• Neighbors help Ascension man stay warm during season's first freeze

    GONZALES – With freezing temperatures arriving in the early morning hours Wednesday, one couple in Ascension Parish went to check on their neighbor they felt needed some help. The man lives in a RV off of Roddy Road with no electricity or water. His house burnt down nearly a year ago.“We went over there and brought some food to start off with, and my wife asked him if there was anything you need. He said food,” said Johnny Silva. “So I said tell me what y
  • Family Strong: Three Baton Rouge siblings enlist in US Army

    BATON ROUGE - Just one day after Veterans Day, three Baton Rouge family members are one step closer to becoming U.S. Army soldiers.Three siblings all enlisting within a few weeks of each other.Standing side-by-side, Clyde, Jasmine and Jalah Farve took their oath of enlistment as they prepare to leave home and head off to boot camp.Giving their commitment to the U.S. Army and to protect the United States, the Farve siblings are ready to embark on a new chapter in their lives."I'm nervous, but I'
  • La. Supreme Court rules Oscar Lozada's confession can be used in murder trial

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a confession from Oscar Lozada while he was in custody for his wife's killing can be used during his trial.Court documents filed Tuesday say Lozada's attempt to have his confession ruled inadmissible for the murder trial was denied.Lozada was arrested last year, more than seven years after his wife Sylviane first disappeared. After being arrested by Mexican authorities last October, Lozada allegedly admitted to killing his wife and fleein
  • Flooding concerns at helm of proposed neighborhood

    BATON ROUGE - A Planning and Zoning meeting stands between a neighborhood's concerns and proposed residential development.There are about 78 acres of land for sale in Sherwood Forest north of Jones Creek. The old Sherwood Forest Country Club has had the eye of developer Art Lancaster for a while. After several community meetings, residents living around the proposed development say they still have plenty of concerns. That's because a large portion of Sherwood Forest flooded in 2016 and they wor
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  • Announcement planned for Wednesday about project to revitalize the Lakes

    BATON ROUGE – The state is expected to announce what could be millions of dollars in money earmarked to help facilitate revitalization of the Baton Rouge lakes.Sources told WBRZ an announcement scheduled for Wednesday could cover a good chunk of the estimated $25 million needed to dredge the lakes. After the new money, advocates of restoring the ecosystem of the lakes said contributions from BREC and other entities could cover the work.WBRZ reported in September, dredging and deepenin
  • Two women dead after truck crashes into pole on Blount Road

    BATON ROUGE - Two people are now dead after a vehicle slammed into a traffic light pole early Monday.Police said the crash happened around 10 a.m. on Blount Road at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Boulevard.  Janice Jackson, 63, was driving the pickup truck when she veered off the roadway for reasons unknown and crashed into the pole, according to BRPD.Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene. A second victim, 55-year-old Carol Greenup, was riding in the passenger seat a
  • Court: Clark Atlanta student strangled by roommate's beau

    ATLANTA (AP) - Court documents say the Clark Atlanta University student reported missing and later found dead was strangled, placed in a plastic bin and dumped at a park.  Fulton County court documents say 21-year-old Alexis Crawford and her roommate, Jordyn Jones, fought inside their apartment after buying alcohol and Jones' boyfriend, Barron Brantley, got involved. It's unclear what led to the altercation.  Atlanta police say Brantley strangled Crawford, th
  • WATCH: Brazen thief reaches over counter, grabs $10K in jewels

    SLIDELL - Police are looking for a man who walked into a St. Tammany Parish jewelry store and ran out with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. The robbery happened Thursday at RG Jewelers in Slidell. Surveillance video shows the man enter the store and inspect the jewelry for some time until the employee turns away. He then seizes his opportunity, reaching over the counter and snagging about $10,000 worth of goods from the display case. The employee spots the thief at t
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  • Wave of phone scammers, posing as Veterans Admin, target Walker Veterans

    WALKER – Officials with the Walker Police Department are urging residents to protect themselves from a scam that targets Veterans and their families.The con involves people calling from computer-generated phone numbers who claim to be affiliated with the Veterans Administration and saying they're offering a variety of enhanced benefits for veterans, including debt relief.Authorities say these callers typically have a lot of personal information about their target and initially, simply
  • Domestic dispute turns dangerous, spurring woman to attempt exit from moving vehicle

    BATON ROUGE - A woman told LSU Police her boyfriend’s repeated abuse put her life and the lives of her children in danger.According to a police report, on Oct. 28 the woman’s boyfriend, 38-year-old Tyrone Dailey, picked her up from her job on LSU campus and began arguing with her about a male coworker who'd called her phone several days prior.The woman says while they were parked in the building’s lot Dailey demanded she point the coworker out to him.When she refus
  • WATCH: Former LSU football star Marcus Spears goes on epic ESPN rant after Bama game

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's shellacking of longtime tormentor Alabama was cathartic for hundreds of thousands of Purple and Gold fans. Among them is former player Marcus Spears, who made a victory lap on national TV Tuesday. Spears, a Baton Rouge native who played defensive end during Nick Saban's LSU tenure, had championed the Tigers all week leading up to the huge game. Spears' adamant defense of LSU put him at odds with popular ESPN host Stephen A. Smith, who played up the Crimson Tide goin
  • Oklahoma police chief killed in Florida, one of his officers charged with murder

    PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. - An Oklahoma police chief was found dead in a Florida hotel late Sunday night and local authorities have charged one of his officers with his death.Mannford's police chief, 44-year-old Lucky Miller, was pronounced dead at a Hilton hotel in Pensacola Beach, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.One of Miller’s Oklahoma officers, Michael Nealey, was booked into the Escambia County Jail Monday and charged with homicide. His next scheduled cour
  • Veterans join WBRZ to talk Baton Rouge's Veterans Parade this weekend

    BATON ROUGE - The city of Baton Rouge is inviting everyone to help honor war veterans during its annual Veterans Parade at the Riverfront Plaza Saturday. Jonathan "Boogie" Long will be kicking off the festivities at the Riverfront Plaza stage at 11 a.m. At noon, the parade will commence with a flyover by two F-15C aircraft from the 159th Fighter Wing in New Orleans, followed by school bands, ROTCs, and veterans from across the Capital Region. The parade will roll down River Ro
  • LA Lottery sales figures drop, impacting state treasury

    Officials with the Louisiana Lottery Corporation say even though people are purchasing scratch-off tickets, sales figures for this fiscal year are down. This means the Lottery's deposit to the State Treasury for the first quarter of the 2020 fiscal year wasn't as significant as last year's. This time, the Lottery transferred $39.1 million to the state treasury, a notable drop in how much it delivered during the same quarter last year.Lottery President, Rose Hudson said, &l
  • Police: Man found dead after gunfire off Cedarcrest may be tied to 'drug activity'

    BATON ROUGE - Police said the fifth killing since Saturday in the city may be tied to drugs after a man was found shot dead on Crestwood Street, off Cedarcrest Tuesday morning.Jermiquec Going, 25, was the victim, police said.  He was found in a yard of a home on Crestwood; He'd been shot multiple times.Police respond to reports of Going being found dead in the yard around 7:11 Tuesday morning.  Police had also been called Monday night to reports of someone hearing gunfire, but
  • Tax vote could close half of Louisiana parish's schools

    NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - School officials in a Louisiana parish say a failed attempt to renew a longstanding tax could mean slashing jobs and closing up to half of the parish's six schools.  The Advocate reports the 11.96-mill property tax up for a renewal vote this weekend generates about $5.6 million for Pointe Coupee Parish schools and accounts for more than a quarter of its budget. Superintendent Kim Canezaro says a rejected renewal would be devastating. The tax has stayed at
  • Google gains access to millions of healthcare patient's data

    As internet-based technology advances, some wonder if individual privacy is regressing.This concern comes to the fore as Google works toward inking a deal with a health company called Ascension; the deal would ensure Google's access to millions of patient's personal data.  According to the BBC, Ascension runs 2,600 hospitals and its collaboration with Google allows the multinational tech company access to lab results, diagnoses, records of hospitalization and dates of birth. Google wil
  • How to protect plants during cold weather

    If there’s anything the average south Louisiana resident has become a pro at withstanding, it’s the ever-changing weather.But as hot temperatures drop and Louisianans exchange their flip-flops for boots, people and pets aren’t the only ones impacted by the chilly temperatures- plants are too.Cold temperatures can actually freeze a plant’s cells, which can bring growth to an abrupt halt. During winter, some plants even become dormant as a way of protecting
  • Power outages impact nearly 200 Baton Rouge residents

    BATON ROUGE – As South Louisiana gears up for the upcoming freeze, some residents find themselves without power.According to Entergy, on Tuesday morning about 143 Baton Rouge area customers were without electricity and Demco reports that about 44 of its customers were without power.So far, there is no word on the reason for the outages or when power will be restored.  Permalink| Comments
  • High winds and more cause power outages in Baton Rouge

    BATON ROUGE – As South Louisiana gears up for the upcoming freeze, some residents find themselves without power.According to Entergy, on Tuesday morning about 100 Baton Rouge area customers were without electricity and Demco reports that about 42 of its customers were without power.Demco says the outages are the result of issues with an underground fault. It reports that 33 of the 42 locations without power have been restored.Entergy, on the other hand, says its customers are experien
  • Woman nearly loses $400 to Publisher's Clearing House impostor

    WESTWEGO - As the holiday season begins, scammers are using their creativity to come up with new ways of conning innocent people out of money.WWL-TV reports that a number of con artists have been posing as representatives of Publisher's Clearing House (PCH).A woman in Westwego told WWL she was targeted by this sort of scam and nearly lost $400.The PCH imposter called the woman and told her she'd been selected to win thousands of dollars and a new car.The woman said, “I was go
  • UL remembers author, Ernest Gaines during memorial service

    LAFAYETTE - Friends and associates of acclaimed author, Ernest Gaines gathered at The University of Lafayette on Monday afternoon to commemorate his life and literary contributions.The Advocate reports that one of the beloved Louisiana-based author’s colleagues, Marcia Gaudet, spoke about him during the service.Gaudet, former director of the Ernest J. Gaines Center in the UL library, shared a piece of advice Gaines once offered a well-known writer, saying, “He said to him, &
  • High school student arrested for brandishing a stapler thought to be a gun

    RESERVE, La. (AP) - Officials for a Louisiana public school district say a high school was placed on lockdown after a student brandished a stapler mistaken for a gun.  St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools posted on Facebook that East St. John High had been placed on lockdown Monday morning when a student reported a classmate had a weapon.  The parish sheriff's office searched the campus and found the student who they say had an opened stapler wrapped in
  • Firefighters extinguish early morning house fire in north Baton Rouge

    BATON ROUGE - Early Tuesday morning a home in north Baton Rouge was engulfed in flames.Around 12:57 a.m., Baton Rouge firefighters rushed to a residence on North 47th Street, near North Foster Drive, and extinguished a house fire before it spread to other homes.Though the fire was contained and all residents safely evacuated, the home is considered a total loss.Officials say the cause of the fire is currently unknown, but foul play is not suspected.   Permalink| Comments
  • After big win, could LSU face Alabama again?

    BATON ROUGE - 48 hours after LSU beat Alabama for the first time since 2011, some fans think a second matchup could be in the cards."It's deja vu from 20-11," ESPN sports radio host, Matt Moscona said. "'Bama fatigue' is real, not only with pundits but with fans as well."In 2011, after beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa 9-6, the Tigers would face off against its SEC foe two months later in the BCS National Title Game. Alabama would win the rematch 21-0.In eight years, some fans' feelings about anoth
  • Independent film starring known actors being filmed at LSU

    BATON ROUGE – There was an extra level of excitement at LSU Monday. Film crews took over campus. The filming was happening in the quad and outside of the Law School building. The Director of the independent drama called ‘Swing’ said campus is a perfect setting for his vision.“We wanted to give the campus scenery a richness and make it seem like it was a special school, and the quad on the campus definitely fit the bill,” said Michael Mailer.The
  • President Jimmy Carter hospitalized for a procedure to relieve swelling on his brain

    ATLANTA - Former U.S President Jimmy Carter was admitted to the hospital Monday night for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain.According to a spokesperson, the pressure is due to bleeding in his brain caused by his recent falls. The procedure is scheduled for Tuesday morning. President Carter is currently resting comfortably with his wife.Permalink| Comments
  • WATCH: Runaway trailer speeds down I-10

    BATON ROUGE - A driver caught the moment a trailer broke free from the vehicle towing it, and flew down I10. The person who it filmed on their cell phone says it happened around 11:00 Monday morning. At one point the trailer slammed into the wall on the side of the highway.No accidents have been reported because of the trailer.Permalink| Comments
  • One person missing after reported boating accident in Iberville Parish

    IBERVILLE PARISH  - Deputies are investigating reports of a boating accident involving three people in Spanish Lake Monday afternoon.The accident was reported around 5:30 p.m. near the Spanish Lake boat launch. According to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, one of the boaters was ejected into the water and is still missing.Deputies with the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office have also been called to the scene. This is a developing story.Permalink| Comments
  • Despite amended W-2s, WBRSO employees still overpaid taxes for two years

    PORT ALLEN- For five years (2013-2017), hundreds of thousands of dollars were overpaid to the federal government in taxes after a payroll oversight caused all of the employees at the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office to have taxes taken out of their retirement contributions. Their pension account functions much like a 401K, where you are taxed when you take the money out. For some unknown reason, the payroll company the WBR Sheriff's Office was using took taxes out of the money
  • Big names like Marvel, Star Wars as Disney streaming debuts

    NEW YORK (AP) - Disney will sprinkle its pixie dust on the streaming arena Tuesday.  Its Disney Plus service debuts with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to boot.  The $7-a-month service is poised to set the bar for other services like WarnerMedia's HBO Max and NBCUniversal's Peacock to follow.  Major media companies behind hit TV shows and movies are
  • The most destructive hurricanes are hitting US more often

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study finds that big, destructive hurricanes are hitting the U.S. three times more frequently than they did a century ago.  Experts generally measure a hurricane's destruction by adding up how much damage it did to people and cities. That can overlook storms that are powerful, but that hit only sparsely populated areas. A Danish research team came up with a new measurement that looked at just the how big and strong the hurricane was, not how much money
  • Chief Murphy Paul: Weekend shootings "concerning to our entire community"

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul issued a statement reassuring the community detectives are working hard to find those responsible for four unrelated homicides since Saturday.The four separate shootings left four people dead over the weekend. No arrests have been made in any shooting.Chief Paul's Statement:"The four homicides in Baton Rouge over the past weekend is concerning to our entire community. Although investigators do not believe any of these recent incidents are relat
  • Chief Murphy Paul: Weekend killings 'concerning to our entire community'

    BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul issued a statement reassuring the community detectives are working hard to find those responsible for four unrelated homicides that happened since Saturday.The four separate shootings left four people dead over the weekend. No arrests have been made in any shooting.Chief Paul's Statement:"The four homicides in Baton Rouge over the past weekend is concerning to our entire community. Although investigators do not believe any of these recent incid
  • Hollywood returns to Baton Rouge for film shoot at LSU

    BATON ROUGE - Hollywood has returned to Baton Rouge.The film "Swing" is scheduled to film at LSU today and Tuesday. They'll continue filming in the Baton Rouge area over the next few weeks. Actor Charles Melton was reportedly seen on campus.LSU famously played host to the film set of "Pitch Perfect" back in 2011. Permalink| Comments
  • Search for missing Florida girl expands to Alabama

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in Florida say they're expanding the search of a missing 5-year-old girl to Alabama, and the girl's mother is no longer cooperating with their investigation.  Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said during a news conference Monday that officers have been deployed to Demopolis, Alabama, west of Montgomery.  Williams says Taylor Williams, who is not related to the sheriff, was reported missing from her Jacksonville home las
  • 100 years and counting for South Carolina two-war vet

    SHARON, S.C. (AP) - Living to be 100 years old is just one more thing a two-war veteran living in South Carolina can add to his list of accomplishments.  WCNC-TV reports that Lt. Col. Martin B. Roller on Saturday celebrated his 100th birthday among family, friends and strangers who came by to thank him for his service.  Roller was born in Cedar Gap, Missouri, and joined the army when he was 21, months before the Pearl Harbor attack. He served in World War II
  • Volunteers collaborate to assist Arlington Prep Academy

    BATON ROUGE – Though new to the capital city, Sprouts Farmers Market is engaging with the community as if it's been a fixture for years.On Saturday, Nov. 9 dozens of Sprouts team members worked alongside members of Baton Rouge’s The Walls Project to build a new learning garden at Arlington Prep Academy.The garden is meant to offer students a hands-on learning experience that will leave them with fond memories related to planting and preparing healthy foods.Volunteers teamed
  • Mental care isn't great for Louisiana Medicaid kids

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the Louisiana Department of Health, accusing the state of failing to provide children on Medicaid with adequate mental health services.  News outlets report SPLC filed the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of five children, representing 47,500 children in the state who need mental health services.  The lawsuit says children on Medicaid in Louisiana have few options when they experience a mental health
  • Mercury makes its rare transit across the sun's disk

    BATON ROUGE - Monday morning, as the sun rose over Baton Rouge, Mercury took center stage in a selection of cosmic choreography that occurs only thirteen times per century.Remember when the Moon blocked the Sun? Today’s Mercury transit is kind of like that. Mercury passes between the Sun and Earth, but it is MUCH farther away than the Moon, so it appears as a tiny dot blocking a tiny bit of light. https://t.co/xnXQLHXiEx— NASA Moon (@NASAMoon) November 11, 2019At 6 a.m., our
  • Fast food cashier and manager fired for refusing to serve police officer

    ROXBORO, NC - Two fast food employees have been fired after one of them refused to serve a police officer who wanted to order food from the establishment.The incident occurred at the Cook Out restaurant in Roxboro, North Carolina when Kenneth Horton, an army vet and veteran police officer, visited the chain restaurant and was denied service by the cashier."We're saddened that an employee denied service to a police officer. We promote unity. The public here knows that. And, unfortunately, this i
  • Vince Ferachi Community Garden opens in Baton Rouge

    BATON ROUGE – A new source of fresh produce is available to East Baton Rouge Parish residents.Vince Ferachi Community Garden opens Monday, Nov. 11, offering seasonal crops to visitors and educational opportunities to local schools.The new community garden is the result of a collaboration of The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Capitol City Produce, and both LSU and Southern University.Monday’s grand opening will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. From then on, food
  • Jurors from outside parish to hear baby burning death case

    NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - Jurors will be brought in from another parish for the trial of a Louisiana mother charged with first-degree murder in the 2018 burning death of her 6-month-old son.  The Alexandria Town Talk reports Hanna Nicole Barker will still be tried in Natchitoches. Barker is accused of asking her girlfriend Felicia Marie-Nicole Smith to kill her son Levi Cole Ellerbe.  Barker's attorney Dru Thompson and Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Bil
  • Southern Louisiana church celebrates 150th anniversary

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - Members of a Louisiana Methodist Church are celebrating its 150th anniversary.  News outlets report the Abbeville United Methodist Church commemorated the achievement on Sunday. The church was originally constructed in 1869 about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Lafayette, just down the road from where it sits today.  But for a time, church leaders say they weren't sure it would make it to this milestone. KATC-TV reports that about two
  • Jailers fired over inmate who died after vomiting into mask

    ANGIE, La. (AP) - Five Louisiana prison guards have been fired after one of them was found to have beaten an inmate who later died after vomiting into a spit mask.  The Advocate reports 55-year-old Anthony Carl Smith was found unresponsive in his cell March 10. The officers' termination letters say Smith, who was convicted of rape and kidnapping, was suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems when he asked for medical attention that day. &nbsp
  • This week on Sunday Journal- What's new at Fran U?

    BATON ROUGE - This week Sunday Journal shines a spotlight on The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, one of the fastest-growing universities in Louisiana.The program explores their secret to their success with President, Dr. Tina Holland, who also shares some big news about Fran U.Viewers will also learn how they can get involved in the school's 96th-anniversary celebration, Fete de Fidelis, on Nov. 16. Permalink| Comments
  • Fatal shooting on Cyrus Avenue results in one man's death

    BATON ROUGE - Detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department are investigating a shooting that resulted in one man's death. On Sunday night, 25-year-old George Pikes succumbed to gunshot wounds following a shooting incident on Cyrus Avenue, which is just off Airline Hwy, near Prescott Road.Authorities have yet to identify a motive or any suspects related to the case. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or (225) 344-7867.&
  • Dallas Cowboys announce stealthy new starter

    A black cat that took the Internet by storm when it delayed an NFL game has returned to the spotlight.This week, the fleet-footed feline that sprinted through MetLife Stadium’s field during the second quarter of a Cowboys-Giants game was announced as the Cowboys’ ‘MVP Rally Cat.’Tonight's #DallasCowboys starters... *wait for it#SNF | #MINvsDAL pic.twitter.com/P001S9Yumh— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 11, 2019After the cat’s
  • Judge denies inmate's bid to nix life sentence due to briefly 'dying'

    Four years ago, an inmate named Benjamin Schreiber experienced a near-death experience when his heart stopped during a medical emergency. Schreiber, 66, was revived and now says his brief ‘death’ means he’s served his life sentence.According to the BBC, a judge denied Schreiber's claim saying, though the inmate's bid was original, it was 'unpersuasive.’In 1996, Schreiber was sentenced to life without parole in Iowa for beating a man to death. His own brus
  • Instagram to test hiding 'likes' from U.S. users

    In May, Instagram tested hiding likes from users in Canada and now the social media giant is planning to do the same with its U.S. users.According to CNN, Instagram’s decision to test hiding ‘likes’ stems from an attempt to stamp down on competitive pressure among users. The company has already run the experiment with users in Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.The company’s CEO, Adam Mosseri, announced that this week the Un

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