Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Here is a perfect example of how one simple phone call can make a difference. In this week's Contact 9, Lauren Westbrook shows how an East Baton Rouge parent's concern brought about change almost immediately.
Friday the 13th can strike fear in the superstitious. On that day, a little over a week ago, Tamara Coleman's fears came true down the street from her son's school bus stop.
"When I was backing out of my driveway, I saw nothin' but red lights up there, which was very frightening to me," said Tamara.
Tamara normally texts her 14-year-old son just before 6 a.m. to make sure he gets to his bus stop ok. His bus stop is on Highway 19 near Cunard Street.
On that Friday morning, she never got a response. "Right as he had stepped on the bus, that's when he said the car-they could hear like screechin' noises and that's when the car slammed into the back of the bus."
Tamara shot video on her cell phone when she arrived at the scene of her son's bus accident. She says he hit his head on the back of a seat when the bus was rear ended by a car. He did not have to be treated for injuries. Thankfully, neither did any of the other children.
For Tamara, this accident confirmed her suspicions that the location of the bus stop was not safe.
"This highway is a very very busy highway any time of the day or night. It's always constant traffic there," said Tamara.
After a call to the school board and a conversation with her son's bus driver, Tamara contacted 9. Her suggestion to the district, move the stop to Cunard Street, off the highway.
"I'm very uncomfortable until he is on the bus," she said. WAFB called East Baton Rouge officials. We were told the best route with concerns like hers is to call the Transportation Department directly, which Tamara did not do. Once we did that, the stop was moved immediately to the spot Tamara suggested.
While the district did not go on camera on this issue, they did issue a statement reiterating how important it is to contact the Transportation Department first with any concerns about your child's bus stop. Their number is 225-226-3784.