The Investigators

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Pediatrician accused of exposing himself to women resigns from Denham Springs PD, also asked to resign from state boards

  KIRAN: La. Supreme Court suspends BR attorney arrested on felony charges

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Sammy’s Grill on Highland set to close amid mounting financial trouble

  Assessing the Assessors: $631 per month to insure one truck

  Assessing the Assessors: Local employees staying at BR hotel on your dime

Continued Coverage

  Jury declines to indict officer involved in death of pedestrian struck in road

  Coroner’s office investigator disciplined after missing bullet wound, releasing body to funeral home

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Leaked messages from management appear to show possible cuts to Sammy’s Grill operations, owner confirms

  A look at past BRPD internal affairs investigations per year

  THE INVESTIGATORS: More than a dozen work release inmates walk off job in Baton Rouge area in last year

Southern University, LSU report dozens of items that went missing in recent years

As the year comes to a close, staffers at public universities around Louisiana are working to complete state-required annual inventory checks to determine how many of the school’s items can’t be located.

Issues corrected at Zachary community home where resident escaped before being shot

The Zachary community home from which a patient escaped in August before entering a nearby house and being shot by the owner is operating with a provisional license after investigators from the Louisiana Department of Health found several “deficiencies” that may have contributed to the incident.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

  9News investigations in 2019

As the new year approaches, we’re taking a look back at some of the stories the 9News Investigators completed in 2019.

La. governmental agencies point fingers over accidental $26M issued in double tax refunds

  Dennis Perkins, wife plead not guilty to 150 felony counts of various child sex abuse charges

  High-ranking ex-deputy and his wife indicted on 150 counts, including sexual abuse of children, animal

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Use of force experts weigh in on deadly deputy-involved shooting in St. Helena Parish

LAWSUIT: Teen slammed, punched in La. Youth Challenge Program; another cadet allegedly choked until unconscious

  KIRAN: Police officer accused of double-dipping payroll hours during movie production in Clinton

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Complaint filed against La. secretary of state amid 9News investigation

An official complaint has been submitted to the State Board of Ethics against Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, alleging he violated Louisiana Revised Statute 18:18.2.

  KIRAN: Baton Rouge attorney turns himself in on criminal charges

Baton Rouge attorney Chris Alexander is facing criminal charges.

  KIRAN: LSP troopers identified in alleged hazing scandal

The three Louisiana State Police (LSP) troopers transferred out of the LSP training academy after an alleged cadet hazing scandal in October had nearly spotless records prior to that, a review by the 9News Investigators shows.

Denham Springs man accused of coercing 9-year-old, six others to send sexual images through Facebook

Federal documents obtained by WAFB show a Louisiana resident coerced a 9-year-old Kentucky child and six others to send sexually explicit photos and videos through Facebook.

DA moves forward with charges against man found asleep in Governor’s Mansion

Documents show East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore moved forward with charges against Reynard Green, 34, the same man troopers found sleeping on a couch in the Governor’s Mansion in April.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Parents say son with autism slapped in face by teacher at Baton Rouge elementary school

The 9News Investigators are looking into claims of abuse at a Baton Rouge elementary school.

  Scout volunteer held on $50 million bond for pornography involving juveniles; Boy Scouts of America releases statement

A 49-year-old Boy Scout volunteer is being held on a massive bond for charges related to pornography involving juveniles.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  OMV locations to remain closed until Monday

An apparent “ransom” attack crippled much of Louisiana state government Monday, Nov. 18.

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

  KIRAN: Sheriff’s office launches investigation after 9News report into fundraiser meant for St. Jude’s Hospital

The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) is leading an investigation into bank statements uncovered by the 9News Investigators appearing to show money raised for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital may have been spent for personal uses by a councilman in Fordoche, Louisiana.

  Two EBR deputies resign after controversial photo

Two East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies resigned after a controversial photograph was taken of one of them, the department announced Friday, Nov. 15.

  New Roads police captain accused of accepting money to ‘take care of’ tickets for resident, taking funds for upcoming birthday

An officer with the New Roads Police Department has been arrested for bribery, theft, and malfeasance in office.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: La. secretary of state accused of violating state law, endorsing other candidates

Less than a week before voters head to the polls for the Non. 16 runoff election, questions have now been raised over whether Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin broke the law recently in his comments at a Republican rally in Monroe on Thursday, Nov. 7.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Advocacy group, administration differ on whether state provides funding for sexual assault prevention

Now that Dennis and Cynthia Perkins are both behind bars, accused of heinous sex crimes against children, one group says their high-profile arrests are now shining a light on a dark problem in Louisiana.

EBRSO explains why several years of hate crime data was withheld from FBI

A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) explained why the agency did not report data about hate crimes investigated in the parish to the FBI for several years.

  Baton Rouge physical therapist formally charged after clients allege inappropriate behavior during appointments

Prosecutors submitted a bill of information against Baton Rouge physical therapist Philippe Veeters Thursday, Nov. 11, formally charging him in connection to incidents involving several females who alleged he was inappropriate while providing physical therapy services.

KIRAN: More than 50 children may have consumed sexually-contaminated cakes

On the same day police moved Dennis Perkins to a state prison for safety reasons, the 9News Investigators have learned officials have informed parents of disturbing new allegations in the case.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Some ticket holders upset over quality of meal want refunds following Brunchella

Many say the free concert, called Sunday Service and Brunchella, was wonderful, the music was powerful, and the experience was one-of-a-kind, but some say the extra perk of brunch beforehand, that many actually paid for, left them disappointed.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: EBR Parish School System reports most weapon-related incidents statewide in 2018

After the 9News Investigators uncovered the 1,833 weapon-related incidents reported in schools statewide in 2018, new numbers requested from the state show most of those incidents were reported in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS).

  KIRAN: Thousands of dollars missing from fundraiser meant for St. Jude’s Hospital

Co-Ed’s for Corey and Cody Gueho is an annual fundraiser held in honor of twins Corey and Cody, who were diagnosed with cancer. Frederick Gueho is their father.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Surgeon accused of denying deaf patient interpreting services; doctor denies claims

Going to the doctor is supposed to be simple, but Katrina Labouliere says when her deaf father was referred for a surgery in October, he was turned away.

  Mail scattered along Bluebonnet; investigation launched

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) had a big mess on its hands in Baton Rouge Monday, Oct. 21.

  LSP responds to allegations of hazing, cheating scandal at training academy

Col. Kevin Reeves held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to address allegations of misconduct by senior staff of Cadet Class 99.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: More than 1,800 weapon-related incidents reported in 2018 in La. schools

It’s a scary situation that has become all too common. As weapons show up in schools more frequently across the country, the 9News Investigators have learned 1,833 weapon-related incidents were reported in schools across Louisiana in 2018.

  KIRAN: Legislative Auditor launches investigation into Livingston tax assessor

The 9News Investigators have confirmed the Louisiana Legislative Auditor has launched an investigation into the Livingston Parish Tax Assessor’s office after a 9News investigation.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: School system looks into bus driver filmed speeding down roadway

Livingston Parish Public Schools officials have “spoken with” a driver captured on video racing down a road.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Employees claim Sammy’s Grill issues bad checks amid ongoing financial issues

Sammy’s Grill is a Baton Rouge icon, long-known for serving up hearty meals, alcohol, and a family-friendly atmosphere, but some employees at the restaurant says it’s slowly becoming known for something a little less appetizing: writing back checks.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  KIRAN: LSP Trooper tazed in traffic stop now fired

A Louisiana state trooper, who was tazed by a fellow trooper during a traffic stop, has been terminated.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Plaquemine business owner, mayor at odds over condition of repair shop

It’s not just the unmistakable whistle of the near-constant train making noise in Plaquemine recently, but Terry Como, owner of Como’s Motorcycle Service & Repair, is making some noise of his own that he hopes will get the city’s attention.

  Rapper Kevin Gates banned from visiting La. correctional facilities; staffers disciplined after investigation

Louisiana rapper, Kevin Gates, has been banned from visiting facilities operated by the Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC), and several staffers of Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, including a deputy warden, have faced disciplinary action following the conclusion of an investigation.

  Attorney General Landry’s press secretary resigns after domestic violence arrest

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s press secretary was arrested last week on a felony charge of domestic abuse battery with strangulation and a charge of domestic abuse battery with a pregnant victim, records show. He resigned Monday afternoon

  Woman whose husband was fatally shot by EBRSO deputy files lawsuit

Since a deputy-involved shooting claimed the life of her husband in early September, Margaret Watkins has maintained her husband’s actions didn’t warrant his death.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Driver demands action after dash cam video appears to show fire chief speeding on the clock

A concerned driver is demanding action to be taken against a fire chief who he claims he caught speeding and driving dangerously while on the clock along a rural road in Innis in August. Melvin Plauche says he’s still in disbelief at the chief’s actions.

LAWSUIT: BRPD officer may have arrested alleged domestic abuse victim instead of perpetrator

A lawsuit filed Monday, Sept. 16 claims an officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) erroneously arrested a woman who had been abused, instead of the man accused of the September 2018 abuse.

  KIRAN: Did a local assessor value homes based on whether he liked you?

WAFB's Chief Investigator Kiran Chawla looks into allegations against tax assessor Jeff Taylor.

  Wife of man killed by EBRSO deputy says husband should not have been shot

The wife of a man killed by an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) deputy Saturday, Sept. 14. says members of law enforcement were called to escort her husband out of a party, not to kill him.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Popular movie theater confirms 'larvae’ discovered in auditorium

The parent company for the Movie Tavern Citiplace location in Baton Rouge, a popular theater known for offering full meals, now confirms larvae were discovered inside an auditorium after the 9News Investigators started asking questions.

Louisiana resident files class action lawsuit against Juul after teen became ‘addicted,’ lawsuit says

A Denham Springs resident is filing what could be a class action lawsuit on behalf of a 14-year-old she is the legal guardian of who is “addicted” to a JUUL e-cigarette product.

Attorney moves for trial in case involving same deputy who shot man in WBR motel

Settlement talks have recently broken down between the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (WBRSO), Deputy Vance Matranga, several officers from the Port Allen Police Department, and a man who claims he suffered a broken leg due to their actions.

Lawsuit states Southern University took no action after harassment allegations surfaced

The Board of Supervisors of Southern University and A&M College is named in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Sept. 11, relating to alleged harassment by staffer, Dr. Bobby R. Phills.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Contractor faces charges, accused of making off with thousands from home build

A Port Allen man says he’s ready to move ahead with a civil lawsuit against a company after he alleges a contractor made off with thousands of dollars of his money.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Two BRPD officers undergo training after racially insensitive emails surface

Two Baton Rouge Police Department officers had to undergo sensitivity training after emails surfaced showing they both engaged in racist and expletive-filled rants in taxpayer-funded emails.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Teacher previously charged with raping student on leave amid new complaints at different school

New allegations have surfaced against a teacher at Collegiate Baton Rouge, who some parents say has been making sexual advances towards underage students.

  Louisiana congressmen give their staffers thousands of dollars in bonuses annually

All six congressmen who serve Louisiana in the House of Representatives hand out thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staffs each year, a researcher says

Zurik: Subpoena shows focus of federal investigation into retiring-State Sen. Wesley Bishop

A subpoena obtained by FOX 8 shows the focus of a federal corruption investigation into State Senator Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, and his payroll records during his primary job as Vice-Chancellor at Southern University at New Orleans.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Woman dies while in care of mental health hospital

Joy Waguespack died while in the care of a mental health facility in Baton Rouge, leaving many questions unanswered surrounding how she got access to a fatal dose of Ketamine.

KIRAN: DOC explains why man sentenced to 60 years for attempted murder who walked off job site was allowed to be trustee

An inmate sentenced to a combined 60 years in prison for attempted murder and theft walked off a job site Monday, Aug. 26, and the incident has left many asking why that man was a trustee to begin with. The 9News Investigators went looking for answers.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Baker PD releases brief video related to traffic stop that sent man to the hospital

After fighting for weeks to get video of a traffic stop in Baker public, the city has now handed over a portion of what WAFB requested surrounding the incident that allegedly went off the rails.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  KIRAN: La. Dept. of Health releases inspection results on Iberville Oaks nursing facility

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) released its latest investigative report on Iberville Oaks Nursing & Rehab.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Sheriff’s office hands over surveillance from Burbank Walmart debacle in early August

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has now handed over several clips of surveillance video it obtained from the Burbank Walmart following a reported shooting incident that sparked mass panic on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Postal worker indicted after mail found dumped in Baton Rouge area

Court documents show Judith Hughes, a city carrier assistant employed by the United State Postal Service (USPS) was indicted on an obstruction of mail charge Friday, Aug. 16.