The Investigators

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

Rather than taking a tax refund check and splurging on a quick shopping spree, NerdWallet advises people make smart spending – or saving - plans.

  City leaders say lawsuit is possible after taxpayers had to cover outstanding Flambeau Fest bill

  High-ranking La. state worker photographed golfing, shopping on the clock

  KIRAN: Vaping with THC among children on the rise; laws slow to catch up

  LSP launches probe into WBR sheriff

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Active lawsuit from lender, allegations of unpaid bills raise questions about future of Flambeau Fest

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Ticketholders inflamed after Flambeau Fest fails to deliver refunds, follow-up concert

Continued Coverage

  Undercounting hate: FBI will not report its hate crime numbers again this year as required by law

  DOTD eyeing 5 locations for possible new bridge in Baton Rouge area

  KIRAN: What’s the hold up with getting another bridge for Baton Rouge?

  4 employees leave LSU over state law dispute

  Denham Springs mobile home park the subject of second 9News Investigation

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

  Accused serial killer pleads not guilty by reason of insanity; court motions move forward

In 2018, a panel of doctors said Ryan Sharpe was not competent enough to proceed with murder charges in two parishes.

  KIRAN: FBI, former deputy comment on situation surrounding WBR sheriff

The FBI is considering investigating after a report from the 9News Investigators showed an undocumented immigrant, serving time for a sex crime against a 13-year-old girl, was working unsupervised at Cazes’ home. LSP has declined to do so.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Man arrested for posing as LSU employee has lengthy criminal history, court records show

A deeper dive into court records reveals Winfrey has a significant criminal history, with various theft and bank fraud charges going back to 1990. This latest fake job arrest is not the first time he has been accused of running a similar scheme.

  KIRAN: Watchdog says West Baton Rouge sheriff may have broken the law

A law enforcement watchdog says the actions of West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes may rise to criminal misconduct.

  KIRAN: Sex offender found working at home of West Baton Rouge sheriff

Audit shows Housing Authority of Lake Charles may have violated state constitution

  New names added to list of Baton Rouge clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing minors

  Zurik: High insurance costs drive businesses to the brink of closure

  Zurik: Is Louisiana’s ‘legal hellhole’ to blame for sky-high auto insurance rates?

  Man accused of murder less than 3 months after being released from prison

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

With sweeping tax code changes affecting this year's filings, experts from NerdWallet help explain how the changes will work for different people.

  Untested water: 99.9 percent of foreign fish goes without testing for unsafe drugs

According to government reports, there is evidence that the main oversight agency for seafood, the Food and Drug Administration, has failed to meet new mandates to increase inspections at foreign food facilities.

  Man sentenced to life for two murders could be granted parole by governor

Tamara Frank thought she had closure when the man convicted of killing her sister was put away for life, that is until she received a letter in the mail saying he is now up for a clemency hearing.

  Crime Stoppers offers up to $5k for suspect on the run for 12 years

“I don’t sleep at night. We don’t go places. We don’t do anything. There’s no joy,” said Judy Zieto. That’s how she describes the past 12 years after she said one incident changed everything.

  Calculating hate: Federally mandated count leaves out untold number of crimes in America

Serious hate crimes from murders to attempted bombings do not show up in federal hate crime data, according to analysis by InvestigateTV.

Punishing hate: Paper tiger laws serve up little to no penalties for attackers

Prosecutors say some state hate crime laws are so weak they "aren't worth the paper they're printed on."

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Under Facebook's policies, convicted sex offenders are not allowed on the site; however, InvestigateTV identified multiple offenders who appeared to have recently active profiles.

  KIRAN: Legislative auditor says Clinton will have to go before fiscal review committee

After a series of 9News investigations, the Louisiana legislative auditor sent their auditors to East Feliciana Parish to start looking through the Town of Clinton’s finances. Since then, audior has told Clinton officials they will have to go before a fiscal review committee.

  KIRAN: Legislative auditors to look through Clinton’s finances following 9News reports

The Louisiana legislative auditor will soon be in Clinton to review the town’s finances and worst case scenario, a court may have to order a fiscal administrator to take over.

  KIRAN: Clinton mayor arrested amid 9News Investigation

The mayor of Clinton, Louisiana was arrested on a charge of malfeasance in office amid a 9News Investigation into the town’s ongoing issues with its water supply.

  KIRAN: Despite certified letter, Clinton officials claim they never received second notice

After a series of 9News investigations, Clinton’s water issues bubbled to the surface at Tuesday’s town hall meeting.

  KIRAN: State says Clinton water deficiencies are not fixed

Two inspectors from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) spent their morning in East Feliciana Parish Monday, Jan. 7 following Clinton Mayor Lori Bell telling the 9News Investigators Friday that the majority of the 22 deficiencies they were cited for had been fixed.

  KIRAN: Clinton mayor says water deficiencies are fixed

Clinton Mayor Lori Bell tells the 9News Investigators that 21 of the 22 deficiencies in the town’s water system have been corrected as has the well that had been shut down. This comes after a series of 9News investigations this week.

  KIRAN: Clinton’s water operator resigns as second deadline to fix deficiencies approaches

Just one day after a 9News investigation into Clinton’s water system in East Feliciana Parish, the man in charge of overseeing the department has called it quits, according to his resignation letter.

Watching Your Wallet: How much could you earn if you invested your coffee money?

Financial experts from NerdWallet say saving and investing as little as $20 a week can amount to $170,000 in retirement money.

Air of Uncertainty: Government shutdown impacts EPA air monitoring around Denka plant

With the government shutdown, the EPA is not taking air monitoring samples around the Denka plant.

  KIRAN: State warns of possible ‘public health emergency’ over water in Clinton

The East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Town of Clinton’s failure to maintain an acceptable public water system. The town’s water system is in bad shape, according to a letter from the Louisiana Department of Health that cited 22 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

  DOTD engineer may have questionably close relationship with owner of company repairing Sunshine Bridge

Photos obtained by the WAFB 9News Investigators raise questions about an engineer with the state’s Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and whether he has too cozy of a relationship with a company that builds roads in Louisiana, including going with them on hunting and fishing trips.

Newly released audit highlights troopers arrests uncovered by FOX 8 ‘State of Unrest’ investigations

The legislative auditor highlights the April 30 arrests of two current and two former state troopers.

  New water usage fee hits 3,000 in Baker

Some residents in the City of Baker are frustrated after noticing their water bill suddenly went up last month. The city tacked on a small fee to make up for the hit their system took during the historic flooding of 2016, but not everyone is buying it.

  Former Port Allen officer files suit against chief promoting officer because ‘God told him to’

A former Port Allen police officer filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging Port Allen Police Chief Esdron Brown is making decisions based on religion, including giving someone a promotion because “God told him to” do so.

Virginia College officials announce closure of campuses nationwide

Virginia College, the for-profit college owned by Education Corporation of America, is closing down due to financial and educational circumstances.

  Watching Your Wallet: Strengthen your financial fitness before 2019

While many people think about health and wellness resolutions for the new year, financial experts recommend thinking about money goals too.

  Clinton police chief arrested, again

Dunn’s latest arrest Wednesday comes on the heels of a previous arrest Oct. 12 during which he and Mayor Lori Ann Bell were each charged with obtaining leased vehicles by false representation and malfeasance in office.

  Five BRPD cops claimed over $100k in overtime to do office work

In fewer than nine months, those five BRPD officers together made more than $116,000 on top of their already high salaries. That’s more than enough to hire three new officers. Their total compensation, including base salaries and overtime but not including benefits or outside work details, will cost

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.

  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.

  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.

  Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

Thousands of nuclear weapons workers are seeking compensation from a federal program that has ballooned far past initial projections - and some say they're being denied based on incorrect information.

Zurik: State senator pocketing money while calling in sick

Documented proof has been discovered that a Louisiana state senator may be breaking the law.

  Golden Meadow police chief accused of punching man, trying to cover it up

The 9News Investigators have obtained video surveillance that shows a south Louisiana police chief punching a man outside of a bar, then throwing a woman to the ground. Now, that same chief in Golden Meadow is accused of trying to cover it up.

  Will Sunshine Bridge be repaired on time? Contractor has history of delaying projects

The company assigned to repair the Sunshine Bridge has a history of failing to meet deadlines on state highway construction contracts. Since 2012, Coastal Bridge Co. has fallen behind on 24 separate projects, netting late fees totaling more than $750,000.

Watching Your Wallet: Company offering to help lower student debt under investigation

A company offering to help people reduce their student loan debt is now under investigation. One St. Louis woman says her debt actually increased after trying to work with the company.

  Mice. Mold. Messes.

Hundreds of Americans live in deplorable rental properties and their landlord is the federal government. The properties need $50 billion in repairs. Uncle Sam now is hoping that private investors will save public housing.

  Watching Your Wallet: Will Social Security be there when you retire?

Research shows many Americans are concerned with whether Social Security will be available when they retire, but many aren’t saving. NerdWallet experts help explain the realities of Social Security and what you can do.

  KIRAN: French Settlement police chief resigns effective immediately

French Settlement Police Chief Harry Brignac has resigned as the top cop, effective October 31 at noon, according to his resignation letter submitted to the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.

You’re in a political ad. (But you don’t know who’s behind it)

Political organizations with shadowy origins are spending millions on Facebook ads, and some people featured in the ads don't know who the groups are either.

  Latest on fed raid of Denham Springs towing company

The FBI continued its silence Monday about what they found during Friday’s raid of American Coachworks, a towing company in Denham Springs.

  Staying aware of the list of sex offenders that live in Louisiana

The Louisiana State Police offers an online sex offender database that allows community members to track the reported physical whereabouts or location of convicted sex offenders, sexually violent predators, and child predators that live or work within their zip code.

  KIRAN: EBR city-parish has been cutting privately owned lots for a decade

A tractor that was purchased with East Baton Rouge Parish tax dollars was being used to cut grass on private property, according to the EBR Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Rowdy Gaudet.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel More, Spend Less

Brad Barrett took $4,000 Disney trip for a family of four for only $150. Seriously.

  Kassie Federer’s parents speak out after DNA links man to daughter’s murder 19 years ago

For nearly two decades, parents held on to hope that the person who killed their daughter would be found. Now, 19 years later, Travis Green, 49, has been linked to Kassie Frederer’s murder, but her parents say they still don’t have closure.

  KIRAN: Fred Dunn resigns as Clinton police chief amid 9News Investigation

The 9News Investigators have confirmed that Clinton Police Chief Frederick Dunn has resigned from the police department and the assistant police chief, Ned Davis, is acting chief right now.

  KIRAN: Clinton police chief under criminal probe, warrant says

Investigators have obtained a search warrant to look into Clinton Police Chief Frederick Dunn and a bank account tied to the Clinton Police Department. Authorities are trying to determine if Dunn improperly issued checks to himself and others from the department’s narcotics seizure fund, records sho

  Watching Your Wallet: Budget now for holiday spending

Planning travel and shopping months in advance can pay off in the long run, financial experts say.

  Schedler sexual harassment settlement nearing end

The out-of-court settlement in the sexual harassment lawsuit against former Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is nearing an end.

  Report: Customers are overpaying on a quarter of all prescriptions

A new study shows patients are overpaying on prescriptions sometimes because they are using insurance, rather than paying the cash price.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Escaped inmate caught after 15 years

Lonnie Joseph Payne has been arrested in Mexico and is in jail in the United States after being on the run for 15 years, according to sources.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Head of EBR mayor’s security transferred, under investigation

A Baton Rouge police lieutenant, who served as the head of security detail for Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, has been transferred and is under investigation, the 9NEWS INVESTIGATORS have learned.

  KIRAN: Possible resolution discussed between City of Baker and fired officer

The City of Baker has acknowledged it’s ready to consider making a deal to settle the case involving fired officer, Adam Procell, but there’s a condition. This comes as the officer is set to file an appeal to get his job back.

  Ascension Parish man recently arrested has history of hate crimes

Sherman Jackson, the chief of the Gonzales Police Department, is furious after a man with a criminal history was released from jail after being arrested for a hate crime last week.

  Big Pharma was supposed to self-police fentanyl prescriptions. It failed. Patients died.

Internal documents show lax enforcement, missed opportunities by the federal government.

  Driver’s ed school took their money, then cancelled all classes

Several teens and parents in Tangipahoa Parish are frustrated with a driver’s ed school that took their money then abruptly closed. The owners said the OMV shut down their school in retaliation for a heated dispute they had with two state employees.

  You can help uncover political ad targeting on Facebook

Use the Facebook Political Ad Collector to help categorize ads and understand why they are targeting you.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Flambeau Fest breaks silence to customers, plans second concert for March

Flambeau Fest appears to be set for March of 2019, according to an email sent to ticket holders late Tuesday afternoon. The email appears to be sent from the Flambeau Fest Refund Team and was seemingly sent out to update those who were still waiting for upgraded tickets from the 2017 festival.

  Clinton town officials ordered to take Chevy Tahoes out of use; investigation ongoing

Clinton town officials are under investigation for alleged malfeasance. The East Feliciana Sheriff's Office and state authorities served two subpoenas Wednesday morning as part of a probe into four vehicles leased without board approval and allegations of illegal activity in the Mayor's Court.

  KIRAN: More than two dozen officers have left Port Allen PD since Chief Brown elected

Port Allen councilman, Garry Hubble, has asked for a hiring freeze on any new Port Allen police officers while he says he’s trying to figure out what’s happening at the department.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Ticketholders want answers after Flambeau Fest organizers appear silent on refunds, upgrades

Courtney Hebert believes something is not right after she says the folks at Flambeau Fest have fallen silent about their future plans. "It’s kind of disheartening," she said.