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Baton Rouge, La.
Robb Hays is the News Director for WAFB 9News.
Recent Articles by Robb
John Paul Funes now in federal custody
The former head of the OLOL Foundation, John Paul Funes, has started his federal prison sentence for embezzlement. He reported to a federal prison in Indiana Monday, Dec. 2.
Published December 2, 2019 at 10:02 PM
Motorcyclist critically injured in Prairieville
A motorcyclist was critically injured Wednesday night after a crash in Ascension Parish.
Published November 20, 2019 at 7:44 PM
LSP clarifies 2013 Dennis Perkins complaint
Louisiana State Police (LSP) issued a statement Tuesday clarifying that agency’s role in a 2014 complaint investigation involving Dennis Perkins.
Published October 29, 2019 at 2:41 PM
Livingston sheriff discusses 2013 allegation against Dennis Perkins
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard confirmed Monday, Oct. 28 he was told in 2014 about his former deputy, Dennis Perkins, allegedly acting “inappropriately” with a teenage girl.
Published October 28, 2019 at 4:16 PM
Gov. Edwards asks “Where’s Eddie?”
The governor slammed Rispone for his close friendship with Baton Rouge contractor Lane Grigsby, who the governor Monday called "corrupt."
Published October 28, 2019 at 2:10 PM
Painter drops out of Ascension Parish president race
Murphy Painter dropped out of the race for Ascension Parish president Monday, Oct. 21.
Published October 21, 2019 at 4:41 PM
Audio bombshell dropped in race for Ascension Parish president
An online publication dropped diesel fuel Friday, Oct. 18 on the thus far relatively clean race for Ascension Parish president.
Published October 18, 2019 at 5:10 PM
Having lost election, will Rick Webre return to Ascension OHSEP?
Now that he’s lost the election, will Rick Webre try to return to his old $96,907 per year job as OHSEP director?
Published October 17, 2019 at 4:19 PM
One-fourth of St. George voters have already cast ballots
Almost one-fourth of registered voters in the new proposed City of St. George have already voted, new state records show.
Published October 9, 2019 at 3:48 PM
Early voting errors prompt paper ballots
A small number of errors with Louisiana’s early voting machines has led to some voters having to use a paper ballot, election officials said Tuesday.
Published October 1, 2019 at 5:09 PM
Wake up: It’s Jeff Landry texting
If you were startled out of your sleep by a 3 a.m. text message Thursday morning, you are not alone.
Published September 26, 2019 at 10:44 AM
Opponent disqualified, C. Denise Marcelle to serve another House term
Amy Marie Pollard, one of two candidates to enter the race for Louisiana House District 61, has been disqualified from the race.
Published August 20, 2019 at 1:31 PM
Attorney: Former head of LSP cleared by La. Board of Ethics
The attorney for the former head of Louisiana State Police confirmed Wednesday, Aug. 14 that his client, Mike Edmonson, has been cleared by the Louisiana Board of Ethics in several investigations involving alleged misconduct.
Published August 15, 2019 at 9:37 AM
Denham Springs mayor responds to police union claims
On Thursday, July 18, Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry disputed several claims levied by the leader of a union for police officers, including a claim that the city’s police department is in “peril.”
Published July 18, 2019 at 5:11 PM
9NEWS INVESTIGATORS: Accused dognapper was witness in 2010 death investigation
The same woman accused of leaving a dog to die inside a truck she allegedly stole in Baton Rouge last weekend found herself caught up in another bizarre death case nearly a decade ago.
Published July 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Head of La. Troopers Association retires after gun incident
The executive director of the Louisiana State Troopers Association, who fired a shot at his daughter’s boyfriend in early June, has retired.
Published June 27, 2019 at 8:43 PM
State: Use tape to reattach inspection stickers
Vehicle inspection stations across Louisiana have been inundated with phone calls and visits from people wanting to replace their vehicle inspection stickers that won’t stay stuck.
Published June 20, 2019 at 4:16 PM
Is your inspection sticker not sticking?
Workers at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles are dealing with a pesky problem.
Published June 19, 2019 at 6:37 PM
Judge denies planned bridge protests
On Friday, May 31, a district court judge denied a request by protesters to march across the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish and the I-10 bridge in Baton Rouge the first weekend of June.
Published May 31, 2019 at 2:56 PM
Neese Industries to close May 31
A longtime Ascension Parish business specializing in rain gear will be closing its doors at the end of this month, eliminating 30 full-time jobs.
Published May 20, 2019 at 10:59 AM
Proposed change to Sunday alcohol sales in EBR could mean drinks for sale earlier
Mimosas could be flowing one hour earlier on Sundays if the EBR Metro Council approves a proposal to push up the start time for certain Sunday alcohol sales.
Published May 8, 2019 at 3:13 PM
Man cleared in Denham Springs ATF raid, weapons to be returned
The owner of a Denham Springs business has been cleared after federal authorities raided the business in October 2018.
Published May 3, 2019 at 2:07 PM
APSO investigating reported jail brawl
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation into an altercation between at least one inmate and guards at the parish jail.
Published May 2, 2019 at 10:48 AM
Kona Grill permanently closes at Perkins Rowe
Kona Grill, a popular restaurant at Perkins Rowe in Baton Rouge, has permanently closed as the company struggles financially.
Published April 18, 2019 at 12:25 PM
La. Supreme Court halts murder trial of man accused of killing Shreveport officer after jury pool issue
The Louisiana Supreme Court has issued a stay of all proceedings in Grover Cannon’s murder trial until they say otherwise.
Published April 11, 2019 at 5:42 PM
High-ranking La. state worker photographed golfing, shopping on the clock
The photographs and the embarrassing details related to them were part of a report that the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office publicly released Monday.
Published April 8, 2019 at 12:30 PM
La. accidentally sends out $26 million in ‘double’ tax refunds
Louisiana has accidentally paid double tax refunds for nearly 66,000 taxpayers amounting to almost $26 million.
Published March 15, 2019 at 1:48 PM
Chef Tee Wayne Abshire dead at 51
A renowned Ascension Parish chef and former World Champion Jambalaya cook died the morning of Tuesday, Mar. 12 of a sudden illness.
Published March 12, 2019 at 3:16 PM
Security cam catches postman spraying barking dog
A Louisiana woman was horrified after viewing security video that shows a postman spraying her barking dog with repellent while delivering a package at her home near Baton Rouge.
Published March 11, 2019 at 10:06 PM
Gas sold for a penny after pumps malfunction at Baton Rouge station
Gas prices have been low for weeks, but nothing quite like this.
Published December 11, 2018 at 11:31 PM
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