Music teacher remembered for her good will

Music has a way of bringing a sense of calmness to a room. In Lesli Wood’s case, it brought complete strangers and musicians together.

Driver killed in West Baton Rouge Parish crash

BRPD working on project to reduce crime

1 dead after wreck on LA 1 involving tanker truck

Experts warn against kids wearing bulky coats in car seats

Deputies find meth lab in home basement, family had no idea

Local mayors announce support for MoveBR traffic tax

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WANTED: Man accused of burglarizing vehicle on College Drive

Chemical manufacturing plant coming to St. James Parish, will result in 1,230 new jobs

Another WBR inmate escapes

Southern University students experience dangers of smartphone use while driving

Ascension Parish president recognizes Eagle Scout for work with veteran graves

Restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2018

Third autopsy results show ‘non-accidental’ damage to boy found dead in rolled up in gym mat

WALB has obtained autopsy results of the third autopsy done on Kendrick “K.J." Johnson.

Louisiana construction project impacting holiday traffic on I-20

A long-term construction project will impact holiday travels for East Texas drivers traveling to or from Louisiana.

Judges: Louisiana breast-and-buttocks law is clear enough

A federal appeals court panel has reversed itself and cleared the way for Louisiana to enforce its law setting a minimum age of 21 for exotic dancers in bars and nightclubs.

BRPD to assign more detectives to prevent violent crimes after string of deadly shootings

More detectives will be on the streets soon following a recent string of violent crimes in the city, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Alabama women’s prison opens first-of-its-kind lactation room

Coach of Walker High School girl’s basketball team suspended for alleged recruiting violations

Tickfaw man accused of shooting, killing his wife

Community spreads Christmas cheer for boy with terminal cancer

Driver killed in crash on Florida Boulevard

Woman, 6-year-old girl killed in St. Landry Parish crash

Car seats and winter coats: a dangerous combination

According to Consumer Reports, winter coats can cause the harness of the car seat to be too loose, thus rendering it ineffective in a car crash.

GRAPHIC: Woman survives CA mass shooting, loses home in wildfire

A California family lost its home days after their daughter survived the deadly bar shooting in Thousand Oaks.

Woman arrested in 3rd DWI offense after crash in Central

A Central woman was charged with her third DWI offense after a crash sent her and a victim to the hospital, according to documents from the East Baton Rouge Parish jail.

Donaldsonville man arrested for residential contractor fraud

A Donaldsonville man was arrested and charged with residential contractor fraud after he failed to complete repairs for a home in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman’s generous tip to waitress goes viral

Former LSU Tiger Alex Bregman surprises waittress.

Mid City Merchants presents White Light Night 2018

In the Mid City Art & Design Cultural District, an evening to celebrate local art and music take at White Light Night on Friday.

  ‘A lie’: Homeless man, couple who started $400K GoFundMe for him charged with theft, conspiracy

The couple who started Bobbitt's GoFundMe in November 2017, Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico, also turned themselves in to authorities Wednesday.

OLOL nurse shares personal story about Children’s Hospital

When little Hadley Smith started coughing one afternoon, her mom knew by the sound this was more than just a tickle.

KIRAN: Are there double standards in discipline for some BRPD officers?

Did three officers cross the line criminally, but only two took the brunt while one got off easy? That’s what appears to have happened with three officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Second shooting in one night reported on Avenue E

The second shooting of the night for Baton Rouge has been reported on Avenue E.

Northern California fire death toll reaches 63; Staggered evacuation plan questioned in fire’s aftermath

Questions are being raised after a fire-devastated Northern California town used a staggered evacuation plan to avoid gridlock.

Arrest made in fatal shooting in Ethel; victim identified

One person is dead after a shooting in East Feliciana Parish Thursday night.

BRPD addresses recent surge in shootings

The Baton Rouge Police Department has announced it will hold a press conference after numerous recent shootings.

Congressional challenger files complaint against former employer

Justin DeWitt has filed a complaint with the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office against his former employer, the SJB Group, that asks the office to investigate whether DeWitt was fired for running for office.

WANTED: Inmate serving for armed robbery escapes from custody

Michael Jones, 41, of Baton Rouge, was serving time for an armed robbery.

1 seriously injured in shooting on Sherwood Street

One person has been injured in a shooting on N Sherwood Forest Drive.

Teen arrested on burglary, drug charges

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a teenager on burglary, trespassing, and drug charges.

$6M entertainment district under construction in Mid City

There’s a huge renovation underway near downtown Baton Rouge that promises to bring non-stop entertainment to the center of the city. It’s happening inside what many people remember as “the old Entergy building” on Government Street near the railroad tracks.

Third victim dies after quadruple shooting

A third victim has died after a quadruple shooting on Gus Young Avenue Wednesday night.

LSU, Les Miles reach settlement agreement for $1.5M

LSU announced Thursday, November 15 they’ve reached a settlement agreement with former head football coach, Les Miles.

Habitat for Humanity tackling blight in Baton Rouge

Thursday was a very special morning for Keiosha Turley. She watched as Habitat for Humanity volunteers started demolition on a vacant home on N 31st Street. In its place, the group bill built a new house for her, her three children, and her niece.

WANTED: Man accused of beating pregnant girlfriend

Authorities in Baton Rouge are actively looking for a man wanted for allegedly beating his pregnant girlfriend.

  Clinton mayor accused of using public funds to buy tent, banner with her name on them

Clinton Mayor Lori Bell was arrested Thursday, November 15 on multiple charges.

Serial killer linked to 90 murders confesses to two Louisiana cold cases

According to the Houma Police Department, Samuel Little admitted to killing Dorothy Richards of Gray, LA, and Daisy McGuire, 40 of Houma.

Sunshine Bridge repairs progressing, according to latest update; work still expected to be complete in Jan. 2019

Crews are making progress in getting the Sunshine Bridge repaired and reopened, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

Serial killer linked to over 90 cases admits to Odessa woman’s 1994 murder

A man connected to several cold cases across the country has confessed to killing an Odessa woman in 1994.

‘Hee Haw’ host Roy Clark dies

A publicist said country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century, has died.

Parents, students complain about mold on frozen waffles served at school

Several parents and students contacted WAFB to complain about mold on frozen waffles that were served to students for breakfast at school.

Slidell Police: Drug-related rampage leaves two dead, one wounded

A Slidell man went on a violent crime spree before he was shot and killed by someone he was allegedly trying to rob, police said.

Buckle up: More than 54 million Americans to travel this Thanksgiving

This will be the busiest year for Thanksgiving travel since 2005.

Mailman accused of failing to deliver hundreds of pieces of mail facing federal charges

A Baton Rouge mail carrier accused of failing to deliver, maybe even destroying, hundreds of pieces of mail is now facing federal charges.

Chief believes home that caught fire was just being moved back into following historic flood

Firefighters were called out to a house fire Thursday morning in Baker. The Baker Fire Department reported it happened on Johnson Street at Groom Road around 8 a.m.

HAND IT ON: Holly Reynolds

We met Holly Reynolds about two years ago when WAFB’s Donna Britt did a story on her and all the work she’s done helping stray animals in our area. Reynolds is the founder of the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society, or CAAWS.

Bicyclist dies after getting hit by 2 vehicles

A bicyclist was killed in Baton Rouge when he was hit by two vehicles Wednesday night.

CAUGHT: Work release inmate escapes in West Feliciana Parish

A work release inmate who escaped custody Wednesday night has been captured, according to authorities.

NOPD searching for missing man who threatened to harm himself

According to NOPD, Jahmaal Coston got into a verbal altercation with his mother over taking medicine for his mental condition.

Woman who pleaded guilty to fatal drunk driving sentenced to 20 years in prison

Olivia Matte pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide.

Report: Student accused of having loaded gun on campus says he was afraid after brother got shot

A student was found with a loaded gun on the campus of a Baton Rouge high school Wednesday, according to court documents.

Woman charged with animal cruelty after 44 dead dogs found in freezer

The rescued dogs were treated by animal shelter workers and taken to regional shelters for fostering or adoption.

Water heaters recalled due to fire hazard

The company says the heaters' flame arrestor can fail to work properly and pose a fire hazard when the units are installed on a wood or other combustible surface.

Elderly woman who used wheelchair unable to escape when family dog attacked

The three family dogs were taken into custody by animal control, which will determine what will be done with them.

Victims identified after Tunica-bound tour bus overturns on slick Mississippi highway

Two people are dead and 44 others are injured after a tour bus overturned in DeSoto County, Mississippi, about 40 miles south of Memphis.

EBR metro council grounds debate, lands on new airport director

The search is scrapped and the Baton Rouge Airport finally has a new director. In a 10 to 2 vote, the East baton Rouge Metro Council grounded the debate Wednesday night and appointed Interim Director J. Mike Edwards to the permanent post.

Metro council passes industrial tax breaks

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council created a big compromise for the future of industrial tax breaks, known as ITEP.

GRAPHIC: Mom warns against vape pen after one explodes, leaving son with shattered jaw

A mother's warning tonight against vape pens. This after one exploded in her son's mouth, breaking his jaw in three places, knocking out many of his teeth.

Crime rate rises around holidays, police say

The Sulphur Police Department has tips for residents to keep safe this holiday season.

French Settlement mayor appoints interim police chief

The mayor of French Settlement has appointed an interim police chief after the former chief resigned amidst allegations of malfeasance in office.

Firefighters begin to see progress against deadly California blazes, as death toll rises to 59

The cause of the fires remains under investigation, but they broke out around the time and place two utilities reported equipment trouble.

Family shares life saving efforts of staff at OLOL Children’s Hospital

Atticus Southall is your typical 7-year-old, with a love of books and reading. However, his story could be very different today.

Drummer realizes dream on the football field

Raucous beats bounce off the walls inside the St. Michael the Archangel High School band room. The drum line is warming up. In the center position, rat-a-tatting his snare is Tyler Patton. The high school senior has been banging the skins for what seem like his entire life.

Baton Rouge High teacher dies attempting to assist in crash on Mississippi roadway

A beloved Baton Rouge High School teacher died Monday afternoon as she was attempting to assist other motorists involved in a crash on I-55 in Copiah County, Mississippi.

Medicaid fraud cost Louisiana as much as $85 million

Louisiana spent between $60 and $85 million providing Medicaid coverage to recipients who were ineligible for the program because they made too much money since the program’s expansion in 2016, according to a new report from the legislative auditor.

Person wanted for allegedly robbing Dollar General in Ascension Parish

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is actively looking for a person accused of robbing a Dollar General in Donaldsonville.

WAFB’s Donna Britt honored with Golden Deeds award

WAFB 9News is offering big congratulations to our own Donna Britt.

Gov. Edwards touts Louisiana’s criminal justice reform in California

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was in California on Wednesday to discuss criminal justice reform.

Leaked video shows violent struggle as officer says student grabbed for gun

WAFB's 9News Investigators obtained leaked footage from Brusly Middle School that shows a police officer place a student in a choke-hold, then slam him to the ground twice as staff members anxiously pace behind a desk. Two officers resigned, and the case is under investigation by state authorities.

Capitol Elementary starting golf program at school thanks to donation

Capitol Elementary School is getting a big boost to help start up a new golf program at the school.

FTC warns consumers about paying scammers with gift cards

With the holidays quickly approaching, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers about scammers stealing money via gift cards.