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Glen Oaks West prepares for Saturday cleanup


One of newest homeowners associations in Baton Rouge is in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Glen Oaks West came together nine months ago with a group of people determined to take back their neighborhood, and they're not letting up in their efforts.

National Hurricane Center announces Advisory 1 on Tropical Bertha Video included


The National Hurricane Center said a well-defined low pressure system  is now a tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean . 

Man slashes own throat in court after incest verdict


After being convicted on five counts of aggravated incest Thursday, a 57-year-old St. Martinville man cut his wrists and throat with a concealed razorblade inside the courtroom. 

Saints WR Colston expects rest to equal success

Marques Colston says he made resting his ailing left foot a priority during the offseason and feels far healthier than he did a year ago.

A look at some new laws that take effect Friday


Hundreds of new laws take effect Friday, with the start of August. A look at some of the changes on the books: 

Woman says property owner's overgrown grass is like jungle


Jessica Robertson can tell you grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence, in this case it’s taller. She pointed out the jungle of a yard that’s next door to her Port Allen home. 

Sheriff: 2 juveniles, 1 adult arrested in Galvez Middle School vandalism case Video included


Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested two juveniles and one adult in connection to vandalism at Galvez Middle School in Prairieville, LA.

Toxic nightmare being cleaned up after home discovered to be a meth lab Video included


A toxic nightmare for a Baton Rouge home owner could soon be coming to an end. After living in the house for three years, Charmel Brown and her family discovered their rental house was once home to a meth lab.Crews began the process of removing all traces of meth on Thursday to get the home's red flag removed from the state list.

9News Investigators: Nightmare at Elm Grove Part IV Video included


After 9News Investigators exposed a decrepit Baton Rouge apartment complex, inspectors with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) showed up and spoke with residents about their concerns. Elm Grove Garden Apartments near the Baton Rouge Metro Airport are a government-funded complex and has been added to the federal government’s list of priorities.

Former LSU pitching star Anthony Ranaudo set to make MLB debut Friday

Former LSU right-hander Anthony Ranaudo is scheduled to make his MLB debut in Boston Friday night as the Red Sox starting pitcher against the New York Yankees.

LSP alerts motorists, passengers to new laws that start Aug. 1


There are 551 new laws that go into effect on August 1, 2014, and Louisiana State Police Troopers would like to highlight some of the changes that both drivers and passengers should be aware of.

LSU's Miles addresses Rotary Club before season starts Video included


LSU head coach Les Miles talked at the Rotary Club on Wednesday addressing the problems with players off the field and the bigger issue of what to do at quarterback with the Tigers' first practice on Monday.

Changes coming to vehicle inspection sticker laws Video included


The days of weather interfering with your car inspection are about to be over. Starting Friday, you will be able to get an inspection sticker in the rain. It is certainly convenient, but not everyone is behind the new law.

Retired Lieutenant Sam Vitter laid to rest Thursday Video included


Family, friends, and dozens of men and women from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said goodbye to former Lieutenant Sam Vitter Thursday morning.

Vehicle crashes into Bolton Health Mart on Perkins Road


A vehicle crashed into Bolton Health Mart on Perkins Road Thursday shortly before 1 p.m.Officials with EMS say no serious injuries were reported in the crash.There is no word on what caused the vehicle to crash into the building.Copyright 2014 WAFB. All rights reserved.

Investigators: Purposely set fire spreads to home with woman & 2 grandchildren inside Video included

Firefighters said someone intentionally started a fire that spread to a home with an elderly woman and two children asleep inside. They were called back out later in the morning after neighbors reported seeing smoke.

DOTD crews continue road work on bridge on SU campus Video included


Over the next week or so, you can expect road closures on Southern University's campus because of bridge construction near E.C. Harrison Drive. DOTD crews are continuing work on the roadway.

Judge rules no federal sanctions for parish attorney Mary Roper Video included


East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper, Assistant Parish Attorney Tedrick Knightshead and now retired Assistant Parish Attorney James Hilburn were ordered into federal court Wednesday by Judge Brian Jackson to provide an answer as to why the parish attorney's office missed filing deadlines.

LSU No. 13 in coaches preseason poll

LSU is ranked number 13 in the 2014 Amway Coaches Preseason Poll. The Tigers will field a very young and inexperienced, but talented team this season. 

Deputies searching for man who pepper sprayed victims during home invasion


A man accused of pepper spraying two victims during a home invasion, and threatening to kill a third victim, is wanted by the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. 

School starts in St. Helena Parish Video included


Students are back to school in St. Helena Parish and officials said in addition to a new name, there are new expectations for the district with the start of another school year. 

Tickets available for six LSU home games

Due to returns from visiting teams, a limited number of tickets are currently on sale to the general public for six LSU home games in 2014.

Diesel spill shuts down I-12 West Video included


Traffic officials report all lanes were reopened on I-12 after crews completed cleaning up diesel that spilled on the roadway early Thursday morning.

Grand jury indicts man suspected of rape and kidnapping


A man accused of raping two women in the Tigerland area has now been formally charged for the crimes. He was indicted by a grand jury on one count of forcible rape and second-degree kidnapping.

2 people die in Texas crash en route to LSU


Two people died in a car crash in Texas while on their way to LSU. The victims were a current student and recent graduate of Baylor University. Two others were injured in the wreck.

Firefighters investigate another arson at home set on fire two months ago Video included


According to investigators, a fire at a vacant house has been ruled as arson. They added this same abandoned house caught fire two months ago and it is believed it was intentionally set on fire that time also.

Court dates set for two Common Core lawsuits Video included


The two lawsuits over Louisiana's use of Common Core are both scheduled to go to court in August. One is scheduled for August 15, while the other is set to be held on August 18.

Think Fast: What would you do if you were abducted? Video included


You're walking to your car, probably thinking about what all you have to do that day. As you get into your car, a man jumps in on the other side and orders you to drive. Think fast, what are you going to do?

Livingston resident says gravel pits are no good Video included


Southern Aggregates LLC, a company which is trying to dig a gravel pit right behind people’s homes in Watson, La, has several projects in the area. Lynn Dupre lives directly behind one of those sites. 

Man wanted for armed robbery of Walker fast food restaurant Video included


A man is wanted by Walker Police for robbing a fast food restaurant using the drive thru. It happened Wednesday night at the Jack-in-the-Box Restaurant. Investigators say a man pulled up to the cashier at the window in a minivan, pointed a gun, and demanded cash. 

Experts in Cyber Crime Units urge parents to beware of online predators Video included


A quiet evening recently turned horrifying for one local mother after she realized her 16 year old girl was gone.“It took the most grueling 12 hours of my life for them to find her,” said the woman who asked to remain unidentified.

Arizona's Peterson relishes being highest-paid CB Video included

Former LSU Tiger Patrick Peterson is the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.

Pearl River property owners to receive part of a $15M settlement Video included


Nearly 2,000 people stretching from Bogalusa to Slidell will be getting paid as part of a 15 million dollar settlement from a paper mill spill. Almost three months earlier, Temple Inland Paper Mill located in Bogalusa, released a black liquid that caused a massive fish kill.

Work stopped once again on Bayou Corne sinkhole Video included


The 2-year anniversary of the Assumption sinkhole is approaching and work has been put on hold once again at the Bayou Corne site.

Additional fines possible for failure to appear in court, even for speeding tickets Video included


If you or someone you know has skipped a court appearance, it's possible a judge can add an additional fine to your name. Friday, August 1, 2014, a new law goes into effect that will raise the fine on even the smallest offenses, like speeding tickets.

Man in stolen truck commits suicide in restaurant parking lot after police chase Video included


Baton Rouge Police say a man committed suicide Wednesday morning in the Taco Bell parking lot on Sherwood Forest.

Man arrested for shooting a man in the face

A second suspect has been arrested in connection to a case where the victim was shot in the face while attempting to protect a child. 

18-wheeler on I-110 North goes over concrete wall Video included


The Baton Rouge Police Department reported a tractor trailer was on I-110 North when the driver lost control, tumbled over the concrete wall and ended up in oncoming traffic on I-110 South. 

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo welcomes 2,570 pound Indian rhino Video included


A new exhibit can be seen at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo; a 2,570 pound Indian rhinoceros from Zoo Miami. This 2-year-old female is the second species of rhinoceros living at the Baton Rouge Zoo and is the only Indian rhino in Louisiana.

Woman stabs man on the way to church function

A 47-year-old woman is accused of stabbing a man during an argument that happened while the man was attempting to go to a church function.

Auburn-Clemson to meet in 2016, 2017

Auburn and Clemson have agreed to play a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017.The schools announced the deal on Wednesday. Auburn will host the game on Sept. 3, 2016. 

Two healthcare company operators plead guilty to fraud


The operators of a healthcare company face prison time after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges. Officials said they submitted fake claims to Medicare.

Bond raised to $75k for man accused of raping woman he met on Tinder app Video included


Two days after a Baton Rouge man was arrested and accused of raping a woman he met on a social media app called Tinder, his bond was raised from $35,000 to $75,000.

Annual sales tax holiday set for Aug. 1-2


The 2014 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday will be held this weekend. It exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item.

Salvation Army collects school supplies for needy kids Video included


The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge is pledging to help the community's children prepare for the upcoming school year by providing backpacks filled with school supplies.

Parents express frustration over Louisiana fight on Common Core Video included


Students and their parents can only watch as Gov. Bobby Jindal and state education leaders fight over the Common Core issue. Parents listened to speakers provide information on the plan Tuesday night.

Morgan aiming to reclaim role in Saints pass game

Joe Morgan's teammates and coaches say the New Orleans Saints receiver has looked "fast and healthy" in the early days of training camp.

Belle Rose community finds ways to prevent repeat of flooding Video included


Residents in Belle Rose are looking for ways to protect themselves against future flood damage.The community had a meeting Tuesday night. Residents in Belle Rose are looking for ways to protect themselves against future flood damage.

Saints S Jairus Byrd practices for 1st time Video included

Safety Jairus Byrd, who had offseason back surgery, is practicing with the New Orleans Saints for the first time since his signing in March.

Baton Rouge woman accused of terrorizing


A woman was arrested and charged with terrorizing after making threats to an employee at the City Parish Attorney’s Office. Sheryl E. Morrison, 55, allegedly told the employee that she was going to come to City Hall and ‘go Columbine’. 

Traffic problems on LA-1 starts talks about a new bridge across the Mississippi River Video included


Drivers who travel down LA-1 in West Baton Rouge Parish have been asking for a solution to the traffic problem for years. There are a few plans being discussed, but one has a price tag of $800 million.

With 6-4 vote, BESE joins Common Core lawsuit against Gov. Jindal Video included


The fight over Common Core got hotter with dueling lawsuits. On Tuesday afternoon, The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) voted 6- 4 to join a lawsuit filed by parents and teachers against Governor Bobby Jindal. Governor Jindal's administration then filed their own lawsuit.

La. State Treasurer says LSP retirement plan investigation must continue Video included


Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy says the investigation into State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson's retirement plan increase must continue, whether Edmonson intends to take it or not.

Toxic secret turns perfect home into living nightmare Video included


A family with four small children has learned they had been living in a house with toxic chemicals for three years. The house, located at 14828 Colonel Allan Court, was once a meth lab. But the new home owner said no one told him. 

Employee charged with stealing $41k from Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge Video included


An employee of Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge was arrested after being accused of stealing more than $41,000, according to Baton Rouge Police.

2 arrested after stray bullet hit vehicle with toddler inside


Two men have been arrested after shots were fired during an argument and a stray bullet went through the rear window of a nearby vehicle with a toddler and his father inside.

Young stud roaming streets of downtown captured by animal control Video included

The clopping of horse hooves is a sound rarely heard on the busy streets of downtown Baton Rouge. Lately, however, one lost stud has been turning heads, and causing headaches for animal control officers.

Gov. Jindal administration files countersuit over the Common Core education standards Video included


Louisiana's state school board held a special meeting Tuesday morning and voted to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards. Jindal's administration then filed a counter suit arguing the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) improperly delegates constitutional authority to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Saints QB Drew Brees transcript

The New Orleans quarterback talks about rookie Brandin Cooks, all-around running back Pierre Thomas, having safety Jairus Byrd back at Tuesday's practice and much more.

Putting a stop to annoying telemarketing phone calls Video included


If you have a phone, you know the frustration that comes with unsolicited calls. The 'Do Not Call List' worked for a while, but some telemarketers are no longer following the law. But there are ways to fend off unwanted calls.

USDA program provides free lunch to all EBR public school students


Free meals are going to be available for all students in East Baton Rouge Parish public schools this upcoming school year thanks to a new federal program from the US Department of Agriculture.

Checkpoints result in 23 DWI arrests


Police said 23 people were arrested on DWI charges after weekend checkpoints in Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge Police Department set up checkpoints Friday and Saturday nights.

US Army fails to meet Camp Minden cleanup deadline


Time has run out for the US Army and it is now in violation after not meeting a deadline to comply with a cleanup order at Camp Minden. The deadline set by the EPA was midnight.

Police identify suspect arrested for hit and run involving 6-year-old Video included


Police reported Maigan Scott, 20, of Baton Rouge, is accused of hitting a 6-year-old child while she was riding a bike Monday afternoon. At last check, the child was listed in critical condition.

Gonzales City Council votes to cut police, economic development funding Video included


The Gonzales City Council approved two ordinances Monday that will cut funding to the police department and economic development, but the mayor says he will likely veto them.

Together Baton Rouge hosts meeting to discuss 'grocery gap' Video included


Some people in East Baton Rouge parish feel shortchanged in their choices of grocery stores.They met with the group “Together Baton Rouge” Monday night to talk about their community’s grocery gap or areas that lack quality grocery stores.

Elm Grove apartment owners get more time to make repairs Video included


The federal government is giving the Baton Rouge apartment complex exposed two weeks ago more time to make urgent repairs.

Hundreds say goodbye to Ponchatoula teen Video included


Hundreds packed a Ponchatoula Church to say goodbye to a teen who drowned last week in Gulf Shores. 

Bond set at $1.17 million for man accused of crime spree Video included


Bond has been set at more than $1 million for, Andre Young, 19, of Baton Rouge, the man arrested in connection with a crime spree that started early Sunday morning.

Safety tips offered after woman raped by man she met via dating app Video included


What started as a first date between two people escalated into a violent rape over the weekend in Baton Rouge, according to law enforcement officials.Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office say the female victim connected with a man on Tinder, a social media dating app.

Donaldsonville celebrates Kaley's courage with a surprise party Video included


There is a unique surprise party being planned in downtown Donaldsonville, however the people behind the big bash do not know the guest of honor. The guest of honor is 11-year-old Kaley Liotta from Alexandria, LA. She is fighting cancer.

LSU commitment Guice has "unfinished business" at Catholic High

Catholic High senior running back Derrius Guice might be an LSU verbal commitment, but there’s still much for him to accomplish in prep football.

Police looking for two men who robbed Super Stop Video included


Baton Rouge Police detectives are investigating an armed robbery at the Super Stop, 4162 N. Foster Drive, around 8:45 a.m. Monday morning.

Battle of Baton Rouge re-enactment set for Aug. 2


The Battle of Baton Rouge Re-enactment will take place on Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. under the oaks at the historic Magnolia Cemetery, 422 North 19th Street, in Baton Rouge."This event provides a powerful lesson from history, reliving the 1862 Battle of Baton Rouge on the very grounds on which it was fought," said Trustees Chair Chip Landry.

Police: Stranded motorist killed by suspected drunk driver

Updated: Jul 26, 2014 09:56 AM

Baton Rouge Police say a man died in a hit and run crash after being struck by a vehicle early Saturday morning. 

Two LSU football players arrested on the same day for separate incidents


Last week LSU freshmen Trey Lealaimatafao and Davon Godchaux were both arrested on the same day for separate incidents. The players were issued misdemeanors and released.

Northbound Airline Hwy. reopened at Florida Blvd. after crash


According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, US 61 North (Airline Highway) is closed to traffic at Florida Boulevard due to an accident.Traffic is being diverted onto Florida Boulevard.

Police: Woman raped by man she met on Tinder app Video included


On Saturday, July 26, a woman called police to report that she had been raped by a man named Jake that she met on Tinder. She told police the Baton Rouge man was a massage therapist and weight trainer.

Electrical short causes heavy fire and smoke damage to home Video included


Firefighters were called out to a house fire early Monday morning that investigators determined was caused by an electrical short. They believe it started around an air conditioning unit.

Baker High auditorium reopens after being closed for about 20 years Video included


For the first time since the 1990s, the Baker High McConnell Auditorium is back open. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony held Monday morning to officially reopen the auditorium.

EBRSS announces all public school students eligible for free meals


A new program by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows students to receive a free meal, similar to how students are given textbooks and bus transportation at no cost.

Government Street closures begin due to road work Video included


Government Street will be reduced to one lane in both directions to allow crews to start on some road work. The lane closures, which started Monday morning, will be between Eddie Robinson and East Airport Drive.

Donelon issues insurance warning about rideshare programs Video included


Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is issuing a new warning to consumers about rideshare programs popping up in cities across the country. 

Baton Rouge woman named finalist for America's Favorite Veterinarian


Dr. Tyra Davis-Brown of Baton Rouge is one of 20 finalists for America's Favorite Veterinarian. She works at the Hammond Animal Hospital and Pet Lodge.

All lanes reopen on I-12 East in Hammond after 5-vehicle crash


I-12 East was closed past Pumpkin Center Road in Hammond due to a five-vehicle crash for about 30 minutes Monday morning. It is unknown if there were any injuries.

Police search for club stabbing suspect


Police are looking for a suspect in connection with a night club stabbing. Investigators said witnesses told them the victim was stabbed twice during a fight.

Gonzales city council to continue discussion of budget


A budget battle in Gonzales will continue on Monday at the city’s next council meeting.The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. to once again discuss the city’s budget that is now nearly two months overdue. 

Retired APSO lieutenant drowns in neighborhood pond trying to save his dog Video included


A recently retired 32-year veteran of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has died in a drowning earlier on Sunday after trying to save his pet. Investigators say that 56-year-old Lt. Sam Vitter was found dead after jumping into a pond to rescue his dog.

LDWF looking for suspects in boating hit and run Video included


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are looking for information from the public about a boating hit and run that happened on the Amite River Diversion Canal on July 26 in Livingston Parish.It happened at around 8:30 p.m. 

19-year-old arrested after crime spree in Baton Rouge Video included


The Baton Rouge Police say they have arrested a man after he and two other suspects allegedly committed multiple crimes in Baton Rouge. Detectives say that at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, 19-year-old Andre Young of Baton Rouge and two accomplices, went on a crime spree throughout the city. 

Electrical short causes early morning house fire Video included


Baton Rouge firefighters say an electrical short is the cause for a house fire early Sunday morning. The fire happened in the 2700 block of Ontario Street just after 3:30 am.

Keithville man gets 5 years in firearms theft


A Keithville man has been sentenced to five years in prison for his part in stealing firearms from a Shreveport warehouse.

BRAVE unit teams up for community outreach walk Video included


BRAVE unit members went door-to-door on foot in North Baton Rouge Saturday morning to connect with the community.

EBRSO: 'Man found dead after girlfriend allegedly shot him' Video included


A man was found dead in the front yard of a home after he was allegedly shot by his girlfriend. It happened in the 20000 block of Greenwell Springs Rd. around 5:55 p.m. near Central. 

Hundreds of children getting new shoes for the school year


Catholic churches in the WAFB viewing area held an event to help make sure children in the area had new shoes when they go back to school.Catholic Catholic charities and local churches joined with Payless Shoe Source for the “Kicks for Kids” event. 

Livingston Parish school supply drive kicks off


The 14th annual Assess the Need campaign began on Saturday in Livingston Parish.Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor sponsors the drive which gathers school supplies throughout the parish for kids in need. 

Search launched for missing Brusly man Video included


The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office launched an early morning search on Saturday for a Brusly man who went missing.Jon Wallace has been missing for over one week. He was last seen on Friday, July 18th. 

Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless


Officials at Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city's streets.

Accident causes congestion on I-10 East at Ramah


An accident has caused major delays on I-10 east bound near Ramah at mile post 134. No word on exactly what happened, but traffic is now backed up for approximately 13 miles. Expect delays.

Watson residents at community meeting say they don't want gravel pit Video included


Tempers flared at a community meeting at Live Oaks High School. Residents of the Oak Hills sub-division in Watson, La. were intensely asking questions about mining company Southern Aggregates’ plans for a gravel pit. The pit would be located directly behind residents’ back yards.Company owner, Kevin Black, tried to answer the many questions about his mining plans. Livingston Councilman Jim Norred, who lives in the neighborhood, says Black talked a good bargain but he isn’t buying it.“If you'r...

Nightmare on Elm Grove III Video included


A housing nightmare 9News Investigators exposed at a government-funded complex has been added to the federal government’s list of priorities.The living conditions at the Elm Grove Garden Apartments are so vile, the owner was ordered to get to make specific repairs immediately.

Same-sex marriage lawsuit creates stir around the country Video included


An appeal of a ruling that struck down a ban on same-sex marriage in Illinois is gaining momentum around the nation.Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell joined with other attorney generals from eight other states, which supports the appeal. 

Police looking for man accused of following woman, making sexual comments Video included


Baton Rouge Police detectives need your help identifying a man accused of following a female and making sexually explicit comments while touching himself.It happened On July 13 around 12:30 a.m. in the 4000 block of Nicholson Drive.

Sheriff Gautreaux inducted in Justice Hall of Fame Video included


East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux has a new title behind his name. “I’m just overwhelmed you know,” Gautreaux says. “I’m very humble and very honored by the fact that I was chosen to be a part of this."

All lanes open on I-12 westbound before Livingston


All lanes now open on I-12 westbound at Milepost 23 or before Livingston. It had been closed due to an accident.

More parking spots in the works for downtown Baton Rouge Video included


More parking spots are in the works by Downtown Development's Davis Rhorer. His attempt to get the East Baton Rouge Metro Council to approve the money needed to begin a study on downtown parking, did not make the cut at Wednesday's meeting. 

Edmonson says he will not accept retirement plan increase Video included


State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says he is not accepting the retirement plan increase that would have paid him and another trooper more than $300,000 over five years.

2 fires, 2 shopping centers, same cause but unrelated Video included

Two shopping centers experienced fires caused by blown transformers. Both occurred at within an hour of each other.

LSU faculty receiving 3 percent raises Video included


LSU faculty and staff will receive a three percent merit increase for the 2014-15 academic year.President F. King Alexander announced the raises Friday.

Man shot in the face trying to protect child

One suspect has been arrested for his alleged connection to an incident where a man was shot in the face while attempting to protect a child.

Deputies arrest woman in western store burglary


Authorities said a 23-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with a burglary at a clothing store. Investigators did not indicate how much was taken or if anything was recovered.

Organizers announce fall lineup of Live After Five Video included


The big reveal of this year’s fall lineup of Live After Five was made Friday morning. The series of outdoor concerts is held each year in the spring and fall in downtown Baton Rouge.

Deputies arrest man & woman after meth lab found in motel room


Deputies said the search of a motel room revealed a meth lab and resulted in the arrests of a man and woman. Investigators said they found a one pot meth lab, two HCL generators and materials used to make meth.

EBR Parish School Board votes to downsize to 9 members Video included


After a marathon six-hour special meeting Thursday night, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted to downsize from 11 members to nine. The decision was made after a controversial vote to redistrict the system.

Traffic stop leads to 3 arrests on meth charges


Narcotics agents said a traffic stop led them to a home they believe drugs were being sold from, resulting in three arrests. A 4-year-old boy found in the home was released into the care of a family member.

Driver dies after going off the road and hitting tree


Investigators said a man was killed when he drove off the road and his truck slammed into a tree late Thursday night. They added the driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Police search for woman accused of cashing fake checks


Authorities are trying to find a woman accused of cashing counterfeit business checks. The Baton Rouge Police Department said Latrese Flowers, 36, is wanted on several counts of monetary instrument abuse and felony theft.

9News Investigators: How much chlorine in your home's water is too much? Video included


Naegleria Fowleri, referred to as a deadly "brain-eating amoeba," was found in Louisiana's public water systems in 2013. Scientists say 0.5 mg/L of chlorine will kill it, but officials add levels should not exceed 0.4 mg/L.

Grandfather, granddaughter killed in East Feliciana Parish crash


A two-vehicle crash in East Feliciana Parish has taken the lives of an 86-year-old man and his 19-year-old granddaughter.The crash happened shortly before 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon on LA Highway 67 north of Highway 422 near the Mississippi state line in East Feliciana Parish.

Tangipahoa jury convicts man of murder


A jury in Tangipahoa Parish convicted a man for a murder case dating back to April 2012.It took less than 3 hours for the jury to decide the fate for Hammond resident Ronald Vail, 59, of 2nd degree murder. 

Former police officer arrested for sex crimes with juvenile


A man is facing sex crime charges after being accused of allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Investigators say that Joseph Brent, 39, of Baldwin, La. a police officer at the Baldwin Police Department, fathered a child with an underage girl. 

Catholic High and EBRSO practice active shooter drills Video included


Officials at Catholic High School and the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office tested safety and security plans during a number of active shooter drills Thursday morning. 

Professionals set up mechanical bull riding in town square Video included


Have you ever ridden a mechanical bull?Professional bull riders set up a play area in the town square on Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., just in time to attract the lunch crowd. One little boy got a tame version of the ride, which was so popular in the 80’s.

Gonzales Police Department launches program to catch wanted suspects Video included


Criminals who have been dodging the law in the City of Gonzales are being put on the spot.The Gonzales Police Department has launched an initiative called “Gotcha Gonzales.”

EBR school officials voting on reducing board size Video included

The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will vote tonight whether or not to downsize the board with one of five proposed redistricting plans.The various plans reduce the number of districts from the current 11 to as few as seven and as many as ten. 

West Feliciana deputies arrest two men for armed robbery


West Feliciana Parish deputies have arrested two men wanted for the robbery at the Southern Belle truck stop which is located near the South end of the parish.On Monday, July 21, deputies say Joshua Wells, 21, and Reginald Jackson, 21, both of Zachary, robbed the store at gunpoint.

Police officers turned snake charmers during unusual call for help

When you work for law enforcement, you never know who, or what, you’ll encounter on a call. 

Power back on for more than 1,200 residents, businesses


Power is back on at more than 1,200 businesses and residents in the Airline Highway, Greenwell Springs Road, and Florida Boulevard-area.Traffic signals are also working again too.

Jury finds man guilty of killing Brusly High football player Video included


A jury has found the man accused of killing a Brusly High football player guilty of second degree murder. The verdict announced just after 3 p.m. Thursday.

Argument among roommates ends with stabbing, 2 arrested

Two men were arrested and one was charged with attempted murder after an argument with their roommate ended with bloodshed. 

Suspension upgraded, vice principal permanently replaced following sexting arrest Video included

School officials have upgraded the suspension for Edwin Chastang, 42, the former vice principal at Southeast Middle School who is accused of sexting a student via Facebook.

EBR Sheriff Sid Gautreaux to be inducted into Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame


East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and six other inductees will be inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame Friday. Sheriff Gautreaux will be honored with the award given to governmental and civic leaders dedicated to protecting residents.

Man turns himself in after shots fired at Gonzales house


A Baton Rouge man tuned himself into Gonzales, LA detectives Thursday morning after being accused of firing shots into a house full of people.

Fiery crash on Horace Wilkinson Bridge (New Bridge) sends 6 to the hospital Video included


Police said a crash on I-10 West on the Horace Wilkinson Bridge (New Bridge) resulted in six people being taken to the hospital by ambulance early Thursday morning.

Soccer tournament gives Baton Rouge hotels revenue boost Video included


Baton Rouge officials reported the regional youth soccer tournament created a huge boost in revenue for area hotels. Reports showed $6.7 million was collected from June 19 through June 26.

Deputies ask for help identifying store burglar


Authorities are asking the public to help them identify a woman seen on surveillance video around the time when a store was burglarized on Monday.

Middle school vice principal accused of exchanging nude photos with teen bonds out of jail


A middle school administrator accused of inappropriate relations with a teenage girl was released from jail on bond Wednesday. His bond was set at $20,000.

Think Fast: What if there was an active shooter? Video included


You are enjoying a leisurely afternoon at the mall when all of sudden, a man whips out a gun, brandishing it toward everyone in his path. Think fast! What are you going to do?

No vote on 'Fairness Ordinance' due to time limits Video included


After hearing more than three hours of opinions both for and against, the East Baton Rouge Metro Council adjourned its meeting without voting on the "fairness ordinance' due to time limits.The council voted to extend the meeting past 8 p.m. to give residents opposed to the ordinance a chance to voice their opinions just like those  in support of the ordinance had done. 

Council offers new position to parish attorney


Mary Roper was offered a new position in order to avoid a hearing on whether or not she should be removed as parish attorney.

Work on Bayou Corne sinkhole gets delayed again


The Office of Conservation has reported that another hold has been placed on the work needed for the sinkhole in Assumption Parish. 

Greater Food Bank needs your help Video included


The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is in dire need of donations.During the summer, officials say donations typically drop, but it is also time when they see more people in need. 

Apartment owner arranges for Savoy residents to stay at hotel Video included


Continued issues regarding security and safety following an apartment fire will prevent many residents from returning home. In response to this, the Red Cross is opening a temporary shelter Wednesday night.

Livingston Deputies: 'Lock your doors' Video included


Deputies in Livingston Parish are warning residents to lock their vehicles. This is after the Forest Ridge and Westminster Estates subdivisions in Denham Springs, had 36 cars broken into. 

Mike the Tiger celebrating 9th birthday Video included


Happy Ninth Birthday to Mike the Tiger.Tigers don’t really like birthday cake so his party was a quiet one. But Mike had a ball and cool water on a hot day so he seemed happy. Children were excited when they heard the tiger was celebrating a birthday.

Closing arguments expected Thursday in Brusly High football player murder trial Video included


The state and defense rested its case in the trial of a man accused of killing a Brusly high school football player Wednesday. Closing arguments will take place Thursday morning. Marcus Richardson is facing a charge of second-degree murder for the May 2012 shooting death of Justin Warner, 18.

Livingston Parish Sheriff's looking for Walmart shoplifting suspect


Livingston Parish Sheriff’s need your help identifying a man they say stole an otter box and some baseball collector cards from the Walmart in Watson.

Former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu put on PUP list

Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu and nose tackle Alamdea Ta'Amu will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list as they recover from last season's injuries. 

North Baton Rouge Career Fair set for Aug. 14


The Third Annual North Baton Rouge Community Education for Careers Fair will be held onThursday, Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Baton Rouge Community College’s Student Activity Center, 3250 North Acadian Thruway, in Baton Rouge.

All lanes at I-12 East at Albany now open after 6-vehicle crash


All lanes at I-12 East at Albany are now open after a six-vehicle crash. But State Police say traffic is still very heavy.

Police: Man charged with rape, sexual battery of teen girl


A Baton Rouge man has been arrested and charged with aggravated rape, forcible rape and sexual battery of a teenage girl.The 16-year-old victim told police the abuse started when she was 12-years-old. 

Police arrest suspect in Prescott Road shooting Video included


A man wanted in connection with a shooting that left another man fighting for his life is now behind bars. He is charged with attempted second-degree murder. His bond was set at $80,000.

St. George incorporation effort looks to December for issue to go before voters Video included


The St. George movement to incorporate will not be placed on the November ballot after organizers failed to reach the number of signatures required to put the issue before voters.

Southeastern picked to defend Southland Title Video included

Southeastern Louisiana, which won its first league title in school history last season, was picked as the favorite heading into the 2014 season as voted on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

Deputies search for suspects after 36 vehicles broken into


Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying vehicle burglary suspects after more than 30 cars that were left unlocked were broken into early Monday morning.

Jacques Talk: Can the Ragin' Cajuns take the next step?


In the past three years, the UL-Lafayette football team has gotten some national attention, so now, many wonder if the Ragin’ Cajuns can take the next step and beat quality teams outside their conference.

Middle school vice principal allegedly exchanges nude photos with teen girl Video included


A middle school vice principal is accused of having sexual conversations on Facebook with a 15-year-old girl and exchanging nude photos. He is charged with computer-aided solicitation of a minor.

Sorrento town council takes steps to abolish police department Video included


The Sorrento Town Council approved two measures Tuesday night that will pave the way for the town to completely dissolve its police departmentwith voter approval.

Baker city council approves budget Video included


Baker now has a budget in place.City leaders passed the spending plan Tuesday night for the current fiscal year. 

Central city council approves assistant police chief position Video included


Central will soon have an assistant police chief. he City Council voted Tuesday night to approve about $55,000 for the new positionafter a lengthy debate. 

Trial underway for man accused of killing Brusly High football player Video included


The murder trial for a suspect accused of killing a Brusly High School football player started Tuesday. 

Man on a mission to honor Vietnam vets Video included


There are not many people who know why September 19 is significant, but a Baton Rouge man is focused on making people aware.Ashton Belcher has taken it upon himself to write Governor Bobby Jindal to ask that he help more than a dozen families honorthe memories of their loved ones who have not made it back home following the Vietnam War.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Man jumps out of 3rd story window to escape fire Video included


Officials with the Baton Rouge Fire Department say an adult jumped from a window of an apartment complex to escape a fire that started just after 1:30 p.m.Firefighters rescued 13 people from the fire.

760 pound alligator to move into West Baton Rouge visitor's center Video included


The West Baton Rouge Visitors Bureau has a new heavyweight lined up; a 760 pound, preserved alligator.The alligator was killed in September 2013 at Solitude Point, but no one knew what to do with an alligator this big. 

Saints No. 5 in preseason power rankings

The Seattle Seahawks start the preseason right where they ended last season, as the No. 1 team in the AP Pro32 NFL power rankings.

Chris Loar announces run for Ascension Parish President Video included


Ascension Parish Council Chairman, Chris Loar announced Tuesday he is joining the race for parish president. He was surrounded by his wife, two daughters, and a room full of supporters at Kamal’s Café in Gonzales.

Report says deepening LSU lakes good for the environment


Deepening University and City Park Lakes and three of the four smaller lakes that surround them would improve the natural ecosystems and keep them from returning to swampland.That according to a recent report by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.A soil analysis also showed that material dredged from deepening the lakes would be strong enough to support shoreline improvements such asbuilding paths and small structures.

Saints make roster moves

The New Orleans Saints announced Tuesday that the team has signed nose tackle Tyrone Ezell and linebacker Marcus Thompson.

Missing Ponchatoula teen's body found after swimming in Gulf Shores Video included


Authorities say the teenager from Ponchatoula, LA who was missing in the dangerous surf on the Alabama coast has been found. 

Lawsuit filed against Gov. Jindal over Common Core Video included


Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards are suing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.

63-year-old man arrested for molestation, sexual battery

A 63-year-old man from North Carolina is being held in Baton Rouge for the alleged molestation of a young girl and an outstanding warrant for a sexual battery in St. James Parish.  

EBR Parish Attorney: Uber not in compliance with ordinance


The Baton Rouge Business Report is reporting that Uber has begun to file the required paperwork, but has not turned in everything required to operate in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Food crawl shows people great restaurants they can get to by bus Video included


Foodies and the folks from Visit Baton Rouge are teaming up for a unique adventure in Baton Rouge. They're using public transportation to complete a food crawl.

Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart and Sam's recalling some fruit from California


A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

Police arrest suspect in connection with UL-Lafayette bomb threat Video included


Police said a man is in custody accused of making the bomb threat that shut down the University of Louisiana at Lafayette last Wednesday. The suspect was identified as Devin Haywood.

Mother, son arrested in East Feliciana Parish SWAT drug bust


A mother and her son were arrested Tuesday morning after the Delta Narcotics Task Force found drugs, drug paraphernalia and a semi automatic handgun in an East Feliciana Parish home.

Central city council will vote on expanding police department

Central city council will vote on expanding police department Video included


The police chief in the City of Central says he campaigned with a promise to expand police presence. Tuesday night, the city council in Central will decide whether to give the police chief extra funds to run his department.

LSU defensive tackle injured after punching glass


LSU freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao might not be able to play this season after he injured his arm punching through glass in the Tigers' weight room.

Jury selection begins in Hammond deadly shooting trial Video included


Jury selection begins Tuesday in the murder trial of a man suspected of shooting another man to death two years ago. The 61-year-old suspect is on trial for second-degree murder.

Deputies arrest police officer, his brother and his girlfriend in meth investigation Video included


Authorities said a police officer, his brother and the officer’s live-in girlfriend were arrested in connection with a meth investigation. The officer and his brother are accused of making meth for personal use.

Police expect man shot multiple times on St. Gerard Ave. to survive


A man who was shot late Monday night is expected to survive, despite suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Police said he first went to a pharmacy and then an urgent care clinic after the shooting.

Sorrento Town Council calls special meeting to discuss ordinance on police department vote Video included


The Sorrento Town Council has called a special meeting to review to a proposed ordinance. The plan calls for voters to decide whether or not to do away with the police department.

Council set to vote on anti-discrimination ordinance Video included


An amendment to an existing East Baton Rouge Parish anti-discrimination ordinance is expected to face a toughroad at Wednesday’s Metro-Council meeting.“I do believe there's a need for it,” said East Baton Rouge Metro-Council Member C. Denise Marcelle.

Brian Powers: A ride of a lifetime Video included


Riding a motorcycle is all Brian Powers has ever known since he was 12 years old. But then one night, his love for riding bikes came to an abrupt end. Then, he decided to change that when he took up a challenge.

Juban Crossing on track for Fall opening Video included


Juban Crossing shopping complex is on track for a Fall opening.

Legislators file lawsuit against state, common core Video included


The battle against common core testing is headed to court after more than a dozen lawmakers filed suit.Seventeen lawmakers have filed the lawsuit to try and stop the use of the national set of education standards --in reading, writing, and math.

All lanes open on Interstate 10 West at bridge


All lanes open at Interstate-10 West on the Mississippi River Bridge. 

John Bel Edwards says he would fund higher education, accept Medicaid expansion


The election for Louisiana’s next governor will be held in 15 months.On Monday, candidate Louisiana State Representative John Bel Edwards made his intentions clear before reporters. He is the only Democrat, so far, in the 2015 race. 

Update: Repairs being made at Elm Grove apartments Video included


Repairs are being made at the Elm Grove Garden apartments after the 9News Investigators report aired Thursday.

Sheriff: Couple's 6-year-old daughter was at home when man shot wife to death Video included


Deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office say a Donaldsonville man has been arrested after his wife was found shot to death Monday morning.

Sanchez officially waves LSU goodbye Video included

Monday not only marked the introductory press conference of Andy Cannizaro as LSU’s new hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, but also Javi Sanchez’s official goodbye from the same post.

I-12 construction from Walker to Satsuma to be completed April 2015 Video included

The I-12 widening project between Walker and Satusma is expected to be completed by April 2015. The current four lanes will be widened to six lanes and provide some relief for motorists in Livingston Parish.

Jury selection begins in trial for man accused of killing Brusly High student Video included


Jury selection began Monday in West Baton Rouge Parish for a man accused of killing a Brusly High School football player in May of 2012. Marcus Richardson is on trial for second degree murder.

Bar owner says former LSU quarterback sucker-punched by Alabama fan


Steve Ford, the owner of Losers Most Wanted Bar Grill, told the Tennessean that former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger was the victim of a sucker-punch by an Alabama fan.

Andy Cannizaro named LSU's recruiting coordinator and hitting coach Video included

Cannizaro replaces Javi Sanchez, who departed LSU earlier this month to pursue a business career.

Dive team searching for Louisiana teen missing in Gulf Shores Video included


Authorities say a teenager from Ponchatoula, LA is missing in the dangerous surf on the Alabama coast. Officials say 17-year-old Chaston Brown went missing around 4 p.m. Sunday in Gulf Shores.

Essen Lane reopens after railroad crossing repair work Video included


Traffic was allowed to flow again Monday morning on Essen Lane between I-10 and Perkins Road. The stretch of roadway had been closed since Friday to repair a railroad crossing.

LSU welcomes 12 new players to baseball team Video included

Coach Paul Mainieri announced on Monday LSU’s incoming signing class, rated the No. 1 class in the nation by Perfect Game. Eight of the 12 new players enrolled at LSU last month, and the remaining four will join the Tigers in August.

Emergency repair work begins on washed-out road on Southern campus Video included


Emergency repairs are underway on EC Harrison Drive on the Southern University campus. The road to the dorms has been washed out for more than a month.

Cement truck overturns on roadway Video included


The Walker Police Department reported Arnold Road is closed in both directions at Burgess Road due to an overturned cement truck. Drivers are urged to use alternate routes.

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