• 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.
  • Suspect said to have chosen gun over home

    PARKLAND, Fla. - The teen accused of shooting and killing 17 people in a Florida high school is said to have left a suburban Palm Beach County mobile home in November because his benefactor gave him an ultimatum: you or the gun.  The Palm Beach Post reports Rocxanne Deschamps said, "He bought a gun and wanted to bring it into my house" in public comments that have since been removed from her Facebook page.  Chad Bennett, a friend of Deschamps', said Nikolas C
  • Louisiana couple charged with theft in western Nebraska

    SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - A Louisiana couple faces charges that they defrauded a western Nebraska bank in a check cashing scheme.  The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that 24-year-old Melanie Brewster, of Monroe, Louisiana, has been charged with theft. She was arraigned Friday in Scotts Bluff County Court.  Her husband, Joshua Brewster, who was arrested in December, also faces a theft charge.  Prosecutors say an employee of Western Heritage Credit
  • Man arrested for first-degree rape after sexually assaulting 12-year-old

    BATON ROUGE - A 42-year-old man was arrested after he reportedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old that was spending the night at his house in July of 2016.On July 24, 2016, authorities were called to a local hospital in reference to a sexual assault. According to arrest records, the female victim was spending the night at a cousin's house on Cyrus Avenue when the incident took place.Sometime during the night, her cousin's father, James Hughes of Wapakoneta, Ohio, went and got into bed
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  • 13 killed in helicopter crash after Mexican quake

    MEXICO CITY - A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground.  The Oaxaca state prosecutor's office said in a statement that five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site and another person died later at the hospital.  Mexico's Interior Department said that the helicopter was carrying Secretary Alfonso N
  • Film showcases historically black colleges and universities

    NEW YORK - A new documentary that delves into historically black colleges and universities shows they have been about more than learning what's in books and have been driving forces for African-American economic and political advancement.  Filmmaker Stanley Nelson's "Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year and gets its national broadcast debut Monday through the PBS series "Independent Lens." It exp
  • Councilwoman says BREC is not being transparent about Baton Rouge Zoo move

    BATON ROUGE - In 2016, BREC announced it wanted to move the Baton Rouge Zoo. The suggested locations were off Nicholson at the state fairgrounds. When August rolled around and the fairgrounds received ten feet of water, BREC took it off its list.But just last week, BREC announced that the location is now their top choice."I mean overwhelmingly, people were against the zoo move it didn't make sense, gave credible facts as to why this was just ludicrous," Councilwoman Chuana Banks said.Banks clai
  • Students create paper dresses to promote women's heart health awareness

    BATON ROUGE - LSU students put their creativity to good use at the Mall of Louisiana, raising awareness of women's health issues.The American Heart Association sponsored the Hemline for Hearts paper dress competition at Macy's. Students studying textiles, apparel, and merchandising were tasked with creating dresses no fabric, only paper heart.The event is one of many during Heart Month, created to raise awareness of heart disease, which is the number one killer of women.Olivia Lapuyade won firs
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  • 'Black Panther' scores mighty $25.2 million Thursday debut

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Black Panther" is well on its way to a record-making weekend at the North American box office.
     The Walt Disney Co. estimates Friday that the superhero movie earned $25.2 million from its Thursday preview screenings. It's the second biggest for a Marvel Studios film behind "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which earned $27.6 million in previews, and the best for the month of February.
     Preview screenings typically begin with 7pm Thursday showings.
  • White nationalist appears to disavow connection with shooter

    PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - A white nationalist appears to have lied to The Associated Press and other news organizations when he claimed that Florida school-shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his obscure group.  Law enforcement officials said they didn't have any evidence to support the claim that Republic of Florida leader Jordan Jereb made in interviews with several news organizations.  Jereb told The Associated Press on Thursday that Cruz had partici
  • Longtime volunteer prepares Alex Box Stadium for opening night

    BATON ROUGE - It takes hundreds of people to make opening day, and every game, at Alex Box Stadium a reality. One volunteer has devoted his life to the LSU baseball experience, working for nearly 40 years.Ted Stickles' job is a bit unconventional. It includes rubbing mud from the Mississippi River onto game balls.“It takes the shine and slickness off of the new ball,” said Stickles.He also makes sure bat girls, the away team and umpires have everything they need before and d
  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - A powerful earthquake has shaken south and central Mexico, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital, and setting off quake alert systems.  Crowds of people gathered on central Reforma Avenue in Mexico City as the ground shook.  The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake's preliminary magnitude at 7.5 and said its epicenter was 2 kilometers southeast of Pinotepa in Oaxaca state. It had a depth of 43 kilometer
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  • Trump visits Fla. hospital 2 days after attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has arrived at a Florida hospital to meet medical professionals two days after a deadly shooting at a Broward County high school.  The president and first lady Melania Trump are visiting Broward Health North Hospital in Pompano Beach. The Trumps are thanking doctors, nurses and medical professionals for their response to Wednesday's mass shooting, when a teen gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, n
  • Man wanted in Mardi Gras parade route shooting turns self in

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say a 21-year-old man has turned himself in to face charges in a shooting on the parade route during Mardi Gras.  A news release Friday says Eddie Dingle was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder after surrendering at his attorney's office.  The release did not identify his attorney, and the police department did not immediately respond to a request for the attorney's name.  Dingle is accused of k
  • Police look for out-of-towner who went missing during Mardi Gras

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police are looking for a Mississippi man who was last seen on Mardi Gras, on Bourbon Street.  Police spokesman Aaron Looney says 57-year-old Johnny Gatlin is from Purvis, Mississippi.  A news release Friday says he's described as 5-foot-8, with a medium build. A photograph shows that he's black, with a closely-trimmed mustache and goatee. Police say he was wearing a green camouflage jacket, blue jeans and white baseball cap when
  • Former Louisiana sheriff's detective admits to sex with teen

    GONZALES, La. (AP) - A former Louisiana sheriff's detective has admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old girl in a plea deal that will send him to prison for a year.  The Advocate reports 33-year-old William Lanoux of Prairieville pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and prosecutors agreed to drop a malfeasance in office count.  Prosecutors had accused Lanoux of soliciting and having sex with the teenager in his unmarked Asc
  • Dozen day care workers say parent's cookies made them high

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The director of a Maine day care says cookies dropped off by a parent as a Valentine's Day treat left about dozen staff members feeling high.  Police were called to the Watch Me Shine day care in Bangor on Wednesday and seized the cookies for testing.  Day care director Tiffany Nowicki tells the Bangor Daily News that the cookies were left on a staff room table. No children ate any.  Two workers reported feeling woozy. A
  • Officials: Man obsessed with YouTube stars likely shot self

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a New Mexico man who traveled to Austin last month to kill and rob two YouTube celebrities likely died of a self-inflicted gunshot after being confronted by police.  The Travis County medical examiner's office said Friday that Christopher Giles was struck by police fire on Jan. 26 but the preliminary determination is that the manner of death is suicide.  Police say Giles shot out a glass door and entered the home of YouTub
  • Three charged in pair of Baton Rouge bank robberies in 2016

    BATON ROUGE- Authorities have arrested three suspects connected to two robberies that occurred at the same bank in 2016.According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the robberies occurred on August 10, 2016 and November 13, 2016 at the Whitney Bank on Sherwood Forest Boulevard.The three suspects were arrested Thursday.Courtney Johnson, 29, is charged with two counts of armed robbery and obstruction of justice. Aranaye Clay and Asa Baker, both 22 years old, are charged with one count of armed
  • Haz Mat crew responding to spill on Nicholson Dr.

    BATON ROUGE - A Haz Mat team is responding to a spill on Nicholson Drive Friday afternoon.The spill was first reported around 1:30 p.m near the intersection of Nicholson and W. McKinley. According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, Sodium Hydroxide was spilled on the roadway.A crew is currently on the scene, working to clean up the spill. The intersection is closed for the time being due to the clean-up.This is a developing story. Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments
  • Another juvenile arrested for making threats at a Louisiana school Friday

    BALDWIN - For the second time in less than a day, a juvenile has been arrested for making threats at a Louisiana school.According to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, a teacher at Raintree Elementary School received a report that a student may have brought a gun to campus Friday afternoon.Deputies were called to the school, where they were able to identify and detain the juvenile who had allegedly made threats earlier in the day. Investigators say the 11-year-old made false claims about bri
  • La. government lacks statewide sexual misconduct policy

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's civil service director says the state doesn't have a government-wide policy for handling sexual misconduct allegations or requiring anti-harassment training, instead allowing agencies to cobble together their own standards.Byron Decoteau told female lawmakers seeking to bolster efforts to combat sexual harassment that his department offers a web-based training course to government agencies and public colleges. But he told lawmakers Friday that he can't force
  • Lawyer: 13-year-old oil leak remains 'long-term problem'

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A government lawyer says a 13-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico remains a "long-term problem" without a clear solution for eliminating chronic slicks that often stretch for miles off Louisiana's coast.Justice Department attorney John Roberson told a federal judge last Friday that up to 16 oil wells are possibly leaking at the site where a company's platform toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. According to a court transcript, Roberson said federal regulators have
  • 13 Russian nationals charged in Mueller investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The office of special counsel Robert Mueller says a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities.  The defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process.  Charges include conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.Permalink| Comments
  • Student arrested for allegedly making threats at local high school

    UPDATE: Police say the male student has been arrested and charged with terrorizing. The Gonzales Police Department added that no weapon was found on the campus at the time of the student's arrest.The juvenile has been transported to the St. Bernard Parish Juvenile Detention Center. No other details were released about the person who allegedly made the threats.The campus was safe, school officials said, "due to our teachers and students who care about our safety and largely due
  • FBI failed to investigate tip on school shooter

    PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) - The FBI says it failed to investigate a specific report in January that Nikolas Cruz could be plotting a school shooting.  The agency said Friday that the tip should've been investigated thoroughly because it was a potential threat to life. Cruz has been arrested and charged with killing 17 people at a high school earlier this week.  On Jan. 5, a tipster who was close to Cruz called the FBI and provided information about Cruz's
  • More income tax coming out of your paycheck starting Friday

    BATON ROUGE - The state of Louisiana will be taking a little more out of your paycheck starting this week.According to the Department of Revenue, residents are expected to pay about an additional $226 million because of a new federal tax law. This is due to Louisiana's income tax laws being linked to federal income policies.The department issued an emergency rule with updated withholding tables. Those changes take effect Friday.The increase is supposed to help close the nearly billion dollar bu
  • Applebee's closes restaurant in Missouri profiling incident

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - Applebee's has closed a Kansas City-area restaurant where two black women said they were falsely accused of not paying for meals in an earlier visit.  The Kansas City Star reports that it's unclear whether if the closure was directly related to the racial profiling incident because the Independence Center Mall where it's located is scheduled for a foreclosure sale Friday.  Applebee's announced earlier this week that it fired three emp
  • Boil water advisory issued for Roseland

    ROSELAND - A boil water advisory has been issued for the town of Roseland Friday.According to a release from the town hall, the order will remain in effect until further notice.All residents are advised to boil water for at least one minute before consuming it, brushing teeth, etc.Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments
  • DOTD using unique method to survey I-10 before widening project begins

    BATON ROUGE - DOTD crews will be on the streets this weekend as part of the beginning phases of the I-10 widening project announced last month.Work will take place on I-120 between LA 415 and the I-10/I-12 split during the day, which could lead to delays for drivers.DOTD will use LIDAR to survey the road. The camera-equipped van will drive slowly down the interstate, monitoring the roads with accuracy within a quarter of an inch. It's the first time they have used the technology on such a large

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