• A&E show featuring EBR first responders to air tonight

    BATON ROUGE - The network television show 'Nightwatch Nation' that follows local emergency medical service personnel will premiere its new season Thursday night.Several East Baton Rouge medics will be featured on the A&E show. Nightwatch Nation is an unscripted, hour-long series that follows emergency responders as they work the overnight shift.The show will focus on the high-pressure situations first responders find themselves in on a daily basis. Filming began on July 7 and lasted 10 week
  • Man accused of running marijuana growing operation out of Assumption Parish home

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - Deputies arrested a man after they found a hydroponics operation used to produce marijuana inside a home. As part of a continuing narcotics investigation parish-wide, agents in Assumption Parish received a tip that a marijuana growing operation was being run out of a home in Bayou L'Ourse. Authorities learned that 32-year-old Michael Gagliano was the suspect running the operation.Tuesday night, agents executed a search warrant and seized a significant amount of mari
  • Italy collapse points to difficulties with aging bridges

    NEW YORK (AP) - The bridge that collapsed in the Italian port city of Genoa was considered a feat of engineering innovation when it was built five decades ago, but it came to require constant maintenance over the years.Its design is now being investigated as a possible contributor to its stunning collapse. The Morandi Bridge was severed in its midsection during a heavy downpour Tuesday, killing at least 39 people. Italian prosecutors focused their investigation on possible design flaws or inade
  • Paul Walker's brothers open to 'Fast' franchise return

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nearly five years after Paul Walker's death, his brothers say they're open to playing his character again in the "Fast and Furious" franchise.Producers asked Caleb and Cody Walker to fill in for their brother and help complete "Furious 7" after he died in a fiery off-set 2013 car crash.His face was digitally superimposed onto his brothers' performances for scenes that Walker hadn't yet shot and in a modified ending in which his character Brian O'Conner drives off into the sun
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  • Former sheriff's deputy guilty: marijuana, malfeasance

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A former Louisiana law enforcement officer has admitted distributing marijuana and giving his girlfriend marijuana, alcohol and other items confiscated at traffic stops.District Attorney Warren Montgomery says former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Deputy Kenneth Szalajeski must serve a year in prison, with more possible if he violates probation afterward. His news release says Szalajeski pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts each of marijuana distribution and malfeasance in
  • One injured in overnight stabbing on Connell Street

    BATON ROUGE - One person was transported to an area hospital after a reported stabbing overnight.The incident was reported in the 300 block of Connell Street around 12:30 a.m. The man was transported in stable condition. Authorities haven't said what led to the stabbing.Details are limited. Check back for updates.Permalink| Comments
  • High school student reports smoke after lightning sparks blaze near fire station

    BATON ROUGE - A local high school student is receiving praise from fire crews after reporting smoke at a building just two doors down from a fire station.According to the St. George Fire Protection District, a lightning strike caused a fire at a building on Highlandia Drive, just two doors down from Fire Station #68.A local high school student was the first to spot smoke coming from the roof of the building, and reported it directly to firefighters at the station. Fire crews were able
  • Chief Murphy Paul to hold press conference amid week of violence

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul will hold a press conference to address the status of crime in Baton Rouge Thursday morning.The press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at BRPD headquarters.In addition to the latest crimes this week, BRPD has responded to five shootings in the past 24 hours. The latest occurred Wednesday on Oak Villa near the Cortana Mall where on person was injured from a gunshot on a CATS bus. The vi
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  • Chief Muprhy Paul to hold press conference amid week of violence

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul will hold a press conference to address the status of crime in Baton Rouge Thursday morning.In addition to the latest crimes this week, BRPD has responded to five shootings in the past 24 hours. The latest occurred Wednesday on Oak Villa near the Cortana Mall where on person was injured from a gunshot on a CATS bus. The victim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Permalink| Comment
  • Vehicle submerged in ditch along I-10 West near College Drive

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency crews are responding to a vehicle submerged in a ditch along I-10 just past the College Drive exit.The incident was reported around 7 o'clock Wednesday evening.Police are on the scene, along with DOTD.The driver of the vehicle told WBRZ he was driving to work when he slid off of the interstate, and ended up submerged in the ditch.No injuries were reported.Permalink| Comments
  • Nearly 1,000 without power in East Baton Rouge

    BATON ROUGE - Entergy says hundreds of its customers are without power after short-lived storm passed through the area Wednesday.A majority of the outages have been reported along Burbank Drive near Siegen Lane. More outages have been reported throughout the parish.The company says it expects power to be restored by 8 p.m. Wednesday.Permalink| Comments
  • Restore Louisiana says call between applicant, caseworker all a miscommunication

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Restore Louisiana says it was all a miscommunication, after one if its applicants contacted 2 On Your Side about some information she was told by her caseworker.Diane Kerr called 2 On Your Side's Brittany Weiss Tuesday after she was told she'd have to wait another three to six months before she heard back about possible grant money. It was time she could not afford."I thought it'd be quicker than this, it's so long," said Kerr. "I am just exhausted over it."In August 2016, Kerr
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  • EBR animal shelter moves to LSU's campus this fall

    BATON ROUGE - A new animal shelter is under construction and will open in just a few months.Companion Animal Alliance, a non-profit organization, contracted through East Baton Rouge City-Parish, is currently housed in a smaller facility near the Baton Rouge Airport.The CAA is moving into a new $12 million shelter on the LSU campus. The funds for this project were donated through private donors and companies.The new shelter is 30,000 square feet, and will have dozens of kennels for both cats and
  • Southern University welcomes students during move-in day

    BATON ROUGE- The bluffs are buzzing with activity as Southern welcomes its students back to campus this week. For some freshmen, it's been a lifelong goal to wear blue and gold.“Everybody kept telling me to go to Grambling but I am like no, I am not with that,” Javaria Hill told WBRZ.Hill’s excited to leave the Grambling Tiger country and become a Jaguar.“True blue and gold, I love Southern,” said Hill. Today is her first day on campus.
  • Businesses near LSU adjust to crowd fall semester brings

    BATON ROUGE - Things are busy again near LSU, and nearby businesses are trying to keep up. Students have made it back to campus and have brought their money with them.“As soon as they get back it’s crazy,” said Angela Craig.Craig is a bartender at Barcadia. She says the arcade restaurant is having to adjust ahead of the fall semester.“We have to staff up. Right now we're doing a lot of hiring so we can accommodate more guests and get quicker ticket times,
  • Central homeowner dealing with backed up drainage, seeks city's help

    CENTRAL - Abigail Sproul and her family moved into a home in Central back in May, and they have had problems since the very beginning. The main problem is a runoff drain, which is public property, that flows water and whatever else right into her yard.“We've been dealing with a lot of runoff water in our backyard,” said Sproul. “Recently, we had sewage in the backyard, and it was stinking really bad. We couldn't even go outside.”Not only does runoff water
  • Sheriff: Deputies resign after having sex in hospital bathroom

    NEW ROADS - Two Pointe Coupee sheriff's deputies have resigned after they allegedly had a tryst at a hospital while both of them were on the clock.The clandestine meeting allegedly happened while Deputy Tiffany Brister was working extra duty at the Pointe Coupee General Hospital on July 30. Sheriff Bud Torres says Deputy Chris Kimble, who was working his own patrol at the time, met up with Brister at the hospital and had sex in a bathroom.The sheriff says he first learned of the incident on Aug
  • VIDEO: K-9 has hilarious reaction to 'Jack-in-the-box' toy

    CALIFORNIA - A police dog's priceless reaction to a Jack-in-the-box toy is quickly making rounds on the internet.Video posted to Facebook shows a K-9 named Ammo intensely focusing on his handler winding the handle of a classic Jack-in-the-box toy.Check out the video to see Ammo's reaction when the toy pops open.Permalink| Comments
  • Suspect says smashing Trump's star was 'right and just act'

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The man accused of smashing President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame called it a "rightful and just act."  Austin Clay pleaded not guilty to a felony vandalism charge Wednesday in Los Angeles.  Prosecutors say Clay took a pickax to Trump's star on Hollywood Boulevard on July 25. It recognizes Trump for his work on the TV reality show "The Apprentice." It has been repaired.  Clay spoke to reporters outsid
  • Body in Mississippi believed that of missing Louisiana man

    BENTON (AP) - Louisiana authorities say a body believed to be that of a man missing since Aug. 3 has been found in Mississippi, near a community with the same name as his Louisiana home city.  The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, in a news release, says the body believed to be that of 32-year-old Shawn "Corey" King of Benton, Louisiana, was found Wednesday in a field near Benton, Mississippi. The two Bentons are about 200 miles (325 kilometers) apart.  King's
  • Police connect man, 19, to recent I-10 shootings, 2015 death

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A suspect has been arrested in connection with a recent midday shooting that injured three people in a moving car on Interstate 10 in New Orleans - and in connection with a 2015 slaying.  New Orleans police say in a news release that 19-year-old Nas Jackson surrendered to authorities Wednesday. He had been named as a suspect two weeks ago in the Aug. 1 shooting on I-10.  The gunfire injured a 22-year-old man, a 16-year-old boy and a 2-year-
  • Philippine-America Council aims to bring its causes to the forefront

    The Philippine America United Council of Louisiana (PAUCLA) will host the Filipiniana/Ms. Philippines Louisiana 2018 on Aug. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Four Columns in Harvey. Proceeds will benefit local charities, Philippine charities and the Philippine Cultural...
  • St. Tammany Parish official resigns amid restructuring

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A top lieutenant for a Louisiana parish president has resigned during a tumultuous time for the parish government.  St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister told news outlets Tuesday that Trilby Lenfant resigned as deputy chief administrative officer of the parish government Monday.  Lenfant's resignation, which was effective immediately, comes at a time when the parish government is trying to cut costs. Voters have rejected a pair of sa
  • India Association of New Orleans will celebrate independence day Saturday

    yriad performances of song and dance will pay homage to India's struggle for autonomy from British rule.
  • John Lennon's killer is up for parole for 10th time

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The man who killed John Lennon is up for parole again. Mark David Chapman is scheduled to go before New York's parole board next week, in what will be his 10th attempt to win release.A decision is expected within two weeks of the parole hearing. The now 63-year-old Chapman is serving 20-years-to-life in the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York. He shot and killed the former Beatle outside his Manhattan apartment on Dec. 8, 1980.The state Board of Parole last denie
  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Vehicle fire briefly closes westbound lanes of old bridge

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  • TRAFFIC ALERT: I-10 East is closed at Perkins Road due to an incident

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  • WATCH: BRPD gives warm welcome to returning students

    BATON ROUGE - Students returning from summer break were given a warm welcome by BRPD.A parent dropping off her children at CSAL Charter Middle School posted a video of the reception Wednesday morning. Topeka Randle said she was anxious when she noticed a large police presence at the school, but she was pleasantly surprised to see officers were just helping students start the school year off right.Randle, the woman who shared the video, says one of the students' parents works with BRPD 
  • Confederate Avenue: Possible new name to be focus of hearing

    ATLANTA (AP) - About nine months after a panel recommended the immediate renaming of Confederate Avenue in Atlanta, city officials are planning a public hearing.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a city council committee voted to hold the hearing and a "listening session" in September.  That's likely to continue contentious debate over the Civil War-themed name along Confederate and East Confederate Avenues in southeast Atlanta and across the cit
  • Sheriff: 14-year-old accused of raping juvenile with mental disability

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Deputies in Assumption Parish have charged a 14-year-old with raping another teen with a mental disability.The sheriff's office began investigating the incident on August 8. Authorities say the juvenile victim had been out riding a golf cart the previous weekend with the suspect when the alleged sexual assault happened.The suspect was taken into custody Monday and charged with first-degree rape. The suspect is being held pending a juvenile proceeding.Because of the victim and th
  • Baton Rouge family sues Houston daycare after 3-year-old dies in hot van

    HOUSTON - A family from the capital area is suing the operators of a daycare for negligence after their 3-year-old son died in a hot van.ABC News 13 reports that Raymond and Dikeisha Whitlock-Prayer are suing for more than $1 million in damages for mental anguish and burial expenses. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday morning.Raymond Pryer Jr. died on July 20 after returning from a field trip with Discovering Me Academy around 2:30 p.m. Authorities say the child was found unresponsive in the van aro
  • A rising concern? After straws, balloons get more scrutiny

    NEW YORK (AP) - Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans' love of balloons get deflated too?The celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there are signs balloons will be among the products getting more scrutiny, even though they're a very small part of environmental pollution.College
  • Thief steals truck carrying nearly $100k worth of ramen noodles

    FAYETTE COUNTY, GA - Police in Georgia are looking for a thief who made off with a tractor trailer carrying nearly $100,000 worth of ramen noodles.Deputies in Fayette County say the 53-foot truck packed with noodles was stolen about two weeks ago. The driver of the truck estimated there were $98,000 worth of noodles in the back, meaning almost 520,000 packs of ramen noodles were stolen.According to WXIA, no arrests have been made so far.Permalink| Comments
  • Priests molested 1,000 children in Pennsylvania, report says

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she’d had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy’s mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him.Those children are among the victims of roughly 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania who molested more than 1,000 children — and poss
  • Man connected to vehicle burglaries, murder sentenced following weapons conviction

    BATON ROUGE - A judge sentenced a 21-year-old man to 42 months in federal prison following his conviction of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.August Nettles was sentenced Tuesday."The seriousness of convicted felons carrying guns in our neighborhoods cannot be overstated," said United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin. "Our community is safer as a result of this conviction and sentence, and I am extremely proud of the joint efforts of our prosecutors, the ATF and Sheriff Ga
  • White House admits error for false claim on black employment

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House has admitted error for its false claim President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-Americans than President Barack Obama.It was a rare acknowledgment of fault for an administration that frequently skews data and overstates economic gains.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter late Tuesday that she had been wrong earlier that day when she told reporters that Obama created only 195,000 jobs for African-Americans
  • A&E show featuring EBR first responders to air Thursday

    BATON ROUGE - The network television show 'Nightwatch Nation' that followed local emergency medical service personnel will premiere its new season Thursday.Several East Baton Rouge medics will be featured on the A&E show. Nightwatch Nation is an unscripted, hour-long series that follows emergency responders as they work the overnight shift.The show will focus on the high-pressure situations first responders find themselves in on a daily basis.Filming began on July
  • China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar panels

    BEIJING (AP) - China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology.The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva.The solar duties are separate from tariff hikes imposed by the Trump administration starting in J
  • One transported after being hit by vehicle on Burbank Drive

    BATON ROUGE - One person was transported to an area hospital after being hit by a vehicle Wednesday morning.The crash was reported before 5:30 a.m. in the 5600 block of Burbank Drive. The condition of the person is unknown at this time.This is a developing story. Check back for updates. Permalink| Comments
  • Death toll rises to 39 in Italy bridge collapse

    ROME (AP) - Italian authorities have raised the number of confirmed deaths to 39 in the Genoa highway bridge collapse.Angelo Borrelli, the head of the civil protection department, announced the latest death toll at a news conference in Genoa on Wednesday. Borrelli said some 1,000 rescuers have been working since after the collapse Tuesday to search for "any possible missing" persons.He added that 15 people were injured when an 80-meter (260-foot) stretch of highway broke off, sending v
  • 14-year-old boy dies after accidental shooting in Seattle

    BURIEN, Wash. (AP) - A 14-year-old boy is dead after authorities say he was shot by a friend while they were reportedly playing with a gun in a Seattle suburb.King County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott tells the Seattle Times that the shooting occurred around 8:20 p.m. inside a house in Burien, which is near Sea Tac International Airport.Abbott said the boy was shot by his 16-year-old friend in a "tragic accident." He says the 14-year-old died at the hospital. Abbot said he did not know w
  • Man wins state Supreme Court seat after sole rival banned

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man has been re-elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court after his only challenger was disqualified for not filing tax returns.NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported Tuesday that Associate Justice Greg Guidry has won a second 10-year term that begins in January. Court records say former challenger Richard Ducote didn't file state income tax returns for the past three years.Ducote and Guidry registered for the election last month, and a lawyer soon filed a lawsuit alleging Ducot
  • La. scientist awarded grant to study fundamentals behind protein buildup linked to Alzheimer's

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Tulane University scientist has won a four-year, $1.65 million grant for a study he hopes will reveal the molecular basis for diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.The National Institutes of Health grant will allow chemistry Professor Bruce Gibb to study the circumstances under which some salts make some proteins and other substances less water soluble. A salt that increases one protein's solubility may reduce that of another protein, leading to formation of plaques
  • Police: Couple accused of sex crimes made teen smoke meth

    BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - A Louisiana couple is accused of sex crimes against a teen girl who police say they also forced to smoke meth.Bossier City police spokeswoman Traci Landry tells news outlets that 42-year-old Shelly Carey and 27-year-old Bryant Smiley were arrested last week on charges of third-degree rape, cruelty to juveniles and indecent behavior with juveniles.A police release says Carey and Smiley forced a 13-year-old girl to smoke methamphetamine in a hotel room, and then committed
  • Denham Springs moves forward in restoring the 'springs' it was named after

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - On the side of a dead-end road stands the remnants of a once-bustling town called Amite Springs, also known as Denham Springs. A hole in the ground is part of an ancient bubbling aquifer that helped establish the city back in the 1800s. There even used to be a hotel here."We're looking for the footprint of the hotels. There were two hotels," said museum curator Florence Crowder.Photos in the old City Hall show what the hotel and springs used to look like. The proble
  • Man wanted for stealing 4-wheeler from Denham Springs business

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a man who stole a 4-wheeler from a Denham Springs' business.According to the Sheriff's Office, the unidentified male drove off with a 4-wheeler that didn't belong to him. He reportedly targeted a Denham Springs business that was set to repair the bike.Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 225-686-2241 x1.Permalink| Comments
  • Secret service agents see an uptick in counterfeit bills

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - Secret Service agents are seeing an uptick in counterfeit bills circulating around South Louisiana."I want my money." Danny Farris of French Settlement says all he has is a photo copy of the $100 bill police gave him.Farris received the fake bill from the bank, but when he took it to the store, they told him it wasn't real. He immediately reported it to police."I've got one in my pocket," he told WBRZ. "It looks identical to that one, you can't tell the dif
  • Baton Rouge neighborhood plagued by power outages

    BATON ROUGE- Power outages on Claycut Road and South Foster Drive in Baton Rouge have become an all-too-familiar problem to the people who live there.Albert Alexander is hot and bothered about what is happening in his mid city neighborhood. He is not a stranger to power outages, but in the last six months he says it's happening way too often.“I have better things to do than wait around for Entergy to come around, sometimes you work on the computer and you cannot get on the computer. I
  • Baton Rouge express bus route could become a reality after failed tram project

    BATON ROUGE - An express transit route could come to the Capitol City if it meets certain federal requirements.The proposed Bus Rapid Transit project would be a faster route in the central area of metropolitan Baton Rouge. The Redevelopment Authority along with CATS, the city and state transportation officials are pushing toward this initiative after the canceled Tram Project did not move forward.The Bus Rapid Transit project would be partially funded through the Federal Transit Authority."It w
  • Nightly closures on Highland Road begin next week as part of I-10 widening project

    BATON ROUGE - Starting next week, a part of Highland Road near Blue Bayou will be closed at night to accommodate construction for the I-10 widening project.According to a news release from On the Greaux, all lanes of Highland Rd. at I-10 will be closed for ten consecutive nights from Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 30. Highland will be closed between the interstate on and off-ramps from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.Drivers in the area will be advised to use the following alte

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