• Drunk driver with previous DWIs crashes vehicle, sends victim to hospital

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man Thursday after he was involved in a drunk-driving crash that sent another driver to the hospital.According to BRPD, officers responded to the 6100 block of Beechwood Drive due to a crash that left one person hurt. Police say the other driver involved in the crash, 38-year-old Marcus Walker, had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath when they arrived on the scene.Walker was subjected to a field sobriety test, on which he performed poorly. A breathal
  • Report: Roommate of alleged serial killer accused of stealing thousands from his safe

    EAST FELICIANA PARISH - A woman has been arrested after she allegedly stole more than $14,000 from a man accused of killing three people and wounding a fourth in a string of shootings earlier this year.According to a report from the Advocate, 54-year-old Robin Linder is accused of raiding the safe of her roommate, an accused serial killer, and pocketing $14,500.Linder's former roommate, Ryan Sharpe was arrested in October in connection with four separate shoo
  • Woman charged with attempted murder after food mart stabbing

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a woman has been arrested after a verbal altercation turned into a stabbing at a local supermarket late last month.According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, 27-year-old Charlene McKneely was arrested Thursday in connection with the violent attack at Cousin's Food Mart on Nov. 27. The victim told police that McKneely instigated a fight in the market due to the victim's sister previously calling the cops on her.According to arrest records,
  • After 4 years, lost cat is reunited and it feels so good

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - Sam, a black cat who was lost for four years, was reunited with his owner Jenny Bisson through the help of a microchip.  Sam was brought into the Oktibbeha County Humane Society by two men who found him in the county far away from the Bisson's home.  "This cat came in and he looked just like any of the other hundreds of cats that are brought in," OCHS Outreach Coordinator Sarah Buckleitner said. "The two gentlemen who brought him in mentio
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  • Scammers posing as sheriff's deputies calling Ascension Parish residents

    ASCENSION PARISH - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a phone scam that involves a person posing as a deputy and demanding money.According to the sheriff's office, the scammers are calling residents, identifying themselves as local law enforcement. Residents have reported individuals calling themselves names such as Lieutenant Anderson or Lieutenant Nichols.The phoney deputy has reportedly been telling the victims that they have an active warrant for a missin
  • Deputies arrest two men for attempting to steal an ATM

    LORANGER- Early Thursday morning deputies from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office engaged in a pursuit of two suspects who attempted to steal an ATM machine.The incident took place in the Loranger Supermarket parking lot around 2 a.m.While patrolling the area, a deputy observed a black Ford F350 backed up at an ATM in the parking lot. The deputy observed two men attempting to load the ATM into the back of their truck.As the deputy approached the suspects, the two entered the truck
  • Governor establishes council to oversee progress in criminal justice reform

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards has created an oversight council to track the progress of sweeping criminal justice reform legislation that was put into effect earlier this year.Just last month, a bi-partisan effort for criminal justice reform in Louisiana facilitated the release of about 2,000 inmates from prisons across the state.According to the governor's office, the Governor's Justice Implementation Oversight Council will be composed of 11 members includi
  • Healthy holiday recipes with Holly Clegg

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's cookbook queen Holly Clegg shared some of her recipes from her cookbook 'Eating Well to Fight Arthritis.'WBRZ's John Pastorek was in the kitchen with Clegg to make healthy holiday treats. The two made spiced walnuts, an avocado and edamame dip called "Guacamame" and carrot cake bars with cream cheese icing.Below are the recipes for the three dishes.Spiced WalnutsMakes 8 (1/4 cup) servings2 cups walnut halves
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon gar
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  • FCC votes to repeal net neutrality rules

    The federal government has voted to unravel sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. And advocates of the regulations are bracing for a long fight.  JUST IN: FCC votes 3-2 to repeal Obama-era #NetNeutrality rules. https://t.co/4VEkXXEf23 pic.twitter.com/M7pYZa4dlT— ABC News (@ABC) December 14, 2017The Thursday vote at the Federal Communications Commission could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet. It's a radical d
  • Senator says rule keeps trees from US troops

    ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says a federal rule change that's stopping donated Christmas trees from being sent to American troops overseas is straight out of the Grinch's playbook.  The top Senate Democrat sent a letter to the U.S. postmaster on Thursday urging her to immediately waive procedural changes that are preventing New York residents from sending trees to military bases abroad.  Schumer says at least 40 trees donated by communit
  • Cheetos Popcorn coming to some movie theaters

    Regal Cinemas is debuting a new "dangerously cheesy" popcorn flavor.According to WWL-TV, the movie theater chain has teaming up with Frito-Lay to bring moviegoers Cheetos Popcorn.Frioto-Lay said the new movie treat teams up Cheetos-flavored popcorn and crunchy Cheetos and will make it's debut December 15 at participating Regal Cinemas in the U.S.The companies tout Cheetos Popcorn as "The BEST Thing to Happen to Popcorn Since Butter."The snack has been featured at other venues
  • Cheetos Popcorn coming to Regal Cinemas

    Regal Cinemas is debuting a new "dangerously cheesy" popcorn flavor.According to WWL-TV, the movie theater chain has teaming up with Frito-Lay to bring moviegoers Cheetos Popcorn.Frioto-Lay said the new movie treat teams up Cheetos-flavored popcorn and crunchy Cheetos and will make it's debut December 15 at participating Regal Cinemas in the U.S.The companies tout Cheetos Popcorn as "The BEST Thing to Happen to Popcorn Since Butter."The snack has been featured at other venues
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  • Authorities arrest man on drug and animal cruelty charges

    BATON ROUGE- Officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department arrested a man after drugs and several malnourished dogs were found on his property.Authorities arrested Oliver Walker after executing a search warrant at his residence in the 5200 block of McClelland Drive Wednesday. Walker was charged with possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of firearms and cruelty to animals.At the scene, authorities located 1.2 grams
  • LSU basketball team takes part in Christmas shopping spree

    BATON ROUGE- LSU basketball coach Will Wade and his team spent the afternoon helping some local kids celebrate Christmas. The team took 25 boys from the Baton Rouge Boys and Girls Club on a shopping spree in Walmart.Coach Wade started the tradition while coaching at VCU and plans to keep it going during his time in Baton Rouge."I think it's important to be involved in whatever community you're in," said Wade. "It's a great day for the kids of the Boys and Girl's club and it's a great day for ou
  • AAA predicts record travel over Christmas and New Year's

    Comforted by a strong economy, more Americans than ever are expected to travel over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.Auto club AAA said Thursday that 107 million people will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1, a 3.1 percent increase over last year.It's the ninth straight increase in Christmas travel, according to AAA.Most will travel by car - about 97 million - despite higher gasoline prices. More than 6 million are expected to fly, and AAA says nearly 4 million will take trains, buses or c
  • Lawmakers to reconsider $15B in Louisiana Medicaid contracts

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are scheduled to have a fourth debate on whether to approve $15.4 billion in Medicaid managed-care contract extensions sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards.Under the current deals, set to expire Jan. 31, five managed-care companies oversee health services delivered to 1.5 million Medicaid patients.House Republicans on the legislature's joint budget committee have blocked the extensions so far, raising concerns about their price tag and oversight of the spending. Edw
  • Livingston man arrested on child pornography charges

    BATON ROUGE- A Livingston man was arrested on 20 counts of child pornography.Colt Gibson, 33, was arrested on 13 counts of possession of sexual abuse images/videos of children under the age of 13 and seven counts of distribution of sexual abuse images/videos of children."We remain diligent in taking child predators off of our streets," said Attorney General Jeff Landry. "Our office will continue doing all we legally can to bring those who exploit our state's children to justice."Gibson was arre
  • WATCH: Children fight over baby Jesus during Nativity pageant

    WHITE PINE, Tenn.- Two preschoolers got into a fight over baby Jesus during a Nativity pageant Sunday.WWL-TV reports that one of the children playing a sheep, 2-year-old Teegan Benson, decided the baby Jesus doll was "hers," but "Mary" wasn't having it.Tana Benson, the sheep's mother, posted the video to her facebook."Teegan loves babies and her love for baby Jesus was a lot stronger than she could handle," Benson said.The incident occurred at First Baptist Church of White Pines about
  • At age 17, he killed a deputy; at 71, he could get parole

    BATON ROUGE- More than a half-century after a Louisiana teen was sent to prison for killing a sheriff's deputy, the now 71-year-old inmate is getting his first chance at freedom since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor.Louisiana's parole board scheduled a hearing Thursday for Henry Montgomery.The Supreme Court's January 2016 ruling in Montgomery's case opened the door for roughly 2,000 other juvenile offenders to argue for their release after receiving mandatory life-without-parole sente
  • New Orleans judges have conflict in setting fines

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge says state criminal court judges in New Orleans have a conflict of interest because they rely on fines and fees for court funding.That, U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance said in a Wednesday ruling, raises the possibility that the court's financial needs affect judges' rulings on whether defendants are able to pay fines and fees.Vance also ruled that judges have violated defendants' rights by failing to make inquiries on their ability to pay.Her ruling came in a lawsui
  • Disney-Fox deal will help rivalry with Netflix

    BURBANK, Calif.-Analysts say Disney's $52.4 billion deal to buy a large part of 21st Century Fox will put it in a better position to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon.Paolo Pescatore of CCS Insight says that "even a giant like Disney has not been immune" to changes in how consumers watch TV shows and movies. The deal, he says, will give Disney greater control of all aspects of content, from creation to distribution. That would lead to greater sources of revenue.Disney already has ann
  • Fans expected in full force for 'The Last Jedi' premiere

    BATON ROUGE - Christmas is coming early for some Star War fans."The Last Jedi" is coming to theatres today. It's the eighth installment in the series and expected to break the records set by episode seven.WBRZ will be covering the excitement live tonight as fans of The Republic and The Empire line up to be first to see the film.AMC Baton Rouge 16 here in Baton Rouge is holding a fan event at 6 p.m. before the first showing at seven.Permalink| Comments
  • Increased clouds now, increased rain chances this weekend

    Milder temperatures on Thursday will give way to another cool down on Friday. In two parts of the forecast, rain chances are increasing.THE FORECAST:Today and Tonight: Increased cloudiness can be expected on what will otherwise be a quiet day. Temperatures will warm a bit more than on Tuesday and Wednesday, reaching the middle 60s with light, southwest winds. A cold front will move into the region overnight into Friday, leading to a continued buildup of clouds and possibly a spotty shower south
  • House considered a total loss after Wednesday night fire

    BATON ROUGE- A late night house fire destroyed a home on East Boulevard Wednesday night.Firefighters got the call of a fire at 11:55 p.m. at a residence in the 800 block of East Boulevard.Firefighters said the fire started in a fireplace. In the fireplace, authorities found a gas heater which potentially could have started the fire.Authorities said the family, two adults and three children, were able to escape the blaze. No injuries were reported.The two story structure became unstable on the s
  • Parents of LSU fraternity pledge open up months after his death

    The family of an LSU fraternity pledge who died in what has been called a hazing incident is opening up on the heartbreaking news.In an interview with ABC News reporter Amy Robach, Maxwell Gruver's parents discuss the events that occurred on the night their son died, and ways they believe it could have been prevented."Somebody's life is more important," Gruver's mother told Robach. "So if you're in that situation, you should be able to call. Every state, to me, should have that law, amnesty to
  • GMA interviews Max Gruver's parents in LSU hazing case

    BATON ROUGE - ABC's Good Morning America will air an interview Thursday with the parents of Maxwell Gruver, an LSU freshman who police say died after a hazing ritual in September."They're underage drinking, they're afraid they're going to get in trouble, and they shouldn't have to feel that way," Rae Gruver told ABC about her son's death.Gruver's parents want underage students to reach out when one of their friend's drinks too much."Somebody's life is more important," she said.In Baton Rouge, t
  • Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations commits suicide

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky facing sexual assault allegations has committed suicide.  Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell says Rep. Dan Johnson shot himself Wednesday on a bridge in Mount Washington, Kentucky. Tinnell confirmed the death to WDRB-TV in Louisville.  The 57-year-old Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016. On Monday, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an account from a woman saying Joh
  • WATCH: Breaux Bridge student has priceless reaction to Harvard acceptance

    BREAUX BRIDGE- A video of 16-year-old Louisiana student finding out he's been accepted to Harvard while surrounded by classmates has become in internet sensation overnight.The video shows Ayrton Little and his classmates huddled together, anxiously awaiting the email from Harvard. The students can be heard chatting with one another in the moments leading up to the reveal.Little and his classmates erupt into celebration after realizing he's been accepted. You NEED to see this r
  • Leaders upset over mayor missing meeting

    BATON ROUGE- Some elected officials who are members of a special group managing the police body camera roll-out for officers in Baton Rouge are frustrated with the mayor over what they perceive is a lack of earnestness.The city is dealing with the possibility of forfeiting more than $750,000 in federal grant money to pay for the cameras since the cameras were purchased before the grant was awarded. The city applied for the grant in early 2017, spending was approved and the cameras ordered betwe
  • Back the Blue event to help Baton Rouge officers

    BATON ROUGE - This Friday, there's an event to help raise money for injured Baton Rouge Police Officer Rickey Faust. In March, Faust was involved in a single-car crash responding to a call.A fundraiser a couple of weeks ago raised the funds needed to purchase a van, equipped with the tools necessary to take Faust in his wheelchair around town and to therapy appointments. Prior to that, Faust's family was dishing out $50 for a cab ride to church.But the need is bigger than a van. Back the Blue B
  • Dazzling meteor shower to take place Wednesday night, Thursday morning

    The annual Geminid meteor shower will streak across the night sky tonight, and scientists say it will be one of the best of the year.The meteors are expected to peak overnight. With good weather conditions, the cosmic display can be seen between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. CST.According to NASA, the largest number of meteors will be visible between midnight and dawn local time.This particular meteor shower is considered one of the year's most reliable showers.
  • Four arrested, one hospitalized after fight at local middle school

    GONZALES - Police were called to a local middle school after a fight between students got out of hand Wednesday.The Gonzales Police Department confirmed that officers were called to Gonzales Middle School early Wednesday afternoon in response to a fight involving several students. Police say all involved were minors.Though authorities are unable to reveal the names of the juveniles arrested, they did confirm that three are being charged with second-degree battery and a fourth charged w
  • Shots fired at Penn State satellite campus, coroner at scene

    MONACA, Pa.- Officials say shots have been fired near a dining hall at a Penn State satellite campus near Pittsburgh and a coroner is at the scene.Penn State Beaver issued an alert just before 4 p.m. Wednesday that shots were fired, adding that the situation is contained and they say there is "no threat at this time." It asks students and faculty to avoid the Student Union building and food services area.Center Township police say a coroner is at the scene, but couldn&rsqu
  • First lady hopes giving spirit continues through holidays

    WASHINGTON- Melania Trump says she hopes the giving spirit that Americans displayed during a season of devastating hurricanes will continue over Christmas and into the new year.The first lady says she wants people to remember that the holidays are about family, service and gratitude - not gifts.She adds that Americans must continue to look out for and help one another.Mrs. Trump spoke Wednesday as she visited a Washington-area military base to help sort gifts for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys f
  • Autopsy shows 2-year-old boy's death a homicide

    CONCORD, N.H.- New Hampshire authorities say an autopsy of a 2-year-old boy who died under suspicious circumstances shows his death was a homicide.The autopsy also has revealed that the boy's cause of death was blunt force trauma to the abdomen.Manchester police responded to a home at 11:30 a.m. Monday for a report of an unconscious toddler. The boy was taken to a hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later. He's been identified as Jacob Pelletier.Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said
  • North Louisiana car dealer pleads in fraud case

    SHREVEPORT - Federal prosecutors say a Louisiana car dealer has pleaded guilty in a bank fraud case.  Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook, in a news release Wednesday, said 41-year-old Larry Wayne Toms Jr., of Benton, pleaded guilty to taking out fake loans for three cars that didn't exist.  Tuesday's plea before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote was to one count of bank fraud.  Hook's office says Toms, a Bossier City car dealer,
  • Military wife creatively includes deployed husband in Christmas card

    Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith will spend his first Christmas away from his 3-year-old daughter this year, but he was not forgotten from his family’s Christmas card.Smith, a nearly 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, was Photoshopped into a card with his wife, Andrea Smith, and their daughter, Charlotte.The photo shows Andrew Smith in his military uniform stepping in to help as Charlotte stands atop toys in a Target grocery cart and Andrea Smith sits on the floor drinking a Starbucks.&
  • Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens dies at age 62

    Pat DiNizio, the lead singer and guitarist for '80s power rockers The Smithereens, passed away Tuesday, the band announced overnight. He was 62."It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens – America's Band," the band wrote on its Facebook page. "Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayer
  • WATCH: Polar bears play together for the first time

    SALT LAKE CITY-Two female bears got the chance to play together for the first time in their exhibit on Monday.Polar bears Nora and Hope live at the Utah Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. The bears arrived at the zoo in November.According to the zoo, Nora was born at Columbus Zoo in November 2015. After a few zoo transfers, she was placed at the Utah zoo. Hope was born in December of 2015 at the Toledo Zoo.The Utah zoo felt the two bears would get along since they are similar in age and both share "t
  • Per Catholic rule, Baton Rouge bishop ready to retire on 75th birthday this month

    BATON ROUGE – Per Catholic Church policy, Bishop Robert Muench is expected to submit his retirement to the Pope on his 75th birthday – December 28th.Church policy – called Canons – calls for bishops to resign their post upon turn 75.Bishop Muench has served since 2001 when Pope John Paul II appointed him.Sources told WBRZ, current Pope Francis has a practice of not accepting resignations or retirements until a successor is found. It's not clear if there i
  • Trial date set for ex-police officer in girl's hot car death

    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. - A judge has set a trial date for a former Mississippi police officer charged with second-degree murder in the death of her daughter in a hot patrol car.  The Sun Herald reports that the judge set an April 2, 2018, trial date for 28-year-old Cassie Barker at her arraignment Monday. Barker also pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.  The former Long Beach officer is accused of leaving 3-year-old Cheyenne Hyer unattended in a patrol car
  • Ex-police officer pleads guilty in daughter's hot car death

    BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. - A former Mississippi police officer charged in the death of her daughter in a hot patrol car has pleaded not guilty.  The Sun Herald reports 28-year-old Cassie Barker was arraigned Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in the 3-year-old girl's death.  The former Long Beach officer is accused of leaving Cheyenne Hyer unattended in a patrol car for more than four hours while she was in another officer's home. The car's air conditione
  • WATCH: Firefighters rescue terrified dog trapped in frozen lake

    ROSCOE, IL. - Firefighters in Illinois came to the rescue of a dog in need after it fell through the ice of a frozen lake and became stuck in the ice-cold water.A crew was called to Legend Lakes in Roscoe after a man's dog made its way onto the frozen-over surface of the water and fell through. The owner of the dog tried to use a kayak to make his way across the lake, but he too soon fell through and became trapped.Photos and video from the scene show firefighters jumping into the freezing-cold
  • Man pleads guilty to shooting, killing cat outside animal rescue

    NEW ORLEANS- A man is facing thousands of dollars in fines, a psychiatric evaluation, and community service after pleading guilty to shooting and killing a cat outside an animal rescue.WWL-TV reports that the incident took place outside an Uptown animal rescue.Kyre West, 19, pleaded guilty to a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals charge Wednesday.Reports say that West admitted to shooting a neighborhood cat named Blackie with a pellet gun on Oc.t 4. Authorities said that security came
  • Testimony today draws tears from confessed vigilante murder suspect

    BATON ROUGE – Jace Crehan, the confessed murderer on trial for killing a sex offender two years ago, wiped tears from his eyes in court Wednesday morning as prosecutors played a video of his confession.Crehan is accused in the death of Robert Noce. Noce was killed in 2015 after pleading no contest to sex-related charges involving Crehan's fiancee, Brittany Monk. Noce was found dead – stabbed and stuffed into a 55-gallon drum used to store wine in the kitchen of his Zachary t
  • Authorities identify second body pulled from Louisiana lake

    ST. LANDRY PARISH - Authorities are investigating after two bodies were pulled out of a lake in South Louisiana this week.According to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, 21-year-old Lia Ali Kazan's body was pulled out of Lake Dubuisson after a fisherman hooked her purse Sunday, prompting search and rescue workers to search the water.Shortly after Kazan's body was pulled out of the water, her vehicle was found submerged with a s
  • Mayor has interviewed 3 of 5 chief candidates, will meet with all by week's end

    BATON ROUGE – The mayor has interviewed three of the five candidates vying to be the city's next police chief and interviews with the remaining two are scheduled for later this week, WBRZ learned Wednesday.Myron Daniels, Darryl Honore and Robert McGarner have met with the mayor. Between now and Friday, the mayor is expected to interview Murphy Paul and Ronald Stevens.Mayor Sharon Weston Broome has said she will hire one of the five by the end of the year.   *********
  • Heavy smoke fills air as firefighters battle house fire

    BATON ROUGE – Billowing smoke from a house fire filled the sky just north of Ogden Park Wednesday morning.A house fire near the bus terminal at the corner of N. 22nd and Florida sent plumes of smoke into the air. Eyewitnesses said the house was near the intersection and was on fire.A WBRZ news crew captured large flames burning through the roof and out of windows.  Fire crews were dispatched to the blaze around 10:30. There was no immediate, specific information rele
  • Red-suited man on a sled rescues a deer on frozen pond

    SALEM, Ore.— Reindeer are supposed to pull Santa Claus’ sleigh, but in Oregon recently, a red-suited man on a sled wound up pushing a deer.The reverse-reality Christmas-season tale played out when a deer wandered onto a frozen golf course pond in Sunriver, Oregon, on Friday and then lost its footing.Try as it might, it couldn’t get all its legs underneath him. It skidded and slithered, and its legs buckled.Along came firefighter Jeff “JJ” Johnst
  • Epps leads LSU past Houston 80-77

    BATON ROUGE - Aaron Epps scored a career-high 26 points and Tremont Waters blocked a game-tying 3-point attempt in the final seconds as LSU defeated Houston 80-77 on Wednesday night.
     Epps, who also grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, put the Tigers (5-2) ahead by six points on a 3-point play with 57 seconds remaining. Rob Gray pulled the Cougars within three points at 80-77 on a 3-pointer less than 10 seconds later.
     Following an LSU turnover, Houston (8-2) had a chance to tie

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