• State Senate, House unanimously pass bill to increase penalties for owners of dogs that attack, kill someone

    State Senate, House unanimously pass bill to increase penalties for owners of dogs that attack, kill someone
    BATON ROUGE — The State Senate unanimously gave final passage a bill Thursday that would increase penalties for owners of dogs that attack and kill someone.The bill — HB 213 — passed 36-0 in the Senate after the House of Representatives passed the bill 102-0 in April. The bill will not become law until the governor signs it.Rep. Stephanie Hilferty, R-Metairie, authored the bill. If signed into law, the bill would increase the penalty to 10 years from five years for
  • Houma man finds 12-foot python in backyard

    Houma man finds 12-foot python in backyard
    HOUMA - A Houma resident got a surprise over the weekend after a python slithered up from the bayou behind his home and into his backyard. WWL spoke with Bradley Lirette, who found the snake coiled up in one of his flower pots. He said that the serpent ate two of his pet geese. "When I went to call the police department, I went back to count my geese, there were two three-month-old geese that were missing. I’m assuming that it ate the geese," Lirette told the news st
  • Pedestrian hit, killed while walking along Erwinville highway

    Pedestrian hit, killed while walking along Erwinville highway
    ERWINVILLE - A person from Gretna was hit by a truck and killed early Monday morning while walking on an Erwinville highway. State Police said 55-year-old Adrian Hammond was walking on Flynn Road near Section Road around 3 a.m. when they were hit by a truck. Troopers said Hammond died at the scene. The driver was not wearing their seatbelt, but was not hurt. Toxicology samples were taken from the driver and Hammond. Permalink| Comments
  • Crews cleaning Denham Springs High School after weekend fire

    Crews cleaning Denham Springs High School after weekend fire
    DENHAM SPRINGS - Crews worked at Denham Springs High School on Monday after a fire in the building over the weekend. Crews said a fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and damaged the English Hall. School officials said there was no structural damage and the cause has not been determined. The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating what started the fire. No more information was immediately available. Permalink| Comments
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  • Ex-EBR contractor due in federal court Tuesday in child exploitation case

    Ex-EBR contractor due in federal court Tuesday in child exploitation case
    BATON ROUGE — A former city-parish contractor is scheduled for a hearing in federal court Tuesday on allegations he sent an obscene video involving a child to an undercover investigator and discussed an interest in bestiality and incest.Blake Steiner is due at the U.S. District Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon for a detention hearing and arraignment. Steiner was arrested last week after a raid on his home in East Baton Rouge Parish. An affidavit said Steiner sought admission t
  • Boat rental company giving back with discounts for military members, families on Memorial Day weekend

    Boat rental company giving back with discounts for military members, families on Memorial Day weekend
    NEW ROADS - In New Roads, residents on False River Drive have been sailing through the Memorial Day weekend.Since Friday, Geaux Outdoors has been booked and busy with boat rentals. Owner Joey Dupont rented out six of their boats for the whole weekend at half price, and for good reason. "The impact that we're doing is by giving veterans half off and the families who have lost loved ones half off," Dupont said. "You don't just have to be in the military. If you lost a loved one, or if yo
  • TEAM 2 TRAFFIC: Crash at I-10 at Perkins Road blocks one lane

    TEAM 2 TRAFFIC: Crash at I-10 at Perkins Road blocks one lane
    BATON ROUGE - Cars piled up along I-10 near Perkins Road on Monday afternoon following a wreck that shut down one lane. According to DOTD, the right lane was blocked around 3 p.m. for a disabled semi truck. No injuries have been reported. Permalink| Comments
  • One injured in Monday afternoon shooting on North 15th Street

    One injured in Monday afternoon shooting on North 15th Street
    BATON ROUGE — One person was brought to the hospital after a Monday afternoon shooting at a home on North 15th Street, the Baton Rouge Police Department said.The shooting, which happened in the 1800 block of North 15th Street near Chestnut Street, resulted in one person sustaining minor injuries. Police are investigating the shooting.Permalink| Comments
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  • Fire in Wilbur Street home's attic leaves two people displaced

    Fire in Wilbur Street home's attic leaves two people displaced
    BATON ROUGE - A fire in the attic of a home left two people displaced Monday morning. The Baton Rouge Fire Department said the fire started in the attic of a home on Wilbur Street off Badley Road. Smoke was coming from the rear of the home and firefighters only found flames in the attic. Damage from the flames was contained to the attic, but the rest of the home suffered smoke and water damage. The cause of the fire was unclear. The two residents were safe outside whe
  • Local organization hosts event advocating for mental health on road to professional success

    Local organization hosts event advocating for mental health on road to professional success
    BATON ROUGE — The Master Your Moment organization hosted its "Mental Wealth" event at the Sky Lounge Baton Rouge on Sunday.A panel of community leaders and professionals from around the capital area discussed how you can prioritize your mental health while succeeding professionally and personally. They say it's something that's not talked about enough.“(There is a) stigma is related to mental health throughout the Black community, throughout any community we always realize t
  • 'Freedom is not free:' Vietnam War veteran remembers fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

    'Freedom is not free:' Vietnam War veteran remembers fallen soldiers on Memorial Day
    BATON ROUGE — This Memorial Day, people nationwide remember and honor all the brave men and women who died while defending their nation and freedoms. After all this time, Sgt. Gil Lerma says he still remembers everything from the Vietnam War.Following the commencement of Operation Rolling Thunder in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson deployed the first U.S. ground troops to Vietnam. More than 58,000 American soldiers died in Vietnam.Lerma joined the Marine Corps in 1968, not knowing he
  • LSU baseball headed to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to play Wofford College in NCAA regional tournament

    LSU baseball headed to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to play Wofford College in NCAA regional tournament
    BATON ROUGE — LSU's baseball team is headed to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for the NCAA Regionals to play Wofford College, the NCAA tournament committee announced on ESPN on Monday morning.The Tigers, the No. 2 seed in the bracket, will face the Terriers on Friday. The winner of the regional, which also features a matchup between North Carolina and Long Island University in the opening round, will advance to a super regional with a chance to go to the College World Series in Omaha.LS
  • Denham Springs woman dead after Sunday evening motorcycle crash on I-10 in Mississippi

    Denham Springs woman dead after Sunday evening motorcycle crash on I-10 in Mississippi
    GULF PORT, Miss. — A Denham Springs woman is dead after a motorcycle crash on I-10 in Harrison County, Mississippi, that also left four injured, Mississippi Highway Patrol said.Amanda Holden, 43, died Sunday evening around 5 p.m. after she and two other motorcyclists took evasive actions to avoid hitting a passenger that had fallen off another motorcycle, officials said. The 16-year-old passenger that fell off the motorcycle was being operated by Amanda Holden's husband, Roy Dale Hold
  • One person detained after standoff at home on Maplewood Drive near Airline Highway

    One person detained after standoff at home on Maplewood Drive near Airline Highway
    BATON ROUGE - One person was taken into custody after a shots fired call led to a standoff early Monday. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said deputies were called after neighbors heard shots being fired inside a home on Maplewood Drive near Airline Highway.Deputies said a man was inside and reportedly armed with a long firearm. The man was repeatedly firing shots inside the residence. Deputies also said the man was intoxicated.A SWAT team was called to assist and set up a perimet
  • Man arrested after standoff at home on Maplewood Drive near Airline Highway

    Man arrested after standoff at home on Maplewood Drive near Airline Highway
    BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested after a shots fired call led to a standoff early Monday. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to a home on Maplewood Drive near Airline Highway after neighbors heard gunshots. Deputies said a man was inside his house with a gun, intoxicated, and firing shots inside his house and at law enforcement officers.A SWAT team was called to assist and set up a perimeter around the home. The man eventually surrendered to deputi
  • Multiple fights break out at mayor's Summer of Hope kickoff event, BRPD reviewing body cam footage

    Multiple fights break out at mayor's Summer of Hope kickoff event, BRPD reviewing body cam footage
    BATON ROUGE - Multiple fights broke out at Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's Summer of Hope kickoff event at Liberty Lagoon.Watch live newscasts here. The Pool Day at Liberty Lagoon was a free event hosted by the Mayor's Office, Stay Hopeful Healthy Baton Rouge, and BREC. The event started at 7:30 p.m. and was supposed to last three hours, but was cut short when fights broke out around 8:45. Mayor Broome said there were no injuries and no shots fired in what was described
  • Multiple fights break out at mayor's Summer of Hope kickoff event

    Multiple fights break out at mayor's Summer of Hope kickoff event
    BATON ROUGE - Multiple fights broke out at Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's Summer of Hope kickoff event at Liberty Lagoon.The Pool Day at Liberty Lagoon was a free event hosted by the Mayor's Office, Stay Hopeful Healthy Baton Rouge, and BREC. The event started at 7:30 p.m. and was supposed to last three hours, but was cut short when fights broke out around 8:45. Mayor Broome said there were no injuries and no shots fired in what was described as a large brawl at the waterpark.
  • Tangipahoa deputies looking for inmates who escaped the parish jail

    Tangipahoa deputies looking for inmates who escaped the parish jail
    AMITE - Deputies are looking for four Tangipahoa Parish inmates who broke out of the jail Sunday night. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said 19-year-old Omarion Hookfin of Hammond, 19-year-old Avery Guidry of Natalbany, 20-year-old Jamarcus Cyprian of Amite and 21-year-old Travon Johnson of Natalbany escaped the fence during recreation time. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said there was a part of the fence that could be easily moved so a small person could slip through.&nbs
  • Town of New Roads honor fallen servicemen and women with Blessing of the Fleet ceremony

    Town of New Roads honor fallen servicemen and women with Blessing of the Fleet ceremony
    NEW ROADS - Despite windy conditions, over 50 boats took part in a centuries-old tradition to honor fallen servicemen and women for Memorial Day. The Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony, hosted on False River by the Pointe Coupee Kiwanis Club, is a way to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and bless the attending boats to grant them a bountiful and safe fishing season. The ceremony started with a prayer and a message to remember the fallen service men and women led by Deac
  • Gonzales Jambalaya Festival wraps up Sunday with new Jambalaya World Champions

    Gonzales Jambalaya Festival wraps up Sunday with new Jambalaya World Champions
    GONZALES - The Gonzales Jambalaya Festival wrapped up Sunday with Tyler Billingsley and his helper Michael McCloud winning Jambalaya Champion of the World and the golden jambalaya paddle. The team, sponsored by Tee Wayne's Cajun Cooking, competed against teams from all over the state in the annual competition that falls on Memorial Day weekend. Along with the cooking competition, the festival was complete with carnival rides, a fundraiser run, vendors, live music and a car sho
  • LSU Baseball falls to Tennessee in SEC Championship 4-3

    LSU Baseball falls to Tennessee in SEC Championship 4-3
    HOOVER, AL - LSU Baseball's run in Hoover comes to an end with a loss to Tennessee in the SEC Championship game. They fell 4-3 to the Volunteers.The Tigers struck first with a Jared Jones solo home run to left field in the first inning. The 471 foot homer was the longest in the SEC Tournament this year.LSU would only get four more hits against the Volunteers, and they left runners stranded in four innings.The Tigers tried to make a come back in the bottom of the ninth inning with a Steven Milam
  • Deputy recovers discarded flag along Livingston Parish highway

    Deputy recovers discarded flag along Livingston Parish highway
    DENHAM SPRINGS - A Livingston Parish deputy went out of his way Sunday to recover an American flag that was discarded on the inside shoulder of Interstate 12. The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said the deputy called in reinforcements to safely get the flag, which was along the interstate between Denham and Juban. LPSO said the deputy that retrieved the flag was a Veteran. Permalink| Comments
  • 13-year-old drowns, another child airlifted in Grand Isle

    13-year-old drowns, another child airlifted in Grand Isle
    GRAND ISLE - Police recovered the body of a 13-year-old boy who went missing in the waters off of Grand Isle Sunday.Grand Isle Assistant Police Chief, Walter Theriot, confirmed to WWL-TV that the 13-year-old boy's body was found about 3.5 miles from where he drowned near the Bridge Side Marina.Additionally, a 10-year-old girl was also pulled from the water by police. EMS performed CPR and she was airlifted to Children’s Hospital. Her condition is unknown.Permalink| Comments
  • TEAM 2 TRAFFIC: I-10 near South Acadian down to one lane after crash

    TEAM 2 TRAFFIC: I-10 near South Acadian down to one lane after crash
    BATON ROUGE - A Sunday afternoon wreck on I-10 near South Acadian Thruway had traffic backed up all the way across the river. According to DOTD, the crash happened just after 1:45 p.m. in the eastbound lanes. Nearly two hours later, two lanes were still blocked and congestion ran across the bridge to LA415. It is unclear how the wreck happened and how many people were involved. City-Parish resources said at least one person was injured in the crash. No more informatio
  • TEAM 2 TRAFFIC: Crash along I-10 at South Acadian stalls traffic Sunday afternoon

    TEAM 2 TRAFFIC: Crash along I-10 at South Acadian stalls traffic Sunday afternoon
    BATON ROUGE - A Sunday afternoon wreck on I-10 near South Acadian Thruway had traffic backed up all the way across the river for several hours.According to DOTD, the crash happened just after 1:45 p.m. in the eastbound lanes. Nearly two hours later, two lanes were still blocked and congestion ran across the bridge to LA415. At 4:30 p.m. all lanes were open and traffic was flowing as normal. It is unclear how the wreck happened and how many people were involved. City-Parish res
  • At least 13 dead in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas after severe weather roars across region

    At least 13 dead in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas after severe weather roars across region
    VALLEY VIEW, Texas (AP) — Powerful storms killed at least 13 people and left a wide trail of destruction Sunday across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas after obliterating homes and destroying a truck stop where dozens sought shelter in a restroom during the latest deadly weather to strike the central U.S.Seven deaths were reported in Cooke County, Texas, near the Oklahoma border, where a tornado Saturday night plowed through a rural area near a mobile home park, officials said. Storms als
  • One dead, one injured after early morning shooting on Riverlon Avenue

    One dead, one injured after early morning shooting on Riverlon Avenue
    BATON ROUGE - One person was killed and another was injured in a shooting early Friday morning, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.The shooting took place on Riverlon Avenue sometime around 3 a.m. The person who was injured was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.There currently is no suspect or motive. The shooting is under investigation.Permalink| Comments
  • One dead, another hurt in Sunday morning shooting off of Independence Boulevard

    One dead, another hurt in Sunday morning shooting off of Independence Boulevard
    BATON ROUGE - One person was killed and another was injured in a shooting early Sunday morning in a neighborhood near State Police Headquarters, officials said. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the shooting happened around 3 a.m. along Riverlon Avenue — less than a mile from Department of Public Safety buildings, the Main Library and Liberty Lagoon. One victim died at the scene and another was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.&
  • One dead, another hurt in Sunday morning shooting near Government and Lobdell

    One dead, another hurt in Sunday morning shooting near Government and Lobdell
    BATON ROUGE - One person was killed and another was injured in a shooting early Sunday morning in a neighborhood near State Police Headquarters, officials said. According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the shooting happened around 3 a.m. along Riverlon Avenue — less than a mile from Department of Public Safety buildings, the Main Library and Liberty Lagoon. Leonel Valeuy-Morales, 27, was killed and another man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening
  • Large motorcycle crash on I-10 result of wooden pallet on interstate

    Large motorcycle crash on I-10 result of wooden pallet on interstate
    BATON ROUGE - Two lanes on I-10 westbound were shut down before Dalrymple Drive after a large motorcycle crash that left four total injured, according to officials. According to Baton Rouge Police Department officials, a wooden pallet on the highway was hit by a car, resulting in the pallets shattering. The motorcycles hit the shattered pallets as a result, leading to the accident.BRPD officials say a total of one car and six motorcycles were involved in the wreck. Additionally, none o

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