• Fire aboard small plane forces emergency landing at BTR, airport operations unaffected

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to reports of a plane on fire at the BTR Airport Friday afternoon.The fire was first reported around 4:15 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Airport. An airport spokesperson initially said the fire occurred aboard a small plane during pre-flight checks. However, the airport later clarified that the fire happened while the plane was still in the air and the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing.The pilot reportedly heard a loud noise and spott
  • Contractor breaks water line, cutting off service in parts of Walker

    WALKER - Police say contract workers accidentally broke a water line, cutting off service to a considerable number of people in Livingston Parish.The Walker Police Department says the incident happened along Walker South Road Wednesday afternoon. Residents living in neighborhoods along and adjacent to the roadway are being affected.Crews are currently working to restore service. Permalink| Comments
  • Man convicted of murder, rape sentenced to death in Florida

    MIDDLEBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been sentenced to death for the murder of a 35-year-old woman and the sexual assault of her young daughter.  The State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville announced Wednesday that Donald Hugh Davidson Jr. had waived his right to a jury trial after pleading guilty to charges of first-degree murder, attempted sexual battery on a child over 12, lewd and lascivious molestation, kidnapping and grand theft.  State Attorney Me
  • Ascension deputies looking for missing man, last seen 2 weeks ago

    DARROW - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for a man who's been missing for weeks.The sheriff's office says Leonard Watson Jr., 42, was last heard from Sept. 3.He is about six feet two inches and weighs 180 pounds. He has brown eyes and black and gray dreadlocks. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 225-621-4636.Permalink| Comments
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  • Woman burning love letters sparks Nebraska apartment fire

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It seems this love was too hot to handle.Police in Lincoln say a 19-year-old woman sparked an apartment fire Monday by burning love letters from her ex in her bedroom.Police say the woman used a butane torch to burn the letters and left some of them of the floor. She then went to another room to take a nap. Police say she awoke a short time later to find the carpet on fire.Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within minutes. Officials say the fire caused
  • Ex-Atlanta Falcons player gets prison for molesting 12-year-old girl

    COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - A former Atlanta Falcons player has been sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for molesting a 12-year-old girl.  The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports 23-year-old Justin Kenyuno Crawford pleaded guilty Tuesday to child molestation and sodomy as part of deal that dropped other charges. The former West Virginia University standout also was ordered to register as a sex offender and stay away from anyone younger than 18, including his three children.&nb
  • Person taken to hospital after suffering reported chemical burn at LSU

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities responded to a reported chemical burn at LSU Wednesday.The incident was reported around 12:30 p.m. at LSU's Life Sciences building. Sources confirmed to WBRZ the victim was transported with a chemical burn.Authorities said it appeared that person did not suffer serious injuries.It's unknown whether the victim is a student.Permalink| Comments
  • Alabama boy becomes huge LSU fan, invited to meet Coach O at next home game

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, AL - A little boy with a love for LSU is getting the chance to meet Coach Ed Orgeron next month.With help from a GoFundMe fundraiser, 9-year-old Colton Moore will get to see LSU play for real next month. Moore and his family live in Alabama. In the family of seven, Moore is the only LSU fan. Everyone else roots for Auburn, according to WBMA.Moore's love for LSU started back in 2017 when he attended the SEC championship baseball game in Hoover, Alabama and met
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  • Welcome to Orcland: Lord of the Rings to film in New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Amazon has announced it will film its upcoming television series "The Lord of the Rings" in New Zealand, marking a return of the orcs, elves and hobbits to the country they became synonymous with over the course of six movies directed by Peter Jackson.Amazon Studios on Wednesday said it had found a majestic location with world-class sets. It said production would begin in the city of Auckland over the coming months.But Amazon wouldn't reveal the extent of its plan
  • Deputies investigating after person injured after evening shooting in Sorrento

    ASCENSION PARISH - One person was injured in a Tuesday shooting in Sorrento.The incident was reported around 5:50 p.m. in the 8200 block of Cottonwood Street. According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, one person was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.That person was reported to be in stable condition. No further details were provided at this time.The investigation is ongoing.Permalink| Comments
  • Trump names hostage negotiator as national security adviser

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he plans to name hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien to be his new national security adviser.
     Trump tweeted Wednesday that he has "worked long & hard" with O'Brien and that "he will do a great job!"
     Trump's announcement about O'Brien comes a week after he ousted John Bolton from the national security adviser's post, citing policy disagreements.
     Bolton was Trump's third national security adviser.Permalink| Comments
  • Churchill home: 2nd suspect arrested in golden toilet theft

    LONDON (AP) - Police have arrested a second suspect in the unusual case involving the theft of a golden toilet from Winston Churchill's birthplace.Thames Valley Police said Tuesday that a 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle and has been released pending investigation. The two suspects have not been charged or identified.The police investigation over the Saturday morning theft at Blenheim Palace is ongoing. The toilet is a work of art valued at 1 million pounds
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  • BREC to vote on zoning plan for Baton Rouge Zoo, Greenwood Park

    BATON ROUGE - After months of discussion, today could be another step forward for Baton Rouge Zoo and Greenwood Park. BREC is hoping to finalize the zoning plan in a meeting Wednesday evening. The master plan includes a brand new entrance to set the tone for the zoo's new look. Plans also include a new playground for Greenwood Park and rezoning to bring the two attractions together. Phase one of the project will cost BREC about $30 million in savings. If approved, con
  • Updates to be provided on Comite diversion project, flood mitigation

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Residents in Livingston Parish are expected to be brought up to speed on the progress of the Comite River Diversion Canal Project.A meeting will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Denham Springs.Just a month ago local, state, and federal leaders came together to break ground on the project. The diversion project has been in the works for more than 30 years.The project consists of a 12-mile-long diversion channel from the Comite River to the Mississippi River and will include
  • Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973

    NEW YORK (AP) - The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday.
     The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017. That's down from 926,000 tallied in the group's previous report for 2014, and from just over 1 million counted for 2011.
     Guttmacher is
  • Oil price drops on hopes for quick recovery of Saudi output

    LONDON (AP) - The price of oil is falling back further after the Saudi government said half of the production that was knocked out by an attack over the weekend had already had been restored.Benchmark U.S. crude was down 42 cents to $58.92 per barrel in electronic trading Wednesday. The contract fell $3.56 on Tuesday. Brent crude, the international benchmark, fell 27 cents to $64.28 per barrel in London, having dropped $4.47 the previous session.The attack on oil producer Saudi Aramco's process
  • House fire on Jefferson Ave. ruled as arson, officials investigating

    BATON ROUGE - Fire officials say an overnight house fire has been ruled as arson.The fire was reported around 2 a.m. at a home on Jefferson Avenue near N. 48th Street. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find flames coming from the vacant home.Around 2:14 a.m., the fire was considered under control.  The home received heavy fire and smoke damage.Anyone with information about the fire can call Baton Rouge Fire Department Investigators at 225-354-1419.Permalink| Comments
  • Nick Saban to be inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

    BATON ROUGE - Nick Saban, one of the most controversial figures in Louisiana sports history will be added into the state's athletics hall of fame next year.The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that the former LSU head coach would join the likes of outdoorsman/reality TV star Phil Robertson in the 2020 class. Les Miles, another former Tigers head coach, was inducted into the Hall of Fame earlier this year.Saban went 48-16 from 2000-04 at LSU before jumping to the NFL for
  • Family jewelry among items stolen in brazen burglary in Central neighborhood

    CENTRAL - Deputies are looking for a man who pulled off a burglary in broad daylight.The victim said on social media that the theft happened shortly before 4 o'clock Monday in the Biltmore neighborhood. Video recorded inside the home shows a hooded man slipping in through an unlocked window.The victim said her deceased mother's jewelry was among the items taken.The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office confirmed Tuesday it was looking into the theft. Permalink| Comments
  • Police investigating string of perversion: Three incidents of man pleasuring himself in front of people

    BATON ROUGE- An investigation was launched after a man was allowed into the East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney's Office to check a record, and began pleasuring himself on an employee's desk.The parish attorney's office is located on the ninth floor of the city hall building in downtown Baton Rouge.Police said the man left quickly after the incident Friday and was not caught.Freakishly, there are two other similar incidents under investigation, detectives said. The additional, similar moments occu
  • Dozens of students hold vigil for LSU student found dead inside of dorm Tuesday

    BATON ROUGE - Outside of Cypress Hall on the LSU campus, dozens of student could be seen hugging, praying, and consoling each other following the death of a classmate inside the dorm Tuesday afternoon.Police and first responders arrived to the scene, finding a female student unresponsive. Shortly after, she was pronounced dead inside the residential building. University officials confirmed the discovery but did not give the identity of the student.The body was released to the East Bato
  • Deputies looking for construction vehicle stolen from work site in Livingston Parish

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Deputies are looking for whoever absconded with a large piece of construction equipment in Livingston Parish.The Livingston Parish says the theft happened Sep. 9 at a construction site along Juban Road. A surveillance camera nearby caught the thief speeding away with Bobcat Skid Steer loaded on a trailer.The sheriff's office says the $47,000 piece of equipment was fitted with a GPS tracker, but it had been removed. It was last spotted in Washington Parish, the department says.A
  • Deputies: Couple had sex in patrol car after arrest

    FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a man and a woman who were stopped for drunken bicycling in a Florida beach town had sex in a deputy's patrol car before one of them fled naked.Nassau County Sheriff's Office deputies last Friday arrested Aaron Thomas and Megan Mondanaro. Both face charges of resisting arrest with violence, committing a lascivious act, and exposing sexual organs.The Florida Times-Union reports a deputy was patrolling Fernandina Beach when he spotted the bicyclists n
  • Thieves steal $80,000 in wigs from South Florida warehouse

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Police in South Florida say thieves stole up to $80,000 in merchandise from a wig warehouse.  The owner of Prime Trading Hair and Wigs told detectives in Miami Gardens that he was notified overnight Tuesday that the alarm at the warehouse had been triggered.  Owner Rakib Hossain tells Miami television station WFOR that some of the products are worth up to $800 each.  Hossain says the thieves appeared to know what t
  • Police officer shot and killed in Alabama

    TUSCALOOSA, AL - A veteran police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in Alabama Monday night, leaving behind two daughters and his fiancé.Officer Dornell Cousette, a 13-year-veteran of the Tuscaloosa Police Department, was shot while exchanging gunfire with a suspect inside a house in Tuscaloosa.The suspect, who was wanted on warrants for previous felony offenses, was also shot and was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Tuscaloosa Police Chier Mitt Tubbs.Thi
  • Study finds air pollution reaches placenta during pregnancy

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study suggests when a pregnant woman breathes in air pollution, it can travel beyond her lungs to the placenta that guards her fetus.Pollution composed of tiny particles from car exhaust, smokestacks, and other sources is dangerous to everyone. During pregnancy, particle pollution is linked to premature births and low birth weight, but scientists don't understand why.The placenta helps block damaging substances in the mother's bloodstream. Belgian researchers used a nove
  • Mother arrested, accused of helping son who tried to scam woman with Alzheimer's

    BATON ROUGE - A mother accused of helping her son avoid arrest has been brought to Louisiana.Vicky Tom, mother of wanted fugitive Jacob Tom, was booked by police for accessory after the fact, bank fraud, and exploitation of the infirmed. She was originally arrested in Alabama for hiding her son. According to her local arrest report, Vicky was untruthful and withheld information about having contact with him.Back in September, Jacob Tom allegedly told a woman he'd performed work on her home and
  • Candidates vying for Ascension Parish president participate in forum

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Four men are vying to replace Kenny Matassa as Ascension Parish President. Matassa is not seeking reelection after one term.The candidates are, Rick Webre, former Ascension Homeland Security director, and brother of Sheriff Bobby Webre. Clint Cointment, a land surveyor who was narrowly defeated by Matassa in 2015; Murphy Painter, former Alcohol and Tobacco Control commissioner; the lone Democrat in the race is Ricky Diggs, a former Ascension school teacher.All four candidates dif
  • US Army identifies Green Beret killed in Afghanistan

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - A 41-year-old Green Beret who was on his fourth combat deployment has been killed by small arms fire in Afghanistan.  U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Loren Bymer at North Carolina's Fort Bragg said in a statement that Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy W. Griffin died Monday.  Griffin was from Greenbrier, Tennessee. He served as a Special Forces communications sergeant and was based at Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington state.&
  • Woman pleads not guilty in carjacking that led to dog's death

    BATON ROUGE - A woman accused of stealing a vehicle and leaving the victim's dog to die from heat exhaustion has pleaded not guilty in court.Leslie Aguillard was charged with carjacking, theft of a vehicle, theft of an animal, attempted second-degree murder, cruelty to an animal and theft. She pleaded not guilty to all charges.In July, Aguillard allegedly stole a truck that was parked at Pelican Donuts on the corner of Antioch Road and Tiger Bend Road. The victim told deputies that an unidentif

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