• Vehicle fire reported on Plank Road near Baton Rouge airport

    BATON ROUGE – Firefighters worked to extinguish a vehicle fire on Plank Road near the Baton Rouge Airport Friday afternoon.The fire happened after 12 p.m. Friday. Video from the scene showed dark smoke billowing from the vehicle. First responders closed two the roadway and diverted traffic around the incident.Sources tell WBRZ News 2 that no one was hurt.WATCH: firefighters working to put out a burning truck near the airport. Traffic is backed up in the area, along Plank Rd. @WBRZ pic.
  • Trump rails against news media after reporting corrections

    WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump is again railing against the news media, calling them a "stain on America."In a tweet Sunday, Trump blasts the lack of attention over what he describes as "false and defamatory stories" by the "Fake News Media.""They are out of control - correct reporting means nothing to them. Major lies written, then forced to be withdrawn after they are exposed...a stain on America!" Trump writes.Over the past two weeks, ABC News and CNN have had to issue corrections and cl
  • WATCH: Thief takes off with Salvation Army kettle

    GLADSTONE, Mo.- Surveillance video captured a thief helping himself to a Salvation Army kettle.The Gladstone Police Department posted the video this week, asking the community to help identify the sticky-handed suspect. The footage shows a man walking up to a Salvation Army kettle outside of a store in Gladstone, Missouri and stealing it.Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact the Gladstone Police Department at (816) 436-3550.Permalink| Comments
  • Middle school crossing guard gives away coats to children in need

    WILMINGTON, N.C.- One woman's good deed is warming more than just hearts this Christmas season.Minnie Galloway, a well-known crossing guard at Trask Middle School in North Carolina, has been helping children safely cross the street for 19 years. This year, she's is being hailed an inspiration for her selfless act of kindness that has quickly gone viral.Galloway took it upon herself to give away coats to schoolchildren in need, ensuring that they stay warm this winter.According
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  • WATCH: Firefighters rescue deer stuck on frozen pond

    SUNRIVER, OR- Firefighters came to the rescue of a deer who was trapped on a slippery, frozen water hazard at a golf course.The L4262 Sunriver Professional Firefighters in Oregon posted the video to their Facebook page this week. The footage shows a firefighter coming to the aid of a deer who continuously tries to get off of the frozen pond, but struggles to succeed.The rescuer slowly approaches the animal on the ice and pushes it to safety.Check out the video to see the incre
  • LSP looking for vehicle that killed Lafayette woman in hit-and-run crash

    ST. MARTIN PARISH - Louisiana State Police are asking for the public's assistance in finding the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a 51-year-old woman walking alone Sunday morning.According to LSP, Troopers were notified, shortly before 6:00 a.m., of a fatal crash involving a pedestrian on LA 92-1 near Fontelieu Road near Cade, La.The crash claimed the life of Dorine Johnnie, 51, of Lafayette.Through the initial investigation, State Police determined that an unknown vehicle was traveli
  • Driver in one-vehicle crash jumps off interstate to avoid oncoming vehicle

    BATON ROUGE - A driver that was involved in a one-vehicle crash jumped from an interstate overpass to avoid being hit by an oncoming vehicle.According to Baton Rouge Police, officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on I-10 West at the I-10/I-110 split Saturday afternoon.After getting out of his vehicle to assess the damage, the driver "jumped off the overpass to avoid being hit by another vehicle," according to BRPD.The extent of the man's injuries is unknown at this time. Check back for up
  • FEMA homes to stay in Louisiana longer, but rent required

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents displaced by the August 2016 flooding and living in mobile homes provided by the federal government can stay in them until May.  But they'll have to start paying rent in March for the manufactured housing units.  Louisiana's homeland security office says the Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed to the state's request to extend the temporary housing program - but refused to continue waiving rent for the mobile homes.&
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  • Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinct

    PORTLAND, Maine - Science officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them.  North Atlantic right whales are among the rarest marine mammals in the world, and they have endured a deadly year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there are only about 450 of the whales left and 17 of them have died so far in 2017.  The
  • Woman who looked at solar eclipse now has moon-shaped blind spot in her eye

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.- A woman who stared into this summer's solar eclipse now has a crescent-shaped shadow on her retina.26-year-old Nia Payne was hoping to view the solar eclipse in August. She knew not to look at the sun during the eclipse unless she used protective glasses. She didn't have any, but says a stranger on the street offered to let her use hers.Payne says she only looked up for 30 seconds. Six hours later, she noticed a dark spot appearing in the center of her eye
  • 2 dead after plane crashes into house in San Diego

    SAN DIEGO- Authorities in southern California say at least two people are dead after a small plane crashed into a home in San Diego.Local news media report the plane crashed into the house in San Diego's Clairemont neighborhood about 4:40 p.m. Saturday.The single-engine, six-seat Beech BE36 Bonanza had taken off from Montgomery Field about a half mile away.The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the pilot and a passenger were taken to a hospital with burns, and two passengers died at the scene.The
  • Walk-on to Heisman: Oklahoma's Mayfield wins in landslide

      
    NEW YORK- Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has won the Heisman Trophy, completing a climb from walk-on to one of the most accomplished players in the history of college football.The brash, flag-planting Sooners star won a lopsided vote to become the sixth Oklahoma player to the win Heisman.Stanford running back Bryce Love was the runner-up, making it five second-place finishes for the Cardinal since 2009. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, last year's Heisman winner,
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  • South Carolina serial killer says there are more undiscovered victims

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A South Carolina man convicted of killing seven people says he has more victims who have not been discovered.The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports that, in an eight-page letter, Todd Kohlhepp wrote that he tried to tell investigators and informed the FBI, but he said "it was blown off." He also wrote, "At this point, I really don't see reason to give numbers or locations."Don Wood, chief division counsel with the FBI's Columbia office, said the agency has a pending inves
  • CIA announces new 'Puppy Class' K-9 graduates

    Three K-9s have graduated from the CIA Fall 2017 "Puppy Class" this week.After four months of vigorous training, Nicole, Indigo, and Freya have all passed their certification requirements to join the agency. The dogs are required to pass two certifications from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms as well as the United States Police Canine Association. Passing of the tests ensures the dogs' ability to detect explosives and illegal substances.Freya and her hand
  • Middle District of Louisiana Judge James Brady dies

    BATON ROUGE - Federal District Court Judge, James J. Brady, passed away early Saturday evening, according to Middle District of Louisiana Clerk of Court, Mike McConnell. "The judges of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana mourn the loss of our esteemed colleague and friend, Judge James J. Brady," Chief Judge Brian Jackson said in a statement Saturday night.Brady served as Senior Judge for the Middle District, located in Baton Rouge, since 2013.Brady was
  • Bingo-playing woman leaves autistic child in vehicle for over 2 hours

    BAKER- A woman arrested Friday has been accused of child endangerment after she left a juvenile in a non-running vehicle for over two hours.Leslie Domengeaux, 53, was booked with improper supervision and child endangerment, booking records show.On Dec. 8, officers were dispatched to a GMC truck parked outside of Baker Bingo Hall after an anonymous caller stated that a child had been sitting alone inside of the vehicle for several hours.Upon arrival, officers observed that the child was wearing
  • Saturday crash on Jones Creek kills 18-year-old

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities say one woman has died after a car crash occurred Saturday morning.The incident happened around 9 a.m. Saturday in the 4300 block of Jones Creek Road.Deputies say 18-year-old Isabel Booty of Baton Rouge was traveling southbound on Jones Creek Rd. and struck another vehicle while attempting to change lanes. Authorities say both drivers lost control, and Booty's vehicle rolled over several times.According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Booty was not restrained
  • Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later

    ARLINGTON, Va.- Four decades after a Catholic priest who was once a member of the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross on a black couple's lawn, he finally wrote them an apology.Rev. William Aitcheson told Philip and Barbara Butler he was "blinded by hate and ignorance" when he targeted them in 1977 at their home in College Park, Maryland.In a letter dated Sept. 8, Aitcheson wrote he rejected those beliefs before he joined the priesthood, but was too ashamed to face the Butlers.The Washington Post repor
  • Second woman arrested after stabbing two during armed robbery

    BATON ROUGE - A 31-year-old woman was arrested after she and her daughter reportedly stabbed two people during an armed robbery in October.According to arrest records, the mother, Nakeisha McNeely, and two her two daughters were riding in a vehicle with the two victims prior to the crime on Oct. 5. One of the victims who was driving the vehicle was asked to stop at a friend's house on Cadillac Street, according to arrest records.McNeely and her daughter, Keondra McNeely, exited the veh
  • Trump pays tribute to civil rights movement

      JACKSON, Miss. - President Donald Trump has paid tribute to Mississippi's role in the civil rights movement at the opening of two new museums in Jackson, the capital.  Some black leaders -  including civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis - are boycotting Saturday's event, saying Trump has sown racial division instead of racial harmony.  In his remarks to assembled guests, Trump said: "The civil rights museum recor
  • California fires burn more than 1,000 structures

    FALLBROOK, Calif. - Authorities say they've counted more than 1,000 homes and others buildings destroyed by wildfires ravaging Southern California for the past week.  Six fires driven by gusty Santa Ana winds have torched neighborhoods and rural communities from Ventura County north of Los Angeles all the way south to San Diego County.  One person died in a car crash Wednesday trying to escape the largest fire in Ventura County.  Authorities
  • US congratulates Iraq on end of war against IS

    BAGHDAD - The United States congratulates Iraq following the prime minister's announcement that the war against the Islamic State is over.  State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the U.S. offers "sincere congratulations to the Iraqi people and to the brave Iraqi Security Forces, many of whom lost their lives heroically fighting ISIS," in an official statement released Saturday.  The statement adds "the United States joins the Government of Iraq in s
  • FEMA mobile homes used after Louisiana flood sent to Texas

    BATON ROUGE - More than 500 Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile homes used in Louisiana after last year's flooding have been moved to Texas to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.  FEMA says the manufactured housing units sent to Louisiana's neighbor had been vacated by flood victims who returned to repaired homes or found other permanent housing.  More than half the 4,490 Louisiana households who received mobile homes after the August 2016 flooding have
  • Appeals court to hear stripper age limit case in February

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal appeals court judges will hear arguments in February on a Louisiana law aimed at establishing a minimum age of 21 for exotic dancers.  At issue before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is whether a federal district judge was correct to block enforcement of the 2016 law.  The law makes 21 the minimum age for "entertainers whose breasts or buttocks are exposed to view" at entertainment venues serving alcohol. &a
  • House damaged by fire on Maribel Court; second reported fire in 8 hours

    BATON ROUGE - Crews responded to a house fire on Maribel Court Friday.The fire occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 7700 block of Maribel CourtThe cause of the fire is unknown.Earlier Friday, crews responded to another fire just a few yards away on Maribel Court. Few details were provided on the extent of the damage in that case.WBRZ News 2 has a crew on scene.This is a developing story. Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments
  • Snowy weather leads to overturned sugar cane truck

    IBERVILLE PARISH - Not everyone had a fun time amid Louisiana's rare snowfall Friday.Deputies with the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office were called to Highway 405 near River Road Friday after a truck carrying sugar cane overturned on the roadway. Deputies are contributing the crash to low visibility due to the snow.No one was hurt in the crash, though the truck did lose its load.Permalink| Comments
  • Firefighters rescue trapped teens amid Friday's snowfall

    CENTRAL - The Central Fire Department is warning residents to be careful  after a group of teens became trapped while enjoying the rare snow day in Lousiana.On Friday, firefighters were called to the 9000 block of West Brookside after a group of teens riding an ATV through the snow when one of them became stuck in the mud. The others were initially able to free the first teen, but then others became stuck, becoming submerged up to their waists, firefighters say. With
  • Deputies seeking suspect in snow-day armed robbery

    BATON ROUGE - It turns out not even the joy of snow can put a halt to crime in the capital area. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who robbed the Circle K on Jones Creek Road at gunpoint during Baton Rouge's snowy Friday. The sheriff's office says the robber entered the store armed with a pistol and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.The suspect is described as a black male between age 20 and 25, with a dark complexion and 'tapered style' hai
  • WATCH: LSU student-athlete has amazing reaction to Friday's snow

    BATON ROUGE - An LSU student-athlete took to social media to share the joy of Baton Rouge's rare snowfall on Friday, and the video is hilarious.Da'Quan Bellard posted the video on Twitter Friday afternoon. In the video, Bellard skips around through the snow shirtless, all while singing along to Vanessa Carlton's 'A Thousand Miles'.The tweet speaks for itself: Im from Louisiana it doesn’t snow here often ?????? pic.twitter.com/jAD0p
  • Curfew in effect for Tangipahoa Parish Friday night

    TANGIPAHOA PARISH - A parish-wide curfew will be in effect for Tangipahoa residents Friday night due to icy conditions.According to Parish President Robby Miller, the curfew will be in effect starting at 10 p.m. and will remain through 6 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures are expected to dip into the mid-to-low 20s in the area.Permalink| Comments

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