• 'Tip of the iceberg': Sheriff hoping for more arrests in million-dollar unemployment fraud scheme

    'Tip of the iceberg': Sheriff hoping for more arrests in million-dollar unemployment fraud scheme
    PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi revealed how he and his deputies uncovered a group of scammers who defrauded taxpayers out of more than $1 million in pandemic-boosted unemployment benefits.The Attorney General's office says the network of fraudsters targeted unemployment offices in California and Louisiana to the tune of $1.24 million."It was not easy. It was not an easy mission. Having these other states cooperate with us was not an easy thing to do," Stassi said.The sheriff
  • Invading plant makes return to Baton Rouge trees, officials urge locals to get rid of it

    Invading plant makes return to Baton Rouge trees, officials urge locals to get rid of it
    BATON ROUGE - A plant that crept into the Capital area years ago and began taking over trees that were once covered in Spanish moss has once again emerged in Baton Rouge. In 2018, WBRZ's Sydney Kern spoke with local officials regarding the invading species, called Ball Moss.  >Click here to view her original story<“It was first introduced about 50 some years ago, but now it’s colonizing everywhere,” said Director of the LSU
  • Cleveland Indians change name to 'Cleveland Guardians'

    Cleveland Indians change name to 'Cleveland Guardians'
    CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland Indians are changing their name to the 'Cleveland Guardians,' according to a Friday announcement by the Major League Baseball club.Introducing the Cleveland Guardians!The name will go into effect after the 2021 season. pic.twitter.com/ggCFyIRD2y— MLB (@MLB) July 23, 2021Last summer, officials in Cleveland vowed to work with Native American groups and others to come up with a more appropriate nickname for the team. The team had been known as 'th
  • Stocks open higher on Wall Street, on track for weekly gain

    Stocks open higher on Wall Street, on track for weekly gain
    Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street Friday, keeping the market on track for a weekly gain following a big drop at the beginning of the week. The S&P 500 was up 0.4% in the early going. It’s on track to end the week up 1.4% following a decline the week before. American Express rose 4.7% after reporting a surge in earnings as Americans picked up their spending as the economy reopens. Snap, the parent company of social media app Snapchat, soared 24% after reporting results that
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  • Investigation of Topeka Street house fire leads to arrest of suspected arsonist

    Investigation of Topeka Street house fire leads to arrest of suspected arsonist
    BATON ROUGE - One person has been arrested in connection with an intentionally set July 22 house fire in Baton Rouge.Officials say a suspect by the name of George Emmanuel Smith is behind bars for his alleged role in the Topeka Street blaze.The home was considered a total loss. Authorities report that Smith was taken into custody Thursday night as a result of a collaboration between Baton Rouge Fire Investigators, the Louisiana State Police Fugitive Task Force, the Attorney General&
  • Olympics Opening Ceremony begins in Tokyo

    Olympics Opening Ceremony begins in Tokyo
    TOKYO, Japan - After a year of COVID-related delays and uncertainty, on Friday morning the Japanese flag was raised in Tokyo's Olympic Stadium and the Opening Ceremony for the 2020 Olympic Games finally began. The $1.5 billion stadium, which was built specifically for the 2020 Olympics, was nearly empty due to COVID-related concerns. According to CNN, a total of about 950 VIPs will take part in the Opening Ceremony, these include around 800 foreign guests and 150 loca
  • Olympic Games kick off with Opening Ceremony in Tokyo

    Olympic Games kick off with Opening Ceremony in Tokyo
    TOKYO, Japan - After a year of COVID-related delays and uncertainty, on Friday morning the Japanese flag was raised in Tokyo's Olympic Stadium and the Opening Ceremony for the 2020 Olympic Games finally began. The $1.5 billion stadium, which was built specifically for the 2020 Olympics, was nearly empty due to COVID-related concerns. According to CNN, a total of about 950 VIPs will take part in the Opening Ceremony, these include around 800 foreign guests and 150 loca
  • 65-year-old man rescued from burning home on Cable Street; authorities searching for arsonist responsible

    65-year-old man rescued from burning home on Cable Street; authorities searching for arsonist responsible
    BATON ROUGE - Authorities are searching for the arsonist responsible for a house fire that left a 65-year-old man injured and caused $35,000 in damages to a north Baton Rouge home Friday.The incident occurred shortly after 2 a.m. in the 2600 block of Cable Street, according to a representative with the Baton Rouge Fire Department.First responders say when they arrived they found flames consuming the home's front porch and front rooms.They made their way into the home and found the aforementione
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  • WATCH: Authorities seeking individuals involved in chaotic Kentwood shooting caught on video

    WATCH: Authorities seeking individuals involved in chaotic Kentwood shooting caught on video
    TANGIPAHOA PARISH - Authorities in Tangipahoa Parish are asking members of the public to come forward with information related to a July 19 Kentwood area shooting that was caught on video.Detectives say the incident unfolded on Avenue E when a small, light-colored Jeep Compass headed north on Eleventh Street stopped at the intersection of Eleventh Street and Avenue E and an armed person jumped out and began shooting at another vehicle.The targeted vehicle is described as dark and resembling a D
  • New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp dead following bicycling accident

    New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp dead following bicycling accident
    SAN RAMON, California - Former 49ers and Raiders coach, Greg Knapp passed away after sustaining severe injuries in a bicycling crash, his family announced Thursday. Over the weekend, Knapp was on his bicycle when he collided with a driver in San Ramon, California, which is about 30 miles east of Oakland, CNN reports. He was in critical condition for days and reportedly passed away Thursday at 58 years of age. Authorities said they do not suspect drugs and/or alcohol a
  • Heavy law enforcement presence in Tigerland Thursday night

    Heavy law enforcement presence in Tigerland Thursday night
    BATON ROUGE - A number of law enforcement personnel were seen on a street in Tigerland Thursday night, sources say. Eyewitnesses tell WBRZ a heavy police presence was spotted on Jim Taylor Avenue from about 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. that evening. At this time, details related to the incident are scarce and WBRZ is working to determine the nature of the situation. This article will be updated as authorities confirm information pertaining to the events of Thursday evening.Per
  • SEC media days provide insight into vaccination progress across the conference

    SEC media days provide insight into vaccination progress across the conference
    HOOVER, Ala. - As coaches dove into schedules, game plans, and rosters during SEC media days, anticipation for the return of a normal football season was palpable.From the moment Florida's Dan Mullen took the stage Monday, kicking off the four-day media blitz, the focus, while mainly on football, routinely took a turn to vaccines and where each of the 14 programs stands."I'm not going to get into the specific numbers right now, but I think we're doing very well with those numbers," Mullen respo
  • Shocking video shows shooting in Tangipahoa Parish

    Shocking video shows shooting in Tangipahoa Parish
    TANGIPAHOA PARISH, La. - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for help identifying a suspect that was caught on camera shooting at another car Monday night. The shooting happened on Avenue E in Kentwood. A video shows a small, light colored SUV resembling a Jeep Compass traveling north on Eleventh St. and then stopping at the intersection of Avenue E. A dark colored vehicle resembling a Dodge Charger was traveling westbound along Avenue E around the same time. As i
  • Hospitals move to route non-urgent patients away from ERs amid rapid surge in COVID cases

    Hospitals move to route non-urgent patients away from ERs amid rapid surge in COVID cases
    BATON ROUGE – Our Lady of the Lake, on behalf of community healthcare, is starting a nurse hotline to avoid filling emergency care units amid a new spike in the Coronavirus.People with minor medical issues are asked to call the hotline where they will be triaged over the phone. Patients will then be directed to other resources such as an urgent care clinic, doctor’s office, or a video visit. Emergency rooms are for life-threatening illnesses and individuals should always cal
  • Woman poses as car dealership employee, steals truck

    Woman poses as car dealership employee, steals truck
    BATON ROUGE - A woman is in custody after pulling a fast one at a Baton Rouge Mercedes Benz dealership Wednesday evening.Police say Crystal Ann Williams, 33, posed as a dealership employee and entered the building after hours. Letting herself into the sales manager's office, she managed to steal multiple sets of keys. Surveillance footage shows Williams making her way to the parking lot and drove off in a 2020 Blue Dodge Ram Laremie truck. She was later apprehended in Breaux Bridge whi
  • New Orleans Public Schools to require masks amid rising COVID-19 case numbers

    New Orleans Public Schools to require masks amid rising COVID-19 case numbers
    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Public School officials are backtracking on their previous plans to let vaccinated students and staff go maskless this fall amid an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. This fall, all students and staff returning to public schools will be required to mask up, regardless of vaccination status.According to The Lens NOLA, the New Orleans Public School district has made the change that many other states are making to reduce the spread of the delta variant. “
  • Some severe thunderstorms will soon trigger wireless emergnecy alerts

    Some severe thunderstorms will soon trigger wireless emergnecy alerts
    A change is coming to the way severe thunderstorm warnings are issued by the National Weather Service. Beginning on August 2, some of these warnings will trigger the Wireless Emergency Alert tone on your smartphones, similar to tornado warnings. Often, people incorrectly take severe thunderstorm warnings lightly, perceiving them as less violent than tornadoes. Weaker tornadoes produce winds of 70mph while severe thunderstorms are capable of similar wind speeds over a much larger area.
  • Some severe thunderstorms will soon trigger wireless emergency alerts

    Some severe thunderstorms will soon trigger wireless emergency alerts
    A change is coming to the way severe thunderstorm warnings are issued by the National Weather Service. Beginning on August 2, some of these warnings will trigger the Wireless Emergency Alert tone on your smartphones, similar to tornado warnings. Often, people incorrectly take severe thunderstorm warnings lightly, perceiving them as less violent than tornadoes. Weaker tornadoes produce winds of 70mph while severe thunderstorms are capable of similar wind speeds over a much larger area.
  • Hollywood South back in action, needs skilled local film crew

    Hollywood South back in action, needs skilled local film crew
    BATON ROUGE – Now that the lights are back on in Hollywood South studios, the need for crew to work on set has grown.“I love the fact that it's really busy right now. I get called a lot. I kind of do commercials, music videos and docuseries, and I'm still getting called for the feature films because they need people,” said Mason McGuire, who has been working as a gaffer on sets for almost 20 years.For the past two weeks though, McGuire put on his teaching hat. He&a
  • Governor schedules briefing Friday to talk COVID surge

    Governor schedules briefing Friday to talk COVID surge
    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards will hold a news briefing Friday to discuss Louisiana's latest spike in coronavirus cases. The news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the State Capitol. This week, the state reported its third largest single-day increase in COVID cases since the start of the pandemic. Hospitals have also seen an influx of coronavirus patients in recent weeks spurred by the delta variant and Louisiana's low vaccination rate. WBRZ will air the
  • Roofing program experiencing delays, hope to have projects completed in 2022

    Roofing program experiencing delays, hope to have projects completed in 2022
    BATON ROUGE - Rainy days are bringing even more stress to people who are having trouble getting damaged roofs repaired. Hundreds are part of a replacement program that's hitting snags.The grant-funded Roof Reset Program is completing projects, but delays caused by COVID-19 and staffing issues have prevented it from moving at the pace managers would like.Neil Bernard says his mom's house has been on the program's list since he first learned about it in July 2019. He pointed out problem spots and
  • Baton Rouge rappers Lit Yoshi, Fredo Bang arrested in Miami

    Baton Rouge rappers Lit Yoshi, Fredo Bang arrested in Miami
    MIAMI - A pair rappers from Baton Rouge, Lit Yoshi and Fredo Bang, were arrested in Miami on warrants out of their home state of Louisiana. The Miami Herald reports that Fredo Bang, whose real name is Frederick Givens II, was booked Thursday afternoon--a day before he was scheduled to perform at a concert in south Florida. His associate Lit Yoshi, real name Mieyoshi Edwards, was arrested as well.Edwards is currently awaiting trial for charges related to violent feud involving rapper NB
  • After Baton Rouge rappers get arrested in Miami, La. prosecutors want Lit Yoshi to stay in jail

    After Baton Rouge rappers get arrested in Miami, La. prosecutors want Lit Yoshi to stay in jail
    BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors want to revoke the bond of a local rapper after the musician posted a music video online and was arrested by federal agents in Florida, all this week.The court filings obtained by WBRZ come after rapper Lit Yoshi, whose real name is Mieyoshi Edwards, and Fredo Bang, were arrested in Miami on warrants from Louisiana.  Fredo Bang is the alias of Frederick Givens II.The Miami Herald reported on the pair's arrest in South Florida this week.  Fred
  • Pelicans name Willie Green as new head coach

    Pelicans name Willie Green as new head coach
    NEW ORLEANS – The Pelicans have named Willie Green has the team’s new head coach.Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin made the announcement Thursday in press release from the team. Green will be the eighth head coach in the franchise’s history.“I want to thank Mrs. Benson, David Griffin and the entire Pelicans organization for having faith in me to lead this talented group of players moving forward,” Green sai
  • NFL teams face potential forfeits for COVID-19 outbreaks

    NFL teams face potential forfeits for COVID-19 outbreaks
    NFL teams have been warned they could forfeit a game due to a COVID-19 outbreak among non-vaccinated players, and players on both teams wouldn’t get paid that week.“As we learned last year, we can play a full season if we maintain a firm commitment to adhering to our health and safety protocols and to making needed adjustments in response to changing conditions,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday in a memo sent to clubs that was obtained by The Associated Pr
  • Police: One person shot, wounded on East Brookstown Drive

    Police: One person shot, wounded on East Brookstown Drive
    BATON ROUGE - Police were called to a reported shooting in north Baton Rouge that left one person injured Thursday morning.According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, it was around 9:13 a.m. when officers responded to the reported shooting incident in the 5300 block of East Brookstown Drive.Police say a victim was shot in the leg and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Incident details are scarce at this time. This article will be updated as officials provide additional information re
  • Ten injured in explosion at Kentucky Dippin' Dots production facility

    Ten injured in explosion at Kentucky Dippin' Dots production facility
    PADUCAH, Kentucky - A Kentucky facility owned by Dippin' Dots became the site of an explosion that left ten people injured on Wednesday afternoon, according to Kentucky ABC affiliate, WTVQ. The news outlet said a truck was unloading liquid nitrogen at a facility in the state's southwest city of Paducah when the explosion occurred and injured ten people.The wounded individuals were taken to an area hospital and treated. Each person who'd sustained injuries was able to walk out
  • After his 4th arrest, ex-police officer will remain jailed without bond

    After his 4th arrest, ex-police officer will remain jailed without bond
    BATON ROUGE - A former narcotics officer who's been booked four times in the span of a few months will not be allowed to bond out of jail after his latest arrest.Ex-BRPD officer Jason Acree is accused of taking drugs that were seized by the department and smashing evidence while on duty, but Acree's most recent arrest came in May after he was caught drag racing with guns and drugs in his car.Acree has been jail for 8 weeks, and EBRDA’s office is asking to revoke his bond.
    His attorney
  • The Rolling Stones added to NOLA's 2021 Jazz Fest lineup

    The Rolling Stones added to NOLA's 2021 Jazz Fest lineup
    NEW ORLEANS — One of the world's most popular rock bands has been added to the 2021 Jazz Fest lineup in New Orleans.Back in 2019, fans of The Rolling Stones were eagerly anticipating the band's performance during NOLA's annual Jazz Fest when a sudden change in plans came into play.The Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger needed heart surgery, meaning the band had to cancel their performance and local fans were forced to realize 'You Can't Always Get What You Want.' But this y
  • Motorcyclist killed in overnight crash on Sherwood Forest Boulevard

    Motorcyclist killed in overnight crash on Sherwood Forest Boulevard
    BATON ROUGE - A man died Wednesday night after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on a busy highway.Baton Rouge Police said the crash happened around 8:50 p.m. at the intersection of S Sherwood Forest Boulevard and Auburn Drive. Wilson Sip III, 33, was killed in the crash.Investigators believe Sip was riding a motorcycle northbound on Sherwood Forest when he crashed into an SUV turning left onto Auburn. Sip was taken to a hospital where he later died. Police said Sip lived on

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