• Mystery stench strikes West Baton Rouge Parish

    PORT ALLEN - Many residents were inundated at times Tuesday by a strong industrial odor from an unknown source."It smelled rotten, like rotten eggs," said West Baton Rouge Museum tour guide Karen Marionneaux. "At the museum the doors are open with people in and out all the time. We noticed it right away."People complained on social media and called city hall for answers. "We've gotten reports as far as the north end of the parish and south of the Intracoastal Canal, so it's pretty pervasive," s
  • Woman killed after stumbling across robbery while playing Pokemon Go

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A 21-year-old New Mexico woman was playing Pokemon Go with her boyfriend over the weekend when she was fatally shot after witnessing a robbery in progress, according to police.Cayla Campos and her boyfriend were driving near Bianchetti Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, late Friday night when they allegedly witnessed two armed robbers targeting someone in another vehicle.Campos turned her car around and attempted to flee the scene, but the suspects spotted her and opened fire
  • Louisiana appeals court: Pool cue murder wasn't self-defense

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - A Louisiana court has rejected a convicted murderer's appeal arguing he killed a man with a pool cue in self-defense.
     The Houma Courier reports 37-year-old Walter Rosario-Colon is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder in the death of Antonio Aguado Jr. An autopsy showed Aguado suffered a severe injury when a pool cue entered halfway through his head during a bar fight in 2016.
     The outlet said Monday that the Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal
  • Police investigating late night homicide that stemmed from robbery

    BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating a fatal shooting that left a 22-year-old dead. The incident happened in the 12400 block of Cate Avenue near Flordia Boulevard 11:30 p.m. Monday night. Officials say Hugo Lopez was found shot and died on the scene. Officials believe the motive of shooting was a robbery. There are no known suspects at the time. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867. Permalink| Comments
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  • Louisiana insurance chief warns about Imelda's flooded cars

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's insurance commissioner is warning the state's motorists to be cautious of buying used cars that could have been flooded in neighboring Texas by Tropical Storm Imelda.
     Commissioner Jim Donelon says Louisiana consumers should look for signs of water damage in used vehicles they want to buy. Among the telltale signs, he says to look for stains, mildew, rust, mismatched carpet and dirt under seats.
     Donelon says consumers should beware of deals
  • Lanes on Perkins and Acadian now OPEN following downed power lines

    UPDATE: PERKINS AND ACADIAN ARE NOW OPEN******BATON ROUGE - Entergy trucks are blocking the roadway on Perkins in both directions near Acadian due to downed power lines.According to Entergy around 12:30 a.m., a vehicle hit the power pole bringing it to the ground. Authorities say 2 homes have been affected along with the Circle K Gas Station. The pole is out of the roadway, but BRPD has still blocked off traffic in the area.Pole out of roadway, but Entergy crews are still blocking Perk
  • Lanes on Perkins and Acadian closed due to downed power lines

    BATON ROUGE - Wires are scattered across the roadway on Acadian and Perkins due to a downed pole. According to Entergy around 12:30 a.m., a vehicle hit the power pole bringing it to the ground. Authorities say 2 homes have been affected along the Circle K Gas Station. The pole is still across the roadway,  BRPD has blocked off traffic from the interstate. Entergy says the estimated restoration time is 10 a.m. Permalink| Comments
  • Damaged equipment stalls work at Louisiana logging operation

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana officials are asking for help in identifying who vandalized equipment at a logging operation.
     The state agriculture department says the destruction of two pieces of equipment at a logging site in Winn Parish has stalled work for a Natchitoches Parish logging business.
     Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said in a statement Monday that the logger faces a $16,000 repair bill for the equipment.
     The Winn Parish Sheriff's Office and th
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  • 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' final trailer makes it's world premiere during MNF

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Star Wars fans around the world got a glimpse at the third and final trailer to the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The trailer premiered during halftime of the Jets-Patriots Monday Night Football game. The saga will end, the story lives forever. Watch the final trailer for @StarWars: #TheRiseOfSkywalker in theaters December 20. Get your tickets now: https://t.co/MLbzRXrCJb pic.twitter.com/RLllQGme76— Star Wars (@starwars) October 22
  • Police investigate weekend holdup at at Florida Blvd. drugstore

    BATON ROUGE - A drugstore at a busy intersection was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night, police said.A man went into Walgreens at the corner of Florida and North Sherwood Forest boulevards around 8 p.m. Saturday, pulled a gun and demanded money. He got it and ran to a car that appeared to have a driver waiting, police said.The suspect that entered the business is described as a black male around 6’3”, 20-30 year old wearing navy blue pants, a blue jacket with gray sleeves and
  • Locations for new Mississippi River Bridge expected to be narrowed in early 2020

    BATON ROUGE – The Capital Area Road and Bridge District, formed in 2018, met Monday at the State Capitol. While the agenda mostly focused on housekeeping items, significant steps towards a new Mississippi River Bridge could be just months away.“This is the best effort I’ve seen to kind of set this thing in tone to where we can see steps made in the right direction, West Baton Rouge President, Riley Berthelot said.The district’s chairman, Jay Campbell, tol
  • House fire on Robbie Ave.

    BATON ROUGE - Fire crews are responding to a house fire on 12347 Robbie Avenue.No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.Permalink| Comments
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  • Duplex house fire on Robbie Avenue, leaves 12 people displaced

    BATON ROUGE - Fire crews are responding to a duplex house fire on 12347 Robbie Avenue, just north of Florida Boulevard near Belaire High School.According to firefighters, the blaze was caused by an electrical shortage in the rear bedroom. Firefighters arrived on scene to find one unit engulfed in flames. The adjacent unit received heavy smoke and water damage.It took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control.Twelve people were displaced however no one was hurt. Permalink
  • Hundreds line up looking for job with new medical marijuana grower

    BATON ROUGE - More than 200 people lined up in the rain to get a chance at what many of them consider a can't-miss opportunity. "I came out here to actually contribute to the education of marijuana," Kelvin Hewitt said. "I came here to join the sales team, perhaps the education team, just to give people better insight as far as what's happening in our world today."Hewitt was first in line. He took a bus from New Orleans and waited around two hours to get inside. "I thought tha
  • LSU's Jacoby Stevens named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

    BATON ROUGE - LSU safety JaCoby Stevens has been selected as the SEC Defensive player of the week for his performance in the 36-13 win over Mississippi State.Stevens had an all around fantastic game, finishing with eight tackles, a sack, and an incredible one handed interception just before halftime which helped set the tone the rest of game for the Tigers.SC Top 10 Play and SEC Defensive Player of the Week award for @jacobystevens7!
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  • Macy's to stop selling real fur by end of fiscal year 2020

    NEW YORK (AP) - Macy's Inc. says it will stop selling real fur by the end of its fiscal year 2020 at its namesake stores, Bloomingdale's, as well as at its discount outlets.  As part of the announcement, the department store chain says it will close its fur vaults and salons.  In statement, Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette says company representatives have regularly met with the Humane Society of the United States and other non-governmental groups. &nbsp
  • Resident fears tree poses risk to railroad, property

    BATON ROUGE - A dead tree is threatening to fall, and the property owner closest to the tree in question says he's trying to remove the threat before it causes further damage.The tree is on private property behind Kim Gardiner's backyard off Hillside Drive. He fears it could do a lot of damage if it falls."I first noticed it when limbs from that tree fell onto my fence," he said.The dead tree is between Gardiner's fence and a railroad track owned by Kansas City Southern. About a year and a half
  • Possibility of additional victims, charges after man arrested in juvenile rape case

    PONCHATOULA - Additional charges are likely in a sex crimes case under investigation in southern Tangipahoa Parish.Malcolm Chester, 32, was arrested on first-degree rape charges and a slew of warrants from the city of Ponchatoula Monday.  Deputies handled the sex crime investigation on behalf of city police investigators because Chester's relative works for the police department, Chief Bry Layrisson said.Chester was booked on the sex crime charge after a teenager reported being assault
  • Mayor: New Orleans spending $400K a day on hotel collapse

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans' mayor says the city has been spending about $400,000 a day to respond to the partial collapse of a hotel more than a week ago.  Mayor LaToya Cantrell spoke Monday during a news conference one day after the city used controlled explosions to bring down two cranes that had been looming over the building.  The Hard Rock Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter was under construction when part of it collapsed. Three people were kill
  • Murphy Painter drops out of race for Ascension Parish president

    Candidate for Ascension Parish president, Murphy Painter, has dropped out of the race.The Secretary of State's Office confirmed Painted dropped out of the race Monday. His opponent, Clint Cointment, is now slated to win the November runoff by default.Painter's campaign did not respond to calls from WBRZ Monday.Permalink| Comments
  • 9-year-old arraigned on murder, arson charges in deaths of 5

    EUREKA, Ill. (AP) - A 9-year-old central Illinois boy believed to have set a fire that led to the deaths of five family members has been arraigned on first-degree murder charges.  The Journal Star in Peoria reports Woodford County Circuit Court Judge Charles Feeney on Monday read a juvenile petition citing the murder charges, along with arson counts.  Feeney explained the juvenile counts and legal processes to the boy, who at times indicated he did not unders
  • Alabama student pleads not guilty to phoning in Tiger Stadium bomb threat

    BATON ROUGE - A University of Alabama student who allegedly called in a bomb threat to a crowded Tiger Stadium because of a bet has now pleaded not guilty.Connor Croll, 19, appeared in an East Baton Rouge court Monday where he entered a not guilty plea on one count of making a false bomb threat on school property, according to court documents.Croll was arrested last week after he allegedly phoned in the threat during the Tigers' highly anticipated home game against the Florida Gators. Police sa
  • Billboards showed wrong election date for Mississippi

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Some billboard messages have been removed in Mississippi because they urged people to vote on the wrong election date.  WAPT-TV reports that the billboards in Jackson said the election is Nov. 16.  The correct date for Mississippi is Nov. 5.  Kamari Guthrie is spokeswoman for a nonprofit, nonpartisan group called vote.org. She says the organization ordered the vinyl covers for billboards, but they were intended to go up
  • Brightside Lane closing for RxR crossing work - get ready

    BATON ROUGE - Expect significant delays next week as crews begin reworking the railroad crossing on Brightside near the busy Nicholson intersection.The re-designed intersection will add left turn lanes, a new track crossing, asphalt, and signals.DOTD announced Brightside Ln. will be closed at the tracks from Monday, October 28th at 7:00 AM until Friday, November 22nd at 5:00 PM.  Local traffic within the closure will be permitted at all times, DOTD said.Alternate routes are st
  • Eyewitnesses describe tornado, downed power lines and falling bricks along MS River in Ascension

    GEISMER - The National Weather Service said a person may have been injured from falling bricks as a severe storm rolled through Ascension Parish Monday afternoon.A trained storm spotter reported to the NWS that power lines were blown over and the bricks fell and hurt the person around 12:01 p.m. near the intersection of Hwy. 75 and Hwy. 73 along the Mississippi River levee.The area was under weather alerts Monday as a strong cold front and a Gulf disturbance moved through our area from west to
  • Shreveport receives $500K for historic church restoration

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The National Park Service has awarded a city in Louisiana an additional $500,000 grant to preserve a historic landmark and transform it into a civil rights museum.  The Shreveport Times reports Shreveport will receive the grant as part of the agency's $12.2 million project to preserve African American civil rights history across 17 states.  The agency has given Shreveport, in total, $1 million to renovate and turn the Old Galilee Missio
  • BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo accepts entries for 'Art Gone Wild' contest

    BATON ROUGE - BREC'S Baton Rouge Zoo is inviting the public to explore their creative side and enter the "Art Gone Wild" contest.Artists of all experience levels are invited to paint or draw the zoo animals that inspire them most and then submit their work for judging at the Zoo's Annual ZooLights event in December.The contest is free and open to artists of all ages.Artwork must be submitted by Friday, November 29.Visit The Baton Rouge Zoo's website for more on Art Gone Wild.  Permalin
  • I-10 Ascension/EBR Parish lane closures

    BATON ROUGE /ASCENSION - Louisiana's Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced that I-10, westbound, will have one lane closed from Highland Road to Hwy 73 (Jefferson Hwy) beginning Wednesday, Oct. 30 through Friday, Nov. 8.Closure times are as follows:WESTBOUNDWednesday, October 30, 2019 8:00 PM – 5:00 AM Thursday, October 31, 2019Thursday, October 31, 2019 8:00 PM – 5:00 AM Friday, November 1, 2019Friday, November 1, 2019 9:00 PM – 8:00 AM
  • Breast Cancer Awareness: Cancer can catch even the healthiest women by surprise

    BATON ROUGE - A woman can feel like she's in the best shape of her life, but a deadly disease like breast cancer can still come out of nowhere.Doctors have expanded and updated the ways they locate and remove cancer, and one beneficiary of those new methods is Trula Remson.Back in April, Remson wowed the crowd, along with her husband Chris Remson, at the 2019 ‘Dancing for Big Buddy’ fundraiser. But just days later she was shocked to hear from her doctor.“I was kind
  • Residents invited to public hearings to discuss I-10 widening project

    BATON ROUGE - State officials with the Department of Transportation and Development are inviting residents to ask questions concerning the widening of I-10 around the Mississippi River Bridge.Announced early last year, the proposed project will add an additional lane in each direction on I-10 from LA 415 to Essen Lane.“I’m proud to say we are moving forward with the much-needed widening of I-10 in Baton Rouge. We’ve waited long enough and citizens across Louisiana

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