The Investigators

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

Markell Woods has been in and out of prison since he was 16-years-old, but was recently released after serving his time. Now, less than three months later, he stands accused of murder.

  New name added to Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge’s list of names of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing minors

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

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

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

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

Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

Continued Coverage

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

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

KIRAN: Clinton mayor arrested amid 9News Investigation

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

KIRAN: State says Clinton water deficiencies are not fixed

KIRAN: Clinton mayor says water deficiencies are fixed

  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

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

New water usage fee hits 3,000 in Baker

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

Virginia College officials announce closure of campuses nationwide

Watching Your Wallet: Strengthen your financial fitness before 2019

  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.

KIRAN: Baker civil service board upholds officer’s termination

The Baker Civil Service Board has announced they will uphold the termination of Sgt. Adam Procell.

POWERPLAY: Baker officer arrested in alleged ‘witch hunt’ led by police chief

A former Baker police officer was arrested last year in a situation that one of his colleagues described as a “witch hunt” and personal vendetta led by the police chief and his captain.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Did Clinton police chief pose as town attorney to get new SUVs?

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, town aldermen directed Clinton mayor, Lori Bell, to return four Chevy Tahoes she leased at a cost of more than $200,000 without their approval. But this may have opened a new can of worms, as the company that financed the vehicles is now threatening to sue the Town of Clinton for breach of contract.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: No charges for Livonia High teacher accused of locking student in closet

A teacher at Livonia High School in Pointe Coupee Parish has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of locking a student in a closet.

One of two Baker deputy marshals pulled off the streets back after passing psychological exam

One of the two deputy marshals who were pulled off the streets because they did not pass a psychological exam, is now back on the job.

KIRAN: How can someone become ‘chief of police’ by writing a letter to the state?

How difficult is it to become a top-ranking police officer in the eyes of Louisiana? Typing up a short letter and signing it "chief of police" might work.

INVESTIGATORS: Family desperate for answers, help after surviving brutal shooting attack

Frantic 911 calls do not quite capture the absolute horror Fanta Lee says she lived through when someone launched what she describes as a bomb into her Avenue J home back on April 20, 2018.

Former LSP supt. testifies at hearing for troopers appealing demotion for lavish trip

Two troopers with Louisiana State Police who were demoted in rank following an internal affairs investigation into an expensive trip to a conference paid for by the public are appealing that punishment.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Did LSP trooper’s connection to stolen identity case lead to arrest of wrong person?

His life turned into a nightmare with one knock on his door.


The head of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) says the agency, which includes child welfare, is strapped for cash and stretched thin. As a result, some children could be paying the price. The 9News Investigators spoke to some grandmothers and mothers who are concerned their cases were forgotten.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Changes underway at Plaquemine Manor

There have been some big changes at a nursing home in Plaquemine, where the 9News Investigators uncovered reports of unsanitary living conditions, missing records, and policy violations.

KIRAN: BRPD body cam, DWI confusion at traffic stop

A Baton Rouge police officer falsely claimed he was not "DWI certified" when asked why he failed to investigate a man for possibly driving drunk and causing a crash, the department said Monday.

KIRAN: Baker mayor orders deputy marshals pulled off duty after 9News investigation

Two deputy marshals in the City of Baker have been pulled off the streets effective Monday afternoon after the 9News Investigators took their questions to the city's mayor, Darnell Waites.

KIRAN: Auditors release findings into how BRAVE contracts were issued

A report released Monday on the embattled Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program found issues with a couple of the program's contracts.

City may have violated state law by selling properties below fair market value

The Legislative Auditor's Office found the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge may have violated state law when it sold two pieces of surplus real estate for less than their fair market value in land deals that raised eyebrows when they came to light in 2017.

KIRAN: Bond modified for man accused of holding teen hostage, raping him

A hearing was held Friday, May 25 in Mark Russell's case. He's accused of holding a teenage boy hostage for four days and raping him

KIRAN: Police captain downgrades charge from felony to misdemeanor, disregards judge’s signed warrant

A police captain in New Roads is drawing attention after he disregarded a judge's felony warrant by asking a second judge to issue paperwork that made the case look like a misdemeanor.

Former Patterson police officer accused of sexual harassment speaks out

Kirby Madison claims he is a victim of discrimination and harassment and said he is taking the City to court.


Two high-ranking officers have been fired and a police chief retired following a reported case of sexual harassment at the Patterson Police Department.

Questioning DARE: Baker officer assigned to teach DARE skips school instead

The City of Baker lost nearly all of its grant money to teach school kids about drug awareness after the police officer in charge of the program simply didn't show up to any of the schools.

KIRAN: Baker rape suspect attempts suicide

The Baker, Louisiana man accused of holding a teenage boy against his will and raping him is now hospitalized after attempting to kill himself, police say.

KIRAN: Lawyer in Gruver hazing case seeks info on secret LSU Police recordings

A lawyer representing one of the suspects in the LSU hazing death of Max Gruver has asked prosecutors for more information about what is contained in an audiotape of LSU police officers discussing the Gruver case and other topics.

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