The Investigators

  Man accused of killing civil rights activist argues DNA was illegally seized, planted at crime scene

Attorneys representing Ronn Jermaine Bell, Sr., the man accused of strangling Baton Rouge icon, Sadie Roberts-Joseph, before allegedly abandoning her body in the trunk of a car, accused investigators of using chunks of hair snatched from Bell’s head without consent to falsely link him to the crime.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Ascension leaders spend over $10k on hotels, fees for taxpayer-funded conference to Vegas, records show

  EXCLUSIVE: Gert Town residents possibly exposed to dangerous levels of radium, EPA memo shows

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Man accused of killing Sadie Roberts-Joseph previously convicted in other heinous crime

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Two elected leaders defend Las Vegas business trip during Hurricane Barry

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

  Family wants justice in loved one’s death nearly a decade after accused dognapper questioned in case

Continued Coverage

  9NEWS INVESTIGATORS: Accused dognapper was witness in 2010 death investigation

  KIRAN: Former Iberville Oaks employee, woman who quit job to care for ailing mother speak about facility’s poor conditions

KIRAN: Attorney General’s Office takes over Clinton mayor, former chief criminal cases

  THE INVESTIGATORS: La. Dept. of Health’s records show several violations at Iberville nursing home

  KIRAN: Alleged neglect at a Louisiana nursing home

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

  Cost of Choice: State Department of Education possibly breaking rules set up for voucher schools

The Louisiana Department of Education has allowed at least seven 'for-profit' schools into the state's scholarship program despite a rule saying that state and federal money cannot go to 'for-profit' schools.

KSLA INVESTIGATES: OMV gets own policy wrong, denies free taxpayer service

Having to stop at the Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) can be a frustrating hassle for many drivers throughout Louisiana. However, for Jeffrey Giffin, his gripe has nothing to do with long lines and prolonged waits. He just wants a straight answer.

  New allegations of abuse could prove teen acted in self-defense in father’s killing

New allegations that 17 year old Anthony Templet had been subjected to years of abuse and that he had been kept away from his family for 11 years, according to Templet’s sister, could lay the framework for the teen’s legal team to argue self-defense.

  Family says Baton Rouge teen who killed father went missing 11 years ago

The family of a Baton Rouge teen accused of killing his father says they had been searching for the teen for more than a decade.

KIRAN: Check from brother of WBR Sheriff written out to same inmate who worked at sheriff’s home

  KIRAN: Sheriff Cazes says ‘I made a mistake. I’m sorry.’ on interrogation tape

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Penalties could follow for Republic Services if improvement plan falls short

The Cost of Choice: Governor to push for changes to Louisiana Scholarship Program

  Man found asleep in Governor’s Mansion accused of attempting to illegally enter nearby home hours earlier

Miami homicide detectives have little luck speaking with NBA Youngboy during visit to Louisiana

  Louisiana scientists accused of stealing trade secrets from renowned Baton Rouge Water Institute

Two scientists have been arrested and charged with attempting to steal trade secrets from the Water Institute of the Gulf

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Mechanic claims problems with River Highlands road work could pose larger issues for area drivers

The road leading into the River Highlands in St. Amant is freshly paved now, but the 9News Investigators have learned the problems with the project could end up affecting other area drivers.

  Zurik: State senator cuts check for use of sick time during legislative session

A state senator has cut a check for discrepancies raised in a FOX 8 Investigation into his pay during a recent legislative session.

LAWSUIT: BRPD officers responded too slowly after drive-by shooting, explosive device thrown into home

A 2018 attack on a Baton Rouge family left them fearing for their lives and searching for answers. More than a year later, they’re still searching, but they also want answers from the Baton Rouge Police Department.

  KIRAN: Former state fire marshal inspector convicted, sentenced

Nearly seven years after a deadly fire, a former Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (LAOSFM) investigator, Nunzio Marchiafava, 73, has been convicted.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Southern University reviewing policies after violating open meetings law

Four Southern University employees are fighting back after their attorney says they were punished for refusing to break the law for a high-ranking university official.

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Want to get top dollar for your home this spring? Or are you looking to buy your first home? NerdWallet gives tips for those on both sides of the equation.

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Scientists are using forensic genetics to help solve decades-old cold cases.

  Failed and Forgotten

The deaths of hundreds of children because of abuse or neglect goes unnoticed every year by agencies that protect kids. Congress and a 45-year-old law are largely to blame.

  A trifecta of failures puts kids at risk

When children die because of abuse or neglect, child protection agencies are often blamed – they are underfunded and overworked. But there are many other culprits who failed children.

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

Carfax experts say there are potentially more than one million cars on the roads with false odometer readings - meaning their mileage has been rolled back to make the vehicles look like they have less wear and tear.

  INVESTIGATORS: Flambeau Fest to face second lawsuit amid 9News Investigation

The City of Gonzales has decided to move ahead with a lawsuit to try to recover tax dollars from Flambeau Fest organizers and the media company behind the event, PI Entertainment.

  Town of Clinton close to fixing all deficiencies for water system

The Town of Clinton’s water system is in full compliance with all safe drinking water standards, according to Louisiana Department of Health’s (LDH) spokesperson, Robert Johannessen.

  KIRAN: State Police clear West Baton Rouge Sheriff in criminal probe

Louisiana State Police have concluded no probable cause exists to criminally charge West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes after the WAFB 9NEWS Investigators discovered both an inmate performing work at his home and the sheriff using a parish-owned van for his personal use.

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.

  SOCIAL ‘INSECURITY’: Rules meant to prevent ‘double dipping’ eat away at retirement benefits for some residents

Rules introduced in the Social Security Amendments of 1983 were intended to do some good, however, two of those rules are catching government workers, teachers, and their spouses hoping to cash in on their pensions off guard.

Diocese of Lake Charles list of credibly accused clergy

The Diocese of Lake Charles has released a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.

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

The fallout over Flambeau Fest continues as yet another accuser has come forward, adding to the avalanche of debt the nearly 2-year-old concert has allegedly left in its wake.

  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.

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

In Louisiana, Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stasi says deputies have arrested young adults for having vape pens which use THC, the active ingredient in Marijuana.

  LSP launches probe into WBR sheriff

An inmate serving time for a sex crime was found working unsupervised at the sheriff's home.

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

Flambeau Fest and its possibly questionable future are the center of controversy once again as the concert hits a sour note with ticketholders.

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

Many ticketholders are now growing increasingly concerned about the future of the event and claim organizers have once again gone silent as the concert misses a second deadline.

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

The Uniform Crime Reporting Act of 1988 requires federal law enforcement agencies to submit information about their cases to a federal database maintained by the FBI; however, those agencies are currently not submitting data, including information about hate crimes.

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

There are five locations along the Mississippi River that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is looking into for a possible new bridge.

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

Before the sun ever rises, cars braking light up the dawn sky. No matter the time or location, traffic never really lets up.

  4 employees leave LSU over state law dispute

LSU says four highly-compensated university employees who refused to follow a state law tied to their employment have resigned.

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

David Fawcett lives at the Highland Village Mobile Home Park. He says maintenance is doing little to address an ongoing sewage problem.

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

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information about financial institutions, including complaints. But NerdWallet and InvestigateTV have found examples of complaints that don't show up in the database.

  Legal team of accused serial killer Ryan Sharpe needs more time to submit medical reports and evaluations

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

An undocumented immigrant, serving time for a sex crime against a 13-year-old girl, has been discovered working unsupervised at the home of West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes.

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

An investigative audit by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office shows the Housing Authority of Lake Charles paid a contractor thousands for undocumented inspections.

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

The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has named priests who have faced credible accusations of sexual abuse involving children while serving in the diocese since its inception in 1961.

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

Louisiana’s distinction as most expensive auto insurance in the nation is one that is putting a major strain on transportation businesses.

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

Louisiana has a ranking many people are not proud of -- home of the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. But the factors behind the distinction -- depend on who you ask.

  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.

  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.