• 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.
  • One hospitalized after shooting on Gibbens Road

    BATON ROUGE - One person was taken to the hospital after after a shooting on Gibbens Road Sunday afternoon.According to BRPD, the victim and three others were inside of vehicle in the 11000 block of Gibbens Road around 5:30 p.m. Police say a bullet struck the vehicle hitting one of the four occupants. The victim was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.Police gave no info on a possible suspect.Permalink| Comments
  • Man caught with five fraudulent credit cards at Mall of Louisiana

    BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested Saturday night after attempting to use a fraudulent credit card at the Mall of Louisiana.According to arrest records, 22-year-old Shaquie Neita attempted to make a purchase as Solstice Sunglass Boutique when his credit card failed to work. An employee says Neita became nervous after he was asked to enter his credit card number manually. He then ran out of the store.A deputy spotted Neita as he was leaving the mall and stopped him. Deputies found that Nei
  • New York stabbing suspect says he would rather have killed younger black man

    NEW YORK- A white Army veteran accused of killing a 66-year-old black stranger in a racial attack in New York City says he regrets killing the man because he would rather have killed a younger or more successful black victim.James Harris Jackson told the Daily News Sunday he's "sorry" he stabbed Timothy Caughman, who was collecting bottles. He says it was dark and he didn't know the victim was elderly.Authorities say Jackson came to Manhattan from Baltimore earlier this month with the aim of kil
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  • Crews respond to fire at nursing home

    SIMMESPORT - Ambulances and helicopters moved three patients from the scene of a fire in Simmesport Sunday afternoon.A fire was reported at Bayou Chateau Nursing Home late Sunday afternoon. According to Acadian Companies, 10 ambulances and two helicopters were dispatched to the scene.We currently have 7 ambulances on seven at Bayou Chateau Nursing Home in Simmesport pic.twitter.com/ThgZvlR2nH— Acadian Companies (@AcadianNews) March 26, 2017Acadian says the fire was resolved ar
  • Police: 'No apparent reason' for Vegas shooting

    LAS VEGAS - Police say a man sitting at the back of a public bus on the Las Vegas Strip started shooting "for no apparent reason" as passengers got off at a stop in the heart of the tourism corridor.Police said Sunday that 55-year-old Rolando Cardenas is accused in the shooting. Authorities say he surrendered peacefully after a standoff inside the double-decker bus that lasted more than four hours Saturday.He has been booked into jail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, burglary and openin
  • Two arrested after scuffle in LSU Student Union bathroom

    BATON ROUGE - Two men were arrested after an apparent brawl in a bathroom at the LSU Student Union Friday.According to arrest records, an officer was called to the LSU Student Union in reference to criminal damage to property around 7 p.m.The witness told the officer he saw two men, identified as Desmond Johnson and Alexander Asante-Dean, enter the men's bathroom on the second floor of the Student Union.A few seconds after the two entered the bathroom, the man said he heard what sounded like thi
  • Man accused of robbing Baton Rouge Circle K, Slaughter store just days apart

    BATON ROUGE - A man with a history of armed robbery allegedly robbed a Circle K store and a grocery store just days apart.According to arrest records, on March 15 just before 3 a.m., a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office were called to the Circle K located in the 12000 block of Plank Road.An employee at the store told police that a man entered the store, selected an item and approached her at the register. The employee said she rang up the item and the suspect demanded that she put
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  • Police: One hospitalized after being shot by pellet gun in Baker

    BAKER - Police say one person was hospitalized after being shot by a pellet gun on Shilo Street.The incident occured around 1:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Shilo Street.According to Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn, one victim was taken to the hospital with a possible gunshot wound to the back. But he says it was later revealed that the victim was shot by a pellet gun, not a real firearm. Police say the confusion was caused by conflicting witness reports of gunshots in the
  • One hospitalized after shooting on Shilo Street in Baker

    BAKER - Sources say one person is injured after a shooting on Shilo Street.The shooting occured around 1:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of Shilo Street.According to Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn, one victim was taken to the hospital with a possible gunshot wound to the back.Sources have not released specific information about a suspect.This is a developing story. Check back for details.Permalink| Comments
  • EPA chief: Trump to undo Obama plan to curb global warming

    WASHINGTON - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor's sweeping plan to curb global warming.EPA chief Scott Pruitt says the executive order to be signed Tuesday will undo the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The 2015 rule has been on hold since last year while a federal appeals
  • 'Beauty and the Beast' dances off with top box-office spot

    LOS ANGELES - Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" has continued to enchant audiences in its second weekend in theaters.Studio estimates say the film added $88.3 million to its total this weekend, down only 49 percent from its massive debut. The box-office juggernaut has earned $317 million to date from North American theaters.In a distant second, Lionsgate's "Power Rangers" opened with a strong $40.5 million. The PG-13 reboot of the campy television show cost a reported $100 million to p
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  • 92-year-old NC man receives Purple Heart earned in WWII

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A 92-year-old North Carolina man has finally received the Purple Heart he earned more than 70 years ago while fighting in Belgium during World War II.The Fayetteville Observer reports Oscar Davis Jr. received the Purple Heart on Saturday.Davis was a private assigned as a radio telephone operator when he was knocked down by a large piece of shrapnel during the Battle of the Bulge. The radio on his back protected him, but the German artillery barrage knocked down a tree that f
  • Sprint car driver Steele killed in Florida speedway crash

    BRADENTON, Fla. - Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida.Desoto Speedway officials said in a Facebook post on Saturday night that track owners and staff were saddened by the crash. The statement says Steele was trying to win his 100th race in Florida.A Manatee County Sheriff's Office report says Steele was driving a sprint car when his vehicle's left front wheel struck the right rear wheel of another car, causing Steele's vehicle to go up in the air, spin 180 degrees a
  • A crackdown on false alarms in New Orleans

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans officials are getting set to impose penalties for owners of properties where repeated false security alarms waste police time.A city news release says an ordinance taking effect May 1 will result in a warning to a property owner after one false alarm, and a $75 fine after the second.The third offense fine is $150. The fourth offense brings another $150 fine plus a suspension of responses to false alarms at the property until the problem is fixed.Penalties won't apply wh
  • One dead, 2 critical after nightclub shooting

    CINCINNATI, Ohio - At least five people remain hospitalized, two of them in critical condition, after a Cincinnati nightclub shooting that killed one man and left 15 people injured.A University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman said that as of 4:40 p.m. Sunday, two people there were in critical condition and that three were in stable condition.Other injured people were treated and released at UC Medical Center and other hospitals.Calls came in of shots fired at the Cameo club around 1:30
  • 27-year-old killed in Ohio nightclub shooting

    CINCINNATI - Cincinnati's police chief says shots were fired by multiple people inside a crowded nightclub, killing a 27-year-old man and leaving more than a dozen other people wounded.Chief Eliot Isaac says initial investigation indicates that several Cincinnati area males were in a dispute, leading to the gunfire about 2:20 a.m. Sunday at the Cameo club. Several people were involved.He says wwo of the wounded are in critical condition, one "extremely critical."Authorities don't believe there i
  • Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage

    SEATTLE - Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state's largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully treating Seattle's waste.The county-run facility has been hobbling along at about half-capacity since the Feb. 9 electrical failure resulted in catastrophic flooding that damaged an underground network of pumps, motors, electric panels and other equipment.Though the worst may be over, the
  • Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the failure of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare.On Twitter Sunday, Trump says: "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!"The Freedom Caucus is a hard-right group of House members who were largely responsible for blocking the bill to undo President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The bill was pulled from t
  • Iran imposes sanctions on 15 US companies

    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 American companies over their alleged support for Israel, terrorism and repression in the region.A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the state-run IRNA news agency Sunday said the companies are barred from any agreements with Iranian firms and that former and current directors will not be eligible for visas.The move is seen as a response to U.S. sanctions placed on dozens of Iranian entities in February following an Iranian missile test. Iran's
  • Spain: Drug dealers use fake bananas to transport cocaine

    MADRID - Spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas.Spain's civil guard made the arrests Sunday after an investigation was started in November when agents discovered the drugs in a shipment of bananas.Among the real bananas, police found 57 fake bananas made of resin that were stuffed with 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds) of cocaine. Another 10 kilograms (22pounds) of cocaine were hidden inside the flaps of the cardboard boxes that ca
  • After recent crash, Uber suspends testing of self-driving cars

    Uber has taken its fleet of self-driving vehicles off the roads while it investigates a Friday night crash that left one of its SUVs sitting on its side.
  • Pentagon: One al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says a U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team.In a statement Saturday night, U.S. defense officials confirmed the death of Qari Yasin.Officials say Yasin is a senior terrorist figure from Balochistan, Pakistan, had ties to the group Tehrik-e Taliban and plotted multiple al-Qaida terror attacks.O
  • Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Jefferson Ave.

    BATON ROUGE - A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on Jefferson Avenue Saturday night.EMS was called to the scene around 8:30 p.m. Sources say the pedestrian's injuries didn't appear to be life threatening.The pedestrian also refused to be taken to the hospital.Permalink| Comments
  • Municipal election wraps up

    BATON ROUGE -Voting has concluded in the March municipal elections around Louisiana.Statewide voting concluded Saturday afternoon for residents in East Feliciana, Livingston, East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes. Full results from the polls can be viewed here.Permalink| Comments
  • N. Carolina father accused of killing newborn, toddler

    RAEFORD, N.C. - A North Carolina father is accused of stabbing his infant and toddler daughters to death.Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin says 30-year-old Tillman Freeman III of Fayetteville is charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 4-day-old Genesis Freeman and 2-year-old Serenity Freeman. Their bodies were found early Saturday near an intersection near Raeford.Peterkin tells the Fayetteville Observer the children were stabbed multiple times with what appears to be
  • Man arrested for cyberstalking after sending threatening messages to ex-wife

    BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested Friday after he sent several harassing text messages to his ex-wife in October.According to the victim, 42-year-old Jack Collins Jr. sent 30 threatening text messages over the course of three days. Deputies say the two had been separated since Jan. 2013.Deputies checked the victim's phone and found several messages from Collins that mentioned the victim's location, suggesting he'd been following her. Collins was arrested by East Baton Rouge Pari
  • Man who bound dog's muzzle with tape sentenced to 5 years

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - A South Carolina man who wrapped electrical tape around a dog's muzzle to stop her from barking has been sentenced to five years in prison.Media outlets report William Dodson's sentence Friday represented the state's maximum for animal cruelty. However, it will run simultaneously with a 15-year sentence on a federal gun charge. Dodson's treatment of Caitlyn won't extend his prison time.Judge Markley Dennis told the 43-year-old North Charleston man, "I wish I could give you mor
  • One dead after shooting on Vegas Strip; Suspect surrenders

    LAS VEGAS - The gunman in a fatal shooting on the Las Vegas Strip who barricaded himself inside a public bus has surrendered peacefully after shutting down the busy tourism corridor for hours, police said.The standoff began about 11 a.m. Saturday with a shooting that killed one person and injured another. It happened on a double-decker bus stopped on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino.Two people were taken to the hospital after the shooting, University Medical Center spokeswo
  • Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

    WINCHESTER, Va. - Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword.Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as Batman's nemesis. He was wearing a cape and carrying a sword.Thirty-one-year-old Jeremy Putman has been charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony that can result in a year in jail.It wasn't imm

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