- BATON ROUGE – Curt Eysink, Louisiana Workforce Commission executive director, former journalist and former cabinet member of former Governor Bobby Jindal, died on Friday.Jindal gave the following statement regarding Eysink's death:"Curt was a good man and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was passionate about serving Louisiana, especially in helping our people get good paying jobs. He transformed the Louisiana Workforce Commis
- PRAIRIEVILLE – A sheriff's deputy had to settle a dispute among some angry adults stuck in the carpool line at an Ascension Parish school Wednesday afternoon.While no one was arrested or injured, the school district reported the issue to parents in the form of an email that was released to WBRZ Friday.According to the message to parents, two adults argued while in the carpool line at Oak Grove Primary School. One adult threatened to use a gun. No gun was seen or used, the school system
- ST. GABRIEL – Sources described a shakedown of the state-run prison for men in Iberville Parish as a futile effort to find a reported, smuggled weapon.Multiple sources discussed the situation with the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit Friday but state corrections officials said no gun was found. A state prison system spokesperson brushed off reports of the gun as unnecessary alarm, and said a routine sweep of the prison Thursday turned up no gun.Sources said an inmate reported seeing a gu
- BATON ROUGE – Crews are responding to a shooting in the 15000 block of Tiger Bend on Friday afternoon.Sources say that at least one person has been shot in the leg and also hit in the head with a gun.A News 2 crew is on the way to the scene.This story will be updated as more information becomes available.Permalink| Comments
- WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency says it will no longer collect certain communications moving on the internet simply because they mention a foreign intelligence target.The move is being applauded by privacy advocates.The agency says it will now limit such collection to internet communications sent directly to or from a foreign target. The NSA says the change reduces the chance of sweeping up communications of U.S. citizens or others not involved in direct contact with a foreign intellig
- POINCIANA - Sheriff's officials say they've arrested a former Mississippi law enforcement officer driver accused of fleeing after hitting five children when they got off a school bus in central Florida.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said during a Friday news conference that two children were critically injured when the car hit them Thursday afternoon. He says 48-year-old John Camfield injured a pregnant woman when he hit her car before being arrested by an off-duty sheriff's deputy.The school bu
- HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Houston hospital where he received treatment for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis during a two-week stay.Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement that the 92-year-old Bush was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital on Friday.McGrath says Bush is "pleased to be home."Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on April 14 for treatment of a persistent cough. Doctors determined he had pneumonia. After
- AMITE – Louisiana State Police say a pedestrian was killed after struck by a vehicle on LA 16 in Amite.The crash claimed the life of 53-year-old Raymond Smith of Franklinton.According to Louisiana State Police, the crash occurred around 1 p.m. on April 27 as 26-year-old Marcela Irene Miller was driving a Ford Escape westbound on LA 16. Smith was working with a lawn maintenance crew at a private residence adjacent to LA 16.Smith was working on the shoulder of the roadway near the fog li
- BATON ROUGE – A 19-year-old woman was charged after police say she drunkenly crashed into another vehicle near LSU's campus in December.Summer Nichole Stevens, 19, was charged with first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, first offense DWI, reckless operation and running a red light.According to the arrest warrant, the crash happened around 11 p.m. on December 1 near the intersection of Stanford Avenue and Morning Glory Avenue. Investigators say Stevens was driving southbound on Stan
- LEXINGTON - Officials say a student has been injured, another person is in custody and a university has canceled classes following a machete attack at a university coffee shop in central Kentucky.Lexington police Sgt. Jervis Middleton told the Lexington Herald-Leader it happened Friday morning at Transylvania University. He said the assailant was armed with a machete and knives and is thought to be a former student.Fire department Battalion Chief Joe Best said the victim was taken to the hospita
- BATON ROUGE – State Police say a Lake Charles man was arrested after sending nude photos to employees at two Louisiana television stations.Clint Everett Ashworth, 38, was charged with two felony counts of cyberstalking Thursday. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.According to the arrest warrant, two employees at another Baton Rouge television station received a Facebook message from Ashworth on August 13, that included a photo a white man’s genitals.In Marc
- BATON ROUGE – State Police say a Lake Charles man was arrested after sending nude photos to employees at two Louisiana television stations.Clint Everett Ashworth, 38, was charged with two felony counts of cyberstalking Thursday. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.According to the arrest warrant, two employees at another Baton Rouge television station received a Facebook message from Ashworth that included a photo a white man’s genitals on August 13.In March
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- KANSAS CITY – Security video from a sandwhich shop in Kansas City captured the incredible reaction of an employee robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night.According to the Kansas City Police Department, the crime happened at a Jimmy John's location around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. Police say an unknown black man wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt entered the store, placed an order and demanded money from the register.Video shows the employee calmly open the register and remove the cash while
- CHICAGO - The head of security at Chicago's airports has been fired, just weeks after a passenger was dragged from a United Airlines plane by security officers at O'Hare International Airport.The Department of Aviation said in a statement Thursday that Jeffrey Redding "has been terminated from his duties" at O'Hare and Midway airports. No reason was given.Redding wasn't immediately available for comment late Thursday.Redding was overseeing the investigation into the forcible removal of 69-year-o
- AUSTIN - A jury has stripped right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of having primary custody of his children and awarded joint custody to his ex-wife.The Austin American-Statesman reports that state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo also announced Kelly Jones will decide where their three children will live.The Travis County jury deliberated all Thursday afternoon and late into the night before returning its verdict.In closing arguments, Kelly Jones' attorney told jurors the radi
- NEW IBERIA - Louisiana Machinery Company has announced they'll add 60 jobs and expand its operations in New Iberia.A Louisiana Economic Development news release says the company, known as Louisiana Cat, announced Thursday that the jobs will be added over the next five years, with salaries averaging $60,000.Louisiana Cat rebuilds and services engines and related equipment for marine, oil and gas, industrial and utility companies at the Port of Iberia.Gov. John Bel Edwards says this expansion is a
- BATON ROUGE - Police are responding to a reported shooting in the 2600 block of Winnebago Street that happened early Friday morning.Shots were fired around 1:30 a.m. One woman was reportedly shot and transported to the hospital.Details are limited at this time. Refresh this page for details and check Facebook and Twitter for alerts.Permalink| Comments
- PHILADELPHIA - The New Orleans Saints have selected Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore with the 11th pick in the NFL draft.
Coach Sean Payton made no secret that improving the Saints' defense was his priority. New Orleans led the league in offense but still finished 7-9 for a third straight season.
The Saints ranked 27th in defense last season, allowing 375.4 yards per game, and ranked last in yards allowed passing.
- PHILADELPHIA - Three LSU Tigers were selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, marking the second most players selected. Overall there have been 43 LSU players picked in the first round of the NFL Draft.The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected LSU running back Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft, giving Tom Coughlin the bruising back he craves in his return to the floundering franchise.
Fournette should boost one of the
- BAKER - The WBRZ Investigative Unit has learned the son of East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux has been issued a misdemeanor citation for illegal discharge of a firearm following a shooting incident outside the Baker Walmart April 14.Benjamin Gautreaux, another adult and a minor were cited.Sources tell WBRZ a Baker Police sergeant will also be arrested for malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to cover up details of the shooting.Baton Rouge Judge Mike Erwin sig
- BY MADISON VISE Ursuline Academy St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline Order, said in her "First Counsel," "You have greater need to serve others than they have of your service." The Ursulines have dedicated their lives to service to...
- BY REBECCA REED Cabrini High School columnist Rebecca Reed, Cabrini High School's 2016-17 high school columnist for NOLA.com|The Times-Picayune. For the last 44 years, on the anniversary of the legalization of abortion, pro-life activists have travelled to Washington D.C....
- LIVONIA - Two people are dead following a crash on Hwy 190 in Livonia.Sources say the 3-car crash happened just east of the city limits around 6:30 p.m.Two people were killed in the crash. Three others are being transported to the hospital.#BREAKING emergency crews called to crash on Hwy 190 just outside the town of Livonia. I'm headed to the scene now. @WBRZ— Brett Buffington (@BrettBuffington) April 27, 2017
Livonia PD is on scene and investigating.Hwy. 190 is closed in the area in b
- BATON ROUGE- Salt water is seeping into the drinking water aquifers below Baton Rouge and big industry is at least partially to blame. "It's a localized phenomena that we feel we're getting a handle on," said Tony Duplechin, executive director of the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation District.Fifty years ago salt water intrusion was first noticed in the area of the Interstate 10-12 split. Now it's spread to downtown in the direction of the Exxon refinery.Wells have been dr
- BATON ROUGE – A man is wanted for the alleged rape of a woman that took place in November 2016 near Spanish Town Road.Baton Rouge Police detectives are searching for 41-year-old Alvin Weeks. Weeks is accused of raping a 25-year-old woman after offering her a ride home.According to police, the woman stated that she was driven to a dead end street off of Spanish Town Road where she was raped inside the vehicle.On April 24, investigators learned that DNA from the Louisiana State Police Cr
- BATON ROUGE - A storage company decided to reimburse two renters after their contents were destroyed.Both Lynette Elps and Donnis White reached out to 2 On Your Side last week. White was the focus of a 2 On Your Side report last Thursday. Following the report, each woman has been notified they will be reimbursed of their rental fees, while White will also be reimbursed for her moving expenses.Last week, Life Storage told 2 On Your Side it is not responsible for contents.Elps rented a st
- BATON ROUGE – A power outage cut power from traffic lights, creating a huge traffic jam during the evening commute Thursday.Entergy reported a power outage in the Southdowns area, which impacted the light on Perkins Road at the intersection with Balis Drive. An already congested highway started to quickly grow to a crawl – at one point Thursday evening, traffic headed toward Southdowns from the Kenilworth area was stopped or slow-going to Essen. Traffic coming headed toward S
- BATON ROUGE- At least two property owners fighting a developer and a subdivision they say encroached on to their property received a big win at the First Circuit Court of Appeal. The landowners claim homes were built on their property.Their attorney, Alex St. Amant, said the ruling by the First Circuit means some brand new homes may need to be torn down.
St. Amant said as many as five houses, possibly six may have to be removed. That's because St. Amant said the developer built on property he di
- BATON ROUGE – Veterans from World War II and the Korean War took off for a special flight on Thursday.A Boeing Stearman from the 1940's took off from the Baton Rouge Regional Airport with 86-year-old Bill Morgan on board.Morgan never flew when he served in the Korean War, but his father was a pilot in World War I. Morgan carried his father's pilot license on Thursday's flight."It was a wonderful opportunity to get a feeling for things he had experienced," Morgan said.The 15-minute flig
- BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Police Department is searching for a man who they say robbed a Family Dollar store in the 3800 block of Plank Road.The robbery occurred on April 26 around 4:45 p.m. The man approached the front counter of the business with items posing as a customer.According to BRPD, as the employee was completing the sale of the items, the man reached across the counter and snatched an undisclosed amount of money from the register. The man also grabbed the items and left
- ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office confirms that a body has been found off of Highway 1.The body was located in water near the Ascension/Assumption Parish line.Detectives from the sheriff's office are on the scene.A News 2 crew is en route.This story will be updated as more information becomes available.Permalink| Comments
- BATON ROUGE - Nearly a year after Baton Rouge police fatally shot a black man outside a convenience store, Louisiana lawmakers are considering an increase in training requirements for officers.The passage of Rep. Ted James' bill by a House judiciary committee Thursday came after the Baton Rouge Democrat agreed to stop pushing a separate proposal that would have officers under investigation go unpaid after 60 days.The full House will consider the training measure, which calls for officers to rece
- SIMPSON COUNTY - A Mississippi man discovered an alligator while doing yardwork at his home.WAPT-TV reportsa Simpson County resident was raking up a flower bed when he found an 8-foot-7-inch alligator staring at him.Dr. Chip Holbrook says he was preparing for an after-prom party on Saturday when he spotted the large reptile and called the sheriff's department. He says his son was trimming hedges while the alligator was only inches away, but apparently it was undisturbed.The state wildlife depart
- CHICAGO - A Kentucky doctor who was dragged off a United flight after he refused to give up his seat to crew members has reached a settlement with the airline for undisclosed amount.David Dao's legal team announced the settlement Thursday in a brief statement. The agreement includes a provision that the amount will remain confidential.Cellphone video of the April 9 confrontation aboard a jetliner at Chicago's O'Hare Airport sparked widespread public outrage over the treatment of Dao.The footage
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- BATON ROUGE – Lent may be over but crawfish season is still going strong. The WBRZ Crawfish Price Index is back by popular demand.According to the WBRZ Crawfish Price Index, the average price for a pound of crawfish sits at $3.62 per pound. That’s 30 cents lower than our last measurement two weeks ago on Good Friday.Several crawfish locations tracked by the survey slashed their prices after Easter Sunday. That means now is the best time to get the cheapest crawfish in months.
- INDEPENDENCE – A man who escaped police custody in Independence on Wednesday has been captured and arrested.On Wednesday around 10:30 a.m., officers of the Independence Police Department were attempting to arrest 36-year-old Deangelo Robbins on a warrant from Texas for aggravated sexual assault of a child.Robbins escaped police custody and fled on foot in Independence.According to the Independence Police Department, he was arrested by Kentwood Police on Thursday morning and has been bo
- Southwest Airlines says it plans to stop overbooking flights - an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.Last year Southwest bumped 15,000 passengers off flights, more than any other U.S. airline. Carriers say they sometimes sell more tickets than there are seats because often a few passengers don't show up.Beth Harbin, a Southwest spokeswoman, said Thursday that with better forecasting tools and a
- BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge contractor says one of his competitors is taking credit for work he did not do.Koby Ficklin said he was scrolling through Facebook when he noticed a photo of a shower and bathtub that he remodeled, posted by a different contractor."I work my butt off to find jobs and do things right and be honest to the community," Ficklin said, "and another contractor is going to take my work?"The post was uploaded by A&E Construction with a caption reading "free estimate ready t
- NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicks off its first weekend Friday with performances by native sons Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville and Kermit Ruffins whether the weather cooperates or not.The weekend forecast calls for cloudy skies on both the opening day and Saturday, with rain probable on Sunday. Still, producer Quint Davis said the show is going on and he's excited about the more than 500 performances on tap and the food on the menus.Davis says he's keeping his fi
- BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have agreed to give people convicted of murder as teenagers a chance at parole after serving 25 years of their life sentence.The 22-13 vote Wednesday came in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down automatic no-parole life sentences for crimes committed by someone under the age of 18.Many lawmakers say they're only considering changes because they feel they have no choice.The prisoners would be eligible for a parole hearing - but not guar
- WASHINGTON - Two elementary school teachers are under arrest in Louisiana after being accused of bullying a child.St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the child's mother contacted his office in February and said 44-year-old Ann Marie Shelvin had threatened students who refused to bully her child. Shelvin also was accused of telling the child to "go and kill yourself."The sheriff tells local media that Shelvin was removed from Washington Elementary School, but then her replacement, 50-yea
- BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has agreed to carve out a special ethics exemption for the son of the state police superintendent.Under the proposal, Louisiana's anti-nepotism laws would be rewritten to let the son of Col. Kevin Reeves continue working as a state trooper even though he hadn't been with the agency for a full year as required by ethics law.The measure would move the employment requirement to four months for a trooper whose immediate family member becomes agency leader. The House
- LOS ANGELES - Kim Kardashian says that being held at gunpoint during a Paris jewelry heist last year "was meant to happen."Kardashian tells Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday's episode of the comedian's chat show that she's "such a different person" after the October robbery. She says she was "definitely materialistic" before being robbed, but now she says she doesn't care about things like jewelry.Kardashian also told DeGeneres that Caitlyn Jenner is not being honest about her marriage to Kardashian's
- WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan overnight Wednesday.Navy Capt. Jeff Davis says they were killed during an operation against the Afghanistan-based Islamic State group in Nangahar Province in the eastern part of the country. He says the U.S. is gathering further details.The U.S. has been battling the Islamic State Khorasan group in Afghanistan for months. About two weeks ago, the U.S. dropped what's called the "mother of all bombs" on an IS comple
- WASHINGTON - The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific says the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he's ever seen. But he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban Missile Crisis decades ago.Adm. Harry Harris Jr. is commander of U.S. Pacific Command. He tells a Senate committee, "It's real."Harris says he has no doubt North Korea intends to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States.The admiral says there's uncertainty
- WASHINGTON - Documents released by lawmakers show President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was warned when he retired from the military in 2014 not to take foreign money without "advance approval" by Pentagon authorities.Also, the Defense Department inspector general's office confirms in a separate document that it is investigating whether Flynn failed to obtain prior approval.The chairman and senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee say they want the Arm
- WASHINGTON - A congressional committee is asking the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting a technology company involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton.The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee made the request on Thursday regarding Platte River Networks and its chief executive, Treve Suazo.The committee chairman - Texas Republican Lamar Smith - says the Colorado company withheld documents and obstructed the committee's investigation.The commit
- ANAHEIM - Some visitors to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at California's Disneyland got a surprise: Captain Jack Sparrow himself.Johnny Depp donned the getup of his swashbuckling alter ego and interacted with riders on Wednesday. Videos taken by park goers and shared on social media show Depp chatting with fans as they passed by on the ride's boats. He also spoke to a crowd outside.Depp returns to the big screen as Sparrow next month in the fifth film based on the ride. "Pirates of the Carib
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