

    MONROE, La. (AP) - Louisiana authorities have charged a man with disturbing the peace after he was found wandering down a street and screaming profanities.  The Monroe News Star reports the Ouachita Parish Sherriff's Office responded to a call Sunday that 27-year-old Jonathan Porter was intoxicated and creating a public disturbance. Deputies wrote in arrest warrants that Porter told them the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants had stolen his paperwork and that "God has bat
  • Family sues over plane crash that killed New Orleans anchor

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The husband and children of a New Orleans reporter who died in a small plane crash this summer are now suing the plane's owner and engine manufacturer.
    The New Orleans Advocate/The Times-Picayune reports Glen Boyd and the children filed the lawsuit last week against owner Drug Fighters Enterprises and Lycoming Engines. The lawsuit alleges that the biplane carrying former WVUE-TV news anchor Nancy Parker had a defective engine.
    The pla
  • Man arrested for multiple robberies in Gardere area

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities have arrested a man for a string of armed robberies in the Gardere area.A detective with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office used video footage from several stores and the assistance of a store clerk who'd been robbed to pinpoint 28-year-old Matthew Williams as the alleged gunman. The robberies took place between September 7-October 12  at two stores on Perkins Road: Dollar General and Circle K.On one occasion, Williams allegedly entered the
  • Weather concerns officials as they search for victims following collapse of NOLA's Hard Rock Cafe

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tropical weather is the latest worry in New Orleans, where officials say experts have yet to come up with a viable plan for stabilizing a partially collapsed building and two damaged construction cranes.City Homeland Security director Collin Arnold said Tuesday authorities fear a disturbance over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula could become a tropical depression threatening the Gulf Coast, bringing wind and rain that would topple the unstable structures onto neighboring buildings.
  • 'Why, Gary, Why' details a local man's search for justice and healing

    BATON ROUGE - A 1984 story of vigilante justice in Baton Rouge has been turned into a book entitled, "Why, Gary, Why?" Click here for additional details regarding the book and the author's search for healing after experiencing harrowing abuse. Permalink| Comments
  • Supreme Court to review Lee Boyd Malvo's case in light of sentencings for minors

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider Lee Boyd Malvo's bid to be resentenced.This follows a string of court appearances and sentencings since 2002. In 2003, Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad were convicted of spearheading a three-week-long shooting spree that left ten people dead. Muhammad acted as a mentor to then 17-year-old Malvo, guiding him through the acts of violence. While Muhammad was sentenced to execution, a jury in Chesapeake, Virginia sp
  • San Francisco Bay area shaken by earthquake

    SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CA – Early Monday morning, residents of the San Francisco Bay area and beyond felt a magnitude 4.5 earthquake and throughout the morning, several aftershocks occurred; the largest was 2.1 magnitude.According to the LA Times, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says there is a 2% chance of one or more aftershocks larger than magnitude 4.5 over the next week, and as many as four aftershocks of magnitude 3 or higher. “The number of afters
  • Firefighters use nail polish to calm little girl panicking after crash

    WEST POINT, UT - A couple of firemen found themselves responding to a different kind of emergency in Utah.A young passenger involved in a car accident was a bit shaken up after the incident. Authorities described the wreck as minor with no injuries but say the little girl was still frantic from it.A Facebook post shared by the North Davis Fire District says a battalion chief and captain showed up to the scene and immediately tried to calm the young girl."...these 2 officers started talking to h
  • Annexation becomes latest heated debate after St. George vote

    BATON ROUGE – Post-election, the fight over the City of St. George has moved to property lines and city boundaries.Tuesday, either side solicited property owners to petition for annexation into either the Baton Rouge city limits or the boundaries of what will eventually be St. George.“We are getting numerous inquiries about how [property owners] can annex in to St. George from the unincorporated areas,” St. George’s Andrew Murrell said Tuesday.Murrell sai
  • Williamson Eye Center named preferred Ophthalmology provider for BRG

    BATON ROUGE - The Williamson Eye Center has been designated a strategic partnership with the Baton Rouge General Medical Center. The announcement accompanies the opening of a fifth location on Summa Avenue, which will be located on the hospital's campus, on the corner of Bluebonnet Boulevard and Picardy Avenue in the Baton Rouge General Center for Health building. The new location will provide better access to patients in the south Baton Rouge area. The new center will be Will
  • EBR looks to rid delays to trial, creates 72-hour arraignments policy

    BATON ROUGE - Starting Wednesday, the criminal judges of the 19th Judicial District Court will implement a change in the amount of time people arrested will enter a plea.Instead of eight weeks, criminal arraignments will begin 72 hours after an arrest."This is the right thing to do," said Public Defender Mike Mitchell. "We are going to find that people who used to languish in jail waiting to find out whether they are going to be charged will now find out in three days. This will be a lot of non
  • After 42 years in prison, plea agreement brings man freedom

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans man who has spent two-thirds of his life in prison for a murder he always denied committing has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will be released.  Since his arrest in 1977, Elvis Brooks of New Orleans has maintained that he's innocent.  Advocates from the Innocence Project-New Orleans say evidence that would have cleared him was withheld at trial.  Brooks said Tuesday that prosecutors offered the plea barg
  • Gary Plauche's 1984 airport slaying of son's kidnapper, abuser now a book

    BATON ROUGE – The wild story of Capital City vigilante justice that’s become local lore is now in print.Jody Plauche, the son of Gary Plauche, has penned a book – "Why, Gary, Why?". It’s available now on Amazon.Plauche shot and killed his son's karate instructor at the Baton Rouge airport in 1984 after the man, Jeffrey Doucet, was accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting Jody Plauche.The elder Plauche waited for Doucet to be escorted back from Califo
  • Felicity Huffman reports to prison to serve sentence in college admissions scandal

    DUBLIN, CA - On Tuesday, actress Felicity Huffman reported to federal prison to begin her two-week sentence for fraud.In September, Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT score.Judge Idira Talwani sentenced the 56-year-old to 14 days in prison as well as a $30,000 fine and one year of supervised release.Huffman was originally ordered to turn herself in on Oct. 25.The actress was the first parent to be sentenced in 'Operation Varisty Blues,' which was a massive federal in
  • Mississippi Lottery will begin selling tickets Nov. 25

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The new Mississippi Lottery will start selling scratch-off tickets Nov. 25.  That's the Monday before Thanksgiving, and it's slightly earlier than expected.  The lottery corporation had said for months that the sales probably would begin by early December. The organization announced the start date in a news release Tuesday.  The corporation also is starting to let convenience stores and other retailers know they have be
  • New Orleans restaurant passing out food to first responders at hotel collapse site

    NEW ORLEANS - A popular seafood restaurant in New Orleans is offering some relief to rescue workers who've been searching the the rubble of the Hard Rock Hotel for days. On Tuesday, WWL reported that Deanie's Seafood sent boxed lunches to those still working at the site where a portion of the hotel collapsed onto Canal Street Saturday. Local restaurant, @DeaniesSeafood passes out lunch to first responders working the Hard Rock Hotel collapse. @WWLTV pic.twitter.com/uXTEk68xDd&
  • Reward offered for Alabama toddler kidnapped from party

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The state of Alabama is offering a reward in the search for a 3-year-old girl who police say has been missing since she was abducted from a birthday party.  Gov. Kay Ivey's office announced a $5,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the disappearance of Kamille McKinney.  Authorities say the girl nicknamed "Cupcake" was kidnapped from a birthday party on Saturday by a stranger in a dark SUV.&nbsp
  • Lays releases grilled cheese and tomato flavored chips

    Lays has turned a classic American comfort food combination into a chip.On Oct. 21, the company will begin selling 'Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup' chips. People magazine says the popular chip brand hopes to bring, "a dynamic combination of tomato taste and buttery cheese with underlying creamy and toasted notes" to their version of "one of America's favorite homemade meals." Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup chips are a limited edition and will be available for $3.49 at majo
  • Ex-LSU frat member's sentencing postponed another month

    BATON ROUGE - The sentencing for Matthew Naquin, the ex-LSU fraternity member convicted in the hazing death of Max Gruver, has been pushed back another month, court records show.The 21-year-old was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 16 for his negligent homicide conviction. However, a report from The Advocate says the sentencing is delayed due to an illness by a member of the Naquin family.Naquin is now scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 20 at 9 a.m.He faces up to five years in prison. He's currentl
  • Missing Jefferson Parish teen may be in Zachary

    JEFFERSON PARISH - The Zachary Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in the search for a missing Jefferson Parish teen named Marjorie Buisson.The 15-year-old is five foot five inches with brown hair and brown eyes, though she is from Jefferson Parish authorities say she may be in the Zachary area.Anyone with information should contact the Zachary Police Department at (225) 654-9393.Permalink| Comments
  • 1-year-old girl dies after being left inside car all day in Florida

    TAMPA, Fla. - A child died in Central Florida after being left in a hot car all day, the fifth such death in the state this year and the 50th nationwide.The 1-year-old girl was found unconscious inside her family's car parked outside their Tampa home Monday evening. Police say the child's parents called 911 around 6:30 p.m. local time and she was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.Investigators learned the little girl had been left inside the car since Monday morning
  • Detectives nab man for allegedly selling fake inspection stickers, eating drugs in front of grandchildren

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities have arrested a man who, while in the presence of his grandchildren, attempted to eat evidence of what may have been drugs.On Sunday, Oct. 14, detectives with the Baton Rouge City Police were conducting patrols when they noticed a man attempting to sell fake inspection stickers out of his car. Ivan Lemar was allegedly going from pump to pump at a gas station, trying to persuade people to purchase the fraudulent stickers. When the detectives went to Lemar's car
  • Forth Worth officer released on bond

    FORTH WORTH, Texas (AP) -Former Forth Worth police officer who resigned after fatally shooting a woman through a window in her home has been released on bond.According to police reports 34 year-old Aaron Dean is out of police custody after posting bond just four hours after his arrest in the shooting of 28 year-old Atatiana Jefferson.Dean was arrested Monday on a $200,000 bond. Earlier in the day he resigned from the force , Forth Worth's police chief says he would've
  • Fort Worth officer released on bond

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -Former Fort Worth police officer who resigned after fatally shooting a woman through a window in her home has been released on bond.According to police reports 34 year-old Aaron Dean is out of police custody after posting bond just four hours after his arrest in the shooting of 28 year-old Atatiana Jefferson.Dean was arrested Monday on a $200,000 bond. Earlier in the day he resigned from the force , Fort Worth's police chief says he would've been fired if he had

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