• Crews called after dump truck overturns on Harding Blvd.

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency crews were called to a crash involving a dump truck Tuesday morning.The truck overturned on Harding Boulevard near Howell Boulevard around 8:20 a.m. It's unclear if any injuries have been reported.Details are limited. WBRZ has reached out to authorities for more information.Permalink| Comments
  • Mother arrested for murder in case of girl found dead in duffel bag

    LOS ANGELES - Reports say the mother of 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones, whose body was found in a duffel bag in Los Angeles, was arrested for her daughter's murder.ABC News reports, the case is being reviewed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Charges are expected to be filed Wednesday morning against Taquesta Graham. Authorities arrested Graham’s boyfriend, Emiel Lamar Hunt, last week. According to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office, the girl's body was found
  • Two guilty pleas in gunfire that hurt tourist last year

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two people have pleaded guilty in connection with gunfire that wounded a New Orleans tourist last September.District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office says in a news release that the gunman, 20-year-old Byron Wilson, and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Derrion Robinson, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated battery.Wilson also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Robinson was placed on three years' probation.The relea
  • Man sentenced to jail time, pay $66,000 in restitution for child pornography charge

    BATON ROUGE - A 52-year-old man has been sentenced to serve time following his conviction of possession of child pornography.Steven Everhardt will serve 97 months in prison. He will also be required to serve five years of supervised release, register as a convicted sex offender, pay a special assessment of $5,100, and pay $66,000 in restitution to the victims.The investigation began when the FBI conducted an undercover operation and obtained numerous images of child pornography from an IP addre
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  • Filmmaker David Lynch teaching a class on creativity

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - According to filmmaker David Lynch, all it takes are 70 ideas to make a feature film.The visionary mind behind "Blue Velvet," ''Mulholland Drive" and "Twin Peaks" is imparting this and other wisdom, like never giving up final cut, in a new MasterClass on creativity and filmmaking that's available now for enrollment online. Lynch joins an esteemed lot of MasterClass instructors from Martin Scorsese to Spike Lee.Prices range from $90 for one class to $180 for unlimited access.I
  • Officials to deliver updates on Comite Diversion Canal Project Tuesday

    BATON ROUGE - After the Comite River Task Force meeting last week, officials are ready to deliver a progress report on the work of the Comite River Diversion Canal Project. The meeting with the Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District starts Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Greenwell Springs Library.Utility crews are currently moving underground piping ahead of physical construction. The next step will be bridge work over areas where the canal will be. Officials say work on t
  • Two found, one missing after tugboat capsizes on Mississippi River

    PLAQUEMINES PARISH - Reports say one person is missing after a tugboat capsized Monday night on the Mississippi River.According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the 54-foot vessel Seattle Slew capsized near Myrtle Grove Fleet in Plaquemines Parish north of Port A La Hache around 8:12 p.m. Authorities say there were three people on board at the time.Officials searched the area and recovered two people. One other person was reported missing.The cause of the capsizing is under investigation. Perm
  • Dutch prosecutors arrest third person in deadly tram shooting

    UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) - Dutch police say they have arrested a third person on suspicion of involvement in the tram shooting in the city of Utrecht that left three people dead and five injured.Public prosecution office spokesman Ties Kortmann said Tuesday that three people are now in custody - the alleged shooter, 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis and two others who were also arrested on suspicion of involvement in the shooting Monday morning. Kortmann says Tanis is being held on suspicion of manslau
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  • Man faces fourth DWI charge after Monday arrest

    BATON ROUGE - A man is facing his fourth DWI charge after being found asleep in a vehicle on the side of the road.At approximately 5:28 p.m. Monday, Germany Cruz-Avila was found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle on the shoulder of the interstate. Police say the vehicle was in park and the engine was on.When the officer got to the window, he noticed Cruz-Avila had an opened beer can in his hand. The officer attempted to wake the suspect by knocking on the driver's side door. Eventually, t
  • One injured in overnight shooting on Bateman Circle

    BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating an overnight shooting in Baton Rouge.According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the incident happened on Bateman Circle near Fairfields Avenue. Authorities say a male victim was shot in the lower torso and made it to a local hospital before 2 a.m. for treatment.His condition is unknown at this time.Details are limited. WBRZ has reached out to authorities for more information.Permalink| Comments
  • Airbnb prices could increase throughout capital region

    BATON ROUGE - It could soon cost people more money to stay at Airbnb’s in the capital city. Legislation is in the works to add a tax to short-term rentals. The same tax is already placed on hotels, so those in the tourism industry say they want to level the playing field.“We want to make sure all accommodations across all categories are paying the same amount,” said Laura Cating with Louisiana Travel Association.LTA is helping the Louisiana Association of Conventio
  • DOTD provides update on multi-parish projects

    PORT ALLEN - Drivers in Louisiana travel through ongoing road projects daily. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson knows commuters are growing impatient."It's been a frustrating issue, but I'd much rather have a little frustration now than have to close that bridge permanently if it's unsafe," said Wilson.He's specifically referring to the Intracoastal Bridge in Port Allen."It should have been changed a while ago, but because of the insecure funding, we have we've pushed that project back. We're going t
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  • Southern University's marijuana facility one step closer to rezoning

    BATON ROUGE - Southern University is one step closer to rezoning a piece of property along Plank Road to make a marijuana production plant, and many businesses in the area support the plan.All members of the East Baton Rouge Planning Commission approved the rezoning location on Plank Road, but the approval came with an amendment that will allow a barrier of 500 feet to separate residents and the facility. This will allow 2,000 feet of the property to be rezoned.Late last year, Southern received
  • 'Free Will Wade': LSU fans use basketball team's Wikipedia page to call out university

    BATON ROUGE - With LSU poised to play in the NCAA Tournament this week under interim Head Coach Tony Benford, some fans are finding more creative ways to call for the reinstatement of Coach Will Wade.Some disgruntled LSU Basketball enthusiasts chose to voice their frustration through the team's Wikipedia page this week."The Tigers are currently coached by interim head coach Tony Benford and they need to free Will Wade," the opening paragraph of the page reads.LSU fans have made their disdain fo
  • ExxonMobil contributing $45k to community for home repair projects

    BATON ROUGE - ExxonMobil is planning to fund $45,000 in home repair projects for local residents. The money will contribute to projects such as replacing doors, windows, and patching rooftops. Volunteers from ExxonMobil and LSU will work with the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance to restore homes throughout North Baton Rouge."We strive to be a good community partner and neighbor," said ExxonMobil Refinery Manager Gloria Moncada. "I am honored to be able to extend this support to our neig
  • Reality TV star 'Mama June' arrested in Alabama

    TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - Reality television star June "Mama June" Shannon has been arrested on drug charges in Alabama.  News outlets report that Shannon and a friend, Eugene Doak, were arrested March 13 at a gas station in Macon County where he was heard threatening her.  The reports say that in the course of the investigation authorities found drugs and drug paraphernalia.  Al.com says the criminal complaint states the two had crack cocaine a
  • Audit: After being denied extra pay, ULS principals set up private aftercare to get school money

    BATON ROUGE - An investigation from the Legislative Auditor's Office says two high-ranking officials at University Laboratory School took in school funds for themselves after they were denied additional reimbursement for the school's aftercare program.According to the audit, the two principals at ULS, Secondary Principal Frank Rusciano Jr. and Elementary Principal Myra Broussard, were looking to get extra pay of $15,000 each over the course of 10 months for giving "administrative support" for t
  • ESPN seemingly leaks women's NCAA bracket hours early

    An apparent graphics error caused ESPN to accidentally air the bracket for the NCAA Women's basketball tournament early.The tournament bracket was set to be unveiled on the network at 7 p.m. Monday, but viewers caught a glimpse at the seeding when on pre-show coverage around 3 p.m.In what can only be described as remarkable, the #NCAAW bracket was just on ESPNU by mistaken. I’ve managed to grab three sections of it if anyone else wants to help fill it out.
    Spoiler: UCF & Tennessee
  • Police sued over bulldozer death of pot suspect

    A federal lawsuit says Pennsylvania State Police acted recklessly when troopers used a bulldozer to pursue a Grateful Dead fan caught growing marijuana on public land, killing him when he wound up under the machine's treads.  Greg Longenecker's family says state police had no business chasing him with a dangerous piece of machinery - especially over a few pot plants the 51-year-old was cultivating for personal use. His death last July, in a rural area about 75 miles outside of
  • Fox News hires Donna Brazile as political contributor

    NEW YORK (AP) - Fox News says it has hired former Democratic National Committee chief Donna Brazile as a political commentator.  Brazile had been let go from a similar role at CNN in 2016 after it was revealed that she had shared material about topics that would be addressed at a Democratic forum with Hillary Clinton's campaign.  At Fox, Brazile will not have anything to do with any debates or town halls - if they ever happen. That's from a Fox News executive
  • Police: Drunk driver misses drive-thru lane, falls asleep after hitting restaurant's intercom

    THIBODAUX - A man is facing his second DWI charge after police found him asleep behind the wheel outside a fast food restaurant.According to a new release from the Thibodaux Police Department, an officer working off duty was called to reports of a driver sleeping in the drive-thru line at a restaurant early Sunday morning. At the scene, the officer discovered a gray 2004 Toyota Tundra had crashed into the intercom box.The driver was identified as 27-year-old Zack Thibodaux. The officer suspecte
  • Sheriff partly blames 'antiquated' facility for teen's escape from parish jail

    AMITE - An area sheriff says the Tangipahoa Parish Jail's outdated design contributed to an 18-year-old inmate's escape from the facility this weekend.Sheriff Daniel Edwards said convicted felon Hulu Doughty said "procedural violations" and the "antiquated design" of the jail allowed Hulus Doughty to escape Sunday. Edwards said Doughty was taken into custody shortly after his escape.The sheriff said the facility remains physically intact and there is no cause for immediate concern.A full review
  • LSU 'improperly' paid vet school employee $400K, audit says

    BATON ROUGE - An audit has revealed that LSU paid a worker nearly half-a-million dollars over the course of about four years despite that person failing to fulfill job requirements.The report from a legislative auditor says the university "improperly compensated" the Veterinary School employee $400,000 in salary and additional benefits between August 2015 and September 2018. The document says the school also took insufficient action to address the employee's poor performance.The audit also says
  • Fire at Texas plant could last 2 more days

    DEER PARK, Texas (AP) - Officials say a large fire at petrochemicals terminal near Houston will likely burn for another two days.  The fire erupted Sunday at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, about 15 miles southeast of Houston. Fire crews continued battle the blaze Monday, and authorities monitoring air quality around the facility say levels are within normal guidelines.  ITC says the risk of explosion at its facility is "minimal" and no injur
  • 'DC sniper' can argue he committed crimes at age too young for his sentence

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The then-teenage half of the so-called “DC snipers” whose violence had ties to Baton Rouge can challenge a life sentence without parole because of his age when he was arrested.The Supreme Court ruled Monday involving such sentences in the state of Virginia and is expected to hear the issue in October.Lee Boyd Malvo was a teenager when he and John Allen Muhammad put much of the country on edge after firing off round after round of random gunfire in places,
  • Local physical therapist accused of sexually assaulting patients now facing new charges

    BATON ROUGE - Officials say a physical therapist already facing multiple accusations that he sexually abused patients is back in custody Monday.An East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office spokesperson said Philippe Veeters, owner of Dutch Physical Therapy, was arrested again after more allegations were reported to investigators. No further details on the new accusations were immediately available.Two women had previously accused Veeters of abuse after they visited him in June 2018 and sometime in 2017
  • Deputies looking for suspect after deadly shooting in Ponchatoula

    PONCHATOULA - Deputies are searching for a suspected killer after a shooting in Tangipahoa Parish this weekend.The sheriff's office says 29-year-old Sergio Galindo Jr. was found dead outside a home on N Thibodeaux Road in Ponchatoula Sunday morning.Investigators believe the suspect, 37-year-old Adrian Morquedo Rubio, shot and killed Galindo after an argument.Anyone with information on Rubio's whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff's office at (985)345-6150.Permalink| Comments
  • WANTED: Thief takes selfie on stolen phone

    NEW ORLEANS - Police in New Orleans are searching for a man who reportedly stole a woman's phone and took a selfie with it earlier this month.The New Orleans Police Department said the suspect took the phone from a woman's purse while she as waiting in line at a restaurant in the 6000 block of Bullard Avenue around 7:45 p.m. on March 3, WWL-TV reports. The victim told authorities she had received a notification about several charges on her stolen credit card.Authorities say the victim found her
  • Pirro's show not on Fox lineup, week after Omar comments

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News weekend host Jeanine Pirro’s show didn’t air a week after her comments questioning U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar over her wearing a Muslim head covering. No explanation was given.Pirro’s show, “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” was replaced Saturday night by other programming. The Fox News schedule for the upcoming weekend doesn’t include the show.Fox said Sunday that it would not comment on internal scheduling mat
  • Chick-fil-A rolls out new 'Frosted Key Lime' drink

    Starting Monday customers can try Chick-fil-A's new Frosted Key Lime drink for a limited time.USA Today reports the seasonal item will be available until May 25, or while supplies last. "We are delighted to launch another seasonal, frosted treat this spring,” said Leslie Neslage, menu lead for the menu and packaging team at Chick-fil-A. “Frosted Key Lime is both tart and sweet and will be a delicious, lower calorie treat that all customers can enjoy throughout the d
  • Post-wedding arrest for Louisiana GOP executive director

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Republican Party's executive director faces multiple charges in New Orleans' municipal court following a weekend incident that took place hours after his wedding.  New Orleans news outlets report that court records state that Andrew Bautsch was asked to leave an establishment at the Pontchartrain hotel around 3 a.m. Saturday. He is accused of resisting and shoving a New Orleans Levee District police officer who was working a security detail at
  • Trump targets Biden after former VP's verbal slip

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is targeting Joe Biden after the former vice president made a verbal slip about a potential 2020 presidential bid.Trump, who has eagerly followed the 2020 Democratic field, tweeted Monday: "Joe Biden got tongue tied over the weekend when he was unable to properly deliver a very simple line about his decision to run for President." Added Trump: "Get used to it, another low I.Q. individual!"At a dinner over the weekend, Biden said he had "the most progress
  • Northern Ireland: 3 teens die in St. Patrick's Day crush

    LONDON (AP) - Police in Northern Ireland say two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old have died after a crowd of revelers trying to get into a St. Patrick's Day event caused what appears to be a crush.A 16-year-old girl remains hospitalized after the incident at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown on Sunday evening. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said Monday that it appears the crowd was pushing toward the door to get into a disco event."People then seem to have fallen and then got crushed," Ha
  • Supreme Court to consider Louisiana's non-unanimous juries

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will consider banning non-unanimous juries in criminal cases in Louisiana, the only state that still allows them.The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal from a man who was convicted of second-degree murder by a jury's 10-2 vote. First-degree murder charges already require a unanimous jury to convict.Oregon voters recently approved a state constitutional amendment that ended Oregon's use of divided juries to convict some criminal defendants. The high
  • Former Tangipahoa Parish deputy released after serving time for drug charges

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former Louisiana sheriff's deputy has been released from federal custody after he pleaded guilty to federal drug charges last year.The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported that former Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's deputy Johnny Domingue of Hammond was sentenced last week to 21 months in prison. But Domingue was given credit for the 34 months he spent in jail awaiting the trial of former Drug Enforcement Agent Chad Scott, who ran the task force where Domingue was assigned.The
  • Police charge Kentucky school bus driver with DUI after crash

    KENTUCKY - Reports say police in Kentucky arrested a school bus driver for drunk driving after a bus with 33 elementary students on board crashed.ABC News reports that 54-year-old Lesley Harvey was charged Friday with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, failure to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, and 33 counts of wanton endangerment.According to the Oldham County Police Department, the bus was carrying students from Crestwood Elementary School when the bus h
  • Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news

    NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook is having trouble establishing a service providing its users with local news and information because of the lack of original reporting outlets.The service was established last year and is currently available in some 400 cities in the United States. But the social media giant said 40 percent of Americans live in places where its technicians couldn't find enough local news stories to support it.Facebook announced Monday it is making its research on local news available to
  • Trial delayed for Louisiana mayor charged with malfeasance

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A Louisiana judge delayed the trial of a former Opelousas mayor indicted on charges of malfeasance, theft of public funds, public records tampering and forgery.The Daily Advertiser reports former Mayor Reggie Tatum's trial was set to start Monday and is now scheduled for early July. The delay was due to Tatum dismissing his original defense attorney on Wednesday. The cause of the dismissal is unclear.Tatum was arrested in 2017, and most of the charges relate to time sheets
  • Dutch police confirm 1 dead, multiple wounded in shooting on tram in city of Utrecht

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Heavily armed anti-terror officers have gathered in front of an apartment block close to the scene of a deadly shooting on a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht.Authorities say that a suspect is still on the run following the shooting late morning Monday in which one person was killed and police said multiple others were wounded. From the tram scene, security officials have moved to a location some 200 meters away where they are awaiting further instructions.
  • Dutch leader calls tram shooting 'an attack'

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says that the Netherlands has been hit by an attack in Utrecht and that terrorism isn't excluded after one person was killed in a tram shooting along with an unknown number of wounded.Rutte says that "our nation was hit by an attack in Utrecht. It is clear there were shots on tram passengers in Utrecht, that there are wounded," without specifying how many. He said that "a terror motive is not excluded."Rutte said that throughout the
  • Police looking for suspect after Nashville officer hit, dragged by ATV

    NASHVILLE - Police in Nashville are looking for an ATV driver who hit an officer over the weekend.Special Events Sergeant John Bourque was treated for minor injuries Saturday, USA Today reports.  According to a news release from the Metro Nashville Police Department Bourque was "struck and dragged by one of an estimated 100 dirt bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, and four-wheelers that illegally took over Broadway Saturday."Authorities said the riders were weaving in and out of traffic, and end
  • Police: Son arrested in fatal Lafayette weekend shooting

    LAFAYETTE - Police have arrested a man accused of shooting his father Sunday in Lafayette.According to KATC, officers with the Lafayette Police Department responded to a home on Edison Street in reference to a shots fired call around 3 p.m.  At the scene, police found 68-year-old Ernest White Jr. dead from an apparent gunshot wound.Authorities arrested his son 31-year-old Ernest White III. He was charged with first-degree murder, violation of a protective order, possession of a firearm
  • Man returns library book 53 years late

    FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man says he has returned an overdue library book - 53 years after he first borrowed the book.Fair Lawn resident Harry Krame says he checked out "The Family Book Of Verse" by Lewis Gannet from his school library when he was 13 and Lyndon Johnson was president. The now 63-year-old Krame found the book recently while cleaning out his basement and felt guilty about keeping it overdue for all those years.Memorial Middle School Vice Principal Dominick Tarquinio say
  • Early morning shooting reported at Baton Rouge hotel

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating an early morning shooting at an area hotel.The incident was reported just before 2 a.m. at American Best Value Inn on Rieger Road off I-10. Ambulances were seen driving away from the area at a high rate of speed.Details are limited. WBRZ has reached out to authorities for more information.Permalink| Comments
  • House fire claims life, injures another at Pollard Estates residence

    BATON ROUGE - Fire crews responded to a house fire on Hibiscus Drive in Pollard Estates that has left one dead and another injured.Officials received reports of the blaze around 9:00 p.m. Sunday night on 5984 Hibiscus Drive.Fire crews say once they arrived on the scene, they found the house completely engulfed in flames.One female resident was killed in the blaze while a male resident was rushed to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.A neighbor of the Hibiscus residents told WBR
  • Fire crews responding to fire on Hibiscus Drive

    BATON ROUGE - Fire crews are responding to a house fire on Hibiscus Drive in Pollard Estates.Officials received reports of the blaze around 9:00 p.m. Sunday night on 5984 Hibiscus Drive.Fire crews are on scene now attempting to control the fire.A News 2 crew is en route.Permalink| Comments
  • Other 2020 Dems begin sharpening criticism of Beto O'Rourke

    DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Back when he was still just teasing a presidential run, Beto O'Rourke told Vanity Fair he was "born to be in" the race. Now that he's campaigning to far greater media attention and much larger crowds than many Democrats who've been competing longer, they are taking offense at the former Texas congressman's sense of entitlement.
     Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar drew the sharpest such contrast on Sunday, saying "I wasn't born to run. But I am running" while acknowledgin
  • Dick Dale, King of Surf Guitar, 'Miserlou' composer, is dead

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man who earned the title King of the Surf Guitar has died at age 81. His former bassist Sam Bolle says Dick Dale passed away Saturday night. No other details were available.
     Dale played pounding, blaringly loud power-chord instrumentals in the early 1960s on songs like "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin."
     Dale liked to say it was he and not the Beach Boys who invented surf music. Some critics have said he was right.
     An avid surfer, he began to
  • Thousands of people attend Boosie Bash Hip-Hop festival

    BATON ROUGE- The 2nd annual Boosie Bash and Baton Rouge Hip Hop Festival weekend drew in thousands of fans to the Felton G. Clark activity center at Southern University this weekend.The two-night event included a comedy show on Friday night, featuring comedian Michael Blackson. On Saturday, fans enjoyed a full concert line up, featuring local rapper Boosie, Lil Duval, YFN Lucci, and others.Although the festival expanded to two nights since it’s inaugural run last year, EBR Metro Counc
  • President Trump attends church service on St. Patrick's Day

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump spent St. Patrick's Day morning worshipping at the "Church of the Presidents" near the White House.
     Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, joined parishioners for Sunday's 11 a.m. service at St. John's Church, a historic yellow church across from the White House and Lafayette Park. Every president since James Madison, who served in the 1800s, has attended a service at St. John's, according to the church.
     The Rev. W. Bruce McPhe

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