• SWAT team surrounds home near Central Thursday in hours-long standoff

    SWAT team surrounds home near Central Thursday in hours-long standoff
    BATON ROUGE- The Sheriff's SWAT team and other deputies surrounded a Lovett Road house for hours Thursday in an attempt to arrest a man on outstanding warrants.The man ran into his house in the 12200 block of Lovett when deputies arrived around 4:30 p.m.The standoff continued nearly five hours later.Authorities say his warrants are drug and weapon-related.This is an ongoing story.Permalink| Comments
  • Suspect in hours-long standoff with SWAT team identified

    Suspect in hours-long standoff with SWAT team identified
    BATON ROUGE- The Sheriff's SWAT team and other deputies surrounded a Lovett Road house for hours Thursday in an attempt to arrest a man on outstanding warrants.The man, who has been identified as John C. Nettles, ran into his house in the 12200 block of Lovett when deputies arrived around 4:30 p.m.Authorities say his warrants are drug and weapon-related.Nettles was finally taken into custody around 2 a.m. This article will be updated as authorities provide additional information relate
  • John Lewis mourned as founding father of better America

    John Lewis mourned as founding father of better America
    ATLANTA — Hailed as a “founding father” of a fairer, better United States, John Lewis was eulogized Thursday by three former presidents and others who urged Americans to continue the work of the civil rights icon in fighting injustice during a moment of racial reckoning.The longtime member of Congress even issued his own call to action — in an essay written in his final days that he asked be published in The New York Times on the day of his funeral. In it
  • Pelicans lose first game back from restart

    Pelicans lose first game back from restart
    ORLANDO, FL - The New Orleans Pelicans let a great chance slip away as they lost 106-104 to the Utah Jazz in the NBA's first game back to play.New Orleans took control of the game late in the first quarter and held a double-digit lead for most of the contest, however sloppy play in the fourth quarter allowed the Jazz to regain the lead.A late three point attempt from Brandon Ingram bounced off the rim, it would have given the Pelicans a boost in their eight game finish to the regular season wit
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  • Police: Two shot on Monroe Ave. Thursday night

    Police: Two shot on Monroe Ave. Thursday night
    BATON ROUGE- Two people were shot on Monroe Avenue Thursday night and a third injured person was located nearby, but it's not clear if the incidents are connected.Police said officers were dispatched around 7:45 p.m. to the 3900 block of Monroe. Neither of the injured people appeared to have life-threatening injuries, police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola said.Shortly after the Monroe Avenue shooting was reported, an injured person was found in the 4200 block of Fairfields Avenue, which is less tha
  • Multiple shootings leave 3 injured in Baton Rouge Thursday night

    Multiple shootings leave 3 injured in Baton Rouge Thursday night
    BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating two separate shootings Thursday evening that left at least three people injured.Officers were dispatched around 7:45 p.m. to the 4300 block of Monroe Ave. where two people were injured by gunfire. Authorities say the extent of these injuries are unknown at this time.Shortly after the first dispatch, authorities investigated a second shooting in the 4200 block of Fairfields Ave., which is located less than half a mile from the first shooting. Authorities say
  • Texas man charged in 2019 fatal shooting in French Quarter

    Texas man charged in 2019 fatal shooting in French Quarter
    NEW ORLEANS — A Texas man was indicted Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting death of another man last year in New Orleans’ French Quarter, the district attorney’s office said in a news release.Leonard Patty, 38, whose city of residence was unavailable, would face a mandatory life sentence if convicted as charged.The news release says Patty is accused of shooting Dilling, 34, following an early-morning scuffle on June 30, 2019.Patty, who i
  • Elm Park Baptist Church hosting 'park and praise' service Friday

    Elm Park Baptist Church hosting 'park and praise' service Friday
    BATON ROUGE - Elm Park Baptist Church will host a socially distanced drive-up service Friday evening.The "park and praise" service begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday at 5150 Landis Drive. All attending must stay in or near their vehicle during the service. The Cajun Navy will also be in attendance handing out masks and hand sanitizer.Permalink| Comments
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  • Some small businesses impacted by pandemic reimbursed for COVID-related expenses

    Some small businesses impacted by pandemic reimbursed for COVID-related expenses
    BATON ROUGE- A bit of financial relief is on the horizon for small businesses impacted by the pandemic.Louisiana State officials are now urging more people to apply for Main Street Grants. They're intended to help those taking a hit because of the pandemic, like TNT Smokehouse Owner Shantelle Perkins."Customers haven't been coming like before. It's like business is at a standstill," Perkins said.Which is why she says it's vital for her to apply for the Main Street Recovery Program."It would pro
  • BR judge dropping re-election bid after La. Supreme Court rejects challenge to age limit

    BR judge dropping re-election bid after La. Supreme Court rejects challenge to age limit
    BATON ROUGE - Judge Janice Clark will no longer seek re-election after the state Supreme  Court again denied her challenge of a law barring justices from seeking election beyond age 70.The Louisiana Supreme Court upheld its position that Clark, 73, is too old to keep her seat beyond her current six-year term. With the decision, Clark's 28-year run with the 19th Judicial District Court will end when that term expires Dec. 31.Clark told the Advocate she intends to withdraw from the race
  • Working out virtual kinks, Scotlandville High makes adjustments to typically hands-on courses

    Working out virtual kinks, Scotlandville High makes adjustments to typically hands-on courses
    BATON ROUGE – Getting used to virtual learning is what teachers, students, and parents are having to do ahead of the new school year. One of the big adjustments is holding hands-on courses like robotics through a computer.“This is our first time doing this, everybody's actually,” Liberty Dela Cruz said, the robotics teacher at Scotlandville Magnet High.Over the summer, Dela Cruz led a week-long cyber robotics camp to students interested in engineering.“Th
  • Iberville Parish Sheriff hospitalized with COVID-19

    Iberville Parish Sheriff hospitalized with COVID-19
    PLAQUEMINE - Sheriff Brett Stassi is among the 1500 people hospitalized with coronavirus in Louisiana.Stassi, the popular Iberville Parish Sheriff, spoke on the phone from his hospital room with WBRZ's Chris Nakamoto Thursday afternoon.Stassi was hospitalized earlier in the week after having trouble breathing.  A positive test confirmed he had COVID-19, he said. Stassi said he is taking Remdesevir and is on oxygen.“Please take this virus seriously. Follow the governo
  • Read the SEC news release about college football starting in September

    Read the SEC news release about college football starting in September
    BATON ROUGE- The Southeastern Conference has established a new kickoff date for its 2020 football season to allow its universities to focus on the healthy return of their campus communities and the gradual re-introduction of athletics, the SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Thursday.As the 14 members of the SEC continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19, the conference has decided to kickoff the 2020 SEC season on September 26.The SEC Championship Game has also been pushed back, o
  • 6-month-old puppy left in hot car dies, owner charged with cruelty

    6-month-old puppy left in hot car dies, owner charged with cruelty
    SLIDELL - Police arrested a woman on Thursday after she left her 6-month-old puppy inside of a hot car for over an hour.The Slidell Police Department arrested 27-year-old Brittney Robertson after she left the animal in a car while shopping. Wednesday afternoon SPD responded to the Walmart on Natchez Drive after receiving a call about a puppy in distress.  The department says witnesses saw a small puppy inside a car in the parking lot. The the puppy was said to be yelping, spit
  • 6-month-old puppy left in hot car dies; owner arrested

    6-month-old puppy left in hot car dies; owner arrested
    SLIDELL - Police arrested a woman on Thursday after she left her 6-month-old puppy inside of a hot car for over an hour.The Slidell Police Department arrested 27-year-old, Brittney Robertson, after leaving her puppy in a car while shopping at Walmart. Wednesday afternoon SPD responded to a Walmart located on Natchez Drive after receiving a call about a puppy in distress.  According to witnesses, they saw a small puppy trapped inside of a car in the Walmart parking lot
  • Man found shot to death near Livingston Parish roadway; body had been there for a week

    Man found shot to death near Livingston Parish roadway; body had been there for a week
    HOLDEN - Authorities are investigating after a body was found dumped with an apparent gunshot wound in Livingston Parish this week.The sheriff's office says the victim's body was found badly decomposed near James Chapel Road on Tuesday. Investigators believe the body had been there for about a week. An autopsy revealed Thursday that the victim had been shot to death. The victim was said to be a man in his 40s. Detectives are still working to identify him.The investigation is o
  • Police: Suspect shoots 3 Chicago officers who then shoot him

    Police: Suspect shoots 3 Chicago officers who then shoot him
    CHICAGO (AP) — A carjacking suspect being led into a Chicago police station on Thursday shot three officers, who returned fire and shot him, authorities said.The officers and the gunman were rushed to a hospital, police spokesman Tom Ahern said. One of the officers was shot in neck and a breathing tube had to be inserted, according to a doctor at the hospital where he was taken. Ahern said another was shot in the chest but was wearing a bulletproof vest of vest and the third suffered
  • 3 former presidents mourn John Lewis at funeral in Atlanta

    3 former presidents mourn John Lewis at funeral in Atlanta
    ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis was mourned, revered and celebrated as an American hero on Thursday at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, a sacred place for many of those who helped to shape civil rights history.Three former presidents joined in the eulogies after nearly a week of mourning that took him from his birthplace in Alabama to the nation’s capital of Washington to his final resting place in his home of Atlanta.“He always believed in preaching the Gosp
  • Louisiana rallies held in effort to keep $600 benefit

    Louisiana rallies held in effort to keep $600 benefit
    NEW ORLEANS — More than two dozen unemployed workers chanted and held signs outside the New Orleans-area offices of two U.S. senators on Thursday to demand continued $600 federal coronavirus unemployment benefits.Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are among Republicans supporting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to cut the benefit to $200 a week, which would be in addition to state unemployment pay.“That would sever a critical lifeline at a time w
  • Denial of Confederate group from Christmas parade upheld

    Denial of Confederate group from Christmas parade upheld
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A group that was denied permission to march in a Louisiana city’s Christmas parade when it insisted on carrying Confederate battle flags lost its latest appeal Thursday in a federal court.Three judges of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by the Louisiana Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. They upheld a lower court ruling that there was no constitutional violation in the denial of the permit because permitting decisions wer
  • Dunkin' closing 800 locations nationwide

    Dunkin' closing 800 locations nationwide
    Dunkin' has announced it will close hundreds of its locations across the country.The Massachusetts-based company says 800 of its stores will close as the country continues to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to WESH. Dunkin' says the decision will affect locations with low-volume sales, about eight percent of its stores nationwide.The closures will include 450 limited-menu "Speedway" locations, which are scheduled to close by the end of the year.Dunkin' says it may close
  • WBR Parish will offer 2 mobile COVID-19 testing sites next week due to rescheduling of bad weather

    WBR Parish will offer 2 mobile COVID-19 testing sites next week due to rescheduling of bad weather
    WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH - West Baton Rouge Parish will offer free COVID-19 testing at two new sites next week.West Baton Rouge Parish is partnering with Arbor Health Clinic, GOHSEP, the Louisiana Air
    National Guard, LDH and Southeast Community Health Systems to bring two new mobile testing site to the parish next week. Free testing will be available on Monday, August 3 at the West Baton Rouge Community Center located at 749 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. Hours of operation will be
  • Medical marijuana program expands, among new Louisiana laws

    Medical marijuana program expands, among new Louisiana laws
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana widens access to medical marijuana, tightens the rules on vaping in cars and makes it harder to restrict guns in cities and towns, as nearly 200 new laws take effect Saturday.Most of the provisions were passed in the Legislature’s shortened regular session that ended in June.Lawmakers agreed to limit the use of solitary confinement with pregnant prisoners. They broadened the activity that could get a person charged with the crime of battery
  • Hammond equipment store employee found shot to death inside store, Wednesday

    Hammond equipment store employee found shot to death inside store, Wednesday
    HAMMOND – The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the fatal shooting of a Hammond resident who was found dead at a Hammond equipment shop on Hwy 190.Investigators say 36-year-old Wayne Bourliea was killed during the shooting.Bourliea's body was found Wednesday morning after a caller told officials an unidentified man was found lying on the ground in a pool of blood inside of a Z -Equipment store, which is located east of downtown, near the airport in Hammond.
  • New restaurant near Tiger Stadium 'cautiously optimistic' following SEC announcement

    New restaurant near Tiger Stadium 'cautiously optimistic' following SEC announcement
    BATON ROUGE - The Southeastern Conference's announcement on moving forward with a 10 game, conference-only football season is giving businesses some hope for their bottom line.One restaurant that just opened across from Tiger stadium says they are now “cautiously optimistic” heading into the fall with a new possible format for LSU football to defend their National Championship title.When you're sitting outside at the new Torchy's Tacos on Nicholson Drive, y
  • Stocks sink worldwide; Dow drops 500 points in early trading

    Stocks sink worldwide; Dow drops 500 points in early trading
    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling in early Thursday trading on Wall Street as the market’s see-saw week snaps sharply back downward.The S&P 500 was 1.5% lower after the first 30 minutes of trading, following steeper losses in Europe and milder ones across much of Asia. Treasury yields also fell in a sign of increased caution, while gold ticked down from its record level.The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 503 points, or 1.9%, at 26,036, as of 10 a.m. Eastern time,
  • Part of St. Louis Street to close Friday

    Part of St. Louis Street to close Friday
    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge City-Parish Department of Transportation & Drainage, Traffic Engineering Division announced Thursday that part of St. Louis Street will be closed to traffic on Friday, July 31.St. Louis Street will be closed from Louisiana Avenue to North Boulevard beginning Friday, July 31 at 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. In a statement released Thursday, officials said closure of the road "involves crane usage work for The River Center Theatre."Click here for mor
  • Police arrest suspect in Monet Drive shooting; victim in critical condition

    Police arrest suspect in Monet Drive shooting; victim in critical condition
    BATON ROUGE-  The Baton Rouge Police Department has arrested a 21-year-old male suspect on charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.Christopher Golmond was arrested Thursday, July 30, in connection to a shooting that occurred around 1:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Monet Drive.Investigators say Golmond was seen putting a 20-year-old female into a vehicle and fleeing the scene. The female victim later arrived at a local hospital in critical condition.Police belie
  • Herman Cain, former GOP presidential candidate, dead at 74

    Herman Cain, former GOP presidential candidate, dead at 74
    Herman Cain, a former presidential hopeful who was once considered by President Donald Trump for the Federal Reserve, has died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. Cain was among the highest-profile public figures in the United States to have died from Covid-19. A 74-year-old survivor of stage 4 colon cancer, Cain had been a business executive and the board chairman of a branch of Kansas City’s Federal Reserve Bank before moving into Republican politics and eventual
  • 1.4 million seek jobless aid as virus surges in South, West

    1.4 million seek jobless aid as virus surges in South, West
    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, further evidence of the devastation the coronavirus outbreak has unleashed on the U.S. economy.The continuing wave of job cuts is occurring against the backdrop of a spike in virus cases that has led many states to halt plans to reopen businesses and has caused millions of consumers to delay any return to traveling, shopping and other normal economic activity. Those trends have forc
  • President Trump suggests delaying 2020 presidential election

    President Trump suggests delaying 2020 presidential election
    President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday, to suggest delaying November's presidential election.According to CNN, some consider this an indication Mr. Trump will attempt to circumvent voting should election statistics show he's poised to lose. In his Thursday morning tweet, which was posted 96 days before the election and minutes after the federal government reported the worst economic contraction in recorded history, the president floated the idea of delaying the electi
  • Former Sheriff's Office employee accused of sex crimes asks judge to let her leave the state

    Former Sheriff's Office employee accused of sex crimes asks judge to let her leave the state
    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Melanie Curtin, a former Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office employee accused of rape and video voyeurism, is scheduled to attend a Thursday morning hearing. She is requesting to leave the state of Louisiana.WBRZ will monitor the hearing, which is set to begin at 9 a.m., and provide updates related to Curtin's case.  Curtin allegedly joined former Livingston Parish deputy Dennis Perkins and his wife Cynthia in sex crimes and could face life in priso
  • Southern California shaken by 4.2 earthquake, Thursday

    Southern California shaken by 4.2 earthquake, Thursday
    A magnitude 4.2 earthquake shook Southern California's San Fernando Valley just before 4:30 a.m. Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said.The light quake which felt like a jolt, a pause, and then a bit more rocking, was centered near Pacoima.Pacoima is about 23 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.The USGS initially reported a magnitude 4.5 tremor, but has since downgraded it.Southern California’s San Fernando Valley encompasses the City of Burbank, the
  • US economy shrank at record-breaking 33% rate last quarter

    US economy shrank at record-breaking 33% rate last quarter
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at a dizzying 33% annual rate in the April-June quarter — by far the worst quarterly plunge ever — when the viral outbreak shut down businesses, throwing tens of millions out of work and sending unemployment surging to 14.7%, the government said Thursday.The Commerce Department’s estimate of the second-quarter decline in the gross domestic product, the total output of goods and services, marked the sharpest such d
  • Two grim reports are expected on virus damage to US economy

    Two grim reports are expected on virus damage to US economy
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is poised Thursday to deliver a double-dose of sobering news — on the devastation the coronavirus caused the U.S. economy last quarter and the damage it continues to inflict on the job market.The pandemic is believed to have caused the economy to shrink during the April-June period at an annual rate exceeding 30%. That would easily shatter the existing record for a quarterly contraction, a 10% drop in 1958.The virus forced millions of employe
  • NASA launches Mars rover to look for signs of ancient life

    NASA launches Mars rover to look for signs of ancient life
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built — a car-size vehicle bristling with cameras, microphones, drills and lasers — blasted off Thursday as part of an ambitious, long-range project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life.LIVE NOW: The #CountdownToMars begins.
    We are launching a historic mission to the Red Planet. Tune in to watch @NASAPersevere liftoff and begin he
  • LSU alum assists in NASA's historic launch of Mars rover

    LSU alum assists in NASA's historic launch of Mars rover
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built — a car-size vehicle bristling with cameras, microphones, drills and lasers — blasted off Thursday as part of an ambitious, long-range project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life.LIVE NOW: The #CountdownToMars begins.
    We are launching a historic mission to the Red Planet. Tune in to watch @NASAPersevere liftoff and begin her miss
  • The 2020 Emmy Awards are going virtual

    The 2020 Emmy Awards are going virtual
    Like much of 2020's pandemic-influenced events, this year's Emmy Awards are going virtual.Variety reports that shortly after the nominations were announced Tuesday, this year’s Emmy executive producers — including host Jimmy Kimmel — sent a letter to key acting nominees informing them that this year’s ceremony will be virtual, and asking them to prepare to participate from home, or wherever they want to be.“As you’ve probably
  • Storm Isaias unleashes flooding, landslides in Puerto Rico

    Storm Isaias unleashes flooding, landslides in Puerto Rico
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Isaias battered Puerto Rico on Thursday as it continued on a track toward the U.S. mainland, unleashing small landslides and causing widespread flooding and power outages on an island still recovering from previous hurricanes and ongoing earthquakes.Tropical Storm Isaias takes aim at Puerto Rico and will impact the east coast fo the United States. @RobMarciano is tracking the latest.https://t.co/Gq9dt3gqgU pic.twitter.com/Qjrkj0B2vD&mdas
  • Louisiana rallies planned in effort to keep $600 benefit

    Louisiana rallies planned in effort to keep $600 benefit
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than a dozen unions and citizens’ groups say unemployed workers will demonstrate at U.S. senators’ offices in nine Louisiana cities to demand continued $600 federal coronavirus unemployment benefits.Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are among Republicans supporting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to cut that benefit to $200 a week on top of state unemployment pay.“That woul
  • Firefighter injured while responding to incident at Spanish Arms Apartments

    Firefighter injured while responding to incident at Spanish Arms Apartments
    BATON ROUGE - A firefighter was injured while responding to a blaze that broke out in an automobile early Thursday morning.A representative with the Baton Rouge Fire Department said the incident occurred at the Spanish Arms Apartments complex, which is within the 4300 block of Denham Street.Officials say it wasn't the flames that injured the firefighter. Apparently, a car fire was reported at the apartments and as one of the firefighters attempted to quell the blaze he fell and got hurt. At thi

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